Krishna Pushkaralu begins

Hyderabad: The Krishna Pushkaralu began in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana on Friday with fanfare and religious fervor and took part in the special prayers in two states and offered prayers along the banks of the river.

Pushkar Ghats, constructed by the authorities along the river course, were teeming with thousands of devotees since the early hours of the day. Elaborate arrangements and provided amenities to the devotees for the 12-day long festival.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, his wife Shoba Rao, Endowments Minister Indrakaran Reddy and other public representatives took the holy dip at Gondimalla ghat in Alampur mandal of Mahabubnagar district.

Authorities in Telangana have built 90 bathing ghats for the convenience of devotees in Mahabubnagar and Nalgonda districts, the sources in the government said.

Over 13,000 policemen have been deployed as part of security arrangements besides installing 555 CCTV cameras at the venue. TSRTC will run 1,365 special buses from various parts of the state to the bathing ghats for the convenience of the pilgrims.

While SCR will operated 655 special trains for the convenience of the devotees in the two states. Over sic crore people are expected to attend the 12-day fete.

Meanwhil, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and his cabinet colleagues took a holy bath at Durga Ghat in Vijayawada.

Naidu along with his wife Bhuvaneshwari performed puja. Authorities have made elaborate arrangements for smooth conduct of the festival in Kurnool, Krishna and Guntur where 178 bathing ghats have come up for the convenience of the devotees. (INN)

Congress demands CBI probe into Nayeem’s case

Hyderabad: Leader of Opposition in Telangana State Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Friday demanded CBI probe into the cases pertaining to ex-naxalite-turned-gangster Md. Nayeemuddin who was killed in exchange of fire with the police on August 8.

Addressing a press conference at Congress Legislature Party office, Shabbir Ali said that the seizure of cash, Arms & Ammunition and land records shows that gravity of the criminal activities Nayeem and his gang was involved into.

Therefore, he said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Telangana Government would not be able to conduct multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary and inter-State investigation.

He said that the Income Tax and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) would be able to trace the origin of illegal cash and how it was accumulated.

Similarly, he said that the recovery of two AK-47 assault rifles, a sten gun and other Arms and Ammunition involve investigation at the national and international levels.

“How a gangster was able to get access to heavy Arms and Ammunitions like AK-47 rifles? What is their made? Pakistan, China or were they stolen from Indian Army or Police? How they were smuggled into Hyderabad? Were they supplied by the police officials themselves?

This issue involves threat to national security and a SIT, headed by an IGP Rank officer and comprising of Police Inspectors, will not be able to find out the truth.” he said.

Shabbir Ali said that the land documents recovered from the dens of Nayeem and his accomplices shows that the gangster’s web was spread across five States of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh Goa, Chattisgarh and Odisha. The SIT will not be able to conduct this inter-State investigation.

Further, he said that several names of senior police officials, bureaucrats and politicians were doing rounds. “Media reports suggest that several police officials and politicians, including those belonging to the ruling party, are suspected to had links with the gangster.

“Some DGP Rank officials, both serving and retired, allegedly acted hand-in-glove with Nayeem. Can we expect the SIT members to investigate the role of their bosses? he asked.

Quoting media reports, Shabbir Ali said several politicians, big industrialists, realtors and other influential persons are allegedly involved in this criminal-police-politicians nexus.

“The recent development of Yadadari Temple has given a major boost to real estate industry in Bhongir and surrounding areas. Everyone is trying to capatalise the reality boom and therefore, Nayeem and his gang and their contacts prospered through their illegal activities.

All such politicians, irrespective of their party affiliations and posts, should be punished,” he demanded.

Shabbir Ali also questioned as to why the State Government was not disclosing the details of officials and politicians whose names were found in the dairy of late gangster.

He said all such names should be made public so as to expose them and also put an end to speculations.

“We cannot expect the SIT to probe into all these aspects as it also involves concerns for national security. CBI is the best agency to conduct a thorough probe. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao should consider our demand\ and order a CBI investigation on immediate basis,” he said.

When asked whether the Congress party doubts the capability of SIT, he said that the State Government did an eye wash in the CID investigation into the case of leakage of Eamcet-2 question paper. A few brokers were arrested while the real kingpin never got exposed.

“This should not happen in Nayeem’s case and everyone who supported or encouraged his criminal activities should be brought to book,” he demanded. (INN)

Cabinet Sub-committee on new districts meet

Hyderabad: the cabinet sub-committee constituted to look into the issue of creation of new districts held consultations with the people’s representatives from Nizamabad district in Hyderabad on Friday.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha said that the government was creating new districts only with the aim of administrative convenience and not with any political motive.

She rebuked the allegations of Opposition parties saying that it has become a habit for the Opposition parties to politicize every decision of the government. (INN

Sudhir and Chellappa commissions submit report on quota

Hyderabad: Sudhir Commission and Chellappa Commission which were constituted to enquire into the educational, social and economic backwardness of the Muslims and the STs/tribals in the Telangana State submitted their reports to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhara Rao.

The commission was constituted under the chairmanship of Retired IAS officer G. Sudheer. Its other members were Mohammed Amerullah Khan, Abdus Shaban and Mohammed Abdul Bari.

The members of the two committees met the Chief Minister at his camp office here on Friday and submitted the reports.

Speaking on the occasion, KCR said that the State Government was committed to increasing the reservation for Muslim and STs as promised by the TRS during the elections.

He said that the two sections of the society were backward in all spheres and said that a legislation on the lines of quota provided by the Tamil Nadu Government.

A legislation on the issue of enhancing quota would be brought in the Assembly while the STs, who were enjoying 6% quota would be provided the reservation in proportionate to their population in the state. (INN)

Uma Madhava Reddy refutes Nayeem links

Hyderabad: Former TD minister and the widow of former home minister Uma Madhava Reddy refuted the allegations of her links with slain gangster Nayeem.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Uma Madhava Reddy demanded judicial inquiry to establish if her family had association with the gangster. She said, “The ruling party in Telangana, in an attempt to shield top leaders, is dragging my family into this issue.

I don’t have trust in the SIT investigation into cases against Nayeem. A judicial inquiry into this whole issue should be done. If proven guilty, I am ready to go to jail.”

Uma Madhav Reddy, along with son Sandeep Reddy, addressed a press conference and lashed out at the media reports suspecting links between Nayeem and her family.

“Our family has always served the people and worked for their development. We were involved in real estate business or in encouraging mafia elements.

The government is deliberately targeting our family. All my call records can be verified to establish if I had any contacts with Nayeem or his associates, the former MLA asserted.

Speaking to media, Sandeep Reddy said, “There were no land settlements and extortion till the TD regime. However, after Congress coming to power, all the mafia elements go free hand to operate. Only a judicial probe can bring out truth.” (INN)

Cong, TD encouraged Nayeem: TRS MLA

Hyderabad: TRS MLA Solipeta Ramalinga Reddy alleged that the Congress and the TDP had given a free hand to the Maoist-turned-gangster Nayeem in the past and it was they who encouraged the illegal activities of the gangster.

Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, Ramalinga Reddy said that TRS never encouraged such elements and was always against such elements.

He also found fault with opposition parties blaming the government for Nayeem’s illegal activities. He also refuted the allegations of the Opposition parties that the government had acted against only after the TRS leaders were targeted by the Nayeem group.

Ramalinga Reddy claimed that he had received threats from the Nayeem group in 2004 and had complained to the police about the threats from Nayeem. (INN)

Onam Spl Trains from Secunderabad and Nanded

Hyderabad: The South Central Railway will run Onam Special Trains between Secunderabad-Kochuveli and Hazur Sahib Nanded-Kochuveli for the convenience of Pilgrims attending Onam festival.

As per schedule, the Train No. 07115 Secunderabad-Kochuveli onam special train will depart Secunderabad at 16:25 hrs on 12th September (Monday) and arrive Kochuveli at 00:30 hrs on Wednesday.

In the return direction, Train No. 07116 Kochuveli-Secunderabad onam special train will depart Kochuveli at 20:30 hrs on 16th September (Friday) and arrive Secunderabad at 04:00 hrs on Sunday.

Enroute these onam special trains will stop at Kazipet, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Tenali, Ongole, Nellore, Gudur, Renigunta, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Ottapalem, Trisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions.

These special trains consist of 15 coaches viz., one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, ten Sleeper Class and two General Second Class and Brake Van Coaches.

Similarly, the Train No. 07505 Hazur Sahib Nanded-Kochuveli onam special train will depart Hazur Sahib Nanded at 07:20 hrs on 12th September (Monday) and arrive Kochuveli at 18:45 hrs on Tuesday.

In the return direction, Train No. 07504 Kochuveli-Hazur Sahib Nanded onam special train will depart Kochuveli at 20:15 hrs on 15th September (Thursday) and arrive Hazur Sahib Nanded at 08:30 hrs on Saturday.

Enroute these onam special trains will stop at Mudkhed, Dharmabad, Basar, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Bolarum, Malkajgiri, Kacheguda, Jedcherla, Mahbubnagar, Wanaparti Rd, Gadwal, Kurnool City, Dhone, Gooty, Tadipatri, Muddanoor, Yarraguntla, Kadapa, Nandalur, Rajampeta, Kodur, Renigunta, Katpadi, Vaniyambadi, Jolarpettai, Salem, Erode, Tiruppur, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Ottapalem, Trisur, Aluva, Ernakulam Town, Kottayam, Tiruvalla, Chengannur, Kayankulam and Kollam stations in both the directions.

Both the special trains consist of 15 coaches viz., one AC II Tier, two AC III Tier, ten Sleeper Class and two General Second Class and Brake Van Coaches. (INN)

Azadi 70 – Freedom Fortnight programm at MANUU

Hyderabad: Maulana Azad National Urdu University is organizing 15 days celebrations “Yad Karo Kurbani (Freedom Fortnight)” in connection with 70th Independence Day.

The celebrations will continue until 23rd August. The activity, being organised in accordance to directions received from University Grants Commission, aims to create awareness among the students about the sacrifices rendered during Freedom Struggle.

According to Dr. Mohammed Fariyad, Coordinator, NSS, Competition of painting greeting cards for Army Jawans at border will be conducted on August 12. “Freedom Run” from University Health Centre to Main Gate will be organized on 15th August, 8.00 a.m. Slogan Writing competition in Urdu, English and Hindi languages will be held on 17th August, whereas essay writing competition on August 18.

Patriotic songs competitions will be held on 19th August. The lecture by an eminent personality will be organized on 22nd August and there will be a mass recitation of National Anthem by students on August 23. These competitions will be organized in various auditoriums of the University.

Except “Freedom Run” all programmes will be held at 3.30 p.m. (INN)

GHMC to observe Friday as ‘Green Day’

Hyderabad: GHMC Commission Dr. B. Janardhan Reddy said that the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation would observe every Friday as the Green Day.

The Commissioner expressed thanks to the representatives various organizations, NGOs, Residential Welfare Associations and other major corporate houses for their involvement in Telangana Haritha Haram and making the programme a great success.

He interacted with the representatives and took feedback and reviewed the success of plantation of saplings, their protection and maintenance etc.

, He said the GHMC with the help of various associations has planted more than 84 lakhs saplings and requested all the organizations to protect the plants.

Janardhan Reddy said Haritha Haram would be a continuous process and everyone should join hands with the GHMC in making Green Hyderabad.

He also informed that the tree guards were available for Rs. 80 to Rs. 800 and the information would be kept in the website for the convenience of the citizens.

The Colony Welfare Associations and other organization must make their own arrangements to safeguard the plants duly providing with the tree guards, he said.

Addl. Commissioner (UB) K. Shiva Kumar and representatives of various organisations have participated in the meeting. (INN)