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Friday, August 14, 2020

Rahul V Pisharody


Rahul V Pisharody works as an Assistant Editor for the Indian Express Online ( from Hyderabad.

Unlock 1.0 Day 1: Temples open in Bengal, hustle bustle in other states as new guidelines come into play
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

With the government allowing unfettered movement of goods and persons within states, more vehicles were out on the roads, leading to snarls in many cities, even though public transport remained skeletal.

As cases rise in Telangana, state health dept points to increased movement of people
Sat, May 30, 2020

Even as the state government faces criticism over testing fewer samples as compared to most other states, health department officials maintained the official government version that all guidelines issued by ICMR are being thoroughly followed.

Unaware of SHRC order, Hyderabad man still waits for next meal
Fri, May 29, 2020

45-year-old Rajesh Vanam, who has to walk with the help of crutches for the last five years, used to be dependent on the alms he received from visitors to the Nagamma temple in Yellareddyguda, one of the busiest residential locales in Hyderabad.

Despite court rap, Telangana Covid-19 numbers are aimed to conceal more than they reveal
Thu, May 28, 2020

Amid criticism about the absence of vigour in testing for the spread of infection among the public, which prompted the High Court to censure the state government, the medical bulletin from the director of Public Health and Family Welfare often appears like a 'puzzle' aimed at minimum sharing of information.

As lockdown eases, this Hyderabad techie is on a mission to find migrant workers their livelihood
Wed, May 27, 2020

Over the last week, Daga has reached out to several manufacturing units through his friends and relatives and connected them to workers, providing urgent employment to close to 700 workers

Hyderabad: ‘Eid this year was silent, peaceful and an eye-opener’
Mon, May 25, 2020

With social distancing becoming the watchword due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Eid greetings shifted to social media, with community elders asking everyone to stay indoors.

As flights resume, passengers settle into new normal despite cancellations
Mon, May 25, 2020

All major airlines such as IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, Air Asia and others operated 30% of their regular schedules between destinations, strictly adhering to the safety protocols set by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Sloth bear beaten to death in Telangana, 25 villagers identified as accused
Fri, May 22, 2020

The bear had entered a bathroom in one of the houses and the house owner had locked up the animal inside. However, the animal broke open the door made of a thin iron sheet resulting in panic among people who had gathered around.

Hyderabad: ‘We are not beggars or prisoners, return us our livelihood,’ say workers stranded at govt shelter
Wed, May 20, 2020

Languishing in the temporary shelter run by NGOs with the state's assistance, migrant workers reiterate that they are neither beggars nor prisoners and demand that their livelihoods be restored by the government if they are not going to be sent back.

Lockdown eased, Hyderabad shops to open on odd-even basis
Tue, May 19, 2020

After Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s announcements Monday evening, several shop owners and associations had voiced concerns as to how it would be implemented, especially in and around the Charminar area.

No hope of revival post-lockdown, say Hyderabad street food vendors
Mon, May 18, 2020

The ongoing lockdown, like in the case of all small or big businesses, has thrown pushcart food vendors of Hyderabad out of work .

Telangana govt allows sale of air conditioners, dealers say ‘too late’
Sat, May 16, 2020

Since dealers in air-conditioners do 70 per cent of their business between February and mid-May, an order from the state government on May 15 leaves them with only 15 days to liquidate their existing stock.

This MLA goes after hunger in remote parts of Telangana
Fri, May 15, 2020

In March 2020, when the global pandemic hit the region, Seethakka, now an elected public representative, was more concerned about hunger and malnutrition that was impending on her people.

Telangana: Doctor drives 70 km to shift tribal expectant mother to healthcare centre
Wed, May 13, 2020

Medical officer Dr Mohammed Mukram drove through the forests and shifted the expectant mother to the public healthcare centre in his car with the help of an ASHA worker and ensured a safe institutional delivery.

‘They just want someone to hear them’ — Telangana helpline for elderly see spike in calls
Tue, May 12, 2020

The feeling of helplessness in the absence of near and dear ones, coupled with anxiety caused by the lockdown, has only been on the rise as a complete return to normalcy is out of sight. The category of ‘senior citizens’ has further alienated them as they are the most vulnerable to the infection.

Learning on the job, epidemiologists are now much sought after
Fri, May 08, 2020

In Telangana's fight against the pandemic, along with a large number of doctors, paramedics, nursing staff, health workers, sanitation workers, and law enforcers, the young volunteers of Epidemiology and Public Health, too, has had a role to play.

Questions in wake of Vizag gas leak: ‘What caused the leak, did people know they lived in vulnerable zone?’
Thu, May 07, 2020

The styrene leak from the factory affected at least 2,000 residents in five villages around it. Eleven people have died.

A family in the forefront: Meet the Khans of Begumpet
Tue, May 05, 2020

"They are the real heroes. They are doing a great job, fighting COVID from the forefront. Right from the Prime Minister, everyone appreciates their work."

With WhatsApp classes, a lesson in how to keep underprivileged students engaged, and in school
Tue, May 05, 2020

How an educational NGO has been conducting 30-minute WhatsApp sessions on English, Hindi, Telugu and Mathematics for poor children hundreds of kilometres away to ensure they do not drop out of school.

Covid-19 lockdown has some unintended gains: Fall in crime rate, fatalities on roads, suicides
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Covid-19 lockdown: While country-wide data is not available, accounts of police officers and hospital emergency workers in certain states indicate the trend.

Telangana man develops foot-operated handwash machines to keep Covid-19 at bay
Thu, Apr 30, 2020

Covid-19: The Warangal man says that the constant message on the importance of handwashing drove him towards building these machines.

IIT Hyderabad: Migrant workers ransack supervisor’s office, pelt stones at cops
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

Police officers said the main issue was that the workers had not been paid their wages for several months. The lockdown restrictions and anxieties made matters worse.

Hyderabad: From May 1, govt to start doorstep delivery of mangoes
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

A box of 5 kg of Banginapalli mangoes is priced at Rs 350, which includes the packing charges. There is no limit on the number of boxes one can order.

Cyberabad police book ‘retired Major’ over posting fake news on Twitter
Tue, Apr 28, 2020

The profile of 'theskindoctor13' reads thus: "Alter ego of @MajorNeel. Dermatologist. Private Citizen. Na samman ka moh, na apmaan ka bhay." It has 2,76,000 followers.

Lockdown impact: Stuck in India, US visa holders worry about jobs, families
Sat, Apr 25, 2020

In the absence of any word from the government of India regarding opening up of the airspace and resuming international air travel, hundreds of NRIs with the US work visas are a distressed lot.