States - 2017 November

November 4

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi participates in “Guruparb” in Hyderabad
According to Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, despite different religions, culture and various form of worship, India is an example of "unity in diversity" and the culture of tolerance, harmony, peace and brotherhood is at the core of all the religions.
The occasion of “Guruparv” of Guru Nanak Devji Maharaj, organized by Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Hyderabad.

November 5

Telengana Government Unveils Food Processing Policy
The second day of ‘World Food India’ 2017 event in New Delhi, Telangana State Government launched its ‘Food Processing Policy’.
The policy was unveiled by Telangana IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao.
The aim of this policy is to attract Rs 20000 crore investment in the food processing sector in Telangana.
This investment will consequentially generate about 1.25 lakh direct employment opportunities in next five years.

November 6

Hyderabad’s signature cuisinea to get India Post stamp
Department of Post issued stamps with photos of three Hyderabadi dishes – Biryani, Baghare Baingan and Seviyan.
Hyderabad's signature cuisinea to get India Post stamp. Biryani dish is believed to be of Persian origin. In South India, several Persian and Turkish dishes were introduced by Qutub Shahis and Biryani was one such dish. However, the famous Hyderabadi Biryani does have a lot of local spices.
Bagare baingan (Brinjal recipe) has long been a signature dish of royal kitchens of Hyderabad. This dish is believed to have indigenous origin as brinjal is a native Indian plant.
Seviyan is a dessert/sweet dish which is a part of Id-ul-Fitr celebrations. This dish too was introduced into Deccan by the Qutub Shahis.

November 7

Banaganapalle mangoes, six others get GI tag
Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and six other products have been granted Geographical Indications (GI) during this fiscal year, 2017-18 by the Indian patent office.
Other six products which have received GI tag this year include Pochampally Ikat of Telangana; Tulapanji rice and Gobindobhog Rice of West Bengal; Chakshesang Shawl of Nagaland; Durgi Stone Carvings and Etikoppaka Toys of Andhra Pradesh.
GI is a name or sign given to certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.
GI tag grants exclusivity for using the name to the producer/manufacturer in the corresponding region and thereby testifies the origin, quality and reputation of the product/commodity.

November 9

Piramal group scales up tribal healthcare project in Araku
Piramal Swasthya of the Piramal Foundation is expanding its health project taken up in the agency (tribal) area of Visakhapatnam district in Araku valley, according to Vishal Phanse, CEO.
The foundation, set up by the Piramal Enterprises Ltd with a presence in financial services, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, had been active in the picturesque Araku valley of Visakhapatnam district for the past six to seven years, providing assistance to pregnant tribal women and reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.

November 10

Telangana passes three bills including one on prevention of dangerous activities
Telangana State Assembly has passed three key bills including Telangana Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Dacoits, Drug Offenders, Goondas, Immoral traffic offenders and Land grabbers (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The amendment to Prevention of Dangerous Activities Bill has been brought in to replace a Government ordinance that was passed about 6 months ago to curb illegal activities.
‘Telangana Road Development Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ is the second bill that was passed. This bill seeks development of roads and highways by securing funds from financial institutions.
‘Shops and Establishments (Amendment) Act, 2017’ is the third bill that was passed. As per the provisions of this bill, shops and commercial establishments will be given instant licences. Objective of this provision is to enhance Ease of Doing Business in Telangana.

November 11

Telangana CM declares Urdu as second official language
Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao declared Urdu as the state’s second official language.
According to the state assembly that the demand to make Urdu as second official language has been there for a long time.
Every government office in Telangana from the Chief Minister’s Office to District Collectorate have been instructed to have an Urdu speaking officer and to receive all petitions in Urdu as well.
Beisdes, all Telangana State Government competitive examinations will also be conducted in Urdu.

November 13

Sainik Sankshema Sabha to be organised in all districts of Andhra and Telangana
Sainik Sankshema Sabha will be organised in all districts in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The announcement was made at a rally and a grievance redressal programme organised in Hyderabad. Lieutenant General R.K. Anand who is the General Officer Commanding Dakshin Bharat Area inaugurated the rally.
All measures were being taken by the Indian Army to reach ex-servicemen and widows of those who had served in the forces. In the meeting, many stalls were put up to facilitate and resolve grievances related to pension, re-employment and rehabilitation.

November 15

Andhra Pradesh hosting its first ever hot-air balloon festival
Araku Valley of Andhra Pradesh is hosting the first edition of its Hot Air Balloon Festival.
The Hot Air Balloon Festival is organised by SkyWaltz and supported by Andhra Pradesh tourism.
The festival will feature unique balloons from 13 countries. Some of the participating countries are India, Australia, USA, Brazil and South Korea.
Extraordinary shaped balloons like the Seahorse, the Kiwi, the Bee and many more are lined up in the festival. This festival is being organised to promote tourism.
A large team of over 100 photographers, nature lovers and students from across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana arrived at Araku to capture the scenes of the festival. Araku is known for its coffee plantations, rich cultural heritage and stunning waterfalls.

November 16

UberEats, serving it up in Hyderabad
Cab aggregator Uber has expanded the UberEats service to Hyderabad, its seventh city for the tech-based food delivery service.
To woo customers, who are already hooked to other food delivery services, UberEats announced that it would collect only Rs. 1 as delivery fee.
The firm has tied up with 300 restaurants in the city but chose to offer the service only in the IT hubs of Madhapur, Gachibowli, Kondapur and Kukatpally initially. Telugu and Tamil film star Rakul Preet Singh formally launched the service.

November 18

Global consortia to set up space centre in Andhra Pradesh
CANEUS International, engaged in satellite and space technology, has signed a tripartite agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC) to establish a Centre of Excellence on Space Sciences and Technologies for Development (CoE4SSTD) at Hindpur in Anantapur.

November 20

Hyderabad firm upgrades biometric platform to support iPhone X’s Face ID
Apple iPhone X’s facial ID recognition system has opened up a wide range of technology applications in the mobile biometrics industry.
Taking advantage of the opportunities, Hyderabad-based software firm Pramati Technologies has launched a platform that supports iPhone X’s Face ID.

November 21

Rs. 100 crore T-Fund ready for start-up investments
The Telangana government is setting up T-Fund, an exclusive investment arm to invest in start-ups. The fund will kick off investment activity with an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crore.
The State government has been working on an investment firm ever since it set up the tech start-up incubator T-Hub. There was a plan to rope in Tatas into the initiative.

November 23

Plastics recycling machines now at Hyderabad airport
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has installed two machines for crushing plastic PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, steel/aluminium cans and plastic bags in an eco-friendly way for recycling purposes.
In association with Wild West Media, an agency which is providing these machines, the airport has installed two such machines in the airport in a pilot initiative.
Passengers will get an option to either make a donation or claim a discount coupon in return for depositing plastic bottles/bags/metal cans into the crushing machine.

November 24

India, Sweden to work closely in promoting clean tech
India and Sweden expect to work closely in the area of green technologies, engaging small and medium enterprises.
According to the India-Sweden Innovations’ Accelerator Program, Niklas Eriksson, First Secretary, Section for Trade, Economic and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden, India already has a strong presence of large Swedish companies for long, offering direct and indirect employment to about 1 million people.

November 26

WNS setting up third facility in Vizag
WNS (Holdings) Ltd, a business process management (BPM) company having two facilities, is setting up another one in January, adding 500-600 jobs to the existing 1,100.

November 27

Microsoft-T-Hub Accelerator for start-ups
Microsoft has joined hands with start-up incubator T-Hub to offer a three-month accelerator programme, targeted exclusively at growth-stage start-ups.
The T-Hub will run the programme for 10 start-ups from February 2018. According to T-Hub CEO Jay Krishnan on the sidelines of the Road to GES (Global Entrepreneurship Summit) cohort would have start-ups working in the areas of fintech, agri tech, health tech, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

November 28

PM Modi inaugurates Hyderabad Metro Rail
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 30 km-long, first phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail between Miyapur and Nagole, at Miyapur station.
Post inauguration, PM Modi took a ride along with Telangana chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in its maiden run.
Minimum fare for a ride in Hyderabad Metro Rail is Rs 10 for two km and maximum fare is Rs 60 for the entire stretch. Initially, metro rail will be operational from 6 am to 10 pm for three months. Depending on the surge in traffic, timings will later be revised to 5.30 am to 11 pm.
On completion, Hyderabad Metro Rail will be world’s largest public-private partnership (PPP) in metro rail sector.
The project is being executed by Larsen & Toubro.