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T bill will be passed in Parliament: Yashki

Nizamabad MP Madhu Yashki on Friday said the AP Reorganization Bill aimed at carving out Telangana State would be definitely passed by Parliament as process at the Legislative Assembly was completed.
Speaking at Shamshabad Airport here, Madhu Yashki said the Bill would be passed by Parliament with simple majority even though the BJP backtracks on supporting it.
The Seemandhra leaders, including KVP Ramachandra Rao were chanting ‘Samaikhyandhra’ for political gains, but not for the interests of Seemandhra people, he added. (NSS)

No legal Tangle on T bill: Sonia

The Centre is said to be serious on defiant Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is upping the ante against the State bifurcation. The Centre has been time and again telling that it is for the division of the State and will keep the promise on statehood to Telangana.

Naidu accuses Congress of playing games for state Division

TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu today alleged that the Congress was playing games on the issue of bifurcation of the State.
Speaking to the media at his residence here on Friday, Naidu said every thing was going on as per the script written in 10-Janpath and the same was being implemented by leaders in the State. The Congress was not only conspiring to bifurcate the State, but also trying to divide the Telugu people, he said, adding that the TRS and YSRCP were working as per directionS from Delhi.

Unfazed by Legislature Rejection; Centre speeding up Telangana formation by Feb. end

The Congress-led Central government is not only unfazed by the setback following rejection of the A. P. Reorganization Bill- 2013 by the Andhra Pradesh Legislature but also seemed determined to move forward and carve out a separate Telangana State by February end.
This is amply evident from the manner in which the Central administration has stepped up the process for creation of the new State after the all-important Congress Core Committee put its stamp of approval to speed up Telangana formation.

Test series will test our team’s true character: Dhoni

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Friday that the forthcoming two-Test series will be a test of character for his young team, which was battered 4-0 by New Zealand in the five-match ODI series.

India failed to salvage some pride in the fifth and the final ODI and lost it by 87 runs here at the Westpac Stadium for their second successive ODI series loss in two months.

Despite the humiliating series loss, Dhoni backed his boys and said they have to believe in themselves to play their strokes confidently.

Hostel worker dies after falling from height

A-55-year-old Hostel worker died of injuries which he suffered after falling from fourth floor of a building.

According to S R Nagar police, the deceased, G Laxmamma, W/o Simhachalam, worker in private hostel in ameerpet native of Peddapuram of East Godavari, deceased accidentally fallen from fourth floor of a building on Jan 30 and received multiple injuries, Immediately he was rushed to nearest private hospital where doctors declared she was brought dead. S R Nagar police said. (INN)

Pakistani Taliban begin to review Sharif’s offer

Pakistani Taliban went into a marathon session Friday to review the dialogue offer by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, a Taliban leader said.

The Taliban’s political council, tasked to take political decision, started deliberations Friday on the government’s offer and come up with its own stance, media reports quoted a Taliban leader as saying, according to Xinhua.

Qari Shakil Ahmed Haqqani, a Taliban commander from Mohmand Agency tribal region, is presiding over the eight-member political council’s meeting. The council’s decisions will be forwarded to the central leaders.

Rahul corrupt, will field candidate against him: Kejriwal

Targeting Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused him of being corrupt and said the party will field candidates against him, UPA ministers and leaders of other parties.

He also took a jibe at BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the Congress Vice-President for spending over “Rs 500 crore on branding” and image-building exercise.

Drawing up a list of “corrupt” politicians, Kejriwal said the party will field candidates against them.

Charge sheet filed against BSP MP for rape

Delhi Police Friday filed a charge sheet in a court here against BSP MP Dhananjay Singh for allegedly repeatedly raping a 42-year-old married railway employee for nearly four years.

The charge sheet was filed in a complaint by the woman accusing Singh, the Lok Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur constituency, of repeatedly raping her.

Singh was charged under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, including Sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offence), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Congress move to field Sanjay Singh from Assam defended

Veteran Congress leader and North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) chairman D.D. Lapang Friday defended his party leadership’s decision to field Sanjay Singh as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha from Assam.

“A Congressman can be used anywhere in the country. I do not take it that way (that northeast is now a dumping ground to rehabilitate Congress leaders from elsewhere),” Lapang told journalists.

No hurdle in creation of Telangana state, says Shinde

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde Friday said there was no hurdle in formation of separate Telangana state.

A day after the Andhra Pradesh assembly passed a resolution rejecting the state reorganization bill, he told reporters in the national capital that the bill will be passed during the parliament session, beginning Feb 5.

“The bill will be passed. There will be no problem,” said Shinde to queries if the resolution would impact the process of statehood to Telangana.

Arunachal MLA’s son ‘beaten to death’ in Delhi, anger spills over

An Arunachal Pradesh MLA’s son died here after he was allegedly beaten up by some shopkeepers following an altercation sparked by their taunts on his hairstyle, in yet another incident of targeting of people from the north-east.

Police registered a case of murder in connection with the death of Nido Tania, son of Congress MLA and parliamentary secretary in health and family welfare department, Nido Pavitra, on Thursday as the incident sparked a furore with allegations of discrimination against people from the region.

Over 9 lakh appear for Environmental Edn exams

The Board of Intermediate Education informed that the Intermediate first year Environmental Education Examination was successfully conducted on Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Of 9,39,335 registered candidates, as many as 9,04,201 attended the examination and 35,134 candidates were absent for the examination. The R.J.D.I.Es, D.V.E.Os, R.I.Os and the senior most Principals of Govt. Junior College in the District have monitored the conduct of examination in all the Government and Private Junior Colleges.

Change is what the State needs: Jagan

Strongly advocating a change in the political system which has been decayed as the public figures are keeping personal and political agenda ahead of the people’s welfare, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said the welfare state of YSR golden era should be brought back by rejecting the divisive and opportunistic forces.

GHMC ‘Face to Face’ programme on Saturday

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will conduct “Face to Face” between 4 PM to 5 PM on Saturday in the Face to Face Hall, GHMC Head Office.

The programme will be chaired by GHMC Mayor Mohammad Majid Hussain and will be attended by Collectors of Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts, HMDA Commissioner, Commissioners of Police of Hyderabad and Cyberabad, HMWS&SB Managing Director, MDs of APCPDCL and APSRTC, DGM of Telecom Department and General Manager of South Central Railways.

DERC hikes power tariff, Kejriwal govt fumes

Power tariff in the national capital was today hiked by up to eight per cent by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission notwithstanding ruling Aam Aadmi Party’s commitment to slash the rates.

Arvind Kejriwal government reacted angrily, saying it condemns the regulator’s decision to increase the tariff which will come into effect from tomorrow.

Before coming to power, AAP had promised that it will slash the rates of power for Delhiites but did so only in selected slabs, prompting BJP to term it as an “eyewash”.

UPA a ‘sinking ship’ : BJP

With reports suggesting an unease between Congress and NCP, BJP today dubbed UPA as a “sinking ship” which is being deserted by allies and said “nervousness” in the ruling party is visible as polls draw near.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley charged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of being “nervous” and “scared” with the idea of the erstwhile Amethi ruler Sanjay Singh contesting against him that forced the ruling party to nominate him to Rajya Sabha from Assam.

Diesel price hiked by 50 paise; non-domestic LPG cut by Rs 107

Diesel price was on Friday hiked by 50 paise per litre but there will be no change in petrol rates.

The hike, effective Friday midnight, is excluding local sales tax or VAT. The actual increase will be higher and will vary from city to city.

However, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG), which customers buy after consuming their quota of 12 subsidised cylinders, was cut by Rs. 107 per cylinder on easing international rates.

‘BJP giving me a chance to serve nation’, says music director Bappi Lahiri

Noted music director and singer Bappi Lahiri on Friday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “I am an artist, composer and singer. After working for 42 years, now I want to serve the nation. I discussed the same thing with Rajnath Singh ji. I told him that I want to do something. I am very happy that BJP is giving me a chance to serve the society,” he said. Earlier in the day, Bappi Lahiri met BJP president Rajnath Singh who inducted him into the saffron outfit. (ANI)

Congress nervous, Chidambaram planning retirement: Jaitley

Targeting the Congress, BJP leader Arun Jaitley Friday claimed the party is exhibiting signs of nervousness with the general elections approaching, and said union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram “appears to be planning life after the North Block”.

In his blog, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha has said with the elections approaching, each Congress member is “frantically concerned about his own position rather than wanting the Congress Party to get ready for a spirited fight”.

Farooq Abdullah meets Karunanidhi

National Conference chief and union minister Farooq Abdullah Friday met DMK president M. Karunanidhi here but said they did not discuss politics.

Abdullah told the media that while there were “some problems” within the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the issues would be sorted out. “By the grace of God, things would be better.”

A former UPA ally, Karunanidhi has declared that the DMK won’t join hands with the Congress in the 2014 general elections.