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Warner, Dhawan, Rahul shine as Sunrisers crush RCB by 8 wickets


 
Powered by a superb 57 by skipper David Warner and an unbeaten 50 by his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad outclassed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here tonight.
 
Put in to bat first, RCB were all out for 166 in 19.5 overs, with A B de Villiers making 46 and captain Virat Kohli 41.
 
Chasing 167 for a win, Sunrisers cruised to 172 for two in 17.2 overs, winning with 16 balls to spare without facing any difficulties at all.
 
Lokesh Rahul also shone this evening, striking one six and four fours in his 28-ball 44 not out for Sunrisers.
 
RCB had beaten defending champions by three wickets in their first outing in the tournament on April 11, while Sunrisers had lost by 45 runs to Chennai Super Kings in their first match on the same day.
 
Warner and Dhawan got the Sunrisers off to a breezy start in the chase, putting on 82 for the first wicket.
 
Warner struck six fours and four sixes in his 27-ball knock, while Dhawan's 42-ball 50 included four fours and two sixes.
 
Kane Williamson did not last very long, making just 5. Dhawan found an able ally in Rahul and the two steered the visitors past the victory post -- their first win of the season -- without any fuss. Lokesh hit one six and four fours in his unbeaten 44.
 
RCB were at one stage comfortably placed at 93 for two in the 12th over, with Kohli on 41 after he and Chris Gayle (21) had given the side a decent start by putting on 43 for the first wicket.
 
But Ravi Bopara struck twice, with the last two balls of that over, to remove Kohli and Mandeep Singh (0) with the total at 93.
 
The home team never recovered from those twin blows and the rest of the batting just caved in for the addition of just 73 more runs. On the flat wicket here, their 166 was never going to be an easy total to defend.
 
Scoreboard
Royal Challengers Bangalore (20 overs maximum)
CH Gayle c Ashish Reddy b P Kumar 21
V Kohli b Bopara 41
KD Karthik c Williamson b Sharma 9
AB de Villiers c Dhawan b Boult 46
Mandeep Singh c Warner b Bopara 0
DJG Sammy b Ashish Reddy 6
SA Abbott c Sharma b Boult 14
HV Patel c Williamson b Boult 2
AN Ahmed b B Kumar 4
VR Aaron b B Kumar 6
YS Chahal not out 1 1
Extras (lb 4, w 12) 16
Total (all out; 19.5 overs) 166 (8.36 runs per over)
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Gayle, 5.3 ov), 2-77 (Karthik, 10.1 ov), 3-93 (Kohli, 11.5 ov), 4-93 (Mandeep Singh, 11.6 ov), 5-125 (Sammy, 15.6 ov), 6-152 (de Villiers, 18.2 ov), 7-152 (Abbott, 18.3 ov), 8-155 (Patel, 18.5 ov), 9-165 (Aaron, 19.3 ov), 10-166 (Ahmed, 19.5 ov)
Bowling
TA Boult 4 0 36 3
B Kumar 3.5 0 30 2
P Kumar 4 0 34 1
RS Bopara 3 0 31 2
KV Sharma 4 0 20 1
A Ashish Reddy 1 0 11
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (target: 167 runs from 20 overs)
DA Warner lbw b Chahal 57
S Dhawan not out   50
KS Williamson st Karthik b Chahal 5
KL Rahul not out 44
Extras (lb 5, w 9, nb 2) 16
Total (2 wickets; 17.2 overs) 172
Did not bat: NV Ojha, RS Bopara, A Ashish Reddy, KV Sharma, P Kumar, B Kumar, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-82 (Warner, 7.5 ov), 2-94 (Williamson, 9.5 ov)
Bowling
SA Abbott 2 0 21 0
HV Patel 2 0 23 0
VR Aaron 3.2 0 36 0
AN Ahmed 4 0 41 0
DJG Sammy 2 0 18 0
YS Chahal 4 0 28 2
 
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IPL: Powered by McCullum's 100, CSK beat Sunrisers by 45 runs

 
Powered by an unbeaten 100 by opener Brendon McCullum and a scintillating 53 off just 29 balls by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 45 runs in the fourth match of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here this evening.
 
Opting to bat first, CSK posted an imposing 209 for four in their allotted 20 overs.
 
Chasing 210 for a win, Sunrisers could manage only 164 for six form their 20 overs, including 53 by opener and captain David Warner.
 
CSK had managed an exciting one-run victory over Delhi Daredevils in their first outing in the tournament two days ago at the same venue.
 
McCullum and Smith (27) gave the home team a superb start with a 75-run partnership for the first wicket.
 
The Super Kings had the benefit of some partnerships, with McCullum adding 60 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina (14) and then 63 for the third wicket with Dhoni.
 
While McCcullum hit nine sixes and seven fours in his unbeaten 100, made off 56 balls, Dhoni hit four sixes and four fours. 
 
Three of the four Chennai wickets that fell today were run-outs, with Trent Boult picking up one for 34 from his four overs.
 
Sunrisers began their chase reasonably well with Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (26) putting on 30 for the first wicket. Lokesh Rahul (5) did not last long but Warner and Naman Ojha (15) added 45 for the third wicket.
 
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Ravi Bopara (22) and Kane Williamson (26 not out) kept the scoreboard moving, but their efforts were not enough and Sunrisers never really got going.
 
For Chennai, Mohit Sharma picked up two for 36 and Dwayne Bravo two for 25.
 
McCullum and Dhoni, coming in at number four, were clearly the stars of the day as they set the stands on fire with shots to all corners. When the two were together, it was Dhoni who dominated the strike, destroying the Hyderabad attack in devastating fashion.
 
When Dhoni left in the last over, McCullum had just four balls left to get to his 100. Ravindra Jadeja, the striker, got run out off the first of them, but managed to turn the strike over.
 
McCullum reached 99 with a six and a four off the next two balls from Boult. A single off the last ball got him to the coveted mark and brought the stadium to its feet.
 
Scoreboard
Chennai Super Kings (20 overs maximum)
DR Smith run out (Boult) 27
BB McCullum not out 100
SK Raina run out (Rahul) 14
MS Dhoni c Warner b Boult 53
RA Jadeja run out (Boult) 0
DJ Bravo not out 0
Extras (lb 7, w 4, nb 4) 15
Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 209
Did not bat: F du Plessis, R Ashwin, MM Sharma, IC Pandey, A Nehra
Fall of wickets: 1-75 (Smith, 8.1 ov), 2-135 (Raina, 13.3 ov), 3-198 (Dhoni, 19.2 ov), 4-198 (Jadeja, 19.3 ov)
Bowling
B Kumar         4 0 31 0
TA Boult       4 0 34 1
I Sharma     3 0 46 0
KV Sharma         4 0 51 0
RS Bopara   4 0 29 0
Parvez Rasool 1 0 11 0
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad (target: 210 runs from 20 overs)
DA Warner c Smith b Pandey 53
S Dhawan c Jadeja b Sharma 26
KL Rahul b Sharma 5
NV Ojha c Sharma b Ashwin 15
RS Bopara b Bravo 22
KS Williamson not out 26
KV Sharma c Raina b Bravo 4
Parvez Rasool not out 2
Extras (lb 7, w 4) 11
Total (6 wickets; 20 overs) 164
Did not bat: B Kumar, I Sharma, TA Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Dhawan, 3.4 ov), 2-46 (Rahul, 5.6 ov), 3-91 (Ojha, 11.3 ov), 4-114 (Warner, 14.5 ov), 5-136 (Bopara, 16.4 ov), 6-150 (KV Sharma, 18.6 ov)
Bowling
A Nehra          4 0 31 0
MM Sharma 4 0 36 2
IC Pandey          3 0 26 1
R Ashwin     4 0 22 1
DJ Bravo     4 0 25 2
RA Jadeja   1 0 17 0
 
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Satyam fraud: Ramalinga Raju, brother, eight others get seven years in jail

 
Satyam case: Raju gets seven years in jail
A court here today convicted and sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment Satyam Computer Services Ltd (SCSL) founder-Chairman B Ramalinga Raju and his brother and then SCSL Managing Director B Rama Raju in the biggest case of corporate fraud in the country.
 
In all, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), Hyderabad today convicted 10 accused persons -- Mr Ramalinga Raju, Mr Rama Raju, Mr Vadlamani Srinivas, then CFO, SCSL; Mr  S.Gopalakrishnan, then Auditor, PricewaterhouseCooper; Mr Talluri Srinivas, then Auditor, PricewaterhouseCooper; Mr B. Suryanarayana Raju, then Director, SRSR Advisory Services Ltd.; Mr. G.Ramakrishna, then Vice President (Finance), SCSL; Mr. D. Venkatapati Raju, then Senior Manager (Finance), SCSL; Mr C. Srisailam, then Assistant Manager (Finance), SCSL and Mr. V.S.Prabhakar Gupta, then Global Head, Internal Audit, SCSL in the case.
 
Apart from the Raju brothers, the other eight persons were sentenced to undergo seven years of rigorous imprisonment with fine ranging from Rs. 26 lakhs to Rs 31 lakhs.
 
Mr Ramalinga Raju had been released from the Chanculguda Central Jail here on November 5, 2011 after the Supreme Court granted them bail after he had spent 32 months in jail.
 
He was arrested in January 2009 after he admitted to inflating the financial accounts of Satyam Computer Services, then India's fourth-largest software services provider. He was charged in 2010 on seven counts including forgery, criminal conspiracy and falsification of accounts.
 
He was briefly granted bail in 2010 by the Andhra Pradesh High Court. But the Supreme Court cancelled it in October 2010 after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a petition in the apex court against the order of the High Court.
 
Satyam had plunged into a crisis when Mr Ramalinga Raju resigned on January 7, 2009 after disclosing that profits had been overstated for years and that $ 1 billion of cash and bank balances on the company's books did not exist.
 
The government, in the days that followed, removed the directors of the company and appointed six new directors to look after Satyam's operations. One of the new directors, former NASSCOM president Kiran Karnik, was on February 6, 2009 named as the chairman of the company.
 
In mid-April of that year, Satyam's new Board of Directors, appointed by the Government, selected Venturbay Consultants Private Limited, a subsidiary controlled by outsourcer Tech Mahindra Limited, as the highest bidder to acquire a controlling stake in the company. Tech Mahindra paid Rs 1756 crore to acquire 31 per cent of Satyam at a price of Rs 58 per share and later made an open offer to acquire another 20 per cent of the shares of the company. 
 
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The company was later, in June 2009 rebranded as Mahindra Satyam. In June 2013, Tech Mahindra and Mahindra Satyam completed the process of merger of the two companies.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had, on February 19, 2009, registered a case against Mr Ramalinga Raju and others on the request of the Andhra Pradesh government and further orders of the Government of India.
 
The agency said its investigation proved that the accounts of SCSL were fudged for over a decade and there was a hole to the tune of approximately Rs. 5040 crores in the balance sheet as in September 2008. The institutional investors lost about  Rs 1611crores, there was a mark to market loss of more than Rs 14,000 crores, it said.
 
The CBI said the accused fudged the accounts, overstated the profits and revenues, suppressed the liabilities and availed bank loans to the tune of about Rs. 1220 crores based on forged Board Resolutions. The accused had wrongly projected a false growth of around 25% every quarter, projected a current account balance of Rs 1841 crores as against Rs 128 crores, wrongly reflected fixed deposits of Rs. 3,319 crores as against Rs. 11 crores. FD interest of Rs 375 crore was as against actuals of mere Rs. 7 lakh, it said.
 
According to the CBI, Mr Ramalinga Raju, Mr Rama Raju and Mr Srinivas had perpetrated the fraud for over a decade before it  came to light in 2009. It said employees like Mr Ramakrishna, Mr Venkatapathi Raju and Mr Srisailam had actively assisted the Rajus, while the statutory auditors and the internal auditor had knowingly failed to point out the fraud and actively connived with the brothers in suppressing the fraud.
 
It said the third brother, Mr Suryanarayana Raju, had assisted the other two in offloading the shares during the fraud period and in circulating the proceeds of the crime.
 
Following the verdict, the Rajus and the others were taken into custody by the CBI and later taken to the Cherlapally Central Prison here.
 
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TN announces compensation for those killed in encounter with AP police

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As questions continued to be raised over the gunning down of 20 alleged red sander smugglers by the Andhra Pradesh Police in an encounter in the Chittoor district of the state yesterday, the Tamil Nadu government today announced a compensation of Rs 3 lakh to the next-of-kin of those from the state killed in the incident.
 
According to various sources, 12 of the 20 killed were labourers from the Tamil Nadu and the incident is turning into a feud between the two neighbouring states. 
 
Andhra Pradesh police officials said the policemen had opened fire in self-defence after they came under attack by the smugglers and labourers engaged by them in the Seshachalam forest.
 
The encounters took place at two spots within a kilometre of each other in Chandragiri mandal of Chittoor district, about 500 km from state capital Hyderabad, between 5 am and 6 am yesterday.
 
The police and personnel of the forest department had launched a joint operation in the area on Monday night after receiving inputs that a gang of smugglers had entered the forests and started felling trees.
 
The officials said that more than a hundred smugglers and labourers hired by them had attacked the police with sickles, axes, stones and other sharp-edged weapons.
 
According to the sources, 11 men were killed in the encounter at Pacchinodu Banda and nine near Etagunta.
 
Chittoor District Collector Siddharth Jain has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, official sources said.
 
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam wrote to his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Nara Chandrababu Naidu yesterday, expressing his distress over the incident.
 
"Many of these persons are reportedly from Tiruvannamalai and
Vellore districts of Tamil Nadu. While it is possible that these persons may have been engaged in illegal activities, the occurrence of such high casualties in the operation raises concerns whether the Task Force personnel acted with adequate restraint. Even if the persons had been engaged in illicit tree cutting, efforts could have been made to apprehend them rather than take such drastic action and cause such high casualties," he said.
 
Mr Panneerselvam urged Mr Naidu to order a credible and speedy inquiry into the matter so that the facts are established and responsibility fixed for possible human rights violations.
 
"In case of any human rights violations, it is essential that action is taken against those who caused the deaths and appropriate compensation is paid to the families of the victims," he said.
 
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued notices in this regard to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police (DGP) of Andhra Pradesh, taking suo motu cognizance of media reports about the incident.
 
"According to the media reports, the incident took place at Etagunta and Vacchinodu Banda hamlets, in the deep forest in Chandragiri Mandal. From the media reports, it appears that police and forest officials opened fire as the smugglers attacked them with stones, axes and knives," a press release from NHRC said.
 
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"The matter was immediately brought to the notice of NHRC Member Mr. Justice D. Murugesan who is camping in Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the camp sitting of the Commission. He observed that the incident involved a serious violation of human rights of the individuals and the opening of firing cannot be justified on the ground of self defence since it resulted in the loss of lives of 20 persons.
 
"Accordingly, notices have been issued to the Chief Secretary and the DGP of Andhra Pradesh calling for report explaining the act of police and forest officials within two weeks. The matter shall be taken up for hearing in the Camp Sitting of the Commission to be held at Hyderabad on 23rd April, 2015," the release said.
 
The Commission also noted that the incident has taken place at a time when a similar incident was reported from the bordering districts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in the month of December, 2014 wherein Andhra Pradesh forest officials were seen physically torturing and assaulting a man in a naked position and reports are awaited from concerned authorities and the issue is under consideration of the Commission.
 
The gunning down of the 20 men has also attracted sharp criticism from human rights organisations.
 
Amnesty International India said the killings must be investigated in a swift, thorough, and independent manner and, if they are found to be unlawful, those responsible should be brought to justice.
 
“There must be a criminal investigation to determine whether the police used excessive force, and whether the killings amount to ‘fake encounters’, or staged extrajudicial executions”, said Abhirr VP, Senior Campaigner at Amnesty International India. 
 
“In many cases the so-called smugglers are poor woodcutters employed by organized gangs,” said Abhirr. “The curbing of red sandalwood smuggling must not be used as an excuse to ignore human rights.”
 
Red sander (scientific name: Pterocarpus santalinus), also known as red sandalwood, has been placed by the IUCN in its Red List for being an endangered species. It is restricted to be southern parts of the Eastern Ghats in India.
 
Occurring in dry deciduous forest, the tree is commercially valuable for its timber and for the extraction of dye, medicine and cosmetics. It is valued for the rich red colour of its wood, which is not aromatic, unlike the Santalum Sandalwood trees that grow natively in South India.
 
Red sander is a light-demanding small tree, growing to 8 metres in height with a trunk 50–150 cm diameter. It is fast-growing when young, reaching 5 metres tall in three years, even on degraded soils. 
 
Furniture made from red sander is expensive and it has been one of the most prized woods for millenia. It is particlarly valued in China, where it is called zitan, and most of the smuggled wood ends up in that country.
 
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AP police gun down 20 people in action against red sander smugglers

At least 20 people were gunned down by the police in two separate encounters in the early hours of Tuesday during action against red sander smugglers in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

 
20 red sander smugglers illed in Chittoor encounter
At least 20 people were gunned down by the police in two separate encounters in the early hours of today during action against red sander smugglers in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Police officials said the policemen opened fire in self-defence after they came under attack by the smugglers in Seshachalam forest in two places within a kilometre of each other in Chandragiri mandal of Chittoor, about 500 km from Hyderabad, between 5 am and 6 am today.
 
The police and personnel of the forest department had launched a joint operation in the area last night after receiving inputs that a gang of smugglers had entered the forests and started felling trees.
 
The officials said that more than a hundred smugglers and labourers hired by them had attacked the police with sickles, axes, stones and other sharp-edged weapons.
 
According to the sources, 11 men were killed in the encounter at Pacchinodu Banda and nine near Etagunta.
 
The police and forest officials have launched a combing operation in the area to track the remaining smugglers and labourers who had escaped into the forest.
 
Efforts were being made to identify those who died in the firing, but many of them are believed to be labourers from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
 
Meanwhile, Chittoor District Collector Siddharth Jain has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident, official sources said.
 
Some policemen and forest personnel suffered injuries in the encounters, but details were not immediately available, they said.
 
Today's firing has come as the latest episode in a series of clashes between red sanders smugglers and the police. In December 2013, two forest officials were killed and three injured in an attack by the smugglers in the Seshachalam forest.
 
Following that, the state police set up a special task force to deal with the problem. Three smugglers were killed in May last year. Hundreds of smugglers have been arrested and more than 2000 tonnes of red sander seized.
 
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Red sander (scientific name: Pterocarpus santalinus), also known as red sandalwood, has been placed by the IUCN in its Red List for being an endangered species. It is restricted to be southern parts of the Eastern Ghats in India.
 
Occurring in dry deciduous forest, the tree is commercially valuable for its timber and for the extraction of dye, medicine and cosmetics. It is valued for the rich red colour of its wood, which is not aromatic, unlike the Santalum Sandalwood trees that grow natively in South India.
 
Red sander is a light-demanding small tree, growing to 8 metres in height with a trunk 50–150 cm diameter. It is fast-growing when young, reaching 5 metres tall in three years, even on degraded soils. 
 
Furniture made from red sander is expensive and it has been one of the prized woods for millenia. It is particlarly valued in China, where it is called zitan, and most of the smuggled wood ends up in that country.
 
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Two killed, three injured in mishap on GAIL's Vizag-Secunderabad LPG pipeline

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Two persons died and three others suffered injuries in an accident that occurred during routine maintenance on public sector gas major GAIL India's Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pipeline at Suryapet, about 140 km from here, in Telangana today.
 
A press release from GAIL said the deceased included a GAIL employee and a contract employee.
 
The three injured persons included a GAIL employee and two contract employees.They have been rushed to Hyderabad and are being provided the best medical facilities, it said.
 
There was no loss to public property as a result of the mishap, the release said.
 
"The fatalities and injuries happened due to mechanical impact during normal pipeline pigging and cleaning operation. There was no fire or explosion in the incident. The operations were being carried out by TDW India, which is a 100 percent subsidiary of TDW, USA," the release added.
 
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Fire breaks out in RGTIL pipeline In Telangana, no injuries or loss of life

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A fire broke out today in a section of a pipeline of Reliance Gas Transportation Infrstructure Limited (RGTIL), a part of energy and petrochemicals major Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), at Maddikunta near Sadasivapet in Medak district in Telangana due to a gas leak.
 
A press release from RGTIL said there there was no loss of life or injury to anyone, adding that the fire had been brought under control. The location of the fire was earlier mentioned as being near Zaheerabad, also in Medak district.
 
The leak occurred in the Main Line Valve (MLV) 14.  "Our experts immediately reached the War Room as well as the site of fire," it said.
 
"The fire has been controlled by safely evacuating and cordoning off that section of pipeline. After an internal investigation, normal gas flow to the downstream customers will be resumed," it said.
 
"Reduction or interruption of gas flow to the downstream customers is expected to last for a period of about 24 to 48 hours. All concerned authorities and affected customers have been informed," the release added.
 
RGTIL is engaged in the busines of natural gas transmissin and distribution.
 
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Renowned film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu passes away

File photo of D Ramanaidu.
File photo of D Ramanaidu.
Well-known film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu, who had been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest honour in Indian cinema, in 2009, passed away at a hospital here today after a prolonged illness.
 
He was 78. The funeral will be held tomorrow.
 
Ramanaidu had been battling prostate cancer for the past few months and breathed his last this afternoon.
 
During a long and illustrious career, Ramanaidu produced about 150 films in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and other languages under his banner, Suresh Productions, now headed by his elder son, D. Suresh. Popular actor D. Venkatesh is also his son. Upcoming actor Rana Daggubati is his grandson. 
 
Ramanaidu's death was announced by Venkatesh, who came out of their residence to say that his father had died at 2.30 pm. He said the body would be kept at Ramanaidu Studios here tomorrow morning before the funeral.
 
Ramanaidu was a doyen of the film industry and had introduced several actors, directors, music directors and technicians through his production house. He also holds the world record for producing the highest number of films. He had made guest appearances in some of his films.
 
The government had honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, the country's third highest civilian honour, in 2012.
 
Some of his successful films include Prem Nagar, Mundadugu, Soggadu, Jeevana Tarangalu, Devatha, Sangharshana, Prathidwani, Aha Na Pellanta, Prema, Indrudu Chandrudu. His latest film was Gopala Gopala, starring Venkatesh and Pawan Kalyan. His Hindi movies include Tohfa, Insaf Ki Awaz and Prem Qaidi.
 
Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan condoled the passing away of Ramanaidu, saying it had created a vacuum in the country's film industry.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said Ramanaidu had been instrumental in getting the Telugu film industry to relocate to Hyderabad from Chennai.
 
"He was a great man who worked hard to churn out several blockbusters in Telugu cinema industry. His contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinema is immeasurable. He was also a great philanthropist," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said.
 
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Ramanaidu had dabbled for some time in politics and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bapatla constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 1999 as a candidate of the Telugu Desam Party. He failed, however, in his bid to get re-elected in 2004.
 
Born on June 6, 1936 in an agricultural family, Ramanaidu was always interested in activities like theatre, and became a partner in a film production agency. During this period, he came in contact with well-known actors of the time, including Akkineni Nageshwara Rao.
 
He played some minor roles in films and, in between, worked in the tobacco industry and later in the brickmaking business. 
 
He produced his first film, Anuragam, under the banner of Anuroopa, a production company set up by one of his relatives.
 
He went on to set up Suresh Productions with some of his friends and produced Raamudu Bheemudu in 1964, which turned out to be a big hit and he never looked back.
 
In 1988 he set up Ramanaidu Studios, with all kinds of facilities to enable people to walk in with a script and walk out with the final copy of their film, ready for release.
 
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University of Hyderabad wins Visitor's Award for Best University among Central Universities

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The University of Hyderabad has won the Visitor's Award for 2015 for the Best University among Central Universities in the country.
 
The award will be presented by President Pranab Mukherjee along with awards in the categories of Innovation and Research at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on February 4.
 
The function will coincide with the third Conference of Vice Chancellors of Central Universities scheduled to be  held on February 4-5, an official press release said.
 
The President is the Visitor of all Central Universities in the country.
 
The Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ will be given to Prof. Vijay K. Chaudhary and Dr. Amita Gupta of University of Delhi who have invented ‘TB Confirm’, a rapid diagnostic test for Tuberculosis.
 
The Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ will be presented to Cosmology and Astrophysics Research Group, Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia for path breaking research carried out in the field of Astrophysics and Cosmology.
 
The ‘Best University’ will receive a citation and a trophy while winners of Visitors’ Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ will receive a citation and cash award of Rs. 100,000.
 
Mr Mukherjee had announced the institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors’ Conference last year with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from across the world.    
 
For selecting the winners, online applications were invited from all Central Universities for each category. A Selection Committee comprising Ms Omita Paul, Secretary to the President as Chairperson and Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD; Secretary, Department of Science & Technology; Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC); Chairperson and Vice Chairpersons of National Innovation Foundation; Director-General,  Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi as members chose the winners of the awards.
 
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Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy appointed Chief Justice of Patna High Court

Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy
Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy
The President has appointed Mr Justice Lingala Narasimha Reddy, Judge, High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh, to be the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.
 
An official press release said the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. 
 
Mr Justice Reddy, 61, who has already taken up his new assignment on January 2, completed his B. Sc. degree in the C K M College, Warangal before obtaining a Bachelor's as well as Master's degree in Law from the Osmania University in Hyderabad.
 
He was enrolled with the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh in February 1979. He served as the Senior Central Government Standing Counsel for the Government of India in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh for some time. 
 
He was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court on September 10, 2001 and as a permanent judge on July 31, 2002.
 
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Mukherjee condoles passing away of former Union Minister G. Venkataswamy

 
Congress leader G Venkatswamy passes away after prolonged illness
President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the passing away of former Union Minister and senior Congress leader G Venkataswamy, who died in a hospital in Hyderabad yesterday after a brief illness at the age of 85.
 
In a condolence message to Mr Venkataswamy's son G Vivekanand, a former Congress MP, Mr Mukherjee described the former Minister as a senior Congress leader, veteran Parliamentarian and an able administrator who served the nation in different capacities.
 
"He served with distinction as a member of the Union Council of Ministers. In his death, we have lost an eminent leader who always worked for the upliftment of the underprivileged and marginalized sections of society," he said.
 
Popularly known as "Kaka", Mr Venkataswamy had been ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment at the hospital. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. His second son G Vinod is a former Minister in the state government.
 
Born on October 5, 1929, Mr Venkataswamy was elected twice to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1957-62 and 1978-84. He was a Minister in the Andhra Pradesh Government during 1978-82.
 
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1969 and was re-elected six times in 1971, 1977, 1989, 1991, 1996 and 2004.
 
In the 1970s, he served as Union Deputy Minister for Labour and Rehabilitation and later of Supply and Rehabilitation. In 1991, he served as Union Minister of State for Rural Development and later of Textiles.
 
He was made Cabinet Minister in 1991 and assigned charge of Textiles and later of Labour.
 
He was elected deputy leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party (Lok Sabha) in 2004.
 
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Tech Mahindra to acquire Lightbridge Communications Corporation

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IT services major Tech Mahindra Ltd., a part of the Mahindra Group, has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire network services provider Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC) for an enterprise value of approximately $240 million.
 
The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close by the last quarter of Tech Mahindra’s 2015 fiscal year, a press release from the company said yesterday.
 
Headquartered at McLean, Virginia in the United States, LCC is one of the world’s largest independent global providers of network engineering services to the telecommunications industry, with more than 5,000 employees in over 50 countries, the release said.
 
With annual revenues of more than $400 million, LCC has built 350 networks and designed more than 350,000 cell sites for over 400 customers worldwide.  The acquisition positions Tech Mahindra as the pre-eminent partner for network services globally, it said.
 
The company said that, with this acquisition, it would also be addressing a rapidly growing market opportunity as telecommunications companies and enterprises accelerate the network upgrade cycle. 
 
"With networks increasingly becoming all IP-based and virtual, software will play a key role in managing the networks of the future. Tech Mahindra’s deep software skills, in combination with LCC’s world-class network engineering capabilities, will further differentiate Tech Mahindra’s offerings to both our Communications and Enterprise customers," it said.
 
"The acquisition of LCC will strongly augment the systematic investments that Tech Mahindra has been making in its network services business over the last few years. Tech Mahindra’s network consulting, integration and operations services in conjunction with LCC’s network engineering and field services will enable the company to offer a full range of network services to both communications service providers as well as to the ecosystem of partners who cater to the communications sector," it said.
 
Vineet Nayyar, Executive Vice Chairman, Tech Mahindra said, “This partnership is another significant step towards the globalization of Tech Mahindra as we welcome a diverse workforce of over 5,000 network professionals across five continents and more than 50 countries. We expect network services to be a major growth engine for our organization.”
 
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CP Gurnani, MD & CEO, Tech Mahindra, said, “This acquisition is a defining moment for Tech Mahindra and the network services sector. We will now be the largest and most comprehensive provider of technology services to Communications Service Providers. Our 25 years of rich experience in delivering technology solutions to enterprises and communications service providers globally will be significantly strengthened by this acquisition. ”
 
“Over three decades, LCC has grown to become the largest independent provider of wireless engineering services. Bringing LCC into Tech Mahindra will create the industry’s largest network engineering, deployment, and managed services organization,” said Kenneth Young, CEO of LCC. “Having Tech Mahindra’s breadth of services to provide advanced managed network services coupled with its size and scale, will help us increase the performance of our customers’ ever-evolving networks,” he added.
 
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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

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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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