Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Students, police clash at Osmania University

Clashes between activists and police continued today at the Osmania University campus even as a 48-hour bandh began here and in all 10 districts of Telangana demanding separate statehood for the region.
Police used teargas shells as scores of pro-Telangana students pelted stones at the police station located at the University campus, East Zone Deputy Commissioner of Police Y Gangadhar told. "The pro-Telangana activists, staging a demonstration in front of the Osmania University police station, started hurling stones on police personnel from different directions following which the police retaliated by using tear gas shells to disperse the activists," the officer said.

Earlier, at least 120 pro-Telangana activists including members of the ABVP and Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) Convener M Kodandaram were arrested near Tarnaka area adjacent to the University campus when they took out rallies in support of the bandh. Demanding the release of arrested students and Kodandaram, protesters staged a demonstration before the police station in the University premises and also raised slogans seeking withdrawal of police forces from the campus. To intensify the agitation for separate statehood for the region, the JAC is observing a bandh today and tomorrow in all 10 districts of Telangana region. Pro-Telangana students had yesterday repeatedly clashed with police at the Osmania University campus and in different parts of Hyderabad after they were not allowed to march to the Assembly
Telangana demand raised in Lok Sabha

The demand for a separate Telangana was today raised in the Lok Sabha by several Congress members from Andhra Pradesh. Immediately after the Question Hour, the members including Ponnam Prabhakar and M Jagannath were on their feet seeking to raise the issue. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamy tried in vain to pacify them and at one point was seen consulting party chief Sonia Gandhi. Backing their demand, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that a bill for formation of the separate Telangana state should be brought in the current session itself and her party would help in its passage.

There was no response from the government on her plea. The members were pacified when Speaker Meira Kumar assured them that one of them would be given a chance to raise the issue. Incidentally, some Congress members from Andhra Pradesh had disrupted the Presidential address yesterday by raising pro-Telangana slogans. They had displayed pro-Telangana banners and shouted "Jai Telangana" and "We want Telangana".
Life hit as 48-hour Telangana bandh begins

Normal life came to a standstill in parts of Andhra Pradesh Tuesday as a 48-hour shutdown began to demand a bill in parliament for the formation of a separate Telangana state. Transport services in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the Telangana region were paralysed while shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed. Buses of state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) could not come out of the depots since early Tuesday as the shutdown called by Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) evoked a total response across the region.

The Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other pro-Telangana parties and groups are participating in the strike while the Communist Party of India (CPI) is backing it. TRS activists took out rallies in different parts of Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal and Karimnagar districts to force the closure of shops. Police arrested TRS legislator Harish Rao in Secunderbad when he was leading a motorcycle rally.

The shutdown call evoked partial response in Hyderabad. While RTC suspended all its services to different parts of Telangana and also to Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, it was plying few services in the city. Educational institutions in the state capital declared a holiday as a precautionary measure. Shops and business establishments were closed in some areas while the shutdown had not much impact in other areas.

The coal production in state-owned Singareni Collieries Company came to a halt as about 70,000 employees joined the Telangana strike. The production in the coal mines spread over four districts of Adilabad, Khammam, Karimnagar and Warangal was affected.
(Source: PTI & IANS)


A group of pro-Telangana students on Monday tried to barge into Andhra Pradesh assembly complex despite massive security cover while violent protests rocked the state capital through the day. Violence continued around the Osmania University campus. Police arrested about 100 students from Osmania and other universities in Telangana as they tried to enter the assembly complex. Police baton-charged students, among them girls, to prevent them from entering the building. However, the assembly was not in the session as it had adjourned earlier in the day without transacting any business amid pandemonium over Telangana issue.

The incident took place despite massive security clamp-down by police and paramilitary forces around the assembly complex to foil the students' march. They have demanded immediate steps for formation of a separate Telangana state. Breaking the security cordon, a group of six students managed to reach the main gate of the assembly complex and raised slogans of "Jai Telangana". Even as police arrested them, another group entered the assembly premises through the adjoining public gardens. The students squatted on the road leading to the legislative council and raised slogans. Police baton charged and arrested them.

Violent protests by students at Osmania University, 10 km from the assembly, continued through the day. Hundreds of students were still on the campus, raising slogans against the government and police. Security personnel had to repeatedly use batons and burst teargas shells at three points to push back the students and to prevent them from taking out the march. More incidents of violence rocked the city on Monday evening as some protesters torched a bus of the state-owned Road Transport Corporation and damaged eight other vehicles at Habsiguda near the university. They also pelted stones on some shops in the area.

Earlier, pro-Telangana students went berserk, setting afire a local train, ransacking a railway station and clashing with police in several areas. The protesters set afire a Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train coach at the Jamia Osmania railway station near the varsity campus. Another group of protesters ransacked the Necklace Road MMTS railway station near Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the state governor. They set ablaze the reservation counter, destroyed computers and broke window panes.

The incident triggered tension in the high security areas around Raj Bhavan, and police forced the closure of the shops to prevent a march by pro-Telangana lawyers, who wanted to submit a memo to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan. There was more trouble as a group of protesters on board a local train tried to stop it forcibly near Raj Bhavan. Police sealed road leading towards the governor's residence, causing huge traffic jam in the busy Khairatabad and surrounding areas.

Violence also rocked the Nizam College area near the assembly building as students pelted stones, clashed with police and damaged several vehicles. Tension prevailed as police pushed back the students inside the college campus and the hostel buildings. A few policemen were reportedly injured in the stone-pelting near the college.

Pro-Telangana leader and Maoist sympathiser Gaddar was arrested at Tank Bund when he tried to march towards the assembly. The usually busy roads around the assembly complex in the heart of the city wore a deserted look as police and paramilitary forces sealed these against the students' march.
A curfew-like situation prevailed in Basheerbagh, Lakdi Ka Pul, Saifabad, Nampally and surrounding areas as police diverted traffic and were not allowing even pedestrians to move around. The alternate routes were choked with huge traffic jams.

However, a group of girl students managed to sneak through the security cordon and reached the police control room near the assembly building. Raising slogans of "Jai Telangana", the girls tried to move towards the assembly premises but were prevented by police. About 40 students were arrested and shifted to waiting police vehicles.

అసెంబ్లీలో నేటి వాయిదా తీర్మానాలు

హైదరాబాద్ : విపక్షాల నిరసనల మధ్యే శాసనసభ సమావేశాలు నాలుగోరోజు ప్రారంభం అయ్యాయి విపక్షాలు మంగళవారం అసెంబ్లీలో పలు అంశాంలపై వాయిదా తీర్మానాలు ఇచ్చాయి. ఎమ్మెల్యేలపై సస్పెన్షన్ ఎత్తివేత, అరెస్ట్ అయిన విద్యార్థుల విడుదలపై టీఆర్‌ఎస్, పార్లమెంట్‌లో తెలంగాణ బిల్లు ప్రవేశపెట్టాలని బీజేపీ, సీపీఐ, తెలంగాణపై ఏదో ఒక నిర్ణయం తీసుకోవాలని సీపీఎం వాయిదా తీర్మానాలు ప్రవేశపెట్టాయి.
విపక్షాలు ఇచ్చిన వాయిదా తీర్మానాలను డిప్యూటీ స్పీకర్ నాదెండ్ల మనోహర్ తిరస్కరించారు.
దీంతో టీఆర్‌ఎస్, తెలంగాణ టీడీపీ ఎమ్మెల్యేలు సభలో తెలంగాణ తీర్మానం చేయాలంటూ నినాదాలు చేశారు. సభ సజావుగా కొనసాగేందుకు సహకరించాలని డిప్యూటీ స్పీకర్ విజ్ఞప్తి చేశారు. ప్రశ్నోత్తరాల సమయం చేపట్టాలని ఆయన కోరారు. అయినా విపక్ష సభ్యుల తమ పట్టు వీడలేదు.






T MPs interrupt Prez address

New Delhi: It was an unusual protest in the Central Hall of Parliament on Monday.Normally MPs from fringe groups take the protest route to make a point during the Presidents address to the joint sitting of both Houses opening the budget session. But on Monday morning,10 Congress members surprised everyone by interrupting President Pratibha Patil towards the end of her address and raised slogans in support of a separate Telangana state.Two TDP members also joined the shouting brigade.We want Telangana, they kept shouting until some party managers rushed to persuade them to sit down.The MPs were disappointed by the absence of any mention of the Telangana issue in the Presidents address.

Notably,managers seemed indulgent of the compulsion of MPs to protest on the Telangana issue on which party has been pushed on the backfoot because of Centres backpedalling from the announcement favouring the creation of the separate Telangana state.The government which has since been trying to wriggle out of the spot it has pushed itself in,is to shortly call a meeting of all political parties. Indeed,the banners had party chief Sonia Gandhis picture claiming Jai Congress,Jai Telangana (Victory to Congress victory Telangana). They,however,sat down when vice-president Hamid Ansari began reading the English version of the speech.The members displayed the banners again when Patil took leave of the members with a namaste on her way out of the Central Hall.The Cong MPs also demanded the recall of the governor.

VOICING PROTEST: T Cong MPs stage protest in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue inside the Parliament complex in New Delhi on Monday


TRS aims to bring T region to a halt - With Several Parties Extending Support,A Total Shut Down Likely In City

The TRS is determined to ensure that city comes to a standstill today. No buses,autos and private cabs will be allowed to ply on roads in Telangana districts. TRS and other separate state supporters will resort to rail roko. A call to close down all educational institutions, commercial establishments and cinemas has been given.The only exemption will be essential supplies like milk, water, hospitals and ambulance services. Train services to New Delhi from Hyderabad and Secunderabad stations will be affected. The bandh is likely to become a success as it has got support from all political parties.TDP Telangana forum convener N Janardhan Reddy on Monday extended his support to the bandh.Calling upon people to actively participate in the bandh,BJP state president G Kishan Reddy urged his party activists to ensure success of the bandh.

Political JAC chairman M Kodandaram said all Telangana employees including those of APSRTC and Singareni Collieries,teachers and lecturers will actively take part in the bandh.The employees will sign in their attendance registers and come out of their offices to make success the bandh. The employees will attend dharnas to be organised by JAC in every mandal demanding that the Centre introduce a bill immediately in Parliament to carve a separate T state and a resolution in the state assembly in favour of Telangana. The JAC has also called upon the students and private sector employees to join the two-day agitation.The JAC activists have also decided to construct temporary walls on all major national highways to block the movement of buses from Seemandhra towards Telangana districts and vice versa.
Advocates torch rly ticket counter

The Chalo Assembly on Monday saw students of Osmania University and police engaged in pitched battles.Some students even torched a bogie of an MMTS train at Jamia Osmania.In the meantime,a little after 1 pm,scores of advocates and other protesters alighted at the Sanjeevaiah Park and Necklace Road railway stations in MMTS trains with the intention of marching to the assembly. Within minutes,those who got down at the Necklace Road station went on the rampage inside while those who alighted at the Sanjeeviah Park station went berserk on the outside of Necklace Road station. The protesters set fire to one of the two reservation counters,resulting in a few computers,chairs and stationery getting gutted. They also tried to attack the second reservation counter near Park Hotel.Heavy stone-pelting by the protesters led to several glasspanes in the station getting damaged,even as panicked commuters ran helter skelter.

The rampaging lasted for 20 minutes and even before the cops could arrive at the scene,the protesters had fled. Meanwhile,students from Nizam College resorted to stone-pelting at Basheerbagh crossroads around 12.30 pm and the security personnel responded with teargas shells and stun grenades.Towards the evening,the violence returned to OU campus with the students fighting pitched battles with the cops near B hostel after damaging a few RTC buses and a Maruti showroom on the Habsiguda side. At a press conference in the evening,Hyderabad police commissioner M A Khan said that the people involved in Necklace Road railway station violence,were identified as advocates.They arrived at the railway station on an MMTS train and damaged the property.Some of them have been taken into custody and being interrogated, the commissioner said.Talking about the violence at OU,Khan said: An unspecified number of teargas shells were fired to control the students.Every person who took part in the violent acts will be arrested and prosecuted, Khan said.
JAC SETS FEB 24 FOR STATE GOVT RESPONSE - Govt holds talks with staff unions

The state government faces a tricky situation with the pro-Telangana government employees refusing to call off their five-dayold non-cooperation agitation on Monday. As the agitation by these employees had severely affected the services in all the departments in general and the revenue earning departments in particular,resulting in a loss of about Rs 700 crore to the exchequer till Monday,chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy asked the cabinet sub-committee to hold talks with the unions and see that the agitation was called off.
The cabinet sub-committee consisting of ministers,Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, N Raghuveera Reddy, Damodar Rajanarsimha,Mukesh Goud and Danam Nagender held about one-hour long talks with the employees representatives and reiterated that the government was committed to implement all the assurances it had made on the floor of the assembly and other promises made since 2004 to make amends to the injustice meted out to the employees of the region.  But this assurance did not cut any ice with the employees who demanded the government to make a statement ensuring a 42% share for Telangana in all the government jobs,implement GO 610 and repatriate non-Telangana employees to their parent cadre,and issue orders declaring Hyderabad as sixth zone.

In addition,they wanted the government to take a delegation to New Delhi so that they can meet the prime minister and urge the Union government to take necessary constitutional measures on issues that were beyond the purview of the state government.President of employees JAC,K Swamy Goud later said that they would wait till February 24 for governments response. Later,the ministers said they had drawn the attention of the employees unions towards the problems being faced by the common man particularly in regard to welfare activities like issue of ration cards,getting various certificates from mandal officers,issue of Aadhar cards,sanitation work,census enumeration,land registrations,and other works.The union representatives,however,did not give any indication or assurance to exempt such services from the movement.

Rampaging students run riot-Stone Cops,Try To Torch MMTS Train & Station;Advocates Join In Mayhem

The Chalo Assembly call given by Telangana activists triggered sporadic violence in various parts of the city on Monday with the rampaging students and advocates torching the railway reservation centre at Necklace Road MMTS station and portions of a MMTS bogie near Jamai Osmania railway station. As usual,the Osmania University campus turned out to be the nerve centre of the days protests with the students indulging in pitched battles with the security personnel throughout the day.Till late in the night, the stone-pelting from both sides and lobbing of teargas shells from the cops continued near B hostel after the latter entered the campus premises in order to bring the situation under control.In all,at least 300 teargas shells were burst and nine students and eight securitymen hurt in the OU unrest.

The day began with about 500 OU students gathering outside Arts College around 11.30 am with the intention of marching to the assembly where the budget session was on.At about the same time,scores of advocates too proceeded towards the assembly from various points in the city.While heavy police deployments around OU campus and strict traffic restrictions and security around assembly prevented the protesters from reaching their target,it did not stop the violence that was unleashed in between. As the OU students rally reached the second cordon of security near NCC gate after crossing the main gate,several of them were arrested and bundled into waiting vans.After a mild lathicharge, students retreated and attempted to break out of the campus from the Adikmet side near Ladies Hostel.With the students resorting to stone-pelting,cops responded with teargas and caning.Several students were arrested at this spot too.Even as the standoff continued,around 1 pm,a few students sneaked into the Jamia Osmania railway station and managed to torch one bogie of an MMTS train.However,only a couple of seats got burnt while in the ensuing lathicharge,a few glass panes of the train got smashed.


Pvt school managements and professional colleges to remain closed today.May declare holiday on Feb 23 too. Junior Colleges not holding practical exams to stay shut today. Inter students who cannot attend practical exams on Feb 22 and 23 must inform the principal in advance.They will be allowed to take the exam on Feb 24


RTC services may be hit Autos likely to remain off the roads too Pvt Cabs warned to stop operations for two days.This may hit airport-bound passengers Railway services may be affected due to blockades


Cable operators told to block anti-Telangana channels. Theatres,shopping malls and restaurants may open depending on bandh impact.


Work in state government offices to be paralysed as most of the 4 lakh employees from the region to boycott work during the two days


Emergency services,including supply of milk,water,electricity,hospital services excluded from bandh

SMASHED: The damaged MMTS train that was targeted by protesters at Jamai Osmania station on Monday





Sunday, February 20, 2011



T mantris to skip House for a day - Plan Delhi Tour To Convey Public Ire Against Cong To High Command

In another round of embarrassment for chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy,Telangana ministers on Saturday decided to skip the budget session of the assembly for one day and go to New Delhi to convey to the party leadership the discontent in the region over the Congress'stance on the separate state issue.
Already, 22 MLAs and 6 MLCs skipped the governor's address to the joint session of the assembly and council on February 17. They were of the view that Telangana was more important to them than attend  the House for the governor's address. The date of the ministers' trip to Delhi will be announced in a couple of days. In the backdrop of the non-cooperation movement being organised by the Telangana JAC, TRS, employees and people, Telangana ministers met at residence of sr minister K Jana Reddy on Saturday to evolve a strategy to convince the people of the region that they were not indifferent to the statehood issue.

The meeting discussed how the non-cooperation movement was affecting the functioning of the government as the employees were actively taking part in it.The MLAs,who returned to Hyderabad on Friday night from Delhi after meeting the core committee members,briefed the ministers as to what transpired in their meetings in the national capital.MPs K Keshava Rao,G Sukhender Reddy and GVivek were also present in the meeting,which urged people to call off the non-cooperation movement, assuring that they would go to any extent to achieve Telangana. "Continued silence on the issue will harm the prospects of the party in the forthcoming elections to local bodies,"said Keshava Rao. According to him, the meeting adopted an action plan to mount pressure on the leadership. "First,all the ministers decided to immediately write a letter to the party leaders explaining the gravity of the situation in the region. Later, sometime next week,the ministers will skip the budget session for one day and go to Delhi to meet party president Sonia Gandhi and PM Manmohan Singh,"Rao said.

Sukhender Reddy urged the Centre to take steps to prevent situation from going out of hand. Arepalli Mohan, Karimanagar MLA who also was part of the group that went to Delhi, hoped that the central leadership would soon realise the need to take an early and positive decision on Telangana. Jana Reddy said the people of region were not prepared to accept anything less than a separate state. Ministers Ponnala Lakshmaiah,Jupalli Krishna Rao,Sunitha Lakshma Reddy,D K Aruna,Basavaraj Saraiah and Ramireddy Venkata Reddy were present in the meeting.

T stir paralyses GHMC services

With nearly 10,000 employees of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation participating in the non-cooperation movement,civic services have been paralysed for the past three days and the civic body suffered revenue loss to the tune of near Rs 10 crore. The staff in all 18 municipal circles and 5 zonal offices have been boycotting their duties as part of noncooperation movement demanding introduction of the Telangana bill in Parliament. About 8,000 permanent employees and 2,000 contract employees have been participating in the movement.With this,all wings of the corporation were forced to close down. The GHMC officials,who are on duty,have not been attending for grievances from public during visiting hours. Since February and March are crucial months for collection of taxes,the GHMC gets Rs 2-2.5 crore daily as property tax.Similarly,Rs 1-2 lakh trade licences fee and Rs 2-5 crore building fees and the rest from other charges like mutation fee.

"GHMC is now getting about Rs 20 lakh revenue,mainly from eSeva centres that collect property tax,"a GHMC official said. Officials are worried over the Joint Action Committee threatening to extend the noncooperation movement to emergency services from February 23.As of now,sanitation and health wing workers have been exempted from the protest.
DGP told to keep T-stir under check

CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Saturday directed DGP K Aravinda Rao to prepare a plan of action to defuse the non-cooperation agitation taken up by Telangana JAC and TRS activists in the region. The intelligence department officials have been asked to step up vigil and prepare detailed reports of those leading the agitation.In the meeting,it was decided to rope in the Telangana ministers to prevail on the people of the region to call off their movement.
No film screening on Feb.22,23

All theatres in the Telangana region,including Hyderabad will not screen films for two days on February 22 and 23 in response to the noncooperation call given by the Telangana JAC. In addition,there will be no shootings on these two days and all studios,laboratories and distribution officers will participate in the bandh.The Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce president M Vijayender Reddy said that more than 450 theatres in Telangana region have stopped paying the weekly entertainment tax to the state Govt. At  least Rs one crore should have gone into the government coffers on Friday itself.



Saturday, February 19, 2011


Friday, February 18, 2011


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fight for Telangana: Over 2 lakh govt employees boycott work

Hyderabad: More than two lakh government employees of Telangana will boycott work from today as part of their non-cooperation movement launched to mount pressure on the state and Central govt. to grant statehood to Telangana. Pro-Telangana parties have asked them not to cooperate with the rest of Andhra Pradesh from today and ensure no work takes place in the region.

``They would go to the office, sign in the register but they would not work. They would absolutely declare non-cooperation. They will not work for this government which is against the interest of the people of Telangana,'' said Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader, KT Rama Rao.

Sources say some of the commandments issued to the government employees include not paying electricity and water bills, not paying property tax and travelling in buses without buying a ticket. Some say advocates have been asked not to argue their cases before judges from the other two regions. At a later stage, the plan is to even ask sanitary workers to stop lifting garbage, making Hyderabad and other towns in Telangana stink.

But the state government is prepared and has its own plan in place. It says it will outsource staff to tackle the 'boycott movement'. ``They should do this for a day or two, but not for long as that will cause inconvenience to the people who are committed to the cause of Telangana,'' said Andhra Pradesh Textiles Minister, P Shanker Rao.

Sources say the TRS also plans to disrupt the Governor's address on the opening day of the Budget Session in the Assembly.
(source-NDTV News)