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Telangana seeks Centre’s approval for Hyderabad Metro Rail’s Phase II

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Telangana’s Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao has urged Centre to accord in-principle approval for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Phase II Project, from BHEL to Lakdikapul costing Rs 8,453 crore, as a jointly owned project of Centre and the state with external financial assistance.

In a letter ato Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, KTR, as the Minister is popularly known requested to include the said proposal in the ensuing union budget for 2023-24. The new Metro Line is proposed to be 26 km long with 23 stations.

He sought to meet the Union Minister to explain the project. To avoid delays in processing, detailed project reports (DPRs) of the project (as prepared by DMRC) and other related documents were sent to Centre by the Telangana government on October 27, the Minister added.

Noting that Hyderabad is the fastest-growing metropolitan city in terms of quarterly and year on year growth of real estate sector especially since 2019-20, he said that with the opening up of all the offices in post-Covid scenario, the need for expansion and strengthening of public transportation system needs no emphasis.

The Phase-I of the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project spanning over 69 km was successfully implemented and fully operational. Incidentally, it is the world’s largest Metro Rail Project in PPP mode under the Centre’s VGF scheme, he said.

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People of Munugode upheld Telangana’s self-respect: KTR

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The people of Munugode have upheld Telangana’s self-respect and gave the mandate for development, said Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao after his party’s victory in the Assembly by-election.

He said people of Munugode have given befitting reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who out of their “arrogance” imposed a by-election.

Rama Rao was addressing a news conference after the TRS won the bitterly contested by-election, defeating BJP by a margin of over 10,000 votes.

The TRS leader said though Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy was the face of BJP, it was Amit Shah and Narendra Modi who were running the show from behind.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, said that despite the BJP using money power, misusing authority and all their allurements and conspiracies, people stood by the TRS and voted for the self-respect of Telangana.

He said the BJP’s conspiracies reduced the majority of TRS but it could not stop the party from registering a victory. He pointed out that despite all the conspiracies and allurements by BJP, the TRS increased its vote share to about 43 per cent from 34.29 per cent in 2018.

KTR said the TRS would have got a higher majority because of the situation in the constituency but the BJP leadership spent hundreds of crores and distributed liquor to lure voters.

Citing media reports, he said the husband of a BJP corporator and a close aide of state BJP President Bandi Sanjay was arrested with Rs 1 crore while BJP MLA Eatala Rajender’s personal assistant K. Srinivas was caught with Rs 90 lakh.

He alleged that BJP leader G. Vivek brought Rs 2.5 crore through hawala from Gujarat. He claimed that soon after Rajagopal Reddy joined the BJP, Vivek transferred Rs 75 crore to his account. He said earlier when Rajender had joined the BJP, Vivek had transferred Rs 25 crore to the account of his family company Jamuna Hatcheries.

KTR also alleged though the TRS complained to the Election Commission with proof that Rajagopal Reddy’s company Sushi Infra transferred Rs 5.25 crore to BJP leaders to lure voters, pressure was brought on EC not to take any action.

He alleged that the BJP misused its authority and deployed as many as 15 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the constituency.

He said 40 teams of the Income Tax with each team comprising 10 officials were sent to the constituency to conduct raids by making false allegations that the TRS is distributing money.

KTR said in the last eight years there were many by-elections in the state but it was only Huzurabad and Munugode that hundreds of crores were used in an assault on the democracy. He said in both the by-elections, the BJP candidates were rich and big contractors.

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Law will take its own course: KTR

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao said on Saturday that the law will take its course in ‘MLAs poaching’ case.

“Law will take its own course and I am fully confident that the investigating agencies will do their job,” he said in his first reaction to the poaching drama which unfolded on October 26 with the arrest of three alleged BJP agents while trying to buy four MLAs of TRS.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, declined to comment further saying he would not like to say something which may be interpreted as influencing the investigation.

“We are responsible people running a government. If I speak something, they may say that I am influencing the investigation. Law will definitely take its own course,” he said.

The TRS leader also said that at an appropriate time either investigating agencies investigating the criminal act or TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will respond appropriately and in a befitting manner.

KTR was talking to reporters at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters. Facing a volley of questions on the poaching case, he merely remarked that everything has come before people and the people know the thieves.

The TRS working president recalled that he had already asked party leaders not to comment on the case in haste. He said when he gave this direction to the party leaders, it would not be proper for himself to comment.

When asked about state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar’s challenge to CM KCR to swear at Yadadri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, KTR said pledges by leaders of a party which felicitate rapists carry no value.

Sanjay had taken a pledge at the temple on Friday that BJP is in no way involved in the poaching case and had asked KCR to swear at the same temple that this drama was not scripted by him.

KTR also remarked that Sanjay committed a sin by touching feet of deity with the same hands which carried union home minister Amit Shaha’s footwear. The TRS leader said this had hurt the sentiments of devotees of Yadadri temple and asked the temple authorities and Veda pundits to carry out purification rituals.

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Shocking, says TRS on Centre’s nod for release of Bilkis Bano case convicts

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao on Tuesday termed “shocking” the affidavit filed by the Gujarat government in the Supreme Court that it decided to release 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano case after the Centre gave its approval.

“Shocking!! All along it was reported that Gujarat Govt released the “Sanskari Rapists” Turns out it is Union Govt who actually approved this!,” tweeted Rama Rao.

“Shameful & repulsive Letting out Rapists & Child-Killers just for political gains is a new low even by the very low BJP standards,” he wrote.

Meanwhile, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaisi stated that Bilkis Bano rapists were released early after approval from union home minister Amit Shah’s ministry.

“These men were guilty of brutal rape & murder. A 3 year old’s head was bashed with a rock. They were killed only because they were Muslim. For BJP, no crime is too grave if the victims are Muslim,” tweeted the Hyderabad MP.

Owaisi wrote that the release was against the central government’s own policy but BJP state and central governments left no stone unturned for the early release of these rapists, murderers and child killers.

The Gujarat government informed the Supreme Court on Monday that the union government had given approval for the premature release of 11 prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.

“All the prisoners have completed 14-plus years in the prison under life imprisonment and opinions of the authorities concerned have been obtained as per the premature release policy of 1992 and submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs vide letter dated June 28, 2022 and sought the approval of the Government of India. The Government of India conveyed the concurrence/approval under Section 435 of the Code of Criminal Procedure for premature release of 11 prisoners in a letter on July 11, 2022,” the state government said in an affidavit.

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KTR promises to adopt Munugode constituency for development

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President and state minister K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday promised to adopt Munugode Assembly constituency, which is going to polls on November 3.

Addressing a TRS rally before filling of nomination by party candidate Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy, he promised to personally ensure development of the constituency and Nalgonda district.

Accompanied by K. T. Rama Rao, Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy and leaders of CPI and CPI-M, Prabhakar Reddy reached the office of returning officer to file the nomination papers.

In a massive show of strength, the TRS organised a huge rally from Bangari Gadda to Chandur.

Leading the rally was Rama Rao, who appealed to people to vote for the TRS for the development of the constituency.

KTR, as the TRS leader is popularly known, described the by-election as a fight between a contractor’s arrogance and self-respect of Telangana people. He told the gathering that Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy himself admitted that he was given Rs 18,000 crore contract by the Narendra Modi government.

He alleged that Rajagopal Reddy neglected the constituency for four years after getting elected on Congress ticket and has now joined BJP and imposed a by-election for the sake of the Rs 18,000 crore contract.

Alleging that Modi government did injustice to Telangana during the last eight years, KTR appealed to people to teach a befitting lesson to BJP by defeating Rajagopal Reddy.

He exuded confidence that Prabhakar Reddy will win the by-election by a huge margin.

Communist Party of India (CPI) state Secretary Sambasiva Rao and CPI-M Secretary Tammineni Veerabhadram participated in the rally and reiterated their support to TRS candidate.

Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy had lost to Rajagopal Reddy in 2018 by over 23,000 votes. In 2014, Prabhakar Reddy was elected from the constituency. This was first victory for the TRS in the constituency, which was won either by the Congress or the CPI.

Rajagopal Reddy has already filed nomination as BJP candidate.

The Congress party has given ticket to Palvai Sravanthi, daughter of former MP Palvai Govardhan Reddy.

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Opposing Hindi imposition, KTR tells PM

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Telangana’s Information Technology, and Industries and Commerce Minister K. T Rama Rao on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly opposing the move to make Hindi a medium of instruction in all technical and non-technical educational institutions including Central universities.

A Committee of Parliament on Official Language headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah recommended that Hindi be made the medium of instruction in the technical and non-technical educational institutes. Stating that the recommendation is unconstitutional, Rama Rao demanded the recommendation to be withdrawn.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, in his letter to the PM, detailed the “far reaching disastrous impact of the unconstitutional recommendation on the future of current and future generations, the division it could draw between various parts of India, and other crucial aspects”.

Drawing focus on how indirect imposition of Hindi is currently ruining lives of crores of youngsters, he said that students who pursue education in regional languages are losing out on Central government job opportunities as questions in qualifying tests for the central jobs are in Hindi, and English.

There are around 20 central recruitment agencies which conduct the exams in Hindi, and English. The UPSC conducts 16 recruitment exams for national posts in the two languages.

KTR, who is also working President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said that job announcements from central recruiting agencies are scarce and the limited recruitment drives are discriminatory against the students who pursued education in regional languages. He termed this injustice against crores of youngsters eagerly aspiring for jobs.

He requested the Prime Minister to conduct the exams in regional languages for the benefit of the job aspirants.

Besides, in this highly competitive globalised world, the recommendation of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language could take us backwards in terms of the nation’s development, KTR wrote.

Pointing at the huge non-Hindi speaking population in India, he said that the Central government’s move to make Hindi mandatory will lead to socio-economic divisions in the country.

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IIL to set up animal vaccine facility in Hyderabad’s Genome Valley

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Indian Immunologicals Ltd (IIL) on Monday announced that it will invest Rs 700 crore to set up a new animal vaccine manufacturing facility in Genome Valley, Hyderabad.

The company said the facility would help meet the vaccine security of the nation against economically important diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and other emerging diseases. The facility will create total employment for around 750 people.

IIL, a subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), is already one of the largest manufacturers of FMD vaccine in the world and is the leading supplier of FMD vaccine to the government’s National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP).

It is investing in a new greenfield project for the establishment of a Veterinary Vaccine Facility for manufacturing of FMD and other animal vaccines. The facility is intended to be a state-of-art fully integrated biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) for Drug Substance (DS) production and respective fill-finish.

IIL’s intended new facility, in Genome Valley Phase 3, will add another 300 million doses/annum of FMD vaccine to its capacity. The existing facility in Gachibowli already has a capacity of 300 million doses. Production is scheduled to commence in the third year.

Dr K. Anand Kumar, MD, IIL, and other members of the Executive Leadership team of IIL including Senior Vice Presidents Mukul Gaur and NSN Bhargav met Telangana’s Industry Minister K.T. Rama Rao today and briefed him on the company’s plans.

Rama Rao stated that Hyderabad is already regarded as the vaccine capital of the world and this expansion further advances its contribution in terms of global health, not just for humans but also for animals.

“IIL is on an aggressive growth path and this third vaccine facility in Hyderabad will ensure self-sufficiency for our nation in the field of vaccines and thereby saving the exchequer and farmers several thousands of crores,” said Anand Kumar.

IIL is a one health company and the market leader in veterinary and human biologicals in India. It manufactures over 150 products.

Genome Valley is India’s first organised cluster for Life Sciences R&D and Clean Manufacturing activities, with world-class infrastructure facilities in the form of Industrial/Knowledge Parks, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), multi-tenanted dry and wet laboratories and incubation facilities.

It is home to more than 200 companies with a scientific workforce of about 15,000 professionals including presence of the marquee global names like Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Ferring Pharma, Chemo, DuPont, Ashland, United States Pharmacopeia, Lonza amongst many others including other vaccines manufacturers like Bharat Biotech, Biological E, etc.

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Telangana BJP leader dares KTR to prove contract allegation

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Telangana BJP leader Komatireddy Rajagaopal Reddy has threatened to file a defamation suit against Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao.

Rajagopal Reddy, who quit Congress and joined the BJP recently, challenged Rama Rao to prove his allegation that his company received Rs 18,000 crore contract from the Central government and in return, he joined the BJP.

Rajagopal Reddy said on Saturday that he is giving 24 hours time to prove his allegation.

“It’s time to call spade a spade. I openly challenge Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao. I am giving you 24 hrs time. Either you prove the allegation levelled against me about the quid-pro-quo nexus or be ready to face defamation,” tweeted Rajagopal Reddy.

Rajagopal Reddy was reacting to an earlier tweet by KTR. “Quid pro quo – open confession of the BJP MLA candidate from Munugode. His company gets a massive Rs 18,000 crore contract and in return he joins BJP,” wrote KTR.

The TRS leader also tweeted that Rajagopal Reddy’s brother and Congress MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy might follow in his footsteps.

KTR posted a video clip from a debate on a Telugu television channel. During the debate, Rajagopal Reddy revealed that the company received a contract worth Rs 18,000 crore in competition about six months ago while he has been talking of joining BJP for the last three years.

Rajagopal Reddy resigned as MLA and quit the Congress. He joined the BJP at a public meeting addressed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Munugode on August 21.

The by-election to the seat is scheduled to be held on November 3. Rajagopal Reddy is all set to enter the fray as BJP candidate.

During an informal chat with media persons on Friday, KTR had claimed that Rajagopal Reddy’s firm Sushi Infra received a Rs 22,000 crore contract from the Centre and in return, he quit Congress and joined the BJP. He alleged that the contractor imposed an unnecessary by-election on people of munugode.

The TRS also claimed that Rajagopal Reddy assured Amit Shah that he would spend Rs 500 crore to win the by-election.

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TRS predicts exit of a couple of Congress MPs in Telangana

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A couple of MPs of Congress in Telangana are likely to leave the party around the time its leader Rahul Gandhi is in Telangana for his ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao said on Thursday.

“As we speak, a couple of Congress MPs are likely to leave around the time Rahul Gandhi is here,” he told reporters.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader said he had information that 1-2 MPs of Congress in Telangana would leave the party. He, however, declined to answer if they will be joining the TRS.

KTR, as Rao is popularly known, slammed the Congress party saying it has become the biggest liability for the country.

Claiming that there is huge political vacuum in the country as the principal opposition party Congress has failed miserably

The TRS leader said that the Congress party is facing an existential crisis and added that it will be very difficult for the party to survive this.

“I don’t think Congress exists anymore in this country. From a party that ruled the country for 50 years now confined to 50 and one wonders if it would be around after the next elections,” he said.

He said the Congress was unable to electorally perform in many states and in states where it performed it was unable to keep its flock together.

“The Congress is non-existent in today’s situation. In fact they have become the biggest liability for this country. I am sorry to say this but they have. Wherever Congress competes directly with BJP the conclusion is forgotten,” he said.

On Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, he said the Congress leader should speak of ‘Congress jodo’ as the party is breaking up everywhere.

“Rahul was walking in Kerala, his MLAs were leaving the party in Goa. He talked of making Ashok Gehlot the president of the party, he raised the banner of revolt in Rajasthan. Gandhis have totally lost control of the party,” he said.

“No one cares,” he remarked when asked about Rahul Gandhi’s plans to undertake the yatra in Telangana for 15 days.

“He can spend even 15 months in Telangana. I am sure Rahul Gandhi will also appreciate the qualitative difference between Karnataka and Telangana as soon as he enters Telangana,” he said.

Rama Rao ridiculed the contest in the Congress party for the post of president. He remarked that neither Shahi Tharoor nor Mallikarjun Kharge can make any difference, saying the party is a disaster. “Congress is now the biggest liability for this country. Whatever Congress used to stand for is in shambles today.”

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KTR plays down sister Kavitha’s absence at crucial TRS meeting

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TRS working president K T. Rama Rao on Friday played down the absence of his sister K. Kavitha from a crucial meeting of the party which decided to convert itself into a national party BRS.

Dismissing reports of any rift in the family, he alleged that it is an attempt to make fringe issues the main issues.

“These are silly and trivial issues,” he said in informal chat with the reporters.

The general body meeting of the TRS on Wednesday passed a resolution changing the party’s name to Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

The meeting was presided over by TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR.

However, the absence of KCR’s daughter at the meeting set off speculations of a rift in the family.

Kavitha, who is a member of State Legislative Council, is said to be unhappy with her father for not consulting her before taking the decision to launch the national party.

A former MP from Nizamabad, she has not come out with any clarification about her absence.

She has also issued a statement welcoming the party’s decision to go national.

When asked about Kavitha’s absence, her brother Rama Rao tried to play it down.

“Do you think anybody opposing KCR’s decision and leadership will remain in the party,” he asked and found fault with the media for its reports.

“Ranjith Reddy also did not come. Does this mean he is differing with the party decision,” he asked, referring to the MP from Chevella.

KTR, as the TRS working president and cabinet minister is popularly known, pointed out that the general body has a strength of 283.

“I think 279 attended the meeting. This is more than 99 per cent. The meeting unanimously supported the resolution,” he said.

“We are part of the same family,” KTR remarked but did not elaborate further.

The general body meeting was attended by TRS MPs, MLAs and MLCs, besides presidents of district units of the party, heads of affiliated organisations and other elected representatives.

Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, president of VMK and Chidambaram MP Thirumavalavan and some farmer leaders were also present at the meeting.

Kavitha’s absence, however, baffled the political circles as she had travelled to the national capital on multiple occasions in the past as part of the preparations to launch the national party.

She is reported to be unhappy over the way KCR ignored her in the entire process.

KCR had reportedly involved son KTR, nephew and finance and health minister T. Harish Rao and another nephew and MP J. Santosh Kumar in the consultation process before taking the decision to change the party’s name and amend its Constitution.

Reports of rift in the KCR family were also doing rounds earlier when KCR had appointed KTR as the working president of the party in 2019, just before the Lok Sabha polls.

Harish Rao was reportedly unhappy with the KCR for promoting his son as his successor.

Kavitha, who lost the Lok Sabha elections in Nizamabad, was made a member of the upper house of the state legislature early this year.

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KTR’s fun tweet at BJP irks its leaders

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader and minister for IT, K Taraka Ramarao, popularly known as KTR, had made fun of the opposition BJP in Telangana on Sunday. The TRS ministers took the BJP to task in his twitter handle and advised the national party to change its name.

KTR reacted to the predictions of BJP national general secretary Sunil Bansal on the election schedule for the Munugodu Assembly constituency in Telangana. Bansal told the BJP leaders core committee meeting in Hyderabad that the schedule for the by-election is expected before October 15.

Bansal had asked the rank and file of the BJP to get ready for the big fight with the ruling TRS at Munugodu. He wanted the party leaders to win the seat and maintained that BJP’s victory would be a fitting lesson to the TRS and the Congress as well.

KTR reacted to the statement and wondered how the BJP leaders could predict what the Election Commission of India is planning for Munugodu. He also wondered how the BJP leaders could predict the working of the Election Commission.

“Before “EC” BJP announces the poll dates! Before “ED” BJP announces the names! Before “NIA” BJP announces the Ban! Before “IT” BJP announces the amount! Before “CBI” BJP announces the accused!” KTR tweeted in his twitter handle.

The Telangana minister further suggested saying, “Appropriately BJP should rename itself as; “BJ…EC-CBI-NIA-IT-ED…P”

KTR’s tweet attracted criticism from the BJP leaders who advised the TRS minister to set his house in order, before making fun of other parties. The BJP leaders have also dared KTR to face them in the Munugodu by-election and see how people are going to make fun of the TRS leaders in the campaign.

It is to be seen how both the TRS and the BJP leaders are set to carry forward the election campaign in Munugodu once the EC releases the schedule for the by-election.

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Students not locked up during KTR’s visit to RGUKT, says T’gana govt

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The Telangana government has denied that some students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technology (RGUKT) Basara were locked up and not allowed to meet state minister K.T. Rama Rao during his visit to the institute on Monday.

An official said some vested interests seem to be spreading rumours about the minister’s interaction with the students.

Minister for industry and information technology K.T. Rama Rao along with minister for education P. Sabitha Indra Reddy and two other ministers A. Indrakaran Reddy and V. Srinivas Goud visited the campus of RGUKT, also known as IIIT at Basara in Nirmal district. The campus recently witnessed a series of protests by students demanding an improvement in basic facilities.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, interacted with students to know their problems and promised to address them. He also had lunch with students and assured them that the facilities at the campus would improve soon.

Director, digital media, government of Telangana, Dileep Konatham, tweeted that some vested interests who seem to be disturbed by rousing reception and love and affection shown by students of RGUKT trying to spread factually incorrect information.

He was reacting to some media reports that 800 students were locked up during KTR’s visit and were not allowed to meet him.

He pointed out that RGUKT has a total student strength of almost 8,000 students while Monday’s meeting happened in an auditorium on campus, which has a capacity of about 1800-2000.

The official said to ensure maximum students get a chance to interact with the minister, the University management planned a lunch with a set of about 2,000 students. Later, a meeting with another set of about 2,000 students was planned in the auditorium.

He said to ensure other students also get a chance to listen to the speeches of ministers, screens were arranged in the adjoining hall. After the meeting was completed, KTR went into this adjoining hall also and interacted with students there.

He wrote that dozens of students took selfies with the minister and this includes students who were actively involved in recent agitation. No student was locked up or restrained by anyone, he added.

Addressing the students, KTR made five announcements in addition to the ongoing improvement works at the university.

He declared that he will visit the campus again in November along with the education minister to distribute laptops to students.

He requested sports minister Srinivas Goud to construct a mini stadium with Rs 3 crore, which would come up in six to eight months.

A state-of-the-art digital lab with 1,000 computers, 50 additional model classrooms and an innovation lab are the other announcements made by him.

To encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship, he requested RGUKT Vice Chancellor V. Venkata Ramana to establish an innovation lab and to hold week-long innovation celebrations every year.

He told the students that the problems at the University were being attended to one after another, and that it is being ensured to maintain the highest quality in providing the facilities.

KTR said that the response was not satisfactory for the tenders floated for mess contract, and a sincere effort was being put in to get a good contractor.

He appreciated the students for protesting peacefully, not allowing politicians to get involved, and for forming a student council to solve issues on their own.

Prior to his speech, the Minister KTR had lunch with students and interacted with them about their aspirations, and other topics.

Based on his interaction, he requested the education minister to introduce new age courses at the University. The students have asked for futuristic courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Space Technology, and others to reach high-ranking positions.

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Telangana’s 16 municipalities bag Swachh Survekshan-2022 awards

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Telangana has once again bagged a huge number of Swachh Survekshan awards.

This year, 16 Urban Local Bodies (ULB), in the state have bagged Swachh Survekshan awards 2022 which will be presented in Delhi on October 1.

Selection for the awards was conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs which gave star ratings for the resolution of issues related to sanitation, and garbage free city, for the period of July 2021 to January 2022.

A total of 90 topics were considered in selection of the awards.

The awards have been announced in the categories of solid Waste Management, community level composting, public toilets, liquid waste management, awareness levels among people, management of community toilets, citizen engagement, innovation, and others.

Adibatla, Badangpet, Boothpur, Chandur, Chityal, Gajwel, Ghatkesar, Husnabad, Kompally, AKoratla, Kothapalli, Neredcherla, Sircilla, Turkayamjal and Vemulawada municipalities and Secunderabad Cantonment have bagged the awards.

Minister for municipal administration and urban development, K.T. Rama Rao has congratulated all officials and employees of the ULBs.

He said that several programmes were taken up for improvement of cities under the direction of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Rama Rao said the achievement was possible because of CM KCR’s vision for the all round development of urban local bodies in the state.

A lot of development is witnessed in towns and cities because of the state government’s pioneering Pattana Pragathi programme and new Municipal Act.

KTR said that the awards bagged over consecutive years is a testament of Telangana’s commitment towards all round development of cities.

He claimed that the state is already a role model to the country with its pioneering policies and programmes.

He added that the nationwide recognition, the Swachh Survekshan Awards, shows that Telangana is certainly a role model in urban development and administration too.

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KTR launches broadside against PM over rupee falling to all-time low

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With the Indian rupee falling to an all-time low on Friday, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao dug out old tweets of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch a broadside against him.

Rama Rao posted several tweets of Modi from 2013 when the latter had lambasted then Congress-led UPA government over falling value of the rupee.

“To all those Bhakts who are giving Gyan on how world markets & Fed rates are affecting Rupee. Vishwa Guru Modi Ji does not agree with your logic; Am merely quoting from his amazing pearls of wisdom,” wrote KTR, as the TRS leader is popularly known.

KTR, who is also a senior minister in the Cabinet headed by his father K. Chandrasekhar Rao, recalled that Modi had blamed corruption in the union government for rupee losing its strength.

The TRS leader also recalled Modi’s tweet that rupee is in ICU.

“Rupee at an all time Low Jumlas at an all time high,” reads another tweet by KTR with hashtag New India.

The TRS leader also had a dig at Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

“While rupee is at an all time low, Madam FM is busy looking for PM’s photos in PDS shops,” wrote KTR referring to a recent incident in Telangana’s Kamareddy district when Sitharaman pulled up the district collector on not finding the PM’s photo at a ration shop.

“She will tell you that the Rupee will find its natural course. All economic hardships, unemployment & inflation are due to Acts of God Hail Vishwa Guru,” added KTR.

The rupee on Friday fell 41 paise to all-time low of 81.20 against US dollar.

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TRS slams BJP’s double standards on ‘freebies’

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for what it calls its double standards on ‘freebies’.

TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao came down heavily on Thursday over BJP’s promises of free houses, education and health in Telangana.

“The stupidity of BJP Telangana is stupendous. While Vishwa Guru says NO Freebies, this joker MP promises Free Education, Health & Houses,” tweeted Rama Rao.

The TRS leader posted a newspaper clipping about BJP state president Bandi Sanjay’s promises, which TRS believes go against the stand taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against freebies.

“Isn’t BJP governing this Nation? Who is stopping you from legislating in parliament on Free Houses, Education & Health for the entire Country,” asked Rama Rao, who is a Cabinet Minister and son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The leader said that TRS would vote in Parliament for free education, free healthcare and free 2BHK housing for the poor people of 28 states in India.

He demanded the Prime Minister bring in legislations in Parliament in line with his BJP Telangana’s promises.

Addressing a public meeting as part of his Praja Sangrama Yatra at Kukatpally on Wednesday, Sanjay promised that if voted to power, BJP will allot free houses to poor and also provide free education and health.

Ever since Prime Minister Modi’s remark of ‘revadi’ culture sparked a debate on freebies, the TRS leaders strongly defended the welfare schemes.

KTR had earlier stated that the Modi government not only ignored the welfare of the people but has now started the debate on freebies to make the lives of the common man more miserable.

“Central government brings lakhs of crores as debt but does not do any useful work with it. At the same time, if the state governments come up with any schemes for the welfare of the poor, they are the ones who spew venom on the schemes labelling them freebies,” KTR had said.

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KTR tests Covid positive for second time

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Telangana’s cabinet minister K.T. Rama Rao has tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time.

The minister for industry, information technology, urban development and municipal administration took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he has been tested positive.

“Thought this was behind us but clearly it is not. After developing symptoms, got tested for Covid & it’s positive,” said KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known.

KTR, who is also working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said he would be isolating at home.

“I request all who met with me over the last few days to kindly get tested & take precautions,” he said.

KTR, son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 in April last year.

Meanwhile, Telangana reported 192 new Covid cases. According to the health department, 14,320 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.

Greater Hyderabad reported maximum cases at 80 followed by Ranga Reddy and Medchal Malkajgiri districts at 16 each.

The period also saw 345 patients recovering from the virus. The total number of recoveries rose to 8,28,108. The recovery rate has improved to 99.28 per cent.

The number of people under treatment or isolation stood at 1,924.

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Telangana not to get trapped in competition on God, says TRS

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao on Saturday decried the attempts to play politics over religion and made it clear that Telangana government is in no mood to get trapped into competition on whose god is the greatest.

Targeting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said those who have failed to deliver in their governance were harping on ‘Halal, Hijab and Munawar Faruqui’ controversies to divert the people’s attention.

He said since they have no answer on the development of the country and bettering people’s lives, they are raking controversies.

“I want to know which god wants their followers to believe in violence and hatred,” he asked while addressing a programme at B.R. Ambedkar Open University here.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, pointed out that in 1987, India and China had the same size GDP of $470 billion.

“Today China is $16 trillion while India is at $3 trillion. China’s GDP is 5.8 times higher. Where are we? We are fighting over what is your religion, what is your caste, what you should eat and what you should wear,” he said.

He said though Telangana’s population is only 2.5 per cent of the total population of the country, its contribution to India’s GDP is five per cent. “This is because we are progressive and forward thinking state. We have decided not to look at whose god is greatest,” he said.

The minister for industry and information technology hit out at the critics of freebies. He said the so-called freebies were necessary for a third-world country like India.

“We may call ourselves vishwa guru but the fact remains that we are still a third-world country. Majority of our population is below the poverty line. We may like it or not but the fundamental duty of a democratically elected government in a third-world country is to take care of vulnerable sections,” he said.

He warned that if the basic needs of the vulnerable section were not take care of, society would have to bear the brunt of their restlessness.

“Rich and upper middle class should realise that they could be safe and there will be law and order when there is no restlessness in the society,” he said and recalled that the country has already seen lots of problems.

KTR said the attempts to do away with welfare schemes by terming it ‘freebie culture’ will have disastrous consequences. He wondered if Rs 12 lakh crore corporate tax waived by the government of India was not freebies.

KTR slammed the Narendra Modi-led government saying it destroyed the Indian economy with silly decisions such as demonetisation and creating unrest in the society to cover up its failures.

He claimed that the story of Telangana was a different one as it made rapid strides in the last eight years despite the Centre’s non-cooperation and despite silly decisions such demonetisation.

He pointed out that Telangana’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) had increased to Rs 11.55 lakh crore from Rs 5.6 lakh crore in 2014.

There was a 128 per cent growth and these are figures from the Central government’s department of programmes and statistics.

The per capita income of Telangana in 2014 was Rs 1.24 lakh and today, it stands at Rs 2.79 lakh while the country’s per capita income figure is just Rs 1.49 lakh, he said.

KTR spoke in detail on the rapid strides made by the state in water, funds and jobs — the three major issues during Telangana movement.

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TRS hits back at Amit Shah for calling KCR ‘anti-farmer’

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A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah branded Telangana Chief Minister Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao ‘anti-farmer’, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) hit back at him saying it is the joke of the century.

Taking to Twitter, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao said on Monday: “Who copied KCR’s brainchild ‘Rythu Bandhu’ & rebranded it as PM-Kisan? Who apologised to the farmers of the nation after facing their wrath over farm-laws; After losing 700 valuable lives?”

Addressing a public meeting of the BJP at Munugode Assembly constituency on Sunday, Shah had termed KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, as ‘anti-farmer’.

KTR, who is a state minister and son of KCR, pointed out that Shah criticized the Chief Minister for not joining the Centre’s Fasal Bheema Yojana.

“Earlier, Gujarat BJP government too rejected this scheme of NPA Govt & opted out! If it isn’t good for your own home state Gujarat, how is it good for Telangana? What absurd hypocrisy is this?,” asked KTR, who refers to the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) as Non-Performing Alliance (NPA).

Another state minister G. Jagadish Reddy also slammed Shah for making baseless allegations at the public meeting.

Jagadish Reddy said Amit Shah did not respond to the questions posed by KCR at a public meeting in Munugode on Saturday.

“We did not expect a reply because BJP leadership has no answer to the question asked by our leader,” he said.

The Chief Minister had asked Shah to reply as to why the Centre failed to give Telangana its due share in Krishna river waters though eight years have passed since the formation of the state.

On the Union Minister’s criticism of the TRS government for not slashing the price of petrol and diesel, Jagadish Reddy said it was like the pot calling kettle black.

He said Shah should tell the people as to who hiked the prices of petroleum products and what was the quantum of hike in the last eight years.

Jagadish Reddy countered Shah’s comments on the Fasal Bima Yojana. and pointed out that the best insurance policy for farmers was being implemented in Telangana.

Under the Rythu Bima scheme, farmers are being provided Rs 5 lakh insurance coverage and so far families of one lakh farmers have benefited.

Terming Shah’s public meeting a “flop show”, another minister Koppula Eshwar said there was no public response to the meeting.

This was the reason he finished his speech in 15 minutes, he said.

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KTR asks Amit Shah to speak on release of convicts in Bilkis Bano case

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K.T. Rama Rao took potshots at Union Home Minister Amit Shah as the latter arrived in Telangana to address a public meeting.

Rama Rao took to Twitter to remark that people of Telangana are keen to hear from Amit Shah on why the BJP government decided to release convicts in Bilkis Bano rape case.

“The people of Telangana are very keen to hear from you on why your Govt decided to release ‘Sanskari Rapists’ of #BilkisBano. Balathkar Justification is against what Hon’ble PM preached from the ramparts of Red Fort Is Gujarat Govt not taking PM sir seriously?” he asked.

The TRS leader who is also a key minister in the cabinet headed by his father K. Chandrasekhar Rao was referring to term “Sanskari” used by a Gujarat MLA of BJP while defending the convicts.

In another tweet, KTR taunted Shah on “parivarvad” (nepotism).

“The father of an ‘Ace cricketer’ who rose through the ranks & became BCCI Secretary (purely on merit) is visiting Telangana today,” wrote the TRS leader referring to Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah.

“He will campaign for a gentleman whose brother is an MP & whose wife was an MLC contestant And he will lecture & enlighten us on Parivarvad,” added KTR in an obvious reference to Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy.

Rajagopal Reddy, who recently quit as MLA from Munugode constituency and resigned from Congress, joined the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah at the public meeting in Munugode.

Meanwhile, a banner was spotted in Hyderabad’s Begumpet area on Sunday before the arrival of Amit Shah. It carried a question ‘Tadipaar Kaun Hai’ and with the slogan ‘Bye Bye Modi’ . The banner did not carry the name of the person or organisation which installed it.

The banner was seen near Begumpet Airport where Amit Shah landed.

Banners with the slogan aBye Bye Modi’ and posing questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi were seen during the latter’s public meeting in Hyderabad early last month.

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Will you withdraw freebies and go for polls, KTR asks Modi

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Freebies to the people has become a controversial issue now with several top heads expressing their opinions against continuation of freebies. Chief Justice of India, Justice N V Ramana, Vice-President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu and many others have advised the political parties and the governments not to encourage freebies.

They have said that the freebies would cause major damage to the nation’s economy. These comments came simultaneously with the Reserve Bank of India releasing a note on the waiver of over Rs 10,000 lakh crore of bad debts to the big industrialists and business firms in the country.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken against the freebies for a healthy economy.

Telangana Rastra Samithi working president and minister, K Taraka Ramarao, reacted sharply to the Prime Minister’s comments and dared the BJP leadership to go for next elections after withdrawing the welfare schemes by the Central government and also all the BJP-ruled state governments.

KTR wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to announce the withdrawal of freebies and for the next round of elections to the Parliament and also to the states with a slogan of better economy without freebies.

KTR took strong exception to the term freebies and wondered how the BJP leadership is justifying debt waiver for the rich, while speaking very low of welfare schemes as freebies. He sought to advise the Prime Minister and the BJP leaders to stop favouring and promoting the rich and looking down at the poor.

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