Visakhapatnam to become Financial Capital of AP

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Visakhapatnam to become Financial Capital of AP

Visakhapatnam is likely to emerge as a big financial city in South India if the plans of Andhra Pradesh government materialise in the coming years. The Chief Minister of AP, Chandrababu Naidu has sanctioned several prestigious projects to the port city. Following are the details of various projects announced by the CM to Visakhapatnam (Vizag): 1) The city will be developed as Mega City. The Ce...

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Airports in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram

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The Chandrababu Naidu government in Andhra Pradesh has announced new airports one each for Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. Just think who travels and to where from these airports. The entire vision statement of Chandrababu Naidu seems to be a mockery. If not so, what is the logic in announcing airports for all the towns in Andhra Pradesh. There is no single large industry in Srikakulam and Vizi...

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Rayalaseema gets raw deal in new projects

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Rayalaseema districts and cities except Tirupati got raw deal from the development vision announced by the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu in the Assembly. Tirupati is the only town in the region which got information technology, education and several infrastructure related projects. The IIT, IISER will be established in Tirupati. Other districts in the region Kadapa, Kur...

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Ongole lost the real estate run

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The announcement of Capital city 'around Vijayawada' by AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has huge impact on the development of Prakasam district. Particularly, the real estate business in Ongole, Donakonda and surrounding areas hit by the statement. There have been speculations on the Ongole for the capital city of new state of Andhra Pradesh. The guessing game started much before the divisi...

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Capital Realty in Andhra Pradesh

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With the official announcement of capital city of Andhra Pradesh, there are huge speculations around real estate market and future capital formation in various places in and around Vijayawada and other district headquarters. It is much awaited announcement for many real estate bigwigs in Guntur and Krishna districts. The announcement still creates so much space for speculation in real estate m...

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Sivaramakrishnan Committee Report Highlights

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Following are the important recommendations of Sivaramakrishnan Committee formed by the Union Home Ministry to look into the location for the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The Committee has submitted its report to the Home Ministry and the same may be sent to AP after Central Cabinet's approval. 1) Andhra Pradesh should be granted special status by the Union Government to meet the fiscal defi...

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Khairatabad Ganesha Photos 2014

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Khairatabad Ganesha Photos 2014

The famous Khairatabad Ganesha has set another record this year. The idol in the form of Kailasha Viswaropa Maha ganapathi is 60 feet tall marking the 60th year of installation at Khairatabad. The maha laddu is weigh at about 5000 kilograms. The Ganesh idol was made under the supervision of C. Rajendran, a Chennai based sculptor. He has been doing this for the past two decades. Khairatabad Gane...

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Martur, Donakonda and Vinukonda as AP Capital City

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The Sivarama Krishnan Committee, set up by the erstwhile UPA government to identify the suitable capital city for the state of Andhra Pradesh has submitted its report to the Union Home Ministry. The committee has opined that the region of Martur - Donakonda - Vinukonda will be the ideal locations of the capital city of AP. Donakonda and Martur are in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh and Vinu...

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Hyderabad real estate set to boom again

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With the end of uncertainty over the statehood of Telangana, the real estate investors and builders in Telangana, particularly in Hyderabad are expecting a boom in the realty sector in the coming years. The Telangana Government's announcements and plans with regard to development of Hyderabad also will help the real estate sector to see rejuvenation. KCR has been campaigning for making Hyderaba...

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Biodata of K Kavitha - TRS Party and Nizamabad MP

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Biodata of K Kavitha - TRS Party and Nizamabad MP

Kalvakuntla Kavitha (K.Kavitha) is an MP from Nizamabad Lok Sabha Constituency in Telangana State. She is the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister and TRS Chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). Kavitha has been active in telangana agitation and played important role as the president of Telangana Jagruthi, a cultural arm of TRS Party. Following is the profile / biodata of Kavitha. Kavitha was born i...

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KTR Biodata and his Family Photos

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KTR Biodata and his Family Photos

KTR (K. Taraka Ramarao) is a Minister for Information Technology in first Government of Telangana State headed by his father, K. Chadra Sekhar Rao. Following is the biodata / profile of KTR and his wife Shailima. KTR and Shailima have two children, Himanshu and Alekhya. KTR has completed his schooling from St. Georges Grammar School, Abids, Hyderabad. He completed his 10+2 from Vignan Junior ...

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Andhra Pradesh Budget 2014-15 Highlights

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The Finance Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has presented Budget for the financial year 2014-15. Following are the details of allocations for various sectors in Andhra Pradesh. 1) Home Ministry: Rs. 3734 crores 2) Disaster Management: Rs. 403 crores 3) IT department: Rs. 111 crores 4) Industries: Rs. 615 crores 5) Irrigation Department: Rs. 8465 crores 6) Energy : Rs. 7...

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Government Lands in AP District Headquarters

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Following are the details of Government lands available in various district headquarters in Andhra Pradesh. These detailed have been released by the Revenue Minister and Deputy CM of Andhra Pradesh, K.E. Krishnamurthy. These lands are located within 10 km radius of the respective district headquarters. The details will be crucial with regard to the location of the new capital city for Andhra Pr...

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Medak and Nandigama by-elections on 13 September 2014

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The Election Commission of India has announced by-election schedule for the Medak Lok Sabha Constituency in Telangana and Nandigama Assembly Constituency in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The by-election for these constituencies will be held on 13th September 2014. Medak Lok Sabha Constituency has been vacated by K. Chadrasekhar Rao, CM of Telangana, who was also elected from Gajwel Assemb...

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Independence Day Celebrations in Telangana - Golkonda Fort

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Independence Day Celebrations in Telangana - Golkonda Fort

The State of Telangana has celebrated its first Independence Day of India on 15th August 2014. The venue for the celebrations was Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad. The event was conducted with so much enthusiasm as this marks the first such event after the formation of Telangana State by Government of India. Following photographs are indicating the mood of the event: ...

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Is Chandrababu Naidu spoiling Brand Hyderabad

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Chandrababu Naidu was the architect of modern hyderabad. Many people accept this irrespective of their party and ideological affiliation. But several decisions being taken by Chandrababu Naidu after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh are exerting negative impact on the Brand Hyderabad. Hyderabad has not faced the power crisis that it is undergoing at the moment. It is very clear from the indications...

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Power Struggle between AP and Telangana

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The new states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh continue to fight over power sharing between themselves. The Telangana state is facing acute power shortage after the bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana is struggling to provide round the clock power supply to its capital city, Hyderabad. Farming community also came to the streets demanding power supply to irrigation pump sets. ...

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Vijayawada as Temporary Capital City of AP

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Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu has directed all his colleagues in the ministry and offices to shift their activities to Vijayawada. Naidu has announced that Vijayawada would be the temporary capital for AP till the decision on the capital city is taken by the Government. Chandrababu Naidu has ordered that the offices of all the HoD should be shifted near to the Gannavar...

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Donakonda, Guntur as Two Capitals of AP

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The tale of selecting a capital city for Andhra Pradesh remain an endless speculations. The latest grapevine is that the Sivarama Krishnan Committee, which formed to look into the issue may suggest two cities / places for the capital city of Andhra Pradesh. The panel is of the view that the development of a capital city will take 30 - 100 years. The Government has to draw plans to develop the c...

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Can Hyderabad become a UT

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The ongoing tussle between the NDA government at the centre and TRS government in Telangana over handing over special powers to the Governor is likely to fix Telangana Government in an uncomfortable situation. The government of India seems strong enough to implement AP Reorganisation Act 2014 in word and deed. This is clear in sending letters to Telangana government through union home ministry ...

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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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