Tirupati, Sept 9 (NSS) Isro Chairman Dr. Radha Krishnan has visited Tirumala and had a darshan of Lord Venkateswara on Monday morning.
He has paid obeisance to the Lord during the VIP Darshan time.
Speaking to the media after the darshan, Dr. Radha Krishnan has said ISRO would be sending three satellites into the orbit through PSLV soon. He said dates of the launch would be soon disclosed.
Rush decreases in Tirumala
Rush of pilgrims has decreased in Tirumala on Monday. Devotees were waiting in five compartments for the Darshan of the Lord. It was taking 4 hours for ordinary darshan and 2 hours for special darshan. Authorities are implementing ‘Laghu Darshan.’ (NSS)


New Delhi: Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid has asked Muslims to stay away from Annna Hazare’s stir against corruption  in  India.

In a statement the Imam said the Gandhian social activists war cries ‘Vande Mataram’ (Mother I Salute You) and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ (Hail Mother India) were against Islam.

He said Islam does not condone worship of the nation or land. It does not even condone the worship of mother he said and questioned: “How can Muslims join his stir with that war cry that is against the basic tenets of their religion? I have advised them to stay away.”

Meanwhile  the condition of the social activist Anna Hazare’s health has deteriorated as his  fast unto death entered the eighth day today. Doctors attending on him said he lost 5 kilograms during the first seven days of his fast. He came down from 72 kgs to 65 kgs.

Hyderabad, Aug. 9 (NSS): The Muslims Ulema Forum, on Tuesday, submitted a memorandum to the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee Chairman Prof.Kodandaram urging him to postpone the proposed ‘Sakala Janula Samme’ (general strike), keeping in view the on-going Ramzan month.

The Ulema Forum president Mr Moulana Hussain Rijvi has explained to Prof.Kodandaram that the Muslims, who were on fast, would face problems due to the proposed Sakala Janula Samme to be observed from August 17. Responding to the Forum’s memorandum, Prof. Kodandaram has assured the representatives that the JAC will take a decision after discussing the issue in their Steering Committee. (NSS)

Hyderabad, July 30 (NSS): The Bharatiya Prani Mitra Sangh along with Sahayog organization and Friends of Snakes and other animal welfare organizations will rescue snakes from clutches of the snake charmers during Naga Panchami festival on August 4.

            Speaking to mediapersons here on Saturday, the Sangh president, Mr Jasraj Shrishrimal, the secretary, Mr Mahesh Agarwal, and the treasurer, Mr Ridesh Jagirdar, appealed to the people to celebrate the festival with snake idols and pictures. They described how snakes are caught from paddy fields 60 days before the festival and kept inside slit bamboo baskets in coiled position for many days without food, water and sunlight. They said though snakes manage to survive by dissolving their body fat, they suffer from cramps, dehydration and weakness and unable even to stir by the time they are removed from the baskets a few days before festival. Later, their fangs are pulled out with pliers, venom sacks slit open or their mouths stitched up to render them incapacitated for a bite, they added.

They said the snake charmers take them around to collect money from the public and allow the devotees to feed the reptile with milk though snakes cannot digest milk and sometimes die due to irritation in the digestive track. They said there are 275 different species of snakes in India including 181 non-venomous and 94 technically venomous. About 34 of these venomous snakes do not have venom potent enough to kill a human being and by and large are considered harmless, they explained. About 20 of the rest are sea snakes that have high venom toxicity but since they live mostly in the sea, they are not a potential threat. Besides, 36 of the dangerously venomous snakes are rare, therefore human casualties from them are by far ruled out. There are only four potentially dangerous snakes that venture into human habitation and are referred to as the Big Four. They are: Indian Cobra (Naja naja), saw scaled Viper (Echis carinatus), Russels Viper (Daboia russelii) Common Crait (Bungarus caeruleus). After the festival, the snakes are either sold or skinned alive for leather.

Reminding that snakes are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, they said a helpline was established to inform them about the snake charmers. Any body find snake charmers around them can alert them through helpline numbers 9394005600, 9246175600.

Stating that they have rescued 42 snakes last year, 75 in 2009, 57 in 2008, 70 in 2007 and 104 snakes in 2006 from snake charmers, they said as per the directions of the Forest department, the snakes were given medical treatment and released into their natural habitat. They said they had rescued over 2,500 snakes in the last five years from various places and presently the services were available in Hyderabad and suburbs. They are also planning to start the service in Kakinada, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. (NSS)


Hyderabad, July 26 (NSS): A high-power delegation of   the Haj Committee of India visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently and finalized the accommodation in Green category in Makkah al Mukarammah.

The Chairman of the AP State Haj Committee Janab Syed Khaleeluddin Ahmed, in a media release, disclosed that as the demand for the Green category accommodation exceeded, the available accommodation there is a shortfall of 8,000 units.

The Chairman said as against the demand of 60,000 units only 52,000 units could be available for the pilgrims under Green category. As per the decision of the Central Haj Committee, these 52,000 units will be first allocated to the pilgrims of 70 years and above along with their companions, while in the States where demand exceeds the availability, allotment will be made through computer based draw of lots to ensure transparency in the allotment process, which will be completed next week.

The remaining pilgrims as well as the pilgrims under waiting list or through any additional quota will be provided accommodation in Azeezia. The Chairman advised the pilgrims to check their allotment of accommodation category and make payment accordingly. (NSS)

Hyderabad, July 24 (NSS): The communal Violence Bill- 2011 will cause   damage to the  federal system of the country and communal  imbalances in the country, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh National president Mr Mohan Bhagavat has said.

            He was speaking as chief guest at a meeting conducted by the Martyrs Memorial Research Institute on Sunday here. He said that the Communal Violence Bill-2011 would  erupt communal violence in the country.  He said that they strongly opposed  to the introduction of the Bill in the monsoon  session of Parliament.

With  the introduction of economic reforms, Mr Bhagavat said that economic imbalances were increasing between the  rich and the  poor people in the country. He felt that  food production was decreasing due to allotment of  lands in the name of Special Economic Zones.

He criticized the central government for  failure to bring back black money stashed in the foreign banks. He also criticized that while China has constructed dams across Brahmaputra river, India  did not construct even a single road near India- China border.

He said that the youth would be able  to solve the  problems faced by  the country when they  know their culture and traditions. (NSS)