CM KCR to lead Telangana Formation Day celebrations on 2nd June

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar informed that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao will unfurl the national flag in connection with Telangana State formation Day on the 2nd of June at Public Gardens.  He will also pay tributes to the Martyrs at the Telangana Amaraveerula Stupam at Gun Park on the occasion.

At a meeting held today, the Chief Secretary instructed the police department to make necessary security and traffic arrangements from the 27th of this month till the 2nd of June. The R&B officials were asked to make arrangements for barricading, security lighting and sunshades as per feasibility.  Similarly, the I&PR department was directed to install a public address system and LED screens at the venue. The GHMC was directed to arrange for cleaning, leveling, watering and maintenance of sanitary and hygienic conditions.  It was also decided to ensure the supply of drinking water, provision of uninterrupted power supply and arrangement of ORS packets. The cultural department will organise a Kavi Sammelan in the evening at Ravindra Bharathi on that day, the Chief Secretary said.DGP Mahender Reddy, Spl CS (MA&UD) Arvind Kumar, Spl. Chief Secretary (Energy) Sunil Sharma, Prl. Secretary (Home) Ravi Gupta, Secretary (Health) SAM Rizvi, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, HMWSS&B MD Dana Kishore, Addl. Secretary (Protocol) Arvinder Singh, TSSPDCL (CMD) G. Raghuma Reddy and Director Culture M. Hari Krishna attended. (INN)

Minister KTR meets with the R&D head of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health

Hyderabad: Minister for IT and Industries K.T. Rama Rao met with Franck Riot, Global R&D Head GSK Consumer Health today to discuss the growth witnessed by the safety and regulatory set up of GlaxoSmithKline in Telangana and their expansion plans for the state.

GlaxoSmithKline is a healthcare company, which engages in the research, development, and manufacture of pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products. It operates through the following segments: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines, Consumer Healthcare, and Corporate Executive Team (CET). GSK was the world’s sixth-largest pharmaceutical company according to Forbes as of 2019. GSK is the tenth largest pharmaceutical company with total revenue of USD 43,731.8 Million and employs around 94,000 people worldwide. The company also ranks 264 on the Fortune Global 500 list (2021). In 2020, GSK had 40 new medicines and 17 new vaccines in development.

Minister noted that the company has invested more than Rs. 710 crores in Hyderabad and have created total employment of around 125 people. The facility has been expanding rapidly since its establishment in 2016 and has witnessed an investment of around Rs. 340 crores in the last couple of years alone.

Going forward, the facility will continue to grow out of Hyderabad even as they separate from GSK to be an independent organization known as Haleon. Haleon will be a global leader 100% focused on consumer health and will have a clear purpose to deliver better everyday health to humanity with a focused strategy to deliver sustainable above-market growth and attractive returns to shareholders.

Hon’ble Minister welcomed the company’s continued investment in Telangana and assured them of all support from the State.  He said that “I’m delighted to note the remarkable growth of GlaxoSmithKline in Hyderabad. I’m sure that the regulatory and safety operations of GSK in Hyderabad will continue to play a pivotal role in attaining the vision of the GSK group. The government of Telangana will work hand-in-hand with the company and extend all the support required to further accelerate the presence of GSK in Hyderabad.”

Franck Riot added that the facility will also look for opportunities to expand its presence in the Hyderabad center as necessary to support its future aspirations. (INN)

Chief Secretary holds review meeting on paddy procurement in Telangana

Hyderabad: Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar today held a meeting with Civil Supplies department officials and took stock of the paddy procurement in the state. 

The Commissioner of Civil Supplies informed that the paddy procurement is going on smoothly across the state.  So far, 4.61 lakh MTS paddy has been procured in the state from 61,300 farmers through 3679 paddy procurement centres. The present availability of gunny bags is sufficient to procure 31 lakh MTS of paddy.

He stated that while 7.8 crore gunny bags are readily available, tenders for procuring eight crore gunny bags are being finalized today.  In addition to that 2.5 crore gunny bags will be received from Jute Corporation of India shortly.  51 check posts have been established in 17 bordering districts of the state to ensure that paddy is not brought by middlemen from other states to the paddy procurement centres.

The Chief Secretary directed the officials to upload the details of paddy procured the same day so that payment can be made to the farmers at the earliest.  He said that money is not a problem as the government has mobilized Rs. 5,000  Crores so far for this purpose.  As soon as the paddy is procured the same is being sent to mills. 4.3 lakh MTS paddy has been shifted to mills till today and as such, there is no backlog, he said.  

As the harvesting has not started in Warangal, Gadwal, Wanaparthy, Bhoopalpally and Nagarkurnool districts, paddy procurement centres have not been set up in these districts, Chief Secretary said and added that the paddy procurement centres will be set up once harvesting in these districts begins.Civil Supplies Commissioner Anil Kumar, GM Procurement Raji Reddy and other senior officials attended the meeting. (INN)

TPCC finalises schedule of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Telangana

Hyderabad: The Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has released the full schedule of AICC leader Rahul Gandhi’s 2-day visit to Telangana.

As per the schedule, Rahul Gandhi will arrive at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on May 6 at 4:50 pm on a special flight from Delhi. From there, he will leave for Warangal by a helicopter at 5:10 pm. At 6:05 pm, he will participate in the Rythu Sangarshana Sabha at the Warangal Arts College Ground. After the meeting, he will leave by road at 8 pm and reach Hyderabad at around 10:40 pm. He will stay at the Taj Krishna Hotel in Banjara Hills.

The next day, May 7, he will depart from Hotel Taj Krishna at 12:30 pm and reach Sanjeevaiah Park at 12:50 pm where he will pay tributes to former Chief Minister Sanjeevaiah. He will leave Sanjeevayya Park at 1:15 pm and reach Gandhi Bhavan at 1:30 pm to address a meeting from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm.Rahul Gandhi will hold discussions with TPCC leaders on the present political scenario in Telangana and party’s strategy for next Assembly elections. After the meeting, he will reach Shamshabad Airport by road from Gandhi Bhavan at 3 pm. He will return to Delhi by a special flight at 5:50 pm. (INN)

Crescent not sighted, Eid-ul-Fitr on Tuesday

Hyderabad: The Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated across the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States on Tuesday as the crescent of Shavval-ul-Mukarram was not sighted on Sunday night.This was announced by a team of noted Islamic Scholars under the aegis of the Central Ruiyat-e-Hilal Committee – Hyderabad Deccan which met at the residence of Committee President and Majlis-e-Ulema-e-Deccan Secretary-General Moulana Syed Qubul Pasha Shuttari at Dabeepura. They announced that Monday will be the 30th of Ramzan and the Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on Tuesday. (INN)

Google, TS Govt signs MoU to bring the benefits of digital economy to youth and women

Hyderabad: Google today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Telangana to support and accelerate its vision of leveraging technology for sustainable economic development and inclusive social development.

Under this new initiative, Google will collaborate with the Government through its various arms to extend scholarships for Google Career Certificates to Telangana’s youth, support women entrepreneurs through digital, business and financial skills training, and strengthen the Government’s school modernization efforts with digital teaching and learning tools and solutions. As part of the joint effort, Google will also support the Telangana government’s efforts to improve public transportation and use of digital technologies in agriculture.

Underlining its commitment to investing and expanding its presence in Telangana, Google also unveiled the design of its ground-up development at the 7.3-acre site it acquired in Gachibowli in 2019. The 3 million square foot building prioritizes sustainability and energy efficiency throughout its design. Upon commissioning, it will offer a highly skilled tech workforce a healthy, collaborative workplace that is both resilient and adaptable, designed to serve the city for years to come.

Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao unveiled the building design at a ceremony held onsite.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister KTR said, “I am pleased that Google is deepening its roots in Hyderabad through this landmark building which incorporates sustainability into its design, keeping in mind Hyderabad’s large and future-focused talent pool. Google has been working with the Government of Telangana since 2017, using its solutions to support our vision of a ‘Digital Telangana’ and furthering our mutual aim of making every citizen digitally empowered. Our previous MoUs with them have resulted in some great initiatives that have positively affected citizens from all walks of life. This time we are focusing on making a step-change in communities such as youth, women, and students and in citizen services.”

Elaborating on the MoU, Sanjay Gupta, Country Head & Vice President, Google India, said, “Hyderabad has been home to one of our largest employee bases since we started our operations in India. Over the years, we have partnered with the Telangana government to bring the benefits of Google’s technologies  and programs to serve the needs of people in the state. Today, we are pleased to strengthen our association to support and accelerate the efforts of the Telangana government to help youth learn the right skills for employment, support women entrepreneurs with digital skills, and modernize schools for children. These efforts and investments in Hyderabad are part of our larger commitment to India and are designed to address key areas of the country’s rapidly-changing digital landscape. These efforts complement our overarching mission in India, that focuses on enabling more affordable access to the internet for every Indian, building safer and new helpful experiences that answer India’s distinct needs, empowering businesses of all sizes as they make their digital transformation journey, and using the power of AI to address big social challenges.”

Under the MoU, Google will collaborate with the Telangana government to:

Provide Google Career Certificate Scholarships to underserved youth: In order for youth to become job-ready for the demand for digital talent, Google will collaborate with Telangana Academy for Skill and Knowledge to provide scholarships and wrap-around training for pursuing Google Career Certificates in high demand fields like IT Support, IT Automation, UX Design, Data Analytics, and Project Management. These learners will also be able to connect with employers who have an ongoing demand for these skills through a hiring pool that recognizes the certificates.

Roll out WomenWill program to equip women with training and tools for their entrepreneurship journeys: Together with WE-Hub, Google will roll out its WomenWill program to deliver digital, business and financial skills to nano, micro and small women-led businesses and entrepreneurs across Telangana. WomenWill’s specially designed “how to” curriculum provides guidance and support to women entrepreneurs aspiring to turn an interest into a business, better manage their upcoming enterprise, and promote it for growth.Empower public schools with digital education through Google for Education’s shareable devices and collaborative tools: Google for Education will partner in the State’s education modernization efforts through needs assessment, impact demonstrations, and student and educator training on the use of e-Learning technologies for improved learning outcomes. In addition to the focus on e-learning, this collaboration will also emphasize enhancing digital literacy for both students and educators. (INN)

Minister KTR launches Telangana’s SpaceTech Framework in Metaverse

Hyderabad: The Government of Telangana has launched its SpaceTech Framework to support the participation of private industry in the SpaceTech sector and thereby increase India’s share in the global market growing at a CAGR of 5.6% to reach USD 558 Bn in 2026.

The vision of the framework is to vision to “Establish Telangana as a globally recognized one-stop destination in Space Technology”. Under the framework, the government seeks to build an ecosystem where the advancement of technologies in SpaceTech is increasingly done within India both by supporting indigenous development and attracting the best global companies.

The launch event that was conducted on Monday has also become the First Ever Official Event in Metaverse. For the event, a custom development of a space themed metaverse that allows interaction with nearby attendees without disrupting the event proceedings was carried out. The same was spearheaded by the Emerging Technologies Wing, ITE&C Dept. of the state government and implemented by a Hyderabad startup called Gamitronics. Towards the closing of the event, the NFT collection corresponding to this unique event and comprising limited edition Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze virtual coins has also been launched on OpenSea under the listing account named TSGovtEmergingTechnologies.

The move to launch the Telangana’s state-specific SpaceTech Framework came amidst the recent national reforms in the sector and strategic advantage of the state owing to its robust ecosystem in SpaceTech with established industry players like Ananth Technologies, MTAR, VEM Technologies, etc., start-ups like Skyroot Aerospace, Dhruva Space, etc. The advantage is evident has Telangana based SMEs had contributed 30% of parts for ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). The government also seeks to leverage Hyderabad’s unique position by leveraging the synergies with its robust aerospace and defence ecosystem.

The framework was officially launched today in the presence of Information Minister K.T. Rama Rao, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, ISRO Chairman S Somanath, and Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman, Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe). Since the event was in metaverse, each of these key dignitaries in addition to representatives of Telangana Secretariat and various industry members had their custom avatars with real life resemblance developed using 360° photos/videos captures.

The initiatives to be undertaken under the SpaceTech Framework shall support an accelerated growth in the sector. The overall objectives of the policy are 5 fold: i) Become a global technology hub for SpaceTech; ii) Foster and support business and entrepreneurship in SpaceTech; iii) Attract global investments and partners; iv) Boost space-related manufacturing and become a preferred destination; v) Become the preferred testbed for remote sensing applications especially for socioeconomic development.

To achieve the objectives of the framework, the initiatives, collaborations and programs shall be undertaken under 4 key pillars: i) Enabling Access to Infrastructure; ii) Business Facilitation and Collaboration; iii) Skill Development & Training; iv) Promoting Research & Innovation. Further, the state shall have 5 focus areas in adopting downstream applications of SpaceTech: Agriculture & Insurance, Urban Planning & Development, Disaster Management, Environment & Natural Resources, and Internet & Communication.“Telangana has always been a ‘start-up state’ and a key supporter for innovation. As the Indian SpaceTech sector is witnessing increasing activity by the private sector, the state seeks to further boost its already leading SpaceTech ecosystem to establish Telangana as a globally recognized one-stop destination in Space Technology. It is time to support the SpaceTech industry led by Indians to build solutions in the country and then export globally!”, said Minister KTR.  (INN)

ASI celebrates World Heritage day across Telangana

Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Circle of the Archeological Survey of India held various events across the state to commemorate World Heritage day. Aimed at enhancing awareness about conserving and preserving our legacy from the past, World Heritage day is celebrated on the 18th of April annually across the globe.

In Telangana, a heritage walk was held at Ramappa temple which was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO last year.

District Collector of the Mulugu district, Krishna Aditya participated as the Chief Guest in the event organized by ASI Warangal sub circle & ASI Hyderabad circle.

About 800 years old, the Ramappa temple which is also known as Rudreshswara temple,  was built by the Kakatiya Rulers and is perhaps the only temple in the country to be named after its chief architect, Ramappa.

Academic sessions on Archeology, Culture and Heritage of Telangana were held at the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University (PSTU).

Chairing the morning session, the Superintending Archeologist of ASI, Dr. Smita S Kumar said that raising public awareness through these programmes would strengthen the efforts to preserve the monuments for posterity. After the inaugural address, Prof. Bhattu Ramesh, Registrar of PTSU, a paper on ‘Deccan Cannons – The neglected Beauties’ was presented by Dr S Jai Kishan. The academic sessions were well attended by students of PTSU, Nizam College, Bhavans College, and OU Archaeology Department Students.

A photo Exhibition on Ramappa Temple and screening of short films on the culture and heritage of Telangana was held at the GITAM University campus of Hyderabad.

April 18th was adopted as the World Heritage Day or the International Day for Monuments and Sites by UNESCO based on a proposal by the Paris-based International Council on Monuments and Sites. The ASI under the Ministry of Culture has held many events today to commemorate World heritage day.The ASI has made entry free at all its historical monuments today. (INN)

Smt. Sabitha Indra Reddy, Minister of Education, Government of Telangana inaugurated KVRSS Mobile Science Lab

Hyderabad: The Minister of Education, Government of Telangana Smt. Sabitha Indra Reddy just  inaugurated KVRSS Mobile Science Lab at the premises of Commissioner & Director of School Education, Lakdikapul, Hyderabad the Hon’ble Minister appreciated the cause taken up by KVRSS and assured support from the Ministry.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Sabitha Indra Reddy suggested that the vehicle should be sent to schools in various districts of Telangana for promotion of science in the schools.  She appreciated the mission of KVRSS Society and Promoting Science.  She assured all the necessary help from the Government

The Secretary of Education, Telangana, Sandeep Kumar Sultania, Commissioner & Director of School Education, Telangana, Smt. A. Sridevasena, District Education officer of Telangana, graced the occasion.

The K.V. Rao Scientific Society, a not-for-profit organisation had embarked on its journey of promotion and popularization of basic sciences since 2001 and has been involved in encouragement of child scientists and of young scientists in pursuit of science and research for the past 22 years.

KVRSS Mobile Science Lab is an innovative initiative in the field of science for hands-on-activities of different models and equipment to facilitate easy learning of science concepts by school students. It has been fabricated on a Eicher bus chassis and is equipped with all necessary equipment and models for learning science hand on for classes 7 to 10.

The Bus is equipped with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics models and demonstration kits, depicting various scientific concepts and equipment for various projects. The bus also has a

built-in audio-visual facility.

The bus is planned to go around the schools and the adjoining areas and in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and interact with students. Schools and students interested may through their school may approach to avail the facility

The need for a science laboratory for hands on learning with experiments and exploring the subject is felt across schools both private and government with lack of adequate lab facilities

The project was funded by Mrs Rani and Mr, Malli Varanasi through Lalitha Varanasi Fund of Orange County Community Foundation. Their representatives in Hyderabad, Mrs Leela Devi and Mrs. Rama Sastry Varanasi graced the occasion.

The Society, started in 2001 in Hyderabad has now its footprint across India and is highly regarded in the scientific community and students. During this journey the Society realized the need for mentoring students in order to enhance their knowledge and creativity and create interest in Science. To achieve this KVRSS has designed and has set-up a Science Innovation Centra at its office.  To extend its reach to far flung schools and take science to their doorstep KVRSS has now developed a mobile science lab which will go around various government schools and schools in and around the twin cities which require lab facility support and facilitate hands-on and experiential learning to school students from classes 7 to 10.  The bus is equipped with all the equipment for leaning science upto class 10 and also a number of models depicting various concepts in science.

Social Entrepreneurship Summit – SE Impulse 2022: A Grand Success for the SE Ecosystem

Hyderabad: Bala Vikasa International Center, rebranded as Bala Vikasa Center for Social and Responsible Business, successfully organised a first-of-its-kind National Level Social Entrepreneurship Summit ‘Impulse 2022’, in partnership with the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC)  to bring together various stakeholders of the Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem at its Incubation and Training Facility in Keesara.

Labour Minister Ch. Malla Reddy and Narsaraopet MP Lavu Sri Krishna Devarayalu, inaugurated the event along with Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of Information, Technology & Electronics, and Dr Shanta Thoutam, Chief Innovation Officer, Telangana in the virtual presence of Bala Vikasa founders Bala T Singareddy and Andre Gingras.

Over 800 social entrepreneurship enthusiasts including impact investors, incubators, mentors participated in the day-long event various panel discussion, knowledge sharing sessions and interactive workshops.  87 Social Startups showcased their social innovations, products and services – like Nirbhaya 2022 a women safety device, eco friendly pots made of groundnut waste, education innovations that improve social emotional intelligence in children and address the lack of books among rural poor children, health innovations that improve the mental and physical well being among senior citizens and many other innovations that contribute to sustainable social change. 

Lauding the efforts of all the stakeholders of the SE ecosystem Jayesh Ranjan said it pleases him to see so many stakeholders coming together to work for the welfare of the poor and contribute to sustainable development of the world. “That Most of the products and solutions developed by entrepreneurs are usually designed for the rich, is a thought that keeps troubling me. It gladdens me to see that so many young minds are now coming forward to solve problems of the poor through social entrepreneurship, and even better to see the Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem grow and thrive,” expressed Jayesh Ranjan.

Speaking at the launch of the event Andre Gingras, Founder of Bala Vikasa said“In a country like India to achieve sustainable development all the three pillars of development namely, Government, Civil Society Organizations and Business should join forces and work towards finding solutions to ensure equity for all,”. Shoury Reddy, ED of Bala Vikasa thanked all the participants who had come from all over India to contribute to the vision of bringing about social change through sustainable business models.

During the event, TSIC launched its new initiatives – Innovate 4 Menstrual Waste Hackathon- 2022, Social Impact Bootcamp 2022 and Youth for Social Impact – a program that aims to nurture problem solving skills in youth. Leading individuals and institutions of the sector like Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), I-Venture@ISB, T-Hub, We Hub and Kakatiya Sandbox participated in different thematic sessions that were planned to discuss the present and the plan the future of Social Entrepreneurship in the country.Rahul Bhardwaj, Senior Director, BV CSRB, Professor Satyajith Majumdar, Dean, School of Labour Studies of TISS, M Srinivasa Rao, CEO, T – Hub, Manish Jaiswal, CEO, Kakatiya Sandbox were among the dignitaries of the event. (INN)