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Modi invites entrepreneurs from across world to be part of India's growth story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.

 
Modi, Ivanka Trump attend GES 2017 in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
"To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation," he said in his inaugural address at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 here, an event hosted by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.
 
The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
 
Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, is leading the US contingent to the three-day event.
 
"This event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It underlines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation," Mr. Modi said.
 
He noted that the topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment, which are important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind. 
 
"The theme 'Women First, Prosperity for All' makes this edition of GES stand out... We believe women empowerment is vital to our development," he said.
 
"Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from our women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions. Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.
 
"In India, we have provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.
 
"Here at the GES, more than 50 percent of the delegates are women. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported," he said.
 
"The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India's young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place," Mr. Modi said.
 
He said the number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any venture, in terms of outreach and job creation, he felt.
 
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He said the Government's Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online, he said.
 
He said the Government had taken several steps to improve the business environment. "The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this. We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency," he said.
 
"The process is not yet complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100th rank. We would strive towards 50th rank.  
 
"We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of upto one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned.  Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the Atal Innovation Mission and the opening of Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. 
 
"Our Mentor India initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition, 19 incubation centers have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable," he said.
 
He also mentioned Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. He said the Government now digitally provides monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.
 
"Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees, or over 10 billion dollars, have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.
 
"We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is processing almost 280 thousand transactions daily.
 
"Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.
 
"We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, the national gas grid, the national gas policy, the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, the rural and urban housing missions, and infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, and said they offered entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.
 
"Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.
 
"My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish. A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently improved this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.
 
"Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money. Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.
 
"India has improved its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country," he said.
 
Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, he said the Government had succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. 
 
"Our foreign exchange reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows," he said.
 
"I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit," he added.
 
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Kiran Reddy quits as Andhra Pradesh CM day after LS passes Telangana Bill

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.

Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Reddy resigns, quits Congress
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation today in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.
 
Mr Reddy handed in his papers to Governor E S L Narasimhan a day after, amid noisy schenes, the Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, which seeks to bifurcate the state to create the new state of Telangana.
 
Before driving down to Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation, Mr Reddy addressed a press conference at which he hit out at his Congress party for allegedly flouting Parliamentary procedures in its haste to get the Bill passed.
 
"I am ashamed. They did it like thieves, blacking out the live telecast. What was the need to do all this?" he asked.
 
Thanking the party for giving him the chance to serve as Chief Minister, he, however, made it clear that he could not continue in the Congress because, according to hi, it had betrayed the Telugu people.
 
He said he would also resign as a member of the Legislative Assembly as well as from the membership of the Congress.
 
Mr Reddy said the Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had got together in the Lok Sabha yesterday to get the Bill passed.
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He was particularly upset that the Bill was passed in the absence of several MPs from Andhra Pradesh, who had been suspended from the House for disrupting proceedings on February 13.
 
There has been media speculation about Mr Reddy planning to launch a new party but he did not touch the topic today. "My future is not important," he said when asked about it.
 
Some of his Cabinet colleagues from the Seemandhra region, who were opposed to the bifurcation of the state, and several legislators were present at the press conference.
 
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IT searches end at TDP MP's premises

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Income Tax Department officials on Sunday ended two-day long searches at the residences and offices of TDP MP C. M. Ramesh.
 
The searches, which began at the premises in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday, concluded around Sunday noon.
 
For over 50 hours, the IT officials conducted searches at the premises including Ramesh's company Rithwik Projects in Hyderabad.
 
Simultaneous searches were also conducted at his residences in Hyderabad and at Potladurti in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Ramesh is a member of Rajya Sabha belonging to Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and considered close to Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Ramesh told a news conference on Sunday that the IT raids were conducted at the instance of Narendra Modi government due to political vendetta.
 
He claimed that one IT official told him that the raids were conducted because he was taking on the ruling party at the Centre. 
 
"An official told me to convey to your boss that this will be the result of working against the ruling party," he said.
 
Ramesh also claimed to have recorded the conversation with the IT official.
 
The TDP had pulled out of the BJP-led NDA government in March this year over the latter's refusal to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
 
The MP said the houses of his relatives and friends were also raided. He denied reports that IT officials seized documents from his office and residence. He said they seized Rs 3.53 lakh cash which was kept in house.
 
There has been a series of IT raids on TDP leaders in the last few days. Searches were conducted at the houses and offices of TDP leader and industrialist Beeda Masthan Rao in Andhra Pradesh on October 5.
 
Earlier, there were also reports of IT raids on Narayana group of educational institutions run by TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Minister K. Narayana. He denied the reports.
 
IT officials also raided the premises of former TDP leader Revanth Reddy in Hyderabad last week. Revanth, who was once a close aide of Naidu, is currently the working President of Congress Telangana unit.
 
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2nd Test: India crush West Indies by 10 wickets, win series 2-0

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav in action on Day 2 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 13, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav in action on Day 2 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 13, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
India won the Test series 2-0 by registering a comfortable 10-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here on Sunday.
 
Chasing a paltry 72-run target, openers Prithvi Shaw (33 not out) and KL Rahul (33 not out) guided India home with ease in just 16.1 overs on the third day of the Test.
 
After scoring 367 runs in their first innings in reply to the West Indies' 311, India bowled out the visitors for 127 runs in the second innings, setting themselves a 72-run target.
 
Earlier, India had crushed the tourists by an innings and 272 runs in the first Test at Rajkot.
 
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2nd Test: Indian bowlers leave Windies struggling at 76/6

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav in action on Day 2 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 13, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav in action on Day 2 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 13, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
The West Indies are on the verge of yet another defeat as they were tottering at 76/6 at tea on the third day of the second cricket Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Sunday.
 
The visitors now have a slender lead of 20 runs. They were dismissed for 311 runs in their first innings while the Indians posted 367 in their first essay.
 
India, who had won the first Test by an innings and 272 runs, are well on their way to a clean sweep of the two-match series.
 
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav did most of the damage with figures of 3/32. The pacer, who had figures of 6/88 in the first innings, has nine wickets so far in this match.
 
The spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav picked up a wicket each.
 
Earlier, riding on some top-class bowling, the West Indies wrapped up India at 367 runs in their first innings.
 
Brief scores: 
 
West Indies: 311 and 76/6 (Shai Hope 28; Umesh Yadav 3/32) lead by 20 runs vs India: 367 in first innings (Rishabh Pant 92, Ajinkya Rahane 80; Jason Holder 5/56).
 
 

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2nd Test: India bowled out at 367 runs, lead by 56 runs vs West Indies

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Riding on some top-class bowling, West Indies wrapped up India at 367 runs in their first innings at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium here on Sunday.
 
Resuming the third day at 308/4, the hosts lost five wickets in quick succession before Ravichandran Ashwin (35) and Shardul Thakur (4 not out) added 28 runs for the last wicket.
 
Pacer and skipper Jason Holder returned with magical figures of 5/56 as he broke down the India lower middle order.
 
Ajinkya Rahane (80) fell early in the morning session after adding just five runs to his overnight score.
 
Holder then dismissed Ravindra Jadeja on a duck, while pacer Shannon Gabriel packed back a well-settled Pant (92) to leave India reeling at 322/7.
 
Kuldeep Yadav too, fell cheaply on a Holder delivery after contributing with six runs while Umesh Yadav (2) also failed to score as India's scorecard read 339/9. 
 
Ashwin and Shardul then showed some resistance to take their side past the 350-run mark.
 
Gabriel finally performed the last rites as he bowled out Ashwin as India managed to take a 56-run lead in reply to West Indies first innings total of 311 runs.
 
Brief scores: West Indies 311 all out in first innings (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 50; Umesh Yadav 6/88) trail by 56 runs vs India 367 all out (Rishabh Pant 92, Ajinkya Rahane 80; Holder 5/56)
 
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2nd Test: Rahane, Pant revive India against West Indies on Day 2

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India rode on a defiant 146-run fifth wicket stand between half-centurions Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant to reach 308/4 and more importantly cut down the deficit to just 3 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
At close of play, both Pant (85 not out) and Rahane (75 not out) closed in on their respective centuries even as the West Indian bowlers failed to keep the momentum of the second session, where they managed to take three key wickets of Prithvi Shaw (70), Cheteshwar Pujara (10) and skipper Virat Kohli (45).
 
Resuming the final session at 173/4, Rahane and Pant mixed caution with calculative aggression to steady the ship after the hoax middle-session scare.
 
The right-left duo managed to see off the initial period before Pant broke the shackles with a few lusty blows to nearly outscore Rahane, en-route his second Test fifty. 
 
Pant, the wicketkeeper-batsman was specially harsh on left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, whom he clobbered for two consecutive sixes.
 
Rahane also brought up his 15th half century with a poke outside off in the same over from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.
 
Earlier, after pacer Umesh Yadav ran through the West Indian lower order, to return figures of 6/88 in the first hour of play, teenaged opener Shaw gave India a flying start in the company of an off-colour Lokesh Rahul (4), with the first wicket stand yielding 61 runs.
 
With the hosts comfortably placed at 80/1 by lunch, Shaw departed after forging a 37-run second wicket stand with Pujara before the latter departed seven balls later.
 
Shaw, whose attractive 53-ball knock was laced with 11 boundaries and a six, succumbed to an easy catch to Shimron Hetmyer at extra cover off Warrican.
 
With the addition of just four runs to India's score, pacer Shannon Gabriel dealt the hosts another blow with the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara.
 
Thereafter, Kohli and Rahane stabilised the innings with a valuable 60-run third wicket stand before the India captain was trapped in front by his opposite number Jason Holder, who bowled an extended spell before heading to the tea interval.
 
Brief Scores: West Indies 311 (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52, Shai Hope 36; Umesh Yadav 6/88, Kuldeep Yadav 3/85) vs India 173/4 (Rishabh Pant 85 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 75 not out, Prithvi Shaw 70; Jason Holder 2/45).
 
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2nd Test: India 308/4 at stumps on Day 2 vs West Indies

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India were 308/4 at stumps against West Indies on Day 2 of the second and final Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium here on Saturday.
 
Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant were unbeaten on 75 and 85 runs, respectively, as the hosts now trail only by 3 runs against the visitor's first innings total of 311.
 
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2nd Test: Shaw's 50 takes India to 80/1 at lunch

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India got off to a decent start, reaching 80/1 at lunch after pacer Umesh Yadav starred with the cherry, taking his second five-wicket haul to bundle the West Indies out for 311 within the first hour of the second day of the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
However, opener Lokesh Rahul's (4) struggles with the willow continued as the right-hander dragged a good length delivery from Windies skipper Jason Holder onto his stumps.
 
At the break, Prithvi Shaw (52 not out) and No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara (9 not out) went back undefeated after adding 19 runs for the second wicket, as India trail the tourists by 231 runs.
 
The teenaged Shaw continued from where he left in the first Test at Rajkot, going at a strike rate of more than 100, before a rare lapse of concentration got him a reprieve on 45.
 
Shaw, who mercilessly belted left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican for three consecutive boundaries in the previous over, attempted to square cut a short ball from the same bowler but only managed to get a nick, which Shai Hope at first slip failed to grab.
 
The Mumbai right-hander single-handedly dominated the first-wicket partnership of 61, in which Rahul's contribution was just 4 runs, before getting to his half century off a mere 39 deliveries.
 
Pujara, who came at the fall of Rahul's wicket, went about in his customary fashion, striking the left-armer Warrican for two classy boundaries before the interval.
 
Earlier, resuming at 295/7, West Indies could add just 16 runs to their overnight total with Roston Chase completing his fourth Test ton, second versus India before falling to Umesh, who returned career-best figures of 6/88.
 
Overnight batsman Devendra Bishoo (2) was the first to depart, in the very first over as he failed to hang around.Chase (106) ticked off his century while Warrican (8 not out) wielded his bat for sometime before Umesh speared in to pick the centurion Chase first and then last man Shannon Gabriel for a golden duck to wrap up the innings.
 
Brief Scores: West Indies 311 (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52, Shai Hope 36; Umesh Yadav 6/88, Kuldeep Yadav 3/85) vs India 80/1 (Prithvi Shaw 52 not out, Cheteshwar Pujara 9 not out; Jason Holder 1/20).
 
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Umesh's fifer helps India bundle Windies out for 311

Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Pacer Umesh Yadav picked his second five-wicket haul as he cleared the tail to bundle West Indies out for 311 on the second morning of the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday.
 
Resuming at 295/7, West Indies could add just 16 runs to their overnight total with Roston Chase completing his fourth Test ton, second versus India before falling to Umesh, who returned career-best figures of 6/88.
 
Overnight batsman Devendra Bishoo (2) was the first to depart, in the very first over, as he failed to hang around.
 
Chase (106) ticked off his century while Jomel Warrican (8 not out) wielded his bat for some time before Umesh speared in to pick centurion Chase first and then last man Shannon Gabriel for a golden duck to wrap up the innings.
 
Brief Scores: West Indies 311 (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52, Shai Hope 36; Umesh Yadav 6/88, Kuldeep Yadav 3/85) vs India.
 
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2nd Test: Chase, Holder propel Windies to 295/7 against India on Day 1

Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
West Indies rode on excellent half centuries by Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder to recover from a middle order collapse and post a healthy 295/7 against India at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Chase (98 not out) and tailender Devendra Bishoo (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
 
Chase led a valiant fightback for the visitors after they were tottering at 113/5 in the post lunch session. He was involved in two big partnerships -- 69 runs for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (30) and then 104 for the seventh wicket with skipper Jason Holder (52) -- that helped the West Indians end the day on a positive note.
 
Resuming the final session at 197/6, Chase and Holder stretched their partnership further to 104 runs before the skipper finally fell to pacer Umesh Yadav, caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant.
 
Chase, who ended the day two runs shy of his fourth Test century, continued tormenting the Indian bowlers, and together with Bishoo went on to add nine runs before play ended.
 
But things could have gone worse for the tourists as the top order once again failed to put up a fight and meekly succumbed to chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/74) and Umesh (3/83).
 
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the tourists wasted a steady start to slip to 86/3 at lunch, with both the openers -- Kraig Brathwaite (14) and Kieran Powell (22), and No.3 Shai Hope (32) back in the hut.
 
India were handicapped early in the innings with debutant pacer Shardul Thakur injuring his groin in his second over and walking off before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed the over.
 
Forced to deal with spin as early as the fourth over of the innings, the Windies openers played cautiously before Powell in an attempt to cut loose, ended up mistiming a chip shot to Ravindra Jadeja at cover.
 
Sensing Windies' vulnerability against quality spin, India skipper Virat Kohli brought Kuldeep into the attack, and the chinaman responded in his fifth over by trapping Brathwaite plumb in front.
 
Brought back for his second spell, moments before the lunch interval, Umesh managed to pack back Hope, who survived once against the same bowler but wasn't lucky for the second time as the visitors lost both their reviews.
 
Coming back in the post lunch period, Kuldeep played havoc, taking two quick wickets of Shimron Hetmyer (12) and Sunil Ambris (18) before Chase took charge of resurrecting the innings in the company of Dowrich.
 
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Chase, Holder propel Windies to 295/7 at stumps

Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
West Indies rode on excellent half centuries by Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder to recover from a middle order collapse and post a healthy 295/7 against India at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Chase (98 not out) and tailender Devendra Bishoo (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
 
Resuming the final session at 197/6, Chase and Holder (52) stretched their seventh wicket partnership further to 104 runs before the skipper finally fell to pacer Umesh Yadav, caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant.
 
Brief Scores: West Indies 295/7 (Roston Chase 98 not out, Jason Holder 52, Shah Hope 36; Kuldeep Yadav 3/74, Umesh Yadav 3/83) vs India.
 
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2nd Test: Windies slip to 86/3 at lunch on Day 1

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West Indies wasted a steady start to slip to 86/3 at lunch on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Shimron Hetmyer (10 not out) went back undefeated after pacer Umesh Yadav removed Shai Hope (32) just at the stroke of lunch, thus ending the flourishing 34-run third wicket stand.
 
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the tourists made amends for their lacklustre batting effort in the first Test at Rajkot, with the opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite (14) and Kieran Powell (22) showing a lot of promise in their brief 32-run partnership.
 
India were handicapped early in the innings with debutant pacer Shardul Thakur injuring his groin midway into his second over and walking off before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed the over.
 
Forced to deal with spin as early as the fourth over of the innings, the Windies openers played cautiously before Powell in an attempt to cut loose, ended up mistiming a chip shot to Ravindra Jadeja at cover.
 
Sensing Windies' vulnerability against quality spin, India skipper Virat Kohli brought Kuldeep Yadav into the attack, and the chinaman responded by trapping Brathwaite plumb in front.
 
The fall of Brathwaite brought together Hope and Hetmyer, who started rebuilding the innings with grit before once again running out of patience as they approached the lunch break.
 
Brought back for another short spell, moments before the break, Umesh managed to break the stand with the wicket of Hope, who survived one against the same bowler, but wasn't lucky for the second time as the visitors lost both their reviews.
 
Brief scores: West Indies 86/3 (Shai Hope 36, Kieran Powell 22; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/7, Kuldeep Yadav 1/21) vs India.
 
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IT searches at TDP MP's houses in Telangana, Andhra

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The Income Tax Department officials on Friday conducted searches at the residences and offices of TDP MP C. M. Ramesh in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
 
The tax officials began simultaneous searches at his residences in Hyderabad and at Potladurti in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, informed sources said.
 
They also conducted searches at the offices of Ramesh's company Rithwik Projects. The raids, which began simultaneously around 8 a.m., were still underway and about 30 officials were participating in them.
 
Ramesh, a member of Rajya Sabha belonging to Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was in Delhi at the time of the raids.
 
A team of officials, which reached the lawmaker's residence in Kadapa district, asked his brother C. M. Suresh to leave before beginning the searches. They were searching every room and going through the records.
 
Ramesh, considered a close aide of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, alleged that the tax raids were witch-hunting by the Centre for fighting against the injustice done to the state. He said he would continue to raise his voice against injustice.
 
There have been a series of IT raids on TDP leaders in the past 10 days. Searches were conducted at the houses and offices of TDP leader and industrialist Beeda Masthan Rao in Andhra Pradesh on October 5.
 
Earlier, there were also reports of IT raids on Narayana group of educational institutions run by TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Minister K. Narayana. He, however, denied the reports.
 
IT officials also raided the premises of former TDP leader Revanth Reddy in Hyderabad last week. Revanth, who was once a close aide of Naidu, is currently the working president of Congress party's Telangana unit.
 
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West Indies opt to bat first in 2nd Test vs India

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West Indies have won the toss and opted to bat first in the second and final Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Already 1-0 up in the two-match series after the innings and 272-run win in the first Test at Rajkot, India made one change to their playing XI by resting pacer Mohammed Shami and handing a debut to Shardul Thakur.
 
For the tourists, Jason Holder returned as captain in Keemo Paul's place while spinner Jomel Warrican came in for Sheman Lewis. However, Kemar Roach does not figure in the West Indies playing XI.
 
Teams:
 
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel.
 
India: Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.
 
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Hyderabad: Man attacks daughter, son-in-law over inter-caste marriage

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A man attacked his daughter and son-in-law with a machete and seriously injured them here on Wednesday, in another case of assault for family honour.
 
Madhavi, 22, was battling for life while her husband Sandeep, 24, too suffered grievous injuries in the attack by Manoharachary. The incident occurred in the busy SR Nagar area, police said.
 
Manoharachary, who was opposed to the marriage because Sandeep comes from another caste, had called the couple to meet them and give them some presents. As soon as they reached the meeting point, he took out a machete from his bag and attacked them.
 
The assailant first targeted his son-in-law and when the latter fell to the ground, he attacked his daughter. Madhavi too collapsed and bled profusely. They were shifted to a hospital, where the condition of Madhavi is stated to be critical. She suffered deep cuts on the neck and a hand.
 
According to police, Madhavi and Sandeep were in love for last five years and wanted to marry. However, her upper caste family opposed it. Manoharachary wanted her to marry his sister's son but she refused and had come to Sandeep's house a few days ago. They went to Arya Samaj and married some 10 days ago.
 
The girl's family refused to accept the marriage but at the counselling conducted by the police they agreed to accept it. Manoharachary later conveyed to his daughter that he wanted to meet them at a location in S. R. Nagar and buy some clothes for them. When they reached there, he attacked them.
 
The attacker later went to police station and surrendered.
 
The incident came close on the heels of the killing of a Dalit youth by his father-in-law in Miryalguda town of Telangana's Nalgonda district. Pranay Kumar was hacked to death when he was coming out of a hospital with his wife Amrutha Varshini on September 14.
 
Police have arrested seven accused including the girl's father Maruthi Rao, who had allegedly struck a Rs. 1 crore deal for the contract killing.
 
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SpiceJet to connect Hyderabad with Bangkok from October 10

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today said it would launch a daily direct flight from Hyderabad to Bangkok with effect from October 10.
 
From the same day, the airline will also introduce a daily direct flight from Hyderabad to Guwahati.
 
The announcement was made in the august presence of Mr. K. T. Rama Rao, Minister for Industry & Commerce, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, ITE&C, Mines, Handloom & Textiles, NRI Affairs, Government of Telangana. 
 
On the occasion, senior SpiceJet officials handed over the first ticket to Mr. Rama Rao, thereby marking the formal announcement of the launch of the new flight service.
 
Ms. Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet said, “We are delighted to launch our new flights from Hyderabad. Bangkok has always been one of the most preferred global destinations and the domestic addition reiterates our conviction in the potential of the north-eastern regions. We believe our consistent efforts to connect the regional markets will revolutionise air travel across the country offering convenience for business and leisure travelers alike.”
 
A press release from the airline said SpiceJet is the only Indian carrier to provide direct connectivity between Hyderabad and Bangkok.
 
"The new flights will provide convenience to the airline’s customers traveling from the city, besides enabling them to travel to a host of other cities both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as international network via multiple direct and onward connections," the release added.
 
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Man hired for honour killing in Telangana arrested in Bihar

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A hired killer who allegedly murdered a young Dalit man in a case of honour killing in Telangana's Miryalguda town was arrested from Bihar's Samastipur district on Tuesday, police said.
 
Subhash Sharma, who was allegedly hired to murder Pranay Kumar, was taken into custody from Jagatsinhpur. 
 
Samastipur police officer Paritish Kumar said Sharma was arrested by a team of Telangana Police along with the local police. He was produced in a court and handed over to Telangana Police on transit remand. 
 
Pranay Kumar, 23, was hacked to death on Friday as he was coming out of a hospital along with his wife Amrutha Varshini, with whom he had an inter-caste marriage. 
 
They were in love since their school days and had married against the wishes of the girl's parents. Since then, he was facing threats to his life. 
 
Amrutha, who is five-months pregnant, blamed her father, Maruthi Rao, for the murder. 
 
Police earlier arrested Maruthi Rao, his brother Shravan Kumar and three others in the sensational case. 
 
Maruthi Rao allegedly paid Rs 10 lakh to the hired killer. He reportedly told police that 'honour' was more important for him than his daughter.
 
Calling her father a devil, Amrutha vowed never to go back to him. She said she would live with her slain husband's parents.
 
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Toll in Telangana bus tragedy rises to 61

 
57 dead in Telangana bus accident
 
 
The death toll in Tuesday's bus tragedy in Telangana rose to 61 with three passengers succumbing to their injuries on Wednesday.
 
As many as 58 people were killed when an overcrowded bus of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) plunged into a gorge near Kondagattu in Jagtial district, about 190 km from Hyderabad, on Tuesday.
 
Two injured succumbed at a hospital in Karimnagar on Wednesday night. One person succumbed earlier in the day.
 
According to officials, 40 injured were still undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Jagtial, Karimnagar and Hyderabad.
 
The bus, carrying 101 passengers, fell into the gorge when the driver lost control at a speed breaker. Brake failure is suspected to be the cause of what is believed to be the worst-ever bus accident in the country.
 
The state government has suspended depot manager of TSRTC's Jagtial depot for alleged negligence and ordered a thorough probe.
 
Meanwhile, a lawyer on Wednesday approached State Human Rights Commission, seeking direction to police to book cases of culpable homicide against the officials whose negligence led to the accident.
 
Arun Kumar, a High Court lawyer, also sought Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead.

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57 dead, 43 injured as bus falls into gorge in Telangana

 
57 dead in Telangana bus accident
 
 
In a ghastly tragedy, as many as 57 people died when an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday, even as the state government suspended an official of the state road transport corporation and ordered an inquiry.
 
As many as 43 people were also injured in the accident.
 
The Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) bus carrying 100 passengers fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
 
Overload and brake failure are suspected to be the cause of the accident. Transport Minister Mahender Reddy has ordered a probe into the tragedy.
 
The dead include 30 women and four children, officials said. 
 
The injured are undergoing treatment in hospitals at Jagtial, Karimnagar and Hyderabad. The toll could further go up as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.
 
The dead include driver B. Srinivas who apparently lost control when the bus approached a speed breaker.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He has announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead. TSRTC announced Rs. 3 lakh ex-gratia each.
 
The Transport Minister, who visited the accident site, also announced suspension of Jagtial TSRTC Depot Manager Hanumantha Rao.
 
Jagtial Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said the accident occurred around 11 a.m when the bus was coming down from the hill and was to join the highway.
 
The victims belonged to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts.
 
Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the accident site as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help. Wailing relatives of the victims crowded Jagtial Hospital, where the medical staff struggled to deal with the large number of casualties.
 
Meanwhile, locals have voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.
 
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52 killed as bus falls into gorge in Telangana

 
52 dead in Telangana bus accident
 
 
In a ghastly tragedy, as many as 52 people were killed and more than 20 others injured when an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday.
 
The bus belonging to the Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
 
The bus, carrying more than 70 passengers, met with the accident when the driver reportedly lost control at a speed breaker.
 
Finance Minister Etela Rajender told reports at Jagtial that 52 people were killed in the disaster. He said 47 bodies were brought to Jagtial Hospital while five people succumbed at a hospital in Karimnagar.
 
The dead include driver B. Srinivas. Officials said the victims include 26 women and 10 children. The toll could go up as the condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.
 
The injured were shifted to a government hospital in Jagtial. A few critically injured were taken to hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead.
 
Jagtial district Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said the accident occurred around 11 a.m. when the bus was coming down from the hill and was to join the highway.
 
The driver apparently applied brakes at a speed breaker and the passengers who were standing fell onto one side, tilting the bus which then hurtled down after breaking an iron railing.
 
The victims belonged to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts.
 
Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the accident site as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help. Wailing relatives of the victims crowded Jagtial Hospital, where the medical staff struggled to deal with the large number of casualties.
 
Meanwhile, locals voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.
 
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40 dead as bus falls into gorge in Telangana

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In a ghastly tragedy, 40 people died and more than 20 others suffered injuries when a state-owned bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday, police said.
 
The bus belonging to the Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
 
The bus, carrying more than 60 passengers, met with the accident when the driver reportedly lost control at a speed breaker.
 
The dead include 20 women and seven children. The toll could go up as the condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.
 
Senior officials rushed to the scene and launched rescue and relief operations.
 
The injured were shifted to a government-run hospital in Jagtial. A few critically injured were shifted to hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the families of the dead.
 
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Two sentenced to death for 2007 Hyderabad bomb blasts

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Eleven years after twin bomb blasts rocked this southern city killing 42 people, a special court on Monday sentenced two convicts to death and a third to life sentence.
 
Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, were sentenced to death, while the third convict Tariq Anjum was awarded life sentence.
 
Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T. Srinivas Rao delivered the judgment at the high security Cherlapally Central Prison on the city's outskirts.
 
Two powerful explosions had ripped through a popular eatery Gokul Chat and an open-air theatre at Lumbini Park, near State Secretariat, in Hyderabad on August 25, 2007 killing 42 people and wounding 68.
 
While 32 people were killed at Gokul Chat, 10 others lost their lives at Lumbini Park, in near-simultaneous blasts around 7.45 p.m that day.
 
An unexploded bomb was also found under a foot-over-bridge at Dilsukhnagar.
 
Public prosecutor Seshu Reddy told reporters that Anique and Akbar were awarded death sentence in three cases. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on them in each of the cases.
 
The court had convicted them on September 4.
 
Earlier in the day, the court held Tariq guilty of providing shelter to the other accused.
 
Two other accused, Farooq Sharfuddin and Sadiq Ahmed Sheikh, were acquitted last week for lack of evidence.
 
The public prosecutor said the convicts told the court that they were falsely implicated in the case and that since they have already spent 10 years in jail, they may be set free. However, the judge was not inclined.
 
Seshu Reddy said the records relating to the sentence will be sent for confirmation to the high court, where the convicts can challenge the verdict.
 
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The accused were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008. Three other accused including IM chief Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal are still at large.
 
The case was initially investigated by the Andhra Pradesh Police and following bifurcation of the state, it was handed over to the Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of Telangana Police.
 
Three chargesheets were filed against the accused. In 2014, the court framed charges against them. They were charged with murder and other offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Explosive Substances Act.
 
The trial against them was shifted to a court hall located in the premises of the prison in June this year on security grounds.
 
This is second bomb blast case in which operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen have been sentenced. In December 2016, five senior operatives of IM were awarded death penalty by a special National Investigation Agency court in February 2013 Hyderabad blasts case.
 
IM co-founder Mohd Ahmed Sidibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal, Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar alias Monu and Ajaz Shaikh were sentenced to death for 2013 blasts.
 
Eighteen people were killed and 131 injured in two deadly explosions in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in the city, on February 21, 2013.
 
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Two get death sentence for 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts

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A special court here on Monday sentenced two convicts to death and a third to life sentence for the 2007 Hyderabad twin bomb blasts which had claimed 42 lives.
 
Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, were sentenced to death.
 
The third convict Tariq Anjum was awarded life sentence.
 
Two powerful explosions had ripped through a popular eatery and an open-air theatre in Hyderabad on August 25, 2007 killing 42 people and wounding 68.
 
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Three killed in Hyderabad accident

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Three people were killed on Monday here when a bus ran over people waiting at a stop, police said.
 
The accident took place at 6.40 a.m., at the Gachibowli crossroads.
 
The police said the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus was being driven at a high speed which led to the accident.
 
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