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On footpath, techie spreads breakfast table for hungry

Hyderabad :

Every Sunday morning, an IT and e-commerce consultant and his wife turn into ‘good Samaritans’ for people waiting on pavements outside Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Centre near KBR Park. Vijay Kumar N, who started a small firm after spending a decade in London, does not miss a single Sunday driving down to the hospital on road number 10 in Banjara Hills for providing breakfast to the needy and poor.

About 150-200 people queue up every Sunday on the pavement outside the hospital between 7am and 7.30am for breakfast

Scores of people queue up on the pavements from 7 to 7.30am for breakfast. Vijay and his wife have been doing this for the past two years. “On a winter morning on Sunday two years ago, I had taken my daughter for a joyride from Jubilee Hills to KBR Park. I was taken aback by the plight of the people waiting outside the hospital.

Some of them were family members of patients undergoing treatment at the hospital. Most of them cannot afford food or accommodation in Banjara Hills. Many beggars also live on the pavement adjacent to the hospital,” Vijay told TOI. He still recalls the face of a young cancer patient groaning in pain on the pavement.

“I was even more shocked to see the young boy, perhaps six or seven years old, lying on the pavement with a tube inserted in his nose. I got down from my car found out that he was suffering from lung cancer. His parents were running from pillar-topost to get him admitted at the hospital.

This sight gave birth to the idea of helping these people,” he said. “My wife gave me the idea to make food and serve it to all the poor people there, including those begging for alms. That day, two years ago, she made upma and both of us went back there and fed around 10 persons,” added Vijay. Now, they feed 150-200 people every Sunday. “Feeding breakfast to the needy makes it a happy Sunday for my family. Just by feeding them breakfast, we cannot bring smiles on their faces, but it is a small effort on our part to do something for them,” Vijay said.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News / Sarthak G / TNN / November 13th, 2017

Why Satya Nadella is in India

Microsoft CEO will also deliver the keynote address at the first edition of the India Today Conclave Next 2017.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is on a two-day visit to India to promote his book Hit Refresh – The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone.

The tech giant’s India-born chief will be in Delhi on November 7 to deliver the keynote address at the first edition of the India Today Conclave Next 2017. Nadella kickstarted his trip with a visit to Microsoft’s headquarters in Hyderabad on November 6 – the city of his birth – where he joined NDTV’s Prannoy Roy for a discussion on his book that will soon be available in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil.

The book takes readers through Nadella’s personal journey from his childhood in India to his ascendancy through the ranks at Microsoft. It talks about the transformation he has initiated at Microsoft, from its culture to its competitive landscape and industry partnerships as well as his outlook on the exciting and disruptive wave of technologies that will impact all our lives in the coming days.

Many of these themes will also be explored at the day-long India Today Conclave Next 2017.

Nadella’s book also carries a foreword by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. The book’s English edition, launched on September 26, 2017, can already be found in bookstores, while the Hindi edition, published by HarperCollins India will be available in bookstores by November end.

The Tamil and Telugu editions published by Westland Books will be available in print at bookstores from November 7. A Kindle version of the Tamil edition will also be available for download on the same day.

source: / Daily O / Home> Sci-Tech / November 06th, 2017

Bullet train logo has Hyderabad youth’s stamp

Hyderabad :

The logo designed by a 27-year-old city youth will adorn India’s first high speed rail network project, namely the bullet train connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Chakradhar Aalla, a resident of Lakdi-ka pul, bagged the first prize in the logo designing contest held by the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL).

At a function organised in New Delhi on Wednesday Chakradhar was presented Rs 1 lakh by renowned architect and painter Satish Gujral, who also headed the judges’ panel in the contest. It took Chakradhar three weeks to design the logo.

Chakradhar, a second year PG graphic designing student at the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, said, “It was a very encouraging experience and a great learning opportunity for me. I found a whole new platform for creative exploration.” He had earlier graduated in architecture from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Trichy.

The Cheetah-inspired design indicates the high speed of the bullet train. The symbolic portrayal represents the movement of the bullet train as it charges through all the stations aerodynamically. The dots connected with the train at the top of the logo symbolises the services of the NHSRCL, which unlike other high speed rail services, also caters to short distance travellers with several halts. Blue, red and grey colours have been used in the design process to signify safety, speed and comfort respectively.

Chakradhar’s father Aalla Sivakoti Prasad said, “I feel proud that my son was awarded by a legendary person like Gujral. It is a great opportunity to be associated with an organisation like NHSRCL. May he achieve success in fulfilling his dream of making learning enjoyable for schoolkids to help improve education standards.”

source: The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News / TNN / October 26th, 2017

This retired railway engineer filled potholes on Diwali night


Gangadhara Tilak Katnam, an engineer who retired nearly a decade ago, has made filling potholes his mission since 2010.

He has filled 1,302 potholes across Hyderabad so far. He selects roads where one least expects a pothole

Hyderabad :

As people celebrated the festival of lights, Gangadhara Tilak Katnam stopped his ‘Pothole Ambulance’ at Tippu Bridge between Langar Houz and Police Academy junction and filled a pothole.

Tilak, an engineer who retired from South Central Railway (SCR) nearly a decade ago, has made filling potholes his mission since 2010, filled 1,302 potholes across the city so far.

“I celebrated Diwali by filling a pothole,” said Gangadhara Tilak, who not only devotes his time but also spends a chunk of his pension to ensure safer roads. His family, volunteers of ‘Shramadaan’, a voluntary organization he set up, and passersby often help him.

“Initially I used to pick up gravel from the roadside when anew road was being laid. Subsequently, I was not able to find any. I then requested contractors to at least sell me some gravel,” he told TOI on Friday.

He selects roads where one least expects a pothole. “Such potholes are dangerous. When the ride is smooth and suddenly one comes across a pothole, it becomes difficult and can result in deaths,” he said.

When he noticed such accidents, he tried to get the police to mention the road condition as the cause of the mishap in FIRs but was dismissed. He feels that when the reason is on the record, cops can immediately ask civic officials to repair the road or fill the pothole.

It can also make officials or contractors accountable “What I fail to understand is why don’t engineers make note of the damages to roads in their jurisdiction and carry out the necessary works needed immediately?” Gangadhara Tilak asked.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News / by Ch. Sushil Rao, TNN / October 21st, 2017

Senior journalist Suresh Krishnamoorthy no more

Suresh Krishnamoorthy

KCR, Ministers and actor Pawan Kalyan condole his untimely death

Suresh Krishnamoorthy, Senior Assistant Editor, Reporting, at The Hindu, Hyderabad, passed away here on Saturday.

He was 52 and is survived by his wife Subbulaxmi and daughter Tanmayi.

Mr. Krishnamoorthy collapsed in the morning at his house at Begumpet and was declared brought dead at the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences. His mortal remains were preserved at the NIMS morgue till the arrival of his parents and brother from the U.S.

He had started his career as The Hindu’s District Correspondent in Anantapur in 1991 before being transferred to Hyderabad. He had completed 25 years of service before his untimely demise. The senior journalist was to receive an award on completion of 25 years of service in The Hindu at a function in Chennai on September 20.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the death of Mr. Krishnamoorthy. He recalled his association with the senior journalist and conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, Leader of the Opposition in Council Md. Ali Shabbir, former Minister J. Geeta Reddy and others observed one-minute silence in memory of Mr. Krishnamoorthy. TDP leader Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy paid his tributes to the senior journalist at NIMS.

YSR Congress president Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy, in a message, expressed grief over the untimely death of the senior journalist. He has covered political and film events with great standards for The Hindu daily, Mr. Jagan said.

BJP Telangana State president K. Laxman said: “His reportage has always been dispassionate, coherent and clear, which is an evidence of his understanding of the issues.” Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari, Telangana Ministers K.T. Rama Rao, T. Harish Rao, C. Laxma Reddy and Jupally Krishna Rao condoled his untimely demise.

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu spoke to Mr. Krishnamoorthy’s wife and offered his condolences.

The Telangana Working Journalists’ Federation, Press Club Hyderabad and Indian Journalists’ Union (IJU), in separate statements, condoled the death of Mr. Krishnamoorthy.

Actor Pawan Kalyan, in his tweet, said, “It’s quite a shock to hear about the sudden n painful demise of well known senior journalist (of Hindu) Sri. Suresh. In my personal interactions with him in all these years;I always found him as a man of great warmth, ability and with good sense of humour. Still his image n words from our last meeting is lingering in my mind. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends & journalist brethren. May his soul rest in peace.”

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Staff Reporter / Hyderabad – September 16th, 2017

Welfare college girls on top of Europe’s highest mountain

Malavath Poorna was the youngest girl to climb Mt. Everest in 2014

Malavath Poorna has done it again! The daring student of the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), currently studying in the newly established residential degree college at Ibrahimpatan, has now climbed the highest mountain in Europe Mt. Elbrus (Russia).

Along with 16-year-old Sri Vidya of social welfare residential school at Alair, she successfully scaled the mountain on Thursday. The duo began trekking on July 24 and reached the peak (5642 metres) at 7.30 a.m Moscow time on Thursday. “I have so far conquered three highest mountain peaks in the three continents of the world — Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa, and Mt. Elbrus in Europe. My aim is to conquer the top peaks in all seven continents,” said Ms. Poorna.

She became the youngest girl to climb the world’s tallest peak of Mt.Everest in 2014 and recently actor Rahul Bose made a critically acclaimed feature film on her exploits. Both her parents are agricultural labourers and although Ms. Poorna hails from a tribal hamlet in Nizamabad district, she is currently pursuing undergraduate course at the newly launched residential degree college.

Her partner Vidya hails from Nalgonda district and her parents too work as daily wage labourers to eke out a living. “It is difficult to describe how tough the climb was, but I resolved to achieve the impossible against odds,” she said. The duo’s biggest thrill upon reaching the top was to hoist the portrait of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao!

“The Chief Minister sanctioned 53 welfare residential degree colleges which no other State has done before. He has been supporting us in exploring new horizons. If not for these colleges, most of my mates would have been married off by now,” the girls pointed out. In fact, Ms. Poorna had hoisted the Telangana flag on Mt. Everest when she reached the peak then.

The joy of their mentor and TSWREIS secretary R.S. Praveen Kumar on the achievement of the young mountaineers was even more. “Our children may be poor, but they are never poor in energy, enthusiasm and determination,” he gushed and thanked the CM and Minister for SC Development G. Jagadish Reddy for supporting the welfare residential educational institutions which the other States too were trying to emulate.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – July 27th, 2017

Kairavi waltzes her way to World Roller Games

Roller skater Kairavi Falguni Thakkar in action. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangements

First girl in Telangana to compete at the global level

Kairavi Falguni Thakkar has made it to the World Roller Games to be held at Nanjing in China from August 25 to September 10. The first year BA student of St. Francis College, Begumpet, would be the first girl from Telangana to compete at such a global level and in the junior (under 19 years) solo dance event.

Currently in the Indian camp at the National College indoor stadium at Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu, she braved ups and downs before choosing to climb rather than sink in despair. “My lecturer-mother Falguni Thakkar is my backbone from whom I’ve inherited the ultimate attitude — never give up,” she told The Hindu.

The 18-year-old is quick to point out the other pillars of support — siblings Anup Kumar Yama (an Arjuna awardee) and Amar Nag Yama. “I idolise my coaches, who have inspired me to scale new heights,” says Kairavi.

Stepping into a rink for the first time when just eight years old, she has evolved into an artistic roller skater. Ask her why not tennis or badminton and Kairavi turns eloquent spokesperson for her passion.

“A skater should ideally have the strength of a tennis player, the balance of a tight rope walker, the endurance of a marathon runner, the precision of a badminton player, the agility of a gymnast, the cool nerve of a golfer, the grace and poise of a dancer,” she reckons.

“It involves dance, jumps and spins as in ice skating, but on roller skates,” she stresses. Yet in the not too distant past, the gritty lass was skating on thin ice. With a dash of daring, she jetted off to Portugal in March for training with Filipe Sereno, just before her 12th board exams!

Kairavi’s cupboard is crammed with medals from district, State and national-level competitions in freestyle, figure and solo dance skating. Going by her confidence level, her first international medal could well come from China.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Telangana / by A. Jospeh Anthony / Hyderabad – June 18th, 2017

Indian dancer performs 7 times at British Parliament

Promoting Indian art: Ragasudha Vinjamuri performing during International Women’s Day at the House of Commons.

London-based Hyderabadi, Ragasudha Vinjamuri has created a new record of presenting Indian classical dance at the Houses of British Parliament seven times.

Ms. Vinjamuri, academic tutor at University of Sunderland, has been performing and promoting classical and folk dances of India, besides her professional engagement with the university education. She moved to Britain 12 years ago.

A known name in the art and culture scene in the U.K., Ms. Vinjamuri presented classical dance on various subjects including Music Therapy, Ayurveda, Ahimsa and women empowerment. Her work is applauded by people from various walks of life, from community leaders to parliamentarians.

Recipient of several accolades, she was recently short listed for the prestigious Asian Women Achievers awards under Art and Culture category. She was trained by her Guru, Uma Rama Rao in Hyderabad, according to a press release.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – May 26th, 2017

All roads lead to Kondagattu shrine

Devotees make a beeline to the temple on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti

All roads leading to the historic Sri Anjaneya Swamy devasthanam in Kondagattu in Jagital turned saffron on Friday, with devotees making a beeline to the temple shrine ahead of Hanuman Jayanti on May 21.

Devotees started pouring in from various parts of the State as temple authorities launched the celebrations by conducting ‘homam,’ which would continue till Sunday. Predicting heavy rush on Sunday, many devotees were seen offering prayers at the temple shrine on Friday. Several Hanuman devotees wearing a mala were seen walking to the temple barefoot in the scorching heat as part of a ritual.

Temporary shelters

Devasthanam authorities, in coordination with the district administration and the police, made elaborate arrangements for the same. Temporary shelters were erected to protect the devotees from the sweltering heat. More than 750 police personnel were roped in for bandobust.

To avoid road mishaps, the police have decided to regulate traffic on the ghat road by restricting the entry of vehicles.

Parking spaces would be designated on the foothill of the shrine on the JNTU college road, Jagtial, and Karimnagar roads.

The police also installed 52 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to keep vigil.

The temple authorities expect four lakh pilgrims to visit the temple on Hanuman Jayanti.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Telangana / by K.M. Dayashankar / Jagtial – May 19th, 2017

Adilabad remembers Samala Sadasiva

Sahitya Akademi award winner, Sadasiva’s 89th birth anniversary is celebrated on May 11.

Samala Sadasiva.


Erstwhile Adilabad district, the heartland of Adivasis, has not only produced tribal legend Kumram Bheem, but eminent literary personalities. Kendra Sahitya Akademi award winner Samala Sadasiva, poet Vanamamalai Varadacharyulu of yesteryears, and poet and lyricist Guda Anjaiah are a few to name. Sadasiva’s 89th birth anniversary is celebrated on May 11.

A native of Tenugupalle in Dahegoan mandal of present Kumram Bheem Asifabad district, Sadasiva was a teacher by profession. He was born on May 11 in 1928. He passed away on August 7 in 2012. He had ventured into literature field in 1950 when he was barely 20. Also, he had excelled in music and translation. His work titled ‘Swara Layalu’, on Hindustani music, fetched him Sahitya Akademi award for the year 2011.

Dr Udari Narayana, a senior writer of Adilabad, told ‘Telangana Today’ that Sadasiva was a confluence of both literature and music. The octogenarian had rendered matchless services to the two fields for a period of over 60 years. He had introduced nuances of Marathi, Urdu and Persia for Telugu readers by recreating several classical texts of these languages.

“Sadasiva had meticulously studied both ancient and modern Telugu literature. He had produced extraordinary works in this language. He was an eminent critic, linguist and translator. His book Yaadi, on literature and literary personalities of Telangana, is a reference to writers and poets belonging to this region. He had inspired many to venture into the field of literature,” Narayana remarked.

Importantly, the multi-faceted writer had played a vital role in the inclusion of a lesson on Kumram Bheem in school textbooks in 1972. He was awarded honorary doctorates by Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad and Kakatiya University, Warangal, for his unparallel contributions to Telugu language and literature. He was awarded Prathibha Rajiv Purashkaram by State government in 2005.

Some of creative works of this versatile teacher are Prabhatam (1949), Sambasiva Satakam (1950), Nireekshanam (1952), Viswamitram and Sakhinama, all of which are now collected in an anthology entitled Sadasiva Kavyasudha (2002), novels: Apashriti (1952), historiography — Urdu Sahitya Charitra (1963) and Parsi Kavula Prasakti (1975), biography — Mirza Ghalib (1969), translations: Amjad Rubayeelu (1963), Moulana Rumee Masnavi (1967), Kesava Sut (1970), Hindustani music: Malaya Marutalu (2001), Sangeeta Sikharalu (2006), and memoirs (Yaadi, 2005).

source: / Telangana Today / Home> Telangana> Adilabad / by Padala Santosh / May 10th, 2017