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Telugu Desam Party gears up for annual conclave ‘Mahanadu’ at Ongole



Andhra Pradesh’s main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is gearing up to hold its ‘Mahandu’ or annual conclave near Ongole on May 27 and 28 with the party chief N. Chandrababu Naidu exhorting party cadres to be ready for early elections.

The party on Wednesday began preparations for the event on 80 acres of land at Manduvari Palem on the outskirts of Ongole town of Prakasam district.

It decided to organise ‘Mahanadu’ outside Ongole after the state government denied permission for conducting the event in Ongole mini-stadium.

The TDP alleged that the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government deliberately delayed the allotment of the mini-stadium for holding ‘Mahanadu’ and finally rejected permission.

‘Mahanadu’ is organised every year in May, coinciding with the birth anniversary of party founder and former chief minister N. T. Rama Rao.

During the two-day deliberations, the party discusses the political situation and passes resolutions on a host of issues.

The annual conclave this year will focus on the prevailing ‘anarchic’ situation in Andhra Pradesh and its future.

TDP national president and former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has asked the organising committees to focus on novelty and the party ideological commitments during the two-day event.

Over 5,000 delegates are expected to attend ‘Mahanadu’, which is being held in Ongole for the second time. The town had last hosted the event 15 years ago.

At the ‘Mahanadu’, Naidu is expected to urge the party cadres to be ready to face the elections whenever they are held.

He had called upon the party cadre on Tuesday to get ready for ‘early polls’ if announced ahead of the 2024 general elections.

“Advance elections are likely in the state ahead of 2024. Cadres and leaders should be prepared for this. We should get ready to face any challenge,” he said during a teleconference with party leaders.

The TDP chief said all sections of people were facing severe problems under the Jagan Reddy regime. In a difficult situation like this, they were looking at the TDP as a symbol of hope and a chance for their future.

Naidu said that a strong anti-government wave was sweeping all over against the YSRCP regime. The people were giving a warm reception to the TDP leaders during the ‘Badude Badudu’ campaign against increased taxes. On the other hand, the government faced public anger during its ‘Gadapa Gadapaku’ programme.

Chandrababu Naidu pointed out that the general public were coming forward and eagerly narrating their hardships to the TDP leaders. This was a clear indication of the huge anti-government sentiment. The TDP re-emerged as a pillar of assurance for the future of the state, he said.

The TDP chief shared his experiences and huge response during his visits to the districts as part of ‘Badude Badudu’ campaign. The unpopularity of the YSRCP rule was evident among all sections and in all regions of the state. The Jagan regime is facing a very severe resentment, he added.

Naidu asserted that the TDP leaders at all levels should move closer to the people. The TDP cadres and leaders should be prepared to meet any challenge.

Chandrababu Naidu held a meeting with party mandal and village committees to review ‘Badude Badudu’, party membership drive, voter verification and ‘Mahanadu’ arrangements. He asked the party leaders to visit every household in their areas. All sections were welcoming the TDP leaders and pouring out their woes because of the wrong policies in the past three years.

The TDP completed its 40 years in March this year. It was on March 29, 1982 that N. T. Rama Rao, a popular Telugu actor, formed the TDP on the slogan of Telugu self-respect.

NTR, as he was popularly called, created a record of sorts by coming to power within nine months of forming the party.

He died in January 1996, a few months after his son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu led a revolt against him to become the chief minister of then undivided Andhra Pradesh. Naidu led TDP to power in 1999 and remained chief minister till 2004, when Congress wrested the power.

After bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, TDP formed the first government in the residuary state. In 2019, the party lost power to YSRCP led by Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.


UP Crime: Brother Kills Sister By Shooting In Her Head For Talking To Man On Mobile Phone In Saharanpur




Saharanpur, December 11: A 20-year-old man shot dead his 18-year-old sister for talking to a man on her mobile phone in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur district. The incident took place in a village in the district late on Sunday night. According to the police, the victim, Muskan, was taken to the district hospital where doctors pronounced her ‘brought dead’.

‘It is still not clear with whom the deceased was talking’

“It is still not clear with whom the deceased was talking on the phone which angered her brother Aditya Prajapati. Their mother Babita, who was also present at the time of the incident, tried to hide the facts and initially told us that some unidentified persons had shot her daughter dead while she was sleeping,” said Satyendra Prakash Singh, in charge, Saharanpur Rural Kotwali police station.

The police said no FIR has been filed in this connection yet

The police said no FIR has been filed in this connection yet as their father, Jagmohan, 46, a daily wage earner who lives in Dehradun, has yet to reach the village.

‘The body has been handed over to the family for cremation’

“He is expected to reach the village later in the day. The body has been handed over to the family for cremation after the post-mortem examination,” said Singh. Vipin Tada, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Saharanpur, said their mother did not inform the area police station about the incident.

Her daughter was shot by her brother

“The area police got information after the district hospital sent the information that a woman had died owing to a bullet injury. We interrogated the mother who later accepted that her daughter was shot by her brother,” said Tada. “The brother is absconding and we have formed three teams to arrest him,” he added.

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Mumbai: With Focus On Global Warming & Climate Change, Indian Nuclear Society To Organise Global Conference From December 12 To 15 At DAE Convention Centre




Mumbai: “Nuclear for Clean Energy Transition” will be the theme of a global conference being organised by the Indian Nuclear Society from December 12 to 15 at the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Convention Centre, Anushakti Nagar in Mumbai.

The theme is closely related to the issue of global warming and climate change caused by the unchecked use of fossil fuels. The world has recognized the unique role of nuclear energy in achieving net-zero carbon emission to keep the global rise in temperature to 1.5 degree C by 2050. The conference is being organized to highlight these issues through talks, panel discussions and poster presentations. The spirit of the conference is in line with the declaration to triple nuclear energy by 2050 made at the COP-28 summit at Dubai recently.

List of topics to be discussed

The conference will bring together all stakeholders of nuclear energy viz technologists from India and abroad, policy makers, academia, industries and media on one platform. The topics to be covered in the conference include future energy mix for net zero emission, accelerated growth of nuclear power, life extension and management of aging nuclear reactors, emerging technologies in support of nuclear power, safety and security, nuclear hydrogen, small modular reactors, nuclear waste management, industry preparedness for the clean energy transition, accelerator- based futuristic technologies and policy frameworks.

The conference will have 23  talks to be delivered by experts from India,  International Atomic Energy Agency, France, USA, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the  UK.

Panel discussions

There will be three panel discussions, over 100 contributory papers and a technical exhibition with participation from 18 organisations connected with nuclear power. The meet was inaugurated on December 12 2023 by Dr. Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission in the presence of B.C. Pathak, Chairman & MD, Nuclear Power Corporation, Vivek Bhasin, director, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Prof. B.N. Jagtap, president of the Indian Nuclear Society.

Special message form Rafael Grossi

Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi has sent a special video message which will be played during the inaugural session. On the sidelines of the conference, there will be discussions with the French Nuclear Energy Society and European Nuclear Society on signing cooperation agreements with the Indian Nuclear Society.

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Mehbooba Mufti To Ghulam Nabi Azad: Here’s What Kashmiri Leaders Said About SC’s Historic Verdict On Article 370




Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Monday announced the verdict of Article 370 and upheld the Centre’s decision to abrogate the provisions of Article 370. In its historic verdict, the apex court upheld the decision which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

‘Hold Elections by September 30 in J&K’

CJI DY Chandrachud, while announcing the verdict, asked the Election Commission of India to hold elections in the Union Territory by September 30, 2024. CJI Chandrachud also directed the Centre that the statehood to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to be restored at the earliest.

PM Narendra Modi, HM Amit Shah welcomed the decision

The Supreme Court’s verdict was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda. However, the decision received a mixed reaction from the leaders of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the decision as disappointing

Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) Chairman and Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the decision as disappointing and said, “It was a mistake to abrogate Article 370. J&K political parties should have been also asked. We are disappointed with this judgment”.

Omar Abdullah’s reaction

Omar Abdullah, Jammu Kashmir National Conference Vice-President, said that the struggle for Jammu and Kashmir will continue. He said, “Disappointed but not disheartened. The struggle will continue. It took the BJP decades to reach here. We are also prepared for the long haul.”

‘J&K are not going to lose hope’, Mehbooba Mufti

People’s Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti who claimed that she was put on a house arrest before the announcement of Supreme Court verdict on Article 370 said, “The people of J&K are not going to lose hope or give up. Our fight for honour and dignity will continue regardless. This isn’t the end of the road for us.”

Sajad Lone said the verdict is disappointing

Jammu and Kashmir’s Peoples Conference Chief Sajad Lone said, “The Supreme Court verdict on Article 370 is disappointing. Justice yet again eludes the people of J and K. Article 370 may have been legally obliterated but will always remain a part of our political aspirations.

He further said, “In the case of statehood the Supreme Court sidestepped even commenting on it, thus protecting the entire country from any future misuse, by citing precedence. Yet the same misuse was subtly endorsed in J & K. Let us hope at a future date Justice wakes up from its slumber of pretence.”

Maharaja Hari Singh’s son Karan Singh’s reaction

Senior Congress leader and Maharaja Hari Singh’s son Karan Singh, on Supreme Court constitutionally validating the removal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir told ANI, “A section of people in J&K who will not be happy with this judgment, my sincere advice is that they should accept the inevitable and they should accept the fact that now this has been done and the Supreme Court has upheld the action and therefore there’s no point now unnecessarily hitting their head against the wall. Now my suggestion is that they should turn their energies towards fighting the next elections. That is where the people should now be motivated instead of developing any negativity.”

PM Narendra Modi’s reaction to SC verdict

Prime Minister Narendra welcomed the decision and said, “Today’s Supreme Court verdict on the abrogation of Article 370 is historic and constitutionally upholds the decision taken by the Parliament of India on 5th August 2019; it is a resounding declaration of hope, progress and unity for our sisters and brothers in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Court, in its profound wisdom, has fortified the very essence of unity that we, as Indians, hold dear and cherish above all else.”

PM Modi also said, “I want to assure the resilient people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh that our commitment to fulfilling your dreams remains unwavering. We are determined to ensure that the fruits of progress not only reach you but also extend their benefits to the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of our society who suffered due to Article 370.”

He further said, “The verdict today is not just a legal judgment; it is a beacon of hope, a promise of a brighter future and a testament to our collective resolve to build a stronger, more united India.”

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