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Hyderabad, Dec 10 (IANS) Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has given an assurance to the family members of Nizam that he would extend all possible help in protecting properties of the ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad state.
Nawab Najaf Ali khan, grandson of seventh Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan, said Azad gave the assurance when he called on him in New Delhi last week.
According to Khan, president of Nizam Family Welfare Association, the properties are in various parts of the country.
“There are several properties all over India, especially in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra belonging to Nizam VII Sir Mir Osman Ali Khan,” Khan said.
“The properties were acquired by the state governments and till now no compensation has been paid to the family members,” Khan said in a statement.
Hyderabad, Dec 10 (IANS) The Indian School of Business (ISB) will Tuesday host a conference on ‘The future of corporate business in India and the role of the legal profession’.
Jointly organized by the Harvard Law School’s Programme on the Legal Profession and the ISB’s Bharti Institute of Public Policy (BIPP), the conference will focus on the intersection between business and law in India’s corporate sector, with an eye on demand, regulation and evolution of professional services in the coming decade.
The conference will extend the critical dialogue begun last year in New Delhi and Cambridge with respect to Harvard Law School’s multidisciplinary global research collaboration on Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (GLEE), said a statement from ISB.
This research initiative brings together leading scholars, policymakers and practitioners from around the world to examine how economic liberalization and other forces of globalization are reshaping the corporate legal profession in important emerging economies such as India, China, and Brazil. It also examines how these changes are in turn reshaping legal education, the delivery of legal services, and the rule of law.
Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot will deliver the keynote address while David Wilkins, vice dean, Harvard Law School, leaders from business, research and academia will speak on topics like demands of globalization on corporate business, evolution and regulation of professional services and future market for corporate legal services in India.
Hyderabad, Dec 10 (IANS) Netxcell Limited, a leading mobile value added service provider, has developed and implemented a subscription platform on cloud for Tata Docomo, which promises to enhance quality of service to the subscribers of the telecom service provider, a company official said Monday.
The solution, said to be first in the industry, will enable Tata Docomo to provide real time subscription services for 2G and 3G subscribers.
Netxcell will manage the entire pack provisioning and customer life cycle management solutions for Docomo across all of its 18 circles including real-time alerts for system utilization and breach of key service and performance indicators, said a company release here.
“Netxcell’s latest solution is an innovative, very flexible and hassle-free system that arms the operator with real-time intelligence on subscriber trends and usage patterns, thereby enabling the operator to engage its subscribers most efficiently,” said Debasis Chatterji, CEO Netxcell Limited.
Netxcell has been in the forefront of pioneering and developing niche value-added products and solutions for the mobile space and productivity enabling solutions for the telecom companies, system integrators and enterprises.
Hyderabad, Dec 9 (IANS) One of three Rajya Sabha members of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), who were absent during the vote on the FDI Bill in the upper house of parliament, Sunday sent his resignation to party president N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Y. Sujana Chowdary told reporters that he has sent his resignation from the Rajya Sabha membership to Naidu. The industrialist-politician said the party president had not asked him to quit but he was hurt over the remarks made by a section of the party leaders despite his clarification.
The absence of Chowdary along with T. Devender Goud and Gundu Sudha Rani during the vote in the upper house on Friday has created a ruckus in the party with a section of leaders seeking strong action against them.
Naidu, who is on a ‘padyatra’ of the state, was embarrassed as the absence of the MPs led to YSR Congress Party and Telangana Rashtra Samithi alleging that the TDP was hand in glove with the Congress party.
Some rivals of the MPs within the TDP went to the extent of alleging that they were bought over by the Congress.
Taking a serious note of the issue, Naidu said those who committed a mistake would face the punishment.
Addressing a public meeting in Adilabad district Sunday night, he said Goud had communicated to him in advance that he would not be able to attend the house due to ill-health. “Two others have given letters to me, explaining the reasons for their absence. They regretted it and apologised to the party cadre. I am looking into the issue,” said Naidu.
“If something is proved, strong action will be taken. If one MP or MLA goes, there is no loss to the party,” said an angry Naidu.
While stating that the TDP remained opposed to FDI in retail sector, the former chief minister admitted publicly that he was upset over the absence of party MPs at a time when he was taking pains to walk across the state to know the people’s problems and strengthen the party.
Hyderabad, Dec 9 (IANS) Hosts India made a winning start at the Volkswagen World Junior Table Tennis Championships with boys and girls sealing their group games at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here Sunday.
The boys’ team defeated Chile 3-0 and have Hong Kong to contend with in their next outing while the girls who beat Australia by the same margin will take on France.
With just the top team from each group qualifying, the hosts have an uphill task even before joining the top eight boys sides in Stage 2.
As for the girls, their match against France will decide whether they form part of the top 12 teams or go on to play for positions 13 to 20.
Group A (Stage 1): Hong Kong bt Chile 3-0 (Ka Tuk Hung bt Gustavo Gomez 9-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5, Chung Hei Chiu bt Sebastian Roman 11-3, 11-7, 11-8, Hong Ming Li bt Alfonso Olave 10-12, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 12-10), India bt Chile 3-0 (Abhishek Yadav bt Sebastian Roman 17-15, 8-11, 11-2, 11-9, Sudhanshu Grover bt Gustavo Gomez 9-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9, Utkarsh Gupta bt Juan Lamadrid 11-6, 11-6, 12-10).
Group B (Stage 1): Czech Republic bt USA 3-1 (David Reitspies bt Kunal Chodri 11-8, 101-12, 11-9, 11-7, Ondrej Bajger bt Grant Li 11-6, 11-5, 11-5, Michal Benes lost to Theodore Tran 11-13, 11-2, 5-11, 11-7, 7-1, David Reitspies bt Grant Li 11-7, 14-12, 11-9), Egypt bt USA 3-0 (Omar Bedair bt Kunal Chodri 11-8, 11-6, 11-4, Shady Magdy bt
Kanak Jha 11-5, 11-7, 11-9, Abdel-Rahman Mohammad bt Theodore Tran 11-5, 11-8, 11-4).
Group C (Stage 1): Belgium bt New Zealand 3-0 (Florent Lambiet bt Kevin Wu 11-5, 11-9, 11-2, obin Devos bt Roger Rao 11-4, 11-3, 11-9, Martin Allegro bt Daniel Lowe 11-3, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5), Italy bt New Zealand 3-0 (Alessandro Baciocchi bt Roger Rao 14-12, 11-9, 11-8, Leonardo Mutti bt Kevin Wu 11-7, 11-9, 11-8, Damiano Seretti bt Liam Young 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).
Group D (Stage 1):Hungary bt Australia 3-0 (Nandor Ecseki bt Heming Hu 11-6, 11-3, 11-3, Marton Szita bt Ivan Sulfaro 11-5, 11-7, 11-0, Adam Szudi bt Nathan van der Heiden 11-4, 11-6, 11-8), Argentina bt Australia 3-1 (Fermin Tenti bt Ivan Sulfaro 11-6, 11-7, 11-7, Juan Daher lost to Heming Hu 11-9, 8-11, 3-11, 11-9, 8-11, Fermin Tenti bt Heming Hu 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10).
Group A (Stage 1): Croatia bt Venezuela 3-0 (Mateja Jeger bt Winberly Montero 11-2, 11-2, 11-9, Lea Rakovac bt Gremlis Arvelo 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, Ivana Tubikanec bt Josmary Lucena 6-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10), Caroline Kumahara bt Winberly Montero 11-3, 11-4, 11-8, Karina Hayama bt Gremlis Arvelo 11-9, 11-5, 11-6, Bruna Alexandre bt Josmary Lucena 11-3, 11-7, 11-6).
Group B (Stage 1): Chinese Taipei bt Puerto Rico 3-0 (Yu-Wen Huang bt Carelyn Cordero 11-9, 11-8, 11-4, Hisn Huang bt Daniely Rios 8-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, Ya-Ting Hsu bt Melanie Diaz 11-5, 11-6, 11-5), Egypt bt Puerto Rico 3-1 (Alia Doaa bt Carelyn Cordero 3-11, 7-11, 8-11, Dina Meshref bt Daniely Rios 9-11, 12-10, 13-11, 11-4, Dina Meshref bt Carelyn Cordero 11-5, 11-4, 11-8).
Group C (Stage 1): France bt Australia 3-0 (Laura Pfefer 11-3, 11-7, 11-7, Sarah Berge bt Vy Bui 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4, Marina Berho bt Kayla Coombs 11-5, 11-6, 11-5), India bt Australia 3-0 (Manika Batra bt Vy Bui 11-8, 11-7, 11-8, T. Reeth Rishya bt Anna Du 11-6, 4-11, 11-8, 11-6, Suthirtha Mukherjee bt Sarah Tan 11-5, 11-1, 11-8).
Group D (Stage 1): Belarus bt Wales 3-1 (Katsiaryna Baravok bt Angharad 11-5, 11-6, 11-5, Alina Arlouskaya bt Charlotte 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 9-11, 13-11, Maryia Kuchuk bt Megan Phillips 10-12, 14-16, 11-7, 14-12, 11-9), Netherlands bt Wales 3-1 (Kim Vermaas bt Angharad 11-6, 11-2, 11-7, Alice Barendregt lost to Charlotte Carey 11-5, 2-11, 10-12, 5-11, Britt Eerland bt Megan Phillips 11-2, 11-7, 11-5, Kim Vermaas bt Charlotte Carey 11-8, 11-3, 11-6).
Hyderabad, Dec 9 (IANS) Protests in all three regions of Andhra Pradesh Sunday marked the third anniversary of the central government’s announcement to initiate the process of forming a separate state of Telangana.
While parties fighting for a Telangana state took out rallies in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the region, demanding the central government fulfill its word, some groups in parts of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra regions) observed a black day, opposing any move to bifurcate the state.
The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and various student groups organised meetings and observed hunger strike.
The JAC and TRS observed Sunday as day of inspiration when their leaders addressed meetings in various parts of the region. BJP leaders observed a day-long fast to protest the delay in carving out a separate state. The CPI took out rallies and burnt effigies of the central government for going back on its word.
State BJP president G. Kishan Reddy, who participated in the hunger strike in Hyderabad, termed the all-party meeting convened by union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Dec 28 as another ploy of the Congress party.
He said if the Congress was sincere on Telangana issue, Congress president Sonia Gandhi should attend the all-party meeting.
“If Sonia Gandhi attends the meet, BJP president Nitin Gadkari will also participate,” he said.
CPI state secretary K. Narayana, who led a protest rally in Hyderabad, alleged that the Congress is not sincere on Telangana issue. He said without the Congress spelling its stand, the all-party meet would serve no purpose.
Narayana demanded that the central government immediately implement its announcement of Dec 9, 2009. Raising slogans of “Jai Telangana”, the protestors set afire the effigy of the central government.
In the Rayalaseema and Andhra regions, student groups observed ‘black day’ and demanded that the central government withdraw its Dec 9 statement. Samaikhya Andhra Students’ Joint Action Committee staged protests in Kadapa, Guntur and Visakhapatnam.
Opposing any move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, they asked the central government not to hold the all-party meeting.
It was on Dec 9, 2009, that the central government announced that the process for formation of Telangana state would be initiated. The announcement was made following 11-day fast by TRS chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao and mass protests across Telangana.
However, the counter protests in Seemandhra and the mass resignations of MPs and state legislators in the two regions forced the central government to put the process on hold. Then union home minister P. Chidambaram announced that the government would evolve consensus before taking any further step on the issue.
Hyderabad, Dec 9 (IANS) There is an active fault beneath the Tehri dam that enhances the earthquake risk, scientists of the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) here have reported. The Tehri dam is located near Tehri town in Uttarakhand in the Kumaon-Garhwal Himalayas region.
“The tectonic loading on this active fault due to local seismicity, coupled with the reservoir loading and unloading, may generate earthquake(s) and cause additional seismic risk in this critically stressed region,” Sandeep Gupta and co-workers in NGRI claim in their report in the latest issue of “Current Science” published by the Indian Academy of Sciences.
They say their conclusion is based on evidence obtained by mapping of the seismicity pattern in the Kumaon-Garhwal Himalayas region in general and around the Tehri dam in particular, using observations from a temporary seismological network they operated for over 39 months during 2005-2008. During this period, over 20 earthquakes of magnitude 1.6-2.8 on the Richter scale were recorded in a 20-km radius of the dam site.
According to the scientists, the dam site was chosen in 1961, “at the time when the plate tectonics theory was taking birth and researchers were not well-educated with the fundamental mechanism responsible for earthquakes in the Himalayas. Since then, much has changed in the context of our theoretical understanding and observations related to the evolution of the Himalaya and the associated earthquake hazards”.
The Tehri dam falls in a region of possible future great earthquakes, the researchers say. The last major earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred 209 years ago, in 1803, close to Srinagar-Garhwal. Many intermittent earthquakes including the 1991 Uttarkashi earthquake (magnitude 6.8) have rocked the region and released parts of energy stored elastically due to the movement of the Indian plate.
“Still, a large amount of residual stress has to be released by an earthquake of magnitude possibly not less than 8,” the NGRI scientists claim. They say that geodetic levelling observations in the region also suggest the possibility of great earthquakes to release the recoverable elastic strain stored in the upper crust of the outer Himalayas in this part of the Himalayas.
According to the NGRI team, the Tehri dam was initially designed to withstand ground acceleration expected from the maximum credible earthquake of magnitude 7.2, whereas the ground acceleration would be twice this if an earthquake like the 1905 Kangra temblor strikes again.
The scientists have also studied the seismicity around the dam in relation to reservoir filing. They observed an increase in seismicity from December 2005 onwards, after its first filling in October 2005. “We, thus, speculate that seismicity in the vicinity of the Tehri dam may have a linkage with instability created by loading and unloading of the reservoir.”
This, coupled with the close proximity of the seismically active fault to the dam, has serious implications for the earthquake hazard scenario and calls for “re-assessment, analysis and further examination of our results using dedicated ground and space-based seismic and geodetic networks,” the scientists concluded.
(K.S. Jayaraman can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hyderabad, Dec 8 (IANS) India’s shale gas exploration policy is likely to be ready within a year as it prepares for its exploration to meet the huge gap between demand and supply of natural gas, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Pannabaka Lakshmi said Saturday.
She told a conference on natural gas organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here that shale gas has emerged as an important new source of energy in the country.
“The draft policy of shale gas exploration is already discussed with various stakeholders and is likely to be ready within a year,” she said
Shale gas, a natural gas formed from being trapped within shale formations, has helped the US achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector.
A study by US Energy International Agency estimates India’s shale gas reserves at about 290 trillion cubic feet (TCF), of which 63 TCF could be recovered.
The production of natural gas in India was 135 MMSCMD (million metric standard cubic metrs per day) during 2011-12 as against a requirement of about 200 MMSCMD. The country currently imports 25 percent of natural gas.
Pannabaka Lakshmi said the national endeavor to bridge the ever-increasing gap between demand and supply of petroleum products in India by intensifying exploratory efforts for oil and gas in the Indian sedimentary basins and abroad need to be supported by other alternate sources of energy like coal bed methane, shale gas, gas hydrates, ethanol and bio-diesel.
India is world’s fourth largest consumer of primary energy and accounts for nearly 4.6 percent of world’s energy consumption after China, US and Russia.
During 2011-12, the consumption of petroleum products was about 148 million metric tonne (MMT) showing an import dependence of more than 75 percent.
Natural gas sector constitutes about 9.8 percent of primary energy consumption which is likely to grow up to 20 percent by 2025 as per Indian Hydrocarbon vision. About 65 percent of natural gas consumption is consumed by power and fertilizer sectors.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board chairman S. Krishnan said India needs to evolve a strategy to meet significantly higher share of energy needs from natural gas.
“The challenge is to take the contribution of natural gas in the country’s energy basket from around 10 percent to 25 percent in the medium term,” he said.
Coal currently accounts for 53 percent of the country’s energy needs. However, the huge rising gap between demand and supply of coal, coal import price of coal and environmental concerns will limit its use.
Hyderabad, Dec 8 (IANS) Two floating re-gassified liquified natural gas (RLNG) terminals off Andhra Pradesh coast will be commissioned in two years, officials said.
While the first terminal at Kakinada will be commissioned by December next year, the second terminal at Gangavaram port will commence operations in 2014.
The Rs 1,000-crore RLNG terminal at Kakinada is being set up by the AP Gas Distribution Corporation Ltd, a joint venture between Andhra Pradesh Gas Infrastructure Corporation and Gail Gas Limited, a 100 percent subsidiary of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).
GDF Suez LNG UK Ltd, which has vast experience in building floating RLNG terminals, is the strategic partner for the project, S. Venkatraman, director, business development, GAIL (India)told a conference on natural gas organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
The 3.5-million-tonne unit, which will be housed on a floating ship instead of land, can deliver equivalent to 14 MMSCM (million metric standard cubic metres per day).
Andhra Pradesh’s Natural Gas Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said Petronet was establishing another RLNG terminal at Gangavaram Port in Visakhapatnam district, which will commence operations by the end of 2014.
The two RLNG terminals are expected to provide much needed relief to gas-based power projects in Andhra Pradesh, which is reeling under power crisis.
The minister said about 32 MMSCMD of natural gas will be available to the state through imported LNG through these two terminals. The state can generate about 6,500 MW power with the imported gas.
The state has about 2,700 MW gas-based power plants but due to shortage of natural gas they are operating at 20 to 25 percent plant load factor (PLF).
The minister said about 3,800 MW gas-based power plants were ready to commence the generation and were waiting for allocation of natural gas.
The gas-based power plants in the state currently have an allocation of six MMSCMD as against a requirement of 32 MMSCMD.
He said Krishna Godavari Basin, off the coast of Andhra Pradesh, was identified as one of the potential gas reserves in the world.
“However the production is not to the expected levels. Reliance’s D6 field was estimated to produce about 80 MMSCMD where as it is producing about 26 MMSCMD which is far below the projections,” he said.
Hyderabad, Dec 7 (IANS) The central government’s decision to convene an all-party meeting on Telangana issue later this month has triggered war of words between the two major political parties in Andhra Pradesh with the Congress rejecting the TDP’s demand to spell out its stand.
The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Friday asked the ruling Congress to spell out its stand before the all-party meeting convened by union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Dec 28. The Congress, however, said it would take a decision only after hearing the opinion of other parties.
State Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana said since the Congress has to take a decision on the issue, it would do so only after hearing the opinion of other parties. He recalled that even in the all-party meeting held on Dec 7, 2009, Congress had not taken a stand.
He was reacting to TDP’s demand that Congress should first make its stand clear. The main opposition party said it would announce its stand after Congress takes a position on the demand for separate statehood to Telangana region.
With Shinde still not making clear as to how many representatives each party can send, there is confusion among the ranks of the two major parties. The leadership of both the parties are under pressure from their leaders in Seemandhra (Rayalseema and Andhra regions) to send two representatives – one each from Telangana and Seemandhra.
However, the leaders of both the parties from Telangana want the central government to call only one representative from each party so that they can take a clear stand on the issue.
“We are demanding that only one representative be invited from each party,” said state minister D. Sridhar Babu.
TDP Telangana forum leader E. Dayakar Rao also demanded that each party be allowed to send only one representative so that the all-party meeting this time can achieve a breakthrough. He pointed out that in the earlier all-party meeting, two representatives from each party were divided along the regional lines.
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which is emerging as the third major political force in the state, has also not taken a clear stand on the issue. Its leaders said their party would spell out its stand during the meet.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Communist Party of India (CPI) are demanding separate Telangana state while Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) want Andhra Pradesh to remain united.
Meanwhile, Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram said the proposed meet would make no progress unless the Congress takes a clear stand on the issue.
JAC, which is spearheading Telangana movement, termed as a conspiracy the demand from the state government to postpone the meeting in view of World Telugu Conference scheduled on the same day in Tirupati.
Kodandaram told reporters that there is no link between the meetings and the demand to postpone all-party meet is a conspiracy to drag on the Telangana issue.
Hyderabad, Dec 6 (IANS) Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has convened all-party meeting on Telangana on Dec 28 as he has recently taken over and wants to know the views of the parties on the issue, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.
Azad, the union health minister and incharge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, recalled that the central governnment earlier held two all-party meetings on the issue.
“Since Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde recently took over, he has called the meeting to know the views afresh,” Azad told reporters here Thursday.
The central leader’s statement may come as a disappointment for a section of Congress MPs from Telangana, who are expecting a positive decision by the central government for separate statehood to Telangana region, which comprises 10 districts including Hyderabad.
Bowing to the pressure from seven Congress MPs, the central government Wednesday agreed to call the all-party meeting.
Azad said a decision was yet to be taken on the number of representatives each party can send to the meet. He hoped that all parties will participate and express their views frankly.
“There are divergent views over Telangana. Some want Telangana state, some want both Telangana and Andhra and there also others who want the state to remain united,” he said.
In the all-party meetings held in the past, the parties had taken diametrically opposite stands.
Azad also held talks with former chief of state Congress D. Srinivas and state minister K. Jana Reddy, both hailing from Telangana.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana met Azad and demanded that the proposed all-party meet on Telangana be either advanced or postponed as its date is clashing with the World Telugu Conference at Tirupati.
Hyderabad, Dec 6 (IANS) The 20th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid Thursday passed off peacefully here amid tight security, police said. A shutdown was called by Muslim organisations to mark the day.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city including the old city, which witnessed a series of communal clashes during the last few weeks.
The afternoon prayers at the Mecca Masjid went off peacefully with police maintaining a tight vigil at the nearby Charminar, where the expansion of a temple abutting the monument had sparked off tension last month.
The shutdown called by Muslim organisations evoked mixed response in the city. Most of the shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in the old city.
Black flags were hoisted on roads and on top of buildings at several places in the old city.
Hyderabad police Commissioner Anurag Sharma said the situation in the city was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported. He thanked people for cooperating with police in maintaining law and order.
The police chief said the tight security arrangements, as a precautionary measure, would continue till Friday prayers.
Policemen and personnel of Rapid Action Force were deployed in the communally sensitive areas. Prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more persons were imposed.
As a precautionary measure, the Archaeological Survey of India banned the entry of visitors into Charminar till Dec 8.
The 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh was demolished by a mob Dec 6, 1992, triggering communal violence across the country.