AP Capital: Singapore experts doubt soil strength?

A team conducted soil analysis in Thulluru, Rayapudi and Mandamam
It reportedly expressed reservations over building skyscrapers on black cotton soil
Also said to have pointed out presence of non-potable groundwater in the area
Already, farmers are seething over the land pooling policy of the government



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Eye on future polls, TDP takes up caste-based survey in membership drive

HYDERABAD : In a bid to firm up its electoral prospects in the next elections when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could emerge as an adversary, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has silently undertaken a survey to ascertain the strength of various castes in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Towards that end, a question seeking the caste status of each person is being asked in the membership enrolment drive currently undertaken by the party in both states.

“For the first time, soon after the address, the prospective member is asked his caste status. We have no negative intentions in seeking the same. The question is only to understand how the caste factor works in political dynamics,” senior TDP leader Kala Venkatarao, who is in charge of the membership drive in AP, told TOI.

According to sources, no political party in the state has sought the caste status of its members till now. While the broader categories of General, BC, SC and ST have been asked in earlier memberships forms by all political parties, this is for the first that the member is asked to spell out the particular caste he belongs to in the specified category.



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Farmers cry foul over CM-farmer interaction

TDP leaders allegedly identified a selective group of cultivators for face-to-face meeting
A ryot at Mangalagiri flays the party leaders for forcing him out of bus as he was not willing to part with his land
Agriculturists demand that Naidu visit villages and study ground realities


Chandrababu Naidu Tries to Sell Singapore Dream; Ryots Not Impressed

HYDERABAD: Besides trying to paint a rosy picture of the new capital city by stating that it would be like Singapore in every aspect, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has promised farmers the moon.



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Land deniers not invited to meet N Chandrababu Naidu

Hyderabad: The proposed meeting between AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and the farmers of 29 villages of the capital on Tuesday will not be attended by those opposed to the government’s land pooling proposal.

Farmers of around 11 villages do not want to give their land for construction of the new capital. On being contacted, they said that they had no information about the meeting in Hyderabad. According to them, the proposed meeting of the farmers with Mr Naidu would turn out to be a TD party meeting.

The main purpose of the meeting is for Mr Naidu to explain the advantages and benefits of the land pooling scheme to the farmers.

However, the local TD leaders have selected five farmers from each village, who are willing to give their lands, but not anyone who is opposed to it.

The meeting will be attended by some TD ZPTC, MPTC members and sarpanches along with farmers, who are pro-land pooling.

M. Seshagiri Rao, a farmer of Rayipudi village in Guntur district, said that the farmers of 11 villages were not ready to give up their lands. He added that no one had invited them to attend the meeting at Hyderabad with the CM.

“The meeting will be attended by the TD leaders and those, who are willing to give their lands…what is the use of that meeting? The Chief Minister has to convince the farmers, who are not willing to give their lands,” he said.

Another farmer, Srinivasa Reddy of Nidumarru in Guntur district said that only pro-TD and pro-land pooling farmers had been selected for the meeting and added that no body from his village had been selected.

He questioned the need to convince those farmers, who were already willing to give their land for the construction of the capital.



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Land pooling meant to deceive farmers: Yechury

CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Friday said the proposed land pooling is `another attempt to deceive farmers’.
Yechury told mediapersons in the district that Naidu had already `ditched’ farmers by not implementing his promise to waive all agriculture loans. He said farmers would be severely hit if their lands were taken for the capital city through the land pooling process. He demanded that the state government should follow the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 as it would benefit all sections of people in the capital region. “Land acquisition Act, 2013 is a revolutionary Act brought by the UPA government under pressure from the left parties. It covers all sections of people and benefits them to a large extent,“ he said.

He said land pooling is only an attempt to dupe gullible farmers by making promises to build skyscrapers. He said farmers in many villages are not willing to part with their lands for the capital. He cautioned chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu against forcibly taking over lands from farmers.Yechury criticised the Modi government, alleging that the government at the Centre was `trying to dilute the land acquisition Act’ to help corporate firms.



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Minister Sujana defaulted on Mauritius Bank loan too

Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd of Mauritius has approached the Hyderabad High Court urging it to wind up Sujana Universal Industries Ltd, promoted by Union minister of state for science and technology Y S Chowdary, on the grounds that the company defaulted on the Rs 92 crore loan it availed through its subsidiary. The minister is popularly known as Sujana Chowdary.



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Write off crop loans in cyclone-hit areas, Jagan urges Centre


Farmers in combative mood to protect lands


ఒక్క చౌదరి కోసం….



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