Category: Andhra Pradesh

KCR orders re-verification for failed students

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Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Wednesday ordered free re-verification of answer sheets of all the intermediate students who failed in the examinations.

The decision came amid a row over the goof-ups by the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TIBE) in declaring results, which allegedly led to suicide of 10 students since last week and triggered protests by parents and opposition parties.

With two more students ending their lives and protests continuing on Wednesday, the Chief Minister reviewed the situation with senior officials.

In case of students who passed but prefer re-verification and re-counting, it would be done as per the prevailing norms and regulations, the Chief Minister said.

KCR, as the Chief Minister is popularly known, asked officials to expedite the re-verification and re-counting process and complete that as early as possible. It should be followed by advanced supplementary examinations to prevent loss of the academic year, he added.

Education Secretary B. Janardhan Reddy has been entrusted with the responsibility of competing the process. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to evolve a strategy for smooth conduct of examinations and evaluation.

Expressing shock over suicides of ‘few’ students who failed in the intermediate examination, he said it was ‘most unfortunate’. He appealed students not to resort to suicide as failing in intermediate examinations did not mean end of life.

According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office, of the 9.74 lakh students who appeared for the intermediate examinations, 3.28 lakh failed. “Some students and their parents are of the opinion that during the process of addition of marks, mistakes took place resulting in less marks than expected and hence they failed,” it said.

KCR also asked officials to examine whether the responsibility of conducting examinations be entrusted to an autonomous body. “It has to be examined whether the responsibility of conducting examinations could be entrusted to an autonomous body. The best practices in other states and other countries are to be studied for implementing in our state,” he said.

“The government faces problems every time intermediate examinations and EAMCET are conducted. The government, students and their parents face trouble every time. This needs to be avoided,” KCR said.

2 more deaths take Telangana student suicide toll to 10

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Two more intermediate students in Telangana on Wednesday committed suicide, taking the number to 10 since the results were declared last week, even as protests continued over the Telangana Board of Intermediate Education (TBIE) goof-ups.

Depressed over failure in examinations, Chakali Raju hanged himself in his house in Chinna Shakarampet village of the Medak district. Another student Malothu Naveen of the Warangal Rural district ended his life by jumping before a train.

With these two suicides, the number of students who ended their lives increased to 10 since April 18 when the TBIE declared results for intermediate first and second year (11th and 12th standard) examinations.

Those who have committed suicide include 17-year-old Dharma Ram, nephew of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Rajya Sabha member C.M. Ramesh.

The opposition parties have claimed that 18 students have committed suicide and blamed the TBIE for it.

While admitting lapses in declaring results, the authorities have denied that the suicides were related to this. They said efforts were being made to address the students’ grievances.

Education Minister Jagdish Reddy alleged that the opposition parties were trying to politicise the issue.

The TBIE bungling has come under criticism from all quarters as it shocked many students and their parents. Many students who had passed the first year with distinction failed in the second year. In a rude shock for them, they were awarded zero, one or two marks in each subject.

Meanwhile, protests by the student groups continued for third day over the TBIE fiasco.

Activists of the Students Federation of India (SFI) tried to lay siege to Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s residence. Police arrested dozens of protesters who were raising slogans against the government and demanding action against those responsible for goof-ups.

Students groups also staged protest at the TIBE office. Senior Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao was arrested when he reached there to show solidarity with protesting students and parents.

About 900,000 students had appeared in the intermediate examinations in February-March. The pass percentage was just above 60.

The Telangana High Court on Tuesday heard a petition filed by an NGO fighting for children’s rights, seeking free re-valuation of all answer sheets. It asked the government to inform it by next week about the time required for re-valuation of answer sheets of students who have failed in the examinations.

AP student arrested for making derogatory video of KCR

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The Telangana Police on Wednesday arrested a student from Andhra Pradesh for making and sharing online a “derogatory” video about Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao.

The 20-year-old undergraduate student from the neighbouring state had made the objectionable video using the Tik Tok app.

Rachakonda police, one of the three police commissionerates which cover Hyderabad and its outskirts, arrested Thagaram Naveen, a native of Tiruvuru in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

The accused was charged under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act for promoting enmity between different groups. Police also seized two smart phones from the accused.

“It is a case of promoting enmity between the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana by making a video and using derogatory language against the Chief Minister and the people of Telangana,” said Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M. Bhagwat.

The video was made and uploaded on social media on April 14.

On a complaint by V. Ram Narasimha Goud, president of the students’ wing of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Cyber Crimes Wing of Rachakonda police had registered the case against Naveen.

Tough Days Ahead for Jersey

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Nani’s ‘Jersey’ has crossed coveted $1 million mark but this is not an exceptional achievement for a Nani starrer. The sports drama ought to cross $1.5 million to set a record for Nani.

From long time, Nani’s films are not moving beyond $1.1 million gross. “Jersey” has got great reviews and the word-of-mouth is also strong. This is a right film to go beyond and become number one hit in his career at USA box-office.

But it will face major problem of retaining enough screens in its second weekend as “Avengers: Endgame” will occupy all of them. This is the major worry for Nani’s movie.

Nani’s aim is to join $2 million club as stars like Varun Tej, Nithin, and Vijay Deverakonda have such movies in their kitty.

“Jersey” theoretically is right film to achieve this feat but the timing of the release is bad.

When Will Sharwanand Release a Movie

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Sharwanand has been working on director Sudheer Varma’s gangster drama from long time. The film went to the sets last year and is still progressing with no date for release.

Although first look of the movie was released in March this year on the eve of Sharwanand’s birthday, the makers have not yet announced the title.

There is no buzz or promotion about this film. Many people have forgotten that Sharwanand is doing this gangster movie. Such is the confusion about Sharwanand’s films.

Sharwanand who scored massive flop with “Padi Padi Leche Manasu” needs to pull his socks up to generate buzz about his movies.

The untitled gangster drama stars Kajal Aggarwal and Kalyani Priyadarshan

Heavy betting not on CM, but on majority!

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With less than a month left for the announcement of election results in Andhra Pradesh, it is time for the punters to make big money through large scale betting.

At many places, huge money is said to be changing hands among the people on the victory of candidates in their respective candidates.

Expectedly, the hot favourite is YSR Congress party in several constituencies, particularly in Rayalaseema and so people are betting less money on it and huge money on the rival Telugu Desam Party.

The subject for betting is not who the next chief minister would be since the choice is obvious – either Y S Jaganmohan Reddy or N Chandrababu Naidu. But, more money is being bet on which party would get more seats.

While those who are betting on Jagan are expecting that he would get a majority between 100-125 seats, the pro-TDP camps are not so optimistic: they say the TDP will come to power with 90-100 seats.

Interestingly, there are people who are betting on the margin of victory of both TDP president and the YSRC president.

The stakes are high on Jagan who is expected to get more majority in Pulivendula than Naidu in Kuppam. But the TDP leaders say Naidu had done a lot for Pulivendula in the last three years and it would definitely bring down the victory margin of Jagan.

It is learnt the punters have engaged private call centres to do telephonic surveys to fnd out which section of people had voted for whom. They are making use of IVRS system and also online mechanism to find out the pulse of the people.

Based on the response of the people, the betting equations are changing with every passing day, sources said.

Twinkle’s repartee to Modi’s ‘gussa’ poke

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Actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna on Wednesday reacting to social media comments on her actor-husband interviewing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom she has often criticised, said she was rather pleased with the turn of events.

Modi speaking to Akshay Kumar on Tuesday in a “candid and completely non political” conversation took credit for maintaining peace in the Kumar-Khanna household.

Twinkle next day tweeted she was rather pleased as it showed that the Prime Minister was not oblivious to her existence.

In the interview Modi did not miss the fact that Twinkle has been caustic towards him and said that he keeps a close tab on the social media and follows the couple’s tweet.

“I come to know a lot of things from the social media. I even follow you and your wife and that’s how I know she gets really angry with me, which is good. Since all her anger is focussed at me, your family life must be quite peaceful,” Modi remarked.

Reacting to it, Twinkle on Wednesday tweeted: “I have a rather positive way of looking at this. Not only is the Prime Minister aware that I exist, but he actually reads my work.”

An avid social media user, Twinkle, in 2017, had criticised the Modi government for imposing hefty taxes on sanitary pads.

She juggles many roles as a mother, newspaper columnist, film producer, former film actress and interior designer. Her first book “Mrs Funnybones” sold over one hundred thousand copies, making her India’s highest-selling female writer of 2015.

Shraddha shoots in Karjat for ‘Saaho’

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Actress Shraddha Kapoor is shooting for the next schedule of her upcoming film “Saaho” in Karjat in Maharashtra.

Shraddha took to her Instagram stories on Wednesday and posted a boomerang video of her travelling.

She captioned it: “Karjat time! ‘Saaho’.”

“Saaho” also stars “Baahubali” actor Prabhas. “Saaho” is set to hit the screens on Independence Day on August 15 next year.

The film is being shot in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu simultaneously. It promises to provide a pan-India appeal.

Apart from Shraddha and Prabhas,”Saaho” also has an ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Pandey, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay and Murali Sharma, amongst others.

It has music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Director of photography Madhie has lent his creativity to the film, with veteran Sreekar Prasad as the editor and Sabu Cyril as the production designer.

A UV Creations production, the film will be presented by T-Series and its Hindi distribution is being taken care of by AA Films.

Rajamouli about Jersey

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Rajamouli is an avid moviegoer in spite of being a busy and successful director.

He watches almost all the films on day 1 amid morning show crowds to catch the pulse of the audience. It is probably one of the success secrets of the Baahubali director.

Rajamouli used to be a bit liberal in showering praises upon the movies he watched. He used to put obligatory tweets too.

But of late Rajamouli is being very selective about tweeting about the movies he liked.

He stopped posting obligatory tweets after he is being followed by the National media and movie fans across the nation. Which means if Rajamouli tweets about a film then it is genuinely special.

Rajamouli tweeted about a movie after a very long time and it is about Jersey. He didn’t tweet about a single movie after Geetha Govindam that was released eight months ago. This shows that only a few films are able to reach the bar he has set for himself.

“Heart warming and joyful.. #Jersey is full of superbly written, crafted and Directed scenes… Well done Gowtam Tinnanuri… A film which everyone involved can be proud of..

Nani “Babu”… Just love you anthe..,” tweeted Rajamouli in praise of Jersey.

Saaho Heroine Turns down Rajamouli’s Offer

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Shraddha Kapoor who is making debut in Tollywood opposite Prabhas in “Saaho” is in much demand.

Though she is good friends with Prabhas, Shraddha reportedly turned down an offer from Prabhas’s guru S S Rajamouli.

According to Bollywood media, Rajamouli offered a role to Shraddha Kapoor for his upcoming film “RRR” to star opposite NTR Jr.

Since Alia Bhatt has been cast opposite Ram Charan in the film and the foreign actress Daisy walked out of the movie for family reasons, Rajamouli reportedly changed his decision not to cast another foreign actress and approached Shraddha Kapoor.

As per Bollywood media, she has turned down the mega project as she is tired of being part of big films that take many months’ time to get finished.

She has been shooting for “Saaho” for the past two years and doesn’t want to do a similar big-budgeted movie like “RRR” that is being mounted on large scale with estimated budget of Rs 350 Cr.

“RRR” has NTR, Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt and Ajay Devgn as the principal cast. DVV Danayya is producing this movie.