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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.
 
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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.
 
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Bomb threat on Hyderabad-Chennai flight turns out to be hoax

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A bomb threat on a Hyderabad-Chennai Indigo flight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here on Saturday has turned out to be a hoax, police said.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Shamshabad, Prakash Reddy said a jilted lover who was travelling on the same flight, provided the fake information about the bomb. 
 
"The information was verified and found to be incorrect. All flights are running normally," the police official said
 
The police detained the man and investigated him. 
 
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6.46 kg gold seized from 14 passengers at Hyderabad airport

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The Hyderabad police on Wednesday claimed to have unearthed an international gold smuggling racket with the seizure of about 6.46 kg gold from the possession of 14 passengers at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here.
 
Police said gold worth about Rs 2.17 crore was seized from the passengers who arrived here from Jeddah by Saudi Airlines flight SV-744 early Wednesday.
 
According to Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, the operation was jointly carried out by the Commissioner's Task Force, South Zone Team and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI). 
 
He said they acted on an information provided by a private person from the old city of Hyderabad and made the recovery.
 
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Hyderabad has registered a case and taken up further investigations.
 
The police chief told reporters that 14 persons were being questioned. He said they had no previous crime record in the city, but the police were verifying the records of other agencies.
 
He did not rule out names of more people cropping up during the investigation.
 
The police commissioner did not reveal the details about the passengers, but appealed to people not to carry anybody's luggage.
 
The police chief appealed to the common public and air passengers not to get tempted by such smuggling incentives.
 
He said as per the policy of DRI, the informant will get a percentage of recovery as the reward.
 
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Two forest officials injured in attack in Telangana

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Two forest officers were injured in yet another attack on forest department personnel in Telangana early on Tuesday, police said.
 
The incident occurred near Gundalapadu in Bhadradri Kothagudem district when the forest officials tried to stop a group of villagers from illegally cultivating forest land.
 
Forest Section Officer Neelamaiah and Beat Officer Bhaskar Rao were thrashed with sticks by the group of people who were tilling the forest land with tractors.
 
The forest officials suffered multiple injuries and were admitted to Paloncha Hospital. They lodged a complaint with the police, which registered a case against unidentified persons and took up investigations.
 
The incident came close on the heels of a brutal attack on a woman forest officer by a leader of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and his followers in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.
 
Forest Range Officer Chole Anitha suffered bleeding when she was attacked with sticks by TRS MLA Koneru Konappa's brother Krishna Rao and his followers in Sarsala village on Sunday.
 
The incident occurred when a group of farmers tried to stop forest officials from taking up plantation on forest land.
 
Rao resigned as zilla parishad vice-chairman after the incident and 16 others were arrested and sent to judicial custody.
 
In another incident in Kothagudem district, police on Monday booked a case against MLA V. Venkateswara Rao and his son on a complaint by forest officials for allegedly obstructing their work.
 
The MLA, his son and their supporters allegedly tried to stop the forest officials from construction of a wall to protect forest land in Laxmidevipalli mandal (block).
 
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Popular Telugu actor-filmmaker Vijaya Nirmala passes away

Vijaya Nirmala (File photo: IANS)
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Veteran Telugu actor-filmmaker G. Vijaya Nirmala died on Thursday, her son Naresh announced. She was 75.
 
Naresh, who is also a popular Telugu actor, took to Twitter to announce the death of his mother.
 
"I regret to inform you that my mother, senior artiste, prominent producer and director Dr. A G Vijaya Nirmala passed away during early hours today, that is, 27.6.2019, at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, due to sickness. She was 75," Naresh tweeted.
 
"Her body will be kept at our residence from 11 a.m. Final rites will be held tomorrow (Friday)."
 
Vijaya Nirmala started her career as a child actor. At the age of five, she made her acting debut in the 1950 Tamil film "Machcha Rekkai" and four years later she forayed into Telugu cinema with the film "Panduranga Mahatyam".
 
It was through the 1964 Malayalam film "Bhargavi Nilayam" that she rose to stardom and got noticed. She went on to work with Prem Nazir again in "Udhyogastha".
 
As a leading lady, she made her Telugu debut with "Rangula Ratnam" alongside Vanisri and Anjali Devi. In 1967, she starred in Telugu film "Sakshi" and it was on the sets of this film that she met actor Krishna with whom she worked in 47 films and eventually ended up marrying him. It was her second marriage.
 
Vijay Nirmala, who has directed 44 films, was a visionary filmmaker. She made her directorial debut via 1971 Telugu film "Meena", which was based on the eponymous popular novel written by Eddanapudi Sulochana Rani. Two year later, she directed her first Malayalam film "Kavitha".
 
As a filmmaker, she had the privilege of directing major stars like Sivaji Ganesan and Rajinikanth. She directed the latter in the Telugu remake of "Amar Akbar Anthony", which also starred her husband Krishna.
 
Her other popular directorial projects include "Rowdy Rangamma", "Sirimalle Navvindi", "Bezawada Bebbuli" and "Collector Vijaya", among others.
 
She holds a Guinness Record for the most number of films directed by a female filmmaker. In 2008, the Andhra Pradesh government conferred her with Raghupathi Venkaiah award for her contribution to Telugu cinema.
 
Members of Telugu film fraternity took to Twitter to condole her passing away. Actor Jr. NTR wrote she was a "pioneering filmmaker whose life is an inspiration for many".
 
Actor Nithiin said her demise was a "huge loss" to the Telugu film industry. Actor Sudheer Babu described Vijaya Nirmala as a "mother-like personality".
 
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Telangana Congress MLA decides to join BJP

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Senior Congress leader and Telangana legislator K. Rajagopal Reddy on Tuesday said that he has taken a decision to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
Rajgopal Reddy, who is camping in New Delhi, said he received an invitation from the BJP to join it and had twice held talks with party General Secretary Ram Madhav.
 
He said that, by remaining in the Congress, he was unable to do justice to people who voted for him and hence he decided to switch loyalties to the BJP.
 
Rajgopal Reddy reiterated that only the BJP can be an alternative to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and he believes that BJP has a bright future in Telangana.
 
He said the Congress could not come to power in Telangana due to the mistakes committed by party in-charge for Telangana, R. C. Khuntia. "Those who could not even protect the Leader of Opposition are talking of issuing a notice," he said reacting to Khuntia's statement that disciplinary action will be taken against him.
 
Contending that he is not joining the BJP for vested interests, Rajgopal said if that was the case, he would have joined the TRS long back.
 
Asked whether his brother and MP K. Venkat Reddy will also leave the Congress, Rajgopal said he would respect whatever decision he takes.
 
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Hyderabad man killed in San Francisco accident

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A Hyderabad man and another person were killed in a road accident in the US city of San Francisco, police said.
 
The city's authorities have identified the victims as Syed Waseem Ali, 26, from Hyderabad who lived in Fremont, and Sela Henriquez, 49, of San Francisco, reports the San Francisco Examiner newspaper.
 
The collision occurred at about 1.15 a.m. Sunday at Third Street and Paul Avenue. 
 
According to the police, a Mercedes-Benz was speeding on Third Street and didn't stop at a red light, causing a collision with a Toyota sedan.
 
Ali, who was driving the Toyota and had Henriquez as passenger via the Lyft ride-hailing service, were pronounced dead after the crash.
 
Two passengers from the Mercedes were taken to a hospital but are expected to survive. The driver fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind, and had not been arrested as of early Monday afternoon, police said. 
 
A GoFundMe page has been created on behalf of Ali's family to raise money to transport his body and belongings back to Hyderabad, the San Francisco Examiner reported.
 
Lyft issued a statement following the crash.
 
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and resulting loss of life. Our thoughts are with the victims' family and friends during this difficult time. We have reached out to the rider's family to offer our support and are working to contact the driver's family," the company said.
 
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Badminton: Double delight for Gayatri, Lakshya Sen wins men's title

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Sixth seed Lakshya Sen staved off stiff resistance from second seed Rahul Yadav Chittaboina to triumph in the men’s singles while Gayatri Gopichand finished on a high with two titles at the Yonex-Sunrise All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament here on  Sunday.
 
The 17-year-old, who reached the China Masters final in March, was put to a stern test by Chittaboina who edged the Prakash Padukone protégé 25-23 in the first game in an absorbing men’s singles final that lasted 61 minutes. 
 
The 2018 Asian junior champion found his rhythm and range midway through the match to take the next couple of games on his way to a 23-25, 21-14, 21-13 victory that gave him his first title of the year.
 
Gayatri Gopichand, who had upset the fourth seed Aakarshi Kashyap this week, announced her arrival in the senior category with a title in women’s singles as well as women’s doubles. In singles, the 16-year-old, who was seeded 13th, needed just 37 minutes to see off the challenge of Tanvi Lad, 21-19, 21-16 to lay her hands on her first Senior Ranking Tournament trophy.
 
Gopichand later made it a memorable day when she teamed up with Rutaparna Panda to defeat the fourth seeds and reigning national champions Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K, 19-21, 21-14, 21-10.
 
There was no stopping the men’s doubles top seeds Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila who did not drop a game to record a 23-21, 21-17 win over seventh seeds Sri Krishna Sai Kumar Podile and Gouse Shaik. They had won a gold medal at the Senior Ranking Tournament in Vijayawada earlier. 
 
Shaik, however, amended for his mistakes in the mixed doubles category. The seventh-seeded pair of Shaik and Mayuri Yadav fought for 50 minutes to register a thrilling 21-19, 13-21, 21-12 win over Krishna Prasad and Ashwini Bhat.                
 
 Results:
 
MS: (6) Lakshya Sen def (2) Rahul Yadav Chittaboina 23-25, 21-14, 21-13 
WS: (13) Gayatri Gopichand def Tanvi Lad 21-19, 21-16
MD: (1) Garaga/Kapila def (7) Podile/Shaik 23-21, 21-17
WD: Gopichand/Panda def (4) Gautam/Bhat 19-21, 21-14, 21-10      
XD: (7) Shaik/Yadav def Prasad/Bhat 21-19, 13-21, 21-12
 
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World's largest lift irrigation project inaugurated in Telangana

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The world's largest multi-stage, multi-purpose lift irrigation project Kaleshwaram was on Friday dedicated to the nation by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
 
Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) was inaugurated in the presence of Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.
 
The inaugural ceremony was held at the project site in Jayashankar Bhupalpally district near the borders with Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.
 
Built across Godavari river, KLIP will lift the water to a height of half-a-kilometer. It is designed to irrigate 45 lakh acres for two crops in a year, meet the drinking water requirement of 70 per cent of the state and also cater to the needs of the industry.
 
The ceremony was preceded by 'Japa Sankalpa yagnam' at Medigadda barrage in which Chandrashekhar Rao participated along with his wife Shobha Rao. The couple performed various rituals under the guidance of Sringeri Peetham seers.
 
Later, the Vedic pundits blessed the Governor and the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
 
KCR, as Chandrashekhar Rao is popularly known, took the guests around a photo exhibition and explained to them the key features of the project.
 
The foundation stone for the Rs 80,500 crore project, described as the world's biggest project of its kind, was laid in 2016. 
 
The government is planning to lift two thousand million cubic (TMC) feet of Godavari water per day from Medigadda barrage. The project will start from July.
 
Claimed to be an engineering marvel, the project comprises 1,832 km water supply route, 1,531 km gravity canal, 203 km tunnel routes, 20 lifts, 19 pump houses and 19 reservoirs with a storage capacity of 141 TMCs. 
 
It requires nearly 4,992 MW of electricity to pump 2 TMC of water every day in the first phase. The requirement will go up to 7,152 MW for lifting 3 TMC from next year.
 
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BHEL wins Rs. 800 crore EPC orders for 200 MW solar power plants

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited’s (BHEL) Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) portfolio has surpassed 1 GW with the company winning two EPC orders for setting up SPV plants with a cumulative capacity of 200 MW.
 
Valued at over Rs. 800 crore, the orders have been secured from NTPC Ltd. and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd (GSECL), reinforcing the company’s position as a leading EPC player in the solar industry, a press release from the company said.
 
The NTPC order envisages setting up India’s largest floating SPV plant of 100 MW capacity at NTPC Ramagundam in Telangana, while the GSECL order involves setting up a 100 MW ground-mounted SPV plant at Raghanesda Ultra Mega Solar Park in Banaskantha district of Gujarat. 
 
The release said BHEL is offering EPC solutions for both off-grid and grid-interactive SPV plants at various locations in India including the Lakshadeep islands and has now established its prowess in contributing significantly towards green energy for the country. 
 
"This is evident from its current portfolio of more than 1 GW of SPV plants, of which nearly 500 MW have already been commissioned," the release added.
 
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Telangana defections: Congress cries 'daylight murder of democracy'

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Hours after 12 out of its 18 MLAs in Telangana met the Assembly Speaker requesting a merger with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Congress on Thursday described the development as a "daylight murder of democracy".
 
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said: "The way the people's mandate and democratic norms are being butchered, it's a daylight murder of democracy."
 
"Just because somebody is in power, has access to resources and can control agencies does not mean he can misuse his power," Khera said.
 
"These Congress MLAs were elected after the voters rejected the TRS. This is the murder of people's mandate. India may ignore it today, but it will never forget disrespect of mandate," he said.
 
Under the Anti-Defection Act, defectors need a two-thirds majority to seek a merger with any party. Of the total 19 Congress MLAs in the Telangana Assembly, 12 have shifted loyalty to the ruling TRS.
 
The development came a day after Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned from the Assembly after he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nalgonda in the recent elections.
 
This brought down the Congress' strength to 18 and the defectors required 12 MLAs to seek the Congress Legislature Party's (CLP) merger with the TRS.
 
Earlier, the CLP in the state Legislative Council had merged with the TRS in a similar manner. If this happens in the Assembly, too, the Congress will lose the status of state's main Opposition party.
 
The TRS won 88 out of the 119 seats in last year's Assembly elections. After the polls, two independents and one of the two Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLAs switched to TRS. If 12 Congress MLAs further join the TRS, the strength of the ruling party in the Telangana Assembly would go up to 103, bringing down the Congress' tally to six. 
 
In such a scenario, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will get the status of the main opposition. AIMIM, an ally of TRS, has seven MLAs in the Assembly.
 
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12 Telangana Congress MLAs seek merger with TRS

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Twelve Congress MLAs in Telangana on Thursday urged the state Assembly Speaker to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS).
 
The group of 12 members of Assembly belonging to the main opposition Congress called on Speaker P. Srinivas Reddy and submitted to him a letter, seeking CLP's merger with the TRS. They later went to Pragati Bhavan, the official residence of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
 
While 11 MLAs had already announced that they will join TRS, Rohit Reddy from Tandu constituency also declared switching loyalty to TRS and joined the group of defectors.
 
Following this development, CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, senior leaders D. Sridhar Babu, Mohammed Ali Shabbir and other leaders began a flash protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Assembly premises.
 
They wore black ribbons around their mouth to lodge their protest over the defections. They demanded that the MLAs who were elected on their party symbol but were now seeking merger with TRS should be disqualified.
 
The Congress leaders said they made several representations to the Speaker for disqualification of MLAs but he took no action but now he seems to be acting swiftly on the request of defectors.
 
Uttam Kumar Reddy questioned the Speaker as to how he can take a decision on merger when their petition was pending in the High Court.
 
Before meeting the speaker, the defectors called on TRS working president K. T. Rama Rao and informed him that they have the required majority to seek CLP's merger with TRS.
 
In Assembly elections held in December last year, the Congress had won 19 members in 120-member Assembly (including a nominated member).
 
Under the Anti-Defection Act, the defectors required two-thirds majority to seek merger with any party.
 
The development came a day after Uttam Kumar Reddy resigned from Assembly as he was elected to Lok Sabha from Nalgonda in the recent elections.
 
This brought down Congress' strength to 18 and the defectors required 12 MLAs to seek CLP's merger with TRS.
 
Earlier, the Congress Legislature Party in the state Legislative Council merged with the TRS in a similar way. If this happens in the Assembly, the Congress will lose the status of main opposition.
 
TRS had won 88 seats in Assembly elections. After the polls, two independents and one of the two legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) joined the TRS. If 12 Congress MLAs join TRS, the strength of the ruling party will go up to 103.
 
This will bring down the Congress tally to six. In such a scenario, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will get the status of main opposition. AIMIM, an ally of TRS, has seven MLAs.
 
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Telangana student who committed suicide had passed exam

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A Class 11 student in Telangana, who had committed suicide after she was declared "failed" in the exams by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE), had scored the pass marks, the result of re-verification of her answer sheet shows.
 
Upset over the failure, Anamika Arutla had ended her life. However, more than a month after her death, the re-verification of answer script by the BIE revealed that she had, in fact, passed.
 
Following the revaluation of answer sheets, her marks in Telugu subject increased by 28. She was earlier declared "fail" for scoring only 20 marks in the subject.
 
This instance which came to light on Saturday is the most damning for the BIE, whose massive bungling in valuation and processing of results allegedly led to suicide by 26 students.
 
After watching the result of re-verification on the BIE website, the family members of Anamika have demanded action against the top Board officials.
 
A student of Class 11 at the Pragati Maha Vidyalaya in Hyderabad, Anamika was depressed after the BIE announced the results on April 18. Her marks sheet showed that she passed in all subjects except Telugu, in which she secured only 20 marks.
 
She scored 64 marks in English, 55 in Economics, 67 in Civics and 75 in Commerce. Unable to come to terms with the failure, she committed suicide by hanging.
 
The re-verification revealed that Anamika had scored 48 marks and not 20.
 
The BIE had declared the results of intermediate (Classes 11 and 12) examinations on April 18. Out of 9.43 lakh students who appeared in the exams, 5.6 lakh had cleared it. After the announcement of results, a goof-up by the authorities in evaluation of answer scripts and processing the results came to light, triggering a huge public outcry.
 
The spate of suicides by students over failure in exams kicked up a storm with opposition parties and student bodies taking to the streets demanding justice to the students.
 
After the matter reached the Telangana High Court, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on April 24 announced free re-verification of answer sheets of all failed students.
 
The BIE on May 27 announced results of re-verification of answer scripts of over 3.82 lakh students who had failed to obtain pass marks. Following this process, 1,137 students, who were earlier declared "failed", cleared the exams. 
 
According to the BIE, of the 23 students who committed who suicide and three students who attempted suicide, re-verification of their answer scripts showed that there is no change from fail to pass.
 
The student bodies and NGOs claimed that 26 students had ended their lives. Anamika's case came to light after her family checked the results on the BIE website on Saturday.
 
Balala Hakkula Sangham's honourary President Achyuta Rao, who is a petitioner in the Telangana High Court, said he would request the court to take cognizance of Anamika's case and order action against BIE higher-ups for their negligence, which led to her death.
 
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BHEL commissions two more units of Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme in Telangana

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Public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned two more pumping units (Units 3&4), of 116 MW each, of the 7x116 MW Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) Package-6 in Telangana. 
 
BHEL had earlier commissioned Units 1 and 2 of the same project in April, 2019. The pump for each unit is designed to lift 89.16 cumecs (cubic metres per second) of water by 105.5 metres, a press release from BHEL said.
 
Being developed by the Irrigation & CAD (I&CAD) department of the Government of Telangana, the greenfield lift irrigation project (formerly known as Pranhita Chevella) is located in Peddapalli district of Telangana. In the project, water shall be lifted from Sripada Yellampalli reservoir to Medaram reservoir and will be used for irrigation and water supply in nearby areas, thereby contributing to the overall development of the area and the state of Telangana.
 
BHEL’s scope in the project comprises complete Electrical & Mechanical (E&M) works including design, manufacture, supply and supervision of erection and commissioning of 7 sets of Vertical Pump-Motor sets along with associated auxiliaries. The equipment has been manufactured and supplied from BHEL’s manufacturing units at Bhopal, Rudrapur and Bengaluru, while the supervision of erection and commissioning at the site was carried out by the company’s Power Sector Southern Region division, Chennai.
 
In Telangana, BHEL has so far commissioned 29 Pump-Motor sets of various ratings cumulatively aggregating to 985 MW. In addition, BHEL is presently executing another 36 Pump-Motor sets totalling to 4,893 MW for various Lift Irrigation Schemes in Telangana -- Kaleshwaram (Pranhita Chevella) LIS Packages and Palamuru Rangareddy LIS Packages.
 
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Stalin in role to rope in KCR, Jagan

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is said to be in close touch with DMK leader M. K. Stalin on building the numbers for the UPA, if push comes to shove following the counting of votes on May 23.
 
Stalin, whose party is an ally of the Congress, is reportedly working the channels to get the support of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), who are likely to be crucial for government formation in the event the Lok Sabha elections throw up a fractured verdict.
 
This assumes significance in the backdrop of the TRS chief's May 13 meeting with Stalin in Chennai. Though K Chandrashekhar Rao reportedly discussed his idea of a Federal Front and urged Stalin to support the proposed alliance of regional parties, the DMK leader requested him to back the Congress for the formation of a non-BJP government.
 
Since Stalin has taken an initiative, the Congress leadership is believed to have felt it appropriate to entrust him with the task of holding further talks with both KCR and  Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
 
Telangana has 17 Lok Sabha seats and TRS is confident of making a clean sweep with its ally All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) expected to retain Hyderabad.
 
Banking on her experience of the 2004 and 2009 elections when she successfully cobbled together the Congress-led alliance, Sonia Gandhi has stepped up her efforts to once again prepare the ground for the coalition.
 
As part of this, she has invited political heavyweights for a meeting on May 23.
 
Andhra Pradesh has 25 Lok Sabha seats. KCR is counting on the support of YSRCP to have joint bargaining power for the Telugu states.
 
Since KCR considers Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as anti-Telangana, he has thrown his weight behind YSRCP and invited it to join hte federal front.
 
The TDP, which pulled out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last year, is working for a non-BJP alliance led by the Congress.
 
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TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu is already believed to have communicated to the Congress leadership that he will have no problem to the TRS being part of the UPA. However, he may have reservations about the Congress efforts to seek support of the YSRCP.
 
One of the reasons cited by Naidu for his decision to pull out of the NDA was BJP warming up to Jagan.
 
Since UPA may need the support of both, the Congress party is understood to have already initiated efforts to persuade Naidu to take a soft stand in the matter.
 
It is in this context that DMK leader Durai Murugan's meeting with Chandrababu Naidu in Amaravati on May 14 is seen as important.
 
TRS, which won five Lok Sabha seats in 2004, had joined the Congress-led UPA after the polls. KCR served as minister in Manmohan Singh cabinet for a couple of years before resigning over the demand for statehood to Telangana.
 
Though he hailed the Congress for agreeing to carve out Telangana state and enjoyed a good rapport with Sonia Gandhi, KCR was accused of betrayal by the Congress after he refused to merge his TRS with the party.
 
"Jagan has already made it clear that whichever party gives special category status to Andhra Pradesh will get YSRCP's support for government formation at the Centre. He has not ruled out support to the Congress," a YSRCP leader, who did not want to be identified, told IANS.
 
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Girl, 3, dies as Telangana MLA's car rams bike

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A three-year-old girl died and her parents were seriously injured when a Telangana legislator's car rammed their motorcycle on Saturday, police said.
 
The accident occurred in Jeedivagu area in Mulugu district.
 
The car in which MLA Danasari Anasuya alias Seethakka was travelling rammed the two-wheeler coming from the opposite direction.
 
While K. Arun was driving the bike, his wife Vijaya and daughter Sravanthi were riding pillion. Sravanthi died of head injuries while her parents were shifted to a government-run hospital at Eturanagaram.
 
The couple was taking their daughter to drop her at an "anganwadi" centre in a nearby village.
 
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DMK to be with Congress, unsure of third front

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekar Rao meets DMK President M. K. Stalin at his residence in Chennai on May 13, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The DMK said on Tuesday that it will stick with the Congress even after the Lok Sabha elections and that this had been conveyed to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao who favours a non-Congress, non-BJP coalition to govern India.
 
"We are committed to the Congress. Never in the history of the DMK has it changed its alliance post elections. The party has always stuck to its pre-poll alliance partner," a DMK leader told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
 
He said that the importance of the DMK's alliance with the Congress was explained to Rao at the meeting with party  president M. K. Stalin here on Monday.
 
Rao was requested to look at the possibility of supporting the Congress, an idea which he did not negate.
 
"Our party will not align with the BJP with or without Narendra Modi as it would have a negative impact in Tamil Nadu. There is an anti-BJP wave in Tamil Nadu. The DMK will not be part of a third front government formed with the support of the BJP," the DMK leader added.
 
DMK President Stalin told the media that it will be known only after the Lok Sabha election results are declared whether a non-Congress, non-BJP grouping was possible.
 
He said the Telangana Chief Minister met him on Monday out of courtesy. He said Rao came to Tamil Nadu primarily to visit temples.
 
Stalin said Rao did not meet him in connection with the formation of a third front.
 
Rao on Monday had an hour-long meeting with Stalin here but it appeared that his proposal for a non-BJP, non-Congress coalition didn't have takers.
 
According to the DMK, ideally the Congress should be part of any central government so that there is stability.
 
"In fact Rao's own party TRS has to win all the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana so that he can try to forge a third front post election results," said the DMK leader who did not wish to be identified.
 
Political analyst Raveendhran Dhuraiswamy told IANS: "The DMK-Congress combine will get a sizeable percentage of votes. The DMK will not go with BJP after the elections. As for Stalin, Tamil Nadu is more important than having a say in the central government."
 
According to one DMK leader, if some third front proponents join hands with the BJP and form a coalition, then the DMK and Congress will be left alone. 
 
Meanwhile, DMK senior leader and Treasurer Duraimurugan on Tuesday met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at Amaravati.
 
Duraimurugan told reporters that he met Naidu as a mark of courtesy.
 
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Telangana Congress leaders publicly clash over chair

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In a huge embarrassment to the Congress at an opposition protest meet here on Saturday, senior Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao clashed with another leader publicly and collapsed during a fight over a chair.
 
Former member of Rajya Sabha Hanumantha Rao and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) spokesman M. Nagesh pushed each other on the dais in the presence of AICC General Secretary and in-charge of party affairs R. C. Khuntia and leaders of various opposition parties.
 
The commotion broke out during a meeting organised by the opposition parties at Indira Park to protest an alleged goof-up by the Telangana Board of Intermediate Examination in results declared.
 
Rao, who was holding the mike to invite leaders on the stage, took objection to Nagesh occupying a chair meant for Khuntia. A heated exchange ensued between the two and soon they started pushing each other even as other leaders tried to pacify them.
 
In the melee, Nagesh collapsed on the ground. He stood up and pushed Rao, who too fell down leaving the leaders and other protestors in shock.
 
Leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and others intervened to bring the situation under control.
 
Khuntia, state Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and other senior leaders took a serious view of the incident.
 
The day-long protest meeting was called by the Congress and other opposition parties over the bungling by the Board of Intermediate Education in the results of Intermediate (11th and 12th standard).
 
The parties had also invited parents of 22 students who committed suicide over the failure in the exams. The opposition has blamed the government for the suicides and demanded compensation for their families.
 
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Heat wave continues in Telangana, Andhra

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Telangana and Andhra Pradesh remained in the grip of severe heat wave conditions on Monday, with the mercury in some places crossing 45 degree Celsius.
 
Khammam in Telangana was the hottest place in both the states, with a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius. Nellore in Andhra Pradesh too sizzled at 45 degrees.
 
Nalgonda was the second hottest place in Telangana at 44.8. Most places in Telangana recorded maximum temperature of nearly 44 degrees or more.
 
Hyderabad had the lowest maximum temperature in Telangana at 41.7 degree Celsius, still 2.5 degree above normal.
 
The severe heat wave conditions affected normal life in both the states. Streets were deserted in many places as people preferred to remain indoors, especially in the afternoon, to escape the blazing sun.
 
Andhra Pradesh has recorded high temperature for the last couple of days following cyclone Fani. 
 
Vijayawada was the hottest place on Sunday with a maximum temperature of 47 degree Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of Andhra Pradesh has cautioned people to take all precautions to protect themselves from severe heat wave conditions. It asked people, especially the aged and children, to avoid direct exposure to sun.
 
According to RTGS, 210 'mandals' or revenue blocks were reeling under severe heat wave conditions. These conditions are likely to continue to till May 10.
 
IMD has forecast that severe heat wave conditions will continue in both the Telugu states on Tuesday.
 
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Fire at Chiranjeevi's farmhouse, film sets damaged

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A fire broke out in the farmhouse of Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Friday, damaging part of a film set, police said.
 
The incident occurred near the Gandipet lake. Residents of the area, who noticed the smoke at the farmhouse, alerted the police. 
 
There was nobody on the sets of the film "Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy" at the time of the accident. A part of it was damaged in the fire, police said.
 
"Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy" is a historical war film based on the life of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. Being made in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam, it stars Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanathara, Tamannah and others.
 
The movie is being produced by Chiranjeevi's son and popular actor Ram Charan and directed by Surender Reddy.
 
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Unseasonal rains damage iconic Charminar

File photo of the Charminar. (Photo: Vinita Abraham/ NetIndian)
File photo of the Charminar. (Photo: Vinita Abraham/ NetIndian)
 
Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad, has suffered damage as a piece of lime stucco work on one of its minarets fell down following unseasonal rains, officials said on Thursday.
 
A portion of the stucco work detached from the granite slab on the minaret facing Mecca Masjid side and fell off late on Wednesday, sending panic among the people around the monument.
 
Police cordoned off the area where the debris fell. A large number of onlookers gathered near the monument.
 
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had undertaken restoration work on the monument some time ago. While the incidents of lime plasters peeling off are not new, the latest damage raised new concerns about the safety of the iconic structure.
 
Charminar was built in 1591 by Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, the fifth king of the Qutb Shahi dynasty.
 
The 428-year-old edifice, stands at a staggering 160 feet from ground level. It has four minarets after which it is named.
 
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Telangana Board to involve another agency in re-verification

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Under flak from all quarters for the goof-up in Intermediate examinations, the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) on Wednesday decided to involve another independent information technology agency in re-verification and result processing of nearly 3.5 lakh students who failed to obtain pass marks.
 
Besides Globarena Technologies, which is being blamed for the massive bungling, another independent agency will be involved in the work.
 
BIE Secretary D. Ashok announced that the responsibility to select an independent agency was entrusted to Telangana State Technological Services (TSTS).
 
The decision assumed significance in view of the allegations by the opposition parties that the state government gave the contract to Globarena Technologies as the company had links with Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president and former IT minister K. T. Rama Rao. They also alleged that the government was trying to shield the company.
 
Rama Rao, who is son of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, on Wednesday dismissed the allegations by the opposition parties. He alleged that they were playing with the lives of the students.
 
Stating that the IT department has nothing to with the BIE, Rama Rao said the opposition parties were doing cheap politics over the issue. "Will somebody give Rs 10,000 crore bribe for a Rs 4 crore contract?" he asked, referring to allegations by a Congress leader.
 
Over 9 lakh students had appeared in Intermediate 1st Year and 2nd Year (11th and 12th standard) in February-March. The results were declared on April 18, which triggered an uproar among students who alleged large-scale discrepancies in valuation of papers and processing of the results.
 
More than 20 students committed suicide in the last two weeks over the failure in the examination. Massive protests by the students, parents and opposition parties forced the government to order free re-verification of answer sheets of all students who failed to obtain pass marks.
 
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7-year-old survives on water for five days in bathroom

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A seven-year-old girl survived for five days on water after falling into the bathroom of her neighbour's house while playing, police said.
 
The startling incident took place in Makhtal town in Narayanpet district of Telangana, about 160 km from Hyderabad.
 
The house owner was shocked to see the girl lying in his bathroom after he returned home on Thursday from a tour. With no food for five days and surviving only on the water available in the bathroom, the girl had turned very weak and was in a state of shock.
 
The police investigation revealed that Kuravakacheri Akhila, a class II student, accidentally fell onto the bathroom of a house while playing on the terrace of an adjacent building on April 20. As the roof had an opening fitted with plastic net, she fell through into the bathroom but sustained no injuries as a rope with clothes on it took the impact.
 
The bathroom was bolted from outside and as the inmate was away, her cries for help went unanswered. Police said there was nobody in the adjacent house who could hear her cries.
 
Her parents Suresh and Mahadevamma lodged a missing complaint the next day after their search yielded no result. According to sub-inspector of police B. Ashok Kumar, the parents suspected she went missing from a local fair.
 
The police had formed a team and alerted police in adjacent districts and Hyderabad but found no clue.
 
It was on Wednesday that, the owner of the house returned from Hyderabad, where his family lives. Venkatesh, a teacher, said he was shocked to see the girl lying in bathroom. He alerted the neighbours, who identified her as the daughter of tenants behind their house.
 
Akhila, who was not even able to speak, was rushed to a local hospital, where she was administered saline.
 
Though schools have summer holidays, Venkatesh had returned to attend a marriage in the town.
 
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NHRC notice to Telangana over student suicides

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday issued notice to Telangana government, seeking a detailed report on the goof-ups by the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) resulting in failure of about three lakh students and suicide by 18.
 
Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that 18 students have committed suicide during the last one week over failure in the Intermediate examinations, the Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary, Government of Telangana calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks, including action taken against the guilty and relief, if any, provided to the aggrieved families.
 
The panel took note of media reports that large-scale discrepancies by BIE has have triggered furore in the State. About three lakh students reportedly failed in the exams and the students and parents were staging protests.
 
"It has been observed that the contents of the news reports, if true, raise the issues of serious lapses on the part of the authorities amounting to violation of human rights. A thorough probe into the matter is required not only to punish the guilty but to ensure that such incidents do not recur," the Commission said.
 
According to the media reports, hundreds of students have failed to get even pass marks. The State Education Ministry, the Board and the government initially dismissed the allegations, but later gave in to the growing protests. The aggrieved students have also approached the High Court.
 
The role of a private company, which was given the contract for processing the results, has come under the scanner. This work was being done earlier by the Centre for Good Governance which is a government agency. The Hyderabad-based private firm Globarena Technologies, who executed the work, was reportedly not competent enough to take up the job. 
 
The firm has, however, contended that it is capable of handling the task and that it had executed the contract systematically.
 
"As mentioned in the news report, around 10 lakh students took the class 12 exam in February 2018 and nearly 3.5 have failed, making it a gigantic task for the board to conduct supplementary exams for such a large number of students. The time is also running out for the students who have to appear in the entrance exams like in EAMCET, NEET and JEE etc," the Commission noted.
 
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Telangana orders re-verification for failed students

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday ordered free re-verification of answer sheets of all the intermediate students who failed in the examinations.
 
The decision came amid a row over the goof-ups by the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TIBE) in declaring results, which allegedly led to suicide of 10 students since last week and triggered protests by parents and opposition parties.
 
With two more students ending their lives and protests continuing on Wednesday, the Chief Minister reviewed the situation with senior officials.
 
In case of students who passed but prefer re-verification and re-counting, it would be done as per the prevailing norms and regulations, the Chief Minister said.
 
KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, asked officials to expedite the re-verification and re-counting process and complete that as early as possible. It should be followed by advanced supplementary examinations to prevent loss of the academic year, he added.
 
Education Secretary B. Janardhan Reddy has been entrusted with the responsibility of competing the process. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to evolve a strategy for smooth conduct of examinations and evaluation.
 
Expressing shock over suicides of 'a few' students who failed in the intermediate examination, he said it was 'most unfortunate'. He appealed to students not to resort to suicide as failing in intermediate examinations did not mean the end of life.
 
According to a statement from the Chief Minister's office, of the 9.74 lakh students who appeared for the intermediate examinations, 3.28 lakh failed. "Some students and their parents are of the opinion that during the process of addition of marks, mistakes took place resulting in less marks than expected and hence they failed," it said.
 
KCR also asked officials to examine whether the responsibility of conducting examinations be entrusted to an autonomous body. "It has to be examined whether the responsibility of conducting examinations could be entrusted to an autonomous body. The best practices in other states and other countries are to be studied for implementing in our state," he said.
 
"The government faces problems every time intermediate examinations and EAMCET are conducted. The government, students and their parents face trouble every time. This needs to be avoided," KCR said. 
 
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