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25 Youth Stuck in Cambodia Return to Vizag

Visakhapatnam: From among the 5,000 human-trafficked youth from India, including 150 from Andhra Pradesh, stuck in Cambodia, 25 of the AP youth safely returned to Visakhapatnam on Friday.

One batch of youth arrived by a flight at 4:45 pm and the other at 9 pm.

Visakhapatnam city police commissioner Ravi Shankar Ayyanar received the rescued individuals at the Visakhapatnam Airport.

The commissioner revealed that police had formed 20 teams to pursue 20 different leads from the victims about their traffickers. He said nearly 70 agents and sub-agents of the traffickers are present in Visakhapatnam alone.

Ravi Shankar said police will focus on agents, passports, bank transactions, Bureau of Immigration, call details, and email records. All details related to transnational crimes will be collected through the ministries of home and external affairs.

The commissioner conceded that the victims had been subject to inhumane treatment, including being deprived of food, locked in dark rooms, and physically beaten with baseball bats.

They had been lured with promises of data entry jobs in Singapore. But they ended up being trafficked to Cambodia, where they had been held captive, tortured and forced to commit cybercrimes against Indian citizens.

Treatment of victims from Visakhapatnam in Cambodia varied based on their performance in cybercrimes. Underperforming victims received food only once a day, those who scammed many people got two meals a day. High performers could attend parties.

The duration of captivity of victims varied from three months to one year.

According to initial statements by the victims, middlemen collected ₹1.5 lakh from each of them. They handed them over to Chinese agents who trafficked them to Cambodia and trained them in committing various cybercrimes, including FedEx scams and stock market, task-game, and online job frauds.

An estimated ₹120 crore has been scammed from Visakhapatnam alone.

The commissioner clarified that the victims will be given time to rest before a police team led by joint commissioner of police K. Fakirappa and cybercrime inspector Bhavani collects details from them.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 2:16 am

Tadipatri Ro Goes on Leave

Anantapur: The SIT continued its investigation over the poll-related violence at Tadipatri town, police teams searched the houses of those involved in the incidents and law violations.

Of the 639 persons identified, police arrested 102 from the TD and YSRC parties. More arrests are expected soon. The police would ban the entry of problematic outsiders to Tadipathri on the day of counting.

YSRC candidate Kethireddy Pedda Reddy and TD’s J.C. Asmith Reddy have been directed by the court not to enter Tadipathri till June 6. Sources said leaders from both groups may be screened on the day of counting.

The Pedda Reddy and Asmith Reddy families had been asked by the police to be away from Tadipatri town following the violence. Additional forces have been engaged in flag marches and searches in and around Tadipatri.

Meanwhile, the Tadipatri Assembly segment RO, Rambhupal Reddy, went on a two-day leave citing health reasons. This was reportedly due to pressure from all sides including political parties and senior officials.

Sources said several ROs had appealed to the EC to permit them to go on leave and keep off election-related duties. Many officials applied for leave by citing various reasons in view of the sensitive situation.

The Tadipatri TO got permission for two days’ leave. But doubts persist whether he would rejoin duties after two days in view of tense situations and pressures from all sides.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:58 am

BJP Leader Wants Caste Census Before Local Polls

Hyderabad: BJP leader Dr Boora Narsaiah Goud demanded that the Revanth Reddy government conduct the caste census and provide 42 per cent reservations to Backward Classes communities before conducting the local bodies’ polls, as was promised by the Congress before the Assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP state office in Nampally, Dr Goud said that the Congress, in its BC Declaration at Kamareddy, had announced that it would increase the quota for BCs from 22 per cent to 42 per cent in the local bodies’ polls.

He also demanded that the government give legal status to the BC sub-plan and allocate `20,000 crore for BCs for each year for the next five years, as promised. The BJP and hundreds of BC associations will not hesitate to take out the ‘Million March protest’ if the Chief Minister tried to avoid the promise.

Dr Goud demanded that the government allocate 42 per cent of civil contract maintenance works in government departments to BC community memebrs, which he said was one of the key promises in Congress’ BC declaration.

The BJP government had given legal status to the National Commission for BCs, given key portfolios to 27 BC members in the Union Council of Ministers, and provided reservations in national competitive examinations like NEET and Sainik School admissions, he said.

“The Congress always maintained an anti-BC stand in its DNA. First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had opposed the Kaka Kalekar Commission, the first backward classes commission in the country. Former Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi too opposed the Mandal Commission, constituted to identify the socially or educationally backward classes to consider the question of seat reservations and quotas for people to redress caste discrimination,” he said.

Dr Goud said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had done great injustice to the nation, which invaders like Mohammad Ghazni and Mohammed Gori had not done, by providing reservations to 41 out of 42 sub-classes of Muslims hailing from Bangladesh through a gazette in 2010 and 77 sub-classes of Muslim infiltrators from Bangladesh, including Rohingyas, through another Gazette in 2012. These Muslim classes have taken away 77 per cent of OBC reservations in West Bengal and helped them enter military and paramilitary forces, he said.

Urging President Draupadi Murmu to remove Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister since she openly stated to go against the Calcutta High Order, which quashed the Muslim reservations, Dr Goud said the Mamata government has so far given 5 lakh OBC certificates to Muslim infiltrators. “The action of Mumait Khan led the poor Hindus to convert to Muslims for the sake of reservations,” he said.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:35 am

Cong a Major Force in May 27 Council Bypoll

Hyderabad: About 41,000 fewer voters have registered Monday’s byelection to the Legislative Council but that has not dimmed the enthusiasm of the parties that have been campaigning for their respective candidates. The outcome will be known on June 5.

The voter registration fell by 41,726 compared to the previous election. About 4.63 lakh voters, including 2.87 lakh men, are on the electoral rolls, compared to 5.04 lakh voters in 2021.

Prof. Kodandaram, speaking to Deccan Chronicle, attributed the decline in registrations to the timing of the bypoll. "The focus was mainly on Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. The continuous election cycle is the main reason for the decline in voter registration," he noted.

The political landscape has shifted since the 2021 MLC poll, with the Congress in power — and currently boasting of seven ministers among 31 MLAs (including Kadiam Srihari who defected from the BRS — and the BRS experiencing a decline in support. The BJP is boosted by winning eight Assembly seats and the prospect of a good show in the Lok Sabha elections.

The bypoll is a crucial test for the Congress to demonstrate its influence among educated voters after this Assembly polls victory. Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy is intensely focused on winning the seat. For the BRS, retaining the seat is vital amid recent setbacks, including defeat in the Assembly polls and the defection of senior leaders. A victory for the BJP would further solidify its growth in state politics.

The Congress has nominated Chintakalaya ‘Teenmaar Mallanna’ Naveen, who finished second in the 2021 MLC bypoll as an Independent and comes from the influential Munnuru Kapu community of the backward classes.

The BJP faces challenge contest as the MLC elections do not use party symbols: It’s candidate A. Rakesh Reddy is a former BJP spokesperson. BJP leaders focused their campaign on what they called the Congress government's unfulfilled promises and the achievements of the Narendra Modi administration.

BRS working president K.T. Rama Rao urged voters to elect Rakesh Reddy, who returned home after completing his higher education in the US, and criticising Congress candidate Mallanna as a "blackmailer" due to his controversial YouTube channel and arrests during BRS rule.

Campaigning for the bypoll to the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates constituency, a high profile contest after the Lok Sabha polls. ends at 4 pm on Saturday. Counting of votes will be taken up on June 5.

The bypoll was necessitated by the resignation of BRS MLC Palla Rajeswar Reddy after his election as Jangaon MLA last year. There are 52 candidates in the fray. The winner will complete the remainder of the term till March 2027.

Bypoll factsheet

Campaign ends on Saturday for the Legislative Council graduates constituency bypoll.

Constituency spread: Warangal, Khammam and Nalgonda

Assembly segments: 34

2023 poll results

Congress: 30+1 (Kadiam Srihari)

BRS: 4

In the fray: 52 candidates

Main contenders: Chintakayala ‘Teenmaar Mallanna’ Naveen (Congress); A. Rakesh Reddy (BRS), G.P. Reddy (BJP)

MLC poll not contested on party symbols.

Campaign ends at 4 pm Saturday.

Counting of votes on June 5

Fewer voters

2024: 4.63 lakh

2021: 5,04,726

Why the bypoll: BRS MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy resigned after his election as Jangaon MLA.

2021: Palla Rajeshwar Reddy (BRS) winner by 12,801 votes, Teenmaar Mallanna (Ind.) second followed by Prof. M. Kodandaram (TJS) and Premender Reddy (BJP).

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:26 am

Patralekha Chatterjee | Hype and reality in India: Let’s focus on the present

Narendra Modi’s India may have done away with Five-Year Plans. But a 1,000-year vision is a recurring theme. Last year, on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “We will take decisions one after the other, and the golden history of the country for the next 1,000 years is going to emerge from it. The events taking place in this period are going to impact the next 1,000 years… We are at the milestone between 1,000 years of slavery and 1,000 years of a grand future that is about to come. We are at this crossroads and hence we cannot stop, nor shall we live in a dilemma anymore.”

Earlier in the speech, Mr Modi had talked about “a thousand years of subjugation” and India being “ensnared in slavery”.

As India’s long drawn-out general election reaches the final stretch, talk of the 1,000-year plan has surfaced again. “What’s happening now will take India towards a brighter future for the coming 1,000 years. In my mind, this is our time. This is Bharat’s time, and we must not lose the opportunity,” Mr Modi recently told a TV channel.

How does one interpret a 1,000-year blueprint for a country in these hugely unpredictable times when climate change, artificial intelligence, economic distress, simultaneous wars, uncertainties and interlocking catastrophic events are turning the best-laid plans upside down? Does one smile?

Or does one see it as part of a package -- the persistent refrain about 1,000 years of foreign rule, interpreted by many political commentators as conscious referencing of India’s history when it was under Muslim rule and framing it as invasion, subjugation, and slavery, juxtaposed with Modi’s India, the start of “Amrit Kaal” and Hindutva, with Mr Modi as its principal narrator.

In hyper-polarised India, how you react to the idea of a 1,000-year framework -- whether in the context of the past or the future -- depends on your political orientation. But one thing is clear -- constant talk about centuries gone by, and centuries ahead hugely distracts from what we need to be doing to cope with the extremely challenging present and the near-future.

Arguably, politicians routinely tap into a nation’s desire to be great and powerful. In 2016, Donald Trump sledgehammered MAGA (Make America Great Again). Chinese President Xi Jinping envisions China to be a modernised, innovation-driven country by 2035 and a modern “strong power” by 2050. In the age of strongman politics, catchphrases pivoting around national pride and national rejuvenation are common.

No Indian has any quarrel with acknowledging progress or the desire for a bright future for India or with the idea of seizing opportunities that come our way. But ordinary Indians can’t escape the pressing problems of today, and they have to prepare for tomorrow. They deserve a grounded assessment of their country and specifics of plans to improve their everyday lives in the days ahead.

In a country with a dominantly young population, the present tense must be the priority -- education, skills, jobs, health, social cohesion, the environment. But in the phantasmagorical packaging of India, many critical gaps related to these critical issues get glossed over.

Countries where ordinary people have a high quality of life have invested not only in physical infrastructure -- ports, airports, bridges, etc -- but also human capital. Many parts of India still trail woefully when it comes to the latter.

India’s economy is growing but millions of young Indians entering the labour market every year continue to be underemployed or engaged in low-paid, precarious work. Economists have drawn attention to the persistence of unemployment even among college graduates. India remains a grossly unequal country and the staggering inequality is a roadblock to the country realising its full potential.

Rich or relatively affluent Indians can access excellent education and healthcare. That is not the case for those without money. India’s female voters are often referenced through the prism of welfare schemes, but what about jobs? Female work participation rate in India continues to be extremely low.

“Building a new Singapore is achievable if we apply ourselves,” Mr Modi said recently. India has around 1,300 islands, including many uninhabited ones. Some are nearly the size of Singapore. But building an economic success story like Singapore is not merely a construction project. The multi-racial, multi-religious city-state, which has one of the most diverse populations in Asia, has assiduously worked at social cohesion, social trust. None of this happened purely by accident. As Keshia Naurana Badalge, a writer from Singapore, pointed out in an essay: “It is, in part, the product of a strong central government that dictates certain aspects of everyday life -- and sees racial harmony between its people as too important to be left to chance.” A unique feature of Singaporean housing, she points out, is its remarkable racial diversity, and that is due to government intervention and as part of Singapore’s Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP), introduced to counter the emergence of ethnic enclaves.

In his recent TV interview, Mr Modi also talked about global standards. Every Cabinet note related to a bill now comes with a global standards report so that the legislation can be aligned to the best practices worldwide, he said.

That is good news. But ordinary Indians must know how a law is aligned to global best practices as well as how it is implemented on the ground. Is India following global standards in every sphere? What about recent reports about Indian food products failing basic safety standards? If India’s food regulator was doing its job meticulously, would two popular Indian spice brands be flagged as unsafe in Hong Kong and Singapore? The European Union has also raised concerns about contamination in Indian chili peppers.

In addition to everything else, there is climate change. Climate change is no longer future shock. It is happening now.

As I write, many parts of India are facing excruciating heat stress. “Some countries, like India, have comprehensive heat action plans in place. Yet, to protect some of the most vulnerable people, these must be expanded with mandatory regulations. Workplace interventions for all workers to address heat stress, such as scheduled rest breaks, fixed work hours, and rest-shade-rehydrate programmes (RSH), are necessary but have yet to become part of worker protection guidelines in the affected regions,” says a recent study by the World Weather Attribution, an international group of scientists that studies the effects of climate change on extreme weather events.

These are just a few issues where ordinary Indians deserve an honest response and a grounded conversation which differentiates between hyperbole and genuine seeds of hope, between efforts to create an alternate reality and reality.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:20 am

Cordon and Search All Over AP Ahead of Vote Counting

Vijayawada: AP director general of police (DGP) Harish Kumar Gupta said 1,313 vehicles have been seized during the cordon and search operations organised at 276 places in Andhra Pradesh.

These operations are being carried out from May 22 to strengthen security ahead of the election counting process on June 4. In the process, they have seized 2,750 litres of whisky, 4,000 litres of diesel, 2,000 litres of fermented jaggery wash, 25 litres of petrol and 6,910 litres of beer.

The DGP pointed out that cordon and search operations are being supervised by district superintendents of police across the state. Their aim is to maintain law and order and curb unruly incidents. The operations are being carried out at important intersections, villages, houses of suspected criminals / students and various shops.

They are intended at seizing illegal drugs, weapons, explosives, narcotics and unregistered items / vehicles.

Harish Kumar Gupta requested people to cooperate during the cordon and search operations. He also sought information from them with regard to possible violent incidents, unethical incidents or suspicious behaviour in their areas.

For passing on the information, they can contact the nearest police station or dial 112 / 100.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:17 am

Farrukh Dhondy | Will Labour dump Sunak on July 4? Ranking ‘degrees’ of prejudice futile

“The sea’s dark green yet its foam is white!

Such are the tricks of refracted light”

“A dead fish on the sand -- the gulls take it apart.

Nailed to a cross in a gallery -- people think it’s art”

“The worst Narcissistic conceit of humankind?

That God has an inventive, creative mind!”

From Who Was Allowed In? by Bachchoo

The general election in Britain has been called for July 4 by Prime Minister Hedgie Soongone. He probably made the announcement with fingers crossed and puja lamps lit after inflation in the UK fell to 2.5 per cent, calculating that this may turn back the tide of unpopularity sweeping his government.

It won’t. The Labour Party is still 20 per cent ahead in the opinion polls, though the media are looking for ways in which it could lose support.

One of these is the fact that very many of Labour’s potential supporters are not just disappointed but outraged at the Labour Party leadership’s pro-Israeli stance and deliberate fence-sitting on calling for a ceasefire and an end to the genocide in Gaza. Several Muslim Labour councillors have quit the party and have even stood against the party in the local elections and won.

On the same issue, friends of mine have said they won’t vote for Labour.

Will I? However critical I am of Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his shadow cabinet’s stances, I can see no feasible alternative to rid this country of the likes of Hedgie, Cruella Braverman, Priti Patel and all the rest. It’s even possible that Labour in power will be pressured by its own membership to go further than calling, as it has now been pushed to do, for an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian relief in Gaza. Of course, with their pro-capital stance, they won’t cut arms sales to Israel.

One issue that rankles with me and made me think of joining the abstainers is the continued suspension from the party of MP Diane Abbot. Who is she? The first black woman MP to enter Parliament. She represents Hackney, a London constituency. In April she wrote a letter to The Observer in response to a debate in the papers about racism.

Her letter said: “It is true that many types of white people with points of difference, such as redheads, can experience this prejudice. But they are not all their lives subject to racism. In pre-civil rights America, Irish people, Jewish people and Travellers were not required to sit at the back of the bus. In apartheid South Africa, these groups were allowed to vote. And at the height of slavery, there were no white-seeming people manacled on the slave ships.”

The Jewish Board of Deputies labelled the letter anti-Semitic and even though Diane protested that it wasn’t the draft that she intended to have printed and apologised, the Labour Party said it was deeply offensive and withdrew the whip.

She hasn’t, having devoted her entire adult life to the party, been, to date, reinstated. (As far as I know the Redheads Against Nasty Descriptivity (RANDy) haven’t complained about Diane’s anti-hairshade-ism).

Both Diane in her letter and the Labour Party in its response seem to subscribe to a preoccupation of our times: an assessment of degrees of victimisation.

To my mind, it’s a futile preoccupation.

Yes, one recognises the fact that the Jews were enslaved by Babylon until they were freed by the Persian-Zoroastrian Emperor Cyrus and that Moses led them out of slavery in Egypt; that Africans were enslaved in the Atlantic trade in the “New World” is one of the tragic foundations of the modern world; that colonialism treated people badly; that discrimination against “untouchable” castes was imposed on Hindu populations for thousands of years; that homophobia is still rife in under-civilised human states and minds; that Travellers are characterised in negative ways; that certain nationalities or religions are the constant butt of jokes; that everywhere there is prevalent sexism, sizeism, ageism, class – snobbery… (We’re cutting it here. --Ed. Too much other examples, yaar… -fd).

But is there any measure, any scale, of historical prejudice, ill-treatment, racism etc?

Diane is obviously right when she says that being mocked for having Donald Trump hair is not as hurtful as being chained to a slave ship, whipped and starved. I could add that the “insult, injury and unsafe feeling” caused to delicate sensibilities on a campus through some faculty inviting a lecturer who doesn’t believe that trans-women are really women, are in any sense comparable to that lecturer losing her job as a consequence?

The latest case of comparative suffering through prejudice is that of “asexual people”. They call themselves “Aces” and in America, and now in the UK, organised groups of people who, for one reason or another, don’t practice sex, and want to be included in the LGBTQ+ categories. Some activists already in these initialled groups vehemently deny the Aces a space in this categorisation. They don’t want the collective expanded into LGBTQ+A! They don’t believe that the “Aces” face the same degree of prejudice as Ls or Gs or indeed Bs Ts Qs or +s.

Are they right in denying the “Aces” membership? Is there really some measure of degrees of prejudice, discrimination or hurt that has determined this exclusion?

I don’t think there can be. And yet, and yet, I can see that this preoccupation in our times of measuring and exposing “isms” is a healthy civilisational phenomenon, even though ranking prejudices is rank stupidity.

Reinstate Diane Now!

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:14 am

DC Edit | RBI’s booster shot to economy

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) transferred a whopping amount of Rs 2.1 lakh crores to the Central government as a dividend payout, giving a booster shot to volatile stock markets. The current payout is 141 per cent higher than the ₹87,416 crores that the RBI had given the Central government last year and is Rs 1.1 lakh crores more than the amount the Central government expected to receive from the RBI this year.

The RBI earns money from its operations in financial markets, when it intervenes to buy or sell foreign exchange. It also earns income from government securities it holds and as returns from its foreign currency assets, commission from state and Central governments for handling their borrowings, among other avenues. After providing for its statutory reserves and other contingencies, RBI transfers surplus money every year to the government in the form of dividend.

The current year’s higher dividend is expected to allow the Central government to meet its fiscal deficit target of 5.1 per cent that was envisaged in the interim budget of 2024. It will also give an elbow room to the next finance minister when he or she presents the full-fledged budget in July. The higher dividend from the RBI will offset any dip in the government’s expected revenue from disinvestment.

The news of the RBI bonanza set off celebrations on Dalal Street, boosting the Sensex and the Nifty to lifetime highs. A lower fiscal deficit means lower government borrowing, which makes bank credit available for the corporate world and the general public. This translates into greater consumption levels, setting off a virtuous cycle in the economy.

As the higher payout was made after increasing its contingency risk buffer by 50 basis points (more than Rs 30,000 crores) from six per cent to 6.5 per cent of its balance-sheet, it remains to be seen how the RBI’s surplus income has gone up so much and if a dividend of this magnitude is a one-off or can be seen as a regular annual contribution.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:06 am

People Defacing Vizag Will Be Fined ₹1 Lakh: GVMC

The GVMC has approved a budget of Rs 5,614 crore for the 2024-25 fiscal. This includes a Rs 664 crore opening balance. (Representational Image: Twitter)The GVMC has approved a budget of Rs 5,614 crore for the 2024-25 fiscal. This includes a Rs 664 crore opening balance. (Representational Image: Twitter)

organisations�Visakhapatnam:�Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has warned that a hefty fine of up to ₹1 lakh can be imposed under the 1997 Act on people who deface Visakhapatnam.

GVMC chief city planner Suresh Kumar underlined that appropriate action will be taken against institutions and organisations that paste posters, paintings, or other writings on city walls, electricity poles, transformers, road dividers, dustbins or public properties.

In this regard, Suresh Kumar organised an awareness programme with members of printing press associations, religious organisations and educational institutes in Visakhapatnam.

During the event, the chief city planner pointed out the various ways in which the city’s beauty is being marred by people related to business, religious and entertainment-related organisations. They indiscriminately place posters, paintings, writings, informal hoardings, flexi boards and digital banners on walls, power poles, transformers, road dividers, dustbins and public properties.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 1:05 am

DC Edit | Self-ruled Palestine can bring peace to Mideast

On the roadmap to peace in a region marked by decades of conflicts is a full-fledged state of Palestine encompassing at least the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as part of a “two-state solution”. That most of the world agrees on this being the best way forward is further emphasised in the three European nations — Ireland, Norway and Spain — becoming all set to recognise a Palestine state.

As many as 80 countries, including India, have had Palestinian embassies coexisting with those of Israel for some years now. It reflects how Israel is losing international support for its counter-strike against Hamas and the way in which it has conducted the Gaza war. European nations, too, are now moving on, convinced that the only way to achieve peace is a state of Palestine with the principle of self-rule to be established.

The “two-state solution” is not a novel proposal as it has been in the air since the early 1990s when it was the bedrock of the US-backed peace efforts under the 1993 Oslo Accords, signed by Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel. Why the idea is finding renewed acceptance internationally is because it appears to be the only way to draw the lines afresh once the Gaza war comes to an end.

Israel, now busily engaged in scaling up military operations by the day in Rafah with the one tactical change of trying to inflict lesser civilian fatalities, remains the principal roadblock. Beyond the war, Israel has little idea of how Gaza is to be handled except that it will not give up its security role there easily now that it is an occupier once again after having left the Gaza Strip in 2005.

After waging war for seven months and scoring a few victories over Hamas but nowhere near wiping out the militant wing of the group, Israel sees only hard options now on top of its disproportionate response in reducing most of Gaza to rubble and putting millions of its people on the brink of starvation.

Not deterred, Hamas has regrouped in certain areas and is till attacking Israeli settlements. The idea of Israel maintaining security control while delegating civil administration to local Palestinians who are not affiliated with Hamas or the Palestinian Authority is not suited to convincing the world that the “two-state” principle can be addressed.

The United States, Israel’s most powerful and staunchest ally, would have to take the lead in promoting the idea of a Palestine state, but while conferring Palestinian self-determination it should not pose an existential threat to Israel. The starting point for all negotiations can only be the end of the war, which is entirely in the hands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his war cabinet.

There are myriad issues of highly contentious nature — boundaries that have shifted substantially since the Green Line of 1949, East Jerusalem, Golan Heights, Hamas-Palestinian Authority differences — that must be tackled in pursuit of an idealistic “two-state” principle. The war must stop first before any peace plan can become a new reference point for negotiations on a Palestine state without a role for the likes of Hamas in it.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 12:58 am

DEEPS Starts Management Programme at SRMU

�Vijayawada:�Directorate of Executive Education and Professional Studies (DEEPS) is organising a comprehensive two-day management development programme on "Selling Skills and Customer Relationship Management" for working professionals at the SRM University-AP.

Speaking on the occasion, SRMU-AP vice chancellor Prof. Manoj K. Arora told the participants that they will be going through the intricacies of selling skills, which will empower them to build lasting connections with customers and drive organisational success.

DEEPS director Prof. Bharadhwaj Sivakumaran said their goal is to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. “Programmes like this provide participants invaluable insights into customer relationship management and selling skills, which are crucial for their day-to-day operations."

Andhra Pradesh State Cooperative Bank managing director Dr. R.S. Reddy appreciated SRMU-AP for consistently demonstrating its commitment to excellence.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 12:56 am

Probe Palnadu Riots, Botsa Tells EC

Visakhapatnam: Education minister Botsa Satyanarayana has asked the Election Commission to conduct a comprehensive inquiry into the Palnadu incidents and bring out the facts.

Casting doubts on the functioning of the state election authority, Satyanarayana said the victims of the poll-related violence have stated that TD leaders were responsible for the attacks. EVMs were destroyed in nine places in Palnadu but EC has leaked only one webcasting video of all the incidents. Where did EC hide the remaining videos, he asked.

“Why did the state election authority not inform EC the same evening about the incidents in the constituency? It seems EC took a partisan stand.”

He said even now it was not too late for EC to expose all the webcasting videos.

“It was ironic officers appointed by the EC on poll duty were suspended by it. Based on the letters from the alliance partners, EC changed the officers and replaced them with new officers.”

“All the violence on the polling day took place wherever new officers were appointed by EC. It was also found out in the SIT inquiry that the same officers were involved in law violations and they have now been suspended. This has happened for the first time in the country,’’ Botsa said.

Speaking on the poll prospects of the YSRC in north Andhra, Botsa Satyanarayana claimed that his party would win all the nine assembly segments in Vizianagaram district. The polling was one to two per cent more than the previous elections as the people came out of their homes voluntarily to vote for the YSRC, he claimed.

Read More 25 May 2024 | 12:47 am


Sunrisers stop Rajasthan’s run, slide into final

Read More 25 May 2024 | 12:44 am

Eluru Police Cordon and Search Ahead of Counting

Kakinada:�Ahead of the counting of votes on June 4, Eluru police organised cordon and search operations within Eluru One Town police stationed limits to identify rowdy sheeters, trouble mongers and suspicious persons. Police seized 70 two wheelers and three autos for being run without proper documents. Additional superintendent of police G. Swaroopa Rani asked people to ensure peace and maintain harmony when election results are expected to be announced on June 4. She said awareness camps are being held in sensitive areas. Eluru DSP E. Srinivas, One Town circle inspector Nagulapalli Rajasekhar, Two Town CI M. Prabhakar, Three Town CI Kagitha Srinivasa Rao and Bhimadole CI Bandi Bhimeswara Ravi Kumar were among those who participated in the cordon and search operations.�

Read More 25 May 2024 | 12:42 am

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The newspaper's name derives from the originating place, the Deccan regions of India. Deccan Chronicle has eight editions in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They also publish from Chennai and Bengaluru. Deccan Chronicle. Type.

What Deccan means?

Deccan means southern part in ancient India, south of the Satpura and Vindhya ranges. Deccan includes the east and west coasts and plains, the plateau and mountain ranges of the ancient Southern India.