BBC4 Indias Daughter Documentary Banned in India

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has decided to encash the controversy surrounded on the documentary 'Storyville: India's Daughter' by advancing the airing of the program in UK. The BBC has informed that the program originally scheduled for air on 8th March 2015 will now be telecast on 4th March 2015. There has been so much controversy around the documentary as it shows the Indian men...

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Polavaram Project Only After 160 Years

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Polavaram Project Only After 160 Years

The Union Government of India has allotted Rs. 100 crore for the Polavaram project of Andhra Pradesh, in its budget 2015-16. Polavaram Project was considered as lifeline of the residuary state of AP at the time of AP Reorganisation. The project cost was estimated at more than Rs. 16000 crore as per the approvals sent to the Planning Commission by the previous UPA Government. Just try to calculate...

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Union Budget 2015 - 16 Highlights

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Union Minister for finance, Arun Jaitley has presented the Union Budget for the financial year 2015 - 16. There are so many expectations on the budget as the Prime minister himself is branded as reform oriented and following are highlights of the union budget 2015 - 16. There were expectations on the tax soaps being given for the salaried class. The limit on the savings is likely to be increase...

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India Railway Budget Highlights 2015 - 16

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Railway Minister of India, Suresh Prabhu has presented the Railway Budget for the financial year 2015-16. This is his first railway budget and there are expectations on major reforms in Indian Railways. The most striking feature of the budget is that there is no hike in passenger fares of any class. The minister has outlined a budget of Rs. 8 lakh crores for the coming five years. Following are hi...

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Telangana Tourism Packages and Online Booking

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The Government of Telangana has launched a separate website for Telangana Tourism (www dot telanganatourism dot gov dot in) . This is a full fledged website which offers details of various tourist destinations, tour packages, staying, hotels and other customised services. Following are mode tails of Telangana Tourism. Most important and attractive feature of the website is live chat support on ...

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Telangana is Second Richest State in India

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It is official. Telangana state has become the second most rich state in India after Karnataka. The revenue estimates of the 14th finance commission are to be believed, Telangana has achieved huge revenue surpluses thanks to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The finance commission has estimated revenue surpluses of Rs. 1,16,000 in Telangana in the coming five years. At the same time the Andhr...

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It is advantage Andhra Pradesh

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It is advantage AP. The finance commission headed by Y.V.Reddy has showered good amount of funds for the new state of Andhra Pradesh. At the same time the finance minister Arun Jaitley has showed empty hand to the 29th state of India, Telangana. The finance commission has asked the union government to sanction Rs 1.67 crore funds to Andhra Pradesh. The state has been included in the list of st...

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Special Status to become key issue in AP politics

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The Special Status issue is likely to haunt parties in power in the state of Andhra Pradesh. All the parties are sharpening their stand on the issue and trying to get political mileage out of it. The proposed letter by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi to prime minister Narendra Modi and Pawan Kalyan's tweets on the issue have sparked the issue into the limelight. The ruling BJP has been ...

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Obama Helicopter Cabins to be Made in Hyderabad

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Here comes another credential for Telangana state. The US President Barack Obama is all set to fly in a helicopter whose cabin is being made in Hyderabad, Telangana state. The security department of US President has decided to remake the chopper crew afresh. It has ordered S-92 chopper cabins to TATA aero systems. TATA aero systems has the chopper cabin manufacturing facility at Adibhatla in H...

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ICC World Cup Cricket 2015 Points Table for Group A and Group B Teams

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The ICC World Cup Cricket is in progress. The Ireland has surprised the game lovers through defeating West Indies in the league match. Ireland chased the huge target of 307 in 45+ overs. There may be more shocks in store. Here is the points table of various teams and groups. Out of the 7 teams in each group, chances of reaching knock out stage for top four teams will be bright and who knows, they ...

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IPL 8 Auction of Cricket Players and Their Price - 2015

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IPL 8 Auction of Cricket Players and Their Price - 2015

The IPL 8th Edition is on the cards. The auction of players have been completed on 16th February 2015. A total 67 players from 23 countries have been auctioned and Rs. 86.8 crore was spent on the players by the 8 franchises. The highest bid was for Yuvraj Singh at Rs.16 crores as the Delhi Daredevils signed him up for the latest season. Other players who were sold out for decent money are Dines...

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APCBS Crop and Gold Loan Waiver Second List by March 2015

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The Government of Andhra Pradesh is gearing up to implement the second phase of Agriculture and Gold Loan Waiver scheme. The list of farmer beneficiaries under this scheme is being prepared by National Informatics Center after due approvals from the AP Government. The list will be ready in a few days and will be displayed on APCBS Loan Status portal. Know Your Crop and Gold Loan Status in AP ...

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AAP Cabinet Ministers and Portfolios in New Delhi - 2015

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The APP has formed Government in New Delhi and Arvind Kejriwal assumed charge as 8th Chief Minister of Delhi. Kejriwalk has allotted portfolios for his cabinet colleagues. Manish Sisodia has been appointed as Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi. The Delhi cabinet set a record as the youngest cabinet in the country. Following are the portfolios of new cabinet in Delhi: 1) Arvind Kejriwal: Chief Mini...

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ICC World Cup Cricket Schedule 2015 and India Matches

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ICC World Cup Cricket Schedule 2015 and India Matches

Here we are giving ICC World Cup Cricket 2015 Match Schedule for entire tournament. The tournament starts on 14th February and ends on 29th March 2015 with final. The India team matches falls on the following dates with respective group teams. 15 February : India Vs Pakistan 22 February: India Vs South Africa 28 February: India Vs UAE 6 March: India Vs West Indies 10 March: India Vs Ireland...

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World Cup Cricket 2015 Live Streaming of India Vs Pakistan Match

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Though it is Sunday on the big Cricket Day for the sport lovers in India and Pakistan, so many people may not avail the TV and like to watch the match on their mobile / cell phone, iPad and so on. You can still watch the match if you are stuck at office or on some work on the day of India vs Pakistan match on 2015 February 15. Here are the details of live streaming, live updates and websites and a...

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New Cabinet in Delhi - Ministers of AAP Government 2015

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which set a record win in New Delhi Assembly elections 2015, has announced the new cabinet to be sworn in on 14th February 2015. The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung received a list of six persons who may take oath with along with Arvind Kejriwal at the Ramlila ground. The list of ministers include Arvind Kejriwal (Chief Minister), Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Mi...

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MLC Elections in AP and Telangana States 2015

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The Election Commission of India has released MLC elections schedule 2015 for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states for the Graduate and Teachers Constituencies in both the states. There are two constituencies in each state being vacated due to the expiry of the term. Following are important dates for these elections. Election Notification Issue: 19 February 2015 Last date for filing nomination:...

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PRC in AP - New Salaries with 43 Percent Fitment

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PRC in AP - New Salaries with 43 Percent Fitment

The Government of Andhra Pradesh has announced new PRC for the government employees. The Chief Minister of AP, N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced 43 percent fitment to all the government employees in the state. The new salaries and pay scales will come into effect from June 2014. The pay scales and salaries are increased based on the 10th PRC recomendations. There will be almost 100 percent inc...

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TDP and BJP show off over Special Status to Andhra Pradesh

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The ruling parties in Andhra Pradesh and the Center seems setting ground for a show off thanks to the promises made by rival Congress party at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. The special status to Andhra Pradesh is going to become contentious between the TDP and BJP in the near future. While the BJP, which supported the special status during bifurcation is now retracting itself citi...

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APCBS Second List of Beneficiaries - Agriculture and Gold loan waiver scheme

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The government of Andhra Pradesh is gearing up to release the second list of beneficiaries under the crop and gold loan waiver scheme. The second list may be announced in a few weeks and will be made available to the public on APCBS portal. The government has set to receive the applications for the second round of Runa Maafi scheme till 14 February 2015. The AP government has also received obje...

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Janmabhoomi Program in Andhra Pradesh – History and Roots

The origins of the concept of ‘Janmabhoomi’ program implemented by Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh have been traced to the different sources. The South Korean model of ‘Saemaul Undong’ is said to have provided inspiration to the young leadership of Andhra Pradesh in launching the Janmabhoomi programme. Though the Korean model provided the modus operandi for the programme, it has its moorings in Gandhian philosophy also. Gandhian concepts of Gram Swaraj, Sarvodaya as well as the community development programmes, all of which have stressed on development through self-help, self-effort and self-regulation as well as active citizen participation in public affairs, have their influence on the programme.

A document titled ‘Janmabhooomi: A People’s Movement’, released by the President of India on the occasion of A.P. formation day celebrations on November 1st, 1997, points that Gandhian ideas form the basis of the programme. It quoted the ideas of Gandhi in relation to democracy and decentralisation by saying, “Democracy must, in essence, mean the art and science of mobilising the entire physical, economic and spiritual resources of all various sections of the people in the service of the common good of all”. It has also taken into consideration of the importance of people’s participation in decision making process by quoting the Gandhian idea, “Democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the centre. It has to be worked from below by the people of every village”.

On the occasion of the inauguration of Janmabhoomi programme, the Chief Minister explained that “Janmabhoomi (one’s land of birth) gave everything to its people and that people are indebted to it”. In addition to these interpretations, the basic values Janmabhoomi have got much inspiration from the fast grown countries of South East Asia like South Korea, Malaysia, Japan and Israel from Middle East and China from Asia.

It is evident from the analysis given in the Janmabhoomi document on the ranks of these countries in the Human Development Report: 1996, which occupied first twenty ranks. The JB document also shows the position of Andhra Pradesh with in India. It mentions that, “AP is unfortunately below the national average in several key development indicators such as per-capita income, literacy and health status”. While tracing the causes for the brunt of poverty and adversity, the document criticised the approach and institutional response towards implementing social welfare programmes by the past governments also. This is evident in saying, “Government institutions and local bodies could not succeed to the extent expected. The common man perceives the government as inaccessible. We have not succeeded in effectively harnessing the latent creativity of the people in formulating and implementing schemes for their own development”. And it further notes that, “people were driven toward dependency on government because of the paternalistic approach of government, instead of becoming ‘partners in development’ the people particularly the poor have became passive beneficiaries”.

The Janmabhoomi programm is distinguished by the government from the past social welfare programmes also, in terms of the centralisation in planing and decision making process. As the document mentions “the excessive centralisation in planning and decision-making has dampened the initiatives of the people. Government programmes and activities have remained largely ineffective in fostering the positive elements of collective good, teamwork, honesty, dedication and hard work”.

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