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Unprecedented pandemonium marked by fisticuffs, pepper spraying and breaking of mike was today witnessed in Lok Sabha as the government introduced the controversial Telangana bill.

Hell broke loose in the House with members feeling suffocated and seen coughing after expelled Congress MP L Rajagopal resorted to spraying of pepper to prevent introduction of the bill that provides for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

Heavy loss feared in Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts

Heavy to very heavy rain may lash three coastal districts – Guntur, Krishna and West Godavari – as tropical cyclonic storm, Helen, intensified into a severe cyclone on Thursday.

Centre comes out with clear cut procedures to avoid disputes in future

The Centre has identified three major challenges that need to be addressed with regard to sharing of Krishna and Godavari rivers between Telangana and the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh.

Fears in Andhra Pradesh over the sharing of Krishna and Godavari waters, government jobs, personal safety, state assets and liabilities, and Article 371 (D) are for the most part not based on an awareness of the steps that can be taken to allay them. The ‘real’ conflict is over the way the division of the state and the position of Hyderabad will affect the power bases of the state’s two ruling castes, the Reddys and Kammas. The people, who only need peace and development, could do without this.

When the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, announced the formation of the Committee for Consultations on the Situation in Andhra Pradesh (CCSAP), popularly known as Justice Srikrishna Committee (SKC), the proponents of Telangana Statehood received it with a healthy dose of skepticism.

As the Congress and the UPA coalition endorsed creation of a separate Telangana state from out of Andhra Pradesh, Down To Earth looks at the big challenges before the new state which are similar to those faced by Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh and Uttarakhand when they were created a decade ago.

Gujarat CM Shri Narendra Modi questions Congress leadership and the UPA government on creation of Telangana state in this blog. Read more.

Medak district of Andhra Pradesh is the picture of a paradox.

Creation of a separate Telangana state with Hyderabad as its capital and keeping Andhra Pradesh united with constitutional and statutory measures for empowerment of Telangana region were among the six choices recommended by the Justice Srikrishna Committee.

The State of Andhra had a number of firsts to its credit. It was alphabetically the first. It was recommended by the JVP (Jawaharlal, Vallabhai, Pattabhi) Committee, but rejected by a Cabinet headed by Jawaharlal, where Vallabhai was the Home Minister. It was conceded due to the first Fast Unto Death that really resulted in death!