Hyderabad, July 4: The city task force police on Friday arrested two persons who were attempting to sell leopard skin in the city. B. Ram Reddy, 30 a native of Kurnool and N. Shiva Prasad, 35, a native of Prakasam district were arrested. Ram Reddy, a farmer trapped the leopards in his field located near Nallamala Forest. The accused and his broker, Shiva Prasad, were offering to sell the two skins at Rs 2 lakh each.

Hyderabad July 3: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board does not have the money to execute the Rs 3,300 crore project to bring Godavari water to the city. Despite not having a single penny in its coffers, the Water Board has invited tenders for the project under pressure from the State government which wants to launch it in the election year. All the Water Board has is to rely on is the promise made by the State government that it would provide funds of its own, apart from getting Central grants under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Hyderabad, July 2: Flat owners of the city will now have to pay Rs 125 per month as water and sewerage cess. The Hyderabad Metropolitan water Supply and Sewerage Board has decided to levy the cess from this month after a division bench of the High Court suspended the annulment of the relevant order by a single bench six months ago.

Hyderabad, June 30: What do trees and plants have to do with the research output of an institution? Scientists at the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad believe that greenery on their campus is helping them produce more research papers than their counterparts elsewhere in the world. The NGRI has about 16,400 trees on its campus at Habsiguda. It is going to lose about 300 trees to road widening which the institute plans to compensate by planting 4,000 trees.

the stage is set for the metro project in Hyderabad. The first phase of the Rs 9,696 crore project will begin next year and the city

The citizens of Greater Hyderabad can boast of having good healthcare services, international airport, world class research and educational institutions among other things. But when it comes to monsoon, the city roads turn into virtual swimming pools. Even 11 mm or 1.1 cm of rainfall in an hour inundates the main roads resulting in traffic chaos. Houses in the low-lying areas are marooned and the inhabitants have to shift to community halls or schools.

Speakers who participated at an open forum against the elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail project on Sunday expressed fear that the Rs 10,000-crore project turn into a real estate development scheme. Eminent architect from New Delhi, Mr Kuldip Singh, said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was acquiring land across the city and handing it over to the Delhi metro rail.

The state government on Wednesday launched a fresh round of regularisation for land declared as surplus under the Urban Land Ceiling Act, which was repealed recently. The lands which to be regularised are those which had been taken into possession by the government but were later encroached upon. Applications for regularisation can be submitted till August 30, 2008 .

The Opposition parties on Tuesday asked the the state government to keep the Rs 10,000-crore Hyderabad Metro Rail Project in abeyance for six months. Mr P.L. Srinivas of the Telugu Desam, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya of the BJP, Mr Ramulu Naik of the TRS, Mr Y. Venkateswara Rao of the CPI(M) and Mr K. Srinivasa Rao of the Lok Satta, requested the government to keep the opening of financial bids and awarding of contracts on hold.

Before it became a hi-tec city, Hyderabad was famously known as the city of lakes. There are over 532 water bodies in and around the state capital with Hussainsagar Lake being the most prominent one. However, rapid urbanisation in the past few decades has all but destroyed the water bodies in the city. The unending discharge of domestic and industrial effluents and sewerage has turn-ed the once-pristine lakes into cesspools. All this has also caused widespread ecological degeneration.