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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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Bye-election to AP Legislative Council from Kurnool Local Authorities' Constituency

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The Election Commission has said that it would hold a bye-election on January 12, 2018 to fill a casual vacancy in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Kurnool Local Authorities' Constituency. 
 
The vacancy has arisen due to the resignation of Mr. Silpa Chakrapani Reddy on August 14. Mr. Reddy's term would have normally ended on May 1, 2023.
 
An official press release said the notification for the bye-election would be issued on December 19 and the last date for making nominations is December 26. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 29.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on January 16, 2018, the release added.
 
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Kovind opens Centre for Defence Studies at Andhra University

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Expressing concern over the overall gender imbalance in scientific and technological institutions, President Ram Nath Kovind has said that the true test of India’s progress would be “in the access and opportunity we provide our daughters when it comes to education."
 
Speaking to a gathering during his visit to the Andhra University here yesterday, Mr Kovind said, “In this context, I am happy to note that 40% of the students at this University are girls. I am fully optimistic that the inauguration of the Classroom and Laboratory Complex at the Andhra University College of Engineering for Women will enhance our country’s capacities to produce high-quality women engineers and technologists.”
 
In the University, he opened the Centre for Defence Studies and also laid the foundation stone for the E-Classroom Complex and Incubation Centre.
 
Mr Kovind, during his speech, pointed out that some of the leading defence and space scientists who have powered the missile programmes and rocket launches are women.
 
“Earlier this week, at a university convocation in Agra, I was privileged to felicitate the senior DRDO scientist Dr Tessy Thomas, known as the 'Missile Woman of India'. Women achievers like her are role models for our youth, particularly for our girl students,” he added.
 
Mr Kovind said it was extremely satisfying to note that the Andhra University, in particular, the College of Engineering, was engaged in R&D projects with defence institutions.
 
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The newly-setup Centre for Defence Studies will focus on cybersecurity, nanotechnology, radar and communications, corrosion technology, and other technologies that have strategic dimensions, he added.
 
Professors and researchers from the Andhra University were collaborating on specific projects with DRDO as well as with the Naval Research Board and other institutions. Professors have also been used as R&D consultants for missile projects, including in the development of the Brahmos missile.
 
Additionally, expertise from this University has been sought by the Eastern Naval Command, headquartered in Vishakhapatnam, for civil engineering structural applications and corrosion related issues, Mr Kovind said.
 
“Research related to defence and military applications and technologies will have multiple benefits for our country. It will provide a tonic to the effort to Make in India. And as experience in other countries has shown, research in defence technologies can also lead to innovations that have diverse civilian applications,” he added.
 
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National Conference on PDS Reforms held at Vijayawada on December 4-5

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A two-day National Conference on Public Distribution System (PDS) Reforms was held on December 4-5 here as part of the efforts to improve the functioning of the PDS through automation of Fair Price Shops and computerization of Supply Chain Management.
 
The conference was attended by the representatives from 20 States along with those from NIC, WFP and GIZ. 
 
Important aspects of PDS reforms which came up for discussion in the workshop included seamless working of the online systems, strategy for grievance redressal, enhancing the outreach of the system to the deprived segments of the society, effective safeguards for non-denial of entitled food grains to the beneficiaries and viability of fair price shops. The participating States shared their experiences and initiatives in these areas.
 
Enforcement of the provisions of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 regarding oversight and grievance redressal in partnership with States/UTs also figured in the discussions, an official press release said.
 
The participants also visited fair price shops, godowns and call centres for a first-hand exposure to the innovations like equipping ePoS devices with Best Finger Detection (BFD), Fusion Finger Detection (FFD) and Iris  features to minimize the instances of failure of biometric authentication.
 
They also were shown the integration of electronic weighing machines with ePoS devices, cashless transaction through ePoS, distribution of foodgrains for ICDS and MDM schemes through ePoS and management of the distribution of foodgrains without biometric authentication.
 
The participants saw the recent initiative of Village Mall Scheme aimed at improving the viability of fair price shops. In order to set up Village Malls in the FP Shops, the Andhra Pradesh Government has tied up with Reliance Group for ten districts and with Future Group for another three districts, the release added.
 
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Depression over Bay of Bengal may reach north AP, south Odisha coasts on Saturday morning

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The depression over southeast Bay of Bengal and neighbourhood is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around December 9 morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
In a bulletin issued at 1130 hours today, IMD said the depression had moved northwards with a speed of about 35 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of today near latitude 12.0º N and longitude 88.0 ºE, about 870 km southeast of Gopalpur and 875 km to the east-southeast of Machillipatnam. 
 
"The system is very likely to move north-northwestwards and reach north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts around 9th December morning. The system is likely to intensify further into a deep depression during the next 24 hours.
 
"However, there is a probability of slight weakening of the system when it reaches near north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts," the bulletin said.
 
Under the influence of the system, light to moderate rainfall was very likely at most places over Andaman Islands and at a few places over Nicobar Islands during the next 24 hours.
 
Rainfall was also very likely at most places over north Andhra Pradesh on December 8-9, over Odisha during December 8-10 and over coastal districts of West Bengal on December 8, with isolated heavy falls.
 
Squally winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, were very likely over and around Andaman Islands during the next 24 hours and decrease thereafter, the bulletin said.
 
Squally winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, very likely to prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from today evening to December 9 morning and will decrease thereafter, it said.
 
Sea conditions would be rough to very rough around Andaman Islands during the next 24 hours. Sea conditions would be rough to very rough along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts from today evening to December 9 morning, the bulletin said.
 
Fishermen along and off Andaman Islands were advised not to venture into sea till the forenoon of tomorrow and fishermen along and off Nicobar Islands were advised not to venture into deep sea during the same period.
 
Fishermen along and off north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts were advised not to venture into deep sea today and tomorrow. Fishermen along and off north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts were advised not to venture into sea till December 9 morning.
 
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L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering wins order valued at over Rs. 1600 crore

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L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Limited (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), has won an order worth more than Rs. 1,600 crore from the public sector Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited's (HPCL) Visakhapatnam Refinery.
 
The project is a part of HPCL Visakh Refinery Modernisation Project (VRMP) and involves engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of 3.053 MMTPA Full Conversion Hydrocracker Project.
 
"The order reinforces L&T’s unique capability to deliver 'design to build' engineering and construction solutions across the hydrocarbon spectrum," a press release from the company said.
 
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Kovind to visit Visakhapatnam on December 7-8

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh for two days from tomorrow.
 
An official press release said that Mr. Kovind would inaugurate an Aircraft Museum on Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. On the same day, he will lay the foundation stone for the E-Classroom Complex and Incubation Centre as well as declare the opening of the Centre for Defence Studies at Andhra University. 
 
He will also visit the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Memorial School in Visakhapatnam, it said.
 
On December 8, the President will present colours to the Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy before returning to Delhi, the release added.
 
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Cyclone Ockhi weakens, heads towards south Gujarat, north Maharashtra

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Even as cyclone Ockhi over eastcentral Arabian Sea is gradually weakening and moving towards South Gujarat and north Maharashtra,  a well-marked low pressure area has developed over southeast Bay of Bengal, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
A bulletin issued by IMD at 1620 hours today said Ockhi had moved further north-northeastwards with with a speed of 13 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred at 1430 hours IST near latitude 15.2º N and longitude 69.0º E, about 590 km southwest of Mumbai and 770 km south-southwest of Surat. 
 
"It is very likely to continue to move north-northeastwards, weaken gradually and cross south Gujarat and adjoining north Maharashtra coasts near Surat as a deep depression by the night of tomorrow, the 5th December 2017," it said.
 
The bulletin said heavy rainfall was light to moderate rainfall was very likely at a few places over Saurashtra and south Gujarat region today. Light to moderate rainfall was very likely at most places over Saurashtra and south Gujarat (Valsad, Surat, Navsari, Bharuch, Dang, Tapi, Amreli, Gir- Somnath, Bhavnagar, Diu, Daman, Dadra, and Nagar Haveli districts) tomorrow with heavy rainfall at isolated places, and light to moderate rainfall at many places in the two regions on December 6.
 
According to it, light to moderate rainfall was very likely over north Konkan, including Mumbai, in Maharashtra today. Light to moderate rainfall was also likely at most places over north Konkan (Palghar, Thane, Raigarh, Greater Mumbai, Dhule, Nandurbar, Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar and Pune districts) tomorrow, with isolated heavy rainfall.
 
Squally winds with speed reaching 50-60 kmph, gusting to 70 kmph, were very likely along and off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts from today from tonight to December 6 morning.
 
Sea conditions would be rough to very rough along and off north Maharashtra and South Gujarat coasts from tonight till December 6 morning, the bulletin said.
 
The IMD advised fishermen not to venture into the sea along and off south Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts from today till December 6 morning.
 
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The bulletin said the low pressure area over southeast Bay of Bengal and adjoining south Andaman Sea was very likely to become a depression during the next 24 hours and further intensify into a deep depression during the subsequent 48 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards towards north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next three days, it said.
 
According to it, rainfall was very likely at most places over Andaman Islands over Andaman Islands during the next three days, with isolated heavy rainfall.
 
Rainfall was also very likely at many places over north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha on December 7 and 8, it said.
 
Squally winds with speed reaching 30-40 kmph, gusting to 50 kmph, were likely around Nicobar Islands today and 40-50 kmph, gusting to 60 kmph, on December 5 and 6 and would decrease thereafter.
 
Sea condition would be rough to very rough around Nicobar Islands during December 4 to 6.
 
Fishermen along and off Nicobar Islands are advised not to venture into sea during this period. Similarly, fishermen along and off the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu coasts were advised not to venture into the sea from December 6 to 8.
 
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Naidu calls for homegrown food security strategy

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Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today called for evolving India's own homegrown food security strategy to meet the needs of the country’s increasing population.
 
Inaugurating AP AgTech Summit 2017 here, Mr Naidu said increased production and efficient distribution of food grains could move the country forward to achieve the goal of zero hunger and adequate nutrition for all.
 
“Ours is a country with a vast agro-ecological diversity and where 64%  of the total workforce in the rural areas is engaged in agriculture and contributes 39% of the total rural net domestic product.
 
“Agriculture plays a vital role in India’s economy. Agriculture, along with fisheries and forestry contributes around 17% of the Gross Value Added (GVA) during 2016-17 at 2011-12 prices,” he said.
 
“The last 70 years after independence have been years of significant growth. The country’s food grain production increased by 8.7% and reached a record high of 273.83 million tonnes in 2016-17,” he added.
 
Mr Naidu said the Food and Agriculture Organization has acknowledged that India is the world's largest producer of milk, pulses and jute, and ranks as the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, groundnut, vegetables, fruit and cotton.
 
From 50 million tonnes in 1950, India's food grain production rose more than five times, to over 257 million tons in 2014-15. India is the world's largest milk producer, producing over 130 million tonnes annually. The dairy sector is also one of the largest employers of rural people, especially women. With an annual production of over 10 million tonnes, India ranks second in global fish production and aquaculture, next only to China.
 
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“Yet, we have formidable challenges confronting us. We have set for ourselves a very ambitious target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. According to one estimate, if we have to achieve this, the progress in various sources of growth has to be accelerated by 33%.
 
“Clearly, business as usual will not do. We have to innovate. We have to work with farmers to infuse knowledge and technology.  We must use technology to enhance productivity and see that the economic benefits of increased production reach all the farmers. Combine Agricultural Technology with Information Technology to improve Agricultural Sector. The workforce in agriculture sector is declining at the rate of approximately 2 percent every year. There is a general perception that agriculture is not a good economic proposition. This perception and trend must be reversed,” Mr Naidu said.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture and Agri-Processing, Andhra Pradesh, Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Minister for Human Resources Development, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Minister for Endowments Pydikondala Manikyala Rao were present on the occasion.
 
The AP AgTech Summit 2017 provides an opportunity for global leaders, start-up founders and technology experts to discuss innovative ideas for agricultural transformation in Andhra Pradesh as well as in the rest of India, he added.
 
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Death toll in Vijayawada boat mishap rises to 18

The death toll in Sunday evening's boat mishap in the Krishna river near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh has risen to 18 with the recovery of two more bodies since last night, official sources said.

 
Krishna boat tragedy: Death toll rises to 18
The death toll in Sunday evening's boat mishap in the Krishna river near here in Andhra Pradesh has risen to 18 with the recovery of two more bodies since last night, official sources said.
 
The tragedy occurred when a boat carrying about 40 tourists from various parts of Andhra Pradesh capsized in the river around 5 pm yesterday.
 
As many as 15 people were rescued alive, Krishna district officials told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene of the tragedy. According to other sources, the victims included six women and four children.
 
There was no clarity on the number of people who were travelling in the boat and search and rescue efforts continued through the night to look for any possible survivors, the officials said.
 
Local fishermen and others jumped into the waters and managed to save 15 people, the sources said. Officials said 16 bodies were recovered from the river by late yesterday evening and two more since then, including one early this morning.
 
Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the fire service and other emergency services are involved in the search and rescue efforts and senior district officials are camping at the spot.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was due to visit the scene of the tragedy today, while State Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya visited the spot last night and this morning.
 
She told journalists that the private company which owned the boat did not have the required permissions to ferry so many passengers and an inquiry would be held to establish it was allowed to carry so many people.
 
The company had received the ill-fated boat only yesterday morning and was carrying out a trial run when it capsized, sources said.
 
The boat was carrying the  passengers from Bhavani island to the Pavitra Sangamam to witness Pavitra Harati, a ritual which attracts a lot of tourists, when the mishap occurred.
 
Several of the passengers were said to be from Prakasam district and some others from Nellore, the sources added.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the mishap. "Capsizing of a boat in the Krishna River is anguishing. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy. Andhra Pradesh Government and @NDRFHQ have been working on rescue operations," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
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16 dead as boat carrying tourists capsizes in Krishna river near Vijayawada

At least 16 persons drowned when a boat carrying about 40 tourists capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday evening, official sources said.

 
16 dead as boat capsizes in Krishna river in Andhra Pradesh
At least 16 persons drowned when a boat carrying about 40 tourists capsized in the Krishna river near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh this evening, official sources said.
 
As many as 15 people were rescued alive, Krishna district officials told NetIndian over the telephone from the scene of the tragedy. According to other sources, the victims included six women and four children.
 
There was no clarity on the number of people who were travelling in the boat and search and rescue efforts were continuing till late into the night to look for any possible survivors, the officials said.
 
Local fishermen and others jumped into the waters and managed to save 15 people, the sources said. Officials said 16 bodies were recovered from the river.
 
Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the fire service and other emergency services were involved in the search and rescue efforts and senior district officials were camping at the spot.
 
The boat, operated by a private company, was carrying the  passengers from Bhavani island for the Pavitra Sangamam to witness Pavitra Harati, a ritual at Ferry village near here, which attracts a lot of tourists, when the mishap occurred.
 
Several of the passengers were said to be from Prakasam district and some others from Nellore.
 
 
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Gadkari flags off steel cargo consignment from Vizag through coastal shipping route

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Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari yesterday digitally flagged off a consignment of 230,000 tonnes of steel cargo from Visakhapatnam port to Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kochi through the coastal shipping route.
 
Speaking on the occasion here, the Minister said the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL) was till now transporting its products to 22 stockyards through road and rail mode. Coastal transportation of these products will now help save 380 million tonne-km of rail transportation per annum and bring down logistics costs.
 
This is especially significant since RINL has doubled its production capacity to 6.3 million tonnes per annum, and to cater to the increased volumes it is important to economize on transportation costs to be globally competitive. He urged all other manufacturers to make use of coastal shipping for transporting goods as this can be a key enabler for reduction of logistics cost for domestic and EXIM trade of India.
 
The coastal movement has been on RINL’s radar for a long time because of its proximity to the ports and to ease the pressure from the over optimized road and rail systems.  
 
RINL recently finalised a one-year Multi-Modal Transportation contract covering end to end logistics from the plant at Visakhapatnam to its stockyards at Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kochi, an official press release said.
 
The Rs 75 crore annual contract has been awarded to the consortium led by Shreyas Shipping & Logistics Ltd, Mumbai, a member of Transworld Group, Dubai. The contract involves taking delivery of material from the plant, shifting by road to Visakhapatnam or Gopalpur ports, shipping the material by sea to a port near the stockyard and finally delivering the material to RINL Stockyard.
 
The quantities expected to be transported are 90,000 T, 75,000 T and 60,000 T to Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Kochi stockyards, respectively.
 
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Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh takes over as FOC-in-C, Eastern Naval Command

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Vice-Admiral Karambir Singh took over as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Eastern Naval Command (ENC), from Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht at a ceremonial parade held at the Naval Base here today.
 
He inspected the ceremonial guard and reviewed platoons of naval personnel drawn from various ships and establishments of the ENC.
 
Vice-Admiral Bisht retired from the Naval Service today on completion of forty years of illustrious career. He was accorded a farewell by the ENC by the traditional ‘Pulling Out’ ceremony, wherein he was ceremonially pulled out in a jeep by Flag Officers and Commanding Officers of Ships and Naval establishments, to resounding ‘Teen Jais’ from the men to the outgoing Commander-in-Chief.
 
Commissioned into the Indian Navy in July 1980, Vice-Admiral Singh is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla. He earned his wings as a helicopter pilot in 1982 and has flown extensively on the Chetak and Kamov helicopters. He is a graduate of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; College of Naval Warfare, Mumbai and has served as Directing Staff in both these Institutions.
 
 
In his career spanning over 37 years, the Admiral has commanded an Indian Coast Guard Ship Chandbibi, Missile Corvette INS Vijaydurg as well as two Guided Missile Destroyers INS Rana and INS Delhi. He has also served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. 
 
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Ashore, he has served at Naval Headquarters as the Joint Director Naval Air Staff, and as Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai. He has also served as a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Board (AIRCATS).
 
On promotion to flag rank, the Admiral was appointed as Chief of Staff, ENC. His other important flag appointments include Chief of Staff of the Tri-Services Unified Command at Andaman & Nicobar Islands and as the Flag Officer Commanding Maharashtra and Gujarat Naval Area (FOMAG).
 
In the rank of Vice-Admiral, he has been the Director General Project Seabird, in-charge of infrastructure development of the Navy’s modern base at Karwar. He was also assigned higher responsibilities at IHQ MoD (Navy) as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff and Vice-Chief of the Naval Staff, prior to the present appointment. The Admiral is a recipient of the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) awarded by the President of India.
 
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Sitharaman commissions INS Kiltan, anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette

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INS Kiltan (P30), the third anti-submarine warfare (ASW) stealth corvette built under Project 28 (Kamorta Class), was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a ceremony at the Naval Dockyard here today.
 
Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral H C S Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral V K Saxena (Retd), CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited, Kolkata (GRSE), Kolkata, Commodore M B Kunte (Retd), first Commanding Officer of erstwhile Kiltan and a host of other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
 
The event marked the formal commissioning into the Navy of the third of the four ASW Corvettes, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s in-house organisation, Directorate of Naval Design and constructed by GRSE.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sitharaman said the Navy's relentless pursuit of self-reliance through indigenisation was highly appreciable and this had helped it to seamlessly transform from a Buyer’s to a Builder’s Navy. She said the addition of INS Kiltan to the naval fleet is a reaffirmation of this transformation. 
 
She said India needed to benchmark its shipbuilding practices to international best practices and produce quality ships in a shorter time frame and at competitive costs. She stated that the Government fully appreciated the nation’s defence requirements and requisite finances for the Armed Forces and Defence industry would be made available for the modernisation and development plans of the Navy. 
 
She later unveiled the commissioning plaque and dedicated the ship to the nation.
 
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, Admiral Lanba stated that the commissioning of INS Kiltan marked yet another milestone in the country's journey of indigenous warship building.
 
"The Indian Navy is deeply committed to the principle of indigenisation and the Government’s thrust on ‘Make in India’. Commissioning of four ships in the last year, all built in Indian shipyards, is a testimony of our resolve. Our commitment to indigenisation also assumes special significance as we have steadily broadened our indigenisation efforts beyond ship building. We have achieved considerable success with indigenous sonars such as Abhay and HUMSA-NG as well as weapons such as Varunastra and BrahMos. These achievements are a result of the Indian Navy’s proactive and integrated approach to achieve self-reliance," he said.
 
This was followed by reading out the Commissioning Warrant of the Ship by the Commanding Officer, Commander Naushad Ali Khan. Subsequently, hoisting of the Naval Ensign onboard for the first time and ‘Breaking of the Commissioning Pennant’ with the national anthem being played marked the completion of the commissioning ceremony.
 
An official press release said INS Kiltan is one of the most potent warships constructed in India. The ship’s keel was laid on 10 August 2010 and launched on 26 March 2013. Her maiden sea trials commenced on 6 May 2017 and finally was handed over to the Indian Navy by GRSE on 14 October 2017. 
 
The sleek and magnificent ship is propelled by ‘Combination of Diesel and Diesel (CODAD)’ propulsion system of four diesel engines to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots and has an endurance of around 3,500 nautical miles.
 
According to the release, the ship has enhanced stealth features resulting in a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS) achieved by X-form of hull and superstructure along with optimally sloped surfaces. The very low under water acoustic signature makes it a ‘silent killer on the prowl’. This has been achieved by using advanced techniques for propeller design and mountings of main machinery. The ship’s advanced stealth features make her less susceptible to detection by the enemy and help in effective employment of soft kill measure like the Chaff, it said.
 
The release said more than 80 % of the ship is indigenous with state-of-the-art equipment and systems to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) warfare conditions. 
 
"Also, P-28 weapons and sensors suite is predominantly indigenous and showcases the nation’s growing capability in this niche area. INS Kiltan is the first major warship with superstructure entirely of composite material," it said.
 
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The release said weapons and sensors had been installed/ interfaced on this composite superstructure for the first time on a major warship. Composite superstructure fitted on INS Kiltan ushers the usage of advanced engineering materials on Indian Naval warships with significant improvement in weight and stability parameters, it said.
 
"Apart from her integral ASW capable helicopter, the formidable array of weapons include heavy weight torpedoes, ASW rockets, 76 mm caliber Medium Range gun and two multi-barrel 30 mm guns as Close-in-Weapon System (CIWS) with dedicated fire control systems. She is also fitted with indigenous missile decoy rockets (Chaff) and advanced ESM (Electronic Support Measure) system to detect and map enemy transmissions and direction finder equipment. The ship boasts of a highly advanced Combat Management System and a sophisticated Integrated Platform Management System," it said.
 
The ship gets her name from old INS Kiltan (P79), a Petya class ASW ship that served the nation for 18 years before being decommissioned in June 1987. Named after the coral island belonging to the Lakshadweep group of islands in India, the ship has a total complement of 15 officers and 180 sailors. The sleek and magnificent ship spans 109 meters in length and 14 meters in breadth with a displacement of 3,300 tonnes.
 
"With the changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Kiltan will augment the Indian Navy’s mobility, reach and flexibility whilst proudly flying the Indian Flag. The ship is manned by a team comprising 13 officers and 178 sailors with Commander Naushad Ali Khan at the helm as her first Commanding Officer. The commissioning of Kiltan will add a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and the Eastern Fleet in particular. The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy," the release added.
 
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Naidu launches national highway, waterway projects in Andhra Pradesh

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Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated or laid the foundation stones  for several National Highway projects and a project for development of the Muktyala-Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterway – 4) at a function here yesterday.
 
Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari, Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan and Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Seven national highway (NH) projects were dedicated to the nation and foundation stones were laid for six NH projects in Andhra Pradesh, the total cost of all the projects being Rs. 4,193 crore, an official press release said.
 
Foundation stone for the Phase-I for development of Krishna River (National Waterway -4) was also laid. In the first phase of the project, the stretch between Muktayala and Vijayawada will be developed for transportation. The total project cost is Rs. 7,015 crore and the length of the waterway 315 km.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu said interlinkingof rivers and protection of rivers was the sacred duty of everyone in the country.
 
He said that, in Andhra Pradesh till 2014, the total length of national highways was 4193 km and 3720 km of new highways have been declared since then. Total investment of Rs. 1 lakh crore is planned for development of national highways under various schemes in Andhra Pradesh, he said.
 
He said the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme, which linked Krishna and Godavari rivers, saved Krishna delta from a drought-like situation arising from water scarcity in river Krishna. He said that more and more interlinking of rivers will be beneficial for farmers who feed the nation. Everyone should take active part in this noble cause, he said.
 
Mr. Naidu congratulated the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister for making Telugu language mandatory in schools. He advised the state government to make knowledge of Telugu compulsory to get jobs in Andhra Pradesh and also to make it a mandatory subject for all students, irrespective of the medium of instruction school adopts, in the state. He said he was not against learning other languages but only wanted people to be proficient in their own mother tongue before pursuing other languages.
 
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Mr. Gadkari said  that the Union Government would spend more than Rs. 1 lakh crore on improving national highways in Andhra Pradesh and it would give a tremendous boost to the development of the state. He said a six-lane access controlled greenfield Amaravathi Expressway will be built to connect the new capital city Amaravathi with Anantapur and also provide connectivity to Kurnool and Kadapa. The project has been approved  with a total length of 557 km and cost of about Rs. 25,000 crore. 
 
He added that the Andhra Pradesh Government is preparing the detailed project report (DPR) and it is in the process of acquiring land.
 
The Minister also said that under Sagaramala programme, several port-related projects would be taken up in the state. The capacity of the Visakhapatnam port would be expanded. Visakhapatnam-Chennai industrial corridor was another major project which would benefit the state enormously and it would be taken up expeditiously, he added.
 
Mr. Gadkari  gave assurance that the Polavaram irrigation project would  be completed before the next General Election in 2019 and the Union Government would render all necessary assistance to the State Government for the purpose.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister thanked the Union Minister and said he was confident that Polavaram project would be completed on time, with the Centre's assistance.
 
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Cabinet nod for swapping of AAI land at Rajahmundry airport with State Govt. for road project

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for the swapping of 10.25 acres of land belonging to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Rajahmundry Airport with equivalent extent of land belonging to the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The proposal is intended to provide road connectivity to the villages around the Rajahmundry Airport, in order to facilitate ease of access to the general public of the area, an official press release said.
 
"The proposal will provide road connectivity and thus, ease of access to the general public of the area, especially facilitating access to farmers to their agricultural land," the release added.
 
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Gadkari to launch National Highway projects worth Rs 4468 crore in Andhra Pradesh

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Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate National Highway (NH) projects worth Rs 1928.46 crore and lay the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 2539.08 crore in Andhra Pradesh on October 3.
 
In addition to this, Mr Gadkari will also lay the foundation stone for the development of the Muktyala-Vijayawada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterway – 4).
 
An official press release said approximately 415 km of national highways would be inaugurated by the Minister and he would lay the foundation stone for another 250 km.
 
The projects include rehabilitation and upgradation of existing national highways, besides construction of a four-lane bypass to Vijayanagaram Town on NH 43 (new NH 26).
 
The release said that, as per a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Andhra Pradesh on April 14, 2016, NW-4 is proposed to be developed in three phases. In the first phase, it will be from Muktyala to Vijayawada (Krishna River), a distance of 82 Km, Vijayawada to Kakinada (Eluru canal & Kakinada canal) and Rajahmundry to Polavaram stretch of Godavari (233 Km) in the second phase and Commamur Canal, Buckingham canal and balance stretches of Krishna & Godavari Rivers (573km) in the third phase.
 
Mr Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for Phase- I on October 3. Work on this phase, development of the 82 km from Muktiyala to Vijayawada stretch has already commenced. Dredging began in the shallow areas in May this year, and the work is expected to be complete by June 2019. 
 
Permission for work on Temporary Terminal Facilities was awarded in August this year and is expected to be completed by June 2018. For the Permanent Terminal Facilities, the work is expected to be awarded by March 2018 and completed by June 2019. Night Navigational aids will be taken up in 2018.
 
The project will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch of NW-4.
 
A proposal for Phase-II has been recommended by IWAI board for PIB/Cabinet. Also, a proposal for the formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for implementation of the project is under consideration for the approval of Cabinet. The SPV is expected to be formed by November 2017.
 
National Waterway 4 was declared in November 2008 for a total length of 1078 km. This length was extended to 2890 km by NW Act-2016.
 
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Infosys Foundation inks Rs. 5.92 crore MoU with Visakha Jilla Nava Nirman Samithi

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Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IT services major Infosys, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Visakha Jilla Nava Nirman Samithi (VJNNS) to construct 100 gravity fed water supply systems in tribal villages of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. 
 
The endowment of Rs. 5.92 crore will be used to promote good sanitation practices and create efficient water management systems in all target villages.
               
VJNNS, an NGO in Andhra Pradesh, aims at making potable drinking water available to remote tribal villages in the districts of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam. Through this partnership, Infosys Foundation intends to provide an impetus to VJNNS’s objective of constructing a gravity fed water supply system that will help 100 tribal villages and 40,000 beneficiaries using pipelines.
 
This will not only help enhance health but also aid in reducing water-borne diseases, a release from the foundation said.
 
Ms. Sudha Murty, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, said, “Drinking water supply and sanitation in India continue to be a key concern. The Foundation endeavors to promote good sanitation practices and aims to train local communities to effectively manage water supply systems through workshops. Under this project, local communities will also be taught to manage a village development fund.”
 
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CCEA nod for six-laning of Narasannapeta-Ranastalam section of NH-6 in Andhra Pradesh

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for development of six laning of Narasannapeta-Ranastalam section of National Highway (NH) – 16 (old NH-5) in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
The cost is estimated to be Rs. 1423 crore including cost of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation and other pre-construction activities. The total length of the six laned road to be developed is approximately 54 km, an official press release said.
 
The release said the work would be carried out under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase V on Hybrid Annuity Mode. 
 
The major industrial development centres that will be benefitted with better connectivity from the project corridor are APIIC SEZ, Pydibhimavaram, Bhogapuram Airport, Vizag Steel Plant, Visakhapatnam Port, Gangavaram Port, Divi's Laboratories Limited & INS Varsha. The projected traffic in 2016-17 on this stretch is about 33000 PCUs per day. 
 
The provision for two by-passes will ensure decongestion of the urban areas of Etcherla and Ranastalam. Similarly, the 29 flyovers and under passes would facilitate fast movement of traffic, it said.
 
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Kovind visits temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh

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President Ram Nath Kovind today said the proposed Ambedkar Skills and Training Academy in this pilgrim town would be a world-class job-oriented centre that will focus on youth from marginalised communities.
 
It will train them in skills that will help them get employment in government and private organisations, he said addressing a civic reception hosted for him at the SV Arts College Ground here.
 
Besides laying the foundation stone for BR Ambedkar Skill Training Academy, he also distributed sanction letters to beneficiaries of the Stand- up India initiative and the Land Purchase Scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Co-operative Finance Corporation.
 
About Stand-Up India, which he described as a very important initiative that provides poor people the chance to become job creators, he noted that entrepreneurship is in the DNA of the society in Andhra Pradesh. “This is the energy of youth that Stand-up India seeks to channelise,” he added.
 
The Land Purchase Scheme of the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Co-operative Finance Corporation provides agricultural land to women members of traditionally marginalised communities. It boosts the earning potential of women and gives them a solid economic asset in the form of a land holding. It also empowers them socially and within the family, Mr Kovind said.
 
The people and history of Andhra Pradesh are a pride for India, he said. “This is a land of great heroes and great achievements. From the Satavahana Empire of ancient times to the leadership of people like T. Prakasam, whom we remember with reverence as Andhra Kesari, this region has given the country so much,” he said.
 
“In recent times, Andhra Pradesh has been fortunate to have given birth to at least two far-sighted political leaders – the late Chief Minister NT Rama Rao and our former Prime Minister, PV Narasimha Rao. Andhra Pradesh’s social and economic achievements in the past few years mirror the transformation of India. Yet, as we march forward, we must ensure that this is a journey for all – and not just a journey for some,” he added.
 
Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Earlier in the day, the President visited the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, within which is the Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women and inaugurated a new hospital building.
 
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Kovind to visit Andhra Pradesh on September 1-2

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Andhra Pradesh for two days on September 1-2, an official press release said.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Kovind will inaugurate the new hospital building of the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) – Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women. On the same day, he will also attend a civic reception and public meeting at Sri Venkateswara Arts College Ground, Tirupati.
 
On September 2, the President will have a "darshan" of Sri Varaha Swamy Varu, Tirumala, before returning to Delhi, the release said.
 
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Depression over Bay of Bengal likely to cross Odisha coast on Tuesday night, cause heavy rains

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The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said the depresssion over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal and coastal areas of Odisha was very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross Odisha coast between Gopalpur and Puri by tonight.
 
A bulletin from IMD, issued at 1130 hours today, remained practically stationary in the past three hours and lay centred near latitude 19.0º N and longitude 86.0 ºE, about 120 km east-southeast of Gopalpur and 80 km south-southeast of Puri. 
 
The bulletin warned that rainfall was very likely over south Odisha during the next 48 hours and over north coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours, with  heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall.
 
It also said that rainfall was very likely at most places in Chhattisgarh, with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall, during the next 24 hours and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy rainfall during the subsequent 24 hours.
 
The bulletin said rainfall was very likely at most places over Telangana and north Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at  isolated places, and over east Madhya Pradesh on July 19-20 and west Madhya Pradesh on July 20-21.
 
The bulletin said squally winds, with speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph, would prevail along an off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours.
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts during the next 48 hours.
 
Fishermen along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts are advised not to venture into sea during the next 48 hours.
 
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Cabinet approves creation of posts of Directors for new AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra

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The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of three posts of Directors in the pre-revised scale of Rs. 80,000 (fixed) {plus NPA Ceiling limit Rs. 85,000} for the three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Mangalagiri near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal and Nagpur in Maharashtra. 
 
An official press release said that, as per the AIIMS Act 1956 amended vide AIIMS (Amendment) Act, 2012, there shall be a Chief Executive Officer of the Institute. He shall be designated as the Director of the Institute and shall be appointed by the Institute provided that the first Director of the Institute shall be appointed by the Central Government. 
 
The Director shall act as the Secretary to the Institute as well as the Governing Body and support proper functioning and governance of the three AIIMS. 
 
The post will be immediately filled up following due procedures. The annual financial implication for each of the post of the Director will be around Rs. 25 Lakhs, as per the 6th Central Pay Commission.
 
The Union Finance Minister in his Budget speech for the year 2014-15 had announced for setting up of four new AIIMS in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The Cabinet had approved establishment of new AIIMS at Mangalagiri near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani in West Bengal and Nagpur in Maharashtra at a cost of Rs. 4949 crore on 07.10.2015. 
 
The three AIIMS are being set up as a part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) launched in 2003 with objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/ reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country.
 
PMSSY has two components: (i) Setting up of AIIMS like institutions (ii) Upgradation of Government Medical Colleges/Institutions. Under this scheme AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress. Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur(Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P) have been sanctioned in 2015 and two AIIMS have been sanctioned in Bathinda and Gorakhpur in 2016 and Assam in 2017. All necessary steps are being taken for creation of the physical infrastructure and creation of faculty and non-faculty position required for operationalization of these three new AIIMS in Nagpur(Maharashtra), Kalyani(West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P). 
 
Design consultants have been appointed for all the three AIIMS on the basis of global bid as per mandate of the Cabinet. The master plans for these AIIMS have also been finalized. Detailed designs are under preparation. Proposals for creation of faculty and non-faculty positions are under consideration/discussion with Department of Expenditure, the release added.
 
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20 dead after truck ploughs into group of protesters in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh

At least 20 people died and several others suffered injuries when the driver of a truck lost control over the wheel and it crashed into an electric pole and then ploughed into a group of protesters, cars and shops at Yerpedu in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday afternoon.

 
20 dead after truck ploughs into crowd in Andhra Pradesh
At least 20 people died and several others suffered injuries when the driver of a truck lost control over the wheel and it crashed into an electric pole and then ploughed into a group of protesters, cars and shops at Yerpedu in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh this afternoon.
 
The mishap occurred around 1.45 pm at Yerpedu, about 25 km from Tirupati, when a large number of people had gathered outside the local police station, located on the Putalapattu-Nayudupeta state highway, to demand action against illegal sand mining activities.
 
According to various accounts, the overladen truck appeared to be speeding when the driver lost control over the vehicle. Several people were run over by the truck while others were electrocuted when they came into high tension electric wires dangling from an electricity pole hit by the truck. Some others suffered burns that broke out in one of the shops hit by the vehicle.
 
The driver and the cleaner of the truck fled from the scene after the accident, sources said.
 
Traffic in the area was disrupted for some hours as a result of the accident, they said.
 
The victims were rushed immediately to nearby hospitals. The condition of some of the injured was stated to be serious.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said he was deeply saddened by the incident. The State Cabinet has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident.
 
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