Grand celebration in Telengana, as it turns 1

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Hyderabad: Grand celebration rocks Telengana as the state completed one year in existence on Tuesday. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who too completes one year in office, started the day with a tribute at the Martyrs Memorial at the Gun Park in Hyderabad. Later, he unfurled the national flag and took a salute from a colourful parade at the main official function, held at the city’s Parade Grounds.

After nearly five decades of demand, campaign, politicking and protests, Telangana was formed on June 2 last year. India’s 29th state was carved out of Andhra Pradesh, triggering massive protests in the residual Seemandhra region. Over the last one year, the new state had to cope law and order issues, controversies over the government’s household survey and ban on a few television channels, the challenge of finding space for a new capital city, and lately, the spate of deaths in heat wave.

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This morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent greetings through a tweet: “My best wishes to the people of Telangana on the occasion of their Statehood Day. My best wishes for the State’s development journey.”

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