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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…)

Congress wins trust vote, 16 hours debate on corruption & growing crisis in the state డిసెంబర్ 7, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in BJP, Congress, corruption, CPI, CPI-M, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, TDP, Telangana, TRS, Y S Jagan, YSR.
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Kiran government wins trust vote
Special Correspondent, The Hindu, HYDERABAD, December 6, 2011

Marathon 16-hour-long debate ends at 1.30 a.m.

The Congress government defeated the Telugu Desam-sponsored no confidence motion by a comfortable margin of 160-122 votes at the end of a marathon 16-hour-long debate that ended at 1.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

But the ruling party paid a heavy price for its victory after 16 of its MLAs defied its whip and voted in favour of the no trust motion, notwithstanding the likelihood of their disqualification from the Assembly. If they are disqualified, the Congress party’s own strength will come down to 137, way below the half-way mark in the 294-member Assembly.

However, the voting pattern, including the rebellion by the pro-Jagan MLAs, went along expected lines. The Opposition parties comprising the TDP, TRS, CPI, BJP, CPI (M) and Congress rebels closed ranks and voted in support of the motion while the one-year-old Kiran Kumar Reddy government mustered the backing of the Praja Rajyam and its ally, the MIM, to sail through. Lok Satta member N. Jayaprakash Narayan remained neutral. (మరింత…)

Land of Suicides – farmers, weavers, Gulf returnees, T agitators ఏప్రిల్ 5, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Adilabad, agitation, Andhra, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, livelihoods, Mahabubnagar, politics, Rangareddy, Rayalaseema, regionalism, students, suicide, Telangana, Telugu, Warangal, youth.
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State of suicide: 42 die every day
April 4, 2011, DC Correspondent, Hyderabad

April 3: Every day, 42 people commit suicide in the state. This shocking statistic appears in the latest report of the State Crime Records Bureau. In the year 2010, more than 15,529 persons ended their lives in AP. An alarming figure, which was 1,702 higher than that in the previous year. Telangana districts Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Ranga Reddy and Mahbubnagar reported the highest number of suicides.

Till February 2011, at least 2,635 suicides had taken place in the state. The SCRB officials reported that the number of men who ended their lives was double that of women. Around 4,827 women committed suicide in a year, as against 10,672 men. Suicides of farmers, weavers, Gulf returnees, Telangana agitators, accounted for a large number, besides the “regulars”, like domestic disputes, financial troubles and love affairs, said to be the key reasons for suicides. (మరింత…)