News on Elections and Politics
TRS Clinches Narayankhed Seat in Telangana Bypolls
Ruling party Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) has emerged the winner in Telangana state's by-election to Narayankhed assembly constituency. The winning TRS candidate, M. Bhupal Reddy, maintained a lead from the first round of counting itself. Congress candidate P. Sanjeeva Reddy was the runner-up while Telugu Desam Party's Vijayapal Reddy got the third place. The by-election was held on February 13. By-elections were necessitated following the death of sitting Congress MLA P. Kishta Reddy. The voter turnout was a good 81.72 %.2016-02-16 01:03:25 PM
TRS Secures a Convincing Win in Greater Hyderabad Civic Polls
Proving the exit polls right, the ruling TRS secured a thumping victory by winning 99 out of the 150 seats of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. While the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) won 44 seats, neither the BJP nor the Congress could touch double digit. They got 4 and 2 seats respectively. In 2009, the Congress had won 50 seats. The final results of Puranapul revealed that the MIM won with a margin of 2878 votes.2016-02-06 12:32:23 PM
Greater Hyderabad Civic Polls Results to be Announced Today
The people of Greater Hyderabad region have to wait a little longer to know the results of the civic polls today. The results of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) election 2016 will be delayed for few hours as the counting of votes has been postponed to 4 pm instead of 8 am due to the re-polling at the 52nd Division in Puranapul. The election has seen a close fight between ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Majlis-e-Itttehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).2016-02-05 12:07:50 PM
Exit Polls Indicate Clear Victory for TRS in Greater Hyderabad Civic Polls
If the exit polls are taken at their face value, it clearly indicates a convincing victory for the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti in the civic polls Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) polls. According to two news channels and an agency, the ruling TRS is certain to win 80 seats and get a clear majority in the 150-member council.2016-02-04 12:14:53 PM
Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Elections Today
It's an important fight for votes in Hyderabad today as the city goes to poll for the eagerly anticipated Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections. This is the first election to the GHMC after the formation of Telangana state. The election will serve as a crucial test for all the major parties in the fray. An estimated 74 lakh voters will cast their vote today amidst tight security. The state election commission will web cast the polling activity in sensitive areas. There had been some frenetic campaigning by important leaders of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the TDP-BJP alliance, the opposition Congress and the MIM. About 24 assembly segments come under the domain of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Elections to this body have grown in significance because of the size and profile of Hyderabad city. Counting of votes will take place on February 5.2016-02-02 12:29:58 PM
Hyderabad Municipal Polls: 43% voter turnout at 4 PM
Polling started on a peaceful note at 7 A.M. today for Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation at 7,802 polling stations across the city. Over 30,000 security personnel and 45,000 election personnel had been deployed to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections. The state government had declared holiday for all its offices, educational institutions and business establishments so that people can cast their vote. A half-day holiday had also been declared for IT/ITES companies. Although polling began on a slow note with less than 12% casting their vote in the first three hours, the turnout picked up in the afternoon and stood close to 43% at 4 P.M. As voting gathered strength, stray incidents of arguments and violence were reported. Police had to rush in more reinforcements in Mir Chowk and other old city wards to quell unrest.2016-02-02 06:12:04 PM
BJP Suffers a Setback in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Telangana Council Elections
While the Congress won three and Shiv Sena won two seats in the Maharashtra council elections, BJP managed to bag one seat only. In Karnataka, BJP could win only 6 out of 25 seats, while the ruling Congress bettered its tally by winning 13 seats. In Telangana, Congress, the main opposition party, won two out of six seats in Legislative Council polls, while the ruling TRS bagged the remaining four. BJP failed to make a mark.2015-12-30 06:17:21 PM
Congress MLA dead in Telangana
Senior Congress lawmaker Patola Kishta Reddy died following cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 74 and is survived by his wife and four sons. Reddy was shifted to a private hospital here after he complained of chest pain. The doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. He was representing Narayanked constituency of Medak district in the Telangana state legislative assembly. Kishta Reddy, a four-time MLA, was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the legislature. His body was shifted to Narayankhed for the last rites. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao condoled the death of Reddy. In a condolence message, he recalled the services of the Congress leader as a legislator and PAC chairman. Source: IANS2015-08-25 04:08:56 PM
India honours Kalam's wish for no holiday on his death
In deference to former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's wish that no holiday should be declared on his death, political leaders of different hues - as also the common people - worked through the day and paid their tributes by even working extra hours. "Don't declare a holiday on my death; instead work an extra day. This was his message," Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said on Tuesday, paying his tributes to Kalam at the state secretariat in Hyderabad. Naidu said since the former president was against declaring a holiday on his death, it was a working day in the southern state. The government of Andhra Pradesh also requested all educational institutions and government offices to function for an extra hour as a mark of respect for Kalam. The Telangana government, however, declared a holiday.
Source: IANS2015-07-29 09:38:24 AM
Cash-for-vote case: ACB completes TDP MLA's questioning
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana interrogated Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah for a second day on Friday in the cash-for-vote case. After questioning the lawmaker at the ACB headquarters in Banjara Hills, the agency presented him in the court and later shifted him back to Cherlapally Jail. The ACB officials quizzed him for two days to gather more information about his role and the involvement of others in the scam. The investigating agency believes Veeraiah played key role in bribing the nominated MLA. It had already informed the court that the TDP leader spoke to one of the accused in the case 32 times over mobile. A city court on Wednesday had sent Veeraiah to ACB custody for two days. His bail petition is scheduled to come up for hearing on Monday.
Source: IANS2015-07-10 05:44:25 PM
Former Andhra Congress chief joins TRS
Congress' former Andhra Pradesh unit chief, Dharmpuri Srinivas on Wednesday joined the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao welcomed Srinivas into the party fold. Some Congress leaders from Nizamabad district and followers of Srinivas also joined the TRS at a function held at Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters. Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter and Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha was also present. Speaking on the occasion, Srinivas said he was joining TRS to strengthen the leadership of Chandrasekhar Rao to achieve 'bangaru' (golden) Telangana. Stating that the TRS chief and Congress president Sonia Gandhi have huge respect for each other, the veteran leader said he would not blame or criticise anybody.
Source: IANS2015-07-08 05:08:00 PM
Cash-for-vote scam: TDP MLA produced in court
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana on Tuesday produced Telugu Desam party (TDP) legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah in a city court in the cash-for-vote case and sought his judicial custody. The ACB informed the court that the TDP legislator has been included as the fifth accused in the case as there is a strong evidence of his involvement. In a memo filed in the court, the ACB told the court that the MLA spoke to other accused over phone on many occasions. It sought his judicial custody for 14 days. The agency also conveyed to the court that Veeraiah tried to evade questioning last month by getting himself admitted in a hospital in Rajahmundry in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.
Source: IANS2015-07-07 05:27:07 PM
TDP MLA appears before ACB in cash-for-vote case
TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah on Monday appeared before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for questioning in the cash-for-vote case. The Telugu Desam party (TDP) legislator reached the ACB office at Banjara Hills after 10 a.m. The ACB on Saturday issued him a fresh notice to appear before 5 p.m. on July 6. The ACB summoned him for questioning last month too but he failed to respond. He later sent a letter to the ACB, seeking 10 days' time to appear before it, citing ill-health. Veeraiah, who represents Sattupalli assembly constituency in Khammam district of Telangana, last week stated that he was ready to appear before the ACB team and that he would fully cooperate with the investigations.
Source: IANS2015-07-06 01:59:45 PM
TDP legislator released on bail in cash-for-vote case
TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy was on Wednesday released from jail, a month after he was arrested in the cash-for-vote case. His family, friends and supporters welcomed him as he came out of Cherlapally Jail. A Large number of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) workers had gathered outside the jail to receive the legislator. Though the Hyderabad High Court had granted him bail on Tuesday, he could not be released due to some technical problems. On a petition by Revanth's lawyer, the court amended the orders. After completion of the bail formalities, the TDP leader was finally released from jail.
Source: IANS2015-07-02 10:08:36 AM
Congress's former Andhra chief joins TRS
D. Srinivas, a senior Congress leader in Telangana, on Thursday quit the party and announced his decision to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The former chief of the Andhra Pradesh unit of the Congress, who was sulking for some time for being sidelined by the party leadership, told reporters it was a sad day for him to quit a party with which he was associated for four decades. "It's a sad day because I worked in the party since the days of Indira Gandhi," he said. Srinivas, also a former minister in the undivided Andhra Pradesh, said he worked for the Congress will full commitment and dedication. He said while the party entrusted him with many positions, he also worked hard to do justice to these.
Source: IANS2015-07-02 02:09:00 PM
Telangana CM skips governor's banquet for president
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday stayed away from the state banquet hosted by the governor in honour of President Pranab Mukherjee. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, and ministers from the two states attended the banquet hosted by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan. KCR, as Telangana chief minister is popularly known, along with the governor, had received the president when he arrived here on Monday on southern sojourn for 10 days.
Source: IANS2015-07-01 10:03:31 AM
Cash-for-vote case: TDP MLA's custody extended till July 13
A city court on Monday extended till July 13 the judicial custody of TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy in cash-for-vote scam. The court dealing with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) cases also extended the remand of two other accused Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha. With the judicial custody of the accused ending Monday, the ACB produced them before the court and sought extension of the remand on the ground that the investigations in the case are at a crucial stage. ACB had arrested Telugu Desam Party (TDP) deputy leader in Telangana assembly Revanth Reddy on May 31 while he was handing over bribe of Rs.50 lakh to nominated legislator Elvis Stephenson to induce him to vote for TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections.
Source: IANS2015-06-29 02:25:34 PM
Three-tier security for EVMs in RK Nagar
The EVMs used in RK Nagar assembly cvonstituency by-polls on 27 June have been given three-tier security and are kept in Queen Mary’s College where the counting of ballots will be done on Tuesday. Central Paramilitary Forces will be gaurding the inner perimeter of the counting hall. while around 300 personnel will directly take care of the voting machines. On Saturday, around 74.15 per cent of the ballots were cast with women scoring slightly higher than their male counterparts.
Source: News Reports2015-06-29 06:11:58 PM
Court orders on TDP MLA's bail plea on June 30
The Hyderabad High Court on Friday posted to June 30 orders on bail petition of TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy in the cash-for-vote case. The court reserved its orders after hearing arguments from both the public prosecutor and Revanth Reddy's counsel. Telangana Advocate General Ramakrishna Reddy opposed the bail plea on the ground that, if released,l the accused could tamper with the evidence and influence the witnesses as he is a legislator in Telangana and his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is in power in Andhra Pradesh. Source: IANS2015-06-26 05:37:32 PM
Telangana to fight powers to governor in Hyderabad
Strongly opposing the central government's advise to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to exercise special powers to maintain law and order in Hyderabad, the Telangana government has decided to fight any such move. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government has taken exception to the advise by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to the governor to monitor the probe into the cash-for-vote scam. Source: IANS2015-06-23 02:24:42 PM
KCR invites President to launch green drive
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Tuesday requested President Pranab Mukherjee to launch "Telanganaku Haritaharam", a massive plantation programme on July 3 in the state's Nalgonda district. In a letter to the president, KCR said his participation would add more significance to this programme that is slated to kick from Yadgirigutta next month and will enthuse all sections of the society to actively participate in it. Source: IANS2015-06-23 05:38:44 PM
TDP leader quizzed in cash-for-vote case, meets Naidu
TDP leader V. Narender Reddy, questioned by Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the cash-for-vote scam, on Thursday met party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderbad. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader briefed Naidu about the six-hour questioning by the ACB officials on Wednesday, party sources said. Reddy was a TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections. The ACB on May 31 arrested TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy and two others while they were allegedly handing over a bribe of Rs.50 lakh to nominated MLA Elvis Stephenson to induce him to vote for Narender Reddy.
Source: IANS2015-06-18 05:43:00 PM
Telangana ACB issues notice to TDP MLA in cash-for-vote case
In a new twist in the cash-for-vote case, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana on Tuesday issued notices to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and another party leader V. Narender Reddy. In a late night development, the ACB officers served notices on the two TDP leaders, asking them to appear before the agency for the interrogation. While Veeraiah is a member of Telangana assembly from Sathupalli in Khammam district, Narender Reddy was TDP-BJP candidate in elections to state legislative council. The notices were issued after day-long hectic developments amid speculations that ACB may issue notice to TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Source: IANS2015-06-17 10:33:01 AM
Telangana ACB intensifies probe into cash-for-vote scam
Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has issued notice to two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders, while party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is also likely to be summoned for questioning in the cash-for-vote scam. The ACB late on Tuesday served notice on TDP legislator Sandra Venkata Veeraiah and another leader, V. Narender Reddy, who was TDP-BJP candidate in Telangana legislative council elections. They were asked to appear before ACB for questioning. While Narender Reddy on Wednesday morning left for ACB office, Veeraiah, a member of Telangana assembly, said he was yet to receive the notice. For a second consecutive day, Hyderabad witnessed hectic activity relating to the case.
Source: IANS2015-06-17 01:50:21 PM
Jagan meets Mukherjee, demands action against Chandrababu
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday called on President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi and demanded action against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote scam. Jagan, as the leader is popularly known, told reporters that he submitted a memorandum seeking action against Naidu. The Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh demanded that Naidu be made the prime accused in the case, and arrested as he was the mastermind. Jagan said that by stating that his phone was tapped, Naidu confessed that he spoke to nominated Telangana MLA Elvis Stephenson to lure him to vote for the TDP-BJP candidate in the Telangana legislative council elections.
Source: IANS2015-06-10 10:46:10 AM
Congress seeks probe into cash-for vote controversy
The Congress on Monday demanded a judicial inquiry into "cash-for-vote scandal" following airing of an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson. It also sought an inquiry into allegations of snooping against Telangana government. Party spokesperson Shobha Oza, who addressed the media in New Delhi, also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being silent on the controversy involving Naidu, who also heads the Telugu Desam Party which is part of National Democratic Alliance central government.
Source: IANS2015-06-09 09:46:05 AM
Cash-for-vote scam: Andhra CM's audio tape made public
The cash-for-vote scam in Telangana took a dramatic turn on Sunday with the release of an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson. In swift developments on Sunday night, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao met Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan while Naidu called a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police J. V. Ramudu and other officials to take stock of the latest situation. Rao' meeting with the governor, the second in three days, came minutes after the release of an audio tape of Naidu's alleged conversation with Stephenson. The audio tape was played on some Telugu news channels but it was not clear who released it.
Source: IANS2015-06-08 09:52:26 AM
TDP slaps multiple FIRs against Telangana CM in Andhra
TDP leaders lodged police complaints against Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at various police stations in Andhra Pradesh on Monday for what they called a conspiracy by the Telangana government to defame Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu. The development came a day after an audio tape of a purported telephonic conversation between Chandrababu Naidu and nominated Telangana legislator Elvis Stephenson was aired on some TV channels. Reacting sharply to what they alleged was a conspiracy by the Telangana government to defame Naidu, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders lodged First Information Reports (FIRs) against Chandrasekhar Rao, officials of the Telanagana Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and some TV channels.
Source: IANS2015-06-08 01:36:29 PM
ACB questions TDP MLA, aides in cash-for-vote scam
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana on Monday continued questioning TDP legislator A. Revanth Reddy and two others in the cash-for-vote scam. The ACB sleuths interrogated the three accused men at its headquarters for the third consecutive day. They were first taken to government-run Osmania Hospital for a medical check-up. Revanth Reddy, a Telugu Desam Party member of the Telangana state legislative assembly, was arrested by the ACB on May 31 when he was offering Rs.50 lakh to nominated member Stephenson to make him vote for the TDP-BJP candidate in the elections to the Telangana legislative council. The ACB, which had laid a trap on a complaint by Stephenson, also arrested Revanth Reddy's aides Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha.
Source: IANS2015-06-08 01:40:54 PM
KCR's son dares Naidu to undergo lie-detector test
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's son and a state minister K. Tarakarama Rao on Monday dared Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu to face a live lie-detector test in the cash-for-vote scandal. The panchayat raj and information technology minister on Monday said that he was ready for lie-detector test live on television but asked Naidu if he was ready for the same. KTR, as the minister is popularly known, was reacting to a report in a Telugu newspaper and a television channel that there are certain tapes which prove that he lured the legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and other opposition parties to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) with money.
Source: IANS2015-06-08 05:51:18 PM
ACB quizzes TDP MLA in cash-for-vote scam
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Telangana on Saturday began interrogating Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA A. Revanth Reddy and two others in cash-for-vote scam. ACB sleuths took custody of the legislator and his two aides Sebastian Harry and Uday Simha from Cherlapally Jail. While Revanth Reddy was taken to an undisclosed location for questioning, two others were brought to ACB headquarters. The MLA's lawyers staged a protest at ACB office, demanding information about his whereabouts. Pramod Reddy, one of the lawyers, alleged that ACB's action was violation of court orders.
Source: IANS2015-06-06 05:48:11 PM
Andhra deputy CM dares Telangana to book Naidu
Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N. Chinnarajappa on Friday dared the Telangana government to book Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote scam. Chinnarajappa also challenged Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy to make public the audio tapes of Naidu's alleged conversation with the nominated legislator of Telangana. He told reporters in Rajahmundry that they will complain to the central government about the phone tapping by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in Hyderabad, the common capital of the two states.
Source: IANS2015-06-05 01:58:39 PM
Telangana plans to nail Naidu in cash-for-vote scandal
With Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy claiming that the government has all proof to nail Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in the cash-for-vote scandal, all eyes are on the next move of the state's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). The ACB has sought the custody of Telengana's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lrgislator A. Revanth Reddy, who was arrested on Sunday. Revanth Reddy was nabbed while offering Rs.50 lakh to a nominated member of the assembly as part of the Rs.5-crore deal to make him vote for TDP-BJP candidate in election to the Telangana legislative council (Upper House).
Source: IANS2015-06-04 01:47:54 PM
TDP hits back at TRS, demands probe into defections
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has reacted strongly to Telangana Home Minister N. Narasimha Reddy's claim that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is involved in the cash-for-vote scandal. A day after Narasimha Reddy claimed that there is evidence that Naidu spoke to a nominated MLA of Telangana, TDP leaders hit back at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government, demanding a probe into the "buying over" of 22 MLAs of opposition parties. Senior TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh's Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu on Thursday said that the Revanth Reddy episode was a conspiracy of TRS and YSR Congress party.
Source: IANS2015-06-04 05:40:53 PM
TRS wins five seats in Telangana council
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari and minister T. Venkateshwar Rao were among five candidates of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) elected to the state legislative council. B. Venkateshwar, N. Vidyasagar and K. Yadav Reddy of TRS were also declared elected. Main opposition Congress' Akula Lalitha was also elected, while the Telugu Desam Party-Bharatiya Janata Party candidate was defeated in the elections held on Monday. The election commission announced the results on Monday evening.
Source: IANS2015-06-02 09:32:09 AM
Modi wishes Telangana on state's anniversary
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the people of Telangana on the occasion of the first anniversary of the founding of their state. Telangana was formed as India's 29th state on June 2 last year after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. "My best wishes to the people of Telangana on the occasion of their Statehood Day. My best wishes for the state's development journey," he said in a message.
Source: IANS2015-06-02 01:49:09 PM
Telangana to launch recruitment for government jobs
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday announced that notification for recruitment for 25,000 government posts will be issued in July. Addressing state formation day celebrations in Hyderabad, he said that the unemployed were waiting for jobs for years. He said that though post-bifurcation problems were yet to be sorted out, the government has decided to start the recruitment process. He also announced that a two bed-room house scheme for the poor will be launched this year. Each house will be constructed at a cost of Rs.5.04 lakh. The government plans to build 50,000 houses this year at a cost of Rs.2,500 crore.
Source: IANS2015-06-02 01:56:01 PM
Telangana TDP MLA sent to jail in cash-for-vote scam
A city court in hyderabad on Monday sent Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA A. Revanth Reddy to a 14-day judicial custody on the charge of trying to bribe a nominated MLA to vote for a TDP-BJP candidate in the election to Telangana Legislative Council. The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which arrested Revanth on Sunday night after laying a trap, produced him before a magistrate at his residence. The magistrate sent him and his two aides to judicial custody but directed the police to allow him to cast vote in the election before shifting him to jail. The elections to six seats of the council are being held on Monday. Revanth, a member of Telangana legislative assembly, was arrested on Sunday amid high drama from a flat in Vijayapuri colony in Secunderabad when he was offering Rs.50 lakh to Elvis Stephenson, a nominated member of the assembly representing the Anglo-Indian community.
Source: IANS2015-06-01 10:17:31 AM
Polling underway for six seats of Telangana council
Members of the Telangana legislative assembly voted on Monday to elect six members to the state legislative council. Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary was among the first to exercise his franchise. The polling began at 9 a.m. and 70 members cast their ballot in the first two hours, officials said. The polling will continue till 4 p.m and the counting of votes will be taken up at 5 p.m. on Monday. The election was marred by the dramatic arrest of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) member of assembly A. Revanth Reddy on Sunday night for allegedly bribing a nominated MLA to make him vote for a TDP-BJP candidate.
Source: IANS2015-06-01 01:44:48 PM
Congress fumes at no mention of Sonia in Telangana text book
The Congress in Telangana has condemned the non-inclusion in school text books of the role of party president Sonia Gandhi in the formation of the new state. A chapter titled "The movement for the formation of Telangana state" has been included in this year's social studies text book for Class 10. However, the 14-page chapter showers praise only on Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), said that Uttam Kumar Reddy, president of Congress party's Telangana unit. "This is a fascist tendency and demonstrates autocratic and dictatorial attitude of KCR. The Congress party will not tolerate this behaviour," he said.
Source: IANS2015-05-28 09:49:55 AM
TDP's three-day conclave kicks off in Hyderabad
The Telugu Desam Party's three-day conclave kicked off at Gandipet on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Wednesday. TDP's president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated the 34th conclave by lighting the lamp, unfurling the party flag and paying tributes to party founder N. T. Rama Rao. He also inaugurated a photo exhibition and a blood donation camp on the occasion. Party's top leaders including its ministers in the central government, state ministers from Andhra Pradesh and MPs and legislators from both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are attending the conclave. The 'Mahanadu', the first after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, is set to pass an important political resolution elevating the regional party to a national party.
Source: IANS2015-05-27 01:49:21 PM
Rahul consoles farmers' families in Telangana
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday undertook 'padyatra' in Adilabad district of Telangana to console families of farmers who committed suicide due to financial distress. The Congress leader launched his walkathon 'kisan sandesh yatra' on Friday morning from Koratikal village, about four km from here.He also visited the house of Bandla Linganna and consoled his widow and children. Sitting on the floor with the family members of the farmer, he enquired about their problems. Source: IANS2015-05-15 02:07:20 PM
Rahul to visit Telangana on May 11-12 to meet farmers
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit Telangana on May 11-12 to meet the farmers of the state. He will arrive in Hyderabad on May 11 and after a night halt, will leave for Adilabad district for a padyatra covering various villages in Nirmal constituency. Mohammed Ali Shabbir, vice president of the party's Telangana unit told reporters on Tuesday that Rahul Gandhi will meet the families of farmers who committed suicide due to distress. He will also interact with farmers in at least five villages to know their problems. Party leaders expect 10,000 to 15,000 people will join Gandhi in the walkathon. After day-long visit, Gandhi will return to Hyderabad and after stopping the night, will fly back to Delhi.
Source: IANS2015-05-06 09:40:34 AM
Congress demands Telangana CM declare assets
The Congress party in Telangana on Tuesday demanded that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to declare his assets and seek fresh mandate in 12 assembly constituencies where the legislators of opposition parties defected to ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Congress state vice president Mohammed Ali Shabbir said that Chandrasekhar Rao should disclose all his assets which he accumulated since floating the TRS in 2001. "In his affidavit filed before the Election Commission, KCR disclosed the assets of Rs 85.98 lakh while contesting from Karimnagar Lok Sabha seat in 2004 elections. His assets grew to Rs 15.15 crore by 2014 elections," he said.
Source: IANS2015-05-06 09:49:15 AM
Uproar in Lok Sabha over demand for separate Telangana HC
The Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar on Tuesday following a Telangana member's demand for a separate high court in the state. As soon as the house assembled, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan mourned the death of 20 passengers in a bus accident in Madhya Pradesh. Soon after the house observed a minute's silence, members from Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) raised the issue of a separate high court for Telangana but the speaker asked them to maintain silence. She asked the members to raise the issue during zero hour, but the TRS members continued with their demand, leading to the adjournment of the house for 10 minutes.
Source: IANS2015-05-05 01:41:39 PM
KCR re-elected unopposed as TRS chief
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was re-elected unopposed as the president of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS). His unanimous election was declared at TRS plenary in Hyderabad on Friday amid cheers by thousands of party workers. Returning officer N. Narasimha Reddy, the home minister, announced that only one nomination was received for the post. TRS leaders had filed six sets of nomination papers on behalf of KCR, as Rao is popularly known.
Source: IANS2015-04-24 01:57:17 PM
Telangana sets up SIT to probe killing of prisoners
The Telangana government on Monday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe April 7 killing of five undertrial prisoners by police. The six-member team will be headed by Inspector General of Police Sandeep Shandilya. A day after Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced probe by SIT, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma issued orders constituting the panel. Khammam's Superintendent of Police Shanawaz Qasim, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Intelligence, M.Dayanand Reddy, Assistanct Commissioner of Police M.Ramana Kumar, and Inspectors Raja Venkat Reddy and S.Ravinder are the members of SIT.
Source: IANS2015-04-14 10:02:20 AM
Telangana CM orders probe into killing of undertrials
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday ordered a probe by Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the killing of five undertrial prisoners by police in a gunfight. Rao instructed Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma to issue orders on Monday appointing the SIT. The chief minister has taken the decision keeping in view the doubts expressed by certain organizations and some individuals on the matter, said a statement from the chief minister's office.
Source: IANS2015-04-13 09:41:48 AM
Telangana CM pays tributes to slain policemen
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday paid tributes to three policemen who laid down their lives while fighting gangsters in the last three days. The chief minister also hailed four brave policemen who were injured in two separate incidents in Nalgonda district. A police constable and two gangsters were killed in a gunfight near Janakipur in Mothkur mandal of Nalgonda district on Saturday. Two police officers were also injured in the incident.
Source: IANS2015-04-04 05:45:09 PM
BJP's national executive meet begins
A two-day strategy meet of the national executive of the Bharatiya Janata Party began in Bengaluru on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party patriarch L.K. Advani and other leaders were present. Strengthening the base of the BJP in states where it has little presence is high on agenda. According to party sources, the states identified for this include Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. The contentious land acquisition bill which is facing stiff opposition in parliament and outside is also likely to feature prominently at the meet. A power point presentation on the bill is expected at the national executive.
Source: IANS2015-04-03 01:51:23 PM
Telangana CM's help for tribal girl to become pilot
A few days after extending financial assistance to a Muslim woman pilot for her advanced training, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday announced help for a tribal girl to fulfil her dream to become a pilot. The chief minister has sanctioned Rs.28,09,815 to Ajmeera Bobby for commercial pilot's license training at Dean International Flying School in Florida (US). The financial assistance includes tuition fee, travel, living and other expenses for the girl hailing from backward Adilabad district.
Source: IANS2015-04-01 09:51:34 AM
ED attaches Rs.130 crore assets in Jagan case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday attached properties worth Rs.130 crore in connection with the money laundering probe against YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and businessman I. Syam Prasad Reddy. The ED issued orders attaching the properties of five group companies of Syam Prasad Reddy, managing director of Indu Projects Ltd. These includes 8,648 acres of land of Lepakshi Knowledge Hub in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh, lands of Asara Realty Ventures in Maharashtra and of Cyberabad Hitech Integrated Township Development Corp Ltd in Telangana. According to ED, the money laundering case was booked against the two on the basis of a chargesheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Source: IANS2015-03-26 02:39:53 PM
Nodal officer appointed for implementing Andhra reorganisation act
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has appointed a nodal officer to implement the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. A.K. Singh, additional secretary (Home), will coordinate with Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and concerned central ministries for speedy implementation of the provisions of the Act. A team of officers led by A.K. Singh will visit Hyderabad on Friday to hold discussions with the chief secretaries of both the states to resolve pending issues. The home minister appointed the nodal officer on the suggestion of Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, who along with a delegation of BJP leaders from Andhra Pradesh called on him in New Delhi. Rajnath Singh assured the delegation led by BJP's state unit president K. Hari Babu that he will do the needful to speed up implementation of the Act.
Source: IANS2015-03-20 10:02:31 AM
Telangana assembly passes resolution for separate high court
The Telangana assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution urging the central government to set up a separate high court for the state. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao moved a resolution in the assembly calling for bifurcation of the united high court located in Hyderabad in accordance with the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and the Constitution of India. He said that the high court should be divided for the benefit of both the new states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. All the parties supported the resolution, which was adopted unanimously. The chief minister told the House that he is moving the resolution as Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda, during his recent visit to Hyderabad, stated that steps for setting up a separate high court will be initiated once the Telangana government submits a proposal. Gowda had also said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that Telangana will have its own high court soon.
Source: IANS2015-03-18 03:58:07 PM
Merger of Khammam villages with Andhra rocks Telangana assembly
The merger of seven 'mandals' of Khammam district with Andhra Pradesh rocked Telangana assembly on Monday with ruling and opposition parties blaming each other. While Congress party tried to corner the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for failing to stop the merger, the ruling party hit back at the main opposition, saying that the decision was taken by the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) headed by it. Irrigation minister T. Harish Rao blamed then union minister Jairam Ramesh for the merger of seven 'mandals' and said that the decision was implemented by BJP-led NDA government. He also criticised the Congress for not opposing the relevant bill when it came up in Rajya Sabha. Amid heated exchange over the issue, the Congress party staged a walk-out from the House. The issue came up during question hour when Congress member Ajay Kumar wanted to know the steps being taken to get due share of electricity for Telangana from the Lower Sileru hydro-electric project. He said that the state had lost not just 'seven' mandals but also the project to Andhra Pradesh.
Source: IANS2015-03-16 02:53:41 PM
Over Rs.1.15 lakh crore budget for Telangana
Telangana's first full-fledged budget was presented in the assembly on Wednesday, proposing an expenditure of Rs.1,15,689 crore for the financial year 2015-16. This includes a plan expenditure of Rs.52,383 crore and non-plan outlay of Rs.63,306 crore. Finance Minister Etela Rajender presented the budget with estimated revenue surplus of Rs.531 crore. The fiscal deficit is projected at Rs.16,969 crore. Focussing on irrigation, the budget has allocated Rs.2,083 crore for Mission Kakatiya, aimed at reviving the tanks. The minister announced that 9,308 tanks will be revived during the financial year. The newly-created state in November last year had presented Rs.1 lakh crore budget for 10 months of 2014-15.
Source: IANS2015-03-11 10:55:08 AM
TDP legislators suspended from Telangana assembly
Ten legislators of the opposition TDP were suspended on Monday from the Telangana assembly for the entire budget session for disrupting the proceedings. Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary announced the suspension of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members after Minister for Legislative Affairs T. Harish Rao moved the resolution. As soon as the house met for the day, the minister asked the members to apologise for having insulted the national anthem at the governor's address to the joint session of the legislature on March 7. The TDP members, on their part, rushed to the speaker's podium demanding action against the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi legislators who allegedly attacked opposition members during the governor's address.
Source: IANS2015-03-09 12:33:35 PM
TRS has no right to criticise TDP: Chandrababu
On his second visit to Telangana after the new state was formed, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that the TRS has no right to criticise his party TDP. Addressing a public meeting in Karimnagar, Naidu, who is the president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), said that it was the TDP which developed Telangana and challenged those criticising it for a debate. Stating that Telugu people were one despite division of the state, he called for solving all outstanding issues between the two states amicably through talks. Naidu, who was chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh between 1995 and 2004, said that it was because of his efforts that Telangana now has a surplus budget. "Ask even an autorickshaw driver in Hyderabad, and you will know who developed Hyderabad," the TDP chief said. Police had made tight security arrangements to foil any attempt by the workers of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to disrupt Naidu's visit.
Source: IANS2015-03-04 11:00:52 AM
Maken appointed Delhi Congress chief
The Congress on Monday appointed former union minister Ajay Maken as chief of the party in Delhi. Congress president Sonia Gandhi also made five appointments to the party's various state units. Former state minister Ghulam Ahmed Mir has been appointed party chief in Jammu and Kashmir and former union minister Bharatsinh Solanki has been made head of the party in Gujarat. Uttam Reddy, a former minister in united Andhra Pradesh, will head the party in Telangana. Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, a legislator, has been appointed working president of the state unit. Former Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam has been made chief of the Mumbai regional Congress committee.
Source: IANS2015-03-02 04:53:26 PM
No plans to join Modi government, says TRS leader
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is not planning to join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) central government, a state cabinet minister said on Tuesday. Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy dismissed reports that the TRS is planning to join the Modi government. "There is no such proposal. There is no truth in these reports," the minister told reporters. Stressing that there was no discussion in TRS on joining the NDA government, he said that irrespective of which coalition is in power, the central government should extend all cooperation to Telangana for its development. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday had sparked off speculations in the political circles. The TRS chief had 45-minute-long meeting with Modi without any aides or party leaders. There were also speculations that Rao's daughter K. Kavitha may join the union cabinet.
Source: IANS2015-02-18 09:55:40 AM
Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi woo Srirangam voters
Arch rivals - AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa and DMK president M.Karunanidhi - on Wednesday indulged in a war of words through their statements while seeking support for their party candidates in the Srirangam by-election. In a statement issued Chennai, Jayalalithaa said that the by-election was forced on the people due to conspirators who were not able to tolerate the growing support for her and the AIADMK party. "Srirangam is my motherland. Srirangam is my own house. Srirangam is the holy land, where my ancestors lived," Jayalalithaa, who had earlier held the seat, said. Citing the development work being done by the AIADMK government in Srirangam, Jayalalithaa sought the voters' support for her party's candidate in the Feb 13 poll.
Source: IANS2015-02-12 10:28:19 AM
Telangana CM hails AAP's victory
Hailing AAP's landslide victory in Delhi, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday said that the results showed that people expect a corruption-free and transparent governance everywhere. The chief minister said that the verdict was a proof that people were thinking differently from conventional politics. The president of he Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) said that the people of Delhi took a right decision by giving a huge mandate to the Aam Aadmi Party. KCR, as the chief minister is known, sent a letter to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, congratulating him on the massive victory. "It is a clear indication that voter by and large and particularly the urban voter wants a change and they rightly voted to you and your party," he wrote. The TRS chief recalled that AAP had supported the democratic aspiration of the people of Telangana for a separate state.
Source: IANS2015-02-11 10:43:40 AM
Sacked Telangana deputy CM admitted to hospital
T. Rajaiah, who was sacked as deputy chief minister of Telangana two days ago, was on Tuesday admitted to a hospital Hyderabad after he complained of chest pain. Rajaiah was taken to Apollo Hospital in Hyderguda around 6 p.m. after he complained of chest pain, family sources said. According to hospital officials, he is undergoing treatment in intensive care unit. A team of cardiologists is attending on Rajaiah. Doctors said that Rajaiah was brought with high sugar and blood pressure levels. They described his condition as stable. Activists of some Dalit organizations gathered outside the hospital, raising slogans against Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for "humiliating" his deputy by unceremoniously sacking him. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader M. Narasimhulu, who reached the hospital, alleged Rajaiah suffered cardiac arrest due to the shocking treatment meted out to him by Chandrasekhar Rao.
Source: IANS2015-01-28 09:38:06 AM
Results to SCB polls today
The counting of votes for the polls for Secunderabad Cantt. Board in Telangana is going on and the results will be announced later in the day. The voting for the polls was held on Sunday where a lukeworm response from the electorate was witnessed. Accoding to the officials, the turnout was around 45-50 percent. A total of 114 candidates await their fate who contested for eight wards of the board. The polling took place at 187 polling stations where 1.68 lac voters cast their ballot.
Source: News Reports2015-01-13 10:43:42 AM
BJP's expansion in states not to impact alliances: Amit Shah
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will expand in every state but this will have no impact on its alliance with its partners like the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), said party chief Amit Shah on Thursday. Shah, who discussed the strategy to make the BJP main political force in Telangana in four years with state party leaders, will hold similar meetings on Friday in Andhra Pradesh. "We are a separate party. BJP has a right to expand and we will expand in every state. This will have no impact on alliance," he said to queries if the party's plans to strengthen the presence in Telangana will run into problems with the TDP.
Source: IANS2015-01-08 06:01:26 PM
Venkaiah to meet municipal heads of southern states
Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will on Monday interact with municipal commissioners of southern cities, as the government launches a series of "consultative workshops" to involve civic officials in the implementation of new urban development and housing schemes. The first such workshop for municipal commissioners of southern Indian cities with population of more than a lakh will be held in Hyderabad on Monday, before the government launches its new initiatives on urban development and housing. Municipal commissioners from over 70 cities and officials of urban development departments from the five southern states - Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh - and the union territory of Puducherry will attend the first workshop, a union government statement said on Sunday.
Source: IANS2015-01-05 09:59:15 AM
Telangana minister meets workers lodged in Dubai jail
A cabinet minister from Telangana on Monday visited a jail in Dubai, where some migrants from the state are serving prison sentence for illegal stay. Currently on a visit to Dubai, Information Technology minister K. T. Rama Rao visited Dubai Central Jail in Awair to know about the cases of the migrants lodged there. The state government has been making effort to secure their release for the last two years. Five of them are likely to be released shortly, an official statement said in Hyderabad. The minister also learnt about the cases of some other detenues and assured them of help from the Indian consulate to get their matters attended to on a priority basis. The minister's visit to Dubai jail came amid reports that several workers are languishing there and also in other jails in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Source: IANS2014-12-16 10:10:41 AM
Six ministers take oath in Telangana
The Telangana cabinet was on Tuesday expanded with the induction of six new ministers in Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) ministry. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers who include T. Srinivas Yadav, who resigned from Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and also as a member of Telangana assembly a couple of hours before the swearing-in. Tummala Nageswara Rao, who quit TDP in August, A. Indrakaran Reddy, who resigned from Bahuajn Samaj Party (BSP) in June, also joined the cabinet. Jupally Krishna Rao, C. Laxma Reddy and A. Chandulal are the others who took oath at the ceremony held at Raj Bhavan and attended by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and senior officials.
Source: IANS2014-12-16 11:38:19 AM
Telangana CM rewards defectors in first cabinet expansion
Defectors dominated the list of six ministers inducted in the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) cabinet on Tuesday. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao rewarded T. Srinivas Yadav and Tummala Nageswara Rao, who quit Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to join TRS, with ministerial berths. They were among six ministers administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan. A.Indrakaran Reddy, Jupally Krishna Rao, C. Laxma Reddy and A. Chandulal were the other four sworn in as new ministers. Srinivas Yadav, a key TDP leader in Hyderabad, resigned from the party and from the Telangana assembly a couple of hours before the swearing-in.
Source: IANS2014-12-16 02:14:11 PM
Telangana seeks more central funds for ITIR
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday urged the entre to provide more than the Rs.165 crore sanctioned for creating an Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) in Hyderabad. He made the request when Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad called on him in Hyderabad. KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, said that the central government's support of Rs.165 crores for the first phase of ITIR is inadequate and needs to be increased. Responding positively, the union minister advised the state government to send a formal request to his ministry, said an official release from the chief minister's office. ITIR is to be set up to promote investment in Information Technology (IT)/IT Enabled Services (ITES) and electronic hardware sector. The government has identified area of 202 sq.kms (49,913 acres) in and around Hyderabad.
Source: IANS2014-12-13 03:29:06 PM
Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena now a registered political party
The Election Commission of India has registered Telugu actor-politician Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena as a political party. The poll panel registered the party with effect from Nov 24, 2014 under the section 29A of the Representation of People Act, 1951, the party said. Pawan, a popular actor and brother of actor-turned politician Chiranjeevi, had announced formation of the party before the April-May elections this year. He, however, did not field any candidate but backed Telugu Desam Party (TDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine in both Andhra Pradesh and newly created Telangana state.
Source: IANS2014-12-11 02:24:42 PM
President's southern sojourn from Dec 24
President Pranab Mukherjee will begin his southern sojourn at Rashtrapati Nilayam in Hyderabad from Dec 24 to 31. Officials began making arrangements for his stay at the official presidential retreat at Bolarum in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. Officials from police, traffic, roads and buildings and various other departments attended a meeting, which decided to complete all arrangements by Dec 20. Top civil and defence officials would then review the arrangements. This will be the president's first visit to the state of Telangana. The president stays at least once a year in Rashtrapati Nilayam and conducts official business from here. Spread over 90 acres, the retreat's premises comprise a sprawling landscaped garden, seasonal flowering plants, potted plants, natural cascading water falls and seven different types of nutrition gardens. The building has 20 rooms which include a dining hall and a movie theatre.
Source: IANS2014-12-03 05:46:24 PM
Telangana CM invited to China's Sichuan province
China's Sichuan province has invited Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to visit the region to strengthen friendly relations and promote business and cultural cooperation. In a letter to the chief minister, Zhang Tao, deputy director general of the foreign affairs office in Sichuan, said both the Chinese province and Telangana were very similar in their history, culture and resources. She said stories of dynasties and kings who ruled these lands, where tales were inscribed in history, have now become legends or even myths. The letter said both Sichuan and Telangana have carvings and sculptures of Lord Buddha and his teachings were practised and preached very devoutly. Source : IANS2014-11-29 05:55:50 PM
Telangana chief minister accuses Modi government of bias
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday charged the Narendra Modi-led central government of bias against the state. The chief minister alleged that the Centre is not cooperating with Telangana in the implementation of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. He also reiterated that the Andhra Pradesh government is denying Telangana its due share of electricity and also stalling electricity generation at Srisailam. Source: IANS2014-11-01 05:56:54 PM
Telangana seeks PM's intervention over share of power from Andhra
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and ensure that the state gets its due share of electricity from power plants in Andhra Pradesh.
"It's your legitimate duty to see to it that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act is implemented in letter and spirit," the chief minister told a news conference. He alleged that Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was denying Telangana of its due share of electricity in violation of Reorganisation Act, which allotted the new state of Telangana 54 percent share of power generated in the power plants in united Andhra Pradesh. Hitting hard at Naidu and blaming him for the electricity crisis in the newly created state, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief said he was also ignoring the directives given by the Central Electricity Authority on electricity sharing. KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, declared that Telangana will go to Supreme Court on Naidu's refusal to give electricity from the plants in Krishnapatnam. (IANS)2014-10-25 10:37:30 AM
TRS, TDP workers clash in Telangana
TRS and TDP workers clashed in Nalgonda district on Wednesday as the row over sharing of water and electricity between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh took a violent turn.
Tension prevailed in Nalgonda district as police arrested top leaders of opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) during a shutdown called by them to protest the burning down of their party office by workers of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). TRS workers attacked cars of TDP leaders at Chityal. Window panes of the vehicles were damaged in the attack. Trouble broke out when police prevented several TDP leaders including L. Ramana, E. Dayakar Rao and M. Narasimhulu as they were going around in the district along with their supporters. Condemning the police attitude, they staged a protest on the highway. The TRS supporters launched a counter sit-in, leading to a clash. Police arrested TDP leaders and shifted them to a police station. Another key leader Revant Reddy was arrested in Ranga Reddy district when he was on his way to Nalgonda. The TRS activists had Tuesday set afire the TDP office in Nalgonda to protest what they call attempts by TDP government in Andhra Pradesh to stall electricity generation by Telangana at Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar across Krishna river. Andhra APradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu wrote to Krishna River Management Board to stop Telangana from releasing water from Srisailam reservoir for power generation as this will hit supply to Kurnool, Kadapa and Anantapur districts for irrigation and drinking water needs. Naidu, who is the TDP president, has also sought the central government intervention to stop Telangana from using water at Nagarjuna Sagar dam for power generation. TRS has accused Naidu of playing dirty politics to harm the interests of Telangana, which is reeling under severe electricity shortage. "He is playing double game. On one hand he is depriving Telangana of electricity while on the other instigating his party leaders in Telangana to protest over electricity shortage and the problems faced by farmers," said TRS parliamentarian Vinod Kumar. TRS activists in various parts of Telangana took to streets to protest against TDP. They staged sit-in at TDP offices in districts. The protestors set afire TDP office in Nalgonda. TDP leaders in Telangana, however, launched a counter attack on TRS. M. Narasimhulu said TRS is blaming TDP to divert people's attention from its failures on all fronts.2014-10-22 03:55:47 PM
TRS leads in Medak Lok Sabha constituency
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) was leading in Medak Lok Sabha, where counting of votes polled in Saturday's bypolls was taken up Tuesday morning. TRS candidate K. Prabhakar Reddy established a lead of over 19,000 votes in the first round over Congress party's V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy. BJP-TDPalliance's Jagga Reddy was trailing at third position. Source: IANS2014-09-16 09:32:13 AM
TRS leads in Medak seat in Telangana
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is leading in the Medak Lok Sabha seat.2014-09-16 10:58:31 AM
TRS retains Medak Lok Sabha seat
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has retained Medak Lok Sabha seat in Telangana with its candidate K. Prabhakar Reddy winning the byelections. Prabhakar Reddy defeated his nearest rival V. Sunitha Lakshma Reddy of Congress party by over 3.66 lakh votes. Source: IANS2014-09-16 01:52:57 PM
SP triumphs in UP, Congress wins in Rajasthan, BJP stuns Bengal
The Congress and the Samajwadi Party, which suffered a rout in the general elections, bounced back Tuesday in the assembly bypolls in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. For the first time in 15 years, the BJP will now have its lawmaker in the West Bengal assembly. In Gujarat, the BJP romped home in Vadodara Lok Sabha seat that was vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he also won from Varanasi parliamentary constituency. The Maninagar assembly seat, which Modi once represented, too saw a BJP victory. But, the Congress wrested three seats from the BJP, which retained six seats. In Andhra Pradesh, the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) retained Nandigama assembly seat, while the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) too retained Medak Lok Sabha seat in neighbouring Telangana. Source: IANS2014-09-16 03:49:44 PM
Voters queue up in Telangana, Andhra
The Medak Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana and the Nandigama assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh went to polls from 7 a.m. Saturday. The polling in both the constituencies will continue till 6 p.m. Source: IANS2014-09-13 09:47:21 AM
Polling under way in Telangana's Medak Lok Sabha seat
Polling is under way for by-election to the Medak Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana and Nandigama assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh. Election officials said the polling began in both the constituencies amid tight security at 7 a.m. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at few places developed snag, resulting in the delay in start of the polling process. The officials replaced the faulty EVMs. Over 15.43 lakh voters are eligible to cast their franchise in the prestigious Medak parliamentary constituency, where poll authorities have set up 1,817 polling centres. Source: IANS2014-09-13 10:09:28 AM
Over 50 percent turnout for Medak Lok Sabha seat
Over 50 percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 p.m. Saturday during the bypolls in Telangana's Medak Lok Sabha constituency and Andhra Pradesh's Nandigama assembly seat. Barring minor incidents, polling was peaceful, said Election Commission officials. Voting was brisk in Medak, where 54 percent polling was recorded till 3 p.m. Nandigama also witnessed heavy turnout, with 58 percent voters casting their ballot till 3 p.m. Source: IANS2014-09-13 05:49:26 PM
Campaigning ends for bypolls to 33 assembly, 3 Lok Sabha seats
Campaigning ended Thursday for three Lok Sabha and 33 assembly by-elections spread across various states with the the polls being seen as a test of popularity of respective state governments as also of the BJP which held many of these seats. Polling will be held Saturday to Medak parliamentary seat in Telangana, Vadodra in Gujarat and Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. Three assembly seats in Assam, nine in Gujarat, four in Rajasthan, 11 in Uttar Pradesh, two in West Bengal and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim and Tripura will also go to the polls Saturday. Source: IANS2014-09-12 10:27:28 AM
Stage set for by-elections in Telangana, Andhra
The stage is set for by-elections to Medak Lok Sabha constituency in Telangana and Nandigama assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh Saturday. The election authorities have made all arrangements for the peaceful and smooth conduct of the by-elections, the first after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Bhanwarlal, chief electoral officer, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said polling will began at 7 a.m. in both the constituencies and will continue till 6 p.m. Source: IANS2014-09-12 05:57:00 PM
Telangana CM going to Singapore for IIM alumni meet
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will leave for Singapore today to attend the conference of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Alumni Association. He will be accompanied by Finance Minister Etela Rajender and senior officials. The delegation will return to Hyderabad on Aug 24, officials said.
Source: IANS2014-08-19 09:39:54 AM
Telangana CM moots expansion of Hyderabad Metro
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao mooted a proposal to extend the 72-km Hyderabad Metro rail project to 200 km to meet the needs of the fast growing city. The chief minister said the expansion of the project was required as the city's population was likely to reach two crore.
Source: IANS2014-08-14 09:39:33 AM
TRS seeks non-NDA support to oppose powers to governor
TRS is mobilising support of non-NDA parties to oppose the central government's decision to entrust special powers to the Telangana governor for maintaining law and order in Hyderabad. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana began efforts to rope in parties like AIADMK, Trinamool Congress, Biju Janta Dal and Janata Dal-United.
Source: IANS2014-08-11 09:48:26 AM
Modi meets BJP MPs from southern states
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP parliamentarians from the southern states at his residence, and told them to propagate the achievements of the government with self-confidence. A Bharatiya Janata Party release said Modi met the parliamentarians from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
Source: IANS2014-08-08 09:43:05 AM
President to visit West Bengal, Telangana
President Pranab Mukherjee will visit West Bengal and Telangana from Aug 1-2, Rashtrapati Bhavan said. "On Aug 1, the president will inaugurate the new building of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology at Narayanpur, Malda," said the statement.
Source: IANS2014-07-31 02:18:05 PM
Railway minister blames bus driver for Telangana accident
Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda blamed the driver of the school bus for the accident at an unmanned rail-road crossing in Telangana, which left at least 19 students dead. "According to preliminary reports received by me, the incident took place due to the negligent driving by the school bus driver," he informed the Lok Sabha.
Source: IANS2014-07-25 09:52:19 AM
Call for Telangana shutdown on Saturday to protest Polavaram Bill
The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) and the communist parties have called for Telangana shutdown today to protest passage of Polavaram bill in Lok Sabha for merger of over 200 villages of Telangana with Andhra Pradesh. The TJAC, which led the movement for separate statehood to Telangana, urged all sections of people to voluntarily take part in the strike to register their protest.
Source: IANS2014-07-12 09:35:47 AM
Telangana to challenge Polavaram legislation in apex court
With the Lok Sabha passing the contentious Polavaram bill for the merger of over 200 villages of Telangana with Andhra Pradesh, the government of Telangana is planning to challenge it in the Supreme Court. Terming the central government's move "undemocratic" and "unconstitutional", Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said he was consulting legal luminaries and constitutional experts. "The fight will continue. The modalities will be announced later," said a statement from the chief minister's office. Source : IANS2014-07-11 05:56:20 PM
Telangana CM expresses dissatisfaction over budget
Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao has expressed his dissatisfaction over the 2014-15 union budget. Criticising the budget presented in the Parliament on Thursday, he said that apart from a horticultural university, no other project has been given to Telangana. "Horticultural university sanction issue was mentioned in State Reorganization Bill. It's not a new thing," the chief minister said in a statement.
Source : IANS2014-07-10 05:43:19 PM
Hyderabad needs two more airports, says KCR
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao said Hyderabad need two more airports in the near future as the city's population was expected to triple to three crore with the development of proposed Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR). He asked the officials to prepare an international standard master plan for the city with two more airports, satellite townships in 100 km radius, another outer ring road, rapid rail and metro connectivity. Source : IANS2014-07-07 05:25:31 PM
Contest inevitable for Telangana legislative council chairman
The election of chairman of Telangana legislative council will not be unanimous as the main opposition Congress party has fielded a candidate against the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi's Swami Goud. Unlike the unanimous election of TRS nominee as the speaker of the assembly last month, contest has become inevitable for the post of presiding officer of the upper house. Goud, who is the leader of TRS in the council, and Congress party's Farooq Hussain filed their nominations for the election to be held on Wednesday.2014-07-01 04:56:53 PM
Telangana to double budget allocation for healthcare
The Telangana government plans to double the budget allocation for the healthcare and beef up public health delivery services, said a cabinet minister on Friday. Inaugurating the Indo-Global Healthcare Summit and Expo 2014 here, IT Minister K. Tarakarama Rao said the government had set a target of doubling the allocation from the present 2 percent. He said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government was determined to revamp the health sector in the newly created state as 85 percent of the state's population depended on it. Source : IANS2014-06-20 02:01:49 PM
Telangana assembly pays tributes to martyrs
The Telangana assembly on Saturday paid rich tributes to those who laid down their lives for the formation of the separate state. On the last day of the assembly's first session, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao moved a resolution to pay tributes to the martyrs. Source : IANS2014-06-14 12:09:54 PM
KCR thanks Sonia Gandhi for formation of Telangana
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for her support for formation of separate Telangana state. Speaking in the state assembly, he said it was due to her initiative that the dream of people of Telangana came true. "I am placing my thanks to Sonia Gandhi on record in the first session of the Telangana assembly," the chief minister said, while replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the state governor for his address to the legislature. Source: IANS2014-06-13 04:52:28 PM
Telangana to waive crop loans without any riders
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao made it clear that the government will waive all crop loans of up to Rs.1 lakh without any riders. He announced this in the Telangana assembly while allaying the apprehensions of the opposition parties during the debate on thed motion of thanks on the governor's address. KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, said the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government would implement all its poll promises. Source : IANS2014-06-13 05:12:13 PM
Proposal to make Hyderabad Wi-Fi enabled
The Telangana government said several firms were coming forward to provide 4-G technology for making the entire Hyderabad a Wi-Fi enabled city. Officials have been asked to draft a master plan by engaging international consultants and involving Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, revenue, electricity, Hyderabad Metro Rail and sports departments, said a government statement. Source: IANS2014-06-11 09:43:55 AM
Madhusudhanachary elected first speaker of Telangana assembly
TRS legislator Sirikonda Madhusudhanachary was Tuesday elected the first speaker of Telangana state legislative assembly here. His election was an unanimous affair with all opposition parties supporting his candidature. The legislator of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) assumed charge after pro-term speaker K. Jana Reddy announced his election.Source: IANS2014-06-10 01:59:30 PM
Our victory a positive mandate for development: BJP
The BJP Tuesday said in the Rajya Sabha that its victory in the Lok Sabha polls was not because of any negative sentiment against the former Congress-led UPA government, but a positive vote for effective governance. "The voting in Lok Sabha poll broke all records... it was not a wave of anger that led people to vote for us, the passion and sentiment was not negative," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said in the Rajya Sabha, initiating the debate on motion of thanks to the president's address Tuesday. Source: IANS2014-06-10 02:02:42 PM
Set time limit for fulfilling promises: Congress
The Congress asked the NDA government at the centre to put a time limit to the fulfillment of the schemes and promises made in President Pranab Mukherjee's address Monday. "You don't have time-bound programmes. I request the government to tell what they can show after one year or 100 days as against what they will do in 10 years. They are forgetting that the report card of every government comes after five years," leader of the party in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said while participating in the debate on the motion of thanks on the president's address in the lower house.Source: IANS2014-06-10 03:06:00 PM
Bengal to issue food licenses online
The West Bengal government will issue licenses for food and supply related matters online starting from November, a minister said Tuesday. The department, functioning under the state government, gives licenses to fair price shops, LPG dealers, ration outlets and such others. To make the grant of licenses corruption and hassle free, an online system will be set up. "Yes we will start the online system November onward," Jyotipriya Mallick, food and supplies minister, told IANS. Source: IANS2014-06-10 03:18:14 PM
First session of Telangana assembly begins
The first session of the Telangana state legislative assembly began here Monday. The newly-elected legislators took oath on the first day. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao was the first to take oath followed by ministers. Earlier, senior Congress legislator K. Jana Reddy was sworn in as the pro term speaker by Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan. The speaker will be elected Tuesday while the governor will address the joint session of both houses the next day. The session will continue till June 13. Source: IANS2014-06-09 12:44:59 PM
Modi congratulates teenagers who climbed Everest
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Poorna Malavath and Anand Kumar, two teenagers who recently climbed Mount Everest. "The prime minister congratulated the young achievers, and remarked they had achieved a great feat at a tender age," said a statement issued by the prime minister's office. Malavath, a school student in Nizamabad, Telangana, became the youngest female in the world to reach the world's highest peak May 25, 2014, at the age of 13 years and 11 months. Source:IANS2014-06-07 01:32:21 PM
Telangana's formation has raised expectations of its 35mn people
The formation of Telangana as India's 29th state Monday and its first government assuming office the same day have raised a lot of hopes among ots 35 million people, who expect more job opportunities and an improvement in the standard of living - an aspiration for which they had agitated for years and lost so many people in the movement for a separate state.Source:IANS2014-06-07 04:50:37 PM
Telangana government gets rap on loan waiver promise
Opposition parties in Telangana have come down heavily on the TRS government for allegedly going back on its poll promise to waive off all crops loans of up to Rs.1 lakh. The main opposition Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) demanded that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) waive the loans without any conditions as promised by it in its election manifesto.
Source: IANS2014-06-05 05:50:42 PM
Jana Reddy elected CLP leader in Telangana
Senior leader K.Jana Reddy was unanimously elected as the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Telangana and will be the leader of the opposition in the assembly. Jana Reddy, a former minister of Andhra Pradesh, was elected in a meeting of the newly-elected legislators of party in the presence of party's central observers Digvijaya Singh and Vayalar Ravi.
Source: IANS2014-06-04 10:04:48 AM
Telangana to waive crop loans of up to Rs.1 lakh
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao today said his government was committed to waive crop loans of up to Rs.1 lakh. Rao held a meeting with the top bank officials to discuss the implementation of the scheme to waive farm loans as promised by his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in its election manifesto. Finance Minister E. Rajender, however, clarified that the scheme will apply only to the loans availed during fiscal 2013-14.
Source: IANS2014-06-04 02:51:03 PM
Mahmood Ali, Rajaiah are deputy chief ministers of Telangana
Mohammed Mahmood Ali and T. Rajaiah have been appointed as deputy chief ministers of Telangana, which came into being as India's 29th state. Ali and Rajaiah were among 11 cabinet ministers who were sworn in earlier in the day along with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao.
Source: IANS2014-06-03 11:50:23 AM
KCR is Telangana's 1st CM
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao today took oath as the first chief minister of Telangana. Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rao at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. Source: IANS2014-06-02 09:52:25 AM
Modi greets Telangana people, first chief minister
Assuring his full support to India's 29th state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Telangana was born due to years of struggle and sacrifices and congratulated its first Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao. "India gets a new state! We welcome Telangana as our 29th state. Telangana will add strength to our development journey in the coming years," the Prime Minister tweeted minutes after Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Rao.
Source: IANS2014-06-02 09:56:51 AM
Telangana erupts in celebrations
Celebrations broke out across Telangana as it came into being as the 29th state of India today. 'Jai Telangana' rent the air as the region comprising 10 districts erupted in celebrations to mark the fulfilment of nearly 60-year-old dream of the people. Bursting of firecrackers, unfurling of the national flag, distribution of sweets and greetings marked the celebrations, which began midnight. Hundreds gathered at Gun Park near the state assembly building to pay their tributes to the martyrs of Telangana.
Source: IANS2014-06-02 11:35:26 AM
Chandrababu Naidu greets Chandrasekhara Rao
Andhra Pradesh's chief minister designate N. Chandrababu Naidu today congratulated K. Chandrasekhara Rao, who took oath as the first chief minister of Telangana. Naidu hoped that Telangana will achieve development under the leadership of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief. The president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was addressing party workers after unfurling the national flag at the TDP office to mark the formation of Telangana state.
Source: IANS2014-06-02 11:58:09 AM
Telangana's first CM reviews colourful parade
Telangana's first Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao unfurled the national flag and reviewed a colourful parade here to mark the formation of India's 29th state. After taking oath as the Chief Minister, Rao hoisted the tricolour and took salute at an impressive parade held at Parade Grounds, Secunderabad. It was a historic moment as KCR, unfurled the flag at the main official celebrations, attended by his cabinet colleagues, senior officials, and a large number of policemen and people.
Source: IANS2014-06-02 12:26:44 PM
President rule in Telangana to be revoked tomorrow
The President rule imposed in Andhra Pradesh will be revoked from the Telangana region to facilitate the swearing in of the new government. The central rule will continue in rest of teh Andhra till TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu takes the charge.2014-06-01 01:47:00 PM
Ansari picks 7 MPs to represent Telangana in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari on Friday decided, through draw of lots, the names of seven MPs deemed to have been elected from seats allotted to Telangana under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Four of the MPs belong to Congress and three to TDP. A Rajya Sabha release said that Gundu Sudharani, C.M. Ramesh and Garikapati Mohan Rao of the Telugu Desam Party and V. Hanumantha Rao, Palavi Govardhan Reddy, Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu and Dr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao of the Congress would be deemed to have been elected from seven seats of Telangana from June 2, when the new state will come into being. Source: IANS2014-05-31 09:55:46 AM
No Central leader invited to KCR's swearing-in
An apparently miffed KCR has ensured no Central leader attends his swearing ceremony on Monday, reports suggest. KCR is apparently upset with government for passing an ordinance on the Polavaram project. Modi has basically cleared an ordinance that allows the merger of certain villages in Telangana with Seemandhra in order to facilitate the resettlement of those displace by the Polavaram river project2014-05-31 04:04:29 PM
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