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Monday, July 6, 1998 Published at 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK

World: South Asia

Separatist movement in Andhra Pradesh

Fifty organisations in Andhra Pradesh have launched a new movement to campaign for the creation of a separate state of Telangana.

The Telangana region is spead over nine of the twenty-three districts of Andhra Pradesh and the separatists say economic development in their region has been neglected in favour of the richer and more powerful Andhra region.

The movement was launched at a two-day conference in Hyderabad presided over by a leading civil rights activist, M T Khan, who said they were prepared for a long struggle.

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