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KCR turned `hero’ for retired Army personnel

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday reiterated that his government is committed to the
welfare of the retired Army personnel. The Telangana State government is setting up a large fund
for the Sainik welfare.

Speaking on the occasion, several retired Army personnel said that in the past no other Chief
Minister ever bothered even to give them appointment or listen to their genuine problems.
Chandrashekhar Rao is the only Chief Minister in the country who is thinking about the Sainik
Welfare, the Army personnel lauded the CM. “Chief Minister Sir, We are treating you as one of
our members of the profession and we look towards you as a true Commander”, the Army
personnel said in an emotion-choked voice. They later raised slogans, “Jai Jawan! Jai Kisan, Jai
Telangana! Jai KCR!”

reiterated that his government is committed to the welfare of the retired Army personnel. The
Telangana State government is setting up a large fund for the Sainik welfare.
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Telangana govt. committed to quota for minorities: KCR

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has asserted that his Government was committed to
implementing 12 per cent reservations to Minorities as assured and steps had been initiated to
introduce a legislation in the State Legislature during the forthcoming budget session.

The Chief Minister clarified that the Government decided to implement quota for Muslims on the
basis of their social, economic and educational backwardness and not on religious basis. He was
replying to a query raised by BJP member G. Kishan Reddy about the possible legal problems as
the courts had struck down the earlier legislations given on the religious basis. “We have initiated
steps to remedy the injustice done to the minority communities over the past several decades in the
united State and I am confident that the quota issue will be a reality soon,” Mr. Rao said replying to
a marathon debate on the steps initiated for the benefit of minorities by the TRS Government.

Refering to Tamil Nadu where the reservation was being implemented since 1994, he said there
was no reason why the State Government could not implement it in Telangana when the
neighbouring State could ensure its incorporation in the IXth schedule of the Constitution.

Legal recourse

“We are confident of convincing the Central Government to include the quota for Muslims in the
IXth schedule and the State could opt for legal recourse if there are hurdles at the Central level,” he
said adding that the Government would introduce a legislation in this regard in the budget session.
This would be followed by leading an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for
convincing him to ratify the decision of the State where Muslim minorities constituted over 14 per
cent of the population.

While Congress member T. Jeevan Reddy lamented that the Government failed to keep its promise
two-and - a-half years after coming to power, MIM member Akbaruddin Owaisi wanted the
Government to tread cautiously as the issue involved legal complications. “The Government should
tread cautiously even if it takes time to ensure that the existing quota of four per cent is not
affected,” he said. The Chief Minister made it clear that the existing quota of four per cent to
minorities was well within the purview of the 50 per cent cap on reservations and it would not be
impacted by the introduction of 12 per cent quota.
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Supreme Court revives hearing on Andhra Pradesh bifurcation

What better “index” to ascertain whether a State is to be divided or not other than public demand,
the Supreme Court said on Monday.

The observation came from a Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y.
Chandrachud while reviving a bunch of petitions filed by leading Telugu politicians across parties,
challenging the bifurcation of the erstwhile State of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. They had wanted the
apex court to declare the bifurcation as an illegal and unconstitutional act.

Though it issued a notice to the Centre in 2014, a Supreme Court Bench led by then Chief Justice
of India H.L. Dattu refused to stay the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act of 2014, leading to the
bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and the formation of new State Telangana.

After almost three years in cold storage, the petitions were listed on Monday.

A battery of lawyers for the petitioners demanded that there should be a “federal index” for State
formation. The Centre cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the federal structure of
democracy and divide States into bits.

“What can be a better index than the entire State demanding it [bifurcation],” Chief Justice Khehar
questioned.

The lawyers denied there was no such pressure to bifurcate and proper consultations were not held
between the Centre and erstwhile State authorities.

“When we said 'State', we did not mean the State government. We meant the people of the State,”
Chief Justice Khehar said.

The lawyers said Telangana lost 140 of its villages due to the bifurcation, and this was not the first
time the people had experienced the sufferings of bifurcation and new State formations.

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Telangana government hospital conditions raise a row

Hyderabad: The Opposition slammed the state government on Friday over the shocking state of
affairs in government hospitals, mainly in the Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital and the Gandhi Hospital in
Hyderabad city. Ruling TRS MLC MS Prabhakar called for stringent action against doctors and
other staff at Gandhi who, he said, declared a patient Boda Biku of Karimnagar dead when he was
still alive!

The patient, he said, is now recovering in a private hospital. “It’s really shocking that a person who
met with an accident while riding a scooter was declared dead by Gandhi Hospital staff. When his
relatives took the ‘body to his native village, he was found alive. He was rushed to a private
hospital and he is recovering,” he said. Prabhakar urged health minister Laxma Reddy to take
action against the errant doctors. “The patient is lucky that no post mortem was conducted on the
request of his relatives. He would have died that way,” he said in the legislative council.


Leader of Opposition, Mohd Ali Shabbir, M Ranga Reddy and P Sudhakar Reddy questioned the
government as to what action was taken against the doctors and others responsible for the blinding
of eight persons in Sarojini Devi Hospital. Saying that the government was taking all measures to
streamline government hospitals, Laxma Reddy said eight patients lost their eyesight in the failed
operations on July 7. “Since the sight in the other eye is normal, they have not lost sight totally. The
cause of infection is due to contaminated ringer lactate solution used during surgery wherein there
was a positive culturing of klebsiella bacteria,” he explained.

A complaint was filed on August 28 against Yousuf Badar, MD of Haseeb Pharmaceuticals,
Nagpur, in the court of VI additional chief metropolitan magistrate, Nampally. To a question by Dr
Bhoopathi Reddy, the minister said that 120 out of the 3,554 samples tested were found positive
for H1N1 (Influenza A) and eight deaths were reported from January 1 to October 18 this year.
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New terminal building inaugurated at Vijayawada airport

Vijayawada, Jan 12: With increase in air traffic due to development of Andhra Pradesh's new
capital Amaravati near here, Vijayawada airport has been expanded with the inauguration of a new
terminal building on Thursday. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu along with Civil Aviation
Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju and Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also laid the
foundation stone for expansion of the runway. AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu speaks at a
programme in Vijayawada. PTI Photo The new terminal building at the airport, also known as
Gannavaram airport, has been completed at a cost of Rs 135 crore. The new building has thrice the
capacity of the current building. It has 3,000 sq ft exclusive ceremonial lounge which can be used
for high level meetings. The runway is being expanded from 2,286 meters to 3,025 meters to
handle large aircraft. Officials said once all the expansion works are completed, the airport can
handle 15 to 20 lakh passengers per annum against the current capacity of six lakh passengers.

Chandrababu Naidu said his government planned to build airports in all districts. He said the state
had already announced aerospace, defence manufacturing policy and also civil aviation policy to
attract investment. The state government has also formed an airport development fund. Raju said
the aviation sector in Andhra Pradesh was growing at a faster pace than the national average. He
said when the central and state governments work together, a lot can be achieved and Andhra
Pradesh is the best model. Venkaiah Naidu said connectivity was a must to achieve development.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was extending all possible assistance to Andhra Pradesh.
IANS

A new terminal at Gannavaram Airport has been inaugurated by Naidu yesterday in the afternoon.
The runway of the port would be extended further for which the Chief Minister have performed
Bhoomi Puja before the inauguration. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu shared
various development plans that are coming up in the state. Naidu has proposed a name change for
the Gannavaram airport. If everything falls into place, the airport would further be called as “NTR
Amaravati Airport”. Naidu has also written a request to the Centre regarding the name change and
asked the Civil aviation team to take it further. It was also directed to the team to shift the location
of Greenfield airport from Dagadarthi to Krishnapatnam. The Chief minister thanked the farmers
who supported the activity by offering their lands and said that he felt bad looking at the current
Vijayawada Airport which is smaller than a bus station.
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COMPLETE METRO RAIL PROJECT THIS YEAR: CM KCR

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wants most parts of the metro rail project be completed this
year, chief secretary SP Singh has directed the district collectors of Hyderabad and Rangareddy,
and the GHMC commissioner to expedite acquisition of the remaining properties to bridge the gaps
in the metro corridors.Singh reviewed the progress of the Hyderabad Metro Rail works at a
meeting of the Special Task Force (STF) held here on Tuesday.

As one of the officers who initiated the Hyderabad Metro Rail project and being founder-chairman
of HMRL, Singh said he would closely monitor its progress so that the city can start reaping its
benefits as early as possible.HMRL MD NVS Reddy, who made a presentation on the progress of
the works, told the chief secretary that work on foundations, pillars and viaduct has been
completed.

Works on the road overbridges at Alugadda Bavi, Oliphanta and Malakpet are in full swing and the
work on the RoBs at Begumpet and Lakdikapul has also picked up speed.The chief secretary
asked Hyderabad collector to complete acquisition of properties in Badichowdi, Sultan Bazar and
Putlibowli areas in the next few months for laying metro line.

He instructed the GHMC commissioner to expedite acquisition of affected properties in Krishna
Nagar, Yusufguda and Jubilee Hills.
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E-Health Centre opened at Shadnagar

HYDERABAD: Telangana health minister C Laxma Reddy said the state government decided to
upgrade the King Koti government hospital to a major kidney transplant centre.

Speaking after the inauguration of e-Health Centre at Shadnagar, only the second such facility in the
state after the similar facility at Rasoolpura in Secunderabad, the minister said this facility would
enable the staff to identify the patients suffering from tuberculosis even in the far flung areas.

Unlike the convention health centres, the e-centre will digitise the medical records of patients to
facilitate remote health care. When a patient visits an e-health centre, he or she may avail a
consultation with a doctor at the Centre or interact with super speciality doctors in Hyderabad
through telemedicine, said the minister. Referring to rumours about private hospitals undertaking
unnecessary surgeries to make quick money, the minister said the government hospitals would be
upgraded with medical equipment and more doctors would be provided so that people need not go
to private hospitals.
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Telangana CM announces 'Rs. 1000 per month pension for single woman' scheme

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Jan. 6 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao
on Friday announced a monthly Rs. 1000 pension scheme to single women residing in the state.

"The state has decided to give Rs. 1,000 per month per person pension to the helpless, single
women thereby offering some financial protection to them", said the statement released by the Chief
Minister in Telangana State Legislative Assembly.

The scheme will come into effect from the coming financial year.

The statement also announced instructing district collectors to start registering details of single
women in the district. Also, the government has appealed the eligible women to get their names
registered under the scheme.

The government has also requested all the legislators to take responsibility in getting the eligible
women enrolled under the scheme.

Justifying the announcement of scheme on 'humanitarian' grounds the statement read, "Telangana
government is resolved to render justice to all sections of the people and want every sociological
group in the State to live with financial support, dignity and self-respect. For this, the Telangana
government is working to strengthen and protect the lives of the people. This is precisely the reason
the government in all its policies and programmes is giving a human touch."

Along with it, the government also announced two other schemes namely 'Kalyana Laxmi and
Shaadi Mubarak'.

"Understanding the problems faced by the poor in performing their daughters' marriage, the State
government has launched Kalyana Laxmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes. Under these innovative
programmes, thousands of families in the State are getting Rs 51,000 financial assistance at the time
of marriage of the girl," the statement read.

The statement also threw light on the state government's other scheme namely 'Asara' scheme.

The scheme concentrates on disbursing pensions to the aged people, differently-abled, widows and
Beedi workers.

"In some places in the State, women are eking out a living by making Beedis and thus supporting
their families and their livelihood. But whatever hard work they are doing, they are not earning the
amount that would sustain their families. Understanding their plight, the government has sanctioned
Rs 1000 per month per woman as pension. The women Beedi workers are happy that the
government has given them the financial support," the statement mentioned. (ANI)
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KCR vows to make TS a model State in minority welfare

HYDERABAD: The state government has started luring the numerically strong Backward Classes
(BCS) community two-and-a-half years ahead of the Assembly elections and the 2017-18 state
budget is likely to contain several welfare measures and sops for different castes comprising the BC
community.

As the budget, expected to be presented in the legislature in February or March, will be the
penultimate Budget before the elections which will be due in 2019, the state government is viewing
it as an election budget.

There will be much time for the government to offer more in the 2018-19 budget as people’s mood
will start swinging about six months prior to the elections. Moreover, implementation of
programmes, announced in the Budget just preceding the elections, will be difficult for the
government to implement for lack of time.

However, the penultimate budget will have enough time for the government to implement
programmes and lure the voters, sources said.

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has dropped enough hints in the state legislative Assembly
that caste-wise welfare programmes will be taken up in the next Budget.

After luring SCs, STs and minorities in the last two years with various schemes like Kalyana Laxmi
and scholarships for overseas studies, the chief minister is has turned focus on the numerically
strong Backward Classes, especially fishermen, weavers,  shepherds, Mudirajs, goldsmiths and
weavers.
“Weavers, potters, shepherds and others have lost their traditional professions due to change in
lifestyles,” Rao said.

“For example, no one is cooking food in pots now. Therefore, the potter has lost his job. They has
to shift to other professions and the government will support them,” the CM added during a debate
in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Rao announced that the fishermen community, which consists of Besta, Mudiraj, Goundla and
Gangaputra, would be encouraged. “Two polices on fisheries and shepherds will be announced
during the budget session. We will provide sufficient money for their development,” he said.
Rao said that around 300 trucks carrying sheep and goat plied regularly from Rajasthan to the
State. “The state should get self-sufficiency in fish and sheep.”

The Fisheries Corporation would be strengthened by recruiting 500 more employees and efforts
would be made to ensure that fishermen get remunerative prices without middlemen. The
corporation would help them export fish, he added.
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Metro train may start operating from June 2?

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Metro Rail project has reached its final stage of preparations in the run up
to launch of its operations with tests for the mandatory safety certification completed recently. If all
goes well, and the state government and construction firm L&T are expected to present people of
Hyderabad a state formation day bonanza in June by launching commercial operations of the metro
train between Nagole and Mettuguda.

Minister for municipal administration and urban development K Taraka Rama Rao had promised in
February, when he announced 100-day action plan for development of Hyderabad, that metro rail
service would be launched coinciding with the Telangana state formation day which is celebrated on
June 2.

Doubts were raised about the possibility of the government keeping its promise with procedural
issues such as safety clearance pending till mid-March. However, things reportedly moved quickly
in the later part of the month with the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) conducting
safety clearance tests for three days from March 18. The tests were carried out on the stretch
between Nagole and Mettuguda and sources said the safety certificate was expected any moment.
"The tests went on well, and the certificate should arrive shortly. We are happy with the pace the
things are moving," said V B Gadgil, chief executive and managing director of L&T Metro Rail
(Hyderabad) Limited.

While the final deadline for the commissioning of the entire project is July 4, 2017, two stretches
including a 8-km long Nagole-to-Mettuguda stretch and 12-km long Miyapur-to SR Nagar stretch
are ready for operation. In fact, the government had promised that it would through open Nagole-
Mettuguda stretch to public service last year on Ugadi festival.

While L&T officials hope to be ready for launching the train service this June, officials in the
MA&UD department said the government was yet to receive proper information from L&T about
its readiness to launch the service. "If the safety certification is one important thing, a lot of other
things in terms of preparation to be taken care of. Unless you don't know when to start, it would be
difficult to complete the preparatory works required," said M G Gopal, special chief secretary
(MA&UD).
The main issue he sought to point out was parking facilities for commuters that is to be arranged.

"This is one of the critical issues and need to be in place," Gopal added. Apart from parking, the
government is to arrange feeder bus service to metro stations, build sidewalks and other facilities.
Answering a query, Gopal said the government had never committed to June 4 deadline.
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2017 is vital for Telangana State and its Government

With the term of the first-ever government in Telangana State having crossed the halfway mark, the
honeymoon period for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS)-led government is done and over with.
It is a new beginning today.

By all accounts it is going to be a dicey 2017 for the State government on various counts with the
most pronounced one being on the ‘achievable’ abilities of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar
Rao (KCR), whose administration will come in for closer scrutiny considering that the ruling party
has always harped on ‘delivering the goods’ and ‘honouring the promises’ orchestrations.

That way, it has to prove that it is a party that is unlike the run-of-the-mill political entities and
comes with a marked difference in providing ‘transparent’ governance and an administration that
will be people-friendly in letter and spirit, implying that it makes no empty promises for sheer
electoral gains.

Politically, KCR has succeeded in weakening principal opposition parties - the Telugu Desam Party
(TDP) and the Congress - by poaching their senior leaders soon after coming to power with a
landslide majority.

As things stand, the Telangana Telugu Desam Party (TTDP) is virtually decimated while the
Congress party that ruled united Andhra Pradesh for decades together is struggling to regain lost
ground.

The internal squabbles within it have come as a blessing in disguise for TRS, which is leaving no
stone unturned to exploit the golden opportunity as a means to consolidate its position as the ‘only’
party that matters in the prevailing circumstances.

One cannot deny the fact that KCR has been quite the trailblazer as far as administrative
daredevilry is concerned. Creation of smaller districts evidences this largely. Despite being damned
and castigated by people from all walks of life, the Chief Minister went ahead with his proposal.

Three months down the line, it has proved such a massive hit that it enhanced KCR’s credibility.
Smaller districts helped put developmental activities on the fast track.

Similar accolades have come in for other pet projects like Gurukulam schools for the poor;
pensions to old and widows; TS iPASS; Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha. Not
surprisingly, each has added to its avowed claim of Telangana being the ‘destination’ State for
developmental activities.

However, the erudition in KCR will now goad him to redraw his strategies considering that with
politics being a roller-coaster ride and makes for strange bedfellows, the opposition would start
singing different tunes and in a voice that would be hummed in a drummed up ‘united we stand’
chorus.
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Rashtrapati Nilayam to open for public from Jan 3

​Hyderabad: The Rashtrapati Nilayam, tucked away in the high security Cantonment area of
Bolarum in Secunderabad, will be thrown open to the general public from January 3 to January 10
daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Among other things, visitors can have a glimpse of the recently inaugurated Herbal Garden on the
premises of the Rashtrapati Nilayam. The Herbal Garden has 116 species of medicinal and
aromatic plants.  

The move is intended to enhance awareness about India’s rich heritage and diversity and also about
medicinal values of various plants that grow widely in the surroundings and which are useful as
home remedy for many of the diseases.

Beautifully landscaped gardens, Nakshatra Vatika, seasonal flowering plants and a display of
potted plants around the main building are the other highlights.

One can also see ‘Jai Hind Ramp’ with cascading water and fruit gardens of mango, sapota,
pomegranate, guava, amla, coconut and cheeku. Rain harvesting measures undertaken to improve
ground water sustainability can also be seen.

The officials concerned have requested visitors not to litter on the premises of the Rashtrapati
Nilayam. People have been advised not to bring any plastic bottles and eatables at the gardens.
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Telangana Assembly session extended till January 11

HYDERABAD: The state government, which is on an attacking mode at the opposition parties on
issues concerning people, has decided to extend the ongoing winter session of the State Assembly
till Jan 11.

Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly, which met under the chairmanship of speaker S
Madhusudana Chary on Friday, decided to hold the next round of session from Jan 3 to Jan 11.

It is learnt that chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is planning to make a detailed presentation on
the progress of irrigation projects, implementation of welfare schemes and other achievements
attained by his government in the past two-and-a-half years during the remaining session.

Meanwhile, state legislator Koppula Eshwar told mediapersons that session will be held on Jan 3,
4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11 to discuss the pending issues.

“During the BAC meeting, Congress leaders were taken aback by chief minister K Chandrasekhar
Rao’s announcement that the session is extended till Jan 11. Congress is unable to digest the fact
that this government is holding the session to discuss all burning issues relating to people,” he said.

He claimed that despite the efforts made by Congress, the government had successfully conducted
the House.
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Registration of property dips 60% in Old City

Charminar: Property registrations have decreased across the Old City post demonetisation,
according to the revenue department officials. The number of sale deeds has decreased while there
is an increase in gift deeds, in all the sub registrar offices and District Registrar offices (DRO).

"The sale deed documents have decreased by almost 50%, I used to process 10 to 15 sale deed
documents every day before demonetisation, now, I process only five to six documents per day,"
said Ravinder V, sub registrar, District Registrar Office(DRO), Red Hills, "However the number of
gift deeds have increased," he added.

Random checks at the sub- registrar revealed the people who entered into an agreement before the
Centre's decision went a step ahead to buy the property, however, the number of people
purchasing a new property was very less.

"Post demonetisation, the sale deeds I came across were among family members and friends. I did
not come across even one sale deed since Nov 8, which was not among family members," said
Jyothi V, sub registrar, Azampura.

Denizens were visiting the office to register their rental agreement, mortgages and will deeds on
Wednesday, however sale deed registrations were barely seen. The stamp paper counter at the
offices, which witness queues most of the time barely, saw any customers. "We used to sell almost
5000 to 6000 stamp papers per day, post demonetisation, the counter has decreased to
approximately 2000 per day," said a staffer at sub registrar office, Azampura, "I used to issue
approximately 30 to 40 encumbrance certificates(EC), per day, now the count has come down to
15 EC's per day," he added.

Property document registration services, who earn their living by drafting the registration documents
blame the cash crunch. "Most of my customers pay the E-challan by cash, they are postponing their
property registration due to long bank queues", said, Azam Pasha, a document writer outside a sub-
registrar office.
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