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Farmer Suicides: Telangana hikes compensation to Rs 6 lakh

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Hyderabad: After a five-hour cabinet meeting that discussed farmer suicide deaths and agriculture crisis in the Telangana districts, the Telangana government decided to hike compensation for farmer suicide deaths from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

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Deputy chief minister Kadiam Srihari announced that the hiked compensation would be effective from September 19. This is likely to become controversial as those families where farmers killed themselves before September 19 will get only Rs 1.5 lakh as compensation.

Besides, critics are asking if the government is expecting more farmers to kill themselves instead of reaching out to them and stopping them from taking the extreme step.

”We appeal to farmers with folded hands to face the situation bravely, and assure that the government will stand by you,” the deputy chief minister, agriculture minister and home minister said in a joint press conference after the cabinet meeting.

So if earlier compensation to family was one lakh rupees for creating livelihood, now that is five lakh rupees. And earlier, Rs 50,000 was for one-time settlement of all outstanding loans, that has now been increased to one lakh rupees.

The government said a decision on declaring districts or mandals as drought-hit would be taken after September 30.  In a welcome move, the government also announced that 1,000 new agriculture officers will be appointed to observe and offer advice for every 2000 hectares of farm land.

According to the government, 430 farmer suicide deaths have been reported in the last one year of which 141 have been found eligible for compensation in accordance with the government’s criteria.

Opposition parties have claimed at least 1200 farmers have killed themselves in the same period.

(With inputs from NDTV)

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Five Students from Telangana Selected for the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and was first held in in 1994

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Hyderabad, October 12, 2017 : A team of five students from an engineering college in Telangana has been selected for the prestigious NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

The team from SR Engineering College, Warangal, will participate in the fifth annual challenge to be held on April 12-14, 2018, in Huntsville, Alabama, US.

It is one of the four teams from India short-listed to compete in the challenge. Students from 23 countries are participating in the challenge to create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated surface of moon.

The team, which will prepare a moon buggy design, report and submit their idea, will be led by faculty Manoj Chaudhary. It includes P. Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P.Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy Aand Venishetty Sneha, said a statement.

Congratulating the students, SR Engineering College Secretary A.Madhukar Reddy said it was a great opportunity to design, build, and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a wide variety of environments.

The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge began as the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race and was first held in in 1994, 25 years after the first manned Apollo landing on the moon.

The challenge now focuses on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s current plans to explore planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

During its 20-year run, the Great Moonbuggy Race engaged more than 10,000 students and demonstrated that these budding scientists and engineers were capable of complex work. (IANS)

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IAF trainer aircraft crashes in Telangana

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New Delhi, Sep 28: IAF’s intermediate trainer aircraft- Kiran, crashed in Telangana on Thursday morning, but the pilot and another person on board ejected out safely.

The aircraft got airborne from Hakimpet Air Force base on Thursday morning for a routine training sortie and crashed around 11.45 a.m.

The aircraft was being flown by a trainee pilot.

IAF sources added that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to look into the cause of the accident.

According to police, the aircraft caught fire and was gutted after the crash near Ankireddypalli village in Keesara ‘mandal’ (block) of Medchal district.

Minutes after taking off from Hakimpet Air Force Station, the aircraft developed some technical snag and crashed in the fields.

Eye-witnesses said they heard a huge thud and soon flames engulfed the aircraft.

The pilot and another person accompanying him ejected out with parachutes before the crash, police said.(IANS)

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Telangana Minister suggests Central Government to establish a Centralised data bank on Migrants in the Gulf region

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Hyderabad May 8, 2017: Telangana’s Minister for NRI Affairs K.T. Rao on Monday suggested the Centre establish a centralised data bank on migrants in the Gulf region.

Rao made the suggestion at a meeting called by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on issues related to Gulf migrants in New Delhi.

He said all states should have access to the centralised data to identify who all were moving to the countries in the Gulf.

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An official statement said the Minister also sought appointment of translators of Telugu language at all embassy offices in the Gulf countries.

Rao also urged the central government to come up with a specific policy for legal assistance to migrants by recruiting Indian-origin lawyers abroad. He also suggested an agreement with all Gulf nations to allow Indian migrant prisoners to complete their respective sentences in Indian jails.

As a few companies are unlawfully taking away passport of Indian migrants, Rao urged Sushma Swaraj to raise this human rights violation issue with authorities concerned.

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He also urged the MEA to form a Group of Ministers (GoM) to discuss and emulate the best practices among states regarding issuance of passports, as well as welfare activities for the Gulf migrants.

Sushma Swaraj assured him on the GoM, which will meet once in three months to discuss the migrants’ issues.

The meeting was attended by two central ministers and ambassadors from Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain. (IANS)