AP MLA leaves car at toll over no free passage

VIJAYAWADA: Denduluru MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar drew flak, leaving his vehicle at Khaja toll plaza in protest as he was not allowed through the toll gate without paying the fee. He even lodged a complaint against the toll-gate workers with Mangalagiri police for restraining him. Mangalagiri rural inspector L Veera Naik said that on Tuesday morning, Chintamaneni Prabhakar was heading towards Guntur. His car had neither a number plate nor an official MLA sticker issued by the government. When the car reached Khaja toll gate, the driver tried for the free…

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Number of fuel bunks in Hyderabad to double

HYDERABAD: The city is all set to get 600 more fuel stations in addition to 600 outlets already operating. The state of Telangana will get 3,000 more bunks, adding to its kitty of 5,000 petrol pumps. With the petroleum ministry issuing a notification granting permission to open 60,000 petrol pumps in the country, Telangana in general and Hyderabad in particular will gain immensely. “A major expansion of petrol bunks is being taken up in the country. Currently, India has 60,000 petrol bunks,” MP Reddy, chairman, National Petrol Dealers’ Association, told…

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Pregnant woman pushed off train in Andhra

ANANTAPUR: A seven-month pregnant woman was pushed out of a moving train by an unidentified assailant near Dharmavaram in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday morning. Karnati Divya (24), native of Piduguralla in Guntur district, sustained multiple injuries and her baby is critical. The incident took place in the Bengaluru-bound Kondaveedu Express. It should be noted that Railway Protection Force and railway police do not deploy police personnel on this train. According to T Mohan Prasad, Dharmavaram railway inspector, Divya had gone to Piduguralla last week with her husband…

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Hyderabad: Gang duping banks busted, 5 held

HYDERABAD: An inter-state gang, duping banks by exploiting loopholes in certain ATM machines and withdrawing cash fraudulently, was busted and Task Force police nabbed five culprits near Nampally railway station on Sunday night. Acting on a specific alert, a Task Force team apprehended Akhlaq Ahmed, 23, Muntheez, 19, both ITI students, Taufiq, 28, a fruit vendor, all three from Mewat in Haryana, Tasleem, 20, an ITI student from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, and Sakir Mohammed, 23, a farmer from Bharatpur, at Corporation Bank ATM near Nampally railway station. Police seized 31debit…

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25 years on, CBI to probe Navy sailor’s death

HYDERABAD: Making it clear technical objections and replies will not pacify an agitating mother and she needs answers about the circumstances that led to the death of her son, the Hyderabad high court on Monday ordered a CBI investigation into the mysterious death of an Indian Navy sailor 25 years ago at sea off Kakinada coast. The bench of Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and Justice S V Bhatt pronounced this order after hearing the argument of Anuradha Ashok Paldhe, who wanted the investigation into the death of her son…

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AIIMS in T’gana gets final go ahead from Centre

HYDERABAD: The Centre has given the final go ahead of setting up of AIIMS in Bibinagar, Telangana. The approval was declared by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi, following the Union cabinet meeting on Monday. While the project had got an in-principal approval almost a year ago, with the final go ahead, the institute is likely to be fully operational in next academic year. The cost of setting up the institute is estimated to be ₹1,028 crore and will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha…

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Bhanu Kiran gets life term in Suri murder case

HYDERABAD: An additional metropolitan sessions judge here on Tuesday sentenced gangster Bhanu Kiran to life imprisonment in gangster Maddelacheruvu Suri murder case. The incident had taken place on January 3, 2011 when Bhanu Kiran opened fire using a 0.32 country-made revolver at Suri while they were traveling in a car at Navodaya colony. Judge K Suneetha, while pronouncing the verdict, said that Bhanu was convicted under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and awarded life imprisonment. He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment under the Arms Act. Another accused Manmohan…

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Cyclonic rains ‘shower’ fish on AP’s Amalapuram

VISAKHAPATNAM: Residents of Amalapuram were up for a surprise after they witnessed “fish rain”, a rare meteorological phenomenon, as cyclone Phethai made a landfall in coastal Andhra. A video of the “fish rain” has been going viral on the social media since Monday evening. The rare phenomenon happens when strong winds of cyclonic storms like Phethai sometimes carry displaced fish, frogs from the water bodies and drop on the land. According to sources, a resident of Amalapuram captured the video of the “fish rain” at around 4pm and circulated it…

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