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 In a bid to attract investment at the 36th edition of India International Trade Fair, 2016, held at the national capital, Telangana Industries and Commerce Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Monday appealed to the business community to invest in the state which has several strengths and advantages over other states in terms of stable and forward looking political leadership.

Rao said the state is bestowed with abundance of natural resources and said that it has sufficient availability of power, abundant natural resources like minerals and forest including development made in the field of agriculture and allied fields, central location.

"Telangana is poised to be the State of 21st century. It is an ideal destination not only for core Industries and power generation, but also for other diversified avenues such as agro Industries, textiles manufacturing units, herbal products, Warehousing hub, Tourist destination, IT Sector, Pharma, Aviation and Defence sector," he said.

Since Digital India is the theme of this year's trade fair, hence in accordance with the theme a 'T-HUB' has been made as Fascia design along with Kakatiya Thornam as main entrance Gate of Telangana Pavilion

Other Telangana state symbols such as Deer, Bird (Pala Pitta),Tree Jammi Chettu and Flower (Thangedu Poovu), modern electronic gadgets, murals, dioramas and Statues were effectively presented in front side of pavilion to attract the visitors.

Besides these, government initiatives and achievements in regard to TS-iPASS, T-IDEA, T.PRIDE and advantages of investment opportunities in Telangana was exhibited along with other development schemes, welfare programmes of the government.

Rich cultural heritage, monuments, palaces and other tourism places of the state was also displayed in order to attract the visitors to the stalls.

The Art and Culture forms of Telangana was showcased at the cultural show function at Lal -chowk theatre , where its traditional dancesforms such as Oggu Dolu, Periini Natyam, Qawaali and tribal dance of Kommu Koya were performed.

As Telangana has rich tradition in Handlooms and Handicrafts sectors, various art forms and produce original weavers and artisans such as popular Pochampally, Gadwal, Ikkat, Narayanpet, Golbama sarees, furnishings, Durries, and other products was also displayed. The trade fair is scheduled from November 14 till 27at Pragathi Maidan.

India International Trade Fair is an annual event in which all states, large companies including public sector Corporations participate. Other countries also have sizeable presence in the fair. The purpose of the fair is to promote the trade and industry.

The trade fare has kept the first five days exclusively for business visitors only to keep event more business centric.
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Hyderabad: The Telangana government on Sunday decided to buy all electromechanical equipment for its ambitious Mission Bhagiratha, aimed at providing piped drinking water to each of the state’s 84 lakh households by 2018, from public-sector BHEL, an official statement said.The decision to buy motors and piping equipment from Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao to review the Rs 40,000 crore project.

According to a statement from the chief minister’s office, the decision to procure motors and piping equipment from BHEL was taken due to attitude of some companies who quoted high price in response to the tenders called by the state government.

Chandrasekhar Rao spoke to BHEL Chairman and Managing Director Atul Sobti over phone and said the state needs 50 to 1,000 HP motors.The chief minister said the government was already giving priority to BHEL in irrigation and electricity projects and similarly it would make the procurement for Mission Bhagiratha from the public sector company.

The state officials will soon hold a meeting with BHEL executives to come to an agreement over the procurement.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, asked ministers and collectors to review the works on the ground and ensure that by Dec 2017 all villages water pipelines from Krishna and Godavari rivers.

He also wanted officials to first provide tap connections to Dalit and tribal families and later to others.

KCR said people in his assembly constituency Gajwel constituency were immensely benefited from Mission Bhagiratha, which was completed in August this year.

The chief minister said there was no dearth of funds for the project. He said money was already mobilized from various institutions and some allocation was also made it the budget.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ambitious project in August.

KCR has already said that his party (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) will not fight the 2019 polls if this project is not completed.
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For Erra Dixitha, a weightlifter representing Osmania University and Telangana at the World University Weight Lifting Championships in Mexico, her first competition in the Americas was almost a no-go for lack of funds. However, thanks to TRS leader K Kavitha, Dixitha has finally received funds to go to the championships.

Dixitha, a weightlifter for the past eight years, felt her dreams were starting to come true when she received her selection letter for the world championships being held in mid-November. However, the dream almost crashed immediately, when Dixitha found out that she was not receiving any institutional support for funding her trip to Mexico.  

Hailing from a middle-class family, the 19-year-old weightlifter says, it was impossible for her to raise the Rs 1,91,300 required for her trip.

When she approached her university, however, she was told by the Board of Control that the university was facing a shortage of funds and hence could not provide any support. The Association of Indian Universities, whom she also approached, denied her funding as well.

“I have been practicing for more than a year for this championship. This is very important for me. But when both the University and the Universities Association said they could not  pay for the trip, I was in a big dilemma because I knew my parents would never be able to fund this trip,” she said.

Seeing no other go, Dixitha approached Kavitha for help, and within five days, she received funding from the Sports Authority of Telangana to the tune of Rs 1,50,000.

With the support of her parents, Dixitha managed to raise the remaining Rs 41,000 and is now looking forward to attending the world championships between November 13 and 17 at Merda in Mexico. “After this competition I am going to start preparing for the next Olympics, and I hope I will get a chance to represent India then,” she said.
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The Telangana government has entered into an MoU with pharma, life sciences and healthcare multinational company Johnson & Johnson to work together for making the state tuberculosis free, it was announced on Friday.

The New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson will play an active role in the project by assisting the state government in achieving the goal.

The MoU was signed when Industries Minister KT Rama Rao called on top leadership of the company on the second day of his business visit to the US.

Rama Rao met Paul Stoffel, Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of Pharmaceuticals Division, Melinda Richter, Head of JLabs and Jonathan Collard, VP, Government Affairs and Policy, Asia Pacific.

Stoffel was very enthusiastic about proposed Hyderabad Pharma City, and will be visiting India and Hyderabad next year, said a statement from the minister's office here on Friday.

Richter assured the Telangana delegation that they would explore the possibility of setting up of JLabs unit in Hyderabad.

Later, the minister met Sanat Chattopadhyay, Executive VP and President, Merck Manufacturing Division, who mentioned the firm's intent for a social partnership with Telangana Government on arresting infant diarrhoea.

Merck also expressed interest in setting up manufacturing base in Telangana in collaboration with local partners. It also evinced interest in setting up "vaccine centre of excellence" in Hyderabad which will also be used for imparting skills, providing training based on the specific requirement of the companies.

Nanette Cocero, President for Emerging Markets for Innovative Health business, Pfizer and Jeffery T. Hamilton, Senior Director, Pfizer, during their discussions with Minister explained about Pfizer's ECHO project in the area of breast cancer screening.

The minister elaborated on the steps Telangana Government initiated to boost the pharma sector in Hyderabad and invited Pfizer to associate with Research and Innovation Circle of Hyderabad (RICH).

Another MoU was signed with IV2 Alliance, a non-profit corporation and one that works in tandem with US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) to promote collaboration within the scientific, research and provider communities to achieve advances in the field of healthcare and wellness.

USFDA in a written communication stated that Pharma City near Hyderabad can be the first of the international clusters it seeks to bring together to link scientific and medical advances from across the globe for better healthcare.
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“In Telangana, it’s mostly the poor youngsters who take to hockey,” revealed former India hockey captain N. Mukesh Kumar. “They definitely need everything in terms of support for maintaining fitness,” he added, in support of his rather disturbing disclosure, as he watched youngsters battling it out in a match as part of the first Telangana State Junior Inter District Hockey Tournament at Adilabad’s Indira Priyadarshini Stadium a few days ago.

The Olympian wants the State government to extend support in the form of astro turf hockey fields and good accommodation for young players during training camps.

“We will look after the food part,” he asserted while referring to the 10-day training camp that is going to be held in Nizamabad for the players who got selected to the State junior hockey team after the tournament in question.

Mukesh Kumar, who is a selector for the State team, foresees great time for Indian hockey following the start of Hockey India League. He said good players can even make Rs. 60 lakh every season playing this league unlike in the past.

“This is a fact that needs to be spread among the youth by coaches so that they are attracted to the game. The youth should also feel proud of playing hockey for their country,” he pointed out.

The former Olympian stressed on the need for discipline among players, especially the younger generation. He said the current nature of play demands professionalism which includes discipline and fitness.

“It is amazing to see these two things among youth taking to hockey in European and other countries,” Mukesh Kumar said. “Their professionalism has the teams across nations playing to a single strategy rather than adopt different ones like we do here in India,” he pointed out.

In a somewhat surprising act, the State hockey selector has his daughter and son take to tennis and shooting respectively. “It was their choice,” he observed.
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Hyderabad: A day after 21 new districts came into existence, the Telangana government on Wednesday said no fresh demands on reorganisation of districts and other administrative units would be considered.

Expressing satisfaction on the way the process of reorganisation of districts was carried out, the state government said no more changes would be considered on the issue.

More than two years after Telangana came into existence as India's 29th state, the TRS government in the state on Tuesday carried out the biggest administrative reform, creating 21 new districts.

With this, the total number of districts in the state went up to 31 from 10, following the reorganisation process.

Telangana, carved out of Andhra Pradesh, came into existence on June 2, 2014 as the 29th state of India.

Revenue divisions and other administrative units have also been reconstituted along with the districts and 25 new revenue divisions, 125 new mandals, four new police

commissionerates, 23 new police sub-divisions, 28 new circles and 91 police stations have come into existence yesterday.

The new districts are -- Siddipet, Jangaon, Jayashankar, Jagtial, Warangal (Rural), Yadadri, Peddapally, Kamareddy, Sangareddy, Mancheriyal, Vikarabad, Rajanna, Asifabad, Suryapet, Kothagudem, Nirmal, Wanaparthy, Nagarkurnool, Mahabubabad, Jogulamba and Medchal/Malkajgiri.

The other 10 districts are -- Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahabubnagar, Medak, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda.

The reorganisation of districts would help in effective monitoring and implementation of welfare schemes, so that they reach the needy, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had said earlier.
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WITH 3 LAKH families populating each district, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti government is finalising plans to break up the existing 10 districts into 31 smaller ones for easy administration.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao initially proposed to create 17 new districts, then agreed to add four more amid demands and pressure from TRS MLAs and representatives. KCR says smaller districts are easier to administer and allow effective delivery of benefits to people. He is yet to take a decision, however, on demands from tribals of Adilabad for a separate tribal district, and temple town Bhadrachalam in Khammam.Once the process of demarcating new districts started in August, it became a game of “owning” districts among TRS ministers, MLAs and local leaders as hundreds of representations poured in demanding that their particular area be declared a district.

The first list of 17 new districts had not included Sircilla, an assembly constituency in Karimnagar district represented by KCR’s son K T Rama Rao who is minister for IT and municipal administration. Sircilla is one of the four additions made last week.

Another is Gadwal that is now part of Medak district. Forming the new district is being seen as a move to counter the clout of Congress leader D K Aruna, a former minister who was MLA from Gadwal, while carving Janagoan as a district out of Nalgonda is aimed at restricting the clout of Congress stalwart Ponnala Lakshmaiah, as the new districts will change the demarcation of the two Congress MLAs’ constituencies. The fourth new addition is Asifabad, now in Adilabad district, following pressure from tribal organisations and Left parties.“There is no doubt that smaller districts can be administered better,” said K Keshava Rao, head of a high-powered committee for creation of the new districts. “With the state divided into 31 districts, each will have a minimum population of 3 lakh families. Such small numbers can be managed effectively, resources spread evenly and beneficiaries of government schemes are easily identified.”

The size of some of the districts will be very small considering that Mahbunagar alone is being split into four — Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy and Gadwal.

“During the formation of mandals and districts in the past, some lapses and injustices were done,” Keshava rao said. “We are setting all that right now. The aim is to ensure that people are not unhappy with the new boundaries. If there is a legitimate demand, we will look into it and consider declaring a new district.”

The government will post junior IAS and IPS officers as district collectors and superintendents of police, with a senior IAS officer overseeing three districts each. A senior IPS officer will oversee three or four districts each. Telangana is the 12th largest state in the country with a population of over 3.60 crore. A notification regarding demarcation and formation of new districts is likely to be issued just before Dussehra.

Besides handling pressure from TRS leaders and locals, KCR had to handle the tricky issue of naming the new districts, mostly after late political leaders. When it was proposed that a new district created out of Ranga Reddy be named Anantagiri, the MIM protested. MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi want the name retained as Vikarabad, now a town was named after the Paigah noble Vicar-ul-Umra.

“With the inclusion of Moinabad and two other mandals, the new Shamshabad district is sought to be renamed Ranga Reddy district. On the other hand, there is a move to rename Vikarabad as Anantagiri district. If there is no new district named Shamshabad or Vikarabad, it would send a wrong message to the minority community,” Owaisi wrote in a letter to the CM. The government gave up the idea and has decided to retain Vikarabad as the name of the new district.
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New Delhi, October 5: 

The Telangana government today demanded the Centre to clear at the earliest about ₹1,640 crore dues for supplying levy rice to the Central pool for PDS purpose in the first year of the state bifurcation in 2014-15.

This was among the key issues which Telangana Finance and Civil Supplies Minister Eatala Rajender raised in a meeting with Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan here today. Food Secretary Vrinda Swarup and senior officials of state-run Food Corporation of India (FCI) were present.

Higher procurement

“We had supplied levy rice to the Central pool and dues of which are pending. We demanded the government to clear ₹1,640 crore arrears at the earliest,” Rajender told reporters after the meeting.

Since 2014-15 marketing season (October-September), the Centre has capped the levy rice – the portion of rice states buy from mills for public distribution system (PDS) – at 25 per cent. But millers in Telangana had procured more in the 2014-15 season and the dues are still pending.

Centre’s response

After the meeting, Paswan said, “Telangana had 2-3 issues. One was levy rice dues of 2014-15. After the division of Andhra Pradesh, millers procured paddy from both sides and there were some issues. We have discussed in detail and we will see what we can do as per the rule book.”

The Telangana government also demanded a hike in milling charges for raw rice from ₹15 to ₹30 per quintal and for boiled rice from ₹25 to ₹50 per quintal from this year.

On the demand, Paswan said, “The rates are fixed by Tariff Commission, which in fact has been proposing to reduce it further from the current level. If there is a case, we will write to them.”

Rice for hostels

The Union Minister said Telangana has demanded 2,000 tonnes more rice allocation to hostels and “we have asked the state to submit the list of inmates in hostels and utilisation certification of last year before releasing the extra grains.”

At present, the Centre allocates 6,434 tonnes of rice a month to over 6 lakh hostels in the state.
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The Telangana Government on Sunday submitted a detailed report to the Centre on the damage caused by the recent heavy rains in the State estimating the loss at Rs.2,202 crore.

A delegation comprising Deputy Chief Minister Md. Mahamood Ali, Finance Minister E. Rajender and Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma called ont. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi and submitted to him the rain damage repor The State Government explained in its report that standing crops in about 1.23 lakh hectares were damaged besides the loss of about Rs.1,157 crore suffered by Hyderabad City.

Further, they stated that 19.345 houses were damaged due to rains across the State and the loss to roads was Rs.463 crore (Roads & Buildings) and Rs.298 crore (Panchayat Raj). Stating that the rains have also caused heavy damage to irrigation 671 irrigation tanks including Mid Manair reservoir, they noted that 46 persons died in the rains.

Mr. Mahamood Ali said Hyderabad had witnessed highest rainfall, after the deluge of 1908 and 2000, leaving the roads in a bad shape.

The Deputy CM claimed that the Union Home Minister had responded positively to the State’s request for generous assistance and assured to send Central teams to assess the loss caused by the rains.
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The Telangana government today decided to promote fisheries sector in the state in a big way.

Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao directed that fish be grown in 4,533 tanks in the state at a cost of Rs 48 crore, a release from his office said.

About 37 crore fingerlings would be grown.

Rao ordered fisheries minister T Srinivas Yadav to launch the programme from October 3, it said.

The government decided to provide baby fish hundred per cent free of cost to fishermen as a benefit, it said.

Rao asked MPs, MLCs, MLAs and other public representatives to participate in the programme of releasing baby fish into tanks on October 3, the release added.
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