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BJP to reach out to 20 cr homes through ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ prog


BJP national vice-president Vasundhara Raje on Saturday said two resolutions will be passed during National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting and topics or issues of political resolution will be decided by the Committee.

She also said that party will launching several new outreach programmes like ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ and further strengthen ‘panna pramukh’. The BJP NEC will also make a statement on state of affairs in Telangana.

Sharing the details of national office-bearers’ meet, former Rajasthan Chief Minister Raje said that the two resolutions one political and second economic will be passed in the NEC after discussion.

“During national office-bearers meet, draft of resolutions was discussed,” she said.

Asked about recent killing in Udaipur and Supreme Court’s comment on Nupur Sharma’s controversial statement, Raje said that topics of political resolution will be decided by the NEC.

She informed that the recent Assembly polls of Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa, local bodies polls, bypolls of Rampur, Azamgarh and Tripura were also discussed.

She said that as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the BJP will launch ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ to connect with people and to make it a large movement. “We are trying to reach out 20 crore homes during the campaign,” she said.

“The national office-bearers meet also emphasise on more pravas of leaders so that they stay among the people.”

Emphasis also given on further strengthening of booth. “It has been decided to form team of 200 active workers at each booth, form Whatsapp group,” she said.

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Come, learn from Telangana, says KTR ahead of BJP meet


Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders to Telangana, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao took a dig at the BJP leadership saying there is no element of surprise in the party’s decision to hold its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Hyderabad which is fast progressing.

The backwardness of the so-called double-engine states has made BJP opt a progressive place like Hyderabad for their meetings, KTR, as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader is popularly known, said in an open letter to Modi.

Having hatred and narrow mindedness filled in their DNA, it is too much to expect that the BJP leaders will talk about development and welfare of people in the NEC meeting, said KTR.

He alleged that the real agenda of the BJP’s meeting is to spread hatred and not talk about any innovative policies and schemes. He added that BJP’s real ideology has always been to divide people.

KTR said the BJP runs on the pillars of lies and it would be too much to expect the BJP leaders to introspect themselves.

“The BJP will not get a better place than Telangana, which works for development, to reinvent themselves and give a fresh start to their politics,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi should study the Telangana model of development, its policies, schemes that could be implemented in BJP ruled states which are being troubled by double engines, said KTR.

“Think of building a Vasudaika kutumbam-like society with religious harmony and take steps towards a new beginning,” he said.

He also stated that Telangana, a state prospering in irrigation, infrastructure, innovation and inclusiveness is giving an opportunity to the BJP to realign its political thoughts.

“I’m also reminding you that most of the policies and schemes introduced by the Union Government have been copied from Telangana,” he said.

KTR asked PM Modi and the BJP leaders to learn how the Telangana government under the leadership of Chief Minister KCR has constructed the world’s largest lift irrigation project Kaleshwaram which has changed the face of irrigation in the state.

“Learn how to strengthen the irrigation sector in the country by studying the Kaleshwaram Project,” he said. Learn how to rejuvenate the lakes in the country by studying Mission Kakatiya scheme, KTR added.

Minister KTR ended his message by saying: “Accept the hospitality of Hyderabad and don’t forget to eat Hyderabadi Dum Biryani. Come up with some fresh political thoughts and also a new beginning by having Irani chai here in our city Hyderabad.”

The two-day NEC meeting of BJP is beginning in Hyderabad on Saturday.

It will be attended by PM Modi, BJP president J. P. Nadda, several union ministers and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states.

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Nadda holds road show in Hyderabad


BJP national president J.P. Nadda on Friday held a road show in Hyderabad, a day ahead of the party’s national executive committee meeting.

Nadda arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad on Friday evening to a warm welcome by the BJP’s Telangana unit leaders.

Standing on an open-top vehicle, he waved at the BJP supporters who had gathered in large numbers. Flanked by state BJP president Bandi Sanjay, actress and party leader Vijayashanti and MP K. Laxman, Nadda was seen holding a party flag and also showering petals on the supporters.

The road show was held for one km on the main road amid beating of drums and music.

Nadda later drove to Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), the venue of the two-day national executive meeting beginning on Saturday. He was accorded a warm welcome in a traditional manner by a group of Telangana artistes.

The BJP chief inaugurated a photo exhibition depicting the history of Telangana and its rich culture. The party also highlighted the ‘excesses’ committed on people in the Hyderabad State by Nizam’s Army.

Nadda will later hold a meeting with the party general secretaries to discuss and decide the agenda for the national executive meeting. The meeting is likely to decide draft resolutions to be passed during the meeting.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several union ministers, chief ministers of BJP-ruled states and central leaders of the party will be attending the meeting. This will be followed by a huge public meeting to be held on the evening of Sunday at Parade Grounds.

BJP general secretary Tarun Chug said 340 delegates will attend the national executive meeting. He said Prime Minister Modi will attend all the sessions along with the delegates.

Modi, who will be arriving in Hyderabad on Saturday afternoon, will address the national executive on the second day

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BJP MP ‘predicts’ Maharashtra-like situation in Telangana


BJP MP K. Laxman on Friday ‘predicted’ Maharashtra-like political developments in Telangana.

The MP said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) would face a situation like the one witnessed by Shiv Sena in Maharashtra recently.

Laxman also predicted that the political scenario in Telangana would completely change after BJP’s national executive and the public meeting in Hyderabad.

The two-day national executive of the BJP is beginning on Saturday while a massive public meeting is scheduled at the Parade Grounds in Secunderabad on Sunday, which will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president J.P. Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other leaders.

Laxman, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha, said since TRS is like a family party like Shiv Sena it would meet the same fate. “The downfall of TRS and KCR has started,” he said.

Stating that Modi, Amit Shah and Nadda were especially focusing on Telangana, the MP remarked that in a year’s time there will be ‘Ram Rajya’ in Telangana.

He also predicted that TRS and Congress will join hands for the next elections in the state. He dubbed the Congress and AIMIM as the ‘B’ parties of TRS.

Laxman criticised the TRS for not extending support to NDA’s candidate for Presidential election Draupadi Murmu.

Laxman along with Union minister for tourism and culture G. Kishan Reddy visited the Parade Ground to review the arrangements for the public meeting.

Kishan Reddy alleged that TRS was creating hurdles for the BJP meeting as it was scared of defeat in the next elections.

He said the public meeting will give an assurance to the poor about their secure future under the BJP rule.

The minister said while the BJP meeting enjoys people’s blessings, the TRS government is creating problems by putting up hoardings to mislead people.

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Opinion : BJP is bad news for Telangana. Cannot come to power with Jumla’s

Ch Krishna

BJPs national executive is planned on 2nd and 3rd in Hyderabad. All the national leaders are flocking to Hyderabad to attend the meeting. They are aspiring to host their party’s flag on the Golkonda fort but that is bad news for Telangana state and people of Telangana. They cannot come to power with the current leadership and there is no place for their ideology in the state. They current state president or the present fighting leaders in BJP are unable to convince and gain the confidence of the people.

Telangana has been ruled by the Nizam and has significant minority, ST and SC population who will not vote for BJP. Their hard-line Hindutva politics don’t resonate with Telangana people and the statement made by the BJP president on finding shiv lingas in mosques did not go well with the people. In the current age all of them care for jobs, safety, security of their kids, education, good hospitals, and good infrastructure etc. BJP leadership instead of discussing the failures of the current govt on these areas they are still stuck with their age old Hindutva ideology.

When Mr. Modi entered the national politics after serving as the Chief Minister of Gujarat there was a vacuum for strong leader in national politics. The BJP leadership has to understand that the country and state are different, and you don’t need a 56-inch chest to rule the states. Telangana is ruled by Mr. KCR who is perceived as a strong leader and hence there is no scope for BJP to make that argument. Mr. Modi as Prime Minister did not give any new project or any assistance for Telangana, so how can BJP leadership ask for an opportunity to rule the state. They won 4 MPs in the last parliament election but none of them could bring any assistance or projects that benefit the state. All the projects were taken to Gujarat or BJP ruled states and these MPs did not request the Prime Minister to give the projects to Telangana state.

The state BJP leadership has frequently accused of the current government of corruption, but they did not file charges with the appropriate authorities. At least Mr. KA Paul went and complained to the CBI director but none of the four MPs made any attempt or complained to the authorities. So, they are not getting legitimacy on their fight against corruption. Earlier in the Jagan case it was Mr. Shankar Rao who went to the court and with the directions of the court CBI cases were registered and the cases are now pending at appropriate courts. No leader has gone to court but still they make allegations of putting the leaders behind bars. If they are so serious, they should start the legal battle so people can believe them.

The BJP is on a high after winning Dubbaka and Huzurabad elections but they dont have cadre in most of the constituencies. The win in both constituencies can be attributed to the contested candidates and the work they have done in the past. So, the party wants to repeat the same strategy by joining strong leaders from other parties. But they should realize that leaders only join when they feel that the party will come to power. And without building the cadre such strategies will not bring them to power. The state leadership made tall claims about leaders joining their party but unfortunately that did not happen. Even with the leaders that are planning to join it will not be sufficient for them to come to power.

The congress party has announced what it will do when they come to power during Rahul Gandhi’s last visit. Till date BJP did not propose an alternative to the current government or did not say what they will do when they come to power. Except for the hard-line Hindutva agenda they did not come up with a concrete plan for the development of the state. Even the central government did not give any incentives or support to the state for them to grow faster. It is just that there are doubts on congress ability to come to power. Few people are feeling that BJP could be the alternative, but BJP is bad news for Telangana and should never come to power in the state. They are party of Jhumlas and will not and cannot develop the state. The current state president is first time MP and is aspiring to be the CM of the state. They don’t have enough talent to come up with new ideas or innovative ideas to rule the state. If you ask the state president to name who can be in the cabinet, he will take a lot of time to answer because right now they don’t have that candidate either. To govern a state, you need a person with experience and except Etela Rajendar there is no other candidate in that party who can aspire to be CM. He is a late entry into the party so he might not get that chance. So how much ever the central leadership try it is impossible for them to come to power in Telangana.

BJP is bad news for Telangana and Mr. Modi has not done anything for the state.

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Want to make Hyderabad startup capital of India: KCR


Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said that his government wants Telangana to be known as the startup state of India and Hyderabad as the startup capital of India.

He was speaking after inaugurating the second phase of T-Hub, billed as the world’s largest technology startup incubator, in Hyderabad.

Spread over 370,000 square feet and designed to house more than 1,500 startups, the swanky campus has come up at Raidrugi, a part of the information technology corridor.

The Chief Minister claimed that T-Hub, which was launched in 2015, has now become a national role model. He recalled that it was founded to bring in the best talent from across the country to nurture a startup ecosystem.

“Today, I can proudly say we have created a world-class entity at T-Hub to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. Our state’s startup policy is progressive, it has helped forge fruitful partnerships with both corporates and academia. This is something very uniquely wonderful about our state,” he said.

KCR, as the leader is popularly known, pointed out that T-Hub has impacted over 2000 entrepreneurs and seen $1.19 billion raised in funding by T-Hub startups. It has facilitated connections with venture capitalists and angel investors, establishing a brand name synonymous with innovation.

He also noted that Telangana state’s startup ecosystem is valued as among the top 10 global ecosystems in affordable talent, and is among the top 15 startup ecosystems across Asia in attracting funds.

“In 2021, the startup ecosystem of Telangana was valued at $4.8 billion. Among cities in India, Hyderabad offers the best standard of living, and we want Hyderabad to be known as the startup capital of India. Our startups are providing valuable collaboration to the main sectors of our economy, namely IT, life sciences, aerospace, and defence, and automotives, including electric vehicles,” he said.

Noting that many startups have also created products and solutions relevant for social sectors like education, health, agriculture, sanitation, and environment, KCR said all this became possible due to the very progressive policies in the state like TS-IPass, TSBpass, and Telanganaas start up and innovation policy.

“We have made doing business easier for the startups, ensuring that they receive mentorship support, get connected with knowledge institutions and corporates as per their requirements, receive funding support, and most importantly receive automatic job orders from government departments if their product or solution is of relevance to us.”

He recalled that the journey of T-Hub started as an idea, eight years ago, when Telangana became the youngest state in India.

Around the fulcrum of T-Hub, the government promoted sister institutions to support different requirements of an entrepreneur. Today all of these institutions also, namely We-hub, T-Works, TSIC, RICH, and TASK, have become champions in their own right, he claimed.

KCR said the first phase of T-Hub showed that there is a huge appetite for entrepreneurship among the youth in India. “We felt we must capitalise on this appetite. That we must provide them with best support from the startup stakeholders and give them a space for high-quality incubation and acceleration. Three years ago, our government decided to invest in the 2nd phase of T-Hub. This new facility is five times bigger. Our aim is to incubate the next generation of startups that would one day be strong pillars for our Indian economy. We hope that, through T-Hub, these startups can strengthen their entrepreneurial spirit and bring global recognition to our state and the country with their accomplishments.”

Stating that India is only weeks away from celebrating the 75th anniversary of its independence, he underlined the need to provide a clear vision and roadmap for the country about its future, especially to youth. “Young India is an aspirational India. It wants to be challenged and seeks to compete globally. Our government recognised this aspirational India early on and wanted to put young India on the global map. We wanted to build an India known equally for its entrepreneurial and technology capabilities,” he added.

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After cold war, Telangana CM shares dais with Governor

After months of cold war, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday visited the Raj Bhavan and shared dais with Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan.

The occasion was the swearing-in of Justice Ujjal Bhuyan as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court.

Setting aside the difference with the governor, the chief minister continued the tradition of attending the swearing-in ceremony of the chief justice.

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, exchanged pleasantries with the governor and presented her a bouquet. He greeted Justice Bhuyan and also attended the brief customary meeting with both the governor and the new chief justice.

There were speculations the chief minister will stay away from the ceremony in view of the cold war with the governor and meet the new chief justice separately.

This was KCR’s first visit to Raj Bhavan after the strain in the relations between the two leaders.

While Tamilisai alleged that the state government is insulting the Constitutional office of the governor, several state ministers had slammed her for acting like BJP’s spokesperson.

The rift between the governor and the chief minister came to the fore in March when the state government dropped the customary governor’s address at the commencement of the state budget session of the state legislature. She stated that the state government had not followed the Constitutional convention on the pretext of technical reasons.

The chief minister, his Cabinet colleagues and leaders of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had boycotted the pre-Ugadi festivities hosted by the governor at Raj Bhavan in April.
The governor had complained that though she extended the invitations, neither the chief minister nor his ministers or officials attended the celebrations or conveyed their inability to attend.

The governor was also not invited to Ugadi celebrations held at Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of the chief minister.

Earlier, the state government had not invited the governor for the inauguration of the renovated Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadadri.

Tamilisai also alleged that the state government did not follow protocol when she visited Medaram in Mulugu district to attend Sammakka Saralamma jatara, a tribal fair in February.

The governor had complained to the Centre about the state government not following the protocol during her visits.

On June 10, the governor began receiving representations from people by holding aPraja Darbar’ at Raj Bhavan. She defended the move saying she wants to act as a bridge between the state government and the public.

She dismissed the criticism that she is crossing her limits. She argued that when she as the highest Constitutional authority was willing to serve people why should she be denied the opportunity.

“Those saying it is unconstitutional should first respect the Constitution,” the governor remarked when asked about the statements by leaders of TRS describing her action as unconstitutional.

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KTR pitches Telangana to Foxconn


Telangana Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday invited Foxconn to invest in the state.

The minister met visiting Foxconn Chairman Young Liu in New Delhi, and they discussed Foxconn’s plans of expanding its footprint in India.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, also took the opportunity to pitch Telangana to officials from Foxconn Corporation present during the meeting for potential investment opportunities.

Taiwan-based Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn) is one of the leading electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider globally and is one of the largest suppliers for many top tier international customers.

Foxconn has manufacturing units in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In 2021, Hon Hai’s annual revenue reached $206 billion worldwide.

KTR briefed Liu on the initiatives undertaken by the state government towards creating an enabling environment and infrastructure for fostering electronics manufacturing in Telangana, and the Foxconn chief was pleased to note the progress made by the state in last eight years.

Discussing the company’s future plans, Liu said: “India is an attractive manufacturing destination, and we would like to see how we can expand our manufacturing footprint. Our India experience has been exciting, and we look forward to explore the opportunities that Telangana as a state offers.”

KTR said: “Foxconn is one of the biggest employers globally in the domain of electronics manufacturing. We are excited about their decision to venture into EV manufacturing too. I assure the company of the best support possible from Telangana and invite the team to explore Telangana.”

Telangana has emerged as a preferred investment destination for investments in electronics sector and boasts of a vibrant R&D and innovation ecosystem. The state is equipped with robust industrial infrastructure and is well positioned to meet the requirements of global majors, he added.

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Telangana HC notice to KCR over land allotment for TRS office


The Telangana High Court on Thursday issued notices to Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and some top officials on a PIL challenging land allotment for TRS office in Hyderabad.

Retired employee Maheshwar Raj filed the Public Interest Litigation (PIL), challenging allotment of 4,935 square yard land in upscale Banjara Hills for the ruling party’s Hyderabad district unit office.

The petitioner alleged that the costly land was allotted to TRS for a mere Rs 100 per square yard.

The court took up the petition for hearing and issued notices to the Chief Minister and TRS president Chandrasekhar Rao, party general secretary Srinivas Reddy, chief secretary, chief commissioner of land administration, revenue secretary and Hyderabad district collector. They have been directed to file counters within four weeks.

The state government last month allotted the plot of a little more than an acre to TRS on Road No. 12 of Banjara Hills’ NBT Nagar for construction of the party’s Hyderabad office. This came under sharp criticism from the opposition parties which claim that the land could be valued at Rs 100 crore.

The Congress party had described the land allotment as robbery in broad daylight. Its leaders questioned the allotment when the TRS already has a big office in the same area.

They were referring to Telangana Bhavan, the state headquarters of TRS. Inaugurated in 2006, the swanky office is spread over 40,000 square feet.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Dasoju Sravan termed the allotment a robbery of valuable public land with unholy support of official machinery.

The BJP also criticised the allotment of costly land at a paltry price. Its leaders alleged that the officers were hand-in-glove with the ruling party.

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Surge in Covid cases in Telangana continues


Telangana continued to witness a spike in daily Covid-19 count while authorities have cautioned people to follow all the precautions to check the spread.

The state reported 434 cases in the 24-hour period ending Wednesday evening. A day earlier, the count was 403.

The daily tally has almost doubled in the last 3-4 days. Last week, the state had been recording 200-250 cases.

According to the health officials, the state is recording more than 400 cases for the first time after February 2022.

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) continues to report maximum number of cases. On Wednesday, the state capital recorded 292 cases, up from 240 the previous day. In neighbouring Medchal Malkajgiri district, the number of infections jumped from 11 to 28. However, in the other neighbouring district Rangareddy, the daily count dropped from 103 to 71.

According to the daily bulletin issued by the health department, out of 33 districts, 15 have zero cases while four districts reported a case each. Only two districts recorded the cases in double digits.

The authorities conducted 27,754 tests during the 24-hour period. While the daily count is rising, the state is not recording any death.

According to the director of public health and family welfare, the active cases in the stand stands at 2,680. A total of 129 people recovered from Covid during the 24-hour period. The recovery rate now stands at 99.15 per cent.

Following the surge in cases, the health department has asked people to follow Covid precautions like wearing a face mask and maintaining social distance.

Director of public health and family welfare G. Srinivasa Rao stated that the Telangana government is well prepared to tackle any eventuality. It is important to complete vaccination by taking both doses and it is also equally important to adhere to precautions against Covid, including wearing a face mask and maintaining physical distance, he said.

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Telangana urges Centre to reconsider decision on defence corridor


The Telangana government on Wednesday urged the Centre to reconsider its decision to set up a defence industrial production corridor in Uttar Pradesh, saying that Hyderabad-Bengaluru is the ideal location for the project.

Industries Minister K. T. Rama Rao said the Centre should rise above political considerations and political agenda to encourage progressive states like Telangana.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for VEM Technologies’s Integrated Defence Systems at National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ), Zaheerabad in Sangareddy district.

He recalled that he had requested then Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to approve a defence industrial production corridor between Hyderabad and Bengaluru as they have the required ecosystem for the project.

He pointed out that Hyderabad has many defence public sector undertakings and more than 1,000 small and medium companies, while Bengaluru has HAL and Air Force-related institutions. If a defence industrial production corridor is created here, it will benefit districts like Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy and Wanaparthy in Telangana, Kurnool and Anantapur districts in Andhra Pradesh.

He said that if the defence industry is to gain impetus and a slogan like ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ is to be translated into reality, the Centre should reconsider its decision.

“It should set up the corridor at a place where there is an ecosystem. If you set it up in Uttar Pradesh because you have votes and seats and political preferences there, it won’t work,” he said.

“Even in Hyderabad, this did not happen overnight. The PSUs have been in existence for decades, creating a favourable environment for the growth of the sector,” he said.

KTR also told the Centre that when major global companies come to invest, they look at places where there is infrastructure and they see how soon they get return on investment. “They don’t see states or cities while deciding to invest. They look at the countries and what they offer in terms of infrastructure and ecosystem,” he said.

VEM will invest Rs. 1,000 crore in the facility coming up on 511 acres in NIMZ. This is billed as the largest investment in the private sector in the defence manufacturing industry in India. The unit will employ 2,000 people in the next five years.

VEM is a defence and aerospace company that offers end-to-end technology solutions and systems for various weapon systems for land, air, and naval applications.

One of the top five defence companies in India, VEM will manufacture weapons systems and defence equipment like anti-tank guided missiles, small arms, sniper rifles, unmanned aerial system, underwater weapons systems and radars at their unit at NIMZ.

The work on the unit will start in August and the unit is expected to commence production in 2024-25.

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Telangana techie shot dead in US

A software engineer from Telangana was shot dead by an unidentified person in Maryland state of the US.

Nakka Sai Charan (26), who hailed from Nalgonda district of Telangana, was killed when a person said to be a black man opened fire at him on Sunday evening.

His friends in the US informed his family about the incident. Sai Charan was shot dead when he was travelling in his car near Catonsville in Maryland. He was returning home after dropping a friend at the airport.

The techie was shot in the head. He was shifted to University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where he was pronounced dead.

The software engineer was working with a company in Baltimore city of Maryland for the last two years.

His parents and other family members were shocked on receiving the information. They have appealed to the Government of India and Telangana government to help bring the body home.

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Telangana Minister to visit IIIT Basara as students continue protest


Telangana’s Education Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy will visit the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technologies (RGUKT) in Nirmal district where students continued their protest for the seventh day on Monday to press for their demands.

Braving rains, students of RGUKT, popularly known as IIIT Basara, continued the sit-in at the main gate of the building.

They are protesting over poor quality of food and demanding improvement of other basic amenities and also appointing a regular Vice Chancellor.

They were holding placards and raising slogans to highlight their 12 demands.

The talks held by District Collector Musharraf Ali Farooqi and RGUKT Director Satish Kumar with the students continued till 3 a.m. but failed to resolve the deadlock.

The students are insisting that a statement be issued from the Chief Minister’s office or Education Minister Indra Reddy or Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao give a written assurance to solve their problems.

Though the Collector and Director assured the students that their problems would be solved, the students demanded that this assurance should come either from the CMO or the ministers.

Since no assurance came from the CMO or the ministers, the students decided to continue the protest. Police have made tight security to prevent any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, Sabitha Indra Reddy is leaving for IIIT Basara to hold direct talks with the agitating students to resolve the issue.

Earlier, the minister had reportedly termed the demands of the students as “silly” evoking strong protest from them.

The students have complained that the food being served in the hostel mess is of poor quality. They alleged that on several occasions, small insects and frogs were found in the food.

Students of the Telangana University in Nizamabad also staged a protest to express solidarity with IIIT Basara students. They slammed the state government for neglecting the state-run universities while opening the doors for private universities.

State BJP chief Bandi Sanjay also hit out at the state government for doing nothing to address the demands of the students even after six days. In an open letter to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Sanjay said the Chief Minister had time to form a political party but no time to discuss and solve the problems of students.

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KTR questions Centre’s move to sell PSU lands in states


Telangana’s Industries and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao has questioned the Centre’s move to sell the lands allotted by the state government, along with the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

In a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he appealed to the Central government to reconsider the plans, failing which the Telangana government will “strongly obstruct the moves”.

KTR, as Rama Rao is popularly known, stated that the BJP-led Central government was planning to sell assets, including land allotted to different PSUs, in Telangana.

Instead of selling the assets, the Union government should explore the possibilities of reviving and strengthening the PSUs. “If it is not feasible then the state government should be given an opportunity to set up new industrial units on such lands,” he said.

KTR said that the Central government’s plans to sell PSUs are nothing but making a mockery of the state government’s rights.

he pointed out that many states, including Tamil Nadu were strongly opposing the Central government moves to sell PSUs set up in their respective territories.

Lashing out at the Central government for its attempts to sell PSUs in the guise of disinvestment, he sought to know under what provisions or rights, the Modi government was contemplating the sale of PSUs set up in different states.

It was unfortunate that the Modi government did not provide job opportunities to the unemployed youth. If the PSUs were reopened, they would provide direct employment to thousands and indirectly millions would be benefited, KTR said.

Instead the Central government was focusing on withdrawing investment to facilitate sale of the companies. The BJP government was selling Hindustan Cables Ltd, Hindustan Fluorocarbons Ltd, Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Ltd, HMT, Cement Corporation of India Ltd (CCI) and Ordinance factories in Telangana as part of its disinvestment plans, he charged.

The state government had allotted about 7,200 acres of land to these six companies. The value of these lands would be nearly Rs 5,000 crore according to government rates and as per open market prices, the value could be over Rs 40,000 crore, he said.

The state government had allotted lands to these companies at marginal prices and in a few cases, they were offered for free, since setting up of these units would generate employment to local people, besides facilitating industrial development.

He recalled that when the Telangana government urged the union government to allot lands for the construction of Skyways to improve transportation in Hyderabad, the Centre demanded compensation as per market price.

“In this context, how can the Central government sell the lands that were allotted by the state government for setting up PSUs,” KTR questioned.

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Secunderabad station violence: Suspected conspirator detained


Andhra Pradesh Police on Saturday detained a person who runs a private defence academy in the Telugu states on the suspicion that he was the conspirator in Friday’s violence at Secunderabad railway station.

Avula Subba Rao was detained in Prakasam district. He is likely to be handed over to the Railway Police for questioning.

Rao, an ex-serviceman, runs Sai Defence Academy branches in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Railway Police, with the help of the police in both the states, are probing the alleged role of some private defence academies, which train armed forces job aspirants.

The directors of some private academies are suspected to have provoked the youth and mobilised them by creating WhatsApp groups.

They created WhatsApp groups like Hakimpet Army Soldiers, Secunderabad Railway Station Blocks, and 17/6 to circulate messages to the youth to reach the railway station for the protest.

Subba Rao is suspected to have played a key role in inciting youth. Similarly, the organiser of an academy in Karimnagar is also suspected to have mobilised the youth.

Railway and police authorities were caught unawares as more than 1,000 youth on Friday morning barged into Secunderabad railway station and went on rampage, burning train coaches, damaging parcel goods, and ransacking stalls.

Railway Police had opened fire to quell the violence, resulting in the death of one army aspirant and injuries to some others.

Police have arrested more than 50 suspects for the violence. They were brought to Gandhi Hospital amid tight security for medical check-up and are likely to be produced before a magistrate later.

Secunderabad Railway Police booked cases against those who indulged in violence. The accused were booked for attempt to murder, unlawful assembly and rioting.

Hyderabad police late Friday announced that they will probe the conspiracy angle in the violence that rocked Secunderabad railway station on Friday during the protest against the Central government’s army recruitment scheme Agnipath.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand has directed Additional Commissioner, Crimes & SIT, and Deputy Commissioner Task Force to closely monitor the criminal cases registered by Railway Police Force, Secunderabad.

The top officials have been asked to find out the “objective, conspiracy and detailed planning which was done to create such violent incidents and damage the railway properties”.

Meanwhile, there was high drama at Gandhi Hospital on Saturday evening when Telangana Congress chief and MP A. Revanth Reddy sneaked into the hospital despite tight security to meet the youth who were injured in the police firing at Secunderabad station.

As police had stepped up security at the main entrance to stop Revanth Reddy, he entered the premises from the rear entrance and called on the youth and enquired about their condition.

In another development, the State Human Rights Commission has taken suo moto note of Friday’s violence and sought a detailed report from the police.

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Telangana ministers attend funeral of youth killed in police firing


Two Telangana ministers, MP and MLAs on Saturday attended the last rites of the youth killed in police firing at Secunderabad railway station on Friday.

M. Rakesh, 22, was cremated in Dabeerpet village in Warangal district amid tight security in view of the protests and the shutdown called by ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Hundreds of people paid their last respects to the youth, who was an aspirant for an army job.

State ministers E. Dayakar Rao, Satyavathi Rathod, MP M. Kavitha, MLAs Vinay Bhaskar, P. Sudershan Reddy and other TRS leaders participated in the funeral procession and paid tributes.

Large number of people participated in the procession which earlier began from MGM Hospital in Warangal. It reached Narsampet and from there, the body was brought to the village.

Rakesh was killed when railway police opened fire at Secunderabad railway station to control a riotous mob.

Tension prevailed during the funeral procession when TRS supporters raised objection to the presence of Congress MLA Seethakka. There was a heated argument between the two groups. The TRS supporters roughed up some of the Congress workers accompanying the MLA.

Police intervened to escort the Congress MLA out of the procession.

State Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy was also arrested when he was on his way to Warangal district to participate in Rakesh’s last rites. Police stopped him at Ghatkesar, evoking strong protest by the Congress leader and his supporters.

Revanth Reddy raised objections to the police action. He wanted to know why he was being stopped when TRS leaders were attending the last rites. He alleged that the TRS was doing politics over the body of Rakesh.

The police shifted Revanth Reddy to Ghatkesar police station. Later, tension prevailed at the station when Congress workers staged a protest demanding his release and tried to barge into the station. Former minister Konda Surekha also reached there and questioned the police action.

There was also mild tension during the funeral procession at Pocham Maidan area of Warangal when some protestors attacked the BSNL office and damaged window panes. Raising slogans against the Central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they set afire the office board and flexis.

Police swung into action to control the situation and dispersed the protestors.

A shutdown was observed in Narsampet Assembly constituency on a call given by the TRS. Shops, business establishments and educational institutions were closed in the constituency.

Rakesh, an army job aspirant, was one of the youth who were protesting at Secunderabad station on Friday against the Central government’s armed forces recruitment scheme ‘Agnipath’.

The protestors went on rampage, setting afire trains, parcel luggage and vandalising the station and the stalls. The youth was killed when the railway police opened fire to control the situation.

Rakesh, son of farm workers Kumara Swamy and Poolamma, had the dream of joining the army. According to his family, his elder sister is serving in Border Security Force (BSF).

Rakesh took coaching in a Hanamkonda-based institute and cleared physical tests. He was preparing for the written exam and was upset over the repeated postponement of the exam. After the Central government announced the ‘Agnipath’ scheme, he, like many others, felt that their dreams were shattered.

The Telangana government late Friday announced Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for the family of Rakesh.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, expressing deep shock and grief over the death of Rakesh, announced that in addition to Rs.25 lakh ex-gratia, a government job will be provided to a member of Rakesh’s family as per his or her qualification.

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KCR announces Rs 25 lakh for kin of youth killed in firing

The Telengana government on Friday announced Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the youth who died in railway police firing at Secunderabad railway station during the protest against new armed forces recruitment policy ‘Agnipath’.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday night announced the compensation for the kin of D. Rakesh (22), who hailed from Dabeerpet village of Warangal district of the state.

Expressing deep shock over the death of Rakesh, he conveyed his deep condolences to the youth’s family and said a son of Backward Classes lost his life due to wrong policies of the Central government.

The Chief Minister also announced that in addition to Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia, a government job will be provided to a member of Rakesh’s family as per his or her qualification.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, said it was deplorable that Rakesh became a victim of wrong policies being pursued by the Central government. He assured that the state government will take every care of the children of Telangana.

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Protest against Agnipath continues at violence-hit Secunderabad station


The protest by hundreds of youth against the Centre’s new Army recruitment policy Agnipath continued at Secunderabad railway station on Friday.

Insisting that the government announce scrapping of the new policy, the protesters remained squatted on the railway track for more than six hours.

Top officials of railway and law and order police were holding talks with the youth to convince them to call off the protest. They offered to take a delegation to Army recruitment authorities for talks but the protesting youth were insisting that Army recruitment officials come to the station for the talks.

“We will not leave this place till our demands are met. We are ready to sit for three days and even a week,” said one of the protesters.

South Central Railway (SCR) officials said they have suspended all train services on the route as a precautionary measure.

One of the biggest railway stations in the country, Secunderabad was rocked by violence as the youth went on rampage, setting fire to trains or damaging them and vandalising the station.

A person was killed and four others were injured when police opened fire to control the protesters, who were pelting stones and targeting railway property. They also dumped various goods being transported by a train on the railway track and set them afire.

Two-wheelers, eggs, fish, documents and other items being transported were torched or damaged by the protesters.

According to eye-witnesses, more than 1,000 youth began the protest around 9 a.m. with a sit-in near the railway station. They were raising slogans against the Central government and demanding scrapping of Agnipath. Soon they started attacking buses of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC).

The protesters then entered the railway station and began damaging the property. Railway police personnel deployed at the station were outnumbered by the protesters. Soon the violence spread to various platforms and the passengers ran out for safety.

Personnel of Railway Protection Force, Government Railway Police, Hyderabad city police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) rushed to the station to bring the situation under control.

As the protesters continued to indulge in violence and pelted stones, the police retaliated with firing of rubber bullets and teargas shells.

Additional forces were rushed to the area which resembled a battle zone. SCR authorities cancelled all the trains. With the TSRTC buses also being targeted outside the station, the corporation suspended bus services in the area.

Raising slogans against the central government, the agitators also torched bogies of four trains on the station, stalls, display boards and other railway property.

Four bogies of East Coast Express, Ajanta Express and Rajkot Express were partially burnt.

The protesters, who were raising slogans of “Jai jawan Jai kisan” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai”, demanded that the government scrap the recently announced scheme and continue the existing system of recruitment.

The youth were angry that the government cancelled the recruitment examination for which they had been preparing for the last 3-4 years. They said their protest would continue till the Centre scraps the new scheme.

Following the large-scale violence, an alert was sounded at all railway stations in Telangana. Security was tightened at Nampally, Kacheguda and other railway stations in Hyderabad.

Forces were also rushed to Kazipet and Jangaon railway stations as a precautionary measure.

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Violent protests an eye-opener, says KTR


Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president K.T. Rama Rao on Friday said the violent protests against the Central government’s new Army recruitment Agnipath scheme is an eye-opener.

Rama Rao stated that the violent protests are also acute indicator of the magnitude of unemployment crisis in the country.

KTR, as the Telangana minister is popularly known, took to Twitter to slam the Narendra Modi government after large-scale violence rocked Secunderabad railway station.

“Pehle Desh ke Kisan Ke Saath khilwad Aur Ab Desh ke Jawan Ke Saath khilwad,” wrote KTR.

“From One Rank – One Pension to proposed No Rank – No Pension,” he added.

Youth protesting against the new recruitment scheme went on rampage at Secunderabad railway station on Friday, setting afire trains and vandalising railway station.

One protestor was killed and three others injured when police opened fire to bring the situation under control.

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NSUI members try to lay siege to Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad


Congress party’s student body, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) tried to lay a siege to the Raj Bhavan here early Thursday to protest against the action of the Enforcement Directorate against party leader Rahul Gandhi.

Taking the police by surprise, NSUI leaders and workers reached Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor around 5.30 a.m.

Raising slogans against the Narendra Modi government, NSUI Telangana unit leaders and workers sat in front of the Raj Bhavan.

Police swung into action to arrest the protesters and shifted them to a police station.

Police have tightened security around the Raj Bhavan in view of the call given by Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) to stage a protest against what it calls harassment of Rahul Gandhi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Large number of police personnel were deployed to prevent protesters from gathering around the Raj Bhavan.

TPCC president A. Revanth Reddy has announced that a rally would be taken out from Rajiv Gandhi statue at Punjagutta to Raj Bhavan. He urged the party cadres to participate in the rally and the protest at the Raj Bhavan in large numbers.

Police have made it clear that there is no permission for a rally or protest at Raj Bhavan. Police have erected barricades on roads leading towards Raj Bhavan to prevent protesters from gathering there.

TPCC had taken out a massive rally on Monday and staged a sit-in at the regional office of the ED. The protest led by Revanth Reddy continued the next day. As the EC continued questioning Rahul Gandhi for a third straight day on Wednesday, the Congress leaders staged a protest at Gandhi Bhavan, the party headquarters.

TPCC has called for protests in front of the central government offices on Friday. The protests will be organised in front of railways stations, post offices and other offices of the Central government.

Revanth Reddy alleged that the BJP government at the Centre was misusing ED to target Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. He called continued questioning of Rahul Gandhi by the ED vindictive politics.

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