Decks cleared for Telangana state

Last Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015


One MP took out a knife in the Lok Sabha and another used pepper spray, say media reports
The UPA government on Thursday tabled the Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha amid protests both inside and outside Parliament. In Lok Sabha, both pro and anti Telangana MPs stalled the proceedings; one of them used a pepper spray and another took out a knife and held it threateningly.
Chaos and pandemonium disrupts discussion
Author: M Suchitra
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, which seeks to create a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the state, was tabled in the state Legislative Assembly as well as the Legislative Council on December 16 amid high drama and pandemonium.
Demands resolution to water and power sharing problems that will arise between proposed new state and Seemandhra
Author: M Suchitra
Andhra Pradesh chief minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy, has finally spoken out on the Congress Working Committee's (CWC's) decision on July 30 to create a separate state of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. Speaking for the first time since the CWC decision Reddy made his stance clear at a press conference on Thursday. He said that he was for a united Andhra Pradesh and that the Centre should address the basic problems of water-sharing, power shortage and the status of Hyderabad, the capital city.
There is no going back on decision of statehood to Telengana, says Digvijay Singh
Author: M Suchitra
The Congress high command in New Delhi has set up a four-member high-level committee, headed by defence minister A K Antony, to address apprehensions of people in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. At the same time it was made clear that there will be no going back on the decision of carving out a separate state of Telangana.
Hyderabad will go to Telangana after 10 years; GOM constituted to discuss threadbare the modalities of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh
Author: Anupam Chakravartty, M Suchitra
The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the creation of a new Telangana state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will remain the joint capital for Telangana and Seemandhra for 10 years, informed Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union home minister, after the Cabinet meeting held in the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence at 7, Race Course Road in New Delhi. However, the whole process is likely to take at least six months as Parliament has to pass State Re-Organisation Bill by a simple majority.
Call for roll back of decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh; government yet to respond to strike notice
Author: M Suchitra
About 350,000 government employees across 13 districts in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions will go on an indefinite strike from August 12 against the Centre’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and create a separate Tengana state. Staff from these districts working in Hyderabad city will also join the strike.
Intense protests continue in Seemandhra; 42 state legislators resign
Author: M Suchitra
The Telangana Bill will not be tabled in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning on August 5. Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, while addressing a routine press conference on Friday in Delhi, said that it would take time to finish procedures and the new state might come into existence in six months.
Protesters vent ire on statues of Indira and Rajiv in Anantapur; rallies, violent protests break out in coastal Andhra districts
Author: M Suchitra
Protests against the Central government’s decision to form a separate Telangana state paralysed normal life in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions (now referred to as Seemandhra) of the state on July 31, a day after the Congress Working Committee (CWC) gave approval for the creation of a separate Telangana state. Violence erupted in many places. Response to the bandh called by Seemandhra Joint Action Council was near total in north coastal Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam,Vizianagram and Rayalaseema districts of Chittoor, Kurnool and Anantapur.
Government data shows Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, which were carved out of larger states, have not performed as well as their parent states on development parameters
Author:Jitendra, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava
Are smaller states better off? Government data shows Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand, which were carved out of larger states, have not performed as well as their parent states on development parameters Jitendra, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava It is a popular notion that smaller states have better development prospects. More than a decade ago India created three new states–Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand–following long-standing demands and protests.
Linguistic and cultural identity, which defined state boundaries in the initial years after Independence, take secondary place
Author: Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava
The United Progressive Alliance's decision to endorse creation of the new Telangana state on Tuesday is likely to lead to more strident demands of separate statehood from other regions in the country. The agitations, in fact, have already picked up in several regions.
The mega irrigation project will irrigate coastal Andhra but submerge vast areas in Telangana
Author: M Suchitra
While requesting the Centre to initiate steps in accordance with the Constitution of India to form a separate state of Telangana, the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the policy making body of the Congress, has urged the Centre to declare Indira Sagar Polavaram Irrigation Project a national project. The Rs 16,010 crore Polavaram project on the Godavari river is expected to irrigate 721,000 acres (about 300,000 hectares) in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts, all in coastal Andhra Pradesh, whereas vast areas of Telangana are likely to be submerged.
Why both Andhra and proposed Telangana state want the city as their state capital
Author: M Suchitra
The most difficult and sensitive part in the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh was deciding the status of Hyderabad, the capital city. The UPA coordination committee and the CWC, while endorsing the carving out of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, decided that Hyderabad will be common capital to both Andhra and Telangana for 10 years. The city is located in the heart of Telangana. Naturally, Telanagana people were demanding that the city should be the capital of the new state. But most of the investments in Hyderabad were made by rich industrialists and business people from coastal Andhra.
Hyderabad, which contributes over 70 per cent of the total revenue of the state, to be common capital for 10 years
Author: M Suchitra
After being a part of Andhra Pradesh for more than half-a century and decades of struggle, Telangana is going to get separate statehood. Following meetings held on Tuesday, the United Progressive Alliance coordination committee and the Congress Working Committee have given their approval for carving out a new state from Andhra Pradesh. The modalities of separation will be decided in the coming days.
As the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance meets to decide on the demand for a separate state of Telangana, a look at some of the uphill tasks the new state will face
Author: M Suchitra, Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ruling at the Centre is expected to take a final call on the demand for a separate Telangana state at the meeting of its coordination committee on Tuesday. The meeting will be followed by a discussion in the Congress Working Committtee, the policy making body of the Congress, after which a formal declaration is expected.
Eminent economist and former Planning Commission member, C H Hanumantha Rao, speaks to M Suchitra on the aspirations of people of Telangana. Rao is presently honorary professor at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS)
Author: M Suchitra
While the Centre is keen to hold more consultations on the issue of a separate state of Telangana, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has decided to continue the ongoing Sakala janalu Samme (general strike). It plans to hold a three-day rail blockade from October 12 and a Chalo-Hyderabad maha dharna in third week of October. Its chairperson M Kodandaram speaks to M Suchitra on the way forward to end the deadlock
Author: M Suchitra



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