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Selections for Minorities Study Circle after bypoll

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HYDERABAD: Thousands of minority students may have to wait longer as the notification for the Telangana Minorities Study Circle will be released only after the poll results of Warangal by-elections are declared on November 24. This was decided at a meeting of the chief minister with director of the study circle, held in the city on Saturday.

The Minorities Study Circle – following a government order issued in September – was opened with the aim to train minority students for the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC) (Group I, II, III and IV) exams, staff selection commission exams, recruitment exams for railway, bank, armed forces, central public sector undertakings etc. Two months hence, the centre has failed to take off. In fact, there has been no further communication issued by the authorities on the matter either.

Incidentally, post the release of the GO, the centre, situated within the Jamia Nizamia Complex at Abids, has been flooded with enquiries about the commencement of the classes. Students who had hoped to start classes – it was supposed to start operations from October 15 – are left in the lurch. “I plan to appear for Group I and Group II exams by TSPSC. Although I study at home, I am eagerly waiting for the classes at the study centre to begin so that I get assistance from the trainers,” said Adil Mohammed, a B Tech student.

When contacted, D Neeraja, the director of Minorities Study Circle, put the onus on the government. “We are ready to begin the process of selecting students. However, the government has asked us to release the notification only after the Warangal bypoll results,” she said. It is to be noted that poll dates were declared on October 22, six days ahead of the earlier deadline of the admission notification for the study circle.

The study circle was launched by deputy chief minister, Mohammed Mahmood Ali in the month of September this year. Despite the centre being fully-equipped, the Telangana government failed to begin the classes for two months.

Once the notification is released, an online screening test will be held to select students for free training. The eligibility criterion to appear for the test is that the candidates need to be graduates or post-graduates. Only students belonging to minority communities such as Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist and Parsis are eligible to appear for the test. Nearly 100 students will be selected through the online test after which training of 90 days will be given for various competitive exams.

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Telangana BJP leaders meet Naidu over Warangal lok sabha bypoll

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HYDERABAD: The Telangana BJP and TDP, which fielded a common candidate for the Warangal Lok Sabha bypoll, met on Saturday to discuss strategies to facilitate the victory of their candidate P Devaiah.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Bandaru Dattatreya and state party president G Kishan Reddy met TDP president and AP chief minister Chandrababu Naidu at NTR Bhavan here to discuss ways to ensure Devaiah’s victory.

The TDP earnestly wants their ally to win in the bypoll to prove that the ruling TRS has lost some of its sheen in the last one year.

Meanwhile, TDP floor leader in the Legislative Assembly Errabelli Dayakar Rao on Saturday urged the police to not take any action against the farmer who threw a slipper at deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari at Shayampet in Warangal on Friday.

He said that farmer Damerakonda Komuraiah’s action was indicative of the frustration among Telangana farmers over the government not rushing to their rescue in difficult times. Dayakar Rao also took objection to Srihari’s reported comment on calling the farmer a ‘psycho’. The TDP leader said that it was unfortunate that farmers, who were once considered Telangana activists, were now, being called names by TRS leaders.

“More than 1,800 farmers had committed suicide in the state since the TRS came to power. When a farmer in distress protests it is not right to call him a psycho,” he said.

“Komuraiah protested by throwing a chappal at the deputy chief minister. Voters will protest by not voting for the TRS candidate in the fray for Warangal LS bypoll. TRS leaders, especially the ministers campaigning in Warangal, should visit the houses of farmers who killed themselves and find out for themselves the ground reality,” Dayakar Rao added. He also warned that if the government continues to neglect farmers, his party would call for a ‘jail bharo’ agitation.

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Govt blames poll deadline for failure to increase GHMC wards

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HYDERABAD: The Telangana government and the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Saturday informed the Hyderabad High Court that despite best of their efforts to raise the number of wards from 150 to 200, they had to stop the exercise midway due to fast-approaching deadline for elections to the civic body.

Telangana advocate-general K Ramakrishna Reddy told this to a bench of Justice Nooty Rama Mohana Rao and Justice Anis when the latter took up the cases filed by Greater Hyderabad Congress OBC cell chairman M Nagesh Mudiraj and two others, who challenged the decision of the authorities in first raising the number of wards and then abruptly bringing it down to 150 again.

“It is true we tried to raise the number. Meanwhile, the election commission had asked us to link voter cards with Aadhaar cards. Though Supreme Court later said it was not essential, considerable time was spent on that exercise and we are left with little time to complete the process of raising the number of wards by fixing new boundaries to each and every ward. Hence, we have decided to revert to the old number”, the AG said.

The counsel for the petitioners termed the abrupt decision of the authorities as “arbitrary and illegal”. They have evolved a criterion for creating new wards in view of the increase in population. Later, they took a U-turn and retained the number of wards despite increase in population, the counsel said.

Ramakrishna Reddy, however, told the bench that they were not averse to increase the number of wards provided the court extends the elections deadline. “Spare us for one more year from fulfilling the constitutional obligation of conducting elections, we will certainly raise the number”, the AG said. The judge reserved his orders.

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