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# Sending a strong message to society through marriage
When society is opposing inter-religious marriages, a couple – Vikram Savji and Shabana belonging to two different religions — have sent a strong message by getting married at the State Home for Women in Kalaburagi on Thursday.

A resident of the State Home for Women since 2004, Shabana married Savji from Bidar district.

“I have no words to say how happy I am... it is like a dream come true,” said Ms. Shabana, who was found roaming about in Kalaburagi and admitted to the Bala Mandir at Yadgir when she was seven. She was transferred to the home for women here four years ago. Although Ms. Shabana remembers her father’s name [Rehmat], she cannot recall her past. Her entire childhood was spent in State homes. She has completed her first year PU. The bridegroom’s parents too said that they were happy about the marriage. “Though we hail from a Brahmin family, we have a broad outlook and don’t believe in caste or religion,” they added.

Mr. Savji has set up a micro-irrigation equipment business and earns around Rs. 25,000 per month.

Following proper verification and counselling, the couple got the nod to tie the knot. Mr. Savji, speaking to presspersons at the marriage venue, said that his family wholeheartedly supported his decision to marry a resident of the State Home for Women.

The State home was bubbling with activity since morning on Thursday. It was all spruced up with the staff, apart from the residents, dressed in their best for the marriage of their “daughter”.

Deputy Director for Women and Child Welfare Mallikarjun Reddy said that Ms. Shabana is the 18th from the home here to get married since 2005. Antecedents of bridegrooms are checked before the marriage is fixed. Normal health checks are conducted both on the groom as well as the bride. After the marriage, officials of the State home visit the girl once in three months during the first year of marriage; once in six months in the second year; and once in the third year. “We will follow up for the first seven years and file a report to the government about the status of the couple,” Mr. Reddy added.

Superintendent of the State Home Shilpa Hiremath took the bride’s mother’s place for the rituals.

# Navayuga told to complete work on two flyovers by December
Government is taking the blame for the fault of PPP partners, regrets MP
Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha Member Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday warned Navayuga Udupi Tollway Pvt. Ltd. to complete construction of flyovers at Pumpwell and Thokkottu on National Highway 66 by December, failing which he will be forced to lead the people and seek an end to toll collection at Talapady and Hejmady.

The government has been earning a bad name for the inordinate delay in the completion of four-laning of Talapady-Kundapur stretch of National Highway 66 that was taken up eight years ago, Mr. Kateel regretted at a review meeting attended by officials of NHAI and others at his office here. The contract, entered into about eight years ago, gives little scope to the government to intervene, he revealed. Despite the many deadlines, Navayuga has failed to complete the work and it is shame on the company, the MP said. By completing work on road stretches and leaving out crucial junctions, Navayuga has been collecting toll on the premise that 90 % of the work was completed. Though stopping toll collection could be illegal, he has no other way but to join the angry people, he said.

# Ganta relents after meet with Naidu
The Minister went into a sulk after negative reports surfaced in the media
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday succeeded in large measure in pacifying his Cabinet colleague Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who has been sulking for the last few days, during his visit to the city.

Mr. Naidu had a luncheon meeting with the Minister who later told the media later that he placed his concerns before the TDP supremo who promised to address them.

Mr. Srinivasa Rao has been upset ever since reports surfaced in the media that he might not be allowed to contest from the Bheemunipatnam constituency, from where he won in the last election. A series of reports published in a vernacular daily exacerbated matters. The reports suggested that Mr. Srinivasa Rao was losing hold over Bheemunipatnam and his popularity was down by over 56%. They predicted that he would lose badly if he contested again.

It is learnt that Mr. Naidu was maintaining distance from the HRD Minister and plans were afoot to allot the constituency to Anakapalle MP Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao.

Friends turn foes

The Minister and the MP were bosom friends but they recently fell apart over the constituency issue. Both hail from the Kapu community, a community which is critical to the poll prospects of all political parties in the State.

Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao of late has been keeping away from party meetings, including the Mahanadu held in Vijayawada. He was seen in the US holding the Mahanadu there. He also did not attend the recent Cabinet meeting.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Chief Minister Nimakayala Chinarajappa visited the Minister at the latter’s residence in MVP Colony and made him speak to Mr. Naidu.

Only after that did Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao go to the airport to receive the CM and proceed to the inaugural of the AP Health Fest.

Emerging Mr. the Minister’s house, the Deputy CM announced that the matter had been sorted out and that the Minister would contest again from the Bheemunipatnam constituency.

# Govt. withdraws pet dog licensing bylaws
HC disposes of pleas questioning rules
The State government on Thursday told the High Court of Karnataka that it has issued a notification withdrawing with immediate effect the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (Pet dog licensing) Bylaws, 2018, after the BBMP brought to the government’s notice the difficulties in implementing them.

“Based on the request of the general public, animal lovers, various associations, and the BBMP, the government has re-examined the issue and considered it necessary to call for suggestions from all stakeholders and to re-examine the entire bylaws in the light of the input received,” stated the notification issued on Thursday by the Urban Development Department. The bylaws were notified on February 28, 2018.

# Scribe kills wife, kids, hangs himself
Accuses two persons of cheating him
In a shocking incident, S. Hanumantha Rao, a journalist working as a stringer for a vernacular daily committed suicide by hanging himself after smothering his two children to death and strangulating his wife at his residence in the early hours of Thursday.

According to ACP Rajeswar, Hanumantha, 35, working for a Telugu daily at Kondapaka mandal smothered to death his two children Deekhsa Sri (5) and Shine Sri (3) and later strangulated his wife Harika. Before hanging himself, Hanumantha had called his relatives over phone and asked them to reach home. The relatives who reached the house in Siddipet found Rao hanging and the children dead. As Harika, 32, was found breathing, she was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died in the evening.

According to the police, Hanumantha who was also running a business had suffered huge loss. Unable to bear the pressure mounted by people who had extended loan to him, he decided to commit suicide, the police said.

Hanumantha left behind a suicide note in which he said that two persons — Mamatha and Prabhakar — working in his shop cheated him to the tune of Rs. 7.8 lakh. He also alleged that one Kanakaiah of Siddipet, from whom he had taken the loan even threatened to kidnap his children for not repaying the loan. The bodies were shifted to Arepally village.

Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao expressed shock over the incident and extended a financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 to the family.

Cases under section 302 and 307 of the IPC and 174 of CrPC were registered by the police.

Media Academy condoles

Telangana State Media Academy Chairman Allam Narayana, expressing his shock over the death of Hanumantha Rao and his family, said the incident exposed the sad plight of rural reporters and an average journalist.

Mr. Narayana said journalists were capable of understanding all issues and faced with adverse situations, they should not take such extreme decisions and handle the situation bravely.

Conveying his condolences to the members of the bereaved family, Mr. Allam Narayana said the Media Academy would extend its help and support to the family.

# Norms relaxed for regularising buildings
Applicants in residential category to gain
Following a poor response to the regularisation scheme for unauthorised buildings announced in June last year, the State government on Thursday decided to relax conditions to attract wider participation.

Apart from extending the scheme by another six months, the government has introduced category-wise and type-wise rates for exempting floor space index violations. In the earlier scheme, there was no such distinction, which was regarded by builders as being unfair. The move is expected to substantially reduce the penalty that applicants would have to pay.

The scheme is applicable to areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP), with the cut-off date being July 1, 2007. In the last one year, hardly 400 applications were received by the authorities for regularisation, a senior government official told The Hindu .

As per a conservative estimate, the change in the rates would lead to a 25— 33% fall in penalty for applicants in the residential category. Even in respect of commercial buildings, there will be some reduction in penalty, though not as much as that for applicants in the residential category, explained an official of the State Housing and Urban Development.

# India notifies higher tariffs on U.S. imports
Rates to come into effect from Aug. 4
India on Wednesday notified higher tariffs on several items imported from the U.S., including agricultural products such as apples, almonds, chickpeas, lentils, and walnuts, and industrial inputs such as some grades of iron and steel products.

This is the latest salvo in the ongoing tariff tiff between the U.S. and several of its trading partners.

Room for talks

The notification, however, says these higher tariffs would come into effect from August 4, leaving room for further discussions between the U.S. and India before the new rates are implemented.

Wednesday’s action follows the government’s notification to the World Trade Organization last week that it was imposing tariffs, amounting to $240 million, in retaliation for the U.S. duty on steel and aluminium.

The notification does not mention a tariff hike on 800 cc (or more) motorcycles, which would affect Harley Davidson imports, already a sore point.

# Shujaat case suspect a tough nut to crack
The sole suspect arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police in connection with the killing of the Editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari is giving a tough time to interrogators.

A source in the security establishment said the accused, Zubair Qayoom, was present at the scene of crime for almost three hours before Bukhari was killed. The official said Qayoom destroyed his mobile phone hours before the murder and dumped it in a location far away from the Press Enclave area. “He bought a new phone and SIM on the day of the murder. But no calls have been made and no Internet data has been consumed.”

A resident of Srinagar’s Kanitar-Saderbal area, Qayoom is a postgraduate and was unemployed.

“We do not know if he is linked to the other suspects, but he has been difficult to interrogate. He is hardened and refused to divulge any information. He has shown symptoms of drug abuse,” said the official.

On June 14, Mr. Bukhari, 50, was killed when he was leaving his office for iftar.

# Shiradi Ghat opening on July 5
Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha Member Nalin Kumar Kateel on Thursday said that Shiradi Ghat will be thrown open for vehicular traffic on July 5. An engineer from the NH division of State Public Works Department told the MP that the stretch could be opened on July 5.

# Colleges warned against hiking fee above ceiling
Retired judge V. Shylendra Kumar, chairman of the fee regulatory committee, said the committee would penalise medical, dental, and engineering college managements if they hiked their institutional quota fee by more than 8% from the previous academic year.

# Six-coach metro inaugural run today
The six-coach metro train will make its inaugural trip from Baiyappanahalli to Kempegowda station on Friday evening. Commercial operations of the train will, however, begin from Saturday morning. The first coach of the train will be reserved for women.

# J&K separatist leaders held as protest shuts down Valley
Detentions have triggered fears that the Centre is preparing for a crackdown
The Kashmir Valley was shut down on Thursday by the separatists’ Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) to protest against the assassination of senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, even as the police detained several separatist leaders early in the day.

The detentions came amid concerns in several quarters that the Centre was preparing the State administration to carry out an aggressive crackdown in the Valley. Thursday began with the police detaining separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Yasin Malik and others to prevent the JRL from holding its march and general strike against the killing.

While Mr. Malik was detained from his Maisuma residence after the Fajr prayers and taken to a police station, Mr. Geelani, Mirwaiz and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were put under house arrest.

‘Political vendetta’

“This is nothing but political vendetta. The Hurriyat strongly protest the resumption of cordon and search operations,” said the Mirwaiz. Governor N.N. Vohra called a meeting of the leaders of all political parties, including the State units of the national parties, on Friday evening “to discuss the situation in the State.”

BJP national vice-president Avinash Rai Khanna called on Mr. Vohra and discussed “steps required for promoting the welfare of the people in all the three regions.”

Many political appointees in the previous PDP-BJP dispensation, including Advocate-General Jehangeer Ganai, resigned from their posts on Thursday.

A day after the Central government appointed two key officials involved in anti-naxal operations — Chhattisgarh Additional Chief Secretary (Home) BVR Subrahmanyam and retired IPS officer K. Vijay Kumar who was until recently advisor in the Home Ministry — Mr. Vohra said his priority would be to restore peace and tranquillity on the streets of Kashmir, admitting that the youth of Kashmir are annoyed.
Source:- The Hindu

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