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Mallanna Sagar protest turns bloody జూలై 31, 2016

Posted 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.

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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…)

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Congress supports Mallanna Sagar oustees struggle జూలై 31, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, displacement, ecology, Economy, Harish, KCR, Medak, suicide, Telangana.
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Rahul to visit Mallanna Sagar villages?

Express News Service, 30 July 2016

Hyderabad: Will AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi make a surprise visit to Telangana and join the party’s fight in support of Mallanna Sagar project oustees demand of compensation as per Land Acquisition Act 2013?

Yes, say highly placed sources in the Congress party. Like in the University of Hyderabad  protests during the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, Rahul Gandhi is likely to make a surprise visit to the state and the proposed submergence villages under Mallanna Sagar project.

The state government’s crackdown on those supporting the Mallanna Sagar oustees gave the Congress the much needed ammunition to launch an agitation and it wants to take full advantage of the situation by bringing Rahul Gandhi to the state and join the agitation. Sources said senior Congress leaders received a communication from the party high command of Rahul Gandhi’s likely visit to Mallanna Sagar villages in the next couple of days.  (మరింత…)

Struggle for fee regulation in private schools జూలై 8, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhrapreneurship, Economy, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, politics, Rangareddy, Settler, Telangana, Warangal.
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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.

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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…)

Maths and politics of New Districts in Telangana జూలై 8, 2016

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in 29th State, Adilabad, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, KCR, Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, politics, Rangareddy, regionalism, Telangana, Warangal.
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Telangana: In new math, adding more districts will divide politics
Kamalapathi Rao H, Deccan Chronicle, July 8, 2016

Reorganisation of districts will strengthen K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his party TRS in south, east.

Hyderabad: The reorganisation of districts in Telangana state could lead to exclusive zones for the TRS, while edging out the Opposition in some of the proposed districts in the southern and eastern parts of the state.

The TRS has been traditionally strong in the northern districts and Warangal, while it is considerably weak in Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Nalgonda and Khammam.

Mahbubnagar district will be split into three parts — Mahbubnagar, Wanaparthy and Nagar Kurnool. As per proposals, Wanaparthy district would have Alampur, Gadwal and Wanaparthy from where the TRS has no MLA. The district will become a stronghold of the Congress.

The residual Mahbubnagar district will have Maktal, Narayanpet, De-varakadra, Jadcherla, Shadnagar, Mahbubna-gar and Kodangal. Of these, only Kodangal has a representative from the Telugu Desam. With this, the residual Mahbubnagar district would become a stronghold of the ruling party.

If Kodangal is merged into its neighbouring Ranga Reddy West (Vikarabad) district, the TD would not have any representation from Mahbubnagar district and the TRS will have no opposition. (మరింత…)

207 farmers’ suicides in 4 months in Telangana అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in ecology, Economy, Identity, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, suicide, Telangana.
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207 farmers allegedly committed suicide in Telangana in 4 months
Sreenivas Janyala, October 8, 2014 Indian Express

At least 207 farmers have committed suicide in Telangana in the last four months, according to Rythu Swarajya Vedika, an umbrella group of voluntary organisations working on farmers’ issues. The situation is grim in Warangal where 52 farmers allegedly committed suicide, followed by 35 in Medak, 31 in Adilabad, 28 in Nalgonda, 27 in Karimnagar and 18 in Mahbubnagar.

Inadequate rainfall, dry bore wells, depletion of ground water and scarce irrigation facilities leading to general crop failure have been cited as the reasons that forced these farmers to end their lives.

“A majority of the victims are tenant farmers who pay very high rates to take land on lease, often paying up to Rs 10,000 per acre per season. When their crops fail, they are left in debt. With private financiers hounding them, they take their own lives,’’ said RTI activist B Kondala Reddy who is associated with Rythu Swarajya Vedika, and Caring Citizens Collective, an NGO. The Agriculture Department officials said cotton and chilli farmers have been hit hard, because of unseasonal showers and lack of sufficient rainfall. (మరింత…)

Big scam in Telangana Haritha Haram green drive అక్టోబర్ 8, 2014

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, corruption, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Telangana, TRS.
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Big scam in Telangana green drive
DC Correspondent, October 07, 2014

Hyderabad: The ambitious Haritha Haaram project of the Telangana State government to improve greenery in all the 10 districts by planting over 230 crore saplings in three years has hit a roadblock. Tenders being called to procure crores of polythene covers to supply the saplings have become controversial with contractors forming syndicates to bag the contracts for higher prices.

The government had decided to plant 40 lakh saplings per year in each Assembly constituency, totaling 1.20 crore saplings in each constituency in three years. It has constituted Haritha Haaram committees in each district with the joint collector as chairman and officials from Forest and Horticulture departments as members to monitor the tender process. District-wise tenders had been invited to procure polythene covers. (మరింత…)

TRS loses in trade union polls in Zaheerabad and Patancheru డిసెంబర్ 4, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Economy, elections, Harish, Hyderabad, livelihoods, local, Medak, politics, regionalism, Telangana, TRS.
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Harish loses in two trade union polls
Express News Service, The New Indian Express, Dec 4, 2011

SANGAREDDY: In a major setback for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is striving to get a foothold in trade unions in the region, Siddipet MLA T Harish Rao lost in workers union elections of Mahindra and Mahindra Automobile Industry in Zaheerabad and Kirby Constructions Limited in Patancheru on Saturday. Incidentally, the TRS forayed into the trade unions with Harish winning in the MRF union polls in the district. (మరింత…)

Telangana remains paralysed – People’s strike సెప్టెంబర్ 14, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, agitation, elections, G.O 610, JAC, Karimnagar, Medak, Mulki, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, Warangal.
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Telangana remains paralysed
The New Indian Express, 14 September, 2011

HYDERABAD: The administration remained paralysed in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh Wednesday as the indefinite strike by over 400,000 government employees continued for the second day.

Delivery of civic services was hit in 10 districts of Telangana as employees stayed away from work to demand formation of separate Telangana state.

The “people’s strike” called by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) did not have much impact in Hyderabad, but was total in districts like Warangal, Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Adilabad.

Work in the state secretariat was not affected as about 85 percent of the employees attended their duties but the leaders of Telangana movement claimed that the employees from the region constitute only 15 percent of the total workforce. The impact was also partial in offices of other departments in the state capital.

The strike led to tension in some offices in Hyderabad as a section of employees refused to join the strike. In the office of Hyderabad district collector, the supporters of the strike had heated arguments with those who refused to join them.

In the office of the district collector in Khammam, striking employees ransacked the office of joint collector as he was attending work. (మరింత…)

Battleground Telangana : Chronicle of an agitation జూన్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, Culture, Economy, Hyderabad, Identity, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Mulki, Palamur, politics, regionalism, Review, Telangana.
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Nomads near Cyberabad
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Medak, a district that borders Greater Hyderabad, is a telling example of the poor economic development in Telangana, writes Kingshuk Nag in ‘Battleground Telangana: Chronicle of an agitation’ (www.harpercollins.co.in).

On the roads of Medak, not more than an hour and a half from Hyderabad, it is possible to run into nomads travelling on bullock carts with all their belongings, describes Nag. “These people have no home and hearth and move from place to place within the district in search of jobs. Many others, who have some place to live, migrate seasonally in the months of summer not only in search of jobs but also looking for sources of drinking water.” (మరింత…)

Status of TRS in Nizamabad ఏప్రిల్ 25, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in agitation, compromise, conflict resolution, Congress, elections, Harish, Identity, Medak, Mulki, Nizamabad, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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TRS loses sheen in Nizamabad
April 25, 2011 DC Correspondent, Nizamabad

April 24: Lack of leadership and perennial dissidence and revolts against the party high command have adversely affected the activities of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in Nizamabad district. Since its inception in 2002, the party has been losing its sheen gradually. TRS founder members and senior leaders are leaving the party and joining other political parties. It may be noted that leaders and activists of Nizamabad had extended strong support to the TRS in the initial days.
TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao was unable to show his party’s strength in his native Medak district in the 2002 local body elections, but people of Nizamabad voted for the TRS and gave a chance for the Zilla Parishad chairman’s post and 23 out of 36 mandal parishad presidents’ posts. TRS leaders S. Santosh Reddy, G. Sadanandam and G. Anita served as zilla parishad chairpersons for two terms. Former TRS MLAs S. Santosh Reddy of Armoor and G. Ganga Reddy of Dichpally resigned from the party and joined the ruling Congress.

The party’s single MLA E. Ravinder Reddy of Yellareddy Assembly constituency has also faced discomfort with the party high command several times. Party former ZP chairman G. Sadanandam has also joined the Congress. Former MP and founder member of the TRS M. Narayana Reddy and TRS senior leader Dr J. Bapu Reddy have left the party, while TRS district unit president A.S. Poshetty and senior leader Dr R. Bhupathi Reddy rejoined the party. (మరింత…)