QHyderabad: TRS Promises to Make Hyderabad a Global City & More

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. 

1. TRS Manifesto: Will Develop Hyderabad as Global City, Says KCR

Telangana caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday, 2 December, released the official manifesto of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), days before the state is all scheduled to go for the polls on 7 December. The TRS chief released the manifesto at a massive meeting that was organised in Hyderabad's Parade Ground.

24 important points were mentioned in the manifesto. In a major move, the TRS said that it would continue to press and fight for implementation of 33% reservation to BCs and 33% reservation to women in legislatures.

The party also pointed out that the Telangana State Assembly had passed a resolution for provision of 12% reservation to STs and 12% reservation to economically backward Muslims. "For implementing these reservations the state government will continue to fight for their cause with the Centre," the TRS said.

(Source: The News Minute)

2. A Shift in Voters’ Preference in Secunderabad?

With just four days of campaigning left for 7 December Assembly elections, there appears to be a slight change of trend in Secunderabad constituency, with voters increasingly leaning towards People’s Front’s Congress candidate Kasani Gnaneshwar.

The situation was a little different last week when Express visited the constituency represented by TRS candidate T Padma Rao Goud, who is the Excise Minister in the caretaker government.

What led to change of trend is change of loyalties by TRS corporators and party workers, who abandoned the ship and joined Congress. Though these developments have come as a big boon for People’s Front partners, Secunderabad constituency still remains a stronghold of TRS candidate Padma Rao Goud, primarily because of Padma Rao’s personal connect with the voters.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Waqf and Special Constituency Package MBT’s Poll Agenda

The Yakutpura Assembly segment has been considered by many political pundits and locals alike as a fight between the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen and the Aman Ullah Khan-founded rebel outfit the Majlis Bachao Tahreek.

Touching upon the slums in the area, MBT's candidate Majeed Ullah Khan is now batting for a special development package for the constituency.

Speaking to The Hindu soon after a paidal daura (canvassing), Mr Khan, popularly known as Farhat, says, “The status of development here is poor. Areas such as Lalitha Bagh and Uppuguda which has a population of socially backward people are in dire need of strong civic, heath and education infrastructure. A large section of the population here are slum dwellers. This is the reason why I am batting for a special development package for Yakutpura constituency.”

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Making Cloth Bags, Paalaguttapalle’s Dalit Women are Turning Their Lives Around

There is no pucca road that leads to Paalaguttapalle, a small Dalit hamlet in Andhra’s Chittoor district. Finding the place isn’t easy either. Several wrong turns and a lot of asking around later, “Oh, the women who make bags? Their hamlet this way,” said a lady pointing this reporter in the right direction.

As we approach the hamlet, there is no board to mark Paalaguttapalle’s location – but the cloth bags from this small Dalit hamlet in Andhra’s Chittoor district have reached four different countries.

We enter the village on a chilly Saturday, 1 December, morning, and women are gathered outside Rani’s house collecting bags that she and the others stayed up all night stitching. “We got a sudden order for 100 bags last night and they need to be delivered in the next few days. We had to finish them today for the order to reach on time,” Rani says, as they gather inside their tiny office room to start packing the bags.

(Source: The News Minute)

5. Doctors Demand Anti-Quackery Law

The sight of hundreds of apron-donning doctors, welding stethoscope on Saturday, 1 December, convened to put forward their demands from the new government.

Indian Medical Association, Healthcare Reforms Doctors Association (HRDA), Telangana Junior Doctors Association (TJUDA), participated in ‘Telangana Vaidhya Garjana’ held on Saturday at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, Baghlingampally.

“One of our demands is Anti-Quackery Law should be introduced in First Assembly. Health of public is at threat because of these quacks. It is wrong to state that quacks are encouraged as there is dearth of doctors,” Dr Mahesh Kumar said after the Vaidhya Garjana.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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