Huzurabad byelection: It’s BJP’s Ram mandir versus TRS’ sop | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: BJP is playing the emotive Ram Mandir card to counter TRS’ sops and schemes to woo voters ahead of the crucial bypoll to the Huzurabad assembly constituency.
The 5,000-disciplined army of BJP and its frontal organisations are raising the Ram Mandir issue. Panna Pramukhs, each of whom has the target of connecting with 60 voters, are silently taking the slogan to the electorate that “a vote for the lotus symbol is equivalent to contributing a brick in the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.”
BJP claims the response has been good from the people as a majority of them have been raising hands when asked by Panna Pramukhs how many of them had contributed money during the public donation collection done by Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust for construction of Ram Mandir and offering them another opportunity to add to their good deeds. “TRS is depending on money to win the election. BJP’s slogan is to meet every voter at least once. It is up to the voters to decide whether they want to do ‘punyam’ (good deeds, good karma) by voting for BJP which is constructing the Ram Mandir or account for ‘paapam’ (sin) by voting against lotus,” BJP’s Huzurabad in-charge and former MP AP Jithender Reddy told TOI.
Backward classes welfare minister Gangula Kamalakar, who is leading TRS charge in Huzurabad, said BJP has always tried to polarise voters on religious lines. “The issue of Ram Mandir is not new as BJP tried to use it in earlier elections too. But people of Telangana have been voting for development and welfare schemes of TRS government and K Chandrasekhar Rao’s promise of transforming the state into Bangaru Telangana,” he said. However, the minister hastened to add that they would soon come out with a counter strategy against the saffron party’s Hindutva card.
Another senior TRS leader said people know that the KCR government has been spending on temples, including Yadagirigutta, enhanced the honorarium of archakas, muessins and imams. It has given land for cemeteries to the Christian community in and around Greater Hyderabad, in tune with its secular ideology, he added.

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Asaduddin Owaisi: Will BJP deny tickets to MLAs with more | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday claimed that there were 150 MLAs in Uttar Pradesh who have more than two children. He challenged UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath to state clearly if BJP will deny tickets to such legislators in ensuing polls to t state assembly.
Speaking to reporters, Owaisi demanded the Centre launch an inquiry into the Pegasus or at least allow a debate in Parliament over the issue. “When inquiries are being done on the Pegasus-phone hacking issue in Israel and France, why is the Modi-government scared to even constitute a commission to inquire into it?” Owaisi questioned.
The AIMIM president also lashed out at PM Narendra Modi for his perceived silence on the issue of “China sitting in Indian territory.” “Why doesn’t the Modi government lead a delegation of MPs and journalists to Depsang, Gogra, Hot Spring and Demchok to show that these are still under control. But the reality is that the Chinese soldiers continue to be in control of our territory…,” Owaisi alleged.
The AIMIM president also lambasted the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and Centre for allegedly neglecting the health sector.
“There are four lakh acutely malnourished children in UP, severe shortage of doctors and specialists in public, community health centres and sub-centres. The Modi-government had filed an affidavit in Supreme Court in 2020 stating international experience shows that any coercion to have a certain number of children is counter productive and leads to demographic distortions,” he said.
Owaisi also demanded the Centre give jobs to crores who lost jobs due to the alleged mismanagement of the second wave of Covid-19.

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After Ramappa, Telangana eyes UNESCO tag for more sites | | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: Buoyed with the UNESCO world heritage tag for Rudreshwara (Ramappa) temple in Mulugu district, the Telangana government has decided to get dossiers prepared for at least half-a-dozen historical places in the state and get them similar recognition.
It would prepare dossiers for the historic Thousand Pillar temple in Warangal, Sammakka Sarakka (tribal festival) in Mulugu, Pillala Marri (over 700-year-old banyan tree) in Mahabubnagar, Warangal Fort, Mutyala Dhara waterfalls in Jayashankar Bhupalapally district apart from Golconda and Charminar.
“The archaeology department has been asked to come up with the list of places which have rich history, heritage and culture. The list will be given chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for finalising the names. Once the names are finalised, dossier preparation will be started. A consultant will also be hired for the purpose,” culture and tourism minister V Srinivas Goud told TOI on Saturday. He said there were many places in the state which qualify for the world heritage status.
After getting the world recognition, the state government has decided to develop the temples and create a buffer around Ramappa temple to protect the monument. As number of tourists have already started thronging the Ramappa temple, the tourism department is planning to construct hotels in nearby places.
The minister said the main Ramappa temple was in the purview of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), while three temples near Pakala Lake need to be developed. The government would also see no structures come up in the buffer zone of the main temple, he added. “To promote tourism in Ramappa and surrounding areas, the government is planning to develop ‘Kakatiya Circuit’,” Srinivas Goud said.

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Vaccination drive slow in Telangana: N Uttam Kumar Reddy | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Nalgonda MP and Telangana Congress former president N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Saturday said the Covid-19 vaccination rate was slow in the state, particularly in rural areas.
“There is a need to speed up the vaccination drive keeping in view of the expected third wave of coronavirus. Also, the rate at which vaccination is going in Telangana, it would be difficult to reach the target of vaccinating all the adults by December 31,” he said.
Stating that he would raise the issue in Parliament, Uttam, who participated in the general body meeting of Nalgonda mandal praja parishad, told reporters that only 10% of the 65,000 population of Nalgonda mandal were given two doses of vaccine so far.
“How would we be able to vaccinate all the adults by December 31,” he asked.
Stating that he would raise the issue in Parliament, Uttam told reporters that only 10% of the 65,000 population of Nalgonda mandal were given two doses of vaccine so far

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Telangana: Senior IAS, IFS officers get six-month jail for | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: Justice T Amarnath Goud of the Telangana high court has convicted six officers in a contempt case and sentenced them to jail for six months along with a penalty of Rs 2,000 each.
The judge convicted IAS officers — A Santha Kumari (special chief secretary of environment and forest sciences) and D Amoy Kumar (Rangareddy district collector) — and IFS officers — R Shobha (principal chief conservator of forests) and Sunita M Bhagwat — and along with divisional forest officer Janakiram and additional collector and forest settlement officer S Tirupati Rao in the case and imposed jail terms and penalties on them.
The judge handed out the sentences for violating the court orders in a land case in Rangareddy district.
The judge handed out the sentences under the Contempt of Courts Act for violating the court orders issued in respect of 383 acres of land belonging to Mohammed Sirajuddin and nine others of Maheswaram mandal in Rangareddy district.
The land was sought to be converted into a reserve forest by dispossessing the owners of their property. Despite advice from the forest settlement officer that the action of the revenue and forest officials was not feasible and despite a court order to either acquire the land or return the same to the owners, the officials had failed to do so inviting contempt of court charges.

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Hyderabad: Niloufer junior doctor assaulted by patient’s kin | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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Niloufer superintendent Dr Murali Krishna lodged a compliant with the Nampally police. (Representative image)

HYDERABAD: In a second incident, reported within a span of few days, another junior doctor was assaulted at a government-run hospital in the city on Saturday by a patient’s relatives.
The latest incident took place at Niloufer Hospital where final year student, Dr Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, was attacked by attendants of a patient allegedly for honking at them as they were blocking the exit of the ICU building.
Niloufer superintendent Dr Murali Krishna lodged a compliant with the Nampally police.
In his complaint, the superintendent stated: “Dr Vishnu Vardhan Reddy, final year post graduate of paediatric department, was assaulted by attendants of patient Md Shafuddin on the hospital premises in the intensive care building ground floor. Requesting for necessary action against the accused.”
As per the complaint, the incident took place around 2 pm. The accused started abusing the doctor when he honked signalling at them to clear the way. The attendants opened the car door, hit the doctor in the face and tore his shirt. A female attendant also used abusive language against Reddy.
TOI’s attempts to reach Dr Reddy or the family involved in the incident for their comments failed to yield any result.
This comes close on the heels of the previous incident reported from the Government Chest Hospital where a junior doctor was assaulted, leading to unrest among the medical fraternity and boycott of duties. “We constantly work in fear of losing the confidence of the patient’s attendants and what consequences we will have to bear. If the public treats us this way, despite us working for 36 hours at a stretch and under stressful conditions, it’ll lead to trauma,” said a female junior doctor from the hospital.
Meanwhile, members of the Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA) said that these repeated incidents have led to many doctors slipping into depression. “Many doctors are now facing mental health issues due to the tremendous workload and shoddy treatment meted out to them by patients’ attendants,” said Dr Dharmula Sagar, president TJUDA.

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Telangana bars reg of farmland less than 20 guntas | | Sidnaz Blog

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Sources said developers hit upon this idea after making efforts to sell undivided share of land in unapproved layouts and unregistered venture projects with Telangana Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) to gullible buyers. (Picture used for representational purpose only)

HYDERABAD: The Telangana municipal administration and urban development (MA&UD) department has told the registration and stamps department not to register farmland or plots below 20 guntas (2,000 square metres).
The move comes after officials realised some property developers were registering open plots in illegal layouts in the name of ‘farm plots’. Unauthorised layout registration was banned by the state government in September 2020.
Sources said developers hit upon this idea after making efforts to sell undivided share of land in unapproved layouts and unregistered venture projects with Telangana Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) to gullible buyers.
The developers were trying to take advantage of the fact that one does not need a layout copy to register agricultural land. “Besides stopping registration of farm plots below 20 guntas, we have also asked the registration department to insist on the layout copy if a farm plot abuts a new road,” MA&UD department principal secretary Arvind Kumar told STOI.
He said the decision to stop registration of plots in unauthorised layouts had paid dividends and the government was able to control illegal ventures across the state. The government banned registration of non-agriculture properties not having either a layout copy in case of open plots or a sanctioned plan in case of buildings.
Following this decision, thousands of layouts, which were developed without seeking approvals from the civic bodies, were stuck as layouts and plots could not be regularised under the layout regularisation scheme (LRS). Soon after banning illegal plots, 25 lakh applications were filed under the LRS, an official said.

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PM Narendra Modi to IPS officers: Fight negative image | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked Indian Police Service (IPS) probationers to strive for changing the negative image about police among the general public.
“There has been a negative perception among people about police and this is a challenge to police. During the pandemic, the perception changed after police reached out and helped the people in need. But now the old perception is back. Why is public confidence not improving when it comes to police?” Modi asked, virtually addressing IPS probationers of the 71st and 72nd batch of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy (SVPNPA), Hyderabad.
“For country’s security, implementation of law and during crushing terror, police give their life. This challenge to change the police image by ending the negative perception, now depends on you,’’ he said, comparing police with NDRF.
According to him, people have high respect for NDRF since they get confidence once they arrive during a calamity and that they risk their lives to save people.
The passing out parade for the 178 probationers, including 33 lady probationers, and 34 trainee officers from Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Mauritius would be held at NPA campus at Shirvrampalli on August 6.
Speaking about the challenges of cyber security and financial frauds, Modi said new research and experiments should be done and applied by police to avert the designs of criminals.
While addressing the trainee officers, Prime Minister Modi said that whether the trainee officers would change the system or the system would change them, would depend on them during their career.
“Whenever you are in field, whatever decisions you take, it must be in the country’s interest. You should always have the spirit of ‘Nation First, Always First’,’’ the PM said.
Modi said that the induction of more women into the police department would only strengthen the police force. Interacting with some of the trainee officers, PM Modi said that financial frauds, targeting of women and children by cyber criminals was a major challenge.
He also sought suggestions about what could be done to solve this issues by using technology.
Apart from doing their routine policing responsibilities, the PM suggested woman IPS trainees to occasionally visit local girl schools and interact with the students as it would motivate them to achieve their goals.

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Funds to plasma, this duo helps patients with all | | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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Sanjana and her dad Manoj Raheja

HYDERABAD: Inspired by the work being done by his daughter, 55-year old businessman, Manoj Raheja, joined her in assisting families affected by the second wave of Covid-19.
Together, they have helped about 600 patients so far by arranging for oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ICU beds, blood etc. They even arranged for plasma donors at various hospitals, including getting 17 donors within two hours for a patient from Bokaro.
The duo has now moved on to organising funds for critical patients. “During the peak of the second wave, we worked round-the-clock, making calls and connecting those in need with the required resource persons. Whatever requirements came to us, we fulfilled them. At one point, we were given 40 concentrators by a donor that we distributed for free of cost on rotational basis,” said Manoj Raheja. His daughter, Sanjana Raheja, had been volunteering with some of her colleagues earlier.
In fact, it was during that time they received a distress call from a 17-year-old girl from Bhagalpur district. “She was trying her best to save her father who was suffering from liver cirrhosis and needed a liver transplant that would cost Rs 27 lakh. We got in touch with Sonu Sood Foundation through our references and convinced them to fund a part of the treatment. The remaining amount was arranged by us through family, friends and my daughter’s colleagues,” said the father.
The beneficiary said that the duo came to her as a blessing, since a crowd-funding initiative started earlier had failed to raise any money. “At that point we were ready to sell our house for my father’s treatment. But no one was ready to buy it because of the Covid-19 scenario. No one was even willing to give us a loan on interest. That’s when I started looking for NGOs and eventually got connected with Sanjana and Manoj uncle,” said Shanu Kumari. Her father’s surgery is complete, and he is now recovering at an apartment arranged by the volunteers.
Meanwhile, the father-daughter pair has two more liver transplant patients in the pipeline, who are awaiting funds. “As the second wave is on the wane, we aren’t getting many calls from Covid-19 patients. But since our number has been circulated among many people, other patients — including those in need of a transplant — are reaching out to us. We intend to help as many people as possible. It has now become my passion,” Manoj Raheja said.

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Telangana: Notification for polls to Legislative Council in | Sidnaz Blog

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HYDERABAD: Intense lobbying is on for the seven vacant seats in Telangana State Legislative Council with indications that the Commission of India may issue a poll notification for six seats in August.
The ECI has written a letter to the state government asking about the coronavirus situation in the state. It will take a decision on issuing poll notification based on the reply from the government, which sources said is in favour of completing the Council elections.
The lobbying for the seven seats is intense as a berth in the Council is guaranteed. The ruling party has enough MLAs to send six of its leaders to council under MLAs quota without a contest. The opposition is unlikely to contest as it does not have numbers on its side.
Apart from six MLCs, the term of another MLC M Srinivas Reddy elected under the Governor quota ended on June 17.
Earlier, the ECI had postponed the council elections as there was a rise in Covid-19 cases during the second wave of the pandemic. The term of six TRS members in the council expired on June 3—council chairman Gutha Sukender Reddy, deputy chairperson Neti Vidyasagar, former deputy CM Kadiyam Srihari, chief whip B Venkateshwarlu, Md Fareeduddn and Akula Lalitha.
A senior leader in the ruling TRS told TOI that aspirants are keeping their fingers crossed as KCR made many promises to leaders at the time of their joining TRS.

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