KCR vs Center : Telangana to deposit fortified parboiled rice with FCI

New Delhi [India]: The central government has allowed Telangana to deposit 6.05 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of fortified parboiled rice with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said on Saturday.

Telangana has been allowed to deposit the remaining paddy of Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 & 2021-22.
The letter in this regard was issued on 11 May 2022, keeping in view the request of the state government, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said in a statement.

The original milling/ delivery of Customed Milled Rice (CMR) period of KMS 2020-21 (Rabi) in Telangana was upto September 2021. At the request of the State Government of Telangana, this has been extended seventh time upto May 2022.

Earlier, the Centre approved procurement estimate of 40.20 LMT of rice in Telangana during KMS 2021-22 (Rabi Crop) with procurement period upto June 2022 and milling period upto September 2022.

“Govt of India has always supported procurement operations in all States including Telangana. As compared to 15.79 LMT of rice procured during KMS 2015-16 benefitting 5,35,007 farmers with MSP value of Rs 3,417.15 crore, 94.53 LMT of rice was procured in Telangana during KMS 2020-21 benefitting 21,64,354 farmers with MSP value of Rs 26,637.39 crore,” the ministry said.

As on 11 May 2022, in the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season 2021-22, 72.71 LMT of paddy (48.72 LMT of equivalent rice) has been procured benefitting 11,14,833 farmers with MSP value Rs 14251.59 crore. (ANI)


Take money from KCR, but vote for US: BJP urges people of Telangana

Mahbubnagar (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bandi Sanjay on Sunday asked people to take money from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) but vote for the BJP while accusing Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao of allegedly distributing money for votes.

The BJP leader held the Praja Sangrama Yatra in Patherched Village, Mahbubnagar district on Sunday.
Addressing the gathering, Sanjay said, “What KCR believes is if he gives money, poor people will vote for him. I say take the money from him. In this way, his bank balance will reduce or else he will become richer and you will become poor. You have to take the money if he gives Rs 5,000 or Rs 10,000 just accept it.”

“Whatever the money he is distributing in the election it is your money given by PM Modi for different government schemes but he is transferring that money for the elections. Poor people will never sell their vote. Poor people will have honesty and commitment,” he added.

Referring to Dubbak and Huzurabad by-elections, Sanjay said TRS distributed money prior to the elections but people voted for the BJP.

“During Dubbak and Huzurabad by-elections, TRS distributed Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for votes People accepted but while voting they voted for the BJP. In both these by-elections, we have won the sitting seats held by TRS. In the same way, we have also won in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation election from 4 seats to 48 seats,” added the BJP leader.

Assembly polls in Telangana is slated for next year. (ANI)


Telangana: Farmers dump paddy outside BJP MP’s residence

Nizamabad (Telangana) [India]: Farmers staged a protest against the Centre at the residence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Arvind Dharmapuri, dumping paddy outside his house in the Nizamabad district of Telangana.

The protesting farmers alleged that the Centre has betrayed them by not procuring paddy from them. “He (the BJP MP) is hiding in Delhi and has betrayed us as Dharmapuri’s yet to take cognizance of the paddy procurement issue. The Centre must procure paddy from us,” a farmer told ANI.
Reacting to the protest, Dharmapuri claimed that the people who were agitating at his house were not real farmers, but “daily-wage labourers” hired by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Jeevan Reddy.

After Dharmapuri accused the TRS MLA of orchestrating the protest, Reddy said that Telangana farmers are unhappy with the BJP’s “step-motherly treatment”, asking the Centre to explain the efficacy of the “One Nation One Procurement Policy”.

“Telangana farmers are unhappy with the BJP’s step-motherly treatment to the state. We’ll fight for the rights of our farmers. We need an answer from the Centre on the ‘One Nation One Procurement Policy’ and as to when will they start paddy procurement from Telangana,” Reddy said.

However, the Centre on Monday said the procurement in Telangana under the central pool has increased tremendously over the last five to six years.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said on Tuesday that the state government has decided to purchase paddy from farmers within three to four days. He requested all the farmers in the state to not sell their crops at a rate lesser than the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

The Telangana government has been demanding from the Centre to procure the entire paddy stock from the State. Last year, a delegation of Ministers from the state met union Ministers to press for the paddy procurement from the state. (ANI)


Telangana heatwave: People advised to stay indoors between 12 PM-4 PM

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]:  The Telangana Health Director on Thursday advised people of the state to avoid going outdoors between 12 pm and 4 pm, as the state is witnessing a continuous rise in temperature.

“The India Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert as they are heatwave across the state in some days. Hyderabad and some other districts are already witnessing a rise in temperature,” said G Srinivas Rao, Director of Public Health and Family Welfare.

The Director announced that the state government has made elaborate arrangements for common people to help them in the fight against the heat. On Thursday, Hyderabad recorded a maximum temperature of 40.8 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 24.6 degrees Celsius.

“The temperature will be high during this time and there are chances of sunstroke. We have made elaborate arrangements by keeping ORS packets at all the health facilities, Anganwadi centres and schools,” he said.

He further informed that the Chief Secretary had a meeting with all the district collectors for making elaborate arrangements to counter the heatwave.

The Director of the Health Ministry also shared the fact the state is effectively fighting against COVID-19 and it is under the control of the state.

“COVID-19 is under control and we are witnessing only 30 cases per day. Except Hyderabad no other district is reporting cases more than in single digit,” he added.

Sharing the details of COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the state, Director said almost 100 per cent of coverage of both the dosses has been for people who are above 18 years of age.

“Vaccination coverage for 15 to 18 years has around 80 per cent in both first and second dose. 64 per cent coverage done for recently started 12 to 14 years children. By the end of this week we will cover the full vaccination for 12 to 14 children of the first dose,” he added. (ANI)


Telangana: Dalit Bandhu scheme a movement for Welfare

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Finance and Health Minister T Harish Rao on Tuesday inaugurated the process of reserving 16 per cent of contract agencies in government hospitals for scheduled castes (SCs) at the office of the Commissioner of Family Welfare in Koti.

Telangana State Medical Services & Infrastructure Development Corporation (TSMSIDC) Chairman Errolla Srinivas, MD Chandrasekhar Reddy, DPH Srinivas Rao, DME Ramesh Reddy, Family Welfare Commissioner Wakati Karuna, along with CM OSD Gangadhar selected the hospitals where the reservation will be applicable, through a draw.
Rao speaking at the event said that the Dalit Bandhu scheme started by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR) is not just a program, but it is a movement.

He added, “Giving financial assistance to Dalits is not the only solution, the aim of CM KCR is to eliminate social untouchability.”

Before independence, Dr. BR Ambedkar said that Dalits should not be limited to wage labor but should be given reservations in government jobs as well as contracts. Today, CM KCR has made Dr. Ambedkar’s dream come true, said Rao.

The Telangana Minister added, “In the past, 21 per cent of the tenders held in the Irrigation Department were allotted to SCs. Reservations for Dalits are already being implemented in wine shops. Currently, in Government hospitals, we are giving 16 per cent reservation to Dalits in sanitation, security, and diet agencies.”

The hospitals with less than 100 beds are divided into one category. The hospital with more than 100 beds is divided into another category and reservations will be done in which hospitals, was decided transparently by draw.

A total of 56 hospitals have been allotted for Dalits and the tenders for the same will be called soon, he said.

Rao added, “We have made changes in the rules of tender laws for SC youth to avail of the benefits.”

To further improve sanitation management in government securities, the government has increased the charges per bed from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500 and the government is spending additional Rs 325 crore annually for this, added the minister.

Rao further stated that the government is also thinking of implementing reservations in medical shops as well. (ANI)


Telangana: Section 144 imposed in Nizamabad, tension over installation of Shivaji statue

Nizamabad (Telangana) [India]: Tension prevailed in Bodhan Town in Nizamabad district over the installation of a Shivaji statue on Saturday night and section 144 has been imposed in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Nizamabad, K R Nagaraju stated, “There is a process that has to be followed and permission from the Collector has to be taken.”
Nagaraju added, “The Shivaji statue was brought in the night due to which a commotion was created. Various groups came out on roads saying that their sentiments have been hurt and started pelting stones.”

“In retaliation, we had to take refuge of lathi-charge and section 144 has been imposed,” he added.

Police constables have been hurt in the incident and cases will be registered against the accused in the matter. (ANI)


Telangana: Holi boosts demands in markets, cheers shopkeepers

Telangana [India]: With Holi round the corner, the festivities have gripped Hyderabad markets, boosting sales of herbal colours, balloons and water guns (pichkari).

Preparations for the festival of colours were seen in full swing throughout the country.
The local shopkeepers have seen a tremendous rise in sales ahead of Holi.

“With the business doing well this time, we hope to celebrate a mega Holi this year,” said a shopkeeper.

Marking the onset of the spring season, Holi is a festival of colours, symbolic of joy and victory of good over evil.

Holi celebrations for the last two years were under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent relaxations of the COVID-19 guidelines cheered the shopkeepers as the demand soared. (ANI)


Telangana CM to hold cabinet meeting on Monday as COVID cases surge

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will hold a cabinet meeting on Monday in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the state.
The cabinet meeting will be held on Monday at 2 pm in Pragathi Bhavan under Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, to discuss COVID-related matters, the Chief Minister’s office said. Telangana government on Sunday extended vacations for all educational institutions till January 30, 2022.
“It has been decided to extend the vacation of all educational institutions in Telangana till January 30, 2022,” office of Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar tweeted.
Earlier, the State government declared holidays for all educational institutions from January 8 to 16.
Telangana on Saturdy reported 1,963 new COVID-19 cases taking the cumulative tally to 7,07,162. There are 22017 active cases. The cumulative recoveries registered in Telangana is at 6,81,091 and the death toll is 4,054. The recovery rate in the state is at 96.31 per cent and case fatality rate is 0.57 per cent. (Image source: Instagram)

Doctors, health workers test positive as COVID-19 infections surge in Telangana

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] (ANI): Amid the surge in COVID-19 cases in Telangana, several doctors and health workers have also been infected with the coronavirus.
Speaking to ANI, Dr Sambit, HOD of Critical Care at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) said, “We are getting 50 cases every day, out of which 25-40 are in-patients. A few doctors have also been afflicted, but most are either asymptomatic or mildly afflicted.” He said as a precaution, doctors with infections have been advised to be in isolation and not report to duty until they are well.

“We have also advised doctors to be careful during their surgeries and to space them out. Our rooter system ensures that not all doctors have surgeries every day, which means that the system is not overloaded and not everyone is infected at the same time. The number given by epidemiologists does not match what we are seeing,” he said.
He further said that the number of admissions in hospitals actually is quite low in terms of RT PCR positives, which indicates people are asymptomatic or mild. However, taking it lightly is not a wise thing to do, especially for those with co-morbidities and the elderly, he added.
“There have been severe cases where patients who have only taken one dose have needed oxygen therapy. It is expected that the number of cases will rise over the next several days, and we can comment on the hospital load at that time. I would advise people not to self-medicate if they have a fever, and they should wear masks and take boosters,” added Dr Sambit.
According to Dr Vijay Bhaskar, CEO of Ravi Helios Hospital, fortunately, 90 per cent of Indians are immunized with a single dose, and there is herd immunity that will prevent severe conditions.

“Patients are only admitted to hospitals in India in about 4-5 per cent of the cases. About 70 per cent of health workers are now affected by COVID. Most of them are asymptomatic and are recovering faster. In this variant of COVID, isolation is only necessary for five days,” he said.
Dr Bhaskar further said that 26 doctors and employees have tested positive at Ravi Helios Hospital.
“In our staff of 42 doctors and 65 employees, 26 have tested positive, all of them asymptomatic. I recommend the government to open booster doses to journalists and HMC workers and policemen, and I ask everyone to maintain appropriate conduct,” he added. (Image source: Instagram)

Schools, educational institutions in Telangana to be closed from Jan 8 to 16

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Schools and educational institutions in Telangana will remain closed from January 8 to January 16, Chief Minister’s Office informed on Monday.
“Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao has directed all educational institutions in the state to declare a holiday from January 8 to January 16,” the CMO said. This decision was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to review the pandemic situation in view of the COVID-19 cases rising sharply in Telangana.
The Chief Minister in the meeting directed State Health Minister Harish Rao and medical officers to strengthen all types of infrastructure in government hospitals in the state and equip existing beds, oxygen beds, medicines and testing kits as required in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases.
The Chief Minister also told people not to panic about the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and urged them to be constantly vigilant and take self-control measures. He called on the people to remain vigilant at work and wear masks and abide by the COVID-19 rules issued by the government, CMO said.
Meanwhile, Telangana on Monday reported 482 new COVID-19 cases, thereby taking the total tally of infections in the state to 6,82,971. The death toll in the state rose to 4,031 with one more new fatality.

Telangana Governor inaugurates 81st All India Industrial Exhibition ‘Numaish 2022’ in Hyderabad

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on Saturday inaugurated the 81st All India Industrial Exhibition ‘Numaish 2022’ organized by the Exhibition Society in Hyderabad.
Telangana Home Minister Mahmood Ali was invited as the chief guest at the event. Addressing the event, Soundararajan said, “As a doctor, I am very happy because a COVID-19 vaccination campaign is also conducted here. I really appreciate the efforts taken for the safety of the people of Telangana.”
“This exhibition is not only for entertainment but for education. More than 30,000 students are benefitted by this exhibition and the three independent eras initiated this exhibition,” the Governor said.
She also appealed to the people to visit the exhibition as the entrepreneurs from Kashmir to Kanyakumari are participating.
“This exhibition indicates the unity of our country. The exhibition authorities have said they are following all the COVID-19 protocols,” she added.
The exhibition will be held from January 1 to February 15 and about 2,000 stalls have been allotted to various exhibitors, including State and Central government departments, Public Sector Undertakings, Corporates, and Multinational companies.
To encourage budding artists and enhance their skills, competitions artisan events will be conducted and prizes would be given to the winners.
The Exhibition Society in collaboration with Yashoda Group of Hospitals is offering various Health Services at affordable rates at the Medical Check-up Centre put up during the exhibition.
COVID-19 protocol of “No mask, no entry” will be followed in the exhibition including social distancing, sanitization, etc.

Telangana Governor urges people to take 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccines


Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Governor Tamilisai Sounderrajan has congratulated the state on achieving 100 per cent first dose vaccination and urged people to take the second doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

On completion of 100 per cent vaccination of the COVID-19 first doses in Telangana, Governor visited Chintalbasti Urban Primary Health Center (UPHC) in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Addressing media persons yesterday, the Governor said: “Telangana has completed 100 per cent first dose vaccination and 65 per cent second dose vaccination. I appeal to the people to take the second dose of vaccination also. Just a single dose is not enough and the people have to take a second dose too. Now we have entered the era of taking booster dose.”

Expressing her happiness at the Telangana State achieving 100 per cent first dose vaccination, she congratulated and lauded the efforts of the State government, officials, doctors, ASHA workers, and other para-medical staff for achieving this remarkable feat.

Soundararajan also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for supplying an adequate number of vaccine doses to the State.

She further emphasised adhering to the COVID-appropriate behaviour to contain the spread of the pandemic escalated due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

“Apart from vaccination we need to be very cautious about the omicron, in Africa, the health workers have completed only 4 per cent of vaccination and even Health Minister Harish Rao mentioned unvaccinated people are seriously affected. In Puducherry, people are affected intensively. ,” she added.

Telangana Governor also appealed to people not to be reckless even after taking vaccination and appealed to the people to follow corona protocols to celebrate New Year.

Telangana quite successful in attracting investment from US, Europe: KTR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: In the last seven and a half years, Telangana has been extremely successful in attracting lots of investments from the United States and Europe as well, said IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on Tuesday.

KT Rama Rao addressed the industry leaders at the German Investors’ Summit held at Taj Krishna in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Walter J Lindner, German Ambassador to India, German counsel general Karin Still, Stefan Halusa, Cyient Founder and executive Chairman, executive chairman BVR Mohan Reddy and Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan participated in the Summit.
In the presence of Minister KT Rama Rao and Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to India, Government Of Telangana and LiteAuto GmbH signed an MoU. According to the MoU, Liteauto GmbH will invest Rs. 1,500 crore in Telangana to establish an advanced design & manufacturing facility.

Telangana has $33 bilion investments in last 7 years.

Rama Rao, while talking to ANI, stated that as part of attracting more investment to Telangana, a number of sessions have been held with various nations. Last month, an interactive session was held with the French investors, followed by the German investors this month. He said that he was delighted to host ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany Walter J. Lindner. “More than 30 enterprises which have roots in Germany have joined us”, the Minister said.

“Delighted that we could explain to them the various facets of attractiveness when it comes to investing in Telangana including our single-window clearance model which promises all clearances in 15 days. Deemed approvals, self-certification, attractive package of physical incentives, but more importantly deeper engagement and partnership that Telangana offers”, he said.

KTR said, in the last seven and a half years, Telangana has been extremely successful in attracting lots of investments from the United States and Europe as well. Even in Covid pandemic times, the government of Telangana hopes to attract substantial investment. The make in India campaign which the Central government talks about is also very attractive to overseas investors.

“Post-Covid world, it’s very important from the organisational perspective to have different manufacturing locations as companies have started looking beyond China. Thus, India will be a very important destination for investment and I firmly believe that in India, there are few states that can compete on a global scale to attract these investments. Telangana certainly is on the top to compete- be it the availability of land, water, power or physical incentives or train, manpower or good connectivity to the rest of the world,” the Minister said.

Telangana also has a stable government and able leadership. In a way, Telangana tops all the charts and so, if you are looking at India, then Telangana will ensure the best of experience to you”, he added. (ANI)

Telangana DGP holds meeting with top CRPF officials to deal with Maoist issue

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Mahender Reddy held a high-level meeting with top CRPF officials here on Wednesday to deal with the Maoist issue.
In the special meeting, CRPF Additional DGP Rashmi Shukla and IG Nagireddy were present. Senior police officials of Telangana districts bordering Chhattisgarh in Maoist-affected areas were also present in the meeting. Discussions were held on steps to be taken in the Maoist affected areas.
Following the meeting, DGP Reddy told media persons that the police department and the district administrations in the Maoist-affected areas are working hard for the welfare of people.

Telangana Congress chief lashes out at KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : As the Siddipet district collector Venkatrami Reddy quit civil services and announced that he will join the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) soon, the Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy on Wednesday accused him of being a party in land grabs during his tenure as the joint collector of Medak district.
Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan here, Revanth slammed the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao led state government and claimed that in the Kokapet land auction too, the Raju Pushpa company allegedly belonging to the Venkatrami’s family, secured the lands. “In Dubaka Bypolls, Venkatrami revealed his support to the TRS,” he said.
“Venkatrami Reddy, who is very dear to the CMs of the joint state, was appointed as the Joint Collector of the Medak District by KCR. He has the skills to make thousands of crores of rupees for him,” Revanth claimed.
Further, the state Congress chief said that KCR had entrusted Deccan Infrastructure Limited responsibilities to Venkatrami Reddy.
“No information is available about who Rs 5,000 crores were transferred to and who is the CEO of Deccan Infrastructure Limited,” he said.
Revanth further claimed that the farmers were beaten in the joint Medak district over land acquisition.
“Venkatrami Reddy was convicted and fined for violating high court orders,” he said.
Revanth also said that he has written letters to the government, demanding action against Siddipet collector.
“Corrupt officials are given MLCs. Venkatrami Reddy did not give details of his assets anywhere. His resignation as the collector should not be accepted, and his MLC nomination should be rejected,” Revanth said while demanding for legal action against him.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Tuesday nominated Venkatrami to the state legislative council under the MLAs’ quota.
Venkatrami was transferred from his post as the Siddipet collector during the Dubbak bypoll in November 2020 and was reappointed soon after.
A political controversy haD erupted in Telangana over former Siddipet District Collector’s remarks against the sale of paddy seeds in the district.
In a video that has gone viral, he was heard saying that he will not allow paddy seeds to be sold even if seed distributors bring court orders.
Venkatrami also stirred controversy by touching the feet of the Chief Minister during the inauguration of the new Siddipet Collectorate
Complex in June this year. On being questioned about his act, he said that KCR is a ‘fatherly figure’ to him.

Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao gets additional health portfolio

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday gave an additional portfolio of the Medical and Health Department to State Finance Minister Harish Rao.
“Under clause (3) for article 166 of the Constitution of India, the Governor of Telangana hereby allocates the portfolio of Medical and Health and Family Welfare to the State Finance Minister Harish Rao, with effect from November 9, 2021,” an official statement said. As of now, the state Chief Minister maintained a portfolio of medical and health services since Etala Rajender was stripped off this portfolio on May 1 and removed from the cabinet on May 2 on allegations of land encroachments.

Telangana to showcase startups and women entrepreneurs at EXPO2020 India Pavilion

Dubai [UAE]: Telangana will showcase the success and capabilities of its startups and women entrepreneurs during November 09-12 at India Pavilion EXPO2020 Dubai.

The state has lined up events and meetings for sharing the business opportunities through new innovative ideas, products, and services that the business and startup ecosystem of the state can offer to the global investors.
A 17-member strong business delegation of The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI), chamber member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry (FICCI), led by the chamber’s president and MD, Creamline Dairy Products, K Bhasker Reddy, will be exploring potential business tie-ups through these meetings and events.

“Government of India has set up an ambitious target of US $400 billion exports for 2021-22 and FTCCI aims at facilitating and supporting the ecosystem. The governments all across the world has captured the flourishing startup community and we are of the opinion that there could be huge synergies going forward between UAE and India and other countries,” said Reddy.

Anil Agarwal, Sr VP, FTCCI and MD of Jeevaka Industries, Meela Jayadev, VP, FTCCI and MD, Sudhakar Irrigation Systems, Gautam Chand Jain, CMD, Pokarana Ltd. are among the other industry leaders from the state, who are part of the business delegation.

The members of the delegation will be meeting Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry besides holding B2B meetings with members of the Indian Business and Professional Council (IBPC). The delegation will also be part of the India-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) business meet and India-Kingdom of Saudi Arabia meet. It will also hold interactive B2B & B2G meetings aimed at promoting trade and investments.

Among the 14 Startups, which will showcase their innovative capabilities, five have been founded by the women entrepreneurs, and are from diverse sectors, including healthcare, edutech, drones, prop tech, fintech, agritech, electric vehicles and apparel. These startups will pitch in the ‘Elevate’ session which is a pitching event that India Pavilion has designed to attract investors and will allow them to display their innovations to look for potential investors. The participating startups will also learn more about the latest sectoral trends, and the events will also include best practice workshops for startups and fireside conversations with business leaders.

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Congress’ Revanth Reddy slams KCR govt for giving notification for opening wine shops in Telangana

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) Chief Revanth Reddy slammed Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao government for giving notification to open wine shops in the sate.
“The government is not focusing on employment instead they have given a notification for opening wine shops,” TPCC chief said. Reddy further accused the KCR government for the deaths of farmers in the state.
“According to the National Crime Rate Statistics around 7409 farmers died in Telangana and as per unofficial data, it has been estimated that around 40,000 farmers have lost their lives,” he added.
Congress leader Dasoju Sravan also said, “BJP during the 2014 elections led by Narendra Modi has made eloquent promises including that if they come to power every year two crores of jobs will be provided which means by now 16 crores of jobs would have been created.”
“Both PM Modi and KCR have cheated unemployed youth of Telangana,” he said.
Speaking further, Sravan said, the demonetisation and lockdown have also created havoc on individuals’ life and many people lost their livelihood.
As per the unconfirmed information, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the state on November 12. Commenting on this, Congress leader Sravan said when PM will land here, the party will massively protest in front of him and raise the issue of unemployment.
“We will make Prime Minister listen to the pain of the youth,” he added.

‘BJP doing cheap politics’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Amid opposition-ruled states constantly drawing criticism from BJP leaders for not reducing excise on fuel prices, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Kunal Ghosh on Saturday accused the BJP of indulging in “cheap politics” and said that the Centre should reduce base prices and restructure taxation.
“Centre takes more tax-share than the state can afford to compensate the deficit of BJP-ruled states,” Ghosh alleged while speaking to ANI here today. “BJP is doing cheap politics. They should reduce base prices and restructure taxation,” he said while adding that the non-BJP states don’t even get their original dues.
Ghosh’s remarks came after the Government of India, on the eve of Diwali, had announced reduction of central excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively.
As per the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, following the reduction, 23 states/UTs also undertook a commensurate reduction of VAT on Petrol and Diesel to give relief to consumers.
However, there are 13 States/UTs which have not undertaken any reduction in VAT in Petrol and Diesel.
These are Maharashtra, NCT of Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Punjab and Rajasthan.
As per the ministry, the most reduction in the Petrol prices has been in UT of Ladakh, followed by Karnataka and Puducherry. The prices of petrol in these UTs/states have come down by Rs 13.43, Rs 13.35 and Rs12.85, respectively, it stated.
According to the ministry, for Diesel, the most reduction has been undertaken by UT of Ladakh, leading to price coming down by Rs 19.61 per litre there, followed by Karnataka and Puducherry.

Rift in Telangana Congress after former Rajya Sabha member turns down disciplinary panel post

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : Ex-MP Madhu Yashki has condemned former member of Rajya Sabha MA Khan for turning down the post of vice-chairman of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee Disciplinary Committee.
Yaskhi said, “I will take this up in the political affairs committee– how and why this happened. We will see that such things are not repeated. We will take this up with Congress president Sonia Gandhi.” Yashki said, “I will also talk to TPCC president Revanth Reddy regarding this issue.”
Earlier, Khan was appointed as the vice-chairman TPCC disciplinary committee but he turned it down stating that neither any TPCC nor AICC had asked him before giving him the post.
When the ANI tried to contact Khan, he said he would not want to come before the media. He said he has written to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi regarding the post given to him.

By-polls in Many states

Karnataka by-polls: 38.13 pc voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Karnataka recorded a voter turnout of 38.13 per cent till 1 pm in the ongoing by-polls in Hangal and Sindgi assembly constituencies on Saturday.

Voting for by-polls in these two constituencies started today at 7 am and will continue till 7.30 pm. As per the Election Commission of India (ECI) Hangal and Sindgi assembly constituencies reported voter turnout of 44.59 per cent and 32.49 per cent respectively till 1 pm.
The counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on November 2.

Telangana by-poll: 45.63 pc voter turnout till 1 PM in Huzurabad

Hyderabad (Telangana : Huzurabad assembly constituency in Telangana reported a total voter turnout of 45.63 per cent for the by-poll by 1 pm on Saturday.
Voting began at 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm today. The result of the by-poll will be announced on November 2.
Huzurabad seat fell vacant after former health minister Eatala Rajender resigned from ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and joined the BJP.
On June 12, Rajender had submitted his resignation as Huzurabad MLA after he was sacked from the state Council of Ministers following allegations of land encroachments.
The seat has become a battle of prestige for the ruling TRS and the Opposition alike.

Bihar by-polls: 21.79 pc voter turnout recorded till 11 am

Patna (Bihar) [India] : Bihar recorded a voter turnout of 21.79 per cent till 11 am in the two Assembly constituencies during the by-elections on Saturday.
According to the election commission, the Kusheshwar Asthan assembly seat in Darbhanga recorded 20.25 per cent voter turnout while the Tarapur Assembly seat in Munger recorded 23 per cent voter turnout. The by-polls in the two assembly seats have become a battle of prestige for the ruling Janata Dal (United) and the main opposition party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav himself campaigned at the Assembly constituencies after he returned to Bihar.

Earlier on Friday, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav had accused that the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government in the state of pressurising officials to make people vote in the favour of a specific party.
Tejashwi also alleged that there is a lack of development in the state and said that had there been development, the government would have never needed to distribute gifts to people.
In 2020, the ruling coalition, NDA secured a majority with 125-seats in the 243-seat strong Bihar Legislative Assembly of which BJP won 74 seats, Janata Dal (United) on 43 while eight seats were won by two other NDA constituents.
The RJD, on the other hand, emerged as the single-largest party with 75 seats while Congress won only 19 of the 70 seats it had contested.
Meanwhile, by-elections are being held in three parliamentary constituencies and 30 assembly constituencies in different states today.
The counting of votes and announcement of results will be on November 2.

Mizoram by-polls: Tuirial records 28 pc voter turnout till 11 am

Aizawl (Mizoram) : Mizoram’s Tuirial assembly constituency recorded a voter turnout of 28 per cent till 11 am during the by-elections on Saturday.
The by-poll to the seat in the Tuirial assembly constituency of the Kolasib district was necessitated due to the death of sitting MLA Andrew H Thangliana of Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM). Voting began at 7 am across 27 polling stations in Tuirial and will continue till 6 pm.

Meanwhile, by-elections are being held in three parliamentary constituencies and 30 assembly constituencies in different states across the country today.
The counting of votes and announcement of results will be on November 2.

Himachal Pradesh by-polls: CM, his family cast vote in Mandi

ANI | Updated: Oct 30, 2021 12:37 IST

Mandi (Himachal Pradesh) [India], October 30 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and his family cast their votes for the ongoing by-poll in the Mandi Parliamentary constituency on Saturday.
The chief minister and his family cast their votes at polling booth number 36 in Murhag in Mandi Parliamentary constituency. The Mandi constituency recorded a 17.74 per cent voter turnout till 11 am.
The voter turnout for the other three assembly constituencies witnessing by-polls is 23.20 per cent.
Arki recorded 23 per cent, Fatehpur recorded 21.90 per cent and Jubbal-Kotkhai recorded 25.02 per cent voter turnout till 11 am.
The necessity to conduct a by-election for the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency and three assembly constituencies arose due to the deaths of sitting MP and MLAs on the respective seats.
As per the official release, there are six candidates from Mandi parliamentary constituency including Brigadier Kushal Chand Thakur of BJP, Pratibha Singh of Indian National Congress, Ambika Shyam of Rashtriya Lokniti Party, Munshi Ram Thakur of Himachal Jankranti Party and independent candidates Anil Kumar and Subhash Mohan Snehi.

BJP’s Ratna Singh Pal, Congress Party’s Sanjay and Independent Jeet Ram are candidates from Arki assembly constituency.
From the Fatehpur assembly constituency, a total of five candidates, Baldev Thakur of BJP, Bhawani Singh Pathania of Indian National Congress, Pankaj Kumar Darshi of Himachal Jankranti Party and independent candidates Dr Ashok Kumar Somal and Dr Rajan Sushant are in the fray.
The four candidates from the Jubbal-Kotkhai assembly constituency are BJP’s Neelam Saraik, Indian National Congress’s Rohit Thakur, independent candidates Chetan Singh Bragta and Suman Kadam.
Other than Himachal Pradesh, voting is underway in two more parliamentary seats and 27 other assembly constituencies in various states across the country today.
The results of these polls will be announced on November 2.
Out of 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh, 43 are with the BJP whereas Congress has a hold of 19 seats. One seat is with CPI (M) and two seats have independent candidates as their representatives.
“The Commission has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances and it has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in three Parliamentary Constituencies of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and 30 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States,” read the Election Commission of India’s press note released on September 28.

West Bengal by-polls: 45.37 pc voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 45.37 per cent till 1 pm in the ongoing by-elections to the four Assembly constituencies in the state on Saturday.
According to the election commission, the Dinhata assembly seat recorded 47.83 per cent voter turnout while 52.19 per cent turnout was recorded in the Gosaba seat. Khardaha seat witnessed a voter turnout of 39.30 per cent whereas the Santipur seat recorded a 48.02 per cent turnout.
The voting began at around 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Santipur and Dinhata seats fell vacant after BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar and Nishith Pramanik resigned from the assembly, respectively.
Whereas, elections on the other two seats are being held as All India Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) MLAs Kajal Sinha (Khardah) and Jayanta Naskar (Gosaba) died due to COVID-19.
There is a tough fight between the BJP and the TMC for retaining the seats they had and capturing the other two.
TMC leader Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who had resigned from the Bhabanipur constituency to facilitate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election to the Assembly, is fighting from Khardah.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls held earlier this year, winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
Other than West Bengal, voting is underway in three parliamentary seats and 26 other assembly constituencies in various states across the country today.
The results of these polls will be announced on November 2.
“The Commission has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances and it has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in three Parliamentary Constituencies of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and 30 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States,” read the Election Commission of India’s press note released on September 28.

Bengal by-polls: Obstructed by TMC workers while going to cast vote, alleges BJP candidate from Dinhata

Cooch Behar (West Bengal) [India] : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from Dinhata Assembly seat in Cooch Behar, Asoke Mandal, on Saturday alleged that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers tried to stop him while he was going to cast his vote at booth number 291 at Dinhata High School.
Meanwhile, West Bengal recorded a voter turnout of 28.38 per cent till 11 am in the four Assembly constituencies during the by-elections on Saturday. According to the election commission, the Dinhata assembly seat recorded 28.73 per cent voter turnout while 33.87 per cent turnout was recorded on the Gosaba seat.

Khardaha seat witnessed a voter turnout of 23.60 per cent whereas the Santipur seat reported a 32.31per cent turnout.
The voting began at around 7 am and will continue till 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Santipur and Dinhata seats fell vacant after BJP MP Jagannath Sarkar and Nishith Pramanik resigned from the assembly, respectively.
Whereas, elections on the other two seats are being held as All India Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) MLAs Kajal Sinha (Khardah) and Jayanta Naskar (Gosaba) died due to COVID-19.
There is a tough fight between the BJP and the TMC for retaining the seats they had and capturing the other two.
TMC leader Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, who had resigned from the Bhabanipur constituency to facilitate Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s election to the Assembly, is fighting from Khardah.
The Mamata Banerjee-led TMC registered a landslide victory in polls held earlier this year, winning 213 seats in the 294-member West Bengal assembly. The BJP emerged as the second-largest party with 77 seats.
Other than West Bengal, voting is underway in three parliamentary seats and 26 other assembly constituencies in various states across the country today.
The results of these polls will be announced on November 2.
“The Commission has reviewed the situations related to the pandemic, flood, festivals, cold conditions in certain regions, feedback from concerned States/UT and taken into consideration all facts and circumstances and it has decided to hold bye-elections to fill vacancies in three Parliamentary Constituencies of UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu; Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and 30 vacancies in Assembly Constituencies of various States,” read the Election Commission of India’s press note released on September 28.

BJP can not win through ‘jumlas’: TRS

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and Telangana Cabinet Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA T. Raja Singh over escalating fuel and cooking gas prices, adding that the MLA should win hearts of people through works instead of indulging in “jumlas”.

Earlier on October 16, alleging in a video that drainage system in the old Hyderabad city would overflow and flood people’s homes and shops, Raja had said in a tweet, “@KTRTRS Ji let’s take a ride on my bullet across Goshamahal Constituency and old city you will have the 1st hand experience of the development that happened. What say? #HyderabadRains.”
To which Rao responded, “Why don’t you go to petrol bunk & find out what people are saying about hike in Petrol & Diesel prices? Also, stop at a household & enquire with them on how LPG cylinder prices are going up? GDP = Gas, Diesel, Petrol Suna Hi Hoga? Ab Yeh Jhumle bandh Karo, Kaam se Dil Jeeto.”

On Sunday, petrol and diesel prices rose in various parts of the country for the fifth consecutive day.

Price of petrol & diesel in Delhi are at Rs 107.59 per litre & Rs 96.32 per litre respectively today while they are at Rs 113.46 & Rs 104.38 per litre in Mumbai. In Kolkata and Chennai, petrol and diesel prices are at Rs 108.11 & Rs 99.43 per litre and Rs 104.52 & Rs 100.59 per litre respectively. (ANI)

Telangana IT Minister KTR interacts with European Business Group

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : Telangana Information technology and industries minister K T Rama Rao spoke at a webinar with the members of European Business Group on Wednesday.
The Minister said that the State Government has been giving top priority to sectors include IT, electronics, life sciences including pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical devices, defence and aerospace, food processing, textiles, automotive including EV, plastics and chemicals, gems and jewellery, retail, and logistics, according to a release by the Telangana government. Rao highlighted that Telangana also has the highest industrial land bank in the country, and in that sense, it becomes very easy for the government to identify a suitable land parcel for allotment to the industries, without going through the complexities of a land acquisition process.
“Because of all these reasons, Telangana has become a go-to destination for some of the most marquee names from across the world as well as domestically. I also feel proud to share that more than 24 per cent of our investments come from our existing investors, meaning that these are repeat investments,” said Rao, according to the press release.
“This obviously shows that our existing investors have found the going to be so good that they are prepared to bring more and more investments into the same state of Telangana instead of looking elsewhere,” said Rao”.

Amit Shah congratulates people as Nanded, Telangana, Marathawada celebrate day they got independence from Nizam’s rule

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday congratulated Telangana and the regions of Marathawada and Nanded on Telangana Liberation Day and said that it is an extremely important day as these regions got freedom from the Nizami rule on this day.

Nanded (Maharashtra) [India], September 17 : The said regions got independence 13 months later than other parts of the nation got it i.e. August 15, 1947. “It’s an extremely important day for us. We got independence on August 15, 1947, while the region of Nanded, Telangana, Marathawada got independence after 13 months. I want to congratulate the people of Marathawada, Telangana, Nanded on this day,” said the Home Minister at an event at the CRPF Training Centre in Nanded.
“Apart from Modiji’s birthday, today is also the independence day of this region as this region got independence from the Nizami rule today. Bharat Ratna Sardar Patel with his grit and determination defeated the intentions of the rulers,” said Shah.
On this day, for attaining the independence of this land, Swami Ramanand Tirtha, GovindBhai Shroff, Digambar Rao Bindu, Deo Singh Chauhan, many other stalwarts sacrificed their lives and fought for independence, added Shah.
“On one end, there were cruel forces of Nizams and they and the police fought them. Hence the country will not forget those sacrifices,” further added Shah.
Telangana Liberation Day is usually celebrated on September 17 to remember the rebellion and the subsequent police action which led to the freedom of Hyderabad state from the Nizam’s rule on September 17, 1948.

Thunderstorm with lightning likely in Telangana in next 5 days: Met

Hyderabad, Aug 23: Thunderstorms accompanied with lightning are likely to occur at isolated places in few districts of Telangana during the next five days, Meteorological Centre said on Monday.

In a bulletin here, it said that Southwest Monsoon has been Normal in Telangana during the last 24 hours.

Heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Warangal-Rural and Warangal-Urban districts of Telangana during the same period.

Rain occurred at a few places in Telangana during the last 24 hours, the bulletin said.

Meanwhile, in a Special bulletin , Met said Yesterday’s trough from cyclonic circulation over north east Rajasthan to Telangana across west Madhya Pradesh & Vidharbha has become less marked.

Mainly low level South Westerlies prevail over the state, the bulletin added.

ICRISAT identified the need to study all different types of millets

Telangana (India) : A study from ICRISAT identified a number of priority future research areas including the need to study all different types of millets, understand differences by variety alongside the different types of cooking and processing of millets and their impact on cardiovascular health. Given the positive indicators to date, more detailed analysis on the impact of millets on weight management is also recommended.
All relevant parameters are also recommended to be assessed to gain a deeper understanding of the impacts millet consumption on hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular disease.
Medical Doctor and co-author, Dr Raj Kumar Bhandari, noted that, “As a doctor I have seen first-hand a significant rise over the years of patients with serious coronary problems from high cholesterol and being overweight.
Based on the evidence in this study we can help reduce hypertension and hardening and narrowing of arteries and manage weight with appropriate diet changes including millets. However, it is important to consume a millet-based and healthy diet regularly and make it a habit.”
“It is also recommended to have nutrition scientists to design millet-based meals especially where weight management and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases are potential high risks. Doing this in culturally acceptable ways and ensuring tasty meals is important,” emphasized Dr Ananthan Rajendran, study co-author and scientist at NIN.
“A key recommendation from the study is for the government and industry to support efforts to diversify staples with millets, especially across Asia and Africa. Given that millets are hardy and climate smart, returning to this traditional staple makes a lot of sense and is a critical solution that could be the turning point of some major health issues,” highlighted Ms Joanna Kane-Potaka, a co-author and Executive Director of the Smart Food initiative, ICRISAT.
“This latest review further emphasizes the potential of millets as a staple crop that has many health benefits. It also strengthens the evidence that eating millet can contribute to better cardiovascular health by reducing unhealthy cholesterol levels and increasing the levels of whole grains and unsaturated fats in the diet,” said Professor Ian Givens, a co-author of the study and Director at University of Reading’s Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) in the UK.

405 new Covid cases, three deaths in Telangana

Hyderabad, Aug 16: Telangana reported three Covid-19 deaths and 405 infections on Monday even as the number of active cases further reduced to 7,093.

The death toll now stands at 3,845 and the caseload at 6,52,785.

So far, a total of over 2.34 crore covid-19 tests have been conducted in the state, out of which 6,52,785 have tested positive and 6,41,847 persons have recovered.

The number of active containment zones in the state also came down to 20. Karimnagar, Jagtial, Nalgonda and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri districts registered the majority of the active containment zones in the state.

The case fatality rate (CFR) stands at 0.58 per cent while the recovery rate rose to 98.32 per cent

So far, 79.8 per cent of overall cases in the state have been asymptomatic while 20.2 per cent symptomatic.

Of the 405 new cases, the highest of 67 were from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation followed by 36 in Warangal Urban, 32 in Karimnagar, 24 each in Medchal Malkajgiri and Nalgonda.

KIMS Hospitals Q1 PAT at Rs 920 Mln

Hyderabad, Aug 10: Hyderabad-based Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Limited (KIMS Hospitals), the largest Corporate healthcare group in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on Tuesday reported its Profit After Tax (PAT) at Rs 920 million for the first quarter ended June 30, 2021 against Rs 89 million for the corresponding quarter during the previous year.
Therefore the group registered a growth of 931 per cent on YoY basis.
The Hospital’s total income, including other incomes were registered at Rs 4,775 million as against Rs 2,055 million during the previous year, KIMS Hospitals said in a statement here.
The Board of Directors of KIMS Hospitals today approved the financial results for the first quarter.
In June this year, the initial public offer of KIMS Hospitals was subscribed 3.86 times at a price band of Rs Rs 815-825 per share. The IPO received bids for 5,56,55,046 shares as against 1,44,13,073 shares on offer, as per NSE data earlier.
Q1 Fy22 revenue and EBTTDA growth is partly on account of the low base during the last financial year due to lock down, which makes Q1 FY21 not a comparable quarter.
Growth during Q1 FY22 was on account of contribution from ECMO and Heart and Lung Transplant program which has doubled compared to previous quarter and higher occupancy of Covid patients.
In addition, Vaccination revenue, RTPCR tests, COVID home care and COVID hotel packages also contributed significantly, it said.
During this unprecedented COVID crisis, KIMS rose to the occasion and did exemplary work by saving many lives in tough situations and performed Asia’s largest 20 COVID lung transplants till June 30, the group claimed.
In anticipation of increasing needs, we acquired additional ECMo machines and it had enormously helped in treating Covid patients effectively.
We now have 18 ECMO machines and this is possibly the largest number in a single centre in the country and we treated nearly 50 plus COVID patients on ECMO machines out of which 10 were doctors brought from various parts of the country, who were serving COVID patients, the statement said.
India’s First known ECMO case of a COVID positive child was successfully treated and discharged.
Alongside COVID cases, the hospital also did significant Non-COVID work.
Commenting on the Performance, KIMS Hospitals Managing Director Dr B.Bhaskara Rao, said with learning from the first wave, we implemented several measures like doubling up Oxygen storing tanks to hiring additional manpower especially in Nursing.
While critical surgeries like transplants, trauma, continued , elective surgeries were impacted. However, we have now seen the OP footfalls coming back to near normal and IP numbers are picking up too significantly, he added.
Presently, KIMS hospitals have 9 multi-specialty hospitals with an aggregated bed capacity of 3064 beds.

No mediation for Krishna water

New Delhi [India], August 4 : Andhra Pradesh Government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the Krishna river water sharing dispute involving the legal fight between the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana required adjudication and refused mediation, as suggested by the SC earlier.
After the Supreme Court was apprised by the Andhra Pradesh state government lawyer, G Umapathy, that the Krishna river water dispute sharing matter involving AP and Telangana, will require legal adjudication, as mediation didn’t work, a two-judge bench of the Apex Court, led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, said, we will list the case before another bench. “State doesn’t agree to mediation as suggested by the Supreme Court,” Umapathy told the Supreme Court bench also comprising of Justice Surya Kant, besides, CJI Ramana.
“We cannot force you (AP Government) if you don’t want mediation. Let the matter be listed before another Bench,” the CJI said.
The Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union of India (UOI) said that we have no objection in you (Andhra Pradesh government) hearing the matter.
The CJI Ramana had on August 2, 2021, recused from hearing the case and said that he belongs to both the states — Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He had said, he thereby did not want to adjudicate the legal issues involved in the case.
At the same time, the CJI had on August 2, said and asked the parties involved in the case to settle the matter through mediation otherwise, it would have to be sent to another bench.
Andhra Pradesh government had on July 14 approached the Supreme Court against Telangana and its officials “unjust act” of alleging the denial of “legitimate share” of drinking, irrigation water to its people.
The petition, a copy accessed by ANI, stated that the State of Andhra Pradesh (AP) is constrained to move the Apex Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to protect the fundamental right of its people, including the right to life of its citizens, drinking /Irrigation/ water, as rights of people are being seriously impaired and infringed on account of unconstitutional, illegal and unjust acts on part of State of Telangana and its officials.
The petition copy further had said that the illegal acts of certain officials of the Telangana government resulted in the deprival of the people of Andhra Pradesh’s legitimate share of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.
The petition had been filed by the AP government because Telangana is refusing to follow decisions taken in the Apex Council constituted under the AP Reorganization Act, directions of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) constituted under the 2014 Act and directions of the Government of India.
More significantly, Telangana was clearly in violation of a binding Award, popularly known as “Bachwat Award” made on May 31, 1976, and expressed provisions of the 2014 Act, whereby Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Telangana and AP, the petition filed by the AP government said.
“This has caused immense hardship for people of State of Andhra Pradesh as availability of water has been seriously prejudiced by depletion in Srisailam Dam project as well as other projects such as the Nagarjuna Sagar Project and the Pulichintala Project,” the petition, filed before the Supreme Court, claimed.
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in this regard has also written to the Prime Minister on July 1 and 7, 2021 and sought his urgent intervention in view of serious threat to the right to life of tens of millions of citizens of Andhra Pradesh, the petition copy had said.
Additionally, the AP Chief Minister had already also addressed letters to the Ministry of Jal Shakti on July 1 and 5, 2021. Despite, the Reorganization having taken place in 2014, and the Apex Council having been created in time, the jurisdiction of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) Board was to be declared under Section 87 of 2014 Act, has not been notified as yet. This is resulting in illegal acts on part of the State of Telangana and its Authorities, creating serious Constitutional issues, the petition filed before the Supreme Court said.

T’gana Ministers hold review meeting ahead of Moharram

Hyderabad: Telangana Minister for Minorities Welfare Koppula Eshwar and Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, held a review meeting on Moharram arrangements at DSS Bhavan, Masab Tank, here on Sunday.

Addressing the meeting, the Ministers said that Muharram ceremonies were not allowed last year due to the Corona epidemic. Events were arranged in a limited way. In particular, elephant processions and arrangements were not arranged.

However, no restrictions have been imposed this year, so Muharram will be held this year as per tradition, an official release here said.

The Ministers assured the representatives of Shia organizations that arrangements would be made by the Telangana government during all Muharram ceremonies.

Adviser to the Government AK Khan reviewed the preparations of the departments of Police, Health and Medicine, Fire Services, Water, Electricity, Municipalities and others.

Officials from Shiite organisations have called for a significant increase in Muharram funds to make arrangements easier.

The Minister for Minority Welfare asked to increase the budget of Muharram to Rs 50 lakhs, on which Waqf Board Chairman Muhammad Saleem announced a budget of Rs 50 lakhs.

Yaqutpura MLA Ahmad Pasha Qadri and MLC Riyaz ul Hassan Effendi also expressed their views and made suggestions for better arrangements.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Ahmed Nadeem, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, Waqf Board Chief Executive Officer Shahnawaz Qasim, Central Waqf Council member Hanif Ali, State Waqf Board member Dr Nisar Agha, leaders of various Shia organizations and others.

Telangana govt to set up zone exclusively for Singapore companies

Hyderabad: Telangana Industries and IT Minister K T Rama Rao (KTR) on Tuesday assured the Singapore delegation that if Singapore companies show interest in investing in Telangana, the State Government would set up an exclusive “zone or Singapore hub.”
A delegation headed by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore to India, Simon Wong, called on the Telangana Minister here.
During the meeting, KTR, who hold talks with the Singapore High Commissioner, on investment opportunities in Telangana, stated that Telangana Government’s friendly industrial policies have helped attract major global companies to the State.
He said that many Singapore based firms have already established their units here & are positive about the State’s ecosystem.
Appreciating Minister KTR’s idea of setting up an exclusive Singapore hub, Mr Simon Wong, said that when he was working in Vietnam, a similar initiative was taken up to draw investments and has been successfully operational since then.
“We will definitely consider this proposal positively, ”the High Commissioner said. He stated that the Singapore based companies which have invested in Telangana, have given positive feedback about the State’s ecosystem.
He also informed that the Singapore companies are keen on investing in IT, innovation and allied sectors and blockchain sectors. Through T-Hub, the conducive atmosphere in IT Ecosystem and innovations in the city were derived, he added.
“Apart from advanced sectors, Singapore companies are keen in investing in Agriculture and food processing sectors,” said Simon Wong.
During the meeting, Telangana Industries Minister said, “Telangana Government has been successful in drawing investments from different countries with its investment-friendly policies, TS-iPASS and single window approval system.”
“Considering the severe competition for drawing international investments, Telangana was not only competing with other States in the country but striving hard to impress international companies,” said KTR.
The Minister stated that Telangana offers plenty of opportunities in life sciences, pharma, IT, textiles, food processing, agriculture and other sectors.
Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan was also present at the meeting.

Heavy to very heavy rain likely to occur in Telangana : Met

Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagityal, Rajanna Siricilla, Warangal (Rural), Warangal (Urban), Jangaon, Siddipet, Yadadri Bhavanagiri districts of Telangana during the next 24 hours, Meteorological Centre said on Tuesday.

Hyderabad: In a bulletin here, it said that the same situation is likely to prevail in Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Rajanna Sirsilla, Suryapet, Warangal (Rural),Warangal (Urban), Jangaon, Yadadri Bhavanagiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak and Kamareddy districts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places in Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Mahabubabad, Hyderabad, Medchal Malkajigiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, Kamareddy districts of Telangana during the next 24 hours, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Mahabubabad, Siddipet, Mahabubnagar, Nagarkurnool districts of the state on July 14, Adilabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad,Jagtial, Rajanna Sircilla, Warangal (Urban),Janagaon, Siddipet, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, Kamareddy and Mahabubnagar districts of Telangana on July 15.
Thunderstorm accompanied with lightning and gusty winds speed up to 30- 40 KMPH is very likely to occur at isolated places in all the districts of the state during the next 24 hours and tomorrow.
Light to moderate rain or thundershowers is likely to occur at most places or at many places or at few places in Telangana during the next five days, the bulletin said.
Southwest Monsoon has been active in Telangana.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Bhadradri Kothagudem and heavy rainfall occurred at isolated places in Rajanna Sircilla, Mahabubnagar, Jangaon, Wanaparthy, Khammam, and Ranagareddy districts of the state during the last 24 hours.
Rain occurred at most places in Telangana, during the same period, the bulletin added.

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