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Unsafe in Hyd, Lokesh to shift base to Guntur

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TDP is leadership is reportedly finding Hyderabad unsafe for Chandrababu Naidu’s heir apparent, Lokesh Naidu, and is planning to relocate Lokesh’s operational base to Guntur.

This is general feeling among many leaders in TDP. Lokesh, who of late has made it habit to tickle Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrababu Naidu in Twitter, may attract the wrath of the latter and even trigger a retaliation in one way or the other.

Already there has been talk that the junior Naidu would be implicated in the cash-for-vote scam.

“As Hyderabad is in the administrative control of TRS government, a sting operation or some conspiracy involving Lokesh can’t be ruled by T-government. T-  state appears to be hell bent on defaming CM Naidu and Lokesh Naidu to drive them out of Hyderabad city. It is not without base if TDP leadership perceives some threat to Lokesh in Hyderabad,” said a TDP functionary.

Chief minister Naidu is expected to rejig the party structure soon in order to give bigger responsibility to Lokesh.

Lokesh, now coordinator of TDP Workers Welfare Fund, will have a bigger say in the party affairs of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

“Guntur is safest place of Lokesh as it falls in the territorail Jurisdiction of Andhra Pradesh. He will be spending three to four days in Guntur and devote rest of the days of week to tours. That way he will hardly be staying in Hyderabad out of bounds for T-agencies,” sources in TDP said.

To facilitate Lokesh’s operation from Guntur, party is setting up its AP’s headquarters in Guntur. Party’s district office located in Guntur will be upgraded as state party office. Once the arrangement are done, Lokesh base will relocated to Guntur,” the sources added.

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Bonalu: Festival of Sound and Fury begins in Hyd

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Bonalu, the Telangana’s colorful festival has been set in motion on Sunday officially. This festival begins on the first Sunday of Ashada Masam (July-August) of every year. This year, the festival took off yesterday( July 19) to a fiery start of sounds and songs in Langar Houz Mahankali Temple and the procession of devotee surged  to the historic fort of Golkonda in the afternoon. The festival will comes to an end on August 9. The unique festival is celebrated only in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Women draped in colorful sarees and teenage girls in lahenga-voni, carried on their head the bonam, a pot containing sacred food, and offered it to Shakti (Mother goddess). Offering Thottelu, small colorful paper towers, to the goddess is important feature of the festival. Telangana ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy and Padma Rao offered the traditional clothes to the Goddess at Langer Houz. Then the procession called Ghatam, started to the deafening sounds of tappetlu and rhythmic dances by youth and reached the inner gate of Golconda fort in the evening. Bonalu venue is Jagadambika Ammavaru temple in the fort.The stables at the fort have been converted into community kitchens and feasts.

Under the neem trees near Golconda animals have been sacrificed in large number. After the formation of the state, the festival is enjoying the state patronage. Till recently, the festival was left to the people.  Now, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants to symbolize the festival with Telangana culture.Formation of separate T-state has lent new fervor to the festival. Songs praising the goddess rent the air everywhere and youth danced to these tunes as if they were possessed.

The Golconda celebration will be followed by Ujjaini Mahankali temple in Secunderabad, Balkmapet Yellamma temple in Balkampet on Second Sunday, and on the third Sunday, the festival will go to the Pochamma and Katta Mysamma temple near Chilkalaguda and the Matheswari temple of Lal Darwaza in Old City, Hyderabad.

The ritual consists of an offering of food (bonam)made to the Goddess by women which is later shared by the family and friends as ‘prasad.’ The festival is a month long affair and includes colorful processions and community feasts.

Bonam consists of cooked rice, jaggery, curd and other dishes and is always brought in the earthen pots, which are decorated with white, red and yellow ochres, to be offered to the Goddesses in the temples. The pot with a lamp atop, are covered with neem twigs which again people believe embody the spirit of goddess. The processions are led by Potharaju, the brother of mother goddess. A well-built man plays the role of Potharaju in the procession. Rangam is another crucial and final event in which a woman perform the Oracle. Goddess possesses a woman and would  foretell how the life in year ahead would be.

 

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Congress to go it alone in GHMC poll

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Telangana Congress Congress will have no truck with any party in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections. The party will contest the elections, which are expected to be held in December, on its own. The party will field candidates in every division of GHMC.  In past,Congress used to refrain from fielding  candidates against the MIM nominees.

In his August visit to Hyderabad, Rahul is expected to kick start campaign for the GHMC polls. The campain will concentrate on the issue remaining unresolved even after one year of TRS government. Drinking water, power, sanitation, roads, and houses for poor, corruption etc are going to be plank of Congress.

This is the decision taken in the high-level meeting held in New Delhi Wednesday. TCLP leader K Jana Reddy, TSPCC president N Uttamkumar Reddy, working president Mallu Bhattivikramarkha, Legislative council opposition leader Md Ali Shabbir discussed the party’s preparedness for the polls with AICC  vice president Rahul Gandhi and AICC Telangana incharge Digvijay Singh.

Congress has already completed one round of meetings in all the assembly segments that fall in the GHMC area.

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Rahul to Rub Shoulders with Anantapur Farmers

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AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi is expected participate in a Padayatra in Andhra Pradesh and a dharna in Telangana in next 30 days as part of his program to revive the party in a territory which was once fortress for the party.

The scion of Nehru-Gandhi family is on a mission to enthuse the party workers who are disillusioned by the rout Congress faced in  2014-election in two Telugu states.

He discussed his tours to Anantapuramu on July 24, and Hyderabad in the first week of August with PCC leaders of the two states on Wednesday in New Delhi.

The Congress vice-president held separate discussion with TSPCC president N Uttamkumar Reddy and working president Mallu Bhatti Vikramarkha and APCC president N Raghuvira Reddy .

In Anantapuramu district, besides interacting with farmers who are in distress, Rahul will lead a padayatra to express solidarity with the farmers of the district, APCC president N Raghuvira  Reddy said.

Rahul had undertaken padayatra in  Nirmal of Adilabad district  on May 25 to express solidarity with the kin of those farmers, who committed suicide in the new state in the past one year.

In his August visit to Hyderabad the Congress vice president will sit in  dharna to pressure on the TRS government to address problems being faced by people of the state.

He said to have advised the AP and TS Congress leaders  to mobilize party machinery for agitations on the failures of their respective State governments in past one year.
Telangana PCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, party State working president Bhatti Vikramarka and APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy, who were in the national capital on Wednesday, called on AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh first and later party vice president Rahul Gandhi.

“The AICC vice president is keen on reviving the party in the TS. He asked us to formulate an action plan as to how to undertake agitations on issues concerning people in the State,” TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy said.

Later, while addressing mediapersons in Delhi, APCC chief N Raghuveera Reddy said Rahul would be undertaking padayatra from Obula Devara Cheruvu  to Kondakamarla in Anantapur district on July 24.

He further disclosed that the AICC vice president would interact with farmers, weavers, agricultural labourers and members of women self-help groups during his padayatra to have first hand knowledge of their problems.

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Enough is Enough, Quit Hyd : KCR Tells Naidu

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Sensing politics in the Chandrababu Naidu’s extended dalliance with Hyderabad, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao asked the former to vacate the Telangana capital immediately.He used the occasion of Congress leader D Srinivas’ joining TRS to advise Naidu to move closer to the vast stretch of land between Anantapur and Srikakulam.

“You should be concerned more about the development of your state.  You have a bigger state.  You can boss over there instead of clinging to Hyderabad,” KCR said in the meeting of party workers in his inimitable sarcasm.

KCR is peeved at TDP’s recent change of tack with regard to Hyderabad.  First Naidu was eager to relocate the capital to Vijayawada area. Dozens of teams of officers, ministers, scouted Vijayawada and Guntur towns for suitable location to shift the some important departments. Scores of meetings held with representatives of NGOs connected to persuade them shift to temporary capital.Even a township near Managalagiri had also been identified for building a temporary administrative colony. Expression of Interest to build the township had also been invited. But suddenly, the talk of temporary capital disappeared. Especially after the court directive to Telangana government that the elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) should be held before mid-December 2015.

KCR’s plan is to see that Naidu left Hyderabad before GHMC elections. His impatience is stemming from the unlikelihood of latter’s migration to temporary capital.

“You have thirteen districts to roll around. Stop conspiring in our area. You are caught redhanded in the cash-for-vote scam. When we contemplate action you make a hue and cry. We won’t tolerate this,” he said.

 

 

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I’m Like Like Bullet-proof Vest for Seemandhras

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Greater Hyderabad Congress president Danam Nagender today clarified that he would not leave the Congress. Talking to media he said whatever being talked about was all speculation. “There appears to be some conspiracy behind these news about by possible crossing over to TRS,” he said adding that some leaders were trying to smoke me out of Congress.

Danam said the TRS government should not create a scare among the Seemandhra people living in Hyderabad. “You (KCR) are asking AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu to vacate Hyderabad. If you ask a chief minister to leave Hyderabad, how would you create confidence among Seemandhras living in Hyderabad,” he asked.   He said he would work to protect  interests of Seemandhra people like a bullet-proof jacket.

He alleged that GHMC officials were removing the names of Seemandhras from voter-list.

He appealed to Seemandhra people to take a stand against  the TRS government during GHMC elecctions. “You have voted out Congress for dividing the state. Then what about your stand on the TRS style of functioning,” he asked the Seemandhras living in Hyderabad.

Danam announced that he would take up padayatra in Hyderabad on the city’s civic problems.

He heckled CM KCR for pinning great hopes on GHMC elections.

“He will get disappointed,” he said.

He said he would tour across Telangana for the unity among the leaders of the party

Danam said chief minister KCR, instead of concentrating on the implementation of election manifesto, making tall claims. He should better reward first those students who fought heroically for the separate state.

On DS joining TRS, he remarked that DS would not enjoy the respect he commanded in Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Will Benefit From KCR’s Killing-Spree?

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It is confirmed that senior Congress leader D Srinivas is joining TRS purportedly to help chief minister KCR, who , he said, was working hard to build “Bangaru Telangana”. Along with  Srinivas, many more second-rung leaders are expected to join the TRS.

Apart from Greater Hyderabad Congress leader Danam Nagender and former MLA Nandeswar Goud, several district Congress presidents are expected join the TRS. Names of few more Congress leaders such as former minister Sudarshan Reddy also are being talked about.

Now the question is who will benefit from the KCR’s continued killing-spree?

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has been poaching on MLAs from the opposition parties ever though he has enough strength in Assembly, probably with the hope that removal of leaders from the parties would destroy them and make TRS only  dominant party in the New Telangana state.

Branding as Andhra Party first he wanted to weaken the Telugu Desam party which had a strength of twenty MLAs in Assembly when it was formed in 2014 . Now, he finds Congress as the soft target, whose leaders, having lost power both at the centre and state, can easily be lured.

Observers consider the KCR”s poaching of Congress leaders will help TDP more rather than TRS. Liquidation of Congress from Telangana will pave the path for a direct confrontation with TDP. A multi-corner contest in general elections in 2019 will benefit TRS more as the anti-incumbency factor and anti-TRS forces would get divided between Congress and TDP. In the absence of strong Congress, anti-incumbency get consolidated under TDP.

Saner elements see suicidal element in KCR’s poaching of Congress leaders. “Congress is not an enemy party. He may need Congress in future. If he destroys Congress, he has to face a tough fight from Telugu Desam party, which has enough money and muscle power to meet the challenge posed by the TRS,” said a Congress leader. As the grand old party of India and as the party that pushed T-bill, Congress has its own base.

(jnr)

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Madhavi Latha to Enthral Telugu Audience After 2 Yrs

Tollywood actress Madhavi Latha who shot to fame with her debut movie—Nachavule in 2008 of late stayed away from Telugu flicks. And the reason that she gives over the same is—not getting characters that satisfy her. It may be recalled that Madhavi Latha lashed out at her fans on Facebook recently when they made some derogatory comments after she posted that she became the vice-president of an IT company in Hyderabad.  While she stressed that she’s happy being a business woman, she even stated that movies were her passion. She even said that she was a human and lost her patience after she watched comments for over a year on her FB wall.

Madhavi Latha last appeared in Tamil movie Aambala, released this February, which had Vishal and Hansika Motwani in the lead roles. This hot Bellary woman is soon going to enthral Telugu audience with upcoming projects—Choodalani Cheppalani and Tholipata (both are, however, delayed due to unknown reasons).  Currently in United States, Madhavi Latha shuttles between Hyderabad and US. She even completed masters programme in fashion designing from Coventry University, UK. Let us hope that this talented actress gets a second break in Tollywood. 

(Phani B)

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YSRC Stages Walk-out of Tribal Meeting

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YSR Congress has  staged a walk out of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) meeting stating that there was no proper representation from the Telangana state  even though  the state has sizable population and  problems that require immediate attention.

“YSRC walked out of the meeting along with members from CPI and CPM protesting the government’s apathy towards Tribal people. What is the sanctity of the meeting when the minister Chandulal and top officials were not present and the meeting was reduced to a mere formality,” Party MLA Payam Venkateswarlu  said while coming out of meeting..

 

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Cash-for-Vote Scam: HC Reserves Judgment on Revanth’s Bail Plea

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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]igh Court of Hyderabad has reserved its judgment on bail plea of the main accused in the cash-for-vote scam, Revanth Reddy to June 30. While Revanth’s advocates said that main investigation into the case is over and that he can be granted bail as he’s a public representative.

The advocate general of Telangana state, who is arguing on behalf of ACB, said that bail shouldn’t be granted to Revant Reddy. The lawyers have also said that source of the amount involved in the cash-for-vote is yet to be ascertained. In case, bail is granted to Revanth Reddy, he can tamper with the evidences and can influence the witnesses in the case, argued ACB. It may be recalled that Revanth Reddy was arrested 25 days ago by ACB after they allegedly caught him redhanded while striking a criminal deal with a nominated MLA to Telangana assembly–Elvis Stephenson.

(Phani B) 

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PIL in High Court on Section 8

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A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in High Court seeking direction to union home ministry for the implementation of section 5 and 8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act-2014.

These two section deal with governance of joint capital of Hyderabad. While Section 5 deals with the 10-year period for the joint capital, Section 8 is about the special power the Governor of two stays in the joint capital region.

The petition, filed on behalf of Seemandhra Gazetted Officers Association, urged the Court to declare the inaction on the part  union home ministry of the implementation of these two provisions in the backdrop of confusion as illegal. The petition is expected to come up before a division bench on Monday.

(JNR)

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Has Delhi Summoned Governor ?

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Media reports say ESL Narasimhan, Joint Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, has been summoned to New Delhi.He is leaving for the national capital this afternoon. According to reports, he is scheduled to call on union home minister Rajnath Singh this evening. The meeting assumes significance in the backdrop of raging controversy over the implementation of Section 8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act-2014. This provision empowers the Governor to oversees the law and orders and other issues in Joint Capital region of successor states of  erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. While AP demands empowering Governor with Section 8, Telangana is opposing tooth and nail, and wants abrogation of the provision.

(jnr)

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Centre: No Instruction Issued to Guv on Sec.8

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Union Government clarified that no advisory had been sent Raj to Bhavan of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on the implementation of Section-8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act-2014. In the backdrop of political brouhaha over the reported legal advice to Governor ESL Narasimhan by Attorney-General of India, union law minister DV Sadananda Gowda cleared clouds of confusion over the issue. Two days ago NDTV reported that Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi adivised the Governor Narasimhan that he could monitor the cash-for-vote scam inquiry being carried by Telangana ACB. The report raised a thick political dust in Telangana and Andhra Prades, with political parties taking open stand opposing and favoring the Rohatgi’s advice. While T-CM warned that he might have to sit on fast in Delhi in case governor intervenes in the investigation, other political outifits of Telangana stated that they would launch an agitation against governor’s special powers. Congress and intellectuals like Prof. Haragopal also joined chorus. On the other side of the boader in AP, ministers and civic organizations, launched concerted campaign for implementation of Sec. 8. However, YSRCP took a different stand and said there was no need for central clearance as the provision has already been in force since June 2, 2014. AP Congress sought CBI inquiry into cash-for-vote and telephone tapping. PCC president  Raghuvira Reddy is prepping to file a petition to this effect in AP High Court.  Amid this commotion, Sadanada Gowda told Times of India, that law ministry was the appropriate authority to issues such advisories. “ As per the procedure, the ministry of home affairs has to write to us seeking our opinion on such issues. The MHA, however, has never asked about our views. And there is no question of the law ministry writing to anybody on this,” he told a leading newspaper.

(JNR)

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KCR Seeks Support from Non-BJP CMs

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Peeved at the Cetre’s plan to invoke the Section-8 of AP Reorganisation Act-2014 which gives special powers to Governor over joint capital region of Hyderabad, Telangana chief minister KCR has reportedly planning to mobilise non-BJP chief ministers against the move.

It is a throwback to NTR’s move in 1983 to mobilize all non-Congress chief ministers in the country  against Congress at Centre which finally resulted in the formation National Front. NTR himself was appointed chairman of the historic move which formed the government in New Delhi  VP Singh as Prime Minister.

KCR is said to have initiated consultations with non-BJP chief ministers in the country to muster their support to his fight against usurpation of State’s power under Section 8. He is expected to write  letters to non-Congrerss chief ministers such as Nitish Kumar, Akhilesh Yadav, Naveen Patnaik, Siddaramaiah etc. Explaining the nature of Section 8 and centre’s intensions along with the cash-for-vote scam hatched by Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu. He is said to have kept Governor ESL Narasimhan of his move when he met the latter.

(JNR)

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Focus on Bahubali Stylist Prashanti Tipirneni-An Interview

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]ne of the stylists for Bahubali, Prashanti Tipirneni has worked for Vedam, Golconda High School and she is now currently working on Anushka’s costumes for Size Zero. Prashanti gives more importance to simplicity and comfort and is not a flamboyant person at all. She however says, she likes to be funky sometimes and some other time very sobre, depending on how she is feeling that day. In a chat with Telugu360, she says she is missing Bahubali shoot and is looking forward to wrapping up the remaining 40 percent soon. “After Size Zero, I think I will get a month and a half break after which I will move to Bahubali Part II. The reviews and inputs from people will let us know where we are lacking and we might do a better job.”

Do costume designers and stylists need to be present on the sets every day till the shoot gets finished?

I haven’t travelled for my other films but for jewellery and research for Bahubali I travelled a bit. Mostly I did from scratch in Hyderabad. For Size Zero, I am travelling a bit to Mumbai once or twice. I only work for movies and that too one at a time. I am in a particular zone and would prefer to be in that zone till I finish. For some scripts, our presence is not needed. For Vedam, I wasn’t there. I would go on the first day, see if everything was going smoothly and return. Even with Golconda High School, I would just pack, tag them and give it but for Size Zero and Bahubali, it is different. We had to make Anushka look heavy, there will be problems with the body suit, some fit and some don’t. So, I got to be there. Moreover every production is different, so is the director. It is okay if you aren’t there. The assistant directors will handle it but we can’t rely on them. So I go everyday.

[pullquote position=”left”] We had to be in ready at 5 am in Ramoji Film City, and all the junior artistes would be ready standing in a line with costumes. We would paint them black, on their faces especially the Kalakeyas and in the last would send them for breakfast. We did that for nearly five months.[/pullquote] 

  • Do you think a professional course helps a stylist or is practical, hands on job will suffice?
A lot in this field has specially to do with common sense, keeping in mind is what the director’s vision is. I am not undermining what people learn in colleges. I regret not doing NIFT and other courses. Lot of times I want a certain cut, pleat or a fold and I don’t know how to do it. If I had done that, I would have been easy, we would have been trained well. I never learnt cutting. I did Masters in counselling and more into child psychology and marriage counselling.
  • How did you and Rama compartmentalize work?
We categorised it into two, Rama was doing Hero’s kingdom, the Mayashmathis that involved the hero, Ramya Krishna. I did the heroine’s kingdom that had Anushka, Tamanna and that’s how we divided work. I would be doing it in one style and the difference between one kingdom and the other would be distinct and evident. We did a war and that was the biggest sequence. The costumes were done by Rama. We kept supporting one another no matter whose work it is. The biggest crew was 1000 people, soldiers–half of them were Kalakeyas and half Mahashmathis and there were two groups in Mahashmatis.

 

  • What time would the shoot begin?
We had to be in ready at 5 am in Ramoji Film City and all the junior artistes would be ready standing in a line with costumes. We would paint them black on their faces, especially, the Kalakeyas and in the last, would send them for breakfast. We did that for nearly five months. The first shot would be at 7am. All of them, the direction department too were staying back in RFC but I would be coming back for my daughter. Her school, bus and had to get up at 3.30am, leave by 4am and be at RFC by 5am, return in the evening and would be home by 9pm. I would hardly get time to be with her and she would sleep by then. I got to learn a lot in this  project. The whole team works like a family. This is the kind of exposure and experience, I don’t think I would have got in any other project.

What metal and stones were used to dress the artistes?

Bahubali is a mammoth project and Rajamouli is a systematic planner and from scratch, he gave us time for trial and error. We would never let it come till the last minute. There was eight months pre production when I got into the picture and even before that there were story sittings. For every meeting, all the technicians and ADs would be there. We had lot of story to fall back on to do our research, source and create material. The discussions on the  minerals were available, the skill sets they had, what soil they had and what grains they frew. All of this played on our mind. For costumes and jewellery, we didn’t want to use stones or diamonds. We used a little Kundan on Ramya Krishna but mostly plain gold on women. All jewellery is silver and we gold plated it.

 

 

  • Teaming with jewellery brands would have helped?

In the beginning we were banking on brands to make the jewellery and were trying to team up with jewellers and in the process lost lot of time. They wouldn’t understand our requirement, we needed something new and didn’t like things they already had. I went to Jaipur and as I love Amrapali jewellery, I went to the head of Amprapali and got antiques that I liked as samples. If I carried earrings from there, we would make necklaces and hip chains here. It depends from deal to deal and we got some in exhibitions. Most of it, we got it made as we had a silver smith with us. In RFC now there is an art related museum and an entire floor has been given to display jewellery used for Bahubali.

 

  • How exciting was it to work these three years?

it was very exciting as it is has to be built from scratch and Bahubali is fiction not history based. It gave us leverage to do what we wanted. It was physically tiring nevertheless. I am not a morning person and waking up at 3.30 am was torture but once on the set it didn’t feel like work. Everyone from small to high technicians, they owned this product, it didn’t feel  taxing at all. Now I am missing the shoot as I do ‘Size Zero.’ I keep calling Rama and tell her that I am missing the shoot. What you imagine on screen is high level images but this is ten times more bigger, you are in awe of it, it is a fantastic feeling.

 

  • Three films with Anushka, what rapport do you share with her?

She is not fussy at all and she is a close friend..not that she says yes for everything, she will only tell you no, only with a reason, and why it will work or why it won’t. She has the clarity..that makes our job easier. She sees the ability in a person and if she feels you will do full justice she will not even question you. If she feels somewhere your notice should be brought she will tell you. There is no discomfort or stressed feeling working with her and moreover in the last three years we have become really close friends.

(Sunita Yalavarthi)

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CM Naidu Feels Insecure in Hyderabad

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Agriculture minister Prattipati Pullarao said chief minister Chandrababu Naidu was feeling insecure in Hyderabad.

Addressing a round-table in Vijayawada, Pullarao said, “Greater Hyderabad Municiapl Corporation has refused to give permission to construct house. Water supply to his Lake View guest house camp office is erratic. His phones have been tapped. The CM has been under constant watch.”

If this was the plight of the chief minister, imagine the problems of 40 lakh Andhra settlers in Hyderabad, Pullarao asked.

He put the blame for the sorry state of affairs at the doors of Raj Bhavan. Governor ESL Narasimhan was not able to protect the rights of Andhra people in joint capital of Andhra Pradesh.

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NALSAR Issues India’s First Gender-Neutral Certificate

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Hyderabad based NALSAR university of Law has become the India’s first educational institute to issue gender-neutral certificate to a student with an honorific Mx, instead of Mr or Ms.  Though a provisional certificate has been issued to Anindita Mukherjee as Mx Anindita Mukherjee, it is not clear if the same honorific continues in the final certificate which has to be signed by the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh, who is the Chancellor of the university.

The university Registrar signed the certificate after The Examination Committee endorsed all documents.

Mx Anindita, who daringly chose to declare the world her gender-neutrality, told media that choosing gender identity was her personal act.

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AP Police Slap Notice on T-News

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Andhra Pradesh police slapped a notice on T News, a news channel owned by the family members of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The copy of the notice has been delivered to Narayana Reddy CEO of the channel last midnight. The notice, delivered by Vizag ACP Ramana, was served under Section 19 of The Cable Television Network (Regularion) Act-1995. The Section deals with Powers to prohibit transmission of certain programs in public interest. When invoked, the act authorizes the officials to prohibit any cable operator from transmitting any program which is not in conformity with prescribed program code and is likely to promote disharmony or feelings of enmity or ill-will between different religious, racial, linguistic and regional groups. The notice, citing a program transmitted at 8.30 PM on June 7, 2015, said the transmission, which carried a purported conversation between AP Chief Minister Naidu and Telangana MLA Elvis Stephenson, had the potential to create hatred among the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangan. The AP police sought an explanation from T news in three days. Meanwhile, the Channel described the police act as an indirect declaration of war on Telangana. Journalists across the TS have condemned the Andhra Police move as undemocratic.

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Naidu Looks Like a Burglar Caught in the Hole

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[dropcap]D[/dropcap]oes chief minister Chandrababu Naidu look like a burglar who got caught while in hole he made in the wall. “Yes, he does”, says BV Raghavulu, politburo member of CPM.The veteran CPM leader said Naidu should first clarify to the people if the voice  recorded in the audio was his or not.

“He looks like a thief who was caught in the hole he himself made in the wall to burgle a house”, he said.

Speaking to telugu360.com from Tirupati, where he was attending a seminar on the ‘corporatization of politics’, Raghuvulu wondered how Naidu evades a straight question about his role in the attempt to buy an MLA’s vote in Telangana. “His voice is there for verification. His representatives were caught red-handed while offering money to nominated MLA Elvis.  Instead of denying the episode in clear terms, Naiduy is  talking everything other than replying the main question,” Raghavulu said.

Raghavulu was critical of Naidu’s attempt to distract people’s attention from the cash-for-vote scam with a counter charge of Telephone tapping against the Telangana government.

“If he is so sure of his telephone having been tapped, and he has enough proof, why didn’t his government file a case in the court? He should at least  come before the media with proof. It is again a ploy to divert people’s attention and an attempt to cover up his tarnished face,” he said. Dubbing the upcoming capital of Andhra Pradesh as the corporate capital, the former CPM state secretary said Amaravathi would become another Hyderabad with all development getting concentrated in the city.  This may lead to unrest in the long run in  other regions, he added.

[pullquote position=”left”]”He looks like a thief who was caught in the hole he himself made in the wall to burgle a house.”[/pullquote]

Raghavulu was equally critical of TRS chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. According to the CPM veteran, Rao was trying to get cheap mileage out of the case to gloss over his failures in Telangana state.

“Bifurcation has brought about many problems. Water sharing is a problem. Division assets of RTC and power sector has been pending.  Instead of concentrating on these issues, both chief ministers are indulging political one-upmanship. They will soon face the wrath of the people,” he warned.

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What does Section-8 of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 Deal With?

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As TDP leaders and Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu continuously highlighting the need for implementation of Section-8 of AP Reorganisation Act. 2014, a large number of people in Telugu states are confused as to what this section would deal with and how it would benefit Andhra Pradesh.

Before we look into Section-8 of this act, it is pertinent to know what Section-5 of AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 as both sections deal with Hyderabad—the matter of concern for TDP leaders as of now.

Section-5 of this act has two sub-sections. While the first sub-section states that Telangana and Andhra Pradesh would have Hyderabad as common capital for a period ‘not exceeding ten years.’

The second sub-section of section five clearly mentions that Hyderabad, after the expiry of period as mentioned in sub-section one of section five, will be the capital of Telangana and there would be a new capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Now, read on to know what the most-debated and demanded ‘Section-8’ highlights.

Section-8 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 has four sub-sections. The first sub-section stresses that governor would have special responsibility to safeguard the liberty and property of people who reside in Hyderabad. 

According to the second sub-section of section eight, governor will handle the law and order, internal security and allocation and maintenance of government buildings in Hyderabad.

The third sub-section states that governor would take an independent decision regarding the matters mentioned above only after consulting the council of ministers of Telangana state.

Two advisors, appointed by the Central Government, will assist the governor, according to the fourth and last sub-section of the act.

Will it benefit Andhra Pradesh economically?

The answer is certainly no, as said by many legal experts and economists, as no where it’s mentioned in Section-8 that the revenue of Hyderabad would be shared with Andhra Pradesh. This section deals only with law and order besides allocation and maintenance of government buildings.

Why governor would consult council of minister of Telangana state?

Before taking any decision with regards to Section-8, the governor will consult the Telangana Government as Telangana police would act in Hyderabad, which will, however, be controlled by the governor.

All in all, TDP should now at least focus on development of north Andhra and Rayalaseema regions as the development in four Rayalaseema districts besides Vizianagaram and Srikakulam is limping.  Instead, the party leaders are choosing to fight on an issue that might benefit the party-given the ignorance of people on section eight-but will not benefit the region in any manner.

(Phani B)

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