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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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TRS denies tickets to three outgoing MPs

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday announced candidates for all 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana, denying tickets to three outgoing MPs including its leader in Lok Sabha, A. P. Jithender Reddy.
 
Jithender Reddy, who was elected from Mahabubnagar in 2014, was replaced by M. Srinivas Reddy.
 
P. Srinivas Reddy, who was elected from Khammam on a YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) ticket in the previous elections and later joined the TRS, was also dropped.
 
Nama Nageswara Rao, who quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday and formally joined the TRS Thursday morning, was named as the candidate for Khammam in the list announced Thursday night.
 
The TRS has also not fielded Seetaram Naik, the outgoing MP from Mahabubabad. Maloth Kavitha was named as the candidate.
 
Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha will seek re-election from Nizamabad while senior leader B. Vinod will contest again from Karimnagar.
 
The TRS has named state minister Malla Reddy's son-in-law Rajasekhar Reddy as the candidate from Malkajgiri. In 2014, Malla Reddy was elected from this constituency on a TDP ticket but later joined the TRS. He was elected to the Assembly in the recent elections and was inducted into the cabinet.
 
Another state minister T. Srinivas Yadav's son Saikiran Yadav will be the candidate from Secunderabad constituency.
 
In a friendly contest against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad constituency, the TRS named P. Srikant Reddy as its candidate. The ruling party has already made it clear that its target is to win 16 seats, leaving Hyderabad for the MIM.
 
Outgoing MP from Nalgonda, Gutta Sukhender Reddy, who won the seat on Congress ticket in 2014 but defected to the TRS, decided not to contest again for Lok Sabha. V. Narasimha Reddy was named as his replacement.
 
Other TRS candidates are G. Nagesh (Adilabad), N. Venkatesh (Peddapalli), K. Prabhakar Reddy (Medak), B. B. Patil (Zahirabad), Ranjit Reddy (Chevella), P. Ramulu (Nagarkurnool), P. Dayakar (Warangal) and B. Narsaiah Goud (Bhongir).
 
Out of 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state, TRS had bagged 11 in the previous election. One MP each from the TDP, Congress and YSR Congress later joined it while one TRS MP recently switched loyalty to Congress.
 
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Telangana Congress chief to contest from Nalgonda

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The Congress party on Monday night named its Telangana state chief Uttam Kumar Reddy as the candidate from Nalgonda Lok Sabha seat while AICC secretary Madhu Goud Yashki will contest from Nizamabad.
 
The Congress party, which had announced candidates for eight Lok Sabha seats in Telangana on March 15, announced the candidates for eight more seats around midnight.
 
The party has not yet taken a decision on Khammam, from where former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury is a contender for the party ticket.
 
Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and actress Vijaya Shanti, both former MPs and among the key aspirants, do not figure in the second list.
 
Uttam Kumar Reddy is currently a member of Telangana state Assembly. Madhu Yashki, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, will take on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha in Nizamabad constituency.
 
Komatireddy Venkat Reddy (Bhongir), Mallu Ravi (Nagarkurnool) and Vamshi Chand Reddy (Mahabubnagar), who were defeated in Assembly elections held in December, figured in the second list.
 
Firoz Khan, who too was defeated in Assembly polls, will take on Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad.
 
Azharuddin was reportedly keen to contest from Secunderabad but the party preferred former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav.
 
The Congress has announced Dommati Sambaiah as the candidate for Warangal seat.
 
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Aspiring Hyderabad pilot killed in Christchurch

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A youth from Hyderabad aspiring to become a commercial pilot was among the 50 people killed in the New Zealand mosques attack. He is the third man from Telangana confirmed dead.
 
Ozair Khadir, 25, a resident of Noor Khan Bazar area in the old city here, was in the list of Indians named by the Indian High Commission in New Zealand as those who died in the Christchurch attack.
 
Farhaj Ahsan and Mohammed Imran Khan are the other two men from Telangana killed but their names did not figure in the list.
 
Khadir, who was undergoing training to become commercial pilot in Christchurch, was at Al Noor mosque to offer Friday prayers when a terrorist opened fire. 
 
Initially he was listed among the missing but later the authorities confirmed that he was among the dead, leaving the family crestfallen.
 
Khadir's family members said his elder brother Omair Khadir, a commercial pilot in Singapore, rushed to New Zealand and was making arrangements to bring the body back home. 
 
Their parents, who live in Saudi Arabia, were also heading to New Zealand.
 
Relatives said Khadir, second of the four siblings, was born in Saudi Arabia. He wanted to become a pilot like his elder brother and had gone to New Zealand a year ago.
 
Besides Khadir, Ahsan, 31, a software engineer from Hyderabad and Imran Khan, 35, a restaurateur hailing from Karimnagar district, were identified as dead.
 
Ahsan's parents and in-laws have left for New Zealand for his burial there. Khan's family members, who live in the US, have also rushed to New Zealand.
 
Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir, also from Hyderabad, was injured in the attack and is recovering in a hospital in Christchurch.
 
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3 Indians killed in NZ mosque attacks, some missing

Two men from Telangana and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.

 
New Zealand police remaining 'highly vigilant and highly visible' after mosque shootings
Two men from Telangana and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.
 
The shootings - the first fatal terror attack in the South Pacific island nation in many decades, was allegedly carried out by Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was charged with murder at a court in Christchurch on Saturday.
 
Ancy Ali, a 25-year-old married woman from Kerala's Thrissur, was among the victims, the Kerala Police said.
 
Ancy, who had migrated to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nassar last year, lived near the mosques that were attacked, an officer at the Kodungalloor police station in Thrissur told IANS.
 
Ancy was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch where her husband was working, the officer said.
 
"We received news from the Special Branch that a woman from here was injured in the shooting. We have now received the news that she has passed away," said the officer who did not wish to be named.
 
Software engineer Farhaj Aslan, who was reported missing following the attacks, was confirmed dead, his family in Hyderabad said on Saturday.
 
"We have received information that my brother was killed in the attack," his elder brother Kashif Ahsan told IANS.
 
The 31-year-old's father Mohammed Sayeeduddin and mother Imtiaz Fatima, who were hoping to hear some good news about his son, were inconsolable.
 
Grieving family members huddled in a corner at the family's house in Nadeem Colony of Toli Chowki area after the family received the shocking news. Relatives and friends were pouring in to console the family.
 
Authorities in Christchurch informed Ahsan's wife Insha Aziz and her uncle, who rushed from Australia, about his death. They were at a hospital in Christchurch, waiting for some information since morning.
 
Ahsan was at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire on worshippers. A father of seven-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, he used to regularly offer Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque as he lives in a nearby neighbourhood.
 
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Another man from Karimnagar town of Telangana was also killed in the attack. Mohammad Imran Khan fell to the bullets at the mosque, according to information reaching his relatives in Karimnagar.
 
Imran, whose family was settled in the US, was engaged in some business in New Zealand for last few years. He was also at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the gunman opened fire.
 
Imran Khan's uncle Manzoor Ahmed Khan received information from his brother's family in US about his death in the Christchurch shootout. The relatives also identified him from one of the pictures on social media.
 
Meanwhile, another man from Hyderabad who was injured in the terror attack was recovering.
 
Ahmed Iqbal Jehangir, who was at the same mosque, sustained bullet injuries in his chest and shoulder.
 
"Alhamdulillah (all thanks to Allah)! He is out of danger and recovering," his brother Mohammed Khursheed Jehangir told IANS here on Saturday.
 
According to information received by Khursheed, a surgery was performed on Ahmed at a hospital in Christchurch to remove a bullet.
 
Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor mosque. His wife and children who stay in the same neighbourhood were safe.
 
Khursheed plans to leave for New Zealand to see his brother.
 
Officials in Gujarat said that there was no word about some people from the state who were understood to be visiting Christchurch and they were awaiting a response from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
 
According to unconfirmed sources, at least four visitors from Gujarat were present at the two mosques in Christchurch when the shootings took place.
 
Mehboob Khokhar, a retired employee of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) and a resident of Ahmedabad's Juhapura, had gone to one of the mosques to offer Friday prayers.
 
"After the attack in the mosque at Al Noor, my brother-in-law Imran and my mother-in-law Begum Akhtar rushed to the hospitals. But we still don't know whether Khokhar is admitted somewhere or is still missing. We have not received any confirmation from the New Zealand authorities yet," said Hafiz Patni, the son-in-law of Khokhar, who's also a resident of Juhapura.
 
It is also believed that a father-son duo from Anand were also present at one of the two mosques when the attack took place.
 
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Two Indians killed in NZ mosque attacks, some missing

A software engineer from Hyderabad and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.

 
New Zealand police remaining 'highly vigilant and highly visible' after mosque shootings
A software engineer from Hyderabad and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.
 
The shootings - the first fatal terror attack in the South Pacific island nation in many decades, were allegedly carried out by Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was charged with murder at a court in Christchurch on Saturday. 
 
Ancy Ali, a 25-year-old married woman from Kerala's Thrissur, was among the victims, the Kerala Police said. 
 
Ancy, who had migrated to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nassar last year, lived near the mosques that were attacked, an officer at the Kodungalloor police station in Thrissur told IANS. 
 
Ancy was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch where her husband was working, the officer said.
 
"We received news from the Special Branch that a woman from here was injured in the shooting. We have now received the news that she has passed away," said the officer who did not wish to be named.
 
Software engineer Farhaj Aslan, who was reported missing following the attacks, was confirmed dead, his family in Hyderabad said on Saturday.
 
"We have received information that my brother was killed in the attack," his elder brother Kashif Ahsan told IANS.
 
The 31-year-old's father Mohammed Sayeeduddin, who was hoping to hear some good news about his son, was inconsolable.
 
Grieving family members huddled in a corner at the family's house in Nadeem Colony of Toli Chowki area after the family received the shocking news. Relatives and friends were pouring in to console the family.
 
Authorities in Christchurch informed Ahsan's wife and her uncle, who rushed from Australia, about his death. They were at a hospital in Christchurch, waiting for some information since morning.
 
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Ahsan was at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire on worshippers. A father of two, he used to regularly offer Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque as he lives in a nearby neighbourhood.
 
Like every day, Sayeeduddin rang up his son, unaware of what was going on at the mosque. "We spoke to him over phone every day around afternoon and today being Friday, I rang him around 8 a.m. but he did not respond," he had told IANS.
 
He then called his daughter-in-law, who informed him that there was an attack at the mosque and that she also tried to reach Ahsan over his mobile phone.
 
She later went to hospital with a picture of her husband and after a long wait, the authorities told her that he is among 19 people missing.
 
Ahsan, who did his MS from Auckland University, worked for various companies and had recently completely a project for a firm in Christchurch.
 
Meanwhile, another man from Hyderabad who was injured in the terror attack was recovering.
 
Ahmed Iqbal Jehangir, who was at the same mosque, sustained bullet injuries in his chest and shoulder.
 
"Alhamdulillah (grateful to Allah)! He is out of danger and recovering," his brother Mohammed Khursheed Jehangir told IANS here on Saturday.
 
According to information received by Khursheed, a surgery was performed on Ahmed at a hospital in Christchurch to remove a bullet.
 
Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor mosque. His wife and children who stay in the same neighbourhood were safe.
 
Khursheed plans to leave for New Zealand to see his brother.
 
Officials in Gujarat said that there was no word about some people from the state who were understood to be visiting Christchurch and they were awaiting a response from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
 
According to unconfirmed sources, at least four visitors from Gujarat were present at the two mosques in Christchurch when the shootings took place.
 
Mehboob Khokhar, a retired employee of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) and a resident of Ahmedabad's Juhapura, had gone to one of the mosques to offer Friday prayers. 
 
"After the attack in the mosque at Al Noor, my brother-in-law Imran and my mother-in-law Begum Akhtar rushed to the hospitals. But we still don't know whether Khokhar is admitted somewhere or is still missing. We have not received any confirmation from the New Zealand authorities yet," said Hafiz Patni, the son-in-law of Khokhar, who's also a resident of Juhapura.
 
It is also believed that a father-son duo from Anand were also present at one of the two mosques when the attack took place.
 
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Finance Commission to visit Telangana from February 17-20

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The 15th Finance Commission headed by its Chairman N K Singh will be visiting the state of Telangana from February 17 to 20.
 
The team will include Commission Members Anoop Singh, Ashok Lahiri and Ramesh Chand and senior officers.
 
The Commission will begin its visit with on-site reviews of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation project, the Medigadda Barrage and Mission Bhagirathi, the safe drinking water project of Telangana.
 
Separate detailed meetings will be held with representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies. The Commission will meet the representative of all political parties separately followed by an elaborate and detailed meeting with the State Government.
 
The Commission, on the final day of its visit, will have a meeting with eminent economists headed by Dr Y V Reddy. The Commission will also have a discussion in the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad on the draft report of Evaluation of State Finances of Telangana. 
 
There will also be a presentation to the Commission on updating of Land Records and on Rythu Bandhu, an investment support scheme for agriculture and horticulture crops by way of grant of Rs. 4,000 per acre per farmer each season for purchase of inputs like seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, labour and other investments.
 
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Hyderabad: Forceps found in abdomen of woman who underwent surgery three months ago

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Doctors at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here have found a pair of artery forceps in the abdomen of a woman who had undergone a surgery for hernia at the hospital three months ago and kept complaining of severe pain in the weeks that followed.
 
Maheshwari Choudary, 33, of Mangalhat had undergone the surgery at NIMS on November 2 and was discharged ten days later after she had fully recovered.
 
To her initial complaints of severe abdominal pain, doctors told her that it was normal after surgery.
 
But when she again complained of acute pain and rushed to the hospital once more to the hospital last week, doctors conducted tests and took X-ray pictures, which showed the forceps left inside her abdomen during the surgery, hospital sources said.
 
Another team of doctors performed a second surgery yesterday to remove the forceps from her body, they said.
 
The hospital has also set up a committee of senior doctors to conduct an inquiry in the matter.
 
The Punjagutta Police here have also registered a case on the basis of a complaint of negligence filed by the patient's husband, Harshvardhan Choudary.
 
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BHEL wins its largest order for Solar Photovoltaic power plants

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had won an order for setting up 129 MW Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) power plants in Telangana from Singareni Collieries Company Limited.
 
Valued at Rs. 565 crore, this is the largest SPV power plant order won by BHEL till date, a press release from the company.
 
The plants are to be set up at four locations in Telangana - Ramagundam (50 MW), Yellandu (39 MW), Manuguru (30 MW) and Pegadapally (10 MW), on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis. With this order, BHEL’s solar portfolio has risen to more than 710 MW, it said.
 
BHEL has more than three decades of expertise in solar photovoltaic products and services backed by a dedicated R&D setup. BHEL is one of the very few companies in India with established capability in major segments of the PV value chain such as solar cells, PV modules and power conditioning units and systems, the release added.
 
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First Chief Justice of Telangana High Court sworn in

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Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on Tuesday sworn in as the first Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, officials said.
 
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered oath to him at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, judges, lawyers and senior officials attended the ceremony.
 
Justice Radhakrishnan had been serving as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since July last year.
 
Narasimhan later left for Vijayawada to administer oath to Justice Praveen Kumar as the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court.
 
With this, the separate high courts for Telugu states will become functional from Tuesday.
 
The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad had been serving as common high court of the two states since June 2014 when Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to carve out Telangana.
 
Last week, the Central government issued a notification for bifurcation of the High Court between the two states. 
 
The gazette notification said January 1 would be the appointed day for the Andhra Pradesh High Court which will start functioning from Amaravati while the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad will become the High Court for Telangana.
 
The employees and lawyers of Andhra Pradesh at the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad on Monday reached Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati.
 
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up for immediate hearing a petition filed by Andhra Pradesh Lawyers' Association for postponing the shifting of High Court to Amaravati till the construction of High Court building was completed there.
 
The Supreme Court will take up the petition for hearing on Wednesday. The petitioners say that completion of High Court building could take about 10 months.
 
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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana to have separate high courts from January 1, 2019

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Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have separate High Courts from January 1, 2019 with an order in this regard signed here today by President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
The order, issued by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice said the President had, under it, constituted a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh from January 1, 2019 with its principal seat in Amaravati.
 
The order was signed by President in exercise of powers conferred under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 30, sub-section (1) of section 31 and sub-section (2) of section 31 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
 
It said the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall become the High Court forthe State of Telangana.
 
The order said that, with  the constitution of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, the following Judges of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh shall cease to be the Judges of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, and shall become the Judges of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Amaravati with effect from January  1:
 
(i) Justice RameshRanganathan (presently working as Chief Justice of High Court of Uttarakhand);  (ii) Justice Chagari PraveenKumar; (iii) Justice Sarasa Venkatanarayana Bhatti; (iv) Justice Akula Venkata Sesha Sai; (v) Justice Dama SeshadriNaidu (presently working on transfer as Judge, High Court of Kerala); (vi) Justice Mandhata Seetharama Murti; (vii) Justice UpmakaDurga Prasad Rao; (viii) Justice Talluri Sunil Chowdary; (ix) Justice Mallavolu Satyanarayana Murthy; (x) Justice Gudiseva Shyam Prasad; (xi) Justice Kumari Javalakar Uma Devi; (xii) Justice Nakka Balayogi;  (xiii) Justice Mrs. Telaprolu Rajani; (xiv) Justice Durvasula Venkata Subramanya Suryanarayana Somayajulu; (xv) Justice Mrs. Kongara Vijaya Lakshmi; and (xvi) Justice Manthoj Ganga Rao.
 
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The following Judges shall cease to be the Judges of the common High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad and shall become the Judges of the High Court for the State of Telangana with January 1:
 
(i) Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar; (ii) Justice Mamidanna Satya Ratna Sri Ramachandra Rao; (iii) Justice Adavalli Rajasheker Reddy; (iv) Justice Ponugoti Naveen Rao; (v) Justice Challa Kodandaram Chowdary; (vi) Justice Bulusu Siva Sankara Rao; (vii) Justice Dr. Shameem Akther;  (viii) Justice Potlapalli Keshava Rao;  (ix) Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili; and (x) Justice Todupunuri Amarnath Goud.
 
The order said Mr. Justice R. Subhash Reddy, who was a Judge of the common High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad and who has been elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, had exercised the option for allocation to High Court for the State of Telangana.
 
Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India on June 2, 2014, marking the culmination of decades of struggle in the region for carving out a state from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Article 214 of the Constitution provides that there shall be a High Court for each State.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was enacted with a view to provide for the reorganisation of the existing State of Andhra Pradesh and for matters connected therewith.
 
Clause (a) of section 30 of the said Act provided that the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall be the common High Court for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh till a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh is constituted.
 
Sub-section (1) of section 31 of the Act provided that subject to the provisions of section 30, there shall be a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh and the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall become the High Court for the State of Telangana.
 
Sub-section (2) of section 31 of the Act provided that the principal seat of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh shall be at such place as the President may, by a notified Order, appoint.
 
The Supreme Court had earlier this year held that there is no embargo for the Competent Authority to issue a notification bifurcating the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad into the High Court of Telangana and the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
 
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KCR meets Mamata, says his mission is to form non-Congress, non-BJP front

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, popularly known as KCR, on Monday met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and said his mission was to form a non-Congress, non-BJP front and that a concrete plan would be unveiled soon.
 
"That's what is the mission of KCR," Rao said after the meeting at the state secretariat Nabanna, when a mediaperson asked him whether he was still looking for a non-Congress, non-BJP front.
 
When a mediaperson asked what exactly his mission was, he replied "That is what you said. That's my mission... I will continue my effort. Don't be in such a haste. This is not a small thing... taking a decision across the table."
 
Rao said they discussed matters of mutual interest and "also matters of national politics".
 
He hoped "very soon" they would come up with a concrete plan.
 
"Our dialogue will continue. Very shortly I think, we may come out with a concrete plan.. wait for the appropriate time... You will see things happening very shortly. We will give you good news. We will let you know," Rao said, as Banerjee was seen nodding in agreement.
 
"My discussions with didi (elder sister, as Banerjee is affectionately called) are always good. We had a discussion. We will continue our dialogue. The results will be visible," he added.
 
KCR, who became the chief minister for Telangana for the second consecutive time after winning the recent assembly polls, mentioned that Banerjee had congratulated him for Telangana Rashtra Samithi's victory.
 
Rao had also met his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar on Sunday as part of his series of meetings with regional leaders for forming a federal front of regional parties.
 
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Pradhan inaugurates ONGC CSR project to promote organic farming

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Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) corporate social responsibility (CSR) project for construction of hostel, classrooms, computer labs and administrative block at the Centre for Agricultural Research and Training in Telangana.
 
The project is expected to benefit more than 3,500 farmers in organic farming, a press release from ONGC said.
 
The centre has been set up by ONGC in collaboration with Eklavya Foundation for training farmers in organic farming using latest technology.
 
“This area is known for toor daal produce, and I dedicate this initiative to my brothers and sisters who are engaged in farming and I hope they will be able to use the facilities created here and understand and adopt modern technology for improving production," Pradhan said on the occasion.
 
The Minister, who is also in charge of Skill Development, championed the cause of skill development of the farmers to promote organic farming in a big way across the country, and said such projects would improve the standard of living of farmers. 
 
He also said that organic farm produce is another area for promoting export of these products with suitable quality controls and market linkages, helping India become a net exporter in organic produce. He said the concept of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ is very close to the heart of this government and will strive to take the project to the entire nation.
 
The release said the CSR project, envisioned by the government, has been supported by ONGC to help India develop a sizeable organic farming market. 
 
ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker said the company was proud to be associated with this kind of project through its CSR proramme to empower people towards inclusive development. “Technology induction in agriculture to foster organic farming will be a game changer. This project will usher in a new beginning in our agri-economy,” he added.
 
Dr. Alka Mittal, Director HR, ONGC, said that, through proper skill development and use of technology, the farmers will be able to migrate to organic farming which will have three-fold benefits -- the farmers will prosper and the quality of life of their families will improve, their consumers will get healthy agro-products and there will be environment conservation as well leading to improved ecosystem in which the entire state of Telangana will flourish.
 
The facility will also reach out to farmers in ONGC operational areas in Andhra Pradesh, training them in organic farming and enrolling them in PGS System, an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system, similar to ISO. The PGS System would certify their farm produce as organic produce and recognize them as export quality internationally.
 
"The project will be immensely beneficial for increasing the scope of organic farming in the entire Telangana and other neighbouring region. This project will help the farmers and local youth to enhance their livelihood by imparting them employment with enhancing vocation skills. The project is being implemented in one of the most backward areas in the region. It will benefit about 3500 farmers, 200 students and consumers in general by way of promoting organic farming," the release added.
 
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KCR appoints son as TRS Working President

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Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday appointed his son K. T. Rama Rao as the Working President of the party.
 
KCR, who decided to focus on national politics, entrusted the key responsibility to his son, popularly known as KTR and seen as number two in the party and the government.
 
The Chief Minister has entrusted the responsibility of taking forward the party in accordance with his plan, to KTR, the most trusted person in the party, according to a statement from the Chief Minister's Office.
 
KCR took this decision with a view to entrust the responsibility of party affairs to a most trusted and efficient person, since he would be preoccupied with the governance activities like expediting construction of irrigation projects and also to implement the electoral promises in letter and spirit, it said.
 
"CM KCR strongly believes and is confident that the working style, the commitment, the direction and leadership qualities of KTR will help in leading the TRS party efficiently and effectively by him in the days to come."
 
The TRS chief took the decision a day after taking over as the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term, following his party's landslide victory in Assembly elections.
 
KTR, only son of KCR, has been re-elected to the Assembly from Sircilla constituency.
 
KTR was Minister for Industry and Information Technology in the previous cabinet. He was likely to be inducted in the new cabinet next week.
 
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K Chandrashekhar Rao takes oath as Telangana CM for second consecutive term

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao during his swearing in ceremony as Chief Minister of Telangana at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on December13, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao during his swearing in ceremony as Chief Minister of Telangana at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on December13, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who led the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a landslide victory in the December 7 Assembly elections, on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second term in a row.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the TRS leader at 1.25 a.m. at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
 
Mohammed Mahmood Ali, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also took oath as a Minister. Ali, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous cabinet, is likely to retain the same post.
 
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, took oath in Telugu while Ali completed the formalities in Urdu.
 
TRS leaders in the audience raised slogans of "Long live KCR" and "Jai Telangana" as the 64-year-old finished taking the oath.
 
KCR is likely to expand his cabinet next week. The TRS retained power by winning 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly.
 
KCR's wife Shobha Rao, son K. T. Rama Rao, daughter K. Kavitha, nephew T. Harish Rao and other family members attended the ceremony.
 
After the swearing-in, a group of priests blessed KCR and presented him 'prasadam'.
 
KCR had taken oath as Telangana's first Chief Minister on June 2, 2014, the day when Telangana came into being as India's 29th state.
 
He went for a dissolution of the Assembly on September 6 this year, eight months before its term was to end. His gamble for early polls paid rich dividends.
 
Newly elected legislators of TRS, top party leaders, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi, Chief Secretary S. K. Joshi, Director General of Police Mahender Reddy and senior officials attended the ceremony.
 
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KCR takes oath as Telangana CM for second consecutive term

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K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second term in a row.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
 
Mohammed Mahmood Ali, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also took oath as a Minister.
 
Ali, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous cabinet, is likely to retain the same post.
 
KCR, as he is popularly known, is likely to expand his cabinet next week. The TRS retained power by winning 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly in the recent elections.
 
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KCR to take oath as Telangana CM on Thursday

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K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who led the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a massive win in the Telangana Assembly elections, will take oath as the Chief Minister of India's youngest state for a second consecutive term on Thursday.
 
He will take oath at a ceremony to be held at 1.30 p.m. at Raj Bhavan. Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan will administer him the oath of office and secrecy.
 
The newly elected legislators of TRS on Wednesday elected KCR their leader at a meeting held at the Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters.
 
The TRS chief told reporters after the meeting that since the Election Commission has to issue a Gazette notification, the constitution of a full-fledged cabinet may take few days.
 
He said he would take the oath along with a colleague on Thursday.
 
KCR also sent his resignation to the Governor to facilitate formation of the new government and his swearing-in.
 
The TRS chief said he would try to give representation to all sections in the cabinet.
 
The state can have maximum 18 members in the cabinet due to the Constitutional restruction. He, however, felt that the cabinet size was proving insufficient and there was a need to increase the numbers.
 
A delegation of TRS leaders met the Governor and presented a resolution passed at the TRS Legislature Party meeting, unanimously electing KCR as its leader.
 
Earlier, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar and Election Commission's Principal Secretary S. K. Rudola met the Governor and submitted the list of newly elected legislators.
 
TRS has bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly in the elections held on December 7.
 
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TRS juggernaut crushes Congress, gets absolute majority

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K. Chandrashekhar Rao led his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a resounding victory, crushing Congress-led alliance in India's youngest state, riding high on Telangana pride and welfare schemes.
 
Beating all expectations of pre-poll surveys and exit polls, the TRS bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly to retain the power with more than two-thirds majority.
 
The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party, which received the massive mandate in the first general election in the four-year-old state.
 
The Congress-led People's Front, which was expected to give a tough fight to the TRS, managed only 21 seats.
 
TRS chief and Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao, who was re-elected from Gajwel constituency, termed the massive win as "people's victory". He said this was a positive vote for the work done by TRS for the welfare and development.
 
"This victory has added responsibility on us to fulfil the aspirations of people," he said and claimed that with all sections of people backing the TRS, the result had shown the way to the nation for a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and non-Congress alternative.
 
KCR's son K. T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao also retained Sircilla and Siddipet constituencies. However, four of KCR's other cabinet colleagues were defeated as also Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary.
 
The TRS had bagged 63 seats in 2014 but increased its tally to 90 with over two dozen MLAs from other parties crossing over to the ruling party. It had fielded all sitting legislators and most of them retained their seats.
 
The party recorded massive victory in all regions. Barring Khammam district, it made almost a clean sweep in north Telangana and dominated south Telangana. It also made huge inroads in Greater Hyderabad, where the TDP-BJP alliance had won majority of seats in the previous election.
 
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People rejected the alliance between the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as the four-party People's Front faced a severe drubbing.
 
The Congress won just 19 seats, two less than its tally in 2014. Many top leaders of Congress party including those seen as chief ministerial candidates were defeated. They include floor leader in the dissolved Assembly K. Jana Reddy, party's state working presidents Revanth Reddy and Ponnam Prabhakar and former Central minister Sarve Satyanarayana.
 
The TDP, which had won 15 seats in 2014 elections, bagged only two seats. Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI), two other constituents of People's Front, drew a blank.
 
BJP, which had five seats in the dissolved Assembly, could retain only one seat.
 
Continuing its domination in Hyderabad, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) retained all seven seats it held in the dissolved House.
 
As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore electorate voted in the elections held in all 119 constituencies on Friday.
 
The Governor had dissolved the Assembly in September on the Chief Minister's advice, eight months before its term was to end.
 
Initially focussing on welfare and development schemes, KCR made Telangana pride a key issue when the TDP joined hands with the Congress.
 
Portraying TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as an enemy of Telangana's interests, the TRS chief had urged people not to allow outsiders to decide their future.
 
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TRS retains Telangana, crushes Congress

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Riding high on Telangana pride and welfare schemes, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao led his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a thumping victory, crushing the Congress-led alliance in India's youngest state.
 
Beating all expectations of pre-poll surveys and exit polls, the TRS appeared set to win a whopping 77 seats in the 119-member Assembly, triggering wild celebrations by party leaders as well as activists all over the state.
 
The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party as it bagged 77 seats and was leading in 10 constituencies.
 
The Congress-led People's Front, which was expected to give a tough fight to TRS, won only 17 seats and was leading in five places.
 
TRS chief and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was re-elected from Gajwel constituency. His son K. T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao also retained Sircilla and Siddipet seats. 
 
A jubilant Chief Minister told the media that he would work to evolve an alternative to both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress with a new economic model. 
 
"Grateful, indebted and humbled. Thanks Telangana for keeping the faith in KCR Garu and giving us another opportunity to serve you," tweeted Rama Rao, his son and a Minister.
 
KCR's daughter and TRS MP K. Kavitha said there was no anti-incumbency as the TRS government had done well on all fronts during the last four-and-a-half years.
 
"KCR's hard work has paid off," said Kavitha, adding that it was both welfare programmes and Telangana pride which worked for the party in this election.
 
TRS bagged 63 seats in 2014 but increased its tally to 90 with over two dozens MLAs from other parties crossing over to the ruling party. It fielded all sitting legislators and most of them retained their seats.
 
TRS recorded massive victory in all the regions. Barring Khammam district, it made almost a clean sweep in north Telangana and dominated south Telangana. It also made huge inroads in Greater Hyderabad, where the TDP-BJP alliance had won most seats in the previous election.
 
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Since the dissolution of the Assembly, KCR had been confident of winning over 100 seats. While many had dismissed this as over-confidence, his prophecy came true with the TRS almost hitting the target with its ally AIMIM.
 
TDP, which won 15 seats in 2014, was ahead in just two segments. The BJP, which had 5 seats in the dissolved Assembly, won only one seat.
 
Many top leaders of the Congress including those Chief Minister candidates were defeated. They include floor leader in the dissolved Assembly K. Jana Reddy, state working presidents Revanth Reddy and Ponnam Prabhakar and former central Minister Sarve Satyanarayana.
 
The Congress, which bagged 21 seats in 2014, may finish with a tally of 20. The Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI), two other constituents of People's Front, drew a blank.
 
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) won four seats and was leading in three. Thus it appeared set to retain all seven seats. 
 
As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore electorate voted in the elections held in all 119 constituencies on Friday.
 
KCR dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.
 
Initially focussing on welfare and development schemes, KCR made Telangana pride a key issue when the TDP joined hands with the Congress.
 
Portraying TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as an enemy of Telangana's interests, the TRS chief had urged people not to allow outsiders to decide their future.
 
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Riding on Telangana pride, TRS heading for landslide victory

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Riding on Telangana pride and its welfare schemes, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Tuesday appeared heading towards a landslide victory in Assembly elections.
 
Beating all expectations of pre-poll surveys and exit polls, the TRS appeared set to win 90 seats in the 119-member Assembly.
 
The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party in the first full-fledged elections in India's youngest state.
 
The TRS took early leads in a majority of the constituencies for which trends were available as officials counted the hundreds of thousands of votes.
 
The ruling party candidates were ahead of their rivals in 90 constituencies while the other major contender for power, the Congress-led People's Front, was leading in just 18 places.
 
TRS chief and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao was leading in Gajwel constituency while his son K. T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao were ahead of their rivals in Sircilla and Siddipet constituencies.
 
People seem to have dismissed the alliance between the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as the four-party People's Front was heading for a drubbing.
 
Many top leaders of Congress were trailing. The TDP was ahead in just two segments while Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI) were not leading in any of the constituencies they contested.
 
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was leading in five segments and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in three.
 
KCR's daughter K. Kavitha said there was never doubt that the party would retain power with a huge majority.
 
Kavitha, a member of the Lok Sabha, said there was no anti-incumbency as the TRS government had done well on all fronts during the last four-and-a-half years.
 
As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore electorate voted in the elections held in all 119 constituencies on Friday.
 
The TRS won 63 seats in 2014 while Congress had finished with 21.
 
KCR dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.
 
Initially focussing on welfare and development schemes, KCR made Telangana pride a key issue when the TDP joined hands with the Congress. 
 
Portraying TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as an enemy of Telangana's interests, the TRS chief had urged people not to allow outsiders to decide their future. 
 
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TRS appears set for two-third majority in Telangana

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The gamble for early polls appears to have paid rich dividends as the Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Tuesday appeared to be advancing towards a two-third majority in the 119-member Assembly.
 
The TRS took early leads in a majority of the constituencies for which trends were available as officials counted the hundreds of thousands of votes.
 
The ruling party candidates were ahead of their rivals in 82 constituencies while the other major contender for power, the Congress-led People's Front, was leading in just 17 places.
 
People seem to have dismissed the alliance between the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as the four-party People's Front was heading for a drubbing.
 
Many top leaders of Congress were trailing in their constituencies while TDP, Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI) were not leading in any of the constituencies they contested.
 
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was leading in three segments and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in four.
 
TRS President and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha said there was no doubt that the party would retain power with a huge majority.
 
Kavitha, a member of the Lok Sabha, said there was no anti-incumbency as the TRS government had done well on all fronts during the last four-and-a-half years.
 
As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore electorate voted in the elections held in all 119 constituencies on Friday.
 
The TRS won 63 seats in 2014 while Congress had finished with 21.
 
KCR dissolved the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.
 
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TRS appears to be on winning track in Telangana

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi appeared to be on the winning track in Telangana as it has taken early leads in a majority of the constituencies for which counting trends were available.
 
The TRS candidates were ahead of their rivals in 48 constituencies while the other major contender for power, the Congress-led People's Front, was ahead in 21 constituencies.
 
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was leading in three segments while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was ahead in one constituency.
 
TRS President and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha said there was no doubt that the party would retain power with huge majority.
 
Kavitha, who is a member of the Lok Sabha, said there was no anti-incumbency as TRS government had done well on all fronts during last four-and-half years.
 
As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore voters had cast their votes in the elections held in all 119 constituencies last Friday.
 
The TRS had won 63 seats in 2014 while Congress had finished with 21.
 
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72.62% voting in Rajasthan, 67% in Telangana as Assembly polls end

More than 72.62% of the electorate in Rajasthan and 67% in Telangana turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security today, bringing the curtains down on crucial Assembly polls in five states just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
More than 72.62 percent of the electorate in Rajasthan and 67 percent in Telangana turned out to exercise their franchise amidst tight security today, bringing the curtains down on crucial Assembly polls in five states just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
The final voting figures in both states are likely to be slightly higher as Election Commission officials collate numbers from polling booths in remote areas.
 
Polling was held on November 28 in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and in two phases on November 12 and 20 in Chhattisgarh.
 
Counting of votes in all five states will be taken up on December 11 and all results are expected to be available by that evening.
 
In Rajasthan, where voting began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm, the Congress is making a strong bid to unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Vasundhara Raje that has been in power since December 2013.
 
About 4.74 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 2,274 candidates in the fray for the 200-member Assembly. 
 
Out of 2,274 candidates, 189 women were in the fray in 199 out of the 200 assembly constituencies. The BJP contested all seats, while the Congress had left five seats for its allies. 
 
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) fielded 190 candidatesm the Communist Party of India-Marxist 28 and the Communist Party of India 16.  There were 830 independent candidates. 
 
The election in Alwar district's Ramgarh constituency was postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. 
 
In Telangana, polling began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected constituencies, polling ended an hour earlier at 4 pm.
 
There were long queues of voters outside many polling booths at the close of polling hours, and all of them were allowed to vote as per the procedure.
 
Around 2.8 crore electors were eligible to decide the fate of 1,821 candidates in Telangana in the first election after the state was formed. In the 2014 elections held in united Andhra Pradesh, Telangana had registered a voter turnout of 68.9 percent.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, which is seeking a second consecutive term in power, is up against a resurgent Congress-led People's Front.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) 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 TRS move was aimed at catching the Opposition parties unawares but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
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The Congress had tied up with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
Telangana had 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
The term of the current 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.
 
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The polling in Telangana, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up after 9. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.
 
Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said barring sporadic incidents, the polling was peaceful and smooth in all 32,815 polling stations across 31 districts.
 
In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
 
Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There were 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.
 
Congress candidate Vamshichand Reddy was injured in stone pelting by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Nagarkurnool district. He was admitted to a hospital.
 
Tension prevailed in Kodangal constituency where the midnight arrest of Congress Working Ptesident Revanth Reddy on December 4 had triggered a huge row, leading to transfer of Vikarabad District Superintendent of Police by the Election Commission.
 
Voters at several places complained that their names were missing from the voters' list. Some voters staged protests after officials did not allow them to exercise their franchise in the absence of voter slips.
 
Prominent people whose names were missing from the voter's list include family members of Finance Minister E. Rajender. Badminton player Jwala Gutta tweeted that her name was missing from the list.
 
Many celebrities including superstar Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Junior NTR, tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler P. V. Sindhu voted but this failed to enthuse the voters as overall turnout remained less than 40 per cent by 3 p.m.
 
Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President cast his vote in his village in Siddipet district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.
 
Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.
 
Over 1.50 lakh polling personnel were on duty to conduct the polling process. As many as 55,329 EVMs and 39,763 control units were in use.
 
For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were installed across the state.
 
The BJP was the third key force in some constituencies. The Bahujan Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) also contested majority of the seats.
 
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) contested eight seats in Hyderabad.
 
In Rajasthan, too, the elections were largely peaceful barring a few sporadic incidents of violence.
 
The voting was quite low at the start, but it picked up pace gradually. In all, 41.33 per cent votes were cast till 1 p.m, which touched around 60 per cent by 3 p.m and went up to 72.65 per cent by 5 p.m.
 
The Congress, meanwhile, has complained to the Election Commission (EC) about malfunctioning of around 400 VVPAT machines. The party workers also complained of slow voting and requested the Commission to extend the voting time.
 
A total of 1.44 lakh constables, head constables and 1,500 police officials were deputed for election duties, while a total of 640 companies were monitoring at different polling centres. Strict vigilance was maintained at 11,000 booths with the help of web casting, videography and micro-observers.
 
Early in the morning, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje voted at a polling booth in her Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar district, while Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Congress leader Sachin Pilot voted at a polling booth in Jaipur.
 
"I think people have seen the kind of work that has taken place in Rajasthan and I think they will go out and vote for development," Raje said after casting her ballot.
 
The Congress' key candidate, Pilot, who is fighting an Assembly election for the first time, said: "There are people who never visited the state and have come only for campaigning. The state has suffered a lot under Raje."
 
In wake of technical faults reports in many polling stations, Jalore District Collector B. L. Kothari said: "Around four EVMs had technical glitch in Ahore constituency. However, within a few minutes, these machines were replaced and smooth polling started in there. This was in early morning owing to poor connections but they were rectified immediately as we had extra machines at the centre."
 
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Polling begins in Rajasthan, Telengana to elect new Assemblies

Polling began on Friday morning amidst tight security in Rajasthan and Telangana to elect new legislative assemblies -- the last two of five states that have gone to the polls just months ahead of the all-important 2010 Lok Sabha elections.

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Warangal district of Telangana in the State Assembly elections on December 7, 2018.
Polling began this morning amidst tight security in Rajasthan and Telangana to elect new legislative assemblies -- the last two of five states that have gone to the polls just months ahead of the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Voting was held on November 28 in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram and in two phases on November 12 and 20 in Chhattisgarh.
 
Counting of votes in all five states will be taken up on December 11 and all results are expected to be available by that evening.
 
In Rajasthan, where voting began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm, the Congress is making a strong bid to unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Vasundhara Raje that has been in power since December 2013.
 
About 4.74 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 2,274 candidates in the fray for the 200-member Assembly. 
 
Out of 2,274 candidates -- 189 women are contesting for 199 out of the 200 assembly constituencies. 
 
The BJP is contesting on all seats while the Congress has left five seats for its allies. 
 
The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded 190, the Communist Party of India-Marxist 28 and the Communist Party of India 16 candidates. There are 830 Independent candidates. 
 
The election in Alwar district's Ramgarh constituency has been postponed due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh. 
 
In Telangana, polling began at 7 am and will end at 5 pm in 106 constituencies. In 13 Left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected constituencies, polling will end an hour earlier at 4 pm.
 
Around 2.8 crore electors will decide the fate of 1,821 candidates in the first election after Telangana was formed.
 
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The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), led by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao, which is seeking a second consecutive term in power, is up against a resurgent Congress-led People's Front.
 
The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) 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 TRS move was aimed at catching the Opposition parties unawares but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
The Congress has tied up with TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
Telangana has 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
The term of the current 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.
 
(With inputs from IANS)
 
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Rajasthan, Telangana will vote to elect new Assemblies on Friday

Rajasthan and Telangana will go to the polls on Friday in a high-stakes battle to elect new legislative assemblies, the results of which along with those in three other states can be a pointer to which way the wind is blowing ahead of next year's general elections.

Polling officials wait in queues to collect Electronic Voting Machines from a distribution centre before leaving for their polling stations, on the eve of Rajasthan Assembly elections, in Jaipur on December 6, 2018. (Photo: Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANS)
Polling officials wait in queues to collect Electronic Voting Machines from a distribution centre before leaving for their polling stations, on the eve of Rajasthan Assembly elections, in Jaipur on December 6, 2018. (Photo: Ravi Shankar Vyas/IANS)
Rajasthan and Telangana will go to the polls on Friday in a high-stakes battle to elect new legislative assemblies, the results of which along with those in three other states can be a pointer to which way the wind is blowing ahead of next year's general elections.
 
The BJP and the Congress are locked in a tough fight in Rajasthan, which has not voted the same party to power for more than one term in the last 20 years, while in Telangana the ruling TRS is facing a resurgent Congress-led People's Front in its bid for a second term.
 
The contest is largely bipolar between the BJP and Congress for the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly but is expected to be triangular, especially in some seats, for the 119-member Telangana assembly where the Congress has tied up with unlikely ally TDP, CPI and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), a new party floated by M. Kodandaram, who was once Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao's friend in the Telangana movement.
 
The campaign in both the states has been bitter with personalized attacks by leaders of various parties. 
 
In Rajasthan, the BJP is fighting anti-incumbency to retain power. 
 
While over 4.74 crore people are eligible to vote in Rajasthan, there are over 2.80 crore voters in Telangana. 
 
The voting will start at 7 a.m. in Telangana and at 8 a.m. in Rajasthan and VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail) will be used in all the constituencies. Voters will also have NOTA (none of the above) option. 
 
Tight security has been made in both the states and the results will be declared on December 11 along with those of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.
 
Telangana has 51,796 polling stations, an increase of 14.25 per cent over the previous election in 2013. 
 
In Telangana, the political fortunes of 1,821 candidates will be decided in 119 constituencies in the first election after Telangana was formed.
 
Election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations.
 
According to Telangana's Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, polling will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in 106 constituencies while in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies polling will conclude at 4 p.m.
 
As the Communist Party of India-Maoist has given a call for boycott of elections, the police heightened vigil in areas bordering Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
 
The TRS government dissolved the dssembly about eight months ahead of schedule in the hope of taking the opposition parties by surprise but the Congress threw a surprise by coming up with an alliance in a bid to oust the ruling party. 
 
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