10 killed, 20 missing as boat capsizes in AP

At least 10 people were killed and 20 were missing Saturday after an overcrowded boat capsized in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.

A police officer said 10 bodies were recovered so far while a search was on for the missing people. The boat was carrying 70 people, mostly pilgrims. Local people rescued 40 passengers.

The incident took place at Upputeru in Narsapuram mandal of West Godavari district, near the mouth of the river. The pilgrims were going to Lakshmi Narasimha Swami temple, also known as Antarvedi temple, in East Godavari district on the other side of the river.

The police officer said the boat was carrying more people than its capacity, which led to the mishap.

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Stop showing violence, vulgarity on TV channels

Justice T Goplalakrishna on Friday directed local television channels to stop telecasting programmes containing scenes of violence and vulgarity. The judge had earlier issued similar directions in a writ petition filed by Kameshwar Rao, a practising advocate who complained that such indiscreet telecast by channels had adverse effect on viewers.

The interim order which covered a vast variety of genres include visuals in crime teleseries and crime news in the name of Crime Watch, Neralu Ghorallu, etc; visuals of vulgarity and obscenity; visuals of dead bodies, violence against women and children; provocative or instigative speeches; visuals of persons destroying public and valuable property; visuals of innocent people committing or having committed suicide.

The interim order also included contents in scrolls apart from debates which are provocative and unwanted.

Proposal of underground cables for old city

It was the dream of the late CM of Andhra Pradesh Dr. YSR to bring the state to the level of any world class city as far as the progress and development is concerned. The government is leaving no stone unturned to make this dream come true.”

These were the words of in-charge minister for the city and home minister Mrs. Sabita Indira Reddy who was speaking at a meeting of district development board after a gap of one and half years.

She said that to make the city of Hyderabad, a world-class city, there is no dearth of budget. The meeting was well attended by honourable state ministers Mr. Nagender, Mr. Mukesh Goud, dist. Collector Mr. Navin Mittal and other officials of the various departments.

During the debate where many topics came for discussion, the representatives of the old city said that the electricity wires of the old city are very dangerous for life. This problem should be addressed as early as possible.

And for this very purpose, the laying of electricity cables underground was proposed to which the government has nodded to give it a second thought. Mrs. Sabita Indira Reddy, in the meanwhile, said to make the city of Hyderabad, a world-class city, a special fund would be released and said that the state government is bonded with the promise of the city’s progress.

The laying of modern lining system, repairing of the roads and the problems related to electricity and water supply would be redressed very soon. This question was also raised that the supply of electricity was disrupted even in winter season then what would be the condition during the ensuing summer?

To which the in-charge minister assured the installation of new transformers and new sub stations to meet this problem. It is to be recalled here that various metros including Mumbai, have underground cable system, which is fool proof. Moreover, by this system, the supply of electricity is never disrupted and the cases of electricity theft do not occur at all.

Congress core committee discusses Telangana issue

Ahead of the government’s expected announcement of a committee on the Telangana issue, the Congress core committee met on the issue at the residence of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Friday evening.

The meeting lasted almost an hour, sources said.

The meeting discussed the composition of the proposed committee and an announcement of the members is expected next week.

Except for Pranab Mukherjee, who is not in Delhi, the meeting was attended by the other members of the core group, including party chief Sonia Gandhi, and senior leaders and union ministers A.K. Antony and P. Chidambaram and Ahmed Patel, political advisor to Sonia Gandhi.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Thursday that the committee on Telangana would be formed soon.

“We are almost at the end of concluding that exercise. If all goes well, we will have a committee by the end of this week. And we will announce it by next week,” he told reporters Thursday.

Motivate Muslims for T-state:Muslim Intellectuals Forum

Honorable Chief Guest Prof Kottapally Jayashanker Speakers, Prof Kodanda Ram, Md Azharuddin Ahmed Ismathuallh Khan, Lateef Md Khan, Dr. Rafat Seema,C. Vital, Datuvu Ellanna District Convenor / Presidents of Telangana Muslim Intellectuals Forum Syed Arif Ali, M.A.Rauf, Syed Abdul Ghani M.A Quddus Dr A.A. Khan. Mohd Qasim Raziuddin, Mohd Raiyaz , Other Guests and all Participants including media representatives, Assalan Alikum

This forum was formed under special circumstances, at one side hunger strike / fast on to death was going on.K.C.R and at other students Relay hunger strike was going on. We were regularity Visiting the Osmania University Students what we have observed is, many organization were coming and expressed their solidarity and open support to the struggle for the telangana state. At this juncture we thought some Muslim organization should come forward

Then we had discussion with professors, Advocates, Lecturers and Teachers and decided to form the Telangana muslim Intellectuals Forum. This Forum has fixed two objectives for it.

The first one is, giving motivation to muslim population in general and the muslim Organizations in particular to take an active role in the struggle to achieve the telangana state.

For this:-

1 we have given letters to almost all muslim Organizations, asking their open support ti the struggle.

2 We visited Osmania University Camus and expressed out solidarity. To the students JAC, we visited to indira park and supported and participated in employees JAC, Relay hunger strike, we have participated in dharna at charminar organized by muslim forum for telangana, like these , we have participated at various levels and at various places in struggle for Tlangana state

3 We went to Delhi and submitted a letter to Ms. Sonia Gandhi requesting her to speedup of the process of formatin of Telangana state

Jr NTR to marry Naidu’s relative

Popular Telugu film actor Junior NTR will marry Narne Pranita, daughter of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s niece Narne Mallika.

The former chief minister Thursday confirmed that the young actor would soon enter into wedlock with Pranita, whose father Narne Srinivas is a businessman and owns Telugu news channel Studio N.

Junior NTR, 27, is the grandson of thespian, TDP founder and former chief minister N.T. Rama Rao, who was popularly known as NTR. Naidu is the son-in-law of NTR.

Junior NTR, son of N. Harikrishna, is one of the leading actors of Telugu cinema and has churned several hit movies since he made his debut in 2001.

He had campaigned for TDP in few districts in the last year’s elections but a road accident forced him to cut short his election tour.

TDP sources said the alliance would help Chandrababu Naidu to further cement his ties with the NTR family. In 2007, the former chief minister’s only son N. Lokesh had married Brahmani, daughter of popular actor N. Balakrishna, son of NTR.

Balakrishna too had campaigned for the TDP in 2004 elections while Junior NTR’s father Harikrishna is already a leader of TDP and member of the Rajya Sabha.

Naidu had led revolt against his father-in-law NTR in August 1995 with the support of Harikrishna and other family members. NTR, who had accused Naidu of back-stabbing him, died in 1996.

Committee on Telangana next week

The much-talked about Committee to examine the demand for separate Telangana will be announced next week, home minister P Chidamabaram.

The Home Minister said the government would have more or less finalised the names and will do by the the end of this week. “Perhaps by the next week, the committee will be announced,” he said.

“We are almost at the end of concluding that exercise. If all goes well, we should have a committee by the end of this week. We will announce the committee by next week,” he told reporters declining to give out the names.

The much-talked about committee to examine the demand for separate Telangana will be announced next week, Home Minister P Chidamabaram said on Thursday.
“We are almost at the end of concluding that exercise. If all goes well, we should have a committee by the end of this week. We will announce the committee by next week,” he told reporters declining to give out the names.
The Home Minister said the government would have more or less finalised the names and will do by the end of this week. “Perhaps by the next week, the committee will be announced,” he said.
Chidambaram in the meeting with political parties from Andhra Pradesh on January 5 had said that its agenda was to “deliberate on the mechanism and lay down a road map for consultations” on the Telangana issue.
The meeting followed Chidambaram’s statement on December 23, 2009 when the government put on back burner the formation of the separate state for which it had on December 9, 2009 promised to initiate the process.
Chidambaram in the meeting with political parties from Andhra Pradesh on January 5 had said that its agenda was to “deliberate on the mechanism and lay down a road map for consultations” on the Telangana issue.

The meeting followed Chidambaram’s statement on December 23, 2009 when the government put on back burner the formation of the separate state for which it had on December 9, 2009 promised to initiate the process.

On law and order situation in Andhra Pradesh, the Home Minister said much of the agitation has cooled down while there are some protests here and there.

“My greatest regret is that a couple of students reportedly committed suicide. That, I think, should have been completely avoided. Why should children commit suicide. Parents, teachers have responsibility to stop this. But keeping that apart, by and large, things are peaceful there. There is no major law and order violation. We are sticking to our words,” he said.