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September 14th, 2012, 06:37 PM
ROOTS students have a ball at fresher's party; Steve Jobs, Osama Bin Laden characters make a guest appearance (http://www.indiaeducationdiary.in/showEE.asp?newsid=15109)
Report by India Education bureau; Hyderabad: ROOTS, a city based International School of Business & Management organised today a cultural programs on the occasion of Fresher’s Party — Aamanthran-2012 here in a city hotel today. The theme of the party was “Red & Black”. Two hundred students, faculty and staff of the colleges participated in the party. B. Shivadhar Reddy, Director of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) graced the occasion and inaugurated it by lighting the lamp.
The party marked with Student Ramp Walk over hundred students showcasing the ramp skills. Six students emerged victorious. They include: Mr. Keesari Karthik, Mr. Fresher; Ms. Ishwarya, Ms. Fresher; Mr. Suresh Vishwanath, Mr. Charming; Ms. Tejaswi, Ms. Charming; Mr. Faisal Mr. Personality; Ms. Varshika Ms. Personality. They were presented with Sashes. The Fashion show was choreographed by Ms. Nivedita, Model, Dancer (Kathakali) turned Choreographer. The Fashion Show had four sequences — Black & White, Casuals, Western, Ethnic/Bridal & Traditional.
The selection process to the pageant was very interesting. It was beauty with brains. The contestants were put many questions. Participants too gave very interesting spontaneous answers. It reflected the smartness of the many participants. In reply to a question What makes him different from others, Mr. Keesari Karthik replied that when life poses his 100 reasons to cry, I will find 1000 reasons to smile, he said. The participants applauded for his presence of his mind. In reply to a question if you were made an Education Minister of the State for a day, what one change would you do, Ms. Ishwarya, who adjudged as Ms. Fresher said she would make current education systems more practical reflecting the feeling of many youngsters who despite of the best education in best college, they remain unemployable.
To another question to describe himself in one word, one student replied “I am My Self”.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. B.P. Padala, Chairman of Roots said, the Freshers’ party as the name suggests is a party offered to the Fresher. It’s an introductory function for the new comers where they get to know about the adopted culture of the institution of which they are a part now after. The introductions happen in a friendly manner and to establish a friendly-cum-respectful relationship between the seniors and juniors. Our students and faculty toiled hard to put up a very good show, he said.
The "ROOTS" is just not an educational institution, but a conceptual education with major focus on offering careers along with qualifications, informed Prof. Padala.
The invitation of the Fresher’s Party was tastefully designed by the students themselves.
The welcome as and farewell song written and sung by Phaneendra, senior student set the mood for the party. ‘Aanandam, aanandam, ee bandham naa sontham. Ee friendship maake kavale. Mee thoti gadapina madhura kshanalu, nilichevennadu teepi gnapakalu’ was heard with rapt attention by one and all as it touched everybody’s heart.
Shashivardhan, Manager of Customer Relations Group sang a song Malli, malli idirani roju received a thunderous applause. So also Gaurav Sarkar’s two songs one in Hindi-“Gulabhi ankhen….” And English one “I am yours too invoked lot of cheers from the audience. Prateek played Guitar. I have been playing Guitar for the past several years and gave many performances, he said. I learn myself playing Guitar, he informed. He is a member of a band “Roof Top Dogs”.
What is the use of Freshers’ Party. What do you get out of it? When asked few students, Mr. Faisal said, I thought Ramp Walk was easy, but, I found it to be difficult than I imagined. Ms. Varshika, who emerged as Ms. Personality said, it increase her confidence. Ms. Riddhi, said time, money spent on Fresher’s Party never goes waste. We spend a lot, why not on Freshers Party. I made so many friends. It opens up everybody instantaneously. The college becomes a like a single family. I loved it, she said.
The other highlights of the party were the innovatively executed three Skits. These Skits include: Mime Cricket (Humorous), Opening of a Bank (Thokkala Bank) and Judgement Day (Some of the Characters include: Osama Bin Laden, Steve Jobs of Apple, etc. and others). The entire audience burst into peel of laughter at the hilarious skits.
Also the occasion marked with Group Dances, Flash Mob Dances, Stunts and other. The DJ belting out a mix of popular chartbusters, the enthusiastic bunch of students had great fun and rocked till evening.
Students were in their casual best. They enjoyed to the hilt cheering their friends occasionally.
September 14th, 2012, 06:47 PM
Police Transport Organisation (PTO) reeks of corruption (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Police-Transport-Organisation-PTO-reeks-of-corruption/articleshow/16397695.cms)
HYDERABAD: Though his method of protest may be inappropriate, senior police officers claim the allegations levelled by suspended head constable K N Giri Prasad Sharma about corrupt practices at the Police Transport Organisation (PTO) are indeed true.
The PTO takes care of vehicle maintenance for staff working at the state police headquarters and Crime Investigation Department. They also take care of major vehicle repairs pertaining to any police vehicle across the state.
Apart from a small number of administrative staff, all PTO employees are qualified technicians and is headed by an inspector-general (IG)-rank officer. Except the IG, all other employees join and retire in PTO. The organisation does not purchase vehicles, but with Rs two crore annual budget, they can purchase, vehicle spare parts and accessories. They also supply fuel to designated police vehicles and PTO staff are accused of corruption in all these areas.
So far, ACB inquiries have been conducted against three PTO officers, including a DSP, SP and another senior staff, for allegedly resorting to corrupt practices and amassing disproportionate assets. All these officials have now retired and so far no action was taken against any of them.
One of the major allegations against PTO officers is that they purchase sub-standard spare parts in violation of the actual purchase orders. Sources said PTO staff strike a deal with vehicle suppliers and whenever a lot of new vehicles land, they get a free vehicle in the form of spare parts. "They assemble the spare parts, build a vehicle and register it as a new vehicle using the chassis number of a condemned vehicle and sell it," the PTO source said.
Diesel pilferage is another major allegation against PTO staff. In November 2010, two PTO constables were arrested for diesel pilferage from the police petrol pump behind the DGP's office. A few months later, PTO lodged a complaint with the CID that 1,000 litres diesel was siphoned off by unidentified PTO staff by illegal usage of fuel coupons. A PTO DSP was suspected to be the brain behind the fraud, but so far CID has not arrested anyone in the case.
The organization, where staff do not get any transfers, seems to be suffering from abysmal attendance. According to PTO officers, suspended constable Sharma was absent for 573 days from 1991 till date. There are 400 drivers and 110 mechanics currently working at the PTO and sources said that it was a routine practice for most of them to bunk work. "They work outside and manage attendance by paying off the SI or inspector," the source added.
Apparently, there are 20 enquiries pending against PTO drivers for not attending duties, but no action was taken against them due to their collusion with immediate seniors. "Sharma, a mechanic, himself was one of the irregular constables who has been running a business outside. He was suspended because of irregular attendance and then he started making allegations about senior officers," the PTO official said.
September 14th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Deepika unveils Yamaha scooter (http://www.indiablooms.com/LifestyleDetailsPage/2012/lifestyleDetails140912c.php)
Hyderabad, Sept 14 (IBNS): Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone unveiled India Yamaha Motor's stylish scooter- Ray- in Hyderabad on Friday.
With Ray, the company formally announced its entry into the rapidly growing Indian scooter segment.
Ray is the first Yamaha model to enter India’s scooter segment and is strategically positioned to expand its share in the Indian market.
With the addition of the scooter Ray in its portfolio, India Yamaha motor is looking at a market share of 20% in the scooter segment by 2016.
Ray is equipped with an air-cooled 4-stroke 113cc engine with CVT (Continuous variable transmission).
At the launch, Hiroyuki Yanagi, President and CEO of Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., said: “By 2018, our total production capacity in India will reach 2.8 million units. At that point, India will play an extremely important role among Yamaha group, not just in supplying to the Indian domestic market but also in exporting to other markets around the world.
"We will be working aggressively to transfer our latest technologies to India in the hope of making every contribution we can to the development of India’s two-wheeler industry.”
Speaking on the occasion, Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO & MD, India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. said, “We made an announcement to build a new factory in Chennai. We are planning to start this new factory from 2014 January."
"With this production capacity expansion, we are targeting to achieve 1 million units sales in 2014. We will expand our total production capacity further in the long term. We are planning to expand our sales to 2 million units in 2016 and 2.8 million units in 2018,” he added.
The company has started a new assembly line for scooters which is run entirely by women employees.
The company has also developed a riding training program for female customers.
The riding training program is named as Yamaha Female Riding Training program and will be implemented across India.
This model will be manufactured and marketed by Yamaha Motor group company India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM) and will be available in Plush Pink, Purple Pastel, Shining Blue, Burgundy Bliss, Grey Grandeur and Black Star colors. It will be priced at Rs 46,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi).
The Indian motorcycle market has a current annual demand of approximately 13 million units (Yamaha Motor survey, 2011 results) and, with factors like continuous strong consumer spending and population growth, this demand is expected to surpass China’s within 2012 to make India the world’s largest motorcycle market.
Within this market, the scooter category, which accounted for about 11% of total demand at approximately 900,000 units in 2006, has grown rapidly over the last five years to reach about 18% of total demand at roughly 2.4 million units in 2011.
September 14th, 2012, 06:53 PM
Hyderabad needs better recording studios say bands (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/14/hyderabad-needs-better-recording-studios-say-bands/72791)
If putting a band together and playing live are tough tasks, helping the artistes through the many ordeals of album recording is no less.
The underdogs behind any band’s music are often the sound engineer and the record producer who take great pains in ensuring that the artiste clicks with the public. But more often than that, because this is a business like any other, making music has become a standoff between artistes and producers. Through its history, we trace the effect it has had on independent and struggling artistes and also the impact of film music on the industry.
When the corporations dictated too many terms, things fell out and independent record labels helped artistes with more freedom and expression as their works were aimed at small groups but devoted followers. Soon after this became another trend what with every great artiste including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones setting up their own labels (Apple Records and Rolling Stones Records). Eventually they were gobbled up by the bigger labels or joined them to hold a viable position.
All of which slowly snowballed into a host of other music phenomenon like the open-source record labels, independent music movement and then eventually, the Internet. So how have the international tides of change affected the local music scenario here?
“If I were to approach a record label for a chance to cut an album, I would need decent demos at least to show them. But then the people here are not capable of doing that either. For one thing, Hyderabad has no good studio where a band can record.They are so hungover with the film music scene here that the engineers have no knowledge about working with a band.,” says Abbas Rizvi, sound engineer and bass player.
And among other things, Hyderabad has always had its fascination for film music, which local artistes say, has been the nail in the coffin for the music movement here.
“We have good studios here but people do not know how to work their way around recording for a band. That is because half the studios are used to feeding and programming their material on a keyboard. There is no concept of “live recording” here. Moreover, if a band decides to courageously hire one of these studios, they will be left bankrupt as the working rates are very expensive here,” says Vivek Sagar, guitarist and music arranger.
But our lads have in the past actively recorded and released numerous works both online and offline, much to the delight of their followers here. And with the power of the Internet, a guitar and a good mike, anybody and everybody can become an artiste now.
Ask Shankar Tucker about the power of the Internet and he says, “It is an amazing way of reaching out to not just the crowd but also other like minded musicians. I wouldn’t have been in India playing for an audience if it wasn’t for the Internet.”
While the pastures are not green enough for struggling artistes here, it is not that grim either. The fact that the city is now being chosen to host international bands and artistes is credit enough to those who have kept the pot burning here.
September 14th, 2012, 06:54 PM
Young pros enliven polo scene (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/14/young-pros-enliven-polo-scene/72813) :applause:
City students Afsana Naidu and Anirudh V were bitten by the polo bug early and showed off their skills during the Hyderabad polo season.
For the first time in Hyderabad, the polo season saw the participation of young guns in the main tournaments. Breaking boundaries and creating a revolution in the sport are Afsana Naidu and Anirudh V.
Anirudh is a student of Class X and has been playing polo for the last 10 months. This is his second tournament and he says this is just the beginning. Anirudh loved riding horses but the passion for the sport developed when his father took him for a polo match. The cricket lover got interested in polo during the Bangalore polo season and since then, it has been a new journey.
“When I saw a match for the first time, I decided this is what I want to do too and since then, have been practising.”
He practises for three hours a day and plans to take it up as a profession. “I have great support from my school but after Class XII, I plan to play professionally,” he says.
Inspired by his coach, young Anirudh is sure that hard work alone will make one the best at anything one chooses. “If we want something, we should pursue it. Now, playing for IPA open is my goal and for that, I don’t mind sacrificing my higher education,” says Anirudh resolutely.
On the other side of the fence is Afsana Naidu, who believes that sports is not a long-term career and one needs to have a professional educational qualification. A sports enthusiast, she was into athletics and basketball when she got bitten by the polo bug a year back. She found the speed, thrill and adrenalin rush in polo was beyond comparison to any other sport she witnessed or played.
“I was practising jumping when my sir asked me to give polo a shot and I fell in love with the sport instantly. What got me kicked about the sport is that it’s more of a mind game. Here, brains are more important than might,” says Afsana.
The love and craze for animals and horses developed after playing polo. She believes that one needs to have a strong connection with the horse and communicate with it.
Being the only female player during Hyderabad polo season, she did make the otherwise male-dominated polo world take her seriously by scoring the winning goal in the qualifying round of Arena Polo Tournament. “We need to break the prejudice that Indians have about girls riding horses. I have been playing and nothing has happened to me; once this myth is broken,
more and more girls will participate. Moreover, Indians do not trust a girl when it comes to sports. They think girls cannot play and this definitely needs to be changed,“ says the Class XII student.
Both Afsana and Anirudh are trained by Major Faiz Siddiqui, a polo player who currently represents ASC in the Hyderabad Polo Season. The thrilled coach, seeing the kids performing so well, says, “We see a lot of changes and today, people are coming forward to play polo. However, more awareness needs to be created. Children who play polo become aware and alert. In this game, everything changes in a split second and players need to make quick decisions. I have seen children who play polo become confident and learn to make quick decisions.”
September 14th, 2012, 07:26 PM
Building materials exhibition draws crowds (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/14/building-materials-exhibition-draws-crowds/72840)
The third edition of the international construction and building material exhibition, Build 4 India, is being held in the City.
The second day of the three day Build4India exhibition of construction equipments and building materials at Hitex drew a large audience engaged in the field of construction.
This is the third edition of the Hitex Build4India that showcases exhibitors from sectors like infrastructure, construction, building materials besides their services.
The event was inaugurated yesterday, by FCS Peter, director general, national academy of construction and B Seenaiah, national president Builder Association of India. This expo will create a platform for industry to reach out to their target audience and enable interaction and discussions on new technologies products and projects, a spokesman said.
Leading players from industry like JCB, Kobelco, Mahindra, Puzzolona, Reliance industries, Tata covering a wide spectrum of construction industry are participating in the event.
The event also includes the display and demonstration of construction equipment.
September 14th, 2012, 07:28 PM
A case of ‘visitor woes’ for the mayor (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/14/a-case-of-visitor-woes-for-the-mayor/72844)
“You people have chosen the wrong person. It is the duty of the local Corporators to take care of your issues,” a vexed Mayor blurted out at the 19th visitor who was unloading all his woes on him. However, he asked his assistant to take note of the things.
With the regular visits of MLAs and high profile officials, the visiting time of the Mayor is being eaten up. In spite of waiting for more than two hours, people are unable to reach to the Mayor.
Even as the CoP closes in, it is being felt that the Mayor who used to lend his ear is unable to find time for the individuals and social organisations. Several of them leaving disheartened, after waiting for more than two hours.
The fault, we feel, lies with GHMC itself. The visiting hours should be spelt out clearly. All should not come flocking to mayor’s office as he is the political head of the Corporation. There should be screening to know why visitors want to see him. Many people come without realising that much of the works could be done through their corporators.
September 14th, 2012, 07:28 PM
Sen’s glittering visit (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/14/sens-glittering-visit/72817)
During her trip to Hyderabad, the former Miss Universe stopped by a jewellery store run by two sisters.
When former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen visited the City on Wednesday, apart from her usual commitments, she made a pit stop at a jewellery shop in Punjagutta as well. Women and jewellery can never be parted and it looks like Sushmita too could not resist taking a dekko at what Vasundhara Exotic Jewellers has to offer.
It was not only the promise of quality and diverse designs that drew Sushmita to this shop. It was the fact that the people handling the entire business are two women — Vasun*dhar*a* Kasar*aneni and her sister Neha.
The actor is in the City to promote the ‘I Am She’ pageant. She was so impressed by the exquisite diamond jewellery and the women entrepreneurs that she announced that the store would be one of the co-sponsors for the pageant.
Vasundhara claims to be the first woman in South India to start such an enterprise on her own. Diamonds are a woman’s best friend and Vasun*dhara befriended them quite early on in her life. She set up her store — Vasundhara Exotic Jewellers — nearly 15 years ago and since then, the sisters have worked hard to make it the name that it is today.
The main attraction of the Punjagutta store lies in the promise of unique and traditional designs created by the siblings. Both the sisters have a flair for design and it is their affable nature that has earned them an impressive clientele comprising celebrities, youngsters and jewellery aficionados over the years.
They are popular with the Telugu NRI population as well since the store deals with very high quality diamond jewellery that are IGI and GIA certified. Vasundhara and Neha are committed to making their store the best and in order to keep their store unique, they have decided not to start any branches.
September 15th, 2012, 01:49 AM
Washington gains an Indian sister state: Andhra Pradesh
During her final trip overseas, Gov. Chris Gregoire plans to formalize a new relationship between India and Washington by making India’s Andhra Pradesh a sister state.
The Sept. 30-Oct. 11 trip, which includes a stop in South Korea, also will mark the first time a Washington governor has visited India.
Gregoire said in an interview she hopes the sister state relationship will form a basis for growing trade and business ties and lead to an Indian consulate in the state.
(India recently considered opening a consulate in Bellevue but added one in Atlanta instead.)
September 15th, 2012, 02:25 PM
City to be linked to Antarctica
Hyderabad will now be connected to the icy continent of Antarctica. The new ground station in Antarctica will be linked to the remote sensing unit at Shadnagar on the city’s outskirts. The city-based Electronics Corporation of India Limited on Friday supplied highly sensitive and sophisticated antenna for satellite communication and remote sensing operations in Antarctica. The equipment will be located at India’s Antarctic research station, Bharti, which will be linked to Hyderabad.
The antenna has been designed especially for the extreme cold conditions of the frozen continent. D.S. Jain, deputy director, National Remote Sensing Centre, flagged off the lorry carrying the scientific consignment. ECIL engineers will install the equipment during the forthcoming summer in Antarctica from December to March. The project includes design, development, fabrication, testing, installation and commissioning of a Data Reception Station (DRS), operating in X and S bands for multi-mission remote sensing satellites and a Data Communication Station (DCS).
September 15th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Corpus Media, Indisys deal to offer digital signages
HYDERABAD, SEPT 14:
Corpus Media Labs has joined hands with Indisys to offer digital signage solutions to customers in South India
Digital signage is a popular medium to deliver on-demand entertainment, advertising, and information at several public locations. These include malls, shops, hospitals, airports and restaurants.
Talking about the digital signage solutions, the Chief Executive Officer of Corpus Media, Sachin Tummala, said it offers robust next generation technology designed for unobtrusive installation in a variety of environment.
Corpus, a systems integrator and IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) solutions provider will leverage its network while Indisys (Information display systems) will chip in with its vast presence in the South to tap the market potential, a press release stated here today.
Indisys has over the last five years built up digital signage advertising. Displaying information in a digital format reduces incurring cost on traditional modes of advertising. Digital screens can be used anywhere and instantly connect to audiences, said Suresh Reddy, CEO.
September 15th, 2012, 03:00 PM
GHMC union polls today
Hyderabad: Stage is set for the GHMC union elections to be held at 25 booths across twin cities on Saturday (September 15). Around 7,424 voters working in GHMC head office and 18 other circles and five zonal offices would exercise their franchise in the election conducted every two years. Counting of votes would be taken up in the evening and results likely to be announced after few hours.
Although there are 23 recognised unions in the corporation, only six unions have entered the fray this year.
The list includes TRS affiliated Greater Hyderabad Municipal Employees’ Union (GHMEU-House symbol), Bhagyanagar Municipal Employees’ Union (BMEU-Deepam), INTUC affiliated AP Municipal Sahakar Mazdoor Union (Balance), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Municipal Karmika Sangham (Wheel), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Employees and Workers’ Union (Rising Sun), CITU affiliated Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad Employees’ Union (Star symbol).
INTUC affiliated unions has dominated in the civic body union elections for almost three decades. In the recent past, HMS backed union emerged victorious on one occasion and BMS backed union triumphed in two union elections.
However, TRS supported GHMEU has emerged as a front runner this time because of the fact that 11 recognised unions (NGOs Union, SC,ST Employees’ Work Union, AITUC Labour and Employees’ Work Union, GHMC Staff and Workers’ Union) had expressed their full support to it in this year’s election.
Except the higher officials and gazetted officers working in the corporation, and even the contract and outsourcing employees, all the permanent employees such as superintendents, LDCs, UDCs, sanitary supervisors, attenders, drivers and others are eligible to cast their vote.
September 16th, 2012, 04:41 AM
Saudi consulate in Hyderabad by 2013
HYDERABAD: With a large number of migrants from the state working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), the oil-rich country wants to set up its consulate in the city, second in the country after Mumbai.
Highly-placed sources in the General Administration Department (GAD) told STOI that officials of the state government and diplomats from Saudi Arabia were working out the details. The government has welcomed Saudi Arabia's proposal to set up its consulate in the city and has offered to allot necessary land to build their offices.
So far, five countries -- the Unites States of America (USA), the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Russia -- have their consulates in the city. The state government wants to create a 'Diplomatic Enclave' in the city where consulates of various countries could be located, sources said.
Saudi Arabia wants to set up its consulate office in the city as a large number of workers from the state, particularly Telangana region, work in private companies in the Arab state. "Though workers from Kurnool, Krishna, East Godavari and West Godavari districts also head to the Islamic state, migration from Telangana districts is high," sources said. If all goes well, Saudi Arabia would open its consulate in the city by 2013.
September 16th, 2012, 12:49 PM
Non-availability of clay in city hits promotion of eco-friendly Ganeshas (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Non-availability-of-clay-in-city-hits-promotion-of-eco-friendly-Ganeshas/articleshow/16413091.cms)
HYDERABAD: Incessant rainfall is proving a dampener for promoting the eco-friendly clay Ganesh idols. Due to heavy downpour the task of extracting clay from the lakes is becoming virtually impossible.
Interestingly this year, the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) tied up with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) to prepare about 50000 clay Ganesh idols. In a bid to promote the concept of clay Ganeshas the board wanted to sell them for a nominal price.
But due to one-month delay in rainfall all these plans went haywire. "Usually the idol makers collect clay from the lakes. With continous rainfall collecting clay has become a major problem for them," Prasanna Kumar, social scientist of APPCB, told ToI.
As rains continue to persist the APPCB has now decided to bring in clay from Vijaywada and Kurnool. "As we have received immense response from the devotees last year we are firm on promoting eco-friendly Ganeshas," the official said.
Meanwhile, Hyderabad Environment Engineer at the APPCB regional office, BY Muni Prasad submitted a report to Hyderabad collected Syed Ali Murtuza Rizvi in connection with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court by B Venkata Papa Rao. In his report, Prasad said that APPCB installed 30 Ganesh idol stalls in the city and has been charging Rs 20 for each idol.
According to 2009-10 report, 15,930 Ganesh idols were immersed in Hussainsagar and other lakes in and around the twin cities. Of them 8,014 were made with chemicals and 7,916 were prepared using natural clay or vegetable colours. And in 2011, the APPCB found out that of the 36,455 immersed 22,060 were made with chemicals and the remaining 14,395 with natural colours.
September 16th, 2012, 01:25 PM
It’s show time! (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/15/its-show-time/73161)
On their maiden multi-city tour to India, San Francisco’s House of Floyd is all set to play in the City.
It’s rare to find a tribute band that doesn’t want to be more. It’s rarer still to find one that swears playing in India is better than playing in the States. House of Floyd is both. One of the foremost tribute bands to Pink Floyd in the USA, HoF is content recreating the Floyd experience — music, lights, inflatable pigs, et all.
On their first international tour, the band which has played in Pune, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bangalore is now headed to Hyderabad as part of a 100 Pipers series.
“We can’t wait to play in Hyderabad. Most of our performances have been at private institutions so far but the fans have been great, they are wild and animated and not at all like the reserved sit-down crowd in the US. The India tour is undoubtedly the pinnacle of our career. It has put big smiles on our faces. We couldn’t have asked for more,” they say.
What can fans expect? “A few of Pink Floyd hits from every decade — Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall etc. We have accomplished recreating the sound of Floyd but we will bring our own nuances to it,” adds Mark Showalter, keyboardist and vocalist.
Having grown up listening to, and being influenced, by their namesake, Mark Showalter, Pat Potter, Lou Portela formed the band seven years ago and were later joined by Greg Studley, Stewart Burr, Sheri Showalter and Mellisa Harley.
September 17th, 2012, 09:30 AM
Shaastra, technical festival of IIT Madras, organizes Sampark at Hyderabad (http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/education/20120916131161.htm)
Shaastra, technical festival of IIT Madras, organizes Sampark at Hyderabad. Samparks are a series of workshops, events, lectures and qualifiers organized at cities across India as part of Shaastra. Sampark Hyderabad will take place on the 23rd September at Vasavi Engineering College. Prizes worth Rs. 18500 to be won from four events held across the day.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, September 16, 2012 /India PRwire/ -- Shaastra, the annual technical festival of IIT Madras, will be reaching out to colleges in Hyderabad this year with its outreach program: Sampark. With a series of events being conducted and winners gaining a wild card entry into the finals at Shaastra, not to mention Rs. 18,500 worth of prize money, this is an effort to bring the annual celebration of "The Spirit of Engineering" closer to students across the country.
With footfalls of 20,000 each year, Shaastra is well-known for being one of the biggest and best technical fests in Asia and the first in the world to be ISO: 9001 certified. The 14th edition of the fest will be held from 5th to 8th January, 2013.
Samparks are a series of workshops, events, lectures and qualifiers that are held at cities across India in an effort to bring Shaastra closer to everyone. Sampark Hyderabad 2011 witnessed a 1000-strong participation from colleges across the city providing an interactive platform for some of the brightest minds of the city. This year, with new and improved events that assure wildcard entries, never before seen demonstrations and much more, Sampark provides an exciting preview of what lies ahead.
The Hyderabad edition of the Shaastra Sampark will be held on 23rd of September, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Vasavi Engineering College.
Sampark Hyderabad has the following events lined up.
1) Project - X: Project X, reputed as the largest participated event in Shaastra, is a hands-on event in Sampark which mainly focuses on creativity and craftsmanship. The most efficient, elegant and innovative working models will walk away with cool prizes.
2) Auto Quiz: This is a quiz for automobile freaks, where they battle out with their buddy auto enthusiast through rounds of audio-visuals, tech-stuffs, vintage cars, and motorsports.
3) Autonomous Robotics: Robotics is an event which provides a platform to showcase skill, innovation, strategy and design that are required to come up with a winning machine.
4) Contraptions: Contraptions is a vintage design and build competition, in which the participant is expected to complete a certain set of tasks, in as complicated a manner as possible.
Notes to Editor
Shaastra is the annual technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. With footfalls of over 20,000 witnessed every year, it is well-known for being one of the biggest and best technical fests in Asia. Innovative and enthusiastic students from over 200 colleges are gearing up for the four-day event, to be held in the famous wooded campus of IIT Madras. With a plethora of events, workshops and exhibitions centered on the theme of 'Igniting Imagination', Shaastra promises to provide a platform for creativity and innovation, and showcase the 'Spirit of Engineering.' Exceeding expectations every time, Shaastra has consistently become bigger and better each year, and is the world's first student-managed festival to be certified ISO 9001.
September 17th, 2012, 09:33 AM
H1N1 cases surge in Hyderabad (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/H1N1-cases-surge-in-Hyderabad/articleshow/16427025.cms)
HYDERABAD: Is Hyderabad witnessing its latest spell of the deadly swine flu? In the last fortnight, as many as 16 positive cases and three deaths due to the H1N1 Influenza have been reported in the twin cities.
All three victims who have succumbed to the virus are women aged over 50 years. Dr Sri Harsha, district surveillance officer of communicable diseases with District Medical and Health Office, Hyderabad said that the one of the victims hailed from Vijayawada. Another was from Odisha and the third one was a resident of Moosarambagh area of Hyderabad. Another woman, aged over 50 years and a resident of Khairatabad is battling for life at a private hospital.
Officials said that a cluster case was also reported in the city. A Hyderabad-based woman who tested positive cross infected her sister and daughter. However all three have undergone treatment and are at present stable, doctors said.
Seeing the jump in swine flu cases, experts said that the virus may spread again this year although they did add that things might not be as bad as they were in 2009. While the scare persists, they said that H1N1 is now manageable if the patients reported for treatment early enough. "We are following the virus behaviour. There are 15 centres in India doing surveillance to check whether there is any change in the genetic behaviour. One of these centres is in Andhra Pradesh. As of now, we have not come across any change. In the US, a mutation was noticed," said Dr K Subhakar, chest physician.
He said 162 positive cases have been reported from across the state since January so far. A chunk of them and deaths reported, 22 in all, are from Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts.
September 17th, 2012, 09:51 AM
Khairatabad Ganesh to get a gigantic 3,500-kg laddu (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Khairatabad-Ganesh-to-get-a-gigantic-3500-kg-laddu/articleshow/16426802.cms)
HYDERABAD: A gigantic laddu, weighing nearly 3,500 kgs, will be placed in the left palm of the 56-feet Khairatabad Ganesh idol this year. The huge laddu, which will cover over 500 kilometres, is likely to arrive in the city on September 18 from a tiny village, famous for its Kajas, in East Godavari district.
Sweet-maker PVVS Mallikarjuna Rao, who hails from Tapeswaram in East Godavari district, has come forward to prepare and offer the laddu. Tapeswaram produces the famous mouth-watering 'kajas'. Incidentally, it would be Rao's second laddu for the Khairatabad Ganesh. In 2011, he had offered a 2,500 kg-laddu to the city's biggest idol.
"For the preparation of the laddu, we used 1,600 kg sugar, 750 kg ghee, 850 kg bengal gram (channa dal), 150 kg cashew, 80 kg almond, 35 kg cardamom and five kg camphor. Before preparing the laddu, my staff and I had taken 'Ganapathi Maladharana deeksha' and performed special pujas," Mallikarjuna Rao told TOI.
"We have taken all measures to transport the jumbo laddu from Tapeswaram to Hyderabad. A special crane will be used to lift the 3,500-kg laddu and place it in the palm of the idol," he added. Though no preservatives were used in the preparation of the laddu, it would stay fresh for six months. Interestingly, the city's climate would keep the laddu fresh and tasty, the businessman said.
With his belief that the laddu proved lucky and provided good health to his staff and him, Rao decided to present the laddu for the second consecutive year. "The laddu will be distributed to devotees on Ganesh Nimajjan day (September 29) after completion of puja," Khairatabad Ganesh Utsav Committee organising secretary S Raj Kumar told TOI.
September 17th, 2012, 09:55 AM
Big turnout for ‘Memory Walk’ as experts urge steps against dementia (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Big-turnout-for-Memory-Walk-as-experts-urge-steps-against-dementia/articleshow/16426821.cms)
HYDERABAD: Srinivas Rao (name changed), an acclaimed academic until about a decade back, now doesn't remember his name nor that of his wife or that of their only child. He needs to be fed, bathed and moves around on a wheelchair. He requires close monitoring. Rao, 72, didn't meet with an accident but is suffering from dementia, a progressive brain disease that causes memory loss, severe intellectual decline and behavioural disturbances in people over 60 years of age. His wife, a retired bureaucrat, is Rao's only support as their child resides abroad.
This year's theme for the World Alzheimer's Day, to be observed on September 21, is: 'Dementia - Living Together'. Members of the Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Hyderabad Deccan, who held a 'Memory Walk' in connection with Alzheimer's (the most common cause of dementia) on Sunday, say that about 40% of patients enrolled in ARDSI's daycare centre in the city have children who live abroad making the spouse the only caregiver.
They say that most stress-free families are those which have family-members around who understand the nature of the disease. "In Rao's case, his wife is extremely disturbed and was forced to move to an old age home even though they are financially well off," says Rukhsana Ansari, general secretary, ARDSI. There are several similar stories in Hyderabad, she says, adding that dementia is a commonly-occurring disease which has been declared as a public health priority by WHO in May this year.
According to Dementia India Report, 2010, brought out by ARDSI, by 2026, there will be an estimated 2-4 lakh dementia patients over 60 years of age in Andhra Pradesh. "Currently, about 75% of the cases coming to Nims Memory Clinic are from urban and semi-urban areas. It is mostly the literate urbanites who visit the clinic. Socio-cultural protection is high in rural areas," says Dr Suvarna Alladi, neurologist and president of ARDSI. And the numbers are rising, she says. If, in 2007, Nims, which has the only actively functioning Memory Clinic in the city, had 200 patients, in 2011, that number had risen to 578.
"Specialists say research now suggests that middle-aged people who keep themselves engaged in challenging mental, social and physical activities can delay onset of dementia by 4-5 years. In addition, research has shown that people who speak two or more languages can have a delayed onset of dementia. It has implications for India because we are a multilingual country," says Dr Suvarna.
Experts say that it is time that policy-makers and administrators recognised the importance of preventing debilitating conditions like dementia and undertook interventions to reduce the suffering for those who are struck with this disability.
September 18th, 2012, 08:56 AM
Political parties observe Hyderabad Liberation Day (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/political-parties-observe-hyderabad-liberation-day/292560-60-114.html)
Several political parties celebrated the Hyderabad State Liberation Day at their respective party offices here on Monday.
The leaders, who hoisted the national flag on the occasion, called upon their party cadre to rededicate themselves to the all-round of development of the erstwhile Hyderabad state.
The state Congress committee too observed the day but chose to call it the Hyderabad State Merger Day. PCC president B Satyanarayana hoisted the national flag at Gandhi Bhavan. Deputy chief minister Damodar Rajanarasimha and several Telangana ministers, MLAs and MLCs took part in the programme. Freedom fighters from the Telangana regon were felicitated on the occasion.
Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu hoisted the tricolour at his party office and called upon the party cadre to get ready for a movement for redress of the problems of the people. He said the Telangana region was still beset with several problems and the Congress government was neglecting its responsibilities. Party MLAs E Dayakar Rao, M Narsimlu, A Revanth Reddy and several other leaders and a large number of Telangana actvists attended the event.
The Lok Satta Party also observed the day at its office. Party president and MLA N.Jayaprakash Narayan appealed to the central and state governments to take speedy steps to address the backwardness of the Telangana region.
The TRS has demanded that the state government celebrate the Hyderabad Liberation Day officially. Party leader Nayani Narasimha Reddy made this demand while speaking after hoisting the national flag at Telangana Bhavan. Party MLAs paid tributes to Telangana Martyrs at Gun Park opposite the Assembly.
City unit of BJP organised a big procession from Babu Jagjivan Ram statue to Sardar Patel statue where party state president G Kishan Reddy hoisted the national falg.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) observed the day at its office at the New MLA Quarters.
September 18th, 2012, 08:59 AM
Hyderabad boys design their own car, win race (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/hyderabad-boys-design-their-own-car-win-race/292338-62-131.html)
Hyderabad: Ever wanted to race like Lewis Hamilton? The very sound of the engines, vrooming in and fading like a missile, sets the adrenaline pumping. Now, imagine designing your own car and hitting the track in top gear on a racing circuit. That was exactly what 25 boys from Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology (MJCET) have done and how. Racing at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), Noida with 65 other teams in their own car, the engineering students came out with flying colours, winning the first prize at the SUPRA INDIA 2012 competition held between Sept 6 and 9 and conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers India.
The team from MJCET bagged the first prize in the marketing presentation (business plan) category winning a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 30,000. In all, 120 teams from across the country vied for honours and of them, 66 made it to the final round and of them, only 25 made it to the last leg. For the Hyderabad team, it was a new and exciting experience as they had never before reached this stage.
According to team leader, Mohammed Waseem, the self-designed vehicle was tested for three days on the track before the final race. Around 80 judges from the automobile industry inspected the vehicles for safety check, design evaluation, weight check, egress check, master switch test, noise level test, tilt test, fuel leakage test, brake test, acceleration test, skid pad test, etc. before they were allowed to participate in the final endurance event where the teams had to successfully complete four laps – a total of 22 kms. The Hyderabad team car’s engine had a 796cc Maruthi Suzuki 37 BHP engine. It crossed 110kmph at one point and maintained an average speed of 77 throughout the race.
The project, according to the mechanical engineering department of the college, was conceived in July 2011. Following that, the team had passed through the Virtual SUPRA competitions in January 2012 and the fabrication of vehicle started in early March this year. The team was headed by Mohd. Waseem – Captain and Ch. Abhilash – Vice Captain.
The car costs Rs 4 lakh (including engine and transmission) whereas the total cost of the project was about Rs 9.5 lakh, including the cost of car, registration, transportation and accommodation, informed officials. The team was sponsored by Muffakham Jah College of Engineering and Technology, M/s Coastal Power Projects, Butta Group, DB Shapriya, and Reitz India Pvt. Ltd, under guidance of AS Reddy and Mohammed Viquar Mohiuddin, faculty advisors, SAEINDIA MJCET Chapter. It was also actively supported by Prof. S.Khadar Vali, Head of Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr. Basheer Ahmed, Principal MJCET.
September 18th, 2012, 09:06 AM
Campaign to create awareness on dementia in Hyderabad (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/article3906589.ece)
‘Memory Walk-2012’ organised to mark World Alzheimer’s Month
City Mayor, Mohammed Majid Hussain, has called for collaborative effort between Government, NGOs and hospitals in creating awareness about dementia and providing support to those affected by it.
Participating in a ‘Memory Walk-2012’ on Sunday to mark World Alzheimer’s Month (September), he described it as a ‘people’s walk” and also released the Telugu version of ‘Dementia India Report-2010’. The event was organised by the Hyderabad Deccan Chapter of Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI), Memory Clinic, NIMS, Asha Hospitals and Yashoda Hospitals.
GHMC Commissioner, Krishna Babu said such events were essential to raise awareness as many people were not aware about the disease and its implications to the patients, their families and caregivers. Director, NIMS, Dharma Rakshak and Chairman, Asha Hospitals, K. Chandrashekhar also were present.
Loss of memory
Dr. Suvarna Alladi, additional professor, Department of Neurology, NIMS and president, ARDSI Hyderabad Deccan chapter, said that dementia was a progressive disease of the brain which causes impairment and eventual loss of memory and the ability to function normally.
Rukhsana Ansari, general secretary, ARDI Hyderabad Deccan Chapter, said an estimated 30,000 people with dementia were in Hyderabad.
She highlighted the importance of Dementia India document which provides information on prevalence of the disease in India and ways to tackle it.
The walk commenced at Jal Vihar, proceeded through People’s Plaza and completed the circuit by coming back to Jalavihar.
September 18th, 2012, 09:14 AM
Hyderabad: Single-seater aircraft for just Rs 1 lakh (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/hyderabad-singleseater-aircraft-for-just-rs-1-lakh/292342-62-131.html)
Hyderabad: Students of mechanical engineering at the Lords Institute of Engineering and Technology have designed and fabricated an aircraft that can be used for commuting within the city, in what is called an effort to solve traffic problems in the city. Made with a budget of about Rs 1 lakh, the single-seater can take off with a short run up of about 100 meters at a cruising speed of 50 to 60 kmph and fly at an altitude of 1000 ft.
The aircraft has a fuel efficiency of around 25 km/litres and can fly at a moderate speed of above 100 kmph. Research is on to further modify the aircraft and make it commercially viable for production.
The aircraft has been developed under the guidance of Dr. Mohd Masood and has been solely developed in the college campus. The project is part of a series of projects planned to solve the day to day problems of citizens of the country.
September 18th, 2012, 09:28 AM
Treadmill to come to the city (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/treadmill-to-come-to-the-city/292590-60-121.html)
City-based Dramanon, a 12-year old theatre group which is also active in Manipal and Bengaluru besides Hyderabad, is hosting Abhishek Majumdar and his group ‘Indian Ensemble’ for a performance of their play Treadmill. Having travelled the country 27 times, Treadmill will debut in Hyderabad on September 22.
Winner of the ‘Hindu Metroplus Playwright Award’ in 2008, Abhishek Majumdar is a rising exponent in the theatrical world. His play Treadmill was the official selection at the first Festival of Contemporary Indian Theatre in Paris 2013.
Treadmill tells the journey of exploring personal memories of people in towns of India. At its first glance, the script is a comedy in the simplest sense of the word. It looks at the various instances of our lives when we continuously run but without ever getting anywhere.
The metaphor of the treadmill looms throughout the play, in its content and in its form, where images, instances and memories repeat but are interpreted afresh by everyone in their own way.
Written by Sandeep Shikhar and directed by Abhishek Majumdar, it stars Sandeep Shikhar, Virginia Rodrigues and Ashwini Kumar Chakre.
To be staged on Saturday, September 22, at 8 pm and Sunday, September 23, at 6 pm, Treadmill will be performed at the NIFT auditorium in Madhapur. For bookings, contact 91772 12694.
September 18th, 2012, 09:50 AM
Two toastmasters move to district-level (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/two-toastmasters-move-to-districtlevel/292593-60-121.html)
Over 80 Toastmasters from various IT companies in the city attended the Hyderabad Toastmasters’ area-level contest on humorous speeches and evaluations, hosted by Virtusa Corporation, a global IT services company.
Syed Moazzam Daimi (Madhapur Toastmasters Club) and Sweta Mahapatra emerged as the winners of the Humorous Speech Contest and the Evaluation Speech Contest respectively. They will now compete at the Division level Toastmasters Club contest to be held in October, this year.
The area-level contest followed the club-level contests held at the Toastmasters’ clubs at TCS - Synergy Park, TCS - Waverock, Amazon and Madhapur TM Clubs. The judge’s panel comprised of three senior toastmasters: Chief Judge Harsh Singhal, Ajay Sankar Vyamajala and Rakesh Thalla.
The objective of a Toastmasters Club is to promote and improve public speaking and leadership skills of individuals in a non-threatening environment.
September 18th, 2012, 09:51 AM
Manateluguradio.com launches unique project in Hyderabad (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/article3904719.ece)
To document interviews of Telugu musicians, singers, lyricists and also upload Telugu songs
To reach out to all the Telugu speaking population and spread awareness about Telugu movie songs, a website ‘Mana Telugu Radio’ (www.manateluguradio.com) has launched a unique project to document interviews of Telugu musicians, singers, lyricists and also upload Telugu songs.
Dubbed as ‘Raagam, Gaanam, Pallavi’, the interviews and other related content will be uploaded in the website and made available all over the world.
“This website is like a radio hosting a large number of Telugu songs for the Telugu population settled across the world. We are documenting rare interviews of film fraternity especially musicians, singers and lyricists. We are publishing their interviews. The content will remain valuable for Telugu movie lovers,” said K. Sri Lakshmi, CEO, on Sunday.
“Anyone can also interact with the RJ and the special guest who will be present to interact with visitors. It’s also an opportunity for youngsters to work from home as the RJ for the website,” Ms. Sri Lakshmi said.
The promoters have dubbed the website as online Telugu radio that would provide services round-the-clock.
“I stay in Chicago and realised that there is a need to have this kind of website for Telugu speaking people settled globally. Through this website, we aim to take Telugu movie literature to the generation next settled in other countries,” she said. For details: one may log on to www.manateluguradio.com.
September 18th, 2012, 09:55 AM
Imagine a better world (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/imagine-a-better-world/292591-60-121.html)
John Lenon’s 'Imagine' has over the years attained an iconic halo as one of the most inspirational songs of all time. Taking the same inspiration to the next level are city-based artists Manohar Chuliveru, Srinath Vadapalli, Satya Sai Mothadaka and Shivaprasad Chiluveru.
Organising a group show tilted the same, as a tribute to the musician from the band Beatles, the show is being held in association with the Alliance Française of Hyderabad.
Imagine will feature works in mediums of photograohy, digital art, painting and sculpture. The visuals are presented in different layers, with personal subjectivity or metaphors, inviting the viewer to interact with the work, dialogue and the imagination.
Talking about the show, Manohar Chiluveru says, “The show explores the idea of Imagine, referring to Lennon’s song whose lyrics talk about peace. It carries a deep message and aims to reflect today’s meaning of life in the world. War, peace, ecology or bio-diversity are not different issues; all are interrelated and we need to be conscious about these interactions.”
The show will be launched by producer D Suresh Babu at the Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, Road No, 3, Banjara Hills today at 7 pm.
The exhibition, which is open to everybody will be on display till October 4, from 9 am to 6 pm, except Sundays.
September 18th, 2012, 10:04 AM
GHMC struggles to hide a slowly choking Musi river (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/17/ghmc-struggles-to-hide-a-slowly-choking-musi-river/73570)
An arterial waterway like the Musi lies neglected despite more than one scheme in existence for over eight years to rejuvenate it. With the CBD about to bring hundreds of foreigners into the City, the plight of the river is bound to draw flak.
The GHMC and government hope that the pathetic condition of the Musi river that cradled Hyderabad for ages will escape the world’s eye when the CBD’s CoP will begin on October 1.
You will find no poet writing an epitaph on the river banks as of now but civic bodies all along seem to be busy doing their best to write one. After eight years of its conception, Abatement of Pollution in the Musi (APM) and the Musi Revitalisation Project are yet to make any significant mark. APM was given a Rs.335 crore sanction, 70 per cent borne by the Centre and 30 per cent by the State. The Musi Revitalisation was given Rs.44 crore.
These projects were to be overseen by the Water Board and the GHMC and had started with much pomp and promises. But now years down the line, the Musi is yet to figure on the priority plans of a government that claims it is serious about its environment and biodiversity.
The APM project was to originally have four sewerage treatment plants (STP), 16 Interce*ption and diversion units alongside the 34 km sewage lines that would divert the water from the nallahs emptying into the river. Apart from the Attapur STP, others are in full working condition.
What then, has leashed our municipal bodies from bringing back a dead tributary to life? The answers and reasons are aplenty. “Because there is no clean water flowing into the river, the dams are deflated. Otherwise, the river would have been a tourist spot. We have spent Rs. 22 crore on this project, and are now waiting for clearances for the Attapur STP,” says R Dhan Singh, chief engineer of the GHMC.
Land encroachments at the Im*libun and Chaderghat areas of the river bank, farmland enc*ro*achments at Ramanthapur that we*re to be auctioned for the project and the dysfunctional Atta*pur STP — the number of problems just keep shooting up.
That, the project was to be completed by September 2012 makes for a cruel joke. But the punchline is that officials from the GHMC have admitted that the Attapur STP issue will take another six months to be resolved. J Geetha Krishnan, an environmental activist says, “It comes as no surprise that the Musi river revitalisation has not finished yet. It is a matter of shame that the importance of hosting an international conference on biodiversity has not speeded up the project.”
“The river that reared the City is in a pathetic condition and nobody cares,” bemoaned an environmental scientist.
September 20th, 2012, 12:16 AM
Pollution in Hyderabad at its highest (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/19/pollution-in-hyderabad-at-its-highest/74115)
While GHMC is busy spending Rs.300 crore to beautify the City, air quality remains grim. Are we ready to host an eco-conference?
When the world assembles in two weeks’ time, it’s in for a nasty surprise. The air quality measured in three major areas of the City has shown a dangerous increase in the levels of pollution; which means, keeping aside all the fancy beautification projects, our civic bodies have forgotten the most basic of all necessities — clean air.
The Pollution Control Board’s surveys point out that the three busiest areas of the city — Punjaguta, Charminar and Paradise junctions — have recorded air and noise levels way beyond the standard permissible limits.
Punjagutta’s air quality registered a Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM) of 104 ug/m3 and 134 ug/m3 against the permissible 100 ug/m3 in the months of July and August.
Charminar registered 72 ug/m3 and 78 ug/m3 in the last two months, and Paradise registered 97 ug/m3 and 88 ug/m3.
Charminar has also registered the highest levels of noise, beyond the permissible limit of 65dBA in the last two months. It has registered 80 and 82.9 dBA in July and August, beating Paradise at 81 and 82 dBA and Punjagutta at 75 and 73 dBA.
And now, with the Ganesh festivities ready to hit the City, these levels are only going to go up further. And the fact that 20,000 autos are poised to enter in the next four months has assured the people of Hyderabad that things are only going to get worse. In view of the biodiversity conference, what then do we expect our foreign delegates and friends to breathe when they will be in this polluted City?
“There are so many reasons behind this. Garbage continues to be burnt despite being against the norms stipulated in Section 6, Clause 7 of Solid Waste Management. Diesel engines continue to ply on the roads, whose emissions cause lung cancer because of the particulate matter. Areas like Kukatpally and Gachibowli are surrounded by effluent releasing industries and during the monsoons, these areas turn into swamps. There is no say on what is going to happen next,” says Jayaprakash, a leading environmentalist activist.
But some feel that the cosmetic facelift given to the City will not escape the attention of the world.
“Let us hope that the delegates come prepared with face masks and ear plugs. Sunglasses are mandatory too, to blind themselves to the many miseries of the city, but then they should be witness to the many efforts of the civic bodies in beautifying the City,” quipped J Geetha Krishnan, another environmental activist.
Civic authorities, meanwhile, are busy making up main roads with potted plants and paintings. “It’s like the futile attempt to turn plug-ugly to a beauty,” remarked RK Rudra, scientific researcher.
September 20th, 2012, 12:20 AM
The festivities begin (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/19/the-festivities-begin/74132)
As the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival begins, markets are abuzz with people preparing for the festivities. From colourful Plaster of Paris idols to eco-friendly clay ones, from palm-sized ones to life-size statues, all kinds of Ganesh idols were seen making their way home.
September 20th, 2012, 12:21 AM
No streamlining of trade, hawker zones (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/19/no-streamlining-of-trade-hawker-zones/74065)
The much anticipated project that is billed to turn the City into a role model for orderly urban micro-business set-ups will have to wait another year. The survey for issuing trade licences under new categories and registration of hawkers may take several months and cannot be implemented by the end of this year.
Though the fact that it is a laborious task involving massive staff is pointed out as the reason for the delay, those in the know say that the reason is the reluctance of some lower-rung staffers to forego the ‘extra source’ of income. If traders are licensed and hawkers given zones, those who browbeat them and gain extra will stand to lose.
Same is the case with the issue of the new hawker policy, which has been on the cards for quite some time. Officially, it is denied. “One medical officer and two food inspectors have already started identifying and listing hawkers. We shall be completing the process within next few months,” says an official.
According to officials, the traditional salons, messes and hostels are some of the newly identified trades in addition to those identified earlier.
One of the excuses for the delay in forming a database is lack of expertise and know-how among the staff.
September 20th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Chance for north west low carbon firms to reach India's growing market (http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/the-northerner/2012/sep/19/salford-university-green-buildings-business-low-carbon-india-hyderabad?newsfeed=true)
The climates are different, but Salford university reckons that local companies can find business. There are places available on a trade mission to Hyderabad
Green initiatives are sometimes posited as largely the work of the developed world, with other countries far behind or too hard-pressed to give sufficient time and attention to the sector.
However accurate in the past, this is changing, as an initiative involving Salford university shows.
You might pause at the notion of similarities between England's rainy north west and the baking climate of Hyderabad in India, but there are mutual interests and technologies which can benefit both parts of the world. The university, along with India's Green Building Council and UK Trade and Investment, is currently recruiting for a low carbon trade mission to prove this point.
Academics are looking for companies to visit the IGBC's annual Green Building Conference which takes place in Hyderabad between 27 October and 3 November. They will join around 2000 international delegates seeking access to an Indian market which is expected to be worth £135 billion by 2020.
Steve Waterworth, who runs Salford University's Energy Hub and is co-ordinating the visit says:
This is a golden opportunity for North West businesses to make an impression in one of the world's fastest-growing economies. The climate may be very different in the UK, but through the consultation and research carried out at Salford, we have seen that technology created by North West companies is transferable – if the right contacts are in place.
The prospect also offers hope amid the growing angst about stimulating the private sector in the English regions. The Indian national and state governments are promoting a low carbon economy vigorously and the country's total of only 64,000sq ft of 'green buildings' is now estimated by the IGBC to have risen to 856,000,000.
Part funding of the visit is available for eligible businesses. Anyone interested should contact Gary Bateman at the university on email@example.com.
September 20th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Clay idols find greater acceptance (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/article3913915.ece)
Several pandal organisers are shunning the use of PoP idols and artificial colours
The 11-day Vinayaka Chaviti festivities will be commencing from Wednesday in the twin cities and pandal organisers are making elaborate arrangements to celebrate the festival with fervour and gaiety.
While many pandal organisers continue to install conventional idols made of plaster of Paris, a few of them are installing huge clay Ganesha idols in their bid to propagate the usage of eco-friendly idols.
Youngman Youth Association near Goshala, Lower Tank Bund is installing a 30-foot-tall idol and Future Foundation Society at Shalibanda has come up with a 25-foot idol. Both happen to be prepared from clay as also another tall idol being planned at Durgam Cheruvu.
“The idea is to spread the message of using clay idols. Khairatabad Ganesh is very popular because of its height and people visit from far off places to seek the blessings of the Lord. Hence, we wanted to install a 30-foot-tall clay idol to draw attention of many people,” says P. Murali, president of Youngman Youth Association.
Lot of effort has gone into installing these really big idols.
Artisans were invited from Kolkata and the work commenced last month. “Sans a touch of chemicals, only water colours are being used to make the idol look more appealing,” explains Sai Dutt Chandan of Future Foundation Society.
It is not just manual effort, but pandal organisers are also investing about Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 4 lakh in these clay idols. And the emphasis is on making people realise the adverse impact of chemicals and other materials in making the idols, he adds.
Many resident welfare associations too are installing clay idols this year. According to Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, about 200 associations were provided with 5-foot-tall clay idols and another 25,000 one-foot idols to individual families.
The GHMC also claims to have presented 100 clay idols to each corporator to be distributed in his or her respective divisions. “Since last two years we have been installing clay idols provided by the HMDA. This apart, we are distributing 300 small idols to our members as a means to promote clay idols,” says J.S.T Sayi, secretary of Model Colony Association at Erragadda.
September 20th, 2012, 12:31 AM
The scientist who promoted self-reliance (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/article3913920.ece)
Remember ECTV? The colour television was among the first hi-tech electronic equipments to be manufactured indigenously. The engineers behind the television were inspired by the clarion call of ‘self-reliance’, given by late founder and MD of Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Dr. Ayyagari Sambasiva Rao, popularly known as Dr. A. S. Rao.
And, as scores of admirers come together to celebrate his birth anniversary on September 20, his mantra of ‘Self-Reliance’ will surely continue to echo among them. The master’s degree holder in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University was also a believer in sharing the fruits of technology.
Perhaps, that’s why the television technology of ECIL was given to all State Electronic Corporations in the country. For such reasons, to this day, the true blue proponent of self-reliance is still revered by the ECIL employees and scientists.
The influence and veneration for Dr. A. S. Rao is there for everybody to see. The authorities have put up a huge statue of its founder right in front of ECIL. In fact, the entire colony has been named as Dr. A.S. Rao Nagar. Some of his ardent admirers got together to form Dr. A.S. Rao Awards Council, which encourages young talent.
“He strongly believed that Indians can build products of world class quality. He had faith in the ability of his colleagues and inspired them to improve academically by taking up higher advanced degrees. He allowed everybody to develop and that’s why he is revered today,” explains M. V. R. Rao, who was the chairman for Dr. A. S. Rao Awards Council for a decade.
The ECIL employees still swear by Dr. A. S. Rao’s humility. “When he retired, they offered him a company car, but he promptly declined. After his retirement, there were occasions when he used to travel with us in RTC bus to ECIL. People respect him because he took care of us,” recalls G. Yadagiri Rao, president, ECIL Staff and Workers Union.
Senior scientists who interacted with him said that Dr. A. S. Rao’s humble beginnings were the reasons for his humility. Dr. A. S. Rao came from an average income family and struggled to pay fee for education. After schooling in his native West Godavari district, he completed M.Sc in physics from Banaras Hindu University. Later, Dr. Rao received the Tata scholarship to do master’s from Stanford University.
According to accounts, Dr. A. S. Rao chose to come back to India despite offers from Stanford. Several maintain that Dr. A.S. Rao’s role in indigenously designing the control systems of the first Indian nuclear reactor, Apsara brought him recognition.
“Dr. Homi J Bhaba recognised his talent and sent him to Hyderabad with 200 technicians to set up ECIL. First, they started ECIL at Sanathnagar and later shifted to the present location. The ECIL family now has swelled to 6,000,” says Dr. Rao. The revered scientist died on October 31, 2003.
September 20th, 2012, 12:36 AM
SBH cuts home, car loan rates by up to 50 bps (http://news.in.msn.com/business/sbh-cuts-home-car-loan-rates-by-up-to-50-bps)
The State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) has launched a festive campaign, which runs from September 17 to December 31, for its home and car loan schemes.
The bank has slashed interest rates by up to 50 basis points on both these segments.
Further, no processing charges would be levied for car loans and there is a 50 per cent concession on charges for home loans, the bank said in a press release.
SBH has about 1484 branches across the country, where the offer will be valid.
In the home loan scheme, interest rate for loans up to Rs 30 lakh has been slashed from 10.75 per cent per annum to 10.50 per cent, and for loans above Rs 30 lakh, the rate is down from 11 per cent to 10.50 per cent.
The rate of interest is 'floating' and applicable for all tenors.
Now, for every Rs 1 lakh, the customer has to pay an EMI (equated monthly instalment) of Rs 915 for a 30-year loan, as against Rs 934 so far.
As for car loans, the rate for a seven-year loan has been reduced from 11.25 per cent to 10.75 per cent.
For every Rs 1 lakh, the customer has to pay an EMI of Rs 1,699 as against Rs 1,725 until now, the release said.
September 20th, 2012, 12:41 AM
IKEA may set up first store in 3 yrs (http://business-standard.com/india/news/ikea-may-setfirst-store-in-3-yrs/487008/)
By 2015, you may be able to shop at an IKEA store in India. The euro 25-billion Swedish furniture major is expected to set up its first two-three stores in India within three years of getting government approvals, it is learnt.
These stores, to be modelled on the international format, would be spread over 100,000 sq ft area or more, a source aware of the developments told Business Standard. An IKEA senior management team is currently in India scouting for real estate across the country.
Likely to be located on the outskirts of cities as shopping hubs, the places being explored are around Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai. Quite like what you find in other international cities, the ones in India would be complete with a cafe, restaurant, library and nursing stations.
After the first two-three stores come up, another 10 were expected within the subsequent five years and 15 more over the five years after that, the source said. When asked by when the first IKEA store could come up in India, a company spokesperson said, “This is too early to say. Once our application is approved by the Government of India, we will be able to share more information about our intentions to establish retail operations.”
However, typically, the process takes “at least four to five years after our decision before we see the first store in a new country,” she added. This can differ from country to country. The IKEA proposal had mentioned the company had a vision of establishing 10 stores over a 10-year horizon and around 25 over a longer period.
IKEA is not required to file a fresh application even as the government has revised the single-brand retail norms. The company will give its reply to the 10-odd questions ranging from brand ownership to the sourcing requirement that the department of industrial policy & promotion had asked after the company submitted its proposal on June 22. The reply will be sent through law firm Titus & Co once the government notifies the revised single-brand norms, it is learnt. Titus, which represents IKEA in India, had filed the application for IKEA Trading India Pvt Ltd with the Foreign Investment Promotion Board way back in 1995. Since then, IKEA Trading has been responsible for sourcing products from India for exporting to other markets.
IKEA sourced $450 million worth of products from India for sale in international markets in 2010. Of that, $383 million worth of products were from micro, small and medium enterprises.
September 20th, 2012, 12:49 AM
Samsung begins pre-orders for Galaxy Note II in India for Rs 5,000 (http://www.bgr.in/manufacturers/samsung/samsung-begins-pre-orders-for-galaxy-note-ii-in-india-for-rs-5000/)
Samsung has started pre-orders for the Galaxy Note II on its online store for Rs 5,000. The Galaxy Note II was announced at IFA last month. Samsung is holding a press event on September 27 in Hyderabad, where we believe it could launch the Galaxy Note II. Samsung is also offering a free dock worth Rs 2,399 along with the pre-orders.
The Galaxy Note II packs in top of the line specs. It has a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, a 8-megapixel camera along with the S-Pen Stylus.
September 20th, 2012, 08:45 PM
Bandh fizzles out in Hyderabad (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/20/nationwide-bandh-shutdown-hits-normal-life-in-andhra-pradesh/74211)
Over 200 members participating in the All India Bandh called by the opposition parties to protest FDI in retail sector and diesel price hike were arrested and released on personal bond. Activists of TDP, BJP, and Left parties targeted bus stations to debilitate transport sector. But heavy police bandobast foiled their attempts, and buses began to ply normally. The City largely ignored the bandh call.
Hyderabad: The nation-wide shutdown called by the opposition to protest hike in diesel price, cap on subsidised LPG cylinders and FDI in retail, evoked near total response in Andhra Pradesh.
Buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) went off the roads in most parts of the state.
The road transport came to a grinding halt with over four lakh trucks across the state joining the 24-hour strike since midnight.
A section of auto-rickshaw drivers in Hyderabad and other towns too joined the strike.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed in several parts of Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Nellore, Tirupati, Kurnool, Karimnagar and other towns.
Police arrested scores of opposition workers who were trying to stop buses and forcing shops to down shutters.
In Hyderabad, almost all schools and colleges were closed. The RTC was running few buses while some three-wheelers were also seen plying.
Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), the biggest bus station in the state capital wore a deserted look with RTC suspending bus services from districts. Only a few services were running with police protection.
Activists of main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), CPI, CPI-M, BJP and TRS laid siege to APSRTC depots since early Thursday to prevent buses from coming out.
Those arrested include TDP leader and former Hyderabad mayor T. Krishna Reddy, CPI state secretary K. Narayana and CPI-M leader P. Madhu. They were all held while protesting at MGBS.
Osmania University postponed all examinations and admissions to PhD. Other universities have also put off the examinations in view of the shutdown.
The bandh is being observed separately by BJP and TDP. TRS is supporting the shutdown while TDP is working with the left parties.
September 20th, 2012, 08:45 PM
Hyderabad: Clay Ganesha idol is here to stay (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/hyderabad-clay-ganesha-idol-is-here-to-stay/293464-62-131.html)
Hyderabad: At last, Lord Ganesha is here and and the city is alight with colourfully decorated pandals. Whether going through the fair at Khairatabad or watching the huge idols at different pandals, one might well think that publicity about eco-friendly Ganesha has fallen on deaf ears. The truth, however, is otherwise. There’s a huge demand for clay idols, so much so that the supply isn’t enough.
Environmentalists like Vijay Ram of the Society for Awareness and Vision on Environment (SAVE) are understandably happy. “Things have changed for the better. All this awareness about green and eco-friendly Ganesha has got its due platform in the last 3 or 4 years. One may think the market for clay Ganesha is poor which is why it is not so widespread in use but the reality is that there is a good amount of awareness among the people and they are ready to buy but the makers are so less in numbers!,” he regrets. He plans to give training to around 500 selected artisans from across the state soon after this year’s Ganesh Chaturthi. “Hussain Sagar died 40 years ago, but there are hundreds of lakes across the state on the verge of dying. Our efforts should be to avoid plaster of paris (PoP) and save lakes,” he said.
Though people in general these days prefer only clay, those setting up pandals are still sticking to PoP. Reasons for the same are many and varied. Ramesh Babu at a pandal near Gandhi Nagar explains, “we want our idols to be colourful and massive in size. But we do not find such idols in clay.” Raju Singh in Dhoolpet too echoes the same views. Looking proudly at his 15-feet high Ganesh idol which has ‘Jhansi ki rani’ and ‘Chattrapathi Shivaji’ on each side, he says, “We put in all our creativity. It is like gambling. Even priests have to like the idol and it is all about status and show now.”
Raju Singh, who has been making idols over the last 26 years, has prepared over 250 idols in PoP this year. According to him, a 15 ft high idol weighs around 500kg and is sold for anything between Rs 30,000 and Rs 50,000. He procures about 200 tonnes of PoP every year at Rs 3,000 per ton.
SAVE is selling clay idols at the Indira Park. A 5 ft tall clay idol is sold for Rs 3,500. It takes about six to seven days to make the idol according to the makers and takes only about two hours to dissolve once immersed in water. The society has put on sale 1200 clay idols, each about 5 ft high, and by Wednesday afternoon, only 50 were left. Miniature clay idols of eight inches, costing just Re 1, however, are a clear favourite of devotees.
“We are distributing about 25,000 (miniature idols) this year. It used to be around 700-odd idols a few years ago. The amount of acceptance among people is proof of increased awareness,” points out Vijay Ram.
September 20th, 2012, 08:48 PM
Making Hyderabad a smart city (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/20/making-hyderabad-a-smart-city/74317)
Hyderabad, a leading byte-basket,can do a lot to tackle its current troubles in pollution and transport and look smart. Here is how.
More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and countries such as India and China are in need of hundreds of additional cities to accommodate growing populations. People in many cities suffer from inadequate transportation, sub-standard buildings, lack of sanitation, and poor public safety, highlighting the need for sustainable and livable urban planning. But many countries are finding Information and communication technology (ICT) a useful tool in helping cities improve their safety, cleanliness, and sustainability.
Diana Lind, contributing author to the State of the World 2012 report, takes snapshot of various cities that have successfully used ICT. Indian cities, especially Bangalore and Hyderabad, have the scope of harnessing this technology to mitigate its sufferings.
In many cases, cities are partnering directly with businesses to boost urban sustainability. The Dutch city of Rotterdam, for example, is working with General Electric (GE) in an effort to reach the city’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent compared with 1990 levels. GE will use data visualizations, smart meters, and other technologies to optimize energy efficiency and improve water management. The use of these ICTs will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Rotterdam, which emits as much carbon dioxide as New York City, while being only a tenth of its size.
Cities must customize ICT
“ICT can be an excellent tool, but it is not the silver bullet solution to greening cities,” said Lind, executive director and editor in chief of Next American City, a nonprofit that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable economic growth in cities in the United States. “To be effective, ICT must be used not only in mapping problems encountered across cities, but also to find sustainable solutions to those problems.” Each city must customise the ICT to suit its needs.
State of the World highlights three ways that communities can effectively use ICT to promote sustainability:
Open access to data. Impro*ving data access is critical to creating sustainable cities. By sharing information, it is possible to make connections among seemingly disparate variables. The Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University in New York used data to establish the connection between crime and poor housing, education, and health care. By analysing data from the criminal justice system, researchers found that a disproportionate number of felons were from specific neighborhoods in large US cities. Similar research may help officials target policies around education and poverty reduction in these areas, which could help in preventing crime.
Community mapping. Mapping all neighbourhoods and regions of a city is vital to ensuring effective and sustainable urban planning. Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is home to approximately 1 million people. Yet Kibera has been excluded from city maps, discounting its thousands of residents. Recently, an independent team of researchers partnered with Kibera youth to create an interactive map of the slums. In 2009, the team succeeded in placing
Kibera on official Nairobi maps, which resulted in a new project, Voice of Kibera, which helps citizens report the location of robberies or fires, and hold discussions by text message.
Community watch. ICTs can enhance community involvement and help authorities respond to local concerns. The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, a grassroots-mapping community based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, uses low-tech materials, including helium balloons and digital cameras, to take aerial photos of areas that may endanger public health or be of environmental concern. These tools helped identify contaminated areas in the Gulf of Mexico after a major oil spill and an illegal dumping site in Brooklyn, New York.
Using ICT helps cities achieve sustainability efficiently while connecting with local communities, to ensure that diverse perspectives are included in the city’s plans.
Experts point out that Hyderabad could come up with a major initiative in the field of civic issues. A government-ICT coordination could do wonders, they say.
10 smart cities that make max use of ICT
4. New York
10. Hong Kong
Source: Ranking by Boyd Cohen, climate strategist
Smart cities are those that use ICT to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint — all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy.
September 20th, 2012, 08:59 PM
Ex-SBI employee awarded doctorate (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/exsbi-employee-awarded-doctorate/293274-60-121.html)
Ayyadevara Ananthakrishna Rao, MA.(English) LL.B; CAIIB was awarded Doctorate by Osmania University for his thesis on “Judicial System in Ancient India”.
After his retirement from the State Bank of Hyderabad as a chief manager, he pursued his academic career. He did M.A, M. Phil, Ph. D (Sanskrit) and PG Diploma in Computer Applications from O.U.
He served as Officer-Director on the Board of State Bank of Hyderabad from 1992 to 1998 and held various positions at state and central organizations.
September 20th, 2012, 09:04 PM
Positively GRITTY (http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/society/article3917766.ece)
Gita Ramaswany talks about the many thrilling twists and turns in her life
Why Gita Ramaswamy? This was the query I asked a senior colleague. The reply was “she is on par with Medha Patkar; worked for the liberation of bonded farmers, worked and took on Chief Ministers like M. Channa Reddy. Stopped inter-country adoption of babies, faced several attempts on her life. Plus babus hated having her around at their offices.” Ok, I thought.
We meet her at her modest office near pillar no 68 at Mehdipatnam. Talking about what she did and what she does, embarrasses Gita, “it is not right to do the self dabba,” being her credo.
So we began with when she discovered the rebellious streak within herself “When I was stepping into my teens; there were many occasions which made me question the dos and don’ts for girls. As I grew up, the societal norms kept pushing to me to rebel. First it was the list of dos’ and don’ts during the time of periods. By the time I was in my late teens I wanted to wear trousers and shirts and back in the late 60s, it was not accepted. So I bought myself a book on sewing, read it and made my own trouser and pants. They definitely weren’t the best fit but nevertheless I wore them. I was part of the youth club, drama, debate etc.” she reveals. However there was someone she always secretly admired - her elder sister who was a bank officer. Later an incident in the family made Gita averse to marriage. “I felt I wasn’t ready to allow any man take charge of my life,” she says.
She was very keen on doing IIT and even bagged herself a seat on merit. But she was told, “a girl doesn’t go to IIT, she was to study in a women’s college. I had to join women’s college and after one year I left because I didn’t like it,” recollects Gita.
She decided to leave the college and join Osmania University to complete her masters on Maths and Physics. “There was a time when my mother declared that I wasn’t born from her womb. Of the five girls I was different,” she laughed.
It was at OU that she was introduced to the Left parties. By then Gita was already a women liberal and “if anyone dared tease me they were not spared. Soon I earned the fame of “yeh potti se dur rehna.” The men in the Left group supported me;that was my entry,” she recollects.
However, when she experienced reality from close quarters, she realised that the ideology wasn’t the same. “Marxist Liberation was not as one sees it. It was an armed struggle, not a debating society,” she says. Gita and the group of fresh entrants who joined the Naxal movement were uncompromising.
During this time Gita was tricked into coming home and “I was locked for three months. As parents they were just being protective. Various things were tried on me to give up my left leanings, including electric shock by Dr. P. Ramamurthy. He was of the view, ‘you are being brain washed by the naxals and electric shock will fix you. You are lucky you are being treated, you should have been shot dead instead.’
However, Gita’s resolve on not marrying dissolved when she met her choice. “I married Cyril Reddy, brother of George Reddy, the leading leftist leader on the OU Campus who was killed at the age of 25. Cyril was my senior and we shared the same mindset,” she adds. He was also one amongst those who decided to work independently on his ideologies.
The two had to leave the state during the Emergency and went to Ghaziabad where they worked with human scavengers. “All they wanted was that their kids should learn English. But we both were looking to return to the Hyderabad. We missed the place and the people. Finally after four years we were back in Hyderabad,” she smiled.
Once here, they worked with the rural people and was once again touched to see the love and affection of the people. This was also the time when Hyderabad Book Trust was formed. It is a not-for-profit organisation which prints books in Telugu. “One of the reasons for starting the trust was the lack of reading material in Telugu. Mainstream Telugu publishing was not filling the need at all, concentrated as it was then, on pulp romance and detective fiction. A robust publishing activity could help we thought,” says Gita.
During this time, one incident changed Gita’s life like no other could. She decided to slow down. “A kid was desperately crying to be with her mother and I felt I needed someone who would want me as dearly as the child. That was the time I decided to have a child. Everyone said I was mad and at 40 years this was not possible. But I was adamant and we had a baby girl. This once again changed the direction of my life. I just slowed down and I did all that I never did for so many years. I would take her to the park, temple and all those places where parents would usually take their children. I was happy and decided to be there for my daughter and slow down. Since then I have been mostly devoting my time to the Hyderabad Book Trust and have published a lot of original and translated works,” says Gita Ramaswamy as she shows the books around on the shelves of her office.
September 20th, 2012, 09:08 PM
Best places to visit during Ganesh Chaturthi (http://hillpost.in/2012/09/20/best-places-to-visit-during-ganesh-chaturthi/51416/people/religion/lasya)
Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated on Badhrapadha Shukla Chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period) and it ends on Anant Chaturdasi, 10 days after. It usually falls in between 19th August and 20th September.
While the festival is celebrated all over India, it is celebrated the most in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Goa. This festival is known for the setting up of peculiar Pandals on the roads with huge Ganesh idols in them, delicious foods like laddu (kudumu in Telugu, which is a dumpling), processions, and visarjan. This festival is celebrated with a huge pomp and show in Pune, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.
The exact date or year of the beginning of these celebrations is unclear. However, it is a known fact that this festival was celebrated largely during the reign of Shivaji, in Pune. The Peshwas, who came later, encouraged these celebrations. Ganesh Chaturthi later picked up momentum when Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak, saw in it an opportunity to unite his people for independence struggle. Ever since, it is being celebrated in Maharashtra and its neighboring states as a colossal festivity.
When it comes to Ganesh Chturthi, one thing that all celebrations have in common is the sound of the Dhol. The sound is catchy, rhythmic, and does have some divine effect. This dhol features a lot on the streets of Maharashtra during these 11 days.
A festival of this massive a scale deserves to be witnessed by all. So here are a few places one could visit during this season.
1. Dagduseth Halwai Ganpathi is the first place every Puneri suggests you to go to during Ganesh Chturthi’s 11 days. This Ganapati Temple in Pune was founded by Shrimant Dagduseth a rich sweet trader in 1893. It is located near the famous Shaniwarwada fort and this particular Ganpati attracts lakhs of devotees every year. New attire is offered to the Ganesh idol every year and is taken out in a procession in a magnificent chariot. Each year, the replicas of famous temples, sculptures and holy places, are created for these celebrations.
2. Lalbaugcha Raja is the popular public Ganesh idol kept at Lalbaug, a well-known locality in Mumbai during Ganesh festival. Founded in 1934, it is believed that this Idol of Lord Ganesha is Navsacha Ganpati (the fulfiller of all wishes) and hence around 1.5 million people or more visit this Ganesh Pandal daily during the 11 days. This pandal was founded during freedom struggle hence becomes historically important for the Indians.
3. The largest Ganesh Idol in the world is installed at the Khairtabad State Library in Hyderabad, during the Ganesh festival. Local people and lakhs of others from all over the country participate in the 11-day festival to seek blessings of Lord Ganesha. The Singari’s family has been conducting this festival here since 1954. Three months before the festival day, the construction of the idol begins. Nearly 200 workers lead by a sculptor work day and night to construct the biggest idol, which is nearly 55 feet tall and only increases year on year. On the 11th day, a big procession takes place and the idol is carried to the Hussain Sagar Lake where it is immersed.
September 20th, 2012, 09:10 PM
ICICI Bank to add Facebook as transaction platform (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/banking/article3862223.ece)
HYDERABAD, SEPT. 5:
ICICI Bank will soon add another digital platform for dispensing its banking transaction services — Facebook.
The country’s largest private sector lender was the first bank in India to use the social media site to provide services such as account enquiry and cheque book request.
Now it is preparing to take this initiative one step forward by offering transaction services to its Facebook customers. This is part of its efforts to provide its customers next gen banking solutions in line with its Khayaal Aapka (your care) philosophy.
Mukesh Kumar Jain, Chief Technology Officer, said the bank was working on this technology and indicated that it could come out with the new service in the next few months. The social media channel will in the near future form an important platform for banking services, he told mediapersons here today.
He was in the city to launch its electronic branch, Tab Banking and E-Locker services, as part of the bank’s nationwide roll-out of next-gen banking solutions. The lender is opening 25 electronic branches across the country, two of which are located in Andhra Pradesh.
In response to a question, Jain said security was not a challenge for offering transaction services through the social media platform. He said this platform would not only make it easier for customers to avail of bank services but also help the bank expand its customer base.
September 20th, 2012, 09:15 PM
Proposed Saudi mission scheduled for Hyderabad (http://www.arabnews.com/proposed-saudi-mission-scheduled-hyderabad)
Indian expatriates from the south Indian city of Hyderabad welcomed Saudi Arabia’s intent to open a consulate in the historic Muslim metropolis.
Saudi diplomats in India are working with the state government to facilitate the opening of the consulate in 2013, as reported by the Times of India newspaper. The local government has offered to allocate land for the consular building. A consulate in Hyderabad will provide valuable services for the large number of Indians from Andhra Pradesh currently employed in the Kingdom.
Mohammed Abdulsattar, a senior public relations specialist at the Jubail-based Saudi International Petrochemical Company said, “The news about the proposed Saudi consulate in Hyderabad is wonderful.”
Hyderabad has a long relationship with Saudi Arabia. “Hyderabadis were among the first expatriates to land in Saudi Arabia in the late 1960s and early 1970s,” said Abdulsattar, a quintessential Hyderabadi. “They continue to migrate there,” he added.
Many longtime Hyderabadis say their community outnumbers all other communities in the Kingdom. However, official statistics suggest Keralites are the single biggest expat community in Saudi Arabia.
“It is about time for Saudi Arabia to open a consulate in Hyderabad,” said Abdulsattar. “At the moment people have to travel to Mumbai or Delhi to get their visas stamped or hire agents to manage their paperwork for them.” The new consulate will ease Saudi-bound travelers’ hardships. “It is great news for all who call Hyderabad our home,” he said.
Syed Waheed Lateef, general manager of the well-known Azmeel Travel Company, was full of praise for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“They are primarily responsible for strengthening the relationship between our two countries,” he said. “The Saudi consulate in Hyderabad will add another feather to the colorful Indo-Saudi cap.”
So far, five countries — the Unites States, United Kingdom, Turkey, Russia and Iran — have consulates in Hyderabad. The state government intends to create a separate diplomatic enclave to house all consulates.
September 21st, 2012, 12:23 AM
@Mods kindly remove if this is OT.
Just wanted to prove what kind of fools these people actually are, Journalistic ethics at its very worse ! :bash:
NDTV survey predicts a Jagan wave in Seema-Andhra; TRS hot favourite in Telangana (http://www.frontpageindia.com/editors-pick/ndtv-survey-predicts-jagan-wave-seema-andhra-trs-hot-favourite-telngana/36750)
Front Page India Dated; August 27th, 2012, Author; A Saye Sekhar
NDTV-Ipsos conducted a survey on Mid-term polls. While many interesting outcomes were projected, the most interesting denouement was the rise of YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh. The best part of the survey is 90 per cent of acceptance to the incumbent Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Orissa.
Most interesting prediction given by the survey is a total rout for the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which has been languishing in the Opposition for the last eight years in Andhra Pradesh.
How far the survey results would match the field reality still, as always, remains enigmatic. And, the survey would have several asterisk-marked conditions. Yet, the findings showed a victory in 21 Lok Sabha seats for the YSR Congress in Seemandhra region, 10 for TRS, nine for the Congress and two for others.
The survey completely wrote off the Telugu Desam Party which may not be the case in the State, where it has been living with the people and constantly taking up agitations on their behalf.
The survey also indicated that 48 per cent of people supported YS Jaganamohan Reddy for the Chief Minister, while 18 per cent voted for N Chandrababu Naidu, 17 per cent for K Chandrasekhar Rao, 11 per cent favoured Kiran Kumar Reddy and a *****rdly six per cent stood by movie actor Chiranjeevi.
During the interaction with Prannoy Roy, Union Minister for Power Veerappa Moily fumbled saying that the Congress has different other weapons to fight the elections. YS Jagan’s wife Bharati Reddy also sought to know if the CBI was one of those weapons.
Bharati Reddy said that YS Rajasekhara Reddy endeared himself to the people and that was the reason why the people gave him the mandate for a second term.
When Moily claimed that the Congress could romp home with impressive margins –33 Lok Sabha seats and government in the State – even though it was written off in the pre-poll analyses, Prannoy Roy asked him whether the Congress did not have any problems in the State. He had to admit that there were problems.
When Bharati Reddy responded saying that her husband clarified time and again that he would not support the BJP at any cost, Moily had to eat crow and parry the question whether the Congress would show some soft corner to Jagan saying the Congress and the YSRC were opponents. Moily was visibly piqued when AP result was discussed.
Bharati Reddy too was caught off guard when Prannoy Roy said a large section of people believed that her husband was indeed corrupt. She tried to cover up saying that people in Seemandhra region where her husband toured extensively, trusted her husband. However, Prannoy Roy dealt with the situation in a very somber way without embarrassing her any further, considering her choked emotions as her husband is imprisoned in the disproportionate assets case.
Scales clearly tilted towards TRS in Telangana region with 86 per cent favouring a separate State. While 76 per cent of people wanted KCR as the Chief Minister, an interesting 19 per cent favoured Jaganmohan Reddy.
The survey report exposed that things are not at all in favour of the TDP and the political surface was callused as far as t he TDP is concerned. Surely, the TDP would, not surprisingly, would rubbish the survey. Not unreasonable, though. But surely, people are tilting towards Jaganmohan Reddy. Has the concerted vilification campaign got anything to do with Jagan becoming the rallying point more and more by the day.
Now read this, the title sums it up. My sincere appeal to one and all for not tolerating such mockery of us and choose the right person in the next election and save our State from destruction, I rest my case !
Sakshi TV ties up with NDTV Worldwide (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/sakshi-tv-ties-upndtv-worldwide/437796/)
Business Standard Dated; Jun 04, 2011, Author; B Dasarath Reddy
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, MP and head of the newly-formed YSR Congress Party, is all set to give his Sakshi TV a more balanced and content-rich look with the help of NDTV. The move is aimed making the two-year-old news channel number one in the crowded Telugu visual media space.
The management of Sakshi channel recently gave a three-year contract to NDTV Worldwide, a media consultancy division of Delhi-based NDTV Limited, to help improve the content, look and feel of the channel besides improving the internal systems pertaining to human resources and revenue generation.
Confirming the development, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, director of both Sakshi channel and the newspaper run by Jagati Publications, said NDTV would be bringing in its technical and editorial expertise to enhance the overall appeal of Sakshi news channel. NDTV Worldwide would also work with the management on improving manpower utilisation and revenue generation. However, he refused to divulge the financial details of the tie-up
Confirming the development, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, director of both Sakshi channel and the newspaper run by Jagati Publications, said NDTV would be bringing in its technical and editorial expertise to enhance the overall appeal of Sakshi news channel. NDTV Worldwide would also work with the management on improving manpower utilisation and revenue generation. However, he refused to divulge the financial details of the tie-up.
According to sources close to NDTV, the Sakshi management would be paying anywhere between Rs 20 crore and Rs 30 crore for the services offered during the contract period.
Sakshi is the first Telugu news channel to rope in NDTV media division's services. A couple of other channels are also in discussions with the firm for content-related services. There are about 14 Telugu channels in AP.
Sources in the know said Jagan had promised NDTV a free hand in editorial matters to get an independent and neutral image for the news channel besides improving the content and presentation. “Jagan feels that the news channel should not end up being his mouthpiece,” a journalist associated with NDTV told Business Standard.
However, Sakshi officials said the consultant is aware of Jagan's political interests and would not be very aggressive in its advisory role on that count.
September 21st, 2012, 09:06 AM
T-Ministers want T-JAC to postpone Telangana March (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/article3919488.ece)
Worried over Hyderabad’s brand image as a global destination taking a beating
Worried over Hyderabad’s brand image of a global destination to host international events taking a beating if some untoward incidents take place during the Telangana March on September 30, Ministers from Telangana decided to appeal to the Telangana joint action committee (T-JAC) to put off the march.
In the backdrop of the T-JAC being firm on going ahead with Telangana March and its fallout on 11 Conference of Parties beginning on October 1, a perturbed government convened a meeting at short notice with the Ministers from the region on Thursday night.
Over a dozen Ministers attended the meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and expressed serious concern at the likely damage any violent incident could cause to the prestigious international event.
“All the Ministers from Telangana have decided to make an appeal to the T-JAC to postpone the march. The Chief Minister will also make similar appeal and hold an all-party meeting on the issue,” Minister for Information and Public Relations D.K. Aruna told The Hindu on Thursday night. Ministers were of the opinion that it was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Andhra Pradesh to project Hyderabad as a global destination. Majority of the Ministers feared that the march, almost coinciding with the Ganesh Nimmajanam on September 29 and 30, could trigger violence.
“As the march would be held on Tank Bund along with immersion, there is a likelihood of anti-social elements taking advantage of the situation and indulging in violence,” another Minister remarked.
It is understood that the Ministers said just one incident was enough to ruin the image of Hyderabad, which the government has been carefully nurturing over a period of time. They pointed out that at least two global conventions pertaining to medical practitioners and agriculture were slated in November and December this year respectively.
September 21st, 2012, 09:10 AM
Gurajada's song compulsory in Hyderabad schools today (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Gurajadas-song-compulsory-in-Hyderabad-schools-today/articleshow/16481649.cms)
VISAKHAPATNAM: To mark renowned poet Gurajada Apparao's 150th birth anniversary, the Hyderabad district administration has asked the education department to ensure students of all schools sing the patriotic song 'Desamunu preminchumanna...' on Friday at 11 am. The DEO on Thursday sent CDs of the song to all educational institutions in the Hyderabad jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the path-breaking Telugu drama 'Kanyasulkam' written by Gurajada Apparao would be staged in Kalabharti at Visakhapatnam on this occasion. The full-length version would have 39 scenes, 42 artists and 16 technical experts participating. Director, Sontineni Kishore, told TOI that the rehearsals went for six hours a day for the past five months for the final show.
September 21st, 2012, 09:11 AM
Haj pilgrimage all set for a rough take-off? (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Haj-pilgrimage-all-set-for-a-rough-take-off/articleshow/16481461.cms)
HYDERABAD: Officials of the State Haj Committee (SHC) are apprehensive that the 'pen-down' strike by employees of the Central Haj Committee of India (CHCI), only a fortnight before commencement of Haj season on October 6, could affect Haj operations in the state. They feared that pilgrimage plans could go haywire if CHCI embarkation officers failed to arrive in Hyderabad.
Sources from the State Haj Committee (SHC) said CHCI employees come to Haj House every year to act as embarkation point officers who are entrusted with checking accounts and booking flights. State Haj officials feared that if the strike continued Haj operations not only in the state, but across the country could be affected.
The demands of CHCI employees include increasing the Haj quota of accompanying family members of employees from none to five, the implementation of benefits for CHCI employees according to central service rules and replacing a deputy executive officer.
Sources at the SHC said the strike was temporarily suspended after Shakir Hussain, CEO, CHCI intervened and promised to look into the demands of employees by end of this week. "The strike may continue next week if the demands are not looked into. Embarkation officers are sent to the state throughout the course of Haj. They are authorised signatories and look into various aspects of flight booking," an official said.
Sources said that bookings were delayed in Delhi on Tuesday on account of the strike and feared a ripple effect in the state. "With the problem of space crunch in the Haj House already looming large, pilgrims from the state should not be inconvenienced further. In case the strike continues, the CHCI will have to make alternate arrangements for providing the Haj House with embarkation officers," an SHC official said.
CHCI officials maintained that the stir would not impact the pilgrimage. Shakir Hussain, CEO, CHCI said, "Employees are working again. We are looking into their demands and will present a solution soon. Our staff is not the kind which will derail pilgrimage arrangements."
September 21st, 2012, 09:13 AM
Vaccination from tomorrow (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Vaccination-from-tomorrow/articleshow/16481464.cms)
HYDERABAD: The schedule of the vaccination programme for anti-meningitis and polio drops for the state Haj pilgrims was announced on Thurday.
Chairman of the AP State Haj Committee Syed Khaleeluddin Ahmed said the vaccination programme for the pilgrims from the twin cities and Ranga Reddy district will start from September 22 at the Haj House, Nampally, and continue till September 28. The programme will be conducted between 10.30 am and 4.00 pm.
A training camp for the pilgrims will be organized at Masjid Hussaini, Vijaynagar Colony opposite ITI Guild, Mallepally, on September 23 from 10.30 am to 4.30pm. There will be no vaccination programme on that day.
The vaccines are also being made available at Princess Esra Hospital near Charminar from Monday to Friday. Haj Committee executive officer Abdul Hameed requested the pilgrims to avail this opportunity as it has been made mandatory by the Saudi government. He requested the pilgrims to bring their HAT cards and selection letters along with them.
September 21st, 2012, 09:16 AM
Students turn social cops (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/students-turn-social-cops/293604-60-121.html)
Disgusted with corruption, red-tapism, backwardness and not least, the stinking surroundings? How many times have you discussed and debated these issues at your home, college or office with your colleagues, friends and family? And, what have you done about it except complain? The answer to these questions, in most cases, would be: yes, many times and nothing. But a group of enterprising students, including one from Hyderabad, have decided that enough is enough and have taken the saying, be the change you want to see, seriously.
They call themselves the Social Cops and aim at bridging the gap between citizens and the administration. The trio, who have come up with this idea are Varun Banka from Ranchi, Prukalpa Sankar from Hyderabad and Harjoben Singh from Jallandhar – all students of the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Explaining the rationale behind the formation of the group, city girl Prukalpa says, “We have all worked extensively with NGOs on grass-roots problems in India. It was the time when the India Against Corruption movement was at its peak and we realized that people of the nation wanted to be actively involved in changing policies and bringing about a change for the better. So, we began to brainstorm about possible ways to bring that change. We wanted to start with small problems like garbage on the roads, potholes and water drainage issues.”
How does Social Cops work?
The students’ idea is rather simple. They want to create a mobile platform that allows citizens to post complaints, be it about an uncleared garbage in their neighbourhood or water leaks, through their mobile phones on a website. By coordinating with NGOs and civic authorities, the students forward or notify these complaints to the relevant officials.
They hope it will infuse a sense of accountability among officials and responsibility among citizens. “We are currently running a crowd funding campaign to get the initial requisite funds to get started,” informs Prukalpa. According to her, it was the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) that inspired them to initiate the project. “We realized that municipal corporations in India were becoming tech-savvy and wanted citizens to be actively involved in the administration issues. Especially, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), which is our main inspiration for initiating the project,” she admits.
The corporation invites citizens to upload pictures of garbage, cleanliness issues on its Facebook page, issues them a complaint tracking number and addresses them on Facebook itself. “It was this moment that helped us put it all together and identify the change process that we were trying to create,” Prukalpa says.
What lies ahead?
The group wanted to launch a beta project out of the Delhi University Campus. “With EDMC being so supportive, we thought of choosing Delhi to kick-start the project. Once the platform is built and the beta project is proven successful, we will be able to expand it to other cities. Currently, we’ve received the maximum support from Hyderabad. Everybody is interested in supporting us. We’re also reaching out to different municipalities and local administrations.”
The group is building the product for all platforms right now and the portal should be ready and functional by the end of December. “In terms of complaining about problems, people in India can do it from Jan 2013 onwards. We want to ensure that we can create change and we want the public authorities and NGOs involved actively. So even if it takes longer, we should get it right,” says the girl.
The launch in the city will start off with a cleanliness drive and an awareness campaign, spearheaded by youngsters. The process might take time and will start off anytime in 2013. “We will be looking at colleges and will be recruiting people as campus ambassadors to involve them and try and make as many Social Cops as possible,” explains the city-based founder.
September 21st, 2012, 06:17 PM
Vandalised statues forgotten in beautification drive ? (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/21/statues-forgotten/74589)
While work is on in full swing to prep the City, statues that were vandalised last year are left ignored
Just a month back Hyderabad looked different. Today, it has got a makeover with painted flyovers and dividers, new roads and a variety of other features.While the officials have been on their toes to make sure everything is spic and span, one thing they have missed out is the Tank Bund road. This was until a student from one of the City’s leading hospitality management institutions questioned the CM on why the
statues that were demolished during the ‘One Million March’ had not yet been replaced, especially as the biodiversity meet was just around the corner.
“Our leader NT Rama Rao had installed these statues with so much passion. Look at what has happened to them now. It’s such an insult to him and our national leaders,” said T Prak*esh Goud, Rajendranagar, MLA.
Tank bund is located in the heart of the City and acts as a bridge between the twin cities. It’s also one of the most visited places making it obvious that international delegates are sure to pay a visit to it. The Tank bund road has 33 statues of Telugu scholars, poets, leaders and freedom fighters.
Of these 33 statues, as many as 16 statues were allegedly vandalised by T-supporters during the ‘Million March’ called by pro-Telangana groups about a year-and-a-half back. Ever since, these statues have not been replaced.
“The corporators and floor leaders have raised this issue with the CM several times. In fact, we have also given a written representation and he responded to it. However, nothing is being done about it. At lease before the CBD meet they should have done it. It shows Hyderabad and it’s culture in the wrong light,” said J Hemalatha, corporator, Himayathnagar.
Students who allegedly had a major role to play in vandalising the statues are again planning a similar rally just two days before the main CBD event, from September 27 to 28.
Talking to Postnoon, Krishank Manne, OU JAC spokes person said, “We will do it again. Statues are lifeless so it makes no difference but we have lives and we are giving our lives for a separate state. Last time what happened was mob mentality. We were angry and we may break statues this time too. For the CBD, the government is painting a fake picture. We will make sure that the true picture will be shown.”
In May 2011, the government had sanctioned `75.70 lakh towards re-installation of the statues but we wonder what has happened to that money and the plan.
September 21st, 2012, 06:50 PM
Rare lung transplant performed at Secunderabad hospital (http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/rare-lung-transplant-performed-at-secunderabad-hospital/59380/)
A rare lung transplant, the third of its kind in the country, was performed at a Secunderabad-based hospital near here.
Doctors at Yashodha Hospital successfully operated upon the lungs of a 34-year-old woman from Pune, who was suffering from interstitial fibrosis, a critical condition where lungs become stiff, blocking passage of oxygen into blood.
The hospital's team comprising chief cardiothoracic transplant and minimal access surgeon AGK Gokhale and senior consultant anesthetist Subramanyam performed the 14-hour long surgery.
Doctors treating her in Mumbai had suggested a lung transplant, as both her lungs were damaged.
The decision to conduct a surgery was taken after family members of the brain-dead patient, who had been bed ridden for several months and was dependent on external supply of oxygen, agreed to donate the organ.
The patient has been doing well since the transplant, though she will be under observation for another three to six months.
September 21st, 2012, 10:48 PM
September 22nd, 2012, 07:04 AM
I am not fan of Jagan but i certainly feel that results would be as predicted by NDTV
September 22nd, 2012, 12:41 PM
I am not fan of Jagan but i certainly feel that results would be as predicted by NDTV
NDTV tilt towards congress and more so Sonia Gandhi in all its political debates.In fact it is rumoured as a paid channel of the congress party.In Delhi the channel is nicknamed as Nehru Dynasty TV not NEw Delhi TV.:)
September 22nd, 2012, 12:44 PM
I am not fan of Jagan but i certainly feel that results would be as predicted by NDTV
If Jagan wins 2014 elections as per the NDTV survey then GOD save the state.I don't think electorates in A.P are simpleton and Naive.
September 22nd, 2012, 01:08 PM
NDTV tilt towards congress and more so Sonia Gandhi in all its political debates.In fact it is rumoured as a paid channel of the congress party.In Delhi the channel is nicknamed as Nehru Dynasty TV not NEw Delhi TV.:)
Ranga'ji exactly why I quoted the News Article which stated that Sakshi TV had tied up with NDTV in 2011. They are Business partners and NDTV is on their Payroll, doesn't take rocket science to understand that it favored them in their survey.
If Jagan wins 2014 elections as per the NDTV survey then GOD save the state.I don't think electorates in A.P are simpleton and Naive.
Exactly, they can win a By-election in their stronghold but its impossible for them to gain an absolute majority riding simply on emotions and sympathy. Saying so is mocking the intelligence of the people themselves. The only foreseeable way that he could become a CM is to merge with Congress and both of them win the election together.
I have a sneaking suspicion that this is all a drama colluded by both the parties to put the opposition in a corner. I hope they wake up to this drama soon or else it will be too late.
September 22nd, 2012, 02:12 PM
If Jagan wins 2014 elections as per the NDTV survey then GOD save the state.I don't think electorates in A.P are simpleton and Naive.
I swear you can take a move based on AP & its politics. The storyline beginning with YSR's death. Everything went out of control since. Infact the movie, Leader, has a similar storyline. It's a well directed movie by Sekhar Kammula.
September 22nd, 2012, 02:41 PM
Biodiversity in Hyderabad has taken a hit: GHMC study (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/node/158456)
The biodiversity index of Greater Hyderabad has revealed a huge decline in various native species, with the number of fish species down from 78 to 12 in city lakes and amphibian species badly affected, it is learnt.
GHMC is preparing the biodiversity index with the help of various agencies, and it is due to release it during the CoP-11.
According to the findings, reptile species are relatively better off, as their habitat, the hillocks, is untouched in several parts of the city. It was also found that around 400 new species of ornamental plants have been introduced in the city.
“Reduction in the number of species is largely due to the heavy pollution,” observed Dr R. Hampaiah, chairman, AP Biodiversity Board, adding, the lakes are the worst affected due to effluents from industries.
September 22nd, 2012, 02:49 PM
‘State spending less on construction workers’ (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/State-spending-less-on-construction-workers/articleshow/16496900.cms)
HYDERABAD: In spite of having a booming realty sector, the state hardly spends on the welfare of the construction workers, said Union labour minister Mallikarjun Kharge here on Friday.
Addressing a two-day national workshop on 'Implementation of the Building & Other Construction Workers' Act here on Friday, the minister said that around 11.64 lakh workers were registered with the AP Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board. "The board has till date collected a cess of Rs 625 crore from builders to be spent on the welfare of the construction workers. However, it has spent only Rs 34.73 crore," Kharge said.
In contrast, the Kerala government spent Rs 453 crore of Rs 546 crore it collected as building cess for the welfare of 17.45 lakh registered construction workers, he said.
Till June, only 88.10 lakh construction workers have been registered against the total strength of 4.46 crore workers in the country. The total collection of cess with the welfare board is 7,057 crore of which only Rs 1,000 crore has been spent. As of now, 34 states/Union Territories have notified rules under the Act, 33 have constituted welfare boards.
Though the Centre is implementing various Acts for the construction workers welfare, there is still a need for a comprehensive central legislation for the workers category, said the minister. "The state governments and welfare boards which are lagging behind in implementing the Acts should take this opportunity to learn from the experiences of states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh who have been doing well. I must confess that in the context of the implementation of Acts, a lot needs to be done by the states," said the Minister.
He also said that the Union labour ministry would soon bring in a legislation in Parliament for the welfare of domestic workers.
September 22nd, 2012, 02:52 PM
Govt foils bid to sell abattoir land (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Govt-foils-bid-to-sell-abattoir-land/articleshow/16496818.cms)
HYDERABAD: Alarmed at the attempts by some individuals to sell off land parcels at Gowlipura in Bandlaguda Mandal where the work for modernizing a slaughterhouse is underway, the government has put up notice boards cautioning public against buying land there since a dispute case involving most part of the abattoir land is pending before the CCLA for more than a year now.
The total extent of land in the Gowlipura abattoir is 14 acre, which in its entirety is being claimed by some individuals. Revenue officials say that though the private parties initially claimed all the land including that of the slaughterhouse in its entirety, they have later relinquished their claim over 2000 square yards of slaughterhouse land where slaughtering takes place. After the land dispute entered the high court, the court ordered the CCLA in 2011 to look into the matter and pass an order. The case is pending before the CCLA for more than a year and until then status quo is to be maintained. Meanwhile, the individuals were allegedly trying to sell the land.
Mild tension prevailed in the area on Friday when revenue officials assisted by Gowlipura police officials from Bandlaguda tehsildar's office erected boards declaring the land "litigation property" to prevent it from being sold. Bandlaguda tehsildar Nagaraju said they had acted after the Hyderabad collector received complaints about land being sold. He maintained that the land belongs to the government as pahani records of the 1950s show the area as a slaughterhouse. A police picket has also been posted at the spot to ensure that status quo is maintained.
The GHMC which is currently modernizing five abattoirs in the city including the one in Gowlipura has gone ahead with its work. Authorities say that two-thirds of the work is complete and they are in the stage of fixing operators to run the slaughterhouses. "The operations are likely to begin after two months. We will go ahead with the remaining work. We are certain that the land belongs to the government. If the CCLA's order says otherwise we will challenge it in the court," said a senior GHMC official.
September 22nd, 2012, 02:53 PM
Security beefed up at Secretariat (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Security-beefed-up-at-Secretariat/articleshow/16496923.cms)
HYDERABAD: Suspecting that Telangana students will try to repeat their August 8 bravado during the upcoming 'Chalo Secretariat' call slated for September 27, the state has decided to tighten the rules pertaining to issuance of visitors' passes.
On August 8 , five students of Telangana Vidyarthi Parishad managed to breach the security and entered the Secretariat. They went to the third floor of D Block where a meeting of the cabinet sub-committee was going on and sat on a dharna, holding placards condemning various decisions of the government. The protest interrupted the meeting for sometime and later, security personnel forcibly lifted the students from the spot and handed them over to Saifabad police.
The government took serious note of the incident and ordered an inquiry.
It was found that a section officer from the department of Secondary Education was responsible for the students to gain entry into the Secretariat. Normally, visitors are allowed inside between 3 pm and 5 pm on producing a pass stating their name, photograph and the name of the officer he or she has to visit. But the report said the students sneaked in at daytime with the help of a visitors' pass. If a visitor has to gain entry into Secretariat prior to 3 pm, he or she has to get a reference from a senior staff member. On August 8, the section officer came to the reception in person and took the five students inside. A pass was issued with the photograph of one of the students and the section officers' name mentioned as the referee.
Sources said the officer was unaware of the real motive of the students and he took them inside due to his acquaintance with one of them. "The students did not tell the section officer about their intention to stage a dharna. After entering the Secretariat, they spoke to the officer for more than an hour and then took leave. The officer assumed that they left Secretariat but the students entered D Block and sat on a dharna," said a source.
Based on the report, the officer was warned to not repeat it in future and the security at the reception were also asked to frisk the visitors thoroughly, even if they are referred by senior staff. "The students folded the placards and hid them under their clothes," said a senior official.
September 22nd, 2012, 03:08 PM
The comic introspection (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/the-comic-introspection/293968-60-121.html)
Exploring the memories of a couple and their realisations as to how certain insignificant incidents play an important role in defining a person’s personality, is the Bengaluru-based theatre group Indian Ensemble, through their Hindi play titled Treadmill, which will be staged today and tomorrow in the city.
With an intention to inspire Hyderabadi theatre enthusiasts, R K Shenoy, founder and director of Dramanon Hyderabad invited Indian Ensemble to present their well-appreciated play, Treadmill. “We have seen an exponential growth of theatre activities in Hyderabad in the last two years or so. There are more number of theatre groups, theatre festivals and competitions being organised. Although there is an exposure to quality theatre, I still feel that it is not enough. There have to be more of such activities where acclaimed groups and plays need to be showcased such that it inspires theatre enthusiasts. That is why I invited this group to showcase their art in Hyderabad,” says Shenoy.
Written by Sandeep Shikhar, Treadmill was initially a monologue, but director Abhishek Majumdar added few more actors to this act. “When I read the script, it was flexible enough to be performed with as many actors as we wanted,” shares Majumdar, adding, “That is the quality of a good play. For example, a Shakerspearan play can be performed using one actor or 70 actors.
But, the essence of it is the story and the characters of the story. That is how our play is.”
Treadmill is a comedy act, which is contemporary in nature and very relatable to the audience. The play will be seen with three actors, donning the hat of multiple characters.
“This play can be done in many ways and we have already performed it around 27 times with a change in the actors and some additions/deletions in the script. However, the essence of the script has always remained the same. The experience has been a very personal and a wonderful one. I hope Hyderabad enjoys the play,” signs off Majumdar.
‘Treadmill’ will be staged today at 8 pm and tomorrow at 6 pm at the NIFT auditorium, Madhapur.
September 22nd, 2012, 03:18 PM
Amateurs only (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/glam-sham/amateurs-only-419)
It was Indian Idol after four beers. There were three judges, a dancing crowd and even a proud father cheering a son on. Emotions were at an all-time high — well, obviously. Because the World Karaoke Championship’s Hyderabad leg saw a phenomenal turnout.
And Hyderabad, on that Thursday night, had a dream finish. City kid Steven Rubin, a programmer with a software firm, took away the first prize. “I’m so glad Hyderabad hosted this event. You’d have to go to Bengaluru for an opportunity like this. But this time, it’s happening in my city. Overall, a very pleasant experience.”
But can talent really shine in a place filled with ice cubes? Judge Remo goes into a slight frown.
“We’re looking for that one person who can make the crowd sway. The Rocker! Some may be drunk, but so what? Talent is everywhere, even at a pub. One of the rules is the participants should be strictly amateurs with no history in professional music,” the legend said.
And Vizag boy Murtza Qurasani did bring out the “amateurish” nature of the event. After “going missing” to take a phone call, the crowd saved him from being eliminated by tracking him down and pushing him onto the stage to sing Coldplay’s runaway hit Fix You.
“I came here with my friends from Vizag. I always wanted to sing this song. Tonight, I sang in front of 400 people and my friends. Feels awesome.”
That’s exactly what the atmosphere was — awesome. Even the father in the crowd was thrilled.
“Ever since he found a little cassette in the car, he’s always wanted to sing. So tonight, I bought him a drink and told him to go break a leg,” said proud dad Prateek Srivastava after son Mishti went on to win a prize.
September 22nd, 2012, 03:32 PM
Fiat India to focus on brand-building (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/fiat-india-to-focusbrand-building-/187897/on)
Today, the company has launched its limited Absolute editions of its Punto and Linea in Hyderabad
Fiat India Automobiles will continue focusing on its brand-building exercises and to create a strong presence across India in the coming years, according to Ravi Bhatia, head (business development) of the company.
"We are taking up aggressive advertising and marketing initiatives this year to position the brand in the market. This year, we have launched the 2012 model year in the beginning of the year. We have also launched the Punto 90 HP edition with additional features, a engine-technical campaign and launched two Fiat caffes - company's exclusive showroom - at Pune and Delhi," he said.
Today, the company has launched its limited Absolute editions of its Punto and Linea in Hyderabad. The Absolute edition cars come with a customised accessory pack that offers additional value to customers at no extra cost.
"This is our fourth such initiative this year to position the brand and to increase the market share from the current 0.4%," Bhatia told Business Standard.
The company, which had formed a joint venture with Tata Motors in 2008 to manufacture, sell and service its vehicles, decided to part ways earlier this year. It is now on a re-structuring drive to revive its brand in the country.
"We are going to open 80 exclusive company owned dealerships across the country by March 2013," he said. Currently, Fiat India has 174 Tata Fiat outlets in India.
It targets to sell 1,000 units per month. "During the festive season, we expect to get more customers and expect to see a good growth in sales," he said refusing to put a concrete number.
The new limited editions with ‘Absolute’ features come with maximum benefits of upto Rs 78,000 on Linea and Rs 67,000 on Punto, as part of the festival offer. The new features include car pad - navigation & 3G tablet, exchange bonus and discounts on insurance.
September 22nd, 2012, 03:41 PM
Drunk city nabbed, 9,500 times (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/22/drunk-city-nabbed-9500-times/74838)
The campaign against drunken driving that had been launched by the City traffic police seems to be working after all. Several offenders are now wary of driving under the influence of alcohol and according to their wives are now spending more time at home. In fact, several of them have been thanking CV Anand, additional commissioner of police (Traffic) for his efforts to curb the practice.
In the last 10 months alone, the traffic police has registered 9,500 cases of drunken driving within the City limits. Some of these cases have involved prominent people like sons of ministers, CRPF personnel, army men, captains and also Tollywood actors like Nikhil, Navdeep and Shiva Balaji.
Checkposts set up by the traffic police across the City on weekends are now a common feature. Nearly 22 special teams are pressed into action every weekend to keep a check on the incidence of drunken driving. On an average nearly 100 cases are booked on Friday nights while the number goes up to 200-240 on a Saturday night.
Typically, those arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol are produced in court and later sent for counselling. According to the police, many of those who are booked for drunken driving feel guilty and as a result the incidence of driving under the influence has reduced significantly among the rich and the upper middle class.
“There has been a spurt in cases of drunken driving in people who are not from the City. This could be because they are not aware about our campaign against driving under the influence of alcohol,” says Anand.
He goes on to add, “So far we have not faced any legal hassles against our campaign. In fact, other metros like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore have also appreciated our work.”
The traffic police hopes to continue the good work and curb the incidence of drunken driving. “Up to 30ml of alcohol is acceptable for drunken driving. I am sure none of my men have taken a bribe in this campaign and that is why our efforts have been appreciated by the public,” said Anand.
Recently, when Anand met some of the families of drunken driving offenders, he received appreciation from the housewives. He was reportedly told to keep up his good work and that he had their full support.
September 22nd, 2012, 03:44 PM
Who’s the prettiest of them all? (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/22/whos-the-prettiest-of-them-all/74842)
An evening of fun, frolic and fashion took place as the City hosted one of the most-awaited events of the year — the I am She Miss Universe contest. The winner Urvashi Rautela will represent India at the 61st Miss Universe pageant to be held in December, this year.
The glamour quotient was at an all-time high at the Leonia Holistic Destination & Resorts, Hyderabad, as 20 beautiful girls from across the country contested for the coveted crown of I am She Miss Universe pageant and a panel of judges including actors Mugdha Godse, Harman Baweja, boxer Mary Kom, designer Neeta Lulla, photographer Santhosh Sivan, Dario group sales director from Istituto Maringoni and Richard Hyde from the British Council judged them.
After some gruelling rounds including swimsuit wear, evening gown and interviews, Miss India Universe 2012 and the two runners-up were selected. Urvashi Rautela, 18, from Uttaranchal was declared the winner. Shilpa Singh was adjudged the first runners up and Arlette Garo, the second runner up at the contest.
There were many memorable moments during the pageant that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. Cheering throughout for their favourite participants and enjoying the cultural extravaganza, the home crowd was seen having a gala time.
The winner of the show Urvashi had to face a question from one of the judges Harman Baweja. Not having heard the question right, she did not hesitate to ask Harman to repeat the question three times. She still managed to be in control and impressed the judges and audience alike with her confidence.
Another such moment was when Hyderabad’s very own Aneesha Chowdhary who made it to the top 5 gave a quirky answer. She was asked what came first chicken or an egg? Her answer was that she had the egg before chicken and that she liked to believe that the egg came first.
The judges too had their share of fun. Harman like a true charmer entertained the audience by asking the boxing sensation Mary Kom to dance with him and she played along by teaching him some boxing-inspired steps.
With 20 beautiful contesta*nts and more glamorous judges, the founder of I am She, Sush*mita Sen in a blue sequ*inned gown still managed to steal the show from all the others.
September 24th, 2012, 11:56 AM
Hyderabad in grip of dengue, malaria (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/hyderabad-in-grip-of-dengue-malaria/article3931445.ece)
Number of positive dengue cases has swelled to 32 and malaria to 347
Cases of dengue and malaria are showing an upswing in the capital. The number of positive dengue cases has swelled to 32 and malaria to 347, confirmed Health officials.
The prevalence rate of dengue and malaria this year is far more intense compared to last year when it was 14 dengue cases and just 187 cases of malaria.
TENSE COP OFFICIALS
With CoP-11 biodiversity meet just a few days away, the steady rise in cases of dengue and malaria has made officials anxious. The Health authorities have once again appealed private hospitals to declare dengue positive cases after conducting mandatory IGM ELISA test at the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM).
The areas from where dengue cases were reported include Sanathnagar, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri, Amberpet, Malakpet, Attapur, Begum Bazar, Hafeezbaba Nagar and ECIL.
MBT corporator Amjadullah Khan has been regularly raising the issue of high incidence of dengue in his Azampura division and other parts of the old city.
Malaria cases were reported from the areas of Santoshnagar, Uppuguda, Ghansi Bazar, Bada Bazar, A.C Guards, Golnaka and so on.
“In one week, about 25 patients were admitted in Yashoda Hospital at Malakpet, Hope Hospital at Adarsh Nagar, Aditya, Star, Darushifa in old city with dengue symptoms,” said, Singireddy Srinivas Reddy, a TDP corporator.
“Despite the rise in dengue cases, government appears to be unmoved. The government should bear the entire treatment cost of patients,” he said.
The Cantonment too is not oblivious to the happenings. Three dengue cases have been reported from Anna Nagar, Lothukunta and Bowenpally, while 10 viral fever cases surfaced at Balamrai and Military Quarters area, a Secunderabad Cantonment Board member said.
However, SCB authorities maintained that no dengue cases were detected.
“There could be sporadic cases but we are taking several measures like regular fogging and spraying anti-larval chemicals in water bodies and water stagnation points,” said CEO S. Balakrishna.
September 24th, 2012, 11:57 AM
Beauty queens light up the night in Hyderabad (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/beauty-queens-light-up-the-night-in-hyderabad/294620-60-121.html)
After 10 days of grooming, grilling and getting gorgeous, three of the final 20 contestants were crowned the queens of the I Am She 2012 beauty pageant finale early Saturday morning at the Leonia Holistic resort in the city.
Urvashi Hirautela from Kotdwar (Uttarkand), Shilpa Singh from Mumbai and Arlette Grao from Chennai were crowned I Am She Miss Universe India, I Am She first runner up and I Am She second runner up respectively. Going through a nerve-wracking two-and-a-half hours, the ladies survived a swim-suit round and two rounds of a question-answer session with the panel of judges that included British Deputy High Commissioner Hyderabad, Richard Hyde, Group Sales Director at Instituto Marangoni, Dario Cattaneo, Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom, fashion designer Neeta Lulla, actor Harman Baweja, model-turned actress Mugda Godse and cinematographer Santhosh Sivan, to make it to the top five.
Hyderabad’s own Aneesha Chowdhary along with Dipna Patel were the other two top five finalists who lost out at the last minute.Besides the top three slots, five of the 20 contestants were crowned with various titles during the sub-contests. Neha Murali won I Am Voice, while Gurbani Chopra was crowned I Am Congenial. Second runner up Arlette Grao was conferred with I Am Spirit, Miss Universe India while Hirautela was crowned I Am Photogenic, and top five finalist Dipana Patel bagged the I Am Fit title.
Judges had their moments with the contestants during the Q&A, with questions like, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?”, “How best to propose to a guy?” and “Three things about India that the one would tell a foreigner.” The second Q&A round was a common question to all top five finalists asking them to list out three things they had learnt during the pageant that would help them clinch an international title.
I Am She founder-president Sushmita Sen summed the experience best when she said, “To go beyond, one must go through it first.” Present along with her two daughters, she proudly presented the winners at the end of the pageant. Former I Am She winners, Tanvi Singla who was the first runner up at the Miss Asia Pacific 2011, Parul Duggal who was the first runner up at Miss Globe International 2011 and Himangini Singh Yadu who won Miss Asia Pacific 2012 crowned Grao, Singh and Hirautela respectively.
The contestants will represent India at the International beauty pageants this year with Hirautela all set to represent the country at the Miss Universe pageant this December.
September 24th, 2012, 11:59 AM
Hyderabad has no ‘power’ to save its ‘dark’ future (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Hyderabad-has-no-power-to-save-its-dark-future/articleshow/16520935.cms)
Greater Hyderabad, which has grandiose plans to emerge as a world-class city, is poised for dark days ahead. The twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad are already being subjected to three-hour power cuts a day by the Central Power Distribution Company of AP (APCPDCL) in view of the precarious power situation prevailing in the state. The industries in and around Hyderabad are suffering 40 per cent power cuts, besides "power holidays" for three days a week.
The metropolitan zone of APCPDCL, covering the twin cities, gets power supply from the state grid. It is mainly fed from 220-KV EHT sub-stations at Chandrayangutta, Shivarampally, Shapurnagar and Moula Ali and 132-KV sub-stations located at 11 places. There are an estimated 16 lakh consumers (domestic, commercial and HT and LT- industries) and the peak demand comes to 1,500 megawatts. The consumption averages 20 million units (MUs) a day, as against the demand for 25 MUs. Power cuts are imposed to overcome this huge shortfall.
AP Electricity Regulatory Commission, in its revised order on restriction and control measures for the period from September 2012 to May 2013, has projected a grim picture of power availability in the state. The daily energy deficit in the state is set to rise to 49 MUs in October 2012 and come down to 39 MUs in November and 31 MUs in December. After falling further to 21 MUs in January 2013, the deficit would rise again to 40 MUs in February and peak at 79 MUs in March. It would come down to 74 MUs in April and 40 MUs a day in May 2013. Thus, the consumers in Hyderabad have to bear with steep power cuts for another nine months, till mid-June, when hopefully we may get good monsoon for hydel generation apart from higher quantum of power from thermal and gas-based stations.
The long-term scenario on the power front is hardly inspiring. The demand for power in Hyderabad metro zone is slated to swell to 5,000 MW by 2019-20 and the daily requirement would be between 60 MUs to 75 MUs.
There has been little progress on the establishment of a dedicated power plant for Hyderabad in the last two decades. In the early 1990s, a proposal was mooted to set up a 660-megawatt coal-based power project at Shankarpally in Rangareddy district for dedicated power supply to Hyderabad. The detailed project report was readied in 1995 and the National Thermal Power Corporation was entrusted the task of setting up the project. In the absence of coal linkage, it was later proposed to use naphtha. Though the land for the project was identified, the work could not be started as naphtha availability was also doubtful.
In 2002, the government sought to revive the Hyderabad Metro Combined Cycle Power Project with higher capacity of 1,400 megawatts based on supply of gas from Krishna-Godavari basin. However, the project was again put in cold storage till June 2011, when renewed efforts were made to secure gas and other clearances for the project though its installed capacity was sought to be reduced to 1,000 megawatts. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has recently written to the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas requesting allocation of 4.72 million standard cubic metres of gas per day for the Shankarpally gas-based project.
To meet the demand by the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2021-22), Hyderabad certainly needs to have dedicated power plants with total installed capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 megawatts. This would require massive investment, apart from assured availability of gas and coal for running these plants. So far, the successive governments have shown little urgency to set up dedicated power plants for Hyderabad. This half-heartedness is the root cause of the perennial power cuts that have become the bane of Hyderabad's residents.
September 24th, 2012, 12:04 PM
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation contractors call off strike (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Greater-Hyderabad-Municipal-Corporation-contractors-call-off-strike/articleshow/16520775.cms)
HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) contractors have called off their strike on Sunday afternoon after commissioner M T Krishna Babu ordered an inquiry into the issue of manhandling of a contractor by an executive engineer.
The Contractors' Association alleged that central zone executive engineer Mohan Singh assaulted contractor Nagesh at GHMC's Khairatabad office, following which the latter lodged a complaint with the Saifabad police on Friday night. Demanding action against the engineer, the Contractors' Association went on strike from that night itself.
On Sunday, GHMC commissioner Krishna Babu held a meeting with the representatives of the Contractors' Association and ordered an inquiry into the incident by zonal commissioner (central zone) Ronald Rose. He said action would be taken against the engineer if found guilty. The commissioner asked the contractors to resume work and the association agreed to his request.
September 24th, 2012, 12:10 PM
Kavita Seth, Masoom strike a spiritual note (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Kavita-Seth-Masoom-strike-a-spiritual-note/articleshow/16520753.cms)
HYDERABAD: It was a 'mehfil' Hyderabad will not forget too soon. Set in the backdrop of a magnificently-lit Chowmahalla Palace, with two musicians par excellence creating a spiritually-charged ambience, Day 2 of the Times Sufi Nights, had the audience in a trance all through Sunday evening. If Kavita Seth's husky voice saw those in the stands __ packed-to-capacity from much before the start of the concert __ grooving from the moment she took to the microphone, qawwali maestro Munawwar Masoom's finesse left the palace premises reverberating with loud applauses and 'wah wah'. There was, indeed, never a dull moment.
Adding to Seth's charm, who gave the night the most fitting start with a Khusro's 'Chap Tilak Sab', was her poise and proficient team, also comprising her young son (on vocals). The brilliance of the flute and tabla only further enhanced her offerings that oozed devotion, dedication and honesty. Whether it was a Rumi composition or a Bollywood blockbuster, the accompaniments made each track sound more soulful and almost surreal. Though 'Gunja Sa Hai Koi Iktara' and 'Mora Pia Mose' stepped up the mood of the evening, it was Seth's version of the legendary number 'Duma Dum Mast Kalandar' that stole the show ultimately. Peppered with intricate 'taans' and `sargams', the song left the crowds captivated. And just when they thought it was over, a little too soon though, Seth surprised her fans with a few lines of 'Tumi Ho Bandhu', from Cocktail.
The filmy 'mahol' took a classical turn thereafter when Masoom, with his talented team in tow, took their place on the stage. The artist's towering persona coupled with some heart-wrenching compositions and a robust voice immediately had the audience gripped. Praises and cheers were heard pouring in from all corners of the stands as denizens clearly seemed to be enjoying every bit of the evening. The touching lyrics of 'Mann Qunto Maula' or 'Jabse Teri Ruswayi Se', flooded with huge doses of breathtaking 'harkats' by Masoom not just infused a fresh lease of life in to the evening but also made the show unforgettable for many. Those who had given prior commitments a pass to be part of the sufi music night, were only too happy to have waded through long winding traffic to reach the venue. "We gave our initial movie plans a miss to come here. And I do not think I have any regrets," said Bharti Bhargav who was seen having a good time with friends and family.
September 24th, 2012, 12:11 PM
CBI, Anti-Corruption Bureau to form joint group to deal with cases (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/CBI-Anti-Corruption-Bureau-to-form-joint-group-to-deal-with-cases/articleshow/16521041.cms)
HYDERABAD: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths have decided to form a joint coordination group to exchange and enhance their knowledge about various issues related to investigation of cases booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
On Sunday, a joint conference of ACB and CBI officers was held at a hotel in Masab Tank to discuss best possible ways of co-operation between the two agencies. As both ACB and CBI's Hyderabad unit primarily deal with cases booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the officers discussed cases of criminal misconduct, difficulties in collection of evidence and strategy to overcome them.
At the end of the conference, it was decided that a joint group, comprising officials from legal section and field-level investigators, would be formed. The group would meet frequently to discuss problems encountered in investigation, prosecution of cases and exchange best practices.The meeting was attended by ACB DG B Prasada Rao, CBI JD V V Lakshminarayana and other senior staff from both the agencies.
September 24th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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September 26th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Ganesh puja body urges TJAC to defer march (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Ganesh-puja-body-urges-TJAC-to-defer-march/articleshow/16562249.cms)
HYDERABAD: Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samiti organisers have appealed to the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) to defer the proposed 'Chalo Hyderabad' protest.
On Wednesday evening, Utsav Samiti's members organised a review meeting at their office in Baheti Bhavan in Siddiamber Bazar and it was attended by Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma. During the meeting, the organisers appealed to TJAC to defer the Chalo Hyderabad protest. "We have appealed to all political parties not to use the Ganesh immersion procession for political benefits.
In a recent statement, TJAC convener Kodandaram has assured us that they will not obstruct Ganesh procession or cause any problem to devotees.
However, as there seems to be likelihood of devotees facing trouble, we appeal to TJAC to postpone the event," Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samiti general secretary Bhagwant Rao told TOI.
The Ganesh Utsav Samiti organisers also pointed out that in 2011 TJAC had postponed the 'Sakala Janula Samme' from August 17 to September not to cause any inconvenience to the faithful during Ramzan.
"When they had deferred Sakala Janula Samme for Ramzan month, they could do the same for Ganesh immersion," Rao said.
September 26th, 2012, 11:28 PM
No violence, cops warn T groups (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/No-violence-cops-warn-T-groups/articleshow/16562509.cms)
HYDERABAD: Claiming that they have received intelligence inputs which suggest that the 'Chalo Hyderabad' march slated for September 30 may trigger violence, city police have warned agitators of stern action in case they are found engaging in arson and rioting. Briefing the media about issues related to the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC)'s 'Chalo Hyderabad' protest to be held on Tank Bund, director general (law & order) SA Huda on Wednesday appealed to the organisers to rethink the September 30 date for the protest which comes a day before inauguration of the CoP-11 international diversity meet.
"International media will be in the city to cover CoP-11 and the violence in the city may cause damage to the image of the nation. So, we have not granted permission to the protest and will act tough against anyone attempting to create trouble," Huda said.
Police are worried that protesters might sneak into the city in the garb of devotees looking to participate in the Ganesh immersions on September 29. "We have information that communal elements might indulge in violence during the protest," Huda said.
Police said that the intelligence gathered so far indicated that there was every chance of the protest turning violent with likely attacks on Seemandhra business establishments and leaders, their properties and offices.
"Even though TJAC has been claiming that the protest will be peaceful, we have inputs that there is a clear chance of the protest turning violent due to mob frenzy, as was the case during last year's Million March. This time, there might be attacks on Seemandhra business establishments and their leaders," Huda said.
In the wake of such inputs, police have already identified potential targets, including government buildings, party offices, politicians and business establishments, where they have decided to provide adequate security presence. Police have information that apart from Necklace Road and Tank Bund, protesters might create trouble at certain areas in Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills.
Police also have information that TJAC activists were planning to stage protests in front of hotels hosting CoP-11 delegates. To prevent any untoward incidents, police would deploy 15,000 personnel in the city with checkposts having been put in place at all entry points to the city.
"The Centre has given us sufficient paramilitary forces; but our main aim is to stop protesters from entering the city. So, checkposts have been put in place at all entry points. On Wednesday, we stopped protesters coming to the city in three buses from Suryapet and sent them back," Huda said.
At another news briefing, Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma said that they had requested the Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samithi to complete the immersions as early as possible. It was learnt that police would arrange additional cranes for the immersions to be duly completed. "We have appealed to TJAC convener M Kodandaram to postpone the protest as lakhs of people, including women and children, will be present at Tank Bund at the time of the protest. However, they have not agreed to it," Sharma said.
The commissioner said that the police might consider it were TJAC to approach them with a new date for the protest.
September 26th, 2012, 11:34 PM
Para-military forces arrive in Hyderabad (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/paramilitary-forces-arrive-in-hyderabad/295312-60-114.html)
Even as the pro-Telangana groups are gearing up for the proposed Telangana March on September 30, the Andhra Pradesh police has begun the exercise of preventing students and other individuals from arriving in Hyderabad from Telangana districts. Checkposts have been set up at all the entry points to Hyderabad, and anyone suspected of coming to the city for participating in the march are being sent back.
Simultaneously, 20 companies of the Central Para-military Forces including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Boder Security Force (BSF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), besides some companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF), have started to arrive in the city.
Top police sources disclosed to Express that three busloads of students, who were coming to participate in the march, were sent back at Suryapet night. “We are sending back students and other individuals who are coming to the city to participate in the march,” a senior police official said.
On the other hand, the paramilitary forces that were initially meant to be a part of the bandobast programme for COP-11, starting October 1, have been asked to come in advance so that they can be roped in the bandobast arrangements for the proposed march.
“We have chalked out a few plans to tackle the march and are working on it,” the official said. Meanwhile, home minister P Sabita Indra Reddy reviewed the arrangements being made for the proposed march.
The sources said that though the meeting also discussed the measures being taken for the Ganesh immersion and COP-11, the main focus was on the Telangana march.
The police officials apprised her of the latest intelligence inputs on the movements of various leaders expected to participate in the march and possible trouble-spots that could be targeted during the march. “In the Million March, the number of pro-Telangana activists that had participated was between 3,000 and 4,000. The inputs suggest that the number could be less than the Million march,” another senior officer said.
The Hyderabad city police is in the process of making the arrangements for the immersion day. “Though the immersion is on September 29, it normally continues till the next day, sometimes till afternoon. We are making arrangements accordingly,’’ sources said.
The government and several of its ministers had already appealed to the TJAC to postpone the march, keeping in view that the city will be hosting the prestigious World Conference on Bio-diversity. The home minister too is said to have cautioned the TJAC leaders to keep the image of Hyderabad in mind, before going ahead with the march.
September 27th, 2012, 12:02 AM
Child labour rampant in old city (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/child-labour-rampant-in-old-city/article3938027.ece)
Most of them are employed in the jewellery making units
Efforts to eradicate child labour in old city hardly seem to fructify. Authorities have succeeded to some extent in preventing their employment in major markets in this part of the city, but no such achievement is visible in the interior areas.
As one walks through narrow lanes and by-lanes in the migrant dominated areas in Hyderabad, one comes across many children performing various jobs along with adults in tiny houses that double up as workshops. Most of them are below 14 years and hail from other States.
According to the Non-Governmental Organisations, the practice of employing child labour is age old. Apart from local children, those trafficked from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Orissa and Maharashtra are quite high.
The employers pay advance between Rs.10,000 and Rs.30,000 to their parents and bring along the children with them. Besides providing cheap labour, children are preferred as they can be retained for long periods, because they acquire no other skill throughout their childhood, except the work they are taught.
“Neither do the employers face the risk of workers leaving the units mid-way,” says an insider.
Most of the children are employed in jewellery making units in Ghansi Bazaar, Gulzar Houz and Mitti-ka-Sher. A sizeable numbers are also employed in hand embroidery, chappal, safety pin, bangle and candy making units situated in pockets of Asadbabanagar, Suleimannagar, Kishanbagh, Hassannagar, Vattepally, Amannagar and Shaheennagar.
“It is the primary responsibility of the authorities to collect data on workshops that employ children and take preventive action,” says M. A. Hakeem, convenor, India Child Action Network.
A couple of years ago, the police and labour department officials raided a zari unit in Bahadurpura and rescued a few children employed there. “Not much has been done on this front after the Bahadurpura raid. Officials limit their role to raiding big shops and booking cases,” says S. Q. Masood a social worker.
The Labour Department officials said they were unaware of the problem but would look into the issue.
September 27th, 2012, 12:10 AM
Complex surgery performed at Sunshine (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/complex-surgery-performed-at-sunshine/article3938007.ece)
Surgeons of Sunshine Hospital in a press release in Hyderabad on Tuesday said that they have successfully performed a Carotid Artery Stenting (CAS) on a high risk 65-year-old patient who had suffered a brain stroke and his main arteries that supply blood from and to the heart were blocked. Apart from the brain stroke and blockage, the patient was also hypertensive, doctors added.
The CAS process is done to unblock carotid arteries, which are the main arteries that supply blood, by placing devices like stents that restore the blood supply. According to Director, Cath lab, Sunshine Hospitals, Dr. Sharat Reddy, the patient had 99 per cent blocking of the arteries for the past two years.
“CAS is minimally invasive and done under local anaesthesia. This patient had both artery blockage and brain stroke. And yet, we managed to do the procedure. The patient is doing well,” Dr. Sharat Reddy said.
September 27th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Cyberabad cops restrict traffic for nimajjanam (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/cyberabad-cops-restrict-traffic-nimajjanam-679)
In view of the Ganesh immersion proceedings, Cyberabad police commissioner D. Tirumala Rao has ordered traffic restrictions from 6 am on September 29 till 6 pm on September 30.
Heavy goods vehicles from Karmanghat to Champapet, LB Nagar to Gaddiannaram, Uppal to Ramanthapur, Balanagar to Fatehnagar bridge, Godrej to Erragadda, Miy-apur to Godrej, Ferozguda to Godrej and Gudenmet to Narsapur crossroads, will be restricted.
Vehicles carrying idols and the procession will be uni-directional. Idols coming from Hayatnagar, LB Nagar, Vanasthalipuram, Uppal and Saroornagar will be allowed to come to Saroornagar tank on National Highway 65 (old NH 9) via LB Nagar, Kothapet, Dilsukhnagar, Venkatadri theatre and must take a left turn at Gaddiannaram crossroads, Shiva-Ganga theatres, Sankeshwar Bazaar junction for a final left turn towards Saroornagar Tank. Vehicles from Hyderabad must take a right turn at Konark Diagnostic Centre, pass through Shiva-Ganga theatre and enter Saroornagar Tank.
Vehicles from Saidabad, Nagarjunasagar road will be diverted towards Singareni Colony road and enter Saroornagar Tank via Sankeshwar Bazaar. Those from internal colonies will use NH-65 via Chandana Brothers on Gaddi Annaram Road, Sankeshwar Bazaar. After immersing the idols, they should exit either on Karmanghat road or Saroornagar Post Office road. Vehicles carrying idols will not be allowed from Karmanghat, HUDA Complex side and LB Nagar side. Visitors’ vehicles will not be allowed on Saroornagar Tank. The vehicles carrying idols from Bowenpally and other Secunderabad colonies must enter Hasmatpet tank via Anjaiah Nagar. After immersion, empty vehicles will exit towards Old Bowenpally, Mosque Road and Harijan Basti.
Vehicles carrying idols will not be allowed on Fathenagar flyover from Balanagar, Balkampet and Sanathnagar side. No vehicle with idol will be allowed on Cyber Tower flyover and Gachibowli flyover.
September 27th, 2012, 12:15 AM
Where ideas take off (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/science/article3939028.ece)
HYDERABAD, SEPT. 26:
A portable unmanned ground vehicle, a robotic, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designed for use in the Indian Armed Forces and para-military services.
A coconut leaf recycling method, which uses a dense plant waste to recycle into a fertiliser.
A computer-based algorithm provides detailed diabetes management guidance documents and is called Diabetes Complication diagnosis and guidance.
These are some interesting ideas that have got good funding for commercialisation from investors. The technologies were showcased as part of the DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation technology expo today in Hyderabad.
A total of 50 commercialisation deals were signed. An equal number of innovators are being provided business development support under the programme, which focuses on taking technologies from the idea to the market.
A whopping 28,000 proposals have been received in the six years since the initiative was launched in which the aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin, the Department of Science and Technology (DST), IC2 Institute, University of Texas and the Indo-US S&T Forum along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) are collaborators.
So far, 284 deals have been signed. Of these, 201 are Indian innovations and 83 international said John D. Evans, Corporate Vice-President, Technology and Innovation, Lockheed Martin, US. The programme is world-class and the results are exciting, he said at the expo.
As per an analysis done by Datamonitor, 40 per cent of the innovations have come from South India. In terms of sector, the highest is pharma and healthcare (18 per cent), technology and services (17), energy, environment with 12 and 8 per cent respectively. The Secretary, Technology Development Board, H.K. Mittal said, “India has established itself as a place for frugal innovations. The programme is seeing a large number of ideas that are providing low-cost technological solutions.
September 27th, 2012, 12:18 AM
WA governor to promote trade in India, South Korea (http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019258862_apwagregoireasiatradetrip1stldwritethru.html)
Gov. Chris Gregoire will lead a state delegation on a 10-day trade mission to India and South Korea, where she will meet with government officials and business leaders.
Gov. Chris Gregoire will lead a state delegation on a 10-day trade mission to India and South Korea, where she will meet with government officials and business leaders.
The group will include nearly 50 people from the state's business community, education and government, and will leave the state Sunday, and arrive in India next Tuesday.
Last year, India was Washington state's 24th largest export market for goods, Gregoire said, and for the first six months of this year exports from there have grown to nearly $350 million, up more than 26 percent from June 2011. South Korea is the state's fourth largest export market.
Gregoire arrives in Hyderabad, India on Oct. 2, where she will kick off the 10-day trade mission, followed by stops in Delhi and Mumbai. While in India, Gregoire will meet with officials in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, an area that has a large Microsoft presence. She also will help open a new corneal transplant processing center operated in partnership with Sightlight, a Seattle-based global health organization.
"As India's economy thrives, we know that consumers there are seeking more imported products from the United States," Gregoire said in a written statement announcing the trip. "This is our opportunity to get out in front, and make sure that consumers and businesses in India are aware of the quality items produced in Washington state."
Gregoire will also be meeting with government officials in an effort to get tariffs placed on Washington agricultural products lowered. India imports apples, wine, pears, peaches and lentils from Washington state.
Gregoire will then head to Korea, where she will visit a Costco and a Popeye's restaurant where she'll serve customers french fries made from Washington-grown potatoes. She'll also meet with Korean business leaders to discuss state companies who are focused on high-power lasers, energy and automotive technology
Gregoire spokeswoman Karina Shagren said that money remaining from delegate fees from prior trade missions will pay for the trip for the governor and two staffers, except for airfare and the stay in South Korea, which will be covered by officials there. Grants will cover the travel costs for staff from the Department of Agriculture and Commerce who are attending, Shagren said. The private parties who make up the delegation will pay for themselves.
In July, Gregoire returned from a weeklong trade mission to Ireland and England, where she led a delegation from the state's aerospace, green energy and technology industries.
September 27th, 2012, 12:20 AM
Samsung Galaxy Note II to be launched tomorrow (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/news/hardware/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-II-to-be-launched-tomorrow/articleshow/16558199.cms)
Samsung is likely to launch the Galaxy Note II phablet in India tomorrow at a press event in Hyderabad, according to reports. The device was showcased at the IFA 2012 in Berlin in August and was rolled out in Samsung's home country South Korea today. Samsung is already taking pre-orders for the Galaxy Note II in India.
The Galaxy Note II, with its 5.5-inch HD SuperAMOLED display, is slightly bigger than the original Galaxy Note, which had a 5.3-inch touchscreen. This device runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, layered with the company's TouchWiz UI. The phablet has a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex A-9 processor with 2GB of RAM and will come in 16, 32 and 64GB variants, with support for microSD card having capacity of up to 64GB.
For camera enthusiasts, Samsung has assimilated an 8MP snapper with LED flash on the rear, whereas the secondary camera has resolution of 1.9MP. The rear camera can capture full HD videos at 1080p@30fps and comes with features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilisation.
Connectivity options of the Samsung Galaxy Note II include 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. The company has also provided proprietary connectivity features in the device, such as Samsung AllShare Play & Control and Samsung AllShare Cast. The phablet it powered by a 3,100mAh battery and will come in two colours - titanium grey and marble white.
Samsung's pricing strategy for the Galaxy Note II remains to be seen, as it does not reveal cost of the product while taking pre-orders. Around the time that the iPhone 5 was launched worldwide, the company slashed the prices of the top-end products it sells in India, namely Galaxy S III, S II and Note.
Galaxy Note II will be shipped on first-come-first-serve basis for those booked it in advance, depending on the timing for completing the full payment. The South Korean manufacturer will ship a free desktop dock with the Galaxy Note II for free to those who pre-order the device early. Only those who make full payment within the first three days of the launch of the phablet will be given the free desktop dock.
Those users who pre-order the device have to make full payment for the Galaxy Note II within 15 days of launch, otherwise the booking will be cancelled and the sum of Rs 5,000 will not be refunded. Samsung will send an email to all those who made pre-orders stating the official launch of the device.
Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note II are listed below:
Display: 5.5-inch HD SuperAMOLED touchscreen; Operating system: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean); Processor: Quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex A-9; Storage: 16, 32 and 64GB, expandable up to 64GB via microSD card; RAM: 2GB; Connectivity: 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung AllShare Play & Control and Samsung AllShare Cast; Camera: 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.9MP front camera; and Battery: 3,100mAh
September 27th, 2012, 12:35 AM
Techies turn shutterbugs (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/26/techies-turn-shutterbugs/75913)
Their passion for photography and the lure of a better career, both financially and creatively, has several IT professionals chucking their jobs to befriend the camera.
Ready, lights, camera, shoot! Clicking pictures is no longer just confined to the official photography certificate holder and studio photographers. Today, the field of photography has grown by leaps and bounds. One would be surprised to see IT professionals quitting their jobs and taking up photography as a full time career.
“When I was working with Google I would go on office trips. That is why my interest in photography took seed. I began with a small digital point and shoot camera and now I have a high end camera. I have now taken up photography as a full time job and I find it much more satisfying both professionally and financially,” said Deepika Puri, a wedding photographer.
For most IT professionals, their interest in photography starts as a way to destress. “People’s spending power has gone up of late. Everyone has the money to buy a high end camera and people don’t hesitate to click pictures. Earlier, Bangalore was the only hub for photographers because it is surrounded by many scenic places. Although that is not the case with Hyderabad, people now focus on clicking street photographs and candid shots,” said Kishor Nagari, an employee with Broadridge. Kishor along with a few others started a club called Hyderabad weekend shoot in 2006. Today more than 24,000 photographers from the City are a part of this group and 90 per cent of them are IT professionals. The group conducts photo walks almost every week and is an open group, so anybody interested can join. They also hold discussions about the various equipments and help each other hone their photography skills.
“I was working with Dell for the last eight years. On weekends I would click photographs and that is how I got hooked to photography. Friends and acquaintances began liking my pictures and that was encouraging. Today, I am a full time wedding photographer,” said Peddu Eshwar, destination wedding photographer.
He goes on to add, “We Indians believe that only engineering can sustain us, but I wanted to prove that notion wrong. After working in the IT industry for eight years I decided to quit and turn my hobby into a career. And it paid.”
Financially too, photography has a great scope. On an average photographers charge nearly `50,000 per shoot, which excludes travel and stay. In a month they take up 5 to 6 such shoots. “I earn more that what I used to in Google. I am getting paid for my passion and it gives me an immense sense of fulfilment,” said Deepika.
However, there is a large group of IT professionals who only take it up as a part time profession. They freelance for various stock picture companies and international magazines. “Photography started as a stress buster for me, but now I take up freelance work. I believe that if I take it up as a career I will be chasing big bucks and lose my freedom and creativity in the bargain. Hence, I do it on weekends,” said Maheshwar Rao.
September 27th, 2012, 12:38 AM
Flipkart gaming tournament this weekend (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/26/flipkart-gaming-tournament-this-weekend/75915)
Gaming enthusiasts across the City are set to take on the first stage of the Flipkart gaming tournament this weekend with games like Counter Strike 1.6 and Fifa 12.
Flipkart is bringing their gaming tournament to the City this weekend and the organisers are expecting around 400 gamers to participate.
The two-day event includes games such as Counter Strike 1.6, Fifa 12, DoTA, Super Street Fighter IV (XBox 360) and Sony Street Cricket (PS3). Interested gamers can register online or at the venue. All registrations will be on the first day from 9am to 12.30pm.
Gnanashekhar Reddy, one of the organisers says that on the first day the organisers want to complete DoTA competition and start Fifa matches. “Fifa will be organised across two days as it’s an individual event and will have more players. The other games, Street Cricket being an exception, are team games so there’ll be fewer matches,” he says. Counter Strike contests and Fifa finals will be organised on the second day.
Hyderabad gamers are traditionally stronger in Counter Strike compared to DoTA and Fifa. Most of the winners at national level in DoTA have been from Bangalore and Mumbai, while Fifa winners are from Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore.
A few gamers who spoke to Postnoon were concerned that there were no racing games at the event. According to Reddy this is because they only picked one game per platform, except for PC which has two.
In the second stage, the organisers are planning to include newer games such as Counter Strike:GO apart from having demos of newer games. “We also plan to organise the next stage in a bigger venue like malls,” Reddy says.
The event was earlier organised in Chennai and Bangalore; after completing the Hyderabad event the company plans to launch the second stage in November where the winners of the first stage in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad will get wild card entries.
According to the organisers, the current stage is primarily targeted at gamers who are new to pro gaming. This is so that new gamers get a taste of gaming competitively before facing tougher established gamers.
September 27th, 2012, 04:53 PM
India at Crossroads on Path to Superpower Status (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/india-caught-between-superpower-dreams-and-harsh-realities-a-851247.html)
Source: Spiegel International, Dated: 09/06/2012, Author: Erich Follath
Poverty is still rampant in India and chaos remains a defining characteristic. But the country is also a global leader in high tech, has become the world's leading weapons importer and is planning a mission to Mars. On the way to superpower status, India must first overcome deep-seated corruption and internal division.
It's the most expensive private dwelling in the world, but it isn't in Los Angeles, London or Dubai. It's in Mumbai, just a few stone's throws from one of the world's biggest slums. The property is called "Antillia," named after a mythical island in the Atlantic that the persecuted developed into a refuge.
The new home of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani is a steel-and-glass collection of superlatives thought to be worth $1 billion (€800 million). The 27-story structure has three helipads on its roof, nine elevators, a movie theater and crystal chandeliers in multiple rooms, from the ballroom to the parking garages. There are 168 parking spaces in the six lower floors for the luxury cars of Ambani, 55, who is also known as "Mister Big." He is the chairman and CEO of Reliance Industries, a conglomerate with holdings in oil fields, solar-panel manufacturers, pharmaceutical firms and textile companies. Ambani, one of the 20 richest men in the world, once gave his wife, Nita, an Airbus A319 jetliner for her birthday -- not a gold-plated model, but the real thing, with, of course, a somewhat more upscale interior than usual.
Ambani's Mumbai residence provides roughly 37,000 square meters (about 394,000 square feet) of living space for its six residents: Ambani and his wife, their three children and his mother. In the Dharavi slum, a 30-minute drive to the north, an estimated 12,000 people live in about the same amount of space, often without running water, toilets or electricity. In fact, more than 60 percent of Mumbai's 18 million residents still live in slums. But aside from a little grumbling in the local press (the Indian Express described the house as "obscene"), there is little evidence of outrage.
The poorest of the poor would seem to view Ambani's Villa Megalomania with indifference, while it is even a source of pride for some members of the Indian middle class, who apparently see it as evidence of India's growing importance in the world. "The Palace of Versailles is a poor cousin by comparison," writes columnist Shobaa De, brimming with national pride.
A Power on the Rise:
There is no doubt that India feels that it has arrived. Some of its politicians and business leaders believe it has reached a status as a third superpower, alongside the United States and China. On August 15, the country celebrated the 65th anniversary of its independence from British rule with elaborate parades. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 79, promised: "No power in the world can stop our country from achieving new heights of progress and development."
Reasons for the growing pride are not hard to find. Based on purchasing power parity, the economy is the world's third-largest. High-tech centers, such as Bangalore and Hyderabad, have given rise to IT companies like Infosys and Wipro, which are among the international elite in their industry and are now bringing back the computer experts who once left Indian for California to chase higher salaries.
Almost no other country has as many cell phone users; almost nowhere is the communications industry growing faster. Today, Indians can choose from among more than 400 private television channels. The subcontinent is also making great strides in renewable energy. Indeed, Suzlon, the world's fifth-largest wind turbine manufacturer, headquartered in the western city of Pune, recently enlarged its ownership stake in the German wind turbine company REPower and now plans to create more than 100 new jobs in Germany.
India is now the world's largest weapons importer. It has become a self-confident player among leading nations and is now aggressively seeking a seat on the United Nations Security Council. It's also a nuclear power that has expanded its arsenal of warheads and has no intention of signing the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. The Indians sent satellites into space some time ago, and only last week did they announce plans for a mission to Mars. Prime Minister Singh described it as "a giant step for us in the field of science and technology."
The Elephant vs. the Dragon:
That's the one India, the high-tech powerhouse of a rising global power, backed up by numbers and proof of its prowess. But then there is the other India: where one in three of the world's malnourished children lives; where two-thirds of the population lives on less than $2 a day; where half the population has no access to toilets and 25 percent still cannot read and write. It's also a country where the power supply is so scandalously unreliable that, in late July, almost 700 million people were without lights and electricity for two days, the railroads stopped running, factories stood idle and some hospitals were crippled.
Is India on the road to becoming a superpower? Or is it condemned to forever remain a developing-world power, on the outside looking in?
The country certainly can't complain of being ignored. A stop in New Delhi has become de rigueur for top world politicians: US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have all paid their respects to Prime Minister Singh.
It is also the world's largest democracy, with a free press and an independent judiciary, an alternative to the successful Chinese didactic dictatorship and one-party state. India offers innovative private enterprise versus China's model of state capitalism, and creative chaos versus prescribed progressive thinking. The elephant has taken on the dragon, entering into a serious competition in the battle of the systems.
British historian E.P. Thompson wrote that India is "the most important country for the future of the world." Shashi Tharoor, a former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Communications and Public Information and now a member of parliament in New Delhi, says: "India, with its successes and failures, offers lessons for all of mankind, and, with its sustainable development, can outpace its Chinese competitors in the long run."
Lately, though, there has been cause for concern. The Indian economy, which grew at a healthy rate of 10.6 percent in 2010, has slowed, with just 6 percent growth expected for 2012. Even Prime Minister Singh warns that India's security will be in jeopardy unless the country achieves higher growth rates again soon. In addition, foreign investment is weakening, the budget deficit has grown and the Indian rupee has lost a substantial amount of its value.
Can the elephant really dance?
The Upper Crust:
Until Indian independence in 1947, Hyderabad was a princely state for more than 220 years, ruled by some of the richest men in the world. The diamonds owned by the Muslim monarchs, the Nizams, were legendary. The most famous, the 184.5-carat Jacob Diamond, was used as a paperweight by the last Nizam for many years. The legacy of the Nizams includes structures that have been named UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites, including the massive fortress of Golkonda and the tombs of the ruling dynasty.
But when a local resident is asked for directions to the center of the city, he will not lead a visitor through the maze of twisted streets that extend outward like spider webs from the Charminar monument in the historic part of the city, but to Hyderabad's new section, with its shopping malls, universities and the headquarters of IT, biotech and genetic-engineering firms. Hyderabad, a city of 7 million people, has acquired the nickname "Cyberabad," and it is second only to Bangalore, India's high-tech capital.
In polls, the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad is routinely named as India's top business school, while the Financial Times ranks it among the top 20 in the world. It's the new jewel of Hyderabad.
The campus, with its airy, pink buildings surrounded by carefully tended, park-like grounds, feels like an island. "This cheerful serenity is deliberate. We like to see ourselves as a temple of learning," says Dean Ajit Rangneker, who worked in Hong Kong for more than a decade before coming to Hyderabad. "But don't be deceived. Our students work extremely hard, and 16-hour days are perfectly normal for them."
Entrance examinations and costs ensure that only India's elites can attend the ISB, where tuition runs to $40,000 a year. Besides, only those applicants who already have a college degree and business experience even stand a chance of being accepted. The roughly 600 students at the ISB are a temporary community of purpose, united by their determination to succeed and bound together in an elite institution.
The school was established in 1996 by Indian business experts at McKinsey, the international consulting firm, "in cooperation with the Indian state." But the students view the government in New Delhi with nothing but contempt and cynicism. In the eyes of these young people, corruption and nepotism are "endemic," while political parties and their representatives are nothing more than obstacles to doing business. "If something works in India, it isn't because of politics but despite politics," says ISB graduate Kumar. Nevertheless, dispensing with voting altogether is not an option for him. Like everyone we interviewed, he votes regularly.
"We have advantages because of our pool of well-educated, innovative experts, and also because of our demographics. Our society isn't aging as quickly as societies in China and the West," says Sunil, a student. The new industries, with their data highways, rely less heavily on classic infrastructure, he adds, so that the disastrous state of Indian roads becomes less of a limiting factor than one might suspect.
When asked whether India's progress is sufficient to catch up with China and the West in the long term, the elite students aren't quite as confident. They are quick-witted, fun and cosmopolitan. And yet none of the budding business professionals has any idea what the words "red sorghum" mean. "Red sorghum? Never heard of it," they say. And what about "Protex?" The students shake their heads.
These are terms from another world, a world with which the ISB graduates will probably never be confronted. They will soon become members of the top echelon of society, people who will remain largely insulated from ordinary Indian life in the rest of the country. They will have drivers and air-conditioned cars, and they'll live in guarded, gated communities. One of these developments, near a downtown highway in Hyderabad, is advertised as a place "where the gods are envious of humans."
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September 27th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Watch towers for Ganesh immersion (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Watch-towers-for-Ganesh-immersion/articleshow/16580630.cms)
HYDERABAD: To ensure that Ganesh immersion processions take place peacefully on September 29, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) authorities have erected as many as 54 watch towers for Hyderabad police across the twin cities.
As part of security arrangements these watch towers have been erected at all the important junctions of five zones of Hyderabad. In two communally sensitive zones (South and East), towers have been erected at Nagula Chintha crossroads at Falaknuma, Aliabad crossroads at Shah Ali Banda, Jangammet junction, Moti Gali, Charminar, Nayapul, I S Sadan crossroads, Madannapet, Saidabad crossroads and Chaderghat crossroads.
Armed with a Man-Pack (VHF wireless set) and binoculars, a police constable would be in charge of a tower. Cops would be posted at the tower from early morning when processions start and would alert the ground staff if they notice any suspicious activity. Apart from this, a few cops would be posted on rooftops to keep a watch on the processions.
Sources also say that a close watch will kept on vehicles carrying idols, "We have asked the constables manning the watch towers to be cautious of trouble mongers and suspicious elements," said city police commissioner Anurag Sharma. On the final day of immersion the police have also planned to videograph the processions at important places.
September 27th, 2012, 10:15 PM
Eye screening camps for schoolchildren (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Eye-screening-camps-for-schoolchildren/articleshow/16580741.cms)
HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad district administration will conduct eye screening camps for schoolchildren, in the age group of six to 14 years, across the city between October 29 and November 26.
On Thursday, Hyderabad collector Syed Ali Murtuza Rizvi convened a meeting with officials of the education, medical and health department over organising of the eye screening camps at 807 government schools, 1,144 aided schools and 249 madarsas in the city.
Speaking on the occasion, Rizvi said one-day training would be conducted for teachers on the screening process. In the first phase, preliminary screening would be conducted to check whether children were facing any eye problems. In the second phase, treatment would be given to identified children and in the third phase, operations would be performed at a special camp.
September 27th, 2012, 10:24 PM
City’s floral connection with Africa faces threat (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/city%E2%80%99s-floral-connection-africa-faces-threat-948)
Hyderabad does not just boast of famous localities, African Cavalry (AC) Guards and Habsiguda (named after Abyssinia or Ethiopia), but also its rich biodiversity thanks to its “African connection”.
The Nizams had employed soldiers and servants from Africa and some of them had brought “flora mementos” with them to Hyderabad. The best-known flora or tree memento is the baobab tree, native of Madagascar. Popularly known as the elephant tree or Haati ka jhar, the baobab is now an endangered species in Andhra Pradesh. Outside Hyderabad, the tree is revered as “kalpavriksha” in parts of the State.
Two of these kalpavriksha trees were felled during the lane widening of the Vijayawada-Hyderabad National Highway and laying of the Outer Ring Road in Hyderabad. Now only four baobab trees remain in the State, one of them in the Golconda Fort. Baobab is scientifically called Adansonia digitata and many people in Andhra Pradesh believe it has magical or mystical powers. These trees are more than 150 years old.
Another African tree quite popular for its lovely reddish-orange flowers is Spathodea campanulata or the African tulip tree. Though it is an alien invasive species, it failed to spread much in the State. Its existence is also threatened. A number of bird species depend on this African tree. Says Dr Shaik Mahmood, head of department of botany, Nizam College, Osmania University, “These exotic plant species have made Hyderabad their home. They are of great environmental and taxonomical importance and add to the local biodiversity. We need to protect the remaining endangered trees from extinction.”
September 27th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Vintage point (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/vintage-point/295614-60-121.html)
The words heritage and vintage are synonymous with Hyderabad. But what many do not know, perhaps, is the fact that the State capital also has the largest collection of vintage and classic cars in the country. A good number of these four-wheelers and even bikes of a bygone era were on display and in fact, hit the road too, at the Lumbini Park on Wednesday.
Almost all the vehicles — about 40 cars and 10 bikes — were a feast to the eyes. But a few were simply awesome.
One such was a 1938 model BSA-5HP, a popular military bike of the second world war. Its owner, Mir Hadi Hassan, an old mechanic from the Old City, said with evident pride that he had bought the two-wheeler way back in 1961 for ` 600. He was all praise for its engine, mileage and life span. What’s surprising is that he uses it daily even today! “The war time headlight and adjustable shock absorbers are unique to this bike. I use it regularly and it gives me a mileage of 22 miles per litre which is about 35 kmpl,” says Hassan in a matter-of-fact way.
The vintage vehicles were brought to the Lumbini Park for a rally organised by the Department of Tourism and the Hyderabad Heritage Automobile Association up to the IMax theatre. Another two-wheeler that attracted attention was a 1956 Italian Lambretta LD. Ravikumar, its owner, claimed it was an extremely rare model to find. Also in his collection was a 1948 model 500cc Sunbeam, a classic bike with parallel twin and shaft drive. Some of the other bikes included the likes of Norton, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Java. Among the cars on display were Fiat, Herald Triumph, Chevrolet, Plymouth, Opel Kadett, Morris, Austin, Vauxhall Luton etc.. and world war model (both civilian and military) jeeps of Willys.
Vincent George, a car enthusiast from Red Hills, who owns a 1948 Morris-8, believes it’s much better than many of today’s cars. “There is absolutely no maintenance. The peculiarity is that nothing has got worn out even though I have been using it for the last 32 years!” he said.
The oldest among the lot was a 1920 model Austin-7 owned by city’s Shadan group. It is a majestic colonial vehicle. “We have over 20 vintage cars including cars that belonged to the 7th Nizam. This one in particular has a 15 ltr tank and gives a mileage of 10 ltr,” explained Rashid Khan, a family member of the Shadan group.
The family of Mustaq Hussain of Hashmabad also owns a fleet of vintage cars. 25 to be exact. Standing next to his 1937 model Vauxhall Luton, he said, “this car was brought to Hyderabad by my great grandfather for `6000 in 1937. It took one year for the car to be delivered back then and my son would be the fourth generation to take care of these cars.”
Similarly, Luqman Khan standing beside his 1933 model Fiat 514, (one of the 12 cars he owns) recalled, “my great grandfather bought it for 300 British pounds back in 1932. This is the only car of this make available in the country.”
According to Anirudh of the Hyderabad Heritage Automobile Association, there are about 300-odd vintage cars and 500-odd vintage bikes in the city today. “These enthusiasts take care of their vehicles more than their family!” he said, adding, “most of these cars and jeeps here are very powerful customised machines, yet extremely luxurious mostly of the Nizam's era.”
September 28th, 2012, 12:53 AM
‘Betrayal’ cry kirana merchants (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/27/betrayal-cry-kirana-merchants/76140)
Some 1.5 crore kirana (provision) shops in AP are preparing for a massive showdown with the government till it withdraws the FDI in multi-brand retail. They call it betrayal of the common man. Interestingly, AP Inc seems supportive while ‘Bharat’ says no to FDI.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy’s announcement on Tuesday that his government will allow FDI in multi-brand retail has thrown up a strange situation. The trade bodies and big retail chains welcomed it while the 1.5 crore small provision store owners are apprehensive of the move.
Enlightened among them argue that the retail giants are opposed even in the US and Europe, how will they be different in India?
While the industrial bodies, CII and FAPCCI, welcomed the move with certain conditions other stakeholders involved like small and medium retail outlet owners opposed the move. Speaking on the issue, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FAPCCI) Devendra Surana whole heartedly lauded the move and said that it would help the State in many ways.
He said that the FDI would reduce the transaction cost from seller to buyer and will ensure that there is sufficient investment and technological support to local investors.
It would also help in reducing the wastage in transportation of some perishable goods which stand at 50 per cent of the total produce, he added.
“FDI in the State’s retail sector is a boon from all angles. The most important benefit of it is that it would help the local farmers sell their produce in foreign markets like the USA and European countries. In the present conditions it would be impossible to sell these products in foreign countries owing to their complex laws and rules to get approvals,” Surana said.
Commenting on whether the FDI would lead to creation of employment, Surana said that it would neither create nor lead to loss of jobs in the retail sector.
FAPCCI general secretary MV Rajeswar Rao also hailed the decision. But he requested the CM to abolish APMC Act, prevent electricity crisis and ensure 50 per cent back end infrastructure before introducing the FDI as it would be impossible to reap benefits without solving these problems. “FDI can’t be successful unless the State solves these glaring problems apart from amending the act,” Rao added.
‘We are ruined’
Andhra Pradesh has a total of 1.5 crore kirana shops, both big and small. In Hyderabad alone, this retail sector has 3 lakh registered and unregistered shops employing 15 lakh people.
“Does the government want to throw them to the streets? asks the anguished president of the Hyderabad Kirana Merchants Association, Ghanshyam Bhati. The association is opposed to FDI and believes that it would destroy the families of the entire small and marginal kirana and general store owners in the State apart from having other effects.
“The government is extending all kinds of support to the FDI. But what have they done for the development of small and marginal kirana store owners? They did not even provide loans to us. But it is not the same case with MNCs,” he said. Bhati questioned how can the State could welcome companies like US- based Walmart when countries like China, Japan, have thrown them out.
“Walmart has become bankrupt in its own country. China put it in the dustbin by saying that it would destroy the local retail sector. But the irony is that we are inviting such companies with open arms,” he said.
Bhati warned that the entire Kirana merchant associations are set to launch a massive agitation programme till the government withdraws its FDI decision.
The association held a massive agitation on September 20. Hyderabad’s largest retail outlet — Metro Cash Carry India, one of India’s leading international trading and retail company also welcomed the move and said that FDI in retail would benefit the State.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to mobilise farmers too to make the resistance strong.
September 28th, 2012, 12:53 AM
Indigo Children all set to rock City (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/27/indigo-children-all-set-to-rock-city/76147)
The four piece band will be playing covers from The Beatles, Doors and Black Sabbath at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Indigo Children is a motley crew of four all set to play in Hyderabad on Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe as part of their ‘single release tour.’ When Postnoon caught up with the guitar playing singer-songwriter Sanchal Malhar, the band’s lineage from the 1861 Blue Mutiny in Bengal to the current global spiritual movement made good fodder for the conversation.
“We were a three piece called The Superfuzz and then came lineup changes and eventually we became Indigo Children writing original material since 2008. We have now come to a point where we can deliver an album very soon,” says Sanchal Malhar.
Indigo Children is also Jaidev Rishiyoor, Nikhil Rufus Raj and Sahil Mendiratta. As Sanchal says, “It is a progression from The Superfuzz as over the years, we have learnt to play our music better. Much like the changes we see everyday in life.”
The band is no stranger to Hyderabad which, they say, has a decent crowd and an enjoyable experience. “We are planning on playing covers from The Beatles, Doors, Black Sabbath etc with a lot of on stage jams. Considering there will be two sets, each 45 minutes, we are going to have fun jamming on stage,” Sanchal says.
When asked about the historical significance of their name, Sanchal says, “It is just a loose connection with history and our forefathers who we think and hope were part of the Blue Mutiny in 1861. We as humans are yet to find that resonance with the spiritual revolution for freedom that we are part of, although in a way spirituality is a fun thing, it is just a way of getting to know each other through a medium.”
Be sure to catch the Indigo Children at Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, front row accommodation with the band playing 45 minute sets, which as the band says, will be no disappointing affair, to say the least.
September 28th, 2012, 12:54 AM
Misinformation ‘Act’ (http://postnoon.com/2012/09/27/misinformation-act/76134)
Authorities have no qualms giving false information to RTI applicants, a dangerous trend that can kill the RTI initiative, argues ITMD.
Planting, uprooting, planting again. This is the pernicious game indulged in by the GMHC to absorb the public money ahead of the CBD.
Take the road between Cyber Towers (HiTec City) and Quality Inn (Knowledge City Junction) the road connecting Gachibowli to Mehdipatnam. In August 2009, the IT Companies CSR Forum — then HYSEA, now known as ITSAP, invested lakhs of rupees for making this stretch green.
Around 800 saplings were planted on both sides of the road. And, they paid Rs.600 per sapling to a private party who takes cares of watering them for six months.
However, in 2011 APIIC uprooted the saplings for ‘road widening.’ The ITMD filed an RTI asking how many saplings were removed and the plan of action to replace the damage. The shocking reply was —
six saplings! Now the same APIIC is planting saplings on the stretch, small thorny plants that give neither shade nor greenery.
It’s time a massive effort to create awareness of the indispensability of greenery in the City dwellers. The City will die without its green cover and the fact has not yet percolated down to the social roots.
September 28th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Uninterrupted power for idol immersion (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/uninterrupted-power-for-idol-immersion/296015-60-121.html)
In connection with the Ganesh idol immersion on September 29, A.P. Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL) has made necessary arrangements to provide uninterrupted power supply at the immersion locations in Greater Hyderabad.
Mobile distribution transformers in and around tank bund of Hussainsagar lake and also enroute procession have been arranged for safe passage of Ganesh idols in the Greater Hyderabad area.
The immersion points include Hussainsagar, Miralam Tank, Hashmatpet , Alwal, Dugam cheruvu, Saroornagar, Rajanna bowli, IDL, Gangaram, Pragathinagar, Suraram Cheruvu, Vennalagadda, Medchal, Shameerpet, Perika, Saroornagar, Vinayaknagar Safilguda, Kapra, Rampally Dayara, Keesara, Edulabad, Palle, Kamuni, Pattikunta where special arrangements were made.
The existing 100 KVA DTRs nearby Hussainsagar and at other immersion points viz.
Marriot Hotel, Punjabi Sabha, Kattamaisamma temple, snoworld, booster pump house, dumping yard, Dhobhighat, Goshala, Amberdkar Bhawan, Hyderabad Expo City, Ashoknagar water pumphouse, MRO office, Bharat Seva samaj, Jaladrussyam, BRK Bhawan and Mint Compound were replaced with 315/500 KVA DTRs.
Two 315 KVA mobile transformers are arranged at Minister’s road and at Alwal lake and 500 KVA DTRs at Miralam tank, Saroornagar tank and Rajanna bowli have been arranged, in addition to the mobile transformers.
Temporary supply points for flood lights have been setup at various locations around Hussainsagar lake (from Budha Bhawan, MG road to Viceroy hotel), Hashmatpet lake and Durgam cheruvu.
Besides these, a diesel generator was arranged at NTR Marg/Tank bund to provide street lighting in case of emergency. Power supply is being monitored by the officials from the camp offices situated at NTR marg and Tank bund round-the-clock.
Uninterrupted power supply is being monitored under the supervision of directors and chief general managers, superintending engineers, DEs, engineers and O&M Staff of the city circles who would be working round-the-clock in shifts.
Electricity control room on Hussainsagar tank bund (with telephone numbers 94913-99961, 94405-78419 and 040-23432099) was opened on Thursday.
CPDCL appealed all the pandal organisers and public to follow the safety precautions to avoid accidents due to electricity and also urged the staff to ensure uninterrupted quality power supply during the immersion.
CPDCL appealed people to follow safety precautions suggesting that children should not come close and climb the power lines/poles.
It also cautioned not to throw objects on the power lines which could cause short circuits and snapping of conductor and not to meddle with the overhead power lines while moving with the idols and never climb electricity poles, for electricity connections.
In case of emergency, contact APCPDCL staff for attending to any electrical connections and never touch a person who is in contact with live power lines.
September 28th, 2012, 09:55 PM
ISB Hyderabad to host O2 a clean technology focussed global B-plan competition (http://blog.careermitra.com/2012/09/isb-hyderabad-host-o2-clean-technology-focussed-global-b-plan-competition/)
The competition is open to students planning to start their own ventures or entrepreneurs exploring opportunities for the next level of growth of their businesses. Ideas in any one of the following industry categories – air water & waste, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, green urban planning, smart power and transportation – are eligible for entry.
The event is organised by the Energy Manufacturing & Operations Club at the Indian School of Business in partnership with Kaufmann Foundation, Investor Forum of New-Ventures India and Munjal Global Manufacturing Institute.
September 28th, 2012, 10:14 PM
Out Destination - Chicago (http://www.campkc.com/campkc-content.php?Page_ID=1940)
In addition to Aqua Tower, SGA’s projects include the Hyderabad O2, a high-rise community in Hyderabad, India; an ecological revitalization project for Lincoln Park Zoo’s South Pond in Chicago; and Harbor Knot, a concert venue, maritime museum, and public park designed for Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Not posted the entire article. Just quoted the project.
September 29th, 2012, 01:03 AM
Nothing to do with the city, but thought it's interesting. This will not work in India :lol:
September 30th, 2012, 12:46 AM
Ganesh Visarjan: What a grand send-off! (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Ganesh-Visarjan-What-a-grand-send-off/articleshow/16606857.cms)
HYDERABAD: Neither the rain nor cops could dampen the spirits of the pious and the enthusiastic as lakhs of people turned up on the Tank Bund-Necklace Road stretch to participate in the Ganesh nimajjan on Saturday. Till 11pm, more than 2,500 idols had already been immersed in Hussainsagar lake. The immersion was incident-free till reports last came in with the process likely to continue till Sunday afternoon.
Despite police pushing pandal organisers to complete the immersion early in view of the 'Chalo Hyderabad' march scheduled for Sunday, the task was way behind schedule and it was being predicted that the immersions would continue till 3pm on Sunday.
Briefing the media, Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma said that 2,500 idols had been immersed till 9pm with the centralised procession containing vehicles which lined up, stretched till MJ Market and beyond. Also, for the first time in recent times, the gigantic Khairatabad Ganesh was moved from its pandal early and nearly reached the immersion site by late Saturday. Organisers said its immersion alone would take close to a couple of hours.
The centralised procession — which usually starts from Balapur — did not pick up pace till 4pm and, as a result, the elaborate plans drawn up by city police went for a toss. The number of idols yet to be immersed ranges between 4,000-5,000, it was learnt.
The commissioner said that there were no untoward incidents during the day and also dismissed reports of tension in some parts of the city.
Late in the evening, thundershowers struck the city and that slowed down the pace of the immersions although it has to be said that it did not succeed in dampening the spirits of the revelers who were dancing to the beats of the teen mar. Police also did not allow people to witness the immersion process near Hussainsagar's bank. Unprecedented security arrangements had been made for the event.
In Cyberabad, too, the immersion was incident-free at various water bodies in the area. However, five persons suffered burns after they came in contact with a high-tension wire. Three of them were admitted to a local hospital.
September 30th, 2012, 12:49 AM
Online LPG booking to be a must soon (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Online-LPG-booking-to-be-a-must-soon/articleshow/16606942.cms)
HYDERABAD: Consumers who use LPG to run cars and have multiple connections under different names will have to be careful now, what with the authorities strictly implementing the online booking system for LPG cylinders.
Once the Centre clarifies the number of subsidised cylinders for domestic users, LPG refill booking through the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), introduced by oil companies in February, will be implemented strictly. As per the new system, customers will be given an online number connected through their personal mobile number.
The new guidelines issued by the oil companies require the consumer to book a new refill through IVRS only. The customer will type the phone number of the dealer concerned, the gas connection and other required details. A confirmation SMS will be sent to the customer's mobile with the booking status and number by the oil company. Refills would be sent to the respective dealer based only on the bookings made through IVRS.
Three oil companies, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum, have been following the system but not all consumers and dealers are IVRS-connected. "If a consumer's mobile number changes, he or she has to inform the agency about that," Y S Naveen, city-based HP agency dealer, told STOI.
Gas dealers are now checking duplicate and unauthorised users. "In case anybody is using a gas connection which is in the name of somebody else, he is supposed to get authorisation from the original owner to get the connection regularised," assistant civil supplies officer Narsing Rao said. Once consumers cross the six-cylinder quota, the online system informs him/her of the quota as well, he pointed out.
"The IVRS system is good. But companies should also allow booking to those who are not mobile-savvy," said Kanthamaneni Sitamani, a resident of Kukatpally. Oil companies have decided to collect Rs 827 for non-subsidy cylinders. The price for subsidised cylinder is around Rs 400. "In the present circumstances, it is difficult for dealers to implement this price system. We are requesting the government to implement an uniform price tag for a cylinder," M Venkateswar Rao, state gas dealers' association president, said.
September 30th, 2012, 12:50 AM
September 30th, 2012, 12:53 AM
At Rs 12.15 lakh, Ameerpet laddu takes auction cake (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/At-Rs-12-15-lakh-Ameerpet-laddu-takes-auction-cake/articleshow/16606867.cms)
HYDERABAD: Despite little signs of the recession easing, sentiment seems to have played a major role at Ganesh laddu auctions this year.
A laddu weighing about 36kg set the record this year with organisers raking in Rs 12.15 lakh in an open auction in Ameerpet. The chief executive officer of a private real estate firm (Viswas Real Estates & Infrastructures India Ltd, Habsiguda crossroads), G Eswar Rao, bagged the laddu at the auction held on Saturday evening, just before the Ganesh idol was taken for immersion.
The Ameerpet laddu has thus fetched Rs 3.05 lakh more than what it did last year. Another real estate firm, VVR Housing Pvt Ltd, had bought the laddu for Rs 9.10 lakh last year. "The increase in the auction amount will allow us to give scholarships to meritorious students through the VVR Foundation (Mee Kosam) in the state," Eswar Rao told TOI.
Meanwhile, the famous Balapur Ganesh laddu also set a new record at this year's auction. The laddu, weighing 21kg, has fetched the organisers Rs 7.50 lakh at the auction held in the village which lies in the neighbouring Rangareddy district. The successful bidder here was P Govardhan Reddy, who hails from the same village. This year the auction fetched Rs 2.05 lakh more than last year. In 2011, Kolan brothers of Balapur village had cornered the laddu for Rs 5.45 lakh.
The auction started at around 9.45am with 23 persons participating in the bidding for the prized laddu. Given the number of participants, the bids crossed last year's mark within a few minutes. After a keen contest, 45-year-old Govardhan Reddy, a realtor, quoted Rs 7.50 lakh and became the successful bidder. Incidentally, he is former Balapur sarpanch P Narasimha Reddy's eldest son.
"Today, I fulfilled my father's last wish. My father passed away two years back. His last wish was had been to get the Balapur Ganesh laddu home," Goverdhan Reddy, who worked in Ireland before returning to the city two years back, told the media.
An almirah maker, G Narasimha, bought the Badangpet Ganesh laddu for Rs 6.55 lakh. This is the fourth time that Narasimha has bagged the laddu in the auction. This year, he bought the laddu after paying Rs 35,000 over last year's successful bid. "It is my sentiment to buy the Badangpet laddu as I believe that it is Lord Ganesh's blessings which have made my business prosper," he said.
September 30th, 2012, 12:55 AM
Hyderabad Meet to Discuss Inclusion Plans for Marginal Groups (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=151213)
Hyderabad, Sep 29 (IANS): A day-long consultation on 'designing a social inclusion plan for marginal and vulnerable communities such as sex workers and transgendered women' will be organised here Oct 1.
The National Mission for Empowerment of Women (NMEW), Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Government of India, is organising the consultation with technical support from the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR).
According to the organisers, this is the first time that such an exercise is being held in India, with Andhra Pradesh taking the lead.
"The whole exercise is aimed at reaching the unreached and most excluded in a convergent manner and addressing the social barriers and pain of exclusion that these communities experience," said Ratna Prabha, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, NMEW
The consultation will bring together key officials and leading civil society organisations and community groups from seven districts, including Hyderabad.
The participants will work towards developing a socially inclusive plan for the development of communities such as sex workers and transgendered women who are victims of trafficking, exploitation, indignity and social stigma.
Representatives of grass-root level organisations will share their perspectives and insights on what has helped strengthen the mainstreaming and greater integration of marginalised women.
NMEW has been set up for ensuring the socio-economic empowerment of women. The mission addresses cross-cutting issues affecting women through the convergence of multiple women-centric schemes that focus on improving outreach, the maximising of output and effective implementation.
CFAR, a public interest research and advocacy group, works among marginalised communities like sex workers, transgenders, sexual minorities, drug users, people living with HIV/AIDS, the urban poor and socially vulnerable groups.
September 30th, 2012, 12:56 AM
Tax dept goes easy on textile traders (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Tax-dept-goes-easy-on-textile-traders/articleshow/16606898.cms)
HYDERABAD: Even as the government is dilly dallying in bringing changes to the law regarding imposition of VAT on textiles, traders have found some breathing space as the Commercial Taxes Department (CTD) has decided to go easy on them until the government takes action. Businessmen have so far complained that some officials have been detaining bales on pretext of non-payment of tax.
Five per cent VAT imposed by the state government in the middle of last year drew strong opposition from the traders. After more than a year of protest the traders got the government to agree to their proposal of replacing VAT with a one per cent turn over tax. The government reportedly agreed to it in April this year. However it was not until August end that the cabinet gave its nod to the proposal after an initial opposition from some quarters. But an ordinance, which was expected within a week of the cabinet nod, is yet to be passed.
The commercial taxes department (CTD) which until a month ago insisted that the traders comply with existing norms of paying five per cent VAT has softened its stand. Sources say after the cabinet nod and complaints from traders, particularly those from the districts, about field level officials harassing traders by detaining bales and demanding payment of VAT along with penalty, the department has cut traders some slack.
"Though the situation right now is better for traders compared to what it was, the government's delay is frustrating. The traders have agreed to register with the CTD and pay turn over tax from April 1 this year. The traders were promised speedy resolution of the issue after the approval of their proposal," said a trade source.
September 30th, 2012, 12:58 AM
Nims director gets one-year extension (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Nims-director-gets-one-year-extension/articleshow/16606975.cms)
HYDERABAD: The state government on Saturday extended the term of the current director of Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) Dr A Dharmarakshak by one year. He had taken charge as director on September 29 last year. Before his elevation to the top post, Dr Dharmarakshak was the head of the cardio thoracic surgery department at Nims.
Dr Dharmarakshak at that time was given only a year's term as against the usual three years. Minister for medical education Kondru Murali Mohan told TOI on Saturday that Dharmarakshak had been given a year's extension. For the last month or so, Nims' corridors were abuzz with speculation on who would bag the director's post this time and several department heads were eying the post. However, all the rumours were put to rest on Saturday. Dr Dharmarakshak was in Delhi on Saturday on an official visit.
September 30th, 2012, 01:03 AM
Passport Charges Increased to Rs.1,500: Rs.65 Crores Income from Hyderabad Office (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/09/passport-charges-increased-rs1500-rs65-crores-income-hyderabad-office-2/214151.html)
Passport Charges Increased to Rs.1,500: Rs.65 Crores Income from Hyderabad Office
Hyderabad: Indian central government foreign affairs ministry has taken decision regarding the charges of passport. The government has increased the prices of passport after ten years. The increased charges will come to force from 1st of October 2012. Those who are applying for new passports from that day, need to pay extra charges also.
Charges for passport is presently Rs.1,000 and it will be increased to Rs.1,500 from 1st October 2012. Those who are applying in Tatkal mode are being charged Rs.2,500 now, but from next month, it would be Rs.3,500. Those who are living in foreign can also apply for Indian passport and the earlier price is 40 USD. Now the increased prices would be 75 USD. In Euro currency, it would be 48 Euros, and the increased charges would be 60 Euros. In 1993, the charges for normal passport were Rs.300 and it was increased in 2002 to Rs.1,000. Now it is being increased to Rs.1,500/-
Rs.65 Crores Income from Hyderabad
Number of people going to foreign from Andhra Pradesh is increasing drastically. Passport is being considered as major identity and hence more and more number of people are applying for the same. Also, the latest changes in the modern application form are also causing increased number of passports. Among them, ten percent are Tatkal while remaining ninety percent are normal passports. According to the present demand, the number of passports in Andhra Pradesh by 31st December 2012 would be six lakhs. It is expected that income for Hyderabad Passport Office due to increased prices would be Rs.65 Crores.
Increase in maintenance charges
Dr. Srikar Reddy, Hyderabad Regional Passport Officer has told that increased maintenance costs have resulted in increase in passport charges. Charges for office maintenance, procurement of machines, payments to police department, postal expenses, passport books, printing expenses, IT expenses have increased a lot. Government has taken up many changes in order to make the passport approval process quicker. 77 Passport service centers will be established across the nation soon.
September 30th, 2012, 01:18 AM
Ganesh immersion peaceful (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/ganesh-immersion-peaceful/article3948580.ece?homepage=true)
The State capital reverberated to the ‘Teen Maar’ beat on Saturday, as the annual extravaganza -- the centralised Ganesh idol immersion procession, was taken out amid a tension-free atmosphere marked by revelry, religious fervour and of course, a trace of anxiety among the police top brass.
Police agencies were understandably anxious, as their plan to ensure completion of immersion of some 8,000 idols by midnight, did not fructify owing to a variety of reasons. With the Telangana March being organised on Sunday on Necklace Road to press for bifurcation of the State and the international event CoP-11 meeting slated to start from Monday, the early completion of the annual procession was too crucial to ensure everything was normal in the State capital.
Government’s tactical move in permitting the Telangana March had indeed paved way for a relaxed atmosphere in the city. The usual police modus operandi of pleading and even bullying the pandal organisers to start the procession early was not visible this year. The huge idol installed at Balapur was shifted onto the vehicle after the customary auction of the ‘laddu’ around 11 a.m for Rs 7.5 lakh bid by P. Goverdhan Reddy. In Ameerpet, a laddu was auctioned for Rs. 12.15 lakh. At several places, trucks reached pandals very late and then cranes were not available to lift the idols. With the police not pushing them, the organisers too took their own time to start the procession. However, the immersion picked up momentum by afternoon. “Looks like the immersions will be over by Sunday morning. It’s not a problem”, said a police officer overseeing the procession. The largest idol in the State at Khairatabad has already been shifted onto the truck by evening and its immersion would take place by midnight, authorities said.
Though the enthusiasm levels appeared to be a bit less in the forenoon, people began lining up the procession route by evening. As thousands of policemen drawn from different central units kept a tight watch, the revelry reached a crescendo.
At innumerable places, stages were set up to welcome the ‘Ganeshas’ from different localities, as the tastefully decorated trucks carrying the idols inched their way through a literal sea of humanity. The procession wended its way through Chandrayangutta, Shamshergunj, Aliabad, Syed Ali Chabutra, Nagulchinta Chowrasta, Shahalibanda, Charminar, Madina, Afzalgunj, Osmani Gunj, Mozamjahi Market, Abids, Basheerbagh, Liberty and reach Hussainsagar. Elsewhere, idol immersion was taking place at a brisk pace in 11 lakes on the outskirts in addition to Hussainsagar lake.
A noticeable feature of this year’s procession is the repeated use of the slogan - ‘Jai Ganesh - Jai Telangana’ during the procession. Speakers at various welcome stages set up by the Bhagyanagar Ganesh Utsav Samiti repeatedly raised this slogan and referred to Telangana state issue too.
September 30th, 2012, 07:52 PM
Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant trial runs soon (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/article3951820.ece)
NEW DELHI, SEPT 30:
Delhi’s second waste-to-energy plant in Ghazipur is set to begin pilot runs by the end of October. The first one is in Timarpur Okhla.
“The 12 MW plant, with Belgian technology, is set to become a landmark for the sector in the Indian market,” Mahesh Babu, Managing Director, IL& FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services Ltd (IEISL), told Business Line.
The plant has generated widespread concerns among civil society and local inhabitants over its impact on the local environment and health of residents in the vicinity.
But allaying these concerns, Babu said IEISL would undertake an area development plan once output begins.
“Today there is a greater health issue, as the dumpsite is growing...it has reached as high as a 10-storey building, surrounded by a fish, meat, flower and milk wholesale market….People are literally sitting on an urban time bomb,” he added.
According to Babu, about five million tonnes of waste is dumped in Ghazipur every day. “We are working with the municipality and the Government on the problem in an eco-friendly manner,” he said, and added that one problem in India was that there was no payment at the gate level.
“The processor (of waste) is not paid anything, only its collector is paid. As a result, waste is dumped, raising health concerns such as contamination, dust, vector-borne diseases and so on,” he said.
IEISL said it had a scientific way of processing every aspect of waste – biodegradable, inert and combustible. The biodegradable waste is converted into compost, the inert waste (construction and demolition debris) is turned into blocks and kerb stones.
“It is the combustible waste, such as paper, mattresses, and rubber, that we are using to produce recycled products and energy,” said Babu, adding that the purpose was to ensure that only 20 per cent waste remained, and the rest was recycled.
But Babu also admitted that the model was not ‘completely there’ right now. “We are trying to create a model that is viable, sustainable and compliant. We are making a lot of investments to meet Euro norms, and wish the Government would judge us on our output and give us incentives. “If solar is being pushed, why not this, as this is also protecting the environment,” he said.
Once power generation begins, scheduled for December 2013, IEISL will be free to sell 50 per cent of it, as 50 per cent is for sale to BSES at a fixed price of Rs 3 a unit. “We are hoping to sell it to malls and corporates etc which are willing to pay a premium for green power,” he added.
The company is also in talks on waste-to-energy plants in Bangalore and Hyderabad.
October 1st, 2012, 11:30 PM
Four-hour power cut from today (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/fourhour-power-cut-from-today/article3953945.ece)
The APCPDCL has revised the power cut timing from the existing three hours to four hours everyday in the city from October 1.
6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m: Addagutta, Airport, Allwyn, Ayyappa Society, Bansilalpet, Chilkalguda, ESI, Errum Manzil, Exhibition Grounds, Fever Hospital, Filmnagar, Greenlands, Gunrock Enclave, Hakeempet, Indira Park, Jawaharnagar, Jubilee Hills, Kundanbagh, Lalaguda, Maccha Bollarum, Monda Market, Sanjeevaiah Park, Seethaphalmandi, Sultan Bazar, Yousufguda, Panjeshah, Vittalwadi, Yakutpura, RP Nilayam, Moosarambagh, Hyderguda, Shamshabad, Turk Yamzal, Tandur, Upparpally, M.D. Pally, NIRD, Mamidpally, NPA, APPA, Vikarabad, Ibrahimbagh, Nandavanam, CBIT, Champapet, Leninnagar, Vanasthalipuram, Puppalaguda, Jalpally.
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Begumpet, Bhudevinagar, Bowenpally, Chinnathokatta, Clock Tower, ENT Hospital, Gymkhana, HMT, Hyderabad Public School, Hyderguda, IDPL, KIMS, Lakeview, Madhapur, Maitrivanam, Marredpally, NIMS, Nehrunagar, OSM Hospital, Osmania University, Pattigadda, Sitarambagh, Srinagar Colony, Yellareddyguda, Praga tools, Prasanthinagar, Petlaburj, Goshamahal, Gudimalkapur, James Street, L.V. Prasad Marg, IDA Uppal, Uppal, Moula Ali, Vajpainagar, Nacharam, Mallapur, Kothapet, Mohannagar, Maruthinagar, Bandlaguda, Autonagar, Hayathnagar, Rajiv Swagruha, Ramanthapur, NGRI, Vinayaknagar, Malkajgiri, Anandbagh, Sainikpuri, Kushaiguda, Charlapally, Yapral.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.: AC Guard, Asifnagar, Attapur, CRPF, Chandulal Baradari, Chanchalguda, Falaknuma, Golconda, Hussainsagar, Kanchanbagh, Karwan, Kandikalgate, Khilwat, Langar House, Malakpet gunj, Salarjung, Public Garden, S.D. Hospital, Santoshnagar, Tolichowki, Malakpet, Amberpet, Asmangadh, Bathkammakunta, Durganagar, MLA Colony, Motinagar, Motimahal, Narayanguda, Nampally, Mir Alam, Lumbini Park, Kalyananagar, Kompally, Subashnagar Usha Mullapudi, Jagathgirigutta, Vijaynagar Colony, Bachupally, Jeedimetla, ALEAP, RGK Suraram, Mayurinagar, Madinaguda, Balajinagar, KPHB Colony, Chandanagar, Papireddy Colony,Gachibowli.
October 1st, 2012, 11:32 PM
Reliving the Andhra Carnatic connection (http://www.asianage.com/music/reliving-andhra-carnatic-connection-750)
It’s Hyderabad after several years for a concert. I am pleasantly surprised to see a carpet of green and flowers greeting me all the way from the airport to the city. As I enter the city, a row of steel coffee filters greet me from their neatly stacked niche in a shop window. Oh what nostalgia!
The aroma of carefully roasted coffee beans, patiently ground on quaint kitchen coffee grinders and meticulously converted into decoction, wafted to my mind from memory bylanes. Although I don’t drink coffee, the South Indian roots in me are stirred. I am in Southern land and there’s no mistaking it !
In the hotel room, sweet sounding Telugu greets me on all television channels. A recent Telugu film breezes through. The hero was busy singing beside the sea, the next moment, there’s a break and I hear a song extolling the virtues of a pressure cooker. Why do all the songs sound the same? The Telugu film song sounded like a Hindi song with the words replaced. And the Hindi song sound very “foreign”. Perhaps I am reminiscing about those old kind of songs?
Even as this thought crosses my mind, the screen is replete with the mega Brahmotsavam festival at Tirupati. I watched with awe the milling crowds at this breathtaking meet, united in an inexplicable gesture of faith.
A group of men and women perform the traditional kummi dance of celebration. At a distance, the deity is ushered in to the music of the nadas-waram and the tavil. How intrinsic is this bond of music that runs like a golden thread between the spiritual, and the ethos of every day life! Our faith is bound in music, our religious beliefs take the form of musical expression, our celebrations do as well.
The Brahmotsavam brought this link very strongly to mind once again. If only some of our noisy musical celebrations could take on a similar mellifluous note! The deity swung on the breathtaking chariot of the Garudotsava ceremony and as the television camera focussed in, I heard the most melodious Annamachar composition. The saint-composer, native of Andhra, has evoked a gamut of rasas through hundreds of versatile compositions. One of my eternal favourites is Paluku Tenela talli immortalised by Nedunuri Krishna-murty, the fascinating voice from Andhra. Years back, I had watched a younger Alarmel Valli capture the bewitching mood of Okkapari Kokkapari in her dance. Annama-charya’s wife Timakka was a poetess too, but she remained in graceful oblivion.
The Rabindra Bharati auditorium was a delightful place to perform. A compact neat hall, pleasant lighting, good acoustics made for a soothing ambience. I was happy to meet friends over again, who are always part of the brigade of the faithful in the audience. It is always interesting to hear listeners after the show.
One relished the songs in Telugu and wondered how I managed it. How could I not? With Carnatic music owing an immense wealth to Telugu compositions, my Telugu choice is but indispensable. An old Vidwan in his 90s remained glued to his seat and awaited the finish to express his happiness. When asked time and again about the dwindling audience number for classical concerts, I think of these individuals in the concert hall. One such person makes for 10, I would say.
Another artiste woefully described to me how difficult it was for non-Chennai artistes to perform in Chennai. You need to be a Tamilian he said with profound disappointment, almost looking up to me for a solution. I had none, of course. But why grieve? Isn’t Andhra after all the cradle of Carnatic music? The Andhra soil has begotten the greatest composers, the finest musicians. But of course, December in Chennai is a different tableau altogether, he ruefully added.
Hyderabad blues for some! But for me a joyful “green” ride back into a modern airport and some delicious “paper sweet” to keep me going till my next trip. And while I shall soon be gone to the Gulf for a Gandhi Jayanti rendezvous, my city will be “musically” bidding farewell to Ganesha. It’s time we asked Ganesha about his preferences in music.
October 1st, 2012, 11:34 PM
New Chief General Manager of SBH (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/banking/article3955759.ece?ref=wl_industry-and-economy)
HYDERABAD, OCT. 1.:
V. Suresh Babu has assumed charge as Chief General Manager at the State Bank of Hyderabad. He joined the SBH in 1979 as a Probationary Officer. Before taking over the new responsibility today, Suresh Babu served as General Manager at State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.
October 1st, 2012, 11:36 PM
ISB start-up EmployeeStreet to expand operations (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/isb-start-up-employeestreet-to-expand-operations/189216/on)
The website provides discounts to corporate employees on local restaurants in Hyderabad
A start-up, EmployeeStreet.com, incubated at the Indian School of Business (ISB) under the Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (EDI) pogramme, is planning to expand its operations across five cities over the next three years.
EmployeeStreet.com started its operation in May 2011 as a website providing discounts to corporate employees on local restaurants in Hyderabad. It allows users to buy the coupons in advance and use them at the restaurants whenever they plan to eat out with in a month's duration.
"The 'eating-out' trend among Indians have seen a spurt over the years with the mushrooming restaurants and food joints across the country. Fine dining is not just about the food, it is about the ambience and quality of the wait staff. So, we see a huge market opportunity in this segment in the coming years," Simrandeep S Parmar, founder of EmployeeStreet.com, told Business Standard.
Betting big on the growing 'eating out' trend among Indians, the start-up has plans to foray into Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata markets.
Within first nine months into operation, the venture has reached out to 1,000 employees across six IT companies in Hyderabad by partnering through various employee benefit programmes.
"Initially, the corporate employees were allowed avail the coupons and later we allowed non-corporate users to avail the coupons. Now, we have crossed more than 10,000 customers within just 16 months of our operation," he said.
"Initially, it was a challenge to get customers. But now, we have positioned ourselves as a quality and need-based player and the response is encouraging. Catering to more than 95 restaurants in the city, we expect a 7-10 fold growth in our customer base within a years' time," he said.
"It costs around Rs 15-25 lakh to start operation in a new city depending on the size of the operation. The biggest cost is usually the customer acquisition cost and there is no end to how much you can spend on on-line platforms to acquire traffic," he said.
“We run our business in a sustainable way by keeping our costs low and not spending on promotion. We have a good set of metrics backing our model and we want to reach out to interested investors. The funds will be used to increase our pace of our growth and prove our business model at a larger scale,” Parmar said.
The venture, which started with Rs 10-lakh initial funding, is now in talks with investors to raise Rs 25 lakh by next month. "Nothing has been finalised yet. Along with, we have also plans to raise around Rs 3-5 crore over the next three years," he said.
October 1st, 2012, 11:40 PM
Four-hour power cut from today (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/fourhour-power-cut-from-today/article3953945.ece)
October 1st, 2012, 11:45 PM
GW spotlights India as next global partner (http://www.gwhatchet.com/2012/10/01/gw-spotlights-india-as-next-global-partner/)
The University has set its sights on expanding academics and research in India, a rising global power that program directors say should make up a bigger part of GW’s international focus.
Associate Provost for International Programs Donna Scarboro said she met with a U.S. State Department official last week to discuss the agency’s “Passport to India” program, which incentivizes student travel to India through research projects, grant opportunities and dual degrees.
Details of GW’s development in India – even areas of research, types of programs, locations and funding – have not been worked out yet, Scarboro said. She said her office would need to identify a group of in-house experts who could advise on the country’s cultural nuances.
“If you ask why India is important to GW, you’re asking the question why India important [to the world],” she said. “That’s why I want to move students through there, so they can answer the question of why is India important in the world and what are India’s struggles and strengths and hopes. They can have a nuanced picture of that country.”
Nationally, India typically sends the second-most students to the U.S. behind China. But with 27 undergraduates and 222 graduate students at GW last year, India trails China and South Korea as the largest feeder countries at GW.
“It’s not just about moving students and faculty around – it’s about having an impact on important issues that affect that region,” Scarboro added. “We want to know what the issues are.”
The University already has research centers on Indian studies through the GW Law School and the Elliott School.
Shelley Gentry Jessee, a study abroad adviser, said the University’s connections with India have swelled in the last three years, with new study abroad possibilities in Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad.
But only 23 students, including graduate students, chose to study abroad in India two years ago, with “steady” interest of about four students per semester in the country for the past three years, Jessee said.
“India is still a non-traditional destination and a developing country,” she said. “Not all students are prepared for the cultural differences India presents and choose to study in other, more popular study abroad destinations.”
GW will need to grow in India whether or not the country is identified as a site for expansion in its strategic plan, which administrators will release Tuesday, Scarboro said. Officials involved with the plan have so far floated expansions in China, France, Brazil and sub-Saharan African countries as possible areas of attention.
Several schools that GW considers its peers have extensive programs and exchanges in India. Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business runs corporate education programs in the city of Ahmedabad in western India, and Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering works with top technology firms in Mumbai.
The new attention toward India comes after a surge in the number of graduate students attending the University from overseas, as well as directives from both American and Indian leaders for colleges and universities in each country to deepen their connections.
Adam Grotsky, executive director of the New Delhi-based United States-India Educational Foundation, said “these are exciting times to engage with India.”
“[India’s] universities and institutes of higher education have attained global recognition as a result of their significant contribution in research and development,” Grotsky said, calling India “a major knowledge-based economic power.”
The University has typically relied on pre-existing ties to countries they’ve eyed for expansion. For example, GW School of Business Dean Doug Guthrie, a China scholar, has helped lead development of a graduate degree program there. GW’s large South Korean alumni base has also given it opportunities to grow more in that country, Scarboro said.
Less than four months ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and India’s education minister Kapil Sibal met for the U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue in Washington to explore avenues for the countries’ universities to work in tandem.
But the Indian government announced in August that it would narrow opportunities for partnerships with Indian schools, allowing only schools in the top 500 of the global rankings to add exchange programs in the country.
Deepa Ollapally, associate director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, said the University should prepare for challenges like competition from other U.S. schools and India’s bureaucratic government, which she called “the biggest obstacle.”
“Its not easy to set up real partnerships with Indian institutions,” Ollapally said. “This also has to do with long-standing mindsets against foreign involvement that continue in the academy and bureaucracy.”
October 1st, 2012, 11:48 PM
Bandh partial, peaceful (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/regions/karimnagar/bandh-partial-peaceful-948)
Bandh called on Monday by Telangana students unions in protest against the police high handedness during Telangana March in Hyderabad on Sunday was was partial and peaceful.
Private and a few government educational institutions remained closed but fuel filling stations, hotels and business establishments functioned as usual.
APSRTC officials rescheduled bus services and banks, cinema halls continued their business. In view of continuous holidays on Ganesh Nimajjanam and Sunday, traders did not show interest to shut their shops on Monday.
Meanwhile, PDSU activists took out a rally in Nizamabad town on Monday in protest against the lathi-charge and use of tear gas on students on Osmania University campus. Police immediately swung into action and arrested the agitating student union leaders.
TJAC and TNGOs also burnt the effigies of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at NTR cross-roads in Nizamabad town criticising his for trying to suppress separate statehood movement.
Police also took into custody JAC leaders as the prohibitory orders under 30, Police Act were in place.
On the other hand, students of Telangana Vidyarthi Parishad (TGVP) tried to barge into the residence of minister for major and medium irrigation P. Sudarshan Reddy at Subhashanagar on Monday. The protestors demanded that the minister quit his post in support of separate Telangana state cause.
Police prevented the students from entering the minister’s house and shifted them to police station.
In view of Telangana bandh, police deployed additional forces in all major centers to avoid any untoward incident.
Striking forces and mobile teams pressed into action to keep a tab on Telangana supporters in Nizamabad. Bandh was observed in Kamareddy, Bodhan, Armoor municipal towns and other mandal headquarters in the district.
In Adilabad district, government and private educational institutions remained closed while business establishments and government offices functioned as usual. RTC buses were operated normally.
The bandh was partial in almost all parts of the district.
There was no affect on coal production in Singareni as all the Singareni workers attended their duties.
However, there was total bandh in Bellamaplli town, Narnoor and Kadam mandal headquarters. Managements of private schools and colleges voluntarily closed their institutions.
October 3rd, 2012, 12:58 AM
Rain brings down temperature in Hyderabad (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Rain-brings-down-temperature-in-Hyderabad/articleshow/16646278.cms)
HYDERABAD: After heavy showers lashed the city on Monday night, denizens woke up to an overcast sky and drizzle on Tuesday. The light showers that began in the early hours turned into heavy spells at times and continued intermittently until afternoon. The met office said the cloud cover with rain spells is likely to continue for the next 24 hours in the city and a respite can happen only by Thursday. Till Tuesday evening, the Met department recorded 25 mm rainfall.
The dense cloud cover and intermittent showers brought down the city's maximum temperature below normal by nearly 5 degrees. Tuesday's maximum temperature nosedived to 26.6 degrees Celsius, a further dip from Monday's maximum of 29.4 degrees Celsius. Also, between Monday night and Tuesday evening, the state capital has recorded a considerable 50.6 mm rainfall.
Met officials have given a forecast for heavy to moderate showers over parts of Telangana and coastal AP during the next 48 hours. "The well marked low pressure area over coastal AP now lies over Telangana. The associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid tropospheric level has also contributed to the rains for the last two days," said an official.
October 3rd, 2012, 01:00 AM
Oktoberfest comes to Hyderabad! (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food/food-festivals/Oktoberfest-comes-to-Hyderabad/articleshow/16640810.cms)
The spirit of the world's biggest carnival is running high in the city with Oktoberfest celebrations on in full swing.
The monsoons are coming to an end and the festive season is all set to begin. And what better way to usher in the fun than bringing in some colours, flavours, music, dance, and of course, a large variety of chilled draughts from the world's largest beer festival — Oktoberfest. Even as revellers from the world over are busy flocking Munich in Germany to be a part of the extravaganza, Hyderabad is having its own little Oktoberfest party.
What's on the platter?
The festival is all about celebrating beer with dance and music, but the city hotels are planning to add a desi takda to make things more exciting. While some venues have planned a three-day event with live performances by artistes like Raghu Dixit, Indian Ocean, Shair & Funk, celebrity DJ Yves V and more, others have on offer the best draught beer, sausages and grilled delights. "It's going to be an eight-hour event everyday with food, music, dance and lots of beer. It's more like a carnival," says Kavya Reddy of N Convention.
Fashion designer Shilpa Reddy says, "I'm a music lover and good music gets me excited, so this Oktoberfest is a good chance to explore live music presented by famous bands. Also, we don't have much cultural activities happening in Hyderabad, so it's a perfect time to enjoy such events. It's surely a fun time with music and good food."
Anoop Pamu, a corporate employee, echoes the same thoughts. "I missed the fest last year, so I'm looking forward to it this time. It's hilarious to see people get merry. This is one time of the year when you get to taste different varieties of spirits," chuckles Anoop, who enjoys the fest because "it's an opportunity to meet new people and make friends."
What's a celebration without some mouth-watering cuisine? Food is always a big part of Oktoberfest in the city. "Apart from authentic 'Oktoberfest' munchies like hendl (chicken roast), steckerlfish (grilled fish on a stick), knodel (potato dumplings) and pretzels, we can also choose from an array of exquisite meats and veggies such as the New Zealand lamb chops, Norwegian salmon, Himalayan trout and tofu. finger foods are the best option as they can be easily consumed while dancing or chilling out with friends," says Akshita Siriguri from Kakatiya. Shilpa agrees, adding, "I dig the kind of finger foods we get during the fest. It goes so well with beer. I'm just waiting to celebrate with my group of friends."
All effort is being made to bring a little of Germany right here in Hyderabad. Jayshree Kammili, of The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, says, "Apart from delicious cuisine and unique beverages, a Bavarian set-up and German delicacies with a scintillating spread is the highlight of the celebrations this year."
Fun is on everyone's agenda. Shyam Sunder, F & B Manager, Novotel, Hitec City, says, "CoP 11 delegates, who are in the city, will get to enjoy a variety of beers and be a part of Hyderabad's own Oktoberfest."
Add to the mix a few fun-filled games such as beer pong, the power hour and flip cup, and the celebrations just got bigger. An excited youngster, Akshaya Rao, says, "This year, my friends from different parts of the country might come down to Hyderabad, especially for the fest. We hope to have a blast!"
October 3rd, 2012, 01:14 AM
Hyderabad continues to reel under blackouts (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/02/city-continues-to-reel-under-blackouts/77296)
Many areas in the City continue to suffer from power cuts, following the CPDCL’s decision to impose 4-hour power cuts as against the earlier three-hour power cut.The decision came after gas and coal supplies hit an all time low even as private DISCOMs have decided to hike power tariff rates.
The load relief schedule was made public yesterday but power cuts remain frequent and random. Jubilee Hills for example reeled from a blackout for over 12 hours even as officials struggled to find out the cause of the power cut. Officials from the Jubilee Hills substation said, “We are trying to find out the cause and rectify it.”
Despite being a residential area of VIPs, the power services are yet to be reinstated. Residents and local vendors say that this is a frequent problem and that despite the many timetables made public by the CPDCL, the load schedules remain random.
“Officials say that there will be four hour power cuts but then this is not something new. Even when the three hour power cuts were imposed, we still suffered from four hour power cuts. The helpline at the substation is of no use as there is no reply, most of the times,” says Ashok Reddy, a resident of Road number 65. Officials believe that this maybe because of redirecting the power supply lines from Jubilee Hills to the CoP-11 venue.
October 3rd, 2012, 01:28 AM
ISB host families give students home away from home (http://www.indianexpress.com/news/isb-host-families-give-students-home-away-from-home/1011040/)
‘Aikya’ is a host family network programme, that has been functioning at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali. ‘Aikya’ is a Sanskrit word, which means ‘coming together’.
The programme is a way of bonding between students and families. Each year, host families welcome students into their homes over weekends, term breaks, and festive occasions. With five or six students per family, about 100 families across Hyderabad and Mohali are part of the AIKYA community. At Mohali this year there are around 42 Student Study Groups and hence, around 40 leading families have been selected to be a part of the AIKYA network. The families that are part of the AIKYA network at both the campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali include prominent industrialists, businessmen and government officials.
The interactions and meetings help the students in developing soft skills and understanding the city’s corporate culture. The programme brings together ISB students and various well-connected individuals and their families, which benefits both in various ways. It’s a home away from home for the students and an opportunity to be a part of the families’ functions and festivities and get to know their culture. Shiv Kumar, Director, Student Engagement and Applied Learning (SEAL), ISB, said that the programme was initiated in the Hyderabad campus to familiarize the students with the unique culture that the city offers. The programme was then extended to the Mohali campus.
According to Subramanian, a student at ISB, who belongs to Bangalore, said, “My outings with Scott Slessor, Consul General, Canada, has been really interesting and informative. I can relate to and learn from him as both of us are not from the city. ”.
Some of the prominent families of the region on ISB’s AIKYA network are Punit Vatsayan, President, TiE, Punjab and Chandigarh, Vivek Atray, HCS, Former Director IT, Chandigarh, Scott Slessor, Consul General, Canada, Khushwant Singh, well known author, Keshni Anand Arora, HCS, Deputy Director General - UID, Manmohan (Mac) Sarin, Senior Advocate, Former Advocate General Of Punjab and Haryana, General V P Malik, Retired Chief of army staff, Manmohan S Kohli, CEO, Aroma Group of Hospitality and Sanjeev Mahajan, Director- Bombay Traders.
October 3rd, 2012, 01:31 AM
Environmental activists appalled by Ganesh debris (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/environmental-activists-appalled-by-ganesh-debris/297100-60-121.html)
With the successful completion of Ganesh immersion, now it is time for cleaning up debris. While the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is busy clearing the Hussain Sagar, environmental activists and students too got into the act to do their bit for the city lakes.
The Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) founder Arun Krishnamurthy and over 20 students, aged between 11 and 17, went to the Alwal lake and were, in their own words, “appalled” by what they saw.
“This is the height of disrespect to God. Puja materials, offerings and what not, lie near the lake. There are innumerable idols, made of plaster of paris, at the bottom of the lake. We can’t take them out because we don’t have the machinery for that,” said Arun. He explained that the idols lay deep down forming layers in the lake. “The depth of the lake has decreased already, and in the end, the water body will just disappear,” he opined.
Arun and his group began the clean up operation on Sunday despite the Telangana March. “The two schools, which agreed to help us, backed out because parents feared trouble was brewing in the city due to the march. I would have done it even with five members,” said the activist from Chennai. The group, however, did receive support from the GHMC, which provided 22 workers, a garbage truck and bins, and equipment to assist the clean up. It wasn’t just idols made of plaster of paris that were removed from the lake, other materials like alcohol bottles, clothes, thermocol, photo frames were also fished out.
The task was such that Arun had to hire 10 more workers by paying each Rs 300 out of his own pocket. “It was still disheartening to watch the workers neck deep in water remove the idols and other materials for a really long time,” explained Arun. He and his group had cleaned up the Kapra lake a few months back. Comparing the Alwal experience to that, the group members felt Kapra was a relatively easy job.
“Here, we had to literally step into the lake and pull out materials. Things weren’t just floating on water, they were pretty much submerged,” said Vaidehi C, an EFI member. Her friend S Prathyusha was also angry finding the lake in a bad condition.
But the group is not deterred. They will be cleaning up five other lakes in November.
October 3rd, 2012, 01:33 AM
Auto expo by students (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/teens/auto-expo-students-068)
With the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) all set for its first-ever student convention in the city on October 5 and 6, Hyderabad will also be witness to an auto expo held on a college campus.
Motorheads will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and innovative ideas at a national-level symposium. On the other hand, for the layperson, it’s a two-day fest dealing with technology and focusing on concepts like mobility engineering, design challenges and so on. Playing hosts to this unique convention are Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT) and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology (MGIT).
Fifteen students, who comprise the CBIT-SAE Club, are organising the fest with participation from automobiles giants such as Maruti Suzuki, Renault and Toyota to name a few. “The budget for the event is around Rs 10 lakh and over 350 students from four divisions across the country will attend. The first two rounds were at the college and divisional levels in different locations, while the finale that we are hosting is at the national level,” informs G. Sri Havisha, final-year student and HR of the club. Some predefined events that the clubs will be judged on include aero modelling, business plans, auto quiz, writing a technical paper, animation and so on. For aspiring students, who are around 22 years of age, this will prove to be a real treat.
“There is a small-scale auto-expo of vintage cars by Sujana and automobiles on display by the sponsors,” notes Sai Kalyan Pulipati, head of the organising committee. “One of the highlights is the competition where people will get to design an all-terrain vehicle. Also, the cars like Rolls Royce Phantom, priced at Rs 6 crore, and a Ford vintage model are worth checking out,” says Apoorva Vadlamani, PR of the club.
October 3rd, 2012, 01:48 AM
Mayor explains absence (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/02/mayor-explains-absence/77299)
Mayor Majid Hussain clarifies that he was not deliberately keeping away from the CoP inaugural function on October 1 but was busy elsewhere. He says he will be present for MoP next Monday.
Responding to the Postnoon report on October 1 about the mayor’s absence at the opening ceremony of CoP yesterday, mayor Mohd Majid Hussain said he would attend from Monday. “I shall be present along with the chief minister at MoP from October 8.”
Seeking to downplay his absence, the mayor asked the media not to read too much into his absence. He said, “I shall be receiving the torch on behalf of the City in coming days.” He would be present for most sessions from the second week of the month till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’ arrival in the concluding days of CoP. He said he was busy attending to mending the disturbed parts of the City after the Telangana protest.
The mayor, along with the GHMC commissioner, visited Tank Bund area on Monday to oversee the repairing and cleaning works on the stretch. He directed officials to clear the lake of all kinds of pollutants by starting dredging operations in coordination with HMDA officials. He also took note of the damages caused to the footpath and other recently repaired structures.
During the inspection, he found that most bus shelters in the twin cities had little or poor amenities like sitting arrangements. Even the place where route maps should be displayed was being utilised for advertisements, which was ‘highly objectionable’. He directed the zonal commissioner to call for a meeting with the agencies concerned.
Speaking to Postnoon, he revealed that all the fountains, which add beauty to the Hussain Sagar lake, were also restored and they would be functional from Wednesday.
“We are doing our bit, but it is also the denizen’s responsibility to maintain this. What is disturbing is the fact that portions of the footpath, which were recently painted by the Corporation, are now awash with pan stains,” he lamented. He said citizens too have a responsibility to ensure that the City is kept clean, especially when the world has assembled in our foyer.
October 3rd, 2012, 05:05 AM
Hyderabad Metro to distribute saplings
HYDERABAD, OCT. 2:
Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd has made arrangements for distribution of saplings as a part of its Vana Prasadam scheme.
To supplement the efforts of other Governmental organisations and to increase the green cover in the city, the HMR has decided to distribute saplings free-of-cost to individuals, organisations, resident welfare associations, authorities of educational institutions and other organisations under ‘Vana Prasadam’ scheme, N.V.S.Reddy, Managing Director of HMR, said. Saplings mostly of native species will be distributed at Elders’ Mela being held at Zoroastrian Club near Yatri Nivas, Secunderabad, for three days during October 2 to 4. They will also be given at the HMR in Metro Rail Bhavan. For plantation of over 100 saplings in any identified locality or campus, HMR officials will arrange plantation. HMR is now on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hmrlgov).
October 3rd, 2012, 05:07 AM
CM woos U.S. mission to invest in state
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday invited a US trade mission to make best use of the state’s infrastructure and invest in a big way.
While interacting with the trade mission from Washington led by Governor Christine O’Gre-goire at his camp office, the CM gave a power point presentation explaining the state’s ports and airports and the strides made in the IT and bio-sectors. He also spoke about various international agencies choosing Hyderabad as the destination for holding conferences.
“You have come here at an appropriate time,” Mr Reddy said, adding that besides the on-going CoP-11, World Allergy Conference with 4,000 doctors from various countries would be held in December and World Agricultural Conference would also be held in October, 2013. He said India and the US should mutually benefit by fostering trade opportunities.
October 4th, 2012, 04:39 PM
First batch to land at Haj camp today (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/First-batch-to-land-at-Haj-camp-today/articleshow/16663864.cms)
HYDERABAD: The 15-day annual Haj camp begins on Thursday with the first batch of 8,500 pilgrims expected to arrive at the Haj House in the morning. A total of 52 flights will be carrying the pilgrims from the Hyderabad embarkation point to Saudi Arabia and back.
According to sources from the State Haj Committee (SHC), 600 pilgrims will take the first two flights scheduled to leave on October 6 and October 7. This batch will consist of pilgrims from Hyderabad and Mahbubnagar districts. Saudi Arabian Airlines flights with a capacity between 300 and 450 passengers each have been engaged. Officials said that 26 flights will carry pilgrims from Hyderabad to Jeddah from October 6 to October 26 and another 26 will ferry them back from Madina to Hyderabad from November 19 to November 30.
SHC officials claimed that all arrangements for the convenience of pilgrims have been completed and said that visas of around 7,000 pilgrims have been endorsed and passports will be handed over to pilgrims before embarkation. Abdul Hameed, SHC executive officer, said, "Flight booking will be done once the pilgrims arrive. We have set up State Bank of India counters so that they can exchange currency. Gas cylinders will be provided to them without imposing a cap on the number of cylinders unlike before. Immigration officials will also be available at the Haj House." Accommodation for up to 700 pilgrims has been arranged in the Haj House and additional accommodation has been provided in tents with a capacity of around 200 in the parking area. In case of an accommodation crunch, a function hall in close proximity to the Haj House will be rented to put up the pilgrims, an official said.
Sources said that they were expecting a trouble-free season this year. Pilgrims will have to carry with them their flight intimation cards, original pay-in slips and health and training ( HAT) cards to the Haj House.
October 4th, 2012, 04:49 PM
ASI’s notice an eye-wash? (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/ASIs-notice-an-eye-wash/articleshow/16663859.cms)
HYDERABAD: Notice boards are put up to serve a purpose, but this one is clearly baffling. After being a mute spectator to the hectic construction activity over the years that has destroyed the heritage look of the famous Lad Bazaar near Charminar, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) authorities have now erected a notice board in the bazaar "prohibiting any construction activity within 100 metre radius of the protected monument." Predictably, the delayed notice board comes only days ahead of the International Council of Monuments and Sites ( Icomos) team's visit to inspect Charminar for the elusive World Heritage Site status.
The ASI's board was put up a fortnight ago though shopkeepers at Lad Bazaar have already spent lakhs on renovation and construction of additional floors. "After the construction was completed, they put up the notice board," said Raghunath Badrinath Jaju, who renovated his shop a few years ago and is bemused with the ban on construction imposed now. Ahmed Hussain, who manages a wedding wear store next to Jaju's store claims that the department cannot even remove a brick now. The new notice board, that strangely has a rusted old look, is placed in between Jaju's plush jewellery store and Hussain's renovated cloth store.
The centuries-old sepia tinted photographs of Lad Bazaar displayed in city museums stand in stark contrast to the present day haphazard scene here. From a uniform lineup of two-storey shops on both sides of the lane forming the bazaar then, the large-scale construction and renovation activity with several stores adding a third storey has turned it into a chaotic mess now.
The notice board put up in the midst of the 400-year-old bangle bazaar states, "You are at the 100 metre prohibited zone limit of this protected monument. It is hereby brought to the notice of the public that in accordance with the provisions of the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains Act 1958, the area falling within 100 metres has been declared as prohibited area for the purposes of construction. Construction in the prohibited area is punishable with imprisonment up to two years or fine of Rs one lakh or both." An ASI official deployed at Charminar said that the notice board was lying in Charminar for months as they had to take permission from the GHMC and the police to erect it and hence it got rusted. The official added that ASI is trying to prevent further damage by putting up the board now.
Conservation architect Nitin Sinha who was involved in restoration and conservation works of Lad Bazaar under Charminar Pedestrianisation Project during 2006 said that shopkeepers then wanted a 3-4 storey floor space. "We were very clear that height restrictions and the architectural character had to be maintained," said Sinha. However, the present scene clearly shows that shopkeepers went ahead with their plans, with the GHMC and ASI making no efforts to stop them.
According to a heritage activist, the ASI does not have administrative powers and it is the GHMC or revenue department that has to enforce the regulations of the Act. "Road works, construction and renovation works are happening near Charminar every day. These have to happen in a well coordinated manner," the activist said. He added that of the three monuments including Charminar, Golconda and Qutub Shahi Tombs proposed for the World Heritage Site tag, Charminar's heritage precinct has been the most affected as it is in the midst of core of the city, a shopping hub and exposed to lot of construction activity all around.
October 4th, 2012, 04:53 PM
Judge blasts government for harming education (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Judge-blasts-government-for-harming-education/articleshow/16661649.cms)
HYDERABAD: Justice L Narasimha Reddy of high court has criticised the attitude of the state government and the board of intermediate education for virtually functioning like front offices of some powerful corporate houses at a time when government and aided junior colleges were being closed down. The judge asked the director and commissioner of intermediate education to ensure that no private junior college runs in accommodation other than the one approved by the competent authority.
The judge was dealing with a writ petition filed by Vidyaranya Junior College, Warangal. The petitioner contended that the regional inspection officer had submitted a report against it to the secretary of the board of intermediate education following which the college had now been directed to close its gates without being given an opportunity of defending itself. The judge heard the matter and, by way of interim orders, wondered how the 10+2 education had been commercialised.
The judge said that private educational societies had stepped in which have "virtually reduced the activity of education to that of commerce of the worst order". He referred to reports alleged how bright students studying in aided and government junior colleges were being 'purchased' by private coporate colleges who then presented them as examples of merit to attract more students.
He said that some corporate groups had become so strong that even examination centres were selected in keeping with their whims and fancies. The judge wondered how many government-aided junior colleges have been closed down on the grounds that there is no playground even as officials ignore flagrant violations by private junior colleges.
Referring to the present case, the judge commended the official who inspected the petitioner college and documented the sad state of affairs. Right in the middle of a residential area in a multi-storied complex, the Warangal college was being run sans authorization with open air toilets on the top floor having been constructed for students.
The judge said that, at the present stage, no interim orders may be passed. The secretary to the board of intermediate education, the director and commissioner of intermediate education have been asked to provide the list of institutions found to have resorted to unauthorized use of buildings, indicating the nature of violations, by October 15.
October 4th, 2012, 05:27 PM
Minister raises doubts over Nandagiri Hills auction (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/minister-raises-doubts-over-nandagiri-hills-auction/article3962039.ece)
Urges Kiran to probe why off set price was reduced from Rs. 23 crore to Rs. 18 crore
A letter written by Health Minister D. L. Ravindra Reddy on Wednesday cast serious doubts on the award of 4.6 acres of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) lands in Nandagiri Hills in the city by reducing the off set price from Rs. 23 crore to Rs. 18 crore.
According to sources, Dr. Reddy in his letter to Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy urged him to order an inquiry into the manner in which HMDA awarded land in Nandagiri Hills to the highest bidder by bringing down the off set price.
He said HMDA had auctioned individual plots in Nandagiri Hills. It had reduced the offset price from Rs. 23 crore to Rs. 18 crore to benefit one G. Amarender Reddy to get 4.6 acres at a lesser amount.
The Minister raised doubts that bid documents opened ahead of the auction showed that the difference between Net-Net Ventures Private Limited and Navayuga Engineering Company Limited was only Rs. 20 lakh. The Minister in his letter said: “I do not know whether it is a coincidence or a deal was struck by these two companies. The market value would be around Rs. 150 crore.”
He questioned the need to reduce the off set price when the rate for sale of land in that area was very high. He wanted the Chief Secretary to probe the auction. He brought to the notice of the Chief Minister that a Bangalore based firm had evinced interest to buy the land paying Rs. 130 crore. The company was prevented from quoting the bid by some Cabinet Ministers, he charged.
October 4th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Notification for Excise Constables on 8th Oct: Eligibility, Physical Test and District-wise Vacancies (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/10/notification-excise-constables-8th-oct-eligibility-physical-test-districtwise-vacancies/214393.html)
Hyderabad: Notification for the recruitment of excise constables is going to be released on 8th of October 2012. The selected constables will be placed in the excise department. Candidates need to pass the physical examination and only for candidates selected in the first test, written test will be conducted. There are nearly 2600 excise constable posts are vacant across the state Andhra Pradesh. JNTU has been held responsible for conducting the examinations for this post. Excise department has listed out the number of vacancies in different districts of the state and submitted the same to the government.
Physical examination will be conducted under the supervision of district collector, SP, excise department and deputy commissioners. Now a new rule has been implemented. Those who are applying for constable posts, should have passed SSC at the minimum. Interested candidates can apply through mee seva, e seva and online methods. Women reservation will be applied only for 1172 posts among these jobs.
Physical examinations for excise constable post:
Male candidates need to complete 4 kilometers race in 20 minutes and females need to complete 2 kilometers in 30 minutes. 100 meters race should be done in 15 seconds by males while females can take up to 18 seconds.
Males need to be eligible for 3.8 meters long jump and females need to be eligible for 2.75 meters long jump.
Men need to complete 800 meter race in 2.50 minutes.
Males need to do high jump to 1.20 meters. Females are exempted from this.
This notification for excise constables has been released after 21 years. Highest number of posts are offered in Chittoor district and they are 249 posts in this district. Sports reservation is given as 2 percent. Those who have passed the physical test will be invited for written test, which will be conducted for 100 marks. Questions will be in the standard of tenth class.
Following are the posts allotted for each district:
Hyderabad – 96
Chittoor – 249
Anantapuram - 198
Ranga Reddy – 192
Kurnool – 84
Mahaboobnagar – 141
Nalgonda – 71
YSR District – 80
Vijayanagaram – 78
Kareemnagar – 130
Medak – 154
Srikakulam – 82
Visakhapatnam – 158
Nellore – 01
Nizamabad – 50
Adilabad – 137
Khammam – 127
Guntur – 82
Prakasam – 27
Warangal – 36
East Godavari – 90
Krishna – 240
West Godavari – 103
October 4th, 2012, 05:29 PM
Yukthi 2012 Education Fair & F1 Visa Seminar (http://www.indiaeducationdiary.in/showEE.asp?newsid=15786)
Report by India Education bureau, Hyderabad: City based Valmiki Group, a specialist organization on overseas education is to organize a Yukthi 2012, an Education Fair & F1 Visa Seminar here in city at Hotel Fortune Katriya on 6th October (Saturday).
The fair is expected to be participated by over 25 Universities from USA and Canada informed Ln. Surya Ganesh Valmiki, CMD of the Valmiki Group. Concurrently along with the fair, there will be F1 Visa Seminar at 11:30 am, 3 pm and 4:30 pm. This Seminar will be addressed by Mr. Himish Bhatnagar, Former Chief Consular Investigator, US Embassy.
Mr. Himish Bhatnagar is a US Visa Consultant who formerly worked with American Embassy, Visa Section. While working with the American Embassy, New Delhi, Himish was a Chief Consular Investigator - Anti-Fraud Unit (AFU). He was looking after the complete consular processing including Anti Fraud Unit, Immigrant and Non-immigrant Unit. Mr. Himish provides a platform to Indians to obtain more information and Green Card through EB5.
A separate Workshop on Canada Visa will also be held at 1:30 pm and 2 pm by an industry expert.
Over 500 students and parents are expected participate at the event.
Valmiki Group is a name to reckon in overseas education and has been organizing several seminars, expos for the benefit of the student community. For the past several years it has been working to bridge the education divide.
October 4th, 2012, 05:40 PM
Patients Beyond Borders® CEO to Present at November Indian Medical Tourism Conference and Alliance in Hyderabad, India (http://www.chron.com/business/press-releases/article/Patients-Beyond-Borders-CEO-to-Present-at-3915329.php)
Event to focus on best medical practices and regional partnerships
Chapel Hill, NC (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
Josef Woodman, CEO of Patients Beyond Borders, will be one of several renowned speakers to present at the Indian Medical Tourism Conference and Alliance (IMTCA 2012), November 2 – 3, in Hyderabad, India. Organized by i-Transition Worldwide (I) P Limited in collaboration with One Healthcare™ Worldwide and the Center for Medical Tourism Research (CMTR), the event will be held at the Park Hotel in Hyderabad and is expected to bring together key individuals from all sectors of the international healthcare and tourism industries.
In addition to healthcare providers, regional entrepreneurs, government, and non-government organizations (NGOs), the two-day conference will also include dignitaries from the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, as well as Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Health and Family Welfare Minister of India.
“We have organized this event to augment worldwide awareness of the Indian medical tourism industry, while bringing attention to the vibrant and growing Hyderabad healthcare community,” said Varsha Lafargue, founder/chair of IMTCA. “Amidst growing international competition, it is important that India raises its place as the value destination for the medical traveler.”
Hyderabad, India’s fourth largest city, is one of the subcontinent’s leading healthcare, information technology (IT), and healthcare IT hubs, bringing together an array of medical, pharmaceutical, research, and academic enterprises. Dozens of leading international hospitals make Hyderabad a preferred medical travel destination within and beyond India’s borders.
October 4th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Using digital devices to educate children (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/weekend-life/article3965000.ece?ref=wl_features)
Looking at kids in US fall in love with digital devices gave way to a business idea.
A software pro with an IIT-M, MS and MBA degrees from the US and a small-time venture capital player himself in a few Silicon Valley start-ups, Ram has got a business idea after seeing kids in the US falling love with smart digital devices.
“I have seen small kids playing and using such devices. I thought why not use them for learning purposes in India,” Ram Gollamudi says, recollecting the early days of his entrepreneurship.
Using digital devices for learning is no big deal. Delivering the right kind of content at a price point that is affordable for them is the key for the success of the model, he points out. That idea soon got translated into Edutor and its Augmented Classroom Solution. “The idea is to give the students a medium they are quite cosy with. We have decided to give them a tool that can lessen the weight of their bags and enhance the scope of learning,” he says.
Ask him how, he would say: “Now you can audit the learning experience of students. You can tell them what they are reading and how long. They can access the content offline as well as online. The moment he comes online, the device would send the administrator the history of content access,” he says.
Ram Gollamudi, who is the founder-CEO, knew well that the task was too big for him to handle it individually. Started off as a one-member firm, Edutor soon had three more people in the promoter group. Prasanna Boni, a technocrat, joined as COO, Sravan Narasipuram as Vice-President Engineering, and Ramesh Karra as Vice-President (Sales and Marketing). All had good experience in the technical, development and marketing fields.
But how difficult was it to raise funds for the project? “We could get commitment from Shashi Reddi, the founder Chief Executive Officer of AppLabs, at the end of the pitch presentation. He believed in the story and agreed to invest,” he says.
Shashi Reddi has just sold his company to CSC for an undisclosed consideration. He had invested Rs 2 crore, while the four promoters brought in Rs 2 crore. About 45 people work for this start-up that is housed at Reddi’s incubator at the rich neighbourhood of Jubilee Hills. With Ram, who has 14 years of experience in hardware systems and embedded software, the firm developed a product and hit the market with initial lot in 2010, providing content for Classes 3 to 10. A year later, it began selling the product at retail stores such as Landmark and Himalaya.
Edutor’s first generation product, Edutor Advantage Home Learning Device, was launched in March 2011 in some schools in Hyderabad and Bangalore. They sold more than 2,500 devices. Meridian School in Hyderabad was the first school to adopt this solution – for Classes 8th, 9th & 10th. Up to 700 students studying in these classes will now be using Edutor’s Tablet Solution in school and at home. While the tab was priced at Rs 5,500 a piece, the content (In all major streams such as State Boards, CBSE and ICSE, it sold at Rs 1,500 per class). It, in fact, is not an easy task for them to start. Akaash was just coming in and prices of tablets are set to be dropped significantly.
Ram, however, firmly believes that the cost of the device is not a big issue. “It is convenience for students and comfort for teachers in getting quick feedback on the learning experience that counts. A teacher can tell apart, why a student is getting fewer marks, why he is reading more or not reading a lesson. They can also appreciate the proportionate marks one gets vis-à-vis the time one spends on a subject,” he said.
Ram says that the school in general and teacher, in particular, has control over the tablet. They can decide what all the apps a student can access . “We offer curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular content. We have also tied up with Next Education, University of Cambridge and Britannica for content,” he points out.
The school can decide whether the student can access the Internet and what to access there. “We can, say, fix only Wikipedia or a few dictionaries, if they choose to opt for them,” he says.
There is already a crowd out there. Even some general tablets are offering educational content. How is he going to address this? Ram says he is firm believer in the story – right content to right students with full control over the device to teachers. “We know we stand out with the content-plus-device formula,” he adds.
What he is betting on – a recession proof idea! “Yes, you cannot stop studying in times of recession. We are there to address this need,” he quips.
October 4th, 2012, 05:49 PM
Vana Prasadam, a hit with citizens (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/vana-prasadam-a-hit-with-citizens/297344-60-121.html)
Vana Prasadam - distribution of saplings that was launched on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi, witnessed a tremendous response from the citizens. The scheme was inaugurated by HMR managing director, NVS Reddy at the Elders’ Mela meet of senior citizens held at Zoroastrian Club, Secunderabad.
Speaking on the occasion, Reddy said that in the light of a large number of enquiries about the availability of plants and assistance for plantation undertaken by HMR in its Vana Deeksha program in the city, distribution of saplings has also been initiated under Vana Prasadam scheme.
Plants, mostly native varieties, are being distributed to individuals, organisations, and associations free of cost by HMR to increase green cover in Hyderabad.
Senior citizens, students, house wives, and members of resident welfare associations have enthusiastically collected saplings and the demand is more for varieties like deva ganneru, neem, neredu, spethodia, techoma, and pomegranate. Reddy mentioned that saplings can also be collected from the reception counter of HMR at Metro Rail Bhavan near Secretariat on all working days during office hours.
October 4th, 2012, 05:55 PM
Facebook now has more than one billion users (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/facebook-now-has-more-than-one-billion-users/297875-11.html)
New Delhi: Facebook is now a billion users strong. Facebook's CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone on his Facebook profile. "This morning, there are more than one billion people using Facebook actively each month. If you're reading this: thank you for giving me and my little team the honour of serving you," Zuckerberg posted.
"Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life. I am committed to working every day to make Facebook better for you, and hopefully together one day we will be able to connect the rest of the world too," he added.
What is now the world's largest social networking service, was founded founded eight years ago in 2004 in Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard University dorm room.
Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Facebook employs about 4000 people in 19 different countries across the world, including Hyderabad in India.
In June this year Facebook had announced that it had 552 million daily active users and 955 million monthly active users.
Facebook reached 1 billion monthly active users on September 14 at 12:45 PM Pacific time.
October 4th, 2012, 06:16 PM
Hyderabad US Consulate joins hands with breast cancer foundation (http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/10/04/351--Hyderabad-US-Consulate-joins-hands-with-breast-cancer-foundation-.html)
Hyderabad, Oct 4 (IANS) The United States consulate general in Hyderabad has joined hands with the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation for greater breast cancer awareness.
The Pink Ribbon Campaign will be organised Oct 7 to mark the beginning of the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Actor John Abraham and cricketer V.V.S. Laxman will be the star campaigners at the Pink Ribbon Walk to be held at the Kasu Brahmananda Reddy Park here Oct 7, in honour of women who have fought the illness with determination. The aim of the walkers is to raise awareness about the need for early detection of the disease.
Some prominent buildings in the city, like Charminar, the Buddha statue, the US consulate and Hyderabad Public School will be illuminated to demonstrate the strength of pink, a colour that represents breast cancer awareness.
"Our participation salutes women cancer survivors and encourages those fighting the disease not to give up. We walk together to show our solidarity and commitment to spread the word about early detection," Consul General Katherine Dhanani told reporters here Wednesday.
Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation (UBF) has trained 1,200 healthcare workers to perform clinical breast examinations (CBE), used to detect breast cancer in its early stages.
Director of UBF Raghu Ram said trained healthcare workers would perform CBE on 50,000 poor women in Hyderabad.
"Women with signs of breast cancer will be referred to the nearest primary health centre. Women with no abnormalities will be examined again in two years. Data will be maintained by UBF with the help of TCS," said Ram.
In India 1,00,000 women are newly diagnosed with breast cancer every year, a number that has overtaken cervical cancer. This figure is expected to increase to 1,30,000 by 2020.
Around 50,000 women die from breast cancer every year in India and it has become the leading cause for death among women in metropolitan cities.
More than one million women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.
October 4th, 2012, 06:29 PM
No general body meeting in sight (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/03/no-general-body-meeting-in-sight/77521)
One is supposed to be a check on the other. But when it comes to addressing public grievances, the ruling and Opposition parties close ranks.
It has been more than four months since the last general body meeting was held. The GHMC is clueless when the next meeting will be conducted. Even as the ruling parties take cover under the CoP-11, the half-hearted efforts of the Opposition to push forward genuine problems has left the general public in the lurch.
Hundreds of civic problems go unattended and un-debated as the mayor and his team show little inclination to conduct regular civic body meetings. Sources in his camp point out to the last general body meeting when even Opposition members were missing. “If that is your Opposition, why blame the ruling party?” asks an aide to the mayor.
The common man has resigned to his fate. “Even if they conduct a general body meeting what would be the end result? The whole time would be spent on sorting out questions to be asked first,” quips veteran lawyer and former counselor, Osman Shaheed. Explaining the lack of enthusiasm, this TRS leader, who’d earlier represented MIM feels that solutions to problems can only be found if both treasury and opposition counselors take up the public issues seriously.
Reflecting this perception, the last general body meeting ended up on a single issue of ‘hoardings’, even though there were a total of six important issues on the agenda. The issues like building permissions and nallah desilting works could not be followed up. With TDP corporators insisting on passing a resolution against the hike in petrol prices, nothing much could be achieved.
Now, with several diseases like dengue spreading both in the City and in the suburbs, many want a general body meeting wherein suggestions and solutions could emerge.
Even though the corporation is only providing ‘logistic’ support for CoP-11, the pretense that the entire establishment is engaged in it is ridiculous. “People have the right to ask why the GHMC is not holding meetings. There are numerous problems that remain unaddressed,” said a TRS leader.
Floor leader of ruling MIM, Mohammed Nazeeruddin, pointed out that as the works are still going on and officials are busy the meeting could not be held. “As the Biodiversity conference is being conducted, officials are engaged in works,” said the floor leader. Responding to a question on curtailed last general meeting, he said, “TDP corporators were insisting to take up the issues raised by them.”
While the TDP, floor leader Singi Reddy Srinivas Reddy, denied the MIM charge, “There was no indiscipline on the part of our corporators.” On the lack of quorum leading to adjournment of the last general body meeting, Reddy said, “Most of us were to attend the dharna by Chandrababu Naidu and left the meeting. Nothing more than that,” he recalled.
The recent mock council, according to him, was a kind of novel protest held by the party. “We tried to bring pressure through various methods like these. The mayor assured us that he would be holding a meeting shortly after CoP,” said Singi Reddy.
However, the deputy mayor, G Rajkumar, had no clear idea whether it would happen this month. “It may or may not happen. Most likely we shall be taking it in next month only,” he clarified.
According to the secretary, MSS Somaraju, the meeting is likely to be held by the end of this month. “As officials have to prepare questionnaires, it cannot be conducted immediately after the completion of the CoP,” said Somaraju.
October 4th, 2012, 06:30 PM
Red rice mela from Oct 12 (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/04/red-rice-mela-from-oct-12/77741)
The mela to be held at the exhibition grounds aims to showcase and sell different varieties of rice, rice based products and rice art forms.
Deccan Organics, Sahaja Organics and ‘Save Our Rice Campaign’ will be organising a three day ‘Red Rice Mela’ from October 12 to 14 at the Exhibition Grounds.
Save Our Rice Campaign convener S Usha said that the mela is aimed at encouraging cultivation of traditional rice varieties and protect them. She said that there was a need to continue the rich traditions and protect the rare traditional varieties which are on the verge of disappearing. She said that traditionally, the country had about two lakh varieties of rice before the advent of the Green Revolution, but only 30,000 varieties are available now. She said that a large number of these varieties were still grown in various parts by tribals and small farmers who were deprived of modern technologies and health care systems, where indigenous paddy with their nutritional and medicinal properties were a rich alternative. She said that the change in food habits has increased health issues and diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart problems.
Deccan Organics convener Sitaram Komaragiri said that about 15 organic rice saver groups will showcase and sell different varieties of rice, rice based value-added products and rice art forms during the mela.
October 5th, 2012, 10:58 PM
I always wish to see my Hyderabad on the top of the list. But it's found no where :(
October 5th, 2012, 11:16 PM
I always wish to see my Hyderabad on the top of the list. But it's found no where :(
Where is Bombay and Delhi :nuts: ?
Don't worry bro most of the reports these days are biased anyway but that shouldn't hamper your spirits, someday these editorials would surely wakeup and realise, till then we need to keep the hard work going in building a bright future for our City.
All that we need now is a visionary to govern us in the right way and lead us through the right path of development, all of us educated people know who that person exactly is, all we need to do is put caste/creed/race/colour/region etc aside and vote for the best option out there ! Remember each one of you could make a difference, for your future beholds. :cheers:
October 6th, 2012, 12:26 AM
I always wish to see my Hyderabad on the top of the list. But it's found no where :(
Sri, can you provide a source please? Is this from an article?
I'm interested in knowing what the parameters were as part of this study.
October 6th, 2012, 12:39 AM
Fresh row over re-installation of demolished statues in Hyderabad (http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/10/05/428--Fresh-row-over-re-installation-of-demolished-statues-in-Hyderabad-.html)
Hyderabad, Oct 5 (IANS) Hyderabad police Friday arrested a group of Telangana activists for staging a protest over the re-installation of statues of eminent Andhra personalities at Tank Bund, on the banks of the Hussain Sagar Lake.
Those arrested include Telangana Jagruthi president K. Kavita, daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao.
The atmosphere was tense near Tank Bund as protestors squatted on the road, disrupting traffic on the key link between the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
During the million march organised by Telangana groups last year to demand a separate state, protestors had pulled down the statues of 12 Andhra leaders.
Authorities had begun re-installing bronze statues. The Telangana supporters demanded that only statues of people from the region be installed in Hyderabad, a city that Telangana supporters lay claim to.
Acting on the demand from several Telangana groups, the government has also installed the statue of Komram Bheem, a tribal leader from Telangana. This has not pacified the Telangana Jagruthi, which claims the move to install that statue was mere eyewash.
Kavita told reporters that re-installation of statues be taken up only after consultation with intellectuals from the Telangana region.
The statues demolished by protestors last year include that of Sir Arthur Cotton, an irrigation engineer with the colonial government.
Questioning the installation of Cotton's statue, Kavita said, "What has this British engineer done for Telangana?"
Following the protests, police stepped up security for the statues.
Authorities have re-installed five statues, which were earlier transported to Hyderabad from Bheemavaram in West Godavari district of Andhra region. They plan to re-install the remaining statues in the next 10 days.
The department of culture has paid Rs.47.58 lakh to a sculptor of Bheemavaram for making the statues.
In the 1980s, then chief minister N.T. Rama Rao installed the statues of 33 Telugu personalities including poets, writers and freedom fighters on Tank Bund, a key tourist spot in the city.
Telangana groups alleged that important people from their region were ignored.
Telangana, which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad, has a distinct culture. It has also followed a historical tragectory different from Andhra and Rayalaseema, the two other regions that comprise the state of Andhra Pradesh.
October 6th, 2012, 12:50 AM
Services based on near field communication (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/info-tech/article3967802.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home)
HYDERABAD, OCT. 5:
An eatery in Hyderabad has found a novel way to take orders and collect money from customers.
SkyPark Cafe uses BlackBerry phones and PlayBook tablets to offer its customers services based on NFC (Near Field Communications), wi-fi and Bluetooth.
While wi-fi and Bluetooth are popular methods to exchange files and data between gadgets, NFC offers a faster and hassle-free exchange of data between two NFC-compatible devices.
SkyPark has used a BlackBerry NFC application that can read plastic cards (loyalty cards for now) and debit customers' accounts to clear the bills.
"BB smartphones are powered with NFC technology that facilitates peer-to-peer content exchange using a feature on the devices called BB Tag. This platform also allows users to play games with friends in the cafe," Annie Mathew, Head of Alliances (Research in Motion India), said.
A BB developer said this application could help businesses get rid of costly information technology infrastructure and concentrate on their core activity.
October 6th, 2012, 12:54 AM
Pink Ribbon Campaign begins (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/pink-ribbon-campaign-begins/298146-60-121.html)
Marking the beginning of the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the US Consulate General, Hyderabad and the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation (UBF) on Thursday announced the launch of the Pink Ribbon Campaign 2012. The foundation would be organising the walk for the fourth consecutive year at KBR Park at 6 am on October 7.
US Consul General Katherine Dhanani said, “Our participation salutes women cancer survivors and encourages those fighting the disease not to give up. We walk together to show our solidarity and commitment to spread the word about early detection.” Former cricketer VVS Laxman, recollecting his experience at the Sydney Cricket Ground earlier this year, where the whole crowd had turned pink showing solidarity with the McGrath Foundation, said he would be present at the park on Sunday.
Dr Raghu Ram, CEO and director of UBF said, “with the aim of ensuring early detection of breast cancer and ensuring long-term survival, UBF has trained 1,200 health care workers in August to perform clinical breast examination (CBE), a screening tool to detect early breast cancer.” According to him, these trained health care workers were in the process of performing CBE to 50,000 underprivileged women living in nine mandals of Hyderabad district. “This pilot project will be conducted between October and December. Women with signs of breast cancer will be referred to the nearest primary health centre. Women with no abnormalities will be examined again in two years. Data will be maintained by UBF with the help of TCS,” he added.
Further he said that 100,000 women were being diagnosed with breast cancer every year and that the numbers are expected to increase to 1.3 lakh by 2020. “Many breast cancer cases are not reported to the Cancer Registry & many States including AP do not have a robust Cancer Registry. UBF intends to work alongside the Government of AP in developing a robust Breast Cancer Registry in this region in the forthcoming years,” he said.
October 6th, 2012, 12:59 AM
Private agencies insist on joint inspections with GHMC (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/private-agencies-insist-on-joint-inspections-with-ghmc/298145-60-121.html)
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Coporation (GHMC) has slapped a fine amounting to `2.3 crore on nine agencies for not maintaining amenities like lighting, seating, flooring, route maps and route numbers at bus shelters in the city. The notices were issued to the agencies following an inspection by the Mayor and Commissioner of the GHMC on October 2.
Out of the 1281 bus shelters allotted by the GHMC to 10 agencies, only 840 were constructed. The rest were not built citing non-availability of space, while some shelters were removed due to road-widening works for the metro rail project. As per the information provided by D Jayraj Kennedy, Addl. Commissioner (Electrical and Advertisement), 384 bus shelters lack amenities, which is roughly 45 per cent of the total number.
“The notices have been sent and the agencies will have to pay the penalty for sure. But they were not satisfied with the inspection, and wanted us to conduct joint inspections along with their representatives,” said Kennedy. He said that more than half of the joint inspections were finished, and the remaining will be completed soon after which the agencies will have to pay the penalty.
The biggest violator of all the nine agencies is Uni Ads, which constructed 390 bus shelters, out of which 172 lack amenities, for which it was fined `1,03,20000. Prakash Arts Moving Media came next in terms of the penalty. It constructed 137 bus shelters and was fined ` 49,80000 for lack of amenities at 83 points.
The other agencies which failed to maintain some of their shelters are Sri Venkateshwara, Times Innovative media, Prakash Arts, Crisis Management, G Mastan Reddy, Mayuri Engineering, and Neo Media. Only one agency named Snap India which constructed 12 bus shelters, was not fined since there was no fault found at its shelters.
Since this is the first time that the GHMC took such an action, they levied a maximum of `60,000 per bus shelter. The Addl. Commissioner explained that after the amounts are settled, GHMC will take up constant monitoring to ensure that the shelters remain in perfect condition. If the agencies fail to pay up, Kennedy replied that further action will be taken as per the agreement between them and GHMC.
October 6th, 2012, 01:00 AM
AGTE expects 350 crore in FY13 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kochi/AGTE-expects-350-crore-in-FY13/articleshow/16677898.cms)
KOCHI: Aldous Glare Trade & Exports (AGTE), a Kochi-based personal computer distributor, is expecting revenues of Rs 350 crore from its distribution business in fiscal year 2012 - 2013, said George Thomas, chief executive officer of the company.
"We expect our revenues to touch Rs 1,000 crore by 2015. For that, we will set up a nationwide network with new distribution centres in Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad," Thomas said in Kochi on Thursday after releasing android-based tablets.
"The Hyderabad office will be ready by December 2012, Delhi by March 2013, and the Mumbai one by September 2013," he added.
AGTE is marketing Eken Leopard tablets, made by Hong Kong-based Eken Electronics, in the country. Thomas expects to sell roughly 10,000 units a month towards the end of the calendar year 2012.
"India is an exploding market with a huge potential for low-cost tablets. This factor influenced us to launch budget tablets in India, which will take tablet computing to the masses. We have a major presence in the Europe and US, and soon will be expanding to emerging countries. Our focus is on schools, educational institutions and governments in India," said Edison Chang, chief executive officer of Eken, in a statement released to the press.
Eken tablets come with 1.2 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 1.3 MP front camera, and HD video playback facility. The tablet's memory could be increased up to 32 GB using the SD card slot.
October 6th, 2012, 01:02 AM
Tax: 45 corporators threaten to quit (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/tax-45-corporators-threaten-to-quit/298152-60-121.html)
As many as 45 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation corporators of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have threatened to submit their resignation to GHMC commisisoner MT Krishna Babu if the corporation proposes to increase the property tax.
In a representation submitted to the commissioner, GHMC TDP floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy said the TDP will strongly oppose any to increase the property tax. He said that residents of the city are facing with various problems due to the mismanagement and misdeeds of the administration in the GHMC. Addidng to their woes, the GHMC is contemplating revising the property tax with the machinery collecting data and proposing the new rates.
“It is pathetic to note the abnormal price rise of the essential commodities. Petroleum products, LPG, electricity tariff, RTC and railway fares, all have witness abnormal rate hikes. Now it is the turn of the property tax. We will vehemently oppose this move” he said.
The citizens had raised their voices in protest against GO Ms no. 88 issued in 2011, which revised property tax rates. Not even a year has passed when the GHMC has proposed renewed revision of the property tax. “It is ironical that any such step would diminish the image of the GHMC. As public representatives, we cannot face the public if we cannot halt this revision. If this move is not stopped, we would be left with no other option than to quit” he said.
October 6th, 2012, 01:08 AM
GHMC Aasara for elderly (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/ghmc-aasara-for-elderly/298153-60-121.html)
“It is the responsibility of everyone to take care of the elders and give them due respect as they have seen the world more than we have”, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation commissioner M T Krishna Babu said on the occasion of ‘Elders Day’ on Thursday.
Participating in a programme organised by the GHMC at the Zoroastrian club here on Thursday, he said that the GHMC is taking care of the senior citizens by opening Day Care Centres in various Residential Welfare Associations under the Aasara scheme.
“The GHMC has allotted `6 crore for it. It has also received an award from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the year 2010 and the state government award in the year 2012 for proper implementation of the welfare schemes,” he said.
He informed that the GHMC has formed 176 associations and opened 79 Day Care Centres which are providing the senior citizens with recreation facilities. “The corporation is spending around `50,000 each for the recreational activities,” he said. The commissioner said that one should feel the responsibility to help and take care of the elders and should not forget that they will also reach that age. “The treatment they give to their elders now will be reciprocated then,” he added.
October 6th, 2012, 01:09 AM
Scrap sculptures treated as scrap? (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/scrap-sculptures-treated-as-scrap/297771-60-121.html)
Ahead of the inauguration of the bio-diversity conference, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation with the support of several others roped in sculptors to carve out sculptures made of stone and scrap material to beautify the twin cities. The sculptors, including students, have done their job and carved out 15 stone and 51 scrap sculptures.
But several of these finely chiseled structures are lying at the JNTU Fine Arts College even today instead of enhancing the beauty of several locations in the twin cities.
The GHMC Commissioner had announced that all of the sculptures would be placed in parks and junctions by Sept 28.
As many as a dozen stone sculptures and scrap-weld sculptures remain at the JNFA university campus, which hosted the workshop for carving out sculptures as part of the city beautification program. The students or in other words, the sculptors, on the campus have no clue about the future of their products.
However, GHMC officials explained that the big sculptures have been moved out already and installed in different parts of the city. “There are only some small sculptures remaining at the campus waiting to be moved out to be installed at identified locations. It should not take much time. And one of the remaining big scrap structures would be brought to the GHMC headquarters soon,” said the official.
According to Srinvas Reddy, principal, JNTU fine arts college, the remaining sculptures would be moved out by Thursday. “We are only concerned with the workshop but apart from that, we are helping them with proper installation and display of sculptures, proper angles and balance of sculptures for best public view and for also prevention of any damage to the sculptures and for a longer life,” he said. Out of the 22 major corridors for CoP-11, GHMC had identified important junctions like Shilparamam, Mehdipatanam, Madhapur, Jubillee hills, Rajbhavan road, Tank Bund etc for installation of the sculptures.
October 6th, 2012, 01:13 AM
GIS emerging as powerful tool for decentralized planning (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/gis-emerging-as-powerful-tool-for-decentralized-planning/articleshow/16687430.cms)
KOHIMA: Asserting that geographical information system (GIS) technology is emerging as a powerful tool for decentralized planning, a workshop here today called for utilization of vital data and maps made available by ISRO through state level remote sensing centres for decentralized planning at state, district and block levels.
The day-long workshop on "space based information support for decentralised planning" (SIS-DP) was organized here jointly by Nagaland GIS and Remote Sensing Centre, North East Space Application Centre (NESAC), Shillong, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad and ISRO.
Giving an overview of SIS-DP in the North-east, NESAC director S Sudhakar suggested the state government departments use ISRO maps and data which are much more uptodate and have higher resolution than Google maps.
He also allayed the fear prevailing among government officials to use ISRO maps and data, pointing out that the only certified maps are released to the public domain with accuracy and proper scrutiny.
Expressing satisfaction over extensive work done by Nagaland GIS centre, Sudhakar said the data bank with micro-level geographical information would help various departments such as forests, PWD, agriculture, health and familiy welfare, education, PHE etc in preparing both short and long term plans.
He also said that the NESAC has come up with a project called North East District Resorece Plan (NEDRP) under which each deputy commissioner was given a PC set with dedicated connectivity for developing data bank which could be utilized for preparing micro-level DPR, execution and monitoring of the same.
Although it was started as a pilot project in a few districts, it now extended to 25 districts in the region after Ministry of DoNER wanted expansion of the scheme, Sudhakar said.
October 6th, 2012, 01:25 AM
Now, an app to call a cab (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/info-tech/article3969161.ece?ref=wl_industry-and-economy)
MUMBAI, OCT. 5:
Now it’s possible to start a taxi service without owning a fleet of vehicles.
Meet Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati, alumni of IIT Bombay who have used their background in IT to create a network of ‘Olacabs’ to take on competition from other radio taxi services in the country.
The duo has partnered with various smaller taxi operators to provide services across the city.
“We approached many mom-and-pop cab drivers and got them on board. The only thing that they need to do is buy an Android device and install the Olacabs software. It is a win-win for both sides,” says Aggarwal, CEO and Co-founder of Olacabs, founded in 2011,
ADVANTAGE SMALL OPERATORS
Using the Olacabs network, small cab operators can maximise their inventory utilisation by about 70 per cent, said the company. Olacabs, in turn, gets a commission of 15 to 20 per cent on the fare. The tariff varies by city. The minimum fare ranges between Rs 18 and Rs 21.
The IIT duo introduced a smartphone application that can help customers locate Olacabs on the map and pick the nearest one. The application can also help customers track the cab moving towards them.
“The waiting time is drastically reduced and customers don’t need to keep worrying about when the cab will reach them. Customers can also book a cab through our call centre,” said Aggarwal.
At present, Olacabs has tie-ups with 600 operators in Mumbai and about 1,000 sedan taxis on its network. Thorough due diligence is done before signing up with the taxi operators, said the company. Olacabs also runs a driver engagement programme where drivers are rewarded based on customer feedback.
“We are present in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi. We plan to expand to Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and Kolkata soon,’’ said Aggarwal, who heads a team of 400 people. The company expects to add another 400 people for the new centres.
Earlier this year, Olacabs received funding from marquee private equity investor Tiger Global Management.
Though the company did not officially reveal the amount, reports indicated an investment of Rs 40 crore. Olacabs is not looking to raise any more money at present.
October 6th, 2012, 01:42 AM
The rest can take a cue from her (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/05/the-rest-can-take-a-cue-from-her/77950)
She might have been a reluctant entrant into politics, but Sunitha Laxma Reddy, fought her way through male counterparts to become the most popular leader in the Narsapur Assembly constituency.
Many politicians become haughty once they get into the corridors of power. But the minister for Women Development, Child and Disabled Welfare V Sunitha Laxma Reddy, pleasantly belongs to a different genre.
She is the youngest woman minister in AP. She is also a hat-trick winner as MLA from Narsapur constituency. She is perhaps the only minister who answers her phone even at midnight and ensures that the caller’s grievances are addressed. She does not bother about her position as a minister of State but as a representative of the people.
It is this quality of her’s that has made her a favourite in her constituency. “Politicians of various political parties and their supporters approach for help. I ensure I solve their problem as I get immense pleasure in doing so,” she says.
Sunitha, who was brought up in Hyderabad, never wanted to be a politician and as a student aspired to become a doctor. Her entry into politics took place following the death of her politician husband V Laxma Reddy in 1999.
Following this tragedy she reluctantly got into politics to fulfil her husband’s dream of serving people. “My husband was very popular in Narsapur. He was a strong contender for MLA ticket. But his untimely death was a shock to all,” Sunitha says. “As a housewife, I did not like politics. I would chide my husband for ignoring the family. But he would say that the satisfaction that one gets after solving people’s problems is invaluable. I didn’t understand it then. But today I experience the same,” Sunitha recollects. She has two sons.
Sunitha is an epitome of woman power and success. Very few people know how Sunitha fought gender discrimination and male chauvinism when she entered politics. During her maiden campaign, Sher male opponents put her down saying shw wouldn’t be able to do anything since she was a woman. Following this, Sunitha decided to teach her opponents a lesson. She visited all 116 villages in her constituency to identify problems personally. “I solved all their problems after becoming an MLA,” she says.
Sunitha is also a good cook. Though her busy schedule does not allow her to cook regularly now, she makes it a point to cook on festival days.
October 6th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Quest begins for ‘Miss Hyderabad’
A much-awaited event in Hyderabad’s fashion & beauty circuits, Miss Hyderabad - 2012 is all set to begin. The organisers will set the ball rolling this year for the most beautiful young women on October 7th with the preliminary auditions. The grand finale is on October 26th, when the spotlight would turn on Hyderabad’s most charming young woman.
The pageant has launched many a face like Nikita Narayan, Rithu Varma, Rikee Chaterjee, Arti Singh and others who have carved a niche for themselves in the fashion and film industry. It is considered an ideal launch pad for young women into the world of glamour and fashion.
The 20-day event, which grooms and unearths the talent of the beauties, prepares them to face challenges and come out in flying colours. Experts from various fields like fashion designing, fitness, makeover, personality development etc. will provide each participant an opportunity to express herself, explore her inner talents and fine-tune them.
The preliminary auditions on the 7th October will be followed by the main auditions on 8th of October. Then there will be a 17-day grooming session by experts in the industry – from health and fitness, beauty and makeover, styling, personality development, choreography etc.
There are two major events scheduled before the grand finale of ‘Miss Hyderabad™2012’ viz Charity and Go Green Initiative. The grand finale is scheduled for on 26th October ‘12, which will be witnessed by the Who’s Who of the fashion and glamour world. The winner also gets a direct entry into the finals of “Ponds Femina Miss India South”.
October 6th, 2012, 10:39 PM
Hyderabad's Karate Kid (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/Hyderabads-Karate-Kid/articleshow/16699406.cms)
Syeda Falak, all of 18, is more than just a pretty face. The tough-as-nails girl made the city proud by winning a gold medal in karate at the 3rd International Indian Youth Games 2012 held at Malaysia recently.
She is just 18, but her sterling achievements have made the city proud. A BA first year student of Villa Marie College for Women, Syeda Falak, who already has several national and international medals to her credit, has added another feather to her cap. The youngster has won the gold medal in the women's individual karate (kumite) category at the 3rd International Indian Youth Games 2012 which was held at AMIST University, Kedah, Malaysia, recently. "It feels great and I'm proud to have won this medal because there were only five girls who represented India in this category, but I won. It's because of my parents' support that I have achieved this feat," says the karateka.
At an age when most youngsters would be busy partying, hanging out with friends and studying, Syeda is striving hard to carve a niche for herself in karate. "I was in Class VII when karate was introduced to us by our school PT teacher. And I was so fascinated with this martial arts form that I just took it up for fun. But, later I started participating in inter-school karate competitions and since then my seriousness kept growing. It has been six years now that I've been into karate and I'm enjoying it too. Also, it makes me proud to have participated in nine international and 15 national level tournaments till date," says Syeda. Her love for this martial arts form is clearly evident from the way she manages to balance her studies and passion. She says, "I go to bed early and wake up at the crack of dawn because I practice karate for four hours a day - from 6 am to 8 am and 7 pm to 9 pm. I study two hours every alternate day. But, my long hours of practice don't affect my studies at all because I've a sharp memory and even if I study at the last minute, I remember everything."
Syeda also admits that there have been times when people express amusement on knowing her passion for karate. "All my friends encourage me and bully me at the same time," laughs Sayeda, adding, "But when I meet new people, they are shocked to know that I'm a 'karate kid' and remark "But you look so feminine'."
And like many who are into martial arts, Syeda is a big fan of Bruce Lee. "I'm a big fan of Bruce Lee, he's my inspiration. I've watched all his movies and fight videos," she says.
Speaking about her future goals, Sayeda says, "My only aim is to represent India at the Asian Games and the Olympics. Though karate is not included in the Olympics, I'll wait till 2020 for its inclusion. Also, I want to do well in my studies as I aim to be an IAS or IPS officer one day. That's why I've opted for Political Science."
October 6th, 2012, 10:40 PM
GHMC losing out on trade licence fee (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/GHMC-losing-out-on-trade-licence-fee/articleshow/16693426.cms)
HYDERABAD: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to plug the revenue leak from trade licence fee by comparing the trade licence data with that of Central Power Distribution Company Limited (CPDCL) and commercial taxes department. This decision comes after health wing officials came under cloud for helping traders default on payment of licence fee.
A pilot study was taken up last week in the West Zone circle covering Kukatpally and Serilingampally municipal circles 1 and 2. The study is likely to be completed in a month.
As of now, 1.29 lakh trade licences have been granted in Greater Hyderabad and the corporation gets a mere Rs 23 crore per annum as fee, a civic official said. Incidentally, only about 30,000 of the 1.29 lakh traders are paying fee regularly to renew their licences. Till September second week, Rs 53 lakh was collected as trade licence fee.
"Though commercial connections given by CPDCL and licences granted by the commercial taxes department in Greater Hyderabad indicate that there are four lakh traders, as per GHMC records, there are only 1.29 lakh," a GHMC additional commissioner said.
As per the GHMC Act traders of over 20 categories have to take trade licence, renewable every year, from the corporation to run a business. Not only is the number of registered traders small, the renewal fee is nothing but a trickle. GHMC officials suspect some health wing staff to be colluding with traders and not issuing trade licences. As a result, the number of trade licences issued is very few in the city.
Even in cases where traders applied for licences, they were not being granted.
Since April this year, of the 22,000 applications received by the corporation, 13,000 were given licences, 1,739 rejected and 7,300 have been still pending with the health wing for want of correct information.
"The staff could call or SMS the applicants to furnish details and clear them, but that is not happening and thousands of applications have been kept pending for several months," another senior official said.
As part of the pilot study, hand-held machines are being provided to the staff. "If there is any unlicenced shop or commercial establishment, they can generate new trade licence, collect tax amount (for renewal) on the spot and even inform the traders about their arrears. If the amount is not paid by any trader despite being informed, a notice will be sent to them," he added.
To avoid financial irregularities, the hand-held machines would be loaded with data from the central server located at the head office, another additional commissioner said.
October 6th, 2012, 10:45 PM
City LPG price up by Rs 11.42; Pay Rs 413 per cylinder (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/city-lpg-price-rs-1142-pay-rs-413-cylinder-030)
With the Centre increasing the dealers’ commission on subsidised domestic LPG cylinders by Rs 11.42, consumers in Hyderabad will have to pay Rs 412.92 per cylinder, which will be rounded off to Rs 413.
The cost of petrol and diesel too may go up marginally as the Union oil and petroleum ministry is considering raising dealers’ commission by at least 23 paisa and 10 paisa a litre respectively. The Union petroleum ministry has raised the commission to LPG dealers from Rs 25.83 per cylinder to Rs 37.25 for a 14.2 kg cylinder and decided to pass on the increased burden to the consumers.
This is a departure from the earlier practice of adjusting the dealers’ commission within the retail selling price (RSP). The commission was last revised in 2010. Consumers will have to purchase additional cylinders at the market rate of Rs 969. The rate of non-subsidised cylinders will change every month based on fluctuations in international gas prices. Dealers expect the revised rates to come into force from Monday, and some dealers still feel that the increased burden will be adjusted within the retail selling price (RSP) and not be passed on to consumers as per the earlier policy of the government.
October 6th, 2012, 10:46 PM
Flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/flight-makes-emergency-landing-in-hyderabad/article3972001.ece)
An Emirates flight on its way to Bangkok from Dubai made an emergency landing in Hyderabad, after one of its passengers developed cardiac complications on Saturday morning.
The passenger identified as a Brazilian and aged 58 years has been rushed to a private Hospital in the city and operated upon. Hospital sources said his condition is progressing.
The A-380 aircraft (EK-381) was diverted to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport after a medical emergency was declared aboard the flight. It landed in Hyderabad 9 a.m. and left at 10.54 a.m.
October 6th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Rains fail to fill city's drinking water bowls (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Rains-fail-to-fill-citys-drinking-water-bowls/articleshow/16693445.cms)
HYDERABAD: The city is all set to usher in New Year 2013 with a major drinking water crisis. Worried over the lack of inflows into the reservoirs despite heavy rains during the last few weeks, Hyderabad water board officials said by January next year, they may be forced to resort to supplying drinking water once in five days. At present, the supply is every alternate day. Normally, the city faces a crisis only with the onset of summer.
While the city recorded heavy rainfall during the last many weeks, there has been no major improvement in the water levels at the Osmansagar and Himayatsagar that together account for 41.5 million gallons daily (MGD) of the total 344.81 MGD that the water board is able to supply. In June this year, the water level at Osmansagar was 1769.8 feet. On October 1, the water level there was 1771.8 feet, an increase of a mere 2 feet. Similarly, in Himayatsagar, the water level in June was 1743.3 feet and on October 1, it was 1,747.4 feet, an increase of about 4 feet. In October 2011, the water levels at Osmansagar and Himayatsagar were 1781.9 feet and 1754.9 feet respectively.
Water board officials attributed the lack of inflows into the reservoirs to a spurt in the number of illegal constructions in catchment areas, because of which the flow of water to the reservoirs is blocked, as well as lack of rainfall in upstream areas. "Apart from lack of rainfall in upstream areas, several illegal constructions have come up on the shore and catchment areas of both Osmansagar and Himayathsagar," HMWS&SB chief general manager, transmission, V Visweswaraiah told TOI.
In fact, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), that surveyed and submitted a report to the Hyderabad water board six months ago, on the steps to be taken to protect the two reservoirs, said the boundaries should be demarcated to protect the area of lakes and stop encroachments.National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) also advocated strict implementation of GO 111 issued by the state in 1996 to preserve the catchment areas of both the reservoirs. "However, save constituting a high powered committee in September this year, little has been done to clear the encroachments on the catchment areas," said an official. "Call it the effect of rampant urbanization with all sorts of constructions- both authorized and unauthorized every where which has affected the natural flow of water into the lakes," said an analyst.
In view of the impending water crisis, officials said drinking water will be supplied with the help of pump sets from the reservoirs till November. If the situation does not improve, we will be forced to resort to supplying water once in five days from January next year, they added.
October 6th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Home advantage helps local supermarkets grow (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Home-advantage-helps-local-supermarkets-grow/articleshow/16693511.cms)
HYDERABAD: At a time when going global is what every organisation is striving to do, being local seems to be the biggest advantage for city-based supermarket chains which have expanded rapidly over the last few years even as some nationwide chains have had to relocate if not shut down stores in the same period. With new outlets coming up across the city, officials at these local supermarkets say that a thorough understanding of store-location and customer needs was key to a flourishing business.
In the last five years, chains like Ratnadeep, Vijetha and Ghanshyam have kept on adding more outlets to ensure their presence across localities. While Ratnadeep and Vijetha went from three and four stores, respectively, in the city in 2008 to a current 13 and 17 outlets, chains like Ghanshyam, Ushodaya and Ayyans Mart, too, are on an expansion drive.
On the other hand, bigger national chains like Spencer's, Food World, Food Bazaar and More have closed down or relocated some of their stores. Among these are the Food World at Vikrampuri, Food Bazaar in City Centre and Marredpally, a Spencer's in Sainikpuri and the More supermarkets in AS Rao Nagar and Banjara Hills.
In many areas, where these bigger players have had to shut shop, now stand their replacements in a local store and doing brisk business too.
Jagan Mohan, managing director of Vijetha, said, "When we opened our first store in 1999, at Chandanagar, there was a Food World nearby, but that closed down in 2004. We understand consumer needs and know the exact locations where a supermarket will be most accessible to the public. Many of the nationwide chains end up choosing the wrong location."
This mantra seems to have worked as Vijetha went from a turnover of around Rs 35 crore five years back to Rs 100 crore last year. The projected turnover this year is being pegged at Rs 160 crore.
Another store that has benefited from the knowledge of locations in the city is Ratnadeep. Officials from the store said that they had paid around Rs 7.7 lakh for a location in Madhapur in 2008 which was considered overpriced by competitors at the time. But ask Sandeep Agarwal, managing director of Ratnadeep, and he feels that the decision was completely justified.
"We are currently making more than double the investment we had put into that store. Our competitors will now have to pay much more for a store in this area. And, since we have been here longer, people from the locality identify with us more."
Retail real estate observers in the city said that more often than not, national brands tend to compromise on the location which likely results in lower visibility and discourages customers since none wants to go through a lot of trouble to visit a store. Experts add that, many times, officials from other cities end up paying a higher price for the location as they are unaware of the correct rate, which also significantly influences their profit margin.
Meanwhile, the bigger chains are now concentrating on hypermarkets and superstores, gradually bowing out of the smaller store segment. Analysing the move, Siddharth S Singh, associate professor of marketing at ISB, said, "Localised decision-making, which enables quick reactions to changes in trends and consumer needs, is definitely an advantage for the stores here. But in future, the bigger stores, too, will create a niche for themselves, catering to only a specific target group like those staying in high-end residential complexes."
Ratnadeep- Turnover of around Rs 30 crore in 2008, Rs 125 crore last year and projecting Rs 200 crore this year with a total of 13 stores in the city. More stores set to come up in the city soon with plans to expand to other cities in the next financial year
Vijetha- Turnover of around Rs 40 crore in 2008, Rs 100 crore last year and projecting Rs 160 crore this year with a total of 17 stores in the city and three in Visakhapatnam. Around four stores in the pipeline and plans to expand to Vijaywada, Guntur, Bangalore and Pune
Ghanshyam- Turnover of around Rs 10 crore five years back has nearly doubled now. Currently with three stores in the city and coming up with a large supermarket in Kondapur. Store in Vikrampuri replaced Food World.
Ayyans Mart- Established first store in Sainikpuri in 2010 with turnover of Rs 2.25 crore; current turnover Rs 6 crore. New stores coming up at Malakjgiri, Kukatpally and Dilsukhnagar.
October 6th, 2012, 10:56 PM
4-hour power cuts to continue (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/4-hour-power-cuts-to-continue/articleshow/16693529.cms)
Despite the respite over the last two days, the four-hour power cut in the Greater Hyderabad region is slated to continue for some more time. In view of the rainfall and drop in temperature, there was a slight drop in demand on Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the power cuts were not imposed in many areas on these two days. But the demand peaked again on Friday. Until the overall situation improves, the power cuts will be in place, Transco officials said. The Central Power Distribution Company Limited has been imposing four-hour power cuts in Greater Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Vizag and other cities. Officials said the demand dropped to about 1,300 MW on Friday and 1,230 MWs during the last two days against the normal demand of 1,500 to 1,600 MW per day. Another snag occurred on Friday as the NTPC generation to the CPDCL dropped by 400 MW, adding to the power crisis.
CM Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the power situation with officials on Friday. He directed the officials to ensure seven-hour power supply to farmers. He said Rs 600 crore would be released in a week to meet the immediate requirements of APTransco and discoms. tnnOfficials assured the chief minister that a meeting of chairman and managing directors of discoms would be convened on Saturday and seven hours power to agriculture sector would be ensured. The chief minister also reviewed the status of wind and solar power generation. The group of ministers discussed the issue and final recommendations would be sent to the chief minister immediately.
October 6th, 2012, 11:03 PM
Aamir Khan whets Hyderabads appetite for organic food (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/aamir-khan-whets-hyderabads-appetite-for-organic-food/298362-60-121.html)
Does anybody seriously know what is biodiversity conference? And, what is this Meeting of Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety? But people in the twin cities sure do know what are genetically modified (GM) crops and of course, organic farming and organic food products. How? Not because of any conference but thanks largely to Aamir Khan’s highly successful 'Satyamev Jayate'.
From start up companies to marketing executives, all those involved in the sale of organic products are a happy lot and are of the unanimous opinion that Satyamev Jayate has fuelled demand for them in a big way. In fact, according to them, the demand for organic products in the city has been increasing by almost 50per cent every year.
Entrepreneur and IIM, Kozhikode graduate RK Chaitanya Verma identified this growing market in Hyderabad three years ago and set up a firm called Organic Express in collaboration with Ishit Saurabh Pilani, a graduate from ISB. What’s the firm’s business: Serving organic meals to IT professionals in major corporate firms in the city and also in Gurgaon. Chaitanya explains, “We procure raw materials from NGOs, well-known organic brands and also from farmers’ groups.
And serve sandwiches, rice items, salads, pastas, fruits, Indian sweets and bakery items. As of now, we have a client base of 8-9 companies in Hyderabad.” He is certain that demand is growing.
GV Ramanjaneyulu, who has been running ‘Sahaja Aharam’ store for the last two years, agrees. “The awareness about the benefits of organic food is much better now than say two years ago. Much credit goes to Aamir Khan’s Satyamev Jayate for discussing the issue in the national media,” he says. However, he believes the time to covert that awareness into actionable awareness will take some time.
“Even though there is a steady increase in the consumption of organic food, people have a misconception that organic food is very expensive. We sell at a price that is only 10 per cent higher than normal brands. The difference is because of the supply chain and middlemen in the process. But through our process, a farmer receives around 60 per cent of what the customer pays unlike the usual 20 per cent in case of regular brands,” explains Ramanjaneyulu, who is also associated with the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture.
He and his organisation have conducted a campaign earlier this year to promote roof top vegetable farming. And, over 1,000 families in the city have signed up for it and now, have their own roof top gardens. “For a family of four, it may cost only about `10,000 to set up a garden spread over 100 sqft with no further investments. It would come to around a year’s bill if calculated,” he points out.
The consumers of organic food are not typically the elite as is generally believed. Raghuvir, marketing manager at the Hyderabad-based Sresta Natural Bio Products Pvt Ltd, says, “The market is small in the city, but there is a steady growth of 50 per cent every year which means middle class is interested.” The organisation set up in 2004 in Hyderabad currently has a base of 12,000 farmers and has presence in 35 cities across the country through retail chain stores. “We offer more than 100 products in grocery range. It may not necessarily be the elite class customers, anyone who can spend about `6,000 a month on groceries, and are aware of the benefits of organic food are our customers,” adds Raghuvir.
Ask the consumers themselves and their opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of organic food products. “It is not just the health factor that drives them to opt for organic food. The taste, flavour and odour altogether makes the difference. It gives the feel of village food. My son, who hated Tur Dal started liking it after we started using organic brands,” says Seetalakshmi, a resident of Begumpet who has been a loyalist to organic food ever since she watched Aamir Khan grilling a pesticide manufacturer in Satyamev Jayate.
However, officials at the horticulture department say full-fledged organic production is not possible as of today. According to the deputy director of Horticulture department, MG Deva Muni Reddy, the market for organic food is increasing and people are also interested. “But practically, it is not possible. In the coming years, it would be the Global (GAP) Good Agricultural Practices certified farming, which means an integration of both chemical and organic farming. Also, in major cities, farmers are turning to the GAP certified farming, which also enables them to export their produce,” the deputy director of Horticulture department explains.
October 6th, 2012, 11:04 PM
Andhra Pradesh CM flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims (http://indiaeducationdiary.in/Shownews.asp?newsid=15848)
Report by India Education bureau, Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy today flagged off the first batch of Haj pilgrims from Andhra Pradesh at the Haj House here. Earlier wishing the Haj pilgrims a happy pilgrimage, the Chief Minister said another Haj House is coming up near the Shamshabad Airport and he has sanctioned Rs.3 crs. towards this.
The Chief Minister said this Haj House being built in a sprawling area will have all the facilities and will be nearer to the Airport. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy said Rs.489 crs has been sanctioned in this year's budget towards the scholarships etc. to the minority students. He said the State Government is taking all steps to see that all Muslim children are given proper education and admitted to the schools. A large crowd of people welcomed the Chief Minister at the Haj House. The Chief Minister said about 8158 Haj pilgrims are proceeding to Haj from Hyderabad embarkation point and 26 Haj chartered flights will carry over 8150 Haj pilgrims from Hyderabad. The Haj camp of Hyderabad commenced on 4th October and will conclude on 19th October, 2012.
All facilities are provided for Haj pilgrims at Haj House by the State Government like Haj guides in 3 languages of Urdu, Telugu and English, Medical Camp, Accommodation, food, boarding and lodging. immigration, transportation from Haj house to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport by APSRTC buses, cooperation and coordination with 17 departments etc.
Minister for Minorities Welfare, Ahmedullah, former Ministers Shabbir Ali and Fareeduddin, Chairman, A.P. State Wakf Board, Syed Afzal Biyabani and Chairman, A.P. State Haj Committee, Syed Khaleeluddin Ahmed spoke about the various welfare programmes for the Minorities initiated by the State Government and thanked the Chief Minister. Vice Chairman, Central Haj Committee, A. Aboobaker, Mayor Majid Hussain, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Secretary, Minorities Welfare, Dana Kishore and other Muslim leaders attended the function.
October 6th, 2012, 11:16 PM
Durable firms enter water purifier mart (http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report_durable-firms-enter-water-purifier-mart_1749391)
The Rs3,200 crore water purifier segment, hitherto dominated by Eureka Forbes and Kent but which also includes Tata Chemicals, Hindustan Unilever and LG Electronics, is fast attracting appliance and consumer durables firms such as Kelvinator and Japanese electronics major Panasonic, two of the newest entrants.
MV Praveen, MD of water treatment firm MORF India, which markets Kelvinator water purifiers, said: “This is an area which cannot be ignored due to growing demand and awareness.”
Awareness means bright prospects, as confirmed by recent estimates by industry body Assocham that the market for water purifiers in India will reach `7,000 crore in three years, coasting on sales of 1.5 crore units, up from the current 78 lakh.
Metros like Bangalore witness sales of nearly 5,000 units each month. “But a large chunk of the market, say around 30%, is still unorganised. So the opportunity is good,” said Praveen.
Kelvinator is eyeing a 20% share by 2015-16. Panasonic reckons a 10% share in the electric water purifier category in three years would be decent. According to Manish Sharma, MD, consumer products division, Panasonic India, the company will look at establishing a robust after-sales infrastructure as this category needs frequent customer interaction.
Prices of water purifiers range from Rs1,000-1,200 to Rs40,000-47,000. Basic models just purify water while top-end versions come with reverse osmosis and ultra-violet technologies.
Given such a wide range, the new entrants are first looking to consolidate their presence in the metros, before entering tier II towns. “We are looking at Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad apart from New Delhi,” said Sharma of Panasonic.
For Kelvinator, the focus over the next six months will be on south India (Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad) and tier II centres like Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore and Mysore, said Praveen.
“That’s because the south accounts for as much as 60-65% of the water purifier market,” said Praveen. It would be only next year when Kelvinator would take its water purifiers to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Ahmedabad.
Industry experts say there will be intense competition given the number of players. Aspects like installation and servicing will play a key role.
Harminder Sahni, MD of retail consultancy Wazir Advisors, said, “Quick and effective servicing of any problems that arise post-installation of the product will be key to sales.”
October 7th, 2012, 08:06 PM
Hyderabad, 5th biggest city in GDP contribution
Hyderabad and number five go hand in hand. Hyderabad is the fifth largest city in the country and also fifth populous city. The city has been growing in all fields like information technology, pharmacy, biotechnology etc. Now the city has achieved once again fifth place in the country’s GDP. After Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, this Deccan city finds its place, pushing the Chennai to next spot.
The capital of Andhra Pradesh, the city contributes a GDP of about $74 billion. Information technology, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries are the main sectors which contribute to its economic growth. Hyderabad has more number of special economic zones than any other city in the country. Hyderabad has a large informal economy that employs 30% of the labour force. It is famous for its HI-TEC City, Genome Valley and other IT Parks...
The city has a population of 6.8 million and is prominent for its unique culture. Historical monuments like Charminar, Golkonda Fort, Qutub Shahi tombs etc are main attractions for the tourists. Special Hyderabadi cuisine, especially biryani is most favoured dish for food lovers.This city has about 13 universities. Visakhapatnam has occupied 10th spot, ahead of cities like Jaipur, Lucknow, Nagpur, Indore and Patna. The industrial city, has contributed a GDP of $26 billion.
October 7th, 2012, 10:22 PM
Hyderabad, 5th biggest city in GDP contribution
This is good news all around. Especially so for Vizag which is yet to get an international airport to bounce up to 10th position. An international airport for Vizag will further boost its economy. Hopefully that is not far away. :cheers:
October 7th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Regional Transport Authority increases postal charges (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Regional-Transport-Authority-increases-postal-charges/articleshow/16716759.cms)
HYDERABAD: A day after the domestic LPG cylinder price hike shocker, Hyderabadis were subjected to another shock, this time unannounced, by the transport department. The Regional Transport Authority (RTA), on Saturday, quietly increased postal charges from Rs 25 to Rs 35. Incidentally, most RTA documents are delivered through post.
Two years ago, RTA officials had made it mandatory to deliver most documents like driving licence, especially those pertaining to non-transport vehicles, by post to avoid the role of middlemen. Since then, they had been collecting Rs 25 for each service citing postal charges.
However, from Saturday afternoon, the RTA officials started collecting Rs 10 extra from the applicant during payment for transport services at the concerned eSeva.
G Goutham, a resident of Marredpally, booked a slot for permanent driving licence and an online receipt was generated confirming the slot and directing him to pay Rs 465, which includes Rs 25 for postal charges.
"When I went to the eSeva centre for making the payment, the staff asked me to give Rs 475 citing increase of postal charges. In the eSeva receipt also, Rs 35 has been charged as postal fee,'' Goutham said. Similarly, another person G Praveen along with several others faced similar situation on Saturday.
In reality, the smart card issued by the RTA for driving licence or vehicle registration certificate weighs around 10 grams. According to the tariff prescribed by the postal department, Rs 12 would be charged for any post weighting between 10 grams and 40 grams. However, for the past several months, applicants were being forced to pay an additional Rs 13. With the latest move, RTA officials would collect Rs 23 for no reason.
On an average, over 5,000 smart cards would be dispatched daily in both Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts. Henceforth, an additional Rs 50,000 would go into the RTA's kitty.
When contacted, RTA joint transport commissioner Panduranga Rao told TOI that proposals were being prepared for increasing postal charges.
"We came to know that postal department is planning to hike Speed Post rates. On Saturday, we tried to contact postal authorities so that we could also accordingly increase postal rates. It is not true that we started implementing the new rates as we have to make necessary changes in our software. However, it is true that a proposal is being prepared,'' Panduranga Rao said.
October 7th, 2012, 11:54 PM
Abids, the heart of Hyderabadis (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/abids-the-heart-of-hyderabadis/article3974328.ece)
A visit to Abid's, especially for those who have been away for a while, is like a recharge of the emotional batteries. Change has been gently imperceptible here and a good many markers of one’s childhood and youth still remain there
A five-minute drive down this road affords one glimpses of over 150 years of architectural history. It is also a capsule of a lifetime of personal memories, a part of town which strikes a chord in every Hyderabadi. A trip to Abid’s, especially for those who have been away for a while, is like a recharge of the emotional batteries.
Change has been gently imperceptible here and a good many markers of one’s childhood and youth still stand. For some, the associations have to do with school and college friends, and teachers, for others outings with the family, especially visits to the cinema. So many buildings, institutions and establishments are replete with memories of loved ones separated by death or distance that the hours one spends here are a suspension of past, present and future into a timeless now that one is loath to let go.
Coming over from Clock Tower opposite the Public Gardens, the instant you approach Nizam College and Aliya you enter the time warp that takes you along Mahbubia School, Bombay Bakery and the State Bank of Hyderabad (whose ultra-subsidised canteen provided succour to many a cash-strapped college student).
A little way ahead is John’s Bakery (which celebrated its centenary last year), famed for its plum cake and Puran Puri and, to an older generation of pre-liberalisation school kids, simple treats such as sugar-encrusted buns with a cherry on top, or cream cones.
Then comes the St George’s complex, with its Neo-Gothic church, the vicar’s residence with Doric columns, and the original school building -- a Palladian edifice on a high plinth: a two-storeyed structure fronted by long galleries of columns and arches. A flight of stone steps leads into the portal. On the pediment above the first-floor is the image of St. George slaying the dragon, circled by the school motto, “Perseverantia omnia vincit” (Perseverance conquers all things). The founding year of the school is proudly proclaimed: 1834.
Just across the road that turns left towards King Kothi is the Taj Mahal Hotel which conjures up leisurely Sunday morning Udupi breakfasts en famille (especially after services at St George’s Church or St Joseph’s Cathedral), quick weekday lunches and relaxed tiffin-and-coffee sessions after work.
A few steps ahead is FD Khan where Mum and Dad would take kiddies to be kitted out with uniforms and bags for the new school year. Femina, “the matching centre”, was the destination for older sisters already in college.
There they would look for dupatta or shalwar material to go with the kameez.
Mention must also be made of the jewellers Totaram Papalal, the clothiers Bulchand, and picture-framers Abbas & Co. And how can we miss out AA Hussain? It was here that we would head for in the lunch break on the first of every month, to spend part of our pocket money in augmenting our collection of books in the Famous Five, Billy Bunter, Biggles or Sudden series.
Most of these businesses have been in the family for generations and they, in turn, have had custom from families over generations. There is genuine warmth here, and not the practised pleasantry of corporate chain outfits. Parvenus who swear by the tony, glitzy new shopping districts in Hi-Tec City or Jubilee Hills and turn their noses up at the mention of Abid’s will never understand that money and glamour do not easily translate into charm and character.
Of course, there are signs of decay on the buildings here and there but a bit of mildew lends aura, heightens the perception of continuity through the passing of time. “Lifestyles” can be acquired overnight, like a coat of paint, but culture, including the etiquette that goes with commerce, is acquired over generations. So, whatever the Johnny-come-latelies say, for the asli Hyderabadi, it’s “Abid’s forever”, just as for the true Secunderabadi Paradise would still be the place to go.
October 7th, 2012, 11:55 PM
Din't know where to put this pic as the construction was completed long back.
October 7th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Rapid Action Force turns 20 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Rapid-Action-Force-turns-20/articleshow/16713244.cms)
NEW DELHI: The riot-control unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF), organized a grand parade on Sunday in Hyderabad to commemorate its 20 thanniversary. The parade was organized at 99 Battalion RAF headquarters at Hakimpeth with Andhra Pradesh governor ESL narsimhan as the chief guest.
Narasimhan congratulated the parade contingents for their flawless display of the march past and emphasized the importance of the force in maintaining law and order during emergency situations.
Referring to the blue uniform of the marching contingents he said that it looked like as if blue colour of the sky pervaded atmosphere of the parade ground. He said that the force is known for its high degree of sensitivity towards people while dealing with riots or riot-like situations.
"When the force march in troubled areas it creates fear amongst the miscreants and they disperse immediately," he said. The governor said that RAF is a zero response force and people look up to it for help not only in riots but also during natural disasters. Referring the motto of the RAF "To Serve Humanity Through Sensitive Policing" he said that it has done commendable work in dealing with tsunami, cyclone, earthquake and floods in different parts of the country.
Narasimhan further said that RAF is making the nation proud by doing exemplary work in the foreign countries where it has been deployed under UN Peace Mission. Saluting the families of RAF personnel Narasimhan said that due to their sacrifice we feel secure and safe. He said that Newton's Law of gravity does not apply to RAF and other security forces as they continue to rise higher and higher and hope that the force will earn more laurels in future.
Welcoming the Chief Guest DG CRPF Sh. Pranay Shay praised the RAF for its dedication and service to the nation. He said that to deal with riots or riot-like situations, a specially selected, trained and equipped force was raised in October 1992 by re-organizing 10 CRPF Bns into Rapid Action Force Battalions. He said that in the past 20 years the force has maintained law and order, social harmony and instilled confidence in people. He said that the emphasis of the force is on modernization, special equipments and dedicated and innovative training.
The Governor presented Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 34 officers and men. He also awarded best Ops Bn Trophy to 99 Bn, Best ADM Bn Trophy jointly to 100 Bn and 105 Bn and Best Cost Effectiveness and Best Financial Discipline Trophy to 100 Bn. Six contingents of RAF participated in the march past followed by Riot Control vehicle Vajra, Fire Tender and 3 Tableaux depicting communal harmony, disaster management and human face of RAF.
October 8th, 2012, 01:03 AM
‘Model’ police office (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91835)
The well-maintained premises of the office of ACP, Kukatpally division
The office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Kukatpally division, which is under DCP Madhapur zone of the Cyberabad Metropolitan Police Commissionerate, is clean and green with a good ambience. It is considered the best maintained ACP office in GHMC limits and is a ‘model’ for cleanliness, efficiency, functioning and service to people.
M Malla Reddy, Assistant Commissioner of Police,Kukatpally division,shared this while interacting with HMTV and The Hans India. He said that Kukatpally was a major residential and commercial suburb in Hyderabad.
Located on the northwest fringe of Hyderabad city, Kukatpally is a major educational hub with several degree colleges, junior colleges and schools. It is home to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University. New road connectivity and consequent proximity to the information technology hub of HI-TEC City has made Kukatpally an important area for a dream home. It is segregated by medium as well as posh areas.
The Kukatpally Housing Board Colony, developed by the Andhra Pradesh Housing Board, is considered to be the biggest colony in Asia.
Malla Reddy said that three police stations were under their jurisdiction viz Kukatpally,Kukatpally Housing Board and Miyapur, spread over 50 km and covering a population of over 7 lakh. It has 7 divisions, including KPHB, Moosapet, Fatehnagar, Motinagar and Bowenpally. There are 68 slums and 40% of the population is below poverty line.
In the Kukatpally division, there are approximately 400 colonies of all classes. They have a police force of 220 personnel to maintain law & order in the area. The traffic in the division is always heavy throughout day and night. Traffic congestion and snarls are a regular affair. This is due to the presence of a large number of educational institutions; heavy highway traffic of Mumbai route, and commuters to Jeedimetala and Patencheru areas.
October 8th, 2012, 01:04 AM
Pride of Hyderabad (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91836)
A model holds the "Archduke Joseph," historial diamond, on October 3, 2012 during a Christie's auction preview in Geneva. Once part of the collection of the Archduke Joseph of Austria (1872-1962), the D colour diamond, weighing 76,02 carats and mined at the legendary Indian Golkonda mine, is expected to reach between 15 million and 20 million US dollars at an auction on November 13 in Geneva.
A 76-carat diamond, billed as one of the most famous in the world, is expected to fetch well over $15 million when it hits the auction block in November, Christie's said on Friday. The colossal gem, which Christie's said was the finest and largest perfect Golconda diamond ever to appear at auction, is perfect in colour and internally flawless.
The legendary Golconda mines in India produced some of the world's most famous diamonds, including the “Koh-i-Noor," said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewellery for Christie's Americas and Switzerland. The diamond is named the Archduke Joseph Diamond, after one of its former owners.The Archduke Joseph Diamond is an unmounted cushion-shaped piece.
October 8th, 2012, 01:15 AM
‘Hyderabad is lucky for us’: Eka (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/07/hyderabad-is-lucky-for-us-eka/78248)
They are back in Hyderabad and this time, they are armed with an original Telugu number. Three-member, Delhi-based band Eka is famous among the Hyderabadis especially for those moments when they suddenly break into famous Telugu songs in their broken accents. Band members Benny, Hitesh and Lokesh have now gone a step further and composed an original Telugu number.
“We have English, Hindi and Telugu mixed in the same song. We used a lot of Google translator and help from friends to get the words right. On the way to the venue, we sang to the taxi guy and he too helped us in pronouncing some of the words,” Benny says.
While Hitesh was the lead guitarist with Euphoria, Benny played the keyboards for the same band. Lokesh who is Hitesh’s cousin, had given up his corporate career to get into music. The new feather in their cap is the ‘best group award’ that they won at Artists Aloud Awards.
“It was people’s choice so it was a great feeling to know that a lot of people are listening to our music and loving it,” Hitesh says.
They also composed the anthem of the Hyderabad Oktoberfest this time around.
“We had played for the Oktoberfest that was held in Bangalore last year. This is the first time that the fest is coming to Hyderabad,” Lokesh says.
The band says Hyderabad has been lucky for them and it is the eighth time in the last two years that the band is returning to Hyderabad. “We love the people, the food and the people’s love for music. We realised that since we are doing so many songs in the region, why not compose a Telugu song for them,” Lokesh says.
October 8th, 2012, 01:16 AM
Census gets City’s goat (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/07/census-gets-citys-goat/78392)
Number of pigs and sheep in the City has dropped, shows a livestock census.
Ever seen a goat travelling in an Innova? This is one of the rare sights vi*sible near the Regional Animal Husbandry office at Sitarambagh. All kinds of an*i*mals, including goats and dogs, are conveyed in luxury vehicles for treatment by their masters to the Government Veterinary Hospital, which lies inside a compound spread over several acres.
According to regional deputy directors, the enumeration for ‘19th quinquennial livestock census 2012’ will be completed by October 15. They have seen a surge of 10 to 20 per cent among the number of dogs and goats, apart from buffalo, in the City limits. An unprecedented growth among various breeds of dogs was recorded in Hyderabad district in the last few years. In parts of Old City where preference for dogs is low, the population seemed to be keen to raise goats as their pets and for meat. If keeping an exotic canine breed has become part of lifestyle and a status symbol in urban society, people in some of the localities have made it a fashion to keep a Jamunapuri goat, with its abnormally long ears, as their pets.
Surge in number of cross breed buffalo
With ever-increasing demand for milk and milk products, the high yielding cross-breed of buffalo has seen a surge in its population. Me*h*sana and Murrah are the two breeds that are most com*mon, say enumerators. However, the nondesc*ri*ptive (desi), low yielding animals have come down in strength. According to 2007 census figure, the cross breed was 20,518, while nondescriptive was only 1,633.
Marginal growth of cows and other livestock
There is only marginal increase in cattle (cows, ox and bulls) in the census figures. The total of cross breed and nondescriptive cat*tle was 9,216 in 2007. The number of sheep was 2,209, meagre compared to goats, which were 24,715 in number, while poultry acco*unted for 26,888. The dogs, including pets, numbered 25,*682, while only 202 pigs were the*re in the City. Other animals, inc*luding horses, numbered 1,121. While stray dogs have rapidly increa*s*ed in number, in spite of measures like sterilisation, the number of pigs could be further reduced, suggest the latest figures. From some 1.5 lakh str*eet dogs in 2007, their number is likely to see a 20 per cent incr*ea*se. Cows are going down in number, say officials.
“We have completed 51 per cent of enumeration. The process of listing would be complete by the second week of this mon*th and would be forwarded for further verification,” said Dr Ra*mesh, deputy director, Regional Animal Husbandry.
Enumeration modus operandi
With 331 enumerators and 40 supervisors, this enumeration has adopted more scientific methodology than the previous 18 census. Now, several performa have to be filled and signature of the owner has become mandatory. According to officials, it is a tough task, but enumerators were trained enough to advance the process.
The instruction manual poi*nts out that the GHMC commissioner was responsible for conducting livestock census with the assistance of the regional joint director (AH). However the onus of responsibility was put on the shoulders of the Ani*mal Husbandry department. “As the GHMC is busy organising CoP, it supported us with needed ma**n*power from USD (Urban Co*m*munity Development) depa*rtment,” pointed out Dr Dur*gaiah, another deputy director.
October 8th, 2012, 11:36 PM
DGP urges Hyderabad police commissioner to review cases (http://zeenews.india.com/news/andhra-pradesh/dgp-urges-hyderabad-police-commissioner-to-review-cases_804516.html)
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) V Dinesh Reddy on Monday asked Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma to review cases registered in connection with violent incidents reported during the 'Telangana March' here on September 30.
Office bearers of Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers met the DGP and expressed concern about cases booked during the 'Telangana March'.
Later, the DGP asked the Hyderabad Police Commissioner to review these cases, according to a release from the DGP's office.
Hyderabad police have filed over 30 cases against Telangana activists for allegedly indulging in violence during the march and named Telangana-JAC chairman M Kodandaram among others in related cases on charge of continuing the protest at Sanjivaiah Park on Necklace Road, the venue of the 'Telangana March', beyond the permitted deadline.
Police also suspect the role of "left-wing extremists" in stirring up violence resulting in massive damage to properties and arson, as activists defied prohibitory orders and joined the 'Telangana march' for a separate state.
October 8th, 2012, 11:39 PM
Macedonian delegation in Hyderabad, India (http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/21977/2/)
A Government delegation led by Vice Premier and Finance Minister Zoran Stavreski, also including Minister for Foreign Investments Bill Pavleski and Directorate for Technological-Industrial Development Zones director Viktor Mizo, presented Monday Macedonia's investment opportunities before businessmen in Hyderabad, the economic center of Indian state Andhra Pradesh.
Hyderabad is considered the base of the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and real estate industries in Andhra Pradesh, one of India's most developed states, the Finance Ministry said in a press release.
Vice Premier Stavreski and the delegation presented the benefits Macedonia offers to foreign investors before 80 companies. They highlighted the country's low taxes and the favorable business climate, which has been confirmed by relevant international institutions.
Indian companies, who seek entry at the European market, showed interest for the conditions that Macedonia has to offer to investors. The process is expected to continue with their visit to the country.
The Government delegation already held presentations in New Delhi, Bangalore and Trivandrum, with Chennai on Tuesday's agenda.
October 8th, 2012, 11:42 PM
United at Spinner’s End (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/others/united-spinner%E2%80%99s-end-467)
An idea that started off as a small marketing strategy at a club has turned into a potential revolution in the EDM music in India. Conceptualised and initiated in Hyderabad, DJs United is what could be India’s very own Ministry of Sound, with a large group of underground producers signed on the title.
Naren Pal Singh, a club manager in Hyderabad and the brain behind the concept, recalls how it all began. “The in-house DJ Ajay and I were talking about the vast number of producers who struggle to find a venue in the, city owing to the craze of Bollywood and pop. It’s not that these guys aren’t good — it’s just that they don’t have the opportunity. It’s a vicious circle. Not having to exercise their talent in live performances affects their motivation and work, and most of them either disappear or turn commercial.” There is a huge difference between the DJs who belt out Bollywood or pop tracks in a club, with their fade-ins and fade-outs, and producers who actually produce their own sounds and put them together.
After building on the basic concept of supporting underground DJs, Naren decided to make it pan-Indian. And the first one he called on-board was respected underground musician, Vinayaka, from Bengaluru. With this, DJs United, that kick-started operations in popular club Liquids, started going places. The group of DJs then played at Goa, and among the lesser known names were DJs Ayesha, Anees (progressive psy), and Murthy (electronica).
Unlike Ministry of Sound, this initiative promotes upcoming artistes, rather than managing established ones. And interestingly, although most EDM music lovers in India listen to music from outside, fact is, genres like trance were actually born and nurtured in Indian underground circuits. One such example is techno spinner, DJ Uttam (also under the DJs United banner), who has been invited to be part the ADE festival in Amsterdam.
The idea now is to diversify into artiste management, start a record label and build venues under the same title. Also, talks are on with more international venues to promote Indian talent. But the motto will remain intact, vows Naren. “The idea is to promote talent. If we see potential, though the work is not good enough, we don’t turn them away — we ask them to come back with a tight set,” he says.
October 8th, 2012, 11:50 PM
National Institute of Design will be declared a Centre of Excellence (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/education/news/National-Institute-of-Design-will-be-declared-a-Centre-of-Excellence/articleshow/16718806.cms)
The National Institute of Design (NID) will soon be declared a Centre of Excellence through an Act of Parliament , bringing it on par with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
"The institute has been providing contextual and cross-disciplinary education and our students have done well both nationally as well as internationally , but till now, we were just awarding postgraduate diplomas. NID will be able to award Bachelor's , Master's and PhD degrees after it has been declared as a centre of excellence. Many steps have been taken by the ministry of commerce and industry to implement the recommendations envisaged in the National Design Policy," says Pradyumna Vyas, director, NID.
The process of declaring NID a centre of excellence was set in motion around two years ago. There is a growing need of excellent designers and so to attract students from all over India, four new NID campuses will be set up — Jorhat, Hyderabad, Bhopal and Kurukshetra. These campuses will be functional in 2017, as per the 12Five-Year Plan.
"We have acquired 30 acres of land in Jorhat, Hyderabad and Bhopal, while 20 acres of land in Kurukshetra, where these campuses will be set up with a capacity of 500 students in Jorhat, 1,000 in Hyderabad, 500 in Bhopal and Kurukshetra, each. These campuses will serve as catalysts in furthering the design needs of industries , by treating the needs of the regional industries — small, medium, village or cottage. They will also attract students from different parts of India and bring quality design education to them."
Four broad areas will be taught — industrial design, communication design , textile and apparel design and IT integrated design. Initially Rs 550 crore have been invested in setting up these campuses.
October 9th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Short film aims to stir your conscience (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/08/short-film-aims-to-stir-your-conscience/78625)
It’s not just is a 25-minute short film highlighting the issue of road accidents. Many well-known celebrities have lent their support to the film.
One more road accident and the victim is surrounded by anxious passersby, an ambulance appears on the scene and takes away the wounded or dead. These scenes have become a regular in the day-to-day life of people in our country.
With the intension of stirring up the conscience of many a souls on this issue, a short film titled, It’s not just will previewed at the LV Prasad Laboratory Preview Theatre on October 22. The 25-minute movie’s focus area is ‘human negligence’ and ‘irresponsible attitude’, of motorists — risking not only their lives, but also of others.
“In the current phase of society, transport system plays a vital role. If the system is not properly controlled it steals many precious lives,” points out, SAA Kaleem, director and one of the producers.
After several months of struggle to throw light on such a crucial subject touching millions of lives, Kaleem, was able to garner support not only from some famous personalities from the big and small screen, but also made a retired IPS official play the role of ‘Yamadharmaraja’.
The cast includes Dr CN Gopinatha Reddy, director-general (prison and correctional services), famous movie actors Annapoornamma and K Rajendra Prasad (RP).
“Most of the times it’s human error that results in the loss of human life. And the film tries to explore what to do in this kind of situation. The film idealistically will give a solution to prevent road accidents in view of present traffic conditions,” adds Kaleem, who himself was a victim of an accident wherin he lost his leg.
The director won accolades for his short film titled Ede Nijam (Mummatiki) earlier, which focused on ‘prevention of bad habits amongst the youth’. Starring Kallu Chidambaram, Potti Veeraiah and T Ramachandra Rao (Nandi Awardee) the film was shown at many short film festivals.
As movies are the biggest medium to reach out to masses, several short films on social awareness are shot in Andhra Pradesh at regular intervals, but very few come to the notice of the general public.
With the intention of spreading the message to everyone, the filmmaker knocked the doors of most of the big names amongst the film fraternity. “It is one of the reasons that I tried to cast famous personalities. Unless people see a well-known face they will not be interested, however important the social message is,” feels the director.
It’s not just (Telugu) was shot at Rock Castle Studio, Banjara Hills under the banner of Navya Digital Dreams and RMA Productions. Well known music director Gantadi Krishna has given music for the film, while the first scene was directed by famous director Relangi Narasimha Rao. Others who supported the project include director Surya Kiran, artists Ashok Kumar and Fish Venkat.
The preview on October 22 is expected to be attended by celebrities from both films and politics. “As the film is for social cause, several ministers and film stars are coming to watch it, at the preview,” asserts, the director of the film.
October 9th, 2012, 12:30 AM
Haj Committee announces schedule for flights (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91902)
Hyderabad: Three batches of Haj pilgrims will leave Hyderabad on October 10. They will have to report to the Andhra Pradesh State Haj Committee 48 hours before their scheduled departure time i.e., on October 8, 2012.The Haj Committee, for the convenience of the pilgrims fixed the following time frame for the pilgrims of three flights.
Chairman AP State Haj Committee Syed Khaleeluddin Ahmed and executive officer Janab Abdul Hameed appealed to the Haj pilgrims, who are scheduled to fly on October 10, to report at the Haj Committee counter at the time specified.
October 9th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Schedule for revision of electoral rolls of Hyd dist announced (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91906)
The campaign will be conducted on October 7, 14 and 21
Hyderabad: Election Commission of India will undertake a special drive for revision of electoral rolls as well as enrollment of voters in 15 constituencies of Hyderabad district.As per the schedule announced by Navin Mittal, Hyderabad District Election Officer, the publication of draft photo electoral rolls in respect of 15 Assembly constituencies of Hyderabad district had been published on October 1 at all designated locations such as Electoral Registration Offices (ERO), Assistant EROs and polling station buildings.
Elaborating further, he informed that special campaign would be conducted on October 7, 14 and 21 respectively in all the said polling station locations. The booth level officers and designated officers would be available at the said locations with sufficient number of relevant forms namely Form-6 (for inclusion of names), Form-7 (for filing objections), Form-8 (for modification of records in e-rolls) and Form-8A (for transposition of names from one address to another within the same Assembly constituency).
The relevant part of electoral roll was also made available at the said locations for facilitating the electors to verify their names and to file their claims and objections, he informed.Navin Mittal appealed to all the voters of Hyderabad district to avail the opportunity to verify their names in the electoral rolls and also to file claims and objections, if any, for enrolling, deleting or transposition of the names in e-rolls and also for modification of records.
October 9th, 2012, 12:33 AM
RAF celebrates its 20th anniversary, gets a pat (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91908)
Hyderabad: Mammoth participation of public at the 20th Raising Day of the 99 Battalion of the Rapid Action Force of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) marked the occasion at the Hakimpet base camp here on Sunday. State Governor ESL Narasimhan, the chief guest, congratulated the parade contingents for their flawless display of the march past and emphasized the importance of the force in maintaining law and order during emergency situations.
He said RAF is known for its role during Riots or Riot like situations in the cities and their appearance itself creates the fear among the miscreants. Referring the motto of the RAF "To Serve Humanity through Sensitive Policing" he said that it has done commendable work in dealing with natural calamities like tsunami, cyclone, earthquake, floods, besides law and order problems in different parts of the country.
CRPF Director General Sh. Pranay Shay said RAF is known for its dedication and service to the nation. He said that to deal with riots or riot-like situations, a specially selected, trained and equipped force was raised in October 1992 by re-organizing 10 CRPF Bns into Rapid Action Force Battalions. He said that in the past 20 years the force has maintained law and order, social harmony and instilled confidence in people. He said that the emphasis of the force is on modernization, special equipments and dedicated and innovative training.
The Governor presented Police Medal for meritorious service to 34 officers and men. He also awarded best Ops Bn Trophy to 99 Bn, Best ADM Bn Trophy jointly to 100 Bn and 105 Bn and Best Cost Effectiveness and Best Financial Discipline Trophy to 100 Bn. Six contingents of RAF participated in the march past followed by Riot Control vehicle Vajra, Fire Tender and 3. Tableaux depicting communal harmony, disaster management and human face of RAF.
October 9th, 2012, 12:34 AM
Warangal doctor presented with Guinness certificate (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91912)
Hyderabad: Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ajit Singh on Sunday presented Warangal-based chest specialist Dr Vyakarnam Nageshwar with the prestigious Guinness World Record certificate for his record breaking feat of extending medical services to 1.6 lakh people during ‘Lakshagala Sankeerthanarchana’ organised at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad, on May 10, 2009.
An organisation named ‘Silicon Andhra’ conducted this mega event on the eve of 601st birth anniversary of legendary poet Annamacharya.
A 40-member team of doctors led by Dr Nageshwar, who owns Aswini Hospitals in Warangal, extended medical services for five hours to the participants of the largest singing group.
Guinness organisation handed over the certificate to Silicon Andhra representatives in USA recently. Mamatha from Silicon Andhra group urged the Union Minister Ajit Singh to felicitate the record holder during his visit to the city. The Union Minister presented Nageshwar with a shawl at the inaugural meeting of Telangana Rashtriya Lok Dal party held at Sunderayya Vignana Kendram on Sunday.
Dr Nageshwar has the distinction of receiving felicitation certificate from Pope Benedict XVI of Vatican City, Rome, in 2007 for rendering medical services to HIV patients. He has also got various awards from the State government.
October 9th, 2012, 12:47 AM
Medical centre to offer free treatment (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92050)
The Guru Nanak Medical Centre, Secunderabad, a unit of the Guru Nanak Charitable Trust which has been supporting economically poor and downtrodden sections for the past five years, has decided to provide free treatment to all its out-patients and also give them generic medicines without any charges. This decision was taken in connection with the successful completion of the fifth anniversary of the centre on Sunday. The centre on Sunday added three additional facilities: TMT, EEG and PFT.
The GNMC chairman, S Baldev Singh Bagga, secretary S Avatar Singh, and philanthropist and patron S Pritam Singh told reporters that GNMC, which was entering “the sixth year of its service to humanity”, had decided to arrange health camps in all gurudwaras in Greater Hyderabad for all communities, irrespective of caste and creed. It would establish GNMC units in other gurudwaras.
Angiography facility would be made available on charitable basis. Further, physiotherapy facilities, ophthalmic theatre and facilities for dialysis etc would be built over the next one year. Baldev SIngh said that the medical centre, a non-profit charitable organization, had been rendering yeoman service for the past five years to marginal groups at highly subsidised and affordable costs.
The centre was well-equipped with modern facilities and was offering medical services for pathology, cardiology, orthopae dics, gynaecology. ophthalmology, dermatology, dental, ENT etc at lowest cost. Apart from offering pathological and diagnostic instrumental techniques like ECG and sonography, patients were well taken care of by experienced general and family physicians, he said.
The number of beneficiaries had increased from 50,000 in the fourth year to around 60,000 in the fifth year of its operations, with a total of Rs 2.5 crore worth services being rendered to the poor and needy.
The trust had spent Rs 60 lakh in the last year for noble causes in addition to Rs 60 lakh rent value of the establishment and wished to spend more in the future on programmes for medical care, he added. A free seva programme, known as ‘Biannual Medical Checkup for senior citizens’, was introduced for senior citizens This year the GNMC proposes to organise several free medical camps for most of the health problem areas including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, hypertension, diabetes, cardiac problems etc, he said.
October 9th, 2012, 12:48 AM
Mela clicks by word-of-mouth publicity (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92052)
Three truckloads of clothes and same quantity of toys as well as 800 kg of rice and wheat could be mobilised and more than 150 donors, including corporate ones like Bank of America and Deloitte, could network with NGOs during the two-day Seva Mela in the city.
It was an exhibition where NGOs had put up stalls showcasing their works to attract philanthropists. Unlike a commercial venture, the mela was organised to create mass awareness. Without spending a penny on advertisements, the word spread and we could attract approximately 8,000 visitors. This is a fabulous achievement, says Sanjay Agrawal, one of the organisers.
Some of the organisers, a few corporates and some volunteers spread the word about the mela. They are today glad that people came in such large numbers. Accomplishments of the mela are much beyond the numbers or the donations. “It was a two-fold platform. The NGOs could meet and explain people about the hard work they had put in to bring about change in society. Also, NGOs could understand the works of other NGOs. This will be of more help in future,” said Thiagarajan, one of the organisers.
The mela, which is growing by leaps and bounds, had only one company as participant in its first year and the number has gone up to 80 this year. “Without proper advertisements in place, it is very difficult to attract some many companies. Rather, we were getting Airtel, one of the mobile companies, as media partner. But it wanted us to keep the name as Airtel Seva Mela, which would have restricted their opponents to participate,” says Sanjay Agarwal.
Sanjay points that 30% of the stuff that they could get in donation was brand new in contrast to many people’s assumption that it was used one and old. “The number of participants and visitors is larger than that of last year. One of the plus points is that most of the youngsters participated as volunteers,” says Jayashree K of Sree Educational Society, one of the participating NGOs.
Vijayakumari of the Dalit Women Forum says: “I could meet other NGOs working for women empowerment like mine. If I am good in my programmes, but not in my volunteer base; then I can take help from other NGOs that are good in what I am lacking. Without this mela, I could not have come to know about other NGOs. ”
Nirosha of Yuvavardhini, an NGO working for education, environment and against corruption, says: “We could meet other NGOs that have same motto like ours. Besides, we can get volunteers who can spend their time or money or service for social work,” she adds. It proved to be a bonanza for Priyadarshini Seva Mandal, which got many donations and more than 300 visitors. “Our stall got very good response,” says Vamsee Krishna.
Still, Thiagarajan is far from happy. “I expect more people should have visited,” he observes. But Sanjay is on cloud nine: “It took 80-90 years for Ganesh festival started by Lokmanya Tilak. This initiative is much smaller.”
October 9th, 2012, 03:41 AM
Andhra Pradesh No.2 on national public private partnership graph: Report
HYDERABAD: The seven urban development projects worth Rs 2,700 crore currently in the works under the public private partnership (PPP) model in Andhra Pradesh means it ranks second among the states in the country in terms of the total number of such projects as of August, 2012, according to trade and industry body Assocham.
The state ranks second only to Haryana, which leads the pack with a lion's share of 85% in 12 projects aggregating at Rs 66,800 crore out of a total Rs 78,000 crore invested in 81 urban PPP projects under way in the country, according to the findings of a sector specific analysis carried out by Assocham.
Andhra Pradesh is followed closely by Madhya Pradesh with over nine projects totalling Rs 2,650 crore followed by Rajasthan and West Bengal with seven projects worth Rs 1,400 crore and 12 projects worth Rs 1,200 crore, respectively.
"Out of the total 881 PPP projects worth Rs 5.4 lakh crore taken up under the PPP model across India, 181 projects worth over Rs 99,300 crore are in different stages of implementation," said Assocham's southern regional council chairman Ravindra Sannareddy while releasing the findings.
According to the study, there are about 49 urban development projects worth over Rs 5,700 crore under operation in the PPP mode while about 29 projects worth over Rs 9,800 crore are under bidding in the urban development sector.
According to Assocham's sector specific analysis, none of the projects in the urban development sector under the PPP mode have seen cancellation. "Promotion and facilitation of urban centres through inclusive and sustainable ways is very crucial considering that urbanisation is the engine of India's economic growth," said Assocham national secretary general DS Rawat.
"There is a need for the administration to step up its performance on delivering basic urban services, improving governance systems, planning and funding policies, institutions, and bolstering capacity and capability," Rawat added.
October 9th, 2012, 03:42 AM
eSeva centres to issue voter IDs
HYDERABAD: Citizens can soon get their electoral photo identity cards (EPICs) from eSeva centres. This new initiative will be launched statewide, including Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts, from October 11.
Earlier, people used to apply online at www.ceoandhra.nic.in to get their voter ID cards. At times, they were forced to wait for months together to get the EPIC. Now, to get voter ID card in a hassle-free manner, the commissioner, Electronically Deliverable Services (eSeva) would facilitate issue of EPICs through eSeva centres.
"We have identified an eSeva center for each constituency to process the voter ID card. For instance, in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy, we have identified 29 designated eSeva centres to accept application form (Form 6 meant for inclusion of name in the electoral rolls) from citizens seeking voter ID card," EDS (eSeva) project manager K Yedukondalu told TOI. According to the new system, a person has to visit eSeva center along with Form 6, date of birth certificate (proof of age), residential proof and a passport size photograph. The eSeva staff would fill particulars in Form 6, along with scanning the photo and other documents and forward it to the concerned electoral registration officer (ERO) online. The entire process would take 10 -15 minutes, Yedukondalu said.
The ERO would then check the details, documents and clear the application. It takes about 12 to 15 days to issue the EPIC. "We have already collected digital signatures of EROs in the state. Based on the ERO's recommendation, we will issue new EPIC to the applicant. When the EPIC is ready, eSeva staff will send an SMS alert to the applicant to collect it," the official said.
"The eSeva staff will print the EPIC card as per the given format, laminate it and issue. For this, we will collect a nominal fee of Rs 15 from each applicant," the EDS official added. Apart from the new service, eSeva would continue accepting requisitions for correction in the voter ID cards, and issue of duplicate voter ID cards to voters already enrolled, he replied.
October 9th, 2012, 03:44 AM
Electronics Corporation of India builds world's largest telescope
HYDERABAD: The 'big eye' is ready. The world's largest telescope, which will be installed at the highest observatory in the world, to study the sources of energy in the universe has been fabricated in Hyderabad.
Right now, the proof assembly is being done for the 135-feet telescope at the Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL), a public sector undertaking, here. By December, the testing of the telescope will be completed. Scientists from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai will also take part in the testing. The telescope will be set up at high altitude region of Hanle in Ladakh. It would mean that the largest scope will be installed at the highest altitude, which will be more than any other telescope set up anywhere else in the world.
The main purpose of the telescope is to study the gamma rays that are emitted in the universe. Through the telescope, scientists will study the deep space, stars and the galaxies. BARC is conducting what is known as the Major Atmospheric Cherenkov Experiment (Mace) and for that purpose had asked the ECIL to build the telescope, costing Rs 50 crore. "The fabrication of the telescope has been completed. The telescope will be transported to the site next summer. It will not be possible to take the telescope before due to blockage of roads owing to snow in the Ladakh region" ECIL executive director ( Aerospace Systems Group) Ch V R S Gopalakrishna told TOI.
The High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) project in Namibia is also engaged in high-energy gamma -ray astronomy. The Magic Telescope, a European experiment on the Canary Island of La Palma in Spain, is also involved in the study of the galaxy. The diameter of the ECIL-built telescope is much larger than what the telescopes in these two places have.
According to O V L N Murthy, head, Antennae products and Satcom division, the telescope that the ECIL has built will be installed at Hanle where the Indian Astronomical Observatory is located. The building of the telescope, which weighs 180 tonnes, is itself an engineering marvel, Murthy said. With the fabrication of the telescope having just been completed, the team of engineers at ECIL has begun the proof assembly. Already 18 meters of the telescope has been erected.
BARC decided on getting the 21-metre telescope fabricated for the Major Atmospheric Cherenkov Experiment (Mace), which would be set up at a high altitude of 4,200 metre. The telescope, when set up, at Hanle, will be operated with solar power.
October 9th, 2012, 05:49 PM
Day temperatures on the rise in Hyderabad (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/day-temperatures-on-the-rise-in-hyderabad/article3978837.ece)
Day-time temperature in the capital is gradually on the rise. The maximum day-time temperature in Hyderabad, which hitherto hovered between 28 and 29 degree Celsius, is now ranging between 30 and 32 degree Celsius. The day-time temperature in other parts of Telangana districts too have increased a bit and are between 32 and 33 degrees.
In addition to a marked rise in temperature, the Hyderabad MET Department officials say that the city is also witnessing low moisture content. Relatively higher temperatures and low moisture have added to the discomfort of general public in Hyderabad.
Officials say that the hot weather condition is due to the transitional month of October. The climate is changing because of the gradual withdrawal of South East monsoons and strengthening of the North East monsoons, which are active between October and December, they said.
Such transitional climate, characterised by a marked increase in day-time temperatures, is also present in other districts of Telangana, IMD Hyderabad officials said. The average day-time temperature in the last five days at Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad and Nalgonda are between 32 and 33 degrees.
“South East monsoons are on the decline in the northern parts of India but they are not completely out of Andhra Pradesh. At the same time, the North East monsoons are getting strengthened. There is low moisture content in the atmosphere, which could be a matter of discomfort,” explains Assistant Meteorologist, IMD Hyderabad, R.V. Subba Rao.
The IMD authorities say that a low pressure area over Bay of Bengal is the reason for low moisture. “Most of the moisture from here is getting sucked because of the low pressure at Bay of Bengal. In a few days, North East monsoons will set in. Traditionally, North-East monsoons are active in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema,” Mr. Subba Rao added.
October 9th, 2012, 05:56 PM
Roll, camera and passion (http://www.thehindu.com/arts/art/roll-camera-and-passion/article3981148.ece)
Hone your skills behind the lens, make friends and deepen your photographic expertise.
In a city as visually exciting as Hyderabad, you’re bound to have a bunch of shutterbugs. For wandering lensmen, Hyderabad offers a kaleidoscope of photo opportunities - be it in the bustling streets of Charminar, Abids or Koti or the quiet lanes of Maredpally, where street dogs also participate in galli cricket. No wonder that on a given weekend, you might find close to 50 people taking shot after shot, with huge cameras hanging from their necks.
Canon, Nikon, Pentax; you’ll see a plethora of cameras. Better still is the sight of the range of lenses - 300 mm or the small but nifty 35mm lens. Look closer and you’ll find a couple of people minus cameras, tagging along to learn and get guidance. The guy with the big lens and know-it-all shares his tips, tricks and even his camera with other members of the group.
Wondering what they’re up to? They’re on a photo walk. Photowalking emerged as a communal activity worldwide sometime when cameras started becoming affordable! While you have virtual Hyderabad-based photography groups by the dozens, a couple have actually managed to get out of the web onto real-time photo walks.
Hyderabad Weekend Shoots, Hyderabad Photography Club and the Andhra Pradesh Photographic Society are the most active groups and offer varied experiences to the participants.
The Andhra Pradesh Photographic Society (APPS) was started by Raja Triambaka Raj and his friends in 1957 to promote the art and science of photography. Now 55 years later, the charm of this registered society lies in the fact that they are continuing classical style of photography like Nature and Landscapes. Unlike the other clubs, APPS is not a virtual club and has a membership fee of Rs. 200 per year. The club aims to popularise photography and promote the work of its 200 members. APPS is a registered society that has monthly meetings and workshops along with tutorials. The Society also conducts regular competition. APPS is serious in conducting regular knowledge sharing sessions. These are in the form of video courses, lectures on photographic techniques (starting from fundamentals to advanced topics), outings led by senior members and workshops on still life, portraiture and more. Ashok Kandimalla, an executive member of the society has published articles in Smart Photography which also appear on the website.
Andhra Pradesh Photographic Society
Managed by: Ashok Kandimalla and other executive members
Contact: 09849025520 (Ashok)
Hyderabad Photography Club is the brain child of Aditya Mopur who runs his own studio FotoGenesis along with his classmate Sharat. The club was started as a place for photographers and enthusiasts to connect. “The idea is to help people learn how to take better pictures without enrolling themselves in expensive courses,” says Aditya. “We are a dedicated group of people who talk about street photography, wedding photography and all kinds of photography,” he adds. Aditya Mopur was an engineering student studying in the US. When he found his focus shofting, Aditya came back to India and pursued a BFA in photography from Venkateswara College and founded HPS later. Hyderabad Photography Club used to organise photowalks on and off, but consciously decided to stop, reveals Aditya. “We encourage people to talk and discuss ideas and learn from other photographers ,” says Aditya.
From being an online forum, it has become an active group of 25 people who meet up often enough for coffee and dosas. “Of course we talk, breathe and eat photography around the edges of these soirees,” laughs Aditya.
Hyderabad Photography Club
Managed by: Aditya Mopur
Photowalks and meets
Hyderabad Weekend Shoots stemmed out of Kishore’s passion for pictures. It started online in 2006 on Flickr, the image hosting and sharing website for photographers. The Flickr website has 1900 members and by 2008, the virtual group began to shift base to Facebook and meet in real-time. Kishore and Darshan now manage HWS. The main idea of HWS is to rejuvenate on the weekends and explore the world outside.
On average, every weekend shoot has 50 photography enthusiasts coming together to take pictures. “On one occasion we even had 100 people. Every year, we definitely include Golconda, Charminar, Qutb Shahi Tombs and the Zoo in our photo walk list,” says Kishore. HWS is a club open to all, and there is no membership fees. HWS also organises out-of-town photowalks as well. “Expenses are divided amongst participants and we plan budgets,” says Darshan. Kishore says that HWS also has a lot of members who don’t own cameras. The mantra for HWS is that of the 48 hours of freedom (weekends), spend a little time getting to learn and meeting new people. “Not to sound like a marriage bureau but many people from the group have found their life-partners here,” he laughs.
Apart from photo walks, HWS also conducts workshops. People from within the group share tips and tricks of taking better pictures in a formal fashion. The group also conducted a photo exhibition titled ‘Reflections’ last year and they are coming up with a second version of the exhibition this December.
Hyderabad Weekend Shoots
Managed by: Kishore Nagarigari and Darshan Khanna
Contact: 9989099123 (Kishore), 9030283790 (Darshan)
October 9th, 2012, 05:59 PM
Protect valuable land at Nampally, collector urged (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Protect-valuable-land-at-Nampally-collector-urged/articleshow/16732234.cms)
HYDERABAD: District collector Syed Ali Murtuza Rizvi on Monday ordered a probe into a charge by a resident of the city that the wakf authorities were bidding to encroach on a piece of government land located adjacent the Dargah Shah Khamoosh in Nampally area and sell the same later. The complaint was lodged by resident M A Rehman at the Mee Kosam programme during which the collector accepts petitions from the people at the Hyderabad Collectorate every Monday.
According to Rehman, the wakf authorities were claiming the government land as wakf property. Presently, a few poor families reside there in hutments, he said and urged the collector to take action and prevent the land from getting encroached. The collector directed the Hyderabad revenue sub-divisional officer (RDO) S Hareesh to investigate and take necessary action.
In another complaint, locals from Kummariwadi at Nampally urged the collector not to give the three-acre land at AC Guards, currently on lease with Mahavir Hospital, to private parties and convert the premises into a government local area hospital for the benefit of poor families and locals. On behalf of the locals, resident M Venkatesh gave a representation to this effect to the collector.
In another complaint, S Suguna from Chappal Bazar said despite the court orders giving her possession of a 400 sq yards land located in Gandhi Nagar, the order was not yet complied with. The collector directed the joint collector to take necessary measures steps.
October 9th, 2012, 06:01 PM
Savouring Street food (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Savouring-Street-food/articleshow/16732237.cms)
HYDERABAD: Be it good old chaakna (spicy stew), seekh kekabs or even butter dosas and idlies, one can find it all at the street-side joints in asal Hyderabad. The kebab-laden skewers rotating over the embers, chicken pakodas and chicken sticks sizzling in large pans of oil and the distinct aroma of cut-mirchis never fail to draw the gaze of passersby and shoppers, prompting them to stop for a quick bite. The numerous makeshift outlets offering a plethora of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes bring these streets to life every evening, especially so during the mosoon season.
Abu Abdullah, who has been in the business for the last 15 years says he sells 200-300 plates of kebabs daily at his stall in Purani Haveli. His joint is the oldest among the three located in close proximity. Serving as adept neighbours to the kebab joints are over a century-old naan shops. Not too far away from these popular stalls are two makeshift outlets that sprung about a couple of months ago and have on offer some unusual street snacks such as chicken spring rolls and a short drive further is another new bandi selling fish fry.
Ibrahim Iqbal, who recently started an outlet offering a wide variety of chicken snacks near Miralam Mandi stretch, says that he keeps his food items half fried and stocked until about 5 pm. As and when he gets customers, these items are fried again and ready for take-away. "Most people don't have reservations when it comes to chicken (unlike beef) so we thought of keeping only chicken items," says Iqbal. He adds that his modestly priced fare (Rs 15-70 per portion) ensures that he sells everything by 10 pm. Iqbal's stall faces another outlet run by Abdul Jameel Sabri, owner of Safeena Hotel, who also recently included a wide range of 'colourful' chicken dishes like chicken pakoda and other chicken fry items to his menu. "We initially started serving these snacks during Ramzan but due to the continuous demand, we decided to start laying out the fare again," said Sabri, who worked in Saudi Arabia for several decades before setting up base here.
Old timers in the area say that decades ago, kebabs and chaakna were among the few street food items available and were the forte of Shahran Hotel close to Gulzar Houz. However, as demand swelled and population increased, many similar outlets sprung up, says Ali Raza, a resident. The Purani Haveli stretch, Gulzar Houz and Charminar are the hubs for street food, residents say. Given the demand for street food, parking now poses a big problem in these areas.
In tune with residents, observers say that over the years, there has been a huge multicultural influence on food here as different sets of people have been moving to the city, especially from the Middle East. This influence has reflected in varieties like Mughlai, Chinese, south Indian and Irani cuisines being offered today at Old City for customers to indulge.
Afsar Khan, another resident, says that earlier, food was mostly cooked and eaten at home. But the rise in the working class and working women up by 20-25%, has led to a rise in affordability which has contributed to the demand of eating outlets.
Also for the health conscious, the idli-dosa bandis and fish fry stalls have come as a boon, says Nasser Dashti, a hotelier. Govind ka Adda near Gulzar Houz is famous for its butter dosas and idlis. According to Dashti, for long, fish fry stalls were restricted on the Mrigasira Karthi day, which marks the onset of monsoon, but have turned into an round the year affair today. Observers add that just like any other place in the city, there is no quality control here.
October 9th, 2012, 06:06 PM
Rash driving almost a thing of past, if you go by police figures (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/rash-driving-almost-a-thing-of-past-if-you-go-by-police-figures/299251-60-121.html)
The drive against rash and negligent driving initiated by the Hyderabad Traffic Police in February this year seems to have had a positive impact on youngsters. The number of offenders, caught and sent for counseling sessions since February, has come down drastically.
In February when the drive began, 4,526 offenders and 2,771 parents attended counseling sessions at the Traffic Training Institutes (TTI) at Gosha Mahal and Begumpet.
Those booked for underage driving must bring their parents for counselling but for the others, it is just a matter of choice. The numbers show that underage driving was very much prevalent when the drive was initiated.
“We had children as young as 12 attending counselling sessions with their parents,” said an official at one of the TTIs. However , compared to February, only 597 cases were registered in September this year. Along with these offenders, 560 parents attended counselling sessions during the month.
Most of the cases pertain to speed violations or stunts on roads. Such offences fall under Section 184 (rash and negligent driving) of the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act. “We don’t see many repeat offenders here, which means we are doing a good job,” claimed a counsellor.
The traffic police department views the steady decrease in numbers as a mark of success. In March, 3,260 people were counselled, and with them 2035 parents attended counselling sessions. April, however, had the highest number of offenders, as 5287 persons were counselled, with 2333 parents.
Ramakrishna, a youngster who attended a counselling session told City Express, “the videos that are shown are so disturbing that one can’t help but fear how an accident will affect his life.
” He was booked for violating the speed limit. According to police officials at the TTI in Gosha Mahal, about 20-25 are counselled on an average everyday. “At one point of time, we had around 100 offenders every day besides their parents,” they said.
October 9th, 2012, 08:03 PM
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October 10th, 2012, 12:54 AM
‘An ideal village’ (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/education/%E2%80%98-ideal-village%E2%80%99-709)
Many would define a university as a ‘universe in a city’. Although not wrong, the notion appears worn out and clichéd.
If I were to modify things, I would say that the university is an ideal village. One that visionaries dream of, democrats vote for and capitalists bank on.
Hyderabad Central University offers a place for everyone; there are no barriers of caste, class or gender. Here, it’s also okay to talk about, suppression and revolution.
Personally, it has helped me become, if not aware, more sensitive towards the nature of these forces. They reflect a democratic practice of making your opinion count and, in that process, make clear the politics of understanding and help understand politics.
The university parliament makes for an interesting phenomenon by itself. It is only after coming here, casting my vote, attending the student general body meetings and the sheer proximity to the people in power that I got a clearer picture of what the Left, Right and Centre mean. It is only when you know, that you should ask.
And then, there are always the permutations and combinations of beauty, freedom, serenity and diversity in people, food and so on, which the campus offers inexhaustibly. Just like my romance for it!
October 10th, 2012, 12:55 AM
John Portman & Associates complete luxury, eight-storey Park Hyatt Hyderabad (http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=20972)
John Portman & Associates (JPA) has recently seen its stunning design for the Park Hyatt Hyderabad realised in one of India’s most rapidly developing cities. WAN quizzed Walt Miller, Senior Vice President at JPA about the design:
What were the defining inspirations for the Park Hyatt Hyderabad?
Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh in south central India, has always been a bustling city and, with its recent emergence as a hub for the information technology industry, the rapidly growing metropolis has begun to expand across the area’s arid terrain. The hot environment, coupled with the fast pace of India’s fourth most populous city, led us to design the Park Hyatt Hyderabad as a place of cool, calm serenity and tranquility - a refuge from the intense traffic, harsh climate, and parched landscape.
We believe that a design should take its cues from historic elements of the surrounding architecture to create a modern yet sensitive response. We examine the overall and immediate context of a project to create a design vocabulary attuned to its community, yet not an imitation, to ensure that the new design becomes an integral component of the existing environment and that it responds the physical opportunities and constraints of the site. This strategy not only benefits the project, but also increases the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood and provides a catalyst for the growth of the surrounding area.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Indian architecture, the design was conceived as a microcosm focused around an interior courtyard with terraced gardens, descending into a reflecting pool highlighted by a monumental sculpture that soars two stories high. Abundant interior plant life, the large reflecting pool, the openness of the atrium space, natural light, the color palette, the spa spaces, and air conditioning all contribute to the creation of an indoor oasis.
The main goal of the design is to provide a place where guests and residents can stay, enjoy and relax. During the day, guests can appreciate the gardens with natural light penetrating through the vast skylights. At night, they can delight in restaurant and bar activities around the sparkling waters of the reflecting pool.
The large interior space was designed, in part, to accommodate the pageantry of grand Indian weddings, which were targeted as an important source of business for the hotel. Interior design by HBA accents the strong architectural detailing. Drawing inspiration from the local culture, the carpets feature Indian motifs inspired by henna patterns, while sumptuous fabrics, such as silk, in vibrant colors add a sari-inspired element.
What were the design challenges faced and how were these overcome?
Probably the biggest challenge was mitigating the hot and arid climate in a sustainable and operationally efficient manner. In order to temper the intense sunlight typical of this part of the world, the east and west façade provide sun shade screens. The atrium features several long span skylights with the use of Kalwall (instead of glass), a material that takes full advantage of the day lighting benefits of the harsh sunlight while rejecting most of the thermal heat gain.
Natural boulders are a protected part of the landscape in the Banjara Hills region, so the building had to be designed so as not to disturb these naturally occurring boulders - making a ‘tight’ site even tighter. But our design was able to successfully overcome this challenge by embracing the natural beauty of the boulders, which is evident in the large one found to the left of the front entrance.
How does the design blend elements of traditional Indian architecture and modern technology/building processes?
A Vastu Master was consulted and Vastu principles influenced how the space was organized. The site is naturally sloped towards the North and Northeast, which is considered excellent per Vastu principles. Vastu considerations which were incorporated into the Park Hyatt Hyderabad include:
1. The Northeast and Northwest angle of the plots were each aligned to be at a perfect 90 degree angle. A Northwest triangle subplot was used for ancillary building services and the boundary wall between the two sub-divided plots was camouflaged by landscaping.
2. The Main Entrance for the hotel was positioned to be from the Southeast sector of the plot. Once inside, the primary entrance into the hotel faced East. No entrances or exits were allowed in the Southwest or South sections.
3. The Southwest corner of the plot was heavily built with minimum open space, in contrast to the Northeast, North and East sectors which were designed to have maximum open spaces.
4. The Southeast corner of the plot was reserved for 'fire elements' such as generators, etc.
5. An underground Sump (Water Tank) was located in the Northeast sector of the plot. 6.
The pool in the center of the atrium and the way the atrium steps inward also acknowledges traditional Indian architecture. For centuries, water has been featured throughout traditional Indian structures to take advantage of its cooling properties. Baoli - the Hindi word for stepwell - are bodies of water encased by a descending set of steps. As a building heats up, evaporating water cools the air. Of course, in the case of the Park Hyatt, air conditioning actually cools the building, but the stepwell look of the atrium lends a comfortable familiarity to underscore the tranquility offered by the space.
The façade, designed specifically for the region’s harsh climate, combined modern extruded aluminum sunscreens and low E insulated glass with a rain screen design featuring natural Madurai granite from South India in the cladding. The façade further gives a modern interpretation to traditional Indian architecture in the east and west elevations. In traditional Indian architecture, windows are often divided into 3 fields: A larger, almost square, center and two vertical panels at the sides. In addition, the top part of each window is usually divided again into elements that break the sunrays: latticed screens or ‘jaali’ to filter direct sunlight. The effect is not just decorative; it also helps reduce the heat and provide internal shade. The bottom part is often solid or semisolid so that the only part left for vision is the very center part of the windows.
The spa, while featuring the latest equipment and a cosmopolitan menu of treatment offerings, is inspired by the wellness practices of Hyderabadi Nizams.
Has John Portman & Associates benefited from the industry boom in India?
We’ve been involved with projects in India since the mid-1990s. In addition to the Park Hyatt Hyderabad, our portfolio of completed projects includes projects such as Taj Wellington Mews in Mumbai and the Indian School of Business also in Hyderabad. We enjoy working in India and actively seek new opportunities there.
October 10th, 2012, 01:22 AM
Weaves expo makes waves (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/09/weaves-expo-makes-waves/78900)
Today is the last day of the exhibition, on at Srinagar Colony.
Weaves, a textile exhibition-cum-sale showcasing designer cottons, silks, sarees, blouses, dresses, mix-and-match dupattas, kurtas and more, is on at Sri Satya Sai Nigamagamam, Srinagar Colony.
The clothes on display are both trendy as well as traditional, formal as well as casual, and a wide variety of unusual colours, weaves, designs and fabrics are available.
Contemporary designs have been integrated seamlessly with traditional styles in the collection available, and the exhibition has something for everyone. Kidswear is available as well.
Today is the last day of the exhibition, which will be on from 11am to 9pm.
October 10th, 2012, 01:23 AM
Murtaza, Akshay win fun race (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/09/murtaza-akshay-win-fun-race/78895)
A fun and innovation event where students designed and raced cars made of Red Bull cans was held yesterday. The national finals for the event will be held on October 20 in Mumbai.
Muffakam Jah College of Engineering and Technology hosted the Red Bull Racing Can event in the college premises on Monday. Twenty-four teams from different colleges participated in the event.
Murtuza AH and Akshay Arugonda of the Bull Racers team from Marri Laxman Reddy Institute of Technology and Management proved to be the fastest team from the Hyderabad division on Monday and qualified for the national finals, which will be held in Mumbai on October 20.
The second edition of the annual event will culminate in the global finals during the Brazilian Grand Prix at Sao Poulo scheduled in November.
The competition was not just about racing, students were expected to build their cars from used Red Bull cans. The event open to students across the globe is a test to their remote controlling skills as well designing ability.
Another aspect of the fun-event was that it proved to be a gender equaliser. Chassis provided by the organisers were of uniform power and size and it was up to the participants to design the bodies in way that would prove to be effective in the race. And the girls too were up to the challenge. The challenge was not only to be the first to cross the finish line but racing cans with cool designs also earned points.
While the teams were sweating it out on the course, hundreds of fellow students and enthusiasts, gathered around to cheer them. These racing cans offered the crowd a rush of adrenaline, fiery speed and an excuse to come together to watch a friendly competition.
Designers and racers from six other cities of India, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai will vie to represent the nation and fight it out for the world championship.
October 10th, 2012, 01:30 AM
Hyderabadis hung ho on modelling as a career (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92286)
Fame, name, glitz and glamour associated with modelling attracts people from all walks of life. The field which was once considered taboo for girls from middle-class families is now being sought after by teenage girls from the ever growing urban middle-class in India. Modelling which was once dominated by the elite class has now opened up.
If there was a place to gauge this trend, the Miss Hyderabad auditions held on Sunday was the right spot. Parents, grandparents and friends accompanied wanna be models and made sure they gave their best. Relatives waited anxiously for the result of auditions.
This is the proof of changing perception of traditional and middle class families towards modeling. Though a few families supporting kids to enter this glam field cannot be taken as a whole, society is changing, mindset of even orthodox people are going through change.
Sara Unnisa Begum, wants her granddaughter to pursue a career in modelling. “She was selected as Miss Fresh Face at her school Saint Anns. As she has talent required. Her parent and I only wish her to endeavor to shine out in this field. As far as the age old concept of looking towards modeling is rubbish. I am conservative but I am also ready to understand what this field is about. I simply cannot believe what other people say,” she said, who was with her granddaughter at Miss Hyderabad auditions.
Parents today are ready to allow children to explore new fields and are supportive as well. Though Engineering, Medicine and Law still are most sought after fields, people have started looking at other careers.
“Modeling is my hobby and I want to keep it limited as I am happy with my career as a team lead at one of the MNCs. Gone are the days when modeling used to be the field where women get exploited,” says Sneha Pawar, who just appeared for audition for Miss Hyderabad. Her father is also supportive. “My father wants to understand this generation. He definitely understands how exposure matters for a person to develop and modelling provides a perfect platform,” she says.
Farha G, host of Miss Hyderabad says “Despite restrictions girls use to make it to modelling. Parents now want to support so that children,” she said.
Love for kids also drives parents to permit kids to do what they want. “My daughter is interested in this field. I want to see her happy,” says Arunee Reddy, a mother, who was accompanying her daughter at one of the model agencies. She understands well the risks involved but she is determined if problems confronts her daughter she will make her daughter to change the path. That is an attitude the parents are fostering.
Esha Verma wants to explore. One year in the field, the model still feels as newcomer and thinks she still has to come to grips. “My father, who is no more, wanted me to become a model. Now I am exploring this field.”
October 10th, 2012, 02:36 AM
Source: Deccan Chronicle (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/10-hour-power-cut-offing-746)
10-hour power cut in offing
Pushed to the wall by the unending shortage of electricity and rising demand, power utilities have told Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy that they can provide seven hours of supply to farmers only if they can impose longer cuts on the domestic, industrial and commercial sectors.
According to this perception prepared by the APTransco, homes may face up to 10 hours of power cuts daily during the Rabi season.
According to the presentation made to the CM on Tuesday, the discoms said the finance department will have to arrange for an additional Rs1,200-crore if power is to be supplied for the Rabi crop.
“In the present deficit scenario, supply of power for the Rabi crop looks very tough. If the Rabi crop is to be supplied power, the only option available is to curtail further supply to industries, commercial and domestic sectors,” stated the presentation.
If the government fails to make the required budgetary arrangements for additional generation of 400 MW to 500 MW of energy for 100 days of the Rabi season, at a cost of Rs12 crore per day, the agricultural sector will receive only four hours of power and that too in two spells, APTransco said in its presentation.
The ailing industrial sector will face 50 per cent power cuts even after the additional generation of 400-500 MW.
As per the document, additional generation of only 400 MW (10 MU per day) is possible with reliquefied natural gas (RLNG) or naphtha, at a variable cost of Rs10 to Rs15 per unit.
APTransco will require an additional 30 MU over and above the additional generation of 400 MW to meet the projected power demand in the Rabi season. “To buy the remaining power requirement of around 30 MU both in the spot market and short term market where the price is unpredictable is an uncertain task. We may not succeed,” read the document.
Good progress ma. So, this is what our dear CM meant in his giant hoardings and ads splashes across everywhere in the State that screamed 'undi le manchi kaalam mundu mundu..' (A year later...The State is even better) :bash:
October 10th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Vodafone to use Aadhaar cards for issuing new connections (http://www.livemint.com/Industry/7wiIhxICpDSY88EdMSIhUK/Vodafone-to-use-Aadhaar-cards-for-issuing-new-connections.html)
Hyderabad: Vodafone India Ltd will issue mobile phone connections to its customers on the basis of Aadhaar identity cards after having been chosen as an authentication service agency by the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI).
The telecom provider on Wednesday rolled out a project that will help Vodafone customers obtain postpaid and prepaid connections on the strength of their Aadhaar card (that will suffice for both address and identity proof) and biometric data (fingerprints), which the telecom operator will verify with its unique identification number database instantaneously and issue new connections on the spot.
The project is still at a proof-of-concept stage, and will be tested at two Vodafone stores in Andhra Pradesh—Sardar Patel Road in Hyderabad and Bandar Road outlet in Vijayawada.
It will take a “few more months” to scale it up across the country, said T.V. Ramachandran, resident director for regulatory affairs and government relations at Vodafone India. “This will make the process of getting a new connection easy for our customers and reduce the time involved in activating the number,” he said in a statement.
The initiative will help Vodafone comply with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) deadline of 9 November that requires all telecom operators to ensure adequate verification of every customer before enrolment. DoT issued new instructions for enrolling new subscribers on the recommendation of a joint expert committee constituted at the direction of the Supreme Court.
The DoT order put the onus of customer identity verification on operators and directed them to comply with the new requirements within 90 days. It said mobile connections can be activated only after a person’s identity has been verified by an operator and the details are updated in its database.
Even after a SIM card has been activated, the subscriber will not be able to make any calls (except to the operator) until the subscriber details are at least verified over the phone. “Even incoming calls will remain barred before tele-verification,” DoT said in a communication dated 9 August. It also barred sale of pre-activated SIM cards with a penalty of Rs.50,000 per connection in case of non-compliance.
The new directions are “very stringent” and we are seeking an extension as a lot of things have to be put in place, Ramachandran said.
“We are seeking more time. We hope it will be considered,” he said. “It is going to involve lot of investment and will involve recruitment of large number of people to comply with the directions,” Ramachandran said. A “few thousand people” would need to be recruited across the industry to comply with the DoT directive, he said.
Live verification of subscriber identity would help telecom providers overcome challenges such as irregular identity and address proofs and lack of proper documentation, which is a common problem especially in rural areas.
Vodafone India expects this initiative, when it is eventually rolled out across the country, to help expand its rural base. “There is a huge mass out there which is not served. That is a huge revenue opportunity for us. Yes, the ARPU (average revenue per user) is very low but still we hope to grow,” Ramachandran said.
Aadhaar as a proof of address and identity will help increase rural tele-density from the current 35% to 60% by 2017, and 100% by 2020 in line with the National Telecom Policy, a Vodafone official said.
Andhra Pradesh is a good testing ground for the project as 56 million of the state’s 86 million population have been enrolled by UIDAI, according to M.V.S. Rami Reddy, deputy director general, UIDAI. The state accounts for 25% of Aadhaar cards issued across the country so far.
It would also save telecom operators warehousing costs as they otherwise need to hire godowns to store documents.
Besides, under the traditional system, “retrieval is a problem. And to destroy (the documents) will cost us more than the retrieval,” Ramachandran said. On average 400 million pieces of paper are collected every year for customer authentication, according to Ram Narain, deputy director general (security), DoT.
About 3,000 connections will be issued using the Aadhaar ID during the proof of concept stage, Ramachandran said. “It is a first step. And it is going to include all other players (going forward),” Reddy of UIDAI said.
Vodafone in its role as an authentication service agency (ASA) will play the role of enabling intermediaries and transmitting authentication requests to the Central Identity Data repository for UIDAI. An ASA can function as an aggregator of all authentication information from telecom providers, banks, travel agencies, hotels, and various government schemes.
Going forward, Vodafone India expects this to be a source of revenue.
“For the authentication of traffic, if it goes through me, they will pay for the traffic. These are future possibilities which are difficult to quantify at this stage,” Ramachandran said.
October 10th, 2012, 10:26 PM
AP cops creating land database to keep encroachers away (http://zeenews.india.com/news/andhra-pradesh/ap-cops-creating-land-database-to-keep-encroachers_804758.html)
Hyderabad: In a bid to prevent any kind of encroachment on the land allotted to the state police department by the government, Andhra Pradesh Police has started developing a land database.
According to a senior police official, the move is aimed at securing the land and efforts are underway to prepare fresh sketches by verifying maps and revenue records.
"We are preparing a database of police land. The process has begun and the objective is to safeguard the government/ police land from encroachment," Additional Director General of Police (Provisions and Logistics) T Krishna Prasad said.
According to him, fresh sketches of the extent of land are being prepared and Superintendent of Police (SP) of different districts are sending data to the Provisions and Logistics office here, which will henceforth maintain soft copies of the records that will soon be uploaded on the central server of the police department, the official added.
"The process is to create an update on the extent of police land. SPs of different districts are sending the land data...We are in the midst of preparing the soft copies of the land records as in at many places the records, which are on old papers, are torn out," Prasad said.
This exercise will help the department in getting exact knowledge of the availability of land and enable its proper maintenance by fencing and constructing boundary walls around the land, he said.
Whenever the department seeks to construct quarters, guest houses for police personnel or even for other welfare purposes, it can access the readily available records, he added.
The police land, believed to be in several hundreds of acres, are spread around the police stations, police quarters, parade grounds and battalions in the state and at some places the land has been encroached upon.
October 10th, 2012, 10:27 PM
Go wine tasting and grape stomping (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food/food-festivals/Go-wine-tasting-and-grape-stomping/articleshow/16753167.cms)
As a run-up to the upcoming festivities, Novotel, Hyderabad Airport, is organising a special dinner on October 13, from 7 pm onwards for those interested in learning the finer nuances of wine tasting and wine pairing.
To guide diners in making the right choices, the hotel, in association with Big Banyan Premium Vineyards, has roped in Sneha Rao, Enologist Extraordinaire, who will be assisted by resident master chef Srinivas Srirangam.
For all connoisseurs of wine, there is a whole range of wines to complement their tastes. In a country like ours where wine consumption is yet to pick up, wine enthusiasts can visit the venue to avail of the offers, get to know about the different wines available and also gather information on premium and healthy wines.
This gastronomic experience is priced at `1499 plus taxes per person.
October 10th, 2012, 10:30 PM
Triple delight for foodies (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/lifestyle/dine-o-mite/triple-delight-foodies-993)
The city’s preparing for a big feast as the city chefs are offering various cuisines from Thailand to Hyderabad.
Three food festivals have started in the City of Destiny, giving Vizagites a reason to indulge before the festival season kicks off.
The Prathet Thai festival at The Park celebrates the tastes of Thailand. Chef Srinath Sambandan has brought dishes from Siam such as Tom Yum and Tom Kha soup.
The main course is supposedly easy on the tongue with mild flavours. “From regular dal-roti, it’s sometimes important to change the daily routine to something authentic. Thai food brings out five classic elements of taste.
Thai food is very social and this food is to be enjoyed either with family or friends, never alone. The fest continues till October 14,” said Srinath.
The Dastar Khan food festival at the Welcome Hotel Grand Bay offers Awadhi cuisine of north India and Hyderabadi food of the south.
This fest is a must for those looking to take their biryani addiction to the next level. Chef Suresh said, “One should enjoy this food by digging into the delectable Zaitooni Macchi or the truly divine Murgh Parcha Kebab — the special culinary dishes where one can get the Mughlai experience.” This festival is on till next Monday.
The Tikki Tooka fest at the Four Points by Sheraton is for seafood fans. Chef Pankaj Kumar said that Vizag is a hub for seafood but this festival brings out various culinary aspects of cooking and one can enjoy savour the tastes of both Hawaiian and Tahitian styles of cooking.
Now’s the time for Vizagites to treat their taste buds to something new.
October 10th, 2012, 10:35 PM
A home of hope (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/tabloid/glam-sham/home-hope-990)
He hails from a family of teachers. But 30-year-old Rajesh Kothwal has been teaching everyone a different lesson — one in humanitarian spirit.
A National Award (2010) recipient, Rajesh was recently awarded the India Positive Award for his work with destitutes and the homeless.
Rajesh shared the stage with 13 other awardees from across the country, and was the only one chosen from Hyderabad.
Starting at the age of 14, while going to night schools and colleges, Rajesh managed to work on his foundation — Bharathi Memorial — that seeks to rehabilitate and empower orphans, the differently abled, those severely ill, the elderly and those abandoned.
The foundation now takes care of 81 adults and 14 children. “It was 1996. I was 14 at that time. I saw a man lying on the roadside and admitted him to a hospital.
He was very sick and passed away on the eighth day. His name was Ramaswamy and he was 65 years old. This incident made me start on this project,” says Rajesh.
With no formal education in medicine, Rajesh has trained as a nurse with the Indian Red Cross Society.
“There are many orphanages around but not many take in people who are terminally ill. So I decided to serve them instead,” he says.
Quitting his job as a marketing executive in 2010, Rajesh started to spend all his time with patients as a personal attender.
His foundation is located in Medipally and cares for inmates till the time they leave. “I have cared for a bunch of people — from six-month- old babies to a 60-year-old man,” he says.
Besides recognition, the National Award has also brought in money — Rs 18 lakh, temporary relief for the organisation that faces regular cash crunches.
“Yes, I do need money. The second building that houses 45 patients for instance, has its lease expiring in August, 2013. But that is secondary; what I primarily need is a helping hand.
I have given so many advertisements in the paper so that people can volunteer here. Right now we have no female volunteers and due to this I am unable to take in any female patients,” he says.
October 10th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Women bodies oppose change to DV Act (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/10/women-bodies-oppose-change-to-dv-act/79140)
Various women’s organisations on Tuesday held the police and lawyers responsible for the misuse of Section 498(A) IPC (Domestic Violence Act).
Speaking to mediapersons, Progressive Organisation of Women (POW) president V Sandhya said the Act was being misused only by 1 to 15 per cent due to the police and advocates. Majority of the women don’t know about 498(A) Act at all, she added. She explained that when a woman, harassed by husband, approaches the police and advocates they immediately suggest them to invoke provision of 498(A) Act. She said that it was not proper to demand a repeal of the Act on the ground that it was being misused resulting in the husband and in-laws landing in the jails. Instead of this, steps should be taken to effectively implement the Act.
A Padma of APMSS said that some people have started a vilification campaigning against Section 498(A) stating that the Act was being misused by the women in general.
She pointed out that 498(A) was the only Act that protects women from dowry harassment. Jameela Nishat of ‘Shaheen’ said that use and misuse of the Act were the two sides of the coin. If the Act was used properly, its misuse would come down, she opined.
Kondaveeti Satyavati of Bhumika Women’s Collective said that the National Law Commission had recommended that no amendments should be made to the Act.
October 10th, 2012, 11:01 PM
No room for winners here (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/10/no-room-for-winners-here/79137)
Civic officials will decide on the issue of union office logjam today.
Deadlock in yielding the union office by the BHEU (BJP-affiliated) to the winner of the recent elections, GHMEU (TRS-backed) continued despite official efforts.
Incidentally, the day of election result (September 15) had seen clashes between two unions. Two had sustained injuries in the clash.
The insistence of the BHEU to keep the office for itself is heightening the tension between the two unions with every passing day. It now seems official intervention alone can settle the issue, sources said. It has been more than two weeks, since the GHMEU has been officially recognised by GHMC, after it won the recent elections.
The BHEU leaders are making frantic efforts to retain the office. The leaders keep meeting the GHMC commissioner, special commissioner, additional commissioner (estates) and other officials concerned.
According to a letter submitted to a senior official, the BHEU leaders pointed out that they be given alternative accommodation to give up the office to GHMEU.
“Being a union which has won the GHMC union elections twice we ought to get office space,” says a union member.
The civic officials appear to be making efforts to make BHEU see reason. But officials are also running out of time and patience. “Elections being a democratic process, the union which lost should realise its defeat,” points out an official. “If they stick to their guns, action will follow. We shall be holding a meeting today,” warns the official.
Meanwhile, the GHMEU that won the elections continues to function from their party office. But an uneasy calm persists amongst the cadre who wish to see their leader work from authoritative space.
“We won the elections and just awaiting to start anew. It is likely that we will be handed over the keys of office within two to three days,” says the elected union’s president.
October 10th, 2012, 11:03 PM
Depression on the rise in the City (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/10/depression-on-the-rise-in-the-city/79124)
On the 20th World Mental Health Day, City experts believe that the increasing number of cases of depression among the City youths is a matter of concern. Awareness and understanding is the need of the hour.
A typical day in the life of a youngster in today’s world would be a two-way journey from home to office. Words like stress, anxiety and depression are dropped during most smoke breaks outside the workplace. Reason: An increased incidence of depression among the City’s youth.
“There is a 25-30 per cent increase in the number of youngsters diagnosed with clinical depression,” says Dr A Shekar Reddy, consultant psychiatrist at KIMS Hospital. “While depression is common to all age groups, there is a significant rise in the number of youngsters falling victims to it,” he says.
“Work pressure, marital problems and lack of familial support are the most common triggers of depression among today’s youth,” says Dr Reddy.
According to a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is Depression: A Global Crisis.
“Ten per cent depressed people, who remain untreated, commit suicide,” says Dr Praveen Chintapanti, consultant psychiatrist at Tranquil Minds. “The increase in the number of youngsters falling victim to depression can be attributed to the socio-demographic change that the nation is witnessing today. People have started working at a younger age these days which has in turn led to stress and depression.” He adds that immigrant population is more vulnerable to depression than those living in their hometowns.
“Other common issues that cause depression among youngsters are to do with unstable relationships, pressure to perform at work, lack of commitment and lack of social buffers like extended family support,” says Dr Chintapanti, who points out at that there is a significant increase of substance abuse amongst the youth in Hyderabad, which is mostly a result of depression. “A significant number of youngsters seeking help for depression are into drugs,” he says.
On the upside, people are more open to seeking expert help today as opposed to ten years ago.
“Due to an increase in awareness, people — especially youngsters — don’t hesitate in seeking medical help for depression,” observes Dr Reddy.
Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
More women are affected by depression than men.
At its worst, depression can lead to suicide.
There are effective treatments for depression.
(Given in the WHO report)
October 10th, 2012, 11:13 PM
BJP pitches for renewal of Mahavir Hospital land lease (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92356)
Hyderabad: BJP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya appealed to the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy for lease renewal of the land given to Bhagwan Mahavir Memorial Trust (BMMT), which was running a 200 bedded Mahavir Hospital in the city.
In a letter addressed to the CM on Tuesday, the former union minister demanded an additional allocation of 2 acres of land adjacent to the hospital to the same trust for extending health services to the poor.
Dattatreya pointed out that former chief minister J Vengal Rao, through a cabinet decision in 1975, leased the particular land to BMMT for constructing and running a hospital. From then onwards the Mahavir Hospital has been providing yeomen service in health care to the poor and middle class sections of the city for the past 37 years, he recalled.
After the expiry of the lease in 2006, the trust appealed for renewal, but the government failed to respond till last year. However, now, with MIM backed Dar-Us-Salam education society showing interest in it, the so called secular government was trying to appease the MIM party that already claimed 13 acres of prime land in Greater Hyderabad limits for running their family managed trusts, the BJP leader charged.
Dattatreya was highly critical of Hyderabad district Collector for recommending action against the trust, based on a report of some sycophant erring officials, who authenticated allegations by unknown persons that the trust was using the premises for outsourcing and commercial purposes.
The collector’s action is unjust and unilateral since he did not give the opportunity for the trust to defend, argued Dattatreya.
The BJP leader urged the CM to take a judicious judgement in the better interests of the society for maintaining peace and communal harmony in the city.
October 10th, 2012, 11:15 PM
School for holistic development (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92487)
With the takeover of education system by the corporate giants, there are hardly few schools left out which impart knowledge and also imbibe cultural values such among students. Hindu Public school, Sanathnagar, Hyderabad, is one such where a student’s day starts with Gayathri Mantra and Ganesh Stuti.
“We give major importance to academics, while also paying equal focus on cultural and Vedic values. The ideology is to prepare the students for life,” says the Principal T Radhika.
Established by Swami Vivekananda Seva Samiti Education trust, the school was founded by Shankar Yadav to empower women. The institute also runs a junior college, a degree and PG College for women. While the school is co-education, the other institutes under its aegis are only for girls.
“When I was entrusted the post of chairman of Swami Vivekananda Seva Samiti education trust, I knew what I wanted to offer to the students. The syllabus of the school integrates academics, co-curricular activities with traditional values. Our focus is on imparting moral values, instilling discipline, helping students imbibe and assimilate social, ethical, traditional and cultural values. Overall growth of an individual is what the school aims at. And this is exactly what the parents expect a child to learn,” says the Chairman Burugula Shyam Sunder Goud.
“Our motto is to empower women in all fields. We give quality education at a low price which is affordable for every parent. We charge around Rs 4,200 per term which is the lowest fee compared to other schools in the twin cities”, she explains.
Located in the heart of the city, the school has a strength of 2,600 students housed in four storied building, spaciously spread over the picturesque campus full of greenery and free from environmental pollution. The school has well equipped laboratory catering to subjects such as science, languages, mathematics and computers. The students are given hands-on training of the concepts learnt in theory classes.
Academics and activities
The classes from nursery to Class X follow CBSE syllabus. Most of the teaching is done using traditional classroom method. To make teaching methods more interactive, audio visual labs are used, which lends tremendous support to the learning process. Last year the school had produced 13 students who scored 10/10 Continuance Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) rating, the English teacher Vimala Kumar.
Among extra-curricular activities, this is the only school which has separate NCC wing for both girls and boys. Apart from NCC, arts & crafts, dance, yoga, sports and western music are part of the regular curriculum. Students are also encouraged to opt one activity club where they can hone their skills like for purposeful cause.
Traditional and cultural values
“Hari Om is the way we greet everybody on the campus, be it students or teachers. Apart from studies, we also give equal importance to the traditional and cultural activities. We celebrate each and every festival and on the day of Krishnashtami, the school is decorated like ‘gokul’ and boys break the pot of curd,” the principal adds.
“Best thing about my school is that every student is involved in all the activities, be it teachers day or any other event. We are taught the importance of unity. The teachers are friendly with us, they don’t put any mental pressure on us,” says Anushka Naidu of Class X.
“Apart from studies and cultural events, we also extend social service to the underprivileged people.
Last year, we collected Rs 3.72 lakh and donated the amount to rotary organisation for Polio affected people,” informs Ritika, another student from Class X.
“Way back in 1980s, I started my career as part-time LKG teacher with Hindu Public School. The management showed immense encouragement and helped me established myself as a Class X teacher within no time.
Management here is like family to me and I am planning to retire in the same premises,” says Manjula, Head of the science department.
Next year, the school will inaugurate a new campus at Chintal in January as part of its commemoration celebration for completing 50 years of existence.
October 10th, 2012, 11:16 PM
Bust it by early detection (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92488)
Breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women aged between 15 years and 54 years, and the second cause of cancer death in women aged 55-74. Across the world, October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many organisations across the city are paying tributes to all those women who have survived cancer, while spreading and sharing awareness about it.
Although across the globe the age of first sight of breast cancer is 50, sadly in India it is 40. There are large numbers of women in their 20s, 30s and early 40s who have been diagnosed with this ailment.
When breast cancer and its treatment overshadow everything, we see the woman underneath. So, it is important that people are aware of it, and can detect it at the right time. “Cancer has no cure. We also do not know the real reason behind the cause of the ailment. But all I suggest is and the only way we can save lives is by early detection. We cannot prevent cancer, but all we can do is to detect it early, so that it proves worthwhile,” says Dr Raghu Ram, CEO of the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation.
“The best way to detect breast cancer early is with a mammogram. If you are a woman aged 40 years or older, be sure to have a screening mammogram every year. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Having regular mammograms can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels,” he adds.
“During 10 years of my life in the UK and 5 years in India, I have witnessed that the number of patients diagnosed with breast cancer is very high in here, including Hyderabad. This has become a lifestyle disease in urban areas. Here women get married late, have no children, some do not breast-feed much and also obesity is prevalent.
The case is different in rural areas and only because the lifestyle is exactly opposite there. That is one reason why in rural areas cervical cancer is more than breast cancer,” Dr Raghu Ram adds.
Many organisations from the city are doing their bit to share and spread awareness on the same in some unique manner.
Hard Rock Cafe adds a pop of PINK this October in honour of the brand’s 13th annual PINKTOBER™ breast cancer awareness campaign! Their commitment to breast cancer awareness and research continues for the 13th year this October with PINK menu offerings, live music events highlighting local and emerging talent, and limited-edition merchandise benefiting the Ogaan Cancer Foundation.
Jay Singh, co-founder and executive director of Hard Rock Café, says, “Philanthropy has been a cornerstone, and our annual PINKTOBER program is an incredible example of the unique way in which we are able to support a worthy cause. Combining great music, cool merchandise, unique menu items, social media and creative local activation, Hard Rockers help raise awareness, funds and, most importantly, support the fight against breast cancer”.
Likewise, in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beStylish.com, India’s largest online shoe retailer, on Tuesday launched an ultra-stylish range of pink footwear –the ‘Pink Ribbon’ collection. The online retailer will direct 15% of the sales from the exclusive collection to the Elle Breast Cancer Campaign.
In myriad shades of pink, the ‘Pink Ribbon’ collection ranges from stilettos to chic wedges to pretty pumps, peppy peep-toes, cute kitten heels, dress sandals, demure mules and flirty flats to die for. Infused with on-trend styling and luxe finish of ruffles and sheer fabrics with rich embellishments of glitter, the collection is simply irresistible.
October 10th, 2012, 11:16 PM
Hyped, piped gas costlier than LPG (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92491)
Thirty families in Nalsar Colony were the first lot to avail of the facility of piped gas in the city last year. It was said that piped natural gas (PNG) would be cheaper by Rs 80. Just within six months, consumers have started complaining.
They say there is no major difference and at times the monthly bill is similar to that of LPG cylinder. Exactly a year after piped gas was made available to some localities in Hyderabad, consumers are in for another shock. With the marketing companies changing the category of piped gas from ‘domestic’ to ‘commercial’, consumers would have to pay an additional amount of Rs 569. Until now, the consumer was paying Rs 401.50 for 14.2 kg.
Many want to revert to LPG
N Ravi Babu, a resident of Kompally, says, “My sister has a piped gas facility. She called me this morning, saying she wants to revert to the LPG cylinder.” Agreed that PNG supply is 24X7, but people will not be ready to cough up more than Rs 500 for just that facility. A few gated communities in the twin cities have piped gas, but even within the gated environs not all have gone for it.
A few flats in the Malaysian Township and in KPHP Colony have gone in for piped gas.
As per Centres’s decision, a household can avail of only six subsidised cylinders.
In some cities, gas agencies have decided to restrict the number of subsidised cylinders for an entire flat society to six, irrespective of the number of families residing there. Many flat societies have centralised gas distribution or piped gas system. With the new decision, an entire apartment complex or a housing society will be treated as a single consumer. The situation is not all that bad in Hyderabad, as PNG has not really penetrated the city.
October 10th, 2012, 11:31 PM
Call to include dengue in Arogyasri (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92494)
Referring to Minister for Health and Medical Education Kondru Murali’s statement the government would conduct an International Medical Exhibition during October 12-15, the Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangham said it was good that an event of such magnitude was being conducted in the State.
“But, we also would like to point out that there are hundreds of cases of dengue and swine flu in our State and more than a hundred children died in AP,” the sangham said. Dengue was not covered under the Rajiv Arogyasri programme.
Dengue was a disease that usually required platelet replacement therapy (which costs anywhere between Rs 1-2 lakhs), it said. “There are many cases where children are dying because they can't afford the treatment. Now, with this situation around, the APBHS strongly feels the exhibition is out of place,” the sangham said. The money could be better spent by treating dengue-affected children, it said.
At the very least, dengue could be covered under the Rajiv Arogyasri programme. It was important to help save countless lives and give hope to people down with the disease. The APBHS would protest against the exhibition if it was held without any action being taken to ensure treatment of dengue and swine-flu affected children, it said.
October 12th, 2012, 12:30 AM
'Rules bent to give NOC to Cong MP's multiplex' (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Rules-bent-to-give-NOC-to-Cong-MPs-multiplex/articleshow/16774734.cms)
HYDERABAD: Even as the allotment of land to Tollywood personalities for starting production houses is mired in controversy, the Kiran Kumar Reddy government has given the go-ahead for a five-screen multiplex at Kacheguda crossroads to begin operations despite several violations by the latter. The multiplex belongs to M/s Gayatri Hotels and Theatres Private Limited and has come up on the premises of the erstwhile Maheshwari and Parameshwari theatres at Kacheguda crossroads. A well-known Congress MP's family has interests in Gayatri Hotels and Theatres Private Limited.
While the multiplex management has secured permission from various authorities and agencies, what is glaring is that it is all set to begin screening films without obtaining a no objection certification (NOC) from the Hyderabad police commissioner. This has been pointed out in GO Ms No.169 of the home (General A.1) department issued on October 9, 2012.
In addition to the provisions laid down in GO Ms No. 486, MA&UD (M1) department dated July 7, 2007, the applicant was required to follow the procedure laid down in AP Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1970 under Rule-8 & 9) and seek NOC/permission from the commissioner of police. "The management has violated the government orders and rules specified under AP Cinemas (Regulation) Rules, 1970," the commissioner of police said in a letter to the government.
The commissioner has also requested the government to examine the case and issue a clarification on what action needs to be taken or penalty imposed against the management of M/s Gayatri Hotels and Theatres Pvt Ltd.
The government also chose to ignore certain violations in setbacks in the multiplex. In the setbacks from ground floor to first floor in the east (front), there is a shortfall of two metres in the open space required as per national building code norms. While 12 metres is what is required, only 10 metres has been provided.
Similarly, there were violations in the setbacks from the second floor also. In the north, west and south side, the open space required as per NBC is 10 metres but what has been provided is eight metres only which is two metres less. In the east (front), though as per NBC norms, the required open space is 12 metres, the open space that has been provided is eight metres, which is four metres less.
The government, however, decided to overlook this. According to the GO, the applicant had agreed to surrender 714.80 sq metres of area in the proposed 80 feet and 100 feet wide road widening at free cost and 'therefore the government has decided to accept the shortfall in setbacks'. This relaxation was given under section 12 of AP Cinemas (Regulation) Act 1955 by relaxing rule 6(A)(iii) of GO Ms No. 486 MA&UD (M1) department dated 07.07.2007.
Gayatri Hotels and Theatres Pvt Ltd has been accorded permission by the government to screen five shows a day in the five screens which will have a total seating capacity of 1021. However, though the management asked for an admission fee of Rs 200 for a show and Rs 300 for 3D movies, this was not entertained. Instead, the permission has been given for an admission fee of Rs 150 and for a 3D movie Rs 200. Gayatri Hotels and Theatres Pvt Ltd has given the right to M/s Inox Leisure Limited to operate the multiplex theatre.
October 12th, 2012, 12:33 AM
Court rules in favour of ENT Hospital (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Court-rules-in-favour-of-ENT-Hospital/articleshow/16774647.cms)
HYDERABAD: Paving the way for restoration of encroached land to the Koti ENT hospital, the City Civil Court on Wednesday ruled against petitioners who sought ownership of land based on a gift deed.
The facts of the case were reported by TOI in these columns on August 14, where it stated that land measuring 3,831 square yards on the south west side of the hospital, which is shown as belonging to the hospital in town survey records, was being claimed by some individuals who have encroached upon the property. The land is part of a bigger property measuring 8 acres which belonged to Raja Pratap Gir but was acquired by the government after a loan taken against it in 1931, was not repaid. Private parties who have laid claims over the land have done so based on a gift deed given to them by Pratap Gir. The hospital and the individuals have fought over the land for more than two decades, involving a slew of suits in the city civil courts.
Dismissing two such suits of 2007, in its latest ruling the city civil court ruled that the petitioners have not been able to prove their ownership nor prove their right to possess the land. Those in the know, Experts say that the encroachers were able to gain possession of the land after an ex-parte order was passed in their favour in one of the suits based on which the government issued orders in 2009 approving regularization in the names of the individuals.
The orders were stayed after the government move was challenged by the hospital authorities. However, the individuals continued to occupy the land by securing an interim order from the high court. The issue of ownership is pending in the higher court.
October 12th, 2012, 12:34 AM
Chest Hospital wants to move orthopaedic dept to OGH (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Chest-Hospital-wants-to-move-orthopaedic-dept-to-OGH/articleshow/16771371.cms)
HYDERABAD: Almost a week after the false ceiling of the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) at Chest Hospital caved in, the hospital authorities, fearing further trouble, have mooted a proposal to shift its orthopaedic department (where patients of spine TB are treated) to Osmania General Hospital so that this space can be utilized for the existing dilapidated RICU.
Hospital sources said that the orthpaedic department was specially started in 1988 to treat TB spine patients who required surgeries, but the number of patients requiring this surgery has come down drastically due to the availability of good medication. The department hardly gets couple of cases in a month nowadays. However, a full-fledged unit with a post operative recovery room occupies a huge space in the hospital that is facing an acute space crunch for its other departments where the patient flow is considerably high. Hospital authorities feel that the orthopeadic deparmtnet's 6-bedded post-operative recovery room that is sparingly used can be converted into the RICU till a new building is constructed.
Hospital superintendent Dr P N S Reddy, who met the state health officials few days ago to discuss the matter, said that the officials have not yet committed but were sympathetic to their demand. Dr Reddy said that shifting the department would mean shifting the specialists and other staff to Osmania Hospital for a certain time frame. When contacted, Director of Medical Education Dr Vishnu Prasad, however, said that the matter is under consideration. ""We are examining the proposal. It is not easy to shift a department so easily to another hospital,"" said Dr Prasad.
October 12th, 2012, 12:35 AM
State entrusts protection of govt land to new body (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/State-entrusts-protection-of-govt-land-to-new-body/articleshow/16774755.cms)
HYDERABAD: The state government on Thursday entrusted the responsibility of protecting government land, especially the tank bed land in the state, to the newly constituted Andhra Pradesh Land Management Authority (APLMA). The state also laid stress on the protection of lakes in GHMC areas. More than fifty lakes in these areas have either been encroached or regularised to realtors after encroachment.
To ensure land allotments are transparent, the government has also decided to make the details of land assignments, including the extent of land and rate of compensation available to the public.
After the recent court cases and CBI probe into land allotments to private parties during the YSR regime, the state government recently constituted an authority replacing the toothless committee. The authority is headed by the chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) and has principal secretaries of various departments that deal with land as its members. In the land allotment policy announced last month, the government already fixed the land need for various purposes like educational institutions, power plants, hospitals and SEZs, among others. Now for every allotment, a clearance from the Environmental Protection Target Responsibility System (EPTRS) is mandatory.
On Thursday, a GO fixing the responsibilities and powers of the APLMA was issued. As per the GO, there is a ban on change of classification of tank bed land and also on its allotment. The APLMA will protect government land either by fencing or by erecting a compound wall to ensure legal protection of all areas under litigation. It will also take the necessary steps to strengthen the existing land protection cells in the state. The APLMA will establish an online 'Land Bank' where comprehensive information on government land and land allotted to public and private organisations will be posted along with accurate survey maps.
October 12th, 2012, 12:42 AM
^^ Are these the new signals installed as a part of H-TRIMS ?
October 12th, 2012, 12:44 AM
^^ Are these the new signals installed as a part of H-TRIMS ?
October 12th, 2012, 12:46 AM
A variety of biryanis to treat holidayers (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/a-variety-of-biryanis-to-treat-holidayers/article3987605.ece)
Some mouth watering dishes are on the menu at the Biryani Festival, being hosted in Hotel Ilapuram, for non-vegetarian food lovers. ‘Chicken dum biryani’, ‘chicken katchi biryani’, ‘chicken ulavacharu biryani’, ‘gongura mutton biryani’, ‘keema biryani’, ‘prawn masala biryani’, ‘fish amritsari biryani… and the menu is unending. Hotel director Ilapuram Raja inaugurated the festival on Wednesday.
Hyderabad dum chicken biryani, Ilapuram special non-veg biryani and South Indian biryanis will attract the customers during the Dasara festivities, said Hotel manager M. Srinivas.
“The ulavacharu chicken and mutton biryanis, gongura mutton biryani, zinga thamanna biryani (biryani prepared with prawns diced with capsicum, cashew and special herbs) and anda julmi biryani will entice the customers”, said Mr. Srinivas.
For vegetarians, experienced chefs will prepare shahi sabjee ka biryani, paneer mushroom biryani, kashmiri biryani and veg. dum biryani with spicy vegetarian curries. People who visit Vijayawada during Dasara vacations can visit Hotel Ilapuram and enjoy the Biryani festival at an affordable price.
October 12th, 2012, 01:05 AM
Partial bandh in Hyderabad (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/11/partial-bandh-in-city/79384)
The recent spate of temple thefts has riled devotees and temple committees, who called for a bandh.
Plundering divine wealth is being attributed to the overstretched police and ongoing CoP-11 where police attention has been focused of late. In the last two months alone, some 17 temples were either burgled or attempted to be burgled and valuables worth several crore stolen. But people are agitated that the City police failed to nab gangs responsible for the crime.
Yesterday’s burglary of the Mahankali temple riled devotees who thronged the temple and spilled on to the streets denouncing police inactivity when it came to preventing swelling cases of burglary and thefts of temples. Later, mandir committees called for a bandh, and in response, most shops and establishments observed a partial bandh in areas like Chatrinaka, Uppuguda, Lal Darwaza and Gowlipura today.
The City police commissioner Anurag Sharma, DCP South Zone Akun Sabharwal and other senior officers visited the affected areas and posted three platoons of AP Special Police to prevent any untoward incidents. Hundreds of devotees today gathered and wanted to take out a protest rally but police dissuaded them. Tension prevailed for a while between temple leaders and the police.
Meanwhile, chairman of Ganpathi Diksha, G Hanumanth Rao said some unsocial elements have deliberately been targeting temples to create communal trouble. He accused the police of focussing on CoP-11 while the City was being overrun by burglars and desperados.
October 12th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Second time bungling: What’s ailing ATM? (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/11/second-time-bungling-whats-ailing-atm/79371)
Hyderabad reeled under an ATM cash out yesterday after most of the ATMs within the City ceased to dispense cash. Here’s how.
Hundreds of customers had a harrowing time last evening with most of the City ATMs going dry of cash. It had also led to a virtual law and order situation where in several places fuming customers were having verbal duel with security guards.
While the perceptive reason for the blackout was the strike by security forces, experts say a prolonged problem like that of yesterday could be due to more than one reason. A source said, “Banks outsource cash to an intermediate agency who fills up ATMs in the City. CMS is a cash replenishment agency. The normal procedure of cash filling in ATMs begins a day earlier which is called Day+1 loading.” It has been long known that CMS, a cash replenishment agency, has been handling over 60 per cent of all the banks’ cash replenishment needs.
A daily movement of Rs.400 crore has been recorded through the Cash Drop and Pickup operation of the agency. Statistics show that the agency caters to over 570 outlets in the City. The source believes that there could be more than one reason behind yesterday’s blackout. “It was either a technical problem or a “Cash Out” scenario because of no cash released from banks; or other management problems with the replenishment agency.”
This is the second time that the agency has made news. In April 2012, there was a cash embezzlement fraud that was unearthed at CMS as eight custodians from the agency, reportedly made away with Rs.2.6 crore.
Some banks save the day
However, a few banks made emergency cash deposits into ATM’s in areas like Somajiguda, Punjagutta and Khairatabad. Nationalised banks and a few private banks were most affected. “We are reviewing the situation,” says a branch manager of a private bank from Banjara Hills.
But customers question why the banks do not have apps to inform the customers. “How do they expect us to go about without any money when they charge such high interest rates? No bank has bothered to inform us about this situation,” says Bharadwaj Rangan, a customer of a private bank at Lakdikapul.
October 12th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Homeless, ill treated, the dumb hits back (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/11/homeless-ill-treated-the-dumb-hits-back/79376)
The fine line between development and environment is getting blurred. As the borders of the City are set to expand with the municipal authority’s master plan, it is no surprise that the City’s biodiversity will be affected.
City’s perennial problem of stray dogs continues and gets worse. In 2007 the ownerless canine population recorded over 1.5 lakh. GHMC’s latest livestock census says it will see a spurt of at least 6,000. The Institute of Preventive Medicine’s statistics of the dog bites in the City was pegged at 4,105 in 2011. But these statistics included dog bite cases from surrounding districts (Ranga Reddy, Mehboobnagar, Medak) as well.
The question is not the possibility of animal attacks increasing with their population on the upswing but if our City’s infrastructure and medical services are ready to handle the emergency services required in times of animal attacks? Doctors at the government hospitals say, yes. Private clinics and general physicians too nod in agreement.
“We come across about 10 cases of dog bites every three months. And not all cases come from the City areas, sometimes we have people from nearby villages who come here because they cannot afford treatment at private clinics. The number of instances has actually gone down. These days, people prefer rushing to private clinics nearby where immediate treatment can be administered,” says a medico from Osmania Hospital.
Snakes’ parting kick
Their habitats destroyed by mindless constructions, snake bites are proving a bigger menace in the State. Residents in suburban areas such as Gachibowli, Nizampet, LB Nagar and Gandipet face snake menace. According to reports from Gandhi Hospital and private veterinarians, snake bites within the City’s areas are not alarming (probably because they are extinct) but it is proving a threat to life in rural areas. Ramakrishna, a private vet from Begumpet says, “Snake bites in the City are rare. If they do occur, they are mostly in the suburban areas of the City.”
While there is no data on the number of snake bite deaths or instances of snake bite pertaining to Hyderabad, AP recorded 5,200 cases of snake bites last year. As many as 562 deaths were recorded, of them with the maximum being recorded in rural areas.
Emergency medical staff from Gandhi Hospital say it is often too late before the victim is given proper treatment. “While the process of treating the bite is simple, the problem lies in getting the patient to the hospital in time,” they say.
“Always keep a few bottles of polyvenom at home. It is available on order at any private medical store or with a practicing vet. There is no law against individuals possessing polyvenom. They are priced at `400. Also, an AGIL injection and ATROPHYL SULPHATE which stops salivation after snake bite can be stocked for emergencies. Most importantly, it is always better to take the victim to a doctor, a general physician,” says Ramakrishna.
October 12th, 2012, 01:07 AM
Congress gives nod to Teegala’s offer (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/11/congress-gives-nod-to-teegalas-offer/79366)
The Congress corporator agreed to Teegala Krishna’s land exchange offer.
The Congress corporators surprised everyone by giving their nod to Teegala Krishna’s land exchange offer, a week after they took exception to it.
In the 8th ordinary meeting of the GHMC Standing Committee meeting, the members discussed various agenda items in detail. But what surprised many observers is their extension of support to the unusual proposal that came from the former mayor Teegala Krishna Reddy.
In last week’s meeting, the same proposal was cited as the reason for a big disagreement between the two alliance partners, Congress and MIM. Interestingly, within a week, both the parties comes to terms and business continues.
The same corporators, who objected to the mayor’s approval of the plot exchange proposal now claim to be ignorant of the contents of the last week’s agenda. “I came to know about the contents, only through the news reports,” is the gentle retort from one of the Standing Committee members. According to him, they had only protested against the unilateral decision of mayor to list two items in the Preamble, but were ignorant about the details.
In Wednesday’s meeting, two adjourned agenda items from last week, the exchange of land with Teegala’s plot in Jubilee Hills and remodelling of Shaikpet nallah were approved. Laying of 150mm dia and 100mm dia DI water supply main and distribution lines for improvement of water supply to Adarsh Nagar area under Adarsh Nagar Section under Quthbullapur was approved.
During the meeting, the mayor, Md Majid Hussain directed the officials to provide fence to all open lands of GHMC, within a month’s time and to furnish details.
The meeting mostly focused on the issue of hoardings, as GHMC was facing huge losses, due to court orders. The mayor explored the provisions towards making the City advertisement free. A proposal for a six member committee (two Standing Committee members and four officers) will be constituted to prepare the advertisement policy for GHMC. The mayor proposed to construct 50 bus shelters in Old City area. He directed the AC (advertisement) to prepare the list of 50 bus shelters that are going to be constructed in Old City.
October 12th, 2012, 01:13 AM
“Ban on RDF is biased” (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92559)
Varavara Rao presents his case before committee
Hyderabad: Based on two biased letters from police department, government was hasty in imposing ban on Revolutionary Democratic Front (RDF) organization, noted revolutionary poet Varavara Rao said.
Presenting his arguments in a hearing at Manjeera Guest House on Wednesday before the government advisory committee appointed to look into the ban on RDF, Varavara Rao lamented that the organization was not even handed over the letters of wild allegations leveled by the police against it. He was present before the three-member panel comprising retired judges TLN Reddy, Niladri Rao and Sanjeeva Reddy, along with national president of RDF Ghanti Prasad.
“RDF is an open mass organization supporting revolutionary democracy. It believes that true democracy is possible only through revolution. The move of the administration was a ban on the beliefs of the organization rather than its actions. RDF is yet to expand its base in our state although it was founded seven years back in the rest of the country.
And in the meantime the organization was blacklisted only because of its massive campaign against the Basaguda encounter that claimed many innocent lives, Varavara Rao brought to the notice of the committee.
Later speaking to the media Varavara Rao, also the national vice-president of RDF, informed that they tried to impress upon the advisory committee the aims and objectives of the revolutionary organization. We also expressed our displeasure on the government's unilateral decision to impose ban just based on intelligence wing inputs, he said.
“We got to know about these allegations only during the hearing when the intelligence chief was complaining about RDF to the committee,” he said. Although governments could ban organizations they however cannot impose ban on the thinking and beliefs of the public of this country, observed, Ghanti Prasad, national president of RDF. No matter what people would be drawn towards the revolutionary movement some way or the other, he added.
Meanwhile, Justice Reddy said that they heard the arguments of the government as well as RDF leaders. The committee would meet again on October 12 (Friday) and arrive at a decision, he said. Varavara Rao also expressed hope that the committee lifts the ban and does justice eventually.
October 12th, 2012, 01:23 AM
Subsidy on extra LPG cylinders soon: Govt (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92566)
The Minister admitted the State could not get a huge amount of over `1500 crores from the Centre due to delay in conducting local body elections
Hyderabad: The state government would soon take a decision on giving subsidy to extra LPG cylinders to the eligible consumers. Giving details of state’s financial picture on Wednesday, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Minister for Finance said that the Civil Supplies Department has almost finalized the estimates and after a meeting with the Chief Minister, it would be cleared.
The UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has directed all congress-ruled states to provide three more cylinders to the needy families bearing the subsidy factor from their own budgets. The Union Government has recently limited six cylinders to each family per year. “There are just 5.25% consumers who need extra cylinders and we can bear the additional subsidy” Anam said.
Painting a rosy picture of the state economy, the Minister said the revenue receipts are highly impressive for the first six months of the fiscal 2012-13 with Rs 43,063 crores which is 40% of the budget estimates- Rs 1,08,443 crores. This is 8.22% more than the corresponding year, he added. Income through taxes accounted for more i.e. Rs 27,740 crores, he revealed.
He admitted the State could not get a huge amount of over Rs 1500 crores from the Centre due to delay in conducting local body elections. The total central grants received in the six months was just 3502 crores which was less than 31% for the same period last year. The non-plan expenditure for the six months was Rs 33,537 crores and the plan expenditure was 10,598 crores, which was 42.44% of the budget. An amount of 4025 crores have been spent on several schemes out of the budget, the Minister pointed out.
A total of Rs 31,437 crores have been release to various departments and by the end of September, they spent Rs 17,428 crores towards planned expenditure. On the debt front, Anam stated that just Rs.7,840 crores have been borrowed as loan in the last six months. “The Union Government has allowed us to borrow up to Rs 22,220 crores but we have shown in our budget that the net debt could be Rs 20,523 crores” he explained.
Budget reforms are underway as stated in the budget speech, he said. “We have been releasing orders online and Bill Monitoring Mechanism has been put in place. Payments through ECS to all the beneficiaries of welfare schemes as well as contractors of various programmes are being done” he added.
The Minister has also stated that the exercise of 2013-14 budget is already started and that the government has initiated measures to receive proposals from various departments through online.
October 12th, 2012, 01:25 AM
980 slapped with fine for traffic violations (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92569)
Hyderabad: As many as 980 persons were imposed fines and sent for counselling for violating free left rule on Tuesday.Similarly, 160 drivers of RTC buses were fined for not entering and stopping in bus bays.Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic, C V Anand said on Wednesday that a special drive was launched on Tuesday in view of increasing instances of wrong parking, irregular parking and encroachments on footpaths causing obstruction to the smooth flow of traffic.
The free left experiment has been a great success in bringing some lane discipline. It would now be extended to 64 places in the city, Anand said. He also said that wheel clamps would be used to immobilise the vehicles and cranes would be used to tow away two wheelers and four wheelers obstructing the carriage way.
October 12th, 2012, 01:26 AM
Promoting safe driving habits (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92720)
Drunken driving continues to be a major contributory factor for the increasing number of road accidents in India and the World Health Organisation has predicted that road accidents could become India's third biggest killer by 2020. Considering these chilling facts, 92.7 BIG FM and Total Oil India Pvt Ltd on Wednesday announced the launch of ‘Total Quartz Safety Month’, a campaign spread across 21 cities of the country, in an effort to promote safe driving habits amongst the public.
The campaign was launched in the city by RJ Shekar along with PVS Ramakrishna – DCP Traffic and Bharadwaz – Director of Safety NGO at 92.7 BIG FM Studios. The campaign will conclude with a Run on November 4th. The Total Quartz Safety Month campaign has been designed to be led by the FM’s RJs advocating and initiating change required in the mindset of people when it comes to road safety rules and garnering their support.
The campaign, involving the local populace in each of the cities, will see programming tailored to create audiences on 92.7 BIG FM, ranging from traffic authorities, legal experts, people who have been affected by drunken driving accidents, tips to avoid getting into a situation, statistics related to accidents and more.
A spokesperson for 92.7 BIG FM said, “The Total Quartz Safety Month is a unique initiative that is aimed at encouraging Indians to take a pledge to drive safely. With the campaign culminating into the Total Quartz Safety Run, we are inviting 92.7 BIG FM listeners to actively show their support towards a cause that has taken thousands of lives already this year.
We are sure that our commitment towards this cause, along with Total Lubricants’ support, will work collectively towards the welfare of the community at large.”
October 12th, 2012, 06:47 PM
HC issues warrant against Vijay Mallya on GMR's complaint (http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/hyderabad-court-issues-non-bailable-warrant-against-mallya_768236.html)
A court in Hyderabad on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant against Kingfisher Airlines and its Chairman Vijay Mallya in a case of cheques bouncing filed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL). The case pertains to bouncing of cheques worth Rs 10 crore issued by Kingfisher Airlines to GMR as Hyderabad airport charges.
GMR, which manages the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, moved the court after the cheques bounced. The case was filed against Vijay Mallya-owned Kingfisher Airlines in Nampally criminal courts in Hyderabad for dishonouring cheques worth Rs 10.3 crore. Kingfisher reportedly issued four cheques for Rs 10.3 crore towards airport charges (parking, landing and navigation). But all the cheques bounced and GMR filed a case against Kingfisher and Mallya.
Earlier in June, Mumbai International Airport, run by GVK Group, had filed a cheque bounce case against Kingfisher in a Mumbai criminal court. Kingfisher Airlines, which is in a state of virtual lockout till October 20, is facing massive financial crisis and ahas even failed to pay salary to its employess for the last several months.
At 14:35 hrs Kingfisher Airlines was quoting at Rs 11.70, up Rs 0.25, or 2.18%. It has touched an intraday high of Rs 12.00 and an intraday low of Rs 11.25.
October 12th, 2012, 06:55 PM
Persons with hip & knee replacement join walk against arthritis in Hyderabad (http://pharmabiz.com/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=71646&sid=2)
Marking the World Arthritis Day on October 12, Apollo Hospitals in Secundrabad organised Arthritis awareness programme with total hip and knee replacement patients walking a small stretch at Apollo Hospital premises in the city.
Participating in the arthritis awareness programmed here in Hyderabad Kripanand Tripathi Ujela, Special Secretary, Govt. of AP, flagged off the walk and stressed the need to create awareness among people that Arthritis is a curable disease if diagnosed early.
Arthritis is a crippling disease which is painful, depressing and prevents free mobility. It comes due to age, obesity or lifestyle. When medical therapy fails in such patients, total joint replacement is the only and best option. The walk was organised to spread the message - ‘Arthritis is curable and conquerable’. Apart from Kripanand Tripathi Ujela, Dr Mithin Aachi, joint replacement surgeon, Apollo Hospitals Secunderabad and Dr AY Chari, former DME also took part in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Kripanand Tripathi Ujela, said arthritis is a painful ailment crippling an otherwise active individual. This can impact the person physically and psychologically. However, today’s medical science with its rapid strides has presented options of cure and such individuals can be their normal self, following their daily routine. Several of those participating in the walk here are as active as they would have been in their younger days.
Total joint Replacement is a surgery performed on patient’s knees or hip, which are damaged due to arthritis. This damage can be age related, rheumatoid arthritis, gout etc. Patients who are not able to walk due to severe pain, who have severe deformity in their knees and in whom medical treatment has failed are appropriate candidates for the total joint replacement surgery.
According to Dr Mithin Aachi, over 50 lakh patients suffer from arthritis in Andhra Pradesh of which five lakh need surgery, but last year only 5000 could undergo a knee replacement , the others continue to endure pain and lead a life of misery. It is to educate such patients, Apollo Hospitals, Secunderabad organised this walk with the message-‘Arthritis is curable & conquerable’. Total Knee Replacement technology in the treatment of joint replacements has undergone tremendous changes over the past few years. Usually this surgery is required for patients in the age group of 55-75 years. Today, Minimally Invasive Surgery is the gold standard form of surgical approach and the new ceramic based Total Knee Replacement implants are durable and are therefore known as ‘30 year’ knee.
Minimally Invasive Surgery involves minimal scar, negligible blood loss and pain after surgery. This ensures that the patient gets back to work fast, infection rates are low and the outcomes are better. The new ceramic implants with the zirconium coat reduce friction and offer less wear and tear.
Apollo Hospitals, Secunderabad has accomplished 100 per cent accurate results devoid of infection through minimally invasive surgical technique, points out Dr Aachi.
October 12th, 2012, 06:56 PM
Hospital asked to pay Rs 1.5 lakh for 'medical negligence' (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Hospital-asked-to-pay-Rs-1-5-lakh-for-medical-negligence/articleshow/16774735.cms)
HYDERABAD: Giving hope to scores of medical negligence victims, a city consumer forum has directed a corporate hospital to pay Rs 1.5 lakh compensation to a woman for deficiency in service.
In June 2011, 54-year-old K Usha Rani, wife of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) employee A Kumar from McDowell Colony in Uppal, had lodged a complaint with the city consumer court alleging that Kamineni Hospital's King Koti branch staff had failed to provide proper treatment to her lower back pain, which resulted in deterioration of her physical condition.
In her petition, Usha said she had first consulted orthopedic surgeons Dr Kamaraj and Dr Krishna Subramanian of Kamineni Hospital in January 2006 with a complaint of lower back pain and numbness in the left lower limb. After the diagnosis, the doctors advised surgery, which she underwent on February 3, 2006, at the same hospital. However, shortly after the surgery, the pain reappeared and she was admitted again in March 2006. She alleged that she was discharged after routine checkups without any treatment.
Subsequently, her condition deteriorated drastically. Usha Rani again consulted Dr Muralidhar Joshi of Kamineni Hospital. As per his advice, Usha was again admitted to the hospital in June 2008 and even after undergoing a specified treatment for three months there was no relief.
Later, Usha was advised to go for a permanent implantation and a spinal cord stimulator. As per the advice, in February 2010, Usha got the spine stimulator implanted by spending Rs 3.5 lakh. However, the surgery failed and within a week, the victim began experiencing severe pain and pus started oozing from the implanted site. The doctors then removed the implant in March 2010 with a promise to re-implant it after the wound heals.
As she was not in a condition to undergo another surgery, the victim demanded the management to return the cost of the stimulator for the negligence of doctors. As they did not reimburse, she approached the consumer court and sought relief.
In their argument, Kamineni Hospital management cited that the complainant had not filed any affidavit given by a medical expert in support of her argument. However, the Forum opined that the procedure adopted by the hospital was in 'mechanical fashion'. "When an allegation of lack of care, skill or knowledge is pointed out at a hospital , the burden is on the organisation to disprove the same with necessary authenticate literature or with expert advise from the board of directors, which they did not do," city district consumer disputes redressal forum I member G Sreenivas Rao said.
So, the Forum concluded that deficiency in service by the hospital "deems to be proved" and ordered the hospital management to pay Rs 1.5 lakh compensation and Rs 5,000 towards litigation in September 2012. Now, the hospital management would appeal against the order.
October 12th, 2012, 07:07 PM
Magma HDI set to go on a hiring mode (http://www.asianage.com/kolkata/magma-hdi-set-go-hiring-mode-813)
Magma HDI (MHDI) General Insurance Company Limited will be on a hiring mode over the next couple of months to roll out its general insurance products in as many as 39 locations in the country. “Our target audience is semi-urban and rural India. Our four regional centres will be at Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
In Kolkata, we are planning to set up our head office at Park Street,” Sanjay Chamria, the chairman of MHDI informed in the city on Thursday.
Swaraj Krishnan, the CEO of MHDI, said while the top management for the insurance business was already on board, the company would kick off its insurance operations in 39 locations in the first year itself and would be hiring nearly 500 people by then and its current target is `100 crores which they expect to triple every year.
The company in 2009 had inked a 74:26 joint venture with the German insurance company HDI-Gerling International Holding.
October 12th, 2012, 07:10 PM
The Significance of Convention Centers in India (http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4058063.html)
As Brazil braced itself to host more than 100 heads of state and government and nearly 50,000 participants in Rio de Janeiro in mid June 2012 for a summit on global development, popularly known as Rio+20 UN Summit, there was a team of more than 1,000 people working in the background for more than a year to accommodate them. As host of the Earth Summit, which consolidated the concept of sustainable development in 1992, Rio de Janeiro was the ideal place to hold Rio +20, which points the way forward, in terms of development.
The legacy of Rio "92 – the Rio Declaration, Agenda 21, the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity – will be linked forever to the memory of the intense participation of civil society in the UN debate, generating what is called the "spirit of Rio". To address the logistical organization of the Conference the "Brazilian Organizing Committee" (BOC) was created and was responsible for the planning and execution of all measures necessary for the Rio +20 Conference, including managing resources and contracts for the official events held within the context of the United Nations. It was also in the BOC's mandate to perform activities related to the management of man, material, finance, protocol, security and conservation of buildings used in the organization apart from hosting the Rio +20. In order to ensure that Rio +20 followed sustainable development, the Brazilian government – in the National Organizing Committee‟s context – also created a Coordination of Sustainability. The Coordination aimed on analyzing and proposing actions to reduce, mitigate or compensate social and environmental impacts generated by the Conference itself.
When the management of the Riocentro Exhibition and Convention Center changed hands in 2006, it upgraded the total area of convention and meeting space and took it on a path of profits. Consisting of 100,000 sq ft of built up area divided into five inter-connected pavilions, the center caters to all types of functions. The management continues to upgrade the center by adding a 300-room hotel by 2013. Since its inception in 1977, the journey for Riocentro Exhibition and Convention Center has been a memorable one. Not only has the Center witnessed its largest number of audience in history by receiving more than 1.30 million visitors in 2010-11, but the overall development has also added to the economic wellbeing of the city of Rio de Janeiro in particular and the country of Brazil in general by making it a hotspot for investments and being identified as a key location on the world tourist map. This just goes to show how important convention centers are for creating visibility for a country‟s tourism industry.
As far as the largest Convention Center in Latin America – RioCentro – goes, the famous adage "Build it and they will come" was adhered to, but the host country faced a somewhat unconventional problem of seeing more people come in for the +20 convention. Rio de Janeiro‟s hotel market has approximately 33,000 hotel beds and it was estimated that 50,000 guests would visit the event. The question was "where should we accommodate them?‟ Unique problems also have unique solutions. The government requested the local citizens to leave town and rent out their apartments so that guests would not get inconvenienced. Another unique solution identified was that Rio‟s 300-odd "love hotels‟ were also requested to charge daily instead of hourly rates. As for the remaining visitors, camping was the only option left. They did build a Convention Center that could accommodate the guests but not the shoulder facilities like hotels to support that sort of development. However, everyone, from the Mayor of the city to the smallest unbranded hotel in the Rio tourism industry co-operated and chipped in to make this event a success. What one can see from the above illustration is that while companies and even entire countries can make probable miscalculations in estimating the future of potential business from tourism, only those who try to develop quality facilities and alter their outlook with changing times will survive and gain from it. And yes, build it and they will come!
The chart given below highlights the top facilities in India vis-à-vis biggest international convention centers, segregated by continent. India does not compete with the biggest and the best of the world because evidently, it does not have the scale and size of centers that can attract the large sized conventions, congresses and summits that create business for the center as well as the economy in the local market.
Round about the same time as the Rio +20 Summit in June 2012, Los Cabos International Convention Center (CICC) hosted the G20 summit at Cabo San Lucas in Baja California Sur, Mexico. To accommodate the G20 summit members – which comprise prominent heads of states – the Mexican President Felipe Calderón vehemently allocated approximately rupees 1,000 crores to develop CICC as well as ancillary facilities like roadways. The 15-acre convention center was completed in record time of nearly six months, which usually takes 2-3 years to develop; and the 6,000 people capacity centre hosted the G20 summit successfully. The proactive stance of the Mexican government and the systematic planning for the development of the convention center is a cue for many countries like India to develop such facilities.
In the last decade or so, India has seen year-on-year growth in tourist arrivals. Meetings and Conference market segment has been identified as one of the new growth market segment by many analysts. India will soon be competing with the best of the international markets in many industries including meeting and exhibition industry by attracting business arising from international summits, accords and conventions. But does India have those facilities to accommodate the different types of clients that such events bring in? Can India compete with other international markets like China, Singapore and Rio de Janeiro to host events of international stature? There is no doubt that India does not even come close to compete with them. It simply does not have the number of hotels that can accommodate all the delegates in a single location, let alone the exhibition and convention centers that can host events like the +20 Summit in Rio. Our biggest and best cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad could at best host the media – should they choose to work out of India – that cover and report on such events.
India‟s recent development in the convention space, the Hyderabad International Convention Center (HICC) still does not compete to the larger developments in the world. However, in the recent past during a good year, the HICC generated more than 45,000 room nights for the hotel market of Hyderabad, over and above the business that it generated for its attached Novotel Headquarters hotel. Realizing the long term potential of this business, the state government and the tourism industry have collectively formed the Hyderabad Convention Visitors Bureau (HCVB) to promote and market the city of Hyderabad. India can try to emulate this success story in other parts of the country and create destinations in their own right to not only increase tourism and earn foreign exchange but also form a center for the benefit of the local communities.
During the Commonwealth games in the capital city; India too had a similar problem like the one faced in Rio de Janeiro for the +20 UN Summit and as such, the government looked at alternative options of bed n breakfast formats to accommodate guests. If India wishes to be a focus for events of the likes of Rio +20 UN Summit, it would need to up the ante in its preparedness for events that not only bring business to the planned facilities but also revenues to the economy in general, generating business for industries such as wholesale trade and real estate in the immediate future and the economy of the city in the long term.
The most important point that drives business for a convention center is the availability of hotels and other supporting facilities like recreational areas, retail outlets and establishments in the market. Other key points in defining business drivers for convention centers is the basic infrastructure that a destination has to offer in terms of affordability, safety, ease of transport, etc. A major portion of events related to entertainment, leisure and sporting events are also determined by the availability in the market of other exhibition and entertainment facilities. As the investments in such projects is unequivocally higher in comparison to many other real estate developments, one needs to answer questions like "Does the demand exist that would allow the local market to enhance its economic development efforts in the tourism industry as well create profits over a period of time?‟, "what is the right set of facilities and other initiatives to meet that demand?‟ and "how much would they cost to build and operate?‟ After a detailed and thorough research, one could come to a conclusion to invest in it at right stages and if either the local or state government and/or a private player decide to develop a convention center together, the above points form a starting point for planning developments of this nature.
While India has ten state capital cities with a population of more than five million and 80 cities with a population of more than one million with an average age of 24 years and forms a good consumer base for any industry including the tourism industry; to create facilities like exhibition and convention centers, one cannot neglect the fact that India comes with its own unique set of problems. Every state of the country is a country in its own and as such, they are quite different from each other. India is culturally more diverse than Europe and geographically more diverse than United States of America. Hence, every micro market needs to be treated differently as doing business in India in not always kosher. But one cannot still deny the fact that the next big market for the Meeting and Conferences industry, apart from China, is India.
Being optimistic about the future and looking at India with respect to the conventions market, let us try and identify the type of clientele that would typically visit such facilities. Convention centers receive guests from local, national and international markets. The various market segments that visit these facilities are dictated by the types of events that are hosted. The table given below highlights the major types of events that an Exhibition cum Convention Center hosts along with the requirements of the destination in which it is present, the space layout that it needs and the key economic impact characteristics that broadly define the type of guests that come for it.
A recent survey conducted by UFI, a global association of the exhibition industry stated that the total indoor exhibition space available in 2011 was largely present in Europe, totaling 15.6 million sq ft with 496 venues (48%). This was followed by the Americas consisting of 7.9 million sq ft of total space (24%) and coming in third place was Asia Pacific consisting of 6.6 million sq ft with 184 venues (20%). While the leading continent with the largest indoor exhibition space is Europe, the country with the largest indoor exhibition space is USA, as the concentration of space in Europe does not lie with any one country. However, closer to India, one would think that India would pull off a lion‟s share of that 20% of worldwide indoor exhibition space achieved by Asia Pacific, but that is far from the truth. In fact, China – after building more than 1.5 million sq ft of exhibition space in the last 5 years – acquired 72% of the Asia Pacific share. India did not even come a close second as it trailed Japan (5%) and S Korea (4%) to come at fourth place with 3.9% of the Asia Pacific market share and 0.9% of the World market share.
Traditionally, government corporations have been involved in the development and operation of convention, conference and civic centers for the purpose of generating and maximizing the economic benefits such as sales, jobs, taxes, etc. within the region and for local community improvement (i.e. industry and market revitalization) but in the recent past it has been seen that a combination of private players and public bodies are coming together to create these centers as joint development. Likewise, with a joint effort from the local and state government, governmental organizations and private players, India could look at creating such facilities to accentuate the local market‟s outlook. The need for large scale convention spaces for India is further highlighted by the fact that a large number of globally significant events, which leave it‟s footprint on the global economy, such as the Doha Summit, ASEAN meets, World Congresses, etc. do not take place in India due to the present lack of a sizeable convention center. The import of these events is not just restricted to the boost in the economy resulting from the particular events held but it also galvanizes the convention and allied industries in the country and increases the prominence of the country as a convention destination, thereby increasing the overall number of international events taking place in the country. A noticeable change has been observed in locations like Geneva, Doha and Rio de Janeiro, all of which benefitted tremendously due to the international events conducted therein. Not only have they been identified on the international tourist map but their ancillary developments have also greatly profited from the same with an even higher benefit accrued to the country‟s economy.
Considering that the tourism sector in India witnessed significant growth during 2006 to 2011 with the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) and foreign exchange earnings (FEE) from tourism at 7.2 % and 14.7% respectively and India still garners less than 1% of the international meetings market, it surely has great potential for creating the infrastructure needed for developing convention centers in every region of the country.
Neither is the development of convention centers purely a business generating venture, nor is it a pure play community center. They are a mix of both and as such, it bodes well for community and civic development while generating profits in the long run. After carefully evaluating the multiple opportunities that lie in India, one should actively try and look at the right product mix for creating such facilities. And yes, build and they will come!
October 12th, 2012, 07:12 PM
Better infrastructure (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/letters/article3991746.ece)
This is with reference to “Explaining the infrastructure slowdown” (Business Line, October 12). Given the poor infrastructure, including the pathetic conditions of the roads in most villages, towns and cities, a big ticket project on road construction is long overdue. In fact, good roads are the backbone of the country’s overall development.
To be successful in any mega road project, the Government should look at various factors such as relaxation of bureaucratic rules, adherence to time-frame and maintaining transparency and accountability in contracts.
First, firms with experience in the road sector should be encouraged to take part in the project. Second, those that complete projects on time should be rewarded with incentives. This will indeed minimise time-overruns.
Third, corruption, which is ruining many projects, should be kept at bay. This can be achieved by focusing on transparency and accountability. With improved infrastructure, Indian cities such as Hyderabad, Mumbai and Bangalore have greater chances of beating the competition, even globally.
October 12th, 2012, 07:17 PM
‘India’s first realistic animation film’ (http://dailypioneer.com/vivacity/101043-super-fly-guy.html)
A Telugu-film called Eega (fly), has been making waves for its CGI and VFX. And of course, the narrative. It hits the capital’s screens this week, dubbed in Hindi, as Makhi.
It’s about a fireworks guy (played by Nani), in love with a micro-artist (Samantha), and his millionaire rival (Sudeep), who murders Mr Fireworks. He reincarnates as a fly.
The movie’s director, SS Rajamouli, is a force to reckon with down south. He has huge “fantasy entertainers,” (as he terms them), to his credit. Including Magadheer, a major-grosser in Telugu.
His Maryada Ramanna is being remade as Son of Sardar. Vikramarkudu became Rowdy Rathore.
He explained, “Telugu cinema has 18,000 cinema screens. Tamil has 800. Rest of India, has barely 2,500. So movies are the main form of entertainment in Andhra. And the economics dictate, that most of those movies are entertainers.” Rajamouli has cinema in his genes. His dad V Vijayendra Prasad directed and also scripted around 20 Telugu films. He said, all seriousness, “my family burnt 100 acres of land, losing money over movies.” As for himself, “I take calculated risks.” The Eega/Makhi story was generated a few years back, by Rajamouli’s dad, (“his mind works like a machine”). Prasad had told them a tale, “about a 10-year-old who gets killed, and is reborn as a fly.”
He recalled, “we laughed, when he narrated the story. Then I got involved in other films and forgot the idea. It surfaced once more, because I wanted to do new things.” Rajamouli said he owes his storytelling, “to many influences, particularly, Amar Chitra Katha comics.” As a schoolboy he would, “retell my version to schoolfriends, changing the content. A lot of my visual imagery is from Amar Chitra Katha. And 4-5 years back, I bought an entire stack and reread them. Uncle Pai had the ability to make everything, even dull stories, engaging.” he said with affection.
The director who is working on a, “generic period film next,” explained he worked with a team on Eega’s “universal” plot, for about six months, after his producer said, “don’t think about the money.”
It was meant to be a small film, the initial idea being, “to grab a camcorder, shoot with little light.” But they realised it would be bigger and required special effects and animation. India has expertise in the first area, but is still weak in the second.
Rajamouli was familiar with the former. The latter was new ground. Makuta, a young visual-effects company based in Hyderabad, headed by two seasoned men, Kamal Khanna and Peter Draper, oversaw both. “This is the first major realistic animation film in India. It was difficult to do. It meant getting into things like what the fly was feeling. So its face would have some expression. You had to zoom in to the fly, re-record, then know where to place the camera–under the chin or up, etc.”
For an analogy he explained, “Tom and Jerry or Toy Story, are different from our animation in this way. The former use a ‘squish-squash’ cartoon format. So you can stretch a characters arms and legs, mould and manipulate a figure. In Eega/Makhi everything is fixed and more realistic. So you work with limits. And the animators (a team of about 25) guide you on aspects like rigging.”
The actors are not famous stars. This was deliberate, because he wanted the story-telling to do the talking. And he is someone familiar with handling big stars.
He continued, “the actors had to trained for things like motion capture for the special effects. It was difficult to do. You can barely complete 3-4 shots a day. So it worked out to be very expensive.
“The same film could have been made at 3 or 30 crore, with a new look.” He ended saying that he didn’t do the film in 3D, as he’s “no fan of it. I had my hands full learning CGI and VFX.”
October 13th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Desi Red Rice Mela from today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92812)
October 13th, 2012, 12:05 AM
The Significance of Convention Centers in India (http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/4058063.html)
Nice article.. Once HITEX doubles its capacity, the entire HICC-HITEX complex will be as big as the Riocentro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riocentro).
Riocentro is even hosting the Olympics in 2016.
October 13th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Nice article.. Once HITEX doubles its capacity, the entire HICC-HITEX complex will be as big as the Riocentro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riocentro).
Riocentro is even hosting the Olympics in 2016.
Oh, I didn't know about the expansion! When is it suppose to commence?
October 13th, 2012, 12:08 AM
Indo-Pak ties put in perspective at OU talk (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92944)
Worsening relations became a vexed issue for both India and Pakistan. However hard they tried to patch up, some elements succeeded in stalling the forward movement by both the countries in bettering relations
Pak relationship is the single most complex and hypersensitive issue in the world today. It is far more complex than the South-North Korea relations, said Javed Jabbar, writer, film-maker, policy analyst, former senator and federal minister of Pakistan.
He is also closely associated with conflict resolution and co-operation initiatives between Pakistan and India and in South Asia and has been a member of the longest-running (non-media reported) Pakistan-India Track-II process known as the Neemrana Dialogue since 1992.
“Though we have many similarities, have a shared history of being ruled by the British and have cross-border relationship, we are also different in diverse ways. We are bound by history, geography and sociology,” Jabbar said while delivering a lecture on ‘India-Pakistan Relations Track II Diplomacy,’ at the Arts College, Osmania University, on Thursday.
India is an avowed secular country where people from different religions live in harmony, Pakistan is an Islamic republic but the society is highly tolerant when it comes to religion. India has grown rapidly since its Independence and compared to it Pakistan’s progress has been slow. But after Independence an unfortunate situation had developed which led to three wars. All these differences, despite the similarities have led to be ‘so near, yet so far’.
The worsening relations became a vexed issue for both the sides. However hard they tried to patch up, some elements were always successful in stalling the forward movement by both the countries in bettering relations.
The Ford Foundation took an initiative to bring together both parties informally under one roof and have a dialogue that would be un-modulated. That was the beginning of the Neemrana Dialogue. Intellectuals, retired bureaucrats, generals, media persons, cultural personalities were nominated from both the sides to carry on the dialogue, he said. These efforts were called the Track II process as it was different from the main official talks and consultations.
The outcome or the deliberations were never published through the media or any publicity given to the periodic meetings. The groups always have kept informing the leaders and other think tanks of the deliberations. This singularly unique initiative is the ongoing process and delivers results that cannot be quantified or appreciated in the open, Jabbar opined. There are misgivings on either side of the border. In India there is a staunch belief that ISI is an outfit that has the destruction of India as its agenda.
ISI is a government organisation and works on the same principle as that of India’s intelligence agency RAW. There are some misgivings on the Pakistani side too. But the Neemrana dialogue without considering these misgivings silently works towards finding solutions. There is no competition among members or parties; they take no credit for the outcome. The process has been in place for the last 20 years and both the governments feel that the ‘Track II’ process must continue, he said.
HOD Political Science Dept Prof Lakshmi presided over the meeting.
October 13th, 2012, 12:10 AM
Rally in support of girl child (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92949)
Condemning former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Choutala’s justification of child marriage as a solution to check rape, civil society organisations on Thursday demonstrated at the Clock Tower here.
While observing the 'International Girl Child Day 'Ankuram, Home for Girl Child, Director Sumitra, along with other civil society organisations, demanded action against Om Prakash Choutala for damaging the spirit of the constitutional rights of girl children. Actor couple Rajashekar and Jeevita also participated in the protest.
October 13th, 2012, 12:14 AM
Oh, I didn't know about the expansion! When is it suppose to commence?
The plan initially was to have have 6 Halls at HITEX but only 3 have been built so far. Also since L&T is exiting the venture, we can only get to know more after the transition is over.
Just check out Riocentro (http://wikimapia.org/30465/Riocentro) on the map. It's huge..
October 13th, 2012, 10:55 AM
October 13th, 2012, 10:07 PM
Hyderabad college students win national competition (http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/hyderabad-college-students-win-national-competition-489810.html?utm_source=fwire&utm_medium=cat_ideas)
Hyderabad, Oct 13 (IANS) Two students of Dhruva College of Management have bagged the first prize in a national-level competition of business school students.
Kaveri and Pratyusha won the first place and a cash prize of Rs.25,000 at the all India “venture idea” competitions organised by Madras Management Association, Chennai
The duo made a presentation before the national audience in Chennai on Saturday, said a statement by the Hyderabad-based college.
S. Pratap Reddy, chairman, Dhruva College of Management congratulated the students for winning the first prize.
Dhruva is the only business School of India to win educational excellence award from Indus Foundation, US.
CMO Asia with Wall Street Journal as media partner had described Dhruva as “Asia’s best emerging B-school” in 2009.
October 13th, 2012, 10:08 PM
Encouragement for alternative systems of medicine (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/encouragement-for-alternative-systems-of-medicine/article3994023.ece)
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurates Arogya-2012 medical exhibition
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy on Friday said the government was all for encouraging alternative systems of medicine including Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
The rest of the world was today looking to India for research and development, treatment methodology and intervention using these alternative systems of medicine and the number of students coming here to study these systems was on the rise, Mr. Azad told a gathering after inaugurating Arogya-2012, an exhibition showcasing the strength and potential of traditional medicine systems, at the Exhibition Grounds in Hyderabad.
He said MoUs were signed for bilateral cooperation in traditional medicine and establishing Ayurveda chairs and AYUSH Information Centres in countries like South Africa, Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobago, to name a few.
Mr. Reddy said traditional medicine was a system that had cures for most symptoms and diseases and more importantly, there were no side effects. “We are encouraging it to the hilt,” he said, adding that the State government had made a budgetary allocation of Rs. 222 crore this year. He also reiterated the line that prevention was always better than cure.
Minister of Medical Education and AYUSH Kondru Murali said the State government was giving a major boost to AYUSH facilities across the State and a major chunk of the budgetary allocation was towards building AYUSH Bhavans with medicare facilities. Minister of Health & Family Welfare D.L. Ravindra Reddy also spoke.
The three-day exhibition here has stalls by stakeholders - practitioners and companies involved in manufacture of medicines and R & D.
October 13th, 2012, 10:09 PM
Youth urged to set up business ventures in rural areas (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Youth-urged-to-set-up-business-ventures-in-rural-areas/articleshow/16790411.cms)
HYDERABAD: Young urban and rural entrepreneurs ready to take on the leadership mantle can change the face of the country in the near future, said business leaders representing different sectors here on Friday. Speaking at a discussion on 'Youth powering India to achieve Vision 2020", organised by student organisation AIESEC at Indian School of Business (ISB), business leaders said there were enough opportunities in the market for the young to turn entrepreneurs. They also encouraged the youth to consider entrepreneurship opportunities even in rural areas.
Over 1,000 students from across the country attended the event. Known banker Meera H Sanyal, in a discussion, urged business graduates to create opportunities for themselves and others and not just look for jobs. "Each entrepreneur should try and employ at least one other. This will go in a long way in solving unemployment problem in the country. This gains significance since government jobs are getting less and labour laws are becoming more stringent.
There is no shortage of market opportunities and hence there is a need for youngsters to imbibe the culture of entrepreneurship," she said.
Sanyal also noted that although infrastructure and other facilities have improved in rural areas, there is still an urgent need to improve the image of farming so that more youngsters take it up like entrepreneurs.
Ronnie Screwvala, film and television producer, stressed on the need for reverse migration to rural areas by encouraging sustainable employment models there. He felt that increased migration to bigger cities is not a healthy sign and there is lack of a proper future plan on how to handle it.
Ajit Rangnekar, dean of ISB advised the students to believe in ethical practices. "This is not a corrupt nation and we can put our foot down by not doing anything wrong. Sometimes, we are under political pressure for allocation of admissions but we have never yielded to it and hence have suffered due to it."
Jay Galla, MD of Amara Raja group of Industries encouraged youngsters not to shy away from leadership of any kind. "I am interested in politics and there is a need for youngsters to venture into it. It is true that people may feel threatened by the entry of young dynamic citizens into politics but that should not stop anyone." He also felt that business houses have a pivotal role in development of underprivileged areas and downtrodden people.
The panel discussion was followed by workshops conducted by a few corporate houses for youngsters.
October 13th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Kawal tiger park likely to receive expert help (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Kawal-tiger-park-likely-to-receive-expert-help/articleshow/16790389.cms)
HYDERABAD: The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) might soon mark its entry into Andhra Pradesh with a project at the recently declared tiger reserve at Kawal. Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by the group in collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at Hitex, the venue for the ongoing international biodiversity meet, NVK Ashraf, WTI's chief of conservation, said: "We are in talks with the authorities concerned regarding this. Nothing has been formalized just yet". In case the trust does take up the project, it would focus on increasing the tiger population in the reserve along with an enhancement of the habitat. "But before that we will have to do a thorough study of the area," Ashraf added.
Dwelling on the need to not just protect but also rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, the panelists at the discussion talked about the need for these 'operations' to be brought into the fold of the country's national biodiversity action plan.
"Welfare of animals is the bedrock of conservation," said MK Ranjitsinh, chairman of the trust which has played a pivotal role in rescuing animals from the recent floods at Assam's Kaziranga National Park. Approximately 100 animals including hog deer, rhinos, swamp deer and sambars were saved by the organisation in partnership with IFAW.
In the context of the ongoing biodiversity conference, the panelists said that the much talked about 'Aichi' targets (on protection of biodiversity) needed to focus on the wild as well. "Several of these targets need to include animal welfare to achieve conservation goals," stressed Peter Pueschel, programme director, (IFAW).
And the reason for this, experts said, was the ever expanding size of the 'Red List' (which keeps a record of all critically-endangered species) that now includes vultures, the Bengal Florican (a bird species) and the white-bellied heron among many others. "This is just the list of endangered animals in the north-eastern part of India. There would be so many more in the rest of the country," rued PC Bhattacharjee, executive trustee of WTI and a former professor at Guwahati University.
Citing an example from this part of India, executive director of the trust, Vivek Menon, said that the Manas model should be adopted in other areas as well. This wildlife sanctuary, which was completely wiped out following an insurgency in the 1980s, was gradually restored by this group over time. It now has a healthy population of wild animals. "And, only one-and-a-half years back, the area was taken off Unesco's list of 'endangered heritage sites'," Menon said.
October 13th, 2012, 10:12 PM
Re-usable Insulin Pen for Rs. 650 from Sanofi India (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/10/reusable-insulin-pen-rs-650-sanofi-india/214905.html)
Re-usable Insulin Pen for Rs. 650 from Sanofi India
Hyderabad: Sanofi India, the multinational drug organization has introduced an insulin pen that is re-usable in Hyderabad. The reusable insulin pen is priced Rs. 650 and will be available under the brand name ‘Alstar’.
Sanofi India Senior Director, Diabetic Business Unit has said that ‘Alstar’ reusable pen is specially manufactured for diabetic patients in India. This pen was designed by the Sanofi Medical Devices team in Frankfurt. The pen has some special features such as transparent indicator that shows the insulin dosage clearly. Sanofi has also informed that the device is being manufactured here itself. They informed that the pen will be helpful to take the insulin in correct dosage without any problems.
Sanofi India Senior Director has said that there will be negative feeling and fear in patients who have to take insulin through injection as a part of diabetes treatment. To overcome these feelings, a device is necessary which is convenient and easy to use.
Sanofi India has bought Shanta Biotechnic which belonged to Andhra Pradesh sometime back. Shantha Biotechnics founder Varaprasada Reddy has informed that they are in the idea of establishing an insulin pen manufacturing unit in Hyderabad. But he made it clear that final decision is yet to be taken.
When reporters asked whether the insulin prices come down with the establishing of manufacturing unit in India just like Hepatitis B vaccine price has come down after it was manufactured, he answered that the procedure of manufacturing insulin is very expensive and it may not be possible to cut the charges. But there can be a reduction of 5-10%.
India has nearly 62 million diabetic patients which is the second highest in the world. Among these patients, one third is prescribed insulin injections for keeping blood sugar under control. Insulin pens offer more convenience in using them.
Sanofi India is also planning to export its reusable insulin pens to countries in Africa, Latin America and South Asia countries.
October 13th, 2012, 10:22 PM
Grassroots solar lighting campaign set to illuminate the world (http://technology.inquirer.net/18918/grassroots-solar-lighting-campaign-set-to-illuminate-the-world)
MANILA, Philippines – Leading global supplier of technology Robert Bosch, Inc. and local green organization MyShelter Foundation continue to work towards a common vision to illuminate homes around the world through the Liter of Light initiative. Pioneered in the Philippines in 2011, the unique grassroots solar lighting campaign provides sustainable alternative lighting systems to residents of underprivileged communities in Metro Manila.
The project combines Bosch’s expertise in technology and MyShelter Foundation’s passion for bringing green solutions to the grassroots level, and utilizes simple technological innovation to bring light where it is greatly needed.
Made from recyclable plastic bottles, galvanized corrugated sheets and a solution of water, chlorine and salt, the solar bottle bulbs are able to refract sunlight and provide 55-watts worth of light to households. Through these lighting systems, communities are able to utilize a cost-efficient, long-term alternative to electric light and save up to Php 400 on monthly electric bills.
In July 2011, Bosch helped launch a three-day program aptly called Liter of Light, which was geared towards providing sustainable lighting technology to families in Payatas. A delegation of 50 Bosch associates, scholars and engineering students also contributed volunteer work to the project.
Joseph Hong, Managing Director, Robert Bosch, Inc. (Philippines) expressed his optimism in the progress of the joint project. “Last year, Bosch donated handheld power tools to support Liter of Light’s first large-scale activity. The tools were used for the proper installation of solar bulbs for some 1,000 homes in the Payatas community,” said Hong.
Having first seen light in the Philippines, Liter of Light has now become a bigger commitment for Bosch. What began with one bottle of light has grown to have brightened the lives of 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone.
“We are privileged to be part of a project that has the genuine potential to inspire change and action. Not only is Liter of Light an asset to the country, but it is also of great value to the world. We continue to urge other countries to do the same,” said Hong.
One such country that is taking charge of this noble aim abroad is Bosch India, which recently conducted three workshops leveraging on the preparation and installation of solar bottle bulbs in the slums of Hyderabad and Chennai. With the participation of about 250 students from various engineering colleges, Bosch was able to install more than 75 solar bulbs, all of which were built and installed by volunteers who received two-days due training from qualified engineers.
Bosch India is looking to conduct more workshops in the coming months to meet its target of installing 10,000 bulbs in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Chennai and other locations in India alone.
With the Philippines as its home base, Liter of Light, with the keen participation and continued support of the Bosch group, will continue its noble endeavor to have one million bottle lights installed globally by 2015.
October 13th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Multi-brand FDI retail may be a non-starter (http://zeenews.india.com/exclusive/multi-brand-fdi-retail-may-be-a-non-starter_5227.html)
After dithering over it for two years, India finally notified the permission to multi-brand foreign retailers to set shop in the country. But the move might yet be a non-starter given the inherent gaps in the policy framework heralding the entry of big ticket global retailers.
The UPA government pushed through the announcement ringing in a policy which vests the future of global retailers in hands of states, many of whom have expressed virulent protest to FDI in multi-brand retail.
This potentially shrinks the size of the market for foreign retailers significantly as several states are run by various opposition parties in the country.
Worse, the provisions stipulated in the central FDI multi-brand enabling policy, further shrinks the canvas. A Zee Research Group (ZRG) study shows that on ground of all the cities that are eligible to host multi-brand retail backed by FDI, more than half are actually located in non-Congress ruled states.
The analysis unravels that 26 out of the 45 cities eligible to allow FDI multi-brand retail operation in the country are located in states that are ruled by opposition.
Commerce ministry in its FDI notification provided that retail sales outlets may be set up only in cities with a population of more than 10 lakh as per 2011 Census. As calculated by ZRG, there are only 45 cities in the country having a population of more than 10 lakh. However, states which do not have any city above 10 lakh, population are not counted here.
The FDI enabling policy has also given full freedom to states to take a call on either allowing or rejecting foreign retailers to operate in their states.
Of all states Maharashtra, which is being ruled by Congress NCP alliance, has maximum 10 cities which can allow foreign retailers to open their stores, for they each have 10 lakh plus population.
Uttar Pradesh, however, tops the list of states that are opposed to the proposition. It has six cities that have the eligibility in terms of population while there are four each such cities in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Tamil Nadu (with three eligible cities) and Punjab and West Bengal (with two eligible cities each) too have opposed the move. Bihar, Chattisgarh and Karnataka with one city each, are among other states that have refused to allow foreign retailers.
Post the FDI notification, the UPA government has faced opposition from some of its own allies including SP and BSP party, which unlike TMC in West Bengal continue to be allies of the ruling alliance. TMC led by Mamata Banerjee has pulled out of the government as also the alliance.
Now, even if this political acrimony settles down, foreign retailers like Wal-Mart, which has largest 17 cash and carry stores in operation under a joint venture with India’s Bharti Enterprises since 2007, too may not be able to reap the early entry dividend. This is because quite many of its cash and carry stores are located in states that are opposed to the multi-brand retail backed by foreign investment. Its stores are spread across Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, J&K, Maharashtra, MP, Punjab, and Rajasthan and UP.
Carrefour, the world`s second-largest retailer after Wal-Mart operating has cash & carry stores in Delhi and Jaipur. Both these states are though under Congress rule. Tesco has had a limited presence in India but it is concentrated in Karnataka which is ruled by BJP.
The retail story so far here has witnessed entry of domestic majors including Aditya Birla Group, Bharti Retail, Future Group, Reliance Retail, Shoppers Stop and Spencer’s (RPG) Retail. Among cities, Hyderabad tops with 85 Indian retailer stores, followed by 76 stores in Delhi and 66 in Mumbai.
October 13th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Foster the people (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/13/foster-the-people/79722)
In a city where animal rescue shelters are overflowing, fostering has become an important part of stray animal rehabilitation. We learn about some good samaritans in the City.
Coming across injured or abandoned animals is not uncommon in the City, but meeting people who care enough to open their homes to them is certainly rare.
Hyderabad has its share of good samaritans who lend a helping hand to animals in distress. These foster parents focus on nursing the animals back to health, after which they are set free or put up for adoption. In a city where animal rescue shelters are overflowing, fostering has become an important part of stray animal rehabilitation.
While some of the foster parents rescue and rehabilitate animals on their own, most are affiliated to organisations like Blue Cross and HSPCA. When the organisations come across strays in distress, they contact volunteers who are qualified and willing to take in animals and turn them over into their care.
The manager at Blue Cross, Kumari, explains: “A lot of care is needed for abandoned animals. Puppies and kittens who are a couple of days old, baby birds and squirrels are passed on to volunteers for foster care.” Kumari added, “It is like having a child. The animals need to be kept warm and clean. They need to be fed at regular intervals.”
On the criteria to be a good foster parent, she says, “Blue Cross checks whether our volunteers are qualified to foster an animal. They need experience in handling animals. They need to have enough time to dedicate to the animal; space is not so much of an issue. The foster parents should ensure that the young animals are safe from bigger animals and vermin.”
Dipti, a volunteer at HSPCA, says, “Fostering is a great experience. It is a good trial before actually adopting an animal. I have fostered six puppies, but my parents refused to allow me to continue fostering. I feel parents should be more understanding so that youngsters can help animals.”
However, Padmini, a B.Com final year student, has had a different experience. “We have had dogs since I was a child. My parents are very supportive when it comes to me helping animals. I joined Blue Cross last year and since have fostered around 20 animals.”
She adds, “Blue Cross usually contacts me and gives me animals to foster. In some cases, I have rescued them myself and taken care of them. I have two dogs at home, which is why I cannot foster pups, but I have taken care of injured pigeons, squirrels and cats.”
The joy of fostering is different from just having a pet, she says. “I would usually never get a chance to play with squirrels or touch birds. Fostering gives me this chance. A pigeon I had nursed back to health and released comes back to visit every now and then!” says Padmini, laughing.
Perhaps the most difficult part of fostering is letting go. Pups and kittens are usually put up for adoption, while birds, squirrels and rats are released in parks or wooded areas. At an adoption drive where she had just given away two kittens, Mrudula K, a volunteer at HSPCA, said, “I already miss them. I wanted to keep them, but if we did, we wouldn’t be able to help other animals.”
Padmini acknowledges that it is difficult to let go, but adds: “I feel good that I’ve been able to help an animal and set them free after nursing them back to health. It makes me happy to see them safe and free.”
October 13th, 2012, 10:52 PM
GHMEU peeved with Commissioner (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=93022)
No office yet for recognised union in GHMC
Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Employees Union, which scored a thumping victory in the Union Elections held last month, is yet to receive accommodation for their office and even the recognised union certificate from the Corporation.
In a letter submitted to the Corporation Commissioner M T Krishna Babu, GHMEU president Udhari Gopal pointed out that the Labour Commissioner had handed them a certificate soon after the official result was announced. He lamented the undue delay of the municipal corporation in completing the necessary formalities although the results were declared some 25 days ago.
He urged the Commissioner to extend the facilities such as space for office as well as required staff, telephone, vehicle entitled to a recognised union in the civic body. In addition, the GHMEU president requested the civic body chief to ensure a super specialty hospital for the Corporation employees similar to the RTC hospital in Tarnaka, allotment of house sites for GHMC employees and workers, issuing of pension-related benefits to the civic staff at the time of superannuation etc.
Gopal also sought providing of masks, gloves, shoes, medicines to the contract workers who work in the sanitation, transport and malaria wings.