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A truck set on fire by supporters of Telangana state on the night of 23 December 2009
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A truck set on fire by supporters of Telangana state on the night of 23 December 2009
The government's move sparked mass protests in southern Andhra Pradesh

The opening day of a two-day strike by the supporters of a new state has brought violence to parts of India's southern Andhra Pradesh state.

Over 100 buses were burnt, and shops and businesses attacked overnight.

The strike was called after the federal government said the demand for a Telangana state would be considered after consultation with all parties.

Earlier the government had announced that it would allow the creation of Telangana irrespective of opposition.

An estimated 35 million people will live in the new state.

K Chandrasekara Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which is spearheading the protest for a Telangana state, has resigned from the lower house of parliament, along with two other MPs from the region.

'Altered situation'

Fifty lawmakers from the Telangana region and belonging to the Andhra Pradesh assembly have also handed in their resignations.

The latest uproar and strike call followed federal Home Minister P. Chidambaram's statement on Wednesday evening that all political parties should be consulted before deciding on a new state.

K Chandrasekara Rao
Mr Rao has resigned from the parliament

Mr Chidambaran explained the government's change in stance by saying that the situation in Andhra Pradesh had "altered" since he had made an announcement earlier this month on the formation of a Telangana state.

He said a "consensus had emerged among political parties allowing the formation of a new state" when he made the announcement on 9 December.

"However, after the statement, the situation in Andhra Pradesh has altered. A large number of political parties are divided on the issue," Mr Chidambaram added.

"There is need to hold wide-ranging consultations with all political parties and groups in the state," he added.

INDIA'S NEWEST STATE
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Population of 35 million
Formed from 10 districts of Andhra Pradesh, including city of Hyderabad
Landlocked, predominantly agricultural area
One of the most under-developed regions in India
Culmination of 50-year campaign
More than 400 people died in 1969 crackdown

Politicians from Telangana reacted sharply to Mr Chidambaram's statement, saying that the government had put the demand in "cold storage".

About 50 lawmakers from the region have handed in their resignations.

The move to form Telangana state has plunged Andhra Pradesh into crisis - lawmakers have resigned, and there has been sporadic violence.

Investors fear the protests will hurt Hyderabad, an IT hub of southern India and home to firms like Microsoft, Google and Dell.

Telangana region is spread over 10 northern districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Campaigners say Telangana's economic development has been neglected in favour of the richer and more powerful Andhra region - and that a new state is the only solution.

The last three new states in India were formed in 2000: Chhattisgarh was created out of eastern Madhya Pradesh; Uttarakhand was created out of the hilly areas of northern Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand was carved from Bihar's southern districts.

India currently has 28 states.

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          • Eight months on, US finally fills H1B visa quotaHT - 12:30 PM

            The slots for H1B visas for 2010 were finally filled on December 21, making it the longest time it has taken to meet the quota in five years. In the previous two years, these slots were filled within two days of applications being accepted in the beginning of April.

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          • Mukherjee's statement sends Sensex soaring 539 pointsIANS - Wed, Dec 23

            Mumbai, Dec 23 (IANS) Buoyed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's statement on the economy and year-end buying by fund managers, a benchmark index of the Indian equities markets recorded handsome gains to shut shop 539 points up Wednesday.

          • Sensex closes 544 points up, RIL, ICICI helpIANS - Wed, Dec 23

            Mumbai, Dec 23 (IANS) The benchmark index of the Indian equities markets, backed by handsome gains in metal stocks and heavyweight scrips like RIL, ICICI Bank, shut shop 544 points up Wednesday.

          • Sensex continues rise, gains 3 percentIANS - Wed, Dec 23

            Mumbai, Dec 23 (IANS) The benchmark index of the Indian equities markets continued on a rising trajectory and extended gains to 3 percent during afternoon trade Wednesday.

          • US economy up 2.2 percent in third quarterIANS - Tue, Dec 22

            Washington, Dec 22 (DPA) The US economy grew slower than expected 2.2 percent in the third quarter of 2009, revised government figures showed Tuesday.

          • Sensex manages modest gains; metals, PSU stocks riseIANS - Tue, Dec 22

            Mumbai, Dec 22 (IANS) A benchmark index of the Indian equities markets ended 91 points up Tuesday bringing an end to a rather dull day of trading. Metals, state-run firms and realty stocks rose the most.

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            Asian stocks gained on Thursday, with Tokyo shares hitting their highest in three months, while the dollar edged away from recent peaks on weak U.S. housing data.

          • Jet Airways aircraft stand on tarmac at the domestic airport terminal in Mumbai in this September 9, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files
            Cabinet approves Jet Airways'$400 mln share sale planReuters - 01:15 PM

            Cabinet on Thursday approved Jet Airways Ltd's plans to raise up to $400 million by selling shares to foreign institutions, the government said in a statement.

          • Jindal Power hires bankers for IPO - sourcesReuters - 01:02 PM

            Jindal Power, a unit of Jindal Steel & Power, has hired eight banks including Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Goldman Sachs for an initial public offering to raise about $1.5 billion, two sources with direct knowledge of the deal said.

          • A vendor arranges packets of pulses at a wholesale market in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
            Rise in food prices strengthen case for RBI actionReuters - 12:59 PM

            Food prices rose nearly 19 percent annually in mid-December, reinforcing the case for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to withdraw excess liquidity in January to stem inflationary expectations.

          • A stockbroker uses his terminal to trade at a brokerage firm in Mumbai September 30, 2008. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe/Files
            POLL - Funds to cut cash; eye engineering, IT stocksReuters - 12:50 PM

            Fund managers will cut cash and hunt for opportunities mainly in the basic engineering and software sectors in the March quarter, a Reuters poll of domestic money managers showed.

          Science News

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          London, Dec 24 (ANI): Turning a new leaf in ancient Egyptian history, historians have solved the biggest riddle dealing with world's most famous couple, Antony and Cleopatra-how they spent their last hours together.

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            General

            • German 'syndiastic' therapy could treat sexual dysfunction in menANI - 12:35 PM

              Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): Underlining an important new development in German sex therapy- a form of the internationally familiar "couples" therapy called "syndiastic" therapy-scientists have found a solution for treating sexual dysfunction in men.

            • First chapter of encyclopedia of microbe genomes releasedANI - 11:25 AM

              Washington, December 24 (ANI): Genome scientists from the US and Germany have assembled the first pages of a comprehensive encyclopedia of genomes of all the microbes on Earth, which will help biologists find new genes and fill out the branches of the "Tree of Life."

            • Ecosystems strain to keep pace with climate - studyReuters - 06:46 AM

              Earth's various ecosystems, with all their plants and animals, will need to shift about a quarter-mile (.42 km) per year on average to keep pace with global climate change, scientists said in a study released on Wednesday.

            • U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves an announcement on government efficiency at the White House in Washington December 21, 2009. Obama on Wednesday said disappointment in the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change summit was justified. REUTERS/Jim Young
              Obama says disappointment at Copenhagen justifiedReuters - 06:37 AM

              President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that disappointment over the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change summit was justified, hardening a widespread verdict that the conference had been a failure.

            • Iran threatens harsh penalties on dating websitesIANS - Wed, Dec 23

              Tehran, Dec 23 (DPA) The judiciary commission of the Iranian parliament Wednesday threatened providers of dating websites in the Islamic state with harsh penalties, Fars news agency reported.


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