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Will stay put in Telangana: Chandrababu Naidu మే 30, 2014

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TNN, May 28, 2014

HYDERABAD: In a clear message to the TRS and Congress, TDP president and AP chief minister-elect N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that Hyderabad will be his headquarters until his party comes to power in Telangana in the 2019 elections.

Delivering his opening remarks at the ‘Mahanadu’, a two-day annual plenary marking party founder N T Rama Rao’s birth anniversary at Gandipet on the city outskirts, Naidu said, “It is the TDP’s duty to protect the interests of the Telugu people in both the states. While re-building Seemandhra, I will stay put in Hyderabad and ensure that the TDP comes to power in the next elections.”

Naidu’s assertion is a clear warning to the TRS and Congress that the TDP-BJP alliance is here to stay in Telangana. Predicted that it would be wiped out in the region in view of its ambiguous stance on the separate state demand, the TDP in alliance with the BJP bagged 14 of the 24 Assembly seats in the Greater Hyderabad region and is hoping to improve on its performance in the GHMC polls slated to be held in November.
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Telangana Bidda, Youngest Female to Conquer Mt Everest మే 28, 2014

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The New Indian Express, May 26, 2014

HYDERABAD: Malavath Poorna, aged just 13 years and 11 months, from Nizamabad district became the youngest girl ever to conquer the Mt Everest when she reached the highest peak in the world at 6 a.m. Sunday.

On the 52nd day of her expedition, an excited Poorna ran the last 100 meters to create history. Sadhanapally Anand Kumar (18) from Khammam, who was accompanying her, followed in her footsteps 45 minutes later.  The duo, both students of the AP Social Welfare Residential Education Institutions’ Society (APSWREIS), belong to weaker sections. Poorna’s parents work as agriculture labourers, while Anand’s father is a cycle mechanic. Secretary of APSWREIS, RS Praveen Kumar told reporters, “The students’ achievement is a morale booster to all kids who are below the poverty line. Even the poorest will excel if given an opportunity.”

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Regional parties win favour in divided Andhra Pradesh మే 27, 2014

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E. Venkatesu and K.C. Suri, The Hindu, May 25, 2014

Though the two states voted differently, the Congress lost ground in both

The results of the the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Andhra Pradeshdismayed Congress leaders while at the same time frustrating the Yuvajana Sramika Ryotu Congress Party (YSRCP), a splinter group.

The extraordinary circumstances that prevailed in the State in the aftermath of the bifurcation combined with the overall anti-Congress mood of the electorate all over India to erode support for the Congress. The State, which sent the largest contingent of Congress MPs both in 2004 and 2009, decisively voted against it this time round, even as two regional parties, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, emerged victorious.

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Telangana lessons: M Ramachandran మే 26, 2014

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The writer is a former secretary to the government of India

Business Standard, May 24, 2104

Apparently, the basic reason why the people of Telangana wanted creation of a new state was the economic neglect and comparative backwardness of the region. Let us hope that with the coming into existence of the two new states of Telangana and Seemandhra, both areas will see a new phase of overall development, focusing particularly on the backwardness or neglect factors and will in the next couple of years justify the creation of smaller states.

Seemandhra has about 67 per cent of the area sown and 27.5 per cent is the net irrigated area. In the Telangana area, this is 41 per cent and 17 per cent. While Telangana has power generation capacity of 4,368 Mw, Seemandhra has 7,082 Mw. When it comes to road network density, out of the ten districts of Telangana, one has road length in the lowest category of 0-25 km per hundred sq km, two are in the 25-50 km category and seven in the 50-75 km category. In the case of Seemandhra, there is none in the 0-25 km category, two in the 25-50 km category, and eight in the 50-75 km category, whereas three figure in the 75-100 km category. Seemandhra has a larger share of national and state highways whereas Telangana has more of panchayat roads. Being a coastal state, Seemandhra has the advantage of five ports with ten more planned on a PPP basis, and six districts have airports as well. Telangana has two airports, including Hyderabad. Other than Hyderabad, the two cities with million-plus population are in Seemandhra, whereas there is none in Telangana. Telangana’s 158 towns are newer and part of ribbon development along roads, whereas Seemandhra’s 195 towns are extensive municipalities, many of them very old.

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‘Andhra-domicile’ staff can’t work in Telangana: KCR మే 25, 2014

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N.Rahul, The Hindu, Hyderabad, May 23, 2014

Details of “Andhra employees” to be scrutinised by unions

Escalating tensions in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday said that “Andhra-domicile” employees would not be allowed to work in the offices of Telangana after he assumed office as Chief Minister of the new State that comes into being on June 2.

Mr. Rao’s comments come against a backdrop of a raging controversy over what Telangana employees allege to be deliberate inclusion of “Andhra-domicile” employees on the list of staff for the new Telangana Secretariat. (మరింత…)