Telangana: Man pours life into | Hyderabad News Today


Prakruti Prakash took care of the tree by watering its roots everyday.

HYDERABAD: A 70-year-old banyan tree which got uprooted due to heavy rains in Rajanna Sircilla district three months ago may get a new lease of life.
A tree lover, Prakruti Prakash, took care of the tree by watering its roots everyday and has now seen the fruit of his labour.
The tree has shown signs of life and he is planning on transplanting it.
Prakash intends to transplant the tree at a school. Since the process may cost around Rs 50,000, he is also looking at like-minded people to chip in to see that the tree regains its lost glory and students will be able to play or study under its shade.
The tree had got uprooted on the outskirts of Suddala village in Konaraopet mandal in the agriculture fields belonging to Burra Bhoomaih Goud and Burra Ramesh Goud.
Prakash noticed that the tree was drying up and got into the act.
“The tree looked majestic when it was standing but now it was fallen,” Prakash said.
He took permission from another farmer to draw water from a bore in his agricultural field and began to water the fallen tree.
With the tree coming to see and new leaves seen on it, Prakash’s heart revived.

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Telangana: Ex-sub-inspector dies as car falls into well | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: A retired sub-inspector was killed after he lost control and drove straight into a huge well abutting the road at Chinna Mulkanoor village in Karimnagar district on Thursday.
Alerted by locals, cops and fire officials swung into action with no clear information on number people stuck in the car. It took 8 hours of rescue operation to finally bring out the submerged car with only the former SI’s body trapped inside.
District police said that the car driven by ex-SI Pappaiah Naik was speeding on the stretch between Kothapalli and Husnabad when it veered off the road and fell into the huge open well.
A video captured by locals showed the car slowly sinking. By the time police reached the spot and some locals jumped into the water, the car was invisible.
Later, officials of fire and revenue department came in and a crane was also brought to the spot. By then a huge crowd had gathered around the well.
Swimmers finally found the car but by then officials feared people inside would have long been dead.
Rescuers tied the car with a rope and pulled it out with great difficulty after more than 8 hours with the lone body inside. Till the car was brought out no one knew exactly how many were stuck in it.
A few passersby had earlier claimed to cops that there were three people in the car.



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Hyderabad: Teen held for raping minor | Hyderabad News | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: Police in Vanasthalipuram arrested a teenager for raping a 13-year-old girl from his neighbourhood on Thursday. The 19-year-old accused was employed at a tea stall in Vanasthalipuram area and the girl lives in the same neighbourhood. When the girl’s parents went out for work, the accused befriended her,
On Wednesday morning, the girl’s mother told her she would have to go to their native place for some work. After her mother left home at around 10 am, the accused contacted the girl and asked her to meet him.
“The accused took the girl to an abandoned room at Gurudwara road in Vanasthalipuram and sexually exploited her. The girl’s mother returned home briefly after finishing her work to pack a few items for the travel and she realised her daughter was missing. After failing to locate the girl, her mother lodged a complaint in the night and we registered a kidnapping case on Wednesday night,” Vanasthalipuram inspector K Murali Mohan said.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme Court directives on cases related to sexual assault)



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Loan app case: Rs 1.18 crore siphoned off from Kolkata bank | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


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HYDERABAD: Armed with a fake letter, fraudsters posed as cybercrime officials and managed to transfer Rs 1.18 crore from a Kolkata bank account, earlier frozen on the request of Hyderabad police, in the multi-city loan app fraud case.
The incident occurred in April, but came to light on Monday when an ICICI bank official lodged a complaint with Hyderabad cybercrime police about an attempt by fraudsters to siphon off money from frozen bank accounts in their Gurgaon branch.
On April 21, a man approached an ICICI branch in Alipore, Kolkata with a fake letter saying that the officer in-charge, cyber cell police, Lal Bazaar, Kolkata, has directed the bank to unfreeze 12 accounts and transfer the amount to an SBI account.
“The fraudster also showed a fake police identity card and without even asking how Kolkata police can give instructions to the bank about the case investigated by Hyderabad police, the bank officials transferred Rs 1.18 crore to the SBI account as mentioned in the letter,” cybercrime ACP KVM Prasad said.
“From the SBI account, the money was transferred to multiple accounts at various places and withdrawn immediately,” he added.
Police sources said that Rs 1.18 crore was initially transferred to an SBI account of Anand J in RGI Airport SBI branch. “The details of the account holder are fake,” police said.
As part of a loan app fraud case, Telangana police had registered 28 cases, involving 211 apps and arrested 32 accused. Police wrote to banks and froze 1125 accounts across the country containing about Rs 190 crore.
Similarly, in the third week of April, fraudsters sent a fake letter in the name of Hyderabad cybercrime police to Udyog Vihar branch of ICICI bank in Gurgaon asking them to unfreeze 39 accounts linked to a loan app fraud case registered in Hyderabad.
“In the letter instructions were given to transfer the amount from frozen accounts to four beneficiary accounts. But the bank officials sensed something was wrong and alerted their Hyderabad office,” the ACP said.
Bank officials verified with police and realised that the letter was fake and during the subsequent inquiry found out about the fraud at Kolkata.
On Monday, a representative of ICICI bank lodged a complaint with police and a forgery case was registered.
“We have registered a case under Sections 66-d of the IT Act, 419, 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC, pertaining to the fake Hyderabad police letter received by the ICICI bank in Gurgaon. The bank filed a separate complaint in Kolkata about the fraud committed in Alipore,” cybercrime Inspector D Prashant said.

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Eureka! Winged termites yield breakthrough nanoparticles | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


The shed wings of the insects were collected from OU campus, washed with distilled water to remove dust and stored at room temperature in air-tight containers.

HYDERABAD: A medical wonder was discovered from a rather unusual source__Mang Mao (winged termites) insects. Research done on the (shed) wings of the insects collected on Osmania University (OU) campus have yielded silver nanoparticles, which have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. These insects get attracted to light during the monsoon.
Antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles might have applications in biomedical and agricultural sectors. The researchers, from OU and other institutes, found that the (nano) particles were also effective against bacteria like ‘Staphylococcus aureus’. So far, biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles are from plant extracts, seaweeds, micro-organisms and metabolites.
The study, ‘Silver Nanoparticles from Insect Wing Extract: Biosynthesis and Evaluation for Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Potential’, has been published in ‘Plos One’ journal recently.
Researchers Parameshwar Jakinala, Nageshwar Lingampally, Bee Hameeda from the OU department of microbiology; RZ Sayyed from Maharasthra; Yahya Khan M from Kalam Biotech, Hyderabad; Elsayed Ahmed Elsayed and Hesham El Enshasy from Egypt carried out the study to explore an eco-friendly, cost-effective and novel biomaterial for bio fabrication of silver nanoparticles.
According to the researchers, wing termites are abundant in occurrence and rich in proteins, polysaccharides and lipids. These social insects are classified into three groups — soldiers, workers and queen . After a heavy rain, the winged termites fly out in huge numbers during nights and get close to lights. The next day, they shed their wings and die due to lack of moisture. Mang Mao insects are nutrient-rich and are consumed in several Asian countries, including rural areas in India. They are also used to feed chicken, fish and birds.
The shed wings of the insects were collected from OU campus, washed with distilled water to remove dust and stored at room temperature in air-tight containers.
The researchers said: “Silver nanoparticles extracted from the insect wings exhibit strong antioxidant (around 66 to 87%) activities. These particles have antimicrobial activities with a maximum zone of inhibition against ‘Staphylococcus aureus’, the bacteria causing skin diseases and affects other body parts, and fungus ‘Fusarium oxysporum’, which causes disease in plants. Antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles may have applications in biomedical and agricultural sectors,” they said in their study.

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Hussainsagar: Murky waters where champions are bred | | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: Despite being polluted and its declining oxygen levels that may not support marine life anymore, the Hussainsagar has been the training ground for several champions who are creating waves in the world of sailing.
From underprivileged children who are being selected for national and international championships to those marching towards careers in the army, the lake is creating space for young sailors from diverse backgrounds to reach new heights despite the lake having its own share of environmental challenges.

Among those making sailing history after training in the lake are 14-year-old L Jhansipriya, and 15-year-old V Vaishnavi who recently made it to the Indian team for one of the largest sailing championships in Italy. “I overcame all my fears about sailing when I first started practicing in this lake. It provided us with a very calm and safe environment,” Vaishnavi said about her training experience.
The duo who are preparing to take part in the world championship in Italy’s Lake Riva Del Garda, which is known for challenging weather conditions, said that they are confident they will do well and that their training experience in Hussainsagar and other international championships will be of help.
Each year, around the first week of July, sailors from all over the country make their way to Hussainsagar to compete at the Multiclass National Level Sailing Championships. The event, popularly known as Hyderabad Sailing Week, is the oldest and one of the most popular sailing events in the country.
Meanwhile, another student from Rasoolpura’s Alpha Omega School, Manideep Perikatta, was selected for the Army Boy Sports Company in Bengaluru – set up by the Indian Army under its engineers’ regiment in February. “I got selected after receiving four months training at Hussainsagar,” he said, adding that he learned a lot about sailing at the lake and that it was a very good experience.
While stating that the lake has its own share of challenges, founder of the Yacht Club of Hyderabad (YCH), Suheim Sheikh, who has been sailing in Hussainsagar for almost 40 years said, “I used to go to the Secunderabad Sailing Club when I first started sailing as a 12-year-old. The water at that point of time was clear. At that time, we would be able to tell the wind speed by just looking at the waves that used to form in the lake. Now there are rarely any waves because the water is much thicker these days.”
Speaking about the pollution, Sheikh said, “I have always maintained that industry and population of Hyderabad cannot relentlessly pollute out water bodies and expect the government to spend crores on cleaining. We need a much more compliant and conscientious citizenry that does not throw waste into the feeder nullahs and then the lake will automatically regenerate themselves.”
Hardly any ripples despite huge spend
Despite the government spending hundreds of crores on cleaning operations, the desired results still look far away, Koride Mahesh explains
· In a fresh attempt to curb foul smells and algal blooms, HMDA roped in Bengaluru-based Nacof India for cleaning operations. These are likely to go on for another six months
· Nacof had undertaken bio-remediation operations in the lake in 2018 but officials say the results were short-lived
· HMDA has called for tenders for automated trash collection at four locations in the lake for five years
· A Canada-based company had taken remediation works between March and August 2020 but the contract was terminated as work was not up to the satisfaction of HMDA
· Hussain Sagar Lake & Catchment Improvement Project (HCIP) is the biggest clean-up project taken up for the lake with financial assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
· HCIP was taken up at a cost of Rs 370 crore of which Rs 325 crore has been spent so far. Works under it include construction STPs, interception and diversion networks, dredging of non-hazardous and hazardous sediments



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Hyderabad: Tailor killed, part of body shoved in fridge | | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: A 38-year-old tailor was murdered at his house in Karmika Nagar in Borabanada on Thursday. The body of the victim was found leaning into the open fridge in the kitchen.
According to the Jubilee Hills police, the victim, Md Siddiq Ahmed, son of late Md Salar, was a tailor from Karmika Nagar. Ahmed along with his wife Rubina was staying in a rented house at Karmika Nagar. About 20 days back, Rubina along with their two children went to her parents house in Sri Ram Nagar.
On Thursday, Ahmed’s landlord grew suspicious as his phone was switched off. He immediately alerted the police on Thursday afternoon. Banjara Hills assistant commissioner of police (ACP) M Sudarshan said that Ahmed was attacked on head with a blunt weapon. “Unknown persons killed Ahmed by attacking him on the head with a blunt weapon. After committing the murder, the accused locked the main door of the house from outside,” Sudarshan said.
Police patrolling team along with the locals, opened the door lock and found the dead body of Ahmed. The body was found in supine position with upper body including head inside the open fridge. A cloth was tied around the face of the victim and the body was placed on a bedsheet.
Police registered a murder case under section 302 of the IPC. “CCTV camera footage near the victim’s house clearly showed that he went into the house at 12.13 am on Thursday. Few minutes later a male suspect went into the house and at around 5 am, the lone suspect came out of the house. We are analysing the cell phone details of the victim to zero in on the offenders,” Jubilee Hills police said.



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Hyderabad’s Nehru zoo to get lion-tailed macaque, swamp deer | Sidnaz Blog


The Nehru Zoological Park currently has two giraffes

HYDERABAD: The Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad will soon get a female lion-tailed macaque and a swamp deer pair from Vandalur zoo in Chennai as part of the animal exchange programme.
This will most probably be the first animal exchange programme for Hyderabad zoo after the outbreak of Covid-19 in March last year. “Now that the Covid-19 restrictions are a bit relaxed, we are going to go ahead with all the pending animal exchange programmes, especially with Rajkot zoo and Vandalur zoo in Chennai. We are planning to complete them before the temperature goes up. We were also supposed to get Rheas but that has been put on hold for now because of bird flu,” said N Kshitija, curator, Nehru zoological Park.
The Nehru Zoological Park will be getting the lion-tailed macaque in exchange of a male one-horned rhinoceros, which was already sent to Vandalur zoo in August 2019. The zoo authorities said that they could not get the lion-tailed macaque and swamp deer to Hyderabad immediately after the Rhinocerous was sent to Chennai because the animals were pregnant around that time.
This apart, the Nehru Zoological Park authorities said that they are also planning to bring in an Asiatic lion from Rajkot zoo to induce a fresh bloodline. “Although we have Asiatic lions in our zoo, we asked for a lion from Rajkot zoo in exchange for one lion from here for change in bloodline,” said Kshitija.
Further, the zoo authorities told TOI that the plan to bring in a female giraffe from Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park in Patna in exchange for two lionesses is yet to be finalised by the Central Zoo Authority.
The Hyderabad zoo currently has two giraffes – Bubli, a female giraffe aged three years, and a male, Sunny, aged four years, which were brought from Alipore Zoo in Kolkata in March 2019.
Speaking about the influx of visitors to zoo post lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the zoo curator said that they are now attracting 70% of the visitors compared to the pre-Covid days.

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