Their displeasure also drew a reaction from MP from Dharwad Pralhad Joshi who blamed it on the officials and also stressed the need to address the issue of changes in the Central and State protocols. Mr. Joshi immediately came on to the podium to clarify that he had given the names of all legislators to be included but the officials had not included them citing Central protocol rules. While, Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar explained how as Revenue Minister he had given land free to AAI, Mr. Joshi mentioned that AAI had spent ₹ 142 crore for airport development. Subsequently, Mr. Deshpande mentioned that for land acquisition and shifting of utilities, the State government had spent ₹ 346 crore. The Union Ministers P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Jayant Sinha said both the Union and the State governments had discharged their duties.

December 12, 2017 19:41 UTC

more-inA 25-year-old trainee cadet at the Officers Training Academy, St. Thomas Mount, succumbed to an injury suffered during a boxing event. The deceased, Rony Scaria, sustained a head injury while participating in a boxing competition on Saturday. However, the trainee officer could not gain consciousness and breathed his last at 4.55 p.m. on Monday, said a defence press release. In OTA too, boxing is an integral part of the sports fixture. These competitions are held under the watchful eyes of qualified instructors and under strict medical supervision, the press release added.

December 12, 2017 19:38 UTC

more-inThe Hindu, in association with the Vignan University, will conduct the grand finale of the Academic Pentathlon on Vignan campus at Vadlamudi in Guntur district on December 16. The regional rounds of the tournament were conducted in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Guntur, Tirupati and Hyderabad (2 competitions) and 210 winners have qualified to participate in the final. The three teams selected from each of the regional rounds held in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will now compete for the top honours. The team that comes third will get the participants a cash prize of ₹20,000 and 25% scholarship on fee. Team eventThe competition is a team event and the marks obtained in each category will be added to select the top three teams.

December 12, 2017 19:38 UTC

more-inTaking on Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami for his visit to Kanniyakumari district 12 days after the cyclone wreaked havoc, DMK working president and Leader of the Opposition on Tuesday questioned as to why the CM didn’t visit the district soon after the disaster. Referring to media reports that the Chief Minister left for Kanniyakumari from Chennai on Tuesday, Mr. Stalin referred to his own visit to the district and asked “Shouldn’t he [Mr. Palaniswami] have thought of it the next day after the cyclone hit Kanniyakumari?” Mr. Stalin also said he would call on the Governor on Wednesday over cyclone-related relief measures. He termed Mr. Palaniswami’s visit to Kanniyakumari district a drama to deflect criticism. Tearing into the CM over his letters to the PM, Mr. Stalin asked, “Do the letters have any figures on the number of fishermen killed, missing or who have lost their homes?”

December 12, 2017 19:33 UTC

Heart-broken: The grieving father-in-law and relatives of Damodaran, who killed four of his family members and attempted suicide in Pammal. more-inA textile businessman murdered four of his family members at his home and tried to kill himself but was rescued. As he could not continue his business, he said he was taking his family with him and apologised to his father-in-law. His father-in-law rushed to the flat on Nandhanar Street in Thiruvalluvar Nagar only to find the family members lying in a pool of blood. He and his son Kumaravel had dinner with the family on Monday and there was no sign of any disillusion in the family.

December 12, 2017 19:33 UTC





more-inThe fast-expanding Gannavaram airport will soon have the services of Air India Express, an economy airline with international standards, connecting Vijayawada, Mumbai and Dubai. The airline operates Boeing 737 flights and the services are likely to commence on January 15. A team of Air India officials already visited the Vijayawada airport and expressed their satisfaction at the facilities developed after it acquired international status. “We are making plans ready for an integrated terminal building at the airport,” sources said. The sources said that the immigration notification of the Vijayawada airport was getting ready at the Ministry for Home Affairs and would reach the airport next week.

December 12, 2017 19:30 UTC

The proceedings began close to noon as one of the accused had to be brought from the Tiruchi prison. Some of the accused sported vibhuti on their forehead and did not show much emotions on their face. The judge Alamelu Natarajan, soon after her opening remarks, asked the accused whether they had anything to say. In one case, some youth were beaten up after they questioned Leftists leaders who spoke to media persons in support of the court order. In the other case, some Dalit activists staged a protest when a Forward Bloc member made some “communally sensitive” remarks.

December 12, 2017 19:30 UTC

Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/MintMumbai: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has formed a new department that will review company filings for debt raising and address issues that listed companies face in bankruptcy court. This follows greater government and regulatory focus on tackling stressed assets, said two people aware of the matter, including the Sebi chairman. Among other things, the department would also facilitate and resolve administrative issues that companies undergoing insolvency typically face,” said the second person. The department will also ease administrative hassles for new filings and routine Sebi compliances for InvITs and REITs. Sebi has also created a separate department for mutual funds, said Tyagi.

December 12, 2017 19:30 UTC

more-inSteps are afoot by the Union Ministry of Culture in association with the Indian Institute of Technology New Delhi and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a Union government undertaking, to give a digital touch in a bid to make Hampi, the erstwhile seat of the Vijayanagar empire, more tourist-friendly. If things go as planned, very soon tourists will be able to know more about Hampi, the monuments, history, art and architecture with the help of digital technology, and they can return happily with an evergreen memory. Shivakumaran, General Manager (HR) BEL, K. Moortheshwari, Superintending Archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India Mini Circle Hampi, went round Hampi to identify the monuments to be covered in the first phase. “We will prepare a project report and submit it to the Union Ministry of Culture. Once it is approved, IIT will execute the work of adding digital touch to some of the monuments and up-gradation of the museum in a year.

December 12, 2017 19:30 UTC

ACB officials during a raid on the residence of a relative of the accused officer, in Vijayawada on Tuesday. The accused was allegedly running a solar power plant on 32 acres at Ubicherla in Anantapur district, with ₹18 crore investment. Interestingly, the land was registered in the name of three domestic helps, S. Satyavathi, A. Rangamma and A. Lakshmana Rao, said ACB Director-General R.P. Mr. Thakur said Mr. Azad joined as Assistant Commissioner in the year 2000. Six departmental enquires are pending against Mr. Azad on charges of misappropriation of funds and misuse of official position.

December 12, 2017 19:18 UTC

“If the government failed to do so, we have to gear up for another round of agitation from April 1. Advising them not to consider the State government’s announcement as a full meal, he said that there was a long way to go to achieve reservation. “The Kapu reservation should not have any affect on the existing BC reservation set up and the percentage should be increased to 15 from the proposed five. The government should also focus on extending political reservation to the Kapus, without which it is not possible for the caste to achieve overall development,” he said in an emotional tone. “We should give sleepless nights to the Chief Minister until our long-cherished dream is fulfilled,” he said.

December 12, 2017 19:18 UTC

With it, Modi became the first incumbent Indian PM to be flown by foreign pilots onboard an Americanregistered aircraft.The use of the Kodiak 100by PM raises a serious safety issue. The requirement that he takes a twin-engine plane holds even when PM is travelling for nonofficial reasons. It is a moment of pride for us that he chose it for trial run of a seaplane which has a huge potential. It's third flight for the day took off around 10.45 am and had the PM onboard. The one-year old aircraft is registered in the US and information culled from Federal Aviation Administration website, shows its registered owner as "Bank of Utah trustee''.

December 12, 2017 19:18 UTC

"I hope no Kejriwal comes out of my movement again," he told reporters here after addressing a public meeting. Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal had taken part in Hazare's anti-corruption movement in 2011. Subsequently, he had parted ways with the social activist and launched his own political outfit. He accused the erstwhile UPA government at the Centre of failing to act on the Jan Lokpal Bill. Both the Congress and the BJP are guilty (in this regard)," the 80-year-old social activist said.

December 12, 2017 18:58 UTC

more-inThree members who are part of the House committee set up to look into the alleged irregularities in the laptop scheme have submitted a dissent note to Chairman of the Legislative Council D.H. Shankaramurthy. The committee has decided to allow the Department of Higher Education to call for tenders for laptops even though a majority of the members have opposed the move. The tenders were for procurement of laptops for certain sections of students in government colleges for the 2017–18 academic year. Technical advisory panelA source said the three members who submitted a note to Mr. Shankaramurthy demanded that a new technical advisory panel (TAP) be formed to redefine the specifications for calling the tender. Ajay Nagabhushan’s letter to the Chief Secretary after he was transferred from the post of the Commissioner, Department of Collegiate Education.

December 12, 2017 18:56 UTC

more-inThe State capital is among 20 municipalities and cities from 13 States in the country to join the urban solid waste management initiative launched in New Delhi on Tuesday to achieve 100% source segregation of waste by October 2, 2019. “The main agenda is to give participating cities a platform to exchange knowledge on solid waste management (SWM),” says Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE. The initiative comes close on the heels of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ (MoHUA) countrywide campaign from June 5 to segregate waste at source. But, ensuring segregation at source requires infrastructure for segregating, transporting and processing the waste, and tough compliance systems. Besides Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, three municipal authorities from Delhi-New Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation and urban bodies of Bengaluru, Patna, Gurugram, Imphal, Gangtok, Greater Hyderabad, Bhopal, Indore and Mysuru figure in the list of local bodies.

December 12, 2017 18:56 UTC