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What is holding up the Telangana Bill? Gautam Pingle అక్టోబర్ 29, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, Economy, Hyderabad, Polavaram, Rayalaseema, Sonia, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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What is holding up the Telangana Bill?
Gautam Pingle, The New Indian Express, 28 October 2013

The legal issues – prior Assembly resolution, Assembly assent to the bill, Article 371D, simple parliamentary majority- have been resolved. The operational issues are also clear. First, the borders have been fixed by the Union cabinet. Ten districts of Telangana with Hyderabad city as its capital. Second, the distribution of assets will be based on their location in the successor states. What cannot be linked to location will be distributed by population proportion of the two states. These are the two principles guiding separation of states. Distribution of government employees is on principles of nativity, choice and seniority. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill is ready. The final draft is only awaiting a decision on the conditions for the common capital – Hyderabad. This brings in conflict with all the principles of separation annunciated above and over the last 60 years. (మరింత…)

Hyderabad- El Dorado for Andhraites : Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr అక్టోబర్ 29, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Culture, Godavari, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Telangana, universities.
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Why everyone wants a slice of the Hyderabad pie
Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr, DNA, October 29,2013

The meeting was fortuitous but rewarding. An Andhra businessman wanting to be a politician from East Godavari district – the heart of coastal Andhra – was waiting to meet a senior Congress functionary-cum-minister talked candidly about what Hyderabad means to Andhraites. He cannot be named because his lobbying for a ticket in the forthcoming elections would be torpedoed if he is identified.

He runs a college in Rajahmundry, headquarters of East Godavari district. Rajahmundry is a celebrated place in Andhra history, also known as Rajamahendravaram of yore. And he also runs a college in Nalgonda. It is an example of the entrepreneurial panache of the Andhraites. He has done his Bachelor’s of Commerce (B Com) and law at Andhra University. He has also done a course from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi. (మరింత…)

Governor for hastening Telangana process అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Governor for hastening Telangana process
TNN, October 26, 2013

New Delhi/ Hyderabad: Governor ESL Narasimhan, who has been in Delhi for the last two days, has reportedly pressed for the early completion of the Telangana process in his meetings with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other Union ministers.

Narasimhan met Sonia on Friday, the second time in the past two days, in the backdrop of CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy planning to quit the party and launch a political party for Samaikyandhra.

The purpose of summoning the governor to Delhi is to get clarifications on the preparedness of the police at the time of introduction of the bill in Parliament and subsequent Presidential assent. The Centre also is said to have sought clarification from the governor whether the division would unleash any violence in Rayalaseema and coastal region and encourage the Maoist elements in the state. (మరింత…)

Vizag Development Council seeks Inter-state panel అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Inter-state panel sought
Deccan Chronicle, October 24, 2013

Visakhapatnam: Local think tank had requested President of India Pranab Mukherjee to invoke article 263 of constitution for appointment of inter-state council for resolution of issues between two regions and centre before proceeding further on bifurcation of the state.

Members of Vizag Development Council (VDC), on Wednesday, wrote to the president that the decision of the Union government on creation of separate Telangana state has led to unrest in the state.

“More than 2/3 of the population in Andhra Pradesh are opposing division. The chief minister is also against it. All the opposition parties in the state are demanding for a review of the decision. Even people living in the capital city, Hyderabad, which is proposed to be merged into Telangana, have not expressed their desire to merge with Telangana,” said VDC president P. Vishnu Kumar Raju. He added that the majority of them prefer status quo. (మరింత…)

Will Kiran Kumar Reddy ditch Cong for new party? అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, elections, politics, Rayalaseema, Telangana.
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Will Telangana push Kiran Reddy into ditching Cong for new party?
PS Jayaram, October 23, 2013 Firstpost.Politics

As a former cricketer who captained the Hyderabad Under-22 team, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy firmly believes that the game is not over till the last ball is bowled. For this 53-year-old sportsman-turned-politician, the Telangana game is far from over.

But, with the UPA government remaining firm on its decision to create a Telangana state despite mass agitations, does he have too many options? Will the battle-scarred chief minister, lacking in political acumen and mass support base, really take the plunge and float a new regional party as is being speculated in political circles? These are some of the questions doing the rounds in the state about to go under the Centre’s knife.

A quick scan of Kiran Reddy’s political journey since 1989 when he was first elected to the assembly does look impressive at first glance, but in reality there is nothing even vaguely exciting about the four-time legislator. Yes, he did hold a couple of important positions, including that of government chief whip and assembly speaker, before he was catapulted to the hot seat in 2010 by the Congress high command, but that hardly says much about him as a leader. (మరింత…)

Telangana Bill in Winter Session అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Telangana Bill likely to come up in Winter Session of Parliament
Deccan Chronicle, Ch. V.M. Krishna Rao, October 23, 2013

Hyderabad: The Telangana Bill is likely to come up in the Winter Session of Parliament, which the Centre intends to convene from December 5.

According to sources, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is keen to have the T-Bill passed in the Winter Session. But it all depends on the schedule of business that will evolve at the pre-session all-party meeting.

The Group of Ministers that is working on the Telangana Bill is expected to conclude its business around November 15, after which the draft legislation will be placed before the Union Cabinet. (మరింత…)

Krishna water: Telangana may seek a new tribunal అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Krishna water: Telangana may seek a new tribunal
The New Indian Express, October 20, 2013

The new Telangana state can approach the Centre for another tribunal on Krishna river water sharing in future. As the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal on Krishna water dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka is about to give its verdict, Telangana, when it becomes a state, can seek another tribunal to decide its share of Krishna water with its neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh, an official in the irrigation department has said.

For the convenience of the Group of Ministers (GoM), which held its second meeting in Delhi on Saturday, the state irrigation department sent a detailed report on the status of irrigation projects and water sharing on Saturday. Though the report was prepared on Friday, top officials of the department made minor changes in it and sent it on Saturday for perusal by the GoM. (మరింత…)

Draft Telangana Bill in November అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013

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Draft Telangana Bill in November
The Asian Age, October 20, 2013

Hyderabad: The Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to prepare the Telangana Bill had its second meeting on Saturday in New Delhi. It was decided to stick to the issues that were already cleared by both the Congress Working Committee and the Union Cabinet. It was tentatively decided to prepare the Draft Telangana Bill by November 20.

Sources said the GoM was not willing to consider any deviations from the Terms of Reference. Home minister and convener of the GoM Sushilkumar Shinde insisted that the law and order subject be retained by the Centre as long as Hyderabad remains the joint capital of both states.

It is also reliably learnt that all the major irrigation dams on the River Krishna in the state will come under the control of joint boards comprising officials from the two states with officials from the Central Water Commission heading the panels on a permanent basis.

Telangana should have come two years ago: GK Pillai అక్టోబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Identity, Naxalite, politics, regionalism, SRC, Telangana.
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Telangana should have come two years ago, says Former Union home secretary GK Pillai
Manan Kumar, Agency DNA, 19 October 2013

Former Union home secretary GK Pillai tells dna’s Manan Kumar in an exclusive interview that the Telangana decision was wrongly timed. It should have come one or two years ago, he said. Edited excerpts:

Is carving out a new state of Telangana a right decision? Will it create more problems?
If people in Telangana do not want to be part of Andhra, they have full right to demand a new state. If after 60 years, Andhra hasn’t been able to give them confidence… I do not see any reason why they cannot be given a state. But the timing of the decision is bad. It should have come one or two years ago.

The Centre too should have pushed for the first best option given by the Justice Sri Krishna Commission — to give Telangana a regional council. The government should have tried it out for two-three years. If that did not work they should have then gone for the full statehood option.

Which major problem do you foresee once Telangana is carved out?
Most of the problems like capital are highly exaggerated. I think the main problem would be water because water flows from Telangana to coastal regions, which has more fertile land. The real fear of Seemandhra region is what if Telangana constructs a dam. That is something that Telangana should not do but then there is inter-state water commission and recourse to law to take care of such issues.

There is a strong view that creation of Telangana will help the Maoists?
On the contrary, I think a delay in creating Telangana will help the Maoists and allow them to exploit pro-Telangana sentiments. (మరింత…)

AP bifurcation unlikely to hit higher education sector అక్టోబర్ 19, 2013

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Economy, Hyderabad, Rayalaseema, Telangana, universities.
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Andhra Pradesh bifurcation unlikely to hit higher education sector
N Madhav, Business Standard, Hyderabad, October 18, 2013

Of the 42 varsities in the state, 34 are state universities, three central, five deemed

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into Telangana and Seemandhra is unlikely to have an impact on the education sectors of both the regions.

Of the 42 universities in the state, 34 are state universities, three central and five deemed. Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have 10 state universities each, while Telangana has 14. Besides, there are 700 private engineering colleges spread across the state.

While the admission to state universities and private engineering colleges is in the proportion of 85:15 for local (region-wise) and non-local students, half the seats in central universities are for state candidates. Private deemed universities have the autonomy to frame their own rules.

“With the existing local and non-local system in place for state universities and private engineering colleges, there is no reason for non-Telangana students to worry about loss of opportunities,” said Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, Registrar N V Ramana Rao.

Universities and colleges located close to the capital city have a slight advantage over those in other regions of Telangana, as these provide additional programmes, including job-oriented soft skills enhancement and various training programmes. (మరింత…)