Ayyanar moves to NIA

Hyderabad, August 25: IPS officer Ravishankar Ayyanar, presently DIG, Karimnagar range, will be joining the National Investigating Agency (NIA) as its regional chief on deputation. The state government had recently issued orders to this effect.

Mahesh Chandra Laddha, presently deputy commissioner of police (East Zone) in Hyderabad, is also likely to go to the NIA as SP.

Karunakar Reddy ends 5-day fast

Tirupati, August 25: Former TTD chairman B Karunakar Reddy ended his indefinite fast today at the request of Kurtalam Peethadhipati Sri Siddheswarananda Bharati Swami.

Reddy took the lime juice offered by the swamiji at the SVRR Hospital, where he was forcibly shifted by the police in the wee hours breaking his five-day fast around 12 noon.

The swamiji said Hindu society is in need of the services of pious people like Karunakar, who made outstanding contribution to promotion of spiritualism when he was heading the TTD and urged him to give up his fast.

Government to proceed with Smriti Vanam project

Hyderabad, August 25: The state government will go ahead with the ‘Smriti Vanam’ project at Pavuarala Gutta in the Nallamala forest in Kurnool district, where former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy had died in a helicopter crash, without any clearances from the Union environment and forest department.

Jagan is more important than Telangana: Surekha

Kadapa, August 25: Former minster Konda Surekha was in tears at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s samadhi at Idupulapaya today, recalling her association with the late leader.

Keeping the ‘rakhi’ at the samadhi and seeking his blessings, Surekha said she never imagined that a day would come when she would not be able to tie a rakhi on Rajasekhara Reddy’s wrist.

After offering prayers at the samadhi, Surekha’s daughter tied a rakhi to Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy and sought his blessings.

‘Mysterious’ explosion near tribal village

Hyderabad, August 25: Confusion prevailed after Chenchu tribals claimed to have heard a loud explosion followed by a huge fire near Mudurallapalle in Chagalamarri mandal of Kurnool district at about 6.30 p.m on Tuesday.

Initially, there were apprehensions of an aircraft or helicopter crashing into the jungle. But they were set at rest after ATC officials at Chennai and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad said all flights that had taken off from their respective airports had reached their destinations safely.

Jagan camper blames CM for ‘anti-YSR campaign’

Hyderabad, August 25: Another hardcore supporter of Y S Jagan Mohan on Tuesday hit out at chief minister K Rosaiah, taking up the refrain of Parakal MLA K Surekha and suspended PCC general secretary Ambati Rambabu.

In a letter to the chief minister, Rayachoti MLA Srikanth Reddy alleged that Rosaiah is behind the campaign to discredit the late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and were making use of the office of the Congress Legislature Party for that purpose.

AIESEC opens up the world for city youth

Hyderabad, August 25: The experience of visiting various countries without actually flying there, the experience of witnessing the varied colours, cultures and cuisines of different countries, all under one roof, in one short evening. That is what the AIESEC Global Village was.

Green hurdle for YSR memorial

Hyderabad, August 25: Is the Union Environment and Forest Ministry averse to the State Government’s proposal to construct a memorial for the late YS Rajasekhara Reddy at Pavuralagutta in Kurnool district where the former chief minister died in a copter crash on Sept 2 last year?

According to a report published in a Delhi-based newspaper, a committee constituted by the ministry studied the proposal and recommended that no permission be granted for the same.

PRP ready to work with like-minded parties: Chiranjeevi

Visakhapatnam, August 25: The Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) is open to political understanding with like-minded parties and also for alliances at the time of elections, party president Chiranjeevi said here Wednesday.

“We are ready to work with like-minded parties. We will work with them towards addressing peoples’ problems. We will also have electoral alliances. But elections are far away,” he told a media conference here ahead of the inauguration of the party’s first plenary after its formation two years ago.

Groom held for demanding dowry ahead of marriage

Prakasam, August 25: Unwilling to succumb to the last minute demands of additional dowry, a young bride on Tuesday got the groom arrested instead of wailing over her fate.

According to reports coming in, the groom called off the marriage when her family could not meet the demand for additional dowry hours ahead of the ceremony at Garapeta in Marripudi mandal in Prakasam district as The bride, an engineer by education, and her parents refused to let the last minute blackmailing tactics work and lodged a complaint against the groom at the police station.

Water released from Tungabhadra, Jurala

Kurnool, August 24: With the catchment areas in Tunga and Bhadra witnessing heavy rains in Karnataka, the Tungabhadra river is receiving massive inflow of flood waters at Hospet dam.

Following heavy flow of water, the irrigation officials at Hospet have lifted 22 flood gates and discharged 66,000 cusecs of water downstream on Monday.

In the wake of Tungabhadra River being in spate, Kurnool Collector Ram Shankar Nayak on Monday convened a review meeting with irrigation officials of dam and discussed the flood threat to the district.

Fire ravages electric two-wheeler showroom, 15 bikes destroyed

Eluru, August 24: Fire swept through a two-wheeler showroom, destroying 15 electric two-wheelers at Elluru in West Godavari district on Monday.

According to sources, the fire was first noticed in the wee hours of Monday. Residents of the area tried to put off the fire before the arrival of the firefighting personnel on the scene.

By the time it was brought under control, the fire had turned over 15 electric two-wheelers and other accessories to ashes.

No casualty was reported due to the blaze.

Jaganmohan defies Congress leadership

Andhra Pradesh, August 23: Defying the Congress leadership again, parliament member Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy on Monday launched the third leg of his “Odarpu (consolation) yatra” in his native Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh.

The young MP began his road shows in Pulivendula constituency after paying floral tributes at the grave of his father, the late chief minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy (popularly known as YSR), at their Idupulapaya family estate.

YSR, a practising Christian, was laid to rest at his family estate after he was killed in a helicopter crash last year.

Azad was shot from close range, Post Mortem

Hyderabad, August 23: Top Maoist leader Azad, who the Andhra Pradesh police claimed to have killed in an encounter on July 1, was shot from very close range, according to his post-mortem report accessed by Rediff.com’s Krishnakumar Padamanbhan.

Top Maoist leader Azad, alias Cherukuri Rajkumar, who the Andhra Pradesh police claimed to have killed in an encounter in the forests of Adilabad district in Andhra Pradesh, was shot from very close range, probably from less than one foot, according to his post mortem report, accessed by Rediff.com

Cong warns Jagan against resuming yatra

New Delhi, August 22: Taking a tough stand, the Congress high command on Saturday warned rebel party MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy of disciplinary action if he goes ahead with his controversial yatra in Andhra Pradesh.

The warning has been given by senior leader Pranab Mukherjee to Jagan, son of the late Chief Minister Y S Rajsekhar Reddy, ahead of his plan to start the ‘Odarpu Yatra’ from Prakasam district on September three, sources close to Mukherjee said.

Jagan, a known critic of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah, had met Mukherjee twice during the past one week.

When Lalu became Prime Minister!

New Delhi, August 21: Lalu Prasad was the ‘Prime Minister’ and Gopinath Munde was the ‘Speaker’.

This was the scene in the Lok Sabha after it was adjourned for the day in view of uproar created by members over salary hike demand and protest of passage of Indian Medical council Bill without discussion.

As soon as Deputy Speaker Karia Munda adjourned the House, members from RJD, SP, BJP staged a dharna inside the well.

Later they staged a mock session in which Munde, Deputy Leader of BJP, became the Speaker and RJD chief Prasad posed as the Prime Minister.

Judge delivers judgements in 111 cases in one day!

Guntur, August 20: A Judge here has delivered judgements in 111 criminal cases in one day, creating a record of sorts in the annals of judiciary.

Junior Civil Judge J V V Satyanarayana Murthy of Mangalagiri town delivered the judgements yesterday, Mangalagiri Bar Association officials said.

The previous record in the country was of 80 cases, they said.

Of the 111 cases, in 78 the accused confessed to the offences, resulting in imposition of fines totalling Rs 99,500. The cases related to theft, street brawls, domestic quarrels and road accidents, among others, they said.

”Srikrishna Comm will pay heed to interest of all AP citizens”

Kadapa, August 19: The Justice B N Srikrishna Committee today said though its recommendations on the contentious issue of separate statehood to Telangana may not satisfy all groups in Andhra Pradesh, it will take care of the interests of every citizen in the state. “It may not be possible to satisfy all the groups.

We are not here to satisfy the groups but we are here to protect the interests of citizens,” Justice Srikrishna, who heads the five-member committee, told a press conference here. The committee recommendations will take care of all regions and citizens in the state, he said.

CPI(M) to intensify stir if Nakkapalli port be constructed in AP

Visakhapatnam, August 18: CPI(M) District Committee Secretary Ch Narasinga Rao has demanded that the government order, allowing the Anrak Aluminium Company Limited (AAL) to construct Nakkapalli port at Rajayyapata be withdrawn immediately.

Talking to mediapersons here yesterday, he alleged that once again the government’s plan to export Bauxite was revealed by the government order of the Nakkapalli port.

He demanded that a judicial inquiry be ordered into the issue of the proposed mining in the district.

Nizamabad court directs police to register case against seemaandhra ministers

Nizamabad, August 18: The Nizamabad district and Sessions court has directed the police to register cases against Seemandhra ministers for calling those asking for separate Telangana as “anti-nationals”.

One Mr Rajender, an advocate, has filed a case in the district & sessions court against the ministers from the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions for reportedly calling the agitators of Telangana as anti-nationals. The court directed the police to register cases accordingly.


My govt is stable: Rosaiah

Hyderabad, August 17: Unfurling the national flag at the Independence Day parade for the first time as the chief minister of the state, K Rosaiah today tried to drive home the point that his administration was stable and the official machinery was working vigorously to provide better governance.

Naidu’s Love For Telangana Bogus: Rao

Hyderabad, August 17: Stepping up his attack on TDP, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao today wondered why the TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu was silent on the breaking of the sluice shutters of a project that provides water to Mahabubnagar district in Telangana region.

Temple employee filches from hundi, held

Vijayawada, August 17: An employee of the Sri Durgamalleswara Swamivarla Devasthanam on Indrakeeladri was on Monday arrested for siphoning off the money from the hundi collections.

According to police, Ramarao was entrusted with the task of counting the money in the hundi.

He had allegedly pocketed around Rs eight thousand while carrying out his task. Ramarao attempted to avoid the frisking operations after the counting was completed.

This roused the suspicion of the temple authorities who then proceeded to search him and discovered the ill-gotten gains.

AP Minister congratulates Indian Idol-5 Sreeram

Hyderabad, August 16: Andhra Pradesh Information Minister J Geeta Reddy today congratulated Sreeram Chandra Mynampati, winner of the singing reality show ‘Indian Idol-5.

“Sreeram has made Telugu people proud,” she said in a statement here tonight.

Earlier, Chief minister K Rosaiah and several other leaders and celebrities had congratulated Sreeram.

The 25-year-old city-based singer was declared winner of the show on Sony TV last night in Mumbai. He beat Bhoomi Trivedi and Rakesh Maini, the two other contestants who had made it to the last three of the popular show.

Jagan will not leave party

Kadapa, August 16: Mr. Adinarayana Reddy, Congress MLA from Jammalamadugu has said that Kadapa MP Mr. YS Jaganmohan Reddy would not leave the Congress party as was being publicized by a section of the media.