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Telangana CM sanctions Rs 35 lakh to a woman to fulfill her dream of becoming Pilot

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By NewsGram Staff writer

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today sanctioned Rs. 35.5 lakh to Syeda Salva Fatima so that financial difficulty does not become a hindrance in her long cherished dream of becoming a full-fledged commercial pilot.

Ms Fatima, a graduate from Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, is the first Muslim woman from the old city in Hyderabad to pursue the course, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.

She has received the financial support to undergo Multi Engine Rating and Type Rating Training Course for pilots.

Rao today gave her a letter sanctioning the financial support. “With this money, Ms Fatima will become a full-fledged commercial pilot after completion of the training. Ms Fatima has thanked the Chief Minister for the help,” it said.

Earlier, MLC Farooq Hussain and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi had requested the government to consider Ms Fatima’s request.

‘As such, the income of the family is very low and they cannot afford the huge fees and requested the government for financial support. The financial assistance would be released to Telangana State Aviation Academy when the applicant takes admission there,’ it said.

The sanction letter is based on verification of details of the applicant by minorities’ welfare director, who mentioned in his report that her father works in a bakery and her husband is an employee in a private company.

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Microsoft Unveils e-commerce Portal For Telangana’s Handloom Weavers

Weavers are trained in the use of natural dyes to enable them to make newer and sustainable handwoven products to meet the demands of the socially and environmentally aware consumer

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Microsoft launches e-commerce portal for Telangana's handloom weavers. Pixabay

In a bid to empower handloom weavers in Telangana, Microsoft India on Saturday announced the launch of a new e-commerce portal that will help the weavers optimise operations and engage better with customers.

The “re-weave.in” will host signature collections created by the weaver communities, and showcase traditional designs and products created from natural dyes.

“With the introduction of our new e-commerce platform, digital empowerment centres and the new design curriculum, the weavers will be able to build on the rich handloom heritage of India and also reach out to a wider customer base,” Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) said in a statement.

This e-market place would help sell to a broad set of customers, which would support the weavers by increasing their income and earning a sustainable livelihood while simultaneously reviving traditional but forgotten Indian art.

Microsoft also partnered with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to curate a special curriculum in ‘CAD and Colour for Handloom Weaving’ to provide digital training in handloom design.

The tech giant has also been steadily expanding digital empowerment centres to more weaver clusters in the state.

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“ReWeave ties very well into Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation in the communities we work in by using Project Sangam — our Azure based technology solution and expertise to democratise opportunities and bridge the digital divide,” Bhansali said.

The first batch of 100 handloom weavers at NIFT have been awarded certificates for successful design course completion.

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“These initiatives like e-commerce marketplace and design training will enable weaver communities to sustain themselves and provide livelihood to artisans,” said Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & IT, Telangana.

“This also is a practical solution to motivate younger generation of weavers to continue with their traditions and not divert into other professions,” Ranjan said.

Project ReWeave also aims to help the weavers with working capital support through non-profit organisations.

Weavers are trained in the use of natural dyes to enable them to make newer and sustainable handwoven products to meet the demands of the socially and environmentally aware consumer.  (IANS)