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Kovind visits temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh

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

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President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Andhra Pradesh for two days on September 1-2, an official press release said.
 
Tomorrow, Mr. Kovind will inaugurate the new hospital building of the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) – Sri Padmavathi Medical College for Women. On the same day, he will also attend a civic reception and public meeting at Sri Venkateswara Arts College Ground, Tirupati.
 
On September 2, the President will have a "darshan" of Sri Varaha Swamy Varu, Tirumala, before returning to Delhi, the release said.
 
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20 dead after truck ploughs into group of protesters in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh

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

 
20 dead after truck ploughs into crowd in Andhra Pradesh
At least 20 people died and several others suffered injuries when the driver of a truck lost control over the wheel and it crashed into an electric pole and then ploughed into a group of protesters, cars and shops at Yerpedu in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh this afternoon.
 
The mishap occurred around 1.45 pm at Yerpedu, about 25 km from Tirupati, when a large number of people had gathered outside the local police station, located on the Putalapattu-Nayudupeta state highway, to demand action against illegal sand mining activities.
 
According to various accounts, the overladen truck appeared to be speeding when the driver lost control over the vehicle. Several people were run over by the truck while others were electrocuted when they came into high tension electric wires dangling from an electricity pole hit by the truck. Some others suffered burns that broke out in one of the shops hit by the vehicle.
 
The driver and the cleaner of the truck fled from the scene after the accident, sources said.
 
Traffic in the area was disrupted for some hours as a result of the accident, they said.
 
The victims were rushed immediately to nearby hospitals. The condition of some of the injured was stated to be serious.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said he was deeply saddened by the incident. The State Cabinet has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident.
 
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‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’ to premiere on National Geographic Channel on March 27

Filmmaker Rajendra Kondapalli with his crew during the making of Inside Tirumala Tirupati, a documentary film that will premiere on National Geographic Channel on March 27, 2017
Filmmaker Rajendra Kondapalli with his crew during the making of Inside Tirumala Tirupati, a documentary film that will premiere on National Geographic Channel on March 27, 2017
A documentary titled ‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati’ directed by New Delhi- based award-winning documentary film maker Rajendra Srivathsa Kondapalli, will premiere on National Geographic India channel tomorrow.
 
While most pilgrims wait in line for hours for a fleeting glimpse of the deity, this film allows viewers to experience the temple and its surroundings like an insider would, including getting a front-row seat to witness the spectacular annual celebration of Brahmostavam – an event that attracts such massive crowds that it makes the Tirumala temple one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimages in the world.
 
The film presents the magnificent sanctum and its setting through time-lapse and hyper-lapse photography. The viewers would get a feeling of walking alongside devotees who scale the Seshachalam or Seven Hills on foot to reach the hilltop temple for a coveted Darshan of Lord Venkateshwara.
 
Besides Annaprasadam kitchens, the viewers are led to the exclusive temple kitchens, where the world-famous Tirupati laddoo is prepared as ‘prasadam’ or sacred offering. The film also provides information about crowd management systems that allow over 60,000 people to visit the temple every day.
 
The film shines a light on the spiritual caretakers of the temple - the priesthood and Jeers, who conduct the temple’s religious sevas and activities day in and day out. It takes viewers on an arcane trip to a very special school – Veda Paathshala - for priests that seems to have come out of the pages of ancient texts. The film lingers a while in the majestic Seshachalam forest-hills and visits the site, where an ecological project is reviving one of the most precious natural resources in the plant world.
 
In perhaps one of the most exclusive scenes, the film gives viewers an intimate look into the innermost sanctum of the temple through the made-for-television replica temple called ‘Namoona Aalayam’ that allows cameras to capture the special chamber of the main deity of Sri Venkateswara Swamy (mool virat) without breaking religious protocol.
 
This intimate lens then expands its view to invite viewers into one of the most spectacular events in the temple’s calendar: the Tirumala Brahmotsavam. The nine-day festival presents the temple town in all its festive glory – with grand processions, celebrations and jubilant expressions of devotion.
 
Kondapalli says that as director and executive producer of 'India’s Mega Kitchens' a top-rated documentary series for National Geographic, he had approached TTD to feature their Annaprasadam kitchens in one of the episodes.
 
“After extensive reconnaissance and research, I felt there was a much bigger story to the Tirumala Temple beyond just its kitchen. That’s how the idea germinated, to tell a larger story,” he added.
 
It took more than a year to develop and produce the film, including in-depth research with the cooperation of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam and Chief Priests. The production was carried out in two schedules, one to capture the exclusive location and various activities as well as catch behind-the-scenes action.
 
A dedicated shoot schedule was planned to coincide with the Tirumala Brahmotsavam event, where live-action was captured among crowds as huge as over 1 lakh people. Around six months of post production included editing, scripting, creating state-of-the-art graphics & visual effects and sound design.
 
He said Inside Tirumala Tirupati promo views on National Geographic Facebook page have touched more than 12 million and ticking.
 
An award winning filmmaker, Kondapalli has been creating non-fiction / factual programming for over two decades for channels like National Geographic Channel International, National Geographic Channel (India), Discovery Networks, BBC Worldwide, Doordarshan, and so on.
 
His work has spanned a spectrum of genres including factual documentaries, reality series, educational, science & technology and infotainment programs.
 
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His social awareness and science & technology films have won national and international awards including the Asian Television Award (Singapore), CMS Vatavaran, Golden Beaver Award at the National Science Festival and others.
 
Some of his most recent works as director & executive producer include: India’s Mega Kitchens – Seasons 1 & 2 for the National Geographic India, India Emerges – A Visual History for Discovery Networks, Revealed – The Golden Temple for Discovery Networks and Womb of the World – National Geographic International.
 
Shruti Takulia, Creative Director, India Productions, ?Fox Networks Group says that ‘Inside Tirumala Tirupati is National Geographic’s newest India production that delivers on its promise to bring relevant and impactful stories with a high level of editorial credibility and unprecedented access to its viewers.
 
"The one-hour special is a spectacular culmination of the hard work the entire team has put in, since it was no mean task to do justice to a concept so challenging and so immensely ingrained in to minds of the people, not only in India, but around the world. A heady mix of history, technology, scale, architecture and emotions it will definitely evoke a sense of wonder in the viewers,” she added.
 
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Global crude oil price of Indian basket falls to $ 54.30/bbl

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The international crude oil price of the Indian basket, as computed and published today by the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, fell to $ 54.30 per barrel (bbl) yesterday from $ 54.88 per bbl on the previous day.
 
An official press release said that, in rupee terms, the price of the Indian basket decreased to Rs. 3702.29 per bbl on 04.01.2017 as compared to Rs. 3736.33 per bbl on 03.01.2017. 
 
The rupee closed weaker at Rs. 68.18 per US$ on 04.01.2017 as compared to Rs. 68.09 per US$ on 03.01.2017, it added.
 
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Modi calls for inculcating Scientific Social Responsibility on the lines of CSR

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called for the inculcation of the concept of Scientific Social Responsibility on the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility to connect India's leading scientific institutions to all stakeholders, including schools and colleges.

 
India to be among top 3 countries in science and technology by 2030: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for the inculcation of the concept of Scientific Social Responsibility on the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to connect India's leading scientific institutions to all stakeholders, including schools and colleges.
 
Inaugurating the 104th session of the Indian Science Congress at Sri Venkateswara University here, Mr Modi said, “We must create an environment for sharing of ideas and resources. The brightest and best in every corner of India should have the opportunity to excel in science. This will ensure that our youth get high-end training exposure to the best of science and technology to make them job-ready in a competitive world."
 
“To this end, I would exhort the National Laboratories to connect with schools and colleges to develop appropriate training programs. This will also help with the effective use and maintenance of our vast scientific and technological infrastructure,” he added.
 
Mr. Modi said laboratories, research institutions and universities in each major city region should be interlinked to function on a hub and spoke model. The hubs will share major infrastructure, drive our national science missions and be the engines that link discovery to application, he said.
 
“College teachers with background in research can be connected to the neighbouring universities and R&D institutions. Outreach activities from the institutions of eminence to schools, colleges and polytechnics will activate the latent science and technology manpower from the educational institutions in your neighbourhoods,” he added.
 
Referring to the theme chosen for this years session, “Science & Technology for National Development”, he said the government was committed to supporting different streams of scientific knowledge, ranging from fundamental science to applied science with emphasis on innovations.
 
Noting that speed and scale of changes we encounter today are unprecedented, he said tomorrow’s experts will come from investments we make today in our people and infrastructure. “I have been told that the Technology Vision 2035 document released in last year’s Science Congress, is now developing into a detailed roadmap for twelve key technology sectors. Further, NITI Aayog is evolving a holistic science and technology vision for the country,” he added.
 
“One important area that needs to be addressed is the rapid global rise of Cyber-Physical Systems. This has the potential to pose unprecedented challenges and stresses to our demographic dividend. But we can turn it into a huge opportunity by research, training and skilling in robotics, artificial intelligence, digital manufacturing, big data analysis, deep learning, quantum communication and Internet-of-Things,” the Prime Minister said.
 
There is a need to develop and exploit these technologies in services and manufacturing sectors; in agriculture, water, energy & traffic management; health, environment, infrastructure and Geo Information Systems; security; financial systems and in combating crime, he added.
 
“We need to develop an Inter-Ministerial National Mission in the Cyber-Physical Systems to secure our future by creation of basic R&D infrastructure, manpower and skills,” Mr Modi said.
 
“The oceans that surround the Indian peninsula have over 1300 of our islands. They also give us a seven and a half thousand kilometre coastline and 2.4 million square kilometres of Exclusive Economic Zone. They contain enormous opportunities in energy, food, medicine and a host of other natural resources. The ocean economy should be a significant dimension of our sustainable future,” he added.
 
“I am told, that the Ministry of Earth Sciences is working to launch a Deep Ocean Mission to explore, understand and harness this resource in a responsible way. This could be a transformative step for the prosperity and security of the nation,” the Prime Minister said.
 
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The Prime Minister said the country's best science and technology institutions should further strengthen their basic research in line with leading global standards. Translating this basic knowledge into innovations, start-ups and industry will help us achieve inclusive and sustainable growth.
 
“SCOPUS database indicates that India now ranks sixth in the world with respect to scientific publications, growing at a rate of about 14% as against the world average growth rate of about 4%. I am sure that our scientists will further meet the challenges of enhanced quality of basic research, its technology translation and its societal connect.
 
“By 2030, India will be among the top three countries in science and technology and will be among the most attractive destinations for the best talent in the world. The wheels we set in motion today will achieve this goal,” he added.
 
The Prime Minister said science must meet the rising aspirations of the people. India fully appreciates the strong role science and technology plays in meeting the societal needs. “We must address the problems of urban-rural divide and work for inclusive development, economic growth and employment generation. To enable this, there is a need for a new overarching structure that will coordinate with all the relevant stakeholders,” he added.
 
“Our ability to mount and execute large, transformational national missions requires effective partnerships that integrate with a large stakeholder base. The effectiveness of these missions can be ensured only by getting out of our deep rooted silos, and adopting a collaborative approach, which is essential to address our multifarious development challenges rapidly and effectively. Our ministries, our scientists, R&D institutions, industries, start-ups, universities and IITs, all should work together seamlessly. In particular, our infrastructure and socio-economic ministries must make appropriate use of science and technology.
 
“Our Institutions could consider inviting outstanding scientists from abroad including NRIs for long term research associations. We should involve foreign and NRI PhD students in post-doctoral research in our projects,” the Prime Minister said.
 
“Another empowering factor for scientific delivery is the Ease of Doing Science. If we want science to deliver, we must not constrain it. Building a strong Science and Technology infrastructure that is accessible to academia, start-ups, industry and R&D labs is a priority of the government. We need to address the problems of ease of access, maintenance, redundancy and duplication of expensive equipments in our Scientific Institutions. The desirability of establishing professionally managed, large regional centers in PPP mode housing high value scientific equipment should be examined,” he added.
 
Mr. Modi said seeding the power of ideas and innovation in schoolchildren woldu broaden the base of the innovation pyramid and secure the future of the nation. As a step in this direction, the Ministry of Science & Technology will initiate a programme focused on students of classes 6 to 10. The programme will scout, mentor, reward and showcase ten lakh top innovative ideas focused on local needs from 5 lakh schools.
 
“We must provide equal opportunities to the girl child to enrol and excel in the under-represented disciplines of science and engineering and ensure continued participation of trained women scientists in nation building,” he added.
 
The Prime Minister said that, for a large and diverse country like India, technology needed to span a wide range from advanced space, nuclear and defence technologies to rural development needs in providing clean water, sanitation, renewable energy, community health, and so on.
 
“While we excel globally, we also need to develop local solutions that fit our unique context. There is a need to develop appropriate micro-Industry models for the rural areas that use local resources and skills to meet the local needs and generate local enterprise and employment.
 
“For example, we should develop a host of technologies based on efficient co-generation for clusters of villages and semi-urban areas. These technologies should aim to convert agri and bio-waste to satisfy multiple needs of electricity, clean water, crop-processing and cold storage,” he added.
 
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Stressing the role of science in planning, decision making and governance, Geo-information Systems needed to be developed and deployed to meet the development goals of the citizens, Gram Panchayats, Districts and States. A coordinated effort by the Survey of India, ISRO and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology can be transformative, the Prime Minister said.
 
“For sustainable development, we must take strong measures to focus on Waste to Wealth Management in the critical areas of electronic waste, biomedical and plastic wastes, and solid waste and waste water solutions.
 
“We are scaling up R&D on clean carbon technologies, technologies for enhancement of energy efficiency and increased and efficient use of renewable energy. Focus on environment and climate remains our priority to ensure sustainable development. Our strong scientific community can also effectively address our unique challenges. For example, can we find farmer-centric solutions to the problem of crop burning? Can we redesign our brick kilns for reduced emissions and greater energy efficiency?
“Science and technology is a key factor in the Startup India Programme launched in January 2016. Two other strong initiatives are Atal Innovation Mission and NIDHI - the National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations. These programmes focus on building an innovation driven enterprise ecosystem. Further, Public-Private partnerships with CII, FICCI and high technology private companies are being pursued to strengthen the innovation ecosystem,” he added.
 
Andhra Pradesh Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Union Minister for Science & Technology, and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, and Earth Sciences Y. S. Chowdary, General President of the Indian Science Congress Association Professor D. Narayana Rao and Sri Venkateswara University Vice Chancellor Prof. A. Damodaram were present at the function.
 
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Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh become Open Defecation Free in urban areas

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Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh became the first states to declare all their cities and town as Open Defecation Free (ODF) as the Swachh Bharat Week, that began on September 25, concluded today on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
A few districts, including Porbandar in Gujarat, the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi, also declared their ODF status on the occasion, the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission, the national cleanliness campaign.
 
Porbandar district and all the 180 cities and towns in Gujarat were declared ODF in the presence of Union Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at a special programme in Porbandar.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu declared all 110 cities and towns in the State as ODF at a programme in Tirupati.
 
Addressing the participants of the Porbandar programme through a video-link, Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu said, “Declaration of Porbandar district and other areas as Open Defecation Free today is an interim gift to Mahatma on the occasion of his birth anniversary today and the final gift of Swachh Bharat would be presented to Gandhiji on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on October 2,2019.
 
"The Mood of Developing India (MODI) being strongly for sanitation, Swachh Bharat Mission is becoming a people’s movement and Swachh Bharat will be realized with people leading the grand India Sanitation Alliance of all stakeholders”.
 
In a similar address to Tirupati programme, Mr. Naidu urged the people to become ‘Swachhagrahis’ to make the country free from poor hygiene in the spirit of ‘Satyagrahis’ who won political freedom for the country under the leadership of Gandhiji. He said that Rs. 186 crore had been sanctioned today for Andhra Pradesh for focusing on solid waste management in urban areas.
 
Mr. Naidu complimented Chief Ministers, concerned Ministers, Mayors, Councilors, Municipal Commissioners, the people and all others concerned for making urban areas of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh Open Defecation Free.
 
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Speaking at a Short Film Festival on Sanitation, organized by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and National Film Development Corporation, Mr. Naidu said, “While Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered interest of the people in Swachh Bharat, the Mission is a people’s movement and the credit for building Swachh Bharat would go to the people and all stakeholders including Chief Ministers, elected representatives of the people and others. Mind and body are inseparable like the Advaita. A clean mind resides only in a clean body. Clean individuals make clean environment. Individual actions result in collective effort needed for Swachh Bharat.”. 
 
He complimented young filmmakers for making thought provoking short films on sanitation.
 
Mr. Naidu also released a book ‘In the Footsteps of Mahatma : Gandhi and Sanitation’ published by the Publications Division of the Ministry of I&B. The book was authored by Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar, a veteran Gandhian.
 
On the last day of Swachh Bharat Week today, Mr. Naidu also flagged off a Swachh Awareness Rally organized by NDMC. At a function, also organized by NDMC, Home Minister Rajnath Singh administered Swachhata Pledge at Connaught Place.
 
A Postal Stamp on Swachhat was released today by Mr. Naidu and Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha in New Delhi.
 
As many as 405 cities and towns have so far claimed to have become Open Defecation Free along with 20,000 of the 82,000 urban wards in the country. Another 334 cities and towns would become ODF by March next year.
 
Maharashtra, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other North-Eastern States are on course to declare all urban areas as ODF soon.
 
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PSLV-C35 to be launched on Sep 26 with earth observation satellite SCATSAT-1 on board

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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C35) will be launched at 9.12 am on September 26 with the 377 kg earth observation satellite SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather-related studies and seven co-passenger satellites on board.
 
The PSLV-C35 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota and the satellites will be placed in a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in an update on its website.
 
This will be the 37th flight of the workhorse PSLV. The co-passenger satellites include five from Algeria, Canada and the United States and include two from Indian universisties and academic institutions.
 
SCATSAT-1 will be placed into a 720 km polar SSO whereas the two Indian co-passenger satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 670 km polar orbit. 
 
This will be the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits. It will be the 15th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
 
According to ISRO, SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 Scatterometer to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users. 
 
The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2. 
 
The spacecraft is built around standard IMS-2 Bus. The mission life of the satellite is five years.
 
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Nadda launches “My Hospital” initiative for patient feedback on healthcare facilities

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Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J. P. Nadda launched the “Mera Aspataal /My Hospital” initiative here yesterday that is aimed at empowering patients by seeking their views on the quality of experience in a public healthcare facility.
 
Speaking on the occasion, he said that, by keeping patient satisfaction as the ultimate test for assessing quality of services provided by a healthcare facility, a paradigm shift was being made to expand the programmes from grassroots upwards to build the continuity of care.
 
Mr Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, and Mr Kamineni Srinivas, Minister of Health, Medical and Family Welfare, Andhra Pradesh were also present on the occasion, along with other senior officials.
 
The Health Minister said the ICT-based Patient Satisfaction System (PSS) “Mera Aspataal / My Hospital” will be implemented in public and empanelled private hospitals.
 
A multi-channel approach will be used to collect patients’ feedback throughweb portal, mobile application, Short Message Service (SMS) and Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS).
 
“I am sure that ‘Mera Aspataal’, together with the Kayakalp awards, as part of Swacchata Abhiyaan will spur the States in a spirit of friendly competition to get highest ratings for all their facilities," Mr. Nadda said.
 
He also released the operational framework for management of common cancers, Guidance Note for Outsourced Call Centre for tele-consultation, grievance redressal and providing information about schemes. The Health Minister also gave away awards to the states on the basis of Health Indicators and Service Delivery.
 
The award for best performing large state in decline in infant mortality rate (IMR) was given to Haryana and West Bengal. In this category, the best performing small states were Nagaland and Tripura. Similarly, for service delivery in public health facilities Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh were awarded amongst large states and Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh were awarded among small states. Best performing Union Territory was Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
 
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Higher coal production saves Rs 22,000 crore in foreign exchange: Govt.

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Higher production of coal during the current financial year has resulted in about 16 percent decrease in import of coal, leading to savings of about Rs 22,000 crore in foreign exchange, according to Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal.
 
Addressing the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Coal here yesterday, Mr Goyal said coal production at mines operated by Coal India Limited (CIL) went up by nine percent and that of  Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) by 23 percent.
 
An official press release said the committee reviewed the status of implementation of coal washeries and measures being taken for improvement of quality of coal by CIL and its subsidiaries.
 
Mr D N Prasad, Adviser (Projects), gave a detailed presentation highlighting long-term plan of washing and crushing of coal by setting up new coal washeries.
 
Members were informed that CIL had 15 washeries with capacity of 38 million tonns per year. As part of future plan, CIL proposed to build 15 new washeries for augmenting the demand of washed coal for energy needs and compliance of environmental regulations.
 
These washeries will be built in two phases on Build-Own-Maintain and EPC contract on turnkey basis and would be operational by September 2017, he said.
 
Regarding new initiatives taken for quality improvement of coal , the members were informed that from January 1 this year, it has been made mandatory to supply 100 percent crushed coal of (-) 100 mm size to power sector consumers having FSA, excluding pit -head power plants of NCL and ECL.
 
During 2015-16 a total of 63.8 MT crushing capacity has been added with installation of mobile crushers and feeder breakers.
 
Giving details of further improvement of third party sampling introduced on November 26, 2015, it was stated that an independent Third Party Agency was to be empanelled by Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research at the loading end on behalf of both the power plant and coal companies.
 
The new system started from January 1 in Northern Coalfields Limited.
 
During discussions, members gave several suggestions for mitigating water scarcity problem in the villages surrounding mining areas, using fly ash as a soil nutrient, setting up of washeries and crushers at same location, utilisation of washeries wastage and reducing coal thefts.
 
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In his response, Mr Goyal said directions had already been given to all companies to process the extracted water from the coal mines for supplying to nearby villages. 
 
Regarding utilisation of washeries wastage, he said efforts will be made to set up small power plants to supply power in nearby localities in consultation with State Governments.
 
In order to resolve issues concerning coal mining areas faster, he directed CMDs of coal companies to interact with Members of Parliament from coal-bearing States on the last Saturday, every three months.
 
The meeting, chaired by Mr Goyal, was attended by Lok Sabha Members Dalpat Singh Paraste, Hari Manjhi, Kaushlendra Kumar,  Midhun Reddy, Santosh Kumar , Laxmi Narayan Yadav, Ramchandra Paswan, Ravindra Kumar Pandey and Vijay Kumar Handsdak. Members of the Rajya Sabha present were Dr. Bhushan Lal Jangde and Dhiraj Prasad Sahu and Ms Renuka Chowdhary.
 
Mr Anil Swarup, Coal Secretary, CMDs and Directors of CIL and NLC Ltd and senior officers of the Ministry of Coal also attended the meeting.
 
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Former Odisha CM J B Patnaik passes away in Tirupati

 
Three-time Odisha CM Janaki Ballabh Patnaik passes away
Veteran Congress leader Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, who served thrice as Chief Minister of Odisha and was the Governor of Assam until recently, passed away in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, early today.
 
He was 88.
 
Sources said Mr Patnaik, who was in the well-known pilgrimage centre to attend the annual convocation of the Rashtriya Sanskrit University, was admitted to a local hospital aftr he complained of pain in the chest late last night.
 
Despite the best efforts of the doctors at the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), he could not be saved and breathed his last around 3 am today, the sources said.
 
Born on January 3, 1927 at Rameshwar in Puri district, Mr Patnaik became the Chief Minister of Odisha for the first time on June 9, 1980 and remained in office until December 7, 1989. He returned as Chief Minister onMarch 15, 1995 until February 17, 1999.
 
He became Governor of Assam on December 11, 2009 and remained in that position till December 10, 2014.
 
Mr Patnaik took his B.A. in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and then M. A. in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949.
 
In 1950, he became the president of the Odisha unit of the Youth Congess. In 1980, he became the Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Mr Patnaik, saying tht his contribution to the development of Odisha would always be remembered.
 
"Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family. Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," he said.
 
Odisha Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also condoled Mr Patnaik's death. The statement government announced a holiday today as a mark of respect to him and also declared a week-long state mourning.
 
His last rites will be performed in Puri, the sources added.
 
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Alstom begins manufacture of coaches for Kochi Metro at Sri City

The car body shell for Kochi Metro unveiled at Alstom Transport India Limited's manufacturing facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh on March 21, 2015.
The car body shell for Kochi Metro unveiled at Alstom Transport India Limited's manufacturing facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh on March 21, 2015.
Alstom Transport India Limited has commenced the manufacture of coaches for Kochi Metro Rail Limited at its manufacturing unit at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh
 
Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu unveiled the first "made in India" car-body shell for Kochi Metro at a function in Sri City yesterday.
 
Kerala Power And Metro Minister Aryadan Muhammed, Mr Varaprasad Rao Velagapalli, MP of Tirupati, Mr K.V. Thomas, MP of Kochi, Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France in India, Ms. Aude Flogny, Regional Director, South Asia, AFD and Mr. Dominique Pouliquen, Senior Vice President, Alstom Transport were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy jointed the function through teleconferencing from here.
 
Alstom was awarded a contract to supply 25 state-of-the-art Metropolis train sets to Kochi Metro. The first train sets are expected to be delivered in early 2016. 
 
Alstom is in charge of the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 25 standard track gauge trains with an option to supply 25 additional metro sets. Each train will be composed of three cars, about 65 m long and with a capacity to carry up to 975 passengers. 
 
Recently, Alstom was awarded two more contracts for Kochi Metro Project to supply signalling, telecom and electrification solutions.
 
“KMRL expects that our rolling stock will be one of the fastest delivered coaches for any metro project in this country with the most modern design and advanced technology while also being cost effective. Efforts have been taken to enhance the customer experience to all possible aspects in the train," KMRL Managing Director Elias George said on the occasion.
 
Mr. Bharat Salhotra, Managing Director, Alstom Transport India, said: “With the commencement of production at Sri City for Kochi Metro, Alstom Transport in India has added yet another feather in its cap. These trains will be manufactured end-to-end at our world class manufacturing facility at Sri City, which is a manifestation of the government's ‘Make in India’ vision. The order from Kochi is our second metro contract in the country after Chennai and reaffirms our commitment to provide 100% localised, competitive, innovative and high value products for our customers to serve the ever growing urban and mainline transportation market in India".
 
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Govt. to set up Indian Culinary Institute at Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh

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The Union Ministry of Tourism is setting up an Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) at Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh with a Northern Region Centre at Noida, Uttar Pradesh. 
 
Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha yesterday that the institute would offer programmes such as B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Culinary Arts; Diploma in Food & Beverage Service Management; short-term skill and knowledge upgradation programmes and skill and competency certification for practising chefs.
 
Mr Sharma said a technical committee was being constituted, with academic and industry experts, to plan and design course structure for basic and advanced culinary studies. An international collaboration is also being explored with a renowned culinary school, he said.
 
Among other things, the ICIs will promote research and innovation, document and create data base specific to Indian cuisine, commission studies and survey on Indian traditional cuisine, help trans-boundary propagation of Indian cuisine, as part of strategy for tourism promotion, develop cuisine tourism and provide trained manpower support in the form of speciaised faculty to the existing institutes of hotel management and to the hotel industry.
 
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Keys Hotels launches property at pilgrimage destination Tirupati

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Keys Hotels, a chain of mid-market hotels, has launched its 17th hotel in India -- Keys Hotel Vihas -- at Tirupati, the well-known pilgrimage destination.
 
With this, Berggruen Hotels Pvt. Ltd., which operates in India under the brand name of Keys Hotels and Keys Resorts, has extended its presence to 14 cities in India. The Tirupati hotel, its third in a pilgrimage destination in India,  will be operated on a Keys franchise, a press release from the company said.
 
 “The launch of Keys Vihas Hotel is yet another important milestone for Berggruen Hotels. It reaffirms the rapid growth story of the Keys brand. We are excited about the Tirupati property, and hope our guests too will be enthralled by the experience at the hotel," Mr. Sanjay Sethi, MD and CEO, Berggruen Hotels, said.
 
Located in heart of the city, Hotel Keys Vihas is at convenient distance from Tirumala Temple. The hotel is equipped with 58 rooms and three suites. Among other facilities, it has a multi-cuisine restaurant and two halls.
 
Mr. P. Rathnaiah, owner, Keys Hotel Vihas, Tirupati said “We are delighted at this alliance with a young and dynamic brand such as Keys Hotels. This partnership will help Vihas Hotel create a distribution footprint for its hotel business through their sales offices nationally.”
 
Funded by Berggruen Holdings, a New York headquartered proprietary fund, Berggruen Hotels was formed in September 2006. It launched its brand Keys Hotels in January 2007 and opened its first hotel in 2009 under this brand. 
 
Cities in which Keys Hotels has a presence include Ajmer, Aurangabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Jaipur, Ludhiana, Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai, Pune, Silvassa, Shirdi and Thiruvananthapuram.
 
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TTD deposits 1800 kgs of gold with State Bank of India

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer M G Gopal handed over 1800 kgs of gold ornaments, received as offerings from the thousands of devotees who come to pray at the temples here every year, as gold deposits to State Bank of India (SBI) Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya here yesterday.
 
Mr Gopal told mediapersons later that the gold deposits included ornaments, articles, gold on copper items and so on.
 
They have been deposited in SBI under the Gold Deposit Scheme for a period of five years at a rate of interest of 1%.
 
“TTD has not made any gold deposits since the last two years as the banks have stopped accepting gold due to the restrictions and impositions levied by RBI. After negotiating with various banks, SBI has first come forward to accept the gold deposits at the rate of 1% per annum and we welcomed it”, he added
 
Ms Bhattacharya said that, in terms of quantity, the deposit was the first of its kind in the country
 
"We are fortunate to be a part of this divine mission. The deposited gold will be taken to Government Mint at Mumbai by SBI by incurring transportation charges, transit insurance, melting and refining charges and pure gold of 0.995 purity is taken as gold deposit," she said.
years would also be converted into gold deposit,, it said.
 
At present TTD is having around 4335 kg of pure gold under gold deposits in SBI, Corporation Bank and Indian Overseas Bank. These gold deposits earn an interest of 70 kilos approximately every year for TTD. 
 
Since 2010, on maturity of gold deposits, TTD has converted the interest earned on gold deposits also into gold and added 85 kilos towards gold deposit, the release added.
 
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Battle against forest fire in Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh continues

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The major forest fire in Tirumala area, near the famousTirupati Temple, in Andhra Pradesh has been brought under control by the combined ground and air operations of Army and Air Force which are likely to continue till tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
The Air Force and Army continued with the fire fighting operations for the second day today to contain the raging fires in Seshachalam Forests that were inching closer to the Tirupati Temple, it said.
 
Two MI-17 V5 helicopters continued dousing the fire ferrying water using Bambi buckets. These helicopters were pressed into operations since early morning and flew 16 shuttles throughout the day. Aerial recce was conducted with District Commissioner and representative of the Temple Trust onboard a light Air Force helicopter. 
 
Meanwhile the C-130 continued scanning the areas for any remnants of the fire in the nearby jungles, the release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
"HQ Integrated Defence Staff is in touch with the authorities of the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam and continuously monitoring the Armed Forces response," it added.
 
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Army, Air Force launch joint action to control forest fire in Tirumala

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A coordinated effort by the Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) helped to control a huge forest fire in the Tirumala area of Andhra Pradesh, near the Tirupati temple, yesterday.
 
An official press release said here that the Ministry of Defence had received a message from the State Government around 1500 hours yesterday, informing it that a fire had broken out in the area and was inching towards the famous temple.
 
The Defence Crisis Management Group, an apex level body of Defence Forces for managing disaster situations, chaired by the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, immediately swung into action and within 15 minutes, a coordinated and integrated response was undertaken by the Army and the Air Force, it said.
 
Continuous aerial recces were launched by the Air Force to ascertain the extent of damage and spread of fire.
 
Initially an AN-32 aircraft carried out a recce of the area at 1800 hrs yesterday to provide full overview of the problem.
 
Another light helicopter based recce was launched an hour later. In the night, a C-130 aircraft got airborne at 2330 hrs and with its sophisticated gadgetry, recced the affected areas for fire spread that could affect the temple.
 
Two MI-17 V5 helicopters with Bambi buckets, with a capacity of 4000 litres of water each, reached Renigunta Airport and commenced the task of fire fighting. The helicopters carried out four sorties wherein all forest fires burning near the temple were extinguished. 
 
Two Army columns have also been moved from Chennai and reached Tirupati at 0400 hrs today. These are deployed to assist the State Administration in dealing with the crisis. 
 
"HQ Integrated Defence Staff is in touch with the authorities of the Tirupati Tirumala Devasthanam and continuously monitoring the Armed Forces response. The helicopter operations are likely to continue till tomorrow," the release added.
 
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India's industrial production grows by 2.6% in July 2013


 
India's industrial production grew by 2.6 per cent in July 2013 from the level in the same month of the previous year, an official statement said here today
 
Industrial output had declined by 2.2 per cent in June and by 1.6 percent in May after increasing by 2.5 per cent in March and 2.3 per cent in April.
 
The Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base 2004-05 for July, released by the Central Statistics Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation here today, said the General Index for the month stood at 171.5.
 
The cumulative growth for the period April-July 2013-14 over the corresponding period of the previous year stood at (-) 0.2%, the statement said.
 
According to it, the Indices of Industrial Production for the Mining, Manufacturing and Electricity sectors for July 2013 stood at 117.0, 182.7 and 164.5, respectively, with corresponding growth rates of  (-) 2.3%, 3.0% and 5.2% as compared to July 2012.
 
The cumulative growth in the three sectors during April-July 2013-14 over the corresponding period of 2012-13 was  (-) 4.0%, (-) 0.2% and 3.9%, respectively.
 
The statement said 11 of the 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector had shown positive growth in July 2013 as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.
 
It said the industry group ‘Electrical machinery & apparatus n.e.c.’ showed the highest positive growth of 83.6%, followed by 44.0% in ‘Wearing apparel; dressing and dyeing of fur’ and 16.5% in ‘Luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness & footwear; tanning and dressing of leather products’. 
 
On the other hand, the industry group ‘Radio, TV and communication equipment & apparatus’ showed a negative growth of 20.8% followed by 11.3% in ‘Furniture; manufacturing n.e.c.’ and 10.6% in ‘Machinery and equipment n.e.c.’.
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The statement said the growth rates in July 2013 over July 2012 were 1.7% in Basic goods, 15.6% in Capital goods and 2.4% in Intermediate goods.  Consumer durables and Consumer non-durables recorded growth of (-) 9.3% and 6.8%, respectively, with the overall growth in Consumer goods being (-) 0.9%.
 
Some of the important items which showed high positive growth during July over the same month in the previous year include ‘Fruit Pulp’ (50.5%), ‘Cashew Kernels’ (23.2%), ‘Apparels’ (39.8%), ‘Leather Garments’ (62.6%), ‘Purified Terephthalic Acid’ (29.6%), ‘Vitamins’ (61.8%), ‘Ayurvedic Medicaments’ (44.6%), ‘Cable, Rubber Insulated’ (336.0%) and ‘Ship Building & Repairs’ (58.7%).
 
Items which showed high negative growth were: ‘Grinding Wheels’ [(-) 29.4%], ‘Boilers’ [(-) 36.6%],  ‘Air Conditioner (Room)’ [(-) 30.8%], ‘Earth Moving Machinery’ [(-) 42.6%], ‘Sugar Machinery’ [(-) 27.9%], ‘Plastic Machinery Incl. Moulding Machinery’ [(-) 40.7%], ‘Transformers (Small)’             [(-) 22.7%], ‘Generator/ Alternator’ [(-) 42.0%], ‘Telephone Instruments (incl. Mobile Phones & Accessories)’ [(-) 21.5%] and ‘Gems and Jewellery’ [(-) 20.5%].
 
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Centre sanctions Rs 25.04 crore for mega tourism circuits in Andhra Pradesh

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Union Minister for Tourism K.Chiranjeevi has approved Central Finance Assistance (CFA) of Rs. 25.04 crore for ongoing tourism mega circuit projects at Tirupati and in Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
An official press release said the project at Tirupati had been sanctioned Rs 13.96 crore under the second instalment.
 
This project involves the development of tourism facilities at various temples in Chittoor district like Sri Kalyana Venkateshwara Swamy Temple, Sri Vedanaryana Swamy Temple, Srivari mettu, Chandragiri fort, Sri Kalahasteeshwara Temple and Sri Varasidhi Vinayaka Temple. These funds have been sanctioned for the construction of tourist arrival centres and  information centres, mini-cultural auditoriums, children's parks and renovation of Dwaja Stambham at various temples. 
 
An amount of Rs.11.08 crore has been sanctioned for the mega circuit project in Kadapa under the second instalment. Kadapa was selected as a mega circuit destination because of the presence of a chain of temples and forts that exist since the Vijayanagara empire. There are 21 temples and related forts covered under this project in Kadapa district that include Gandikota fort, Vaidhyanatha Swami Temple, Saumya Natha Temple, Kodandarama Temple, and Athirala Parasurma Temple. All these temples have immense antiquity and heritage importance, the release said.
 
Development of tourism facilities like construction of public toilets, drinking water facilities, landscaping & park development and tourist information centres at various locations shall be undertaken as part of the project, the release said.
 
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Royal Challengers post 190/3 against Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their in the Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action during their in the Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 6, 2013. Photo by Deepak Malik-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle hammered 61 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) post a formidable 190 for three from their 20 overs against Kings XI Punjab in the 51st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tonight.

RCB got off to a great start, after Kings XI won the toss and elected to field first, and Gayle and Cheteshwar Pujara put on 102 for the opening wicket in 11.1 overs.
 
Pujara, playing in his first IPL match this season, compiled a superb 51, while A B de Villiers remained unbeaten on 38 and Moises Henriques on 16.
 
The visitors put up 23/0 in the first four overs before shifting gears, with Pujara hitting Michael Neser over cover for four and Gayle then sending him over the ropes for two sixes. Eighteen runs came off that over, and 17 in the next as Pujara slammed Manpreet Gony for four fours. At the end of 10 overs they were on 88/0.
 
In the 12th over, Gayle lifted the first ball from Gony for a huge six over long-on to take the side past the hundred-mark. He was gone the next ball, playing across and missing it completely. Gayle's 61 came 33 balls and included three sixes and six fours. 
 
Pujara and skipper Virat Kohli added 31 for the second wicket before Pujara made his exit, bowled by Gony with the total at 133. His 51 was made off 48 balls and was studded with eight fours.
 
Kohli (14) did not stay much longer, and was caught by Shaun Marsh, running back from mid-wicket, off Parvinder Awana.
 
de Villiers and Henriques added 46 in their unfinished partnership for the fourth wicket. de Villiers hit two sixes and four fours in his 19-ball 38 while Henriqes smashed one six and two fours in his 16, made off seven balls.
 
For Kings XI, Gony took two for 41, while Awana picked up one.
 
Scoreboard:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Cheteshwar Pujara b Gony 51
Chris Gayle b Gony 61
Virat Kohli c Marsh b Awana 14
AB de Villiers not out 38
Moises Henriques not out 16
Extras (lb 5, w 4, nb 1) 10
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 190
Fall of wickets: 1-102 (Gayle, 11.2 overs), 2-133 (Pujara, 15.1), 3-144 (Kohli, 16.5)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-28-0
Parwinder Awana 4-0-28-1
Manpreet Gony 4-0-41-2
Michael Neser 4-0-62-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-26-0
 
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President to visit Tamil Nadu, AP on September 8-9

President Pranab Mukherjee will leave here tomorrow on a two-day tour to Chennai in Tamil Nadu and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh in what will be his first visit to a State outside Delhi since assuming office on July 25.

In Chennai, Mr Mukherjee will attend the valedictory function of the sesquicentennial celebrations of Madras High Court tomorrow. He will also deliver an address at a felicitation function organized by the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
 
In Tirupati, the President will inaugurate the Nandakam Complex of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams on September 9. He will also visit the S V Vedapatasala, Dharmagiri.
 
The President will return to New Delhi on the same day, an official press release added.
 
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E-auction of human hair fetches Rs 133 crore for TTD at Tirumala

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board today said the maiden e-auction of human hair, offered to the presiding deity of Sri Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala by devotees, fetched it an additional revenue of Rs 30 crore over the figure for last year.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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Govt. hands over 229 acres of land for Tirupati airport expansion

The Andhra Pradesh government has handed over 229.34 acres of land to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for expansion of the Tirupati airport.

In all, 701.96 acres of land are required for the expansion project. The remaining land is yet to be handed over, an official press release said here today.

The land required for the airport was being acquired from five villages -- Kurukalva, Kothapalem, Anagunta, R Mallavaram and Vikruthamala and Rs 100.96 crores funds towards land acquisition has been sanctioned.

The Rs 294 crore project will be taken up in three phases. The Rs 174 crore first phase would include construction of terminal buildings (Rs 102 crore), apron (Rs 17 crore) and other works (Rs 55 crores), the release added.

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Three engineering students killed in road accident in Andhra Pradesh

Three engineering students were killed when a bus in which they were travelling fell into a roadside ditch at Srinivasa Mangapuram, about 20 kms from here today.

According to police, an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bus, which was carrying 45 passengers, was proceeding to Tirupati from Madanapalle when it fell into a roadside ditch near the railway gate located at Srinivasa Mangapuram.


Two engineering students were killed on the spot and 25 others injured, five of them seriously, including the bus driver.


The injured were shifted to government Ruia hospital in Tirupati through four 108 ambulances. Another engineering student succumbed to injuries at the hospital, police said.


The deceased were identified as Manikanta, Munichandra and Anil (all below 23 years and studying at Sree Vidyanikehhan Engineering College).


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