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Vice Presidential Elections To Be Held On August 5? June 29, 2017 14:34

Vice Presidential Elections To Be Held On August 5?:- The Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi announced at a press conference on Thursday that the Vice Presidential Elections will be held on August 5. Moreover, the results will be announced on the same day. Zaidi said, the last date for filing the nominations is July 18. For the post of Vice President, the election is conducted through a secret ballot, where only members of both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha get to vote. The Electoral College comprises of 790 members, out of which 245 are Rajya Sabha MPs and 545 are Lok Sabha MPs. To become a Vice-President, a person needs to satisfy the following criteria : 1) Needs to be a citizen of India 2) Is at least 35 years old or above. 3) Is qualified to become a member of the Rajya Sabha At least 20 electors as proposers and at least another 20 electors as seconders, subscribe the candidate’s nomination papers. From every candidate, a security deposit of Rs 15,000 will be collected. The term of the incumbent Vice President Mr. Hamid Ansari will end on August 10. Despite the Opposition enjoying a majority in the Upper House, it is unlikely that he will be elected for a third term. SUPRAJA

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Amarnath Yatra Starts From Twin Routes Of Pahalgam, Baltal In Srinagar June 29, 2017 14:31

Amarnath Yatra Starts From Twin Routes Of Pahalgam, Baltal In Srinagar:- Amidst tight security arrangements on Thursday, the annual yatra to the holy shrine of Amarnath started from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal in Srinagar. A police official said, “From both the routes, the yatra started early this morning and by far more than 500 pilgrims have paid gesture at the cave shrine housing the naturally formed ice-lingam.” To ensure the 45-day pilgrimage passes off peacefully, adequate security arrangements have been put in place, said the official. The security agencies are not leaving anything to chance, although the militant outfits and separatist groups have assured that the annual pilgrimage would not be targeted. To safeguard the two routes leading to the cave shrine, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and army personnel are providing assistance to the Police and CRPF personnel. The Amarnath Yatra compared to the last year’s 48 days, will be eight days shorter. The yatra will conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on August 7. Situated in a narrow gorge at the farther end of Lidder Valley, the shrine stands at 3,888 metres, 46 km from Pahalgam and 14 km from Baltal. On Wednesday, an ITBP officer died of cardiac arrest near the cave shrine in South Kashmir. SUPRAJA

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ISRO’s Communication satellite GSAT-17 Launched From French Guiana June 29, 2017 13:29

ISRO’s Communication satellite GSAT-17 Launched From French Guiana:- By a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace, from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana, India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-17 was successfully launched on Thursday. Designed with around I-3K extended bus, and to provide various communication services, GSAT-17 with a lift-off mass of about 3,477 kg carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band. The equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search is also being carried by the communication satellite and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites. From the Ariane Launch Complex No 3 (ELA 3) at Kourou, a French territory located in northeastern coast of South America, the European launcher Arianespace Flight VA238 blasted off at 2:45 am IST. The scheduled launch time was 2:29. After orbiting co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN in a flawless flight lasting about 39 minutes, the GSAT-17 was injected shortly. The city headquartered ISRO announced after the mission, “GSAT-17 successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA-238 from Kourou, French Guiana.” Immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle, the command and control of GSAT-17 was taken over by ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka. The preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal functioning. GSAT-17 that will change the ISRO’s current assemblage of 17 telecommunications satellites was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). This month, this was the third satellite launch mission by ISRO. GSLV MKIII and PSLV C-38 missions, which were lifted both from Sriharikota spaceport were the other two first developmental flights. On June 5, the GSLV MKIII successfully launched GSAT-19 satellite, while on June 23 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, the PSLV-C38 orbited Cartosat-2 Series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites. ISRO’s third communication satellite to successfully reach orbit in the past two months is GSAT-17. For carrying its heavier satellites, the ISRO, which has been dependent on Ariane-5 rocket, is now developing GSLV Mk III for this purpose. Announcing the successful launch of the satellite, Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel tweeted: “Confirmed: GSAT-17 has successfully separated from its #Ariane5 launcher #VA238 @ISRO.” Confirmed: GSAT-17 has successfully separated from its #Ariane5 launcher #VA238 @ISRO pic.twitter.com/rGwEkWQV8j — Stéphane Israël (@arianespaceceo) June 28, 2017 Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Dr K Sivan, who watched the launch from the mission control centre called it a “text book mission”. He further thanked the Arianespace, Director. Noting it as a special mission for ISRO, he said “GSAT-17 is a need of the hour for ISRO and India as it provides the continuity in services of ageing two satellites, as well as augmenting our transponder capability, and widening our horizon to mobile satellite services as well as to Antarctica areas.” The 21st satellite from ISRO to be launched by Arianespace is the GSAT-17. Its design in-orbit operational life is about 15 years. In the coming days, by using the satellite’s propulsion system in steps, the orbit raising manoeuvres will be performed to place GSAT-17 satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator), the space agency has said. The two solar arrays and both the antenna reflectors of GSAT- 17, during the final stages of its orbit raising operations, will be deployed and following this, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. At its designated orbital slot in the geostationary orbit, the GSAT-17 will be positioned and will with some of the Indian operational geostationary satellites, it will be co-located. To turn on the communication payloads of the satellite, is later planned. GSAT-17 will be ready for operational use, after the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests. Produced by Thales Alenia Space for Hellas Sat and Inmarsat, GSAT-17’s co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN is a two-payload “condosat”. The direct-to-home and telecom services will be delivered by the The Hellas Sat 3 component, once in orbit, to maintain and expand Hellas Sat’s business reach, while the satellite portion of Inmarsat’s new European Aviation Network is provided by the Inmarsat S EAN component. A premium satellite operator, is the Hellas Sat (member of the Arabsat Group), offering services in Europe, the Middle East and South Africa from the orbital position of 39 East, whereas the Inmarsat is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. On Flight VA238, the total payload carried on is approximately 10,177 kg. SUPRAJA

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Oscar Academy’s “Class Of 2017” Invites B-Town Celebrities June 29, 2017 13:11

Oscar Academy’s “Class Of 2017” Invites B-Town Celebrities:- To be a part of the Oscar Academy’s ‘Class of 2017’, apart from directors like Mrinal Sen, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Goutam Ghose, Bollywood celebrities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have been invited to be part of the event. The announcement was made on Wednesday. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, President of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, was quoted as saying on the official Oscar website, “We are proud to invite our newest class to the Academy. The entire motion picture community is what we make of it.” “It is up to all of us to ensure that new faces and voices are seen and heard, and to take a shot on the next generation the way someone took a shot on each of us,” Isaacs added. From around 57 countries, there are 774 new members - a record breaking number.   From 2015-2017, it is not just a 359% increase in women invited to join the Academy, but also a pronounced rise in people of color invited - signifying the diversity it was embracing, noted the Oscar Academy. There are also actors Irrfan Khan and Salman Khan, Indian costume designer Arjun Bhasin, directors and writers like Anand Patwardhan and Sooni Taraporevala from India. Others who are part of the list include  India-born Mohit Kallianpur and Mahesh Ramasubramanian, who have worked in animation and visual effects of Hollywood films like “Frozen” and “Shrek” respectively. Among other international high-profile actors newly invited to the Academy are “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot, “Moonlight” Oscar nominee Naomie Harris, Donald Glover, Chris Hemsworth, Riz Ahmed, Adam Driver, Dwayne Johnson, Leslie Jones, Betty White, Amy Poehler, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Margot Robbie, Channing Tatum, Kristen Stewart, Shailene Woodley, Ruth Negga, and Rupert Grint, while the Directors include Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele, David Ayer, Theodore Melfi and the Russo brothers. The new members invited are part of seven branches - actors, casting directors, costume designers, designers, documentary, executives and film editors. SUPRAJA

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TS Govt Orders Closure Of All Non-Functional Bore wells By July 10? June 29, 2017 11:46

TS Govt Orders Closure Of All Non-Functional Bore wells By July 10?:- The Telangana State Government has ordered the district authorities to fill up all non-functional borewells by July 10. This move comes in the wake of a baby losing her life after accidentally falling into an uncover ed borewell at Chevella village in Ranga Reddy district recently. Those who do not close their non-functional borewells before the deadline, a fine of Rs 50,000 will be imposed on them, said State Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao. A survey of borewells, which are not in use will also be undertaken, directed the Minister. He added that, “Those who wishing to dig a fresh bore well should obtain a permission 15 days in advance failing which a penalty of Rs1 lakh will be imposed,” he added. The officials identified nearly 95 defunct open borewells in 13 mandals of the district, recently in Siricilla district. The largest number of borewells i.e. 32 were identified in Mustabad mandal, 17 in Thangallapalli mandal, 10 in Gambhiraopeta, 11 in Yellareddypet mandal and 7 in Vemulawada. SUPRAJA

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Indian-Origin Man Stabbed To Death By His Cousin In US June 29, 2017 11:19

Indian-Origin Man Stabbed To Death By His Cousin In US:- A 26-year old Indian-origin man, following an argument, was stabbed to death allegedly by his cousin in Newyork, US. According to the police, the victim identified as Sharanjit Singh  who worked as a driver, moved to the US from India in 2013. His parents live in India. He was stabbed by his cousin, Lovedeep Singh (24) in the neck and torso inside their apartment in New York City borough Queens in the early hours of June 26. The accused, Lovedeep has been charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he will face upto 25 years imprisonment. Lovedeep confessed to the police that he fatally stabbed his cousin and roommate Sharanjit. On Tuesday, he was impeached before the Queens Criminal Court Judge Eugene Guarino on a criminal complaint. Queens District Attorney Brown said Lovedeep is accused of “senselessly stabbing to death his cousin and roommate. This is a family tragedy for all concerned”. The motive behind the murder is yet to be known, the police said. SUPRAJA

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Sai Dharam Tej, Mehreen Pirzada Starrer “Jawaan” Gets All The Attention June 29, 2017 11:00

Sai Dharam Tej, Mehreen Pirzada Starrer “Jawaan” Gets All The Attention:- After a few pictures from the making of the Sai Dharam Tej starrer, “Jawaan” were released by the film makers, the stills of the film are currently the talking point of the T-town. Directed by BVS Ravi, Jawaan has Sai Dharam Tej playing a diverse role and will stand out in his career, according to the director. The pictures from the making of the film were released by the makers and the excitement around the film has gone really high. The chemistry between the lead pair Sai Dharam Tej and Mehreen Pirzada, in Jawaan is all that is being talked about in the Telugu film circles. A source was quoted in a leading daily, “Both of them come into extreme ease, once on camera. Once the film releases, their chemistry is going to be talked about. It is possible that their chemistry is reflecting on the screen.” The latest release “Winner” of Sai Dharam Tej bombed at the box office and the makers now have very high expectations on Jawaan. Winner also featured Rakul Preet in the female lead role who got back in the winning race with Naga Chaitanya starrer Rarandoi Veduka Chudam. Touted to be an action entertainer, Jawaan has an important message about the society. Director BVS Ravi had recently said,” Through this film, I wanted to convey a message that a guy like the hero of Jawaan is as important to every family as a soldier would be to his country. The story revolves around a middle-class young aged person and the struggles in life to safeguard his family. Jawaan is a commercial family entertainer and will touch every emotion. The songs composed by Thaman have come out beautifully and Mehreen Pirzada is a special attraction in this film.” SUPRAJA

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HC Stays NGT Order On Telangana’s Palamuru Irrigation Project June 29, 2017 10:27

HC Stays NGT Order On Telangana’s Palamuru Irrigation Project:- The Hyderabad High Court, in a relief to the Telangana Government has stayed the recent order of National Green Tribunal (NGT), constituting an inquiry committee to study the status of construction of the State’s Palamuru Lift Irrigation project of Ranga Reddy District. A writ petition filed by the state government, challenging the order of the Chennai bench of the tribunal, was dealt with the bench of acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice T Rajani. A committee was appointed by the bench, to visit the lift irrigation site, to ascertain whether the ongoing work was meant for drinking water scheme or for irrigation also.    It may be recalled that one Harshavardhan Reddy approached the NGT contending that in the name of drinking water scheme, huge irrigation project was being taken up and environmental laws and forest conservation Act were violated.  A committee was appointed by the bench to ascertain the facts. This order in the HC, was challenged by the Telangana Government. It further contended that the judicial member of the tribunal passed this order, whereas the rules authorized presence of a member with technical expertise on the bench. The HC bench took this into consideration and stayed the operation of the tribunal order. This interim order would not preclude the NGT from passing similar order when the expert member was present on the bench, the bench made it clear.In March 2017, all the construction in reserved forest was stayed by the NGT, south zone, Chennai, and said that the environmental and forest clearances was a must. The NGT, on May 30, passed the order while dealing with an application by B. Harshvardhan Reddy challenging the action of the government in starting the first phase of the project and also clearing 279 hectares of forest without forest or environmental clearances. SUPRAJA

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Sushma Swaraj Assures To Provide Help To Telangana Woman Jailed In Saudi June 29, 2017 09:56

Sushma Swaraj Assures To Provide Help To Telangana Woman Jailed In Saudi:- Through the social media platform, Twitter, Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday assured to provide legal aid to Fahimunissa Begum, who is currently lodged in a jail in Riyadh. Hailing from Kagaznagar, Telangana, the husband of the woman, Shaik Sadiq had reached out to Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD), K T Rama Rao on Twitter and sought his help to rescue her from jail. The Minister KTR tweeted: “Would like to request you to provide legal aid for Fahimunnisa Begum @SushmaSwaraj Ji @IndianEmbRiyadh” Would like to request you to provide legal aid for Fahimunnisa Begum @SushmaSwaraj Ji @IndianEmbRiyadh https://t.co/92I2OEMIyu — KTR (@KTRTRS) June 28, 2017 The MA&UD Minister responded immediately and requested External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj on Twitter to provide legal help for Fahimunissa Begum. Within no time, the Minister tweeted back saying the Centre would provide the distressed woman with the required legal assistance. Sushma Swaraj Tweeted: “We will provide Fahimunnisa Begum legal aid and all assistance.” We will provide Fahimunnisa Begum legal aid and all assistance. https://t.co/sLWcICg1qq — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 28, 2017 The quick response from Sushma Swaraj evoked praise from the MA&UD Minister. “Once again you proved that relief for NRIs in trouble is just a tweet away,” MA&UD Minister, Rama Rao tweeted back to Minister. “Thank you madam. Appreciate the prompt response. Once again, you proved that relief for NRIs in trouble, is just a tweet away” Thank you madam. Appreciate the prompt response. Once again, you proved that relief for NRIs in trouble, is just a tweet away https://t.co/6AeoxfrTzZ — KTR (@KTRTRS) June 28, 2017 The victim, Fahinunnisa Begum had gone to Saudi Arabia two months ago but was harassed by the kafil. Her husband said that they had lost contact with her 45 days ago and were recently informed that she was sent to jail by the kafil who filed a false case against her. SUPRAJA

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DJ Movie Makers File Complaint After Full Movie Gets Posted On Social Media June 28, 2017 18:47

DJ Movie Makers File Complaint After Full Movie Gets Posted On Social Media:- Duvvada Jagannadham or DJ featuring Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde hit the screens on June 23 worldwide and has been churning out got some great numbers at the box office. The movie directed by Harish Shankar, earned a whopping INR 33 crores in just two days at the box office. But, the film has now been hit by the piracy glitch which happens every time a big-ticket actor film gets released. The full movie, apparently was posted on social media by someone and has been viewed by many already. A legal action has been taken by the film makers. The cyber police in Hyderabad have been approached by the film makers, who lodged a complaint against the culprits. The police have registered a complaint and are looking into the matter. Despite such efforts by the makers, full movie of DJ got posted on social media and has been going viral. Earlier, the film producer, Dil Raju had also said that they will take required action against piracy and those involved in it since it caused huge losses to the distributors and producers in the film industry. The director said, “the film industry is being killed by the piracy and it has become a trend on social media to either click pictures of the film or shot scenes using mobile phones and post it on social media.” SUPRAJA

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