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With EC nod, KCR set to formally launch BRS

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With the Election Commission of India giving its nod to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to change its name Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), party president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will formally launch the BRS here on Friday.

At a programme to be held at Telangana Bhavan, the chief minister will launch BRS at 1.20 p.m. With this, the party will officially commence its activities.

KCR, as the TRS leader is popularly known, will sign a letter in reply to the communication received from the Election Commission.

KCR will then unveil the BRS flag and unfurl it.

This was announced on Thursday after KCR received a communication from the Election Commission (EC).

The poll panel informed TRS president that the request of TRS to change its name to BRS has been accepted. “The necessary notification in this regard will be issued in due course,” reads the letter from EC.

Friday’s programme at Telangana Bhavan will be attended by executive committee members, party’s district presidents, ministers, MPs, MLAs, MLCs and other leaders.

KCR has also asked Zilla parishad chairpersons, heads of various corporations and other leaders to attend the programme.

The TRS at its general body meeting on October 5 had decided to change its name to BRS to expand its activities to other states.

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With Gujarat polls over, BJP to now focus on T’gana

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With the Assembly elections in Gujarat coming to an end, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now looking to focus on Telangana to gear up for the polls due next year.

As part of its preparations, the saffron party is planning to use the services of its top leadership to bolster the prospects in the state.

BJP National President J.P. Nadda visit Telangana on December 16 to address a public meeting marking the culmination of the fifth phase of the ‘Praja Sangram Yatra’ of BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar.

Nadda will address themeeting in Karimnagar, the Lok Sabha constituency represented by Bandi Sanjay.

With Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislator, K. Kavitha’s name figuring in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe in the Delhi liquor policy scam and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) also serving her notice in connection with the same case, the BJP is apparently looking to step up the attack on TRS on its home turf.

Political observers say the TRS is already rattled by a series of searches by the central agencies against Telangana ministers, MPs, MLAs and other leaders in different cases and the BJP may try to politically cash in on the situation.

During his speeches at public meetings in the past, Nadda had described KCR government as the most corrupt in the entire country.

The latest developments are likely to provide further ammunition to the BJP leaders in their attacks on the TRS.

Though the BJP failed in its plan to win the by-election to Munugode Assembly seat, the party leaders feel that the investigation by various agencies against the acts of omissions and commissions by the leaders of ruling party will help sharpen their attacks on the ruling party in the run-up to the Assembly polls.

After winning the Dubbak and Huzurabad Assembly seats, BJP was looking to score a hat-trick in Munugode but the TRS foiled its plan by winning the bitterly-contested bypoll.

However, a series of raids by agencies like ED, CBI and IT against top TRS leaders have come handy for the saffron party to sharpen their attack.

The TRS leaders see the raids as a counter to the arrest of three alleged agents of BJP in October while they were trying to lure four MLAs of the TRS with offers of huge sums of money to make them defect to the BJP.

As the name of BJP General Secretary B. L. Santhosh and two others cropped up during the investigation, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the state police not only summoned them for questioning but included them in the case as accused.

The MLAs’ poaching case being investigated by the state and the raids by the central agencies have already generated political heat in the state.

The ongoing padyatra by the BJP state president and the public meeting to be addressed by Nadda on December 16 are likely to further add fuel to the fire.

The beginning of the fifth phase of the padyatra last week saw a showdown with the government denying permission for its launch from Bhainsa town in Nirmal district.

Citing the apprehension of breach of peace in the communally sensitive town, the police denied permission for the launch of the padyatra from Bhainsa and also the public meeting which was scheduled to be addressed by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

On a petition by the BJP challenging the police action, the Telangana High Court gave conditional permission for the padyatra.

The tone and tenor of Bandi Sanjay during the speeches indicates that the BJP is going all out to achieve its Mission 2023.

Bandi Sanjay, whose walkathon entered eighth day on Monday, described himself as “a psycho” who “works for the poor, protects Hindu Dharma and Hindu brothers”.

Slamming TRS government, he questioned the sanction of “40 per cent” of 2BHK houses to a particular community and asked where the majority 80 per cent Hindu population should go.

“BJP will bring bulldozers to Telangana, once we come to power,” he said.

Attacking KCR and Kavitha, the BJP leader remarked that aboth father and daughter were crying after CBI issued notices to her in the Delhi liquor scam.

“KCR, no one can save you. We will send your corrupt family to jail,” he said.

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‘Can’t meet on Dec 6’, Kavitha writes to CBI

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha wrote to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday that she was not in a position to meet them on December 6 because of her preoccupied schedule.

She conveyed to the central agency that she will be able to meet them either on December 11, 12 or December 14, 15 at her residence in Hyderabad.

The Member of Legislative Council (MLC) of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) wrote that she had gone through the complaint and the FIR registered in Delhi liquor policy scam case and that her name does not figure in any manner whatsoever.

A day after receiving the notice from CBI on December 2 seeking clarifications in the case, Kavitha wrote to the agency seeking copies of the complaint from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the FIR. In a reply the CBI informed her that a copy of FIR and complaint was available on the website. “I have carefully gone through the content of the FIR, list of accused persons as well as the contents of the complaint dated 22-07-2022, I wish to place on record that my name does not figure in any manner whatsoever,” reads her letter.

“As proposed by you I am not in a position to meet on 6th December 2022, because of my preoccupied schedule, I will be able to meet you either on 11th, 12th or 14th, 15th of this month whichever is convenient to you at my residence in Hyderabad. Same may please be confirmed at the earliest,” he said.

Kavitha assured her cooperation in the investigation. “I am a law abiding citizen and will cooperate with the investigation, I will meet you on any of the above said dates to cooperate with the investigation. It is made clear that this is without prejudice to my legal rights available under law,” she added.

The TRS leader had confirmed on December 2 that she was issued a notice by the CBI under Section 160 of Cr.P.C, seeking her clarification. “I have informed the authorities that I can meet them at my residence in Hyderabad on Dec 6th as per their request,” Kavita had said in a statement.

The CBI, in its notice, had mentioned that the case was registered on the basis of written complaint received from Praveen Kumar Rai, Director, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India against Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia and 14 others regarding the allegations pertaining to the excise policy of Delhi for 2021-22.

“During the course of investigation of the subject cited case, certain facts have emerged which you may be acquainted with, hence your examination on such facts is required in the interest of investigation,” reads the CBI notice.

On November 30, Kavitha’s name had surfaced in the remand report filed by the ED in a Delhi court on Wednesday for remand of businessman Amit Arora in Delhi liquor policy scam.

According to the remand report, businessman Vijay Nair, who has already been arrested in the case, received kickbacks of Rs 100 crore on behalf of AAP leaders from a group, called ‘South Group’.

According to the report, the group is controlled by Sarath Reddy, Kavitha and Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy.

Sarath Reddy, one of the directors of pharma major Aurobindo Pharma, has already been arrested.

Srinivasulu Reddy is an MP belonging to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

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Summoned by CBI in liquor scam, Kavitha meets KCR

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A day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought clarifications in the Delhi liquor policy scam, TRS MLC K. Kavitha on Saturday met Telangana Chief Minister and her father K. Chandrashekar Rao.

Kavitha drove to Pragati Bhavan, the residence of CM KCR. They are believed to be discussing the strategy to counter what they believe is political vendetta by the BJP government at the Centre by targeting them through Central agencies.

She is likely to discuss the latest developments with brother and state minister K. T. Rama Rao and other family members.

The TRS leaders are also believed to be discussing the political strategy of the party to counter investigation by Central agencies like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax against state ministers, MPs, state legislators and other leaders.

Meanwhile, a large number of TRS workers reached Kavitha’s house to show solidarity with her a day after she confirmed that the CBI has issued a notice to her.

“I’ve been issued a CBI Notice under Section 160 of Cr.P.C, seeking my clarification. I have informed the authorities that I can meet them at my residence in Hyderabad on Dec 6th as per their request,” Kavita said in a statement on Friday.

The CBI notice dated December 2, stated, “During the course of investigation of the subject cited case, certain facts have emerged which you may be acquainted with, hence your examination on such facts is required in the interest of investigation.”

On November 30, Kavitha’s name had surfaced in the remand report filed by the ED in a Delhi court on Wednesday for remand of businessman Amit Arora in Delhi liquor policy scam.

According to the remand report, businessman Vijay Nair, who has already been arrested in the case, received kickbacks of Rs 100 crore on behalf of AAP leaders from a group, called ‘South Group’.

The group is controlled by Sarath Reddy, Kavitha and Magunta Srinivasulu Reddy, it added.

Sarath Reddy, one of the directors of pharma major Aurobindo Pharma, has already been arrested.

Srinivasulu Reddy is a member of Parliament belonging to Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).

The CBI is likely to seek information from Kavitha based on the remand report. The ED stated in the report that the TRS leader changed 10 phone devices between December 2021 and October 2022.

Kavitha had said on December 1 that she will fully cooperate with the central agency and is not scared of anything.

She alleged that the BJP government at the Centre is playing cheap tricks to damage her reputation through media leaks.

“We have already said we are ready to face any probe. If an agency comes and questions, we will definitely give a reply but if you resort to media leaks to damage the reputation of leaders, people will definitely fight back,” she said.

Kavitha, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also dared the Modi government to put her in jail. “If you want to put me in jail, do it. There is no problem but we will not stop working for the people and we will continue to expose failures of the BJP,” she said.

The former MP alleged that the ED, CBI and IT cases against ministers, MLAs and other TRS leaders was BJP’s reaction to TRS exposing its conspiracy to topple democratically elected government.

“You conspired to topple the government and since we exposed this before people, as a reaction ED, CBI, IT cases are booked against ministers, MLAs and MLCs,” she said.

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Sharmila compares TRS with Taliban

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YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y.S. Sharmila on Thursday compared Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with Taliban.

She said that those working in TRS are like Taliban.

She was talking to reporters after calling on Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan at Raj Bhavan here.

Sharmila was arrested by police on Tuesday when she was proceeding to Chief Minister’s official residence in a car damaged in the attack on her convoy by the TRS men in Warangal district the previous day.

The police towed away the car with Sharmila in it to a police station.

The Governor had also expressed her anguish over the manner in which Sharmila was arrested.

While thanking the governor, Sharmila urged the Governor to intervene and seek a report from the Home Ministry, and the office of the DGP.

In the representation submitted to the governor, she alleged that the TRS government has been ‘trampling the hands that are raised in protest, and strangling the voices that scream in hopelessness’.

“In this instance where they went amok against us, it was a clear case of subversion and state-sponsored intrusion into the Padayatra that was going on peacefully,” Sharmila said about the attack on her convoy in Warangal district.

“Our bus was almost gutted and we luckily escaped from being burnt alive. Our party activists were beaten barbarically and the cops did not even accept our complaint, later.

The cops stood mum while this dastardly act went uncontrolled. Shockingly, they detained and arrested me and brought me to Hyderabad, but the attackers were let off, she said.

The sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that when the next day she was proceeding to the chief minister’s residence to show the bus to him, she was stopped and in a barbaric fashion ‘my car was lifted in a crane as I was still sitting inside’.

“During my year-long padayatra, I have been regularly targeted with sexist and derogatory remarks by none other than senior TRS ministers. This reflects the state of affairs in Telangana, under the TRS rule,” she said.

Sharmila told the Governor that she now sees a possible threat to the lives of committed party workers, and continued attacks on her padayatra.

Later, she told reporters that thousands of crores wee being siphoned off in the name of contracts in Telangana.

Sharmila alleged that KCR family is the richest in India. She said Kavitha is involved in Delhi liquor scam. Raids on houses of Kavitha and KTR will yield hundreds of crores, she said.

She slammed TRS for calling her Andhraite. She reminded them that wife of Minister KTR is also from Andhra.

“When you respect his wife, you should also respect me,” she said.

Sharmila recalled that she was born and brought up in Telangana.

“I studied here and married here. My past is here and my future is here,” she added.

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YSRTP leader Sharmila gets bail hours after dramatic arrest

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A city court on Tuesday granted bail to YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y.S. Sharmila, hours after she was arrested by the police amid high drama while on her way to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Raos official residence in a vehicle damaged in an attack by TRS men in Warangal district the previous day.

The police on Tuesday night produced her and six others before a magistrate, who granted them bail on personal bond.

While the police sought remand of Sharmila, her lawyer argued that the police registered false cases against her though she wanted to stage a peaceful protest along with her supporters. After hearing both sides, the magistrate granted bail to YSRTP leader and others.

This capped the day-long dramatic developments that began with Sharmila along with her supporters heading to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s residence to stage a protest against the attack on her convoy by the ruling party cadres during her ‘Praja Prasthanam’ padayatra.

Dramatic scenes were witnessed on Raj Bhavan road when the police stopped the rally taken out by YSRTP with damaged bus and car. Sharmila, who was driving the damaged car, refused to get down from the vehicle. The police then towed away the car with Sharmila still sitting inside.

Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was taken to SR Nagar Police Station. There was more drama as she refused to come out of the car. The police personnel forcibly opened the door and lifted her into the police station. The police used force to disperse a group of YSRTP men who had gathered there to protest her arrest.

Sharmila’s mother Vijayamma was placed under house arrest when she was leaving for police station to meet her daughter. Vijayamma then sat on the protest at her Lotus Pond residence.

Sharmila’s husband, Anil Kumar, reached the police station and condemned the ‘highhanded’ behaviour of the police. He said a woman leader raising people’s issues has been arrested and booked under non-bailable sections.

Sharmila and six others were booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 290 (public nuisance), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (insulting modesty of woman), 336 (Act endangering life or personal safety of others), 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and, 382 (Theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft)

The FIR was registered at Panjagutta police station on a complaint by K. Akhila, a woman sub-inspector.

The other accused were Induja Reddy, Sudha Rani, Md Musharf, Basha, Sanjeev Kumar, Kodem Srinu and others.

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Sharmila detained on way to T’gana CM’s residence for protest

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Police detained YSRTP leader Y.S. Sharmila here on Tuesday as she was heading towards Chief Minister’s official residence in a car damaged in the alleged attack by the TRS supporters in Warangal district on Monday.

The YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader herself was driving the car and proceeding towards Pragathi Bhavan as a mark of protest against the attack by ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

When Sharmila along with her supporters reached near the Yashoda Hospital on Raj Bhavan Road, the police stopped them.

The YSRTP workers raised slogans against the ruling party. As they tried to proceed towards the chief minister’s residence, police detained them.

As Sharmila refused to get down from the car, the police toed away the vehicle with Sharmila sitting inside it.

She was shifted to the S.R. Nagar Police Station.

The protest march by YSRTP also included the Yatra bus that was stoned and burnt by the TRS activists on Monday.

Sharmila’s Yatra bus and other vehicles were attacked at Narasmpet in Warangal district when she was visiting the area as part of her Praja Prasthanam Yatra.

The YSRTP alleged that TRS men went on a rampage indiscriminately attacking the padayatra, stoning and burning the bus, unleashing filthy language and tearing down banners and party flags.

The police later arrested Sharmila on the ground that she was continuing the foot march despite their advice to call it off in view of the tense situation in the area.

Sharmila, who is the sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was brought to Hyderabad.

Addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Monday night, she made it clear that her yatra and the fight against the TRS atrocities would not stop.

Sharmila added that she would not be cowed down by the ‘rowdies and rogues of TRS’ and would march for the sake of four crore Telangana people who stood by her.

In continuation of her protest, she began her march towards the Pragati Bhavan to “seek an explanation from KCR” and “know if this is part of his governance that those who questioned his government’s failures and tyranny had to be attacked and harmed”.

Some party leaders, who also staged a protest at the party’s office in Jubilee Hills, were also arrested by the police.

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Telangana’s new Secretariat complex likely to open on Jan 18

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The new Secretariat complex of Telangana is likely to be inaugurated on January 18, 2023.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has reportedly fixed the date for inauguration of the new building after consultation with his advisors, cabinet colleagues and some key leaders of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, will inaugurate the complex named after Dr B.R. Ambedkar. The same day he will start working from his office on the sixth floor.

The work on the building near Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city is in its final stage and is likely to be completed in all respects by Sankranti (January 14).

The complex is a seven-storey structure with a built-up area of 7 lakh square feet and equipped with all modern facilities. It has been constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 650 crore.

Two days ago roads and buildings minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy had made a surprise inspection of the progress of ongoing works and asked the representatives of the construction agency and workers to complete the works in line with the deadline fixed by the chief minister.

The minister asked the agency to engage workers in three shifts and hire more workers, if needed, to complete the work ahead of schedule.

The workers recently installed two massive domes and are busy giving final touches. The national emblem atop one of the domes will take the building to its planned height of 278 feet.

The chief minister had inspected the Secretariat works on November 17 and reiterated that the new integrated Secretariat complex would reflect the pride of Telangana and would stand as a role model for other states.

KCR described the new complex as a result of the sacrifices made by martyrs who gave their life for the cause of Telangana.

Interestingly, the construction of the Telangana Martyrs Memorial near the Secretariat is also in its final stage.

With an area of 3 lakh square feet, the Martyrs’ Memorial is shaped like a lamp with light. The first floor will have a photo gallery, museum, and art gallery, while the second and third floors will house a convention centre and restaurants, respectively.

The state government is keen to inaugurate both the new landmarks before the Formula E race on February 10 and 11.

For the mega event, the state government has already laid a 2.37 km long track around Hussain Sagar lake.

Indian Racing League (IRL) was organised on the same track as a trial run on November 19 and 20.

The chief minister laid the foundation stone for the new Secretariat complex on June 27, 2019. However, the work commenced towards the end of 2020 after the High Court dismissed petitions filed by the opposition parties and heritage activists.

The petitioners termed the government’s plan for building a new secretariat as a waste of public money. They argued that the existing structures were in good condition and could meet all the requirements.

The government, however, submitted to the court that the buildings were constructed without safety norms and that the state needs an integrated complex with modern amenities to ensure smooth functioning of offices of the chief minister, ministers, secretaries and others.

Construction works gathered pace after the relaxation of restrictions imposed on account of Covid.

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Sharmila’s arrest, attack on convoy trigger tension

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Attack on YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y. S. Sharmila’s convoy allegedly by the supporters of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and her subsequent arrest by the police triggered tension during her padyatra in Warangal district on Monday.

Police stopped Sharmila’s padyatra and arrested her and YSRTP leaders and workers accompanying her in Chennaraopeta mandal.

YSRTP cadres tried to resist the arrests and raised slogans against the police and the TRS government. The police used mild force to control the situation.

Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was arrested after she allegedly made certain objectionable comments about TRS MLA P. Sudershan Reddy.

Sharmila wanted to know from police why were they taking her into custody instead of arresting those who attacked her bus.

YSRTP alleged that the bus which Sharmila is using to rest during her ongoing Praja Prasthanam padayatra was attacked and burnt down by the members of the ruling TRS party.

The mob also damaged cars belonging to YSR Telangana Party leaders. The incident happened near Lingagiri village, under Chennaraopeta mandal in Warangal district.

Sharmila was participating in the padyatra on 223rd day when a group of men chanting pro-TRS slogans and hailing KCR, reached the place where the caravan was halted and torched it.

“For the past 223 days, me and my Party leaders and representatives are holding a peaceful Padayatra to highlight the plight of various sections of people in Telangana. Our rising popularity has jolted Chief Minister KCR and his party men, who want to stop me at any cost,” she said.

Daughter of former chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said that it is highly unfortunate that some police officers are siding with the ruling party and disrupting ‘our efforts to reach the people and raise their issues.’

The Praja Prasthanam padayatra has so far crossed 3,500 kms mark, covering 75 Assembly segments in the State. She has covered 1863 villages under 208 mandals and 61 Municipalities along with 4 Municipal Corporations, so far.

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KCR to lay foundation stone for Hyderabad Airport Express Metro on Dec 9

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will lay foundation stone for Hyderabad Airport Express Metro next month.

The 31-km long project will connect the information technology district Hitec City to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad.

Municipal administration and Urban Development Minister K. T. Rama Rao revealed that the chief minister will lay the foundation stone on December 9.

“Hyderabad is Forging Ahead. Happy to announce that Hon’ble CM KCR Garu will be laying the foundation for Airport Express Metro on 9th December,” minister KTR tweeted.

“This project starting at Mindspace junction to Shamshabad Airport will be 31 KM long & will be costing approximately Rs 6,250 crore,” he wrote.

The state government had allocated Rs 377.35 crore for the project in 2022-23 budget.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has already prepared a detailed project.

The proposed high-speed Airport Express Metro will contain both elevated and underground sections. About 2.5 km of the total stretch will be underground.

Once completed, the project will help commuters reach the airport in just 20 minutes.

Bio-Diversity Junction, Nanakramguda, Narsingi, TS Police Academy and Rajendranagar are likely to be some of the stations on the stretch.

The city already has fully operational Hyderabad Metro Rail spanning over 69 kms. The elevated Metro is operating on three corridors.

The state government has urged Central Government to accord in-principle approval for the Hyderabad Metro Rail Phase -II Project from BHEL to Lakdikapul costing Rs 8,453 crore as a jointly owned project of Union Government and Government of Telangana State (GoTS) with external financial assistance.

In a letter addressed to Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, state minister KTR requested him to include the said proposal in the ensuing union budget for 2023-24. The new Metro Line is proposed to be of 26 kms long with 23 stations.

To avoid delays in processing, Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of the project (as prepared by DMRC) and other related documents were sent to Government of India by the Telangana Government on October 27, 2022, the Minister added.

The Minister said that Hyderabad is the fastest growing Metropolitan city in terms of quarterly and year on year growth of real estate sector especially since 2019-20. With the opening up of all the offices in post-COVID scenario, the need for expansion and strengthening of public transportation system needs no emphasis, he added.

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Telangana Governor calls for respecting Constitutional offices

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Amid the continuing rift with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday called for respecting the Constitutional offices in the true spirit of the Indian Constitution.

Soundararajan, who has slammed the state government on many occasions for not respecting the office of the Governor, said that acceptance and adherence to the Constitutional values and respecting the Constitutional offices cannot be selective.

She was addressing a programme organised at the Raj Bhavan to mark Constitution Day.

“What we require is adherence and respect to the Constitutional offices in the true spirit of the Indian Constitution,” she said.

“The acceptance and adherence to the Constitutional values and respecting the Constitutional offices cannot be selective. We must ensure unquestionable loyalty to our Constitution and there is no hesitation to show that the Constitution is supreme in our country,” the Governor added.

In recent times, Soundararajan has openly targeted Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his government for not giving her respect and for not following the protocols.

Interestingly, her latest remarks came on the same day when she launched a scathing attack on the TRS government during an interview to a television channel.

“We must understand the value of our Constitution in its true spirit, its uniqueness that guarantees the rights of all and protects the vulnerable,” she said.

She stated that drafting of Article 3 of the Constitution is one of the major examples of how the Constitution envisages the challenges and tries to incorporate necessary protections to the vulnerable.

“Thanks to Article 3, creation of Telangana state was possible and six-decade long aspiration of people was fulfilled,” she said.

The Governor said that by celebrating Constitution Day, the country is remembering the architects of the Indian Constitution and paying rich tributes to their sacrifices in selfless service to the country.

“We must be thankful to them for the visionary approach in endowing this country with the best written Constitution in the world,” she said.

“The Constitution has laid greater emphasis on human values and noble ideas like justice, liberty, equality and fraternity. The Constitution is the main source of the country’s strong unity and integrity in its unique diversity. For more than seven decades, despite many challenges, the Indian Constitution proved to be supreme in ensuring the country’s rock solid democratic foundations,” she added.

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KCR hails Telangana startups for making history in space sector

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Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Saturday expressed happiness over successfully placing into the space orbit the two Nano satellites launched from Sriharikota by Telangana-based Dhruva Space Tech, a Hyderabad-based private start-up.

CM KCR said that the successful launch of two nano satellites – ‘Thybolt 1 and Thybolt 2’ sent by the Hyderabad start-up company along with ISRO’s PSLV-C54 is a milestone in the history of the country’s enterprising startups.

The Chief Minister described that the launch of the satellites by the private sector as a great success.

He noted that with the success of the recently launched ‘Vikram-S’ satellite, Telangana start-up company and T-Hub member ‘Sky root’ created history by becoming the first private company in the country to launch a satellite.

The Chief Minister said that, with these experiments, Hyderabad start-up companies opened doors of new opportunities in the Indian space sector.

He stated that the success of the recent launch of “Vikram S” and Saturday’s launch of “Thybolt 1 and Thybolt 2” gave a good start to the launch of private rockets aimed at increasing India’s share in the global space economy.

The Chief Minister said that these two successful satellite experiments brought laurels to Telangana worldwide.

He claimed that Hyderabad’s prominence as a start-up city has doubled through these satellite launches.

He called it just a beginning and exuded confidence that the T Hub, which has been started with an aim of bringing out the talent of enthusiasts and creating opportunities in the fields of science and technology and industry, will achieve many more milestones in the future.

CM KCR congratulated the representatives of ‘Skyroot’ and ‘Dhruva’ space start-ups who, with the encouragement of T-Hub, created satellites through their start-up companies and successfully launched them.

He called on the youth to work with the same spirit to spend their intellectual wealth for the country’s progress and work for India development.

The Chief Minister made it clear that the Telangana government will always stand by the young men and women who are showing their talent to the world and making their brilliant ideas a reality through their start ups.

He congratulated young leader and state IT and Industries Minister K.T. Rama Rao and senior officers and staff of T-Hub for working hard to bring out the talents of the young men and women who are passionate about science and technology.

Telangana, which has already set an example for the country in many fields and is moving fast in the development, unveiled another landmark event, according to a note from the Chief Minister’s Office.

The state of Telangana, which has been bringing out the talent of new generations by promoting start-up companies and making sky the limit, created another record in the history of start-ups in the country and in the history of launching private satellites into space.

Under Chief Minister KCR’s vision and efforts of Rama Rao, the youth members in the T-Hub, set up by the Telangana government, are creating miracles in many fields with their talent.

The successful experiments of the satellites conducted earlier and on Saturday carried Telangana’s glory into space.

The start-up company Skyroot Aero Space Private Limited, created and successfully launched India as first private rocket a ‘Vikram-S’ earlier. It is a Hyderabad T Hub startup company developed with the encouragement of Telangana Government in collaboration with Telangana Hardware Incubator ‘T Works’.

While the whole country is discussing the success of the previous experiment, today another amazing experiment in space has taken place by another Telangana start-up company from Hyderabad.

Two more satellites sent by Dhruva Space Corporation from Sriharikota on Saturday were successful. With this, the whole country cheered once again.

The entire world is praising the success of the start-up companies with the support extended by the Telangana government, the note added.

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Telangana secretariat employees take Constitution Day pledge

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Constitution Day was celebrated in Telangana on Saturday with the conduct of various programmes.

Employees and staff of the state Secretariat took the pledge at a function held at BRKR Bhavan.

Secretary (General Administration)A V.SeshadriA administered Constitution Day pledge.

Additional Secretary (General Administration) Arvinder Singh and other officials were present on the occasion.

The day was also celebrated in the office of state minorities commission.

Minorities commission chairman Imtiyaz Ishaq, vice chairman A. H. N. Kanthi Wesley and other staff members read out the preamble to the Constitution to reaffirm the commitment to uphold its ideology.

The chairman lauded Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s gesture in naming the new secretariat building after Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution.

The Constitution Day was also observed at the office of the Director General of Police. All senior police officials and staff members read out preamble to the Constitution.

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T’gana MLAs poaching case: HC stays SIT notice to B.L. Santhosh

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BJP national general secretary (organisation) B.L. Santhosh whose name figures in the MLAs poaching case in Telangana, got relief on Friday after the High Court granted a stay on the notice issued by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the matter.

The High Court issued stay on notice issued to Santhosh till December 5.

The stay was issued after the senior BJP leader filed a petition challenging the 2nd 41 A CrPC notice dated November 23, issued to him by the SIT of the police in the MLA poaching case.

The notice was stayed by the court on the grounds that it did not mention the evidence or grounds under which it was served, as required under Section 41-A.

The counsel of B.L. Santhosh had submitted that the SIT had not mentioned any of these points in the notice served to the BJP leader.

Santhosh’s name figured in the conversation between three alleged BJP agents arrested by the police last month while trying to lure four MLAs of TRS into the BJP fold with an offer of huge money.

Cyberabad Police conducted the raid on a tip-off by Pilot Rohit Reddy, one of the MLAs.

He alleged that the accused offered Rs 100 crore to him and Rs 50 crore each to three others.

The accused were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Telangana Legislature session to discuss Centre’s cuts on state revenue

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The Winter Session of the Telangana Legislature will be held next month to discuss and inform the people of state of how the Centre imposed cuts in revenue due to Telangana for current fiscal 2022-23.

Both the houses of the state legislature will meet for one week.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday directed Finance Minister T. Harish Rao and Legislative Affairs Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy to take measures in this regard.

The two ministers will meet the Assembly Speaker and the Legislative Council Chairman to discuss and finalise the dates for the session.

According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), due to the restrictions imposed by the BJP government at the Centre, Telangana suffered a shortfall of Rs 40,000 crore in revenue for 2022-23. This resulted in denial of funding for various schemes being implemented in the state.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, emphasised the need to explain to people from the Assembly as to how the restrictions imposed by the Centre dented the state’s revenue.

By such measures, the Union government is obstructing Telangana’s development, it said.

The Centre declares the FRBM limit for every state before beginning of financial year to enable the state to mobilise financial resources. For financial year 2022-23, the Centre announced Rs 54,000 crore FRBM limit for Telangana. However, this limit was suddenly reduced to Rs 39,000 crore. The funds receivable by the state came down by Rs 15,000 crore.

States which financially perform get an additional relaxation of 0.5 per cent in FRBM limit. However, the Centre imposed the restriction that this will be available to Telangana if it implements reforms in power sector. It tried to force the state to implement anti-farmer measures, the statement said.

The Chief Minister has already conveyed to the Centre that despite all the hardships, Telangana will not implement reforms which harm the interests of farmers and agriculture.

As a result of this the state lost another Rs 6,000 crore. Thus, the state was denied Rs 21,000 crore due to the Centre’s wrong policies, the CMO said.

Not stopping at that, the Centre also stopped Rs 20,000 crore funds due to the state. Thus, Telangana suffered a revenue loss of Rs 40,000 crore, it added.

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IT searches continue at Telangana minister’s institutions

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The searches by the Income Tax department at the properties of Telangana labour and employment minister Malla Reddy and his family members continued for a third consecutive day on Thursday.

Simultaneous searches were on at Malla Reddy university, medical and dental colleges and at the residence of the minister’s brother Praveen Reddy.

The IT sleuths completed searches at the houses of Malla Reddy, his sons and son-in-law. Searches were also completed at the house of Trishul Reddy, another relative of Malla Reddy and director of Malla Reddy Engineering College.

As many as 65 teams, said to be comprising over 200 IT officials, carried out searches at the institutions run by Malla Reddy group and houses and offices of the minister and his family members at various places in Hyderabad and Medchal Malkajgiri district since Tuesday morning.

There was high drama during searches late Wednesday night. The minister lodged a protest against the alleged highhandedness of the IT officials and the CRPF personnel.

Both the IT officials and the minister lodged police complaints against each other. Malla Reddy’s younger son Bhadra Reddy lodged a complaint with Bowenpalli police station that his brother Mahender Reddy was attacked and forced to sign some papers.

An official of the IT department also lodged a complaint at the same police station. He alleged that Malla Reddy entered into an argument with IT officials and snatched a laptop, phone and documents from them.

The laptop was later found near the police station. It was allegedly dumped there by Malla Reddy’s followers.

The searches during the last three days reported to have yielded seizure of Rs 8 crore unaccounted cash and some important documents.

According to sources, raids were conducted for alleged tax evasion by different institutions run by Malla Reddy. There are also allegations of inappropriate allocation of convener quota seats in Malla Reddy medical, pharmacy and engineering colleges. The IT officials were investigating the bank accounts used for the transactions of these seats.

Malla Reddy, who owns Malla Reddy University and runs several professional colleges, has also reportedly made investments in malls, petrol pumps and purchased lands at several places.

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Court asks T’gana SIT to serve fresh notice to B.L. Santosh

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The Telangana High Court on Wednesday asked the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing MLAs’ poaching case to issue fresh notice to BJP general secretary B.L. Santosh.

Justice B. Vijayasen Reddy asked the SIT to serve the notice through email and WhatsApp. He, however, dismissed the plea by the state to lift the stay on the top BJP functionary’s arrest.

The SIT has also been directed to file a status report on the investigation on November 29. The next hearing will take place on November 30.

The SIT submitted to the court that Santosh is not cooperating in the investigation by not appearing before it.

The BJP leader was already served notice under Section 41A of Criminal Procedure Code. He was directed to appear before SIT on November 21. He, however, stayed away.

The SIT approached the court and sought direction to Santosh to appear for questioning. The court felt that it is the responsibility of the BJP leader who had earlier filed a petition to stay the notice served on Santosh to ensure that he makes himself available to the SIT.

The High Court on November 19 had turned down the request of petitioner to stay the notice issued to Santosh.

The judge, however, made it clear that Santosh should not be arrested as the SIT had already issued notice to him under Section 41A of Criminal Procedure Code. The judge observed that Santosh should not apprehend his arrest and asked him to comply with the conditions imposed in the SIT notice.

The high court had also heard an application filed by the Telangana government seeking instruction to Delhi police commissioner to cooperate with the SIT in serving notice to Santosh. The judge ordered that notice should be served to the top BJP functionary without any further delay.

During the hearing on Tuesday, the SIT informed the court that Santosh was served notice through Delhi police.

Santosh’s name figured in the conversation between three alleged BJP agents arrested by the police last month while trying to lure four MLAs of TRS to the BJP fold with an offer of huge money.

The SIT had summoned Santosh and three others on November 21. Only Bhusarapu Srinivas, a lawyer from Karimnagar, appeared before SIT on Monday and Tuesday.

The SIT on Tuesday issued a lookout notice for Bharath Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS) president Tushar Vellapally and a doctor from Kerala, Jaggu Swamy as the probe team failed to locate their whereabouts. Circulars were also issued to prevent them from leaving the country.

The SIT on Wednesday served notice on two more persons. Pratap Goud, a lawyer from Amberpet area of Hyderabad, and Chitralekha, wife of Nanda Kumar, one of the three accused in the case, have been summoned for questioning.

Ramachandra Bharati a.k.a. Satish Sharma, Simhayaji and Nanda Kumar were arrested by the Cyberabad police from a farmhouse at Moinabad near Hyderabad on the night of October 26 when they were allegedly trying to lure four MLAs of TRS with offers of huge money.

Cyberabad police conducted the raid on a tip-off by Pilot Rohit Reddy, one of the MLAs. He alleged that the accused offered Rs 100 crore to him and Rs 50 crore each to three others.

The accused were booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Corruption Act.

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Telangana people can’t be intimidated: Kavitha

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Slamming the Centre for “using” various agencies to “target” the Telangana ministers and other leaders, TRS leader K. Kavitha made it clear on Wednesday that people of Telangana can’t be intimidated.

Kavitha, daughter of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, alleged that after failing in its attempt at horse-trading, the BJP used central agencies to target leaders of opposition parties.

The member of Telangana Legislative Council was apparently referring to the ongoing Income Tax (IT) raids on Labour and Employment Minister Malla Reddy and the recent searches by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at granite companies owned by family members of civil supplies minister Gangula Kamalakar.

Addressing TRS cadres in Yellareddy constituency, the former Nizamabad MP accused the BJP of intimidating leaders.

Kavitha said that the only policy that BJP pursues is “Ram-Ram Japna, Paraya Leader Apna”, where if the party “fails in its horse trading attempts”, it uses central agencies to “harass” leaders of opposition parties.

Kavitha questioned if the BJP did no wrong, why were its leaders evading Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into MLAs’ poaching case and approaching courts.

Kavitha said that the BJP does not have any organisational strength in Telangana and hence they are “misusing” their power and money to “threaten” leaders of other parties to join them.

“We are the people of Telangana, we cannot be threatened – we will fight, win and always be there in service of our people,” she said.

As the state inches closer to assembly elections, Kavitha said that more and more leaders who have a mass appeal are being “harassed” by the BJP, especially the popular faces, ministers and Members of Parliament of the TRS Party.

She further accused the BJP of reducing the number of beneficiaries of PM Kisan Nidhi from 13 crore to mere 3 crore. She claimed that this scheme itself was copied from KCR led TRS Government’s Raithu Bandhu scheme. She alleged that the BJP is more concerned about stunts and PR than the well-being of masses.

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KCR announces Rs 50 lakh for family of slain forest officer

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao expressed shock over the killing of Forest Range Officer Srinivasa Rao by tribals in Bhadradri Kothagudem district and announced Rs 50 lakh ex-gratia for the family of the slain officer.

The Chief Minister conveyed his condolences to the family of the FRO.

He directed Director General of Police Mahender Reddy to take action to ensure harshest punishment to the guilty.

The Chief Minister also directed officials to ensure that the slain FRO’s family receive his salary every month and after the retirement age, the pension.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, also asked officials to provide government job to a family member of the FRO on compassionate grounds.

He directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to arrange for the last rites of the FRO with state honours. He also wanted Forest Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy, minister from undivided Khammam district P. Ajay Kumar to attend the last rites and monitor all arrangements.

KCR made it clear that the government will not tolerate attack on any government employee discharging his duties.

Assuring that the government will stand by the government employees, the Chief Minister asked them to discharge their duties without fear.

Chandrugonda Forest Range Officer (FRO) Chalamala Srinivasa Rao (42) was killed in the attack by some tribals claiming right over podu lands.

The cultivators belonging to the Guttikoya tribe attacked him with sharp-edged weapons near Yerrabodu in Bendalapadu forest area.

The incident occurred when the officer tried to protect the plantation taken up by the Forest Department.

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Counter false propaganda of TRS, Kishan Reddy tells BJP cadres

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Union Minister for Tourism and Culture, G. Kishan Reddy, on Sunday asked the Telangana BJP leaders and cadres to effectively counter what he called false propaganda of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).

He was addressing a three-day state-level training camp of the party which began at Shameerpet here on Sunday.

Kishan Reddy asked the party leaders to work hard to bring BJP to power in the state. He advised them to start working for the Assembly elections, scheduled to be held later next year.

Kishan Reddy, a member of Lok Sabha from Secunderabad, alleged that since TRS has nothing to tell people about the work done by its government in the state, it is resorting to false propaganda against the BJP.

The Central minister said TRS leaders are spreading lies about the party, adding that it is strange that a ruling party is criticising an opposition party.

Kishan Reddy alleged that the TRS won the by-election in Munugode by threatening people that if it is defeated, it will stop implementing welfare schemes.

On the third and final day of the training camp, BJP will hold its state executive meeting. It is likely to analyse the reasons for the party’s defeat in Munugode and decide the strategy to be adopted to take on the TRS.

The party leaders will discuss the latest political developments in the state and the strategy for the 2023 elections.

State BJP President Bandi Sanjay Kumar, national General Secretary and in-charge for Telangana Tarun Chugh, BJP MP K. Laxman, and national Vice President D.K. Aruna attended the meeting.

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