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KTR moots high speed metro rail between Hyderabad & Vijayawada

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Vijaywada is the nervecenter for trade, while Hyderabad has emerged a global city. The two should be inter-connected with a high speed metro rail, Telangana IT and MAUD minister K T Rama Rao said on Monday.

Speaking at the launch of the newly constructed RDO office in Huzurnagar in Nalgonda district, KTR as he is popularly known as said, “The Telangana government will work towards high speed metro rail connectivity between the two cities. If such a thing happens, we can expect growth in the highway corridor between Vijayawada and Hyderabad. “The high-speed train between the two cities aids in the development of areas on the highways,” KTR said.

Further, he stated that the Telangana government initiated major reforms like the formation of new districts, divisions, mandals and villages have taken place under the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s governance. “The government has created 73 divisions as against earlier 43 divisions. We have created 33 districts as against earlier 10,” he said.

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KTR to attract industries fleeing China: What about Jagan?

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The Telangana Government is keeping a close watch on the exodus of the US and European industries from China these past few weeks. It is planning to woo as many industries as possible to their state. Minister KT Rama Rao says they are making plans on how to overcome and how to take maximum advantage out of the Coronavirus crisis. He recalls how the TRS Government gave all required support for the industries in Hyderabad to overcome the lockdown crisis.

In KTR’s view, Telangana is one of the best attractive destinations for multi-nationals that would be pulling out of China in the wake of the virus crisis and its consequential impact on global political equations. There are pharma city, textile park and so on in Hyderabad surroundings. KTR told the government officials and the industry associations in Telangana to get ready for developing more such attractive projects in order to draw the attention of global companies.

Analysts ask in what way similar opportunities are being explored by Jagan Reddy regime. After one year completion of his rule, CM Jagan is still stuck with Capital shifting, collisions with courts and, most of all, the worst gas leak tragedy in his proposed Capital Visakhapatnam. At a time when India is emerging as a best alternative for MNCs, AP should have created the necessary industrial climate. Analysts say it is far from satisfactory and lot more efforts have to be made to make AP ready for post-COVID industrial challenges.

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I don’t own farm house, says Telangana minister after NGT probe order

With the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordering a probe into the alleged illegal expansion of his farm house, Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Saturday reiterated that he does not own the property.

Rama Rao, who is the son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, tweeted that he will seek legal remedies by exposing false allegations.

“The NGT case filed against me by a congressman is a deliberate personal vilification campaign based on utter false statements. It remains a fact that I don’t own the property as clarified by me earlier, I will seek appropriate legal remedies by exposing falsehood of allegations,” tweeted the minister for industry, information technology, municipal administration and urban development.

The NGT ordered the probe after hearing a petition filed by Congress MP Anumula Revanth Reddy alleging that Rama Rao, who is also the working president of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), expanded the farmhouse by “violating the environmental laws.”
The bench has asked the minister, the Telangana government, the state pollution control board and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to reply to its notice by August 26.

It also formed a committee, comprising a senior officer from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Chennai District Collector, the Pollution Control Board, Commissioner and others.

The committee has been asked to inspect the area and submit a factual and action-taken report if there is any violation in two months.

In the petition, Revanth Reddy alleged illegal construction in the bio-conservations zone in the catchment area of Osman Sagar Lake. Reddy also alleged that the minister’s act was likely to affect the water storage capacity of Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar Lakes.

Meanwhile, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has backed Rama Rao.

“We are with you @KTRTRS , continue to do the good work. Political detractors are frustrated & also because you have been a successful minister,” tweeted AIMIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

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KTR to take legal action against Revanth Reddy

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IT and MAUD minister K T Rama Rao is mulling legal recourse over the accusations levelled by Congress MP Revanthi Reddy over alleged illegal construction of a farmhouse at Janwada near Hyderabad.

Revanth Reddy accused KTR of buying a 25 acre site and building structures flouting Government Order 111 which prohibits putting up permanent structures in the catchment area of the Osmansagar Lake. He moved the National Green Tribunal following which the NGT had issued notices to KT Rama Rao, Pollution Control Board (PCB) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HDMA). A fact-finding committee has been asked to submit a report in two months.

Taking to Twitter, KTR said he will take necessary legal action against Revanth Reddy for making false allegations against him. “The NGT case filed against me by a congressman is a deliberate personal vilification campaign based on utter false statements. It remains a fact that I don’t own the property as clarified by me earlier I will seek appropriate legal remedies by exposing the falsehood of allegations,” he tweeted. @KTRTRS

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After NGT probe, Cong demands Telangana Minister’s ouster

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The opposition Congress has demanded resignation of Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday ordered probe into alleged violations in an environmentally protected area on the city’s outskirts.

Speaking to the media on Saturday, Congress MP and state party working president Anumula Revanth Reddy said the Minister should immediately step down in the interests of free and fair enquiry into the matter.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s son holds the IT, the Municipal Administration and the Urban Development portfolio.

The NGT order came following a petition to the NGT by Revanth Reddy. In his petition in March, Reddy said the Minister owned 25-acre farmhouse in a bio-conservation zone where no construction was allowed.

On Friday, the NGT also set up a panel to enquire into the veracity of Reddy’s claims and asked it to submit its report in two months.

Pointing out with some members of the probe panel are officials in departments that come under the Minister, Reddy said he must step down immediately. “Failing which, the Chief Minister should drop him from the ministry,” he said.

As Hyderabad city’s drinking water requirements are sourced from Himayatsagar and Osmansagar, the Government Order 111 was introduced in 1996 to protect the catchment areas of the two lakes from civil and commercial development.

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Telangana minister KTR responds to Meera Chopra’s cry for help

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Beleaguered Bollywood actress Meera Chopra turned in desperation to Telangana minister K. Taraka Rama Rao, and he didn’t disappoint. For the past few days, the actress, who has worked in the Telugu film industry, has been facing trouble from irate fans of popular Telugu film star NTR or Jr. NTR.

Responding to a tweet for help from Meera Chopra earlier on Friday, the minister popularly known as KTR, tweeted back: “Ma’m, I have requested @TelanganaDGP and @CPHydCity to take stern action as per law based on your complaint.”

The Bollywood actress, who has worked in the local film industry, has been at the receiving end from fans of Telugu film star NTR, who hails from the NTR clan which includes former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The star is grandson of veteran Telugu thespian, former AP Chief Minister and founder of the Telugu Desam Party, the late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao or NTR after whom he is named.

Meera Chopra’s troubles began on June 3, when during the course of an online interactive session with fans, she had stated that Telugu star Mahesh Babu is her favourite actor from the South. When queried about NTR, she had responded that she was unaware of him and was not his fan either. The response angered NTR fans who began trolling her and threatening her.

KTR, Telangana minister for IT and other portfolios, is known to be extremely responsive to pleas for help on his Twitter account. Throughout the Covid-19 lockout, his Twitter account was constantly abuzz with various requests from common people.

Tagging KTR and his sister Kavita, whose father is Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the actress, in a tweet, had said: “@KTRTRS @RaoKavitha ive been abused of gangrape, acidattack, abused, cyberbullied and slutshamed by your state. @hydcitypolice has filed an fir and i hope for the safety of women this will investigated thoroughly”.

Apart from approaching the Hyderabad Police and filing a complaints in the matter, Meera Chopra, who is related to popular actress Priyanka Chopra, had also made appeals for help to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and the National Commission for Women too.

Later, Meera Chopra thanked KTR for his prompt response. “Thanks sir, it really means a lot. This is very important for women safety. These people should not be left free to do crimes on women!” she tweeted back, with twin emojis of folded hands.

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Developed allergic cold, I am perfectly well now, tweets KTR

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Putting to rest speculations over his health, IT and MAUD minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday tweeted that he is perfectly healthy.

KTR was responding to his Twitter follower who expressed anguish over his health. “Disturbed to know that you were down with flu symptoms yesterday in Sircilla. Concerned about your health. You have been a Covid warrior since the virus engulfed us, unmindful of your health. Please reassure us about your health. You are our hope. Please take care,” KTR’s Twitter follower posted.

To this, the IT Minister responded, “Many thanks for your concern sir. Perfectly well now Developed an allergic cold (struggling for many years) en route to Siricilla. Didn’t want to cancel my visit suddenly as it would inconvenience many people Apologies for any inconvenience I may have caused inadvertently.”

The minister recently visited Rajanna Siricialla district to take stock of Covid-19 situation there and called upon people to confine themselves to their homes to protect themselves from the pandemic. He had visited several containment zones including Khairtabad, Asifabad and Vijayanagar Colony, Mallepalli other areas under the GHMC limits which reported the highest number of new corona virus cases in Telangana. He reviewed the lockdown enforcement in these corona containment zones .

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We have to live with virus, says KTR, Harish Rao

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After Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana MAUD minister K T Rama Rao and irrigation minister Harish Rao said people should learn to live with the coronavirus indicating there might be no early tapering off of Covid-19.

Talking to municipal commissioner and additional collectors via video-conference, KTR said there are higher chances of transmission of corona virus once the staggered lockdown is lifted in the state. “Living with the virus is a reality. Till now there is no vaccine, until that time we have to adjust our lifestyle to the reality,” KTR said.

Further, with monsoon approaching, KTR asked the officials to also focus on pre-monsoon cleaning and epidemic prevention activities. Pointing out that Dengue fever and communicable diseases tend to rear up during the monsoon period, he asked officials to redouble the sanitation activities and take all precautionary measures to combat monsoon diseases. In this regard, he sought the community support and people participation.

Meanwhile, Harish Rao at a press briefing said people have to make corona virus prevention guidelines a part of their lives as a behavioral change. “We have to live with the virus. We don’t know for how long, it could be for 3 months or six months or 1 year. Social distancing will be new normal until the time someone makes a vaccine for the virus. People should follow the required do’s and don’ts. No one knows for how long the lockdown will continue. We have to continue to follow the physical distancing to combat this virus.”

He appealed to the people of Siddipet to strictly follow the physical distancing norm and other regulations to combat the virus and asked people not to take the virus casually though Siddipet is declared green zone. Further, Harish Rao said those who fail to wear masks will face a fine of Rs1,000.

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KTR writes to Ravi Shankar Prasad on IT, GST refunds

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Telangana IT minister Mr K T Rama Rao has sought clarity from the Central government on the pending IT and GST refunds.

In a letter written to the Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, KTR, as Mr Rama Rao is popularly known, highlighted that funds are yet to be released despite the commitment made by the central government.

In the letter, KTR sought a help desk at the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity) for coordinating/liaison with Income Tax (IT) and Goods and Services Tax (GST) offices for expediting the IT and GST refunds.

KTR also sought financial incentives and tax credits for small and medium enterprises in IT sector immediately to ensure their survival, besides providing incentives like exemption from GST or income tax. Further, the Telangana IT minister also sought standard health code for IT employees working in IT parks and SEZs.

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No one should step out of their homes: KTR

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As the number of positive cases in Telangana climbed to 700, at least half of the cases reported under GHMC limits, IT & MAUD minister directed the ministers and officials concerned to strictly enforce the lockdown regulations in all the corona cluster containment zones. With more than 135 containment zones in Hyderabad limits, KTR seems to leave nothing to chance.

With the lockdown entering the second phase, KTR asked the officials to intensify screening in clusters of the virus around the city and put in place restrictions, even harsher than the lockdown, which would stop the virus from spreading beyond containment zones.

In a video-conference with Health Minister Etela Rajender, Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, Municipal Commissioner Lokesh Kumar and DGP Mahender Reddy other top police officials, K T Rama Rao directed the officials to ensure that not a single individual steps out of their residences and barricade all the colonies in the containment zones so that people stay indoors. Further, he asked the officials to ensure doorstep delivery of essentials such as groceries, milk and vegetables, arguably the biggest reason why people are forced to leave the relative safety of their homes.

The Telangana government decided to collect data of the people buying medicines for fever and sore throat from medical stores. Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao asked officials to gather information about those who recently purchased such medicines. He asked the Municipal Commissioners to take help of drug inspectors in their respective municipalities and conduct reviews with the members of pharmacy associations. The minister also asked them to issue orders for submitting details of the buyers. Stating that self-medication is dangerous, he said the medical agencies should keep the data and provide the information to the government about those buying medicines for sore throat and fever.

The MAUD minister and son of chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao advocated strict implementation of prohibition of all movement of vehicles or personnel, and a ban on anyone entering or exiting the zone unless they are providing essential services. Of the 700 cases in Telangana, at least 300 Covid patients were identified from 135 containment zones. The maximum positive cases were recorded in Mehdipatnam circle with 38 cases, followed by Malakpet with 33, Chandrayangutta has 30 positive cases, Santhosh Nagar (27).

K T Rama Rao asked the respective colony associations to form WhatsApp group to alert the government on any pressing need the residents may have. Recently, the Telangana government has warned that sharing false and misleading information on Covid-19 on mobile social networking channels such as Whatsapp, ShareChat and social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Circulating misleading information will attract penal action under IPC Section 505 and other laws.

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KTR off tweet, hits the street

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The man who is always busy on the tweet hit the street on Thursday. He walked the talk on the empty streets of some containment zones in Hyderabad as people eagerly watched him through the balconies waving their hands.

IT & MAUD Minister K T Rama Rao stepped onto the streets to review the lockdown enforcements in the corona containment zones and also to get a first-hand ground report on the issues, if any, faced by the residents. The TRS minister and chief minister K Chandrasekara Rao’s son is a die-hard Twitteratti, often uses the social media platform to resolve grievances or requests for help from the people residing in the state.

With more than 2 million followers, KTR is accessible and at once responsive on Twitter, a platform he uses actively to reach out to people. KTR receives a zillion complaints and requests for help of all sorts from fixing serious problems like a bad road or medical aid or some silly request. On Thursday, however, he took a brief departure from the routine. Instead of tweet, he hit the street to review the situation in the containment zones of Khairatabad, Asifnagar, Vijayanagar Colony and Mallepalli.

Much like his tweets, KTR exchanged friendly conversations and exhibited his trademark witticism. Turning to a student, he asked, “How are you spending your holidays in these days of lockdown? Except SSC, all the exams have been called off. Everyone is being promoted to higher classes. It must fun,” he chuckled. Street interactions are more personal than tweet nothings. In these days of corona when people are confined to homes due complete lockdown, it makes happy to see a minister walk the talk in the street and talk the walk.

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Telangana credits Rs 1,500 each in 74 lakh bank accounts

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The Telangana government on Tuesday credited Rs 1,500 each in over 74 lakh bank accounts towards the financial assistance to poor families during coronavirus induced lockdown.

State cabinet minister K.T. Rama Rao said the government transferred Rs 1,112 crores to banks for this programme.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao had last month announced that Rs 1,500 and 12 kg rice will be given to every ration card holder. He had said that the government will spend Rs 2,500 crore on the programme.

Rama Rao said more than 87 per cent of free rice distribution was already completed for over 76 lakh card holders. He tweeted that more than three lakh tonnes of rice was distributed successfully.

Rama Rao complimented Civil Supplies Minister and Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman Satyanarayana Reddy for distribution of rice.

Telangana has 1.03 crore families and out of them 76.67 lakh have white ration cards or food security cards, which is considered a proof that they are living below the poverty line.

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With KTR, help for many in distress is only a tweet away

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“My mom needs to undergo bypass surgery. Pls, help us to get NOC for her travel to Hyd Star hospitals from Vijayawada due to COVID-19 lockdown. Thank You,”A someone tweeted from New Zealand. “We will take care brother @KTRoffice please contact and assist, came the reassurance.

“Hello sir, I am 9-month pregnant with twins. There is no possible commuting way for my checkups due to lockdown. Now I am having contracts n wanted to check with doctor,” tweets a woman from somewhere in Telangana. She was assured help is on the way.

Ever since the lockdown began last month, Telangana’s senior cabinet minister K.T. Rama Rao aka KTR has emerged as the key point of contact for people in distress.

From someone in a remote part of Telangana with emergency healthcare need to people stuck in Hyderabad and wanting to rush to their native places in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh for attending funerals of their near and dear ones to those living abroad and concerned about the wellbeing of families backhome, all tweet him.

Every day, KTR receives dozens of requests on various social media platforms, primarily on Twitter. Many people tweet him on behalf of the poor and the needy.

“We will take care @KTRoffice please assist,” comes the assurance in response to someone’s tweet about treatment of a seven-year-old daughter of daily wage workers.

“My grandmother passed away this morning. I am struck in Hyderabad. My mother is alone in my native. Could you please help me reach my native Kakinada,” tweets Sandeep Yendamuri.

“Sorry for your loss Sandeep. @KTRoffice please assist immediately,” comes the reply.

The young and dynamic minister, son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, on Thursday requested the state police chief to explore the possibility of bringing back a group of people from the state stuck in Varanasi.

He promised help for treatment of a poor woman in Nizamabad, who fell down after giving birth to twins, suffered blood clot in the brain and required Rs 5 lakh for urgent surgery.

He also takes suo moto note of newspaper reports and give necessary instruction. After reading a report in a vernacular daily about two girls losing their parents, he immediately requested Siddipet collector on Twitter to take care of them by getting them into a residential school

KTR also reacts to some ugly incident like two persons from northeast being denied entry into supermarket for they looked like foreigners. “This is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable. Racism in any form should be dealt with sternly,” he tweets and asks police to send out a clear message.

KTR has always been just a tweet away for citizens seeking help but in the lockdown period his office is busy attending to numerous calls from people in distress.

“After the lockdown came into effect, lot of citizens stranded in various places had emergency needs to either go out or get to something at the doorstep. The minister is responding to all SOS calls because people don’t know where to approach. They tweet on the minister’s personal handle and he tags his office,” Konatham Dileep, Director, Digital Media, Government of Telangana told IANS.

The ministera¿s office which has one personal secretary and two officers on special duty divide work among themselves and coordinate with concerned government agency or private person to resolve the issue

“Lot of requests relate to healthcare emergencies or untoward incidents like death in the family. What the minister feels is that in this hour of crisis all support mechanisms currently available will be overburdened. We have services like 100, 104, 108 and different helplines but because lakhs of people will be in need of those services they are overwhelmed. He feels there is need for another channel to extend help to those in need. That is reason he is responding,” said Dileep, a key member of KTR team.

Though holding several key portfolios like industry and commerce, information technology, municipal administration and urban development and shouldering key responsibility in the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) as its acting president, he is quite active over the social media.

The suave and affable leader has 2.1 million followers over Twitter handle KTRTRS.

Popular among techies and students alike, he always tweets to encourage youngsters for their achievements and innovations.

He takes time out to reply to tweets by youngsters about their innovative ideas or designs to combat COVID-19 situation and asks his office or a senior bureaucrat to look into the same.

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Opinion – Social media in Telangana today is anti-social.

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The government, both center and state, are fighting an uphill battle against corona virus. The Telangana government seems to be fighting another virus – surge of virus misinformation and disinformation. It is true that a lot of rubbish goes viral. Magic cures are being peddled; posts and videos are being shared in the social media spinning conspiracy theories as millions of people are turning to social media platforms in an attempt to stay informed about the latest developments and connected to friends and family in these days of ‘corona mahamarri’ .

Telangana Rashtra Samithi president and chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao thinks social media’s behavior is increasingly anti-social, the misinformation being spawned far more dangerous than corona virus. He cursed the purveyors of social media that they contract coronavirus. But, but, hey!!! He didn’t stop there. Rao crossed the ‘lakshmana rekha’ by accusing some traditional newspapers of spewing wrong information and cursed that the journalists “should get coronavirus”. “There are some newspapers, whether they know it or not, that are writing nonsense. I’m sorry for that. I won’t take names, but the other day a newspaper wrote horrible things,” he said.

As reporters questioned the government’s response to the virus outbreak, he complained, ‘We are prepared. The media has not treated it fairly.” Rao reverted to his blame-casting and media-bashing ways on Monday in a press conference where he staunchly defended the complete lockdown, lambasted the “fake news” being peddled by the anti-social media – the enemies of the people. Obviously, the chief minister seemed upset that the ‘section of the media’ had the temerity to grill him or for “writing nonsense, whether they know it or not”. Well, social media is nonsense. Surely, it must be. However, his son K T Rama Rao uses the most potent and powerful social media platform –Twitter to the optimum to ‘appreciate’, ‘congratulate’, ‘greet’ or ‘wish’ on birthdays of colleagues or engage in friendly banter with friends or political rivals. “Since when did I become anna”, he wrote in a recent Twitter post to Pawan Kalyan, for instance. Practice what we preach?

As a matter of fact, social media was aggressively used by the TRS during elections. The party made good use of social media platforms like Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to reach out to voters. KCR’s son K T Rama Rao and daughter Kavitha are way too well-versed in backroom strategizing, unleashing the power of the ‘anti-social media’ to take on the Opposition and political rivals. Well, social media is social so long as it serves political interests and party agendas. But social media can be dangerously anti-social, worse than the corona virus when the platforms are used to criticize the governments or their policies.

Probably, KCR thinks social media distancing will contain the spread of corona in the state. Perhaps he is confused. It is social distancing that can contain the contagion to an extent. Hating social media platforms will make KCR not only unpopular but also undemocratic. To say social media spawns misinformation or disinformation is fine, but to castigate it entirely and stretching the hate to the traditional media platforms like newspapers and TV channels can earn him bad press.

Social media is powerful and addictive with all its hoaxes, misinformation and disinformation. Attacking social media is one thing, bashing traditional media is another. The TRS and its boss should know this better. The party owns Namasthe Telangana, T News and Telangana Today.

The Chief Minister should know that the job of journalists in a free and open society is to ask questions — even uncomfortable ones. And to keep asking them until they get answered. Labelling unfavourable media coverage as fake news, cursing journalists that they contract corona virus is inviting trouble. It is like showing a red rag to a raging bull. When the time comes, the bull will gore.

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These individuals are not only ignorant but they are a potential hazard to others: KTR after attack on docs

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A day after doctors and other paramedical staff were attacked at Gandhi Hospital by an angry mob following the death of a corona positive patient, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD) took to his twitter handle stating that the Telangana government will take serious action against those involved in the assault against the medical fraternity.

“Incidents of doctors & staff being attacked in Gandhi hospital & officials being obstructed in Nizamabad are intolerable & will be dealt seriously by Telangana Govt. These individuals are not only ignorant but they are a potential hazard to others also,” he wrote in his Twitter account.

In Nizamabad, ASHA volunteers were attacked by locals in Nizamabad on Thursday. Trouble began when the health workers and volunteers visited the area to screen residents for signs of novel coronavirus infection after some of the residents are believed to have attended the large religious congregation in Markaz Masjid in South Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Refusing to be tested for signs of corona virus, the residents chased away the health workers and volunteers.

The Telangana government had recently appealed to the people to voluntarily disclose if they attended the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin between March 13-March 15 and give their blood samples to the government hospitals to check for corona virus.

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We are concerned, says KTR on Nizamuddin corona contagion

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Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s son K T Rama Rao on Tuesday said the Telangana government was investigating the number of people from the state who attended the religious congregation in Nizamauddin and also the people who subsequently came in contact with the infected people.

At least 6 people died due to the corona virus in Telangana. All the six who died in the State (2 in Gandhi Hospital, 1 in Apollo Hospital, 1 in Global Hospital, 1 in Nizamabad, 1 in Gadwal) attended the ‘Tableegh Jamat’ in Markaz Masjid. Reacting to this, K T Rama Rao said the Telangana government was seriously concerned and efforts are being made to trace and track all those who attended the meeting and also those who came in contact with the infected people. He said surveillance teams had already located and isolated people who came in contact with a Covid-19 positive person who had participated in Delhi prayers. Tests were being conducted on all the suspects to shift them to isolation wards. K T Rama Rao said the Telangana government has already identified the persons who attended the religious congregation in Nizamuddin from the state. He said some of them have been put under quarantine.

In Telangana, more than 400 people from across the state took part in the Tableegh Jamat which was held from March 13 to March 15 at Markaz Masjid. At least 186 people from Hyderabad, 26 persons from Medak, 25 from Mahbubnagar, 25 from Warangal, 21 from Nalgonda, 18 from Nizamabad, 15 from Khammam and 10 from Adilabad have attended the religious gathering which saw a large turnout of more than 8,000 people from various countries. At least 6 people died due to the corona virus. In fact, Telangana’s CMO on Monday late night admitted six deaths due to Covid-19 outbreak among a group that had attended a religious prayer at Markaz in Nizamuddin area of Delhi during second week of this month.

Meanwhile, Panchayat Raj minister Eraballi Dayakar Rao held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to take stock of the situation in Warangal with reports that around 25-29 people attended the religious congregation in Nizamuddin. The local administration has put Warangal on high alert and at least 29 people have been moved to isolation wards.

Earlier, the Telangana government had put Karimnagar on high alert after a group of 10 Indonesians who attended the religious congregation at Nizamuddin mosque were tested positive for corona virus. The Indonesians had travelled in coach number S9 of the AP Sampark Kranti Express (Train no: 12708), boarding it at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi on March 13 and alighting at Ramagundam in Telangana on March 14, before travelling to Karimnagar by road. The Indonesians were accompanied by three Indians and stayed for two days at a mosque near the Karimnagar Collectorate, before the first patient reported symptoms of coronavirus. Later, all the 10 Indonesians stayed for two days in Karimnagar and visited at least 3 mosques.

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Pawan calls KTR ‘sir’, KTR says i am your brother!

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Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan, Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao were engaged in an interesting conversation on Twitter on Thursday.

Both the leaders, who remain active on social media, especially on twitter exchanged interesting tweets.

It all started when Pawan Kalyan tweeted: I will be donating Rs 50 lakh each to both AP and Telangana CM relief funds to fight against Corona pandemic.

KTR praised Pawan for this gesture and tweeted: Great gesture Anna

Pawan re-tweeted thanking him with a tweet: Thank you sir,@KTRTRS; we wholeheartedly congratulate you for the commendable job, being done by you, under the leadership of Sri KCR garu at turbulent times like this.

To this KTR replied: Thanks Anna. Since when did you start calling me sir! Always a brother please!

Finally, Pawan ended this conversation by tweeting: Yes Brother!

Pawan and KTR’s conversation has went viral on social media with several celebrities retweeting and praising them for their lovely tweets.

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Is KTR not happy at Kavitha becoming MLC?

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Everyone knows how IT minister and KCR’s son KT Rama Rao remains very active on social media especially on Twitter. He reacts on every issue under the sun with his tweets.

But when his sister Kalvakuntla Kavitha filed nomination for MLC seat from Nizamabad local bodies constituency on Wednesday, KTR remained silent. Neither he tweeted expressing his best wishes to Kavitha nor sent any congratulatory message to media.

This naturally triggered speculations not only in TRS but also in political circles that KTR is not happy at Kavitha coming into state politics by becoming MLC and became a ‘power centre’ in TRS and TRS government and pose a competition to him in the future.

The reason for these specuatlions is that both Kavitha’s brother in law and minister T Harish Rao and Kavitha’s cousin and Rajya Sabha member Joginapally Santhosh Kumar tweeted expressing best wishes to Kavitha on her nomination as MLC.

With KTR remaining mum even after knowing about Harish and Santhosh’s tweets, a heated debate is going on in TRS circles over this issue.

The summary of these debates is that KTR wants Kavitha to remain in national politics like earlier and should not shift to state politics.

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Telangana plans three greenfield airports

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Telangana government is planning to develop three greenfield airports and revival of three brownfield airports in the state, Industry Minister K.T. Rama Rao said on Friday.

The greenfield airports are proposed at Bhadradri-Kothagudem; Jakaranpally in Nizamabad district and Gudibanda village in Mahabubnagar district. The brownfield airports are planned at Mamnoor village in Warangal Urban district; Basanthnagar in Peddapally district and Adilabad.

The state government has appointed Airports Authority of India (AAI) as consultant for preparing techno feasibility studies for existing airstrips (brownfield) and feasibility studies for the greenfield airports.

The minister revealed this at Wings India 2020, the civil aviation event which began Friday at Begumpet Airport here.

He said the state government was planning to re-activate old airports, create greenfield airports and establish a chain of heliports to connect the remote parts of the state.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, said they were actively working with various stakeholders to make the Warangal airport functional. He hoped that this would will boost regional air transport and support the Mega Textile Park and the Information technology hub launched in Warangal.

“We have requested Ministry of Civil Aviation to include Warangal Airport under RCS-UDAN scheme,” he said.

He noted that Warangal falls within the concession zone of 150 km agreed with Hyderabad International Airport and the Airport land is under the custody of Airport Authority of India.

“With the blessings of Ministry of Civil Aviation, all stakeholders have agreed to work together to operationalise Warangal Airport soon with an operating model similar to Bidar Airport model,” he said.

KTR said the government was also planning to establish a world-class Aerospace University in partnership with industry and global universities.

The minister said the state see Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) as a great opportunity for investment and high value employment creation and aspire to be a hub for airline and engine MROs activities.

“The state currently has two MROs operated by GMR and Air India. We are in active discussion with various OEMs and operators and are told that our ecosystem offers the best infrastructure and skill base for MROs in India.”

He noted that Telangana is the first state to come up with its own Drone policy to develop an ecosystem for the drone/UAV industry.

The state government is actively working with start-ups and industry partners to pilot drone use-cases in healthcare, agriculture, mining and law enforcement, he said.

The minister said the state envisioned Telangana Drone city to support drone testing, skilling R&D and commercialisation.

Stating that Telangana made massive growth in aerospace sector in the past five years, he said Hyderabad emerged as the most preferred aerospace manufacturing destination in India for Global OEMs.

Leading Aerospace majors such as Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, GE, Safran, Rafael, Elbit etc have established their mega manufacturing facilities in Hyderabad.

Amongst leading Indian players, TATA group does more than 90 per cent of their Aerospace manufacturing from Hyderabad. Adani Group and Kalyani Group are also expanding their Aerospace and allied projects in Telangana, he added.

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Nation needs to know what Telangana is giving to Centre: TRS

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Telangana’s ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Wednesday found fault with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for her statement in the Parliament about the funds given to the state and said the nation needs to know what Telangana gives to the government of India.

TRS working President K.T. Rama Rao tweeted on Wednesday night that he was pained by the condescension in the statement of the Finance Minister in the Parliament that the government of India has given funds to Telangana.

“People of Telangana and the nation need to know what Telangana gives to GOI in the form of taxes and what we get in return. Hope the irony is not lost on you FM Ji,” added KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known.

KTR, a key minister in the cabinet of his father K. Chandrashekhar Rao, posted a statement, giving details of what Telangana gave to the Union government and what the Union government gave back to Telangana during the last six years.

According to the statement, between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the government of India collected Rs 2,72,926 crore as taxes from Telangana but gave back only Rs 1,12,854 crore to the state. The statement put the balance at Rs 1,60,072 crore.

Replying to a question by a TRS MP in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Sitharaman had said that the Union government released tax devolution funds to the tune of Rs 85,013 crore in six years.

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