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Drought-resistant trees help rural Khammam and Mewar to restore degraded land

Community-driven plantation projects are encouraging eco-stewardship in Telangana and Rajasthan

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 4:58 pm

Telangana Deputy CM Bhatti Airs Concerns Over Coal Mines Auction

Hyderabad: Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka expressed concerns on Thursday about the central government's decision to auction coal mines in the state. In a press meet held in Khammam, he stated that the actions of the BRS and the BJP-led central government are detrimental to the interests of the state's people. Telangana's Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), which employs around 42,000 direct employees and 26,000 outsourced workers, is particularly affected. Bhatti highlighted that coal is currently extracted from 40 mines in Telangana, but 22 of these mines are nearing depletion and will close by 2032-2033. Presently, SCCL extracts 70 million tonnes of coal annually, but this is projected to drop to 17.28 million tonnes. He stressed the necessity for SCCL to acquire new coal mines to sustain operations beyond 2032,otherwise, SCCL could become defunct. He criticized the amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, introduced by the Modi government, which mandates the auctioning of coal mines for lease. Bhatti accused BRS MPs of supporting the bill and now contradicting themselves by expressing concerns over SCCL's future. He questioned why BRS leaders had not participated in auctions over the past decade and called for all coal blocks under SCCL to be directly allocated to the company, bypassing auctions. The Deputy Chief Minister announced plans to discuss these issues with Union Coal Mines Minister Kishan Reddy. He also proposed an all-party appeal to the Prime Minister if necessary, to secure the allocation of coal mines directly to SCCL. He also pointed out the irony of the then TRS (now BRS) government, which supported the 2015 amendments to the Mines and Minerals Act, now opposing the auction process. He accused the previous K Chandrashekhar Rao led TRS (now BRS) government of arranging the allocation of Koyagudem, Satthupalli blocks to organizations close to them while neglecting SCCL's participation in auctions. He stated that there is need to protect SCCL, its properties, and the future of its mines. He assured that efforts are ongoing, including meetings with past and present Coal Ministers, and expressed readiness to seek an appointment with the Prime Minister if needed.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 4:30 pm

Telangana Minister pledges support for journalists, criticizes previous regime

KHAMMAM : Alleging that journalists suffered a lot during the 10 years of BRS rule, Minister for I&PR, Revenue and Housing Minister Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy on Wednesday said that freedom of press was suppressed in the last decade. The minister said that a special law would be brought to deter attacks on scribes and a policy would be devised and implemented soon to provide houses to journalists working in the state. Srinivasa Reddy participated as the chief guest at the TUWJ (IJU) state conference held in Khammam where he said: Former chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao neglected journalists but YSR did a lot of favours for the media. Land for scribes Journalists played a vital role in the Telangana movement. However, during the BRS rule, KCR only gave assurances that the problems being faced by journalists would be resolved. His words were empty; not a single problem was solved, the minister said. He criticised the previous regime for not allocating house sites for journalists though the case was cleared a year ago. Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy announced that the government is ready to hand over the sites to the members of the Hyderabad Journalists Housing Society soon, and we expect the GO to be released within a week or 10 days. We are devising a policy to give house sites to eligible journalists in Hyderabad and all journalists working in the districts and mandals, Srinivasa Reddy said. Health cards He also said since the validity of accreditation is ending by June-end, it will be extended for another three months. Regarding health cards, he said that the policies of various states will be studied and healthcare coverage will be extended to journalists accordingly. Srinivas Reddy said that all kinds of committees for the welfare and protection of journalists will be restored soon. Press Academy chairman K Srinivas Reddy, IJU ex-president Devulapalli Amar, TUWJ (IJU) state president Nagunuri Shekhar, general secretary Virhat Ali, TUWJ state vice president K Ramanarayana, IJU representatives Narender Reddy, K Satyanarayana, district presidents, general secretaries, and representatives of national and state councils were present.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 11:17 am

Khammam Clinics Caught Reusing Human Syringes for Animal Treatment

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Monday summoned an unnamed national association, believed to be India, for a meeting with its medical commission following the discovery of syringes at the Gold Coast Games Village. (Photo: Representational Image / AP) The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Monday summoned an unnamed national association, believed to be India, for a meeting with its medical commission following the discovery of syringes at the Gold Coast Games Village. (Photo: Representational Image / AP) Khammam: Teams of the Telangana Medical Council (TGMC) found that syringes used and discarded by registered medical practitioners were being reused on animals by some of the private veterinary practitioners. Thirteen teams of the TGMC conducted raids on the clinics being run by RMPs in Khammam in violation of rules. The TGMC officials found a huge number of used syringes and injections in a clinic of a RMP at Khammam and questioned him. The officials were shocked when the RMP told them that used syringes and injections would be used for cattle and sheep. There were chances for transmission of dangerous diseases from human to animals, the council officials said. As video of the raid on the RMP clinic went viral, the officials of the health department tried to identify the clinics involved in such illegal practices. Khammam district medical and health officer Dr Malathi said that TGMS teams were conducting raids on their own. We will write to the TGMC seeking information of RMPs who were involved in illegal practice. It is a very serious matter, Dr Malathi said.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Jun 2024 12:31 am

Telangana: Probe ordered into PPAs on request of Jagadish Reddy, says Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka

KHAMMAM: Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka on Sunday said that the state government ordered a judicial inquiry into the power purchase agreements only on the request of former Energy minister G Jagadish Reddy in the Assembly. He also said the judiciary would do its job if BRS leaders failed to join the inquiry. Speaking to the media at Bonakal in Madhira, Vikramarka said: Our government discussed the power situation in the Assembly after releasing a white paper. Some members said that the state suffered losses during the previous government. Jagadish Reddy, who participated in the discussion, repeatedly asked for a judicial hearing on the issue of power purchase. As Leader of the House, Chief Minister Revanth Reddy announced that he would order a judicial inquiry to ensure transparency. He said that all this is part of Assembly records. When the former minister asked for a judicial investigation, his party colleagues praised him. There is no bias on our part, Vikramarka said, adding that once an inquiry was ordered and a commission appointed, the government was no longer involved. He also recalled that even leaders like Indira Gandhi had appeared before inquiry commissions. For the last 10 years, there has been no effort to resolve issues related to the Revenue department. Dharani was introduced only to benefit a few persons, Vikramarka said. He said that the government will decide on Dharani after seeking the opinion of the people on the report submitted by the committee set up to look into the portal. The aim is to ensure that the revenue system is cleansed so that it is complete, transparent and accountable, he said. Jeevan Reddy questions KCR Senior Congress leader and MLC T Jeevan Reddy, in response to former chief minister K Chandrashekar Raos letter to the Justice L Narasimha Reddy Commission, demanded to know who KCR was to ask the retired judge to step down. Speaking to the media at the party office here on Sunday, Jeevan Reddy alleged that KCR was threatening and insulting the Commission though he indirectly accepted his guilt. The MLC also questioned why a thermal project was proposed to be constructed at Yadadri instead of at Ramagundam where the coal mines are present. He added that the transportation of coal from Ramagundam to Yadadri will put a financial burden of Rs 40,000 crore on the state TPCC senior vice-president hits out at former CM TPCC senior vice-president G Niranjan on Sunday said that the former Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Raos unprecedented letter to Justice Narsimha Reddy commission was to avoid investigation by Justice PC Ghose about Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme. He added that it is unforgivable to write a letter with contemptuous remarks and said strict action must be taken against KCR. A person who has been CM for 10 years has lost his sense and is demanding Justice Narasimha Reddy to step down from the Commission. This is proof of his arrogance and egoism, he said. KCR still thinks that he is the only genius, knows everything and that he is above the law, Niranjan added.

The New Indian Express 17 Jun 2024 11:10 am

122 fake doctors exposed in Khammam

The Hindu 16 Jun 2024 7:41 pm

Many districts get new collectors as Telangana government transfers 20 IAS officers

HYDERABAD: In a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Telangana government has transferred 20 IAS officers and given them new postings. Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari issued orders affecting the transfers on Saturday. Accordingly, Peddapalli collector Muzammil Khan was transferred and posted as Khammam collector; Mancherial collector Badavath Santosh posted as Nagarkurnool collector, Anuraag Jayanthi, the collector of Rajanna Sircilla, has been posted as Karimnagar collector, Rahul Sharma, additional collector (Local Bodies) of Vikarabad has now been posted as Jayashankar- Bhupalpally collector. Similarly, officers working in other posts have been posted as collectors of various districts. Sandeep Kumar Jha, joint managing director of Transco, has been transferred and posted as Rajanna Siricilla collector; special secretary to R&B department B Vijiendra has been posted as Mahbubnagar collector; joint secretary of Agriculture and Cooperation department M Satya Sarada Devi as Warangal collector and GHMC Zonal Commissioner Abhilasha Abhinav has been appointed Nirmal collector. Meanwhile, of the 33 districts in Telangana, 20 district collectors were changed with these transfers. A few officers who were transferred did not receive new postings.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:22 am

Telangana government to study ads by realtors to calculate land values for revision

HYDERABAD: The state government is expediting the process to revise the market value of lands across Telangana. The Stamps and Registration department has directed officials to study brochures, advertisements and other promotional materials from real estate dealers and builders to get an indication of the prevailing market values of land in rural areas. The government has also set a tentative schedule, with revised market values expected to take effect from August 1. The Commissioner and Inspector General of Registrations and Stamps department issued a memo to officials, outlining the guidelines for this revision. Telangana govt to revise market value of lands The government has categorised lands into rural and urban areas for this purpose. In rural areas, officials are instructed to identify villages abutting national and state highways or those with potential for non-agricultural activities such as plotting, housing, industries, SEZs and entertainment. The guidelines state: These villages have to be given due importance in the revision, since they are likely to have higher market values. Sub-registrars and other officials have also been directed to consult village elders, revenue officials and panchayat officials to determine the prevailing open market values for various types of properties. The memo says: Brochures, advertisements, and other promotional materials from real estate dealers and builders may also be used as sources. Land acquisition compensation, open auctions by revenue or cooperative officials, and banks may be used to find the trends. For agricultural lands, the prevailing market values should be verified with revenue and panchayat officials. In urban areas, a single value will be set for entire residential localities, while commercial values will be fixed for properties along main roads. Newly-incorporated villages in municipalities or corporations will have market values reflecting current conditions. The memo specifies: For urban areas like Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Sangareddy, Yadadri-Bhongir, Khammam, Siddipet, Karimnagar and Warangal, the Zonal Development Plan of the urban development authority concerned shall be considered during revision. For other urban areas, the master plan of the respective municipality or corporation shall be a guiding factor for fixation.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 9:06 am

Revanth Reddy reviews performance of Congress MLAs

HYDERABAD: After six months in office and with local body elections looming on the horizon, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy has decided to obtain feedback from the public on the performance of Congress MLAs in their respective constituencies. According to well-placed sources, the chief minister has decided to gauge the performance of his party MLAs and also find out if the focus of his administration on development projects across the state is yielding dividends in the form of a positive image among the people. Before and after the Lok Sabha elections, the chief minister and his Cabinet colleagues had been actively engaged in administrative reviews and development follow-ups. However, the feedback sought by the chief minister will be to help evaluate the working styles and availability of ministers and MLAs to the public at large. A third-party agency is expected to submit a performance report card on the MLAs activities over the past six months. Preliminary findings suggest that approximately 60% of MLAs are regularly available to their constituents as they have been touring their constituencies frequently. However, the remaining 40% of MLAs reportedly spend significant time on personal business in Hyderabad. The preliminary report points to varied levels of performance by the MLAs across different districts. In the erstwhile Nalgonda, Khammam, and Mahbubnagar districts, most MLAs are present in their constituencies five days a week, actively addressing local issues. In contrast, many MLAs are available only two or three days a week in the former Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal, and Adilabad districts, dedicating the rest of their time to personal matters in Hyderabad. This has reportedly led to dissatisfaction among the public. Interestingly, some MLAs in these districts have been noted to focus more on personal development rather than on constituency needs, the preliminary report said. It said that the Intelligence unit has found the involvement of MLAs in personal business activities. In contrast, MLAs from the erstwhile Rangareddy and Medak districts were found to be consistently present and interacting with constituents as well as working closely with officers to resolve issues. The agencys data collection across the state revealed that 60% of MLAs are active in their constituencies, while 40% have received only 40% satisfaction ratings from the public. The respondents to the survey reportedly said that they expect these MLAs to focus on development and fulfil electoral promises. Regarding the ministers, the report shows a 70% satisfaction rating for their working style and accessibility, while 30% of the respondents did not voice their opinion. However, while ministers are conducting daily reviews and addressing departmental issues, there are claims of insufficient support from the officials, the survey said.

The New Indian Express 16 Jun 2024 8:31 am

122 Fake Doctors Identified in Khammam: Telangana Medical Council Cracks Down

Hyderabad: A 30-member group of the Telangana Medical Council and Indian Medical Association, led by chairman Dr Mahesh Kumar and vice-chairman Dr G Srinivas, identified 122 fake doctors in Khammam on Saturday. They said there were at least 250 fake doctors in the district. The team will inspect medical centres in the district for four more days Inspections were carried out across Khammam Urban and Rural at Kusumanchi, M. Venkatayapalem, Nelakondapalli, Konijarla, Mudigonda, Vaira, Tallada, Enukuru, Jullur Padu, Kallur, Kothagudem, Sujatha Nagar, B.M. Banjera, Raghunadhapalem, Karepalli, Mulkalapalli, Tekulapalli, Kamepalli, Illandu, Mucharla, and Thimmarao Peta. The 122 fake doctors were identified in the Tirumalayapalem and Pindiprolu areas. Claiming to be RMPs and PMPs, they administered antibiotics, steroid injections and painkillers. Dr Srinivas said legal actions would be taken against them. Ethical committee chairman Dr Kiran Kumar said that illegal operations, including clandestine abortion procedures and excessive steroid injections for knee pain, were being conducted under the guise of first aid centres. A surveillance system has been established to monitor these activities. Public relations committee chairman Dr Naresh Kumar stated that no one should practice medicine without a medical degree. Those with paramedical training should only provide basic treatment and refer patients to government hospitals.

Deccan Chronicle 16 Jun 2024 12:31 am

Major Rejig in Telangana admin: 20 districts get new collectors

Hyderabad: In a major reshuffle, new district collectors were posted in 20 districts of Telangana on Saturday, June 15. Orders issued this effect were issued by chief secretary Santhi Kumari. Peddapalli district collector Muzammil Khan has been posted as the collector of Khammam. Mancherial collector Badavath Santhosh has been posted as Nagarkurnool district collector. Sandeep Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 15 Jun 2024 5:51 pm

Telangana Govt transfers Several IAS officers, 20 Districts get new collectors

Hyderabad: In a major reshuffle, the State government has transferred several district collectors on Saturday. Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari issued orders in this regard. The list of IAS officers transferred and the appointment of new collectors to the 20 districts in the state. 1. Muzammil Khan, IAS(2017), Collector & District Magistrate, Peddapalli is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Khammam, vice V.P. Gautham, IAS(2014) transferred. 2.Badavath Santhosh, IAS(2016), Collector & District Magistrate, Mancherial is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Nagarkurnool, vice P.Uday Kumar, IAS(2016) transferred. 3. Sandeep Kumar Jha, IAS(2014), Joint Managing Director, Transco is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Rajanna Sircilla, vice Anuraag Jayanti, IAS(2015) transferred. 4. On transfer, Anuraag Jayanti, IAS(2015) is posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Karimnagar vice Pamela Satpathy, IAS(2015), transferred. 5. Ashish Sangwan, IAS(2016), Collector & District Magistrate, Nirmal is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Kamareddy, Sri Jitesh V.Patil, IAS(2016) transferred. 6. On transfer, Jitesh V.Patil, IAS(2016) is posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Bhadradri Kothagudem vice Priyanka Ala, IAS(2016), transferred. 7. Rahul Sharma, IAS(2017), Additional Collector (Local Bodies), Vikarabad is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Jayashankar-Bhupalpalli vice Bhavesh Mishra, IAS(2015), transferred. 8. Sikta Patnaik, IAS(2014), Collector & District Magistrate, Hanamkonda is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Narayanpet vice Koya Sree Harsha, IAS(2018), transferred. 9. On transferred Sri Koya Sree Harsha, IAS(2018), is posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Peddapalli vice Muzammil Khan, IAS(2017), transferred. 10. P.Pravinya, IAS(2016), Collector & District Magistrate, Warangal is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Hanamkonda vice Sikta Patnaik, IAS(2014) transferred. 11. Budumajji Satya Prasad, IAS(2018), Additional Collector (Local Bodies), Khammam is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Jagtial vice Sk.Yasmeen Basha, IAS(2015), transferred. 12.B.Vijiendra, IAS(2006), Special Secretary to Government, TR&B Department is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Mahabubnagar vice Sri G.Ravi, IAS(2015) transferred. 13. Kumar Deepak, IAS(2018), Additional Collector (Local Bodies), Nagarkurnool is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Mancherial vice Badavath Santhosh, IAS(2016) transferred. 14. Prateek Jain, IAS(2017), PO, ITDA, Bhadrachalam is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Vikarabad vice Narayana Reddy, IAS(2015) transferred. 15. On transfer, Narayana Reddy, IAS(2015) is posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Nalgonda vice Harichandana Dasari, IAS(2010) transferred. 16. Adarsh Surabhi, IAS(2018), Municipal Commissioner, Khammam is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Wanaparthy vice Tejas Nandlal Pawar, IAS(2018) transferred. 17. On transfer, Tejas Nandlal Pawar, IAS(2018) is posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Suryapet vice S.Venkata Rao, IAS(2015) transferred. 18. M.Satya Sarada Devi, IAS(2015), Joint Secretary to Government, Agriculture & Cooperation Department is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Warangal vice P.Pravinya, IAS(2016) transferred. 19. Divakara T.S., IAS(2017), Additional Collector (Local Bodies), Jagityal is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Mulugu vice Ila Tripathi, IAS(2017) transferred. 20. Abhilasha Abhinav, IAS(2018), Zonal Commissioner, GHMC is transferred and posted as Collector & District Magistrate, Nirmal vice Ashish Sangwan, IAS(2016) transferred.

Deccan Chronicle 15 Jun 2024 1:22 pm

Drunk man arrested for raping 10-year-old Telangana girl

KHAMMAM: In another gruesome act, a man, Gadida Srinivas was arrested for reportedly raping a 10-year-old girl at Vagumallaram village in Manugur mandal. The incident took place on June 12, but the complaint was filed on Friday at the Manugur police station. According to Manugur DSP B Ravinder Reddy, Srinivas (40) is a pharmacist at the Primary Health Centre at Janampet near Manugur town. On June 12, after he consumed alcohol at a wine shop near the girls house, he took her to the terrace of a building and raped her. The girl informed her brother about the incident, who immediately informed their parents. Police registered a case under POCSO Act and further investigation is on. CM promises strict action Following the gruesome incidents in Peddapalli and Narayanpet, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy directed police officials to take stringent action against the wrongdoers. The CM said that the government will render justice to the victims family. He further asked DGP Ravi Gupta to take strict measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. He also ordered the higher authorities to take action against the police officials concerned, if they failed to act tough and neglected the incident

The New Indian Express 15 Jun 2024 10:38 am

Light rains likely as monsoon advances in Telangana

HYDERABAD : City and other districts experienced light to moderate scattered rains on Thursday. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the monsoon has further advanced in the state and will continue to experience moderate rains for next five days. Yellow alert has been issued for thunderstorms. The highest rainfall was recorded in Rangareddy at 74.5 mm, followed by Khammam at 68.8 mm. Parts of the city including Secunderabad, Ranigunj, Begumpet, Maredpally, Malkajgiri, Khairatabad, Rajendranagar experienced short intense spells. In the city the highest rainfall was in Saidabad at 41 mm. Light to moderate rains and thunderstorms were recorded at isolated places in the districts of Mahabubabad, Jangaon, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri, Peddapalli, Adilabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Vikarabad, Sangareddy and Jagtial. IMD said that a trough runs from Telangana to central parts of Bay of Bengal across coastal Andhra Pradesh between 3.1 km and 5.8 km above mean sea level. Under the influence of the weather system, the state will experience light to moderate rains or thundershowers at isolated places over the next seven days. For the next 48 hours, the city will experience a generally cloudy sky. Light to moderate rains or thundershowers accompanied with gusty winds of around 30-40 kmph are very likely to occur towards evening or night. Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 350C and 240C respectively.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 8:39 am

Newly elected Telangana MLCs sworn in

HYDERABAD : Naveen Kumar Reddy and Ch Naveen Kumar, alias Teenmar Mallanna, were on Thursday sworn in as members of the Telangana Legislative Council. Chairman Gutta Sukhender Reddy administered the oath to them. BRS leader Naveen Kumar was elected to the Council from Mahbubnagar Local Bodies constituency while Congress leader Mallanna won the byelection to the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency. Speaking to reporters later, Naveen Kumar said that he was dedicating his election to Telangana martyrs, as he was declared the winner on June 2, the state Formation Day. My victory proved that Mahbubnagar district is not Chief Minister A Revanth Reddys fortress, the BRS MLC said. Teenmar Mallanna expressed his gratitude to the chief minister and other Congress leaders for ensuring his victory. He said that he will work for and will stand in support of graduates.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 8:27 am

KCR caused irreparable damage to irrigation sector: Telangana Minister Uttam

KHAMMAM : Irrigation Minister N Uttam Kumar Reddy criticised former chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, stating that the latter caused irreparable economic damage to the irrigation sector in the state through poor planning. Addressing public gatherings in Kothagudem, Pinapaka, and Bhadrachalam constituencies, he explained that only 93,000 acres of new ayakattu were brought under cultivation after spending Rs 90,400 crore on the Kaleshwaram project and Rs 27,000 crore on the Palamuru Rangareddy Upliftment Project. Furthermore, despite spending Rs 9,000 crore on the Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project, not a single acre of new ayacut received irrigation water, he charged. The minister termed the previous BRS-led government incompetent, noting that it failed to complete any irrigation projects started by the previous administration during its 10 years in power. He assured residents that the Irrigation department is moving ahead with a plan to provide more water in less time and at a lower cost. Uttam wondered about the reasoning behind the previous governments decision to redesign the Rajiv Sagar project, which was initially completed at a cost of Rs 2,000 crore but later increased to Rs 20,000 crore. He stated, The current administration, formed under Indirammas leadership, is committed to bringing Godavari river water to the erstwhile Khammam district to promote agricultural growth. Despite the challenges posed by the redesign decision, the minister reasserted the governments commitment to completing the Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project. He directed officials to expedite repairs on the Sitarama Lift Irrigation canal and promised to complete both large- and small-scale irrigation projects in Khammam district for the benefit of farmers. Godavari waters to be supplied via link canal Deputy Chief Minister Bhatti Vikramarka Mallu announced that by August 15, the government will provide Godavari water to 1,20,000 acres by completing the Enkuru link canal. He along with Uttam Kumar Reddy, Revenue Minister Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy and Agriculture Minister Thummala Nageswara Rao attended a photo exhibition organised at the Sitarama Head Regulatory Works at Ammagari Palli in Ashwapuram mandal, Bhadradri Kothagudem district, on Thursday. Later, they inspected the Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project Pump House-1, started the power supply and reviewed the progress of the project at Pump House-3. Irrigation engineering officers provided a detailed presentation to the ministers on the completed project works, ongoing canal works, land acquisition, required funds and the challenges faced. Bhadradri Kothagudem Collector Priyanka Ala and other irrigation officials also participated.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 8:12 am

Sitaramasagar Project cost inflated to Rs 20,000 cr: Bhatti

Bhadadri-Kothagudem: Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka has accused the previous BRS government of squandering public funds under the guise of redesigning the Sitaramasagar project. During a six-hour inspection of the project, he claimed that despite the BRS government spending Rs 8,000 crore over nine-and-a-half years, the project failed to provide irrigation to even a single acre. Accompanied by irrigation minister N. Uttam Kumar Reddy, revenue minister Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy, and agriculture minister Tummala Nageswara Rao, Bhatti inspected various components of the project, including its cross regulator, pump houses at Kothur and Pusugudem, and the canal. Officials from the irrigation department made a presentation of the project's key features. In a subsequent review meeting with irrigation officials, Bhatti criticised the BRS government's handling of the project. He noted that the Rajivsagar and Indirasagar projects could have been completed at a cost of `2,654 crore. Instead, the BRS government renamed them as the Sitaramasagar project, inflating its estimated cost to Rs 20,000 crore. Despite the substantial expenditure, no irrigation facilities were delivered, he alleged. Bhatti said the Congress government was committed to completing all pending projects. The state government has sanctioned Rs 72 crore for the nine-km-long Enkoor link canal, connecting the Nagarjunasagar left canal to the Sitaramasagar project. This canal would be named the Rajiv canal. He added that work for the trial run of pumps was underway. Irrigation minister N. Uttam Kumar Reddy condemned the previous BRS government's irrigation policies, attributing financial difficulties in the sector to their mismanagement. He claimed that thousands of crores were wasted on ineffective irrigation projects, leaving Telangana burdened with debt due to visionless planning. Uttam Kumar Reddy highlighted that the BRS government spent Rs 90,400 crore on the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme, which provided irrigation to only 93,000 acres. Similarly, despite an expenditure of Rs 27,000 crore on the Palamuru-Rangareddy lift irrigation scheme, no irrigation facilities were delivered. He accused the BRS government of failing to complete a single irrigation project during its tenure. Uttam Kumar Reddy said the Congress government plans to bring Godavari water to Khammam district to meet irrigation needs, signalling a commitment to resolving the region's water issues.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 11:48 pm

Intense Showers Cool City, GHMC Reports 11 Rain-Related Incidents

Hyderabad: Many areas in the city witnessed brief yet intense showers on Thursday, cooling down the day after the mercury had touched 33.7C. In the GHMC area, the average rainfall stood at 3.7 mm. Moderate rainfall was reported from Malakpet, LB Nagar, and Santoshnagar, light rainfall in several circles including Begumpet and Secunderabad. Some circles like Ramachandrapuram and Amberpet recorded no rain at all, according to the Telangana Development Planning Society's (TGDPS). The Disaster Response Force (DRF) of the GHMC attended to 11 major rain-related complaints in different parts of the city. Chandrayangutta, the Malakpet Metro Rail station, City College near Charminar and Santoshnagar saw water logged roads. Tree branches fell in Lalaguda, Thorrur in Hayathnagar and Madanapet. Ibrahimpatnam in Rangareddy district recorded the highest rainfall at 74.5 mm, followed by Konijerla in Khammam with 68.8 mm. According to the IMD, light and scattered rainfall is expected to continue in Hyderabad until June 17. IMD-Hyderabad scientists said that the city saw less rainfall due to the forward movement of the monsoon currents. In other districts, isolated and scattered rains were reported at Suryapet, Khammam, Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Medak, Jangaon, Warangal, and Hanamkonda. In Mahbubabad's Thodellagudem, hailstorms were reported. The IMD forecast subdued phase in rainfall activity till June 17, predicting a reduction in overall precipitation across the state. Meteorologists attribute these weather patterns to a monsoon break spell, typical for this time of year.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 11:06 pm

South-west monsoon makes farmers smile in Telangana

The government is not considering any proposal to waive farm loans. (Representational Image) The government is not considering any proposal to waive farm loans. (Representational Image) Hyderabad: Months after reeling under adverse climatic conditions affecting agriculture and its allied activities during the previous BRS regime last year, smiles came back on farmers' faces with the onset of south-west monsoon in advance prompting them to intensify their farming works. The fields are witnessing hectic activity these days with farmers including women engaged in sowing works pertaining to paddy, cotton, maize, jowar and red gram crops. A majority of farmers started paddy sowing works in the last week of May hoping that the south-west monsoon will hit Telangana by mid-June. Much to their luck, the monsoon arrived in advance forcing farmers to speed up their transplantation works. It was a disastrous season during last monsoon due to less rainfall. But these days, every farmer in our village is busy in his or her field, said a farmer R Bala Goud, who is cultivating jowar in his two acre land in Achampet, Mahbubnagar district. He appreciated the Congress government for timely supply of seeds and other required material in addition to continuous supply of power. He said if the rainfall continues to lash the State in the present manner for the next few days then farmers would be happier to generate a record crop production this season in the State. Officials of Agriculture department said 16 varieties of crops mainly paddy, cotton, maize, red gram and soya beans among others would be cultivated during Vanakalam (Kharif) season 2024. The department has proposed as many as 144.4 lakh acres of crops to be sown for vanakalam season. Of the 144.4 lakh acres, paddy comprises 66 lakh acres while cotton 60 lakh acres, maize six lakh acres and red gram 5.6 lakh acres. Singing Telangana folk songs in unison, farmers especially women are attending to agriculture activity briskly in their fields. We never expected that the monsoon would arrive early this time. By Gods grace it happened and we are carrying out our paddy cultivation work with ease, said a farmer Jakkula Lingaiah Yadav from Suryapet. Officials said receiving optimum quantity of rainfall with quality was more crucial for agriculture instead of heavy to heavy rainfall. The normal rainfall would percolate into soil benefiting the agriculture activity whereas heavy rainfall would affect the soil causing damage to transplantation and erase fertilizers used by farmers. With the completion of Lok Sabha elections on May 13, farmers now shifted their focus towards agriculture. Adilabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal, Khammam, Nalgonda and parts of erstwhile Mahbubnagar and Ranga Reddy district are witnessing brisk activity for the last few days, officials said. Nizamabad District Agriculture Officer Wajid Hussain told Deccan Chronicle that paddy transplantation has been accelerated in 4.30 lakh acres out of 5.50 lakh acres agriculture land in the district with the advent of south-west monsoon while maize, soya beans and turmeric crops are cultivated in remaining 1.20 lakh acres. He said farmers in Bodhan, Chandur, Yedpalli, Pothangal, Sathura and other mandals were mainly cultivating paddy while cotton, maize and turmeric in other mandals. The conjunctive use of resources instead of waiting for the irrigation projects to be filled with rain water during monsoon helped farmers to execute their work without any hurdles this time, Hussain explained. Using water drawn from 1.77 lakh submersible pump sets, farmers started their work in the last week of May. The round-the-clock power supply enabled them to use water to their fields effectively. P Chengal Reddy, Chief Advisor of Consortium of Indian Farmers Association, underscored the need for implementing holistic approach in providing better marketing facilities to the crop produced by farmers after putting in hard work extensively during Kharif. On its part, the Agriculture department took various preventive steps to ensure that farmers get quality seeds and fertilizers during monsoon. Following complaints that some shopkeepers were selling spurious seeds, the department in coordination with the police department constituted district-level task force teams to crack the whip on shops that were selling spurious seeds and duping innocent farmers. For the last 45 days, the task force teams arrested 37 people for allegedly selling spurious seeds to farmers. Around 20 cases each were registered in Ramagundam and Komarambheem-Asifabad district while five cases in Siddipet and four in Khammam. Two cases each were booked in RajannaSircilla and Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri district after conducting raids on shops. Three separate cases in Nizamabad and one in Adilabad were registered against unlicensed shopkeepers. Senior officials said the raid on shops selling seeds and fertilizers would continue till completion of Kharif season. They said a separate control room was set up at the police headquarters in Hyderabad for better coordination among the departments. Meanwhile, in weather based agro-advisories, the Indian Meteorological Centre, Hyderabad, said the southwest monsoon entered some parts of Telangana on June 3. The IMD forecast light to moderate rains or thundershowers very likely to occur at many places over different parts of the State during the next three days. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to range between 28 degrees Celsius and 45 degrees Celsius, and 19 degrees Celsius to 29 degrees Celsius respectively. In view of thunderstorms accompanied with lightning forecasts, farmers are advised not to stand under trees and dont allow cattle, goats and sheep to take shelter under trees. It asked farmers to stay away from water bodies, electric poles and wires. The IMD said parts of erstwhile Mahbubnagar, Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam, Medak and Nalgonda received large excess rainfall from May 30 to June 5 while erstwhile Ranga Reddy district got excess rainfall and Adilabad, Hyderabad and Nizamabad, received normal rainfall. These districts received rainfall between 11 cm and one cm from May 30 to June 5.

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 6:47 pm

Newly-elected MLCs take oath in Telangana

Hyderabad: Newly-elected MLCs in Telangana Naveen Kumar Reddy and Chintapandu Naveen Kumar took oath of office on Thursday. State Legislative Council Chairman Gutha Sukhender Reddy administered the oath to the new members. Naveen Kumar Reddy (BRS) recently won the bypoll to the Council from Mahabubnagar Local Authorities' constituency, defeating his Congress rival. Chintapandu Naveen Kumar (Congress), popularly known as Teenmar Mallanna, won the by-election to the Council from Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates' constituency. AICC in-charge of party affairs in Telangana Deepa Dasmunsi, Congress Lok Sabha member Chamala Kiran Kumar Reddy and other party leaders were present on the occasion

Deccan Chronicle 13 Jun 2024 5:02 pm

Making education accessible to all is Telangana governments priority, say ministers

KHAMMAM: Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Agriculture Minister Thummala Nageswara Rao on Wednesday pointed out that for the first time in the history of Telangana, the state government has distributed uniforms and textbooks to students on the first day of the reopening of schools after the summer vacation. The ministers were speaking after distributing uniforms and textbooks to students at the NSP Government Upper Primary School in Khammam town. They said with the peoples government in place in the state, the attempt is to bring back Indiramma Rajyam by giving top priority to education for the future of the state. All required funds will be allocated in the Budget for education and development, unlike the previous government that only gave a part of the funds, the ministers said. They alleged the previous regime neglected the public education system by releasing half of the funds sanctioned. Our government believes that the future of the state is through education. We are setting up integrated residential schools to ensure education is accessible to all, the ministers said. They added that the government was thinking of converting state-run schools into English medium institutions. We will bring back the trust of the people in state-run schools which were neglected by the previous regime, the ministers added.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 9:12 am

RCC wall to prevent flood in Khammam

The Times of India 13 Jun 2024 5:08 am

Schools Reopen in Telangana With New Timings

Hyderabad: Wednesday marked the end of summer holidays for millions of students as it was back to school following the reopening of schools across the state. In keeping with the dawn of a new academic year, students went to their respective classrooms with renewed enthusiasm and zest. Meanwhile, the reopening was accompanied by several significant changes and launch of new initiatives that are aimed at enhancing the educational experience. One of the key changes implemented by the school education department is the adjustment of class hours for government schools. To align with private institutions, classes began at 9 am. Primary schools operated until 4 pm, secondary schools until 4.15 pm, while high schools started at 9.30 am. Earlier, schools in the twin cities ran from 8.45 am to 3.45 pm. The Telangana governments Badi Bata programme has found more takers on Wednesday, said Murali Shekar from Nirmal district, while hoping that things would get much better by June 19. Minister Ponnam Prabhakar highlighted the government's commitment to improve educational infrastructure. Speaking at the Government Model High School in Abids, where he distributed free uniforms and textbooks to students, Prabhakar stated, Despite the Lok Sabha election code, we provided infrastructure worth `1,100 crore across 26,000 government schools. Education remained neglected over the past decade but our government is prioritising it. We urge parents to enroll their children in government schools. Meanwhile, the Badi Bata programme was conducted under the leadership of headmaster Ramana Murthy at Lal Bazaar government high school. Cantonment MLA Sriganeesh distributed uniforms and textbooks on the occasion. I will strive to elevate every government school in the constituency and bring their standards on par with corporate schools, he said. Going further, he said We are strengthening government schools beyond political boundaries. We will soon fill all vacant teacher posts through a mega DSC. Minister Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy distributed textbooks and uniforms to students at a school in Ramannapet, Paleru constituency, Khammam district. He stated, The Congress government prioritises education. We are teaching both Telugu and English mediums and aim to establish one international school per constituency to provide quality education to underprivileged children. At the Badi Bata programme in Adilabad, MP Godam Nagesh, MLA Payal Shankar, and DEO Praneeth distributed free textbooks and uniforms to students and encouraged them to excel academically. The academic calendar for the year includes 229 working days, with 13 days allotted for Dasara vacation, five days for Christmas for missionary schools, and five days for Sankranti for non-missionary schools.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 11:41 pm

Telangana CM Revanth taking AP CMs orders: BRS

HYDERABAD: The BRS accused Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy of 'taking orders from N. Chandrababu Naidu, the Telugu Desam president who took oath as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, and putting the interests of Telangana at stake in Naidus hands. BRS leaders Peddi Sudarshan Reddy and Balka Suman, speaking to reporters, said Naidu declared the other day that he had put a condition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that unless seven mandals in Khammam were merged with AP in 2014, he would not take oath as Chief Minister, a demand that Modi agreed to and implemented. Revanth Reddy must stand up to Naidu and, as per the Congress ally CPIs demands, merge the five gram panchayats in Bhadrachalam Rural mandal Yatapaka, Kannaigudem, Purushottapatnam, Gundala, Pichukalapadu back into Telangana from where they were merged with AP when the seven mandals were handed to the neighbouring state, they said. They also said that by appointing a former AP bureaucrat, Aditya Nath Das, who worked against Telanganas interests, as the irrigation adviser to the Telangana state government, Revanth has shown a clear indication that he began following Naidus instructions even before Naidu took charge as AP CM, they alleged.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 9:58 pm

Telangana: IMD Predicts Rainfall in 16 Districts on Wednesday

The Northeast Monsoon rains have ceased over Rayalaseema and the adjoining areas of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala's Mahe, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu-Puducherry-Karaikal and Yanam since Sunday. (Representation image: DC) The Northeast Monsoon rains have ceased over Rayalaseema and the adjoining areas of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala's Mahe, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu-Puducherry-Karaikal and Yanam since Sunday. (Representation image: DC) Hyderabad: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall on Wednesday in the districts of Nizamabad, Rajanna Siricilla,, Jaishanker Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Mahabubabad, Warangal, Hanumakonda, Siddipet, Rangareddy, Medchal Malkajgiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak and Kamareddy and the light to moderate rains accompanied with gusty winds to occur in the districts of erstwhile Adilabad, Warangal, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy. IMD also predicted light rains will occur in erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Medak and Rangareddy on Thursday. The highest rainfall of 6.9 cm has been recorded in Bommala Ramaram of Yadadri Bhongir district while Venkatraopet in Thoguta mandal in Siddipet district and Peerzadiguda in Medchal Malkajgiri has been recorded the rainfall of 6.5 cm and Eldurthi in Medak has recorded 6 cm of rainfall on Tuesday.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 10:58 am

Moderate rains continue in Telangana

HYDERABAD : The eastern part of the city saw moderate rains on Tuesday, with Boudha Nagar in Musheerabad mandal experiencing the highest rainfall of 46.8 mm till 8 pm. However, a handful of districts near the capital city experienced heavy downpours. Chitkul village in Chilipched, Medak, saw 84.5 mm of rain followed by the PHC Centre and Peerzadiguda in Medipally, Medchal-Malkajgiri (76.5 mm), Bommalaramaram in Yadadri-Bhuvanagiri (69 mm), and Venkatraopet in Thoguta, Siddipet (65.8 mm), according to the Telangana Development Planning Society (TDPS) data until 8 pm on Tuesday. In Hyderabad, after Boudha Nagar, Ramanthapur in Uppal received rains at 46.5 mm, Palton in Amberpet, and Kapra in Medchal-Malkajgiri, both seeing a rainfall of 43.5 mm. The average rainfall recorded in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) was 11.3 mm till 8 pm, considered light by the TDPS, adding that Santosh Nagar, Mehdipatnam, and Khairatabad hardly recorded any rainfall. Between 2 pm and 10 pm, the GHMCs Enforcement Vigilance and Disaster Management (EV&DM) wing received a total of 29 emergency complaints. Of these, nine concerned the uprooting of trees and the falling of their branches, while 12 pertained to water stagnation. Roads were inundated in Tarnaka, the New Market of Malakpet, Rama Nagar in Azamabad, Jawahar Nagar, VST Chowk, and other areas. The rescue teams, with 32 of them deployed across the city, were in the process of pumping out the water from inundated areas. Additionally, power was interrupted in several parts of the city-Habsiguda, Lanco Hills, and Banjara Hills. Maintenance to restore the power was also underway in parts of Sangareddy, Medchal, Rangareddy, and Siddipet. Trees uprooted, traffic snarls witnessed in Adilabad Meanwhile, heavy rains and gales in parts of the erstwhile Adilabad district caused trees to be uprooted and fall on roads in Utnoor and Kadam mandals, halting transportation between Adilabad, Mancherial and Nirmal for around two hours. The trees were uprooted near Kolamguda in Utnoor and Laximpur in Kadam mandal, leading to traffic snarls. Rains bring joy to farmers in Jangaon Rains lashed several parts of Jangaon district on Tuesday evening, interrupting normal life for some but bringing joy to farmers. In Ghanpur Station Assembly constituency, many roads were inundated. No casualties have been reported so far. 15 DRF teams to be added to existing 30 Chief Secretary A Santhi Kumari said the 15 GHMC Disaster Response Teams (DRF) teams will be added to the already existing 30 teams, and their services will be extended to ORR, to effectively deal with heavy rains and other calamities. The CS added that the DRF team will also be provided with appropriate machinery and increased manpower. She also suggested that special teams with special training for chemical fire prevention should be formed, considering the large number of pharma companies in Hyderabad. Recently, the Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy issued instructions to set up a proper system to prevent any kind of trouble for people in case of sudden rains and floods.The CS said the GHMC officials should take measures in coordination with the relevant departments such as municipal, police, electricity, water board, etc. and see that people are not put through any hardships. Apart from Hyderabad, DRF teams will be formed in Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam, and other cities

The New Indian Express 12 Jun 2024 9:23 am

IT Towers Established by BRS Govt Fail to Provide Promised Jobs

HYDERABAD: The much-hyped IT Towers set up by the previous BRS government to expand the sector beyond Hyderabad has benefited BRS leaders more than providing jobs for local youth. The IT tower established in Suryapet last is a classic example to show how BRS leaders pocketed money in the name of IT towers. A private building belonging to then BRS Huzurnagar MLA Shanampudi Saidi Reddy was converted into an IT tower. It sees almost zero activity but the government has been paying Rs 1.18 lakh per monthly rent. Official sources said that the decision to rent the private building was taken by then IT minister K.T. Rama Rao and IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan, contrary to the state government's policy of setting up IT towers in government-owned buildings. The inauguration was done in a hurry, just a month before Assembly elections in November 2023. The Suryapet IT tower was launched amidst much fanfare by Rama Rao in the presence of then energy minister G. Jagadish Reddy, who represents the Suryapet constituency. After the inaugural, Rama Rao and Jagadish Reddy claimed that the tower would house 15 IT companies initially and provide 2,000 jobs. They also announced that IT companies will hold a job mela, conduct interviews and provide jobs to 250 people. Only five companies came forward to launch operations and provided jobs to around 100 people. Later, these companies halted operations. This apart, the government spent Rs 1.90 crore to furnish the office with chairs, desks, ACs and interior fittings besides laying approach roads. The rent agreement will run out in August, an official of the IT department said. There is no clarity on what the government will do with the infrastructure after that. The BRS government took the same building for rent to house the temporary district collectorate office of Suryapet district from October 2016. It was used as collector office till August 2023. Again it was taken on rent to house IT tower in August 2023 which benefited Saidi Reddy, the official said. With zero activity, there are no chances of the present Congress government renewing the rental agreement in August, he stated. The state government will end up paying Rs 14.16 lakh towards rent on a building which has zero activity. The previous BRS government had set up IT towers in Warangal, Khammam, Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Siddipet, Nizamabad and Nalgonda, apart from in Suryapet. Of this, only the IT tower at Warangal houses prominent companies. Some others have established their units in Khammam and Siddipet. There is not much response to IT towers located in other towns. The previous BRS government used the IT towers to promote the BRS and 'Brand KTR to create an artificial hype and derive political mileage in elections. Then BRS government has decided to charge Rs 2,200 per seat per month in the first year and `3,500 from the second year for setting operations in IT towers. Many IT small and mid-size IT companies are seeking further lowering of the charges.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 12:00 am

CS Lines Up Actions to Deal With Rains, Calamities

Hyderabad: The state government has taken measures on a war footing to tackle emergency situations during monsoon. Chief Secretary A. Santhi Kumari, after a high-level meeting on Tuesday, said services of the GHMC Disaster Response Force (DRF) will be extended up to Outer Ring Road (ORR) to effectively deal with the damage caused by heavy rain and possible calamities. The meeting was attended by MA&UD principal secretary M.Dana Kishore, GHMC in-charge commissioner Amrapali Kata, and Prakash Reddy, director of the corporations EV&DM, among others. The Chief Secretary said the Disaster Response Force is being strengthened by additional staff and appropriate machinery to deal with disasters. While at present 30 DRF teams work under the jurisdiction of GHMC, five more teams will be added and their services will be extended to the ORR. As there are a large number of pharma companies in Hyderabad, it was suggested that teams with special training for chemical fire prevention should be formed. Santhi Kumari said that Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy has issued instructions to set up a robust system to prevent any trouble for people in case of sudden rain and floods up to the Outer Ring Road. She directed GHMC officials to take measures in coordination with relevant departments such as police, electricity and water board and see that people are not put to any hardships. Apart from Hyderabad, DRF teams should also be formed in Warangal, Karimnagar, Khammam and other cities and the existing DRF teams should be strengthened, she said. Officials were advised to work in coordination with the NDRF during calamities. She also asked officials to study the performance of disaster response teams in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru.

Deccan Chronicle 11 Jun 2024 11:30 pm

Coal and Mines for Kishan Reddy, Bandi Sanjay Kumar gets MoS Home in Modi government 3.0

HYDERABAD: State BJP president G Kishan Reddy, sworn in as minister in the new Narendra Modi Cabinet on Sunday, has been allocated Coal and Mines. An important portfolio, it is also significant due to the presence of Singareni Collieries in the state. BJP national general secretary Bandi Sanjay Kumar, the other leader from Telangana to get a berth in the Union Council of Ministers, received MoS Home. Bihar BJP leader Nityanand Rai is the other MoS in charge of the portfolio and they would both work under Amit Shah, the Cabinet Minister for Home Affairs. Kishan, who was in charge of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) in the outgoing Modi Cabinet, was expected to get a plum portfolio after the BJP doubled its tally in the state. BJP inducts two from Telangana into Modi government 3.0 The Singareni coal belt area is spread out across erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam districts. While the BJP has become stronger in Adilabad and Karimnagar, its work is cut out in Khammam and Warangal. Though the BJP has significantly expanded its base in the coal belt area in the Lok Sabha elections, the trade union affiliated to the party is not strong. The BRS and Congress have also been alleging that the BJP is trying to privatise Singareni Collieries. Bandi Sanjay is the third MP from Telangana and second from Karimnagar to hold MoS Home in an NDA regime. During the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, the then Karimnagar MP Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao held the post from 1999 to 2003. Vidyasagar Rao went on to be appointed the Governor of Maharashtra by the Modi dispensation. In the second Modi government, Kishan Reddy served as MoS Home from 2019 to 2021, before he was elevated to the rank of Union Minister and given the portfolio of Tourism, Culture and Development of North Eastern Region of India.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 7:10 am

Telangana Congress drops votes in segments held by ministers, barring two

HYDERABAD: Except for the Assembly constituencies of Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka and Civil Supplies Minister N Uttam Kumar Reddy, there was a dip in the vote share in the segments represented by various ministers, including Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, when compared to Assembly elections held in November 2023. Although the Lok Sabha election was not considered a litmus test for the Congress or the state Cabinet, the fact that the chief minister himself declared it to be a referendum of his 100-day rule has made the decline in vote share glaring. Congress failed to win even 50 per cent of seats in Telangana, says Kishan Reddy Even in Kodangal, the Assembly constituency represented by the chief minister himself, the Congress tally went down by 23,010 votes in the Lok Sabha elections, when compared to the Assembly polls. While Revanth polled 1,07,429 votes in Assembly elections, the number of votes polled by the Congress candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Kodangal dipped to 84,419. In the Nalgonda Assembly constituency, R&B minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy polled 1,07,405 votes in the Assembly elections. However, in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress candidate polled 1,04,630 votes in the same Assembly segment. There was a reduction of 2,775 votes from the Assembly to Lok Sabha elections. This is against the fact that the Congress won the Nalgonda Lok Sabha segment with a whopping majority of 5,59,905 votes including a 16,493 vote increase in Uttams Huzurnagar segment. In Health Minister Damodar Rajanarsimhas Andole (SC reserved) segment, Congress dropped 31,535 votes in the Lok Sabha elections, compared to the 2023 Assembly election. The Congress candidates secured 1,14,147 votes in the Assembly polls and 82,612 in the Lok Sabha elections in Andole. In IT Minister D Sridhar Babus Assembly constituency Manthani, the grand old party secured 1,03,822 votes against 87,237 votes in Lok Sabha elections, a drop of 16,585 votes. In Revenue Minister Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddys Khammam Assembly segment, the Congress polled 1,36,016 votes in the Assembly elections and 1,25,459 in the Lok Sabha elections, a drop of 10,557 votes. In Transport Minister Ponnam Prabhakars Husnabad Assembly segment, the Congress bagged 1,00,955 votes in the Assembly elections, and 79,001 in the Lok Sabha elections, a reduction of 21,954 votes.In Panchayat Raj Minister D Anasuyas (Seethakka) Mulugu Assembly constituency, the Congress polled 1,02,267 votes in the 2023 elections and 86,825 in the Lok Sabha elections. This amounts to a decline of 15,442 votes. Likewise, in Agriculture Minister Thummala Nageswara Raos Palair Assembly segment, the Congress garnered 1,27,820 votes in Assembly elections, and 1,20,063 in the Lok Sabha elections polls, a shortfall of 7,757 votes. In Excise Minister Jupally Krishna Raos Kollapur Assembly segment, the Congress vote share reduced by 16,229 votes in the Lok Sabha polls when compared to the Assembly elections. The Congress had secured 93,609 votes in 2023 and its candidate bagged 77,380 votes in Kollapur in 2024. In Endowment Minister Konda Surekhas Warangal East Assembly segment, the Congress secured 67,757 votes in Assembly elections and 66,627 in the Lok Sabha elections, a reduction of 1,130 votes.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 6:50 am

Rs 700 Crore Worth Sheep Scam Being Probed by ACB

Hyderabad : Officials from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) reportedly obtained leads in the sheep purchase scam, which could be around Rs 700 crore. The officials had questioned former minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav's officer on special duty Kalyan Kumar and others. Meanwhile, social activist Bakka Judson on Monday wrote to the bureaus DG C.V. Anand in which he reportedly mentioned names and scam details and sought action against officers, who were involved in the scam. During the investigation, ACB officials allegedly came across more irregularities in the purchase of sheep, including by animal husbandry officials, who paid farmers and who in turn sold sheep to the government. Judson mentioned that the Telangana sheep distribution was a subsidized scheme but the department officials diverted more funds. Judson alleged that NCDC had sanctioned financial assistance to the tune of Rs 4000 crore to Telangana State Sheep and Goat Development Cooperative Federation Ltd (TSSGDCFL) for purchasing four lakh sheep rearing units with an outlay of Rs 5,000 crore for the benefit of four lakhs members of Primary Sheep Breeders Cooperative Societies (PSBCSs) from 2016 to 2019 in 30 districts of the state under the direct funding scheme of NCDC on the state governments guarantee. NCDC extended financial aid to the tune of Rs 323.82 crore to the Telangana State Sheep and Goat Development Cooperative Federation in Asifabad, Bhupalpally and Khammam districts. Judson alleged that Dr P. Srikanth PVC Wangapally, Dr Sridhar Reddy, Tummalagudem, Dr Chandra Reddy, Rajapet, Dr M Madan Kumar, former DV&HO and others were all involved in the racket. The ACB needs to probe the irregularities in fund diversion, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 11:35 pm

Traffic diversions for Chandrababu Naidus swearing in

Vijayawada: Krishna district police have imposed traffic restrictions on Wednesday, June 12, in view of the swearing in of N. Chandrababu Naidu as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. at Kesarapalli IT Towers in Gannavaram area of Vijayawada. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief ministers and governors of neighbouring states, apart from union ministers are expected to take part in the swearing-in ceremony. According to a press release issued by district superintendent of police Adnan Nayeem Asmi, vehicles travelling towards Chennai from Visakhapatnam will be diverted via Kathipudi and National Highway 216 to Ongole. Similarly, vehicles from Chennai towards Visakhapatnam will be diverted from Ongole, Repalle via Machilipatnam. Losari bridge, Narasapuram, Amalapuram, Kakinada and Kathipudi. Vehicles en route to Visakhapatnam from Chennai will also be diverted Budampadu, Tenali via Puligadda, Machilipatnam, Losari bridge, Narsapuram, Kakinada, and Kathipudi. Vehicles from Visakhapatnam toward Hyderabad will be diverted through five alternate routes. They are from Gamana bridge via Devarapalli, Jangareddygudem, Aswaraopet and Khammam; via Bhimadole, Dwaraka Tirumala, Kamavarapukota, Chinthalapaudi and Khammam; via Eluru bypass, Jangareddygudem, Aswaraopet, and Khammam; via Eluru bypass, Chinthalapudi and Sathupalli; and via Hanuman Junction, Nuzvid, Mylavaram, Ibrahimpatnam and Nandigama. Vehicles from Hyderabad towards Visakhapatnam will be diverted through four alternate routes. They are from Nandigama via Madhira, Vaira, Sathupalli, Aswaraopet, Jangareddygudem, Devarapalli and Gamana bridge; from Ibrahimpatnam via Mylavaram, Nuzvid, Hanuman Junction and Eluru bypass; from Ramavarapadu via Nunna, Pamula Kaluva, Velagaleru, G. Konduru, Mylavaram, Hanuman Junction and Eluru bypass; and from Vijayawada via Enikepadu 100-feet road, Tadigadapa, Pamarru, Gudivada and Bhimavaram. The SP has appealed to commuters to coordinate with police and utilise the alternate routes arranged for reaching their destinations on June 12.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 10:24 pm

Focus on Development and Welfare schemes, Telangana CM asks Ministers and Officials

Hyderabad: Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy on Sunday asked all his Cabinet and senior officials to focus on development activities and implementation of welfare schemes for the benefit of people. Revanth Reddy, who returned to the city from Delhi on Sunday night, also asked ministers to conduct reviews of their respective departments in the districts along with collectors and senior officers with the focus on addressing people's issues as well as on implementation of government's schemes. Following the Chief Minister's suggestions, many ministers initiated review meetings and surprise visits to different places. Deputy Chief Minister Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka held a review meeting with the officials of municipal, electricity and irrigation departments in Madhira on Sunday and decided to implement the promised development works and welfare schemes. Bhatti said that the previous government which came to power in the name of water, funds and jobs had neglected the works of several projects in Khammam district. Not a single step has been taken in the matter of irrigation projects, he said.He said he would review on June 12, the Sitarama irrigation project, Sagar canal connection to Wyra reservoir and Nagarjunasagar irrigation water supply issues. It is learnt that ministers Tummala Nageswara Rao and Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy will jointly visit the irrigation projects and their progress on June 13 to see for themselves the progress of works, Sources said that the work being done from Dummugudem to Julurupadu within the scope of Sitarama project, linking the left canal of Nagarjunasagar from Enukuru to Wyra reservoir will be reviewed with officials on the field level. Tourism minister Jupalli Krishna Rao has started conducting review meetings with tourism department officials. He has direction the renovation of tourism places in order to attract the tourists which would generate revenue for the state government. Krishna Rao visited has Nagarjunasagar and the Harita Taramati Baradari resort.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jun 2024 9:29 pm

No room for corruption in welfare schemes: Ponguleti

Khammam : Revenue minister Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy on Sunday assured that there was no room for extortion and corruption in the implementation of welfare schemes and all beneficiaries would get the benefits announced by the Congress government. Speaking at a meeting in Tirumalayapalem as part of his mass outreach programme Prajala Vaddaku Srinanna, Srinivas Reddy said the state government was working with a mission to ensure that all beneficiaries received the welfare schemes benefits. People should not approach middlemen and brokers to enroll as beneficiaries. As per the fixed criteria, families would be selected for the welfare schemes by the government authorities, he said. Stating that Indiramma Rajyam was installed by the people through their votes in the Assembly elections, the minister said allocating Indiramma houses to eligible families in Palair Assembly constituency in the next three years was his responsibility. When people brought to his notice irregularities in the implementation of welfare schemes in the earlier BRS government, Srinivas Reddy said that welfare pensions would be stopped for those who were getting them due to political recommendations and were found ineligible on inquiry. He asked revenue officials to conduct grama sabha meetings to resolve issues and disputes related to land. If that was not done, they would be solved when brought to his notice, he added. Srinivas Reddy instructed officials to ensure that tail-end areas of the Nagarjunasagar canal would get irrigation facility for the crops in the Vanakalam season.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jun 2024 6:23 pm

Telangana HC orders fresh inspection of KTPS

HYDERABAD: The Telangana High Court has ordered the state Pollution Control Board (PCB) to conduct a fresh inspection of the Kothagudem Thermal Power Station (KTPS) and submit a new report, supported by an affidavit, within three weeks. A bench of Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice Anil Kumar Jukanti passed this order in response to a PIL filed by Dasari Ramesh and another from Bhadradri Kothagudem district alleging non-compliance by KTPS with the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974. The petitioners claimed that the respondents, including the chairman and managing director of KTPS, were discharging abnormal sewage and trade effluents, such as ash, into the Karkavagu stream and Kinnerasani river. This, they argued, has caused significant damage to property and life and was in violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. The PCB had submitted a report on July 12, 2022, upon the High Courts directions, stating that during an inspection, the sedimentation tank at KTPS was not operational, leading to the direct discharge of ash-mixed water into Karkavagu through a temporary gate. The KTPS officials justified this by stating it was an emergency measure to handle wastewater during the rainy season. However, this report was not supported by an affidavit. Given these circumstances, the bench mandated another inspection to ensure compliance with environmental regulations. The fresh report must comprehensively address the issues raised and be duly supported by an affidavit to validate its findings. BRS targets Ponnam Meanwhile, BRS MLC Padi Koushik Reddy accused Minister Ponnam Prabhakar of colluding with transport officials and illegally earning `50 lakh daily through fly ash transportation from NTPC, Ramagundam, to Khammam district. The MLC, along with party activists, obstructed trucks carrying fly ash without way bills in Huzurabad on Saturday. Stating that a single truck should transport 32 tonnes of fly ash, Koushik claimed that the trucks were found transporting over 80 tonnes per load.

The New Indian Express 9 Jun 2024 11:38 am

Telangana graduates by-poll: Congress Teenmaar Mallanna registers victory

Hyderabad: The Congress party candidate, Chintapandu Naveen Kumar alias Teenmar Mallanna, won the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates seat in the Telangana Legislative Council by-election on June 7. This victory came as a serious defeat for the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), which had fielded A Rakesh Reddy for the by-election necessitated by the resignation of incumbent BRS member Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 8 Jun 2024 12:09 pm

Congress vote share spikes, courtesy 5 LS segments in Telangana

HYDERABAD: While the ruling Congress reported an increase in its vote share from 39.5% in the Assembly elections to 41% in the just-concluded General Elections, this upward spike was due to a sharp increase in five of the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Of the total 87,41,263 votes cast for the Congress in Telangana, 33,74,477 votesaround 28%came from Nalgonda, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Bhongir and Warangal constituencies. These five constituencies alone contributed to a majority of 18,19,426 votes for the Congress. Despite these gains, the Congress experienced a decline in vote share in several Assembly segments where it had secured clear majorities in 2023. Notably, the BJP, which had won only eight seats in the Assembly elections, matched the Congress with eight seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The Congress had won 64 seats in the Assembly elections. The Congress attributed the BJPs success to the transfer of BRS votes to the BJP. Nevertheless, it saw a decline in its own vote share in some Assembly segments during the Lok Sabha elections. For example, in the Karimnagar Lok Sabha constituency, the Congress, which had won four Choppadandi (SC), Vemulawada, Manakondur (SC), and Husnabad of the seven seats in the Assembly elections, it saw a dip in votes in the Lok Sabha elections, except in Husnabad. Similarly, in the Narayanpet Assembly segment under Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha, the Congress saw a dip of around 10,000 votes compared to the Assembly elections, despite winning Narayanpet with a majority of 7,951 votes in 2023. The Congress ultimately lost Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 4,500 votes. A senior Congress member suggested that the decline in votes in some segments might be due to cross-voting.

The New Indian Express 8 Jun 2024 11:53 am

Monsoon woes: Khammam residents fear submergence

KHAMMAM: During the ongoing monsoon season, residents of Khammam, Kothagudem, Palvoncha and Bhadrachalam are concerned about the potential submergence of their areas due to lack of proper drainage systems. These towns, where some areas are usually submerged even with light rains, are at even greater risk during regular downpours. Several low-lying areas and main roads in Khammam town are already inundated with rainwater, causing inconvenience for residents. K Rama Rao, a senior citizen of Khammam, lamented, The municipal corporation has failed to enforce fines against those who dump garbage in open drains. Hospitals, shop owners, and commercial complexes are dumping tonnes of garbage daily, obstructing the drainage flow, he said and added, Khammam suffers from the absence of an underground drainage system. During heavy rains, Wyra road, heart of Khammam, experiences water levels rising two to three feet high, often flooding Mayuri centre. These blockages cause heavy traffic jams. Danavaigudem, Bokkalagadda, Saradhinagar, Vinoda theatre, Padmanabhanagar and Venkateswarnagar, and several other areas in Khammam regularly face inundation. Despite appeals from residents, government responses to construct an underground drainage system remained unfulfilled. During elections, political parties promise to address this issue with slogans for underground drainage, but once elected, nothing is being done. Kothagudem, Palvoncha, and Bhadrachalam share the same plight, lacking adequate underground drainage systems.

The New Indian Express 8 Jun 2024 11:27 am

Telangana: Teenmar Mallanna wins Graduate MLC bypoll

NALGONDA: In a fiercely fought battle, Congress candidate Chintapandu Naveen alias Teenmar Mallanna was elected as an MLC from Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates constituency. As no candidate crossed the magic figure, the officials declared Mallanna as elected as he got the highest number of votes among all the contestants. The counting which began for the seat at 9 am on Tuesday concluded at 9 pm on Friday. As no candidate, out of 52 contestants, got a majority in the first or second preference votes, the officials on Friday started elimination process of the candidates by adding their second preference votes to other candidates. After elimination of the candidates, Mallanna of the Congress, A Rakesh Reddy of the BRS and Gujjula Premender Reddy of the BJP were left in the fray. Then, the officials eliminated Premender Reddy and transferred his second preference votes to the Congress and BRS candidates. Even then, no one got required votes. Finally, the officials eliminated the BRS candidate and declared Mallanna, who got the highest number of votes, elected. Out of the total 3,36,013 votes polled, 25,824 were found invalid. The required votes for the victory after the first preference votes were 1,55,095. Though the counting started on May 5, the counting of second preference votes commenced at 9 pm on May 6. The elimination process started on Friday. Teenmar Mallanna contested as an MLC twice from the segment. He lost to BRS leader Palla Rajeshwar Reddy. The bypoll for the segment was necessitated following the resignation of Rajeshwar Reddy, who was elected as an MLA in 2023 Assembly elections on the BRS ticket. Mallanna also contested unsuccessfully in Huzurnagar Assembly bypoll in 2019, after the resignation of sitting MLA N Uttam Kumar Reddy following his election to the Lok Sabha.

The New Indian Express 8 Jun 2024 10:59 am

Mallanna win in Graduate MLC elections with second priority votes

Nalgonda : Congress candidate Teenmar Mallanna, Chintapandu Naveen, won the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates MLC bypoll with second preference votes. The Election Commission has to formally announce the victory. Mallanna secured 1,22,813 first priority votes and BRS candidate A. Rakesh Reddy got 1,04,248 votes. BJP candidate Gujjala Premender Reddy came third with 24,313 votes while 29,697 votes went to Palakuri Ashok, an independent candidate. The bvyelection was held on May 27, and counting began on June 5. As Mallanna failed to get the quora votes of 1,55,095, the counting of second priority votes was taken up after elimination of candidates who received fewer votes. Mallanna got the majority in every roundin the MLC constituency that covers 34 Assembly segments. Speaking to the media at the counting centre, Mallanna said that he got a majority in the counting of first and second priority votes. He thanked the graduate voters and Congress leaders, who worked for victory. Rakesh Reddy said he might have technically been defeated but had won a moral victory. He said he had succeeded in stopping Teenmar Mallanna from reaching the quora votes of 1,55,000. He said that the Congress held 32 Assembly segments out of the 34 which fall under the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency. Moreover, half of the Cabinet members were representing these 34 segments, he added. He felt that this election gave the satisfaction of giving a tough fight to the ruling party candidate. I may not have a chance to raise my voice in the Legislative Council, but I will fight on GO No. 64 and issues of the youth with support of the public, he added.

Deccan Chronicle 8 Jun 2024 12:05 am

Telangana: Over 23,000 graduates dont know how to vote

NALGONDA: They may have completed their graduation but a sizable number of them do not know how to cast their vote. Over 23,000 votes were cast for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates constituency MLC byelections, which were deemed invalid for various reasons. Most of them were not in the proper format. For instance, some voters wrote on the ballot paper: I love you, Jai Mallanna, Jai Rakesh Reddy, instead of their order of preference. Others wrote serial numbers starting from 1 to the last candidate. Officials said that the number of invalid votes crossed the 23,000 mark by the time the counting entered the third round. Officials said that the final result is likely to be decided by the second preference votes. BRS candidate alleges irregularities in counting Meanwhile, BRS candidate A Rakesh Reddy alleged irregularities in the counting of votes. He said that the Returning Officer was disregarding them and acting unilaterally. Later, BRS leaders met Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Vikas Raj and lodged a complaint against counting officials, alleging irregularities. Meanwhile, the ARO filed a complaint with the Thipparthy police accusing former BRS MLA Bhupal Reddy of obstructing their work. Nalgonda Collector Dasari Hari Chandana then visited the counting centre and said the process was transparent and impartial. She said additional collectors and 36 AROs are monitoring the counting, which is also being recorded on CCTV. Counting on 1,22,813 first preference votes for Teenmaar Mallanna A Rakesh Reddy gets 1,04,248 first preference votes

The New Indian Express 7 Jun 2024 6:48 am

Rains lash Telangana, yellow alert till June 9

HYDERABAD: As the monsoon set in Telangana, heavy rains lashed the city on Wednesday. As per the Telangana Development Planning Society (TDPS), Begum Bazaar received 85.8 mm of rainfall till 9 pm, the highest in the state, followed by Bandlaguda and Charminar mandals recording 82.3 mm and 80.8 mm of rainfall respectively. Various parts of the city were inundated in the aftermath of rains leading to traffic snarls in major stretches like from IT Corridor to Banjara Hills to Begumpet. Fallen trees were reported in Riyasat Nagar, Karmanghat, Sardar Patel Nagar and Saifabad. In Saifabad, a team of EV&DM safely removed branches from a car stuck under the fallen tree. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Hyderabad said that very heavy rains occurred at isolated places in Jagtial and Vikarabad districts. Rainfall was also recorded in Medchal-Malkajgiri, Siddipet, Khammam and Suryapet district. The agency further said that the cyclonic circulation over southern Andhra Pradesh and neighbourhood now lies over Rayalaseema and neighbourhood between 3.1 and 5.8 km above mean sea level. Weather forecast The IMD has extended the yellow alert till June 9. On Thursday, thunderstorms with rain accompanied by lightning and gusty winds of 30-40 kmph are very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, and Mahabubnagar districts, the IMD added. traffic snarls witnessed on Banjara Hills to Begumpet road due to heavy rains on Wednesday evening | Express

The New Indian Express 6 Jun 2024 11:51 am

No question of INDIA forming government, says BJP MP Eatala

HYDERABAD: Dismissing the claims of Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy that the INDIA bloc would form the next government at the Centre, BJP leader Eatala Rajender on Wednesday said that a NDA government would complete its full five year term. Speaking to reporters here, Rajender said that Narendra Modi would become the second leader after Jawaharlal Nehru to become the prime minister for third time in a row. He pointed out that the BJP won eight Lok Sabha seats in the state and stood in second place in all other segments except Khammam and Mahabubabad. People gave a clear indication through the LS polls that the BJP is the alternative political force in the state. The people also taught a fitting lesson to Revanth in Malkajgiri and Mahbubnagar LS segments, Rajender said. He said that the vote share of BJP increased to 35% in the LS polls. The BJP MP-elect also said that the saffron party would exert pressure on the state government to implement its promises to the people. The state government should maintain cordial relations with the Union government, Rajender advised the chief minister. Did not take Harish Raos support: Raghunandan Meanwhile, BJP leader M Raghunandan Rao wondered why the chief minister did not scrap the GO issued by the previous BRS government to bar the Central Bureau of Investigation from entering the state. Raghunandan also refuted the allegations levelled by Revanth on the Medak results. I never depend on the mercy of anyone to win the Lok Sabha polls. I won because of the popularity of the BJP, he said, adding that he targeted Siddipet MLA and former minister Harish Rao several times in the past. On the CMs allegations that the BRS and BJP joined hands to ensure the defeat of a BC leader of the Congress in Medak, Raghunandan Rao said when a BC MLA was elected in Mahbubnagar district, why did Revanth not induct that MLA into his Cabinet. What if I say that Vamsi Chand had influence in Delhi and Revanth got him defeated in Mahbubnagar? Raghunandan Rao asked, insisting that he did not take the support of Harish Rao to win the Medak Lok Sabha seat.

The New Indian Express 6 Jun 2024 11:07 am

Over 1L voters pressed NOTA in Telangana

HYDERABAD: Telangana, which sends as many as 17 members to the Lok Sabha, saw over one lakh voters pressing the None of the Above (NOTA) button on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Apart from the winners and losers of the Lok Sabha polls, the results of which were announced on Tuesday, considerable attention was hogged by the NOTA option. As per final reports from the Election Commission, the number of NOTA votes secured across the state was 1,04,244, a vote share of 0.48 percent. It also shows what the voters want to say, that they are committed voters, but they are unhappy with the candidates who are contesting the polls. About 1,04,244 voters expressed their dissatisfaction against the contesting candidates by pressing the NOTA option. Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency saw 13,366 voters choosing NOTA option followed by Adilabad (11,762) and Warangal (8,380), Hyderabad (2,906) and Zaheerabad (2,977). A total of 525 candidates contested for the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies held in the state on May 13, 2024. The other Lok Sabha constituencies where voters preferred to press NOTA include Khammam (6,782), Mahabubabad (6,591), Chevella (6,423), Nalgonda (6,086), Peddapalle (5,711), Karimnagar (5,438), Secunderabad (5,166), Bhongir (4,646), Medak (4,617), Nagarkurnool (4,580), Nizamabad (4,483), Mahbubnagar (4,330), Zahirabad (2,977) and Hyderabad (2,906). This is marginally less compared to the 2019 polls, a vote share of little over one percent. Of the 17 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress and BJP candidates emerged victorious by winning eight seats each, while AIMIM secured one Hyderabad LS seat and BRS drew a blank. The NOTA button was introduced in October 2013, pursuant to the Supreme Courts order on September 27, 2013. The objective of this option was to enable voters who do not wish to vote for any candidate to exercise their right without violating the secrecy of their decision. Although the number of NOTA votes polled did not affect the election outcomes, it serves as a wake-up call for political parties in the coming days.

The New Indian Express 6 Jun 2024 10:56 am

Graduates MLC bypoll: Mallanna leads in first round

Nalgonda: When counting for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates' by-election is progressing Congress candidate Teenmar Mallanna is leading with a majority of 7,670 votes. Of the 96,097 ballots taken up for counting in the first round, 88,369 found valid and 7,728 votes were invalid. Teenmar Mallanna(Chinthapandu Naveen) secured 36,210 votes while BRS candidate Anugula Rakesh Reddy got 28,540 votes. The BJP candidate secured 11,395 votes. Independent candidate Palakuri Ashok Kumar got 9,109 votes. Another independent candidate Bakka Judson, who was expelled from the Congress for criticizing TPCC president and Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy, secured 595 votes.

Deccan Chronicle 6 Jun 2024 7:45 am

Graduates MLC bypoll: Counting underway, results likely today

Nalgonda : Results of the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates Constituency by-election, counting of which was still underway, are expected to announced on Thursday morning if there is no need for the counting of the second priority votes. At least 2,800 people are working in shifts to count 3,36,013 votes at the counting centre in warehouse corporations godown at Melladuppalapally. Ballot boxes were opened by the counting staff in the presence of candidates and their agents at 8 am. Counting was taken up on 96 tables in three halls and the total votes will be counted in four rounds with 96,000 votes each. Sources said, Congress candidate Teenmaar Mallanna, also known as Chintapandu Naveen, is leading by 6,000 votes in the first round of counting of the first priority votes. Superintendent of police Chandana Deepthi said 800 police personnel were deputed for security at the counting centre. Police would work in shifts and stay put there until completion of the exercise. Apart from Mallanna, Rakesh Reddy of the BRS and Gujjula Premendar Reddy of the BJP are in the fray. The by-election was caused when incumbent MLC Palla Rajeswar Reddy was elected to the Telangana Assembly from the Jangaon constituency. Meanwhile, Mallanna exuded confidence that he would win the by-election with the first priority votes. He said trends in the counting centre indicated that his victory was sure. District collector and returning officer Dasari Harichandana, who is at the counting centre, said the process of counting the ballot paper bundles was going on. We have set up 96 tables and counting of 48,000 votes in one round will be done at the rate of 500 per table. First preferential votes will be completed in seven rounds. If the result is not clear in the first preference, counting of the second preferential votes will be done in the same process, the SP disclosed.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 10:58 pm

We don't want any of you, assert nearly five lakh voters in TG, AP

Hyderabad : None Of The Above (NOTA). The NOTA option, provided to voters to express their dissatisfaction at the candidates contesting an election but something that political parties appear not to care about, was exercised by 1,04,244 voters in Telangana and a whopping 3,91,855 voters in Andhra Pradesh. Voters in Araku ST constituency in Andhra Pradesh, who polled the highest NOTA votes 50,470 - in the two Telugu states, almost reached the 2019 highest NOTA votes record set in Gopalganj in Bihar, which saw an astounding 51,660 voters exercise this option. However, the NOTA count in Araku paled in comparison to the 2,18,674 voters using the option in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Incidentally, the NOTA votes in Araku was marginally higher than the majority of 50,580 votes registered by YSRCP candidate Gumma Thanuja Rani over her nearest TDP rival Kothapalli Geetha. In Telangana, it was Malkajgiri which saw the highest NOTA count at 13,366, followed by Adilabad with 11,762 voters indicating that they were not willing to vote for anyone in the fray. The least number of NOTA votes were polled in Hyderabad where the AIMIM won an emphatic victory. Interestingly, in Telangana, the total NOTA votes in the eight seats that the BJP won stood at 55,585, while in the eight seats the Congress won, the number stood at 45,753 votes. In Andhra Pradesh, in the 15 Lok Sabha seats which the Telugu Desam Party won, the total NOTA votes polled were 2,09,328, while in the four seats won by YSRCP, it stood at 1,53,181. In the three seats the BJP won from, the NOTA option was exercised 58,347 times, and the two seats that the Jana Sena won, this tally stood at 29,346 votes. Infograph Telangana NOTA count Hyderabad 2,906 Adilabad 11,762 Karimnagar 5,438 Nizamabad 4,483 Medak 4,617 Malkajgiri 13,366 Secunderabad 5,166 Chevella 6,423 Mahbubnagar 4,330 Peddapalli 5,711 Zaheerabad 2,977 Nagarkurnool 4,580 Nalgonda 6,086 Bhongir 4,646 Warangal 8,380 Mahabubabad 6,591 Khammam 6,782 Andhra Pradesh NOTA count Srikakulam 24,605 Vizianagaram 23,250 Visakhapatnam 5,313 Amalapuram 13,518 Eluru 22,515 Vijayawada 9,193 Guntur 7,387 Narasaraopet 11,199 Bapatla 13,723 Ongole 13,205 Nandyal 10,697 Anantapur 17,971 Hindupur 17,971 Nellore 15,577 Chittoor 11,976 Araku 50,470 Kadapa 16,846 Tirupati 16,118 Rajampet 11,400 Anakapalli 26,235 Rajahmundry 24,435 Naraspuram 7,677 Kakinada 17,220 Machilipatnam 12,126

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 10:31 pm

TGPSC Group-I prelims to be held on Sunday

Khammam: District collector P.V. Goutham has said arrangements would be made for conducting the TGPSC Group-I preliminary exam on June 9, with 52 examination centres in the district. He was speaking at a training programme conducted for chief superintends and supervisors of Group-I examination at the district collectorate here He said that 18,403 candidates have been allocated for the examination centres in the district. The collector stressed that mobile phones would not be allowed on the premises of the examination centres and candidates have to deposit their phones at the phone deposit counter before entering the examination centre. The candidates would not be allowed to enter the examination centre after 10 am. The candidates, also, would not be allowed to leave the examination centre until 1 pm.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 7:58 pm

Counting Underway for Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates By-Election

Hyderabad: The counting for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates' by-election is underway. A total of 2,800 staff have been roped in for the purpose. The polling for the election was held on May 27. Teenmar Mallanna, also known as Chinthapandu Naveen, from Congress, Rakesh Reddy from BRS, and Gujjula Premendar Reddy from BJP are in the fray. The by-election was necessitated after the incumbent MLC, Palla Rajeswar Reddy, was elected to the Telangana Assembly from the Janagoan constituency. The ballot boxes were opened by the counting staff at 8 am in the presence of contesting candidates and their counting agents. The postal ballots were mixed with general ballot papers. About 25 were being making as a bundle. Counting of ballot votes would taken up with 96 tables in three halls after completion of bundling of ballot papers. Total 3,36,013 polled votes would be taken up for the counting. Bundling of the ballot papers was expected to complete by afternoon.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 11:10 am

In Telangana's Malkajgiri & Khammam, change is always in the air

HYDERABAD: Of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state, Malkajgiri and Khammam stand out for the fact that traditionally, they have not returned candidates. For example, Malkajgiri Lok Sabha constituency came into being in 2009 and since then, voters in the segment have always opted to vote out the sitting MP. In 2009, Sarve Satyanarayana of the Congress won the seat only to lose to the Telugu Desam Party candidate Ch Malla Reddy in 2014. The voters in Malkajgiri showed the door to Malla Reddy in 2019 by voting for A Revanth Reddy, the Congress candidate. Now, Malkajgiri has elected BJP candidate Eatala Rajender. Likewise, Khammam voters have opted for change in every Lok Sabha election since 2009. They had elected Nama Nageswar Rao in 2009 who contested on a TDP ticket. In 2014, YSRCP candidate Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy won from Khammam and in 2019 Nama Nageswar Rao, this time contesting on a BRS ticket, won the seat. In 2024, Congress candidate R Raghuram Reddy won the seat.

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 9:49 am

Bizman Raghuram helps Congress secure historic win in Khammam

KHAMMAM: Businessman-turned-politician Ramasahayam Raghuram Reddy created history in the Khammam constituency by securing a majority of 4,68,337 votes against BRS candidate Nama Nageswara Rao who garnered 2,99,082 votes. This is the highest margin of victory in Khammam since 1962 elections. In the 2019 elections, BRS candidate Nama Nageswara Rao achieved a majority of 1,68,062 votes, which was the second-highest majority until now. Compared to Assembly elections, the Congress saw an increase in votes during the LS polls. It secured a majority of 2,49,000 votes across the seven Assembly segments, and now it has achieved a total of 4,68,337 votes. Despite being new to politics and having his candidature announced by the grand old party at the last minute, Reddy achieved an unexpected victory with a thumping majority. There was intense competition for this seat within the Congress as Deputy Chief Minister Mallubatti Vikramarkas wife Nandini, Revenue Minister Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy brothers Prasada Reddy and Agriculture Minister Tummala Nageswara Rao sons Yugandhar vied for the ticket, but the high command picked Raghuram Reddy. BJP candidate Tandra Vinoda Rao lost his deposit, receiving only 1,18,636 votes. However, when compared to the previous polls, the votes for BJP increased. A total of 12,50,959 votes were cast in this polls. Until the last moment, it was expected to be a tough fight between the Congress and BRS, but it unexpectedly turned into a one-sided race. From the beginning of the vote count, the Congress candidate showed a clear majority, and after the third round of counting, BRS candidate Nama Nageswara Rao left the counting centre. Interestingly, Tummala Nageswara Rao visited the Telugu Desam Party office and participated in the TDPs victory in Andhra Pradesh. This sparked discussion within the Congress. It is also to be recalled that Tummala has long-standing ties with the TDP. Following the victory of RRR, the grand old party conducted a victory rally in Khammam town where thousands of followers, cadres and leaders participated.

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 9:42 am

Cong Puts Up Impressive Show, Gets Higher Vote Share Than BJP, BRS

Hyderabad: The Congress has put up an impressive show by winning eight of the 17 seats in Lok Sabha elections in Telangana. This is significantly higher than the three seats it won in 2019. That apart, the party also wrested the Secunderabad Cantonment Assembly seat from BRS in the by-election. Congress Nalgonda candidate Kunduru Raghuveer Reddy created a record by securing the highest majority of over 5.5 lakh votes. His colleague from Khammam, Ramasahayam Raghuram Reddy, won by over 4.5 lakh votes. Incidentally, all eight wins were with a majority that was between one to five lakh votes. It also retained the lead in the Assembly segments in these constituencies that it had won in the state polls last year. The Congress lost Mahbubnagar to the BJP by a slender margin of about 4,500 votes out of the over 12.2 lakh votes polled. The Congress has also improved its vote share in the Lok Sabha elections having polled 40.11 per cent as against the 39.4 per cent in the Assembly elections. Incidentally, the Congress also secured a higher vote share when compared to BJP and BRS. The former secured 35.01 per cent vote share, while it was 16.70 per cent for the BRS.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 12:00 am

8 BRS, 2 BJP, One Cong Candidate Lose Security Deposits

Hyderabad: The Bharat Rashtra Samithi not only lost all the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies it contested from but also had to face the ignominy of eight of its candidates losing their security deposits. Losing of security deposits is generally viewed as the worst that could happen to a political party and its candidates in an election. Among the BRS candidates who lost their deposits was the party candidate from Hyderabad, Gaddam Srinivas Yadav, who managed to scrape 18,641 votes, and in the process became the BRS candidate to secure the least number of votes in these elections. Joining him in the list of deposit losers were also one candidate from Congress Md Waliullah Sameer from Hyderabad constituency and two from the BJP Vinod Rao Tandra from Khammam, and Prof Azmeera Seetaram Naik from Mahbubabad. The other BRS candidates to lose their security deposits were Athram Sakku (Adilabad), Bajireddy Goverdhan Reddy (Nizamabad), Ragidi Laxma Reddy (Malkajgiri), T. Padma Rao Goud (Secunderabad), Kasani Gnaneshwar Mudiraj (Chevella), Gali Anil Kumar (Zaheerabad), and Manne Srinivas Reddy (Mahbubnagar). The ECI mandates that any candidate who does not get at least one-sixth of the votes polled will lose the security deposit. For general category candidates the security deposit is 25,000, and for those contesting from constituencies reserved for the SC and ST communities, the security deposit is 12,500.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 9:55 pm

From 9 seats in 2019 to 0 in 2024, BRS loses Telangana

Hyderabad: The BRS, which had nine members in the outgoing Lok Sabha, was routed in the general elections, getting crushed into nothingness in a heavyweight battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC). The BRS came second in just two seats Khammam and Mahbubabad and had to settle for the third place in 14 others, and a fourth place finish in Hyderabad. And for the first time in two decades, the BRS, which began as the TRS and first entered the Lok Sabha in 2001, will have no representation in the new House of People in the Indian Parliament. While the rout of the BRS was expected, and comes as a huge blow for Rao, his party getting thrashed in Medak constituency is the one that will fester him and his party the most. The BRS put everything it had into this constituency given the fact that Raos Gajwel Assembly seat is part of Medak LS constituency, as is senior BRS leader T. Harish Raos Siddipet Assembly segment. In the 2023 Assembly elections, the BRS won six of the seven Assembly segments in Medak and hoped that if it failed everywhere else, it still stood a chance in Medak. But this was not to be with its candidate, a former district collector, party MLC P. Venkatram Reddy coming third. Though the BRS leaders repeatedly implored that people of Telangana need BRS as the voice of Telangana in the Lok Sabha, the verdict clearly showed that voters as a whole did not care, and did not buy that argument, and instead chose to throttle the party. It was clear from the start of the day that the BRS was going down in a spectacular fashion, with the only flickers of hope coming from Medak during the initial rounds of counting of votes with minor leads swinging the BRS way a few times but as the day progressed, it became clear that the projected one or none for the BRS, was going to end as none. The BRS, which knew it had a tough task on hand in the Lok Sabha elections from day one, did try to contend with the challenge of taking on two national parties, and its campaign which lambasted the Congress at the state-level picking on some real and several imaginary problems faced by the people, and the BJP as a villain who never cared about Telangana, failed to convince the people that it could be their choice. Such was the state of affairs in the BRS that the party found it hard to find candidates to contest in the Lok Sabha polls and had to convince some to do so, while the top leadership from the Chandrashekar Rao family, for the first time, stayed away from contesting the elections, possibly reading the writing on the wall much ahead. In the end, the BRS, which began as Telangana Rashtra Samithi, and morphed into Bharat Rashtra Samithi with Rao making his national ambitions clear during the name change, has found itself reduced to a regional party, which it is in reality.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 6:19 pm

Congress and BJP Neck and Neck in Telangana Lok Sabha Elections

Congress and BJP Neck and Neck in Telangana Lok Sabha Elections As of 1:30 pm on Tuesday, both the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are in a tight race, each leading in eight out of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. The Election Commission website shows Congress nominees ahead in Peddapalle (SC), Mahabubabad (ST), Warangal (SC), Bhongir, Khammam, Nalgonda, Nagarkurnool (SC), and Zaheerabad constituencies. Meanwhile, BJP candidates are leading in Adilabad (ST), Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri, Chevella, and Mahabubnagar seats. AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi is also maintaining a significant lead over his nearest BJP rival K Madhavi Latha, with a margin exceeding 1.89 lakh votes. Notably, the BRS is not leading in any of the seats. Voting for the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana took place in a single phase on May 13, and the counting of votes began at 8 am today.

devdiscourse 4 Jun 2024 2:07 pm

BJP, Congress Appear to Share Honours in LS Polls in Telangana

Hyderabad: The ruling Congress and BJP appeared to be sharing the honors in Telangana as they were leading in eight seats each out of the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state at noon on Tuesday, with BRS ceding ground. According to the latest trends from the counting of votes polled for the May 13 Lok Sabha polls, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi maintained his lead against his nearest BJP rival K Madhavi Latha by over 70,000 votes. The BJP candidates were leading in the Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri, Chevella, and Mahabubnagar LS seats. The Congress nominees were leading in Peddapalle (SC), Mahabubabad (ST), Warangal (SC), Bhongir, Khammam, Nalgonda, Nagarkurnool (SC) and Zaheerabad. The K Chandrasekhar Rao-led BRS appeared to be the biggest loser as the party was not leading in any of the constituencies. The party had won nine seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The BRS had suffered a defeat in the Legislative Assembly polls held in November last year. The BJP had won four seats, while Congress bagged three constituencies in the 2019 general elections. The counting of votes in Telangana began at 8 am. The polling was held in a single phase on May 13.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 1:14 pm

BJP Leads in Telangana Lok Sabha Seats as Congress Trails in Khammam

BJP Leads in Telangana Lok Sabha Seats as Congress Trails in Khammam The BJP appeared to be taking the lead in three of Telangana's Lok Sabha seats as of Tuesday, according to early trends from the vote count. BJP candidates were ahead in Adilabad, Karimnagar, and Malkajgiri constituencies. In contrast, Congress, the ruling party in the state, was leading in the Khammam Lok Sabha seat. As the counting proceeds for the 17 parliamentary segments from the May 13 elections, the political landscape in Telangana remains closely contested.

devdiscourse 4 Jun 2024 9:11 am

Congress confident even as polls predict BJP winning big in Telangana

HYDERABAD: About three weeks after the votes were cast and thousands of crores allegedly spent by the candidates and parties on electioneering, its time for the results of the elections to the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana. Naturally, expectations are high, but so is the tension. Many of the candidates in the fray are on the edge, having invested significant amounts of their time, effort and money into the elections. The stakes are high for the candidates but astronomical for all of the three major parties in the fray the Congress, BJP and BRS. The result will determine their political future and influence their strategies for the next five years. Almost all exit polls have given the BJP a massive edge, predicting 10 to 12 seats for the saffron party. They have predicted victory for the Congress in six to eight seats, with the AIMIM retaining the Hyderabad seat. Interestingly, the exit polls have predicted that the BRS will not win any seat in the state. However, the Congress has dismissed the exit polls and remains confident of winning at least 10 seats. The BJP expects victories in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Malkajgiri, Secunderabad, Mahbubnagar, Bhongir, Zaheerabad and Chevella Lok Sabha constituencies and close contests in Peddapalli and Warangal. Congress leaders are optimistic about victory in Adilabad, Medak, Zaheerabad, Peddapalli, Warangal, Mahabubabad, Khammam, Bhongir, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Secunderabad and Chevella. Congress leaders are also hopeful of a shift of BRS votes in their favour. BRS leaders, on the other hand, are banking on victories in Medak, Peddapalli, Warangal, Khammam and Nagarkurnool, regardless of the exit poll predictions. A good performance by the BJP will give impetus to the partys aim of coming to power in the state in the next Assembly elections. The saffron party leadership also believes that a victory in a majority of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will help it emerge in the minds of the public that it is the main Opposition party in the state, replacing the BRS. Also, a strong performance in the Lok Sabha elections could trigger an exodus from the Congress to the BJP and even destabilise the state government. Congress leaders too are concerned about the implications of a BJP victory as it could threaten their government and party stability. For the Congress, victory in even five to six seats will not be enough since the party is in power in Telangana. For the BRS, failure to win at least three or four seats could trigger defections to the Congress or BJP, depending on which party emerges stronger both at the state and central level after the votes are counted. A disappointing result would leave the BRS facing an existential crisis. Will it replace BRS as main opposition party? A good performance by the BJP will give impetus to the partys aim of coming to power in the state in the next Assembly elections. The saffron party leadership also believes that a victory in a majority of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana will help it emerge in the minds of the public that it is the main Opposition party in the state, replacing the BRS. Courtesy call, appeal, warning Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, JD(U) calls it a courtesy call Adhere to Constitution, dont get intimidated, Kharge urges bureaucracy UP DGP Prashant Kumar warns of strict action against those who attempt to disrupt counting

The New Indian Express 4 Jun 2024 8:14 am

Lok Sabha poll results in Telangana LIVE: Counting to begin at 8 am

The counting of votes polled in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections will begin today at 8 am at 34 centres. The counting of postal ballots and votes cast in EVMs to begin at 8 am in all constituencies. Postal ballots would be counted in separate halls. LIVE result Parliamentary constituencyCongress BJPOthers (including AIMIM)HyderabadSecunderabadAdilabadBhongirChevellaKarimnagarKhammamMahabubabadMahabubnagarMalkajgiriMedakNagarkurnoolNalgondaNizamabadPeddapalliWarangalZahirabad Secunderabad cantonment Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 4 Jun 2024 7:48 am

Khammam Election Result 2024 Live Updates: Counting of Votes Starts Today

Khammam Election Result Live Updates: Get all the latest news and updates on Lok Sabha elections 2024 results on The Quint.

The Quint 4 Jun 2024 6:22 am

All Eligible Poor in State to Get Indiramma Houses: Ponguleti

Khammam: Revenue and housing minister Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy on Monday said that Indiramma houses would be constructed with `22,500 crore to provide pucca shelter for the poor. He said that the Congress government was committed to fulfilling its all poll promises. Srinivas Reddy was speaking during a visit to Kothakothur, Mangapuram thanda, Rayagudem, Appala Narsimhapuram, Kongara, Kattu Kachara and Budharam in Nelakondapally mandal Prajala Vaddaku Srinanna. He said that the earlier BRS government had not allocated double bedroom houses to a single family in the Assembly constituency. The minister alleged that the leaders of Opposition parties were trying to misguide the people by levelling false allegations against the state government. He assured that no village in Paleru Assembly constituency would be left without a cement concrete road in the next year. Srinivas Reddy alleged that BRS leaders have been making irrelevant comments against the state government though the people had rejected them in the Assembly polls last year.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 11:41 pm

BRS Faces Possible Rout in Telangana, Hopes to Win Only One Lok Sabha Seat

Hyderabad: The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), which won nine of the 17 Lok Sabha seats from Telangana in the 2019 elections, could well be staring at a possible rout in this years general elections, with the best-case scenario for the party putting its prospects at one win despite contesting in all seats. Though the party leaders have said that they hope to do much better, all indications, including several exit polls, have put the BRS prospects between 0 and one seat. However, this did not dampen the hope that the party may just prove that it still has some purchase among voters in the state with the BRS president and former chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday declaring that there was a very enthusiastic response to his bus poll campaign bus tour and advised his party to wait and watch. He was speaking at the State Formation Day celebration at Telangana Bhavan, the BRS headquarters, where he also tried to boost the party morale saying that the BRS will return to power in the state. In these elections, the BRS, which lost power in the state after the 2023 Assembly elections, got squeezed between a resurgent Congress, which won the state polls and expressed confidence that it will win anywhere between 10 and 12 Lok Sabha seats this time up from the three it got in the 2019 polls - and a determined BJP, which put all its faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pull the party up from the four seats it won in 2019, to a double-digit figure. In what were possible signs of things to come when votes are counted on Tuesday, the BRS also struggled with picking candidates and saw some of its leaders desert it at the last minute only to join its rival parties and contest the Lok Sabha elections. The worst blow the party received was from Kadiam Kavya, whose candidature was announced by Rao. A day after this announcement, Kavya quit the BRS and joined the Congress to fight on its ticket. A similar blow was delivered by the Khairatabad MLA Danam Nagender, who joined the Congress to contest as its candidate from the Secunderabad Lok Sabha constituency. BRS leaders while expressing hope publicly that their party will do well, in private conversations are being much more circumspect and are pegging their chances at winning just one seat Medak painting a one or none scenario, though there are some, who say that they could still spring a surprise winning more than one seat. The nine seats the BRS won in 2019, were fewer than the 11 it won in 2014, but after the 2014 results, its numbers in the Lok Sabha received a boost with three others Nalgonda winner Gutha Sukhender Reddy (INC), Khammam winner Ponguleti Srinivas Reddy (YSRCP), Malkajgiri winner Ch Malla Reddy (TDP) joining it. Meanwhile, the party on Monday wound down its three-day celebrations marking the June 2 State Formation Day with meetings at its offices in all districts. It may be recalled that the BRS began its celebrations on June 1 with a candlelight rally in the city, followed by a meeting of its workers and leaders at Telangana Bhavan. The second days event was graced by Chandrashekar Rao, and the third day was reserved for honouring those who took part in the statehood movement in events at BRS offices across districts.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 8:53 pm

3-tier security in place for counting of votes in Telangana

HYDERABAD: All necessary arrangements are in place for the counting of votes for the 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana, scheduled to begin at 8 am on June 4. Around 10,000 polling personnel have been deployed, with stringent security measures including three-tier security at all counting centres. Officials said that the counting process is expected to conclude by 3 pm the same day. Counting will occur in 34 centres statewide in 120 counting halls and 1,855 tables. Additionally, 19 halls with 276 tables will be used to count 2.18 lakh postal ballots and Electronic Postal Ballots, accepted until 8 am on June 4. Surveillance will be tight, with CCTV cameras installed in all counting halls. Section 144 has been enforced near the centres. Liquor shops will remain closed on counting day, said Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Telangana, Vikas Raj. The counting of postal ballots will start at 8 am, followed by the EVM votes at 8:30 am. A maximum of 24 rounds of counting will take place in Choppadandi, Yakutpura and Devarakonda Assembly segments, while a minimum of 13 rounds will occur in Armoor, Bhadrachalam, and Aswaraopet segments. Most constituencies will see between 18 and 21 rounds. Following the initial EVM vote count, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips from five randomly selected polling stations in each Assembly segment will be tallied with the EVM count. Post-counting, the EVMs will be stored in strongrooms for 45 days in case any election petitions are filed. Security at the counting campuses includes three cordons: One for the hall, one for the campus, and one 100 metres around the campus perimeter, where vehicles are prohibited. Forty-nine central observers and 2,414 micro-observers will monitor the counting process. Large screens will be installed at 78 key locations to display results. Agents are barred from bringing mobile phones into the counting halls. Council elections: Ballot papers come into play Counting for the Mahbubnagar Local Bodies election will also begin at 8 am on June 4. For the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates MLC bypoll, counting will be held at Duppalapalli near Nalgonda on June 5 from at 8 am. Four counting halls, each with 24 tables, and 900 staff members will be employed to count the ballot papers.

The New Indian Express 2 Jun 2024 7:35 am

Counting of votes to begin with postal ballots at 8 am: Vikas Raj

Hyderabad: The chief electoral officer (CEO) Vikas Raj on Saturday said that counting of votes of Lok Sabha elections would be held at 34 locations where 120 counting halls have been arranged for smooth conduct of the counting process on June 4. Speaking to mediapersons, the CEO said that no mobile phone would be allowed inside the counting hall and a media centre would be set up at every counting hall to declare the results officially. The counting process would start at 8 am with counting of postal ballots taken up first. EVMs will be opened in the presence of counting agents. Around 2.18 lakh postal voting has been reported in the state. Counting of Mahabbnagar local bodies will take place from 8 am on June 2 and the MLC byelection from graduates constituency of Nalgonda-Khammam-Warangal at Duppalapalli near Nalgonda will take place from 8 am on June 5, Vikas Raj said. Around 1,200 staff have been deployed at 15 counting centers in Hyderabad district. A three-layered security arrangement will be in place at the counting centers. Hyderabad district electoral officer (DEO) Ronald Rose, briefing the media after inspecting the counting centre at Nizam College, said that the highest number of EVM counting rounds will be in Yakutpura Assembly constituency (24) and the least being in Charminar (15). Counting of postal ballots will take place at separate counting halls in the presence of returning officers, Rose said.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 10:36 pm

Telangana State on the Boil: Mancherial Records 47.2C

Girls cover themselves with chunnies and umberalla as they go out in the hot sun in Anantapur on Friday. (Photo: DC) Girls cover themselves with chunnies and umberalla as they go out in the hot sun in Anantapur on Friday. (Photo: DC) Hyderabad: Telangana experienced its hottest day of the year on Thursday, with temperatures soaring across the state. Bheemaram in Mancherial district emerged as the hottest spot, recording a staggering 47.2 degrees Celsius, surpassing the previous high recorded in the first week of May. This extreme heat wave has gripped north and east Telangana, leading to severe discomfort and issue of health advisories. The city also faced intense heat, with the maximum temperature reaching 43.3C at the GHMC zonal office in Uppal. The citywide data indicated similarly high temperatures-43.0C in Azampura, Malakpet, and Mallapur. Several districts recorded temperatures exceeding 45C. Bhadradri Kothagudem registered 47.1C in Garimellapadu, closely followed by Peddapalli at 46.7C in Kamanpur, KomaramBheem with 46.5C in Kuchchaveli, Khammam at 46.3C in Pammi, Nalgonda where Madugulapally reported 45.9C, Jaina in Jagtial 45.6C and Mulugus Alubaka 45.5C. Suryapet, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri and Jayashankar districts also experienced temperatures above 45C. Nirmals Buttapur recorded 45.1C and Kamareddy's Kollur saw 44.7C. Even traditionally cooler areas like Hanumakonda and Warangal faced temperatures exceeding 44C. Weather experts predict that the sweltering conditions will persist for the next three days. The southwest monsoon is expected to bring some respite, with its arrival in Telangana likely between June 9 and 13. This annual weather pattern follows its onset over Kerala, which the IMD predicts will occur by Friday, with a model error margin of four days. Normally, the monsoon reaches Telangana within two weeks of its onset in Kerala. Last year, the monsoon hit Kerala on June 8 and arrived in Telangana between June 13 and June 17. In 2022, it reached Kerala by May 29 and Telangana between June 8 and June 15. The anticipation of super storms in south and central Telangana post-June 1 offers hope for the parched regions, though north Telangana may continue to experience isolated to scattered rains, maintaining high temperatures in the process.

Deccan Chronicle 31 May 2024 12:16 am

Telangana Records Hottest Day of Year 2024 With 47.2 Degrees Temperature

Hyderabad: Telangana on Thursday recorded its hottest day of the year so far as the temperature touched 47.2C. Telangana Weatherman in his tweet posted on X, HOTTEST DAY OF THE YEAR. Blistering heatwave across North, East Telangana with Bheemaram in Mancherial recorded mammoth 47.2C beating the May 1st week record. According to Telangana State Develpoment Planning Society (TSDPS), Bheemaram in Mancherial recorded 47.2C whereas Bhadadri Kothagudem touched 47.1C. Three districts in Telangana - Peddapalli, Kumuram Bheem Asifabad and Khammam crossed 46C mark. Meanwhile, Hyderabad recorded 43.3C on Thursday. India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad, forecast light to Moderate Rain or Thunder showers at isolated places over Telangana for May 31. There was no warning issued for the State for May 31. For Hyderabad, the Met department has forecast cloudy sky on May 31 with maximum and minimum temperatures likely to be around 41C and 29C respectively. IMD has forecast rains in Hyderabad on June 1.

Deccan Chronicle 30 May 2024 6:27 pm

Telangana: Woman, 2 children die in car accident in Khammam

Hyderabad: A 26-year-old woman and her two children died on the spot after their car crashed into the tree on Tuesday, May 28, near Hariya Thanda in Raghunathapalem mandal. The family was travelling to Khammam to update their childrens Aadhar cards. The victims have been identified as Boda Kumari and her two daughters, Krishika, 2, Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 30 May 2024 5:48 pm

Doctors at Hyderabad hospital perform heart transplant on polio survivor

Hyderabad: Doctors at a hospital in Hyderabad have successfully performed what is claimed to be the first-ever heart transplant on a polio survivor. Doctors of Kamineni Hospital, LB Nagar, performed the transplant on Bhaskar, a 45-year-old tailor from Khammam district of Telangana. He had been suffering from severe heart disease which got aggravated in the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 29 May 2024 6:25 pm

IMD forecasts Rains in Hyderabad on June 1

Though the vulnerability component of India (exposure index) is not that high (11.9 per cent), its lack of ability to cope with disasters is very high (80.2 percent). Though the vulnerability component of India (exposure index) is not that high (11.9 per cent), its lack of ability to cope with disasters is very high (80.2 percent). Hyderabad: The Met department has forecast rains for Hyderabad on June 1. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are very likely to occur in all six zones. For Telangana, the Met department has forecast light to moderate rain or Thunder showers likely to occur at isolated places over Telangana on May 31. Thunderstorm accompanied with Lightning and Gusty winds(30-40 KMPH) Very likely to occur at isolated places in the districts KomaramBheem Asifabad, Mancherial, Jagital, Rajanna Sirsilla, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam, Nalgonda, Suryapet, Mahabubabad,Warangal, Hanamkonda, Jangaon, Siddipet, Yadadri Bhuvangiri, Rangareddy, Hyderabad, Medchal Malkajigiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, Mahabubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet, Jogulamba Gadwal of Telangana, read the IMD release. After a dip in temperature, Telangana witnessed an increase in temperature as the State recorded 46.4 on Wednesday. According to Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), Kondapur in Mancherial recorded 46.4 on Wednesday. Bhadadri Kothagudem recorded 45.8 followed by Kumuram Bheem Asifabad at 45.7. Hyderabad also saw an increase in temperature as the city recorded 43.1.

Deccan Chronicle 29 May 2024 6:02 pm

India's first successful heart transplant on a Polio survivor performed at Kamineni Hospitals

Hyderabad: Doctors at Kamineni Hospital in LB Nagar, Hyderabad, have successfully performed the first-ever heart transplant on a polio survivor. The recipient, Bhaskar, a 45-year-old tailor from Khammam district, had been suffering from severe heart disease which got aggravated in the past three years due to his partial polio condition. The transplant team including, Dr. Vishal V. Khante, Head of the Heart Transplant Department and Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, Consultant Heart Transplant and Cardiothoracic Surgeon, achieved this significant milestone, which demonstrates the hospital's advanced medical capabilities. Bhaskar's condition led to irregular heartbeats and insufficient blood supply, causing a range of health complications. His condition necessitated the heart transplant, a complex procedure that took five hours to complete. The surgery involved the meticulous removal of Bhaskar's old heart, implanting the new one donated by a brain-dead individual, and reconnecting all blood vessels and valves with utmost precision. *Commenting on the achievement, Dr. Vishal V Khante said*, Following the successful surgery, Bhaskar is on the path to recovery, and is gradually regaining his ability to engage in daily activities. Previously confined to bed due to extreme fatigue, he can now walk significant distances and looks forward to resuming his normal life. However, post-surgery, Bhaskar requires intensive monitoring and ongoing medication to prevent organ rejection, and our team is constantly monitoring his condition. Kamineni Hospitals, renowned for its expertise in liver and kidney transplants, celebrates this achievement with great pride and humility. This successful surgery highlights the medical capabilities of our hospital. I thank all doctors including Dr. Vishal Khante, Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Dr. Suresh Kumar Esampalli, Chief Cardiac Anaesthetist and Dr. Ravali Sade, Consultant Anaesthetist, the dedicated ICU staff, and the nursing team, for having played crucial roles in this surgery, added *Dr. Gayatri Kamineni, COO, Kamineni Hospitals.* Expressing his gratitude, Bhaskar credited the skilled doctors at Kamineni Hospital for giving him a new lease on life. He acknowledged that without their expertise and dedication, he wouldn't have survived this ordeal. Bhaskar continues to follow the prescribed medical regimen and attends regular consultations.

Deccan Chronicle 29 May 2024 4:45 pm

Mother, her two children die in road accident in Khammam

The family was residing in Hyderabad and came to their native place Rangapuram thanda of Enkuru mandal in the district about 10 days back when Praveens mother fell sick

Deccan Chronicle 29 May 2024 11:40 am

8 family members fall sick after eating contaminated Mandi biryani in Shadnagar

Hyderabad: Eight members of a family became sick after eating Mandi biryani in a hotel at Shadnagar in erstwhile Mahbubnagar district. N Narender, a resident of Appareddiguda in Shadnagar, along with seven of his family members, went to a restaurant to have dinner on the occasion of his marriage day. They ordered Mandi biryani and ate. Minutes after returning home from the hotel, Narender, his wife Mangamma and six other family members, mainly children, developed vomiting. Narenders condition deteriorated after vomiting blood. His other family members rushed them to a private hospital in Shamshabad where they are recuperating. Doctors said they kept Narender under observation though his condition was stable. Doctors said Narenders family developed health problems only after eating contaminated food. In spite of conducting surprise checks on eateries and bakeries, the management of several hotels continued to ignore the safety norms and served contaminated food to customers. In Khammam, the food inspectors seized marinated chicken pieces stored in the refrigerator and dumped them in a nala.

Deccan Chronicle 28 May 2024 12:18 pm

Over 50 per cent polling in Telangana MLC by-election

Hyderabad: More than 50 per cent turnout was logged in the by-election to the Telangana Legislative Council from the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency on Monday, May 27. The polling, which began at 8 a.m. in 34 Assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts with the electorate comprising 4,63,839 graduates, came to an end at 4 p.m., but Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 27 May 2024 10:18 pm

Food Checks Extended to Hotels in Telangana Districts

Hyderabad: With food safety inspections revealing significant safety violations by major thriving restaurants in Hyderabad, the task force of food safety department extended its inspections to the districts on Sunday. The commissioner for food safety stated on X (Twitter) the task force had inspected food outlets in Rangareddy and Khammam. At Taaza All Day Breakfast at Medchal, the inspectors discarded food colours, lemons and vegetables of bad quality, dalchini not in proper condition, unlabelled tea powder and infested foxtail millet. Food handlers' medical records were unavailable and a pest control programme was also not initiated. At Train Theme Restaurant, Kompally, besides finding infested cashew, bad vegetables, the team also observed blockage of water in the sink. They collected statutory samples which were then sent to the lab. At Prism Restaurant and Bar, Vattinagulapally, rat faeces was found in the store room. Stagnant water and foul smell was found in the kitchen, besides expired and substandard products. In Khammam, the special team conducted inspections at Rest Inn, where synthetic food colours were found being used in food preparation. Colour coated and spoiled tandoori, marinated, fried chicken and chicken kebab were discarded. The inspectors also seized improperly labelled coconut powder (6.5kg), noodles (30.5kg) and unlabelled turmeric powder (60kg). Food handlers were without haircaps, gloves and aprons and their medical fitness certificates were also not available. The food outlet did not have pest control records and water analysis report as well. Similar violations were found at High Spirit Restaurant, Bypass Road, and Haveli West Side, NTR Bypass Road.

Deccan Chronicle 27 May 2024 9:42 pm

Voting underway for MLC bypoll in Telangana

Hyderabad: Polling was underway for the by-election to the Telangana Legislative Council from the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency on Monday. Voting began at 8 a.m. in 34 Assembly constituencies spread over 12 districts, officials said. The process will conclude at 4 p.m. A total of 4,63,839 graduates are eligible to cast their votes in this constituency. Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 27 May 2024 10:55 am

Telangana: Polling begins for Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates MLC by-election

Hyderabad, May 27 (UNI) Polling for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates MLC by-election began at 0800 hours on Monday, amid tight security. Voters from the constituency, which spans 34 assembly constituencies, are casting their ballots at 605 polling booths. Polling will conclude at 1600 hours. There are a total of 4,63,839 graduate voters, with 52 candidates contesting... The post Telangana: Polling begins for Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates MLC by-election first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 27 May 2024 9:33 am

Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates Constituency By-Election Set for Monday

NALAGONDA: Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates Constituency By-Election Set for MondayAll is set for voting for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency Legislative Council bypoll on Monday. Votes will be cast at 605 polling stations on Monday. The constituency straddles 34 Assembly seats, 31 of which are with the Congress. Distribution and reception centres (DRCs) have been set up at 12 district headquarters. Polling would be conducted from 8 am to 4 pm and counting of votes will be taken up on June 5. Chintakayala Teenmar Mallanna of the Congress, Anugula Rakesh Reddy of the BRS and Gujjala Premendar Reddy of the BJP and 49 independents are in the fray. The total electors all graduates are 4,63,839 including 2,88,189 male and 1,75,645 female voters. Polling would be conducted at 97 polling stations in Nalgonda district, 71 in Suryapet, 37 in Yadadri-Bhogir, 118 in Khammam, 55 in Badadri-Kothagudem, 16 in Bhupalapally, 17 in Mulugu, 36 in Mahaboobabad, 59 in Warangal, 67 in Hanmakonda, 27 in Jangon and five in Siddipet district. Section 144 would be in force at all polling stations on Monday. The polling staff collected ballot boxes, ballot papers and other accessories from DRCs before heading for allocated polling stations in special buses. Returning officer Dasari Harichandana inspected the DRCs set up in St Alphonsus High School at Nalgonda. After completion of the polling, ballot boxes would be shifted to strong room in FCI godowns at Nalgonda for counting. She asked all contesting candidates and people to cooperate for a free and fair polling. Police officials have made tight police security arrangements along with imposing prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 at all the polling stations to prevent gathering of people.

Deccan Chronicle 27 May 2024 12:56 am

AP Leaders Want Hyderabad To Continue As Joint Capital

On Tuesday, Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy met ministers incharge of Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, and Rangareddy districts at the MCRHRD institute, a day after he met in charges of undivided Adilabad, Nizamabad, Medak, Mahbubnagar, and Hyderabad. (Twitter) On Tuesday, Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy met ministers incharge of Khammam, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nalgonda, and Rangareddy districts at the MCRHRD institute, a day after he met in charges of undivided Adilabad, Nizamabad, Medak, Mahbubnagar, and Hyderabad. (Twitter) Hyderabad: When Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy has prioritised the resolution of pending issues between the Telugu states, leaders from AP have started building up pressure on the Centre to continue Hyderabad as the joint capital. Former IPS officer and founder of the newly-floated Bharat National Party V.V. Lakshminarayana on Sunday stated that the Centre must intervene and extend the clause that keeps Hyderabad as the joint capital of the Telugu states until the AP government finalises its capital. He also urged other parties in AP to convince President Draupadi Murmu to do likewise. AP Congress vice-president Kolanukonda Shivaji had recently demanded that Hyderabad be allowed as the joint capital till 2034. It may be noted that Chief Minister Revanth Reddy has directed officials to take over all buildings controlled by the AP government in Telangana, and prepare a comprehensive report on the pending distribution of assets between the two states since Hyderabad ceases to be the joint capital on coming June 2. He had set a clear agenda to his officials to clear the matters such as apportioning of public assets worth up to Rs 1.4 lakh crore, that are still pending to be resolved. The officials were asked to include details of all matters over which the two states have reached consensus. The Telangana officials have been focussing on the division of some pending organisations and corporations mentioned in Schedules 9 and 10 of AP Reorganisation Act, which were not cleared due to lack of consensus between the two states. The dues of the power companies remain uncleared. Revanth Reddy also directed the officials to focus on issues like transfers of employees that can be resolved amicably. He told them to protect the interests of Telangana in all pending matters.

Deccan Chronicle 27 May 2024 12:00 am

All Set for MLC By-Polls in Erstwhile Warangal

Nalgonda: All is set for voting for the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency Legislative Council bypoll on Monday. Votes will be cast at 605 polling stations on Monday. The constituency straddles 34 Assembly seats, 31 of which are with the Congress. Distribution and reception centres (DRCs) have been set up at 12 district headquarters. Polling would be conducted from 8 am to 4 pm and counting of votes will be taken up on June 5. Chintakayala Teenmar Mallanna of the Congress, Anugula Rakesh Reddy of the BRS and Gujjala Premendar Reddy of the BJP and 49 independents are in the fray. The total electors all graduates are 4,63,839 including 2,88,189 male and 1,75,645 female voters. Polling would be conducted at 97 polling stations in Nalgonda district, 71 in Suryapet, 37 in Yadadri-Bhogir, 118 in Khammam, 55 in Badadri-Kothagudem, 16 in Bhupalapally, 17 in Mulugu, 36 in Mahaboobabad, 59 in Warangal, 67 in Hanmakonda, 27 in Jangon and five in Siddipet district. Section 144 would be in force at all polling stations on Monday. The polling staff collected ballot boxes, ballot papers and other accessories from DRCs before heading for allocated polling stations in special buses. Returning officer Dasari Harichandana inspected the DRCs set up in St Alphonsus High School at Nalgonda. After completion of the polling, ballot boxes would be shifted to strong room in FCI godowns at Nalgonda for counting. She asked all contesting candidates and people to cooperate for a free and fair polling. Police officials have made tight police security arrangements along with imposing prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 at all the polling stations to prevent gathering of people.

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 11:53 pm

24,000 students take JEE Adv in Telangana

Hyderabad: Over 24,000 students from Telangana appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced on Sunday. The examination was conducted in two sessions, with Paper I from 9 am to 12 noon and Paper II from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Centres were set up across various locations in Telangana, including Adilabad, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Kodad, Kothagudem, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Sathupally, Siddipet, and Suryapet. The JEE Advanced, a crucial national-level selection procedure for admissions to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), was conducted as a computer-based test by IIT Madras under the guidance of the Joint Admission Board 2024 (JAB 2024). The examination determines admissions into bachelors, dual, integrated, and masters degrees at IITs across India. In Telangana, the anticipation is high as students gear up for this test. Among the top scorers in the country, a notable number hailed from Telangana. The state has consistently produced top performers in the JEE Advanced exams, and this year is expected to be no different, with a significant number of students vying for top ranks.

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 9:39 pm

Bhupalpally police held success meet violating MCC

Warangal: After having conducted the Lok Sabha elections peacefully in Maoist-hit areas on the borders of Jayashankar Bhupalpally district and Chhattisgarh, district police officials, under the direction of SP Kiran Khare held a success meet. Senior police officials danced as DJs rendered songs at the Yellandu guest house despite the fact that prohibitory orders under Section 144 and the model code of conduct are in place following the Lok Sabha polls and ahead of Mondays MLC byelection in the erstwhile Warangal, Nalgonda and Khammam districts on Monday. There are several areas in Bhupalpally district that are affected by Maoists. Just prior to the Lok Sabha elections, the banned outfit released warning letters while urging to boycott the elections. But Khare took several preventive and precautionary steps apart from conducting awareness programmes among the people and ensured peaceful polling. To mark its celebrations, and as sought by police officials, the SP conducted the success meet with DSPs, CIs, SIs and all others. The police officials on Sunday morning released videos of a dance performance by the SP in Whatsapp group. No sooner did the videos go viral on various social media platforms than the event drew criticism from political circles alleging that the officials had violated the model code of conduct. Meanwhile, a police official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that their job was a risky and highly stressful job. Noticing this, the SP conducted a success meet so that we all could unwind and remove the stress. People from various sections appreciated the videos, he added.

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 9:18 pm

Elaborate arrangements in place for Graduates MLC bypoll

The incharge ministers who are holding separate meetings with employees unions every day could convince them that the TRS government will give the PRC and other benefits soon after the MLC polls. Representational image The incharge ministers who are holding separate meetings with employees unions every day could convince them that the TRS government will give the PRC and other benefits soon after the MLC polls. Representational image Hyderabad: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has made necessary arrangements for conducting byelections to Telangana State Legislative Council from Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda Graduates' Constituency on May 27. A many as 4.63 lakh graduates 1.73 lakh voters in erstwhile Warangal, 1.23 lakh voters in Khammam and 1.66 lakh voters in Nalgonda district - would cast their votes from the three districts from 8 am to 4 pm in 605 polling booths covering 34 Assembly constituencies, according to officials. While Congress fielded Teenmar Mallanna, BJP G Premchandra Reddy and BRS fielded A Rakesh Reddy. In all, 52 candidates are in the fray. Results would be declared on June 5. BJP, BRS and Congress competed with each other in attracting voters during the election campaign mainly focusing on the educational background of the candidates. During the election campaign, BRS working president KT Rama Rao said the party candidate Rakesh Reddy studied in BITS Pilani and won a gold medal apart from working in US for seven yars. He criticized Mallanna in a gratuitous and insulting manner saying that Mallanna was a Palli Batani and also stated that this election was between BITS Pilani and Palli Batani, Congress leaders alleged. Taking exception to Raos comments, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) on Saturday requested Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vikas Raj to use his good offices to take serious action against Rao for making unwarranted, derogatory and scathing remarks against Mallanna. A letter in this regard was submitted to the CEO by the TPCC senior vice-president Mallu Ravi. Telangana police imposed Section 144 CrPc prohibiting assembly of four or more people in an area in Bhongir Zone of Rachakonda Police Commissionerate limits in view of council elections. The prohibitory order will remain in force from 4 pm on May 25 to 4 pm on May 27 at all polling locations in the zone till completion of the elections and also on the date of repoll, if any. The EC asked all the private managements and authorities of business, trade, industrial undertaking or other establishments in the State to grant necessary facilities to their employees to cast their vote during election.

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 11:51 am