Karimnagar: The officials should give more importance to the people’s grievances and should solve them immediately without keeping them pending, ordered Joint Collector GV Shyam Lal Prasad.He participated in ‘Dial Your Collector’ programme that is held every Monday in Karimnagar. After listening to various grievance calls received from the people across the district, the JC assured them that all the issues they have received will be solved as early as possible. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us He advised the people to report their problems, if any, through this programme, if they are unable to personally submit their grievances to the officials concerned. The people should not dial on every Monday on the same issue. If their problems are not solved then they can go to the collectorate directly seeking solution, which would be taken up by the officials concerned and will try to solve it. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us Later addressing the officials, the Joint Collector ordered them to attend the ‘Dial Your Collector’ programme without fail and receive grievances from the public. ZP CEO Venkat Madhav Rao,RDO N Anand Kumar, deputy director of horticulture department Srinivas, MEPMA project director Pavan Kumar, district agriculture officer Sridhar, DPO Manoj Kumar, marketing department DD Padmavathi, DTO Srinivas were present along with others.
Hyderabad: Cybercrimes involving Nigerian gangs are increasing in number day-by-day as one more incident came to light on Friday. The victim approached the Rachakonda Cybercrime police after losing Rs 21 lakh in the name of kidney donation and falling prey to online fraud. According to Rachakonda Cybercrime police, a businessman belonging to Malkajgiri approached the accused after coming across an advertisement on internet stating the requirement of kidney. The businessman contacted the number mentioned in the advertisement and got in touch with the accused who introduced himself as Dr Wesley. Also Read – Farmers stage rasta roko against urea shortage in Kamareddy Advertise With Us The accused promised the businessman that he would get Rs 1.6 crore in return for his kidney. As the businessman incurred huge losses and was in debts, he decided to donate his kidney without consulting his family members to repay his debts. When he consulted Wesley on the phone, the accused introduced two other persons claiming to be doctors and explained various procedures for carrying out the operation. Later, they began collecting money from him in instalments under the pretext of various charges and promised that he would get Rs 1.6 crore after completion of the surgery. By believing them the complainant paid Rs 21 lakh in instalments in the last six months by transferring the amount to 30 bank accounts provided to him by the doctors.
Rajendra Nagar: Reacting to a news item ‘Plea to stop sewage water overflowing’ published in The Hans India on Monday, Rajendra Nagar civic authorities swung into action to give much relief to the residents. The residents of Fortview Colony in Rajendra Nagar were facing hardships on account of a damaged manhole. The concerned civic authorities of Rajendra Nagar immediately informed their workers to visit the affected place and repair the damaged manhole.
New Delhi: UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday said the Centre is hell-bent on subverting the RTI Act which now stands on the “brink of extinction”, a day after Lok Sabha passed amendments to the Act amid strong opposition protests. In a statement, she said it is clear that the present central government sees the RTI Act as a “nuisance” and wants to destroy the status and independence of the Central Information Commission. “It is a matter of utmost concern that the central government is hell-bent on completely subverting the historic Right to Information Act, 2005. This law, prepared after widespread consultations and unanimously passed by Parliament, now stands at the brink of extinction,” she said in a statement. Gandhi said, Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Over the past decade and more, 60 lakh of our countrymen and women have used RTI and helped usher in a new culture of transparency and accountability administration at all levels”. The foundations of our democracy have, as a result, been strengthened immeasurably, she said. The weaker sections of our society have benefited greatly by the proactive use of RTI by activists and others. “It is clear that the present central government sees the RTI Act as a nuisance and wants to destroy the status and independence of the Central Information Commission which was put on par with the Central Election Commission and the Central Vigilance Commission. “The central government may use its legislative majority to achieve its aims but in the process it would be disempowering each and every citizen of our country,” she said in her statement. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us Lok Sabha on Monday passed the bill amending the Right To Information Act, amid objections by the Opposition which alleged that it was an attempt to undermine the law and make the transparency panel a “toothless tiger”. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to give the government powers to fix salaries, tenures and other terms and conditions of employment of information commissioners. Rejecting the opposition’s charge that the Bill will weaken the RTI Act, the government said it was fully committed to transparency and autonomy of the institution.
Petbasheerabad: Tension prevailed in Gundlapochampally Municipality in Petbasheerabad Police Station limits on Monday, when about 20 labourers fell sick at a time. The police said that they were immediately rushed to a government hospital for treatment. The labourers came from Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand to work in a construction company. The company constructed small shelters for them to live near a sewage filled lake due to which all of them got infected and fell sick. Police are further investigating.
Chittoor: Despite initiating several measures for improving performance of Nellore Zone of the APSRTC, the zone has incurred a loss of Rs 39 crore in the last three months, according to Corporation’s Nellore Zone Executive Director G Venkateswara Rao. He attributed loss to hike in diesel prices and salaries of employees, and private bus travels operating services illegally in long distance routes. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India here on Tuesday, the ED said that the Nellore Zone consists of Nellore, Prakasam and Chittoor districts has stood in second place among the zones in the State in incurring loss in the last 3 months. “Out of 14 depots, Chittoor depot has incurred a loss of Rs 22 crore. Followed by, 12 depots of Nellore district have incurred a loss of Rs 12.5 crore and 8 depots in Prakasam district have suffered a loss of Rs 4.4 crore,” he stated and added that 532 out of 3,189 are hired buses. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Explaining about staff working in the zone, the ED mentioned 15,000 employees are working in Nellore Zone in which 6,000 are conductors, 5,000 drivers and 2,000 mechanical staff including administrative personnel. The ED further said that the State government has to reimburse Rs 50 crore to Nellore Zone for supplying the buses to them. Deputy Chief Traffic Manager P Ramu and other officials were present.
Amaravati: Anna Canteens, which provide meals at Rs 5 to the poor and the middle class, were shut down across the state from Thursday. Daily wage labourers, beggars, other poor folks who thronged the canteens every day found the canteens locked. With the outsourcing agency stopping supplying of food following the state government’s orders, all 204 canteens downed their shutters. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government, however, has assured that this shutdown is temporary and that it would re-launch the scheme with certain modifications. Working since July-August last year, the canteens were proving a boon to the poor as they were getting breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rs 5 each. Alleging corruption in the scheme launched by the previous TDP government, the new dispensation has decided to streamline the canteens. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Akshaya Patra, which cooks and supply food for the canteens, supplied the last meal on Wednesday night. As the government has not announced alternate arrangements, the canteens were shut. TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh took to Twitter to slam the Jagan Mohan Reddy government for shutting down the canteens. Lokesh tweeted that the government shut down the canteens due to political vendetta. “Mr Chief Minister hunger doesn’t know politics. Should the poor go hungry for your political vendetta,” he asked.
ALIGARH: Nearly 250 Kashmiri students studying at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have announced their decision to boycott a lunch invite from the Centre on the occasion of Eid al-Adha on Monday. The students from the Kashmir Valley have also said that they would stay away from any kind of festivity on the campus. The lunch is being organized at the university’s guest house. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us In a statement, the Kashmiri students said that they were dismayed by the invite, which has political connotation and “aimed at rubbing salts on their wounds”. “We take this as an opportunity to reject Delhi’s authoritarianism and drama played in Parliament on August 5,” the statement said. Recently, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had sanctioned Rs 1 lakh each to the designated liaison officers for organizing the Eid festivities. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us According to Kashmiri students at the AMU, Malik has no sympathy for them and the sanction of Rs 1 lakh and an Eid invite is to buy their consent for the undemocratic means adopted by the Indian government. “The acceptance of the invitation would be an insult to the courage of our parents who are surviving the massive militarization and absolute clampdown in Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read. Advertise With Us A senior Kashmiri student said the government never organized any such special meeting for them in the past five years. “Suddenly, they have started showing their concern for Kashmiris,” he said. AMU spokesperson Shafey Kidwai, meanwhile, said he was not aware of the boycott as the university had not received any communication from the Kashmiri students.
Kacheguda: An elderly couple from Amberpet on Thursday lodged a complaint at Kacheguda Railway Police station stating that unidentified persons stole gold ornaments weighing 15 tolas from their bag. According to police, the incident occurred when the victim couple Satyanarayana and Revathi was travelling on Venkatadri Express.They went to Tirumala, a couple of days ago and after completing their darshan returning to Hyderabad from Tirupati. By registering a case police are investigating. They are suspecting that the suspects could have stolen the ornaments from the bag when they were sleeping.
Washington: The US is working on a two-pronged strategy to defuse fresh tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, senior officials from the Trump administration here said. The first strategy is to exert pressure on Pakistan to refrain it from indulging in any cross-border infiltration or providing material or financial support to terrorist activities in India, particularly in Kashmir, they said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The second strategy is to encourage India to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure that human rights of the people there are protected, political prisoners are released and channels of communications are reopened. President Donald Trump is “calling” on Pakistan “to prevent the infiltration of militants across the line of control and to crack down on terror groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past”, a senior US government official said. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Reflecting on the first part of the strategy, another official said in the midst of the escalating Indo-Pak tensions, it is important that Islamabad demonstrates its commitment to not let its soil being used for cross border terrorism. Referring to the massive infiltration of terrorists and non-state actors by Pakistan inside India in 1989, the official said the US has warned Islamabad against repeating any such tactics. Advertise With Us “The 1989 playbook was a failure for both the people of Kashmir as well as for Pakistan,” the official said, adding that the US does not want Pakistan to use the current Indo-Pak situation for massive infiltration of terrorist and non-state actors inside India. US officials have also warned Pakistan of facing an imminent prospect of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) if Islamabad doesn’t act on its commitments against terrorism financing. France-based FATF is an inter-governmental organisation to develop policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Recently, in a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump asked him to tone down the rhetoric against India and avoid escalating tensions over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. On the second part of the strategy involving India, US officials said the Trump administration are focussing on human rights issues in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Kashmir Valley. The US “continues to be very concerned by reports of detentions” and continued restrictions in the region, a senior state department official said. “The US urges respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures and an inclusive dialogue with those affected,” the official added. The human rights issue, another official said, is likely to come up during the meeting between Modi and Trump in France on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. “The president will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” the official said.