Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody జూలై 31, 2016Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in corruption, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, submergence, suicide, violence.
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Police cane villagers, lob tear gas shells as Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody
Express News Service, 25 July 2016
SANGAREDDY: The Mallanna Sagar project oustees agitation took a ‘bloody’ turn on Sunday with police caning the villagers, resulting in injuries to dozens of people. Police opened fire in the air and lobbed tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
All Opposition parties called for Medak district bandh on Monday protesting against the police action against the villagers. It is alleged that the police caned the villagers, including women and children indiscriminately, and even dragged people out of their houses and beat them up.
Women fell unconscious after being lathicharged during a protest | Express photo
Two of the submergence villages, Erravelli and Vemulaghat, resembled war zone with the locals fighting a pitched battle with police throughout most part of the day. Trouble began when some villagers of Vemulaghat, who were on a 50-day relay hunger strike against the Mallanna Sagar project, tried to lay siege to national highway protesting the government’s attitude in going ahead with the project inspite of objection from locals.
The villagers were stopped near Pallepahad crossroads. Police stopped them from marching ahead citing imposition of prohibitory orders in the villages. The villagers entered into a heated argument with police and a scuffle ensued between the two sides. Police caned the villagers and in the lathicharge, eight villagers including women were injured. Two women fell unconscious. At the same time, the villagers of Erravelli were holding a grama sabha in their village. As they got the news of police action on Vemulaghat villagers, the Erravelli villagers too decided to lay seige on the national highway and marched towards the main road. (మరింత…)
Tags: Jala Yagnam
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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.
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, 2016Posted 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.
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…)
AP Govt Rules Out Return of Merged Villages to Telangana ఫిబ్రవరి 18, 2016Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, KCR, Koya, Polavaram, politics, ST, submergence, TDP, TRS.
Tags: AP Reorganisation Act
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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…)
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Polavaram issue: BJD bandh affects life in parts of southern Odisha
Odisha Sun Times Bureau, Koraput, January 7, 2016
The 12 hour bandh call today by the ruling BJD party protesting against the Polavaram dam has affected the day-to-day life in Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur and Rayagada districts in Odisha.
The bandh has been called from 7 am in the morning till 5 pm in the evening. The streets were deserted, shops and business houses remained closed. The general public is also supporting the strike, with locals joining the protests which are being held at different places in the districts.
“ When the first MOU was signed in 1980 with Odisha government there near Motu its height was limited to 150 feet, but currently the Andhra Pradesh government has increased the height to nearly 180 feet.”
Odisha Chief Minister urges PM not to allow construction of Polavaram సెప్టెంబర్ 20, 2015Posted 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…)
Tags: Chhattisgarh, Salwa Judum
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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…)
Odisha CM Opposes Polavaram Dam అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, BJP, Godavari, Koya, Polavaram, submergence, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: Chhattisgarh, Naveen Patnaik, Odisha
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Odisha CM opposes Polavaram
TNN, 8 Ocober 2014, Hyderabad
In a major setback to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s Polavaram mission, his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik has conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi his opposition to the construction of Polavaram project across river Godavari in AP by the TDP government.
Patnaik has urged the Centre, now the implementing authority of the project, not to go ahead with its construction. The development comes at a time Naidu is scheduled to visit Bhubaneswar to meet Patnaik and seek Odisha’s cooperation to complete the multipurpose project as early as possible.
According to sources, the Odisha CM told Modi that all riparian states had serious reservations against the project that has now been accorded the status of national project as concession to residuary AP following bifurcation. (మరింత…)
Tags: 2014 elections, Aam Aadmi Party, AAP
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AAP supports Telangana, in favour of smaller states
January 18, 2014, OneIndia News
Hyderabad, Jan 18: Indicating that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in favour of separate Telangana state, its senior leader Prashant Bhushan on Saturday said the outfit supported smaller states as it believes in decentralization of power.
Bhushan also said the AAP was averse to having any pre-poll alliance with any political party.
He, however, said like-minded parties like Lok Satta in Andhra Pradesh, led by former bureaucrat Jayprakash Narayan, was welcome to AAP fold.
“So far we have decided not to enter into pre-poll alliance. However, they (Lok Satta) may merge with AAP. There have been discussions (towards merger) in this regard. It is too early to say anything at this point,” Bhushan told reporters. (మరింత…)
Telangana Bill – TRS suggests joint capital for 3 years జనవరి 13, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Godavari, Hyderabad, Mulki, Palamur, Polavaram, Settler, ST, submergence, Telangana, TRS.
Tags: 29th state, AP Reorganisation Bill
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Telangana Congress, TRS MLAs Suggest Amendments to Telangana Bill
Express News Service- Hyderabad 11 January 2014
With the deadline for written submissions on AP Reorganisation Bill-2013 ending at 1 pm on Friday, several MLAs from Telangana on Thursday handed over to speaker N Manohar their written pleas for amendments to the bill. While Congress MLAs suggested nine amendments, TRS members suggested ten. Following are the key amendments suggested by them:
COMMON CAPITAL: Parliament should make provision for keeping Hyderabad as common capital for a temporary period. TRS wants it not to exceed three years and Congress leaders want it not more than 10 years.
LAW & ORDER IN HYD: Clause 8 may be modified so that the governor shall be guided by the advice of the council of ministers of the state of Telangana. (మరింత…)