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Gadkari inaugurates, lays foundation stone of 39 National Highway projects in Andhra Pradesh

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Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of 39 National Highway  Projects in Andhra Pradesh at a function at Akidu in West Godavari district on Monday.These include construction of eleven road over-bridges (ROBs) under Setu Bhartam programme. 
 
The projects have in all a length of 1384 kms, and involve investment of Rs 16,878 crore, an official press release said.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gadkari said the length of National Highways (NHs) in Andhra Pradesh had gone up from 4193 km before May, 2014, when the present government took over at the Centre, to 7246 km (including in-principle NHs) -- an increase of 3053 km length.
 
He said the total likely investment for development of national highways in the state was Rs. 1,00,000 crore.
 
Under the Bharatmala scheme, about 2,520 km of roads amounting to Rs 44,000 crore have been envisaged. Under SethuBhartam, 31 ROBs have been approved with cost of about Rs 2,500 crore. Out of these, 18 ROBs amounting to Rs 1,310 crore have been sanctioned which are at construction/award stage. In addition, 136 CRF works for total length of 1,805 km amounting to Rs 1,769 crore have been sanctioned since May 2014 in Andhra Pradesh. Out of these, 56 works for total length of 835 km amounting to Rs 570 crore have been completed, he said.
 
He said a total of 108 projects costing Rs. 1,64,719 crore were identified for the State. Of these, 19 projects worth Rs. 2242 crore have been completed till October 2018. He said 53 focus projects of Rs 33,042 crore are planned for completion during 2018-20. 
 
As many as 27 projects are under implementation with investment of Rs 83,713 crore and 38 projects with investment of Rs 74,000 crore are under various stages of development. Further, detailed project reports (DPRs) are under preparation for 23 projects worth Rs 4,151 crore, he said.
 
Mr. Gadkari, who also holds the portfolios of Shipping, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said a roadmap had been developed for increasing the capacity of Visakhapatnam Port to 211 MMTPA by 2025 from the existing 152 MMTPA.
 
Eleven port capacity expansion projects costing Rs 2,536 crore have also been identified to add 71 MMTPA capacity.
 
He said 36 road projects are planned for the State under Sagarmala Programme. Of these, 35 are by NHAI/ MoRTH, and one by the Port Trust. He said three projects have been completed and eight projects are under implementation. 
 
He said 19 Railway Projects worth Rs 10,000 crore are also planned, of which nine are by Indian Railways, six by IPRCL and four by Andhra Pradesh Ports department. He said, six projects have been completed, and another six are under implementation.
 
Mr. Gadkari said nine industrial clusters are being developed under Sagarmala programme in the State. These include, port-based mega food processing park in Kakinada-Godavari Mega Aqua Food park costing Rs 373 crore which has already been completed. 
 
APIIC Mega Food Park worth Rs 375.3 crore, Greenfield Electronics manufacturing Cluster in Renigunta and Yerpdeu Mandal- Chittor District- Tirupati costing Rs 9706.75 crore, Greenfield Electronics manufacturing Cluster in Vikruthamala Village - Yerpadu Mandal - Chittor District – Tirupati costing Rs 5719.8 crore, Greenfield Electronics manufacturing Cluster in Cherivi Village - Satyavedu Mandal - Chittor District – Tirupati costing Rs 1604.41 crore, and 6340 MW Power Cluster - Krishnapatnam worth Rs 37428 crore are under implementation. 
 
DPR is to be prepared for Petrochemical cluster worth Rs 4520 crore in Kakinada, Export based apparel cluster in central AP for Rs 3321 crore, and Cement cluster in AP worth Rs 24500 crore.
 
The Minister said, under the coastal community development programme, Center of Excellence for Maritime & Shipbuilding is being set up in Visakhapatnam with total cost of Rs 574 crore. 
 
He said DPR has been prepared for five fishing harbor projects worth 1500 crore under Sagarmala. These include, Fishing Harbour in Juvvaladinne in SPSR Nellore District  for 242 crore, Phase 2 development of existing fishing harbour at Machilipatnam in Krishna district – Rs 252 crore, Phase 2 development of existing fishing harbour at Nizampatnam in Guntur district - Rs 341 crore, Development of fishing harbour at Vodarevu in Prakasam district for Rs 409 crore, and Development of fishing harbour at Uppada -V U. Kotapalli -M in East Godavari district - Rs 289 crore.
 
Under the Coastal Berth Scheme, nine Ro-Ro and tourism jetty projects worth Rs 560 crore have been taken up, in addition to another three projects worth 200 crore.
 
The Minister said, National Waterway-4 with total length of 1078 km was declared in November 2008. These include, River Godavari (Bhadrachalam to Rajahmundry) - 171 kms, River Krishna (Wazirabad to Vijayawada) - 157 kms, Kakinada Canal (Kakinada to Rajahmundry) -  50 kms, Eluru Canal (Rajahmundry to Vijayawada) - 139 Kms, Commamur Canal (Vijayawada to Pedaganjam) - 113 kms, North Buckingham Canal (Pedaganjam to Chennai) - 316 kms, South Buckingham Canal (Chennai to Merkanam) - 110 kms, and Kaluvelly Tank (Markanam to Puducherry) - 22 kms. He said, NW-4 was extended to a revised length of 2890 kms by NW Act-2016 by including River Krishna from Wazirabad to Galagali (628 Km) and River Godavari from Bhadrachalam to Nasik (1184Km).
 
He said, development work on some of these stretches has commenced in 2017-18. Ro-Ro services from Ibrahimpatnam to Lingayapalem are ready for commencement. He said development of this stretch will provide an efficient logistics solution to boost the economic growth of the region and facilitate the development of the capital city Amravati during its early development stage as substantial construction material is expected to be transported on this stretch of NW-4.
 
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Mega irrigation project Polavaram sets two new records

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Navayuga Engineering Company Limited (NECL), which is building the world's largest flood discharge capacity dam at Polavaram in Andhra Pradesh, has claimed that it has entered the Guinness World Records for the most concrete continuously poured in 24 hours and the largest continuous concrete pour while working on the project.
 
A press release from the company said it had created the world record by pouring 32,315 cubic metres of concrete in 24 hours. The concrete work to make the spillway began at 8 am on Sunday, January 6 and concluded at 8 am on January 7, Monday.
 
"It was the unparalleled planning and engineering skills of NEC that made realize a task of such mammoth proportions," it said.
 
Polavaram witnessed 20 agitator trucks delivering concrete from 10 batching plants and 90 transit mixers that were engaged in this incredible engineering feat. The attempt was monitored by an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records in the presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, the release said.
 
Mr. Naidu, who was on his 30th visit to the Polavaram Irrigation Project site, said, “We congratulate the team at Navayuga and everyone who has been part of the project for achieving the feat and developing such a mammoth project in such a short period of time. For those who say Indians can't perform, Polavaram Irrigation Project is an answer to them. India has not seen a project of this size and scale. We have not just accomplished a colossal infrastructure milestone but have brought India on a global map by breaking the earlier records. Every Monday has been a ‘Polavaram Day’ as we have been reviewing the status of this project every Monday consistently. In the process we have countered and resolved multiple challenges and have been able to accomplish the work in a very short period of time. We aim to complete this project by May this year which will solve the water problems of millions of people."
 
Mr. Sridhar Chinta, Managing Director, Navayuga Engineering Company Limited said, “It is an extremely proud moment for Navayuga to be a part of such an iconic and landmark project in terms of its scale, expanse and impact on livelihood. Taking up the challenge of building this mega project is a perfect showcase of NEC’s superior and world-class engineering capabilities. Working tirelessly round the clock to achieve an epoch-making feat in just 24 hours is a true testament to the hard work, dedication and sincerity of every member of the Navayuga family. This is a significant step towards achieving the real victory, delivering a half-century old dream of the people of Andhra Pradesh, the Polavaram Project, before the start of the next monsoon season. This is indeed a very proud moment not just for NEC, but also for the state of Andhra Pradesh and the nation.”
 
The project once completed will irrigate a total of 42 lakh acres ayacut in two phases and influence the supply of water to all 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. The project envisages meeting the water supply needs of an aggregate population of 20 million.
 
The project has a total of 48 gates, each of height 20 m and a width of 16 m and spanning a total of 1,119 m. It required pouring of 36.7 lakh cubic meters of concrete, 50,000 tonnes of steel and 9,30,000 tonnes of cement, all in record time to complete the project. 
 
The Polavaram spillway is set to have one of the highest discharge capacities in the world. At 50 lakh cusecs, it is all set to surpass even the 3 Gorges Dam of China, one of the largest dams in the world, which has a discharge capacity of 47 lakh cusecs. The total storage capacity of the water reservoir is 119 TMC, the release added.
 
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Foundation stone laid for Andhra Secretariat Complex in Amaravati

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the State Secretariat Complex in this upcoming state capital.
 
The launch of the work on the complex at Rayapudi village in Guntur district on the banks of river Krishna comes four-and-half years after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Naidu said the foundation stone for the complex, which comprises five towers, marked a major milestone in the development of the state capital.
 
He thanked the farmers for parting with 33,000 acres of land under the land pooling process for developing the State capital.
 
Naidu said the whole world was looking at Andhra as the Secretariat Complex would be a jewel in the crown.
 
Coming up on a 41-acre site, the complex is expected to be amongst the largest such constructions in the country featuring 50 storeys and built-up area of 6.9 million square feet.
 
The complex, housing the seat of governance, can accommodate 145 departments, over 16,000 employees and 10,000 visitors.
 
Four towers will have 40 floors each, while the fifth will have 50 floors and will also house the Chief Minister's Office and General Administration Department.
 
The complex, to be built at a cost of Rs 4,890 crore, will also have 1.3 million square feet parking facility for 4,000 cars.
 
According to officials, Foster Partners have provided the master design for the Complex. Construction major Shapoorji Pallonji are executing the construction work.
 
The Capital Regional Development Authority (CRDA) and the Amaravati Development Corporation (ADC) will oversee the work.
 
Currently, the State Secretariat is functioning from an interim complex built at Velagapudi village in capital region Amaravati in 2016.
 
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Cyclone Phethai: Over 50 trains cancelled in Andhra

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The South Central Railway has cancelled over 50 trains in coastal Andhra Pradesh in view of severe cyclonic storm Phethai, which is set to hit the coast near Kakinada on Monday afternoon.
 
Many trains from Vijayawada to various destinations in coastal Andhra were suspended as a precautionary measure.
 
The Visakhapatnam-Guntur Simhadri Express, Guntur-Visakhapatnam Simhadri Express, Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada Ratnachalam Express, Vijayawada-Visakhapatnam Ratnachalam Express, Narsapur-Nidadavolu Link Express and Nidadavolu-Narsapu Link Express were among the trains cancelled.
 
Passenger trains between Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Guntur and Bhimavaram were also cancelled.
 
Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) passenger trains between Vijayawada and destinations like Rajahmundry, Kakinada Port, Tenali, Bhimavaram, Guntur and Machilipatnam, MEMU trains between Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam, Visakhapatnam and Kakinada Port, Tenali and Guntur, Visakhapatnam and Rajahmundry, Rajahmundry and Bhimavaram, Bhimavaram and Nidadavolu, Rajahmundry and Narasapur and Narasapur and Guntur were also cancelled.
 
The other cancelled trains include Kakinada Port-Kotipalli Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) passenger, Kotipalli-Kakinada Port DMU passenger, Machilipatnam-Gudivada, Bhimavaram-Rajahmundry, Nidadavolu-Bhimavaram, Ongole-Guntur passenger trains.
 
Vinod Kumar Yadav, General Manager, South Central Railway directed officials of divisions likely to be affected to be prepared to handle any emergency situation.
 
Helplines were opened at Vijayawada, Guntur and Guntakal station for round-the-clock monitoring of the situation.
 
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ED summons TDP MP after raids at residence, offices

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials on Saturday conducted searches at the residence and offices of former Union Minister and TDP MP Y. S. Chowdary here for alleged financial irregularities and asked him to appear before the agency on November 27.
 
According to ED, searches conducted at seven locations in Hyderabad and one in Delhi revealed that the banks have been defrauded by companies owned by Chowdary to the tune of over Rs 5,700 crore.
 
The ED seized six luxury cars including Ferrari, Range Rover, and Benz from Chowdary's residence. These vehicles, registered in the name of dummy companies, have been seized under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
 
Documents recovered revealed that various FEMA/DRI/CBI cases were existing against the group companies. Similarly documents related to forex transactions were also seized, the ED said in a statement.
 
"Documents recovered indicate that they are controlling over 120 companies and most of them are non-operating or companies on paper only without any genuine business activities," it said.
 
Preliminary investigations indicate that certain loans to group companies were sanctioned against the personal guarantee of Chowdary.
 
Chowdary, a member of the Rajya Sabha, is a close aide of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
Chowdary was Minister of Science and Technology in the Narendra Modi Cabinet till March when the TDP pulled out of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
 
The raids were conducted in connection with three FIRs registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on complaints from three banks stating that the consortium of banks were cheated to the tune of Rs 364 crore by Best & Crompton Engineering Projects Ltd, Chennai (BCEPL), which had obtained loans by falsification of accounts and submission of false statements.
 
Meanwhile, Sujana Group said in a statement that the ED team from Chennai had come to gather some information with regard to a 10-year-old case and the same was provided to it. The group denied that lookout notices were issued for some directors.
 
Saturday's raids came just days after the Andhra Pradesh government withdrew the "general consent" it had earlier given to the CBI to operate within its territory.
 
The CBI now requires the permission of the Andhra Pradesh government to conduct raids in the state.
 
The move had come following a series of raids by the Income Tax authorities against TDP leaders including Naidu's close aide and MP C.M. Ramesh.
 
The party leaders alleged that the Modi government was misusing central agencies to target them.
 
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Four of a family charred to death in Andhra

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Four members of a family were charred to death in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district on Sunday, police said.
 
The couple and their children were burnt alive while they were asleep at their home in Rajulakandriga village in the early hours of the day.
 
According to police, charred remains of Srinivas Reddy, 38, an autorickshaw driver, his wife Bujjamma, 33, daughter Bhaviah, 4, and son Nitin, 3, were found on a bed.
 
Senior police officers along with forensic experts rushed to the scene and gathered clues.
 
Police were investigating the cause of fire. They suspect that cooking gas leakage might have led to the tragedy.
 
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Andhra CM inducts two ministers in cabinet

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday expanded his cabinet with the induction of two ministers.
 
Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan administered the oath of office and secrecy to NMD Farooq and Kidari Sravan at a ceremony attended by Naidu, his other cabinet colleagues and senior officials.
 
Farooq, a member of the State Legislative Council, had been serving as the chairman of the Upper House of the state legislature. 
 
He had earlier served as a Minister in the cabinet of N.T. Rama Rao and Chandrababu Naidu in undivided Andhra Pradesh.
 
Sravan is the son of Kidari Sarveswara Rao, who was gunned down by Maoists in Visakhapatnam district in September. Sarvesawara Rao was a member of the State Legislative Assembly from Araku.
 
With this expansion, Naidu has given representation to Muslims and tribals in the cabinet, seven months before the Assembly elections.
 
Farooq, a senior leader of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), is likely to be allotted the minorities welfare portfolio while Sarvan, who is not a member of either house of the state legislature, is expected to get tribal welfare. 
 
The induction of two ministers has taken the strength of the cabinet to 26. 
 
The two cabinet berths were vacant after two ministers belonging to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resigned from Telugu Desam Party (TDP)-led government in March. 
 
This followed TDP pulling out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.
 
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IndiGo to introduce flights from Vijayawada to Singapore in partnership with Andhra Pradesh government

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Low-cost carrier IndiGo today said it would operate two weekly non-stop services between Vijayawada and Singapore from December 4, 2018 as part of a collaborative effort with the Andhra Pradesh government to provide air connectivity between the two cities.
 
"As part of the strategic partnership between the two, the low cost airline will operate two weekly non-stop services between Vijayawada and Singapore effective December, 2018. The first flight will fly out of Vijayawada International Airport on December 04, 2018," a press release from the airline siad.
 
Mr. Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary - Energy, I&I, Andhra Pradesh government, said, “We feel exited to engage IndiGo Airline being a most preferred airline to connect state capital Vijayawada to Singapore. This will fulfil the dreams of Telugu Diaspora in Singapore and great convenience for our investors and business community”. 
 
Mr Virender Singh, CEO- APADCL said “this is just a beginning to add more such flights to many more destinations”.
 
Mr. William Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer, IndiGo said, “We feel absolutely privileged to be the first domestic airline to launch international services from Vijayawada in association with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. These twice weekly non-stop flight services between Vijayawada and Singapore will further augment our regional connectivity that we aspire to provide across domestically and internationally. IndiGo will continue to provide an on-time, courteous and hassle-free service, and affordable fares to our customers, as always.”
 
"The new flights are designed to cater to business and leisure travelers from Vijayawada, who are constantly on the lookout for new and affordable flying options," the release said.
 
IndiGo currently operates five daily non-stop flights between India and Singapore. These include two daily non-stop flights to Chennai and one each to Bengaluru, Tiruchirapalli and Kolkata.
 
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Six of family die in Andhra accident

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Six members of a family were killed and 15 others injured in a road accident in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district early on Wednesday, police said.
 
The passengers were travelling in an auto trolley which was hit by a truck from behind near Peddahutur village.
 
The family was on their way to a 'dargah' at Eltari for a tonsuring ceremony of a newborn when the accident occurred.
 
According to the police, 21 people were travelling in the vehicle. The dead included three youth, two children and a woman.
 
The injured were admitted to a government-run hospital in Kurnool.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed officials to provide the best possible treatment to the injured.
 
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Man, two children die of electrocution in Andhra Pradesh

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A house warming ceremony turned tragic for a family in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district on Thursday as a man and his two children died of electrocution.
 
The incident occurred in Ganikapudi village in Prathipadu.
 
Yesu (28) was holding a cable wire in his hand when he was electrocuted. As his five-year-old son Solomon Raju and three-year-old daughter Rani were standing close by, they were also electrocuted.
 
Yesu, hailing from Prakasam district, along with his family had come to his brother's house for the ceremony.
 
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Andhra Pradesh cuts petrol, diesel prices by Rs 2

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In a move to provide some relief to people reeling under increasing fuel prices, the Andhra Pradesh government on Monday announced reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per litre in the state.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced in the state Assembly that this decision will come into effect from Tuesday.
 
Andhra Pradesh has the third highest percentage of VAT on petrol (35.77 per cent) after Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, and highest 28.08 per cent on diesel.
 
Naidu said that, owing to the reduction in VAT, the state would lose Rs 1,120 crore in revenues annually.
 
He made the announcement on a day when the Congress and the Left parties called for a nation-wide shutdown to protest fuel price hike.
 
The activists of Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP) also took part in the protests against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government across Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring Telangana.
 
Naidu, whose party pulled out of NDA in March, accused the Centre of misleading the people by attributing the steep hike in the prices of petrol and diesel to growing crude oil prices globally.
 
The TDP chief pointed out that the crude oil price during 2013-14 was 105.52 dollars per barrel but even when the price fell to 46 dollars, the NDA government did not pass on the benefit to common man.
 
Naidu said the current price of crude oil is 72.23 dollars but the Narendra Modi government is increasing the prices every day, burdening the common man.
 
He demanded that the Centre, too, provide relief to people by cutting down taxes on fuel prices.
 
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Minor boy chokes on ingested pen cap, dies

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An 8-year-old boy choked to death after swallowing a pen cap at his school in Andhra Pradesh's Nellore district on Thursday, police said.
 
Class 3 student B. Naga Vinay was copying a lesson written on the blackboard in his notebook when he accidentally ingested the pen cap he had put in his mouth. He was rushed to a primary health centre but died of chocking, police added.
 
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Eight workers killed in Andhra quarry blast

 
8 killed, several injured in quarry blast in Kurnool
 
 
At least eight workers were killed in a blast in a quarry in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district on Friday, police said.
 
Another eight workers were also injured in the incident that took place in Hathi Belgal village in Alur 'mandal' (block) of Kurnool district.
 
The injured were admitted to the government hospital in Alur, where the condition of three is stated to be critical.
 
About 20 workers belonging to Odisha were believed to be in a shed when the blast occurred. The police suspect that some more workers could be trapped inside.
 
A fire which broke out with the blast engulfed the shed. Three tractors, one lorry and two sheds were destroyed in the fire.
 
The huge blast also damaged a few houses near the quarry. 
 
The blast which was heard at a distance of more than 10 km sent panic among the residents. The cause of the blast could not be known immediately.
 
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Six die in gas leakage in Andhra steel plant

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Six workers died and two others were taken ill in a gas leakage at a multinational steel company in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur district on Thursday evening, police said.
 
The incident occurred in Gerdau Steel plant on the outskirts of Tadipatri town.
 
The gas leakage occurred in furnace wing of the plant. Eight of the workers collapsed after inhaling the gas while others managed to escape in time.
 
Eye witnesses said two workers died on the spot. Six others were shifted to nearby hospital, where four workers succumbed.
 
The deceased have been identified as B. Ranganath, 21, K. Manoj, 24, S.A. Wasim, 39, U. Gangadhar, 37, Guravaiah, 40, and K Siva Maddileti alias Lingaiah, 26.
 
Gerdau Steel, one of the largest steel companies worldwide, said it had suspended operations at the unit and will resume only after an extensive safety inspection.
 
"Gerdau sadly informs that an accident occurred at its Tadipatri steel plant, in India, this evening, resulting in six causalties. Gerdau immediately provided medical assistance and the workers were sent to the local hospital," the company said in a brief statement.
 
"The company is assisting the family of the victims and is working to determine the cause of the accident. The company is also extending all cooperation to local authorities," it added.
 
Gerdau is the leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special long steel in the world. It has more than 45,000 employees and industrial operations in 14 countries, according to the information on its website.
 
The plant in Andhra was Gerdau's first in Asia and it has capacity to produce 300,000 tons of special steel per year.
 
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Bodies of three Andhra students recovered from Krishna river

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The bodies of three out of the four engineering students from Andhra Pradesh who were drowned in Krishna river near here on Saturday, were fished out on Sunday, police said.
 
Rescue workers found the bodies of three students while the search was still on for the fourth. The bodies of Praveen, 18, Chaitanya, 18, and Srinath, 19, were shifted to a government hospital in Vijayawada for autopsy.
 
Police said the rescue workers were still searching for Rajkumar, 19. The incident occurred at Pavitra Sangamam, the confluence points of Krishna and Godavari rivers at Ibrahimpatnam.
 
Five students of second year of a private engineering college had gone there for a picnic. When one of them was drowning while taking a bath, three others tried to save him but all of them were washed away in strong currents. The fifth student alerted the police.
 
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and divers joined the rescue operations. The rescue work was called off on late on Saturday and resumed early Sunday.
 
Police said one of the students crossed the safety railing, which led to the tragedy.
 
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Nine killed in road accident in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh

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Nine persons were killed and four others injured when a bus hit an auto-rickshaw in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district early on Sunday, police said.
 
The accident occurred near Somayajulapalle on the Kurnool-Nandyal highway.
 
The state-owned Road Transport Corporation bus hit the auto-rickshaw, which was carrying 13 people. While seven died on the spot, two others succumbed to their injuries in a nearby hospital. 
 
The injured were shifted to a government hospital in Kurnool.
 
According to the police, three auto-rickshaws were coming from wrong direction. While two vehicles passed safely, the third was hit by the bus.
 
A group of villagers from Penugondla and Kalapari villages had boarded the auto-rickshaws to go to Mahanandi village near Nandyal town for naturopathy treatment. Most of the deceased were old and ill.
 
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World Cup: Switzerland beat Serbia in Group E clash

A late goal by Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland a 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here.
 
Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Serbia the lead in the fifth minute during the match on Friday.
 
Switzerland equalised in the second half, thanks to a superb long range strike by Granit Xhaka (52nd).
 
Shaqiri (90th) found the winning goal in the final minute of regulation time.
 
Switzerland thus became the first team at this World Cup to clinch a come-from-behind victory after conceding first.
 
They now have four points from two matches, having held title contenders Brazil to a draw in their campaign opener.
 
They are at the same number of points as Brazil, but sit at the second place behind the South Americans due to an inferior goal difference.
 
Serbia are on three points from two games. They are currently third in the group.
 
Serbia enjoyed a promising start when Dusan Tadic won the ball near the corn er flag and sent in a cross which was headed in by Mitrovic.
 
The setback galvanised the Swiss who dominated possession for the rest of the game.
 
But despite being under considerable pressure, the Serbian defence prevented the Swiss from creating too many clear chances in the first half.
 
Switzerland finally made their domination count when Shaqiri's shot was bloc ked by the Serbian defence.
 
Xhaka pounced on the loose ball and unleashed a first time attempt from outside the penalty box which beat Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic with its pace and vicious swing before bulging the net.
 
Xhaka is the third Swiss player to score in more than one World Cup tournament.
 
He follows in the footsteps of former stars Jacques Fatton and Andre Abegglen.
 
Abegglen scored in the 1934 and 1938 World Cups while Fatton scored at the 1950 and 1954 editions.
 
Shaqiri hit the post soon after with a curling attempt from the right edge of the Serbia box.
 
Serbia did have their chances in the second half, not least a square pass across the face of goal by Aleksandar Kolarov which missed the extended leg of a Serbian player at the far post by mere inches.
 
Shaqiri found the winner in the closing stages off the counter.
 
He latched on to a pass out of defence, made a solo run from the half line with the Serbian defence caught off guard, before scoring with a calm finish.
 
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Girl dies as giant wheel crashes in Andhra

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In a tragic incident, an eight-year-old girl died and six others were injured when a cabin of a giant wheel crashed in Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur town on Sunday night, police said.
 
The incident occurred during a fair when one of the cabins of the merry-go-round wheel came crashing after its bolt gave way.
 
The girl, identified as Amrutha, died on the spot while six others including three children suffered injuries and were admitted to a private hospital in the town.
 
The fun time for children during summer holidays turned into tragedy with the crash during the Robo Animals Exhibition on Exhibition Ground in the town.
 
The tragedy struck when Amrutha's parents and relatives of the others were recording the fun ride on their mobile phones. The video of the crash went viral on social media on Monday.
 
After the crash, visitors beat up the wheel operator. Police rescued and arrested him. 
 
Relatives of the deceased and injured alleged that the accident occurred due to the operator's negligence as he did not stop the wheel despite being alerted about the bolt being loose.
 
Police seized the giant wheel and registered a case against the wheel operator.
 
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Andhra launch capsize: 12 bodies recovered

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Bodies of 12 persons including two children were retrieved from Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday as a search was on for others who went missing after a launch capsized the previous evening.
 
Rescue workers pulled out the launch by using boats and heavy cranes. Earlier, the Indian Navy personnel traced the launch reportedly at a depth of 60 feet.
 
Teams from the Navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were engaged in the rescue operations with the help of Navy helicopters.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who rushed to the scene to supervise rescue operations, told reporters that 10 more bodies were yet to be pulled out.
 
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m.
 
The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way to Rajamahendravaram. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.
 
Naidu announced Rs 10 lakh compensation for the next-of-kin of each of the deceased. He said the government would provide jobs to one member each from the families of the victims and would also make arrangements for free education for their children.
 
The Chief Minister said human error led to tragedy. He was informed by the officials that the launch was carrying cement bags and two-wheelers.
 
When the boat was caught in gusty winds and rains, those onboard closed the windows. This led to the capsize and also sealed the escape routes.
 
The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in the Godavari river in the same district on May 11.
 
The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.
 
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Andhra launch capsize: Search on for over 30 missing

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Rescue operations continued on Wednesday in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh where over 30 people are feared drowned after a launch capsized last evening.
 
Personnel from the Indian Navy have traced the launch, which is said to be at a depth of 60 feet. Rescue workers were trying to break open the windows to pull out the bodies, an official said.
 
Teams from the Navy, state disaster management department and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel were engaged in the rescue operations. 
 
They were mobilising heavy cranes near the shores to retrieve the launch that capsized on Tuesday.
 
The rescue work, which was halted late on Tuesday due to bad weather, resumed early on Wednesday. A helicopter was also pressed into service as part of the rescue work.
 
The incident occurred near Manturu in Devipatnam block of East Godavari district around 5 p.m. There were about 50 people on the boat when it capsized and 10 of them including two women swam to safety.
 
The boat, which sailed from Kondamodalu, was on its way Rajamahendravaram. It is believed to have capsized due to gusty winds.
 
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed the officials to undertake rescue operations on a war footing.
 
The incident came close on the heels of a boat with over 100 tourists catching fire in the Godavari River in the same district on May 11. The passengers had a narrow escape as the driver wheeled the boat to the shore and they jumped off before the entire boat was completely destroyed.
 
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Andhra CM to be guardian of 9-year-old rape victim

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday announced that he will act as guardian of a nine-year-old rape victim and bear all expenses of her education.
 
After calling on the victim at government-run hospital in Guntur town, he said he would provide his personal money for her education till she achieves her goal in the life.
 
Naidu said while the girl's parents would do their duty, he would ensure best education for her with all facilities.
 
"I have already asked the District Collector to identify the best school in Guntur," he said.
 
The state government has already announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the family of the victim. Naidu on Saturday announced that another Rs 5 lakh would be made fixed deposit in the girl's name.
 
He also assured two acres of land for the family for agriculture, a job to her father and house site.
 
The girl was raped by 50-year-old rickshaw puller on Wednesday in Dachepalli in Guntur district, causing public outrage. The accused later committed suicide by hanging near the village.
 
Calling for publicly hanging the rapists, Naidu said his government would be tough in dealing with such criminals.
 
The Chief Minister said there was a need to instil fear in rapists that the day they commit such heinous crime will be their last day on earth. "Only this fear could act as a deterrent," he added.
 
Naidu said there would be no place for such people in the state. "Man should live like man not like beast," he said.
 
He also announced that the government will set up special courts for early trial of rape cases. He appealed to lawyers not to defend the accused. "Lawyers are also part of the society. They too have children," he said.
 
He called for conducting rallies across the state on Monday with the slogan 'Let us save the daughters' and appealed to all people to participate.
 
Voicing concern over the misuse of technology and the menace of porn films on Internet also resulting in such incidents, Naidu said the government would work out how to deal with this problem.
 
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5-year-old Andhra girl raped by minor

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In another shocking incident of rape of minor girls in Andhra Pradesh, a five-year-old was sexually assaulted by a 15-year-old boy with the help of three friends on Friday, police said.
 
The incident occurred in Tetali village near Tanuku in West Godavari district.
 
The boy lured the girl with the offer of chocolates and took her to a toilet of a local school and raped her. Three of his friends of the accused allegedly helped him by standing guard.
 
The incident came to light after the girl returned home and started bleeding. When questioned by her parents, she narrated the incident.
 
The victim's family lodged a complaint with police, which picked up the boys. However, no case was registered as the families of the accused were talking to the relatives of the victim for a "compromise".
 
This is the second incident of rape of a minor girl in the state in three days. In Dachepalle of Guntur district, a 50-year-old man had raped a nine-year-old girl on Wednesday. The incident triggered public outrage.
 
The accused, a rickshaw puller, was Friday found hanging from a tree in a village near Dachepalle. Police said he committed suicide.
 
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Chandrababu Naidu on day-long fast to protest injustice to Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who turned 68 on Friday, began his day-long fast to protest what he calls the injustice being meted out to the state by the Central government.
 
Naidu launched the 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' hunger strike at Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada. The fast, which began at 7 a.m., will conclude at 7 p.m.
 
State ministers Kala Venkat Rao, D. Umamaheswara Rao, Nara Lokesh, Kollu Ravindra, MPs and state legislators and leaders of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) joined him in the fast at the massive programme organised by the state government.
 
Naidu garlanded statues of Mahatma Gandhi, B.R. Ambedkar, Jyotirao Phule and N.T. Rama Rao before reaching the stadium.
 
The TDP chief was blessed by Hindu, Muslim and Christian religious leaders before he began the fast. Prominent freedom fighters also called on Naidu to extend their support.
 
Naidu's fast is to demand the Centre to accord special category status to the state and fulfil all commitments made at the time of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to carve out Telangana state in 2014.
 
Last month, the TDP pulled out of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to protest its refusal to give special status to the state. Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.
 
Naidu has appealed to people to observe the fast against the Central government's attitude, instead of celebrating his birthday. 
 
TDP leaders say this is the first time in the country's history that Chief Minister of a state is observing fast on his birthday.
 
Expressing solidarity with the Chief Minister, leaders and workers of TDP and various organisations are observing the fast across the state. State ministers were also on hunger strike in their respective districts.
 
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Disabled Dalit woman gang-raped in Andhra

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In a shocking incident, a physically challenged Dalit woman was gang raped in Vijayanagaram district of Andhra Pradesh, police said on Monday.
 
An auto-rickshaw driver and his two accomplices allegedly raped the 21-year-old, in Phool Bagh area of Vijayanagaram town late on Sunday night.
 
According to police, the woman was on her way to her sister's house in the three-wheeler. The auto driver, who was accompanied by two other men, diverted the vehicle and took the victim to an isolated place, where the accused violated her.
 
A passer-by rushed to rescue her after hearing her cries. He dropped the victim at her relatives' house. She was later admitted to government-run hospital. 
 
Police registered a case of rape and also under the SC/ST Act against the auto driver and the two others. A police officer said they were on the lookout for the accused.
 
People condemned the inhuman act of the accused and demanded stringent punishment.
 
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BJP has let down Andhra Pradesh, TDP Ministers to quit Modi govt: Naidu

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced late on Wednesday night that his party's two Union Ministers would resign on Thursday, hours after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Centre could not offer special status to the state but would provide a package with equivalent funding.

 
Naidu says TDP Ministers at Centre will resign on Thursday
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N. Chandrababu Naidu announced late tonight that his party's two Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers would resign on Thursday, hours after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Centre could not offer special status to the state but would provide a package with equivalent funding.
 
Amid increasing signs of the unease in ties between the TDP and the  BJP over the alleged neglect of Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget presented last month, Mr. Naidu told a late night press conference that his party would take a decision on its ties with the ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre later. "This is the first step. We will go ahead with other actions later," he said.
 
The two TDP Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers are Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y. S. Chowdary.
 
"The Centre has been taking one-sided decisions and our patience has run out now. When the purpose of joining the Union Cabinet hasn’t been fulfilled, it’s best to resign now," he said.
 
"I am not angry with anyone. This decision has been taken only to benefit the people of Andhra Pradesh. I tried reaching out to the Prime Minister to inform him about our decision. But sadly, he was unavailable," he said.
 
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"It's a crucial time.  We have to stand, we have to fight, we have to get it done," he said.
 
Mr. Naidu said the TDP had cooperated with the Centre but the BJP had done injustice to his state, forcing him to withdraw his Ministers from the Union Council of Ministers.
 
He said the Centre was insulting the sentiments of the people of Andhra Pradesh by not keeping the promises made to the state in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, under which the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into two States -- Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
 
Mr. Naidu said Mr. Jaitley's statement was the proverbial last straw. "They have apparently pre-determined the issue. They don't appear to be  helping the  state," he said.
 
The announcement by the TDP chief came a few hours after Mr. Jaitley said at a press conference that the Centre could not offer "special status" to Andhra Pradesh but would offer a "special package with equivalent funding".
 
"We are committed to giving the monetary equivalent of special status to Andhra Pradesh," he said. Agreeing with the state government's assertion that Andhra Pradesh was suffering in financial terms after the bifurcation, he said the Centre would honour all commitments made by  it at the time of the division.
 
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