Prostitution racket busted in Cyberabad massage parlours

The Special Operation Team of Cyberabad busted a prostitution racket in 12 massage parlours and spas in Hyderabad on August 19. Approximately 65 women have been rescued in this operation, out of which 34 are from Thailand and 21 from North-eastern states.

The 12 places raided were all in the prime IT area-Gachibowli and Madhapur, and some of them were in posh commercial areas. According to the Indian Express, a police official said, “We found that these centers have been indulging in women trafficking by procuring girls from Thailand, Northeastern states and some local girls. They were virtually running brothel houses under the guise of massage or spa parlours.”

The Cyberabad police arrested the owner of Tripad Venus and Healing Services Pvt Ltd, Dasari Sidhartha, who operated these parlours. His business partners Venkatareddy and Balasubramanyam have been absconding. Sidhartha, along with agents in Bangkok and Mumbai duped several women under the false pretence of offering jobs in massage centres on monthly payment; and would confiscate their passport once the women reached Hyderabad. The accused earned 90 lakhs per month from these massage parlours.

Police also stated that the parlours allowed cross gender massage which is illegal. As per the law, only male masseurs can attend male customers and vice-a-versa. In addition to this, it was found out that the spas broke the norms including transparent glass doors, CCTV cameras and maintaining registers for recording customer preferences.

Meanwhile, the rescued women will be shifted to protection home.

Sources: Indian Express, Hindu

3 year-old Hyderabad girl cries tears of blood

A three-year-old girl from Hyderabad is suffering from a strange medical condition which causes her to bleed not only from the nose but also from ears, eyes and other parts of the body.

It was 16 months ago when Ahana Afsal started bleeding from her nose but doctors at that time said she only had a high fever.

“When she was one year old she started bleeding from her nose. But doctors told me at that point in time that she was suffering from Pneumonia. The doctors did not answer when I asked if she will ever be completely fine” Afzal said to ANI.

Dr. Sirisha who is treating Ahana said to ANI that she is suffering from a rare condition called Hematidrosis. She added that she had to be admitted to the hospital many times and undergo multiple transfusions.  “The disease affects one’s physical health badly. Ahana is not permanently cured yet but the process is going on”, she said. 

Ahana’s father also said he will approach the government so that they support his daughter’s treatment.

Hematidrosis is a condition in which the patients bleed from various parts of their body. This causes due to the rupturing of the capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands. Even though the condition is not fatal but it needs serious medical treatment. 

Sources: Times of India, Indian Express

Yasin Bhatkal and Four Others Convicted for Hyderabad Twin Blasts, Sentenced to Death

Yasin Bhatkal and four other Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives were sentenced to death on December 19, 2016 in relation to the twin blasts in Hyderabad in 2013. The blasts which occurred at Dilshuk Nagar killed 130 people. Yasin Bhatkal is the founder of the terror outfit and this is the first time the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has convicted a top leader of the organisation.

Yasin Bhatkal, Haddi, Zia Ur Rehman, Mohammed Akhtar and Ajaz Shaikh were held guilty by an NIA court on December 13. However, the prime suspect and the mastermind behind the attack, Riyaz Bhatkal (Yasin Bhatkal’s brother) is on the run and is believed to be in Pakistan.

As reported by the Firstpost, “It was a wonderful investigation carried out by the team in which every evidence was examined minutely. This is the first ever conviction of Indian Mujahideen cadres,” said Sharad Kumar, Director General of NIA.

According to the Hindustan Times, “The NIA court felt that the twin blasts case falls in the category of rarest of rarest crimes and hence, all the five accused are liable for death sentence,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) advocate told reporters.

Besides the death sentence, the court also imposed penalties ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 on the five convicts.

Sources: Indian Express, Hindustan Times, NDTV, FirstPost

5 dead and many trapped as building collapses in Hyderabad

As a seven storey building collapsed at late night yesterday in Nakaramguda, Hyderabad; five people have already been declared dead and many more remain stranded inside the debris of the massive under- construction building.

According to Business Standard, three bodies have recovered and two have been sent to hospitals. Cyberabad Police Commissioner told to the press earlier in the day that Rekha (35) and her four year old son have been pulled out from the site alive. Except from one family all the victims of the tragic incident are workers who lived in the cellar of that building.

Rescue operations are underway since morning with National Disaster Response Force ( NDRF)along with workers from local administration working hand in hand  and it could move well into the night; Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan, Mayor of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation told the PTI.

14 people were reported to be trapped inside the building and any more survivors are very unlikely said the rescue officials to NDTV.

“The building was poorly constructed and flouted norms in the materials used, hence the collapse,” said the Mayor.

Telengana state authority is promised to take strong actions against the building owner over alleged violation of construction rules and the officials who were involved in the sanction of the plans.

SOURCES: Indian Express, Business Standard, NDTV

Image Sourced from The Indian Express

EC to purchase new EVMs for 2019 Lok Sabha elections

The Election Commission of India has been granted  Rs 1009 crore to purchase new Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). This step has been taken to update the old machines before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The purchase will take place through Bharat Electronic Ltd (BEL), Bengaluru and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), Hyderabad.

According to the  Saturday’s approval,the election body has been assigned to buy 4,10,000 Ballot Units (BUs) and 3,14,000 Control Units (CUs) during 2017-18 and 4,35,306 Ballot Units and 71,716 control units during 2018-19. It will be a conjectural unit cost of Rs 7,700,and Rs 9,300 respectively. The approximate cost  will be will be Rs 1,009.6 crore.

On Wednesday, The Union Cabinet has also  given the poll body the authority to choose and to decide the amount to be ordered on BEL and ECIL as well. The decision should be based on their production capacity,and past performance in supply of machines. This will help Commission to manage everything. The Law Ministry stated to The Indian Express, “This would facilitate phasing out of obsolete electronic voting machines procured during 2000-2005. It will enable the Commission to replenish the stock with a view to meet the requirement of conducting General Elections to Lok Sabha and some of the state assemblies due in 2019”.

On July 20, the Union Cabinet had approved a similar proposal out by Election Commission to buy nearly 14 lakh new EVMs, the first tranche at a cost of Rs 9,200 crore during 2016-17 as well.

SOURCES: The Indian Express, TOI

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Hyderabad comes to a stand-still after heavy rainfall.

The state of Telengana has been affected by the continuous rains and the capital city of Hyderabad has been the worst affected. Four columns of Army have been deployed in the city and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district to help in the relief-rescue effort. The army has set up control room in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). While a 60-member National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) team has been put on stand-by, both the teams are co-ordinating with each other and monitoring the situation closely. Special control rooms have been set up in different districts to keep an eye on the situations. The Chief Minister of Telengana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered the officials to carry out rescue and relief operations in the affected districts. The situation is supposed to worsen after the Met department’s alert on five more days of rainfall in the state. The municipal corporation as well as few NGOs’ have been working tirelessly to provide food packets and milks in many of the low-lying areas in the city. The government has asked the IT companies to allow their employees to work from home as rains continued for the third day in the Cyber City. While 60-70 per cent IT employees worked from home on Friday, IT companies were tenterhook in putting in place the business continuity plan (BCP) in case the workforce from Hyderabad disrupts, it can be channelled to Vishakhapatnam and Bangalore to keep the work going. Nasscom sent an advisory to all its members to allow them to work from home till the situation gets normal. Citizens fear to walk out of their homes as the roads are submerged and are filled with potholes and manholes. Since the roads have been damaged, walking more than 7 kilometres have been advised against. The electricity supply had been disrupted in many parts of the state due to tree fall, snapping of electricity cables and tripping of feeders. However, power supply was restored in few of the places after the cuts were reported. Many of the educational institutes in the districts of Khammam, Warangal and Medak have declared holidays following the warnings of more rainfall in the next few days by the Met Department.

Cisco to help Telangana build digital zone smart city in Hyderabad

US based networking equipment maker CISCO signed an MoU with the Telangana government to accelerate the digital transformation of Hyderabad, reported Livemint.  Through this Digital Zone smart city project and a Center of Excellence (CoE), Hyderabad seems to be pacing towards digitalisation.

As per the deal with Telangana, Cisco will open a centre of excellence, set up digital zone smart city project in Hyderabad and a Living Lab on the T-Hub premises to foster the innovation and enable start-ups to build solutions around internet of things (IoT) and cyber security. It will look to implement smart parking, smart lighting, environmental sensors, traffic analytics at key junctions, smart waste management and a control center to monitor and manage the city.

In Karimnagar, Cisco is also planning to help develop remote education in 10 schools and deploy digital solutions to make the experience of visitors to the historic Qutubshahi tomb near Golconda, better.

“Digitisation will be key to how cities, communities and countries maintain global competitiveness, increase GDP growth, foster innovation and create new jobs,” said Dinesh Malkani, president of Cisco India and South Asia, as reported in The Business Standard.