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Indian living in Hyderabad wins $1 million in Dubai Duty Free draw

Dubai: An Indian national living in Hyderabad of India, Kanikaran Rajasekhar, has won a million dollars in the latest Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise promotions.

The 45 year old wants to use the money for his children’s education, build a villa in Hyderabad and also start a business in Dubai

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Aishwarya Rai steps out of Mumbai after 10 months, spotted in Hyderabad with Abhishek Bachchan, daughter Aaradhya


Actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya were spotted in Hyderabad on Sunday. This would be the first time the actor has stepped out of Mumbai since the first of the coronavirus lockdown was announced in March last year.

In the pictures, Aishwarya was dressed in an all-black avatar – a pair of leggings, a black coat and oversized sun glasses. Her daughter Aaradhya was in pink track pants and t-shirt while Abhishek was wearing a pair of comfortable trousers with camouflage jacket. All had their masks on.   

It is not clear why Aishwarya is in Hyderabad but fan accounts suggest she is there for a long shoot schedule of her upcoming Mani Ratnam Tamil film, Ponniyin Selvan.

Through much of the pandemic, Aishwarya stayed indoors, only making brief appearances in family pictures and videos. However, in July, she along with her father-in-law Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek and Aaradhya tested positive for coronavirus. All four of them were admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati hospital. Aishwarya and Aaradya were the first to test negative.

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Aishwarya will reportedly play a dual role in the film. Ponniyin Selvan is based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s period-based fictional novel of the same name. The film is expected to be shot in one go. Shiva Anand, executive producer, Mani Ratnam’s film production company Madras Talkies, told Mid Day in May 2020: “Like everybody else in the industry, we are waiting for the shoot to resume and talk to the actors about their dates. It will be difficult to coordinate the schedules, but it’s our job to figure out a way.” He added, “We have no intention of compromising on the film. We will release the first part next year, though we don’t have clarity on the release date yet.”

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Hyderabad civic body polls: TRS emerges largest party, but fails to get majority; impressive show by BJP


Naveen S Garewal 

Tribune News Service 

Hyderabad, December 4 

The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has maintained its lead in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls, but not without losing a large number of seats to the BJP that has emerged as the second largest party in the GHMC polls. 

With the TRS securing 56 seats in a House of 150, the saffron party has done well by securing 47 seats, four seats more that the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) that won 43 seats.  

The biggest setback has been to the Congress that has managed to get only two seats in the 150 divisions it contested. Trends showed TRS to be the largest party right from the beginning, but its seats fell from 99 in the 2016 polls to just 56 this time, a loss of 43 seats.  

The AIMIM managed to retain it share by winning 43 seats, only one less than the 2016 elections. Though the results would formally be declared later at night, the situation is almost clear with the TRS Working President KT Rama Rao (KTR) telling the media that it had accepted the heavy loss in seats despite retaining the number one position in the election.  

The aggressive campaigning by the top BJP leadership, including BJP national President JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, UP Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Smiriti Irani have paid rich dividends to the party in terms of good results.   

The results have put the seats won by the TRS at 56, BJP 47, AIMIM 43 and Congress just 2. The state Congress President Uttam Reddy has submitted his resignation after the debacle of the party. The BJP is the biggest gainer in these elections as its seats have gone up from four in the previous House to 47 now. 

After the results are formally announced, Mayor’s position will go to the TRS and post-poll will see the City get its first woman Mayor.  

As the results started pouring in, the City burst into celebrations at the party headquarters of various parties. The TRS Bhawan saw women in traditional dresses dance to frenzied tunes. A similar mood was seen at the BJP’s party office at Nampally. The AIMIM that has almost maintained a status quo has large pockets of strength in the Charminar and old city area. 

Ballot papers were used in the election to the 150-ward GHMC on December 1.

Counting of votes began at 8 am with postal ballots being counted first and BJP was ahead of its rivals in the postal ballot votes.

The polling percentage was an unimpressive 46.55.

Out of the 74.67 lakh voters, 34.50 lakh electors exercised their franchise.

While the ruling TRS fielded candidates in all the 150 wards, BJP set up nominees in 149 wards.

The Congress, AIMIM and TDP fielded candidates in 146, 51 and 106 wards, respectively.

The civic poll results have served as a big morale booster for the BJP that has four MPs and two MLAs from Telangana. It had won the recent bypolls in Dubbak by defeating the TRS and this led to a renewed vigour among the party leadership and cadres.  

The GHMC polls are very important for the Telangana Vidhan Sabha elections as the corporators of the 150 divisions have a direct influence on many seats. These elected representatives can change the fate of nearly 25 per cent candidates in the Assembly elections. Therefore, the GHMC polls are known to be mini-state elections. 





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6 of family killed in Hyderabad car accident


Hyderabad, December 2

Six members of a family were killed and five injured when a car in which they were travelling collided head-on with a borewell lorry in Telangana’s Rangareddy district on Wednesday, police said.

The accident occurred near the Malkapur Gate in Chevella mandal on the Hyderabad-Bijapur highway, about 50 km from Hyderabad.

According to police, all the victims belonged to a family from the Tadbun area of Hyderabad. They were on their way to Gurmitkal in Karnataka.

Police said the Innova vehicle in which 11 members of the same family were travelling tried to overtake a vehicle but, in the process, collided with a borewell vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

Police reached the spot to extricate the bodies from the badly mangled vehicle and shift the injured to hospital.

The deceased were identified as Asif Khan (50), Nazia Begum (45), Sania (18), Arsha (28), Nazia Banu (36) and a six-year-old girl.

Five others were injured and they were shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad for treatment. The bodies were taken to a government hospital in Chevella for autopsy.

The accident led to a two km long traffic jam on Hyderabad-Bijapur highway. Police later removed the debris to clear the road.

According to police, the family from Hyderabad was on its way to Gurmitkal for treatment of Nazia Begum who had suffered a paralytic stroke.

A police officer said overspeed and the fog could have led to the collision.

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Upbeat Sunrisers Hyderabad hoping for final showdown with Mumbai Indians


Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate
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Dubai: An upbeat Sunrisers Hyderabad will be eyeing yet another big win against the Delhi Capitals and make it to next Tuesday’s final of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Cleverly marshalled by Australian captain David Warner, the Sunrisers have been peaking at just about the right time with all their boxes ticked to perfection as they face the Capitals in Sunday’s second qualifier at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Krishnamachari Srikkanth, former Indian captain and opener, had marked Hyderabad as the ‘‘most dangerous’’ side after they had reached the IPL 2020 play-offs. And he was not far from the truth as Warner’s men made light of the target while winning against RCB with two balls to spare.

On Friday, Hyderabad registered their fourth successive win against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and earn the right to meet the Capitals in Sunday’s crunch qualifier. The winner will advance to take on Mumbai in Tuesday’s final.

The Hyderabad side comes into Sunday’s match with a huge dose of confidence after having beaten the Delhi Capitals in their two league stage games. Further, Warner’s side have been on a roll with their four wins on the trot coming against top four teams in IPL 2020 — Mumbai, RCB twice and Delhi — to snatch the third spot in the top-four last week.

IPL champions way back in 2016, Warner’s men will have a second title within striking distance should their game plan click one more time.

After the premature departure of Bhuvneshwar Kumar from their ranks due to injury, the Sunrisers have found an able wicket-taker in Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan. The 22-year-old spinner from Nangarhar has not disappointed claiming 19 wickets so far, while lying in eighth on the Purple Cap list.

The Sunrisers skipper, on the other hand, has been a leader from the front with his 17 runs against RCB on Friday night keeping him in second place in the Orange Cap race behind Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul.

Warner, who took his total to 546 runs from 15 matches, will be hoping to capitalise on his race for the Orange Cap in IPL 2020. To his good luck, Warner has always found able support at various times from the likes of Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and Wriddhiman Saha in the latter stages of the campaign.

One man making a lot of difference in the second half of their campaign is West Indies allrounder Jason Holder. The Barbadian, who turned 29 on Thursday, was at his best for the Sunrisers while picking up three wickets and then scoring an unbeaten 24 runs to see his team into the second qualifier. Coming into the side for the second part of the campaign, Holder now has 13 wickets from the six matches that he has featured in for the Sunrisers so far.

“What we have done in batting is that we have been aggressive upfront. David has obviously led the charge, well supported by Saha. Jonny has done an outstanding job and [Manish] Pandey has kept the momentum going,” Holder said when asked about the Sunrisers’ strategy while facing the Capitals attack on Sunday.

“Then we have the level head of Kane (Williamson). Being good to come and finish games. So we don’t play names, we see the ball and strike the ball,” Holder added.

Saha’s groin injury that ruled him out of Friday’s eliminator, might also keep him out of the second qualifier on Sunday. “We have faith in [Shreevats] Goswami. He has been around for some time and we need to give him the confidence,” Holder said.

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IPL 2020 in UAE: Sunrisers Hyderabad have to shine against Delhi Capitals


Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Delhi Capitals on September 29 in Abu Dhabi.
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Dubai: It’s approaching the end of the Indian Premier League group stage and every point counts for most teams. Things will be no different in Dubai on Tuesday as the Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Delhi Capitals, who are all but qualified for the play-offs.

Delhi will be looking at completing some unfinished business and ending the group stage on a high, beginning with Hyderabad.

Delhi succumbed to back-to-back defeats against the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab in their last encounters. But, with two more points on offer on Tuesday, the Shreyas Iyer-led side will be looking to shrug off those losses and return to the top of the eight-team standings as prime position means an easier path in the play-offs.

On the other hand, the Sunrisers’ hopes of reaching the playoffs are hanging by a thread. David Warner and his men are in seventh place and just above former three-time champions Chennai Super Kings with eight points from 11 matches.

Their task hereon is rather simple, yet quite tricky as Hyderabad must win all three remaining matches and then wait to see if other results go their way.

But, the Capitals need not worry too much as their batting line-up — particularly opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Iyer — has been delivering time and again. After struggling for some consistency in earlier games, the Capitals have had different players come to the party on various occasions to make one of the stronger teams in IPL 2020.

The Capitals’ bowling, meanwhile, has been consistent and calm. Led by the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada (currently with the Purple Cap with 23 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (14 wickets), Axar Patel has done well to choke the run flow. The support bowlers such as Ravichandran Ashwin and Tushar Deshpande have been on and off, and will definitely be looking for some added consistency to turn the Capitals into a true tournament winner.

Not everything is well with the Sunrisers. The Warner-led side head into the clash after a demoralising loss that saw their strong-looking battling line-up fail to chase down a modest 127 against Kings XI Punjab last week.

The Hyderabad team were doing well in their chase until the departure in quick succession of Warner and Jonny Bairstow. What followed was a lesson in self-destruction as the former champions lost five wickets in the final two overs and suffered a humiliating defeat.

The Sunrisers have a pretty good bowling unit that includes Rashid Khan, among others. But, following the departure of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they have struggled despite the inclusion of West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.

Perhaps, the lone ray of hope for the Sunrisers could be that they had defeated the Capitals in their previous encounter earlier this season.



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IPL 2020 in UAE: Smith’s Rajasthan Royals go down to Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad – in pictures




IPL 2020 in UAE: Smith's Rajasthan Royals go down to Warner's Sunrisers Hyderabad – in pictures



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30 Rain-Related Deaths In Telangana, Including 15 In Hyderabad


Hyderabad:

Thirty people have died after heavy rains wrought havoc across Telangana today – leaving roads looking like rivers, cars completely submerged and carried along by powerful currents, and buildings almost entirely flooded.

As many as 15 deaths were reported from Hyderabad alone – among those a two-month-old baby – with water-logging in the city’s low-lying areas. Nine others died after a compound wall collapsed and fell on 10 houses during heavy overnight rain.

In horrifying visuals from the capital city’s Barkas neighbourhood a man was seen being swept away by the floods. Two people, who managed to find shelter on a nearby elevated path, could be seen watching helplessly as the man was dragged away by the current.

According to news agency PTI, the man was later safely rescued with help from police and locals.

In the Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad, a 49-year-old man who ran a naturopathy clinic was electrocuted trying to remove water from the basement of his flooded home.

Also according to PTI, a 40-year-old woman and her daughter died in the Ibrahimpatnam area after the roof of their house fell on them during Tuesday night.

At least five people have been reported missing and the police are searching for them.

Power outages were also reported across the state as the rain uprooted electricity poles. Power supply was suspended in other parts as a precaution.

Telangana Urban Development Minister, KT Rama Rao, held a meeting with the Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (TSSPDCL) and urged restoration of electricity supply as soon as possible.

The NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and Army have both been called in to help with relief and rescue efforts. The Army has deployed flood relief and rescue columns in the Bandlaguda area to provide first aid and medical help, a statement said.

Meanwhile, the NDRF said it had evacuated over 1,000 people from flooded areas in Hyderabad and Rangareddy districts.

The Telangana government declared a holiday for all government offices and private institutions for Wednesday and Thursday, and urged people to stay indoors unless there was an emergency.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, or KCR, and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Jaganmohan Reddy, whose state was similarly affected yesterday, assuring them of all possible support from the central government.



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Hyderabad Woman’s Narrow Escape As Building Collapses


The woman was walking past as the building collapsed around her

Hyderabad:

A woman in Hyderabad’s Moghalpura suburb came within inches of being buried alive today, after a decrepit building nearly collapsed on top of her as she was walking past.

In chilling visuals of the incident – sourced from a CCTV feed in the area – the woman, dressed in a black burqa, can be seen walking down the side of a busy road.

As she crosses a temple and proceeds about halfway past the building next door – a two-storey structure that appears abandoned and the facade of which is propped up with wooden sticks and dried palm leaves – it begins to crumble and then suddenly collapses.

In the seconds before the camera’s view is obstructed by plumes of smoke and debris, the woman can be seen jumping away from the falling building.

As the smoke clears, huge piles of bricks, concrete slabs and wooden window frames can be seen lying on the road, as passing vehicles pull up to survey the damage.

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Huge piles of debris were left on the road after the collapse

Hyderabad has seen heavy rainfall over the past few days. However, no rain has been recorded in the past 12 hours and the city is considered to be out of danger.

Earlier dramatic visuals of vehicles being swept away by strong currents in flooded areas of the city emerged. Many areas received over 20 cm of rainfall in the past 24 hours alone, news agency ANI reported quoting Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar.

Fifteen people, including a two-month-old, have died in rain-related incident in Hyderabad in last 24 hours. Nine people died after a compound wall collapsed and fell on 10 houses due to heavy rain late last night.

The rains were triggered by a deep depression over the west-central Bay of Bengal leading to heavy rains across several districts of Telangana, according to the weather department.

The depression over western parts of Telangana, the weather department has predicted, will move west northwestwards and gradually weaken into a well-marked, low-pressure area in the next 12 hours.



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Caught On Camera: Man Washed Away In Hyderabad As Locals Shout For Help


The incident took place in Barkas, near Falaknuma in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad:

A man is seen being swept away by the rampaging floodwater in a dramatic visual that has emerged from Hyderabad, one of the worst affected districts in Telangana that has been witnessing heavy rain for the last three days. It is not clear whether the man has been rescued.

In the dramatic video shot in Barkas, near Falaknuma, the man is seen being swept away by the strong currents of the rainwater as efforts are made to save him. The man tries to grab hold of a pole that comes in the path but fails as he is pushed by the strong currents. Two people standing at an elevated path are seen watching helplessly amid screams by locals who try to save the man.

Several areas in Hyderabad, which is among the 14 districts affected in Telangana, have received 20 cm rains in the last 24 hours.

Visuals of vehicles being swept away by strong currents of rainwater have also emerged.

Twelve people, including a two-month-old, have died in rain-related incident in Hyderabad in last 24 hours. Nine people died after a compound wall collapsed and fell on 10 houses due to heavy rain late last night.



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