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Stage set for voting in Telangana’s Nagarjuna Sagar bypoll

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The stage is set for polling in the by-election for Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly constituency in Telangana on Saturday.

The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for the polling at 346 centres in the constituency in Nalgonda district.

State Chief Electoral Officer Shashank Goel said polling will be held between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. All Covid guidelines will be adhered to during the polling, for which 5,535 personnel will be deployed.

The poll authorities have arranged 1,446 electronic voting machines. A total of 2,20,300 voters including 1,11,072 are eligible to cast their votes.

The by-election will decide the political fortunes of 41 candidates. However, the constituency is witnessing a triangular fight among ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and opposition Congress, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Seven time legislator and former minister K. Jana Reddy of Congress will be taking on two young debutants – Nomula Bhagat of the TRS and P. Ravi Kumar Naik of the BJP.

Stakes are high for Congress as it looks to wrest the seat from the TRS to revive its fortunes in its former stronghold ahead of 2023 Assembly polls.

Upbeat after winning both the seats of the state Legislative Council seat that went to polls last month, the TRS is making all-out effort to retain Nagarjuna Sagar and banking on sympathy factor by fielding Nomula Bhagat, son of Nomula Narasimhaiah whose death caused the vacancy.

The TRS choose Bhagat as the party candidate to cash in on the perceived sympathy factor. This was despite the TRS losing Dubbak Assembly to the BJP in November last year though the ruling party fielded S. Sujatha, widow of S. Ramalinga Reddy, whose death had necessitated the bypoll.

The Congress is banking heavily on the charisma of Jana Reddy, who won the seat in 2009 and 2014.

He was earlier elected five times from Chalakurthy constituency, which became Nagarjuna Sagar in the delimitation exercise in 2009.

The BJP has fielded Ravi Kumar Naik, a tribal, who had joined the saffron party only last month. He had resigned his government job as a medical officer of a primary health centre a year ago to start private practice.

The high-decibel campaign saw the participation by TRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, state Congress President Uttam Kumar Reddy and state BJP chief Bandi Sanjay Kumar. Congress in charge for Telangana Manickam Tagore and BJP’s central leader Tarun Chugh also addressed a few meetings.

After the shock defeat to the BJP in Dubbak, the TRS is not taking any chances in Nagarjuna Sagar. The Chief Minister, who had not campaigned in Dubbak, addressed a public meeting in Sagar as early as February 10 when he announced 14 lift-irrigation schemes on Nagarjuna Sagar left bank canal with a budget of Rs 3,000 crore. He addressed another election meeting on April 14.

In 2018, Nomula Narasimhaiah had won Nagarjuna Sagar seat by defeating Jana Reddy of Congress by about 8,000 votes. Nomula polled 83,655 votes while Jana Reddy garnered 75,884 votes.

BJP’s K. Niveditha Reddy had polled only 2,675 votes. Hoping that the party will name her as the candidate, Niveditha filed the nomination but the party ignored her. Her nomination was also rejected.

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Sharmila undertakes fast to demand jobs for Telangana youth

Y.S. Sharmila, who plans to launch a new political party in Telangana in July this year, undertook a day-long fast here on Thursday to demand issuance of job notifications by the state government for the unemployed youth of Telangana.

Sharmila, the sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, sat on the fast at the Dharna Chowk in Indira Park here.

Speaking on the occasion, she questioned the silence of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao over the suicides by the unemployed youth, saying the CM should respond to the burning problem.

Sharmila, the daughter of former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, said that she would stand with the unemployed youth who are seeking jobs.

“Whether other opposition parties speak for you or not, I will stand by you,” she told the youth.

She said fasts and protests will continue across the state till the state government issues job notifications to fill the vacancies in various government departments.

She also alleged that dejected over the delay in job notifications, unemployed youth are ending their lives but the Chief Minister is neglecting the issue.

Recalling that the youth were in the forefront of the movement for statehood to Telangana, she demanded that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government should fulfil their aspirations by providing them jobs.

“There are 1.91 lakh vacancies in the state and the government should fill them first,” Sharmila said, as she appealed to the youth not to resort to suicides, assuring them that she would lead the fight to put pressure on the government to issue job notifications.

Sharmila had sought permission for a three-day fast, but the Hyderabad police granted only a day’s permission. Unemployed youth, students and leaders of various groups met her during the fast and expressed their solidarity.

Sharmila undertook the fast a week after addressing a public meeting at Khammam, where she announced that she will launch a political party on July 8, the birth anniversary of her father.

She said she would unveil the flag of the new party, its name and ideology on July 8.

The public meeting at Khammam was also addressed by Sharmila’s mother Y.S. Vijayamma, who appealed to the people to bless her daughter with their support.

Vijayamma also shared the dais with Sharmila at Thursday’s fast.

An interesting incident at the fast venue caught the attention of all and triggered speculation. While asking a video camerapersons to move aside, Sharmila remarked that Sakshi (the media house owned by her brother) will not give her coverage. Vijayamma, who was sitting next to her, was apparently taken aback. She immediately pat her with her hand in an obvious signal to stop.

Sharmila has been holding meetings with loyalists of her late father in Telangana for more than a month now as part of the preparations to float her political party in Telangana.

Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has already made it clear that its leader Jagan Mohan Reddy has difference of opinion with his sister’s plan to enter Telangana politics and launch a new party.

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Notification issued for municipal polls in Telangana, polling on April 30

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The Telangana State Election Commission on Thursday (today) issued notification for the conduct of municipal polls in the state.

The elections will be held for Warangal and Khammam municipal corporations besides five municipalities in Siddipet, Achampet, Jadcheral, Nakrekal and Kothur.

Besides, the bypoll for Lingojiguda in GHMC will also be held. The seat fell vacant due to the death of BJP corporator.

The filing of nominations will commence from April 16 and the last day for filing nominations is April 18.

The polling will be held on April 30.

The counting of votes will be taken up on May 3.

The ruling TRS is aiming to make a clean sweep of these municipal polls.

KTR already toured all these corporations and municipalities recently and launched several development programmes.

The BJP and Congress are trying to give a tough fight to TRS.

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KCR attacks Congress, keeps mum on BJP in N.Sagar meeting

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TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao addressed a huge public meeting in Halia on Wednesday (today) to campaign for party in the upcoming Nagarjunasagar Assembly bypoll on April 17.

KCR delivered speech for nearly 30 minutes. But his entire speech was targetted at Congress.

Surprisingly, KCR did not utter a single word against BJP or PM Modi or Bandi Sanjay or any other BJP leader.

KCR confined most of his speech to attack Congress and Congress candidate Jana Reddy.

Interestingly, the BJP is attacking KCR and TRS in its campaign.

BJP leaders Kishan Reddy, Vijayashanthi, Bandi Sanjay etc are launching a scathing attack on KCR and TRS.

Despite this, KCR preferred to keep silent on BJP.

On the other hand, KCR’s son KTR is attacking BJP more than Congress in all the public meetings.

KTR is not sparing even PM Modi and Amit Shah in his speeches saying that TRS will chase them away and issued ‘final warning’ to Telangana BJP leaders that TRS government will file cases if they abuse KCR in social media platforms.

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Telangana police shocker to YS Sharmila

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YS Sharmila, who announced to launch her political party in Telangana on July 8, has decided to hit the streets against TRS government from now itself.

However, Telangana police gave a shocker to Sharmila by giving permission to hold only one-day deeksha against TRS government.

It may be recalled that Sharmila had announced to be sit on three-day deeksha (hunger strike) from April 15 to 18 at Dharna Chowk near Indira Park in Hyderabad demanding TRS government to issue job notifications to fill 1.91 lakh vacancies in government departments.

Sharmila applied for police permission for this.

However, Telangana police gave permission for Sharmila to hold deeksha only for a day on November 15 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Sharmila is now planning to continue the remaining two days deeksha at her Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad.

Sharmila said her fight against TRS government will continue till KCR releases job notifications to fill 1.91 lakh job notifications.

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Land scams in Telangana: State govt official Ugadi prediction

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It’s a tradition in Telugu States for state governments to conduct official Ugadi celebrations on the occasion of Ugadi every year.

It is also a tradition to hold “Ugadi panchanga shravanam” (almanac predictions) as part of these officials celebrations in the presence of Chief Ministers, ministers and officials.

Normally, the Vedic scholars who tell predictions predict all the good for respective state governments, CMs, states etc.

But the almanac predictions during Telangana official Ugadi celebrations on Tuesday (today) have become a subject of hot debate in political circles. Though CM KCR skipped this programme, endowments minister Indrakaran Reddy and officials attended.

In this programme, KCR’s personal astrologer and noted Vedic scholar Santosh Kumar Sastry predicted that Telangana will witness land scams in the New Year Plava Nama Samvatsaram.

He cautioned property buyers to remain alert while doing land transactions in Telangana.

His prediction created tremors as it reminded of the famous Miyapur land scam in Telangana under TRS regime in 2017.

The TRS government had to face major embarrassment as the names of TRS Rajya Sabha member K Keshava Rao and his daughter, present GHMC Mayor Vijayalaxmi names have surfaced in this scam.

The government lands which were in the prohibited list were sold and registered to private individuals in Miyapur.

TRS leaders are now worried whether such Miyapur land scams will repeat in Telugu New Year with almanac predictions.

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South Korean top logistics company shifts from AP to Telangana!

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The AP economy is already reeling under worst crisis due to cash dole out schemes of YSRCP government without creating assets and employment and also due to corona pandemic for the last one year.

The AP government’s priority should be to encourage industrialisation and employment generation to revive the economy.

But sadly, the YS Jagan government is focused more on elections and vote bank politics and Navaratnalu schemes.

A top South Korean company, considered to one among the top-10 logistic companies in the world, has planned to set up its stock point in Andhra Pradesh.

It submitted a proposal to AP government seeking 75 acres land in Amaravathi.

But the Jagan government kept this prooposal pending for months.

Upset with it, the company has now decided to shift the stock point to Hyderabad city outskirts.

The establishment of this company in Amaravathi would have provided direct and indirect employment to several thousands of people besides contributing huge tax revenues to AP government.

But Jagan who is on a mission to kill Amaravathi right from Day-1 of becomng CM in May 2019, ignored the company’s proposal to set up stock point in Amaravathi.

Since getting 75 acres land in Vijayawada, Guntur is difficult and expensive, the company proposed to set up its unit in Amaravathi, where the government has huge parcels of vacant land that was mobilised during TDP regime for the construction of Amaravathi capita

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Telugu CMs, Governors extend warm Ugadi greetings

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inisters, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and Governors Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and Tamilisai Soundararajan extended Ugadi greetings on Monday.

“On this happy and auspicious occasion of “Ugadi”, the Telugu New Year Day, I extend my heartiest felicitations and greetings to the people of Andhra Pradesh and to the Telugu people living all over the world,” said Harichandan.

He said Ugadi is a festival of joy and happiness as the New Year brings new hope of a bright future for the people.

“I hope that ‘Sri Plava Nama Samvatsara Ugadi’ will usher in peace, prosperity, harmony and happiness among all the people and all sections of the society,” he greeted.

Rao said Ugadi is known as the beginning of agriculture year and primarily a festival of farmers and welcomed the end of fall and the beginning of spring season.

“It is also part of the age-old tradition that on Ugadi festival day people consume the special preparation, the Ugadi Pacchadi. It is made of fresh neem flowers, tamarind, raw mango, sugarcane and other ingredients which symbolizes various tastes from sweet, sour to bitter and this itself signifies various divergent experiences one encounters in daily life,” said the Telangana CM.

Along with Ugadi greetings, Soundararajan exuded confidence that ‘Sri Plava Nama Samvatsaram’ will usher in a healthy and pandemic free life to all the people across the globe.

Similarly, Reddy extended his Ugadi greetings and wished for abundant rains, bounteous crops and prosperity to farmers.

He also wished for the three regions of the southern state to be prosperous, including all the villages, towns and every home to be joyful.

However, the Telangana Governor called for all the people to pledge in the New Year to comply with coronavirus prevention norms.

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Collective responsibility to take Covid surge seriously: KTR

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Telangana’s Cabinet Minister and working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) K.T. Rama Rao on Sunday said it’s the collective responsibility of all to take the current surge in Covid-19 cases seriously.

“It’s the collective responsibility of all of us to take Covid seriously. Get your mask on and stay safe,” he tweeted.

KTR, as the Minister is popularly known, replied to a wide range of questions posed by Twitter users during AskKTR programme, which lasted for 90 minutes.

“Personally, I don’t think so,” he quipped when asked about any chances of complete lockdown in the state.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” KTR said when asked can we expect full time lockdown in Telangana due to spike in Covid cases.

Replying to questions about Covid-19 vaccine shortage, the minister for industry, information technology, municipal administration and urban development pointed out that there is shortage all over India.

“Not that I am aware of,” he wrote when asked whether Telangana received any reply from the Centre about the request for more vaccines.

A follower wanted to know his mantra to fight increasing communal violence in the society. “Get people to focus on real issues; employment, infrastructure, healthcare and education,” replied KTR.

“End of the day, democracy should win,” the TRS leader said when asked who will win polls in West Bengal and Kerala.

He exuded confidence that TRS will win the by-election to Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly seat in Telangana. He stated that the contest is between a leader who represents the past (Jana Reddy of Congress) and a young man who represents the future hope (Nomula Bhagat of TRS).

A follower wanted to know if India is competing with china in terms of infrastructure. “Nope. If we have to compete, we need to think on scale. Unfortunately no support coming through for India’s largest textile park (Kakatiya mega textile park) or Hyderabad pharma city project.”

Replying to a question on status of Hyderabad Pharma City, KTR said that land acquisition is almost completed and allotment of lands to investors will start soon.

“Don’t think there’s much we can do as it’s just an advisory body. Just hope prudence will prevail and states are supported on merit and not political considerations,” he replied when asked if states can do anything to get the recommendations of NITI Aayog implemented by the central government.

On the planning to prevent flooding in Hyderabad during upcoming monsson, KTR said there is need better storm water drains ‘But it won’t happen within a short span Working on strategic Nala development program (SNDP). Have recently sanctioned Rs 858 crore towards the same.”

“Your communication skills are excellent. What’s the secret? Any tips for beginners,” asked a follower. “Clarity in thoughts is important to be able to express well. Always focus on improving vocabulary,” replied KTR.

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Sharmila to launch new political party in Telangana

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Y.S. Sharmila, the sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Friday announced that she will be floating a new political party in Telangana.

Announcing her political foray into Telangana at a public meeting at Khammam, she vowed to bring back the golden rule of her late father Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, late Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh (2004-09).

She said she will unveil the name, flag and agenda of the new party on YSR’s birth anniversary (July 8).

Sharmila’s mother Y.S. Vijayamma shared the dais with her and appealed to people to bless Sharmila with their support.

Sharmila said she is taking a small step with ‘Sankapa Sabha’ to follow into the footsteps of her late father. She recalled that it was on this day (April 9) 18 years ago that YSR “sowed the seeds of his golden rule with ‘Praja Prasthanam’ padyatra”.

YSR’s daughter said she was launching the party to question those in power and to fulfil the aspirations of Telangana movement and for the self-respect of Telangana. She also slammed opposition Congress and BJP, saying they have failed in their duty to question the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government.

While paying tributes to those who laid down their lives to achieve statehood to Telangana, Sharmila wanted to know why suicides were continuing even after the formation of Telangana.

She alleged that the TRS government has not issued a single new ration card or sanctioned a new pension. She said the government also failed to give land to poor.

Sharmila reminded Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao about his promise of KG to PG free education. She also hit out at BJP-led government at the Centre for going back on the promises made to Telangana.

She also lashed out at those who are questioning her roots. Sharmila said whether somebody accepts or not, she is daughter of Telangana and will remain so. “I grew up on this land. Is it wrong if I want to pay back to this land,” she asked.

Earlier, Sharmila left Hyderabad for Khammam on Friday morning in a big convoy of vehicles.

YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), led by Jagan Mohan Reddy, has already admitted that there is difference of opinion between the brother and sister over the latter’s political ambitions in Telangana.

‘Sankalpa Sabha’ was the first public meeting of Sharmila ever since she announced that she plans to float a political party in Telangana.

For more than a month, Sharmila has been holding meetings with YSR loyalists from various districts in Telangana to take their feedback before announcing her political plans.

She vowed try to bring back ‘Rajanna Rajyam’ (a reference to pro-poor and welfare regime of YSR) in Telangana.

Composite Khammam district is considered politically significant. Sharmila had extensively toured the district during her “Maro Praja Prasthanam”, a state-wide walkathon, in 2013 to mobilise support for her brother who was then in jail in disproportionate assets case.

The YSRCP had won one MP’s and three MLA’s seats in the old undivided Khammam district in the maiden Assembly elections in Telangana in 2014.

However, it became inactive in Telangana after its MP and all three MLAs joined the ruling TRS.

Jagan Mohan Reddy, who led the YSRCP to power in Andhra Pradesh in 2019, decided to stay away from Telangana politics. His party did not contest 2018 Assembly elections and subsequent polls in Telangana.

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KCR to sack Minister Malla Reddy from cabinet!

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Speculations are rife in TRS circles that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is most likely to sack labour minister Ch Malla Reddy from his cabinet anytime after the Nagarjunasagar bypoll.

Malla Reddy has become a headache for CM KCR as well as TRS as he is frequently getting caught in ‘audio leak’ incidents where Malla Reddy is seen threatening builders, realtors demanding money to develop ventures in his Medchal-Malkajgiri district. He is also facing charges of land encroachments in Medchal.

He was also caught demanding Rs 50 lakh to give TRS ticket to a candidate during municipal polls in 2019.

Latest, the audio of Malla Reddy demanding money from a realtor has gone viral on social media platforms.

KCR is reportedly very angry at Malla Reddy, who owns a chain of engineering, medical and other colleges in Medchal, for bringing bad name to TRS and his government with his extortion acts.

KCR has reportedly denied appointment for Malla Reddy to meet him though he is trying to meet CM eversince audio tape was leaked on March 6.

Malla Reddy wants to give explanation and seek apologies but CM is denying appointment.

This fuelled speculations that KCR will sack Malla Reddy from the cabinet anytime after Nagarjunasagar Assembly bypoll on April 17.

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Telangana records 2,478 cases in a new daily high

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In a new daily high, Telangana on Friday reported 2,478 new Covid-19 cases during the last 24 hours as the surge continues across the state.

The new infection climbed to 2,478 from 2,055 the previous day. The fresh cases pushed the state’s cumulative tally to 3,21,182.

Five more persons succumbed to the virus during the last 24 hours that ended 8 p.m. Thursday, taking the death toll to 1,746. According to the director of public health and family welfare, the fatality rate remains at 0.54 per cent against the national average of 1.30 per cent.

The number of active cases jumped to 15,472 from 13,362 the previous day. They include 9,674 who are in home/institutional isolation.

A total of 363 people recovered from the pandemic during the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative recoveries to 3,03,964. The recovery rate has slipped further to 94.63 per cent but still above the national average of 91.2 per cent.

Greater Hyderabad crossed 400-mark to report 402 cases while districts bordering it continue to witness a surge. Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts reported 208 and 162 cases respectively.

Nizamabad district bordering Maharashtra became the third worst affected district with 176 new cases. Nirmal registered 111 new cases followed by Jagtiyal (105), Kamareddy (98), Mahaboobnagar (96), Nalgonda (88), Karimnagar (87), Mancherial (85), Warangal Urban (82), Sangareddy (79), and Adilabad (72).

The admissions into hospitals treating Covid cases have also gone up to 5,798 from 5,099 the previous day.

According to director of public health, 4,219 patients were undergoing treatment in 244 private hospitals while 1,579 beds were occupied in 61 government hospitals.

For the first time since the pandemic broke out, the authorities conducted over one lakh tests in a single day. Of the total 1,01,986 tests conducted during last 24 hours, 89,645 samples were tested in government laboratories and 12,341 in private labs. With this, the number of tests conducted in the state so far climbed to 1,07,61,939. Samples tested per million population rose to 2,89,143.

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KCR copies Jagan’s ‘Nadu-Nedu’ scheme

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has copied Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s scheme of developing government schools on par with private schools.

Jagan named his scheme as “Nadu-Nedu” and launched it in November 2019 in AP to develop 15,715 government schools in three years by spending Rs 12,000 crore. 

Though KCR did not name this scheme, he has decided to allot Rs2,000 crore per year to develop all government schools in Telangana from this year.

KCR appointed a cabinet sub committee comprising of his son and IT minister KT Rama Rao, education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy and others to finalise the guidelines for implementing this scheme from the new academic year 2021-22.

The cabinet sub committee held its first meeting on Thursday in Hyderabad.

In the first meeting, the ministers discussed and examined how YS Jagan government is implementing this scheme in AP.

It was decided to send a team of officials to AP to examine few schools and study the development works being undertaken under “Nadu Nedu” in AP. 

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Telangana HC orders Covid test on people coming from other states

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The Telangana High Court on Thursday directed state health authorities to conduct Covid-19 tests on those coming from other states.

It also suggested that only those who have undergone RT-PCR tests be allowed into the state.

The high court orders came in the wake of surge in Covid cases, especially in the districts bordering Maharashtra, which is witnessing a massive spike.

The court also asked the government to constitute a committee of experts to suggest measures to check the spread of Covid-19.

It observed that while the state may not impose a lockdown, it should create containment zones wherever cases were detected to check spread of the virus.

On the direction of the court two days ago, the Health Department submitted its report on testing and treatment while the Director General of Police submitted a report on action taken against the violators of Covid-19 guidelines.

The DGP, in his report, informed the court that 22,000 cases were booked against those violating Covid-19 guidelines. The report says 2,416 cases were booked for not following social distancing, and six cases for spitting on roads.

The court expressed surprise that only 1.16 lakh people were fined for not following the Covid guidelines, observing that action against those not following guidelines is only for name’s sake.

A bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy once again voiced its displeasure over fewer RT-PCR tests at a time when the second wave of the pandemic is sweeping across the country. It asked the health authorities to increase RT-PCR tests to 70 per cent of all Covid tests as per guidelines issued by the Central government.

The court expressed concern over crowds at liquor shops, bars, pubs and cinema theatres, remarking that the liquor shops have turned into corona sources. It directed that criminal cases be booked against those wine shops, pubs, bars and restaurants violating Covid guidelines and their license be cancelled.

The court also asked the health authorities to ensure that social distancing is followed at the meetings of political parties and marriages.

The Health Department informed the court that sero surveillance will be completed in six weeks, and the court asked it to submit the report.

The court also wanted the government to spell out its plans for giving Covid vaccine to various groups of beneficiaries, especially inmates of old age homes. It directed the government to provide details of the number of doses received by the state, doses administered, wastage etc.

The court asked the government to submit a report by April 14 and adjourned the hearing to April 19.

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KCR’s “PRC pressure” on Jagan

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao recently announced 30% fitment (salary hike on basic pay) for state government employees as part of implement new PRC (pay revision commission) recommendations in Telangana.

The new PRC came into force in Telangana from April 1, 2021.

Telangana employees will draw higher salaries than Andhra employees from this month.

With this, AP employees associations are bringing pressure on AP CM YS Jaganmohan Reddy to implement new PRC in AP along the lines of Telangana PRC.

However, the AP government’s financial condition has become worse under Jagan’s rule.

It is not able to pay even salaries for staff in time. Normally, the state government employees receive salaries on the last working day of the month. But under Jagan’s rule, they are getting salaries by the 10th of the subsequent month.

In this situation, if Jagan implements 30% PRC for employees like Telangana, the AP government has to bear nearly Rs 10,000 crore additional burden every year.

Jagan government is struggling to pay even the existing salaries.

Despite this, Jagan’s ministers are making false promises to employees that Jagan will soon announce PRC higher than Telangana.

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Telangana sanctions Rs 853 cr to strengthen Hyd’s flood control system

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To prevent a repeat of the mayhem wreaked on Hyderabad following unprecedentedly heavy rainfall in October last year, the Telangana government has drawn out an elaborate plan to strengthen the existing stormwater drain system in the city.

The plan, which includes remodelling of drains, and construction of surplus weirs, has received administrative clearance for Rs 853 crore from the state government. It covers the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, and surrounding municipal bodies.

The move, which comes in the aftermath of October 2020 flood, is aimed at preventing inundation of low-lying areas and to mitigate damages suffered due to heavy rains. The state government issued orders directing the officials to execute the works and ensure that inundation of low-lying areas do not recur.

The state government set up the Strategic Nala Development Programme (SNDP), to plan, develop and maintain a dedicated stormwater drainage infrastructure and ‘nala’ (drain) system in Hyderabad.

To speed up the pace of work, the project has been split up into 15 different packages, with tenders to be floated shortly, officials said.

The heavy rains that lashed Hyderabad last year, for more than a week, had led to massive flooding of several low-lying areas, causing untold miseries to around 40,000 families spread across the city.

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TDP wiped out from TS Assembly, TRS celebrates!

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The Telugu Desam Party in Telangana has vanished from the Telangana Legislative Assembly on Wednesday (today) after two TDP MLAs merged into the ruling TRS.

The TDP won just two seats in 2018 Assembly polls.

TDP’s Sandra Venkata Veeraiah from Sathupally and Mecha Nageshwar Rao from Ashwaraopeta, both in Khammam district, had won.

Though Sandra is participating in all TRS activities since 2019, technically he remained TDP MLA as per Assembly records.

However, Mecha continued as TDP MLA till today.

But on Wednesday, the TDPLP comprising of Sandra and Mecha has submitted a letter to Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy seeking merger of TDPLP into TRSLP.

The Speaker approved this on a war footing and a notification was issued immediately.

This notification sparked jubilation in TRS as leaders and cadre celebrated at Telangana Bhavan by distributing sweets among themselves hailing how their party president KCR had finished off TDP in Telangana completely.

They said KCR closed Andhra-dominated TDP chapter completely in Telangana by merging TDP into TRS and ensuring zero members for TDP in Assembly since the formation of TDP in 1982.

In the 2014 Telangana Assembly polls, TDP won 15 seats and 2 seats in 2018.

In 2015, 12 TDP MLAs defected into TRS by merging TDPLP into TRS.

Despite that, TDP had existence in TS Assembly with 3 MLAs until 2018.

But now TDP was completely wiped out from TS Assembly for first time since 1982.

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Centre’s meeting with AP, TS to resolve bifurcation disputes failed!

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The Centre’s fresh attempt to resolve state bifurcation related disputes between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh by conducting a meeting with top officials of both the states on Wednesday (today) in Delhi has ended inconclusively.

The chief secretaries of both the states besides top officials of various departments attended the meeting convened by union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla through video conference.

In the meeting, both the states sparred over the division of assets and liabilities of common institutions located in Hyderabad as usual.

While Telangana argued that all the assets in Telangana belonged to the Telangana government based on their location, the AP government argued that they should be bifurcated on the ratio of the population (52:48), that is 52% should be allotted to AP and 48% to AP as those institutions were built in Hyderabad with the utilisation of entire state funds in Undivided AP since Hyderabad was the capital city of Undivided AP.

The Telangana government refused to share these assets with AP.

Several institutions located in Hyderabad have assets in the form of huge buildings and vast lands which are worth several thousands of crores of rupees.

Besides, these institutions have bank deposits were worth several thousands of crores of rupees lying in banks since 2014.

Both AP and TS government are staking claim over these assets and bank deposits and approached courts against each other.

But nothing happened even after nearly seven years of bifurcation of AP.

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KCR to take a call on Telangana theatre occupancies

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The Telangana High Court asked the government to come up with an explanation about the measures taken after the sudden rise in the number of coronavirus cases. Telangana state cabinet will meet and KCR will chair this meeting. As per the update coming, KCR will discuss about the steps to be taken and implement them strictly from next week after the completion of Ugadi. 50 percent occupancy for theatres too is under discussion to have a strict control on the new cases. The makers of the upcoming releases will take the final call on the release dates as per the restrictions announced by the government of Telangana, The government of Telangana is expected to submit a detailed report to the High Court about the curbs to be implemented.

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Telangana CM urges people to strictly follow Covid guidelines

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With the resurge in the Covid cases in Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has urged the people to strictly follow the Covid guidelines.

In his message on the World Health Day on Wednesday, he appealed to people to keep the environment clean and green, take nutritious food, keep a tab on healthy living and contain the spread of Covid-19.

KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, stated in his message that health is wealth and the state government is working towards a healthy society. He said the development is possible only when people are healthy.

He said that the state government is implementing successfully several programmes and schemes towards improving the public health. The stat government has strengthened public health centres, hospitals and medical and health system.

He pointed out that the Basti Dawakhanas started in Greater Hyderabad have yielded good results and this would be replicated in other towns and cities. With these measures, the state government has brought the medical and health services to the doorsteps of people and improved the standards.

The state government also made available protein rich food by increasing the consumption of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. A scheme has also been launched to set up integrated veg and non-veg markets all over the state.

The CM said the programmes launched under the Palle Pragathi and Pattana Pragathi have won several awards and showed that the state government is working for the public health. KCR said for the past one year, the state and its people could withstand the corona due to their basic good habits and their immune to diseases.

The Mission Bhagiratha Scheme which provided pure, safe drinking water to reach and every household in the state helped to increase the public health in a qualitative way. The KCR Kits Programme aimed at the well-being of the mother and child and has helped the women and child welfare immensely. With Kalyan Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes, there is a fast decline in the child marriages and reduced infant female mortality rate.

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