• Hyderabad man becomes India’s first dwarf to obtain driving license
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Gattipally Shivpal, who hails from Hyderabad, has become the first dwarf in the country to obtain a driver’s license.The 42-year-old man with a height of about three feet has beaten all odds and has become the first to complete his degree as a handicapped in his district Karimnagar. Shivpal finished his degree in 2004. Speaking to ANI, Shivpal said: “People used to tease me because of my height and today I am nominated for The Limca book of records and many others. Many short people are contacting me for driving training.” The highly ambitious man said that he has decided to start a driving school next year for physically handicapped people.Shivpal presently works at a private firm here and says that he came to Hyderabad in 2000. “I am the eldest sibling and the only dwarf in the family,” he added.Narrating his struggles with finding a job to sustain himself in the city, Shivpal said that he featured in a movie and a daily soap initially but could not sustain in the industry for long.“People were not ready to offer me a job as I was handicapped. Through a friend, I got a job in a private company and now I have been working here for the past 20 years,” he said. “To commute, whenever I booked cabs, they used to cancel the ride. When I used to go out with […]
  • Hyderabad-based firm serves cooked meals to underprivileged
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : In a bid to work for the welfare of the underprivileged, a Hyderabad-based company organised a two-day mission to serve the poor people in the city cooked meals.The ‘Hunger Mission’ programme was held on December 2 and 3, during which the firm’s employees cooked Hyderabadi Biryani and served 21,000 packets to the underprivileged. The event was held at Banjara Function Hall in Masab Tank. The mammoth task was undertaken by the employees of the firm, who were engaged in all activities of the event from the scratch.“As a part of our 21 anniversary, we thought of feeding the poor by serving food to 21,000 people. We cook the Hyderabad biryani here, pack it and send it to the poor people in NGOs, slums and underprivileged people on the streets,” said Rajesh, Program Manager of Commlab India.He further informed that teams were made to manage the procurement of material, cooking of food and distribution.“We donated the food to the orphanages in the twin cities and then on the roadside, then we also distributed food in the slums areas, people below the poverty line,” Rajesh added.The firm has been in service of providing free food to poor for the last 21 years.“In the year 2000 our CEOs held an annual Thanksgiving event by serving 50 people in the month of November and December. So every year we have increased serving food to […]
  • Osmania University to charge monthly fee of Rs 200 from morning walkers
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : To regulate the movement of outsiders, Osmania University in Hyderabad is charging Rs 200 monthly from morning walkers, said vice-chancellor D Ravinder.Speaking to ANI, Ravinder said, “Our intention is to protect the environment and provide better facilities. We are creating awareness to create green campus, oxygen zones and ECO zones. Osmania University is for everyone. If anybody is not able to pay the fees, let them come and take the ID card and use the roads for walking. To regulate the movement, we are coming with the idea with the interest of the people.” Ravinder said walkers go around the university. To protect the interest of Osmania University and its students, scholars and the faculty, a dialogue was made with the walkers.“They (locals) themselves gave the idea and requested me to put some chairs. Subsequently, the senior citizens requested to make BIO toilets and drinking water facilities. Since the request came from the walkers I asked them to pay a nominal fee of Rs 200,” he said.The vice-chancellor said that some fake news is circulated in media to garner political gains. He said the University spent lakhs of rupees on the gym.“Due to the COVID pandemic, it was not been used. So we allocated some timing to the university students as well as outside people to utilize the gym facility as a Fit India program. For that, we nominally charge […]
  • Will protest at Jantar Mantar if Ambedkar statue not reinstalled in Hyderabad: Telangana Congress leader
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Senior Telangana Congress leader V Hanumantha Rao has demanded the statue of Dr BR Ambedkar, which was removed from Panjagutta Centre in the city in April 2019, should be reinstalled and said he will protest at Jantar Mantar in the national capital if his demand is not met.“If Ambedkar had not written Article 3 in the Constitution, Telangana would not have been formed. I have written a letter about this to President, Vice President and Speaker. This issue must be discussed in the ongoing winter session of the Parliament. If our demands are not met, I will stage a protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and even after that if it’s not met, I will die for the cause,” Rao told ANI. Rao said that he met the Commissioner for the reinstallation of the statue.“I had gone to meet the Commissioner and asked that the statue should be reinstalled. They refused. I bought another statue from Amalapuram in Andhra Pradesh and unveiled it in June 2019. It was removed and was instead put at a police station,” he said.He said a statue of Dr Ambedkar was installed at Panjagutta on April 12, 2019 in Hyderabad and it was vandalized on April 13. “When I got to know about the incident, I went there and staged dharna till evening, I was accompanied by Manda Krishna Madiga, Ramulu Naik and other leaders of […]
  • Telangana govt sets up cabinet sub-panel to tackle Omicron
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The Telangana government on Monday set up a cabinet sub-committee to tackle the situation that may arise due to Omicron, the new variant of Coronavirus found in some countries.The four-member committee, headed by State Health Minister T Harish Rao, will recommend to the state government the measures needed to tackle the current pandemic situation and also to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination. Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, Panchayati Raj Minister E. Dayakar Rao and Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy will be the members of the panel.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’ and alerted countries of the new variant.
  • Telangana CM to hold Cabinet meeting in Hyderabad
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao will hold a Cabinet meeting on Monday, informed Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).Chief Minister Rao has also instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make necessary arrangements for the meeting, informed CMO.
  • Hyderabad-based NGO brings slum dwellers together in policymaking
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: In a bid to involve slum dwellers in policymaking, a Hyderbad-based non-profit organisation under its ‘neighbourhood community network’ initiative is bringing poor people together and working for their human rights and sustainable development. Speaking to the reporter, the Director of Montfort Social Institue, Varghese Theckanath said, “People living in slum areas are not poor, even they build and sustain our cities. If people who build our cities will not be there, then our cities will collapse. These people are not considered as citizens of our society as they do not even get basic amenities like land, water, food, etc.”Further, he informed that over one-third of people in Hyderabad are living in slums, so the organisation is working for their rights. “We have created ‘Hyderbad City Slum People Federation’, in which people from the working-class come together and discuss their issues to find the solution,” he added. Highlighting the condition of domestic workers, he said that domestic workers do not even get a week off like others. They work more on holidays and never get recognised for it. “Our organisation is trying to create awareness among people on these issues. We already have Domestic Workers Union in Telangana and now planning to create one in Andhra Pradesh, so that these unions can take care of their basic rights,” he said. In addition, the NGO has created many children parliament across the country, […]
  • Hyderabad city police takes part in free medical camp organised for weaker sections of society
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: The Hyderabad City Security Council (HCSC), in association with Hyderabad City Police and VINN hospitals Begumpet organized a free medical camp for all the citizens on Friday.The camp was especially meant for underprivileged citizens and people from the weaker section of society. However, it was open to all. Police Commissioner of Hyderabad city, Anjani Kumar today told reporters, “Social welfare is one of the core areas of interest of HCSC. The health camp was meant to spread awareness on the requirement of regular medical check-ups among citizens to know about their health. The health camp comprises of General Physician, Pulmonologist and Gynaecologist supported by VINN Hospital Begumpet. Around 400 citizens availed the opportunity. The citizens were screened, briefed about their health and free medical advice was prescribed.”Kumar further said, “Today on behalf of Hyderabad city security council, under north zone limits along with VINN Hospitals, DCP Kalmeshwar and Hyderabad city security council secretary general Avinash has organised this Health camp.”“Here, more than 1000 women have registered and all have been given separate timings. For providing specialised treatment, VINN hospital expert doctors have also come. This camp aims to provide the necessary healthcare to underprivileged citizens,” he said.
  • Muslim community in Hyderabad protest against Wasim Rizwi for objectionable remarks against Prophet Mohammed in his book
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Muslim community in Hyderabad on Tuesday staged a protest against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizwi, who is alleged to have made objectionable comments about Prophet Mohammed in his book.Residents of the Shaikpet region of the district shouted slogans against Rizwi and burnt his effigy after hanging it. Asif Hussain Sohail, a social activist said while talking to ANI, “We have come together in our locality to protest against Wasim Rizwi who has disrespected Prophet Mohammed. We demand the Centre and the state government to give strict punishment to him otherwise these protests will continue. The centre is shielding him and providing him security. I urge people to take to the streets and protest in a constitutional way.”Meanwhile, An FIR has been registered against former Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi in Hyderabad for using objectionable statements on Prophet Mohammed in his book titled ‘Muhammad’.The case was lodged against Rizvi based on a complaint filed by All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimee (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi over the former’s book on Prophet Mohammed.Earlier on Wednesday, Owaisi had filed a complaint in Hyderabad against Wasim Rizvi over his remark.
  • How the all-women led Wise Owl Learning is building the edtech infrastructure for North East
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The North East represents one of the most culturally diverse and naturally rich part of India.It has among the highest literacy rates and strong primary education however the region also suffers from lack of educational infrastructure which has affected the growth of secondary education. As the EdTech revolution sweeps the rest of the country, can this region with its beautiful heritage get access to world-class education using technology.Wise Owl Learning (Owl), an Impact-EdTech company has stepped solving the problem by digitally transforming schools across Meghalaya, Sikkim, Mizoram and other North-East states. The company founded by the dynamic sister-duo Joyati B and Beas Bhowmik, is on a mission to create equal learning opportunities for every child. The startup is slated to upgrade over 1000 schools this year, reaching 100,000+ students with state of art tech and adaptive learning pedagogy. Beas is a sociopreneur having earlier founded the impact education company, Bhoomi. A JNU post graduate, Beas has over a decade of experience in social entrepreneurship and impact consulting. Joyati is an engineer who graduated from Jadavpur University, followed by a global career in quality systems.Launched in early 2021, the Wise Owl’s SaaS based school platform Neeve has been digitizing state schools across the North-East while also expanding to other parts of India. Neeve offers an adaptive learning app for students and a full stack learning management solution for teachers. The Owl […]
  • IAF conducts symphony orchestra in Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
    Secunderabad (Telangana) [India]: A live ‘Symphony orchestra’ was conducted by Number 3 Air Force Band of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad on Sunday as part of ‘Swarnim Vijay Varsh’ and ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations.As per the release from Press Information Bureau, Defence Wing, air force station, Hakimpet conducted this mega event in a joyful and patriotic atmosphere. The event was attended by all personnel and families of the station and civilians. Number 3 Air Force band based at Air Force Academy, Dundigal comprises of 28 musicians who specialize in brass, woodwind, reed string, electronic and percussion instruments, the release read.The Indian Air Force Band, with its dazzling performance enchanted the audience with military music, patriotic songs and popular tunes of Bollywood numbers, it added.
  • Hyderabad Police organises job mela for women, nearly 400 women expected to get jobs
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Hyderabad Police has organized a job mela for women which is expected to provide jobs to nearly 400 women, said Commissioner of Police Anjani Kumar who gave away letters to the select candidates.Addressing the media on Saturday, the commissioner said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao ensured that women safety and security gets the top priority. “Today we organised a big job connect mela for women in the old city of Hyderabad. Chelapura, the women police station here is the campus, where we expect that more than 300-400 women will get jobs. After the formation of the new state of Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao ensured that women safety and security gets the top priority, not only in the city but in the entire state,” he said.“With the initiative of She teams and Bharosa centre, we have shown that Hyderabad and Telangana is the safest place in the country,” he added.“In the recently conducted survey by the India police foundation, in most of the parameters, Hyderabad and Telangana state are in number one position. In some of the parameters, they are at number two. We feel proud when we maintain such high standards,” he said.