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Modi invites entrepreneurs from across world to be part of India's growth story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.

 
Modi, Ivanka Trump attend GES 2017 in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
"To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation," he said in his inaugural address at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 here, an event hosted by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.
 
The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
 
Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, is leading the US contingent to the three-day event.
 
"This event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It underlines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation," Mr. Modi said.
 
He noted that the topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment, which are important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind. 
 
"The theme 'Women First, Prosperity for All' makes this edition of GES stand out... We believe women empowerment is vital to our development," he said.
 
"Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from our women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions. Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.
 
"In India, we have provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.
 
"Here at the GES, more than 50 percent of the delegates are women. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported," he said.
 
"The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India's young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place," Mr. Modi said.
 
He said the number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any venture, in terms of outreach and job creation, he felt.
 
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He said the Government's Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online, he said.
 
He said the Government had taken several steps to improve the business environment. "The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this. We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency," he said.
 
"The process is not yet complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100th rank. We would strive towards 50th rank.  
 
"We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of upto one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned.  Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the Atal Innovation Mission and the opening of Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. 
 
"Our Mentor India initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition, 19 incubation centers have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable," he said.
 
He also mentioned Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. He said the Government now digitally provides monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.
 
"Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees, or over 10 billion dollars, have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.
 
"We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is processing almost 280 thousand transactions daily.
 
"Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.
 
"We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, the national gas grid, the national gas policy, the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, the rural and urban housing missions, and infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, and said they offered entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.
 
"Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.
 
"My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish. A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently improved this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.
 
"Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money. Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.
 
"India has improved its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country," he said.
 
Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, he said the Government had succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. 
 
"Our foreign exchange reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows," he said.
 
"I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit," he added.
 
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Cabinet nod for agreement with UNESCO on International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography in Hyderabad

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The Union Cabinet today approved the establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, as a Category-2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad.
 
The purpose of the agreement is to establish a training centre towards development of capacity for the countries on the Indian Ocean Rim (IOR), African countries bordering the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, and small island countries under the framework of UNESCO.
 
The operational oceanography is an activity of conducting systematic oceanographic studies towards providing information services to various sectors -- fisherman, disaster management, shipping, ports, coastal states, navy, coast guard, environment, offshore industries for conducting their day-to- day operations.
 
The Centre will provide assistance in areas of capacity building and training, knowledge sharing and exchange of information, and hence could represent a valuable resource for UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission (IOC) by enhancing the impact and visibility of UNESCO's action.
 
The establishment of UNESCO Category-2 Centre will provide an opportunity for India to emerge as a leading country in the Indian Ocean.
 
This will also help India to forge cooperation and improve engagement among the counties of the Indian Ocean, including South Asian and African states bordering the Indian Ocean.
 
The establishment of the centre would respond to the worldwide increasing need to build technical and management capacity to address marine and coastal sustainability issues and prepare the region for and react efficiently to marine natural hazards.
 
The Centre could contribute to achieving Sustainable Development Goal-14 (SDG 14) related to building marine scientific research capacity in geographical area of the Centre responsibility which will also fulfil the commitments to support Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries.
 
This C2C is intended to improve skill of students and other participants which will increase the employment opportunities within and outside India. The establishment of C2C is also expected to increase ancillary development leading to employment generation in India.
 
 The centre is currently operational with the state-of-the-art facilities available at Indian Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad. So far, over 681 scientists including 576 from India and 105 from 34 other countries have been trained at this centre in various aspects of operational oceanography.
 
The other infrastructure facilities like building and training hostel are being established. It is also envisaged to invite world class (acuities and trainees from around the world and work out a curriculum for long duration courses (of 3-9 months).
 
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IndiGo to launch flights to Sharjah from Hyderabad, Lucknow

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Continuing its focus on connecting destinations in the Gulf to more Indian cities, low-cost carrier IndiGo will launch new daily non-stop flights to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad in Telangana from December 29.
 
IndiGo will also connect Sharjah to Kolkata, Kochi, Goa, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Patna, Mangalore, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Raipur and Bhubaneswar through connecting flights, a press release from the airline said.
 
Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Commercial Officer IndiGo said, “We are the first Indian carrier operating Sharjah flight from Hyderabad and also starting first and only Lucknow-Sharjah connection. Expanding operations to Sharjah on the 6E network is in response to the growing demand on the sector. These new flights will also open up immense connectivity to and fro for other cities on our network, supported by our 147 Airbus-320 strong fleet.”
 
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Telugu film comedian Vijay Sai found dead in Hyderabad

 
Telugu film comedian Vijay Sai found dead

Popular Tollywood comedian Vijay Sai was found dead at his residence in Yousufguda here on Monday morning.

The comedian was found hanging in the bedroom of his apartment by his family members.

It is being said that Sai was under a lot of stress due to personal and financial problems.

Sai made his debut in the Telugu film industry in 2001 and has acted in several hit films like 'Bommarillu', 'Ammayilu Abbayilu'.

An investigation is underway to find the reason behind his death.

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Modi to inaugurate Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad on Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad on Tuesday, with women comprising more than 52.5% of the participants.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) here tomorrow with women comprising more than 52.5% of the participants.
 
Co-hosted by the United States and India, GES is being held for the first time in South Asia. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, will lead the US contingent to the event.
 
This is the eighth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world.  With the theme of “Women First, Prosperity for All,” this will be the first GES in which women are the majority of the participants.
 
More than 10 countries will be represented by an all-female delegation, including those from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.  A number of leading female voices will speak at various plenaries, breakout sessions, master classes, and workshops, including tennis champion Sania Mirza, Google’s Vice President of Next Billion Users Diana Louise Patricia Layfield and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company Roya Mahboob. 
 
This year’s summit theme demonstrates the commitment of the U.S. and Indian governments to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive.  Women entrepreneurs help drive innovation and job creation, as well as address the world’s greatest and most critical challenges. 
 
The inaugural plenary of the high-powered, three-day summit will take place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre followed by two days of networking, mentoring, and workshops, anchoring the collaborative environment for entrepreneurs to exchange ideas, create networks and take their passions to the next level. 
 
At the plenary session at 4:30 PM, on the theme “Be the Change: Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership,” the speakers, apart from Mr Modi will be Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Ms Trump.
 
This will be followed by a panel session on opening up opportunities for women entrepreneurs in their countries and communities. The session will be moderated by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco.
 
The panellists will be Ms. Trump, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Sibongile Sambo, Managing Director, SRS Aviation and SRS Petroleum and Marcus Wallenberg, Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB).
 
On November 29, the theme of the morning session will be “We Can Do It! Innovations in Workforce Development and Skills Training”. A discussion will be held on increasing women’s participation in the workforce through access to skills training, education, and mentorship.  Innovators in workforce development and training will discuss what works and what more can be done to open doors for women in the workplace.
 
The session will be moderated by K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for IT E&C, Industries and Commerce, Telangana. The panellists will be Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank, Limited, Karen Quintos, Chief Customer Officer, Dell EMC and Ms. Trump.
 
On November 30, the session will be in the afternoon with the theme “When Women Win, We All Win: Promoting Inclusive Environments for Women Entrepreneurs.”
 
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The closing session of GES will bring together key influencers that support, promote, and fund women entrepreneurs.  Panellists will share efforts to advance women in leadership positions and ensure that women have “seats at the table” while breaking down the barriers that disproportionately affect women’s ability to start and grow businesses. This session will be moderated by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu.
 
The panellists will be Kristina Perkin Davison, Co-Founder and Managing Director, iEurope Capital LLC, Dipali Goenka, CEO and Joint Managing Director, Welspun India, Mark Green, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, Lerato Motsamai, Founder and CEO, Petrolink and Manish Sabharwal, Chairman, TeamLease.
 
These plenary participants will join dozens of other session speakers and experts and a group of 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters of entrepreneurship from more than 150 countries and territories across the world.
 
The summit has introduced a mobile application to enable seamless networking among all the registered delegates. A wearable device interlinked with the application is also being provided to all delegates for use during and after the summit.
 
So far, 1500 delegates have downloaded the app, 20,000 profiles have been viewed, 4,000 messages and 6,000 business cards have been exchanged and 500 meetings have already been set up, an official press release said.
 
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Pilot escapes as IAF trainer aircraft crashes near Hyderabad

 
IAF aircraft crashes, trainee pilot ejects safely
An Indian Air Force (IAF) trainee pilot escaped with minor injuries when the basic trainer aircraft Kiran MK-IA she was flying crashed minutes after it took off from Air Force Station Hakimpet, about 25 km from here, today.
 
The aircraft was on a routine training mission for the trainee pilot when the mishap occurred at around 1415 hours, a statement from the IAF said. The pilot ejected safely, it said.
 
"It crashed around 35 miles north east of the base. The trainee pilot ejected safely and landed on the ground with minor injuries. A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident," the statement added.
 
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IIT Hyderabad develops device to diagnose infectious diseases

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A team of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, has developed a new device that promises to help detect infectious diseases at low costs and very early.
 
The device uses a biochip and a nanomaterial based on zinc xxide. As a proof of concept it has been demonstrated in rapid detection of malaria.
 
The biochip comprises of a sensing platform integrated with a three-electrode system. The sensing electrode consists of antibody conjugated nanofibers. In the case of the device which has been tested, nanofibres were conjugated with histidine-rich protein II antibodies, which are specific to malarial antigen. 
 
Upon recognizing the presence of even a trace of malaria’s biomarkers in blood serum, the device registered a signal. It is calibrated to assess the quantitative level of infectious biomarker present in the sample. Samples obtained from a hospital were tested using the device.
 
The device can also quantify the extent of infection and does not require a trained technician to use it. “It can be used as a point of care device. It will be particularly useful in rural areas where diagnostic facilities are not available readily. People in endemic areas can keep the device at home and when someone in the house falls sick, they test if there is infection,” Shiv Govind Singh, leader of the team, said while speaking to India Science Wire.
 
The device is highly sensitive. It can detect malaria parasite at a concentration of even as low as a trillionth of a gram in a millilitre. This means it can detect minutest presence of a parasite, and help detect the infection on day one itself.
 
Dr. Singh said he and his team members were working on taking the device to the next level wherein the diagnosis could be transmitted to a medical professional via a smart phone. In addition, they are working on a device through which several diseases could be detected in one go.
 
The research team included Brince Paul and Asisa Kumar Panigrahi (IIT Hyderabad) and Dr. Vikrant Singh from School of Medicine, University of California. The study results have been published in journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Languages should help build bridges of understanding: Venkaiah Naidu

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Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu today said that language could help good governance because information and knowledge could create an enlightened citizenry. 
 
Addressing the 16th annual convocation of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha here, he said Hindi had played a historic role in the development of India's unity, integrity and linguistic goodwill.
 
"For the unification of the nation there is no element more powerful than the language spoken by most of Indians," he said.
 
Mr. Naidu said the office of the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha was established in Vijayawada in 1936 and, as the presidents of this Sabha, freedom fighters such as Konda Venkapapayya Pantulu, Tungturi Prakasham Pantulu, Bejawada Gopalreddy and Swami Ramanand Tirtha did great work. "It is heartening to know that Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha has not only promoted Hindi but also prepared a large number of Hindi teachers, translators and publicists," he added.
 
He said that  the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha of Andhra and Telangana is celebrating its 16th Annual Convocation and he reminded the audience of Gandhiji's view that no country is independent in the true sense, until and unless it speaks in its own language.
 
He congratulated all the students who received the degrees of Rashtra Bhasha Visharad and Rashtra Bhasha Praveen in Hindi.
 
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali, the Vice President of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Chennai, Mr. H. Hanumantappa, the President of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, Mr. B. Obaiah and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
 
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Demanding divorce, doc enacts 'Sholay' scene atop tower in Telangana

 
Demanding divorce, doc enacts 'Sholay' scene atop mobile tower

Reminding people of the famous scene from 'Sholay' movie of Dharmendra climbing atop a water tank, a man perched on a mobile tower in Telangana on Wednesday, not to profess love for his beloved but to press for divorce from his wife.

A doctor by profession, Ajay was fed up with his wife Lasya as she allegedly filed cases against him in Jagtial police station.

According to the local police, the duo got married seven years back and was blessed with a daughter. But, four years back, his wife filed a case against him. Later, they compromised and continued staying together.

Later, the police somehow managed to calm him down.

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Extend reservations for women in Parliament, Assemblies on lines of Panchayats: Naidu

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Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed the need to extend reservations for women in Parliament and State Legislative Assemblies on the lines of the Panchayats.
 
Addressing a function ‘Building a New India’ organized by the FICCI Ladies Organization here yesterday, Mr Naidu pointed out that while women have achieved tremendous success in different fields from space to sports, political empowerment is the most critical aspect in their overall empowerment.
 
“I hope that more and more women would be seen in various bodies—from Panchayats to Parliament in the years ahead. It is also necessary to remove all hurdles that come in the way of socio-economic empowerment of women. We need to extend reservations for women in Parliament and Assemblies on the lines of Panchayats,” he added.
 
“From times immemorial and in our scriptures women have been accorded positions of power and leadership. Our ethos and values always respected women and it is unfortunate that abhorrent tendencies of atrocities are taking place in modern times. It needs no reiteration that the most stringent action has to be taken against perpetrators of atrocities on women.
 
"Needless to say that education forms the foundation for empowering girls and women. As had been most aptly said educating a woman means educating an entire family. Ending gender disparity, ensuring safety, healthcare, imparting job skills, creating more job opportunities and ensuring safe work places are all aimed at empowering women," he said.
 
On the advantages of educating women, a UN report based on data from 219 countries, said that for every one additional year of education for women in reproductive age, child mortality is reduced by a huge 9.50%, Mr Naidu said.
 
The Government has launched various schemes, including ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ which seeks to reverse the trend of decline in Child Sex Ratio, he pointed out.
 
On the theme of the conference, Mr Naidu said India is on the threshold of transforming into a major economic power. For this all people will have to work with renewed passion and commitment towards building the New India.
 
The Vice-President said the New India will be fully literate, free of corruption with shelter to every family, provide power on demand, best healthcare, meet the employment aspirations of the youth, empower women, double farmers’ income and convert India into an economic powerhouse with IT, Agriculture and Industrial sectors contributing significantly to its economic growth.
 
The Vice-President also interacted with the Members of the FICCI Ladies Organization. Responding to a question on what needs to be done for the women empowerment, he said that education is very important for the empowerment of women. He further said that financial security is also an important factor for women empowerment. They should be given equal opportunities, equal rights and health facilities, he added.
 
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Rajnath asks police to brace themselves up for cyber terror threats

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday asked young police officers to brace themselves up for terrorist threats emerging from the cyber world.
 
In his address at the Passing Out Parade of Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA) here, Mr Rajnath Singh said the world was grappling with the menace of terrorism and extremism. The internet was being used by organisations like the ISIS to spread hate. “We are not untouched by this menace," he said.
 
However, India’s intelligence and security agencies have been successful in countering these sinister designs, he said.
 
“The Central Government is all committed to strengthening the security structure of the country. We know that the State Police Forces need the Central Government’s help to tackle these problems and all that might arise in future. We need to work towards modernisation of police forces. Keeping this in mind, the Government last month approved a Rs.25,000 crore package for police modernisation,” he added.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh stressed the need to find a permanent solution to problems like terrorism and extremism. “We are working towards that direction. In the next five years we have to eliminate extremism, terrorism and communalism from the nation,” he added.
 
Paying rich tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he said, “The National Police Academy (NPA) reminds us of Sardar Patel's love for the country and his commitment and dedication towards nation building. The foundation of national integration that Sardar Patel laid after independence will continue to inspire us.
 
“The political map of today's India is the result of his effort. Sardar Patel was the architect of All-India Services which was meant to ensure integrity and unity of India; Indian Police Service is an integral part of it. The All India Services not only provided a unified administrative structure but also helped in keeping the unity and integrity of India intact. Tomorrow is Sardar Patel's Birth Anniversary. Let us bow to the leader who was the main force behind unified India,” he added.
 
The Home Minister said the police should not be a brute force but a civilised force. “As young police officials, you all can be role models for youth. And I believe that your hard work will play a major role,” he added.
 
“In the initial years of your career, you all will work closely with the public. You will find that people have great expectation from police officials. The police service will provide you an ocean of opportunities. You will have to maintain professional and intellectual integrity while serving for the country,” he said.
 
“The people will come to you, not for sympathy but empathy. You should maintain good conduct and behaviour during your service. To meet these expectations will be a challenge as well as a responsibility and opportunity too. Positive attitude and decisiveness will also play an important role in your working.
 
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“While taking a decision, officials should always ask this question whether it is in favour of justice or not. I have seen that the officials possessing these qualities are respected by politicians and all sections of society. Honesty and Integrity should be most important for all of you.
 
“Never compromise with it. Hard work, positive attitude, honesty and justice along with right decision making are the four attributes that I want to dedicate to you. These qualities help you in building your reputation and this is your biggest capital,” he added.
 
He announced a grant of Rs. 5 crore for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy Welfare Fund from the Home Ministry Welfare Fund. He also inaugurated the new Library Complex of the NPA and took the salute of an immaculately turned out parade.
 
Presenting trophies and medals,  he congratulated the medal winners and said the biggest medal that they could win will be the appreciation of colleagues and the public.
 
As many as 136 Officer Trainees including five each from Bhutan and Nepal and four from Maldives completed 45 weeks of basic training at the NPA. The batch included 22 Women Officers.
 
Director, SVPNPA, D. R. Doley Barman, Executive Director, Nepal Police Academy, Additional Inspector General of Police Devendra Subedi, Col. Rinzin Dorji of Royal Bhutan Police and Ali Sujau, ACP of Maldivian Police Force and senior and retired police officers were present.
 
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BHEL's largest order for Yadadri Supercritical Thermal Power Project takes off

The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said the  execution of the 4,000 MW Yadadri Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP), its largest ever order received from Telangana State Power Generation Corporation Limited (TSGENCO), has commenced with the issuance of revised letter of intent (LoI) by TSGENCO.
 
Valued at approximately Rs. 20,400 crore, the order for Yadadri TPP, comprising five units of 800 MW supercritical sets, is not only the single largest order for BHEL but also the highest value order ever placed in the power sector in India. 
 
The project has been accorded environmental clearance by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and would be compliant with the revised emission norms, a press release from BHEL said.
 
To be set up on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis by BHEL, the project is located at Damaracherla in Nalgonda district of Telangana. "This landmark order is a testimony to BHEL’s proven technological excellence as well as its capability in executing power projects of this magnitude on EPC basis," it said.
 
"The Yadadri project will be executed on fast track basis by BHEL in line with the company’s strategy of focusing on revival of held up projects and their speedy execution. The Yadadri project will lead to a quantum jump in BHEL’s executable outstanding order book and will help the company to enhance its growth momentum," the release said.
 
BHEL has contributed equipment for 86% of the coal-based power generation capacity installed in Telangana. Some of these projects like Kothagudem and Ramagundam have been consistently performing above national benchmarks and have been awarded meritorious awards by the Ministry of Power for their outstanding performance, it said.
 
"Such superlative performance and reliability of BHEL make equipment has led to TSGENCO reposing their faith in BHEL’s capabilities to address the emerging power requirements of the newly formed state of Telangana. TSGENCO has earlier awarded contracts for 800 MW Kothagudem and 1,080 MW Bhadradri power projects to BHEL, which are under advanced stages of execution," the release added.
 
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GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport commissions new baggage belt at domestic arrival terminal

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GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. (GHIAL), which operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here, has commissioned a new baggage belt at the domestic arrival terminal to ensure better baggage delivery for  passengers. 
 
The development of the new baggage reclaim belt at the airport was taken up under the airport's ‘#PassengerisPrime’ programme aimed at delivering an enhanced airport experience to passengers using the airport, a press release from GHIAL said.
 
The release said Hyderabad Airport had registered a growth of 27% in both domestic passenger traffic and domestic air traffic movements in FY2016-17 over FY2015-16, which is the highest among all metro airports in India.
 
The new 60 metre long baggage belt at Domestic Arrivals will help to effectively distribute the baggage loads, especially during peak hours and would speed up the baggage delivery to arriving passengers, it said.
 
Mr. S G K Kishore, CEO, GHIAL, said, “We are committed to ensuring maximum convenience for passengers at Hyderabad airport. While the surge in passenger traffic at the airport gives us an opportunity to serve a larger number of our customers, it also inspires us to keep enhancing our facilities to add comfort to their journey. Under our signature #PassengerisPrime programme, it is our endeavor to continuously provide better offerings to passengers - the commissioning of the new baggage belt is one such effort. In fact, we are already working on a comprehensive upgrade our overall Baggage Handling System, and further improvements will be commissioned very soon which, would significantly increase the throughput capacity of the system.”
 
Hyderabad Airport had launched the #PassengerisPrime programme in April this year as a platform hosting a series of new initiatives and measures aimed at delivering an enhanced level of experience and service to the passengers using Hyderabad Airport. 
 
Under this initiative, GHIAL has introduced India’s first Express Security Check Area for domestic passengers flying without any check-in bags, a concept that is now being considered for adoption across the country. Passenger Service Associates have also been deployed at various locations of the airport under this programme to provide assistance to passengers with special needs such as expecting mothers, ladies travelling alone, women travelling with infants, senior citizens and passengers with reduced mobility, among others.
 
GHIAL is a joint venture company promoted by the GMR Group (63%) in partnership with Government of India (13%), Government of Telangana (13%) and Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (11%). The company was incorporated to design, finance, build, operate and maintain a world class greenfield airport at Shamshabad, Hyderabad. Hyderabad airport was commissioned in a record time of 31 months in March 2008, with an initial capacity of 12 million passengers per annum (MPPA) and 1,50,000 MT of cargo handling capacity per annum. The project has the flexibility to increase capacity to accommodate over 40 MPPA and shall be developed in a phased manner, the release added.
 
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Air India subsidiary Alliance Air links Shirdi to Mumbai, Hyderabad

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Alliance Air, the wholly owned subsidiary of national carrier Air India, today linked the pilgrimage town of Shirdi in Maharashtra to Mumbai and Hyderabad with an ATR 72 aircraft.
 
The first flight AI 9654 from Shirdi to Mumbai was flagged off by President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajpati Raju and Maharashtra Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis launched the flight by giving away the boarding passes to passengers along with Air India Chairman and Managing Director Rajiv Bansal and senior Air India officials.  
 
The flight from Mumbai to Shirdi and return will operate daily with an ATR 72 aircraft. Flight AI 9653 will depart Mumbai at 0830 hours to reach Shirdi at 0915hrs and the return flight will depart Shirdi at 0945 hrs to arrive in Mumbai at 1105 hrs on Wednesday,Friday and Sundays. 
 
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays the flight AI 9653 will leave Mumbai at 1520 hrs to arrive in Shirdi at 1605 hrs and leave Shirdi at 1630 hrs to arrive in Mumbai at 1715 hrs.
 
The flight from Hyderabad to Shirdi and return will operate on all days except Thursdays with the ATR 72 aircraft. The flight AI 9869 will leave Hyderabad at 1410 hrs to arrive in Shirdi at 1600 hours and the return flight AI 9870 will depart Shirdi at 1630 hrs to arrive in Hyderabad at 1815 hrs. 
 
"This flight will also give a boost to tourism and will fulfill a long standing demand of travellers to this pilgrimage town.These new connections by Alliance Air will lend a further boost to the national carrier's Connect India mission," a press release from the airline added.
 
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Two dead, 17 injured as parapet on terrace of house gives way in Nizamabad

 
2 dead, 17 injured as parapet of house collapses in Telangana
Two persons -- a woman and a minor girl -- died and about 17 others suffered injuries when the parapet on the terrace of a house, crowded with people watching Dussehra celebrations on the street below, collapsed suddenly at Alur village in Nizamabad district of Telangana, about 175 km from here, on Friday, official sources said.
 
Nizamabad Assistant Commissioner of Police (Armoor) K. Shiva Kumar told NetIndian over the telephone that the incident occurred around 6.30 pm when, as usual, people had gathered on the streets and on the top of houses to see the annual festivities.
 
He said a portion of the parapet of one house collapsed suddenly, killing the two, identified as Yashoda (23) and Harika (7).
 
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital and further investigations are on, he added.
 
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Tamannaah Bhatia to play lead in Telugu version of Hindi movie "Queen"

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Tamannaah Bhatia, who has acted in  more than 50 films in three different languages, including the Baahubali series, is understood to have bagged the lead role in the Telugu version of Kangana Ranaut-starrer "Queen".
 
Tamannaah has been focusing on women-centric films like Kalloori , Ananda Thandavan, Kanden  Kadhalai, 100% Love and Devi over the past one decade.
 
The Telugu version of Queen will be produced by Manu Kumaran under the banner of Mediente Films. National award winning director and a South favourite,  G. Neelakanta Reddy will be directing the Telugu remake and the film will go on the floors on October 25.
 
The entire film will be shot in an international locale and will release in the middle of next year, sources said.
 
The sources said Tamannaah was initially approached to play the lead protagonist in both the Tamil and Telugu versions of the critically acclaimed Queen but signed only the Telugu version citing creative preferences.
 
“Queen is an interesting film and I have always been motivated by roles that help elevate women empowerment in some form. I am very excited to be doing the Telugu version and can’t wait to start shooting next month. This is the first time I’m working with Neelakanta Reddy and I’m sure together we will create magic on the 70 mm screen.”
 
The South remakes of Vikas Bahl’s Queen will be made in Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam apart from Telugu.
 
Tamannaah who started off at the age of 15 in the film industry, has worked with a list of notable actors including Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Ajay Devgan, Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Dhanush, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan, amongst others. In the past she has acted in the South remakes of Bollywood films like Jab We Met, Kick and Rowdy Rathore.
 
She is the first actress from India who was nominated at Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. 
 
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Hyderabad gets 3D manufacturing demonstration centre

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Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is popularly called, is fast gaining importance the world over as it has opened up possibilities for a new world of design innovation.
 
The International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI) – an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Science and Technology – has established a technology demonstration centre for additive manufacturing, with the objective of letting Indian industry understand advantages of the new manufacturing technology over the conventional methods.
 
It is now possible to produce objects of almost any shape or geometry by using digital model data from a 3D model or an electronic data source such as an additive manufacturing file (AMF).
 
A file type called STL is one of the most common file types that 3D printers can read. Unlike conventional systems, where material is removed through machining and other processes for producing an object, 3D printing or additive manufacturing builds a three-dimensional object from computer-aided design (CAD) models or AMF files by successively adding material layer by layer.
 
Main advantage with additive manufacturing is that it can produce objects with highly complex designs. In conventional methods, every complex detail has to be produced through additional tool paths or other such extra steps. Additive process does not require hard tooling to be produced or assembled. There are, therefore, no typical production related costs that often need a large production run in order to justify them. Even a single piece can be printed in a cost-effective manner.
 
Additive manufacturing is being used in several sectors including automobile, biomedical, and aerospace industries. 
 
The ARCI, engaged in developing new materials and processes, has expertise in areas such as nano-materials, powder metallurgy, ceramics, coatings, laser processing and fuel cells. The new technology demonstration centre for 3D printing is as part of an effort to help the Indian economy make the best use of the emerging technology. It has been set up in collaboration with SLM Solutions of Germany, a leading international manufacturer of 3D metal printers.
 
Speaking to India Science Wire, Dr. Gururaj Telasang of ARCI’s Centre for Laser Processing of Materials, said its major objective was to offer an opportunity for the Indian industry to understand the advantages of the additive manufacturing technology over the conventional methods.
 
The Centre has a powder bed additive manufacturing machine that works based on selective laser melting principle. It is designed for medium to high volume metal part productions and prototypes with high precision and surface quality. It is equipped with a 400 W Ytterbium Fibre laser. A wide range of materials including stainless steel, cobalt-chrome, nickel alloys, aluminum and titanium can be processed.
 
Hybrid processes that combine the laser additive manufacturing and the conventional techniques are also being tried out to produce new generation engineering components. Besides, efforts are on continuously to improve upon the processes to make them as innovative, sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. 
 
“A major aim of the centre is to help develop and produce next generation aerospace components, biomedical parts and special tools and dies,” he added.
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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India's Nutrition Atlas goes live

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India currently faces twin challenges in the nutrition sector - undernutrition manifesting in several health problems as well as increasing problem of overweight and obesity, contributing to the burden of non-communicable diseases. 
 
In order to provide a snapshot of all relevant data and information about nutrition, the Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has developed the country’s first Nutrition Atlas.
 
The Nutrition Atlas provides information and data on nutritional status of population groups at national and state levels, along with an overview of nutrition-related deficiencies, disorders and prevalence levels in various parts of the country. In addition, it provides information on nutrients, nutrient rich foods, nutritional deficiency disorders and a host of other topics.
 
The portal also includes information on nutrition rich foods and nutri-guide for various nutrients, minerals, essential amino-acids, fatty acids, dietary fibers and proteins, along with their biochemical cutoffs, recommended dietary allowances, signs and symptoms and dietary sources. 
 
The Atlas is interactive and displays information in the form a user may select. The Atlas has been developed through a long drawn, cohesive and technical exercise by a multi-disciplinary team in the bioinformatics division of NIN. It makes use of publicly available data sources like reports of National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau, National Family Health Survey, World Health Organisation and other public databases. The dashboard acts like an information management tool, helping the user track data on undernutrition, overnutrition, overweight, obesity and communicable and non-communicable diseases. It can also provide different time trends on each of these parameters. 
 
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While public databases like data.gov.in provide data from various sectors include health, the Nutrition Atlas is a specific data portal on nutrition and health parameters. “The prevalence and incidence of various nutrition and health parameters have been given for all 679 districts, wherever such information is available in public domain,” Dr Vishnu Vardhana Rao, senior scientist at NIN, who led the effort, told India Science Wire.
 
“The data in the Atlas will be updated as and when new data is released in the public domain by organizations concerned,” Dr Rao added. “This portal is useful to policy makers, programme managers, researchers, media, students and other stakeholders.”
 
The development team included Rajeswari, Dr P Shyam,  Dr Sudip Ghosh  and Dr. M. Munikumar. NIN is a leading laboratory in the field of nutrition research under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Frequent disruptions in Parliament, State legislatures a matter of concern: Naidu

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Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today expressed concern over the frequent disruptions faced by Parliament and State legislatures and advised lawmakers to debate and decide instead of stalling legislative business.
 
Speaking at a State Reception hosted in his honour by the Telangana Government here, Mr Naidu referred to the advice of former President Pranab Mukherjee to discuss, debate and decide. There should not be any scope for the fourth D – Disrupt, he added.
 
He called upon legislators to regularly interact with people and come out with effective laws for spurring the growth of the country.
 
The Vice-President also counselled the Chief Ministers of the  Telugu-speaking States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to resolve differences in an amicable manner and strive for promoting the language.
 
He also wanted the Chief Ministers to recapture the past glory of the Telugu States.
 
Recalling his association with Hyderabad, the Vice-President said he had been residing in the historic city for the past 40 years and his political career blossomed here.
 
Paying rich tributes to Telangana culture and history, he said it is a land known for struggles and movements. He eulogized the contribution of the people from Telangana during the freedom struggle and referred to how they fought against the tyranny of Nizam and the Razaakars. Komaram Bheem, Sammakka- Sarakka and Chakali Ailamma were symbols of the rebellion, he added.
 
Making a special mention of Telangana cuisine, the Vice President said Hyderabad biryani and haleem have become world famous. Hyderabad was the brand for the promotion of Telangana and has put the State on the international map.
 
The Vice-President said everyone should strive to realise the dream of Mahatma Gandhi to establish ‘Ramrajya’. He stressed that ‘Swarajya’ should be transformed into ‘Surajya’.
 
Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya,  and Deputy Chief Ministers M D Mohammad Ali and Kadiyam Srihari were also present on the occasion.
 
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Renowned molecular biologist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava passes away

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Renowned molecular biologist Pushpa Mitra Bhargava, who was the founder-director of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad, passed away here today in his sleep.
 
He was 89. He is survived by a son and a daughter. 
 
Dr. Bhargava, who remained active after his retirement some years ago, was suffering from kidney ailments and was undergoing dialysis regularly. He developed fever this morning and was resting at home when he passed away, sources close to him said.
 
"We are very sad to inform you that the founding director of CSIR-CCMB, Dr. Pushpa Mitra Bhargava has passed away today," CCMB announced on Twitter.
 
Born on February 22, 1928, at Ajmer in Rajasthan, Dr. Bhargava received his B.Sc. in 1944 from Queen's College in Uttar Pradesh and then obtained M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry and Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Lucknow University.
 
He moved to Hyderabad and worked in the early 1950s at the then Central Laboratories for Scientific and Industrial Research, now called the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology – IICT, and then at Osmania University.
 
In 1953, he went on a post-doctoral fellowship to the McArdle Memorial Laboratory of Cancer Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison in the United States and worked in the laboratory of Charles Heidelberger. During 1956-57, he worked at the National Institute for Medical Research in the United Kingdom as a special Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, a stint that marked his transition from chemistry to biology.
 
He returned to the Central Laboratories for Scientific and Industrial Research in Hyderabad, which had by then been by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and named Regional Research Laboratory (now known as Indian Institute of Chemical Technology).
 
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In 1977, he established the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and retired from there in 1990 to join the newly created CSIR Distinguished Fellowship, from which he was relieved in 1993.
 
CCMB was set up initialy as a semi-autonomous centre in the Biochemistry Division of the then Regional Research Laboratory. During 1981–82, CCMB was accorded the status of a full-fledged national laboratory.
 
Dr. Bhargava also served as Vice-Chairman of the National Knowledge Commission, a member of the National Security Advisory Board and a nominee of the Supreme Court of India on the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee of the Government of India. He was opposed to the approval of GM foods in India.
 
Among other things, he was involved in the promotion of science and rationality and, in 1963, along with Satish Dhawan and Abdur Rahman, founded the Society for the Promotion of Scientific Temper.
 
He was honoured by the Government with the Padma Bhushan, the nation's third highest civilian honour, in 1986. He, however, returned the award in 2015 to protest the alleged rise in intolerance and erosion of space for dissent in the country.
 
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Efforts continue to save 18-month-old girl from 60-feet borewell in Telangana

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Rescue efforts continued for the second day today to save an 18-month-old girl, Chinnari,who fell into a 60-feet deep borewell while playing with her sister in a field near their house in Ekkareddyguda village in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana yesterday evening.
 
Her sister alerted her parents and soon local policemen, fire brigade personnel and doctors reached the scene.
 
A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has joined local emergency personnel and a parallel well has been dug to help pull her out, sources said.
 
Among other things, the rescue teams had lowered a camera to a depth of 40 feet to try and see the baby. She was visible for some time, but officials now think she could have slipped further down, and efforts were being made to lower a camera to a depth of 100 feet.
 
The rescue efforts were slowed down a bit by rains, but the digging of the parallel well has been going on continuously and efforts are being made to ensure a supply of oxygen to the little girl.
 
The girl's father, who works as a labourer, has demanded action against revenue officials and the owner of the land who failed to ensure that the borewell was sealed.
 
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Rajya Sabha member and Congress leader P. Govardhan Reddy passes away

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Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member from Telangana Palvai Govardhan Reddy passed away at Kullu in Himachal Pradesh after suffering a cardiac arrest there this morning.
 
He was 80. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. 
 
Sources close to his family said his body would be brought to Delhi and then flown to Hyderabad, where it would be cremated tomorrow.
 
Mr. Reddy had left here this morning by air for Kullu to attend a meeting of a Parliamentary Standing Committee scheduled to be held there. He suffered a cardiac arrest soon after landing there and was rushed to the Government hospital in the town, where he breathed his last around 10.30 am.
 
Mr. Reddy served as a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 1967 to 1985 and then from 1999 to 2004. He served as Minister of State in the State Council of Ministers in the early 1980s. He was elected to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2007 and to the Rajya Sabha in 2012.
 
Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Hamid Ansari condoled the passing away of Mr. Reddy and described it as a personal loss.
 
"Shri Reddy was an active and respected member of Rajya Sabha since 2012, and his presence would be missed by all who worked with him. Shri Reddy will be remembered for his relentless efforts towards the welfare of farmers in Telangana," he said.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao expressed shock and grief over the sudden demise of Mr. Reddy. He directed the Chief Secretary of the State Government and the State's Resident Commissioner in Delhi to make arrangements to bring the mortal remains of Mr. Reddy to Hyderabad.
 
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Ansari lauds Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah for Dakini Urdu promotion and secularism

Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari delivering the first Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah Memorial Lecture of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, in Hyderabad on April 13, 2017.
Vice-President M. Hamid Ansari delivering the first Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah Memorial Lecture of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University, in Hyderabad on April 13, 2017.
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has lauded Hyderabad city founder Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah, whose reign in the 16th century is noted for its contributions to the promotion of Dakhini Urdu literature and a secular approach in governance.
 
Delivering the first Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah Memorial Lecture of the Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Mr Ansari said Hyderabad was designed to be "a replica of the paradise itself".
 
"An early 17th century English traveler praised it ‘for its sweetness of air, convenience of water and fertility of soil’ and ranked it higher than any in the realm of the Moghul emperor or other princes," he said.
 
“One other reason should make the subject inseparable from the venue. Dakhani Urdu has its own pedigree and was the court language of Bijapur and Golkonda kingdoms. Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah composed verses, on his own admission, every day ‘just like waves in a rippling river’ and is credited as being the first person to have compiled a diwan. 
 
"He was the first translator of Hafiz and his efforts ‘led to the birth of a Persian poetic style and usage in the Dabistan-e-Golkonda,” he added.
 
Mr Ansari said it was important to consider the context of the times and the place in history of the Qutbshahi dynasty that lasted a mere 164 years - from 1523 to 1687, when its last incumbent, Abu`l Hasan, surrendered to a Moghul general.
 
“In this short span, it witnessed a blossoming of architecture, poetry, music, art, dance and cuisine and became a byword for culture apart from being a vibrant centre of international trade,” he added.
 
Mohammad Quili lived at a time when Moghul Emperor Akbar, in the words of a biographer, “hovered like an eagle over the northern horizon and watched the fighting cocks of the southern states, rending and wearing each other until his own time should come to pray on them".
 
"Individuals, communities, and whole states defined their identity with respect to this colossus of the north, sometimes in opposition to it and sometime in imitation of it," Mr Ansari said. 
 
These independent or quasi-independent entities survived the imperial onslaught for varying periods by acknowledging some form of suzerainty. In the process, they developed their own style of governance. 
 
They "detached religion from statecraft" and culture from territorial boundaries and thereby gave themselves "an enormously elastic and transnational character".
 
Nor is the role of the mystics in forging ties between different segments of society to be ignored. This led to eventual reconciliation of religions and culture.
 
Mr. Ansari said two aspects of the statecraft of the Deccan states can be discerned and are worthy of mention. The first was the philosophy of governance and the necessity of a pragmatic approach towards the subjects of the state. The second pertained to the geopolitical considerations that confronted them in relation to the dominant power in the Indian sub-continent.
 
The Qutb-shahis were of Iranian origin and had strong religious affiliations arising from of their relationship with Iran, particularly after the year 1501 when Shah Ismail resorted to strident sectarianism.  Notwithstanding this, their approach to governance was pragmatic and secular. Writing about the administrative system in the reign of Ibrahim, father of Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah, the historian Haroon Khan Sherwani has noted that "very little differentiation was made between the Hindus and the Muslims so far as the affairs of the state were concerned".
 
This was also the case in Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah’s period when "a characteristic of the epoch was a spirit of camaraderie which existed between the Hindu and the Muslim sections of the population" and "the whole policy of the Government seems to have been that of equality of opportunity for both the Hindus and the Muslims for practically all the officers of the state", he said, quoting the historian.
 
"His court, continues the same historian, ‘represented the culture of the Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and while he seems prejudiced in his enunciation of the inferiority of the non-Shi`ah sects of the Muslims he is culturally at one with the Hindus and the Parsis as well as the man in the street so far as his appreciation of their way of life is concerned.
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"As a result, ‘the whole outlook of the state as centered in the person of the Sultan was non-communal'," he added.
 
Another aspect of this catholicity was the Sultan’s approach to Telugu. His father, who spent seven years as an honoured guest in Vijayanagar, imbibed a passion for the language and the same was the case with Mohammad Quli to whom Telugu was ‘like a mother tongue’ and who used Telugu words in his Dakhni-Urdu poems, offered patronage to its literary personages and whose firmans and official announcements were bilingual.
 
"The Sultan thus made ‘a deliberate attempt to synthesize cultures in the Deccan imbibing in the people of Hyderabad a relish of tolerance, love of spectacle, and mildness of nature.’ It is not altogether accidental that one of his successors became a patron of the kuchipudi dance form," he said.
 
"Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah occupies a place in our history and his personality and contributions are studied with much benefit by any one interested in the evolution of architecture, language and culture. His policy of peace and diplomacy ‘had warded off Moghul political influence as much as lay in his power’ and his passing away on January 31, 1626, after a rule of 31 years, left the door open for Emperor Shah Jahan to pursue his program of subjugating the Deccan kingdoms," he added.
 
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Cabinet nod for agreement for establishment of CIRDAP Centre in Hyderabad

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The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its approval for the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Rural Development and the Dhaka-based Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP) for establishment of a CIRDAP Centre at National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad.
 
The centre would give NIRD&PR an advantage of having first-hand knowledge of networking with organizations specialized in rural development programmes which in turn would help in building a repository of institutional knowledge for it, an official press release said.
 
The centre would also help NIRD&PR to enhance its status in the region through linkages with other Ministries/Institutes in the CIRDAP Member Countries (CMCs). The faculty of the NIRD&PR and the Ministry officials would benefit from exchange visits to the best practices in the CMCs. The scope of work of the Centre is to focus on the implementation of integrated rural development, particularly poverty alleviation programmes within CMC member countries.
 
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The CIRDAP is a regional Inter-Governmental and autonomous institution which came into existence in 1979 at the initiative of the countries of Asia Pacific region and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) with support from several other UN bodies and donors. 
 
India is one of the key founder members of this organisation, whose objective is to promote regional cooperation and act as a serving institution for its member countries for promotion of integrated rural development through research action, training, information dissemination etc.
 
CIRDAP has one sub - regional office in Jakarta, Indonesia, which was established in 1997 to assist and expand CIRDAP membership and its resources, to conduct training research and pilot projects relevant to South East Asian region. There are 46 countries in Asia Pacific Region, therefore CIRDAP has great potential for expansion for which they would be assisted by CIRDAP Centres, the release added.
 
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D. R. Doley Barman appointed as Director, SVP National Police Academy, Hyderabad

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Ms. D. R. Doley Barman, presently working as Director, North East Police Academy (NEPA), Shillong, Meghalaya, has been appointed as Director, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad.
 
Ms. Doley Burman, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1986 batch (JK cadre), will succeed Ms. Aruna M. Bahuguna, IPS (AP:79) by temporary downgrading the post to Additional Director General (ADG) level for a period of two years or until further orders, whichever is  earlier, an official press release said.
 
She would also hold additional charge of the post of Director, NEPA till the appointment and joining of regular Director, NEPA, the release added.
 
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