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Extremely severe cyclone Fani to hit Odisha coast on Friday afternoon

The extremely severe cyclonic storm, Fani, over westcentral Bay of Bengal, was very likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri, on Friday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.
The extremely severe cyclonic storm, Fani, over westcentral Bay of Bengal, was very likely to cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri, tomorrow afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here today.
 
The IMD has already issued a cyclone warning for the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal and Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh.
 
In a bulletin issued at 1230 hours today, the IMD said Fani had moved further north-northeastwards with a speed of about 16 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 1130 hours IST near latitude 16.7°N and longitude 84.8°E, about 360 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 190 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 550 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal). 
 
"It is very likely to move north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, around Puri by the afternoon of 3rd May with maximum sustained wind speed of 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph," the bulletin said.
 
The cyclone is being tracked by Doppler Weather Radars Vishakhapatnam & Machilipatnam.
 
The bulletin said light to moderate rainfall would occur over most places in North Andhra Pradesh with isolated heavy to very heavy falls over Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts and isolated heavy to extremely heavy falls (>20 cm) over Srikakulam district today.
 
There could be heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Srikakulam district tomorrow, it said.
 
In  south coastal and adjoining interior Odisha, the IMD said there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places today, with heavy to very heavy rainfall and extremely heavy falls over Ganjam & Gajapati districts at isolated places.
 
"It is likely to increase with moderate rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places over coastal Odisha and adjoining districts of interior Odisha on 3rd. Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Balasore, Mayurbhanj districts of north Odisha on 4th May," it said.
 
The bulletin also forecast light to light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely over coastal and adjoining districts of West Bengal tomorrow; and heavy to very falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4.
 
"Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on 4th May," it said.
 
The bulletin said Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya would experience light to moderate rainfall at most places, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls on May 4 and 5. There could be isolated extremely heavy falls over Assam and Meghalaya on May 4.
 
There could also light to moderate rainfall at many places over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on May 4, with isolated heavy falls.
 
The bulletin said gale winds, with speed reaching 180-190 kmph, gusting to 210 kmph, were very likely to prevail over westcentral Bay of Bengal around the system centre during the next 24 hours and decrease thereafter.
 
It said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were very likely to prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Coasts and become gale wind, speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph, from tonight. It is very likely to become 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, along and off south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam district) coasts; and 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph along and off remaining districts of coastal Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram Districts) by tomorrow forenoon for the subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.
 
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"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along & off West Bengal coast from 2nd May evening. It is very likely become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 3rd May afternoon and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 4th May early morning for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter," it said.
 
The sea condition will be phenomenal over westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Andhra Pradesh coasts, till tomorrow and over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal till May 4.
 
Sea conditions are very likely to be very rough to high off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, along and off south Andhra Pradesh coasts till May 3.
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of 1.5 metre height above astronomical tide was very likely to inundate low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha at the time of landfall.
 
Fishermen were advised not to venture into deep sea areas and those out in deep sea in the above aeas were advised to return to the coasts.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone could cause extensive damage to kutcha houses and old pucca and badly managed pucca structures in Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha.
 
It said there could be extensive uprooting of communication and  power poles. There could also be disruption of rail and road links and extensive damage to standing crops, plantations and orchards. Large boats and ships may get torn from their moorings.
 
The IMD suggested total suspension of fishing operations, extensive evacuation of people from coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain indoors.
 
The cyclone could also cause damage, on a lesser scale, in Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Balasore districts of Odisha and east and west Medinipur, south and north 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogli, Kolkata districts of West Bengal and Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh, the bulletin added.
 
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8 die as cyclone Titli batters Andhra, Odisha coast

A very severe cyclonic storm, Titli, unleashed havoc in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on Thursday, claiming eight lives in Andhra and causing widespread destruction, officials said.
 
Cyclone Titli makes landfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh
A very severe cyclonic storm, Titli, unleashed havoc in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on Thursday, claiming eight lives in Andhra and causing widespread destruction, officials said.
 
The cyclone, which made landfall between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha early on Thursday, triggered widespread rains in the two states, uprooted trees, electricity poles, communication towers, damaged houses and crops and snapped electricity supply.
 
Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh were affected by the cyclone, which hit the coast near Palasa close to the border with Odisha. Srikakulam district bore the brunt as the strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees.
 
Officials said five deaths were reported from Srikakulam district while three persons were killed in neighbouring Vijayanagaram district. Six fishermen were among the dead.
 
According to the Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, Titli crossed between North Andhra and South Odisha coast near Palasa with wind speed of 140-150 km per hour.
 
Parts of the two Andhra districts received heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone. A few places in Srikakulam district got over 20 cm rainfall, flooding the low-lying areas and roads.
 
Uprooted trees fell on the roads, disrupting vehicular traffic. The state-owned road transport corporation suspended all bus services on the Andhra-Odisha border area.
 
Several trains were cancelled or diverted due to the cyclone.
 
According to East Coast Railway, railway stations were damaged at several places. The station at Palasa suffered massive damage. Teams of railway officials were studying the impact of cyclone between Palasa and Brahmpur.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reached Visakhapatnam on Thursday evening and left for Srikakulam by road to review the situation.
 
Titli triggered heavy rainfall in eight districts in Odisha. However, there was no loss of life in the state.
 
Heavy rains lashed Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts as Titli left behind uprooted trees and displaced three lakh people.
 
Odisha is facing a possible flood in its coastal belt on Thursday, an official said.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places were very likely in Odisha in the next 24 hours.
 
"We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day. Depending upon the rainfall, we may see some flood in coastal Odisha. However, there is no flood-like situation as of now," said Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.
 
"There may be flooding of the Vansadhara river as Gajapati and Rayagada districts received heavy rainfall due to the cyclone," he added.
 
The officer said that Gajapati district, which was most affected, received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm.
 
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday reviewed the cyclone situation.
 
Around three lakh people have been evacuated in the coastal state and 1,112 relief camps set up for the evacuees. As many as 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jgatsinghpur were shifted to hospitals.
 
All schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday. Trees have been uprooted in large numbers in the coastal belt.
 
The system is very likely to move northwestwards for next 12 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha.
 
The coastal alert has been put at 10 -- the highest with fishermen prohibited from venturing into the sea for the next few days.
 
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Five dead as truck collides with Bangalore-Nanded Express in Anantapur district

Five people, including a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, died when a truck laden with granite crashed through the gate of a manned level crossing and rammed into the Bangalore City-Nanded Express in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Monday.
 
Five dead after truck rams into Bangalore-Nanded Express in Anantpur
 
Five people, including a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, died when a truck laden with granite crashed through the gate of a manned level crossing and rammed into the Bangalore City-Nanded Express in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of today.
 
Those killed in the incident included three passengers of the train, a railway AC mechanic, who was travelling in the AC I coach which bore the brunt of the collision, and the driver of the truck, South Western Railway and Anantapur police officials told NetIndian.
 
The victims included senior Congress leader A Venkatesh Naik, 79, four-time member of the Lok Sabha from Raichur in Karnataka and the current member of the state legislative assembly from Devadurg constituency, they said.
 
At least three other people suffered injuries in the mishap, which occurred at around 2.23 am when the 16594 Bangalore City – Nanded Express was crossing the level crossing gate number 77 between Rangepalli and Penukonda stations on the Dharmavaram section of Bangalore Division of South Western Railway.
 
The officials said the driver of the truck appeared to have lost control over the vehicle and it crashed through the level crossing gate and hit the train.
 
Four coaches of the train -- an AC I coach (H1), an AC III coach (B1) and two sleeper coaches (S1 and S2) derailed due to the impact of the collision.
 
Top railway officials, police and district administration officials have rushed to the scene of the mishap and efforts were being made to restore normal traffic on the affected station.
 
As a consequence of the accident, the Railways have diverted the following trains to run on alternate routes:
 
1. Train No. 17308 Bagalkot – Mysore Basava Express which left Bagalkot on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Bellary, Raidurg.
2. Train No. 12735 Secunderabad – Yesvantpur Garibrath Express which left Secunderabad on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Bellary, Raidurg.
3. Train No. 18463 Bhubaneswar – Bangalore Prasanthi Express which left Bhubaneswar on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Bellary, Raidurg.
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4. Train No. 12252 Korba - Yesvantpur Express which left Korba on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Bellary, Raidurg.
5. Train No. 16339 Mumbai CSTM – Nagercoil Express which left Mumbai on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Gooty, Renigunta.
6. Train No. 17603 Kacheguda - Yesvantpur Express which left Kacheguda on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Gooty, Renigunta.
7. Train No. 12628 New Delhi – Bangalore Karnataka Express which left New Delhi on 22.08.2015 is diverted to run via Bellary, Raidurg.
8. Train No. 12785 Kacheguda - Bangalore Express which left Kacheguda on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Katpadi.
9. Train No. 12591 Gorakhpur - Yesvantpur Express which left Gorakhpur on 22.08.2015 is diverted to run via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Katpadi.
10. Train No. 22692 H.Nizamuddin – Bangalore Rajadhani Express which left Hazarat Nizamuddin on 22.08.2015 is diverted to run via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Katpadi.
11. Train No. 11301 Mumbai CSTM - Bangalore Express which left Mumbai on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Katpadi.
12. Train No. 22133 Solapur - Yesvantpur Express which left Solapur on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Katpadi.
13. Train No. 16572 Bidar - Yesvantpur Express which left Bidar on 23.08.2015 is diverted to run via Dharmavaram, Pakala, Katpadi.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines:
 
Bangalore City Railway Station: 080 22354108, 09731666751, 080 22156553
Bangalore Cantonment: 080 2333 9163, 
Hindupur Station: 08556220444
Penukonda Station: 0855220244
Dharmavaram Station: 08559224422
Accident spot: 09701374062, 09493548005, 09448090399, 00873-763945549
Anantapur :- 09100992941, 09676903449; 08554-236444
Dharmavaram: - 08559-222555
Guntakal:- 09676903466
Yadgir:- 078999300084; 08473250365
Tandur:- 08411-272010
Vikarabad:- 08416-252013 
Bidar:- 08482-226329
Parli:-02446-222008
Nanded:- 09730471077
 
 
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Kiran Reddy quits as Andhra Pradesh CM day after LS passes Telangana Bill

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.
Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Reddy resigns, quits Congress
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy announced his resignation today in protest against the decision of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre to go ahead with its decision to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state of the Union.
 
Mr Reddy handed in his papers to Governor E S L Narasimhan a day after, amid noisy schenes, the Lok Sabha passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, which seeks to bifurcate the state to create the new state of Telangana.
 
Before driving down to Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation, Mr Reddy addressed a press conference at which he hit out at his Congress party for allegedly flouting Parliamentary procedures in its haste to get the Bill passed.
 
"I am ashamed. They did it like thieves, blacking out the live telecast. What was the need to do all this?" he asked.
 
Thanking the party for giving him the chance to serve as Chief Minister, he, however, made it clear that he could not continue in the Congress because, according to hi, it had betrayed the Telugu people.
 
He said he would also resign as a member of the Legislative Assembly as well as from the membership of the Congress.
 
Mr Reddy said the Congress and the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had got together in the Lok Sabha yesterday to get the Bill passed.
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He was particularly upset that the Bill was passed in the absence of several MPs from Andhra Pradesh, who had been suspended from the House for disrupting proceedings on February 13.
 
There has been media speculation about Mr Reddy planning to launch a new party but he did not touch the topic today. "My future is not important," he said when asked about it.
 
Some of his Cabinet colleagues from the Seemandhra region, who were opposed to the bifurcation of the state, and several legislators were present at the press conference.
 
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12 killed, 30 missing as boat capsizes in Godavari

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A pleasure trip turned into tragedy for many families as a boat with over 60 tourists capsized in the swollen Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district on Sunday, killing 12 persons while at least 30 went missing.
 
As many as 27 passengers either swam to safety or were rescued by people from a nearby village.
 
The accident occurred in Katchuluru village near popular tourist spot Papikonda. Rescue workers pulled out 10 bodies.
 
Rescue operations involving a helicopter of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), a team of deep divers from the Indian Navy and two teams each of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were on.
 
Six teams of fire fighting personnel with eight boats were also participating in the rescue work.
 
"A specialized deep divers team with Side Scan Sonar equipment from Uttarakhand is landing at Vijayawada by tomorrow (Monday) for retrieving bodies from the river," said an official statement on Sunday night.
 
The boat was carrying 63 tourists and nine crew members.
 
A majority of those on the boat were from Telangana. Officials said 22 of the tourists were from Hyderabad and 14 from Warangal.
 
Negligence by the private boat operator led to the tragedy as the boat was operated despite floods and in violation of safety guidelines of the Tourism Department.
 
Survivors complained that the driver appeared untrained and the crew had no training in deal with the emergency.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his shock over the tragedy. He directed the officials to carry out rescue operations on a war-footing.
 
He asked them to use NDRF teams, besides pressing into service Navy and ONGC helicopters in the rescue operations.
 
The Chief Minister also ordered all the available ministers in the district to rush to the scene and supervise the rescue work.
 
He directed the officials to suspend all boating services immediately in the region.
 
Jagan Mohan Reddy announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh each for the next-of-kin of the dead.
 
Reports suggested that the boat was being operated without a license. Reddy asked officials to check for the licence of the boats and if adequate training was given to the staff or not.
 
The Chief Minister sought a complete report on the incident and directed framing of safety guidelines by an experts committee.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also expressed his grief over the tragedy. Since there were people from Telangana among those dead, he instructed officials concerned to take the necessary action.
 
He also announced Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the next-of-kin of the dead.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed his grief over the boat accident.
 
"Extremely pained by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Rescue operations are currently underway at the site of the tragedy," he said in a tweet.
 
Modi posted another tweet in Telugu, calling the incident "traumatic".
 
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Five of a family killed in Andhra road mishap

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Five members of a family were killed and another injured the car in which they were travelling caught fire after it overturned in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district on Saturday, police said.
 
The victims comprised three children and two women. The ghastly tragedy occurred near Mamudugu village when the family was on its way from Tirupati to Bengaluru.
 
The driver, Vishnu, apparently lost control of the car, which overturned and fell off the road. Under the impact of the crash, the vehicle caught fire, trapping the occupants.
 
The driver, who survived the accident with burn injuries, was shifted to a hospital in Tirupati.
 
According to the police, Vishnu's wife, a son, a daughter, sister and nephew were killed in the accident.
 
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English to be medium of instruction in Andhra government schools

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All government-run schools in Andhra Pradesh will have English as the medium of instruction from class 1 to 8, Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy announced on Wednesday.
 
The government will impart the necessary training to teachers to meet the changing needs, and as part of this exercise, nearly 70,000 teachers would be trained in District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs).
 
Introducing English as medium of instruction is part of the sweeping reforms the state government is planning to introduce in the education sector.
 
During a review meeting on education, Reddy said vacant posts of teachers will be filled in January every year and the teacher-student ratio would be maintained at all times. Environment, climate change and road safety would also be included in the curriculum.
 
The Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare an action plan to ensure that every 'mandal' has one junior college and wherever possible high schools should be upgraded to junior colleges. In the same manner, every Assembly constituency should have one degree college, he said.
 
The state government has also decided to refurbish 44,512 schools under 'Then and now' programme and the first phase will cover 15, 410 schools. Every phase will cover Panchayatraj, Municipal, Tribal, Social, BC Welfare and other schools. The first phase should be completed by March 14, 2020 and there will also be a social audit, he said.
 
Reddy asked officials to involve parents in the education of children and quality of mid-day meals.
 
Brushing aside the talk that permissions are not being given to private colleges, Reddy said, if the institutions have the stipulated infrastructure there will not be any problem.
 
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Naidu under house arrest, victims evicted from Guntur camp

Tension gripped Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati and other parts of Guntur district on Wednesday as former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was placed under house arrest while police evicted victims of alleged attacks by the ruling YSRCP from a TDP camp.
N Chandrababu Naidu (File photo: IANS)
N Chandrababu Naidu (File photo: IANS)
Tension gripped Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati and other parts of Guntur district on Wednesday as former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was placed under house arrest while police evicted victims of alleged attacks by the ruling YSRCP from a TDP camp.
 
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President was kept under house arrest in Amaravati while scores of party leaders and activists heading towards Guntur town for a protest march were arrested by the police.
 
Police did not allow Naidu to come out of his house at Undavalli as he was about to leave for Guntur town to lead the 'Chalo Atamakur' stir.
 
Tension prevailed around Naidu's house as TDP leaders coming to meet him were prevented from entering the house. Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, who came out of the house, lodged his protest over the police action.
 
The police later locked the main gate of Naidu's house from outside after he tried to come out in his car. Naidu, who sat on in his car for half an hour, condemned the police action. "Today is a dark day for democracy," he told reporters.
 
The TDP chief alleged that Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is murdering democracy by resorting to house arrest and arrests of TDP leaders who wanted to participate in a peaceful rally. Naidu is observing a day-long fast at his house to protest the attacks by the YSRCP and indiscriminate arrests of TDP leaders and workers.
 
Director General of Police Gautam Sawang said Naidu, who is also the Leader of Opposition, was taken into preventive custody as his actions are increasing tension and creating disturbances in Palnadu region of Guntur. The police chief clarified that he was not taken into preventive custody for fighting against the government policies.
 
Police have clamped prohibitory orders in the faction-ridden Palnadu region of Guntur to prevent any showdown as the YSRCP had also called for a counter-protest march.
 
TDP leaders and workers heading to Naidu's house and also to Guntur were stopped at different points and arrested.
 
Tension prevailed in Guntur town as additional police forces were deployed to foil the TDP's march planned to begin from the camp set up by the party for victims of attacks by the ruling party leaders.
 
Meanwhile, the police late Wednesday afternoon evicted all 165 victims from the camp and sent them back to their villages with police escort.
 
The police arrested TDP leaders and workers at the camp before evicting the inmates. Five buses were arranged to send them back to their villages.
 
Before sending them back, police and revenue officials recorded their statements about the problems faced by them in their villages. The officials assured them that all steps would be taken to prevent clashes.
 
Naidu condemned the police "attack" on the camp, arrest of the TDP leaders and forcibly evicting the victims. He said the victims should not have been sent back without creating confidence in them and punishing those involved in the attacks on them.
 
The TDP alleged that its eight workers were killed in the attacks by the YSRCP leaders, most of them in Palnadu region. It claimed that 500 TDP activists and sympathisers were attacked since the announcement of election results in May.
 
The YSRCP too had announced that it will also conduct 'Chalo Atmakur' with victims of the attacks by TDP leaders during the last five years. Its leaders alleged that Naidu is resorting to cheap gimmicks.
 
Home Minister Sucharita dubbed those at TDP camp in Guntur as "paid artistes".
 
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Fire on Coast Guard vessel, one missing, 28 rescued

Rescue operation underway after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel of the Indian Coast Guard off Visakhapatnam coast; on August 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rescue operation underway after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel of the Indian Coast Guard off Visakhapatnam coast; on August 12, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
One crew member of Coast Guard was missing while 28 were rescued after a major fire broke out on an offshore support vessel off Visakhapatnam coast on Monday.
 
According to a spokesperson of Eastern Naval Command, the crew of offshore support vessel Coastal Jaguar had to abandon their vessel and jump into water to save themselves from fire which engulfed the vessel.
 
"There was reportedly a loud explosion onboard Coastal Jaguar that was followed by thick smoke emanating from the vessel," he said.
 
ICGS Rani Rashmoni which was in area was diverted to coordinate the rescue operation. Rani Rashmoni in coordination with Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) boats rescued the distressed crew.
 
"28 out of the 29 crew present on board have been rescued, search for one missing crew is in progress," the spokesperson said.
 
Dramatic scenes of the crew jumping into the sea to save themselves and the rescue operations by the ships were witnessed.
 
The rescue operations also involved ICGS Samudra Paheredar, ICG Helicopter and ICGS C-432.
 
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
 
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Andhra man beheads wife, walks with severed head

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In a macabre act, a man beheaded his wife and then carried her severed head through the streets of Vijayawada on Sunday, police said.
 
The shocking incident occurred in Srinagar colony under Satyanarayanapuram police station limits.
 
According to the police, Pradeep Kumar slit his wife Manikranti's (23) throat with a knife near their house. He then beheaded her and was seen walking briskly on the street with her head in one hand and a knife in the other.
 
CCTVs installed in the colony recorded people running in horror on seeing the killer with the severed head.
 
Pradeep threw the head in a nearby canal and then surrendered at Satyanarayanapuram police station.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijay Rao told reporters that the search was on for the severed head. The headless body was shifted to a government-run hospital for autopsy.
 
According to preliminary investigations by the police, Pradeep had a love marriage with Manikranti five years ago. However, there were frequent quarrels between the couple.
 
Manikranti had filed a case of domestic violence against Pradeep some time ago and he was arrested. Pradeep, who was recently released on bail, resorted to the brutal killing to seek revenge, said the police.
 
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Essar Port’s Vizag Terminal registers 45% cargo growth; triples third-party cargo handling

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Essar Vizag Terminal Limited (EVTL), that operates the 24-million-tonnes (MT) Vizag terminal, which is India’s largest integrated iron ore handling complex located on the outer harbour of Visakhapatnam Port, has announced a 45% growth in overall cargo throughput in the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
 
The significant growth in overall cargo was primarily driven by a sharp rise in third-party cargo, with volume more than tripling when compared with the corresponding quarter in FY 2018-19, a press release from the company said.
 
Cargo volumes from the anchor customer increased by 5.6% over the same period. The share of third-party cargo in the overall cargo volumes grew to 40.6%, it said.
 
According to the release, competitive advantage through the high degree of mechanisation at the terminal and the state-of-the-art cargo handling equipment that helps ensure rapid turnaround times have been the key drivers for attracting new clients.
 
Essar Ports is one of India’s largest private sector port and terminal developers and operators. It has invested Rs 11,000 crore in developing five world-class terminals in three Indian states. Its current operations span four terminals with a combined capacity of 110 MTPA, which is roughly 5 per cent of India’s port capacity. The company is a leader in the non-containerised bulk cargo space. Having clocked a throughput of 40 MT in FY19, Essar Ports is expecting to handle over 60 MT in the current financial year.
 
"All Essar Ports terminals use advanced cargo handling infrastructure and are equipped to double capacity in the near to medium term. The company is, therefore, focused on not only enhancing cargo throughput, but also on ramping up capacity and contributing meaningfully to the Government of India’s ambitious target of developing 3,130 MT of port capacity in the country by 2020," the release said.
 
Outside India, Essar’s port assets include a liquid terminal in the UK and a coal berth in the development stage at Mozambique’s Beira port.
 
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Indian Navy's sixth ship of Landing Craft Utility MK IV class commissioned

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IN LCU L56,  the sixth ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK IV class was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice-Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command (ENC) at a ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam on Monday.
 
Vice-Admiral A K Saxena, Controller of Warship Production & Acquisition IHQ MoD (N), Maj General Biji Mathew, Chief of Staff, Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC), Commodore Ashutosh Ridhorkar, Naval Component Commander (NAVCC) ANC, Rear Admiral V K Saxena (Retd) CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) along with all flag officers of ENC and other dignitaries were present during the ceremony.
 
The ceremony commenced with a guard of honour to the Chief guest on arrival. This was followed by addresses by Rear Admiral Saxena (Retd) and Commodore Ridhorkar.
 
Later, the commissioning warrant of the ship was read out by Commanding Officer, Lt Commander Gopinath Narayanan. Subsequently, hoisting of the Naval Ensign onboard for the first time and ‘Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant’ with the national anthem being played marked the completion of the ceremony. 
 
Addressing the gathering, Vice Adm Jain congratulated the GRSE for being the first shipyard in the country to have built the 100th warship.  He stated that the induction of LCU 56 will add to the maritime and HADR capabilities of ANC as the ship will be deployed for multi-role activities such as beaching operations, search and rescue missions, disaster relief operations, coastal patrol, and surveillance operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands.  He later unveiled the commissioning plaque and dedicated the ship to the nation. 
 
LCU 56 is an amphibious ship with its primary role being transportation and deployment of main battle tanks, armoured vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. 
 
LCU L56 would be administered and based in Port Blair under the NAVCC in ANC, an official press release said.
 
Designed to accommodate 216 personnel, LCU is equipped with two indigenous CRN 91 guns to provide artillery fire support during landing operations. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment and advanced systems like Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS).
 
The LCU Mk-IV Class of ships are fitted with close to 90% indigenous content in line with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ initiative towards achieving self-reliance and indigenisation.
 
The Mk-IV LCU vessels are an improved version of the Mk-III LCU Vessels presently being used by the Indian Navy. The entire design of LCU Mark-IV ship has been developed in-house by GRSE as per requirements specified by Indian Navy, the release said.
 
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Former Andhra minister and Congress leader Mukesh Goud dies

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Former Andhra Pradesh minister and Telangana Congress leader Mukesh Goud died on Monday following prolonged illness. He was 60.
 
Goud, who served as minister in the cabinets of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and Kiran Kumar Reddy in undivided Andhra Pradesh, was battling cancer. He was admitted to a private hospital on Sunday after his condition turned critical.
 
A three-time member of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, Goud is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
 
With Goud's death, the Congress lost the second leader in as many days. The news of his death came when Congress leaders were busy in the cremation of former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy.
 
A backward class leader from Hyderabad, Goud began his political career as a corporator. He was first elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly from Maharjgunj constituency in the city in 1989 and was re-elected in 2004. After the delimitation of constituencies in 2009, he was elected from Goshamahal constituency.
 
Goud lost the elections from Goshamahal in 2014 and 2018.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his condolences on the demise of Goud and recalled his services as a Minister and as an MLA. Rao conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
 
State Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and other party leaders also condoled Goud's death.
 
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Harichandan appointed Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Anusuiya Uikey of Chhattisgarh

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President Ram Nath Kovind today appointed Odisha BJP leader Biswa Bhusan Harichandan as the new Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Anusuiya Uikey as the new Governor of Chhattisgarh.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said the appointments would take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.
 
Harichandan replaces E S L Narasimhan, who served as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh since January 2010. A former Director of the Intelligence Bureau, he is also the Governor of Telangana. He was earlier the Governor of Chhattisgarh for three years from January 2007.
 
The post of Chhattisgarh governor was under the additional charge of Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel.
 
Harichandan is a five-time member of the Odisha Legislative Assembly.
 
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Kovind to visit Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh from July 12-15

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President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a four-day visit to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from today.
 
Tomorrow, the President will present LL.D. (Honoris Causa) degrees to Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, and currently Governor of Kerala; Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Judge of the Supreme Court of India; and Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani, Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, at a special convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University in Chennai. 
 
On July 14-15, the President will visit the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh and witness the launch of Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission being undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), an official press release added.
 
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Rajnath Singh visits Eastern Naval Command, has tour of INS Shivalik, INS Sindhukirti

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receiving the salute from the guard of honour, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Delhi on June 29, 2019.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receiving the salute from the guard of honour, in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Delhi on June 29, 2019.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid his maiden visit to the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) here yesterday and was briefed on the operational readiness of the command and other aspects of maritime and coastal security on the eastern seaboard.
 
Later he visited Indian Navy’s indigenously conceived, designed and constructed frontline stealth frigate INS Shivalik and submarine INS  Sindhukirti  at Visakhapatnam.  During the guided tour of the ship and submarine, he interacted with the crew members.  
 
Addressing the naval personnel and Defence civilians, the Minister  lauded the patriotic fervour of every sailor serving in the Indian Navy in maintaining constant vigil against maritime threat and safeguarding the  nation’s maritime interests.  He also highlighted the Indian Navy’s significant role in implementing India’s Act East Policy.  He later interacted with them during "Barakhana".  
 
The Minister was also briefed about the Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft P8I.
 
Earlier, on arrival at INS Dega, the Minister was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) and Vice-Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, ENC and was presented a huard of honour.
 
Rajnath Singh also held a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and officials of the State and the District Administration last evening. They jointly reviewed the progress of ongoing infrastructure projects and proposals of the Indian Navy in the state and directed concerned officials to continue the proactive civil-military synergies and cooperation between the Indian Navy and the State Government to expedite the progress of the naval issues.
 
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Centre grants 2-year extension for Polavaram project-related construction work

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In a major decision, the Union Environment Ministry has given two years of extension and allowed the construction works related to the Polavaram Multipurpose Project in Andhra Pradesh.
 
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told mediapersons here on Wednesday that the order has been signed. 
 
He said the Polavaram project was very important to the people of Andhra Pradesh as it will irrigate nearly 3 lakh hectares of land, generate hydel power with an installed capacity of 960 MW and provide drinking water facilities to 540 villages covering a population of 25 lakh, particularly in Visakhapatnam, East Godavari and West Godavari and Krishna Districts.
 
In the year 2011, the then government had asked Andhra Pradesh to stop construction work of the project. However, in 2014 the NDA government declared the Polavaram project a National Project and the Ministry kept the “Stop Work Order” in abeyance to allow the construction works.
 
The “Stop Work Order” has been kept in abeyance six times for a year each time. Considering the immense importance of the project this time the Ministry is keeping the “Stop Work Order” in abeyance to allow the construction works for two years without permission to impound water.
 
The project envisages construction of an earth-cum-rock fill dam across river Godavari. The maximum height of the dam is 48 metres.
 
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India signs $328 million loan agreement with World Bank for Improved Health Services in Andhra Pradesh

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The Union Government, the Andhra Pradesh Government and the World Bank signed a loan agreement of $328 million here on Thursday to help improve the quality and responsiveness of public health services in the state. 
 
Andhra Pradesh has over the years demonstrated a strong commitment to improving health outcomes. In 2017-18, it allocated 5% of its total public expenditure towards health and has initiated significant steps towards strengthening its public health system, an official press release said.
 
Maternal mortality ratio in the state declined by 52% and infant mortality fell to 35 per 1,000 live births from 54 over the decade from 2005. Ninety-three per cent of women now opt for institutional deliveries. Despite these positive steps, there exist disparities within the state in coverage of maternal and child health services and quality of service delivery. Non-communicable diseases are also on the rise and form 60% of Andhra's burden of disease, it said.
 
The World Bank loan will support the State Government as it scales up its efforts to bring better health care to all its citizens, especially pregnant women and those at risk of non-communicable diseases, like hypertension, diabetes and cervical cancer, the release said. 
 
The loan agreement was signed by Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, on behalf of the Union Government of India and Shanker Lal, Acting Country Director, on behalf of the World Bank.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Khare said that the Government’s commitment to improving the country's health outcomes are fully mirrored in the State of Andhra Pradesh. This new project will help leverage the State’s own systems and processes, and build capacity, thus enhancing the sustainability of the interventions.
 
Public health institutions in the state will be strengthened through the generation of quality information and its use in day-to-day management, and resource allocation process. Public feedback will be sought as a performance indicator for the State's Public Health Institutions, he added. 
 
Earlier, Ahmad said Andhra Pradesh has been fully committed to improving its health outcomes. The Project will support the state in adopting innovative and technologically-driven approaches to improve access and quality of health services.
 
The project will support the certification of health centres when they achieve and maintain quality standards; engagement of private service providers for improved quality of care; improved pharmaceutical stock management system; integrated online patient management system; and empanelment of private pharmacies to dispense State-financed drugs to improve their access to the population. It will also support the rollout of a system for measuring and reporting on patient experience. 
 
Mohini Kak, World Bank Task Team Leader for the Project said that today, a primary health care facility exists for every 5,721 population on average in Andhra Pradesh and a secondary/tertiary care facility exists for every 200,000 population in the state. A continued focus on the quality of care and availability of services will ensure quality health services to all, especially the poor. 
 
The $328 million loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) has a 23.5-year maturity which includes a 6-year grace period.
 
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Demolition of building built by Naidu in Amaravati begins

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Authorities in Andhra Pradesh Tuesday night began demolition of a building adjacent to former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's residence on the banks of the Krishna river here.
 
Hours after Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy held his first-ever meeting with district collectors and superintendents of police at 'Praja Vedika' and called it an illegal building built by his predecessor Naidu, workers began demolition of the same structure.
 
Dozens of workers moved out furniture, air conditioners and other items before launching the demolition with JCB machines. A large number of policemen were deployed in the area to maintain law and order.
 
Officials of Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) plan to complete the demolition by Wednesday morning.
 
Meanwhile, Naidu returned to Vijayawada from a foreign trip on Tuesday night. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief was holidaying with his family in Europe.
 
In another development, a petitioner filed a house motion before Andhra Pradesh High Court, seeking direction to the government. 
 
Praja Vedika (people's grievance cell) was built by the then TDP government as an extension to then Chief Minister Naidu's residence in 2017. Built at a cost of Rs 5 crore, it was being used by Naidu for official purposes as well as to hold party meetings.
 
After the TDP lost power to the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) last month, Leader of Opposition Naidu on June 4 wrote to the Chief Minister to allow him to use the building to hold meetings.
 
In a dramatic development, the YSRCP government took possession of the building on Saturday and decided to hold a two-day meeting of district collectors and SPs at the same venue.
 
Jagan Reddy on Monday said that since the building was built in violation of all laws and rules, his government will demolish it on Wednesday. He reiterated this on Tuesday and alleged that even the house where Naidu is living is illegal.
 
The Chief Minister said all the construction which has come up on the banks of the river in violation of various legislation and rules would be demolished.
 
Reacting sharply to Jagan Reddy's decision, the TDP has called it vendetta politics.
 
Claiming that the building was constructed by the previous government as per rules and regulations, the opposition party alleged that Reddy ordered its demolition so that Naidu does not get it.
 
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Andhra takes over Naidu's 'Praja Vedika', TDP calls it vendetta

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Andhra Pradesh's YSR Congress Party government on Saturday took possession of the 'Praja Vedika', located adjacent to Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's residence here even as the Telugu Desam Party termed it "vendetta politics".
 
The opposition alleged that the government showed no courtesy to the former Chief Minister as his belongings were thrown out of the building in Undavalli here.
 
Naidu has been staying in the house at Undavalli on the banks of Krishna river since 2016 when Andhra Pradesh shifted its administration to Amaravati from Hyderabad, which became the capital of Telangana.
 
The 'Praja Vedika' (people's grievance cell) was built by the government through Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), as an extension to the then Chief Minister's residence. Built at a cost of Rs 5 crore, it was being used by Naidu for official purposes as well as to hold party meetings.
 
Naidu had, earlier this month, written to Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to allow him to use the structure to hold the meetings. He had urged the government to declare the property as residence annexe of the Leader of Opposition.
 
However, the government on Friday decided to take over the Praja Vedika, even as Naidu is holidaying abroad with his family members, and announced that the Collectors' conference will be held there. The conference, the first since the YSCRP came to power, was earlier scheduled to be held at the state Secretariat. 
 
The move came close on the heels of a statement by YSRCP legislator Alla Ramakrishna Reddy that Naidu will be made to vacate the house as it was built illegally on the river bed.
 
TDP leader and Legislative Council member Ashok Babu said the government staff threw out personal belongings of Naidu. He alleged that the party was not informed about the government decision to take over the premises.
 
Municipal Administration Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, however, taunted the TDP to say that Naidu would be treated in the same manner as Jagan Mohan Reddy was treated when he was the Leader of Opposition.
 
He reached Praja Vediaka when TDP's Andhra Pradesh unit president Kala Venkat Rao was addressing the media to criticize the government for the manner in which it took over the possession of the premises.
 
Satyanarayana said that, after losing power, Naidu should gracefully leave and it was not proper to say that Praja Vedika belonged to him, as it was not his personal property.
 
Senior TDP leader and former minister Y. Ramakrishnudu termed the government's action in taking possession of Praka Vedika as witch-hunting. "The government has deliberately resorted to this action. If it did not want to give Praja Vedika, it could have communicated the same in writing," he said.
 
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Modi offers prayers at Tirumala temple

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday offered prayers at the Lord Venkateswara temple here.
 
Accompanied by Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Modi had "darshan" of the deity at the famous shrine atop the Tirumala hills.
 
After the prayers, temple priests offered their blessings to Modi and the two other dignitaries in Ranganayakula Mandapam.
 
This was Modi's first visit to the famous temple after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained power with a huge victory in the Lok Sabha elections and it was perceived as a thanksgiving trip.
 
Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal, joint executive officer K. S. Sreenivasa Raju and other officials presented "Theertha Prasadams" and a laminated photo of the Lord to Modi.
 
Earlier, on his arrival at the "Mahadwaram", the priests and TTD officials offered traditional the Prime Minister "Isthikaphal" welcome.
 
Following his two-day visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka, Modi landed at the Renigunta Airport near here from Colombo in the afternoon.
 
The Governor, the Chief Minister, Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy, state ministers, BJP leaders and other senior officials accorded him a warm welcome at the airport.
 
Jagan Reddy twice tried to touch Modi's feet, but the latter stopped him.
 
Modi addressed a meeting organised by the BJP near the airport before leaving for Tirumala by road to offer prayers at the hill shrine.
 
Modi had earlier visited the temple in his capacity as the prime ministerial candidate in May 2014 and as the Prime Minister in October 2015 and January 2017.
 
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25-member Andhra Pradesh cabinet sworn in

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Nine days after taking over as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday constituted his cabinet with 25 ministers being sworn in here.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers, including three women, at a ceremony held near the State Secretariat at Velagapudi.
 
Jagan Reddy, who alone took oath on May 30, constituted his cabinet at one go.
 
While six ministers had served in the cabinet of Jagan Reddy's late father Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in undivided Andhra Pradesh, all others are first-time ministers.
 
The swearing-in ceremony began at 11.49 a.m., the auspicious time set by Jagan Reddy's advisors.
 
Dharmana Prasada Rao was the first to be sworn in. Adimulapu Suresh and M. Goutham Reddy took oath in English while the remaining ministers took oath in Telugu.
 
Amjad Basha, the lone Muslim Minister, took oath in the name of 'Allah'.
 
As announced earlier, five of the ministers will be Deputy Chief Ministers. In an unprecedented move, Jagan Reddy decided to have five deputies, each from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, minorities and Kapus.
 
The names of Deputy Chief Ministers are expected to be announced later in the day.
 
Sixty per cent of the ministers are from SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. There are 11 ministers from upper castes - Reddys 4, Kapus 4, Kamma 1, Vyshya 1 and Kshatriya 1.
 
Botsa Satyanarayana, P. Subhash Chandra Bose, P. Viswarup, Mopidevi Venkatramna, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy and Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy had served as Ministers earlier in Congress government headed by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
 
Of them Subhash Chandra Bose and Mopidevi Venkatramna were both defeated in Assembly elections. While Bose is a member of Legislative Council, Venkatramna is likely to be nominated to the upper House.
 
YSR Congress Party stormed to power last month with a landslide majority, winning 151 seats in 175-member Assembly.
 
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Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to have five deputy CMs

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday said he will have five deputy chief ministers.
 
He announced this while addressing newly-elected legislators of the YSR Congress Party on Friday, a day before cabinet expansion.
 
Jagan Reddy, who took oath as the Chief Minister on May 30, will have deputy chief ministers from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, minorities and Kapus. 
 
The move is aimed at giving proper representation to major social groups, party sources said.
 
This will be the highest ever number of deputy chief ministers in the state. Jagan Reddy's predecessor N. Chandrababu Naidu had two deputies.
 
The YSRCP chief told the Legislature Party meeting that he will induct 25 ministers in the cabinet. He declared that half of them would be from SCs, STs, BCs and minorities. He also said there will be cabinet reshuffle after two-and-half years to give an opportunity to new ministers.
 
The swearing-in ceremony of ministers will take place on Saturday at 11.49 a.m. near the state secretariat, Velagapudi. Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan will administer the oath of office to the ministers.
 
Jagan Reddy said he would bring many reforms in administration to ensure all-round development and welfare. He asked the MLAs to ensure that there is no scope for corruption at any level.
 
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Andhra CM hikes ASHA workers' salary to Rs 10,000

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Fulfilling another poll promise, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday announced a hike in the salaries of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers to Rs 10,000 from the current Rs 3,000.
 
Reddy, who took oath as chief minister on May 30, made the announcement at a review meeting at the health department.
 
During the election campaign, his YSR Congress Party had promised to increase the salaries of ASHA workers.
 
Jagan, as the chief minister is popularly known, said the government was determined to revamp the medical and health department to improve health facilities in government hospitals.
 
He said as promised in YSRCP manifesto, the government would restore the past glory of 108 ambulance services introduced during former Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's regime.
 
Jagan expressed surprise over the pathetic condition in government hospitals during the last five years.
 
He also formed a committee to revamp the medical and health department and asked the panel to submit the report in 45 days.
 
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With no permission to land, KCR, Jagan cancel Delhi visit

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The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Ministers cancelled their visit to Delhi to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in on Thursday after their flight did not get the permission to fly to the national capital.
 
Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, who took oath as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister here on Thursday, and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who attended the swearing-in, were scheduled to leave for Delhi by a special aircraft.
 
However, the Chief Ministers did not get permission from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to fly due to restrictions on landing of unscheduled flights at the Indira Gandhi International Airport between 3.20 p.m. and 11 p.m., officials said.
 
With no clearance, Jagan Reddy and Rao dropped their plans to visit Delhi.
 
Jagan Reddy instead hosted lunch for the Telangana Chief Minister and DMK leader M. K. Stalin at his house in Amaravati. 
 
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