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Thousands evacuated in AP, Odisha as cyclone Hudhud races towards east coast

Thousands of people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places on Saturday as cyclone Hudhud over westcentrral Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast and is expected to make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon on Sunday.

Image: Courtesy: IMD
Image: Courtesy: IMD
Thousands of people in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were evacuated to safer places today as cyclone Hudhud over west-central Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast and is expected to  make landfall near Visakhapatnam around noon tomorrow.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 2000 hours IST today that, according to latest observations, the very severe cyclonic storm had moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST near latitude 16.2ºN and longitude 84.8ºE, about 230 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 340 km southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Visakhapatnam around noon of 12th October 2014," the bulletin said.
 
In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency high-level meeting this to review the preparedness to cope with the cyclone.
 
The meeting was attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Principal Secretary to the PM, the Additional Principal Secretary to the PM, the Home Secretary, the Defence Secretary, and other senior officials from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and the PMO.
 
An official press release said Mr Modi was briefed on evacuation and other ongoing precautionary and preparatory measures being undertaken for the cyclone. These include deployment of teams from the Armed Forces and NDRF, depletion of reservoirs to accommodate cyclonic rainwater, positioning of boats, swimmers and relief camps, and standby systems to restore power and telecom services. 
 
After reviewing the emerging situation, the Prime Minister asked the Home Minister to remain in touch with Chief Ministers of the states likely to be affected by the cyclone. 
 
He instructed senior officers of the Union Government to maintain close contact and coordination with officers of the affected states, to ensure that relief and rescue operations proceed smoothly. He said suitable arrangements should be made to inform people about the cyclone on a real-time basis.
 
The IMD bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, 
Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely 
heavy falls (24.5 cm and more).
 
 
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It said rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at 
isolated places over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
The bulletin said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts during the next six hours and wind speed reaching 60-70 kmph gusting to 85 kmph during the subsequent six hours. 
 
The wind speed would gradually increase to 170-180 kmph gusting to 195 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari and Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and
Malkangiri districts).
 
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough during the next six hours. It would  gradually become phenomenal from tomorrow morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low
lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses" and some damage to old buildings, large scale disruption of power and communication lines and disruption of rail and road traffic due to extensive flooding. It also warned of potential threat from flying debris. There could be damage to agricultural crops.
 
In West Godavari and Krishna districts of Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts), there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agricultural crops.
 
The IMD called for total suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone, extensive evacuation of people from the coastal areas, and diversion or suspension of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic.
 
People in the vulnerable areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
The bulletin pointed out that, even after landfall, the system would maintain the intensity of very severe cyclonic storm for six hours and gradually weaken into a cyclonic storm in the subsequent six hours while moving
northwestwards across south interior Odisha and Chattisgarh. 
 
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Under its influence, rainfall would occur at most places over south Chhattisgarh, adjoining Telangana and south Odisha, with heavy falls at a few places and isolated heavy to very heavy falls over north Chattisgarh and north Odisha. Gale wind speed reaching 100-120 kmph gusting to 130 kmph would also prevail for six hours after landfall and 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph for subsequent six hours over East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts of Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally winds speed reaching 55-65 kmph gusting to 75 kmph would also prevail for 12 hours after landfall over south Chattisgarh and adjoining districts of north Telangana and south Odisha, the bulletin added.
 

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AP, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Hudhud races towards east coast

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People and authorities in the coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha were on high alert today as the tropical cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal raced towards the east coast and likely to make landfall near Visakhapatnam by forenoon tomorrow.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in a bulletin issued at 0830 hours today that the very severe cyclone over westcentral Bay of Bengal was now within the range of the Doppler Weather Radar at Visakhapatnam, which has been tracking it since this morning in addition to satellite and other observational tools.
 
According to latest observations, Hudhud had moved west northwestwards during the past six hours and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST today near latitude 15.9ºN and longitude 85.7ºE, about 330 km southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 380 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move west-northwestwards for some more time. It would then move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi, Phulbani districts of south Odisha during the next 48 hours, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm and more).
 
It said rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would prevail along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The wind speed would gradually increase to 140-150 kmph gusting to 165 kmph around the time of landfall along and off north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The bulletin said the sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would be rough to very rough during the next 12 hours. It would gradually become phenomenal from tomorrow morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha and south Andhra Pradesh coast.
 
Storm surge of about 1-2 meters above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall of the cyclone, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha" houses in coastal districts of north Andhra Pradesh, uproot big trees and cause partial disruption of power and communication lines. There would be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, along with some damage to agricultural crops.
 
 
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It said there could be damage to thatched huts, breaking of tree branches, causing minor damage to power and communication lines, uprooting of small trees and damage to agriculture crops in south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha coasts (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in coastal areas must be evacuated to safer places and should remain indoors in safe places around the landfall period, the bulletin added.
 
Collectors of all the districts in the area have been put on high alert and asked to take all possible precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and minimise the damage to property.
 
Among other things, they have been asked to open relief camps, shift people from vulnerable areas and ensure adequate availability of essential commodities.
 
The Armed Forces have kept their assets and personnel in readiness to cope with any situation that might arise, while teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have already been deployed in the areas likely to be affected by the cyclone.
 

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AP, Odisha on high alert as cyclone Hudhud turns "very severe"

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People and authorities in north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coastal districts were on high alert today as the tropical cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal intensified into a very severe cyclonic storm and was expected to cross the east coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued at 2000 hours today said the cyclone over west-central Bay of Bengal had moved north-westwards and lay centered at 1730 hours IST near latitude 15.2ºN and longitude 86.7ºE, about 460 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and 490 km south-southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha.
 
"The system would move west-northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The IMD said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at most places over West and East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of Andhra Pradesh and Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Phulbani districts of south Odisha from October 11 onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm and more).
 
 
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The bulletin said rainfall would also occur at most places, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places, over Krishna, Guntur and Prakasham districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards. The wind speed would gradually increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from October 12 morning along and off  north Andhra Pradesh (East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts) and 80-90 kmph along and off adjoining districts of 
south Andhra Pradesh (West Godavari, Krishna districts) and south Odisha (Ganjam, Gajapati, Koraput and Malkangiri districts).
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards along and off north Andhra Pradesh coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha coast.
 
The bulletin warned that storm surge of about 1-2 metres above astronomical tide would inundate low lying areas of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause extensive damage to "kutcha" houses, uproot big trees and cause partial disruption of power and communication lines. There would be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, along with some damage to agricultural crops.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in coastal areas must be evacuated to safer places and should remain indoors in safe places around the landfall period, the bulletin added.
 
Collectors of all the districts in the area have been put on high alert and asked to take all possible precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and minimise the damage to property.
 
Among other things, they have been asked to open relief camps, if necessary, shift people from vulnerable areas and ensure adequate availability of essential commodities.
 
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Navy on high alert for relief efforts as cyclone Hudhud heads to east coast

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As the severe cyclone Hudhud is poised to strike the east coast of India in the forenoon of October 12, the Eastern Naval Command of the Indian Navy has assumed high degree of readiness to render necessary humanitarian assistance. 
 
Four Indian Naval ships are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Relief (HADR), evacuation and logistic support including providing medical aid. 
 
These ships embarked with additional divers, doctors, inflatable rubber boats, integral helicopters and relief material including food, tentage, clothes, medicines, blankets and so on in quantities sufficient to sustain over 5000 personnel, an official press release said.
 
The Eastern Naval Command is monitoring the situation closely and is in constant communication with the state governments of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to augment the rescue and relief operations. 
 
Six aircraft are standing by at the Naval Air Station INS Dega to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded, if necessary,
 
Additionally, 30 diving teams and four platoons with additional relief material are ready to be pressed into action at short notice, the release added.
 
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People in north AP, south Odisha coastal districts brace for cyclone Hudhud

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People and authorities in north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coastal districts are on high alert as the tropical cyclone Hudhud over the Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours and cross the coast around Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh by the forenoon of October 12.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued at 0800 hours today said the cyclone over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal had moved north-westwards and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST near latitude 14.4ºN and longitude 87.6ºE, about 590 km south-east of Visakhapatnam and 610 km south-southeast of Gopalpur. 
 
"The system would move westnorthwestwards, intensify further into a very severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours. Thereafter, it would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October, 2014," the bulletin said.
 
Collectors of all the districts in the area have been put on high alert and asked to take all possible precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and minimise the damage to property.
 
Among other things, they have been asked to open relief camps, if necessary, shift people from vulnerable areas and ensure adequate availability of essential commodities.
 
According to the IMD bulletin, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at most places, with heavy (6.5 -12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 –24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more), over East Godavari,  Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha from tomorrow evening.
 
Rainfall would occur at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over remaining districts of Andhra Pradesh and north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
The bulletin said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from tomorrow morning onwards. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 155 kmph from October 12 morning along and off north Andhra coast and 80-90 kmph along and off south Odisha coast.
 
The sea condition along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts would rough to very rough from tomorrow morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards along and off north Andhra coast and very rough to high along and off south Odisha coast.
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The bulletin warned that storm surge of about 1-2 metres above astronomical tide would inundate low-lying areas of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh at the time of landfall of the cyclone.
 
The cyclone is likely to cause extensive damage to "kutcha houses", partial disruption of power and communication lines and minor disruption of rail and road traffic. There could be potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, it said.
 
The bulletin called for susension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
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Crisis Management Committee reviews preparedness for Hudhud cyclone

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The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth, reviewed the preparedness for the “Hudhud” cyclone that likely to hit the coast of north Andhra Pradesh in the forenoon of October 12.
 
Mr Seth asked the representatives of all Central Ministries and Departments and Chief Secretaries of the concerned State Governments to take necessary steps for preparedness to meet any eventuality, an official press release said.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud likely to cross north AP coast by forenoon of Oct 12: IMD

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The tropical cyclone Hudhud over east-central Bay of Bengal is expected to intensify and cross the north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of October 12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said today.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 0830 hours today said the cyclonic storm had moved west-northwestward and and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST near latitude 13.7ºN and longitude 89.2ºE, about 780 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 770 km southeast of Visakhapatnam. 
 
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said no adverse weather was expected due to this system over Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
 
It said that rainfall would occur at most places over south Odisha from October 11 evening onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (24.5 cm or more).
 
Rainfall would also occur at most places, with heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall at a few places, over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
 
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The bulletin said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from October 12 morning onwards.
 
Under the influence of system, extensive damage could be caused to "kutcha" houses. There could be partial disruption of power and communication lines. Minor disruption of rail and road traffic could also be caused. There could be potential threat from flying debris and flooding of  escape routes.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of the cyclone and judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas have been advised to remain at safe places around the landfall period.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud likely to cross north AP, south Odisha coast on Oct 12: IMD

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The cyclonic storm Hudhud is expected to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon on October 12, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours today said the cyclone over south-east Bay of Bengal had moved west-north-westward and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST near latitude 12.8ºN and longitude 91.0ºE, about 970 km southeast of Gopalpur and 1000 km east-southeast of Visakhapatnam. 
 
"The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, there would be rainfall at many places over Andman & Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting into 70 kmph would prevail in and around Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next 12 hours. The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands will be high during the next 12 hours, it said.
 
The bulletin said the cyclone was expected to cause damage to thatched huts and minor damage to power and communication lines in the islands. Fishermen were advised not to venture into the sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin also forecast rainfall at most places on the north Andhra Pradesh coast and south Odisha coast from October 11 evening onwards, with heavy (6.5 – 12.4 cm) to very heavy falls (12.5 – 24.4 cm) at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (? 24.5 cm).
 
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Rainfall would occur at most places, with heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall at a few places, over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from October 11 morning onwards, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from October 12 morning, it said.
 
The sea condition would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, it said.
 
The IMD warned that there could be extensive damage to "kutcha" houses and partial disruption of power and communication cyclones under the influence of the system.
 
There could also be minor disruption of rail and road traffic, potential threat from flying debris and flooding of escape routes, it said.
 
The bulletin called for suspension of fishing operations in the area of influence of cyclone. It also suggested judicious regulation of aviation, navigation, rail and road traffic. People in affected areas should remain at safe places around landfall period, it added.
 
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EC to hold bye-election on Nov 8 for Allagadda seat in AP Assembly

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The Election Commission today said it would hold a bye-election on November 8 to fill the casual vacancy from the Allagadda constituency in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
 
The notification for the bye-election will be isued on October 14 and the last date for making nominations is October 21. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures is October 24.
 
The counting of votes will be taken up on November 12, an official press release said.
 
The vacancy arose on May 16 this year when Ms Bhuma Shobha Nagi Reddy, a contesting candidate, died on April 24 during the elections to the Assembly and was declared elected, having secured the highest number of valid votes.
 
The bye-election could not be conducted earlier as some petitions were filed before the High Court of Andhra Pradesh in relation to the election from the constituency.
 
The High Court, in its interim order of September 25, in one of the petitions, directed that the Commission may hold election from the constituency in accordance with law, subject to its further orders in the matter, the release added.
 
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Cyclone Hudhud heads towards A&N Islands, may hit AP, Odisha on Oct 12

The cyclonic storm Hudhud headed towards Andaman & Nicobar Islands today and was likely to intensify and hit north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast, between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur, around noon on October 12.
 
The cyclone lay centred at 0830 hrs IST today over north Andaman Sea near latitude12.3ºN and longitude 92.9ºE, close to Long Island. 
 
"It is now crossing Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island. Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours and 
subsequently into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 36 hours," a bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) at noon today said.
 
"The system would cross north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast between Visakhapatnam and Gopalpur around noon of 12th October 2014," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the influence of the system, rainfall would occur at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (?25 cm), during the next 24 hours.
 
It said the sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar Islands would be high during the next 24 hours.
 
The bulletin said there could be damage to thatched huts in the islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
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Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours. 
 
The bulletin also warned that there would be rainfall at most places on north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts, with heavy to very heavy falls at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls, from the evening of October 11.
 
Heavy rain to very heavy rainfall would also commence at a few places over Visakhapatnam, Vijayanagaram. Srikakulam districts of north coastal Andhra Pradesh and districts of north coastal Odisha during the same period, it said.
 
Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along north Andhra and Odisha coasts from the morning of October 11, it said. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 from October 12 morning.
 
The bulletin said the sea condition along north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coast would be rough to very rough from October 11 morning. It would gradually become phenomenal from October 12 morning onwards, the bulletin added.
 
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Cyclone alert issued for Andaman & Nicobar Islands; AP, Odisha asked to watch out

Met department issues cyclone warning in Odisha
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today issued a cyclone alert for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and a pre-cyclone watch for north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts after a depression over north Andaman Sea and its neighbourhood intensified into a deep depression.
 
A bulletin issued by the IMD at 2000 hours said the depression had moved west-northwestwards during the past six hours, intensified into a deep depression and lay centered at 1730 hrs IST of today over north Andaman Sea and neighbourhood near latitude12.0 N and longitude 94.0 E, about 130 km 
east-southeast of Long Island.
 
The bulletin said the deep depression would further move west-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 24 hours. It would cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands close to Long Island by tomorrow forenoon, it said.
 
"Thereafter, the system would continue to move west-northwestwards for some 
more time and then northwestwards towards north Andhra Pradesh - Odisha coast during subsequent 96 hours," it said.
 
The bulletin said that, under the system's influence, there would be rainfall at most places in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and isolated extremely heavy falls (>=25 cm) during the next 36 hours.
 
It said squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph would prevail in and around 
Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the next six hours. The wind speed would increase gradually reaching gale wind speed of 70-80 kmph by tomorrow morning.
 
The sea condition around Andaman and Nicobar islands is very rough. It would 
become high during the next 24 hours.
 
The storm is expected to cause damage to thatched huts in Andaman & Nicobar Islands and minor damage to power and communication lines.
 
Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands during the next 48 hours, the bulletin added.
 
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Krishnapatnam port flags off direct container service between India, Myanmar

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Krishnapatnam Port, one of the largest and fastest growing ports on the east coast of India, has flagged off a direct fortnightly container shipping service, operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, between the Indian sub-continent and Myanmar.
 
The service is expected to change the way sea trade has been so far on the east coast, a press release from the company said.
 
The privately built and owned all-weather deep water port is located in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, about 190 km north of Chennai and 25 km east of this city.
 
Mr C Sasidhar, Managing Director, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited and Capt S Narula, Director-Liner & Passenger Services, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd flagged off the Yangon direct service, operated with SCI vessel MV Kamal, at the Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal on October 3. 
 
The release said the new service, with a 1200 TEUs vessel, will connect the ports of Chennai, Krishnapatnam, Yangon and Colombo and will enable the trade to reach these destinations quicker and at a reduced cost. 
 
Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal’s (KPCT) global standards and efficient services will help the traders to export clinker, telecom equipment and cars; import pulses, timber and garments, it said.
 
"In line with the Government focus on developing bilateral trade between India and Yangon, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited (KPCL) has always been at the forefront in deriving strategies and methodologies that would bring various corporates and trade associations from both the countries to connect, partner and do business for mutual benefits. Earlier, KPCT organised a trade meet in Yangon to showcase the business opportunities for mutual trade. KPCT was also the first to hold a trade meet in Abidjan, Ivory Coast that saw a significant increase in export of rice," the release said.
 
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Mr C Sasidhar, Managing Director, Krishnapatnam Port Company Limited, said, “We are grateful for the Shipping Corporation of India new service from our Port and this will definitely change the way sea trade has been so far on the East Coast.”
 
“At KPCL, we go beyond our business objectives and look at achieving a global partnership between nations. We aim to bring a paradigm shift in the Indian Shipping industry and look forward for more such initiatives in future,” he added.
 
Capt S Narula, Director-Liner & Passenger Services, The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd,said, “The Yangon service will boost bilateral trade relations between India and Myanmar by opening immense opportunities for exporters and importers in these countries. We are glad to associate with Krishnapatnam Port Container Terminal for the new service and thereby facilitate trade to reach out to the growing markets in Myanmar.”
 
 Currently in its second phase of development, Krishnapatnam Port is designed to be one of the biggest ports in the world. It has witnessed a total investment of nearly $ 1 billion till date.
 
The port is promoted by the CVR Group, a diversified group having a turnover of over $ 1 billion and an order book of $ 10 billion comprising power, steel, port establishment, spatial technology & applications, information technology and exports.
 
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Govt. to form JVs for revival of Talcher, Ramagundam fertiliser plants

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Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers Ananth Kumar has said that the government proposes to from two joint ventures (JVs) for the revival of the closed fertilizers plants at Talcher in Odisha and at Ramagundam in Telangana. 
 
Mr Kumar stated this after discussions he held yesterday on the issue with Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, the Secretaries in the Departments of Coal and Fertilisers and the Chairman and Managing Director of Coal India Limited.
 
He said an investment of about Rs 9000 crore was proposed to be made on these proejcts.
 
Mr Kumar hoped that thedevelopment and extension of Jagdishpur-Haldia natural gas pipeline in the northern and eastern regions and Dabhol-Bangalore pipeline in the southern region would give a fillip to fertilizer plants and other industries on the two routes.
 
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J&J to set up new consumer products manufacturing facility in Telangana

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Healthcare products major Johnson & Johnson (J&J) India will set up a new manufacturing facility -- its largest in the country -- at a cost of Rs 400 crore near Kothur in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana.
 
The facility, which will come up on a 47-acre plot, will create over 1500 direct and indirect employment opportunities in the first phase, a press release from the company said.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for the new facility today at a function attended by, among otehrs, Mr Vikas Srivastava, Managing Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer (India).
 
The new unit will be a world-class facility for the manufacture of personal hygiene and skin care products, the release said.
 
“We are very excited to begin work on what will become our largest manufacturing facility in India. Johnson & Johnson has been serving the healthcare needs of India by providing safe, innovative products to consumers. With this new facility, we aim to further strengthen our commitment to consumers in India to improve the health and wellbeing of the society," Mr Srivastava said.
 
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NTPC signs MoU with Andhra Pradesh for 1000 MW solar power projects

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Public sector NPTC Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) here today for developing 1000 MW solar power projects in the state.
 
The MoU was signed by Dr. Arup Roy Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC and Mr Ajay Jain, Secretary, Department of Energy, GoAP.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
Under the MoU, NTPC shall develop 1000 MW solar power projects at sites identified by GoAP on Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis, in a phased manner. 
 
The documents for transfer of land for 4000 MW Pudipadaka Thermal Power Project were also handed over to NTPC on the occasion, an official press release added.
 
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BJP suffers setback in UP, loses ground in Gujarat, Rajasthan in bye-elections

Four months after it swept to power at the Centre with an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in Rajasthan and Gujarat as counting of votes got underway in bye-elections in ten states on Tuesday.

 
By-polls: Counting begins for 3 LS, 33 assembly seats
Four months after it swept to power at the Centre with an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a setback in Uttar Pradesh and lost ground in Rajasthan and Gujarat as counting of votes got underway in bye-elections in ten states today.
 
In all, polling was held on September 13 for three Lok Sabha seats and 33 Assembly seats in the bye-elections, which were seen as a major test of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which completed 100 days in office recently.
 
The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh won eight of the 11 Assembly seats for which bye-elections were held, while the BJP had to rest content with just three. The BJP and its ally Apna Dal had earlier held all 11 seats.
 
The seats won by the SP in Uttar Pradesh were Bijnor, Thakurdwara, Nighasan, Hamirpur, Charkhari, Sirathu and Rohaniya, while the BJP won Saharanpur Nagar, Noida and Lucknow East.
 
The SP’s candidate, Tej Pratap Singh Yadav, also won from the Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency in the state.
 
These results are significant because the BJP, riding on a Modi wave, had won as many as 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh in the April-May Parliamentary elections. The BJP and its ally Apna Dal held all 11 Assembly seats for which bye-elections were held.
 
In Rajasthan, where the BJP had made a clean sweep in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress won three of the four seats in the bye-elections -- Surajgarh, Weir (SC) and Nasirabad, while the BJP had to remain content with one, Kota South.
 
Similarly, in Gujarat, where Mr Modi was the Chief Minister for more than 12 years before becoming Prime Minister and where the BJP had won all 26 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress managed to win three of the nine Assembly seats in the bye-elections.
 
The Congress won Deesa, Khambhalia and Mangrol, while the BJP retained Maninagar, Tankara, Talaja, Anand, Matar and Limkheda. All nine seats were earlier held by the BJP.
 
The BJP also won the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, with its candidate and deputy mayor Ranjanben Bhatt winning by a huge margin of more than 3.29 lakh votes.
The BJP made its debut in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly when its candidate Samik Bhattacharya  won the Basirhat Dakshin seat today. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) won the other seat, Chowranghee, for which bye-elections were held.
 
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In Telangana, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi's K Prabhakar Reddy won the Medak Lok Sabha seat.
 
In Tripura, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) won the lone assembly seat, Manu, for which bye-elections were held.
 
In Andhra Pradesh, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) won the Nandigama Assembly seat.
 
In Sikkim, an independent candidate, Rup Narayan Chamling, won the Rangang-Yangang Assembly seat.
 
In Assam, the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) won the Jamunamukh Assembly seat, while the BJP was leading in Silchar and the Congress in Lakhipur.
 
Counting of votes began in all the constituencies this morning and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
The bye-elections have assumed added significance because they took place about a month before crucial Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, where Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is making a strong bid to wrest power.
 
Vadodara was one of the two seats won by Mr Modi in the April-May Lok Sabha elections. He had resigned from there after deciding to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the other seat from where he had won.
 
Similarly, Mainpuri was vacated by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who retained Azamgarh, also in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Medak had fallen vacant when Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K Chandrashekara Rao resigned to take over as the first Chief Minister of Telangana after it was carved out as India's 29th state out of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Polling was also held for two seats in West Bengal and one in Chhattisgarh.
 
Today's results have come as bad news for the BJP, which had won only eight of the 18 Assembly seats in four states -- Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka and Punjab -- where bye-elections were held in August, while the Congress and its allies managed to win ten.
 
Apart from being a pointer to the extent to which the BJP has been able to hold on to its popularity, the bye-elections were also a major test for the SP.
 
These were the first elections in Gujarat under new Chief Minister Anandiben Patel, who succeeded Mr Modi when he moved to Delhi as Prime Minister.
 
Most of the 33 Assembly seats had fallen vacant after the sitting MLAs, mainly belonging to the BJP, had been elected to the Lok Sabha in the last general elections. Bye-elections in three assembly constituencies were necessitated by the deaths of the sitting members.
 
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Former Union Minister M S Sanjeevi Rao passes away at 85

Former Union Minister M S Sanjeevi Rao
Former Union Minister M S Sanjeevi Rao
Former Union Minister and Congress leader M S Sanjeevi Rao passed away at Kakinada yesterday afternoon after suffering a cardiac arrest, his family said.
 
He was 85. He is survived by two sons, including Mr M M Pallam Raju, who was Union Minister for Human Resource Development in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. His wife Rama Rajeshwari had predeceased him.
 
His funeral will be held later today, the sources added.
 
Born on August 3, 1929 at Bhiminupatnam in Visakhapatnam district, Mr Rao was educated at Guindy Engineering College, Madras and Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
 
An electronics engineer, Dr Rao had served in several companies and was associated with many organisations.
 
He served as a Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in 1974-76 before being elected to the Lok Sabha in 1971, 1977 and 1980. He served as a Union Deputy Minister for Electronics during 1982-84 and later as Chairman of the Electronics Commission.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee was among those who condoled the passing away of Dr Rao.
 
In a message to Dr Pallam Raju, he described Dr Rao as a distinguished Parliamentarian and an able administrator who served the nation in different capacities.
 
"A multi-faceted personality, he worked with distinction as Union Minister during 1982-1984. As a member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, he was always concerned about the welfare of the people in the State of Andhra Pradesh. Dr. Rao was also known for his interest in sports as well as various research activities. In his death, the nation has lost an eminent personality who was always in touch with the grassroots of society," he added.
 
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India commissions first indigenously built stealth anti-submarine warfare ship

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Marking a major milestone in the making of warships in the country, India today commissioned its first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare (ASW) corvette, INS Kamorta, at a ceremony at the naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh on the east coast.
 
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley commissioned the warship and described the event as the "coming of age" of India's ship-building industry.
 
The Defence Ministry said the commissioning of INS Kamorta had added a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and in particular, the Eastern Fleet. "The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy," it said.
 
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley unveiling the plaque on commissioning of INS Kamorta, at Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam on August 23, 2014. 





The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan is also seen.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley unveiling the plaque on commissioning of INS Kamorta, at Eastern Naval Command, Visakhapatnam on August 23, 2014. The Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan is also seen.
Admiral R K Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, and Rear Admiral A K Verma (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) were amongst those present at the ceremony.
 
INS Kamorta is first of the four ASW Stealth Corvettes designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), under Project 28, with an indigenous component of about 90%. 
 
Measuring 110 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth and displacing 3500 tons, the ship can achieve speed of 25 knots. The ship is fitted with anti-submarine rockets and torpedoes, medium and close-in weapon systems and indigenous surveillance radar Revathi. The ship is also capable of carrying an integral ASW helicopter. 
 
Mr Jaitley noted that, in the last three months, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he had been associated with several accretions made into the Indian Navy such as aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and destroyer INS Kolkata.
 
But, he said, this one was special because of its high indigenous content. He said as many as 42 warships were under construction in various shipyards of the country. He expressed confidence that the measures taken by the government would infuse healthy competitive spirit between the public and private shipyards. 
 
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Kamorta also boasts of other “firsts” such as a foldable hangar door and a rail-less Helo Traversing System, which will give helicopter operations from the corvette a significant edge over other warships. 
 
Enhanced stealth features have been achieved by ‘X’ form of hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship sides and use of Infrared Signature Suppression system for cooling the engine and generator exhausts. The ship has a combination of diesel and diesel propulsion system with two diesel engines  along with one gear box on each shaft. The common raft mounted gear box and diesel engines give the vessel very low radiated underwater noise. This is well complemented with an efficient propeller which has high cavitation inception speed. The design also incorporates active shaft grounding system and multi zone Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for suppression of Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic signature. The very low under water acoustic signature makes it a ‘silent killer on the prowl’. 
 
INS Kamorta has a multitude of systems such as Total Atmospheric Control, Integrated Platform Management, Integrated Bridge, Battle Damage Control and Personnel Locator System. This provides a contemporary and process oriented System of Systems for optimal functioning of the warship, an official press release said.
 
According to it, INS Kamorta is well equipped to fight in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare conditions. 
 
The ship has a complement of about 15 officers and 180 sailors. The accommodation and living spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability. The ship is commanded by Commander Manoj Jha, a gunnery specialist. 
 
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Pro Kabbadi: Hooda stars as Telugu Titans humiliate Puneri Paltan 60-24

Telugu Titans defenders stop a Puneri Paltan raider from crossing the touchline in a Star Sports Pro Kabaddi league match in Visakhapatnam on August 19, 2014
Telugu Titans defenders stop a Puneri Paltan raider from crossing the touchline in a Star Sports Pro Kabaddi league match in Visakhapatnam on August 19, 2014
Deepak Niwas Hooda starred with 16 raid points to help Telugu Titans beat Puneri Paltan 60-24 in the Star Sports Pro Kabbadi League at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Port Stadium here last night.
 
After the magnificent performance of Rahul Chaudhari last night, the crowd was preparing itself to witness yet another magical show by the superstar raider. 
 
Though Chaudhari did star in the match, it was the young Hooda who helped his team register the highest points of the tournament so far even as Pune put up a below par show yet again.
 
Confident about their team's victory against Pune, who have had a rather dismal season in the inaugural edition of the league so far, supporters of the men in yellow had turned up in huge numbers.
 
After a quiet start, Pune stand-in captain Manoj Kumar ousted Chaudhari by the fifth minute of the match. The happiness of the visiting team was short-lived as Titans’ Hooda and Sukesh Hegde made sure that Pune conceded its first set of LONA points by the 10th minute. 
 
Toothless in their attack, Pune was reduced to a two-man army yet again in a span of just five minutes. Chaudhari completed the formality by defying Nitin More’s tackle and setting the team up for their second set of LONA Points. With Chaudhari, Hegde and Hooda breaking the Puneri Paltan apart, the half-time scores were 27-7.    
 
Puneri Paltan got off to a shaky start as Nigerian Simon Kibura slipped on the mat and literally fell out of the game. Fighting against a two-man army, Hooda made sure he left only Vikas on Paltan’s side of the court bringing about the third LONA points of the night. 
 
After providing one of the most interesting raids of the season Simon Kibura was not able to entertain for long as he fell head on into the trap set out for him by Hooda. Having a night of his own, Hooda picked up his 13th raid points from his 14 raids and helped the Titans increase the lead to 25 points. 
 
As Vizag reached their 50th point in the 32nd minute, Pune was still struggling to meet them halfway, posting just 22 points. While one may have thought the match was over, Hooda powered through a lightning fast raid, enabling Titans to inflict a fourth all-out on Pune. 
 
Visibly helpless without their captain Wazir Singh, Puneri Paltan conceded the biggest defeat of the tournament this far.
 
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Pro-Kabaddi: Bengal Warriors sink Patna Pirates with strong defence

Patna Pirates' Mandeep trying to jump over the strong defending wall of Bengal Warriors in a Pro-Kabbadi League match at Visakhapatnam on August 18, 2014
Patna Pirates' Mandeep trying to jump over the strong defending wall of Bengal Warriors in a Pro-Kabbadi League match at Visakhapatnam on August 18, 2014
A strong defence helped Bengal Warriors, who were languishing at the bottom of the table with only three wins and 15 points, sink Patna Pirates 30-28 in the Star Sports Pro-Kabaddi League here today.
 
After taming Pink Panthers by a margin of 23 points, Patna Pirates were ready for yet another conquest and the wounded Bengal Warriors appeared to be tame game.
 
But the Warriors were a vastly different outfit today and made the most of their brilliant defence as they outclassed the Pirates.
 
The crowds vociferously supported Patna, thanks to their on-field fireworks last night and the atmosphere was electrifying. For Bengal, the match offered a slim chance to stay in the reckoning for a place in the qualifying stages.
 
The Pirates launched the first assault as they captured Warrior Sunil Jaipal followed by Rakesh Kumar’s spectacular aerial jump, marking his first successful raid of the night. The captain of the Patna Pirates came good yet again as he failed Shyam Singh Sha’s ankle hold and walked off into his home territory with panache. 
 
Stepping up their efforts, Patna’s star raider and the most successful Pirate of the first half Rakesh, took down Nitn Madane, this time as an anti. Sandeep Narwal joined the party as he took an amazing leap over Sachin Khambe, ousting the Bengal Warrior. 
 
In a huge blow for Patna, Rakesh Kumar injured his ankle while tackling Warriors’ Mahendra Rajput. By the tenth minute, even though Patna had a two-point lead, the Bengal team played like true warriors not leaving any margin for error. Nilesh Shinde utilized his experience by capturing Gurvinder Singh, equalising the score 9-9. A retaliating Patna team effectively used Sandeep Narwal and took the score to 14-11 by halftime.
 
A relatively uneventful first half made way for the second. Patna lost Ravi Dalal to Bengal’s spotless defence and were left a three-man army. But Sandeep Narwal had plans of his own as he captured Nilesh Shinde in his first outing of the half. Bengal’s worries increased as Rakesh Kumar joined the game after taking some time off to cater to his sore ankle. Deciding to overlook the injury, Rakesh trapped Mahendra Sing Rajput in a brilliant tackle. 
 
Bengal seemed to have regained confidence as Mahesh Goud scored one successful raid after the other, getting his team two Patna Antis along with the first set of LONA points- four points that changed the face of the game. Patna lost focus as Rakesh Kumar and Ravi Dalal were both brilliantly captured by the Bengal Warriors. 
 
As the final whistle blew, Bengal had nosed ahead by two points at 30-28.
 
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TTD deposits 1800 kgs of gold with State Bank of India

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The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer M G Gopal handed over 1800 kgs of gold ornaments, received as offerings from the thousands of devotees who come to pray at the temples here every year, as gold deposits to State Bank of India (SBI) Chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya here yesterday.
 
Mr Gopal told mediapersons later that the gold deposits included ornaments, articles, gold on copper items and so on.
 
They have been deposited in SBI under the Gold Deposit Scheme for a period of five years at a rate of interest of 1%.
 
“TTD has not made any gold deposits since the last two years as the banks have stopped accepting gold due to the restrictions and impositions levied by RBI. After negotiating with various banks, SBI has first come forward to accept the gold deposits at the rate of 1% per annum and we welcomed it”, he added
 
Ms Bhattacharya said that, in terms of quantity, the deposit was the first of its kind in the country
 
"We are fortunate to be a part of this divine mission. The deposited gold will be taken to Government Mint at Mumbai by SBI by incurring transportation charges, transit insurance, melting and refining charges and pure gold of 0.995 purity is taken as gold deposit," she said.
years would also be converted into gold deposit,, it said.
 
At present TTD is having around 4335 kg of pure gold under gold deposits in SBI, Corporation Bank and Indian Overseas Bank. These gold deposits earn an interest of 70 kilos approximately every year for TTD. 
 
Since 2010, on maturity of gold deposits, TTD has converted the interest earned on gold deposits also into gold and added 85 kilos towards gold deposit, the release added.
 
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Mukherjee to visit West Bengal, Telangana on August 1-2

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President Pranab Mukherjee will visit West Bengal and Telangana on August 1 and 2, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, Mr Mukherjee will inaugurate the new building of Ghani Khan Choudhury Institute of Engineering and Technology at Narayanpur, Malda. 
 
He will also inaugurate the International Conference on Natural Fibres organized by the National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology at Kolkata on the same day. 
 
On August 2, the President will address the Annual General Meeting of Indian Chamber of Commerce at Kolkata. 
 
On the same day, he will attend the 12th convocation of NALSAR University of Law at Shameerpet, Telangana before returning to the national capital, the release added.
 
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Bye-elections to AP, Maharashtra Legislative Councils on August 21

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The Election Commission today said it would hold bye-elections on August 21 to fill a vacancy each in the State Legislative Councils of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra pertaining to seats elected by members of the concerned legislative assembly.
 
The vacancies have arisen due to the resignation of Mr Kolagatla Veerabhadra Swamy in Andhra Pradesh and Mr Vinayak Bhaurao Raut in Maharashtra.
 
The notifications will be issued on August 4 and the last date for withdrawal of nominations will be August 14. Counting of votes will be taken up on August 21 after polling hours, an official press release added.
 
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Andhra Pradesh to replicate Kochi-model Startup Village

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Senior officials of the government of Andhra Pradesh have begun discussions with Kochi-based Startup Village seeking its support and expertise to set up a similar incubation facility in their state.
 
A high-level delegation led by IT Advisor to Andhra Pradesh Government J Satyanarayana met Startup Village Chief Executive Officer Pranav Kumar Suresh and Infopark Chief Executive Officer Hrishikesh Nair at Startup Village in Kalamassery here yesterday evening.
 
The meeting was seen as a sign that the success of India’s first public-private partnership technology business incubator, which has transformed IT entrepreneurship in Kerala, is beginning to make other states sit up and take notice.
 
 “We are really impressed with Startup Village and its functioning. We want to set up an incubation facility of a similar kind in Andhra Pradesh and are in consultation with the team here,” said Mr Satyanarayana after the visit.
 
The Andhra delegation comprised Mr Ajay Sawhney, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister; Mr Sanjay Jaju, IAS, Secretary, ITE&C; and Mr Phani Chandra, Consultant, E&Y.
 
They looked at the facilities being provided to young innovators kick-starting their businesses from Startup Village and discussed the Student Entrepreneurship Policy launched by the Kerala government to promote the entrepreneurship culture among the youth.
 
“Startup village is a dream to create a billion dollar campus. When that dream becomes every state's dream, it becomes a reality. We are very happy to see that our idea has become a trendsetter. The fact that a state like Andhra Pradesh, which got on relatively early on the IT bandwagon when compared to Kerala, should look to Startup Village for inspiration shows just how far we have come in these past two years,” said Mr Vijayakumar.
 
Mr Sawhney lauded Kerala’s Student Entrepreneurship Policy. “We want to create a similar ecosystem in Andhra Pradesh for promoting young entrepreneurs particularly by recommending to device a policy on the lines of the one in Kerala,” he said.
 
Mr Pranav said that the delegation “was excited about the facilities and the kind of ecosystem we have created for the youngsters”. 
 
“We discussed about the support provided by the state government, the different levels of mentoring we provide to the startups and how we have managed to reach to student community in the colleges,” he added.
 
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14 children, two others killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana

At least 14 schoolchildren and two others -- the driver and cleaner of their school bus -- were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana on Thursday morning.

 
14 children, driver killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana
At least 14 schoolchildren and two others -- the driver and cleaner of their school bus -- were killed when a train rammed into the vehicle at an unmanned railway level crossing near Masaipet in Yeldurthi mandal of Medak district in Telangana this morning.
 
Police officials told NetIndian over the telephone that at least 20 other chidren suffered injuries in the gruesome incident and had been rushed to the Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad for treatment.
 
The incident occurred around 9.15 am, they said. The children were students of the Kakatiya Techno School at Medak.
 
Police and personnel of the fire brigade and other emergency services, as well as local people, who rushed to the scene had a tough time extricating the victims from the wreckage of the bus which was dragged for some distance before the train came to a halt.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao expressed shock over the incident and ordered an inquiry into it. He deputed state Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao to rush to the spot and supervise the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Mr Rao announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh to the next-of-kin of each of those killed in the tragedy.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the mishap.
 
“I am extremely saddened to learn about the accident in which some school children lost their lives and many others are critically injured after a passenger train hit a school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in Telangana. I understand relief operations are underway," Mr Mukherjee said.
 
"I am sure that the State Government and other agencies are taking necessary steps to provide urgent medical assistance to the injured and all possible aid to the bereaved families.
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he said.
 
Mr Modi expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the accident. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the mishap.
 
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