Mumbai named among ‘world capitals of the future’

India’s financial hub Mumbai is emerging as one of the “world capitals of the future”, with an expanding industrial base, the world’s largest movie industry and a burgeoning middle class making the city globally prominent, a latest study has said.

Other Indian cities, Bangalore and Hyderabad, also find mention alongwith Mumbai with the two cities having “leveraged software and business services into a seemingly unstoppable growth engine,” according to a Forbes.com report.

“Mumbai’s prominence rests not just on an expanding industrial base, but also on the illustrious Bollywood, the world’s largest movie industry. The bust of Mumbai’s ridiculous housing-price boom has actually seemed to help the economy,” the report by Forbes columnist and presidential fellow at Chapman University, Joel Kotkin said.

While the gulf between the extremely wealthy and destitute remains deep in Mumbai, a burgeoning middle class is helping reshape the economy, Kotkin said, adding, “Small vehicle, motorcycle and modest-apartment sales are all on the rise.”

“India’s major cities, which still have some of the world’s worst slums, may have built the broadest economic base out of the cities on our list”.

Other cities making the cut are Beijing, Calgary, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, Moscow, Perth, Sao Paulo and Shanghai.

“In less than a lifetime, we have seen the rapid rise of a host of dynamic new global cities — and the relative decline of many others. The world capitals of tomorrow may largely be not in the Western world, but in countries such as China, Russia and Australia,” the report said.

Terming as “remarkable” the rise of cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Beijing and Sao Paulo, the report said a quarter century ago these cities were either obscure or better known for their destitution than their rapid construction.

While they may not have yet surpassed current leading global centres like Tokyo, London, Paris, New York, Chicago, Singapore and Hong Kong in wealth or economic power, they are “clearly gaining on them, and with remarkable speed.

What these places do with their new wealth will ultimately shape this first urban century”.

Over the past 25 years, most of the biggest rail, road, and airport and sanitation systems have been built not in Europe or America, but in East and South Asia, the Middle East and Brazil. Even as the West tries to work through its housing crisis, residential real estate prices are on the rise in cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Beijing and Shanghai, it added.

Manufacturing has propelled the rise of Chinese cities, while Sao Paulo’s growth spans everything from shoes and aerospace to technology.

Fossil fuel, has powered the rise of Moscow and Dubai, while Calgary, now boasting of the highest per capita income in Canada, has become Toronto’s main challenger for corporate headquarters in the country.

Fourth swine flu death in Delhi city – India

The Capital reported its fourth death from influenza H1N1 on Monday, when 69-year-old Durga Prasad Sharma died of chronic renal failure at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.

Sharma had been in a critical condition ever since he was brought to RML on August 28.

“We were worried about this patient for the last couple of days and finally he passed away. He was in a critical state, as he had been suffering from several other medical conditions,” said state health minister Kiran Walia.

Sharma was on ventilator and undergoing dialysis. He had been admitted to RML for renal failure and also showed signs of H1N1. He finally tested positive for the flu on September 1 and breathed his last at 11.30 am on Monday.

The three previous swine flu deaths in the city were of 38-year-old Renu Gupta, from Model Town; 31-year-old Samrat Pandeya, a resident of Gurgaon, and 44-year-old Faridabad resident Usha Jain. All of them died in August.

52 new cases

Fifty-two positive cases were reported from the city on Monday, taking the count to 910. Of these, 791 patients have already been treated and discharged. Of the 52 confirmed cases, 29 are children.

Four schools have also been partially closed in the city.

Over 600 Jet Airways Pilots go on mass leave, 115 Flights Cancelled

Over 600 Jet Airways Pilots go on mass leave, 115 Flights Cancelled

New Delhi: Breaking News! The flight services have been disrupted across the country, as over 600 Jet Airways Pilots have gone on a protest leave from midnight today. The Jet Airways has cancelled 115 flights in the country and offered the customers free cancellation or rebook facility. The protesting pilots are demanding the reinstatement of two pilots sacked in August.
While the Jet Airways Pilots’ Association has apologised to the people for inconvenience, the Airliner has termed the strike as illegal, while the talks are going on.

35 Jet Airways flights from Mumbai and 20 flights from Delhi have been cancelled. In Chennai, 12 flights have been cancelled. Among others, 9 flights from Bangalore and 5 flights from Kolkata were cancelled.

Swine Flu Death Toll in India goes up to 135

New Delhi: The Swine Flu death toll in India has gone up to 135, with four more people succumbing to A H1N1 virus on Monday. At least 147 fresh Swine Flu cases were reported across the country, taking the total number to 4,885. Delhi reported another death, which was fourth Swine Flu death in the national capital.

In New Delhi, 69-year-old Durga Prashad Sharma died of Swine Flu at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on August 28. In Bangalore, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was the latest victim of Swine Flu.

Andhra Pradesh to release Krishna waters to Chennai from Sep 15

Hyderabad, Sep 8 : The Andhra Pradesh Government today decided to release Krishna waters to Chennai from September 15, besides meeting the drinking water needs of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and other cities, towns and villages along the river Krishna in the State.

Addressing a press conference here, Major Irrigation Minister P Lakshmaiah, after attending a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister K Rosaiah, said as per the agreement with neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh would have to provide five TMC Krishna waters, while Karnataka and Maharashtra would have to provide an equal quantity of water to meet the drinking water needs of Chennai.

The Minister said Krishna waters would be released to Tamil Nadu in two to three spells from next Tuesday.

Krishna waters would also be released for filling up tanks in the districts of Nalgonda, Krishna, Guntur and Khammam to meet drinking water needs.

He said the State had a combined storage of 310 tmc ft in Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar now and water release for Zone 1 of Nagarjunasagar Right bank canal and zones 1 and 2 of the left bank canal would be decided by the Irrigation Advisory Board soon.

The Government had decided to accord priority to hydel generation and also meet the irrigation needs of Krishna delta and Nagarjunasagar command areas, he said.

YSR’s son trying to display leadership qualities?

Hyderabad, Sep 8 : In what is seen as an attempt to display his leadership skills, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, the son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Tuesday urged people to pay tribute to his father by voting for the Congress party.

Sitting in front of a portrait of his father, the young MP made an appeal to voters in the Tekkali assembly constituency – going for by-elections Thursday – not only to help Congress retain the seat but also to vote for the party in the 2014 elections.

Jagan, as the Kadapa MP is popularly known, made the appeal amid a growing demand from his supporters in the party to make him the next chief minister.

Reiterating YSR’s words a couple of days before his tragic death in a helicopter crash on Sep 2, Jagan said the Congress would retain power in the 2014 polls and Rahul Gandhi would become the prime minister.

With folded hands, the 37-year-old Jagan appealed to people to strengthen the party under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi by casting their votes in favour of the party.

“We have to carry forward the vision and policies of the late leader,” said Jagan.

The bye-election from the Tekkali assembly constituency in Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra is being held Thursday to fill the vacancy created by the death of K. Revatipathi of the Congress party on June 2. He died a few days after the assembly elections and a day before he was to take oath as legislator.

Jagan’s appeal is being seen as an attempt to counter some other contenders to the chief minister’s post who claim he lacks political experience.

His supporters argue that he may have been elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time, but he had leadership qualities and was quite active in Kadapa district politics for the last few years.

This is the second time after his father’s death that Jagan has appeared on television channels to make an appeal. On Sep 4, before the burial of YSR, Jagan had made an emotional appeal to YSR’s followers and fans not to commit suicide.

He also issued a written statement Sep 6, urging his supporters to halt a campaign in his favour and wait for the decision of the party’s central leadership.

Former Satyam Chief Rushed To Hospital

Former Satyam Chief Rushed To Hospital

Satyam Computer Services founder B. Ramalinga Raju was rushed to the Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad from Chanchalguda jail on Monday after he complained of chest pain. Raju had been sent to jail after he confessed to a Rs 8,000-crore accounting fraud in January this year. According to the Chenchalaguda jail superintendent Chandrasekhar, Raju complained of chest pain in the afternoon and was shifted to NIMS for a check-up. The doctors there confirmed that Raju was suffering from myocardial infraction, a type of chest pain, according to Business Standard.

YSR’s chopper deviated from route, hit a cliff


Hyderabad The helicopter carrying Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy from Hyderabad to Chittoor on Wednesday deviated 18 km from its path towards east, near Rudrakoduru in the Nallamala forest range in Kurnool district, before it hit a cliff and crashed. “The chopper hit the cliff, crashed and exploded. All the five persons in the ill-fated helicopter were burnt to death,” state Finance Minister K Rosaiah and Chief Secretary P Ramakanth Reddy said in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The chopper might have drifted from its path because of a large cloud formation due to inclement weather and ended up hitting the cliff, they said.

Except the tail portion, the body of the Bell-430 helicopter of AP Aviation Corporation was reduced to bits and pieces in the mishap.

Y S Rajasekhar Reddy

Ricky ponting Retires From T20

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting wants to focus more on Test matches and One Day Internationals, in a effort to extend his career the 34-year-old batsman has quit T20 cricket.

Ponting opted out of the two T20 matches against England post the Ashes series in August. He will, however, play in the remaining 5 ODI matchesin the ongoing 7-maych series which Australia leads 2-0. “The last 10 or 12 days for me have been a lot about reflection, looking back to the Ashes and looking forward to my playing future. As of today I’ve decided to retire from international Twenty20 cricket. The decision I’ve made is all to do with my longevity in the game.” said Ponting.

Although, Ponting will continue to play for Shahrukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders in the future installments of the Indian Premier League. Michael Clarke is expected to lead the Australian team in future T20 matches. Clarke led the team in Ponting’s absence recently in England. “This decision provides me the opportunity to prolong my Australian Test and One-day career, an opportunity I am extremely determined about,” Ponting said. “I am hoping to continue playing Test cricket for as long as possible and retiring from the Twenty20 format gives me the best chance of doing this.”

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland supported Ponting’s decision and stated that his exit will give youngsters a chance to play in the international team. “Needless to say he will be a huge loss to the Twenty20 side, but it does present opportunities for the other players and leaders within Australian cricket to gain further experience,” Sutherland said.

Ricky Ponting has faced a lot of flak lately, his team lost the Ashes series 2-1 last month. Ponting acquired the ignominious distinction of being only the second Australian captain to lose two Test series in England. Although he recieved a critical drubbing after the Ashes series, Ponting stated that he will definitely return for the 2013 Ashes either as a batsman or a captain. Ponting has scored the second most number of centuries in Test matches, just four behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 42. He made his Test debut in 1996 and has played for 136 matches, scored 11,345 Test runs at an average of 55.88. He has also played 315 ODIs, scoring 11,523 runs at an average of 42.52. Ponting is also the third leading century maker in ODIs, behind Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya.

National Film Awards 2009


Best actor-Prakash Raj
Best movie-Kanjeevaram(Tamil)
Best movie-Kanjeevaram(Tamil)
Best Actress – Umashree (Gulabi Talkies)
Best Family Movie – Tare Zamin Par
Gandhi my father got 3 national Awards
Best Entertainment Movie – chakde India
Best Singer- Shankar Mahadevan

Best screen play-Firoz abbaz khan

Tamil Actor Prakash Raj Profile

Prakash Raj is a famous actor and producer from Karnataka in South India and  has acted in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi films. His original name Prakash Rai, in Kannada screen was rechristened to Prakash Raj by K. Balachander, for Prakash Raj’s, debut movie in Tamil Duet.

Prakash Raj’s mother tongue is Kannada.He began his acting career with Kannada serials, like Bisilu Kudure and Guddada Bhootha. He later took up small supporting roles in Kannada films, like Raamachari, etc. Prakash Raj’s breakthrough role came in form of Harakeya Kuri starring Vishnuvardhan and Geetha.

His performance in the movie was noticed by GeethaPrakash Raj and she in turn introduced Prakash Raj to her mentor, the noted director K. Balachander. He re-entered Kannada films with a bang through Nagamandala in 1997, directed by the award winning director T.S Nagabharana and continues to act in a number of Kannada movies every year.

He is a very famous actor in South India for a wide variety of roles that he has performed, most notably as a villain and of late, as a character artiste, in Tamil and Telugu; he is considered to be one of the most natural actors in the film industry, and has a good reputation for his acting skills. Prakash Raj was also a part of Mani Ratnam’s stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.
Prakash Raj has also won several awards including two national awards:

One for the Best supporting actor in Iruvar and also a special jury award for his exemplary performance in Dhaya – his first directorial venture.

Recently Prakash Raj took on the mantle of producer and has produced 3 movies in Tamil (Kollywood). Out of the three movies he produced two are box-office hits and also are critically acclaimed. Prakash Raj’s movies are generally acclaimed by the audience as good quality movies and are also considered as family entertainers.

Also as a producer Prakash Raj’s selection of movies typically have natural storylines. He is now producing a movie named Poi,lie in English, which is directed by his mentor and veteran director K. Balachander, who is incidentally directing his 101st film.

Prakash Raj Family

Prakash Raj was born in 1965 Mangalore, Karnataka.He is well versed in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, English and Telugu. He got married to Lalithakumari a actress (Sister of Disco Shanthi) and gave birth to 3 children (one male child dead).


55th National Awards Goes To…

55th National Awards Goes To…



Best feature film | Kanchivaram (Tamil) Best actor | Prakash Raj (Kanchivaram) Best actress | Umashree (Kannada) Best director | Adoor Gopalakrishnan
(Naalu Pennungal, Malayalam)
Best family welfare award |
Taare Zameen Par
Best lyricist | Prasoon Joshi (Taare Zameen Par) Best Playback singer | Shankar Mahadevan
(Taare Zameen Par)
Best film in overall entertainment | Chak De! India Best screenplay | Feroz Abbas Khan (Gandhi My Father) Special jury award | Anil Kapoor (Gandhi My Father) Best supporting actor | Darshan Zariwala
(Gandhi My Father) Best supporting actress | Shefali Shah (The Last Lear)

The jury considered 102 feature and 106 non feature films before it made its selection

Move to immortalise YSR on


GRIEF-STRICKEN: Former TDP Mahila wing president Roja (left), along with PRP MLA Shoba Nagi Reddy (2nd left), consoles YSR’s wife Vijayalakshmi in Hyderabad on Monda.
Hyderabad/Guntur: Buildings, halls, auditoriums, programmes, projects….name them and they are being named after him. What’s more, even a temple is being constructed in his honour, reverently called Rajasekharalayam.
In what could be called as sycophancy at its best, die-hard followers of Y S Rajasekhara Reddy are leaving no stone unturned to name welfare schemes and buildings after the departed leader.
The state cabinet, which kicked-off the re-christening spree, did not waste time in proposing the renaming of Kadapa district as YSR district.
Pothireddypadu regulator scheme would be called YSR Sagar, it was also decided. School education minister Dokka Manikya Varaprasad on Monday went a step further by announcing that the Madhyamika Siksha Abhiyan programme would now be called YSR Madhyamika Siksha Abhiyan.
Not one to lag behind, the managing committee of Guntur agriculture market committee quickly changed its name to Y S Rajasekhara Reddy agriculture market committee. “This is the least we could do to repay for the welfare programmes he initiated for the farming community,” Lella
Appireddy, market committee chairman, said. The massive signboard at the yard was changed within hours of the committee’s decision. Appireddy said the government’s approval is only a ‘formality.’
A huge bronze statue and a park would come up at the yard, the committee decided.
Joining the name-wagon, Kadapa mayor Ravindranath Reddy announced that the Seven Roads junction in Kadapa would be YSR Circle now. In Kakinada, the municipal corporation passed a resolution to name the civic
body and two parks after YSR.
The reverence went up a notch further when villagers at Miriyala in Karampudi mandal of Guntur district decided to construct a temple ‘Rajasekharalayam.’ An amount of Rs 1 lakh has already been collected for the purpose, sources said.
“The late CM had granted funds for laying BT road from Lakhmipuram to Janardhanapuram via Miriyala. As a mark of our respect, we have decided to construct a temple,” said Dareddy Prabhakara Reddy, village panchayat vice-president.

Jagan-as-CM: Man scales cellphone
tower in city

A 45-year-old supporter of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy scaled a cellphone tower near Kushaiguda on Monday morning demanding that the Kadapa MP be made chief minister, but gave up his novel protest after 15 minutes. Malla Reddy, 45, of Moula Ali Housing Board, who runs a magazine ‘Reddynadu Patrika’, is a die-hard fan of late CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. After YSR’s sudden death, he wants the Congress high command to anoint YS Jaganmohan Reddy as the chief minister. To convey his wish to the Congress high command, at about 9.30 am, Mall Reddy scaled a BSNL cellphone tower at HCL compound in Kushaiguda. After scaling the tower, Reddy shouted slogans in support of Jagan and local a the to tower people mediator the spot . police Meanwhile gathered immediately ,to , and talk around they , to the Malla . Police word reached the Redd got sent – y, who managed to convince him to disembark from the tower.No case was registered against Malla Reddy. TNN

Rosaiah tells officials not to be lax on swine flu



Hyderabad: Chief minister K Rosaiah on Monday held a review meeting with the minister for health and other senior officials on the prevalence of swine flu and the measures needed to be taken to contain its spread.
While assuring the people that there
was no need for panic, Rosaiah asked the officials to take all necessary steps for early detection and treatment of the disease. The chief minister said the officials should always be alert and take all measures to see that there is no let up in the drive against swine flu.
He said funds would not be a problem in tackling swine flu and asked the health department to re-appropriate funds if needed and not to hesitate in seeking additional funds as and when required. The meeting decided to continue the preventive checks at the
Shamshabad airport and, if needed, strengthen facilities at gateway hospitals on inter-state routes. He said awareness should be created among people about early symptoms if the flu.
Rosaiah told the officials that there were complaints from doctors about shortage of masks and directed them to solve the problem. He also advised
the health minister to call for a coordination meeting of the GHMC officials and health department officials to review the health and hygienic conditions in the city following heavy rains and water stagnation at many places and waterlogging in the low lying areas. He said immediate steps should be taken for fogging in these areas. Rosaiah said ten ventilators have been sanctioned for Gandhi Hospital.
The total positive cases reported are 215 so far of which 200 have been discharged and 11 are in critical condition. There were 4 deaths.

Chest Hospital shuts doors on non-swine flu cases

Hyderabad: With as many as 80-100 patients pouring in a day with suspected swine flu symptoms, the AP General and Chest Hospital has little manpower and machinery to attend to other routine healthcare services. Among the services now closed for ‘non-swine flu patients’ is the Critical Care Unit (CCU), which is being used only for critical H1N1 cases.
However, on an average, the hospital gets at least six critical cases with acute, life-threatening illness or injury and these cases are being referred to Gandhi Hospital or Osmania General Hospital as the CCU beds are being reserved only for swine flu cases.
What is more, of the 36 doctors in the Chest Hospital, 27 are devoting their time to attending to the swine flu unit. The ‘noentry’ for other patients is being attributed to manpower and space crunch.The move to cut down on other services is questionable as the footfall in other outpatient wards is around 800 per day.
Officials say that they are in any case witnessing a drop in general out-patients with people avoiding to step into the hospital in view of the swine flu scare.
Hospital authorities also admit that the H1N1 influenza is their current focus. They said that other than this, the hospital is not in a position to handle the extra load.
The hospital is the only one in the city doing sleep studies but has now decided to put its Sleep Lab services to bed due to the shortage of manpower.
“We have cut down on our services by 25 per cent because the admission period for other critical cases is comparatively longer. So we are not in a position to admit them. We are referring non swine flu cases to OGH and Gandhi Hospital. The daily swine flu OP cases are between 80 and 100,” said Dr S V Prasad, super
intendent, AP General & Chest Hospital.
He added that the hospital has a capacity to handle six emergency cases and two more for oxygen therapy. The eight beds are all full with flu cases, he said. Explaining the reason for more cases coming to the hospital, Dr Prasad said that treatment of critical cases costs Rs 20,000 per day in a private hospital and
thus people prefer to come here.
The hospital is turning down at least 10 requests a day from private hospitals for admitting acute pneumonia cases.
Dr Prasad said that swine flu has already reached a pandemic proportion and if the situation persists, then the hospital would require further funding and expansion would become essential.

DGCA to investigate YSR Chopper crash

Kurnool: The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) team will launch investigations from Wednesday on the circumstances that led to the Bell-430 chopper crash in which Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and four others were killed on September 2.
Initially, the DGCA team was to launch the probe on Tuesday. The team would camp in Kurnool and visit the mishap site. Sources said the post-mortem reports of YSR and the others would be handed over to the team.
The forensic team led by MSRK Prasad of Kurnool Medical College which conducted the autopsy submitted the reports to the district police on September 5. “Copies of the reports will also be handed over to the CB-CID which is also probing the crash,” SP Ch Srikanth said. The post-mortems were conducted on the bodies of YSR, special secretary P Subramanyam, chief security officer ASC Wesley, group pilot S K Bhatia and co-pilot M S Reddy.

Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s chopper mystery

Remembering another disastrous sharp turn


Hyderabad: If Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s chopper mysteriously veered 18 km to the east and crashed in the Nallamala forest in Kurnool on September 2, it was also a ‘sharp turn’ that caused the crash of a Cessna in the city last year.
Taking a ‘sharp turn at a low height’ was the reason for the crash of the Cessna FA 152 aircraft at Sanathnagar near the Begumpet airport in which two crew members were killed exactly a year ago on September 8, 2008.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in its final investigation report which is out now, pointed out two reasons for the mishap in which the an assistant pilot instructor Capt Neeraj Jain (26) and student pilot P Srinivas (20) of Andhra Pradesh Aviation Academy (APAA) were killed. According to the report, the aircraft was reported to have consumed full length of the runway for getting airborne which was quite ‘abnormal’ and the ‘climb rate was also observed to be very low’.

In the findings, the DGCA also pointed out that the aircraft took a sharp left turn at a low height much before the normal assigned point ‘causing it to go in stall and subsequently crashed’.
The Cessna FA 152 aircraft VTEMR owned by M/s Aero Club of India, New Delhi and operated by APAA was authorised for a circuit and landing exercise of 20 minutes for a trainee pilot. The aircraft had taken off from the Begumpet airport at 11.06 am and crashed at 11.08 am at Subhashnagar, a thickly populated locality at Sanathnagar near the airport.

From the findings of the DGCA, it is clear that the pilot did not adhere to the flight path plan. The DGCA report said the aircraft consumed abnormally more length of runway for getting airborne and the climb rate was also very less after take off. “Subsequently it took a
sharp left turn much before the normal assigned point for the purpose of circuit and landing. The aircraft could not maintain the stabilised flight because of continuous loss of height and crashed,” the report said.
It may be recalled
that the aircraft had got destroyed due to the impact of the crash and also post-impact fire and both the pilot and the trainee pilot were killed. According to the DGCA report, the pilot Capt Neeraj Jain from Gurgaon of Delhi, had actually tried to make a crash landing in a small playground by the side of a school in the thickly populated locality. However, the report said, because of a ‘high in approach’ in the playground and school children playing in the ground, the pilot set the direction to a road adjacent to the playground.
“In the process, the land gear strut contacted an electric wire of a streetlight, avoiding a high tension electric cable, and gained approximately 10 feet height momentarily and crash on the road in the locality,” the report said.

Both the pilot and the student pilot were found unconscious with serious injuries but did on the way to the hospital. In the attempt to rescue them, a local person on the ground suffered burn injuries on his legs.

Why did YSR’s chopper drop height?


Speculation is rife that YSR probably wanted to see Pothireddypadu and Velugodu

Kurnool: Had the star-crossed Bell-430 helicopter dropped height on that fateful day to enable Rajasekhara Reddy to look at the site of the Pothireddypadu head regulator and the nearby Velugodu balancing reservoir?
This is the question that is being asked in state aviation circles. The chopper was flying at a height of 3000 feet or less between Nandikotkuru and Atmakuru towns in Kurnool district on that fateful Wednesday. This was much below the height of 5000 feet that had been cleared for the flight by the Air Traffic Control (ATC). In his last conversation with the ATC, the pilot had mentioned that he was propelling to a height of 5000 feet.
The mishap site atop the Rudrakonda hillock, between Rollapenta and Velugodu villages, abuts Pothireddypadu village that is on the
Nandikotkuru-Atmakuru route. “It is a mere hypothesis but is gaining currency in aviation circles,” sources said.
The Pothireddypadu regulator and Velugodu reservoir are within a 25 km radius in the Nallamala region. Pothireddypadu was an emotional subject for the late chief minister. It was in 1987 that YSR undertook a padayatra from Penugonda in Anantapur district to Pothireddypadu demanding that the regulator be widened to benefit more farmers. N T Ramarao had laid the foundation stone for the project to draw Srisailam backwaters of Krishna river and take it to Chennai via Telugu Ganga, while another vent goes to Rayalaseema as Srisailam right bank canal (SRBC). This canal goes and merges in a tank in YSR’s home district of Kadapa. The Opposition had kicked up a furore last year over PHR
alleging that all the water was being diverted to YSR’s hometurf.
Witnesses at Velugodu village adjoining Rudrakonda said the chopper, flying in poor visibility, had crashed after it hit the side of the hillock. The pilots took a turn to the east and headed straight into the hillocks. “Had they veered west, the chopper would have come to plain agriculture fields and landing there would not have been difficult,” an eyewitness said.
Experts said one of the cell phones on the chopper picked up signals of a mobile phone tower between 9.20 and 9.26 am, just minutes before the crash. Picking up of the signals meant that the chopper was at an extremely low altitude and was probably trying to make a landing. “The pilots were in all probability trying to look out for a landing spot not realising that there was a hillock ahead,” an aviation expert said.

CBSE class X exam to go from 2011; grades from 2010


It’s now official. There will be no Class X board examination in CBSE schools in 2011. While there will be a board exam for Class X in 2010, grading system, based on continuous and comprehensive evaluation by schools, will kick in this year itself.

Students in schools with classes only till X will have to take an “on-line/off-line/on demand” assessment test for seeking admission in Class XI in another school. Students of schools with classes till XII need not take the assessment test. It will be optional for students of schools with classes till XII to decide if they want to take the on-demand assessment test. This test will be held more than once a year and students can repeat it to improve grades.

Satyam-Raju suffers heart attack, sent to Nims

Hyderabad: Tainted Satyam founder B Ramalinga Raju was admitted to Nims on Monday evening after he complained of chest pain.
Raju was brought to Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (Nims) at around 4.45 pm and was later shifted to the hospital’s ICU at 8 pm. He is in judicial custody in the Rs 7,000 crore Satyam fraud which is being investigated by the Multi-Disciplinary Investigation team headed by the CBI.
Hospital staff said that Raju had suffered a mild heart attack and that he would undergo an angiogram. But this could not be verified with senior hospital officials as they refused to speak to the media. He is likely to be in the hospital for another two days.
Chanchalguda jail superintendant M Chandrasekhar said that Raju complained of chest pain at around 4 pm. “The prison doctor was immediately called in and after examining Ramalinga Raju, the doctor suggested that he be shifted to a hospital,” he said.

Disgraced Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju was rushed to the Nizam Institute of Medical Science after complaints of chest pain on Monday evening at the Chanchalguda jail.

Raju was sent to the hospital ICU at 8pm IST after being admitted at around 5pm. Raju will undergo an angiogram and is said to have suffered from a minor heart attack. Hospital officials however refused to comment on the matter.

Raju, who is in judicial custody for the infamous Satyam fraud case which is being investigated by the Multi Disciplinary Investigation team headed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Raju would in all probability remain in NIMS for three days more. “The prison doctor was immediately called in and after examining Ramalinga Raju, the doctor suggested to shift him to a hospital,” Chanchalguda jail superintendant, M Chandrasekhar said.

As per the rules, under trials in Hyderabad are taken to the Osmania General Hospital which is a state run establishment. However, if the prisoner is able to afford private treatment he can be admitted at the Nizam Institute of Medical Science an autonomous health care facility. Dr Seshagiri Rao, the HoD department of cardiology NIMS is in charge of taking care of Ramalinga Raju.

It was reported earlier that Ramalinga Raju, his brother Rama Raju, former Satyam CFO Vadlamani Srinivas and Krishi bank scam undertrial Kosaraju Venkateswar Rao have began playing badminton at the jail premises. They have been given permission to play for an hour in the morning and another hour in the evening. They have also been provided with English language newspapers and magazines, apart from quality food, comfortable bedding and visual entertainment.