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8th Annual Poultry Exhibition to be held in Hyderabad on November 26-28

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Global poultry experts will discuss the benefits of lean chicken protein intake, 
ease of accessibility to this vital element in a daily Indian diet and sustained growth of the poultry industry in India at the 8th Annual Poultry Exhibition here on November 26-28.
 
A press release from Poultry India, an advisory body comprising heads of national organisations including Indian Poultry Equipment Manufacturers' Association (IPEMA), National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC); CLFMA of India; Poultry Federation of India (PFI), among others, said here today that it is spearheading an educational campaign to Eat Right, Eat Healthy. 
 
The release said protein deficiency in India is cause for concern. A recent paper published in The National Medical Journal of India highlighted the fact that India has the highest number of new tuberculosis (TB) and TB-related deaths in the world, with 2.3 million new cases and an estimated 320,000 deaths annually. 
 
A recent study commissioned by Du Pont and done by Economist Intelligence Unit concluded that quality of the food consumed in India is highly deficient in 
protein, iron and Vitamin A. In their latest report, this study says that while meat consumption remains important to the human diet, milk and eggs will increasingly provide a more efficient source of calories and protein. 
 
For Indians, protein in diet is only 37 grams as against a world average of 65% and World Health Organisation recommendations of minimum 84 grams per day. An average Indian consumes 35-40gms of protein per day while the protein requirement for an average person is 1 gm per kilogram of bodyweight per day, the release said, quoting an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) report.
 
It quoted Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) figures to say that two billion people in the world suffer from one or more micronutrient deficiencies, while 1.4 billion are overweight, of which 500 million are obese. FAO’s Director-General said tackling obesity will feature prominently during discussions at the Rome conference of FAO.
 
The release said that, In India the prevalence of malnutrition is very high. More than 40% of under-five children population suffers from the condition.  In India an estimated 400 million people, a number larger than the entire population of the US, are infected with the TB-bacillus but are asymptomatic though at risk of developing active TB. More than half the cases of TB every year (two thirds in cases of people in age group of 15-19) could be prevented by ensuring people get enough to eat in terms of proteins and calories.
 
The World Bank reviewed and proposed revisions in May 2014, to its poverty calculation methodology and purchasing power parity basis for measuring poverty worldwide, including India. According to this revised methodology, the world had 872.3 million people below the new poverty line, of which 179.6 million people lived in India. In other words, India with 17.5% of total world's population had 20.6% share of world’s poorest in 2013.
 
"Most people get enough protein. But are you making the best protein choices?" asks nutritionist Geeta Dharmatti. "You need protein for your muscles, bones, and the rest of your body. Exactly how much you need changes with age. If you're watching your weight, try including protein with every meal. It will help you feel full longer."
 
"Spreading protein evenly across your meals is also good for your muscles, which is especially important as you get older and start to lose muscle mass. Along with the quantity of the protein, it is also very important to choose 
right quality of protein. Quality of proteins refers to the amount of amino acids provided by that protein. Poultry and egg proteins are easy to digest, cheaper and easily accessible, and hence contribute more in providing the required amino acids to the body. For this reason, they are also referred to as complete dietary protein," she said.
 
"The human brain needs certain essential nutrients to perform at an optimum level, particularly with regard to neurotransmitter-precursors, electrolytes (i.e. salts) and fuel (primarily glucose). By eating a healthy, balanced diet rich in chicken, eggs, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fish and carbohydrates, you can maintain healthy brain function without having to buy expensive dietary supplements (some of which work, but many of which don't).
 
"Apart from protein, you might also want to think about what else you're getting from protein-rich foods. For instance, to limit saturated fat, you'd want to choose lean chicken meat over fattier cuts. And to cut back on sodium, skip the processed meats like hot dogs and sausage. If you're trying to get more omega-3s, you might choose fish or eggs enriched with omega-3s. If you need to get more fibre look to beans, vegetables, nuts and pulses," Dr Dharmatti said.
 
According to the release, eggs are a phenomenally inexpensive and incredible source of high-quality nutrients in India.  They provide a tremendous amount of choline which can improve your memory and cognitive response. Studies have linked dietary intake of choline with higher IQ results. Additionally, the omega-3 fatty acids and nutrients like folate, pantothenic acid and zinc are also important for your brain function. Eating the yolk can reduce your stress level and prevent neurological disorders like depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. 
 
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"Consumption of adequate protein ensures strong immune defence, efficient signalling of nerves and impulses, healthy hair and maintenance of fluid balance in the body. Protein can also turn into an energy provider when required by the body. Insufficiency of protein in the body affects all organs and overall growth and development. It is always advisable to choose a balanced diet with adequate amount of proteins along with other nutrients to 
ensure a healthy body and revitalised mind," she added. 
 
Mr Om Prakash Singh, core committee member, Poultry India said: "Our Prime Minister has embarked on a worthy campaign to educate us on how to stay clean and thus stay healthy. Poultry India wants to support our Prime Minister by educating people on obesity and tell them that obesity decreases the quality and length of life, and increases individual and national healthcare costs. Our campaign which has just begun also fits in rather well with the three global events on nutrition and health globally this month. People who start the day with a protein-rich breakfast consume 200 fewer calories a day than those who chow down on a carb-heavy breakfast."
 
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Police stations should become temples of justice: Rajnath

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that a police station should not create a sense of fear among the poor and should become temples of justice.
 
Addressing the passing out parade at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here, he said the police is the most visible face of the state and it has been institutionalised to create a sense of security among citizens. 
 
The police officers should be a mix of `half steel` and `half wax` and they should work towards enhancing their leadership qualities, he added. 
 
Mr Singh noted that the investiture ceremony ws being held on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary of a gap of ten years.
 
“It should always be held on Sardar Patel`s jayanti,” he added, highlighting Sardar Patel`s role in uniting India. “Had Sardar Patel not been India’s first Home Minister, integrating Hyderabad would have been difficult,” he said. 
 
Mr Singh also inaugurated the new Administrative Office Building at the SVPNPA and laid a wreath at the IPS memorial on the SVPNPA campus. 
 
Earlier, he garlanded the statue of Sardar Patel at a civic function held in the city and administered the `Rashtriya Ekta Diwas` pledge to the assembled gathering. He also flagged off the `Run for Unity` organised on the occasion, in which college students, NCC cadets and others participated.
 
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BCCI names squad for first three ODIs against SL, Virat Kohli to lead

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today named the Indian team for the first three one-day internationals (ODIs) against Sri Lanka beginning November 2, with Virat Kohli as the captain.
 
BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said its All-India Senior Selection Committee, which met today to pick the team, had decided to rest regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
 
The following is the team:
 
 Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, W Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar Patel.
 
The committee also named the India 'A' team, with Manoj Tiwary as captain, that will play a one-day practice match against Sri Lanka at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai on October 30.
 
The following is the India 'A' team:
 
Manoj Tiwary (Captain), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Perveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav 
 
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board had agreed to play a five-ODI series in India at short notice to fill the void created by the abrupt decision of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to cancel an ongoing tour of India over a payment structure dispute with its players.
 
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BCCI suspends bilateral tours with West Indies, to initiate legal action against WICB

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Five days after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) cancelled the rest of an an ongoing tour of India because of a payment structure dispute with its players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India today decided to initiate legal proceedings against it.
 
At a meeting of its Working Committee here, the BCCI also decided to suspend all bilateral tours between the BCCI and WICB.
 
"BCCI will initiate legal proceedings against West Indies Cricket Board due to the abrupt cancellation of this tour. All bilateral tours between BCCI and WICB stand suspended," BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
 
Mr Patel said the members appreciated the gesture of the Sri Lankan Cricket board in accepting BCCI's request to play five one-day internationals (ODIs) starting from November 2 at such a short notice.
 
"This tour is in lieu of their scheduled tour to India next year which will be reciprocated by India touring Sri Lanka in months of July/August 2015," he said.
 
Mr Patel also announced that the venues for the five ODIs would be Cuttack, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad and the detailed itinerary would be announced shortly.
 
The WICB decision came when five matches of the tour -- the fifth ODI, a T20 International and three Test mathces -- were remaining.
 
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Pratt & Whitney launches work on its Customer Training Centre at Hyderabad

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Aircraft engine makers Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has begun work on the construction of its customer training centre here.
 
The ground-breaking ceremony for the new facility, to be housed in United Technologies Corporation India Private Limited, was held here yesterday.
 
Expected to be operational by mid-2015, it will train aircraft engineers and technicians of Pratt & Whitney’s customers on current and new engine models. This Pratt & Whitney training centre will be the third such facility in the world.
 
A press release from Pratt & Whitney said the initiative addresses the shortage of skilled manpower in India’s aviation industry. 
 
Initially, training would be provided on V2500 and PW1100G-JM engines, with scope for adding other Pratt & Whitney engines flying in the region and other models from the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine family.
 
The facility will include specialized trainings such as general familiarization, line & base maintenance and borescope inspection. It will have a capacity of 5,000 student days per year, which would gradually increase to 9,000 student days per year.
 
“Pratt & Whitney recognizes India’s potential as a major aviation hub. The Hyderabad centre will make world-class aerospace training available in India,” said Bruce Hall, General Manager – Customer Training, Pratt & Whitney. “The specialized training at this facility will train engineers from airlines in India and abroad. We are proud to deliver training programs that will support India in becoming a leader in the global aviation industry.”
 
Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager – Pratt & Whitney, UTC India said, “This customer training facility marks a major milestone for Pratt & Whitney. We will continue to invest in talent and infrastructure to support the industry's growth here.”
 
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Over last few years, Hyderabad has emerged as a promising aerospace investment destination and is evolving as an aviation hub. Roy Chowdhury said.
 
“The elements facilitating Hyderabad’s rapid growth include a robust infrastructure comprising of a host of government and private manufacturers and R&D institutions. Hyderabad also has a world-class airport and associated facilities. The presence of a highly-developed education system that produces high-quality engineering and IT talent is also a contributing factor.”
 
At present, a large fleet of aircraft in India use engines made by Pratt & Whitney and IAE International Aero Engines AG (a consortium in which Pratt & Whitney is a majority shareholder). The company will also supply the PurePower Geared Turbofan engines for Airbus and Embraer aircraft ordered by GoAir, IndiGo and Air Costa. The GTF engines deliver double-digit improvements in fuel burn, noise and emissions with the highest level of maturity of the new generation of advanced commercial engines being developed in the industry.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Hyderabad on Thursday

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a one-day visit to Telangana tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
During his stay in Hyderabad, Mr Mukherjee will attend the closing ceremony of the 11th Metropolis World Congress, 2014. 
 
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YuppTV launches Sun TV Network channels for audiences in UK, Europe

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Yupp TV, an over-the-top (OTT) content player for South Asian content, live TV and on-demand movies, has launched channels of the Sun TV Network for viewers in the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe.
 
A press release from the company said it would now offer the network's offerings in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada for viewership in the UK and across Europe. 
 
The channels include Sun TV, K TV, Sun Music and Adithya TV in Tamil, Gemini TV, Gemini Comedy and Gemini Movies in Telugu, Surya TV and Kiran TV in Malayalam and Udaya TV in Kannada.
 
Mr. Uday Reddy, CEO of YuppTV said, “The Sun TV Network adds strength to our increasing spectrum of channels and this launch is indeed the most awaited by the UK and Europe audiences. The premium content we are offering to the viewers across the world continues to grow and expand in its scope as we add leading channels to our repertoire. This launch, we trust, will be the source of much pleasure to viewers across these regions.”
 
Yupp TV is an eight-year-old company with its headquarters in Atlanta, United States, and branch offices in the USA and India.
 
It delivers more than 200 TV channels, 4500 videos (daily), movies and live events to the six screens for video content consumption -- Connected TVs, Internet STBs, Smart Blu-ray players, PCs, Smart Phones and Tablets, the release added.
 
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J&J to set up new consumer products manufacturing facility in Telangana

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Healthcare products major Johnson & Johnson (J&J) India will set up a new manufacturing facility -- its largest in the country -- at a cost of Rs 400 crore near Kothur in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana.
 
The facility, which will come up on a 47-acre plot, will create over 1500 direct and indirect employment opportunities in the first phase, a press release from the company said.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for the new facility today at a function attended by, among otehrs, Mr Vikas Srivastava, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer (India).
 
The new unit will be a world-class facility for the manufacture of personal hygiene and skin care products, the release said.
 
“We are very excited to begin work on what will become our largest manufacturing facility in India. Johnson & Johnson has been serving the healthcare needs of India by providing safe, innovative products to consumers. With this new facility, we aim to further strengthen our commitment to consumers in India to improve the health and wellbeing of the society," Mr Srivastava said.
 
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Pilatus, Tata to manufacture PC-12 "green aircraft" aerostructures in India

File photo of a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
File photo of a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.
Swiss aerospace major Pilatus Aircraft Ltd and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) of India today said they had signed an agreement for the manufacture and supply of Pilatus PC-12 “Green Aircraft” Aerostructures at the latter's facility here.
 
This will include assembly of complete airframe for the aircraft, including Integrated Fuselage, Wing, Cockpit, Ailerons, Fins, and Rudders. 
 
"During a rigorous sourcing and selection process, Tata Advanced Systems were able to evidence world class capabilities and the capacity to support delivery against Pilatus’ requirements," a press release from Tata Advanced Systems said.
 
"The Pilatus PC-12 NG has gained a reputation for outstanding versatility, performance, reliability, and operational flexibility. It is one of the most popular turbine-powered business aircraft in the market today with over 1300 aircrafts already sold worldwide. In operation around the globe, the PC-12 NG has found popularity in a number of roles including executive transport, cargo, air-ambulance, airline, and government special mission applications," it said.
 
Pilatus is currently supplying its PC-7 MkII Basic Trainer Aircraft to the Indian Air Force as part of its contract for 75 such aircraft.
 
“We are delighted to enter into a relationship with TASL, which is known for its high quality aero structure assembly capability, proven to many prestigious international aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Tata is without doubt a partner of choice for Pilatus in the continued expansion of its portfolio of international subcontractors. The partnership is also important in the context of Pilatus’ offset obligation resulting from the sale of the PC-7 MkII Training Aircraft System to the Indian Air Force”, said Markus Bucher, CEO of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.
 
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“We are pleased to enter into a partnership with Pilatus, known for its technology leadership and excellence in the business jet and trainer aircraft segment. It is a matter of pride for us that Pilatus has found Tata Advanced Systems to be the partner of choice in its global supply chain. This significant initiative is testament to the strong performance demonstrated by Tata Advanced Systems in recent years to become a supplier of choice for Aerostructures manufacturing. Our desire is to further strengthen this partnership with Pilatus to develop capabilities for complete aircraft manufacturing in India, which will meet the needs of the Indian Defence Forces.” Mr. S. Ramadorai, Chairman, Tata Advanced Systems, said.
 
Tata Advanced Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons, is a leader in the aerostructures business in India with partnerships and joint ventures with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, wherein it is manufacturing key aerostructures as a global single source. 
 
The company has recently won contracts from RUAG Aviation for of Dornier 228-212 NG Fuselage and Wing, and Cobham Mission Equipment for Air-to-Air Refuelling Pods. It also has development and manufacturing units in the areas of Missile Systems, Radar Systems, Unmanned Systems, Optronics, Command & Control Systems and Homeland Security.
 
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14 children, two others killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana

At least 14 schoolchildren and two others -- the driver and cleaner of their school bus -- were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana on Thursday morning.

 
14 children, driver killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana
At least 14 schoolchildren and two others -- the driver and cleaner of their school bus -- were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana this morning.
 
Police officials told NetIndian over the telephone that at least 20 other chidren suffered injuries in the gruesome incident and had been rushed to the Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad for treatment.
 
The incident occurred around 9.15 am, they said. The children were students of the Kakatiya Techno School at Medak.
 
Police and personnel of the fire brigade and other emergency services, as well as local people, who rushed to the scene had a tough time extricating the victims from the wreckage of the bus which was dragged for some distance before the train came to a halt.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao expressed shock over the incident and ordered an inquiry into it. He deputed state Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao to rush to the spot and supervise the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Mr Rao announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next-of-kin of each of those killed in the tragedy.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.
 
“I am extremely saddened to learn about the accident in which some school children lost their lives and many others are critically injured after a passenger train hit a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana. I understand relief operations are underway," Mr Mukherjee said.
 
"I am sure that the State Government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide urgent medical assistance to the injured and all possible aid to the bereaved families.
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he said.
 
Mr Modi expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the mishap.
 
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Sania Mirza condemns attempts to brand her as outsider by BJP MLA

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Tennis star Sania Mirza today strongly condemned attempts to portray her as an outsider by Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA K Laxman who set off a major controversy by flaying the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government for naming her as a brand ambassador of the state.
 
While doing so, Mr Laxman questioned her credentials for the assignment, on the one hand, and also referred to her as a "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan because she is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
 
Telangana Chief Minister and TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao had announced a grant of Rs 1 crore to Mirza, 27, for training and appointed her as a brand ambassador of the newly-formed state on Wednesday.
 
Describing her as a daughter of Hyderabad, Mr Rao had said on the occasion, "Telangana is proud of Sania who is a true Hyderabadi. She's now ranked number five in international tennis (doubles) and we wish she becomes the number one."
 
Mr Laxman said the government had bestowed the honour on Mirza only with an eye on the votes of the minority commuity in the coming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
 
He said Mirza had never participated in the movement for a separate statement of Telangana.
 
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"It hurts me that so much precious time of prominent politicians and the media is being wasted on a petty issue of my being appointed the Brand Ambassador of my State of Telangana. I sincerely believe that this precious time should be spent on solving the more urgent issues of our State and country," Mirza said in a statement.
 
"I would like to state as follows:
 
1. I am married to Mr. Shoaib Malik, who is from Pakistan. I am an Indian, who will remain an Indian until the end of my life. 
 
2. I was born in Mumbai as my mother needed to be at a specialist hospital since she was seriously unwell at the time of my birth. I came home to Hyderabad when I was 3 weeks old. My forefathers have lived in Hyderabad for more than a century. My grandfather, Mr. Mohammed Zaffer Mirza started his career as an Engineer in Nizam's Railways in Hyderabad in 1948 and died in his ancestral home in Hyderabad. 
 
"My great grandfather, Mr. Mohd. Ahmed Mirza was also born and raised in Hyderabad. He was the Chief Engineer, Water Works, Hyderabad and was responsible for constructing the famous Gandipet dam. 
 
"My great, great grandfather, Mr. Aziz Mirza was the Home Secretary under the Nizam in Hyderabad and worked tirelessly for relief works during the historic Musi River floods of 1908. 
 
"So, my family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and I strongly condemn any attempts by any person, whosoever, to brand me an outsider. 
 
"I hope this clears all doubts and issues," she added.
 
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Modi condoles loss of lives in bus accident in Medak

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a bus accident in Medak district of Telangana this morning.
 
Mr Modi also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the mishap, an official press release added.
 
At least 12 schoolchildren and the driver of their school bus were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district.
 
At least 19 chidren suffered injuries in the gruesome incident and had been rushed to a nearby hospital. 
 
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12 children, driver killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana

At least 12 schoolchildren and the driver of their school bus were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana on Thursday morning.

 
12 children, driver killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana
At least 12 schoolchildren and the driver of their school bus were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana this morning.
 
Police officials told NetIndian over the telephone that at least 19 children suffered injuries in the gruesome incident and had been rushed to a nearby hospital. 
 
The incident occurred around 9.15 am, they said. The children were students of the Kakatiya Techno School at Medak.
 
Police and personnel of the fire brigade and other emergency services, as well as local people, who rushed to the scene had a tough time extricating the victims from the wreckage of the bus which was dragged for some distance before the train came to a halt.
 
Schoolbags, water bottles, books and other articles were strewn all over the place, the officials said.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has expressed shock over the incident and ordered an inquiry into it. He deputed state Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao to rush to the spot and supervise the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Some of the more injured students may be rushed to Hyderabad, the officials added.
 
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Govt. says to bring new policy for aquaculture sector

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Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has said that the government is planning to develop a policy for the growth of aquaculture in the country, given its vast potential.
 
"The oceans and the inland waters of our countries offer excellent scope for blue growth. The under exploited potential resources of the country can usher in a ‘blue revolution’ or ‘aquaplosion’," he said in his inaugural address at the 33rd session of the Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission here yesterday.
 
Highlighting the importance of the fisheries sector in providing livelihood to a large section of the population and also vast potential of fisheries in the country, Mr Singh strongly advocated sustainability and fishermen’s welfare. 
 
"Sustainable growth of fisheries and aquaculture is possible only if the sector’s socio-economic benefits accrue to a large social spectrum. The maxim for policy makers should aim at ensuring the desired growth duly preserving the natural resource base and millions of livelihood; since fisheries and aquaculture are predominantly livelihood activities. Therefore, we should not forget the marine fishers, fish farmers and their welfare in our obsession for increasing fish production and productivity," he said.
 
Mr Singh said the sector was confronted with serious inadequacies of planning, funding and management, despite being one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the global agricultural economy and despite being the only solution to the global availability of food fish. 
 
"There are innumerable challenges to the growth of aquaculture species, ranging from availability of seeds and feed, environmental threats, disease risks, trade barriers to name a few. These threaten both economic and socio-economic development in many developing countries of the world," he said.
 
Mr Singh offered India’s cooperation in aquaculture and fisheries to other countries, both for their sustainable development and management. 
 
He told the gathering that India stood second in the world in global fish production and second in the areas of inland capture and aquaculture.
 
"We are number 7 in marine capture production/fisheries. Our total production is 9.51 million metric. India registered an increase of 92.8% in aquaculture and 15.1 % in marine catches in the last 10 years (2003-12). The share of India’s production from aquaculture is 6.3% of the world," he said.
 
"‘India is bestowed with wide array of natural resources for developing marine, brackish water and inland fisheries. Presently, aquaculture holds importance, since enhanced fish production by sustainable aquaculture is the key for ensuring food security and poverty alleviation. Aquaculture in India relies heavily on inland aquaculture of finfish even though potential for mariculture production of finfish remains largely untapped," he said.
 
Mr Singh said the government was finalising the guidelines for foraying in to mariculture in cages along with cage culture in open water bodies such as reservoirs. 
 
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Tata Advanced Systems in partnership with RUAG Aviation to manufacture Dornier 228 fuselage, wing

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Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) today announced a new partnership with RUAG Aviation to manufacture fuselages and wings for the Dornier 228 aircraft. 
 
This partnership is TASL's fourth such in the aerospace sector, a press release from the company said here today.
 
"In a short span of five years since 2009, TASL has become a significant player in the global aerospace market, already establishing 100% export-dedicated joint ventures with Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin, it said.
 
The ground-breaking ceremony for the manufacturing facility here was held in the presence of Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana, Mr. S Ramadorai, Chairman of TASL, and Mr. Martin Bühlmann, Vice President - Supply Chain Management of RUAG Aviation. 
 
Mr. Bühlmann said, "With TASL, we have found the right partner for the future of the RUAG Dornier 228 Programme. Tata's strong track record in similar programmes and their ambition to become one of the world's leading manufacturing companies in the aviation sector make us confident that this partnership will be successful and offer long-term benefits to both Tata and RUAG Aviation."
 
"The Tata-RUAG partnership is a glowing example of cooperation between India and Europe. That RUAG has entrusted us to deliver its showcase product, the Dornier 228, at world-class standards of precision and quality, demonstrates our success in developing a highly skilled and motivated workforce with established credentials to undertake high-technology work for global customers," Mr Ramadorai said.
 
This project is the fourth aero structures unit to be set up by TASL in Hyderabad. The joint venture with Sikorsky has already delivered over 70 Sikorsky S-92 cabins, successfully indigenising the production of the entire cabin. The joint venture with Lockheed Martin manufactures the empennage and centre wing box for the C-130 J Aircraft.
 
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Telangana & AP HC Judge transferred to Punjab & Haryana HC

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Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, Judge of the High Court of Telangana and Aandhra Pradesh, has been transferred to the High Court of Punjab & Haryana by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
 
An official press release said Mr Justice Mohunta had been directed to assume charge of his office in the Punjab & Haryana High Court on or before June 30.
 
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4 bodies found, 20 students from Hyderabad still missing in HP

 
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Search and rescue teams today found the bodies of four of the 24 students of an engineering college near Hyderabad who went missing and were feared drowned after water was suddenly released from the Larji hydro-electric project into the Beas river in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh yesterday evening.
 
District officials in Mandi told NetIndian over the telephone that the search for the remaining missing 20 students had been suspended at nightfall and would be resumed at day-break tomorrow.
 
The students -- 18 boys and six girls -- were part of a  larger group of second year engineering students from the VNR Vignana College of Engineering and Technology near Hyderabad and were on a study tour in the area when the tragedy occurred.
 
The bodies of three girls and a boy were recovered this morning from the Pandoh dam, about 15 km downstream, and efforts were continuing to trace the others, they said.
 
A team from the Telangana government, led by state Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy and including police officials, was expected in Mandi later on Monday. The Director General of Police of Telangana and the Police Commissioner of Cyberabad were also in touch with senior police officials in Himachal Pradesh.
 
Various accounts suggested that the students were taking photographs and playing around on the rocks and in the shallow water when extra water was released from the dam suddenly around 7 pm yesterday.
 
According to officials, the dam authorities had issued the usual alerts and sounded sirens to downstream areas before releasing the water but the district administration has ordered an inquiry to establish the circumstances in which the mishap occurred.
 
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People on the banks of the river alerted the students to the sudden surge in water levels, but all of them were swept away before they could move to safety, the officials said.
 
Emergency teams were rushed to the spot and searched for the missing students with help of searchlights late into the night.
 
At daybreak today, the authorities intensified the search and rescue efforts by deploying rafters and divers even as scores of people scoured the riverside on both sides. Officials of the adjoining Kullu district also joined the rescue efforts.
 
The incident occurred at Thalot, around 40 km from Mandi. The Larji dam is located around two km upstream from there.
 
An official press release here said Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju would oversee the rescue and relief efforts and help the families of the victims. Among other things, steps are being taken to fly the parents of the missing students to Manali.
 
Union Minister of Human Resources Development Smriti Irani expressed grave concern and shock over the incident. She assured Himachal Pradesh Minister of Education G S Bali of all assistance and support required from the Centre.
 
She also spoke to a member of the faculty of the college, who was accompanying the students on the study trip to Himachal Pradesh and was present  at the site of the mishap when it happened. The principal of the college has been assured of all cooperation to cope with the tragedy.
 
"Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she added.
 
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Chandrababu Naidu elected leader of Telugu Desam Legislative Party in AP

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Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu was formally elected as the Leader of the Telugu Desam Legislative Party (TDLP) at a meeting in Tirupati yesterday evening, paving the way for him to become the first Chief Minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Ten districts of the undivided state were carved out on June 1 to form the new state of Telangana, meeting a decades-old demand of the people of the region.
 
Mr Naidu's name was proposed by party leader K E Krishna Murthy, a senior legislator of the TDP, and seconded by two MLAs. He is expected to be sworn in as the Chief Minister on June 8.
 
"Thanks to the team for supporting me & entrusting the responsibility to re-build AP. Let's get this great work started," Mr Naidu said on micro-blogging site Twitter after his election.
 
The TDP won 102 seats in the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the recent general elections.
 
Mr Naidu, 64, was the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004 - the longest term served by any leader in that office. Among other things, he helped to make Hyderabad into one of the major IT hubs in India. Since then, he had the longest term as Leader of Opposition in the state assembly before storming back to power in the 2014 elections.
 
Born on April 20, 1950, Mr Naidu has an MA in Economics before plunging into politics. He became one fo the youngest ministers in the T Anjaiah government in 1978.
 
As the cinematography minister, he came in contact with well-known Telugu actor N T Rama Rao (NTR) and married his second daughter, Bhuvaneswari, in 1980. In 1982, NTR launched the TDP and, a year later, Naidu left the Congress and joined it. He managed to wrest control of the party in 1995.
 
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Modi welcomes Telengana as 29th state, says it will add strength to India

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed the formation of Telangana as the 29th state of India and said it would add strength to the country's development journey in the coming years.
 
"Telangana's birth comes after years of struggle and sacrifices by several people. We pay our respects to them today," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr Modi also congratulated Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K Chandrasekhar Rao, who was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the new state in Hyderabad this morning. 
 
"Congrats to K Chandrasekhar Rao Garu on taking oath as Telangana's 1st CM. My best wishes to people for the state's development journey," he tweeted.
 
"Centre assures complete support to the people & Government of Telangana  in taking the state to newer heights of progress," he added.
 
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Telangana becomes 29th state of India, K Chandrasekhar Rao its first Chief Minister

Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India at the stroke of midnight on Sunday night amid joyous celebrations and TRS leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as its first Chief Minister on Monday morning, marking the culmination of decades of struggle in the region for carving out a separate state from Andhra Pradesh.

 
K Chandrashekhar Rao takes oath as first CM of Telangana
Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India at the stroke of midnight last night amid joyous celebrations and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as its first Chief Minister this morning, marking the culmination of decades of struggle in the region for carving out a state from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Mr Rao and 11 other Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan at a function in Raj Bhavan here.
 
Earlier in the morning, Mr Narasimhan, who is the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, was sworn in as the Governor of Telangana this morning by Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta.
 
Mr Narasimhan will discharge the functions of the Governor of Telangana, in addition to his own duties, until a permanent arrangement is made.
 
Under the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, the Governor of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh shall be the Governor of both the successor States for such period as may be determined by the President.
 
It also says that Hyderabad will be the common capital of the two states for a period not exceeding ten years. After expiry of that period, Hyderabad shall be the capital of Telangana and there shall be a new capital for Andhra Pradesh.
 
For the purposes of administration of the common capital area, the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area.
 
In particular, the responsibility of the Governor shall extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security of vital installations, and management and allocation of Government buildings in the common capital area.
 
Telangana comprises the following districts of the earlier state of Andhra Pradesh: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal, Rangareddi, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Khammam and Hyderabad.
 
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It says that the Governor of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh shall be the Governor of both the successor States for such period as may be determined by the President.
 
For the purposes of administration of the common capital area, the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area, it says.
 
In particular, the responsibility of the Governor shall extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security of vital installations, and management and allocation of Government buildings in the common capital area.
 
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs revoked President's Rule in the newly-created Telangana region, paving the way for the inslallation of a government headed by Mr Rao.
 
President's rule will continue in the residual Andhra Pradesh until June 8, when Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu is slated to be sworn in as its Chief Minister.
 
Before taking oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state, Mr Rao paid tributes to the martyrs of Telangana at Gun Park near the Legislative Assembly.
 
The celebrations in Hyderabad and other parts of the new state included fireworks, cultural events and victory rallies. People were seen distributing sweets each other as they rejoiced in the historic moment.
 
The TRS won 63 of the 119 Assembly seats in Telangana in the recently-held elections.
 
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Centre set up Expert Committee on new capital for successor state of Andhra Pradesh

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The Centre has  constituted an Expert Committee to study the various alternatives regarding the new capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations.
 
An official press release said the committee had been set up pursuant to the Section 6 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
 
The committee will be chaired by Mr K C Siva Ramakrishnan, a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who is currently Research Professor & Chairman, Governing Board, Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi.
 
Other members of the committee are Dr.Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi; Mr Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore; Prof. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi; and Prof. K T Ravindran, former Dean, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
 
According to the release, the Terms of Reference of the committee are as follows:
 
1. To study various alternatives for locating the new capital of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and evaluate their comparative suitability based on available data, site visits and consultations with the stakeholders, central government and the existing government of Andhra Pradesh and the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and submit its report within 31st August, 2014.
 
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2. To evaluate the possible alternatives and make appropriate recommendations based on the following considerations:
a) Availability of sufficient land, water and other essential natural resources with due regard to the possibility of de-reservation of degraded forest land.
 
b) Conduct an assessment of the potential for planned growth for the estimated population with appropriate zoning regulations as well as the feasibility of accommodating large structures to house the Raj-Bhawan, State Legislature (Assembly and Council), Secretariat, High Court, office buildings, guest houses, residential quarters and physical infrastructure including stadia, conference halls, convention centres, hotels, hospitals, schools, colleges, educational and training institutions, libraries, museums, theatres, places of recreation and tourism, parks and markets etc.
 
c) Potential for connectivity by rail, road and air with various districts of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and the present common capital of Hyderabad and other major cities of the region as well as the possibility to develop rapid mass transit systems within the city.
 
d) Assess the potential for developing a vibrant economic, social and cultural infrastructure for a symbiotic growth with the other important cities in the region.
 
3.  The Committee while making its recommendations will inter-alia consider allied issues such as: a) The least possible dislocation to existing agriculture systems as well as ensure minimum resettlement of people and their habitations. b) Preservation of local ecology and natural features including water bodies. c) Promoting environmentally sustainable growth coupled with measures for pollution mitigation including solid and liquid waste management. d) Vulnerability assessment from natural disasters like floods, cyclones and earthquakes. e) Assess the scope for minimizing the cost of construction and acquisition of land f) Ascertain the availability of raw materials, skilled and unskilled labour etc. required for the construction of a new capital.
 
Members of the public or any organisation can send any suggestion specific to the issues mentioned in the terms of reference of the committee by email to: feedback.expcomt@mha.gov.in or in writing to Centre-States Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, 5th Floor, NDCC –II Building, Jaisingh Road, N.Delhi 110001 latest by 7th May 2014.
 
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BJP names three LS candidates from Seemandhra region in Andhra Pradesh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named three candidates for the Lok Sabha elections from the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The candidates are K Haribabu from Visakhapatnam, Gokaraju Ganga Raju from Narsapur and Kaumanchi Jayaram from Tirupati (SC), a BJP press release said.
 
The party also released a list of 15 candidates from the region for the elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, which will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
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BJP names eight LS candidates in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named eight candidates from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections.
 
The following is the list of candidates:
 
Karimanagar: Ch. Vidyasagar Rao
Nizamabad: E. Lakshminarayana
Medak: Chagendla Narendra Nath
Secunderabad: Bandaru. Dattatreya
Hyderabad: Bhagawanth Rao
Mahaboobnagar: Nagam Janardhan Reddy
Bhongir: Indrasen Reddy
Warangal (SC): Ramagalla Parameswar
 
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Ahead of day one of LS polls, TDP joins BJP-led NDA

 
TDP joins BJP-led NDA, workers of both parties protest
Just a day ahead of the first round of polling in the nine-phase Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) received a boost when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) joined it in Andhra Pradesh.
 
TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu announced the deal, which was reached after weeks of negotiations between the BJP and his party.
 
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of the party's affairs in Andhra Pradesh, and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Naresh Gujral were present on the occasion.
 
Under the agreement, the BJP will field its candidates for eight seats in the Telangana region and five seats in the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana will have 17 seats in the Lok Sabha and Seemandhra 25 when Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated into states -- Telangana and Andhra Pradesh -- after the elections.
 
The BJP will also contest 47 out of 119 seats in the Telangana region and 15 of 125 in the Seemandhra in the elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly that will be held simultaneously.
 
"I am happy to announce that the TDP will be part of the NDA alliance. Chandrababu Naidu will be a co-architect with Narendra Modi to build a corruption free and Congress-free India," Mr Gujral, son of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, said.
 
Mr Naidu said that the state had gained when his party had allied with the NIDA in the past. "In the same spirit, we have sealed a deal with the BJP today for the nation. We will ensure that the Congress is wiped out," he said.
 
“Now, we all will be together to serve the country," he said. He also expressed support for BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. "I am confident that Narendra Modi will repeat what he has done in Gujarat. I am sure that we will get more than 300 seats," he said.
 
"We are a lucky party. Whenever we have allied to form a non-Congress national government we have been successful," he said.
 
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The 63-year-old former Andhra Chief Minister, who is the son of late film actor N T Rama Rao, who founded the TDP, hit out at the Congress on issues such as corruption and inflation. "People are suffering because of corruption and price rise. That is why we need to defeat the Congress. We have to make a Congress-free India," he said.
 
The agreement has not, however, been an entirely smooth affair, with workers in both parties opposing the move. There were protests by TDP workers outside Mr Naidu's residence. At the same time, district leaders of the BJP in the state have opposed the agreement and some of them have threatened to quit the party. There were also protests near the hotel where Mr Javadekar was staying.
 
The deal brings the BJP that much closer to the magic figure of 272 seats that it needs to form the next government in Delhi. On his party, Mr Naidu is eyeing another term as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The TDP-BJP alliance had won 36 of the 42 seats in Andhra Pradesh in 1999, with the BJP bagging seven for itself. But the BJP could not win a single seat in the state in the next two Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2009.
 
Mr Modi had, during a public meeting in Hyderabad last August, reached out to Mr Naidu, recalling that the late N T Rama Rao had formed the TDP with the aim of ousting the Congress from power on the question of Telugu pride.
 
Things appeared to be moving towards a deal when Mr Naidu appeared alongside senior BJP leaders at the swearing-in ceremony of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal in December.
 
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I Think I Need A Wife!

Preparing for a small party at home --- all in a day's work for a wife.
Preparing for a small party at home --- all in a day's work for a wife.
"If I am not misunderstood..............I think I need a wife!”
 
That was my response to a question thrown at me at a recent interaction. What is the one thing that you would ever want in life?
 
I thought for a moment and realised I had everything. I had a beautiful house, a home, a loving husband, two wonderful children, an absolutely handsome golden retriever, a garden, enough money, everything was so perfect. I had nothing to wish for, nothing to complain about. No one else could replace anything that I had.  
 
I thought for a while. There is something, probably. Yes! I need a wife.
 
Having looked all around me, interacting with different women, they all had one thing in common. They took a sabbatical and managed their home. Some of them were doctors, lawyers, lecturers, all from different professions. What is it that made them give up their dreams of being independent and career-oriented? 
 
It was the love they had for their man and children. They didn’t want a member in their home to feel lost. So many ‘what if’ situations to take care of. No one else could handle them better than her.
 
6. 15 am-  wake up time. Keep milk on stove, boil water, boil eggs, leave the dog, get the newspaper, switch off the light outside, make coffee for husband, milk for kids, wake them up, keep reminding them to get ready, see them off (did you take the water bottle?), see off husband (have you taken the wallet, mobile, office keys, office id?). Close the gate and wave with a smile ….Thank God! The house is all mine. 
 
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What do I do? Tidy up the house, dusting, water the plants, sort out clothes for ironing and wash, put clothes for wash, hang out the clothes, make dinner, an evening snack, finish off all my freelance projects for an hour or two, bathe, and do I hear the doorbell??? 
 
Well! The kids are back. Keep your shoes on the rack, change, wash up, have your snack, they either go to play or they go for a class. Light the lamp. Sit for a while enjoying the evening peace for half an hour (what’s running through my mind is what’s left to be done), go back to the freelance work, kids are back, sit with them with their studies and the doorbell rings again! 
 
Husband is back!…….dinner time, wash the vessels, keep all arranged for the morning, switch of lights, kiss kids good night and collapse.
 
Feeling stressed out reading this, or is it boring? Well! That’s the life of a wife.
Only a wife can multitask. While you are away, she takes care of every aspect of your home. When you return, you have a tidy home, warm home cooked food (with the secret ingredient- Love), kids will be taken care of and the most important fact - She is just there! ................ so guys! I think I NEED A WIFE! 
 
This statement triggered several questions in the minds of men we know. Was I leaving my husband? Whereas, others thought, Wow! Lovely idea. The lucky guy would have two wives!  Obviously, Men will be Men! 
 
My thought was more or less based on the depth of the person she is.  I need to experience the same assurance and care. I want to give her abundant love for just being there for me and setting things right. And trust me! I would be so possessive of my wife. 
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When other husbands jokingly made the statement, that every man would want a wife, an interesting thought went through my mind. A husband would never think he needs a husband...because a wife offers so much support to the family whereas a husband increases the work load (He would never want a replica of himself, would he?).
 
A wife means so much. She is the most efficient person, so caring and definitely with an amazing presence of mind to handle difficult situations. She with the ability to multi-task, the only thing she would probably need was to be like an octopus. At times, a doctor, a plumber, an electrician, the finance controller, a chef, takes care of the housekeeping, a motivator, a counsellor, a consultant, and several others.
 
I have been on both sides of the world. The working woman and a home maker. Either ways, I managed the home. With growing responsibilities, a woman has to make her choices - a choice between responsibilities and self-growth. 
 
As husband and wife, the decisions are made together. So much thought goes into the discussion.  Well, is there a choice? It takes two people to discuss for hours and come up with the obvious conclusion -  the woman stays home.
 
I never think it is a male dominated world, the fact is men think they should dominate and women too think men dominate. But we need to understand that we depend on each other, one's survival depends on the other's existence. So look after each other, acknowledge each other, respect each other, and consider each other. Society puts responsibilities and duties into compartments, this duty is for a man and that for woman. Why not help each other so each individual lives life to the fullest?
 
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A wife has no personal gain other than the happiness to see her husband and children return to a comfortable home. 
 
Come to think of it,  men are really lucky. As men relate to technology, let me put it this way: in a wife they have several applications to set their world right and more efficient. The one person in their life with several features. Yes, there are times when there could be a virus attack and the system crashes, but, trust me, the anti- virus is probably a simple solution -- a hug and a question, “ How was your day?” 
 
So, "If I am not misunderstood..............I think I need a wife to just be there for me!” 
 
Anita Peter
Anita Peter
Anita Peter is a corporate trainer by profession and a dancer and actress by passion. She has acted in two Malayalam films, several Malayalam and Tamil television serials and in plays. She has compered shows and programmes and modelled for several print ads and television commercials for popular brands. She was among the top 10 finalists of the Haier Gladrags Mrs India 2011.
 
She is an active member of a non-profit dance school in Bangalore that promotes art and culture. She is also a certified grade "B" artist by Doordarshan Kendra for Mohiniyattam and has performed in several dance festivals and events.  Among other things, she won the Kerala State Championship in Artistic and Figure Roller Skating. She is currently based in Hyderabad.
 
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