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GHMC to sanction Swacch Hyderabad proposals May 25, 2015 10:31

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is planning to sanction the proposals for an estimated cost of Rs.729 crores, received for improving the amenities in the city and outskirts.Sanctions after reports scrutinyIn a 5-day, Swacch Hyderabad campaign, the Telangana government officials noticed a few of the conditions in the localities in the city and assured the people, that all those will be solved soon. Later, speaking to the media, Telangana Chief Minister KCR said that, the proposals would be sanctioned by GHMC, and accordingly, after analyzing the reports produced, GHMC plans to start according required sanctions in the next three days.A total of 8562 proposals were received by GHMC, as part of the Swacch Hyderabad camp. The proposals dealt with the improvement of amenities with works related to roads, storm water drains, parks and playgrounds, drainage network and water supply.    Officials still visiting few areas - GHMC CommissionerSpeaking to the media, GHMC Commissioner and Special Officer Somesh Kumar said, “the response to Swacch Hyderabad is overwhelming on the part of the citizens and though the initiative, which started on May 16 officially concluded on May 20, many teams were still actively visiting the assigned areas. “Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao visited his area on Sunday and interacted with the residents.”   He further added, “The process of sifting through the proposals received so far has commenced, and they were being listed out and prioritized. “For the initiative, the city was divided into 400 units and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has announced Rs.50 lakh to each unit for taking up development works.”Not only estimated amount, can be increased accordingly!    It is to be noted that the proposed sanction amount is just an estimation, but if the works require more funds, it would be considered by the officials accordingly.      By Phani

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No more JNTU in Telangana? May 25, 2015 10:01

The Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) is considering the plan to authorize all the engineering colleges in the state under its control.It is known that, there are no impressive results from the students in the state and according to TSCHE, the low quality of education, JNTU gave, is the result of this downfall in the results. So, TSCHE  is now planning to take the charge and improve the quality of education. It is trying to infuse a sense of urgency and responsibility among them to put in place proper infrastructure.     JNTU made attempts to improve, but failed!In fact, the JNTU had gone to the extent of withdrawing a few of the colleges affiliation as the faculty members and the infrastructure facilities are not satisfactory. The TSCHE decided to leave this issue to the State universities to take action against private degree and PG colleges, which do not have adequate faculty members or facilities, after it completes its inspections. Inspections after CETsHowever, this process may take some time.  Meanwhile, the TSCHE and State universities are busy with CETs (Common entrance tests) and their own admissions. Speaking to the media,  T Papi Reddy, Chairman of TSCHE, said, “Right now, we are all busy with the CETs and results. Once admissions begin, we will launch inspections.” “All the private colleges are advised to upload the details of their faculty members on its website, so that TSCHE makes proper preparations to open a website for private colleges. The website will be launched very soon,” Chairman added.The intention of TSCHE, is not only to examine facilities in colleges, but also to balance the number of seats with the requirement in the state. The further details regarding this, would be out once the website is launched.By Phani

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Stay with them even they are wrong May 22, 2015 19:04

When you promise your partner that you shall be with them in some odd situations in life, make sure you withstand for it.Because, in life there would be such problems where only one of the partner suffers from it and the other one has an every opportunity to escape. Even though, the world is against your partner and you are sure that your partner committed a mistake, if you assure them the confidence that, you would always be with them, that is the greatest strength to your partner to face any problem just like that.By Phani

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Elephant took its picture on its own May 22, 2015 18:48

If the human beings capture their own face with a camera, it is a 'selphie'. Think what it would be, if an elephant captures it on its own, guess?Why not it should be 'elphie'. Yes, it is elphie and it is taken by an elephant in southern ThailandMr. LeBlanc, who fed an elephant with bananas, was trying to capture the elephant in different angles for a long time. Seems to be like the elephant treated itself as a teen girl and opposed this harassment from a guy, grabbed his camera and tried to capture the picture with its own efforts and could do it successfully. The above picture was captured by this egocentric elephant only.    Finally, the man who had a vast experience in handling cameras and capturing selphies could not do it for a long time, whereas an elephant insulted the guy by taking its elphie within seconds and with no experience. Anyway the guy is happy with the picture.By Phani

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Filmcity Shootout with Amitabh Bachchan just 20 feet away May 22, 2015 18:32

A shootout in Film City, Goregaon, has shocked the entire film industry. Reportedly, Raju Shinde, owner of a security agency was shot in broad daylight a while back. He was rushed to a nearby hospital after being shot in his stomach.According to reports, three shots were fired at Raju Shinde by two bike-borne man. The two men ran into the jungle leaving behind their bike. They were chased by other security guards for some distance but were not able to catch them. Raju Shindi is currently admitted at Nanavati Hospital and is very critical.Amitabh Bachchan was not too far away from the spot where the shootout happened. He tweeted: - Manohar  

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Bunk office using Tank bund road logic May 22, 2015 17:58

Manager: Why didn't the employees come yet?HR: They said Tank Bund road is restricted from use sirManager: How come all the employees in the office come from the same roadby Phani

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Awaiting guidelines for Smart City to get started May 22, 2015 17:54

Union Cabinet has given its nod to NDA government's flagship smart city project, but no city of Maharashtra has yet been included in the program as the Centre's guidelines are awaited for it, an official said. "Till now, no city has been included in the smart cities scheme. We have to first shortlist cities for the scheme in the first phase. They will then need to compete with other cities to get selected," the official in the state Urban Development department has said. "However, states cannot shortlist their cities until the Centre issues guidelines pertaining to the criteria of a smart city. We are still waiting for the guidelines and expecting them to be issued soon," he said. "Decent living option to every resident and offering sustainable economic and employment opportunity to a wide section of its residents would be the main focus of smart city," he said. "At the beginning, the Centre may put a cap of 2 - 3 smart cities per state," the official said. "The cities will have to compete on several parameters to become eligible. The parameters are likely to be vision, progress under 'Swachh Bharat Mission', payments of salaries to municipal staff on time, information and grievance Redressal mechanisms, self-financing abilities of the cities, service level and track record in implementing reforms," he added.A total of 100 cities will be selected for the project through a ‘Smart City Challenge’ competition. The visionary program is appreciated and is expected to develop India as the best place to live in. The smart cities will have all the facilities including electronic connectivity, which will make the city with all facilities at the finger tip. The dream project of the Prime Minister has attracted many countries to become part of the project for the construction and maintenance of the city. Government has chalked out a larger picture to have atleast 2 Smart Cities in each state.By Premji

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Pakistan secretly sells nukes to Saudi, reports May 22, 2015 16:57

There were reports that Saudi Arabia has taken a “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf” nuclear arms from its close ally Pakistan. The government of Pakistan has rejected the reports as “baseless” any such move to sell atomic weapons. Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalillulah said “Pakistan’s nuclear program is purely for its own legitimate self-defense and for maintaining a credible minimum deterrence”.“Pakistan’s nuclear program is meant for its security and there is a strong command and control system over it. Pakistan is aware of its responsibilities as a nuclear state,” Khalillulah said. “All parties to the NPT have the right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This right has been granted to them by the Treaty. It is, therefore, not for me to comment on that”, he added.“There has been an entirely baseless and mischievous campaign in the international media regarding Pakistan’s indigenous nuclear program,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah. “The Sunday Times story appears to be part of that malevolent campaign and is utterly unfounded,” foreign office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah added.Pakistan has expressed concerns over the shelling from Yemen on Najran, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. “About 15,000 Pakistanis are living in Najran. We have requested the Saudi authorities to ensure their safety and they have assured us that all possible measures will be taken in this regard,” he added.Rebuffing the report as mere “speculation”, a Saudi defense ministry official, said such reports were not new. “I don’t understand what the story is. This has been in the news for 18 years and will continue to be for the next 15 years.”Regarding the alleged fake degree scandal involving Axact in Pakistan, Khalilullah said investigations are ongoing and everyone was looking forward to its outcome. “No country, including the United States, has conveyed concerns to Pakistan. It is not appropriate for me to say anything at this stage. Primarily, it is the subject of the interior ministry,” he added..By Premji

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Another Acid Attack May 22, 2015 16:29

While the page 3 magazines are head over heels about our glittering stars in Cannes festival and photoshoot their 'hips and hops', another despicable act shook the nation. Yes we are talking about another acid attack  in a country which is set to be the world's next super power.What ashames the nation even more is, the acid attacks in India becomes hard to count or to trace that they happens regularly and media has left no stone unturned to cover them the most cinematic way. A young trainer in a Bhopal gym is in hospital with serious burns after she was attacked with acid this morning by a man who was later found dead.The police say that after Sanjay Patil attacked the young woman, Renu Sahu, he was beaten up by a mob. He allegedly then stabbed himself.Ms Sahu, who is in her 20s, is being treated for 50 per cent burns.Sanjay Patil was her neighbor, the police said, and had been stalking her for months.On her way to work this morning, Ms Sahu realized she was being followed by him.She reportedly went to a police station to complain but was asked to go to another. On the way, Sanjay Patil allegedly stopped her and threw acid on her.Ms Sahu's mother alleges that Sanjay had been harassing the family for months."We had known Sanjay for years as he was our neighbour. Lately, he had started harassing us and my daughter," said Mamata Sahu.The police said the family had registered a complaint when Sanjay allegedly attacked them in their house recently. "A few days ago Renu's family had registered an FIR against Sanjay Patil for barging into their house and beating them up. And today he attacked the girl with acid.  By-standers say that the accused then stabbed himself to death," Arvind Saxena, a senior police officer, told reporters. - Manohar

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Cities in India also on terror radar May 22, 2015 16:07

A recent research conducted by global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft advises on the threat of a terror attack in almost any urban setting around the world, has put 64 cities across the world at extreme risk of an attack. Baghdad, which has survived 380 terror attacks topped the list, making it the world's highest risk urban centre, followed by Mosul, Al Ramadi, Ba’qubah, Kirkuk and Al Hillah. The research was done, based on the intensity and frequency of attacks that have taken place in these cities in the last 12 months up to March 2015 and is combined with the long-term record of attacks in the previous five years.According to the analysis of the terror risk to 1,300 commercial hubs and urban centres around the world, populations and businesses in 113 Indian cities are also identified with some risk of high, medium or low risk of facing terrorist attacks. Two Indian cities - Imphal (ranked 32) and Srinagar (ranked 49) are being named as "extreme risk" of a terrorist attack, mainly aiming to cause mass casualty and destroy public transport networks. The third Indian city that faces a terrorist threat is Chennai, but has been marked as medium risk. Bangalore is the fourth placed at 204th in the global threat list and is  followed by Pune and Hyderabad at 206th and 207th respectively. Cities like Nagpur (ranked 210) and Kolkata (212) have been found to face a higher risk of a mass attack by terrorists than the usually expected targets like Delhi (447) and Mumbai (298).Verisk Maplecroft Charlotte Ingham said, "Just because a city in India hasn't seen a terrorist attack in a while does not mean it isn't potentially facing one. The rankings are based on the frequency and intensity of attacks.""The risk level in Paris is representative of a wider trend for Western countries, including Belgium, Canada and Australia, where the level of risk in key urban centres is substantially higher than elsewhere in the country, in part due to the significant PR value attached to such high profile targets by militant Islamist groups," the study found."It is the risk posed by terrorism in the primary cities of strategic economies, such as Egypt, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan that has the potential to threaten business and supply chain continuity," principal analyst Charlotte Ingham added, "An estimated 80% of global GDP is generated from these cities."By Premji

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