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Opinion – Big statements on women empowerment, but no woman in cabinet

Ivanka’s trip to Inida is over and she left Hyderabad today. She spoke about women empowerment and throughout the summit, there was focus on women-led businesses and women entrepreneurs. KTR, who hosted the sessions and facilitated discussions on woman empowerment impressed Ivanka with his spontaneity as well as knowledge. But he drew flak in one particular situation during the summit.

KCR’s cabinet has been criticized in the past as well, as he has not appointed a single woman in the last three and a half years, for a ministerial post. So when the same topic – “women in legislatures” was discussed during the GES summit, KTR could not hide his embarrassment. Later, congress leader DK Aruna fired salvos on the government as she spoke – “52% participants in the summit are women. But, there is no woman in CM KCR’s cabinet. What will the Chief Minister speak about women empowerment during the global meet when there is no women representation in the state Cabinet. It is ridiculous that KCR spoke about women empowerment, when the TRS failed to appoint a single woman Minister.” She also alleged that the government had done injustice to women in Self-Help Groups (SHGs).

But minister KTR later spoke about lack of women cabinet ministers in the government and said that “There are only 6 women legislatures.There are not enough women legislators and also due to some political reasons so that there are no women cabinet ministers and he hoped that CM would include some of them in next reshuffle.” He has added that “TRS supports women reservations in state Assembly and Parliament and we have urged the central government to bring the women reservation bill.”

Though KTR later remarked that their party supports woman reservation bill and he “hoped” KCR to add some woman in cabinet, as the saying goes, actions speak much louder than words. So not having woman minister in the cabinet was unexpectedly highlighted bringing embarrassment to the government that was burning the candles at both ends to make the summit on women entrepreneurship a grand success.

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Much remains to be done towards equitable law for women: Ivanka


Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor of US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday said much remains to be done with regard to equitable laws for women in many developing, as well as developed countries.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) here, Ivanka said: “When it comes to equitable laws, while many developed and developing countries have made tremendous strides, there is still much work to be done.”

She highlighted that in some countries, women are not allowed to own property, travel freely, or work without the consent of their husbands. In some other countries, the cultural and family pressure is so great that women do not feel the freedom to work outside the home.

“Our administration is striving to promote greater opportunity for women around the world, both through our domestic reforms and our international initiatives,” she said.

She also said that when women work, it creates a “multiplier effect”, and leads to more reinvestment in families and society.

“When women work, it creates a unique multiplier effect. Women are more likely than men to hire other women, and to give them access to capital, mentorship and networks. Women are also more likely to reinvest their income back in their families and communities,” she said.

She also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his belief that progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women.

“Just consider, if India closes the labour-force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion in the next three years,” she said.

Ivanka Trump also narrated stories of women entrepreneurs who used technology to change lives, including that of Rajlakshmi Borthakur from Bengaluru, who invented a smart glove that predicts, manages, and detects different diseases and disorders using Artificial Intelligence.

The gloves were invented by Borthakur after her son started getting seizures at a young age. Now her company, Terra Blue, aims to make specialty healthcare accessible in even the most remote places in India.

She also mentioned the stories of Dara Dotz from San Francisco, who co-founded Field Ready to provide life-saving supplies through 3-D printing and Reyhan from Azerbaijan, a 15-year-old who founded a company that harvests energy from rainwater.

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Ivanka to speak at three sessions of GES


US President Donald Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump will speak at three sessions at the eighth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning here on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the summit on Tuesday evening at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC).

Ivanka Trump, who is leading the US delegation, will also make remarks at the opening session themed ‘Be the change: women’s entrepreneurial leadership’.

Following the inaugural, Ivanka, herself a successful entrepreneur, is scheduled to speak at the panel session on opening up opportunities for women entrepreneurs in their countries and communities.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also among panellists at the session to be moderated by John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus, Cisco.

Ivanka is also scheduled to speak at the first session the next day. The session on ‘We can do it! Innovations in workforce development and skills training’ will also have Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and CEO, ICICI Bank as the speakers.

Co-hosted by the Indian and US Governments, GES is being held for the first time in South Asia. The summit will focus on the theme “Women First, Prosperity for All”.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant told reporters on Monday that GES is the preeminent gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters from around the world.

The three-day event brings together 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters of entrepreneurship from more than 150 countries and territories across the world.

Google’s Vice President of Next Billion Users Diana Louise Patricia Layfield, tennis champion Sania Mirza, and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company Roya Mahboob are among the leading women speakers.

The US delegation will also include Mark Green, Administrator, US Agency for International Development, Ray Washburne, CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Jovita Carranza, Treasurer of the United States, Neomi Rao, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and Patricia Green, Director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor.

This year’s summit theme demonstrates the commitment of the US and Indian governments to the principle that when women are economically empowered, their communities and countries thrive, said Kant.

Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu will attend the closing session on Thursday.

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Over 10,000 policemen for Ivanka Trump’s visit, GES


A massive security cover will be thrown around the city with deployment of over 10,000 policemen as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), being attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, begins on Tuesday.

Telangana Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy told reporters on Saturday that all security arrangements have been made for the peaceful and smooth conduct of three-day event, which will be attended by 1,500 delegates from India, the US and other countries.

He said Ivanka will arrive at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad in the early hours of November 28 and will leave in the evening of November 29.

Modi will arrive at Begumpet Airport in the afternoon of Tuesday and will reach Miyapur in a helicopter. After inaugurating Hyderabad Metro project and riding in the train to Kukatpally and back to Miyapur, he will leave for Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), in a chopper.

The police chief said after attending GES inaugural session, Modi, Ivanka and other delegates reach Taj Falaknuma, a palace hotel in the old city, to attend the dinner hosted by the Indian Government.

After the dinner, Modi will depart from the airport at Shamshabad.

The force which will be deployed by Telangana police include personnel from anti-terrorist unit OCTOPUS, and anti-Maoist force Greyhounds.

The police chief said 50 dog squads and 40 teams for anti-sabotage checks will be pressed into service.

Anti-sabotage checks, access control, road openings, CCTV surveillance system, security vetting of individuals and quick reaction teams will form part of security arrangements

Reddy said the security arrangements were made in close coordination with US security agencies and Special Protection Group (SPG) and as per the security and protocol guidelines of the Indian Government for foreign dignitaries.

A command and control centre has been opened at DGP’s office to monitor security arrangements while a control room will work at HICC. The Police Commissioners of Hyderabad and Cyberabad will be incharge of security in their respective jurisdictions.

Besides the airports, helipads, HICC, Falaknuma, Miyapur and Kukatpally Metro stations, tight security will also be in place at 21 hotels where the delegates will be staying and also at Golconda Fort, where the Telangana government is hosting a dinner for delegates on November 29.

Eleven senior officers have been made incharge of security at the venues, hotels, airports and other places.

The DGP denied reports that Telangana policemen were asked not to be in their uniforms. “They will wear uniforms wherever required,” he said

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Ramana Gogula to speak in GE summit attended by Ivanka


Ramana Gogula to speak in GE summit

Tollywood music director Ramana Gogula, who composed music for films like Premante idera, Tammudu, Badri and Johnny will be speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at HICC (Hyderabad International Convention Center). Ivanka Trump is attending Global Entrepreneurship Summit and Hyderabad is already geared up for this summit.

Ramana Gogula is not only a music composer but also vice president of Clean Technology Innovation at Stanley Black and Deckers. He will be participating in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit as an entrepreneur but not as music composer. Ramana Gogula’s company is building a Solar Agricultural Platform that aims to improve the livelihood of farmers. He has also founded multiple startups. Ramana is an IIT Kharagpur graduate and has composed music for 25 films. Ramana’s album “Aye Laila” touched the no 1 spot in music channels like MTV & Channel V in India. One of the songs he composed for this album (Hey pilla nee peru lovely) was later used in Tammudu movie.

Two other Hyderabadis including Apollo Hospital JMD Konda Sangeetha Reddy and T-hub CEO Jaideep Krishnan are among the list of speakers.

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Visiting Hyderabad? – Expect the unexpected!


Those who are planning to visit Hyderabad from the US, Canada or nearby Gulf countries in the next few days are hereby warned, expect the unexpected when you land here.

As the clock is ticking for the mother of all summit conferences as as far as Telangana is concerned, it is turning both the state government and Hyderabadis crazy.

First, of course, the traffic that has already gone out of control with road blocks, traffic curbs and detours. Though people have hailed the sprucing up of certain sections of Hyderabad, for the November 28-30 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, hours of sitting behind the wheel on roads is enraging commuters.

Adding to this chaos, is an expected one lakh marriages (yes, 100,000) in a matter of one week beginning now. With thousands of friends and relatives from within the Telugu states and abroad descending on the city by every available flight, train, bus and personal transport, Hyderabad is now choc a bloc 24X7.

Second, security. With several rings of security — state, Central and American – residents living near and around areas Ivanka to visit/stay have been told not to entertain strangers or guests in view of high threat perceptions to VVIP.

Not minding the inconvenience being caused to the people, the KCR government has finalized arrangements for royal treatment to Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump and his special adviser.

Though the Nizam era is gone, Ivanka is going to get such royal treatment in a democratic state. She will be treated to a state banquet at the famous Faluknama Palace where she will sit next to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will inaugurate the Metro (officially confirmed) on November 28. On the same day, he will address the Entrepreneur Summit along with Ivanka.

Then, the gifts to be presented to Ivanka too are befitting royalty. If press reports are to be believed, the gift hamper contains a cut diamond necklace, strands of Hyderabadi pearls, hand woven silk sarees from Gadwal and Sircilla, all packed in a special box.

And, finally, after sending street beggars to prisons or rehabilitation homes, it is the turn of stray dogs. Hundreds of them are being rounded up!

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Ivanka to relish delicious Telangana dishes


Ivanka will be in Hyderabad for Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held in Hyderabad from November 28 to 30. TS government is not leaving any “stone unturned” to impress Ivanka as it is evident from the roads of Hyderabad that got transformed overnight. Now TS government and the event organisers have hired expert chefs of the city to prepare the Telangana cuisine. The dinner will be hosted by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on November 29 at the Golconda Fort.

Irresistible delicacies like – Pattar Ka Ghosh, Sheer Kurma, Double ka Meetha, Sarva Pindi Attu and Sakinalu — among others to be served at what promise to be a dainty and delectable dinner. The feast will have Jonna Rottelu (Sorghum bread) Garijalu and Pachi Pulusu. Vegetable curries masala baigan (Brinjal) and Aratikaya Pulusu (banana gravy) will also be included. Nizami cuisine comprising Hyderabad Dum ki Biry­ani, Qubani ka Meetha and Irani Chai will also be served in the night party. Double ka Meetha, Qubani Ka Meet­ha, Sheer Kurma and Ravva Laddu which are famous in Telangana will be main desserts in the menu. It seems Ivanka will get the taste of almost all the Telangana dishes.

The other dishes include Indian, Chinese, French, Greek, Italian and Caribbean just in case the delegates want to have their home food. Noted chefs from across the country and in Hyderabad will join to prepare sumptuous spread for all. Sources said the chefs will explain to Ivanka the history and importance of local traditional cuisines in the Telangana culture.

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