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Hyderabad, July 9 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy on Tuesday asked Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) President K. Chandrasekhar Rao why he did not remember democracy when he made Congress MLAs defect to his party when he was Chief Minister.

Asserting that KCR, as Rao is popularly known, and BRS Working President K.T. Rama Rao are making baseless comments, the Chief Minister said that Congress has not deceived people or murdered democracy as the BRS leaders did.

Addressing a meeting of Congress workers in Mahabubnagar, Revanth Reddy asked KCR how many Congress MLAs he poached during the last 10 years.

“Didn’t KCR say that the Congress government will topple in 100 days,” he said, hitting back at KCR and KTR, who earlier targeted the Congress for making seven BRS MLAs and six MLCs defect to the ruling party.

Revanth Reddy remarked that the former Chief Minister had no political future and predicted that he would face dire consequences in the coming days. He said KCR should either contribute to the state’s development or sit in the farmhouse.

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The Chief Minister claimed that KTR and Harish Rao have been roaming around Delhi for the last four days to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He also hit out at those demanding the postponement of the District Selection Committee (DSC) exam for the recruitment of teachers. Stating that his government issued a notification to fill 11,000 posts, he said some vested interests were trying to postpone the exam. He alleged that the mafia of coaching centres was conspiring to get the exams postponed but made it clear that his government is committed to providing jobs to the youth.

He also alleged that KCR instigated youth whenever his party weakened. The BRS leaders are trying to gain political benefits at the cost of students’ lives, he said.

Revanth Reddy asked why should only poor students and poor student leaders sit on fast and challenged KTR and Harish Rao to sit on fast unto death for the postponement of the exams.

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“They should continue the fast at Arts College till the exams are postponed. It is not good to provoke the students. If the BRS leaders’ argument is correct, the leaders should sit on fast on behalf of youth,” he said.

The Chief Minister stated that there is no loss to the government if the exams are postponed but its main intention is to see that the unemployed youth do not suffer.

Revanth Reddy also alleged that there is a conspiracy by the opposition behind the demand to conduct Group-I main exams by allowing 100 candidates for one post. He said if the government makes changes in the notification, the matter will go to court and the exam will be postponed.

Stating that elections for local bodies will be held soon, Revanth Reddy asked party workers to work hard.

–IANS

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Remaining work on roads for Kanwar Yatra to be finished in 72 hours: CM Yogi

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Lucknow, July 17 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday chaired a review meeting to oversee the preparations for the Kanwar Yatra, set to begin on July 22, and announced that the remaining work on roads to be used by the pilgrims will be completed in the next 72 hours.

He said the Public Works, Irrigation, and Urban Development departments have been directed to strictly adhere to the timeframe for the road repair work.

The Chief Minister also directed that cleanliness should be ensured on all the routes used by the pilgrims for the entire duration of the pilgrimage, and that garbage be regularly removed, water-logging be prevented, and measures be taken for the management of solid waste.

Also, proper lighting must be provided, with additional street lights and transformers.

He said that keeping in mind the faith of the devotees, it would be appropriate to set up shelter points on the route, with the assistance of local people, where drinking water, etc., be made available.

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Social organisations can also be roped in for the purpose but after their proper verification. Drones should also be used to monitor the routes and arrangments be made for showering petals on the devotees at key points, he added.

The Chief Minister said that DJs should be allowed with the Kanwars, subject to the appropriate guidelines on sound volumes.

He also noted that a large number of devotees visit the key Shiv temples in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Bareilly, Ayodhya, Basti, Prayagraj, Kashi, Barabanki, and other cities and the local administrations must coordinate with the temple managements to monitor and control the rush.

–IANS

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Amid row over Karnataka job reservation Bill, Andhra invites IT firm to relocate

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Amaravati, July 17 (IANS) With NASSCOM expressing disappointment over a Bill passed by the Karnataka Cabinet to reserve jobs for locals in private industries, Andhra Pradesh’s Minister for Information Technology (IT) and Electronics, Nara Lokesh, invited investors to relocate their businesses.

The Karnataka Cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft legislation setting aside 50 per cent of managerial roles and 75 per cent of non-managerial roles for local candidates in industries, factories, and other commercial establishments.

However, facing a severe backlash, the Congress government in Karnataka on Wednesday decided to put the Bill on hold.

Nara Lokesh on Wednesday took to X to invite investors after the apex body of the IT sector, NASSCOM, voiced its disappointment and expressed concern over the passage of the Karnataka State Employment of Local Industries Factories Establishment Act Bill, 2024.

NASSCOM stated that restrictions could force companies to relocate as local skilled talent becomes scarce.

“We understand your disappointment. We welcome you to expand or relocate your businesses to our IT, IT services, AI, and data centre cluster at Vizag,” posted Lokesh, who is the son of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

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“We will offer you best-in-class facilities, uninterrupted power, infrastructure, and the most suitable skilled talent for your IT enterprise with no restrictions from the government. Andhra Pradesh is ready to welcome you. Please get in touch,” he added.

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New Delhi, 17 July (IANS) Indian Navy warship INS Teg on Wednesday rescued nine crew members, including eight Indian nationals and one Sri Lankan, who went missing after an oil tanker capsized off the coast of Oman.

The Indian Navy said in a post on X on Wednesday evening: “#IndianNavy’s mission deployed warship #INSTeg, rendering SAR assistance for the capsized Oil Tanker MV #PrestigeFalcon, has rescued 9 (8 Indians & 1 Sri Lankan) personnel. The MV had capsized about 25 NM southeast of Ras Madrakah, #Oman on July 15 & SAR efforts in coordination with Oman Authorities are in progress since July 16.

“The MV is reported to have had a total of 16 crew, including 13 Indians & 3 Sri Lankans. The #SearchAndRescue by Indian & Omani assets is being undertaken in challenging weather conditions as the area is experiencing rough sea & strong winds. #IndiaNavy’s Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I is also assisting in the search for survivors.”

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The MT Falcon Prestige, a Comoros-flagged oil tanker, with 16 crew members had capsized near the port town of Duqn in Oman on Monday.

The Indian Embassy in Muscat said in a post on X: “Embassy is coordinating SAR ops with Omani authorities and @indiannavy for MT Prestige Falcon, a Comoros flagged vessel that capsized off the coast of Oman on July 15. Nine crew including 8 Indians have been rescued today by INS Teg. Search for the remaining survivors continues.”

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K'taka govt decides to put on hold local reservation bill

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Bengaluru, July 17 (IANS) Facing stiff opposition from the industry bodies and business tycoons on the bill reserving jobs for locals, the Karnataka government has decided to hold back from introducing the controversial bill in the Assembly on Thursday.

“The draft bill intended to provide reservations for Kannadigas in private sector companies, industries, and enterprises is still in the preparation stage,” the Chief Minister wrote on X.

He added that a comprehensive discussion will be held in the next Cabinet meeting to make a final decision.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had made a decision to introduce the bill in the state assembly. “The Cabinet meeting held on Monday has given consent for the act giving 100 per cent reservation for Kannada people for the posts in ‘C’ and ‘D’ category jobs in all private companies operating in the state. It is the objective of the government to prevent Kannada people from being denied job opportunities and to give them jobs to build lives peacefully in their motherland. Ours is pro-Kannadiga government. Our priority is to protect the interests of Kannada people,” Siddaramaiah wrote on X.

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Minister for IT Priyank Kharge and Minister for Large and Medium Industries MB Patil maintained that the bill was just a proposal by the Labour Department and the recommendations were given without consulting the other departments.

Minister Kharge said, “I have requested Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to implement it only after consultation with the industrial experts and other departments on the conditions of the Bill.”

Nasscom, representing India’s $250 billion technology industry, on Wednesday said it is seriously concerned about the provisions of a Bill providing for reservation for Kannadigas in private companies in Karnataka.

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Maha: 12 Maoists gunned down in Gadchiroli encounter, 2 cops injured

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Gadchiroli (Maharashtra), July 17 (IANS) In a major operation, the Gadchiroli Police have shot dead at least 12 Maoists in a forest gun battle on the Maharashtra-Chhattisgarh border, a police officer said on Wednesday.

Superintendent of Police Neelotpal said the encounter took place in Wandoli village near the Chhattisgarh border on Wednesday afternoon and lasted for more than six hours.

The operation followed a reliable intelligence input that around 12-15 Maoists were camping near the village. Seven teams of the crack C-60 commandos were rushed there at around 10 a.m.

A heavy exchange of fire started soon afterward and continued intermittently till the evening in the Pankhajur jungles.

In the post-encounter search of the vicinity, the security forces recovered the bodies of 12 Maoists. The possibility of more fatalities has not been ruled out.

The police also recovered seven automotive weapons, including 3 AK-47s, 2 INSAS rifles, one carbine, and one SLR.

The slain Maoists included dreaded and wanted DVCM Laxman Atram alias Vishal Atram, the in-charge of Tipagad Dalam.

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One PSI of C-60 and one jawan suffered bullet injuries during the encounter. They were airlifted to Nagour where they are said to be out of danger now.

Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the Home portfolio, has announced a cash reward of Rs 51 lakh to the C-60 Commandos and Gadchiroli Police for the successful operation.

–IANS

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