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SunEdison wins 500 MW solar power project in AP with record low bid of Rs. 4.63/Kwhr

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SunEdison, the largest global renewable energy development company with headquarters in the United States, yesterday won all 500 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity put up for auction by the Government in Andhra Pradesh with a record low tariff of Rs. 4.63/Kwhr.
 
In an e-reverse auction conducted by the public sector NTPC for 10 projects of 50 MW each, a total of 30 bids were received, adding up to a capacity of 5500 MW.
 
The ten projects are to be set up at Ghani Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh under National Solar Mission, Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.
 
According to an official press release, the lowest quoted tariff in the price bid was Rs 5.21/Kwhr and weighted average quoted tariff in price bid was Rs 5.334/Kwhr.
 
E-reverse auction was conducted from 14:30 hrs of November 3 to 00:50 hrs of yesterday.
 
"Weighted average quoted tariff at closing of e-reverse auction was Rs 4.63/Kwhr, with reduction of Rs 0.704/ Kwhr in the reverse auction. Sun Edison is the successful bidder," the release added.
 
SoftBank Group of Japan and Trina Solar Ltd and other Chinese companies also participated in the auction.
 
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Govt. clears first batch of AMRUT projects worth Rs 2786 crore for 89 cities

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The Ministry of Urban Development has approved the first batch of state-level Action Plans worth Rs 2786.28 crore for 89 cities under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) aimed at enabling water supply as per the norm and providing water supply and sewerage connections to all urban households.
 
An inter-ministerial Apex Committee of AMRUT chaired by Mr. Madhusudhan Prasad, Secretary (Urban Development) cleared the plans for the 89 cities in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan yesterday. 
 
This is for the first time that the Urban Development Ministry has approved state-level plans unlike the past practice of appraising and approving individual projects. 
 
The approved Action Plans have a total of 143 projects in 89 AMRUT cities in these three states. These include 47 schemes relating to ensuring water supply connections and augmenting water supply and 31 projects for expanding sewerage network services in identified cities and towns. The rest pertain to storm water drains, urban transport and green spaces and parks, an official press release said.
 
Sewerage projects got a lion share of Rs. 1,471.07crore followed by Rs. 1,225 crore for water supply related schemes. 
 
The Apex Committee of AMRUT approved State Annual Action Plans (SAAP) for the three states for 2015-16. Gujarat proposed SAAP entailing an investment of Rs. 1,204.42 crore, followed by Rajasthan at Rs.919 crore and Andhra Pradesh proposing an investment of Rs. 662.86 crore.
 
Under the SAAP approved, Gujarat will take up sewerage projects in 25 AMRUT cities at a cost of Rs. 916 crore and water supply schemes in 11 cities with an investment of Rs. 233.65 crore.
 
Rajasthan will take up sewerage schemes in six cities at a cost of Rs. 555 crore and water supply projects in 10 cities at a cost of Rs.344 crore.
 
Andhra Pradesh will focus on water supply in 26 AMRUT cities at a cost of Rs. 646.29 crore and provision of green spaces and parks in 30 cities at a cost of Rs. 16.57 crore.
 
Under AMRUT, Central Government will provide an assistance of 50% of project cost for cities with a population of up to 10 lakhs each and one third of project cost for cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each. Rest of the project cost has to be borne by the states and urban local bodies. As per these norms, central assistance for the approved projects in three states comes to Rs. 1,356.23 crore.
 
The SAAP of each state is an integration of all city level Service Level Improvement Plans (SLIP) of all Atal Mission cities in the respective states. 
 
City level SLIP is formulated based on detailed assessment of gaps in the availability of infrastructure pertaining to water supply, sewerage network services, storm water drains, urban transport and so on.
 
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Ensuring water supply of 135 litres per capita per day in urban areas besides providing water supply and sewerage connections to all urban households is the national priority, which Atal Mission seeks to achieve. 
 
Mr. Prasad urged all the states to ensure water meters for all consumers in urban areas for efficient management of water supply and reducing supply of water without collecting fee (non-revenue water). States have been asked to focus on this from next year onwards. 
 
First installment of central assistance of Rs.118.03 crore for Gujarat, Rs. 91.90 crore for Rajasthan and Rs.66.29 crore for Andhra Pradesh under Atal Mission will be released shortly, the release said.
 
The states made a detailed presentation on implementation of a set of 11 reforms including time lines for them. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan will also undertake capacity building of urban local bodies at a cost of Rs.22.23 crore, it added.
 
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Modi to visit Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, to lay foundation stone for new state capital

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Andhra Pradesh tomorrow when he will, among other things, attend the function for the laying of the foundation stone of the new capital of the state at Amaravathi.
 
An official press release said Mr. Modi would also inaugurate the Garuda Terminal at Tirupati Airport and lay the foundation stone for the Tirupati Mobile Manufacturing Hub.
 
He will also visit the Tirumala Temple, the release added.
 
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Rahul Gandhi writes to Modi about "unfulfilled" commitments to Andhra Pradesh

File photo of Rahul Gandhi
File photo of Rahul Gandhi
Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that, even though more than a year had elapsed since his government came to power, many of the commitments made by the Centre to Andhra Pradesh, including Special Category Status, at the time of its bifurcation remained unfulfilled.
 
"I have been to Andhra Pradesh twice over the last year. Everywhere I went, I could sense the severe disappointment and pain the people were in due to the Centre's failure to honour its commitments," Mr. Gandhi said in his letter dated October 17.
 
"Today, the state is facing a huge revenue deficit and development initiatives are at a virtual standstill. Despite the obvious need for immediate aid, the Centre has still not acted to extend support," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi noted that Mr. Modi was due to visit Andhra Pradesh on October 22 to lay the foundation stone for its new capital, Amaravathi, and requested him to use the opportunity to grant Special Category Status to the state and announce a time frame for the fulfillment of the commitments made to it in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.
 
Mr. Gandhi recalled in his letter that, during the process of reorganisation, one of the major concerns of the people of Andhra Pradesh was the economic viability of their state.
 
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He said that, to address these concerns, the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was careful to include a comprehensive development package for Andhra Pradesh within the Act itself. 
 
"For further support, (then) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also announced Special Category Status to Andhra Padesh on the floor of the Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014. This announcement was later approved by the UPA Cabinet and sent to the Planning Commission for implementation," he added.
 
The bifurcaction of the erstwhile state of Andhra Pradesh took place on June 2, 2014, with the newly created State of Telangana coming into existence with ten districts carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
 
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15 dead, 20 injured as mini-truck collides with bus in Andhra Pradesh

 
15 dead, 20 injured in mini-truck-bus collision in Andhra Pradesh
 
At least 15 members of a marriage party, including three children, died and about 20 others suffered injuries when a mini-truck carrying them collided head-on with a bus near Kandukur town in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh early this morning.
 
Police sources in Ongole, the district headquarters, told NetIndian that the mishap occurred around 4.30 am today.
 
According to them, the bus caught fire after the collision and fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flames. There were no passengers in the bus, the sources said.
 
The mini-truck was carrying about 40 people in all. While those with minor injuries were treated at a nearby government hospital, about 10 persons with severe injuries were rushed to the general hospital in Ongole, they added.
 
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Indian Navy to host International Fleet Review 2016 on Feb 4-8

The Indian Navy will host its largest international event, the International Fleet Review (IFR), on the Eastern Seaboard at Visakhapatnam from February 4-8, 2016.
 
Announcing the plans at a press conference here yesterday, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral R. K. Dhowan said that, apart from the Indian Navy which will showcase its capabilities, more than 50 navies from around the world were expected to participate in the event, which would be reviewed by President Pranab Mukherjee on February 6.
 
In the current geo-political scenario, seafarers of the world, represented by their navies have taken a leading role in bringing nations together by steadily increasing cooperation at sea. One of the important ways used by navies to enhance cooperation and promote friendship amongst the seafaring community is through the conduct of the Fleet Review. 
 
The leading nations of the world use the opportunity provided by the Fleet Review to enhance mutual trust and confidence with their maritime neighbours by inviting their ships to participate in the Review. Called an International Fleet Review, this event then provides the host nation an occasion to display its own naval prowess and maritime capabilities whilst simultaneously generating goodwill amongst other maritime nations. 
 
The review also aims at assuring the country of the Indian Navy’s preparedness, high morale and discipline.
 
“During the International Fleet Review, the navies of the world will come together at Visakhapatnam to strengthen bridges of friendship. We may be separated by geography, but we are certainly united through oceans. The visiting navies will also have the opportunity to display their professional skills as they sail together for exercises to increase mutual cooperation and interoperability, with the underlying theme of keeping the global commons safe and secure in the 21st century," Admiral Dhowan said.
 
The logo, the chosen mascot -- the Dolphin, the adopted theme, "United through Oceans", and the theme song composed for the event were also released on the occasion.
 
The website www.ifr16.indiannavy.gov.in and the mobile app IFR-16 Indian Navy, which will serve as the single window interface for interaction with the public and the participants, was also launched.
 
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Andhra Pradesh proposes AMRUT Action Plan for 31 cities at cost of Rs 28,756 crore

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The Andhra Pradesh government has proposed a comprehension action plan under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) for 31 cities and towns of the state at an estimated cost of Rs 28,756.30 crore.
 
The plan is aimed at ensuring basic infrastructure relating to water supply, sewerage and septage management, drainage, urban transport and green spaces and parks during the next five years in these cities and towns.
 
An official press release said that, for the current financial year (2015-16), the State Government has sought approval of the Miistry of Urban Development for its State Level Annual Action Plan (SAAP) involving central assistance of Rs. 673.12 crore for water supply projects and development  of parks.
 
The State’s SAAP is based on city level plans formulated after assessing the gaps in basic infrastructure and investments to be made to meet the norms prescribed for urban areas.
 
The release said the extent of coverage of urban households with water supply connections in AMRUT cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh ranged from 7.50% in Tenali to 78.80% in Rajahmundry. On the whole, 50.22% of all urban households in the Mission cities have water connections at present.
 
Cities with  below 30% coverage include Tenali (7.50%), Madanapalle (20%), Chittor(21%) and Vizianagaram(30%).
 
Cities with coverage between 31% and 50% include Srikakulam (58%), Bhimavaram(43.60%), Kakinada(49.36%), Vijayawada(48.75%), Gudivada (48%), Machilipatnam(50%), Tirupati(45%), Ongole (49%), Nellore(45%), Proddatur(45%), Tadipatri(42.50%), Hindupur(37%), Guntakal (47%), Anantapur (45%), Kurnool (45.94%) and Adoni (43%).
 
Cities with coverage between 51% and 75% coverage include Visakhapatnam (61%), Tadepallegudem(57.37%), Eluru (66.31%), Chilakaluripeta (51%), Narsaraopeta (61.46%), Kadapa(52%), Dharmavaram(69%) and Nandyal (50.85%).
 
Rajahmundry has more 78% of households with water supply connections, the release said.
 
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The per capita water supply rnaged from 20 litres per capita per day (lpcd) in Madanapalle to 145 lpcd in Vijayawada as against the norm for urban areas of 135 lpcd. On an average, water supply in AMRUT cities in Andhra Pradesh at present is 104 lpcd.
 
Cities with water supply of less than 50 lpcd include Madanapalle-20 lpcd, Chittor(48) and Tadipatri (49). Cities with water supply between 50 and 100 lpcd include Vizianagaram (70), Bhimavaram(88), Tadepallegudem(78), Gudivada (95), Machilipatnam (68), Chilakaluripeta(99), Guntur(100), Ongole (88), Proddatur(73), Hindupur(56), Nandyal(73) and Kurnool (80 lpcd).
 
Cities with water supply between 101 and 134 lpcd include Srikakulam(115 lpcd), Vizag(109), Kakinada (108), Narsaraopeta (126), Tirupati(114), Nellore(126), Kadapa (116), Guntakal(107), Dharmavaram(114), Adoni(104). 
 
Eluru, Rajahmundry, Tenali, Anantapur (135 lpcd each) and Vijayawada (145 lpcd) are among the cities with water supply of 135 lpcd and more, the release said.
 
The State Government reported that sewerage network services are available only in six Mission cities. These include : 10% in Guntur, 18% in Proddatur, 19.56% in Vizag, 49% in Kadapa, 70% in Vijayawada and 79% in Tadipatri. It has proposed to bridge the gaps in respect of these infrastructure areas progressively over the next five years.
 
The State Government projected a cost of Rs. 6,117.24 crore for ensuring universal coverage of urban households in Mission cities in respect of water supply and Rs.10,888 crore for providing sewerage networks and septage management over the next five years.
 
To provide adequate drainage facilities in the Mission cities in the state, the State Government has proposed construction of outfall drains, major and minor drains besides rejuvenation of existing drains covering a total length of 6,753 km at an estimated cost of Rs. 6,814.85 crore.
 
Regarding improving urban transport, the State Government has proposed development of 336.50 kms of pathways at a cost of Rs.178.10 crore, 232 km of cycle tracks at a cost of Rs.11.50 crore, 215 kms of BRTS (Bus Rapid Transport Systems) corridors at a cost of Rs.702 crore and procurement of 710 buses at a cost of Rs.376 crore. Total investments proposed in urban transport sector over the next five years is Rs.1998.88 crore.
 
Development of green spaces and parks will be undertaken at a cost of Rs. 120 crore under the Atal Mission.
 
Capacity building of urban local bodies will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 120 crore. Administrative and Other Expenses during the Mission period till 2019 is estimated to be Rs. 2,614 crore.
 
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The State Government reported that as required under AMRUT Guidelines, Operation & Maintenance costs of infrastructure assets to be created will be included in the Detailed Project Reports and operation and maintenance (O&M) costs will be borne by the urban local bodies through user charges including tariff rationalization, reduction of quantum of water being supplied without any collection of charges, energy conservation and efficiency improvement and improvement of systems efficiency by adopting ICT.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Government has assured the Urban Development Ministry that the mandated 11 urban sector reforms will be implemented in 6 to 36 months. This includes e-governance, Municipal Tax and Fee improvement, improvement in levy and collection of user charges and credit rating of urban local bodies.
 
The Andhra Pradesh Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (AUFIDC) has been designated as the financial intermediary for mobilization of required resources. The State Government has set up Andhra Pradesh Greening and Beautification Corporation for taking up greening projects.
 
Under Atal Mission, the Central Government provides assistance up to 50% of projects for cities with a population of up to 10 lakhs and one third of project cost for cities with population of above 10 lakhs. In Andhra Pradesh, only Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada have population of over 10 lakhs each, the release added.
 
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Employability: Soft skills are the need of the hour

Employment is a serious concern in India. The last decade, however, has seen an increase in the number of industries like the IT Services, ITeS, Retail, Travel, Transport, Financial Services, Hospitality, Beauty and Health care. This has brought a positive change creating more employment opportunities. 
 
For a competitive edge companies are basing their initiatives on customer or client expectations. Companies look for a blend of innovative solutions and the ‘transactional’ services they provide. People today are better informed of the market and the options available.  Their expectations need to be met and the responsibility lies with each individual at every point of interaction within the company.  
 
There was a time when the BPO sector was thriving in India. Today, we see a saturation of sorts taking place. One important aspect that has led to this is the lack of quality in the service. I remember a BPO employee stating “End of the day the customer wants the problem solved.” Well, it’s not only that but importantly how the problem was solved. One could speak about the quality based on several parameters however, today they speak in terms of only one that comprises all.  ‘Soft skills’- The need of the hour. 
 
The talent acquisition team faces the burden of hiring people who are competent of positively interacting within the corporate culture. With several students passing out of various institutions, the recruitment team has one statement to make, “It’s difficult to find a suitable candidate”.  This merely indicates that we have a shortage of individuals who are employable. The growth in the number of students waiting to be employed versus those who could be employed, requires urgent attention.  
 
Educational institutions are beginning to realize that along with the academic qualification (the hard skills), students need to learn skills that ensure their employability. They need to understand this better and work towards being extremely professional. These are the ‘soft skills’ a term we hear more often now a days. 
 
Soft skills are distinct from the hard skills and is recognized as the key to bridge the talent gap we face in India today. It is an essential to interact with the clients and to work in a collaborative manner within the team. This reflects on the work quality and 
productivity. Soft skills are more to do with who we are than what we know. It depends on the attitude.
 
The hard skills may be the foundation to a successful career. However, they need to be cemented with soft skills.
 
Soft skills include an individual’s ability to communicate effectively, to be time efficient, to have appropriate interpersonal skills, to be able to analyze situations beyond the technical aspect and to problem solve accordingly, to be able to lead and work in a team and so on. 
 
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In this context an apt statement would be ‘To change history one needs to know history’. To be able to improve on one’s soft skills one needs to know what it means. 
 
People often use the terms soft skills and communication skills inappropriately. Communication skills include using the right words, speaking in the right tone, using the right gestures with confidence, understanding the situation, and who the receiver 
is, etc.. To improve on communication skills one needs to improve the language and be a good listener. Remember! Using words that entirely contradict the intention leads to unforeseen situations. These situations should be tactfully dealt with. It is a skill that needs to be learnt and practiced. 
 
This is where training and facilitation play a vital role. The ability of a trainer or a facilitator depends on whether they are driven by passion. They need to ensure effective delivery through role plays, case studies and other interactive methodologies with both groups as well as individuals. 
 
Change is imperative. We need to understand this and be willing to change. This would lead to a better tomorrow resulting in an improvement in the employable quotient. It means bringing about a change in the existing scenario and thus looking at the larger picture, contributing to the society.
 
Anita Peter
Anita Peter
Anita Peter is the Founder & Managing Director of Persona Script, a soft skills and leadership development training company. A motivator and facilitator, she supports, promotes and conducts motivational programs for women who have taken a sabbatical from work. Her strength has been her ability to connect with the audience. She won the Kerala state level competition for artistic and figure roller skating. She is a Mohiniattam performer and teacher. She has acted in two Malayalam films, several Malayalam and Tamil television serials and in plays. She has compered shows and programmes and modelled for several print ads and television commercials for popular brands. She was among the top 10 finalists of the Haier Gladrags Mrs India 2011.
 
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Cabinet nod for three new AIIMS at Nagpur, Manglagiri, Kalyani

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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AllMS) at Nagpur in Maharashtra, Manglagiri in Andhra Pradesh and Kalyani in West Bengal under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY). 
 
The decision involves a financial implication of Rs. 4949 crore, an official press release said.
 
The new AIIMS will be established as institutes of national importance for providing quality medical education, nursing education and also to provide tertiary healthcare facilities to the people of these locations. 
 
The proposed institutions will have a hospital with capacity of 960 beds. In addition, there shall be a teaching block, administrative block, AYUSH block, auditorium, nursing college, night shelter, hostel and residential facilities. 
 
Of the total expenditure of Rs. 4949 crore, the cost of the new AIIMS at Manglagiri will be Rs. 1618 crore, at Nagpur Rs.1577 crore and at Kalyani Rs. 1754 crore. 
 
"Setting up of these AIIMS will address regional imbalances in availability of affordable and reliable tertiary health care services in these regions. It will augment the facilities of quality medical education and would also address the shortfall of health care professionals in these regions," the release said.
 
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The large populations of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra (Vidarbha) and West Bengal along with adjoining States and regions will be beneficiary of this project, it said.
 
Six new AIIMS under the PMSSY have been made functional. Also construction of AIIMS, Rae Bareli is under progress. 
 
Today's decision is in accordance with the announcement made by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech 2014-15 on establishing new AIIMS at these places. This also fulfils the promise made under the Andhra Pradesh re-organization Act 2014 that provides for establishment of one AIIMS-type institute in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh, the release added.
 
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Govt. signs loan agreements worth Euro 125m with KFW for green energy corridors

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The Government signed two loan agreements worth Euro 125 million with KFW of Germany here yesterday for financing two projects under the Green Energy Corridors (GEC) programme in Himachal Pradesh (Euro 57 million) and Andhra Pradesh (Euro 68 million). 
 
The loan agreements were signed by Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (Bilateral Cooperation), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Roland Sillar, Member, KFW Board Management.
 
Project agreements were also signed by Mr. S.L. Sharma, MD, HPPTCL and Mr. P. Satyamoorty, Director (Finance), Andhra Pradesh TRANSCO relating to their respective states.
 
With the Green Energy Corridors, the intra-State network will feed the renewable energy to the respective State grids and the high capacity transmission corridors and inter-State network will connect major renewable energy pockets with the national grid. 
 
Renewable energy is one of the key areas of Indo-German partnership mentioned in the Joint Statement of Hannover in April 2015 and with financing of the transmission infrastructure of Renewable Energy projects, the Central and State grids will be strengthened to evacuate more green energy, an official press release said.
 
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Torpedo launch and recovery vessel INS Astradharini joins Navy

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The indigenously built torpedo launch and recovery vessel INS Astradharini was commissioned by Vice-Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command at a ceremony held at the Naval Base in Visakhapatnam today.
 
Dr. V Bhujanga Rao, Director General (NS &M) DRDO, Mr. C. D. Malleswar, Director, NSTL, Visakhapatnam and Mr. Sahay Raj, Chairman and Managing Director of Shoft Shipyard Pvt. Ltd, Bharuch, Gujarat were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
The Commissioning Warrant of the ship was read out by Commanding Officer, Commander Deepak Singh Bist. Subsequently, hoisting of the Naval ensign onboard for the first time and breaking of the Commissioning Pennant, with the National Anthem being played, marked the completion of the commissioning ceremony.
 
Vice-Admiral Soni said that the induction of INS Ashtradharini added thrust to the nation’s ongoing endeavours at indigenisation and achieving its goal of self-reliance in underwater weapons development. He later unveiled the commissioning plaque and dedicated the ship to the nation. 
 
The design of the Astradharini was a collaborative effort of NSTL, Shoft Shipyard and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur and has a unique design of a catamaran hull form that significantly reduces its power requirement and is built with indigenous steel. 
 
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Having a length of 50 m, the vessel is capable of achieving speeds upto 15 knots. It can operate at high sea states and has a large deck area with torpedo launchers for deploying and recovering various kinds of torpedos during the trials. The ship also has modern power generation and distribution, navigation and communication systems. 
 
"The unique hull form of the ship demonstrates the country’s ship design and shipbuilding capabilities. It is a matter of pride that 95% of the ship’s systems are of indigenous design thus demonstrating the Navy’s continued adherence to the ‘Make in India’ philosophy," the release said.
 
INS Astradharini will be used to carry out the technical trials of underwater weapons and systems developed by NSTL, a naval systems laboratory of DRDO. It is an advanced replacement for Astravahini which was decommissioned on July 17 this year.
 
Astradharini has a complement of two officers and 27 sailors. It   can accommodate 13 DRDO scientists and has the capacity to undertake multiple trials during a single sortie.
 
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Rear Admiral SV Bhokare takes over as Eastern Fleet Commander

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Rear Admiral S. V. Bhokare took over as the Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Fleet, from Rear Admiral A. B. Singh at a ceremony at the Naval Base at Visakhapatnam today.
 
Rear Admiral Bhokare is a specialist in Navigation and Aircraft Direction and a graduate of National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakvasla and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. 
 
He has also undergone Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow. In addition, the Flag Officer holds a Masters degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the Australian Defence College, Canberra. 
 
For his distinguished service, the Admiral has been awarded the Yudh Seva Medal and the Nao Sena Medal. 
 
A submariner by profession, Rear Admiral Bhokare has commanded submarines Sindhughosh, Sindhudhwaj, Sindhushastra, Indian Naval Ship Beas and INS Vajrabahu. He has also held various prestigious Staff and Operational appointments including Command of Submarine Squadron as Commodore Commanding Submarines (West) and Chief Staff Officer (Operations) at Eastern Naval Command. Prior taking over the command Eastern Fleet, he was serving as Flag Officer Submarines. 
 
The Eastern Fleet today comprises 30 warships, which include destroyers, stealth frigates, amphibious ships, anti-submarine warfare corvette, missile corvettes, offshore patrol vessels, missile boats and tankers. 
 
Rear Admiral Singh will move to Delhi to assume duties at HQ Strategic Forces Command. 
 
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Parrikar to lay foundation for BEL's Defence Systems Integration Complex in AP

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will lay the foundation stone for a Defence Systems Integration Complex being set up by public sector Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) at Palasamudram in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh tomorrow.
 
An official press release said the complex would be the largest such facility in the country once it is commissioned, covering an area of over 900 acres. 
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Nirmala Sitharaman and Y S Chowdary are among those expected to be present on the occasion.
 
The proposed facility is part of BEL's investments in modernisation and creation of special infrastructure to cater to emerging defence business opportunities.
 
BEL Chairman and Managing Director S. K. Sharma said the company was also strengthening its infrastructure in areas like night vision technologies and elements of multi-function radars. 
 
He said various new surface-to-air missile (SAM) programmes are proposed to be taken up by BEL such as Quick Reaction SAM, Long Range SAM, Medium Range SAM, and so on, in addition to Network Centric Communication and Electronic Warfare systems. 
 
Mr. Sharma said BEL had set up a Product Development & Innovation Centre at Bangalore to give further thrust towards indigenous research and development.
 
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He said the Palasamudram facility would enable BEL to expand its missile systems business and carry out manufacturing and integration for the ongoing and upcoming projects. It will have state-of-the-art infrastructure such as assembly hangars and hard stands for radars and weapon integration, RF radiation sources for target simulation, automatic test equipment, clean rooms for electronic assembly, non-explosive & explosive integration  buildings, missile storage buildings, environmental test chambers, fire stations, solar power plant and so on.
 
The facility is about 80 km from the Bengaluru International Airport on National Highway (NH)-7. 
 
The release said the complex would also have automated guided vehicles and industrial robots for material movement and handling. The facility will be built in stages as the various projects mature and the estimated investment will be about Rs. 500 crore over a period of three to four years. 
 
BEL also plans to expand this facility for the creation of a Military Industrial Complex to set up the necessary ecosystem for manufacture of electronic components and equipment for various upcoming defence projects in collaboration with SMEs as part of the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the release added.
 
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Cabinet nod for creation of posts of Directors for four new NIDs

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The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of four posts of Directors for four new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) at Kurukshetra (Haryana), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Jorhat (Assam) and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh). 
 
The Cabinet had already approved financial implications including salaries, for setting up of these new NIDs in its meeting held in February, 2014. 
 
The National Design Policy was approved by the Cabinet in February, 2007. One of the components of the Action Plan for implementation of the policy is setting up of four more NIDs on the pattern of NID, Ahmedabad. This would help in spreading quality education in design to all regions of India, an official press release said.
 
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16 dead, 8 injured as truck overturns in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh

 
At least 16 dead after truck overturns in Andhra Pradesh
 
As many as 16 people died when a speeding truck carrying 34 agricultural labourers tilted on the roadside at Gandepalli in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of today.
 
District Collector H. Arun Kumar told NetIndian from the scene of the mishap that eight of the remaining workers had been admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries.
 
They were stated to be in a stable condition, he said.
 
Mr Arun Kumar said the workers, all men, were on their way home in East Godavari district from Guntur and had decided to hitch a ride on the truck, which was carrying clinker material from Guntur to Visakhapatnam.
 
He said the driver of the truck apparently slept off at the wheel and lost control over the vehicle, which suddenly tilted towards one side on the road at around 2.30 am today.
 
The victims were trapped under the huge weight of the clinker material and most of them died of suffocation, he said.
 
The driver of the truck fled the scene after the accident, sources added.
 
The state government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the incident and Rs 25,000 for each of those who suffered injuries, Mr Arun Kumar added.
 
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Mukherjee condoles loss of lives due to heavy rains, lightning in AP

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President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the loss of lives due to heavy rains and lightning in different parts of Andhra Pradesh over the weekend.
 
"I am sad to learn about the heavy rains and lightning in different parts of Andhra Pradesh, which have caused loss of lives and injuries. My thoughts and prayers are with the injured and the families who have lost their near and dear ones," he said in a message to Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.
 
"I call upon the State Government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families as well as medical assistance to the injured. 
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he added.
 
Reports reaching here said at least 20 people died after lightning struck different parts of the state such as Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari, Prakasam and Nellore districts during heavy rains on Sunday.
 
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Mukherjee condoles loss of lives in train accident in Andhra Pradesh

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President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the loss of lives in the collision between a truck and the Bangalore City-Nanded express in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh early yesterday morning.
 
“I was saddened to learn of the collision between a truck and an express train in Anantapur in which several passengers, including Karnataka MLA, Shri Venkatesh Nayak, lost their lives," he said in his message to Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.
 
"I would like to convey my condolences to the families of the deceased and my sincere wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured. 
 
"I am confident that the State Government and other authorities will provide all possible assistance to the bereaved families as well as the injured. 
 
"On this tragic occurrence, my thoughts and prayers go out for the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka," the President added.
 
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Modi condoles loss of lives in Bangalore City-Nanded express train accident

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the loss of lives in the collision between a truck and the Bangalore City-Nanded express in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh early this morning.
 
"My thoughts are with the families of all those who lost their lives in the unfortunate accident of the Bangalore City-Nanded express," he said.
 
Mr Modi also conveyed his condolences to the family of Karnataka legislative assembly member and former Lok Sabha member A Venkatesh Naik, who was among the five killed inthe mishap.
 
"He will be remembered for his service to society," the Prime Minister added.
 
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New Delhi-Visakhapatnam AC AP Express flagged off

Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Bandaru Dattatreya and Y.S. Chowdary and Railway Board Chairman  A.K. Mital flagging off the New Delhi–Visakhapatnam AC AP Express Train via Vijayawada in New Delhi on August 12, 2015.
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Ministers M. Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati, Bandaru Dattatreya and Y.S. Chowdary and Railway Board Chairman A.K. Mital flagging off the New Delhi–Visakhapatnam AC AP Express Train via Vijayawada in New Delhi on August 12, 2015.
The Indian Railways today introduced a new train, 22415/22416 New Delhi – Visakhapatnam AC AP Express via Vijaywada in keeping with an announcement made in the Railway Budget 2014-15. 
 
The new train meets the long pending demand of the people for connectivity from Delhi to the state of Andhra Pradesh as well as the newly formed state of Telangana.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, who flagged off the new train, also announced that the existing 12723/12724 New Delhi-Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh Express will be renamed as 12723/12724 New Delhi-Hyderabad Telangana Express with effect from November 15, 2015.
 
UNion Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Bandaru Dattatreya and Y S Chowdary and members of Parliament from both states were present on the occasion.
 
Some MPs and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) were also present at the Visakhapatnam station.
 
The timings of the New Delhi – Visakhapatnam AC AP Express are as follows: 
 
(a) 22416 New Delhi – Visakhapatnam AP AC Express; it will depart New Delhi at 06:40 a.m. and will reach Visakhapatnam next day at 06:45 p.m. 
(b) 22415 Visakhapatnam – New Delhi AP AC Express; it will start Visakhapatnam at 07:45 and will reach New Delhi at 07:00 p.m. 
 
This train will consist of 16 coaches which include one AC 1 coach, five AC 2 coaches, seven AC 3 coaches, power cars and pantry car. 
 
Commercial stoppages of this train enroute are Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra Cantt. Bhopal, Balharshah, Chandrapur, Nagpur, Pandhurna, Khammam, Warangal, Peddapali Jn., Ramagundam, Sirpur Kagaznagar, Duvvada, Anakapalle, Samalkot Jn., Rajahmundry, Tadepalligudam, Eluru and Vijaywada. 
 
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World Bank to provide $ 104 million as additional financing under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project-I

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India and the World Bank today signed an agreement for IDA assistance of $ 104 million for Additional Financing under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project-I (NCRMP-I).
 
The agreement was signed here by Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. John Blomquist, Program Leader and Acting Country Director in India, on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
The Project Agreement for State of Odisha was signed by Mr. G.V.V. Sarma, Principal Secretary (Disaster Management), & Managing Director, Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) on behalf of the Government of Odisha. The Project Agreement for the State of Andhra Pradesh was signed by Mr. J. C. Sharma, Principal Secretary (Disaster Management), Department of Revenue, on behalf of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. 
 
An official press release said the objective of Additional Financing under NCRMP-I is to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities to cyclone and other hydro meteorological hazards in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Through its different components, it will provide both direct and indirect benefits to the coastal communities in the States of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. It would also provide improved access to emergency shelter and evacuation against wind storms, flooding and storm surge in high risk areas currently not covered by the original project (NCRMP-I). 
 
The project has four components: (i) Early Warning Dissemination System (EWDS) and Capacity building for coastal communities; (ii) Cyclone Risk Mitigation Infrastructure; (iii) Technical Assistance for National and State Level Capacity Building on Disaster Risk Management; and (iv) Project Management and Implementation Support. 
 
The project is implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). At the State level, it is executed by the respective State Disaster Management Authorities. 
 
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Cabinet approves revised cost estimates for National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project Phase-I

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the revised cost estimates for Phase-I of the Centrally sponsored scheme of National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project for Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
 
The original cost has been enhanced by Rs. 835 crore to Rs 2331.71 crore from Rs. 1496.71 crore, an official press release said.
 
This will address the vulnerability of coastal communities to cyclone. This section of the population is generally poor and from the weaker sections of society, it said.
 
The Central Government will provide financial assistance equivalent to Rs.1843.94 crore through a World Bank loan. The remaining amount of Rs. 487.77 crore will be contributed by the State Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
 
The broad objectives of the project are to provide cyclone forecasting, tracking and warning systems, cyclone risk mitigation and capacity building in multi-hazard risk management. The major infrastructure being constructed includes multipurpose cyclone shelters (including shelter-cum-godown and approach roads/bridges to habitations) and embankments (including construction and renovation of saline embankments). 
 
The investments proposed in the States would strengthen the coastal infrastructure for protection of the coastal community and their evacuation, greater accessibility, improved warning dissemination and quicker response. 
 
The project is expected to benefit 10.46 lakh persons in Odisha and over 7.18 lakh persons in Andhra Pradesh. It will help protection of 38,296 hectares of land in Odisha and about 12,640 hectares in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
The increased cost will cater to the construction of additional infrastructure (246 multipurpose cyclone shelters, 204 kms. of roads and 15 bridges) for cyclone risk mitigation in these States, on the basis of the experience gained during the handling of Cyclone Phailin. This cyclone affected these States in October, 2013. 
 
The time limit of the project has been extended from 31st January, 2016 to 31st March, 2018 to complete the construction of additional infrastructure, the release added.
 
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27 dead, 34 injured in stampede at bathing ghat at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh

At least 27 people, mainly elderly women, died and 34 others suffered injuries in a stampede during Pushkaralu, when thousands of people thronged a bathing ghat for a holy dip in the river Godavari, at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh this morning.

 
27 killed in Rajahmundry stampede
At least 27 people, mainly elderly women, died and 34 others suffered injuries in a stampede during Pushkaralu, when thousands of people thronged a bathing ghat for a holy dip in the river Godavari, at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh this morning.
 
District Collector H Arunkumar told NetIndian that the injured had been admitted to hospitals in Rajahmundry, where they were stated to be out of danger.
 
He said the deceased included 21 women, nearly all of them above the age of 60. One of them was aged 30 and another 12. 
 
One of the victims was from Jamshedpur and another from Bangalore, he said.
 
"The situation is now totally under control," he said, adding that the bodies of the victims had been sent to their villages after completion of post-mortem examination and other formalities.
 
According to him, the stampede occurred around 8.30 am when thousands of people gathered at the Kothagammam ghat in the middle of the town though there are other ghats in other locations.
 
The stampede occurred, despite all the precautions taken and the barricades erected, when the unsually huge crowds surged forward towards the ghat, ignoring efforts by the authorities to divert them to other ghats.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his family had taken a dip at the same spot earlier in the morning.
 
Additional police forces were rushed to the area to ensure order, sources said.
 
"It is regrettable that lives are lost in stampede at Rajahmundry Ghat. Request people not to panic. Situation brought under control," Mr Naidu said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"I request to people to head to other Pushkar ghats to avoid overcrowding at  single ghat. I'm monitoring situation from control room," he said.
 
"Request people to follow queues lines & instructions. Pilgrims' safety is top priority for us. Will provide all possible assistance," he added.
 
The state government has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the incident and an immediate assistance of Rs 25,000 for those injured.
 
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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi  condoled the loss of lives in the stampede.
 
"I am saddened to learn about the stampede at the Pushkarulu Ghat of Godavari River in Rajahmundry District of Andhra Pradesh, where a number of devotees have lost their lives and many others are injured. I understand relief and rescue operations are currently underway," Mr Mukherjee said in his message to Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan.
 
"I call upon the State Government and other authorities to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families, who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. 
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he said.
 
"Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to stampede at Rajahmundry. My condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured," Mr Modi said.
 
"I spoke to CM N. Chandrababu Naidu and discussed the situation with him. The State Government is working to restore normalcy," he added.
 
The religious event is held once in 12 years when thousands of people from the region converge in the town to take a dip in the river. This year, it was an even more auspicious occasion, from the astronomical point of view, as it occurs only once in 144 years.
 
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Modi condoles loss of lives in Rajahmundry stampede

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the loss of lives due to a stampede at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh and discussed the situation with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
"Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to stampede at Rajahmundry. My condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured," he said.
 
"I spoke to CM N. Chandrababu Naidu and discussed the situation with him. The State Government is working to restore normalcy," he added.
 
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22 dead as van falls into sluice near Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh

As many as 22 people died when a van carrying them veered off the road and fell into a sluice of the Dowleshwaram Barrage near Rajahmundry in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh early Saturday morning, official sources said.

 
22 dead as van falls into sluice in Andhra Pradesh
As many as 22 people died when a van carrying them veered off the road and fell into a sluice of the Dowleshwaram Barrage near Rajahmundry in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh early this morning, official sources said.
 
District Collector H. Arun Kumar told NetIndian over the telephone that those killed in the incident included six men, 10 women and six children.
 
Only a young girl from amongst the 23 people in the van survived the accident and has been admitted to a nearby hospital for treatment, he said.
 
The mishap occurred around 5.30 am, at a spot five km short of Rajahmundry, when the occupants of the van were on their way back home in Visakhapatnam district after a pilgrimage to Tirupati.
 
The driver appeared to have lost control over the van as it crossed the pavement and crashed through the railing to about 30 feet below, where the water was less than a foot deep and, therefore, added to the impact.
 
District administration and police officials as well as other emergency personnel rushed to the spot and removed the victims to hospital where all but one were pronounced dead, sources added.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident. "Loss of lives due to a bus accident in East Godavari district, AP is saddening and unfortunate. My deepest condolences," he said on microblogging site Twitter.
 
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Modi presents tapestry from Venkatgiri to Sheikh Hasina

The tapestry from Venkatgiri, Andhra Pradesh presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on June 6, 2015.
The tapestry from Venkatgiri, Andhra Pradesh presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on June 6, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to Dhaka, presented to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina a hand-woven tapestry from Venkatagiri, Andhra Pradesh, woven in jamdani style – a well-known tradition in Bangladesh.
 
Located in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, Venkatagiri is famous for handlooms, and its weavers have adopted the fine jamdani weaving technique while assimilating traditional designs of the region, such as the artwork in this tapestry that shows the Kalpavriksh tree and the Kamadhenu cow which are regarded as auspicious and bestower of prosperity. 
 
The tapestry has been woven using very fine cotton yarn and pure gold thread, with both the warp and the weft having the same count of cotton yarn. 
 
The tapestry has been done by Nellore’s national award winning artist and master craftsman Gowrabathini Ramanaiah.
 
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