DS, Danam meet to clear the messCong to finalise campaign in 2-3 days

HYDERABAD: The Congress party would finalise its campaign plan for the GHMC elections in the next three days, even as two unlikely friends PCC president D Srinivas and D Nagendar met each other thrice on Sunday to iron out the mess arising out of the announcement of seats, especially for Serilingally division.

Even as Congress seniors and ministers claimed that all matters were sorted out amicably, party legislators K Laxma Reddy, B Raji Reddy and Bhikshapati Yadav met Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel and Union minister S Jaipal Reddy in New Delhi on Sunday to convey the happenings in the state Congress over the distribution of tickets.

Though the legislators refused to elaborate on their discussions in New Delhi after their return in the evening, it is presumed that several discrepancies that were reported in the media over the distribution of tickets were conveyed and discussed at length.

Though the PCC president has been denying any wrongdoing and maintained that all candidates were announced only in consultation with the local MLAs, the current state of affairs in Congress party, on the contrary, is exactly opposite with several legislators openly declaring that all was not well in the distribution of tickets.

Meanwhile, Uppal MLA B Raji Reddy and some other MLAs called on the PCC chief D Srinivas to convey their feelings on the selection of certain candidates. On the other hand, Medchal MLA continued to express his displeasure openly regarding distribution of tickets pertaining to his constituency.

Rivals ready for GHMC battle

The campaign war between the two major parties, the Congress and the TDP for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections would begin from Tuesday. Both the parties claimed that they would win 100 seats and win the mayor’s post.

The TDP leaders, who hope that the recent infighting in the state Congress would help them win more number of seats, began a quick damage control exercise by arranging a meeting between the disgruntled elements in the party with party president N Chandrababu Naidu during the last two days. Naidu spoke to them and told them that the party would recognise their services and would take care of their political interests. He explained to them about the changed political scenario in the state and the need for the TDP to utilise the opportunity to come back to power in 2014.

While the division-level leaders have already started door-to-door campaign, all the senior leaders have been asked to kick-start their campaign from various places in the city. The former speaker K Pratibha Bharati will launch the campaign from Vijayanagar Colony on Monday. Naidu himself would take up an intensive campaign in all the 150 divisions from Tuesday.

Talking to party workers at his residence on Sunday, Naidu recalled various developmental activities taken up by the TDP in Hyderabad and how the Congress government had “purposefully ignored the development of the city.” He said it had even failed to control the mosquito menace and called upon the cadre to work towards saving Hyderabad. “The only way is to see that the Congress party was defeated in the GHMC elections,” he said.

The party would also take up issues like spread of viral fever including dengue and chikungunya, rise in the prices of essential commodities, failure to supply pure drinking water resulting in incidents like Bholakpur etc.

Meanwhile, the former mayor T Krishna Reddy called upon the people to upload on the website http://www.ghmc.in about the problems faced by them in their respective divisions like drinking water issues, bad roads, poor drainage system, low-voltage, incidents of crime etc. He asked them to upload related pictures on the website so that the party could incorporate its policies on those issues in the manifesto.

On the other hand, the Greater Hyderabad Congress president D Nagender on Sunday claimed that the bickerings that were witnessed last week were being sorted out and that it was a common feature of the party since it was the most democratic party and expressed confidence that it would win in 100 divisions. He also said that Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy would also campaign from Monday or Tuesday. (TNN)

US citizen dies in Hyderbad hotel

HYDERABAD: An American chartered accountant, David Blake, 38, who came to the city earlier this week for auditing work, was found dead in a hotel in Nanakramguda on Saturday night.

David Blake of Crawford in the US came to the city on November 3 for an auditing assignment with SKS Micro Finance company. He was put up at Ista Hotel in Nanakramguda.

According to Rayaduragam inspector K Ganga Reddy, the hotel staff alerted police on Saturday night as David was not responding to their calls. After the arrival of police, the staff opened the room and David was found dead on the bed.

The American’s body was shifted to Osmania General hospital and a postmortem was carried out on Sunday morning. Police seized some tablets which they presume David might have consumed.

According to the inspector, doctors who performed the postmortem, said David died of cardiac arrest.

“Information about the death of a US national has been passed on to the US consul general. After embalming the body, it has been preserved at Nims mortuary,” the inspector said.

Police registered a case under section 174 (Suspicious death) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). (TNN)

Reliance, Gini & Jony tie up to offer Levi’s, Puma footwear

Reliance Footprint, the footwear store of Reliance Retail, today said it has tied up with kidswear brand Gini & Jony to introduce children’s footwear ranges of Levi’s and Puma in the country.

Gini & Jony are the exclusive retail collaborators in the country for these two brands. Levi’s footwear comprises leather shoes, synthetic sandals and slippers while Puma offers sports and lifestyle footwear for kids between 4 to 14 years of age.

“This is a significant partnership for us since Gini & Jony has chosen us as their initial retail partners for the launch of Levi’s and Puma kids footwear in the country,” Reliance Footprint Chief Executive Officer Gopalakrishnan Sankar said in a statement.

As part of the arrangement, Levi’s and Puma kids footwear are now available at all Reliance Footprint outlets in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. The company is planning to introduce in other cities as well.

“By introducing Levi’s and Puma footwear for Indian kids, Gini & Jony adds strength to its offering basket. Reliance Footprints’ reach and our strategic tie—up with them would help us reach consumers with international range of footwear in India, ” Gini & Jony Director Anil Lakhani said.

Reliance Retail Limited (RRL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has over 900 stores in over 85 cities. It operates various stores under Reliance Fresh, Reliance Digital Reliance Mart and Reliance Time-Out among others.

Specializing in one sport increases risk of injury: Study


SPECIALISATION IS RISKY: Feliciano Lopez of Spain pulled out of the ATP Masters semifinal match against Rafael Nadal in October, because of a leg injury. A study shows specialising in one sport increases risk of injury

 Gifted young athletes are increasingly under pressure to play their one chosen sport round the year. But a new study has found that such specialization increases the risk of injury.

Researchers from the Loyola University Health System (LUHS) examined 519 junior tennis players and analysed 3,366 matches in junior competitions in the US and found that players who specialized in only tennis were more likely to withdraw from tournaments for medical reasons, typically injuries.

Also, players who had experienced an injury or tennis-related illness during the past year were 5.4 times more likely to withdraw from a tournament for medical reasons.

“Parents, coaches and players should exercise caution if there is a history of prior injury,” said Neeru Jayanthi, professor of orthopaedics at Loyola University School of Medicine, who led the study.

“And parents should consider enrolling their children in multiple sports,” Ms. Jayanthi said.

Volunteers in the study began playing tennis at an average age of six, began competing at age nine and began to specialise at age 10.

Players practised a median of 16 to 20 hours per week, and 93 percent said they competed at least 10 months per year.

Boys are more likely to withdraw for medical reasons than girls, and older teenagers are more likely to withdraw than younger adolescents.

Injuries in young tennis players typically include muscle strains, ankle sprains, hip injuries, knee cap instability, stress fractures in the spine and tendonitis of the wrist and rotator cuff, according to an LUHS release.

“But one injury you rarely see in kids is tennis elbow. That’s because they learn to hit the ball correctly,” said Jayanthi who has studied tennis injuries as a player, coach, physician and researcher.

These results were presented at the international Society for Tennis Medicine and Science World Congress in Valencia, Spain.

Nokia recalls chargers of model 7210 phones


A screenshot of an N-7210 Phone and its product specifications from the Nokia Website

 Nokia has announced recalling of chargers of its model 7210, after it found the chargers supplied with the phones were of inferior quality. The charger exchange programme is applicable to only those who bought Nokia 7210 models after June 15, 2009.

Consumers can walk into any Nokia Care centre of Nokia Priority Dealership stores to get their chargers replaced or check whether their chargers are part of the exchange programme.

The company has however assured that the usage of the charger would not impact the safety of the phone. During a routine quality control process, it found that certain chargers manufactured by a third party supplies, the plastic covers of the chargers could come loose and separate, exposing the charger’s internal components and potentially pose an electric shock hazard.

The mobile manufacturing company released a statement on Monday, stating that only a limited number of charger model AC-3E manufactured between June 15 and August 9, 2009 are within the scope of the global exchange programme.

How to identify

Consumers can identify whether the chargers are part of the exchange programme by sending an SMS to 55555. The consumer has to key in (CHG) SPACE (the 27 digit code). The company would then get a reply on SMS informing whether the charger is included in the exchange programme.

Cadbury rejects Kraft bid

British candy maker Cadbury PLC has rejected a hostile 9.8 billion pound ($16.4 billion) takeover bid from Kraft Foods Inc.

Cadbury says that Monday’s renewed approach from Kraft “does not come remotely close to reflecting the true value of our company.”

Kraft has refused to sweeten a previous offer that was already rejected by Cadbury, leaving the terms of the cash-and-stock approach unchanged and taking the offer directly to shareholders.

But a shift in share prices means it now values each Cadbury share at 717 pence, less than the previously rebuffed approach of 745 pence.

Analysts had said that Kraft, the maker of Oreo cookies, Nabisco crackers and its namesake cheese, needed to improve its bid to have a chance at success.