Debt-ridden Maharashtra farmer feels abandoned: Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday described his interaction with the debt-ridden farmers of Maharashtra as “disturbing” and said there was a strong sense of abandonment among them because the government was ignoring their woes.

“My interaction with the farmers was very disturbing,” Gandhi said at the end of his 15-km ‘padyatra’ (foot march) in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region, where he met families of farmers who committed suicide after their crops failed.

Nigerian army rescues 160 girls, women from Boko Haram

The Nigerian army has freed at least 160 girls and women from the hands of Boko Haram, as it continued its advance on the Sambisa natural reserve, the last major stronghold of the terrorist group, an official said on Thursday.

Nigerian armed forces spokesperson Col. Sani Usman was quoted by Efe news agency as saying that the forces released around 100 girls and 60 women, just two days after the army rescued 200 girls and 93 other women in the same area.

Chennai Super Kings score 165 for 9 at Eden

Chennai Super Kings made 165/9 against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League game at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.

Brendon McCullum top scored for the visitors with 32, followed by Dwayne Bravo 30. Pawan Negi (27) and Ravindra Jadeja (24) were the other major contributors with the bat.

For the Knights, veteran spinner Brad Hogg returned figures of 4/29 while Andre Russell chipped in with 2/20.

—IANS

‘Beef masala’ row: Pak says Indian media trying to inject ‘unnecessary controversy’

Seeking to downplay the controversy over beef masala packets sent as relief to quake hit Nepal, Pakistan on Wednesday accused the Indian media of trying to inject unnecessary controversy into the issue.

“Yesterday, we were asked by the Indian media regarding the inclusion of beef in the food packets that have been sent. It is unfortunate that Indian media has not even spared a humanitarian mission and has, unnecessarily, tried to inject controversy into it,” said Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson, Tasnim Aslam.

PM Netanyahu thanks India for rescue efforts In Nepal

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday thanked India for the rescue and relief work conducted in earthquake-hit Nepal, including help provided to his nation’s citizens.

In his telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Netanyahu also condoled the deaths caused by the earthquake in India.

Prime Minister Modi tweeted to share details of their conversation.

“I spoke to PM @netanyahu, who had called to extend condolences on the loss of lives due to the Earthquake,” he wrote.

Bhatti to replace Rahat Ali in Pakistan’s Test squad

Pakistan cricket’s national selection committee, in consultation with the team management, announced Bilawal Bhatti as a replacement player for the injured Rahat Ali for their Test squad against Bangladesh.

According to a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) release, Bilawal, who is currently touring Sri Lanka with the Pakistan A team, will join the national team in time for the second Test.

The second Test starts on May 6 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

–IANS

Telangana IT minister to visit US to attract investment

Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao will be visiting the US from May 5 to attract investment to the state.

During his two week-long visit, the minister will meet several industry leaders, and potential investors.

Rao, who is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, will be attending a series of meetings in Washington DC, New York, Pittsburg, Dallas and Bay Area.

The main focus of the trip would be on attracting investments into IT, electronics, pharma, defense and aerospace industries, said an official release on Thursday.

Kathmandu airport overwhelmed with relief flights

With Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan airport, Nepal’s sole international airport, unable to handle a deluge of relief flights, ferrying vital aid material to the quake-hit nation has become a tough task.

Landing at the airport is becoming a major impediment as the airport also lacks enough space for parking aircraft and choppers of various countries.

Moreover, apart from its domestic and international operations, the airport also witnesses rescue flights where helicopter sorties take off and land.

Blackmoney: SIT holds full review meeting of cases

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money today held a full meeting to review the work and progress made by various investigative and enforcement agencies by the closure of the last financial year on March 31.

The four-hour long meeting was chaired by SIT Chairman Justice (retd) M B Shah and Vice-Chairman Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat as they took stock of the individual probes done by the agencies on-board the high powered panel in the last fiscal.

Man pulled out alive by Indian team 98 hours after Nepal quake

In yet another miraculous story of survival, an Indian search team rescued a 37-year-old man alive, 98 hours after he was buried in a landslide triggered by the devastating earthquake that has struck Nepal.

The man identified as Shiva Shrestha, a resident of of Bidur of Nepal’s Nuwakot District, was buried in the landslide triggered by the deadly quake on Saturday.

He was on his way to a picnic on the weekend along with his friends.

KKR honour late Ankit Keshri as 16th man

Ina noble gesture, Kolkata Knight Riders named deceased Bengal cricketer Ankit Keshri as their 16th man while his family was given a cheque of Rs 20 lakh at a ceremony ahead of their IPL T20 cricket match against Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens here today.

In a formal ceremony held in front of the club house, KKR captain Gautam Gambhir, CEO Venky Mysore, BCCI and CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya and CSK representative Ishwar Pandey paid floral tributes.

Vizag top seafood exports port

The huge growth in production and promotion of L.vannamei and black tiger shrimp in Andhra Pradesh State, will helps a lot in seafood exports scale in future. A rise in export of farmed shrimp has made Visakhapatnam the top seafood exporting port in the country, Chief Secretary has said.
I.Y.R. Krishna Rao, Chief Secretary held a meeting with the Officials of Fisheries Department to review on Seafood exports in the State and technical support required from Marine Products Exports Development (MPEDA) Authority discussed in the meeting.

Accreditation Cards by June likely: Press Academy team meets CM

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today directed Information Commissioner BP Acharya to make immediate arrangements to provide accreditation cards to working journalists, including desk journalists by June 2, according to Telangana Press Academy Chairman Allam Narayana.
Accompanied by Telangana Media Advisory Committee Chairman K Ramachandra Murthy and members K Srinivas Reddy, Gowri Shankar, Kranthi and others, the Telangana Press Academy Chairman called on the Chief Minister at the camp office.

Stir against Road Safety Bill partial

The nationwide strike by transporters on Thursday in protest against Road Safety Bill proposed by the Centre evoked partial response in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as most of the vehicles seen plying as usual.
With the state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) avoiding the protest, many of the thoroughfares saw some protests by auto rickshaws, cabs, trucks which went off the road. Some of the Left parties’ trade unions staged protests at RTC offices in both the Telugu States. They shouted slogans against the Centre for taking up anti-workers policies.

CPM urges Centre to recast Krishna Tribunal

CPI-M Telangana State Council has urged the Centre to re-look at the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal verdict on allocation of Krishna Water to Telangana State adding Telangana State as fourth party in Krishna Water dispute.
Speaking to the media here on Thursday, CPM Telangana State Council secretary Thammineni Veerabhadram said Telangana State was suffering loss as Tribunal delivered its verdict without taking into consideration the Mahbubnagar and Nalgonda districts, which were facing severe drought due to lack of rains.

HC adjourns PS case to Friday

The Hyderabad High Court has adjourned inquiry into the petitions filed against appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries by the Telangana State government to Friday.
The counsels argued on behalf of the petitioners TDP MLA Revanth Reddy and Nalgonda Congress MP Gutha Sukhender Reddy and pleaded for interim orders on the appointments of Parliamentary Secretaries. Telangana State Advocate-General submitted to the High Court that the Parliamentary Secretaries were only helpers to the Ministers. Hearing both sides, the High Court adjourned the case to Friday. (NSS)

KCR to inaugurate Film Stars Cricket on June 21

Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce President Prathani Ramakrishna Goud along with a team of film actors from Telugu and Tamil industries today called on Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The team extended support to welfare schemes being taken up Telangana Government and offered to collect funds for the same through a cricket match. Chief Minister agreed to their proposal to inaugurate a cricket match at LB Stadium on June 21 and will pool about Rs 10 crore to Rs 12 crore.

KCR attends Danam daughter’s wedding

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao attended the wedding of former minister and Congress leader Danam Nagender’s daughter here on Thursday and blessed the newly-weds.
Ministers T Harish Rao, K Taraka Ramarao, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Etela Rajender, Congress Rajya Sabha member K Chiranjeevi, Movie Artistes’ Association (MAA) president G Rajendra Prasad, actor Manchu Mohan Babu and badminton player Gutha Jwala and others attended the marriage. (NSS)

Telangana Night in Toronto by TDF on May 9

Telangana Development Forum (TDF), Canada is conducting its third annual Telangana Night event on May 9 at Stephen Lewis school in Mississauga, ON.
Telangana balladeer and MLA Rasamayi Balakishan will be the chief guest at the event which starts at 6 pm. Highlights of the event include Telangana cultural exhibits by local Telangana talent, authentic Telangana food, food drive and career guidance to students/new immigrants. (NSS)

KCR doling out promises to woo voters in GHMC poll: TDP

Telangana TDP MLA Maganti Gopinath today said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been doling out promises to the citizens in view of the ensuing GHMC elections.

Speaking to the media here on Thursday, Gopinath said instead of addressing problems of people like drought situation, drinking water shortage and electricity, KCR was promising to build two lakh double bedroom houses for poor in the city. He also asked about the position of 60,000 houses under JNNURM in the jurisdiction of Hyderabad? “The Chief Minister is making false promises in view of GHMC elections”, he alleged.