QHyderabad: Fraudsters Dupe 500 Youth, Net Rs 2 Cr, And More
1. Fraudsters Promise Jobs to Youth, Net Rs 2 Crore
The Madhapur police on Thursday registered a case against a private firm in Hi-tech City for duping over 500 job aspirants of Rs 2 crore. According to the police, the fraudulent company KPTS Pvt Ltd promised jobs to unemployed youth, mostly from engineering background, and collected huge amounts of money from them.
Further, the owners of the company — who are at large — failed to keep their promise, following which the victims approached the police. Based on the complaint lodged by an youngster from Pullalguda here, Madhapur police registered a case and probe is on. Moreover, police launched a manhunt to nab the accused. “The total amount collected from the aspirants is said to be around Rs 2 crore and an investigation is on to find out the involvement of more persons in connection with the fraud,” police said.
(Source: The Hindu)
2. Parents Demand Change in School Timings
With cold wave sweeping the State for the past three days and the IMD issuing a severe cold wave warning for the next two days, parents of students in the city are demanding change in the school timings. The severe cold wave has raised concerns among the parents, especially those of pre-primary and primary classes. With the district administration mum on any plans to change the school timings, several parents in the city are apprehensive in sending their wards to schools as morning temperatures are continuously falling.
B Venkatanarsamma, District Education Officer, Hyderabad, said that there are no plans at present to change the school timings or even declare a holiday due to cold weather. Parents, however, are worried. G Sujata, who has two children, aged five and seven, says children find it difficult to wake up so early due to the cold. “At 6 am when children get up it is still dark and very cold too. The administration and government should change the timings. So many children are down with fever or cold and cough,” she said.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
3. Many Enter Kite Trade, A Risk Free Venture
The street between Purana Pul and Mangalhat in the old city is awash with multi-coloured kites, balls of coloured thread and other paraphernalia needed for flying kites. As Sankranti draws closer, the hub of kite trade in the city is a noisy hubhub. “There are more shops now than ever before,” says Manoj Singh of Balaji Patang, one of the oldest and biggest kite shops in the city. And thereby hangs a tale.
Three years after the crackdown that shut the industry that manufactured bootleg liquor known as gudumba , many of the men involved in the trade shifted to kite business. The result: a sharp surge in the number of shops that sell kites in the area. “I quit the gudumba industry as there was too much pressure from the police. The risk was high. This is much better, though the margins are lower. The profit margin is just 10% in the kite business, but there is no pressure except for the occasional raid for Chinese manja,” says Dharam Singh, a reformed bootlegger who switched to selling kites and idols three years ago.
(Source: The Hindu)
4. Telangana HC Reserves Verdict in Prabhas’ Case
Finding fault with the inattentive nature of the revenue authorities in the protection of government lands in the city and Ranga Reddy districts, the Telangana High Court asked state government to find a solution to deal with the highly litigant Paigah lands, which are occupied by commoners.
A division bench comprising Justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice P Kesava Rao, while dealing with the petition of film actor Prabhas on the interference of revenue authorities in his guest house at Pan Maktha in Raidurgam, the bench reserved judgement after the completion of arguments from Prabhas and the revenue authorities.
(Source: Deccan Chronicle)
5. City Remains Inhospitable For Destitutes
Failing to complete construction of shelter homes for the urban homeless as per schedule, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is now wringing its hands trying to figure out where to accommodate the city’s destitute persons.
GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore had issued instructions recently for identifying empty government buildings such as community halls and model markets, and shift the homeless there. The corporation has also flitted through a hurried one-day survey on Thursday in order to identify the homeless in the GHMC area, and came up with a figure of 1,152 in all the 30 circles. Of them, 766 were men and 325 women, besides 46 children and 15 senior citizens.
(Source: The Hindu)