Author : T P Venu


Monsoon bounty goes waste

Monsoon bounty goes waste

Jul 21,2017 , 02:37 AM IST | Telangana
While Hyderabad is inundated, neither the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) nor the Water Board officials can say how much storm water or surface run-off in a given area is going a-begging. Officials though are certain that 90 per cent of the rainwater is wasted and does not percolate to recharge groundwater.
Hop On Hop Off buses get makeover; hit roads again

Hop On Hop Off buses get makeover; hit roads again

Jul 20,2017 , 03:59 AM IST | Telangana
The ‘Hop on Hop off’ bus service, designed to cover historic and tourist destinations, was relaunched on June 2 by deploying plush buses painted in red and with stickers of popular monuments. 
Alt+ctrl+del to life not an answer

Alt+ctrl+del to life not an answer

Jul 15,2017 , 03:17 AM IST | Telangana
Techie Gopalkrishna Guruprasad’s suicide worrying over job security in Pune is a major cause for worry say psychiatrists. In Hyderabad, there are close to 5 lakh employees working in the IT and ITeS sector and a quite a number are depressed. Dr Purnima Nagaraja, consultant psychiatrist, says she gets at least five IT employees every week who suffer from depression.
Drive on this road nightmarish

Drive on this road nightmarish

Jul 14,2017 , 03:33 AM IST | Andhra Pradesh
The stretch from the KV School towards Gough Road just after Army Public School, Ramakrishnapuram is a nightmare for commuters. It lies in front of the National Security Guard (NSG) unit and seems to be a no-man’s land.
INTACH roots for protection of forest and wildlife

INTACH roots for protection of forest and wildlife

Jul 11,2017 , 05:35 AM IST | Telangana
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) is expanding its activities to forest and wildlife protection in Telangana. INTACH has its chapters in all major cities in the country with  focus on protecting monuments. The Hyderabad chapter, probably for the first time, is expanding its focus.
Hyderabad sees spike in knee surgeries

Hyderabad sees spike in knee surgeries

Jul 07,2017 , 04:30 AM IST | Telangana
With the steady increase in the number of obesity cases, the number of total knee replacements is also increasing. In the past, people above the age of 60, used to go for total knee replacement. But in recent years, due to increased awareness, rise in obesity and desire to lead a quality life, people even in their mid 40s are going for knee replacement.
After every festival, more religious structures come up on roads

After every festival, more religious structures come up on roads

Jul 07,2017 , 03:01 AM IST | Telangana
Notwithstanding the public outcry and even a HC order on removal of religious structures on roads, every year, a few more structures rise from nowhere on the middle of road. 
Viral fever in the air

Viral fever in the air

Jun 30,2017 , 02:57 AM IST | Telangana
The nip in the air is conspicuous and so is the rising number of patients to government and private hospitals. Thanks to the recent spell of rains it created congenial conditions for viruses to spread menacingly.
Child marriages a blot on Telangana

Child marriages a blot on Telangana

Jun 28,2017 , 04:27 AM IST | Telangana
Laxmi, 15, a tenth class student from Kothapalem, Dharoor mandal, Gadwal district, is a lucky girl for she escaped marriage to a three-times older person two months ago due to the timely intervention of an NGO. 
Haleem lovers in Hyderabad devour delicacy worth 600 crore

Haleem lovers in Hyderabad devour delicacy worth 600 crore

Jun 27,2017 , 05:40 AM IST | Telangana
Satiated, done and dusted, haleem-lovers in Hyderabad would have to wait for another year for what has now become an annual ritual of haleem hopping but thanks to their loyalty, the delicacy sale has hit a new high and crossed Rs 600-crore mark this year.
Centre clears defence land for MMTS

Centre clears defence land for MMTS

Jun 24,2017 , 02:47 AM IST | Telangana
In what can be termed as a major breakthrough in the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) Phase II project, the Union Defence Ministry has directed the Local Military Authority (LMA) to complete the process of handing over defence land for MMTS project.
Schoolbags still weigh students down

Schoolbags still weigh students down

Jun 20,2017 , 04:27 AM IST | Telangana
The new academic season is underway but the solution to an old problem persists. Students are still burdened with heavy schoolbags. After lugging these heavy loads of books, most of the students have to sit on benches without back support for the entire day. This is taking a toll on schoolchildren.
IICT working on once-a-week diabetic pill

IICT working on once-a-week diabetic pill

Jun 15,2017 , 02:54 AM IST | Telangana
Millions suffering from diabetes, who are popping pills and injecting insulin, may be freed from the daily chore. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) are working on a drug that can regulate the glucose level in the body and patients instead of popping the pill daily would need to just pop it once a week.
JNTU to demonstrate rainwater harvesting in village

JNTU to demonstrate rainwater harvesting in village

Jun 11,2017 , 04:55 AM IST | Telangana
The fluoride affected people of Nalgonda district have something to cheer about as the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad campus (JNTU-H) is going to replicate the success it achieved in rainwater harvesting (RWH) in Gottiparthi village in Tungaturthi mandal in old Nalgonda district (now Suryapet district).
Staff crunch ails health centres

Staff crunch ails health centres

Jun 10,2017 , 04:14 AM IST | Telangana
Nearly half-a-dozen patients left the Bholakpur Urban Primary Health Centre on Friday, as there were only class IV employees present at the centre. This is not the first time that patients left UPHC disappointed, almost 90 per cent of the centres in the city close by afternoon. 
Thermoplastic striping on ORR to curb mishaps

Thermoplastic striping on ORR to curb mishaps

Jun 06,2017 , 03:48 AM IST | Telangana
The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) has recommended that thermoplastic paint in white colour with glass beads be used to reduce the number of accidents on the Outer Ring Road (ORR). The CRRI recommendations came after Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) sent data to CRRI for analysis. 
Winged visitors at Merkook cheruvu deprived of habitat

Winged visitors at Merkook cheruvu deprived of habitat

Jun 03,2017 , 05:36 AM IST | Telangana
Merkook cheruvu off the Karimnagar highway is home to thousands of migratory birds is losing its sheen as hundreds of trees were cut by local traders in the last two days. Hundreds of Sababul trees that surrounded the lake used to provide shelter to thousands of migratory birds.
Keeping alive centuries-old Ramzan legacy

Keeping alive centuries-old Ramzan legacy

May 30,2017 , 05:23 AM IST | Commoner
The heat and dust of a torturous day was settling down on Saturday, a day before the holy month of Ramzan. Syed Muneer, a resident of Osmanbagh in the Old City of Hyderabad was gearing up for a ritual that he has been doing for the last 30 years- of waking up rozedars (people who fast) for sehri.
High parking rates at Secunderabad railway station pique passengers

High parking rates at Secunderabad railway station pique passengers

May 30,2017 , 03:32 AM IST | Telangana
The soaring parking fee at Secunderabad railway station is costing the passengers more price than a rail ticket. Passengers boarding a train from Secunderabad are facing the brunt of heavy parking fee as in many cases the rail ticket is far cheaper than the parking fees.
Technological advancements help in spine surgeries

Technological advancements help in spine surgeries

May 25,2017 , 10:29 PM IST | Hans
On an average spine surgery departments in major hospitals receive 30-40 cases per day in the city but there is good news for patients suffering from spinal problems as the Navigation Assisted Spine Surgery (NASS) is helping people recover three times faster than the conventional method, thanks to modern equipment. 
Mukkaram Jah became a Nizam with liabilities

Mukkaram Jah became a Nizam with liabilities

May 19,2017 , 11:11 PM IST | Hyderabad Tab
At the age of 23, Shahid Husain Zuberi was offered the job of controller of Chiran Palace. He knew very well that the previous 13 controllers could not survive for more than two years on the job and Mukarram Jah had said that he would be surprised if the young man survived for two months.
JNTU-H catches rain with geomembrane

JNTU-H catches rain with geomembrane

May 19,2017 , 03:25 AM IST | Telangana
In 2011, the JNTU campus would get 30 water tankers every day and the cost would run up to Rs 7 to Rs 8 lakh a year. Cut to May 2017, the university spread over 100 acres is now self-sufficient and no longer depends on water tankers. 
Staff shortage ails govt hospitals in Hyderabad

Staff shortage ails govt hospitals in Hyderabad

May 18,2017 , 02:05 AM IST | Telangana
For the past few days, sanitation workers at Gandhi Hospital, Osmania General Hospital (OGH), Government Maternity Hospital, Petlaburj and other hospitals are on strike as the workers have not been paid salaries since January.
Telangana cuisin at Salar Jung Museum

Telangana cuisin at Salar Jung Museum

May 14,2017 , 03:15 AM IST | Telangana
In a month’s time, visitors to Salar Jung Museum could well be enjoying Telangana cuisine in a brand new swanky restaurant that is coming up in a 2,200 sft space at the historic museum just beside the ticket counter inside the campus.
Hyderabad to get geospatial hub

Hyderabad to get geospatial hub

May 13,2017 , 03:43 AM IST | Telangana
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to open an outreach centre, a geospatial hub on the lines of T-hub to facilitate research and encourage young talent. The outreach centre is coming up in Jeedimetla which can house 100 researchers and entrepreneurs at a time.
Online shopping brings in a galore of consumer complaints

Online shopping brings in a galore of consumer complaints

May 06,2017 , 03:13 AM IST | Telangana
These days it is not the middle-age and the retired employee who is making the rounds to the District Consumer Forum office at Nampally but the younger lot, mostly college students, visit the forum with complaints of defective goods purchased online. 
Alarming fall in Cantonment groundwater levels

Alarming fall in Cantonment groundwater levels

May 03,2017 , 03:38 AM IST | Telangana
The Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) officials during an inspection in SP Colony near Trimulgherry recently found two individual houseowners digging borewells. They were fined Rs 8,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. 
Freedom of speech bedrock for democracy: Ben Moussa

Freedom of speech bedrock for democracy: Ben Moussa

Apr 28,2017 , 05:29 AM IST | Telangana
A man who was a part of the quartet that toppled Tunisia’s long-time authoritarian President, Nobel laureate Abdessattar Ben Moussa, when speaks is hardly audible. But the steely resolve comes through as he speaks about democracy and freedom. 
Geology alumni pay back alma mater

Geology alumni pay back alma mater

Apr 23,2017 , 04:12 AM IST | Telangana
The Osmania University gave Rs 5 lakh to each department to give a fresh coat of paint to the buildings, but the Department of Geology was lucky as old students of the 1974 batch took it upon themselves to not only get the building painted but also took up repairs to the 57-year-old building.
OU emerging as hub for Afro-Asians

OU emerging as hub for Afro-Asians

Apr 22,2017 , 01:43 AM IST | Telangana
With each passing year, the number of foreign students is increasing in Osmania University. Till date students from 87 countries have studied at the university. Students from Maldives to Malawi, Somalia to Sudan are making their way to Hyderabad.