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TSMIDC Accepts Medicines Of Low Shelf Life In Telangana March 28, 2017 12:46

Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its report stated that the Telangana Medical and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TSMIDC) had accepted nine essential medicines, of low shelf life. The shelf life of these medicines, was less than 80%. The report was collected based on a five-year performance audit (2011-2016). This is the first CAG audit report, of the Telangana government after the state was formed. Apart from issues related to expenditure, equipment and surgical items in various hospitals, the CAG report pointed out, also about lapses in the procurement and distribution of drugs. “While several drugs were not sent to quality check, some were sent to hospitals without a quality-control test,” according to the report. The report was submitted to the Assembly, yesterday. These nine life-saving medicines had a shelf-life of between 46 and 75%. TSMIDC, distributes drugs, surgical items and other consumables required for hospitals, to the State Government. In every district, these are then supplied to hospitals through Central Medicine Stores. Nearly, 16 drugs without active ingredients had been obtained by the corporation and supplied to government hospitals, said the auditor. The Government acquired, drugs and surgical items of about Rs 237 crores, in two years (2014-2016).At the Adilabad central medical store, the auditors found that there was no place at the store. The boxes were literally kept in toilets. The CAG said, there was no cold chain at the central medical stores at Warangal and Adilabad. The efficacy of the drugs, further degraded, as the medicines were not kept in temperature-controlled environments. The quality-check reports should be submitted within 15 days for tablets, capsules and ointments, and the reports should come in within 28 days, according to auditors. To conduct quality checks, TSMIDC engaged six laboratories. During, a 2015-2016 report, the CAG said TSMIDC procured 259 types of drugs and 85 types of surgical items. Of these, 193 (75%) types of drugs and 76 (89%) types of surgical items were sent for quality checks. While, another 14 were given for testing to the Drugs Control Administration. About, 52 types of drugs, 9 types of surgical items were not sent for quality checks. Even life-saving drugs and important medicines were not tested. Quality reports were submitted for 29% medicinal items in stipulated time and 66% came late. Another 5% report is yet to be received by TSMIDC, claimed the auditor. Many vital drugs were not available at government hospitals. Of the 635 essential drugs, no arrangements were made to procure 237 items. Another 197 categories of medicines were supplied by the firms despite placing orders. Several drugs went out of stock repeatedly and as a result, there were delays in supplies. The Central Medicine Stores in Hyderabad, Adilabad and Warangal areas, accepted medicines, which had less than 80% shelf life. Additionally, due to non-availability of consumables and facilities, there was also abnormal delay in obtaining and installation of equipment. 12 Children Fall Ill After Administering Expired Medicines By Supraja

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Hyderabad Records Highest Maximum Temperatures March 28, 2017 11:44

Hyderabad sizzled at 41 degree Celsius, the highest temperature according to the Hyderabad Meteorological Center. The maximum temperatures, at a few places in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, have already crossed the above temperature level. The highest maximum temperature recorded in Andhra Pradesh state on Monday was 41.6 degree Celsius at Anantapur. Whereas, Adilabad in Telangana sizzled at 41.6 degrees, while Nizamabad recorded the highest temperature of 41.2 degrees. Hyderabad is one of the hottest places in Telangana. The city recorded three notches above the average. The maximum temperature was above average in many places in Telangana. Mahabubnagar and Medak also crossed 40 degrees. The Met department, also referred to as the India Meteorological Department (IMD), has warned that heat wave conditions will continue to prevail over the next five days. The maximum temperature is likely to be two to three degrees above average, including dry weather conditions, said the Met Department. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh, is also likely to experience the same weather conditions. Kurnool on Monday recorded maximum temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, whereas Tirupati experienced a 37.5 degree Celsius. The sharp rise in day temperatures, has forced the people to remain indoors, especially in the afternoon. The Telangana and Andhra authorities have prepared an action plan to prevent deaths due to heat wave. (Video Source: NTV Telugu) By Supraja

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Powerful Cyclone Hits Australia‘s Tropical Northeast Coast March 28, 2017 11:05

Australia's Tropical Northeast coast experienced a powerful cyclone that lashed islands, damaged roofs and cut power, officials said. According to Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Debbie, a category 4 cyclone, brought winds gusting to kilometers per hour (155 miles per hour) and torrential rain. Subsequently, a landfall occurred between Bowen and Airlie Beach, about 1,000 kilometers north of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital. The nearby Whitsunday and Hayman islands, suffered winds gusting to 263 kilometers per hour. The eye of the storm was expected to be 50 kilometers wide, according to reports. The State’s Deputy Police Commissioner, Steve Gollschewski, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. Television, that, “they are getting reports already of roofs starting to lift, including at some of their own facilities in the Whitsundays.” Steve further warned people in Debbie’s path, and suggested them to take shelter somewhere for the entire day on Tuesday. He even said the people can expect significant flooding in inland areas. According to reports, around 25,000 people living in low-lying areas, have been urged to seek higher ground, and that the streets of Bowen were deserted. Whitsundays Regional Council Mayor, Andrew Willcox said, “the authorities had received 98 requests for help and had responded to most of them.” “About 10,000 premises had lost electricity,” Willcox said. Police commissioner Ian Stewart said, communities along more than 300 kilometers of coastline would be affected from Ayr to south of Mackay. Thousands of people started evacuating areas in Debbie’s path on yesterday. This would be the biggest evacuation seen in Australia, since 1974, when Cyclone Tracy devastated the northern city of Darwin. Reports say, the category 4 storm could escalate to a Category 5 even. Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Co-Founder, Jeff Masters, said, “The cyclone will quickly unravel.” “In 24 hours it could be a tropical depression,” added Jeff. Officials warned residents yesterday, to leave the area before it was too late, as dangerous storm tides, powerful winds and heavy rain were expected to blow the region. The regional director of Queensland’s bureau of meteorology, Bruce Gunn, said, the State had earlier experienced cyclone Yasi, a severe tropical storm, hit in 2011. This storm, was one of the most powerful cyclones to have affected Queensland, causing billions of dollars in damage. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, that, “Australia’s military is moving into position to help authorities respond to the cyclone.” By Supraja

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Tata AIA Life, TTSL To Launch M-Insurance In Telangana, AP March 28, 2017 10:08

Tata AIA Life Insurance (Tata AIA Life) said it has joined hands with TTSL (Tata Teleservices) to launch M-Insurance (mobile-insurance) in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This Mobile insurance, will also bring the economically weaker sections under the insurance cover. Under this M-insurance, customers are auto-enrolled on purchase of Tata DoCoMo's selected mobile recharge coupon (Special Tariff Voucher or STVs). The life cover comes with two sum assured options - Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,00,000. Consumers will receive the details of the life cover, through SMS, which contains a web link to download the insurance certificate. This insurance cover is mainly for the telecom company's prepaid subscriber base in the two states, as a pilot offer on selected recharges. Indian citizens, of ages between 18 to 80 years can avail this paperless cover, which does not require any medical tests. In the event of any claim, the beneficiary must call the Tata AIA Life call center for settlement. IRDAI chairman, TS Vijay, said, “This initiative is core to the mission of IRDAI, which is not just regulation, but development too.” “Life insurance is all about protection and that incorporates three things - offering protection at an affordable price, reaching out to the maximum number of people, and offering a simple claim settlement,” said Vijay. M-insurance utilizes technology to cut distribution and service costs, thereby bringing protection to those, who could otherwise find it unaffordable. “With plans like these, we feel we have done something really valuable for the country,” added the IRDAI Chairman. Tata AIG, Chief of partnership, distribution and corporate solutions, H. Venkatachalam, said, the product has been well received in the pilot stage with over 23,000 lives secured in a short span. Tata AIA Life Insurance Company (Tata AIA Life) is a joint venture company formed by Tata Sons and the AIA Group (AIA). Telangana Govt To Come Up With Helipads In State By Supraja

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KTR Son Helps Revanth Reddy Enter Assembly March 27, 2017 18:47

Legislator of the Telugu Desam Party from Telangana, A Revanth Reddy, was suspended, last week, from the assembly for the entire budget session. The Legislator had not been allowed even into the lobbies and the assembly premises. Revanth could not gain entry into the premises, as he was held back at the gate by the marshals saying he had no permission. However, the legislator, much to the surprise of media persons and other legislators, managed to enter the lobbies of the assembly. Telangana Rashtra Samithi MP from Peddapalli, Balka Suman, was the first to have spotted Revanth Reddy, in the assembly lobbies. Suman was surprised and asked as to who had permitted him inside. Revanth replied that he could enter the assembly lobbies because of Kalwakuntla Himanshu, son of minister K T Rama Rao and a grandson of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Revanth said, “Himanshu came to know about my suspension and my attempts to enter the lobbies and recommended to his grandfather about my entry.” Surprisingly, KCR compelled his grandson’s request and allowed me into the lobbies. “What the fellow legislators could not do was done by the chief minister’s grandson,” added Revanth Reddy. At the same time, evoking laughter from the TRS leaders, the Telangana TDP leader said if the TRS had Himanshu on their side to help others, the TDP had “Devansh” (grandson of AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu) on their side. Revanth Reddy is also the deputy floor leader of Telangana Telugu Desam Legislative Party, and working president of Telangana TDP. By Supraja

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Flydubai Signs Agreement With IIIT-Hyderabad March 27, 2017 18:39

Dubai-based government-owned low-cost airline, Flydubai today has signed an agreement with International Institute of Information and Technology (IIIT)-Hyderabad. The agreement was signed to set up its aviation co-innovation lab at the institute here, in Hyderabad. The deal was signed between flydubai's Chief Information Officer, Ramesh Venkat and IIIT-Hyderabad's Director, P J Narayanan. Under the terms of the contract, domain experts and engineers of flydubai would work together with faculty and researchers of IIIT-Hyderabad. According to a joint statement, the latter (IIIT) will provide deep technology inputs in the areas of data mining and extraction, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.   India Grabs Third Position In Aviation Market By Supraja

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India Grabs Third Position In Aviation Market March 27, 2017 18:28

As per the reports of the Sydney-based Center for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), India, has secured the third position in the aviation market globally, in terms of domestic air passenger traffic. In 2016, domestic, passenger traffic, of India stood at 100 million, whereas Japan’s was 97 million. US, with 719 million and China, with 436 million, are the two only nations ahead of India in this aviation sector. Currently, India is in the fourth position, in terms of overall air passenger traffic (both domestic and international), according to CAPA. Moreover, India is expected to become the third largest one by March 2018. Head of CAPA, India, said, “the country will become the third largest market, in two-three years, of what was projected.” This is because the growth has been much higher. “We will remain in this position for a very long time because it will not be easy to surpass China and the US, till we reach, the third spot for both domestic and international air travel ahead of the projected period, said the Head of CAPA. By Supraja

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Kudgi Power Project To Ease Bengaluru Power Woes March 27, 2017 18:24

The first 800 MW unit of Kudgi super-critical thermal power project in Vijayapura district, in the state of Karnataka in India, is likely to go on stream. Kudgi Super Thermal Power Plant, is one of the coal based power plants of National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC). The Power supply position of Bengaluru, is expected to change in the first week of May. NTPC, Executive Director, Harbans Singh, said, “We will start commercial operations in the first week of May.” The NTPC commissioned the unit in December. Through this power project, Bengaluru will get about 400 MW of power in a season. Bengaluru witnesses peak power demand from agriculture, industrial and commercial consumers owing to increase in temperature. The State accounts for one third of Karnataka’s current requirement of about 10,000 MW of power. Also, the State, in terms of energy, requires about 220 million units (MUs) per day. At 400 MW, this will translate to about 8 MUs, per day, bringing some relief. Any advancements in power supply, in Bengaluru, will benefit ITITEs and BPO companies as well as the manufacturing sector. These companies, in turn, draw power from their diesel generating units at higher costs, in times of supply disruptions. If Bangalore Electricity supply company Limited (BESCOM), is able to ensure reliable power supply, its own revenues will improve. This is because, the IT and manufacturing firms will pay higher tariffs. Harbans Singh, further said, that, NTPC over the next seven months, will strengthen Karnataka's power position by launching two more units of 800 MW capacity. The PSU giant has already synchronized unit 2 to the grid, and the third is expected to be synchronized next month. Commercial operations of unit 2 will be started by August, and unit 3 by October, Singh added. The power project will not only support its home state of Karnataka, but also Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Pondi cherry and Kerala. The rest of the power is shared by other states, with Karnataka, generating half of the power. The cost of generation at the project could be Rs 5.50 per unit, according to NTPC officials. This is, however, expected to come down by a bit with progressive rise in the plant load factor (PLF). The increase in power availability cannot, however, guarantee few disruptions in Bengaluru. The reason behind this could be, because the 11 kV lines require better maintenance, say engineers associated with handling distribution. Additionally, there are  transmission constraints in eastern parts (Hoody, Kadugodi, ITI, and Kachamaranahalli), and southern parts (Mylasandra and Jigani) in the city.The Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) engineers have already taken various system augmentation plans which will improve conditions very soon. It will take at least a year to commission it, as these are large infrastructure projects involving huge investments, says sources. By Supraja

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Walmart To Open 50 New Stores In India March 27, 2017 17:32

US-based multinational retailing corporation Walmart, has announced its plans to open around 50 new stores in India. The 50 new stores will be opened, across the country, over the next three-to-four years. Majority of the stores will be located in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The retailer, which currently, has around 20 Walmart stores in India, is planning to ramp up operations in the cash-and-carry segment. Besides Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh , there would be 10 new stores each in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Apart from two new stores in Lucknow, Walmart will open new stores in Ghaziabad, Noida, Kanpur, Allahabad, Haridwar, Dehradun and Haldwani. The opening of new stores in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will subsequently result into 40,000 jobs, in these two states. The stores provide direct and indirect employment to 2,000-2,500 persons each. Metro AG (Metro Group) and Reliance may give a little competition to Walmart, in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand operating in the cash-and-carry format. Cash-and-carry stores are wholesale outlets, which are only allowed to sell to retailers, canteens and hotels. A Walmart India spokesperson, quoted saying, “Our commitment to the country is very deep and we are growing our footprints in India further by opening 50 more cash-and-carry stores in the next few years across key focus states, including AP, Telangana, UP, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Maharashtra etc.” “Our development team is growing this store pipeline for the last couple of years and we are confident of continuing our contribution to the creation of thousands of skilled jobs, helpings Kiranas, farmers and Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) suppliers succeed through our cash and carry business”, added the spokesperson. Walmart has by far, developed hubs, which are its focus areas. For instance, Punjab, Haryana, UP and Uttarakhand comprise the northern cluster, the second one includes Andhra and Telangana with the third one in Maharashtra. The company, is, however, awaiting clarity on the food retail guidelines as it does not want to limit itself to domestically produced and manufactured food products. By Supraja

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Opposition Urges PM Modi To Remove Shivraj Singh Chouhan As MP CM March 27, 2017 17:20

The Opposition Leader in Madhya Pradesh Assembly Ajay Singh, has written to Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi, urging him to remove Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan from his post. The recently released Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has made scathing observations over the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam. The scam was perpetrated during Mr Chouhan's tenure. The scam pertains to alleged irregularities in job recruitment and admissions by the state professional Examination Board, known by its Hindi name Vyapam. The CAG has passed constraints against the Madhya Pradesh government for systematic subversion of rules. Nearly, 53 persons died and 55 FIRs were registered in connection with the scam, alleged Ajay Singh. About 2,500 persons were facing investigation by various agencies, including the CBI. Now, CAG has highlighted irregularities in it, said Singh. Besides all this, 2,100 individuals were arrested in connection of this massive admission and recruitment racket. “When Vyapam scam occurred, Shivraj Singh was in charge of the state’s medical education department,” said Ajay Singh. Ajay Singh said, “The CM himself has admitted to the irregularities in 1,378 appointments made through Vyapam.” Furthermore, the Leader of the Opposition, said, “Surprisingly, no investigating agencies have asked the Chief Minister, about the details of the scam.” “When former Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh can be summoned on grounds of being in charge of coal ministry, why a chief minister cannot be examined.” stated Ajay Singh. Ajay Singh even stated, that earlier two chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh - Uma Bharti and Babulal Gaur were removed from their post, by the top BJP leadership, when charges were not even related to corruption. Then, “Why now BJP’s top leadership is having its soft corner on Chouhan?” he further questioned. By Supraja

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