Uneasy calm in Telangana

Hyderabad, December 31: After the Srikrishna Committee submitted its report to Union home minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi today, the question uppermost on the minds of people across the region is: Will he or won’t he?

‘Lifting of cases will take a month’

Hyderabad, December 31: Pointing out that the withdrawal of cases against pro-Telangana activists is a time taking process, Director General of Police K Aravinda Rao today said it would take at least one month to withdraw all the 1,667 cases registered against students across the state.

“The district SP will first have to consult the public prosecutor and then send proposals to us. After processing the proposals, we will send them to the government which in turn will consult legal experts.

Left-wing extremism under check: DGP

Hyderabad, December 31: CLAIMING that the law and order situation during the Telangana and Seemandhra agitations in the past one year was maintained effectively, directorgeneral of police K Aravinda Rao today said that there was no occasion when the police came under criticism from any quarters while handling the agitations as per law.

‘Charges against Binayak unjust’

Hyderabad, December 31: Protesting against the Raipur sessions court sentencing rights activist Binayak Sen to life imprisonment on charges of sedition and alleged Naxalite links, speakers at a ‘free Binayak Sen’ campaign here today demanded that the charges against him and Pijush Guha and Narayan Sanyal be dropped and Section 124 (A) IPC repealed.

‘No rain-hit ryot should be denied loan’

Hyderabad, December 31: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today urged the State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) and the member banks to go to the rescue of farming community by promptly rescheduling the kharif crop loans and sanctioning fresh advances.

Addressing the 172nd SLBC Meeting with special focus on the agriculture sector at Jubilee Hall here, the chief minister also requested them to pass on the interest waiver benefit of the state government to the affected farmers.

Nerve-centre of Telangana stir stays calm

Hyderabad, December 31: On the day when the Srikrishna Committee on Telangana submitted its report to the Centre, the Osmania University witnessed a lull of activity. “It’s just a calm before the storm. If the committee report goes against the wishes of Telanganites or the Centre delays the creation of Telangana state in spite of the committee’s recommendation, the campus will once again boil,’’ a student said.

Telangana students plan massive rally on Jan 19

Hyderabad, December 31: IRRESPECTIVE of the Srikrishna Committee’s recommendations, the Telangana Students Joint Action Committee (TSJAC) has decided to launch a battle for statehood with a massive show of ‘student power’ in the city on January 19.

The TSJAC also gave a call to all public representatives from the region, irrespective of their party affiliation, to resign and join the Telangana movement should the committee report go against the aspirations of the people of the region.

Has the farmer’s friend finally arrived?

Guntur, December 31: The indefinite fast of TD president Chandrababu Naidu followed by the party’s farmers’ convention, Rytu Kosam, appear to have helped the TD supremo finally shed his antifarmer tag and come around as the friend of the farmer.

TRS calls 2011 ‘Udyama Nama Samvatsaram’

Hyderabad, December 31: The Telangana Rastra Samiti has decided to continue the movement for separate Telangana state in the new year, which it described as ‘Udyama Nama Samvatsaram’, to achieve its political goal. The party wants to build up more pressure on the Centre for introduction of a bill in Parliament for creation of separate state.

Speaking at a meeting in Mahaboobnagar district today, party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao called upon Telangana activists to continue the struggle unitedly till the goal was achieved.

CCTVs to keep a watch on you at Numaish

Hyderabad, December 31: Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will inaugurate the 71st All-India Industrial Exhibition on January 1 at 5 pm in the Nampally exhibition grounds.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, panchayat raj minister and president of the Exhibition Society, K Jana Reddy said the exhibition is will take a big leap into the hi-tech era. “Our dream is to bring Numaish to international level. This will soon be realized thanks to the state government giving lease of the land up to 2052,’’ he added.

‘Mobile towers operate without licence’

Hyderabad, December 31: With a large number of cell phone towers coming up in every nook and corner of the city without notice, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to carry out a detailed survey in all its 18 circles. The GHMC is allegedly loosing out on huge licence fees from mobile companies setting up towers and conveniently forgetting to pay.

Defender of human beings in the dockets

Hyderabad, December 31: I was Kannabiran’s client for decades. He defended me in numerous cases spread over three decades since 1973. I can say that there are very few people in this country other than Kannabiran who have imbibed liberty and freedom as a culture and fought for it throughout their life.

Two officials held for graft

Hyderabad, December 31: Continuing to come down hard on ‘corrupt’ babus, AntiCorruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths today cracked down on two government officials in the city and the neighbouring Ranga Reddy district and unearthed assets worth more than Rs 3.20 crores in documentary value alone. The market value of the assets would be more than Rs 8 crore, officials said.

ACB sleuths conducted raids on the Vanasthalipuram Hills residence of Alladi Laxminarayana, the assistant director of Institute of Preventive Medicine, Narayanguda around 6.20 a.m.

Rivals compromise on Nizam property

Hyderabad, December 31: A division bench of the AP High Court comprising Justice Seshasayana Reddy and Justice P Durga Prasad on Thursday recorded a compromise between rival claimants and put to rest claims to the tune of about Rs 14 crore of property belonging to the late Nizam.

Telangana slogans disrupt convocation address

Hyderabad, December 31: The 34th annual convocation of the Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), held on the campus here today, was marred by proTelangana slogans.

As soon as vice chancellor P Raghava Reddy began his convocation address, some students seated in the front row of the balcony began shouting ‘Jai Telangana’ slogans and interrupted his address. The students were rounded up and whisked out of the auditorium by the police.

Panels won’t give political advice to government

Hyderabad, December 31: BJP senior leader and Rajya Sabha member M Venkaiah Naidu has demanded that the Congress-led UPA government take a political decision for creation of Telangana state without any further delay.

Addressing a news conference here today, the BJP leader said the Srikrishna Committee would not help the government to resolve the Telangana issue since it can be addressed only at the political level. The government should take a political decision by considering people’s wish and administrative convenience to ensure development of all the three regions of the state.

T students stall counselling

Hyderabad, December 31: Telangana students today forced cancellation of the counselling for admission to the Ph.D programme in education protesting against the Osmania University accepting applications from ‘non-local’ students who hail from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

Driver nabbed for pimping

Hyderabad, December 31: Task Force sleuths today arrested a pimp who was working for a person running an online flesh trade. The arrested, Mohammed Khaisar, is a car driver from Begumpet who came in contact with Sahil, who runs a flesh trade through a website.

NIA shifts its office to Begumpet

Hyderabad, December 31: Virtually ‘caught’ in the midst of software firms and techies at the Raheja IT Park, the elite National Investigation Agency (NIA) has decided to move its field office to a more secure, hassle-free and accessible place and has zeroed in on Begumpet.

Working from the second floor of Maximus 2B Tower, Raheja IT Park at Gachibowli, the NIA is finding it difficult to maintain secrecy over its operations, especially with regard to interrogation of terror suspects. Further, it finds the office not easily accessible and risky for the IT firms in the area.

Kidnapper gang kingpin nabbed

Hyderabad, December 31: The kingpin of a gang of kidnappers who abducted a person luring him with young girls, was nabbed by police on Thursday.

The accused, Syed Mahaboob Khader alias Khader is a resident of Chandrayangutta and a city dossier criminal (CDC) of Golconda police station. According to police, Khader came in contct with a rich businessman from Banjara Hills, 43yearold S Narayana Rao who was arrested by Sanjeevareddy Nagar police in February in a Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act (PITA) case.

Co-brothers killed in road accident

Hyderabad, December 31: Two co-brothers died while their relative suffered injuries after the two wheeler in which they were travelling rammed into a roadside tree on the outskirts of the city today. The duo were coming to the city after attending the birthday party of one of the victims.

PM to inaugurate Indian Science Congress Jan 3

New Delhi, December 31: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the 98th Indian Science Congress in Chennai on Jan 3, an event that will be attended by scientists and academicians from all over the world.

The five-day Congress being held from Jan 3-7 at SRM University in Chennai will have about 14 sessions.

Tata funds research project on water as auto fuel

Bangalore, December 31: India’s top industrialist Ratan Tata has funded a research project in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to use hydrogen from water as an alternative fuel to drive cars, an eminent scientist said Friday.

‘Tata has given $15 million to fund the research being conducted by MIT professor Daniel Nocera on using water as auto fuel. The project involves generating hydrogen by splitting water and storing it in a safe can to drive an automobile,’ noted scientist C.N.R Rao told reporters at a press meet here.

Kerala education channel to go online Jan 1

Thiruvananthapuram, December 31: Now you can watch Kerala government’s education channel live on your laptop as it will go online in the new year.

IT@School ViCTERS (Virtual Classroom Technology on Edusat for Rural Schools) is the only channel in the state to air specific curriculum-based programmes, international programmes on science and technology prepared by Deutsche Welle – the German broadcaster – and BBC, besides classic Indian films.

Haryana schools to remain closed Jan 7-16

Chandigarh, Deceember 31: The education department of Haryana Friday announced that all schools will remain closed from Jan 7 to 15, 2011, in view of the cold conditions prevailing across the state.

Director of Secondary Education Vijayendra Kumar said that the schools would reopen after winter vacations Jan 17.