ADVERTISEMENT

Telangana

Modi invites entrepreneurs from across world to be part of India's growth story

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.

 
Modi, Ivanka Trump attend GES 2017 in Hyderabad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited entrepreneurs from across the globe to invest in India and become a part of the country's growth story, assuring them of the government's whole-hearted support.
 
"To my young entrepreneur friends from India, I would like to say: each of you has something valuable to contribute towards creating a New India by 2022. You are vehicles of change and instruments of India’s transformation," he said in his inaugural address at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, 2017 here, an event hosted by the Government of India in partnership with the Government of the United States of America.
 
The Summit is being held in South Asia for the first time. It brings together leading investors, entrepreneurs, academicians, think-tanks and other stakeholders to propel the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
 
Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to US President Donald Trump and also his daughter, is leading the US contingent to the three-day event.
 
"This event not only connects the Silicon Valley with Hyderabad but also showcases the close ties between the United States of America and India. It underlines our shared commitment towards encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation," Mr. Modi said.
 
He noted that the topics picked for this year’s summit include healthcare and life sciences; digital economy and financial technology; energy and infrastructure; and media and entertainment, which are important issues, relevant to the well-being and prosperity of mankind. 
 
"The theme 'Women First, Prosperity for All' makes this edition of GES stand out... We believe women empowerment is vital to our development," he said.
 
"Indian women continue to lead in different walks of life. Our space programmes, including the Mars Orbiter Mission, have had immense contribution from our women scientists. Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams, both of Indian origin, have been part of US space missions. Three out of four oldest High Courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud. This very city of Hyderabad is home to Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Sania Mirza, who have brought laurels to India.
 
"In India, we have provided for not less than one third of women representation in rural and urban local bodies, ensuring women’s participation in grass-root level decision-making. More than sixty percent of workers in our agriculture and allied sectors are women. Our milk co-operatives in Gujarat and the Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad, are examples of highly successful and globally acclaimed women-led co-operative movements.
 
"Here at the GES, more than 50 percent of the delegates are women. Over the next two days, you will meet many women who have dared to be different, in their own walks of life. They now inspire a new generation of women entrepreneurs. I hope the deliberations in the summit would focus on how women entrepreneurship can be further supported," he said.
 
"The power to think differently and ahead of the times for the betterment of mankind is what sets entrepreneurs apart. I see that power in India's young generation today. I see 800 million potential entrepreneurs who can work towards making the world a better place," Mr. Modi said.
 
He said the number of smartphone users in India is projected to grow to over 500 million by 2018. This offers immense potential for the growth of any venture, in terms of outreach and job creation, he felt.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
He said the Government's Start-Up India programme is a comprehensive action plan to foster entrepreneurship and promote innovation. It aims to minimize the regulatory burden and provide support to startups. Over 1200 redundant laws have been scrapped, 87 rules for FDI have been eased in 21 sectors, and several government processes have been taken online, he said.
 
He said the Government had taken several steps to improve the business environment. "The jump in India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report, from 142 to 100, in three years, is a result of this. We have improved on indicators like dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency," he said.
 
"The process is not yet complete. This is an area where we are not satisfied with 100th rank. We would strive towards 50th rank.  
 
"We have launched the MUDRA scheme to provide easy finance of upto one million rupees to entrepreneurs. Since its launch in 2015, over 90 million loans worth 4.28 trillion rupees have been sanctioned.  Of these, more than 70 million loans have been sanctioned to women entrepreneurs," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned the Atal Innovation Mission and the opening of Tinkering Labs in more than 900 schools to promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among children. 
 
"Our Mentor India initiative engages leaders to guide and mentor students through these tinkering labs. In addition, 19 incubation centers have been created in various universities and research institutions. These will nurture innovative start-up businesses to become scalable and sustainable," he said.
 
He also mentioned Aadhaar, the world’s largest biometric based digital database. This currently covers over 1.15 billion people and digitally authenticates over 40 million transactions daily. He said the Government now digitally provides monetary benefits of various government schemes to the beneficiaries through Direct Benefit Transfer using Aadhaar.
 
"Almost 300 million bank accounts with deposits of over 685 billion rupees, or over 10 billion dollars, have been opened through the Jan Dhan Yojana. These bring previously un-banked sections of society into the formal financial system. Of these, 53 per cent accounts are of women.
 
"We are steadily working towards a less cash economy and have launched a Unified Payment Interface App called BHIM. In less than a year, this platform is processing almost 280 thousand transactions daily.
 
"Having almost completed our programme to connect all villages with electricity, we have launched the Saubhagya scheme. This will provide electricity connections to all families by December 2018.
 
"We have launched a programme to provide high-speed broad-band internet to all rural areas by March 2019," he said.
 
The Prime Minister also mentioned initiatives in areas such as renewable energy, the national gas grid, the national gas policy, the Swachh Bharat Mission to improve sanitation and cleanliness, the rural and urban housing missions, and infrastructure and connectivity programmes like Sagarmala and Bharatmala, and said they offered entrepreneurs many business opportunities for investment.
 
"Our recent World Food India initiative helped us engage with entrepreneurs in the food processing industry and agricultural waste sectors.
 
"My government understands that an environment of transparent policies and a rule of law providing a level-playing field are necessary for entrepreneurship to flourish. A historic overhaul of the taxation system has been recently undertaken, bringing in the Goods and Services Tax across the country. Our Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code introduced in 2016 is a step towards ensuring timely resolution for stressed ventures. We have recently improved this further, preventing wilful defaulters from bidding for stressed assets.
 
"Tough measures have been adopted to tackle the parallel economy, check tax evasion and control black money. Our efforts have been recognized by Moody’s recent upgrade of India’s government bond ratings. This upgrade comes after a gap of almost 14 years.
 
"India has improved its rank from 54 in 2014 to 35 in 2016 on the World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index. This signifies the relative ease and efficiency with which products can be moved into and from a country," he said.
 
Stating that an investment-friendly environment needs to be stable from the macro-economic perspective, he said the Government had succeeded in containing the fiscal and current account deficits, and curbing inflation. 
 
"Our foreign exchange reserves have crossed 400 billion dollars, and we continue to attract large foreign capital flows," he said.
 
"I am informed that President Trump has declared November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month. America has also observed National Entrepreneurs’ Day on November 21st. This summit will certainly resonate with those themes. Let me conclude by wishing you fruitful, engaging and rewarding deliberations at this summit," he added.
 
NNN
 
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IT searches end at TDP MP's premises

ADVERTISEMENT
Income Tax Department officials on Sunday ended two-day long searches at the residences and offices of TDP MP C. M. Ramesh.
 
The searches, which began at the premises in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday, concluded around Sunday noon.
 
For over 50 hours, the IT officials conducted searches at the premises including Ramesh's company Rithwik Projects in Hyderabad.
 
Simultaneous searches were also conducted at his residences in Hyderabad and at Potladurti in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Ramesh is a member of Rajya Sabha belonging to Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and considered close to Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Ramesh told a news conference on Sunday that the IT raids were conducted at the instance of Narendra Modi government due to political vendetta.
 
He claimed that one IT official told him that the raids were conducted because he was taking on the ruling party at the Centre. 
 
"An official told me to convey to your boss that this will be the result of working against the ruling party," he said.
 
Ramesh also claimed to have recorded the conversation with the IT official.
 
The TDP had pulled out of the BJP-led NDA government in March this year over the latter's refusal to accord special category status to Andhra Pradesh.
 
The MP said the houses of his relatives and friends were also raided. He denied reports that IT officials seized documents from his office and residence. He said they seized Rs 3.53 lakh cash which was kept in house.
 
There has been a series of IT raids on TDP leaders in the last few days. Searches were conducted at the houses and offices of TDP leader and industrialist Beeda Masthan Rao in Andhra Pradesh on October 5.
 
Earlier, there were also reports of IT raids on Narayana group of educational institutions run by TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Minister K. Narayana. He denied the reports.
 
IT officials also raided the premises of former TDP leader Revanth Reddy in Hyderabad last week. Revanth, who was once a close aide of Naidu, is currently the working President of Congress Telangana unit.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

2nd Test: Chase, Holder propel Windies to 295/7 against India on Day 1

Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
West Indies rode on excellent half centuries by Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder to recover from a middle order collapse and post a healthy 295/7 against India at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Chase (98 not out) and tailender Devendra Bishoo (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
 
Chase led a valiant fightback for the visitors after they were tottering at 113/5 in the post lunch session. He was involved in two big partnerships -- 69 runs for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich (30) and then 104 for the seventh wicket with skipper Jason Holder (52) -- that helped the West Indians end the day on a positive note.
 
Resuming the final session at 197/6, Chase and Holder stretched their partnership further to 104 runs before the skipper finally fell to pacer Umesh Yadav, caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant.
 
Chase, who ended the day two runs shy of his fourth Test century, continued tormenting the Indian bowlers, and together with Bishoo went on to add nine runs before play ended.
 
But things could have gone worse for the tourists as the top order once again failed to put up a fight and meekly succumbed to chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (3/74) and Umesh (3/83).
 
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the tourists wasted a steady start to slip to 86/3 at lunch, with both the openers -- Kraig Brathwaite (14) and Kieran Powell (22), and No.3 Shai Hope (32) back in the hut.
 
India were handicapped early in the innings with debutant pacer Shardul Thakur injuring his groin in his second over and walking off before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed the over.
 
Forced to deal with spin as early as the fourth over of the innings, the Windies openers played cautiously before Powell in an attempt to cut loose, ended up mistiming a chip shot to Ravindra Jadeja at cover.
 
Sensing Windies' vulnerability against quality spin, India skipper Virat Kohli brought Kuldeep into the attack, and the chinaman responded in his fifth over by trapping Brathwaite plumb in front.
 
Brought back for his second spell, moments before the lunch interval, Umesh managed to pack back Hope, who survived once against the same bowler but wasn't lucky for the second time as the visitors lost both their reviews.
 
Coming back in the post lunch period, Kuldeep played havoc, taking two quick wickets of Shimron Hetmyer (12) and Sunil Ambris (18) before Chase took charge of resurrecting the innings in the company of Dowrich.
 
IANS

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Chase, Holder propel Windies to 295/7 at stumps

Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Roston Chase of the West Indies celebrates his half century on Day 1 of the Second Test match between India and West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 12, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
West Indies rode on excellent half centuries by Roston Chase and skipper Jason Holder to recover from a middle order collapse and post a healthy 295/7 against India at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Chase (98 not out) and tailender Devendra Bishoo (2 not out) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the bails for the day.
 
Resuming the final session at 197/6, Chase and Holder (52) stretched their seventh wicket partnership further to 104 runs before the skipper finally fell to pacer Umesh Yadav, caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant.
 
Brief Scores: West Indies 295/7 (Roston Chase 98 not out, Jason Holder 52, Shah Hope 36; Kuldeep Yadav 3/74, Umesh Yadav 3/83) vs India.
 
IANS
 
 
 
 
 
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

2nd Test: Windies slip to 86/3 at lunch on Day 1

ADVERTISEMENT
West Indies wasted a steady start to slip to 86/3 at lunch on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Shimron Hetmyer (10 not out) went back undefeated after pacer Umesh Yadav removed Shai Hope (32) just at the stroke of lunch, thus ending the flourishing 34-run third wicket stand.
 
Electing to bat first after winning the toss, the tourists made amends for their lacklustre batting effort in the first Test at Rajkot, with the opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite (14) and Kieran Powell (22) showing a lot of promise in their brief 32-run partnership.
 
India were handicapped early in the innings with debutant pacer Shardul Thakur injuring his groin midway into his second over and walking off before off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed the over.
 
Forced to deal with spin as early as the fourth over of the innings, the Windies openers played cautiously before Powell in an attempt to cut loose, ended up mistiming a chip shot to Ravindra Jadeja at cover.
 
Sensing Windies' vulnerability against quality spin, India skipper Virat Kohli brought Kuldeep Yadav into the attack, and the chinaman responded by trapping Brathwaite plumb in front.
 
The fall of Brathwaite brought together Hope and Hetmyer, who started rebuilding the innings with grit before once again running out of patience as they approached the lunch break.
 
Brought back for another short spell, moments before the break, Umesh managed to break the stand with the wicket of Hope, who survived one against the same bowler, but wasn't lucky for the second time as the visitors lost both their reviews.
 
Brief scores: West Indies 86/3 (Shai Hope 36, Kieran Powell 22; Ravichandran Ashwin 1/7, Kuldeep Yadav 1/21) vs India.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IT searches at TDP MP's houses in Telangana, Andhra

ADVERTISEMENT
The Income Tax Department officials on Friday conducted searches at the residences and offices of TDP MP C. M. Ramesh in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
 
The tax officials began simultaneous searches at his residences in Hyderabad and at Potladurti in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, informed sources said.
 
They also conducted searches at the offices of Ramesh's company Rithwik Projects. The raids, which began simultaneously around 8 a.m., were still underway and about 30 officials were participating in them.
 
Ramesh, a member of Rajya Sabha belonging to Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was in Delhi at the time of the raids.
 
A team of officials, which reached the lawmaker's residence in Kadapa district, asked his brother C. M. Suresh to leave before beginning the searches. They were searching every room and going through the records.
 
Ramesh, considered a close aide of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, alleged that the tax raids were witch-hunting by the Centre for fighting against the injustice done to the state. He said he would continue to raise his voice against injustice.
 
There have been a series of IT raids on TDP leaders in the past 10 days. Searches were conducted at the houses and offices of TDP leader and industrialist Beeda Masthan Rao in Andhra Pradesh on October 5.
 
Earlier, there were also reports of IT raids on Narayana group of educational institutions run by TDP leader and Andhra Pradesh Minister K. Narayana. He, however, denied the reports.
 
IT officials also raided the premises of former TDP leader Revanth Reddy in Hyderabad last week. Revanth, who was once a close aide of Naidu, is currently the working president of Congress party's Telangana unit.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

West Indies opt to bat first in 2nd Test vs India

ADVERTISEMENT
West Indies have won the toss and opted to bat first in the second and final Test against India at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday.
 
Already 1-0 up in the two-match series after the innings and 272-run win in the first Test at Rajkot, India made one change to their playing XI by resting pacer Mohammed Shami and handing a debut to Shardul Thakur.
 
For the tourists, Jason Holder returned as captain in Keemo Paul's place while spinner Jomel Warrican came in for Sheman Lewis. However, Kemar Roach does not figure in the West Indies playing XI.
 
Teams:
 
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel.
 
India: Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Chhattisgarh, MP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram to go to the polls between Nov 12-Dec 7

The Election Commission announced on Saturday that elections to the Legislative Assemblies in five States -- Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram -- would be held between November 12 and December 7.

Poll dates for Assembly elections in five States
The Election Commission today announced that elections to the State Legislative Assembly in Chhattisgarh would be held in two phases on November 12 and 20, while Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram will have single-phase polling on November 28 and Rajasthan and Telangana on December 7.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all the five states on December 11 and all the results are expected to be out by late that evening.
 
The term of the Assembly in Chhattisgarh is due to expire on January 5, 2019; Madhya Pradesh on January 7, 2019; Rajasthan on January 20, 2019 and Mizoram on December 15, 2018.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Telangana had decided to go in for early polls and, accordingly, the Governor of the State had dissolved the Assembly with immediate effect on September 6, 2018, nearly nine months before its term was to end.
 
The Assembly elections, especially in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, will be a major test for the BJP, which is ruling in these States as well as at the Centre, as well as for the Congress, which is making a strong bid to regain power in the three States.
 
The BJP has been in power for the past 15 years in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and is seeking a second consecutive five-year term in Rajasthan.
 
In Telangana, which was carved out as a new state from Andhra Pradesh in June, 2014, Mr. K Chandrasekhar Rao of the TRS, the first Chief Minister of the state, is seeking a second term. In Mizoram, the Congress is hoping to continue in power.
 
There are 90 seats in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, 230 in Madhya Pradesh, 200 in Rajasthan, 40 in Mizoram and 119 in Telangana.
 
Under the law, the Election Commission is required to hold general elections to constitute the new legislative assemblies in these states before the expirity of their present terms or within six months from the date of premature dissolution of the Assembly.
 
Chief Election Commission O P Rawat told a press conference here today that the Commission had drawn up the schedules for holding the elections after taking into consideration "all relevant aspects like climatic conditions, academic calendar, major festivals, prevailing law and order situation in the State, availability of Central Police Forces, time needed for movement, transportation and timely deployment of forces and in-depth assessment of other relevant ground realities".
 
 "The Commission seeks the active cooperation, close collaboration and constructive partnership of all the esteemed stakeholders in the electoral process and strives to employ the collective synergies towards delivering a smooth, free, fair, peaceful, participative and festive General Assembly Elections, 2018 in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram & Telangana," he said.
 
According to the schedule, 18 constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase of polling in Chhattisgarh on November 12. The notification for the first phase of elections will be issued on October 16 and the last date for filing nominations is October 23. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on October 24 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures will be October 26.
 
The  notification for the remaining 72 constituencies in Chhattisgarh, which will go to the polls on November 20, will be issued on October 26 and the last date for filing nominations is November 2. Nominations will be scrutinised on November 3 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 5.
 
The notification for elections to all 230 seats in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, which go to the polls on November 28, will be issued on November 2 and the last date for filing nominations is November 9. Nominations will be scrutinised on November 12 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 14.
 
The notification for the elections to all 200 constituencies in Rajasthan, which will go to the polls on December 7, will be issued on November 12 and the last date for filing nominations is November 19. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on November 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The notification for the elections to all 40 constitutencies in Mizoram, which have polling on November 28, will be issued on November 2 and the last date for filing nominations is November 9, with scrutiny of papers on November 12 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures on November 14.
 
In Telangana, where all 119 constituencies will go to the polls on December 7, the notification for the elections will be issued on November 12 and the last date for making nominations will be November 19. Scrutiny of nominations will be taken up on November 20 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 22.
 
Mr. Rawat said the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for candidates, political parties and State Governments had come into effect immediately in all the five States and it would also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements or policy decisions pertaining to them are concerned.
 
He said the Commission had made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of the MCC Guidelines. 
 
"Any violations of these Guidelines would be strictly dealt with and the Commission re-emphasizes that the instructions issued in this regard from time to time should be read and understood by all Political Parties, contesting candidates and their agents/representatives, to avoid any misgivings or lack of information or inadequate understanding/ interpretation. The government of the poll-bound States has also been directed to ensure that no misuse of official machinery/position is done during the MCC period.
 
"The Commission has also issued instructions for swift, effective and stringent action for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct during the first 72 hours of announcement of the election schedule and also for maintaining extra vigilance and strict enforcement action in the last 72 hours prior to the close of polls.  These instructions have been issued in the form of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for compliance by the field election machinery," he added.
 
NNN
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Hyderabad: Man attacks daughter, son-in-law over inter-caste marriage

ADVERTISEMENT
A man attacked his daughter and son-in-law with a machete and seriously injured them here on Wednesday, in another case of assault for family honour.
 
Madhavi, 22, was battling for life while her husband Sandeep, 24, too suffered grievous injuries in the attack by Manoharachary. The incident occurred in the busy SR Nagar area, police said.
 
Manoharachary, who was opposed to the marriage because Sandeep comes from another caste, had called the couple to meet them and give them some presents. As soon as they reached the meeting point, he took out a machete from his bag and attacked them.
 
The assailant first targeted his son-in-law and when the latter fell to the ground, he attacked his daughter. Madhavi too collapsed and bled profusely. They were shifted to a hospital, where the condition of Madhavi is stated to be critical. She suffered deep cuts on the neck and a hand.
 
According to police, Madhavi and Sandeep were in love for last five years and wanted to marry. However, her upper caste family opposed it. Manoharachary wanted her to marry his sister's son but she refused and had come to Sandeep's house a few days ago. They went to Arya Samaj and married some 10 days ago.
 
The girl's family refused to accept the marriage but at the counselling conducted by the police they agreed to accept it. Manoharachary later conveyed to his daughter that he wanted to meet them at a location in S. R. Nagar and buy some clothes for them. When they reached there, he attacked them.
 
The attacker later went to police station and surrendered.
 
The incident came close on the heels of the killing of a Dalit youth by his father-in-law in Miryalguda town of Telangana's Nalgonda district. Pranay Kumar was hacked to death when he was coming out of a hospital with his wife Amrutha Varshini on September 14.
 
Police have arrested seven accused including the girl's father Maruthi Rao, who had allegedly struck a Rs. 1 crore deal for the contract killing.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Man hired for honour killing in Telangana arrested in Bihar

ADVERTISEMENT
A hired killer who allegedly murdered a young Dalit man in a case of honour killing in Telangana's Miryalguda town was arrested from Bihar's Samastipur district on Tuesday, police said.
 
Subhash Sharma, who was allegedly hired to murder Pranay Kumar, was taken into custody from Jagatsinhpur. 
 
Samastipur police officer Paritish Kumar said Sharma was arrested by a team of Telangana Police along with the local police. He was produced in a court and handed over to Telangana Police on transit remand. 
 
Pranay Kumar, 23, was hacked to death on Friday as he was coming out of a hospital along with his wife Amrutha Varshini, with whom he had an inter-caste marriage. 
 
They were in love since their school days and had married against the wishes of the girl's parents. Since then, he was facing threats to his life. 
 
Amrutha, who is five-months pregnant, blamed her father, Maruthi Rao, for the murder. 
 
Police earlier arrested Maruthi Rao, his brother Shravan Kumar and three others in the sensational case. 
 
Maruthi Rao allegedly paid Rs 10 lakh to the hired killer. He reportedly told police that 'honour' was more important for him than his daughter.
 
Calling her father a devil, Amrutha vowed never to go back to him. She said she would live with her slain husband's parents.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Toll in Telangana bus tragedy rises to 61

 
57 dead in Telangana bus accident
 
 
The death toll in Tuesday's bus tragedy in Telangana rose to 61 with three passengers succumbing to their injuries on Wednesday.
 
As many as 58 people were killed when an overcrowded bus of state-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) plunged into a gorge near Kondagattu in Jagtial district, about 190 km from Hyderabad, on Tuesday.
 
Two injured succumbed at a hospital in Karimnagar on Wednesday night. One person succumbed earlier in the day.
 
According to officials, 40 injured were still undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Jagtial, Karimnagar and Hyderabad.
 
The bus, carrying 101 passengers, fell into the gorge when the driver lost control at a speed breaker. Brake failure is suspected to be the cause of what is believed to be the worst-ever bus accident in the country.
 
The state government has suspended depot manager of TSRTC's Jagtial depot for alleged negligence and ordered a thorough probe.
 
Meanwhile, a lawyer on Wednesday approached State Human Rights Commission, seeking direction to police to book cases of culpable homicide against the officials whose negligence led to the accident.
 
Arun Kumar, a High Court lawyer, also sought Rs 25 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead.

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

57 dead, 43 injured as bus falls into gorge in Telangana

 
57 dead in Telangana bus accident
 
 
In a ghastly tragedy, as many as 57 people died when an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday, even as the state government suspended an official of the state road transport corporation and ordered an inquiry.
 
As many as 43 people were also injured in the accident.
 
The Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) bus carrying 100 passengers fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
 
Overload and brake failure are suspected to be the cause of the accident. Transport Minister Mahender Reddy has ordered a probe into the tragedy.
 
The dead include 30 women and four children, officials said. 
 
The injured are undergoing treatment in hospitals at Jagtial, Karimnagar and Hyderabad. The toll could further go up as the condition of some of the injured is stated to be critical.
 
The dead include driver B. Srinivas who apparently lost control when the bus approached a speed breaker.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He has announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead. TSRTC announced Rs. 3 lakh ex-gratia each.
 
The Transport Minister, who visited the accident site, also announced suspension of Jagtial TSRTC Depot Manager Hanumantha Rao.
 
Jagtial Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said the accident occurred around 11 a.m when the bus was coming down from the hill and was to join the highway.
 
The victims belonged to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts.
 
Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the accident site as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help. Wailing relatives of the victims crowded Jagtial Hospital, where the medical staff struggled to deal with the large number of casualties.
 
Meanwhile, locals have voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.
 
IANS

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

52 killed as bus falls into gorge in Telangana

 
52 dead in Telangana bus accident
 
 
In a ghastly tragedy, as many as 52 people were killed and more than 20 others injured when an overcrowded state-run bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday.
 
The bus belonging to the Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
 
The bus, carrying more than 70 passengers, met with the accident when the driver reportedly lost control at a speed breaker.
 
Finance Minister Etela Rajender told reports at Jagtial that 52 people were killed in the disaster. He said 47 bodies were brought to Jagtial Hospital while five people succumbed at a hospital in Karimnagar.
 
The dead include driver B. Srinivas. Officials said the victims include 26 women and 10 children. The toll could go up as the condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.
 
The injured were shifted to a government hospital in Jagtial. A few critically injured were taken to hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia each for the families of the dead.
 
Jagtial district Superintendent of Police Sindhu Sharma said the accident occurred around 11 a.m. when the bus was coming down from the hill and was to join the highway.
 
The driver apparently applied brakes at a speed breaker and the passengers who were standing fell onto one side, tilting the bus which then hurtled down after breaking an iron railing.
 
The victims belonged to Jagtial and Peddapalli districts.
 
Heart rending scenes were witnessed at the accident site as some of the injured lay amid bodies crying for help. Wailing relatives of the victims crowded Jagtial Hospital, where the medical staff struggled to deal with the large number of casualties.
 
Meanwhile, locals voiced their anger against the authorities over poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of TSRTC.
 
IANS

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

40 dead as bus falls into gorge in Telangana

ADVERTISEMENT
In a ghastly tragedy, 40 people died and more than 20 others suffered injuries when a state-owned bus fell into a gorge in Telangana's Jagtial district on Tuesday, police said.
 
The bus belonging to the Telangana State Road Transport Corp (TSRTC) fell off Kondagattu Ghat Road while returning from Anjaneya Swamy temple atop Kondagattu Hills, about 190 km from Hyderabad.
 
The bus, carrying more than 60 passengers, met with the accident when the driver reportedly lost control at a speed breaker.
 
The dead include 20 women and seven children. The toll could go up as the condition of some of the injured was stated to be critical.
 
Senior officials rushed to the scene and launched rescue and relief operations.
 
The injured were shifted to a government-run hospital in Jagtial. A few critically injured were shifted to hospitals in Karimnagar and Hyderabad.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the accident. He announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the families of the dead.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Two sentenced to death for 2007 Hyderabad bomb blasts

ADVERTISEMENT
Eleven years after twin bomb blasts rocked this southern city killing 42 people, a special court on Monday sentenced two convicts to death and a third to life sentence.
 
Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, were sentenced to death, while the third convict Tariq Anjum was awarded life sentence.
 
Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T. Srinivas Rao delivered the judgment at the high security Cherlapally Central Prison on the city's outskirts.
 
Two powerful explosions had ripped through a popular eatery Gokul Chat and an open-air theatre at Lumbini Park, near State Secretariat, in Hyderabad on August 25, 2007 killing 42 people and wounding 68.
 
While 32 people were killed at Gokul Chat, 10 others lost their lives at Lumbini Park, in near-simultaneous blasts around 7.45 p.m that day.
 
An unexploded bomb was also found under a foot-over-bridge at Dilsukhnagar.
 
Public prosecutor Seshu Reddy told reporters that Anique and Akbar were awarded death sentence in three cases. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on them in each of the cases.
 
The court had convicted them on September 4.
 
Earlier in the day, the court held Tariq guilty of providing shelter to the other accused.
 
Two other accused, Farooq Sharfuddin and Sadiq Ahmed Sheikh, were acquitted last week for lack of evidence.
 
The public prosecutor said the convicts told the court that they were falsely implicated in the case and that since they have already spent 10 years in jail, they may be set free. However, the judge was not inclined.
 
Seshu Reddy said the records relating to the sentence will be sent for confirmation to the high court, where the convicts can challenge the verdict.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The accused were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008. Three other accused including IM chief Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal are still at large.
 
The case was initially investigated by the Andhra Pradesh Police and following bifurcation of the state, it was handed over to the Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of Telangana Police.
 
Three chargesheets were filed against the accused. In 2014, the court framed charges against them. They were charged with murder and other offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Explosive Substances Act.
 
The trial against them was shifted to a court hall located in the premises of the prison in June this year on security grounds.
 
This is second bomb blast case in which operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen have been sentenced. In December 2016, five senior operatives of IM were awarded death penalty by a special National Investigation Agency court in February 2013 Hyderabad blasts case.
 
IM co-founder Mohd Ahmed Sidibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal, Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar alias Monu and Ajaz Shaikh were sentenced to death for 2013 blasts.
 
Eighteen people were killed and 131 injured in two deadly explosions in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in the city, on February 21, 2013.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Two get death sentence for 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts

ADVERTISEMENT
A special court here on Monday sentenced two convicts to death and a third to life sentence for the 2007 Hyderabad twin bomb blasts which had claimed 42 lives.
 
Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, were sentenced to death.
 
The third convict Tariq Anjum was awarded life sentence.
 
Two powerful explosions had ripped through a popular eatery and an open-air theatre in Hyderabad on August 25, 2007 killing 42 people and wounding 68.
 
IANS
 
 
 
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Three killed in Hyderabad accident

ADVERTISEMENT
Three people were killed on Monday here when a bus ran over people waiting at a stop, police said.
 
The accident took place at 6.40 a.m., at the Gachibowli crossroads.
 
The police said the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) bus was being driven at a high speed which led to the accident.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Election Commission team to visit Telangana to assess poll preparedness

 
Apparently preparing to hold early polls in Telangana along with four other states in December, the Election Commission on Friday decided to send a team of officials to Hyderabad on September 11 for making an assessment of the poll preparedness of the machinery in the state where the ruling party has sought early elections by dissolving the assembly.
 
The decision was taken at a full meeting of the commission chaired by Chief Election Commissioner O. P. Rawat. 
 
An official press note issued after the meeting said: "In view of the dissolution of the state legislative assembly of Telangana, the commission has decided to send a team of ECI officials to assess the situation in the state regarding poll preparedness. A team of ECI officials headed by Umesh Sinha, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner, will be visiting Hyderabad on Tuesday, 11 September 2018 and will give the report to the election commission after the completion of the visit."
 
Rawat appeared to hint at the possibility of holding Assembly elections in Telangana along with the polls due in four other states in December this year.
 
After the meeting, he said the commission would review the ground-level status with the Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana and make up its mind about the timing of elections to be announced in due course.
 
"Whenever a House is dissolved prematurely, as per Supreme Court guidelines laid down in 2002, the ECI is required to initiate immediate steps for holding elections for constituting the legislative Assembly on the first occasion and in any case, within six months from the date of premature dissolution of the assembly," he said.
 
However, ahead of the meeting he said it could be difficult if more states decide to go for early polls in view of the difficulties in logistics.
 
"The Supreme Court has ruled clearly that in case of the House dissolution, polls should be held on the first occasion because caretaker governments cannot continue and get the advantage. You cannot dissolve the House and continue for six months as a caretaker government," Rawat told media hours before the Commission's meeting on the demand for an early election following the dissolution of the Telangana Assembly on Thursday.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
"Elections have to be held as soon as possible. A decision will be taken keeping in mind various court rulings on the issue and prevailing ground reality," the CEC said, adding that the Commission holds polls within the legal framework to ensure they are free, fair and credible. 
 
Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram later this year. The term of the Telangana Assembly was ending on June 19, 2019 but the Telangana Rashtra Samiti government chose to dissolve it, seeking early polls.
 
Citing the malfunctioning of the VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines during the recent by-polls in many places, he said the Commission was working to fix the problem.
 
"We are facing one constraint as of now. In many places during the by-polls the VVPAT malfunctioned, somewhere the complaints were about 5 per cent, eight per cent and 11 per cent. The technical committee of the Commission is working to fix the problem in the VVPAT after doing the root analysis of the problem," he said.
 
He also said that the Commission would get the electronic voting machines (EVMs) by September 30 and the VVPATs by November 30. "And as the Commission has committed in the all-party meeting that the elections would be held with the VVPATs... so the elections that are possible within the VVPAT numbers, it won't be any issue for us.
 
"But as you are saying that this (demand for early polls in other states) may spread like an infection, then there will be some problem," Rawat said.
 
The CEC also said that as per the Constitution and the Supreme Court ruling, "it is clear that any constitutional institution cannot claim impossible as possible. And as I said if there is any resource constraint then we shall explain it clearly that we are resource-constrained."
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

TRS announces candidates for 105 Assembly seats

ADVERTISEMENT
Hours after dissolution of the Telangana state Assembly on Thursday, the ruling TRS announced candidates for 105 constituencies.
 
Caretaker Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrasekhar Rao released the list of candidates.
 
He announced the names at a news conference at TRS headquarters -- Telangana Bhavan. He said only two sitting candidates were denied tickets.
 
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said candidates for the remaining 14 constituencies would be announced soon.
 
He was addressing the media a couple of hours after the cabinet meeting, which recommended dissolution of the Assembly to pave way for early polls. Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan accepted the recommendation.
 
KCR was confident that fresh elections to the state Assembly will be held in November. "There is no confusion over this," he said, adding that he has already spoken to the Chief Election Commissioner and requested him to hold the polls at the earliest.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Telangana Assembly dissolved for early polls

K Chandrasekhar Rao. (File Photo: IANS)
K Chandrasekhar Rao. (File Photo: IANS)
Nearly nine months before its term was to end, the Telangana Assembly was on Thursday dissolved by the Governor on a recommendation by the state cabinet.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan accepted a resolution of the cabinet recommending dissolution of the Assembly. He asked Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Council of Ministers to continue in office as caretaker Government.
 
Ending the suspense, the state cabinet passed a resolution for dissolution of the Assembly at the meeting held at Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of the Chief Minister.
 
Immediately after the cabinet meet that lasted for less than half an hour, KCR, as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief is popularly known, drove to Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor.
 
Minutes later, a statement was issued from Raj Bhava announcing that the Governor had accepted the cabinet recommendation to dissolve the Assembly.
 
The Chief Minister presented to the Governor the resolution recommending the dissolution of the first Legislative Assembly of Telangana state, said the statement.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Governor while accepting the recommendation requested Rao and his Council of Ministers to continue in office as caretaker government. Rao has agreed, added the statement.
 
The Assembly term is till May 2019 and elections in normal course would have been conducted along with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
The Assembly elections may now be held along with four other states going to polls in December.
 
For the last few weeks, KCR had been giving strong indications of going for early polls. He is scheduled to address a news conference later in the day where he is expected to spell out reasons for his decision.
 
Political observers say the TRS is keen for early elections as the party believes that simultaneous elections to Assembly and the Lok Sabha may not help it properly highlight welfare and developmental works undertaken during the last four years.
 
KCR will formally launch the TRS election campaign with a public meeting at Husnabad in Siddipet district on Friday.
 
Christened 'Prajala Aasirwada Sabha', this will be the first of 100 public meetings planned by TRS over the next 50 days.
 
IANS

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Crucial Telangana cabinet meet on Thursday

ADVERTISEMENT
The Telangana cabinet will hold a crucial meeting on Thursday afternoon to take a decision on recommending dissolution of the assembly to pave way for early elections.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has convened the cabinet at 1 p.m. at Pragati Bhavan, his official residence which was a beehive of activity since morning with the arrival of ministers and top officials.
 
The cabinet will adopt a resolution recommending to Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan to dissolve the Assembly. 
 
After the cabinet meeting, Rao will drive to Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor and convey the cabinet decision, said sources in the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
 
KCR, as the TRS chief is popularly known, will address a news conference at 2.30 p.m. at the Telangana Bhavan, the party headquarters, to announce the cabinet decision. He is also likely to announce the first list of TRS candidates.
 
The Assembly term is till May 2019 and elections in normal course would be conducted along with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
TRS sources said KCR chose September 6 for the key decision as he considers '6' his lucky number. This is the reason cited for not taking the decision during the cabinet meeting on September 2, which was held hours before the massive public meeting organised by the party to sound the poll bugle.
 
KCR will formally launch the TRS election campaign with a public meeting at Husnabad in Siddipet district on Friday.
 
Christened 'Prajala Aasirwada Sabha', this will be the first of 100 public meetings planned by TRS over the next 50 days.
 
Political observers said TRS is keen for early elections as the party believes that simultaneous elections to Assembly and Lok Sabha may not help it properly highlight welfare and developmental works undertaken by it during the last four years.
 
IANS

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Two held guilty in 2007 Hyderabad twin blast case

ADVERTISEMENT
A court here on Tuesday held two accused guilty in the 2007 Hyderabad twin bomb blasts which had claimed 42 lives. Two other accused were acquitted while the fate of a fifth accused will be decided next week.
 
The Second Metropolitan Sessions Court held Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary, both alleged operatives of Indian Mujahideen (IM), guilty. The quantum of punishment will be announced on September 10.
 
Farooq Sharfuddin and Sadiq Ahmed Sheikh were acquitted for lack of evidence.
 
Public Prosecutor Seshu Reddy told reporters that the verdict in the case relating to fifth accused Tariq Anjum will be pronounced on Monday.
 
The near simultaneous bomb blasts at Gokul Chat, a popular eatery, and at Lumbini Park, near the State Secretariat, also injured over 50 on August 25, 2007. 
 
An unexploded bomb was also recovered under a foot-over bridge at Dilsukhnagar.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Gold tiffin box, artefacts stolen from Nizam's Museum

ADVERTISEMENT
A gold tiffin box weighing two kilogram, a cup, saucer, and spoon studded with rubies, diamonds and emeralds were stolen from Nizam's Museum in Hyderabad, police said on Monday.
 
Burglars allegedly broke into the museum located in Purani Haveli in the old city of Hyderabad late on Sunday night.
 
The museum authorities lodged a complaint with Mir Chowk police station after they found the valuables missing on Monday.
 
The burglars suspected to have gained entry by removing the iron grill of the ventilator on the first floor. Police believe the burglars used a rope to enter the building.
 
Police have registered a case and launched investigations. They were examining the CCTV footage. A police officer said that they were investigating the role of insiders in the theft.
 
Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other senior officers visited the museum.
 
The tiffin box, cup, saucer and spoon belonged to the family of Nizams, the rulers of erstwhile Hyderabad State and were on display along with several other personal belongings of the royal family at the museum located in Purani Haveli, one of the palaces of Nizam.
 
The museum showcases several personal belongings of Nizams and their family members and the gifts received by Mir Osman Ali Khan, sixth and the last Nizam from 1911 to 1948 when Hyderabad State was annexed by India.A
 
The museum is also home to Nizam's cars including 1930 Rolls Royce, a 150-year-old manually operated lift and wardrobe of sixth Nizam, who was the richest man in the world in 1930s.
 
Nizam Trust, run by the Nizam's family, opened this museum in 2000 for general public and it is one of the major tourist attractions in the city.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

No decision on Assembly dissolution in Telangana cabinet meet

ADVERTISEMENT
The Telangana cabinet met here on Sunday amid speculation that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was planning to dissolve the state Assembly and go for early polls but it ended without taking a decision on the issue.
 
After an hour-long meeting at the Pragati Bhavan, official residence of the Chief Minister, Finance Minister Etela Rajender along with a few other ministers briefed the reporters.
 
The cabinet took some decisions on sops for different sections of people. A major decision is for the construction of a community building for the Backward Classes on 75 acres of land in Hyderabad at a cost of Rs 70 crore.
 
Asked whether the issue of Assembly dissolution was also discussed, Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari said they briefed the media on the decisions taken as per the agenda of the meeting. "There will be another cabinet meeting soon to take more decisions."
 
Earlier, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders had said that the cabinet will take some key decisions and the same will be announced by the party chief later in the day at a public meeting titled 'Pragathi Nivedana Sabha', being held on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
 
Rao has already dropped strong hints that he wants to go for early polls. He is likely to take a decision later this week.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

TRS to hold mega rally in Hyderabad on Sunday amid talk of early polls

ADVERTISEMENT
Amid strong indications of early elections in Telangana, the ruling TRS is all set to hold a massive show of strength here on Sunday.
 
Billed as the mother of all rallies, it will be preceded by a meeting of the state cabinet, which is likely to take a decision on the early polls.
 
Leaders of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao will take "key decisions" at the cabinet meeting and announce them at the public meeting.
 
The cabinet may pass a resolution to dissolve the Assembly and recommend this to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan. If the Election Commission agrees, the polls may be held in December along with the elections in three other states.
 
For the last few weeks, Rao had been dropping hints of assembly elections being advanced. He has already declared that the party will announce the candidates in September.
 
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, is keen to advance the assembly polls by six months to avoid simultaneous elections to the Assembly and Parliament. 
 
His two meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August further added to the speculation.
 
KCR's son and cabinet minister K. T. Rama Rao said the Chief Minister would take a final decision on early polls. Rama Rao, who is number two in the party and the government, is confident of TRS retaining power whenever the elections are held as the party enjoys full support of the people.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Titled "Pragati Nivedana", the meeting to be held at Kongara Kalan at Ibrahimpatnam on the city outskirts is expected to attract 25 lakh people. Rama Rao claims that this will be the biggest political rally in the country.
 
According to him, TRS has 47 lakh members and if half of them turn up, the meet would be a huge success. TRS leaders are mobilising people for the meet from across the state.
 
Arrangements were in full swing for the meeting amid allegations by the Congress and other opposition parties that TRS was misusing official machinery. They asked TRS to explain the source of funds for the event.
 
The massive mobilisation of people is expected to hit the traffic on Outer Ring Road (ORR) as thousands of vehicles will be heading towards the venue from different entry points along ORR. Rama Rao has suggested to people not attending the meeting to stay indoors.
 
Hyderabad High Court, while rejecting a petition to bar the meet, directed the organisers to ensure that inconvenience to public is minimised.
 
TRS has turned the city and outskirts pink by putting up billboards, flags and posters.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 
Syndicate content
© Copyright 2012 NetIndian. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of NetIndian content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of NetIndian Media Corporation. Write to info[AT]netindian[DOT]in for permission to use content. Read detailed Terms of Use.