Anonymous call about bomb in Indigo flight

IndiGo Airways plane.

IndiGo Airways plane.

An anonymous phone call threatening that a bomb has been placed in a Kolkata-bound Indigo Airlines fllight with 130 people, including six crew, on board on Wednesday sent security agencies into a tizzy at the airport in New Delhi.

The call was made to Indigo’s call centre at around 4 pm (IST) that a bomb has been placed in the Delhi-Kolkata flight (No: 6E203), which was to take off at around 4:30 pm (IST), an airport official said.

The flight was actually to take off at 3:30 pm (IST) but was rescheduled because the airport was closed for about two hours as part of a security drill ahead of Independence Day celebrations.

Security personnel have cordoned off the plane and checks are on.

Will anyone dare audit the DRDO?

For a full 20 months now, the Defence Ministry has been sitting on two crucial recommendations of a committee on reforming defence procurement chaired by former Economic Advisor to the Finance Minister Vijay Kelkar. Not only have these not been made public, there’s been no action on any. It’s not difficult to understand why.

These two recommendations have to do with what is unspeakable at the Defence Research & Development Organisation: the need for an “independent audit” of its abysmal record of delay and waste in virtually all weapons programmes, as reported in the ongoing series in this newspaper.

Numbered 6.19 and 6.20 in the report, accessed by The Indian Express, the Kelkar panel, including scientists, officials of the three service chiefs and industry organisations, said that the Defence R&D Board, the apex review mechanism headed by the DRDO chief, should also include representatives from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

This, the Committee noted, was “in order to enable the Defence R&D Board to draw the expertise and experience from institutions falling outside the purview of defence.”

Second, the Kelkar Committee recommended that DRDO be periodically reviewed “for its functioning” by an independent high level committee and the first such review should be initiated in 2005. The reason: “DRDO has expanded considerably and tried to create in-house research facilities for all defence requirements. This, perhaps, is not a very cost-effective move…DRDO, as a research body has also not been reviewed by an external and independent group of experts”, a process the Kelkar Committee said would compel DRDO to “reform wherever necessary”.

FBI team coming to India to solve 26/11 jigsaw

THE TERROR TRAIL: Obama told the PM that he will be sending a high-level FBI team to India.

THE TERROR TRAIL: Obama told the PM that he will be sending a high-level FBI team to India.

On Board PM’s Special Aircraft: India is expected to get information about the plans and network of alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Rana next week when a high-level FBI team visits New Delhi with “all details” of their probe.

National Security Adviser MK Narayanan said US President Barack Obama has told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he was seized of the case related to Headley and Rana, who were arrested by the FBI on the charges of plotting attacks in India at the behest of LeT.

Obama told Singh during their meeting on Tuesday that he would be sending a high-level FBI team to India within a week with “all details”, Narayanan told journalists accompanying the Prime Minister on return home from two-nation tour of US and Trinidad and Tobago.

The team is expected to give exhaustive details about the plans of Headley and Rana and their network in India.

“Let us see what information they share,” Narayanan said.

Headley, a Pakistani-born American, and Rana, Canadian of Pakistani-origin, were arrested by the FBI in October on the charges of plotting attacks in India and Denmark.

Indian officials suspect that Headley and Rana could have been involved in the 26/11 attacks but there is no evidence in this regard so far.

The US has told India that it has zeroed-in on a Pakistani national who could have been a link between Headley and Rana and their Pakistan-based handlers. Indian investigators wanted to interrogate Headley and Rana and a team from New Delhi had gone to the US earlier this month. But the US did not give access citing legal compulsions.

However, sources downplayed this saying India understands the compulsions and will “work around that”. US National Security Adviser James Jones had said that US was unable to allow Indian investigators access to the arrested LeT operatives because certain aspects of the legal system here protect the rights of the accused.

The sources also said Obama has promised to provide all details about Headley-Rana investigations to India.

During his meeting with Obama, Singh had expressed concern over “new hubs” of terrorism coming up in India’s neighbourhood, the sources said.

Singh also registered disappointment over the selective approach of Pakistan in fighting terrorism. They said Obama’s unhappiness over this approach was reflected in the Indo-US joint statement, which twice referred to “safe havens” for terrorism in Pakistan and underlined the need for smashing these.

Gas-hit Bhopal colony remains a living tomb

// BHOPAL: A quarter century after a packed shantytown turned into a hell hole following the Bhopal gas disaster, JP Nagar’s perennially poor residents are still paying the price for a multinational’s folly.The road in front of the now shuttered Union Carbide pesticide plant has been paved and widened. Most of JP Nagar now boasts of brick and mortar houses, in place of the earlier ugly mud-and-polythene dwellings.But nothing has changed in the lives of JP Nagar’s mass of poor. They lead as pathetic an existence as they did when tonnes of toxic gas leaked from the Carbide plant on the night of Dec 2-3, 1984.If anything, life is now a burden.”What has not changed is our fate,” laments Aziza Sultan, a survivor who lives next to the site of the world’s worst industrial disaster.The leak of methyl isocyanite (MIC) gas killed more than 3,000 people instantly in Bhopal, many in JP Nagar, and thousands more over the years. It also maimed many more, leaving them to suffer for many long years.Leelabai Ahirwar, a 45-year-old mother of four in JP Nagar, echoed a popular view: “Those who survived the gas are the unlucky ones. The lucky are those who died that night.”I am still affected by the gas. I suffer from chest pains and often feel I’m about to die. My children are worse off. My daughter is anaemic and her body swells up mysteriously. My son Jagdish had retarded growth and he looks like a 14-15-year-old though he is almost 24.”Almost every house in JP Nagar has a similar tale.Residents say women here reach menopause at age 30, children are born with deformities, girls do not menstruate until they are 18 and women don’t lactate properly.Abdominal pain, dizziness, vomiting, constipation, indigestion and growth retardation are widespread.”The water they drink is laced with 12 deadly chemicals,” says Satinath Sarangi, an activist who has worked among the Bhopal victims almost from the first days after the disaster.Sarangi is director of the Sambhavna Clinic, which treats victims using a mixture of Western and traditional Indian ayurvedic medicine.Aziza Sultan can never forget the nightmare of that night.”Soon a dense fog formed which rolled across the road into our slums. Here, the ill-built houses with badly-fitted doors and windows were packed with people during that winter night,” she recalled.”Those within were roused in darkness to the sound of screams of people. My baby started coughing badly at about 30 minutes past midnight. My room was filled with a white cloud. Soon I also started coughing. My eyes were burning.”This is no isolated story.Said another survivor, Babu Khan, 53: “It felt like somebody had filled our bodies with red chillies. The coughing was such that people were writhing in pain. Some just got up and ran in whatever they were wearing — underclothes and some not even those. People were only concerned about their lives. They just ran, many falling over one another.”Khan was a scrap dealer. Over the past 25 years, he has not been able to do any work due to various gas-related ailments including breathlessness.He went on: “Those who fell while running were not picked up by anybody. They were trampled on by others. People were dying.”Some vomited uncontrollably, went into convulsions and fell dead while others were choked to death. Many were crushed in stampedes in the narrow lanes of JP Nagar.”Some lost eyesight — some became partially blind.When dawn broke over the city, thousands of bodies lay in heaps on the streets, even far from the factory. Families and entire communities were wiped out, leaving no one to identify them.Another veteran activist Abdul Jabbar says: “JP Nagar took the worst hit that night. The people hit by the poisonous gases continue to suffer. Death continues to stalk them even as the survivors wait in vain for cure for their ailments and a just compensation.”But the misery and death in Bhopal is no longer news. Outsiders think all is well in this city. The reality is quite different,” Jabbar said.


Maoists blast rail tracks, school in Jharkhand

RANCHI: Maoist guerrillas have blown up railway tracks at two places and a school building in Jharkhand and called for a two-day shutdown beginning Sunday, police said.

The incidents come ahead of the second phase of assembly polls in the state Dec 2.

The rebels blew up a rail track near Dania railway station in Ramgarh district late Saturday night. Around 10 trains services have been affected and their routes have been diverted, an official said.

In a separate incident, Maoists blasted a track near Bano railway station in Simdega district early Sunday morning, damaging about one metre of the line.

On Saturday night, Maoists blew up a school building in Pipara village of Palamau district. Detonators were used to blow up the building, police said. The rebels also blasted a community centre in the same village.

Maoists have blown up 10 school buildings this month. The rebels have been targeting schools as security forces camp there during elections.

The outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) has called for a two-day strike beginning Sunday in Jharkhand, demanding that Maoist leader Ashok Mahto be produced either in court or before the media. Police, however, say Mahto has not been arrested.

Maoists claim he was held by the police two months back.

Maoist rebels have also asked people to boycott the five-phased assembly polls that end Dec 18.

In the second phase of elections Dec 2, polling will be held in 14 assembly constituencies, which are situated in Maoist strongholds.

Rosaiah nominated CLP leader

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister K Rosaiah was Saturday nominated as the Congress Legislature Party leader by party chief Sonia Gandhi, bringing down the curtains on the issue of sucessor to the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy who died in a helicopter crash more than two months ago.Gandhi nominated the 77- year-old Rosiah a day after the CLP had authorised her to take the decision.“In accordance with the unanimous resolution of the CLP of Andhra Pradesh, the AICC president is pleased to nominate K Rosaiah as the leader of the Congress Legisl ature Par t y i n Andhra Pradesh,’’ senior leader M Veerappa Moily said. The announcement by Moily came after he and another senior leader Pranab Mukherjee met Gandhi.Gandhi s decision was on expected lines after the Congress High Command managed to mollify the Jagan camp by giving YSR’s widow YS Vijayalaxmi a ticket for the Assembly bypoll from Pulivendula.

TD seeks stop order by Forest Department

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Saturday urged Chief Minister K Rosaiah to present the OMC case in “proper perspective’’ in court, and to the general public.“It is pertinent that the State Forest Department, which is directed by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC), has to issue separate orders as required and initiate action on the violation of the Forest Conservation Act and Environment Protection Act,’’ the TDP stated in its letter to the chief minister.Speaking to reporters, TDP politburo member Nagam Janardhan Reddy alleged that the Advocate-General was not presenting the case in a “proper way’’ in the High Court.He pointed out that in Orissa, apart from suspension of mining operations, the officials responsible were being prosecuted by the State government, whereas in Andhra Pradesh, in spite of conclusive proof cited by committees and high-level bodies, the officials responsible for allowing illegal mining — both forest and mining heads of departments — were allowed to continue without any punitive action, let alone prosecution, the TDP leader alleged.He said that the GO stopping illegal mining in Anantapur was issued by the Industries Department. A separate GO from the Forest Department should be issued and presented in the High Court, Nagam demanded.

TRS chief jailed for 14 days ahead of ‘fast unto death’

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao was on Sunday sent to jail for 14 days following his arrest in Andhra Pradesh’s Karimnagar district before he could begin his ‘fast unto death’ for a separate Telangana state. Several party leaders were also held as violence erupted in parts of the region.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, was going to Siddipet town in Medak, about 100 km from Hyderabad, when he was taken into custody by the police on the outskirts of Karimnagar town on charges of rioting, criminal conspiracy and inciting people to violence, police said.

The Mahabubnagar MP and other TRS leaders Narasimha Reddy and Vijayrama Rao were produced before a magistrate in Khammam town and were sent to jail for 14 days. They are likely to be shifted to a sub-jail in Khammam, about 200 km from Siddipet.

KCR had vowed a fight to finish by sitting on a fast from 1100 hrs IST near the Martyrs Memorial at Siddipet.

After being held, he was first taken to Warangal town but in view of the tense situation there he was shifted to Khammam, an official said. But his counsel alleged that he was booked by the Khammam police without jurisdiction.

TRS ideologue Jayashankar, party’s floor leader in Assembly E Rajender and KCR’s son Tarakarama Rao were also arrested.

Police personnel, including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), used force to disperse and arrest dozens of KCR’s supporters who had squatted on the road to prevent his arrest. Two workers also doused themselves with petrol in an attempt to immolate themselves.

Police held hundreds of party leaders and workers in different districts of Telangana when they were heading towards Siddipet.

Tension prevailed in Karimnagar, Warangal, Medak and other districts of Telangana as TRS workers took to the streets, damaging buses to protest KCR’s arrest.

Fearing more violence, police have sounded an alert in Telangana region, comprising 10 districts including Hyderabad. Personnel of the elite anti-Maoist force, Greyhounds, have also been deployed to deal with the situation.

In Siddipet, TRS legislator Harish Rao, who launched a ‘fast unto death’ following KCR’s arrest, was also taken into custody by police.

High drama followed as Harish Rao threatened to commit suicide if he was arrested. He had even doused himself with kerosene. However, armed policemen, including personnel from Rapid Action Force (RAF), physically lifted him into a police vehicle.

In Hyderabad, KCR supporters damaged the statue of former chief minister Kasu Brahmanand Reddy, who is blamed by Telangana protagonists for suppressing the violent Telangana movement in 1969.

There was much tension on the Osmania University campus also as at least 10 students were injured in clashes that broke out between police and students following the TRS chief’s arrest.

As the news of KCR’s arrest broke out, students took to the streets in the campus and pelted stones at policemen deployed in large number since on Saturday.

A student leader said they would take a rally to the state secretariat to protest both KCR’s arrest and the police action against the students.

TRS, which was floated by KCR in 2000 to revive the movement for separate statehood to Telangana, has given a call for the shutdown in the region on Monday.

50 CAT centres closed today, confusion reigns

The computer-based Common Admission Test in around 50 centres across the country were rescheduled on Sunday to allow necessary repairs to be completed at the labs where technical glitches disrupted the exams on the first day.

Prometric, the American firm which has been entrusted with the task of conducting the tests, said while a significant majority of the candidates successfully completed their exams on Saturday, various technical issues arose at selected computers in approximately 50 labs that prevented approximately 2,000 exams from being delivered.

“Prometric technicians have been dispatched to address these isolated problems. To avoid candidate inconvenience and to allow for the necessary repairs to be completed at the impacted labs, Prometric has scheduled a closure of these labs today,” an announcement on the CAT-IIM official website said.

“Candidates affected by this closure will also be notified by Prometric in the manner described above and provided with new appointments within this year’s testing period,” the announcement said.

It said Prometric has generated new appointments for individuals who could not take the test on Saturday and they are in the process of being contacted through SMS and email messages. However, many students complained that were not informed on time. Some even said that they got messages last on Saturday night.

The first-ever experiment of the IIMs to conduct its CAT using computers ran into trouble in many centres across the country.

Soon after the exam started, students faced problems in opening the computers at 11 centres in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata and Bhopal.

Among the centres that will be closed on Sunday, 11 are in Bangalore, followed by Bhopal (eight), Lucknow (six), Mumbai (six), New Delhi (five), Ghaziabad (four), Varanasi (two), Hyderabad (two), Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Kolkata and Coimbatore (one each).

Nuclear plant radiation leak leaves 55 employees sick

About 55 employees working in Kaiga Nuclear Power Plant in Uttara Kannada district suffered minor nuclear radiation after drinking contaminated water in the plant.

The employees working in the first maintenance unit of the plant were treated for increasing level of tritium after they drank water from a water cooler in the operating area on November 24, official sources told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Tritium, also known as Hydrogen-3, is used in research, fusion reactors and neutron generators.

Urine examination of the employees in the unit is done everyday as a matter of routine and during such a test four days ago it was found that the tritium level was more than the normal level. They were taken to the plant hospital in Mallapur and were treated immediately, they said.

“The contents of the water in the cooler are being investigated,” sources said.

Scientists carried out immediate checks for radioactivity at the plant site but no leakage was detected, sources said.

A probe was being carried out to find out how the water in the cooler was contaminated, the sources said.

KAPS-I has been shut down since October 20 for annual maintenance.

Kaiga has three atomic power units of 220 MW each. A fourth unit is almost ready for commissioning.

Events & Movies Today – Hyderabad – Andhra pradesh

Eating Out
Evening Snacks
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  6 p.m.
Promenade, Aditya Park, Ameerpet. An array of South and North Indian snacks and light meals.

Midnight Biryani
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 11:30 p.m. to  3 a.m.
Tulips, Hotel Greenpark, Greenlands, Begumpet. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian biryanis along with dishes like haleem, sheermal, paneer burjee and desserts are also available.

Southern Delicacies
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. noon to  3 p.m.
Deccan Pavilion, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Begumpet. Hyderabadi biryanis and kebabs along with other Chinese and Continental cuisines. Also on the menu are soups, salads, cold cuts, pastas and desserts.

Snacks and Desserts Buffet
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 4 p.m. to  7 p.m.
Sweet Nirvana, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. A variety of savoury snacks like chicken barbecue and even desserts are up for grabs.

Lunch Buffet
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 12:30 p.m. to  3 p.m.
Tandoor, White House Building, Begumpet. North Indian buffet of peas pulao, paneer tikka, biryanis, desserts and more.

Awadh Food Festival
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 5 p.m. to  11 p.m.
The Great Kebab Factory, Next to MLA Colony, Road No.12, Banjara Hills. Signature dishes include smoked kebabs like kakori kebab, Lucknowi chaamp, murgh wajad ali, dum ki nalli with vegetarian delights like dahi ke kebab, dohra kunbh, makkai ki tikki and desserts like apple jalebi, rabdi lachchadar and others.

The Cocktail Festival
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. noon to  11:45 p.m.
Novotel Hyderabad, Hitech City, Madhapur. The factory is ready to churn vivid cocktail mixes all through the month. The festival is in contrast to the regular Oktober festival celebrated across the globe. The USP of the drinks will be matching with the days of the week, like Mojito Mondays, Tropical Tuesdays, Whiskey-mixed Wednesdays, Tequila Thursdays, Frozen Special Fridays, Sangria Saturdays and Shooter Sundays and also on the changes and the preferences of the crowd.

Dim-Sum Festival
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 7 p.m. to  11 p.m.
Golden Dragon, Taj Krishna, 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 Nitin.

House Music Night
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 8 p.m. to  1 a.m.
Dublin, Hotel ITC The Kakatiya, Opp. to Walden, Begumpet Rocking party tracks by in-house DJ Daman.

From Goa With Love
Sunday, November 29th, 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
Sunday, November 29th, 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.

HIGJ Expo 2009
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Hitex Exhibition Centre, Hitech City, Madhapur. Hitex is organizing an exhibition of gems and jewellery.

Season Sale
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  9 p.m.
Planet Sports, Shop No.1-2, Afzia Towers, Opp. Lifestyle, Begumpet. There is a 20% discount on apparel, footwear and other sports accessories for women and men.

Festive Collection
Sunday, November 29th, 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.

Designer Jewellery
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Musaddilal Jewellers. Designer jewellery collection for Diwali and the wedding season. The collection specialises in diamonds, ruby, antique jewellery like satlada, chokers and much more.

Designer Collection
Sunday, November 29th, 2009. 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.
Personna, Road No.8, Banjara Hills. The store is displaying formal and party wear apparel from famous designers like Manoviraj Khosla, Troy De Costa, Wendell Rodricks and many more.

NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
12:00, 17:00 and 23:00
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:10, 13:00, 16:10, 16:40 and 19:50
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
13:00 and 23:00
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:30, 13:30, 16:35, 19:40 and 22:45
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
13:00 and 22:00
A Christmas Carol
NTR Gardens, LIC Division PO, Hyderabad, 500-063. , 2344-8989
15:00 and 20:00
Ninja Assassin
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:00, 16:30 and 23:00
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
15:00 and 23:00
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
11:45 and 20:00
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:00 and 13:30
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
Ramakrishna Glitterati
NTR Estate,J N Road, Abids., 2474-1699
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:15
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:15
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:30 and 22:20
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
De Dana Dan
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 16:30, 17:00, 19:30 and 22:30
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
10:00, 12:00, 16:20, 19:15 and 22:45
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:10, 13:00, 15:40, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
10:50, 13:00, 19:30 and 22:15
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:00, 13:05, 16:15, 19:30 and 22:45
Talkie Town
Shetty’s Complex, Aland Road, Bombay Highway, Miyapur.,
11:30, 14:45, 18:30 and 21:45
Cine Planet Multiplex
Kompally., 2765-4321
10:00, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00
Sensation Insomnia
Next to Police station, Lakdi-ka-pul, 2323-3455
12:00, 15:00, 19:00 and 21:45
Opp. Wesley Boys College, S.P.Road, 2790-6405
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:00
Priya 70mm
12:00, 15:00, 18:30 and 21:30
Ramakrishna-70 mm
NTR Estate,J N Road, Abids, 2474-1699
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:15
Odeon 70mm
RTC X Roads, 2765-1438
11:15, 14:15, 18:15 and 21:15
Padmavati Cineplex
Kachiguda, Opp: Suprabhat Hotel,
11:30, 14:30, 18:00 and 21:00
Unnaipol Oruvan
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
Bendu Appa Rao
Odeon 70mm
RTC X Roads, 2765-1438
11:15, 14:15, 18:00 and 21:00
Ek Niranjan
Cine Planet Multiplex
Kompally., 2765-4321
Narayanguda., 2322-3580
11:15, 14:15, 18:00 and 21:00
Bumper Offer
Sudarshan-70 mm
RTC ‘X’ Roads, 2763-4308
11:15, 14:15, 18:00 and 21:00
Village Lo Vinayakudu
Devi 70 mm
RTC ‘X’ Roads, 2763-7811
11:15, 14:15, 18:15 and 21:00
Arya 2
GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills., 4476-7770
10:00, 12:00, 15:20, 18:30, 19:00, 21:50 and 22:10
RK Cineplex, Road No.2, Banjara Hills., 4456-5555
10:00, 13:10, 19:30, 16:00 and 22:30
Prasads Multiplex
Necklace Road, 2344-8888, 3989-5050
9:00, 12:00, 12:15, 15:15, 18:30, 21:45 and 22:15
PVR Cinemas
Hyderabad Central, Panjagutta., 6662-1115/6662-1116
10:00, 13:45, 16:15, 19:00 and 22:30
BIG Cinemas
Gs 24 Carat 8-3-949/1, Goldspot Area, Ameerpet., 040-3989-4040
10:15, 13:25, 16:05, 19:00 and 22:20
Near Cyber towers, Hitech City,
11:00, 14:00, 18:00 and 21:00

DRDO aims for 6th sense

BANGALORE: If the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) succeeds in developing this gen-next technology, then not only will we have efficient network centric infantrymen guarding our borders but also well informed secret agents who will be masters in espionage and intelligence gathering.The technology, at a nascent stage of development, is the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System — an artificial cognitive science programme designed to analyse sensory data and alert foot soldiers against any possible threat, passive or direct, says scientific advisor to defence minister VK Saraswat.Saraswat says that to study cognitive behaviour, DRDO has laid a lot of stress especially in the R&D, apart from initiating efforts to sensitise academicians and students.”Imagine a situation when a person comes and talks to you and one can sense what is in his mind. This will help a great deal when it comes to political espionage and army intelligence gathering,” he said.Other countries have already started working on this technology and this being a very complex science, India is still in the primary stage of its development. “Since a variety of situations have to be analysed, it is a complex technology and will take time. May be 50 years from now, we can come out with one such technology,” he said. The US department of defence is already working on it, Saraswat added.

OU tense as pro-T students rally

HYDERABAD: Mild tension prevailed on the Osmania University campus tonight as thousands of students took out a candlelight procession to express their solidarity with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s proposed fast-untodeath at Siddipet from tomorrow.The students came on the streets with candles and raised pro-Telangana slogans. The students took objection to the deployment of police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel in the campus.Police, however, said they were deployed as a precautionary measure. “We will act only if the situation turns a violent turn,’’ East Zone DCP Stephen Ravindra said.Additional police forces were also deployed on the campus to prevent any untoward incident. The forces would stay on the campus till the volatile situation eases. The OU campus is a hotbed of Telangana movement and various student unions affiliated to the TRS and also fighting for the cause of separate Telangana have a strong presence there.Meanwhile, police pickets have been posted at all important junctions and vital installations and an alert had been sounded in both the Hyderbad and Cyberabad police station limits. Police are anticipating trouble from TRS activists if Chandrasekhara Rao’s agitation is foiled by the police there. Rapid Action Force (RAF) has been deployed in the city and they conducted a flag-march through the streets of the city.Meanwhile, the Cyberabad police have also deployed additional forces at all the important places on the city outskirts like Kukatpally, Vanasthalipuram, LB Nagar and other places in view of the TRS’ agitation. Similarly, in Ranga Reddy district, police arrested several TRS leaders and have intensified picketing in villages to prevent the party cadre from going to Siddipet.


‘Government will complete all schemes of YSR’

HYDERABAD: The Congress Government would fulfil all the promises made by the late chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and complete all irrigation projects taken up under Jalayagnam in the next four years, Chief Minister K Rosaiah said today.

Inaugurating Vibha Seeds multi-crop seed-conditioning unit at Janampet village, near Jadcherla, in Mahboobnagar district today, Rosaiah said his government would give top priority to farmers and complete all pending projects of Jalayagnam for the benefit of farmers in the State.

“The Vibha Seeds multi-crop seed-conditioning unit will help farmers produce quality crops. We are planning to set up more units depending on the requirement of farmers,’’ he said.

Delivering the key-note address, Minister for Agriculture and Horticulture N Raghuveera Reddy said that hundreds of acres of dry land had been made available for cultivation with the implementation of YSR’s pet scheme of 7-hour free power supply. Explaining about the seed unit, Vidyasagar Parchuri, chairman and managing director of the company, said that at least 10,000 tonnes of seed would be purified and delivered for 90,000 acres while distributing seeds to 30,000 farmers per year. “We have invested Rs 200 crore on the project and it will help in delivering pure seeds to ensure more production of different crops. “As of now, we are planning to supply seeds to 12 crop fields such as paddy, cotton, maize, wheat and others,’’ he added.

Minister for Civil Supplies Jupalli Krishna Rao, Minister for Small-Scale Industries D Aruna and district collector Damayanti were present.

Can special sprays prevent acid attacks?

Former secretary of Legal Services Authority Vidya Prasad speaking at a meeting on ‘prevention of acid attacks on women’ held in Secunderabad.

HYDERABAD: Can protective sprays be the answer to the increasing number of acid attacks on women? They might not be the answer but can certainly act as a deterrent.Speaking at a meeting on prevention of acid attacks on women organised by Bhumika Women’s Collective, a voluntary organisation, here today, Inspector-General of Police (CID) S Umapathi said providing protective sprays was one of the ways to prevent acid attacks on women. “Using this, the possible victims can protect themselves in case of an acid attack by spraying it on the face of the attacker. These are widely available in foreign countries and are now available in our country also,’’ he added.The meeting discussed ways to prevent increasing incidents of acid attacks. Representatives of several women organisations participated in the meet.Umapathi said the National Commission for Women had been drafting an Acid Control Act and suggested that provisions like providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims and others. “Whenever an acid attack victim is taken to the hospital, corporate hospitals should provide medication immediately.If the victim is admitted to a government hospital, the victim should be quarantined rather than admitted to the burns ward and exposed to infections,’’ he said.Former secretary of Legal Services Authority Vidya Prasad said the proposed amendments to existing laws would not serve much purpose. “Not only should the guilty be punished but the victim also should be provided relief and rehabilitation. The victim should be provided economic support from the government and a separate fund should be created for it.Similarly, awareness programmes should be taken up in educational institutions,’’ Vidya Prasad said and added that the strict regulations should be in force to minimise the sale of acids and other corrosive materials.Progressive Organisation for Women president Sandhya pointed out that the State Assembly, since its formation, had discussed women- related issues only three times.“This is the plight of women and women-related issues,’’ she deplored.Other participants said the incidents of acid attacks would come down if punitive action like seven to ten years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5 lakh was awarded to the guilty.Bhumika Women’s Collective representative P Satyavathi and others also spoke.

KCR arrested, drama ends


Telangana Rashtra Samithi president  K Chandrasekhara Rao got what he wanted: getting arrested for the sake of publicity.

The TRS workers struggled a lot to make the “jail bharo” programme in protest against the recent Supreme Court order declaring Hyderabad as a free zone a success. The programme was by and large a success in north Telangana, where government officers, educational institutions, shops and business establishments remained closed.

Hundreds of TRS workers and its supporters in Hyderabad, Medak, Ranga Reddy, Karimnagar, Warangal and Nizamabad districts courted arrest, after violating the prohibitory orders imposed by the police. The TRS president and other senior leaders of the party were arrested as they were proceeding towards Secretariat, the state administrative headquarters, from Indira Park, where they staged a dharna.

Though the State government declared that it would file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the “Hyderabad-as-free-zone” order, the TRS president is trying to exploit the same to revive the Telangana movement and regain its lost glory after the drubbing it had received in recent elections. “This is going to be the beginning of a long battle to defeat anti-Telangana forces and achieve the statehood goal,” KCR said, while addressing the dharna.

What Did Sonia Offer Jagan?

In less than 24 hours of the untimely and horrifying death of the chief minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, there were slogans and morchas of many wanting Y S Jaganmohan Reddy to be the chief minister.

While how much of this was genuine is a question, it looked clear that Jagan and his team were keen on cashing on the sympathy wave that got generated during that time and grab the power. However, Sonia Gandhi who is the key decision maker could not let this happen and with party objectives and other principles, she scuttled all efforts of Jagan.

But then, that has not stopped the young leader from making his trials and in view of this, Jagan is currently in Delhi along with YSR’s close aide K V P Ramachandra Rao and he had discussions with Sonia.

While his agenda was more about the position in state, it seems that Sonia offered him a position in the central cabinet. The chances are that Jagan might take up a position in the union ministry but then his final destination is said to be the chair of chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.

While some say that Sonia is doing this so that Jagan can learn the nuances of politics before a proper plan is made for his political career, there are those who say that Sonia is not too keen on seeing Jagan in the position of chief minister for various reasons, the primary one being that she has got some reports about his doings during his father’s regime. Let us see what Jagan will do now…

Irrigation panel to release water for rabi crop

Nearly 68,500 acres under Jurala project to be irrigated

MAHABUBNAGAR: The irrigation advisory board meeting has decided to provide water to 68,500 acres under Jurala project during rabi season of 2009-10. The irrigation advisory board meeting, which was held here on Saturday also decided to release water from RDS link canal to over 10,000 acres during rabi.

The meeting further decided to release water from Koilsagar project for 11,700 acres.

The meeting was presided by Collector K. Damayanthi.

Modernisation works

During the discussions held on Rajolibanda diversion scheme (RDS), Minister for Small Scale Industries D.K. Aruna said that the modernisation works taken up would be inspected and reviewed in a special meeting, if necessary.

Wanaparthy MLA Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy and MP from Nagarkurnool M. Jagannath demanded to provide comprehensive report on the damages to RDS canals and breaches due to recent floods. Collector Damayanthi assured that details of damages would be provided to the Members of Parliament and legislators within a week.

RDS project committee chairman Sitarami Reddy requested the board to conduct a review meeting of RDS at project site so that members can have an inspection of the damages for which Minister for Civil Supplies Jupally Krishna Rao and D.K. Aruna agreed to hold a meeting shortly.

ID crops

The IAB decided to release water to 40,500 acres through left canal and 28,000 acres under Jurala project and the Collector clarified that the water would be released to take up only irrigated dry crops (ID).

Makthal MLA K. Dayakar Reddy and Devarkadra MLA Seetha Dayakar Reddy requested to take up repair works pertaining to shutters of Koilsagar project as well as distributory repair works immediately. Responding to this Mr. Krishna Rao instructed SE Ramireddy to complete the repairs by December 10th and release water from December 15th. He also informed that to take up repair works government would sanction required funds immediately.

Meanwhile the farmers and members of water users associations requested to release water for wet crops under Koilsagar project, which was denied by the Collector. Alampur MLA Dr..Abraham, Narayanpet MLA Yella Reddy, Jurala Superintending Engineer Prakash Goud and others were present.

KCR: I will end my life if police thwart fast

Policemen posted in Karimnagar where TRS chief is camping

Gearing up: The police arriving at Telangana Bhavan on the outskirts of Karimnagar town on Saturday.

HYDERABAD: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao geared up his party organisation for his indefinite fast beginning at 11 a.m. at Siddipet on Sunday even as the police machinery prepared itself to foil his plans and counter the fallout.

Although the police top brass refused to reveal its hand, thousands of policemen were posted in Karimnagar where KCR was camping on Saturday, an indication that they may take him into custody even before he could travel to Siddipet in Medak district, 70 km away. All that a senior officer would say was that the action would depend on situation prevailing on ground.

Sensing the plans of the government, Mr. Rao said he would end his life for the cause of Telangana statehood if the government foiled his proposed fast. He said he would continue his hunger strike even in jail.

Police took into preventive custody dozens of TRS leaders and workers in several parts of Telangana. Prominent among those arrested was Janashakti leader Kura Rajanna. He was picked up while leading a rasta-roko at Siddipet after the police foiled his meeting with TRS workers. He was later shifted to Sangareddy. Some people who were arrested near Dubbaka launched a fast in the local police station.

In Karimnagar, police personnel outnumbered the TRS workers outside Mr. Rao’s residence. A mobile party also moved around continuously near the house.

Visitors screened

Visitors to the town screened at several check-posts en route the town. They even undertook a thorough check of hotels and the bus station much to the embarrassment of visitors.

TRS cadre managed to sneak into Siddipet town in spite of the tight vigil by the police. A few hundred party workers even made it to the elevated platform where Mr. Rao is scheduled to sit on fast.

KCR arrested amidst tension

Hyderabad, Oct 28 (TNN): Telangana  Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrasekhara Rao was forcibly arrested by the police amid tension during the jail bharo program here on Wednesday. KCR who along with his supporters took a rally from Indira Park to the Secretariat in protest against the free zone issue created mild tension in the Lower tank bund area.

During  the course of the rally he was intercepted by the police at the Lower tank bund and was  requested by the police to get into the waiting police truck.

KCR refused to come under the control of the police which was followed by an altercation between the TRS cadre and the police. This lead to a tense situation in the Lower tank bund area.

Resenting the action of police towards their leader KCR, the TRS supporters gave the police a tough time shouting Jai Telangana slogans.