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No increase in Assembly seats in AP, TS till 2026: Centre

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The Centre on Tuesday (today) made it clear in Parliament that there are no plans to increase Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana until 2026.

The AP Reorganisation Act, 2014 stipulates an increase in Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh from present 175 to 225 and in Telangana from present 119 to 153.

Though AP was bifurcated more than seven years ago as per this Act in 2014, the increase in Assembly seats did not happen.

Both AP and Telangana governments have been repeatedly requesting the Centre to increase Assembly seats for the past seven years as per AP Reorganisation Act, 2014.

Congress Malkajgiri MP A Revanth Reddy raised this issue in Lok Sabha during the Question Hour today.

To this, the union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai replied, “As per Article 170(3)of the Constitution, the total number of seats in the Assembly of each State will be readjusted after the first Census 2026 is published after 2026.”

The Census 2021 was delayed across India due to Covid. The last Census 2011 was done in 2011. As per norms, Census has to be done every ten years across India and it was due in 2021.

The Centre stated that the delimitation of Assembly constituencies will be taken up across India including AP and TS based on new Census after 2026. This would mean that 2023 Assembly polls in Telangana and 2024 Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh will be held for existing seats only.

The elections for increased seats might be possible only during 2029 Assembly polls.

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How will posters of PV Sindhu, Meera Bai Chanu help BJP grow in Telangana?

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What has BJP’s growth in Telangana got to do with Olympian medallists Meera Bai Chanu and PV Sindhu? Believe it or not, this was the topic of heated debate in the Telangana BJP core committee meeting on Saturday. Interestingly, BJP national organising secretary BL Santhosh himself broached this subject. He was in the city on Saturday and held a series of reviw meeting with the core committee members and the executive committees of various affiliated organisations.

During the meeting, he is said to have sprung a surprise by asking as to why were there no congratulatory banners hailing the Olympic achievements of PV Sindhu and weightlifter Meera bai Chanu. He said these were achievements of young Indians and asked the party leaders as to why they were not being celebrated. He said there should have been posters hailing their achievements, he reportedly told them.

He is said to have expressed his displeasure over the party leaders not utilising the services of those below 25 years of age.”Why are not involving them in the party work?” he reportedly asked. He said that these people are going to become crucial in the 2024 elections and added that efforts should be made to rope them in the party work. Special programmes should be organised to involve them, he said. He said that congratulatory posters to PV Sindhu and Meerabai Chanu would go a long way in bringing the youth closer to the BJP.

He is also said to have expressed unhappiness at the Mahila Morcha leaders doing nothing to condemn the rape and abuse of women. “one or two leaders going t the victim and consoling her is not enough. Why did you not take up state-wide protests? Why were not every woman leader involved in the protests?” he reportedly asked. He is said to have asked the BJP leaders to go to the rural areas and work among the people. “What is the use of staying in Hyderabad? The party has to grow in the rural areas,” he said.

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KCR slams Centre for anti-Telangana stand on river water

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday slammed the Centre for its anti-Telangana stand on river waters.

Reacting for the first time to Jal Shakti Ministry’s gazette notification on river management boards, he said the Centre was adopting anti-Telangana stand.

The chief minister also hit out at Andhra Pradesh saying it was resorting to ‘Dadagiri’ and constructing unauthorised irrigation projects on Krishna River without valid permissions.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, was addressing a public meeting at Haliya in Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly constituency.

He made it clear that Telangana will not give up its share of river waters. The state government is taking steps to ensure that farmers do not face any troubles due to lack of Krishna river waters in future.

This was his first reaction after Jal Shakti Ministry issued a gazette notification on July 15 bringing 107 irrigation projects on both Krishna and Godavari rivers under the jurisdiction of river management boards.

The gazette notification finalizing the jurisdiction of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) and Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) will come into effect from October 14, 2021.

Following the Centre’s move, both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will have no powers on the major and medium irrigation projects in their respective states.

KCR said that the government would divert Godavari River waters from Palair to Pedda Devulapalli tank near Nagarjuna Sagar to meet the irrigation requirements of Nagarjuna Sagar ayacut, which is in the Krishna River basin.

The public meeting was organised to thank the people of Nagarjuna Sagar constituency for electing Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate Nomula Bhagat in the recent by-election.

The TRS chief reiterated his commitment to complete all 15 lift irrigation schemes sanctioned for erstwhile Nalgonda district, within next year-and-half.

KCR announced Rs 150 crore for development of the Assembly constituency and also allocated Rs 15 crore each for development of Nandikonda and Haliya municipalities.

Stating that Haliya is lagging in development, he promises to ensure development of the town. He assured people that a degree college and a mini stadium will be built in the town.

KCR also announced several other measures for the development of the constituency.

He reiterated that ‘Dalit Bandhu’ scheme will be implemented at any cost. He said the government was ready to spend even Rs 1 lakh crore for the scheme, which will become a role model for development of the Scheduled Castes in the entire country.

Of the around 16 lakh to 17 lakh SC families in the state, around 12 lakh to 13 lakh families will get Rs 10 lakh each under ‘Dalit Bandhu’. He said steps were being taken to select 100 beneficiary SC families in each Assembly constituency.

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Justice NV Ramana to AP, TS: Settle Krishna water row through mediation

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Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana today (Monday) advised Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments to settle Krishna water row between them through mediation and not through legal process.

The petition filed by AP government urging Supreme Court to direct Telangana government to stop hydel power generation at Srisailam project came up for hearing in Supreme Court today.

Supreme Court chief justice NV Ramana observed that confrontation between Telugu States is unnecessary.

He advised both the states to see that water row between them does not become a big problem and try to resolve the issue through talks or mediation before the situation comes out of their hands. He said the involvement of third-party in this issue is undesirable.

Justice Ramana said he belonged to both Telugu States and had earlier argued water cases of Undivided Andhra Pradesh in courts.

Justice Ramana said he will not comment on the legal issues involved in the petition filed by AP government.

He said if both the Telugu States still want to resolve this issue through legal process, he will shift the case to another bench for hearing.

AP’s lawyer Dushyant Dave told court that he will seek the opinion of AP government on this issue since the case involves political significance.

Justice Ramana adjourned the case to Wednesday.

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TS cabinet takes key decisions on crop loan waiver, EWS quota, Dalit Bandhu!

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The Telangana state cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday night took several key decisions on various issues.

The cabinet decided to waive off crop loans up to Rs 50,000 of over 6 lakh farmers as part of second phase of implementation of Rs 1 lakh crop loan waiver scheme for over 30 lakh farmers. The amount will be released from August 16 to 31.

KCR promised to waive off crop loans up to Rs 1 lakh during 2018 Assembly polls but failed to do so far. Last year, he waived off crop loans up to Rs 25,000 in the first phase. This means, two more phases will be implemented in the next two years to waive off loans up to Rs 75,000 and Rs 1 lakh respectively till Assembly polls in December 2023.

The cabinet decided to implement Centre’s 10% EWS quota (economically weaker sections) in education and employment from this year. Also five-year relaxation in upper age limit will be given for EWS quota candidates in state government recrutiments.

The cabinet also decided to implement Dalit Bandhu scheme in Huzurabad constituency from August 16 on a pilot basis. An amount of Rs 10 lakh will be credited in the bank accounts of each Dalit family to take up self employment and achieve social and financial security.

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KCR gives shock to ‘seniors’ by giving MLC to Kaushik Reddy!

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TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao proved yet again that he is unpredictable.

KCR on Sunday night took a sudden decision to nominate Padi Kaushik Reddy, a 36-year young leader, from Huzurabad Assemby constituency, as MLC under Governor’s quota.

KCR took this decision while the cabinet meeting was underway at Pragathi Bhavan on Sunday.

Ministers who were present in the cabinet meeting were reportedly shocked when KCR placed Kaushik’s nomination as MLC proposal for approval in the cabinet meeting.

This is because Kaushik Reddy joined TRS from Congress just ten days ago on July 21. No one thought that he will be elevated as MLC within ten days.

When host of senior TRS leaders like Kadiam Srihari, Madhusudhana Chary, Tummala Nageshwar Rao, Gutha Sukender Reddy, Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy etc were lobbying hard for this MLC post for the past few months, KCR chose a very junior leader to them, Kaushik Reddy, who never won even MLA election so far.

Kaushik Reddy as Congress candidate lost to then TRS candidate Etela Rajender, in 2018 December Assembly polls.

Etela now quit TRS and joined BJP forcing bypoll in Huzurabad soon.

When Kaushik Reddy joined TRS, it was expected that he will contest against Etela from TRS. But now that he was made MLC, it became clear that Kaushik will not get TRS ticket.

Speculations are rife that KCR is looking at a BC or Dalit leader to be fielded against Etela and not a Reddy candidate.

However, KCR’s decision to nominate Kaushik Reddy as MLC came as a big shock to seniors in TRS.

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Is TRS our friend or foe? Telangana BJP seeks clarity from high command!

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The Telangana BJP leaders are a confused lot these days. They fail to understand the party high command’s stand towards ruling TRS in Telangana.

On one hand, the BJP claims that it’s the only alternative for TRS in Telangana and will come to power in Telangana by defeating TRS in 2023 Assembly polls.

On the other hand, the party high command is not cooperating with Telangana BJP leaders in their fight against TRS and KCR.

Telangana BJP leaders are aggressively campaigning that KCR looted public money in the name of Kaleshwaram project and Mission Bhagiratha and BJP will send KCR to Chanchalguda jail soon after BJP comes to power in 2023.

On the other hand, the BJP-led government at the Centre is giving ‘certificate’ to TRS government in Parliament saying that there is no corruption in Kaleshwaram and Mission Bhagiratha projects.

Telangana BJP MPs Bandi Sanjay, Dharmapuri Aravind, Soyam Bapu Rao are frequently raising questions on corruption in Kaleshwaram and Mission Bhagiratha projects in Parliament with a hope that if Centre gives answer saying that there is corruption in these projects, it will give them a weapon to attack TRS government and also to push KCR into defense mode.

But every time, the BJP ministers in Parliament are replying that there is no corruption in the projects executed by TRS government.

This information is instead giving a weapon to TRS to attack Telangana BJP leaders saying that your own party’s government at Centre is certifying in none other Parliament that there is no corruption in TRS government.

With this, Telangana BJP leaders are confused on how to proceed on TRS and seeking clarity from high command to tell whether TRS is our friend or enemy.

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Revanth’s ‘one man show’ develops chinks in T-Congress!

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It’s only a month since firebrand Congress leader and MP A Revanth Reddy was appointed as new TPCC chief to head Congress in Telangana.

But chinks appear to have developed in Congress within a month of new TPCC took over.

Congress circles blame Revanth for this. They say Revanth is trying to run Telangana Congress like a ‘one man show’ as per his whims and fancies.

They say Revanth is showing his true colours within a month of becoming TPCC chief.

Congress circles say Revanth tried to create an impression that he involves all senior leaders in decision-making soon after his appointment as TPCC chief. He personally visited residences of all senior Congress leaders and sought their support and coooperation and promised to work together for strengthening Congress and bring Congress to power in Telangana. But this spirit has been lost within a month.

The TPCC meetings in Gandhi Bhavan now bring back the memories of earlier days with leaders indulging in infighting and heated arguments with each other.

On Saturday, there was an open fight in Gandhi Bhavan between Revanth Reddy and AICC programme implementation committee chairman and former Nirmal MLA Aleti Maheshwar Reddy.

Maheshwar Reddy fired at Revanth for unilaterally announcing that TPCC will hold Dalit Dandora meeting in Indravelli in Undividied Adilabad district on August 9 with one lakh dalits against KCR government.

Maheshwar Reddy took a dig at Revanth asking how can he take up programmes in his home district without even informing or consulting him.

Revanth too shot back saying who are you to ask me on this issue. Revanth asked Maheshwar Reddy to confine himself to Nirmal and don’t involve in Indravelli meeting.

Maheshwar Reddy questioned Revanth, “Is it All India Congress or Revanth Congress. Don’t try to run party like a one-man show. This is not TDP. This is Congress. One-man show is not acceptable in Congress.”

This led to heated arguments between both forcing other seniors to involve and pacify both.

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KCR’s Dalit outreach raises political dust ahead of by-election

Ahead of the by-election to the Huzurabad Assembly constituency, Telangana is witnessing an intense political bickering between ruling TRS and the opposition parties over an ambitious scheme announced by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to woo Dalits.

The Dalit Bandhu scheme, aimed at providing financial assistance to identified Dalit families and promote entrepreneurship among them, has raised the political temperature in the state even before the announcement of the bypoll schedule by the Election Commission.

With the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government going ahead with the launch of Dalit Bandhu as a pilot project in the Huzurabad constituency, the opposition parties have dubbed it as a poll stunt and questioned KCR’s concern for Dalits.

The Chief Minister has defended his move for implementation of the scheme on pilot basis in Huzurabad saying there is nothing wrong if TRS was looking to derive political mileage from this.

Citing the Chief Minister’s statement, some NGOs have moved the Election Commission of India and even the high court seeking directions to stop the scheme.

Social activist Akkala Suresh Kumar has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) at the Telangana High Court challenging Dalit Bandhu’s implementation in Huzurabad.

He argues that the government should start implementation of the scheme in any the 16 Assembly constituencies reserved for Scheduled Castes in the state.

By-election to Huzurabad, which is an open Assembly seat, is likely to be held soon.

The seat fell vacant last month with the resignation of former minister Eatala Rajender. He also quit TRS to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has already decided to give him the ticket for the bypoll.

Rajender’s resignation from TRS and Assembly came after he was dropped from the Cabinet by KCR following allegations of land encroachment.

The Forum for Good Governance, an NGO, recently urged the Election Commission of India to stop the implementation of the Dalit Bandhu scheme in Huzurabad.

Forum secretary M. Padmanabha Reddy, in a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, stated that due to various reasons, the by-election has become a prestige issue for the ruling party. There is a general feeling that the result of this by-election will have an impact on the next Assembly elections.

“I am not a saint living in Himalayas. I am a politician and I am introducing this scheme in Huzurabad for electoral gains only – what is wrong with it,” the letter quoted the Chief Minister as saying at a recent party meeting.

Last week, KCR held a day-long meeting with 450 Dalit representatives from Huzurabad to discuss the implementation of the scheme

He stated that by making the scheme a success in Huzurabad, it should be made a torchbearer for the Dalit community in the entire country. He claimed that the Telangana Dalit Bandhu Scheme is being implemented to remove economic disparity and also social discrimination of the Dalits.

KCR desired that with the financial assistance given under the scheme, the Dalit community should develop itself as a business community by selecting industries, employment, and business of their choice.

Under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh each will be provided to eligible beneficiaries from Dalit community.

Under the first phase, 100 families from each of the 119 Assembly constituencies will be identified. The government has announced an allocation of Rs 1,200 crore for the scheme.

At a meeting to welcome some leaders of the BJP and the Congress into the TRS on July 30, KCR had reiterated that the government would implement the scheme at any cost.

“Opposition parties are worried about their fate as the scheme will be implemented all over the state. It was supposed to be launched last year, but got delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he had said, adding that the government is ready to spend Rs 1 lakh crore on the scheme.

He attributed the birth of several schemes in Telangana to the deep study of the lives of sections that could not benefit from development in the past.

“You need a heart to understand their plight and how they missed out,” he argued.

Over the last 2-3 weeks, the Chief Minister held a series of meetings to discuss the modalities for ‘Dalit Bandhu’.

The opposition parties, however, questioned KCR’s concern for Dalits. Both the Congress and the BJP reminded him of his promise made before 2014 that a Dalit will be the first Chief Minister of Telangana.

“Why not a single leader from the 18 per cent strong Dalit community was considered for the CM’s post,” asked state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay.

He also wanted to know what happened to KCR’s promise of 3-acre land for every Dalit family and to solve the issue of ‘podu’ lands tilled by the tribals.

Congress leader Dasoju Sravan wants to know what KCR did for Dalits in last seven years.

“This scheme has been announced with an eye on the by-elections. If he is really sincere in improving the socio-economic conditions, why the government is failing every year to spend the funds allocated under the SC ST Sub Plan,” asked Sravan.

This Dalit outreach by the TRS chief comes at a time when there is a feeling that the backward classes are moving closer to BJP.

Rajender, who was associated with TRS since its inception, is a leader from the Mudiraj community, a backward class. Given the huge popularity he enjoys in Huzurabad, he is likely to pose a big challenge to the ruling party in the by-election.

Bandi Sanjay and another BJP MP D. Arvind are from Munnuru Kapus, one of the BC communities KCR relied for support over the last seven years.

Some political analysts also see this Dalit outreach in the context of two other key political developments — Revanth Reddy taking over as the president of Congress party in the state and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s daughter Y.S. Sharmila launching her political party in Telangana.

“Dalit Bandhu has surely made heads turn in Telangana and across the country. Proposal to allocate Rs 10 lakhs per family might surely help alleviate poverty from those selected families. However, there are potential risks associated due to political implications,” said political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy.

He is of the view that selecting only 100 families per village will surely alienate other Dalits and economically backward sections. Unless KCR and TRS culls potential risks, road ahead will be filled with many political potholes, he observed.

Opposition parties, on the other hand, are pushed on to the backfoot on the issue of Dalit welfare.

“Both the BJP and Congress will have to make extremely convincing arguments for them to counter the advantage KCR and TRS has with Dalit Bandhu,” he added.

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KCR blocks MLC polls, what about Huzurabad?

TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao always love to face elections.

This is his strategy since he launched TRS in 2001. He always used to resign along with his party MLAs, MPs during Telangana statehood agitation days and force bypolls frequently and win them to prove his strength. He strengthened TRS in Telangana with this strategy.

Even after formation of Telangana state and KCR becoming CM in 2014, he is not giving up this strategy.

He dissolved Telangana Legislative Assembly in September 2018, nine months before its term ends in June 2019 and forced advanced Assembly polls in December 2018 and won with a huge majority.

KCR forced another bypoll in Telangana by sacking Etela Rajender from his cabinet in May this year forcing Etela to quit Huzurabad MLA seat in June.

But for the first time, KCR seems to be afraid of facing elections. This became evident after Election Commission of India sought Telangana state government’s view on holding MLC elections for six seats under MLA’s quota.

The EC has written a letter to TS government on July 28 seeking its opinion on holding MLC polls.

The TS government responded today (Saturday) saying the time is not appropriate to hold MLC polls now due to Covid conditions in state.

Only 119 MLAs vote in this election and of this 111 MLAs belong to TRS and its friendly party AIMIM. Even this voting will be not be held as opposition parties have no required MLAs even to contest elections. All these six MLC seats will be bagged by TRS without election unanimously. Despite this, KCR expressed unwillingness to hold MLC polls.

This shows that KCR wants Huzurabad bypoll also to be delayed further. Political circles say had KCR said yes to MLC polls, the EC would have given approval even to hold Huzurabad bypoll now and with this fear KCR blocked MLC polls.

Political circles say KCR wants Huzurabad bypoll to be delayed till he implements Dalit Bandhu scheme perfectly and launch many other development programmes to lure voters in Huzurabad to defeat Etela.

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T’gana minister lays foundation stone for Gokaldas apparel factory

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Gokaldas Images, which is one of India’s first readymade garment exporters, will set up a 500-machine stitching unit at the Sircilla Apparel Park in Telangana.

The unit will manufacture men’s and women’s inner garments. The agreement for the same was signed between the government of Telangana and Gokaldas Images in April 2021.

State Minister for Information Technology and Industries, K.T. Rama Rao, laid the foundation stone for Gokaldas Images’ apparel factory on Friday.

The Sircilla facility will be the first unit of Gokaldas Images in Telangana and will provide employment to more than 1,000 local persons, majority of them being women.

Speaking at the occasion, Rama Rao stated that the Telangana government has given top priority to the welfare of the weavers community in the state.

He added that the Sircilla Apparel Park, which is coming up with international standards, will create more than 10,000 employment opportunities in the region, out of which majority will go to women.

The Sircilla Apparel Park is the state government’s special initiative to introduce modern best practices in industry, benchmarked to export standards.

The project will encourage the Sircilla textile cluster to generate higher value addition through finished garments for exports and create more jobs for the locals.

Rama Rao said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will soon launch Neethanna Beema, an insurance scheme for the weavers on the lines of the Rythu Beema scheme for farmers.

Gokaldas Images Managing Director Sumir Hinduja, Handlooms & Textiles Director Shailaja Ramaiyer, and TSIIC MD Narasimha Reddy participated in the programme.

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Megha Krishna Reddy gets TRS govt’s bounty!

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PV Krishna Reddy, popularly known as Megha Krishna Reddy, the owner of Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd (MEIL) is the favourite contractor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments, whichever party may be in power.

When in Opposition, TRS chief KCR and YSRCP chief YS Jagan used to lash out at the ruling parties in respective states of colluding with Megha Krishna Reddy and looting thousands of crores of rupees of public money by awarding all major contractors to Megha group.

But after KCR, Jagan became CMs, they too are awarding all the major contracts to Megha group.

KCR awarded Rs 1 lakh crore Kaleshwaram project contract and Rs 40,000 crore Mission Bhagiratha contract to Megha.

Similarly, Jagan awarded Polavaram contract to Megha.

Now, Megha group got yet another bounty from TRS government.

CM KCR approved doubling of project estimates of Mission Bhagiratha project to Megha group.

Earlier, a segment of Mission Bhagiratha work at Mallannasagar project was awarded to Megha for Rs 674 crore in January 2020.

But KCR has now approved the revision of work estimates to Rs 1,212 crore, which is almost double the original estimate raising questions over what could be the reasons for doubling estimates within 16 months.

This led to severe criticism from Opposition parties which are accusing KCR of taking huge commissions from Megha Group to award contracts as well as enhancing work estimates indiscriminately.

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Telangana moots Taiwan-specific industrial cluster

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Telangana’s Industries and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday mooted the idea of first Taiwan specific industrial cluster in India to attract more investments from Taiwan.

He offered this during a meeting with team from Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) Chennai, headed by Director General, Ben Wang here.

“We can jointly work with industry and trade organisations of Taiwan to help set up the first Taiwan Specific industrial cluster in India. This would help bring more Taiwanese investments into the state,” said Rama Rao.

Economic and trade cooperation between Telangana and Taipei were discussed during the meeting.

KTR, as the minister is popularly known, spoke about Telangana’s unique TS-iPASS Bill which bestows upon the investor the right to get time bound clearances to start their businesses. The delegation was presented with the recently-launched Pink Book and the minister explained the various measures adopted by the government to improve the ease of doing business in the state.

Wang appreciated the various steps initiated by Telangana to improve the ease of doing business in the state and congratulated the state for being amongst the best in the country.

He assured the minister of continued support and said that they would help facilitate a virtual event with important organisations in Taiwan in electronics, EV and other tech domains which would be followed by a physical event in Taipei when the travel restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic are relaxed.

State Principal Secretary ITE&C, Industries and Commerce Jayesh Ranjan appreciate the team’s gesture of undertaking travel in such a restrictive post pandemic environment.

“Apart from actively working on economic and trade fronts, we would also work on improving cultural ties and try to initiate some student exchange programmes between the universities in Taipei and the universities in Telangana. The startup ecosystem of Telangana with institutions like T-Hub and T-Works can also look for collaborations with companies in Taipei,” he added.

The joint delegation of TECC, TAITRA and Invest India was first received by Director Electronics, EV and ESS, Sujai Karampuri who took them through a presentation on Telangana’s business friendly policies. The team from Invest India facilitated the meeting between TECC and the state government.

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Jagadish Reddy, Komatireddy fight reaches flashpoint, Rajagopal arrested

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The political fight in Nalgonda district between senior TRS leader, minister G Jagadish Reddy and Komatireddy brothers reached a flashpoint.

Munugode MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy was arrested by police today (Wednesday) after he tried to obstruct Jagadish Reddy from visiting his constituency Munugode to distribute new ration cards.

Rajagopal snatched mike from the hands of Jagadish two days ago in Choutuppal during ration cards distribution programme two days ago. Rajagopal is angry that Jagadish is not following protocol in district and not inviting Congress MLAs for official programmes.

Rajagopal challenged Jagadish on that day that he will not allow him to tour his Munugode constituency.

Jagadish countered saying he will visit Munugode today and dared Rajagopal to stop him.

Rajagopal supporters obstructed Jagadish convoy today. Police took them into custody. When Rajagopal tried to reach Munugode from Hyderabad today, police arrested him at Outer Ring Road.

Police already booked cases against Rajagopal for snatching mike from Jagadish.

MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy also announced to obstruct Jagadish from touring his Bhongir Lok Sabha constituency.

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Are Sharmila’s royal “deekshas” proving counter-productive?

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Is YS Sharmila fast ending up as a bundle of contradictions and something of a joke in Telagnana politics? Every Tuesday is a protest day for her. This is something unheard of in Telugu politics. People organise protests when there is an issue. But, Sharmila is looking for a cause to hold protest every Tuesday.

But more than the cause for which she is holding those protests, it is the way she is holding the protests that is becoming something of a joke. The latest issue she took up for fasting on Tuesday was the death of a jobless youth. One Paka Srikanth who tried fr many jobs but couldn’t get one committed suicide. She went to Nalgonda to console the family members and then sat on a day-long dharna.

So far so good. But, it’s not the protest nor the reason for protest that has become a source of derision. It is the way in which the dharna is staged. Normally, such dharnas are simple affairs. But, Sharmila’s dharnas have extra-large mattresses. Then at the centre of the mattress is a huge reclining pillow. Then there are side pillows to put her arms on. The whole thing gives an appearance of a royal queen reclining imperiously. She would look every inch a ‘dorasani’ that the Telanganites detest.

The deeksha begins at about 10 am and continues till 5 pm. It is hardly six hours. Can’t she sit for five or six hours without this paraphernalia? Did not anyone suggest to her to keep the arrangements simple? Why is a humble protest turning into a show of royalty? Why have such huge setup for a day’s dharna, where what she is forgoing is just one meal and a cup of coffee? Did not anyone tell her how simple her father’s yatras and dharnas were?

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Will Praveen Kumar succeed as a politician?

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When controversial IPS officer RS Praveen Kumar took voluntary retirement from services, he wrote a letter where he said that he would take the new generation on the path of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule and Kanshiram. This was seen as an indication that he would join the TRS and would become the party candidate from Huzurabad. But Praveen Kumar has later clarified that there was no question of joining the TRS and becoming its candidate.

While it is clear that he would join politics, it is not clear which party he would join. Now it emerges that he is planning to revive the Bahujan Party in the Telangana state. He is said to have done his ground work well. Meanwhile, Mayavathi has commented that a senior IPS officer is all set to join the BSP. She said that he would soon join the party. This is now being seen as a confirmation that he would revive the BSP and work to build the party organisation.

But what will be his impact on Telangana politics? This question is being hotly debated now. While there is no doubt that as the secretary of gurukul education, he has made his mark. He improved the educational standards in the Gurukul institutions. But, politics is a different ball game altogether. Here a single caste or community can never guarantee electoral victory. As a politician, one has to cater to all communities and social groups. Will Praveen Kumar change his attitude?

Besides, the Dalit community’s social appreciation of Praveen Kumar’s work and their political behaviour are different. The differences between the two major Dalit sub-groups will also play a key role in determining Praveen Kumar’s future. Even as the secretary of the Gurukuls he faced criticism from the Mala groups. So will this also play a role in the electoral politics? It remains to be seen as to how Praveen Kumar fares as a politician.

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Telangana releases investors’ guide

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Telangana’s Information Technology, Industries and Commerce Minister K.T Rama Rao on Tuesday released the Pink Book, an investor’s guide to Telangana.

The investor’s guide 2021 gives an overall view of the opportunities Telangana offers to investors and also sheds light on the amenities and infrastructure in the state. The Pink Book also lists out the activities undertaken by important departments.

“Telangana has always aimed to feature amongst the best states in India in Ease of doing business (EoDB), Pink Book is a comprehensive document that lists out sectoral policies of the state and also lists out important governmental contact details. I’m sure it will help the investors take an informed decision on their future investment plans and also enhance Ease of Doing Business in state,” Rama Rao said.

Also present at the launch were Tourism and Culture Minister V. Srinivas Goud, Principal Secretary ITE&C, I&C Jayesh Ranjan, Director Electronics, EV & ESS, Sujai Karampuri and other officials from the Electronics wing.

“It is not just the incentives offered by states that the investors look out for, but also convenience of operations and factors like continuous power supply, access to resources and talent pool that play a bigger role,” said Ranjan.

“EoDB can only improve when procedures are streamlined and made convenient. Towards this, the Pink Book would equip investors with information they need about the state. We will keep updating this document every year,” he added.

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Komatireddy makes bumper offer to KCR!

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Congress Munugode MLA Komatiteddy Rajagopal Reddy made a bumper offer to Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao.

Reddy offered to tender resignation to his MLA post and leave seat to TRS in the bypoll if KCR sanctions Rs 2,000 crore as he was doing in Huzurabad to win upcoming by poll.

Reddy said KCR is sanctioning funds to only those Assembly constituencies where there are by polls and he is ready to bring by poll by in Munugode by resigning if KCR is ready to sanction Rs 2,000 crore for the development of constituency.

Reddy said no CM in the history of India behaved in a manner like KCR whose only focus is elections, votes and notes all the time and no concern for development of state.

KCR wants only TRS MLAs and MPs in all constituencies of Telangana and he is not giving funds to constituencies won by opposition parties.

If that is the case, I am ready to quit for the sake of development of Munugode constituency, Reddy offered.

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First heritage site from Telangana gets coveted UNESCO tag

The UNESCO World Heritage site status to Ramappa temple has come as the first global recognition of the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of Telangana, India’s youngest state.

Also known as Rudreswara temple, this Kakatiyan architectural marvel is located at Palampet in Mulugu district near Warangal, about 200 km from Hyderabad.

“Today, because of a historic decision taken at the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee, Ramappa temple now belongs to the whole world, to the entire humanity. I congratulate the people of Palampet,” India’s representative at the online session of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) said, expressing excitement over the inclusion of the temple among the list of World Heritage sites.

Seventeen countries including Russia, Oman, Brazil, Saudi, Egypt, Spain, Thailand, Hungary, Ethiopia and China described Ramappa as an outstanding heritage site and a manifestation of the master of human geniuses at the session.

Ramappa temple is the 39th site in India and the first in Telangana to get the coveted tag. This comes as the first major success of Telangana to get global recognition for its cultural heritage after attaining statehood seven years ago.

It was in 2014 that Ramappa temple was nominated for the inscription. A team of UNESCO officials had inspected the temple in 2019.

Last year, it was one of the global sites nominated for the coveted tag but the WHC meeting could not take place due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Ramappa Temple emple was constructed in 1213 AD during the reign of the Kakatiya Empire by Recharla Rudra, a general of Kakatiya king Ganapati Deva. The presiding deity here is Ramalingeswara Swamy. The temple became famous with the name sculptor Ramappa who executed the work for 40 years.

The temple complexes of Kakatiyas have a distinct style, technology and decoration exhibiting the influence of the Kakatiyan sculptor. The Ramappa temple is a manifestation of this and often stands as a testimonial to the Kakatiyan creative genius.

The temple stands on a 6 feet high star-shaped platform with walls, pillars and ceilings adorned with intricate carvings that attest to the unique skill of the Kakatiyan sculptors.

The sculptural art and decoration specific to the time and Kakatiyan Empire have an outstanding universal value. The distinct style of Kakatiyas for the gateways to temple complexes, unique only to this region confirm the highly evolved proportions of aesthetics in temple and town gateways in South India.

European merchants and travelers were mesmerized by the beauty of the temple and one such traveler had remarked that the temple was the “brightest star in the galaxy of medieval temples of the Deccan”.

According to B.V. Papa Rao of Kakatiya Heritage Trust, which led the effort to get UNESCO tag, India had reached to 24 countries to inscribe Ramappa temple as World Heritage site. The countries were presented documents to show the importance of the site.

The Telangana government had also taken steps to conform to the demands made by the WHC in their agenda papers.

Two days ago, the state government announced that it is initiating formation of a management committee at the state level and Palampet Special Development Authority at the local level for adequate legal protection to the temple and to ensure regulated development by appropriately zoning areas near the temple.

Minister for tourism and culture V. Srinivas Goud stated that these steps will ensure that serenity and natural beauty of the surroundings of the temple are maintained. He announced that two temples near Ramappa will also be brought under the jurisdiction of Ramappa temple property as recommended by the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

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Revanth to mobilise 1 lakh dalits, tribals against KCR’s Dalit Bandhu!

TPCC chief A Revanth Reddy is devising strategies to counter TRS chief and Telangana CM KCR’s plans to implement Dalit Bandhu scheme only in Huzurabad Assembly constituency initially, which is going for bypoll soon.

Revanth says KCR has come up with Dalit Bandhu scheme only to woo dalits in Huzurabad, who are a majority in the constituency with an eye on bypoll.

Revanth has decided to mobilise one lakh dalits and tribals from across the state and conduct a huge public meeting at Indravelli in Adilabad district on August 9.

He named public meeting as “Dalit Dandora” demanding Dalit Bandhu scheme for all dalits and tribals in all 119 Assembly constituencies in the state and not just Huzurabad.

He said Telangana Congress will also hold Dalit, Girijan Dandora in all the 119 Assembly constituencies in Telangana from August 9 to September 17 to expose KCR’s hidden agenda behind Dalit Bandhu scheme and create awareness among dalits and tribals across the state on the need to implement Dalit Bandhu simultaneously across the state and not just in Huzurabad if KCR is really sincere about the development of dalits in Telagnana.

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