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Hyderabad: Highlighting the desperation of debt ridden farmers in Telangana, a debt-hit farmer climbed a cell phone tower in front of the Telangana assembly here and threatened to jump down even as the legislature discussed the issue of farmers’ suicides.

The farmer from Warangal district climbed the cell phone tower across the road from the assembly building in the heart of city, causing a flutter in the high security zone.

Senior police officials rushed to the scene and tried to persuade him to get down.

Samaiah, the farmer, contacted some television channels and told them that he would jump to death as he was running into huge debts due to crop failure. He also carried a bottle of pesticide with him.

A few minutes before the assembly adjourned for the day after a heated debate on the issue of farmers’ suicides, Samaiah took everyone by surprise by climbing up the cell phone tower around 1:30 PM.

Two farmers have ended their lives in Hyderabad this month, bringing into focus the plight of farming community in Telangana, the state with second highest farmer suicide deaths after Maharashtra.

Mallesh, a 58-year-old farmer from Medak district, had committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Balamrai in Begumpet on September 20.

Earlier on September 9, B. Limbiah, 47, of Nizamabad district hanged himself from a pole in Lower Tank Bund area. His son was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad and he had no money to pay for his treatment.

Meanwhile, suicides continued unabated in the newly created state with three more farmers ending their lives on Tuesday in Ranga Reddy district, near here. They included a couple. All the three consumed pesticides in their fields due to mounting debts and crop failure because of poor rainfall this monsoon.

The state government has put at 430 the number of farmers who committed suicides since June 2014, when the new state came into existence.

The opposition parties, however, claim that 1,400 farmers ended their lives during the period.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 898 farmers committed suicides in Telangana during 2014. It was the second highest number in the country after Maharashtra, which reported 2,568 farmer suicide deaths.

Here is the video (courtesy: 10TV):

 

(With inputs from IANS)

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Telangana Becomes First Indian State to Enable Commercial Drone Deliveries

"The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites," said Jayesh Ranjan

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Telangana has sought the civil aviation regulator’s certification for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations to become the first Indian state to enable commercial drone deliveries, an official said on Thursday.

The state government, along with private drone industry players Terra Drone India, Zipline, and Marut Drones, have submitted a proposal to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

According to the state Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department, Telangana wants to achieve the status of ‘BVLOS Compliant’ geography, becoming the first Indian state to support commercial drone deliveries.

Principal Secretary, Industries, Commerce, and ITE&C, Jayesh Ranjan believes that BVLOS operations, if conducted within a regulated framework of safety in consultation with law enforcement agencies, will be crucial to tap into the true potential of drone technologies.

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“The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens,” he said. VOA

“The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens,” he said.

BVLOS flights will be able to bridge the urban and rural technological divide. The widespread adoption of BVLOS drone operations is also expected to revolutionize industries like oil and gas, utilities, and insurance with highly geo-accurate aerial data.

Medical product delivery company Zipline, in partnership with the state government, plans to use BVLOS drone flights for emergencies like delivery of blood and critical medicines to remote primary healthcare centres. The initiative will be first-of-its-kind in India, as well as in the Asia Pacific region.

The ITE&C Department has facilitated several pilot projects for drones in the past, including the use of drones for precision agriculture, agricultural spraying, volumetric analysis of mines, and flood modeling.

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The widespread adoption of BVLOS drone operations is also expected to revolutionize industries like oil and gas, utilities, and insurance with highly geo-accurate aerial data. Wikimedia Commons

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The department is also in the final stages of conceptualizing a ‘Telangana Drone City’, wherein an entire ecosystem will be developed only for the support of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technologies. “The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites,” said Jayesh Ranjan.

“The Government of Telangana has a leader-board position in the promotion of Fifth Generation technologies. The vision of Jayesh Ranjan is to ensure that India and the region do not lose out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This has resulted in a slew of comprehensive policy and industry support initiatives like the one being undertaken for BVLOS projects,” said Wing Cdr Polu Sreedhar, COO, Terra Drone India. (IANS)