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Wary of deficit rains, Telangana farmers alter crop sowing patterns

Hyderabad: Though agricultural operations have picked-up across Telangana for the present Kharif 2024 crop season, farmers are being cautious as 11 districts have received deficit rains this month. Adilabad, Komuram-Bheem Asifabad, Nizamabad, Nirmal, Kamareddy, Peddapalli, Jagtial, Rajanna-Sircilla, Mulugu, Bhupalapally and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts in Telangana have received deficit rainfall, with Mancherial recording a large deficit 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 19 Jun 2024 11:44 pm

Ali Shabbir inaugurates camp office in Nizamabad

Nizamabad: Advisor to the state government Mohammad Ali Shabbir inaugurated his camp office in Nizamabad on Wednesday. Shabbir contested Assembly elections Nizamabad Urban in 2023 and was made the in-charge of the constituency. To be available to the party cadres and the people, he set up a camp office in Nizamabad. Ali said that the people of the constituency could submit their grievances in his camp office. Despite going to Hyderabad for Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF) benefit or other works, the people of Nizamabad could avail of the service from here only, he said. Shabbir Ali also conducted a review meeting with district officials at the district integrated offices complex which was attended by collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu, additional collector Kiran Kumar, municipal commissioner Makarand and others.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 10:48 pm

Rs 25 lakh sanctioned for Bapuji Vachanalaya Library in Nizamabad

Nizamabad: Advisor to the state government Mohammad Ali Shabbir sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for the construction of Bapuji Vachanalaya Library in Nizamabad. Library committee chairman G. Bhaktavatsalam and other members had met Shabbir Ali and urged him for the funds for the ongoing construction of the library building. Reacting positively, Shabbir Ali immediately sanctioned Rs 25 lakh from constituency development funds. The library committee thanked Ali for the initiative. Bapuji Vachanalaya is a decades-old library in Nizamabad and maintained by the book lovers.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 10:37 pm

Congress to Hold Thanks-Giving Meet Today in Nizamabad

Nizamabad: Congress Nizamabad parliamentary committee will conduct a thanks-giving meeting on June 20 in Nizamabad. MLC T. Jeevan Reddy, who unsuccessfully contested LS elections from here will express his gratitude to the Congress leaders and activists for their hard work during the parliamentary elections. The meeting will be conducted at Laxmi Kalyana Mandapam at Armoor Road on Thursday at 11 am. Advisor to the state government Mohammad Ali Shabbir, Congress MLAs P. Sudarshan Reddy, R. Bhupathi Reddy, MLC B. Mahesh Kumar Goud, leaders and activists from Nizamabad Urban, Nizamabad Rural, Bodhan, Armoor, Balkonda, Korutla and Jagtial Assembly constituencies will participate in the meeting.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 8:30 pm

Drama on Ambedkar to be held on June 22

Nizamabad: Essaying the life story of Dr B. R. Ambedkar, a drama Sangam Saranam Gacchami will be performed on June 22 in Nizamabad. The musical drama will be performed by artistes under the aegis of Abyudaya Arts Academy of Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi Auditorium on Saturday at 6 pm here. Speaking to the reporters on Wednesday, organiser Sirpa Lingam said that the drama would unfold the key incidents and milestones of the life history of Bharat Rathna Ambedkar. The event was conducted in other districts also as per the request from locals, she said. He urged the people to attend the event as a reverence to the Architect of the Indian Constitution.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 8:20 pm

Telangana becomes hub for Bihari agriculture labourers in Kharif and Rabi seasons

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: For agriculture labourers from Bihar, several parts of Telangana have become a hub to earn money by working in agriculture fields during Kharif and Rabi seasons. The Bihari labourers including women are earning money ranging between Rs.50,000 and Rs.1lakh each during every crop season for the last three years and returning to their native villages after completion of the work in Telangana. While several agriculture labourers and farmers from Telangana are going to Gulf countries in search of livelihood, skilled labourers from Bihar are cashing in on the demand in Telangana and earning money while working in fields. Officials said the Agriculture department earlier intended to encourage farmers in the State to go for farm mechanization due to severe shortage of skilled agriculture labourers. But when the people from Bihar started extending their services in Telangana, the idea of complete mechanization was dropped. Ever since these labourers started working in the State, the shortage of agriculture labourers was resolved completely. For each crop season, every Bihar farmer is earning Rs.4,000 per acre. As they are specialized in transplantation works, these farmers are completing the task quickly in one village and taking up the same task in another village, an official from Agriculture department ending up earning over Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh during one season. Each Bihar group comprising over 15 members arrive at the State with the onset of south-west monsoon and start transplantation works related to paddy cultivation. Each group will be assisted by a dedicated cook to take care of their food everyday. The elders in the village will provide accommodation to them. For instance in Nizamabad district, they would first start the work in Banswada and later proceed to Bodhan after completion of the work they would then proceed to Nizamabad rural. In the same manner, they would be shifting to other villages and continue their work, said Nizamabad District Agriculture Officer Wajid Hussain told Deccan Chronicle. Paddy transplantation works have already accelerated in 4.3 lakh acres out of 5.50 lakh acres of agriculture land in the State while maize, soya beans and turmeric crops are cultivated in the remaining 1.2 lakh acres. After completion of Kharif, they would again return to Telangana in October-November to attend Rabi works. Hussain said these labourers would work for over 50 days in every season and go back to Bihar. Apart from Nizamabad, these labourers are working in parts of erstwhile Adilabad, Karimnagar and Nalgonda districts. The availability of Bihar agriculture labourers brought a huge relief for the department, which faced problems in arranging skilled labourers locally, officials added.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 6:34 pm

First and youngest tribal writer from Telangana wins prestigious Yuva Sahitya award

Ramesh Karthik Nayak, a 26-year-old tribal writer from Telangana's Nizamabad, wins the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2024 for his collection of short stories, 'Dhavlo'. The book introduces over 400 words from the Banjara language, shedding light on the Banjara community's traditions and reasons for lamenting even during celebrations.

The Times of India 19 Jun 2024 9:17 am

Prices of tomatoes continue to soar in Telangana, touch Rs 100 per kg

NIZAMABAD : The price of tomatoes continues to soar in Telangana with per kg costing Rs 100 in retail vegetable shops in Nizamabad town as of Friday. The price is likely to increase in the coming day. Officials at the Nizamabad Agricultural Market Yard predict that this situation will persist for another month. Green chillies are priced between Rs 100 to Rs 120 per kg, and other vegetables are also expensive, with most costing more than Rs 50 per kg. For instance, ladies fingers and ridge gourds are priced at Rs 40 per kg. The prices of all vegetables, including onions, have risen. Nizamabad Market Yard officials have stated that because farmers are not cultivating vegetables and are opting for other crops, the supply of vegetables from Nizamabad to the market has reduced, leading to price hike. Some farmers who are growing crops are selling their vegetables on the roadside rather than bringing them to the market yard, resulting in almost zero arrivals. As a result, traders are purchasing vegetables from other places and bringing them to Nizamabad for sale in the wholesale market. Officials mentioned that tomatoes are coming from Madanapally, Andhra Pradesh, while green chillies are being sourced from Madhya Pradesh. Price rise attributed to drop in production Due to non availability of stock in local markets, tomato price has soared to Rs 80 per kg at various open retail markets in Kurnool district, particularly in Yemmiganur, Adoni and Kurnool cities. It is expected that the prices might reach Rs 100 per kg in the next couple of days. The price of tomato has increased from Rs 2 per kg in August, 2023 to Rs 80 in June in Pathikonda wholesale market. Traders opined that the situation may continue till the end of July. The reason for the spike in prices is attributed to drop in production due to less rains, resulting in the fall in yield by 60%. Tomatoes are being purchased from Madhanapalle and Palamaner, and from Chintamani. Atleast 7-10 tonnes of tomatoes are needed in every Rythu Bazaar to meet the demand of the people, however less than two tonnes of stock is being sold, said Rythu Bazar estate officer T Harish Kumar.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:56 am

IT Professionals' Dreams Shattered in Nizamabad IT Hub

Nizamabad: Dreams of unemployed techies were shattered as the IT Hub in Nizamabad has majorly failed to provide them jobs. Infrastructure for 600 employees had been readied at the centre, but fewer employers took an interest to come forward and begin their operations' It was ahead of the Assembly elections last year that the BRS government inaugurated the IT Hub in Nizamabad on August 9, 2023, at the hands of then former IT minister K.T. Rama Rao. Some nine companies are operational there with nominal strength of employees 100 youths for the last 10 months. Aiming to improve the IT sector in tier-II cities in Telangana state, the BRS government set up the Hub at the Bypass Road here. Lack of coordination between the state government and IT companies remained a serious handicap in its forward march. The building has not been handed over to the state government. The Telangana Industrial Infrastructure Corporation, monitoring the construction of the IT Hub, is rather looking after the maintenance of what is in place. There is no timely payment of salaries to the house keeping staff and others. The staff are largely demoralised. Initially, some international companies evinced interest to set up their units in tier-II cities like Nizamabad in Telangana, but later dropped their plans. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Kavya, software employee hailing from Nizamabad, said she wanted to work in her native place, but in vain. I worked in the hybrid mode (part home, part office), but now the IT company directed us to work only from office. After setting up an IT Hub in Nizamabad, local IT professionals hoped that they would get employment locally, but this remains a dream, she said. Meanwhile, a few companies shut down their operations in Nizamabad and have reduced their working space in the IT Hub. A company representative said their seating capacity at the Nizamabad IT Hub was drastically reduced due to unfavourable conditions. A fee of Rs 2500 per chair was charged in the first year of the IT Hub and it would be increased to Rs 3500 from the second year, ie from August 10 this year, he pointed out.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Jun 2024 10:08 pm

Telangana: 12 BRS MLAs likely to join Congress before Budget

HYDERABAD: As many as 12 BRS MLAs are likely to defect to the Congress before the Telangana government presents the full Budget in the second week of July. The ruling Congress, which had inducted three BRS MLAs before the Lok Sabha polls, has hastened discussions with the pink party legislators. A senior Congress leader said that there is a threat from the BJP which won eight seats in the state in the recent Lok Sabha elections and recalled comments by saffron party leaders that the state government will collapse in the coming days. The leader said some pink party legislators, including a former minister, are thinking about joining the BJP to protect their business interests and safeguard themselves from raids by Central agencies. Hence, the grand old party has speeded up Operation Akarsh. Meanwhile, key BRS leaders, under the direction of party supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao, are visiting the residences of their MLAs and trying to persuade them to stay. They are said to have spoken to four MLAs and assured them that the BRS will come to power in the next polls. But the MLAs reportedly replied that they did not receive any financial support in the past 10 years. When TNIE got in touch with a senior BRS MLA, who also served as a minister in the KCR Cabinet, he also spoke about financial struggles and alleged the party leadership did not reward his supporters. He said he has decided to join the Congress. Highly placed sources in the Congress confirmed that a party leader, who is a close confidant of CM A Revanth Reddy, is in touch with the BRS MLAs. A senior BRS MLA from Nizamabad is among those set to join the Congress. The MLA, who earlier served as a minister, has accepted the Congress invite, sources said. He is also said to be eyeing a role for his son. Two BRS turncoats might be given Cabinet posts A BRS legislator from Karimnagar is in discussions with an advisor in the Revanth government. He is said to be asking for a Cabinet berth and his entry would likely be confirmed after the high command gives the go-ahead. In the recent Lok Sabha elections, the Congress lost in Mahbubnagar. The ruling party also failed to win the local body MLC elections. Nevertheless, there might soon be good news for the Congress from the erstwhile Mahbubnagar district, with two BRS MLAs representing Assembly segments that come under Nagarkurnool LS constituency likely to join the grand old party along with their political godfather. From Medak, three pink party legislators have reportedly agreed to join the Congress. But the demand of a senior MLA for a Cabinet berth is said to be creating trouble, with a former MLA from the ruling party reportedly opposed to their entry. Congress sources said they are holding discussions with the leader to pacify him. Four-five BRS MLAs from the Great Hyderabad region have also been in touch with their old friends in the Congress. They apparently expect prestigious corporation and nominated posts, and talks are said to be in the final stages. Incidentally, a number of BRS MLAs from this region, like the chief minister, were originally with the TDP. They joined the pink party after the cash-for-votes scandal in which Revanth was arrested. Congress sources said there is a chance that one or two turncoats, who are likely to engineer more defections, might be accommodated in the Cabinet. In addition, nominated posts could be given to three-four defectors. It remains to be seen how the old guard in the Congress reacts to such a move. The BRS won 39 seats in the 2023 Assembly polls. One of the BRS MLAs died in a road accident and the Congress won the bypolls. While three MLAs have already joined the Congress, around 12 more are likely to do so soon, bringing the total to around 15. In order to circumvent the anti-defection law, the Congress would need around 10 more BRS MLAs and it is expected that the party will persist with Operation Akarsh for some more time.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 8:32 am

IPS Transfers in Telangana

Hyderabad : The state government on Monday issued orders reshuffling 28 IPS officers on Thursday. Many officials were posted as superintendent of police in the districts. The transfers are as follows: Ashok Kumar: SP, Jagtial. Sunpreet Singh: SP, Suryapet. D.V. Srinivasa Rao: SP, Komaram Bheem Asifabad. T. Srinivasa Rao: SP, Jogulamaba Gadwal. Janaki Dharavath: SP, Mahbubnagar. K. Narayana Reddy: SP, Vikarabad. Sharat Chandra Pawar: SP, Nalgonda. Ritiraj: Joint director, ACB. Harshavardhan: SP, Cyber Security Bureau. Viswajit Kampati: SP, CID Nitika Pant: Commandant, 2nd Bn, TGSP. Rohini Priyadarshini: Commandant, 7th Bn, Dichpally, Nizamabad. P. Sai Chaitanya: SP, Telangana Anti Narcotic Bureau. G. Chandana Deepti: SP, Railways, Secunderabad. Rahul Hedge B.K.: DCP, traffic, Hyderabad K. Suresh Kumar: DCP, Balanagar B. Rajesh: DCP, Shamshabad. N. Koti Reddy: Medchal. Sadhana Rashmi Perumal: DCP, north zone, Hyderabad Shaik Saleema: DCP, central zone, Warangal. B. Raja Mahendra Naik: DCP, west zone, Jangaon, Warangal A. Bhaskar: DCP, Mancherial, Ramagundam. L. Subbarayudu, M.A. Bari, Chaterjee, P. Seetaram and B. Ram Prakash, were directed to report to the DGP (HoPF) office. Dr Patil Sangramsingh Ganapatrao, waiting for posting, was placed at the disposal of GAD.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 11:50 pm

Telangana needs more airports, says aviation expert

Hyderabad: For the last 10 years, Telanganas aviation sector has remained largely underdeveloped, due to the previous BRS government's inability to harness the state's full potential. Despite having strategic locations like Nizamabad, Adilabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem and Peddapalli, the government has failed to tap into major developments and expand the state's air connectivity. While Telangana has just one operational airport, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad, for the entire state, neighbouring Andhra Pradesh boasts of over six operational and one under-construction airports. As Telangana has emerged as a paragon of growth and development, transforming into one of India's most progressive states, it can progress into a key aviation hub of the country. It also hosts several aviation-related industries. An official from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the airport at Begumpet and existing airstrips at Warangal, and Ramagundam present a tremendous opportunity for the development. Revitalising these airports could not only decentralise air traffic but also spur economic growth, improve accessibility, and enhance overall connectivity within the region. The first step in airspace development is the strategic utilisation of the existing runways. People from northern and eastern regions in Telangana are left with no choice but to travel to Hyderabad and then travel to their destination, increasing the pressure on RGIA, the official said. Currently unserviceable, the existing airstrips possess the foundational infrastructure necessary for conversion into fully functional airports. The Ramagundam airstrip, which in 2008 was contemplated to be developed into an airport but was scrapped, holds great scope to develop aviation in northern Telangana, and can facilitate passenger and cargo flights from the region. Once a bustling hub, the Begumpet airport does not cater commercial flights and serves very limited operations, primarily for training and chartered flights due to an MoU between the central government and the GMR Group, which operates the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad. The MoU has prevented the development of Warangals Mamnoor airstrip: It stipulates that no airport shall operate within a 150-kilometre radius of the RGIA, and Warangals airstrip falls in the circle. The government can, however, actively work towards the development of new airports. Districts like Bhadradri Kothagudem, Peddapalli, and Adilabad show great potential for development of new airports. But, most importantly, the projects will lead to enormous job creation avenues. Airport operations require a wide range of skills, from ground staff to pilots. Training programmes can equip the local workforce, reducing unemployment and fostering skill development.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 11:04 pm

TGPSC reservations criteria for disabled challenged in High Court

Hyderabad : Justice Pulla Karthik of the Telangana High Court directed Telangana Public Service Commission and other departments to follow the rule of horizontal reservations with respect to people with disabilities. The petitioners Masanipally Arjun and Arun Reddy Kukunoori, aspirants of Group-1 services, applied for different positions with the TSPSC. In their writ plea, they alleged that the PSC and other departments issued a notification in February and arbitrarily treated persons with disabilities by giving vertical reservation instead of horizontal reservation. The petitioners alleged that the PSC notification was against the Indian Constitution and in violation of various decisions laid down by the Supreme Court. The judge passed an interim order directing the respondents to follow horizontal reservation in respect of persons with disabilities by treating them on par with women and meritorious sportspersons and posting the matter for further adjudication. Dalit alleges improper investigation in honour killing Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy of the Telangana High Court reserved its verdict in a writ plea with regard to an honour killing case. The judge was dealing with a writ petition filed by M. Suguna alleging that the action of the Bheemgal station house officer of Nizamabad in not conducting a fair and effective investigation in a case on the file of Special Trial Cases for SCs/STs POA Act. Senior counsel V. Raghunath, appearing for the petitioner, argued that the victim was a Dalit and in love with a woman from the upper caste. It was for this reason that the petitioners son was killed brutally. He alleged that the police made it appear like a suicide. The petitioner sought a direction to the ACP Armoor district to conduct further or reinvestigation by arraying unofficial respondents as an accused. The government pleader argued that as per the FSL report, there were no injuries on the body of the deceased, and 200 gm of black colour poison was found with the deceased. After hearing both parties, the judge posted the matter for orders for a later date. Correct DOB in the passport in line with SSC record: HC Justice C.V. Bhaskar Reddy of the Telangana High Court directed the regional passport officer (RPO) to renew a passport by correcting the date of birth that was entered when the applicant was just three years old. The petitioner sought correction in the passport according to the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) record. The judge was dealing with a writ plea filed by Y.S. Amulya seeking to correct the date of birth on her passport to match the date on her SSC record, under the Passports Act, 1997. The petitioner contended that the passport was originally issued when she was just three years old and found a discrepancy between the date of birth on the passport and the SSC certificate. Counsel for the petitioner argued that the inaction of the RPO in renewing the passport with the corrected date of birth was illegal, and arbitrary. The court allowing the writ petition concluded that the date of birth on the SSC certificate should be considered as accurate and accordingly directed the RPO to renew the petitioner's passport with the corrected date of birth in the interest of justice.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 10:49 pm

Thunderstorm, rain, lightning & gusty winds likely in Telangana: Met

Hyderabad, June 17 (UNI) Thunderstorms with rain accompanied by lightning and gusty winds (Speed ranging from 30-40 kmph) are likely to occur at isolated places in the following districts of Telangana during the next 24 hours, the Meteorological Centre said on Monday. The districts are Adilabad, KomaramBheem Asifabad, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Jagtial, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Warangal, Hanamkonda,... The post Thunderstorm, rain, lightning & gusty winds likely in Telangana: Met first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 3:02 pm

Nizamabad Urban MLA Meets Union Minister Bandi

Nizamabad : Nizamabad Urban BJP MLA Dhanpal Suryanarayana Gupta met Deputy minister in Union home ministry Bandi Sanjay Kumar on Sunday in New Delhi. He congratulated the minister for assuming office as a deputy Union minister. He also urged him to extend cooperation for the development of Nizamabad city. Dhanpal Suryanarayana Gupta had a close rapport with Bandi when the latter was the state BJP president.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 12:01 am

Passengers loathe abysmal facilities in the once popular Ajanta Express

Nizamabad: Several passengers expressed displeasure at South Central Railway (SCR) for the lack of amenities in the once popular Ajanta Express, which runs between Kacheguda and Manmad. Many regretted that even basic amenities were not provided in the sleeper and A/C coaches, despite the heavy fares collected for the journey. It may be noted that the Secunderabad to Manmad via Nizamabad route ranks amongst the busiest routes in the railways network, which is signified by the heavy patronisation by people bound for Shirdi and Mumbai. Although for the last few decades, Ajanta Express has been acknowledged for its punctuality and quality services, of late, the trains maintenance has worsened. The coaches are unhygienic and passengers are subject to many difficulties during the journey. Earlier, Ajanta Express used to start from Secunderabad, while the starting point presently is the Kacheguda railway station. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Prabhakar, a passenger from Malkajgiri, said that they were shocked to see rats having a free run in AC coaches. There is no water supply in wash basins and toilets, he pointed out while wondering how passengers could travel long distances without water. Bad and nauseating smell was emanating from the toilets in AC 3 tier coaches due to lack of water. Only some coaches have both Indian and western toilets. Elderly people and parents with small kids faced a tough time on the train, he said. Meanwhile, the Nizamabad railway station manager Sadashivudu Kuruma said that they will take the problems faced by the passengers to the notice of higher officials. Watering in all coaches is done at Manmad junction. Snags in pipelines are affecting water supply on occasion, he said. On the erratic timings and the train running late, a senior SCR official said that remodelling works and double line survey in the Secunderabad-Nizamabad route were delaying train services. Moreover, renovation of railway stations is underway in Nizamabad, Kamareddy and Basar, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 16 Jun 2024 9:24 pm

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

NETA NATTER | NAIDU IGNORES ADVANCES OF BABUS

The first meeting of the senior IAS and IPS officers with the AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu at the Secretariat ended with a call for introspection. All the babus vied with one another to meet the new Chief Minister to greet him and offer a bouquet of flowers to draw his attention, possibly hoping that a fleeting moment of attention could land them with a plum posting. But Naidu is a master when it comes to reading such stuff. He instead recalled that when he became Chief Minister the first time in 1995, some officers who were present in the meeting, worked with him then and even received accolades for their work but there were some who through their actions, tarnished the sanctity of All India Services. The bottom line of the message was that Naidu was chosen to govern, and govern well, and a lot of streamlining was on the cards in the bureaucracy, bouquets being presented or not. TD MINISTERS FIND TELUGU HARD TO PRONOUNCE? Telugu may be the Italian of the East, as many words end with vowels as per the 5th Century Venetian explorer Niccolo de Conti who first called Telugu that, but despite being our mother tongue, Telugu can still throw up some tongue-twisters for some, almost making it as hard when it comes to pronunciation of some words. One might even think it sounds foreign when this happens. Such was the case when it came to saying sarvabhouma adhikaram (sovereignty) during the oath-taking ceremony by members of the AP Cabinet with eight of them finding themselves in some trouble saying the word. Getting a Cabinet berth is not an easy task and after all that hard work, some realised that a single word can make getting to that prized chair one tongue twisting hurdle away. A CASE OF BAD LUCK FOR JYOTHULA Some politicians are destined to wait, or end up on the losing side, regardless of the fortunes of the party they represent. Though they may have all the qualities, fortune simply refuses to smile on them. Such has been the case with Jyothula Venkata Appa Rao, alias Nehru, a four-time MLA from Jaggampeta in AP. After his first victory in 1994 on a TDP ticket, and two more wins later, he joined the Praja Rajyam in 2009 elections and was defeated. Though he won in 2014 as a YSRC candidate, he shifted his loyalty to the TD, and lost the 2019 elections. Now, as a TD MLA, he was hoping that he might get a Cabinet position, but with Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalan getting picked form Kakinada district, Jyothula once again ended up on the sidelines. Hopefully the mans fortunes change someday, is what his well-wishers are praying for. MODIS FLORAL TRIBUTE TO NAIDU DULY IMPRESSES In politics, there is never any dearth of brickbats. But when it comes to bouquets, the story can be different. At N. Chandrababu Naidus oath-taking ceremony as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a single bouquet was passed on from one leader to another after it was dutifully presented to Naidu and a picture with that leader taken. Once this was done, the bouquet, handed to security personnel, quickly was grabbed by the next leader in line and on it went. But the show stealing bouquet came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who presented one full of yellow flowers, the TD colour to Naidu, a choice that was not lost on anyone. After all, Naidus TD is now an important ally of the BJP at the Centre, and the TDs support to Modi is vital for the NDA governments stability. REVANTH MIFFED WITH HOME-TURF MLAs Congress MLAs from Mahbubnagar district are said to be in a quandary. Ever since the Lok Sabha election results were announced on June 4, the heated debate in party circles is that for someone who quickly built a reputation as an accessible Chief Minister, A Revanth Reddy, is becoming hard to reach for party MLAs from Mahbubnagar. The word doing the rounds is that Revanth, who hails from the district, has not been very happy with how the MLAs failed to ensure the victory of party candidate Ch. Vamsi Chand Reddy in the Lok Sabha polls from their constituency. Vamsi lost to BJP candidate D.K. Aruna by a slender margin, after the Congress made a clean sweep in the district in the Assembly polls by winning seven out of seven Assembly seats just six months ago. Despite the presence of seven Congress MLAs, the party lost the Mahbubnagar Lok Sabha seat, and this party insiders say, has come as a big embarrassment for Revanth and the post-mortem of the debacle by the Chief Minister reportedly found that a few Congress MLAs themselves played spoilsport. FOREST LAND, OFFICERS EQUALLY UNDER THREAT Every monsoon season, Telangana sees a rise in the number of skirmishes between foresters and people wanting to till forest land. The entire process of distribution of podu land pattas to people allowing them to practise agriculture in forest land by the previous BRS regime was half-baked at best and politicians promising backing to those occupying forest land parcels is making their job harder, is the complaint from foresters. Caught between a government that does not appear to care for forest protection, and their duty to protect the forests, staff and officials of the forest department are now asking that they be provided security. The latest attack on a forest range officer in Nizamabad district by a large group of villagers trying to take over a forest plantation is being considered the last straw. The question doing the rounds in the department is whether it is worth risking their lives to protect forests when politicians of all hues are actively undermining their ability to do so. Contributions from Laxmi Pranathi, L. Venkatram Reddy, Vadrevu Srinivas, Sampat G. Samritan, Aruna, Balu Pulipaka

Deccan Chronicle 16 Jun 2024 12:10 am

First Banjara Writer Wins Yuva Puraskar: Ramesh Kumar Nayak Honored

Hyderabad: The Sahitya Akademi on Saturday selected Ramesh Kumar Nayak, 26, from Nizamabad and K. Vaishali from Hyderabad for the prestigious Yuva Puraskar. They are among the 23 writers who will receive the award. Nayak is the first winner of the award from the Banjara community. P. Chandrashekar Azad won the Bal Sahitya Puraskar for his work in Telugu. While Ramesh will be awarded for his short stories book Dhaavlo, Vaishali won the award for her memoir Homeless: Growing up Lesbian and Dyslexic in India. The Yuva Puraskar awardees receive a casket containing an engraved copper plaque and a cheque of Rs 50,000 at a ceremony to be held later. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Nayak, told Deccan Chronicle, I am very happy. This is like a dream come true. What elates me is that I am the first Banjara writer who has won this award. I really hope and pray that more and more people come out and write about our state and our tribe. We really need people to tell their stories, Nayak said.

Deccan Chronicle 16 Jun 2024 12:04 am

HC Directs Tahsildar to Issue Social Status Certificate

Hyderabad: Justice K. Lakshman has directed the Adilabad Urban mandal tahsildar to issue an ST community certificate as Lingadhari Koya to an NEET aspirant within two weeks. This comes after Challuri Nihitha, the aspirant, filed a writ before the Telangana High Court alleging that the Adilabad collector and the tahsildar had repeatedly rejected her request for issuance of a certificate on untenable grounds. The petitioner alleged that in spite of her bringing to the notice of the respondent authorities, the community certificate of her parents, her requests were illegally and arbitrarily rejected by the respondent authorities. After considering her plea, the judge set aside the rejection orders passed by the respondent authorities and directed that the certificate be issued within two weeks. The petitioner complained of inexplicable red tape and lack of sensitivity on the part of the government in dealing with elementary issues relating to the social status that could jeopardise her career prospects. CJ recuses from petition on NALSAR Chief Justice Alok Aradhe recused from hearing a writ petition filed against the National Law School Nalsar as he was the chancellor of the university and said it would be improper on his part to adjudicate matters of the institution. The matter relates to a writ petition filed by M. Karthik, a resident of Tirupati. It is the case of the petitioner that he scored All India rank of 871 and Nalsar had failed to consider his domicile status thereby proceeded to insert his candidature at serial no 78 of Provisional 5th List CLAT 2024 UG. The petitioner contended that such an action of the respondents was contrary to Section 95 of The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014 which provides for Equal opportunities for quality higher education to all students. In order to ensure equal opportunities for quality higher education to all students in the successor States, the existing admission quotas in all government or private, aided or unaided, institutions of higher, technical, and medical education in so far as it is provided under article 371D of the Constitution, shall continue as such for a period of ten years during which the existing common admission process shall continue. Earlier the vacation panel, after considering the arguments, directed NALSAR to hold a seat in the BA-LLB course and posted the matter after vacation. The matters will now be heard by a division bench presided by Justice Sujoy Paul. HC notice on railways scanning charge Justice C.V. Bhaskar Reddy of the Telangana High Court ordered notice in a batch of writ petitions questioning the power of the railways in levying and collecting scanning charges. The judge was hearing a batch of writ pleas filed by contractors, who were successful bidders to handle parcels from one railway cargo section to another. They alleged that the authorities charged Rs 10 and `five, respectively, as scanning charges for the parcels. The petitioners contended that such imposition was not part of the tender conditions and therefore it was without the authority of law. The judge, not inclined to order an ad interim order, granted time to the authorities to file their response. Cleared once, official booked on same charges T. Madhavi Devi of the Telangana High Court took on file a writ plea on the question as to whether authorities could initiate disciplinary proceedings on the same set of facts on which an employee was exonerated in a criminal case. K. Looka filed the writ petition complaining that the Telangana agriculture and cooperation department had initiated a departmental inquiry against him for the same set of facts for which he was exonerated in a criminal case earlier. The petitioner is an agricultural extension officer grade II at Bichkunda, Nizamabad district. The petitioner alleged that the conduct of respondents in conducting departmental inquiry again in respect of the same set of facts is unjust, illegal and in violation of various articles of the Constitution. He also sought sanction of his annual grade increments with retrospective effect and revised pay scale with all attendant benefits, including the special promotion scale on completion of 16 years of service. Remove bathrooms, sheds near temple: HC Justice T. Vinod Kumar of the Telangana High Court directed the removal of the encroachments of tin sheds and bathrooms constructed near the Balaji Temple at Nimboliadda. The judge was dealing with a writ plea filed by the management of the Sri Balaji Temple complaining of illegal encroachments by GHMC, which had allegedly constructed the said structures.

Deccan Chronicle 15 Jun 2024 10:03 pm

Telangana: Officials told to show restraint on Podu land issues

Hyderabad: The Telangana government has sought a report on the list of beneficiaries who received podu pattas for forest land during the BRS regime, with forest minister Konda Surekha on Saturday saying that she had received reports about irregularities and selection of ineligible people. Surekha, along with panchayat raj minister Dansari Anasuya, was speaking at a meeting at the Secretariat to review various podu land-related issues that was attended by senior forest department officers. Referring to Saturdays incident in Nizamabad district where a woman forest range officer and her colleagues trying to prevent encroachment of a forest plantation were attacked by villagers, Surekha said anyone attempting to illegally occupy forest land will face strict action. Surekha called on forest officials to act with restraint to ensure genuine podu patta beneficiaries are not harassed. The government is as determined to ensure the interests of those practicing podu legally are protected, just as it is determined to ensure protection of forest staff performing their duties, the minister said. Anasuya said she had been a witness to conflicts over podu land and urged Surekha to ensure no hindrances are created in villages that have existed for a long time in the forests, and to clear hurdles from the forest department side to development activities in forest villages. Meanwhile, the Telangana Junior Forests Officers Association representatives sought protection from attacks from people, and in a memorandum submitted to Surekha, urged her to take steps to protect their lives from the increasing threats they are facing while discharging their duties. The minister in response, said that the government would take measures to ensure safety of forest officials and staff, and was ready to extend any assistance towards this end.

Deccan Chronicle 15 Jun 2024 9:01 pm

Jr NTR's Devara Part 1 A Commercial Success Even Before Release? Here's What We Know

According to reports, producer Dil Raju has acquired the distribution rights for Devara Part 1, in the Nizamabad zone, Telangana.

News18 15 Jun 2024 4:25 pm

Telangana: Villagers attack forest officials in Kalpole forest

Apart from forest range officer Radhika, others who sustained injuries were Mudakpally forest section officer Sai Krishna, forest beat officers Prasad, Pragath and Limbadri. The victims were shifted to the Government General Hospital in Nizamabad

Deccan Chronicle 14 Jun 2024 8:32 pm

New fire stations to come up across Telangana, old ones to be upgraded

HYDERABAD : The state government has taken steps to strengthen the fire department to meet the challenges of modern times. Steps have been initiated to strengthen the department with Rs 190.14 crore funds to equip it with new technology and advanced equipment to respond swiftly during fire accidents. According to an official release, of Rs 190.14 crore, the Union government will release Rs 142.61 crore and the state government will provide Rs 47.53 crore funds. These funds will be released soon and those will be utilised by 2026. With Hyderabad being recognised as a global city, the construction of multi-storied buildings of 100 to 200 metres is in full swing. When accidents occur in tall buildings, modern machines are required to initiate quick relief measures during disasters in industries and rural areas. Realising this, the state government has decided to strengthen the fire department. As part of this strategy, Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy is focused on this department, the release said. New fire department buildings will be constructed in Chennur, Nizamabad Rural, Palakurti, Jayashankar-Bhupalpally, Wyra, Kothakota, Maktal, Kodangal, Aleru, Khanapur, Motkur and Jadcharla. Fire stations will come up at at Medchal-Malkajigiri, Chandrayanagutta, Jubilee Hills, Amberpet, Rajendranagar and Shadnagar. Single-vehicle stations at Alampur, Maqtal, Station Ghanpur, Narsapur, Husnabad, Dornakal, Kalvakurti, Pinapaka, Balkonda, Dharmapuri, Nandipet will be upgraded to two-vehicle stations.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 8:30 am

Woman's lover kills 22-month-old baby to clear path for illicit affair in Telangana

SURYAPET : A man who brutally tortured and killed a 22-month-old child to clear an obstruction to an illicit relationship came to light in Suryapet district on Thursday. Speaking to the media, Chivvenla SI Venkat Reddy said, Navyashree (23) from Satapur village of Renjal mandal, Nizamabad, was married to Lakshman from Gundaram village a few years ago. They had two daughters: the elder, Arunya (4), and the younger, Mahanvi (22 months). Meanwhile, Navyashree had been having an affair with Bollenka Aravind Reddy from Gundaram village for the past seven months. A month ago, Navyashree took her two daughters and moved with Aravind Reddy to Ailapuram village in Chivvemla mandal, Suryapet district. However, Aravind acted cruelly, claiming that Mahanvi was a hurdle to him spending time alone with Navyashree, and severely beat and burned the baby. Unable to control his anger, Arvind Reddy killed the child by hitting her head on the ground while she was sleeping on Tuesday night. Suryapeta CI Surender Reddy and SI Venkat Reddy registered a case, reached the scene, and are conducting an investigation.

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 8:21 am

Man Kills Lover's Toddler in Suryapet; Mother Taken into Custody

Suryapet : A man tortured and killed the 22-month-old daughter of his lover in their house at Ilapuram of Chivvemla mandal in the district on Wednesday night. Police said the accused, Bollenka Aravind Reddy of Gundaram in Nizamabad district, was absconding. The babys body was found with her head smashed, bite and burn injuries, police said. The injuries indicated that the baby had been tortured for long. The childs mother Navya Sree who was away at that time noticed the murder after returning home over four hours later, and called the police, according to Chivvemla sub-inspector B. Venkat Reddy. Police said Navya Sree had married one Laxman of Gundaram in the district about six years ago and the couple had two daughters Arunya, four, and the 22-months-old Mahanviki. Police said Navya Sree eloped with her Aravind Reddy a few months back and took the children with her. On Wednesday, she left Mahanviki with Aravind Reddy and went to a local market and returned late in the evening and found the body. Police took Navya Sree into custody and began questioning her.

Deccan Chronicle 14 Jun 2024 12:28 am

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

Ex-MLAs son approaches Telangana HC, seeks anticipatory bail

HYDERABAD : Raheel Aamir, the son of former BRS MLA Mohammed Shakeel Aamir, has approached the Telangana High Court seeking anticipatory bail in connection with an investigation into a hit-and-run case. The case is documented under C.C. No. 3592 of 2022 at the XVII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Nampally, Hyderabad. In his bail application, Raheel said he feared arrest in connection with the hit-and-run case (Crime No. 137 of 2022, dated March 17, 2022) by the Jubilee Hills police. As per the FIR, the complainant and his family were struck by a black Mahindra Thar coming from the Cable Bridge towards Road No. 45, Jubilee Hills, driven in a negligent manner. Initially, the FIR was lodged against unknown persons, but a subsequent chargesheet named Asnan Mohammed as the sole accused. The police have filed a petition for further investigation under Section 173(8) CrPC. In his application, Raheel said that he is a law-abiding citizen and claimed that he was being targeted by the police as his father was a BRS MLA representing Bodhan in Nizamabad district. He urged the court to prevent his arrest or any interference with his liberty, stressing that he was not named as an accused in the case. In its interim orders dated April 29, the high court had directed the police not to arrest Raheel and advised him to apply for bail or anticipatory bail.

The New Indian Express 13 Jun 2024 9:32 am

Southwest monsoon covers entire Telangana : Met

Hyderabad, Jun 12 (UNI) The southwest monsoon on Wednesday covered the entire Telangana, Meteorological Centre said today. In a daily weather report here, it said that heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places in Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Karimnagar, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Mulugu, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Mahabubabad, Warangal, Hanamkonda, Siddipet, Rangareddy, Medchal Malkajgiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak... The post Southwest monsoon covers entire Telangana : Met first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 2:58 pm

60-Year-Old Protester Attempts Suicide at Nizamabad Police Commissionerate

Nizamabad : A 60-year-old woman tried to die by suicide at the Nizamabad police commissionerate on Tuesday, to protest an unresolved land encroachment case. The victim, Narsavva of Dasnagar in Makloor Mandal, fell unconscious and was rushed to the hospital. Sources said the Makloor police had asked encroachers of Narsavvas land to stop construction but the work continued.

Deccan Chronicle 12 Jun 2024 1:36 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

Adilabad BRS Candidate Tops List of Criminal Cases in Lok Sabha Elections

HYDERABAD: Adilabad BRS candidate Athram Sukku appears have 51 criminal cases booked against him, the most for in the Lok Sabha elections in the state, followed by BJPs M. Ragunandan Rao (Medak) with 29 and Dharmapuri Arvind (Nizamabad) with 22. According to their affidavits, Sukku indulged in trespass, threatening, cheating, assault and other cases including PD Act. Raghunandan Rao and Arvind indulged in Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and other cases. Of the 52 candidates of the four major political parties BRS, BJP, Congress and MIM 19 candidates do not have a single case pending against them. Majority of the candidates faced cases of land disputes, cheating and MCC violations. Zaheerabad BJP candidate B.B. Patil faces 19 cases with regard to his income-tax returns.

Deccan Chronicle 11 Jun 2024 11:58 pm

Telangana rains: Yellow alert for three days

HYDERABAD: Many parts of the city experienced moderate rain spells in the late afternoon for over an hour on Monday. However, parts of Secunderabad, ECIL, Kapra, Damaiguda, Alwal, Nagaram, Moula Ali, Tarnaka, Sainikpuri and Uppal, along with adjacent areas experienced heavy rains. Moderate rains lash Telangana, more forecast As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), light rains and thundershowers are predicted at isolated places over Adilabad, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Medchal-Malkajgiri, Nalgonda, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Hanamkonda, Warangal, Yadadri Bhuvangiri and Vikarabad districts. The IMD said that the state will receive moderate to heavy rains and thundershowers with gusty winds of around 40 kmph in the state for the next three days and issued a yellow alert for the same. For the next 48 hours, the city will experience light to moderate rains or thundershowers accompanied by gusty winds of around 3040 kmph towards evening or night. Maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be around 32Celsius and 24Celsius respectively with a relative humidity of 84%.

The New Indian Express 11 Jun 2024 7:54 am

Food safety department carries out raids across Telangana

Hyderabad: Task Force team of food safety department has been carrying out raids at various eateries in Nalgonda, Nizamabad, and Mahbubnagar districts, uncovering numerous concerns regarding food safety. Nalgonda A recent inspection at Sri Sumadhura Bar & Restaurant in Nalgonda uncovered several health and safety violations. The team noted that prepared food items were stored 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 10 Jun 2024 9:05 pm

CFS Task Force finds unhygienic practices at seven restaurants in Telangana

HYDERABAD: The Task Force of the Telangana Commissioner of Food Safety (CFS) inspected three restaurants in Nalgonda, three in Nizamabad city and one in Mahbubnagar and found the eateries flouting several FSSAI guidelines. The CFS raided the New Jail Mandi, Sri Samudhura Bar & Restaurant and Balaji Grand Family Garden in Nalgonda, the Aroma Family Kitchen, Hotel Vamshi International and Hotel Kapila in Nizamabad, and Sri Venkateswara Bhavan in Mahbubnagar. According to the CFS officials, all the eateries used synthetic food colours in preparing food items. The kitchen premises and floors of the eateries were found to be untidy. Dustbins without lids and food handlers without hair caps, gloves and aprons were also found in almost all the restaurants. At the New Jail Mandi, there were cobwebs in the kitchen, while at the Aroma Family Kitchen, raw chicken was kept unwrapped in the refrigerator, which the officials said could lead to cross-contamination. Semi-prepared, raw and prepared food items were stored inside the refrigerator without proper labelling and covering. The officials discarded several items, including the expired ones, at the eateries. Some of these include cooking oil, coloured, marinated and prepared chicken at the New Jail Mandi, fungal-infected cauliflower, boiled chicken strips, and coloured vegetable manchurian at Sri Samudhura Bar & Restaurant. Meanwhile, at the Balaji Grand Family Garden, the FSSAI licence copy was not displayed anywhere on the premises. Same with the water analysis reports for the RO water supplied and used for cooking and drinking purposes. Medical fitness certificates for food handlers and pest control records were not found with the Food Business Operator (FBO) of New Jail Mandi.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 8:03 am

Telangana cabinet expansion: Revanth Reddy faces plenty of problems

HYDERABAD: Telangana Congress corridors are abuzz these days with chatter regarding the expansion of the state Cabinet, with the debate focusing on who will get a berth. The focus is on how Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy will strike a fine balance between social justice, and humouring the old guard while catering to various other social dynamics. It is understood that the chief minister discussed the Cabinet expansion with the party high command during his visit to Delhi over the weekend and now has to finalise his team. This, however, is not that easy with only six slots open and numerous aspirants, Revanth has a task on his hands working out various combinations and permutations. Currently, there is no representation in the Cabinet from the erstwhile Nizamabad, Rangareddy and Adilabad districts. Also, the Congress is facing criticism for not including members of the Madiga community within SC, and the Lambada community within the ST, in the Cabinet. Additionally, the lack of representation for the Yadav community and the limited presence of women from the BC community has drawn criticism. Incidentally, Munugode MLA Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, who played a key role in the victory of the party candidate for the Bhongir Lok Sabha seat, is reportedly demanding the Home portfolio. Similarly, Ibrahimpatnam MLA Malreddy Ranga Reddy and Bodhan MLA P Sudarshan Reddy are also eyeing Cabinet posts. In the lead-up to the Lok Sabha elections, the chief minister promised to accommodate V Srihari under the Mudiraj (BC) quota. This meshes with the commitment of the Congress to social justice. At present, the Cabinet has only two BC women among its 11 ministers. Speculation is rife that Kadiyam Srihari (SC) and G Balu Naik (ST) might be inducted into the Cabinet to address these representation gaps. Party insiders say that those who do not secure Cabinet positions may be offered other significant roles such as Deputy Speaker, Chief Whip, or nominated posts like TGSRTC chairman post. Furthermore, newly elected MLCs like B Mahesh Kumar Goud and Balmoor Venkat have expressed their aspirations to join the Cabinet.

The New Indian Express 10 Jun 2024 7:24 am

Food Safety Inspections at Pista House Mahabubnagar

Hyderabad: The food safety commissioner's task force teams made the Staff at the Pista House unit at Yenugonda in Mahbubnagar was made to discard 70 kg of stale non-vegetarian food items, during a check by the food safety commissioner's task force teams on Sunday. The task force noted basic hygiene violations such as open dustbins in the food preparation area, blocked drains and unclean refrigerators. The outlet also had improper storage of raw and cooked items. The FBO also did not display the FSSAI license in the premises. Sri Venkateshwara Bhavan was found using adulterated tea powder, besided being non compliant with hygiene regulations. The medical records of food handlers was not shown to the inspectors. Pest control and water analysis reports were also not available with the FBO. The task force teams also inspected three outlets in Nizamabad town. At Hotel Vamshi International, basic violations were found with the storage of raw and cooked food materials. Deep-fried items were kept along with the raw materials. Fungal-infested cashew nuts and grapes were found and discarded. Here also, the inspectors found synthetic food colours being used. Walls and floors were improperly sealed and there was water stagnation in the kitchen. At the Aroma Family Kitchen, chicken was kept unwrapped in the refrigerator which could lead to cross-contamination. Vegetables being used at Hotel Kapila were found to be infested with fungus. The kitchen was in unhygienic condition and pest infestation was seen in almonds, suji and rajma. Floors and walls were untidy. Other issues were found with the storage of food.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 1:35 am

Why Did Other BJP Leaders Fail to Get Cabinet Berths?

Hyderabad: A number of political heavy weights of the BJP from Telangana, who played a key role in expansion of the party to a mass-base party, and won the recent Lok Sabha elections were hoping for a berth in the Prime Minister Narendra Modi Cabinet failed to get a place on Sunday. The supporters of few key leaders, who have been figuring in the most probables list, felt that the RSS may have put pressure on BJP high command to give preference to senior leaders associated with the party for long. Etala Rajendar, a Backward Classes leader who won from Malkajgiri Lok, was seen as a front runner. He enjoys strong support from different BC groups. Surya Rao Sangem, founder of BC Samaj, an apex body of BC caste groups, said that they are hopeful of Rajendar being appointed Telangana president of the BJP. We are hoping that Etala will get justice, he said.. D.K. Aruna, who joined the BJP when it was not yet a strong force in Telangana and won from Mahbubnagar, the home district of Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, was disappointing, an associate said. Chevella MP=elect Konda Vishweshwar Reddy and Nizamabad MP-elect D. Arvind were the other hopefuls. Leaders from other parties who wish to join the BJP will hesitate as newcomers have not been rewarded, observed a BJP leader. However, senior BJP leader P.L. Srinivas said that the BJP was a big party and senior leaders, who had been working at different levels, would be given a place. The party has a unique culture of rewarding committed leaders. A party worker can get a big position and there are many such examples, Srinivas said.

Deccan Chronicle 10 Jun 2024 1:30 am

Group-1 Prelims Conducted Peacefully in Nizamabad

Nizamabad/Kamareddy: Group-1 Preliminary examination was conducted peacefully in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts on Sunday. Of the 12,833 candidates, 9,945 candidates (77.49 per cent) appeared for the examination in 41 centres in Nizamabad. The examination was conducted peacefully under tight police security. District collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu and commissioner of police Kalmeshwar Shinganevar visited the examination centres. The collector enquired about arrangements and facilities provided for the candidates. In Kamareddy, of 4,797 candidates, 3,780 candidates appeared for the preliminary examination. 1,017 candidates were absent and attendance registered 78.79 per cent.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jun 2024 11:43 pm

Fish Prices Sky Rocket on Mrigasira Karti Day

Nizamabad : In view of the Mrigasira Karti day, prices of fish and mangoes have skyrocketed in Nizamabad district over the last two days. Some people in the district celebrated Mrigasira Karti on Saturday while others did on Sunday. One kilogramme of Motta chepa (murrel fish) crossed 750 per kg, though its usual price is 450500. Prices of Ravata and Botcha increased to 180 per kg at the Weekly Bazaar, Ahmad bazaar, Manik Bhandar, Varni cross roads and Kanteshwar. Mango prices touched 180 per kg in Nizamabad when despite being the end of season, mangoes cost below 100 per kg. Fruit vendors increased the prices owing to Mrigasira Karti. In super markets, mangoes got sold out the day before Mrigasira Karti. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle , Janardhan Reddy, a retired employee, said they had to search for quality mangoes because of Mrigasira Karti. In Telangana, it is a tradition for people to prepare fish dishes and mango juice along with attu (dosa), he explained. Arun, a fish vendor at Manik Bhandar market, said in view of the demand from people, prices of fish will remain up for two more days. He maintained that fish prices will stabilise from Monday onwards.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jun 2024 10:38 pm

South-west monsoon arrives in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: South-west monsoon arrived in Odisha on Saturday after spreading through the southern states earlier than usual. South-west monsoon has set in over Odisha. It covered some parts of Malkangiri district, said the met office. It said the northern limit of monsoon now passes through Harnai, Baramati, Nizamabad, Sukma, Malkangiri, Vizianagaram and Islampur. Heavy rainfall occurred at one or two places in Malkangiri, Jajpur and Nayagarh districts in the last 24 hours. The rain bearing weather system normally arrives in Odisha around June 12. Last year, monsoon had reached the state on June 22, on June 16 in 2022, June 10 in 2021, June 11 in 2020 and on June 21 in 2019. The state comes under the core monsoon zone and normally receives 1,150 mm rainfall between June and September. However, the met office has cautioned that heatwave and sweltering weather conditions will not abate in the next few days. Heatwave conditions will occur in parts of the state while hot and humid weather is expected to prevail in coastal districts for the next four days, said the met office. On the day, Sambalpur and Boudh were the hottest at 40.5 degree Celsius each.

The New Indian Express 9 Jun 2024 9:43 am

24-year-old Killed in Lightning Strike

Nizamabad: A 24-year-old man died reportedly in a lightning strike at Gorgal in Nizamsagar mandal of Kamareddy district on Friday, police said on Saturday. The victim Kurma Krishna Murthy had gone to the Nallagutta forest to tend sheep and goats. The animals returned home in the night, but Murthy didnt. Family members who launched a search for Murthy found his body in the forest on the outskirts of Vaddepally. The body was found with a lamb.

Deccan Chronicle 9 Jun 2024 1:23 am

Justice league: Bench junks plea to postpone Group-1 exam set for June 9

A bench of the Telangana High Court on Friday declined to interfere with the orders of a single judge regarding the postponement of the Group-1 Preliminary Examination. This examination, conducted by the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC), is scheduled to be held on June 9. The single judge had on June 4 rejected a plea to postpone the exam, following which the petitioners filed an appeal. The petitioners, M Ganesh and Bhukya Bharat, sought the postponement saying that they have qualified for the second screening test for the post of Assistant Central Intelligence Officer, Grade-II / Executive in the Intelligence Bureau, Government of India, New Delhi. This screening test is also scheduled for June 9. When the matter came up for hearing before the bench of Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili and Justice Laxmi Narayana Alishetty, standing counsel for the TSPSC said that the schedule for the Group-1 Preliminary and Main Examinations was established well in advance. All logistical and other arrangements for the examination have already been completed, with over 90% of candidates having downloaded their hall tickets, counsel said, arguing that the future of over four lakh aspirants should not be jeopardised for the sake of two candidates seeking postponement. The bench agreed with the TSPSCs contention, noting that only 700 candidates are competing for the Assistant Central Intelligence Officer, Grade-II posts, while more than four lakh are vying for the Group-1 posts. The schedule for the Group-1 exam was planned meticulously and postponing it for a few candidates was deemed unreasonable, the bench said, upholding the single judges decision. Slaughter of 20 bulls stayed temporarily Justice B Vijaysen Reddy of the Telangana High Court on Friday ordered a temporary halt to the slaughter of 20 bulls, directing the petitioner not to sell or send the beasts to a slaughterhouse until further notice. The judge was hearing a writ petition filed by Mohammad Raheem, who sought the release of the 20 bulls from police custody to allow him to sell or slaughter them. Earlier, the court had permitted the release of these bulls for commercial purposes. However, Fridays proceedings saw an intervening petition filed by BJP Goshamahal MLA T Raja Singh and the Gou Gyan Goshala Trust. They sought directions to prevent the slaughter of the bulls. Counsel for the intervenors argued that allowing the Mohammed Raheem custody of the bulls violated Supreme Court orders, as a case had been registered against the original petitioners. counsel appearing for Mohammed Raheem contended that the intervenors lacked an authorised certificate from the Gaushala Trust, questioning their locus standi in the matter. Furthermore, counsel argued that the 20 bulls were unfit for cattle or breeding purposes, making them suitable for slaughter. After considering the arguments, Justice Vijaysen Reddy directed the intervenors to produce a valid certificate from the Gaushala Trust and a fitness certificate for the 20 bulls from a veterinary hospital by the next hearing on June 10. Follow due procedure while probing cases on Shakil Amir The Telangana High Court has directed the Nizamabad Police Superintendent and the police of Varni and Kotagiri police stations to follow due procedure in their investigation into the alleged misappropriation of government-supplied paddy for Custom Milling Rice (CMR) and while summoning former Bodhan BRS MLA Shakil Amir. Cases were filed after inspections conducted last December by officials of the Civil Supplies, Revenue, and Police departments at three rice mills in the district. These rice mills are reportedly owned by associates and family members of Shakil Amir. The inspections revealed that paddy supplied by the government for CMR purposes was missing, with custom-milled rice worth approximately `70 crore unaccounted for. Officials discovered that 50,732 metric tonnes of paddy had been allocated to the three mills owned by the family members of the former MLA during the rainy and summer seasons, with 33,328 metric tonnes suspected to be misappropriated. Following a complaint from the Civil Supplies department, the police registered three separate cases and initiated a probe. However, Shakil Amir, through his GPA holder, approached the High Court, alleging harassment by the police in the guise of the investigation. His counsel, K Venu Madhav, argued that Shakil Amir was not directly involved in the business activities of the rice mills and that the police had unjustly summoned him for questioning.

The New Indian Express 8 Jun 2024 11:46 am

Brief HC Respite for BRS Leader Shakeel

Hyderabad: In a temporary relief to former Bodhan MLA Shakeel Aamir Mohammed, the Telangana High Court directed the Nizamabad police superintendent and the police of Varni and Kotagiri follow the due procedure in the probe against the BRS leader regarding alleged misappropriation of government- supplied paddy for custom milling rice (CMR). Civil supplies, revenue and police officials had conducted inspections on the three rice mills in Nizamabad district in December. The rice mills located in the limits of Varni and Kotagiri police stations, are reportedly owned by associates and family members of Shakeel Aamir. The civil supplies authorities learnt that approximately Rs 70 crore worth custom milling rice belonging to the state government in the said rice mills have gone missing. According to official sources, 50,732 metric tonnes of paddy was allocated to mills owned by the former MLAs kin during vanakalam and yasangi seasons. Of this, 33,328 metric tonnes of paddy remained unaccounted and has reportedly been misappropriated. Based on a complaint by the civil supplies department, police registered three separate cases and initiated a probe. Complaining that the police were harassing him and his family members in the name of investigation, Shakeel through his GPA holder approached the High Court. K. Venu Madhav, representing Shakeel, argued that his client was not directly involved in the business activities of the rice mills and police have registered the FIR against Shakeel and summoned him to come to the police station. Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy of the Telangana High Court directed the police to follow the due procedure by issuing notices under 41-A CrPC, which are mandatory for the offences that are punishable with seven years jail.

Deccan Chronicle 8 Jun 2024 12:21 am

If needed, BJP leadership will decide on alliance with TDP: Nizamabad MLA Gupta

NIZAMABAD: Nizamabad Urban MLA Dhanpal Suryanarayana Gupta on Thursday said that there is no need for the BJP to strike an alliance with any party in the upcoming local body elections. He, however, hastened to add that the saffron party high command will take a call on aligning with its NDA partner TDP if required. Speaking to the media at the BJP office here, he said: In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP secured 60,000 votes in the Nizamabad Urban Assembly constituency. In the municipal polls, we won in 28 divisions of the Nizamabad Municipal Corporation (NMC). In 2024 Lok Sabha elections, we secured 84,000 votes. When we are performing well, why should we enter into an alliance with other parties? But it is the party high command that takes a final call on such matters. He also claimed that those who have not voted for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls are now planning to support the saffron party in future polls. Gupta also said that CM A Revanth Reddy should quit, taking moral responsibility for the Congress MP and MLC candidates defeat in his home district of Mahbubnagar.

The New Indian Express 7 Jun 2024 8:44 am

Plum portfolio for Kishan Reddy, Eatala new Telangana BJP chief?

HYDERABAD: Union minister and Telangana BJP president G Kishan Reddy is likely to be rewarded for the partys performance in the Lok Sabha elections, where it doubled its 2019 tally by winning eight seats. Party sources say that Kishan, currently the Union minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region, will be given a prominent portfolio. Since the BJP might allot only one Cabinet minister and two MoS positions to the state, competition is fierce. There is also tough competition for the party state president post as not all senior leaders can be accommodated in the ministry. Further, organisational elections for the positions of both the national and state president are due in July, generating considerable interest in Telangana. If Eatala Rajender, elected by a margin of more than 3.9 lakh votes from Malkajgiri the constituency with most voters in the country is not accommodated as a minister, in that case, there are good chances that the BC leader might be given the post of state party president, BJP sources said. However, some in the party say that outsiders will not be chosen for the post and believe that only those who have served the BJP loyally for a considerable period of time will be chosen. M Raghunandan Rao, elected from Medak Lok Sabha segment, is one such leader, having served the party for around a decade. Having won from the BRS stronghold that once sent Indira Gandhi to Lok Sabha, he could well be expecting a reward in the form of an MoS position. Party general secretary and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar and Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri Arvind, both elected for the second consecutive time, are also likely to be eyeing an MoS post. But both BC leaders hail from the backward Munnuru Kapu community, as does party Rajya Sabha MP K Laxman. Speculation is that only one leader from the Munnuru Kapu community will be accommodated, leading to intense competition. With the BJP having won from Adilabad (ST) segment for the second time in a row, the party might also look to accommodate Godam Nagesh in the ministry. Senior leader and party vice president DK Aruna, elected from Mahbubnagar Chief Minister A Revanth Reddys home seat is also said to be eyeing a ministerial position. But if Kishan Reddy is given a spot in the Cabinet as expected, then there might be no space for another Reddy leader in the ministry, with the MoS positions likely to go to BC and ST leaders. Konda Visweshwar Reddy, elected for the second time as an MP from Chevella, has said that he was not interested in a ministerial post as he wanted to focus on his constituency and spend more time with the people there.

The New Indian Express 7 Jun 2024 6:36 am

Speed Up Probe into KLIS, Phone-tapping Cases: BJP MLA

Nizamabad : Nizamabad Urban MLA Dhanpal Suryanarayana Gupta alleged that there was a secret pact between Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy and BRS chief and former chief minister K. Chandrashekar Rao delayed inquiry over the Kaleshwaram scam and phone-tapping scandal. He pointed out that why not Congress government intensified action in these two irregularities committed by the previous BRS government. Speaking to reporters here, the MLA came down heavily on both parties. Chief Minister Revanth should realise the poor performance of Congress in Mahabubnagar MLC elections and MP elections in the state, he said. The Congress government has lost credibility among the people within six months, he criticised. Demanding the implementation of the Six guarantees, he found fault with the state government for celebrating Telangana Talli celebrations on December 9. BJP municipal corporators and other leaders were present.

Deccan Chronicle 7 Jun 2024 1:46 am

Monsoon sets in four days early

Hyderabad: The Southwest Monsoon set in Hyderabad on Thursday, four days ahead of the IMD's prediction of any day between June 9 and 13. The early onset marks a significant deviation as monsoon typically hits the state in the second week of June. While extending the yellow alert to June 9, IMD officials said that parts of the state, including Hyderabad, will continue to receive rainfall until June 10. Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds are very likely to occur at isolated places in Adilabad, Nalgonda, Rangareddy, Medchal Malkajgiri, Vikarabad, Sangareddy, Medak, Kamareddy, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanpet and Jogulamba Gadwal districts on Friday. The rainfall will extend to Nirmal, Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Mulug, Suryapet, Warangal, Hanamkonda, Siddipet and Jangaon districts on Saturday. On Thursday, Hyderabad experienced significant rainfall, with several areas recording moderate to heavy showers. Jubilee Hills received an average cumulative rainfall of 19.5 mm, while Yousufguda recorded 14.4 mm. Serilingampally was hit with 12.5 mm of rain within an hour, causing severe waterlogging. Other affected areas included Begumpet, Khairatabad, and Chandanagar. The heavy downpour led to widespread traffic chaos across the city, especially near the Secretariat, Begumpet and Khairatabad. The waterlogging also exposed the city's inadequate drainage infrastructure. Social media platforms were abuzz with residents expressing their frustration over the city's abysmal infrastructure. One Twitter user was bang on, If this is the state of Hyderabad after an hour of drizzle, I dread the thought of enduring three months of monsoon! Across the state, Siddipet's Rayapole recorded a staggering 84.0 mm, Sangareddy's Hathnoora saw 59.3 mm, and Jangaon's Palakurthy was hit with 58.5 mm of rainfall, according to Telangana Development Planning Society.

Deccan Chronicle 6 Jun 2024 11:28 pm

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

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

BJP Won 8 Seats With BRS Support: Shabbir

Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and adviser to the state government on SC, ST, BC and minorities, Mohammed Ali Shabbir, thanked the people of Telangana, particularly the minority communities, for helping the Congress win eight out of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Shabbir Ali alleged that the BJP's victory in eight other seats was a result of a clandestine alliance with the BRS. He pointed out that the Congress had taken all precautions to prevent the BJP from polarising the Lok Sabha elections. Despite provocative speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah, the Congress maintained its strategic approach and countered the situation diplomatically. Consequently, the Congress secured eight seats, marking a significant increase of five seats compared to the 2019 elections. Accusing local BRS leaders of supporting the BJP, Shabbir Ali pointed out that their assistance had facilitated the BJP's victory in constituencies such as Secunderabad, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Chevella, Malkajgiri, Adilabad, Medak, and Mahbubnagar. The Lok Sabha election results have exposed the BJP-BRS nexus, which has been ongoing since 2014, he claimed. In a statement on Wednesday, Shabbir Ali attributed the Congress success to the nearly 100 per cent minority vote share, particularly from Muslim and Christian communities, across all 17 constituencies. He highlighted that the Congress vote share in the Lok Sabha elections had surged to 41 per cent, up from 39.5 per cent in the Assembly polls, due to the support from minorities.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 10:21 pm

BRS relegated to third place in 15 segments as poor show continues

HYDERABAD: The BRS, which enjoyed power in Telangana for nearly a decade, had a disappointing performance in the Lok Sabha elections. The pink party appears to have lost ground by failing to counter the growing influence of the BJP in the state. Contesting on its own, the BRS fielded candidates in all 17 constituencies but failed to secure even a single seat. In 14 constituencies, the party finished in third place, with candidates losing their deposits in eight of those seats. Even in the northern Telangana region, which is generally considered to be a pink party stronghold, the BRS did not perform well. With the exception of Mahabubabad, Khammam and Hyderabad, all BRS candidates in the remaining constituencies finished in third place or worse. In Adilabad, Secunderabad, Nizamabad, Chevella, Mahbubnagar, Zaheerabad, Malkajgiri and Hyderabad, the BRS candidates lost their deposits. Despite extensive campaigning by party supremo and former chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the BRS failed to garner enough support from voters. In the recent Assembly elections, the BRS lost power to the Congress but managed to secure 37.35% of the votes in the state. However, in the Lok Sabha polls, the pink partys vote share dropped to 16.68%. Once a pink bastion, performance in Telangana's Medak disappoints BRS cadre Although KCRs constituency, Gajwel, and MLA T Harish Raos segment, Siddipet, fall under the Medak Lok Sabha segment, the BRS did not win the seat. If the BRS was certain of winning at least one seat in the state, it was Medak. However, BRS nominee P Venkatram Reddy lost to the BJP candidate. Experts believe that several factors contributed to the poor performance of the BRS. After losing the Assembly elections, many leaders, including MLAs and MPs, shifted allegiance to the BJP and the Congress. This resulted in a leadership vacuum within the BRS at the ground level, leaving activists without adequate moral support. Additionally, during the candidate selection process, many leaders showed a lack of interest in contesting the polls. Moreover, it is believed that in an attempt to defeat the Congress candidates in several constituencies, the second-rung leadership of the BRS instructed their activists to ensure that people voted for the BJP. The partys key leaders allegedly did not work sincerely for the victory of their own candidates.

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 10:40 am

Successive victories & stunning comebacks in Telangana

HYDERABAD: The Lok Sabha elections have thrown up some interesting results in Telangana. While a few leaders secured successive victories, others made stunning comebacks. The BJPs sitting MPs G Kishan Reddy, Bandi Sanjay Kumar and Dharmapuri Arvind, as expected, retained the Secunderabad, Karimnagar and Nizamabad seats respectively. The BJP also retained the Adilabad seat thanks to Godam Nagesh, who made a comeback of sorts to secure the seat he first won in the 2014 elections as a BRS candidate. Interestingly, the BJP welcomed Nagesh into its fold ahead of the elections and allotted the Adilabad ticket to him after ignoring Soyam Bapu Rao, who defeated the former in the 2019 elections. Konda Visweshwar Reddy also made a similar comeback to help the BJP secure the Chevella segment. After a successful campaign as a BRS candidate in 2014, he lost this seat in 2019 when he contested on the Congress ticket. Mallu Ravi of the Congress, who won the Nagakurnool seat, will be returning to the Lok Sabha after a gap of 26 years. His last of two victories from the same constituency came back in 1998. He also won the seat in 1991. His party colleague Suresh Kumar Shetkar too made a comeback to win the Zaheerabad seat, 15 years after he secured it for the first time in 2009. Another Congress leader P Balaram Naik too bagged the Mahabubabad seat 15 years after his successful campaign in 2009. There are also first-time winners in BJPs former MLAs Eatala Rajender and M Raghunandan Rao, who will be representing Malkajgiri and Medak respectively.

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 9:31 am

Rivals maintain silence, BJPs Dharmapuri Arvind retains Nizamabad seat

NIZAMABAD: Sometimes, political rivals strategy or lack of it can work to ones advantage. This is especially so in electoral politics. Take the case of BJPs Dharmapuri Arvind, who retained the Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat with a 1.13 lakh vote majority. In the 2019 elections, two years after he joined the BJP, Arvind defeated the BRS sitting MP K Kavitha as some Congress leaders indirectly supported him. Five years later, it was the BRS leaders who preferred to maintain silence, paving the way for Arvinds emphatic victory. According to political observers, the Congress, which suffered the reverse in the 2018 and 2023 elections, wanted to defeat the BRS in the Nizamabad district in the Lok Sabha elections. Its leaders, according to observers, believed that Kavithas defeat will not only help in demoralising the BRS and its cadre but also revive the Congress in the state and hence discreetly supported Arvind. After Kavithas defeat, the BRS became weak in the district and the Congress cadre became active in all the Assembly constituencies that fall under the Nizamabad LS segment. After his victory, Arvind and Kavitha became arch-rivals in the constituency. To counter Arvind and BJPs Hindutva ideology, Kavitha started her own spiritual activities. She also openly announced that we will chase him and ensure his defeat wherever he contests be it Assembly elections or Lok Sabha polls. In the 2023 Assembly elections, Arvind contested from Korutla but suffered defeat. As the BRS lost power in that elections and then Kavitha went to jail in the Delhi liquor scam, the Congress leaders started claiming that BRS was a spent force. Amidst these developments, the BRS leaders in an attempt to counter the Congress maintained silence in this Lok Sabha elections, which helped Arvind retain the seat, say the political observers.

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 9:29 am

Rain lashes Hyderabad as monsoon progresses further in Telangana

HYDERABAD: A moderate spell of rain lashed several parts of the city on Tuesday evening. Malakpet recorded the highest rainfall of 54.5 mm, followed by Bahadurpura (46.3 mm) and Nampally (42.8 mm). Rains were recorded in other parts of the state as well, with Jagtial recording 67.5 mm, followed by Peddapalli (64 mm) and Karimnagar (63 mm), according to the Telangana Development Planning Society (TGDPS). The IMD said light rains with thunderstorms were experienced in Adilabad, Jagtial, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Jogulamba Gadwal, Kamareddy, Karimnagar, Kumuram Bheem, Mancherial, Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Siddipet, Rajanna Sircilla, Medak, Nizamabad and Mancherial districts. The IMD further said that the Southwest monsoon advanced further into parts of central Arabian Sea, Goa, parts of Karnataka and Telangana and that conditions were favourable for monsoon progressing over Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh over next 3-4 days. Under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over Bay of Bengal, AP and Tamil Nadu, state will continue to receive light to moderate rains or thundershowers with lightning and gusty winds of about 30-40 kmph and the IMD has issued a yellow alert for the same till June 8. For the next 48 hours, the city will experience light rains with maximum and minimum temperatures to be around 360C and 250C respectively.

The New Indian Express 5 Jun 2024 9:00 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

Watch: Hindu-Muslim polarisation in Telangana during the General Election | Lok sabha elections 2024

This election has seen how voters were divided on communal lines in Adilabad, Nizamabad and Karimnagar Lok Sabha seats represented by the BJP MPs

The Hindu 4 Jun 2024 7:57 pm

Lok Sabha polls: BJPs D Arvind registers 2nd consecutive win in Nizamabad

Hyderabad: The Bharatiya Janata Partys (BJP) Dharmapuri Arvind registered his second consecutive win in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha election by over 1.09 lakh votes, defeating Congress candidate T Jeevan Reddy and BRS Bajireddy Govardhan. After changing hands between the Congress, TRS (now BRS) and the BJP in between 2009-2019, the BJP candidate managed to win 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 7:12 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

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

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

Nizamabad 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 7:09 am

Head-On Collision Injures 27 on Andhra Pradesh Highway

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed to convert the two-lane NH-63 from Nizamabad to Jagtial to four lanes soon. The national highway starts from Nizamabad and ends at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. The officials are planning to acquire land for the widening and bypass roads en route. (Representational Image: DC) National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has proposed to convert the two-lane NH-63 from Nizamabad to Jagtial to four lanes soon. The national highway starts from Nizamabad and ends at Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. The officials are planning to acquire land for the widening and bypass roads en route. (Representational Image: DC) Kakinada: A head-on collision between a private bus headed to Yanam from Hyderabad and an RTC bus traveling to Amalapuram from Kakinada left 27 passengers injured near Annampalli village in Mummidivaram mandal on Sunday. Six of the injured are in critical condition. According to Mummidivaram police, the incident involved 70 passengers on the RTC bus and 20 on the private bus. The impact injured the driver and 24 passengers on the RTC bus, along with two passengers on the private bus. For medical attention, 13 RTC bus passengers were taken to the Amalapuram local hospital, while the remaining 12 were transferred to Kakinada's Government General Hospital. The two private bus passengers sought treatment in Yanam. Police in Mummidivaram are investigating the cause of the accident and have registered a case.

Deccan Chronicle 3 Jun 2024 12:41 am

Bogus Gang Offering Jobs in Israel Busted, 3 held

Nizamabad : The police on Saturday arrested three travel agents for duping unemployed and semi-skilled youths by collecting large sums from them by falsely promising jobs in Israel and the Gulf countries. Around 60 youths from Kamareddy, Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Medak, Siddipet, Nirmal and Jagtial districts were cheated by travel agents. Several youths were encouraged to prefer jobs in war-torn Israel by paying lesser amounts to travel agents. Deccan Abroad Educational Consultancy in Kamareddy collected money from youths by offering them jobs in Israel. It collected `30,000 and more from each candidate depending on their abilities. After collecting money March and April, the consultancy disappeared in the first week of May. Youths realised that they were duped by travel agents and lodged a complaint with Kamareddy police on May 15. Police formed two special teams to nab the gang and caught three members on Saturday. Police arrested Meesala Kiran, Gujjula Vijay of Armoor and Mohammad Ali of Hyderabad and presented them before a court which sent them to judicial remand. Police also seized two cars, a laptop, a computer, phones and other records from the trio. During interrogation, the accused confessed that they had collected around `17 lakh from the youths and did not send a single person to Israel. Collected money was utilised for their personal expenses and office maintenance. Police also noticed that Meesala Kiran changed his name as Kranthi Kumar and address in Aadhaar card. They also opened an account in Federal Bank and asked the victims to deposit money in that account. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle , Kamareddy circle inspector Chandrashekar said that the victims should approach the police over cheating by agents. The accused opened their office at NGOs Colony in Kamareddy. Following the complaints, a case was registered against the accused, he said. He said if anyone offered them jobs in foreign countries, youths should inquire about the credentials of the organisers and approach the police for verification. The CI said no money should be paid to errant travel agents and consultancy organisers.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 11:32 pm

Youths cheated by agents offering jobs in Israel

Nizamabad: Many youths, especially from Telangana state, have been showing interest in going and working in Israel in the present war-time conditions. Both unemployed and semi-skilled youths from north Telangana districts have lined up for jobs in Gulf and Israel. Some travel agencies are cheating the youths offering them employment in Israel, officials said. As per primary information, around 60 youths from Kamareddy, Nizamabad, Rajanna Sircilla, Medak, Siddipet, Nirmal and Jagtial districts were cheated by travel agents with offers of jobs in Israel. The Deccan Abroad educational consultancy in Kamareddy began collecting money from the youths with such offers. The agents collected Rs 30,000 and more from each candidate. The agents collected the money in March and April and scooted from the sche in the first week of May. The gullible youths, who realised that they were cheated by the travel agents, lodged a complaint with the Kamareddy police on May 15. Police formed two special teams to nab the agents. Kamareddy police arrested Meesala Kiran, Gujjula Vijay of Armoor and Mohammad Ali of Hyderabad and sent them to judicial remand on Saturday. Police also seized two cars, laptops, computers, phones and other records from the trio. Police said the accused confessed that they had collected around Rs 17 lakh from the youths but did not send a single person to Israel so far. Instead, they said, the collected money was utilised for their personal expenses and office maintenance. The police also noticed that Meesala Kiran changed his name to Kranthi Kumar and his address in the Aadhar card. They also opened an account in Federal Bank and asked the victims to deposit money in that account. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Kamareddy circle inspector Chandrashekar said that all such victims should approach the police. If anyone offers jobs in foreign countries, youths should inquire about the credentials of the agency and meet the police for verification, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 11:28 pm

Relief from Heatwaves for Telangana

TSDPS plan details guidelines on the steps to be taken by the state and district administrations for minimising the impact of heatwaves. (DC file photo) TSDPS plan details guidelines on the steps to be taken by the state and district administrations for minimising the impact of heatwaves. (DC file photo) Hyderabad: After a week of intense heat, thunderstorms and rains swept across various parts of Telangana and cooled down the state. The relief was especially welcomed in Hyderabad, where night temperatures had crossed 34C in several locations. The rain failed to deter the Formation Day celebrations at Tank Bund. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain and thunderstorms for five days. On Sunday evening, intense thunderstorms were reported from north and west Hyderabad, Medchal-Malkajgiri and nearby districts like Medak, Sangareddy and Kamareddy. Kapra, Malkajgiri, Secunderabad, and Khairtabad experienced moderate rains and gusty winds, leading to waterlogging at several places. Other parts of Hyderabad also saw light to moderate thunderstorms with surface wind speeds less than 40 kmph. Districts like Bhadradri Kothagudem, Jagtial, Kamareddy, Mahbubabad, Mahbubnagar, Mancherial, Mulugu, Narayanpet, Nizamabad, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, and Yadadri Bhuvanagiri also experienced rains. Winds up to 61 kmph and rain were recorded at Jangaon, Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Karimnagar, Medak, Peddapalli, Rajanna Sircilla, Sangareddy, Siddipet, Warangal, and Hanamkonda. According to the Telangana Development Planning Society (TDPS) showed that in the GHMC area, Circle-26 (Gajularamaram) recorded the highest rainfall at 46.5 mm, followed by Circle-25 (Quthbullapur) with 39 mm. Other notable rainfall figures include Circle-30 (Begumpet) at 25.5 mm, Circle-15 (Musheerabad) at 21.3 mm, and Circle-4 (LB Nagar) at 15.3 mm. In the districts, Hanumakonda's Khazipet recorded the highest rainfall at 85 mm, followed by Siddipet's Akkanapet at 77.8 mm, and Hanumakonda's Inavole at 74.8 mm. Significant rainfall was also observed in Warangal's Sangem (63.5 mm) and Karimnagar's Shankarapatnam (62.8 mm).

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 10:53 pm

Counting Will Be Held Transparently: Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu

Nizamabad: District collector and Nizamabad parliamentary constituency elections returning officer Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu directed the officials to conduct the counting of votes without any errors on June 4 by following the Election Commission of India (ECI) norms. The counting will start with postal ballots and if any postal ballot becomes invalid, the reasons should be explained to the contested candidates and their agents, he said. The collector, along with general observer Elies Vaj R, commissioner of police Kalmeshwar Singanevar, additional collectors S.Kiran Kumar, Ankit, and Nizamabad municipal commissioner Makarand visited the counting centre at CMC Dichpally on Sunday. The collector said the counting would be held Assembly segment-wise. If any technical problem arises in EVMs during the counting process, the technical staff will resolve it, he said. Only counting pass holders will be allowed into the counting centre, he said. Basic amenities have been provided for staff and the entire process will be held transparently, he said. CP said that Section 144 will be in force in and around the counting centre. Assistant returning officers and other officers were present.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 10:40 pm

Nizamabad Played Key Role in TG Movement: Collector

Nizamabad/Kamareddy: Telangana state is moving forward with integrated development. Equal emphasis is given to rural and urban areas, including Nizamabad district, for carrying out development works, including the implementation of welfare schemes, stated Nizamabad district collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu, who was addressing a gathering on the occasion of 10th Telangana Formation Day on Sunday at Nizamabad. In the united Andhra Pradesh, when the Telangana was not carved out from the AP, the district had not achieved the desired development works, the collector said. The event to commemorate the 10th Formation Day of Telangana state kick-started here on Sunday at the District Integrated Offices Complex, wherein collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu along with urban Nizamabad MLA Dhanpal Suryanarayana Gupta, mayor Dandu Neethu Kiran, commissioner of police Kalmeshwar Singanevar paid floral tributes to the Telangana Martyrs Column. After hoisting the national flag, the collector while recalling the contributions who fought for the separate Telangana, said that Nizamabad district had an important connection with the Telangana movement. Great poet Dasarathi wrote Naa Telangana Koti Ratnala Veena while he was in Nizamabad district jail, he said, adding that it was the responsibility of the people to achieve the overall development as per the wishes of the Telangana martyrs. The utmost importance was given to the development of sectors like education, health and agriculture. Under the aegis of Amma Adarsha Committees, infrastructure improvement works were taken up for 793 schools, he said. On the other, in Kamareddy district, collector Jitesh V Patil, superintendent of police Sindhu Sharma and others paid glowing tributes to the Telangana martyrs. Speaking on the occasion, Patil said that the priceless sacrifices of the martyrs helped in the realization of dreams in the form of a separate Telangana state. Kamareddy district witnessed overall development in various fields after the formation of the state, he added. Kamareddy municipal chairperson Gaddam Indu Priya, vice-chairperson Urdonda Vanitha, Zilla parishad vice-chairman Prem Kumar and others were present. The leaders belonging to Congress, BJP BRS and others also celebrated Telangana Formation Day on Sunday.

Deccan Chronicle 2 Jun 2024 8:50 pm

HC Doubles Compensation to Disabled Labourer Removed From Service

Hyderabad: Justice M.G. Priyadarshini of the Telangana High Court disposing of a civil miscellaneous appeal preferred by a labourer under Section 30 of the Workmens Compensation Act, 1923 highlighted its limited scope, warranting interference only in cases where the order passed by the commissioner is perverse or when there is patent irregularity or illegality committed. The judge further ruled that when two interpretations are possible, the interpretation, which is favourable to the claimant, shall be taken into consideration, since the Workmens Compensation Act (now Employees Compensation Act) is a beneficial legislation enacted to protect the interest of employees. Two appeals were filed by an employee and the labour commissioner challenging the award of employees compensation and deputy commissioner for labour at Nizamabad. The petitioner filed an application under the Act claiming compensation of Rs four lakh. He stated that he was employed as a labourer on a lorry that was insured with the National Insurance Company Limited. The vehicle met with an accident in October 2004 leaving the applicant permanently disabled because of which he was removed from employment. The applicant claiming to be earning Rs 4,000 per month filed the application seeking compensation of Rs four lakh. The deputy commissioner after considering the evidence on record awarded him Rs 1,78,338. The court rejected the contention raised by the insurance company that the policy does not cover the risk of labourers in view of non-payment of additional premium by the insured employer. It relied on the rulings of the apex court to hold that, statutorily, the employees of the insured such as driver, conductor and ticket collector, who are carried in the goods carriage, are covered to the extent of the liability under the Act without payment of additional premium. It also held that where the policy mentions a policy for Act Liability or Act Liability, the liability of the insurance company qua the employees would not be unlimited but would be limited to that arising under the Workmen's Act. The court altered the findings of the commissioner so far as the salary of the applicant was concerned and pegged it at Rs 4,000 per month. The court also held that the applicant was entitled for interest at 12 per cent per annum on the compensation amount from the date of the accident. The order passed by the commissioner for employees compensation and deputy commissioner for labour at Nizamabad was modified by the court to enhance the compensation from Rs 1,78,338 to Rs 3,07,414.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 9:34 pm

Elusive accused arrested in cheating case

Hyderabad: A businessman, Vikas Khindar, who was evading police arrest for the last six years, was arrested by Telangana Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday in connection with a cheating case booked against him in 2018. Vikas Khindar (41), a businessman and resident of New Rasilanagar in Basti Dhanish Mandi, Jalandhar in Punjab and others allegedly collected money from complainants in the guise of providing employment to go Canada with a job visa and cheated tune of Rs.48 lakh in two cases cases. The cases were transferred to CID, Nizamabad for further investigation. Vikas Khindar, who is an accused three in the case, was involved in two cases and was absconding since the commission of offence. The first Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at Nizamabad issued Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) against the accused. A CID team nabbed Vikas Khindar on May 27, 2024 at 10.30 AM at Jalandhar and produced before the local court in Jalandhar. The team then obtained a transit warrant against him from Jaladhar court and brought him to the city. The CID produced him before the first Additional Judicial First Class Magistrate Court at Nizamabad after which the court remanded him to judicial custody. CID Additional Director-General of Police Shikha Goel appreciated the NBWs Special Execution Team that did a painstaking work in tracing an absconding accused.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 6:21 pm

Telangana emblem to be finalised after discussions in assembly, says MLA

Nizamabad: Nizamabad rural MLA, R. Bhupathi Reddy, has said the emblem of the Telangana Government will be finalised after discussion in the state assembly. Speaking to the media at Congress Bhavan on Friday, the Congress MLA said the government would take opinions of all sections of the people in this respect. He was referring to criticism from the BRS against likely exclusion of the image of Charminar from the new emblem. He said, There is no moral right to BRS leader KT Rama Rao to raise objections. Did his party chief, KCR, know the reason behind the construction of Charminar, he asked. Charminar was built in 1591 after the pandemic in Hyderabad that had killed many, he said. Chief minister Revanth Reddy wants to reflect the sacrifices of the Telangana people in the states official emblem.The armed struggle against the Nizam government and the first and second phases of the Separate Telangana movement showcase the sacrifices of the Telangana people, he said. He said the Telangana martyrs column will be included in the official emblem. Grand celebrations will be organised on the occasion of a decade of formation of Telangana on June 2. Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, who gave her nod for the Telangana state along with Hyderabad as its capital, will attend the event as chief guest. In the past 10 years, the people experienced the feudalistic rule of the BRS in Telangana. KCR who headed the government handed over the Kaleshwaram project works to an Andhra-based contractor. But he raises his meaningless objection over a song composed by an Andhra-native music director for the Telangana anthem, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 12:09 am

ACB Officials Pose as Drivers, Catch Errant Staff at RTA Check Post

Kothagudem, Nalgonda: Undercover ACB officials checked a Road Transport Authority checkpost on the border at Aswaraopet and found that the staff were collecting bribes from owners of heavy goods carriers. The ACB officials were dressed as drivers and the checkpost staff, as appeared to be their routine, demanded bribes from them. ACB found that the checkpost staff were collecting Rs 800 for 22-wheel vehicles, Rs 400 for 16-wheelers and Rs 200 for 12-wheel lorries. The ACB officials took a written complaint from a vehicle driver who had paid a bribe and questioned two RTA officials. In Nalgonda, a 12-member team of ACB officials raided the RTA office. ACB district deputy superintendent Jagadish said that six agents were working as middlemen at the office. About 60 applications related to driving licences and registration certificates and Rs 12,000 cash were found with 12 agents, he added. Separtely, ACB officials conducted raids on transport department checkposts in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts on Tuesday at Salur in Bodhan, Salabathpur at Madnoor and Jangampally in Bhiknoor mandal. ACB officials seized Rs 13,500 unaccounted cash at the Salura integrated checkpost. Following the raids, private persons at the checkposts fled from the spot.

Deccan Chronicle 28 May 2024 10:28 pm

Nizamabad Farmers Aim To Use Pond Soil For Better Turmeric Growth

The agriculturalists are also looking forward to increasing the sowing area of turmeric during the monsoon season.

News18 27 May 2024 6:15 pm

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

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

103 Government School Students From Nizamabad Get 10 GPA in SSC

Class 10th merit students celebrate their accomplishments at Manikonda on Tuesday. Image credit: R. Pavan Class 10th merit students celebrate their accomplishments at Manikonda on Tuesday. Image credit: R. Pavan Nizamabad: For the first time, 103 students of government schools in Nizamabad district have scored 10/10 Grade Point Average (GPA) in their SSC exams. The credit for academic excellence of these students belonging to Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Kasturba Gandhi residential schools, model schools, minority residential schools and zilla parishad high schools goes to the collective efforts of the teaching faculty, hard work by the students and the support they receive from parents. Usually, students from private educational institutions are found to be achieving 10/10 GPA points in SSC results. They go through planned academic schedules after their parents pay huge fee to managements of private schools. But students from poor families and rural areas studying in government schools achieving 10/10 GPA points is a remarkable feat. Credit for this goes to collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu who directed school authorities to conduct special classes for SSC students belonging to Nizamabad district. One of the achievers Ch. Ankita, an SSC student of Mahatma Jyotiba Phule School in Dasnagar Makloor mandal, says she achieved 10 GPA due to support from her teachers and parents. She wants to become an IPS officer in future. Zilla Parishad High School Borgam (P) student Dakshayani says she will become an engineer. Getting 10 GPA has boosted my confidence levels, she stated. Replying to a question, Dakshayani said her father is an auto driver and mother is homemaker. She will fulfil her parents dreams by becoming an engineer. Dasnagar Mahatma Jyotiba Phule student Jeevani said 100 per cent completion of syllabus and revision classes helped her achieve 10 GPA points. Another student Pallavi of MJP Dasnagar said her aim is to get a seat in IIT.

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 7:59 pm

NETA NATTER | CABINET ATTACKS BABUS

Babus will be babus. No matter which party comes to power, the babus who keep the machinery of the government running end up having it their way, for most part at least. Learning this the hard way are some ministers who, during a state Cabinet meeting the other day, complained to Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy, and in no uncertain terms, that some officials in the Chief Ministers Office in the Secretariat were not taking their calls, or, when they did, were ignoring their requests on pending issues about their constituencies, districts and files without valid reason. Such officials could well be rolling the dice hoping that they are well-insulated. EDUCATOR SLIPS AWAY FROM ACB Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau laid a trap to catch a corrupt vice-chancellor of a state university recently but the VCs impending retirement on May 21 saved him from getting caught red-handed while accepting bribes. A contractor approached the ACB with a complaint that the VC had demanded `20 lakh to clear his bills amounting to `20 crore. The ACB laid a trap to catch the VC by asking the contractor to approach VC with `20 lakh cash and they will catch him in the act. The contractor came to know that the VC was going to retire in a day or two and he feared that his cash would be stuck with the ACB though the VC would be caught. While ACB sleuths were waiting to accompany the contractor to the VC, the contractor backed out all of a sudden and fled from the spot with the cash. The poor ACB sleuths had to return empty-handed. ETALA FORGETS BJPS GOODBYE SLOGAN Its not really easy to make the switch from one political party to another. After all, while in one, it is all about that party, its achievements, and so on and so forth. When leaders quit the party and go join a new one, sometimes things can get somewhat awkward. And even seasoned politicians are no exceptions to this rule, as the goings-on at a recent event involving BJP leader and former BRS minister Etala Rajendar showed. During his interaction, Rajendar spent a while talking about the Lord Rama temple in Ayodhya, and other issues like a true blue BJP leader and, for most part, left out stuff about Telangana, the movement for statehood and so on. Typically, all BJP leaders end their speeches with the Bharat Mata Ki Jai slogan, but sometimes political roots are hard to ignore as Rajendar ended saying Jai Telangana. Soon after, apparently realising what he had said, Rajendar rose again from his chair and said Bharat Mata Ki Jai. SHABBIR ALI IS A BUSY MAN INDEED There are some who can hold their ship steady. Then there are some who rock the boat. For now, the one who is said to be sailing well in the Congress, and with one leg in each ship, is former minister Md Ali Shabbir. Following the party policy, Shabbir is now in-charge for the Nizamabad Urban Assembly segment where he contested from, but lost, the last Assembly polls. Since he is originally from Kamareddy, from where Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy unsuccessfully contested, Shabbir is also holding the Kamareddy fort. During the polls, Revanths brother A. Kondal Reddy worked as the Congress coordinator for Kamareddy. Subsequently, Shabbir was appointed as adviser to the government on SC, ST, BC and minority welfare affairs, and is now a regular at party programmes in both constituencies. While Shabbir is busy with the multiple responsibilities, TPCC working president B. Mahesh Kumar Goud, who was elevated as an MLC, is now being looked upon as the party in-charge of Nizamabad Urban. One ship, one captain, should be the rule, several party workers now in Nizamabad have taken to saying. PAWAN KALYAN FLEES CONSTITUENCY POST-ELECTION It never ends for Jana Sena chief and film star Pawan Kalyan, who has been for long a target for ribbing by his political opponents and folks. After the May 13 polling with Pawan Kalyan not returning to Pithapuram constituency where he contested from, word doing the rounds is Pawan Kalyan is missing from the constituency and that he will reappear on June 4, the day for counting of votes. Apparently local Jana Sena workers are a bit miffed that the actor-politician did not hold any thanksgiving get-together for party leaders and workers as was done by other contestants from the constituency. POLITICOS JET OFF FOR VACATIONS Now that the hurly-burly of the electioneering is over in AP, and with the top bosses of the YSRC and the TD leaving for distant shores on personal visits TDs N. Chandrababu Naidu to the USA, YSRC leader and Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to Europe, and APCC chief Y.S. Sharmila also went to the USA other leaders too have taken to getting out and relaxing in their own way. Minister R.K. Roja and former minister Vellampalli Srinivas made a trip to the Madurai Meenakshi temple seeking blessings from the deity there, while Bheemili MLA candidate Mutamsetti Srinivasa Rao made a round of the temples in Srisailam and Simhachalam. Meanwhile, Visakhapatnam West candidate P.V.G.R. Naidu went to Srisailam and to the Madurai Meenakshi temple. Not to be outdone, personal assistants of some leaders too have left on quick pilgrimages, praying for electoral success for their bosses as was the case with Srinivasa Raos assistant heading off to Varanasi along with a team to perform special pujas at Kashi Vishwanath temple. Contributions from K.M.P. Patnaik, Neeraj Kumar, Vadrevu Srinivas, L. Venkat Ram Reddy, Narender Pulloor

Deccan Chronicle 26 May 2024 12:10 am

Struggles of minority students go beyond cracking competitive exams

Hyderabad: Mohammad Ayub, a student of Telangana Minorities Residential Junior College, Serilingampally, cleared his JEE Mains this year with 94.8 percentile. As part of his JEE Advanced preparation, he studies up to 13 hours every day. On what was his biggest support, he credited his school teachers for providing coaching for the competitive exam. His father, who runs a grocery store, said he would have to borrow money to pay for his sons engineering college fee. As per the data provided by Telangana Minorities Residential Education Institutes Society (TMREIS), 86 students qualified for JEE Advanced in 2023-24. Society secretary Aisha Masarath Khanam lauds the coaching provided by TMREIS schools that are helping students to crack the exam. We have 204 minority schools in Telangana, out of which 45 are in Hyderabad. We have set up some centres of excellence where special coaching is provided for all competitive exams. We have tied up with institutes like IIIT and IIT to train our faculty, she said. Of the 1,354 students who appeared in the Eapcet from the society, 1,176 students (86.8 per cent) qualified. Aisha Khanam told Deccan Chronicle that girls outshone boys. Out of 732 who qualified for engineering, 345 were girls. For the forthcoming JEE Advanced, 137 girls are among the 265 candidates. When we enroll students in our schools, we dont take any entrance exam. We go to rural areas and through robust campaigns we encourage parents to send students to our schools, said Aisha. As per a report on State of Muslim Education in India, published by the National Institute of Education Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Telangana has the highest gross enrolment ratio of Muslims (33.5 per cent) among southern states in 2020-21, outperforming Tamil Nadu (24.8 per cent) and Kerala (20.5 per cent). Telangana exhibits relatively lower dropout rates among Muslim students, with a rate of 9.75 per cent, showcasing the state's efforts to provide inclusive and quality education, the report stated. A lot of institutional support is provided to students and residential schools contribute majorly in these aspects. However, securing a seat is not the end of it. Shoaib (name changed), a second-year engineering student from Nizamabad qualified Eamcet in 2021 after a two-year coaching in the district. He moved to Hyderabad when he secured a seat at an engineering college here. My college fee was paid by the government as I come under the minority category. I would not have been able to pay the college fee that comes to around `90,000 per year. But the semester fee, hostel expenses and travel are paid by my parents, he said. Securing a seat in an engineering college is not enough. Students have to focus on learning skills that would make them relevant for the job market, he said, while pointing out lack of language skills also drove away students from pursuing non-technical knowledge fields. With scholarships and reimbursement mechanisms, students are able to get support at the school level. However, when it comes to college level, they need financial assistance to buy books, travel and even pay fees when it comes to private colleges, said S.Q. Masood, an activist. I once met an autorickshaw driver who got a seat in a private college under the EWS category after qualifying in Lawcet. Another student I met at Bandlaguda told me that he got into an engineering college but the scholarship system was linked to biometric attendance, he added. Travelling in buses, he would get late and lose his attendance for day, he added.

Deccan Chronicle 25 May 2024 10:05 pm

Mercury crosses 45C in Telangana on Saturday

Hyderabad: For the second consecutive day, Telangana crossed the 45C mark as Nirmal on Saturday recorded 45.6C. According to Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), Kubeer in Nirmal recorded 45.6C followed by Mujigi in Nirmal at 45.2C. Jagtial, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Kamareddy crossed 44C on Saturday. In Hyderabad, Chandanagar recorded 43C. India Meteorological Department (IMD), Hyderabad forecast dry weather in Telangana till May 31. For Hyderabad, the Met department forecast cloudy sky for May 26. Partly cloudy sky. Maximum and Minimum Temperatures are likely to be around 40C and 28C respectively. Surface winds are likely to be Westerlies/North- Westerlies with wind speeds around 08-12 kmph, read the press release.

Deccan Chronicle 25 May 2024 6:02 pm

HC Relief for Jeevan Reddy Mall

Hyderabad: A two-judge vacation panel comprising Justice J. Anil Kumar and Laxmi Narayana Alishetty of the Telangana High Court directed the TGSRTC to de-seal the Jeevan Reddy Mall and multiplex at Arramudu bus depot in Nizamabad. The bench was dealing with a writ appeal and a writ petition filed by Vishnujet Infra Pvt. Ltd. represented by Rajitha Reddy, wife of BRS former MLA A. Jeevan Reddy. In a writ petition on March 27, the High Court had directed the petitioner to pay arrears of over Rs 2.57 crore to the RTC for the mall with a built-up area of Rs 3.2 lakh sq. ft within a month. The land was leased on the build-operate-transfermodel. It was the case of the RTC that there was a default in the payment of over Rs 2 crores. In its earlier order, the court required the petitioner to pay up the amount within one month. When the petitioner failed to make the payment, an order of termination was made on May 16. The order of termination was challenged in a separate writ petition. The order requiring payment within one month was also challenged in a separate writ appeal. Both matters were clubbed. After Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy recused from hearing the matter, it was heard by the specially constituted panel. The panel enlarged the time by one month for making of payment and gave liberty to the corporation to take action if this was not done. HC allows police cover for petitioner Justice J. Sreenivas Rao of the Telangana High Court ruled that when a defendant disobeyed an order of injunction and the plaintiff sought police protection, the court was under an obligation to grant such protection. The judge dismissed a revision petition filed by the defendants Juvvaji Ravinder and Juvvaji Upendra, agriculturists from Palakurthy in Jangaon district. They had challenged an order of the Additional Junior Civil Judge, Jangaon, granting police protection in favour of the plaintiff Jakkula Pushpaleela. The plaintiff had secured an injunction restraining the defendants from interfering with the suit schedule property of two acres of agricultural land. Even after the grant of the injunction, the defendant petitioners came to the land, threatened to attack her and her labour and tried to plough the land. At that stage, the plaintiff approached the Palakurthy station house officer and gave a complaint. The police refused to take thecomplaint and expressed their inability, as the matter was civil in nature. The court then stepped in and granted police protection. Aggrieved by the same, the defendants filed the present revision petition. It was the case of the petitioners that against the order of injunction they had filed an appeal before the Principal District Judge at Jangaon and contested that when the appeal was pending, the court below ought not to have granted police aid. He further contended that the application filed by the plaintiff seeking police aid under Section 151 of CrPC was not maintainable when she had other remedies. Rejecting the plea, the judge ruled that when a defendant commits breach of a temporary injunction order the plaintiff is entitled to seek police protection invoking the provision of Section 151 CrPC.

Deccan Chronicle 25 May 2024 6:53 am

Telangana: Woman in hospital dies 15 minutes after fathers death in accident

Hyderabad: In a heart-wrenching incident, a father and daughter died 15 minutes apart. While the daughter died while undergoing treatment at Government General Hospital in Nizamabad, her father died in an accident while he was bringing food for her. Maloth Jyothi (35), a resident of Veerannapet village of Renjal mandal was married to Prakash, a 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 24 May 2024 10:17 pm

Nizamabad: Pvt, govt colleges take up campaign for Intermediate admissions

Class 10th merit students celebrate their accomplishments at Manikonda on Tuesday. Image credit: R. Pavan Class 10th merit students celebrate their accomplishments at Manikonda on Tuesday. Image credit: R. Pavan Nizamabad: Private and government colleges in the state are making efforts for enrolment of more students in Intermediate admissions. Parents these days preferred to admit their children either in day scholar courses or in residential education at Intermediate level and hence the special push. Earlier, parents used to take admission to intermediate courses for their children in Hyderabad. Now, corporate colleges set up their branches in Nizamabad for such admissions. By appointing PR officers, corporate colleges enrolled Intermediate students at nearby places. Students from Nizamabad, Armoor, Bodhan, Kamareddy, Banswada etc and from surrounding villages preferred to join corporate colleges in Hyderabad. In view of high potential for such courses in undivided Nizamabad district, private colleges based in Karimnagar, Warangal and Hyderabad opened their branches in Nizamabad for the last few years. To attract the students from urban and rural areas, the college managements offered MPC, BiPC and other courses. For Intermediate education, fees of Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh was collected from the students. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, a private sector employee Rajendra Prasad said he got admission for his son in a corporate college in Hyderabad. As his friends are studying in Hyderabad, my son was also interested in joining a course there, he said. Compared with colleges in Nizamabad, the fees in Hyderabad is almost double. However, studying in Hyderabad would definitely change the exposure towards studies, he felt. Meanwhile, junior lecturers of government colleges are also doing door-to-door campaigns for student admissions to Intermediate courses. They are explaining the exclusive nature of colleges for boys and girls and residential college facilities. The Intermediate admissions campaign has reached peak level. Both private and government colleges are seriously trying to get students for new admissions to the first-year Intermediate course.

Deccan Chronicle 24 May 2024 9:43 pm

Lowest prices for Amchur worries farmers

Nizamabad: A steep fall in the prices of Amchur (dry mango) is adversely affecting the farmers in Telangana state. Citing the inferior quality of Amchur, traders are offering only Rs 8,000 per quintal. Nizamabad agriculture market yard is the only market in the state for sale of Amchur in the state. The farmers from undivided Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Medak, Rangareddy, Mahabubnagar and Adilabad districts brought Amchur for sale in Nizamabad. In view of the growing health problems due to use of tamarind in food items, people preferred to use Amchur (dry mango) powder. Usually, people in southern states use tamarind in different dishes. In north India, Amchur is used instead. For the last four decades, Amchur has been transported to north Indian states from Nizamabad. Removing the peel, the farmers cut the mango and dry it up. Either in dried cut pieces or as Amchur powder, this used in curries and other food items. Dasari Narsimloo, a farmer from Laxmapur village in Medak district, said Amchur is no longer profitable for them. Due to unfavourable climatic conditions, the mango yield has decreased. The demand for Amchur also decreased, he said. We are unable to get back at least what we spend as transport charges to bring Amchur from faraway places to Nizamabad market, he said. Another farmer, Syed Yusuf of Bhainsa in Nirmal district, said, We will pay Rs 70 for removing the peel of 100 mangoes. However, citing online transactions and inferior quality, traders do not offer us a remunerative price. The state government should purchase Amchur though government agencies to ensure supportive prices, he opined. Lingam, chamnapur village in Medak district, said he brought Mallika fine variety Amchur for sale and got Rs 33,200 per quintal. Ankith Gupta, a trader, said that untimely rain damaged Amchur while processing it in villages. Amchur should be maintained like a new born baby. Either a change of colour or a mix of wastage in the product makes Amchur usable, he explained. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Nizamabad agriculture market committee selection grade secretary EVenkatesham said that Amchur prices ranged from `8,000 to Rs 33,500 per quintal based on quality. Compared with the previous years, the prices this season are not supportive, he said. Replying to a question, he said there existed no syndicate of traders to reduce the Amchur prices. e-NAM will be used to finalise the prices of agricultural products in Nizamabad, he said. Meanwhile, some farmers in Mahabubnagar and Rangareddy district procure mangoes from Bengaluru to prepare Amchur. Now, mangoes from Karnataka are not available in Telangana. It adversely affected the preparation of Amchur. The season will end by May and farmers are worried over the fall in prices for Amchur.

Deccan Chronicle 24 May 2024 12:19 am

Rains, thunderstorms likely in Hyderabad today

Hyderabad: After a brief respite, Hyderabad experienced intense rainfall and thunderstorms on Wednesday night and the early hours of Thursday. The sudden downpour caused significant changes in the weather patterns, bringing much-needed relief to the residents. Malkajgiri, Uppal, L.B. Nagar, Secunderabad, Malakpet, Dilsukhnagar, Vanasthalipuram, Amberpet, and Himayatnagar experienced the heaviest downpours. According to Telangana State Development Planning Society (TSDPS), several areas in the city recorded rainfall ranging from 10 mm to 20 mm. Circle-12 (Mehdipatnam) had the highest cumulative average rainfall of 16.5 mm with the current hour average standing at 0 mm, marked as moderate intensity. Other circles like Uppal and Karwan recorded 13.6 mm and 13.5 mm respectively, both marked as light intensity. The situation was not limited to Hyderabad alone. Adilabad, Nizamabad, Peddapalli, Jagtial, Jangaon, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri, Karimnagar, Hanumakonda, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Siddipet, and Kamareddy districts also experienced significant thunderstorms. The rainfall distribution across these districts showed widespread impact with districts like Hanmakonda (Velair) recording a substantial 62.5 mm. On Thursday, the weather department issued a yellow alert for heavy rains and thunderstorms across various districts, including Hyderabad. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) warned of thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and gusty winds (30-40 kmph) in isolated places across Rangareddy, Medchal Malkajgiri and Nalgonda districts, among others. For the next three days, TSDPS has forecast light to moderate rain/thundershowers at isolated places up to Friday, followed by dry weather in the subsequent two days. Maximum temperatures are expected to range between 42C and 45C, while minimum temperatures are projected to be between 25C and 28C in the state. In the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, light rain/thundershowers are expected at isolated places up to Friday, with dry weather expected for the next two days. The temperatures are expected to range between 39C and 42C, with minimum temperatures between 26C and 28C.

Deccan Chronicle 23 May 2024 8:59 pm

Nizamabad Market Yard Makes a Killing on Record Turmeric Prices

Indian Institute of Spice Research (IISR), Calicut, director Dr. R. Dinesh said turmeric has immense scope for commercial exploitation in the diverse lands of India. Indian Institute of Spice Research (IISR), Calicut, director Dr. R. Dinesh said turmeric has immense scope for commercial exploitation in the diverse lands of India. Nizamabad: The surge in turmeric prices brought cheers among farmers and windfall for Nizamabad Agriculture Market Yard, which collected Rs 10 crore through the market fee. After a gap of 10 years, the prices of turmeric have risen to around Rs 14,000 per quintal which is double the price last year. Demand in the international market and a decrease in crop cultivation boosted the hike in turmeric prices. Around Rs 1,000 crore worth of turmeric sales were recorded at Nizamabad market yard which is one of the biggest markets for turmeric trade. Given the steep fall in turmeric prices for the past few years, farmers reduced the cultivation of turmeric from 36,000 acres to 25,000 acres in the Nizamabad district as the crop sold at mere Rs 6,000 per quintal. In this context, the yield of turmeric drastically decreased not only in Nizamabad district but also in neighbouring Jagtial and Nirmal districts. As a result of this, turmeric exports increased in recent times as the demand for turmeric shoots up in the International market. In this context, the prices of turmeric gradually increased since January. On average, the crop was sold at Rs 10,960 per quintal with the highest price crossing the Rs 14,000 mark, bringing profits to farmers after a decade. In the current season, 9.59 lakh quintals turmeric worth of Rs 1007.73 crores were registered in the Nizamabad market. By levying one per cent market fee on transactions in the market yard, the market committee received Rs 10 crore revenue this year. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, a senior official from the marketing department said that compared with the arrivals last year, turmeric quantity was lesser this season. The market fee was also increased given the hike in prices, he said. During the BRS regime, the funds from the Nizamabad market yard were diverted to other market yards, he said. We are hopeful that existing funds will be utilised for the welfare of farmers in Nizamabad only, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 23 May 2024 12:39 am

Temperatures Rise in Telangana As Heatwave Returns After Two Weeks

HYDERABAD: After nearly two weeks of respite, Telangana state once again experienced a heatwave, which fortunately could be the last this season, with temperatures crossing 43C on Tuesday. North Telangana could see temperatures soaring up to 46C in the coming days. Hyderabad is expected to experience temperatures of up to 42C from May 22 29. On Monday, Hyderabad recorded a high of 39.8C Data from TS Development Planning Society (TSDPS) revealed that the maximum temperatures are expected to rise gradually to 43C to 45C at Adilabad, Komuram Bheem, Mancherial, Jagtial, Peddapalli, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, and Jayashankar districts later this week. In the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, light rains are expected at isolated places on Wednesday, thereafter dry weather is expected for two days. The GHMC forecast for the next three days indicates that temperatures will range between 37.6C and 39.7C. Specific areas such as Kapra and Uppal recorded maximum temperatures of 37.8C, with predictions of rising temperatures over the next three days. Residents began feeling the strain, after a week of moderate temperatures and rain. Ravi Kumar, a Hyderabad local, expressed his concern on X (formerly Twitter), saying, The heat is unbearable, especially with power cuts adding to our woes. We're eagerly awaiting the rains to bring some relief (sic). Scattered storms are expected from May 22-24, offering brief relief from the oppressive heat.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 11:24 pm

Telangana police recover 30,049 stolen and lost mobile phones in 13 months

Panchayat claimed that mobile phones were distracting young women. (Representational Image) Panchayat claimed that mobile phones were distracting young women. (Representational Image) Hyderabad: Telangana police has successfully recovered as many as 30,049 mobile devices since the launch of CEIR portal on April 19, 2023, registering second rank in the country. The CEIR portal was developed by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to curb the menace of mobile theft and counterfeit mobile devices CEIR portal was officially launched nationwide on May 17, 2023 and was started on pilot basis in Telangana State from April 19, 2023. In Telangana, Additional Director-General of Police, CID is designated as a nodal officer for CEIR portal. The portal is operated in all 780 police stations of Police Units of Telangana. The then ADG CID Mahesh Bhagwat was first State-level nodal officer, who streamlined mobile recovery within the State and outside too. Currently ADGP, CID Shikha Goel monitors the progress of work under CEIR portal as a result of which 30,049 lost or stolen mobile devices were recovered, of which the last 1,000 were recovered in nine days and handed over to complaints. On an average, 76 mobiles are recovered per day in the State. In Telangana, the maximum recoveries have been made by Hyderabad Commissionerate with 4,869 mobile devices, followed by Cyberabad Commissionerate with 3,078 and Rachakonda Commissionerate with 3,042 mobile devices followed by Warangal Commissionerate with 1,919 Nizamabad with 1,556 To enhance user friendliness and serve the citizens of Telangana more efficiently Telangana police in coordination with DoT has successfully integrated CEIR portal with TS Police Citizen Portal. The citizens are requested to utilize this service on the TS Police Citizen Portal for reporting lost or missing mobile devices. Dr. Lavanya, SP, Cyber Crime, CID, in coordination with DOT officials, including Hemant Rathwe, DDG Security, M. Arvind Kumar, Director Security, Lakshmana Kumar K, Assistant Director (Security Audit), and Ch. Suresh Babu, Inspector of IT Cell, CID, is overseeing the implementation of the CEIR application in the State. Mahesh Bhagwat who is now Additional Director-General of Police (ADG), Railways and Road Safety and ADG CID appreciated SP Cyber Crime and team for successful recovery of 30,000 mobile phones in 13 months.

Deccan Chronicle 21 May 2024 3:04 pm

Decomposed bodies of woman, child found in under-construction building

Nizamabad: Bodies of a 35-year-old woman and an eight-year-old boy were found in an under-construction building in Banswada town on Sunday. After the locals of the weekly market area complained about the foul smell to the police, who found the two bodies in a decomposed state in the building and were trying to trace the details of the deceased. A case was registered by the Banswada police were investigating to find out whether they were murdered on the spot or their bodies were dumped there.

Deccan Chronicle 19 May 2024 10:03 pm