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Friday, November 30, 2012

KIDS OF MISFORTUNE Mom burns girl's cheeks for theft

Vasantha
A woman burnt the cheeks of her seven-year-old daughter with a hot spatula on Wednesday evening for allegedly taking `10 without informing her.

The incident, which took place at Kotaveedhi under the One Town Police Station limits, came to light on Thursday morning when Child Line officials were alerted about the girl, Vasantha, and they in turn informed the police. It's the second such incident reported in the city this year.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

City eyes London-type entertainment venues

London Mayor Johnson and GHMC Mayor Majeed Hussein
The city will get an entertainment centre along the lines of the London Eye and a museum like Madam Tussauds if discussions between the business delegation led by London Mayor Boris Johnson and ministers and officials of the Andhra Pradesh government bear fruit.

Making a presentation on the investment opportunities available in the city and the state, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad said that for Indian tourists visiting London, Madam Tussauds Museum and London Eye, apart from the Kohinoor diamond, are always mustvisit spots. He pointed out that even Hyderabad could have such facilities.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

In first step, cash transfer to cover 29 scholarships

Finance minister P. Chidambaram
The ambitious direct cash transfer scheme, to be launched from January 1, 2013, will cover 29 welfare schemes.

Finance minister P. Chidambaram and rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday addressed a press conference at the AICC headquarters and welcomed the government's decision on behalf of the party, and described it as a “game-changer.“

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Of six fire victims, one was a baby, four elderly

Baba Nivas apartment
City engineer P.P.Venugopal lost his parents and a 10-day-old infant in the fire at the Baba Nivas apartments in S r i r a m n a g a r , Puppalguda, on Sunday night.

More than 30 people had managed to escape when the fire engulfed the multi-storeyed building but five elderly people and the infant were charred to death as they were left stranded, highlighting yet again how the aged and the very young are the first victims in any mishap. Mr Venugopal's wife Sharada had come down from their apartment with one of her twins and her six-year-old son Srujan to meet with neighbours when she saw the flames. At the same time, her mother and inlaws closed the door of the flat, thinking that that would stop the fire.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

End to AIDS in sight, says UN report

As the numbers infected with incurable human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) keeps falling, experts are hopeful that AIDS could be eradicated in future due to better access to drugs that can both treat and prevent it, according to a UN report. Some 34 million people had HIV by 2011. Worldwide, the number of people newly infected with the disease, which can be transmitted via blood and by semen during sex, is falling, it said.

At 2.5 million, the number of new infections in 2011 was 20 per cent lower than in 2001. Deaths from AIDS also fell to 1.7 million in 2011, down from a peak of 2.3 million in 2005 and from 1.8 million in 2010. The report said this allowed the "foundation to be laid for the eventual end of AIDS". In 2012, over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Of these, a quarter do not know they are carrying the virus, according to the Daily Mail.

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Suicide bombers attack church in Nigerian military barrack

Two suicide bombers targeted a church inside a military barrack in northern Nigeria on Sunday, killing an unspecified number of people and injuring several others as worshipers were returning after a mass. Eyewitnesses said the attack occurred at St Andrews Military Protestant Church located inside Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Jaji.

A military officer said on condition of anonymity that the casualty figure is likely to be ‘really high’ as the bombing happened immediately as the church was closing. "The first bomber denoted his explosive inside the church and after the initial confusion was just settling and folks had started gathering to think of helping out, the second bomber exploded his car right in the midst of intending first aiders and survivors of the first (blast) who were rushing out," he said.

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Fish seller's catchy tune wins him record music deal

A Pakistani fish seller in the UK maysoon be as popular as Gangnam Style star Psy, with his catchy song to attract customers notching up more than 3.6 million views on Youtube and landing him a record music deal. "Come on ladies, come on ladies, have-a, have-a look, one pound fish. Very very good, very very cheap, one pound fish," fish seller Muhammad Shahid Nazir can be seen singing at an east London market to attract customers.

Once you've heard it you can't get it out of your head, and it might just be the Christmas No 1. Nazir's 'One Pound Fish Song' has just reeled him a record deal with Warner Music, The Sun reported. He was spotted after a YouTube video of him singing at an east London market notched up more than 3.6 million views. Not bad for a guy who was rejected by the X Factor panel.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Big B felicitated by Australian government


Big B felicitated by Australian government
Amitabh Bachchan has been honoured by the Australian government for his contribution towards Indian cinema and fructifying the relations between the two countries. "Another recognition by the Australian Government and its Commission here in Mumbai, in celebration for the 100 years of Indian Cinema, and my contribution towards fructifying the relations between the two countries...I am most humbled...," the 70-year-old posted on his blog srbachchan.tumblr.

Last year, Amitabh was conferred an honorary doctorate from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

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Actress Ramya Krishnan's house burgled

Actress Ramya Krishnan's house burgled
At least 50 sovereigns of gold ornaments were reportedly stolen from the house of actress Ramya Krishnan in Injambakkam near Neelankarai.

The police, who have detained the domestic help in connection with the theft, said that they have received a complaint from Krishnan, the father of the actress, a couple of days ago saying that nearly 400 gm of gold kept in the bureau was missing.Krishnan had also told the police that the family sus pects the involvement of Jyothi, a maid employed by the family.

“When Ramya visited the house on Sunday, the maid said she wanted to go to her native place in Andhra Pradesh. The family members told her that they were going out and asked her to wait till they return.However, when they returned they found the maid and the gold missing,” the police said, quoting the complaint from Ramya’s father.

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Teacher orders child to drink urine - DC ePaper


A five-year-old Class I student was forced to drink urine allegedly by his teacher at a private school in Anaparthy, East Godavari on Wednesday. Sources said that students at Satyabhama English Medium School had complained to their English teacher Gouri that Anjaneya Reddy had urinated in a plastic mug in the toilet.

The enraged teacher then allegedly forced the boy to drink it. The matter came to light when Anjaneya returned home and told his parents about the incident. The boy's parents Surya Reddy and Ganga Maheswari went to the school on Thursday morning and lodged a protest with the management and sought action against the teacher. When they did not.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

KASAB HANGED

India moved quietly and swiftly to execute lone surviving 26/11 gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab at Pune’s Yerawada jail early on Wednesday morning, bringing an end to the long wait for justice, days ahead of the fourth anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks.

Sources said 17 senior officials and two doctors were present in the jail and witnessed the hanging of the 25-year-old terrorist. His body was buried as per Muslim rites within the prison complex. A guard described Kasab as being nervous immediately before he was taken to the gallows.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mobile apps for all ages


Mobile apps to solve all of the above situations and many more were showcased at the ‘Nokia AppTasting IndiBlogger Meet’ in Bengaluru recently, which was attended by 260 enthusiastic bloggers of all ages spanning 10 years to 62 years. Hosted by popular TV anchor of the Gadget Guru fame, Rajiv Makhni and New York based, Michelin starred celebrity chef, Vikas Khanna, the apps caught the fancy of the young and old bloggers alike. Here are some of the apps that were showcased at the event which was a fusion of blogging, technology and food.

Magic Mirror ­ allows you to experiment with many new hairstyles with different hair-colour variations. For this, all you have to do is click a picture of yourself on your mobile phone and let the app show you how many looks you can sport. You could share it with friends and family for approval before going in for the new look.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

INDIA DRAW FIRST BLOOD

After remaining on the field for close to eight sessions during England’s two innings, India wasted no time to wipe off the 77 runs needed for victory consuming only 15.3 overs to go 1-0 up in the four-match Test series.
M a n o f t h e m a t c h Chesteshwar Pujara (41, 51b, 8x4) opened the innings with Virender Sehwag and the pair put on 57 runs in 9.5 overs for the first wicket.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Farhan warns Priyanka - Bollywood actress


Farhan warns Priyanka - Bollywood actress
Bollywood's desi girl Priyanka Chopra has reached Hyderabad for the shooting of the 'Zanjeer' remake and actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has warned her against doing too many remakes and getting typecast. "In Hydrabad for 'Zanjeer'. Starting a new film always makes me nervous," Priyanka tweeted.

Amit Mehra is producing the film, which was originally made by his late father Prakash Mehra in 1973 with Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya in the lead roles. Farhan tweeted: "Priyanka Chopra, do you realise that this is the third official remake of Amitabh Bachchan you are in? Be careful you don't get typecast."

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5-crore sari was ‘vow factor’


5-crore sari was ‘vow factor’
Standing with folded hands before the imposing deity of Sri Padmavathi Ammavaru, who on Sunday was draped in a gem-studded sari made of gold worth Rs 5 crore, Cherukuri Sridhar thanked the goddess for granting him his greatest wish in life — that of donating the garment.

After emerging from the temple, Sridhar, MD of Transstroy India Private Limited, a diversified construction group, says, “Long back I took a vow to make this offering. She gave me the Tirupati-Chennai road construction contract.” His visit took place on Panchami Theertham, also the Goddess’ birthday.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

NOBEL PRESENT GUEST OF HONOUR Rayala menu, silks for Suu Kyi

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi will get to taste traditional Rayalaseema snacks when she visits Papasanipalli village in Anantapur on Saturday.

The entire village of about 400 people is being decked up in the best rural tradition, with toranalu and rangoli and the roads are being decorated with rangoli and swagatha toranalu.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

President? No thanks

Fakruddin Ali Ahmed
He may have agreed, to play Sai Baba and Dawood Ibrahim, but Nagarjuna has reportedly refused to portray a former Indian president on screen.

Sources reveal the star was asked to play Fakruddin Ali Ahmed (the President from 1974 to 1977) in an upcoming Hindi-English film on the the life of the late Sanjay Gandhi. Director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, of Lahore fame, apparently wanted only Nag for the character but the actor refused it because he didn't want to be associated with a “controversial film“ -despite its `80-crore mega budget and Warner Bros. funding.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Congress is safe, for now

MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi
While the MIM’s withdrawal of support is a setback for the Congress in the state — the ruling party has lost its only trusted supporter since 1999 — Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy’s government still commands a majority in the Assembly.

The MIM support had given the Congress an edge over other secular parties, particularly when it came to enjoying the confidence of Muslims.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Court slams BCCI, lifts ban on Azhar

Former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin
Twelve years after it was imposed, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday set aside BCCI's life ban on former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, currently a Congress MP, as illegal.

The BCCI in 2000 had banned Azharuddin and Delhi cricketer Ajay Sharma for life from playing professional cricket on charges of alleged match-fixing.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

BACK TO BARACK

US President Barack Obama
After $4 billion, two dozen presidential primary election days, a pair of national conventions, four general election debates, hundreds of Congressional contests and more TV advertisements than anyone would ever want to watch, the two major political parties in America essentially fought to a standstill.

When all the shouting was done, the American people on Tuesday more or less ratified the status quo that existed at the start of the day: They returned President Barack Obama to the White House for another four years, reaffirmed Republican control of the House and kept the Senate in Democratic hands.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Welcome to Puri's zoo

Director Puri JagannathPuri Jagannath has a penchant for the exotic. From extra vagant sets in his lavish movies to exotic pets in his office, he always goes all the way . The pets, tha cost anywhere between `25,000 and `5 lakh include around 50 varieties of birds, 13 dogs, ducks, fish and more.

From the smallest monkey in the world -the marmoset -Mandarin ducks, parrots from Macau to the lion-like Chow Chow dog and colourful cockatoos, his office looks like a mini sanctuary rather than, you know, a director's office. “My fascination for pets began in my childhood. I started with 30-odd ducks and began to procure exotic pets as and when I could afford them. It is the best way to stay connected with nature and they are great stress busters,“ says the director, who loves spending time feeding and playing with his pets. He reportedly spends `2 to `3 lakh per month on their maintenance -imported food, breeding, training and medical care.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gadkari in a deeper hole after IQ test

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari
Beleaguered BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, already battling allegations regarding the source of funding of his companies, on Monday drew flak for drawing a comparison between the IQ levels of Swami Vivekananda and fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim.

Speaking at an awards ceremony in Bhopal on Sunday, Mr Gadkari had said: “As per psychology, if we can compare the IQ of Swami Vivekananda and that of Dawood Ibrahim, then it could have been the same. But Vivekananda used it in nation-building, brotherhood and spiritualism while Dawood used that for excelling in the crime world (sic).“

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Nilam ravages coast

The railway track of Kirandul line collapses
Thirteen people died in rain related incidents as Cyclone Nilam's sting in the tail continued to lash the state four days after it made its landfall on October 31.

The toll now stands at 22 dead. Besides, lakhs of hectares -one estimate said 2.5 lakh hectares -of agricultural fields have been inundated and normal life affected all along the coast.


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Friday, November 2, 2012

Rahul threatens to sue Swamy

AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday threatened to take “all legal action“ against Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, who targeted him and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi earlier in the day over alleged acquisition of a firm that once published the now-defunct National Herald newspaper, to which the Congress gave a loan of over `90 crore.

“Our attention has been drawn to your purported press conference of the afternoon of November 1. The allegations made by you are utterly false, entirely baseless and defamatory,“ a communication released by Mr Gandhi's office stated. “Your action of calling a press conference is a motivated attempt for reasons, which one can easily discern.“

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