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Punch on Revanth Reddy bail June 30, 2015 13:03

Teacher: What is future tense of ‘Bail to Revanth Reddy?’ Student: Threat to Chandra Shekhar ReddyBy Phanindra

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125 million Indians are using FB June 30, 2015 12:52

Facebook, the popular social networking site, reportedly conquers 125 million users in India.As of December 2014, the FB had 113 million users in the country. But just within six months, the US-based firm has managed to add another 13 million users to its count and reaches a magical figure 125. As of March 31, 2015, globally, the FB has 1.44 billion monthly active users, where the US is considered as the biggest market. Also read: Facebook Confirms its Support to GIFsTo cater the users of slow internet connection, FB has introduced a 2G-friendly mobile app 'Facebook Lite', which was found very helpful for the growth of the business.Also read: Answer these questions, FB offers you a job!Speaking to the media, Facebook Head of Products (Facebook Lite) Vijay Shankar said that, "In India, Facebook has 125 million average users (MAU), while the number of mobile MAUs stands at 114 million. On a daily basis, 59 million users in India are accessing Facebook and 53 million are accessing us from their mobile phones." What is Facebook Lite?Facebook Lite is not less to the standard App. It is just that something, which works, even in the countries like India, where the internet speed is slow, compared to the other countries.    It will feature all core functions of FB like news feed, messaging, photos, links and notifications among others, except the videos on the news feed. It even allows the users to select the quality of images, they see on their news feed to optimize the data consumption.Also read: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hits back in Internet.org India rowFortunately, both Facebook Lite and the standard Facebook app will work on a single device at the same time. "In India, over 80 per cent of the users are on 2G network. We have worked on improving the apps performance even on spotty connections and across devices from entry-level devices to high-end ones, it is going to be rolled out in other markets in coming weeks,” Shankar said.Quote: It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity- Albert EinsteinBy Phanindra

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Naidu did not welcome the President June 30, 2015 12:23

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has not met President Pranab Mukherjee, on the latter’s visit to Hyderabad, as the area where President landed, does not come under the AP jurisdiction.For a southern sojourn, the President Pranab Mukherjee visited Hyderabad. He was welcomed by the Telangana Chief Minister KCR and governor and other officials. But when the President attended the 12th convocation celebrations of Nulsar University last year, along with Telangana Chief Minister KCR and Governor, even the AP Chief Minister has welcomed the President, attending the Begumpet airport, which is under the GHMC jurisdiction. Also read: Pranab Mukherjee played "Revenge Politics" against me: Lalit ModiBut this time, keeping in mind the traffic issues in the city, President had to land at Hakimpet, which does not come under the GHMC jurisdiction. This made Naidu quit the programme as he might felt that, he would not get equal importance as of Telangana Chief Minister KCR.  The President will attend a reception at Raj Bhavan today. So AP CM might be planning to meet the president in the reception. On July 1st Mukherjee will visit Tirupati to pay obeisance at Tirumala temple. He is likely to inaugurate 'Telangana Harithaharam', a massive plantation programme, at Yadgirigutta on July 3.By Phani

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India to decriminalise Section 377 June 30, 2015 12:16

India mulls towards abolishing Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalises gay liaisons and the legalisation of same-sex marriages may be considered, Union law minister DV Sadananda Gowda said. “The mood appears to be in favour of it. But it can be done only after widespread consultations and taking all views into account,” Gowda said. Gowda was speaking in the context of the US Supreme Court's historic verdict in the last week that has legalised the same-sex unions and the positive reception it got on the social media in India.While referring to a private member’s bill on the rights of transgender people, Gowda said, “That bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and everyone supported it. If that bill is passed by the Lok Sabha and becomes an act, Section 377 will become irrelevant.”Tiruchi Siva of the DMK, who has moved the bill, said, “The bill does not talk about Section 377 or anything other than the rights of Transgenders. I am always optimistic that rights of others will also get due importance." The minister's interpretation of the legislation on transgenders, appears to be somewhat off the mark. Tiruchi Siva told that he had limited his Bill to just the educational, economic, employment and health rights of transgenders."Siva's Bill was taken forward by three Lok Sabha members with varied political leanings, Shobha Karandlaje of BJP, NK Premachandran of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and Baijayant Panda of Biju Janata Dal (BJD). Karandlaje and Premachandran said the issue of Section 377 and gay rights are not on their radar.Panda said the issue of Section 377 was tangential to their Bill, but added that conferences were being lined up on legal and legislative action needed on the matter. He said: "It is time for the debate on (Section) 377 to reflect what the Constitution guarantees for every Indian - which is equality."By Premji

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Revanth Reddy and team are granted bail June 30, 2015 11:23

The High Court granted the bail to TDP MLA Revanth Reddy and other members, who are allegedly involved in cash for vote scam. It is known that, Revanth Reddy applied for the bail, saying that his investigation by the ACB officials has already completed. For the past few days, after several postponements, the judgment is finally out today. After the proper scrutiny, the court granted the bail to Reddy and other two members, Uday Simha and Sebastian, who are involved in the cash for vote scam.     Though the prosecution lawyer argued that, Revanth Reddy might use his influence to destroy the evidence relating to the case, if he was sent out, the court did not accept the argument of the lawyer and granted the bail to Reddy and his team. However the team was ordered to surrender the passport and asked them to be only in Kodangal, Hyderabad.   If all the formalities gets completed, Revanth Reddy might be out today itself. Yesterday the Stephenson petition against Matthaiah was cancelled and today, Revanth Reddy was issued the bail. It seems, the TDP officials’ prayers on the case are getting a result now. On the other hand the Telangana government is gradually losing the hope on the case and might finally be cornered in it, if the same happy showers continues to fall on the TDP government. (Video Source: TV 9)By Phani

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I’m not a fool to answer that question - Rajamouli June 30, 2015 11:07

The title was the answer of Rajamouli, once in the past, when he was questioned about his favourite hero in Tollywood. Rajamouli, who is presently considered as the indisputable top director of Tollywood, is releasing his latest flick Baahubali in Bollywood.   Karan Johar, who is releasing Baahubali in Bollywood under Dharma Productions, has once asked the director about his favourite actor in Bollywood. As expected, the clever director gave the answer very cleverly saying that, “while watching Company, I wanted to do a film with Ajay Devgan and I fell in love with Salman, after watching his acting in mother’s death scene in Dabangg and after watching Lagaan, I could not stop my anxiety to reach out to Amir Khan. So the opinions keep on changing whenever I watch any good film.” Yes to survive in the film, and that too as a top most director like Rajamouli cannot open up on his favourite hero, as the other stars or at least their fans might take it otherwise.    Baahubali Malayalam version audio was released recently and the movie unit participated in the event amidst of flooded fans. As known the movie is scheduled to release on July 10th across the world.By Phanindra

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Chennai Metro’s track record: Most expensive so far June 30, 2015 10:47

Just a day after it took the tracks, Chennai Metro shocks its passengers with its whopping charges. Rs 40 for a 10-km journey is what they charge from the commuters. A fare, which is a lot unfair. Don’t you think so?Chennai Metro was inaugurated by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa via video conferencing on Monday. Now it is now the most expensive among the cities that have the facility in the country.In cases of New Delhi and Bangalore, the same 10 km metro journey costs about Rs 18 and Rs 23 respectively. The Pink city Jaipur, which consists of a 9-km Metro lane charges Rs 15 at the highest.Chennai Metro covers seven stations from Koyambedu to Alandur, a distance of more than 10 km in just 19 minutes. The same distance will take at least 45 minutes to reach by road if the traffic is smooth - and a couple of hours if there is a blockage.In the first leg, nine blue-colored trains will take up the route. Each train, with a maximum speed of 80km/hr, will be able to carry nearly 1300 passengers. The maximum and minimum fares are Rs 40 and Rs 10.The first train was steered by A Preeti, a young woman holding an engineering diploma. "We are proud that nearly 25 to 30 of the working staff - the train operators, station controllers, maintainers of signaling telecom and track - are young engineering graduate women who have been recruited through competitive exam and they have been doing a wonderful job," Systems and Operations Director Narasim Prasad told media.The route will be spread from Alandur to Chennai Airport. The extension will constitute phase I of the 45 km project passing 32 stations. According to officials, Phase I consists of two corridors -- Washermenpet to Airport (23.1 km) and Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount (22 km). - Manohar

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Trendy way to wash the dog June 30, 2015 10:35

Washing ourselves is a big issue these days, as we feel lazy to do, because of the stress we had at our work places and for a few other reasons. But even then, every day we are forced to bath in the morning, at least, keeping in mind, the safety of others.  Also read: Crashed car for the sake of dogSo whenever there is a chance of skipping it, we do it for sure, especially during the holidays. Isn’t it? So when washing our own body is that tough, how would it be, while washing your pet dog? Also read: Watch: Dog says sorry to owner To overcome this difficulty, woof washer 360 helps us. It is a sort of the hula hoop that sprays water. It should be attached to the hose, add the shampoo we generally use for the dog and make your dog stand still and hose him off.   The video below shows the magic that takes place after hosing the washer to the dog. Go click on it and feel the magic. By Phanindra

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Priyanka Vadra's Shimla land deal to be disclosed, Information Commission June 30, 2015 10:24

The Information Commission of Himachal Pradesh has directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) to disclose the information on the Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s land deal in Shimla, which is sought under the Right to Information Act.After hearing the appeal of RTI activist Devashish Bhatacharya, the Information Commission directed the Public Information Officer to provide the information in 10 days’ time.“He (Devashish) wanted details of the properties that have been bought by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in the past few years. They had given an RTI application, which had been allowed by the ADM, Shimla, but had been set aside by the DC Shimla and said that the information cannot be provided,” said K.D. Batish, Information Commissioner, Himachal Pradesh.“Against that, Devashish had approached the Commission. After listening to both the parties, we decided that this information is in the public interest and the information regarding the properties should be provided within 10 days,” he added. “The decision has been given by the learned State Commission. So, we will see whether we have to prefer an appeal or writ petition against the said order or not. So, I will be able to tell you any further information after I have the discussion with my client,” Priyanka Gandhi’s advocate Gautam Sood said.A notice in this regard has been issued to the DC of Shimla and the ADM asking why they should not be penalized as they tried to obstruct the information. The next date for hearing has been set as July 23.Priyanka  Vadra, 43, has previously written to the state government through her lawyers, that the information should be kept confidential due to security reasons."Himachal Pradesh is a small state and if VVIPs keep buying land and misuse it, then there will be no land left," said Mr Bhattacharya, while explaining his motive for the RTI that he filed.The State Information Commission has said that under the RTI, details like whether she bought two pieces of land - one in 2007 and another in 2012 – has to be confirmed, along with how much she had paid.By Premji

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Congress senior leader into TRS? June 30, 2015 09:58

“Congress party senior leader and Nizamabad former MLA is making all special arrangements to join in the TRS party,” sources say.According to the reports, a senior Congress leader, who fought in the Telangana movement and even beaten up by the police, is now, joining in the TRS. Regarding this, the concerned official has already made the discussions with the TRS Party chief and Telangana state Chief Minister KCR. It was heard that, the latter is thoroughly happy to invite the Congress former MLA into TRS party. On the other side, though few of the TRS leaders are opining to restrict the Congress leader into the party, IT minister KTR has convinced those leaders as, how that concerned leader fought for Telangana and finally made them invite the leader into the party.  Currently this is the hottest issue among the Nizamabad residents and all the political circles. The official announcement about the leader’s entry into the party might be in two or three days, the reports say.   Andhrawishesh view    Right from the beginning, there are many officials from the other parties, who are joining in the TRS party. This is in fact strengthening the TRS more and more. However, this is considered as the threat to other parties to step into the state during the elections.By Phani

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