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Saudi Arabia Announced First day of Ramazan will be on Saturday

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
The first day of Ramazan will be on Saturday, May 27. Saudi Arabia announced that the first day of Ramazan in the country will be on Saturday, May 27. The Saudi Arabia Supreme Court announced that Friday May 26 will complete the month of Sha’baan and that the first day of Ramadan will be on Saturday May 27.

Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Election Results: Congress emerges largest party in Bhiwandi, Malegaon; BJP sweeps Panvel

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Mumbai: Congress party emerged as single largest party in Bhiwandi and Malegaon Municipal Corporation election, whereas Bharatiya Janata Party is set to win the 78 member Panvel Municipal Corporation. Where the polls were conducted for the first time. Polling for the Panvel, Bhiwandi and Malegaon Municipal Corporation was held on May 24. While Congress retained its hold in Bhiwandi and Malegaon civic bodies, the BJP is heading for a big win in Panvel Municipal Corporation. The election to these three municipal bodies was held against the backdrop of BJP’s sterling performance in the recently held polls to the 13 municipal corporations, 25 Zilla Parishads and 210 Municipal Council and Nagar Panchayat. Congress won the Bhiwandi Municipal Corporation election with a decisive mandate, winning

KTR seeks defence land for skyways

Written by | May 1, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: KT Rama Rao on Monday met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. The Minister was accompanied by MPs Jitender Reddy and Vinod Kumar. KTR discussed the allocation of 100 acres of defence land for the construction of skyways with Arun Jaitley and assured that the Telangana government would allocate the land at a different location in Hyderabad. He also requested the Union Minister to release the funds for AIIMS with the latter assuring to do so at the earliest.

Heatwave likely in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana in April, May: MeT

Written by | March 3, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: The people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh need to brace themselves for a sweltering summer this year as the weatherman has predicted temperatures to be above normal in the coming months. “It will be almost similar to that (last year). Last year also temperatures recorded were one degree above normal. It will be a similar scenario this year as well,” director of Meteorology Centre of IMD in Hyderabad, Y K Reddy said. The next two months may also witness heatwave like conditions, he said. The temperatures could be as high as 47 degrees Celsius on some days in April and May. The mercury levels would be around 45 degrees Celsius on many days, Reddy said. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had last week said that it would prepare an action plan to deal with

Saffron activists gheraoed Moulvi’s house after Hindu girls stayed with Muslim friend

Written by | February 26, 2017 | 0
Puttur: Communal clash erupted at Koila village in Puttur taluk after Saffron activists objected staying of three girls belonging to another religion in the house of a Muslim cleric. The incident happened 21 February evening when the Hindutva activists gheraoed the cleric’s house and questioned the Hindu girls stay. According to media reports, Mohammed, who is a cleric at a local mosque was not at home at the time of the incident. The cleric’s daughter Sameena, and her class-fellow Riya, Reena and Soniya (names changed) from GSSS Institute of Engineering and Technology for Women, Mysuru had come to Dakshina Kannada on holiday. The three girls decided to stay at Sameena’s house. As soon as right-wing activists learned about this, they created ruckus and also spread rumours on social media

Hyderabad under heat stress, discomfort levels to get worse

Written by | February 26, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: Ever wondered why you feel hotter than it is supposed to be?.Here’s why. As per a study, the country’s average heat index has shown a significant decadal increase over 60 years, growing at a rate of 0.56 degree Celsius and 0.32 degree Celsius in summer and monsoon. Heat index is a measure of stress that humans face due to increased heat and humidity. The higher the heat index, the hotter one feels, since sweat does not readily evaporate and cool the skin. The study was jointly conducted by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM). Out of the 25 big cities analyzed, 17 were found with an average summer heat index in the ‘very hot’ category. These include Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata,

KTR meets Family of Indian Engineer shot in Kansas

Written by | February 26, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: The body of Hyderabad engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US in what appears to be a hate crime, will arrive in the city on Monday. Telangana Minister for NRI Affairs KT Rama Rao said the body will arrive by an Air India flight at 9.45pm. After consoling the parents of Srinivas, he told reporters that the slain engineer’s wife Sunayana Dumala and other relatives will accompany the body. The Minister visited the house of Srinivas in Bachupally in Hyderabad and consoled his parents and other family members. He spoke to Sinivas’ father K Madhusudhana Sastry and mother Parvata Vardhini, who was inconsolable. The Minister later told reporters that Srinivas’ parents said that while no government can bring back their son, all efforts should be made

New Delhi: For Mohammed Siraj, the first thing on his mind is to buy a house for his father Mohammed Ghaus and mother Shabana Begum in a good Hyderabad locality. And why not? The speedster has landed a Rs 2.6 crore deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad, thanks to a brilliant first class season that saw him get India A and Rest of India call-ups. Read: Porter’s son T Natarajan: From tennis ball star to IPL big bucks “Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb,” Siraj told PTI during an interaction from Hyderabad. Coming from a lower middle class family, it is but obvious that he is indebted to his parents for their sacrifices in making him a professional cricketer. “Mere walid saab (Father) ne bahot mehnat ki hain (My father has slogged). He drove auto all these years but never let financial pressure of the family affect me or my elder brother. A bowling spikes costs a lot and he would just get the best for me. I want to buy a house for them now in a good locality,” an emotional Siraj said. Read: ‘Big Ben’ Stokes stands tall; Indians hit pay dirt “My parents have seen hard days. Today my elder brother is a software engineer in a reputed IT firm. I didn’t have interest in studies and my mother would bash me up giving my elder brother’s example. But today she’s on top of the world,” said Siraj. For him, the progress was a gradual one. “Since I started from tennis ball cricket, I am self taught. I had pace but tennis ball cricket teaches you to bowl in blockholes. Then I played Hyderabad U22, Mushtaq Ali, Vijay Hazare and then Ranji Trophy followed by India A. I have taken one step at a time. Next is IPL followed by senior national team,” said Siraj. Sharing the dressing room with VVS Laxman as mentor and captained by David Warner is a big plus. “As a youngster, I would like to learn everything I can. Laxman sir is there and I would get a chance to interact with a player of David Warner’s stature,” concluded Siraj.

Written by | February 20, 2017 | 0
For Mohammed Siraj, the first thing on his mind is to buy a house for his father Mohammed Ghaus and mother Shabana Begum in a good Hyderabad locality. And why not? The speedster has landed a Rs 2.6 crore deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad, thanks to a brilliant first class season that saw him get India A and Rest of India call-ups. Read: Porter’s son T Natarajan: From tennis ball star to IPL big bucks “Today, I remember my first income playing cricket. It was a club match and my maternal uncle was the captain of the team. I got 9 wickets for 20 odd runs in that 25 over game. My uncle was so happy he gave me Rs 500 as a prize. It was a great feeling. But today when the bid was raised to Rs 2.6 crore, I just went numb,” Siraj told during an interaction from Hyderabad. Coming from

‘Criminal conglomerate’ anointed Palaniswami as Tamil Nadu CM, says Kamal Hassan

Written by | February 19, 2017 | 0
Veteran Tamil actor Kamal Hassan has refused to accept Palaniswami as Tamil Nadu CM by pointing out that he was anointed by the family of Sasikala which is “a criminal conglomerate”. Disagreeing with the outcome of Palaniswami trust vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly, Kamal Hassan told a news channel, “The emotion on streets denote something else.” Kamal Hassan pointed out that Palaniswami mentor Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in the DA case. “What I am saying, it is the truth and it was reiterated by (the) Court. Even the late Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) has been accused,” Kamal Hassan said.

17th-Century French Noble Couple Were Buried With Each Other’s Hearts

Written by | February 19, 2017 | 0
Historically speaking, marriage has been a far less romantic institution than we conceive of it now. Until relatively recently, people married less for love and more for practical reasons having to do with things like lineage, social mobility, and property. While the vast majority of marriages in the past could be attributed to these pragmatic concerns, we shouldn’t assume that romance simply didn’t exist between husbands and wives — just look at this 17th century French couple! An archaeological dig at a convent in Rennes, France unearthed the burial spot of a noble lady named Louise de Quengo. She was buried with a number of possessions, but one small box in particular lead researchers to uncover a historical romance unlike any other! A recent archaeological excavation at a convent

Announced By PM Modi On New Year’s Eve, Maternity Benefit Programme Falls Short Of Funds

Written by | February 19, 2017 | 0
The Maternity Benefit Programme (MBP), which was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s televised address on New Year’s Eve, will now benefit only the birth of the first child due to lack of funds under the recent Budget announcement. Top ministry sources confirmed that the amount of Rs 2,700 crore set aside for MBP in the Union Budget 2017-2018 was insufficient and, therefore, the scheme will be revised to cater to the birth of the first child alone. Earlier, it was applicable for “the first two live births”. Ironically, this downward revision is accompanied by plans to universalise the scheme, necessitated by the Right to Food Act, 2013. In his address to the nation on December 31 last year, Modi had announced pan-India expansion of the existing Indira Gandhi Matritva

MIM leaders saying ‘Wah, Wah’ when they should be sighing ‘Aah’: Shabbir

Written by | February 19, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: Showing concern over the planned conspiracy to wipe out Urdu from Telangana, leader of opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said MIM leaders are blindly following the government and are saying ‘Wah Wah’ when they should be sighing ‘Aah’. Speaking to media persons at CLP office in assembly, Mohammed Ali Shabbir said Urdu was given the status of second language in 9 out of 10 districts of Telangana in united Andhra Pradesh. TRS government has completed 32 months of its rule but failed to give second language status to Urdu in Khammam district. After the reorganisation of districts in Telangana, the government made amendments in several legislations however no GO was issued for giving Urdu second language status in newly formed districts. He lamented

Niloufer Hospital victims kin knock on SHRC door

Written by | February 14, 2017 | 0
Hyderabad: Families of five women, who lost their lives in the Niloufer Hospital recently, came together and filed a complaint with SHRC and the inquiry officer, stating that there were serious human rights violations in the course of C – section surgeries and subsequent medical management in all the cases and demanded Rs 10 lakh ex-gratia. Video recordings of the doctors deserting the operation theatre and unhygienic conditions with blood and uterus scattered around, captured by one of the victim’s families were also shown to the inquiry officer. Helping Hand Foundation, a city-based NGO announced that it has enrolled four infants in their community outreach programme and will provide for the cost of lactation and medical expenses for the next two years. ‘It was important to make a

Delhi High Court Says It Didn’t Order Lie-Detector Test On Suspected Students In Najeeb’s Case

Written by | February 14, 2017 | 0
New Delhi: In a  new development  in the case of missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmad, Delhi High Court on Monday clarified that it didn’t instruct Delhi police to conduct lie-detector tests on any of the nine suspected students in the case. The court also said it was not monitoring the probe in the disappearance of Ahmad stating it was the domain of the police to decide the manner in which investigation has to be carried out. The Monday’s observation is in contradiction with the Court’s order last week in which a bench of bench of justices G S Sistani and Vinod Goel had said: “The student had gone missing in October (2016), it is February now. Nearly four months have gone by and none of the leads are going anywhere. We asked for polygraph test as the other leads have

Delhi HC stays government’s nursery admission guidelines

Written by | February 14, 2017 | 0
The January 7 notification was “arbitrary and discriminatory”, said Justice Manmohan while ordering a stay on the guidelines for nursery admissions in the national capital for the 2017-18 academic session. The notification issued by the Department of Education of Delhi government had made “distance” the primary criterion for admission of tiny tots. The court questioned the Delhi government’s decision to impose the neighbourhood restriction to only those schools that are built on Delhi Development Authority land. “Public interest cannot be confined to 298 schools,” said the court. “After all, children are uniformly affected by alleged factors of public interest and it cannot be said that public interest is to be served only in the case of children

Uttarakhand Polls 2017: Voting For All 69 Seats Tomorrow

Written by | February 14, 2017 | 0
Uttarakhand Polls 2017: Voting For All 69 Seats Tomorrow Polling for the 69 Vidhan Sabha seats in the hill state of Uttarakhand will be held on Wednesday. Stakes are high for both the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the crucial assembly polls. While the BJP is accusing the Congress Chief Minister Harish Rawat of turning ‘Devbhoomi’ land of gods into ‘loot bhoomi’ land of looters, the Congress is claiming that BJP makes tall promises and that people of Uttarakhand will reject the appeals by Narendra Modi.

500-kg Egyptian woman to reach Mumbai tomorrow for surgery

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
Mumbai: A 36-year-old Egyptian woman weighing 500kgs, who has not moved out of her house for 25 years, would reach here tomorrow for her weight reduction treatment, doctors said on Friday. Eman Ahmed, one of the heaviest women in the world, is currently under the care of a city-based bariatric surgeon Muffazal Lakdawala, and his team of doctors. Lakdawala and his team have been treating Eman for almost three months and have taken all the necessary precautions needed for the transportation of bed-bound Eman from Egypt’s Alexandria city, an aide to Lakdawala said. “Even so transporting Eman to Mumbai is a challenging task keeping in mind the complexities of her case as she is a high risk patient who has not been able to move or leave the house for the past 25 years,” he said. Eman,

‘Spy’ Pigeon Escapes Punjab Police Custody, Returns to Pakistan

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
In what could turn out to be a major threat to national security, an alleged Pakistani spy escaped Indian custody and fled back to our neighbouring country today. The head constable in Punjab’s Sriganganagar district – where the suspect was being held since he was caught earlier this week – opened the cage of the captive, a pigeon, “out of curiosity,” Indian Express reported, and before he knew it, it was gone in a grey blur. The police have informed intelligence agencies of the blunder but there isn’t much hope of catching the spy again – after all, millions of grey pigeons flap their way over the Line of Control every day. If it weren’t for the “5547 Janbaz Khan” tag and a note with a phone number written on it, the Punjab police probably wouldn’t have realised the danger

Online sales for the Ivanka Trump brand fell 26 percent in January

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
While Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump merchandise got a lot of headlines, it’s not the only online retail partner seeing slower sales for the brand. According to an analysis of email receipts by Slice Intelligence, online, Nordstrom sells the most by revenue, followed by Macy’s.com, third is Zappos.com (owned by Amazon), Amazon (where most is sold by third-party sellers) is fourth, and Bloomingdale’s.com (owned by Macy’s) rounds out the top five.

SC Declines Urgent Hearing On Plea Seeking A Policy To Promote National Anthem

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to give an urgent hearing on a plea seeking direction for framing of a policy to promote and propagate the national anthem, national flag and national song. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar declined the prayer for urgent hearing. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who mentioned the matter before the bench, urged that the plea be tagged with the matter pending with the apex court and scheduled for hearing on February 14. The apex court had on November 30 last year ordered cinema halls across the nation to mandatorily play the National Anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy had observed that the “time has come when citizens must realise they live in a nation and