I am trying to do solo films

Mumbai, May 01: He’s given us hits like ‘Garam Masala’, ‘Dhoom’ and ‘Dostana’, but they’ve all been multi-starrers. Now John Abraham says he is in pursuit of solo hero movies after taking a sabbatical to groom himself and restructure his life to step into the best phase of his career.

John’s last film ‘New York’ (2009) received much critical acclaimed, but that too was a multi-starrer.

Sugar prices coming down, says Pawar

New Delhi, MAy 01: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar on Friday said the sugar prices that had touched Rs.50 a kg last year have started coming down and would see further decline with increased cane production this season.

Rejecting claims of the Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha that the prices had not declined, he said: “From last year’s price of Rs.50, sugar is now being sold at Rs.35 a kg in the retail market and will further come down in weeks to come.”

Kapadia, new Chief Justice of India

New Delhi, May 01: President Pratibha Patil has appointed senior-most judge of the Supreme Court Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia the 38th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will take charge on May 12, succeeding Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, who retires on May 11.

Justice Kapadia, who will be the first CJI born after Independence, will have a tenure of 2 years and 4 months.

Clinton sees indirect Mideast talks next week

Washington, May 01: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday she expected Israel and the Palestinians to begin indirect peace talks next week, breaking months of deadlock over a key U.S. foreign policy goal.

“We will be starting with proximity talks next week,” Clinton told reporters, saying U.S. special envoy George Mitchell would return to the Middle East next week to get the process under way.

Now track status of your police complaint online

Hyderabad, April 30: Alert in the twin cities and neighbouring Cyberabad will continue for few more days following an alert from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) about a possible terror strike, Director General of Police RR Girish Kumar said today.

He also said that the police would continue checking and frisking operations at major places like bus stations, railway stations, shopping malls and busy junctions. Suspicious persons will be taken into custody, he said.

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Hyderabad, Brisbane to ink Sister City pact

Hyderabad, April 30: The C i t i e s o f Hyderabad and Brisbane are going ink a Sister City Relations soon.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two cities would be signed in June at Hyderabad when Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman visits the city, Trade and Investment Commissioner, Queensland Government, Australia, Rod Solomons said.

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Secunderabad-Mancherial bi-weekly trains

Hyderabad, April 30: To clear extra rush of passengers the South Central Railway will run biweekly special trains between Secunderabad and Mancherial with effect from May 4, on Tuesdays and Fridays on a trial basis for 2 months.

Accordingly, Train No. 0752 Secunderabad- Mancherial passenger will leave Secunderabad at 06.30 hrs on Tuesdays and Fridays and arrive in Mancherial at 10.30 hrs the same day.

In the return direction, Train No.0751 Mancherial-Secunderabad passenger will leave Mancherial at 10.50 hrs on Tuesdays and Fridays and arrive in Secunderabad at 14.30 hrs the same day.

Reluctant lover marries after girl stages dharna

Hyderabad, April 30: A teenaged girl staged a dharna in front of her lover’s house today after the latter was reluctant to marry her after making her pregnant.

P Sujatha (19), a resident of Lenin Nagar in Meerpet, had been in love with an autodriver M Pavan, of the same locality, since three years.

Meerpet police said that Sujatha was sitting in dharna in front of Pavan’s house since yesterday evening. Sujatha alleged that she became pregnant for the third time during her affair with Pavan but she underwent abortions.

HC quashes complaint against Chamundi

Hyderabad, April 30: Justice Tamada Gopalakrishna of the AP High Court on Thursday quashed a complaint against Chamundeshwarinath, a former functionary of the Andhra Cricket Association. The petitioner questioned the lodging of a criminal complaint against him charging him of forgery and manipulating the bylaws of the Andhra Cricket Association.

HC seeks report from DGP on action being taken

Hyderabad, April 30: Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy of the AP High Court on Thursday directed the Director General of Police to submit a comprehensive report on the action being taken by the state government on police interference in civil cases.

The judge while hearing a writ petition filed by Farhad Begum called for a detailed report from the DGP.

Earlier the judge had directed the government to issue a circular to ensure against police interference in civil disputes.

CM for quicker spread of IT in Tier-2 cities

Hyderabad, April 30: Chief Minister K Rosaiah today urged officials of the Information Technology and Communications Department officials to expedite the development of the IT sector in Tier-2 cities in the State.

At a review meeting on the IT sector at the Secretariat today, the chief minister was apprised that as of today the State accounted for 15 per cent of national IT exports (compared to 8.63 per cent in 2004).

Andhra Pradesh ranked 4th in the country, after Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, in that order.

Visakhapatnam was now emerging as the next IT Hub in the State.

GVK Group to continue as EMRI promoter

Hyderabad, April 30: The State Government has decided to continue the GVK Group as promoter of the Emergency Medical Research Institute (EMRI).

Though the Government itself is highly critical of the services being rendered by the GVK Group and Arogyasri Minister P Satyanarayana went on record saying that the orgainisation had no service motto, the GVK is going to be at the helm of the affairs.

However, the Government has constituted a committee to come up with guidelines as to how the GVK should run EMRI and wanted it to complete the work within a week’s time.

State looking to N-power industry

Hyderabad, April 30: In view of the acute shortage of power faced by industries, the State Government was keen on seeing a couple of nuclear plants coming up, Chief Minister K Rosaiah said here today, and added that he was sure the response from the Department of Atomic Energy would be positive.

Elaborating, he said the Atomic Minerals Directorate had prospected for uranium in the Kadapa Basin and there were indications of a 160-km-long uranium mineralisation belt.

4 types of laparoscopy out of Arogyasri

Hyderabad, April 30: The State Government has decided to suspend four types of laparoscopic procedures from the Arogyasri scheme since they were much vulnerable for malpractices.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the Arogyasri Trust Board Meeting.

Chief Minister K Rosaiah, who happens to be the chairman of the Board, chaired the meeting here today.