Monthly Archives: November 2017

Young girl pilots PM’s trip on Hyderabad Metro

Loco pilot is an engineer from Nizamabad

Woman power was all visible as the first ride of the Metro Rail with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and other dignitaries sitting in was piloted by a young lady. Supriya Sunam, who stormed yet another male bastion.

It wasn’t a mechanical ride for this Mechanical Engineering graduate from Vignan Bharati Institute of Technology (VBIT) in Aushapur as the Indian Prime Minister was on board along with the Chief Minister. She was also aware of history being recorded but that did not unnerve her and she ensured the ride was smooth.

Surpriya was part of the driving team who had undergone rigorous training for over 18 months before getting the nod. She has clocked over 2,500 Kms of driving experience during the training period, a senior official revealed. M. Rajasekhar Chary was the other local pilot on the inaugural run. Family, near and dear of this 24-year old Nizamabad native are filled with joy and excitement seeing her pictures splashed all over the television. However, her parents Prabhavathi Sanum and Pramod Kumar, who live in the CSI Church Compound in Nizamabad were not aware of her assignment as it was kept secret.

“I have just seen on the television and been thrilled and amazed. Probably it was decided in the last minute and therefore she did not tell us,” said Prabhavathi who retired as office superintendent in the APDDC. “It is a proud moment for us. In fact, in her M.Tech at CBIT she did her project on railways itself. Hence, she got selection in railways with ease,” said Promod Kumar, a retired teacher.

Happily surprised: Parents of Supriya Sanum Promod Kumar and Prabhavathi at their home in Nizamabad. | Photo Credit: K_V_RAMANA

Proud moment

Supriya had her schooling and junior college education at Kakatiya Educational Institutions in Nizamabad.

Her elder brother Prasanna Kumar works with Amazon. “I am proud of my sister,” said her cousin Varun while Sulakshana Rana, a teacher in Nirmala Hruday High School said Supriya’s achievement was inspirational.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by R. Ravikanth Reddy & P. Ram Mohan / Hyderabad – Nizamabad, November 28th, 2017

University of Hyderabad scholar present paper at Cambridge

Hyderabad :

UoH scholar to present papers at Cambridge.

Pavani Sree, a PhD Scholar in the department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad (UoH) has been selected for a paper presentation in the international conference titled ‘Identity, Alterity and Gender Normativity’ to be held between December 1 and 2nd in Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Pavani is pursuing her PhD in Sociology Disability in the department of Sociology, under the supervision of Prof C Raghava Reddy, UoH.

source: / The Times of India / News> City News> Hyderabad News> Schools & Colleges / TNN / November 30th, 2017

Living life, freestyle

Undeterred by disabilities, Madhavi Latha knows how to fight back. A champion swimmer, she now heads the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India

Polio at the age of seven months paralysed Madhavi Latha from the waist down. It left her with minimal movement in her hands and robbed her of her voice even. But with time and perseverance she managed to regain some control over her hands and her voice. The daughter of a school teacher father and a homemaker mother, Latha, was the youngest of four siblings in a remote village in Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana). The polio attack and her limited motor skills didn’t deter her from completing school and pursuing a college degree privately. After she completed her MSc in Math, she eventually got a job with a bank in Hyderabad, before moving on to Standard Chartered in Chennai.

And life seemed set for her, until 10 years ago when her limited movements led to a compression of her spinal cord and in turn compression of her lungs, leading doctors to give her not more than a year to live. Determined to fight back, as she always has since she was a baby, Latha turned to hydrotherapy to strengthen her muscles and ease the pressure on her spine. And that’s when she discovered her new love — swimming. Through sheer grit and determination, she began to swim competitively and went on to become the National Paralympic swimming champion when she won three gold medals in her category in 2011. No mean feat for someone with a disability as severe as hers and at the age of 40.

Her win, silenced all the nay-sayers. “The first time I wanted to swim competitively at the corporate Olympiad, the organisers were not convinced. So, I had four people swimming around me for my security. In fact, when I first tried my hand at swimming, I didn’t have a coach. I self-learnt freestyle, which then convinced the coach to teach me the remaining styles. I wanted to set an example for other people with disabilities and so pushed myself further,” she says. Her tryst with swimming was a turning point in her life. “Moreover, being in water made my body light and the buoyancy helped me do all the things that I couldn’t outside of it,” she adds.

Swimming, was only the beginning for this determined woman. She is now heading the Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India that she set up in conjunction with others in 2014. “This came about when a UK-based NGO introduced me to the sport and encouraged me to promote it. It intrigued me as it is rather energetic and inculcates a great sense of team spirit in those involved in the sport. In the last three years we’ve managed to enrol 600 players from 14 states in the country — from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari,” she says, adding that this venture is not without its fair share of challenges either. “One of the biggest challenges is convincing people to encourage this sport; often it is concerns over players’ safety that comes to fore, since people aren’t convinced about just how much people with disabilities are capable of. Also, sports wheelchairs are not manufactured in India and are often imported, thereby raising costs. We’re also working towards making sports arenas more accessible for those with disabilities. When tournaments take place there are concerns about accessibility in terms of transport and accommodation. And since we know that a lot of these aren’t inclusive in nature yet, we go prepared, so there are no rude shocks upon our arrival.”

For the Asian Para Games

While the WBFI has received an invitation from the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation — Asia Oceania Zone, Madhavi Latha and the teams are working towards raising support to help them participate in the qualifiers in Thailand.

To arrange a training camp in Chennai for the national team (for men and women) to prepare for the qualifiers and to select 12 players in each team.

A coach from abroad to run this camp.

To send both the men’s and women’s teams to Thailand and pay their registration fees which amounts to ₹ 3.7 lakhs.

Madhavi Latha can be contacted on 9841609601

But this struggle is not new to Latha. “My parents always wanted me to be financially independent. So after completing my MSc in Mathematics, I even trained as a typist so I could get a typing job. That is when a cousin told me about jobs in banks that I could apply for. In 1991 I managed to land my first job with State Bank in Hyderabad; expectedly there was a lot of convincing to do. Having had to move to Hyderabad from my small town, I even learnt how to ride a scooter so I could commute and gradually moved on to driving a car. I eventually got an opportunity to join Standard Chartered and moved to Chennai for the new role in 2006,” she says.

In the meantime, the lack of physical activity began taking a toll on her. “The exercises I’d been asked to do were rather painful and involved callipers being put from shoulder down. It felt like being in a cage and I neglected to follow up on them, not realising the seriousness of the consequences.”

Even while she was pursuing her college degree privately, Latha began giving tuitions at home to students a couple of years younger than her. “I wanted to surround myself with people closer to my age so I didn’t miss college life as much,” she smiles.

Today, she leads a busy life with her hands full with professional responsibilities at Standard Chartered and her role at the WBFI. “I want people to realise that people with disabilities can do a range of things as well. It’s important to sensitise people around them to lend adequate support. Currently our basketball team is gearing up for the qualifiers of the Asian Para Games that will be held in March 2018 in Bangkok. While our players have great potential, there’s a lot more we need in terms of support. And we are working towards ensuring that our teams qualify,” she says.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Society / by Ranjani Rajendra / November 27th, 2017

US-India Business Council programme to support women entrepreneurs

The US-India Business Council (USIBC) on Monday launched ‘Women for Women Innovators, Social Leaders and Entrepreneurs (WISE)’ programme to support women entrepreneurs.

The initiative would serve as a platform to engage multiple stakeholders such as the Central and State governments in India, industry bodies, start-ups, and academia to conceptualise and roll out programmes to encourage women professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs.

This apart, WISE would encourage a policy environment conducive to increasing women innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. It would also work for mentoring, training opportunities and career assistance to women towards helping them develop appropriate skills and thrive in a globalised economy.

An announcement on WISE was made during the Council’s Road to GES (Global Entrepreneurship Summit) event here. Country Head of Intel India Nivruti Rai, chairman and MD of Biocon Ltd Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, IBM India Chairman Vanitha Narayanan, Managing director of Kalaari Capital Vani Kola and Producer of Girl Rising Amita Vyas participated in the programme titled ‘Creating the Foundations of Innovation’. Industry and government leaders would spearhead the initiative, a release said.

“We are delighted to work with an esteemed group of women leaders as part this collaborative initiative in equipping women entrepreneurs with the skills and direction they need to drive India’s economy forward,” said Nisha Biswal, president of USIBC. The Council was committed to working with industry partners and the government of India to encourage women entrepreneurship.

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

TASK accomplished: 4 start-ups gain ground

TEP at ISB makes it easy for wannabe entrepreneurs

A programme at the prestigious Indian School of Business (ISB) here costs no less than ₹16 lakh but Telangana students need just ₹16,000, in addition to possessing a burning desire to give wings to their ideas, thanks to an innovative idea of the Telangana Academy of Skills and Knowledge (TASK).

This path-breaking programme launched two years ago to help engineering students create and launch new business ventures is bearing fruits now with four start-ups gaining ground. And that too from students who seldom heard of entrepreneurship and the path to it.

Thumma Narendra, who never had any exposure to entrepreneurship while studying in his native Warangal district, has now created a platform with an educational website to guide students and schools on various aspects of education. Kausthub Kaundinya of VNR VJIT has designed a safety air-conditioned helmet that can be used in industries including coal mines.

Gurajada Ravitej of Marri Laxman Reddy Institute of Technology and Management (MLRIT) has created a start-up ‘SVS Express Car Sap’ where he provides car and bike washing service using foam wash equipment without the usage of water. His friend Abhiram Itharaju from MLRIT is now the proud owner of Abhi Clicks, a photography company that promises to capture every beautiful moment of life.

All these students are part of the Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (TEP) launched by TASK in association with ISB with a vision to create an entrepreneurial civilisation among engineering students. The programme is rigorous and only 40% crossed the first stage. And even among them only four people could launch their start-ups so far.

The satisfying aspect, however, is that 265 students so far got their TEP degrees from ISB, which was unthinkable for them a couple of years ago. About 100-odd got the participation certificates from ISB, which itself is a major academic achievement.

The final outcome on start-ups is less, as expected in any such ecosystem, but students gained big as 80% of those who enrolled for the programme were placed in top technology companies, says Sujiv Nair, Chief Executive Officer, TASK. The programme starts when they are in the third year of their engineering and is completed as they finish their B.Tech programme simultaneously.

Selection to TEP itself is a rigorous process. But Mr. Nair agrees that it has mainly helped students expand their motivation levels and inculcated the entrepreneurship spirit. But for the programme all these candidates would have earned just a degree rather than emerging as employment creators.

The programme has the support of several blue-chip companies including Google, Microsoft, Tata Motors and Deloitte and senior professionals of these companies mentor the prospective techno-preneurs selected for the programme from various colleges in Telangana.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by R. Ravikanth Reddy / Hyderabad – November 27th, 2017

Tech-savvy docs strike it rich

Patients from towns, rural areas opt for online consultation

Lured by an assured 20% to 30% increase in their annual income, a band of tech-savvy doctors from the city now offer online medical consultation. And those opting for their services are patients from towns and rural areas in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, who have registered online for family healthcare services.

In the last two months, an Internet-based medical platform — DocOnline — which operates out of Hyderabad, registered 30 doctors from here who are willing to consult via chat, phone call or video call with patients. The platform has also registered doctors from Mumbai and Pune. A similar platform e-Vaidya has been registering physicians who have been practising here for the past one year. Doctors told The Hindu that the pay they got for online consultation was higher than that from hospitals. “The salary structure in most hospitals, be it State or corporate-owned, is not updated regularly,” said Sindhura Rao Akkala, who left a private hospital two years ago to work for e-Vaidya first and now for DocOnline.

Uma Yadagiri, who has been practising for 17 years, 15 of which was in the U.S., said online consultation contributes to 50% of her annual income. “Online medicine here is similar to on-call practice in the U.S. With online medicine, a comprehensive health check-up can be done.After the video calls with patients, if I am not satisfied, I ask them to come and consult me or consult a nearby physician,” she said.

Among the doctors who offer the services are orthopaedics, obstetricians and gynaecologists.


Patients said they found it cost and time-effective. “I paid ₹700 for a monthly package for myself and four family members. The consultations are unlimited and doctors are always available. It worked for me because I get constant migraine attacks for which I used to pay consultancy of ₹500 each time,” said Y. Roopa, 25, who lives in Tirupati.

As the services offered are diverse, the patients get consultation for more than one family member.

Most patients find home delivery of medicine very effective as it helps the elderly. A 62-year-old resident of Mahabubnagar town, C. Tayamma, had taken help online after she suffered hot oil burns on her hand in an accident. “When I video-called, the doctor prescribed an ointment and pills. I live with my daughter and the service proved to be effective. Now I want a bed-ridden relative to opt for online service,” said Ms. Tayamma, whose daughter had listed her as a dependent for the online service.

Speaking to The Hindu, Rahul Paith, COO of DocOnline, said online medicine would grow in the coming years. “India’s telemedicine market is expected to grow from $15 million (₹100 crore) to $32 million (₹210 crore) by 2020. There is much scope here,” he pointed out.

source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Nikhila Henry / Hyderabad – November 25th, 2017

Triple for Hyderabad

Hyderabad bagged a triple crown, winning the men’s, women’s and the junior boys’ team titles in the fourth Stag-Anant Narayan Reddy and Rameshwaramma memorial Telangana inter-district table tennis championship at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Friday.

The results:

Inter-district championship finals: Men: Hyderabad bt Ranga Reddy 3-0 (G. Harish bt Deepesh Singh 5-11, 12-10, 7-11, 11-7, 12-10; Mohd. Ali bt Shashwat Samath 11-6, 11-4, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5; Amaan bt T. Arundhar 11-5, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6).

Junior boys: Hyderabad bt Ranga Reddy 3-0 (Sai Tejas bt B. Vathin 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9; B. Varun Shanker bt Sai Venkata Dhanush 7-11, 11- 9, 11-4, 11-9; A. Advait bt S.S.K. Karthik 11-3, 11-4, 11-9).

Women: Hyderabad bt Ranga Reddy 3-2 (Vinichitra bt Anjali 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9; Palak Shah lost to Ragha Nivedita 5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9,4-11; Hanifa Khatoon lost to Bhaavitha 11-13, 5-11, 7-11; Vinichitra bt Ragha Nivedita 11-6, 11-9, 11-8; Palak Shah bt Anjali 11-4, 11-9, 19-17) .

SCR struggles

South Central Railway warded off a spirited challenge from Victory Playground to score a 66-61 win after leading 33-31 at the break in the super league of the Hyderabad District Basketball Association A division league championship here.

The scores:

SCR 66 (David Boon 17, Mallaiah 25, Vicky 10) bt VPG 61 (Naveen Yadav 27, Jaswanth 21).

All-star basketball meet

All-Star Basketball championship will be organised by Amazing Telangana Sports Development Club and the Hyderabad District Basketball Association from December 12 to 14.

Players from all schools, clubs and departmental teams are to attend selection trials on November 29 and 30 at the YMCA of Greater Hyderabad, Narayanguda Branch, here to be eligible for selections for the above championship.

For details, call R. Sridhar Reddy on 99855 75757 or Prem Kumar Solomon on 77025 87717 or Anthony Issac on 94900 53290.

Karteek, Rishab win

G. Sai Karteek Reddy and Rishab Sharda won the boys’ doubles title in the Junior ITF tennis championship in Rajshahi (Bangladesh) defeating Kevin Patel and Aryan Zaveri 6-3, 6-4 in the final.

Secunderabad Blues post win

Secunderabad Blues Seniors scored a 2-0 win over Golden Soccer in the B-division Shivkumar Lal memorial football league championship at the Gymkhana Ground here.

The result:

Sec’bad Blues 2 (Aditya Teja, Saad) bt Golden Soccer 0.

source: / The Hindu / Home> Sport / Hyderabad – November 25th, 2017