MCA student commits suicide, parents allege ragging

Warrangal, June 09: Dande Devender Kumar (22), an MCA second- year student of Vasavi College of Engineering in Hyderabad, committed suicide allegedly due to ragging by his seniors. He put his head under a running train at Dharamaram on Sunday.

Police, who found his body on the railway track, established his identity with the help of an identity card recovered from his pocket.

Hailing from Choppadandi village in Karimnagar, Kumar left for Hyderabad on June 3 stating that he had to attend exams from June 9.

4 students charred to death at teacher’s house

Kakinada, June 09: Four students died and two others suffered serious burns in a fire at their teacher’s house in Mayapatnam village in U Kothapalli mandal in East Godavari district. Electric short circuit is said to be the reason behind the fire.

While two students died on the spot, two others succumbed to burns at the government general hospital on Monday. Sources said the short circuit caused by loose wiring in a TV set spread to the false ceiling of a wedding pandal in the house where the students and the teacher slept late on Sunday night.

Despite slowdown, Andhra eyes 8-9 percent growth

Hyderabad, June 09: Despite the economic slowdown, Andhra Pradesh has targeted eight to nine percent average annual growth for the next five years.

The Congress government, which was re-elected last month, has set 4 and 10 percent growth rates for the agricultural and industrial sectors respectively.

The targets were spelt out in Governor Narayan Dutt Tiwari’s address to the joint session of both houses of state legislature Monday.

Wild elephants on rampage again

Hyderabad, June 08: The jumbo menace has come back to haunt the villagers of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. The wild elephants are on the rampage again, wreaking havoc in fruit orchards at Kottakota, Kusumuru and Titukpadu villages in Seethampet mandal for the past two days.

Sources said six pachyderms are roaming freely in Seethampet, Veeraghattam and Palakonda mandals, scaring the local tribals and farmers. A wild elephant attacked a couple from Kosingibhadra village of Gummalakshmipuram mandal when they came out to collect wood from the forest.

Marijuana worth Rs one cr seized at Khammam

Hyderabad, June 07: Personnel of Forest and Police department today seized about 2,360 kg of dry marijuana worth Rs one crore from a lorry at Khammam district, police said today.

The marijuana stuffed in gunny bags was concealed below other items in the lorry which was loaded from Orissa and was intercepted near Bhadrachalam town of the district, during a joint search operation by Forest and Police department.

Govt wants to acquire land cheaply, farmers up in arms

Hyderabad, June 07: Farmers are up in arms against the land acquisition for the proposed National Security Guards (NSG) regional centre, 65 km from the city in the Greater Hyderabad area. The NSG centre is to be located in 1182 acres at Chandanvelli village of Shabad mandal.

The centre was proposed in the city after the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. This was part of the plan of the Union home ministry to have regional centres in cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The state government had also promised to allot the land on a priority basis.

Former MLA quits TDP

Hyderabad, June 07: TDP former MLA and former government whip Gadde Babu Rao resigned from the party on Saturday. The two-time MLA from Cheepurupalli, Babu Rao (69) lost the election to Botsa Satyanarayana twice, once in 2004 and again in 2009.

The senior leader in the district cited his age and wife’s ill health as the reason for bidding adieu to politics. However, party sources said internal disputes in the party were the reason for his resignation. After the election results were announced, Babu Rao had alleged that some TDP leaders had colluded with the Congress to plot his defeat.

Fresh cases of swine flu: Hyderabad reports two cases

Hyderabad/New Delhi,June 06: India Saturday reported three fresh cases of swine flu, including a woman and her four-and-a-half-year old daughter, in the Andhra Pradesh capital, taking the total confirmed cases to eight so far.

Those who tested positive for influenza A (H1N1) also include the 24-year-old brother of a techie who had returned from the US May 31 with the infection. Doctors and health officials said this is the first indigenous case of swine flu in India.

First case of human to human transmission

AP govt moots more powers to Panchayat Raj: Minister

Hyderabad, May 30: The Andhra Pradesh government will further study the possibility of transferring 29 subjects to the Panchayat raj institutions as enshrined in the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act.

“We have so far transferred about 11 subjects and conferred powers on the panchayat raj bodies to discharge those functions. We will have to study further into the issue of transferring more powers and funds to these institutions, AP’s new Panchayat Raj Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said on Friday.

AP govt seeks more funds from Centre for irrigation projects

Hyderabad, May 29: The Andhra Pradesh Government has sought more funds from the Centre for the implementation of its massive ‘Jalayagnam’ (irrigation mission) project taken up with an outlay of over Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

“We are trying to get more funds from the Centre. We had some problem earlier because we did not have permissions for the irrigation projects”.

YSR announces portfolios, Sabita first woman Home Minister

Hyderabad, May 27: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s adopted sister P Sabita Indra Reddy was elevated and made the new Home minister, the first woman in the state to hold the crucial porfolio once held by her late husband.

Sabita(46), a Mines and Geology minister in the previous Rajasekhara Reddy ministry, follows in the footsteps of her late husband Indra Reddy who was the Home Minister in the N T Rama Rao Cabinet in 1994-95. Like in the past, the chief minister will have the sensitive law and order subject.

YSR inducts 20 new faces in AP cabinet

Hyderabad, May 26: Andhra Pradesh CM Y S Rajasekhara Reddy has constituted his council of ministers by inducting 20 new faces in the 35 member-strong team while dropping four senior members of his previous cabinet.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Narayan Dutt Tiwari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the ministers at a grand function at the Raj Bhavan at Hyderabad on Monday.

YSR to meet Sonia today

Hyderabad, May 26: Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy will meet Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday to get her approval for his list of ministers. Though he was to meet her on Sunday, he could not as she was busy with other affairs of the party. Sources said the Chief Minister secured an appointment with her at 11 a.m tomorrow. As soon as he gets her approval, Reddy will return to Hyderabad by a special flight and the swearing-in ceremony of the ministers would be held at the Raj Bhavan at 6.10 p.m.

YSR Reddy to be sworn in as Andhra Pradesh CM today

Hyderabad, May 20: Congress leader and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is all set to sworn-in as the chief minister for the second consecutive term on Wednesday.

Ahead of government formation, Reddy called on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the national capital on Sunday.

During the meet, Dr. Reddy apprised them of the party’s performance and discussed about his likely Cabinet.

Dr. Reddy attended the Congress Working Committee meeting as a special invitee and also met senior leaders Ahmed Patel and Veerappa Moily.

Day temperature to fall further in Delhi

New Delhi, May 06 : Delhiites will continue to enjoy a break from the scorching heat with meteorological officials today forecasting a further fall in day temperature.
The maximum temperature today will hover around 37 degrees Celsius, four degrees below the normal for this time of year. The minimum temperature settled at 24 degrees Celsius, an official at the Safdarjung met office said.
“Delhi will enjoy a pleasant weather with maximum temperature recording a downfall,” the official said.

Renuka Chowdhury, Purandareswari face tough test

Hyderabad, April 15: While union minister S. Jaipal Reddy has a strong chance of being re-elected to the Lok Sabha, his colleagues Renuka Chowdhury and D. Purandareswari are facing tough fights. All three are in the fray for the first phase of parliamentary polls in Andhra Pradesh Thursday.

The first phase covers 22 Lok Sabha and 154 assembly constituencies in 10 districts in Telangana and north coastal Andhra.