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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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YSR Congress storms to power in Andhra with landslide win

YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo: IANS)
YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo: IANS)
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

YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo: IANS)
YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy (File Photo: IANS)
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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Chandrababu Naidu to meet Mamata Banerjee

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee on Thursday as part of his efforts for closer coordination between the opposition parties after the Lok Sabha election results are declared on May 23.
 
He is likely to have a meeting with Banerjee at Kharagpur in West Bengal and will join her at a joint rally at Talbagicha High School ground. 
 
Naidu, who was here to attend the Supreme Court hearing on a review petition seeking 50 per cent random physical verification of EVMs using VVPATs, had met Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday.
 
The opposition parties are keen to have closer consultations so that they do not lose time in forming an alternative if the results on May 23 present such an opportunity.
 
Naidu, along with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, has engaged in parleys with various opposition parties for closer coordination to oust the Modi government.
 
The opposition parties are also planning to hold a meeting on May 21 after the exit polls to discuss various possibilities about the election results. 
 
Naidu has indicated that the Congress and Banerjee will have a role to play in formation of an alternative government. He was in West Bengal on Wednesday, addressed rallies in support of Trinamool Congress in Jhargram and Tamluk. 
 
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INS Ranjit sails into sunset after 36 years of service

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INS Ranjit, a Rajput class destroyer of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned at a solemn yet grand ceremony at the Naval Dockyard here yesterday at the end of 36 years of service. 
 
The decommissioning ceremony was attended by officers and sailors of the commissioning crew as well as others who have been part of the ship’s voyage over the past three decades.
 
The chief guest at the decommissioning ceremony was Andaman & Nicobar Lt. Governor Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi, who was also a part of the commissioning crew. 
 
The ceremony was graced by 16 officers and 10 sailors from the commissioning crew and 23 erstwhile Commanding Officers.
 
The ship, commissioned on September 15, 1983, by Captain Vishnu Bhagwat in erstwhile USSR has rendered yeoman service to the nation for 36 years. The ship has been helmed by 27 commanding officers and the last commanding officer, Captain Vikram C Mehra, has been in command since June 6, 2017.
 
INS Ranjit, since her commissioning, has sailed for 2190 days covering a distance of over 7,43,000 nautical miles which is equivalent to navigating around the world 35 times and 3.5 times the distance from earth to moon.
 
The ship has been at the forefront of major naval operations and has the distinction of serving on both Eastern and Western seaboards. Apart from various naval operations like Op Talwar and various multinational exercises, the ship has also been a flag bearer of the Indian Navy`s benign role by participating in relief operations post Tsunami in 2004 and Hud-Hud on 2014.
 
In recognition of the service rendered to the nation, INS Ranjit was awarded Unit Citations by the Chief of Naval Staff in 2003-04 and in 2009-10.
 
At sunset, the National Flag, Naval Ensign and Commissioning Pennant were lowered for one last time on board and a glorious era in the history of the Indian Navy came to an end.
 
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Heat wave continues in Telangana, Andhra

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Telangana and Andhra Pradesh remained in the grip of severe heat wave conditions on Monday, with the mercury in some places crossing 45 degree Celsius.
 
Khammam in Telangana was the hottest place in both the states, with a maximum temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius. Nellore in Andhra Pradesh too sizzled at 45 degrees.
 
Nalgonda was the second hottest place in Telangana at 44.8. Most places in Telangana recorded maximum temperature of nearly 44 degrees or more.
 
Hyderabad had the lowest maximum temperature in Telangana at 41.7 degree Celsius, still 2.5 degree above normal.
 
The severe heat wave conditions affected normal life in both the states. Streets were deserted in many places as people preferred to remain indoors, especially in the afternoon, to escape the blazing sun.
 
Andhra Pradesh has recorded high temperature for the last couple of days following cyclone Fani. 
 
Vijayawada was the hottest place on Sunday with a maximum temperature of 47 degree Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
 
Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) of Andhra Pradesh has cautioned people to take all precautions to protect themselves from severe heat wave conditions. It asked people, especially the aged and children, to avoid direct exposure to sun.
 
According to RTGS, 210 'mandals' or revenue blocks were reeling under severe heat wave conditions. These conditions are likely to continue to till May 10.
 
IMD has forecast that severe heat wave conditions will continue in both the Telugu states on Tuesday.
 
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Coastal Andhra Pradesh escapes Fani fury

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Coastal Andhra Pradesh escaped the fury of extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, which hit the Odisha coast near Puri on Friday, officials said.
 
Though the cyclone had an impact on 700 villages in north coastal Andhra, the calamity passed off without causing any loss of life or major property damage.
 
The cyclone triggered heavy rains in parts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts. Srikakulam district bordering Odisha witnessed the maximum impact.
 
The gusty winds speeding up to 140 km per hour uprooted trees and electricity poles, affecting power supply and road transport.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu told reporters after a review meeting in the state capital Amaravati that 733 villages were affected and restoration works were completed in 408 villages by Friday evening.
 
Naidu said the cyclone damaged horticulture crops on 783 hectares. Details of crop losses were being gathered from the affected villages.
 
Naidu said the officials undertook restoration works including clearing of roads on a war-footing in the affected villages. According to initial estimates, the state suffered damages worth Rs 10 crore.
 
The officials so far restored 182 mobile phones towers. Works were on to restore electricity supply in the affected villages.
 
The authorities had opened 232 cyclone relief centres and the medical camps. Naidu said over 1.14 lakh people in affected areas were provided food prepared at the kitchens operating under Mid-Day Meal scheme for schools. The people will be supplied food till total normalcy was restored.
 
Srikakulam district collector J. Nivas said three houses were damaged due to the winds but there was no loss of life. He said people from coastal villages were evacuated to safe places as a precautionary measure.
 
Indian Railways cancelled about 100 trains between Visakhapatnam and Howrah on Friday and Saturday.
 
Authorities have also cancelled 22 flights from Visakhapatnam airport.
 
According to Real Time Governance Society (RTGS) officials, Kanchili mandal in Srikakulam district received highest rainfall of 19 cm.
 
As rains could cause floods in Vamsadhara, Bahuda Nagavali rivers, the officials have alerted those living in villages on the banks of these rivers.
 
Naidu lauded RTGS saying their forecast about the movement of cyclone was accurate and it helped in issuing alerts to the authorities concerned and people from time to time.
 
The Chief Minister said that, since Odisha bore the brunt of Fani, he had spoken to his Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik on Thursday and Friday. RTGS also provided cyclone alerts and other related information to Odisha.
 
The Chief Minister said RTGS tracked the cyclone ever since it was formed in Bay of Bengal on April 27. The officials used communication system effectively and with close monitoring and timely alerts, the officials could take necessary steps to prevent losses.
 
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Cyclone Fani pounds Odisha coast, 2 killed; alert in Bengal

Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Trees uprooted and broken due to the impact of intense rainfall and gale wind accompanied by thunderstorm block a street in Puri, after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani with wind speed touching nearly 200 kmph made a landfall on the eastern coast wreaking havoc in Odisha, on May 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Two people were killed in Odisha after a severe tropical cyclone made landfall on the eastern coast of the country on Friday, with wind speed of up to 200 km per hour pounding the state's coastal region, massively damaging property and disrupting flight operations, communication, rail and road connectivity.
 
The cyclone Fani was set to cross several districts in Odisha before advancing to the neighbouring West Bengal. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was campaigning in Rajasthan's Hindaun, near Jaipur, said the Centre stood with the people hit by the cyclone. "I want to assure the families affected by the cyclone that we are with them at this point of hour. We have collected fresh updates from the officials and had released a fund of Rs 1,000 crore for relief work on Thursday."
 
In Odisha, about 10,000 villages and 52 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) were likely to be affected by the cyclonic storm. The state has activated an emergency helpline number -- +91674253417 -- for Cyclone Fani.
 
The two deaths in Odisha were reportedly caused by falling trees, authorities said. 
 
The airports in Odisha and West Bengal have been shut down, resulting in the cancellation of many flights. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed his Ministry officials to continuously monitor the situation.
 
The Indian Railway has cancelled 223 trains in the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section along the coastal lines of Odisha on the Kolkata-Chennai route till May 4, officials said.
 
The Assam government too has sounded an alert following a warning of the cyclone hitting the state and other parts of the northeastern region in the early hours of Saturday. The cyclone is also expected to affect the regular pattern of weather conditions in some parts of Nepal, weather officials said.
 
In Odisha, widespread damages to property have been reported as thousands of trees and electricity poles were uprooted under the impact of the cyclonic storm which made its landfall in Puri.
 
The trail of destruction could be seen in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri. There was no electricity in Bhubaneswar since morning. 
 
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) unit in Bhubaneswar reported extensive damage hours after the cyclone made its landfall. The institute also cancelled a post graduate examination scheduled to be held on May 5.
 
As per reports, the tourists who were stuck in Puri were fleeced by the bus operators for a ride to a safer place after rail and air connectivity was snapped in the region.
 
The Army, Navy and Air Force were keeping a strict vigil on the developments in the coastal region. J. P. Sharma, a top official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said, "The actual work will start once the storm passes over, leaving behind the destruction in its path."
 
The cyclone started crossing into the Odisha coast close to Puri between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The process of the landfall continued till 1 p.m, completely throwing normal life out of gear. 
 
About a million people were evacuated to safer places in Odisha due to the cyclonic storm. The met department said that heavy rainfall will continue across the state.
 
Three Indian Navy warships -- Sahyadri, Ranvir and Kadmatt -- have been put on stand-by with relief materials and medical teams.
 
Other naval vessels were also kept on stand-by at Visakhapatnam from where teams of naval divers have been moved to Odisha.
 
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall lashed Kolkata and the Gangetic West Bengal after cyclone Fani made its landfall. The cyclone with a wind speed of 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph was expected to hit the state on Friday midnight or early Saturday.
 
The cyclone was located over 400 km southwest of Kolkata and over 350 km southwest of Digha, the sea resort in East Midnapore district.
 
"The outer ring cloud band has already reached the coastal areas of West Bengal and Kolkata, prompting rainfall. The rain intensity will be gradually increasing. As the cyclone comes closer to Bengal, it will have a speed of 80-100 kmph," weatherman J.K. Mukhopadhyay said.
 
Six teams of NDRF have been deployed in Jhargram, West Medinipur, East Medinipur, South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts.
 
The state government and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation have decided to shift people living in low lying areas to safer places. A toll-free helpline number, 1070, has been shared for assistance.
 
The cyclone also triggered heavy rains in parts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh, while gusty winds uprooted trees and electricity poles there, officials said.
 
Under its impact, gusty winds with speed reaching up to 140 kmph lashed the coastal area of Srikakulam district, where about 20,000 people have been shifted to 126 relief camps. Nine NDRF teams were deployed in the district. 
 
The heavy rains could also cause Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers to overflow, leading to floods in the region, officials warned.
 
Heavy downpour also lashed Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam, two other districts in the north coastal Andhra, since Thursday.
 
Many trains and flights to and from the state have been cancelled.
 
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Cyclone Fani: 223 trains cancelled till Saturday

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As a precaution against cyclone 'Fani', the Indian Railway has cancelled 223 trains in the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section, along the coastal lines of Odisha on the Kolkata-Chennai route till May 4, officials said.
 
A senior Railway Ministry official told IANS: "140 Mail and Express trains and 83 passenger trains have been cancelled till May 4 afternoon on the Bhadrak-Vizianagaram section (along Odisha coastline) of Kolkata-Chennai route."
 
He said that nine trains have been diverted and four trains have been short terminated.
 
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Extremely severe cyclone likely to cross Odisha coast near Puri on May 3

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, during the afternoon of May 3, the India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.
A scene in  Odisha as cyclone Fani in the  Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A scene in Odisha as cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
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, during the afternoon of May 3, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here today.
 
In a bulletin issued at 2030 hours IST, the IMD issued a cyclone warning for the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal and Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh.
 
It said Fani, pronounced as Foni, had moved north-northeastwards with a speed of about 13 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 1730 hrs IST today near latitude 14.9°N and longitude 84.1°E, about 570 km south-southwest of Puri (Odisha), 320 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and 760 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 during 3rd May afternoon 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 Chennai, Vishakhapatnam and Machilipatnam,
 
The bulletin said light to moderate rainfall would occur at most places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh on May 2, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy places (>20 cm) at isolated places. There could also be heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on May 3.
 
In south coastal Odisha, there will be light to moderate rainfall at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, on May 2.
 
"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 (>20 cm) 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 north Odisha on 4th May," it said.
 
There could be light to moderate rainfall at most places over coastal and adjoining districts of West bengal, with heavy falls at isolated places on May 3 and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated palces over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4.
 
The bulletin said there could be light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim on May 4. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya will also receive light to moderate rainfall at most palces with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, it said.
 
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.
 
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"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along & off north Andhra Pradesh & Odisha Coasts from 2nd May morning and become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 2nd May night. It is very likely to become 170-180 kmph gusting to 200 kmph along & off south Odisha & adjoining north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam District) coasts; and 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph along & off remaining districts coastal Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh (Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram Districts) by 3rd May noon for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter.
 
"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along & off West Bengal coast on 2nd May. It would become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 3rd May evening and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 4th May early morning for subsequent 12 hours and decrease thereafter," it said.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition was phenomenal over westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Andhra Pradesh coasts till May 3 and over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha and West Bengal during May 2-4.
 
It said sea conditions were very likely to be very rough to high off north Tamilnadu, Puducherry, along and off south Andhra Pradesh coasts till May 3
 
The bulletin said storm surge of about 1.5 meter 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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Extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani likely to cross Odisha coast on May 3

The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further and cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri, around May 3, the India Meteorological Department said on Tuesdasy.
A scene in  Odisha as cyclone Fani in the  Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
A scene in Odisha as cyclone Fani in the Bay of Bengal intensified and was likely to cross the coast near Puri on May 3. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
The extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal is very likely to intensify further and cross the Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri, around May 3, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
In a bulletin issued at 2230 hours today, the IMD issued a cyclone alert for the coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal and the districts of Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The bulletin said Fani, pronounced as Foni, had moved west-northwestwards with a speed of about 16 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 2030 hrs IST of today near latitude 13.4°N and longitude 84.5°E, about 720 km southsouthwest of Puri (Odisha) and 490 km south-southeast of Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh). 
 
"It is very likely to intensify further and move northwestwards till 01st May noon and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and cross Odisha Coast between Gopalpur and Chandbali, to the south of Puri around 3rd May afternoon with maximum sustained wind of speed 175-185 kmph gusting to 205 kmph," it said.
 
The bulletin said light to moderate rainfall was very likely at many places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts) on May 2, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
Rainfall was likely at most places in the area on May 3, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places.
 
In Odisha, light to moderate rainfall was very likely at many places over south coastal Odisha on May 2, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
"It is likely to increase with rainfall at most places and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls (>20 cm) at isolated places over coastal Odisha and its adjoining districts of interior Odisha on 3rd and over north Odisha on 4th May," it said.
 
In West Bengal, light to moderate rainfall was very like at most places in  the coastal districts, with heavy falls at isolated places, on May 3 and  heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with extremely heavy falls at isolated places over Gangetic West Bengal on May 4.
 
The bulletin said gale winds, with speed reaching 170-180 kmph, gusting to 200 kmph, were prevailing over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal. 
 
"It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 180-190 kmph gusting to 210 kmph over westcentral and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coast from 1st May evening onwards.
 
"Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph very likely along and off Tamilnadu coast, Comorin area, Gulf of Mannar and Kerala during next 12 hours.
 
"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely to commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from 2nd May and very likely to become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 3rd May morning and become 175-185 kmph gusting 205 kmph over Odisha Coast and 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph over adjoining districts of north Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram districts) by 3rd May evening," it said.
 
"Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely along and off West Bengal coast on 2nd May. It would become gale wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph from 3rd May evening and become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 4th May morning," it said.
 
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The bulletin said the sea condition is phenomenal over southwest Bay and adjoining southeast and westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts. It is very likely to be phenomenal over westcentral Bay of Bengal during May 1-3 and over northwest Bay of Bengal during May 2-4.
 
The bulletin said sea conditions were very likely to be very rough to high along and off north Andhra Pradesh coasts during May 1-3 and high to phenomenal along and off Odisha and West Bengal coasts during May 2-4.
 
The bulletin said storm surge of about 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 of southwest and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 12 hours; southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, along and off Puducherry, north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts till May 1; westcentral Bay of Bengal, along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast during May 1-3.
 
Those, who are out in deep sea above areas are 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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Cyclone Fani likely to cause heavy rains in Kerala, TN, AP over next two days

Cyclone Fani over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood is expected to intensify into a "very severe cyclonic storm" in the next 36 hours and cause heavy rainfall over Kerala, north coastal Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh on April 29 and 30, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD at 0830 hours today said Fani (pronounced as Foni) had moved north-northwestwards with a speed of about 13 kmph in the previous six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of today near latitude 7.3°N and longitude 87.9°E over southeast Bay of Bengal & neighbourhood, about 745 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 1050 km southeast of Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and 1230 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam (Andhra Pradesh). 
 
"It is very likely to intensify into a Severe Cyclonic Storm during next 12 hours and into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm during subsequent 24 hours. It is very likely to move northwestwards till 01st May and thereafter recurve northeastwards gradually," the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said that light to moderate rainfall was very likely over many places in Kerala on April 29 and 30, with heavy falls at isolated places.
 
It said there would be light to moderate rainfall at a few places over north coastal Tamil Nadu and coastal Andhra Pradesh on April 29 and 30.
 
According to the bulletin, gale winds, with speed reaching 80-90 kmph, gusting to 100 kmph, were prevailing over Southeast Bay of Bengal and  neighbourhood. 
 
"It is very likely to become 90-100 kmph gusting to 115 kmph from 28th evening over the same area; 120-130 kmph gusting to 145 kmph over Southwest Bay of Bengal from 30th morning and 155-165 kmph gusting to 175 kmph over southwest & adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts from 01st May evening. It is likely to decrease gradually thereafter with gale wind speed reaching 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph over westcentral Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast on 3rd May 2019," the bulletin said.
 
"Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph likely to commence along & off Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast, Comorin area and Gulf of Mannar from 28th morning, becoming squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph from 29th morning.
 
"It is very likely to become squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph from 30th morning along north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh Coasts.
 
"Strong wind speed reaching 30-40 kmph gusting to 50 kmph likely to commence along & off Kerala coast from 28th evening and becoming squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph on 29th & 30th," it said.
 
The bulletin noted that the sea condition was very high over Southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood. It is very likely to become very high to phenomenal over Southwest Bay of Bengal from tomorrow morning and phenomenal over southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, off north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from the night of April 30.
 
Sea conditions were very likely to be rough to very rough along and off Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from tomorrow to May 1 and westcentral Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh Coast on May 2.
 
IMD advised fishermen not to venture into deep sea areas of Southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining Equatorial Indian Ocean, over Southwest Bay of Bengal and off Sri Lanka coast today; Southwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal, along and off Sri Lanka, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts from April 29 to May 1 and westcentral Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast on May 2.
 
"Those, who are out in deep sea areas are advised to return to the coast by 28th April, 2019," the bulletin added.
 
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EC has lost credibility: Chandrababu Naidu

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday said the Election Commission (EC) has lost its credibility as "it functions on the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office".
 
Raising questions on the poll panel's independence and impartiality, Naidu told reporters outside the EC headquarters here that the level playing field -- an essential attribute of democracy -- "now stands disturbed".
 
The Chief Minister was speaking after his meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.
 
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said officials in Andhra Pradesh are being transferred in an arbitrary manner and the Chief Secretary (Anil Chandra Punetha) has been replaced by a person (L. V. Subrahmanyam), who was accused along with YSR Congress Party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy in a case. He described the ousted Chief Secretary as an honest officer.
 
Dubbing the acts of the poll panel as "unfair", Naidu said the Election Commission has lost credibility among the people of the country and its image has been dented in their eyes.
 
He also alleged that the poll panel observer in the state has links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
 
Recalling that all opposition parties had demanded 50 percent matching of EVMs with VVPATs, Naidu said that increasing that number from one to five by the Supreme Court is "insufficient".
 
Accusing the Commission of "misleading" the top court by saying that matching of EVM votes with VVPATs at 50 percent polling booths would delay the counting of votes by six days, Naidu said the counting of votes when ballot papers were prevalent used to take not more than 24 hours. 
 
The Chief Minister stated that the government of India is interfering in the affairs of the poll panel, thereby destroying democracy, the electoral process and the level playing field.
 
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Voting continues till midnight in Andhra Pradesh

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Making history of sorts, polling in some booths in Andhra Pradesh continued till midnight as the total voter turnout reached nearly 80 percent, capping hours of tension and clashes that left two dead and scores of others injured.
 
The polling concluded around midnight in some polling stations in Guntur, Krishna, Nellore and Kurnool districts as authorities allowed all the voters standing in queues at 6 pm to cast their votes.
 
Malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and clashes led to the delay in about 400 polling stations in different parts of the state.
 
Tension prevailed in Mangalagiri constituency in Guntur district, where Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's son and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate staged a protest against the failure of election authorities in making proper arrangements. Leaders of opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) staged a counter-protest.
 
The tension was also palpable at a booth in Vijayawada and in Kurnool district due to the clashes between rival groups.
 
As many as 25 incidents of violence marred polling for simultaneous elections to the 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats.
 
Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said 74 percent polling was recorded till 6 pm. He said the overall percentage could go up to 80.
 
He said he received representations for re-poll in some booths from various parties. The Election Commission will take a decision in this regard after going through the available records, evidence and reports of the poll officials concerned.
 
Polling in three Maoist-affected Assembly segments ended at 4 pm and in three others an hour later.
 
A worker from the TDP and another of the YSRCP were killed in violence in Anantapur and Chittoor districts.
 
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More than a dozen others including senior TDP leader and Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao were injured in clashes at various places.
 
Complaints of non-functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and resultant delay at the start of polling were received from across the state.
 
Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed his unhappiness over EVMs not functioning at several polling booths. He wrote a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, demanding repoll in 150 booths.
 
A little over 3.93 crore voters were eligible to vote to decide the fortunes of 319 candidates for Lok Sabha seats and 2,118 candidates for Assembly polls.
 
Authorities set up 46,120 polling stations and deployed nearly four lakh personnel including more than a lakh security men.
 
The TDP and YSRCP are locked in a direct fight for power while Jana Sena of actor Pawan Kalyan made its debut in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left parties. The BJP and Congress also contested all seats on their own.
 
Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Pawan Kalyan, Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, Naidu's brother-in-law and actor N. Balakrishna and state Congress chief Raghuveera Reddy were among the prominent candidates.
 
The key contestants for Lok Sabha included former union ministers Kishore Chandra Deo, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy (all TDP), M.M. Pallam Raju and J.D. Seelam (Congress), D. Purandeswari (BJP), state BJP chief Kanna Lakshminarayana and former CBI joint director V.V. Lakshminarayana (Jana Sena)
 
In 2014 elections, TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. YSRCP had won 67 seats. Two independents were also elected.
 
In the simultaneous elections held for Lok Sabha, TDP had bagged 15 seats while BJP got two seats. YSRCP candidates were elected from eight constituencies.
 
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Two killed as clashes mark polling in Andhra Pradesh

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Two persons were killed in clashes in Andhra Pradesh as violence marred polling in the simultaneous elections to the 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday.
 
The polling ended at 6 p.m. but the voters who were standing in queues were allowed to cast their votes.
 
Polling in three Maoist-affected Assembly segments ended at 4 p.m. and in three other an hour later.
 
Officials said 54.66 percent votes were polled across the state till 3 p.m. The final polling percentage will be known later.
 
A worker from the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and another of the opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) were killed in violence in Anantapur and Chittoor districts.
 
More than a dozen others including senior TDP leader and Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao were injured in clashes at various places.
 
Complaints of non-functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and resultant delay at the start of polling were received from across the state.
 
Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said polling would be allowed till the last man in the queue exercise his franchise.
 
Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed his unhappiness over EVMs not functioning at several polling booths. He wrote a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner, demanding repoll in 150 booths.
 
A little over 3.93 crore voters were eligible to vote to decide the fortunes of 319 candidates for Lok Sabha seats and 2,118 candidates for Assembly polls.
 
Authorities set up 46,120 polling stations and deployed nearly four lakh personnel including more than a lakh security men.
 
The TDP and YSRCP are locked in a direct fight for power while Jana Sena of actor Pawan Kalyan made its debut in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left parties. The BJP and Congress also contested all seats on their own.
 
Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Pawan Kalyan, Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, Naidu's brother-in-law and actor N. Balakrishna and state Congress chief Raghuveera Reddy were among the prominent candidates.
 
The key contestants for Lok Sabha included former Union Ministers Kishore Chandra Deo, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy (all TDP), M. M. Pallam Raju and J. D. Seelam (Congress), D. Purandeswari (BJP), state BJP chief Kanna Lakshminarayana and former CBI joint director V. V. Lakshminarayana (Jana Sena)
 
In 2014 elections, TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. YSRCP had won 67 seats. Two independents were also elected.
 
In the simultaneous elections held for the Lok Sabha, TDP had bagged 15 seats while BJP got two seats. YSRCP candidates were elected from eight constituencies.
 
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Australia-India maritime exercise begins in Visakhapatnam

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AUSINDEX-19, the 3rd Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Australian and Indian Navies began here yesterday with the arrival of HMAS Canberra (L02), a Landing Helicopter Dock, Newcastle (06) and Paramatta (154), both frigates and Success(OR 304), a Durance-class multi-product replenishment oiler along with HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine. 
 
The bilateral maritime exercise from April 2-14 is aimed at strengthening mutual cooperation and enhance interoperability between the Royal Australia Navy (RAN) and the Indian Navy by providing opportunities for interaction and exchange of professional views between the personnel of the two navies, an official press release said.
 
AUSINDEX involves exercises in all three dimensions with a focus on Anti-Submarine Warfare and in three phases. The harbour phase from April 2-7 at Visakhapatnam will witness professional interaction in the form of Subject Matter Expert Exchange for sharing best practices, cross deck visits in addition to sporting, social and cultural engagement. 
 
Operational planning conferences towards the smooth conduct of the sea phase will also be held during this period. 
 
The sea phase from April 7-11 will be held in the Bay of Bengal. This will be followed by a second harbour phase from April 12 to 14 during which debrief and setting up of goals for the next edition of AUSINDEX, which is likely to be hosted by Australia in 2021, would be discussed.
 
During AUSINDEX-19, Australia will be represented by HMAS Canberra, an Amphibious Assault Ship; HMAS New Castle and HMAS Paramatta, both frigates; HMAS Collins, a conventional submarine and HMAS Success, a replenishment tanker. 
While the ships are embarked with MRH-90 and MH-60R helicopters, this year, the Australian version of P8A and ASW helicopter will also be participating. 
 
The Indian Navy would be represented by INS Ranvijay, a multi-role destroyer, INS Sahyadri, a multi-role stealth frigate, INS Kora, a missile corvette, INS Kiltan, an ASW corvette and INS Sindhukirti, a conventional submarine. 
 
In addition to embarked helicopters such as Seaking Mk 42B and Chetak, the aviation component of the Navy will include Dornier maritime patrol aircraft, Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers and P8I ASW aircraft. 
 
The sea phase of this year’s edition is being conducted under the command of Rear Admiral Suraj Berry, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Fleet. The Australian Navy’s maritime assets will be headed by Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, the Commander of the Australian Fleet.
 
The number and variety of units participating in the bilateral exercise are the highest till date from both navies and signifies the importance attached to the exercise by both countries while the enhanced complexity is indicative of the interoperability between the two navies. 
 
The current exercise will contribute towards consolidating bonds of friendship across the seas, the release said.
 
The maiden edition of the exercise was held in September 2015 at Visakhapatnam. Australia hosted the second edition of the exercise off Freemantle in June 2017, wherein ships of the Eastern Fleet of the Indian Navy (IN) exercised with Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships and submarines.
 
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Modi urges Andhra Pradesh to vote for 'son-set'

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In a scathing attack on Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for promoting his son in politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people to vote for 'son-set' to ensure 'sunrise' of the state.
 
Launching BJP's campaign for April 11 elections to Andhra Pradesh Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, he said he was sure that there will also be sunset of corruption in these polls.
 
Modi hit out at the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief for dynasty politics and corruption. He alleged that the schemes in the state were designed for scams.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who earlier kicked off the campaign in Telangana and targeted its Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao for dynasty politics, voiced concern over the trend dominating the country. He said be it TDP, YSR Congress or Congress, he was fighting against this mindset.
 
Listing out the Central institutes sanctioned for the state and works done by the Centre during the last five years, Modi said had he got cooperation from the state government, he would have done more. 
 
"I did my best but those in power have no intention to develop Andhra Pradesh," he said targeting Naidu, whose TDP walked out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in 2018.
 
Calling Naidu 'U-turn Babu' Modi alleged that there was corruption in developing the new state capital and various other projects. 
 
"People know what are the tricks being played and whose coffers are being filled. When your chowkidar raised questions and held him to account, 'U-turn babu' took U-turn from the promise of developing Andhra Pradesh and distanced himself from NDA."
 
"U-turn Babu found friends who are on 'bail-gadi' and treading the path where Pakistan is treating them as heroes," said Modi.
 
He also accused the TDP chief of spreading lies for vested interests and to hide his failures.
 
Pointing out that the TDP and the Congress ruled Andhra Pradesh for decades and Naidu was the Chief Minister for a long time, he said they neglected farmers and cited Polavaram as a living example. 
 
"The project is being built for seven decades. Our government released Rs 7,000 crore but this project remained incomplete as the state government is going on increasing the project cost," he said.
 
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Nirav Modi held in London, in police custody

Nirav Modi. Image from Nirav Modi group's Facebook page.
Nirav Modi. Image from Nirav Modi group's Facebook page.
Fourteen months after he fled India, fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi has been arrested in London in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore PNB fraud case and was sent to police custody till March 29 after being denied bail.
 
The 48-year-old businessman was arrested from Holborn on Tuesday afternoon on behalf of Indian authorities and was produced before a judge at the Westminster Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
 
He was denied bail and will stay in custody until the next hearing on March 29.
 
According to informed sources, the Westminster court in its lengthy hearing observed that Nirav Modi should be kept in Metropolitan Police custody due to his involvement in fraud of high value funds and access to means of escape. 
 
The Police made the arrest seven days after the Westminster Court issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi who left India days before the scam came to light in January 2018. 
 
The court had issued arrest warrant after UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid referred to India's extradition request for Nirav Modi.
 
The Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against Nirav Modi in July 2018 at the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). 
 
The businessman's whereabouts were a mystery as he had been spotted in New York, Hong Kong and other cities. Along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Group, Nirav Modi left the country before the CBI formally started investigating the PNB scam.
 
The ED had on May 24 and 26 last year filed chargesheets against both men. Non-bailable warrants were also issued against them.
 
The development came days after the The Telegraph newspaper in Britain claimed that Nirav Modi was spotted in London.
 
He was said to be living in a three-bedroom flat, occupying half the floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, the daily reported. 
 
It claimed Nirav Modi was involved in a new diamond business, run from an office in Soho, just a few hundred yards from his apartment. The new business was incorporated in May 2018, it said.
 
An extradition request against him had been pending before the UK authorities since September last year.
 
The ED on February 26 attached Rs 147 crore worth of property of Nirav Modi and his associate companies in connection with the PNB case.
 
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