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Air India introduces Delhi-Vijayawada flight via Hyderabad

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A new flight from Delhi to Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh via Hyderabad and a new hub and spoke flight between Chennai and Delhi as well as a direct flight between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram are some of the highlights of national carrier Air India's winter schedule which will come into effect on October 30.

The new service, AI 544 on the Delhi-Hyderabad-Vijayawada sector will leave Delhi on all days except Tuesdays at 1255 hours and reach Hyderabad at 1505 hours, leave Hyderabad at 1550 hours and reach Vijayawada at 1630 hours.

On Tuesdays, it will leave Delhi at 1335 hours, reach Hyderabad at 1535 hours, leave Hyderabad at 1605 hours and reach Vijayawada at 1650 hours.

In the return direction flight AI-840 will leave Vijayawada on all days except Tuesdays at 1705 hours and reach Hyderabad at 1750 hours. On Tuesdays, the flight will leave Vijayawada at 1735 hours and reach Hyderabad at 1825 hours. However, it will leave Hyderabad daily at 1910 hours and reach Delhi at 2120 hours.

An Air India press release said that, for the convenience of international travelers, Air India will be introducing a new hub and spoke flight on the Chennai-Delhi sector in the new schedule to enable them to connect international flights departing from the T3 Terminal.

AI flight 043 will leave Chennai daily from Anna International Terminal at 2130 hours and reach Delhi at 0015 hours. Similarly, AI flight 042 will leave Delhi at 1805 hours and arrive Chennai at Anna International Terminal at 2045 hours. This will be in addition to the existing hub and spoke flight AI 143 / AI 142 operated between Chennai and Delhi, it said.

International passengers can complete immigration / customs formalities on arrival / departure ex-Anna International Terminal while travelling on the above flights.

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Air India will be introducing a direct flight between Chennai and Thiruvananthapuram instead of the circular flights earlier. The new daily service AI-513 will leave Chennai at 0530 hours and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 0630 hours. In the return direction, flight AI 514 will leave Thiruvananthapuram at 0700 hours and arrive Chennai at 0800 hours.

According to the release, the airline will be operating an A320 flight on the Chennai-Visakhpatnam-Chennai sector offering more capacity on this sector. Flight AI-551 will leave Chennai daily at 1120 hours and reach Visakhapatnam at 1230 hours. In the return direction, the flight AI-552 will leave Visakhapatnam at 1305 hours and arrive Chennai at 1420 hours.

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Truck carrying uranium peroxide in minor accident, no spillage: DAE

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A trailer truck carrying uranium peroxide met with a minor accident on national highway 5 at Narsinghpeta in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh yesterday morning, but there has been no release of radioactivity or radiation from the container, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) said today.

"In fact all the drums containing the radiochemical are intact and no spillage has taken place," the DAE statement said.

According to it, the truck was on its way from Uranium Corporation of India Ltd., Jaduguda in Jharkhand to the Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad when the mishap occurred at about 0815 hours yesterday.

It said the power unit of the trailer truck (engine and driver's cabin) got partially damaged.

"There has been no impact on the container and the drums containing uranium peroxide," it said.

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The statement said a team of health physicists from Orissa Sand Complex (OSCOM) of Indian Rare Earths Ltd (IREL) reached the site immediately and confirmed after measurements that there had been no release of radioactivity or radiation from the container.

Alternate power unit has already been dispatched to the site of accident to continue the travel of the trailer, it said.

The trailer, as per normal practice, was being escorted by eight armed personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in two separate vehicles.

Additional security has been arranged for the truck to provide protection to the truck at the site on round the clock basis till its movement restarts, the statement added.

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Telangana stir: State govt. employees call off strike

The 42-day-old strike launched by Andhra Pradesh government employees in the Telangana region as part of the "Sakala Janula Samme" for a separate state was called off in the presence of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy here tonight.

The employees ended their strike after the government reportedly agreed to their nine demands, excluding the Telangana state, as the subject is not in the purview of the state government, sources said.

The employees, who had launched the strike on September 13, announced that they would be back to work from tomorrow.

Earlier the Telangana Employees Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders had marathon nine-hours talks with the Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha since this morning and later met the Chief Minister after the talks ended fruitfully.

The employees' leaders later signed an agreement on calling off the strike in the presence of the Chief Minister and the Cabinet Sub-Committee members.

The demands agreed to by the state government included one on treating the strike period of 42 days as "extraordinary leave".

The Chief Minister also agreed to cancel the orders of transfers and deputations made during the strike period.

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Reliance MediaWorks to manage, operate Annapurna Studios

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Film and entertainment services company Reliance MediaWorks today said it had partnered with Annapurna Studios, a leading film and television studio and production house in Hyderabad, to manage and operate their studio facilities.

Reliance will also operate and expand the digital post-production facility at the studios, a press release from the company said here today.

Annapurna Studios was founded by legendary Telugu actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao and is a leading provider of various production facilities, including sound stages, outdoor sets, editing and sound recording theatres to the Telugu entertainment industry.

Telangana strike evokes partial response in Hyderabad

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The strike called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC), which is spearheading the demand for a separate state, today evoked mixed response in the city while normal life was affected in other Telangana districts in Andhra Pradesh.

A day's "bandh" was called by the TJAC in protest against alleged police "excesses" against Telangana activists and Congress MPs who took part in the rail blockade organised by them earlier this month.

Government offices continued to be affected as the Telangana employees continued their "Sakala Janula" strike which entered the 35th day today. While banks and insurance firms reported thin attendance, private offices were functioning normally.

Telangana stir: 3-day rail blockade begins, leaders arrested

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Ignoring the state government's warnings of severe action under the Railway Act 1989, several Telangana political leaders, including those from Congress, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) leaders participated in the three-day rail blockade which began in the region today.

Amidst tension, police arrested hundreds of Telangana activists, including party leaders, across the Telangana region under the Act.

K Kavita, President of Telangana Jagruti, a cultural outfit of TRS, and daughter of TRS chief K Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR), was among the first to be arrested when she along with others squatted on the railway track at Moula Ali in the outskirts of the city.

AP CM appeals to employees to end strike on Telangana

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today appealed to state government employees, teachers and workers in Telangana region to end their 28-day-old general strike launched for the cause of a separate state as the Centre was seized of the matter.

"I appeal to all the employees unions and teachers through the media to end the strike as the centre is holding consultations to find out a solution early to the statehood issue," he told a press conference here.

Mr Reddy said consultations with Congress leaders had already been held. The Telangana issue was sensitive in nature and the Centre would think from all angles before arriving at a decision, he said.

Telangana stir: Major APSRTC union decides to call off strike

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In a relief to the travelling public, the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) National Mazdoor Union (NMU) has decided to call off its 22-day-old strike after talks between the state government and the union leaders here today.

The APSRTC unions were on strike from September 19 in support of the "Sakalu Janula Samme" (general strike) for the cause of a separate Telangana state.

With the major union in the corporation deciding to call off the strike, the APSRTC buses are expected to be back on roads from this evening or tomorrow morning.

CBI files case against Dayanidhi Maran, raids premises

File photo of Dayanidhi Maran.
File photo of Dayanidhi Maran.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today conducted raids on the premises of former Union Communications Minister Dayanidhi Maran after registering a case against him in connection with Aircel-Maxis deal.

The CBI sleuths conducted raids at several of his premises in New Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Last month, the CBI had told the Supreme Court that it plans to file a formal case soon against Mr Maran.

However, when contacted CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra did not confirm the raids.

Mr Maran is being investigated for allegedly pressuring the former owner of Aircel to sell his company to an industrialist from Malaysia who is known to be close to Mr Maran and his brother Kalanidhi, the chairman of the Sun TV group.

The complaint against Mr Maran was filed by C Sivasankaran, who alleges that as Communications Minister, Mr Maran did not sanction licences critical for his business and coerced him to sell Aircel in 2005.

The CBI alleged that Mr Maran deliberately delayed the licences to Aircel and that he  unduly favoured Maxis and in return investments were made by the company in Sun TV. Kalanidhi Maran is the promoter of the Sun TV Network.

A huge investment of Rs 600 crore flowed into Sun TV network and is believed to be a "kickback".

Aircel, which was denied a pan-India telecom licence earlier, was able to enter all circles after the Maxis takeover, Mr Sivasankaran had alleged.

Mr Maran was the Communications Minister between May 2004 and May 2007. He was forced to resign as the Union Textiles Minister in July this year after the CBI said it was investigating a complaint against him filed by Mr Sivasankaran.

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Telangana stir enters 27th day, RTC employees to continue strike

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The "Sakalu Janula Samme" (general strike) launched in support of the demand for a separate Telangana state entered the 27th day today even as Telangana Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) Joint Action Committee (JAC) announced that it would continue its strike.

The RTC JAC met here today to review the situation as about 10,000 buses were not plying in the Telangana region since September 19 and was causing huge loss to the corporation.

However, the JAC leaders have decided to continue the strike till the Centre announced the formation of separate Telangana state.

Sania Mirza undergoes knee surgery in Hyderabad

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza

Injury-prone Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza today underwent an arthroscopic surgery on her left knee at a corporate hospital here today.

Her father Imran Mirza told UNI the surgery was successful and the entire family, including her husband Shoaib Malik, were present when the procedure was undertaken.

Sania suffered a ligament tear midway through the US Open which put her out of action for several weeks now.

This is the second time that she has been operated upon. She bounced back after an arthroscopic procedure in 2006.

Mr Mirza was hopeful the operation would enable his daughter to return to the courts sooner than later.

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General strike for separate Telangana state continues for 25th day

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The "Sakalu Janula Samme" (general strike) in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh in support of the demand for a separate state continued for the 25th day today.

Government employees, teachers, workers in Singareni coal mines and the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) continued their strike to pressurise the Centre to initiate the formation of Telangana state.

After a break for Dussehra festivities, the protests resumed in the region today with the striking employees taking out rallies and holding demonstrations in various districts.

Excise employees join Telangana strike, life crippled in region

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Thousands of employees of the Excise Department in the Telangana region today joined the "Sakalu Janula Samme" (general strike) which entered the 23rd day today in support of the demand for a separate state of Telangana to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

Life was cripplied due to the strike in the Telangana region. Among other things, buses of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) in the region were off the roads for the 17th day today.

Sources said that Excise Department employees, from constables to joint commissioners, joined the strike and if it was continued for the next few days, liquor shops in the region would be closed for want of supply.

"It will be a complete strike with no employee attending to his duties," Telangana Excise Employees' Joint Action Committee (JAC) Chairman A Chandraiah Goud told mediapersons.

Liquor supply to the retailers across the region and even parts of Rayalaseema region is expected to come to a halt as the liquor is supplied from distilleries and breweries to the depots only after excise employees give their clearance.

The sources also said the excise strike is likely to cause a revenue loss of Rs 50 crore every day to the state government.

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The loss of excise revenue will come as a big blow to the government which is already losing revenues of over Rs 200 crore every day due to the general strike. This is in addition to Rs 25 crore daily loss to the state-owned Singareni Collieries due to lack of coal production.

The APSRTC is incurring a loss of between Rs 7 crore and Rs 8 crore daily as its buses remained off the roads in Telangana region.

Nearly eight lakh employees of the government - including teachers, workers of Singareni and APSRTC - are on strike demanding the creation of a separate Telangana state.

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CBI court extends remand of Janardhan, Srinivas till Oct 17

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The Nampally special CBI court here today extended the judicial remand of former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy and his brother-in-law and Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) Managing Director B V Srinivas Reddy in the illegal mining case till October 17.

Girl student commits suicide in support of Telangana cause

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An 18-year-old-girl student allegedly committed suicide by immolating herself at Koheda village in Ranga Reddy district here today in support of the demand for a separate state of Telangana.

TRS chief stages protest at Rajghat demanding Telangana state

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Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrashekhar Rao today staged a protest at the Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi here, demanding a separate Telangana state even as the agitation over the demand for a separate state entered its 20th day in Andhra Pradesh.

Andhra Pradesh Minister Venkatreddy resigns for Telangana cause

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Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure Minister Komatireddi Venkatreddy today resigned from the state Cabinet citing the failure of the Congress High Command in making an announcement on the formation of a separate state of Telangana.

Telangana stir: Life in Hyderabad, Secunderabad paralysed by strike

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Normal life in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad was paralysed today in response to a call given by the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (JAC) for intensifying the "Sakala Janula Samme" (General Strike) for the cause of a separate Telangana state, which entered the 18th day today.

32 TDP MLAs quit to press demand for separate Telangana state

As many as 32 legislators of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Telangana region resigned from Assembly afresh this evening.

The legislators met Assembly Secretary Raja Sadaram and submitted their resignations.

The TDP Telangana legislators met at their office inside the Assembly this morning and decided to submit their resignations after more than six hours of discussions.

The legislators said they would bring pressure on Speaker Nadendla Manohar to accept their resignations forthwith.

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Telangana stir hits IT sector, industries shut down

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The Telangana people's strike (Sakaulu Janula Samme), which entered the 14th day today, hit the Information Technology sector today when pro-Telangana activists organised a road blockade in the Hitech City and prevented employees of various multi-national companies from going to work.

After rail blockade, Telangana region to witness industrial strike

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The two-day rail blockade and the strike by autorickshaw drivers in support of the demand for a separate state of Telangana ended today and the Telangana Political Joint Action Committee (TPJAC) announced a two-day industrial strike from tomorrow.

Normal life affected due to general strike by Telangana activists

Normal life in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh was affected for the second consecutive day today due to the two-day rail blockade called by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) in support of their demand for a separate state.


Telangana stir hits people hard, transport system disrupted

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Commuters across the Telangana region had a harrowing time as the rail blockade and an autorickshaw strike, which began today, virtually brought the public transport system to a grinding halt on the 12th day of the agitation for a separate state.

Public transport system disrupted in Telangana region

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The two-day "rail roko" and "auto bandh" in support of the ongoing agitation for a separate Telangana state evoked a mixed response with vehicular movement in the ten districts of the region disrupted drastically.

General strike for separate Telangana state turns violent

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The general strike across the ten districts of Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh in support of a separate state today turned violent with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) workers clashing in several places, leading to a police lathi-charge in Warangal.

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