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Tuesday, February 9, 2010


The five-member committee constituted on Telangana issue is likely to have a tenure of 1 year and its terms of reference may be made public this week. Sources said the terms of reference has been finalised by the home ministry in consultation with the chairman of the committee Justice (retd) B N Srikrishna and membersecretary Vinod K Duggal, but it will be announced only when the core group of the Congress party gives its approval. "It is a very sensitive issue. We have to be careful in every step. So we are trying our best to look into all angles before the terms of reference are announced," an official said. The government on February 2 had announced the five-member committee . The other members of the panel are Ranbir Singh, Abusaleh Shariff and Ravinder Kaur.
JAC to wait for T terms of reference
The steering committee of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of political parties on Telangana decided to wait for another two or three days before finalising its next course of action. The steering committee which was scheduled to meet on Sunday when the deadline set by the JAC for getting the resignations of Telangana MLAs accepted came to an end and decide the future course of action. But since the Congress members expressed their inability to attend the meeting, it was postponed. According to JAC convener M Kodandaram, the steering committee was of the view that they should wait for some more time for the Centre to announce the terms of reference for the Justice Srikrishna committee before announcing its action plan. He said the option of resignation was still open and would be reconsidered after the terms of reference were announced. Kodandaram said that JAC hoped that the terms of reference would be for deciding the contentious issues like finding a new capital for the Andhra region, sharing of water and other resources, etc. Replying to a question, he said that JAC was intact and the Congress was very much part of it. JAC will hold consultations with all parties before announcing its next action plan, he added.
T activists disrupt Adurs screening again

Its T versus T again. Thats Tollywood Vs Telangana supporters . After a few weeks of lull, on Monday, theatres screening Jr NTR-starrer Adurs were attacked in some districts of Telangana in protest against the statements of the film producer Kodali Nani. The trigger was Nanis statement on Sunday that it was only the TRS which had tried to stall the release of Adurs on January 13, 2010. Nani, the Gudivada TDP legislator who is close to Jr NTR had also remarked that though there was some sentiment in favour of Telangana, it was TRS leaders who were complicating matters. TRS leader Harish Rao was quick to react on Monday. We could have done lot more to prevent the release of Adurs but did not. Nani should apologise for his irresponsible statements and the film industry too should now explain such a behaviour, he said.

Taking cue from Harish Raos tough talking, T-activists went on the rampage, particularly in Warangal and Hanamkonda town tearing down posters of the film. Not only was the screening of Adhurs stopped in theatres in Warangal, Nalgonda, Nizamabad and Karimnagar but another movie Bindaas starring Mohan Babus son Manoj and released a week ago too ran into problems at Warangal and Hanamkonda as enraged T-activists attacked theatres screening them. Not to be left behind, the Telangana JAC took a strong exception to the derogatory remarks by Nani and demanded that he tender an unconditional apology. M Kodandaram , JAC convenor, demanded the Telugu film industry and Jr NTR to spell out their stand on Nani and his statements. Nanis statements were inhuman and foolish and insulted the Telangana people in the wake of the students suicides , he said and appealed to theatre owners in Telangana not to invest in films produced by anti-Telangana producers.

It may be recalled that TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Raos daughter Kavitha had openly declared on the eve Adurs release that it would not be allowed to be screened. In defence, Jr NTR came up with the vague I belong here statement to assuage the feelings of the T-agitators . With the film producer also approaching the High Court, the police provided protection to theatres screening the movie. T-agitators had been targeting shooting of films starrring Allu Arjun , as his uncle and PRP leader K Chiranjeevi had clearly stated his stance in favour of a united Andhra.

Meanwhile, fearing more losses, Tollywood bigwigs on Monday evening made an appeal to T-agitators not to target films. Representatives of the Telugu Film Producers Council, A P Film Chamber of Commerce, Movie Artistes Association (MAA) and the Film Employees Federation made the appeal at a press conference here. An individuals opinion on political matters should not be miscontrued as the decision of the Telugu film industrys trade bodies. The screening of films should not be disrupted, said noted producer D Suresh Babu. Babu is naturally concerned over the situation as his son Ranas debut film Leader got postponed several times because of the unrest over the T-issue . Akkineni Nagarjuna-starrer KD too is set for release this month. MAA president M Murali Mohan advised filmmakers to make sure to take police permission and protection during shootings.

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