Dalit Bandhu: Model Code of Conduct Affects Dalit Bandhu and Bathukamma Saris

Model Code of Conduct Affects Dalit Bandhu:

The enforcement of the model code of conduct for the upcoming state Assembly elections has impacted the implementation of two significant state government schemes: Bandhu and the distribution of Bathukamma saris. Several district collectors have reported that they have halted the progress of these schemes.

The distribution of Bathukamma saris, scheduled for the upcoming Bathukamma festival starting on October 14, has been affected. The government had allocated 1.02 crore saris for distribution, with around 50% of them dispatched to distribution centers before the suspension.

Similarly, the second phase of the Dalit Bandhu scheme has also been put on hold, and officials are not accepting new beneficiaries. This decision followed complaints by members of Congress, including Uttam Kumar Reddy, to the Election Commission of India (ECI), requesting the suspension of these schemes due to the model code of conduct in effect.

model code of conduct affects dalit bandhu
Model Code of Conduct Affects Dalit Bandhu

In response to these complaints, the ECI instructed all district collectors to investigate the distribution of Bathukamma saris and the Dalit Bandhu scheme and provide a report. Many district collectors reported to the ECI that they had suspended the government schemes.

A district collector mentioned that they had ceased Dalit Bandhu proceedings and instructed officials not to issue any orders or upload applications on that day.

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Assam Cabinet Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Economic Corridor

Assam Cabinet Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Economic Corridor:

The Assam cabinet has unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a 1,000-kilometer-long economic corridor, with an investment of Rs 3,000 crore. State Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah announced that the cabinet has granted its approval for this project under the Asom Mala Scheme.

In addition to this, the Assam Cabinet has also given the green light to projects totaling Rs 950 crore aimed at enhancing rural infrastructure. These funds will be secured from NABARD in the form of a loan and will be utilized to upgrade 90 rural roads and four rural bridges managed by the Public Works Department.

Furthermore, the state cabinet, led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, has implemented cost-saving measures for cabinet meetings, capping the expenditure at Rs 5 lakh. It has also discouraged the initiation of any new repair work for circuit houses and inspection bungalows for such meetings, given that cabinet meetings are conducted in various district headquarters.

The cabinet meeting locations for the coming months have been decided, with meetings scheduled for November and December to be held in Tinsukia and North Lakhimpur districts, respectively, while the January meeting will take place in Nagaon.

Moreover, the cabinet has approved a revised draft notification to declare an eco-sensitive zone within a 1 km radius around the Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary in Tinsukia, in accordance with a directive from the Supreme Court.

assam cabinet approves rs 3,000 crore economic corridor
Assam Cabinet Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Economic Corridor

Additionally, the cabinet has sanctioned the allocation of a plot for the construction of a judicial guest house in Kaziranga, intended to accommodate state guests and visitors from the Gauhati High Court. An additional Rs 11.91 crore has been approved to complete the construction of a new office building for the Commissioner of Taxes.

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Naidu: Supreme Court Postpones Hearing of Naidu’s Petition for Quashing

Supreme Court Postpones Hearing of Naidu’s Petition for Quashing:

During the hearing on Tuesday, prominent Supreme Court senior advocate Harish Salve, who is representing Chandrababu Naidu in the skill development case, presented his arguments before the court.

On the opposing side, Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), also put forth their arguments.

Despite the arguments presented by both legal teams, the Supreme Court decided to adjourn the hearing to a later date, specifically Friday.

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Naidu: Supreme Court Postpones Hearing of Naidu's Petition for Quashing

This delay allows for further consideration of the quash petition filed by Chandrababu in connection with the skill development case.

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KCR’s Wife Shobha Rao Makes Devotional Visit to Tirumala

KCR’s Wife Shobha Rao Makes Devotional Visit to Tirumala:

Kalvakuntla Shobha Rao, the wife of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, conducted a spiritual pilgrimage on Tuesday at the hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala. She arrived in Tirupati via a special flight from Hyderabad, accompanied by her family members.

Upon her arrival, Government Whip and Chandragiri MLA Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy, along with TTD officials, warmly greeted her. Following her darshan, she received the sacred theertha prasadams of Lord Venkateswara at the Ranganayakula mandapam within the Srivari temple.

During her visit, she actively participated in the Archana Seva, special poojas, and even performed the head-shaving ritual as part of the hill shrine’s customs.

Shobha Rao’s visit comes at a time of concern regarding Chief Minister KCR’s health, as his son and minister, K. T. Rama Rao, recently revealed that he was battling viral fever and a secondary infection.

kcr's wife shobha rao makes devotional visit to tirumala
KCR's Wife Shobha Rao Makes Devotional Visit to Tirumala

Subsequently, Shobha Rao made her way to the Vayulingeswara Swamy temple in Srikalahasti. She received a warm welcome from Accompanied by temple officials, B. Pavitra Reddy, a leader of the YSR Congress Party and the offspring of Srikalahasti legislator Biyyapu Madhusudhan Reddy, Inside the temple, she offered her prayers to the presiding deities, Srikalahastheeswara and Ammavaru.

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CM Jagan Stresses Protection of AP’s Krishna Waters Rights

CM Jagan Stresses Protection of AP’s Krishna Waters Rights:

During the meeting, concerns were raised about how these developments were harmful to the state’s interests.

Officials pointed out that the guidelines outlined in the State Apportionment Act are being violated by the notification issued by the Central government, which is in direct contravention of the State Reorganisation Act, particularly Section 89.

They emphasized that the AP Reorganisation Act originally required states to adhere to the allocations made prior to the state’s bifurcation, but these allocations are currently being disregarded.

The gazette notification was released despite numerous pending petitions before the Supreme Court, a move that officials believe goes against Class 4 of the Inter-State River Disputes Act.

According to the law, tribunal allocations and transfers made before 2002 should not be re-evaluated, as noted by officials.

Officials argued that considering Andhra Pradesh‘s allocation of water from Polavaram to another basin in the Godavari River, it is not reasonable to demand additional allocations from the Krishna River to Telangana, as this would result in a loss for the state.

cm jagan stresses protection of ap's krishna waters rights
CM Jagan Stresses Protection of AP's Krishna Waters Rights

The Chief Minister Jagan instructed the officials to do everything in their power to safeguard the state’s interests and made it clear that there could be no compromise in this regard. Additionally, in response to the publication of the KWDT-2 guidelines in the gazette, the CM Jagan directed officials to send letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to address the issue.

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Kishan Initiates Trains with Expanded Connectivity

Kishan Initiates Trains with Expanded Connectivity:

“On Monday, Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated four new train services departing from Secunderabad railway station, offering enhanced travel options to distant destinations. These new services include a direct overnight route from Kazipet to Pune, connecting Shadnagar, Mahabubnagar, Gadwal, and Kurnool to Jaipur, providing a direct connection from Sedam, Chittapur, Yadgir, and Raichur to Nanded, and offering direct train services from Bodhan to Karimnagar.

During the event, Minister Reddy emphasized that these four new services fulfill longstanding requests from the public, making it possible for travelers to reach various destinations without needing to change trains. Furthermore, Minister Reddy noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has implemented several initiatives to improve rail connectivity in Telangana and across the country.

He mentioned that construction work at the Cherlapalli railway terminal is progressing rapidly and is expected to be completed by January. Simultaneously, similar events were held at Kacheguda, Bodhan, and Tandur railway stations.

kishan initiates trains with expanded connectivity
Kishan Initiates Trains with Expanded Connectivity

At Kacheguda station, MLC A.V.N. Reddy oversaw the proceedings, while Information Minister Dr. Patnam Mahender Reddy and Municipal Chairperson Swapna attended the event at Tandur railway station. Local Municipal Chairperson Padma presided over the event at Bodhan railway station.”

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KTR Expresses Confidence in BRS’ Resounding Victory in Upcoming Elections

KTR Expresses Confidence in BRS’ Resounding Victory in Upcoming Elections:

“BRS is poised for a resounding victory in the upcoming Telangana assembly elections,” stated K. T. Rama Rao, the Working President of BRS. He also highlighted that KCR is on track to make history as the first three-time Chief Minister in South India.

KTR expressed his belief that the people of Telangana would wholeheartedly support the BRS party for the third consecutive term, emphasizing that these elections would be one-sided. He predicted that on December 3rd, KCR would secure his third term as Chief Minister.

KTR emphasized that the accomplishments of the BRS government and the progress made in Telangana over the past nine years under CM KCR’s leadership would be showcased during the elections. He noted that BRS had delivered on its promises, which would contribute to the party’s victory. K. T. Rama Rao also criticized opposition parties for deceiving the people of Telangana, predicting their defeat.

“Our party’s candidates have been announced, and KCR is our party’s leader and Chief Ministerial candidate,” said K. T. Rama Rao, calling on opposition parties to reveal their Chief Ministerial candidates. He stressed that Telangana adheres to Gandhi’s ideals rather than Godse’s.

KTR commended the enthusiastic BRS cadre and their determination to face the elections. He believed that people across the state desired to see the pink flag fly high from Adilabad to Alampur.

Furthermore, KTR emphasized that BRS played a crucial role in achieving Telangana statehood and securing electoral victories in 2014 and 2018 due to its welfare programs for marginalized sections. He expressed confidence that people would acknowledge the decade of progress under BRS leadership.

ktr expresses confidence in brs' resounding victory in upcoming elections
KTR Expresses Confidence in BRS’ Resounding Victory in Upcoming Elections

KTR expressed certainty that BRS was fully prepared for the elections and that opposition parties had already accepted their impending defeat. He underscored the strong connection between BRS and Telangana’s history, stating that the state’s growth was closely tied to KCR’s leadership. KTR predicted that BRS would secure a remarkable victory, with 100 MLA seats, breaking previous records.

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BRS to Release Manifesto on October 15, Distribute B Forms to Candidates

BRS to Release Manifesto on October 15, Distribute B Forms to Candidates:

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao is set to resume his active duties on October 15 following a period of illness. He will kickstart his return by unveiling the highly anticipated BRS party manifesto and distributing the official nomination documents, known as B Forms, to his party’s election candidates.

This news is expected to be a source of great excitement for BRS party candidates and members, especially considering his recent period of limited communication during his illness.

Chandrashekar Rao has planned to file his own nomination papers for the Gajwel and Kamareddy constituencies on November 9, with November 10 being the final day for candidates to submit their nomination papers for the upcoming elections on November 30.

brs to release manifesto on october 15, distribute b forms to candidates
BRS to Release Manifesto on October 15, Distribute B Forms to Candidates

Once he has distributed the B Forms to the BRS candidates, which includes 114 out of the 119 constituencies, Chandrashekar Rao will provide guidance to his party leaders regarding adherence to the Election Code and offer directives on campaign strategies.

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Kharge Reveals Poll Schedule for Five States

Kharge Reveals Poll Schedule for Five States:

Following the Election Commission’s announcement of the assembly polls schedule in five states, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge declared that the party would approach the electorate with vigor, emphasizing their commitment to public welfare, social justice, and progressive development. Mallikarjun expressed, “As the elections are declared for Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram, the Congress party is prepared to actively connect with the people.”

He further affirmed, “Our guarantees to the people are centered on public welfare, social justice, and the promotion of progressive development.”

kharge reveals poll schedule for five states
Kharge Reveals Poll Schedule for Five States

The upcoming polls in Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana are scheduled on various dates from November 7 to November 30, with the vote count slated for December 3. This announcement marks the commencement of the 2024 Lok Sabha election semi-finals.

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Election Commission Sets Telangana Assembly Elections for November 30

Election Commission Sets Telangana Assembly Elections for November 30:

The Telangana State Assembly elections are set to take place on November 30, with the vote count scheduled for December 3. In addition to Telangana, assembly elections in other states are as follows: Mizoram on November 7, Chhattisgarh on November 7 and November 17, Madhya Pradesh on November 17, and Rajasthan on November 23. The counting of votes for all these states will occur on December 3, and the polling process will conclude by December 5.

Here are the key dates for the Telangana elections:

Gazette notification issuance: November 3
Nomination filing deadline: November 10
Nomination scrutiny date: November 13
Nomination withdrawal deadline: November 15
Polling date: November 30
Counting date: December 3
Chhattisgarh will have polling in two phases on November 7 and November 17, while other states will have single-phase polling.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, during a press conference, announced the election schedule and mentioned that the Commission conducted visits and discussions with various departments and political parties in the five poll-bound states. A total of 679 assembly constituencies across these states will go to polls, with over 60 lakh first-time voters in the age group of 18 to 19 years expected to participate. Special provisions, including a “vote from home” facility for senior citizens and individuals with physical disabilities, will be in place. The five states will have 1.77 lakh polling stations equipped with basic amenities such as toilets, drinking water, ramps, and signage.

The term of the Legislative Assembly in Telangana is set to expire on January 16 next year, while the tenures of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Mizoram assemblies will conclude on January 14, January 3, January 6, and December 17, in that order.

election commission sets telangana assembly elections for november 30
Election Commission Sets Telangana Assembly Elections for November 30

These elections are significant for both the ruling BJP at the national level and the newly formed Opposition INDIA alliance. While the Bharat Rashtra Samiti (BRS), led by KCR and not part of the INDIA alliance, is in power in Telangana, the Congress governs Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, and the Mizo National Front (MNF) will be in power in Mizoram.

The BRS has already announced its Assembly election candidates, while other parties are still finalizing their candidate lists. BRS president and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has renominated all but seven MLAs.

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