Category: Hyderabad News

Owaisi blasts Naidu for alliance with BJP

Asaduddin Owaisi Blasts Chandrababu Naidu For Alliance With BJPOnly to grab power and personal gains270 doctors and 500 engineers admitted to MIMSays he will learn Telugu by 2019 elections

Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi on Sunday strongly criticised TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu for entering into an alliance with the BJP.

Speaking to media persons at Darulsalaam, Owaisi reminded that Naidu had expressed regret and even apologised for continuing the alliance with the BJP after the Gujarat riots of 2002. However, the TDP chief had now decided to go along with the BJP only to grab power and for personal gains, he alleged. He said that the renewal of alliance Read more

Now, enjoy a green ride at the zoo


With the acquisition of 40 battery-operated vehicles, visitors to the Nehru Zoological Park can now look forward to a green ride within the zoo premises. These vehicles will be available on all working days from 9 a.m. onwards, a press release said. Visitors intending to use their own four-wheelers within the zoo should possess a ‘pollution under check’ certificate for their vehicle.

Anurag Sharma gets DGP rank


Anurag Sharma, the Hyderabad Police Commissioner got promoted to the rank of DGP. To this effect orders have been issued to him on Tuesday. Nevertheless, his posting has not been altered to continue him Read more

Children make a beeline for Manikanta fair

The exhibition drawing huge crowds in Karimnagar town. Photo: Thakur Ajaypal Singh Come summer vacations and children make a beeline for the Manikanta trade fair being organised at the Circus grounds in Karimnagar. The fair is organised from Ugadi onwards.

On the inaugural day on Monday, people of the town arrived in large numbers to the fair. The entrance was decorated with scenes from the Chandamama ‘Bethal’ story episode. The fair offers many games besides stalls that display various artefacts, household goods, decorative items, handlooms, dress materials etc. To suite every person’s palate, food courts serve chaat, mirchi bhajji, ice cream, and other fast food.

Manikanta trade fair organiser M. Laxman said that they would open a total of 150 stalls of various varieties of clothing, decorative items, interior decoration etc. The entrance fee has been fixed at Rs. 20 per head. He said that the exhibition would be open for a period of two months till the completion of summer vacation.

Water broad cracks whip

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Hyderabad: Consumers who do not have meters to their drinking water connections will have to pay double the consumption charges.

The Water Board will levy 100 per cent more in the water bill as penalty on consumers with meterless connections.

Of the total 8 lakh consumers (connections) in the city, only one lakh have meters in working condition and a little over 3 lakh have meters that do not work. The remaining do not have meters.

Water Board managing director, J. Syamala Rao, said that the board would soon target consumers who were not paying water bills regularly and that criminal cases would be booked against those having illegal connections.

Mr Rao said, “Already half a dozen people have been arrested for having illegal water connections after police complaints were lodged by water board officials.”

With the closure of the Voluntary Disclosure Scheme and the One Time Settlement scheme on March 31, which enabled regularisation of illegal water supply connections for nominal penalties and settlement of dues and arrears with interest waiver, the Water Board has decided to crack the whip against defaulters.

There are over Rs 700 crore in arrears to be paid by various consumers including Rs 200 crore by government departments. The panchayat raj department is the biggest defaulter and the Water Board has written to the government to allocate budget towards water bills and arrears of various government departments failing which, it would be compelled to disconnect the lines as per High Court orders.

The Board has over Rs 300 crore in electricity dues and is paying Rs 5 crore towards interest every month.

Meanwhile, due to various measures initiated by the Board to improve revenues, the number of paid consumers per month has increased from 3,84,499 to 4,50,690 in the current year.

Mr Rao said, “This was due to proper delivery of bills to customers through GPS-enabled billing and collection devices, better monitoring and involvement of all officers and staff and issuing red notices to a several consumers and implementation of the Revenue Recovery Act.”

The Water Board collected Rs160 crore from 4,50,690 consumers in March 2014, which is a record.

The total collection in the financial year was Rs 773.73 crore against a demand of Rs 734.32 crore. Total collection last year was Rs 645.09 crore against a demand of Rs 75 crore.

In view of the drinking water demand during summer, water tanker trips would be doubled. As against four trips, the tankers will make eight trips, Mr Rao added.

MIM looking to expand in Seemandhra

Weighing chances in Rayalaseema with Muslim votersEyeing areas which fielded minority nomineesThe All-India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) party,  hitherto restricted to Hyderabad, is focusing on expanding in Seemandhra following the State’s bifurcation. Though such prospects are not bright, it is weighing chances in Rayalaseema which has many Muslim voters. 

Asaduddin Owaisi, party chief, has already toured Rayalaseema over the last two months and held discussions with prospective candidates and community elders. In earlier elections, Muslim nominees fielded by other parties in the region had won. Now MIM has taken up the task of bolstering the party in such constituencies.

Madanapalle constituency in Chittoor district has many Muslim voters. Shahjahan Basha (Cong)  won the seat in the last elections. Hence MIM is focusing on the constituency. Besides, Asad’s brother Akbaruddin wants a candidate fielded. 

It is said that in Kadapa and Rayachoti constituencies (Kadapa district), support of Muslim voters is a must for any candidate to win. Syed Mohd. Ahmadullah, Minorities Welfare Minister, had won from Kadapa  in 2009, prompting MIM is eye it with interest.

Adoni (Kurnool), Kadiri, Hindupur and Guntakal (Anantapur) areas also have substantial Muslim presence, from where MIM is planning to field candidates. In Nellore district, the party does not have significant presence. Other parties are planning to allot the municipal chairman’s post to a Muslim. In view of this, MIM entrusted the district party affairs to a former CPM leader. The MIM leaders are aware that it does not have a chance in Rayalaseema if it contests on its own. Therefore, it is trying for alliances following which the party may demand at least one seat in each Rayalaseema district. 

Analysts do not rule out a MIM-Congress alliance, as the latter will need Muslim votes in the face of a virtual wipe-out in Seemandhra. This may force Congress to yield to MIM.

Jayasudha prefers Lok Sabha to Assembly as Jayaprada has it

Jayasudha prefers Lok Sabha to Assembly as Jayaprada has it?

Nevertheless, Digvijaya Singh reportedly has said her Malkajgiri and  Secunderabad seats can not be spared for her as Congress is unwilling to change Sarve Satyanarayana from Malkajgiri or Anjan Read more

Twin cities MLAs progress report

Twin Cities MLAs’ Progress Report

Clear scrutiny of the fund that has been granted and spent for each constituency in the twin cities by their respective MLAs reveals the fact that most of the MLAs don’t even know how to utilise the Read more

Congress will win 80 seats in Telangana: Danam

Hyderabad, March 21 (INN): Former minister Danam Nagender on Friday claimed that the Congress party would win more than 80 seats in Telangana in the next elections.

Speaking to media persons here, Danam Read more

Hyd Metro trains will be intelligent, says NVS Reddy

HYDERABAD: Technology should serve the needs of people through any project undertaken by private sector enterprises or government organisations, Hyderabad Metro Rail managing director NVS Reddy has said. Read more

Free lunch at King Koti hospital


Attenders at the State-run King Koti District Hospital will now have daily access to piping hot food free of cost. The scheme, ‘Bhojanamitra’, of Hare Krishna Movement (HKM), which was formally launched Read more

Lack of fitness trainer proves fatal for him


Hyderabad The death of a 22-year-old youth Vasu at a gym in LB Nagar on Sunday has come as a grim reminder of the loopholes in running fitness centers in the city. The CCTV footage recovered from the Read more

Metro gets its first model station


The first overhead station at Uppal to be ready in a couple of months

With successful simulation on ground inside the Uppal depot, L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad (L&TMRH) engineers have begun Read more

Dealers tampering with meters


Hyderabad Auto Drivers Union JAC submitted a letter to Controller of Legal Metrology department urging him to launch a crackdown on auto-rickshaw meter manufacturing companies and dealers who have Read more

Water board under scanner for unaccounted-for loss

About 141.01 mgd of water is undetectable and has been categorised as non-revenue
Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) is clueless about the millions of gallons of water Read more

Cases booked against 86 fuel outlets in State


Eighty-six cases were booked against the fuel stations across the State for using dispensing pumps operated with remote fraudulently. As many as 519 nozzles were seized from these stations.

The Read more

Fuel station owners call off flash strike


Legal metrology authorities give them time to replace the unapproved dispensing pumps

The flash strike launched by fuel stations in the State capital on Sunday was called off on Monday afternoon Read more

15 patients trapped in OGH lift due to technical snag


Two-and-a-half hour ordeal for patients, one doctor and two nurses
Fifteen patients, one doctor and two nurses, were trapped for nearly two-and-a-half hours in a lift in the old building of the Osmania Read more

360 innovative models at IIIT show

Students exhibited around 360 models from both IT and non-IT stream
IIIT students demonstrating a robot in the city on Saturday
Hyderabad Around 360 models created by students were presented at 13th Read more

70 per cent of Hyderabadis are non-vegetarians


Seventy per cent of the city’s population are non-vegetarians and there are nearly 3,000 retail meat shops to cater to their needs – these include 960 mutton shops, 681 beef shops, 1,077 dressed chicken Read more

Rain Predicted Around Sivaratri

Giving respite from rising day temperatures, there might be some rain in the coming days. Met officials in the city have predicted some showers or even thundershowers around Sivaratri.

M Narasimha Rao Read more

No water supply on March 1, 2


Hyderabad There would be no water supply to few areas from March 1 from 4 am to March 2 till 12pm due to repair works at Osman Sagar reservoir. There would be no water supply from 4 am on March 1 to Read more

Telangana gets Hyderabad revenue: Jairam Ramesh


Hyderabad: The union Minister Jai Ram Ramesh on Thursday sidelined the comments made against the Congress party that they have divided the state in view of the looming general elections and said that Read more

AOC is now out of bounds for civilians


Defence authorities relax traffic restrictions by 30 minutes in the morning

Paying no heed to the hue and cry raised by residents, political parties and others, the Army authorities imposed traffic Read more

City College needs immediate help

City College

The 150-year-old City College campus is crying out for attention. The building has developed cracks on the Eastern Wing due to plants taking root and the external lime mortar plaster is chipping off, Read more

How safe is Begum Bazaar?


Traders lament the chaotic situation in the busy locality

Though much has been said about beefing up security at Begum Bazaar after the Dilsukhnagar blasts, little seems to have been done in the Read more

Tolichowki flyover hit by land acquisition woes


Despite being hampered by issues of land acquisition, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has speeded up the work on the 650-metre flyover at Tolichowki which, when completed, promises Read more

Laundry that lets you lounge


Express Wash Laundromat offers its patrons free Wi-Fi, movies to watch, and soft drinks in addition to washing

Stepping inside Salman Ali Syed’s shop, one can easily mistake it for any other showroom. Read more

Metro Rail to overshadow historic MJ market

MJ0 Market Hyderabad
Hyderabad Perhaps this could be the last view of the landmark Moazzam Jahi Market as the view of the market’s front side would soon be blocked by the Metro Rail pillars to people coming from Begumbazar. Read more

Say hello to the new Battery-operated rickshaw


Battery-operated and Chinese-made, these new rickshaws could well be the eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to the fuel-guzzling polluters

For commuters who are stuck between smoke-spewing Read more