Venkaiah has aerial survey in Guntur; assures all help to State

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Venkaiah has aerial survey in Guntur; assures all help to State

Venkaiah has aerial survey in Guntur; assures all help to State

Guntur, Sept.27: Union Minister for Urban Development and Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu today conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Guntur district. He flew over Peddanandipadu, Gurazala, Macherla and other villages in the region and inspected the damaged crops and overflowing rivulets and streams.

With heavy rains lashing Guntur district, the Union Minister, accompanied by AP Health Minister Dr. Kamineni Srinivas, conducted an aerial survey of the marooned areas in Guntur district and assured all possible assistance from the Union government. Venkaiah Naidu said that after receiving a report from the State government, all necessary assistance would be provided by the Centre.

The Union minister noticed that the continuous rainfall had caused severe damage to the standing crops in Guntur district. The paddy crop, which is either ready for harvest or has been harvested already, are now under water due to heavy rains in the region since the last two days. While the crop was submerged under water, the harvested stack was posing a threat to paddy getting discolored. Standing crops, mostly paddy, chilli, turmeric and cotton suffered extensive damage in over 41,000 hectares in Guntur district.

Venkaiah Naidu spoke to the Guntur district Collector and asked him to ensure all necessary relief like food and drinking water to the people in the rain-hit areas. As soon as enumeration of the losses was completed, the affected farmers will be adequately compensated, he said, adding that a Central team will visit the State after receiving a report from the State government and all assistance will be provided by the Union government.

Accomplished Virtual Merger Of Reliance Communications Jio Anil Ambani

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Accomplished Virtual Merger Of Reliance Communications Jio Anil Ambani

Accomplished Virtual Merger Of Reliance Communications Jio Anil Ambani

Mumbai, Sep 27: Reliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani on Tuesday said the company had all the spectrum that is needed to offer good-quality telecom services across 2G, 3G and 4G space, and that a virtual merger with Reliance Jio had now been effected.

“The other telco companies will have to spend heavily on spectrum to survive. We are confident about the future of Reliance Communications and its market position,” Ambani told the shareholders of the company here.

“We have all the spectrum we need for 2G, 3G and 4G services plus spectrum trading and sharing agreements with Reliance Jio,” he said, adding: “We have accomplished a virtual merger between Reliance Communications and Reliance Jio.”

The company chairman said that after the merger with Aircel, the combined entity will be among the top operators in 12 circles in India. He said that within 90 days of launch, the subscriber base of the company’s 4G services had already crossed the 1 million customer-mark using over 1 GB data.

He also expressed confidence that the company’s debt will be cut by 75 per cent within a year.

India Could Reclaim No.1 Test Spot After Eden Test

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India Could Reclaim No.1 Test Spot After Eden Test

India Could Reclaim No.1 Test Spot After Eden Test

Dubai, Sep 27: India will reclaim the Test rankings top spot from Pakistan if they manage to win the second Test against New Zealand starting on Friday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The victory in their 500th Test in Kanpur meant India is now a victory away from reclaiming the Test Championship mace from Pakistan.

India had entered the three-match series against the Kiwis, trailing Pakistan by a point and needed to win the series to move ahead of its traditional rival.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who stole the show in Kanpur, also climbed one place to occupy second position in the Test rankings for bowlers.

Ashwin’s match haul of 10-225, that helped India notch up a 197-run victory in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur on Monday, has seen him overtake England pacer James Anderson by one point.

He is now within seven points of number one ranked Dale Steyn of South Africa, who leads the chart with 878 points.

Another sterling performance in the Kolkata Test will potentially see Ashwin top the bowling charts for the second time this year after first claiming the number one position last year.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also climbed up a place to occupy the second position among batsmen.

Williamson edged England’s Joe Root by a point with innings of 75 and 25 runs to reach 879 points in the batting rankings, which is led by Australia captain Steve Smith with 906 points.

However, to move ahead or edge even closer to Smith, Williamson will have to produce strong performances in the remaining two Tests.

Google goes bullish on India, announces country specific products

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Google goes bullish on India, announces country-specific products

Google goes bullish on India, announces country-specific products

New Delhi, Sep 27: In its bid to bring more and more people online in India, tech giant Google on Tuesday unveiled a slew of products like Google Station and YouTube Go to make it easier for the billion-plus population get connected to the internet faster and better.

At the second “Google for India” event in New Delhi which coincided with the search giant’s 18th birthday, the company announced a public Wi-Fi platform called Google Station that will connect public places like malls, railway stations, bus stops and hangouts like cafes and universities, the company said.

It also announced that its Google Assistant will be available in Hindi by the end of the year via newly-launched mobile messaging app Allo.

The company announced launches in three categories — Access, Platform and Products — covering services like Google Play, Chrome, YouTube Go, Google Station, Google Duo and Allo.

“Every second, three Indians come online and we have to ensure that the experience is wonderful and relevant for them. But the next billion is very different from the first billion and by building products for these users were are preparing for how the world will use tech in the coming years,” Ceasar Sengupta, Vice President of Product Management at Google, told reporters here.

According to John Giannardrea, Senior Vice President (Search) the company has been making progress in localising Google Search with the introduction of machine learning.

“Google is now capable of translating 100 languages and 12 of these are from India,” he added.

Amit Fulay, Product Lead for communication apps Google Duo and Google Allo, said India and the US have most number of Duo users and Allo has seen a tremendous response in India.

Google Allo is a new smart messaging app that helps users make plans, find information as well as express with ease, all within the chat.

Packed with innovative features including smart reply, options for sharing photos, emojis and stickers, Google Allo makes it easier for users to respond quickly and keep the conversation moving, even when one is on the go.

Fulay said Google Assistant, which is currently available only in English in India, would be available in Hindi later this year.

Announcing new features in Chrome, Rahul Roy Chowdhury, VP (Chrome), said that new product now saves data, have offline capabilities and has more accurate content discovery.

Chrome can now work on 2G data connection. It has a new space for downloaded content including web pages and videos. Chrome now offers users more personalised suggestions in new tab.

Johanna Wright, Vice President (Product Management) at YouTube, announced YouTube Go which has an easy user interface, works on low connectivity, cuts cost in data usage and offers personalised suggestions to the users.

Why Chandrababu Naidu gave up special status demand

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Why Chandrababu Naidu gave up special status demand

Why Chandrababu Naidu gave up special status demand

Hyderabad, Sep 27: Ever since he took over as the first Chief Minister of the truncated Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu had been insisting on a special category status (SCS) for the state. Hence it came as a surprise to many when he decided to give up the fight and accept whatever the central government offered.

Not long ago, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief had gone on record that there will be no compromise on the SCS and that there can be no substitute for this.

Naidu had been reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his poll promise to accord SCS for 10 years against a period of five years announced by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament on Februray 20, 2014.

Yet, when the Centre finally made it clear that there will be no SCS and announced only special assistance measures, Naidu admitted he had no option but to accept it. He tried to take solace in the assurance by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that the state will get the same monetary benefits in the form of externally-aided projects as it would have got with SCS.

Jaitley also said these special measures will be for a period of five years (2015-2020). The other measures announced meant nothing new to the state.

The opposition parties were harsh in their criticism of Naidu and accused him of meekly surrendering. The main opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) even accused him of compromising with the Centre to wriggle out of a “cash for vote” case in Telangana.

Naidu countered the opposition by saying that the state’s interests alone were important for him. “It was Jaganmohan Reddy who compromised on the state’s interests during bifurcation of the state to get bail,” said Naidu while hitting back at the YSRCP chief.

So, what made Naidu take the U-turn? One of the measures announced by Jaitley was that the Centre will provide the entire funding for the Polavaram irrigation project. While this was expected since it was declared a national project in 2014, what was significant was his announcement that the state government will be its executing authority.

Naidu had for long been demanding that the Centre hand over to the state the powers to execute the prestigious but long-pending project, which was first conceived in the 1940s and, as per the 2011 estimates, will cost Rs 16,000 crore ($2.4 billion). “This means the TDP government can now award contracts for this project to its own people,” a political observer said.

The project is significant not just in terms of its huge cost but also the political benefits the TDP hopes to reap from it in the 2019 assembly and general elections.

With an irrigation potential of 720,000 acres, the project is expected to become the state’s lifeline. Naidu plans to complete the project by 2018 and also divert surplus water to the Krishna basin, which currently gets water from the Srisailam project located in Kurnool district of Rayalaseema, a drought-prone backward region.

By completing Polavaram, Naidu hopes to fulfill his promise to provide Srisailam water to Rayalaseema. This is also expected to assuage the feelings of the people of Rayalaseema, who are unhappy over the raw deal the region got post-bifurcation. This development will also help Naidu to effectively counter his bete noire Jaganmohan Reddy on his home turf.

Political observers say Naidu was also fully aware of his political compulsions and the Centre’s handholding he needs for the onerous task of building a new capital, especially in view of the state’s poor finances.

With two-and-a-half-years already gone, the TDP chief realised that fighting with the Centre on SCS will do no good to the state or his party.

The wily politician he is, Naidu made up his mind to sail with the BJP in a situation where he has no alternative. He seems to have realised that pulling out of the BJP-led NDA or severing ties will do more harm than good.

The development divided the state in two major groups — one content with what the Centre has offered and the other insisting on SCS.

All opposition parties belong to the latter category. Actor Pawan Kalyan, who had campaigned for the BJP-TDP alliance in the 2014 elections, also came out openly against the BJP terming the package as “rotten laddus”.

At a public meeting at Kakinada a day after the Centre’s announcement, the actor vowed to launch a three-phase struggle to achieve SCS. However, there has been no follow-up action on this, which triggered speculation that the actor lacks clarity and has no firm plans to take up the issue.

YSR Congress Party, the lone opposition party, bitterly attacked Naidu for his “compromise”. “Mr Chandrababu Naidu may have compromised for his selfish interests, but 50 million people of the state will achieve special status,” Jaganmohan Reddy thundered.

Though his party called a state-wide shutdown and staged protests, it may not find it easy to launch a mass movement and sustain it.

Smiling spouse your ticket to healthier, longer life

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Smiling spouse your ticket to healthier, longer life

Smiling spouse your ticket to healthier, longer life

New York, Sep 27: Having a happy, smiling partner can keep you healthy and fit as you enter middle age and move towards the golden years, say researchers, adding that simply having a happy partner may enhance health as much as striving to be happy oneself.

“This finding significantly broadens assumptions about the relationship between happiness and health, suggesting a unique social link,” said William Chopik, assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University.

In the study of 1,981 middle-age couples, researchers found that people with happy spouses were much more likely to report better health over time.

This occurred above and beyond the person’s own happiness.

Previous research suggests happy people are generally healthy people but Chopik wanted to take it one step further by exploring the health effects of interpersonal relationships.

According to him, happy partners likely provide stronger social support such as care-taking, as compared to unhappy partners who are more likely to be focused on their own stressors.

“Happy partners may get unhappy people involved with activities and environments that promote good health, such as maintaining regular sleep cycles, eating nutritious food and exercising,” Chopik added.

Being with a happy partner should make a person’s life easier even if not explicitly happier.

“Simply knowing that one’s partner is satisfied with his or her individual circumstances may temper a person’s need to seek self-destructive outlets, such as drinking or *****, and may more generally offer contentment in ways that afford health benefits down the road,” Chopik pointed out.

The study examined the survey information of couples age 50 to 94, including happiness, self-rated health and physical activity over a six-year period.

The results showed no difference between husbands and wives in the study.

The study was published by the American Psychological Association in the journal Health Psychology.

‘Ghazi’ to hit the screens in February next year

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'Ghazi' to hit the screens in February next year

‘Ghazi’ to hit the screens in February next year

Chennai, Sep 27: Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu starrer trilingual submarine-based war film “Ghazi” will release worldwide in February 2017, said a source.

“The makers have locked February 24, 2017 as release date. The film will simultaneously release in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

The film is based on the true incidents on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi, a Pakistan submarine during the Indo-Pak 1971 war.

While Rana plays a naval officer, Taapsee will be seen as a refugee.

“Ghazi”, which is directed by Sankalp, is partially based on his own book Blue Fish.

PVP Cinema has produced the film, and its story is about an executive naval officer of the Indian submarine S21 and his team who remain underwater for 18 days.

As a fan of ‘Eega I want sequel Nani

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As a fan of 'Eega I want sequel Nani

As a fan of ‘Eega I want sequel Nani

Chennai, Sep 27: Actor Nani, best known for working with S.S Rajamouli in Telugu revenge drama ace “Eega”, says as a fan of the film he would like the sequel to be made. He believes the best person to take a call in this regard his Rajamouli himself.

“Even today, I keep reading reports on ‘Eega 2’. As much as I wish it was true, there’s no update yet on the project. Whenever I keep bumping into Rajamouli sir, I jokingly ask him about ‘Eega 2’. As a fan of ‘Eega’, I want the sequel,” Nani told IANS.

In the critically-acclaimed 2012 film, Nani returns as a fly to avenge his killers and protect his girlfriend.

“I die in the first part. Technically, I won’t have a role in the sequel, but I still want it to be made. However, the decision to make the sequel completely rests with Rajamouli sir. I’m eagerly looking forward to it,” he said.

Nani, whose latest film “Majnu” released in cinemas last week, is currently busy shooting for Telugu film, “Nenu Local”.

Prabhudheva releases film song on his app

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Prabhudheva releases film song on his app

Prabhudheva releases film song on his app

Mumbai, Sep 27: Ace choreographer-filmmaker Prabhudheva on Tuesday launched the new song “Chal maar” from his forthcoming film “Tutak Tutak Tutiya” on his app, Prabhudheva.

The film, directed by A.L. Vijay, also stars Sonu Sood and Tamannaah Bhatia in the lead.

Following the title track and “Rail gaddi”, “Chal maar” is the third song from the film.

“After ‘Muqabala muqabala’, ‘Ke sara sara’ and ‘ABCD’, I wanted to do something on the same level in the song ‘Chal maar’. It’s fun, it’s peppy and it is my favourite song in the film. I wanted to launch this song on my personal app and I am happy that I am doing it. I hope people like it,” Prabhudheva said in a statement.

“Chal maar” is touted to be a dance number and will feature Prabhudheva shaking a leg with actress Amy Jackson.

Clinton, Trump clash over jobs, tax, terrorism in 1st presidential debate

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Clinton, Trump clash over jobs, tax, terrorism in 1st presidential debate

Clinton, Trump clash over jobs, tax, terrorism in 1st presidential debate

New York, Sep 27: US presidential contenders Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and Donald Trump (Republican)clashed in their first head-to-head debate of the general election season mainly over job cuts, tax payments, rise of the Islamic State (IS) and racism.

Moderator Lester Holt of NBC News opened the 90-minute debate on Monday night at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York, the first of three such.

Clinton, who looked radiant and fierce in a bright red pant suit started the debate by asking Trump, looking sober in a sharp black suit with a cobalt blue tie: “How are you, Donald” as the crowd cheered — in spite of being cautioned against doing so.

The debate, which CNN gave to Clinton 67:22, centred around three broadly defined topics: America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity and Securing America. It was split into six 15-minute segments. Two minutes was allotted to answer a question asked by Holt, two minutes to reply and the remaining time for the nominees to debate.

The first question about putting money back into Americans’ pockets and creating jobs was directed to the former Secretary of State and she started her speech by defending the idea to create “an economy for all” and stressed that she intends to do so “by having the wealthy pay their fair share”.

Clinton, who is also the first woman presidential candidate representing a major US political party, claimed that her economic plan would create 10 million jobs, while Trump’s plan would cost the nation 3.5 million jobs.

The former first lady insisted that she would work to achieve equal pay between men and women, paid paternity leave and debt-free college.

Clinton accused her rival for being one of the real estate tycoons who benefited from the economic crisis that hit the country in 2008.

On employment in the US, Trump said that China and Mexico were “stealing” American business and jobs.

“We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us, we have to stop companies from leaving the United States,” he said, reiterating his proposal to impose taxes on companies that move from the US to other countries and then seek to sell their products in America.

He also threatened to scrap or renegotiate some of the “bad” trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that came into force in 1994, or re-define the terms of military agreements like NATO.

One of the longest exchanges came not on tax policy — but Trump’s refusal to release his taxe records, breaking decades of precedent for presidential candidates.

“Why won’t he release his tax returns,” Clinton asked, adding: “Maybe he is not as rich as he says he is. Maybe he is not as charitable as he claims to be. Maybe he doesn’t want the American people to know that he has paid nothing in federal taxes.”

Trump responded by saying that he would release his taxes when Clinton made public 33,000 emails that were deleted from her private email server while she was in office from 2009 to 2013. She immediately responded by saying that it was a “mistake”.

The real-estate mogul also blamed Clinton for the rise of the IS. He attacked her for being weak on the terror group and mocked her by saying: “You’ve been fighting IS your entire adult life.”

When the debate turned to racial issues and crime, Clinton said that it was important for police to work together with local communities to restore trust.

Trump accused Clinton of refusing to say the phrase “law and order” and bemoaned the state of the inner cities. He said that African-Americans and Hispanics were “living in hell”.

He also said Clinton did not have the stamina to be president, to which she replied that she visited 112 countries as secretary of state.

One key exchange was over Trump’s long-held belief that President Barack Obama was born outside the US, a position he finally reversed two weeks ago.

Clinton also recalled Trump’s stream of insults to women over the years.

“This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men,” Clinton said.

In other attacks, Clinton criticised Trump for terming climate change a Chinese hoax and also for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Moderator Holt, in the final question of the night, asked both Trump and Clinton if they would accept the will of the voters on Election Day.

Clinton said: “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but I certainly will support the outcome of this election.”

Trump pointed that he would “want to make America great again. We are a nation that is seriously troubled … If she wins, I will absolutely support it.”

The latest CNN poll released earlier on Monday showed Clinton and Trump neck-and-neck 44 per cent to 42 per cent.

The audience included the nominees’ families. Hillary’s husband and former US President Bill Clinton and Trump’s wife Melania shook hands while they entered the varsity’s David S. Mack auditorium.

This was the 20th US presidential debate and was organised by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a non-governmental organisation.

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