Death for CRPF jawan in multiple murder case

Former CRPF Jawan, who mercilessly killed his wife, two children and four others was sentenced to death by hanging by the district & sessions judge here on Monday.

Accused Sankar Rao was initially charged with killing his wife. As his two children and four others of his village gave evidence against him in the court, he had killed all of them on November 30, 2010.

Don’t drag Jr NTR in vamsi-jagan drama: TDP

TDP MLC Yelamanchili Babu Rajendra Prasad has appealed to the media not to drag actor Jr NTR into the controversy surrounding the meeting of TDP leader Vallabhaneni Vamsi with Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.
Talking to the media here on Monday, he said that those who trusted late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and his son Jagan Mohan Reddy were cooling their heels in jails. He said that rich industrialists, who invested huge sums in Jagan’s companies were now languishing behind the bars.

There seems to be no end to woes of Naidu, TDP

There seems to be no end to the woes of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu now-a-days. He is confronted with problems one after the other since his party faced ignominious defeat for the second consecutive time in the 2009 Assembly elections.

Vidya opts out of Shahid’s film due to jealous boyfriend

A jasoos from Juhu says that Vidya Balan’s producer beau, Siddharth Roy Kapoor is a very possessive kinda guy

Matlab, he doesn’t want her to work with the actors she has been linked with.

Apparently, when Tamil director Linguswamy suggested casting Balan for the Hindi remake of his film Vettai, Siddharth vetoed it saying the role wouldn’t do justice to her talent as an actress.

‘I apologised to Malaika for kissing Arbaaz’

Her promotional peck on actor-producer Arbaaz Khan’s cheeks during a recent event in Mumbai created quite a flutter, but actor Neha Dhupia says she is clean — because she has said her sorries to Khan’s wife Malaika Arora.

“I did apologise to Malaika before it happened, and I promised her it’ll be the first and the last time. It was all in fun and play,” says the 31-year-old. Malaika, too, says she’s cool about it. “Please yaar, I am not an insecure child. It’s an event and it was all done in good humour, so I’m cool,” she says.

31 per cent Indians suffer from poor quality of life: Survey

Almost 31 per cent of Indian adults comprising 240 million people say they are “suffering” because of poor quality of life, according to a Gallup survey, though the country had a high growth rate of 6.9 per cent.

The gap between the haves and have-nots may actually be widening, the survey said, releasing the results of its recent opinion poll in which nearly three-fourths or 73 per cent of the respondents perceived corruption as being widespread in the government.

Will take action against Mayawati if found guilty: Akhilesh

The ruling SP in Uttar Pradesh on Monday said all scams reported during tenure of the previous BSP government are being probed and if former chief minister Mayawati is found guilty, legal action would be initiated against her.

“All scams of Mayawati government will be probed and if found guilty, she will also be punished. Inquiries have been initiated in all scams reported during the BSP regime,” Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said.

On the alleged Rs 50 crore seed scam during the BSP regime, he said it would be probed and those found guilty will not be spared.

Israeli military building wall along Lebanon border

The Israeli military has begun building a wall along part of its border with Lebanon to avoid what it called ”frictions” in the area.

According to Israeli sources, the cement wall would be several meters high and intended to protect the recently-constructed settler units in the Israeli border town of Metulla from fire coming from the Lebanese side.

It is expected to take several weeks to build the wall, which would be more than 1km long. An Israeli security fence already runs along the entire border.

Apex court backs women tour operators on Haj quota

Even as it reserved its verdict, the Supreme Court Monday asked the government to consider women private operators in the process for the allocation of Haj quota of pilgrims going to Makkah every year.

The apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai asked the government to consider the plea after it was told that women Haj operators were being discriminated against in the selection process for the allocation of Haj quota.

The court said there would be no discrimination in the selection of women tour operators.

Iran has technology to make heavy aircraft

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi dismisses anti-Iran sanctions, saying the country has succeeded in acquiring the technology to design helicopters and heavy aircraft.

“The marine patrol aircraft and Shahed (Witness) chopper which have been designed and produced based on all international standards are shining examples that sanctions have failed to prevent progress,” said Vahidi on Monday.

Radical US pastor burns Holy Quran again

A radical American pastor has once again burned copies of Muslims’ holy book, the Qur’an, as well as a portrait of Prophet Mohamed in a Florida church.

US pastor Terry Jones along with another pastor perpetrated the sacrilegious acts in front of their church in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, AFP reported.

Some 20 people attended the burning process.

In a statement issued late on Sunday night, the Iranian Foreign Ministry termed the act as part of failed plans by the West for war of civilizations, adding that it aimed to incite hatred and phobia against Islam.

Iran Army gains capability to intercept, redirect enemy missiles

The commander of Iran’s Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base says the Iranian Army has achieved the capability to intercept and deflect enemy missiles away from their targets.

“Any missile will be destroyed or re-routed before reaching Iran, and will hit a target of our choosing,” Fars news agency quoted Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili as saying on Monday.

These systems will carry out their tasks whenever a threat is posed, Esmaeili added.

White House official defends terror drone strikes

US President Barack Obama’s chief counterterrorism advisor has defended the non-UN-sanctioned CIA assassination drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal regions, calling them legal and ethical.

In a speech on counterterrorism “ethics” on Monday, John Brennan insisted the program was legal, ethical, proportional, and saved US lives, AFP reported.

T-solution as soon as possible: Chidambaram

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday said that the Centre would respond on the demand for separate Telangana state as soon as possible.

Addressing his monthly press conference, Chidambaram appealed to the MPs from Telangana region, including his partymen, to allow the Parliament to function while their demand could be discussed. “We will respond as soon as possible on the Telangana State,” he said in reply to a question about Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj asking the government to list out the steps taken by it on the issue in the House.

EC to review by-polls arrangements on May 5

Deputy Election Commissioner of India Vinod Zutshi will conduct a meeting on May 5 with the Collectors and Superintendants of Police of 12 districts to review arrangements for the by-elections to be held on June 12.

Talking to reporters at the State Secretariat, Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal said that the Deputy Election Commissioner would review the arrangements and issue instructions for the administration of election-bound districts. Meanwhile, the Election Commission will also conduct an all-party meeting on May 8th or 9th with regard to the by-elections.

Nagam praises T-Cong MPs

Nagarkurnool MLA Nagam Janardhan Reddy on Monday praised the Telangana Congress MPs for risking their political career by raising the statehood issue in the Lok Sabha which consequently led to their suspension for four days.

Talking to reporters in the State Secretariat, Nagam said that the Telangana MPs should continue with their protest and they should not bother even if they were expelled from the party. He said the people in the region would recognise the MPs protest would reward them.

CM expresses grief over deaths due to lightning

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Monday expressed shock and grief over the deaths that occurred in various districts due to lightning and thunderbolts strikes.

The Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary to instruct the Districts Collectors of various districts and officials concerned to take relief measures and extend medical and financial assistance to the victims. The Commissioner, Disaster Management, has asked the respective District Collectors to send detailed reports on the damages so that financial relief could be given to them. (INN)

TRS complains of zone violation in recruitments

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi on Monday complained that the Women’s and Child Welfare Department has recruited 16 officials in violation of zonal norms.

Talking to reporters after making a presentation to the Principal Secretary of Women’s and Child Welfare Department at the State Secretariat, TRS floor leader Etala Rajender said that 16 officers of Seemandhra region were recruited under the Open Zone category. However, Hyderabad falls in Multiple Zone and the recruitment was done illegally, he alleged.

Ponnam slams Palwai, Renuka for remarks on T-Cong MPs

Congress MP from Karimnagar Ponnam Prabhakar on Monday came down heavily on Rajya Sabha MPs Palwai Goverdhan Reddy and Renuka Chowdhary for accusing eight Congress MPs from the Telangana of resorting to blackmail tactics over Telangana issue.

T-Ministers to visit New Delhi soon: Saraiah

Backward Classes Welfare Minister Basvaraj Saraiah on Monday announced that all ministers from the Telangana region would soon visit New Delhi to mount pressure on the Congress High Command for an early and favourable decision on Telangana statehood issue.

CM to launch ‘Mee Seva’ in Krishna dist on May 2

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy will launch the Mee Seva Centres in Krishna and Medak districts on May 2 and 3rd respectively.

Talking to reporters at the State Secretariat media point here on Monday, Information Technology Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah said that following the success of Mee Seva services, which were launched in Chittoor district on pilot basis, the services would be launched across the State beginning with Krishna district on May 2. He said Mee Seva centres would be opened in all the districts of Andhra Pradesh by July this year.

CMO dismisses reports of pending files

The Chief Minister Office on Monday dismissed reports that about thee lakh files pending with Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

In a press release, the CMO said that a section of media has been publishing baseless stories without verifying facts with the concerned office and giving wrong information to the people. According to CMO, since January 2011, it has received 13,000 files and cleared more than 12,000 files or above 92 percent. However, some files related to legal complications and a few which needed departmental probe, were pending with the Chief Minister’s Office.

YSRC accuses Naidu of degenerating political values

The YSR Congress party on Monday came down heavily on TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu for degenerating political values by using sacrilegious language and demining the democratic process by bringing in caste and creed into the orbit of electoral campaign.

“Using words like demons and devils besides bringing in caste and religious issues and branding YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as a villain does not serve the purpose as the heinous past keeps haunting N Chandrababu Naidu,” YSRC party spokesperson Vasireddy Pama told reporters here.