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Stalin seeks KCR’s support for demand to abolish NEET

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has sought the support of his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao for the demand to abolish NEET, the national exam for admission to medical courses.

Stalin is reaching out to non-BJP chief ministers over the demand from the Centre to abolish National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).

Two MPs of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Wednesday called on Telangana minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao and handed over to him the letter written by Stalin to Chandrasekhar Rao.

MPs T.K.S. Elangovan and Kalanidhi Veeraswamy met Rama Rao, who is also the son of the chief minister and urged him to back DMK’s stand over the issue.

The MP said keeping in view the future of students, they were demanding abolition of NEET. He claimed that TRS leader responded positively to their request for support over the issue

Elangovan said NEET exam was affecting the students of the states. “We built infrastructure for medical colleges and pay salaries to professors but NEET deprives our students from getting admissions in the same colleges,” he said

Stating that is against federal setup, the MP demanded that education should be brought back to state list instead of concurrent list. “We are talking to chief ministers of all opposition parties in the country in this regard. The attempts by Centre to take away rights of the states need to be stopped and we have to raise our voice strongly,” he said.

TRS MP Ranjith Reddy said the DMK MPs discussed the issue in detail with Rama Rao.

Stalin demanded NEET abolition after three NEET aspirants from Tamil Nadu died by suicide last month. He is reaching out to non-BJP chief ministers to mobilize support for the demand.

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Is this why KTR is not campaigning in Huzurabad bypoll?

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Everyone knows how important Huzurabad bypoll is. It is in fact a game-changer and a BJP win could change the whole complexion of Telangana politics. Both the BJP and the TRS are pitting every resource at their command to win the election. But where is KTR in such an all-important battle? This question is being asked not just in Huzurabad but also across the state.

Interestingly KTR is not even remotely involved in the elections in Huzurabad though his constituency is very close by. Even party MLAs and ministers are involved, but not KTR. His absence has now become a topic of discussion. Interestingly, except for Huzurnagar bypoll in Nalgonda district, KTR did not campaign in any other bypoll. Though he campaigned in some places in the GHMC elections, all those seats were lost. Sources say that he was listed as the star campaigner of the party in most bypolls, but he did not go for the campaign. When asked, he recently said that there was no need for him to campaign as Harish Rao was taking care of everything.

On the other hand, Harish Rao is seen everywhere. He, in fact, is leading the charge on behalf of the TRS. He is planning strategies, meeting people, holding meetings and is undertaking house-to-house contact. Other ministers like Gangula Kamalakar and Koppula Eswar have receded to the background. It is almost Harish vs Eatala in Huzurabad. Sources in the party say that KCR wants to shield KTR from the failure and criticism before the 2023 elections. This will help him in fight with a clean slate in 2023, sources say. It is because of this that KTR was not fielded in Huzurabad despite being listed as the star campaigner.

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Who is star campaigner for TRS? Is it KCR or KTR?

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The TRS is fighting a bitter political battle with the BJP in the upcoming Huzurabad bypoll scheduled to be held on October 30.

The TRS has submitted a list of its 20 star campaigners to the Election Commission of India (ECI) which includes TRS president and Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, his son KT Rama Rao and nephew T.Harish Rao and few other ministers, party MLAs, MLCs and other senior leaders.

All the star campaigners except KCR and KTR are already undertaking hectic campaigning in Huzurabad for the past two months.

But KCR and KTR are yet to launch their campaign in Huzurabad.

While KCR campaigned for TRS in Nagarjunasagar Assembly bypoll in April this year, KTR and Harish Rao skipped.

This time, KCR is expected to skip Huzurabad campaigning because the Election Commission did not give permission for KCR to hold a huge public meeting with thousands of people in Huzurabad citing Covid norms.

The EC made it clear that only 1,000 people will be allowed for public meetings by star campaingers.

KCR reportedly feels that addressing just 1,000 people in a public meeting will not match his stature and therefore he wants to avoid it.

He instead wants KTR to campaign as star campaigner in Huzurabad on his behalf after Dasara.

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KTR lends helping hand to tribal girl struggling to pursue MBBS

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Telangana Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao has come forward to provide financial support to a tribal girl who was struggling financially to complete her medicine course.

Anusha, who hails from Borabanda area of Hyderabad, is pursuing her MBBS course from a medical college in Kyrgyzstan. She has scored 95 per cent marks in first, second, and third year MBBS.

She returned to Hyderabad last year during the Covid pandemic and has been facing challenges to complete her course due to the financial crisis.

To make ends meet, Anusha had even started selling vegetables along with her mother in Borabanda. After learning about the plight of the girl’s family, Rama Rao decided to extend help.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, wished Anusha all the best and said that they would like to see her as a doctor soon.

Anusha’s family members thanked the minister for his support.

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KTR commends traffic policemen who issued challan on his vehicle

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Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Monday commended two traffic policemen for imposing a fine on his car for a traffic rule violation.

Two days after the policemen – Sub-Inspector of Police Ilaiah and constable Venkateshwarlu – issued a ‘challan’ for the minister’s vehicle for plying on the direction, he called them to his office to expressed his appreciation by presenting them bouquets and shawls in the presence of Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar.

The Minister, who is also son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, appreciated the policemen for discharging their duties sincerely and assured that he will always stand by such officers.

Stating that he will always be in forefront in obeying traffic rules, he clarified that he was not in the vehicle when it was fined for traffic rule violation. He also paid the fine imposed.

KTR, as the minister is popularly called, said rules are same for all whether they are general public or public representatives in power. He said he congratulated the traffic policemen to convey right message to his party workers and leaders.

The policemen imposed fine on KTR’s vehicle when it was being driven in the wrong direction near Bapu Ghat under the limits of Langar Houz police station on October 2. This happened when the minister was about to leave Bapu Ghat after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi along with Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and Home Minister Mahmood Ali.

As the road was blocked due to the movement of the Governors’ convoys, the driver of KTR’s vehicle took the wrong route to reach Bapu Ghat. The policemen stopped the vehicle and this reportedly led to an argument between them and some TRS leaders. Some police officers reportedly clarified that the policemen who stopped the vehicle did not know that it belong to the minister.

The incident also triggered debate on social media with many netizens praising the policemen for discharging their activity and criticized those who raised an objection and entered into an argument with them.

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Columbian delegation visits Hyderabad’s Genome Valley

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A high-level delegation from Columbia headed by its Health and Social Protection Minister, Fernando Ruiz Gomez visited Hyderabad on Wednesday to witness first-hand the life sciences initiatives and clusters like Genome Valley of Telangana.

Vice Minister of Knowledge, Innovation, and Productivity, Sergio Cristancho and Columbia’s Ambassador to India Mariana Pacheco were also part of the delegation which consisted of 34 members representing various ministries, academia and private sector.

The objective of this mission was to know and learn about the ecosystem around the production of medicines and vaccines in Hyderabad, and thus replicate the same through new regulations, joint ventures and the signing of B2B, G2B and G2G, to promote manufacturing and serve the local market and the Latin America and Caribbean region from Colombia.

The delegation met state Information Technology Minister, K.T. Rama Rao, wherein they expressed their appreciation for the phenomenal work carried out by the state government to promote life sciences sector.

“We are delighted to host the esteemed delegation in Hyderabad – the Life Sciences capital of India. It is a matter of pride for us that leaders from Colombia are keen to study the life sciences ecosystem of Telangana to create a similar infrastructure in their country, and this is indeed a big global recognition for the efforts of state government in creating a robust life sciences ecosystem,” Rama Rao said.

Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Jayesh Ranjan and Director, Life Sciences & Pharma, and CEO, Hyderabad Pharma City Ltd Shakthi Nagappan, also participated in the meeting.

Pacheco thanked Telangana government for welcoming them with open arms and generosity. “We are very impressed with the development of the cluster for biomedical research, for the extraordinary pharma and vaccine manufacturing and for the promotion of training of key personnel for the ecosystem to continue growing. Our admiration for your generosity for the good of India and humanity,” she said.

The delegation also visited the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Centre for Cellular And Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB) and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT) to learn about the ongoing research, industry academia institution, and scientific infrastructure present at the institute.

At the Genome Valley, they witnessed the eminence of India’s first clean R&D and manufacturing sector. The delegation also visited IKP knowledge park and MN park to witness the R&D facilities of various companies.

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Siricilla Collectorate Complex ruins KTR’s image!

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TRS working president and IT minister K.T.Rama Rao always makes tall claims about KCR’s government’s achievements in the last seven year both inside and outside the Legislative Assembly.

He often gives build-up as if Telangana people never witnessed any development before TRS came to power in 2014 and all development happened in Telangana only after TRS came to power in 2014.

But a look at the pathetic condition of the brand new Collectorate Complex in Siricilla exposes not just TRS government’s failures but also that of KTR.

Siricilla Assembly constituency is represented by none other KTR since 2008.

A new Collectorate Complex spread over 94 acres was built at a cost of Rs 65 crore in Sircilla which was inaugurated recently by his father, Telangana CM KCR in July.

Such was the poor planning that KTR opted for a site for this building which is in the bed of a tank called Ragudu tank.

In case of heavy rains, there is no provision to drain water. There is no drainage system or flood water management system. With this, the building is drowning in flood water every time there is heavy rain. This building got inundated five times since it was inaugurated three months ago in July.

Worse still is, Siricilla collector and staff in the building complex were stranded since yesterday (Monday) due to flooding.

They spent whole night in the building with no chance to come outside as it resembled a river.

On Tuesday morning (today), flooding further increased. With this, tractors were sent inside and collector and staff were rescued from the building and shifted outside in the tractors.

The videos of Siricilla collector along with staff coming out of the building in tractors went viral on social media platforms.

Netizens trolled KTR for his tall claims in media every day and in Assembly everytime about TRS government creating world class infrastructure facilities in all district headquarters.

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KTR’s defamation suit a strong message to T’gana opposition

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By filing defamation suit against Telangana State Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy for linking him to the drugs scandal, Telangana’s cabinet minister K. T. Rama Rao has sent a clear message to the opposition leaders for their continued diatribe.

Political analysts say the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president has tried to convey to the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief in clear terms that the ruling party is no longer ready to take the slander lying down.

Realising that mere war of words on Twitter and challenges and counter challenges will not be enough, Rama Rao approached the court to rein in Revanth Reddy.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, received immediate relief as the City Civil Court passed interim orders directing Revanth Reddy not to make any statement linking him to the drugs scandal.

The court passed interim injunction restraining Revanth Reddy and his agents or any person representing him from making any further derogatory, libellous or scandalous statements either by way of print or electronic media and/ or in public or in private including social media and the Internet linking KTR with the ongoing investigation being conducted by the Enforcement Directorate in the drugs scandal.

According to the minister, the defamation suit is a result of various baseless, scurrilous, and manifestly false statements and allegations made against him by Revanth Reddy. He denied any links with those accused in the drugs scandal.

Liberty has also been reserved in the suit for instituting further criminal proceedings and for payment of compensatory damages for such serious and malicious acts of defamation.

KTR, son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, was irked by Revanth Reddy linking him to drugs case currently being probed by the Enforcement Directorate with the questioning several Telugu film personalities this month for alleged money laundering. The Congress leaders had even branded KTR ‘brand ambassador of drugs’.

While continuing to politically counter the opposition, the TRS has made up its mind to crack the whip if opposition leaders ‘cross their limit’ by resorting to ‘baseless’ allegations against chief minister or other top leaders.

Recently, KTR also threatened that the government will not hesitate to book sedition cases against those trying to defame Telangana’s growth and belittle its achievements with false figures and allegations.

He took strong exception to some opposition leaders making statements loaded with personal abuses against the chief minister.

The state is already witnessing a sharp exchange of words, allegations and counter allegations and leaders throwing challenges at each other.

A bitter critic of the chief minister and his family, Revanth Reddy launched ‘white challenge’ apparently to put the government in a tight spot.

He challenged KTR to come forward to undergo drug tests along with him. He also threw a challenge at former MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy, who readily accepted it and reached the venue and time announced by Revanth Reddy.

KTR, however, tried to turn tables on Revanth by stating that he is ready to give his samples for drug tests if AICC leader Rahul Gandhi also comes forward to give his samples. He also remarked that it’s below his dignity to undergo the tests with what he calls a Cherlapalli jail alumni.

He was apparently referring to Revanth Reddy’s arrest in note for vote scam of 2015.

Then a leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Revanth was caught by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) while offering Rs.50 lakh cash to a nominated MLA to make him vote for TDP candidate in elections for Legislative Council from MLAs’ quota.

Revanth later joined the Congress party and was elected to Lok Sabha in 2019 elections. A couple of months later, Congress party’s central leadership sprang a surprise by picking him for the post of TPCC president, ignoring several senior leaders and strong contenders.

Known for his aggressive brand of politics, Revanth is seen by many as someone who can revive the fortunes of the grand old party in its former stronghold.

Spearheading anti-government protests, Revanth is slamming KCR and his family members and constantly hitting the deadlines by making sweeping allegations.

A few days ago, the State Congress chief submitted a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) demanding investigation into sale of government of lands at Kondapur in Hyderabad. He claimed that the government suffered a loss of Rs.1,000 crore as the lands were sold to those close to the chief minister.

Revanth is not the only opposition leader targeting the chief minister and his family.

Bandi Sanjay Kumar, who took over as the state BJP president last year, is also known for not mincing any word to attack TRS supremo and his family members.

Both Congress and BJP leaders often use harsh words to lampoon KCR. For instance, they often remark that KCR always ‘sleeps’ at his farm house and doesn’t even step out even when people are in distress.

Making allegations of corruption, the BJP leader said KCR will soon go to jail for looting public money, especially thousands of crores of rupees he took as bribes from contractors in irrigation project.

Currently undertaking ‘padyatra’, he is resorting to bitter attacks on KCR. TRS leaders repeatedly warned Sanjay to mind his language while criticizing the chief minister.

A couple of leaders even used abusive language to attack each other. In the run up to ensuing by-election to Huzurabad Assembly constituency and 2023 Assembly polls, the political bickering is likely to only heat up.

While TRS leaders say opposition leaders can criticise the government and question it, the kind of language used by the opposition leaders is unacceptable.

KTR stated that the government will not hesitate to even book sedition cases against those making derogatory remarks against the chief minister.

Reacting to this, Bandi Sanjay Kumar challenged him to lodge a sedition case against him and put him behind bars. He questioned the government whether they would be charged under sedition if they questioned on promises made by the CM of giving double bedrooms for the poor, three acres of land to Dalits, job for every house, financial aid for jobless youth.

While warning the opposition leaders, KTR cites the recent arrest of union minister Narayan Rane in Maharashtra for his ‘slap’ slur against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery.

“In Maharashtra, they arrested a central minister. If you want us to do the same, we will do it,” KCR said.

KTR says derogatory words against a leader of the stature of KCR are not acceptable. “There is a limit to patience. We have told them this many times. Should we tolerate this kind of language being used against a leader who fought for and achieved Telangana state, held many positions in his long political career and who has been blessed as a two-time chief minister by the people,” Rama Rao asked.

Opposition leaders, however, argue that they have every right to criticise the chief minister and his policies.

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Drain expansion drive in Hyderabad to avoid flood-like situation

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Telangana’s Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Tuesday directed the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to develop ‘nalas’ (drains) to avoid a flood-like situation in Hyderabad.

The minister held a review on the development and expansion works of nalas which will be taken up in the GHMC limits.

To prevent inundation in the city, GHMC officials have come up with a comprehensive programme for the development of nalas which was reviewed by KTR, as the minister is popularly known.

He stated that there was a need to strengthen the age-old nala and sewer system, keeping in mind the rapid urbanisation, and the government is working towards the same by coming up with a comprehensive nala development programme.

He noted that Hyderabad has been recording heavy to very heavy rains in recent times, and to avoid a flood-like situation in the city, the government is taking up nalas development and expansion works.

The government wants to take up these works in a well-planned manner to ensure no citizen goes through any kind of inconvenience in the future, said KTR. He added that the government will take care of the poor who get affected by these works.

He also stated that the government is also considering the allocation of 2 BHK dignity houses for the affected ones based on their eligibility.

He said the government would also come up with a law, if needed, for the development and expansion of nalas and lakes in the city.

The zonal Commissioners of the GHMC submitted a detailed report to the minister on the works taken up which include clearing obstacles in nalas, expansion of nalas, and construction of retaining walls.

The minister directed the officials to take up all these works along with the Strategic Nala Development Programme. He asked the officials to identify bottlenecks in nalas and clear them on a war footing.

A meeting will be called soon with all the MLAs from GHMC limits, he added.

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Drugs case: KTR gets relief in defamation suit against Revanth

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TRS working president and IT minister K.T.Rama Rao got a relief in the Hyderabad City Civil Court on Tuesday (today) in a defamation case filed against TPCC chief A.Revanth Reddy.

The court gave interim directions to Revanth not to make any comments on KTR in the Tollywood drugs case being investigated by the excise department and Enforcement Directorate.

KTR had filed a defamation case against Revanth for linking him with Tollywood drugs case on Monday (yesterday).

However, the court did not accept the petition yesterday due to some technical errors in the petition.

With this, KTR filed a revised petition today. The court admitted the petition and directed Revanth Reddy not to make any comments on KTR linking him with Tollywood drugs case.

The court stated that it will hear the petition on October 20.

However, the court allowed Revanth to file a counter on KTR’s petition.

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Sweeper till yesterday, Hyderabad woman becomes Asst Entomologist

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Moved by the plight of a woman who was working as a sweeper despite holding a masters’ degree in science, Telangana’s Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Monday offered her the job of Assistant Entomologist on outsourcing basis in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).

A. Rajani, who had done MSc (organic chemistry), was working as a sweeper on contract basis in the GHMC.

Responding to a report published about the woman in a leading Telugu daily, the minister offered her a job commensurate with her qualification.

Special Chief Secretary, Urban Development, Arvind Kumar, who took Rajani to the minister, revealed the job offered to her. He tweeted that orders were issued after verifying her credentials.

Rajani, who has two daughters, became emotional when the minister assured her all the support and offered her job as Assistant Entomologist in the Entomology Department.

Hailing from Warangal district, Rajani was born in a family of agriculture labourers. Despite the financial problems, she continued her studies with the support of parents and passed MSc (organic chemistry) with first grade in 2013. She had also qualified for PhD from the Hyderabad Central University but in the meantime she was married to an advocate and shifted to Hyderabad.

Rajani became mother of two but continued to appear for competitive exams to secure a job. However, the family landed into a crisis as her husband became bed-ridden due to cardiac problem. She started selling vegetables to run the family of five including her mother-in-law. As she was not making enough money, she took up the job of sweeper on contract basis in GHMC for a salary of Rs 10,000.

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KTR files defamation case against Revanth in drugs case!

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IT minister K.T. Rama Rao has filed a Civil Suit for defamation and for grant of perpetual injunction against TPCC chief Anumula Revanth Reddy on Monday (today).

The suit is a result of various baseless, scurrilous, and manifestly false statements and allegations made against KTR by Revanth Reddy seeking to falsely link KTR with the ongoing investigation being conducted by Enforcement Directorate against allegations of .drug and psychotropic substances abuse by certain named accused.

The Civil Suit contends that the said investigations are being done against the said accused and as a part of investigation various persons are being examined with none of whom KTR has any association or link for the alleged acts.

KTR has thus sought a declaration that such false statements made by Revanth Reddy are slanderous, libelous and constitute defamation and seeks an appropriate injunction against making such defamatory statements and to take down all such false statements/ accusations.

Liberty has also been reserved in the suit for instituting further Criminal Proceedings and for payment of compensatory damages for such serious and malicious acts of defamation.

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KTR invited to World Economic Forum’s annual meeting

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Telangana’s minister for information technology and industries K.T. Rama Rao has received an invitation to attend the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting 2022, which will take place in Davos-Klosters from 17 to 21 January.

Appreciating the work of the minister, WEF President Borge Brende sent him the invitation.

“Your leadership and commitment to transforming Telangana into a leading technology powerhouse is noteworthy. As India emerges from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, its ability to quickly adapt to innovation and emerging technologies will be vital for a sustainable economic recovery. Your insights on harnessing emerging technologies for common good will be key to the discussions at the Annual Meeting,” the WEF president wrote.

He also stated that it is essential for the world’s foremost political, business, and civil society leaders to come together once again to restore trust in the ability to shape the future in collaborative ways.

Minister KTR expressed happiness over receiving an invitation to the prestigious WEF annual meeting. “I see this invitation as a recognition of Telangana government’s initiatives in the fields of information technology, industry, and innovation,” he said.

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KTR ready to undergo tests for drugs

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Rejecting allegations of Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy linking him to the drugs racket, State Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Saturday said he was ready to give samples for drug tests and asked whether Congress leader Rahul Gandhi too would give samples for the same.

Rama Rao took strong exception to Revanth Reddy’s allegation. “How am I connected to this (drugs case). I will give blood, hair, and even liver samples. Will Rahul Gandhi too give his samples?,” he asked the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president.

In an informal chat with reporters, KTR reacted strongly to Revanth Reddy’s allegation that he has become a brand ambassador for drugs in the state.

He warned that the government will not hesitate to book cases against those making baseless allegations. Referring to the case booked against central minister Narayan Rane for slap remark against Maharashtra chief minister, KTR said Telangana government will also start booking those making baseless allegations and using objectionable words against the chief minister. He said if needed such leaders will be booked for sedition.

“We have history of all the leaders. How a person who used to work as a painter acquired four houses in Jubliee Hills,” KTR asked apparently referring to Revanth Reddy.

The minister said leaders of Congress party themselves have claimed that Revanth Reddy bought the post of TPCC president for Rs 50 crore. “Will a person who purchased PCC chief’s post will not sell MLA tickets tomorrow?” he asked.

The TRS leader also reacted to allegations made by union home minister Amit Shah during a public meeting at Nirmal on Friday. “No one is afraid of MIM. It’s BJP which is scared,” he said while reacting to Shah’s remark that TRS government is afraid of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM).

On BJP leader’s demand to celebrate September 17 as ‘Telangana Liberation Day’, the minister said TRS would not support any attempts to target one particular community. He pointed out that TRS as a political party celebrated September 17 as Merger Day.

“For us June 2 is Liberation Day because it was on this that Telangana came into being as a state after a long struggle,” he said.

KTR wanted to know what BJP MPs from Telangana have done for the state. He remarked that ‘Dilli parties are doing silly politics’.

He said people know why new parties have come up in the state. He wondered why YSR Telangana Party leader Y.S. Sharmila and BSP leader Praveeen Kumar were not speaking about Congress and BJP.

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Telangana attracts Rs 887 crore investment in jute sector

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Three companies have come forward to set up jute mills in Telangana with a cumulative investment of Rs 887 crore.

The proposed jute mills will provide direct employment to 10,400 people.

Gloster Ltd, MBG Commodities Pvt Ltd, and Kaleshwaram Agro Pvt Ltd on Friday signed separate MoUs with the state government, in the presence of state ministers K.T.Rama Rao, Singireddy Niranjan Reddy, and Gangula Kamalakar.

Gloster Ltd will invest about Rs 330 crore to set up a jute mill in Warangal district. The investment is will create 3,400 direct employment opportunities in the region.

MBG Commodities will invest about Rs 254 crore to set up a modern integrated jute mill in Rajanna Sircilla district. This will generate approximately 3,400 direct jobs.

Kaleshwaram Agro Pvt Ltd, will set up a modern integrated jute mill in Kamareddy district with an investment of about Rs 303 crore. The investment will generate approximately 3,600 direct employment opportunities in the region.

Industry and Information Technology Minister Rama Rao stated that Telangana is making efforts to revolutionise the agriculture sector through optimum utilisation of resources from the Godavari and the Krishna rivers and local water bodies as well.

He also added that there is a need to be self-sufficient in jute production as the demand has been rising on the back of increasing agricultural produce and procurement in the state.

KTR, as the minister in popularly called, stressed the need for farmers to look at alternate crops as well for sustainable profitability. More jute mills are likely to come up in other districts as well given the focus that Telangana is placing on food processing, he said, and assured support to companies coming forward to set up jute industries in the state.

Agriculture Minister Niranjan Reddy said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has been placing special focus on the jute industry as the agricultural produce is increasing. He said the state will encourage farmers to take up jute cultivation to meet the requirements of the jute mills. He added that the jute can also be a sustainable alternative to plastic.

Civil Supplies Minister Kamalakar said demand for gunny bags in the state has been on the rise. “The state has been sourcing these bags from West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. With new jute mills coming up in the state, it would be in a position to save on these costs,” he said.

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KTR and Revanth’s “Twitter war” continues!

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The “Twitter war” between TRS working president, IT minister K.T.Rama Rao and TPCC chief A. Revanth Reddy has been intensifying further day after day.

KTR on Thursday (today) termed Revanth as “3rd rate criminal” and a “thug leading the party” and “PCC cheap” on his Twitter page.

KTR tweeted, “As the chairman of the IT standing committee, Shashi Tharoor Ji had paid some compliments to the efforts of the Govt of Telangana recently His colleague in parliament & PCC Cheap calls him a Donkey!! This is what happens when you have a 3rd rate criminal/thug leading the party.

KTR’s tweet was in response to Revanth calling Congress MP and senior leader a “Donkey’ during his chit chat with media at Gandhi Bhavan on Tuesday.

When media personnel referred to Shashi Tharoor praising KTR and Telangana government for achievements in IT sector when Tharoor visited Hyderabad recently on a study tour of Parliamentary Standing Committee, Revanth said, “Shashi Tharoor is a donkey. He is unaware of what exactly happening in Hyderabad.”

Revanth’s comment was published prominently in media today. KTR posted one of these news clippings on his Twitter page and termed Revanth as 3rd rate criminal.

The Twitter war started between Revanth and KTR three days ago. Revanth called KTR an ‘irresponsible minister’ for tweeting that the accused in six-year old girl’s rape and murder in Singareni colony in Hyderabad was arrested within hours of the incident while the fact remains that he was at large.

An embarrassed KTR immediately corrected his tweet saying he was misinformed and the police are on the hunt to trace him.

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T’gana BJP attacks KTR over ‘misinformed’ tweet in minor girl’s rape and murder case

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Even as the police are yet to nab the perpetrator of the rape and murder of a 6-year-old girl, Telangana minister K. Taraka Rama Rao’s tweets on the issue have landed him in controversy inviting criticism from the BJP.

On September 12, the minister had tweeted that the culprit had been arrested only to retract on Tuesday.

“Would like to correct my tweet below. I was misinformed that he was arrested. Regret the erroneous statement

“The perpetrator is absconding & @hydcitypolice has launched a massive manhunt for him

“Let’s all make our best efforts to ensure he’s nabbed & brought to justice quickly,” said KTR’s tweet on Tuesday.

Following the clarification by the minister on Wednesday, the state unit of the BJP came down heavily on Rao popularly known as KTR, and is the son of Telangana chief minister.

The state’s home minister Mehmood Ali has also come under attack from the BJP. Telangana BJP chief spokesperson K. Krishna Saagar Rao said the tweets by minister K.T. Rama Rao were a pointer to the confusion prevailing in the TRS government. “The right hand doesn’t seem to know what the left hand is doing,” the BJP functionary said.

Krishna Saagar Rao was particularly scathing of the Telangana state Home Minister Mahmood Ali.

“Home Minister Mahmood Ali is missing in action, as always. There is no official media statement from him explaining the case to public. Neither did DGP Mahender Reddy explain to public the details of this heinous crime and progress of its investigation, so far.”

The BJP has also demanded for Mahmood Ali’s resignation.

The 6-year-old child was sexually assaulted and murdered on September 9 allegedly by Raju who happens to be her neighbour in Saidabad.

The body of the girl, who was missing since 5 p.m. Thursday, was found in the house of her neighbor after midnight.

The horrific incident had triggered angry protests from the residents on Friday. They staged sit-in for seven hours on Champapet-Sagar Road, demanding immediate and harshest punishment to the guilty. Some of the protesters also demanded that the guilty be killed in an encounter.

Initially, the police sources had claimed that the accused was arrested from his native village in Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district.

However, a senior official clarified that the accused is still at large. The police commissioner said despite serious efforts, the accused remained at large.

Telangana Police have announced a reward of Rs ten lakh for information leading to the arrest of the accused.

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KTR taking helicopter tours to escape Oppn parties protests!

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These days TRS working president and IT minister K.T.Rama Rao is often travelling to districts by helicopter to launch various development programmes.

Earlier, KTR always used to travel by road in his convoy of vehicles.

But now he is travelling in a helicopter to districts which are near Hyderabad.

KTR went to Gadwal in a helicopter from Hyderabad on Tuesday, which takes less than three hours to reach by road.

KTR is reportedly taking helicopters to tour districts because opposition parties are frequently obstructing him when he is travelling by road.

BJP and ABVP activists are blocking KTR’s convoy whenever he is visiting any district demanding the release of job notifications to fill 2 lakh vacancies in government departments.

Congress activists are also obstructing him on one issue or the other.

Police are resorting to lathi charge on activists to cleary KTR’s convoy and this tussle between police and opposition parties are getting more coverage in media than KTR’s official programmes in districts.

To avoid this situation, KCR is travelling by helicopter and directly landing at the official programme venue or public meeting and returning straight to Hyderabad giving no scope for opposition parties to obstruct him on road.

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KTR challenges BJP leader over Central funds to Telangana

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Telangana Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Tuesday threw a challenge at state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar to prove him wrong that the state received only Rs 1.42 lakh crore out of its Rs 2.72 lakh crore contribution to the Centre in the form of taxes.

Rama Rao, who is also son of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Working President of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said he would resign from his ministerial post if Sanjay proves him wrong and if the BJP leader could not do so, he should resign from the Parliament.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, slammed the BJP leader for his claim during his ongoing ‘padyatra’ that funds for all the schemes of the state government are coming from the Centre.

Mounting a scathing attack on BJP while addressing a public meeting at Gadwal, he said that the Modi government is giving back only 50 per cent of what Telangana is contributing to the Centre, and told the people that the money earned from their sweat and blood was going to serve the people in the form of central funds to BJP-ruled states.

He alleged that the money being given by Telangana to the Centre in the form of taxes is being diverted to Uttar Pradesh and other backward states.

The TRS leader slammed the Centre for not sanctioning at least one medical college, IIM or Navodaya school for Telangana.

Targetting Sanjay for his claim, KTR asked him whether the Centre was paying for Rythu Bandhu, Rythu Bhima, free 24 hours power supply to farmers, nurseries in every village, Vaikuntadhamams in villages, Haritha Haram, Kalyana Lakshmi/Shaadi Mubarak or monthly social security pension of Rs 2,000 for various categories of beneficiaries.

“If the Centre is giving funds for all the schemes being implemented in Telangana, why there are no such schemes in Karnataka which is ruled by the BJP,” he asked.

KTR, who laid foundation stone or inaugurated development works worth Rs 104 crore in Jogulamba Gadwal district in a single day, said Sanjay was spreading lies during his ongoing padyatra.

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KTR faces ire of flood-hit people in Sircilla

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Things don’t seem to be going KTR’s way these days. Firstly, his anointment as the Chief Minister of Telangana could not go as planned. There was opposition from Eatala and Harish Rao. Though Eatala has been edged out for disobedience, the situation has not improved for KTR. So, his anointment has been taken off the agenda as of now.

Later, he was asked to keep off Huzurabad. In fact, the Huzurabad bypoll is in Karimnagar district, the borough of KTR. But, KTR is nowhere to be seen in Huzurabad. It is Harish Rao from neighbouring Siddipet who is holding the fort there. This has seriously dented KTR’s overall image across the state in general and in Karimnagar in particular.

Now, there is another problem for KCR. Past one week saw huge rains across Telangana and more so in KTR’s constituency of Sircilla. Many of the colonies in Sircilla are marooned and many roles have become waterways. The normal life has been completely disturbed. The people were put to untold hardships. So when KTR toured Sircilla on Friday, the locals vented their ire against KTR for leaving them to their fate and doing nothing to contain the flooding of the main streets of Sircilla. When KTR in his own style, tried to outbeat them in a wordy duel, the flood-hit people were more enraged. Realising that the tide was turning against him, he beat a hasty retreat.

Even in Hyderabad, the floods have wreaked havoc and contrary to KTR’s assurances, the situation has not improved at all. Significantly, not a single minister or MLA visited the flood hit areas this time either in Hyderabad or in Sircilla. KTR faced people’s ire when he visited the flood hit areas in Sircilla, his constituency. Seems KTR has to do much more to woo his voters.

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