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Sania Mirza condemns attempts to brand her as outsider by BJP MLA

Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza
Tennis star Sania Mirza today strongly condemned attempts to portray her as an outsider by Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA K Laxman who set off a major controversy by flaying the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) government for naming her as a brand ambassador of the state.
 
While doing so, Mr Laxman questioned her credentials for the assignment, on the one hand, and also referred to her as a "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan because she is married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik.
 
Telangana Chief Minister and TRS leader K Chandrasekhar Rao had announced a grant of Rs 1 crore to Mirza, 27, for training and appointed her as a brand ambassador of the newly-formed state on Wednesday.
 
Describing her as a daughter of Hyderabad, Mr Rao had said on the occasion, "Telangana is proud of Sania who is a true Hyderabadi. She's now ranked number five in international tennis (doubles) and we wish she becomes the number one."
 
Mr Laxman said the government had bestowed the honour on Mirza only with an eye on the votes of the minority commuity in the coming elections to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
 
He said Mirza had never participated in the movement for a separate statement of Telangana.
 
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"It hurts me that so much precious time of prominent politicians and the media is being wasted on a petty issue of my being appointed the Brand Ambassador of my State of Telangana. I sincerely believe that this precious time should be spent on solving the more urgent issues of our State and country," Mirza said in a statement.
 
"I would like to state as follows:
 
1. I am married to Mr. Shoaib Malik, who is from Pakistan. I am an Indian, who will remain an Indian until the end of my life. 
 
2. I was born in Mumbai as my mother needed to be at a specialist hospital since she was seriously unwell at the time of my birth. I came home to Hyderabad when I was 3 weeks old. My forefathers have lived in Hyderabad for more than a century. My grandfather, Mr. Mohammed Zaffer Mirza started his career as an Engineer in Nizam's Railways in Hyderabad in 1948 and died in his ancestral home in Hyderabad. 
 
"My great grandfather, Mr. Mohd. Ahmed Mirza was also born and raised in Hyderabad. He was the Chief Engineer, Water Works, Hyderabad and was responsible for constructing the famous Gandipet dam. 
 
"My great, great grandfather, Mr. Aziz Mirza was the Home Secretary under the Nizam in Hyderabad and worked tirelessly for relief works during the historic Musi River floods of 1908. 
 
"So, my family belongs to Hyderabad for more than a century and I strongly condemn any attempts by any person, whosoever, to brand me an outsider. 
 
"I hope this clears all doubts and issues," she added.
 
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Modi condoles loss of lives in bus accident in Medak

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a bus accident in Medak district of Telangana this morning.
 
Mr Modi also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in the mishap, an official press release added.
 
At least 12 schoolchildren and the driver 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.
 
At least 19 chidren suffered injuries in the gruesome incident and had been rushed to a nearby hospital. 
 
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12 children, driver killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana

At least 12 schoolchildren and the driver 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.

 
12 children, driver killed as train rams into schoolbus in Telangana
At least 12 schoolchildren and the driver 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 19 children suffered injuries in the gruesome incident and had been rushed to a nearby hospital. 
 
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.
 
Schoolbags, water bottles, books and other articles were strewn all over the place, the officials said.
 
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has 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.
 
Some of the more injured students may be rushed to Hyderabad, the officials added.
 
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PM urges space scientists to develop SAARC satellite as India's gift to neighbourhood

 
PSLV-C23 launch: Modi says we must share fruits of our technology
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged India's space scientists to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC Satellite that the country could dedicate to its neighbourhood as a gift with a full range of applications and services.
 
"I also ask you to enlarge the footprint of our satellite-based navigation system to cover all of South Asia," he said after witnessing the successful launch of polar satellite launch vehicle PSLV-C23 which put five foreign satellites, including the French earth observation satellite Spot-7, into their intended orbits.
 
Mr Modi emphasized that technology was central to development, touching one and all and an important instrument of national progress.
 
"India’s Space program is a perfect example of my vision of Scale, Speed and Skill. Our Space scientists have made us global leaders, in one of the most complex areas of modern technology. This shows that we can be the best. If we apply ourselves, we can meet the aspirations of our people," he said.
 
Congratulating the space scientists and the Department of Space for yet another successful launch fo the PSLV, he said it was an achievement that filled every Indian's heart with pride.
 
"And I can see it reflected in the joy and satisfaction on your faces. Fascinated by space technology, I feel specially privileged to witness this event in person," he said.
 
Mr Modi said India's advanced space programme put it an elite group of five to six countries today. "This is one domain, in which we are at the international cutting edge. A domain in which we have pushed beyond mediocrity to achieve excellence," he said.
 
He noted that India had launched many satellites for advanced nations, and PSLV itself had so far launched 67 satellites, of which 40 were foreign satellites of 19 countries.
 
Even today’s satellites are all from developed nations – France, Canada, Germany and Singapore. Truly, this is a global endorsement of India’s space capabilities," he said.
 
He mentioned India's lunar mission, Chandrayaan, and the ongoing mission to Mars, Mangalyaan. "I personally follow it with great interest. We have also developed our own satellite-based navigation system. I am told this will be fully deployed by 2015," he siad.
 
Mr Modi said India could be proud that its space programme was indigenous and had developed it despite international hurdles. "Generations of our space scientists have worked to make India a self-reliant space power. We owe them a big thank you," he said.
 
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"Our journey into space has come a long way from its humble beginnings. It has been a journey of many constraints and resource limitations. I have seen photographs of rocket cones being transported on bicycles. Our first satellite, Aryabhatta, was made in industrial sheds in Bangalore," he said.
 
The Prime Minister said that, even today, India's space programme stood out as the most cost-effective in the world. "The story of our Mars Mission costing less than the Hollywood movie Gravity, had gone viral on social media recently. Our scientists have shown the world a new paradigm of frugal engineering, and the power of imagination. Friends, this success of ours has deep historical roots," he said.
 
"India has a rich heritage of science and technology, including in the field of space. An understanding of the cosmos, and its relationship to life and science; is deeply rooted in our ancient thought and knowledge. Our ancestors had conceived of ideas like ‘Shunya’ and ‘flying objects’, long before others. The works of visionaries like Bhaskaracharya and Aryabhata continue to inspire scientists," he said.
 
Mr Modi said many people misunderstand space technology was for the elite and that it had nothing to do with the common man.
 
"I however believe, such technology is fundamentally connected with the common man. As a change agent, it can empower and connect, to transform his life. Technology opens up new opportunities of development. And gives us new ways of addressing our challenges," he said.
 
"Space may seem distant, but is an integral part of our daily life today. It drives our modern communication, connecting even the remotest family to the mainstream. It empowers the child in the farthest village with quality education, through long-distance learning. It ensures quality healthcare to the most distant person, through tele-medicine. It enables the youth in a small town with various new job opportunities. Satellite technology has made distance irrelevant. It effectively enables us to reach the unreached. It helps us connect virtually, where physical connections are difficult. It has a critical role, in realizing the vision of a Digital India – the power of 125 crore connected Indians," he said.
 
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"GIS technology has transformed policy planning, and implementation. Space imaging enables modern management, and conservation of water resources – through GIS-driven watershed development. It has been deployed in our urban planning, to scientifically manage our growing towns and cities. It has also become an important tool, in better managing, and conserving our natural resources. Whether it be the Himalayan glaciers, oceans and forests, coastal resources or our mineral wealth. Space imagery is improving our land management systems, bringing wasteland into productive use. Our next frontier, should be to extend the same to land records, bringing in accuracy and transparency for the common man," he said.
 
Mr Modi said space technology had also evolved into an invaluable asset in disaster management. "Satellite communication channels often end up being the only mode of communication. Accurate advanced warning, and tracking of Cyclone Phailin saved countless lives recently," he said.
 
"We must as a nation, fully harness this expertise in space technology, in our developmental process. For social change, economic development, and resource conservation. The possibilities are limitless. The benefits enormous. I urge the Department of Space, to proactively engage with all stakeholders, to maximize the use of space science in governance and development. Deepening of state involvement will be critical for the same," he said.
 
The Prime Minister said India's space programme was driven by a vision of service to humanity, not by a desire of power, and an important instrument of human progress.
 
"We must therefore, share the fruits of our technological advancement, with those who do not enjoy the same. The developing world, and our neighbours in particular. We already share disaster management data with over 30 countries. We provide benefits of tele-medicine to Afghanistan and African countries. But we must do more," he said.
 
"Continued progress in space must remain a national mission. We must keep enhancing our space capabilities. We must develop more advanced satellites; with higher computing, imaging and transmitting power. We must expand our satellite footprint, in terms of frequency and quality. We must also strengthen our international partnerships in all areas of space technology.
 
"India has the potential, to be the launch service provider of the world. We must work towards this goal. Construct the required new launch infrastructure. And extend our launching capabilities to heavier satellites," he said.
 
Mr Modi also stressed the importance of development of human resources, saying it would be critical for the country's future success.
 
"I was very pleased to meet our young scientists here. I admire their work and their achievements. Let us link up with more universities and colleges, to develop our future leaders in this area. We must also involve our youth at large with space. You have already started putting a lot of space-related data online, through your Bhuvan space portal. What steps can we take to further increase access to data, by students and researchers? Let us use social media to further engage with our youth. Let us invite school and college children, to witness launches and visit space centres. Could we also think of developing, a state-of-the-art, interactive, digital space museum?" he added.
 
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India's PSLV-C23 successfully launches France's Spot-7, four other foreign satellites

India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) lifted off on Monday morning from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on the country's east coast and successfully launched French observation satellite Spot-7 and four other co-passenger satellites into their intended orbits.

 
ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C-23 in presence of PM Modi
India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) lifted off this morning from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on the country's east coast and successfully launched French observation satellite Spot-7 and four other co-passenger satellites into their intended orbits.
 
Apart from the 714 kg Spot-7, which was its main payload, PSLV perfectly placed in orbit the 14 kg Aisat of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada, each weighing 15 kg, and the 7 kg Velox-1 of Singapore.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu were amongst those who witnessed the launch, which took place at 0952 hours IST from the first launch pad of Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota.
 
ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan and his predecessors such as U R Rao and K Kasturirangan were also present on the occasion.
 
The 49-hour countdown for the launch had begun at 0852 hours on Saturday,  three minutes later than originally scheduled. The delay was because of the probability of space debris getting in the way of the launch vehicle, ISRO sources said.
 
The five satellites were carried by PSLV-C23 under commercial arrangements that Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO, had entered into with the respective foreign agencies.
 
This was the 27th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and its tenth in the "core alone" configuration, that is without the use of solid strap-on motors. The launch vehicle has had a superb reliability rate, with 25 consecutive successful flights so far after the very first mission failed way back on September 20, 1993.
 
The 44.4 metre tall launch vehicle had a lift-off mass of 230 tonnes, the sources said.
 
Spot-7 is identical to Spot-6 launched by PSLV-C21 in September 2012. It is built by Airbus Defence & Space, a leading European space technology company.
 
With this, PSLV has now launched as many as 40 satellites of 19 other countries, the sources added.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi congratulated the ISRO scientists for yet another successful launch of PSLV and said it filled every Indian's heart with pride. "I can see the joy and satisfaction on your faces," he said.
 
He said India's achievements in space placed it in a select club of five or six countries. "This is a domain where we are at the international cutting edge. We have achieved excellence and gone beyond mediocrity," he said.
 
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He said the fact that developed countries such as France, Germany and Singapore had trusted India with the launch of their satellites was a global endorsement of its space capabilities.
 
He referred, in this context, to India's lunar mission, Chandrayaan, and the Mangalyaan mission currently on its way to Mars. "I personally follow it with great interest," he said.
 
He also noted that India had developed satellite-based navigation system that would be fully deployed by 2015.
 
Mr Modi said India's space programme was truly indigenous and had developed despite many hurdles and generations of scientists had worked to make the country self-reliant in this area. "We have come a long way from humble beginnings," he said.
 
He also expressed happiness that the space programme was extremely cost-efficient and mentioned, as an aside, that its Mars mission had cost less than the Hollywood movie Gravity.
 
Mr Modi said there was a misconception that space technology was for the elite. "
 
"Such technology is fundamentally connected with the common man. As a change agent, it can empower and connect, to transform his life," he said.
 
"The 'sadhana' you have done in the laboratories has the power to change the lives of millions of people," he said.
 
He pointed out that GIS technology, for instance, had transformed policy planning and implementation. "Space imaging enables modern management and conservation of water resources," he said.
 
"Technology has a critical role in realising the vision of a Digital India -- the power of 125 crore connected Indians," he stressed.
 
He said space technology had also evolved into an invaluable asset in disaster management and recalled how it had played a huge role in preventing loss of human lives when cyclone Phailin struck Odisha and other parts of the east coast recently through accurate advance warning and tracking.
 
"Satellite communication channels often end up being the only mode of communication," he said.
 
"I urge the Department of Space to proactively engage with all stakeholders, to maximize use of space science in governance and development," he said.
 
Mr Modi said India's space programme was driven by a vision of service to humanity and not by a desire for power.
 
"Today, I ask our space community, to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC satellite as India's gift to its neighbours in South Asia," he said.
 
He also urged the scientists to enlarge the footprint of India's satellite-based navigation system to cover all of South Asia.
 
"Continued progress in space must remain a national mission. We must keep enhancing our space capabilities," he said.
 
"India has the potential, to be the launch service provider of the world. We must work towards this goal," he said.
 
Mr Modi, who reached Sriharikota yesterday evening and spent time with ISRO scientists at the SDSC last night, said he was very happy to meet young scientists and that he greatly admired their work and their achievements.
 
He said he was particularly pleased to meet four generations of scientists at SDSC, right from those who had worked on India's first satellite Aryabhatta, and said this was a big sign of progress.
 
He suggested that ISRO could think of developing a state-of-the-art interactive digital space museum that would inspire youngsters to build careers in space technology.
 
"Technology is central to development. It touches one and all, and is an important instrument of our national progress," he said.
 
"India’s space programme is a perfect example of my vision of 'Scale, Speed and Skill'," he added.
 
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India's PSLV-C23 lifts off with French satellite Spot-7, four co-passengers

India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) lifted off on Monday morning from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on the country's east coast with the 714 kg French earth observation satellite Spot-7 as its main payload.

PSLV-C23 on the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: ISRO
PSLV-C23 on the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: ISRO
India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) lifted off this morning from the spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on the country's east coast with the 714 kg French earth observation satellite Spot-7 as its main payload.
 
PSLV-C23 also carried the 14 kg Aisat of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada, each weighing 15 kg, and the 7 kg Velox-1 of Singapore as co-passengers.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu were amongst those who witnessed the launch, which took place at 0952 hours IST from the first launch pad of Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota.
 
The 49-hour countdown for the launch had begun at 0852 hours on Saturday,  three minutes later than originally scheduled. The delay was because of the probability of space debris getting in the way of the launch vehicle, ISRO sources said.
 
The five satellites were carried by PSLV-C23 under commercial arrangements that Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO, had entered into with the respective foreign agencies.
 
This was the 27th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and its tenth in the "core alone" configuration, that is without the use of solid strap-on motors. The launch vehicle has had a superb reliability rate, with 25 consecutive successful flights so far after the very first mission failed way back on September 20, 1993.
 
The 44.4 metre tall launch vehicle had a lift-off mass of 230 tonnes, the sources said.
 
Spot-7 is identical to Spot-6 launched by PSLV-C21 in September 2012. It is built by Airbus Defence & Space, a leading European space technology company.
 
Before this, PSLV had launched as many as 35 satellites of other countries, the sources added.
 
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PSLV-C23 to put French earth observation satellite Spot-7 in orbit on Monday

India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) will lift off on Monday morning from the spaceport at Sriharikota on the country's east coast with the 714 kg French earth observation satellite Spot-7 as its main payload.

PSLV-C23 on the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: ISRO
PSLV-C23 on the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Photo: ISRO
India's workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C23) will lift off tomorrow morning from the spaceport at Sriharikota on the country's east coast with the 714 kg French earth observation satellite Spot-7 as its main payload.
 
PSLV-C23 will also be carrying the 14 kg Aisat of Germany, NLS7.1 (CAN-X4) & NLS7.2 (CAN-X5) of Canada, each weighing 15 kg, and the 7 kg Velox-1 of Singapore as co-passengers.
 
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) sources said the lift-off is scheduled for 0952 IST tomorrow from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota.
 
The 49-hour countdown for the launch began at 0852 hours yesterday, three minutes later than originally scheduled. The delay was because of the probability of space debris getting in the way of the launch vehicle, they said.
 
The five satellites are being launched by PSLV-C23 under commercial arrangements that Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of ISRO, has entered into with the respective foreign agencies.
 
This will be the 27th flight of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle and its tenth in the "core alone" configuration, that is without the use of solid strap-on motors. The launch vehicle has had a superb reliability rate, with 25 consecutive successful flights so far after the very first mission failed.
 
The 44.4 metre tall launch vehicle will have a lift-off mass of 230 tonnes, the sources said.
 
Spot-7 is identical to Spot-6 launched by PSLV-C21 in September 2012. It is built by Airbus Defence & Space, a leading European space technology company.
 
PSLV has so far launched 35 satellites of other countries, the sources added.
 
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Govt. announces compensation, relief measures for GAIL gas pipeline blast victims

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The Government today said the next-of-kin of each of the 14 people killed in the blast i a gas pipeline of the public sector GAIL (India) Limited in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh would get a total ex-gratia amount of Rs 25 lakh.
 
This includes Rs 20 lakh from GAIL, Rs 3 lakh from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and Rs 2 lakh from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund, an offficial announcement said after Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu visited the scene of the tragedy.
 
For those permanently disabled, Rs.5 lakh will be deposited as fixed deposit in their name by GAIL (India) Limited. The permanent disability will be certified by the district administration. 
 
All other injured persons will be given an ex-gratia of Rs.1 lakh. Out of this Rs.50,000 will be provided from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the balance Rs.50,000 will be provided by the GAIL (India) Limited. 
 
The best possible medical care will be provided to those injured. All expenses in this regard will be borne by GAIL, the release said.
 
Damage to property and crops caused by the fire will be compensated at market value by GAIL. All thatched houses in the affected village will be converted into pucca houses through the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds of GAIL and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.
 
A skill upgradation center will be established near the site of the accident through CSR funds of GAIL and ONGC, the release said.
 
A high-level inquiry committee has been constituted to probe the incident. The committee would submit its report in a time bound manner, it said.
 
"Action will be taken to adopt best international practices regarding safety and security of all pipelines in the country. An action plan for this would be developed in a time bound manner," the release added.
 
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President, PM condole loss of lives in GAIL gas pipeline explosion

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the loss of lives in an explosion in a gas pipeline of the public sector GAIL India in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh earlier in the day.
 
 “I am extremely saddened to learn about the explosion of a GAIL gas pipeline in East Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh in which some persons have lost their lives and many others are injured," Mr Mukherjee said in a message to Andhra Pradesh governor E S L Narasimhan.
 
"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, who have lost their near and dear ones. 
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he added.
 
Mr Modi said in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter that his thoughts were with the families of those who lost their lives in the mishap and his prayers were with the injured.
 
He said he had spoken to Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth and GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi and asked them to ensure immediate relief at the accident site.
 
Mr Modi also announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs. 2 lakh from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives in the explosion. This is in addition to the relief assistance given by the Petroleum Ministry and GAIL. 
 
An ex-gratia relief of Rs. 50,000 has also been sanctioned for those who were seriously injured in the incident, an official press release added.
 
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14 killed, 14 injured in blast in GAIL pipeline in Andhra Pradesh

At least 14 people were burnt alive and an equal number suffered injuries in a fire that broke out after a blast in a pipeline of the Gas Authority of India Limited in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of Friday.

 
14 killed, 14 injured in blast in GAIL gas pipeline in Andhra Pradesh
At least 14 people were burnt alive and an equal number suffered injuries in a fire that broke out after a blast in a pipeline of the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of today.
 
The blast occurred near Nagaram village in Amalapuram mandal around 5.30 am and most of the victims were said to be people living in the vicinity of the pipeline.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter that his thoughts were with the families of those who lost their lives in the fire. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
 
He said he had spoken to Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth and GAIL Chairman & Managing Director B C Tripathi and asked them to ensure immediate relief at the site of the accident.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was in Delhi, said 14 people had died and 14 others had been injured in the incident.
 
Of the injured, four were in a critical condition, he said, adding that all of them were undergoing treatment in nearby hospitals.
 
Mr Naidu said he had cancelled all his engagements in the capital and was rushing back to the state to visit the scene of the fire. He offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and ordered an inquiry into the blst.
 
He asked Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa to visit the scene of the fire and supervise the relief efforts.
 
Mr Pradhan told journalists in Delhi that he, too, was leaving for the scene of the tragedy along with top officials of the ministry.
 
He said the pipeline was a dedicated link for the Lanco power project from a gas gathering station of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) nearby.
 
Mr Pradhan has ordered a probe by a high-level committee to probe the mishap. Its members will include a joint secretary of the ministry, an executive director of the Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), an executive director of public sector Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and a representative of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
 
Top officials of the East Godavari district administration, police, fire services, GAIL and other departments and agencies rushed to the spot and were overseeing efforts to douse the flames.
 
More than 20 fire tenders were at the scene fighting the blaze, which was said to be under control. Gas supply through the pipeline, both input and output, had been cut off, official sources said.
 
The cause of the blast could not be immediately ascertained, the sources said.
 
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Several people feared killed in blast in GAIL pipeline in Andhra Pradesh

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Several people were feared killed in a fire that broke out after a blast in a pipeline of the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in the early hours of today.
 
The blast occurred near Nagaram village in Amalapuram mandal. 
 
While district officials said at least three people had been killed in the incident, unofficial reports said the toll was higher.
 
Top officials of the district administration, police, fire services, GAIL and other departments rushed to the spot and were overseeing efforts to douse the flames.
 
More than 20 fire tenders were at the scene fighting the blaze, which was said to be under control. Gas supply through the pipeline had been cut off, official sources said.
 
Several more people were injured in the mishap and were rushed to nearby hospitals.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has ordered an enquiry into the incident. 
 
The cause of the blast could not be immediately ascertained.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on micro-blogging site Twitter that his thoughts were with the families of those who lost their lives in the fire. He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
 
He said he had spoken to Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth and GAIL Chairman & Managing Director B C Tripathi and asked them to ensure immediate relief at the site of the accident.
 
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also offered his condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones and ordered and inquiry into the blast. He asked Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa to visit the scene of the fire and supervise the relief efforts.
 
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Telangana & AP HC Judge transferred to Punjab & Haryana HC

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Mr Justice Ashutosh Mohunta, Judge of the High Court of Telangana and Aandhra Pradesh, has been transferred to the High Court of Punjab & Haryana by the President in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
 
An official press release said Mr Justice Mohunta had been directed to assume charge of his office in the Punjab & Haryana High Court on or before June 30.
 
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4 bodies found, 20 students from Hyderabad still missing in HP

 
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Search and rescue teams today found the bodies of four of the 24 students of an engineering college near Hyderabad who went missing and were feared drowned after water was suddenly released from the Larji hydro-electric project into the Beas river in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh yesterday evening.
 
District officials in Mandi told NetIndian over the telephone that the search for the remaining missing 20 students had been suspended at nightfall and would be resumed at day-break tomorrow.
 
The students -- 18 boys and six girls -- were part of a  larger group of second year engineering students from the VNR Vignana College of Engineering and Technology near Hyderabad and were on a study tour in the area when the tragedy occurred.
 
The bodies of three girls and a boy were recovered this morning from the Pandoh dam, about 15 km downstream, and efforts were continuing to trace the others, they said.
 
A team from the Telangana government, led by state Home Minister Naini Narsimha Reddy and including police officials, was expected in Mandi later on Monday. The Director General of Police of Telangana and the Police Commissioner of Cyberabad were also in touch with senior police officials in Himachal Pradesh.
 
Various accounts suggested that the students were taking photographs and playing around on the rocks and in the shallow water when extra water was released from the dam suddenly around 7 pm yesterday.
 
According to officials, the dam authorities had issued the usual alerts and sounded sirens to downstream areas before releasing the water but the district administration has ordered an inquiry to establish the circumstances in which the mishap occurred.
 
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People on the banks of the river alerted the students to the sudden surge in water levels, but all of them were swept away before they could move to safety, the officials said.
 
Emergency teams were rushed to the spot and searched for the missing students with help of searchlights late into the night.
 
At daybreak today, the authorities intensified the search and rescue efforts by deploying rafters and divers even as scores of people scoured the riverside on both sides. Officials of the adjoining Kullu district also joined the rescue efforts.
 
The incident occurred at Thalot, around 40 km from Mandi. The Larji dam is located around two km upstream from there.
 
An official press release here said Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju would oversee the rescue and relief efforts and help the families of the victims. Among other things, steps are being taken to fly the parents of the missing students to Manali.
 
Union Minister of Human Resources Development Smriti Irani expressed grave concern and shock over the incident. She assured Himachal Pradesh Minister of Education G S Bali of all assistance and support required from the Centre.
 
She also spoke to a member of the faculty of the college, who was accompanying the students on the study trip to Himachal Pradesh and was present  at the site of the mishap when it happened. The principal of the college has been assured of all cooperation to cope with the tragedy.
 
"Our prayers are with the families in this hour of need," she added.
 
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Chandrababu Naidu elected leader of Telugu Desam Legislative Party in AP

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Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu was formally elected as the Leader of the Telugu Desam Legislative Party (TDLP) at a meeting in Tirupati yesterday evening, paving the way for him to become the first Chief Minister of the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.
 
Ten districts of the undivided state were carved out on June 1 to form the new state of Telangana, meeting a decades-old demand of the people of the region.
 
Mr Naidu's name was proposed by party leader K E Krishna Murthy, a senior legislator of the TDP, and seconded by two MLAs. He is expected to be sworn in as the Chief Minister on June 8.
 
"Thanks to the team for supporting me & entrusting the responsibility to re-build AP. Let's get this great work started," Mr Naidu said on micro-blogging site Twitter after his election.
 
The TDP won 102 seats in the 175-member Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the recent general elections.
 
Mr Naidu, 64, was the Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh from 1995 to 2004 - the longest term served by any leader in that office. Among other things, he helped to make Hyderabad into one of the major IT hubs in India. Since then, he had the longest term as Leader of Opposition in the state assembly before storming back to power in the 2014 elections.
 
Born on April 20, 1950, Mr Naidu has an MA in Economics before plunging into politics. He became one fo the youngest ministers in the T Anjaiah government in 1978.
 
As the cinematography minister, he came in contact with well-known Telugu actor N T Rama Rao (NTR) and married his second daughter, Bhuvaneswari, in 1980. In 1982, NTR launched the TDP and, a year later, Naidu left the Congress and joined it. He managed to wrest control of the party in 1995.
 
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Modi welcomes Telengana as 29th state, says it will add strength to India

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed the formation of Telangana as the 29th state of India and said it would add strength to the country's development journey in the coming years.
 
"Telangana's birth comes after years of struggle and sacrifices by several people. We pay our respects to them today," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
Mr Modi also congratulated Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K Chandrasekhar Rao, who was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of the new state in Hyderabad this morning. 
 
"Congrats to K Chandrasekhar Rao Garu on taking oath as Telangana's 1st CM. My best wishes to people for the state's development journey," he tweeted.
 
"Centre assures complete support to the people & Government of Telangana  in taking the state to newer heights of progress," he added.
 
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Telangana becomes 29th state of India, K Chandrasekhar Rao its first Chief Minister

Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India at the stroke of midnight on Sunday night amid joyous celebrations and TRS leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as its first Chief Minister on Monday morning, marking the culmination of decades of struggle in the region for carving out a separate state from Andhra Pradesh.

 
K Chandrashekhar Rao takes oath as first CM of Telangana
Telangana came into existence as the 29th state of India at the stroke of midnight last night amid joyous celebrations and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as its first Chief Minister this morning, marking the culmination of decades of struggle in the region for carving out a state from Andhra Pradesh.
 
Mr Rao and 11 other Ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan at a function in Raj Bhavan here.
 
Earlier in the morning, Mr Narasimhan, who is the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, was sworn in as the Governor of Telangana this morning by Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta.
 
Mr Narasimhan will discharge the functions of the Governor of Telangana, in addition to his own duties, until a permanent arrangement is made.
 
Under the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, the Governor of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh shall be the Governor of both the successor States for such period as may be determined by the President.
 
It also says that Hyderabad will be the common capital of the two states for a period not exceeding ten years. After expiry of that period, Hyderabad shall be the capital of Telangana and there shall be a new capital for Andhra Pradesh.
 
For the purposes of administration of the common capital area, the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area.
 
In particular, the responsibility of the Governor shall extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security of vital installations, and management and allocation of Government buildings in the common capital area.
 
Telangana comprises the following districts of the earlier state of Andhra Pradesh: Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal, Rangareddi, Nalgonda, Mahbubnagar, Khammam and Hyderabad.
 
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It says that the Governor of the existing state of Andhra Pradesh shall be the Governor of both the successor States for such period as may be determined by the President.
 
For the purposes of administration of the common capital area, the Governor shall have special responsibility for the security of life, liberty and property of all those who reside in such area, it says.
 
In particular, the responsibility of the Governor shall extend to matters such as law and order, internal security and security of vital installations, and management and allocation of Government buildings in the common capital area.
 
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs revoked President's Rule in the newly-created Telangana region, paving the way for the inslallation of a government headed by Mr Rao.
 
President's rule will continue in the residual Andhra Pradesh until June 8, when Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader N Chandrababu Naidu is slated to be sworn in as its Chief Minister.
 
Before taking oath as the first Chief Minister of the new state, Mr Rao paid tributes to the martyrs of Telangana at Gun Park near the Legislative Assembly.
 
The celebrations in Hyderabad and other parts of the new state included fireworks, cultural events and victory rallies. People were seen distributing sweets each other as they rejoiced in the historic moment.
 
The TRS won 63 of the 119 Assembly seats in Telangana in the recently-held elections.
 
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E S L Narasimhan to discharge functions of Governor of Telangana

E.S.L. Narasimhan
E.S.L. Narasimhan
President Pranab Mukherjee today appointed Mr E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Telangana, in addition to his own duties until a permanent arrangement is made.  
 
"The above appointment will take effect from the date he assumes charge of his office," a press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
 
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Centre set up Expert Committee on new capital for successor state of Andhra Pradesh

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The Centre has  constituted an Expert Committee to study the various alternatives regarding the new capital for the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and make appropriate recommendations.
 
An official press release said the committee had been set up pursuant to the Section 6 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.
 
The committee will be chaired by Mr K C Siva Ramakrishnan, a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, who is currently Research Professor & Chairman, Governing Board, Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi.
 
Other members of the committee are Dr.Rathin Roy, Director, National Institute of Public Finance & Policy, New Delhi; Mr Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore; Prof. Jagan Shah, Director, National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi; and Prof. K T Ravindran, former Dean, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
 
According to the release, the Terms of Reference of the committee are as follows:
 
1. To study various alternatives for locating the new capital of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and evaluate their comparative suitability based on available data, site visits and consultations with the stakeholders, central government and the existing government of Andhra Pradesh and the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and submit its report within 31st August, 2014.
 
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2. To evaluate the possible alternatives and make appropriate recommendations based on the following considerations:
a) Availability of sufficient land, water and other essential natural resources with due regard to the possibility of de-reservation of degraded forest land.
 
b) Conduct an assessment of the potential for planned growth for the estimated population with appropriate zoning regulations as well as the feasibility of accommodating large structures to house the Raj-Bhawan, State Legislature (Assembly and Council), Secretariat, High Court, office buildings, guest houses, residential quarters and physical infrastructure including stadia, conference halls, convention centres, hotels, hospitals, schools, colleges, educational and training institutions, libraries, museums, theatres, places of recreation and tourism, parks and markets etc.
 
c) Potential for connectivity by rail, road and air with various districts of the successor State of Andhra Pradesh and the present common capital of Hyderabad and other major cities of the region as well as the possibility to develop rapid mass transit systems within the city.
 
d) Assess the potential for developing a vibrant economic, social and cultural infrastructure for a symbiotic growth with the other important cities in the region.
 
3.  The Committee while making its recommendations will inter-alia consider allied issues such as: a) The least possible dislocation to existing agriculture systems as well as ensure minimum resettlement of people and their habitations. b) Preservation of local ecology and natural features including water bodies. c) Promoting environmentally sustainable growth coupled with measures for pollution mitigation including solid and liquid waste management. d) Vulnerability assessment from natural disasters like floods, cyclones and earthquakes. e) Assess the scope for minimizing the cost of construction and acquisition of land f) Ascertain the availability of raw materials, skilled and unskilled labour etc. required for the construction of a new capital.
 
Members of the public or any organisation can send any suggestion specific to the issues mentioned in the terms of reference of the committee by email to: feedback.expcomt@mha.gov.in or in writing to Centre-States Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, 5th Floor, NDCC –II Building, Jaisingh Road, N.Delhi 110001 latest by 7th May 2014.
 
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Justice G Rohini becomes first woman Chief Justice of Delhi High Court

 
Justice G Rohini takes over as first woman CJ of Delhi HC
Justice G Rohini today took over as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, the first woman to hold the prestigious position.
 
She was administered the oath of office by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung here this morning.
 
Prior to being elevated as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, Justice Rohini was the seniormost judge of the Andhra Pradesh High Court after the Chief Justice.
 
With her appointment, the number of woman judges in the Delhi High Court has gone up to 10.
 
Born on April 14, 1955 at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, Justice Rohini took a degree in Science in 1976 from the Osmania University and obtained a degree in Law from the College of Law, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.
 
She was enrolled as an advocate on December 18, 1980. After practising for some years, she was appointed as a Government Pleader in the High Court of Andhra Pradesh on 12.01.1995 and continued till she was elevated to the Bench. 
 
She was appointed as Additional Judge of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh and sworn in as such on 25-06-2001. She was appointed as a Permanent Judge of that High Court on 31-07-2002.
 
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BJP names three LS candidates from Seemandhra region in Andhra Pradesh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named three candidates for the Lok Sabha elections from the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The candidates are K Haribabu from Visakhapatnam, Gokaraju Ganga Raju from Narsapur and Kaumanchi Jayaram from Tirupati (SC), a BJP press release said.
 
The party also released a list of 15 candidates from the region for the elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, which will be held along with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
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LS elections: Congress names 20 candidates from Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh

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The Congress today named 20 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections from the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh, including Union Ministers V Kishore Chandra Deo, M M Pallam Raju and Panabaka Lakshmi.
 
The following is the list of candidates:
 
ARAKU - ST --  S. KISHORE CHANDRA DEO
SRIKAKULAM -- KILLI KRUPA RANI
VIZIANAGARAM -- JHANSI LAXMI BOTCHA 
ANAKAPALLE --  THOTA VIJAYALAKSHMI
KAKINADA -- M.M. PALLAM RAJU
AMALAPURAM - SC -- A.J.V. BUTCHI MAHESHWARA RAO
RAJAHMUNDRY -- K. LAKSHMI DURGESH PRASAD
NARSAPURAM -- KUNUMURU BAPIRAJU
ELURU -- MUSUNURI NAGESHWAR RAO
VIJAYAWADA -- AVINASH DEVINENI
GUNTUR -- SHAIKH ABDUL WAHEED
NARASARAOPET -- KASU VENKAT KRISHNA REDDY
BAPATLA - SC -- PANABAKA LAKSHMI
ONGOLE -- DARSI PAWAN KUMAR
NANDYAL -- B.Y. RAMAIAH
KURNOOL -- K. JAYASURYA PRAKASH REDDY
HINDUPUR -- GUTTUR CHINNA VENKATA RAMUDU
NELLORE -- VAKATI NARAYANA REDDY
TIRUPATI - SC -- CHINTA MOHAN
RAJAMPET -- A. SAI PRATAP
 
The party also released a list of 139 candidates for the elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly that will be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls.
 
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BJP names eight LS candidates in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has named eight candidates from the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections.
 
The following is the list of candidates:
 
Karimanagar: Ch. Vidyasagar Rao
Nizamabad: E. Lakshminarayana
Medak: Chagendla Narendra Nath
Secunderabad: Bandaru. Dattatreya
Hyderabad: Bhagawanth Rao
Mahaboobnagar: Nagam Janardhan Reddy
Bhongir: Indrasen Reddy
Warangal (SC): Ramagalla Parameswar
 
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Ahead of day one of LS polls, TDP joins BJP-led NDA

 
TDP joins BJP-led NDA, workers of both parties protest
Just a day ahead of the first round of polling in the nine-phase Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) received a boost when the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) joined it in Andhra Pradesh.
 
TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu announced the deal, which was reached after weeks of negotiations between the BJP and his party.
 
BJP leader Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of the party's affairs in Andhra Pradesh, and senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Naresh Gujral were present on the occasion.
 
Under the agreement, the BJP will field its candidates for eight seats in the Telangana region and five seats in the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana will have 17 seats in the Lok Sabha and Seemandhra 25 when Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated into states -- Telangana and Andhra Pradesh -- after the elections.
 
The BJP will also contest 47 out of 119 seats in the Telangana region and 15 of 125 in the Seemandhra in the elections to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly that will be held simultaneously.
 
"I am happy to announce that the TDP will be part of the NDA alliance. Chandrababu Naidu will be a co-architect with Narendra Modi to build a corruption free and Congress-free India," Mr Gujral, son of former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral, said.
 
Mr Naidu said that the state had gained when his party had allied with the NIDA in the past. "In the same spirit, we have sealed a deal with the BJP today for the nation. We will ensure that the Congress is wiped out," he said.
 
“Now, we all will be together to serve the country," he said. He also expressed support for BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. "I am confident that Narendra Modi will repeat what he has done in Gujarat. I am sure that we will get more than 300 seats," he said.
 
"We are a lucky party. Whenever we have allied to form a non-Congress national government we have been successful," he said.
 
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The 63-year-old former Andhra Chief Minister, who is the son of late film actor N T Rama Rao, who founded the TDP, hit out at the Congress on issues such as corruption and inflation. "People are suffering because of corruption and price rise. That is why we need to defeat the Congress. We have to make a Congress-free India," he said.
 
The agreement has not, however, been an entirely smooth affair, with workers in both parties opposing the move. There were protests by TDP workers outside Mr Naidu's residence. At the same time, district leaders of the BJP in the state have opposed the agreement and some of them have threatened to quit the party. There were also protests near the hotel where Mr Javadekar was staying.
 
The deal brings the BJP that much closer to the magic figure of 272 seats that it needs to form the next government in Delhi. On his party, Mr Naidu is eyeing another term as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
 
The TDP-BJP alliance had won 36 of the 42 seats in Andhra Pradesh in 1999, with the BJP bagging seven for itself. But the BJP could not win a single seat in the state in the next two Lok Sabha elections in 2004 and 2009.
 
Mr Modi had, during a public meeting in Hyderabad last August, reached out to Mr Naidu, recalling that the late N T Rama Rao had formed the TDP with the aim of ousting the Congress from power on the question of Telugu pride.
 
Things appeared to be moving towards a deal when Mr Naidu appeared alongside senior BJP leaders at the swearing-in ceremony of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal in December.
 
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Textiles Minister K S Rao quits over bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh

Textiles Minister K S Rao resigns over Telangana
Union Textiles Minister Kavuru Sambasiva Rao today submitted his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in protest against the Centre's move to go ahead with the creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
 
Mr Rao, 63, is understood to have told Dr Singh in his letter that he could not continue to remain in the Union Council of Ministers against his conscience. He said the decision to divide Andhra Pradesh would cause irreparable damage to the state.
 
Mr Rao, who represents Eluru in the Lok Sabha, and is currently serving his fifth term as a member of the House. He is not contesting as a Congress candidate in the coming elections to choose the 16th Lok Sabha.
 
It was not clear if Mr Rao would also resign from the Congress party, but there has been speculation that he might join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), especially after he met BJP president Rajnath Singh here recently.
 
Another Minister from Andhra Pradesh, D Purandeswari, had quit the Congress on the same issue some weeks ago and joined the BJP.
 
Mr Rao told journalists that Dr Singh had tried to dissuade him from resigning and was all praise for his work in the Ministry. But Mr Rao told him that he could not continue in office in the given circumstances and urged him to accept his resignation with effect from today itself.
 
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I Think I Need A Wife!

Preparing for a small party at home --- all in a day's work for a wife.
Preparing for a small party at home --- all in a day's work for a wife.
"If I am not misunderstood..............I think I need a wife!”
 
That was my response to a question thrown at me at a recent interaction. What is the one thing that you would ever want in life?
 
I thought for a moment and realised I had everything. I had a beautiful house, a home, a loving husband, two wonderful children, an absolutely handsome golden retriever, a garden, enough money, everything was so perfect. I had nothing to wish for, nothing to complain about. No one else could replace anything that I had.  
 
I thought for a while. There is something, probably. Yes! I need a wife.
 
Having looked all around me, interacting with different women, they all had one thing in common. They took a sabbatical and managed their home. Some of them were doctors, lawyers, lecturers, all from different professions. What is it that made them give up their dreams of being independent and career-oriented? 
 
It was the love they had for their man and children. They didn’t want a member in their home to feel lost. So many ‘what if’ situations to take care of. No one else could handle them better than her.
 
6. 15 am-  wake up time. Keep milk on stove, boil water, boil eggs, leave the dog, get the newspaper, switch off the light outside, make coffee for husband, milk for kids, wake them up, keep reminding them to get ready, see them off (did you take the water bottle?), see off husband (have you taken the wallet, mobile, office keys, office id?). Close the gate and wave with a smile ….Thank God! The house is all mine. 
 
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What do I do? Tidy up the house, dusting, water the plants, sort out clothes for ironing and wash, put clothes for wash, hang out the clothes, make dinner, an evening snack, finish off all my freelance projects for an hour or two, bathe, and do I hear the doorbell??? 
 
Well! The kids are back. Keep your shoes on the rack, change, wash up, have your snack, they either go to play or they go for a class. Light the lamp. Sit for a while enjoying the evening peace for half an hour (what’s running through my mind is what’s left to be done), go back to the freelance work, kids are back, sit with them with their studies and the doorbell rings again! 
 
Husband is back!…….dinner time, wash the vessels, keep all arranged for the morning, switch of lights, kiss kids good night and collapse.
 
Feeling stressed out reading this, or is it boring? Well! That’s the life of a wife.
Only a wife can multitask. While you are away, she takes care of every aspect of your home. When you return, you have a tidy home, warm home cooked food (with the secret ingredient- Love), kids will be taken care of and the most important fact - She is just there! ................ so guys! I think I NEED A WIFE! 
 
This statement triggered several questions in the minds of men we know. Was I leaving my husband? Whereas, others thought, Wow! Lovely idea. The lucky guy would have two wives!  Obviously, Men will be Men! 
 
My thought was more or less based on the depth of the person she is.  I need to experience the same assurance and care. I want to give her abundant love for just being there for me and setting things right. And trust me! I would be so possessive of my wife. 
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When other husbands jokingly made the statement, that every man would want a wife, an interesting thought went through my mind. A husband would never think he needs a husband...because a wife offers so much support to the family whereas a husband increases the work load (He would never want a replica of himself, would he?).
 
A wife means so much. She is the most efficient person, so caring and definitely with an amazing presence of mind to handle difficult situations. She with the ability to multi-task, the only thing she would probably need was to be like an octopus. At times, a doctor, a plumber, an electrician, the finance controller, a chef, takes care of the housekeeping, a motivator, a counsellor, a consultant, and several others.
 
I have been on both sides of the world. The working woman and a home maker. Either ways, I managed the home. With growing responsibilities, a woman has to make her choices - a choice between responsibilities and self-growth. 
 
As husband and wife, the decisions are made together. So much thought goes into the discussion.  Well, is there a choice? It takes two people to discuss for hours and come up with the obvious conclusion -  the woman stays home.
 
I never think it is a male dominated world, the fact is men think they should dominate and women too think men dominate. But we need to understand that we depend on each other, one's survival depends on the other's existence. So look after each other, acknowledge each other, respect each other, and consider each other. Society puts responsibilities and duties into compartments, this duty is for a man and that for woman. Why not help each other so each individual lives life to the fullest?
 
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A wife has no personal gain other than the happiness to see her husband and children return to a comfortable home. 
 
Come to think of it,  men are really lucky. As men relate to technology, let me put it this way: in a wife they have several applications to set their world right and more efficient. The one person in their life with several features. Yes, there are times when there could be a virus attack and the system crashes, but, trust me, the anti- virus is probably a simple solution -- a hug and a question, “ How was your day?” 
 
So, "If I am not misunderstood..............I think I need a wife to just be there for me!” 
 
Anita Peter
Anita Peter
Anita Peter is a corporate trainer by profession and a dancer and actress by passion. 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.
 
She is an active member of a non-profit dance school in Bangalore that promotes art and culture. She is also a certified grade "B" artist by Doordarshan Kendra for Mohiniyattam and has performed in several dance festivals and events.  Among other things, she won the Kerala State Championship in Artistic and Figure Roller Skating. She is currently based in Hyderabad.
 
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