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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.

Janardhana Reddy sent to judicial custody till Oct 3

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A special court here today sent former Karnataka Minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law and Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) Managing Director B Srinivas Reddy to judicial custody till October 3 in an illegal mining case.

India slips to 5th spot in ICC ODI rankings; lowest in 3 years

The Indian team's failure to register a single win in the one-day series against England has reduced the World Champions to slip to the fifth spot in the latest ICC one-day rankings issued today, their lowest position in three years.


"It is Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side's lowest ranking since October 2008 when it spent three months at the number five position to sum up a disappointing summer in England where it slipped from number one position in the ICC Test Championship to third spot after losing all the four matches," the ICC said in a statement.


India entered the series in third position on 117 ratings points and finished on 112 points after they lost the second, third and fifth ODIs while the first match at Chester-le-Street was washed-out and the fourth at Lord's had ended in a tie.


In contrast, after remaining unbeaten in the entire series, the English side have earned six rating points to gain a place and move to the fourth spot, three points behind third-ranked South Africa.


However, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side will have a chance to not only reclaim lost ground but potentially move to second depending on how it performs in the five-ODI series against England which starts at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on October 14.


But India will also have an eye on how the three-ODI series between South Africa and Australia, which starts at Centurion on October 19, pans out.


Meanwhile, Pakistan have gained one ratings point for their 3-0 win against Zimbabwe. However, there is no change in their ranking as they stay in sixth position - 11 behind India and as many ahead of seventh-ranked New Zealand.


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PM calls up Azharuddin to condole son's death

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today spoke with Congress MP and former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin, whose son Ayazuddin, 19, died yesterday after being critically injured in a motorcycle accident last Sunday.


Official sources said the Prime Minister called up Azharuddin over the telephone and condoled the death of his son.


Azharuddin is currently a member of the Lok Sabha representing the Moradabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh.


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Azharuddin's son Ayazuddin dies of injuries suffered in motorcycle accident

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Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Mohammed Ayazuddin died in a private hospital here today of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident on Sunday.

"Mr Mohammed Ayazuddin expired at 1151 am on 16-09-2011 due to hypoxic encephalopathy following road traffic accident," the Apollo Hospital said in a statement.

Ayazuddin, 19, a promising young cricketer, was critically injured on Sunday morning when his Suzuki high-power sports bike skidded off the Ring Road. His cousin, Ajmal-ur-Rahman, who was riding pillion, had succumbed to his injuries soon after being admitted to hospital.

Yesterday, Dr K Hari Prasad, the CEO of the Apollo Hospital, had said in a bulletin that brain function tests conducted on Ayazuddin indicated brain dysfunction.

Ayazuddin had been brought to the hospital in an unconscious state and his neurological status (following hypoxia due to cardiac arrest prior to arrival at the hospital) had remained a cause of grave concern throughout the last five days.

He had multi-organ failure and was being continuously monitored by a multi-specialty team round the clock. His vital parameters were being maintained with supports and he remained on a ventilator.

Two days ago, the hospital had said that Ayazuddin had continuous bleeding from the injury to the left kidney and a left nephrectomy had been performed on him.

According to it, Ayazuddin was admitted to the hospital on Sunday in a "collapsed state" with "polytrauma" following the accident.

It said he had had multiple cardiac arrests and was revived following multiple interventions and massive blood transfusions. He has extensive chest and kidney injury, the bulletin had said on Monday.

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Ayazuddin's status still critical, doctors hint at brain dysfunction

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son, Mohammed Ayazuddin, who was critically injured in a road accident here on Sunday, continued to be in a "critical" condition, the Apollo Hospital here said.


Dr K Hari Prasad, the CEO of the hospital, said in a bulletin this evening that brain function tests conducted on Ayazuddin, the 19-year-old second son of Azharuddin, indicated brain dysfunction.


Ayazuddin met with the accident when his Suzuki high-power sports bike skidded off the road. His cousin who was riding pillion died in the mishap.


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Azharuddin's son remains in critical condition in Hyderabad hospital

Doctors treating former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Ayazuddin, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, said today that his status continued to remain critical.


Dr Hari Prasad, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, where Ayazuddin, 19, has been admitted, said he remained unconscious and his neurological status (following hypoxia due to cardiac arrest prior to arrival at the hospital) continued to be a cause of grave concern.


"He is being continuously monitored by a multi-specialty team round the clock. His vital parameters are being maintained with supports and he continues to be on the ventilator," he added.


Yeserday, the hospital had said that Ayazuddin had continuous bleeding from the injury to the left kidney and a left nephrectomy had been performed yesterday morning.


On Monday, the hospital had said that Ayazuddin, the second son of Azharuddin, had multi-organ failure and was being supported with medication and other treatment to maintain his vital functions. It had said that the prognosis and outcome were guarded due to the severity of the injury.


According to it, Ayazuddin was admitted to the hospital on Sunday in a "collapsed state" with "polytrauma" following the accident.


It said he had had multiple cardiac arrests and was revived following multiple interventions and massive blood transfusions. He has extensive chest and kidney injury, the bulletin had said on Monday.


Meanwhile, Azharuddin, now a Congress Lok Sabha member from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, flew in here from London early on Monday. His sister's son Ajmal-ur-Rahman, 16, was killed in the same accident.


Ayazuddin met with the accident when his Suzuki high-power sports bike skidded off the road. His cousin Ajmal was riding pillion. Ayazuddin is Azharuddin's son from his first wife Noureen.


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Azharuddin's son continues to be in critical condition in Hyderabad hospital

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Doctors treating former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin's son Ayazuddin, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, said today that he continued to be in a critical condition.

A bulletin issued by the Apollo Hospital here this evening said Ayazuddin has remained unconscious and his neurological status (following hypoxia due to cardiac arrest prior to arrival at the hospital) continued to be a cause of grave concern.

"He is being continuously monitored by a multi-specialty team round the clock. He had continuous bleeding from the injury to the left kidney and left nephrectomy was performed this morning. His vital parameters are being maintained with supports and he continues to be on the ventilator. His status remains to be critical," the bulletin added.

Yesterday, the hospital had said that Ayazuddin, the 19-year-old second son of Azhaurddin, had multi-organ failure and was being supported with medication and other treatment to maintain his vital functions. It had said that the prognosis and outcome were guarded due to the severity of the injury.

According to it, Ayazuddin was admitted to the hospital on Sunday in a "collapsed state" with "polytrauma" following the accident.

It said he had had multiple cardiac arrests and was revived following multiple interventions and massive blood transfusions. He has extensive chest and kidney injury, the bulletin had added yesterday.

Meanwhile, Azharuddin, now a Congress Lok Sabha member from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, flew in here from London early yesterday and rushed to the hospital after consoling his sister, whose 16-year-old son, Ajmal-ur-Rahman, was killed in the accident.

Ayazuddin met with the accident when his Suzuki high-power sports bike skidded off the road. His cousin Ajmal was riding pillion.

Ayazuddin is Azharuddin's son from his first wife Noureen.

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CBI court rejects bail pleas of Janardhan Reddy, Srinivas

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In a setback to mining baron and former Karnataka Minister Gali Janardhan Reddy and Obalpuram Mining Co (OMC) Manging Director B V Srinivas Reddy, the Nampally special Court for CBI cases today rejected their bail petitions and remanded them to six days in custody till September 19 as sought by the investigating agency.

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