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Sindhu prefers Andhra over Telangana for government job ఫిబ్రవరి 26, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Essays, GHMC, Identity, Mulki, TDP, Telugu, TRS.
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IANS, February 2017, Vijayawada

Olympic 2016 silver medallist PV Sindhu has preferred Andhra Pradesh over Telangana to accept a government job offer. The star shuttler, who was born in Hyderabad, has accepted the job offer of Andhra Pradesh, the state her parents come from.

Sindhu will soon be appointed as deputy collector in Andhra Pradesh. She has conveyed her willingness to accept the post which was offered by the state government soon after she bagged silver in women’s singles at the Rio Olympics last year.

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Sindu’s mother Vijayalakshmi said they were soon expecting appointment order.

While felicitating Sindu at a function here on her return from Olympics, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had announced that the state will give a group-I officer’s job to the shuttler. (మరింత…)

KCR plans another yagam for trouble free Rs 40,000 crore mission bhagiratha జూలై 15, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, displacement, Economy, heritage, KCR, landuse, livelihoods, politics, SC, ST, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, YSR.
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Telangana: KCR to perform another Yagam, to ‘banish developmental hurdles’
Srinivasa Aro Apparasu, Hindustan Times, Hyderabad, July 14, 2016

Known for his staunch belief in ancient Hindu customs, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is all set to appease Lord Vishnu in a big way. He is preparing for yet another major Vedic ceremony, this time to apparently ward off ‘evil forces causing hurdles’ in implementing government programmes.

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Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao. After performing a Yagam in 2015, KCR will perform another in Medak in August to apparentely ‘banish developmental hurdles’. (File Photo )

Preparations are on for KCR performing the Sudarshana Yagam in his assembly constituency in Medak district next month. The detailed religious ritual will be held at Gajwel on August 7 to invoke Sudarshana, the mythological disc associated with Lord Vishnu in decimating evil forces.

The 62-year-old CM will perform the Yagam along with the family. Ahead of its start at Gajwel town, he will formally inaugurate the first phase of his government’s Mission Bhagiratha that aims to provide drinking water to every household, according to Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, who is a nephew of KCR. (మరింత…)

Polavaram Dam: ‘Stop the work order’ for not conducting Public Hearing in Chhattisgarh & Orissa జూలై 9, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Bhadrachalam, BJP, Congress, displacement, ecology, Godavari, heritage, Koya, landuse, Polavaram, Settler, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS, violence.
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Centre’s bar on Polavaram work lapses
Deccan Chronicle, 9 July 2016

Project authority says Central water panel has no objection to approval.
Polavram project
The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

Hyderabad: The ministry of environment and forests’ (MoEF) orders regarding the Polavaram project — to keep the ‘stop the work order’ in abeyance — lapsed a week ago. The ministry had issued the abeyance order earlier from June 30, 2015, for a year regarding the stop work order issued previously.

This was issued initially on February 8, 2011 due to non compliance of the condition for an environment clearance, namely, conducting a public hearing in Chattisgarh and Odisha. (మరింత…)

Telangana state trying for missing files about evidence of Hyderabad Funds transferred to London by the Nizam జూన్ 23, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, AP Reorganisation Bill, BJP, Congress, Economy, Hyderabad, Nizam, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Hyderabad Funds case: Nizam money is ours, says Telangana government

Deccan Chronicle, June 23, 2016

Centre sought crucial historic documents from Tarnaka archives

Officials of the External Affairs ministry have visited the city thrice till date to search for the documents.

Officials of the External Affairs ministry have visited the city thrice till date to search for the documents

Hyderabad: The Central government has been following up the Hyderabad Funds case with the Telangana state government as the required documents supposedly stored at the Tarnaka archives have not been found.

Officials of the External Affairs ministry have visited the city thrice till date to search for the documents. Meanwhile senior state government officials who are handling the case said that the Centre could not be a claimant since the funds were transferred from the Hyderabad government. They say that the TS government should be the claimant as it is the successor of the Nizam’s government. (మరింత…)

Is Aadhar card making people decide where they belong- 20 lakh people of two Telugu states change their address జూన్ 23, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, politics, regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu, TRS.
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20 lakh people from Telangana, AP change Aadhar card address

Deccan Chronicle, U Sudhakar Reddy, June 23, 2016

Hyderabad: At least 12 lakh people in Andhra Pradesh and 8 lakh in Telangana have applied and got their addresses changed in their Aadhar database over the past two years. Change of address and in other particulars like marital status is crucial  as they are linked with land ownership data, property tax details and gas subsidy Aadhar cards are must for government schemes, to avail bank loans and verification linked to them.

Any discrepancies in Aadhar data will curtail public from availing services since banks also cross check data provided for opening bank account. Customers fill up KYC form and as well as loan sanctions form with Unique Identification Authority of India authorities. (మరింత…)

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…)

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…)

Stop Land Sales in Hyderabad- ఎవరివీ హైదరాబాద్‌ భూములు? ఎన్‌ వేణుగోపాల్‌ నవంబర్ 28, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Economy, Hyderabad, KCR, KTR, Nizam, Settler, TDP, Telangana, Telugu (తెలుగు), TRS, YSR.
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ఎవరివీ హైదరాబాద్‌ భూములు?
ఎన్‌ వేణుగోపాల్‌
నవ తెలంగాణ 11 నవంబర్ 2015

“ఒరులేయవి యొనరించిన నర వర యప్రియము తన మనంబునకగు దానవి యొరులకు సేయకునికి పరాయణము పరమ ధర్మ పథములకెల్లన్‌” అని పాటించవలసిన రాజధర్మం ఏమిటో మహాభారతంలో తిక్కన విదురుడి నోట చెప్పించాడు. అది రాజధర్మం మాత్రమే కాదు. మనుషులందరూ పాటించవలసిన సహజ నైతిక సూత్రం. ఇతరులు ఏ పని చేస్తే మనకు అసంతృప్తి కలిగిందో, ఇతరులు ఏ పని చేయడాన్ని మనం అభ్యంతర పెట్టామో అదే పని మనంతట మనం చేయకపోవడమే అన్ని ధర్మాల్లోకీ అనుసరించవలసిన ధర్మం అనేదే ఆ నీతి.

ఘనత వహించిన తెలంగాణ ప్రభుత్వం తాజాగా తీసుకున్న ఒక ఆర్థిక నిర్ణయం ఈ గత కాలపు వివేకాన్ని గుర్తుకు తెస్తున్నది. అప్పుడు ప్రతిపక్షంగా, ఉద్యమపక్షంగా ఉండిన ఇవాళ్టి అధికారపక్షం సమీప గతంలో తీసుకున్న రాజకీయ వైఖరినీ ఇవాళ ప్రకటిస్తున్న విధానాలనూ పోల్చి చూసినప్పుడు ఈ వివేకం గుర్తుకు వస్తున్నది. తిక్కన అక్షరీకరించిన మానవ ధర్మం, రాజధర్మం ఇవాళ్టికి కూడ ఎంత ప్రాసంగికంగా ఉన్నదో తెలుస్తున్నది.

తెలంగాణ ప్రభుత్వం ప్రభుత్వ భూమిని వేలం వేయడానికి నిర్ణయించిందని, అందుకోసం 12,500 ఎకరాల భూమిని గుర్తించిందని, ఆ వేలంద్వారా రు. 13,500 కోట్ల సంపాదించాలని ఆలోచిస్తున్నదని వార్తలు వస్తున్నాయి. ఈ వార్తలు పూర్తిగా ఊహాగానాలు కాకపోవచ్చు. అంకెలలో ఏమైనా చిన్న తేడాలు ఉండవచ్చు గాని ఉద్దేశాలూ నిర్ణయాలూ నిజాలే కావచ్చు. భూముల అమ్మకాన్ని నిధుల సేకరణకు ఒక మార్గంగా చూస్తామని ప్రభుత్వాధినేతలు చాలసార్లే ప్రకటించారు. కాని ఇవాళ అధికారంలో ఉన్నవారు రెండు సంవత్సరాల కింది వరకూ ఇటువంటి నిర్ణయాలను వ్యతిరేకిస్తూ మాట్లాడారని, నిరసన ప్రదర్శనలు కూడ జరిపారని గుర్తు తెచ్చుకోవలసి ఉంది. (మరింత…)

Displacing Godavari and Its People – N Venugopal నవంబర్ 6, 2015

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, AP Reorganisation Bill, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, regionalism, ST, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Book review
When Godavari Comes: People’s History of a River–Journeys in the Zone of the Dispossessed by R Uma Maheshwari, New Delhi: Aakar Books, 2014; pp 486 + xviii, Rs 595.

N Venugopal (venugopalraon@yahoo.com) is the editor of Veekshanam, a Telugu monthly journal of political economy and society.

Polavaram multipurpose irrigation project across the Godavari River is likely to displace more than 3,00,000 people, mostly Adivasis, by submerging over 300 habitations. It will also submerge forests with rich biodiversity, a hill range, a river and several streams, agricultural lands, and cultural sites. The highly controversial project, first envisaged in the 1940s under the colonial government, was actually taken up by the Government of Andhra Pradesh in 2006, without proper sanctions and clearances from many statutory bodies. The project violates safeguards provided to Adivasis in the Constitution as well as several legislations, including the Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA), 1996, the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

The works on the project began and continued without approvals like clearance for revised costs by the Expenditure (Finance) Committee; Central Electrical Authority’s clearance for power component; approvals from gram sabhas in the submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh states; approval of Forest (Conservation) Act for submergence areas in Odisha and Chhattisgarh; techno-economic clearance from the Central Water Commission (CWC); and CWC approval for dam design and operation schedule. In fact, the project is under litigation with several cases pending in the Supreme Court (SC) filed by governments of Chhattisgarh and Odisha as well as environmental and Adivasi groups. The project is also in violation of the National Tribal Policy as it violates the direction, “any project which displaces more than 50,000 tribal people should not be taken up.” In 2006, the SC appointed a Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to study the concerns and the CEC report said,
there is, therefore, a strong case for a second thought and explore alternative location and design of the dam to avoid the colossal loss in terms of apprehended sufferings and disruption of life style of the local inhabitants. (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…)