QHyderabad: Smuggled Gold on Aircraft; KCR Cabinet Expansion Soon?

1. Gold Worth Rs 66 Lakhs Found Concealed in Aircraft

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The Hyderabad zonal unit of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence busted yet another gold-smuggling attempt on Wednesday and seized two gold bars weighing around 2 kilograms. According to DRI sources, the gold bars, worth over Rs 66 lakh in the Indian market, were concealed inside an aircraft that had arrived from Dubai to Hyderabad.

This is the second such incident that has been reported at the RGI airport, the first being two weeks ago, wherein the gold was being smuggled by concealing it in the aircraft. According to the DRI sleuths, a team of officials conducted a search in the Air India (AI 952) flight after all passengers disembarked from the carrier, based on a tip-off they had received. Subsequently, they found an unclaimed material wrapped in a black cloth and concealed under the cushion of one of the seats. On unwrapping the cloth, they found two gold bars wrapped in the cloth.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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2. US Runs Fake University to Bust ‘Pay to Stay’ Scam

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In a major crackdown against violation of immigration norms, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials arrested eight student recruiters, all of them from the two Telugu states. They have been placed under arrest for participating in a conspiracy to help at least 600 foreign citizens stay on in the US.

The Federal agents created a fake university in Farmington Hills to lure foreign students who were trying to stay on in the United States illegally. The eight arrested people had aided hundreds of foreign nationals stay on in the United States illegally, by helping to portray them as students and get them enrolled into the fake university. Those arrested were identified as Barath Kakireddy, Suresh Kandala, Phanideep Karnati, Prem Rampeesa, Santosh Sama, Avinash Thakkallapally, Aswanth Nune and Naveen Prathipati, all from Hyderabad, Vijayawada and other cities of Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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3. Hyderabad Fire: Traders Will Be Compensated, Fire Safety Measures Enhanced, Says AIIES President

At least 200 stalls and property worth crores of rupees was reduced to ashes by the fire at Numaish.

A day after a blaze gutted scores of shops at the Numaish, All India Industrial Exhibition Society president Etala Rajender said that the revenue department will assess losses and take steps to compensate affected traders and upgrade fire safety measures.

Mr. Rajender was addressing the media at the AIIES office where he pointed out that as many as 130 traders operating 200 shops were affected in the raging fire that tore through a section of the Numaish. He said that a team comprising revenue officials, including tahsildars, would assess losses and submit a report. The report would then be action upon. He also said that the AIIES would compensate a part of the losses.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Budget Has K Chandrasekhar Rao, KT Rama Rao Plan Cabinet Expansion

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

A three-hour meeting between Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and working president KT Rama Rao raised speculation that Cabinet expansion was on its way. Sources revealed that the party chief and working president were discussing issues regarding the ensuing Budget session, the visit of the 15th Finance Commission and Cabinet expansion and also the results of the recent gram panchayat elections.

The 15th Finance Commission will likely visit Telangana for three days starting February 14. Sources in the party disclosed that some of its senior leaders recently told the Chief Minister that not having a full-fledged Cabinet, including a finance minister, when the Finance Commission visited would show the state in poor light.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

5. Five Migrant Labourers Fall to Death at 2BHK Building

Five migrant labourers from West Bengal and Jharkhand died on Thursday, and another person was injured after falling from the 10th floor of an under-construction building of the state government’s prestigious double-bedroom housing project for the poor.

The project was being executed by DEC Infrastructure in Keesara police station limits. Some 52 buildings and total 6,240 flats are being built behind the Infosys campus in Pocharam.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

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