WEEKLY round up

Snippets from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh this week

OLYMPICS-RIO-BADMINTON/INDIA Silver medalist badminton player P.V. Sindhu and her coach Pullela Gopichand wave during a felicitation parade after their return from Rio Olympics, upon their arrival in Hyderabad, on August 22, 2016 | REUTERS

Cash, honours showered on Sindhu

Ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu was given a hero's welcome in Hyderabad this week after she added a silver lining to the country's otherwise dismal performance at the recently concluded Rio Olympics. Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao who had earlier announced Rs 1 crore award to Sindhu, changed his mind the next day, probably after reading what his bete noire Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu has announced to the star athlete.

Chandrasekhar gave Rs 5 crore, a 1000-sq yard plot and has offered a government job to Sindhu.

Naidu, meanwhile, besides offering a government job, gave Sindhu Rs 3 crore, 1000-sq yard plot and a priceless moment when he played badminton with the reigning queen of the shuttle. Apparently his serves were unorthodox.

Naidu also announced a 15-acre site for winning coach Pullela Gopichand to set up a Badminton academy in the state’s capital Amaravati, saying that funds will be organised from donors while even the government will release grants. It was when Naidu was CM of United AP that the Gachibowli stadium was built in order to host the Afro-Asian Games and the National Games. Now, in his second stint as CM of residuary AP, Naidu wants to repeat the feat in Visakhapatnam.

Inter-state water project

Chandrasekhar Rao, meanwhile, has signed three separate agreements to build three irrigation projects across river Godavari and its tributaries. These will benefit farmers from both states.

The 23-member inter-state water board was constituted in March this year, following an in-principle agreement between the two states.

According to KCR, he took the initiative to solve the dispute after the formation of Telangana, so that the water that goes wastefully into the sea could help both the states meet their water needs.

New districts

Telangana will soon get 17 more districts. With the existing 10, there will be a total of 27 districts. While the new geography has already been decided upon, there are a couple of areas which are demanding that they either get a separate district or be included or excluded in a given district. The Telangana government is hoping this will help improve the administration of the districts. The new mapping of the state, however, will not create new employment opportunities because currently officials have been asked to use the existing employees.

Fighting crime with technology

In a first-of-it's-kind initiative, the Andhra Pradesh government has launched the DNA Index System (DIS), which allows to profile generation of DNAs from live samples like saliva and blood stains. The system uses the latest DNA technology tool called RapidHIT developed by IntegenX of USA.

DNA profiling plays a crucial role in solving crimes and also has the potential to link a series of crimes to possible suspects by placing them at the crime scene. It could also help the suspects prove their innocence.

Pawan Kalyan's rally

Telugu film actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, who has been maintaining a low profile of late, is set to hold a public meeting in Tirupathi on Saturday. The actor is expected to talk about issues like Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh, the agitation by the Kapu community among others.

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