HYDERABAD SATURDAY JUNE 03, 2023 `9.00 PAGES 16 LATE CITY EDITION PM MODI TO ADDRESS U.S. CONGRESS JOINT SESSION FOR THE SECOND TIME On June 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his vision of India’s future and speak on the global challenges facing the two countries RARE HONOUR FOR INDIAN PRIME MINISTER BIDEN TO HOST MODI FOR STATE DINNER Ex-British PM Winston Churchill and South African prez Nelson Mandela are among the few who were accorded this rare honour on two occasions. Earlier, Modi had addressed a joint session in June 2016. Ex-PM Manmohan Singh had addressed the joint session on July 19, 2005, Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sept 14, 2000, Narasimha Rao on May 18, 1994 and Rajiv Gandhi on July 13, 1985 Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries ■ US President Joe Biden will host Prime Minister Modi for an Official State visit to the US, which will include a state dinner on June 22 ■ The invitation to Modi was issued by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Dec 10, 1824 WHEN THE TRADITION OF FOREIGN LEADERS ADDRESSING THE U.S. CONGRESS BEGAN CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI AT LEAST 30 KILLED IN ODISHA TRAIN COLLISION B’luru-Howrah Exp rams into capsized bogies of Coromandel Exp On the Formation Day of Telangana, my greetings to the people of this wonderful State. I pray for the well-being and prosperity of Telangana – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Telangana is known for the resilient spirit of its people. Congress is committed to building a glorious Telangana. Best wishes to the people of the State – Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader WILL CONTINUE KEEPING YOUR TRUST, KCR ASSURES TELANGANA HEMANT KUMAR ROUT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE OVER 30 passengers are believed to have died and hundreds injured in one of the most horrific railway accidents when the Coromandel Superfast Express derailed and was rammed by an express train coming from opposite direction at Bahanaga railway station in Balasore district on Friday . The accident took place around 7 pm after the HowrahChennai Coromandel Superfast Express reportedly derailed and its coaches landed on a parallel track. The capsized coaches were then rammed by Bengaluru-Howrah Express at Bahanaga, about 180 km from here. Bahanaga station comes under Bhadrak section of the South Eastern Railway . Under the impact of the collision, at least 15 Coromandel coaches went into a tailspin and capsized. The casualties could well rise as rescue teams found evacuation extremely tough with passengers crushed under the capsized coaches. The train which bore the EXPRESSING his gratitude to the people of Telangana for their unwavering support, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday promised to work tirelessly for the all-round development of the State. Addressing the gathering during the 21-day decennial celebrations of Telangana Formation Day at the Secretariat, Rao thanked the people for reposing their trust in him to lead both the separate statehood movement and the reconstruction of Telangana and said: “With all your blessings, I promise that I will continue to work for the all-round development of Telangana as long as I have the strength in my body”. The Centre celebrated State Formation Day at the Golconda fort, while the Congress and BJP organised the festivities at their respective party offices. At the Raj Bhavan, Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan felicitated 30 veterans who played pivotal roles in the 1969 Telangana CONTINUED ON P4 movement. @ Bhubaneswar @ Hyderabad Rescue work on at the accident site in Odisha’s Balasore district on Friday | EXPRESS Trains cancelled following accident Train No. 12703 Howrah- Secundrabad Falknuma Express, Train No 18045 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express and Train No 20889 Howrah-Tirupati Humsafar Express leaving Howrah on June 333 were cancelled brunt of the impact has a passenger capacity of 1,516. Going by preliminary reports, the toll could go well beyond 30. Another source said the number may reach 50. The Odisha government and Indian Railways mounted a massive rescue operation but found it challenging to move the injured from the site to different hospitals in Balasore given the rising number of injured passengers. Railway sources said the Coromandel on the Up track derailed and its capsized coaches fell on the CONTINUED ON: P5 Down line. Panel recommends retaining sedition law, Opposition fumes S H R U T I K A K K A R @ New Delhi Weapons surrendered at different locations in Manipur | PTI Miscreants surrender 140 weapons in Manipur P R A S A N TA M A Z U M D A R @ Guwahati HOURS after Home Minister Amit Shah’s appeal, miscreants in Manipur surrendered over 140 weapons they had looted from police stations and battalions, officials said on Friday . After concluding his fourday visit to the state on Thursday Shah had made an , appeal to the miscreants to surrender the looted weapons. He had also warned the police would launch a combing operation from Friday and those found with weapons would be prosecuted. Self-loading rifles, carbine, AK and INSAS rifles, light machine guns, pistols, M16 rifles, smoke gun/tear gas, sten gun and grenade launcher were among the weapons surrendered. However, the surrendered weapons are only a fraction of the official account of looted arms. On May 8, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh had revealed that 1,041 weapons and 7,460 cartridges were looted. He said 214 weapons and 4,273 bullets were recovered later. There were several other incidents of looting of arms and ammunition. Meanwhile, a statement issued by the chief minister’s office said at least 98 people lost their lives and 310 others were injured in the ethnic violence in Manipur. A total of 37,450 people are in 272 relief camps at present, it added. APPALLED at the Law Commission of India recommending the retention of the colonial sedition law, the Opposition on Friday charged that the government wants to use its report to make it more draconian. The panel recommended amending the law to enhance the prison term for offenders from three years to seven years, and incorporating a clause on the “tendency to incite violence” or causing public disorder, citing a Supreme Court verdict in the Kedar Nath case. The tendency to incite violence would mean “mere incli- nation to incite violence or cause public order rather than proof of actual violence or imminent threat to violence”, which would make the law more draconian. In his pushback, Union law minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said the recommendations were persuasive but not binding, adding the final call would be taken only after consulting all the stakeholders. The report said the sedition law is the traditional penal mechanism to safeguard the unity and integrity on the country, adding it seeks to prevent violent, illegal, and unconstitutional overthrow of a democratically elected government. COMMISSION’S POSITION Sedition law needed to combat anti-national and secessionist elements It’s a reasonable restriction for the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression Existence of counter terror legislations like UAPA, NSA does not obviate need for Section 124A Since 1985 Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao pays homage at the Martyrs Memorial at Gun Park before starting the Telangana Formation Day celebrations in Hyderabad on Friday I am fortunate, as I got an opportunity to lead the separate Telangana movement. Telangana is now inspiring the country. ‘New Telangana’ has emerged. Telangana model is getting national and international acclaim – K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister ` forLAKH 1 BC to be disbursed soon Podu lands to be distributed from June 24 House sites to be distributed to eligible poor KCR Nutrition Kits to be distributed in 24 districts NEW SCHEMES Gruha Lakshmi scheme to be implemented at an estimated cost of `12,000 crore DALIT BANDHU TO BE EXTENDED TO 1.30 LAKH SCs TS Genco’s 4,000 MW plant to be inaugurated soon at Damercherla Every acre in Rangareddy district to get irrigation water under Palamuru-Rangareddy lift irrigation scheme Sitarama lift irrigation scheme to be completed soon and water will be provided to farmers in erstwhile Khammam district. The dream to provide irrigation to 1.25 crore acres will be realised soon Palm oil crops to be raised in 20 lakh acres Construction of 2BHK houses for the poor to continue Driver opens car door, 2-year-old on bike dies in resultant crash EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad IN a heart-wrenching incident, sheer negligence by a car driver who carelessly opened the door of his car on a busy road in LB Nagar resulted in the death of a two-year-old girl on Friday . According to witnesses, the driver, headed towards LB Nagar, inexplicably halted his vehicle in the middle of the road without any indication and opened the door. A two-wheeler, car rying a couple and their child, coming from behind crashed into the opened door of the car. The impact proved fatal for two-year-old Dhanalakshmi, who died on the spot. Her mother Sashirekha also suffered injuries in the incident. However, the father of the child managed to escape unharmed. Alerted by passersby LB Na, gar police reached the spot and took the driver of the car into custody and booked him under IPC Sections 304a and 337.
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