Andhra Pradesh’s smart move, hikes liquor price by 75 %

Andhra Pradesh has decided to make hay while the sun shines. Or rather, make good use of the booze-lover's thirst for the drink. After initially imposing a 25 per cent hike when the liquor shops were reopened on Monday, the YSRCP government decided to raise liquor prices by another 50 per cent on Tuesday. This … Continue reading Andhra Pradesh’s smart move, hikes liquor price by 75 %

The Migrant’s March across the heart of India

Yesterday evening, Uma Sudhir of NDTV and I, during the course of reporting, met a group of men and women, walking through Secunderabad. The group, carrying a bag or two each, were not walking a few kilometres away to the outskirts. Their destination was Sahibganj in Jharkhand. Yes, you heard it right.  Uma asked one of … Continue reading The Migrant’s March across the heart of India

The March of the Desperate Indian. Such a Long Journey

​Want to know the distance from India to Bharat? Ask Shekhar. Actually, don't. Because he would not know either. Shekhar can tell you the distance only in terms of days. Having trekked for three days now from Hyderabad, where he works as a mason, he is somewhere near the Telangana border, heading towards his home … Continue reading The March of the Desperate Indian. Such a Long Journey

Why Covid-19 is an opportunity to innovate for Indian IT industry

What has been the impact of the lockdown on the IT industry, in one of its major destinations, Hyderabad. While the disruptions have been much less compared to other traditional industries, the major takeaway is that this will lead to changes in a post-Corona world. T S Sudhir of Filter Kaapi Live spoke to Jayesh … Continue reading Why Covid-19 is an opportunity to innovate for Indian IT industry

Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. God says it’s a wrap

A few years ago, Irrfan Khan added an extra `R' to his name, probably for luck. He perhaps felt the need for the benevolence of Lady Luck, unlike say Rishi Kapoor whose family almost owned the `R' series and Lady Luck was like the presiding deity at their studios. Well, not all the time, but … Continue reading Rishi Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. God says it’s a wrap

Corona virus sneaks into Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada, 4 test positive

A few days ago, when Jaganmohan Reddy arrived to meet Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, Raj Bhavan staffers ensured that even the chief minister sanitised his hands before stepping in. But despite the abundant precautions, four staff members of Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada have tested Covid-19 positive. As a matter of abundant caution, every staffer … Continue reading Corona virus sneaks into Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada, 4 test positive

Shocking ! How much did Andhra Pradesh earn last 30 days?

For Andhra Pradesh, that was already struggling with its finances post-bifurcation in 2014, the Corona virus pandemic has hit it really hard. It is now virtually scraping the bottom of its exchequer barrel to keep the state going. The state usually generates a revenue of Rs 6000 crore.  ``But when we looked at the revenue … Continue reading Shocking ! How much did Andhra Pradesh earn last 30 days?

How Andhra handled the controversy over its purchase of Covid19 kits

For the past few days, the decision of the Andhra Pradesh government to order Covid19 rapid test kits from South Korea at a price higher than what it was sold to Chhattisgarh government, has caused much embarrassment. While the Korean supplier had quoted Rs 730 per kit for two lakh kits, Chhattisgarh had bought the … Continue reading How Andhra handled the controversy over its purchase of Covid19 kits

`The way we make and consume movies will change for ever’

``This is going to be a one and a half year long sabbatical,'' was how D Suresh Babu began the conversation over phone. Suresh Babu owns Suresh Productions, one of the biggest movie banners in India, with its celluloid footprint in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi and is mulling the impact of Covid19 on the world … Continue reading `The way we make and consume movies will change for ever’

KCR, Vijayan chart own course on lockdown, ignore Centre’s guidelines

Two states in South India - Kerala and Telangana - have decided to chart their own course in their bid to control the Corona Virus Pandemic. The methods are different, guided by the data emerging on the ground - but what is common is that both Kerala and Telangana are not entirely in sync with … Continue reading KCR, Vijayan chart own course on lockdown, ignore Centre’s guidelines

Telangana Health Minister on the Corona pandemic challenge

With over 800 Corona positive cases, Telangana is one of the states in India, causing much concern. Its capital Hyderabad, in particular, is a major hotspot.  T S Sudhir of Filter Kaapi Live spoke to Eatala Rajender, Health minister of Telangana, on the challenges he and his ministry have faced in the last couple of … Continue reading Telangana Health Minister on the Corona pandemic challenge

`Post-Corona, Indian IT sector will take off’

The Corona virus pandemic hit India when the economy was already slowing down. With the lockdown now extended till 3 May and no clear idea whether life will be back to normal on 4 May, the prognosis for the economy is grim.  T S Sudhir of Filter Kaapi Live spoke to R Ganapathi, Chairman of … Continue reading `Post-Corona, Indian IT sector will take off’

No English Medium in Andhra govt schools, says High court, sets aside GO

In the midst of its battle against the Corona virus pandemic, the Jaganmohan Reddy government has hit a legal barricade on one of its ambitious programmes. The Andhra Pradesh High court set aside the government's orders introducing English as the medium of instruction in all government schools from classes 1 to 6 from the 2020-21 … Continue reading No English Medium in Andhra govt schools, says High court, sets aside GO

Andhra Pradesh may be able to relax lockdown after 20 April

A day before the Prime Minister was to address the nation at 10 am on 14 April, Jaganmohan Reddy shot off a letter to Narendra Modi. In the letter, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh persisted with the point he made during the video conference with chief ministers. That just 81 mandals in Andhra Pradesh … Continue reading Andhra Pradesh may be able to relax lockdown after 20 April