Srinivasa Rao Apparasu

Srinivasa Rao is Senior Assistant Editor based out of Hyderabad covering developments in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana . He has over three decades of reporting experience.

Articles by Srinivasa Rao Apparasu

Telangana election: EC bans 3 parties’ video ads for poll code breach

Of 15 advertisements banned by the poll panel, six were from Congress, five from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and four from ruling Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS).

Election Commission of India (Representative Photo)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 04:51 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Once a low-profile seat, Kamareddy to host key battle in Telangana

It is not going to be a straight fight between KCR and Revanth Reddy at Kamareddy. K Venkata Ramana Reddy, former chairman of Nizamabad zilla parishad, is contesting on the BJP ticket

It took nearly two and a half months for the Congress to decide on selecting A Revanth Reddy who can take on Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao in Kamareddy assembly constituency. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 06:20 AM IST

Hyderabad: Nine killed after stored chemicals catch fire in residential building

Preliminary inquiries at the spot revealed that the fire broke out while repairing a car in the stilt floor, where several drums storing a chemical was also stored

According to locals, it began as a small fire in the stilt area and soon spread to the entire area. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 12:58 PM IST

Modi promises a panel in SC community outreach ahead of Telangana polls

PM Modi announced that a committee would look into the demand of Madigas for categorisation of Scheduled Castes (SC) for implementation of reservation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoles Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi chief Manda Krishna Madiga during a public meeting, in Secunderabad on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 12, 2023 04:48 AM IST

Telugu film actor Chandra Mohan dies at 80

Chandra Mohan, whose original name is Mallampalli Chandrasekhar Rao, was also a cousin of veteran director and Dada Sahab Phalke award winner K Vishwanath

He was born on May 23, 1943 at Pamidimukkala village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. (HT photo sourced)
Published on Nov 11, 2023 11:13 AM IST

The Banyans of Chevella are safe for now

As the expansion plans of NH-163 are put on hold, a civil society campaign has shown why roadside trees are as important as forests

The activists of Save Banyans of Chevella on National Highway 163(Courtesy: Save Banyans of Chevella campaign)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 09:38 PM IST

Telangana: Decoding fine print of NGT order to highway authority

The NGT asked the NHAI to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study to minimise the loss to the trees before proceeding further

A Banyan tree has the ability to survive for hundreds of years in a tropical climate. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 07:32 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

KCR files papers from Gajwel, Kamareddy, holds roadshows

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has filed his nominations for two assembly constituencies. He declared movable assets worth ₹17.84 crore, an increase of over ₹7.40 crore since the last election. He also declared an annual income of ₹1.60 crore and immovable assets worth ₹8.50 crore.

Telangana Chief Minister and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) chief K Chandrashekar Rao waves to the supporters during a roadshow on his way to file the nomination papers from the Gajwel constituency for the State Assembly elections, in Siddipet on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 06:58 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

In Telangana’s Gajwel, reservoir evacuees face uncertain future

Campaigning for the Telangana assembly elections is in full swing, but villagers in Gajwel constituency seem disillusioned. Despite having access to basic amenities like houses, electricity, and drinking water, they lack employment opportunities. Many of them were relocated from submerged villages to make way for the Mallannasagar reservoir. The government promised better compensation, but nothing was done. The upcoming elections have not instilled hope in the villagers, who feel they have been deceived by political leaders.

Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project on Godavari river
Updated on Nov 10, 2023 06:50 AM IST

Resentment brews in Congress over list of Telangana candidates

Former MLA Thati Venkateshwarlu, who aspired for the party ticket from Aswaraopet in Bhadradri Kothagudem district, resigned from the primary membership of the party

TPCC general secretary K Manavatha Roy, a strong student leader from Osmania University, who also aspired for the ticket from the same Sattupalli constituency, resigned from his party post on Wednesday. He threatened to file the nomination as a rebel candidate. (Congress twitter)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 07:50 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

CPI to ally with Congress, CPI (M) to go it alone in Telangana polls

The seat-sharing talks between CPI (M) and Congress collapsed last week, after CPI (M) general secreary Sitaram Yechury said the matter was left for the party’s state unit to decide

As per the agreement, the Congress decided to allot Kothagudem assembly seat in Bhadradri Kothagudem district to the CPI. Party’s state secretary Kunamaneni Sambasiva Rao will be contesting the elections from Kothagudem. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 07:46 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Telangana poll: BJP releases 4th list, BRS fields candidates for remaining seats

The party is likely to announce the remaining 19 constituencies after finalising seat sharing with actor-turned-politician Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena Party

With the fourth list of 12 candidates , the BJP has so far announced 100 candidates for the 119-member assembly. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 02:51 PM IST

Telangana to get its first OBC chief minister if BJP is voted to power, says PM

He recalled that the people of the country had voted an OBC leader as the PM and the roots for his elevation had been laid in Hyderabad at the same stadium

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it was the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance which would protect the interests of OBCs and the other oppressed sections. (AFP)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 02:45 PM IST

Hold study on impact of felling of trees in Chevella region of Hyderabad: NGT

The NGT gave the order after hearing the petition filed by the citizen action group, Save Banyans of Chevella. The primary objective of the EIA is to minimise the felling of trees in the Chevella region

The Save Chevella Banyans campaign and the Nature Lovers of Hyderabad have welcomed the NGT’s decision, providing hope for numerous citizen groups and individuals striving to protect trees from indiscriminate destruction. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 08:20 AM IST

Telangana election: Revanth Reddy’s direct contest with KCR heats up contest

A senior Congress leader privy to the development said the decision to field Reddy against KCR was taken long ago but kept under wraps to be announced just four days before the closure of nominations.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee president A Revanth Reddy. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 08:02 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Congress failed to control Naxals: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress government in Chhattisgarh of corruption and failure in tackling Maoism. He also accused the Opposition of insulting backward communities and claimed that only the BJP protected the interests of marginalised castes. Modi made these remarks during three separate poll rallies in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana. He promised that if the BJP won the November 30 polls, the next chief minister of Telangana would be from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) community.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union minister G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 05:16 AM IST
By, , , Hyderabad/bhopal/raipur

Telangana: Sharmila’s party opts out of polls, to back Congress

Sharmila said with more and more revelations on corruption and misrule coming out, there was a dire need for all like-minded parties to put up a joint effort in the best interest of Telangana people

Y S Sharmila said she had decided to opt out of the race in the Telangana assembly elections to ensure the pro-Congress vote would not split, as several surveys had pointed out that the grand old party had all the chances to come to power. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 07:32 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh cabinet gives nod to caste survey

The decision comes in wake of opposition parties pressing for a caste census and revisiting the reservation formula to ensure adequate representation of castes

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy observed that such a comprehensive caste survey would help alleviate the lives of the oppressed classes (ANI)
Updated on Nov 04, 2023 05:34 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh cabinet approves caste-based survey in the state

The survey will take into consideration various factors such as socio-economic status of the people, employment-oriented education and caste balance in society

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy. (File photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2023 08:30 PM IST

Telangana election: YS Sharmila’s party opts out of contest, to support Congress

YS Sharmila said she took the decision to opt out of the race in the Telangana assembly elections to ensure that the pro-Congress vote would not split

YSR Telangana Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s sister, Y S Sharmila. (File photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2023 04:50 PM IST

Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project sparks slugfest in poll-bound Telangana

A controversy over alleged engineering lapses in the ₹1 lakh crore Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project on the Godavari river triggered an electoral slugfest

The Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project is on the Godavari river.
Updated on Nov 03, 2023 06:48 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

KCR begins 3-day ‘Yagam’ ahead of Telangana elections

The Yagam is being conducted by the chief minister for victory in the upcoming state polls and an all-round development of Telangana

Chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Wednesday began a three-day “Raja Shyamala Yagam” at his farmhouse in Siddipet districts. (HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 07:36 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

BRS blames Congress for attack on MP, fans political slugfest

The BRS leaders also pointed out Raju’s Facebook profile, which reads “Jai Congress Mirdoddi Mandal,” and the cover picture, which is a collage of his picture with Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.

Kotha Prabhakar Reddy
Updated on Nov 01, 2023 06:44 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

It’s a fight between landlords, common people, says Rahul on Telangana elections

Addressing a rally “Palamuru Praja Bheri” at Kollapur, Gandhi alleged the entire Telangana witnessed how KCR’s family looted the people in the last nine-and-a-half years.

Rahul Gandhi (ANI)
Updated on Nov 01, 2023 06:34 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Andhra HC gives interim bail, Naidu walks out of jail

Andhra Pradesh high court on Tuesday granted interim bail for four weeks on medical grounds to TDP chief and former AP chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu leaves from Rajamundry central prison on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 11:38 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh HC grants Chandrababu Naidu 4-week interim bail on health grounds

The high court asked Naidu to surrender himself before the superintendent of Rajahmundry Central Prison on or before 5 pm on November 28

N Chandrababu Naidu. (PTI)
Published on Oct 31, 2023 12:24 PM IST

BRS MP stabbed during poll rallyin Telangana,1 held

BRS parliamentarian Kotha Prabhakar Reddy was stabbed during an election campaign in Telangana. The attacker has been apprehended. Reddy's condition is stable after undergoing surgery. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao condemned the attack and promised to take action.

Kotha Prabhakar Reddy
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 07:58 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

‘Could only hear the screams’: Eyewitnesses recount Andhra train horror

For a few minutes, Patro did not understand what had happened. When he came to senses, he saw the train bogey tilted towards a goods train on the adjacent rail track

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel conduct rescue operation at the site of train crash in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh on October 30. (AFP)
Updated on Oct 31, 2023 07:54 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

BRS MP attacked with knife during Telangana election campaign

Poiice said a man identified as Dattani Raju has been arrested on charges that he stabbed BRS MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy in Surampally village

BRS MP from Medak Kotha Prabhakar Reddy is contesting the assembly election from the Dubbak assembly segment
Published on Oct 30, 2023 05:11 PM IST

Andhra train accident: Toll rises to 13, site cleared

Officials said those killed include the loco and assistant loco pilot of one of the trains (Visakhapatnam-Rayagada passenger train) involved in the crash

The crash site in Andhra Pradesh’s Vizianagaram. (AP)
Published on Oct 30, 2023 10:22 AM IST
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