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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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Tirupati medical college student commits suicide

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A girl student of Sri Venkateswara Medical College in Tirupati committed suicide on Sunday, the second such incident in a week, police said.
 
Gitika, 19, was an MBBS second-year student. She ended her life by hanging at her house here in the evening, police said. The reason for her suicide is not known.
 
The incident came a week after the suicide of B. Shilpa, a postgraduate student in paediatrics, who hanged herself at her house in Pileru town of Chittoor district.
 
The 30-year-old student had in April written to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, accusing three Professors of Pediatric Department of sexual harassment.
 
The student was upset after she failed in exams. She told her friends that she was deliberately failed for complaining against the Professors.
 
Following an uproar, authorities transferred the college Principal and formed in May a three-member inquiry committed headed by the Director of Medical Education K. Babji. The panel is yet to submit its report.
 
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Minor boy chokes on ingested pen cap, dies

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An 8-year-old boy choked to death after swallowing a pen cap at his school in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district on Thursday, police said.
 
Class 3 student B. Naga Vinay was copying a lesson written on the blackboard in his notebook when he accidentally ingested the pen cap he had put in his mouth. He was rushed to a primary health centre but died of chocking, police added.
 
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Eight workers killed in Andhra quarry blast

 
8 killed, several injured in quarry blast in Kurnool
 
 
At least eight workers were killed in a blast in a quarry in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district on Friday, police said.
 
Another eight workers were also injured in the incident that took place in Hathi Belgal village in Alur 'mandal' (block) of Kurnool district.
 
The injured were admitted to the government hospital in Alur, where the condition of three is stated to be critical.
 
About 20 workers belonging to Odisha were believed to be in a shed when the blast occurred. The police suspect that some more workers could be trapped inside.
 
A fire which broke out with the blast engulfed the shed. Three tractors, one lorry and two sheds were destroyed in the fire.
 
The huge blast also damaged a few houses near the quarry. 
 
The blast which was heard at a distance of more than 10 km sent panic among the residents. The cause of the blast could not be known immediately.
 
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NDA committed to development of Andhra, Telangana: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government is committed towards the development of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, "the states which the Congress divided in closed doors for political gain".
 
"I want to tell the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana that we will keep working for them. We will do everything possible for the development of the states," he said while replying to the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.
 
Modi also said then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee created three states: Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand after talking to the people concerned and taking their consent.
 
"It was done peacefully. These states are peaceful and prospering. They are contributing in the development of the nation.
 
"On the other hand, the Congress divided Andhra Pradesh behind closed doors and their conduct then was shameful. Andhra Pradesh was divided for political gain," he added.
 
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No-trust debate: TDP says it is war between morality, majority

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The Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a former NDA ally and prime mover of the no-confidence motion against the BJP-led ruling alliance, on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of "deceiving" the people of Andhra Pradesh by not giving it the promised special category status, saying it was fighting a war between "morality and majority."
 
Initiating the debate on the motion in the Lok Sabha, TDP member Jayadev Galla said the residual state had been denied justice since the "unscientific bifurcation" of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. 
 
Galla, who was speaking on behalf of his colleague Kesineni Srinavas whose notice of no-confidence motion was accepted by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, thanked Opposition parties, including Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI-M and AIMIM, for supporting the motion. 
 
Galla said the people of Andhra Pradesh were tired of unfulfilled promises, and that the motion provided a litmus test for Parliament to fulfill the promises made. 
 
Galla began his speech by stating that it was for the first time that a first-time MP has got a chance to move a motion of no-confidence.
 
He said seeking justice for the people of the state was a "dharma yudha." Galla said BJP President Amit Shah had told party leaders from Andhra Pradesh in March to wage a war on TDP.
 
"It is now war between BJP and TDP. It is a war between majority and morality, It is a war between the Modi regime and 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh.
 
"It is a war against discrimination showed by the Modi regime towards AP, it is a war to honour the assurances made by PM in Parliament, it is a war between authoritarian Machiavellian attitude of the Modi regime and the rights of states that make up the federal Republic of India. It is a Dharma Yudh," Galla said. 
 
Galla, who is MP from Guntur, said the people were tired of the empty assurances and unfulfilled commitments. 
 
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Reeling out statistics, Galla forcefully articulated the party's stance, saying the last four years have posed tremendous challenges for the "new state with an old name". 
 
"It is not prudent to say that the issues of Andhra Pradesh are not national issues. It is also an emotional issue for people of the state," he said. 
 
"We need relief, but the Modi government is posing new challenges for us. Andhra Pradesh is also languishing in services," he said. 
 
Galla, who faced some disruptions during his speech from Telangana Rashtra Samiti members, said that the promise of special category state for five years to the residual state of Andhra Pradesh was given by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Rajya Sabha in 2014. 
 
"Do you have any respect for commitment made by your predecessor?" he asked Modi. 
 
He referred to Modi's election speeches in Andhra Pradesh in the run-up to 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when TDP was aligned with BJP, and said the BJP leader had asked people if they wanted to vote for a clean, corruption-free Andhra Pradesh "by voting for us or choose to go for the rival opposition party and push Andhra Pradesh into corruption."
 
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom we trusted so dearly, has deceived the state," he said. 
 
"Modi while campaigning in Andhra Pradesh had said 'Congress killed the mother and saved the child'. Had I been there, I would have saved the mother too'. People of Andhra Pradesh have waited for four long years for him to save their mother," he added. 
 
Galla accused the BJP of changing its stance on the special category status. "It will be decimated in Andhra Pradesh the way Congress was, if the people of Andhra Pradesh are cheated. Mr PM, it's not a threat, it's a 'shraap (curse),"' he said. 
 
TDP had pulled out of the Modi government and NDA earlier this year over its demand for special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
 
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Four missing after boat capsizes in Andhra

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Four persons went missing while about 20 others were rescued after a boat capsized in Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, eye-witnesses said.
 
The incident occurred near Pasuvullanka in I. Polavaram mandal (block) in East Godavari district.
 
The boat carrying over 20 people, mostly students, capsized after hitting a pillar of an under construction bridge.
 
Local people, including fishermen, rescued about 20 while the search was on for the missing.
 
The boat was on its way from Talarivari Palem to Pasuvullanka. There is no clarity on exact number of people who were on the boat as police and civil officials were still trying to reach the spot.
 
Some Telugu television channels showed pictures of few rescued students lying on ground and the boat near the pillar.
 
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Former Andhra Pradesh CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy rejoins Congress

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Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy rejoined the Congress here today, more than four years after he had left the party to protest against the bifurcation of the state in 2014 to carve out the new state of Telangana.
 
Mr. Reddy, 57, met Congress President Rahul Gandhi here this morning and expressed his desire to return to the party, which the latter agreed to.
 
Later, Mr. Reddy formally returned to the party at its headquarters here in the presence of Congress General Secretary and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, the party's in-charge of Andhra Pradesh, its spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, former Union Minister M M Pallam Raju and other leaders.
 
Mr. Reddy was the last Chief Minister of the united Andhra Pradesh before the formation of the Telangana state on June 2, 2014. He had succeeded Mr. K. Rosaiah as Chief Minister in 2011.
 
On February 19, 2014, he had announced his resignation as Chief Minister in protest against the decision of the then 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.
 
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He had handed in his papers to Governor E S L Narasimhan a day after, amid noisy schenes, the Lok Sabha had passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill, which sought to bifurcate the state to create the new state of Telangana.
 
Mr. Reddy told journalists today that he and his family had been part of the Congress and he could not be separated from the party.
 
Mr. Reddy, who has been elected four times to the Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly and has also served as its Speaker, said he owed his identity to the Congress. He said he believed it was important to strengthen the hands of Mr. Gandhi and the party at this juncture.
 
According to him, only a Congress government at the Centre could ensure justice for the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and implement the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act in full letter and spirit. He said the present Governments at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh had failed to implement the promises made to the people at the time of the bifurcation of the state.
 
Mr. Chandy said Mr. Reddy's return would strengthen the party and noted that, during his term as Chief Minister, he had done a lot for the development of the state and the welfare of the people, especially the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
 
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Six die in gas leakage in Andhra steel plant

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Six workers died and two others were taken ill in a gas leakage at a multinational steel company in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district on Thursday evening, police said.
 
The incident occurred in Gerdau Steel plant on the outskirts of Tadipatri town.
 
The gas leakage occurred in furnace wing of the plant. Eight of the workers collapsed after inhaling the gas while others managed to escape in time.
 
Eye witnesses said two workers died on the spot. Six others were shifted to nearby hospital, where four workers succumbed.
 
The deceased have been identified as B. Ranganath, 21, K. Manoj, 24, S.A. Wasim, 39, U. Gangadhar, 37, Guravaiah, 40, and K Siva Maddileti alias Lingaiah, 26.
 
Gerdau Steel, one of the largest steel companies worldwide, said it had suspended operations at the unit and will resume only after an extensive safety inspection.
 
"Gerdau sadly informs that an accident occurred at its Tadipatri steel plant, in India, this evening, resulting in six causalties. Gerdau immediately provided medical assistance and the workers were sent to the local hospital," the company said in a brief statement.
 
"The company is assisting the family of the victims and is working to determine the cause of the accident. The company is also extending all cooperation to local authorities," it added.
 
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries, according to the information on its website.
 
The plant in Andhra was Gerdau's first in Asia and it has capacity to produce 300,000 tons of special steel per year.
 
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Bodies of three Andhra students recovered from Krishna river

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The bodies of three out of the four engineering students from Andhra Pradesh who were drowned in Krishna river near here on Saturday, were fished out on Sunday, police said.
 
Rescue workers found the bodies of three students while the search was still on for the fourth. The bodies of Praveen, 18, Chaitanya, 18, and Srinath, 19, were shifted to a government hospital in Vijayawada for autopsy.
 
Police said the rescue workers were still searching for Rajkumar, 19. The incident occurred at Pavitra Sangamam, the confluence points of Krishna and Godavari rivers at Ibrahimpatnam.
 
Five students of second year of a private engineering college had gone there for a picnic. When one of them was drowning while taking a bath, three others tried to save him but all of them were washed away in strong currents. The fifth student alerted the police.
 
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and divers joined the rescue operations. The rescue work was called off on late on Saturday and resumed early Sunday.
 
Police said one of the students crossed the safety railing, which led to the tragedy.
 
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Nine killed in road accident in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh

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Nine persons were killed and four others injured when a bus hit an auto-rickshaw in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district early on Sunday, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Somayajulapalle on the Kurnool-Nandyal highway.
 
The state-owned Road Transport Corporation bus hit the auto-rickshaw, which was carrying 13 people. While seven died on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries in a nearby hospital. 
 
The injured were shifted to a government hospital in Kurnool.
 
According to the police, three auto-rickshaws were coming from wrong direction. While two vehicles passed safely, the third was hit by the bus.
 
A group of villagers from Penugondla and Kalapari villages had boarded the auto-rickshaws to go to Mahanandi village near Nandyal town for naturopathy treatment. Most of the deceased were old and ill.
 
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World Cup: Switzerland beat Serbia in Group E clash

A late goal by Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland a 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here.
 
Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Serbia the lead in the fifth minute during the match on Friday.
 
Switzerland equalised in the second half, thanks to a superb long range strike by Granit Xhaka (52nd).
 
Shaqiri (90th) found the winning goal in the final minute of regulation time.
 
Switzerland thus became the first team at this World Cup to clinch a come-from-behind victory after conceding first.
 
They now have four points from two matches, having held title contenders Brazil to a draw in their campaign opener.
 
They are at the same number of points as Brazil, but sit at the second place behind the South Americans due to an inferior goal difference.
 
Serbia are on three points from two games. They are currently third in the group.
 
Serbia enjoyed a promising start when Dusan Tadic won the ball near the corn er flag and sent in a cross which was headed in by Mitrovic.
 
The setback galvanised the Swiss who dominated possession for the rest of the game.
 
But despite being under considerable pressure, the Serbian defence prevented the Swiss from creating too many clear chances in the first half.
 
Switzerland finally made their domination count when Shaqiri's shot was bloc ked by the Serbian defence.
 
Xhaka pounced on the loose ball and unleashed a first time attempt from outside the penalty box which beat Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic with its pace and vicious swing before bulging the net.
 
Xhaka is the third Swiss player to score in more than one World Cup tournament.
 
He follows in the footsteps of former stars Jacques Fatton and Andre Abegglen.
 
Abegglen scored in the 1934 and 1938 World Cups while Fatton scored at the 1950 and 1954 editions.
 
Shaqiri hit the post soon after with a curling attempt from the right edge of the Serbia box.
 
Serbia did have their chances in the second half, not least a square pass across the face of goal by Aleksandar Kolarov which missed the extended leg of a Serbian player at the far post by mere inches.
 
Shaqiri found the winner in the closing stages off the counter.
 
He latched on to a pass out of defence, made a solo run from the half line with the Serbian defence caught off guard, before scoring with a calm finish.
 
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Speaker accepts YSR Congress MPs' resignations

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday accepted resignations of five Lok Sabha MPs of the YSR Congress party.
 
The MPs had submitted their resignations on April 6 -- the last day of the Budget session -- to protest against the refusal of the Central government to accord Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh.
 
According to a bulletin from Lok Sabha, the speaker has accepted the resignations of the MPs with effect from June 20.
 
The Speaker's move came two weeks after YSR Congress Parliamentary Party leader Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and others met her to convey that they stood by their resignations and urged her to accept the same immediately.
 
The other MPs are Y.V. Subba Reddy, Vara Prasadarao Velagapalli, Midhun Reddy and Y.S. Avinash Reddy.
 
As the Speaker on May 29 had requested the MPs to reconsider their resignations, they met her in the national capital on June 6 to submit fresh letters, urging her to accept their resignations.
 
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Andhra, Bihar seek special status, Modi assures on provisions at bifurcation time

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured states like Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, which have been demanding special status category, that the Centre is committed in "letter and spirit" to adhere to statutory provisions in place at the time of the bifurcation of states.
 
Briefing reporters here following the fourth meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog, its Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar said that the Prime Minister, who addressed the Chief Ministers, clarified the Central government's position on the claims of some states for special status.
 
His assurance came after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu raised his long-pending demand of special category status which was supported by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
 
"Some states did raise the issue of special status. The discussions were more focused on the statutory provisions that were in place at the time of the bifurcation of states and the Prime Minister said that the central government is committed in letter and spirit to adhere to those provisions," Rajiv Kumar said.
 
Earlier, Naidu raised issues related to bifurcation, agenda and other pressing needs of the state. 
 
"Received overwhelming support from Chief Ministers, officials and dignitaries at the 4th Governing Council meeting at @NITIAayog, where we discussed issues relating to the AP Reorganization Act, 2014," Naidu said in a tweet.
 
During his 20-minute speech, he also demanded the special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
 
Nitish Kumar also raised the demand for special status and supported Naidu's move.
 
On the issue of the minimum support price (MSP) for crops raised in Budget 2018-19 towards doubling farmers' incomes, the Vice Chairman described the MSP issue as "work-in progress".
 
"The details are being worked out and a bouquet of options will be offered to the states for them to meet the Prime Minister's promise of an increase of 1.5 times in the MSP," he said.
 
Rajiv Kumar said that the Prime Minister, who is also the Chairperson of the Niti Aayog -- the think-tank that replaced the erstwhile Planning Commission -- also directed that a committee be formed to look into farmers' issues.
 
It was also suggested at the discussions that states should also set up their own GDP targets which all add up to compose the national gross domestic product (GDP), he added.
 
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Girl dies as giant wheel crashes in Andhra

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In a tragic incident, an eight-year-old girl died and six others were injured when a cabin of a giant wheel crashed in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur town on Sunday night, police said.
 
The incident occurred during a fair when one of the cabins of the merry-go-round wheel came crashing after its bolt gave way.
 
The girl, identified as Amrutha, died on the spot while six others including three children suffered injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in the town.
 
The fun time for children during summer holidays turned into tragedy with the crash during the Robo Animals Exhibition on Exhibition Ground in the town.
 
The tragedy struck when Amrutha's parents and relatives of the others were recording the fun ride on their mobile phones. The video of the crash went viral on social media on Monday.
 
After the crash, visitors beat up the wheel operator. Police rescued and arrested him. 
 
Relatives of the deceased and injured alleged that the accident occurred due to the operator's negligence as he did not stop the wheel despite being alerted about the bolt being loose.
 
Police seized the giant wheel and registered a case against the wheel operator.
 
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Oommen Chandy appointed AICC General Secretary in charge of Andhra Pradesh

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today appointed senior party leader and former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy as a General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in charge of Andhra Pradesh with immediate effect.
 
Mr. Chandy will succeed Mr. Digvijaya Singh, who will step down from the position, a press release from AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot said.
 
The party appreciates the hard work and contribution of Shri Digvijaya Singh," the release added.
 
Mr. Chandy, 74, served as Chief Minister of Kerala first from August 31, 2004 to May 18, 2006 and then from May 17, 2011 to May 20, 2016. He had earlier served as a Minister in the Cabinets headed by Mr. K. Karunakaran and Mr. A. K. Antony. He is an 11-time member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly
 
Mr. Gandhi also appointed Mr. Gaurav Gogoi as the AICC In-charge of West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands with immediate effect, in place of Dr. C. P. Joshi.
 
"The party appreciates the hard work and contribution of Dr. C.P. Joshi, who will be stepping down from his responsibility as AICC General Secretary Incharge of West Bengal and Andaman & Nicobar Islands," the release added.
 
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Naidu to lay stone for NIDM’s Southern Campus in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday

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Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu will lay the foundation stone of the Southern Campus building of the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) tomorrow at Kondapavuluru village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and other Central and State Government officials will attend the ceremony.
 
The NIDM is a premier institute of the Government under the Ministry of Home Affairs. The NIDM, in pursuance of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act 2014, has established a Southern Campus in Andhra Pradesh.
 
An interim set-up of NIDM Southern Campus is currently operating in the State from Andhra Pradesh Human Resource Development Institute (APHRDI) Campus at Bapatla, Guntur.  The State government has allocated 10 acres of land to NIDM for the establishment of its permanent Southern Campus at Kondapavuluru village. The Central Government has approved construction of the South Campus at a total cost of Rs. 36.76 crore.
 
The NIDM’s Southern Campus would be focusing more on ground level issues, district and local planning, last mile connectivity and mainstreaming disaster management into Sustainable Development Goals through its training and capacity building programmes as relevant to the region, an official press release said.
 
The campus will function to support the overall goal of resilience and capacity building of various stakeholders through its programs. There will be programmes designed and developed with special emphasis on the disasters specific to southern States.
 
The South Indian geography plays a vital role in designing the NIDM programmes, especially coastal areas, the rocky terrain of Deccan Plateau and the Western Ghats. It would be vital for the NIDM Southern Campus to focus more on the needs of South India hazard profile and develop it as a Centre for Excellence for this region.
 
India is a signatory to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) adopted by the United Nation’s member states and the Prime Minister’s 10-point agenda on Disaster Risk Management is aligned to its strategy and ground implementation. 
 
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Capacity building including training -- education, research, knowledge management and mass awareness -- holds the key to success in achieving the targets of Sendai Framework as understanding disaster risk, enhancing disaster preparedness and “Build Back Better” still remain the most important input in saving lives, property and environment from natural and man-made disasters.
 
NIDM has taken big strides in building the capacity of stakeholders, but the gaps, demand and expectations are huge. Hence, partnership, collaborations and networking across geographies, states, institutions and international agencies and private player are the need of the hour.
 
A two-day national workshop on “Forging Partnership: Capacity Building for DRR” also began today at Vijayawada to bring the multiple stakeholders, agencies, donors and governments to deliberate, discuss and share experience and to explore cooperation opportunities.
 
The aim of the workshop is to discuss and deliver a roadmap for making India a disaster resilient country by enhancing and building the capacity of the state institutions by encouraging partnerships between the various stakeholders.
 
International and ational experts and senior officials would be participating in addition to National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) officials, State Disaster Management Authority (SDMAs) and State Disaster Management Institutes (SDMIs), NGOs and professionals working in the areas of disaster management.
 
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Cabinet approves setting up of Central University in Andhra Pradesh

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The Union Cabinet today gave its in-principle approval for establishing a Central University by the name of “Central University of Andhra Pradesh” in Janthaluru village of Ananthapur district in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
A provision of funds worth Rs. 450 crore has been approved for meeting the first phase expenditure towards establishment of the university, the release said.
 
The Cabinet also approved the proposal for operationalization of the Central University in the transit campus, initially by forming a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in order to give a legal status to it till the amendment to the Central Universities Act, 2009 is enacted and to enable commencement of academic activities from the Academic Year 2018-19. 
 
The Central University would be mentored by an existing Central University till its governing structure is in place.
 
The approval would increase access and quality of higher education and help in minimizing the regional imbalances in education facilities, and give effect to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the release added.
 
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Andhra launch capsize: 12 bodies recovered

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Bodies of 12 persons including two children were retrieved from Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as a search was on for others who went missing after a launch capsized the previous evening.
 
Rescue workers pulled out the launch by using boats and heavy cranes. Earlier, the Indian Navy personnel traced the launch reportedly at a depth of 60 feet.
 
Teams from the Navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in the rescue operations with the help of Navy helicopters.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who rushed to the scene to supervise rescue operations, told reporters that 10 more bodies were yet to be pulled out.
 
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.
 
The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.
 
Naidu announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the next-of-kin of each of the deceased. He said the government would provide jobs to one member each from the families of the victims and would also make arrangements for free education for their children.
 
The Chief Minister said human error led to tragedy. He was informed by the officials that the launch was carrying cement bags and two-wheelers.
 
When the boat was caught in gusty winds and rains, those onboard closed the windows. This led to the capsize and also sealed the escape routes.
 
The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in the Godavari river in the same district on May 11.
 
The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.
 
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Andhra launch capsize: Search on for over 30 missing

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Rescue operations continued on Wednesday in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh where over 30 people are feared drowned after a launch capsized last evening.
 
Personnel from the Indian Navy have traced the launch, which is said to be at a depth of 60 feet. Rescue workers were trying to break open the windows to pull out the bodies, an official said.
 
Teams from the Navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were engaged in the rescue operations. 
 
They were mobilising heavy cranes near the shores to retrieve the launch that capsized on Tuesday.
 
The rescue work, which was halted late on Tuesday due to bad weather, resumed early on Wednesday. A helicopter was also pressed into service as part of the rescue work.
 
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m. There were about 50 people on the boat when it capsized and 10 of them including two women swam to safety.
 
The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to undertake rescue operations on a war footing.
 
The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in the Godavari River in the same district on May 11. The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.
 
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Lightning kills 9 in Telangana, Andhra

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Nine people including three farmers died of lightning in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, officials said.
 
The three farmers died of lightning in Telangana's Mancherial district early in the day while six deaths were reported from Srikakulam district in north coastal Andhra.
 
The farmers were killed in their field in Arepalli village. According to police, the farmers had gone to their fields to protect the paddy from rains. The deceased have been identified as R. Rajaiah, K. Bapu and J. Ramesh.
 
The farmers were trying to place covers on the paddy kept in the field after cutting but did not succeed due to strong winds and rains. In the meantime, they were struck by lightning.
 
When they did not return home, their family members went to the field and found their bodies.
 
Meanwhile, six persons died of lightning in separate incidents in Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district. Heavy rains accompanied by gusty winds have been lashing Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts since early Sunday.
 
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been experiencing thunderstorm and unseasonal rains for more than a week.
 
The Met office has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds at isolated places in various districts of Telangana and coastal Andhra on Sunday and Monday. Some parts of the two states are likely to record maximum temperature between 42 and 44 degrees Celsius.
 
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Andhra CM to be guardian of 9-year-old rape victim

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday announced that he will act as guardian of a nine-year-old rape victim and bear all expenses of her education.
 
After calling on the victim at government-run hospital in Guntur town, he said he would provide his personal money for her education till she achieves her goal in the life.
 
Naidu said while the girl's parents would do their duty, he would ensure best education for her with all facilities.
 
"I have already asked the District Collector to identify the best school in Guntur," he said.
 
The state government has already announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of the victim. Naidu on Saturday announced that another Rs 5 lakh would be made fixed deposit in the girl's name.
 
He also assured two acres of land for the family for agriculture, a job to her father and house site.
 
The girl was raped by 50-year-old rickshaw puller on Wednesday in Dachepalli in Guntur district, causing public outrage. The accused later committed suicide by hanging near the village.
 
Calling for publicly hanging the rapists, Naidu said his government would be tough in dealing with such criminals.
 
The Chief Minister said there was a need to instil fear in rapists that the day they commit such heinous crime will be their last day on earth. "Only this fear could act as a deterrent," he added.
 
Naidu said there would be no place for such people in the state. "Man should live like man not like beast," he said.
 
He also announced that the government will set up special courts for early trial of rape cases. He appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused. "Lawyers are also part of the society. They too have children," he said.
 
He called for conducting rallies across the state on Monday with the slogan 'Let us save the daughters' and appealed to all people to participate.
 
Voicing concern over the misuse of technology and the menace of porn films on Internet also resulting in such incidents, Naidu said the government would work out how to deal with this problem.
 
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5-year-old Andhra girl raped by minor

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In another shocking incident of rape of minor girls in Andhra Pradesh, a five-year-old was sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old boy with the help of three friends on Friday, police said.
 
The incident occurred in Tetali village near Tanuku in West Godavari district.
 
The boy lured the girl with the offer of chocolates and took her to a toilet of a local school and raped her. Three of his friends of the accused allegedly helped him by standing guard.
 
The incident came to light after the girl returned home and started bleeding. When questioned by her parents, she narrated the incident.
 
The victim's family lodged a complaint with police, which picked up the boys. However, no case was registered as the families of the accused were talking to the relatives of the victim for a "compromise".
 
This is the second incident of rape of a minor girl in the state in three days. In Dachepalle of Guntur district, a 50-year-old man had raped a nine-year-old girl on Wednesday. The incident triggered public outrage.
 
The accused, a rickshaw puller, was Friday found hanging from a tree in a village near Dachepalle. Police said he committed suicide.
 
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10 killed as heavy rains lash Telangana, Andhra

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Ten people were killed as heavy rains lashed Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, officials said.
 
While five people were killed in various rain-related incidents in Telangana, an equal number of deaths were reported from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Heavy rains accompanied by hailstorm and gusty winds wrecked havoc in several parts of both the Telugu states, uprooting trees and electricity poles and inundating low-lying areas, affecting vehicular traffic and electricity supply.
 
The unseasonal rains provided relief to people from scorching heat but affected the normal life and caused widespread damage to crops.
 
Heavy downpour with hailstorm and strong gales lashed many parts of Hyderabad and the outskirts, throwing the normal life out of gear. A seven-year-old boy died when he was struck by lightning while playing under a tree at Karmanghat on the city outskirts.
 
The strong winds uprooted trees in several areas in the city, damaging few vehicles bringing the traffic to a halt. Near darkness enveloped the city in the afternoon and the heavy rains significantly brought down the temperature.
 
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) pressed emergency teams into service to remove the trees from roads and also hoardings which were hanging precariously.
 
Telangana Excise Minister T. Padma Rao, who visited some areas in Hyderabad, told reporters that GHMC received reports of tree falling at 45 places in the city. There were also complaints of water logging at 25 places.
 
Several districts of both the Telugu states were receiving rains since morning. Lightning claimed four lives in Nalgonda and Ranga Reddy districts.
 
Telangana Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy said they received reports of 1,250 electricity poles being damaged due to strong winds. The authorities have opened two control rooms in Hyderabad and Warangal and were making efforts to restore electricity supply in the affected areas.
 
Heavy rains battered Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts in north coastal Andhra early Thursday. Many parts of south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions also recorded heavy rainfall.
 
Three persons died of lightning strike in Guntur and Prakasam districts of Andhra Pradesh. In Guntur town, a man died when a hoarding fell on him. In Kurnool district, one person was crushed to death under a tree which uprooted due to strong gale.
 
The heavy rains damaged mango, paddy, maize and other crops. Several cattle perished due to lightning. The unseasonal rains also disrupted electricity supply in towns and villages.
 
According to the met office, the rains were triggered by cyclonic circulation over north Odisa and neighbourhood and another cyclonic circulation over West Vidarbha and neighbourhood. It has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with squall/hail at isolated places in all the districts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Friday.
 
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