TRS activists go on rampage during shutdown

Hyderabad, Nov.30 (ANI): The activists of ‘Telangana Rashtra Samiti’ (TRS) resorted to violence during their shutdown in Hyderabad on Monday in protest of the arrest of their leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

On Sunday (Nov. 29), the police had arrested TRS chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Karimnagar town as he had planned to undertake a fast unto death.

Daylong shutdown called by the TRS paralysed normal life in the region.

Educational institutions and business establishments remained closed in all the 10 districts of the region while State-owned road transport [^] corporations suspended its bus services.

In Hyderabad, the TRS workers took to streets, enforcing the shutdown and staging protests. The protesters damaged several vehicles during their protest.

TRS, which has been spearheading a campaign for a separate Telangana state, joined hands with Congress party in 2004 to fight regional and national [^] polls and the government had promised to consider its demand for a separate State.

Later, TRS withdrew support from the UPA saying that the progress on the issue was slow and Congress had “betrayed” his party. (ANI)
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Hyderabad Bandh turns violent

Hyderabad Bandh

The Telangana Hyderabad bandh by the TRS to objection against the capture of its president, Chandrasekhar Rao, became aggressive at a lot of locations in the area on today.

Educational institution had called the Progressive Democratic Students Union for the Bandh in the region of Telangana for protesting against indiscrimination of lathicharge on the students of Osmania University.

The general secretary of PDSU state “J L Gautam Prasad” said that the government must put the end towards the attacks of barbaric on the agitation of people immediately.

He further added that that the government must cover the way for the creation of separate Telangana. In the mean time the support of communist party of India, have been extended to the tomorrow’s band call which was given by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). The protesting is planned out for arresting the leaders, who had introduced to go on an indefinite fast at Siddipet.

R Subash Chandra Bose had demanded the announcement of, for form the separate Telangana instantly.

IIMs give CAT aspirants another life online

Nov 30 (IANS) The Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Monday said they empathise with the aspirants who could not take the computerised Common Admission Test (CAT) because of technical problems and that they would be given a second chance soon.

‘IIMs would categorically like to assure candidates who could not take the test that they would get another opportunity to take the test,’ Samir Barua, chairman of the IIM Directors’ Forum said at a press conference in IIM Ahmedabad.

The competitive CAT exam that went online for the first time this year ran into trouble for the third consecutive day Monday when a computer crash stalled the exam at centres in three cities – Mumbai, Bangalore and Ghaziabad, a leading coaching institute said.

‘The major reason for this (computers crashing) was a virus attack. All precautions were taken for quarantine, but despite that the attack took place. In some places, there was a problem of hardware. For instance, if a switch failed it took about two hours or more for it to be changed,’ Barua said.

‘We recognise the difficulty that aspirants had to go through because of this and empathise with them. Every student who could not take the test because of the glitch will be accomodated,’ he added.

Ulhas Vairagkar, director of TIME coaching institute, told IANS: ‘We have received student feedback that the exam was cancelled at one centre in Bangalore and two colleges in Bombay in the morning schedule.’

Some students also complained that the computers failed at the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) Ghaziabad exam centre, stalling the CAT session Monday morning.

‘Today (Monday) again there were problems reported in the three cities. Many students are very anxious that even if the exam is rescheduled it would clash with their semester exam in colleges,’ said Gautam Puri, vice chairman of Career Launcher, a coaching institute.

Many candidates were in a frenzy when computers crashed in around 40 centres across the country on the first and second day of the CAT. The exam’s staggered computerised format has a 10-day schedule and will conclude Dec 7.

An American firm Prometric, was awarded a $40 million contract by the IIMs to switch the prestigious CAT exam from optical marker reader assessment onto computers.

The company has alleged that ‘viruses and malware that attacked the test delivery system were not detected by the anti-virus software at the testing centres’.

Meanwhile, the CAT committee has stressed that its role in administering the examination at the 105 centres in 32 cities was restricted to preparing questions.

‘The decision to conduct computerized CAT was taken unanimously by all IIMs. IIMs were responsible for generating questions for the tests and Prometric was responsible for conducting the test.

‘The delivery could not be executed flawlessly because of virus attack on several test sites. Prometric is working to address the issues arising from the attacks,’ the CAT committee stressed.

Prometric is arranging how and when the re-test would be conducted, the committee said, adding that ‘details will be worked out by Prometric shortly and announced’.

Around 240,000 students have registered for the CAT this year, which is scheduled at 105 centres in 32 cities, all linked to a main server.

Army’s top Generals indicted in Darjeeling land scam

Army’s two top Generals–Military Secretary Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash and Deputy Chief-designate Lt Gen P K Rath–have been indicted by a Court of Inquiry (COI) for their role in a land scam in Darjeeling and found culpable.

The two Generals face the prospect of disciplinary action.

Army sources said here today the Court of Inquiry (COI) headed by Lt Gen K T Parnaik, the General Officer Commanding of the Tezpur-based 4 Corps, indicted the two officers for their role in issuing a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to a private establishment that falsely claimed to be establishing an affiliate of the famed Ajmer-based Mayo College.

Lt Gen Prakash is one of the top eight Generals in the headquarters acting as advisors to Army chief General Deepak Kapoor. Prakash is responsible for promotion and postings of officers and the post is said to be a much sought after one.

Lt Gen Rath was all set to go the Army headquarters as one of the principal staff officers to the chief, but his posting has been kept in abeyance pending the probe.

The Army COI, which concluded in Kolkata last weekend, probed allegations that some Generals and other senior officers had issued a NOC to the private institution that bought the land adjacent to the Sukhna military station in Darjeeling a few years ago.

Now, the Army headquarters is awaiting the inquiry report to order summary of evidence against those found culpable in the land fraud, sources added.

IIM-B should disclose minutes of Board meetings: CIC

The society meetings of IIMs cannot be treated as confidential and minutes should be given to RTI applicants, the Central Information Commission has held warning the officials of IIM-Bangalore not to apply exemption clauses without adequate reasons.

The prestigious management institute had rejected the RTI application seeking minutes of IIM-Bangalore society meeting, details of members of Board of Governors among other information, saying the information is held in fiduciary capacity under section 8(1)(e) of the RTI Act.

“The proceedings of the Academic committees, Board of Governors and the IIM Bangalore Society cannot qualify as information provided in a fiduciary relationship,” Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said directing the officials to provide information to the applicant.

He said all relationships usually have an element of trust, but all of them cannot be classified as fiduciary.

“No explanation has been given to show who is giving information to whom in a fiduciary relationship in this matter. the Commission cannot fathom how an educational institution could be holding the information relating to its own Committees in a fiduciary capacity. The First Appellate Authority is warned not to apply exemption clauses without adequate reasons,” Gandhi said.

Dubai shock hits Indian workers

Image: An aerial image with the Burj Al Arab in the foreground.

 

When Venkat came to Dubai in 2003 as a casual worker he brought with him a small suitcase and Rs 350,000 in family debt obligations, including the Rs 100,000 he owed the Indian firm that facilitated his recruitment.

He was employed by a corporate office cleaning services company for 750 UAE dirhams per month, the equivalent of about Rs 8,000, which he says was more than five times the amount he could have earned in his village at that time.

The company gave him dormitory accommodation in what Dubai calls a ‘labour camp’ and three pairs of uniforms that he himself washed once a week.

After food and sundry expenses, Venkat sent back the equivalent of Rs 4,000 per month towards his family’s upkeep in a village in Srikakulam district and the payments on the loan taken from a neighbouring village’s moneylender.




Telangana shut down – full of violence

 

Image: Gates of Charminar were locked up
Sporadic incidents of violence and suicide by at least three activists marred the Telangana Bandh called by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) on Monday to protest against the arrest of its president, K Chandrasekhara Rao and police cane charge on students in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The state government managed to end the fast unto death stir of the TRS chief on Monday. Doctors at the government hospital in Khammam managed to administer saline to Rao after he was shifted there from Khammam sub jail.

The TRS chief had launched the stir on Sunday, demanding the immediate initiative by the Union government for the formation of Telangana state. As a result, normal life was badly hit in many parts of Telangana region, including state capital Hyderabad.
Police took more than 500 protestors into custody in different places in Telangana region as they held sit-in protests at the gates of bus depots to stop them from coming out.

A teenager Srikant hanged himself in Dedded village of Medak district, allegedly in protest against the arrest of KCR. Similarly in Valugonda village of Karimnagar, a TRS worker Vruddhiraj committed suicide demanding KCR’s release. Another youth, Praveen, a B.Ed student, committed suicide at home on Monday after returning from a demonstration earlier in the day.

Osmania University campus in Hyderabad and Kakatiya University campus in Warangal remained the epicentre of the protest by students even as several other parties, including the BJP and Praja Rajyam Party, also supported the strike.

 

In view of large-scale attacks on its buses on Sunday, the state-owned Road Transport Corporation withdrew its services in parts of Hyderabad and other districts, including Karimnagar, Warangal, Adilabad, Nizamabad, Medak and Mahbubnagar, leaving thousands of commuters stranded.

Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained shut in the entire region and attendance in the government office was also low.

The protestors were demanding immediate release of Chandrasekhara Rao and action against the police officials responsible for the brutal lathicharge on the students of Osmania University.

 

Image: Protestors hit the roads
In a related development, heightening apprehensions of the government that anti-social elements may try to hijack the protests, 15 crude bombs were found near National Institute of Nutrition, adjacent to the Osmania University campus.

They were found in a bag, left in a deserted place by unknown miscreants. A bomb disposal unit defused the bombs.

The police said that they have taken four persons into custody for questioning. KCR’s son K Taraka Rama Rao, who was arrested on Sunday in Warangal was released on bail on Monday. He appealed to the people, especially the youth, not to resort to any extreme steps like suicide or self immolation.

“We will achieve Telangana through a peaceful struggle”, he said.

 

 

Image: Cops pin down a protestor

Meanwhile, tension prevailed in the Osmania University campus as students continued their sit-in. They took out a rally to Tarnaka area where they attacked a petrol bunk and some commercial establishments alleging that they had encroached upon the University land.

The students also chased and beat up some plain-clothed policemen, demanding the total withdrawal of police from the university campus. Some miscreants set on fire a bus of an educational institution and damaged two state transport buses in Hyderabad.

Security was tightened at educational institutions run by coastal Andhra-based organisations in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana.

In Warangal, Kakaktiya University’s half-naked students held protest demonstrations and stopped the traffic on Warangal-Karminagar road.

They also took out a mock funeral procession with the effigy of the Chief Minister K Rosaiah. When police tried to stop them, students pelted stones.

In Nalgonda district, TRS workers set Tehsildar office on fire in Munagala village. Computers, furniture and the record were gutted in the incident.

The police, meanwhile, took video footage of Rao being administered saline — which will be aired on television channels — to cool down tempers of his supporters and bring the situation under control throughout the region.