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MD of Kitty Steels of Hyderabad sentenced to three years in prison in TDS case

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The Court of the Special Judge, Economic offences, Nampally, Hyderabad has sentenced the managing director of Kitty Steels Ltd, a local firm, to rigorous imprisonment of three months in a case related to tax deducted at source (TDS).
 
An official press release said the assessee company had deducted tax at source from the salaries dividends and payments made to contractors, but had not deposited it to the credit of the Central Government within the prescribed time.
 
The managing director was found guilty of two offences under section 276B and 276C of the Income Tax Act in this regard and was also fined Rs 5000 for each of the offences.
 
The assessee company had also failed to issue the requisite certificates of TDS u/s 203 of the Income Tax Act. 
 
The court, after hearing both sides and perusing the documents, came to the conclusion that the assessee had willfully attempted to evade the payment of tax and had committed offences punishable under sections 276B and 276C(2) of the Act. 
 
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Jaganmohan Reddy comes out on bail after 16 months in jail

YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy was released on bail from the Chanchalguda Jail in Hyderabad on Tuesday afternoon, 16 months after he was arrested in a case of alleged posession of disproportionate assets.

 
YSR Chief Jagan Reddy walks out of jail after 16 months
YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy  was released on bail from the Chanchalguda Jail here this afternoon, 16 months after he was arrested in a case of alleged possession of disproportionate assets.
 
He was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in May 2012 in  the case and had been in the jail since then.
 
He was released around 4 pm after completion of various formalities after the CBI Court in Nampally granted him bail yesterday on a personal surety of Rs 2 lakhs.
 
Thousands of his supporters lined the streets and hundreds of party workers garlanded him as a stepped out of the prison. It took him more than five hours to reach his home in the city as thousands of people jostled to catch a glimpse of him.
 
Scores of banners and posters hailing his release dotted the entire route of the procession.
 
The court while granting the bail had held that the apprehension of the CBI that the main accused in the quid pro quo investments case would tamper with evidence at the present stage was unfounded.  
 
The court also laid down some conditions, which included that Mr Reddy should not leave Hyderabad without its permission or meet witnesses in the case.
 
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Jaganmohan Reddy granted bail by CBI Court in disproportionate assets case

Jaganmohan Reddy gets bail in disproportionate assets case
YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy was granted bail on a personal surety of Rs 2 lakhs by the CBI Court in Nampally here today in the disproportionate assets case against him.
 
The court also laid down some conditions, which included that Mr Reddy should not leave Hyderabad without its permission or meet witnesses in the case.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has so far submitted ten chargesheets in the case so far to the court.
 
According to Ms.Y.S.Vijayalakshmi, honorary president of YS Congress and mother of Mr Reddy, he would be released from the Chanchalguda Jail
tomorrow.
 
Soon after the news was made public, joyous scenes were seen in different parts of the state when YSR Congress leaders and workers came onto the streets and distributed sweets.
 
Mr Reddy has been lodged in the Chanhalguda Jail since May 2012.
 
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Jaipal Reddy inaugurates Center for Disease Biology at Hyderabad

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Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences S Jaipal Reddy inaugurated the Center for Disease Biology at the Dr Reddy's Institute of Life Sciences here today.
 
Those present on the ccasion included Mr. K Satish Reddy, Vice-Chairman and MD, Dr. Reddy’s; Prof. Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad; Mr. B Parthasaradhi Reddy, Chairman, Hetero Drugs; and Prof. Javed Iqbal, Director, Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences.
 
This center has been set-up to address issues related to diabetes in India. According to the Diabetes Atlas published by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it is estimated that every fifth person with diabetes will be an Indian, resulting in a huge health and economic burden on the country. To address this problem, this proposed center will work by integrating efforts of clinicians, scientists, epidemiologists and pharmaceutical companies. 
 
Through the Centre for Disease Biology, the institute aims to encompass: Epidemiological research to understand the genetic, lifestyle and nutritional pre-dispositions of Indian populations; Novel research approach involving clinicians and academic scientists to understand the disease patho-biology of diabetes; and Translational research involving hospitals, clinicians, scientists and industry to evolve therapies and solutions to address diabetes.
 
The center will seek both Government and private funding to conduct its research activities. A symposium in memory of Dr. K Anji Reddy was also organized on the sidelines of this event, where eminent scientists shared their views on diabetes research.
 
Dr. Reddy’s Institute of Life Sciences was set up in 2003 as a public-private partnership between Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Government of Andhra Pradesh and the University of Hyderabad. It carries out research in chemistry and biology relevant to biotech/pharma industry, with a focus on human health. The Institute has been functional since 2007.
 
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CCEA nod for Information Technology Investment Region in Hyderabad

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a proposal for setting up an Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, subject to certain conditions. 
 
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Railways will initiate detailed feasibility study and action, an official press release said.
 
According to it, the total investment for the ITIR will be about Rs. 2.19 lakh crore, of which the IT/ITES (Information Technology / Information Technology Enabled Services) sector is to attract investments of Rs.1.18 lakh crore and the Electronic Hardware Manufacturing (EHM) sector of Rs.1.01 lakh crore. 
 
The major investment will be from public-private partnerships (PPP), the release said.

Birla Science Centre to host symposium on fundamental phsyics in Hyderabad

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India's science and technology has contributed precious little by way of innovation or invention to world science despite the fine infrastructure in the country, lamented eminent physicist and director-general of the Hyderabad-based B.M.Birla Science Centre, Dr. B.G.Siddharth.
 
Against this background, the centre will host an international symposium on Frontiers of Fundamental Physics here on November 14-16 to expose young scholars and students to the latest advances and research in the field.
 
There will be a special focus during the event on participation by students, including young researchers and post-graduate engineering student.
 
The symposium will also have invited talks and contributed papers, Dr Siddharth said.
 
The themes to be discussed at the symposium include astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, high energy physics, theoretical physics, engineering sciences and marine physics.
 
The last date for receipt of abstracts is September 30 and the participants could register before September 30.
 
Several eminent physicists including Nobel laureate Prof.Douglas D. Osheroff and Prof. Walter Greiner, Director of Frankfurt Institute of Advance Studies will deliver lectures during the symposium.
 
Dr Siddharth said technology in the country was at best "a maintenance technology", with no breakthrough invention even in areas such as medicine.
 
He said that the reasons for such a sorry state of affairs included the collapse of the country's university education system, with not a single Indian university figuring in the top 200 universities of the world.
 
"We are lagging behind even by Asian standards and countries like Korea and China are ahead of us," he said.
 
While there are brilliant students in the country, there was dearth of competent teachers and guides in universities and colleges as result of which 90 percent of computer science graduates are unemployable, according to some surveys, he said.
 
Dr Siddharth said that teachers in the institutions of higher learning were also found to be mediocre, while the better ones opted for highly paid jobs in the industry.
 
A tardy bureacracy, incompetence and rampant corruption were also responsible for the crisis in Indian science and technology, particularly in mathematics and physics fields, he said.
 
The organising committee for the symposium includes Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Radhakrishnan, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Rameshwar Rao and Dr V P Kodali, Adviser, Department of Electronics, apart from Dr Siddharth.
 
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Two additional judges appointed in High Court of Andhra Pradesh

 
The President has appointed Mr. Asapu Ramalingeswara Rao and Mr. Dama Seshadri Naidu as Additional Judges of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
 
An official press said here today that the appointments, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years from the date they assume charge of their office. 
 
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Dr. Reddy's says azacitidine for injection approved by US FDA

 
Pharmaceuticals major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) had yesterday approved its azacitidine for injection 100 mg/vial, a bioequivalent generic version of Vidaza.
 
The launch of the product in the market is planned in the near-term, a press release from the company said.
 
According to it, the Vidaza brand had US sales of approximately $378.5 million for the twelve months ending July 2013 according to IMS Health.
 
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RBI cancels licence of Srikakulam Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the licence of the Srikakulam Co-operative Urban Bank Ltd. at Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh as it has ceased to be solvent.
 
A press release from the central bank issued here yesterday said all efforts to revive the bank had failed and depositors were inconvenienced by continued uncertainty.
 
The order from the RBI dated August 23, cancelling its licence, was delivered to the bank on August 27, it said.
 
The Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Andhra Pradesh has also been requested to issue an order for winding up the bank and to appoint a liquidator for the bank.
 
According to the release, on liquidation, every depositor is entitled to repayment of his or her deposits up to a monetary ceiling of Rs 1,00,000   from the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) under usual terms and conditions.
 
The bank was granted a licence under section 22 of the B.R Act, 1949 (AACS) by Reserve Bank of India on November 21, 1995 to conduct banking business.
 
The release said statutory inspections of the bank over the past few years had pointed to a deterioration in its financial position.
 
The latest inspection with reference to its financial position as on March 31, 2012 revealed that the financial position of the bank had continued to deteriorate. The real and exchangeable value of the bank's paid up capital and reserves was negative at (-) Rs 70.25 lakh and deposit erosion was at 28.9%, CRAR stood at (-) 32.1%, gross and net NPAs formed 57.2% and 54.8% respectively while net loss stood at (-) Rs 122.15 lakh. The bank also defaulted in SLR maintenance thereby violating Section 24 of the B.R. Act. The Board did not take timely action against the managing director who committed fraud, the release said.
 
Due to these serious irregularities, the board of the bank was superseded by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Government of Andhra Pradesh, based on RBI’s requisition dated September 4, 2012 and an administrator (Special Officer) assumed charge with effect from September 24, 2012. The bank was also issued a show cause notice (SCN) dated December 19, 2012. 
 
"The reply to SCN dated January 23, 2013 was not found to be satisfactory. A scrutiny based on unaudited financial position as on March 31, 2013, indicated alarming increase in erosion in deposits to 34.2%, deterioration in CRAR to (-) 52.4%, and gross NPAs increasing to 78.6%," it said.
 
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FOGSI develops software to track pregnances, identify causes of maternal mortality

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The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) has developed a software package that will help keep track of all pregnancies in the country and also identify the causes of high maternal mortality rates.
 
FOGSI is the professional organization representing practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology in India. It has 221 member societies and over 27000 individual members across the country.
 
Dr.C.N.Purandare, President-elect of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), who is in the city to attend a three-day international conference on recent advances in obstetrics and gynaecology, which began here yesterday, told newspersons that the software would be formally launched soon.
 
Among the others, the World Health Organization (WHO) had shown interest in the software, he said.
 
FOGSI President Hema Divakar said anaemia, infections, unsafe abortion, child marriage and haemorrhage are among the main causes of high maternal mortality rates in India.
 
She said that India accounted for 212 deaths per one lakh  of mothers during birth and more than 27 millions births take place in the country annually. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of 440 such deaths per one lakh, she said.
 
In an effort to strengthen maternal health care services delivery and to contribute to the reduction of maternal mortality rate in the country, FOGSI has joined hands with FIGO to launch a maternal death review programme in economically backward areas of the country.
 
The programme will probe the circumstances leading to the death of pregnant women. It was implemented on a pilot basis in two districts of Rajashthan -Sikar and Jhunjhunu - where it found that women die because of the delay in seeking care and during transfer to a health centre with better facilities.
 
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The findings of the programme will help the states improve the maternal healthcare services delivery. Maternal death review is a common practice in  developed nations where the death of a pregnant woman is analysed. The FOGSI has presented the findings in Rajasthan to the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Dr Divakar said.
 
She said there were plans to start a similar initiative in Karnataka and was confident that the findings owuld help strengthen maternal healthcare services in that state. 
 
"It will also help the government practitioners to take preventive and corrective measures to save lives," Dr Divakar, who heads the state Expert Committee (Karnataka) to analyse maternal mortalities, pointed out. 
 
In addition to this programme, FOGSI has partnered with FIGO in Leadership in Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Impact & Change(LOGIC) initiative in Maternal and Newborn Health.
 
“FIGO and FOGSI have joined hands with Government of India and other partners to revise the Emergency Obstetric Care (EMOC) training curriculum. The curriculum will dovetail other Government Maternal and Child Health and Reproductive and Child Health programme guidelines into EMOC," Dr Purandare said.
 
The FIGO LOGIC programme was led by Dr. Purandare and the report was presented at the FIGO Congress in Rome, Italy, last year.
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The main agenda of the three-day conference includes the Millennium Development Goals, focusing on nation’s health and an update on the most recent advances in obstetrics and gynaecology concerning an individual woman’s health. 
 
Apart from the scientific programme, a trade fair and the accompanying social events will provide participants an opportunity to forge new relationships and to exchange views with professional colleagues from across the country, Dr. S. Shantha Kumari, Organizing Secretary of the Conference and Vice-President, OGSI, added.
 
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NFC chief executive Saibaba wins Visvesvaraya Award 2012

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Mr N Saibaba, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Executive of the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) here, is among the five engineers chosen by the Institution of Engineers for its prestigious M Visvesvaraya Award 2012.
 
The awards are given by the body on Engineers Day every year, which falls on September 15.
 
Mr Saibaba, a gold medalist in mechanical engineering from the Andhra University, joined the 19th batch of BARC Training School, Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai in 1975-76 and is a recipient of the Bhabha Award for being the batch topper.
 
On completion of successful training, he was posted to the Nuclear Fuel 
Complex from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai.
 
He is an expert in the field of manufacturing of seamless tubes in a variety of strategic and exotic materials and developed a complete nuclear fuel cycle for the Indian nuclear programme.  He has made several pioneering contributions in the manufacture of critical core components of power reactors, some of which were developed for the first time in the country. Many of his developments are strategic in nature and critical requirements of Atomic Energy, Space and Defence sectors.
 
Mr. Saibaba is the chairman of various professional bodies. He has published several papers, and has been honoured with many awards. 
 
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RLDA to invite bids for multi-functional complexes at 8 stations in AP

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The Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) will hold a pre-bid conference at Hyderabad tomorrow to invite bids for commercial development of multi-functional complexes (MFCs) at eight stations in cities of tourist and religious interest in Andhra Pradesh.
 
The locations are Dharmavaram, Karimnagar, Kurnool Town, Nellore, Nizamabad, Vijayawada, Zahirabad and Kacheguda. 
 
The MFCs in these locations have been proposed as part of the RLDA's action plan for fast-tracking the development of 75 MFCs in the current year, for which the bidding process is being initiated in phases.
 
RLDA is a statutory authority established by the Ministry of Railways for generating non-tariff revenue from railway land.

Toshiba to acquire T&D business from Vijai Electricals for $ 200 million

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Toshiba Corporation today said that it had agreed to acquire the major part of Vijai Electricals Ltd's electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) business for approximately $ 200 million.
 
Vijai Electricals is one of India's leading manufacturers of power and distribution transformers.
 
The acquisition will be completed in November 2013, a statement from the two companies said.
 
The statement said that, in parallel, Toshiba would establish a new company that will absorb the acquired business, and also integrate its state-of-the-art design and manufacturing technologies for T&D systems.
 
The new company will also enter other growing markets in India, including power electronics systems, such as high voltage direct current (HVDC) power transmission and static var compensators for high voltage networks (SVC), and railway power supply systems. 
 
Toshiba will position the new company as a core production base for expanding its T&D business in India and the global market, alongside its other bases in Japan, China, Brazil, Russia and Southeast Asia, the statement said.
 
Vijai was established in 1973, to manufacture and sell electricity distribution transformers. The business has grown on the strength of the company's high quality production capabilities, which have allowed it to win the top share in the Indian market and major footholds in both Europe and Africa.
 
Vijai further expanded its T&D business in 2006, when it entered the power transformer and switchgear businesses. It has manufactured and supplied the world's highest voltage class ultra-high voltage 1200 kV power transformer.
 
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"The acquisition is necessary for our global T&D strategy, and Vijai's products and sales channel provide us with an ideal fit for our T&D business in India and beyond," said Takeshi Yokota, Corporate Vice President of Toshiba. "It will support us not only in the Indian market, where we aim to secure a 20% market share within five years, but in reinforcing our position in the global market, by strengthening our worldwide network."
 
Vijai Electricals Chairman Dasari Jai Ramesh said: "I'm delighted to reach agreement with Toshiba, a global company. We are proud that our technology strengths and people capabilities will become part of Toshiba Group and will provide them a powerful platform for their business growth and market expansion."
 
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APNGOs rally demands united Andhra Pradesh

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Thousands of non-gazetted officers (NGOs), including a large number of women employees, from the coastal and Rayalaseema districts held a massive rally at the sprawling Lal Bahadur Stadium in the heart of the city this afternoon demanded that the state should not be bifurcated as doing so would put people from all regions to untold hardships.
 
People in the state capital heaved as a sigh of relief as the meeting ended peacefully this evening and a "bandh" organised by pro-Telangana groups against the railly also passed off without any major untoward incidents.
 
The police had made unpecedented security arrangements to ensure law and order in the city.
 
Speakers at the three-hour meeting said that faster development in all fields was possible only if the state remained united. They recalled that the country's first Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru too believed that the Telugu-speaking people would prosper in a united state.
 
APNGOs union president T. Ashok Babu said that the interests of students, employees and farmers would be affected adversly if the state were divided.
 
More than 40,000 employees working in the state capital alone would be displaced if Telangana were created, he said.
 
Maintaining that the meeting was not against the people of any region of the state, he said that it was intended to urge the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to change its decision to go ahead with the creation of a new state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.
 
He warned that if the decision to create a separate Telangana state was not
revoked, a march by a million people would be organised at the Secunderabad parade ground.
 
The stadium frequently reverberated with slogans like "jai Samakhya Andhra". The venue was jampacked with thousands of employees while an equal number who could not gain entry were seen waiting outside.
 
Thousands of people started thronging the stadium from early this morning.
 
Normal life in the state capital and Telangana districts was affected with the AP State Road Transport buses remaining off the roads.
 
All educational institutions declared a holiday in view of the bandh, while shops and other establishments pulled down their shutters in most areas.
 
The usually busy shopping areas in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad presented a deserted look. However, autorickshaws plied as
usual.
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Barring minor incidents like stoning of moving vehicles, the bandh was, by and large, peaceful, according to the police.
 
Tension prevailed at the Lal Bahadur Stadium when students from the nearby Nizam College hostel tried to rush towards the meeting venue. Police resorted to a mild cane-charge to bring the situation under control. Some student leades were taken into custody.
 
The APNGOs came to the city by scores of buses and trains amid tight security. Police beefed up security at all entry points (on national highways) into the Telangana region from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
 
Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLAs and MLCs held a day's hunger strike in the state assembly complex in protest against the denial of permission to take out a peace rally coinciding with the Save Andhra meet. 
 
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YSR Congress urges Centre to reconsider decision on creating Telangana

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Making its stand public in support of a united Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress today urged the Centre to reconsider its decision to bifurcate the state to create a separate state of Telangana.
 
In a letter to Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, YSR Congress honorary president Y S Vijayalakshmi urged him, in the larger interest of the state, to revoke the decision which, she said, was playing havoc with the lives of the people of the state.
 
"In spite of our repeated alarm bells, we regret to inform you that we have come to know through media that the Centre is going ahead with the cabinet note on the division of the state of Andhra Pradesh, irrespective of the fact that 60% of the state is against the division and has been fighting against such injustice for the past 38 days," she wrote in her letter.
 
"This amounts to ignoring fundamental principles of justice and is also in absolute disregard to the fact that YSR Congress Party, MIM and CPI (M) are opposed to the division of the State," she said.
 
Ms Vijayalakshmi, who is the mother of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and widow of former state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, said it was unfortunate that the Centre was going ahead with the decision "at the behest of the Congress only for the sake of votes and seats", inspite of their repeated pleas to stall the process.
 
"At least now in the larger interest of our state, we request you to revoke your decision and stop this injustice which is playing havoc with the lives of the people of the State.
 
"We as YSRCP, as spoken in the past, totally oppose this bifurcation move and request you to keep the state united," she added.
 
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Telangana bandh against "Save Andhra" rally

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Thousands of non-gazetted officers (NGOs), including a large number of women employees, from the coastal and Rayalaseema districts started thronging the Lal Bahadur Stadium here since early today to attend the Save Andhra meeting organised by Andhra Pradesh NGOs Association later in the day, even as a "bandh" called by the pro-Telangana groups is being observed against the rally.
 
Normal life in the state capital and Telangana districts was affected with the AP State Road Transport buses remaining off the roads.
 
All educational institutions declared a holiday in view of the bandh, while shops and other establishments pulled down their shutters in most areas.
 
The usually busy shopping areas in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad presented a deserted look. However, autorickshaws plied as usual.
 
Barring minor incidents like stoning of moving vehicles, the bandh was by and large peaceful, according to the police.
 
Tension prevailed at the Lal Bahadur stadium when students from the nearby Nizam College hostel tried to rush towards the meeting venue. Police resorted to a mild cane-charge to bring the situation under control. Some student leades were taken into custody.
 
The APNGOs came to the city by scores of buses and trains amid tight security. Police beefed up security at all entry points (on national highways) into Telangana region from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.
 
Unprecedented security arrangements were made at the stadium where the Save Andhra rally will take place this afternoon.
 
Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLAs and MLCs began a day's hunger strike in the state assembly complex in protest against the denial of permission to take out a peace rally coinciding with the Save Andhra meet. 
 
APNGOS association President P. Ashok Babu said that more than 50,000 employees representing 70 associations from 13 Seemandhra districts were expected to attend the three-hour meeting at the sprawling stadium in the heart of the city. 
 
The AP High Court had allowed the APNGOs  Association to hold the rally dismissing a petition filed by Telangana lawyers challenging grant of police permission  for the meeting.
 
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Abhibus.com introduces BusMeal for journeys from Hyderabad

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Online bus ticket booking portal Abhibus.com has introduced "BusMeal" for passengers who book tickets on their website for journeys which originate from Hyderabad.
 
Such passengers will now have the option of booking a meal from several restaurants which are serviced by its partner Food's, a call centre-driven food delivery services that caters from some of the popular restaurants in Hyderabad.
 
A press release from Abhibus said the website had partnered with Foody's for the service, that was launched yesterday.
 
The pre-packaged meal in leak-proof containers, along with fork, spoon and some paper napkins, will be hand delivered to the passenger at the boarding point.
 
Currently this service is only available for journeys originating from Hyderabad. Passengers can choose from a range of 10 restaurants like Paradise, Shadab, Sarvi, 4 Seasons, Nanking, Little Italy, Ofen, Beyond Coffee, Vasantha Bhavan and Minerva Coffee Shop which are part of the Foody’s delivery network.
 
“This is another initiative from our end to ensure that the passengers who book through Abhibus.com get the best of services. Sometimes it so happens that when you are in a particular city, you get so busy that you aren’t able to try some of the local delicacies. This is where Abhibus’s Initiative comes in handy," Mr. Sudhakar Reddy Chirra, founder and CEO of Abhibus, said.
 
He said the service would soon be expanded to Bangalore, Chenai, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi.
 
Abhibus had earlier introduced bus travel insurance for passengers who book a ticket through their website.
 
Mr. Naeem Khan, founder and CEO of Foody’s said, “Our main objective is to ensure that people travelling in long distance buses get to eat the food of their choice from the restaurant of their choice.” 
 
He also added that the restaurant network would be expanded as new cities are added to the service.
 
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Oberoi Group launches Trident Hyderabad

A view of the Oberoi Group's newly-launched hotel Trident Hyderabad
A view of the Oberoi Group's newly-launched hotel Trident Hyderabad
 
The Oberoi Group has announced the opening of its newest hotel, Trident Hyderabad, which is located in the information technology hub Hitec City and offers state-of-the-art business and leisure facilities.
 
“Over the years we have added hotels at various locations in India and overseas which have become industry benchmarks. Hyderabad has emerged as a significant business destination and Trident, Hyderabad has been created with the discerning business traveller in mind.  This hotel is a testimony of our vision for the “Trident” brand and its standards of excellence," Mr. P.R.S Oberoi, Executive Chairman of The Oberoi Group said.
 
Mr. Sharad Puri, General Manager, Trident, Hyderabad added, “With the opening of Trident, Hyderabad we want to offer discerning business and leisure travellers an oasis of tranquillity with service which is warm, caring and personalised”.
 
According to a press release from the company, the hotel has 323 guest rooms and suites which are the largest in Hyderabad. It also offers extensive conference and banquet facilities.
 
The dining options at Trident, Hyderabad include Amara, an all-day dining restaurant offering world cuisine, Kanak, an Indian restaurant, Tuscany, an Italian restaurant and Ninety Six, a bar.
 
Leisure facilities include a spa, a yoga room and a fitness centre, as well as a swimming pool.
 
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YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy forced to break fast by NIMS doctors

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Jaganmohan Reddy
 
YSR Congress President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was forced to break his indefinite fast against the Centre's plan to create a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh by doctors at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here today.
 
The NIMS authorities earlier informed the Chanchalguda jail officials about the failing health of Mr Reddy and his continued refusal to be put on intravenous fluids.
 
Following a green signal from the jail authorities, NIMS doctors forciblyadministered fluids to Mr Reddy on the seventh day of his hunger strike against the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
 
Mr Reddy, who is in judicial custody in the illegal assets case, was shifted to NIMS from the Osmania General Hospital after his health deteriorated.
 
Earlier in the day, the CBI Special Court, on a plea,  permitted Ms.Bharathi, wife of Mr Reddy, to attend to him in the hospital between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm.
 
A large number of party leaders and workers thronged the hospital as the word went round that Mr Reddy's fast was being broken forcibly. Police made tight security arrangements in and around the hospital, official sources added.
 
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Justice N V Ramana appointed as Chief Justice of Delhi High Court

Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana
Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana
 
The President has appointed Mr Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Delhi.
 
An oficial press release said here today that the appointment would be with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office. 
 
Mr Justice Ramana, 56, who has done his B.Sc. and B.L., enrolled as an advocated on February 10, 1983. He practised in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, the Central and Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunals and the Supreme Court in civil, criminal, Constitutional, labour, service and election matters.
 
He has specialized in Constitutional, criminal, service and Inter-State River laws. He has functioned as Panel Counsel for various Government organizations. He served for some time as Additional Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh. 
 
He was appointed as a permanent Judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court on June 27, 2000.
 
He is the President of the A.P. Judicial Academy. He is also the Executive Chairman of the A.P. Legal Services Authority.
 
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Jagan's fast against Telangana enters fifth day

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YSR Congress President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's indefinite fast in the Chanchalguda jail here against the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create a separate state of Telangana entered the fifth day today.
 
Official sources said the jail authorities had sent a report on Mr Reddy's  hunger strike to the CBI court for Special Cases and also to the Director General of Prisons.
 
The jail authorities have also been conducting periodical health check-ups on the fasting YSR Congress leader, who is the son of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who was popularly known as YSR.
 
Meanwhile, various forms of agitations, including bandhs, road blockades, relay fasts and closure of educational institutions in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions of the state continued for the 30th day today in protest against the Centre's move to go ahead and create a new state of Telangana.
 
While the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) demanded that the bill seeking to create a separate Telangana be introduced in Parliament without any further loss of time, the Seemandhra JAC asked MPs and MLAs from the region to resign and join the agitation for a united Andhra Pradesh.  
 
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Sudden downpour lashes many parts of Hyderabad

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Sudden rains lashed many parts of Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad this evening, throwing normal life out of gear.
 
The downpour, which caught commuters unaware, flooded low-lying areas in many localities in the twin cities and caused long traffic jams in the evening rush hour.
 
There was also disruption of electricity supply in some areas following the rains.
 
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Jagan Mohan Reddy begins fast in Hyderabad jail

 
YSR Congress President Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy began an indefinite fast in the Chanchalguda jail here today urging the Centre to maintain status quo if it cannot do justice to all the three regions in the event of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to carve out a new state of Telangana.
 
Police made tight security arrangements inside and outside the prison as Mr. Reddy began his fast around 0600 hours.
 
Groups of YSR Congress activists tried toundertake fast outside the jail in support of Mr Reddy's protest.
 
Relay fasts were conducted by the party workers in different parts of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions in support of their leader's fast.
 
Meanwhile, various forms of protests continued in the Seemandhra regions for the 26th day, paralysing normal life, in protest against the move to create a separate state of Telangana.
 
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DuPont sets up Application Development Centre in Hyderabad

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United States-based science and engineering major DuPont yesterday opened an Application Development Centre at its Knowledge Centre here focused on integrating advanced material science with other scientific disciplines for the automotive industry, enabling solutions for light-weighting, engine performance, comfort and safety. 
 
These capabilities also are relevant to other industries such as railways, electrical /electronic components, food processing, agriculture, irrigation, textile and many more, a press release from the company said.
 
At the Application Development Centre, DuPont’s integrated science would bring value-added solutions to customers in these industries enabling better, safer and sustainable products for consumers, it said.
 
 “The integration of scientific disciplines in advanced materials, such as high-performance polymers and elastomers, are critical to developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions to some of the big challenges that our company is focusing on, for example, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” DuPont Performance Polymers President Diane H. Gulyas said.  
 
“Materials are only part of the story.  The application development process is how we work with customers to get ideas into the market cost effectively.  It is the engine of innovation for the polymers business and centers such as this new one in India help customers innovate and find more sustainable solutions in collaboration with DuPont scientists and engineers."
 
 “This latest expansion at the DuPont Knowledge Centre reflects our strong commitment to deliver integrated science-powered solutions and innovations that meet market needs, in collaborations with our local customers and partners.  This new facility is connected to the global DuPont community of 10,000 scientists and engineers around the world, thus connecting our global science capability to local market needs.  I am confident this will enhance our ability to serve customers in India and South Asia,” said Rajeev A. Vaidya, president – South Asia & ASEAN, DuPont.
 
According to the release, the new facility houses thermoplastic and elastomer processing and testing equipment and leverages existing analytic equipment shared with several DuPont science disciplines.  It complements the manufacturing facilities in Savli, Gujarat, and the DuPont India Innovation Centre in Pune.  It expands their capabilities to support predictive engineering, including computer-aided engineering (CAE), 3D surface computer-aided design (CAD), mold-flow, warpage, structural, impact and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) analysis.  
 
By connecting with DuPont scientists and engineers at key automotive-based laboratory sites in the United States and Europe, this new centre can build on the current predictive engineering power of CAE capabilities with speed-to-market excellence to advance the growing market in India, it said.
 
“Taking full advantage of the lightweight nature of plastics requires more than just metal replacement,” said Homi Bhedwar, DuPont's technology director, South Asia and ASEAN.  “Engaging us early in the design stage helps take advantage of integration science opportunities to reduce cost and complexity in many vehicle components.  Our aim at the Application Development Cente is to work closely with customers visiting the Innovation Centre in Pune, network with DuPont technical experts globally, offer products and solutions tailored to local needs, and bring them to market faster.”
 
The DuPont Knowledge Centre is one of the four regional R&D centres of DuPont and undertakes research as well as applications development focused on science-based solutions that meet society’s needs for more and better food, access to reliable and uninterrupted energy, better mobility and protection of people and the environment.  In total, DuPont has more than 150 R&D facilities around the world.
 
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"DuPont Performance Polymers is committed to working with customers throughout the world to develop new products, components and systems that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and protect people and the environment.  With more than 40 manufacturing, development and research centers throughout the world, DuPont Performance Polymers uses the industry’s broadest portfolio of plastics, elastomers, renewably sourced polymers, filaments and high-performance parts and shapes to deliver cost-effective solutions to customers in aerospace, automotive, consumer, electrical, electronic, industrial, sporting goods and other diversified industries," it added.
 
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Sripada Chandrasekhar appointed as President, Global Head of HR of Dr Reddy's

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Dr Sripada Chandrasekhar
 
Pharmaceuticals major Dr. Reddy’s has announced the appointment of Dr. Sripada Chandrasekhar as its President and Global Head of Human Resources.
 
A press release from the company said he would also be a member of Dr. Reddy’s Management Council.  
 
Dr Chandrasekhar has more than 30 years of experience in some of India's leading firms in the public and private sectors in the steel, manufacturing, telecom, IT services and consulting sectors.
 
Prior to joining Dr. Reddy’s, Dr. Chandrasekhar worked with IBM in India as Vice President and Head of Human Resources for the India/South Asia region. He was a key member of their India Leadership Team and a Director on the Board of IBM India.
 
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