QHyderabad: Chilkur Balaji Temple Supports ‘Save Sabarimala’, More

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The Chilkur Balaji Temple Trustees said devotees would be lighting a lamp each at the temple on January 5.
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1. Chilkur Balaji Temple Supports ‘Save Sabarimala’ Protests

Chilkur Balaji temple has extended solidarity to the ongoing ‘Save Sabarimala’ protest by Hindus in the city against the Kerala government for allowing the entry of women into Sabarimala temple. The Chilkur Balaji Temple Trustees said devotees would be lighting a lamp each at the temple on January 5 as a mark of protest.

Temples’ Protection Movement convener M V Soundararajan said it was time for Lord Ayyappa’s devotees to demand that the Centre ensure that Hindu deities were recognised as “citizens” so that no government or court can ignore the right of deities.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Alprazolam Worth Rs 2.4 Cr Seized

The duo were arrested and the substance along with the car used for transportation was also seized.
The duo were arrested and the substance along with the car used for transportation was also seized.
(Photo Courtesy: Sheffield Cork Capital)

The  Hyderabad unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) busted a major interstate drug racket and seized huge quantities of alprazolam, a psychotropic substance, in  Kamareddy district.   The value of the seized alprazolam in the grey market would be around Rs 2.40 crore, officials said. Alprazolam, weighing 40 kg, was being smuggled to Hyderabad from Gujarat. This is the first alprazolam seizure in Telangana for over a year. Alprazolam is prescribed to people suffering with anxiety and panic disorders.

Based on specific intelligence, DRI sleuths intercepted a vehicle on the Nagpur-Hyderabad highway in Kamareddy district on Wednesday midnight and after searching found alprazolam packed in two bags hidden in the boot of a Volkswagen Polo car. The driver of the vehicle and another person accompanying him were arrested. It is suspected that they would convert the substance into small quantities and sell to local drug dealers and peddlers.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Telangana’s ‘Villages of Widows’

Hundreds of women from Mahbubnagar’s villages lost their husbands to silicosis, an occupational hazard that could have been prevented if safety protocols had been followed.
Hundreds of women from Mahbubnagar’s villages lost their husbands to silicosis, an occupational hazard that could have been prevented if safety protocols had been followed.
(Photo: Indiaspend.com)

Silicosis, an incurable disease, remained shrouded in mystery for a long time due to misdiagnosis and the delayed manifestation of symptoms. The locals called it “guttala bimari”, or “the disease from the hills”. The APMDC, now known as the Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation (TSMDC), ran the mines from 1965 to 1974, and then shut them down abruptly when they saw that the workers were succumbing en masse to silicosis.

But until the shutdown, whenever a worker fell sick, he was simply told that his cough was a temporary phenomenon and that he would get better. The workers were not told that they were victims of silicosis. Instead of being given proper medical treatment, they were given pieces of jaggery as some kind of an antidote.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Model Code of Conduct for Panchayat Polls May Delay GHMC Budget

Doubts are also being raised if GHMC would get the budget approved even in February.
Doubts are also being raised if GHMC would get the budget approved even in February.
(Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

With Telangana State Election Commission announcing three-phase polls for Gram Panchayats on January 21, 25 and 30 and Model Code of Conduct (MCC)  in force till the election process is completed, there is uncertainty over the approval for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) budget for the year 2019-20.

As per the GHMC Act, the draft annual budget prepared by the GHMC officials has to be approved by the GHMC Standing Committee as well as the GHMC General Body by making the required changes in the draft budget before January 10 every year. After getting approval from GHMC Council, it has to be sent to the State government for ratification. But this time there would be an inordinate delay in getting the draft budget approved because of the ensuing panchayat polls as the GHMC covers Rangareddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri and Sangareddy districts where polls would be held for gram panchayats.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Low Water Levels to Impact Yasangi

Representational image. No water for rabi under Jurala and other dependent irrigation systems.
Representational image. No water for rabi under Jurala and other dependent irrigation systems.
(Photo: PTI)

The impact of uneven distribution of rains during the south-west monsoon period, inadequate inflows into a few major projects such as Singur and Nizamsagar and insufficient water in Jurala reservoir is expected to keep the cultivation of rabi (Yasangi) crops in the State below normal.

Although the State government has not announced crop holiday officially under any major project, the Irrigation Department authorities have decided against release of water for rabi crops under Jurala, Singur and Nizamsagar projects. They have appealed to the farming community in the ayacut to “cooperate” stating that the water available is required for drinking needs till July-end. Besides, there are no chances of giving water to the about 2.7 lakh acres ayacut under Singur and Nizamsagar projects since the water available is not enough even for drinking needs.

(Source: The Hindu)

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