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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Hyderabad: NIMS bed sold for Rs 1 lakh, middleman in | Sidnaz Blog


NIMS superintendent N Satyanarayana conducted an internal enquiry to check if there was any nexus between the suspect and hospital staff.

HYDERABAD: An alleged middleman has been booked for arranging a bed for a Covid-19 patient at the state-run Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) for Rs 1 lakh. Though police claim they are yet to contact the culprit, they have reportedly taken him into custody.
The case was registered based on a complaint by NIMS superintendent N Satyanarayana, who conducted an internal enquiry to check if there was any nexus between the suspect and hospital staff.
On May 18, as per the complaint, a patient, Sugunamma, was brought to the hospital by her son Krishna Reddy as she was afflicted with Covid-19. At the hospital, Krishna ran into one Prashanth, who claimed that he could arrange a bed for Sugunamma using his contacts.
As her condition was critical, Krishna believed him and paid Rs 1 lakh. She was subsequently admitted to the hospital. Later, Prashanth demanded an additional Rs 1 lakh to continue treatment at the facility. He also cautioned that the treatment cost might go up, Rs 3 lakh for oxygen support and Rs 7 lakh for ventilator support.
On suspicion, Krishna verified the admission register. He found that only Rs 1,000 was paid to the hospital and there were no other receipts.
“When Krishna brought the issue to our notice, an internal enquiry was ordered. We found that one resident medical officer (RMO) instructed him to give admission to Sugunamma. Further inquiries revealed that Prashanth was not an employee or any way connected to NIMS. He is suspected to be having good contacts with some employees of the institute and cheating gullible and innocent patients and their relatives by collecting huge amounts in the name of giving admission and treatment,’’ the superintendent said in his complaint to police. He also said that actions of some greedy persons, middlemen like Prashanth were spoiling the image of the hospital.
When contacted, Punjagutta inspector Niranjan Reddy told STOI that the investigation was yet to begin and Prashanth was not yet contacted for questioning. Satyanarayana said that after they got information about it, they tried to reach Prashanth. As he was not cooperative, the hospital authorities lodged a plaint.
NIMS superintendent N Satyanarayana conducted an internal enquiry to check if there was any nexus between the suspect and hospital staff

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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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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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65 superspreaders in Hyderabad on health department radar | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad


HYDERABAD: Officials from the health department have identified 65 superspreaders in the city who in turn infected at least 10 people each. As part of increased surveillance programme, officials are now trying to identify super spreaders immediately and isolate them as early possible.
Increased number of cases in clusters and the presence of superspreaders has made officials ramp up testing. Within one week, the state is expected to go for one lakh tests a day, which it has the capacity for.
“Superspreaders are mostly found in large conglomerations like markets and bus stands. We are going to these spots and doing random tests, irrespective of whether symptoms are seen or not,” an official said. On a positive note, official say in the last few days there has been an increase in the number of people turning up for vaccination. Earlier, health department officials were able to administer 25,000 to 30,000 doses, but there has been a jump to 40,000 doses daily recently. “This is due to the fear of a possible second wave in the state. People are now slowly understanding the importance of the vaccine. We have requested more vaccine doses from the Centre,” a health official said.
Speaking about the need to take a vaccine, Dr Kiran Madala, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) certified-researcher said, “With more asymptomatic cases, it is all the more important to take the jab. People without co-morbidities also should not delay taking the vaccine as they can become silent carriers.”



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Telangana: Fishing trip ends in tragedy, three friends die | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: A fishing trip ended in a tragedy after a car crashed into a container truck on the National Highway-44 at Shadnagar on Sunday. Three youngsters died and their friend suffered severe injuries in the accident.
The deceased were identified as Syed Obaid, 21, Jeeshan, 22, and Adnan, 22, all three students from Malakpet. Their friend Haris suffered severe injuries. The youngsters were on their way to Jurala project in Jogulamba-Gadwal district for fishing.
“Near Anu’s junction on the outskirts of Shadnagar, there is a curve on the National Highway-44. Obaid, who was driving the car, failed to negotiate the left curve due to speeding. The swift car (AP13AG 0986) overshot the median and crashed into the middle of a container truck coming from the opposite direction,” Shadnagar in-charge inspector MGS Rama Krishna said.
While Obaid and Jeeshan died on the spot with severe injuries, Adnan succumbed en route to hospital. “Haris suffered multiple injuries and his condition is critical,” the inspector said.
Container truck (GJ 01 DY 4056) driver Manoj Kumarm of Dholpur in Rajasthan, which was transporting car spare parts from Chennai to Hyderabad, lodged a complaint with the police stating that his truck also suffered damage in the road accident.
A case was registered under Sections 304-A and 337 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The bodies were handed over to the family members of the victims after post-mortem examination at a local government hospital.



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Telangana: Postal department to modify vans for | Hyderabad News


HYDERABAD: The postal department is waiting for clearance from the state health department to modify their mail vans to meet requirements of transporting vaccine vials.
“A month ago, a three-member team including members from the medical department, transport department and TSRTC had visited ‘mail motor service’ MMS, Koti. They checked our mail vans and felt that certain modifications were necessary to transport vaccine vials. The postal department is ready to make the modifications and is waiting for specifications from the health department,” said L A Arshad Khan, senior manager, MMS.
A member of the Postal Service Board (PSB), Delhi, K Sandhya Rani, who recently visited Hyderabad, said postmen and ‘gramin dak sevaks’ (GDS) would also support vaccination efforts by helping people link their mobiles with ‘Aadhaar’ numbers. Adding to this, the member of the PSB clearly stated that the department of posts does not have cold chains and cold storages and hence will not be doing vaccine transporting. “We are not tying up with the Union health ministry and even not examining the postal department’s stamp depots and postal departments stores depots across the country for cold storage facility to preserve Covid-19 vaccine vials,” member of PSB clarified.



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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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