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Karnataka Govt Says NO To Release Cauvery Water To Tamil Nadu March 24, 2017 15:33

The Karnataka Government has decided not to release any more Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu, despite a Supreme Court order directing it to do. The Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, directed that, all interim orders of releasing 2,000 cusec of water every day should be followed by Karnataka. This will continue to be in force until further orders. The Karnataka state is already suffering from severe drought. The water level in the State's major water reservoirs is 37% cent less than the normal capacity. If the rain deficit increases in the coming months, the State government will be forced to use the dead storage from these dams, said the government. Karnataka's Water Resources Minister MB Patil, said that it would not be able to go with the court orders. "Where do we release 2000 cusec water from? Let me make it very clear, we have 3-4 TMC shortage to cater to the drinking water needs of Bengaluru, Mysuru & other towns and villages," Mr Patil said. The Minister added that it will not be a case of contempt of court, as there was no water to release. “It would be contempt if we had water and then said we will not release,” he added. Cusec (cubic feet per second), measures the flow of water. One TMC, or thousand million cubic water, comes to about 11,000 cusec a day, generally. This is the second time in a year that the Karnataka State is defying the top court. According to the Central Water Commission in Delhi, the water level crisis is much deeper in Tamil Nadu; its reservoirs are 80% deficient. In October, the Karnataka government, refused to release water to Tamil Nadu in compliance with the Supreme Court directive. The court has ordered to release 6000 cusec of water for 6 days. But the State government stepped back after the court rebuked the authorities and therefore, the State's legal team advised the executive not to try their luck. The Supreme Court fixed the final hearing of appeals of the Cauvery Water Dispute Tribunal (CWDT) on July 11. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala States filed the appeals against the Dispute Tribunal. By Supraja

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Female Indian Techie, Son Brutally Murdered In The US March 24, 2017 14:21

In another big tragic incident, an Indian woman and her seven-year-old son was found dead, under suspicious circumstances, in their residence, in Mappleset area, in New Jersey, US. The victims were N Sasikala (40) and her son Anish Sai (7), the deceased woman’s family has alleged. The bodies of the victims, were found in a pool of blood, by Narra Hanumantha Rao, Sasikala's husband, when he returned from work. The family hails from the Thimmarajupalem village of Paruchuri Mandal, in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, and had moved to the United states. Both the husband and wife are software professionals. Sasikala used to work from home. The couple had been living in America for the last nine years, according to sources. The investigation at the crime scene, reported that the women had been attacked with a knife as she received severe injuries on her throat. Hanumantha Rao immediately alerted local police. Local police suspect it to be a case of murder and are on the lookout for unidentified assailants. Member of Andhra Pradesh state legislative assembly of Prakasam district, Y Sambasiva Rao, spoke to members of Telugu Association of North America (TANA) over the phone, to gather more information about the incident. The MLA claimed that initial information revealed, that the mother-son duo were strangulated to death. Further details on this tragic incident are awaited. This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Indian techies. Earlier this year in February, Hyderabad’s 32-year old aeronautical engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed when Adam W Purinton, who earlier served in the US navy, shot him in Olathe, Kansas, on February 23. Purinton allegedly yelled 'go back to your country' at the Indian and his friend, at a bar, before opening fire. Before Srinivas’ death, Vamshi Reddy Mamidala, also from Telangana, was shot dead in Milpitas, California. Vamshi was shot on February 10 in a garage in his apartment building. In early March, an Indian-origin store owner was shot dead outside his home in South Carolina and two days later, a Sikh man was non-fatally injured after being shot at in Kent, Washington. (Video Source: NTV Telugu) By Supraja

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Telangana State To Buy Thermal Power From AP March 24, 2017 14:12

The Telangana State (TS) has unveiled its plans to purchase thermal power from Andhra Pradesh (AP), following a tentative agreement between the two states.Under the terms of the contract, the State will purchase the power, at a higher cost, while selling the thermal power produced in the state, at a lower price.Furthermore, the Telangana State Transco, is losing crores of money, due to delay in submission of a report by the high-level panel.This high level panel, is in turn, constituted by the Central government.The share of Andhra Pradesh, in thermal power plants, located in TS is 44%, and TS share in thermal power stations located in AP is 54%.Accordingly, the TS share of power produced by thermal power plants, located in AP is about 2,210 MW, while AP’s share of power produced in thermal power plants located in TS is about 795 MW.Higher coal transportation costs, are the main reason for the cost of power generation, for thermal power plants located in AP. While thermal power plants in TS are located closer to the source of coal, thus reducing the cost of power generation.In AP the highest cost per unit is Rs 20.57 and the lowest is Rs 5.57, while it is Rs 4.69 to Rs 3.60 in TS.This implies that TS is selling power, at the lowest possible price to AP and purchasing it at the possible price. As per calculations made by the officials, the financial burden on TS Transco is about Rs 1,000 crore every year.TS, at the time of separation, had opted to share power as per the agreement reached in the undivided state. Now, TS wants the power plants to be shared on location basis, so that it can utilize the entire power generated in the thermal plants located in Telangana. Moreover, AP can utilize the power generated by plants located in Andhra region.However, the officials have stated that, the State cannot cancel the agreement presently, and hence, it is waiting for the report of the high level panel committees. Once the committee report is submitted, then both the states can take a decision accordingly, said the officials. By Supraja

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Airfare For Hajj Pilgrimages To Increase This Year March 24, 2017 12:16

The airfare for pilgrimages, traveling to Hajj, is likely to increase by around 20% this year, as expected by the officials of the Hajj Committee Of India. Haj Committee of India Chief Executive Officer, Ata-ur-Rahman, said, the reason for the rise in the airfare is on account of the gradual phasing out of the Haj subsidy, as ordered by the Supreme Court. “We are expecting a rise by at least 15,000 in terms of airfare. However, the final figure is yet to be finalized. We will get to know about the airfare, in the coming weeks”, said the Executive Officer. The airfare last year, was Rs. 56,000, and it is likely to go up by around Rs. 71,000, according to Telangana State Hajj Committee (TSHC) sources. The impact of the hike in airfare will be felt on the total Hajj fare package. Last year, the total Hajj package was Rs. 2,20,550 for green category accommodation and Rs. 1,86,850 for Azizia category accommodation. Both are likely to be affected by the expected hike. Meanwhile, the TSHC committee has instructed selected pilgrims of Telangana to deposit the first hajj installment of Rs. 81,000 in the account of the Haj Committee of India on or before April 5. They have even been asked to submit bank Challan receipts and original passports, photographs, and medical screening and fitness certificates to the TSHC. Hajj aspirants have to likely shell out extra money this year! In January of this year, the Hajj for Bangladeshis, have gone up this year as taka has fallen against the Saudi Arabian Riyal and US dollar. Each pilgrim had to pay at least Tk 14,000 (INR 11,431.41) to Tk 21,000 (INR 17,147.43), which was more than last year. By Supraja

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Nayantara Agrees To Pair With Tamil Comedian Soori March 24, 2017 12:06

Tollywood cinema actress, Nayanatara has reportedly agreed to pair with one of the top comedians of Tamil cinema, Soori. The actress, who is at the top in the industry, currently, has taken many bold decisions in her career. According to the recent buzz, a newcomer has narrated an out and out comedy script to Nayantara. She was impressed, with her character in the movie. The actress gave her approval, despite knowing that she will have to pair up with a comedian in the movie. The proposed film, is said to have Soori as the hero. This project starring Nayan would be Soori’s first film as hero, and what could he ask for a better film, than to make his debut as a hero? According to some unconfirmed sources, the project is only in the beginning stages It could take some time for official announcements, only if everything falls into place. On the other hand, although senior as well as young heroes are showing interest to act with her, the Tollywood beauty is giving her main focus to script only. She has a bunch of heroine oriented films lined up in different stages of production. So, this film starring Soori would take some time to hit the floors. Lets keep our fingers crossed for an exciting new laugh riot! By Supraja

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15 IPS Officers Transferred In Telangana March 24, 2017 11:03

The Telangana State Government has transferred fifteen IPS officers, including those based on promotions. The two main wings in the Police Department - Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Crime Investigation Department (CID) - which were headless for months have now got full time chiefs. Among the transferred officers, was J. Purnachandra Rao, a 1988-batch officer, and chairman of the Telangana State Level Police Recruitment Board (TSLPRB), was posted as Additional Director General of Anti-Corruption Bureau. Prior to the new post, he served as the chairman of Telangana State Level Police Recruitment Board. Purnachandra Rao, has relieved Anurag Sharma, Director General of Police, from, the additional charge he had of the department, ACB. Additional Director General of Police (Operations, Greyhounds and OCTOPUS), Govind Singh, will now serve as the Additional Director General of Police, Crime Investigation Department (CID). A 1992-batch IPS officer, Jitendra was promoted to the rank of Additional Director General of Police and posted as Director of the Telangana State Police Academy. Earlier, Jitendra, served as Hyderabad Traffic Police in-charge. Soumya Mishra, of 1994 batch, was transferred and posted as Inspector General of Police (Welfare). She will even have a full additional charge of  of IGP, Women Protection Cell (WPC), CID. M. Stephen Raveendra was promoted to the rank of Inspector General of Police and posted as Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG). Akun Sabharwal, earlier served as the DIG, for Hyderabad Range. He is presently posted as Director of Prohibition and Excise Department. T V Shashidar Reddy, on promotion, was posted as Director, Vigilance and Enforcement. Earlier, Shashidar Reddy, was the Joint Commissioner of Rachakonda, a Village in Narayanapur Mandal in Nalgonda District of Telangana State. DIG C Ravi Varma (Warangal Range) was transferred and posted as a DIG Karimnagar Range. IPS officer Y Nagi Reddy, took the charge over in place of Ravi Varma, and will hold a full additional charge of the DIG Warangal Range. CID DIG N Sivashankar Reddy was transferred and posted as a DIG Nizamabad Range. Khammam SP Shahnawaz Qasim, on promotion, was posted as Cyberabad Joint Commissioner replacing Stephen Ravindra. Greyhounds Group Commander Tarun Joshi will be the Joint Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda. DCP Tafseer Iqbal was transferred and posted as Commissioner of Police, Khammam. He earlier served in the LB Nagar area. IPS officer B. Naveen Kumar, who was awaiting posting, was posted as Deputy Director, TSPA. By Supraja

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London Terrorist Attacker Identified As Khalid Masood March 24, 2017 10:11

The Police have identified the Westminister attacker as 52-year old, Khalid Masood. Masood, a British-born man, who was shot dead by Scotland police, had a criminal record, some years ago for violent extremism, as investigated by Britain’s Spy agency, MI5. His previous convictions included causing grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons and public order offenses. The identity of the attacker, was revealed just after 24 hours, he drove a hired Hyundai into a crowd of pedestrians crossing Westminister Bridge. The accused, before crashing into the gates outside Parliament House, had stabbed to death, the police officer Keith Palmer. According to Scotland Yard police, four people are dead and 40 others are injured -  five critically and two others have life-threatening conditions, in the terror attack. The Metropolitan police said Masood had recently been living in the West Midlands and was known by numerous false names. Masood, was known by the name Adrian Elms in Kent, according to reports. He was believed to have been living in the West Midlands. The police further added, there had been no prior intelligence reports, about Masood’s intention to carry out an attack. Masood is believed to have lived at various times in Rye, Crawley in West Sussex and Eastbourne, in East Sussex. He also appeared to have been convicted of a knife crime in 2003 in Eastbourne. Masood’s first conviction, was in November 1983 for criminal damage and his last conviction was in December 2003, for possession of a knife. Car hiring company, Enterprise, said the vehicle used in the attack, was taken for rent by the accused, from its Spring Hill depot in Birmingham. After the attack, the police have arrested eight people, following raids at six addresses, including one in East London and Birmingham. Three women, and five men have been arrested on suspicion of, preparation of terrorist acts. British police say, they believe, the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology. Terrorist Attack Outside Parliament Complex At Westminister Bridge, London By Supraja

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AP Govt To Launch A National Scheme For Senior Citizens March 23, 2017 19:09

The Andhra Pradesh Government has unveiled its plans to launch a National Scheme, 'Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna, at a camp in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh. The scheme, mainly aims to provide assistive devices like hearing aids, and walking sticks to senior citizens, living below the poverty line. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot said, the project is estimated to cost around Rs 477 crore. Information and Broadcasting Minister, Mr. M Venkaiah Naidu will also be present at the event. Related to the event, another camp will also be organized in Ujjain of Madhya Pradesh, on 26 March. A senior official in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said, the government has set a target of distributing assistive living devices among 2,000 identified beneficiaries at every camp. “After these, camps will be organized in two districts in each state. We had written to all state governments in December last year to identify beneficiaries,” said Gehlot. Gehlot said, the objective of the scheme, is to build an aged-friendly society by providing them with devices, to maintain near normalcy in morbidity. These assistive living devices will be of high quality and comply with the standards laid down by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The equipment that will be distributed will include walkers, crutches, wheelchairs, tripods, spectacles, hearing aids and dentures among others. The scheme aims to address disabilities like low vision, hearing impairment, loss of teeth and locomotor disability, in the senior citizens. Under the terms of the scheme, an individual should be at least 60 years old to avail the facilities. Also, the beneficiary will have to be certified as a person living below the poverty line by the competent authority, Gehlot said. According to the official, the government wanted to bring out the scheme in January, but they had to postpone it in view of the assembly elections in five states. As per the Census of 2011, there are 10.38 crore senior citizens in the country, and 5.2% of them suffer from some sort of old age-related disability, said the official. It is estimated, that, by 2026, the number of senior citizens will increase to around 17.3 crore. Central Public sector unit Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India has discovered agencies for the supply of the equipment. By Supraja

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Smartphone App To Test Male Infertility At Home March 23, 2017 18:55

A new smart phone application, semen analyser, has been developed by the researchers, that can help evaluate a man's semen and determine his level of fertility. According to study, the easy-to-use smart phone application and accessory, analyses sperm concentration and motility with approximately 98% accuracy. The new technology consists of an external accessory, in which sperm samples are inserted and an application that analyzes them. The analyzer consists of an optical attachment that can connect to a smart phone and a disposable device onto which a semen sample can be loaded. This new test utilizes the advancements in consumer electronics and micro fabrication. The accessory case in turn contains lenses and an LED to illuminate and magnify the sample for capture by the camera of the phone. The lenses, then, align with the phone's camera. The application records a short video of the sperm as they move around inside the chip and uses an algorithm to measure the total number of sperm, to track their movement and then calculates the total number of sperms that are moving. Scientists have even designed a disposable microchip with a capillary tip and a rubber bulb, used for simple, power-free semen sample handling. Roughly five seconds later, an analysis is produced, indicating whether or not the sample meets the World Health Organization standards, in terms of healthy sperm concentrations and sperm movement. The only factor that is not observed is the morphology, or shape, of the sperms, which is considered during official tests at a clinic, according to research officials. According to a study, more than 45 million couples were estimated to be infertile, and current standard methods for diagnosing male infertility can be expensive, labor-intensive and require testing in a clinical setting. The team behind the new technology, hopes this new form of testing will make infertility testing both easier and cheaper for men, avoiding the need for them to go to a clinic, and can analyze a video of an undiluted, unwashed semen sample in less than five seconds. Assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hadi Shafiee, said, “We developed the technology, and we have a prototype that seems to work very well, and with high reliability and accuracy.” Usually men have to have to provide semen samples in the hospital rooms, a situation in which they often experience stress, embarrassment, pessimism and disappointment,” added Shafiee. The application could make testing as straightforward as a home pregnancy test, Shafiee said. By Supraja

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TDP, YSR Congress Faces War Like Situation In Assembly In Andhra Pradesh March 23, 2017 18:34

A War-like situation has been witnessed in the ongoing Legislative Assembly session of Andhra Pradesh. The two major parties involved were TDP-led government and Opposition YSR Congress. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, leader of the opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has raised serious allegations against Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pullarao over land purchases. In a counter act, leader of the house, and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, strongly reacted and stated that the State government is ready to start an investigation against its own minister. The Minister strongly responded and said an inquiry would be ordered against the state minister, Pullarao. If the Minister is found guilty, Prathipati would be boycotted from the house, said the Chandrababu Naidu, He further also challenged Jagan that if Prathipati comes clean, whether Jagan was ready to face the boycott from the house. Naidu also expressed his anxiety against the Opposition party for spreading fake news on AP Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao. He said the statements of Sivaprasada Rao, on women were “deviated” and “misquoted” and an attempt was made to derogate the Speaker's fame. With both ruling MLAs and Opposition MLAs indulging in a sword of words, the Speaker has adjourned the house. The war of words between Naidu and Jagan turned interesting. By Supraja

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