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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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72.62% voting in Rajasthan, 67% in Telangana as Assembly polls end

More than 72.62% of the electorate in Rajasthan and 67% in Telangana turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security today, bringing the curtains down on crucial Assembly polls in five states just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
More than 72.62 percent of the electorate in Rajasthan and 67 percent in Telangana turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security today, bringing the curtains down on crucial Assembly polls in five states just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
The final voting figures in both states are likely to be slightly higher as Election Commission officials collate numbers from polling booths in remote areas.
 
Polling was held on November 28 in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and in two phases on November 12 and 20 in Chhattisgarh.
 
Counting of votes in all five states will be taken up on December 11 and all results are expected to be available by that evening.
 
In Rajasthan, where voting began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm, the Congress is making a strong bid to unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Vasundhara Raje that has been in power since December 2013.
 
About 4.74 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 2,274 candidates in the fray for the 200-member Assembly. 
 
Out of 2,274 candidates, 189 women were in the fray in 199 out of the 200 assembly constituencies. The BJP contested all seats, while the Congress had left five seats for its allies. 
 
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) fielded 190 candidatesm the Communist Party of India-Marxist 28 and the Communist Party of India 16.  There were 830 independent candidates. 
 
The election in Alwar district's Ramgarh constituency was postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. 
 
In Telangana, polling began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected constituencies, polling ended an hour earlier at 4 pm.
 
There were long queues of voters outside many polling booths at the close of polling hours, and all of them were allowed to vote as per the procedure.
 
Around 2.8 crore electors were eligible to decide the fate of 1,821 candidates in Telangana in the first election after the state was formed. In the 2014 elections held in united Andhra Pradesh, Telangana had registered a voter turnout of 68.9 percent.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, which is seeking a second consecutive term in power, is up against a resurgent Congress-led People's Front.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) decided to go in for early polls and, accordingly, the Governor of the State had dissolved the Assembly with immediate effect on September 6, 2018, nearly nine months before its term was to end. The TRS move was aimed at catching the Opposition parties unawares but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
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The Congress had tied up with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
Telangana had 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
The term of the current Assembly in Chhattisgarh is due to expire on January 5, 2019; Madhya Pradesh on January 7, 2019; Rajasthan on January 20, 2019 and Mizoram on December 15, 2018.
 
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The polling in Telangana, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up after 9. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.
 
Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said barring sporadic incidents, the polling was peaceful and smooth in all 32,815 polling stations across 31 districts.
 
In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
 
Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There were 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.
 
Congress candidate Vamshichand Reddy was injured in stone pelting by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Nagarkurnool district. He was admitted to a hospital.
 
Tension prevailed in Kodangal constituency where the midnight arrest of Congress Working Ptesident Revanth Reddy on December 4 had triggered a huge row, leading to transfer of Vikarabad District Superintendent of Police by the Election Commission.
 
Voters at several places complained that their names were missing from the voters' list. Some voters staged protests after officials did not allow them to exercise their franchise in the absence of voter slips.
 
Prominent people whose names were missing from the voter's list include family members of Finance Minister E. Rajender. Badminton player Jwala Gutta tweeted that her name was missing from the list.
 
Many celebrities including superstar Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler P. V. Sindhu voted but this failed to enthuse the voters as overall turnout remained less than 40 per cent by 3 p.m.
 
Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.
 
Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.
 
Over 1.50 lakh polling personnel were on duty to conduct the polling process. As many as 55,329 EVMs and 39,763 control units were in use.
 
For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were installed across the state.
 
The BJP was the third key force in some constituencies. The Bahujan Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also contested majority of the seats.
 
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) contested eight seats in Hyderabad.
 
In Rajasthan, too, the elections were largely peaceful barring a few sporadic incidents of violence.
 
The voting was quite low at the start, but it picked up pace gradually. In all, 41.33 per cent votes were cast till 1 p.m, which touched around 60 per cent by 3 p.m and went up to 72.65 per cent by 5 p.m.
 
The Congress, meanwhile, has complained to the Election Commission (EC) about malfunctioning of around 400 VVPAT machines. The party workers also complained of slow voting and requested the Commission to extend the voting time.
 
A total of 1.44 lakh constables, head constables and 1,500 police officials were deputed for election duties, while a total of 640 companies were monitoring at different polling centres. Strict vigilance was maintained at 11,000 booths with the help of web casting, videography and micro-observers.
 
Early in the morning, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje voted at a polling booth in her Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar district, while Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Congress leader Sachin Pilot voted at a polling booth in Jaipur.
 
"I think people have seen the kind of work that has taken place in Rajasthan and I think they will go out and vote for development," Raje said after casting her ballot.
 
The Congress' key candidate, Pilot, who is fighting an Assembly election for the first time, said: "There are people who never visited the state and have come only for campaigning. The state has suffered a lot under Raje."
 
In wake of technical faults reports in many polling stations, Jalore District Collector B. L. Kothari said: "Around four EVMs had technical glitch in Ahore constituency. However, within a few minutes, these machines were replaced and smooth polling started in there. This was in early morning owing to poor connections but they were rectified immediately as we had extra machines at the centre."
 
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Polling begins in Rajasthan, Telengana to elect new Assemblies

Polling began on Friday morning amidst tight security in Rajasthan and Telangana to elect new legislative assemblies -- the last two of five states that have gone to the polls just months ahead of the all-important 2010 Lok Sabha elections.

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Polling began this morning amidst tight security in Rajasthan and Telangana to elect new legislative assemblies -- the last two of five states that have gone to the polls just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Voting was held on November 28 in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and in two phases on November 12 and 20 in Chhattisgarh.
 
Counting of votes in all five states will be taken up on December 11 and all results are expected to be available by that evening.
 
In Rajasthan, where voting began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm, the Congress is making a strong bid to unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Vasundhara Raje that has been in power since December 2013.
 
About 4.74 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 2,274 candidates in the fray for the 200-member Assembly. 
 
Out of 2,274 candidates -- 189 women are contesting for 199 out of the 200 assembly constituencies. 
 
The BJP is contesting on all seats while the Congress has left five seats for its allies. 
 
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded 190, the Communist Party of India-Marxist 28 and the Communist Party of India 16 candidates. There are 830 Independent candidates. 
 
The election in Alwar district's Ramgarh constituency has been postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. 
 
In Telangana, polling began at 7 am and will end at 5 pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected constituencies, polling will end an hour earlier at 4 pm.
 
Around 2.8 crore electors will decide the fate of 1,821 candidates in the first election after Telangana was formed.
 
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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, which is seeking a second consecutive term in power, is up against a resurgent Congress-led People's Front.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) decided to go in for early polls and, accordingly, the Governor of the State had dissolved the Assembly with immediate effect on September 6, 2018, nearly nine months before its term was to end. The TRS move was aimed at catching the Opposition parties unawares but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
The Congress has tied up with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
Telangana has 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
The term of the current Assembly in Chhattisgarh is due to expire on January 5, 2019; Madhya Pradesh on January 7, 2019; Rajasthan on January 20, 2019 and Mizoram on December 15, 2018.
 
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Rajasthan, Telangana will vote to elect new Assemblies on Friday

Rajasthan and Telangana will go to the polls on Friday in a high-stakes battle to elect new legislative assemblies, the results of which along with those in three other states can be a pointer to which way the wind is blowing ahead of next year's general elections.

Polling officials wait in queues to collect Electronic Voting Machines from a distribution centre before leaving for their polling stations, on the eve of Rajasthan Assembly elections, in Jaipur on December 6, 2018. (Photo: Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANS)
Polling officials wait in queues to collect Electronic Voting Machines from a distribution centre before leaving for their polling stations, on the eve of Rajasthan Assembly elections, in Jaipur on December 6, 2018. (Photo: Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANS)
Rajasthan and Telangana will go to the polls on Friday in a high-stakes battle to elect new legislative assemblies, the results of which along with those in three other states can be a pointer to which way the wind is blowing ahead of next year's general elections.
 
The BJP and the Congress are locked in a tough fight in Rajasthan, which has not voted the same party to power for more than one term in the last 20 years, while in Telangana the ruling TRS is facing a resurgent Congress-led People's Front in its bid for a second term.
 
The contest is largely bipolar between the BJP and Congress for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly but is expected to be triangular, especially in some seats, for the 119-member Telangana assembly where the Congress has tied up with unlikely ally TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
The campaign in both the states has been bitter with personalized attacks by leaders of various parties. 
 
In Rajasthan, the BJP is fighting anti-incumbency to retain power. 
 
While over 4.74 crore people are eligible to vote in Rajasthan, there are over 2.80 crore voters in Telangana. 
 
The voting will start at 7 a.m. in Telangana and at 8 a.m. in Rajasthan and VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail) will be used in all the constituencies. Voters will also have NOTA (none of the above) option. 
 
Tight security has been made in both the states and the results will be declared on December 11 along with those of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.
 
Telangana has 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
In Telangana, the political fortunes of 1,821 candidates will be decided in 119 constituencies in the first election after Telangana was formed.
 
Election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations.
 
According to Telangana's Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 p.m.
 
As the Communist Party of India-Maoist has given a call for boycott of elections, the police heightened vigil in areas bordering Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
 
The TRS government dissolved the dssembly about eight months ahead of schedule in the hope of taking the opposition parties by surprise but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
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EC shunts out Telangana SP over Congress leader's arrest

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The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered the transfer of the Vikarabad Superintendent of Police T. Annapurna, a day after the state Congress Working President Revanth Reddy was arrested by the police.
 
The poll panel has posted Avinash Mohanthy as the new district Superintendent of Police.
 
The Election Commission directed the Telangana Director General of Police not to use the services of Annapurna for election purposes.
 
The action comes a day after Revanth Reddy, also a Congress candidate from Kodangal constituency, was arrested in a raid on his house past midnight.
 
Police said he was taken into preventive custody as he had threatened to disrupt the election rally of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao at Kosgi in Kodangal constituency.
 
Revanth was released after the rally of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief.
 
The Hyderabad High Court had faulted the Telangana Police for the manner in which Revanth was arrested and wondered if the state had become a banana republic. 
 
The court on Tuesday had summoned the Advocate General to produce the evidence based on which the police acted against Revanth.
 
The High Court heard the habeas corpus petition filed by a Congress leader for a second consecutive day on Wednesday. A division bench of Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice M. Satyanarayana Murthy summoned Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy and asked him to show the grounds on which the police arrested Revanth. 
 
The DGP was also asked at which level the decision to arrest the Congress candidate was taken.
 
A lawyer of the petitioner told reporters that the court was not satisfied with the explanation and records provided by the DGP. It raised doubts on the veracity of a document from the intelligence department.
 
The court directed the DGP to file an affidavit and adjourned the hearing to December 17.
 
Telangana is going to the polls on December 7.
 
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HC faults police over Telangana Congress leader's arrest

Telangana Congress leader Revanth Reddy
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The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday voiced its unhappiness over the manner in which Telangana Police arrested state Congress working President Revanth Reddy from his house in the dead of night.
 
The court asked the state government what was the need for taking the Congress leader into custody. It heard thrice the habeas corpus petition filed by Congress leader V. Narender Reddy and in the evening summoned Advocate General to record his statement.
 
Advocate General B.S. Prasad sought time till Wednesday to submit evidence to justify Revanth's arrest. 
 
Earlier, the police submitted to the court that they took him into custody as his call for a shutdown in Kodangal to protest Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's visit could have created law and order problems.
 
The court observed that there was nothing wrong in Revanth calling for a shutdown and asked police to provide evidence to justify its action.
 
Revanth was arrested from his residence at 3 a.m ahead of KCR's election rally at Kosgi in Kodangal constituency, which was represented by the Congress leader in the dissolved Assembly.
 
After KCR's rally in the evening, police released Revanth Reddy. The Congress leader alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had hatched a plan to create disturbances in Kodangal in the next 48 hours. He claimed that KCR was using police to suppress the opposition and using money to influence the voters.
 
Revanth had called for a shutdown in Kodangal to protest against police raids at his house last week.
 
The Election Commission had also issued a notice to Reddy over his threat. A police officer said a case was booked against Revanth Reddy on a complaint by the Electoral Officer.
 
The Congress party strongly condemned the arrest of its leader and lodged a complaint with the Election Commission. It said with just a day for the campaigning to come to an end, their leader was denied an opportunity to campaign.
 
Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Revanth's arrest is a proof of KCR's autocratic rule. In the comments in Telugu on his Twitter handle, the Congress leader said the arrest cannot stop the Congress' march. He further wrote that the time has come for the end of anti-people rule of TRS.
 
Senior Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy condemned the manner in which police arrested Revanth. He said the fear of election defeat has gripped KCR.
 
State's Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, however, denied the allegations that they are biased. He said they treat all political parties equally.
 
Elections to the 119-member Telangana Assembly are scheduled for December 7.
 
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Telangana Congress leader Revanth Reddy detained ahead of KCR's election rally

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Police in Telangana on Tuesday detained state Congress Working President Revanth Reddy ahead of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's election rally in Vikarabad district.
 
He was picked up from his residence earlier in the day to prevent any untoward incident during Rao's rally in Kosgi, Kodangal, and was shifted to an undisclosed location.
 
Reddy, who quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join the Congress earlier this year, represented Kodangal in the dissolved Assembly. 
 
His detention came in view of Reddy's threat to disrupt the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief's rally. He had called for a shutdown to protest it.
 
The Election Commission had also issued a notice to Reddy for his threat. 
 
The police has booked two cases against the Congress leader.
 
Tension prevailed in Kodangal following Reddy's detention. The police have already imposed prohibitory orders in the town to prevent any untoward incident. 
 
Elections to the 119-member Telangana Assembly are scheduled for December 7.
 
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KCR scared of Modi because of corruption: Rahul

 
Telangana elections: Rahul accuses KCR of corruption
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was scared of Prime Minister Narendra Modi because of his corruption.
 
Addressing a series of election rallies in Telangana, he also claimed that Modi was running the Telangana government through remote control.
 
"As Modi has CBI and Enforcement Directorate at his disposal, KCR is afraid of him," Gandhi told a road show in Hyderabad while campaigning with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Alleging that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief KCR received kickbacks in irrigation projects, the Congress leader said it was because of this corruption that he was not able to stand up to Modi and supported the BJP on every bill and in the election of President and Vice- President.
 
Gandhi said KCR owed an explanation to the people of Telangana as to why he backed Modi on demonetization and GST when both the measures caused misery to the people.
 
"Wherever Modi speaks, he criticizes me, ridicules me and my family but he speaks nothing against KCR. This shows they are hand in glove," he said.
 
Gandhi, who also addressed rallies in Tandur and Gadwal earlier, said the Congress-led People's Front will break the KCR-Modi partnership in Telangana Assembly elections.
 
He described the TRS and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) as Modi's "B" and "C" teams. "We will defeat B and C teams in this election. Next year we will defeat A team."
 
Gandhi said when Telangana state was formed, people had dreamt of 'golden Telangana' but only the family of KCR has turned 'golden'.
 
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Telangana: KCR, opponents engage in no-holds-barred attack

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With barely three days to go for the campaigning to end for the Telangana Assembly polls, major contenders for power are engaged in a no-holds-barred attack on each other.
 
Leading the campaign of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), its President K. Chandrashekhar Rao has termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi a 'liar' and Congress President Rahul Gandhi a 'joker'.
 
Congress-led People's Front and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are returning the favour in the same coin, branding KCR and his family members as 'thieves' and 'looters' of the newly created state.
 
KCR is known for using choicest words in Telugu with Telangana accent to run down his rivals. Popular for his oratory skills, he often lands himself in controversies through bitter verbal attacks.
 
If KCR and president of Congress party's state unit Uttam Kumar Reddy were locked in a verbal duel for last several weeks, the exchange of words intensified in recent days with the national leaders of the Congress and BJP joining the campaign.
 
"Is the country your father's jagir (fief)," thundered KCR at an election rally last week, targeting Modi over not allowing the state to increase reservation for Muslims to 12 percent. At another rally, he remarked that Modi has 'Hindu Muslim disease'.
 
The TRS chief was further angered by Modi's attack on his beliefs. The Prime Minister had poked fun at KCR for relying on astrologers, 'pooja path' and 'nimbu mirchi'. KCR described Modi as 'liar' when the latter made sarcastic remark on TRS leader's promise to transform Nizamabad town into London.
 
Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and other leaders are all hitting out at KCR for his family rule. They all have a common point - only KCR, his son, daughter and two nephews benefited from TRS rule.
 
Going a step ahead, Congress leader and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu termed KCR and his family as 'Ali Baba Aur 4 Chor'.
 
Rahul Gandhi termed KCR as 'Khao Commission Rao', alleging that he received kickbacks in irrigation and other projects.
 
Hitting out at what they call the autocratic rule of KCR and drawing a parallel between him and KCR, both Rahul Gandhi and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu described the TRS leader as 'Chota Modi'.
 
Like in 2014, the TRS is harping on the slogan of Telangana pride to woo the voters. "Will you allow yourselves to become slaves of Delhi?" KCR asks people at his rallies taking potshots at the Congress and BJP.
 
As the TDP is contesting the polls in alliance with Congress, the TRS made Telangana self-respect the core of its campaign. 
 
The ruling party alleged that by being part of a coalition government in Telangana, Naidu is looking to harm Telagana. "Do you want your decisions to be taken in Amaravati?" asks KCR, referring to the Andhra Pradesh capital.
 
At one rally, KCR remarked that even if his party was defeated in elections. he would not lose anything. "I will take rest at my farm house," he said.
 
"He was anyway not coming to the Secretariat and meeting people. He was taking rest at the posh Pragati Bhavan he built for himself. It is better if he takes rest at farm house instead of at Pragati Bhavan," taunted Telangana Jana Samithi leader M. Kodandaram, a one-time friend of KCR during the Telangana movement and now a part of People's Front.
 
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IndiGo adds Bhopal and Jabalpur as new destinations

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo has announced plans to introduce non-stop flights on the Bhopal-Hyderabad and Jabalpur-Hyderabad routes with effect from January 2019.
 
A press release from the airline said it would also introduce a fourth daily return flight between Hyderabad and Tirupati.
 
Bhopal and Jabalpur will be the airline's 65th and 66th destinations and the third city in Madhya Pradesh after Indore that it will fly to.
 
Mr William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We are pleased to announce Bhopal and Jabalpur as our 65th and 66th destinations effective January 2019. We will operate daily non-stop flights from Bhopal and Jabalpur to connect these cities with Hyderabad. We will also be introducing a 4th daily return flight between Hyderabad and Tirupati.” 
 
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Hyderabad's growth hit roadblock under TRS: Rahul

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday alleged that the development of Hyderabad hit a roadblock during TRS rule.
 
Speaking at two road show programmes of the 'People's Front' in the city on Wednesday night along with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, he said the pace at which the city should have developed in the last five years had not happened as the wealth of the entire state went into the hands of one family.
 
Gandhi came down heavily on Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrashekhar Rao for saying he betrayed Hyderabad as his entire focus is on corruption. "KCR stands for Khao Commission Rao," said Gandhi.
 
He said Hyderabad had rapid growth and became famous across the world "thanks to the efforts of Naidu and Congress."
 
He recalled that after the defeat of the TDP in 2004 elections, he had acknowledged the role played by Naidu in the development of Hyderabad as an information technology hub.
 
Gandhi said Hyderabad was famous the world over for the unity and brotherhood. "The city doesn't belong to people of one community or one region. Its doors are open for all. People live here in peace and harmony," he said.
 
The Congress chief said the harmony and brotherhood among people was facing threat from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he was busy in dividing people and pitting one community against another and one state against another.
 
At both the events, Gandhi spoke at length about the Rafale deal, describing it as the biggest scam. He invited the gatherings to raise the slogan 'chowkidar chor hai'.
 
He said after defeating TRS in Telangana, the alliance of Congress and opposition parties would defeat Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
 
Terming TRS and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) as 'B team' and 'C team' of Modi, respectively, Gandhi alleged that both the parties were working to save Modi.
 
Naidu, who was chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004, recalled his association with Hyderabad. He said even TRS chief K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his son and daughter admitted that the credit for building Hyderabad as IT hub goes to him. He wondered why they had now turned against him.
 
The TDP chief pointed out how he worked to build Hyderabad as the IT destination by bringing Microsoft and other global players to the city and developed the infrastructure.
 
Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) leader M. Kodandaram and leaders of Communist Party of India (CPI) also addressed the road shows.
 
Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and others also attended the event. 
 
Congress, which is leading the four-party People's Front, is contesting 94 seats in 119-member Assembly. The TDP has fielded candidates in 13 constituencies. The TJS and CPI are contesting the remaining seats.
 
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IAF's Kiran trainer aircraft crashes near Hyderabad, pilot ejects safely

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An Indian Air Force (IAF) Kiran trainer aircraft crashed near Hyderabad today but the pilot managed to eject safely, official sources said.
 
The aircraft was airborne from Air Force Station Hakimpet, about 25 km from here, at 1130 hours on a routine training mission.
 
"The aircraft crashed in the local flying area at approximately 1150 hrs. The pilot ejected safely. 
 
"There are neither injuries reported from the civil populace nor any damage to property. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the accident," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
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ED summons TDP MP after raids at residence, offices

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Saturday conducted searches at the residence and offices of former Union Minister and TDP MP Y. S. Chowdary here for alleged financial irregularities and asked him to appear before the agency on November 27.
 
According to ED, searches conducted at seven locations in Hyderabad and one in Delhi revealed that the banks have been defrauded by companies owned by Chowdary to the tune of over Rs 5,700 crore.
 
The ED seized six luxury cars including Ferrari, Range Rover, and Benz from Chowdary's residence. These vehicles, registered in the name of dummy companies, have been seized under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
 
Documents recovered revealed that various FEMA/DRI/CBI cases were existing against the group companies. Similarly documents related to forex transactions were also seized, the ED said in a statement.
 
"Documents recovered indicate that they are controlling over 120 companies and most of them are non-operating or companies on paper only without any genuine business activities," it said.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that certain loans to group companies were sanctioned against the personal guarantee of Chowdary.
 
Chowdary, a member of the Rajya Sabha, is a close aide of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Chowdary was Minister of Science and Technology in the Narendra Modi Cabinet till March when the TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
 
The raids were conducted in connection with three FIRs registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on complaints from three banks stating that the consortium of banks were cheated to the tune of Rs 364 crore by Best & Crompton Engineering Projects Ltd, Chennai (BCEPL), which had obtained loans by falsification of accounts and submission of false statements.
 
Meanwhile, Sujana Group said in a statement that the ED team from Chennai had come to gather some information with regard to a 10-year-old case and the same was provided to it. The group denied that lookout notices were issued for some directors.
 
Saturday's raids came just days after the Andhra Pradesh government withdrew the "general consent" it had earlier given to the CBI to operate within its territory.
 
The CBI now requires the permission of the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct raids in the state.
 
The move had come following a series of raids by the Income Tax authorities against TDP leaders including Naidu's close aide and MP C.M. Ramesh.
 
The party leaders alleged that the Modi government was misusing central agencies to target them.
 
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'Mother of Telangana' Sonia says Congress paid price for creating new state

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United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday said the Congress carved out Telangana state, though it had to pay a political price for it.
 
On her first visit to Telangana after it came into being as a separate state in 2014, the former Congress president said the Congress accorded statehood though it had to pay a price for it.
 
She was apparently referring to the drubbing Congress faced in Andhra Pradesh in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2014.
 
Sonia Gandhi was addressing a massive public meeting at Medchal near Hyderabad to formally kick off the campaign of People's Front headed by the Congress for the next month's elections to Telangana Assembly.
 
Gandhi projected herself as the 'mother of Telangana' by stating that she is feeling happy to be in Telangana in the same manner as a mother would feel happy to see her child after many days.
 
"Every mother wants to see her children prosper, but I am pained to see the condition of the new state," she said castigating the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for failing to fulfill the promises at the time of formation of their state.
 
"You know if a newborn is not properly taken care of in the initial years, he has to face many problems in future. Unfortunately, the responsibility of looking after the child was entrusted to those who only looked after themselves and left the child to fend for itself," said Sonia Gandhi.
 
Stating that elections are an opportunity for people to get rid of this difficult situation, she appealed to people to use the power of vote to teach TRS a lesson and bring Congress and its allies to power with a huge majority.
 
"I remember what difficulties we had to face in taking a decision to form Telangana state. It was not an easy task," said Sonia Gandhi recalling the passage of bill in Parliament by Congress-led UPA government for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
 
"We kept the interests of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana before us but your emotions and aspirations gave Dr Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi and others the strength, enabling us to take this big decision," she told a huge gathering amid loud cheers.
 
The Congress leader said they felt the pain of Andhra Pradesh and that was why they announced special schemes and promised special category status to that state.
 
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She assured people of Andhra Pradesh that the Congress stands by the commitment it made including the special category status.
 
Recalling that Telangana was achieved on the slogan of "water, funds and jobs", she alleged that TRS failed to live up to the expectations of people.
 
She said people had hoped that the new state would bring about change in their lives but it did so in the lives of those in power and their near and dear ones.
 
Stating that farmers were yet to get water for irrigation, she said their suicides were continuing. Gandhi said the youth were still waiting for jobs.
 
Telugu Desam Party's Telangana unit president L. Ramna, Telangana Jana Samithi's M. Kodandaram and Communist Party of India's state secretary Chada Venkatreddy shared the dais with Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
 
Rahul Gandhi said the TRS rule was about to come to an end. Without naming TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, the Congress president said during last five years, one person ran the state at his whims and fancies for the benefit of his family.
 
Rahul Gandhi assured the people that the alliance would fulfill their dreams which Chandrashekhar Rao failed to do.
 
"The government of the alliance will not work for one person but for all the people of the state. It will work to address the problems of farmers, provide employment to youth and carry all sections people with it."
 
The meeting was held as the first show of strength by the four-party People's Front ahead of the December 7 elections to 119-member Assembly.
 
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Star-studded launch for S. S. Rajamouli's next film

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The creme de la creme of Telugu filmdom came together on Sunday for the highly anticipated launch ceremony of filmmaker S.S Rajamouli's next yet-untitled Telugu film featuring Jr. NTR and Ram Charan.
 
The launch was graced by megastar Chiranjeevi, veteran filmmaker K. Raghavendra, Prabhas and Rana Daggubati among others.
 
Chiranjeevi clapped the first shot to begin the opening ceremony.
 
Currently dubbed as "RRR", the film marks the first-time collaboration of Jr. NTR and Ram Charan.
 
To be made on an estimated budget of Rs 300 crore, the film is tipped to feature the two actors as brothers.
 
In a media interaction earlier this year, producer DVV Danayya confirmed the budget.
 
"The pre-production work has already begun. The art department has commenced work on erecting sets where crucial portion of the film will be shot. The estimated budget of the film will be Rs. 300 crore," he said, adding the film will be a visual treat.
 
Apparently, both Jr. NTR and Ram Charan signed the project without listening to the script.
 
The film's regular shooting is expected to commence later this month.
 
The makers are yet to reveal the rest of the cast and crew.
 
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New algorithm may help heart patients in remote areas

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There is some good news for heart patients in remote places. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-Hyderabad) have developed a new algorithm that promises to help transmit heart parameters even on a low-bandwidth network and make it easier for cardiologists to interpret the data.
 
Many heart patients need to keep a check on their health by regular monitoring of heart parameters. In India, in every one lakh heart patients about 5000 need such regular monitoring. While portable devices are available to help continuously monitor status of the heart, cardiologists who can interpret such data are mostly not available in rural areas.
 
Telemedicine can bridge this gap by helping transmitting the data to specialists over telephone or other networks. But such transmission of this data -- which is massive -- requires high bandwidth networks and a specialist to sift through it.
 
The new algorithm can address these problems. It can process enormous amount of data and packages it in a way that it can be transmitted over a lower bandwidth networks. “It not only detects abnormal heart beat in the ECG, but also compresses this data so that it can be sent easily over limited bandwidth internet available in rural areas. The compressed data can be easily decompressed and interpreted at the other end,” explain the researchers. 
 
The piece of software, researchers said, has been found to have low error rate -- it may miss at the most one heart beat in a hundred.  It is also less expensive. The system can operate at even a bandwidth of 33.6 bits per second. In addition, it makes diagnosis easier. “The burden on the specialist is reduced by at least 85.9% because he or she now has to only look at the anomalies that have already been sifted apart by the algorithm,” researchers said.
 
The team has also developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based procedure that combines information like heartbeat and blood pressure with ECG data. The procedure mimicked the human thinking process involved in analysing and combining multiple parameters into a realistic diagnosis, using a form of computing called Artificial Neural Networking (ANN).
 
The algorithm was tested on available datasets and it gave accurate results. “We are looking at working with hardware groups to incorporate the algorithm into monitoring devices. We are planning to conduct a field trial and an end-to-end system is expected to be available by 2020,”said Bolelpalli S. Chandra, a member of the research team.
 
The team included Professor Soumya Jana and Dr. C. S. Sastry from IIT-Hyderabad, and Dr. Laxminarayana Anumandla, a cardiac surgeon from Maxcare Hospital, Warangal. The research results have been published in two journals IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine. 
 
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Shooter who killed tigress Avni says acted on state order

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Under attack from animal rights activists for killing man-eating tigress Avni in Maharashtra, Hyderabadi sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan on Tuesday said his team had acted on the orders of the Maharashtra government.
 
Shafat Ali Khan, whose son Asghar Ali Khan killed the tigress, defended their action saying the bullet was fired in self-defence.
 
Avni, identified as T1 and held responsible for killing at least 13 humans, was shot dead in Maharashtra's Yavatmal district on Saturday.
 
Shafat lashed out at the activists, including Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, for making personal and baseless allegations against them.
 
He threatened to sue those indulging in mudslinging. "We have legal recourse to take. We will not keep quiet," he told reporters here.
 
He said he was not scared of such allegations, and would continue to stand by those whose lives were threatened by elephants and tigers venturing out of forests.
 
"Whenever governments or poor Indians call me, I will go to help them. The Constitution of India has given the Right to Life to all citizens. If a tiger or an elephant comes out of a jungle and kills people, I will stand by those people," he said.
 
"Why those making allegations now did not have the guts to go there. Why no police officer or military general was called. Was there nobody else in the whole country," he asked.
 
Shafat said he had been called by the Jharkhand government to kill an elephant that was held responsible for the death of 15 people. Last year, he was called by the Maharashtra government to kill a leopard that had mauled seven children to death.
 
He recalled that he was called to kill a tigress in Pilibhit, the Lok Sabha constituency of Maneka Gandhi, in 2009. "For four months, teams that had come from all over India tried but nothing happened. Finally, I was called and after an operation that lasted 35 days and nights, I killed her. Nobody opened their mouths then."
 
"Now after spending 40 days in the (Yavatmal) jungle and facing all difficulties, we completed this operation and they are making all sorts of allegations," he said.
 
On Maneka Gandhi's allegation that Asghar Ali had appeared on the scene illegally to murder the tigress, Shafat said that his son was part of a five-member team authorised by the Chief Conservator of Forest(CCF), Yavatmal.
 
Asghar said that their intention was not to kill the animal and that's why they patrolled for 24 hours, taking risks on several occasions.
 
"We tried to move closer to the tigress. It used to be in thick bushes and we were not getting a clear view, which was required for tranquilising it," he said.
 
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Sania, Shoaib blessed with baby boy

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Tennis star Sania Mirza and her Pakistani cricketer husband Shoaib Malik were blessed with a baby boy on Tuesday.
 
Sania delivered the child early Tuesday morning here and both mother and child were well.
 
Shoaib tweeted: "Excited to announce: It's a boy, and my girl is doing great and keeping strong as usual #Alhumdulilah. Thank you for the wishes and Duas, we are humbled #BabyMirzaMalik."
 
Sania got married to Shoaib in a traditional Hyderabadi Muslim wedding ceremony on April 12, 2010.
 
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Two top TRS leaders join Congress

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In a setback to Telangana's ruling TRS ahead of the December 7 assembly elections, two of its senior leaders joined Congress party on Saturday.
 
Telangana State Road Development Corporation (TSRDC) Chairman T. Narsa Reddy and Member of Telangana Legislative Council S. Ramulu Naik joined the Congress in the presence of party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi.
 
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had suspended Narsa Reddy for anti-party activities on Friday. Ramulu Naik, a founder member of TRS, was also suspended from the party on similar grounds last week.
 
TRS leader and Rajya Sabha member D. Srinivas also met Gandhi on the day and expressed his desire to return to the party.
 
Srinivas, who was in Congress since 1969, had switched loyalties to TRS in 2015, a year after the party formed the first government in the newly-created Telangana state.
 
Srinivas had served as a minister in undivided Andhra Pradesh and also headed the Congress party's state unit.
 
Congress General Secretary R.C. Khuntia, who is in-charge of party affairs in Telangana, told reporters that Narsa Reddy and Ramulu Naik joining the party would further bolster the party's prospects.
 
As Narsa Reddy hails from Gajwel, a constituency represented by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, Khuntia hoped it would help the Congress defeat the TRS chief on his home turf.
 
It was home coming for Narsa Reddy, who had contested against TRS chief as Congress candidate in 2014 elections. V. Pratap Reddy, who had contested the election from Gahwel as Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate in 2014 and finished runners-up, joined Congress party six months ago.
 
Both Narsa Reddy and Ramulu Naik alleged that there is no respect for leaders in TRS as KCR remains inaccessible to them. They alleged that the TRS government had benefited only KCR's family.
 
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Jagan injured in attack at Vizag airport, TDP smells conspiracy

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YSR Congress Party President Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy suffered a minor injury at the Visakhapatam airport in a knife attack by a young man and was on Thursday admitted to a hospital in Hyderabad even as Andhra Pradesh's ruling TDP voiced doubts that the attack could be a political conspiracy.
 
Soon after landing in Hyderabad, the Andhra Pradesh's Leader of Opposition was admitted to a hospital. Doctors said his condition was stable.
 
The injury on his left arm was 3 to 4 inch deep and it required nine stitches, the doctors said. With doubts being expressed by YSRCP leaders that the knife could have been laced with poison, the doctors sent his blood samples for examination.
 
Jagan suffered the injury on his left arm when he was stabbed by a youth who sneaked up to him with a request to take a selfie, police said.
 
The attacker, identified as Jaripalli Srinivas, works as a waiter at a restaurant at the airport.
 
A commandant of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) overpowered the attacker, who was handed over to police. Jagan continued his journey to Hyderabad after getting first aid from the airport staff.
 
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police R. P. Thakur said they were questioning the accused.
 
The police chief said Srinivas claimed to be a fan of Jagan. "Prima facie it appears that he resorted to the attack for publicity," he said.
 
The officer said the police had no role in the security measures inside the airport. He said it was for CISF to find out how the attacker managed to carry a knife into the airport.
 
A case has been registered by the police on a complaint by CISF.
 
The YSRCP chief, who is on a state-wide 'padyatra' for nearly a year, visits Hyderabad every Friday to attend the court in the disproportionate assets case.
 
Jagan tweeted after landing in Hyderabad that he was safe. "To everyone worried about my safety - I'd like to inform you that I am safe. God's grace and the love, concern & blessings of the people of Andhra Pradesh will protect me," he tweeted.
 
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"Such cowardly acts will not dissuade me but only strengthen my resolve to work for the people of my state," he added.
 
The YSRCP took strong objection to the DGP's "premeditated and preconceived notions" even as the state government was trying to shift the blame for lax security on CISF.
 
YSRCP spokesman Ambati Rambabu alleged that the accused was working at a restaurant owned by a TDP leader.
 
Andhra Pradesh ministers including Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's son Nara Lokesh condemned the attack on Jagan but they voiced their doubts about the incident.
 
Four Ministers addressed a joint news conference in Vijayawada on Thursday evening to say that their may be a political conspiracy behind the incident.
 
The TDP leaders said they had doubts because Jagan took medical treatment four hours after the attack and that too after reaching Hyderabad. 
 
Atchan Naidu, one of the Ministers, said the incident could be a conspiracy against the TDP government and besides the BJP and Jagan, Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao could be involved in it.
 
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister spoke to Jagan over phone and enquired about his health. The TRS chief wished Jagan speedy recovery.
 
Leaders cutting across party line in both the Telugu states condemned the attack on Jagan.
 
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Hyderabad Airport's Interim International Departure Terminal to open on Oct 23

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The Interim International Departure Terminal at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here will be made operational on October 23.
 
According to GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), the airport operator, all international departure flights will operate from this terminal with effect from 10:30 a.m. on October 23.
 
It has advised passengers to check with their respective airlines before leaving for the airport. Passengers who are booked on Air India International flights AI 127, AI 952, AI 978, AI 988, AI 966 & AI 051 and travelling to domestic destinations are also advised to report at the Interim International Departure Terminal (IIDT) as per their scheduled departure times, GHIAL said in a statement.
 
IIDT, which has been built to facilitate airport's expansion, is located adjacent to the Haj Terminal and can be accessed from both Shamshabad and Srisailam sides of the airport's main approach road via Rotary 1 (Cargo rotary).
 
A dedicated free shuttle service has been arranged between the existing terminal and IIDT for the convenience of passengers. This shuttle service will be available at the Arrivals Ramp and will operate at regular intervals.
 
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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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