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MMRC Issues New Dress Code Diktat For Its Employees April 25, 2017 11:36

A new dress code diktat to its employees has been issued by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC). According to the new circular: There should be “No visible tattoos, no body piercing except for earrings, no wearing T-shirts without collar, no tank tops, no jeans and denim, no ripped clothes and no sweatshirts at work.” The MMRC feels that their work force is not paying attention to their dress code. It also stated in the circular, that “It has been observed that there is a lack of attention among employees in following the dress code defined in the MMRC HR policy. As an employee of the corporation, it is expected that the employee’s dress code convey a professional image at all times. Therefore, the do’s and do not’s of the dress code as per the HR policy on uniforms are reiterated. The MMRC is known for implementing new age technology through use of social media and new age communication tools. An MMRC spokeswoman, confirmed about the dress code circular. “The circular on dress code was as per the HR policy of MMRC. It is an internal circular,” she said. However, an MMRC official said, “MMRC has appointed many youngsters in its engineering and accounts section. It was observed that at times, these youngsters did not follow the prescribed dress code. Hence, this was just a reminder for these professionals who are working on both permanent or contract basis.” Further, in the list of do’s it said, the men employees are expected to wear formal shirt, trouser, socks and formal shoes, women employees are expected to wear professional formal pants, tops, shirts, jackets, formal skirts (knee length or more). MMRC is the executing agency of the crucial north-south link via construction of the 33.5-km-long Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor for which the civil works are ongoing. By Supraja

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TS CM Requests PM To Allot Secunderabad Parade Grounds To Build Secretariat Complex April 25, 2017 10:23

The Telangana State (TS) Chief Minister (CM) K. Chandrasekhar Rao, yesterday, has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for allotment of the Secunderabad Parade Grounds to the State to build the Secretariat complex. KCR, earlier met the former Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, with a request to allot the Bison Polo Ground that is adjacent to the Parade Grounds, for the same purpose. However, the TS CM’s request was not accepted that time. During yesterday’s meeting with the PM, KCR sought the Parade Grounds saying, the state government will allot the same extent of land to the defence ministry at some other place. The TS CM also put forth a series of requests to the PM, stating that all the promises and commitments made in the AP Reorganization Act, should be implemented. And one such commitment includes the increase in the number of Assembly seats and bifurcation of the Hyderabad High Court. The one-on-one meeting with the PM lasted for over an hour. Later, KCR met law and IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad. KCR also requested Modi to exempt agriculture-related and agriculture-dependent trades from the Income Tax, connected with the agriculture sector. He felt that by giving IT exemptions to trades, people scraping out a livelihood from these trades will benefit the most. Telangana CM KCR To Meet PM Modi On Telangana Quota Issue By Supraja

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TS BJP Accuses Jana Sena Chief On Baseless Tweets April 25, 2017 09:59

The Telangana State (TS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has strongly reacted to the tweets made by the actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan. The TS BJP accused the actor of trying to divide the people through a series of tweets, alleging discrimination of people from south India by the Central government and people of North India. TS BJP chief spokesperson Krishna Sagar Rao said, “The actor constantly issuing baseless and shallow statements against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central Government is highly unjustifiable.” Krishna Saagar Rao, addressing a new conference here in Hyderabad, wondered at the actor’s boldness to criticize the PM and the NDA government on North/South discrimination. Pawan did no cite any specific issues, examples or cases, but just remarked casual, random and baseless statements, said the BJP Spokesperson. Referring to Pawan Kalyan’s tweet, calling for unity of south Indian political parties to fight against North Indian parties, Krishna Saagar Rao, said that it was a “sham.” Krishna Saagar Rao, further questioned the actor, “Your brother Chiranjeevi floated a party and after elections, merged it in the Congress for a Cabinet post. Do you believe that the Congress is a south Indian party?” The BJP considers the actor a “twitter tiger” and an invisible leader of an invisible party, said the BJP Spokesperson. “Pawan Kalyan till now added no value to common people through his invisible party and this inharmonious opportunistic politics, based on lies and hatred will definitely be rejected by people,” said Krishna Saagar Rao. Pawan Kalyan Lashes At TDP MPs, Commends At YSRCP Over AP Special Category Status By Supraja

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Renowned Film Director And Actor To Be Conferred With Dadasaheb Phalke Award April 24, 2017 18:59

Renowned Film Director and actor Shri Kasinadhuni Viswanath is to be conferred the 48th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2016. Information and Broadcasting Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu approved the recommendation of the DadasahebPhalke Award committee. The award is conferred by the Government of India, for the outstanding growth and development towards Indian cinema. The award includes a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and a shawl. The President of India at a function on May 3 at Vigyan Bhawan, shall confer the award to the actor. Shri K Viswanath, a presenter of classical and traditional art, music and dance, has been a guiding force in the Indian film industry. Since 1965, as a director, he made fifty films known for their strong content, endearing narrative, honest handling and cultural authenticity. His films on a wide range of social and human issues had great appeal to the masses. Born in February 1930 at Gudivadain, Andhra Pradesh, Viswanath is an ardent art lover, and made a series of films based on varied themes of art, music and dance. His films empathized with courage and frailty, aspirations and convictions, perseverance and distractions, social demands and individual struggle and at the core believed in the goodness of the human spirit. The Government of India, has given recognition for his contributions to film making in the form of Padmashri Award in 1992. He has also been awarded 5 National Awards, 20 Nandi Awards, that were awarded by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, 10 Filmfare Awards including Lifetime Achievement Award. His national award winning SwathiMuthyam was the India’s official entry to the 59th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. One of India’s most memorable classics of his film, Sankarabharanam, was appreciated across the world. Bollywood Singer Kailash Kher Conferred Padmashri Award By Supraja

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Andhra Govt Grants Six Shows Per Day For Epic Movie April 24, 2017 18:47

The filmmakers are delighted with the news that the Andhra government has agreed to screen six shows for the film during the first 10 days of its release. The shows would begin as early as 7am to 2 pm, says sources. With a massive release plan in place for the film worldwide, trade sources estimate that the film would rake in Rs. 1000 crores within a couple of days of its release. The other Telugu speaking state Telangana is likely to follow suit and grant the six-show schedule. Directed by SS Rajamouli, the film stars Prabhas as Baahubali with Rana Daggubati, Sathyaraj, Anushka, Tammannah, Ramya Krishnan, Nasser and several others in the cast. MM Keeravani has composed music for this film which has been reportedly made on a budget of Rs. 250 crores. KK Senthil Kumar has cranked the camera with Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao editing the film. Bankrolled by Shobhu Yarlagadda and Prasad Devineni under the banner Arka Media Works, Baahubali 2 will be released in Tamil and Telugu along with its dubbed versions in Hindi and Malayalam. The film’s prequel, Baahubali: The Beginning, was a smash hit but according to the filmmakers, it was not a profitable venture as the money was pumped into the sequel. Baahubali: The Conclusion is expected to give the filmmakers the much-needed profits. Baahubali: The Conclusion is all set to release on April 28. A major roadblock to its release in Karnataka has been removed with Sathyaraj, who plays Katappa in the movie, regretting his comments about Kannadigas during the Cauvery issue several years ago. Some pro-Kannada groups had demanded an apology from the star and had threatened to disrupt the release of the movie in the state. Theatre Managers Become Demi-Gods For Epic Movie By Supraja

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Talented Technicians Of Mahesh’s Team To Score A Big Hit With Spyder? April 24, 2017 18:33

The team working for the Tollywood superstar Mahesh Babu’s upcoming flick, Spyder, are looking forward to take a revenge on the “flops” at the box office. Apparently, the actor’s fans are little upset with their heartthrob hero missing a big date for the release of Spyder. And now it is speculated that the film, will also miss out the Independence Day weekend as well, and might release on August 25th. Spyder film maker, AR Murugadoss telugu film, Stalin, has become only a below average hit at box office and he needs to score big with Telugu people now. Same is the case with SJ Surya, whose film “Nani” with Mahesh in 2004, and recently Pawan Kalyan’s Komaram Puli flopped at the box office. But he has turned actor this time to play as a villian in Mahesh’s Spyder, to prove his mettle with yet another talent. Coming to Harris Jayaraj, he teamed up together with Mahesh in 2006 for the film “Sainikudu, which too failed at the box office. That is the reason all these talented technicians are looking forward to score a big hit and the delay in the film is only to deliver a quality product without any blemishes, while Mahesh fans are waiting for a hit film post the disaster like Brahmotsavam. Meanwhile, the VFX work of Spyder is going on at a brisk pace in various studios of Hyderabad and Chennai as they are racing against a deadline. In case if work gets completed early, Spyder may get a new date as well. By Supraja

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No AIADMK Merger; Expel Sasikala, Dinakaran From Party First, Says OPS Camp April 24, 2017 17:30

The O Paneerselvam (OPS) camp of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK), today said that there will be no talks on the merger with the Edappadi K Palanisamy (EPS) faction, until the party General Secretary V.k. Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran are expelled from the party. As a pre-condition for talks on the AIADMK merger, the OPS camp also repeatedly demanded for an investigation into the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Earlier, it was assumed that both the factions would begin talks on the merger on Monday. But, two events - one on Sunday and the other today, triggered the hardening of stance by the OPS faction. The first where, the state Finance Minister, D Jayakumar, said he would resign and allocate his portfolios to the OPS camp. This clearly indicated that, E Palanisamy would remain the CM in the event of an AIADMK merger, thus scrambling chances of Paneerselvam to become the CM. The second event, was in the AIADMK official newspaper, Namadhu MGR, which caried an article in today’s edition, stating Sasikala and Dinakaran would be supported by people and party cadre. The OPS camp, in response to both the events, said Sasikala was still in control of the party. Member of OPS negotiations committee and former minister, Munusamy quoted saying, “this proves our doubt that the party is still in their hands.” There is a lot of confusion in the rival camp, with different statements being made. While some members of the EPS camp claimed that a committee had been formed for talks, while others said it was yet to be formed, added Munuswamy.” The AIADMK (Amma) leaders, were making “irresponsible statements”, like that of the Finance Minister, said Munuswamy. He further quoted “We are not ready to get into the argument on the position for our leader. We have no other demands than the two raised previously. One will be the expulsion of Sasikala, Dinakaran and the other probe into Jayalalithaa’s death. If these are fulfilled, we will participate in the talks unconditionally as all other issues can be thrashed out in talks.” TN Finance Minister Offers To Resign; Gives Portfolis To OPS Camp By Supraja

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Gangster Chhota Rajan, 3 others Convicted In Fake Passport Case April 24, 2017 16:39

Noted gangster and underworld don Rajendra Sadashiv Nikhalje alias Chhota Rajan, along with three others were convicted, today, in a fake passport case, by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Earlier, the court, had framed charges and put on trail the then three retired public service personnel - Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan, who helped the gangster. Rajan was charged for procuring a fake passport from Bengaluru in 1998-99, in the name of Mohan Kumar, with the help of these three government officials. This is is the first case in which Chhota Rajan, who is facing around 70 cases, has been convicted. The three accused, including Rajan have been charged for alleged offences under sections 420 (cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 467(forgery of valuable security or will), 419(cheating by impersonation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and section 12 (offences and penalties) of the Passport Act. Currently, Rajan is lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi, and his three aids are out of bail. The argument on quantum for sentence would be heard on Tuesday, says reports. After being on the run for 27 years, Rajan was held by the Indonesian police on October 25, 2015. The don was deported to India on November 6, 2015. Rajan, once a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, has been brought to the country to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling in Delhi and Mumbai. By Supraja

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TN Finance Minister Offers To Resign; Gives Portfolis To OPS Camp April 24, 2017 15:55

The Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu, D Jayakumar, yesterday, offered to resign, so that his portfolis could be allocated to the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) amma faction, O Pannerselvam (OPS) camp. Now, this can be called a goodwill gesture from Chief Minister E Palaniswamy's faction with a twist. Jayakumar said, “If someone has to sacrifice for the welfare of the party, let it be me. I am ready to forego my portfolios for them.” The two rival factions of the AIADMK, EPS (Edappadi K Palaniswamy) and OPS are expected to begin merger talks on Monday evening. The Tamil Nadu Forest Minister, DC Sreenivasan said that “The majority Edappadi K Palaniswamy government will complete its full term.” As per the reports, “The merger deal has been sealed and formal talks will start now between the senior leaders of EPS and OPS to finalize and announce the decision. Palaniswamy will step down and become the AIADMK chief. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, whose properties were raided by IT officials, may be dropped from the cabinet. Ex Minister and MLA Senthil Balaji, may be introduced along with one or two more faces from southern Tamil Nadu, quoted a senior AIADMK leader. Both the factions, have each appointed a seven-member committee to start talks. While the OPS camp has demanded the resignation of AIADMK Chief V.K. Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dinakaran, the OPS camp said it has no preconditions for talks. Dinakaran, however, stated last week, that he would only resign after speaking to Sasikala, who is lodged in Parappana Agrahara jail at Bengaluru. The AIADMK Deputy General Secretary is being interrogated by the Delhi police, for allegedly trying to bribe one of the Election Commission official for ownership of the “Two Leaves symbol” of the party. AIADMK Factions Seal Merger; OPS Back As CM By Supraja

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All Cows Across India Should Get Unique Identification Number : Centre To SC April 24, 2017 15:43

A proposal in a report was submitted to the Supreme court (SC) today, in which it proposed that all cows across the country should be given a unique Identification Number for tracking. The report was submitted to the apex court by the Central Government, in view of the cow protection and smuggling of cattle across India-Bangladesh border. A committee headed by Joint Secretary, Home Ministry, has prepared the report. Also, the BJP-led government in its report also stated that the state governments are responsible for the safety and care of abandoned animals. According to the report, “Every district should have a shelter home of capacity of at least 500 abandoned animals. This in turn will help reduce smuggling. It has also recommended special care for cattle, beyond the milking age.” Additionally, the Centre has also been considering a  proposal to set up “cow sanctuaries” in each state, to end cow slaughter in the country. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir, last week, said, “We need to stop cow slaughter, but the biggest stumbling block is who will take care of these cows. We need to make cow sanctuaries for this, and need to make arrangements for fodder also. Each state should have cow sanctuaries. Then we will be successful in stopping cow slaughter.” A “Project Cow”, similar to “Project Tiger” could be started and this would put a halt to farmers from selling off old cows. SC Slams Modi Govt On Making Aadhar Mandatory By Supraja

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