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Thu
19
Jan

Operation Smile: Nearly 200 child workers rescued from Hyderabad bangle factories

MUMBAI: Nearly 200 child workers, some as young as eight, were rescued from bangle factories in Hyderabad over the past week as part of a crackdown that will continue until the end of the month, police said on Tuesday.

Most children rescued were aged between eight and 14, and came from the poor northeastern states of Bihar, West Bengal and Assam, said officials who are part of `Operation Smile', a national movement to tackle child labour and missing children.

“We are investigating the nexus between the employers and the traffickers,“ said Swathi Lakra, additional commissioner of police in Hyderabad, who is monitoring the rescue operations. “In many cases, parents are only too willing to send their children for work, which works well for the traffickers."

Earlier this month, around 200 children, most of them aged under 14, were freed from a brick kiln about 40 km (25 miles) from Hyderabad.

Thu
19
Jan

Hyderabad police books Bollywood producer Karim Morani for rape, blackmail

Mumbai: A rape case has been registered against Bollywood film producer Karim Morani for allegedly raping a Delhi-based woman on promise of marriage, police said today.

The woman, aged around 25, lodged a complaint with Hayathnagar Police under Rachakonda police commissionerate last week alleging that Morani had "raped" her in Mumbai and at a film studio here in 2015, DCP (LB Nagar Zone) Tafseer Iqubal told PTI.

"She accused Morani of raping her on different occasions in Mumbai and here by promising to marry her. The alleged incident took place during 2015," the senior police officer said, adding "We have taken up the investigation."

Following the complaint a case under IPC sections 417 (cheating), 376 (rape) 342 (wrongful confinement), 506 (criminal intimidation), 493 (cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage) and other relevant sections of IPC has been filed, the DCP said.

Thu
19
Jan

Swine flu kills one in Chittoor; another tests positive in Visakhapatnam

VIJAYAWADA: With temperatures dipping, swine flu seems to have made a comeback in the State. A 32-year-old woman from Chittoor district died of swine flu while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Vellore in neighbouring Tamil Nadu while a 26-year-old woman tested positive for the dreaded viral disease in Visakhapatnam in the last 24 hours. Officials have initiated isolation of the families of the victims and a vaccination drive has been launched in the areas.

The 32-year-old victim from Airala mandal in Chittoor district was suspected to have contracted the H1N1 virus from her husband, who recently returned from a visit to Kerala. She was admitted to a hospital in Vellore on Monday after undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chittoor where she had tested positive for H1N1. She breathed her last soon after her treatment began Tuesday.

Thu
19
Jan

Hyderabad: Another woman succumbs to swine flu; toll touches 3

HYDERABAD: Swine flu claimed another life on Wednesday after 58-year-old Laxmi, a resident of Saroornagar in the city, succumbed to H1N1 virus while undergoing treatment at the state-run Gandhi hospital.
This is the third swine flu death to be recorded since January 1 after two others - Sanaj Begum, 38, a resident of Nawab Saheb Kunta and 35year-old Manjula from Yadadri district.
Sources said that Laxmi was admitted in a private hospital in Madhapur on January 14 for treatment but was shifted to Gandhi Hospital after a couple of days. She was in a critical condition and the doctors did not get sufficient time to stabilise her condition.
"Due to lack of any regulatory mechanism, some of the private hospitals treating swine flu patients are referring them to Gandhi Hospital only at the last stage," complained a senior health official at Gandhi Hospital, requesting anonymity.

Thu
19
Jan

Telangana to pressurise Centre for 12 percent Muslim quota: CM

Telangana will soon bring in a legislation to provide 12 percent reservations to Muslims and bring pressure on the Union Government to include the law in Constitution's 9th schedule as was done in case of Tamil Nadu, said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday.

Reiterating his commitment to provide quota to Muslims in proportion to their population, he said that if the central government refuses, the state would fight a legal battle.

He told the state assembly that Telangana will follow Tamil Nadu model to provide 12 percent quota to Muslims. He clarified that the quota will not be on the basis on religion but will be based only on socio-economic backwardness.

Rao said reservations to Muslims in proportion to their population in the state will take the total quota in the state to over 50 percent, the upper limit prescribed by the Supreme Court, thus requiring a constitutional amendment.

Wed
18
Jan

Indore-Patna Express accident: Arrested ISI suspects quizzed by RAW, NIA sleuths

The three suspected ISI agents, arrested by Bihar Police, were on Wednesday questioned by sleuths of RAW, NIA and Railway Police in connection with the November 20 Indore-Patna Express mishap in Kanpur that claimed 150 lives and other train accidents. The trio had provided some “positive lead” about the Indore-Patna Express derailment in Kanpur on November 20 last year during questioning yesterday after their arrest from Adapur police station area on Tuesday.
After the central agencies were alerted about these leads, teams of NIA, RAW, Railway Police and UP and Bihar ATS came here to extract more details from Moti Paswan, Uma Shankar Patel and Mukesh Yadav to ascertain ISI role in triggering train mishaps in India. Meanwhile, a court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM), Raxual, S K Mishra sent the trio to six days in police remand.

Wed
18
Jan

Cops to approach Interpol for info on child porn accused

Telangana police are planning to approach the Interpol and the US Embassy for information on the antecedents of a US citizen who was arrested from here for allegedly circulating child porn content online, and they will also probe if any Indians connived with him in the offence.

"We will write to the Interpol and also to the US Embassy asking them to share information with us on his background. That has to be further verified," Telangana CID Inspector General of Police Soumya Mishra told PTI today.

James Kirk Jones, 42, working with a multinational law firm here, was arrested by the Cyber Crime Wing of CID on January 16 from his residence at Madhapur, for allegedly downloading and uploading child porn videos and images.

Based on Interpol input of an IP address from which child porn contents were being shared from Hyderabad, the CID sleuths zeroed in on him and seized a laptop containing 29,288 items, including child porn videos and images.

Wed
18
Jan

Class 9 student kills self as parents refuse to buy him a smartphone

Apparently upset with his parents for denying him a smartphone, a 14-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide in neighbouring Jagtial district, police said today.

The incident took place at Raikal mandal headquarters, 40 kms from here where the boy .

According to Jagtial Rural Circle Inspector Srinivasa Chowdary, the boy Pitla Lingamurthy was a ninth grade student from Raikal village.

Last night, he asked his parents to get him a smart phone. But when they turned down his demand, the boy allegedly threatened to end his life and left home. However, the parents did not take the ultimatum seriously, police said.

When the boy did not return home, a search was launched following which he was found hanging to a tree near his school building this morning, they said.

The body was sent for post mortem and later handed over to parents, he said. A case of suspicious death has been registered and probe is on, the Inspector added.

PTI

Wed
18
Jan

Govts desperate to declare Rohith as OBC: Radhika Vemula

On the first death anniversary of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula today, his mother Radhika Vemula alleged that governments were desperate to declare him as OBC.

"Governments are desperate to declare Rohit as Other Backward Class (OBC). After my son's demise...They are now behind me. They want to declare my son as OBC. I know what humiliation I have undergone being Dalit in the society," she alleged.

Radhika was addressing a group of students as part of the 'Shahadat Din' organised at the main entrance gate of University of Hyderabad (UoH) here. Rohith was found hanging in a hostel room on UoH campus.

Radhika questioned why there was a delay in arresting the accused, including UoH Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya and others, who have been booked under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and for abetment of Rohith's suicide.

Wed
18
Jan

US citizen arrested for circulating child porn from Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police on Tuesday said they have arrested an American national for downloading and uploading child sexual abuse materials (CSAM), known colloquially as child pornography.

James Kirk Jones, a 42-year-old US citizen, presently lives in Hyderabad where he works for an MNC law firm.

Following up an Interpol tip about an IP address from which CSAM was being shared, the Cyber Crime wing of the Crime Investigation Department (CID) tracked down James Kirk Jones to his residence in Madhapur, the information technology quarter of Hyderabad.

They recovered a laptop containing 29,288 items of CSAM, 490 GigaTribe (a file-sharing site) profiles and 24 Twitter profiles from which he allegedly shared such materials. Apart from this, an external hard drive and an iPhone with adult pornography on it were also recovered.

James Kirk Jones has been arrested and booked under Section 67A & B of the Information Technology Act 2000.

Wed
18
Jan

Hyderabad identifies as world’s 5th most dynamic city

Giving a big boost to the efforts of the Telangana’s Municipal Administration Minister K Taraka Rama Rao to make Hyderabad as an International city, the city succeeded getting a global tag. Justifying his efforts for the last two years, a City Momentum Index (CMI) to identify the world’s most dynamic cities, prepared by global financial services firm JLL, and has evaluated Hyderabad as the fifth most dynamic city in the world. The CMI (http://www.jll.com/cities-research/City-Momentum), part of This was figures during the discussions at the ongoing World Economic Forum annual meeting at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. While Bengaluru has emerged as the No.1 spot, only Hyderabad at No.5 being the other Indian city in the top 10. Pune, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi are in the top 30, though.

Wed
18
Jan

KTR: Committed to develop Hyderabad as global city

(INN): Stating that Hyderabad has one third of Telangana's population, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao on Tuesday said that the state government was committed to develop the capital city in all spheres and make it a global city.

Speaking on the issue of development of Hyderabad during a short discussion in Legislative Assembly, KTR said that Hyderabad contributes 45% of the State's GDP. He said that after the TRS Government came to power, it was making all efforts to develop Hyderabad to develop it as a global city. He said that the state government had promptly dealt with power scarcity in the city. He said that the state topped in the rankings of Ease of Doing Business and Hyderabad development played a vital role in it.

Wed
18
Jan

Journalist booked for covering Vemula anniversary protest

Cyberabad Police today booked a journalist for allegedly unauthorisedly entering into the University of Hyderabad (UoH) campus on the first death anniversary of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

The journalist Kumal S, working with an English magazine, was booked on charge of trespass and other relevant sections of IPC following a complaint by the varsity security officials, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Madhapur Zone) P Vishwa Prasad said.

The complainant accused Kunal of clandestinely sneaking into the varsity and covering an event (protest) by a group of students in memory of first death anniversary of research scholar Rohith Vemula.

"We are investigating into the matter," the DCP said.

Kunal, however, said he went inside the campus on official duty i.E. For collecting information with regard to the protest after being invited by a university faculty member.

Tue
17
Jan

Rohith Vemula’s mother, students arrested as protest rocks Hyderabad varsity

Police arrested Rohith Vemula’s mother and a few students as protest rocked University of Hyderabad on Tuesday on the first death anniversary of the Dalit research scholar. Students staging demonstration in New Delhi were also detained by the police.

Radhika Vemula was arrested late in the evening soon after she addressed protesting students outside the main gate of the university as she was denied entry into the campus.

Tension prevailed at the main gate as police took Radhika and a few students into custody amid strong protest by dozens of pro-Rohith students.

During her speech, Radhika said she was facing a threat to her life from the central government. She alleged that during the last one year she and her other family members were harassed on false charges that they are not Dalits.

Earlier, police arrested scores of protestors as they tried to defy the ban orders and enter the campus to pay tributes to Rohith and take part in a meeting.

Tue
17
Jan

Azhar moves court to set aside order allowing HCA polls

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin today filed a petition in the Rangareddy district court requesting it to set aside its earlier order allowing election for Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and also all consequential actions that followed the election to the cricket body.

"We felt that the election was wrong. We thought it would be held as per Lodha Committee recommendations. That is the reason he (Azharuddin) filed nomination. Today we moved a petition asking the court to set aside its decision which ordered election to HCA among others," Ramakanth Reddy, counsel for Azharuddin, told PTI.

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