6 prisoners escapte from hospital

Hyderabad, December 31: Six prisoners, all convict: in a murder caw, who underwent treatment for ‘mental illne” at the Institute of Mental Health (IM H) at Erragadda here, es:aped from the prison ward of the hospital on Friday, officials said.

The primers from Cherlapally jail, who were admitted to the IMH had undergone treatment for mental iltr.c, they :aid.

Categories Uncategorized

Anna should introspect, says Bal Thackeray

Mumbai, December 31: Anna Hazare should introspect why and due to whom his fast for a strong Lokpal bill at the MMRDA ground here, fizzled out, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray said today.

“Even his favourite media turned against him and are giving sensational news on how the agitation turned out to be a flop show,” Thackeray said, in an editorial in party mouth-piece ‘Saamana’.

There was no need for Hazare to sit on fast when Parliament was debating the Lokpal Bill, the Sena patriarch said.

Categories Uncategorized

VP asks Urdu media to focus on today’s issues

Hyderabad, December 31: India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari Friday called upon Urdu newspapers to mould taste and cajole their readership in the direction of contemporary issues.

Inaugurating the World Urdu Editors Conference here, he advised the newspapers to go beyond catering only to the older age groups and focusing on older and familiar grievances. He asked them not to play down the stories which may be of particular interest to the youths.

Categories Uncategorized

Manmohan, not Maya nor Mulayam, gave you quota: Rahul to Muslims

Lucknow, December 31: Armed with the UPA government’s decision to give 4.5 per cent sub-quota to minorities in the OBC reservation, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Friday criticised both SP and the BSP for “doing nothing” for the community when they were in power.

Addressing a rally in the minorities-dominated Saharanpur, Rahul promised that his party would increase the quota to 6-8 per cent in UP if the Congress forms a government in the state.

Categories Uncategorized

Drunk CBI officer forced to deboard Rajdhani Exp

New Delhi, December 31: The CBI has initiated a departmental inquiry into Western Railways’ allegation that the agency’s recent train searches was an act of retaliation after a CBI officer was asked to get down from train following objection from fellow passengers to his drinking liquor.

The incident on board the New-Delhi Mumbai Rajdhani Express apparently sparked a tussle between the investigating agency and Western Railways after a CBI team boarded the train from Baroda in Gujarat and conducted searches on all ticket collectors and attendants, sources said.

Categories Uncategorized

Iran to fire homemade missiles during navy drills

Tehran, December 31: Iranian navy will fire various homemade missiles during the naval drills in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, an Iranian commander was quoted by Press TV as saying.

The country’s naval units will fire different long- and short-range land-to-sea, surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles during the power phase of the exercises, starting Saturday, Xinhua quoted the TV report citing Iranian navy’s deputy commander Rear Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi as saying Friday.

Categories Uncategorized

Babu join Lokpal blame game

New Delhi, December 31: As the ruling Congress locked horns with the principal Opposition, the SW, on Friday over midnight mayhem in the Rajya Sabha when the Upper House discussed the Lokpal , the side players – UPA allies as well as opponents – also joined in the mud- slinging.

Categories Uncategorized

‘Fashionable clothes a factor in rape cases rise’

Hyderabad, December 31: Andhra Pradesh police chief on Friday sparked a controversy by attributing increase in rape cases to women provoking men by wearing “flimsy and fashionable” clothing, a view dismissed by Home Minister P Chidambaram who said there can no policing on the choice of clothes.

Flanked by top police officers, Andhra Pradesh DGP VD Inesh Reddy told a press conference in Hyderabad that police cannot be faulted for rise in rape cases and instead blamed women for provoking people with fashionable clothing.

Categories Uncategorized

Cyclone Thane kills 33

Chennai, December 31: At least 33 people were killed as cyclone Thane that hit the Tamil Nadu coast, with a wind speed of 140 kmph, Friday morning left a trail of death and destruction of crops and properties in the state and Puducherry, officials said.

The total number of dead in Tamil Nadu rose to 26 and seven in Puducherry, caused by electrocution, falling of tree or roof or walls during the day.

In Tamil Nadu coastal district Cuddalore, where teh cyclone hit with full force, reported 21 deaths while the remaining dead are from Villupuram (2), Tiruvallur (2) and Chennai (1).

Categories Uncategorized

Jagan respects T sentiment

Mahbubnagar, December 31: All parties have initiated the process of getting the inputs form the local party leaders and gauging the winning chances of the candidates in Mahabubnagar constituency. Mahbubnagar seat fell vacant due to the untimely death of independent MLA Rajeshwar Reddy, who later became associate member of Congress in the assembly.

Congress is keen on fielding former MLA late Rajeshwar Reddy’s wife Vijayalaxmi as their candidate. There is a sympathy wave generated in favour of her as her husband died of heart attack at an early age.

Categories Uncategorized

99-year-old divorces wife

London, December 31: A 99-year-old Italian man is divorcing his wife of 77 years, and the mother to his five children, after he found out she had an affair more than 60 years ago.

The couple who have been identified as Antonio and Rosa are due to appear in court in March, the Daily Mail reported.

Antonio recently discovered romantic letters from his wife to her secret lover in their apartment in Rome.

The couple got married in 1934 but the woman had an affair with her unidentified lover 10 years later.

Categories Uncategorized

Lokpal bill now in freeze, but discourse gets hotter

New Delhi, December 30:The Lokpal bill, which dominated public discourse for much of the year, appeared to have gone into cold storage Friday but the rhetoric got more vitriolic with calls for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s resignation and the government fighting a lone battle to proclaim its sincere intentions.

Categories Uncategorized

Over 10 Lakh Apply for VRO and VRA Posts

Hyderabad, December 30:A large number of applications have been received for the posts of Village Revenue Officer (VRO) and Village Revenue Assistants (VRA).

The examination is to be held on January 30, 2012 for both the posts.

The Chief Commissioner of Land Administration and Special Secretary to Government, has informed today, that they have received a total of 9,45,666 applications for the 1172 VRO posts, and 1,07,457 applications for the 6029 VAO posts across the state.

Categories Uncategorized

Cabinet expansion only when necessary: CM

New Delhi / Hyderabad, December 30:Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy today made it apparently clear after meeting AICC president Sonia Gandhi on Friday that he would expand his ministry whenever there was a need for it.
Speaking to the media after his meeting the AICC supremo and other Central leaders, Kiran Kumar Reddy said that the question of inducting the former PRP MLAs in his cabinet would be ventured once the merger of PRP with the Congress was officially received.

Categories Uncategorized

Yet another Gali;s bail petition rejected

Hyderabad, December 30: The CBI Special Judge’s Court in Nampally on Friday rejected the “Two-day Escort Bail Petition” filed by Gali Janardhana Reddy, principal accused in the Obulapuram Mines Company irregularities case.

It may be mentioned here that former minister of Karnataka had filed a petition in the trial court to grant two-day bail with escort for attending to his mother’s death anniversary in Bellary in Karnataka.

Categories Uncategorized


Hyderabad, December 30:Demanding that Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy immediately quit the Cabinet for orchestrating physical attack on senior Dalit minister Dr P. Shankar Rao recently, the Indian Dalitha Christian Rights-Andhra Pradesh has appealed to the Secretary of SC, ST Commission secretary to initiate action against the culprits.

Categories Uncategorized

New Year revelry:Traffic Crubs around Lake

Hyderabad, December 30:Hyderabad City Police Commissioner A. K. Khan, has notified for information of the general public, that in order to facilitate proper control and regulation of traffic in view of the New Year celebrations on vehicular traffic on the intervening night December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012, the following traffic restrictions are imposed around the Hussain Sagar lake.

Categories Uncategorized

Setback for CM, PCC Chief

New Delhi/Hyderabad, December 30:The Congress High Command seems to have put the spanner in the wheel for the expansion of the Kiran Kumar Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh for the time being.
During his meeting with the AICC President Mrs. Sonia Gandhi on Friday morning, the Chief Minister sought permission for reshuffle and revamp of his ministry, instead of just inducting two PRP MLAs as was being pressurized by the actor-turned-politician Mr. Chiranjeevi as a reward for merging his party with the Congress.

Categories Uncategorized

Crime Rate Up by 5.8% this Year:DGP

Hyderabad, December 30:Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy has said that crime rate in the State increased by 5.8 per cent in 2011 compared to the preceding year.

However, the crime rate was under control, he added.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Friday, the DGP announced that in all 1.64 lakh cases have been registered this year.

Of these, 2,522 murders, 1,291 sexual assaults, 1,793 dacoities and atrocities on women 22,034 were reported, he said, adding that compared to last year, crime against women increased by 9.17 per cent.

Categories Uncategorized

All-party meet on T soon, says PC

New Delhi, December 30: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday reiterated that he would convene an all-party meeting on Telangana issue soon.

“I have confidence that all stakeholders would attend the meeting and express their views fairly on creation of Telangana state, “he told reporters.

He hoped that the TDP would attend the convention and make its stand clear on statehood issue and help the Centre to resolve the contentious issue.

Categories Uncategorized

Government had no intention to pass Lokpal bill: Team Anna

New Delhi, December 30: Accusing the government of having no intention to pass the Lokpal bill, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal Friday said all the disturbances in the Rajya Sabha had been pre-planned.

Had the Lokpal bill been passed in the Rajya Sabha Thursday, it could have been at least a good start, but the government had no intention to pass the bill and it has deceived the people, Kejriwal said at a press conference here.

Categories Uncategorized

Vidya bags best actress for ‘The Dirty Picture’

New Delhi, December 30: Ekta Kapoor’s “The Dirty Picture” has been named best picture, while Vidya Balan has been adjudged best actress for the same film at The Eighteenth National Media Network Film and TV awards.

The awards, instituted by National Media Network and Akhil Bharatiya Swatantra Patrakar Avom Lekhak Sangh, an association of freelance journalists and writers, will be given Jan 21 here where TV czarina Ekta will also be honoured for being a successful film and TV producer in Indian film and TV industry.

Categories Uncategorized

Woman delivers own baby using mirror

London, December 30: A 28-year-old British woman, who works as a midwife at a London hospital, delivered her own baby in the bathroom using a pocket-sized mirror.

Claire Clarke-Wood went into labour after finishing work at the Croydon University Hospital in south London.

“I was fully dilated and I knew my baby was coming now. I used the make-up mirror to guide myself through delivering the baby. I knew what I had to do to have a safe delivery and was surprisingly calm,” The Sun quoted Clarke-Wood as saying.

Paramedics were called but the baby was born before they arrived.

Categories Uncategorized

Economic offences on the rise: Dinesh Reddy

Hyderabad, December 30: The year has seen rise in white collar offences and crime against women while the left wing extremism has shown a decline in the State which also has seen drugs and fraud cases keeping the police on its toes, not to say the agitations.

The economic offences, number wise have increased marginally but the amount involved in white collar crime rose to Rs 2.850 crore as against Rs 1,404 previous year. This was mainly due to the new Micro Finance Institution (MFI) Regulation Act.

Categories Uncategorized

VP expresses concern over declining Urdu readership

Hyderabad, December 30: Vice President of India Hamid Ansari expressed concern over the decline in the percentage of Urdu speakers to total population.

Speaking after inaugurating the World Urdu Editors conference at Jubilee Hall here on Friday, the Vice President said that despite the overall increase in population, the population of Urdu speakers has registered a noticeable decline.

Asking the Urdu editors to focus on young readers, he said that the Urdu newspapers were too focused on the older age groups.

Categories Uncategorized