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Struggle for fee regulation in private schools జూలై 8, 2016

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Telangana: Private schools charge high fees, protests spreading
Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad, 8 July, 2016

School Fee Regulation JAC member Nagati Narayana said the issue was not confined to Hyderabad.

HSPA figh against loot by private schools
The Hyderabad School Parents Association started the fight here in Hyderabad during the 2015 academic year and since then, the movement to regulate fees gained momentum in January this year. (Representational image)

Hyderabad: The fight against exorbitant fees charged by private schools has spread to the districts, with student unions undertaking protests.

School Fee Regulation JAC member Nagati Narayana said the issue was not confined to Hyderabad. “Schools in few districts are charging a bomb. No one dared to raise their voice earlier. Now, with so much awareness, people are coming forward and seeking regulation of fees. We are getting inquiries from districts like Nalgonda, Medak, Karimnagar, Warangal, Nizamabad,” he said. (మరింత…)

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AP Govt Rules Out Return of Merged Villages to Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, KCR, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, submergence, TDP, TRS.
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AP Government Rules Out Return of Merged Villages to TS

Express News Service, 18 February 2016

ELURU/ HYDERABAD: A day after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s statement that the Andhra Pradesh government had agreed to his proposal to give some of the villages that were earlier merged with the reorganised State back to TS, the AP government on Wednesday made it clear that it had not accepted any such proposal.

“We have no idea about such proposal. In fact, all these villages were merged with AP from the TS so as to clear the way for the construction of Polavaram project. If some of these villages are given back to TS, how could the project be taken up?” a top official wondered. (మరింత…)

“No settler here, even I’m from outside”: KTR జనవరి 16, 2016

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“No settler here, even I’m from outside”

KTR says strong passions are passé and the government has to take everyone along

Panchayat Raj Minister K.T. Rama Rao made it clear that the city’s population does not lend itself for clustering into “settlers” and “non-settlers”, as most residents here are migrants from other places.

“Even I am not from here. I migrated from Siddipet. In fact, even America is a country of immigrants,” he said, at the ‘Meet the Press’ event organised by the Telangana State Union of Working Journalists here on Tuesday.

“It is true that we had given slogans like ‘Jaago, Bhaago’, and we are not apologetic about it now. Such were the passions then, when leaders from Andhra tried to hinder Telangana State. Today the passions are not there. We have to take everyone along. This is the government, even for those who didn’t vote for us,” Mr. Rao elaborated, responding to a statement that local people are angry with government’s efforts to please “settlers”. (మరింత…)

‘Settlers’ hold the key- GHMC Elections జనవరి 16, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Andhrapreneurship, AP Reorganisation Bill, elections, GHMC, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Settler, Telangana, TRS.
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N Rahul, The Hindu, January 11, 2016

All parties, without exception, are scrambling for votes of ‘settlers’, particularly of Andhra Pradesh origin, in the elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, as they constitute a sizeable population and have the potential to swing the results.

The ruling TRS has tried to impress on the section that the dividing line between people of AP and Telangana origin had withered away after the general elections in 2014 when they voted overwhelmingly in favour of Telugu Desam Party and the BJP. The Opposition, however, reminded them that the scars from wounds of bifurcation were still visible. This was clearly visible from the tweet of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s son Lokesh in the hash tag ‘#HyderabadBarbaad’, wherein he said “two faced TRS proves it again. One that cries foul at settlers for votes, another that sympathises them, again for votes.”

The Commercial Taxes Minister T. Srinivas Yadav displayed the goodies of TRS for settlers at a press conference here on Sunday, when he said he would be visiting Bheemavaram and other places in East and West Godavari districts to participate in Sankranti celebrations. Mr. Yadav had been going there for several years to take part in cockfights during the festival, but this time, he said, it was only to celebrate. (మరింత…)

Pride of Telugu states – Debt burden of Rs 1.66 lakh crores on poor Telugu people! డిసెంబర్ 1, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, AP Reorganisation Bill, BJP, Congress, Economy, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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AP, TS to share Rs. 8,000 cr. of inherited debt

M L Melly Maitreyi, The Hindu, December 1, 2015

Sources said the remaining debt of Rs.10,000 crore raised by the united State under externally aided projects would also be distributed soon between the two successor States.

Some of these loans were raised to fund projects like Hyderabad’s Outer Ring Road, Hussain Sagar clean-up and the Krishnapatnam power project.

While there is no dispute that such debts will be assigned to the State in which the particular project is located, other borrowings are rather more ticklish, such as those for development, welfare, irrigation, roads, rural water supply and poverty alleviation.

These would have to be apportioned on the basis of the population ratio. (మరింత…)

Education in Telangana – KG to PG Free Education vs Foreign Universities నవంబర్ 28, 2015

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Telangana keen on having private varsities

The Times of India, November 27, 2105

Hyderabad: The government of Telangana is planning to introduce a Private Institutions Bill, enabling private players to establish private universities in the state.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao was keen on having private universities which may aid lakhs of students in the state with better education and employment. “I had asked the deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari on why we shouldn’t pass private institutions bill which will help lakhs of students across the state,” KCR said at the inaugural function of the Rockwell International School on Thursday. (మరింత…)

Odisha Chief Minister urges PM not to allow construction of Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, ecology, Economy, Koya, Polavaram, politics, Settler, ST, submergence, TDP, TRS.
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Patnaik Plea For Polavaram
Tathya, Bhbaneswar, September 20, 2015

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to allow construction of the Polavaram Project as it will harm the interests of Odisha as the project is being taken up without addressing the legitimate concerns of the State.

Mr.Patnaik writing a letter to the Prime Minister Mr.Modi has expressed serious concern over Polavarm Project, which is being taken up unilaterally by the Government of Andhra Pradesh even the matter is pending in the Supreme Court.

Chief Minister has said that the Polavaram Project does not qualify to be considered as a National Project as it does not satisfy the norms. Sadly the Union Government has considered the Polavaram as a National Project, officials say.

Impressing upon the Prime Minister about the magnitude of the consequences that people of Odisha will have to face like submergence of tribal lands, the flooding of fertile agricultural lands, mass displacement of villages, Mr.Patnaik said that all of these can be avoided if only an opportunity is given for a final resolution of disputes as the case is pending before the Supreme Court. (మరింత…)

War against tribals – Dam and encounters by Andhra government జనవరి 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Bhadrachalam, displacement, ecology, Godavari, Identity, indigenous, Koya, Polavaram, ST, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Another Salwa Judum in the making?

Krishna Prasad, The Times of India, TNN, Jan 6, 2015

Hyderabad: In what could be a rerun of the failed Salwa Judum campaign of Chhattisgarh, the Andhra Pradesh government, faced with a renewed threat from Maoists, is planning to raise a tribal police battalion to take on the insurgents.

The cabinet sub-committee on Naxalite problem, headed by finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, has recommended a tribal battalion, staffed by tribal youth from East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, exclusively to counter Maoist insurgence on the Andhra-Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. Plans are afoot to locate the battalion either at Rampachodavaram in East Godavari or Paderu in Visakhapatnam district.

While the government says the decision is aimed at discouraging angry tribal youth, many of who would be dislocated due to the Polavaram project, from joining the Maoist fold, security experts feel the move is likely to backfire.

“What happened in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, which is not far from tribal areas of Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and Srikakulam, is still fresh,” cautioned former director general of police Pervaram Ramulu. “In the name of Salwa Judum, tribals were fielded against Maoists. The proposed tribal battalion is similar to Salwa Judum. In the name of employment, tribals should not be made to suffer,” he added. (మరింత…)

Telangana became a reality- JBS Umanadh డిసెంబర్ 30, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 1969, Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Congress, Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Polavaram, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, Telugu, TRS.
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Struggle bears fruit, Telangana is reality
J B S Umanadh, December 29, 2014, DHN

The year 2014 saw the birth of 29th state of India created by dividing the first linguistic state of Andhra Pradesh into Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The decade long struggle of the people of Telangana under the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) banner finally succeeded and the state was born on June 2.

In the general elections that followed the passage of the AP Reorganisation Bill, 2014, two regional parties, TRS and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) wiped out Congress and secured power in both the states. The angry voters of the residual AP state ensured all Congress candidates were defeated and Y S Jaganmohan Reddy’s YSRC party had to sit in the Opposition.

The acrimony between Telugu speaking people which was portrayed by the former Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal’s pepper spray act in the Parliament continued throughout the year even after division of the state. Both the Chief Ministers won’t see eye to eye on several issues, including the division of assets, and liabilities, employees, water, revenue and power. (మరింత…)

MIM questions Telangana State land regularisation డిసెంబర్ 18, 2014

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Deccan Chronicle, C.R.Gowri Shanker, December 18, 2014

Hyderabad: The TRS government is being given a hard time by its ally MIM over its regularisation scheme.

The government’s much touted land regularisation plan in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district has hit a roadblock with the MIM questioning the rationale in trying to rake up thousands of crores through regularisation of small plots and lands while promising huge tracts of lands for various “cities” for a song.

Sources told this newspaper that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao is quite upset with the MIM’s objections and is trying to sort out the issue with the party’s leadership.

Stating that it will not support any “hasty action on regularisation till the reports of the JLC (Joint Legislature Committees) and Task Force are received,” MIM has asked the government to provide details of all government, ceiling surplus, Bhoodan and assigned lands in both Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district, its occupants and alternate regularisation proposals. (మరింత…)