Unseasonal rains damage iconic Charminar

Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad, has suffered damage as a piece of lime stucco work on one of its minarets fell down following unseasonal rains, officials said on Thursday.

A portion of the stucco work detached from the granite slab on the minaret facing Mecca Masjid side and fell off late on Wednesday, sending panic among the people around the monument.

Police cordoned off the area where the debris fell. A large number of onlookers gathered near the monument.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had undertaken restoration work on the monument sometime back. While the incidents of lime plasters peeling off are not new, the latest damage raised new concerns about the safety of the iconic structure.

Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth king of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.

The 428-year-old edifice, stands at a staggering 160 feet from ground level. It has four minarets after which it is named.

Why is Roja silent these days?

The war of words between the Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress party has been going on even after the completion of polling for the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh on April 11.

Several YSR Congress party leaders like V Vijay Sai Reddy, S Ramakrishna Reddy, Ambati Rambabu, Vasireddy Padma, Dharmana Prasada Rao, Botsa Satyanarayana and many others have been making it to headlines in the media with their scathing attack on TDP and its president N Chandrababu Naidu.

But one person who has been keeping a low profile and has not come before the media so far is actress and MLA from Nagari in Chittoor district R K Roja.

Even during the electioneering, she confined herself to her constituency and did not make any controversial statements, as she used to do in the past.

The only time she was visible was on the polling day, when she posed for photographs after casting her vote and also posted her selfies in the social media.

Enquiries revealed that Roja was not happy with the way several party seniors did not cooperate with her in the elections. Instead, she is said to be suspecting that several party leaders tried to sabotage her victory prospects.

Reports from the field indicated that Roja had faced a very tough battle, allegedly due to non-cooperation from the YSRC leaders in the district, in the elections.

The chances of her winning the seat are bleak and even if she wins, she might scrape through with narrow margin.

Apparently, some seniors in the party did not want Roja to win, as she would be the front runner for the cabinet post and would, therefore, spoil the chances of other leaders from the district, if YSRC comes to power.

Many of them are not happy with her highhanded behavior in the party. So, they reportedly worked against her, say sources.

Sensing her probable defeat, Roja has gone into silent mode, at least for now! But if she wins, she will be definitely back with a bang!

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Cyclone ‘Fani’ intensifies further, moves towards Odisha coast: Met dept

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has informed that cyclone ‘Fani’ intensified into severe cyclone at 5:30 pm on April 29 and it is to intensify further and move towards Odisha coast.

According to the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast, ‘Fani’ was located at 880 km south-east of Chennai as it continues to move North-West and is predicted to change its path to North-East from Wednesday.

It is expected to intensify into a “very severe cyclonic storm” by Tuesday. ‘Fani’ will continue to move northwest till May 1 and thereafter recurve northeastwards.

Union Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha chaired a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) here on Monday to take stock of the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm ‘Fani’.

Also in view of the impending cyclonic storm, Odisha government has directed the State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) to keep a close watch over the situation and has asked concerned departments to stay prepared to deal with any challenge.

On the other hand, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and BrahMos Aerospace have put on hold the test-fire of the air-launched version of a supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft.

While in Kerala, fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea and along the coast.

“Heavy rainfall at isolated places with light to moderate rainfall at many places is forecasted in Kerala. Along and off-coast Kerala the wind speed would be 50 km on April 29 and 60 km on April 30. Hence, fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea. Central districts have a yellow alert that means be updated and watch for further warning,” said VK Mini, a scientist at IMD, Thiruvananthapuram

The Central government is keeping a close watch on the impact of the cyclonic storm on the states along the eastern coast.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Indian Coast Guard have been put on high alert and are coordinating with the state governments. The NCMC will meet again on Tuesday to take fresh stock of the situation.

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Last three phases of polls will determine scale of Oppn defeat: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that the scales have been tilted in favor of the ruling NDA in the first four phases of the general election, and the remaining three would determine the magnitude of its victory and the Opposition’s defeat.

Addressing an election rally here, Modi iterated that his government has always displayed its resolve in combating terror but cautioned that the menace was far from over as was evident from the recent bomb attacks in neighboring Sri Lanka.

“All those who are running factories of terror are in the cross heirs of this chowkidar,” Modi stated.

In a veiled dig at jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad, the prime minister said, “those doing the rounds of court to secure bail are scared of a strong government in New Delhi”.

He claimed that the Opposition parties “were not fighting for their victory, but to augment their diminished strength”.

“Beware, if they regain their strength, the days of lawlessness will return to Bihar, daughters would no longer be safe outside homes and people might have to stay indoors after dark,” he maintained.

Underscoring the pro-poor stance of his government, Modi said, “We did away with the lal batti (red beacon) but brought batti (light/electricity) to the house of every poor.”

Appealing to people to vote for the NDA in Bihar, comprising his BJP, the JD(U) and the LJP, he sought to remind the voters, “whichever of the three parties you vote for, your support will be for Modi.”

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We were servants of Italian government: Kangana Ranaut takes a dig at Congress

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Kangana Ranaut has recently taken a dig at the Indian National Congress. On Monday, the ‘Manikarnika’ actor cast her vote during the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019 in Mumbai. The outspoken persona claimed that Indians have been servants of the Italian government.

In an interaction with media, Kangana said, “This (polling day) is a very important day for us, it comes only once in five years. I feel India is gaining independence today in real sense. Earlier, Indians were slaves of British, Mughal and Italian governments. Please exercise your Swaraj (independence) and vote.”

Well, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi is originally from Italy. Therefore, Kangana’s statement was directly countering Congress. Currently, the national party is headed by Sonia’s son Rahul Gandhi.

“The political leaders used to chill in London and the country used to suffer from an array of issues like poverty, pollution, rapes etc. The situation in our country was worst when Congress was in power. Now that our time has come, we should vote in large numbers,” she added.

Kangana last featured in her maiden directorial venture ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’. The actor will next be seen opposite Rajkummar Rao in ‘Mental Hai Kya’.

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Nithya Menen As ‘Komaram Bheem’ NTR’s Jodi

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Rajamouli is busily canning key scenes in the most prestigious multi-starrer of the era #RRR.

The star cast of #RRR is not completely finalized yet. Rajamouli is still hunting for a foreign actress to play Komaram Bheem’s love interest.

Daisy Edgar Jones who was finalized for the role has walked out due to personal reasons.

There is another female character who admires Bheem played by Tarak. If the buzz is to be believed Nithya Menen has been roped up for the tribal girl character that admires Bheem.

Alia Bhatt is playing Alluri Sitaramaraju’s (played by Charan) pair. Rajamouli is making sure to have the best and widely popular actors even for cameo appearances.

#RRR is aiming for release on July 2020 release, but the filming is currently behind schedule due to casting issues and the injured lead actors.

#RRR is a pan India film with universal emotions and relatable subject.

Kiara Advani Gives Rap A Try

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She took to Instagram to share a video in which she is seen cutting her long hair while rapping about her hectic lifestyle.

While social media has emerged as the place for millennials to rant, express and share their lives, Kiara chose to do it differently.

She goes on to rap about being a champ in balancing her traditions and her millennial lifestyle but her hair concerns have got the best of her.

Her struggle with time and not being able to oil her hair much seem to be the reason behind this sudden urge to go for a shorter hairdo.

“I love my hair. Who doesn’t, but the constant heat and product that goes into styling my hair for shoot and with my busy schedule I’ve got no time to take care of my hair. Even though I’ve got a modern take on most things in life, I like to stick to certain traditions, especially when it comes to beauty.

“I just couldn’t deal with it anymore, which is why I decided to take matters in my own hands and chopped it off. Let’s see if the new look catches on,” Kiara said in a statement.

On the film front, the actress will next be seen in “Good News” and “Kabir Singh”.

Chiranjeevi Wants Time for Weight Lose

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Koratala Siva’s woes are not ending anytime soon. He has been waiting for Megastar Chiranjeevi to allot dates for his movie but the megastar still taking time to complete his other mega epic project “Sye Raa Naraasimha Reddy”.

The latest update from “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” is that the movie needs another month’s time to wrap its entire shoot.

There after, Chiranjeevi needs another 30 to 40 days to lose some weight and get back in shape for the character that Koratala Siva has designed.

Chiranjeevi is looking bulky for the role of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy but he needs to lose flab for the modern character that Koratala Siva has written.

This has come as jolt for Koratala Siva. With the developments taking place, Siva assumes that he could only begin the actual regular shoot in August. He must be sulking now.

KCR Not To Back NDA After Polls

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All these days, there has been a talk that the federal front of regional parties being proposed by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is nothing but a Team “B” of the National Democratic Alliance headed by Bharatiya Janata Party.

The Congress party was alleging that KCR had been trying to split the pro-Congress regional parties and attract them in the name of federal front only to weaken the Congress thereby benefiting the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

Except making political criticism during electioneering, KCR has not taken up any aggressive campaign against Modi or the BJP, unlike his Andhra Pradesh counterpart and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu who has been moving heaven and earth against Modi across the country.

This has led to the talk that KCR might join the NDA government after the elections, if the BJP-coalition comes to power.

However, the latest information from the party is that KCR, too, is not willing to join hands with the BJP.

In the event of the BJP-led coalition falls short of majority, KCR will not extend support to it nor will other federal front partners like YSR Congress or Biju Janata Dal.

According to a national media report, even if the federal front was to form the government, it will not seek the support of the BJP, but if necessary, will request the Congress to support it as had happened in 1996.

In a bid to project himself as anti-BJP or anti-Modi, KCR is planning even to approach the Left parties and request them to join the federal front.

He is likely to go to Kerala in a day or two to meet the Left front leaders. From there, he will be go all the states where regional parties are strong and mobilise their support to the federal front, the national media report said.