.Official: Indonesia quake traps thousands

A damaged boat inside a building in Pago Pago, on American Samoa.

A scientist at Germany’s Geoscientific Research Institute, GFZ based in Potsdam, south of Berlin, shows a graph on a computer monitor registered during the earthquake off the Samoa islands region.

A destroyed structure amidst debris near a church in the village of Leone, American Samoa.

A nearby resident walks past one of the two caskets with human remains unearthed by the tsunami at the Satala cemetary, which is located just yards away from the ocean in Fagatogo, American Samoa.

.Blackout in Padang after quake strikes

In the dark: A vendor serving a customer by candlelight at Pasar Baru market, Central Jakarta on Wednesday. State-owned electricity company PT PLN has scheduled power outages in some parts of the city because of yesterday's fire at the firm’s substation. In the dark: A vendor serving a customer by candlelight at Pasar Baru market, Central Jakarta on Wednesday. State-owned electricity company PT PLN has scheduled power outages in some parts of the city because of yesterday’s fire at the firm’s substation.
Wave-hit: A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded by water on Tuesday. A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing at least dozens of people and leaving dozens of workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities. AP/Fili SagapoluteleWave-hit: A main road in the downtown area of Fagatogo, American Samoa is flooded by water on Tuesday. A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages, and killing dozens of people.

Tsunami in South Pacific islands kills nearly 100

Tsunami in South Pacific islands kills nearly 100

A massive tsunami hurled by a powerful earthquake flattened Samoan villages and swept cars and people out to sea, killing at least 99 and leaving dozens missing Wednesday. The toll was expected to rise.

The same day, western Indonesia was rocked by a strong underwater temblor, briefly triggering a tsunami alert for countries along the Indian Ocean and sending panicked residents out of their houses.

The alert was later canceled. Survivors of the South Pacific islands tsunami fled the fast-churning water for higher ground and remained huddled there hours after the quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn Tuesday.

The quake was centered about 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Samoa, an island nation of 180,000 people located about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. It was about 120 miles (190 kilometers) from neighboring American Samoa, a U.S. territory that is home to 65,000 people.

Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland, Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, was quoted as saying by a parks service spokeswoman.

Hampered by power and communications outages, officials struggled to determine damage and casualties.

Samoan police commissioner Lilo Maiava told The Associated Press that police there had confirmed 63 deaths but that officials were still searching the devastated areas, so the number of deaths might rise soon.

Hundreds of injured people were being treated by health workers, and people were still cramming into centers seeking treatment, Maiava said. At least 30 people were killed on American Samoa, Gov. Togiola Tulafono said, adding that the toll was expected to rise as emergency crews were recovering bodies overnight.

“I don’t think anybody is going to be spared in this disaster,” said Tulafono, who was in Hawaii for a conference. In Washington, President Obama has declared a major disaster for American Samoa.

Obama said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is in contact with emergency responders, and the U.S. Coast Guard is helping deliver resources to areas in need of assistance.

The disaster declaration allows the United States to provide the support necessary for a “full, swift and aggressive response,” the president said. In a statement issued early Wednesday, Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, “will keep those who have lost so much in our thoughts and prayers.

” Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi looked shaken Wednesday on board a flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to the Samoan capital of Apia. “So much has gone. So many people are gone,” he told reporters on board.

“I’m so shocked, so saddened by all the loss.” Malielegaoi said his own village of Lepa was destroyed.

“Thankfully, the alarm sounded on the radio and gave people time to climb to higher ground,” he said.

“But not everyone escaped.” Gov. Tulafono told reporters in Hawaii that a member of his extended family was among the dead in American Samoa.

Because the closeness of the community, “each and every family is going to be affected by someone who’s lost their life,” he said as he boarded a Coast Guard C-130 plane in Hawaii to return home.

The plane, which also carried FEMA officials and aid, was scheduled to arrive at about 7 a.m. local time. (2 p.m. EDT; 1800 GMT) Authorities in Tonga confirmed at least six additional people dead in the island nation west of the Samoas, New Zealand’s acting Prime Minister Bill English said.

He said Tongan officials told him that four people were missing after the tsunami swept ashore on the northern island of Niua.

“There are a considerable number of people who’ve been swept out to sea and are unaccounted for,” English said.

“We don’t have information about the full impact and we do have some real concern that over the next 12 hours the picture could look worse rather than better.” Britain’s Press Association news agency, citing unidentified sources, said that a 2-year-old British child was killed in Samoa.

It was unclear whether that reported death was included in the overall toll. The Foreign Office said Wednesday that one British national was missing and presumed dead in the disaster.

A New Zealand P3 Orion maritime surveillance airplane had reached the region Wednesday afternoon and had searched for survivors off the coast, he said. It was expected to resume searching at first light.

The Samoa Red Cross said it had opened five temporary shelters and estimated that about 15,000 people were affected by the tsunami. New Zealander Graeme Ansell said the Samoan beach village of Sau Sau Beach Fale was leveled.

“It was very quick. The whole village has been wiped out,” Ansell told New Zealand’s National Radio from a hill near Samoa’s capital, Apia.

“There’s not a building standing. We’ve all clambered up hills, and one of our party has a broken leg. There will be people in a great lot of need ’round here.”

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Seven Network in Australia that two Australians had died in the tsunami, including a 6-year-old girl.

Mase Akapo, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in American Samoa, reported at least 19 people killed in four different villages on the main island of Tutuila. Officials reported at least 50 injured.

Residents in both Samoa and American Samoa reported being shaken awake by the quake early Tuesday, which lasted two to three minutes and was centered about 20 miles (32 kilometers) below the ocean floor.

It was followed by at least three large aftershocks of at least 5.6 magnitude. The quake came Tuesday morning for the Samoas, which lie just east of the international dateline. For Asia-Pacific countries on the other side of the line, it was already Wednesday.

The Samoan capital, Apia, was virtually deserted by afternoon, with schools and businesses closed. Hours after the waves struck, fresh sirens rang out with another tsunami alert and panicked residents headed for higher ground again, although there was no indication of a new quake.

In American Samoa’s capital of Pago Pago, the streets and fields were filled with ocean debris, mud, overturned cars and several boats as a massive cleanup effort continued into the night.

Several buildings in the city – just a few feet above sea level – were flattened by either the quake or the tsunami.

Several areas were expected to be without electricity for up to a month. The dominant industry in American Samoa – tuna canneries – was also affected. Chicken of the Sea’s tuna packing plant in American Samoa was forced to close although the facility wasn’t damaged, the San Diego-based company said.

The effects of the tsunami could be felt thousands of miles away. Japan’s Meteorological Agency said “very weak” tsunami waves were registered off the island of Hachijojima about 10 hours after the quake.

There were no reports of injuries or damage in Japan, which is about 4,700 miles (7,600 kilometers) northwest of Samoa. U.S. officials said strong currents and dangerous waves were forecast from California to Washington state. No major flooding was expected, however.

In Los Angeles, lifeguards said they would clear beaches at about 8 p.m. in response to an advisory for possible dangerous currents.

While the earthquake and tsunami were big, they were not on the same scale of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, said Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle.

That tsunami killed more than 230,000 in a dozen countries across Asia.

Magnitude 7.6 Indonesia Quake Traps People Under Rubble

Sept. 30: Office workers gather outside their building after feeling an earthquake tremor in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A powerful underwater earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, toppling buildings, bringing down bridges, starting fires and sending panicked residents out of their homes, witnesses told Reuters.

The 7.6-magnitude quake triggered a tsunami alert for countries along the Indian Ocean, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand, but was later canceled by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

While the U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9, it was later revised down to 7.6. It hit 30 miles off the coast of Padang, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand, along the same fault line the spawned the massive 2004 Asian tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, but several injuries were reported.

Indonesian television reported that hundreds of buildings had collapsed and many people were feared trapped under the rubble. Footage from Padang showed flattened buildings, with at least one person trapped underneath, a foot sticking out from beneath the debris.

“The earthquake was very strong,” said Kasmiati, who lives on the coast near to the epicenter. “People ran to high ground. Houses and buildings were badly damaged.”

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“I was outside, so I am safe, but my children at home were injured,” she said before her cell phone went dead.

The quake triggered a landslide that cut off land transport to the provincial town of Padang Pandang, which lies about 45 miles north of Padang, said a police officer in the town, who identified himself only as Riko. He said three cars were reportedly hit by the landslide.

Padang, a sprawling low-lying city of around 900,000, was badly hit by an 8.4 magnitude quake in September 2007, when dozens of people died and several large buildings collapsed.

Power in the city was reportedly cut and telecommunications networks were down or overloaded, making it difficult to get accurate information about the extent of the damage.

“Many buildings are badly damaged, including hotels and mosques,” said Wandono, an official at Meteorology and Geophysic Agency in the capital, Jakarta, citing reports from residents.

He said a steep, sloping riverbank collapsed, houses had toppled and a fire had broken out in buildings on the road to Padang.

Wednesday’s quake comes a day after a quake with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3 in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing.

The epicenter of Wednesday’s temblor off Indonesia lies several thousand miles to the west, on the other side of Australia.

The shaking could be felt in high buildings in Jakarta, several hundred miles away. It was also felt in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.

Witnesses said residents of Padang, and other towns and cities, ran out of homes and buildings in fear, and a road to the coastal town was cut off.

“People are panicking. They are running out of the buildings… There are many collapsed buildings,” an unidentified witness in Padang told MetroTV.

“Hundreds of houses have been damaged along the road. There are some fires, bridges are cut and there is extreme panic here maybe because water pipes are broken and there is flooding in the streets,” another witness told Reuters.

Geologists have long said Padang, with a population of 900,000, may one day be destroyed by a huge earthquake because of its location.

“Padang sits right in front of the area with the greatest potential for an 8.9 magnitude earthquake,” Reuters quoted Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, a geologist at the Indonesian Science Institute, in February.

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Tropical storm Ketsana has left a trail of flooding and devastation in the Philippines – the worst to hit the country in four decades.

The authorities want international help and they are also concerned that another storm could hit later in the week.

It is now known that 240 people have been killed and thousands more are in evacuation camps.


A series of tsunamis smashed into the Pacific island nations of American and Western Samoa killing possibly more than 100 people, destroying villages and injuring hundreds, officials said on Wednesday.

Tsunami in South Pacific islands kills nearly 100

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Debris is strewn around a church in Leone, American Samoa Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009 AP – Debris is strewn around a church in Leone, American Samoa Tuesday Sept. 29, 2009 after a powerful Pacific …

By KENI LESA and FILI SAGAPOLUTELE, Associated Press Writers Keni Lesa And Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press Writers 26 mins ago

APIA, Samoa – A massive tsunami hurled by a powerful earthquake flattened Samoan villages and swept cars and people out to sea, killing at least 99 and leaving dozens missing Wednesday. The toll was expected to rise.

Survivors fled the fast-churning water for higher ground on the South Pacific islands and remained huddled there hours after the quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn Tuesday.

The quake was centered about 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Samoa, an island nation of 180,000 people located about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. It was about 120 miles (190 kilometers) from neighboring American Samoa, a U.S. territory that is home to 65,000 people.

Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland, Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, was quoted as saying by a parks service spokeswoman.

The same day, western Indonesia was rocked by a strong underwater quake, briefly triggering a tsunami alert for countries along the Indian Ocean and sending panicked residents out of their houses. The alert was later canceled.

The Samoan capital, Apia, was virtually deserted by afternoon, with schools and businesses closed. Hours after the waves struck, fresh sirens rang out with another tsunami alert and panicked residents headed for higher ground again, although there was no indication of a new quake.

In American Samoa’s capital of Pago Pago, the streets and fields were filled with ocean debris, mud, overturned cars and several boats as a massive cleanup effort continued into the night. Several buildings in the city — just a few feet above sea level — were flattened. Several areas were expected to be without electricity for up to a month.

In Washington, President Obama has declared a major disaster for American Samoa.

In a statement issued early Wednesday, Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, “will keep those who have lost so much in our thoughts and prayers.”

Hampered by power and communications outages, officials in the South Pacific islands struggled to determine damage and casualties.

Samoan police commissioner Lilo Maiava told The Associated Press that police there had confirmed 63 deaths but that officials were still searching the devastated areas, so the number of deaths might rise soon.

At least 30 people were killed on American Samoa, Gov. Togiola Tulafono said, adding that the toll was expected to rise as emergency crews were recovering bodies overnight.

“I don’t think anybody is going to be spared in this disaster,” said Tulafono, who was in Hawaii for a conference. He added that a member of his extended family was among the dead in the disaster.

Authorities in Tonga confirmed at least six additional people dead in the island nation west of the Samoas, New Zealand‘s acting Prime Minister Bill English said. He said Tongan officials told him that four people were missing after the tsunami swept ashore on the northern island of Niua.

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Seven Network in Australia that two Australians had died, including a 6-year-old girl. The British Foreign Office said one Briton was missing and presumed dead.

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi looked shaken Wednesday on board a flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to the Samoan capital of Apia.

“So much has gone. So many people are gone,” he told reporters on board. “I’m so shocked, so saddened by all the loss.”

Malielegaoi said his own village of Lepa was destroyed.

“Thankfully, the alarm sounded on the radio and gave people time to climb to higher ground,” he said. “But not everyone escaped.”

Gov. Tulafono said that because the closeness of the community, “each and every family is going to be affected by someone who’s lost their life.” He spoke to reporters before boarding a Coast Guard C-130 plane in Hawaii to return home. The plane, which also carried officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and aid, was scheduled to arrive at about 7 a.m. local time (2 p.m. EDT; 1800 GMT). The U.S. disaster agency said it was also preparing supplies stored in Hawaii for transport to the island chain.

A New Zealand P3 Orion maritime surveillance airplane had reached the region Wednesday afternoon and had searched for survivors off the coast, he said. It was expected to resume searching at first light.

The Samoa Red Cross estimated that about 15,000 people were affected by the tsunami.

New Zealander Graeme Ansell said the Samoan beach village of Sau Sau Beach Fale was leveled.

“It was very quick. The whole village has been wiped out,” Ansell told New Zealand’s National Radio from a hill near Samoa’s capital, Apia. “There’s not a building standing. We’ve all clambered up hills, and one of our party has a broken leg. There will be people in a great lot of need ’round here.”

Residents in both Samoa and American Samoa reported being shaken awake by the quake early Tuesday, which lasted two to three minutes and was centered about 20 miles (30 kilometers) below the ocean floor. It was followed by at least three large aftershocks of at least 5.6 magnitude.

The quake came Tuesday morning for the Samoas, which lie just east of the international dateline. For Asia-Pacific countries on the other side of the line, it was already Wednesday.

The dominant industry in American Samoa — tuna canneries — was also affected. Chicken of the Sea’s tuna packing plant in American Samoa was forced to close although the facility wasn’t damaged, the San Diego-based company said.

The effects of the tsunami could be felt nearly 5,000 miles away (7,500 kilometers) on a Japanese island, though there were no reports of damage or injuries there.

U.S. officials said strong currents and dangerous waves were forecast from California to Washington state. No major flooding was expected, however. In Los Angeles, lifeguards said they would clear beaches at about 8 p.m.

While the earthquake and tsunami were big, they were not on the same scale of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, said Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle. That tsunami killed more than 230,000 in a dozen countries across Asia.

Powerful earthquake rocks western Indonesia

Powerful quake destroys buildings in Indonesia AFP Graphics – Map locating the Indonesian island of Sumatra. A powerful 7.9-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia’s …

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Witnesses and media say a powerful earthquake hit western Indonesia, toppling buildings, cutting electricity and causing at least several injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9, and struck 30 miles (50 kilometers) off the coast of Sumatra. The quake was along the same fault line that spawned the massive 2004 India Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people.

A tsunami warning for countries along the Indian Ocean was issued after the temblor struck early evening Wednesday and then lifted about an hour-and-a-half later.

Witnesses told local television and radio that hundreds of houses collapsed and that a road to the coastal town of Padang was cut off.

Witnesses reported at least several injuries.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful underwater earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert for countries along the Indian Ocean and sending panicked residents out of their houses.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.9. An Indonesian television network reported that buildings had collapsed in the coastal city of Padang, in Southern Sumatra province.

Indonesia’s meteorological agency said the quake had a preliminary magnitude at 7.6 and hit 30 miles (50 kilometers) off the coast of Padang, along the same fault line the spawned the massive 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 in a dozen countries.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami alert for Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand.

“There is a possibility of a destructive regional tsunami in the Indian Ocean,” it said in an e-mailed statement.

There were no immediate reports of a high waves.

It comes a day after a quake with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3 in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing.

The epicenter of Wednesday’s temblor off Indonesia lies several thousand miles (kilometers) to the west, on the other side of Australia.

Witnesses said residents of Padang, and other town and cities, ran out of homes and buildings in fear when the quake hit in the early evening.

“People are panicking. They are running out of the buildings… There are many collapsed buildings,” an unidentified witness in Padang told MetroTV.

The shaking could be felt in high buildings in the capital, Jakarta, several hundred miles (kilometers) away. It was also felt in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.

Powerful quake destroys buildings in Indonesia

Powerful quake destroys buildings in Indonesia AFP – Indonesians evacuate the Mall Sun Plaza on the Sumatran city of Medan. A powerful 7.9-magnitude quake …


JAKARTA (AFP) – A powerful 7.9-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, destroying large buildings and starting fires in the major city of Padang, geologists and reports said.

“A number of hotels in Padang have been destroyed,” Indonesian geophysics and meteorology agency tsunami warning head Rahmat Triyono said, adding the agency did not release a tsunami alert.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii however issued a tsunami watch for Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Thailand but later cancelled it.

“Up to now we haven’t been able to reach Padang, communications have been cut,” Triyono said.

The quake struck at sea at 5:16 pm (1016 GMT) at a fairly deep 87 kilometres (54 miles), 53 kilometres northwest of Padang city in West Sumatra province, the United States Geological Survey said.

Local news channel Metro TV reported fires amid hundreds of collapsed houses in Padang, a city of 900,000, where panicked residents had run onto the streets as the quake hit.

“We haven’t received any reports of casualties yet because communication lines in the areas close to the epicentre like Pariaman and Padang have completely broken down,” Indonesian geophysics agency head technical head Suharjono told AFP.

“Several hotels in Padang such as the Minang Hotel have also collapsed but all this needs to be confirmed,” he said.

The quake was felt in the capital Jakarta 940 kilometres away and sent panicked office workers streaming out of buildings in nearby Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

“The shaking was the worst I had ever felt,” Yuliarni, a resident of Pariaman district outside of Padang, told TVOne news channel.

“Houses have collapsed, the lights and electricity were cut off… People were fleeing to higher ground and some were hurt,” she said.

The quake caused a landslide that destroyed houses at lake Maninjau inland from Padang, local resident Hafiz told the channel.

Geologists have said Padang, which lies near the colliding Indo-Australian and Eurasian tectonic plates, is the most likely in the country to fall victim to the next major quake or tsunami.

The city is most at risk from a final segment along the zone shifting to unleash a massive amount of energy.

The zone’s other segments have already cracked, including a large portion off Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, which triggered the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which killed more than 220,000 people.

Plans for evacuation shelters and improved roads to provide better escape routes from tsunami have mostly not been realised.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where the meeting of continental plates causes high volcanic and seismic activity.

A quake on the main island of Java earlier this month killed 123 people.

Vaishno Devi, Mata Vaishnodevi Pics, Vaishno Devi Temple, Navratri Festival

Vaishno Devi Mandir (Hindi: वैष्णोदेवी मन्दिर) is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hill of Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

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In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess.

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The temple is near the town of Katra, in Jammu district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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It is one of the most revered places of worship in Northern India.The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board maintains the shrine. A rail link from Udhampur to Katra is being built to facilitate pilgrimage.

Vaishno Devi Temple near Jammu ahead of the nine-day ‘Navratri’ festival.The nine-day Navratri festival will begin from Saturday and the authorities claim to be in full control of the situation.There is much fanfare in Katra during Navratra festival and the inflow of tourists also rises manifold during those days. We have made proper security arrangements.

Navratri’, which literally means nine nights, is observed twice a year.

The festival lasts for nine days in honour of nine manifestations of Durga, goddess of power ,and fall in the months of April-May and September-October.

It is believed that during the Navratri, Goddess Durga descends on earth to rid it of the demons and blesses her devotees with happiness and prosperity.

Air India Strike Ends, Air India Latest News, Air India Pilots Begins To Work

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Four-day long standoff between the Air India management and its pilots ended today after both sides reached an agreement. Sources said that pilots would be returning to work.

Calling off their strike, Pilots expressed their gratitude towards the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for intervening into the matter. The pilots said that they civil aviation minister Praful Patel’s word.

The crisis was started five days ago as the pilots flashed a strike protesting against the cut in PLI.

Earlier, Air India cancelled 16 domestic and two international flights which were scheduled for today. Giving an ultimatum to the striking pilots, the Government had told the pilots to return to their duty.

In a significant statement, Indian Airlines said that it wouldn’t cut salaries of ground staff and executive pilots and their allowance would be paid by October 7.

Tata Tele, BSNL sign 15-year infrastructure sharing deal

Tata Tele, BSNL sign 15-year infrastructure sharing deal

A view of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) building, Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, in New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The Hindu A view of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) building, Bharat Sanchar Bhawan, in New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Tata Teleservices today joined state-owned BSNL for sharing infrastructure across the nation, in a first such partnership that would help the private firm expand its GSM network expeditiously.

After signing the 15-year deal, Tata Tele said: “This is a moment of pride for us, as we have become the first private telecom operator to enter into such a strategically important agreement with BSNL, one that will allow us to expand our telecom footprint across the country much more quickly.”

TTSL, however, declined to give financial details of the deal.

“The agreement, which is valid for 15 years, will be applicable to both TTSL and TTSL (Maharashtra) Limited in all of India’s 22 telecom circles,” TTSL’s Legal and Regulatory Affairs president, Madhav Joshi, said.

The deal comes at a very strategic time for Tatas as the company is in the process to launch its GSM mobile services under the Tata DoCoMo brand name and BSNL has infrastructure assets across the country — the largest for any telecom firm.

In the last three months, the company has rolled out GSM services in nine circles — Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Orissa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Haryana.

The infrastructure-sharing would be advantageous to the company in terms of reduced cost and the same would be reflected in the tariff structure of both the firms.

“This agreement has the potential to not just speed up our network expansion and roll out process, but would also have a substantial impact in terms of reduced costs,” TTSL Chief Technology Officer, A. G. Rao, said.

Under the terms of the agreement, TTSL and TTML will have access to thousands of BSNL towers all across the country.

Sources said the financial details of the deal would actually depend upon the usage of towers by each company in respective circles and thus it would be decided later.

.Obama to honour India with his first state dinner

President Barack Obama's administration is all set to honour Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the first state dinner during Singh's visit to the United States on November 24.

PTI President Barack Obama’s administration is all set to honour Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with the first state dinner during Singh’s visit to the United States on November 24.

And the first state dinner of President Barack Obama’s administration goes to … India.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is coming to the United States for a state visit on November 24. Such visits include an elaborate arrival ceremony on the White House South Lawn, one-on-one time with the President and, in the evening, a state dinner.

But why India first?

It was just four years ago that President George W. Bush and Singh raised their glasses and toasted the U.S.-India relationship at the start of a July 2005 state dinner.

Indian officials, however, have watched warily since then as the U.S. has become more engaged with Pakistan, focusing on greater military cooperation in dealing with militants there and in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Honouring Singh with what is considered one of the grandest and most glamorous of White House affairs 10 months into Obama’s presidency may allay some of those concerns, along with perceptions that Pakistan has surpassed India as America’s best friend in South Asia.

It also may be Obama’s way of closing the loop with all the major U.S. allies as his first year in office draws to a fast close.

Obama’s first-year international itinerary has taken him to the major European power centres of Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia. He has toured the Middle East and is scheduled to visit China and possibly other Asian countries in November, before Singh visits.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hand-delivered the state visit invitation from Obama during her July trip to India.

Singh and Obama met on the sidelines of a London economic summit in April, and discussed cooperating on the economic downturn, climate change and counterterrorism. Obama later called him a “very wise and decent man.”

After years of mutual wariness during the Cold War, U.S.-Indian relations are at a high point, thanks partly to the Bush administration’s push to allow American civilian nuclear trade with India. The Obama administration has used that accord as a foundation for improving ties and hopes of cooperation on the president’s priority issues, such as climate change and countering terrorism.

“We are very committed to this relationship,” Clinton said of India when questioned about deepening U.S. relations with Pakistan.

But a trip to India so far has escaped the sights of the President’s travel planners.

That is where the state dinner comes in.

Obama’s first one will be the talk of the town, perhaps second only to his inauguration and the parties that followed in terms of celebrity star power and got-to-be-there fever.

A ton of planning is involved, from creating the invitation itself to compiling a guest list. Meals, desserts and wines are tasted until the right pairings are found. Flowers must be chosen and arranged just so, along with the seating, place settings and entertainment.

Responsibility for the planning falls to First Lady Michelle Obama and her staff, and people will be waiting to see what twists she and her social secretary, Desiree Rogers, will put on one of the White House’s most staid traditions.

Early state dinner rumblings after Obama took office were about opening the events up to “real people.”

Inquiring minds also want to know what other changes may be in store. Will they eat in the State Dining Room or shift chairs to the larger East Room? Will dinner courses be prepared with vegetables pulled from Mrs. Obama’s popular South Lawn garden?

Would they consider putting their well-dressed guests on boats headed down the Potomac River to Mount Vernon? John F. Kennedy did that for his first state dinner a just few months into his term, in May 1961, for the president of Tunisia.

Or how about dinner and black-tie inside a big tent in the Rose Garden? Bill Clinton did that for his first such dinner a year and a half into his presidency, in June 1994, for the Japanese emperor.

Bush held his first dinner eight months in. It was for Mexico, less than a week before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Breast Cancer — a wake up call for Indian women

A woman undergoing external radio therapy for Breast Cancer at the MNJ Institute in Hyderabad. File photo: K. Ramesh Babu

THE HINDU A woman undergoing external radio therapy for Breast Cancer at the MNJ Institute in Hyderabad. File photo: K. Ramesh Babu

Breast cancer, a dreaded disease has got deadlier for the modern woman who with her late marriage, unhealthy eating and growing weight is becoming vulnerable to the illness. Experts project breast cancer to strike approximately 2.5 lakh women in India by 2015.

“Breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer to become the leading cause of cancer-related mortality among women living in metropolitan cities,” says the Indian Council of Medical Research which places incidence of the disease at 30 to 33 per 1,00,000 women in urban India.

Smart government-sponsored advertising that spreads awareness about self screening as well as timely checkups, which include mammographies and diet control, prove good safety mechanisms for early detection crucial to curb the spread of the curable disease, advice doctors.

“We have seen a considerable change in the level of awareness among women in semi urban and urban areas. Initially they were shy but when we told them about the gravity of the disease and the ease with which they can do a self exam, we found women losing their reticence,” says Isha Bhandari, ROKO Cancer, a voluntary organisation that runs mobile cancer units across India.

The number of breast cancer cases in India is about 100,000 women each year and there will be approximately 2,50,000 new cases of breast cancer in India by 2015, says ICMR.

The Roko cancer mobile units — air conditioned buses— ply in remote areas providing pre-cancer screening facilities, play relevant audio visuals and carry educational kits to be distributed in various camps.

“We started the campaign almost four years ago and aim to make mammography tests a routine for every woman in this country. We are also working for a polio like campaign to reach the masses,” says Ms. Bhandari.

Cancer rates could further increase by 50 per cent to 15 million new cases in the year 2020, according to the World Cancer Report, the most comprehensive global examination of the disease to date.

The report also reveals the developing world is expected to account for more than half of all cancer cases in the world by 2020. The WHO is also warning that Asia’s annual death toll from cancer, currently at about 4 million, could reach 6.4 million by 2030 if current trends continue.

Said to be a western disease, the incidence of new cases in Asia is rising by around 60 per cent in some parts.

“The rise is particularly affecting younger women between 30 and 40 years. Unlike in the West where typically women after 50 years get early stage disease, breast cancer in Asian women occurs at a younger age and is usually presented and diagnosed at a later stage,” Dr. Col. C. S. Pant, Vice Chairperson for the Forum for Breast Cancer Protection.

The forum, supported by Hard Rock Cafe, is organising a women’s car rally from Delhi to Agra, to raise funds and generate awareness about breast cancer prevention and its early detection.

Though there is no known cause for the illness, a cure is possible if detected early.

“I have been in this field for over 25 years and have found that breast cancer creates psychological havoc for a young woman usually in her 40s and with one or two children,” says Dr. Pant.

“The fault, to a certain extent, lies with the doctors too who do not encourage screening. Every woman after 40 should go for a mammogram test,” Ms. Bhandari.

Government advertisements also should not talk about advanced mammography techniques like digital ones and should focus on disseminating ordinary ones because these tests are expensive and the more advanced ones, with their more expensive rates, prove as a deterrent in many cases, say experts.

“A regular mammogram costs between Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000, digital ones can cost as much as Rs 8,000. “Even in the U.S. the usage of digital instrument is limited to just 32 per cent. It requires volumes to make it cost-effective,” says Dr. Pant.

“The cause for the cancer is not known but it has been statistically found that Japanese and Chinese are least prone. Perhaps it is a good idea to take a look at their food. Sipping green tea, having more vegetarian diet and plenty of exercise can be act as a deterrent,” says Dr. Pant.

Kasab confessed voluntarily: Magistrate

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A city Magistrate today told the 26/11 trial court that prime accused Ajmal Amir Kasab had confessed before her voluntarily, his role in the terror attacks, saying he wanted others to draw inspiration from his confession.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rama Vijay Sawant Vagule said Kasab was produced before her on February 17 where he said he wanted to confess.

He was given 24 hours to reconsider if he wished to confess, she said.

“On February 18, when Kasab was produced again before me, he reiterated that he wanted to confess. He showed no remorse for his crime and told me that he wanted to confess so that others may derive inspiration from his action,” Ms Vagule told the Court.

“I also asked him whether there was any promise or force exerted upon him to confess and I also reminded him again that it was not obligatory on his part to confess and also that it would be used against him in the trial for sentencing him,” the Magistrate who deposed as a witness told Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nigam.

The Magistrate was examined as a witness because Kasab had retracted his confession saying that he had made it under police duress.

IGNOU joins hands with Indian Army

NOVEL INITIATIVE: Army chief General Deepak Kapoor looks on as Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal and IGNOU Vice Chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai exchange documents after signing an MoU in New Delhi.Photo: PTI

PTI NOVEL INITIATIVE: Army chief General Deepak Kapoor looks on as Lieutenant General Mukesh Sabharwal and IGNOU Vice Chancellor VN Rajasekharan Pillai exchange documents after signing an MoU in New Delhi.Photo: PTI

To provide professional certification for higher learning among the soldiers.

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has joined hands with the Indian Army in an attempt to provide professional certification for higher learning among the soldiers.

Called ‘Indian Army-IGNOU Community Colleges’, the programme will seek to facilitate certification of the knowledge and skills/in-service training received by the soldiers, within the educational framework stipulated by IGNOU.

Elaborating on the joint venture, Latha Pillai, Pro Vice Chancellor of IGNOU, who is spearheading the community colleges project, told The Hindu-EducationPlus, that the university has entered in to an agreement with the Indian Army to register various regimental training centres and army schools of instruction of Indian Army as community colleges.

“If need be, IGNOU would also introduce new subjects in the curriculum. Upon completion of 96 credits, the degree awarded would be similar to the ones awarded to other students,” she said. Stating that the certification and enhancement of educational qualifications would be within the broad framework of community colleges set up by IGNOU, Dr. Pillai said that community colleges will empower the already excellent training system within the Indian Army and provide an opportunity for in-service trainings to be benchmarked and credits issued for the Indian-Army soldiers (both men and officers) to obtain a formal degree.

In due course, this innovative process will allow for lateral entry in to the regular university system by allowing the candidates enrolled in certificate, diploma or associate degree courses to accumulate credits.

An additional commitment of a year’s study under the formal IGNOU undergraduate programme will enable the candidates to obtain a degree. Dr. Pillai said that the Army-IGNOU community colleges will create flexible learning opportunities for personnel of the Indian Army. According to the IGNOU, the Indian Army has recruited personnel with three broad categories of educational qualifications that include below 12th class, 12th pass, and graduates and above. It has a robust educational and training infrastructure including 38 regimental training centres; 55 human resource development centres; 11 central training centres and other established schools of instruction.

These centres, under the memorandum of understanding, are being registered as community colleges. Dr. Pillai said that basic foundation course of 16 credits will be offered during the first semester.

For non 12th class soldiers, basic military semester will be counted as bridge course.

The applied course in the chosen programme sector will be offered during the second semester while the third semester will consist of Army Class 2 Standards (16 credits – application oriented courses (8 credits) and elective courses (8 credits). Elective courses, compulsory internship and project work in the fourth semester will earn 16 credits.

The 64 credits obtained on successful completion of associate gegree will become transferable towards the completion of 96 credits in total in order to obtain a degree.

The third year of 32 credits will be earned with IGNOU. Subsequent accumulation of credits and a third year of graduation with IGNOU can be taken within five years of completion of the associate degree.

The objective of the community colleges programme is to develop an alternate system of education that aims to empower individuals through appropriate skill development leading to gainful employment in collaboration with the industry and the community.

They offer the advantage of tailoring programmes to local needs and State-based requirements by using approaches that will be most acceptable to workers in the given community.

Movies & Events Today – Hyderabad

English Top
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
PRASADS IMAX
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
20:00
Transformers : Revenge Of The Fallen
PRASADS IMAX
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
16:00 and 22:45
The Ugly Truth
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:30 and 15:40
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
21:00
Under The Sea
PRASADS IMAX
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
12:30 and 16:15
Hindi Top
Dil Bole Hadippa
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
19:00
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
22:30
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
10:00, 15:00 and 22:45
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
16:30
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:15, 16:15 and 19:30
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
18:00
Wanted
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
11:30, 14:30 and 21:30
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
10:00, 16:00 and 22:30
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:15, 16:20 and 19:25
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:30, 15:15, 19:15 and 22:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
13:20, 16:35 and 22:45
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
10:30, 13:30, 16:30 and 22:30
What’s Your Raashee?
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
10:30 and 21:45
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
10:00, 15:45 and 21:45
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:20, 15:30, 17:30 and 21:20
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
13:00 and 21:45
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
13:10 and 22:10
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
14:00, 18:00 and 21:45
Telugu Top
Magadheera
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
14:00 and 19:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
16:20
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
22:00
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
13:10
Eenadu
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
12:45, 17:45 and 20:00
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
14:10 and 19:20
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
15:15, 17:45 and 23:00
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
20:00
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
17:05 and 19:50
Quick Gun Murugan
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
13:45, 17:15 and 19:45
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
13:40
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
21:00
Ganesh
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
21:45, 13:00, 16:15, 19:30 and 22:15
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:00, 12:30, 14:10, 15:40, 18:50 and 22:05
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
11:15, 15:30, 17:45 and 22:45
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:00, 13:10, 16:30 and 22:20
Rechipo
INOX
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:15, 13:30, 16:35, 20:00 and 22:20
Cinemax
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
10:30 and 17:00
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
11:00 and 19:30
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
11:00 and 19:45

Hyderabad Events Today

Art Top
The Tree Spirits
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Steam and Roast Festival
Wednesday, September 30th, 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 mind people who are health conscious.

Evening Snacks
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 12:30 p.m. to  3 p.m.
Tandoor, White House Building, Begumpet. An authentic North Indian buffet featuring peas pulao, paneer tikka, biryanis, desserts and more for lunch.

Curry Wagon
Wednesday, September 30th, 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.

Oktoberfest
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11:30 p.m.
Encounters, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Taj Krishna in collaboration with Goethe-Zentrum and Lufthansa Airlines presents Oktoberfest, which include German Food Presentation of Bavarian menu and tasting the delicacies from German chefs.

Sharad Sadhya
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 7:30 p.m. to  11 p.m.
Once Upon A Time, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Enjoy the delicious and authentic Bengali Cuisine accompanied with snacks and desserts.

Nightlife Top
Wonder Wednesdays
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
10 Downing Street, #10, Lifestyle Building, Begumpet In-house DJ Ananth and a guest DJ will be spinning famous party tracks tonight. Drinks will be on the house for the ladies.

Lounge Music Nights
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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.

Flower Power Nights
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Touch, I Floor, Trendset Towers, Road No.2, Banjara Hills. DJ Shashank will entertain the ladies with the best of lounge music tonight.

Shades Night
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Spoil Lounge, Siaa, Road No.1, Jubilee Hills. Shades Night is the theme on every wednesdays at Spoil. In-house DJ will play lounge music tonight.

High On House
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Rattle and Hum, IV Floor, Jaya Chambers, Plot No.102, Road No.36, Jubilee Hills. DJ Swadeep is all set to play house and trance music tonight.

Ladies Night
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Firangi Paani, City Centre Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. In-house DJs Christy and Amar are all set to play rock, retro, house and desi tonight. Drinks will be on the house for the ladies.

Club Nights
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8:30 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
6-3-885/7 4th Floor Saphire Square,, Somajiguda DJ Rafiq plays house, progressive, underground, techno and rock music tonight.

Hip-Hop Nights
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 9 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
1st Floor, Srishti Towers, Above Pizza Hut, Madhapur Hip-Hop and Reggae all night with the in-house DJ.

Bollywood Nights
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 9 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Excess, Novotel Hyderabad, Hitech City, Madhapur. In-house DJ will play the latest hit numbers from Bollywood tonight at the lounge.

Rock and Retro Night
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  11:45 p.m.
Xtreme Sports Bar, Plot No.76, III and IV Floor, Bear Image Gardens, Madhapur. DJ Kranthi will play rock, retro and house music tonight. Watch the final league match between India and West Indies, live on a large screen.

Shopping Top
Season Sale
Wednesday, September 30th, 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.

Diwali Delight
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Westside, Khan Lateef Khan Estates, fateh Maidan Road Westside is displaying gift vouchers on purchase of Apparel and accessories. Get a Cygnus diamond pendant free on shopping of worth Rs.10,000/-.

I Anniversary Celebrations
Wednesday, September 30th, 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
Wednesday, September 30th, 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.

Shopping Carnival
Wednesday, September 30th, 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.

Feel Gifted!
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Lifestyle, Near White House, Kundanbagh. Lifestyle celebrates its tenth anniversary. Get offers on apparel, children’s wear, cosmetics, footwear and home furnishings during this festive season.

Annual Discount
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Milestone 476, Road No.10, Banjara Hills Up to 40% off on party and ethnic wear for women and men.

Diwali Utsav
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Home Centre, Begumpet. Get up to 25% off on purchase of furniture, furnishings and decorative items during this festive season.

Festive Deals
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Inner Space 686, Lane adj. to Aamoda Kitchen , Banjara Hills Get up to 15% to 30% off on furniture, furnishings and home accessories.

Special Offers
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
The Woods Shop No. 222B, Nehru Nagar, San Marina House, Near St Andrew’s Church , West Maredpally Get up to 20% to 50% off on furniture and home accessories.

Annual Sale
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Durian Krishna Nagar Cross Roads, Above Hero Honda Show Room , Jubilee Hills The Big Durian sale is back. Get up to 60% off on all furniture pieces showcased.

Workshops Top
Music Notation Reading
Wednesday, September 30th, 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.

.Full-time politics for Jagan

Hyderabad : The Kadapa MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, will become a “full-fledged politician” from October 2 and is now busy relieving himself of his various business responsibilities.

He will visit Idupulapaya on the day to participate in a prayer meeting to mark the completion of one month of the death of his father Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and proceed to Kadapa to initiate the party membership drive.

“He is also planning to shift his base to Hyderabad from Bengaluru,” said Mr Y.V. Subba Reddy, close relative of the YSR. The young MP currently has stakes in Sakshi Telugu daily, a TV channel, Bharati Cements in Kadapa district and a power project near Hassan in Karnataka.

Sources said the task of transferring his business activities would take some time but Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy would plunge into politics totally before that. “He will be a full-fledged politician from October 2,” said Mr Subba Reddy. It is learnt that Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy, on shifting to Hyderabad, will start his political activity from his house in Sagar Society near Banjara Hills Road no 2.

The late YSR lived in the house for a long time even as Chief Minister before moving to the government quarters in Begumpet. Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy is also planning to change his attire to assume the look of a serious politician.

After the function in Idupulapaya, he is expected to stay in Kadapa for three or four days before coming to Hyderabad. Like his father, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy has also decided to follow a regular Hyderabad-Kadapa-Delhi tour circuit. He will also undertake a tour of the state to meet the kin of those who died of shock and committed suicide after the death of YSR. But he will do so only after informing the party high command and getting its consent.

.KVP in Delhi over poster row

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha member, Mr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao, arrived at the national capital on Tuesday amidst controversy over some Congress workers allegedly tearing posters of the party president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.
Mr Rao said he was here to attend the Parliamentary committee for finance, of which he is a member.
Meanwhile, police in Khammam said the four people who were apprehended in connection with the incident were supporters of former Union minister, Ms Renuka Chowdhary. Senior leaders maintained that a decision on YSR’s successor would be taken only after Assembly polls in Maharashtra

.Heavy rains predicted

Hyderabad : Hyderabad and other Telangana districts are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Wednesday following the formation of a well-marked low pressure over west central Bay of Bengal.
Isolated heavy to very heavy showers are expected at Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari districts. “The low pressure is very active over west central Bay of Bengal. This may cause moderate to heavy rainfall in Telangana and North Andhra districts,” said Dr M. Satya Kumar, director, Hyderabad Meteorological Centre.
Kadapa, Nandyal, Alampur, Ichapuram, Wanaparthy received heavy rainfall up to 9 cm since Monday. However, both Telangana and Coastal Andhra Pradesh received deficit rainfall during the south-west monsoon which comes to an end on September 30.
Coastal Andhra received 377.6 mm of rainfall against 533.6 mm while Telangana received 436 mm against 728 mm in the last four months. Rayalaseema is relatively in a better position with three per cent deficit.