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High performance computing system Dhruva-3 inaugurated

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Dhruva-3, the latest in a series of indigenous high-performance computing systems, designed and set up by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO), was inaugurated in Hyderabad yesterday by DRDO Director General Avinash Chander, who is also the Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister.
 
The new system was inaugurated at the Advanced Numerical Research and Analysis Group (ANURAG) in Hyderabad.
 
Mr Chander said Dhruva-3 is a high-end facility and very useful for the design of aircraft, particularly Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) and other such aircraft where analysis of aerodynamics at high speed and under different conditions is required.
 
“It is one of the fastest computing facilities in the country and will also play a very good role in cyber security and information processing," he said.
 
Mr Chander appreciated the multi-dimensional capabilities acquired by ANURAG while retaining its core strength. He also visited various Work Centres in ANURAG and saw the indigenous microprocessors, System-on-Chips and Trusted Computing Systems developed by ANURAG. 
 
Dr K D Nayak, Distinguished Scientist & DG (Microelectronic Devices and Computational Systems), Mr C  VS Sastry, Outstanding Scientist & Director ANURAG and other senior DRDO officials were present during the event.
 
Mr Sastry said Dhruva-3 would be used for designing aero-frame structures, stress analysis of materials and simulation of complex systems. 
 
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Legendary Telugu film actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao passes away

Legendary Telugu film actor, producer and writer Akkineni Nageswara Rao, popularly known as ANR, passed away at a private hospital in Hyderabad on Wednesay morning.

Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
Legendary Telugu film actor, producer and writer Akkineni Nageswara Rao, popularly known as ANR, passed away at a private hospital here this morning.
 
He was 90. He is survived by three daughters and two sons, one of whom is actor Nagarjuna. His wife Annapurna had predeceased him in 2011.
 
The actor, who was suffering from cancer, was rushed to the Care Hospital here around 2 am today after his condition worsened.
 
Sources at the hospital told NetIndian that he breathed his last at 2.45 am today.
 
His body was shifted to his residence and will be later kept at his Annapurna Studio here for his fans and admirers to pay their last respects.
 
Nageswara Rao had acted in 256 films during a long and distinguished career that lasted nearly 75 years. He had also appeared in several Tamil films.
 
Nageswara Rao was honoured by the Government with the Padma Vibhushan, the nation's second highest civilian honour, in 2011 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the top honour in Indian cinema, in 1990.
 
Born on September 20, 1923, Nageswara Rao was the youngest of five brothers in a poor farming family. His formal education was limited to primary schooling because of his parents' poor economic condition.
 
He started out as a stage actor, specialising in playing female characters because women, at that time, were not allowed to act.
 
Akkineni Nageswara Rao Passes Away
He had acquired quite a bit of fame as a stage artiste when a chance meeting with well-known producer Ghantasala Balaramaiah at the Vijayawada railway station led to a role in Dharmapatni, his first film, at the age of 17.
 
Over the next seven decades, he built an unparalleled career, winning three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards along the way and travelling all over the world.
 
He is also credited with helping Telugu films move out of Chennai by building a base for them in Hyderabad. He established his own 22 acre production house, named Annapurna Studios after his wife, to facilitate this process.
 
During his career, Nageswara Rao played  a variety of roles, from a charming prince to a frustrated alcoholic lover, from a brave soldier to a saint, and from a college student to a government official. He did many mythological roles, including as Abhimanyu, Lord Vishnu, Narada and Arjuna. He also appeared in several comic roles as he emerged as the first Telugu superstar.
 
Some of the films in which he appeared are Maya Bazaar, Chenchu Lakshmi,  Bhookailash, Sri Krishnarjuna Yuddham, Balaraju, Rojulu Maraayi, Namminabantu, Missamma, Chakrapani, Preminchi Choodu, Laila Majnu, Anarkali, Batasari, Prem Nagar, Premabhishekam and Meghasandesham.
 
Premabhishekam, directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, is one of the biggest hits in Tollywood with an amazing 533-day run in Hyderabad.
 
Nageswara Rao was the first to do a double role in Telugu films and also played nine roles in Navarathri. He won acclaim for his portrayal of an alcoholic jilted lover in Devadasu, based on Sarat Chandra's famous Bengali character Devadas.
 
Other notable films done by him included Samsaram, Bratuku Teruvu, Aradhana, Donga Ramudu, Dr. Chakravarthi, Ardhaangi, Mangalya Balam, Illarikam, Shantinivasam, Velugu Needalu, Dasara Bullodu, Bharya Bhartalu, Dharmadata, Batasari, and College Bullodu.
 
Sitaramayyagari Manavaralu was released in 1991, 50 years after his debut, and was a huge success at the box office, though newer and younger stars had arrived on the scene.
 
ANR had enacted the roles of literary and cultural icons of different regions in India such as the great Sanskrit poet Mahakavi Kalidas of Ujjain; the celebrated musician saint  Bhakta Jayadeva of Odisha; the temple sculptor, Amarasilpi Jakkanna of Karnataka; the devotee saint Vipranarayana of Tamil Nadu; and the singer Bhakta Tukaram.
 
In October 2013, Nageswara Rao had held a press conference at which he announed that he had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer. He had recently undergone surgery and was reported to be recovering well.
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Nageswara Rao had plans to appear in a Telugu family drama, Manam, with his son Nagarjuna and grandson Naga Chaitanya.
 
He was also a prolific writer and his books include an autobiogaphical work,  Nenu Na Jeevitham, an account of his first visit to the United States, Nenu Choosina America, and the recent Manasuloni Maata, a reflective work.
 
He established the ANR National Award in 2005, which is given annually to a person for his or her lifetime achievement in the Indian film industry.
 
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Dr. Reddy’s, Galena Biopharma announce partnership for NeuVax in India

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Pharmaceutical major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. today said it had entered into a strategic partnership with Galena Biopharma of the United States to develop and commercialize NeuVax (nelipepimut-S) in India. 
 
NeuVax is a vaccine aimed at preventing the recurrence of breast cancer in patients under remission, a press release from the company said.
 
According to it, under the terms of the agreement, Galena, which is based in Portland, Oregon, will license commercial rights of NeuVax to Dr. Reddy’s for breast and gastric cancers. 
 
Dr. Reddy’s will lead the development of NeuVax in gastric cancer, and help significantly expand the scope of therapy by addressing a new patient population. 
 
"Galena will receive development and sales milestones, as well as double-digit royalties on net sales. The licensing and development terms are conditioned to an agreement on ancillary activities," the release said.
 
“NeuVax promises to meet significant unmet need in breast cancer and gastric cancer patients especially due to late diagnosis for majority of the patients in India and therefore may have high probability of relapse of the disease," Mr Alok Sonig, Senior Vice President and Head of India Business (Generics), said.
 
“NeuVax potentially will reduce the risk of relapse significantly as demonstrated in successful phase 2 trials” he added.
 
“This partnership with Dr. Reddy’s is consistent with our strategy to expand the clinical utility of NeuVax in unmet medical needs while simultaneously increasing the commercial footprint of this innovative cancer immunotherapy,” said Mr Mark J. Ahn, Ph.D., President and CEO of Galena Biopharma.  
 
“Dr. Reddy’s is a global pharmaceutical company with significant commercialization and development expertise. The gastric cancer trial will add a significant indication to our pipeline for NeuVax, while doubling our potential patient population if approved," he added.
 
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Volvo bus fire: AP police arrest 4 employees of Bangalore travel firm

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The Andhra Padesh Police's Crime Investigation Department (CID) today said it had arrested four employees of Jabbar Travels, a private firm in Bangalore, in connection with the fire on one of its Volvo buses which killed 45 people, including an infant, on October 30 last year.
 
Additional Director General of Police (CID) T Krishna Prasad said that, during the course of investigations, a CID team had visited Bangaloe and arrested the four employees -- Syed Akram Ahmad, Shabbir Khan, Amanulah Khan and Mohammed Rafeeq -- who are being forwarded to judicial custody.
 
The bus was on a journey from Bangalore to Hyderabad when it hit a culvert in the median near Palem village in Mahabubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh around 5 am on October 30 and burst into flames when its diesel tank was ruptured in the impact of the crash.
 
The bus, which belonged to Jabbar Travels, was said to be carrying about 52 people, including its driver and cleaner. There were six survivors, including the driver and the cleaner.
 
On the next day, the driver of the bus, Fairoz Basha, and Shakeen Jabbar, owner of the firm, were arrested and sent to judicial custody.
 
Mr Prasad said the CID investigation was based on a multi-disciplinary approach to examine the criminal culpability of, among others, Volvo, the manufacturers of the bus, and its distributors, the owners of the bus, the RTA authorities in Bangalore who gave the permit, the RTA authorities in Hyderabad, the bus operator, the National Highway authorities, and the National Highway contractors.
 
From the available evidence, the CID will slap relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act and the Indian Penal Code against the accused, he added.
 
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Dr. Reddy’s to launch Optidoz for treatment of hypertension

Pharmaceuticals major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories today said that its Optidoz, a drug for the treatment of hypertension had been approved and woud be made available in the Indian market.
 
A press release from the company said Optidoz is a single pill combination of three anti-hypertensive drugs (Amlodipine 2.5mg, Telmisartan 20mg and Hydrochlorothiazide 6.25mg) with optimal (half of standard) dose of individual drugs.
 
It said the efficacy and safety of Optidoz had been established through a clinical study approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). 
 
The release said Optidoz would simplify the traditional, complicated step-care treatment approach for hypertension management. The prolonged blood pressure control with minimal adverse effects is expected to improve efficacy response in normalizing the blood pressure due to good tolerability with Optidoz and enhanced compliance in patients.
 
According to it, hypertension is the most prevalent chronic disease in India. Approximately 32% of the adult Indian population suffers from high blood pressure. Over the last six decades, the prevalence has increased twelve-fold in urban areas and seven-fold in rural areas. 
 
"While over 125 anti-hypertensive drugs are available in the Indian market, 76% cases of blood pressure still remain uncontrolled. Such a paradox is attributed to ineffective drug doses and non-adherence to therapy, which may lead to disease progression of co-morbid conditions like heart disease, heart failure, stroke and kidney diseases," the release added.
 
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Telugu film actor Uday Kiran commits suicide: police

Telugu actor Uday Kiran allegedly commits suicide
Young Telugu film actor Uday Kiran allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope from the ceiling of his his house in the posh Banjara Hills area here last night, police said today.
 
He was 33.
 
Police said the actor's wife Vishita had gone out to attend a function and he was alone in the house when he allegedly killed himself.
 
His wife and some neighbours rushed him to the Jubilee Hills Apollo Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
 
Police are investigating the reasons for the extreme step, but they said he appeared to have been in financial difficulties, with not many acting assignments in hand. He had returned recently from a visit to Chennai, they said.

No suicide note was found in the room, but police have recovered his mobile telephone, they said.
 
Police have registered a case of death under mysterious circumstances. Investigators conducted a preliminary examination in the room where Uday Kiran took the extreme step.
 
Born on June 26, 1980, Uday Kiran Vajapeyajula was a graduate in commerce from Wesley College in Secunderabad. He began his career with a stint in modeling before taking up acting.
 
He made his Tollywood debut under director Teja in Chitram in 2000, in which he played the lead character of a 17-year-old. That and his next two films -- Nuvvu Nenu and Manasantha Nuvve -- were big successes at the box office and earned him the title "Hat-trick Hero".
 
He later did romantic roles in films like Nee Sneham and Kalusukovalani. In 2001, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Telugu for his role as a hot-blooded youngster in the film Nuvvu Nenu. In the process, he became the youngest winner of the Filmfare best actor award after Kamal Haasan.
 
In 2006, He made his Tamil debut with the film Poi, directed by veteran K. Balachander. 
 
Some of his other movies include Sreeram, Avunanna Kaadanna, Nuvvekaddunte Nenakkadunta and Jai Sriram. In all, he had acted in 19 Telugu and Tamil films and won several awards.
 
He was engaged to actor Chiranjeevi's daughter Sushmitha in 2003, but it was called off later. Media reports of that time quoted Chiranjeevi as saying in a statement that the decision to call off the proposed wedding was taken by the two families due to "lack of compatibility" between the couple and "variation between their hopes and aspirations for the future".
 
Uday Kiran married Vishitha on October 24, 2012.
 
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Rashtrapati Nilayam Gardens in Secunderabad to open for public viewing from Jan 6-12

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The gardens at Rashtrapati Nilayam, Bolarum, Secunderabad, one of the two Presidential retreats in the country, will open for public viewing for a week from tomorrow from 1000 hours to 1700 hours.
 
The gardens of Rashtrapati Nilayam include landscaped gardens, seasonal flowering plants and display of potted plants around the main building, ‘Jai Hind Ramp’ with cascading water, gardens of mango, sapota, pomegranate, guava, amla, coconut and cheeku and a herbal garden.
 
The herbal garden has 116 species of medicinal and aromatic plants like Sarpgandha, Kalabandha, Citronella, Lemon grass, Khus, Geranium, Coriander, Sandalwood, Tuber rose, Jasmine, Kalmegh andTulsi in an area of about 7000 sq. mtrs.
 
Rain harvesting measures undertaken to improve ground water sustainability can also be seen, an official press release added.
 
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Silver refining plant set up at India Government Mint in Hyderabad

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A state-of-the-art silver refining plant has been set up at the India Government Mint in Hyderabad to cater to the needs of jewellers, temples and other organizations in the region.
 
The plant was inaugurated by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL) Chairman and Managing Director M S Rana on December 19.
 
The plant has been supplied by Balestri Impianti, Italy, at a total cost of Rs.3.50 crores. It has got a melting capacity of 30 MTs of silver per annum. Its process is based on electrolytic refining for more than 70% purity input and acid process for low touch silver.
 
An official press release said the plant can produce refined silver to the purity of 999.0 to 999.9. The plant consists of medium frequency converter which works on a power output of 35 KW. The melting furnace has got a crucible of 45 kg of silver and the melting time is 20 to 30 minutes at a temperature of 1250°C (max). 
 
The release said India Government Mint, Hyderabad, follows IS 2113:2002 (reaffirmed 2010) for Assaying Silver in Silver and Silver Alloys for assaying of silver. This plant conforms to the European Standard C€ 2006/42/EC for pollution and environmental compliance. 
 
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Mukherjee to visit UP, Maharashtra on December 27-28

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President Pranab Mukherjee, who is currently on his winter sojourn at Rashtrapati Nilayam in Secunderabad, will undertake a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra from tomorrow.
 
In Uttar Pradesh, Mr Mukherjee will inaugurate the 37th Indian Social Science Congress-2013 at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh tomorrow.
 
In Maharashtra, also tomorrow, he will inaugurate the 66th annual session of Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), CHEMCON 2013 at Institute of Chemical Technology at Mumbai. 
 
He will also inaugurate the 10th World Zoroastrian Congress at National Sports Club of India, Worli, Mumbai on the same day. 
 
On Saturday, the President will unveil the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj at Thane. 
 
On the same day, he will inaugurate the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Tribal Research & Training Institute at Pune and also unveil the statue of Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj at All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society, Pune. 
 
The President will return to Secunderabad on Saturday, an official press release added.
 
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Venkatraman Ramakrishnan calls for rational use of antibiotics

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Nobel laureate and structural biologist Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has underscored the need for rational use of antibiotics to counter antibiotic resistance.
 
Delivering a lecture after presenting the prestigious B. M. Birla science prizes here yesterday evening, Prof. Ramakrishnan said that to check bacteria's antibiotic resistance, there should be constant surveillance and programmes by authorities to check infection.
 
He also suggested good public healthcare and preventive medicine in this regard. Besides, preventive healthcare was more cost-effective than treating a person after he or she acquired a disease, he said.
 
It was the government's job to ensure proper medicare to the people, he said, citing the example of how the cleaner of the building where he stays in the United Kingdom went to the same doctor as he goes, thanks to the government's healthcare schemes in that country.
 
Prof Ramakrishnan said that, in India, poor people who could not afford to go to a doctor prefer to go to the chemists who gave them antibiotics to treat their ailments which is not good. He said such over the counter sale of antibiotics without doctor's prescriptions should be stopped.
 
He pointed out that the people taking antibiotics also tend to stop them once they feel better which was also not good, adding that unless the full course of antibiotics was taken, the people who stopped antibiotics would develop resistance.
 
Prof. Ramakrishnan suggested that, instead of private companies, governments and non-profit organisations should fund antibiotic research.
 
The Nobel laureate presented awards to Dr G. Vaitheeswaran of the University of Hyderabad for physics, Dr Vikas Kumar Dubey of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Dr. Ganesh Naggaraju of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, both for biology.
 
The award carries Rs.one lakh cash prize per subject besides a plaque and a citation.
 
B. M. Birla Science Centre Director B.G.Sidharth, who welcomed the gathering, said that  the awards, instituted at the instance of Nobel laureate Prof. Abdus Salam, were given each year since 1990 for oustanding contributions by young Indian scientists not more than 40 years of age for work done in India in the four fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
 
Many past awardees had gone on to win national and international acclaim, Dr. Sidharth added. 
 
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Kiran Reddy leads all party delegation from AP to PM on award on Krishna waters

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy led an all-party delegation that met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the latter's residence in Delhi yesterday and presented a memorandum to him on on the "injustice" done to the state due to the award of the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal on Krishna waters.
 
Later, the delegation members claimed that the Prime Minister had assured them that no injustice would be done to the state and that the Union Minister concerned would be asked to look into it.
 
The delegation reached Delhi late on Thursday night and met Dr Singh on Friday.
 
The team consisted of two representatives each from the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the CPI (Marxist), the Loksatta, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, the YSR Congress and the Majlis.
 
The memorandum said the report of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal-II (KWDT-II), headed by Justice Brijesh Kumar Tribunal, would have immense negative impact on the agrarian scenario and the economy of Andhra Pradesh.
 
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18 kgs of gold seized at Hyderabad airport from three passengers from Singapore

 
Customs officials seized 18 kgs of gold from three passengers who arrived at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamsabad here today on a flight from Singapore.
 
The market value of the gold seized was Rs.20 crores, official sources said.
 
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AP Assembly adjourned till Jan 3 as uproar over Telangana continues

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The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2013, seeking to create a separate Telangana state, could not be taken up yet again as both the houses of the Andhra Pradesh legislature were adjourned abruptly today to January 3 amid uproarious protests by members supporting and opposing the move.
 
Both the houses could not take up a single listed item of business for the seventh consecutive day today because of the unrelenting noisy protests by the pro and anti Telangana members from the Telangana and the Seemandhra regions.
 
The bill which was introduced in the assembly by speaker N,Manohar two days ago could not be taken up today also because of the continued pandemonium. 
 
Right from the word go, both the houses witnessed noisy scenes with protesing members encircling the podiums and raising full-throated slogans for and against the bifurcation of the state, forcing the Assembly speaker and Council chairman Chakrapani to adjourned the houses twice for various durations and finally to January 3.
 
Telangana members charged that it was a concerted effort by the Seemandhra members to stall the proceedings in a bid to avoid discussion on the bill, while the Seemandhra members claimed that there were
loopholes in it.
 
The Speaker announced that the house would meet in two phases first from January 3 to 10 and then from January 16 to 23 to discuss the bill.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee had directed that the bill should be returned by January 23.
 
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, in a chat with journalists, said that any bifurcation process should be in accordance with the Constitution.  He said he was neither against Telangana nor in favour of Seemandhra and that his only concern was that the interests of the people of all regions of the state should be safeguarded. 
 
Meanwhile, members belonging to the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are continuing their protest in the Assembly premises against the adjournment of the house without discussing the bill.
 
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No debate in AP Assembly on Telangana bill as ruckus continues

 
The Andhra Pradesh legislative assembly failed to discuss the Andhra Pradesh  Reorganisation Bill, 2013,seeking to create a separate Telangana state due to continued pandemonium in the house today.
 
For the fifth consecutive day, both the houses of the state legislature (assembly and council) could not transact any of the listed business following vociferous protests from the members from theTelangana and the Seemandhra (coastal and Rayalaseema) regions raising pro- and anti-Telangana slogans, obstructing the proceedings.
 
The Business Advisory Committee of the assembly had yesterday decided that the discussion on the draft bill would be taken up today and will continue till next Friday, the on which the current session is slated to end, but due to the protests by the members on the bifurcation issue, which have become a daily feature ever since the session began,it was not to be.
 
As soon as the assembly met for the day, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress members rushed into the well of the house, surrounded the speaker's podium and raised full-throated slogans in favour of united Andhra.
 
Speaker N. Manohar repeatedly appealed to the protesting members to resume their seats, maintain order and help him conduct the business but to no avail.
 
The speaker adjourned the house for 60 minutes as the unrelenting members continued to disrupt the proceedings.
 
Amid the din, Mr.Manohar rejected the adjournment notices given by the TDP, the YSRC and the CPI. The TDP notice wanted the Centre to make its stand clear on the bifurcation issue, the YSRC motion sought a resolution be adopted in the house to keep the state united while the CPI notice demanded an immediate discussion on the draft bill.
 
When the assembly reassembled after two adjournments, the uproarious situation remained, forcing the Speaker adjourn the house for the day.
 
Similar scenes were seen in the council, too, following which chairman Chakrapani adjourned the upper house for the day.
 
The debate on the bill, when it begins, is expected to be a marathon affair with every member getting a chance to speak on it. The house may be reconvened after Christmas holidays to resume discussion on the bill.
 
The deadline fixed by President Pranab Mukherjee for the return of the bill is January 23.
 
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Mukherjee to be in Secunderabad from Dec 19-31 for winter sojourn

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President Pranab Mukherjee will proceed to the Rashtrapati Nilayam in Bolarum, Secundrabad for the customary winter sojourn from December 19 to 31.
 
From Secunderabad, the President will visit Tamil Nadu and Kerala on December 20, an official press release said.
 
In Tamil Nadu, he will inaugurate the 28th Indian Engineering Congress and the School of Commerce and Economics of Loyola College at Chennai. 
 
In Kerala, he will unveil a statue of late K. Karunakaran, former Chief Minister of Kerala, at Thiruvananthapuram and inaugurate the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Ayyan Kali at Kochi on the same day. 
 
On December 23, Mr Mukherjee will attend the concluding function of the centenary celebrations of former President Neelam Sanjeev Reddy at Ananthapuram in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
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Andhra Pradesh Assembly to take up Telangana Bill on Wednesday

 
The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly today decided to take up the discussion on the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill 2013, which seeks to create a new state of Telangana, from tomorrow.
 
The bill was presented in the state legislative assembly yesterday amid a ruckus created by those in favour of and opposed to the bifurcation of the state.
 
While members from the Telangana region wanted an early discussion on the bill, those from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) staged angry protests against the move yesterday.
 
The BAC met after the house was adjourned minutes after it met for the day following uproarious scenes near the Speaker's podium where members from the Telangana and the Seemandhra regions raised full-throated slogans for and against bifurcation of the state.
 
The BAC at its marathon meeting decided that the discussion on the bill will be conducted till Friday next, the day on which the current session of the assembly will end.
 
However, the session may be extended if the discussion could not be completed by December 20.
 
The BAC meeting was attended by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister D. Rajanarasimha and floor leaders of all political parties. However, Leader of Opposition N.Chandrababu Naidu stayed away from the meeting.
 
Earlier in the day, both houses of the state legislature were adjourned for the day without taking up any business following noisy scenes.
 
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Bill for creation of Telangana state presented in AP Assembly amid ruckus

The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill 2013, which seeks to create a new state of Telangana, was presented in the state legislative assembly on Monday amid a ruckus created by those in favour of and opposed to the bifurcation of the state.

Telangana Bill presented amid uproar in A P Assembly
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Bill 2013, which seeks to create a new state of Telangana, was presented in the state legislative assembly today amid a ruckus created by those in favour of and opposed to the bifurcation of the state.
 
While members from the Telangana region wanted an early discussion on the Bill, those from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) staged angry protests against the move.
 
Both houses of the legislature -- the assembly and the council -- were adjourned and there was no indication about when the Bill wuld be taken up for discussion.
 
But the tension continued, with Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislators from Seemandhra staging a sit-in near the chamber of Speaker Nadendla Manohar.
 
Members from Telangana staged a separate sit-in to press for an immediate discussion on the Bill.
 
The Bill was presented to the assembly by legislature secretary Raja Sadaram on the direction of the Speaker. He also read out a message from the President asking the house to send it back with its views by January 23.
 
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, who has been strongly opposing the divison of Andhra Pradesh, was not present in the house when the Bill was presented. 
 
In the legislative council, Chairman A Chakrapani tabled the Bill even as Seemandhra members shouted slogans against the move to create a new state.
 
After the Bill was presented in both houses, some members from the Seemandhra region came out, tore the copies of the Bill and burnt them,  even as their colleagues from Telangana sought to prevent them from doing so. Security personnel had to exert themselves to prevent the two sides from coming to blows.
 
This was the third day that the two houses were rocked by the Telangana issue and adjourned without transacting any business.
 
The Bill seeks to form a new state of Telangana comprising the following districts of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal, Rangareddi, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Khammam and Hyderabad.
 
It proposes that Hyderabad will be the common capital of the two states for a period not exceeding ten years. After expiry of that period, Hyderabad shall be the capital of Telangana and there shall be a new capital for Andhra Pradesh. 
 
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The Bill says the Central Government shall constitute an expert committee to study various alternatives regarding the new capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations in a period not exceeding 45 days from the date of enactment of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2013.
 
It says that the Governor of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh shall be the Governor of both the successor States for such period as may be determined by the President.
 
For the purposes of administration of the common capital area, the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area, it says.
 
In particular, the responsibility of the Governor shall extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security of vital installations, and management and allocation of Government buildings in the common capital area.
 
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Kiran Reddy sanctions Rs 1 lakh to kin of those killed in Volvo bus mishap

 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today sanctioned Rs 1 lakh to the next-of-kin of the 44 passengers who were charred to death when a Volvo bus on a journey from Bangalore to Hyderabad caught fire on October 30 in Mahabubnagar district of the state.
 
The bus had caught fire when its diesel tank burst after the vehicle hit a culvert at Palem. on the National Highway (NH)-44 between the two cities.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Government had ordered the setting up of a committee of senior IAS officers to probe the cause of the Palem bus mishap and also to suggest measures to prevent such accidents in future. The Chief Minister had also ordered a CB CID enquiry on the accident, an official press release added.
 
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Normal life in AP affected by bandh against move to create Telangana-Rayala state

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Normal life was paralysed in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh today following a day-long Telangana general strike against the move to create a Rayala-Telangana state.
 
Supporters of the "bandh" organized rallies and blocked roads, affecting traffic at many places, and set afire the effigies of Congress leaders, includng party president Sonia Gandhi.
 
On the Osmania University campus, the situation remained tense with students pelting stones at the police for preventing from taking out a procession. Police lobbed tear gas shells to quell the  mob of stone pelting students.
 
At Rajendranagar, students of the agriculture college stoned vehicles and tried to stop the convoy of YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy while he was returning from Chennai. Police reached the spot and dispersed the students.
 
Barring sporadic incidents, the bandh called by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is spearheading the movement for a separate state of Telangana, was by and large peaceful, according to the police .
 
The bandh was supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Communist Party of India (CPI) and various trade unions.
 
Shops and other establishments, cinema halls and petrol stations were closed, while in some parts of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad where business establishments were open, bandh supporters were seen forcing them to shut down. Work in banks was affected
 
All the educational institutions declared a holiday today in view of the bandh, while the Osmania University, the Ambedkar Open University and Kakatiya University in Warangal rescheduled examinations.
 
Work in the government hospitals was also affected with the members of the Telangana Government Doctors Association joining the bandh. Lawyers in the Telangana region also joined the strike demanding a 10-district Telangana.
 
In many towns, bandh supporters were seen going round the streets vociferously demanding a separate Telangana comprising 10 districts with Hyderabad as the capital.
 
The state road transport corporation buses, the main mode of transport for a majority of the people, remained off the roads, while autorickshaws too did not ply as the autorickhaw unions joined the bandh.
 
Reports reaching from the TRS strongholds like Karimnagar, Warangal, Nizamabad, Mahabubnagar and Adilabad said that the bandh was total.
 
TRS legislator K.Tarakarama Rao said that nothing short of 10-district Telangana with Hyderabad as its capital was acceptable to the people of the region. He said the Congress would be digging its own grave if it went ahead with the move to create Rayala-Telangana.
 
Telangana joint action committee chairman Prof. Kodandaram said that if Telangana with 10 districts was not created the struggle would be intensified.
 
Police made elaborate security arrangements in the bandh-affected areas.
 
Meanwhile, all eyes are on the Union Cabinet, which is expected to discuss the report of the Group of Ministers set up to finalise issues relating to the bifurcation of the state. The Cabinet is expected to take a final call on the draft Bill seeking to create Telangana state.
 
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Portal to reduce malnutrition launched in Hyderabad

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The Indian Impact, an online platform to reduce malnutrition in India, was inaugurated by noted industrialist Ratan Tata at an impressive function here on Friday evening.
 
The initative, first of its kind in the country, makes it easy and convenient for corporations and citizens to locate and improve "anganwadi" centres run by the Union Government to provide supplementary breakfast and lunch to children along with immunization and pre-school education.
 
But many of these centres suffer from dismal infrastructure and insufficient food quantity and hence are not able to curb malnutrition effectively, according to Ms. Ridhima Parvathaneni, President of Indian Impact.
 
Malnutrition, a nation-wide crisis, is crippling 42 per cent of India's children and leading to an estimated 1500 child deaths every day, she said.
 
Industrialist G M Rao of the GMR Group, Google's director of India operations Arijit Sarkar and Indian School of Business dean Ajit Rangnekar were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
The inaugural session was followed by an interactive discussion with Mr Tata and Mr Rao.
 
Mr.Tata said that, instead of just identifying the problem, there should be greater involvement to solve the problem of malnutrition among the children.
 
He said the various government schemes launched to tackle the problem should be more effectively implemented.
 
He said that India has vast potential and it was for the young people, in particular, to work sincerely to make the country great in all spheres. "My only regret is that I am not 40 years younger," he said.
 
Mr. Rao said that his group had adopted more than 180 anganwadis by providing qualified teachers for schools. He suggested that the corporates should spend one week in tribal areas to know first hand the problems faced by the tribals.
 
The Indian Impact is founded by a team of Wharton business school alumni.
 
Ms. Parvathaneni said innovation and nation-building were the two pillars of the Indian Impact. It originated out of the passion and drive to build something to address a national emergency, she said.
 
"Today, it is a powerful medium to unlock the massive potential of India's children," she added. 
 
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Seven years of rigorous imprisonment for underworld don Abu Salem

Abu Salem gets seven-year imprisonment in fake passport case
A special CBI Court here today sentenced underworld don Abu Salem to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and a total fine of Rs 4000 in a fake passport case.
 
Special Judge for CBI Cases, Hyderabad, M V Ramana Naidu held Salem guilty under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for securing a passport under a fictitious name from Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The gangster was sent to Thane jail in Maharashtra.
 
The CBI had registered a case on September 20, 2002 against Salem and others, Rubeen and Monica Bedi.
 
According to the agency, they impersonated as Ramil Kamil Malik, Neha Asis Jafari and Sana Malik Kamal and obtained forged passports, respectively, by furnishing false addresses and documents. 
 
After completion of investigation, CBI filed charge sheet against Salem and others on 22.12.2004. Since Salem could not be produced before the court in connection with the TADA cases at Mumbai, the case against Abu Salem was split up.
 
The co-accused Bedi and three others were convicted by the trial court on 29.09.06. Bedi was sentenced to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs.1000 under section 420 IPC; 3 years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs.500 under section 419 IPC; three years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs.500 under section 120-B IPC.
 
Bedi appealed against the judgement in the Supreme Court,  which on 9.11.2010 confirmed the conviction and reduced the sentence to the period already undergone by her.
 
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Relief for people in AP as Lehar crosses coast as weakened depression

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Cyclone Lehar weakened into a depression and crossed the Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam this evening, much to the relief of the authorities and people in the coastal areas of the state.
 
Rain lashed many parts of the state capital late this evening, flooding many low-lying areas and affecting road traffic.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the depression had moved west-northwestwards and lay centred at 1730 hours IST of today near latitude 16.00 N and longitude 80.80 E about 50 km southwest of Machillipatnam.
 
"It would move west-northwestwards and weaken further into a well marked low pressure area during the next six hours," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under its influence, rainfall would occur at many places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry during the next 12 hours, with isolated heavy falls.
 
Squally winds with speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph would prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh coast during the next hours and decrease thereafter, it said.
 
The state of sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast will be rough to very rough during the next six hours.
 
The IMD advised fishermen not to venture into the sea during the next six hours.
 
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Lehar to weaken into depression, cross AP coast today afternoon

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The cyclonic storm Lehar over westcentral Bay of Bengal has weakened into a deep depression and is expected to weaken further and cross the Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam this afternoon as a depression.
 
A bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at 0800 hours today said Lehar had moved west-northwestwards with a speed of 20 kmph during the past six hours.
 
It lay centred at 0530 hours IST of today near latitude 15.50 N and longitude 82.00 E, about 120 km east-southeast of Machillipatnam and 160 km south of 
Kakinada.
 
"It would move west-northwestwards, weaken further and cross Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam as a depression by today, the 28th November afternoon," the bulletin said.
 
The bulletin said rainfall would occur at most places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry during the next 24 hours, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls.
 
There would also be rainfall at most places over Telangana during the next 36 hours, with isolated heavy to very heavy falls.
 
It said squally winds, with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph, would prevail along and off Andhra Pradesh during the next 12 hours. 
 
The state of sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast will be rough to very rough.
 
The bulletin said fishermen were advised not to venture in the open seas. 
 
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Lehar to weaken into cyclonic storm, cross AP coast Thursday afternoon

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The very severe cyclonic storm Lehar over westcentral and adjoining south Bay of Bengal will weaken gradually and cross the Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam as a cyclonic storm tomorrow afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD said Lehar had moved west-northwestward with a speed of 15 kmph during the past six hours and lay centred at 1430 hours IST of today near latitude 14.00 N and longitude 85.50 E, about 520 km east-southeast of Machillipatnam and 470 km southeast of Kakinada.
 
"It would move west-northwestwards, weaken gradually and cross Andhra Pradesh coast near Machillipatnam as a cyclonic storm around 28th November afternoon," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under its influence, rainfall would commence at many places over coastal Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district of Puducherry from this evening. Its intensity would gradually increase with rainfall at most places over coastal Andra Pradesh and Yanam district tomorrow and isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall over these regions on November 29.
 
Rainfall at most places with isolated heavy to very heavy falls would also occur over Telangana tomorrow and on Friday, it said.
 
The bulletin said squally winds, with speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would commence along and off Andhra Pradesh from today. It would increase in intensity with gale wind speed reaching 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph along and off coastal districts of Guntur, Krishna, west & east Godavari and Vishakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district and 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph over Prakasham districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall. 
 
Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall. 
 
The state of sea along and off Andhra Pradesh coast will be rough to very rough from this evening and will become very high on November 28.
 
Storm surge of height about 1.0-2.0 metres above astronomical tide would inundate 
low lying areas of west and east Godavari, Guntur and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam district.
 
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Kiran Kumar Reddy reviews preparedness to cope with cyclone Lehar

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy today reviewed the preparedness of the state administration to cope with the very severe cyclone Lehar that is expected to hit the coastal areas of the state around noon on Thursday.
 
Mr Reddy asked Chief Secretary P K Mohanty to direct the officials and departments to take all possible steps to face the cyclone threat.
 
Mr Mohanty told the meeting that all steps were being taken on a war footing to prevent loss of life and property due to the cyclone.
 
The Coast Guard, the coastal security wing, the Marine Police and superintendents of police (SPs) were told to be alert in view of the cyclone and assist the district administrations in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.
 
All fishermen in the coastal districts have been alerted through the mobile phone database available with the Fisheries Department to not go out to sea for fishing in view of the cyclone alert.
 
District Collectors have been advised to open control rooms at district, division and mandal levels and give wide publicity to the telephone numbers of such facilities.
 
They have also been asked to ensure that people in low lying areas are evacuated to safer places and minimise loss of lives and property.
 
They have been directed to ensure adequate stocks of essential commodities such as rice and kerosene
 
Army and Railway authorities have also been alerted regarding the rescue and relief operations that might become necessary after the cyclone crosses the coast.
 
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