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Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA), a statutory authority of Indian Railways, has called for bids for leasing out a land parcel of 3.5 acres at Dharmavaram, Andhra Pradesh for commercial development for a lease period of 45 years and for a reserve price of Rs. 9.58 Crore.

The land parcel is located on the approx. 15.0 m wide station Road, adjacent to the Chennai- Anantapur Highway (NH-716) thus making it accessible from all parts of the city. The site falls under the Ananthapuramu Hindupur Urban Development Authority. Giving information about this development plan, the Vice Chairman of RLDA, Ved Parkash Dudeja, said that the land parcel is strategically located near the Dharmavaran Railway station, which is the primary station serving Dharmavaram, Sri Sathya Sai district. Being one of the major train junctions in Andhra Pradesh, the proposed land parcel with its easy accessibility across the city has immense development potential.

Dharmavaram is known for its handloom silk sarees and is also called the Silk city of Andhra Pradesh. The city is renowned for cotton, silk weaving industries and leather puppets. Dharmavaram is also the gateway to Puttaparthi, famous internationally for Sathya Sai Baba’s Samadhi and visited by devotees in large numbers.

During the current Financial Year, RLDA has leased out Eleven sites at Liluah (Howrah), Nizamabad (Telangana), Waltax Road (Chennai), Egmore (Chennai), Bhopal (MP), Ludhiana (Punjab), Abu Road (Rajasthan), Bhusawal (Maharashtra), Bareilly, Varanasi and Gorakhpur in UP for a cumulative lease premium of Rs. 735 Crore. In addition, Railway assets valuing approx. Rs. 163 Crore shall be developed in Bhopal, Egmore (Chennai), Bareilly and Ludhiana Railway Colonies. Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) is a statutory authority under the Ministry of Railways for the development of Railway land. It has four key mandates as a part of its development plan, namely leasing commercial sites, colony redevelopment, station redevelopment, and multi-functional complexes.

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Women unite in Lucknow to create non-violent economy

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To take part in a 12-day campaign for a violent-free economy, more than ten thousand women have assembled on the outskirts of Lucknow. October 2 will mark the end of the campaign, which got under way on September 21.

On Friday, a program was held in Madiaon for women to speak out for a non-violent life and economy as part of this campaign, which was organised by Red Brigade Lucknow (an organisation that aims to protect women).

Students, social workers from four states, as well as representatives from Lucknow’s villages, mohallas, and schools, were present in the program.

Renuka Tandon, founder of Amren Foundation, presided over the event, while the chief guest for the event was renowned social worker Jill Ben. Ben said that increasing violence in society deeply affects women, and therefore, it is their responsibility to raise a voice to further build a non-violent economy. Tandon appreciated the efforts made by the Red Brigade, saying that it is a good step in the direction of achieving a non-violent economy.

The founder of Red Brigade, Usha Vishwakarma, emphasised the significance of women working on and enhancing their self-defence and self-image when she said that a non-violent economy is only possible when there is a humane relationship between man, woman, and nature.

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PM Modi kicks off the 6th India Mobile Congress, with the goal of launching 5G services soon

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the sixth edition of the India Mobile Congress (IMC) on Saturday at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. He will soon launch India’s 5G services, which will initially be available in thirteen cities; the technology will be available throughout the country within the next two years.

Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gandhinagar, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jamnagar, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Pune are among the thirteen cities. The four metros will be launched today: Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and the Cellular Operators Association of India jointly organise the Mobile Congress (COAI). On Tuesday, the exhibition will come to an end.

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Yet to decide on mercy petition of balwant singh: Govt

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The Central government on Friday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said, in view of the current circumstances and internal security reasons of the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs has yet not decided the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case, sources told the Daily Guardian.
According to sources, the intelligence agencies have told the Ministry of Home Affairs in their input that the decision should not be taken in view of the current circumstances.
On 28 September, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to spell out its stand within a day on the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case.
“We can’t force you to take what decision…but you have to take a decision,” said a bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, which had earlier asked the Centre to take a decision in two months on Rajoana’s mercy petition without being influenced by the pending appeals of other convicts in the case.
The petitioner’s counsel had submitted that the convict had been in jail for more than 26 years and on death row since 2007. Convicted of assassinating Beant Singh in 1995, Rajoana has been in jail for 26 years awaiting his execution. The former Punjab Chief Minister and 16 others were killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh in 1995. He was sentenced to death in 2007 by a special court. His mercy petition has been hanging for more than eight years.

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Dilemma of elderly women: Contribution hardly recognized, rights widely violated

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To coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1 October 2022, the Agewell Foundation has carried out a survey on the contribution of older women among 10,000 older persons with support from its volunteers spread across the country. Survey findings indicate that women have to face socio-cultural deprivations and gender discrimination throughout their lifetime. Low literacy, low participation in gainful jobs, poor access to services or assets, and poor healthcare or nutrition make older women more vulnerable.
In spite of all odds, women outlive men. As per the Census population projection report, life expectancy at birth in 2022 is 69.4 years for men and 72.7 years for women. When life expectancy at the age of 60 is calculated, elderly women find they live for 25–30 years in old age.
Women always play constructive and positive roles throughout their lives and contribute at all levels, be it family, society, or nation. In India, women, particularly older women, are known for their sacrifice, integrity, and commitment towards the wellbeing of their respective families and communities.
Over half of all older women face marginalization and discrimination on the basis of their gender. Traditional gender roles and norms are considered responsible for gender-based marginalization and discrimination.
Women, particularly older women, are stronger psychologically and socially and are healthier than their counterparts. It has been clearly seen during the Covid phenomenon that older women have more stamina than older men. In India, 73% of all reported mortalities were in men and 27% in women through May 2020.

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Jagan has no right to talk about development of North Andhra: TDP leader

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TDP leader Kimidi Nagarjuna on Friday said it is shameful that the ruling YSRCP leaders are talking about the development of the North Andhra region, particularly Visakhapatnam city, when they could not take any measures to save the Vizag Steel Plant.
The YSRCP leaders are neglecting the steel plant that was achieved after a series of fights and a prolonged agitation, he said and asked, “why the YSRCP did not take up the railway zone demand for Visakhapatnam in the past three years”. “Visakhapatnam city was developed with a vision by Chandrababu Naidu during his tenure as chief minister, and he worked hard to set up information technology and finance companies there,” the TDP leader said.
He further stated that Vizag is now a cosmopolitan city and Chandrababu has made every effort to make it a fitness valley. Millennium Towers were constructed in Vizag during Chandrababu’s tenure and employment was created for thousands of jobless youth, thus converting the city into a hub for the software industry, Nagarjuna observed. However, all these IT companies are moving out of the city since they are fed up with the style of functioning of the Chief Minister, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Kimidi Nagarjuna said.
The state remained where it was three and a half years ago, and not even a single industry nor an IT company has set up shop here, resulting in no employment generation, he noted.
“Since the people are now feeling vexed with the YSRCP government, the ruling party leaders are now talking about three capital issues only to divert the public attention from its failures”, the TDP leader said.
He further slammed CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and said, “Reddy has not done anything for Andhra Pradesh except loot the state and create a rift and deep differences among the people, raking up unnecessary issues. Can any ruling party leader explain what exactly is done for either Vizianagaram or Visakhapatnam, he asked, emphasising that the ruling party has done nothing for the port city of Visakhapatnam despite claiming that it will be made the “executive capital”?
There are numerous opportunities to develop the entire region, including Araku, Bheemli, and Srikakulam, according to Kimidi Nagarjuna, who also stated that the YSRCP is always more concerned with how to criticise Chandrababu than with moving the state forward.The Totapalli canal, which was launched by Chandrababu in 2015, is very crucial for the progress of Vizianagaram, and the Cabinet Minister from this district, Botsa Satyanarayana, did not talk even a single word about the canal, he observed.
Once the North Andhra region, particularly Visakhapatnam city, was known for peace, but after the YSRCP came to power, the whole area turned into land for growing ganja and for illegal land grabbing, Kimidi added.

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Ex-Karnataka minister Janardhan Reddy’s daughter discharged from hosptial after delivery

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday informed the Supreme Court that the daughter of ex-Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy’s daughter was discharged from a hospital in Bengaluru after the delivery of her child and reached Bellary last night.
The CBI made these arguments before the Supreme Court in response to a petition filed by former Karnataka Minister and mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy, who is accused of multi-million dollar illegal mining. Reddy filed a plea seeking to visit Bellary on the grounds of seeing his daughter and her newborn child.
CBI also apprised the court that Reddy’s daughter was discharged from Banglore’s hospital yesterday evening after the matter was argued before the Supreme Court yesterday.
CBI also apprised a bench of justices MR Shah and Krishna Murari that Reddy’s daughter delivered the child on September 27 after undergoing a cesarean surgery.
Senior Advocate Meenakshi Arora for Reddy submitted that the mother of the child lives in Bellary.
During the hearing, the court asked the petitioner’s counsel not to raise the voice, as it would be of no help.
The court also noted that the petitioner never disclosed that the child was not born in Bellary, however, it expressed full sympathy with the petitioner.
The court pointed out that what the agency is saying is that the discharge took place only after arguments before this court.
Reddy’s counsel said that a newborn may have been born in Bangalore, but the mother and child reside in Bellary. Reddy’s counsel urged the court to issue directions to the concerned court to examine the prosecution witnesses from Bellary first. The lawyer apprehended that, out of vendetta, witnesses from Bellary might be put on the stand to be examined at the end.
The court said that it would pass an appropriate order later. The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the CBI to report it tomorrow after enquiring into the plea of former Karnataka minister and mining baron, Gali Janardhan Reddy, accused in a multi-million illegal mining case, seeking to visit Bellary on the grounds of seeing his daughter and her newborn child.

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