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India’s first: T govt to send home isolation kits to Covid-19 patients

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In one of its kind initiative in the country, the KCR gvernment on Saturday decided to provide corona test kits for the COVID-19 patients under home quarantine.

A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting headed by the health minister Eatala Rajender with the authorities of the health department

The home isolation kit includes antibiotics, masks, sanitizers, Hydrochloroquine, paracetamol tablets will be delivered to Covid-19 patients at their residences.

The kit will be home delivered along with a booklet that contains the measures to follow while under home isolation.

Earlier, the Telangana government had set up a dedicated call centre to provide counselling and care instructions to Covid-19 patients, both asymptomatic/ pre-symptomatic and isolation cases.

The call centre is a 20-seater emergency care centre (1800 599 4455) working in three shifts with an enhanced capacity to handle up to 1,500 calls daily. The call centre will provide information about a balanced diet, precautions to be taken and offer timely advice and suggestions.

The new meaures come in the wake of growing criticism from the Opposition parties against the government for its failure to handle the pandemic.

Telangana Governor Dr Tamsai Soundarajan advised the government to unlock newer strategies to contain the spread of infections in the state which has witnessed an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases.

Telangana has so far reported 30,946 Covid-19 cases including 331 deaths. Officials said 12,423 patients were undergoing treatment either in hospitals or at home.

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Telangana conducts over 10,000 COVID-19 tests in single day

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For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, Telangana conducted over 10,000 tests in a single day, while the number of new cases showed a declining trend for a second consecutive day on Friday.

Authorities tested 10,354 samples and of them 1,278 tested positive. With this the state has doubled the number of daily tests.

It was immediately not clear if the authorities have started using Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) kits. The officials had already deployed RAT kits at 40 urban primary health care centres in parts of Greater Hyderabad and in neighbouring Rangareddy and Medchal districts.

The move came amid continuing criticism of the state government by the opposition parties and public health activists for not doing enough testing.

The number of daily positive cases, which were hovering around 1,900 for the last few days, slumped to 1,410 on Thursday with the number of tests conducted 5,954. With Friday’s tests, the state has so far conducted 1,51,109 tests.

With the 1,278 new cases on Friday, the state’s tally mounted to 32,224. Eight fresh deaths push the death toll to 339.

Hotspot Greater Hyderabad registered 762 cases while neighbouring districts Rangareddy and Medchal saw 171 and 85 new infections respectively. Another adjacent district Sangareddy recorded 36 cases.

Friday also saw recovery of 1,013 patients. With this the number of patients recovered moved up to 19,205. A total of 12,680 people are under treatment at hospitals or at home.

According to the media bulletin, only one per cent of the total positive cases have died of COVID. The percentage of recoveries stands at 60. As many as 83 per cent of the active cases are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms and 13 per cent have moderate symptoms. Only four per cent have severe symptoms.

It also said 90.5 per cent of 17,081 COVID beds in the government-run hospitals are vacant.

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Telangana call centre offers Covid consultations, counselling

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The Telangana government has set up a dedicated call centre to provide counselling and care instructions to Covid-19 patients, both asymptomatic/ pre-symptomatic and isolation cases.

Experts from the call centre are doing a follow-up on a day to day basis up to 17 days in normal circumstances, the Health Department said on Friday.

Officials said tele-medicine consultation for mildly symptomatic patients undergoing treatment at home is also being provided.

Working in two shifts, the call centre has the capacity to handle 10,000 calls a day.

Distress management, through 24×7 inbound calls, is also being addressed. Emergency management through 108 linkup and transfer facility to the hospital is also being provided.

The inbound call centre is a 20-seater emergency care centre (1800 599 4455) working in three shifts with an enhanced capacity to handle up to 1,500 calls daily. The telemedicine call centre attends to 1,000 calls daily and provides information to around 10,000 Covid patients who are under home isolation.

The call centre tells them about precautions to be taken, provides information about a balanced diet besides enquiring about their health conditions as well as providing timely advice and suggestions.

The Health Department said that in order to further scale up the operations, the 104 call centre is being upgraded and it will have dedicated 75 seats identified for outbound calls.

Dedicated trained professionals comprising 200 tele callers and 75 doctors are being deployed. Quality monitoring teams with a built-up capacity to handle up to 20,000 follow up calls and distress calls is also being set up in the state, it said.

Telangana has so far reported 30,946 Covid-19 cases including 331 deaths.

Officials said 12,423 patients were undergoing treatment either in hospitals or at home.

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Why is Telangana govt silent on KCR’s health condition?

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Coronavirus infections among TRS senior leaders and the mysterious disappearance of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has raised questions over the extent of an outbreak that has become a flashpoint in the spread of the virus in the state.

The Telangana government which claims to be transparent has been anything but transparent. What happened to KCR? Why is the Telangana government, health minister Eetala Rajender silent on the growing noises of the Opposition parties about KCR’s mysterious disappearance?

The Twitter active K T Rama Rao, IT minister and KCR’s son, who is known for transparency too is silent on his father and CM’s health condition. Why is Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar silent? Why is the Special Chief Secretary (Health, Medical and Family Welfare) silent?

The Chief Minister’s disappearance comes in the wake of a growing number of his colleagues tested positive for the infection, including Home Minister Mahamood Ali and three legislators. The KCR government drew flak on the most crucial aspect in handling this pandemic — testing.

State Congress leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy and Jeevan Reddy had raised doubts over the health of the Chief Minister and accused KCR of “hiding” in his farm house at a time the state was going through severe financial and health crisis due to the pandemic.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee working president and Malkajgiri MLA Revanth Reddy took to his Twitter handle demanding that the health ministry release a bulletin on the health condition of KCR. State BJP and CPI leaders too sought to know the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of the Chief Minister after announcing the PV Narasimha Rao centenary celebrations at a function at PV Ghat on the Necklace Road on June 28. However, KCR had not been active in public programmes or daily press briefings.

A petitioner moved the Telangana High Court seeking to know the reasons behind the disappearance of KCR. The petitioner, Naveen alias Teenmar Mallanna, had filed a Mandamus writ petition in the Telangana High Court seeking the whereabouts of the Chief Minister. The petitioner sought to know through the court the health condition of the CM

Instead of giving a clarification on KCR’s health condition. The TRS ministers and MLAs are resorting to counter-attacks on the Opposition parties.

“Why are the Opposition parties worried about KCR? What is the loss for the Opposition parties if the chief minister is not in action? Did the administration come to halt with the absence of the Chief Minister? Have the welfare schemes stopped with his absence? Some useless opposition leaders are unnecessarily raising a non-issue,” Tourism and cinematography minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav Animal Husbandry slammed.

His Cabinet colleague Srinivas Goud too deflected from the core issue – where is KCR? “How does it matter to anyone where KCR is? Did we stop any programme or welfare scheme? KCR’s heart is robust. No one should have worries over his health. His farm house is pretty much in Telangana and not in Amaravati. He is discharging his duties from the Telangana soil only,” he said while brushing aside doubts over KCR’s health condition.

It is not just KCR’s health, the Telangana government did not exhibit transparency on several fronts in dealing with the pandemic. Right from the beginning, the government had tried to hide the real Covid data. The gaps in governance became too apparent. Patients in critical conditions have complained of lack of ventilators, oxygen, adequate beds in government hospitals. The exploding Covid situation in Telangana has exposed everything that is wrong with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. That Telangana initially mismanaged COVID-19 outbreak seems clear. The government had failed in pandemic preparedness from low testing to not expanding the health infrastructure.

The KCR government’s hollow claims of pandemic preparedness by promising a robust health infrastructure were thoroughly exposed. KCR had assured that his government was ready to tackle even one lakh infection cases. The High Court had pulled up the Telangana government for shortage of PPE kits, N95 masks to frontline warriors. Telangana Governor Dr Tamilsai Soundarajan had persistently been saying that the state government should immediately step up testing and adopt newer strategies to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

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Inter Advanced Supplementary exams cancelled. 1.47 lakh students will be passed

The Telangana government on Thursday has decided to cancel the Intermediate Advanced Supplementary examinations in view of the alarming rise in Covid-19 cases in the state. A decision to this effect was taken by education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy.

With the cancellation of the Intermediate Public Advanced Supplementary Examinations, students who failed in the exams in March will be passed with grace marks. The government’s decision will definitely come as a good news for over 1.47 lakh students as all of them will be passed now.

The Telangana government had already cancelled the SSC examinations. All the students were passed on the basis of internal assessment marks. The government had also cancelled all common entrance examinations for various professional courses in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Telangana EAMCET (Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test) which was scheduled to be held from July 6 to July 9 was postponed by the government in view of the alarming rise in corona virus cases in the state, especially in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Other common entrance exams, including TS Engineering Common Entrance Test (TS ECET) for diploma holders of engineering, technology and pharmacy, TS Physical Education Common Entrance Test (TS PECET) and TS Integrated Common Entrance Test (TS ICET) for admissions into MBA and MCA, LAWCET, PGECET, PGLCET and EDCE were postponed.

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KCR is the highest paid CM, draws a salary of….

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is the highest paid Chief Minister in the country. This revelation comes at a time when the state is reeling under economic crisis due to the corona imposed lockdown.

KCR is the highest paid Chief Minister of India with a salary of Rs 4.10 lakh per month. His Andhra Pradesh counterpart Jagan Mohan Reddy draws a salary of Rs 3.35 lakh, fifth highest paid CM. The second highest paid CM is Delhi’s Arvind Kejirwal (Rs 4 lakh), followed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (Rs 3.65 lakh) and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (Rs 3.40 lakh), Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani (Rs 3.21 lakh).

Chief Ministers from the North-Eastern States draw the lowest salary.

Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio draws a measly salary of Rs 1.10 lakh, the lowest paid CM in the country followed by Manipur CM Biren Singh who gets Rs 1.20 lakh. While Meghalaya CM Congrad Sagma gets a salary of Rs 1.50 lakh, Assam Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam Pema Khandu and Sarbananda Sonowal draw a salary of Rs 1.30 lakh and 1.25 lakh respectively.

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1,879 new cases push Telangana’s Covid tally to over 27K

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The spike in the number of Covid-19 cases continued in Telangana with 1,879 new infections on Tuesday, pushing the states tally to over 27,000.

For the fourth time in five days, the state reported over 1,800 cases. With this, the total number of infections rose to 27,612.

According to the director of public health, seven fatalities on Tuesday increased the state’s death toll to 313.

Hotspot Greater Hyderabad continued to be the worst affected region, accounting for 1,422 of the cases reported on Tuesday, while Rangareddy and Medchal districts bordering Hyderabad saw 176 and 94 new cases, respectively.

Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts saw a jump in the cases with 32 and 32 infections, respectively. Officials said cases were reported from 27 out of the 33 districts in state.

For a second consecutive day, over 6,000 tests were conducted in the state. A total of 6,220 people were tested, taking the cumulative number to 1,28,438.

As many as 1,506 people recovered during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 16,287. The number of active cases now stands at 11,012.

According to the media bulletin, the government hospitals as on Tuesday established a capacity of 17,081 Covid beds, of which 11,928 are isolation beds, 3,537 are oxygen beds, 1,145 are ICU beds and 471 are ventilator beds. The bed occupancy is only 7.8 per cent (1,335). A total of 15,746 (92.2 per cent) beds are vacant.

The Gandhi Hospital, Secunderabad, is identified as the Centre of Excellence for COVID Care, where serious cases are admitted. The other major hospitals in Hyderabad where suspects and moderately symptomatic cases are admitted are District Hospital King Koti, Government Chest Hospital, and Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Tropical Medicine (Fever hospital).

The asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients requesting for institutional quarantine are admitted to the Nature Cure Hospital, Govt Nizamia Hospital, Govt Ayurveda Hospital and Govt Homeopathy Hospital.

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Congress in Telangana demands waiver of electricity bills

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The main opposition Congress party in Telangana on Monday staged protests across the state, demanding the state government waive electricity bills for the entire lockdown period for Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and small businesses.

Leaders led the black flag protests in Hyderabad and 32 other districts against inflated electricity bills for the last three months. They submitted memorandums to the electricity authorities not to impose burden on common man.

State Congress chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy led a rally in Hyderabad from party headquarters Gandhi Bhavan to Vidyut Soudha, the head office of electricity generation and distribution companies.

Wearing black badges and holding black flags and lanterns in their hands, the protesters raised slogans against the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

A party delegation submitted memorandum to the officials of Telangana State Transmission Corporation, demanding that the bills of BPL families and micro, small and medium enterprises be waived.

Talking to reporters, Reddy said instead of coming to the rescue of people during the pandemic time, the government added burden on them by high electricity bills.

He demanded that the government immediately rectify the error in the bills and lessen the burden on all categories of consumers.

Senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir said since the lockdown impacted the income of all categories of consumers, the government should take sympathetic views of their problems and reduce burden on them.

“The electricity bills of June were highly unjustified. They were not only inflated and exorbitant, but also prepared in an erroneous manner. Of the 95 lakh power consumers in Telangana, nearly 75 lakh are in the domestic category and almost 80 per cent of them use less than 200 units a month,” Uttam Kumar Reddy wrote in a letter to the chief minister on Sunday.

He said distribution companies generated bills based on the overall consumption of 90 days, in violation of the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) guidelines.

The Nalgonda MP stated that consumers have been asked to pay Rs 9 per unit instead of usual Rs 4.3 due to the change in slab based on the total number of units consumed in the 90-day period.

He demanded that the government shift to the telescopic method of billing instead of continuing with the current non-telescopic method. He alleged that despite lakhs of consumers raising complaints about the errors in their electricity bills, no corrective measure was taken.

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Liquor smuggling reason for AP COVID restrictions on borders?

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The Jagan Reddy government is facing bigger challenges in tackling liquor issues more than anything else. Especially, the smuggling from Hyderabad and Telangana areas on the borders are a major concern.

The smuggling reached unimaginable proportions of late. The demand for liquor from other states has increased manifold. The tipplers are not preferring the brands being sold at the government outlets in the state.

As a result, there are rumours that the AP government has taken a hard stand to keep the borders closed despite the Central relaxations on interstate travel. This is being done in the name of Coronavirus outbreak. However, Telangana is not tough against those entering its territory from AP though the problem was higher in Hyderabad city. Economic recovery was the reason for this. But, AP was not relaxing at all even though it is not vulnerable due to lack of international airport, metropolitan cities and major IT hubs.

Many people are still arriving at the border and going back to Hyderabad following restrictions by the AP police at the borders. It seems there is no immediate solution. The tipplers are unhappy that the quality brands from long-standing companies are not being made available in AP. At every given opportunity, they are preferring to get liquor from other states.

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Telangana’s COVID-19 tally crosses 22,000 mark

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The COVID-19 cases in Telangana crossed 22,000 mark on Saturday with 1,850 people testing positive during the last 24 hours, health officials said.

For a second consecutive day, Telangana reported over 1,800 coronavirus cases. With a record single-day spike in cases, the state on Friday crossed 20,000 mark, overtaking both Rajasthan and West Bengal in terms of total number of infections so far.

With Saturday’s figure, the state’s tally mounted to 22,312.

Telangana also reported five deaths, taking the death toll to 288.

Of the new cases recorded on Friday, hotspot Greater Hyderabad alone recorded 1,572 cases.

According to the health department, 6,427 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests to be conducted in a single day. With this the state has so far conducted over 1.10 lakh tests.

Telangana also saw 1,342 people recovering from the disease. Officials said the cumulative figure of recoveries mounted to 11,537.

A total of 10,487 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals or at home.

Meanwhile, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar said the state has ramped up COVID-19 testing facilities.

He told Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba during the latter’s video conference with all the state chief secretaries that after the Central team’s visit to Telangana, the state ramped up testing facilities and working on enforcing surveillance in containment zones.

The Cabinet Secretary underlined that the focus should be on keeping the number of deaths as low as possible. The Chief Secretaries should personally review and take stock of the personal protection equipment, availability of N95 masks, clinical management and other infrastructural issues, he said.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare, G. Srinivas Rao said currently 13 laboratories were conducting daily 6,500 tests while five more laboratories would start conducting the tests soon.

The official said 13 private laboratories were issued notices for discrepancies in the testing data.

He said the private labs had the capacity to conduct 8,000 tests every day and some of them were doing more tests than their capacity which could have led to discrepancies.

The official said the COVID-19 patients were undergoing treatment in Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital, King Koti Hospital and Chest Hospital, all in Hyderabad. Critical patients were being treated in Gandhi Hospital.

The hospitals have 2,501 beds and of them 1,034 were occupied.

As many as 6,556 people who tested positive were in home isolation and they were being treated through telemedicine.

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With record jump of 1,892 cases, Telangana crosses 20K mark

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With a record single-day spike in Covid-19 cases, Telangana on Friday crossed 20,000 mark, overtaking both Rajasthan and West Bengal in terms of total number of infections so far.

A day after recording 1,213 cases, the state touched a new high of 1,892 positive cases, pushing its tally to 20,462.

Telangana has now climbed to the sixth position in the list of states with most cases.

The state also reported eight deaths, taking the death toll to 283.

Of the new cases recorded on Friday, hotspot Greater Hyderabad alone recorded 1,658 cases, which is also the steepest single-day jump.

According to the director of public health and family welfare, 5,965 samples were tested during the last 24 hours. This is the highest number of tests to be conducted in a single day. With this, the state has crossed one lakh mark in the cumulative number of tests done.

The state also saw 1,126 people recovering from the disease. Officials said the cumulative figure of recoveries mounted to 10,195.

A total of 9,984 people are undergoing treatment in hospitals or at home.

New cases were reported from 24 out of 33 districts in the state. While Greater Hyderabad continued to be the worst-affected, Rangareddy and Medchal district bordering the state capital registered 56 and 44 cases.

In a big spike, 41 cases were reported from Warangal rural district. Sangareddy, Nalgonda and Mahabubnagar districts also reported the cases in double figures.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has decided to hold the data of one of the private laboratories after it reported an extremely high sample positivity rate. “The said lab has reported 2,672 positive cases against 3,726 total samples tested. The Positivity rate is 71.7 per cent which is a gross variation and discrepancy in the notified positivity rate of Covid-19 till date. The tested negatives are only 962 out of 3,726 samples. The issue needs to be evaluated by an expert committee and until then the data of the said lab has been kept under abeyance,” said the bulletin.

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Corona in Pragathi Bhavan. KCR moves to Gajwel House?

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The coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of letting up in Telangana. The deadly infection, which has killed millions of people across the world, has now entered Pragathi Bhavan – the official residence of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.

Although the government did not release official communication, it is learnt that at least 20 employees working in Pragathi Bhavan, including security personnel and outsourcing staff, contracted the virus in the last one week. With Covid-19 entering Pragathi Bhavan, it is learnt that the Chief Minister has moved to his Gajwel house along with his family members a week ago.

All the government offices and employees have been affected by the pandemic. Covid-19 has hit the BRKR Bhavan which houses the GHMC office with more than six employees tested positive for the infection. Metro Rail Bhavan employees too were tested positive for Covid-19 following which the offices were sanitized.

The growing cases of employees in government offices testing positive for coronavirus has come as a serious concern for the government. The KCR government had directed all the government offices to function on a rotational basis starting June 22 till July 4 with 50 per cent staff. The working strength of all government offices was kept at a maximum of 50 per cent amid a spike in the corona cases. The decision was taken as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 among government employees.

Earlier, Telangana Home minister Mahamood Ali was also tested positive for covid-19. Mahmood Ali is known asthmatic. Three MLAs including Jagan legislator Muthireddy Yadagiri Reddy, Nizamabad Rural and Urban MLAs Bajireddy Govardhan and Ganesh Gupta were tested positive for coronavirus.

The state has been reporting a three digit spike in the number of cases each day. With alarming rise in corona cases. On Thursday, Telangana had reported 1,213 new COVID-19 cases. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state climbed up to 18,570. There is speculation that the TRS government is likely to reimpose lockdown although some ministers in the KCR Cabinet seem to be against the idea.

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‘T’ govt halts Covid-19 tests in private labs

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The Telangana government on Thursday announced that private labs in the state were asked not to conduct Covid-19 tests.

The decision was taken after an expert panel found procedural lapses and lack of proper infrastructure. The expert team also found that the private labs were not following quality standards and certain protocols in conducting Covid-19 tests.

Earlier, the Telangana government had permitted around 18 private laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests. However, an expert team was constituted to inspect the private labs. The team has raised red flags in connection with the infrastructure, quality standards, procedures and protocols followed at these labs.

Following this, the Telangana government has directed the private labs to stop taking samples for the next four days from July 2 to July 5. The government gave four days time for the private labs to improve their quality standards. Further, the private labs were asked to impart special training to their staff in conducting the Covid-19 tests by following protocols and procedures.

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Muslim groups urge KCR to scrap Narasimha Rao centenary events

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An umbrella group of various Muslim organisations in Telangana has appealed to the state government to withdraw its decision to celebrate birth centenary celebrations of former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, saying the move has hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community.

United Muslim Forum (UMF) said that Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s move to organise year-long programmes to celebrate the centenary had hurt the sentiments of those sections of people who believe in secularism, and especially Muslims.

UMF is headed by Moulana Raheemduddin Ansari, who is the chairman of Telangana Urdu Academy, a government body.

The group is close to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), a friendly party of Chandrashekhar Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

Though AIMIM is also part of UMF, the statement issued by the body did not carry the name of any party leader. The clerics and other prominent people who issued the statement are considered close to AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

AIMIM’s critics have questioned Owaisi’s silence over the centenary celebrations launched by KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, on Sunday.

The Hyderabad MP has friendly ties with KCR and has been great supporter of the latter’s secular outlook. Owaisi’s party, UMF and other Muslim groups backed TRS in 2018 Assembly elections and the last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

UMF pointed out that it was during Narasimha Rao’s regime that Babri Masjid was demolished, causing huge damage to the country’s secular fabric. “Narasimha Rao while being in Congress implemented the agenda of Sangh Parivar,” it said and reminded KCR that hundreds of Muslims were killed in the post-demolition riots and Muslims youth were jailed under black laws like TADA and tortured.

UMF said KCR’s sympathies with Narasimha Rao and the move to organize centenary celebrations created unease among the secular forces, especially minorities.

The Muslim leaders advised the Chief Minister to cancel Narasimha Rao’s centenary celebrations and instead focus on containing spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Meanwhile, Jamaat-e-Islami has also opposed the TRS government’s move to organise centenary celebrations and termed this as a burden on public exchequer and waste of time.

Jamaat’s Telangana unit chief Mohammed Hamed Khan said at a time when Covid-19 was spreading fast and people were worried over lack of proper healthcare facilities and infrastructure, the TRS government was wasting public money, time and energy on birth centenary celebrations of Narasimha Rao.

Khan reminded KCR that it was during Narasimha Rao’s rule that India witnessed the greatest tragedy of demolition of Bbari Masjid. He told the Chief Minister that centenary celebrations would reopen the wounds of Muslims. He also pointed out that it was due to Narasimha Rao’s condemnable actions that his own party Congress dumped him.

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Telangana parents association moves HC over high school fees

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A petition has been filed in the Telangana High Court by the parents of children complaining that the school managements are charging exorbitant fees although the schools have been shut due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The petition was filed by the parents association of Telangana. In its petition, parents association contended that the private aided and unaided schools were fleecing them with frightfully expensive fees leaving parents with a huge financial burden to bear at a time the corona imposed lockdown has impacted their incomes.

Further, they argued that schools were levying additional fees on students for holding virtual classes during the Covid-19 pandemic. This despite the Telangana government ordering private schools not to hike fees in the 2020-21 academic session. Chief Minister K Chandarsekhar Rao, in a Cabinet meeting in April, had clearly instructed private schools not to increase fees in this academic session. The Telangana government instructed schools not to force parents to pay the annual fee in one go but collect it only on a monthly basis.

However, the parents association argued that despite the Telangana government’s resolution asking private aided/unaided schools not to hike school fees in this time of the pandemic, no substantial relief was being given to the parents. The petitioners argued that they are financially incapacitated due to COVID-19 induced lockdown, yet the school managements are exerting pressure to pay up high fees even though the schools have not reopened.

After hearing the arguments, the High Court posted the next hearing to July 3.

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Midnight tensions again on AP-Telangana borders: Corona

Mass exodus began once again from Hyderabad to Andhra Pradesh following indications of lockdown of Hyderabad very soon. There were reports KCR would announce Hyderabad lockdown for the second time in next two to three days. As a result, panicky residents packed their bags and headed towards their respective native places in AP. With this, the National Highways were packed with cars and vehicles. People took whatever available transportation and began their journey.
By, but night time, the Andhra police started stopping the vehicles at the border. There was restricted movement in AP after 7 p.m. The AP police action triggered problems for the travellers some of whom parked their vehicles there and preferred to wait.

There was apparently a communication gap. The Central Government has indicated that there will be free movement of people and vehicles between states. But there will be night time restrictions from 10 pm to 6 am. Most people began heading to their villages in AP. Eventually, they landed in night-time troubles after being stopped on the borders.

AP reported 704 cases in the last 24 hours while seven persons died. The infections are continuing to rise above 500 to 600 each day. Telangana situation is more serious with nearly 1,000 cases per day being reported there. Telangana Government has even postponed Eamcet, Icet and other entrance examinations there.

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945 new cases in ‘T’, tally rises to 16,339

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Telangana’s swell of new coronavirus cases continued on Tuesday even as the government is seriously mulling over whether to reimpose lockdown in Greater Hyderabad or enforce stricter measures in hotspot zones in the city.

State health department confirmed 945 new cases of COVID-19 in Telangana in the last 24 hours, raising the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus infections to 16,339. Of the 945 new cases, a whopping 869 positive cases were reported in GHMC limits.

After the reopening of the economy, the coronavirus spread has been alarming with higher positive-test cases and increasingly strained hospitals. In the last 24 hours, seven succumbed to Covid-19 taking the total fatalities to 260.

The state has been reporting three-digit growth in corona cases despite the measures initiated so far. On Thursday, the state reported 975 new cases taking the corona tally to 15,394 and six new deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 253. The government has attributed the surge in new cases to increased testing capacity. However, it looks like the virus is more widespread than previously thought.

Meanwhile, the Telangana government is expected to finalise a strategy to control the spread of COVID-19 cases in the city following a sharp rise in infections, including a proposal to reimpose a lockdown although many think it is unlikely.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao may not reimpose lockdown again in the state. The CM is likely to hold a Cabinet meet and examine all relevant issues before deciding to reimpose lockdown in GHMC limits. The state government seems to be in no mood to reimpose the lockdown although stricter measures could be imposed in hotspots in the city.

Already, minister for education Sabitha Indra Reddy on Tuesday stated that reimposing lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak will hurt the informal sector, including street vendors and daily wagers. Many of them would lose their wages during the lockdown because their survival depends on daily cash flows. The lockdown will again bring to halt most of the economic activity that has slowly picked up. Small business owners will be particularly hard hit, she said.

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Sabitha Indra Reddy thinks lockdown is bad idea

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Amid speculation that Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao may reimpose lockdown in Greater Hyderabad, minister for education Sabitha Indra Reddy thinks it is a bad idea.

She argued that reimposing lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak will hurt the informal sector, including street vendors and daily wagers.

Many of them would lose their wages during the lockdown because their survival depends on daily cash flows. The lockdown will again bring to halt most of the economic activity that has slowly picked up. Small business owners will be particularly hard hit, she said.

Telangana had been witnessing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, with nearly 1,000 new infections per day, prompting the Telangana government to likely reimpose complete lockdown. Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown.

Telangana had recorded its biggest ever single-day increase in new cases since the first infection in early March. On Thursday, the state reported 975 new cases taking the corona tally to 15,394 and six new deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 253. Of the 975 new cases, a whopping 861 positive cases were reported in GHMC limits. After the reopening of the economy, the coronavirus spread has been alarming with higher positive-test cases and increasingly strained hospitals.

Health Minister Etela Rajender on Monday said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is mulling to impose complete lockdown in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. A decision to this effect will be taken in a Cabinet meeting, he had said.

However, Sabitha Indira Reddy insisted that lockdown is not the solution to contain the spread of the virus. She was of the view that the lockdown will have severe economic impact and the burden will disproportionately fall on the working poor. She said the most vulnerable are casual workers who do not have access to work on a regular basis.

She said instead the government should continue to put in place robust measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Further, she said the Telangana government is committed to fight the epidemic.

The measures initiated so far have not yielded positive results with the State reporting three-digit growth in corona cases. Home Minister Mahmood Ali and three TRS MLAs, a growing number of police personnel, doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and health workers have contracted the virus despite the measures.

However, Sabitha Indira Reddy, said “Since the outbreak, the Telangana government has taken the most comprehensive and strict prevention and control measures. We should continue with these measures, but complete lockdown will deprive people of their livelihood. Small traders and daily wagers will be impacted severely,” she said. “By taking stringent measures, we should safeguard the safety of life and health of the people. People should take all precautionary measures to fight the virus. Observe the necessary precautions to combat Corona,” she said.

There is a growing criticism that the state government was not testing enough. Covid-19 testing continues to fall significantly short of the levels compared to states like Kerala or even Jharkhand. As things stand today, the state health administration has so far collected 79,231 samples for COVID-19 testing which is about half the tests conducted by states like Jharkhand. The KCR government had to bear the brunt of Opposition criticism that Telangana has miserably failed to ramp up testing compared to states like Karnataka and Maharashtra.

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Telangana govt postpones EAMCET, all entrance exams due to corona

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In a major decision, the Telangana government on Tuesday postponed all entrance examinations. The KCR government informed the High Court that it will not hold the common entrance exams in view of the coronavirus situation after the court asked the government to clarify on Hyderabad lockdown as entrance in the exams are scheduled to be held from tomorrow.

The Telangana EAMCET (Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test) which was scheduled to be held from July 6 to July 9 was postponed by the government in view of the alarming rise in corona virus cases in the state, especially in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

This is the second time that the state government had postponed the EAMCET exam. Earlier, EAMCET which was scheduled to be held in May were put off due to the extension of lockdown.

Further, the Telangana government has also postponed other common entrance exams, including TS Engineering Common Entrance Test (TS ECET) for diploma holders of engineering, technology and pharmacy, TS Physical Education Common Entrance Test (TS PECET) and TS Integrated Common Entrance Test (TS ICET) for admissions into MBA and MCA, LAWCET, PGECET, PGLCET and EDCE as the state had been witnessing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, with nearly 1,000 new infections per day, prompting the Telangana government to likely reimpose complete lockdown. Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown.

The Telangana CET 2020, TS Polycet and PG ECET exams were to be held from tomorrow (July 1, 2020).

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Home Minister Mahmood Ali’s son, grandson contract Covid-19

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After Telangana Home Minister Mahmood Ali who was contracted Covid-19 and admitted in a private hospital on Monday, members of his family were tested positive for the infection on Tuesday.

It is learnt that Mahmood Ali’s grandson Mohammed Furqan Ahmed was tested positive for Covid-19. Furqan Ahmed has been admitted to Apollo Hospital where Mahmood Ali is also currently undergoing treatment. Further, Mahmood Ali’s son Mohammed Azam Ali Khurram was also tested positive for coronavirus. Initially, he was in home quarantine, but later shifted to Apollo Hospital on Monday night.

Mahmood Ali, a known asthamatic, is believed to have contracted the infection from his gunman who was tested positive. Mahmood Ali was admitted in Apollo Hospital after he complained of breathlessness, cold and cough. Mahmood Ali recently took part in the government’s pet Haritha Haram programme where Hyderabad city police commissioner too was present.

Earlier, three TRS leaders – MLAs Jangaon legislator Muthireddy Yadigiri Reddy, Bajireddy Govardhan (Nizamabad Rural) and Ganesh Gupta (Nizamabad Urban) were tested positive for coronavirus.

Telangana is seeing an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, with nearly 1,000 new infections per day, prompting the Telangana government to likely reimpose complete lockdown Telangana is one of several states that has seen a surge in new Covid-19 cases after the state had rolled back complete lockdown. The percentage of positive tests has nearly doubled in the past few weeks.

On Thursday, the state reported 975 new cases taking the corona tally to 15,394 and six new deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 253. Of the 975 new cases, a whopping 861 positive cases were reported in GHMC limits. With an alarming rise in infection rates, Telangana is likely to impose lockdown in Greater Hyderabad for at least 15 days with the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad reporting the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the state. A decision to this effect will be taken in a Cabinet meeting.

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