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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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Amazon's biggest global campus launched in Hyderabad

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E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday opened its largest campus in the world in Hyderabad, reaffirming its long-term commitment to India.
 
The first owned office building of Amazon outside the United States, and its largest building globally, has come up at Nanakramguda in Gachibowli, an information technology cluster.
 
The campus, spread over 9.5 acres, can house more than 15,000 employees of Amazon's over 62,000 employee-base in India.
 
The 1.8 million square feet office space, built on three million sq ft of construction area, is Amazon's single largest building in the world in terms of area.
 
The edifice was inaugurated by Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali in the presence of Amazon Vice-President and global real estate and facilities director John Schoettler and Amazon India Senior Vice-President and country manager Amit Agarwal.
 
The company officials said hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in the campus but declined to give a figure.
 
Agarwal said Amazon had already announced $5 billion investment in India and another $500 million in food retail.
 
"Over last 15 years, we have invested significantly in India across 30 office spaces, the AWS (Amazon Web Services) APAC (Asia Pacific) region in Mumbai, 50 Fulfillment Centres in 13 states of India, as well as hundreds of delivery stations and sort centres, creating nearly 200,000 jobs in India," he said.
 
Amazon has made investments in India in Kindle and Prime Video, which is supporting many creators, actors, producers and writers in telling their stories, and also continues to make investments in its popular voice system device Alexa, which is taking artificial intelligence (AI) to the masses.
 
AWS launched two availability zones in Mumbai and also announced a third one. The global customer centre was also launched.
 
Agarwal said Amazon.in started six years Amazon had become the largest market place in India with about 200 million items available on its platform.
 
It has 50 warehouses that occupy 25 million cubic feet of space, which is largest space created for e-commerce in India. It employs almost two lakh people through logistics, warehousing and delivery stations in partner associations to serve customers.
 
Amazon.in has 500,000 sellers using the platform for their daily livelihood. It also has 50,000 stores in 25 states acting as pickup, delivery and assistance points for customers.
 
Agarwal also said that Amazon.in started exports services two years and the cumulative exports last year crossed $1 billion. 
 
"We are on course to cross $5 billion exports in next three years. If you take out petroleum and jewelry out this, it will be three per cent of India's total mercantile exports," he said.
 
Schoettler said the campus constructed in a short span of three years will have the largest employee base outside the US.
 
The total built-up area when spread out will span over 68 acres, equivalent approximately to 65 football fields. The campus contains over 2.5 times more steel than the Eiffel Tower, measured by weight.
 
He noted that the campus has inter-faith prayer rooms, mother's room, quiet rooms, showers, helipad and an all-day cafeteria. He said this was designed to facilitate inclusion and diversity.
 
Amazon already houses its largest India Fulfillment Centre in Hyderabad. Spread over four lakh square feet, it is located near Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The company plans to expand it to 5.8 lakh sq ft next year.
 
Amazon now has 4 million sq ft office space at eight buildings in Hyderabad, excluding the Fulfillment Centre. It employs one-third of its India employee base in Hyderabad.
 
He said 4,500 employees from other buildings have already moved to the new campus. With leases of some buildings expiring, it plans to move more employees.
 
Amazon has 40 million sq ft office space in 300 locations across 40 countries
 
Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT, Industry and Commerce, Government of Telangana urged Amazon to promote textile and handicraft traditions of Telangana and take them to the global marketplace by creating a separate space on their platform.
 
Since Amazon was pioneering latest technologies in AI and Machine Learning (ML), he also wanted the company to become anchor partner in Telangana's Centre of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence.
 
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Golf: Rookie Gauri Karhade stuns field to win maiden title on Hero WPGT

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Rookie Gauri Karhade playing only her sixth event as a pro on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, stunned the front-runners, amateur Shreya Pal and the seasoned Gaurika Bishnoi, to land her first title on the circuit here on Saturday.
 
Despite the second-place finish, Gaurika Bishnoi, a highly consistent golfer, stays on top of the Hero WPG Tour Order of Merit and became the first golfer this year to cross Rs. 10 lakh in earnings. 
 
She now has won Rs. 10,49,700 and is trailed by Amandeep Drall with Rs. 8,63,533 and Neha Tripathi with Rs. 8,36,183. Ridhima Dilawari at Rs. 7,50,233 and Gursimar Badwal at Rs. 7,41,733 are fourth and fifth on the Order of Merit after 12 events.
 
Siddhi Kapoor (74) was seventh, while amateur Sneha (74) was eighth, Gursimar Badwal (75) ended ninth and Ishvari Prasanna (75) rounded off the Top  10. Ridhima Dilawari (74) finished a disappointing 11th.
 
Gauri, who turns 18 in October, has never finished above sixth on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour. She stayed calm and held her nerve to shoot a final round of 73 for a total of two-under 214 and win the 12th Leg by one shot over Gaurika Bishnoi (75) and Afshan Fatima (70).
 
Gaurika was unable to find a single birdie on the final day. Afshan Fatima, who made a great charge on the front nine with a two-under 34, held the lead midway through the back nine but dropped crucial back-to-back bogeys on 15th and 16th to fall into a tie for second with Gaurika at one-under 215.
 
Ananya Datar (72) with one birdie on the  front nine to go against the sole bogey on back nine, ended sole fourth at even-par 216.
 
Overnight leader amateur Shreya Pal was unable to emulate her Hyderabad colleague, Sneha Singh, as she fell apart. She had birdies on first and 18th, but in between she dropped four bogeys and two double bogeys for a card of 78 and ended in a tie for fifth place with Amandeep Drall (71) at one-over 217.
 
Playing the final group, Shreya Pal began with a flourish on the first with a birdie. But she dropped three bogeys in the next four holes. Gauri, starting the final day two behind leader Shreya and one behind Gaurika, was steady and she parred the first five holes, as Gaurika also dropped a shot on second.
 
Then it was Gauri’s turn to make a mistake with a double bogey on the sixth, but Gaurika dropped a bogey on seventh and Shreya dropped a double bogey. That opened the door for Gauri. Meanwhile, Afshan was making a charge with three birdies against one bogey on the front nine.
 
After nine holes, it was still a very tight battle. Gaurika, who was four-under for two rounds, was still two-under after 45 holes. Four players, Shreya, Afshan, Gauri and Ananya Datar were at one-under after the front nine. 
 
On the back nine, Gauri and Afshan found birdies on 11th and Gaurika bogeyed to let Gauri and Afshan move into the lead with the two-shot swing. Gauri dropped a shot on 12th to fall back and Afshan was sole leader.
 
Gauri and Afshan both birdied the 14th at which stage Afshan was ahead at three-under and Gauri was two-under. Gaurika stayed at one-under. Shreya, now five-over for the day after a bogey on 12th, fell back to even par.
 
Then it was Afshan’s turn to make mistakes and she made two in a row on 15th and 16th that allowed Gauri to sneak ahead. She only had to stay calm and get her pars. She did just that. None of the three, including Gaurika, made birdies on the last two holes, leaving Gauri as the victor.
 
Gaurika, unable to find birdies the whole day, ended Tied-second with Afshan, who after a great 14 holes made crucial errors to throw away a chance.
 
Gauri, who started playing at the age of 10 and learnt her early lessons in Thane and Kharghar, has honed her skills at the Poona Golf Club and now resides in Mumbai.
 
After a fair amateur career, she turned pro in the middle of this year. Before today, her best result came last week at the Hyderabad Golf Club, where she was sixth. Before that her only Top-10 finish was Tied-10th in the 10th leg in Bengaluru.
 
A hard working teen, she has been showing promise and a win at this stage will go a long way in boosting her confidence.
 
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Amateur Shreya takes three-shot lead in 12th leg of Hero WPGT

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It was the turn of another local amateur Shreya Pal to  corner the spotlight as she carded five-under 67 to take the lead on the opening day of the 12th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Boulder Hills Golf and Country Club here on Wednesday.
 
Shreya was fifth last week in the 11th Leg, where her city mate Sneha Singh, also an amateur, won the title. Today Shreya went even better in terms of scores as she shot five-under 67 with six birdies against a sole bogey in the first round.
 
She opened a three-shot lead over Ananya Datar, who is also looking for her first win on the Tour. Ananya also had a fine birdie-birdie finish for a card of two-under 70, while Gauri Karhade birdied the 18th for a round of 71 to be third.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi and Sneha Singh were tied fourth with rounds of even par 72 each as the field demonstrated great strength.
 
Ishvari Prasanna was sixth with 73, while Siddhi Kapoor, Amandeep Drall and Afshan Fatima shot 74 each to be Tied-seventh. Neha Tripathi (75) completed the Top-10.
 
Shreya, who turns 17 next week, has been in good nick and has shown great potential. She finished runners-up at the TrueVisions International Junior event in Thailand after tying with Malaysian Liyana Durisic.
 
Last month she was the best Indian at Tied-13th in the Future Golf Champions event in the US, with excellent scores of 72-73-73. She has Top-10 finishes in four events on the IGU Tour earlier this year. Overall she has had six Top-10 finishes this year.
 
Ananya was bogey free at one-under for 11 holes before she bogeyed twice against three birdies to finish at 70. 
 
Sneha was once again prolific with birdies as she had six, but she also gave away four bogeys and a double bogey.
 
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President seeks report on suicides by Telangana students

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President Ram Nath Kovind has sought a report from the Telangana government on the suicides by 27 students over the alleged goof-up in the results of Intermediate examinations.
 
The Union Home Ministry has sent a letter to Telangana Chief Secretary S. K. Joshi, directing him to furnish a report.
 
Ashok Kumar Pal, Under Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, along with his letter dated August 7, also forwarded a letter received from the President's Secretariat.
 
The central official also marked a copy of his letter to BJP Telangana state unit President K. Laxman, who along with other party leaders had submitted a memorandum to Kovind last month, urging him to seek a report from the Telangana government.
 
The BJP delegation had also appealed to the President to examine the possibility of advising the Governor to order a judicial probe into the bungling by the education authorities.
 
It alleged that the students ended their lives due to the bungling by the Board of Intermediate Education in the results of intermediate (Classes 11 and 12) examinations.
 
Of the 9.43 lakh students who appeared in the exams, 5.6 lakh had cleared it. After the announcement of results in April, a goof-up by the authorities in evaluation of answer scripts and processing the results came to light, triggering a huge public outcry and massive protests by opposition parties and student bodies.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao later announced free re-verification of answer sheets of all the failed students.
 
In May, the BIE announced results of re-verification of answer scripts of over 3.82 lakh students who had failed to obtain pass marks. Following this process, 1,137 students, who were earlier declared "failed", cleared the examinations.
 
According to the BIE, of the 23 students who committed suicide and three who attempted, re-verification of their answer scripts showed that there is no change from fail to pass.
 
The student bodies and NGOs claimed that 26 students had ended their lives. The BJP, however, put the number at 27.
 
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Golf: Hyderabad amateur Sneha wins 11th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Tour

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Local teenaged amateur Sneha Singh staged a fine comeback as she rode a birdie blitz towards the end of the front nine and then played very steady golf on the back nine to win the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Friday.
 
The 15-year-old Hyderabad golfer, who is coached by her father Sanjay Singh, played gutsy golf for an even par 71.
 
Vani Kapoor showed some rust and dropped some crucial shots to card a disappointing six-over 77.  From being five ahead of Sneha, Vani finished one behind her in second place.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi (76) was third, while Ananya Datar (76) was fourth. Another talented amateur, Shreya Pal (74) was fifth. 
 
Sneha became the first amateur to win in 2019 and she emulated Ridhima Dilawari and Pranavi Urs, who won as amateurs in 2018. Diksha Dagar was also an amateur when she won the closing event of the 2017 season. Other amateurs to win on the Hero WPG Tour include Gurbani Singh, Aditi Ashok and Tvesa Malik in 2015 and Raksha Phadke and  Mehar Atwal in 2014.
 
Sneha started the final day five shots behind the leader Vani. She played in the group ahead of the leading trio, Vani Kapoor, Gaurika Bishnoi and Ananya Datar. 
 
By the time she ended, Sneha, who is familiar with this layout, set the clubhouse target of nine-over 222 and waited for the final group to come.
 
Sneha had a great front nine despite two double bogeys as she displayed tremendous tenacity to fight back. She birdied the second but double bogeyed the Par-3 fourth. She birdied the fifth but again double bogeyed the Par-5 sixth. At that stage she was two-over and six shots behind Vani.
 
Sneha, after turning in one-under added pars on the 10th and 11th. She bogeyed 12th to be even par for the day. Vani, playing one group behind was still one shot ahead till the 14th.
 
Over the last six holes, Sneha stayed calm and parred each of them, sometimes holing clutch putts. Vani, on the other hand, pulled two ahead with a birdie on Par-4 15th. She then dropped a shot on the 16th, but still held a one-shot lead. Then came the pressure and Vani double bogeyed the 17th, even as Sneha was on the 18th. As Vani double bogeyed, Sneha parred for a two-shot swing and sneaked ahead.
 
Vani, who had a roller coaster of a round, had three bogeys against one birdie on the front nine, followed by two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Vani bogeyed fifth, seventh and ninth and her sole birdie on the front nine came on the eighth as she turned in two-over to see her lead cut from five to two shots.
 
Gaurika, who started two ahead of Sneha, dropped four shots on the front nine and fell behind. 
 
On the back nine, Vani once again had an up-and-down run. She dropped bogeys on 10th, 12th and 13th, but picked a birdie on 11th. After the first 12 holes, Vani was four-over for the day and eight-over for the tournament.
 
Vani needed a birdie on 18th to force a play-off but managed only par to finish with a card of six-over 77 and ended second in her first domestic outing this season.
 
Gauri Karhade, whose 71 was the day’s best card along with Sneha, was tied-sixth with Neha Tripathi (78) and Khushi Khanijau (76) was eighth. Siddhi Kapoor (75) and Gurjot Badwal (80) were tied for 10th, while Ridhima Dilawari and Afshan Fatima were tied-11th.
 
Gaurika Bishnoi stayed on top of the Hero Order of Merit, while Neha Tripathi, Amandeep Drall, Ridhima Dilawari and Gursimar Badwal occupied the second to fifth places.
 
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Vani Kapoor moves into lead in 11th leg of Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour

Vani Kapoor in action during the second round of the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Hyderabad Golf Club on  August 8, 2019.
Vani Kapoor in action during the second round of the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Hyderabad Golf Club on August 8, 2019.
Vani Kapoor moved into the sole lead despite a late double bogey in the second round of the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Hyderabad Golf Club on Thursday. 
 
The 25-year-old Delhi based golfer, who is playing her first domestic event this season, had three birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey in her card of one-over 72.
 
Vani is now four-over 146, but three shots clear of her nearest rival Gaurika Bishnoi, who shot the day’s best and the week’s first par round of 71.
 
Gaurika, one of the only two players to have four birdies in the second round, birdied first, sixth, ninth and 17th, while dropping shots on second, seventh, 12th and 14th. Amateur Shreya Pal was the other player with four birdies, but she dropped numerous shots including a triple bogey on the par-4 18th for 76.
 
Ananya Datar overcame a rough front nine of five-over 40 with a one-under 35 in the back nine for a 75 that brought her to 151 and put her in shared third place with overnight leader, amateur Sneha Singh (78).
 
Sneha, the 15-year-old Hyderabad golfer who was outstanding on the first day, had a tough day despite three birdies. She had eight bogeys and one double bogey for seven-over 78 that saw her slip to Tied-third place.
 
Vani birdied the second, gave the gains back on the long Par-3 fourth and birdied the par-5 sixth as she turned in one-under. On the back nine, she dropped a shot on 12th but birdied the Par-3 16th. Just as it seemed she was set for a big lead, she dropped a double bogey on Par-5 17th to fall back to one-over for the day and finished at 72.
 
Neha Tripathi (77), Gurjot Badwal (78), amateur Shreya Pal (76) and Khushi Khanijau (75) occupied the fifth to eighth places. Siddhi Kapoor (78) was ninth, while three players, Suchitra Ramesh (78), Gauri Karhade (79) and Amandeep Drall (82) were Tied-tenth.
 
Ridhima Dilawari and Gursimar Badwal were among the five players tied at 13th with a total of 160.
 
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Teenaged amateur Sneha leads in 11th leg of Hero WPGT in Hyderabad

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Talented teenaged amateur Sneha Singh made good use of her local knowledge of the Hyderabad Golf Club layout amidst the picturesque Golconda Fort, by carding two-over 73 to take the first-round lead in the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour on Wednesday. 
 
Sneha, who just turned 15 in June this year, had three birdies, one bogey and two double bogeys on the challenging but exciting course of the Hyderabad Golf Association. Sneha was chased by the experienced Vani Kapoor who, playing her first event in two months, shot three-over 74 despite starting the day with three bogeys in a row. Vani had two birdies, both on Par-3s, the 11th and 16th, while she dropped five bogeys.
 
Neha Tripathi and Gurjot Badwal shot 75 each, while Ridhima DIlawari, the only three-time winner this season, shot 76 as did Ananya Datar to be Tied-fifth. Gursimar Badwal, elder sister of Gurjot, and Amandeep Drall were Tied-seventh with 77 each while amateur Shreya Pal and Gaurika Bishnoi carded 78 each to complete the Top-10.
 
Sneha, an 11th standard student in a Hyderabad School, has been doing well in age-group competitions and finished in the Top-3 in the Hyderabad leg of the US Kids Golf Championships. Her father Sanjay Kumar, also a golfer, is also her coach and she is a regular at the course.
 
Vani, who was out due to injury for some weeks, showed some rust as she started the round with three bogeys in a row, but quickly recovered for a string of six pars followed by another bogey on the Par-5 10th. At that stage, she was four-over for the day. But a birdie on Par-3 11th, followed by a bogey on 13th and then another birdie on 16th meant she finished on 74 and was lying second.
 
Neha, the only player to be below par for the front nine, gave away five shots on the back nine, including a double bogey on the Par-5 12thand bogeys on 17th and 18th.
 
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Telugu TV actor held after wife's suicide

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The Hyderabad Police on Wednesday arrested Telugu television actor Madhu Prakash on charges of dowry harassment, a day after his wife committed suicide.
 
Madhu, who also played a small role in S. S. Rajamouli's blockbuster 'Baahubali', was arrested following a complaint by his in-laws. They also blamed him for her death.
 
The actor's wife Bharati (34) allegedly committed suicide by hanging at their house in Manikonda on Tuesday night.
 
Bharati's parents lodged a complaint at Raidurgam police station that Madhu was harassing their daughter for dowry. Police registered a case and took Madhu into custody.
 
Madhu had married Bharati, a native of Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, in 2014. There were frequent fights between them over Madhu returning home late.
 
Bharati's parents alleged that he had been harassing her and was also into a relationship with another woman.
 
They claimed that Rs 15 lakh was given as dowry to Madhu at the time of marriage but he kept harassing her for more dowry.
 
Bharati's mother Tirumala said they had doubts over the cause of her death and demanded a thorough probe.
 
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Vani Kapoor to make first appearance on Hero WPG Tour this season

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Vani Kapoor will make her first appearance on the domestic circuit this season when she tees up at the 11th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Hyderabad Golf Club on Wednesday. 
 
With nice and pleasant weather, the golfers will have ideal conditions, though they may have to contend with the slight breeze that often blows in the city and the forecast of rain. The players got to experience the conditions in the practice round on Tuesday.
 
The 25-year-old Delhi golfer, who was dominant on the domestic Tour before she began focusing on the international circuit, had actually entered the 10th Leg of the Tour, too, but had to pull out because of muscle spasms and a neck niggle. She is however fit and raring to go. 
 
“I was out due to injury and am playing an event after two months. However, the injury was not serious and I am fine and looking forward to getting back to action,” said Kapoor. “The domestic circuit of the Hero WPGT has become very competitive with good scores and close tussle and I am keen to experience that once again.”
 
The 11th leg of the Tour carries a purse of Rs.9 lakhs and will feature 24 players including two amateurs, Sneha Singh and Shreya Pal.
 
Ridhima DIlawari, the only three-time winner this season, alongwith Gaurika Bishnoi is also in the field, though Tvesa Malik is not playing this week.
 
Some of the other stars like Diksha Dagar and Aditi Ashok are playing this week at the ASI Ladies Scottish Open. Astha Madan is also not playing in Hyderabad this week.
 
The last event was held four weeks ago in Bengaluru with Amandeep Drall winning her first title of the season. Gaurika Bishnoi was second. Both of them are in the field this week.
 
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12 killed in truck-auto collision in Telangana

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Twelve labourers were killed and six others injured when a truck hit an overcrowded autorickshaw in Telangana's Mahabubnagar district on Sunday, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Kothapalle village in Midjil 'mandal' of Mahabubnagar, about 100 km from here.
 
The labourers were returning home after work when the autorickshaw carrying them was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction.
 
Police said all the 12 were killed on the spot. Such was the impact of the collision that the autorickshaw was reduced to pieces. The body parts of the deceased were strewn around.
 
The injured were admitted to a government-run hospital in Mahabubnagar.
 
Following the accident, villagers staged a road blockade protesting the failure of authorities in checking the road accidents in the area. They said that the bad condition of the road was causing the accidents. They demanded compensation for the families of the victims.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed shock over the accident. He conveyed his heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and directed officials to ensure best medical facilities to the injured.
 
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Former Andhra minister and Congress leader Mukesh Goud dies

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Former Andhra Pradesh minister and Telangana Congress leader Mukesh Goud died on Monday following prolonged illness. He was 60.
 
Goud, who served as minister in the cabinets of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Kiran Kumar Reddy in undivided Andhra Pradesh, was battling cancer. He was admitted to a private hospital on Sunday after his condition turned critical.
 
A three-time member of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Goud is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
 
With Goud's death, the Congress lost the second leader in as many days. The news of his death came when Congress leaders were busy in the cremation of former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.
 
A backward class leader from Hyderabad, Goud began his political career as a corporator. He was first elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly from Maharjgunj constituency in the city in 1989 and was re-elected in 2004. After the delimitation of constituencies in 2009, he was elected from Goshamahal constituency.
 
Goud lost the elections from Goshamahal in 2014 and 2018.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his condolences on the demise of Goud and recalled his services as a Minister and as an MLA. Rao conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
 
State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders also condoled Goud's death.
 
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Former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy passes away at 77

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Veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy died after a brief illness in Hyderabad in the early hours of Sunday, his family said. He was 77.
 
Reddy breathed his last around 1.30 a.m. at a private hospital in Hyderabad, where he was admitted recently and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.
 
Born in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana, Reddy was elected to the Lok Sabha for five terms and was also a member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms.
 
He began his political career in his student days at Osmania University. Protesting the imposition of emergency, he quit Congress to join the Janata Party and later became its general secretary. He contested unsuccessfully against former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from Medak Lok Sabha constituency in 1980.
 
Reddy served as Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the I. K. Gujral government. He also served as a minister in UPA-I and UPA-II government and held portfolios like urban development and culture, petroleum and natural gas, science and technology and earth sciences.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has condoled the death of Reddy. In his condolence message conveyed to the members of the bereaved family, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief recollected the services rendered by Reddy as a Union Minister and as a good parliamentarian. 
 
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PKL 7: Bengaluru pip Patna 34-32 in campaign opener

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Defending champions Bengaluru Bulls made a stunning comeback to pip Patna Pirates 34-32 in their campaign opener of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) Season 7.
 
Defenders Amit Sheoran (5 points) and Ashish Sangwan (4 points) were the main reason for Bengaluru's narrow win. Also, their ace raider Pawan Sehrawat scored nine points.
 
For Patna, skipper Pardeep Narwal scored a Super 10 and Mohammed Maghsoudlou came up with nine points. However, it wasn't enough to help them cross the line.
 
Bengaluru forced multiple super tackles to begin their campaign with a win.
 
In the first few minutes of the match, it was all Bengaluru as captain Rohit Kumar scored consecutive raid points to give his team a 5-1 lead, even as Maghsoudlou put in a tremendous super tackle to revive Patna.
 
Patna's famed "record breaker" raider Narwal got going as he scored his first raid point in the ninth minute.
 
On the other hand, Bengaluru high-flier Sehrawat had a quiet beginning to the match as Patna's defence did a fine job on him.
 
Patna led 9-7 after 12 minutes when Bengaluru put in a super tackle through Sangwan to show their brute strength.
 
In the 16th minute, Patna inflicted the first all-out of the match to lead 14-11. At the end of the first half, they held a slender four-point advantage to lead 17-13.
 
Bengaluru's defence showed their mental and physical toughness in the second half as they piled on super tackles to make a comeback in the match. Sangwan and Sheoran marshalled the defence brilliantly and in the 32nd minute, they only trailed 23-24.
 
In the 34th minute, Bengaluru inflicted an all-out to lead 30-26 and Patna were staring at a defeat in their first encounter of the season.
 
Bengaluru showed tremendous teamwork in the 37th minute to send Narwal to the bench to lead 32-27.
 
Maghsoudlou made two quick raid points in a minute as Patna trailed 30-33 in the 39th minute, while Narwal attained a super 10 but it wasn't enough as Patna crashed to a defeat in their first match of the season.
 
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Bomb threat on Hyderabad-Chennai flight turns out to be hoax

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A bomb threat on a Hyderabad-Chennai Indigo flight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Saturday has turned out to be a hoax, police said.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shamshabad, Prakash Reddy said a jilted lover who was travelling on the same flight, provided the fake information about the bomb. 
 
"The information was verified and found to be incorrect. All flights are running normally," the police official said
 
The police detained the man and investigated him. 
 
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6.46 kg gold seized from 14 passengers at Hyderabad airport

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The Hyderabad police on Wednesday claimed to have unearthed an international gold smuggling racket with the seizure of about 6.46 kg gold from the possession of 14 passengers at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here.
 
Police said gold worth about Rs 2.17 crore was seized from the passengers who arrived here from Jeddah by Saudi Airlines flight SV-744 early Wednesday.
 
According to Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, the operation was jointly carried out by the Commissioner's Task Force, South Zone Team and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). 
 
He said they acted on an information provided by a private person from the old city of Hyderabad and made the recovery.
 
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Hyderabad has registered a case and taken up further investigations.
 
The police chief told reporters that 14 persons were being questioned. He said they had no previous crime record in the city, but the police were verifying the records of other agencies.
 
He did not rule out names of more people cropping up during the investigation.
 
The police commissioner did not reveal the details about the passengers, but appealed to people not to carry anybody's luggage.
 
The police chief appealed to the common public and air passengers not to get tempted by such smuggling incentives.
 
He said as per the policy of DRI, the informant will get a percentage of recovery as the reward.
 
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Two forest officials injured in attack in Telangana

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Two forest officers were injured in yet another attack on forest department personnel in Telangana early on Tuesday, police said.
 
The incident occurred near Gundalapadu in Bhadradri Kothagudem district when the forest officials tried to stop a group of villagers from illegally cultivating forest land.
 
Forest Section Officer Neelamaiah and Beat Officer Bhaskar Rao were thrashed with sticks by the group of people who were tilling the forest land with tractors.
 
The forest officials suffered multiple injuries and were admitted to Paloncha Hospital. They lodged a complaint with the police, which registered a case against unidentified persons and took up investigations.
 
The incident came close on the heels of a brutal attack on a woman forest officer by a leader of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and his followers in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.
 
Forest Range Officer Chole Anitha suffered bleeding when she was attacked with sticks by TRS MLA Koneru Konappa's brother Krishna Rao and his followers in Sarsala village on Sunday.
 
The incident occurred when a group of farmers tried to stop forest officials from taking up plantation on forest land.
 
Rao resigned as zilla parishad vice-chairman after the incident and 16 others were arrested and sent to judicial custody.
 
In another incident in Kothagudem district, police on Monday booked a case against MLA V. Venkateswara Rao and his son on a complaint by forest officials for allegedly obstructing their work.
 
The MLA, his son and their supporters allegedly tried to stop the forest officials from construction of a wall to protect forest land in Laxmidevipalli mandal (block).
 
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Popular Telugu actor-filmmaker Vijaya Nirmala passes away

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Veteran Telugu actor-filmmaker G. Vijaya Nirmala died on Thursday, her son Naresh announced. She was 75.
 
Naresh, who is also a popular Telugu actor, took to Twitter to announce the death of his mother.
 
"I regret to inform you that my mother, senior artiste, prominent producer and director Dr. A G Vijaya Nirmala passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75," Naresh tweeted.
 
"Her body will be kept at our residence from 11 a.m. Final rites will be held tomorrow (Friday)."
 
Vijaya Nirmala started her career as a child actor. At the age of five, she made her acting debut in the 1950 Tamil film "Machcha Rekkai" and four years later she forayed into Telugu cinema with the film "Panduranga Mahatyam".
 
It was through the 1964 Malayalam film "Bhargavi Nilayam" that she rose to stardom and got noticed. She went on to work with Prem Nazir again in "Udhyogastha".
 
As a leading lady, she made her Telugu debut with "Rangula Ratnam" alongside Vanisri and Anjali Devi. In 1967, she starred in Telugu film "Sakshi" and it was on the sets of this film that she met actor Krishna with whom she worked in 47 films and eventually ended up marrying him. It was her second marriage.
 
Vijay Nirmala, who has directed 44 films, was a visionary filmmaker. She made her directorial debut via 1971 Telugu film "Meena", which was based on the eponymous popular novel written by Eddanapudi Sulochana Rani. Two year later, she directed her first Malayalam film "Kavitha".
 
As a filmmaker, she had the privilege of directing major stars like Sivaji Ganesan and Rajinikanth. She directed the latter in the Telugu remake of "Amar Akbar Anthony", which also starred her husband Krishna.
 
Her other popular directorial projects include "Rowdy Rangamma", "Sirimalle Navvindi", "Bezawada Bebbuli" and "Collector Vijaya", among others.
 
She holds a Guinness Record for the most number of films directed by a female filmmaker. In 2008, the Andhra Pradesh government conferred her with Raghupathi Venkaiah award for her contribution to Telugu cinema.
 
Members of Telugu film fraternity took to Twitter to condole her passing away. Actor Jr. NTR wrote she was a "pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many".
 
Actor Nithiin said her demise was a "huge loss" to the Telugu film industry. Actor Sudheer Babu described Vijaya Nirmala as a "mother-like personality".
 
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Telangana Congress MLA decides to join BJP

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Senior Congress leader and Telangana legislator K. Rajagopal Reddy on Tuesday said that he has taken a decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
Rajgopal Reddy, who is camping in New Delhi, said he received an invitation from the BJP to join it and had twice held talks with party General Secretary Ram Madhav.
 
He said that, by remaining in the Congress, he was unable to do justice to people who voted for him and hence he decided to switch loyalties to the BJP.
 
Rajgopal Reddy reiterated that only the BJP can be an alternative to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and he believes that BJP has a bright future in Telangana.
 
He said the Congress could not come to power in Telangana due to the mistakes committed by party in-charge for Telangana, R. C. Khuntia. "Those who could not even protect the Leader of Opposition are talking of issuing a notice," he said reacting to Khuntia's statement that disciplinary action will be taken against him.
 
Contending that he is not joining the BJP for vested interests, Rajgopal said if that was the case, he would have joined the TRS long back.
 
Asked whether his brother and MP K. Venkat Reddy will also leave the Congress, Rajgopal said he would respect whatever decision he takes.
 
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Hyderabad man killed in San Francisco accident

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A Hyderabad man and another person were killed in a road accident in the US city of San Francisco, police said.
 
The city's authorities have identified the victims as Syed Waseem Ali, 26, from Hyderabad who lived in Fremont, and Sela Henriquez, 49, of San Francisco, reports the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.
 
The collision occurred at about 1.15 a.m. Sunday at Third Street and Paul Avenue. 
 
According to the police, a Mercedes-Benz was speeding on Third Street and didn't stop at a red light, causing a collision with a Toyota sedan.
 
Ali, who was driving the Toyota and had Henriquez as passenger via the Lyft ride-hailing service, were pronounced dead after the crash.
 
Two passengers from the Mercedes were taken to a hospital but are expected to survive. The driver fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind, and had not been arrested as of early Monday afternoon, police said. 
 
A GoFundMe page has been created on behalf of Ali's family to raise money to transport his body and belongings back to Hyderabad, the San Francisco Examiner reported.
 
Lyft issued a statement following the crash.
 
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and resulting loss of life. Our thoughts are with the victims' family and friends during this difficult time. We have reached out to the rider's family to offer our support and are working to contact the driver's family," the company said.
 
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Badminton: Double delight for Gayatri, Lakshya Sen wins men's title

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Sixth seed Lakshya Sen staved off stiff resistance from second seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina to triumph in the men’s singles while Gayatri Gopichand finished on a high with two titles at the Yonex-Sunrise All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament here on  Sunday.
 
The 17-year-old, who reached the China Masters final in March, was put to a stern test by Chittaboina who edged the Prakash Padukone protégé 25-23 in the first game in an absorbing men’s singles final that lasted 61 minutes. 
 
The 2018 Asian junior champion found his rhythm and range midway through the match to take the next couple of games on his way to a 23-25, 21-14, 21-13 victory that gave him his first title of the year.
 
Gayatri Gopichand, who had upset the fourth seed Aakarshi Kashyap this week, announced her arrival in the senior category with a title in women’s singles as well as women’s doubles. In singles, the 16-year-old, who was seeded 13th, needed just 37 minutes to see off the challenge of Tanvi Lad, 21-19, 21-16 to lay her hands on her first Senior Ranking Tournament trophy.
 
Gopichand later made it a memorable day when she teamed up with Rutaparna Panda to defeat the fourth seeds and reigning national champions Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K, 19-21, 21-14, 21-10.
 
There was no stopping the men’s doubles top seeds Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila who did not drop a game to record a 23-21, 21-17 win over seventh seeds Sri Krishna Sai Kumar Podile and Gouse Shaik. They had won a gold medal at the Senior Ranking Tournament in Vijayawada earlier. 
 
Shaik, however, amended for his mistakes in the mixed doubles category. The seventh-seeded pair of Shaik and Mayuri Yadav fought for 50 minutes to register a thrilling 21-19, 13-21, 21-12 win over Krishna Prasad and Ashwini Bhat.                
 
 Results:
 
MS: (6) Lakshya Sen def (2) Rahul Yadav Chittaboina 23-25, 21-14, 21-13 
WS: (13) Gayatri Gopichand def Tanvi Lad 21-19, 21-16
MD: (1) Garaga/Kapila def (7) Podile/Shaik 23-21, 21-17
WD: Gopichand/Panda def (4) Gautam/Bhat 19-21, 21-14, 21-10      
XD: (7) Shaik/Yadav def Prasad/Bhat 21-19, 13-21, 21-12
 
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World's largest lift irrigation project inaugurated in Telangana

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The world's largest multi-stage, multi-purpose lift irrigation project Kaleshwaram was on Friday dedicated to the nation by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
 
Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) was inaugurated in the presence of Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
 
The inaugural ceremony was held at the project site in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district near the borders with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
 
Built across Godavari river, KLIP will lift the water to a height of half-a-kilometer. It is designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops in a year, meet the drinking water requirement of 70 per cent of the state and also cater to the needs of the industry.
 
The ceremony was preceded by 'Japa Sankalpa yagnam' at Medigadda barrage in which Chandrashekhar Rao participated along with his wife Shobha Rao. The couple performed various rituals under the guidance of Sringeri Peetham seers.
 
Later, the Vedic pundits blessed the Governor and the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
 
KCR, as Chandrashekhar Rao is popularly known, took the guests around a photo exhibition and explained to them the key features of the project.
 
The foundation stone for the Rs 80,500 crore project, described as the world's biggest project of its kind, was laid in 2016. 
 
The government is planning to lift two thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of Godavari water per day from Medigadda barrage. The project will start from July.
 
Claimed to be an engineering marvel, the project comprises 1,832 km water supply route, 1,531 km gravity canal, 203 km tunnel routes, 20 lifts, 19 pump houses and 19 reservoirs with a storage capacity of 141 TMCs. 
 
It requires nearly 4,992 MW of electricity to pump 2 TMC of water every day in the first phase. The requirement will go up to 7,152 MW for lifting 3 TMC from next year.
 
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Telangana defections: Congress cries 'daylight murder of democracy'

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Hours after 12 out of its 18 MLAs in Telangana met the Assembly Speaker requesting a merger with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Congress on Thursday described the development as a "daylight murder of democracy".
 
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said: "The way the people's mandate and democratic norms are being butchered, it's a daylight murder of democracy."
 
"Just because somebody is in power, has access to resources and can control agencies does not mean he can misuse his power," Khera said.
 
"These Congress MLAs were elected after the voters rejected the TRS. This is the murder of people's mandate. India may ignore it today, but it will never forget disrespect of mandate," he said.
 
Under the Anti-Defection Act, defectors need a two-thirds majority to seek a merger with any party. Of the total 19 Congress MLAs in the Telangana Assembly, 12 have shifted loyalty to the ruling TRS.
 
The development came a day after Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned from the Assembly after he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nalgonda in the recent elections.
 
This brought down the Congress' strength to 18 and the defectors required 12 MLAs to seek the Congress Legislature Party's (CLP) merger with the TRS.
 
Earlier, the CLP in the state Legislative Council had merged with the TRS in a similar manner. If this happens in the Assembly, too, the Congress will lose the status of state's main Opposition party.
 
The TRS won 88 out of the 119 seats in last year's Assembly elections. After the polls, two independents and one of the two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLAs switched to TRS. If 12 Congress MLAs further join the TRS, the strength of the ruling party in the Telangana Assembly would go up to 103, bringing down the Congress' tally to six. 
 
In such a scenario, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will get the status of the main opposition. AIMIM, an ally of TRS, has seven MLAs in the Assembly.
 
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12 Telangana Congress MLAs seek merger with TRS

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Twelve Congress MLAs in Telangana on Thursday urged the state Assembly Speaker to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
 
The group of 12 members of Assembly belonging to the main opposition Congress called on Speaker P. Srinivas Reddy and submitted to him a letter, seeking CLP's merger with the TRS. They later went to Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
 
While 11 MLAs had already announced that they will join TRS, Rohit Reddy from Tandu constituency also declared switching loyalty to TRS and joined the group of defectors.
 
Following this development, CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, senior leaders D. Sridhar Babu, Mohammed Ali Shabbir and other leaders began a flash protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Assembly premises.
 
They wore black ribbons around their mouth to lodge their protest over the defections. They demanded that the MLAs who were elected on their party symbol but were now seeking merger with TRS should be disqualified.
 
The Congress leaders said they made several representations to the Speaker for disqualification of MLAs but he took no action but now he seems to be acting swiftly on the request of defectors.
 
Uttam Kumar Reddy questioned the Speaker as to how he can take a decision on merger when their petition was pending in the High Court.
 
Before meeting the speaker, the defectors called on TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao and informed him that they have the required majority to seek CLP's merger with TRS.
 
In Assembly elections held in December last year, the Congress had won 19 members in 120-member Assembly (including a nominated member).
 
Under the Anti-Defection Act, the defectors required two-thirds majority to seek merger with any party.
 
The development came a day after Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned from Assembly as he was elected to Lok Sabha from Nalgonda in the recent elections.
 
This brought down Congress' strength to 18 and the defectors required 12 MLAs to seek CLP's merger with TRS.
 
Earlier, the Congress Legislature Party in the state Legislative Council merged with the TRS in a similar way. If this happens in the Assembly, the Congress will lose the status of main opposition.
 
TRS had won 88 seats in Assembly elections. After the polls, two independents and one of the two legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) joined the TRS. If 12 Congress MLAs join TRS, the strength of the ruling party will go up to 103.
 
This will bring down the Congress tally to six. In such a scenario, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will get the status of main opposition. AIMIM, an ally of TRS, has seven MLAs.
 
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