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Godavari pipeline work picks up at Kowkur defence land

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HYDERABAD: Works pertaining to the Godavari drinking water project phase-I on defence land (an abandoned CRPF firing range) at Kowkur, about 25 kms away from the city, are progressing at a brisk pace. The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) hopes to supply at least 80 million gallons of water per day (MGD) to the city from December.

In September, the ministry of defence (MoD) had given clearance to the HMWS&SB proposal to begin pipeline works on the defence land at Kowkur. The MoD took nearly three years to clear the proposal, which was moved by the water board to acquire defence land for the Godavari project.

Though the defence authorities were yet to grant written permission to commence work, the HMWS&SB, in view of the urgency in completion of pipeline works to supply Godavari water to the city by December, got the green signal from the local defence/army officials, who are the custodians of the abandoned firing range, to begin work.

“To get licence deed from the Defence Estates Office, it may take at least two months, but we have requested the local army officials to let us begin work as the Telangana government aims to supply Godavari water to the city by December. Accordingly, they permitted us to begin works. Earth excavation work will be completed in a day or two,” HMWS&SB director (projects-II), M Konda Reddy, told TOI.

“Simultaneously, we began laying trunk main pipeline wherever earth excavation work was completed in the 1.25 km defence land. We hope to complete pipeline work by November-end,” he said.

“Once the pipeline work at Kowkur is completed, then the Godavari water will reach Sainikpuri reservoir. After treating raw water and chlorination, the potable water will be supplied to the city,” HMWS&SB deputy general manager (E), Projects Circle no 7 and in-charge of pipeline works at Defence land, Vasa Satyanarayana said.

Initially, the water board would supply 80 MGD from December and remaining 92 MGD from February/March.

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Move over T’wood, Yollywood’s here!

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HYDERABAD: Two engineering students fall in love. After they graduate, the girl’s parents start looking for alliances for her. The boy, meanwhile, is struggling to get a job as he can’t marry her unless he finds employment. Will the couple get married?

A traditional Telugu film director would make the hero a super human, and by the end of the two-and-a-half-hours film, the boy and the girl would eventually tie the knot.

But move over Tollywood, Yollywood is here!

Short films on Youtube, made mostly by engineering and MBA graduates and those who have quit their well-paying jobs in MNCs, are looking at subjects differently. The ‘made by the audience, for the audience and of the audience’ films are proving to be a huge hit on Youtube, some of them garnering lakhs of views.

There are already mini celebrities in the making as short films with reasonably good camera work, a meaningful script, and true-to-life acting, are making waves. The goal for most of the filmmakers is the same: to conquer celluloid. But they would rather prove their genuine worth out here than grab any offer that comes by. This young breed of filmmakers wants to play by their own rules.

The latest Telugu short film to be a hit on Youtube is ‘Idhedho Baagundhe’ directed by Kishorudu. The 17-minutes movie deals with the predicament of an engineering graduate who’s making the rounds of software companies in Madhapur, desperately trying to land a job. If he fails to get a job, his girlfriend will be forced by her parents to accept an alliance that they chose for her. In the film, the lovers don’t get married.

Released on October 6 this year, the short film has garnered more than five lakh views – huge by all standards. “This film is like a resume. It shows my talent to get a foothold in the film industry,” says Kishorudu, who has a degree in computer science. He’s proved himself and is making plans to make more short films.

Bharath Bandaru, the lead actor of the film, is of the same creed. An engineering graduate, Bharath worked for Google before quitting his job to get into full-time acting. “I prefer to do more short films for now. I’ve got some offers to act in movies, but my dream, naturally, is to bag a lead role,” he said.

Another big Youtube hit, ‘The Viva’, written and director by Sabarish Kandregula, is about a professor conducting viva at an engineering college. The film has gone well for its lead actor Harsha, who has bagged roles in full-length films.

Short films reflecting the aspirations, disappointments and lifestyle of people working in software companies at Gachibowli are proving to be a huge hit. An eponymous film, ‘Gachibowli’ directed by Girish Velugu, garnered 1 lakh hits within three weeks of its release.

Girish, who holds engineering and MBA degrees, wants to conquer Tollywood. “My father has a business which he wants me to take care of, but my passion is to make films,” Girish says.

Another short film ‘Gatamyna Gnapakamayna’, a love story directed by Pujari Lakshmi Rohith, got good response. The MBA graduate, however, would like to treat his film as a ‘visiting card’. “I would like to make it big as a writer in the film industry,” he says.

Not everyone, however, is fascinated with Tollywood. Rithvik Boda’s ‘mocumentary’ of nearly 18 minutes titled ‘Cinema Choopistha Mama’ takes a dig at Telugu cinema. Rithvik, who is studying civil engineering in Vellore Institute of Technology, wants to steer clear of the film industry. “The Telugu film industry is dishing out trash by saying that the audience wants to watch formula films. Filmmakers need to make meaningful films,” he says.

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EFLU takes action against 11 students for staging protests

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HYDERABAD: In a crackdown on students allegedly causing regular disruptions on campus, the English and Foreign Language University (Eflu) initiated disciplinary action against 11 students for staging protests last month.

Action would include suspension from the hostel and stopping of PhD fellowships for three to six months, varsity officials said.

As per university rules, the proctorial board needs to give students a chance to explain their side of the story. However, students claim the action was initiated without holding a hearing. “The written explanations submitted by us over a show-cause notice were considered as a hearing from our end. The proctorial board should have held a one-on-one session with all of us before it had initiated the action,” said Geo Ciril, a student.

Venting out their anger on social media platforms, the students have called the administration’s decision ‘blatant arrogance’. To clear their stance, the students have sought a meeting with the vice-chancellor on Monday. Although the disciplinary action will be implemented, the students can appeal before the vice-chancellor on the quantum of punishment.

Semester exams in Eflu are scheduled to begin from November 20 onwards. Students assert that initiating disciplinary action just before the exams may hamper their academics. They also alleged that disciplinary action is being taken against those who didn’t participate actively during protests or were not present in the campus on the day of protests.

From a huge pool of 300 students who protested on October 15, students believe that the administration has deliberately targeted and silenced the non-local students. “The administration purposely targeted the non-local students because the proctorial board is aware that they have no backing. The students would have to abide by the action taken by the administration to save their future,” said a research scholar.

Speaking on this issue, Prakash Kona, proctor of Eflu, said the disciplinary action was taken based on the degree of involvement of each student. “Reply on show-cause notice from students was considered as an explanation. The board has the liberty to explore options and seek explanation, whether it is written or a personal interaction,” he said.

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