Notorious burglar nabbed

Hyderabad, July 31: City police made a major catch today as a notorious burglar, also involved in a few murder cases, was nabbed along and 65 tolas of gold recovered from him.

Disclosing details at a press conference here, North Zone deputy commissioner of police Y Nagi Reddy said Kola Anjilal (32) was wanted in two house burglaries in Punjagutta, four in Bowenpally and two cases in Langarhouz.

Notice on Ponnala plea against HC order

New Delhi, July 31: The Supreme Court has issued notice on a petition filed by Ponnala Lakshmaiah, minister and MLA from Jangaon Assembly constituency challenging the order of the High Court dismissing his application wherein he sought dismissal of the election petition filed challenging his election.

A Bench comprising Justice J M Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra issued directions in this regard after counsel for the petitioner submitted that the High Court had dismissed the petitioner’s application without going into the merits.

Training centres for SHG women

Hyderabad, July 31: May or B Karthika Reddy said Indira Mahila Shikshana Bhavans and education-cum-counselling centres will be established in all GHMC wards for the benefit of the members of women’s self-help groups.

She participated in the valedictory of a two-week training programme for resource persons of SHG federations at Harihara Kala Bhavan here today.

Choose when you want to receive your LPG refill

Hyderabad, July 31: The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has launched a ‘preferred time delivery’ scheme for its LPG customers in the twin cities at a nominal charge.

BPCL territory manager Ashok Dharamraj, in a statement, said Bharat Gas customers can choose to receive their LPG refills at a convenient time and on a day of their choice.

They have three options: Preferred time on any day from Monday to Friday, preferred time and preferred day and delivery either on Saturday or Sunday.

HC asks CS to submit AT R on allotment of houses

Hyderabad, July 31: A division bench of the AP High Court comprising Justice G Raghuram and Justice Ramesh Ranganathan on Friday granted two weeks time to the chief secretary to submit an ATR on the construction and allotment of 70 houses under the Indiramma Housing scheme in a green belt area at Pendurti in Visakhapatnam. The bench is dealing with a writ petition filed by Vennela Sanyasi Naidu challenging the allotment as being in violation of the master-plan and zoning regulations.

AP Congress chief down in the dumps

Hyderabad, July 31: AP Congress Committee president D Srinivas has gone down like a Goliath in the by-election to the Nizamabad Urban constituency.

BJP’s Y Lakshminarayana romped home with a majority of about 11,000 votes, riding on the crest of the Telangana wave and dumping Srinivas in history’s dustbin.

Srinivas’ poll drubbing, the second in less than 15 months as PCC chief, appears to have sealed his career. His promise of delivering Telangana on a golden platter failed to cut ice with the electorate.

Pink panther roars in triumph

Hyderabad, July 31: The verdict in the byelections is an unwritten memorandum from the people of Telangana to Srikrishna Committee to decide in favour of a separate state, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao said today.

Congress, TDP at the crossroads

Hyderabad, July 31: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president D Srinivas has committed political suicide and former chief minister and Opposition leader Nara Chandrababu Naidu, once hailed as a master strategist, stands accused of fratricide.

Friday’s results of the byelections in 12 Assembly constituencies in Telangana, which were swept by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi with the BJP retaining its lone seat, are expected to cause a churning within the two principal parties — the Congress and the Telugu Desam.

Have on-site emergency plans, factories told

Hyderabad, July 31: Ranga Reddy district collector M Dana Kishore has stressed the need for sustainable development through adoption of safe work practices.

Addressing a workshop on ‘On-Site Emergency Planning for Small Scale Chemical Process Industries’ here today, he advised factory managements to be prepared to face emergency situations.

The workshop was jointly organised by the factories department and the National Safety Council, AP Chapter with the support of Ministry of Environment and Forests.

‘Murder’ trail leads to sheep’s carcass

Hyderabad, July 31: A team of experts – cops, revenue officials, doctors and a videographer – who were on a mission to exhume the body of a suspected murder victim for an on-the-spot autopsy were shocked out of their wits when their excavation brought out not a human body but the carcass of a sheep! The incident happened near Debbadaguda under the Kandukur police station limits today.

Power boon for consumers during Bonalu

Hyderabad, July 31: Bonalu is going to be a boon for the twin cities. The Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Ltd (APCPDCL) is making arrangements for providing uninterrupted power supply during the Bonalu festival. The power utility is going to arrange additional transformers, remove overhead power line crossings enroute the procession and rectification of electric poles and faulty equipments.

Cabinet sub-panel to submit report on August 4

Hyderabad, July 31: The cabinet sub-committee on fee reimbursement would submit its report on August 4 at the cabinet meeting, Social welfare minister P Subhashchandra Bose told reporters here today after a review meeting on SC and ST subplans.

He said Rs 1,300 crore has been released so far out of the Rs 2,083 crore sanctioned and the remaining amount would be released in the first week of August.

The minister said in the last financial year 9.75 per cent of the SC sub-plan was spent against the stipulated percentage of 16.6.

Hard work pays off for Harish Rao

Sangareddy, July 31: Much effort went into Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader T Harish Rao’s victory by 95,000 votes in Siddipet.

Ever since he quit the Assembly along with other TRS legislators, Harish Rao had set his eyes on surpassing former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy’s record of a 65,000-vote majority.

Harish Rao knew pretty well he would win the seat as the Telangana sentiment was strong. But he was not happy with just winning. He wanted to create a record. His aim was to cross the 80,000 mark but voters in Siddipet gave him a bonus today.

Law soon to check water wastage in command areas

Hyderabad, July 31: Major irrigation minister P Laxmaiah said that a law would be brought soon to prevent water wastage in command areas. An ordinance would be issued, if necessary, to implement the rule immediately, he said.

Briefing newsmen after a review meeting here today, Laxmaiah said water from the Nagaruna Sagar project was being released for 170 days against the needed 120- 130 days causing shortage of 50-80 tmc every year.

Student ends life; Osmania tense

Hyderabad, July 31: Osmania University here was tense on Saturday as yet another student committed suicide in the campus, demanding the formation of separate Telangana state.

The charred body of Ishan Reddy, an engineering student, was found near the university library. In his hand-written suicide note found near the body, the student said he was fulfilling his “wish” as all 12 legislators, who had resigned for the cause of Telangana, were re-elected.

OU campus breaks out in riot of pink

Hyderabad, July 31: Festive atmosphere prevailed on the Osmania University campus today with the victory of TRS and BJP candidates in the byelections. The Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee (OUJAC) termed the victory as a clear mandate by the people of the region for a separate Telangana. “It is a victory of students and also of those martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the cause of separate statehood,” OUJAC said.

Andhra leaders too plan similar renunciation

Hyderabad, July 31: Claiming the byelection outcome in Telangana region as based on sympathy to MLAs, who resigned and caused elections and not Telangana sentiment, the Andhra Joint Action Committee (JAC) is mulling the option of doing a similar showdown in Andhra and Rayalaseema.

“We see that around 20 MLAs from Andhra and Rayalaseema resign and cause elections in the next six months. We see to it that all the resigned MLAs get re-elected and our United Andhra slogan be strengthened,’’ Andhra JAC convenor Prof M Samuel told Express.

TDP loses deposits in seven constituencies

Hyderabad, July 31: The Telangana voter has given his verdict: He will not settle for anything less than Telangana. In the by-elections to the 12 Assembly seats in five Telangana districts, the voters gave a resounding victory to the TRS candidates in 11 seats and to the BJP candidate Y Lakshminarayana in Nizamabad Urban, demonstrating their commitment to the Telangana cause.

Siddipet: Congress, TD candidates lose deposits

Sangareddy, July 31: It was once bitten thrice shy for the Congress in Siddipet Assembly segment where the party lost its deposit for the third successive term. For TDP candidate and popular comedian P Babumohan, this was the lowest number of votes that he secured since his entry into active politics. He could get about 5000 votes.

From the beginning voters in Siddipet always stood by the family members of TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao. Chandrasekhar Rao won from here from 1985 to 1999 as TDP candidate.

In 2001 he won the bypolls on TRS ticket.

Narang bags bronze; first Indian to qualify for London Olympics

New Delhi, July 31: A day after he was overlooked for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, shooter Gagan Narang bagged the bronze in the 10 metre air rifle event at the World Championship in Munich and became the first Indian to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.

World No.2 Narang shot 597 in the qualifying and 102 in the final round for a total of 699 to win the bronze. Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra finished a disappointing 25th and failed to qualify for the final round.

Goal against Germany my best in World Cup, says Forlan

Kolkata, July 31: Uruguayan Diego Forlan, who bagged the golden ball as the best player of the recently concluded football World Cup, Saturday rated his goal against Germany in the third-fourth play-off as the best of his five strikes in the big event.

‘My best goal in the World Cup is the one I scored against Germany. Every goal I scored was very nice as all of them meant something. They were all important games. Every time you score, you score for your country,’ Forlan told a media conference here.

Hockey India elections slated for Aug 5

New Delhi, July 31: With the Supreme Court lifting the stay orders of the Delhi and Bombay high courts Friday, Hockey India (HI) Saturday decided to host its maiden elections here Aug 5.

The elections were postponed four times for various reasons.

‘The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has agreed to send its observer Antonio von Ondarza (vice-president) for the elections to be held at Delhi on Aug 5,’ HI said in a statement.

The returning officer for the elections will be retired judge R.C. Chopra. The elections were earlier adjourned Wednesday.

Indian women’s hockey team wins Asia Cup bronze

New Delhi, July 31: There were finally some smiles in the Indian women’s hockey team as they won the bronze medal Saturday by beating much fancied rivals China in the inaugural edition of the Asia Cup held in Busan, South Korea.

The medal will lift the morale of the team, which has been rocked with charges of sexual harassment that saw chief coach Maharaj Kishan Kaushik resigning.

India came from behind to register a 2-1 victory over world No.3 China. The Indian team is currently ranked 13th in the world.

Wang Mengyu scored the only goal for China in the 16th minute.