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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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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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Jagan Mohan Reddy takes oath as Andhra Pradesh CM

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Cheered by thousands of supporters, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy took oath as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered him the oath of office and secrecy at a public ceremony held at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium here.
 
Jagan Reddy, who led the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) to a landslide victory in the recent Assembly elections, took oath in Telugu at the ceremony also attended by Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, DMK leader M. K. Stalin and thousands of party workers.
 
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Governor invites Jagan Mohan Reddy to form government in Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan on Saturday invited YSR Congress Party leader Y.  S. Jagan Mohan Reddy to form the government after the newly elected legislators of the party unanimously elected him as their leader.
 
Jagan Reddy will take oath as the new Chief Minister on May 30 at a ceremony to be held in Vijayawada at 12.23 p.m., according to a press communique from Raj Bhavan.
 
The Governor invited Jagan Reddy after the latter, along with his party leaders, called on him and formally staked claim to form the government.
 
Hours after he was unanimously elected as the leader by newly-elected legislators of the YSRCP at Amaravati, Jagan Mohan Reddy landed in Hyderabad to meet the Governor
 
He submitted to Narasimhan the resolution adopted by the meeting of party legislators electing him as the leader.
 
The Governor congratulated Jagan Reddy on his election as the leader of YSRCP Legislature Party and invited him to form the government.
 
The YSRCP stormed to power on Thursday by winning 151 seats in 175-member Assembly.
 
All the newly-elected legislators attended the meeting held at Jagan Reddy's residence at Tadepalli in the state capital region Amaravati.
 
Senior leader Satyanarayana proposed the name of Jagan Reddy as the leader of the YSRCP Legislature Party and it was seconded by Dharmana Prasad Rao and other top leaders.
 
After the meeting, Jagan Reddy reached Hyderabad by a special aircraft. A large number of YSRCP leaders and workers accorded him a warm welcome at Begumpet Airport. From the airport, Jagan drove straight to the Raj Bhavan.
 
In a related development, the Governor dissolved the 14th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The Legislature Secretariat has released a notification to this effect.
 
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Jagan Mohan Reddy elected YSRCP Legislature Party leader

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Newly-elected legislators of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday unanimously elected party president Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as their leader, paving the way for his swearing-in as the new chief minister of the state.
 
All 151 legislators, including Jagan Mohan Reddy, attended the meeting held at the latter's residence at Tadepalli in the state capital region Amaravati.
 
Senior leader Botsa Satyanarayana proposed Jagan Reddy's name as the leader of YSRCP Legislature Party and it was seconded by Dharmana Prasad Rao and other top leaders.
 
The meeting began with Jagan, as YSRCP president is popularly known, garlanding the bust of his father and late chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. He was greeted by the newly-elected MLAs.
 
YSRCP stormed to power on Thursday by winning 151 seats in the 175-member Assembly. It also won 22 out of the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
 
The meeting of newly-elected MLAs was followed by the meeting of party's Lok Sabha members.
 
Jagan Reddy, along with some top leaders of the party, will later leave for Hyderabad, where they will meet Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan to submit the resolution of Jagan Reddy's election as the YSRCP Legislature Party leader.
 
The Governor will then invite Jagan Reddy to form the government.
 
The young leader has already announced that he will take oath as the chief minister on May 30 at Vijayawada.
 
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YSR Congress storms to power in Andhra with landslide win

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The YSR Congress Party, led by Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Thursday stormed to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory, winning 148 seats in the 175-member Assembly.
 
The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) was leading in two other constituencies. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which was in power, bit the dust across the state, only bagging 19 seats so far while being ahead in 5 other seats.
 
On its electoral debut, actor Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party (JSP) won just a single seat. The actor himself lost both the seats he contested.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which had four seats in the previous Assembly, drew a blank this time while Congress could not open its account in the second successive election in the truncated state.
 
Dashing all hopes of Chief Minister and TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, the YSRCP wrested power with a massive mandate.
 
Jagan, as the YSR Congress chief is popularly known, will be taking oath as the new Chief Minister on May 30 in Vijayawada. He will be formally elected as leader by the party's newly-elected legislators meeting on Saturday.
 
In the simultaneous elections to 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the YSRCP won 16 seats and was leading in 6 other seats. The TDP was leading in three constituencies.
 
The results came as a huge shock to Naidu, who was not only confident of retaining power in the state but was hoping to play the role of kingmaker at the Centre.
 
As the outcome became clear, Naidu sent his resignation to Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, who accepted it and asked him to continue till alternate arrangements were made.
 
Jagan said the massive mandate given by the people had increased his responsibility.
 
"This mandate has come out with tremendous amount of responsibility and I will make sure that I will live up to the expectations," he told reporters amid loud cheers by hundreds of his supporters who had gathered at his residence in Amaravati.
 
Jagan, who retained Pulivendula seat, in his home district of Kadapa, with a massive majority of over one lakh votes, said he would balance welfare with development.
 
With this resounding victory, the YSRCP has scripted a new chapter in the history of Andhra Pradesh, he said.
 
"Out of five crore population of the state, God gives one person the opportunity to become the Chief Minister and God and people of my state today have given me that opportunity. I assure and promise that I will bring about that governance that this country would stand and look up," he said.
 
While Chandrababu Naidu retained Kuppam seat in his native Chittoor district, most of his ministers, including his son Nara Lokesh, were defeated.
 
Lokesh, whom Naidu is grooming as his political successor, was humbled by YSRCP's A. Rama Krishna Reddy in Mangalagiri in state capital region Amaravati.
 
In 2014, the TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. The YSRCP had won 67 seats while two independents were also elected. In the simultaneous Lok Sabha polls, the TDP had won 15 seats, the YSRCP eight and the BJP two seats.
 
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YSRCP legislators to meet on Saturday to elect Jagan Mohan Reddy as leader

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The newly elected legislators of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) in Andhra Pradesh will meet on Saturday to formally elect party president Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy as their leader, party leaders said.
 
The YSRCP appeared set to storm to power in the state with a landslide victory as the trends show it was leading in 150 seats in the 175-member Assembly.
 
YSRCP leader Y. V. Subba Reddy said the date of Jagan Mohan Reddy's swearing in as the Chief Minister will be decided after a meeting of the YSRCP Legislature Party on Friday.
 
YSRCP was also heading for a clean sweep in the Lok Sabha polls. It was leading in all 25 seats in the state.
 
In 2014, YSRCP had bagged 67 Assembly and 8 Lok Sabha seats.
 
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This is people's victory, says Jagan Mohan Reddy

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With the YSR Congress Party heading for a landslide win to wrest power in Andhra Pradesh, party chief Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday described it as the people's victory.
 
"It is the victory of the people of Andhra Pradesh," Jagan said in his post on Facebook as the trends showed the YSRCP leading in 150 seats in 175-member Assembly.
 
Jagan thanked the people for blessing the YSRCP with their support and votes and said he would try to live up to their expectations.
 
The YSRCP also appeared making a clean sweep in Lok Sabha polls as the party was leading in all 25 seats.
 
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YSR Congress set to wrest power in Andhra with landslide win

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Dashing all hopes of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) appeared set to wrest power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory on Thursday.
 
YSRCP was leading in 145 seats in the state's 175-member Assembly while the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was ahead in 28 constituencies.
 
Actor Pawan Kalyan's party Jana Sena was leading in two constituencies, according to information available with the Election Commission.
 
Jagan Mohan Reddy's party was racing ahead across the state from the time the initial trends started emerging.
 
YSRCP also appeared to be making a clean sweep in the Lok Sabha polls as the party was leading in 24 of the 25 constituencies.
 
The results came as a huge shock to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who was not only confident of retaining power in the state but was hoping to play the role of kingmaker at the Centre.
 
In 2014, the TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. The YSRCP had won 67 seats while two independents were also elected. 
 
In the Lok Sabha elections held simultaneously, the TDP had won 15 and the BJP two seats. The YSRCP bagged the remaining eight seats.
 
The trends so far show that BJP and Congress are not leading in any of the Assembly or Lok Sabha seat. No change in fortune is expected for Congress, which drew a blank in the simultaneous polls in 2014.
 
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14 killed, 4 injured in bus-MUV crash in Andhra

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As many as 14 people were killed and four others injured when a speeding bus crashed into a multi-utility vehicle (MUV) on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway near Veldurthi in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, police said.
 
The bus, on its way from Hyderabad to Bengaluru, collided with the vehicle coming from the opposite direction. 
 
According to the police, to save a two-wheeler rider, the bus driver hit the road divider and crashed into the MUV in the opposite lane. The victims hailed from the Jogulamba Gadwal district of Telangana. 
 
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed shock over the loss of lives in the accident. He asked the district collector to ensure proper treatment to the injured admitted in a Kurnool hospital.
 
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Tirupati temple has over 9,000 kg gold reserves

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The worlds richest Hindu temple at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is sitting on pure gold reserves of over 9,000 kg, officials said.
 
Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the famous Sri Venkateswara Temple, has 7,235 kg of yellow metal deposited with two nationalized banks under different gold deposit schemes.
 
TTD has 1,934 kg gold in its treasury, including 1,381 kg which it got back from Punjab National Bank last month following the end of three-year term of gold deposit scheme.
 
TTD Board, the highest decision making body, is yet to decide on the bank where 1,381 kg gold will be deposited. According to sources, it was studying various gold deposit schemes and would opt for the one which offers the best returns.
 
The remaining 553 kg of gold in TTD treasury comprises small jewellery and other items offered by the devotees.
 
TTD often avoids revealing details of gold deposits but the controversy over the seizure of 1,381 kg of gold by election authorities in Tamil Nadu last month made the body to come out with the details.
 
A PNB truck carrying the gold from its Chennai branch to Tirupati was stopped and seized by the election authorities in Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur district on April 17 during vehicle checking in view of the polling scheduled the next day.
 
As the TTD initially denied that the seized gold belong to it, it kicked up a row with the allegations that the temple authorities did not even know that the temple gold was being brought back. The temple body, however, defended its stand saying the gold can't be called TTD's till it reaches its treasury.
 
The gold reached TTD treasury only two days later after the PNB submitted all documents to the Income Tax department to prove that it was temple gold and was being transported to Tirupati to hand it over to TTD on completion of term of gold deposit scheme. 
 
TTD Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal came out with all details even as Chief Secretary L.V. Subramanyam ordered a probe into the alleged lapses into the release and transportation of the gold.
 
Balaji temple, as the hill shrine is also popularly known, had deposited 1,311 kg gold with PNB in 2016. The bank returned the same with an interest of 70 kg gold. 
 
TTD revealed that 5,387 kg of its gold is with the State Bank of India and another 1,938 kg is with the Indian Overseas Bank.
 
For last two decades, TTD had been keeping its gold in various nationalized banks under gold deposit schemes.
 
After the announcement of gold monetization scheme by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 2015, TTD deposited gold reserved under short, medium and long term schemes in various public-sector banks but only after the central bank brought certain amendments to ensure that the interest will be paid in the form of gold.
 
Believed to have been constructed over a period starting 300 AD, the temple attracts 50,000 to one lakh pilgrims every day. The number on special occasions like the annual Brahmotsavam and festivals goes up to 4-5 lakh.
 
According to officials, the devotees make offerings in the form of cash, gold and silver jewellery, property deeds and even demat shares. 
 
The temple earns Rs 1,000 crore to Rs.1,200 crore from ‘Hundi' collections or offerings by devotees every year. 
 
During 2019-20, the TTD expects an overall revenue of about Rs 3,116 crore including Rs 1,231 crore from offerings and Rs 846 crore from interest on deposits in nationalized and private banks. 
 
According to sources, the temple has over Rs 12,000 crore in fixed deposits in various banks. 
 
It is also believed to be earning about 100 kg of gold as annual interest on gold deposits in the banks.
 
However, the actual wealth of the temple is beyond anybody's guess as the main deity at Balaji temple and several other processional idols are adorned with diamond-studded gold ornaments and antiques said to be worth hundreds of crores.
 
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