Will Hyd be able to host both bandh and UN meet together?

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Hyderabad, Oct 1: At a time when the entire state of Andhra Pradesh is burning as violence has erupted after demand for a separate Telangana state has been raised once again by Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), Hyderabad is gearing up to host an international conference amidst large scale violence.

Hyderabad is all set to host India's first United Nations Conference on Biodiversity on Monday, Oct 1. However, the situation at the ground remains tense after Telangana march took a violent turn on Sunday. Large-scale security measures are in place to host the conference as hundreds of important delegates from across the world are likely to take part in the UN meet.

Senior police officials of Hyderabad has said that appropriate measures were in place for the conference. Members of TJAC have called for a statewide band on Monday.

The organisers of the conference said that they cannot postpone the meet as it has been already scheduled.

Moreover, the UN meet holds great importance as several issues regarding the environment and biodiversity would be discussed by the delegates.

Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan will inaugurate United Nations Conference on Biodiversity. The conference is likely to be attended by over 2,000 delegates from more than 150 countries.

"The meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP MOP 6) is scheduled first. It will discuss and adopt further decisions to ensure the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs) resulting from modern biotechnology," said a member of organising committee of the conference.

"COP MOP 6, a five-day meet will conclude on Oct 5. This will be followed by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 11) between Oct 8 and 19 and is expected to see the participation of heads of countries and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," added the member.

After Sunday's violence, TJAC has called for a 48-hour-long bandh to press their demand for a separate state.

The convenor of the JAC, M Kodandaram, said that the leaders of the Telangana JAC will sit on an indefinite hunger strike soon. "It is the responsibility for Telangana struggle on Telangana ministers," said Mr Kodandaram.

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