KTR wants city as part of new defence corridor

IT, industries, mines and municipal administration minister K T Rama Rao on Thursday met Union defence ministerNirmala Sitharaman and requested her to include Hyderabad in the defence industrial production corridor, which was announced recently by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
While presenting the budget, Jaitley had announced that two corridors would be developed for defence production, both in the public as well as the private sector. It may be mentioned that in the public sector, a lot of defence production takes place in Hyderabad. A number of private firms are also associated with this. If Hyderabad is added in the defence industrial production corridors, more private sector manufacturing companies will get involved.

A few days after Jaitley’s budget announcement, Sitharaman said the first corridor would link Chennai, Bengaluru and Coimbatore. Since a second corridor is yet to be announced, K T Rama Rao pitched for Hyderabad to be included in it.

On his visit to New Delhi, Rama Rao, accompanied by TRS MPs, also met Union minister of environment Harsh Vardhan and requested him to expedite the process of environmental clearance for Hyderabad Pharma City. KTR described the project as being of ‘national importance’.

 Proposed by the state government, the Hyderabad Pharma City is to come up on 19,331 acres in Ranga Reddy district. An environmental hearing for the project was also held. A green signal from the Union ministry of environment and forests is needed for the 64,000 crore project. Land has already been acquired from farmers in most of the villagers.

Meeting Union minister for mines Narendra Singh Tomar, KTR invited him for the mining conference to be held in the city on Feb 14. The Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), with the support of state government, are jointly organizing ‘Mining Today 2018-International Conference-cum-Exhibition’ at HITEX Exhibition Centre from Feb 14-17.

The conference is being organised to bring together mining entrepreneurs and provide them exposure to latest technology. According to the organisers, mining is one of the core sectors that drives growth of an economy and acts as a catalyst for growth of other core industries like power, steel, cement, aerospace and defence.

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Widening of Uppal road likely in May

The long pending project of Uppal-Narapally corridor which will decongest the Warangal highway in the east zone is yet to be realised.  There are about 250 properties that are needed to be acquired for the four-lane elevated corridor. Nearly 150 consent letters were given by land and building owners and this was notified to IT minister Mr K.T. Rama Rao. “There were changes made to the proposal in the past two years and the land acquisition was not taken up on a war footing. Currently property assessment and cheques have to be disbursed for speedy acquisition. The Center is keen on this proposal and the tenders will open within a fortnight,” said Mr N.V.S.S Prabhakar, Uppal MLA who recently met Union minister Mr Nitin Gadkari and submitted a representation for the elevated corridor.

A request has been put up for deputing a special officer to execute this humongous project of Rs 960 crore.  An officer is yet to be deputed to ascertain the land acquisition by assessing the properties and identifying the extent of land required. “The project is like to take off earliest in the month of May, even if the tenders are floated in first week of March. This project is likely to be completed within one year, after starting,” said Mr Prabhakar.

Meanwhile, real estate developers believe that realization of this project will further increase the residential activity in this zone.  Mr. S Ram Reddy, President of CREDAI said, “The elevated corridor will certainly boost the realty in the East side wherein affordable housing is available. With metro rail picking up and MMTS phase2, the land rates are reasonable for mid-level buyers.”                                                                Source: Deccan Chronicle

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GE, Tata Group to build aero-engine component centre in Hyderabad

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American multinational GE and Tata Group on Monday launched work to build a world-class structural Centre of Excellence (COE) focused on aero-engine components here.

The facility, coming up in Aerospace Park at Adibatla on the city’s outskirts, will incorporate the latest technologies from GE and best manufacturing practices to deliver complex high-precision aero-engine components to the world’s fastest-selling jet engine, the CFM LEAP engine.

This is part of the strategic partnership signed in November between GE Aviation and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) to join forces for manufacturing, assembling, integration and testing of aircraft components, said a statement from AGE.

“Tata Group’s partnership with GE will boost the domestic manufacturing expertise and enhance the capabilities of the group in the global aerospace industry. We look forward to developing a resilient ecosystem through this collaboration that will help both companies to strengthen manufacturing expertise in the country,” said Banmali Agrawala, President, Infrastructure and Defence & Aerospace, Tata Sons.

“The collaboration between the two companies will deliver results for India’s aerospace and defence industry which will be unmatched”, said Vishal Wanchoo, President and CEO for GE South Asia.

“Through our technology centres in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, GE has developed high-tech research capabilities in India. Combining GE’s R&D capability with state of the art manufacturing within Tata’s new facility in Hyderabad is a significant step forward in building indigenous capability for the Indian aerospace industry,” he added.                  Source: The News Minute

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Hyderabad to have Rain Water Harvesting park soon

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Telangana Minister for Municipal Administration K T Rama Rao on Monday instructed the HMWSSB ( Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board) officials to create a novel Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) Park in Hyderabad.

All Urban local bodies should implement RWH in a mission mode, Mr Rao said at a review meeting held on ‘Jalam Jeevam’ initiative here attended by officials from HMWSSB, GHMC, HMDA, CDMA, and representatives from NGOs.

The Jalam Jeevam initiative is intended at conserving and harvesting rain water.

Addressing the Meeting, the Minister said providing clean drinking water to every citizen of the state is a priority to the state government and added that under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, the state government had already made substantial progress in clearing water shortage in Hyderabad.

Announcing a series of steps to improve ground water levels in the city, include construction of new RWH pits in all government offices in Hyderabad, the Minister said that all commercial establishments like banks, function halls, hospitals, hotels, industrial and IT Parks also to have RWHs.

The Minister said that the proposed RWH Park will have various structures on display.

It will also have a auditorium to showcase RWH structures and screen educational films.

Mr Rao said that the proposed RWH Park will serve as a great resource to educate and train school and college students.

The Minister also instructed CDMA (Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration) Ms Sridevi to
implement similar RWH structures in all the Urban Local Bodies of the state.   (UNI)  Source: Munsif

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World’s first robot citizen to be guest speaker at Hyderabad IT Congress

Sophia will be a guest speaker at three-day global event starting on February 19
Sophia will be a guest speaker at three-day global event starting on February 19  Image Source: The Hindu

An unlikely guest speaker will share the dais with national and international leaders at the World Congress on Information Technology, 2018 (WCIT-2018), yet another global event that the city is set to host from February 19 to 21.

The guest to address the congregation alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sri Lankan premier Ranil Wickramasinghe, Canadian minister of Innovation, Science, Economic Development Navdeep Bains, Indian IT Minister Ravishankar Prasad, and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, is none other than Sophia, the first humanoid robot to be granted citizenship of any country.

She has been prominently featured among speakers on the web page of the NASSCOM’s WCIT-Nasscom India Leadership Forum 2018, and is scheduled to speak on February 20, in the morning session.

NASSCOM is partnering with the State government for the event.

Already popular for the sophisticated use of Artificial Intelligence in the making of her, Sophia also boasts of looks like Hollywood celebrity Audrey Hepburn.

She is the work of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics in 2015, manufactured to be media-savvy with exceptional conversational skills.

In 2017, the robot was granted Saudi Arabian citizenship, and made the United Nations Development Programme’s Innovation Champion for Asia and the Pacific.

Equipped with face and voice recognition, and visual data processing features, Sophia can not only answer simple questions on predetermined topics, but also has the inherent capabilities to process the interactions, and progressively improve on her conversational skills.

Endowed with 62 kinds of human-like expressions/emotions, she has also been given the gift of mobility at the start of this year. Albeit her maiden visit to the city, this is by no means Sophia’s first to the country. She had earlier made a sari-clad appearance at IIT-Bombay’s annual techfest in December last years, where she called for collaborative coexistence between humans and robots.                                                         Source: The Hindu


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Iran President Dr. Hassan Rouhani to visit Hyderabad

 Iran President Dr. Hassan Rouhani
Iran President Dr. Hassan Rouhani                                                                          Image Source:ANI

Iran President Dr. Hassan Rouhani will visit Hyderabadon Thursday, the Consulate of Iran said in a statement on Tuesday.

Rouhani will address the Muslim congregation at Makkah Masjid, after performing the Friday prayers at the historic mosque. Religious scholars from different schools of thoughts will also participate in the session.

This is the second time that the Rouhani will be visiting Hyderabad, and the first visit after assuming charge as the President in 2013.

The Iran President holds a doctorate in Constitutional Law (with the thesis titled- Flexibility of Shariah and Islamic Law) from Glasgow’s Caledonian University in the United Kingdom.

He is considered an authority on law and has published over 100 books and scientific papers on subjects including National Security, Nuclear Diplomacy, Economic System, Islamic Political Thought, Islamic Revolution, Environment and Islamic Legislative Power among others.

It is pertinent to mention that the architect of Hyderabad, Mir Momin, was an Iranian national and the magnificent Charminar is a replica of Hazrath Imam Raza shrine in Mashhad, Iran.               Source: (ANI)

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