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Mayor held review meet on functioning of GHMC call centre GHMC Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain has directed GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu to conduct weekly reviews on the functioning of GHMC 24/7 call centr. Page:4 Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | Hyderabad


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Andhra local body polls likely in a month Hyderabad, May 22: State Panchayati Raj Minister K Jana Reddy on Wednesday said that the Local body elections in Andhra Pradesh are likely to be held within a month. Addressing a state-level convention of the Congress party here, he asked the party cadre to gear up for the polls. As elections to gram panchayats and mandal parishads are likely to be held in June last week or July first week. Elections to zilla parishads, or district level bodies, are expected in August. Jana Reddy asked party workers to ensure that the Congress wins a majority of seats in local bodies ahead of next year's elections to the state assembly and parliament. The minister said elections to local

bodies could not be held for the last two years due to certain problems in providing reservations to various sections. He, however, did not say when the Government proposed to

hold elections to urban local bodies. The Supreme Court in February this year had asked the State Government to conduct elections to

urban local bodies (ULB) and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) on the basis of the existing 60.5 per cent quota to backward classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The apex court had passed the orders on a petition by the State Government challenging the decision of the state high court directing the authorities to hold the polls by fixing 50 per cent reservation for various sections. The term of ULBs ended in September 2010 and that of PRIs in July 2011. They have since then been under the rule of special officers in the absence of elected councils. The central government had stopped the release of statutory grants to the tune of Rs.1,500 crore to PRIs due to non-conduct of elections.

SCR Sets up Surveillance Cameras at Reservation Offices Hyderabad, May 22 : South Central Railway is strongly committed to eliminate the menace of touts and middlemen in Railway Reservation Ticketing area through intensified monitoring of Computerized Passenger Reservation System (PRS) Offices and Booking Offices. To facilitate observing and monitoring the working of these offices, SCR has taken the initiatives of installing Video Surveillance Cameras at Computerized Passenger Reservation System Offices and Booking Offices at major Stations. Surveillance Cameras have already been installed at Secunderabad, Vijayawada, Guntur, Nanded and Guntakal Stations during May, 2013 and it planned to set up such Cameras at other major stations also in due course. These Cameras are used for observing the activity of touting, if any, in the Reservation

Offices and also to observe the presence of middlemen in the ticketing area who may approach the passengers near reservation counters. The footage of these Surveillance

Cameras is made available to higher officials on real time basis through Railnet with the help of an IP address assigned to each one of them. These Surveillance Cameras are now facilitating the Divisional authorities such as Divisional Railway Manager and Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager to monitor the working of the Reservation or Booking Counters for appropriate intervention. Facility is also available for recording the Video images and storing them for subsequent viewing in case any untoward incident is reported.

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Naidu behind the survival of both UPA and state Govt: Vijayamma Pulivendula, May 22: Both UPA-2 Government at the Centre and the Congress Government in the state are being protected by Telugu Desam party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, charged YSR Congress party honourary President Y S Vijayamma on Wednesday. Addressing media persons after arriving at Pulivendula from Hyderabad, Vijayamma said the Kiran Kumar Reddy-led Congress Government has slipped into minority but Naidu came to its rescue by issuing whip to its members during the no-trust vote. “In fact, Naidu has been protecting both the state and central Governments for his selfish reasons,” she remarked. “He wants to avoid a possible CBI probe on the wrongdoings he committed during his regime.” Vijayamma said Naidu has been targeting YSR Congress chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for this reason only. Starting from the MLC polls, he has been in cahoots with the Congress and is enacting dramas now

no more? Jagan Mohan Reddy didn't hold any public post between 2004 and 2009 and he never stepped into the Secretariat. In such a case, how can you find fault with him?' she asked. theatrics against the ministers facing allegations have followed his secret meetings with Congress leaders in Delhi during his recent trips, she said, demanding probe into several scams that took place during Naidu's regime. “Naidu's involvement in all the scams including the Eleru Canal scam should be probed,” she said. No public institution is working in a systematic manner in the country under the UPA Government but Naidu has chosen to support it for his own political survival, she charged, adding the Congress leadership has no concern for people's issues. in the name of fighting corruption. “Both Congress and TDP have conspired and sent Jagan Mohan Reddy to jail. They are now trying to ensure that bail is denied to him,” Vijayamma charged. She said while the ministers are openly declaring that

all the 26 GOs issued by them were in order, the Government has not yet come out with an official statement on the issue. “When the ministers objected to calling them tainted, how can you make allegations against YSR who is

Vijayamma has arrived here on a two-day tour of Pulivendula constituency. She will inaugurate safe drinking water schemes at Vempally and K. Raju Pally today and will participate in the Vardhanti of YS Raja Reddy tomorrow.

Mayor held review meet on functioning of GHMC call centre Hyderabad, May 22: GHMC Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain has directed GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu to conduct weekly reviews on the functioning of GHMC 24/7 call centre (155304). Mayor held a review meeting with GHMC C o m m i s s i o n e r, A d d i ti o n a l Commissioner (Admn.) and Additional Commissioner (IT) about the call centre in his chambers today. Mayor has appreciated the functioning of call centre and the escalation mechanism maintained there and he was very furious about the working style of ground level staff, who are not at all

performing their duties and irresponsible while transacting the grievances stating that the complaint has been attended without even looking to it. He further informed that he was getting lot of complaints with regard to functioning of call centre for which he was forced to make a surprise visit to the call centre to know the facts. Majid Hussain directed the Commissioner that stringent action has to be taken against the staff including the Deputy Commissioners for their negligent attitude in performing the duties with regard to call centre grievances. He further directed the Additional Commissioner (IT) to correct the information regarding transfers of the field level staff in the data base of call centre at regular intervals.

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CM worried about survey?

Hyderabad, May 22: The Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy appears to be worried about the latest survey of the Headlines Today and C Voter painting a picture of doom for the Congress. Kiran tried to enthuse the party ranks by dismissing the survey at the extended meeting of the Congress party held here on Wednesday. It may be mentioned here that the survey has said that the Congress would get only 7 Lok Sabha seats in the next elections from the state. The survey also said that the TRS would

get 12 Parliament seats and the YSR Congress 11. This survey naturally caused anxiety to the Congress leaders and ranks. Sensing the feeling of i n s e c u r i t y, t h e Chief Minister mentioned specially about the survey. He told the Congress workers not to worry about the surveys. He told them that in the name of surveys, these channels interview 300 people and claim that to be the opinion of the entire population. He reminded that despite the surveys predicting unfavourable situation for the Congress, the party won 70 percent of the seats during the recent cooperative elections. He exuded confidence that the party would record a better percentage of victory if all worked together in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Where is Chiru photo? Hyderabad, May 22: A controversy arose about the photo of Chiranjeevi, union minister and key leader of the party, missing in the banners of the Congress party at its extended meeting in the Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy stadium in the capital on Wednesday. Supporters of Chiranjeevi had protested against the organizers for not including Chiranjevi's photo in

the flexi banners put up at the venue. They questioned how Chiranjeevi could be ignored. Congress official spokesperson Gautham and minister Danam Nagender convinced the former Mega Star's supporters by stating that they would have his picture included in the banners and also ensure that such a mistake would not recur in future.

KCR received money from Emaar

Hyderabad, May 22: Nanakramguda Plot Owners Association has said that there was hundred per cent truth in the charge of Raghunandan Rao, expelled leader of the TRS, that the family members of the trs chief K Chandra Sekhara Rao were involved in the Emaar Properties scam. The association has also said that

KCR and KTR received money from the Emaar Properties. Members of the Emaar Properties Victims Association demanded CBI probe into the role of KCR's family members in the Emaar scam. The association also demanded that there should be a probe into the forceful money collections of the TRS.

Gandra joining TDP? Hyderabad, May 22 : Speculations of Government Chief Whip Gandra Venkataramana Reddy joining TDP went high when he met Telugu Desam party President N Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday. Reports came out after Gandra met TDP Chief at his residence. However, Gandra clarified that he had only met Naidu to invite him on his daughter's marriage. "There was no political discussion during the meet," said Gandra.

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Project Nandanavanam inaugurated on International Biodiversity Day Hyderabad, May 22: GHMC Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain has inaugurated “Nandanavanam� project on the occasion International Biodiversity Day today at Imlibun Park, which is aimed to create awareness among the children about biodiversity. Mayor said that GHMC is very keen to develop Urban Biodiversity in the twin cities as per the decision taken at COP-11 conference held last year in the month of October 2012. It is decided to give more importance to Biodiversity in GHMC limits for which GHMC h a s c r e a t e d a s e pa r a t e Biodiversity wing to bring the change among the citizens life style to be more healthy to lead the life in clean, green and healthier atmosphere. While addressing the gathering, Majid Hussain said that GHMC is the only Corporation in the Country who has started this initiative of conserving life and species. GHMC is striving very hard to create awareness about biodiversity duly coordinating with the school managements for active participation of the students so that they can change their life style to be more healthier in pollution free environment and to protect the species and living organisms in the planet. Earlier GHMC Mayor and Commissioner went round the students who were participating in the painting competition and interacted with the students about biodiversity and praised them for coming up with good initiatives. Mayor further said that school managements must

create awareness about civic sense to the students so that they can also feel the responsibility and to join hands to make Hyderabad clean, green and pollution free city. Later on, Mayor has administered biodiversity pledge. GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu said that the GHMC is taking up initiatives for Urban Biodiversity Management resulting in converting in the human settlements as similar to the balance eco systems to host biodiversity and make the city safe and sustainable for living. The initiatives include tangible development activities and strategic steps to create a social change by way of providing biodiversity education, traditional knowledge conversation, building the capacity of staff. GHMC has enhanced the financial and human resource allocation to the sector, he added. The Commissioner, GHMC said that Rs. 25 crores has been allotted for the biodiversity wing to take up lot of initiatives on

Urban Biodiversity in the twin c i t i e s . To d a y G H M C i s conducting International Biodiversity day. The GHMC has improved the score from 39 in the last October during COP11 to almost to 59 points now which is very good improvement in the score. Hon'ble Chief Minister and Hon'ble Governor have put a target of reaching 65 points to the next COP-12 which is scheduled to be held in South Korea in 2014. The GHMC is taking up development of 14 major parks for development of biodiversity where the native species and plants will be given lot of importance and lot of educational material especially depicting the use of plants etc., The Commissioner further stated that each plant literature will be made available to the student and the GHMC is giving free admissions to the students in the parks to enjoy the park and as well as see various varieties of plants and to understand the nature and also to encourage them to live with the environment and the nature.

He also said that our main aim is to protect nature so naturally whatever right we have in this planet every living being is also having the same right whether it is a plant, aquatic life or animal we should respect this right and ensure that we don't occupy their space and totally dry them out of place. So that our duty is to encourage all the living being and we are sure that all the citizens will come up and act to improve the biodiversity. The Commissioner said that the GHMC is confident that the initiatives which are taken up now in the city and the score will definitely reach around 65 as part of improvement of biodiversity. The proposed 14 biodiversity parks: East Zone- Mallapur behind Sanjay Nagar South End Colony Park. South Zone Huda Colony. North ZoneAPIIC Colony. Central ZoneOpen space near MCRHRD, Ashwini lay out, Nandagiri Hills, Road No.44, Jubilee Hills, Open space down Daspulla Hotel. West ZoneDeepthisri nagar, Kukatpally (near lodha), Mollakathva Cheruvu, Mayuri Nagar, Gulmohar Colony. N. Chandra Mohan Reddy, Additional Commissioner (Urban Biodiversity) N. Ravi Kiran, Zonal Commissioner (South), Ramesh Kumar, Director, Urban Biodiversity, Deputy Commissioners, A. Vijaya Laxmi, S. Pankaja, senior officials from Horticulture, Health and Engineering wings have participated in the programme.

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AirAsia net profit falls nearly 40% in 1st quarter KUALA LUMPUR May 22: AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost carrier by fleet size, said Wednesday that first-quarter net profit fell 39 per cent year-on-year due to a foreign exchange loss on borrowings. The airline said in a filing to the Malaysian stock exchange that profit for the three months ending March 31 was 104.79 million ringgit ($34.79 million) compared to 172.44 million ringgit in the same quarter last year.Revenue for the quarter stood at 1.30 billion ringgit, up 11.3 per cent from the same period last year, due mainly to a seven per cent increase in passengers, the company said in a statement. "The company has started off the

y e a r s t r o n g l y, d r i v e n b y anoutstanding financial performance last year," said chief executive officer Aireen Omar.AirAsia has also set up subsidiary budget carriers in Indonesia, the Philippines,

Thailand and Japan.Thai AirAsia recorded a 24 per cent increase in revenue, while Indonesia AirAsia's revenue rose 34 per cent in the first quarter year-onyear, it said. AirAsia Group chief executive o ff i c e r To n y Fernandes said the company would continue to expand in each of its markets. "It is important not to be complacent, especially with the new competitive landscape" in Malaysia, said Fernandes, a former

music industry executive.The lowcost carrier has grown from two planes when Fernandes bought the then-struggling airline in 2001 to a total fleet of more than 120 A320s. The airline, one of the biggest customers for European aircraft maker Airbus, is expecting nearly 360 more aircraft to be delivered up to 2026. Aireen said AirAsia Malaysia w4ould get six aircraft this year, four fewer than initially planned "to make room for associates to grow". Last month, AirAsia announced it has begun recruiting pilots for a nofrills Indian airline joint venture with Tata group planned for later this year.

FM for plugging regulatory gaps in financial sector

New Delhi May 22: Amid outcry over Ponzi schemes causing huge losses to common people, Finance Minister P Chidambaram on We d n e s d a y s a i d t h e r e a r e regulatory gaps and efforts are being made to frame a new law to o v e r s e e f i n a n c i a l s e c t o r. "The present arrangements have a number of gap areas, where no regulators are unambiguously incharge, such as issue of regulatory oversight over diverse Ponzi schemes that we have discovered recently. These are cleverly designed to be out of the purview of regulatory agencies," he said.

The Minister was speaking at a seminar on the 'Indian Financial Code' (IFC) which was framed by Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) with a view to update the laws and regulations dealing with the sector. The seminar was organised by Institute of Company Secretaries of India. The present financial architecture, the Minister said, "has evolved over the years with a sequence of piecemeal measures and piecemeal legislations responding to immediate pressures from time to time. It is not specifically comprehensively designed to meet some key objectives". The multiplicity of regulators create gaps, ambiguity and regulatory overlap due to lack of role clarity, he said, adding "this creates inefficiencies in addressing

critical emerging issues in an increasing dynamic, complex and interconnected financial world". On the suggestion of FSLRC to enact IFC as an omnibus legislation to regulate financial sector, the Minister said: "I am not sure how much this law will go through in the same fashion when it finally goes to Parliament ... (but it) will be a major milestone in Indian financial sector reforms."The recent collapse of chit-fund company Saradha in West Bengal, in which people have lost thousands of crores, has underlined the need for tightening regulatory mechanism to deal with collective investment and Ponzi schemes. Chidambaram said unlike in the past, the implementation of the FSLRC recommendations would require positive inputs from s t a k e h o l d e r s . "Passing legislation in India is not easy, it has become even more complex with coalitions and legitimisation of obstruction as a Parliamentary tactic. Nevertheless, we cannot give up. "We are duty bound to people of

this country to put in place a financial regulatory system that will serve us well for next 50 or more years," he said, adding the Companies Bill, which has been passed in the Lok Sabha, still awaits passage in the Rajya Sabha. He said the existing framework also contains overlap of laws and agencies under which conflicts occur. "In recent times we had turf battles between regulators," he s a i d . The FSLRC in its report had suggested that financial sector regulators such as Sebi as well as Irda be merged into a Unified Financial Agency (UFA) and the role of RBI be restricted to regulating banks and managing m o n e t a r y p o l i c y . “Alongside, very careful analysis of every sentence of the existing laws and every section of proposed code will need to be taken up before we agree upon large scale repeals of legislation. The requirements on this new arrangement will be understood and attempts made to adopt necessary changes," he said.

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Sports Meet in Azampura Division

International Biodiversity day celebrated in Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad.

Sri Nadendla Manohar Speaker handing over the formal letter of acceptance to Dr. Shija, Secretary General,

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'Sakshi' is useless newspaper: TDP Hyderabad, May 22: TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu has dismissed the charge that he was in the grip of the corporate sector. Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, Naidu dismissed reports that he was giving party tickets only to the rich and influential. He asked on what basis he had given ticket to Gadde Rama Mohan Rao and added that apart from his election expenditure, the party also bore the expenditure of his party flags. Stating that “Sakshi” newspaper of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy was

writing baseless reports, Naidu described it as a waste paper. He questioned whether he was a political novice to be in the grip of the corporates. Stating that some corporate leaders were coming into politics with service motto, Naidu claimed that all the parties had corporate leaders in them. He explained that every party has representatives of all the sections of the society. Charging that “Sakshi” was just a trash, Naidu said the newspaper was writing half-a-dozen misleading stories about him

everyday. Referring to the charges against him, Naidu questioned whether late YS Rajasekhara Reddy was a nincompoop to keep quiet for five years if he had really done any wrong. He said he had given clarifications on all the charges leveled against him. He said it was Jaganmohan Reddy, who was trying for waiver of the cases and bail, by colluding with the Congress. Alleging that the resignations of ministers were being politicized, Naidu questioned why the Congress leaders were not questioning the

corrupt practices of Jagan. He said the YSR regime was a synonym for corruption. He also said there was no need for him to join hands with the Congress. The TDP supremo demanded that the Congress high command should own responsibility for the corruption. He sarcastically said Jagan was thinking that he could come out of the jail if the ministers were also dragged into corruption cases. He also demanded that the houses of those where money was found during elections should be auctioned.

Traditional parties colluding with each other in perpetuating corruption: Lok Satta Hyderabad, May 22: The Lok Satta Party today charged the Congress, TDP and YSR Congress of colluding with each other in perpetuating corruption even as they trade charges against each other. Addressing a media conference, State Lok Satta party President Katari Srinivasa Rao pointedly asked why the three parties which accuse each other of being corrupt have not sought institution of strong anti corruption mechanisms like Lokpal/Lokayukta and autonomy for CBI/ACB. Srinivasa Rao underlined that corruption will not go away with a few people resigning from posts or being sent to jail. If the parties are sincere and serious, they should support strong and independent anti corruption mechanisms. Srinivasa Rao recalled that the Lok Satta Party had circulated a Bill to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act even as the Congress and TDP traded charges of corruption in the Assembly. But there has been no response from mainstream parties on ushering in institutional changes to eradicate corruption. The Lok Satta President said that all the three traditional parties are indulging in theatrics to

gain political advantage, now that elections are round the corner. It is evident from the way politicians are jumping from one party to another. Their single point goal is winning elections. They have no inhibitions in embracing a party which they have criticized and lampooned till the other day. Lok Satta Party Vice President D V V S Varma demanded that all Ministers facing charges should resign forthwith to maintain values in politics. He said that dynastic politics are taking root in Andhra Pradesh political parties too.

"The son rise" in the State is not a manifestation of internal democracy but a relic of monarchies of yore. Varma specifically referred to TDP rising star Nara Lokesh's 'pancha ratnas' for fixing the ailments of the State and said they do not go to the roots of problems. For instance, the TDP's promise of debt waiver will not transform the lives of farmers as is evident from two debt waivers in the past. The farmer should have the freedom to sell his produce wherever he wants and at whatever price it fetches. The TDP's promise to shut down belt shops will remain a non-starter so long as the Government treats liquor as a source of revenue and leaves the trade in the hands of private individuals. Similarly, TDP promises in respect of youth and BCs do not address their basic problems of economic self-reliance, education, skills and employment. Varma said the UPA II rule has been characterized by a series of scams and economic downturn. Mrs. N Saroja Devi and M Satyanarayana, party leaders, took part in the media conference.

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