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ED attaches properties of Viceroy Hotels in Hyderabad

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today said it had attached immovable and movable properties of Viceroy Hotels Limited, Hyderabad worth Rs. 315 crore under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002 in a bank fraud case.
 
A press release from the ED said an investigation under PMLA was initiated on the basis of a first information report (FIR) registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Bank Security and Frauds Cell (BS  &FC) Bangalore against Best & Crompton Engineering Pvt Ltd (BCEPL) and its officials.
 
They are alleged to have entered into a criminal conspiracy during the period from 2010 to 2013 for defrauding and cheating public sector banks Central Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank. The total loss caused to the consortium of banks due to the alleged fraud was to the tune of Rs. 364 crores. BCEPL is a part of the Sujana Group of Companies.
 
According to the release, during the PMLA investigation, searches were carried out at various places in Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and New Delhi at the residential and business premises of the key officials of BCEPL as well as other companies of Sujana Group. 
 
"During these searches incriminating material including documents and electronic devices were seized. In the business premises of Sujana Group at Nagarjuna Hills, Punjagutta Hyderabad, 124 rubber stamps of different companies/entities were seized, including the Rubber Stamps of BCEPL, their LC Beneficiary companies, sundry debtors and trade associates," it said.
 
"Investigations under PMLA revealed that several shell companies were floated and money was circulated among the companies using bogus invoices and part of loan amount was diverted to one M/s Mahal Hotels which is also a shell company floated by the Sujana Group. After circuitous transactions finally the amounts were paid to M/s Viceroy Hotels Ltd in the guise of Business Transaction Agreement between M/s Viceroy Hotels Ltd and M/s Mahal Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
 
"M/s Viceroy Hotels, Hyderabad, admitted their liability towards M/s Mahal Hotels as Rs 315 crores. Accordingly, the properties of M/s Viceroy Hotels Ltd., Hyderabad to the extent of Rs.315 crores (approx.) were provisionally attached under the provisions of PMLA," the release said, adding that further investigations are in progress.
 
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Actor couple Jeevitha, Rajasekhar return to YSRCP

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Actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar on Monday re-joined the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).
 
They called on YSRCP president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy at his Lotus Pond residence and formally joined the party.
 
Rajasekhar later told reporters that they met Jagan after a long time. He said that all the bitterness between them was over now and also admitted that he had behaved immaturely.
 
He remarked that "today's Jagan is different from the earlier Jagan".
 
The couple appealed to people of Andhra Pradesh to give a chance to Jagan to serve them. They exuded confidence in the YSRCP chief to become the Chief Minister and assured him of their support.
 
The couple had joined the Congress in 2008 when Jagan's father Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy was the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh. After YSR's death in a helicopter crash in 2009, they backed Jagan in the revolt against Congress leadership. They were with him when he floated YSRCP but later distanced themselves. 
 
They alleged that Jagan was running the party like a fiefdom.
 
In 2014, Jeevitha and Rajasekhar had joined the Bharatiya Janata Party but were not rewarded with suitable positions.
 
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One of our worst defeats in IPL, says Kohli after loss to Sunrisers

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Sunday termed their 118-run defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad as one of their worst losses ever in the Indian Premier League.
 
"One of our worst losses ever. Literally nothing I can explain. Nothing went right for us from ball one until our last wicket fell in the second innings," Kohli said after the match.
 
Kohli's decision to field first backfired as Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whirlwind centuries to take Sunrisers to 231. In reply, RCB gave a poor account of themselves, being bowled out for 113 in 19.5 overs, with the likes of Kohli (3) and AB De Villiers (1) failing to make a mark. 
 
RCB are still to win a game after three matches and lie at the bottom of the table.
 
"We were outplayed in all departments by a quality side. They showed that they are a champion side -- they were finalists last time and beat us in the final (in 2016). Credit to them (Warner and Bairstow) -- we could have tried a few different things, like pace off the ball," Kohli rued.
 
"But once those guys got in, they just kept going -- you need a few things to go your way, and a few catches fell in between fielders.
 
"They were world-class today and they deserve to be on the winning side."
 
Asked why he did not open the batting, Kohli said: "We thought about that initially as well - I have done well opening the batting but myself at 3 brings that balance in the side, given that I can bat with AB and put the opposition under pressure."
 
RCB next take on Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, and Kohli hoped their fortunes would change from that match onwards.
 
"We just need our players to put up a better challenge up front. There are still 11 games to go. The pitch will be nice in Jaipur against the Royals.
 
"We need to bring our A-game, like we did against Mumbai and play with that kind of intensity. If we go through the motions, we need to do the regular basic stuff, and get results our way and start winning games in the tournament - the next game should be that game for us."
 
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Sunrisers ride to massive win over RCB on Bairstow, Warner tons

Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whirlwind centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cantered to a 118-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
RCB skipper Virat Kohli's decision to field first backfired as Sunrisers -- sans regular captain Kane Williamson -- were on fifth gear from ball one thanks to Bairstow (114; 56b; 12x4; 7x6) and Warner (100 off 55 balls not out; 5x4; 5x6) as the duo recorded the highest IPL opening wicket partnership of 185 runs.
 
Previously, Kolkata Knight Riders' Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn held the record with a 184-run partnership against Gujarat Lions in the 2017 edition.
 
In reply to the SRH's 231, the RCB gave a poor account of themselves, being bowled out for 113 in 19.5 overs, with the likes of Kohli (3) and AB De Villiers (1) failing to make a mark.
 
Colin de Grandhomme was their top-scorer with a 32-ball 37.
 
For the hosts, Mohammed Nabi returned the best figures of 4/11.
 
Coming back to Bairstow-Warner, this was also their third successive hundred-run stand this season, a first in IPL history.
 
Bairstow, notching up his maiden IPL ton, was the aggressor as the England stumper-batsman did not spare any of the visiting bowlers.
 
Warner, for a change, played second fiddle but, once Bairstow was out, he upped the ante in his trademark fashion to bring up his fourth IPL hundred as the home team never let their rivals get a grip of things.
 
The fact that there were only 24 dot balls in the entire innings painted the picture.
 
The pair raced to 59/0 in six overs with Bairstow and Warner going all guns blazing.
 
Prayas Ray Barman, who became the youngest player at 16 years and 157 days in the tournament, was given his first over and the Bengal leggie conceded just six runs.
 
But in his next three, the teenager saw Bairstow bring up his first IPL hundred off 52 deliveries in the 16th over and hit him to every corner of the ground as he finished with figures of 0/56.
 
Bairstow skipped up in the air, punched his fists in celebration and took his helmet off as the packed house rose in adulation of a masterly innings, pedal to the metal from ball one.
 
There was no stopping Bairstow as he tonked Ray Barman for a six in the very next ball after scoring a hundred and also another to end the over.
 
Chahal finally got rid of Bairstow, Umesh Yadav taking a superb diving catch running in from point but the damage was already done.
 
Vijay Shankar (9) looked to continue the carnage by smacking a six off the first ball he faced but was unlucky to get run out. In the end though, it hardly mattered as a Warner changed gears after Bairstow departed and got his century in the last over off Mohammed Siraj.
 
The destructive southpaw, returning to IPL after serving a one-year ban due to his role in ball tampering, walked away to make room for himself and pushed the ball past point and third man for a four.
 
In his typical style, Warner leapt into the air with joy, and acknowledged all the fans around the stadium.
 
Brief scores:
 
Surisers Hyderabad: 231 for 2 in 20 overs (J Bairstow 114, D Warner 100 not out; Y Chahal 1/44); Royal Challengers Bangalore 113 (Colin de Grandhomme 37; Mohammed Nabi 4/11; Sandeep Sharma 3/19)
 
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Bairstow, Warner tons demolish RCB, Sunrisers post 231/2

Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner celebrates his century during the 11th IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 31, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner struck whilrwind centuries as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) made mincemeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowlers to post their highest total of 231/2 in 20 overs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
Put in to bat first by RCB skipper Virat Kohli, Sunrisers -- sans regular captain Kane Williamson -- were on fifth gear from ball one thanks to Bairstow (114; 56b; 12x4; 7x6) and Warner (100 off 55 balls not out; 5x4; 5x6) as the duo recorded an IPL-record opening wicket partnership of 185 runs.
 
This was their third successive hundred-run stand this season. Bairstow, notching up his maiden IPL ton, was the aggressor as the England stumper-batsman did not spare any of the visiting bowlers.
 
Warner, for a change, played second fiddle but once Bairstow was out, upped the ante in his trademark fashion to bring up his fourth IPL hundred as the home team never let their rivals get a grip of things.
 
The fact that there were only 24 dot balls in the entire innings painted the picture.
 
The pair raced to 59/0 in six overs with Bairstow and Warner going all guns blazing.
 
Prayas Ray Barman, who became the youngest plyer at 16 years and 157 days to start the tournament, was given his first over and the Bengal leggie conceded just six runs.
 
But in his next three, the teenager saw Bairstow bring up his first IPL hundred off 52 deliveries in the 16th over and hit him to every corner of the ground as he finished with figures of 0/56.
 
Bairstow skipped up in the air, punched his fists in celebration and took his helmet off as the packed house rose in adulation of a masterly innings, pedal to the metal from ball one.
 
There was no stopping Bairstow as he tonked Ray Barman for a six in the very next ball after scoring a hundred and also another to end the over as he and Warner pulled level with Kolkata Knight Riders' former skipper Gautam Gambhir and current opener Chris Lynn for the IPL record first-wicket partnership.
 
Chahal finally got rid of Bairstow, Umesh Yadav taking a superb diving catch running in from point but the damage was already done.
 
Vijay Shankar (9) looked to continue the carnage by smacking a six off the first ball he faced but was unlucky to get run out. In the end though, it hardly mattered as Warner changed gears after Bairstow departed and got his century in the last over off Mohammed Siraj.
 
The destructive southpaw, returning to IPL after serving a one-year ban due to his role in ball tampering, walked away to make room for himself and pushed the ball past point and third man for a four. 
 
In his typical style, Warner leapt into the air with joy, and acknowledged all the fans around this stadium.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 231 for 2 in 20 overs (J Bairstow 114, D Warner 100 not out; Y Chahal 1/44).
 
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IPL: Samson's ton in vain as Warner takes Sunrisers past Royals in thrilling tie

Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner in action during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad's David Warner in action during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A whirlwind half-century by David Warner, coupled with cameos from Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan, helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by five wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) contest here on Friday.
 
Chasing a stiff 199 for victory, Warner (69; 37b, 4x9, 6x2) set the platform for Sunrisers along with Jonny Bairstow (45; 28b, 4x6, 6x1) before Royals reined the hosts in with some timely wickets to take the match down to the wire. 
 
Vijay Shankar (35; 15b, 4x1, 6x3) did his World Cup chances no harm by keeping Sunrisers in the hunt with some lusty blows, but with 12 needed off 12 balls, Rashid (15*, 8b, 4x1, 6x1) spoiled a brilliant 19th over by Jofra Archer whom he smashed for a four and six to win the game for the hosts with one over to spare.
 
Royals' Sanju Samson, who earlier slammed this season's first century, was left high and dry as Sunrisers completed their highest ever run chase.
 
Warner gave Sunrisers a flying start as the hosts raced to 69/0 after the Powerplay. 
 
Returning to action after a year-long suspension due to his role in a ball tampering row, Warner brought up his 38th IPL fifty off just 26 balls.
 
Warner and Bairstow added 110 runs for the opening wicket before Ben Stokes cramped Warner for room with a well-directed bouncer which the southpaw pulled down the throat of Dhawal Kulkarni at the fine leg boundary.
 
Bairstow followed suit soon after Kulkarni made amends for dropping the England stumper-batsman on 44 with a sharp catch at long-off off Shreyas Gopal.
 
Vijay Shankar and skipper Kane Williamson (14) looked to continue from where the openers had left, with the former playing the aggressor's role to perfection.
 
The duo stitched together 47 runs for the third wicket before both were removed in back-to-back overs by Jaydev Unadkat and Gopal, respectively.
 
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
New batsman Manish Pandey (1) was trapped in front soon after with Sunrisers needing 32 runs off 28 balls.
 
Yusuf Pathan (16*) and Rashid Khan then joined hands to take their team over the line.
 
Earlier, Royals rode on Samson's brilliant unbeaten hundred to post 198/2.
 
Samson (102*; 55b, 4x10, 6x4) notched up his second ton in the competition while Royals' skipper Ajinkya Rahane too cracked a fluent half-century (70; 49b, 4x4, 6x3) to help the hosts recover from a slow start. The pair added 119 runs for the second wicket.
 
Samson, who brought up his ton in the 20th over by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a four, made the most of a reprieve when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Bairstow on 58 in the 17th over by smashing Kumar for 24 runs in the next over (6-4-4-2-4-4).
 
In the last over, Stokes (16* off 9) came to the party by smacking Kumar for two successive fours to get the home team close to the 200-run mark. Samson and Stokes were associated in a 64-run third wicket partnership which came off just 25 balls.
 
Bhuvneshwar (0/55) went for 43 runs in his last two overs as Royals scored 76 runs in the last five overs.
 
Royals lost Jos Buttler (5) early when the in-form England batsman tried to sweep Rashid Khan (1/24) only to lose his leg stumps in the process.
 
Rahane and Samson then took time to get going as the visitors could only manage 75/1 at the halfway stage.
 
But from there on, both batsmen accelerated at brisk pace and after Rahane departed in the 16th over, Samson took the Sunrises bowlers to the cleaners.
 
Brief scores
 
Rajasthan Royals: 198/2 (Sanju Samson 102 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 70) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad 201/5 (David Warner 69, Jonny Bairstow 45, Vijay Shankar 35; Shreyas Gopal 3/27)
 

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IPL: Samson scores ton as Rajasthan Royals post 198/2 against Hyderabad

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson celebrates his century during the eighth IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on March 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Rajasthan Royals rode Sanju Samson's brilliant unbeaten century to post 198/2 in their 20 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here on Friday.
 
Samson, 102 (not out) off 55 balls, scored the first century of this edition's IPL and his second in the competition as skipper Ajinkya Rahane also cracked a half century (70; 49b; 4x4; 3x6) to help the hosts recover from a slow start. The pair added 119 runs for the second wicket.
 
Samson, who brought up his ton in the 20th over by hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a four, made the most of a reprieve when he was dropped by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow on 58 in the 17th over to smash the same bowler for 24 runs in the next over (6-4-4-2-4-4).
 
In the last over, Ben Stokes (16 not out off 9) came to the party by smacking Bhuvneshwar for two successive fours to get the home team close to the 200-run mark. Samson and Stokes associated for a 64-run third wicket partnership off just 25 balls.
 
Bhuvneshwar (0/55), known to be a specialist death bowler, went for 43 runs in his last two overs as Royals scored 72 runs in the last four overs, hitting 13 boundaries.
 
Royals lost Jos Buttler (5) early when the in-form England batsman tried to sweep Rashid Khan (1/24) and lost his leg stump in the process.
 
Rahane and Samson then took time to get going as the visitors could only manage 35/1 in the first six overs.
 
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Samson hit Shahbaz Nadeem and Siddarth Kaul for consecutive sixes in the next two overs as he tried to change gears with Rahane dropping anchor.
 
At the half-way mark, Royals were 75/1 with both batsmen trying to up the ante. Rahane and Samson hit two fours in the 11th over off Kaul and in the next took on Vijay Shankar to collect 13 runs.
 
Rahane clipped the India all-rounder for a maximum over the long leg boundary while Samson drilled a slower one over extra cover.
 
Rahane brought up his fifty off the first ball of the 13th over, picking a single off Rashid while Samson dragged Sandeep Sharma to deep mid-wicket to bring up his half century in the next over.
 
Looking to score big in the last overs, Rahane decided to take on Nadeem and crunched him over deep extra cover for a six off the first ball of the 16th over. But Nadeem had the last laugh as the India Test vice-captain holed out to Manish Pandey at long-on trying to clear the boundary in the last ball.
 
Samson took over from there and, after getting a second life, went berserk.
 
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 198/2 (Sanju Samson 102 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 70) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
 
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IPL: Rajasthan Royals elect to bat first against Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League clash here on Friday.
 
Sunrisers made two changes from their previous match which they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders, with skipper Kane Williamson returning to the team after recovering from a shoulder injury. Shakib Al Hasan made way for the New Zealand captain.
 
Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was also drafted in, with Deepak Hooda making way.
 
Rajasthan Royals named an unchanged team from their controversial first game which they lost to Kings XI Punjab. The game was marred by R. Ashwin 'Mankading' Jos Buttler.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad XI: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson (Captain), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul
 
Rajasthan Royals XI: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, 
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K. Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals look to get campaign on track

Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody, captain Kane Williamson and mentor V. V. S. Laxman during a practice session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on March 23, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Sunrisers Hyderabad head coach Tom Moody, captain Kane Williamson and mentor V. V. S. Laxman during a practice session at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, on March 23, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Having lost their opening game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after dominating most of the match, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will look to come back strongly against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal here on Friday.
 
Both teams lost their opening games and what made matters worse was that, just like SRH, the Royals too, were cruising till the 16th over of the chase before they lost the plot against Kings XI Punjab.
 
Even though KXIP skipper R. Ashwin's decision to ‘Mankad' RR batsman Jos Buttler shifted the focus from the game, what needs to be remembered is how the Royals' batsmen failed to score 39 runs in the last four overs -- a walk in the park in the T20 format, when you have wickets in the bag.
 
Similarly, it was a game in the bag for SRH at the Eden Gardens after a brilliant display of batsmanship from former skipper David Warner on his return to the IPL. But the Sunrisers failed to defend 181 with Andre Russell (49* off 19) and Shubman Gill (18* off 10) taking the Knights home with two balls to spare.
 
Though, what happened in the past must be kept aside and both teams need to look to start afresh. Having lost their first games, both teams will want to come back strongly and get their campaign back on track. 
 
While the bowling is an area that SRH will look to correct, the Royals will want to ensure that they get their batting right.
 
Over-dependence on Buttler or skipper Ajinkya Rahane will not help as in a format like T20, it is important that everyone looks to contribute their bit with bat or ball. 
 
All eyes will also be on SRH's regular skipper Kane Williamson and his recovery from injury. While he missed the first game and Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the team, the Kiwi is expected to be fit for their first home game.
 
The wicket at the Uppal stadium should be a belter as has been seen over the years and it should be a quality display of slam-bang action come Friday.
 
Squads: 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, K. Khaleel Ahmed, T. Natarajan.
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra.
 
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IPL: Russell's blitzkrieg helps KKR beat Sunrisers

Andre Russell spoilt David Warner's dream return to the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 19-ball 49 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens, here on Sunday.
 
Russell (4x4, 4x6) came in to bat with KKR needing 68 off 27 balls. It was chasing 182 for victory in the 16th over just after a set Nitish Rana (68; 47b 8x4 3x6) was removed by Rashid Khan. Rana was sent to open the innings as Sunil Narine faced fitness issues.
 
The T20 specialist then took Siddharth Kaul for 19 runs in the 18th over, followed by 21 off Sunrisers stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar, to bring the equation down to 13 off the last over.
 
Shubman Gill (18 not out) -- who joined hands with Russell for a 65-run fifth wicket stand -- then hit two sixes off Shakib Al Hasan to complete a remarkable chase for the home team with two balls to spare. KKR finished with 183/4 in 19.4 overs.
 
Earlier, Warner, returning from a one-year ban in the IPL, cracked 85 off 53 deliveries (9x4, 3x6) while India all-rounder Vijay Shankar played a useful unbeaten cameo (40; 24 b; 2x4, 2x6) to help the visitors post 181/3.
 
KKR lost destructive opener Chris Lynn early with the Australian failing to tackle a Shakib's arm-ball and giving Rashid Khan an easy catch at cover.
 
Robin Uthappa and Rana then stitched together an 80-run stand off 58 deliveries for the second wicket to keep KKR's chances alive before Uthappa, dropped on 20 by Yusuf Pathan, departed with his off-stump flattened by Siddharth Kaul.
 
Skipper Dinesh Karthik (2) did not last long, chipping a slower one from Sandeep Sharma straight to his counterpart Bhuvneshwar Kumar at cover.
 
In came the big-hitting Russell with KKR still needing 87 off 44 as the brilliant Rana brought up his sixth IPL 50 by picking a single of Sandeep in the 13th over.
 
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Rana seemed unstoppable as the former Mumbai Indians batsman smashed Sandeep for a six and in the next over reverse-swept Rashid Khan for a four before a tower at the high court end lost some lights and play was stopped for 12 minutes.
 
The break cost KKR dear as the momentum broke with Rashid removing Rana plumb in front.
 
In the first innings, it was all about Warner's dream return as the 32-year-old took the KKR bowlers to the cleaners, not even sparing the generally economical Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav.
 
Warner, whose 53-ball 85 was laced with nine fours and three sixes, looked in the zone from the word go and brought up his 37th IPL 50 off just 31 balls with an upper cut over third man off Andre Russell in the ninth over.
 
Warner now has the most 50-plus scores (40) in the IPL history, ahead of Virat Kohli (38). The Aussie also has three tons to his name.
 
The dashing southpaw looked good for a fourth hundred, but Russell came back to get his wicket and help the hosts put a lid on the visitors' run feast. 
 
But Shankar ensured that Sunrisers had enough runs on the board with an unbeaten 40 with Manish Pandey not out on 8, while Yusuf Pathan (1) failed to get going.
 
For the hosts, Russell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/32.
 
Playing for the first time since being banned for one year for his role in a ball-tampering row in South Africa last year, Warner opened his account by flicking Prasidh Krishna towards the deep square leg boundary.
 
In the next over, the 32-year-old hit Piyush Chawla for two fours -- first a cut through extra cover off the back foot and then a delightful cover drive -- to underline his intent.
 
There was no stopping Warner from there on as the former Australia vice-captain made the most of a two reprieves -- he was dropped on 21 by Robin Uthappa at short mid-wicket and Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps on 68 -- to find the gaps with ease and make mincemeat of an otherwise disciplined KKR bowling attack.
 
His new opening partner Jonny Bairstow complemented well by giving Warner the maximum strike as the pair raced to the 100-mark in 10.5 overs in their 118-run opening partnership.
 
Brief scores:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders 183/4 in 19.4 overs (Nitish Rana 68, Andre Russell 49 not out; Rashid Khan 1/26) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 181/3 in 20 overs (David Warner 85, Vijay Shankar 40; Andre Russell 2/32) by 6 wickets
 
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Warner makes roaring comeback as SRH post 181 against KKR

David Warner made a roaring comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) by cracking a stroke-filled 85 as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted 181/3 in 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their campaign opener at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
 
Warner, whose 53-ball 85 was laced with nine fours and three sixes, looked in the zone from the word go and brought up his 37th IPL fifty off just 31 balls with an upper cut over third man off Andre Russell in the ninth over.
 
Warner now has the highest number of 50-plus scores in the IPL.
 
The dashing southpaw looked good for a hundred but Russell came back to get his wicket and help the hosts put a lid on the visitors' run feast. 
 
But India all-rounder Vijay Shankar ensured that Sunrisers had enough runs on the board with an unbeaten 24-ball 40 (2x4, 2x6). Manish Pandey was not out on 8 while Yusuf Pathan (1) failed to get going.
 
For the hosts, Russell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/32.
 
Playing for the first time since being banned for one year due to his role in a ball-tampering row in South Africa last year, Warner opened his account by flicking Prasidh Krishna towards the deep square-leg boundary.
 
In the next over, the 32-year-old hit Piyush Chawla for two fours -- first a cut through extra cover off the back foot and then a delightful cover drive -- to underline his intent.
 
There was no stopping Warner from there on as the former Australia vice-captain made the most of a reprieve -- he was dropped on 21 in the fourth over by Robin Uthappa at short mid-wicket off Lockie Ferguson -- by milking the New Zealand quick for a four through extra cover in the very next delivery.
 
Even the economical Sunil Narine was not spared as Warner welcomed him with back-to-back boundaries to help the visitors race to 54/0 in the Powerplay.
 
Warner brought out his full repertoire, reverse-sweeping Kuldeep Yadav past short third man in his first over before bringing up his 37th IPL 50.
 
Kuldeep was once again clobbered for a maximum in the 10th over as Warner and Jonny Bairstow (39) brought up their 100-run opening stand in 66 balls just after the halfway mark.
 
Bairstow, playing second fiddle to Warner all along, was finally castled by Chawla with a googly in the 13th over.
 
But it hardly seemed to matter as in-form all rounder Vijay Shankar showed his confidence by going down on one knee to slog sweep Narine over mid-wicket for a superb six. 
 
With Warner at the other end, Sunrisers looked good for a big score but Russell sent the danger man back when Uthappa took a brilliant catch at cover in the 16th over.
 
KKR tried to check the run flow in the last four overs but Shankar played some delightful strokes to put Sunrisers in a commanding position.
 
Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 181/3 in 20 overs (David Warner 85, Vijay Shankar 40; Andre Russell 2/32) vs Kolkata Knight Riders
 
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TRS denies tickets to three outgoing MPs

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Thursday announced candidates for all 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana, denying tickets to three outgoing MPs including its leader in Lok Sabha, A. P. Jithender Reddy.
 
Jithender Reddy, who was elected from Mahabubnagar in 2014, was replaced by M. Srinivas Reddy.
 
P. Srinivas Reddy, who was elected from Khammam on a YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) ticket in the previous elections and later joined the TRS, was also dropped.
 
Nama Nageswara Rao, who quit the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Wednesday and formally joined the TRS Thursday morning, was named as the candidate for Khammam in the list announced Thursday night.
 
The TRS has also not fielded Seetaram Naik, the outgoing MP from Mahabubabad. Maloth Kavitha was named as the candidate.
 
Chief Minister and TRS President K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha will seek re-election from Nizamabad while senior leader B. Vinod will contest again from Karimnagar.
 
The TRS has named state minister Malla Reddy's son-in-law Rajasekhar Reddy as the candidate from Malkajgiri. In 2014, Malla Reddy was elected from this constituency on a TDP ticket but later joined the TRS. He was elected to the Assembly in the recent elections and was inducted into the cabinet.
 
Another state minister T. Srinivas Yadav's son Saikiran Yadav will be the candidate from Secunderabad constituency.
 
In a friendly contest against Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad constituency, the TRS named P. Srikant Reddy as its candidate. The ruling party has already made it clear that its target is to win 16 seats, leaving Hyderabad for the MIM.
 
Outgoing MP from Nalgonda, Gutta Sukhender Reddy, who won the seat on Congress ticket in 2014 but defected to the TRS, decided not to contest again for Lok Sabha. V. Narasimha Reddy was named as his replacement.
 
Other TRS candidates are G. Nagesh (Adilabad), N. Venkatesh (Peddapalli), K. Prabhakar Reddy (Medak), B. B. Patil (Zahirabad), Ranjit Reddy (Chevella), P. Ramulu (Nagarkurnool), P. Dayakar (Warangal) and B. Narsaiah Goud (Bhongir).
 
Out of 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state, TRS had bagged 11 in the previous election. One MP each from the TDP, Congress and YSR Congress later joined it while one TRS MP recently switched loyalty to Congress.
 
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Telangana Congress chief to contest from Nalgonda

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The Congress party on Monday night named its Telangana state chief Uttam Kumar Reddy as the candidate from Nalgonda Lok Sabha seat while AICC secretary Madhu Goud Yashki will contest from Nizamabad.
 
The Congress party, which had announced candidates for eight Lok Sabha seats in Telangana on March 15, announced the candidates for eight more seats around midnight.
 
The party has not yet taken a decision on Khammam, from where former Union Minister Renuka Chowdhury is a contender for the party ticket.
 
Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin and actress Vijaya Shanti, both former MPs and among the key aspirants, do not figure in the second list.
 
Uttam Kumar Reddy is currently a member of Telangana state Assembly. Madhu Yashki, who is in-charge of party affairs in Karnataka, will take on Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha in Nizamabad constituency.
 
Komatireddy Venkat Reddy (Bhongir), Mallu Ravi (Nagarkurnool) and Vamshi Chand Reddy (Mahabubnagar), who were defeated in Assembly elections held in December, figured in the second list.
 
Firoz Khan, who too was defeated in Assembly polls, will take on Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi in Hyderabad.
 
Azharuddin was reportedly keen to contest from Secunderabad but the party preferred former MP Anjan Kumar Yadav.
 
The Congress has announced Dommati Sambaiah as the candidate for Warangal seat.
 
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3 Indians killed in NZ mosque attacks, some missing

Two men from Telangana and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.
 
New Zealand police remaining 'highly vigilant and highly visible' after mosque shootings
Two men from Telangana and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.
 
The shootings - the first fatal terror attack in the South Pacific island nation in many decades, was allegedly carried out by Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was charged with murder at a court in Christchurch on Saturday.
 
Ancy Ali, a 25-year-old married woman from Kerala's Thrissur, was among the victims, the Kerala Police said.
 
Ancy, who had migrated to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nassar last year, lived near the mosques that were attacked, an officer at the Kodungalloor police station in Thrissur told IANS.
 
Ancy was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch where her husband was working, the officer said.
 
"We received news from the Special Branch that a woman from here was injured in the shooting. We have now received the news that she has passed away," said the officer who did not wish to be named.
 
Software engineer Farhaj Aslan, who was reported missing following the attacks, was confirmed dead, his family in Hyderabad said on Saturday.
 
"We have received information that my brother was killed in the attack," his elder brother Kashif Ahsan told IANS.
 
The 31-year-old's father Mohammed Sayeeduddin and mother Imtiaz Fatima, who were hoping to hear some good news about his son, were inconsolable.
 
Grieving family members huddled in a corner at the family's house in Nadeem Colony of Toli Chowki area after the family received the shocking news. Relatives and friends were pouring in to console the family.
 
Authorities in Christchurch informed Ahsan's wife Insha Aziz and her uncle, who rushed from Australia, about his death. They were at a hospital in Christchurch, waiting for some information since morning.
 
Ahsan was at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire on worshippers. A father of seven-year-old son and two-year-old daughter, he used to regularly offer Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque as he lives in a nearby neighbourhood.
 
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Another man from Karimnagar town of Telangana was also killed in the attack. Mohammad Imran Khan fell to the bullets at the mosque, according to information reaching his relatives in Karimnagar.
 
Imran, whose family was settled in the US, was engaged in some business in New Zealand for last few years. He was also at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the gunman opened fire.
 
Imran Khan's uncle Manzoor Ahmed Khan received information from his brother's family in US about his death in the Christchurch shootout. The relatives also identified him from one of the pictures on social media.
 
Meanwhile, another man from Hyderabad who was injured in the terror attack was recovering.
 
Ahmed Iqbal Jehangir, who was at the same mosque, sustained bullet injuries in his chest and shoulder.
 
"Alhamdulillah (all thanks to Allah)! He is out of danger and recovering," his brother Mohammed Khursheed Jehangir told IANS here on Saturday.
 
According to information received by Khursheed, a surgery was performed on Ahmed at a hospital in Christchurch to remove a bullet.
 
Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor mosque. His wife and children who stay in the same neighbourhood were safe.
 
Khursheed plans to leave for New Zealand to see his brother.
 
Officials in Gujarat said that there was no word about some people from the state who were understood to be visiting Christchurch and they were awaiting a response from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
 
According to unconfirmed sources, at least four visitors from Gujarat were present at the two mosques in Christchurch when the shootings took place.
 
Mehboob Khokhar, a retired employee of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) and a resident of Ahmedabad's Juhapura, had gone to one of the mosques to offer Friday prayers.
 
"After the attack in the mosque at Al Noor, my brother-in-law Imran and my mother-in-law Begum Akhtar rushed to the hospitals. But we still don't know whether Khokhar is admitted somewhere or is still missing. We have not received any confirmation from the New Zealand authorities yet," said Hafiz Patni, the son-in-law of Khokhar, who's also a resident of Juhapura.
 
It is also believed that a father-son duo from Anand were also present at one of the two mosques when the attack took place.
 
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Two Indians killed in NZ mosque attacks, some missing

A software engineer from Hyderabad and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.
 
New Zealand police remaining 'highly vigilant and highly visible' after mosque shootings
A software engineer from Hyderabad and a woman post-graduate student from Kerala's Thrissur were among the 49 people killed in Friday's terror attacks on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, while the whereabouts of at least two visitors from Gujarat were not known.
 
The shootings - the first fatal terror attack in the South Pacific island nation in many decades, were allegedly carried out by Brenton Tarrant, 28, who was charged with murder at a court in Christchurch on Saturday. 
 
Ancy Ali, a 25-year-old married woman from Kerala's Thrissur, was among the victims, the Kerala Police said. 
 
Ancy, who had migrated to New Zealand with her husband Abdul Nassar last year, lived near the mosques that were attacked, an officer at the Kodungalloor police station in Thrissur told IANS. 
 
Ancy was doing her post-graduation in Christchurch where her husband was working, the officer said.
 
"We received news from the Special Branch that a woman from here was injured in the shooting. We have now received the news that she has passed away," said the officer who did not wish to be named.
 
Software engineer Farhaj Aslan, who was reported missing following the attacks, was confirmed dead, his family in Hyderabad said on Saturday.
 
"We have received information that my brother was killed in the attack," his elder brother Kashif Ahsan told IANS.
 
The 31-year-old's father Mohammed Sayeeduddin, who was hoping to hear some good news about his son, was inconsolable.
 
Grieving family members huddled in a corner at the family's house in Nadeem Colony of Toli Chowki area after the family received the shocking news. Relatives and friends were pouring in to console the family.
 
Authorities in Christchurch informed Ahsan's wife and her uncle, who rushed from Australia, about his death. They were at a hospital in Christchurch, waiting for some information since morning.
 
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Ahsan was at Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when the terrorist opened indiscriminate fire on worshippers. A father of two, he used to regularly offer Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque as he lives in a nearby neighbourhood.
 
Like every day, Sayeeduddin rang up his son, unaware of what was going on at the mosque. "We spoke to him over phone every day around afternoon and today being Friday, I rang him around 8 a.m. but he did not respond," he had told IANS.
 
He then called his daughter-in-law, who informed him that there was an attack at the mosque and that she also tried to reach Ahsan over his mobile phone.
 
She later went to hospital with a picture of her husband and after a long wait, the authorities told her that he is among 19 people missing.
 
Ahsan, who did his MS from Auckland University, worked for various companies and had recently completely a project for a firm in Christchurch.
 
Meanwhile, another man from Hyderabad who was injured in the terror attack was recovering.
 
Ahmed Iqbal Jehangir, who was at the same mosque, sustained bullet injuries in his chest and shoulder.
 
"Alhamdulillah (grateful to Allah)! He is out of danger and recovering," his brother Mohammed Khursheed Jehangir told IANS here on Saturday.
 
According to information received by Khursheed, a surgery was performed on Ahmed at a hospital in Christchurch to remove a bullet.
 
Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor mosque. His wife and children who stay in the same neighbourhood were safe.
 
Khursheed plans to leave for New Zealand to see his brother.
 
Officials in Gujarat said that there was no word about some people from the state who were understood to be visiting Christchurch and they were awaiting a response from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
 
According to unconfirmed sources, at least four visitors from Gujarat were present at the two mosques in Christchurch when the shootings took place.
 
Mehboob Khokhar, a retired employee of the Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) and a resident of Ahmedabad's Juhapura, had gone to one of the mosques to offer Friday prayers. 
 
"After the attack in the mosque at Al Noor, my brother-in-law Imran and my mother-in-law Begum Akhtar rushed to the hospitals. But we still don't know whether Khokhar is admitted somewhere or is still missing. We have not received any confirmation from the New Zealand authorities yet," said Hafiz Patni, the son-in-law of Khokhar, who's also a resident of Juhapura.
 
It is also believed that a father-son duo from Anand were also present at one of the two mosques when the attack took place.
 
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Hyderabad: Forceps found in abdomen of woman who underwent surgery three months ago

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Doctors at the Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here have found a pair of artery forceps in the abdomen of a woman who had undergone a surgery for hernia at the hospital three months ago and kept complaining of severe pain in the weeks that followed.
 
Maheshwari Choudary, 33, of Mangalhat had undergone the surgery at NIMS on November 2 and was discharged ten days later after she had fully recovered.
 
To her initial complaints of severe abdominal pain, doctors told her that it was normal after surgery.
 
But when she again complained of acute pain and rushed to the hospital once more to the hospital last week, doctors conducted tests and took X-ray pictures, which showed the forceps left inside her abdomen during the surgery, hospital sources said.
 
Another team of doctors performed a second surgery yesterday to remove the forceps from her body, they said.
 
The hospital has also set up a committee of senior doctors to conduct an inquiry in the matter.
 
The Punjagutta Police here have also registered a case on the basis of a complaint of negligence filed by the patient's husband, Harshvardhan Choudary.
 
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First Chief Justice of Telangana High Court sworn in

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Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan was on Tuesday sworn in as the first Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, officials said.
 
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered oath to him at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
 
Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, judges, lawyers and senior officials attended the ceremony.
 
Justice Radhakrishnan had been serving as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for both the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since July last year.
 
Narasimhan later left for Vijayawada to administer oath to Justice Praveen Kumar as the acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court.
 
With this, the separate high courts for Telugu states will become functional from Tuesday.
 
The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad had been serving as common high court of the two states since June 2014 when Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated to carve out Telangana.
 
Last week, the Central government issued a notification for bifurcation of the High Court between the two states. 
 
The gazette notification said January 1 would be the appointed day for the Andhra Pradesh High Court which will start functioning from Amaravati while the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad will become the High Court for Telangana.
 
The employees and lawyers of Andhra Pradesh at the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad on Monday reached Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati.
 
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up for immediate hearing a petition filed by Andhra Pradesh Lawyers' Association for postponing the shifting of High Court to Amaravati till the construction of High Court building was completed there.
 
The Supreme Court will take up the petition for hearing on Wednesday. The petitioners say that completion of High Court building could take about 10 months.
 
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Andhra Pradesh, Telangana to have separate high courts from January 1, 2019

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Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will have separate High Courts from January 1, 2019 with an order in this regard signed here today by President Ram Nath Kovind.
 
The order, issued by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice said the President had, under it, constituted a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh from January 1, 2019 with its principal seat in Amaravati.
 
The order was signed by President in exercise of powers conferred under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 30, sub-section (1) of section 31 and sub-section (2) of section 31 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
 
It said the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall become the High Court forthe State of Telangana.
 
The order said that, with  the constitution of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh, the following Judges of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh shall cease to be the Judges of the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad, and shall become the Judges of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh at Amaravati with effect from January  1:
 
(i) Justice RameshRanganathan (presently working as Chief Justice of High Court of Uttarakhand);  (ii) Justice Chagari PraveenKumar; (iii) Justice Sarasa Venkatanarayana Bhatti; (iv) Justice Akula Venkata Sesha Sai; (v) Justice Dama SeshadriNaidu (presently working on transfer as Judge, High Court of Kerala); (vi) Justice Mandhata Seetharama Murti; (vii) Justice UpmakaDurga Prasad Rao; (viii) Justice Talluri Sunil Chowdary; (ix) Justice Mallavolu Satyanarayana Murthy; (x) Justice Gudiseva Shyam Prasad; (xi) Justice Kumari Javalakar Uma Devi; (xii) Justice Nakka Balayogi;  (xiii) Justice Mrs. Telaprolu Rajani; (xiv) Justice Durvasula Venkata Subramanya Suryanarayana Somayajulu; (xv) Justice Mrs. Kongara Vijaya Lakshmi; and (xvi) Justice Manthoj Ganga Rao.
 
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The following Judges shall cease to be the Judges of the common High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad and shall become the Judges of the High Court for the State of Telangana with January 1:
 
(i) Justice Puligoru Venkata Sanjay Kumar; (ii) Justice Mamidanna Satya Ratna Sri Ramachandra Rao; (iii) Justice Adavalli Rajasheker Reddy; (iv) Justice Ponugoti Naveen Rao; (v) Justice Challa Kodandaram Chowdary; (vi) Justice Bulusu Siva Sankara Rao; (vii) Justice Dr. Shameem Akther;  (viii) Justice Potlapalli Keshava Rao;  (ix) Justice Abhinand Kumar Shavili; and (x) Justice Todupunuri Amarnath Goud.
 
The order said Mr. Justice R. Subhash Reddy, who was a Judge of the common High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad and who has been elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of India, had exercised the option for allocation to High Court for the State of Telangana.
 
Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India on June 2, 2014, marking the culmination of decades of struggle in the region for carving out a state from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Article 214 of the Constitution provides that there shall be a High Court for each State.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was enacted with a view to provide for the reorganisation of the existing State of Andhra Pradesh and for matters connected therewith.
 
Clause (a) of section 30 of the said Act provided that the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall be the common High Court for the State of Telangana and the State of Andhra Pradesh till a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh is constituted.
 
Sub-section (1) of section 31 of the Act provided that subject to the provisions of section 30, there shall be a separate High Court for the State of Andhra Pradesh and the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad shall become the High Court for the State of Telangana.
 
Sub-section (2) of section 31 of the Act provided that the principal seat of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh shall be at such place as the President may, by a notified Order, appoint.
 
The Supreme Court had earlier this year held that there is no embargo for the Competent Authority to issue a notification bifurcating the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad into the High Court of Telangana and the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
 
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Pradhan inaugurates ONGC CSR project to promote organic farming

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Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) corporate social responsibility (CSR) project for construction of hostel, classrooms, computer labs and administrative block at the Centre for Agricultural Research and Training in Telangana.
 
The project is expected to benefit more than 3,500 farmers in organic farming, a press release from ONGC said.
 
The centre has been set up by ONGC in collaboration with Eklavya Foundation for training farmers in organic farming using latest technology.
 
“This area is known for toor daal produce, and I dedicate this initiative to my brothers and sisters who are engaged in farming and I hope they will be able to use the facilities created here and understand and adopt modern technology for improving production," Pradhan said on the occasion.
 
The Minister, who is also in charge of Skill Development, championed the cause of skill development of the farmers to promote organic farming in a big way across the country, and said such projects would improve the standard of living of farmers. 
 
He also said that organic farm produce is another area for promoting export of these products with suitable quality controls and market linkages, helping India become a net exporter in organic produce. He said the concept of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ is very close to the heart of this government and will strive to take the project to the entire nation.
 
The release said the CSR project, envisioned by the government, has been supported by ONGC to help India develop a sizeable organic farming market. 
 
ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker said the company was proud to be associated with this kind of project through its CSR proramme to empower people towards inclusive development. “Technology induction in agriculture to foster organic farming will be a game changer. This project will usher in a new beginning in our agri-economy,” he added.
 
Dr. Alka Mittal, Director HR, ONGC, said that, through proper skill development and use of technology, the farmers will be able to migrate to organic farming which will have three-fold benefits -- the farmers will prosper and the quality of life of their families will improve, their consumers will get healthy agro-products and there will be environment conservation as well leading to improved ecosystem in which the entire state of Telangana will flourish.
 
The facility will also reach out to farmers in ONGC operational areas in Andhra Pradesh, training them in organic farming and enrolling them in PGS System, an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system, similar to ISO. The PGS System would certify their farm produce as organic produce and recognize them as export quality internationally.
 
"The project will be immensely beneficial for increasing the scope of organic farming in the entire Telangana and other neighbouring region. This project will help the farmers and local youth to enhance their livelihood by imparting them employment with enhancing vocation skills. The project is being implemented in one of the most backward areas in the region. It will benefit about 3500 farmers, 200 students and consumers in general by way of promoting organic farming," the release added.
 
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SpiceJet introduces new flight connecting Delhi to Prayagraj

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced special daily flights to be operated during the Maha Kumbh Mela between Prayagraj (Allahabad) in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
 
The airline has also announced a host of other new non-stop flights and frequencies connecting Hyderabad to Ahmedabad, Bagdogra and Goa. 
 
The flights on the Delhi-Prayagraj (Allahabad) sector are scheduled to operate from January 6, 2019 to March 30, 2019 while the other flights will start from January 10, 2019.
 
Of the eight new direct flights, the ones between Delhi and Prayagraj and Hyderabad and Goa will operate on all day, while they will be operational on all days of the week except Sundays on other routes.
 
The airline will deploy its Boeing 737 – 700 aircraft on the Delhi- Prayagraj-Delhi route while all the other sectors will be served by Boeing 737 – 800 aircraft, a press release from the airline said.
 
Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales & Revenue Officer - SpiceJet, said, “We are delighted to introduce a new flight on the Delhi-Prayagraj route. The city stands testimonial to India’s glorious history and rich cultural heritage besides being a key pilgrim destination. And we are sure that this flight and the other flights introduced from Hyderabad and Ahmedabad will offer added options and convenience to our customers.”
 
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KCR appoints son as TRS Working President

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Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) President K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday appointed his son K. T. Rama Rao as the Working President of the party.
 
KCR, who decided to focus on national politics, entrusted the key responsibility to his son, popularly known as KTR and seen as number two in the party and the government.
 
The Chief Minister has entrusted the responsibility of taking forward the party in accordance with his plan, to KTR, the most trusted person in the party, according to a statement from the Chief Minister's Office.
 
KCR took this decision with a view to entrust the responsibility of party affairs to a most trusted and efficient person, since he would be preoccupied with the governance activities like expediting construction of irrigation projects and also to implement the electoral promises in letter and spirit, it said.
 
"CM KCR strongly believes and is confident that the working style, the commitment, the direction and leadership qualities of KTR will help in leading the TRS party efficiently and effectively by him in the days to come."
 
The TRS chief took the decision a day after taking over as the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term, following his party's landslide victory in Assembly elections.
 
KTR, only son of KCR, has been re-elected to the Assembly from Sircilla constituency.
 
KTR was Minister for Industry and Information Technology in the previous cabinet. He was likely to be inducted in the new cabinet next week.
 
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K Chandrashekhar Rao takes oath as Telangana CM for second consecutive term

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao during his swearing in ceremony as Chief Minister of Telangana at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on December13, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao during his swearing in ceremony as Chief Minister of Telangana at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on December13, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who led the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a landslide victory in the December 7 Assembly elections, on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second term in a row.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the TRS leader at 1.25 a.m. at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
 
Mohammed Mahmood Ali, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also took oath as a Minister. Ali, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous cabinet, is likely to retain the same post.
 
KCR, as Rao is popularly known, took oath in Telugu while Ali completed the formalities in Urdu.
 
TRS leaders in the audience raised slogans of "Long live KCR" and "Jai Telangana" as the 64-year-old finished taking the oath.
 
KCR is likely to expand his cabinet next week. The TRS retained power by winning 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly.
 
KCR's wife Shobha Rao, son K. T. Rama Rao, daughter K. Kavitha, nephew T. Harish Rao and other family members attended the ceremony.
 
After the swearing-in, a group of priests blessed KCR and presented him 'prasadam'.
 
KCR had taken oath as Telangana's first Chief Minister on June 2, 2014, the day when Telangana came into being as India's 29th state.
 
He went for a dissolution of the Assembly on September 6 this year, eight months before its term was to end. His gamble for early polls paid rich dividends.
 
Newly elected legislators of TRS, top party leaders, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President Asaduddin Owaisi, Chief Secretary S. K. Joshi, Director General of Police Mahender Reddy and senior officials attended the ceremony.
 
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KCR takes oath as Telangana CM for second consecutive term

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K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Thursday took oath as the Chief Minister of Telangana for a second term in a row.
 
Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader at a ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
 
Mohammed Mahmood Ali, a member of Telangana Legislative Council, also took oath as a Minister.
 
Ali, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the previous cabinet, is likely to retain the same post.
 
KCR, as he is popularly known, is likely to expand his cabinet next week. The TRS retained power by winning 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly in the recent elections.
 
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KCR to take oath as Telangana CM on Thursday

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K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who led the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a massive win in the Telangana Assembly elections, will take oath as the Chief Minister of India's youngest state for a second consecutive term on Thursday.
 
He will take oath at a ceremony to be held at 1.30 p.m. at Raj Bhavan. Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan will administer him the oath of office and secrecy.
 
The newly elected legislators of TRS on Wednesday elected KCR their leader at a meeting held at the Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters.
 
The TRS chief told reporters after the meeting that since the Election Commission has to issue a Gazette notification, the constitution of a full-fledged cabinet may take few days.
 
He said he would take the oath along with a colleague on Thursday.
 
KCR also sent his resignation to the Governor to facilitate formation of the new government and his swearing-in.
 
The TRS chief said he would try to give representation to all sections in the cabinet.
 
The state can have maximum 18 members in the cabinet due to the Constitutional restruction. He, however, felt that the cabinet size was proving insufficient and there was a need to increase the numbers.
 
A delegation of TRS leaders met the Governor and presented a resolution passed at the TRS Legislature Party meeting, unanimously electing KCR as its leader.
 
Earlier, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar and Election Commission's Principal Secretary S. K. Rudola met the Governor and submitted the list of newly elected legislators.
 
TRS has bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly in the elections held on December 7.
 
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TRS juggernaut crushes Congress, gets absolute majority

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K. Chandrashekhar Rao led his Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to a resounding victory, crushing Congress-led alliance in India's youngest state, riding high on Telangana pride and welfare schemes.
 
Beating all expectations of pre-poll surveys and exit polls, the TRS bagged 88 seats in the 119-member Assembly to retain the power with more than two-thirds majority.
 
The gamble for early polls appeared to have paid rich dividends for the regional party, which received the massive mandate in the first general election in the four-year-old state.
 
The Congress-led People's Front, which was expected to give a tough fight to the TRS, managed only 21 seats.
 
TRS chief and Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao, who was re-elected from Gajwel constituency, termed the massive win as "people's victory". He said this was a positive vote for the work done by TRS for the welfare and development.
 
"This victory has added responsibility on us to fulfil the aspirations of people," he said and claimed that with all sections of people backing the TRS, the result had shown the way to the nation for a non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and non-Congress alternative.
 
KCR's son K. T. Rama Rao and nephew Harish Rao also retained Sircilla and Siddipet constituencies. However, four of KCR's other cabinet colleagues were defeated as also Assembly Speaker S. Madhusudana Chary.
 
The TRS had bagged 63 seats in 2014 but increased its tally to 90 with over two dozen MLAs from other parties crossing over to the ruling party. It had fielded all sitting legislators and most of them retained their seats.
 
The party recorded massive victory in all regions. Barring Khammam district, it made almost a clean sweep in north Telangana and dominated south Telangana. It also made huge inroads in Greater Hyderabad, where the TDP-BJP alliance had won majority of seats in the previous election.
 
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People rejected the alliance between the Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as the four-party People's Front faced a severe drubbing.
 
The Congress won just 19 seats, two less than its tally in 2014. Many top leaders of Congress party including those seen as chief ministerial candidates were defeated. They include floor leader in the dissolved Assembly K. Jana Reddy, party's state working presidents Revanth Reddy and Ponnam Prabhakar and former Central minister Sarve Satyanarayana.
 
The TDP, which had won 15 seats in 2014 elections, bagged only two seats. Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and Communist Party of India (CPI), two other constituents of People's Front, drew a blank.
 
BJP, which had five seats in the dissolved Assembly, could retain only one seat.
 
Continuing its domination in Hyderabad, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) retained all seven seats it held in the dissolved House.
 
As many as 73.20 per cent of 2.80 crore electorate voted in the elections held in all 119 constituencies on Friday.
 
The Governor had dissolved the Assembly in September on the Chief Minister's advice, eight months before its term was to end.
 
Initially focussing on welfare and development schemes, KCR made Telangana pride a key issue when the TDP joined hands with the Congress.
 
Portraying TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as an enemy of Telangana's interests, the TRS chief had urged people not to allow outsiders to decide their future.
 
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