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Hyderabad: Heavy rains continue to lash Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Sunday, leading to overflowing of rivulets and tanks in some parts and heavy inflows in Godavari river.

As the level of Godavari was rising at Dhowaleswaram barrage near Rajahmundry in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, authorities opened gates to let over 2.73 lakh cusecs of water into Bay of Bengal.

Heavy rains in upstream areas including in Khammam district of Telangana brought heavy inflows into the river, inundating villages along the river in East Godavari district.

The river’s level at Bhadrachalam in Khammam district rose to 29 feet. Many rivulets, streams and tanks in the district were overflowing as rains continued for a fifth consecutive day.

Heavy downpour in upstream Chhattisgarh led to flood situation at Taliperu reservoir across Taliperu river, a tributary of Godavari river in Khammam district. Officials opened 22 gates of the project to let one lakh cusecs of water downstream.

Flood water cut off road link to several villages. Rains also lashed Adilabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana.

Heavy rains were also lashing parts of coastal Andhra and Telangana as south west monsoon is vigorous in both the states, said Hyderabad Meteorological Centre.

Meanwhile, the depression over northwest and adjoining west central Bay Of Bengal off North Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coast moved nortwestwards and crossed south Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Puri. The system will move northwestwards and weaken gradually into a well marked low pressure area during next 24 hours.

The met office warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in north coastal Andhra and Telangana during next three days. It forecast strong wind with speed reaching 45-55 km per hour. Fishermen hav been advised not to venture into the sea.

The highest rainfall of 20 cm was recorded in Ichchapuram in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradsh.

Eturnagaram and Shayampet in Warangal district of Telangana received 18 cm rainfall each. Several places in Khammam recorded 15 to 17 cm rainfall. (IANS)

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Telangana To Declare 2020 as The Year of Artificial Intelligence: Report

This was announced by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during a meeting with NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh

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The IT minister said the state government was happy to collaborate with NASSCOM in bridging the skill gap in the emerging tech sectors to bring Artificial Intellegence. Pixabay

The Telangana government will declare 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote its use in various sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare.

This was announced by Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao during a meeting with NASSCOM President Debjani Ghosh here on Friday.

The minister announced that the government would organise a series of events throughout the year centred around the AI theme.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, highlighted the various initiatives taken by the state government in the areas of emerging technologies.

“Telangana government is continuing to attract investors from marquee companies which are setting up their R&D and technology development centres in emerging technologies such as IoT, AI, machine learning, cyber security and blockchain,” KTR said.

The IT minister said the state government was happy to collaborate with NASSCOM in bridging the skill gap in the emerging tech sectors.

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The Telangana government will declare 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to promote its use in various sectors such as agriculture, urban transportation and healthcare. Pixabay

Ghosh said that NASSCOM would be delighted to collaborate with government of Telangana in launching AI applications in various sectors and also creating an ecosystem for startups to implement these AI applications.

Ghosh informed that NASSCOM is proactively preparing a list of new job roles getting created in the emerging technology space. She said that NASSCOM would also be interested in partnering with the Telangana government on the open data initiative and also in skilling youngsters in data sciences.

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Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Director, Emerging Technologies, Rama Devi, and Director, Digital Media, Dileep Konatham were also present in the meeting. (IANS)