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KCR’s daughter Kavitha is a legislator again, wins MLC bypoll in Telangana by huge margin

Kavitha, who had been away from the political limelight since her Lok Sabha loss last year, won the Nizamabad MLC bypoll securing 728 of the 823 votes cast. 
TRS leader Kavitha Kalvakuntla | ThePrint

Money for new secretariat building not even 0.1% of Covid budget, Telangana ex-MP Kavitha says

Telangana move to build new secretariat amid Covid pandemic has drawn flak. Kavitha Kalvakuntla, ex-MP & CM KCR’s daughter, says govt hasn't started spending on project yet.
File image of K. Chandrashekar Rao | KCR/ Facebook

Accused of fleecing patients, Hyderabad pvt hospital barred from Covid treatment by KCR govt

Deccan Hospitals branch at Somajiguda, one of many private facilities accused of overcharging Covid patients, has said it will challenge the decision. 
File image of K. Chandrashekar Rao | KCR/ Facebook

Vastu-compliant secretariat in Covid times — why KCR is building new complex in Hyderabad

Earlier this month, Telangana govt began the demolition process of the old secretariat to build a new one. Opposition has questioned the timing of the move.
Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

Half of Telangana’s Covid deaths were patients without comorbidities, most of them men

The state's data, now considered one of the most comprehensive in the country so far, is significant since Covid was believed to disproportionately affect people with comorbidities.
TRS president K Chandrashekar Rao during his swearing-in ceremony | PTI

How coronavirus is exposing the ‘autocratic’ leadership of ‘missing’ CM KCR

Since the formation of Telangana, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao or KCR has governed with an authoritarian streak and the pandemic has changed little.
CPM State Committee members carry out a peaceful protest against the TRS government on Kairtabad X Road, in Hyderabad on 29 June 2020 | ANI

Now, Telangana govt says private Hyderabad lab responsible for state’s high positivity rate

The KCR govt has been at the centre of a controversy over the state's testing data, even facing allegations of fudging the numbers so they are lower.
Healthcare staff tend to a Covid-19 patient at Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Secunderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

In Telangana, KCR govt has 2 sets of Covid case numbers — the difference is nearly 3,000

Health bulletin by govt Thursday night says Telangana has 18,570 Covid cases, but live dashboard on health and government website shows 21,393 cases.
Representational image of Hyderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Telangana says private labs’ incorrect protocol, data discrepancy behind high Covid numbers

The Telangana govt released an investigative report by health officials and microbiologists which stated there were data discrepancies in the information submitted by private labs.
Representational image of Hyderabad | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Hyderabad suspends Covid testing as sample backlog ‘runs into thousands’

Clearing the backlog is likely to take 2-3 days. Hyderabad has the lowest testing among big cities, but the Telangana capital has a positivity rate of 30.6 per cent.

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Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

ICICI Bank’s profits jump six-fold for July-September quarter

The bank's net interest income increased by 16 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 9,366 crore in this year's second quarter from Rs 8,057 crore in last year's second quarter.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.