First flight of Haj pilgrims to depart on June 20

Hyderabad: The first flight of carrying 373 Haj pilgrims from Telangana State will depart from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad in the early hours of June 20.

Of 373 pilgrims, as many as 214 are from Hyderabad, 71 from Medchal, 44 from Nalgonda, 16 from Medak, 16 from Siddipet, and 12 from Yadadri Bhongir and two each from Sangareddy and Gadwal districts. Telangana State Haj Committee Chairman Mohammed Saleem and other officials will accord a warm send-off to the Haj pilgrims at 5:55 AM on June 20.

Elaborate arrangements have been made at the Haj Camp at Haj House, Nampally where the pilgrims departing from the first flight arrived on Saturday morning. The RT-PCR test of all the pilgrims has been conducted and all of them were found negative for Covid-19.According to Wakf Board Chairman, the Haj pilgrims would board the flight from the international terminal instead of the Haj terminal. Therefore, their immigration and customs clearance would be completed in the Haj House itself. (INN)

KTR asks the Centre to review the controversial Agnipath scheme

Hyderabad: Agnipath scheme is killing the aspirations of millions of youth who want to join the armed forces and serve the nation, said TRS Working President K. Tarakarama Rao.

Without any consultation, the BJP Govt at the center has taken a unilateral decision on the Agnipath scheme, KTR said. He stated that the farmers weren’t consulted before introducing farm laws, traders weren’t consulted before bringing GST, citizens of the nation were neglected during demonitization, and the minorities were ignored when CAA was proposed

The BJP Govt at the center has played with the lives of farmers with draconian farm laws and is now adversely affecting the soldiers with schemes like Agnipath, said KTR.  He also said that the Union Govt should take complete responsibility for the protests taking place across the nation.

The center has reduced the army from ‘one rank-one pension’ to ‘no rank – no pension,’ said KTR. He stated that this is a scheme that is pushing the national security and future of youth into danger, which is a threat to the nation.

KTR mentioned that the agitations across the country against this controversial scheme show how intense the unemployment problem in India is. He also added that the youth of the nation is not happy with the Union Govt and its policies.

He stated that the BJP at the center is trying to privatize the military of the country which shows their inefficiency in governance. 

TRS Working President KTR stated that 75% of the youth who join the army through the Agnipath scheme will become unemployed at the end of the fourth year. He questioned what would happen to the youth who finish a four years career in the army and come out.

KTR stated that the Union Govt has failed miserably in providing employment opportunities to the army officials who served for many years risking their lives for the safety and security of the country.

KTR trashed the words of the Union Govt which stated that the youth after completing four years will get jobs in private firms. He added that no citizen in the country would believe the words of Prime Minister Modi after he failed to deliver his promise of two crore jobs every year in the country.

This scheme will majorly affect the youth coming from rural areas who aspire to join the army and serve the nation, KTR said. He also stated that this controversial scheme will disturb the organizational culture, traditions, and values that have kept the Indian Army at the highest pedestal for decades.

KTR stated that the Union Govt is negatively affecting the spirit of the armed forces by taking such decisions at a time when the neighboring countries are posing a threat to the security of the country.

Setting aside national security, BJP is keen on financial elements, KTR said. He added that this is a cheap attempt made by the BJP Govt to save the pension money which is given to the retired officers.

KTR demanded the Prime Minister to respond to these protests and also make his stand public to clear the doubts of the unemployed youth.

TRS working President KTR added that the TRS party understands the agony of the protesters.KTR conveyed his condolences to the youth who died in the protests at the Secunderabad Railway station today. He said that the Union Govt should take complete responsibility for this death. (INN)

One dead, several injured in ‘Agnipath’ protest at Secunderabad Rly Stn

Hyderabad: One youngster was killed and another suffered critical bullet injury when the police opened fire to control the violence and arson at the Secunderabad Railway Station on Friday during the protest against Central Govt’s new recruitment ‘Agnipath’. At least 12 others were also injured in the violence at the Secunderabad Railway Station.

The deceased has been identified as 18-year-old Damodara Rakesh, a resident of Dabeerpet village in the Warangal district. Another youth, Mohan (20) of Nizamsagar in Kamareddy district, also sustained a bullet injury.

The other injured persons, admitted at the Gandhi Hospital, have been identified as Jagannath Rangaswamy of Kurnool, K Rakesh of Karimnagar, Lakkam Vinay and J Srikanth of Mahabubnagar, A Kumar of Warangal, G Parasuram of Kamareddy, Nagender Babu of Khammam, E Vidyasagar of Komaram Bheem Asifabad, S Lakshman Reddy of Nalgonda D Mahesh of Vikarabad and Bharat Kumar. All of them are aged about 20-21 years.

One police official Chandru, 42, was also injured in the violence at the Secunderabad Railway Station.

According to sources, police had to fire 15 rounds in the air to disperse when some agitating youth resorted to largescale violence and arson. (INN)

CAS and Evidence Based health Journalism Workshop by UNICEF held at MANUU

Hyderabad:  A two-day workshop on evidence-based health journalism organized by the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ), Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), in association with UNICEF concluded here today at MANUU.

Delivering his remarks at the inauguration, Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, Vice Chancellor, MANUU, said that the recent pandemic has driven the world’s attention towards the importance of health communication. Media can play a vital role in creating demand for immunization. Many of our journalists come from a non-medical background and the introduction of CAS at academic level helps them train in health journalism and encourage scientific mindset among masses, he added.

Over 120 students from MANUU, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and Himachal Pradesh University and health journalists learnt the importance of evidence-based reporting and fact-checking in health journalism – through UNICEF’s Critical Appraisal Skills (CAS) programme.  The CAS programme, developed in 2014 by UNICEF, in association with Oxford University, Thomson Reuters and IIMC for working health journalists and students of journalism and mass communication, was later adapted as an elective module in their curriculum by IIMC and MANUU.

Speaking at the inauguration, Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships, UNICEF India said “UNICEF has long worked with the media on its critical role in building opinions and influencing people. The CAS course was developed in 2014 to strengthen skills in media professionals for accurate, balanced, analytical reporting and fact checking to guard against misinformation. The idea is to increase accurate and reliable media reports on issues that impact children, such as immunization, provide parents the right information and confidence to vaccinate their children and protect them from preventable childhood illnesses.”

Prof. Ehtesham Ahmed Khan, Dean, School of Mass Communication and Journalism, MANUU in his welcome address said CAS plays an important role in building a holistic 360-degree science-based communication narrative, addressing misinformation, promoting awareness, undertaking capacity-building of media, rigorous analysis of news reports, authoritative scientific discourses, thought series in media to counter any negative discourse.”

Dr NK Arora, Chairman, COVID-19 Working Group, National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization, spoke on the COVID-19 vaccination and urged the media to find innovative ways to break through information fatigue and encourage eligible people to take all their doses of vaccine on time.

Prof. SK Ishtiaque Ahmed, Registrar, MANUU distributed the certificates among participants.  Prof. Sangeeta Pranvendra, Course Director, Department of English Journalism at IIMC, New Delhi said, “The Covid 19 Pandemic put forth a situation where the media fraternity realised afresh the need to have well informed, critically thinking journalists who could play a positive role in reporting on health issues, informing the public and also avoiding misinformation. CAS goes a long way in evolving these skills in the journalism students.” Sanjay Abhigyan, Executive Editor, Amar Ujala, Dehradun; and Pankaj Pachauri, Former Media Advisor to the Prime Minister and Editor, Go News were the speakers of the workshop. They said that the CAS is the first step towards becoming a Health Journalist and it has changed the way we think.

The participants, students and senior mentors shared their experiences of health reporting during the pandemic.

Prof. Mohammad Fariyad, Head of the Department was the workshop moderator. 

Former and current CAS students from different universities were also felicitated in the workshop. UNICEF’s Communications Officer, Sonia Sarkar and faculty members of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism were present.

BRAOU signs MoU with Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Institute

Hyderabad: Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University (BRAOU) and Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Institute (SRTRI) Pochampally, which is working under the aegis of Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department, Govt. of Telangana, entered into a Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU) to offered skill-based courses. A meeting in this regard was held at the campus on Wednesday.

The MoU was signed and exchanged by Registrar, Dr.A.V.N Reddy, BRAOU and Swamy Ramananda Tirtha Rural Institute, Director, Dr. Kishore Reddy in the presence of Prof.K.Seetharama Rao, Vice-Chancellor, BRAOU. The meeting was attended by Prof.E.Sudha Rani Director (Academic), Dr.D.Rabindranath Solomon, Head Department of Commerce, Faculty members and officials from the SRTRI. (INN)

TSPSC to conduct Group-I Prelims exam on Oct 16

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) has decided to conduct the Group-I Prelims exam on 16th October 2022 at all District Centers.

The details of exam centers and hall-ticket download will be updated on the TSPSC website in due course. Further, the Main Exam is likely to be held in the month of January /February 2023.

According to TSPSC Secretary Anita Ramchandran, the TSPSC has received a massive 3,80,202 applications for Group-I Service recruitment (Notification No.04/2022) and the Commission in its meeting held on 14/06/2022 has discussed the various probable dates for the conduct of preliminary exam.”It is the convention that the recruitment tests will be held at various centers on Sundays so as to avoid disturbance for the regular classes/activities of the academic institutions on account of Government examination. A number of representations have been received from various aspirants requesting to provide adequate time for studying since the Group-I exam is being held after a long time. The Commission initially contemplated holding the prelims in the month of July/August but due to representations from candidates, Commission reviewed all the available dates and after thoroughly considering all the aspects and with a view to accommodate all the candidates who are writing competitive exams at the State level viz, TS Police Recruitment Board and national level exams viz., UPSC, IBPS, RRB, etc., Commission has decided to conduct the exam on October 16,” the TSPSC Secretary said on Tuesday. (INN)

World Blood Donation Day: Home Minister Shri Mahmood Ali visits Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Society (TSCS)

Hyderabad:  On the occasion of World Blood Donation Day, Shri Mahmood Ali, Hon’ble Minister of Home, Prisons, Fire Services, Govt of Telanganahas today visited the blood donation camp at Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Society (TSCS) a registered non-profit organization. TSCS President Shri Chandrakant Agarwalhas briefed the Hon’ble Minister, Shri. Mahmood Ali, about  the situation of Thalassemia in Telangana and the need of blood donors to come forward for transfusion of blood to Thalassemia patients. Ms. Ratnavali Kothapalli, Vice President – TSCS & Mr M A Aleem Baig, Joint Secretary – TSCS have conducted blood donation camps across many locations in the state where the collected blood will be utilised for the patients who need blood transfusion at regular intervals.  TSCS has also appealed to the Hon’ble Minister to help  in releasing a G.O for mandatory antenatal test – HbA2 for every pregnant woman to help preventing the birth of Thalassemia Major Children.

Speaking on the occasion Shri. Chandrakant AgarwalPresident – TSCS said, “We are extremely honoured that our Home Minister, Shri Mahmood Ali ji has visited our society. It is also a very prestigious gesture to host him at our blood donation camp today i.e on World Blood Donation Day.  We explained him about the situation of Thalassemia is our state & country and also emphasized the need of blood donors to come forward and donate on a regular basis. He has extended his support to us and also promised to promote for the awareness of Thalassemia and its eradication. TSCS is World’s biggest society serving more than 3000 Thalassemia Children with modern equipment& specialist doctors, Free of Cost in Hyderabad. Our Free services includes Doctor Consultation, Free Laboratory investigations (CBP), Medicines, HLA test, HbA2 test of parents, siblings and extended family members, Blood transfusion and Free Bone Marrow Transplant with the help of Bajaj Electronics, Hyderabad”.

Premier Energies Group enters into Strategic Alliance with Azure Power

Hyderabad: Premier Energies Group, a leading solar manufacturing company enters a strategic alliance with Azure Power Global Limited, a leading independent sustainable energy solutions provider and renewable power producer in India.

As part of this strategic alliance, Premier has executed a Module Supply Agreement with Azure Power wherein Premier will supply 2.4 GW of Solar Cells and Solar Modules over the next four years having an estimated order value of more than Rs. 4,000 Crores. Premier and Azure together have invested Rs. 700 Crores to set up the state-of-the-art 1.25 GW Solar Cell and 1.25 GW Solar Module facility built to global standards in Telangana, India as part of its expansion plans. In addition to this, Azure

This facility will have the potential to create employment in excess of 1,000 jobs directly and help augment the ancillary industry by creating local employment in excess of 2,000 jobs. With this expansion, Premier Group will be one of the largest employers in aggregate terms in E-City, Telangana. Premier remains committed in partnering with the Government of Telangana and Solar Energy Corporation of India for accelerating the adoption of Solar energy in India.

Industries Minister K. Taraka Rama Rao stated that the Government of Telangana has allotted additional 20 acres of land in E-city for this expansion plan under Telangana Mega Projects. On the occasion of this new milestone, Minister KTR said, “Government of Telangana appreciates the repeat investment from Premier Energies and Azure Power. We are proud to host their existing state-of-the-art facility in E-City, Telangana and with the new investments, we are confident that they are going to grow bigger, and we assure our complete support to all our entrepreneurs to reach great heights. 

Speaking on this occasion, Alan Rosling, Chairman, Azure Power said, “Having long-term supply visibility is an important factor towards de-risking our business. Premier is operating one of the most advanced state-of-the-art solar cell and module lines in the country, and we are pleased to partner with Premier. This partnership is a prudent step towards securing long-term sustainable value for our stakeholders and towards actualization of India’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”

On this announcement, Surender Pal Singh, Chairman, Premier Energies said “We, at Premier are honored to partner with Azure Power in the solar manufacturing space in India. Premier has a legacy of over 27 years in solar manufacturing and this partnership further strengthens Premier’s leadership position in India.”

Chiranjeev Saluja, Managing Director, Premier Energies said “This is the first of its kind strategic partnership between Independent Power Producer and Solar Manufacturing company in India. This marks a major milestone in the Government of India’s goal of Make in India.” (INN)

Governor lauds blood donors for saving precious lives

Hyderabad: On the occasion of “World Blood Donor Day,” Telangana Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan extended her best wishes to all the blood donors, who are unselfishly donating blood to save precious lives, in the State of Telangana and all over the world.

“Blood Donors are the main saviours of millions of lives every year all over the world. Blood donation is a noble, humane, and invaluable act.  The celebration of World Blood Donor Day serves as the right occasion to recognise, salute, and thank the voluntary blood donors for their generous service,” the Governor said in her message on Monday.

The Governor said that this year the slogan for World Blood Donor Day is “Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”. “I am sure that regular and voluntary blood donations need to be encouraged in the true spirit of the slogan. Donation of blood to those in critical health conditions is a pious act and let us all resolve that there should not be even a single fatality due to the non-availability of blood in Telangana State in particular and elsewhere in the world in general,” the Governor said.“The role of blood donors is greatly appreciated in these challenging circumstances of COVID-19. Great noble souls are coming forward to give blood voluntarily even during the COVID 19 situation to save the lives of children suffering from Thalassemia and Sickle Cell diseases. I once again congratulate, thank and salute all the voluntary blood donors for their exemplary show of humanity and courage displayed and rising to the occasion by donating blood to save many lives,” the Governor added. (INN)

Felicitation of UPSC ranker Dr. Mustafa Hashmi at MANUU

Hyderabad: The School of Education and Training (SET), Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is organizing a felicitation programme for Dr. Syed Mustafa Hashmi, MS (162 Ranker in UPSC 2021 from Hyderabad) on June 13, 2022 in the Agha Hashar Kashmiri Auditorium at Directorate of Distance Education, MANUU at 12:30 p.m.

According to Prof. Siddiqui Mohd. Mahmood, Dean School of Education & Training, Dr. Syed Mustafa Hashmi will also inaugurate Workshop-cum-Seminar on “Leadership Development” on this occasion. Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, Vice-Chancellor will preside over. Prof. S.M. Rahmatullah, Pro Vice Chancellor and Prof. SK. Ishtiaque Ahmed,  Registrar will be the guests of honour.

In his statement, the Dean, School of Education and Training, said that “it is indeed a tremendous achievement  that  Dr. Syed Mustafa Hashmi has cleared the exam in spite of having a busy schedule as a doctor and while serving the Covid patients .”

Meanwhile, special Tarana for Workshop has been launched on June 10, 2022, by Dr. Muzaffar Hussain, Associate Professor, at the Department of Education and Training MANUU.