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# Amit Shah expected to visit State before August-end
Visit to thwart TDP campaign against the party
The State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is preparing for its national president Amit Shah’s likely visit towards the end of July or in August, which will be his first after the break-up of the alliance with the Telugu Desam Party.

Mr. Shah’s visit, according to party sources, is intended to thwart the TDP’s campaign that the BJP-led NDA government had cheated Andhra Pradesh by not implementing the A.P. Reorganisation Act in its totality and going back on its other promises to the State.

For the time being, the State BJP is taking its arguments to people in the villages through intellectuals sympathetic to it before involving the senior State and national leaders in the exercise.

BJP leaders have already been meeting the intellectuals in cities and towns and at the constituency level in a phased manner and explaining the reasons for what led to the break-up of the alliance with the TDP.

BJP State general secretary J. Syam Kishore told The Hindu that the objective of the outreach programme was to present a realistic picture of the prevailing scenario as the TDP is holding BJP as solely responsible for the plight of Andhra Pradesh.

The way forward had been discussed by BJP State president Kanna Lakshminarayana with Mr. Shah and the Prime Minister.

Against this backdrop, the party’s position is being conveyed through the district-level ‘Visesh Sampark Abhiyan’, which will come to a close on June 22. Its purpose is to highlight the achievements of the 48-month rule of the Modi government.

# Penumaka robbery was an inside job!
Daughter-in-law booked; sensational case solved within 12 hours
Till yesterday, Meka Siva Parvathi was a homemaker, but a day later, she stands accused of masterminding a robbery to rip off Rs. 55.20 lakh in cash and gold from her own house in Penumaka village.

Siva Parvathi allegedly took the help of her relatives, Vanga Seetharami Reddy and his father, Venkata Reddy, to pull off the crime which created a sensation. The accused had inflicted wounds on her forearm to throw the police off the trail, but the latter saw through her game.

The stinging revelation helped the police solve the case within 12 hours. The police were also surprised to find that one of the accused is the son of a police constable working in the Dachepalli police station.

Meka Kamala, 65, had recently sold 1.33 acres land at her village located close to the Krishna River reportedly for Rs. 3 crore. The family was planning to buy land in Krishna district and was negotiating with farmers.

“Siva Parvathi felt that she was sidelined by her mother-in-law, and her suspicion grew after the latter sold ancestral property at Penumaka without her knowledge. The accused had been allegedly harbouring a grudge against her mother-in-law after the latter denied her any share in the property,” Superintendent of Police (Guntur Urban) Ch. Vijaya Rao told reporters on Friday.

Sequence of events

Narrating the sequence of events, Mr. Vijaya Rao said the accused along with Mr. Reddy took the help of Ch. Mallikarjuna Rao, Thota Gopichand and Sai who drove up to he village on a motorcycle. Seetharami Reddy was reportedly following them in his car.

After making sure that the menfolk left for work, the accused knocked at the door. They overpowered Kamala, and took her into the bedroom where the cash was kept in two bags. After tying up the women, they allegedly decamped with the cash and jewellery.

Mr. Vijaya Rao along with DSP, North, Ramakrishna, CCS personnel and special branch police visited the house. Senior police officers, who suspected the actions of Siva Parvathi, questioned her and after some time, the woman reportedly confessed to the crime.

A team then rushed to Kantheru and took Seetharami Reddy into custody and later tracked down the other accused. The whole sum of Rs. 55.20 lakh along with 20 sovereigns of gold was recovered by the police.

The SP congratulated the officers, SHOs Subba Rao, Hari Krishna, SI, Tadepalli, Pratap, special branch personnel on solving the case in quick time. He also announced rewards to the personnel concerned.

# Sri Ram Sene man shot Gauri: SIT
‘Four eyewitnesses have identified him’
Nine months after a gunman riding pillion on a motorcycle opened fire on journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh outside her house on September 5, 2017, the Special Investigation Team probing the case believe that they are nearing the finish line.

Investigators are confident of proving that 26-year-old Parashuram Waghmore was the man who pulled the trigger and killed Lankesh.

Waghmore — a Sri Ram Sene activist from the Karnataka-Maharashtra border town of Sindagi, Vijayapura district — who was recently arrested had reportedly confessed to carrying out the hit.

Such a confession, however, will not hold up in court. The police, aware of what was at stake have been scrambling to acquire a body of collaborative material evidence, which they now claim to have. This, despite the accused not using mobile phones as a safeguard against leaving a digital trail.

CCTV footage near Ms. Lankesh’s house showed three construction workers and a journalism student, all hailing from Raichur, walking on the road, as the gunman and the motorcycle rider sped past them after the murder. The killers were seen turning back and looking at the four witnesses.

During a recce

Waghmore was identified as one of the men. At the time, they were wearing helmets, but while they were waiting for Ms. Lankesh in front of her house, the witnesses had seen the duo without their faces covered, sources said.

Their statements, along with another shopkeeper who saw the men in the neighbourhood during a reconnaissance mission they had conducted earlier in the day, were critical in preparing sketches of the two men.

It was based on their accounts that the SIT had released three sketches of two men, and one bears a close resemblance to Waghmore. “What also strengthened the case is that the student and the shopkeeper have picked him out after an identification parade organised by the SIT,” said a senior police official with the SIT.

Investigators have also pieced together other circumstantial evidence: Waghmore and another prime accused Sujith Kumar alias Praveen had vacated a rented house they were staying in — at Seegehalli, West Bengaluru — just an hour after Gauri Lankesh was murdered. The landlord of the house Suresh has identified Waghmore and Praveen.

# Five persons killed in car-bus collision in Ballari district
As many as five persons, including a seven-year-old, died in a collision between a bus and a car on Friday.

The accident occurred near Kolur Cross coming under Kurgodu police station limits.

According to preliminary information reaching here, the car was heading towards Sirguppa and collided with the bus.

Further details are awaited with regard to the identity of the deceased, who were inmates of the car.

Police officials undertook work to retrieve the bodies from the mangled remains of the car and shift them to a mortuary.

# Arputhammal seeks mercy killing for son
Perarivalan’s mother feels let down
“Kill my son to end his suffering.” This is the desperate appeal of Arputhammal, mother of A.G. Perarivalan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

She has sought mercy killing for her son, a prisoner for over 27 years now.

Her appeal to the Central and State governments comes in the wake of President Ram Nath Kovind rejecting Tamil Nadu’s request to release the seven prisoners convicted for assassinating former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur near here.

On Thursday, The Hindu published an exclusive report on Mr. Kovind conveying to the State government that the “Centre doesn’t concur with its view” on releasing the prisoners.

Reacting to the President’s decision, Arputhammal said that she felt let down. Giving up hope of her son ever being released, she added that the State had not pursued his case effectively.

“Perarivalan was picked up by the police on the pretext of a small enquiry on June 11, 1991. It’s been 27 years now. Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa assured me that my son would come home soon. We feel cheated now…I am going to write to the Central and State governments seeking euthanasia for my son. He has already suffered 27 years of incarceration and has various ailments. I can’t see him suffer anymore…you (the government) couldn’t use your powers to release him, at least kill him to end his suffering,” she said.

‘Will challenge decision’

Perarivalan’s counsel S. Prabu Ramasubramanian said the Centre had routed its reply to Tamil Nadu’s petition seeking concurrence for the premature release of the convicts through Rashtrapati Bhavan.

By doing so, the Centre had snatched away the powers of the State to approach the Governor to pardon the convicts by exercising his powers under Article 161, he said. “We will challenge this decision of the President against the premature release of the convicts. The pardoning powers of the President and the Governor are similar but not the same,” the counsel said.

I can’t see him suffer anymore… you (the government) couldn’t use your powers to release him, at least kill him to end his suffering

# Kejriwal fears attempt to break the protest
On the fifth day of his sit-in at a waiting room in Raj Niwas, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed apprehension that his deputy Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain may be “forced” to end their hunger strike and evicted.

The CM tweeted his fears after a team of 20 medical staff, headed by experts from four prominent government hospitals, reached the L-G Office around noon.

# Kabini dam just short of being full
The outflow from the Kabini reservoir was stepped up on Friday at the rate of around 36,000 cusecs, thanks to copious rains in the catchment area of the river. The full reservoir level of the dam, at Beechanahall in H.D. Kote taluk of Mysuru district, is 2,284 ft and the water level was around 2,280 ft on Friday. Reaching this level in the month of June has been rare in recent history. Consequent to the surge in the outflow, the road and the link bridge connecting the rural hinterland with H.D. Kote town was submerged.

# Take the deeksha route, Naidu tells MPs
Idea is to highlight Centre’s inaction on key issues agitating people of State
The Telugu Desam Party has planned to organise deekshas to highlight the ‘failures of the Central government’ in implementing the provisions of the A.P. Reorganisation Act and other assurances given to the State at the time of bifurcation.

One issue will be taken up each week during the ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ by the party MPs. Kadapa steel plant, railway zone, development of backward districts, Polavaram project, funds for capital city of Amaravati will be among the issues that will be brought into focus during the campaign. The drive will begin with Rajya Sabha member C.M. Ramesh staging the deeksha on the Kadapa steel plant issue.

Apart from this, the issues to be taken up by the State at the NITI Aayog Governing Council meeting in Delhi on June 17 were also discussed at a meeting convened by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

# U.S. tariff to hit imports from China
U.S. President Donald Trump announced hefty tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports on Friday as Beijing threatened to respond in kind, in a move that looks set to ignite a trade war between the two economies. Mr. Trump said in a statement that a 25% tariff would be imposed on a list of strategically important imports from China. He also vowed further measures if Beijing struck back. Earlier on Friday, China vowed to strike back, just hours before Mr. Trump’s statement. Mr. Trump’s initial list included 818 products worth $34 billion in Chinese goods. The remainder of the $50 billion is still to be decided.

# Air quality hits hazardous levels in city
The Capital remained wrapped in a thick blanket of dust and haze for the fourth consecutive day on Friday as air quality in several areas across the city fell to ‘hazardous’ levels.

# Nod for SC/ST quota Bill
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Bill providing reservation in promotions for employees from SC/ ST communities.

# Garbage piles up as workers keep off again
Tonnes of garbage piled up across Mangaluru on Friday after workers, engaged by solid waste management contractor Antony Waste Handling Cell Pvt., Ltd., boycotted work demanding an increase in wages and other issues with the contractor. Around 750 workers stopped lifting garbage from Thursday itself pressing for their demands.

They alleged that the contractor has not revised their salary since the beginning of the contract and demanded they be paid as per the revised minimum wages.
Source:- The Hindu

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