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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Telangana News at a glance

Telangana activists stage dharnas.

Population-More than 3 crore Area 1,14,800 sq km. Rivers-Godavari, Krishna, Manjeera, Pranahita Literacy-69.49 % Number of Districts -10 - Hyderabad, RangaReddy, Medak, Karimnagar, Warangla, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad, Khammam. Economy - Primarily agriculture - much of the land is arid, not as fertile as the agriculturally rich coastal region.

Dams - Nizam Sagar, Jurala project in Mahbubnagar, Nagarjuna Sagar.

Crops are wheat, jowar cotton, groundnut, maize, sugarcane, Sunflower. Cottage industries like beedi making, handlooms, crafts.

Major industries - Many of industry located in and around Hyderabad barring some heavy weights like Coal - Singareni Collieries Company limited (SCCL). Sugar factories at Bhodan, paper industry at Sirpur kagaznagar and ITC Bhadrachalam, Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Plant (NTPC), Kothgudem Thermal Power plant.

Private industry - in last 15 years, Hyderabad emerged as IT, BT and Pharma hub of India. Reddy Labs, Indian Immunologicals, Aurobindo, Satyam, Wipro, TCS, Cognizant are here. Google India is here, Facebook is coming up. Tata setting up their Aero SEZ.

Public Sector Units and Research Establishments concentrated in Hyderabad -Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), Misra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI), Nuclear Fuel complex (NFC), Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals limited-IDPL, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Bharat Dynamics limited (BDL), NRSA, National Institute of Nutrition, NGRI, CCMB.

Major educational institutions - Osmania, JNTU, Kakatiya, IIT Medak, BITS, IIIT, Hyderabad Central University (formed after 1960 agitation), NIT Warangal, ISB.

Responding to a call given by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), pro-Telangana activists have staged dharnas at revenue division and tahsildar offices across Warangal district today demanding introduction of a bill on separate Telangana in the Parliament. Telangana activists led by KU teachers JAC convener Papi Reddy, Warangal West MLA D Vinay Bhaskar, TRS district convener P Sudarshan Reddy took out a rally from Kakatiya University to the RDO office in Warangal. Teachers and staff of KU too participated in it.

Speaking on the occasion, Papiredy said people in the region have no faith in Srikrishna’s report that would be made public tomorrow.

“The UPA Government should respect the aspirations of people in the region and introduce a bill on Telangana in the Parliament. Suppressing agitations will not drown the the sentiment of people,” he said.

MLA Vinay Bhaskar demanded withdrawal of additional forces from the region.

Meanwhile, KU students tried to besiege TDP senior leader and MLA Errabelli Dayakar Rao’s residence but their attempt was thwarted by police. Cops arrested the students and released them later.

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