Hyderabad, Jan 9 : Journalists in Andhra Pradesh Saturday staged protests against the arrests of two editors of a Telugu television channel for airing an unsubstantiated story about an alleged conspiracy behind the death of former chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a chopper crash last year.
Police arrested dozens of media persons who staged a demonstration here. Indian Journalists Union secretary Srinivas Reddy met Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and lodged a protest with him.
"We condemn the arrests of the two editors. While they are available for any probe, the police are treating them like criminals by arresting them and keeping them in custody throughout the night," Srinivas told reporters.
Hyderabad, Jan 8 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah Friday urged the central government to speed up the probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the helicopter crash that killed the then chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
State Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy told reporters that the chief minister spoke to union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on phone and requested him to speed up the probe into Sep 2 helicopter crash.
Hyderabad, Jan 8 - Andhra Pradesh police Friday booked a case against a Telugu television channel for airing a "baseless and malicious" report about the alleged conspiracy behind the death of chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash last year.
Police booked a case against TV 5, which aired the story based on a report on a Russian website. Cases under sections 153/3A (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 502 A (sale of printed or engraved substance containing defamatory matter) were registered at Jubilee Hills police station here.
Hyderabad, Jan 7 - Bus fares in Andhra Pradesh were increased by a steep 20 to 25 percent, evoking strong protest by opposition parties Thursday even as the state government claimed the move was taken without its knowledge.
Hyderabad, Jan 5 : There were mixed reactions to the outcome of the all-party meeting held in New Delhi Tuesday on the Telangana issue.
Parties and leaders supporting the demand for statehood to the region saw it as a step forward in carving out Telangana state while those from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema were satisfied that the central government agreed for consultations before taking a decision.
Hyderabad, Jan 5 : Continuing its silence over the demand for statehood to Telangana, the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) Tuesday urged the central government to impose president's rule in Andhra Pradesh to restore peace.
MIM, one of the eight parties that attended the meeting called by union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, suggested that the government set up a committee for wider consultation over the Telangana issue.
Hyderabad, Jan 5 - Carry lots of food and water if you are taking a train passing through Andhra Pradesh. This is what authorities are saying in view of the unending rail blockades in the state.
Transport services across Andhra Pradesh have again been hit as supporters and opponents of a separate Telangana state stopped trains and buses.
Hyderabad, Jan 5 - Train services across Andhra Pradesh were affected Tuesday as groups supporting and opposing a separate Telangana state stopped several trains. Railway authorities cancelled 89 trains as a precautionary measure.
The "rail roko" protests in Telangana on one side and coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema on the other coincided with the crucial all-party meeting being held in New Delhi on the Telangana issue.
Vijayawada, Jan 4 : Normal life was disrupted in the non-Telangana regions of Andhra Pradesh on Monday following a shut down called by the All Party Joint Action Committee (JAC) in support of a United Andhra Pradesh.
Schools, colleges, shops and other business establishments remained closed.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended its services in all three regions of the state – Telangana, Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema as a precautionary measure.
The APSRTC, however, is operating buses going to the temple town of Tirupati.
Hyderabad, Jan 4 : A day ahead of the all-party meeting in New Delhi to discuss statehood to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh's ruling Congress and main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Monday continued to be undecided on their stand and were likely to put forward a divided opinion.
While the representatives of both the parties from Telangana will urge the central government to immediately start the process for formation of Telangana state, their counterparts from Andhra region will oppose any bifurcation of the state.
Hyderabad, Jan 4 - Life in Andhra Pradesh's Rayalaseema and Andhra regions ground to a halt Monday as the shutdown called by various groups opposing statehood to Telangana evoked total response.
State-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses went off the roads in all 13 districts of the two regions while shops, business establishments, banks, petrol pumps, cinema halls and educational institutions remained closed.
Hyderabad, Jan 2 : An Indian American man is making desperate efforts to get custody of his seven-year-old son, who remains untraced even after the Supreme Court ruled that the boy and his mother should go back to the US.
V. Ravichandran, who is currently residing here, fears for the safety of Aditya as his ex-wife Vijayasree Voora is taking him from one city to another.
Ravichandran said at a news conference here that Vijayasree was not only flouting the court order but was even using police in Chennai to threaten him.
Hyderabad, Jan 2 : There is no respite in Andhra Pradesh from shutdowns and protests over the issue of statehood for Telangana as political parties and student groups have called for another shutdown in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema Monday.
Tpolitical he parties and student bodies met in Vijayawada Saturday and formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to oppose the division of the state.
Hyderabad, Jan 2 : The Christian community of the Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh has urged the central government to invite it for talks on the formation of a separate Telangana state.
Voicing their concern over the recent attacks on churches, pastors and Christian officials, the Christian leaders from both Catholic and Protestant churches said they had their apprehensions about security and want to be heard during the process for forming the new state.
Hyderabad, Jan 1 : Senior leaders of the Congress party from Telangana region Friday warned Chief Minister K. Rosaiah that they would not keep quiet if any action was taken against state minister K. Venkat Reddy, who has accused the chief minister of opposing the Telangana demand.
Rosaiah has already complained to the party's central leadership against Venkat Reddy, the information technology minister, for alleging that he was acting in a partisan manner on the Telangana issue.
Former minister and legislator R. Damodar Reddy defended Venkat Reddy.
Hyderabad, Jan 1 : Contending that talks would serve no purpose, the students of Osmania University, the nerve centre of the Telangana agitation, have decided to go ahead with their plans for a massive public meeting in the campus on Sunday to push the central government to begin the process for creating Telangana state.
While political parties are gearing up to participate at an all-party meet called by the government on Jan 5, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students feels agitation is the only way to achieve statehood for Telangana region.
Hyderabad, Dec 31 : Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao is confident that Telangana state would be a reality in 2010.
Talking to reporters here Thursday, Rao appealed to people of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions to bid adieu to 2009 by parting as friends.
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, also advised leaders of the two regions not to create unnecessary hurdles in the formation of Telangana state. "Don't create a divide between the people. Let us part as friends," he said.
Hyderabad, Dec 31 : The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hopes that the credit growth will be between 15 to 20 percent during the current financial year and said the hike in interest rates would depend on the situation.
RBI Deputy Governor K. C. Chakrabarty said the central bank would review the interest rates later this month.
"It will be known only Jan 29 when the Governor will announce the quarterly policy," he told reporters on the sidelines of a conference here Thursday.
Hyderabad, Dec 31 : Andhra Pradesh's senior bureaucrat S. V. Prasad Thursday took over as the new Chief Secretary.
Prasad, who was Chief Commissioner of Land Administration prior to his elevation to the top post, succeeded P. Ramakanth Reddy, who retired from service.
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of 1975 batch, Prasad will remain in office till September 2011.
One of the most respected bureaucrats, he previously served as Principal Secretary to Chief Ministers N. Janardhana Reddy, Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy and N. Chandrababu Naidu.
Hyderabad, Dec 31 : A day after the central government called a meeting of leaders of eight political parties of Andhra Pradesh to discuss the Telangana issue on Jan 5, all state ministers from the region withdrew their resignations.
Thirteen ministers, who had sent their joint resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi Dec 25, announced that they were withdrawing their resignations.