Funds to plasma, this duo helps patients with all | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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Sanjana and her dad Manoj Raheja

HYDERABAD: Inspired by the work being done by his daughter, 55-year old businessman, Manoj Raheja, joined her in assisting families affected by the second wave of Covid-19.
Together, they have helped about 600 patients so far by arranging for oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ICU beds, blood etc. They even arranged for plasma donors at various hospitals, including getting 17 donors within two hours for a patient from Bokaro.
The duo has now moved on to organising funds for critical patients. “During the peak of the second wave, we worked round-the-clock, making calls and connecting those in need with the required resource persons. Whatever requirements came to us, we fulfilled them. At one point, we were given 40 concentrators by a donor that we distributed for free of cost on rotational basis,” said Manoj Raheja. His daughter, Sanjana Raheja, had been volunteering with some of her colleagues earlier.
In fact, it was during that time they received a distress call from a 17-year-old girl from Bhagalpur district. “She was trying her best to save her father who was suffering from liver cirrhosis and needed a liver transplant that would cost Rs 27 lakh. We got in touch with Sonu Sood Foundation through our references and convinced them to fund a part of the treatment. The remaining amount was arranged by us through family, friends and my daughter’s colleagues,” said the father.
The beneficiary said that the duo came to her as a blessing, since a crowd-funding initiative started earlier had failed to raise any money. “At that point we were ready to sell our house for my father’s treatment. But no one was ready to buy it because of the Covid-19 scenario. No one was even willing to give us a loan on interest. That’s when I started looking for NGOs and eventually got connected with Sanjana and Manoj uncle,” said Shanu Kumari. Her father’s surgery is complete, and he is now recovering at an apartment arranged by the volunteers.
Meanwhile, the father-daughter pair has two more liver transplant patients in the pipeline, who are awaiting funds. “As the second wave is on the wane, we aren’t getting many calls from Covid-19 patients. But since our number has been circulated among many people, other patients — including those in need of a transplant — are reaching out to us. We intend to help as many people as possible. It has now become my passion,” Manoj Raheja said.

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Two held from Delhi for cheating over jobs, marriage | | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: Two persons, which includes a Nigerian national, were arrested by cybercrime sleuths of Rachakonda police for allegedly conning many persons in the pretext of providing jobs, matrimonial alliances and others.
The accused, Fidelis Obinna, a Nigerian national and his accomplice Anil Kumar Pandey were arrested from Delhi and police seized 4 mobile phones, 13 cheque books of different bank accounts, 65 debit or ATM cards, 19 swiping machines, Republic of Nigeria passport, Rs 30,000 cash from them besides freezing Rs 6.27 lakh cash in bank accounts.
Obinna first came to India on a visiting visa. Later, from his Nigerian friends in India, he learnt conning people by befriending victims through social media. Obinna befriended Anil Kumar to use latter’s banking accounts to withdraw the ill-gotten money earned by cheating victims.
The accused, to deceive the victims, used to create fake social media accounts using photographs of Europeans. He duped several victims by assuring them to provide jobs or cheat the victims by promising to marry after collecting money, offering gifts and others.
The accused was arrested based on the bank account and phone number details. The accused used to destroy the phone and SIM cards used by them during the commission of an offence.

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Telangana: Covid-19 patient kills self at MGM Hospital | | Sidnaz Blog

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WARANGAL: A Covid-19 patient committed suicide by jumping off the second floor of the government-run MGM Hospital in the wee hours of Friday. According to hospital authorities, the patient, identified as Rayapuram Lingamurthy of Sangem mandal in Warangal Rural district, was admitted as in -patient on July 24 with Covid symptoms.
He was recovering from the virus. Unfortunately, on Thursday midnight he called duty doctors and complained of severe stomachache.
Junior doctors attended him and asked his wife Devi to monitor his condition.
At 2.30 am he stated that his pain subsided. However, at about 3 am, Lingamurthy jumped from the second floor. The incident was noticed by the attendants of patients. Hospital staff rushed to the spot but Lingamurthy succumbed to the injuries.
The body was shifted for postmortem. Mattewada police has registered the case and body handed over to the family.

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GHMC to hunt down illegal dog breeders; 67 pet shops get | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: The GHMC and Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department (V&AH) have served notices to 67 pet shops and identified 12 dog breeders in the greater Hyderabad region in the last two weeks.
The notices were served to the pet shops and breeders after the principal secretary of MAUD, Arvind Kumar directed the GHMC commissioner Lokesh Kumar to take action against all illegal units and shut them down, if they don’t comply with guidelines of the Telangana State Animal Welfare Board (TSAWB).
In his letter, the principal secretary lambasted the GHMC for permitting the illegal breeders to operate saying that the civic body allowed them to operate illegally by bringing them under the ambit of pet shops.
However, when asked about the illegal breeders and those breeding dogs at home for commercial purposes, the official said, “In GHMC limits there are only 12 breeders. More than 90% of the dog breeders are outside GHMC limits. If people are breeding dogs at home, we cannot designate them as breeders. For breeding there should be kennels, space and there are other rules which need to be followed and that activity will not be tolerated in residential areas. To avoid these, GHMC’s instructions are to get the dogs sterilized.”
However, officials informed that while the GHMC can issue notices, as per the Pet Shop Rules, 2018 and Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules, 2017 rules, only the state animal welfare board has the authority to shut down or take any other action against illegal pet shops or breeding units.
Meanwhile, Dr Monika, assistant veterinary director, state animal husbandry department said, “We have received applications for registration from 77 pet shops in the city so far and prior to that 67 of them were served notices. Registration applications will be sent to the concerned district official to conduct inspections and give the inspection proforma to V&AH. Only if the inspection report is satisfactory, we issue the inspection certificate. So far, one or two inspections of pet shops have been taken up.”
GHMC has been directed to slap notices against the dog breeders, asking them to apply for registration. Failure to obtain registration by August 15 would mean closure.

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Telangana: Eturnagaram police arrest 2 tiger skin smugglers | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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MULUGU: Eturnagaram police arrested two inter-state tiger skin smugglers on Thursday. According to superintendent of police, Sangramsingh G Patil, two persons came to Mullakatta bridge in Eturnagaram to sell illegally obtained adult tiger skin.
Acting on reliable information, Eturnagaram Circle inspector K Kiran Kumar and staff nabbed the culprits. During interrogation, they confessed the crime and showed their identity as Thirumalesh, a resident of Wazedu in Mulugu district and Satyam of Chandur in Chhattisgarh.
Police seized the skin, a phone and motorcycle from them.

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Telangana: Man arrested for killing two donkeys | Hyderabad | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: A man was arrested from Telangana‘s Vikarabad district for allegedly killing two donkeys and injuring one.
Krishna, was said to have been irked by the braying of the donkeys which had been left near his fields by some shepherds who had come from Narayanpet district.
“We have booked a case against the accused and produced him in the court,” Kulkacherla sub-inspector Vittal Reddy told TOI on Thursday.
He said Krishna was booked under IPC Section 429 which carries a punishment up to five years’ imprisonment for killing or maiming an animal.
A case has also been filed under The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
A group of migrant shepherds from Renipatla village in Maddur mandal brought the cattle to Cheruvumundili Thanda in Vikarabad district for grazing.
The shepherds also brought along three donkeys which carried provisions and utensils for cooking, clothes and other essentials.
When the donkeys started braying, an irritated Krishna, who works in a farmland close by, allegedly brought a knife and stabbed all the three donkeys.

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Telangana: Friends gift five litre petrol to groom | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Friends of a groom in Telangana‘s Sangareddy district gifted him five liter petrol as his wedding gift on Tuesday.
Syed Raaez of Kohir village was given given petrol in a plastic container by his friends who belonged to the Congress party.
“That was our way of telling the government at the centre to see that the common man is not burdened by increasing the price of petrol. Price should be brought down,” Mohd Mohsin, who attended the wedding with his friends, said.
The groom, who belongs to the TRS, accepted the gift brought by his friends.
The plastic container was carefully wrapped and carried to the podium and handed over to the groom at the ‘walima’ function.

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Telangana’s farmer suicide rate dips, Centre says lowest in | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Between 2017 and 2019, farmers’ suicides in Telangana have decreased the most in the country. From 846 farmers dying by suicide in 2017 to 900 taking their lives in 2018, the number fell to 491 in 2019, the Centre said in reply to a query on farm sector in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

While Madhya Pradesh recorded the second highest decline of farmer suicides in the country, agriculture activists and farm experts said Telangana’s Rythu Bandhu scheme had a major role in the declining number of farmers resorting to suicided in the state.
GV Ramanjaneyulu of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture agreed that Rythu Bandhu had helped the farmers to some extent. “Also, many farmers shifted to crops having the minimum support price, primarily cotton and paddy. To comprehend the stress in the agriculture sector, it is necessary to consider suicides of not just farmers, but also of farm labourers and others closely involved with cultivation,” he said.
Telangana began implementing Rythu Bandhu from October 2018. The first-ever direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme for farmers in the country was soon followed by other states like West Bengal and Odisha. For that matter, in these three years, no farmer suicides were reported in West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand and north-eastern states.
Only a few farmers received the benefit because all were not covered by institutional credit. Telangana also has a state-level farm debt waiver scheme, but the scheme was implemented for farmers who owed up to Rs 25,000 to banks in this season.

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Telangana yet to move SC on Centre taking over irrigation | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: After kicking up a furore over Centre taking over the irrigation projects on Krishna and Godavari rivers in Telangana and AP, the state government has been conspicuous by its strategic silence.
The government has neither approached the Supreme Court nor raised the ‘raw deal’ meted out to Telangana on the floor of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha till now.
Soon after a gazette notification was issued 10 days ago, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao held an emergency meeting with senior irrigation officials and had decided to move the Supreme Court. It was also decided to meet Union minister of Jal Shakti and, if possible, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apart from raising the issue in Parliament.
“As Parliament is witnessing a bedlam over the Pegasus snooping controversy and farm laws, our MPs could not find time to raise the issue in the Lok Sabha. We also sought an appointment with Union ministers who are busy with the Parliament session,” TRS floor leader in Lok Sabha Nama Nageswara Rao told TOI on Tuesday.
Party floor leader in Rajya Sabha K Keshava Rao said: “Since we did not get an opportunity to raise the issue, we will raise the gazette notification issue at another appropriate forum.”
Sources in the government said as the Jal Shakti ministry had referred the issue of constituting a new tribunal to legal experts, the state government will wait for the decision of the Centre and then decide the future course of action. The Centre reportedly assured the state government of getting a report on legal issues concerning the new tribunal within a month.
Irrigation special chief secretary Rajat Kumar held a meeting with irrigation officials to collect project-wise information. The Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) have once again asked both Telangana and AP to submit detailed project reports on the irrigation projects in their respective states.

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LIC told to pay Rs 15.5 lakh to kin of policyholder in | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: A district consumer forum here on Sunday directed Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to pay Rs 15.5 lakh to the complainant who filed a case on behalf of his minor granddaughters for repudiating their claims citing non-disclosure of information.
K Ramulu, the complainant, who is the grandfather and legal guardian of his two minor granddaughters, submitted that his son obtained two insurance policies for a sum of Rs 5 lakh insurance coverage under Jeevan Anand and Rs 10 lakh insurance coverage under New Bima Gold.
Post his demise, Ramulu said that they submitted insurance claim on July 6, 2012, but the same was repudiated stating ‘the deceased had withheld correct information regarding his health and failed to disclose one of his previous policies while taking the current policy.’
While denying the allegations, LIC contended that the complainant’s claims are rightly repudiated on the grounds of non-disclosure of previous policy and also for suppressing material facts in the proposal form.
The bench noticed that the complainant’s deceased son has declared six of his policies and missed out on declaring only one of his previous policies. On suppression of chronic liver disease in the proposal form, the bench noticed that as per the discharge summary dated June 13, 2012, the insured was suffering from chronic disease for the past six months, whereas the policy was taken on July 27, 2011. “There is nothing on record showing that the complainant deliberately suppressed facts,” the bench said, and directed LIC to pay insurance amount along with 9% interest. Apart from compensation, Rs 5,000 was awarded towards the cost of the complaint.

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