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Relief, rescue operations continue on war footing as AP floods toll rises to 53

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Relief and rescue operations were taken up on a war footing in Andhra Pradesh which has been battered by incessant torrential rains over the last six days, claiming 53 lives so far.
 
Chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy made an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged areas today.
 
Mr.Reddy announced that the victims would be given 20 kgs of rice and Rs.1250 each would be provided to those whose houses were damaged in the rain fury.
 
Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi, who also toured the affected villages, distributed rice and kerosene to the victims.
 
The state government has put the preliminary estimates of the losses in the heavy rains at about Rs. 2,000 crores. Standing crops over 20 lakh acres was
damaged in the rains, official sources said More than 22,000 houses were damaged, they said.
 
About a lakh people living in low-lying areas were evacuated to about 230 relief camps set up the government. Besides, 1100  minor irrigation tanks were damaged and more than 5,200 kms roads damaged.
 
The South Central Railway rescheduled and diverted several long distance trains due to heavy rains.
 
Meanwhile, the weather office has forecast more rain under the influence of a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal during the next 48 hours, particularly in the north coastal districts of the state.
 
Of the 53 deaths in the state, eight each were reported in Guntur and Prakasam districts, seven in Nalgonda, six in Mahabubnagar, three each in Hyderabad, Kurnool, Vizianagaram, Chittoor, West Godavari and Warangal, two each in Srikakulam and Krishna districts.
 
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Rains continue unabated in AP, death toll mounts to 42

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As incessant rains continued to lash Andhra Pradesh for the fifth day today, the death toll in rain-related incidents across the state rose to 42, official sources said.
 
Apart from damaging thousands of houses in the state, the rains have also affected crops in nearly eight lakh hectares, official sources said.
 
At least five persons have been reportd missing in the wake of the heavy rains, which have been triggered by a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and a vigorous north-east monsoon.
 
Nearly 85,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas in different districts and have been housed in about 225 relief camps.
 
As many as 19 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and more than 580 medical relief teams have been deployed in the affected areas.
 
At several places, the embankments of minor irrigation tanks have been breached because of the rains.
 
With roads damaged and railway tracks flooded in many areas, normal road and rail traffic has been affected.
 
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the administration to distribute 10 kgs of rice and enhanced financial assistance of Rs 5000 for clothes, utensils and other essential articles to those affected by the floods.
 
Mr Reddy is scheduled to undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas tomorrow, the sources said.
 
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No respite from rain fury in Andhra Pradesh, toll rises to 32

Normal life continued to be paralysed as unabated heavy rains, under the influence of a vigorous north-east monsoon and a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, lashed most parts of Andhra Pradesh for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday, taking the death toll so far to 32.

Normal life continued to be paralysed as unabated heavy rains, under the influence of a vigorous north-east monsoon and a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, lashed most parts of Andhra Pradesh for the fifth consecutive day today, taking the death toll so far to 32.
 
In neighbouring Odisha, the floods that have followed cyclone Phailin, have claimed at least 16 lives so far and rendered thousands homeless.
 
Of the 32 deaths reported in Andhra Pradesh, seven occurred in Guntur, six in Prakasam, four in Mahabubnagar, three each in Hyderabad, Kurnool and Vizianagaram, two each in West Godavari, Nalgonda and Warangal. Two people are reported missing in Visakhapatnam.
 
The heavy rains caused extensive damage to crops over 16 lakh acres in Andhra Pradesh, besides razing scores of houses to the ground. Many colonies and villages remained marooned.
 
Most rivers and rivulets were overflowing, several lakes and other water bodies breached their embankments and the Godavari reached the danger mark at Dowleshwaram.
 
Rail and road traffic remained affected as the national highways and railway
tracks at most places in the coastal areas were under knee-deep water. Road traffic between Hyderabad and Vijayawada was also disrupted.
 
At least 16 dead due to floods in Odisha
The Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of Hyderabad reached the full capacity of
315 feet following heavy inflows.
 
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy who reviewed the situation at a high level meeting instructed district collectors to provide immediate ex-gratia payments to the families of those who lost their lives in rain-related incidents.
 
Mr Reddy will undertake a tour of the affected areas tomorrow, according to official sources.
 
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu toured the worst-hit Srikakulam district, while several ministers also inspected the rain-affected areas following the Chief Minister's instructions.
 
Meanwhile, the weather office forecast heavy to very heavy rain, particularly in the coastal areas during the next 48 hours.
 
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Rain havoc continues in Andhra Pradesh, death toll rises to 20

Incessant heavy rains continued to battter many parts of Andhra Pradesh for the fourth day running today, taking the death toll in rain-related mishaps to 20, besides damaging crops over more than 3.5 lakh acres, official sources said.
 
Scores of rivulets and lakes had  breached their banks and major rivers including the
Krishna and Godavari were in spate, flooding residential colonies, highways and
railway tracks, particularly in the coastal districts, throwing normal life out of gear.
 
The South Central Railway cancelled, diverted and rescheduled several trains due to flooding of tracks. Road traffic on the highways was also badly affected.
 
More than 70,000 people evacuated from the low-lying areas are being sheltered in relief camps.
 
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service to take up rescue and relief operations.
 
Normal life in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad was also paralysed because of the unabated rains in the last four days. The usually busy shopping malls and streets wore a deserted look. 
 
The picturesque Hussain Sagar lake in the heart of the city was just a foot short of its full
capacity of 513 feet, official sources said.
 
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting and asked officials to render all possible help to the people in the affected areas.
 
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy appealed to their cadres to take up relief works in the affected areas.
 
The 18 people killed in the rain-related incidents included five due to drowning in Prakasam district. Four people in Guntuur, three people in Hyderabad, two each in West Godavari and Mahabubnagar, and one each in Kurnool and Vizianagaram were killed in incidents of wall collapses, official sources said. Besides, two people were reported missing in Visakhapatnam district.
 
The weather bureau has forecast heavy rains at several places in the state in the next two days.
 
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12 killed in unabated heay rains in Andhra Pradesh

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At least 12 people were killed, crops over more than two lakh acres damaged and rail and road communications badly affected as heavy rains, triggered by a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal and vigorous north east monsoon, continued to lash many parts of Andhra Pradesh for the third day today.
 
Official sources said twelve people  were killed, mostly in wall collapses following heavy rains. Four people were drowned in flood waters in  Prakasham district, while three people were killed in Hyderabad, two in Guntur and one each in Kurnool, Vizianagaram and West Godavari.
 
Two women and a boy were killed in a wall collapse in the Mehedipatnam area in the city following which tension prevailed in the area for sometime with the angry blaming the civic authorities for the mishap.
 
More than a dozen sheperds were marooned in Nalgonda district where flood waters also entered a government hospital.
 
Rain water entered residential colonies in Dilshuknagar area in the city and many places in the coastal districts, official sources said.
 
The South Central Railway (SCR) diverted several long-distance trains on alternate routes after the tracks were flooded at many places in the affected coastal districts.
 
Road traffic was badly affected as national highways at many places were under knee-deep flood waters. Thousands of people were evacauted from low-lying areas and sheltered at scores of relief camps.
 
Kalingapatnam recorded a heavy rainfall of 34 cms while several areas received rainfall of more than 12 cms.
 
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation at a high-level meeting and instructed officials to take all measures for the benefit of affected people. 
 
He also directed the health department to constatntly monitor against outbreak of diseases like malaria, dengue and viral fevers.
 
Meanwhile, the weather office said that heavy rain was likely to lash many parts of the state particularly the coastal districts during the next 48 hours.
 
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Heavy rains lash Andhra Pradesh, crops damaged in several places

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Crops over several thousands of acres were damaged, scores of houses collapsed and many villages were marooned following heavy rains in many parts of Andhra Pradesh today under the influence of a low pressure area in the Bay of Bengal and also the vigorous north-east monsoon.
 
Many rivers and rivulets were in spate and low-lying areas in many districts were flooded and gushing waters entered houses in many coastal villages.
 
In Srikakulam district, which recorded a whopping 17 cms of rainfall in the last 24 hours, more than 30 villages were cut off, according to official sources.
 
Many coastal districts where the north-east monsoon has been vigorous or active recorded a rainfall of more than 10 cms each, affecting road communications.
 
The city of Hyderabad and its neighbourhood, too, have been experiencing heavy rains since yesterday, affecting the free low of traffic on many busy roads. Several low-lying areas in the city were flooded.
 
The weatherman has forecast more rain during the next 24 hours in many parts of the state.
 
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the situation at a meeting with Chief Secretary P K Mohanty and other senior officials and directed them to take all possible measures to ensure that the people do not face hardships.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of heavy to very heavy rainfall at many places in coastal Andhra Pradesh, with extremely heavy rains at a few places, tomorrow also.
 
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GoM on Telangana gives more time to people, parties for making suggestions

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde chairing the second meeting of the Group of Ministers on Telangana in New Delhi on October 19, 2013. Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jairam Ramesh, M Veerappa Moily and V Narayanasamy are also seen.
Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde chairing the second meeting of the Group of Ministers on Telangana in New Delhi on October 19, 2013. Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jairam Ramesh, M Veerappa Moily and V Narayanasamy are also seen.
 
The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana, headed by Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, today decided to give more time to enable political parties, public representatives and individuals to send their suggestions pertaining to its specific terms of reference.
 
At their second meeting here today to consider the issues regarding the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and formation of the new state of Telangana, the GoM noted that Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and the Planning Commission had furnished their status notes on the issues given in the terms of reference of the GoM.
 
A large number of e-mails had also been received on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
 
An official press release said the suggestions may be sent on the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs (mha.nic.in/gom.htm) or could be sent by post to the following address: Director (CS-II), Centre-State Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, 5th Floor, B-Wing, NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi – 110 001. 
 
The suggestions should reach the Ministry of Home Affairs by 5th November, 2013, it said.
 
Today's meeting was attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Health & Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel and the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy.
 
The release said the Group of Ministers also considered the background notes which had been prepared by the Home Ministry regarding the various issues pertaining to the bifurcation. 
 
The Group of Ministers deliberated upon the suggestions received by e-mail. They directed that the suggestions made in the emails may be taken into account by the ministries concerned while updating their status reports. The ministries should makes specific recommendations based on the terms of reference for consideration of the GoM, the meeting said.
 
The next meeting of the Group of Ministers will be held on 7th November, 2013, the release added.
 
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Telangana: YSR Congress legislators held for staging protest in front of CM's office

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Over a dozen legislators belonging to the YSR Congress were arrested by the police for staging a sit-in protest in front of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy's office in the state secretariat here today.
 
The MLAs were demanding the convening of the state legislative assembly at once to pass a resolution opposing the Centre's move to carve out a separate state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.
 
They held placards and raised slogans to support their demand. The arrested legislators were freed later.
 
Earlier, the legislators met the chief minister and submitted a memorandum demanding convening of the assembly session.
 
Party president Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy had met Governor E.L.S. Narasimhan here yesterday and urged him to convene the assembly.
 
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Govt. employees in Seemandhra region suspend agitation against Telangana

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The Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers' (APNGOs) Association and other government employees in the Seemandhra region of the state today decided to temporarily suspend their 66-day-old agitation against the move to create a separate state out of Telangana by bifurcating the state.
 
The employees' decision followed talks between Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and leaders of their associations.
 
APNGOs president Ashok Babu later told newsmen that the employees would report for their duties from tomorrow, adding that the employees' unions will again give strike notice when the resolution seeking to create a separate Telangana state comes before the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly.
 
The chief minister told the employees' leaders during the talks that the people at large were facing hardships because of their strike.
 
Meanwhile, the educational institutions which were closed for the last two months in view of the "Save Andhra" agitation reopened in the Seemandhra regions.
 
At a separate press conference, AP State Road Transport Corporation managing director A.K. Khan said that the corporation suffered a loss of more than Rs. 745 crore due to strike by its employees in Seemandhra.
 
Normal bus services have been restored after the staff called off their agitation some days ago.
 
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SCR cancels, diverts more trains due to cyclone Phailin

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The South Central Railway (SCR) has cancelled and diverted more trains in view of the cyclone Phailin, which hit the Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coast last night.
 
These cancellations and diversions are in addition to the trains already cancelled or diverted yesterday.
 
According to an SCR press release, the following are the details of the cancellations/ diversions:
 
I.Trains Fully Cancelled:
 
1.Train.No.11019 Mumbai CST - Bhubaneswar Konark Express scheduled to depart Mumbai CST at 15 10 hrs. on 12th Oct,2013.
 
2.Train.No.17479 Puri - Tirupati Express scheduled to depart Puri at 12 25 hrs o­n 13thOct, 2013.
 
3.Train.No.17015 Bhubaneswar - Secunderabad Vishaka Express scheduled to depart Bhubaneswar at 08 35 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013.
 
4.Train.No.11020 Bhubaneswar - Mumbai Konark Express scheduled to depart Bhubaneswar at 15 20 hrs. o­n 13th Oct, 2013.
 
5.Train.No.22871 Bhubaneswar - Tirupati Express scheduled to depart Bhubaneswar at 12 00 hrs. o­n 13th Oct, 2013.
 
6.Train.No.22880 Tirupati - Bhubaneswar Express scheduled to depart Tirupati at 12.45 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013.
 
7.Train.No.17482 Tirupati - Bilaspur Express scheduled to depart Tirupati at 10 35 hrs o­n 13thOct, 2013.
 
8.Train.No.57271 Vijayawada - Rayagada Passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 21 00 hrs on 12th Oct, 2013.
 
9.Train.No.57229 Machilipatnam - Visakhapatnam Passenger scheduled to depart Machilipatnam at 21 15 hrs on 12th Oct, 2013.
 
10.Train.No.57225 Vijayawada - Visakhapatnam Passenger scheduled to depart Vijayawada at 08 25 hrs. o­n 13th Oct, 2013.
 
11.Train.No.57255 Kakinada Port - Visakhapatnam Passenger scheduled to depart Kakinada Port at 04 30 hrs o­n 13thOct, 2013.
 
II.Trains Diverted:
 
Train.No.18646 Hyderabad – Howrah East Coast Exp scheduled to depart Hyderabad at 10 00 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Kazipet, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda.
 
Train.No.12513 Secunderabad - Guwahati Express scheduled to depart Secunderabad at 07 30 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Kazipet, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda.
 
Train.No.12703 Howrah - Secunderabad Falaknuma Express scheduled to depart Howrah at 07 25 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Kharagpur, Jharsuguda, Nagpur, Ballarshah, Warangal, Vijayawada.
 
Train.No.22620 Tirunelveli - Bilaspur Express scheduled to depart Tirunelveli at 01 15 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda.
 
Train.No.22852 Mangalore - Santragachchi Express scheduled to depart Mangalore at 22 45 hrs on 12th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda.
 
Train.No.12246 Yesvantpur - Howrah Duronto Express scheduled to depart Yesvantpur at 11 15 hrs o­n 13th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda.
 
Train.No.16323 Trivandrum - Shalimar Express which left Trivandrum at 16 35 hrs on 12th Oct, 2013 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jarshuguda.
 
T.No.15905 Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Weekly Express which left Kanyakumari at 14.45 hrs., today on 12.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Jharsuguda, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.12842 Chennai-Howrah Coromandal Express scheduled to depart Chennai at 08.45 Hrs. o­n 13.10.13 is diverted to run via Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagpur, Jharsuguda, Kharagpur.
 
The release said SCR had set up emergency control rooms at Secunderabad and Vijayawada to monitor the situation.
 
Special patrolling of tracks has been taken up. Engineering trains carrying material including boulders, quarry dust etc., have been kept ready at  Vijayawada, Bitragunta, Rajahmundry and Vatlur to undertake relief activity in case of need.
 
Supervisors have been deputed to travel in locomotives of trains running o­n Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam section so as to keep watch alongside the railway tracks, particularly with regard to water level etc.
 
Watchmen have been posted to monitor the situation at Identified vulnerable locations including bridges, high banks etc. in the interest of safety of track and other installations.
 
With a view to help transport the stranded short distance passengers, two special Passenger Trains have been run - o­ne from Vijayawada to Anakapalle and o­ne from Vijayawada to Samalkot.
 
The following additional helplines have been set up by SCR at various places:
 
At Tuni: 08854-252172
At Anakapalle: 08924-221698
At Guntur: 0863-2222014, 09701379072
At Nandyal: 07702772080
At Nalgonda: 08682-224392, 09701379077
At Narsaraopeta: 08647-223131, 09701379075
At Markapur: 08596-222028, 09701379079
At Giddalur: 08405-242003
At Sattanapalle: 08641-232255
At Piduguralla: 08649-252255
At Nadikude: 08649-257625, 09701379078
 
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South Eastern Railway cancels, diverts several trains due to cyclone

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The South Eastern Railway (SER) has cancelled and diverted several trains on the east coast section in view of the cyclone Phailin that will hit the coast in Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh this evening.
 
According to a press release from SER, the following are the details:
 
CANCELLATION OF TRAINS:
 
12837 Howrah-Puri Express from Howrah on 12.102013
18409 Howrah-Puri Sri Jagannath Express from Howrah on 12.10.2013
12277 Howrah-Puri Shatabdi Express from Howrah on 12.10.2013
12073 Howrah-Bhubaneswar Jan Shatabdi Express from Howrah on 12.10.2013
18047 Howrah-Vasco-Da-Gama Amravati Express from Howrah on 12.10.2013
08011 Santragach-Puri Special train from Santragachi on 13.10.2013
03101 Sealdah-Puri Special train from Sealdah on 13.10.2013
08041 Santragachi- Chennai Special train from Santragachi on 12.10.2013
02851 Santragachi-Kochuveli Special train from Santragachi on 12.10.2013
58001 Howrah-Puri Passenger from Howrah on 12.10.2013
58005 Kharagpur-Khurda Passenger on 12.102013
 
Besides, 12 other trains towards different directions will remain cancelled on 
12.10.2013.
 
All Howrah bound mail/express trains leaving Puri on 12.10.2013 have been 
cancelled by East Coast Railway.
 
DIVERSION OF TRAINS:
 
12703 Howrah-Secundrabad Falaknuma Express, 18645 Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, 12245 Howrah-Yesvantpur Duronto Express and 12841 Howrah-Chennai Coromondal Express leaving Howrah on 12.10.2013 will run via diverted route i.e. Kharagpur-Tatanagar-Jharsuguda-Bilaspur-Raipur-Durg-Nagpur-Ballarsha-Kazipet.
 
12863 Howrah-Yesvantpur Express and 12839 Howrah Chennai Mail leaving 
Howrah on 12.10.2013 will be diverted via Kharagpur-Jharsuguda-Nagpur-
Ballarsha.
 
22803 Howrah-Sambalpur Express leaving Howrtah on 12.10.2013 will be diverted via Kharagpur-Tatanagar-Jharsuguda.
 
22614 Haldia- Chennai Express leaving Haldia on 12.10.2013 will be diverted via Kharagpur-Tatanagar-Jharsuguda-Bilaspur-Nagpur-Ballarsha-Kazipet.
 
12664 Tiruchchirapalli-Howrah Express and 12840 Chennai-Howrah Mail arriving Howrah on 13.10.2013 will be diverted via Vizianagaram- Jharsuguda-Tatanagar-Kharagpur.
 
12864 Yesvantpur-Howrah Express which left Yesvantpur on 11.10.2013 is 
diverted via Warangal-Ballarsha-Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Bilaspur-Jharsuguda-
Kharagpur.
 
12842 Chennai-Howrah Coromondal Express scheduled to leave Chennai on 
12.10.2013 is diverted via Warangal-Ballarsha-Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Bilaspur-
Jharsuguda-Kharagpur
 
18646 Hyderabad-Howrah East Coast Express leaving Hyderabad and 12704 
Secundrabad-Howrah Falaknuma Express leaving Secundrabad on 12.10.2013 are diverted via Ballarsha-Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Bilaspur-Jharsugua-Kharagpur.
 
SHORT TERMINATION:
 
18048 Vasco-da-Gama –Howrah Amravati Express scheduled to arrive Howrah on 12.10.2013 will be short terminated at Visakhapatnam 
 
Trains running to East Coast area are expected to be severely affected tomorrow also, the release added.
 
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Cyclone Phailin: South Central Railway cancels, diverts several trains

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The South Central Railway (SCR) has cancelled, partially cancelled or diverted due to the cyclone Phailin, which is expected to hit the north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast this evening.
 
According to bulletins issued by the SCR, the following are the trains cancelled, partially cancelled or diverted:
 
CANCELLED:
 
T.No.17480 Tirupati – Puri  Express scheduled to leave Tirupati at 10.35 hrs today i.e. 12.10.2013 is cancelled. 
 
T.No.12375 Chennai Central – Asansol Weekly Express scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 14.35 hrs today i.e. 12.10.2013 is cancelled. 
 
T.No.17016 Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express Scheduled to leave Secunderabad at 17.00 Hrs. today i.e.12.10.13 is cancelled.
 
T.No.67295 Rajahmundy-Visakhapatnam Passenger Scheduled to leave Rajahmundy at 11.15 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is cancelled.
 
T.No.67292 Visakhapatnam-Vizianagaram Passenger Scheduled to leave Visakhapatnam at 18.00 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is cancelled.
 
T.No.67291 Vizianagaram -Visakhapatnam Passenger Scheduled to leave Vizianagaram at 06.15 Hrs. o­n 13.10.13 is cancelled. 
 
T.No.67294 Visakhapatnam-Palasa Passenger Scheduled to leave Visakhapatnam at 08.00 Hrs. o­n 13.10.13 is cancelled.
 
T.No.67293 Palasa-Visakhapatnam Passenger Scheduled to leave Palasa at 12.45 Hrs. o­n 13.10.13 is cancelled.
 
T.No.67296 Visakhapatnam-Rajahmundry Passenger Scheduled to leave Visakhapatnam at 18.10 Hrs. o­n 13.10.13 is cancelled.
 
PARTIALLY CANCELLED:
 
T.No. 11019 CST Mumbai – Bhubaneswar Express which left CST Mumbai on 11.10.2013 is partially cancelled between Rajahmundry and Bhubaneswar.
 
T.No. 57225  Vijayawada – Visakapatanam Passenger scheduled to leave Vijayawada at  08.25 hrs today i.e. 12.10.2013 is partially cancelled between Rajahmundry and Visakapatanam.
 
T.No.18464 Bangalore-Bhubaneswar Prasanthi Express which left Bangalore at 14.00 Hrs. o­n 11.10.13 now at Rajahmundry, is partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar.
 
T.No.11020 Bubaneswar-Mumbai Konark Express which is Scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar at 15.20 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is partially cancelled between Bhubaneswar and Samalkot. T.No.11020 Express will run from Samalkot to CST Mumbai.
 
T.No.17016 Secunderabad-Bhubaneswar Visakha Express which left Secunderabad at 17.00 Hrs. o­n 11.10.13 is partially cancelled between Vizianagaram and Bhubaneswar. 
 
T.No.17015 Bhubaneswar-Secunderabad Visakha Express which was Scheduled to leave Bhubaneswar at 08.35 Hrs. today i.e.12.10.13 is partially cancelled between Bhubaneswar and Vizianagaram. T.No.17015 will run from Vizianagaram to Secunderabad. 
 
T.No.57230 Visakhapatnam-Machilipatnam Passenger which is Scheduled to leave Visakhapatnam at 20.10 Hrs. today i.e.12.10.13 is partially cancelled between Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry. 
 
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DIVERTED:
 
T.No. 13352 Alleppey- Dhanbad JN  Express which left Alleppey o­n  11.10.2013  hrs is diverted via Warangal – Ballarshah –  Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Billaspur-Jarshuguda. 
   
T.No. 12864 Yesvantpur-  Howrah  Express which left Yesvantpur o­n 11.10.2013 is diverted via Warangal–Ballarshah–Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Billaspur-Jarshuguda–Kharagpur.
 
T.No. 12509 Bangalore-Guwahati Express which left Bangalore o­n  
11.10.2013 hrs is diverted via Warangal – Ballarshah – Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Billaspur- Jarshuguda – Kharagpur-Howrah.
 
T.No. 12842 Chennai - Howrah  Coromondal Express which left Chennai at 08.45 hrs., today i.e. 12.10.2013 is diverted via Warangal Ballarshah – Nagpur-  Durg-Raipur- Billaspur-   Jarshuguda- Kharagpur.
 
T.No.18646 Hyderabad – Howrah East Coast Express which left     Hyderabad  at 10.00hrs today i.e.12.10.2013 is diverted via Ballarshah – Nagpur-Durg-Raipur-Billaspur-Jarshuguda- Kharagpur.
 
T.No.12704 Secuderabad  – Howrah Falaknuma  Express scheduled to leave  Secuderabad  at 16.00hrs today 12.10.2013 is diverted via  Ballarshah–Nagpur- Durg-Raipur-Billaspur-Jarshuguda- Kharagpur.
 
T.No.12664 Tiruchchirappalli-Howrah Weekly Express which left Tiruchchirappalli at 16.00 Hrs. o­n 11.10.13 andnow at Annavaram, is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Gondia, Raipur, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.12840 Chennai Central-Howrah Mail which left Chennai Central at 23.40 Hrs. o­n 11.10.13 andnow at Samalkot, is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Gondia, Raipur, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.02551 Yesvantpur-Kamakhya Special which was Scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 08.30 Hrs. today i.e.12.10.13 is rescheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 14.00 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 andis diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Gondia, Raipur, Tata, Kharagpur. 
 
T.No.12253 Yesvantpur-Bhagalpur weekly Express Scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 13.30 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Gondia, Raipur, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.06316 Ernakulam-Howrah special which left Ernakulam o­n 11.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Durg, Gondia, Raipur, Jashuguda, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.18048 Vasco-Howrah Express which left Vasco at 07.10 Hrs. o­n 11.10.13 which reached Visakhapatnam, is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Durg, Gondia, Raipur, Jashuguda, Tata, Kharagpur.(Connect ECOR msg No.ECOR/91/10/13 dated 12.10.13).
 
T.No.12840 Chennai Central-Howrah Mail Scheduled to leave Chennai Central at 23.40 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Durg, Gondia, Raipur, Jashuguda, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.12864 Yesvantpur- Howrah Express Scheduled to leave Yesvantpur at 19.35 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Durg, Gondia, Raipur, Jashuguda, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.22606 Villupuram-Purulia Weekly express which left Villupuram at 11.15 Hrs. today i.e. 12.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Durg, Gondia, Raipur, Jashuguda, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
T.No.12666 Kanyakumari-Howrah Express which left Kanyakumari at 07.50 Hrs. today i.e.12.10.13 is diverted to run via Vijayawada, Warangal, Ballarshah, Nagapur, Durg, Gondia, Raipur, Jashuguda, Tata, Kharagpur.
 
Additional Enquiry counters, Fare refund counters and Catering   arrangements have been made at all important stations over Vijayawada, Secunderabad, Guntur and Guntakal Divisions, the release said.
 
The SCR as opened help lines 040-27700868 at Secunderabad and 040-23200865 at Hyderabad to provide information regarding movement of trains.
 
Helplines have also been set up at other places as follows:
 
Vijayawada: 0866-2575038
Rajahmundry:       0883-2420541, 2420543
Kazipet:0870-2548660
Warangal:0870-2426232
Khammam:08742-256025
Manchiryal:08736-250081 
 
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Telangana: Fasting Chandrababu Naidu evicted from Andhra Bhavan, shifted to hospital

Chandrababu Naidu evicted from Andhra Bhavan, taken to hospital
 
Telegu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu, who was on an indefinite fast for the past five days in the national capital in protest against the Centre's decision to go ahead with the creation of a separate state of Telangana, was today evicted by the police from the venue of his hunger strike, Andhra Bhavan, and admitted to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.
 
The eviction was not without its share of drama, with a large crowd of TDP supporters trying to stop the police from moving Mr Naidu, whose health had deteriorated, to hospital.
 
An ambulance and a team of doctor from RML Hospital had to wait for a long time before the police were able to shift Mr Naidu, a former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh.
 
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Telangana: Seemandhra Secretariat staff temporarily call off strike on CM's appeal

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The Seemandhra Secretariat Employees today temporarily called off their strike against the Union Government's move to carve out a new state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh following an appeal by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.
 
Mr Reddy and the Group of Ministers set up by him held a meeting at the Secretariat here with the representatives of the striking Seemandhra employees of the Secretariat.
 
Later, an official press release quoted the employees as saying that they had decided to temporarily call off their strike following the Chief Ministers appeal and in view of the cyclone threat to the state and other problems being faced by the common people. 
 
They said the services of the staff were all the more needed in the cyclone preparedness and relief operations in the areas likely to be affected.
 
Mr Reddy told the employees that the political issues raised by them would be  taken up politically with the Government of India. As far as service matters are concerned, the officials and the Group of Ministers will sympathetically consider all the issues, he said.
 
Electricity employees, too, had called off their indefinite strike yesterday bringing relief to the people of Seemandhra region who had to face disruptions in power supply for the past six days.
 
Sources said that employees of the state road transport corporation, who are also on strike against the move to create Telangana, might also call off their agitation.
 
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Telangana: Electricity employees in Seemandhra call off five-day-old strike

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Striking employes of the state electricity department in the Seemandhra region in Andhra Pradesh agreed to end their agitation, launched five days ago in protest against the Centre's decision to create a separate state of Telangana, after talks with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here today.
 
An official press release from the state government said the discussions were "successful" and that the striking electricity employees had agreed to withdraw their strike following an appeal by the Chief Minister.
 
The release said that the Joint Action Committee leaders had decided to suspend their five-day-old strike against bifurcation of the state after talks with Mr Reddy.
 
Mr Reddy urged the electricity employees to call off their strike in view of the sufferings caused to people because of the disruption in power supply, especially to hospitals, trains and other essential services.
 
He said people from all walks of life, especially patients, the elderly, farmers, women, industrial workers, small traders and others had suffered hardships due to the strike.
 
The decision by the electricity employees to call off their strike comes at a time when the coastal areas in the northern part of the state were bracing to face a very severe cyclonic storm that was heading towards the coast from the Bay of the Bengal.
 
The employees' leaders said they had decided to end their strike in view of the threat of the cyclone and also taking into account the assurances given by Mr Reddy that the resolution on Telangana would be defeated when it comes for voting in the state legislative assembly.
 
They also said that the Chief Minister has promised to allow the electricity employee unions to meet the Group of Ministers (GoM) set up by the Centre on Telangana and explain to them the problems they faced relating to services and other issues.
 
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Police shift fasting YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy to hospital

Fasting Jaganmohan Reddy taken into preventive custody
 
The police today forcibly shifted YSR Congess president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, who was on an indefinite fast for the past five days against the Centre's move to create a separate state of Telengana out of Andhra Pradesh, to the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here after doctors who examined him said his health was deteriorating.
 
Sources said Mr Reddy was forcibly evicted from the venue of the fast near his residence here and taken to hospital, where he was placed in preventive custody.
 
Mr Reddy, who has opposed the Centre's move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, has been demanding that the decision be revoked and the state kept united.
 
Earlier in the day, Mr Reddy had refused to heed the advice of doctor and take fluids.
 
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Telangana: Agitation in Seemandhra continues as talks with CM fail

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Large parts of the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh remained without power and there was no immediate respite in sight after talks between Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and leaders of the AP Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association failed to bring an end to their agitation against the Centre's move to create a separate state of Telangana.
 
APNGOs Association President Ashok Babu told newspersons after the talks that the employees' leaders had decided to continue the agitation till a specific assurance on their demand that the state not be divided was given.
 
He said the Chief Minister had urged the employees' respresentatives during
the talks to call off their agitation in view of the hardships faced by the people and also the threat of a cyclone to the state.
 
Meanwhile, towns and villages in the coastal districts went without powr supply for the fourth day today, affecting even essential services like hospitals, trains and water supply following a strike by 30,000 employees of the electricity department against the move to bifurcate the state.
 
Even as the agitation in the Seemandhra region, continued,curfew in the violence-hit Vizianagaram town was relaxed for two hours toay to enable the people to stock up on essential items.
 
The district remained incident-free though tense today. Additional forces were deployed near the properties of state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana and his relatives.The properties owned by the APCC chief and his relatives bore the brunt of the violence in the past few days.
 
Meanwhile, the indefinite fast by YSR Congress President Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy against the move to bifurcate the state entered the fifth day today. Doctors from the Osmania General Hospital, who examined him, said his health was deteriorating.
 
The fast by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President N.Chandrababu Naidu in Delhi also continued today.
 
A team of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders called on Governor E S L Narasimhan and urged him to dismiss the Kiran Kumar Reddy government and recommend the imposition of President's rule in the state.
 
Meanwhile, the reorganised seven-member Group of Ministers, set up by the Centre to examine issues relating to the bifurcation of the state, is scheduled to meet in Delhi on Friday.
 
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Cyclone threat to Andhra Pradesh, CM reviews preparedness

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Moderate to rather heavy rains are likely to lash coastal and Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh during the next 48 hours under the influence of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal which is likely to develop into a cyclonic storm.
 
The weather office said heavy rains were likely, particularly in the districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Krishna and East and West Godavari districts during the same period.
 
Heavy rains lashed the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, which have been experiencing summer-like weather during the last several days, this eveningm flooding many low-lying areas and roads.
 
State Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy put all departments and district administrations on high alert in view of the cyclone threat.
 
He held a meeting with Ministers and senior officials to review the preparedness of the adminstration to handle the situation.
 
He urged the officials to evacuate people to safer places wherever necessary and to take all possible steps to protect lives and property.
 
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Telangana: Seemandhra Ministers meet PM, urge him to accept their resignations

Seemandhra Ministers urge PM to accept their resignations
 
As violent protests continued in the Seemandhra districts of Andhra Pradesh against the Centre's move to create a separate state of Telangana, four Union Ministers from the region met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today and urged him to accept their resignation from their posts.
 
Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D Purandeswari Devi told newspersons that she, along with Mr M M Pallam Raju, Mr K Chiranjeevi and Mr Surya Prakash Reddy, met Dr Singh and expressed their inability to continue in the Council of Ministers in the circumstances.
 
She said they had explained in detail to Dr Singh the situaiton on the ground in Andhra Pradesh.
 
She said the people of Andhra Pradesh had expected the A K Antony Committee, set up by the Congress, to visit the state and listen to their grievances and concerns about the Centre's decision to create Telangana.
 
Ms Purandeswari said that, since the committee had not visited the state, people had lost confidence that justice would be done to them.
 
"So we have explained the entire situation to the Prime Minister and urged him to accept our resignations," she said.
 
Mr Chiranjeevi said the Prime Minister had urged them to give him some time to think about the issue.
 
The agitation has affected normal life in the Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions, where road and rail traffic as well as power supply have been disrupted.
 
Meanwhile, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde briefed Dr Singh about the latest developments in Andhra Pradesh.
 
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While YSR Congress President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy continued his indefinite fast against the Telangana decision in Hyderabad today, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu began a hunger strike against the move in Delhi today.
 
In Hyderabad, Chief Secretary P K Mohanty held a video conference with district collectors, police officials and other officials of the affected districts to take stock of the situation and discuss steps to restore normalcy.
 
The district officials were told to ensure maintenance of law and order and prevent the destruction of private and public properties.
 
In view of the strike by the employees of the electricity department, the South-Central Railway (SCR) today partially cancelled some passenger trains because traction power supply was disrupted.
 
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Telangana issue: Curfew continues for second day in Vizianagaram

Curfew remained in force for the second day on Sunday in Vizianagaram town of Andhra Pradesh as violence and attacks on government properties and premises of Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana and his relatives in protest against the Centre's decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana continued unabated.

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Curfew remained in force for the second day today in Vizianagaram town of Andhra Pradesh as violence and attacks on government properties and premises of Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana and his relatives in protest against the Centre's decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana continued unabated.
 
The fort town was brought under curfew yesterday after two days of unrelenting violence and attacks on properties, looting of shops and arson.
 
The Railways bore the brunt of the ongoing agitation in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions aagainst the move to bifurcate the state, forcing the South-Central Railway to cancel several long-distance trains and divert others on alternate routes because of distruption of traction power supply at various places.
 
Power supply was affected in six districts in the region following a strike by the employees of the electricity department.
 
Meanwhile, AP Non-Gazetted Officers' Association President Ashok Babu said that their agitation against the division of the state would be intensified.
 
He said that the residences of all the elected representatives in the Seemandhra region would be gheraoed by agitators for three days from October 10.
 
He said that the APNGOs will not celebrate Dusshera festival this year as part of
their agitation.
 
TDP president N.Chandrababu Naidu will undertake an indefinite fast in Delhi from tomorrow even as the one being observed by YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy entered the second day today. 
 
The South-Central Railway (SCR) said there was shortfall in supply of power at sub-stations on the Vijayawada-Gudur-Renigunta and Renigunta-Guntakal sections intermittently from this morning, which affected the smooth running of trains.
 
The SCR has set up emergency control rooms at its headquarters at Secunderabad here and at divisional headquarters. Priority is being given to the smooth running of long-distnce mail and express trains, a press release from the railway said.
 
The movement of goods trains in the affected sections has been temporarily curtailed. Also, 25 passenger trains and six express trains have been cancelled and six passenger trains have been partially cancelled, many of which are for the purpose of rake balancing, it said.
 
In Hyderabad, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appealed to the striking employees of the power transmission, generation and distribution companies to resume their duties immediately.
 
He said their strike was seriously impacting important services like hospitals, drinking water, railways, temples and so on.
 
"Since general public are suffering for no fault of theirs, the employees should rethink about their strike on humanitarian grounds and avoid inconvenience," he added. 
 
He said patients in hospitals are suffering as a result of the strike and the public had been put to a lot of inconvenience.
 
Mr Reddy also held a review of the law and order situation in the state, particularly in Vizianagaram. He directed the authorities to take strict action against anti-social elements induging in destruction of government and private properties.
 
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Jaganmohan Reddy begins indefinite fast against Telangana decision

Jaganmohan Reddy begins his fast-unto-death
 
YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy began an indefinite hunger strike at his residence in the posh Jubilee Hills area of the city today in protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana out of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Speaking at the venue of the indefinite fast, Mr Reddy said his party would challenge the Centre's decision in the Supreme Court.
 
He wondered how the Centre could find solutions in six weeks when there were legal problems involved in the bifurcation of the state.
 
A  large number of the party activists and party leaders were present at the venue of the hunger strike.
 
Mr Reddy urged the Centre and the State to keep the state of Andhra Pradesh united and wondered how the Cabinet could act in the matter without a resolution being passed on the subject by the state legislative assembly.
 
“I also appeal to all political parties to come together on this occasion and join the stir aimed at keeping the state united,” he said at a press conference here last night.
 
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NIA Court prohibits publishing of details of Hyderabad twin blasts probe

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Hyderabad has issued prohibitory orders against the publishing of details of investigation in the Hyderabad twin blasts cases of February 21, 2013 against Ahmed Zarar @ Yasin Bhatkal, Asadullah Akthar @ Haddi and their associates of Indian Mujahideen by media houses.   
 
An official press release said here today that the court had given directions to print and electronic media not to publish any proceedings of these cases without its prior permission.
 
In its order, the NIA Special Court observed …“it is just and necessary to give direction to the print and electronic media not to publish any of the proceedings in this case in RC No. 1/2013 and RC 2/2013 of National Investigation Agency, Hyderabad including the publishing and telecasting in any manner touching the documents of ongoing investigation of this case without prior permission from this court.”
 
"The print and electronic media are advised to note the directions of the court for compliance," the release added.
 
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Violent protests against Union Cabinet decision on Telangana

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Life came to a standstill in the coastal and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh as a 48-hour general strike began today in protest against the Union Cabinet's decision to create a separate state of Telangana.
 
The "bandh" turned violent as the angry agitators targetted police vehicles and offices and residences of Congress leaders. Hundreds of protesters including state government employees, students, traders and farmers took to the streets, blocking roads and highways.
 
They attacked the District Congress Committee (DCC) offices and residences of Congress leaders at several places. In Vizianagaram, hundreds of pro-united Andhra supporters "gheroaed" the residence and camp office of state Congress president Botsa Satyanarayana, prompting the police to swing into action to disperse the angry crowds.
 
Agitating electricity department employees cut off power supply to Mr. Satyanarayana's residence.
 
Agitators attacked the railway stations at the temple town of Tirupati and Chittoor, forcing police to use force to disperse them. At several places in the Seemandhra region, police lobbed tear gas shells and resorted to lathi- charge. The agitators set afire six police vehicles in different places. 
 
Additional para-military forces were being rushed in view of the prevailing situation in the regions.
 
Meanwhile, Ministers and legislators from the Seemandhra regions met at the camp office of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in Hyderabad to take stock of the situation and decide their future course action in view of the Cabinet decision.
 
The meeting, attended by 17 ministers, 44 MLAs and ten MLCs, discussed several options, including voting against the resolution seeking to create a separate Telangana when it comes before the state legislative assembly.
 
Apart from Union Human Resource Development Minister M M Pallam Raju, who announced his decision to quit the Cabinet in protest against the move, Union Ministers Killi Kruparani and D.Purandeshwari are also understood to have resigned protesting against the decision to divide the state. Ms.Kruparani faxed her resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Senior Congress MP K.Bapi Raju too faxed his resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.
 
According to sources, the Prime Minister telephoned Union Tourism Minister  K Chiranjeevi to reconsider his decision to quit the Council of Ministers, but the latter was reported to be firm in his stand.
 
In a related development, YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has decided to go on an indefinte fast from tomorrow against the Cabinet decision which he claimed did great injustice to the people of Seemandhra region.
 
Telegu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu, too, has decided to undertake a fast in Delhi against the move to divide the state.
 
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Pallam Raju quits Union Cabinet in protest against Telangana decision

Union Minister for Human Resource Development M M Pallam Raju announced his resignation from the Union Cabinet on Friday in protest against its decision on Thursday to go ahead with the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.

"Hurt" Pallam Raju quits Cabinet over Telangana
 
Union Minister for Human Resource Development M M Pallam Raju today announced his resignation from the Union Cabinet in protest against its decision yesterday to go ahead with the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The Cabinet also decided that Hyderabad would be the common capital of the two states for 10 years and to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out the modalities of carving out the new state.
 
The resignation came as protests against the move intensified in the Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions in the state and a 72-hour general strike called by various organisations began this morning.
 
Media reports said Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi had also decided to resignation, but there was no official word from the movie actor-turned-politician. There was speculation about the plans of the other ministers from the Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions in the Union Cabinet. Some Congress MPs from the state are also understood to have decided to quit their seats.
 
"It is a very sad day for Andhra Pradesh. I am hurt and aggrieved by the decision to bifurcate the state," Mr Raju told newspersons here this morning.
 
He pointed out that an agitation had been raging in the State for more than two months since the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the Congress, adopted, on September 30, a resolution urging the Union Government to create a separate state of Telangana.
 
Mr Raju said the Congress had set up a committee under senior leader and Defence Minister A K Antony to look into the grievances and concerns voiced by the people of the Seemandhra region about the move to bifurcate the state.
 
He said the Cabinet had now gone ahead and decided to form the new state without waiting for the report of the Antony Committee.
 
Rage of sentiments, emotions over Telangana normal: Shinde
"I think this has been done in great haste, without understanding the issues involved, concerns and sentiments of the people of Seemandhra and Rayalaseema regions," he said.
 
Mr Raju said the decision would prove detrimental to the long-term interest of the people of Andhra Pradesh.
 
He said he was deeply offended and aggrieved by the decision and felt a sense of hurt and anguish that he had not be able to articulate his views strongly enough to persuade the Cabinet to not go ahead with its decision.
 
He said he had offered to resign yesterday itself after the Cabinet meeting, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had advised him not to act in haste.
 
"I thought over it last night and have decided that I should resign. I have sought an appointment with the Prime Minister and will be tendering my resignation to him," he added.
 
"The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of a new State of Telangana by bifurcating the existing State of Andhra Pradesh," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told newspersons yesterday evening after the meeting of the Union Cabinet.
 
"The city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both the States for a period of ten years. The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers(GoM) to work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of the Fundamental Rights. 
 
"The Union Cabinet further approved that the GoMwill go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them," he said.
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Mr Shinde said the GoM would also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States. 
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who was also opposed to the move to split the state, has called a meeting of Congress leaders in the state to take stock of the situation.
 
Four Congress MPs V. Arun Kumar, Ananta Venkatarami Reddy, A. Sai Pratap and Sabbam Hari also resigned Thursday. They also announced they are resigning from the primary membership of the party.
 
Three other central ministers from coastal Andhra and more MPs may resign Friday due to the mounting pressure from the people who are opposed to the state's division.
 
In Hyderabad, YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has called for a 72-hour bandh in the state and called upon all ministers and elected representatives to quit to mount pressure on the Centre to revoke its decision and keep the state united.
 
He also announced that he would go on an indefinite protest fast from tomorrow.
 
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Cabinet okays creation of Telangana, Hyderabad to be joint capital for 10 years


 
Union Cabinet gives nod to Telangana
 
The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of a separate state of Telangana out of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh and decided that Hyderabad would be the common capital of the two states for 10 years.
 
At its meeting here this evening, the Cabinet approved a proposal in this regard of the Ministry of Home Affairs and decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out the modalities.
 
Today's move came more than two months after the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the highest decision-making body of the Congress, adopted on September 30 a resolution urging the Union Government to create a separate state of Telangana.
 
The CWC resolution was preceded by a meeting of leaders of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) which unanimously endorsed the creation of Telangana as the 29th state of the Union of India.
 
"The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of a new State of Telangana by bifurcating the existing State of Andhra Pradesh," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told newspersons after the meeting.
 
"The city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both the States for a period of ten years. The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers(GoM) to work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of the Fundamental Rights. 
 
"The Union Cabinet further approved that the GoMwill go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them," he said.
 
Mr Shinde said the GoM would also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States. 
 
The Government had in July indicated that the process of carving out the new state would take about five to six months.
 
Among other steps, the Union Ministry of Law & Justice will draft a Bill on which the comments of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly will be sought. The views of the state assembly will not be binding on the Centre.
 
The Bill, after incorporating the comments of the Andhra Pradesh assembly, would be sent to the President, who will then send it to Parliament. The Bill is required to be passed by a simple majority in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
 
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Then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had, on December 9, 2009, announced that the process of carving out of a new state of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh would be initiated. 
 
That announcement had come at a time when an agitation launched by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) was threatening to spin out of control. TRS chief Chandrasekhara Rao, 55, had been on a fast unto death in Hyderabad for 11 days at that time, forcing the Centre to speed up its efforts to defuse the crisis as his health was deteriorating.
 
Later, the Centre decided to go in for further consultations and also set up the Mr Justice B N Srikrishna Committee to examine, among other things, the situation in Andhra Pradesh arising out of the demand for a separate State of Telangana and the protests in the State against the move.
 
The Home Minister's December 9, 2009 announcement on Telangana had led to a situation in which some of the parties which had supported the demand for a separate state later changed their stance. Scores of legislators in Andhra Pradesh sent in their resignations in protest against the move to divide the state.
 
Even within the Congress, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from the coastal and Rayalaseema regions opposed the move. The issue polarised political parties in Andhra Pradesh on regional lines.
 
The Centre's announcement on Telangana had also sparked off similar demands from those campaigning for Gorkhaland in West Bengal, Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh in Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha in Maharashtra and Maru Pradesh in Rajasthan. This prompted some people to suggest that it was, perhaps, time to appoint a States Reorganisation Commission.
 
Telangana is that part of Andhra Pradesh which corresponds to the Telugu-speaking part of the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad, which lies on the Deccan plateau to the west of the Eastern Ghats.
 
It includes the districts of Warangal, Adilabad, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Rangareddy, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Medak and Hyderabad, the capital.
 
Andhra Pradesh was formed in 1956 and in the years that followed there were growing complaints in the Telangana region that the promises made to them had not been kept. These finally led to a students' agitation in 1969 that was marked by widespread violence and the deaths of scores of people.
 
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The demand for a separate state was kept alive in one form or the other and in 1971 some leaders left the Congress to form the Telangana Praja Samiti, but they later returned to the party. In the 1990s, the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre could not take a decision on the issue because of the stand taken by its coalition partner Telugu Desam Party.
 
The TRS was formed with the single point agenda of creating a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital. In the 2004 elections to the Lok Sabha as well as the State Legislative Assembly, the Congress struck an alliance with the TRS with the promise of a separate state.
 
The Congress came to power in Andhra Pradesh and the party led the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) at the Centre, with the TRS as one of the coalition partners. Mr Chandrasekhara Rao also joined the Union Government as a minister, but the Union Government remained indecisive on the issue, forcing the TRS leader to withdraw his party's support to the UPA Government in September, 2006.
 
Telangana was an issue ahead of the General Elections in 2009 and all the major parties in Andhra Pradesh came out in support of the cause.
 
The Congress returned to power both at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh and the alliance of which TRS was a part lost badly in the state. On September 2, 2009 then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who had returned to power with a convincing mandate, died in a helicopter crash.
 
Mr Rosaiah, who took over as Chief Minister, was not considered to be politically tough the way the late Mr Reddy was and this, many believe, encouraged Mr Chandrasekhara Rao to start his indefinite fast in late November, 2009 demanding the formation of a separate Telangana state.
 
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