Thousands of students swarmed the Osmania University, despite severe restrictions by the police and paramilitary forces all over the region, to participate in the Telangana Vidyarthi Garjana on Sunday.
The students occupied every inch of space available in the OU campus and raised Jai Telangana slogans. It was a sea of humanity everywhere in the campus. Though there were no political party representatives and no organisational mechanisms, the JAC student leaders made arrangements for themselves.
The campus reverberated with the slogans of “Jai Telangana” as the JAC went all out to make the event a grand success. Before the meeting began, dozens of folk singers performed on the stage set against the backdrop of the Arts College building. There were loud cheers as the balladeers through their songs in the traditional Telangana style underlined the need for Telangana state and highlighted the injustice meted out to the region by successive rulers from Andhra.
However, the lack of organised arrangements was clearly evident, as the leaders started speaking one after the other, without any coordination. Some leaders called Leftist cultural troupes, others started speaking. As a result, one could hear neither speeches nor songs properly. However, with the intervention of experienced leaders, discipline was restored to some extent!
KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today attacked P Chidambaram for expressing disappointment over handling of Maoist violence in Lalgarh, saying the way the Union home minister dealt with the Telangana issue was not expected from him.Asserting that he was not at all disappointed with the state government’s response to the Lalgarh situation, he said, “I am taking all steps to tackle the situation. He (Chidambaram) may have been disappointed, but I am not. I know how to tackle the Maoists.”He wondered why Chidambaram was keeping silence on states where the same Maoist problem exists.Bhattacharjee questioned Chidambaram’s midnight announcement on Telangana which, he claimed, had given the impetus to statehood demands in Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts in West Bengal.”The whole country is disappointed with you (Chidambaram) the way you have dealt with the Telangana issue. We are facing consequences in Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts where demand for separate states have got a new lease of life,” Bhattacharjee said at a function to mark the 44th anniversary of the launch of CPI mouthpiece ‘Gana Shakti’.Without naming Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bhattacharjee asked, “Was he keeping in mind coalition dharma in expressing his disappointment and was he pleasing his coalition partner?”Chidambaram on December 31 in Delhi had described as “pretty depressing” the situation in Lalgarh, the Maoist stronghold in West Bengal, where the state government has allegedly failed to contain the movement of the ultras.A letter was also sent by the Union home minister to Bhattacharjee on the issue earlier.The chief minister said he had asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a recent visit to Delhi why the decision to create a separate Telangana state was taken at midnight, though later the Centre stated that a consensus had to be reached first.”Why was the announcement made before the consensus was reached?”Bhattacharjee also did not like the Union home minister’s comment that his (Bhattacharjee’s) recent letter to Chidambaram on Maoist problem was too short.He said, “Normally, I do not comment on government correspondences, but I had to say this as his letter on Lalgarh issue was too short. When I next meet him in Delhi, I will tell him my letter was too short because his letter was too long.”He once again took a swipe at the Trinamool Congress for colluding with the Maoists in killing cadres and leaders of his party CPI-M.”The Maoists are cowards. They raid homes of them and brutally kill them who are defenceless,” Bhattacharjee said, adding the extremists are using Jharkhand territory to launch attacks in West Bengal.
MUMBAI: After Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta, now Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has joined social networking site Twitter.”Being extremely shy, I never thought I would be here (on Twitter). But my friend Karan Johar insisted that I should learn to share my life,” Shah Rukh posted on his Twitter page.”Thanks everyone, this is really sweet…didn’t expect such a warm welcome. Love to you all,” he added.The superstar was hardly seen on big screen in 2009 except in “Billu”, and explaining the reason behind his absence, he wrote: “Injury has kept me away from making more films. Will work my back off to be around more… the shoulder feels strong and so do I.”In February last year, Shah Rukh underwent an arthroscopic surgery for acute pain in his left shoulder at the Breach Candy hospital in south Mumbai.He is now gearing up for the release of his much-talked about film “My Name Is Khan” which also stars Kajol.Releasing Feb 12, the film’s story revolves around Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh) who suffers from Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. Rizwan falls in love with a single mother Mandira (Kajol) who lives in San Francisco. Rizwan is detained by authorities at Los Angeles International Airport, mistaking his disability for “suspicious” behaviour.Right now Shah Rukh is enjoying his holiday with wife and children.”Kids and life calling…watching Tim Burton’s ‘9’ (animated fantasy film directed by Shane Acker) with them…last holiday…so up late…catch up later…,” he wrote in his latest posting.
Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan reacts in pain after he was hit by a ball from India’s Zaheer Khan. File Photo: AP
NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board in its bid to defend the Ferozeshah Kotla from being banned for World Cup matches has questioned match referee Alan Hursts’ report on the pitch fiasco in its draft reply to the International Cricket Council (ICC).The top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met here Sunday to draft the reply to the ICC’s showcause over the dangerous Kotla track, which resulted in the abandonment of the fifth and the final ODI against Sri Lanka in Delhi, Dec 27.BCCI president Shashank Manohar and Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) president Arun Jaitley were also present in the meeting.A top BCCI official told IANS that BCCI, in its draft reply has stressed on the fact that the “pitch might be poor but it was not unfit for playing.” Hurst had reportedly in his report had said that the Kotla pitch was unfit.The BCCI has apparently based its report on the fact that the match continued till the 24th over before the officials deemed the track dangerous for playing. The draft reply also says that of the 130-odd balls bowled, only a few behaved dangerously.The venue faces strict sanctions, ranging from warning to a fine to a ban of 12-24 months from the ICC.ICC chief match refree Ranjan Madugalle and general manager (cricket) Dave Richardson will decide on the sanctions after they receive the reply from the BCCI. If the BCCI is successful in convincing the duo that the track was poor then they may escape with a fine of just $15,000.
There are even more bad news for the students of Telangana. The MNCs and IT companies have announced that there would be no campus selections for the companies from the colleges from the Telangana region. The companies are reluctant to conduct campus selections in the various colleges in the region due to the volatile situation there.
But the situation is different in the Andhra and the Rayalaseema regions. The IT companies have said that the campus selections have already initiated in some colleges and would commence in the rest of the colleges in the Andhra and the Rayalaseema regions as the situation is not so bad there compared to Telangana Region.
Students of the Telangana region are actively plunged in to the ongoing agitations which are politically influenced. Even the parents are bothered about the loss of education year because of the agitations.