news Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 05:30
  1. Amid tight security, the third additional chief metropolitan magistrate of Hyderabad on Wednesday recorded the statement of nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson. The statement was recorded under section 164 of the CrPC in the cash-for-vote case. Read a Times of India report.   2. Putting an end to controversy, a division bench of the Hyderabad High Court ruled that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) can carry out repairs of the sluices of Hussainsagar lake and also told the GHMC not to drain the lake beyond the required limits. Read a report in The New Indian Express.    3. The Haj Committee of India fixed the second installment of the Haj amount that is to be paid on or before July 13. Making this announcement,  Telangana Haj Committee special officer SA Shukoor said that the selected pilgrims of Telangana and AP leaving from the Hyderabad embarkation point are required to deposit the second installment. Read a Deccan Chronicle report.   4. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Hyderabad has launched a  course in "Integrated Design and Manufacturing (IDM)" that merges manufacturing and design with an aim to cater to the latest demands of the manufacturing sector, The Hindu reports. 5. Fans have yet another reason to watch Director Gunasekhar's 3D historical film "Rudhramadevi" after it has come to light that "Megastar" Chiranjeevi has lent his voice for the movie. The movie was originally scheduled to be released last year but is now expected to hit the screens on June 26. Read details.