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Nationwide strike brings banking, transport services to a halt in Telangana & Andhra

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Deserted streets during Bharat Bandh
Deserted streets during Bharat Bandh

Hyderabad: The transport and banking sectors were affected  in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh as a nationwide strike called by trade unions came into effect on Wednesday.

Auto-rickshaws in Hyderabad and other towns in the two states were also off the roads. Truck owners and drivers also joined the strike at few places. Petrol bunks were shut at few places due to the strike.

Commuters were stranded at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS), Jubliee Bus Station in Hyderabad and Secunderabad as majority of long-distance buses were cancelled.

Activists of the left parties and trade unions staged protest at RTC bus depots in all 10 districts of Telangana and 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. Bus stations in most of the towns wore a deserted look as majority of 18,000 buses in the two states went off the roads.

In Kurnool town of Andhra Pradesh, protest by RTC employees led to tension at the bus station. Striking employees tried to stop buses being operated with the help of contract staff.

Banking services were also paralysed in the two states. Public sector banks were closed in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana and all cities and towns in Andhra as employees joined the strike.

Coal production in state-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in Telangana was also affected. Employees in SCCL mines in three districts joined the strike. Officials said 45,000 tonnes of coal production will be impacted, causing a loss of Rs.9 crore to the company.

Employees of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, HPCL, Ship Yard and other public sector undertakings also joined the strike.

(With inputs from 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)

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The Mayors Announce Their Support For Climate Change Strike

The Mayors of Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen on Friday announced their support for the global climate strike

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We have an opportunity to show, not only that we hear their message, but that they have inspired us to act even faster. Pixabay

The Mayors of Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen on Friday announced their support for the global climate strike.

“Today, September 20th, these inspiring young leaders have called for adults to join them for a global climate strike. We have an opportunity to show, not only that we hear their message, but that they have inspired us to act even faster,” they said in a joint statement.

“As mayors, our greatest responsibility is to protect the lives and wellbeing of those that live in our cities. As adults, our obligation is to leave the world in a better state for our children than we inherited it,” they said.

“That is why we are supporting the global climate strike. Mayors around the world, working through C40 Cities, are committed to deliver on the Paris Agreement and taking action to peak their emissions as our cities already have and bring them down sharply by 2030.

“Many businesses, investors, labour groups, faith leaders and local communities share our urgency…Young people are telling us that the climate emergency demands an emergency response. We couldn’t agree more,” the Mayors added.

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C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Pixabay

They are the Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo; Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio; Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti; and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen.

Following next week’s UN Climate Action Summit, these four leaders will be among 70 plus Mayors committing to more ambitious climate action at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen on October 9-12.

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C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. (IANS)

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Villagers in Andhra Pradesh To Take Governance to People’s Doorstep

Villagers to take governance to people's doorstep

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Villagers who become the volunteers will act as a bridge between the government and the people. IANS

On the occasion of Independence Day, the Andhra Pradesh government launched a village volunteers initiative for taking governance to the doorsteps of people by involving over 2.8 lakh village volunteers.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced the launch of the flagship programme at the main official function here to mark Independence Day.

Reddy, who later addressed the village volunteers at another event, said the programme was launched as the villages are backward even after 73 years of achieving independence.

Addressing the gathering after unfurling the national flag, he said the initiative was aimed at ensuring that the fruits of development reach those living in villages.

Under the initiative, the volunteers will act as a bridge between the government and the people. Another 2.66 lakh jobs will be provided by appointing permanent employees in village secretariats to be launched from October 2.

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CM said that the initiative was aimed at ensuring that the fruits of development reach those living in villages. Instagram

Village secretariats would be set up in each village to deliver governance to people in 72 hours. The scheme involves provision of one volunteer to cover 50 families in each village. Identity cards would be given to the volunteers and they would be paid an honorarium of Rs 5,000 per month.

The volunteers would first identify the beneficiaries, get to know their problems and, thereafter, delineate the appropriate schemes being provided for them by the government.

The Chief Minister said that the schemes would be able to reach the poorest of the poor and make all the villages self-sufficient.

Reddy also said the volunteers would turn out to be leaders once they complete their term. A toll-free telephone number 1902 would be set up at a call centre in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) to receive the grievances of the people.

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Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced the launch of the flagship programme. Pexel

He said that his government has taken many path-breaking decisions and will resolutely stick to its stand, brushing aside the insipid criticism of detractors.

He defended the legislations that were recently enacted to provide reservation for jobs to locals and reverse tendering.

In his hour-long address, he listed out the path-breaking welfare schemes and legislations that his government has undertaken during last two-and-a-half months.

The Chief Minister said the ‘Navaratnas’ delineated by him in the party manifesto were prepared after he understood the problems of the people during his 3,648 km ‘padayatra’ (march) throughout the state.

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Besides, the YSR Rythu Bharosa scheme would be started from October 15 under which electricity would be provided to farmers free of cost and each farmer would get Rs 12,500 per year for the next four years, he added.

Speaking about the Amma Vodi scheme, which would be launched on January 26 next year, the Chief Minister said all mothers would be given Rs 15,000 per year so that they can educate their children without any hassles. (IANS)