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Kavitha, Harish join KCR, KTR’s ‘letter war’!

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TRS president, Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao and his son, IT minister K.T.Rama Rao have launched a ‘letter war’ on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP government at the Centre.

For the past one month, KCR and KTR are writing letters to PM Narendra Modi and union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Goyal, Ashwini Vaishnaw, Nitin Gadkari, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat etc pointing out discrimination being meted out to Telangana in sanctioning of projects and funds, on pending state bifurcation promises and demanding more funds and projects to Telangana in upcoming Union Budget 2022-23 set to be presented in the Parliament in February.

KCR and KTR are also attacking Modi and Centre in their letters.

These letters of KCR and KTR are attracting top headlines in newspapers and TV channels in Telangana while some are garnering the attention of national media.

Now, finance minister T.Harish Rao and MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha have joined in this ‘letter war’ against BJP.

Incidentally, both Harish Rao and Kavitha wrote letters on the same day on Monday.

In his letter to union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Harish Rao took strong exception to Centre not granting funds to Telangana for the development of backward regions, pending 14th and 15th finance commission grants, denial of funds recommended by NITI Aayog, GST/ IGST arrears etc.

Kavitha on the other hand dashed off a letter to Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay to answer why BJP government at the Centre did not sanction a single paise to Telangana for conducting Medaram Jatara, known to be the Asia’s largest tribal festival, even after CM KCR writing series of letters to the Centre in this regard.

Kavitha asked Sanjay to answer why BJP government at the Centre has kept the legislation extending 10 per cent reservations for tribals (STs) pending that was passed by TRS government in Legislative Assembly in 2017.

BJP leaders are angry at entire KCR’s family engaging in letter war against BJP.

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BioAsia 2022 to focus on future readiness of life-sciences industry

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The 19th edition of BioAsia, Asia’s largest biotechnology and life-sciences forum to be held here next month will focus on future readiness of the life-sciences industry.

Over 30,000 participants from more than 70 countries will virtually attend the two-day event, which will kick-start on February 24.

Eminent speakers from government, industry, investors and academia will participate in the annual flagship event of the government of Telangana.

The theme of BioAsia 2022 is ‘Future Ready’ and would focus on exploring industry’s current position and future potential, new approaches and capabilities required to be ready as the life sciences industry develops its future growth strategy.

Unveiling the dates and theme of the event, Telangana’s Minister for Industry and Commerce K.T. Rama Rao said that Hyderabad has cemented its position as the life sciences hub of the country and the vaccine capital of the world.

“BioAsia has been an integral part of this extraordinary growth story and the event continues to help us in showcasing the prowess of Hyderabad in particular and India in general to the world. I invite stakeholders from around the world to take active part in the deliberations,” he said

Principal Secretary, industries and commerce, Jayesh Ranjan said that BioAsia is an excellent global forum for biotechnology, pharma and healthcare industries, academia and start-ups to showcase their innovations and network for better connections.

Over the years, it has been instrumental in promoting India and Telangana as key enablers in the global life sciences and allied sectors. Over the last 18 years, BioAsia convention has seen over 270 Lols (letters of intent), bilateral co-operation agreements and MoUs getting signed along with trade and investment to an extent of $2.6 billion so far.

“The first virtual edition held last year was extremely successful and impactful in continuing the dialogue in these unprecedented times. The 2021 event witnessed around 31,450 participants representing 72 countries with 60 high-profile speakers. We are confident that the 19th edition will bring together some of the most influential leaders to discuss about a wide range of topics concerning the opportunities and challenges in the healthcare sector,” said Shakthi Nagappan, CEO of BioAsia and Director of Life Sciences, Telangana government.

The event will bring together leaders from the industry, research, innovation and governments from more than 70 countries to address the wide-ranging needs of the healthcare system.

The conference will provide a unique opportunity to pharma and biotech companies, CROs, CMOs, CDMOs, Biotech start-ups, academic institutions, scientists and researchers, policy makers, and regulatory experts across the globe to assess industry’s current position and deliberate on the imperatives for future growth and other insightful topics related to the life sciences industry.

The two-day event will witness a wide array of panels focussing on the future of the life-sciences amid the ongoing pandemic and the ways the industry must be focussing on to combat any future pandemic.

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Revanth says he would “occupy” Telangana secretariat after KCR

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Why was the secretariat demolished? Ask Telangana PCC chief Revanth Reddy. He says the new secretariat is being built only for him and that he would be the next CM of Telangana. Till now, he has been saying that the CM would be decided by the party high command in case the Congress manages to get a majority. But, now he says he would become the next CM.

Revanth said this in an informal chitchat with the mediapersons. Thanks to Covid situation, press conferences and media addresses have become a thing of past. He is occasionally holding free-wheeling chitchat with mediapersons. During one such chitchats he said this.

Revanth said that KTR can never occupy the CM’s seat. He said that no CM’s son has so far become a CM in Hyderabad city. He said Jagan became CM in Amaravati not in Hyderabad. He said that the new secretariat too will not see KTR as the CM, He said KTR can never become the CM. He reminded that even when everything was fixed for KTR’s appointment, he (Revanth) had categorically said that KTR can never become the CM of the state.

Revanth claimed that the winds were blowing in favour of the Congress and that the party would come back to power if and when the next elections are held in Telangana. He said that he would occupy the secretariat after the elections.

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Tributes paid to NTR on his death anniversary

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Rich tributes were paid to former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao on his 26th death anniversary on Tuesday.

Rama Rao’s son and popular actor N. Balakrishna and other family members and leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) paid floral tributes at NTR Ghat on the banks of Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad.

Talking to reporters, Balakrishna said NTR will always live in the hearts of people. He said it was NTR who fought for self-respect of Telugu people and brought recognition to them globally.

Balakrishna, who is also TDP leader and legislator in Andhra Pradesh, said NTR’s contributions in both films and politics will always be remembered.

The actor said NTR had dedicated himself to serve people, especially the poor and downtrodden.

TDP national president and former chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu could not participate in NTR’s birth anniversary as he was under home quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19.

Naidu, who is also son-in-law of NTR, paid tributes to the late leader through his tweets. The TDP chief said NTR will always live in the hearts of people.

He said the TDP founder symbolised Telugu self-respect and people’s rule. Naidu said TDP would continue to follow on the path of NTR.

NTR’s grandson and leading actor Junior NTR also tweeted to pay tributes to the legendary actor turned politician.

TDP’s Andhra Pradesh unit president K. Atchan Naidu offered tributes at party state headquarters. He and other party leaders offered floral tributes to NTR’s portrait.

The late leader’s second wife Lakshmi Parvathi and other family members also paid tributes.

Legendary actor NTR had launched TDP in 1982 on the slogan of Telugu self-respect and created record of sorts by coming to power within nine months, ending the single party rule of Congress in the undivided Andhra Pradesh.

He died on January 18, 1996, a few months after Chandrababu Naidu led a revolt in the party and became the chief minister.

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KTR urges Centre to support ‘progressive’ states like Telangana

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Telangana Minister for Industry and Information Technology, K.T. Rama Rao, on Monday urged the Central government to support ‘progressive states like Telangana.

He said that despite being a performing state, Telangana is not getting enough support from the Union government, adding that performing states need to be incentivised.

The minister was participating in the PM Gati Shakti South Zone virtual conference on Monday. The conference was chaired by Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, highlighted the achievements of Telangana in the areas of manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, handlooms and textiles, power, coal and other sectors. The minister also highlighted that 35 per cent of global vaccine production takes place in Hyderabad.

“Telangana, the youngest state in the country, is blessed with natural advantages in geographical resources, a world-class skill base, and existing manufacturing practices and expertise, which have opened new opportunities for investments,” KTR said.

He stated that Hyderabad has several decades’ history of having strong a defence-related ecosystem. But the Union government has given the defence corridor to Bundelkhand where no ecosystem exists and neither the firms, he claimed.

The minister once again made a strong pitch for a defence corridor for Telangana. He said that the state is a major hub for defence institutions such as DRDO, DRDL, DMRL, RSI, and ANURAG, and in the recent past, many private defence companies have made Hyderabad their base.

“We submit that we are an automatic candidate for any defence corridor being considered as the state has a very conducive ecosystem in place,” he said.

KTR said that Telangana is a landlocked state which is considered by few businesses as a hindrance for the free movement of goods. He highlighted the need for providing an exclusive cargo rail network to different ports with increased frequency. If additional financial incentives are sanctioned for creation of logistic infrastructure, the state will set up dry ports, integrated and multi model logistics parks, he said.

He also highlighted the need for better road, rail and air network connectivity. He explained that the frequency of trains to the ports is a major problem which is being faced in spite of Hyderabad being well-connected by train with all the ports. He urged the Union government to consider increasing the frequency of trains for faster movement of goods.

The minister informed that the running trains are often cancelled owing to lesser load, often with little notice, creating uncertainty in the minds of exporters, who are being forced to use trucks as the mode of transport, which is leading to significant increase in logistic costs.

KTR stated that the North-South Freight Corridor passes through Telangana without touching the Hyderabad region. As most of the logistic facilities and industrial clusters are in and around Hyderabad, it would be a win-win situation for all if the freight corridor passes through Hyderabad to unlock the increased possibilities and multimodal last mile transport, he added.

KTR said that the ongoing flagship mission ‘Make in India’ has become an ‘Assembly in India’ programme. The electronics as well as IT/ITeS sector have to be given a big push as not even a single chip is manufactured in India. The state has a clear candidature for any electronic manufacturing cluster, and would definitely be able to host a plug and play facility, he said.

“If states like Telangana are encouraged, it would benefit entire India’s growth rate, and can contribute significantly to meeting India’s export target,” he added.

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KTR’s invite to Elon Musk draws praise on Twitter

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Telangana Industry and Commerce Minister K.T. Rama Rao as invite to Tesla CEO Elon Musk to set up shop in the state was hailed by many including actors, leading journalists, entrepreneurs and others.

Hours after KTR, as the minister is popularly known, invited Elon Musk to bring the popular electric vehicles to India, several Twitter users heaped praise on him.

“Hey Elon, I am the Industry & Commerce Minister of Telangana state in India. Will be happy to partner Tesla in working through the challenges to set shop in India/Telangana. Our state is a champion in sustainability initiatives & a top notch business destination in India,” tweeted KTR.

His tweet was in response to Elon Musk’s tweet on bringing EV to India. His tweet read “Still working through a lot of challenges with the government”.

Eminent personalities including actors, journalists and industry leaders backed KTR’s tweet and supported the idea.

“Love this car so much Elon Musk. Feels like hope is around the corner,” wrote actor Genelia Deshmukh.

“Elon Musk, Come to Hyderabad – India! It will be epic to have you. The Government here in Telangana is terrific too,” tweeted actor Vijay Devarakonda.

“Elon Musk sir you have best land & infrastructure in Telangana of course best Minister & Administration KTR,” said Tollywood director Meher Ramesh.

Another film director Gopichand Malineni tweeted “Dear Elon Musk, we would love to have Tesla in Telangana… as we have the best infrastructure and the leading business hub of India.”

“Hyderabad has just pipped Bengaluru to post in #Tesla race. Full marks to KTR for inviting Elon Musk,” said well-known journalist Pankaj Panchauri.

Senior journalist Vikram Chandra called it an innovative invite.

“An innovative Twitter invite to Elon Musk from KTR after the Tesla head said he was facing “challenges” in dealing with the government. Are we going to see a Tesla factory in Telangana?!”

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Telangana spent Rs 2.7 lakh cr on agri, allied sector in 7 years

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The government of Telangana spent Rs 2.7 lakh crore on agriculture and allied sectors during the last seven years, state minister and TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao said on Monday.

Of the total amount spent, Rs 50,000 crore were deposited in the bank accounts of farmers under Rythu Bandhu, the investment support scheme.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader dared both the BJP and Congress to show if any state ruled by them has done the work on par with Telangana in agriculture and farmers’ welfare.

“I am challenging both the parties to show if any state ruled by them has done what Telangana did in seven years under the leadership of K. Chandrasekhar Rao,” he said and slammed the leaders of both the opposition parties for criticising the TRS government.

He challenged the two parties to show if they have any scheme like Rythu Bandhu. “What Telangana does today, India does tomorrow,” he remarked while referring to some schemes announced by the Centre and some state governments after drawing inspiration from the schemes launched by Telangana.

Stating that TRS stands for Telangana Rythu Sarkar, KTR said no other state in the country implemented the kind of schemes launched here for the welfare of farmers.

“But some political tourists are coming here and criticising us. They just speak whatever they like. Let them show the data, if they have,” the industry and information technology minister said in an obvious reference to series of visits by top BJP leaders over the last one week.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were among the BJP leaders who visited the state and targetted TRS government.

KTR was addressing a news conference on the state reaching a milestone with the money deposited in farmers’ bank accounts under Rythu Bandhu reaching Rs 50,000 crore since the launch of the scheme in 2018.

The government is crediting Rs 5,000 per acre into the farmers’ bank accounts before the beginning of every crop season.

When the scheme was launched, the government was providing Rs 8,000 per acre per year (for both Rabi and Kharif seasons). The amount was enhanced to Rs 10,000 from 2019.

For the coming Rabi season, the disbursement of Rs 7,646 crore began in the last week of December. The cumulative assistance under the scheme touched Rs 50,000 crore mark on Monday.

“This day will be written in golden letters in the history of agriculture,” he said while thanking Chief Minister KCR on behalf of 65 lakh farmer families and 60 lakh TRS workers. He said the week-long celebrations to mark the occasion have been extended till Sankranti.

He recalled that under undivided Andhra Pradesh the conditions of farmers were miserable. The state was number one in the country in farmers’ suicide and was at the bottom in procurement of agriculture produce. Farmers were raising loans just to dig borewells and were still not getting water. Even a farmer with 10 acres of land was forced to migrate to the city for livelihood. There was no electricity and the lands of farmers had no value.

KTR claimed that the agriculture sector has undergone a total transformation in the last seven years thanks to the schemes launched by KCR. The underground water table has improved and Telangana today is a centre for training of IAS officers in underground water management. The value of farmers’ land has gone up manifold.

He said according to NCRB report, Telangana is number one state in reducing suicides by farmers. He claimed that Telangana has become ‘Annadata’ or food provider to the country. “Today Telangana is producing so much paddy that even the Food Corporation of India is unable to procure it,” he said.

KTR said the KCR government completed Kaleshwaram, which is world’s largest lift irrigation project and took several other measures including waiver of farm loans.

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KTR takes a dig at PM Modi over security breach incident in Punjab

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TRS working President K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday dubbed Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “anti-farmer” and said that the incident in Punjab shows where he stands today in the country.

“The Prime Minister’s convoy was stopped on the road for more than 20 minutes in Punjab. This shows where he (Prime Minister Modi) stands today in the country,” the TRS leader said while referring to the incident in which Prime Minister Modi’s convoy was stuck in Bhatinda when he was on way to Ferozpur to address a rally.

KTR, as the Telangana minister is popularly known, said “no other Prime Minister in India had ever face this situation”.

Addressing a news conference, he claimed that Prime Minister Modi “failed” to fulfill promises he made to the nation.

He recalled that the Prime Minister had “promised” a house to every family and water, electricity connections and toilets to every household by the year 2022. “Leave alone India, we did not see this happen even in his own state Gujarat. He utterly failed in delivering his promises,” KTR said.

KTR, who is son of Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, said the Prime Minister Modi’s promise to double the farmers’ income by 2022 “remained on paper”.

Running of bullet trains in the country by 2022 was another ‘jumla’ of BJP, KTR asserted.

He described BJP as ‘Bakwas Jumla Party’ and alleged ‘jumla and hamla’ is all that they did in seven-and-a-half years of their rule.

He pointed out that under BJP rule the country has the “highest rate of unemployment, highest inflation, highest fuel prices and largest number of industries getting closed”.

“When we call them out for their jumla, they do hamla (attack) by using their partners. The BJP’s partners in NDA are CBI, ED, NIA and some others,” he said.

KTR vehemently attacked the BJP leadership for indulging in “cheap and heinous” politics. “They only want to create communal disturbances and get votes in the country.”

The TRS leader lashed out at BJP president J.P. Nadda for stating that Chief Minister KCR has lost his mental balance. KTR said, “it was Nadda whose mental balance has gone for a toss.”

Further, on Nadda calling Kaleshwaram project a “ATM for KCR”, the TRS leader pointed out that while replying to question in Parliament Minister of State for Jal Shakti Bisweshwar Tudu had stated that there were “no instances” of corruption noticed.

KTR also stated that the Kaleshwaram Project, which is the world’s largest lift irrigation project, received “applause” from everyone. “Nadda has lost his mind and is just reading out anything given to him by the local BJP leaders,” he said.

KTR highlighted that people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (which is Nadda’s birthplace) are migrating to Telangana for livelihood, after seeing the “useless” governance of the BJP.

Meanwhile, countering Nadda’s statement of “family rule” in Telangana, KTR stated that they were elected by people, and have come with a history of fighting for separate statehood for Telangana. He “reminded” Nadda that his mother-in-law Jaysree Banerjee was a Member of Parliament. He also took a series of names of BJP leaders who have multiple family members in politics.

The minister also mentioned that it was Telangana state which stood in first position with 96.8 per cent ODF villages followed by Tamil Nadu in second place. BJP governed states were nowhere to be seen, he said.

KTR claimed that BJP is only “copying” the schemes introduced by TRS government in Telangana. He stated that ‘Kisan Samman Nidhi’ was a replica of ‘Rythu Bandhu’, and ‘Har Ghar Jal Yojana’ was a replica of ‘Mission Bhagiratha’.

He alleged that BJP state president and MP Bandi Sanjay was seen “breaking” his head when he was being arrested by police. “He has lost his mind and Nadda came to support him. This is foolish. There is no difference between Nadda and Sanjay when it comes to their IQ,” KTR added.

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KTR gives new definition to BJP and NDA allies

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TRS Working President KTR vehemently attacked the BJP leadership in response to BJP national president JP Nadda’s visit to Hyderabad on Tuesday.

Addressing a press conference at Telangana Bhavan on Wednesday (today), KTR stated that the BJP is nothing but a ‘Bakwas Jhumla Party’ and CBI, NIA, ED, IT are the NDA government allies as BJP misuses them to target political opponents with CBI, IT, ED raids. They do no good to the country. When we call them out for doing Jhumla, they do hamla by using ED, CBI and NIA. They only want to create communal disturbances and get votes in the country.

KTR opined that JP Nadda’s mental balance has gone for a toss. He trashed the statements made by Nadda on Kaleshwaram Project and Mission Bhagiratha.

Referring to the question asked by MP Revanth Reddy in Parliament which was answered by Minister of State for Jal Shakti Mr. Bisweshwar Tudu, who responded saying that the Telangana Govt. executed all the funds for Kaleshwaram project and there were no instances of corruption noticed, KTR said.

KTR highlighted that people from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar (which is Nadda’s birthplace) are migrating to Telangana for livelihood, after seeing the useless governance of BJP. They are being taken care of by the TRS Govt here. He also mentioned that Telangana State is seeing reverse migration in various parts.

Nadda has no right to talk about CM KCR who has introduced so many farmer welfare schemes in Telangana. And at the same time, farmers protesting in Delhi were lati charged and were tortured in many ways, said KTR.

Giving a counter to Nadda’s statement of family rule in Telangana, KTR stated that they were elected by people, and have come with a history of fighting for separate statehood for Telangana. He reminded JP Nadda that his Mother-in-law Jaysree Banerjee was a member of Parliament. He took a series of names of BJP leaders who have multiple family members in politics.

Working President KTR also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that he failed to fulfill promises made to the Nation. PM Narendra Modi promised a house, and also promised to provide water, electricity and toilets to every household by the year 2022. Let alone India, we did not see this happen even in his own state Gujarat. He utterly failed in delivering his promises, KTR said.

KTR also added that the farmers income would be doubled by 2022, which again was Modi’s promise on paper. Today the Prime Minister’s convoy was stopped on the road for more than 20 minutes in Punjab. This shows where he stands today in the country.

Functioning of bullet trains in the country by 2022 was another jhumla of BJP, KTR said.

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KTR urges Centre to reopen Adilabad’s CCI unit

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Telangana Industry Minister K. T. Rama Rao on Sunday urged the Centre to reopen the Cement Corporation of India (CCI) unit in the state’s Adilabad town that saying there are a lot of favourable conditions and opportunities for the unit now.

He wrote letters to union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Heavy Industries Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey in this regard.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, wrote that 772 acres of land is available for the unit. An additional 170 acres for the CCI township and 1,500 acres for 48 million tonnes of limestone deposits are available.

Stating that there was enough water and 2 KV electricity supply readily available for the unit, he said that reopening of the CCI unit will not just help Telangana but also neighbouring states like Maharashtra.

“Reopening of CCI will help develop Adilabad in a big way, mainly new jobs will be created for the local youth. I request the Union government to immediately reopen the unit,” he said.

He also stated that all the facilities and subsidies given to a new company will be provided to the CCI, if reopened. KTR also assured that the Telangana will provide complete support in reopening of the CCI unit.

He lamented that in spite of Telangana government offering to provide all the assistance needed, the Central government is not coming forward to revive the plant.

He brought to the notice of the Central ministers that the construction industry is on a boom in Telangana and the demand for cement will always be high. There is a growing demand for cement across the country today and the private cement companies are making huge profits, he wrote.

He pointed out that Athat cement manufacturers associations like ICRA and CRISIL see major construction activities in the country with the Prime Minister Narendera Modi introducing the Gati Shakti Master Plan to strengthen the national highways. All the state governments are constantly working on developing infrastructure in their States, apart from the regular housing construction, leading to huge demand for cement.

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KTR urges Centre to transfer defence land for skyways in Hyderabad

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Telangana’s minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T. Rama Rao on Saturday urged the Centre to transfer defence land for construction of two skyways and ministry of home affairs land for building a flyover in Hyderabad.

The minister said it was unfortunate that the Centre had not responded to repeated requests of the state government to transfer defence lands to facilitate construction of skyways from Patny to Kompally and from Jubilee Bus Station to Turkapally.

“During the last six years we made several requests. Four defence ministers have changed and we requested all of them,” said the minister at the inauguration of Sheikhpet-Raidurgam flyover in the city.

KTR said while the defence lands were given for construction of roads in Lucknow and other cities, the Centre was not responding to the request of the Telangana government.

He urged the union minister for culture and tourism G. Kishan Reddy, who was present at the flyover inauguration, to take up the issue of defence lands with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

KTR also referred to the problems faced by people in Secunderabad Cantonment area due to closure of 21 roads in violation of local military authority rules and urged Kishan Reddy to take up the issue with the Defence Minister and ensure that all the roads are reopened for the public.

The state minister also requested the central minister to help in transfer of a piece of land of ministry of home affairs at Rasoolpura Junction for building a flyover to ease the traffic congestion.

Stating that Hyderabad has a rich history and cultural heritage, KTR also urged the central minister to make every effort to get UNESCO world heritage city status for Hyderabad. He offered all the help from the state government in this regard.

Kishan Reddy, in his speech, said the Centre was ready to provide funds to develop Science City in Hyderabad and suggested the state government submit a proposal in this regard.

The central minister also asked the state government to initiate land acquisition for Regional Ring Road (RRR) around Hyderabad. Stating that the Centre has already approved the project, he said the work can begin as soon as the land is acquired. Kishan Reddy said the project would be a game changer for the development of Hyderabad and its surroundings.

The six-lane two way flyover from Sheikhpet to Raidurgam has been built under the Strategic Road Development Program (SRDP) at a cost of Rs 333 crore.

This 2.7 km long flyover is the second longest flyover in the city and will help in free flow of traffic from Rethibowli towards Gachibolwli bypassing four crossings.

KTR said the state government was focusing on development of Hyderabad as it was playing a key role in Telangana’s contribution to the national growth. He cited the report of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that in a short span of time Telangana has become the fourth largest contributor to the country’s economic growth.

He said under SRDP which is the brainchild of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and aimed at easing traffic congestion, 24 projects have been completed at a cost of Rs 6,000 crore.

The government has also formed Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL) to develop 132 link roads while under Comprehensive Road Maintenance Program (CRMP), roads to a length of 709 km were being maintained.

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Telangana expands IT to another tier-II town

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As part of its policy to encourage information technology in tier II towns in Telangana, the state government on Friday launched work on IT Hub in Nalgonda.

Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao laid the foundation for the IT Hub, which will be constructed in three acres, with a built-up area of 75,000 square feet.

This state of the art facility will have all the advanced facilities in a plug and play manner.

Officials said nine companies have already signed MoUs with the state government to set up their offices in Nalgonda IT Hub and seven more companies showed keen interest in having their offices in the IT Hub.

The IT Minister said these companies will create jobs for 1,500 local youth. He said the building for the IT hub will be ready in 16-17 months.

He quoted the IT entrepreneurs that Covid-19 has come as a blessing in disguise as it has led to a situation where the work can be done not just from home but from anywhere.

He asked the District Collector and other officials to provide temporary facility to these companies so that they can set up their operations immediately.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said Nalgonda will be the six tier II town to have an IT Hub.

“We have already started IT hubs in Warangal, Khammam and Karimnagar. The IT hub in Nizamabad will be inaugurated by Ugadi while the same in Mahabubnagar will be inaugurated soon,” he said.

KTR recalled when the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) came to power in 2014, IT was confined to Hyderabad but Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao set the goal to take it beyond Hyderabad so that tier II towns also enjoy fruits of technology and the youth in these towns also get jobs.

He announced that the IT Hub in Nalgonda will also have a centre of Telangana Academy of Skills and Knowledge (TASK) to train educated youth in IT skills. The facility will also have a regional centre of T Hub to encourage innovations by local youth.

The minister claimed that Telangana was marching ahead on the path of development not just in agriculture and rural development but also in industry and information technology.

He said in a short span of seven years, Telangana witnessed rapid growth.

“Among 28 states in the country Telangana is at 11th place in terms of size and 12th place in terms of population but as per a recent report of the Reserve Bank of India, Telangana is the fourth largest contributor to the economy,” he said.

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‘What a shame’, KTR reacts to Andhra BJP’s promise of liquor at Rs 75

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“Wah… What a scheme! What a shame!” — is how TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao reacted to Andhra Pradesh BJP chief Somu Veerraju’s promise of cheap liquor at Rs 75 if BJP is voted to power in the state.

Addressing a public meeting at Vijayawada on Tuesday, Veerraju had also said that if the state’s revenues improve, the government will further bring down the price to Rs 50.

“Wah… What a scheme! What a shame. AP BJP stoops to a new low,” tweeted Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president and state minister K.T. Rama Rao, popularly known as KTR, on Wednesday.

Somu Veerraju had said during his speech that one crore people who consume alcohol should vote for the BJP in 2024 and get cheap liquor for Rs 75.

“If the revenues are good, we will give it for only Rs 50,” he said.

“Is it the national policy of the BJP to supply cheap liquor at Rs 50, or is this bumper offer only for states where the desperation is ‘high’,” asked KTR, who is the son of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

Meanwhile, YSR Telangana Party leader Y.S. Sharmila also joined the issue by reacting to KTR’s tweet.

“BJP is for cheap liquor. TRS is for costly liquor, liquor everywhere, liquor anytime, loot in the name of liquor, make people & youth addictive to liquor. Throw women safety aside, force sell liquor. Liquor next to school, liquor in every village. Blood sucking liquor & leaders,” Sharmila tweeted, tagging KTR.

Sharmila is the younger sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

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Sharmila, who says she doesn’t know KTR, tweets in his support

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Once, she was all her pompous self and imperiously asked who KTR. Today, she is backing the very same KTR and is tweeting in his support. Yes. NO marks for guessing. We are talking about our very own YS Sharmila. The YSRTP chief has once said she does not know who KTR is. She said she does not know any KTR.

But on the issue of body-shaming Himanshu Rao, who is son of Minister KTR, Sharmila has come out openly in support of KTR. While the cause she has taken up is worthy and everyone should support, her supporting KTR is what is raising hackles. How could she say who is KTR and then support the very same KTR?

In fact, BJP’s latest motor-mouth Teenmar Mallanna aka Chintapandu Naveen Kumar has body-shamed KTR’s son HImanshu. He asked a question on Youtube as to what is growing in Telangana these days – the assets of Bhadrachalam temple or Himanshu’s girth. That this is in extremely bad taste is no brainer. Many have criticised Mallanna’s abominable language.

Sharmila tweeted in support of KtR and said that she was against dragging the children into political debates. She also called upn everyone to come together setting aside political differences. Meanwhile, some supporters of KTR and the TRS came to the office of Teenmar Mallanna and attacked him. Even KTR was visibly upset and has tweeted tagging the BJP bigwigs. Sharmila’s support while welcome, raises the question about her earlier comments. Will Sharmila care to clarify?

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Teenmaar Mallanna ‘body shames’ KTR’s son, manhandled by TRS workers!

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Teenmaar Mallanna, a bitter critic of TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao and his family members was attacked by TRS workers on Friday night after he ‘body shamed’ Himanshu, the son of IT minister K.T.Rama Rao.

Teenmaar Mallanna who runs his own Q-News YouTube channel conducted a poll on his channel on Friday asking viewers to cast votes on whether development happened in Bhadradri temple or whether development happened in the body and body parts of Himanshu (to indicate that Himanshu became fat after TRS came to power).

One netizen tweeted this poll to KTR. To this KTR reacted angrily and tagged BJP national president JP Nadda asking him whether BJP was teaching this to their leaders in Telangana.

KTR tweeted, “Is this what you teach BJP leaders in Telangana? Is it Sanskar to drag my young son and body shame him through ugly political comments in BJP’s mouthpiece. You don’t think we could reciprocate in the same coin against Amit Shah Ji’s or Modi Ji’s family?Please refrain these third rate leaders and media mouthpiece of BJP from making lowlife comments particularly on my children. We will be compelled to take legal action and as I much as detest it, don’t blame us when we are forced to respond with equal vigour.”

Soon after, a few TRS workers barged into Q-News office in Hyderabad and manhandled Teenmaar Mallanna. They demanded Mallanna to tender unconditional apologies to KTR and Himanshu else he has to face severe consequences.

Teenmaar Mallanna was recently lodged in jail for more than three months in various cases booked by Telangana police. He recently came out on bail and joined BJP.

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Kavitha, KTR quotas trouble TRS in districts!

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TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister KCR is the supreme leader in TRS. There are no groups in TRS at least at high command level although there are some groups between ministers and TRS MLAs in districts.

But it now appears that groups are surfacing in TRS at high command level in the name of KCR, his son KTR and daughter Kavitha.

Few TRS leaders in districts are openly projecting themselves as those belonging to KCR group, KTR group and Kavitha group.

They are openly vying for party tickets to contest upcoming Assembly polls in 2023 under KTR quota and Kavitha quota. Such instance came to light in Kamareddy district, which is represented by Kavitha as part of Undivided Nizamabad district.

Kamareddy Assembly constituency is held by TRS MLA Gampa Goverdhan, who got elected four times.

Now, a Muslim minority leader is staking claim on this seat under Kavitha quota for 2023 Assembly polls.

A lady municipal chairperson is projecting herself as Kamareddy candidate under KTR quota. As this is not enough, one velama community leader claims himself as candidate under KCR quota.

These quotas at high command level are creating problems not just for TRS but also sitting party MLAs who are worried about their political future.

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Hyderabad’s medical devices park attracts seven more companies

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Seven more companies have set up their units at Hyderabad medical devices park, billed as India’s largest facility of its kind.

Telangana’s industry minister K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday inaugurated seven companies – Promea Therapeutics, Huwel Life Sciences, Akriti Oculoplasty, Arka Engineers, SVP Techno Engineers, Elvikon and Rees Medilife.

These firms have proposed a total investment of Rs 265 crore and employment generation for around 1,300 people.

The minister noted that since its launch in 2017, the park has received an overwhelming response with about 50 companies setting up their manufacturing and R&D units with an overall investment commitment of Rs 1,424 crore and around 7,000 direct jobs.

He said in just in a span of few years, it has become one of the leading and most attractive R&D and manufacturing destinations for the medical devices companies, despite the setbacks faced by the industry and entrepreneurs during the unprecedented Covid period.

The state government recognizes medical devices and diagnostics sector as a high-potential, high growth sector, which presents unlimited opportunities.

“The park also reinforces the government’s commitment to strengthen the state’s manufacturing capabilities which going forward, will help attract even greater investments in a broad range of medical device product segments ranging from capital equipment, implantable devices, diagnostics, and consumables. We aim to make this park as not just a global factory for the world but a global medtech innovation ecosystem,” he said.

KTR said key discoveries, ranging from the development of engineered modified RNA technology, which enabled rapid development of effective Covid-19 vaccines, to bioprosthetic implants to at-home genetic testing kits to cardiac diagnostic tools to handheld ultrasound devices, mobile ventilators, oxygen concentrators, PPEs and other medical supplies, have propelled growth and investments in the sector.

He claimed that Medtronic’s largest research and development centre outside the US serves as a testimony to Hyderabad’s growing prowess for MedTech research in India. The centre has already started making its impact by making significant contributions to the development and testing for Robotic Assisted Surgery System and also in the development of simplified and remotely deployable solution that can help physicians monitor the vital parameters of their patients, no matter where they are, thus ensuring safety and minimizing clinician exposure, he said.

The centre has helped in development of a patient centric MyCareLink-Heart mobile application for Remote Patient monitoring.

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Hyderabad gets nod for second waste to energy plant

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Telangana’s minister for municipal administration and urban development K. T. Rama Rao on Monday said that the union ministry for environment and forest has given clearance for 28 MW waste to energy plant in Hyderabad.

Once commissioned, he said, the plant would take the total capacity of waste to energy plants in the city to 48 MW, highest in south India.

He pointed out that south India biggest waste to energy plant of 20 MW was inaugurated in the city a year ago.

The minister was speaking while flagging off 1,350 Swachh Auto Tippers (SATs) at Sanathnagar. The new SAT vehicles will cover the newly formed areas. Each tipper can carry 1.5 metric tonnes of waste. A total of 4,500 SAT vehicles were provided by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation under the Driver-cum-owner Scheme.

The SATs are provided with a partition for carrying wet and dry waste separately and a provision is given for hazardous waste collection. Each auto will cover 450-500 households.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, hoped these vehicles would help GHMC further improve efficiency in garbage collection and segregation.

He pointed out that addition of these SATs will take the total number of vehicles in GHMC to 5,250.

He recalled that before 2,500 autos were flagged off under Swachh Telangana programme, the daily garbage generation in the city was 3,500 tonnes. With improvement in efficiency in door to door garbage collection, provision of transfer stations and dumping yards, the garbage generation has now gone up to 6,500 tonnes.

KTR said the government was also focusing on recycling of the garbage by developing waste to energy projects.

The minister said for the last 5-6 years, Hyderabad has been receiving the best ranking among big cities with a population of over 40 lakh under the government of India’s Swachh Bharat and Swachh Sarvekshan programmes.

He was all praise for sanitation workers including drivers and other staff of the vehicles who work hard from 3-4 a.m. to collect garbage.

KTR said in recognition of the services rendered by sanitation staff, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has increased their wages three times during the last seven years.

Minister for animal husbandry T. Srinivas Yadav, GHMC mayor Vijayalaxmi Gadwal, deputy mayor Srilatha Mothe, GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar and other officials were present.

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Telangana attracted $33 billion investment in 7 years: KTR

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Telangana has attracted $33 billion investment during the last seven years, state Industry Minister K.T. Rama Rao said on Monday.

He said that the state has so far given 17,500 approvals for industrial units under TSiPASS, the single window clearance system for investors introduced in 2014.

Addressing a German investors’ meet here, the minister claimed that all clearances were given in a time-bound manner and in some cases the approvals from 37-38 departments were given in less than 10 days.

He also pointed out that 24 per cent of investment received by the state in the last seven years was by repeat investors who already had a base in Telangana.

“As long as your existing investors are happy, they become the biggest brand ambassadors across the world as they share their stories with others,” he said.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said the state could attract the investment due to its investor friendly policies, best infrastructure, and proactive government.

He pointed out that under TSiPASS, which is backed by legislation, all clearances are given through a single window.

“If you have a piece of land you can start the factory on day one without any clearance and simultaneously you can apply under TSiPASS. If you don’t get a response in yes or no in 15 days, your proposal is deemed approved on 16th day and bureaucrats concerned will be penalised for the delay at the rate of Rs 1,000 each day,” he said.

KTR said no other state in the country has such a policy. “The KPMG Chairman told me that no state even in the United States has such a policy,” he said.

The minister said Telangana has over 200,000 acres of land readily available for industrial use. The Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) will facilitate land handed either in form of leasehold or freehold.

Inviting the German investors to invest in Telangana, KTR told them that if they are not coming to the state due to incentives offered by other states, they can share the same with him. “We will meet them (offers) or beat them,” he said.

KTR said the state was supplying round-the-clock electricity to all sectors including agriculture and industry. He highlighted Hyderabad’s strengths including the best ecosystem with research laboratories in a variety of sectors.

He pointed out that Hyderabad and Telangana are bang in the middle of India and well connected to not only other parts of India but also to other countries. He said Air India may soon launch flights from Hyderabad to Frankfurt and other destinations in Germany.

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KTR urges PM to declare Kaleshwaram or Palamuru national project

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Telangana has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant national project status to either Kaleshwaram or Palamuru-Rangareddy lift irrigation project.

Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao has urged the Prime Minister to direct the high-powered steering committee to consider Telangana projects for the national status at its meeting on December 6.

Rama Rao, who is also the Working President of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), made the appeal through a tweet on Friday, tagging the Prime Minister.

He recalled that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao appealed several times to grant national project status to either Kaleshwaram project or Palamuru lift irrigation project.

“While Polavaram in AP & Upper Bhadra in Karnataka are being recognised as national projects, kindly ensure that the world’s largest multi-stage lift irrigation project Kaleshwaram or Palamuru project are considered with equal importance,” wrote KTR, as the minister is popularly known.

“Request you Sir to direct the high powered steering committee to take up Telangana projects on 6th Dec,” he added

KTR posted with his tweets two media reports. One of the reports is about Karnataka Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai’s meeting with Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Thursday. Bommai later claimed that Shekhawat responded positively to the request to declare Upper Bhadra project as a national project.

The Telangana government had requested the Centre on many occasions to grant national project status to Kaleshwaram or Palamuru. The Chief Minister had also raised the issue with the Prime Minister.

The Centre had announced that no irrigation project in the country would get national project status in future but its reported recent decision to grant the status to Polavaram and Upper Bhadra has upset the Telangana government.

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