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Arunachal chief minister's chopper lands safely      Top
April 30, Vizag: A helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others made a precautionary landing in Bhutan on Saturday after it lost radio contact for close to four hours due to bad weather, an official said.

All on board are safe. "The latest information is that the helicopter carrying the chief minister probably landed somewhere in eastern Bhutan close to Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh probably due to bad weather. But the good news is that all the five on board are safe," Kiren Rijiju, the adviser to the chief minister, said.

The Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopter owned by Pawan Hans Helicopter Private Ltd took off from Tawang helipad, perched at an altitude of 11,000 feet, for state capital Itanagar at 9.50a.m. The helicopter was scheduled to land at 11.30a.m.

"The helicopter lost radio contact 20 to 25 minutes after take off when it was flying over the Sela Pass. Since then there was no word until we heard the chopper has landed somewhere along the India-Bhutan border," Arunachal Pradesh MP Takam Sanjay said.

An official at the chief minister's office said a phone call was received about the landing of the helicopter and also said all the passengers were safe.

"We don't really know under what circumstances and where exactly the helicopter landed. Could be possible it landed on some small Bhutanese airstrip. But our information is that the helicopter is flying back to Guwahati," Rijiju said.

For close to four hours, there was chaos in the state with the helicopter remaining untraced. Besides two pilots and the chief minister, a personal security officer and a woman relative of Dorjee Khandu were on board.

"Arrangements have been made at the Guwahati airport for receiving the chief minister. We don't have any details how and what happened to the helicopter," N. Deb, an Arunachal Pradesh government official in Guwahati, said.

YSR Congress Party President YS. Jagan condemns attack on Owaisi      Top
April 30, Kadapa: YSR Congress Party President YS. Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock and condemned the incident and is expected to visit healing Owaisi on Sunday.

Jagan after hearing this news has expressed deep shock and tried to fly to Hyderabad immediately but due to non availability of helicopter he is expected to travel to Bangalore by road tonight and reach Hyderabad by flight on Sunday morning to visit healing Owaisi.

Speaking to media Jagan said it is shocking news and said that Mr. Owaisi is a good leader who is working for welfare of Minorities. He asked people of Hyderabad to maintain peace and tolerance.

Ready for tie-up with BJP if it backs quota for Muslims says Jagan      Top
April 30, Kadapa: YSR Congress president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday said he was ready to join hands with BJP if the saffron party supports reservation for Muslims.

"So far, I do not have any allegiance with BJP. But if BJP agrees to support reservation for Muslims at the national level, I will join hands with them," he said.

Jagan was addressing a gathering of the minority community members at Proddatur town, 55 kms from here, ahead of the May 8 bypoll to Kadapa Lok Sabha seat, where he is one of the candidates.

Congress starts caste-wise campaign in Kadapa      Top
April 30, Kadapa: Since the Congress has no star whose image cuts across caste lines, the ruling party has formulated a caste-wise campaign in Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency in support of DL Ravindra Reddy who is contesting against YS Jaganmohan Reddy, president of YSR Congress, in the bypolls to be held on May 8.

Tours of the leaders are being finalised based on the concentration of the electorate on the basis of caste lines. While wooing the Balija community is being taken care of by ministers Botsa Satyanarayana, Kanna Lakshminarayana and senior leader C Ramachandraiah, the party has deployed ex-chief minister K Rosaiah to woo the Vysya voters in the constituency. Later next week, PRP president Chiranjeevi will also tour the district to woo the Balija voters and impart some glamour to the otherwise lacklustre campaign of the party.

Already, T G Venkatesh, the Vysya minister in the Kiran government, is camping in Proddatur assembly segment where the Vysya voters are said to be considerable in number. To garner the support of various caste groups, the Congress is concentrating in TDP strongholds of which Proddatur is one.

Akbaruddin Owaisi Out of Danger after attack      Top
April 30, Vizag: The condition of Akbaruddin Owaisi, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator from Chandrayangutta, who was injured after being shot at, was declared to be out of danger at the Owaisi Hospital on Saturday afternoon. Doctors operated upon him and removed four bullets from his body.

Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi was shot at by assailants suspected to be belonging to a group led by Mohammed Pehlwan at Barkas in the morning. Ibrahim Ali, 25, suspected to be one of the assailants, was shot dead by the gunman of another MLA who was travelling in Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi's jeep. Tension has eased in the old city areas after police made repeated announcements about the safe condition of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi.

Chief Minsiter N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy along with DGP K. Aravinda Rao rushed to the Owaisi Hospital.

YSR Congress Party President YS. Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed shock and condemned the incident and is expected to visit healing Owaisi on sunday.

It now emerged that a group of nine assailants attacked Akabaruddin Owaisi's vehicle in which another MIM legislator Balala and some others were travelling at Barkas. They hit the jeep with a scooter and as it screeched to a halt, the assailants wielding swords attacked the passengers who included Akbaruddin Owaisi, another legislator Balala and other some others, police said quoting preliminary reports.

The gunman of Mr. Balala was reported to have opened fire in which three assailants sustained bullet injuries. They were rushed to Yashoda hospital in Malakpet where one of them, identified as Abdullah died. Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi had refused to take protection from the police department, sources said.

Following the attack, a large number of people gathered at the Owaisi Hospital. Traffic flow was disrupted on the Santoshnagar main road after agitated MIM workers targeted some RTC buses. However, situation returned to normalcy as news about safe condition of Akbaruddin Owaisi was released by hospital authorities.

Asaduddin Owaisi, MP, and elder brother of Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi air-dashed to Hyderabad from Delhi. Mr. Asaduddin Owaisi is also the president of the AIMIM, which has won seven MLAs in Andhra Pradesh.

Helicopter with Arunachal Chief Minister goes Missing      Top
April 30, Vizag: A helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu and four others, including two crew members, from Tawang has gone missing immediately after take-off this morning.

Khandu, accompanied by two of his personal aides, had taken off from Tawang at 9:56 am and was to land at Itanagar at 11:30 am. It was last sighted at Sela Pass, 20 minutes after taking off from Tawang, defence sources in Shillong said.

DIG Robin Hibu said the helicopter went missing after take-off. The air force has pressed into service two helicopters in search operations to locate the missing chopper.

56-year-old Khandu, who had served in the intelligence wing of the Indian Army, was sworn on April 9, 2007 as the fifth chief minister of the state, replacing Gegong Apang.

This is the third helicopter to get into trouble in the Northeast in the last fortnight.

In the April 19 incident, a Pawan Hans helicopter crashed in the mountains of Tawang, bordering Tibet, killing all 17 people on board.

The helicopter crashed not far away from the helipad and the DGCA had found that proper fire-fighting facilities could have saved lives.

In the other incident, an army helicopter crashed near Gangtok killing four occupants on board.

The helicopter was flying from Guwahati to Itanagar via Tawang, Pawan Hans sources said.

Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said in Delhi that 'there is no trace of the missing helicopter yet. Weather is very bad. So, the rescue teams are trying to locate the helicopter'.

The chopper was a Eurocopter B-3 and was just 4-5 months old. It was based in Itanagar. (DC)

FLASH Akbaruddin Owaisi Shot at Close Range: City on High Alert      Top
Akbaruddin OwaisiApril 30, Vizag: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader and Andhra Pradesh legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi was attacked by unidentified persons in Hyderabad on Saturday at 11:15 AM.

The Chandrayangutta legislator is floor leader of the party in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.

Akabaruddin, the brother of MIM President MP Assadudin Owaisi has been a admitted to the Owaisi Hospital in Santosh Nagar with grievous injuries.

The police are suspecting local political rivalry as the reason for the attack. A Local goon, Muhammad's hand is suspected in this incedent. The incident took place when Owaisi was visiting his Chandrayangutta assembly constituency in the old city of Hyderabad.

His condition is said to be critical and more news on his condition is awaited. Hyderbad City is on high alert following this incident.

Police forces, including personnel from paramilitary Rapid Action Force, were rushed to the communally sensitive area.

Shopkeepers downed shutters in various parts of the old city as the news of the assassination attempt on the young leader spread like wild fire. Senior police officers, with large number of personnel, took control of Owaisi Hospital in Santoshnagar area where Akbaruddin has been admitted in a serious condition.

MIM leaders and activists in large numbers were seen heading towards the hospital.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy held a meeting with state Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy and Director General of Police K. Aravinda Rao at the state secretariat to

KCR Says People will throw Congress Party in Bay of Bengal      Top
KCR April 30, Hyderabad: TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Friday said, People of Telangana will throw congress party into Bay Of Bengal Sea if it doesn't approve Telangana statehood.

He said that there was no question of merging his party with the Congress even if the UPA government makes it a pre-condition for bifurcation of the state.

Addressing party delegates on the occasion of the party's 10th anniversary celebrations in Mahbubnagar, KCR condemned reports that TRS would be merged with Congress after the creation of Telangana. He questioned the need for merging a strong political party with the Congress. "Congress party in the state is headed by D Srinivas who was defeated in the recent by polls."How can a strong TRS merge with a party whose state president was defeated by us," he said.

Rao also ruled out the possibility of a poll alliance with any party in future. "Once Telangana is created, TRS will emerge as a stronger political force and will strive to develop the new state."

The TRS president called upon the rank and file to get ready for mid-term polls and exuded confidence that in such an eventuality, TRS would win majority of the seats from Telangana. He said, it would win at least 70 to 80 seats out of the 119 assembly seats.

He also called upon the cadre to gear up for the local body elections. "TRS should sweep the polls by defeating the Congress and the TDP since both are anti-Telangana parties," he said.

KCR also said that he will undertake yatras in all the districts before launching the next phase of the Telangana movement in May. The party politburo is scheduled to meet next week to chalk out an action plan for the next phase of agitation.

The meeting adopted 27 resolutions, including the introduction of a Telangana Bill in Parliament, scrapping of GO-177 that bans agitation by government employees and withdrawal of cases against Telangana students.

Congress leader Tulasi Reddy gets mega shock      Top
April 30, Kadapa: Kadapa Congress local leader Tulasi Reddy gets mega shock on Friday at Kadapa election campaign by Chiranjeevi.

Chiranjeevi ignored Tulasi Reddy by not mentioning his name while referring all other leaders names at Kadapa by-elections on Friday. This made Tulasi Reddy angry and he boycotted Chiru's campaign and left the scene.

This was noticed by Vivekananda Reddy and tried to pacify Tulasi Reddy but his efforts go in vein.

It is heard that Tulasi Reddy and his followers are now dead against Chiranjeevi who in 2009 elections have criticized congress heavily and now campaigning for them in Kadapa.

Unfriendly welcome for new India Coach      Top
April 30, New Delhi: India's newly appointed coach Duncan Fletcher on Thursday got a taste of the challenges he faces when two senior former players said a fellow countryman should have got the job instead.

Fletcher, a former Zimbabwean all-rounder who rose to prominence during his eight-year stint as England coach, was awarded a two-year contract Wednesday by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian captains and influential voices in the cricket establishment, expressed displeasure over Fletcher's appointment.

"Who is Duncan Fletcher?" Dev told the Hindustan Times newspaper. "I would like to see Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh (former India players) as coaches of the Indian team. Not because they are Indians but because they did a great job at the T20 World Cup in 2007."

Gavaskar said former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath, who played a key role in guiding the team to their first World Cup win in 1983, should have been picked. "Someone like Amarnath would have been a better choice for the simple reason that the core of the Indian team today is from the Hindi-speaking belt," he told the NDTV news channel. "He would have got on brilliantly with this group as well as the seniors. It would have been a lot easier for Amarnath to understand and interact with the players.

"There is a perception and a wrong one that an Indian (coach) can be influenced and that he will get involved in politics. You are presuming that he cannot be a strong person."

Babu, Chiru, Vundavalli fires their guns at YS Jagan      Top
April 30, Kadapa: Today Chandrababu Naidu, Chiranjeevi and Vundavalli Arun Kumar made allegations against YS Jagan who is contesting in Kadapa by-elections.

Babu speaking in Kadapa constituency as part of election campaign for their party candidate has said that that their main fight is with YS Jagan and said, Jagan as acquired millions of rupees from his father and using his money power to buy votes but voters are clearly with TDP.

Very few people were seen at Babu's election campaigns. During his speech he is seen requesting people to shout out in support of TDP when he saw very less response from people. He said that it's good for health to shout and clap hands and asked them to do so and repeatedly tried to encourage people.

Chiranjeevi today started his campaign in Kadapa and he was welcomed with eggs by people of Kadapa. He tried to make allegations against YS Jagan by saying that Jagan is head strong and hungry for power while Sonia is true leader. He also said, YS Jagan has sent his men to him while his father body is still at home for his support to him. People upon listening to these baseless words started shouting against Chiranjeevi and thrown eggs at him and with huge slogans they showed their support YS Jagan.

Meanwhile in Delhi, Vundavalli Arun Kumar tried his best to make false allegations against Jagan.

Jeevita and Rajasekhar quit Jagan's party      Top
April 29, Hyderabad: Jeevitha and Rajasekhar who are known to be anti Chiranjeevi and pro Y S Rajasekhar Reddy camp have announced on Friday that they are quitting Y S R Congress. Jeevitha and Rajasekhar had quit Congress party soon after Chiranjeevi announced the merger of PRP in Congress. They had then declared their support to Y S Jagan.

Rajasekhar alleged that Jagan had humiliated them both recently and hence they decided to stay away from him.

"Recently when Y S Jagan held Jaladeeksha at Vijayawada, we both went there. After that when there was deeksha at New Delhi, Jagan asked both of us not to come. We didn't understand why he said that. After a few days he told me that people got diverted at Vijayawada deeksha looking at me in Jeans trousers and hence asked me to stay away from politics. I found it silly. We also feel that he is corrupt politician and decided to stay away from him.

YSR Congress Party leaders condemned Actor couple's allegations and said, the couple's attitude clearly shows that they got sold out and as a part of conspiracy again Jagan by yellow media they are making all these baseless allegations.

Andhra Pradesh ACB arrests Tehsildar, Asst Director in Vizag Dist.      Top
April 29, Yelamanchili, Vizag Dist: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) today unearthed disproportionate assets worth over Rs 1.25 crore, allegedly belonging to an Assistant Director (Agriculture).

In another case, it arrested a Tehsildar for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 15,000. After registering a case against V Prasad, Assistant Director (Agriculture) in Yelamanchili in Visakhapatnam district, ACB carried out simultaneous searches at his and his relatives' residences, unearthing assets to the tune of Rs 1.25 crore, an official said. The searches revealed that Prasad owned two buildings, eleven house plots, 23 acres of agricultural land, four commercial vehicles and a car.

Market value of the assets could be up to Rs 5-6 crore, according to ACB. In the other case, ACB officers arrested the Tehsildar of Toopran Mandal in Medak District after he was trapped while accepting bribe of Rs 15,000. T Ramachary, the Tehsildar, was trapped at his residence last evening, when he demanded and accepted the bribe from the complainant to issue order for correction of land records. PTI VVK

Royal Wedding: Prince William weds Kate Middleton      Top
Prince Willams, KateApril 29, London: Stars from the world of movies, music, and sport brought a touch of showbiz glamour to Britain's royal wedding on Friday (29Apr11).

Close pals of Prince William and Kate Middleton, including Sir Elton John, soccer ace David Beckham and his wife Victoria, and film director Guy Ritchie, were in attendance at Westminster Abbey to witness the nuptials.

Among the 1,900 guests at the service were an array of famous faces, including singer Joss Stone, funnyman Rowan Atkinson, and Prince Harry's on/off girlfriend Chelsy Davy.

Los Angeles Galaxy star Beckham was proudly sporting his Order of the British Empire medal on the lapel of his sombre grey bespoke Ralph Lauren suit, while his singer-turned-fashion designer wife Victoria wore a dress from her own collection teamed with a Philip Treacy hat.

Before the proceedings began, the couple was seen laughing and chatting to Snatch director Ritchie as other guests filed into the venue.

Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish became the first civil partnership couple to attend a British royal wedding when they arrived shortly before 10am local time. The Rocket Man smiled at cheering well-wishers as he strode into the abbey wearing a bespoke Richard James morning suit. Furnish was wearing a bespoke suit by Henry Paul.

Other well-known guests at the nuptials included British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and socialite/TV presenter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who looked elegant in an eye-catching electric blue dress and Stephen Jones hat.

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AU SDE starts MBA in Hospital Administration Course      Top
April 29, Vizag: Andhra University School of Distance Education has started a new three years MBA in Hospital Administration Course.

Andhra University Vice-Chancellor has said this in a press meet held on Thursday here at CNet Mandir, AU.

To join this course one has to qualify on AUCET and should have 10 years of experience Hospital related work. Fee has been set at Rs. 15,000.

Vizag stands at 3rd in Second Inter Results      Top
April 29, Vizag: Vizag district stood at 3rd place in Andhra Pradesh. 70% of Vizag Intermediate students have passed in 2011 finals examinations.

Girls stood at top in results. Upper Sileru has bagged first position in Vizag district with 100% pass rate, while Paderu stood last.

Toppers in Vizag District are, Sai Manjira, MPC (983) Sri Chaitanya College, Padala Ramesh, MPC(983) Sri Chaitanya College, CH. Sudhakar, MPC (983) Narayana College, MVNL. Sneha, MPC(983) Sri Surya College.

MP Hanumantha Rao asks Jagan to win without Campaign      Top
April 29, Hyderabad: Congress (I) MP, Hanumantha Rao speaking to media said, why Jagan is going to every corner of Kadapa to request votes when his Party leaders claim that he will win the elections for sure.

He said, we have seen Jagan Paadayaatra fetching huge crowds, 100's of vehicles and media hype but in Kadapa, people won't vote for Jagan following this hype. Congress will win for sure.

Hitting out at Hanumantha Rao comments, YSR Congress Party Leaders have said, Hanumantha Rao has lost his mind by asking Jagan not to go to people and win the elections. He has forgot that, it is a leaders responsibility and tradition to reach out to people and request them votes by giving them assurance on what he can do for them. They also lashed out at congress party high command saying, YS Jagan is not like congress party high command who sits at home in Delhi and asks peoples vote.

They Said, it's better for Hanumantha Rao to have a medical checkup for his mental condition cause, he is speaking rubbish and making mindless allegations lately.

Deadliest tornadoes in America kills 297      Top
Tornado, USAApril 29, Iowa, United States: More than 297 people have been killed across seven southern states by some of the worst tornadoes ever to strike the United States.

Here is a list of the deadliest tornado days in America's recorded history:
1. 747 deaths - March 18, 1925 - The Tri-State Tornado, The deadliest single tornado in American history claims 695 lives as the monster twister crosses Missouri, southern Illinois and into southwestern Indiana. The wider tornado outbreak leaves 747 people dead.

2. 332 deaths - March 21, 1932 - The Deep South tornado outbreak, Tornadoes are produced from Texas to South Carolina, 270 of the dead are in Alabama alone.

3. 317 deaths - May 17, 1840 - The Great Natchez Tornado, The second deadliest single tornado in US history strikes the Mississippi town of Natchez, killing 317 people. Most of the dead are killed on flatboats on the river.

4. 310 deaths - April 3, 1974 - The "Super Outbreak", The largest tornado outbreak on record claims 310 lives as 148 confirmed tornadoes over a 24-hour period rage across 13 US states.

5. 305 deaths - May 27, 1896 - St. Louis-East St. Louis tornado, Rounding off a deadly two-week storm period, 305 people are killed by tornadoes in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.

6. 260 deaths - April 11, 1965 - The Palm Sunday outbreak, Some 50 twisters hit the Midwest, killing 260 people and leaving more than 1,000 injured in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

7. 249 deaths - April 5, 1936 - Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak, Most of the 249 people killed are in one Mississippi town, Tupelo.

8. 224 deaths - April 20, 1920 - Alabama-Mississippi: The deadly tornado-packed spring of 1920 ends with 224 people killed in an unusual early morning outbreak in Alabama and Mississippi.

9. 220 deaths - April 24, 1908 - Dixie tornado outbreak Dozens of twisters stretching from South Dakota to Texas leave 220 dead. 10. 205 deaths - April 6, 1936 - Gainesville tornado: The day after 249 people are killed in Tupelo, Mississippi (see 7. above), another 205 people are killed by a single tornado, nearly all of them in the city of Gainesville, Georgia.

Source: The Severe Storms Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Vamsikrishna Srinivas pays homage to YSR      Top
VamsikrishnaApril 28, Kadapa: Vizag YSR Congress Leader Sri. Vamsikrishna Srinivas along with his followers has paid homage to Late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Sri. Y.S.Rajashekara Reddy at Idupulapaya Estate YSR Ghat on Tuesday.

Presently Vamsikrishna Srinivas is in Kadapa overseeing election campaign for YS. Jagan and Smt. Vijayamma.

Other Vizag YSR Congress leaders present with him are, Raja Reddy, Laxman, Kampa Hanoku, Ramakrishna, Pothala Prasad, Ravi Kumar.

Flash: Satya Sai Baba's Coffin was ordered 20 days before his death      Top
Satya Sai Baba's CoffinApril 27, Puttaparthi: Satya Sai Baba Trust is in trouble again. It has been learnt by media that Satya Sai Baba trust has ordered for a Coffin 20 days before Baba's death. Coffin was ordered on April 4th which was supplied on April 5th by Kumar and Co. of Coimbatore.

Questions now arise on Baba's health condition and his death date. There are many allegations on trust members by devotees. They said, trust members have hidden Baba's health condition, his death date and also were involved in transferring Sathya Sai Baba's Wealth and Money to different locations and also there allegations that only after transferring all money, gold and diamonds trust members have declared Baba's death to Public.

There are allegations on Political leaders too. It is heard that many politicians from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Central government are involved in this scandal.

Now severe doubts arise in Devotees mind on exact date of Baba's death.

TDP, Congress Request Denied by Election Commission in Kadapa      Top
April 27, Kadapa: Election Commission has denied TDP and Congress Parties request to allow election agents from other regions for Kadapa by-elections. EC has made it clear that they cannot have election agents from other then Kadapa district where elections are conducted.

Election commission is also enquiring on allegations against Congress MLA TG. Venkatesh's money distribution and Lingala Sub inspector support to ruling party congress.

Vizag BJP Leaders Demands GVMC to implement High court Orders      Top
April 27, Vizag: Vizag City BJP president M. Nagendra along with other BJP leaders on Tuesday met GVMC additional Commissioner P. Puranchandra Rao and submitted a request form to implement High Court orders immediately. High Court has issued an order to Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation (GVMC) to halt the property tax hike they have issued earlier.

BJP has demanded GVMC to immediately implement court order and said to limit the increase in property tax to75% only according to high court orders.

GVMC has earlier increased the property tax by 500% in Vizag City

Leaders participated in this event are, BJYM National coordinator PVS Madhav, BJP state leader T-subbirami Reddy, SVS. Prakash Reddy, K. Rajakumari, Budha Laxminaraya, M. Krishnamraju, Saripalli Sri Ramamurthy.

TDP Corporators Land Grabbing Feats increase in Vizag      Top
April 27, Vizag: Leaving all promises they made to protect city lands and properties when elected to GVMC. Telugu Desam Party leaders and Corporators are busy with land grabbing feats in Vizag City.

Mainly in Visakha east constituency where the elected MLA is TDP candidate land grabbing has increased drastically, TDP leaders along with their followers are eying on vacant government lands in city and occupying them illegally and warning officers who try to stop them.

Vizag city used to be a serene place with peaceful environment but now the scene has completely changed. These leaders are grabbing every land that is vacant and creating terror.

Recently, former GVMC TDP Floor leader Nalluri Bhaskar rao has occupied BRTS corridor land and is running cattle business there. Due to differences between TDP MLA Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu and Nalluri regarding the land grabbing issues, MLA Velagapudi has used his power and made GVMC officers destroy the structures erupted at BRTS land by Nalluri Bhaskar rao and Nalluri is trying all possible ways to get it back.

In MVP Colony sector 6, 8th Ward, near Anjeneya colony, land allotted to backward classes was illegally occupied by TDP floor leader Chode Venkata Pattabhiram.

Other TDP leader Ommi Sanyasi rao is already deeply involved in land grabbing cases. He as acquired 1571 sq ft of land in BRTS from GVMC by false claims. The lands he showed as he lost were earlier illegally occupied by him from APIIC lands.

Other TDP leaders involved in land grabbing cases are Alla Srinivas, 15th ward Corporator Palli Vijayalaxmi, her husband Taxi Raju, Budhala Anuradha, Pila Muthyala Naidu, Botta Nilima.

In spite of all the allegations against TDP leaders, Visakhapatnam GVMC is silent and not taking any action on them. People are worried about these land grabbing feats by TDP leaders and said, GVMC leaders should act now and get back the land occupied and allot it to right owners. Source: sakshi

DMK Supports Kanimozhi , decides to fight 2G Case legally      Top
KanimozhiApril 27, Chennai: The DMK on Wednesday expressed surprise that chief minister and party president M Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi and the Kalaingar TV managing director Sharad Kumar have been named in the CBI charge sheet in the 2G spectrum case and said there was an attempt to defame the DMK and its leader. This was part of a key resolution passed by the party's high-level committee which met this morning.

Going soft on its ally, the Congress, the DMK resolution said, "We will face the case legally. There is an attempt to defame the DMK and its leader M Karunanidhi." It also hit out at the media and some political parties for trying to break the UPA alliance through their "false campaign" against the party. "The party is aware of this kind of smear campaign and it will take legal action in this issue," it added.

Earlier, in a show of support, Karunanidhi went to his CIT Colony residence in the city where his daughter lives, picked her up and arrived at the Anna Arivalayam, the DMK headquarters at 10.10am, to take part in the meeting. Besides Karunanidhi, his daughter Kanimozhi, his two sons, MK Alagiri and MK Stalin, and grandnephew Dayanidhi Maran, are all members of the DMK's 30-member high-level committee.

Later, talking to the media, Karunnaidhi said, "Our legal team will decide on moving anticipatory bail (for Kanimozhi and Sharad Kumar). We are not like Jayalalithaa (who is facing a couple of corruption cases). We will face it." To a query, he said, "It is not an embarrassment for the party and we will never face embarrassment."

Devotees grieve as Sai Baba laid to rest in Puttaparthi      Top
sathya saibabaApril 27, Puttaparthi: Sathya Sai Baba was laid to rest in the form of a samadhi at his ashram in Puttaparthi on Wednesday. The final rites were performed by Sai Baba's nephew RJ Ratnakar guided by nine priests, adhering to strict traditional rituals and vedic chants at Sai Kulwanth Hall, which was closed for the public during the ceremony.

Close devotees of the spiritual guru, - considered by many as the reincarnation of Shirdi Sai Baba, witnessed the rituals with tears rolling down their eyes as he was buried before with full state honours.

BJP leaders LK Advani and Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narsimhan, Punjab Governor Shivraj V Patil, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kirankumar Reddy, his Karnataka counterpart BS Yeddyurappa, were among the dignitaries present during the closed door ceremony.

The ceremony was preceded by chanting of verses by religious leaders of Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity and Baha'i.

Sai Baba was offered nine kinds of foodgrains, water from nine rivers and nine precious stones - symbolizing the nine planets. A cow was donated before the body was buried.

Lakhs of devotees have been flocking the ashram, Prashanthi Nilayam, since Sai Baba passed away following multi-organ failure on Sunday. But the streets wore a deserted look during the ceremony, which was telecast live by the local television channels.

The general public would be allowed to offer prayers at the samadhi from noon.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust plans to construct a temple at the samadhi site, in lines similar to Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Maharashtra.

Devotees pour into Puttaparthi, Final darshan extended      Top
satya sai babaApril 26, Vizag: Thousands of Devotees board the special train from Visakhapatnam to Puttaparthi to pay their last respects to spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba.

With devotees continuing to surge into the town to offer their homage to the late Sathya Sai Baba, authorities on Tuesday extended the final darshan timing till midnight.

Three special trains from Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada brought in a large number of devotees to the town on the final day of darshan.

Inspector General (Rayalaseema Region) Santosh Mehra said the darshan timing, which was to end at 6 pm today, has been extended till about midnight.

"Devotees are standing in queue of about 1.5 km and their arrival is on the rise. We are trying to ensure that all devotees have an opportunity to have final glimpse of Sai Baba," who passed away on Sunday after battling multi-organ failure, he said.

"We have spoken to Sai Trust authorities with regards to the extension of darshan timings from 6 pm till midnight and they have agreed for the same," he said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna are among the VVIPs who are expected to visit the town this evening to offer their tributes to Sai Baba.

Sai Baba would be buried in the Sai Kulwanth Hall here with full state honours between 9 and 9.30 am on Wednesday.

Devotees put to hardship
Ordinary devotees flocking Prasanthi Nilayam here for a final darshan of Sathya Sai Baba are left disappointed as they are unable to catch a glimpse of his mortal remains even as the rich and the mighty are being extended special privileges to get closer to his body.

The queue lines for the common devotees are blocked at least 30 feet away from the glass casket in which the Baba's body is lying, depriving them of a clear view.

Added to this, a platform erected for a lone camera, along with the equipment and the cameraman too are blocking the view for the devotees, leaving them totally anguished.

VIPs apart, only a select few are being allowed to go near the Baba's body for a clear darshan.

"We came all the way from Payakaraopet in Visakhapatnam district and stood in the serpentine queue for more than three hours in the wee hours today.

"In the end, as we entered the Sai Kulwanth Hall, we could hardly catch a glimpse of the Baba's body.All we could see from the distance was the Baba's orange robes as the face was not at all visible," complained N Appalanaidu.

Yashoda Hospitals conducts live surgery workshop in Vizag      Top
April 26, Vizag: Yashoda Hospitals, one of the leading hospital groups in Andhra Pradesh, conducted a live surgery workshop and scientific symposium across five specialties in Visakhapatnam recently.

According Yashoda Hospital, three live surgical procedures in three different specialities such as cardiology, vascular surgery and orthopaedics were broadcasted, from the operation theatres in Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad to the participants in Visakhapatnam. A two-way communication was made available to facilitate interaction between the surgeons and the participants during the live procedures.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr G S Rao, managing director, Yashoda Group of Hospital, said, "We have chosen Visakhapatnam for this unique workshop owing to its exponential growth in healthcare in the recent past. With mushrooming of healthcare facilities supported by government as well as private institutions, this town is slowly evolving to be a major medical hub, fulfilling the growing demand for quality healthcare in the region. Live Surgery Workshops and Symposiums can be valuable platforms to carry forward the tradition of excellence, quality, openness and fellowship in the healthcare industry."

Adding further he said the hospital's initiative is a small step in keeping with its aim to increase awareness on medical advancements by sharing our vast knowledge gained over two decades of extensive experience in most advanced diagnostics, treatments and therapies. The workshop and symposium is based on free-exchange of knowledge obtained from the hospital's combined wisdom pool of over 700 doctors from Yashoda in different specialties, across three hospitals.

A scientific symposium with two sessions on radiation oncology and neurology were also organised as part of the workshop. The symposium focused on presenting and critically assessing recent advances and key topics in these specialties to enhance the knowledge of the participants.

It included interactive lectures delivered in radiation oncology by Dr. C H. Srinivas, Radiation Oncologist, on 'Modern day management of cancer' and in Neurology on 'Recent advances in the treatment of acute Ischaemic Stroke - first 12 hours' by Dr Jaydip Ray Chaudhuri, Neurologist.

Sachin Tendulkar bursts into Tears      Top
Sachin, Satya Sai BabaApril 26:Sachin Tendulkar bursts into tears at Puttaparthi upon seeing Baba's body.

Sachin Tendulkar along with his wife on Monday visited Puttaparthi to have last glimpse of his beloved mystic Bhagwan Sri Satya Saibaba who has passed away on Sunday morning. Upon seeing Baba's lifeless body, Sachin's heart was filled with utter grief and couldn't control but burst into tears.

Baba trust members tried to console him by saying, Baba has only left his body but is always present with us, so one shouldn't grieve.

Sachin always carries Baba's photo in his cricket gear kit bag where ever he goes. Sunil Gavaskar also payed homage to Satya Sai Baba.

Nalco to set up refinery plant in Vizag      Top
April 26, Vizag (TOI): National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco), India's leading manufacturer and exporter of alumina and aluminium, is likely to set up its refinery near Makavarapalem in Visakhapatnam district.

The site for the refinery is likely to be finalised by the authorities soon. A major chunk of land at Rachapalli panchayat near Makavarapalem mandal has been identified where the private Anrak company is busy constructing its alumina refinery.

Nalco had got the central government's approval to mine bauxite for its proposed alumina refinery in Visakhapatnam 20 months ago. With the approval, Nalco would be able to mine an estimated deposits of 85 million tonnes of bauxite reserves in Gudem of G K Veedhi mandal in Visakha Agency and Katamraju Konda in East Godavari district.

The 1.4 million metric tonne capacity green field refinery at an estimated investment of more than Rs 4000 crore is expected to be commissioned in next three years, a senior officer of Nalco told TOI over phone from Bhubaneswar.

Nalco has already conducted a survey for the site to set up refinery in the district. "We have visited two places near Narsipatnam for the plant a year ago. The sites were near Makavarapalem and it would be finalised soon," he said.

The APIIC and the revenue authorities have started their exercise of identifying the land at Rachapalli, Koduru panchayats and Erakannapalem village area, sources said. The authorities have identified a major chunk of barren land, 1500 acres, at Rachapalli panchayat and another 200 acres of barren land at Koduru panachayat, they said. "They would need 200 acres from the farmers at Erakannapalem," sources revealed.

It is, however, estimated that the plant needs nearly 2000 acres. Setting up an alumina plant at the vicinity of another upcoming plant would not be a problem to both the companies, a senior officer of APIIC said. "Both companies would have their own strategies, marketing plans and the clients. Nalco, the leading exporter and well established company, would not be a competitor to any new company," he said.

High Court stays property tax hike by GVMC      Top
April 26: The High Court division bench comprised of Justice V.V.S. Rao and Justice Ramesh Ranganath issued interim orders on Monday staying the property tax hike by the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation and ordered that the hike should not be more than 75 per cent, said the CPM floor leader, Ms Botta Eswaramma.

The CPM corporators, pre-sidents of apartment owners' welfare association cha-llenged the GVMC tax hike which they said was from 100 to 800 per cent and aga-inst the rules. The petitioners said the GVMC violated the rules framed by the government regarding tax hike and also a resolution passed by the council in its meeting held on February 11, 2010. Government issued GO No 863 in 2002 and 2007 in which ceiling was imposed on the tax hike. This GO was also ignored by the corporation. It also violated the rule no 9, 10 and 11 Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act of 1956 on tax assessment.

Ms Eswaramma said the Congress-ruled council violated all the rules and Acts and took a unilateral decision to hike the tax. "It is unfortunate that the council deliberately ignored the rules framed by the government," she said. Based on the interim orders, the CPM demanded that the corporation should serve fresh tax notices implementing the 75 per cent ceiling and return the money to the assesses who had paid the excess amount.

Ms Eswaramma also demanded that the mayor, Mr Pulusu Janardhana Rao, should convene a council meeting to discuss the implementation of the order. Apart from the CPM corporators, others who impleaded in the case include the vice-president of Visakha Apartments Residents' Welfare Association, Mr G. Vijay Kumar, the Kakaninagar Residential Welfare Association secretary, Ms V. Prabhavathy and the Sheelanagar Upkeep Welfare Association president, Mr K. Mallikarjuna Rao.

Indian man working in Australia found murdered      Top
April 26: A man from Punjab working in Australia was found murdered in his house in Melbourne,according to information received by his family.

Lakhwinder Singh was found stabbed to death in Rushworth,Victoria on Friday.He had migrated to Australia in 2007 with his wife,and had moved to Melbourne only two months ago.He was earlier living in Brisbane in Queensland.

The Australian Police have arrested Thy Sok,a 37-year-old man,and charged him with Lakhwinder's murder.Thy Sok has been remanded in custody until Wednesday when he will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court.It is believed Sok and Lakhwinder knew each other. According to the Melbourne police,Lakhwinder was working as a helper in a farm near Melbourne and expected to return to India within a few days.His wife,Beant Kaur,had returned from Australia earlier this month.

We got a phone call on Friday from our relative that Lakhwinder had died.This was shocking for us.We have no details of the incident, his brother Kulwinder Singh said in Patiala district,where Lakhwinder hails from. We are too shocked.I don't know how this has happened so suddenly.He had no enmity with anyone, his distraught wife said. The Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to India,Lachlan Strahan,on Saturday said that the killing is a tragic incident.

According to diplomatic sources,Australian authorities have contacted Lakhwinder's wife.

Andhra Pradesh to urge AICTE to cancel second shift      Top
April 26, Hyderabad: Senior officials from the higher education department will meet the chairman of All India Council for Technical Education, Prof. S.S. Mantha, and other officials in New Delhi on Monday to check the feasibility of setting of more engineering colleges in the state ahead of the new academic year.

The principal secretary of higher education, Mr C.R. Biswal, the commissioner for technical education, Mr Laxminarayana and the vice-chancellor of JNTU-Hyderabad, Prof. D.N. Reddy, will submit a letter on behalf of the state government urging the AICTE not to grant second shift and additional sections in the existing engineering colleges and discourage the setting up of new colleges in the state this year.

The team will submit statistics on availability of engineering seats and actual demand to prove the "gross mismatch" between the two. The delegation will inform the AICTE that the state already has 707 engineering colleges with an intake of about three lakh seats and last year nearly one lakh seats went vacant due to poor demand. Several engineering colleges located in the districts and semi-urban areas are heading for closure while colleges located in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam have been seeking additional sections based on "locational advantage".

The team will also request the AICTE to fix a cut-off date for approvals and renewals this year to avoid delay in admissions process.

International MODO Hotels in Vizag      Top
April 26, Atlanta, USA: International Lifestyle brand MODO is planning to set up a Hotel in Vizag.

New lifestyle brand MODO is jumping out of the gate with a three-pronged development plan that will combine new builds and conversions on three continents.

Construction on a budget version of the Bauhaus loft-inspired brand will begin this July in India, where MODO Hotels LLC is partnering with Chennai, India-based Auromatrix Hotels Limited. The company announced in January it struck a deal with BridgeRock Capital Management to develop its full-service offering in Brazil.

And only a few weeks ago, the company entered into an agreement with Antares Investment Partners to bring the design-centric brand to major cities throughout the United States, including target markets New York, Miami, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, Atlanta, and Nashville, Tennessee.

The development strategy in the U.S. will comprise both new builds and conversions, said John Russell, CEO of MODO.

Global development
The first MODO hotel-a smaller, select-service type product-will break ground in India this July, where MODO Hotels has partnered with Auromatrix. During the next three years, five or more hotels will launch under this budget-conscious concept. The companies are targeting development in the country's major cities of Chennai, Tuticorin, Kakinada, Vizag and Vellore.

In Brazil, MODO is working with BridgeRock to develop a minimum of five full-service hotels during the next three years. Here, growth is focused on the country's fastest-growing cities of São Paulo, Campinas, Curitiba, Vitoria and Manaus.

Full-service MODO hotels will house 100 or more rooms, a full-service restaurant, pool, meeting and event space, library, retail shop and gym. Hotels rates will be mid-tier, from US$90 to US$150 per night in the U.S. and will scale higher in major gateway cities.

ING Life ties up with Vizag co-op bank       Top
April 25, Vizag: ING Life India, part of the ING Group, has tied up with Visakhapatnam District Central Co-op Bank in Andhra Pradesh.

The tie-up gives access to ING Life India to make its products available to more than 60,000 customers of the co-op bank through its 28 branches spread across Visakhapatnam, Anakapalli, Narsipatnam and Yelamanchili.

Commenting on the tie-up, T K Uthappa, director - sales, ING Life India, said, "ING Life India has a strong network of tie-ups with co-operative banks across India. We have been keen to develop our network in Andhra Pradesh, and this tie-up gives us the right start in the region to reach out to our customers to help them manage their financial future."

Visakhapatnam District Central Co-op Bank is the fifth district central cooperative bank that the company has tied up with in AP.

B Satya Rao, chairman, Visakhapatnam District Central Coop Bank, said, "With the tie up we will now be able to add one more service to our customers by offering life insurance products." (BS)

Visakhapatnam Steel targets 20 MT capacity by 2021      Top
April 25, Vizag (PTI): Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) plans to expand its capacity and produce 20 million tonnes (MT) of steel by 2020-21, with an investment of Rs 1 lakh crore, a top executive of the public sector firm said today.

With a land bank of 20,000 acres, excellent infrastructure and logistics, and skilled workforce, the company plans to achieve up to 20 MT production, with a total capital investment of Rs 1 lakh crore by 2020-21, VSP Chairman and Managing Director P K Bishnoi said.

This would make the facility Number 1 steel plant in the world, he said, addressing the customers and suppliers at the ''Partners Summit 2011'' at Ukkunagaram near here.

Bishnoi said the steel plant, which was conferred Navratna status last year, was now doubling its capacity to 6.3 MT per annum (MTPA) at a cost of Rs 12,500 crore, which would be operational by 2011-12.

The plant, with the present output capacity of 3 MTPA of liquid steel, had been operating above 100 per cent capacity over the last decade, he said. Stating that the customer and suppliers'' cooperation was very essential for any business organisation, Bishnoi said the plant was adopting cutting edge technologies to help improve environmental protection, energy efficiency and value-added products.

With a turnover of over Rs 11,500 crore, the plant produces various grades of products which were widely used in infrastructure projects as well by the common people, the CMD said.

Satya Sai Baba childhood friend Mourns      Top
April 25, Yelamanchili, Vizag: Sri Satya Baba's childhood friend, Manchiraju Aswathnarayana was struck with deep sorrow upon learning Baba's death.

Satya Sai Baba and Manchiraju has studied in same class and stayed in opposite houses in Uravakonda during 1940 while Manchiraju's father was working there as a school teacher in SKBH High school, Uravakonda, Anathapur District. They studied together in 8th grade.

Manchiraju, remembering his days together with Baba, has said that Baba use to often eat food at their house and use to play with him often and study together. He said, after Baba become mystic, he often use to visit him at Puttaparthi and its only due to Baba's kind help and blessings that he got a Job as health Inspector at Vizag.

He said that his father has got Baba's life story written as Satyam, Sivam, Sundaram Book.

Mr. Manchiraju was retired in 1990 and now stays at Yelamanchili in Vizag District.

Baba: Simple and simply beyond Science      Top
April 25: Sathya Sai Baba's mystique lay in the fact that he kept it simple. Preaching the values of "purity, unity and dignity", the guru encouraged devotees to find solace in accepting that he's beyond science. "Don't try to understand me. Just follow me."

And follow they did. Senior bureaucrats flocked to him. Many washed utensils and served food at Puttaparthi's Satya Sai canteens. Among those who often spent months at his ashram were quantum physics students, scientists from foreign lands and lakhs of others. "Sairam is like a hotline to the living god. You have to call him with all your heart and he'll hear you," D S N Murthy, a former professor of Andhra University once said.

At his darshans, the devout would wait eagerly for an eye contact with him, believing a glance from him could ease their pain. His followers say they carry his spiritual energy in their hearts as they find it easier to cross life's obstacles with the Baba's blessings. "I was on death bed five years ago. My family prayed to him and I was discharged from hospital 10 days later," housewife A Lakshmi of Visakhapatnam recalls.

There's a lot more to the man than his magical powers. It's his persona that sent devotees into raptures. "You cannot describe it in words. It's the spiritual bliss one feels at Prasanthi Nilayam," veteran actress Jamuna says.

Presidents, prime ministers, politicians, bureaucrats, actors, business magnates, scientists, students or just the common man who follows Sai Baba believe that it's his presence in their lives that works miracles. (TOI)

VSP to organise 'Partners Summit'      Top
April 25: Vizag: Rastriya Ispat Nigam, the holding company of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant(VSP) will hold a 'Partners Summit- 2011' for better coordination and interaction with customers and actual users here tomorrow.The thrust of the Summit is to strengthen the rapport with the people who are partners in VSP's progress.

The VSP official will interact with retailers, district level dealers, rural dealers, consignment agents and vendors consignment sales agents at the summit.The Summit will be inaugurated by Chairman and Managing Director of VSP P K Bishnoi, a press note released today said.

Special Train to Puttaparthi from Vizag      Top
April 24: Vizag: For Devotees of Satya Sai Baba to reach Puttaparthi for last glimpse and darshan of Baba, East Coast Railway is running a special train on Monday.

Train will start from Vizag at 12:00 Noon on Monday (April 25th, 2011). Tickets will be issued in Train.

Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba left for his Heavenly Abode      Top
satya sai babaApril 24: Puttaparthi: Revered Indian spiritual guru, Satya Sai Baba has passed away on Sunday morning. The 85-year old philanthropist, widely regarded by his followers as an incarnation of God, breathed his last at 7:40 am today at the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS) in his hometown in Puttaparthi. Sai Baba had been admitted to the hospital on March 28, 2011 with cardio-respiratory problems. However, his condition deteriorated with every passing day and was put on life-support for several days until he left for his heavenly abode on Sunday morning.

Confirming the sad news, Dr. A. N. Safaya, Director of the Institute, said, "Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is no more with us physically. He left his earthly body on April 24, 2011 at 7.40 a.m. due to cardio-respiratory failure. Bhagwan's body will lie in State at Sai Kulwant Hall for two days- Monday and Tuesday. Arrangements will be made for darshan after 6 p.m. today at Sai Kulwant Hall. We appeal to all not to rush to the hospital but to remain calm and have darshan in an orderly manner." Top doctors from across the world had come over to Puttaparthi had come down to save the life of this great human lover, but failed.

Sathya Sai Baba, formerly known as Sathyanarayan Raju, was born on November 23, 1926 in a small village named Puttaparthi in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. At the age of 14, Sai Baba he performed some miracles and asserted himself to be the Sai Baba- a reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi- a saintly figure of the previous century. Soon, he got out of family bondage and started out on his mission to serve the poor and the needy. His followers number in millions from over 108 countries across the world. Today, his trust supports a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in over 166 countries.

Grief and gloom descended on the temple town of Puttaparthi on Sunday. Hundreds of Sai Baba's followers burst into tears on hearing the news of his demise. Over 400,000 devotees, including several VVIPs, are about to come down to Puttaparthi to catch the last glimpse of their beloved guru who put selfless service for mankind as his first and last priority. Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy and Opposition leader Chandrababu Naidu have rushed to Puttaparthi. India's number one sportsman, Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood's reigning monarch, Amitabh Bachchan are some of the country's leading personalities who have been ardent followers of the Baba and are expected to arrive here shortly.

India's vice-president, Dr. Hamid Ansari has expressed condolences over the great humanitarian's death. Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh said, "His teachings were rooted in the universal ideals of truth, right conduct, peace, love and nonviolence. I express my sincere condolences to the millions of his followers, disciples and well wishers."

Video: By Sakshi TV on Youtube.

Kadapa by-elections Updates      Top
April 24, Kadapa: Latest updates from Kadapa on Kadapa by-elections:

  • 25 Candidates in field for Pulevendila MLA By-elections.
  • Congress sends notices to 3 Kadapa Congress MLA's supporting YS.Jagan. MLA's are, Amarnadha Reddy, Adhinarayana Reddy, and Srikanth Reddy.
  • Chandrababu Kadapa campaign begins from (April 24-26).
  • YS Jagan said, 14 Ministers, 1 central minister, several MLA's of Congress party in Kadapa trying dirty tricks to reduce YSR Congress party majority.
  • 6.7 Lakh rupees seized in Rajapalem.
  • Mala Mahanadu president said, if you vote for YSR Congress party, it's like hanging to fan.
  • TDP leaders, Chandra shekar, metkapalli, kala Venkata Rao say YSR Family luring Kadapa voters.
  • Congress MLA Verasiva Reddy warns MLA's supporting YS Jagan.
  • YSR is our Godfather says ZP Chairperson Kuchipude Vijaya.

Central Minister & Visakha MP Purandeswari says congress will win Kadapa MP      Top
April 24, Vizag: The Congress will win Kadapa byelections but will face a stiff fight, said the Union minister of state for human resource department, Mrs D. Purandeswari. Talking to the reporters after inaugurating several developmental works here on Sunday, Mrs Purandeswari said the welfare schemes launched by former chief minister late Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy were being fulfilled by the present government and there was no negligence as being claimed by some leaders.

She said her ministry was focusing on the literacy drive and there was proposals to open model schools in all the districts. She said 80 per cent literacy was required to hasten the developmental process in the country. "India presently has only 65 per cent and in high education it is only 12.5 per cent against a required 20 per cent," she said, and added that efforts were on to establish Central University in Visakhapatnam and Tribal University would become a reality next year.

Regarding funds to state universities from University Grants Commission (UGC), the Union minister said there was no partisan attitude and funds were being sanctioned as per the proposals sent by the concerned vice-chancellors. Local MP Mrs Botsa Jhansi Lakshmi and MLC Mr G. Srinivasulu were present.

Body of 'dead alien' found in Siberia      Top
April 24, Siberia: A video claiming to show alien remains in Irkutsk, Siberia has become a internet sensation, garnering more than a million hits.

The video, which many viewers have dismissed as an elaborate hoax, was allegedly filmed near the town of Irkutsk close to Russia's Lake Baikal in recent weeks.

In it, a local is shown leading a camera man to a snowy spot on the edge of a forest where he points out the remains of "the alien," a tiny being which has had one of its legs ripped off. The creature looks like an extra from Hollywood central casting with an enlarged cranium, hollow eyes, and a small reddish body.

One of the men in the video is heard giving an expletive-laden commentary in Russian, adding that a dog originally sniffed "the alien" out.

The video has sparked conspiracy theories of an alien crash landing in the area. Alleged UFO sightings in the vicinity are not uncommon, and some viewers speculated that the Russian military had not cleaned up the area after a UFO crash properly overlooking the tiny corpse.

The video was released after villagers in the area reported seeing bright orange lights in the sky last month with one witness capturing the mystery lights on his or her mobile phone. At least one national TV news channel reported the alleged sighting with the headline "Uninvited Guests."

Vizag Trained 'brother duo' qualify for PADI Sea Diving      Top
April 23, Mumbai: Diving into water is not just a fun activity for Pranav,10, and Ayush Sardana, 8. They have become India's youngest 'brother duo' to qualify for the sea-diving licence.

The brothers are students of Shimla's Bishop Cotton School and love water but got inspired from their parents. Their father is a submarine naval officer and mother a skydiver. "Our parents are our main source of motivation and they love adventure sports. Now, I want to go for diving in the Indian Ocean," Pranav said. The younger brother Ayush said: "I loved the diving experience. The best part were the colourful fishes under the sea." The brothers are very excited about their achievement. But they have other dreams too. While Pranav wants to become a footballer, Ayush wants to become a scientist. But together the duo want to conquer many more depths. The brothers first went for a two-month training at Visakhapatnam, after which they went to Andaman Islands where they were trained in recreational sea diving and snorkeling. They have undergone rigorous training at Bangalore in use of scuba equipments.

Ayush being underage, as per PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) rules, did his Bubble Maker Course certified by PADI by diving upto 5 metres depth (18 feet). But Pranav being over 10 years of age, was eligible for Junior Open Water Diving Course in sea water and hence went to Netrani Island off Goa.

"Pranav qualified in Junior Open Water Course on Feb 20, 2011. He did four open water dives upto a depth of 12 metres (40 feet), maximum permissible depth as per PADI rules for boys less than 15 years. Thus the brothers became the youngest 'brother duo' to qualify for PADI Sea Diving Licence," their mother Archana said. she added that their main aim is to make their children fearless and enjoy such adventure sports.

India Joins International Surfing Association, Zone at Vizag      Top
April 23, Surfersvillage Global Surf News: The International Surfing Association (ISA), the surfing world's governing authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee, is proud to welcome India to its list of member nations.

Located in South Asia, India is the seventh-largest country in the world by geographical area and the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, Bhutan, the People's Republic of China and Nepal to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Burma to the east.

India's coast is 7,517 kilometers (4,700 mi) long. Of this distance, 5,423 kilometers (3,400 mi) belong to peninsular India, and 2,094 kilometers (1,300 mi) to the Andaman, Nicobar, and Lakshadweep Islands. Surfing India Association (SIA), led by President Kishore Kumar, has been a part of the growing trend of the sport of surfing since 2006 and is now the country's National Governing Body (NGB) of the sport.

"Surfing India Association is really proud to have become the National Governing Body for surfing in India," said Kumar. "We are also happy because now we are moving towards having India represented at international events. This opens a wide variety of opportunities for our association and for all the surfers in India."

President Kumar continued, "Our future plans include gathering sponsors for our association and increasing the number of surfers in the country. We will hold national competitions and select the surfing team that will represent our country in the ISA World Championships. Lastly we want to help the ISA to get surfing into the Olympics."

Fernando Aguerre, President of the ISA, said about the newest member, "Surfing offers a great opportunity for India's youth to participate in an outdoor, healthy, athletic activity for fun and for sport competition. Surfing also brings a lifestyle and culture, which can help unite India's youth. Welcome, India! We are looking forward to seeing you in the ISA World Championships."

The main surfing zones in India are Mangalore (Karnataka), Kovalam (Kerala), Varkla (Kerala), Pondycheary (Tamilnadu), Mahabalipuram (Tamilnadu), Vizag (Andra Pradesh), Puri (Orissa) and Butlers Bay (Andaman Islands).

Vizag Boy Bolisetti is ready for next big step      Top
April 23, Vizag: When your first encounter with a sport is an answer to an urge 'let's try it', it rarely fructifies into a career. Vizag boy Sailesh Bolisetti did not nurture any ambition to become a race driver; he did not have the remotest connect with the sport. However, the 22-year old has slowly carved out a career in motorsport.

Bolisetti's graph has risen steadily since his first brush with the sport in 2007 and the youngster is all geared up for his first international race at the Scirocco R-Cup. The first race will be held in Hockenheim on April 29-30, followed by seven races across Germany. His win at the inaugural Volkswagen Polo Cup in 2010 helped him book a berth for the event.

"I never actually thought of being a racing driver. I was driving with my father one day in 2007 and while manoeuvring the car, the idea of racing took shape. We went to the race track in Coimbatore. Radha Selvaraj, one of the veteran drivers, saw me drive and offered help. That's how I got into the sport," Bolisetti told TOI on Thurdsay.

Selvaraj, a National champion at Saloon car (one used for daily commuting) racing, saw the youngster learn quickly as Bolisetti grabbed pole position in his maiden race in 2007 and went on to win his second. Bolisetti finished second overall (Super saloons) in the 2010 JK National Racing Championship but the win in the Polo Cup remains the high point of his brief racing career.

The challenge only gets bigger from here on for this Computer Science engineer. "The Scirocco Cup will be a new terrain for me with a bigger engine and new tracks. For this year, I am targeting some podium finishes. The hard part would be to adjust to the left hand drive there."

Vizag Tribal delicacy now gourmets' choice      Top
April 23, Vizag: Nestled amidst green hills and canopy of dense forest, Araku valley has been a hot tourist spot in this part of the State. The ghat roads winding through gigantic hills, waterfalls cascading down from cliff of hills, rivulets crisscrossing the lush green pastures and springs of crystal clear water flowing lazily have been attracting tourists from far and wide.

Besides photo-frame scenic beauty, the valley is popular for a traditional tribal delicacy - bamboo chicken.

Bamboo chicken has been a traditional tribal delicacy which is prepared on festive occasions in the valley. After the place was connected with modern world by road and train tracks and tourists started flowing in, the dish prepared without spices, oil and any modern additives became an added attraction of the place. Now, it has also become a major source of income for the tribals of the area.

Started by a group of 60 tribal women as a business, the ghat road between Anantagiri and Tyda is today dotted with kiosks selling bamboo chicken. Now around 200 tribal women are engaged in the business. Its demand is so high that one has to wait for several hours for the mouth-watering dish to be served hot on sal leaves.In the peak tourist season from January to March, the customers have to order the bamboo chicken four hours before the time. It has become a must-taste item for the tourists, particularly those coming from outside Andhra Pradesh. Considering its demand, the cost of one bamboo chicken has gone up from a modest Rs 60 per kg of uncooked chicken not long ago to a whopping Rs 600.

Interestingly, the preparation of bamboo chicken is very simple. First of all, a tender country chicken is skinned, washed and cut into medium sizes. It is marinated with paste of ginger, garlic, green chili, onion and a little bit of salt inside an earthen pot for two hours. A green bamboo stem is cut open from one end to be used as oven. Then comes most interesting part. The marinated chicken is pushed inside the bamboo stem without using any oil, butter or ghee. The open end of the bamboo is closed with sal leaves tightly and the piece is placed on fire of wood and coal. The bamboo is shifted from time to time for even steaming of chicken. It is kept burning till water trickling out of the open end stops which brings the cooking to end. Then the leaves are taken out and bamboo chicken is served pipe hot on fresh and clean sal leaves.

Yadava Community Matrimony Fest at Grand Central Hotel      Top
April 23, Vizag: Yadava Community Matrimony meet on Sunday (April 24th) at Grand Central Hotel, Jagadambha, Vizag.

With help of District Yadava Association, Yadava Matrimony Fest will be arranged at Grand Central hotel on 24th April by All India Yadava Mahasabha member, Palla Ramesh Yadav.

This fest will begin from 9:00 AM. Marriage bureau members from Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagarm, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur districts are participating in this fest. Yadava community leaders will be felicitated on this occasion.

Speaking to media, Palla Ramesh has requested all Yadava Community people to participate in this event which help them in selecting right life partner.

Special website for Yadava Matrimony will be launched at the fest.

Infant left in Burial Ground in Vizag      Top
April 22, Vizag: New born infant male child was found crying in KR Puram Gollalapalem burial ground in Vizag. Passerby noticed a infant baby crying in a burial ground and admitted him to a nearby hospital. Police are trying to find the parents who left the child in burial ground. Locals have expressed shock over this inhuman incident.

Satya Sai Baba Critical : Doctors      Top
sathya sai babaApril 22, Puttaparthi: India s most respected spiritual leader, Satya Sai Baba, is critically ill and has been placed on a life-support system, doctors treating the 86-year-old at a hospital in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh said on Friday.

"The response shown to the treatment continues to be minimal by all the vital organs and his heart rate and blood pressure continue to be low and supported by drugs," A.N. Safaya, Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences in the state s Puttaparthi town, said in a medical bulletin.

Sai Baba was admitted to the hospital on March 28 following heart and breathing problems, reported the Press Trust of India (PTI) on Friday. Meanwhile, authorities have issued prohibitory orders in Puttaparthi, the spiritual leader s home town, as thousands of his devotees have started converging there.

"We have imposed prohibitory orders to maintain law and order in the town," said a police official.

Special Prayers Mark Good Friday in Vizag      Top
Good FridayApril 22, Vizag: Special prayers at Roman Catholic churches begin the observance of the holy day of `Good Friday' in the city today. Hundreds of devotees, reciting prayers prepare to spend the day in fasting, prayer, repentance, and meditation on the agony and suffering of Christ on the cross.

2000 Years ago Jesus Christ, the son of god has been crucified. The biblical account of Jesus' death on the cross, or crucifixion, his burial and his resurrection, or raising from the dead, can be found in the following passages of Scripture: Matthew 27:27-28:8; Mark 15:16-16:19; Luke 23:26-24:35; and John 19:16-20:30.

Cops Arrest Four in Vizag Mridula Murder Case      Top
April 22, Vizag: The city police arrested four persons on Thursday who were allegedly involved in the murder of 17-year-old R. Aswini Mridula.

She was killed in her apartment on March 29. Announcing this at a press conference at the apartment complex where she was killed, the commissioner of police, Mr J. Purnachandra Rao, said Chintala Sivaramakrishna, his associates Mangalagiri Kalyan, Mangalagiri Pratap Kumar and Chenna Srinivasa Rao were taken into custody on charges of killing the Mridula. All the four arrested persons would be produced in the court soon, the commissioner said.

Explaining the motive behind the murder, the CP said Sivaramakrishna was neck deep in debts and hatched a plan to rob a suitable house which could solve his problem. Siva sought the help of Kalyan, Pratap Kumar and Srinivas and visited several flats in the city looking for gullible victims. They finally zeroed in on Appa Rao's flat in Dondaparthy junction. Appa Rao runs a petrol bunk close-by. On March 28, Siva, Kalyan and Pratap Kumar went to Appa Rao's house and they found Mridula, her younger brother and a maid servant.

They returned and knocked the door on the following day at about 11 am. Mridula was all alone in the house. Siva asked her for a glass of water and when she brought the water, Siva and Kalyan pounced on her. Kalyan gagged her with a kerchief laced with chloroform. After she fell unconscious, they tied her hands and legs with her own chunni and slashed her neck. She bled to death and found in the bathroom when her father came home an hour later.

Meanwhile, Appa Rao said Siva was known to them for years and she used to cut the hair of his children. "He knew Mridula since she was five-year-old and used to visit our house to cut her hair," Appa Rao said. In fact, when the police collected finger prints of the persons known to him including Sivaramakrishna, Appa Rao gave a clean chit to him. Two days later, Siva put a suicide note on the beach and disappeared giving an impression to the police that he had committed suicide. In the note, he mentioned all his debts and names of financiers from whom he borrowed the money.

Vizag Port Trust lift Major Ports Hockey Championship      Top
April 22, Vizag: Hosts Visakhapatnam Port Trust defeated defending champions Chennai Port trust 5-2 to lift the 32nd All India Major Ports Hockey Championship at the Port Diamond Jubilee Stadium on Thursday.

Both teams scored two goals each in the first half. However, in the second half, the hosts raised the tempo and scored another three goals to take the match beyond their opponents.

Visakhapatnam Port Trust secured the highest points of 12, followed by Mumbai Port Trust 9, Chennai Port Trust 6, Paradip Port 3. Tuticorin Port Trust failed to secure any point.

P Ramesh Kumar of Visakhapatnam Port Trust was declared as the best forward, Manik Haibre of Paradip Port Trust as best goalkeeper, Abijit Shirshat of Mumbai Port Trust as best defender and A S M Krishnan as best half in the championship.

Brief Scores: Visakhapatnam Port Trust 5 (N Peter 2, G Srinivas, Anjaneyarao, Bhavani Shanker) defeated Chennai 2 (M S Anna Kumar and A S M Krishnan).

Today is Earth Day !      Top
Earth dayApril 22, Vizag: While many companies, corporations, and individuals are joining the trend of Going Green, there is still one day a year where everyone else can pitch in and do what they can to protect the environment we live in. Today, April 22nd is Earth Day, and the motto for this year is "A Billion Acts of Green".

While this number may seem unattainable to some, keep in mind that this is a worldwide event, not a local one. If every person participates in this event, it will be incredibly easy to reach this goal. There are special event set up in cities and towns across the United States, as well as in many other parts of the world to make it easier, and more fun, to do everything possible to help the environment.

Some simple acts that you can do to help is plant a tree; even a sapling will help! Use as little electricity as possible; turn off your air conditioning or heat for the day, make sure you turn off any lights when you leave a room, and make sure you computer (laptops included) are completely turned off when you are done with them.

All of these can make you a part of this global endeavor, so be a part of something great this year! Better yet, encourage your friends and family members to try these tips throughout the year!

Anti-Corruption Bureau nabs Vizag urban land ceiling official      Top
April 21, Vizag: Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) sleuths on Wednesday conducted searches on the properties of special officer Urban Land Ceiling (ULC), Vishakapatnam, D Venkateshwar Rao and unearthed crores worth disproportionate assets.

The ACB has registered a case of disproportionate assets against the official. Simultaneous searches also conducted at different places covering his office, residence at Vizag, Hyderabad and Khammam and movable and immovable assets worth Rs 2.83 crore seized from him. The searches also unearthed a net cash of Rs 50,000, and gold ornaments weighing about two kg, according to a release by ACB on Wednesday.

FLASH: YSR Congress Party Symbol is Ceiling Fan      Top
YSR Congress Party SymbolApril 21, Kadapa: Today at 4 PM, Election commission has assigned 'Ceiling Fan' Symbol for YSR CONGRESS PARTY.

Party workers of YSR Congress celebrated on getting the same common symbol (Celiing Fan) for both YS Jagan and his mother Vijayamma and for YSR Congress party in coming up elections in Kadapa and Pulivendila.

YS Jagan, speaking at a election campaign has declared that YSR Congress Party Election Symbol is Ceiling Fan.

Party workers and leaders of YSR Congress Party are very happy for getting Ceiling fan as their party symbol and said that it will be easy for people to remember.

Inter 1st year results today      Top
April 21, Hyderabad: Results of first year intermediate public examinations (IPE) will be out at 11.30 am, Thursday. Minister for secondary education, K Parthasarathi will release the results at Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) office.

Marks and grades of the candidates will be available on websites including The results can be checked by calling up 1100 from any BSNL landline.

Websites to Check for Results:

Vizag Ports in top position at hockey meet      Top
April 21, Vizag : Hosts Visakhapatnam Port Trust was at the top position with nine points followed by Mumbai Port Trust with six points at the end of second day in the 32nd All India Major Port Hockey Championship here today.Chennai and Paradip Ports were at the third position with three points each.Visakhapatnam Port Trust beat Mumbai Port Trust by 3-2. Anjaneya Rao, N Peter and Sivsa kumar scored one goal each for Visakhapatnam, while Kirhsna Murty and Digvijay Naik scored for the visitors.

In another match, Visakhapatnam Port beat Paradip Port 6-0. Ramesh Kumar and N Peter (two each), Husain and K Anjaneyara Rao (one each) scored for the hosts.Chennai Port Trust defeated Paradip Port 2-0. In anotehr tie, Mumbai Port Trust thrashed Tuticorin Port 7-0.PTI COR

Man attacks three Family Members with sword in Vizag      Top
April 20, Gajuwaka, Vizag: Man attacked three members with sword today at Gajuwaka, Vizag.

Sattibabu attacked his Wife's Sister, her mother and father for not sending his wife with him in Gajuwaka, Vizag.

Today at 11am, Sattibabu came to his wife's house and when his father-in-law tried to stop him, he attacked his Father-in-Law with Sword he was carrying with him first and then Mother-in-Law and then S-I-L.

Victims have been admitted to hospital, they are out of danger but in serious condition, Police are on hunt for Sattibabu.

Sattibabu's wife said, she is facing severe problems with her husband per past 10 years and she got vexed up with him and left him few months back and living with her parents along with her daughters but her husband is till troubling them and today he came and attacked her family.

She asked police to punish him severely.

Lady Teacher Killed in 'Psychotic' Attack in Vizag      Top
April 20, Aruku Vally, Vizag Dist: Lady teacher, Sundharamma has been killed by a Psychotic in R. Dumbrigua Village, Aruku Valley, Vizag District. He cut her throat and killed and later surrender to Police and said that they were lovers in past and she married someone else cheating her so he killed her.

Police arrrested the Murderer and are investigating the case.

Chandrababu Naidu turns 62      Top
chandrababu naiduApril 20, Hyderabd: Telugu Desam Party chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu celebrated his 62 birthday on Tuesday.

Naidu cut a cake and took blessings from a group of priests at his Jubilee Hills residence here.

Amongst those at his home to wish him were several national and state political leaders as well as workers from his TDP. Senior leader and former minister N. Janardhan Reddy, whose differences with Naidu over the Telangana issue had triggered speculation that he might leave the party, was there too.

Naidu's brother-in-law N. Balakrishna and other members of TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao's family also called on Naidu.

TDP leaders and activists across the state celebrated the day by cutting cakes, bursting crackers and taking out motorcycle rallies. They also conducted various programs like blood donation camps.

Naidu, who served as chief minister for nearly a decade (1995-2004), began his political career in the Congress and served as a state minister in early 1980s. He married thespian NTR's daughter and later joined the TDP in 1982.

Unhappy with the interference of NTR's second wife Lakshmi Parvathi in party and government affairs, Naidu unseated him from power in August 1995 and became the chief minister.

Konda Sureka smashes Congress      Top
April 20, Hyderabad: Konda Sureka smashed the Andhra Government and ConKonda Surekagress Party for removing security provided to her and her MLC Husband, Konda Murali.

She said, Congress Government is playing dirty politics and tricks to discourage them from supporting YS. Jagan by removing security cover provided to her and her husband who is having life treat.

MLC Konda Murali speaking to press said the congress government is playing with our lives because we are supporting YS Jagan. Congress government, CM Kiran and Sonia Gandhi will be responsible if anything happens to me.

Konda Sureka said no one can change our decision. We will be with Jagan and will support YSR Congress. She also said that no one can defeat Jagan and Vijayamma in these elections, even Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will lose if they try to contest against Vijayamma and YS Jagan in Kadapa. Congress will be wiped out of AP very soon.

GMAT is planning test center in Vizag      Top
April 20, New Delhi: India's management education market has matured to an extent that the owner of the graduate management aptitude test (GMAT), a widely used gateway to MBA programmes, is planning test centres in smaller cities such as Coimbatore and Vizag.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a US-based association of business schools, in February opened an India office, its third overseas establishment after London and Hong Kong.

Ashish Bhardwaj, regional director, South Asia, said "We are looking at Vizag and evaluating Coimbatore," he said. "In the west, we are evaluating Nagpur, and in the north, Lucknow."

Though the number of students taking GMAT dropped in 2010, Bhardwaj said there was a similar drop in people taking the Common Admission Test, necessary to gain admission to the premier Indian Institutes of Management.

"My understanding in the drop is that it is an industry-specific drop. We have had relentless growth in last five years. Five years back, we delivered 9,000 tests in India. Last year, we gave 18,900 tests," he said.

"With this kind of fantastic growth, there has to be a correction."

PSLV-C16 launch successful, puts 3 satellites into orbit      Top
April 20, Sriharikota (AP): India's PSLV-C16 rocket on Wednesday successfully launched into orbit the latest remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 that would study and help manage natural resources along with two nano satellites.

ISRO's homegrown workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle placed in a 'Polar Sun Synchronous Orbit' Resourcesat-2, Youthsat and X-Sat about 18 minutes after it blasted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre launch pad here, 90 km from Chennai, at 10.12 am.

"PSLV-C16 Resourcesat-2 mission is successful," a jubilant Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Radhakrishnan announced shortly after all the three satellites were hurled into space one after another 822 km above earth in a text book launch.

The ISRO chief's announcement was cheered by the battery of scientists at the mission control centre who heaved a sigh of relief as they were gripped by an added anxiety following two successive failures of GSLV missions last year.

The 1,206 kg Resourcesat-2 with a space life of five years replaces Resourcesat-1 launched in 2003 and would provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage on natural resources.

The GSLV mission in December last year failed when the homegrown GSLV F06 carrying communication satellite GSAT-5P exploded mid-air less than a minute after lift-off and fell into the Bay of Bengal.

GSAT-5P, carrying 24 C-band and 12 extended C-band transponders, plunged into the sea when the destruct command was issued as the rocket veered from its flight path.

Earlier, the GSLV-D3 mission carrying GSAT-4 had also failed in April 2010, dealing a blow to India's space programme.

Today's PSLV flight was its 17th successive mission after the failure of its maiden voyage in September 1993.

45 booked in Vizag for power pilferage      Top
April 20, Vizag: The power pilferage detection wing of Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited detected 45 cases of theft of power recently and im-posed a penalty of Rs 7,32,588 on them. In a release, the superintending engineer of the detection wing, Mr P.V.V. Satyanarayana, on Tuesday said that 45 cases of theft of electricity were detected in five operation circle limits - six cases in Srikakulam operation circle limits, four each in Vizianagaram and Vizag, 19 in Rajahmundry and 12 in Eluru.

He added that cases of meter bypass, direct tampering came to light. Stating that the APEPDCL would intensify its campaign of detecting cases of theft and pilferage of power, which was one of the main reasons for in-creasing losses, Mr Satyanarayana said that under Srikakulam Operation circle limits six consumers were imposed a fine of Rs 81,719, under Vizianagaram circle four persons were imposed fine of Rs. 86,411, under Rajahmundry the 19 consumers were imposed a fine of Rs 2,77,719, under Eluru ope-ration circle the 12 consumers were asked to pay a fine of Rs 2,44,624 and under Visakhapatnam operation circle four erring consumers were imposed a fine of Rs 42,115.

Waiting LPG ships rack up charges at Vizag port      Top
April 20, Vizag: At least five ships have been waiting, two of them for more than a month, at Visakhapatnam port on India's eastern coast to unload liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, imported by three state-run oil companies as the lack of adequate storage facilities on shore and other constraints force them to pay rising waiting charges for the vessels.

The charges, known as demurrage, could amount to as much as Rs.14 crore, as of Tuesday, based on the current average levy. "There is no space for storage of LPG at Visakhapatnam port," said a shipping agent at the port city who asked not to be named.

For each day of waiting beyond the contracted period, an importer has to pay demurrage to the ship owner.

"It's a national waste," said Ajeya Kallam, chairman of the trust that runs the Union government-controlled Visakhapatnam port, in a phone interview on Tuesday, confirming the long line of ships waiting to discharge cargo at the port.

The five ships are carrying a total 100,700 tonnes of LPG and are waiting since 8 March, 10 March, 26 March, 30 March and 9 April, respectively, another Vizag port official said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

A Mumbai-based shipping industry executive, who also declined to be identified, said the average waiting charge for LPG carriers, hired from the spot market and calling at Vizag port, is currently about $27,000 a day. "It's a loss to the national exchequer," he said.

Vizag is the only port in India where large LPG ships with a capacity to carry as much as 45,000 tonnes can dock. LPG unloaded from ships is pumped into a 60,000 tonne-capacity underground storage facility set up jointly by Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL) and Total Gas and Power India Pvt. Ltd, the Indian unit of French oil and gas firm Total SA. The cavern acts as a transit facility for further evacuation of LPG to bottling plants and final distribution.

In other LPG discharging ports such as Kandla, New Mangalore and Haldia, there is no facility for land storage except in Visakhapatnam, a major hub for LPG bottling and distribution in the eastern region. In other places, cargo is taken on direct delivery basis.

Vizag airport expects 10% growth in passengers      Top
April 20, Vizag: Vizag airport is likely see a 10 per cent growth in passenger movement during the current financial year. Last year, it registered a 12.5 per cent growth in passenger movement on the back of new services, C Pattabhi, director, Vizag Airport, said.

With the expansion of the airport, which saw an investment of Rs 300 crore, private operators are now keen to introduce their services from Vizag. "Some two years ago, only 10-12 flight services operated daily from this airport. But after expansion, 30 flight services are operating daily," said D Varadha Reddy, president, Air Travelers Association of India.

In 2008-09, passengers from Vizag airport stood at 600,000, which increased to 635,000 in 2009-10 and to 714,000 in 2010-11. In the current year, he said they were expecting more than 800,000 passengers.

Vizag currently has daily direct flight services to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and to Bangalore via Hyderabad. SpiceJet has proposed to operate from Vizag to Tirupati and Raipur while Air India is also planning to start its service from Vizag to Port Blair soon, Reddy said. "The airport has all infrastructure facilities, including night landing, to handle international flights. Hence, we expect one or two international services from here soon," Pattabhi said.

Vizag beat Tuticorin, Mumbai beat Chennai      Top
April 20, Vizag: (PTI) Hosts Visakhapatnam Port outplayed Tuticorin Port 4-0 on the first day of the 32nd All India Major Port Hockey Championship here on Tuesday.

In other matches, Mumbai defeated Chennai Port 2-1, while Paradip Port downed Tutocorin by 2-1. Earlier, the championship was inaugurated by deputy chairman of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust and president, Visakhapatnam Port Sports Council G V L Satya Kumar. Visakhapatnam Port Trust is organising the championship for the sixth time under the auspices of the Major Port Sports Control Board in which five teams -- Chennai, Mumbai, Paradip, Tuticorin and host Visakhapatnam Port is participating. Results: Visakhapatnam Port 4 (K V Anjanyeyulu 2, J Suresh and G Nelson Peter one each) beat Tutocorin 0; Mumbai Port 2 (M. Ahmed and D Perira one each) beat Chennai 1 (Anil Kumar); Paradip Port 2 (F Lakra and P Lakra scored a goal each) beat Tuticorin Port 1 (K Kanti Davan) one goal for Tuticorin).

Scented Oil comes out of Baba's Idol, Devotees say it's a Miracle      Top
April 20, Puttaparthi: PUTTAPARTHI: A day after Sathya Sai Central Trust member R J Ratnakar issued a statement that all was well in the trust and that they are hoping for Sai Baba's recovery, news of a 'miracle' swept through Puttaparthi on Tuesday.

Around 9.30 am, devotees rushed to the house of a retired deputy tehsildar at Ganesh Circle on the outskirts of Puttaparthi, where a 4-ft idol of Sai Baba was reportedly oozing perfumed oils from its feet. TV cameramen rushed to grab the visuals and devotees thronged the house. They claimed it was a sign of Sai Baba recovering.

Devotees refused to consider that the wax idol could be melting in the sweltering heat and the oil was a resultant residue. Raheem, a sculptor, said Sai Baba had appeared in his dream last November. "He told me to make his idol and worship the same. I followed his direction," said Raheem. He had made the idol five years ago, but had kept it hidden till now.

The idol is a replica of Sai Baba complete with his thick bushy hair and saffron robes.

In the morning, Raheem's wife informed her neighbours as soon as the oil began oozing out. Soon, crowd gathered at the house. Policemen arrived to manage the swelling crowd. B Narayana Swamy, owner of the house, said he rushed when Raheem told him about it, said, "It's a miracle. It's one of Swami's marvels. After I touched the feet of the idol and smelt the perfumed oil, I began to believe Sai Baba has come back."

YSR's daughter Sharmila moves court over security cover      Top
April 20, Hyderabad: Sharmila, daughter of late chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, and her husband Anil Kumar, on Monday knocked the doors of the AP High Court to challenge the current regime's decision to withdraw their security cover. They have challenged the action of the authorities in withdrawing their personal security.

The petitioners brought to the notice of the court that one plus one security was provided to each of them from 2004 in view of the threat perception. But the authorities withdrew their security from April 1 without any prior intimation, they pointed out.

Sharmila told the court that ever since her brother Y S Jaganmohan Reddy resigned from the Congress, the authorities started systematically targeting their family members. She urged the court to restore their personal security.

Justice KC Bhanu of the AP High Court on Monday ordered notice in a writ petition challenging the action of the State Bank of India in refusing to recruit a person on the ground that he was suffering from haemophilia. The petitioner Banvat Sankar Naik was selected in April 2010 for a job with the bank in the clerical cadre but was rejected the opportunity in December on the ground that he was suffering from a blood disorder.

The petitioner contended that the said disorder was not within the prescribed alarming level and in any event, it was not a danger for him to carry out his clerical duties and as such the exclusion was discriminatory and arbitrary. The judge granted four weeks time to the bank to respond and justify its action. (TOI)

DS Say BJP-Jagan aligned, YSR Congress, BJP Condemns      Top
April 20, Hyderabad: The Pradesh Congress Commitee chief, Mr D. Srinivas, accused the former MP, Mr Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, and the BJP of entering into a secret pact to conspire against the Congress. Addressing a media conference on Tuesday, Mr Srinivas said that if Mr Jagan won the Kadapa by-poll, both he and the BJP would try to weaken the Congress in the state.

YSR Congress Leaders, Jupudi Prabhakar, Ambati Rambabu condemned DS statement and said, DS is talking this nonsense and baseless things because he is worried about YS Jagan's popularity and is trying all dirty tricks to alienate minorities from YSR Congress in coming up elections in Kadapa.

Jupudi Prabhakar said, DS cheap talk can't make minorities change their mind and support to YS Jagan, they are very well aware of YSR's contribution to Minorities welfare and reservation YSR provided to minorities.

Muslim and Minority leaders also Condemned DS statements and said, they are with YS Jagam Mohan Reddy and YSR Congress.

BJP's Dr. K.Laxman and Bandaru Dattatreya condemning DS statement said, DS Srinivas lost his mind due to his two consecutive losses to BJP in MLA elections he faced recently and out of frustration due to Jagan's popularity he is talking all this nonsense.

10 killed, 21 hurt in two accidents in Vizag district      Top
April 19, 2011 Chintapalli: Ten people were killed and 21 others injured in two road accidents in this district of Andhra Pradesh during the past 24 hours.

Police today said six people, including the Sarpanch of Bennavaram, were killed and 20 others injured when their jeep fell into a valley near Kadsilpal under Kothapalem Panchayat in Chintapalli mandal in the district late last night

The accident occurred when around 30 people, including women of Kothapalem and Bennavaram panchyats, were returning after getting pending bills of Indiramma Housing Scheme from Chintapalli.

The injured were admitted to Primary Health Centre in Chintapalle and Narasipatnam.

In another accident, four people were killed and one person suffered serious injuries when their car overturned after hitting a milestone on the national highway near Anakapalli in the district early yesterday.

According to police, the accident occured when four friends, who were also partners in land excavation equipment business, were returning in the car to Visakhapatnam from Bhimavaram of West Godavari district after finishing a business deal.

The deceased were identified as G Venkata Varma(42), G Soma Raju (32), G Srinu (28) and Y Naga Gowrinath(33), all belonging to Kancharapalem area in the port city.

200 Joins YSR Congress at Vizag      Top
YSR Congress PartyApril 19, Vizag: On Monday, at Ratnagiri rachabanda area in Bakkannapalem located near YSR International Cricket Stadium more than 200 persons joined YSR Congress Party in presence of R. Saikumar.

After joining YSR Congress they hoisted YSR Congress Party Flag at YSR Statue.

YSR Congress Party leaders , P. Tataji, Lokesh, A.Shankar, Rajsingh, Rajesh Singh, k. Venbkatesh, R. Applaraju, S. Siddhu Singh and 4th town YSR Congress youth leaders, Pothina Suribabu, VV Narishma Rao, Kilari Simhachalam, A. Satyanaraya, Pathivada Suranarayana, S.K.Rehaman, Pothina Narishnga Rao participated in this event.

They have performed Puja offering 101 coconuts at local Sivalayam Temple praying for victory of YS. Jagan Mohan Reddy and YS. Vijayamma in coming up elections in Kadapa and Pulevendila.

Four Killed in Road Accident at Vizag    Top
April 18, Anakapalli: Four Persons belonging to Vizag got killed in a road accident near Anakapalli.

Today ealry morning four persons belonging to Vizag died in a car accident at Anakapalli. They were on their way to Anakapalli from Vizag when their car in which they were travelling hit a pole and went out control. Four persons died on the spot and one is in severe condition. They were taken to NTR Hospital in Anakapalli.

Vizag Port Trust next only to Kandla    Top
April 18, Vizag: VISAKHAPATNAM: Vizag Port Trust (VPT) stood in the second position among the major ports in the country after Kandla in cargo handling during the 2010-11 fiscal year. It has handled 68.04 million tonnes of traffic which was 2.54 million tones higher than the previous record.

This was amid diversion of about 13-14 million tonnes of cargo, especially coal, to neighbouring private port, Gangavaram Port. The shortfall of about 1.96 million tonnes against the target of 70 million tonnes, a target set by the Union ministry of shipping, was due to shut down of one refinery unit of the HPCL for nearly 40 days. Decline in import of bauxite by Vedanta group due to steep hike in prices and diminution of metallurgical coal imports also had certain impact, the port management said.

Kandla Port has retained its top position by handling 81.88 MMT cargo. The VPT has achieved a growth rate of 3.88 per cent as against the 1.57 per cent achieved by other major ports in the country. The Vizag Port has handled 26 per cent of the total volume of finished fertilizers handled by all ports across the nation. A record number of 2,507 vessels sailed through the port surpassing the previous record of 2,435 vessels. The port has surpassed the targets of all kinds of commodities except thermal coal export.

To meet the targets of cargo handling in the coming years, the port has taken up phase-II deepening of inner harbour entrance channel and strengthening of five berths in the inner harbour to cater to 12.5 meters draft vessels. (TOI)

Major fire breaks out at Vizag Steel Plant    Top
April 18, Vizag: A major fire broke out at the raw material handling complex of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant when iron ore was being carried to the blast furnace, burning three conveyers and damaging some structures in the early hours of Sunday. The spread of the fire to the entire steel plant could be prevented due to timely cutting down of the conveyer belt. The blaze, which was noticed at 1.30 a.m., was put out after five to six hours of fire-fighting operation.

This was the third fire accident in the span of a week. The last two occurred due to breakdown of the slide gate in caster-2 of the continuous casting department and spillage of liquid steel from the ladle of LD converter-3.

Management blamed
While the unions blamed negligence on the part of the management for the recurring accidents, hitting production and causing huge loss to the company, the officials said the situation could have gone out of control but for their timely intervention.

A company release said that a fire in some conveyor belts occurred at an iron ore receiving and conveying station of VSP at around 1.30 a.m. on Sunday.

"The operators swung into action immediately and isolated the discharge conveyor to contain the fire. However, burning of rubber of the conveyor belt gave out a lot of black smoke. Firemen at the VSP did an excellent job," the release said. (Hindu)

Two Youth kindnapped on Sunday in Vizag    Top
April 18, Vizag: Two Youth were kidnapped in Malkapuram, Vizag on Sunday afternoon.

Two youth belonging to Malkapuram area in Vizag were kidnapped by un identified persons on Sunday afternoon when they went out for shopping. Their parents have filed a case in Malkapuram Police station and said, they got calls from the kidnappers demanding 4 Lakh rupees to release the Youth.

Police has registered the case and hunt is on for kidnappers.

Inter Student Gang Raped in Hyderabad    Top
April 18, Hyderabad: Inter student was gang raped by a group of gangsters in Hyderabad on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, when she was returning from Sunday Church prayers a group of gangsters who came in a car forcibly took her to a remote place and left her in Narayanaguda after raping her and fled the scene. A Passerby noticed her laying in pool of blood and got her admitted at a nearby hospital and informed the police.

Victim's mother, Laxmi upon learning this went into shock and tears and said, her daughter went to attend prayers at the church and she is shocked to know this, She demanded police to catch and punish the rapists immediately.

Police said, that she is in critical condition due to excess blood loss but out of danger and currently under treatmeant.

Police has said that they are hunting for the rapists and will take this case seriously and make sure that these kinds of incidents won't repeat in future.

Murder attemt on lover at Vizag-Bheemili beach Irradibbalu    Top
April 18, Vizag: On Sunday, a person has tried to kill his lover at Vizag- Bheemli beach road Irradibbalu.

Lovers Ramanamma, Trinadh of Vijayanagarm district has come to Bheemili beach road Irradibbalu near Vizag and when Ramanamma asked Trinadh to marry her, he tried killing her by twisting her neck with chudidhar Chunni. Ramanamma upon this sudden act, got panicked and shouted which was heard by nearby tourists, they caught Trinadh and handed over him to Police.

Police arrested Trinadh and case is under investigation.

KTR Says KCR ready for Investigation, Challenges Babu    Top
April 18 Hyderabad: TRS Party leader KCR's son K. Taraka Rama Rao (KTR) said, his Father KCR is ready for any kind of investigation on their properties and challenged TDP president Chandrababu Naidu asking him if he is ready for it.

KTR speaking to media said, Chandrababu's own brother-in-law and TDP leader Nadamuri Hari Krishna has openly questioned Babu how he acquired thousands of crore properties from just 2 acres of land.

KTR and other MLA's of TRS also said, that Babu and TDP has no right to question on KCR properties when they are all ready deeply involved in thousand crore rupees scams during their tenure.

Manda Kirshna gives 24hrs deadline to CM Kiran Reddy    Top
April 18 Hyderabad: Madiga Samithi President Manda Krishna Madiga has warned CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and gave 24 hours time to take decision on Mala Madiga separation bill on Sunday.

Manda Krishna has been fighting for separation of Madiga and Mala Caste in SC reservation provided by government for some time now.

Manda Krishna Warned CM Kiran, saying that Madiga community in Kadapa will support YS Jagan's YSR Congress in coming up by-elections if CM fails to address their demands within 24 hours.

Nagam Faceoff with Chandrababu    Top
nagam janaradhanaApril 17, Hyderabad: Nagam Janardhana Reddy speaking to media on Saturday said, I'm Ready for anything, I'm not Afraid of anyone and there is no need for me to convince anyone regarding my plans.

With this statements it is very clear that he is addressing his statements towards Chandrababu with whom Nagam is facing heated relations for some time now.

Nagam said, that he is committed to Telangana cause and will fight for Telangana until his death and also said that Telangana is his birth right and no one can stop him from fighting for it.

Congress Playing Dirty Trick against YS. Jagan in Kadapa    Top
YS Jgan Starts election campaignApril 17, Kadapa: Buzz is that Congress has fielded persons with names identical to YS Jagan and Vijayalaxmi for Kadapa and Pulevendila by-elections.

As many as 5 persons with name identical to Jagan and 3 persons with name identical to Vijayalaxmi has filed nominations yesterday for Kadapa MP and Pulevendila MLA by-elections.

Congress is trying their best to cause confusion among voters so that they can reduce the majority of votes polled to Jagan and Vijayamma.

Earlier DL Ravindra Reddy has said , "If Jagan gets 2 Lakh majority, I will give away my properties for free".

YSR Congress Party Leaders are taking all measures to counter this dirty trick of Congress and appointing 100 to 200 people to go to every house and educate them about YSR Congress Symbol and Name.

Jagan is ready to face Congress, says Ambati     Top
Ambati rambabuApril 17, Madhurapudi: Alleging that the Congress government had started persecuting ex-MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, by directing several departments including that of income tax to raid his business interests only after he left their fold, the YSR Congress leader and Jagan's staunch follower, Mr Ambati Rambabu, stated that they were ready to face it legally and boldly.

He asked why both the Centre and state governments led by the Congress had remained silent when their leader was in the party fold. He said that as Mr Jagan was becoming stronger day-by-day, they intend to target him in several ways in the illusion that he could be tamed. Referring to the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, who was ruling the country for the last seven years without getting directly elected by people, he said that such a practice was not good for the world's largest democratic country.

Speaking to newsmen while on his way to West Godavari near Madhurapudi airport on Wednesday, the YSR Congress leader launched a scathing criticism of the local Congress MP, Mr Vundavalli Arun Kumar, in response to a series of remarks made by him against the YSR Congress and the late CM YSR Reddy's family members. He said that the Congress leadership was using some leaders including, Mr Vundavalli Arun Kumar, as pawns to target Mr Jagan. He asked Mr Vundavalli to clarify whether the Congress AP affairs in-charge, Mr Gulam Nabi Azad met Eenadu group chairman, Mr Ramoji Rao and sought support to target Jagan with an assurance to sort out cases pertaining to his fraudulent business practices. Maintaining that Mr Vundavalli had become close to YSR Reddy and popular in the state as he had exposed the fraudulent practices adopted by the Eenadu group, Mr Ambati Rambabu advised him to sustain the same commitment and speak facts.

H-1B workers can stay: US court    Top
April 17, WASHINGTON: A US court has ruled that workers in the US on H-1B visas, which are coveted by Indian IT professionals, may not be arrested for "overstaying" when their visa extension applications are pending before US immigration authorities.

In a recent ruling, a federal judge in Connecticut recognised that regulations allow H-1B employees to continue working for 240 days pending the adjudication of their extension applications and that "work authorisation is part and parcel of their authorisation to be in the country, not a separate matter".

The ruling came following an argument in an amicus brief by American Immigration Council (AIC) and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

"Permitting the initiation of removal proceedings during this period would thus be unfair to employees and employers alike, according to the (court) decision," AIC said in a statement.

The ruling is a victory for the rule of law and for common sense, said Melissa Crow, director of AIC's Legal Action Centre. "If H-1B employees can continue working while extension applications on their behalf are pending, it defies logic to argue that they can be arrested, detained and removed without notice," Crow said.

In the case before the Connecticut judge, the plaintiff, a Lebanese national, was gainfully employed as a medical researcher when his employer requested an H-1B extension in early 2004, more than a month before his H-1B status expired.

Though his employer paid a $1,000 fee for premium processing of the application, the government never adjudicated it and refused to respond to requests for information. Nearly seven months after the request was filed, immigration agents arrested the plaintiff for allegedly "overstaying" his initial period of admission. He was placed in removal proceedings and detained for nearly two months.

In their amicus brief, AIC and AILA argued that current laws provide for work authorisation, while a timely-filed extension application pending necessarily authorises H-1B employees to remain in the US. Accordingly, they cannot be arrested solely for staying in the US while extension applications are being adjudicated.

Taj Mahal Exhibition Starts at Vizag    Top
April 17, Vizag: Handloom, Handicraft, Fun Center Exhibition Taj Mahal has started on Saturday at Vizag's AU High School grounds by AU Vice Chancellor Bila Satyanaraya Couple.

A Special Taj Mahal Set has been arranged at the exhibition premisis. There are many stalls where one can purchase the items and also there are fun games for kids. Speaking to media AU VC said, It will be nice escape place to beat the heat of this summer as this is close to beach and also it will keep kids busy with many games facilities available here.

New Vice Chairman for Vizag VUDA    Top
April 17, Vizag: Present Vizag VUDA Vice Chairman, B.Sridhar has been transfered to Nellore on promotion as District Collector.

During his tenure as VUDA chairman, Sridhar has played a key role in implementing projects like Ozone Valley, Cyber Valley, Haritha, Beach Road beautification, Green Channel, Master plan roads, YSR Park... etc.

Vizag new Vice-Chairman is Kona Sasidhar who is IAS of 2003 batch. He has earlier worked as Rajmundry Sub-Collector, Karimnagar Joint-Collector and as East Godavari joint collector.

Congress using Dalits as vote banks to further interests: BJP    Top
April 17,New Delhi (PTI): Accusing Congress of using Dalits and minorities as "vote bank" to further its interests, BJP said the ruling party has deliberately ensured that the society remains divided on caste and religious lines.

"Today, we see a new dimension in politics. Minorities and Dalits have been used as a vote bank. Congress has continuously used them by sowing the seeds of disparity as they do not want the society to remain united. They don't want the disparity to end," BJP President Nitin Gadkari said.

He was addressing a party meeting to mark the 125th birth anniversary Dr B R Ambedkar. Gadkari also took a dig at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati for installing her statues in Lucknow.

Without naming her, he said he was "pained" to see the statues of the Chief Minister during a visit to "a state". "Will it help? The money could have gone to Dalits for their education, getting them computers, providing them with vocational training," he said.

He cautioned against referring to the caste of freedom fighters and people who have contributed for national cause. "It is not good," he said in an apparent reference to Congress mouthpiece referring to the caste of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru in its latest issue.

The March issue of 'Congress Sandesh' describes Bhagat Singh as a freedom fighter "born in a Jat Sikh family" and Rajguru as one "who belonged to the Deshastha Brahmin community." He said while BJP is often referred to as a caste and religion based party, the truth was that its leaders have fought against social and economic discrepancies. "For BJP, it is a matter of image versus reality," he added.

Bomb scare to Vizag Railway Station    Top
April 17, Vizag: An anonymous call stating that a bomb had been planted near the main gate of the Visakhapatnam railway station created a scare on Saturday. But it proved to be a hoax. The police control room received the call, after which bomb detection squad and railway police searched the area thoroughly, but they did not find anything. Caller has not been identified yet.

Srikalahasti Koti Lingala temple gopuram collapses    Top
Sri KalahastiApril 16, Srikalahasti: Today, at 4:00 PM Gopuram of Srikalasthi Koti Lingala temple collapsed. This temple is connected to main temple in Srikalasthi.

Devotees ran away from the temple in panic.

Earlier, the Srikalahasti main temple gali gopuram was collapsed few months back. Authorities have not taken any measures till now to restore the structure. Devotees said, that it is due to officers negligence, the temple gopuram has collapsed.
Devotees are fearing and said, that it is bad omen.

Eenadu Ramoji Court Case postponed to April 21    Top
April 16, Vizag: Eenadu Chairman Ramoji Rao court case which is pending in Vizag court has been postponed to April 21st. Fourth town Metropolitan courts has issued an order on Friday.

Case has been filed by land owner in court against Ramoji alleging that he has mislead the court saying that the land where is his Eenadu office is located belongs to him.

Vizag three town police has filed a charge sheet on this issue earlier.

Biker killed in road accident in Vizag    Top
April 16, Vizag: On Friday night a Biker was killed at Venkojipalem Jn in Vizag.

On Friday night at 11:30 PM, a biker was killed from injures when his bike went out of control and hit road divider.

The dead person was identified as Penumatsa Subramanyeswar Varma (34) working in a painting shop in the city. he left home at 11am and when he is returning from work at 11:30pm his bike went out of control at venkojipalem Jn and hit the divider. Locals noticed this and called 108 ambulance, he died while ambulance is on its way to hospital.

Congress warns CM Kiran Reddy: Win or Resign    Top
sonia gandhi- kiranApril 16, New Delhi: A worried chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is now taking the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula assembly bypolls a tad more seriously. This after the Congress high command reportedly told him that only a victory for the ruling party in the two seats would reflect his abilities to lead the party till the 2014 general and assembly elections.

Sources said that Kiran Kumar returned to Hyderabad two days ago with this stern message from the party high command. "Apart from meeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on April 13, the CM made a power point presentation to her political secretary Ahmed Patel and AICC general secretary in-charge of AP Ghulam Nabi Azad in which he detailed the steps being taken by the ruling party with regard to the two bypolls," said the sources.

The CM is said to have presented to them a report on the strengths of the Congress and how the party was geared up to overcome the deficiencies in the election. But the mobilization of ministers and the efforts to win back many loyalists of Y S Jaganmohan Reddy and a couple of Telugu Desam leaders into the fold of the Congress did not greatly impress Sonia.

The CM was told that nothing short of a victory would be required from the state Congress and his leadership, and on this victory would depend whether he would lead the party in the next elections, the sources said. "This has Kiran Kumar worried, because the internal assessment of the party shows that it would be very tough for the Congress to win in Kadapa and Pulivendula," said a leader close to the CM.

The sources said senior leaders in New Delhi had high expectations from Kiran Kumar Reddy to win the by-elections. "They have given him a free hand to run the affairs of the state. So they are hoping that Kiran would not disappointment them," the sources added.

Strangely, addressing the media in New Delhi after meeting Patel and Azad, the CM said that at stake was only a bypoll to a lone Lok Sabha seat and that not much significance should be attached to its result. "Certain that the Congress would not win, Kiran appears to be getting ready to be replaced in case Jagan scores in both Kadapa and Pulivendula," said a leader. (TOI)

Weaves - Cotton and Silk Spectrum Exhibition    Top
weavesApril 16, Maharanipeta, Vizag: Weaves, An exhibition cum sale of Ethnic, Exotic & Designer Cotton & Silk has started today in AMCOSA FUNCTION HALL near ZP Junction, Maharanipeta, Vizag.

Sarees, dress materials, stoles, home furnishings, dupattas, kurtis etc.. will be on sale cum exhibition from April 16 - 20, 2011, 11 am to 9pm. All Debit/Credit Cards are acceptable.

Speaking to media, the organizer said, The event is organized by Revathi Creative Communications (P) Ltd., which is a premier advertising agency from Hyderabad as part of our effort to promote the weaving community of India and in continuation of our professional commitments.

Craft Bazaar Exhibition at MVP Colony Raithu Bazaar    Top
craft bazaar 2011April 16, MVP Colony, Vizag: Handloom exhibition cum sale in name of Craft Bazaar-2011 started today at 11 am at MVP Colony New Raithu Bazaar.

Handloom Apparels from different states will be available here from 16 April - 25th April.

Speaking to media, organizer Abdullah said, Sarees, Home Decor items, Carpets, Bed Sheets and other handloom products will be on show here. Timings, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Natures Wonder: Water comes out only when you clap    Top
April 16, Adilabad: One can call it a Natures Wonder or a Miracle, Water comes out when clapped at Thovuu Venkatapuram village in Adilabad district near Andhra, Maharastra border area.

Locals said, the water here comes out only when clapped with hands but not by anyother means, this water comes out from a small opening in the earth when clapped near a Mango tree.

People believe that a Sri Lord Venkateswara Swami deity has appeared in this tree hole 6oo years ago and since then the water started coming out when clapped. They believe that this spring water cures diseases and they celebrate here on every Shiva Ratri night.

Jagan files Nomination for Kadapa MP    Top
YS JaganApril 16:On Friday YS. Jagan Mohan Reddy has filed his nomination for Kadapa MP Seat by-elections. Thousands of fans and followers of YSR and Jagan gathered at collector office where Jagan filed his nomination to contest for by-elections on his newly formed YSR Congress Party ticket.

Earlier he resigned from Congress party and to his Kadapa MP seat following ill treatment towards him and his family from congress party president Sonia Gandhi after his father, late chief Minister YSR death from a helicopter crash.

Jagan started a new party 'YSR Congress ', YSR means (Yuvakula, Sramika Raithula) it also represents his father's name 'YSR'.

According to initial survey results, it is clear that YS Jagan and his Mother Mrs. YS. Vijayamma are going to win with huge majority.

Nagam says no to Chandrababu    Top
nagam janaradhanaApril 16: Nagam Janardhana Reddy has decided to go on with his plans for Telangana Sadana Yatra as planned. He has put down the order of Chandrababu Naidu to canvass in Kadapa by-elections.

In recent days, Major differences have erupted between Nagam and Babu over Telangana issue as Babu has not come out with any clear opinion on Telangana stance. Also Chandrababu is no terms of agreeing to Nagam plans for Telangana.

Buzz is that Nagam Janardhana Reddy is ready to leave TDP and planning his own path for his political future ahead.

Minister YS. Vivekananda Resigns    Top
YS Vivekanda reddyApril 16 Hyderabad: AP agriculture Minister, YS. Vivekananda Reddy resigned from Minister post as his MLC duration has ended and also as he is contesting for coming up by-elections in pulivendila.

Viveka is contesting against his sister-in-law Vijayamma, wife of late AP Chief Minister YS. Rajashekar Reddy in Pulivendila by-elections.

Viveka submitted his resignation to chief minister N. Kiran Kumar and governor has accepted his resignation.

Breaking News: Major Fire Accident in Bheemili near Vizag    Top
BheemiliApril 16 Bheemili: On Friday night a major fire accident broke out in Bheemunipatnam (Bheemili) town costal residential area near Vizag city and initial reports say more than 50 houses are burned to ashes and loss of property may be in millions. There are no reports yet on loss of life if any

stay tuned for latest news...

Lagadapati Survey says YS Jagan & Vijayamma to get Huge Majority    Top
Lagapati RajgopalApril 14, Hyderabad: Lagadapati Survey says YS Jagan & Vijayamma to get Huge Majority, congress to fall to 3rd place.

It is heard that congress party MP Lagadapati Rajgopal has done survey for Kadapa by-elections through reliable agencies and the survey made it clear that YS Jagan and Vijayamma to get huge majority and congress will fall to third place.

All previous surveys of Lagadapati has come true.

14 Current and 3 Ex Ministers at Kadapa to check Jagan    Top
Sonia-Jagan-kiranApril 14, Kadapa: Congress Government has deployed 14 Current Cabinet Ministers and 3 Ex-Ministers to defeat YS. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his YSR Congress Party.

It is heard that, Sonia Gandhi has ordered CM Kiran Kumar Reddy to take all possible measures to win the Kadapa elections against YSR Congress Party Candidate YS.Jagan Mohan Reddy.

Buzz is that congress high command has allotted more than 10 crore rupees to each MLA consistency in Kadapa district and told CM Kiran to lure local politicians and voters with money, nominated posts and other promises. It is also heard that Congress and TDP has joined hands and TDP political guru Ramoji is helping congress advising congress how to tackle the situation in Kadapa.

Money is flowing like water in Kadapa district. It is heard that congress is transporting money in minister's vehicles which police are not checking.

Speaking to press, YSR Congress Party leaders have said that Voters have clear clarification on current situation is state and about all good things YSR has done to them while he was alive and how this present government is cutting off all schemes and promises of YSR to people.

They also said that, people are with YSR Congress and Jagan and will elect Jagan and Vijayamma with huge majority.

Ambati Accuses Ramoji Rao    Top
Ambati rambabuApril 13, Hyderabad: Ambati Rambabu alleges that TDP Party chief advisor Eenadu Group Chairman Ramoji Rao along with Congress has conspired to degrade YSR's name and YS Jagan with their false allegations.

Speaking to media today, Mr. Ambati has said, TDP Party chief advisor Eenadu Group Chairman Ramoji Rao along with Congress has conspired to degrade YSR's name and YS Jagan with their false allegations.

He said that Ramoji has joined hands with Sonia Gandhi and other congress leaders and trying their best with false allegations to mislead public against YSR and Jagan. He said that Public are aware of all incidents and they won't fall into TDP, Congress trap and will show their support to YSR's son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in coming Kadapa elections.

He also said, that Congress and TDP joined hands in Kadapa district and trying their best giving away millions of rupees to politicians and voters to defeat Jagan but their effort will go in vain as public is all set to support YSR Congress and YS Jagan, He said, wait and see the results and you will know peoples Choice.

TDP demands arrest of Jagan    Top
Gali MuddukrihanaApril 13 Hyderabad (DC): The Telugu Desam deputy floor leader, Mr Gali Muddukrishnama Naidu, demanded on Tuesday that the state government initiate criminal action against YSR Congress president, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, in the wake of minister for health, Mr D.L. Ravindra Reddy's allegations that he had engineered the murder of TD leader Paritala Ravi.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Muddukrishnama Naidu said that the state government should take the charges of Mr Ravindra Reddy against Mr Jagan seriously. "In case the minister's allegations are false, he should be removed from the Cabinet," he said. Mr Naidu deplored that both the Congress and the YSR Congress were responsible for the economic burden on people in the name of byelections. "If voters defeat both of them, it will be a real tribute to the fight against corruption launched by Anna Hazare," he said.

He said that the hypocritical politics of the Congress was exposed to the public as they realised that the AICC high command was afraid to take action against Mr Jagan. "The threats of Jagan loyalists, Mr Gone Prakasa Rao and Mr Ambati Rambabu, that they will expose the corruption of Mrs Sonia Gandhi have created suspicion in the minds of people," he said.

Sri Rama Maha Samrajyabhishekam celebrations today at Badrachalam    Top
Sri Rama SitaApril 13, Badrachalam: Sri Rama Maha Samrajyabhishekam celebrations are been conducted today at Badrachalam after 24 years.

These celebrations have been last conducted in year 1987.

Thousands of devotees are pouring in to Badrachalam to attend these celebrations.

Andhra Pradesh Governor, his Excellency Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan couple is chief guests at the celebrations.

Suri killer Bhanu Kiran calls police    Top
Bhanu KiranApril 13, Hyderabad: Suri Killer Bhanu calls Hyderabad police on wednesday.

It is heard that Maddilacharuvu Suri killer, Bhanu Kiran has called Hyderabad police on Wednesday and told them that he is ready to get into custody.

Police have arrested most of the Bhanu's followers and Bhanu has been hiding since the incident and is said to be hiding at different locations in country travelling in disguise.

Buzz is that, he is in Tirupathi per past three days and is ready to get arrested by police. But police when contacted in this regard has declined the news regarding Bhanu calling them.

Maddilacharuvu Suri murder has been a sensational news as he is a major faction leader in Anathapur district and has been lodged in jail for past 14 years in regarding to Paritala Ravindra Murder attempt bomb blast case and has been released on bail before got he got killed.

Bhanu has been on run since the murder of Suri and police were unable to trace him all these days.

Lovers commit Suicide    Top
April 13, Nalgonda: Lovers commit suicide in Mirayalaguda, Nalgonda district.

Two Lovers, Maheswari and Satish have committed suicide in Mirayalaguda, Nalgonda district on Tuesday.

Maheswari is studying inter and Satish is doing Degree. They are in love for over a year and decided to get married but their parents opposed to it.

Fearing that their parents won't accept their love and marriage and they cannot live without financial support and moral support from parents they committed suicide on Tuesday at Mirayalaguda in Nalgonda district.

Their relatives have said , we thought they will get married with our knowledge on Sriramanami festival but we didn't know that they will commit suicide.

Satish died at the location while Maheswari condition is critical, she under treatment in hospital.

Muthoot Finance Cheats Customers    Top
April 13, Hyderabad: Muthoot Finance Company cheats Customer at Hyderabad.

News is that the employees of Muthoot Gold Loan Finance company in Hyderabad has cheated customer of SR Nagar, Hyderabad.

The customer who has deposited around 16 Tula of gold with Muthoot finance has been cheated. When he cleared the loan and took the gold from the company, he noticed that his bangles were not his and when he got them examined it was found that the whole gold ornaments were fake gold.

The customer when complained it to Muthoot finance, they simply said that he has deposited fake gold and they don't have anything to say. Customer has filed a police complaint in this regard. Police are investigating the case.

Police said, there were many incidents of this kind regarding Muthoot Finance and other gold loan companies in the country. Police said that these companies employees are indulging in unlawful acts and causing severe damage to company name and to customers, police also said that these gold finance companies have become safe heavens for gold thieves, as these companies are readily accepting their gold for loan thinking that they will never come back for taking the gold back and they can be profited from he deal.

Police are saying that, they are helpless in recovering this gold from thieves as they do not have proper receipts with them to recover the gold from these gold finance companies. They said public should be extra cautious when taking gold loan from these kind of companies.

Elections in three States Today    Top
April 13, Chennai/Thiruvananthapuram/Puducherry, April 12 (IANS): Elections are going to start for Tamilnadu, Kerala and Puducherry assembly today.

Big question is whether party's promises win those votes?
Analysts say Voter's choice may be different this time.
Leaders dependent on senior politicians Karunanidhi and Achuthanandan in Tamilnadu and Kerala.
BJP is looking for a debut in Kerala.

Nearly 70 million people will be eligible to vote Wednesday in assembly elections in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry where ruling parties are facing a stiff challenge from a determined opposition.

The elections, pundits say, could unseat at least two ruling coalitions - the DMK-led front in Tamil Nadu and the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala.

Perhaps the most politically significant election will be in Tamil Nadu, where the main battle is between two Dravidian giants - the ruling DMK and the opposition AIADMK.

Around 4.59 crore voters can pick 234 legislators from 2,748 candidates, including 141 women. There will be 54,016 polling booths spread all across the sprawling state.

The Tamil Nadu outcome is bound to cast a shadow on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition in New Delhi in which the DMK is a key ally.

Chief Minister and DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi is seeking election to the assembly for a record 12th time and as chief minster for the sixth time.

The DMK is seeking mandate for another term saying it fulfilled its 2006 electoral promises -- such as giving free colour televisions and providing welfare measures like free medical insurance, ambulance service, rice at Re.1 a kg and free houses to the needy.

"The fulfilment of promises made in 2006 will see us through comfortably. At least one welfare scheme implemented by us has reached every home," DMK spokesperson and MP T.K.S. Elangovan told IANS.

The DMK is, however, on the defensive over the 2G spectrum scandal, which has led to the jailing of its leader and former communication minister A. Raja on corruption charges.

AIADMK leader and former chief minister Jayaram Jayalalithaa is exuding confidence after pre-election surveys predicted a win for her alliance. She has harped on rising prices, power cuts, the spectrum scandal and the law and order in Tamil Nadu.

The DMK is contesting in 119 of the 234 constituencies after allocating 115 seats to the Congress (63), PMK (30) and smaller groups. The AIADMK has put up candidates in 160 constituencies. It has allotted 74 seats to 10 allies including actor Vijayakant's DMDK and the two Communist parties.

Interestingly, the DMK has shifted its top leaders -- Karunanidhi and his son and Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin -- to the "safer" constituencies of Thiruvarur and Kolathur. Jayalalithaa, a former actress, will contest from Srirangam.

In Kerala, which has the tradition of catapulting the opposition to office in every election, the ruling LDF faces an aggressive challenge from the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF).

The 2.2 crore electorate, including 1.19 crore women, will pick from among 971 candidates including 78 women. There are 20,758 polling stations.

Two pre-election surveys have indicated a victory for the UDF in the battle for the 140-member legislature.

One man who is still posing the biggest hurdle to the Congress is Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, who at 87 is one of the oldest candidates and a crowd puller.

But the UDF is confident. "There is no doubt we will win with ease," Congress veteran and union Defence Minister A.K. Antony said.

The CPI-M has put up candidates in 84 constituencies, leaving the rest to its allies. In the UDF, the Congress is contesting from 84 constituencies.

In Puducherry, the ruling Congress is eyeing a hat-trick of victories.

The choice in the union territory will be mainly between incumbent Congress Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam and former Congress chief minister N. Rangasamy, who now heads the All India NR Congress (AINRC).

Around 810,500 voters are eligible to vote in 30 constituencies.

There are 187 candidates and several parties in the fray. But the contest is mainly between the Congress-led front comprising the DMK and the AINRC-led front including the AIADMK.

Both in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, rival parties have promised voters a litany of freebies -- if they win. Just who wins will be known only May 13 when votes polled in these three states as well as Assam and West Bengal are counted.

Green Earth Contest by GVPD College at Vizag    Top
April 13: On 18,19th of April, Gayatri Vidya Parisad Degree College at MVP Colony, Vizag is conducting Green Earth Contest with aid of Ministry of Earth Sciences. This has been announced on Monday by College Principal, Professor P.Rajagajapathi.

The contest will be on Topic 'Green Earth' . There will be 1st, 2nd , 3rd and 4th cash prizes of 5000, 4000, 3000 and 2000 rupees each.

Students from 6th Grade to 10th Grade can take part in this event. Contest will be on nature debates, greeting cards making on environment preservation in Telugu and English.

For Degree students, one minute debates on topics given instantly regarding environment preservation and 18 line Telugu poetry contests will be conducted.

All contests topics will be on Mother Earth & Environment preservation.

Contest will be conducted on 18, 19th of April. For details contact 9440326682, 9666533466.

Zaheer Khan to tie the knot to Bollywood Actress    Top
Zaheer, IshaApril 13: Zaheer Khan, may soon go into Isha Sharvani's arms said Times Of India in a report today.

The report says that "soon after India emerged victorious at the World Cup 2011, and Zaheer Khan finished as the highest wicket taker of the tournament, his proud parents were reportedly insistent on getting the best bowler of the season married. And their wish was Zaheer's command! We hear Zaheer is planning to walk the aisle with his long time girlfriend and Bollywood actress Isha Sharvani very soon."

Their love story is almost like a movie script. Isha was performing during an event in 2005. Zaheer was there. They got introduced and kept bumping into each other at various social dos. And before long they were seeing each other. However, after two years of dating they decided to call it quits. Both went their seperate ways. And were not in touch till they met again in 2010.

Isha and Zaheer decided to give love a second chance. "True love deserves a second chance and Zaheer Khan and Isha Sharvani are doing just that," said Hindustan Times. And now, it seems their decision was the right one.

The pretty damsel, who began her Bollywood career with Subhash Ghai's 'Kisna' opposite Vivek Oberoi did not deny this news when contacted by a tabloid. Nonetheless, she preferred to keep it simple by saying, 'I really don't want to comment on this.'

So, will they get married this year? We are waiting a confirmation, yet again.

Minister YS Vivekananda Son-in-Law car hits bike    Top
April 13: On Tuesday night Minister YS.Vivekandha Reddy Son-in-law SUV hits motorcycle in Kadapa.

SUV Scorpio in which YS.Vivekandha's son-in-law was travelling hit a motor cycle on tuesday night.
Two persons travelling on bike died on the spot and Vivekandha's son-in-law Narra Rajshekar Reddy was injured. They were taken Kadapa Hospital.

Vizag Corporators say Media Misleading    Top
April 12: Vizag Corporators today gave a statement, saying that media has mislead the people by exaggerating the incident at Pune.

They said that it is minor issue and things have sorted out without any dispute with CISF.

They said, they were talking among themselves in flight and they are not aware of anybody getting disturbed. But one passenger who has boarded the flight at Hyderabad has pressured the air hostess to lodge complaint as we are talking loudly, with this the CISF personnel tried to make things cool down between that passenger and us. But the Passenger with his local influence has brought the local police into scene and tried to book a case against us but the police after learning the incident went away without registering any complaint.

Buzz is that the Congress corporator Banala Srinivas and TDP Corporator Gandham Srinivas are the persons who created trouble in flight and this made other GVMC corporators and officials to go through all these problems.

It is also heard that only with interference of State urban Development officials things have calmed down at Pune and CISF officials have let go the corporators.

Harikrishna Warns Butchaiah Choudhary    Top
April 12: With things getting worse between Nara's and Nandamuri's, TDP Rajya Sabha Member Nadamuri Harikrishna has warned G. Butchaiah Choudhary who has been asked by Babu to sort out the problems in Krishna District unit.

MP N.Harikrshna has warned Butchaiah saying "You better know Your Limits. Do not interfere in our affairs".

Butchaiah Choudhary who is in-charge of Krishna district has earlier said that they will accept Vamsi's resignation if he fails to withdraw it.

Vallabhaneni Vamsi who is a big supporter and loyalist of Jr NTR and Harikrishna has earlier resigned from party post sighting differences between Devineni Umamaheswar Rao and him. This has triggered frication and anger in Harikrishna and made things to boil.

With these internal disputes and tussles in TDP, Vizag TDP leaders are worried and wishing things to cool down.

Jagan's Supporter Badvel MLA Joins DLR    Top
April 12: Badvel MLA Kamalamma, a strong supporter of YS Jagan has decided to go to congress nest.

Recently she developed some differences with fellow Jagan's MLA and she was deeply disturbed due to his and has decided to go back to Congress.

Jagan's supporters has tried their best to convince her but their efforts didn't work.

Kamalamma on Tuesday has visited Kadapa District DCC office and met with minister Ahemadullah and Kadapa congress MP candidate DL Ravindra Reddy. Buzz is that she is going to come back to congress and support Ravindra Reddy.

Some politicians are saying that her supporting DLR may cause some loss to YS Jagan.

Chandrababu vs Harikrishna, things get Worse    Top
babu-harikrishnaThe Telugu Desam president, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, on Monday stepped in to stem the rot in the party's Krishna district unit and also cut to size the party MP, Mr Nandamuri Harikrishna's supporters. Left stranded amidst the furore was the TD Vijayawada Urban president, Mr Vallabaneni Vamsi, who quit his party post but hastily retracted it claiming pressure from party workers. Unfortunately for him, party sources made it clear that his resignation would be accepted.

On Sunday, Mr Naidu had rejected the resignation of the Krishna district unit president, Mr Devineni Uma Maheshwara Rao, and had asked him to continue. It was then the turn of Mr Vamsi who is involved in a running feud with Mr Uma Maheshwara Rao. Mr Vamsi, who is a vocal supporter of Mr Harikrishna, faxed his resignation to Mr Naidu in protest over the alleged insult to Mr Harikrishna during his tour to the district. Meanwhile, the party general-secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Krishna District, Mr Gorantla Butchaiah Choudhry, announced in Hyderabad on Monday that if Mr Vamsi tendered his resignation, the party would have no option but to accept it.

In a day-long drama, Mr Vamsi announced his decision to quit the party post but withdrew it immediately citing "pressure from party workers" after Mr Naidu rejected Mr Uma Maheshwara Rao's resignation.

Vizag's Venugopal Hits Dashing 60 in IPLT20    Top
venu gopal Vizag's International Cricketer Y. Venugopal Rao hits dashing 60 runs of 40 deliveries.

Venugopal today made 60 runs of 40 balls with 4 sixes and 4 fours playing for Delhi Dare Devils against Rajasthan Royals in IPL T20 2011.

Yalaka Venugopal Rao, with his unbeaten knock of 228 in the Duleep trophy, emerged as a dynamic run-scoring batsman in the first-class and list-A circuit, unfailingly delivering match-winning performances.

Consistent stints in the domestic cricket scene meant a sure slot in the national squad for Rao. He made a steady 61 off 93 balls against Pakistan. Consequently, he earned himself a call to the national side for the Indian Oil Cup in July 2005.

The Delhi Daredevils drafted this prolific run-getter for his fantastic game play in the previous IPL seasons; a stunning 356 runs in 14 innings, inclusive of three fifties at a strike rate of 123.69. Another benefit with having Venugopal Rao in the DD line up is his vast experience on Indian pitches after having played over 95 First-class matches and 122 List-A matches. His right-arm off break bowling has also proved effective on several occasions.

Known for turning matches around single-handedly in crucial ties, Delhi Daredevils have a reliable batsman in Venugopal Rao.

Venugopal was brought into Delhi Dare Devils team for season four with an auction price of $ 700,000 which is around 3.15 crore Indian reupees.

He has a brother Gnaneshwar Rao who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Sania-Elena win WTA Tour    Top
sani mirzaApril 11: Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina of Russia defeated Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy to claim the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Monday.

India's Sania Mirza and Russia's Elena Vesnina wins their second WTA doubles title in as many months.

Sania and Elena, who won their first title together at Indian Wells three weeks ago, had defeated Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy in that final too.

The Indo-Russian pair Sunday let go of a 5-1 lead in the first set but recovered in time to serve it out. They then squandered a 4-0 lead in the second set and Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy draw level 4-4. But once again Sania and Elena got their act together in the final stages to close the set and the match.

It was Sania and Elena's fifth tournament together. It was Sania's 11th career WTA doubles title and Elena's fifth.

"It helps as we get along so well," Sania said. "If either one of us isn't playing well, you don't get angry at your friends. We've known each other for really long. We're playing better every day and understanding each other's games better. When the other one isn't playing as well, the other picks it up."

Vesnina complimented Sania for having the best forehand on tour.

"I think Sania has the best forehand on the tour," Vesnina said, to which Sania quickly said: "I'm not so sure."

"I see the eyes of the net player who's guarding the ball from her forehand," Vesnina continued. "They are thinking, 'Oh my God, no, the Mirza forehand!' And then same for me on the backhand."

Sania praised the powerful backhand of her partner.

"Elena has a lethal backhand and obviously the forehand is my strong shot. Opponents kind of run out of ideas what to do, considering they have only half the court to play in," Sania said. "I think we've improved our volleys and are more confident. With confidence you start to poach more and do stuff normal doubles players do. And since we're so heavy off the ground, it's easier for the player at net."

South Indian Super Star Rajinikanth Entering Politics    Top
RajinikanthApril 11: Buzz is that Rajinikanth is ready to enter politics.

He has expressed his feelings to BJP Party president Gadgari in a recent meeting at Rajini's house.

It is heard that Rajini has told Gadgari that he is interested in entering politics after he finishes his last movie shooting which may take 2 more years to complete.

Rajinikanth has a huge mass following in Tamilnadu where he is treated as a Demigod. He is highest paid actor in the country. He is well known not only for his movies but also for his social activities. He has donated millions of rupees to poor and needy. He is most respectable and honest person in film industry know for his simplicity and kindness.

Vizag Ship Mirath Sank at Kanyakumari    Top
April 11: Iron Loaded Ship Mirath a cargo liner sailing from Vizag Port to Japan has sank in sea near kanyakumari on Monday morning. It is heard that the ship Mirath is carrying heavy load of Iron Ore (around 25,000 tons) when it hit the sea rocks underneath and its hull got broken and on Monday afternoon it has sank in bay of bengal sea at Kanyakumari.

Coastgaurd has rescued 25 members of the ship's crew.

Naidu, NTR family at war over next TDP boss    Top
ntr lokeshApril 11: HYDERABAD: The infighting in the TDP, which has become public in Krishna and Nellore districts, has been triggered by the tussle between party president N Chandrababu Naidu's followers and those of the NTR family for control of the party.

According to sources, while Naidu loyalists want him to declare his son Lokesh as his political successor, NTR family followers are backing Jr NTR. It is this succession war that led to Krishna district unit president and Naidu loyalist Devineni Umamaheshwar Rao locking horns with urban unit chief and NTR family supporter Vallabaneni Vamsi on Friday. While in Nellore district, dissident MLA N Prasanna Kumar Reddy has openly demanded the appointment of Balakrishna as the party president.

According to sources, it all started when a section of TDP leaders urged Naidu a few days ago to pick Lokesh as his political successor. This was countered by the NTR family loyalists who immediately lobbied with Harikrishna, Balakrishna and Jr NTR. Both the sons of NTR, Harikrishna and Balakrishna fear that Lokesh's rise would end their clout within the party and also kill their political ambitions.

Sources said that NTR's daughter and Union HRD minister of state D Purandeswari and her husband (Congress MLA D Venkateshwar Rao) have backed the family's move to anoint Jr NTR as Naidu's successor. There has been no love lost between Naidu and Purandeswari for long.

Staunch NTR family supporters Vallabaneni Vamsi and Gudivada MLA Kodali Nani have been accusing Naidu of not giving the party's first family its due. In fact, it was Junior NTR who managed a ticket for Nani from Gudivada and got Vamsi the TDP post of Vijayawada City president after failing to get him a ticket for the Gannavaram seat.

According to the sources, the infighting has the community (Kamma) divided on the issue. "Lokesh's corporate style is not liked by senior leaders. While others doubt Jr NTR's ability to get votes in the backdrop of his failure in 2009 elections," said a local leader.

What complicates the issue is that Lokesh is married to Balakrishna's daughter. "In the end, they are political families and although they may be related through marriage, political loyalties take precedence," said a TDP politburo member. (TOI)

Visakhapatnam Corporators arrested by CISF Staff at Pune    Top
April 11 Pune: Visakhapatnam corporators misbehaved with Kingfisher air hostess in Pune. They were arrested by CISF staff and later released.

Corporators who are on study tour miss behaved with Kingfisher airhostess on Sunday when they boarded the plane to Pune at Vizag.

Vizag Corporators after boarding the kingfisher flight started singing songs, talking loud commenting each other causing disturbance to fellow passengers, noticing this kingfisher air hostess asked them to maintain proper behavior as it is disturbing fellow passengers.

Without listening to her Corporators went on using bad words against her thinking that she don't understand Telugu. With this the airhostess reported the issue to CISF and upon arrival at Pune, more than 30 CISF staff arrested the corporators and filed a bind over case against them and kept them in their custody whole night.

In morning after corporators apologized for their miss-behavior CISF let them go.

These corporators have degraded the name of Vizag by their behavior. Their tour is also under controversy. Some of the local politicians and people have objected to it saying that the corporators are misusing the GVMC funds in the name of study tour while the reality is, they are wasting public money and just enjoying on their trips without any study.

Vizag LPG plan stalled    Top
April 11 Vizag: he project - promoted by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and the France-based TotalFina - was poised for take-off after two years when the Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) threw a spanner in the works. It is seeking settlement of HPCL's land lease dues before the project can be kicked off.

Estimated at Rs 300 crore, the underground cavern project is being executed by South Asia LPG Company (SALPG), a special purpose vehicle formed by the consortium.

It envisages storage of 60,000 tonne of LPG on Vizag port land for onward distribution through GAIL pipelines.

The land lease dispute relates to HPCL's Visakha refinery. The Visakhapatnam port had leased nearly 511 acres to HPCL for the refinery in the fifties and the corporation has been paying the lease fees fixed by the District Revenue Authorities (DRA). For 1985-95, it paid an annual lease fees of Rs 22 lakh to the port.

However, when the DRA revised the lease rates for 1995-2005, HPCL protested the move.

As per the revised fee 1995 -2005, the port has to collect Rs 3.25 crore towards lease from HPCL.

"The port has increased lease rates by 1,500 per cent in one go. Such a steep rise is unreasonable. It's strange that the revision in land lease for other adjacent units like Coromandel Fertilizers and Andhra Petrochemicals is only by 30 to 50 per cent. We are still paying the lease at the old rates and have made a plea to the DRA, the Tariff Authority for Major Ports and the Ministry of Shipping for reducing the lease rates," K Murali, executive director, HPCL, said. Vizag port sources said the revision was effected by DRA based on market value and VPT had the right to collect the lease at the new rates.

Jagan party making inroads into Congress base    Top
April 11 VISAKHAPATNAM: With the state Congress leadership busy in firefighting measures to solve the problems and issues cropping up at alarming regularity, its dissidents are making a silent switch-over through back door to YSR Congress of former Kadapa MP Jaganmohan Reddy in north coastal region.

As the cadre base of Congress is getting eroded, the YSR Congress is benefiting from it. At a time, when the Congress has mobilised all its resources for Kadapa by-elections where Jagan and his mother YS Vijayalakshmi are contesting for Lok Sabha and Assembly seats respectively, the YSR Congress has shifted its focus to the north coastal region.

Instead of going for big kill of Congress MLAs and MPs, the YSR Congress is seeking support from sarpanches, MPTCs, ZPTCs, municipal corporators and ward members.

The YSR Congress leaders are moving at village and mandal levels to enrol cadres and supporters.

The party leadership has drawn up an action plan for the local leaders on how to create a base at grassroot level and is monitoring their activities from time to time.

As per the plan drafted on the basis of each Assembly segment, the leaders are organising a series of programmes like installing YSR statues, unveiling party flag and taking out padyatras.

As the Congress is bogged down by infighting of its leaders and various scams alleged against the ministers and MLAs, it has totally ignored lower-level leaders and party workers among whom the dissidence is growing by each day. Taking advantage of it, the YSR Congress leaders are inching towards them by promising them bright future in their party.

In Visakhapatnam, with Union minister of Congress D Purandeswari and senior leader T Subbarami Reddy not taking care of the party affairs, other leaders like Konathala Ramakrishna and Sabbam Hari are mobilising cadres to get into YSR Congress.

With no support from party leadership, Minister P Balaraju has been unable to keep the flock together in spite of his best efforts. (Express News)

Chain-Snatcher Beaten and Arrested    Top
April 11Vizag: A Chain-Snatcher was beaten by public and handed ove to police on Sunday at Hanumanthawaka, Vizag.

At NH-5 Dairy Farm junction when an auto-rickshaw stopped to pick-up passengers, a thief tried to snatch the necklace from the passenger, noticing this the people nearby caught chain-snatcher and gave him a good beating and handed him over to PMP Police.

In recent days, chain-snatching incidents have become a major problem in the city. Mainly students from out of station who come to city are participating in these kind of activates. Police said, these youth are getting addicted to drugs and other narcotics and for extra money they are indulging in these kind of activities.

Police Conduct special Drive at MVP Colony, Vizag    Top
April 11 Vizag: Police conducted special drive at MVP Colony, Vizag on Sunday. Police have checked the vehicles for valid pollution check certificate, insurance, registration, drivers license and fined drivers who are driving rashly and beyond speed limits.

This special drive has been conducted by Traffic Sub-Inspector Swarnalatha and his team of 3-Town Police Station. Swarnalatha has said, they will be conducting these drives regularly and will keep a check on drivers who violate traffic rules and advised drivers to follow traffic rules at all times.

TeamLease-IIJT launches Vizag's Satellite Training Centre    Top
April 11 Vizag: TeamLease Services, India's largest staffing solutions company and Indian Institute of Job Training (IIJT) today announced the launch of the new satellite enabled training in finance at the Vizag centre.

The centre at Dwarkanagar, Vizag will offer Career courses like Complete Business Accountant, Integrated Business Accountant & Certified Financial Planner. Modular courses like Tally 9.0, Computer Fundamentals, Accounts, Costing, Taxation, Stock Market Operations, Banking & finance, Export & Import & Job Skills will also ensure successful access for students into the job market.

Shajan Samuel, Divisional Head - IIJT said, "We are pleased to launch the first satellite enabled centre in Vizag to train the large number of potential candidates in the city. IIJT's focus is to build training programs that create pools of talent which can meet the industry requirements. The courses delivered at IIJT are a mix of instructor led class room training, satellite delivery and e-learning that gives access to quality education to students."

Vizag Hills on fire, locals Panic    Top
April 10: A fire broke out near the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) refinery located on a hillock on Sunday afternoon, creating panic among the locals.

While there were no causalities, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained. Three fire tenders rushed to the spot to put out the fire.

Those familiar with the area say the dry grass, bushes and waste in the area easily catch fire during the summer days. Nearly three lakh people reside in the Malkapuram area where the HPCL is located.

Anxious residents ran out of their homes as flames and thick smoke covered the hillock. However, the HPCL management said it was a minor incident, adding that there was no threat to the refinery.

Renukaellamma Temple Looted    Top
April 10 Hyderabad: Renukaellamma Temple in Kothalapur village in Tandoor Mandalam is looted by unidentified persons. Deity's ornaments have been missing and the temple officials have informed the police. Investing and hunt for thieves is on.

Breaking News: Major Fire Accident in Vizag Steel Plant, Loss 100 Crores    Top
April 10, Vizag: Fire broke out on Sunday morning in the CC-2 wing of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant due to liquid fuel leakage in Medium Merchant Structural Mill (MMSM) department. Immediately fire machines came into action, no causalities are reported yet, but several hundred crore rupees worth machinery is damaged. Anti-Fire personnel are trying to extinguish the fire but they are not under control till now.

Employees of Vizag Steel Plant have accused the officials for negligence due to which this accident occurred. They said, even in spite of repeated complains in past about the situation officials have not taken any action on time. Employees speaking to press has said that losses will be in several hundred crore rupees and it may take months to repair and they are worried about their employment.

More news about loss of life if any and other details awaited, stay tuned. celebrates at Vizag    Top
April 10, Vizag: On the eve of first anniversary of website launch, "Jagan Hands Youth Inspired Association" members and followers of YS. Jagan Mohan Reddy have celebrated in a grand way at NAD YSR Congress Party office in Vizag.

YSR Congress Party leader Villa Srinivas Rao was chief guest at the celebrations. He cut a huge cake and participated in the celebrations along with members of Jagan Hands Youth Inspired Association.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Villa Srinivas has said that YSR Congress Party is drawing huge public following and support and by-elections in Kadapa and Pulevendila will be a easy win for Jagan and Vijayamma.

57 Candidates Selected for CRPF at Vizag    Top
April 10, Arilova: 57 Candidates out of 110 got qualified in running race conducted for CRPF Constables selction at Vizag on April 9th.

In a 5 KM running race conducted at Mudasarlova reservior, 57 candidates got selected out of 110 candidates who participated in the selection process. These 57 candidates will be eligible for written test to be conducted later.

AP Tourism Minister Visiting Vizag    Top
April 10: Andhra Pradesh Tourism Minister Vatti Vasanth Kumar is visiting Vizag today.

He will arrive in Vizag at 11:30 AM and stay here for night and will participate in Vishali Jala Udyanavanam Distrist meeting on Monday from 10 AM to 1 PM and then attend other Programs and will fly back to Hyderabad on 12th April.

Today is World Homeopathy Day    Top
Samuel HahnemannApril 10: The basic principle of homeopathy, known as the "law of similars", is "let like be cured by like." It was first stated by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in 1796. April 10th is his birthday and on this day, it is celebrated as World Homeopath Day!

Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine in which practitioners treat patients using highly diluted preparations that are believed to cause healthy people to exhibit symptoms that are similar to those exhibited by the patient.

Indian homoeopathy market may grow by 30 per cent and touch Rs 4,600 crore by 2012, due to its effective treatment of chronic diseases like respiratory disorders and arthritis, an Assocham study has said.

In 2010 calendar year, the domestic homoeopathy market size was estimated at about Rs 2,758 crore.

"The main reason for growing homoeopathy market is its effective and cheaper treatment for chronic ailments compared to allopathic and ayurvedic medicines," the study said. Besides, it said, the treatment is considered to be safe and has no side-effects.

"In 2009-10, the treatment helped around 10-12 crore people in diagnosing their ailments.

This number is likely to exceed 16 crore in the next two to three years," the study said.

At present, there are more than five lakh registered homoeopaths in the country, it said. The international homoeopathy market is also growing at a rate of 25 per cent annually and is estimated at Rs 26,300 crore, it added.

Vijayawada Dosa Enters Guinness Records    Top
Vijayawada Dosa enter Guinness RecordsApril 10: Vijayawada Hotel Owners Association has prepared a Dosa with length of 38.2 feet which has find a place in Guinness world records.

Guinness World Records officer Elizabeth Smith has declared the award. 25 people have developed the Dosa in 20 minutes, this Dosa has been prepared on the eve of Vijayawada owners association golden jubilee celebrations.

Association members said, they have worked for one month to make this event possible and win a place in the Guinness records.

After the function, members have cut a 100 KG Cake.

Previous record was held by Mumbai's Sankalpa Restaurant.

Konathala Says, Congress & TDP Match fixed     Top
April 9, Anakapalli Rural: Speaking at an YSR Congress Party Flag hoisting function in Tummapal, rural Anakapalli, Ex-Minister Mr. Konathala Ramakrishna has said, Congress and TDP are very much worried about the gaining popularity of YS Jagan and his Party YSR Congress.

Chandrababu Naidu and CM Kiran Kumar Reddy have joined hands to counter YSR Congress in Kadapa and Pulevendila elections. TDP has fielded a dummy candidate in Kadapa and telling people to vote for Congress.

Mr. Konathala said this degraded thoughts and acts by TDP and Congress cannot stop people's support to YS Jagan and YSR Congress Party and in coming days, TDP and Congress will be wiped out from the State.

Married Woman Suspicious Death    Top
Rolugunta, Sarabavaram: On Friday Night a Married women died in a suspicious way. Police said, that the dead women, Chinalaxmi was married to Auto driver Applanaidu 4 years back and since then Applanaidu has been harassing Laxmi and her parents for more dowry and six months back have collected 30,000 rupees from them.

Still the harassment didn't stop so on Thursday Laxmi has informed her parents and they have decided to have a panchayathi before village heads next day. Next day morning they found from a phone call that Laxmi committed suicide.

When Laxmi's parents and relatives have arrived they have found that the body of Laxmi has already been prepared for a burial and her husband's relatives have applied turmeric all over her body. Seeing this Laxmi's parents have alleged that her daughter is not that week to commit suicide and claimed that her husband has killed her and trying to frame it has suicide.

They have reported this issue to VRO, Thasildhar and Rolugunta Police. Police have filed complaint against Laxmi's husband Naidu, his brother in law, sister and investigating the case.

Visakha Container expects 38% rise in cargo handling    Top
Visakha Container Terminal Private Limited, a private container terminal operator jointly promoted by Dubai Port World and United Liner Agencies of India, is targeting to handle about 200,000 TEUs (twentyfoot equivalent units) during this fiscal.

"In the just ended financial year, we handled about 145,000 TEUs as against 98,000 TEUs in the preceding year, a growth of 48 per cent," Sriram Ravi Chander, chief executive officer, VCTPL, told Business Standard.

The 48 per cent growth in 2010-11 can be attributed to four reasons - organic growth of industry in the local hinterland covering states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Chhattisgarh; induction of new mainline services; Vizag emerging as a transshipment hub for Kolkata and finally, inducement of Inland Container Depot traffic between Vizag and Nagpur, he said.

Apart from existing cargos this year, VCTPL witnessed movement of new commodities like poly products, butter, coffee, cotton, tobacco and increased movement of sugar, refractory, heavy minerals, waste paper and metal scrap.

Establishment of ICD movements to Nagpur and movement of coffee, tobacco and cotton from Guntur also helped, he pointed out.

"The hinterland of Vizag is one of the fastest growing regions. Heavy investments have gone into various sectors including pharmaceuticals, aluminum, petroleum, chemicals, petrochemicals, ferro alloys, refractory and paper. In the coming years, the hinterland of Vizag will have an additional 0.6 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) ferro alloy production, 25 mtpa of steel, 3 mtpa aluminium, around 20 more pharmaceutical units, numerous power projects, more apparel manufacturing units. Hence, in 2011-12 we expect to handle 200,000 TEUs," he said.

The terminal also anticipates enhanced transshipment activity by adding Chittagong in Bangladesh and Yangon (Myanmar) to the loop and inducement of ICD movement from Delhi and Hyderabad.

In view of this, it has placed orders for new gantry cranes which would begin operations by December. VCTPL is spending Rs 110 crore on these cranes, he said.

Maoist military plans big strike in Vizag & AOB area    Top
April 9: According to intelligence inputs, a military company of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army led by Central Military Commission member Devji alias Tipparthi Tirupati from Andhra Pradesh has moved to the Koraput area from Dandakaranya of the AOB for a major strike. The information came from arrested Naxal leader Chenda Bhushanam alias Ghasi recently and the police said that the Central Regional Committee's 2nd Company has joined the existing military company headed by Ramakrishna alias RK alias Saketh.

It is suspected that the two companies are planning major strikes on police camps, armouries, police training colleges, police stations and other targets and security forces have alerted authorities of Orissa and AP districts which falls under the Maoist map of AOB. A senior official of the state police headquarters said, "They have not entered the Andhra side. But we are on alert as they can even strike in Vizianagaram, Srikakulam and Visakhapatnam. Trouble is mostly being anticipated in Rayagadh, Koraput and Malkangiri but we have to be on our toes as we share thick forests." The strikes are anticipated as part of the tactical counter-offensive launched every summer by the CPI Maoists. "Last year they had attacked the police in GK Veedhi mandal," said a police official.

Bhushanam alias Ghasi of AOB Special Zonal Committee was arrested four days ago. He revealed that Devji had arrived at Koraput and was supposed to meet Ramakrishna with his Company to carry out the strikes. "It is not true that Ramakrishna is in Chhattisgarh. He is very much in Orissa side of AOB," said a official.

Top priority for tourism development: Minister    Top
April 9: The union minister for tourism, Mr Subhodh Kanth Sahay, assured that he would sanction `25 crore for the development of Kondapalli fort and said the central government will give top priority for the development of tourism in Andhra Pradesh.

He also assured that required assistance would be extended to develop Shilparamam in Vijayawada. He directed the state tourism minister, Mr Vatti Vasantha Kumar to send proposals for sanctioning financial assistance for the development of Kondapalli. He addressed a meeting held in Siddartha Arts and Science College on the occasion of Vijayawada Hotel Owners Association golden jubilee celebrations on Saturday. Speaking on the occasion, he felt there is need to construct convention centres of international standards in Vijayawada and Vizag.

The union minister of state for human resources development, Ms Daggubati Purandeswari, deplored that various taxes including service tax and Vat were some of the hurdles for the growth of tourism in India. She explained that tourism fetched $840 billion globally during 2009-10. Due to economic reforms and imp-rovement of financial position of people, travel potential has gone up, she said. ourism minister, Mr Vatti Vasantha Kumar, minister for mines, Ms Galla Arunakumari, minister for secondary education, Mr K.Parthasaradhi, MP Mr L. Rajagopal and the CPI state secretary, Mr K. Narayana were present.

Public health takes a backseat in Vizag    Top
Vizag Public Health checkApril 8: Diseases like ma-laria, diarrhoea, dengue and even swine flu have eme-rged as major public health concerns in north Andhra consisting of Vizag, Vizia-nagaram and Srikakulam districts.

According to information from the Medical and Hea-lth departments of the districts, 15 people died due to malaria in 2010, 15,040 cases of malaria, 21 cases of swine flu, and approximately 1,500 diarrhoea and 100 cases of dengue were reported in the year between January and December. People and political parties like the BJP and Telugu Desam alleged that government as well as the district administration has not taken any effective steps to prevent diseases in the last four years, and also completely failed in taking care of public health.

Almost all primary, area and general hospitals in the districts are not effectively treating people affected with these diseases. Officials fr-om the department of Medical and Health deny this and maintain that efforts are on to supply medicated mosquito nets (MMNs) and long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to check mosquito-borne diseases. Official sources admitted that LLINs and MMNs have not been distributed to people since 2007. Visakhapatnam health officials said that they wo-uld spray malathion in the district from April 15 to May 31, covering over 1.30 lakh households.

Actor Jagapathi babu Visits Vizag CMR INOX    Top
JagapathibabuApril 8: Tollywood Actor Jagapathi babu is chief guest at Vizag CMR INOX 1st anniversary celebrations.

CMR INOX located in CMR Central at Maddilapalem anniversary celebration were celebrated in grandway on wednesday. Jagapathibabu attended this event as chief guest. He has cut a cake marking the celebrations of INOX.

INOX-CMR Central General Manager K. Ganesh said, they are operating in 25 cities in India with 144 screens at 38 Multiflex Theaters.

CMR Central Owner Mavuri Venkataramana is also present at the occation.

Senior Indian Navy post in Vizag upgraded    Top
Admiral LanbaApril 8: (IANS) The government Thursday upgraded the senior-most staff appointment in the Visakhapatnam-based Eastern Naval Command to the rank of a vice admiral. Sunil Lanba will be the first officer to occupy the upgraded position.

Rear Admiral Lanba, who is at present the Maharashtra naval area's flag officer commanding, will occupy that position on his promotion May 1.

'The post of chief of staff in the Eastern Naval Command has been upgraded to vice admiral rank,' a navy officer said here.

This upgrading of chief of staff post at the Eastern Naval Command comes a year after the government first upgraded it in the Mumbai-based Western Naval Command, considered the sword arm of the Indian Navy.

Vice Admiral Pradeep Chauhan is currently the chief of staff at the Western Naval Command.

The upgrading of the post is a direct fallout of the defence ministry's promotion policy unveiled two years ago under the recommendations of the A.V. Singh committee that went into the restructuring of the officer cadre in the armed forces.

The recent stepping up of the Eastern Naval Command's resources too had a bearing on the government decision on upgrading the post, the officer said.

Under the increase in resources of the Eastern Naval Command, the navy had deployed its spanking new INS Shivalik stealth frigate, INS Jalashwa landing pontoon dock and new fleet tanker, apart from opening of new operational bases there.

Tribal Welfare Minister to Visit Vizag    Top
Tribal welfare minister kunwar shahApril 8: Tribal Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah will go from Indore to Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on April 8. On April 9, Kunwar Vijay Shah will hold talks with the Mayor and officials of Visakhapatnam on the schemes launched by the Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation. He will also hold discussions on the public welfare schemes being run by the Andhra government's Social Welfare Department.

Tribal Welfare Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah will inspected works being done by the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in Hyderabad on April 10 and will hold discussions with Mayor and other officials to elicit information about these schemes. He will also talk with the officials of the Social Welfare Departments about various welfare schemes.

Celebration for Orissa at Vizag    Top
Orissa Formation day celebrations at VizagApril 8, Vizag: Utkal Sanskrutika Samaj, a socio-cultural organisation of the Oriya people in the port city, celebrated the 76th Orissa State Formation Day. The function was conducted grandly at its open auditorium behind the temple of Lord Jagannath at Siripuram behind the studios of All India Radio, Visakhapatnam.

All delegates present at the event paid rich tributes to Sriram Chandra Bhanja of Mayurbhanj, Gajapathi Krushna Chandra Dev of Parlakehmandi, Veer Surendra Sai of Sambalpur, Madhusudhan Das and Gopabandhu Dash in particular among others, recapitulated the history of the formation of a separate state of Orissa on April 1, 1936. The major part of the evening's function was marked by the absorbing rendering of solo and group songs and colourful folk and classical dances. Solos by Arathi Halder, Rashmi Biswal, Sarat Maharand and Arun Nayak set to music by A.C. Halder, Majlu and Bhoi stood out.

Similarly, the dance ballet Konark Nritya Naatika visualising the splendour of the Sun Temple at Konark and advocating the need of protecting it symbolically, marked the dawn of delightful dance programme. Empathic presentation of the first poet, Jayadev's Dasavatar was the other dance presented in traditional form of a fine blend. The highly rated dictions were set by the Gurus, Gadadhar Pradhan, Pankaj Charan Das and Kelucharan Mohapatra, who depicted Orissa dance traditions of sublime forms. The modern candle and filmy song dances were also presented next. Sambalpur and Kalahandi folk dances presented by young girls provided the grand finale.

Disciples of Jayant Acharya of Berhampore, Aiswarya, Priya, Smitha, Gayatri, Runa, Simyan, Anchal, Rajani, Rubina, Nau Raza, Sibvam, Ruchita, Manas, Jigyanshu and Rakesh constituted the team of dancers sponsored by the Government of Orissa to mark the celebration of the Foundation Day of the State of Orissa by Utkal Sanskrutha Samakhya.

Satya Sai Baba Devotees wants to see Baba    Top
Sri Satya Saibaba April 7, Puttaparthi: Bhagwan Sri, Satya sai Baba's devotee's wants to see him as they are worried about his health condition.

On Wednesday night thousands of Baba Devotees sat in front of Hospital and demanded the authorities to have them see Baba. Also has blocked the traffic by sitting on the main road. There has been a tussle between police and devotees at Puttaparthi.

Millions of Baba's followers are worried about his health and praying all over the world to see their master and guru in a healthy state again.

Sri. Satya Saibaba is one of most followed Hindu God Man in the world who preaches universal love and worship from his ashram at Puttaparthi, AP, India. He has travelled several countries preaching and teaching his followers about God and Worship.

Baba is under treatment at Puttaparthi Super Specialty Hospital. Doctors had said earlier that Baba is slowly responding to treatment but still under critical condition. He is presently on ventilator.

YSR CONGRESS Party Starts Election Campaign    Top
YS Jgan Starts election campaign April 7, Kadapa: YSR CONGRESS PARTY Starts Election Campaign. YSR Congress Party President Ex-MP Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy has started election campaign for Kadapa MP by-elections on Wednesday.

Y.S. Jagan has highlighted faults of ruling party congress and main opposition TDP in his campaigns' speeches which has attracted masses.

Y.S.Jagan has said, by-elections in Kadapa district is fight between Affection and Hatredness, between Reliability and Corruption, between Great Leader Late YSR and Sonia Gandhi.

YS. Jagan's Mother Mrs. Vijayamma and Jagan's Wife and Sister also started election campaign from Lingala Mandalam Parnepalli in Pulivendila MLA Constituency.

YSR Congress Party Leader Vamsikrishna Srinivas inaugurates Chalivendram    Top
YSR Congress Leader Vamsi Krishna SrinivasApril 7: YSR CONGRESS PARTY Visakha Leader VamsiKrishna Srinivas has inaugurated free Chalivendram (Cool Drinking Water) at Arilova 1st Ward Durga Bazaar on wednesday which was organized by Vamsikrishana's followers, Centering Youth. Other Local Vamsi's followers and YSR Congress Party Activists who participated in this event are Boni Sivarama Krishna, Applanaidu, k. Chinna Rao, Subba Reddy, Sri Devi, yerayya, Siva, Karri Prasad.

Mr. VamsiKrishna Srinivas is operating three Water Tankers through his VamsiKrishna Seva Samithi organization in Visakha East Constituency supplying drinking water for free to people in hilly areas and slums. Mr. Vamsi is also an active social activist, he actively participates and donates money, cloths and grocery to poor and needy through his Seva Samithi.

Lightening strikes, 2 students die in Vizianagaram    Top
April 7, VIZIANAGARAM: Two students were killed and two others severely injured when lightning struck them at Tippalabadra village in Jiyyammavalasa mandal in Vizianagaram district as unseasonal rains lashed several parts of north coastal districts on Tuesday.

Tumarada Chinnayya, 22, and M Durga Rao, 22, both preparing for DIET-CET, were struck dead by lightning when they were at a farm field. Two others -- Ch Nagaraju and R Nagaraju -- suffered serious burns. While hail stones lashed Vizianagaram with intensity, Saluru, Parvathipuram and surrounding areas experienced heavy rains in the afternoon.

Anakapalle, Narsipatnam, Chodavaram and surrounding areas in Visakhapatnam district, besides Agency mandals, also soaked in heavy downpour in the afternoon that brought down the day temperatures considerably. All these places had a relatively cool day with temperatures dropping by four degrees on Tuesday.

The weather department said the rains occurred due to the formation of an upper air trough over coastal Andhra. Under its influence rain or thundershowers may occur at a few places over coastal Andhra and Telangana in the next 24 hours.

CBI arrests Income Tax officer in AP, Links at Aruku Valley    Top
April 7, New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested an Income Tax officer posted in Ward-I, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a civil surgeon.

A press release from the agency said the officer had demanded the illegal gratification for favouring him in the matter of assessment of income tax.

On the basis of a written complaint by the surgeon, a case was registered and a trap was laid. The accused was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe from the complainant, the release said.

It said searches were conducted at five different places, which led to recovery of expenditure receipts for establishment of a hotel at Araku Valley in Visakhapatnam in the name of the officer's wife and an amount of Rs.80,000.

The accused was produced before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Hyderabad and remanded to judicial custody, the release added.

Fake currency Groups Targeting Vizag    Top
April 7:The state home department is delaying the handover of cases relating to fake currency that is printed in Pakistan to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) even though in just the past two weeks, as many as three major rackets of counterfeit currency notes were busted in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. In fact, all the rackets were linked to Malda district in West Bengal, considered the hub of cross-border fake currency smuggling.

The NIA has a specialise wing that deals with fake currency cases with cross border implications and while the other south Indian states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are handing over the cases to the agency, the NIA unit in Hyderabad has only received the one case of terror suspect Zia Ul Haq. Meanwhile, cross-border fake currency groups are targeting Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and other cities in the state.

"The state government has to write to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the MHA has to hand over the cases to the NIA after verifying the quality of the notes it received from the state government. In fact, the other south Indian states hand over at least four cases per month to the NIA. It is advisable to hand over cases to the NIA as this will accommodate a holistic investigation as the route and original conspirators of all the cases are based in Pakistan, Bangladesh and West Bengal. One of the key objectives of the NIA is to probe fake currency cases of cross border significance," a police official said.

ECoR to augment coaches in five trains    Top
April 7: Bhubaneswar, Apr 6 (IBNS): To facilitate traveling and avoid rush the East Coast Railway has decided to augment with one sleeper class and one general second class in the 18447/18448 Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express with effect Apr 12lto June 30 from Bhubaneswar and from April 13 to July 1 from Jagadalpur.

Similarly, the 58501/58502 Visakhapatnam-Kirandul-Visakhapatnam Passenger will be augmented with one general second class coach from Apr 12 to June 30 from Visakhapatnam and from Apr 13l to July 1 from Kirandul.

In view of heavy rush and demands from the passengers, ECoR has decided to augment additional coaches in five important trains permanently.

The 12801/12802 Puri-New Delhi-Puri Purusottam Express will be augmented permanently by one sleeper class coach from May 1.

The 18496/18495 Howrah-Puri-Howrah weekly & 12898/12897 Bhubaneswar-Puducherry-Bhubaneswar will be augmented permanently with one AC-3 tier coach from May 6 and 10 respectively.

The 18477/18478 Puri-Haridwar-Puri Utkal Express will be augmented permanently with one General 2nd Class coach from Apr 12, and the 18105/18106 Rourkela-Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Express has already been augmented with one AC chair car coach permanently with effect from Apr 1.

Unidentified Dead body Identified by Vizag Police    Top
April 6 Vizag: Unidentified dead body found at Rushikonda beach on April 5th has been identified as D. Ram Gopal. His address has been mentioned as 43-9-26/2, Visakhapatnam on his ration card found in the belongings.

Doctors have said that death has been occurred due to drowning, Police said that he might have committed suicide due to depression as his wife has died recently and his children neglected him. It is heard that Ram Gopal has stayed at his friends house at Purna Market for 2 days before he committed suicide.

Madhurwada ACP M. Narishmarao and PMP Police are investigating this case. None of the relatives of D. Ram Gopal have claimed the body yet.

108 favours private hospitals: TDP    Top
April 6: The Telugu Desam state committee secretary, Mr Kona Tatarao, alleged that the '108' project only benefited corporate hospitals in the state. Speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, he alleged that 108 was diverting 78 per cent of its rescued people to the corporate network hospitals of the Arogyasri scheme, leaving the rest of them to their fate to government hospitals. Moreover, the GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute, which operates 108 ambulances, had not operated all its 752 ambulances for the last few years, but received full maintenance charges (Rs 1,18,420 for each vehicle per annum) of all vehicles from government. State government had not responded to his repeated appeals, seeking information about the progress of the 108 project under the Right To Information Act, he said.

Mr Rao demanded that the government immediately make an inquiry into the progress of the project by a sitting High Court Judge. The party would intensify a stir against 108 if government failed to do so, he warned. Mr Tata Rao felt that 108 service, which was well-known for its quick medical relief to injured or ill persons, had now completely failed. With the support of a few key persons in government, the managements of network corporate hospitals and the GVK EMRI were playing games with the lives of lakhs of poor people in the state by using 108 for their own benefit.

Priority was given to corporate hospitals to grab huge amounts under the Arogyasri sche-me, he said. As per the MoU between state government and GVK EMRI, 752 emergency ser-vices were supposed to move on the roads in the state, but as on Tuesday, only 356 were being operated by the GVK, he pointed out.

In Visakhapatnam district alone, only 22 of the total 42 allotted ambulances were working, he added. The ambulances were also not fully equipped with necessary instruments such as ventilators to handle medical emergencies, he pointed out. As per CAG reports, GVK EMRI had not conducted audit also since 2009, Mr Rao observed.

City zoo park makes a killing as visitors flock    Top
April 6: Indira Zoological Park at the Visakhapatnam and Tirupati zoos together had a whopping 10.17 lakh visitors during 2010-2011.

Nehru Zoological Park at Hyderabad was a host to a whopping 20 lakh visitors during 2010-2011. While this is a record in the zoo's history, the jump in the number of visitors also increased its revenues from Rs 5.42 crore during 2009-10 to Rs 6.44 crore this year.

The total number of visitors in the three zoo parks in the state this year is 30.17 lakh as against 27.39 lakh during 2009-10.

Zoo authorities attribute this substantial rise in the number of visitors to addition of several new birds and animals to its collection, a clean environment, rest areas and other facilities for visitors.

At Nehru Zoological Park On weekends over 20,000 people visit the zoo while on an average the number is between 5,000 and 8,000.

Authorities said that apart from making the zoo visitor-friendly, they are concentrating more on animal welfare.

Know More about: Vizag's Indira Zoological Park

Araku coffee needs GI status    Top
April 5 Vizag: Araku coffee, the organic brew of the tribals known for its aroma and taste, has won the Fine Cup award from the Coffee Board of India for seven straight years, but nothing is being done to protect its geographical identity.

The AP Forest Development Corporation and the Integrated Tribal Development Agency are sitting on an application for Geographical Indicator status for Araku coffee, which is highly sought after in the US and Europe for its aroma. Meanwhile serious concerns have been expressed over the possibility of the Araku coffee beans being misused by companies abroad.

Chennai GI registry officials said that they haven't received any applications from AP regarding Araku Coffee or Araku Organic Coffee. APFDC is growing the coffee in around 4,000 hectares and the tribals too are growing it on around 40,000 hectares in Anantagiri and Araku of Visakhapatnam Eastern Ghats.

APFDC Visakhapatnam regional manager A. N. Guru Murthy says, "We haven't applied for a GI status. We haven't thought about it yet. We got the Fine Cup award from the Coffee Board for seven years in a row." Anupama, who is working with the Naandi Foundation says, "We work with 10,000 tribal farmers and help them produce organic coffee in 10,000 acres of land. We are going to conduct coffee cupping competitions for the farmers in Visakhapatnam in April and in Hyderabad on March 30. Around 130 samples will be tested by representatives from the United States and European countries." She adds, "The tribal society has got organic and fair trade certificates. We are thinking about applying for a GI status."

The Organic Coffee Project is implemented in Araku, Anantagiri, Dumbriguda and Hukumpeta mandals by the Tribal Farmers Mutually Aided Co-operative Society.

Gary steps down as Indian coach    Top
April 5 Mumbai: India's outgoing coach Gary Kirsten on Tuesday bid an emotional farewell after his three-year tenure as India's cricket coach, saying it was one of the hardest goodbyes he has ever said.

"I am glad that I am leaving the team in a healthy state, but this is one of the hardest goodbyes I have had to say," Kirsten told reporters at the Cricket Centre in Wankhede.

Kirsten, who leaves for South Africa on Tuesday night, praised legend Sachin Tendulkar for his friendship.

"Tonight, I leave with my wife to return to South Africa. To Sachin (Tendulkar), I want to say thank you for your friendship. You are the greatest sporting role model I have ever met," he said. (Watch)

"It has been an honour to work with him over the last three years and I want to thank him for his support," he added.

Kirsten also extended a heartfelt thanks to the support staff and the cricket team.

Vizag port cargo handling up    Top
April 5: Visakhapatnam port, which is under the shipping ministry, handled 2.5 million tonne additional cargo during the just concluded financial year March 31, 2011, as compared with last year.

However, the port fell short of the ministry's target by 2 million tonne. The shipping ministry had set a target of 70 million tonnes for Vizag port, but it closed the year with 68 million tonne. Port sources said they were facing competition from Gangavaram port. "More than 4-5 million tonne cargo had shifted to Gangavaram deepwater port," they said.

In 2009-10, the port handled 65.5 million tonne cargo. Of this petroleum products accounted for 19.2 million tonne, iron ore and pellets 19.1 million tonne, coking coal 7.3 million tonne, thermal coal 3.5 million tonne, fertilisers and fertiliser raw material 4 million tonne, container cargo 2.5 million tonne and other cargo stood at 12.1 million tonne.

Meanwhile, cargo handling increased by 1 million tonnes at Gangavaram port. The port handled 14 million tonne cargo in the 2011 fiscal, as against 13 million tonnes in 2009-10.

Kakinada seaport, on the other hand, witnessed about 500,000 tonne decline in handling as compared with 2009-10 when it handled 10.4 million tonne. "This fall was mainly in iron ore. In 2009-10, we handled about 2.5 million tonne iron ore and this declined to 1 million tonne in the just concluded fiscal. However, other cargo like coal, fertilisers and granites increased by 1 million tonne," port sources said

Election officials seize over Rs. 5 crore in Tiruchi    Top
April 5: The stash, found atop a private bus, is considered to be the single largest seizure of cash in the State so far in the run up to the Assembly elections.

About Rs. 5.11 crore in cash found atop a private bus parked at Ponnagar in the City, in the Tiruchi West constituency, was seized by election officials in the early hours of Tuesday.

This is considered to be the single largest seizure of cash in the State so far in the run up to the Assembly elections.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of officials led by Revenue Divisional Officer and Returning Officer of the constituency, S. Sangeetha, searched the bus found parked at Ponnagar at around 2 a.m.

The cash, in 500 and 1000 rupee denominations, was found in five leather bags on the roof of the bus. According to sources, some persons from a car parked nearby fled when they saw the officials search the bus. A search was also conducted at two houses at Ponnagar and New Selva Nagar.

Both the bus and the car have been impounded. The seized cash was later handed over to the Income Tax Department officials who were conducting further investigations.

District officials said the origin of the cash or who it belonged to has not yet been established. Reliable sources said the bus was owned by a person in Perambalur.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister K.N. Nehru, the DMK candidate contesting from Tiruch West, issued a statement here denying that the seized cash belonged to his relatives, as reported in a section of the media.

Airtel 3G in Vizag in few Weeks    Top
April 5: Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Tuesday launched third generation (3G) services in the cyber city of Hyderabad, in Andhra Pradesh.

On the business-to-business front, Bharti airtel said in a statement that it now offers special programmes catering to the 3G needs of enterprise customers.

"In keeping with our commitment to bring the best to our customer, we today bring the Airtel 3G advantage to the tech-savvy and youthful city of Hyderabad. Over the next few weeks, we will be extending Airtel 3G services to other key locations such as Vizag and Vijawada.

"Our customers here can now join the 2 million 3G-enabled customers in India. We welcome you all to experience Airtel 3G services and join 2 million of our customers that are already enjoying this all new world of possibilities," Bharti airtel President -- Mobile Services Atul Bindal said.

Unidentified Dead body found at Rushikonda Beach    Top
April 5: Unidentified dead body was found at Rushikonda beach today afternoon. PMP Police found a bag near the dead person and it contained gold, cash and cloths.

Police said, death might have occurred by poisoning or strangling the neck, details will be know after post mortem is conducted. Police moved the body to King George Hospital and investigating the case.isining or stangling the neck, details will be know after post mortem is conducted. Police moved the body to King George Hospital and investigating the case.

Breaking News: Satya Sai Baba Condition Critical    Top
Sri Satya Saibaba condition criticalApril 5: HYDERABAD: The condition of Sri Sathya Sai Baba turned critical on Monday evening as some of his vital systems were not 'adequately responding' to treatment.

A bulletin issued by A.N. Safaya, Director, Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS) at Prasanthigram near Puttaparthi, said the 85-year-old Sai Baba continued to be on ventilator support for helping his respiration and suction of secretion from the lungs.

"He continues to be on CRRT [continuous renal replacement therapy] system to help the functioning of the kidneys. The vital systems are not adequately responding. The condition of the Baba is critical."

The latest medical bulletin released at 10.30 p.m. stated that the condition of Baba's vital organs showed further deterioration.

A panel of doctors attending on him was doing its best to make the systems respond.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba was admitted to the superspeciality hospital on March 28 following complaints of chest and lung congestion. He initially responded to treatment but his condition began deteriorating on April 1.

Andhra Pradesh Minister for Major Industries J. Geetha Reddy, a devotee of Sai Baba, has been camping at Puttaparthi from April 2. He was joined by Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy on Monday. The State government despatched a team of five doctors from Hyderabad to assist the SSSIHMS doctors, but all of them except a physician have returned.

P.V. Ramesh, Principal Secretary, Health, told The Hindu that Sai Baba was responding to stimuli and his condition, though critical, was not irretrievable. His vital organs were placed on support systems - the heart on a pacemaker, the lungs on a respirator and the kidneys on renal replacement therapy. "We have not given up hope yet," said Dr. Ramesh.

Mr. Raghuveera Reddy, who returned here from Puttaparthi, said Sai Baba was responding by blinking his eyes when his name was called. Every thing depended on how he responded to the support systems.

Meanwhile, in Puttaparthi, hundreds of devotees thronged the hospital anxious to know about Sai Baba's condition. Police were deployed in good numbers as the devotees staged a protest alleging that hospital authorities were keeping them in the dark.

Steel Plant Employee killed in a Freak accident    Top
April 4, Vizag: Nammi Venkateswar Rao(22) working as technician in RMHP Division of steel plant died in a freak accident on Sunday afternoon while trying to climb the stairs of 20 meters high coal controller room (CCR). He was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. Venkateswar Rao joined this job in 2008.

Venkateswar Rao relatives agitated at hospital for his sudden death. Upon Steel Plant management assurance, the relatives relaxed their agitation.

Vizag Mayor says First Priority to Drinking Water    Top
April 4, Vizag: Vizag Mayor Mr. P. Janardhan Rao says first priority is to Drinking water. Talking to Press, Mayor has said, GVMC will give first priority to City Drinking water needs this summer. GVMC has taken steps to supply water to slums and hilly regions of the city with extra water tankers, due to insufficient available water tankers, GVMC has hired extra tanker to serve the people of Vizag this summer. Also, he said that various bore wells in the city will be repaired and re-dig the depth for free flow of water. GVMC has allotted 5.40 crore rupees for this purpose.

Mayor said, following things are on his priority list apart from drinking water: Review of 6 reservoirs in city limits, City Cleanliness, Development of Wards.

Vizag Based Daspalla group turnover up at Rs 50 crore    Top
April 4, Vizag: The city-based Daspalla group, which controls a chain of hotels in Visakhapatnam and Kakinada, a steel making unit and is into marine export business, registered 25 per cent growth in turnover during the just-concluded financial year, when compared to preceding year.

ALERT !: OnlineSBI SBI Account SPAM E-MAIL    Top
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So beware of it and just delete this email if you see one in your inbox. Latest email has been found in SBI Online Registered users Yahoo Email Inboxes.

India kicks off state polls in first big test for Congress    Top
April 4: GUWAHATI: Tens of thousands of Indians in the insurgency-racked state of Assam queued up on Monday to cast their votes in a local election, the first big test of the ruling Congress party since it became embroiled in corruption scandals last year.

Five states, which send just over a fifth of lawmakers in the 545-member lower house of parliament, are holding local elections that run until mid-May, and the battered Congress must perform well to retain its authority in the federal coalition.

The election in Assam, held in the shadow of the threat of attacks by rebels fighting New Delhi's rule, pits the state's Congress government against a local party allied to the federal main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Congress-led coalition has been hit by a series of corruption scandals and by high food prices, which have damaged its credibility and spooked investors in Asia's third-largest economy.

The scandals include charges of massive corruption and rule-breaking during the grant of lucrative mobile phone licences and radio spectrum in 2007-08 lost the exchequer $39 billion in revenue.

The ruling Congress is favoured to win the election in Assam, taking advantage of a fractured opposition, but the scandals will weigh. Analysts predict a slimmer majority for the party.

"This time it will not be a smooth sailing for the Congress," said Haider Hussain, a political analyst based in Guwahati, Assam's main city.

More than 45,000 security forces guarded 11,000 polling booths across 62 of the 126 constituencies in the tea-and-oil rich state. The rest of the state will go to polls on April 11.

Assam faces a decades-old violent separatist movement. Some rebels are in peace talks with the government, but a faction opposes this and has ambushed security forces and attacked Congress leaders in the run up to the elections.

Other states that have elections are the communist ruled states of West Bengal and Kerala, where Congress coalitions are expected to win on an anti-incumbency wave. Congress is also expected to retain the tiny southern state of Pondicherry.

In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, corruption charges will weigh on the Congress coalition's bid to retain power despite populist measures such as free television sets and cheap grains for the poor.

Andimuthu Raja, the former telecoms minister in the centre of the telecoms case, is a member of Congress' local ally DMK, which has also been implicated in the scandal.

The results of all five elections are due May 13. (Reuters)

Vizag erupts in frenzied celebration    Top
April 3 Vizag: It was Saturday night fever across Vizag and Andhra Pradesh as cricket fans spent the whole night celebrating India's win in the World Cup finals. Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Tirupati, Warangal and other towns were draped in unprecedented patriotism as the boisterous crowds indulged in wild celebrations. Crowds at Vizag organised huge Motorcycle Rallies waving India flags, cheering with slogons "Chek De India" around the city , mainly at beach raod, Thenati Park, Gurajada Kalaskestram. Fire crackers,music added extra glow to the celebrations.

IT Tower in City of Destiny Likely    Top
April 3 Hyderabad: Minister for Information Technology Ponnala Lakshmaiah on Saturday said that the state government has proposed to construct an IT Tower in the Cyberabad area to cater to future requirements of the IT sector.

Apart from this, the state government has also proposed to construct IT towers of 50,000 sq. ft in Warangal and 1 lakh sq ft each in Tirupati and Visakhapatnam to cater to the requirements of SMEs.

Releasing a book in Telugu titled "IT Velugulu" (AP, the most preferred IT Destination) in his chambers at the Secretariat on Saturday, the minister said that the state now ranks fourth in the country and has a 15 per cent share in national exports and 15 per cent in national employment and employs 2,15,430 in 1,266 IT companies.

The government has also taken an initiative to provide employment opportunities to rural educated youth through 704 Jawahar Knowledge Centres (JKC) spread across the state. Around 50,000 JKC-trained students got employment on their own in other IT companies.

He added that the government was giving additional incentives and facilitation to IT companies for moving to tier-2 cities such as Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Guntur, Tirupati and Warangal.

Out of the 43 IT SEZs notified, 17 IT SEZs have become functional. As per the recent status report in these functional SEZs, 94 IT units have commenced their operations and so far have created 48,560 jobs in the IT sector in the last two years.

The minister said that a single direct employment created in the sector in turn creates four indirect employment opportunity in other sectors such as logistics, maintenance, infrastructure, tourism, hospitality, leisure, entertainment etc.

Sonia Gandhi congratulates Team India    Top
April 2, New Delhi: Apr 2 (PTI) Congress president Sonia Gandhi tonight congratulated Team India for their emphatic victory in the cricket World Cup final, saying the achievement will be "etched in gold for generations to come".

"My heartiest congratulations to the Team India. You have raised the level of national pride," Gandhi said.

"This victory will be etched in gold for generations to come."

India tonight lifted the cricket World Cup after a gap of 28 years with a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the summit showdown here.

Watch Team India Celebrations VIDEOS

RPF cop booked for rape attempt    Top
April 2: VIJAYAWADA: A Railway Police Force (RPF) constable allegedly attempted to rape a physically challenged girl in a running train on Friday.

With the victim not willing to lodge a complaint, it took nearly 12 hours for the police to get a report from other passengers and register a suo motu case. The incident took place in Visakhapatnam-bound Tirumala Express between Bapatla and Ponnur railway stations in Guntur district.

Confirming the incident, railway DSP K Krishnarjuna Rao said that a case under Section 354 of IPC (outrage of modesty of woman) has been registered against the RPF constable, D Narayana.

Narayana, who is working at Vijayawada, was reportedly on escort duty in the women passengers' bogey during the late hours of Thursday. He reportedly followed the 18-year-old physically challenged girl when she went to toilet and assaulted her. When the girl shouted for help, other passengers came to her rescue. In the meantime, the cop made good his escape.

The passengers pulled the chain and alerted the guard. The guard and other passengers brought the incident to the notice of the GRP at Vijayawada when the train reached the station.

"We will send the accused cop behind bars," said the DSP. The victim was part of a 12-member physically challenged group which was returning to Vizag after offering prayers in Tirumala on March 28. The victim is a native of Vizag.

Ch Satya, president, Physically Handicapped Welfare Association, urged police for strict action against the cop. She along with other members staged a dharna in Vizag railway station protesting the cop's action.

Vizag Leaders, Bureaucrats, Students, Citizens Wishes Luck to India!    Top
Vizag wishes Team IndiaApril 2, Vizag: Good Luck Wishes are pouring in from all over for team India to win today's final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai. It will be a historic event at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai today. 1.2 billion Indians dreams are about to come true after 28 years of long waiting.

India won World Cup in 1983 under Kapil Dev's Captaincy. After that even though India reached finals three times, failed to win the Cup.

Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood, Politicians, Bureaucrats are included in the list of wishers for team India.

At Vizag, YSR Congress Party Leaders, Vamsikrishana Srinivas and his followers offered 110 coconuts and performed Puja at Shivaji Park Shiridi Saibaba temple and organized a bike rally through Sivajinagar, MVP Colony, Venkojipalem, Isukathota and Maddilapalem areas wishing good luck to Team India.

City Mayor and his team wished India good luck. Other eminent personalities of Vizag who wished Team India good luck are Former Indian Team player, Venugopal who is a local of Vizag. Ex-Mayor D.V.Subbarao, Collector Syamala Rao, Police Commissioner Purnachandra Rao, Visakha Port Chairman Ajaykalam, International cricket referee Parthasaradi, ACA Cricket Academy Chairman M.S.K. Prasad, VUDA Chairman Sridhar, GVMC Commissioner Vishnu.

Good Luck India Campaign for Team India's Win in Finals  Watch Video

500 mw unit at NTPC Simhadri achieves full load    Top
April 1, Vizag: The 500-mw Unit-III of NTPC's Simhadri Expansion Project under Stage-II has achieved full-load today after successful synchronisation with the grid last Tuesday at Parawada in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. The generation capacity of NTPC-Simhadri has now risen to 1,500 mw, with the commissioning of 500 mw Unit-III. I C P Kesari, Joint Secretary (Thermal), Ministry of Power; and B P Singh, Director (Project) of NTPC complimented the Simhadri team for achieving the feat of bringing up the unit on full load within two days from synchronisation. NTPC-Simhadri already has 1,000 mw operating capacity with two 500 mw units in Stage I. Simhadri is the first coastal coal-fired power project of NTPC. For the first time in NTPC plants, seawater is being used in Cooling Water (CW) system as `make up water'. (PTI)

UFOs expected at royal wedding, says retired Air Force major    Top
UFO to visit royal wedding in LondonLondon, April 1 (ANI): A former Air Force major has said that the royal wedding is not only expected to be viewed by over a billion people around the world - but also by a few UFOs.

Former military officer George Filer runs the National UFO Centre and says it's common to see the extraterrestrials around important events, and is highly possible they may be watching the royal wedding too.

"The craft seem to have an interest in anything important. They've been sighted recently over Libya and near the Japanese tsunami," the Daily Mail quoted Filer as telling AOL News.

He says his UFO Centre tracks over 1,000 sightings each month and has been getting reports from British Royal Air Force pilots over the past few weeks, who reported seeing UFOs over the English Channel.

Filer is also expecting sightings around Westminster Abbey on April 29 because he says the royal family have shown interest in UFOs. (ANI)

State diluting YSR plans, alleges Jagan    Top
YS. Jagan Mohan ReddyApril 1: Continuing his tirade against the Congress, former Kadapa MP Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the Congress government has failed to implement welfare programmes and the Opposition Telugu De-sam instead of pulling up the ruling party has been remaining as a mute spectator. Both the parties have engaged in slinging mud at his father and former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.

Mr Jagan made a whirlwind tour of the Vizianagaram town and addressed a meeting in Gajapathinagaram during his second day of the Odarpu Yatra on Tuesday. Mr Jagan alleged that the government has been diluting all the welfare programmes launched by his father and unfortunately the opposition Telugu Desam was not fulfilling its role. Anakapalle MP Sabbam Hari said the leaders who enjoyed benefits during Rajasekhar Reddy tenure were now creating hurdles for his son who was on a noble trip. Former minister P. Sambasiva Raju and other local leaders were present.

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