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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Every wedding season, there’s always mayhem in every workplace over one thing — leaves.But that’s not the case if you happen to be a lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh.Not only will you get desired leave, you can ensure that your office buddies don’t miss out on all parties.That’s what happened when 100 lawmakers from the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly were granted mass leave to attend weddings.Yes, bizarre it may sound, but it’s very much true. According to an NDTV report, the MLAs from ruling Telugu Desam Party had written to Kodela Sivaprasad Rao, the Assembly Speaker to grant them leaves for two days.To compensate the loss of work, the lawmakers said that they were ready to work for two extra days.The Speaker has agreed to their demands even as the Assembly is still in session.Among the highest paid lawmakers in the country, the Andhra MLAs will attend the weddings in coming days.Last year, the Andhra Assembly had passed a bill to hike salaries of the legislators in March. According to the Bill, the monthly salary of each lawmaker has been enhanced from Rs 95,000 to Rs 1.25 lakh.There are reports that over one lakh marriages will be solemnised across the state.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami who headed the panel to promote Sanskrit education in the country, has been made the Chairman of Committee that selects Presidential Awards in nine regional languages.These awards that are given on the eve of Independence Day recognise work in regional and ancient languages.The nine regional languages in which awards are given include Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic, Persian, Classical languages including Oriya, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam. The committee that consists of 11 members has to include two members who are experts in Sanskrit but the current panel approved by Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has at least four members including the Chairman who are experts in Sanskrit language.As per the document accessed by DNA, the other members in the panel include BHU’s former HoD of Sanskrit Department Gopalbandhu Mishra, VV Jaddipal who was with Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, Tirupati, Dharam Chand Jain former professor Sanskrit and Prachyavidya Sansthan, Kurukshetra University and experts from other languages.”N Gopalaswami’s appointment as Chairman has been done keeping in mind his expertise in Sanskrit since two of the members necessarily have to be experts in Sanskrit language,” said a source from HRD Ministry.HRD Ministry had in the year 2015 formed a panel to promote Sanskrit education in the country and Gopalaswami headed it. Among other things the committee suggested measures to integrate study of the language with other disciplines like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Medical Science and Law. The 31-member panel was also tasked to prepare 10-year plan for promotion of Sanskrit.RECOGNITIONAwards that are given on the eve of Independence Day recognise work in regional and ancient languages. The 9 languages in which awards are given include Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic, Persian, Classical languages including Oriya, Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, an 11-year-old school girl was made to stand inside the boys’ toilet as a punishment for not wearing the proper uniform in Hyderabad.The incident took place in Rao’s High School near BHEL area.”When I was walking up to my class room; my PT teacher stopped me and enquired about my uniform. I told the truth that my mother washed it so I could not wear the uniform. I also tried to explain that my parents have written a note in my school diary for the excuse. However, the teacher did not listen to me and continued to shout. She later pulled me to the boys’ toilet and made me stand there,” victim told news agency ANI.In a video shot by the girl’s father, the Class 5 student also said that the teachers started screaming at her. “I got scared and didn’t say anything. There were 2-3 teachers including English teachers and tenth class Telugu teacher,” the victim said.Describing to her father the sequence of events, the girl said, “Standard IV students saw me and laughed. After sometime, my PT teacher allowed me to go back to the class and asked to not repeat the mistake. Later, she discussed the matter with other teachers too. I have decided that I won’t go back to the school.”Following the incident, several child rights activists have demanded to register a case against the school under the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. “We want to press criminal charges against the school and teachers. How can they act in such an insensitive manner,” said Child rights activist Achyuta Rao.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said the victory of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the by-election to Nandyal Assembly seat reflected the people’s trust in his governance.He thanked the people of the state for supporting the TDP-led government and its development agenda. However, the opposition YSR Congress (YSRC), which lost the bypoll, said the setback was “temporary”. “Thanking people of Nandyal for showing their trust in TDP’s governance. Will create a Smart Nandyal by following our motto ‘People First’,” Naidu said in a tweet after his party’s Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy was declared winner in the bypoll.Reddy defeated his nearest rival, YSR Congress candidate and former minister, Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy, by a huge margin of 27,466 votes this afternoon. “People have endorsed development agenda, upheld values in public life. Rejected and punished negative politics & disorderliness,” the chief minister tweeted. Naidu also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi who congratulated Brahmananda Reddy and the TDP over the victory.”We’re happy to see that people of Nandyal have reflected their belief in our model of governance,” the TDP president added.Meanwhile, YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy said it would be a “mistake” for Naidu to claim victory in Nandyal. “I would accept the people’s verdict but at the same time it is a mistake for Chandrababu Naidu to claim victory. The setback (for YSRC) is temporary and it is not prudent for Naidu to describe it as a victory as ethics, morals and values were thrown to winds and there was no level-playing field,” Jagan told a press conference.He dared the chief minister to make all 20 MLAs, who defected from the YSRC to the TDP, resign from their posts and face fresh elections. “One can then call it a referendum (on the state government),” the Leader of Opposition remarked.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly 30 per cent polling was reported in the first three hours of the byelection to Nandyal Assembly seat in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh today. People turned up in good numbers at the polling stations to exercise their franchise, in the election that could well set the trend for the general election due in 2019. The polling so far remained without any incident, a senior police official said. Over 2,500 police personnel were deployed to take care of the law and situation in Nandyal. The Election Commission was monitoring the poll process through webcams in each of the 255 polling stations. For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is being used in the byelection. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who won the seat in 2014 as YSR Congress candidate but later switched over to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 2016. The TDP has fielded Reddy’s nephew Brahmananda Reddy while the YSRC put up former minister Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy, who lost the seat as TDP nominee in 2014. Though there are 15 candidates in the fray, the main fight is between the TDP and the YSRC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The voting for the by-polls for four Assembly seats in Bawana in Delhi, Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, and Valpoi and Panaji in Goa has begun. The polling, being held at 76 booths, including 30 in Panaji and 46 in Valpoi, will continue till 5 p.m. The four Assembly seats fell vacant owing to different reasons. The Nandyal seat in Andhra Pradesh fell vacant after the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator passed away following a cardiac arrest. The TDP has fielded YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy?s nephew Brahmananda Reddy, while the YSRCP has put up former minister Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy, who lost the seat as a TDP nominee in 2014. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is contesting from the Panaji constituency against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s confidante Girish Chodankar. In the Valpoi contest, Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane is in fray against Roy Naik, the son of former state Home minister Ravi Naik, of the Congress. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Ved Prakash in the Bawana constituency, who won in 2015 Assembly elections as an AAP candidate. He resigned in March to join the saffron party. The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used today. The by-polls results will be declared on August 28.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Women’s Commission today suo moto registered a case against MLA P C George for his ‘unsavoury’ remarks against a south Indian actress, who was allegedly abducted and molested by a gang in her car in February. The commission sources here said the case was registered based on legal opinion and that Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan was informed about the development. As per the legal opinion, George’s remarks during a recent press conference amounted to defaming the actress and hurting womanhood. Further course of action, including recording of the MLA’s statement would be decided soon, the sources said. George is an independent MLA representing Poonjar constituency in the Kerala Assembly. The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films besides Malayalam, was abducted and molested inside her car for two hours by the gang after forcing their way into the vehicle on February 17 in Kochi. The culprits later escaped. Popular actor Dileep and six others, including prime accused ‘Pulsar’ Suni, have so far been arrested in connection with the incident. The Kerala High Court has deferred the bail plea of Dileep, who is facing charges of plotting the abduction and assault, to August 18.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Popular Malayalam actor Dileep, arrested in connection with a case of plotting the abduction and sexual assault of a noted South Indian actress in February, today moved the Kerala High Court seeking bail. The court had dismissed his bail application on July 24 after finding that the investigation in the case was progressing and the mobile phone, stated by the prosecution as a key evidence in the case, had not been recovered. The actor in his fresh plea today submitted that the scenario has completely changed and he is not the kingpin of any criminal conspiracy or even a participant therein. The petitioner said he is not the perpetrator of any criminal offence. “He is only the unfortunate victim of an orchestrated media campaign and proceedings of a group of police officers acting on the pre-conceived notion of guilt of the petitioner and wanting to implicate him as an accused,” the petition said. “Continued detention will not serve any useful purpose for further investigation, if any, and that being so his further detention is unjust,” the petitioner submitted. The petitioner said in his entire life, he has never seen, met or talked with prime accused in the case Pulsar Suni. He never knew him by name or face and there is not even a remote possibility of any such person meeting him at any point of time. He alleged that there was a ‘large-scale conspiracy’ hatched by a small but powerful section of film industry and certain others who could manage police, media and political leaders to spread utter falsehood and malicious stories about him for months together. It ultimately resulted in his being implicated and arraigned as accused in the case about three months after the submission of the final report against the accused in the actress abduction and molestation case. The actor also submitted that his continued detention was delaying the shooting and release of movies affecting the livelihood of people associated with them. He was arrested on July 10 and since then for the last more than a month he is in custody. “The accused is influential and is likely to tamper with the evidence if bail is granted at this stage,” the court had said while rejecting his bail application earlier. Dileep, charged under various sections of the IPC, including for hatching criminal conspiracy for abduction and assault of the actress in a moving car on February 17, is currently lodged in a jail in his home town Aluva. The police have claimed that the conspiracy to abduct and assault the actress and film the act was hatched by Dileep and Pulsar Suni, the prime accused in the case. In their remand application, they had also claimed that Dileep had a grudge against the actress for letting his former wife know about his alleged affairs and had hatched a conspiracy to take revenge way back in 2013. Six persons, including Pulsar Suni, have been arrested in connection with the actress abduction and molestation case. The actress, who has worked in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside her car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle and later escaped in a busy area here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Voting for the vice presidential election ended here this evening with 98.21 per cent of members of Parliament exercising their franchise.Assistant returning officer Mukul Pandey said at the closing of voting process, 771 out of 785 MPs had cast their vote.The counting will begin at 6 pm and the result would be out by 7.15 pm.Those who didn’t vote included Indian Union Muslim League’s Abdul Wahab and PK Kunhallikutty; independents Anu Agha & Naba Kumar Saraniya; Congress’ Mausam Noor & Ranee Narah; NCP’s Udayan Raje Bhonsle; PMK’s Ambumani Ramadoss; TMC’s Kunal Ghosh, Tapas Paul, Pratima Mondal and Abhishek Banerjee; and BJP’s Vijay Goel & Sanwar Lal Jat didn’t cast their vote.Goel and Jat were in hospital, the BJP said, while One BJP Lok Sabha MP is barred from voting following a judicial pronouncement.However, a number of MPs who were travelling or ill overcame the odds to return and vote for the next vice president. As reported in The Hindu, Devendra Goud of the Telugu Desam Party, said to be ailing, also flew in, with medical assistance on the flight to make it in time for voting. Similarly, Maharashtra MP Pritam Munde cut short his trip to New York and flew in to New Delhi on Saturday morning.With Agency Inputs
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telugu actor Tanish Alladi was today questioned for four hours by Telangana excise department’s SIT as part of an ongoing probe into the online drug racket busted by it earlier this month. “The questioning started at 10:30 am and ended at 2:30 pm,” excise officials said. After leaving the SIT office, Alladi told media persons that he had replied to the questions asked by the SIT officials. “Say no to drugs…please… while conveying the news, present it in a decent way…it will be good for our families…because it has created a lot of disturbance to my family,” he said. The actor, who started his career as a child artiste, has acted in 19 movies. He is among the 12 personalities, including actors and directors, from the Telugu film industry (popularly known as Tollywood), to be summoned by the SIT in connection with the case. During the investigation into the drug racket that was busted here on July 2, names of some members of Tollywood had cropped up. The SIT is questioning them to find out if they had any links with the racket as consumers or suppliers, or with those arrested, the excise officials had said. Actor Ananda Krishna alias Nandu is expected to appear before the SIT tomorrow, according to officials. Since July 19, the SIT has questioned filmmaker Puri Jagannadh, cinematographer Shyam K Naidu, actors P Subba Raju, Tarun Kumar, P Navdeep and Ravi Teja, actresses Charmi Kaur and Mumaith Khan, art director Dharma Rao alias Chinna, and Srinivasa Rao, who had earlier worked as car driver with Teja. The proceedings have been videographed and some among those questioned have given their consent for taking the samples of their body fluids, hair and nails, while others refused, an SIT official said. Excise officials said those questioned so far have cooperated with the investigators, and some of them gave “certain clues” in connection with the racket. So far, 20 people have been arrested, including a US citizen, a Dutch national, and seven B Tech degree holders employed with multinational companies in Hyderabad. Under the racket, high-end drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) were being supplied. Investigators suspect that the gang’s clientele included nearly 1,000 customers, including students of city-based schools and colleges, people associated with Tollywood, senior officials of MNCs and employees of IT firms in Cyberabad. The racketeers placed orders through ‘Darknet’ (a restricted online network frequently used in illegal activities) and the drugs were delivered by couriers including from overseas, the officials had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The TRS Government has turned Telangana into a “den of drug abuse and peddling” by adopting an “open-gate” excise policy, the BJP has alleged. Accusing IT minister K T Rama Rao of promoting western culture, a BJP leader charged the government with making the state “Udta Telangana”, alluding to the Bollywood film “Udta Punjab” which focuses on the drug menace in Punjab. The opposition party’s charge against the state government comes in the backdop of the investigation by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Prohibition and Excise Department, which busted drug rackets here earlier this month. The SIT had also summoned a dozen personalities from the Telugu film industry or Tollywood, to question them in connection with the case. State BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said his party “100 per cent” believes that the drug menace in the state took off steeply after the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government came to power. “The brazen open gate excise policy adopted by the TRS government has led to a natural rise in drug availability and supply to Telangana state as we firmly believe drugs are only an evolutionary phase of alcohol abuse,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hyderabad High Court today issued notices to four Andhra Pradesh ministers, asking them why couldn’t they be disqualified for defecting to the ruling TDP from the YSR Congress Party. A division bench of the acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganthan and Justice T Rajini, hearing a writ petition filed by journalist T Shivaprasad Reddy, issued the notices to the Andhra Pradesh chief secretary as well as the ministers N Amarnath Reddy, R S Krishna Ranga Rao, Bhuma Akhila Priya and C Adi Narayana Reddy. All of them got elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly on the ticket of the YSR Congress Party, but joined the Telugu Desam Party government of N Chandrababu Naidu in April this year and subsequently became ministers. Challenging their induction into the Cabinet, the petitioner stated this action of the Andhra government was highly arbitrary, illegal and without any application of mind or authority of law and was in violation of Article 164(1B) of the Constitution and related norms. The petitioner requested the high court to restrain the four from discharging any function as ministers, pending disposal of his plea. The HC adjourned the case for four weeks.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday that M. Venkaiah Naidu?s victory in next month?s vice-presidential elections would be unprecedented with support coming from across the political spectrum. Goyal told ANI, ?We are very proud that he is going to be the next vice-president of India. At 11 o? clock, the senior leaders will go and file their nominations. The Congress is in a hard position, but in any case, they hardly matter. Across parties, there is love, affection and adulation for Venkaiah Naidu. He is loved by all parties and leaders. His victory is going to be unprecedented with support coming from all parties across the political spectrum.? Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya also said that Naidu?s nomination for the post of vice president is a proud moment for the Telugu community. ?The decision by the NDA for Venkaiah Naidu?s nomination is most appreciable. He will do the rightful duty and he is an experienced person. For Telugu people, it is a very proud moment. I send my warm greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah and Venkaiah Naidu. I want all parties to support him. I also wish him good luck,? Dattatreya said. Naidu will be the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the post of vice president. The announcement was made by BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi yesterday after a meeting of the BJP?s parliamentary board. Naidu, who was the Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting, submitted his resignation yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Party President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu, J P Nadda, Thawar Chand Gehlot and Ananth Kumar were present in the meeting. Naidu was BJP president from 2002 to 2004. He was elected to Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 1998 and was re-elected to the house in 2004, 2010 and 2016. He also chaired the Committee on Petitions and Committee on Home Affairs of the Rajya Sabha. Naidu was also a cabinet minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao led the MLAs in casting their votes for the presidential election in Andhra Pradesh today. Naidu was the first to cast his vote followed by Kodela at the polling booth in the state Assembly’s committee hall. The ruling Telugu Desam Party MLAs then cast their votes. The four BJP MLAs also cast their votes along with their ally. Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy led his party MLAs in the polling process. All the 175 MLAs in the AP Assembly, including those of the lone opposition YSRC, had earlier pledged their support to NDA’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind. From Andhra Pradesh, the Congress has only four members in the Rajya Sabha and none in the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today launched the logos of the Telangana Sahitya Akademi and the proposed `first Telangana World Telugu Conference’. Noted painter and sculptor M V Ramana Reddy, who hails from Siddipet, has designed the Telugu conference s logo, while Ravishankar, another noted painter, designed the logo for the Sahitya Academy, a release from Rao s office said. The `first Telangana World Telugu Conference’ is proposed to be organised later this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Tollywood actor Ravi Teja?s brother B Bharath Raj died in a road accident after his car hit a parked lorry in outer ring road, Hyderabad, Saturday night. According to Mahesh, Insepctor, RGI Airport, ?At around10 pm, B Bharath Raj was driving his car and at Chennamma hotel, Kothwal guda, he hit a lorry, parked in the outer ring road. He died on the spot.? RGI Airport police reached the spot of accident and shifted the body for autopsy. A case has been registered under section 304-A and further probe is on. Bharath has appeared as a supporting artist in many Telugu movies.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telugu film actor Ravi Teja’s younger brother Bharath was killed when his car collided with a lorry in Shamshabad area here, police said today. Bharath, 45, who also acted in a few Telugu movies, was driving the car when it hit the stationary lorry on the outer ring road near Kothwalguda in Shamshabad late last night, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport’s police station inspector M Mahesh said. Bharath, who died on the spot, was alone in the car when the mishap occurred, he said. “He was travelling towards Gachibowli from Shamshabad. He was alone in the car,” the inspector said. Asked if police suspect it to be a case of drunken driving, Mahesh said, “The viscera of the deceased will be sent to a forensic science laboratory…now the postmortem is underway.” The lorry was parked near the roadside after it broke down prior to the accident, police said. A case will be registered against the lorry driver as he parked it without switching on precautionary indicators for other vehicles, the inspector said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu sacked former state chief secretary IYR Krishna Rao from the post of Andhra Pradesh Brahmin Welfare Corporation Chairperson, for allegedly castigating the state government on social media. Rao had retired in January 2016 and was later appointed to head the state-run body that has a budget of over 170 crore rupees and look after the concerns of the poor Brahmins in the state. According to reports, Rao shared certain posts written by others against Naidu and the ruling Telugu Desam Party on his Facebook page. Reportedly, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister in the recent past had been receiving several complaints against Rao accusing him of hobnobbing with the opposition YSR Congress party. The accusations were that the benefits of various welfare schemes being implemented by the corporation which was headed by Rao were not reaching the right people, and that despite of being the first of its kind organisation for Brahmins, the TDP was not enthralling enough political mileage because of Rao.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) is expected to announce NEET result 2017 on Tuesday.Over 10 lakh students appeared for the exam in Hindi or English, while around 1.50 lakh students chose from eight vernacular languages – Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Assamese, Gujarati, Oriya and Kannada.The NEET 2017 results were held up by an order of the Madras High Court after a batch pleas were filed alleging that uniform question papers were not given and there was a big difference between the English and Tamil papers. The Supreme Court had on June 12 permitted the CBSE to declare the results of NEET 2017.The NEET 2017 result declaration will clear the way for admissions for 56,000 MBBS/BDS seats in the country.Here’s how you can check NEET 2017 result1. Visit cbseneet.nic.in or cbseresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘NEET results 2017’3. Enter your details like roll number and other required information4. Click on ‘Submit’5. Download the result and keep a print out for future reference.The NEET examination for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses was held on May 7.Good luck!
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint has been lodged by a Bengaluru-based music label against OLA founders Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati and its parent company, ANI Technologies Private Limited, for allegedly downloading and streaming songs from Telugu and Kannada films without permission. “Lahari Recording Company had lodged a complaint against ANI Technologies Private Limited, the parent company of OLA and its founders for downloading and streaming songs from Telugu and Kannada movies for which the former owns the rights,” Jeevanbeema Nagar Police Inspector, Shivaprasad told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An MLC belonging to the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh was today arrested along with two others by Hyderabad Police for allegedly forging government land documents. TDP MLC Deepak Reddy and two others- an advocate and a realtor were arrested for “colluding and creating forged documents” of government lands located in different parts of the city in the name of private persons, police said. The police are verifying on the actual land grabbed through the forgery. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective Department) Avinash Mohanthy confirmed the arrest of the TDP MLC and two others. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several workers of the ruling TDP were taken into police custody at Kesarapalli village near here today when they planned to block the convoy of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who arrived at Vijayawada airport to attend a public meeting in Guntur. Led by member of the Legislative Council, B Venkanna, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers allegedly waved black flags and raised slogans saying Rahul had no right to set foot in Andhra Pradesh, which his party so “illogically divided” (in 2014). “Rahul go back”, the TDP workers shouted at Kesarapalli village located on the NH16, as the Congress vice president landed at the Vijayawada airport at Gannavaram this evening by a special flight from Chennai. Rahul is scheduled to attend the Congress’ Pratyeka Hoda Bharosa Sabha, a public meeting aimed at building confidence (among public) on special category state status to AP, at Guntur in the capital region. Rahul was received at the airport by PCC chief Raghuveera Reddy, former Union minister M M Pallam Raju, Rajya Sabha member K V P Ramachandra Rao and other leaders. Congress workers piloted Rahul’s convoy in a bike rally from the airport to Vijayawada, where he stayed briefly in a hotel before proceeding to Guntur. Earlier in the day, the TDP workers staged a rally in Guntur city protesting Rahul’s visit. “Having so brutally divided the state, the Congress has no right to organise the public meeting (on special status),” TDP senior leader Mannava Subba Rao said. This is Rahul’s second visit to Andhra Pradesh since 2014. Apart from Rahul Gandhi, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, JDU leader Sharad Yadav, CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, secretary D Raja and others from parties like the Trinamool Congress are scheduled to attend the public meeting in Guntur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and DMK leader M K Stalin today condoled the death of former Union Minister and veteran Telugu filmmaker Dasari Narayana Rao. The Governor described Rao as “one of the strongest pillars of the Telugu film industry” and a “complete film maker.” “Dasari was a brilliant director, producer, writer and screenplay writer. He knew the taste of the audience. He was among the few film makers, who made an equally impressive mark in Bollywood,” he said in a Raj Bhavan statement. As a Parliamentarian and as Minister, Rao had served the people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh “with great dedication,” he said. “With his demise, curtains have fallen on an era in the Indian film industry,” he said and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family of the former Minister in the UPA regime. Stalin recalled Rao was a “good friend” of his father and DMK president M Karunanidhi. He had left his “stamp” in the fields of cinema, politics and media and his demise is a “major loss” to all of them, he said in a statement. Actor-turned-politician and DMDK founder Vijayakant described Rao as an “affable” person. His death was an “irreparable damage” to the cinema industry.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and other leaders in the state expressed grief over the death of veteran Telugu filmmaker and former Union minister Dasari Narayana Rao. Besides Chandrababu, Leader of Opposition Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and Pradesh Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy, among others, condoled the death of the 75- year-old filmmaker-politician. “The Telugu film industry has lost one of its pillars,” Chandrababu said in a condolence message this evening. “Dasari brought glory to Telugu films at the national level and had been a fatherly figure in the industry. His death is a deep loss to the film fraternity,” the CM said. He recalled his association with Dasari and extended sympathies to the bereaved family. Film hero and TDP MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna also expressed grief over the veteran director’s death. “Dasari was an institution in himself,” Balakrishna noted, adding he excelled not only as a director but also a writer, journalist and actor. Jagan recalled the films like “Megha Sandesam” that Dasari made, which brought glory at the national level. He extended sympathies to the bereaved family. Dasari was a towering figure of the Telugu film industry, PCC president Raghuveera said. “He was an intellectual. As a writer, director and leader, Dasari is unmatched. As a Congress leader, his services to the society will always be remembered. “Dasari’s death is a big loss to the Telugu society,” Raghuveera said in a statement. Several ministers and other leaders also mourned the death of the movie legend.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party will review its alliance with the Telugu Desam Party in 2019, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said here today. “This is 2017. We will see in 2019 what the situation is and then take a call. In the meantime, we will expand our party in the state,” the Information and Broadcasting minister told reporters here. Venkaiah’s comment assumes significance as the BJP’s Telangana unit has already announced severing ties with the TDP in the new state while the relationship here has remained fragile in the last three years. A major section of BJP in Andhra Pradesh also wants to break the friendship forged in 2014 and had been openly critical of the TDP. “The TDP needs the BJP more than the other way round. But the tie-up is proving a liability for us because of the gross bad governance of Chandrababu Naidu,” according to a section of BJP here. “We are running a coalition government in the state and it is doing a good job. Chandrababu has been working together with the Central government. “Our friendship will continue in future as well but we will expand our base in the state,” the Union Minister remarked at the press conference. He, however, said the situation would be reviewed in 2019, when general elections were due. Referring to the forthcoming presidential election, Venkaiah said it related to the country and not a particular political party. “We are ready to accept support from any quarter for the presidential election. Our wish is that all come together and cooperate. If, possibly, the next President is chosen unanimously, it would be better. “It will also be a good precedent for the country,” Naidu remarked. BJP national president Amit Shah, meanwhile, would hold a meeting with polling booth-level party workers from across the state in Vijayawada on May 25.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 13-year-old girl’s desperate plea to her father, made days before she died of cancer, to sell a flat for her treatment, has prompted the State Human Rights Commission to seek a report on the issue from police. The ill-fated girl, residing with her mother who lived separately from her estranged husband and was unable to meet the cost of her bone marrow cancer treatment, had sent the plea to her father through WhatsApp in a video footage. In the video footage, she had pleaded with her father to help her mother, as her legal guardian, to sell the flat in Vijawada, which was in her name only, to raise money for her treatment. “I want to live, Daddy, and complete my tenth class education. I want to play with my friends and be happy. Please let us sell the flat in my name so that mother could afford my treatment,” the girl pleaded in the heart-wrenching video. The girl died early this week, within days after sending her message to her father last week. The heart-wrenching tale of the deceased girl has another disconcerting note involving allegations that a ruling Telugu Desam Party MLA and his henchmen had tried to grab the property. MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, however, denied the allegation. “I have nothing to do with the issue. The girl’s father was known to me several years ago but now he has moved out of the city. The allegations against me are baseless,” the MLA told reporters. The deceased girl’s mother Suma Sri alleged the MLA’s henchmen had tried to grab her apartment in Durgapuram in Vijayawada. “I wanted to sell the flat, which is in the girl’s name, and pleaded with my estranged husband Siva Kumar to facilitate it as he remained the guardian. “I even pleaded with the MLA not to block the sale of the flat since the money is required for my daughter’s cancer treatment. My pleas only fell on deaf ears,” Suma Sri rued. The girl, Sai Sri, had been suffering from cancer for some time now. Since her parents were separated, her mother, a homemaker, bore her medical expenses. But as they ran out of cash, Suma Sri contacted her husband and asked him to let the flat be sold to meet their daughter’s medical expenses. Even before her father responded, Sai Sri succumbed two days ago. The State Human Rights Commission has taken cognisance of the case and has asked the Vijayawada Police Commissioner to file a report before July 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Women activists on Wednesday condemned the harrowing incident of a girl begging her father to save her life and expressed their heartfelt condolences over her death. Subhashini Ali, a woman activist, told ANI, ?It is a very tragic incident that a girl whose father could actually afford the treatment was neglected in this way and finally died. It possibly is a case where girl children are not given any importance by their own parents. In our country, very often parents think that they should not spend money on girls as far as their treatment and education is concerned.? ?In any case, this is a very horrible thing and one can imagine the agony of that young girl who banked upon her father for help and what must she have gone through when her father refused to pay for her treatment and now, she is dead and beyond any help. I just hope that the father is given punishment for this kind of neglect of his daughter,? added Ali. Kavita Srivastava told ANI, ?This incident is a pure violation of the Protection of Women against Domestic Violence Act. Father certainly has been irresponsible, but what about the neighbours and relatives? The government is to be equally held responsible, as they did not fulfill their obligations and denied the very fundamental right to life. Perhaps, had the child been a boy, he could have been saved.? These comments came post a gut-wrenching video of a girl begging her father to save her life by providing for her cancer treatment that went viral. Thirteen year old Sai Sri succumbed to bone marrow cancer. In the video, she was seen begging her father to sell their house for her treatment. Sai Sri sent a heartbreaking Whatsapp message to her father, after the message got viral, Sri’s father threw her and her mother out of the house. Unbelievably, the father allegedly sent goons with the help of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao to settle the issue. The police even refused to file a complaint against the goons sent by Shiv Kumar, as they were reportedly supported by the MLA. With the video having gone viral across the nation now, a cry of outrage against the father’s shocking insensitivity and apathy towards his own child.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telugu film star and Janasena Party founder Pawan Kalyan today supported the Congress and other opposition parties’ demand that the Telangana government allow protests at ‘Dharna Chowk’ at Indira Park here. “Dharna Chowk has been a great venue for people to voice their protest for decades. Now, it is no longer available for expressing their anguish and sufferings. Keeping it away (shifting the site) is not democratically correct,” he told reporters. Dharna Chowk, like Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, is a democratic space to voice anguish, said the film star-cum- politician. He announced Janasena Party’s support to the ‘Reclaim Dharna Chowk’ protest proposed to be organised by the Left parties and people’s organisations on May 15. Kalyan said CPI(M)’s Telangana state secretary T Veerabhadram, who met him during the day, and others sought his support on the issue. Congress, BJP, TDP and the Left parties, besides several people’s organisations, have been demanding that the government allow protests at the ‘Dharna Chowk’, a popular place for holding demonstrations in the city. A couple of months ago, the TRS government disallowed protests at the chowk, saying they caused inconvenience to residents of the locality, and suggested an alternative site. The matter had also gone to courts. Kalyan, however, said he is ready to work with any party that raises people’s issues. A top ranking Telugu hero, Kalyan formed the Janasena Party ahead of 2014 elections. His campaign in support of the TDP-BJP combine was said to be one of the major reasons for the electoral success of the alliance in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala police today indicted seven persons for allegedly abducting and molesting a popular Malayalam actress two months ago. The police made the indictment in its charge sheet filed in a magisterial court in the abduction-cum-molestation case. The Special Investigation Team officials probing the case said ‘Pulsar’ Suni is has been enumerated as accused number one in the chargesheet filed in the court of Angamaly magistrate, 60 days after the incident. The actress, who has also starred in Tamil and Telugu films, was abducted and allegedly molested inside the car for two hours by the accused, who had forced their way into the vehicle on the night of February 17 and later escaped in a busy area here. The police had arrested ‘Pulsar’ Suni and his accomplice V P Vigeesh as they entered a court complex to surrender in a local court here, nearly a week after the incident. The court premises had witnessed high drama as the police forcefully took the duo into custody from the court complex. The police said six accused are still in judicial custody.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan today made a scathing attack on the Telugu Desam Party saying it was losing its moral high ground at the Centre over the special category status (SCS) and warned that it had no right to “compromise” on the issue. Noting that TDP’s silence on SCS was “disheartening”, Kalyan told the party not to mortgage the self-respect of the people of Andhra Pradesh with the Centre even as he lauded YSR Congress and the Telangana MPs for backing the SCS demand. “The TDP does not have the right to compromise with the Centre on the promised SCS. People of AP got TDP-BJP into power, trusting they would bring SCS to the state. I request TDP not to mortgage the self-respect of people of AP just for ‘your personal benefits’,” the Telugu superstar said in a series of tweets today. “When do we lose our moral high ground ? When we mortgage our self respect for personal benefits,” he said. “It’s quite disheartening to see Union Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju’s silence and the absence of TDP MPs in Parliament when the discussion on special status to AP came up. I think TDP MPs have forgotten the insult of their MPs getting beaten by North MPs in Parliament during the state bifurcation (in 2014),” Kalyan remarked. “YSRC MPs are doing a commendable job in pursuing the SCS demand. My whole-hearted thanks to (Telangana) MPs Kesava Rao and Rapolu Ananda Bhaskar for their support to SCS to AP,” Kalyan added. The Jana Sena president also mocked at the “attitude of our political class” in New Delhi, in an indirect reference to the TDP members in Parliament. “In Parliament, you kick us, abuse us and divide us, we are OK. And we are OK to be slavish and subservient at the cost of our people’s self respect as long as you do not deny our contracts, business opportunities and bail us out from our scams and wrongdoings,” Kalyan said. “I too agree to show restraint and be cautious with the Centre but when repeated injustice is being meted out to us, then where is the need ? As per the popular demand, would they ever divide UP ? Or, was the rule applied only to down south state AP only,” he wondered.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A key meeting of the ruling NDA’s top leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, heads of BJP allies and its chief Amit Shah, will be held tomorrow to take stock of the political situation and decide on future strategy. This will be the second such after the BJP was voted to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N Chandrababu Naidu, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti are among the top BJP allies’ leaders who may attend the meeting, BJP sources said. Besides, a number of Union ministers will be present at the meeting, they said. Sources said representatives of all the allies of the BJP across the country will participate in the meeting during the evening, followed by dinner.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu?s son and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh Naidu on Sunday took oath as the state?s Cabinet Minister. Along with Lokesh, 10 others were also inducted into the Cabinet while five ministers were dropped. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the State Government Transitional Headquarters premises at Velagapudi in the Amaravati capital region. Earlier, the Chief Minister had said that his new team would focus on the next elections while performing their tasks. Lokesh, who heads the TDP?s youth wing, was formally inducted into the party in 2013.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council today welcomed 14 new members, including Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, after they were sworn-in by Chairman A Chakrapani. Of the 14, seven were elected to the Council under the MLAs quota, two from Local Authorities Constituencies, three from Graduates and two from Teachers constituencies in the biennial elections held this month. While Lokesh took the oath in the Council’s Business Advisory Committee meeting hall, the others completed the formality inside the Upper House. Soon after taking oath, Lokesh was blessed by Vedic scholars who chanted hymns. He later went to his father and took his blessings. The newly sworn-in Telugu Desam Party members were: Karanam Balarama Krishna Murthy, Dokka Manikya Varaprasad, Batchula Arjunudu and Pothula Sunitha (MLAs quota), G Deepak Reddy and M Ravindranatha Reddy (LACs). BJP’s P V N Madhav (Graduates), YSR Congress’ Alla Kali Krishna Srinivas and Gangula Prabhakar Reddy (MLAs quota) and V Gopal Reddy (Graduates) also took oath. Independents Y Srinivasulu Reddy (Graduates) and V Balasubrahmanyam (Teachers), who got re-elected, and another K Narasimha Reddy (Teachers) were also sworn-in by the Chairman. The ruling TDP’s strength has now gone up to 31 in the 58-member Council while the YSRC’s number rose to eight. The Congress is now left with just one member while the BJP’s tally increased to two. Seven others, who were also elected to the Council in this month’s election, will take oath on May 1 when the term of the sitting members expires. Meanwhile, TDP MLC from East Godavari district, Reddy Subrahmanyam, has been chosen for the Council Deputy Chairman’s post. The post fell vacant upon the retirement of Satish Reddy yesterday. The Telugu Desam Legislature Party met here this evening and chose Subrahmanyam for the post.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao and several other leaders from the two states attended the Telugu new year, Ugadi, celebrations organised by common Governor ESL Narasimhan here today. Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, Opposition Leader in AP Legislative Assembly Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and other senior leaders of opposition Congress and BJP from both the states also attended the celebrations held at the Raj Bhavan here. The Telugu new year Ugadi would be celebrated tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorism has thrown a big challenge to humanity and people should draw inspiration from ancient scriptures to take on the menace, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. “Terrorism has gripped the entire world. It has thrown a challenge to humanity. If we try to analyse incidents mentioned in ancient scriptures and set those in the present context, I would say that Jatayu was the first to fight against terrorism. He gave the message of fearlessness,” he said. In epic Ramayana, Jatayu, a vulture, had valiantly tried to rescue Sita when she was being kidnapped by Ravana, sacrificing his life in the process. The Prime Minister said Jatayu sacrificed his life taking on a strong man to defend the dignity of a woman. “Jatayu’s fight gives us the inspiration to take on terrorism. It also gives the message to live for humanity,” he said. Modi was addressing a gathering at the residence of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu here to celebrate Ugadi, the Telugu and Kannada new year day. Referring to different languages and cultures in the country, Modi said various states should ensure cultural exchanges between people. Haryana and Telangana have already signed an agreement in this regard. He said cultural exchanges and quiz competitions can be organised to spread culture and language of one state in the other. Modi said diversity of India was both its identity and strength. The Prime Minister, while greeting the nation on Ugadi, said the festivals are a reflection of changing facets of nature and are linked to culture and traditions. Citing the ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat’ initiative of his government, Modi said it would enable the coming generations to understand the cultural diversity of different states. This would strengthen the feeling of oneness and unity amongst all Indians, Modi said, as he called upon states to collaborate with each other in promoting the uniqueness of their respective cultures and traditions. Greeting people on the occasion, Naidu said the day heralds the beginning of the new year and good days will turn into even better days under Modi. He also said that unity of the country is in its diversity. “Achche din have come and aur bhi achche din aane wale hain desh mein (good days have come and even better days will come) under Narendra Modi’s leadership,” he said. Naidu said Ugadi would bring prosperity and growth to the country under the leadership of Modi. The function was attended by lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad and a host of Union Ministers. Artists from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh gave cultural performances.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 99 per cent polling was today reported in elections to the three Legislative Council seats from the Local Authorities Constituencies in Andhra Pradesh. The elections were held in the Local Authorities Constituencies of Kadapa, Kurnool and SPS Nellore districts to fill three vacancies from this segment in the Upper House. Members of panchayat raj institutions and urban local bodies formed the electorate. In Kadapa, 838 out of the total 841 votes were polled, while in Kurnool 1,076 of the 1,083 voters exercised their franchise. In SPS Nellore, 849 out of the 852 voters cast their votes, information reaching here said. Polling was conducted in a peaceful manner with no untoward incident reported from any of the 11 polling stations in these districts. The ruling Telugu Desam Party and the opposition YSR Congress are locked in a straight fight in these three seats. Counting of votes will take place on March 20.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shivarama Reddy, a 31-year-old man arrested for rape in 2014, has been put behind bars once again over suspicions that he raped two more women last week in Bengaluru, reported NDTV.Shivarama reportedly targetted single women, preferably those living in paying guest accommodation. He would rob and sexually assault the victims. “His modus operandi was to rob women in PG accommodation and rape them if they were alone,” Hemant Nimbalkar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru East) told NDTV.A woman living in a city hostel last week complained that she was raped at knife-point on March 2. Three days later, another woman in another hostel complained that a man had robbed and sexually assaulted her. Based on the description of the man given by the first woman, the police identified the accused.In 2014, when Shivarama was arrested under the Goonda Act, he was released after just a year. In 2013-14, four police cases were filed against him for alleged rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman.On Tuesday, when police tried nail him down, he allegedly injured three policemen after attacking them with a knife. They caught hold of him only after they shot him in the leg. Police said Shivarama was from Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district. Fluent in four languages – Kannada, Telugu, Hindi and English – he was was living in and around Bengaluru for the last 15 years. Bengaluru police say that this time they have a solid case after registering 16 cases against him.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Playing is fun, but playing the whole day on mean streets is not fun. However, the children of migrant labourers have no choice. Dr Iffat Faridi, PhD in Special Education From Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, discovered this after she gave up working due to her husband’s busy schedule, three years ago.There are an estimated 15 lakh migrant workers in Bengaluru, where Faridi now lives. These people live with their families in over 800 slums. As Faridi describes it, their morning starts in smoke-filled tiny huts to the smell of nearly-burnt rotis. They watch their parents trying to finish morning chores quickly to get to their construction sites. The kids are left behind, unattended and uncared for.These labourers spend their days building urban dreams: luxurious homes, splendid offices, beautiful malls… When they return to their tiny huts, they are usually too tired to resolve the issues their children face in their absence.Enter Dr Iffat Faridi. “I noticed a group of children living in tiny, dingy mud huts on a vacant plot near our apartment complex,” says Faridi. “I observed them roaming aimlessly, playing in mud and sand, crying when other older kids picked on them. There were no elders around to protect them. Once in a while, some well-to-do people would show up with food or sweets or leftovers.”Faridi realised the need for action. The kids and she started acknowledging each other with a passing smile, a wave of a hand on her daily beat. Soon, it was obvious to both that they needed to know each other better. “As soon as we tried to break the ice, we realised that we did not share the same language. They knew only Kannada and Telugu; I spoke only Hindi and English. This did not stop us from communicating. I asked them, in sign language, if they wanted to study. I was happy to see that they did,” she says.That was in 2014.Every day, after gym, she would sit at a big cement slab near their huts and teach them for an hour or so. Other children from nearby huts also joined the class, held under a tree. It worked fine for a while but she realised that the children could not concentrate due to the noise on the street. So she sought permission from her apartment complex management to use the maintenance office as a classroom.But this was not enough for Faridi. “Once they started enjoying the learning process, I arranged for admission in a nearby school. It was not an easy task to convince them to join school as they feared that the teachers would beat them up. They preferred to study in our informal classroom.” It took a lot of convincing and she even arranged a trip for all the children to see the school and meet the principal. “That day was really challenging,” she recalls. “My fingers were crossed all the time. Fortunately, after many clarifications and assurances from the teachers and the principal, the children agreed to join the school.”The school was barely a kilometre away but an auto was arranged to take the students back and forth so that they could not find excuses to run away from classes; and, well, also to enjoy the auto ride. Faridi keeps a strict vigil to ensure that they all attend school regularly and happily.Reshma, a Kannada teacher, agreed to tutor the children after school, while Faridi continued to teach them English on holidays. The are now among the brightest students in their respective classes.The number of kids keeps changing as some leave to join their parents on construction sites. While the class had 25 children in the beginning, it now has 12 who attend regularly. The challenges are huge and interventions from agencies are welcome. A Project, ‘Mobile School’, is under consideration for these kids to give them immediate educational support.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The budget session of Andhra Pradesh Legislature beginning tomorrow will be held for the first time in the new state capital Amaravati. Governor E S L Narasimhan will address a joint session of the Legislative Council and the Assembly at 11.06 AM. The Legislature will then be adjourned for the day. The Business Advisory Committees of the two Houses of state Legislature will meet tomorrow and decide on the duration of the session. The government is keen to wind it up by March 28 after getting the Appropriation Bill passed, ahead of the Telugu New Year’s Day ‘Ugadi’ on March 29. The AP Legislature session will be held tomorrow after a gap of six months and for the first time in the new capital. The three-day monsoon session in September was the last to be held in Hyderabad, the joint capital of AP and Telangana. The state government had to skip the winter session, normally held in December, as construction of the new Legislature building in Amaravati was not completed in time. The new Legislature building, with hi-tech facilities, was finally inaugurated on March 2 in the state government’s transitional headquarters premises at Velagapudi, where the Secretariat is also located. Since there are no facilities (accommodation) for the legislators in the new capital region, the government would pay them Rs 50,000 each as a special allowance, state Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said. The state’s Budget for the year 2017-18 will be presented in the House on March 13. The agriculture budget will also be presented on the same day. The government is expected to introduce at least five Bills during the budget session. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman from Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh is seen being beaten up by the village sarpanch in a video that has gone viral. The incident came to light on Thursday after police arrested the sarpanch, Mekala Nagaraju, his follower Chandrasekhar and a third person, reports The Hindustan Times. The police took action following a complaint by the victim Sudha. The police have charged him under Sections 354 (assault on woman with intention to outrage her modesty) and 355 (assault to dishonour a person) and 332 (hurting a person without provocation) of the Indian Penal Code.The incident took place after Sudha, a widow, objected to ver the installation of a drinking water tank. Sudha and the sarpanch belong to the Telugu Desam Party and are on the local Janmabhoomi committee which looks after the developmental activities of the village. The water tank, which was supposed to have been at the sarpanch’s house, was going to installed in front of Sudha’s house to which she objected. “She picked up an argument with the sarpanch over the relocation of the water tank. An enraged Nagaraju started beating her up and the others joined him,” said Kudero sub-inspector.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Veteran Telugu filmmaker and former Union Minister Dasari Narayana Rao has been hospitalised after he suffered from respiratory and kidney problems, an official said today. Rao was admitted to a private hospital in the city last evening and put on dialysis and ventilator support. “He is suffering from kidney ailment, besides sepsis and respiratory problems. He has been put on dialysis and ventilator support and is positively responding to the treatment,” a hospital official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)