* Events Today In Hyderabad




Art Top
The Tree Spirits
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.
ICONART Gallery, 1672, SBI Building, Road No.12, Banjara Hills. An exhibition of stenciled paper reliefs by renowned artist J. Venkateshwarlu will be on display. These paintings convey an earthy theme and simple stencils with austerity.  

Journey Through Colors
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  5 p.m.
Gallery Space, Plot No.1177, Road No.12, Near Lotus Pond, Banjara Hills. Gallery Space presents a solo painting show by Maruthi Paila.  

Recent Paintings
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  6 p.m.
Shrishti Art Gallery, Plot No.267, Road No.15, Jubilee Hills. An exhibition of recent paintings by Pradeep Puthoor.  

The Great Indian Desert
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  7 p.m.
Chitramayee Gallery of Fine Arts, Kavuri Hills, Road No.1, Madhapur. An exhibition of art and paintings by Kiran Soni Gupta will be on display.  

Special Events Top
Anniversary Celebrations
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 10 a.m. to  11 p.m.
Marriott Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road. Marriott group is announces its 10th anniversary celebrations. During the celebratory time, Marriott properties in India offers stay and pamper packages especially for their loyal client base across the nation.  

Eating Out Top
Noodle Festival
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Novotel Hyderabad, Hitech City, Madhapur Little known recipes from Vietnam, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.  

Steam and Roast Festival
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11:15 p.m.
Mainland China, City Center Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The restaurant is offering authentic Chinese cuisine. All the dishes are cooked on steam and are roasted, keeping in the mind the people who are health conscious.  

Evening Snacks
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  6 p.m.
Promenade, Aditya Park, Ameerpet. An array of South and North Indian snacks and light meals at the Promenade.  

Happy Hours
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  8 p.m.
The Bar, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Shamshabad. The Bar at Novotel is having happy hours, during when, they offer a complimentary drink on purchase of every drink.  

Midnight Biryani
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11:30 p.m. to  3 a.m.
Tulips, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Tulips is serving an array of vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis. Other delicacies like Haleem, Sheermal, Paneer Burjee and desserts are also available.  

Movers and Shakers
Friday, September 25th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m.
Arena, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Enjoy some scrumptious shakers like blue berry, apple, banana, kiwi milk shakes and others.  

Southern Delicacies
Friday, September 25th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m.
Deccan Pavilion, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Begumpet. The coffee shop is offering authentic Hyderabadi biryanis and delicious kebabs along with other Chinese and continental cuisines. Also on the menu are soups, salads, cold cuts, pastas and desserts.  

Snacks and Desserts Buffet
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  7 p.m.
Sweet Nirvana, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. A variety of savory snacks such as chicken barbeque and desserts will be served along with lemonade.  

Ramadan Special
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  10 p.m.
Bidri, Marriott Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road. On the auspicious occasion of Ramadan, Bidri is offering a vast array of traditional Hyderabadi and Ramadan favorites. Savoring the many delights like Hyderabali haleem, Dum Biryani, Mirchi ka Salan and many more during the festive season.  

Dim-Sum Festivals
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:30 p.m.
Strings, Taj Banjara, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. The menu consists of a wide-range of Dim Sums in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options like Baby Spinach and spring vegetables dim sum, Five spiced mushroom dim sum, Garlic and cabbage dim sum, Burnt garlic fish dim sum, Chicken dim sum, Crispy shrimps dim sum and delicious desserts from Executive Chef Hrudananda Behera.  

BBQ on the Terrace
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  9:30 p.m.
F9 Diner, Near Harsh Toyota Towers, Kondapur. F9 introduces a whole new world of food and entertainment to all the citizens of the city with delicious kebabs, yakitoris along with an international dinner buffet.  

Vegetarian Buffet
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11 p.m.
Venue, Quality Inn Residency, Nampally. The restaurant offers delicious south Indian vegetarian buffet, along with snacks and desserts for lunch and dinner.  

Lunch Buffet
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 12:30 p.m. to  3 p.m.
White House, Block-III, 6-3-1192/1/1, Kundanbagh, Begumpet An authentic North Indian buffet which features Peas Pulao, Paneer Tikka, biryanis, desserts and more for lunch.  

Curry Wagon
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:15 p.m.
Spice Junxion, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. South Indian curries like Gongura Mamsam, Kare Malego, Nattu-Kodikura, Kozi Chettinad and many more.  

Friday, September 25th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:15 p.m.
6-1-79 & 80, Lakdikapul The restaurant is offering authentic and vegetarian Marwari cuisine for dinner, as a part of Navaratri celebrations.  

Nightlife Top
Lounge Music Nights
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 9 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Dublin, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, 6-3-1187, Greenlands, Begumpet. Rocking party tracks and lounge music from in-house DJ Daman.  

From Goa With Love
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Seasons Bar, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Singer Wahida belts out hit songs from 70s, 80s to latest chart busters.  

Russian Melodies
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Atrium Bar, Taj Deccan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Russian singer Polina will perform at the bar. She is versatile and covers a wide variety of world styles, from contemporary popular repertoire to retro and hip-hop.  

Sport and Adventure Top
Hyderabad Polo Season – 2009
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 2:30 p.m.
Parade Grounds, Secunderabad. Hyderabad polo season will start in mid September. The schedule is as follows : Prince of Berar Cup – Sept 15 and 16. Army Commanders’ Trophy – Sept 18 – 20 and AP Tourism trophy – Sept 25 – 27. Sky diving, Para motor display, Motor cycle display, Brass and pipe band display will be a few other special attractions in finals.  

Exhibitions Top
Diwali Fiesta
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 10 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Taj Krishna Near City Centre Mall , Banjara Hills Exhibition cum sale of designer and traditional apparel, saris, bags, fashion jewelery, home, linen and accessories.  

Shopping Top
Season Sale
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Planet Sports, Shop No.1-2, Afzia Towers, Opp. Lifestyle, Begumpet. The showroom is offering a 20% discount on apparel, footwear and other sports accessories for women and men.  

I Anniversary Celebrations
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Sri Krishna Silks, 3-2-102, General Bazar Avail up to 100% cash back, gold and silver coins and assured gifts on every purchase, on the eve of the anniversary celebrations.  

Kurta Festival – Eid Special
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
New Meena Bazar, Abids. The store is has an exclusive range of reviting kurtas, pyjamas and sherwanis, featuring Lucknowi, Chikandari, Kashmiri works, Brocades and thread embroidery in exotic range of colors and designs. The fabrics used to create these masterpieces include plain cotton, crushed cotton, cotton silk, linen tissue silk and ploy silk.  

Season Celebrations
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Opp. MCDonalds, ANR Centre, Banjara Hills The diamond boutique is displaying its new collection on pearls, diamonds and designer jewelery from Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri.  

Shopping Carnival
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Shamshabad. With the advent of the festive season, GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd., will be organizing the ‘Airport Festive Shopping Carnival’ at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. A host of special offers from the retailers and food and beverage outlets in the airport will be made available. Guests flying Jet Airways will be entitled to additional discounts at all these outlets, except the Landmark, on showing their boarding passes during the shopping festival.  

Workshops Top
Music Notation Reading
Friday, September 25th, 2009. 6:45 p.m. to  9 p.m.
Alliance Francaise, Desk Edufrance, West Marredpally. Hyderabad Western Music Forum presents the second Music Notation Reading training course. The workshop is conducted by Joe Koster and Laure Menegoz. It is the second in the series by the Hyderabad Western Music Forum. The participants will learn the art of reading Western music notation.

.IOC President Jacques Rogge bids to stay in power



Hamburg,  (DPA) Jacques Rogge admits that it’s lonely at the top, but that isn’t stopping him from seeking a second term as International Olympic Committee (IOC) president.

Elected in 2001 for eight years as the successor of Juan Antonio Samaranch, Rogge, 67, aims for another vote of confidence from the IOC members during the Oct 6-9 session in Copenhagen.

The second term will be for four years and a final one under revised IOC rules.

More of a team player than Samaranch, Rogge was the first IOC boss to sleep in the Olympic Village, 2002 in Salt Lake City. The Belgian is credited with completing IOC reforms, stepping up the fight against doping and keeping the Olympics at a manageable size.

However, he was also criticised for his silent diplomacy as 2008 host China hijacked the Games and Olympic values in areas including the torch relay and internet censorship in Beijing.

‘I discovered that this was a very privileged position to be in because it gives you the power to realise things that you believe in and that you dream of in sport,’ he said in a recent interview to DPA in Berlin.

However, Rogge also admitted to some pitfalls.

‘It is a lonely job. It is a lonely job because ultimately the last decision is yours,’ he said. ‘I used to be far more outspoken when I was younger because I did not have the responsibility I have now.’

Born May 2, 1942 in Ghent, Belgium, Rogge, is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession. He competed in three Olympics as a yachtsman and was also on the Belgian national rugby team.

He headed the Belgian and European Olympic Committees in 1989, joined the IOC in 1991 and its executive board in 1998 before being elected into the top job at the 2001 Session in Moscow.

The new IOC rules prevents Rogge from having a 21-year reign like Samaranch, which according to influential Mexican IOC member Manuel Vazquez Rana would be ideal.

‘He’s starting just now to take control of the Olympic Movement, something you can’t do from sunset to dawn. He’s doing it with brightness, but also in a very cold way, something you need for these things. Rogge deserves to be there for a long time,’ Vazquez Rana told dpa.

But Rogge says 12 years in office are enough for him.

‘If you are engaged so heavily as I am… I think 12 years is ok. You have the time to put your stamp on the organization, you have time to realize your ideas,’ he said.

.Twitter to get $100 mn in financing

 San Francisco, Sep 25 (DPA) Internet messaging sensation Twitter is to close a new funding round of $100 million from investors who value the company as high as $1 billion, the New York Times reported Thursday.

The privately held company, which is yet to register a profit, intends to use the funds to beef up its system as it tries to grow fast to compete with Facebook.

Twitter, which allows users to blog short messages from their cellphones, currently has about 50 million users and hopes to match Facebook’s 300 million users worldwide.

Both company’s eventually hope to reach the one-billion user mark.

The investor group channeling funds into the micro-blogging company included mutual fund giant T Rowe Price and several venture capital firms.

.Rahul’s unannounced visit ruffles many feathers



Congress General Secretary arriving at New Delhi Railway station in this Sept. 15, 2009 picture. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

The Hindu Congress General Secretary arriving at New Delhi Railway station in this Sept. 15, 2009 picture. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s unscheduled two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh not only sent the Congressmen into a tizzy but also ruffled many feathers in the State administration with the Mayawati government deciding to take up the “security lapse” with the Centre.

The Amethi MP landed in Lucknow on Wednesday before whizzing towards Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda districts in a fleet of six vehicles, including those of the Special Protection Group (SPG). He returned to Delhi on Thursday.

Stays and dines with Dalit

Mr. Gandhi, who was reportedly on a “fact-finding” mission in this part of the State, spent the intervening night in the hut of a Dalit, Chedi Ram Pasi, in Chhotey Deeh “majra” of Rampur Telihar village in Shravasti district. He also had food with him. But the Congress leader’s surprise visit has not amused the State government.

“Being an SPG protectee, Mr. Gandhi’s security is of utmost importance; the State government had no knowledge of his visit as no official tour programme had been received. The security lapse would be taken up with the Central government,” said Home Secretary Mahesh Gupta. Denying intelligence failure on the part of the State, Mr. Gupta told reporters that it was the responsibility of the Centre to inform the State government.

President of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee Rita Bahuguna Joshi said here that the State government should not worry about Mr. Gandhi’s security. “It is not necessary that his programme should be disclosed,” Dr. Joshi added.

Took a detour

After reaching Lucknow’s Amausi airport by a Kingfisher flight around 3.30 p.m., Mr. Gandhi’s cavalcade comprising six vehicles — three Safari SUVs had been airlifted earlier by a BSF plane — sped towards Gauriganj in Amethi parliamentary constituency. But, instead of going towards Gauriganj, where he was to inspect the Lifeline Express, Mr. Gandhi’s caravan took a detour and reached Ramnagar in Barabanki district. It was only when the Congress general secretary had reached Ramnagar around 6 p.m. and took time out for a glass of tea from a local “dhaba” and interacted with the people did the police realise that it was Mr. Gandhi.

Till that time and even till late in the night there was no official confirmation of his visit, or his programme as the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee was also not informed about his visit. From Ramnagar, Mr. Gandhi’s cavalcade sped towards Bahraich and Shravasti districts via Faizabad. After spending the night with Chedi Ram Pasi in Chhotey Deeh village perched on the Shravasti-Bahraich border, the Congress leader spent time in the village, met the students in the village school in Sirsiriya block on Thursday before his caravan entered Bhinga in Shravasti and Jarwal Road in Gonda district. He reached Barabanki around 3.25 p.m. en route to Lucknow from where he boarded a return flight to Delhi around 5.15 p.m.

Two “roughed up”

Reports said that a news stringer and a policeman in Bahraich district were allegedly roughed up by the SPG personnel guarding Mr. Gandhi.

About his unscheduled visit, the Uttar Pradesh Congress chief told newspersons that Mr. Gandhi had come to take stock of the progress of the Central schemes, mainly the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, and to meet the flood and drought-affected people. Even the local Congress MPs were not informed as he wanted to see the situation on the ground, Dr. Joshi said.

.India has taken a principled stand on CTBT: Krishna



External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna. Photo: K.Gopinathan

The Hindu External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna. Photo: K.Gopinathan

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said that the country has taken a “principled” stand on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and there is no scope for change in its position unless a number of other “developments” take place to address the concerns.

This comes after a high-level conference on disarmament here on Thursday, addressed by UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon, asked India and eight other countries to ratify the agreement so that it comes into force.

“India has taken a position and we don’t see any reason for changing our stand, Krishna told journalists.

“We have taken a principled stand and so the question of India revising it stand depends on a number of other developments that would address our concerns,” he added.

Earlier, Mr. Moon said that “the CTBT is a fundamental building block for a free world of nuclear weapons“.

“By establishing a global norm against testing, the CTBT has made a significant contribution to the world community’s efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and to promote nuclear disarmament,” he added.

But Mr. Krishna responded by saying, “India’s stand remains unchanged. We have spelt out why we our unable to sign the pact as it is”.

During the occasion, the Moroccan Foreign Minister and chair of the conference Taib Fassi—Fihri said, “We will continue to work with very hard to convince others to join us“.

Without directly referring to India and Pakistan, he noted, “I am sure that some countries living in some specific areas with some political problems will join us and we will ask them to join us because it is important for peace and security.”

In a meeting chaired by US President Barack Obama, the Security Council has unanimously passed a nuclear non proliferation resolution.

It also calls upon all states to “refrain from conducting a nuclear test explosion and to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to bring it into force early.”

Russia and the United States have also committed to a new agreement to reduce nuclear war heads and launchers.