News Summary: Talks to resolve power crisis fail

News Summary: Talks to end power crisis in south India fail as protests over new state go on

Associated Press

LIGHTS OUT: Indian workers angry over the decision to split the state of Andhra Pradesh in two and create the new state of Telangana protested by shutting down several state-run and private power plants.

THE PROS: Telangana supporters say their drought-prone area is underdeveloped and its residents feel discriminated against in the allocation of state funds, water and jobs. Achieving statehood will allow the future state, with 35 million people, to get the resources it needs to develop, they say.

THE CONS: The inhabitants of Andhra Pradesh say the new state, India's 29th, will divide Telugu-speaking people, lead to cuts in the state budget and create problems with water resources.

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