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AMARAVATI: Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu has written a letter to the Union minister Arun Jaitley asking for higher compensation citing discrepancy in the revenues considered for the year 2015-16.

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HYDERABAD : Two BJP ministers are set to quit Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu's cabinet on Thursday before state Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu presents the 2018-19 budget in the Assembly, party officials said.

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AMRAVATI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday asked Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Members of Parliament in New Delhi to continue their protest in parliament till a decision on providing 'Special Category Status' to the state by the Centre is achieved.

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VIJAYWADA: The ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of Andhra Pradesh has dismissed reports that it indulged in horse-trading, in the run up to the elections for three Rajya Sabha seats from the state.

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NEW DELHI: A group of MPs belonging to the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) protested outside the Parliament House, alleging the Centre of neglecting Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018-19. The MPs said the TDP, an alliance partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government, has for long been pressing the government for a special status and package to Andhra Pradesh.

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra Pradesh will be transformed into a state of excellence and a knowledge hub by the government with an emphasis on education, Governor ESL Narasimhan said here today. "Andhra Pradesh will turn into a state of excellence as the state government has accorded top priority to education from the primary level,

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Andhra Pradesh has sought the cooperation of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in areas of agriculture, nutrition, health and sanitation.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made the request during a meeting with Microsoft founder and Co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates.

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VIJAYAWADA : At least fourteen tourists, including six women and two children, were killed and nine others missing as a boat capsized in Krishna river near this city in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said. The incident occurred at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat. There were 38 tourists on boat belonging to a private operator and coming to Pavitra Sangam at Ibrahimpatnam from Bhavani Island. Overload is suspected to be the cause of the accident.

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VIJAYAWADA : At least 16 tourists, including nine women and two children, were killed and eight others went missing as a boat capsized in the Krishna river near here, in Andhra Pradesh's Krishna district on Sunday, officials said. The boat overturned at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat around 5.20 p.m. There were 41 tourists on board belonging to a private operator and returning from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangam, or holy confluence of Krishna and Godavari rivers.

Locals and rescue workers rescued 15 people. Krishna District Collector B. Lakshmikantham said nine persons were admitted to hospitals. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical.

Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa, who rushed to the site, said 16 bodies had been recovered while the search was on for the missing.

The National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operation, which was hampered due to the darkness after sunset.

The tourists, most of them hailing from Ongole town in Prakasam district of the state, were returning to Pavitra Sangam for performing some religious rituals at the end of their day-long trip to Bhavani Island.

Chinnarajappa said 32 members of the Ongole Walkers' Club were among those on board. He announced Rs 8 lakh compensation each to the families of the deceased.

Overload is believed to be the cause of the accident, he said, adding that the private company also did not have permission to operate the boat.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.

The District Collector said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was booked against the company operating the boat.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has expressed shock over the accident and ordered a probe by a senior police officer.

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HYDERABAD : The Indian School of Business (ISB) and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation have collaborated to launch the Clean Energy Lab, an incubation programme to support early stage non-profits working on creating policy impacts in clean energy. Supported by DLabs, the incubation and acceleration arm of ISB, the Clean Energy Lab invites entries from non-profits, working in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and energy efficiency.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : A major Fintech company will set up its operations in this coastal city of Andhra Pradesh, creating 5,000 high-end jobs, state Information Technology Minister Nara Lokesh said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of blockchain business conference, he said the name of the company and other details will be announced after the state cabinet approves the proposal later.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Visa, the global leader in digital payments technology, and the Andhra Pradesh government Monday announced that their initiative to make Visakhapatnam a less-cash city will soon touch 90 percent of the coastal city's two million population. After successful completion of the pilots in few departments, they are looking to extend the digital payment to almost all citizen services.

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VISAKHAPATNAM : Andhra Pradesh has become the first state in the country to pilot blockchain technology in two departments and plans to deploy it across the administration, said Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday. Addressing Blockchain Business Conference here, he said the state had also created the largest repository of used cases for global start-ups to test their solutions.

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VIJAYAWADA : Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday laid the foundation stones for six national highway projects and an inland waterway in Andhra Pradesh. He also dedicated seven other national highway projects. The total cost of all 13 highway projects is Rs 4,153 crore. Naidu also laid the foundation stone for development of an inland waterway in the Krishna River between Muktyala and Vijayawada (National Waterway-4) in the capital region of Amaravati.

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NEW DELHI : Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate national highway projects worth Rs 1,928.46 crore and lay the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 2,539.08 crore in Andhra Pradesh, an official said on Monday. Gadkari, who is scheduled to visit Vijaywada on October 3, will also lay the foundation stone for the development of Muktyala to Vijaywada stretch of Krishna River (National Waterway-4) during his visit.

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VIJAYAWADA : Andhra Pradesh Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday unearthed assets worth over Rs 100 crore held by a senior government official, its officials said. Town Planning Department Director Golla Venkata Raghu allegedly amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, they said.

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HYDERABAD : Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N. Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday congratulated star shuttler P.V. Sindhu for winning the Korea Open Superseries title in Seoul. The Hyderabadi overcame reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in the women's singles final on Sunday.

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AMARAVATI : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has asked a British architectural firm to take inputs from well-known Telugu filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli in finalising designs for some key government buildings in upcoming state capital Amaravati. Naidu suggested that Rajamouli, famous for his blockbusters 'Baahubali' and 'Baahubali 2: The Conclusion' be flown to London in the coming weeks for his inputs to Foster and Partners firm.

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AMARAVATHI : Airports in Andhra Pradesh have registered 16 percent growth in passenger traffic this year, it was announced on Wednesday. The airports handled 17.42 lakh passengers in April-August this year, against 15.05 lakh during the same period last year, it was revealed at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday to review infrastructure.

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HYDERABAD : YSR Congress Party President Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Monday accused the ruling TDP of "misusing official machinery", spending around Rs 200 crore and threatening voters to win Nandyal assembly seat by-election in Andhra Pradesh. "As per conservative estimate, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) spent around Rs 200 crore in this by-poll," the Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh assembly said.

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NANDYAL : Andhra Pradesh's ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) won the Nandyal assembly seat with a huge majority, dealing a big blow to the YSR Congress party, which had bagged the seat in 2014. TDP's Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy defeated his nearest rival Silpa Mohan Reddy of the YSR Congress party by over 27,466 votes.

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VIJAYAWADA : At least seven people were killed and three injured in separate accidents during Ganesh festivities in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday, police said. While four people were killed in Prakasam district, two died in Nellore districts and one in Kurnool. The accidents occurred during idol immersion processions.

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HYDERABAD : Former air hostess and model Sangeeta Chatterjee, facing trial in a red sanders smuggling case, on Thursday attempted suicide in a jail in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district. Reportedly upset over not getting bail, she consumed phenyl kept in a toilet in Chittoor sub-jail. She was rushed to Chittoor Government Hospital, where she is stated to be out of danger.

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HYDERABAD : Police in Andhra Pradesh's Nandyal assembly constituency on Wednesday registered a case against YSR Congress Party president Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy for his alleged remark that there is nothing wrong if Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is shot dead. On a day when the polling was held for the by-election in Nandyal, police registered a case against Jaganmohan Reddy on a complaint lodged by returning officer Prasanna Venkatesh.

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NANDYAL : Over 80 per cent voters cast ballots in the by-election to Nandyal assembly constituency in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, which passed off peacefully barring minor incidents. For the first time, the Election Commission is using the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in the election.

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NANDYAL : Polling began on a brisk note in the by-election to Nandyal constituency in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. Long queues were seen when polling booths opened at 7 a.m. The voting will continue till 6 p.m., election officials said. Over 2.19 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise at 255 centres.

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VIJAYAWADA : A two-year-old boy, who fell into a borewell in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district, was rescued after an 11-hour long operation, police said on Wednesday. Chandrasekhar, who fell in the the abandoned borewell around 5 p.m. on Tuesday was brought out alive by the rescue workers around 3 a.m. on Wednesday. The boy was stuck at a depth of 15 feet. He sustained minor injuries on his hands. After first aid by a mobile medical team, he was handed over to his parents.

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AMARAVATI : Toray Industries Inc, a Japanese multinational corporation, will invest Rs 1,000 crore for the manufacture of technical textiles in Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday approved the project, which will come up in Sri City, a special economic zone in Chittoor district. The plant will be the largest among Japanese units in Sri City.

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VIJAYAWADA : The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has asked the Election Commission to take action against YSR Congress Party chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy for his controversial remark that "there is nothing wrong if (Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister) N. Chandrababu Naidu is shot dead on the road".

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NEW DELHI : Oracle and Andhra Pradesh Information Technology Academy (APITA) on Tuesday extended their agreement to integrate Oracle Academy curriculum focusing on big data, mobility, cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) into the state's educational programmes.

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AMARAVATI : The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday agreed to set up a dedicated research centre in the state's Uddanam region to find a solution to high prevalence of chronic kidney disease. The institute will be supported by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and 50 percent of the expenditure will be incurred by the state government.

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HYDERABAD : Leading Telugu actor Ravi Teja on Friday appeared before Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the Hyderabad drug racket. The actor reached Abkari Bhavan, the office of Prohibition and Excise Department of Telangana, around 10 a.m. A four-member team of SIT officials began questioning the actor with regard to the racket busted in July. Like other actors grilled over last two weeks, Ravi would be questioned about his alleged links with the accused arrested in the case.

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HYDERABAD : Barred by domestic airlines for his rude behaviour at Visakhapatnam airport last month, TDP MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy faced more embarrassment as TruJet refused to fly him on Sunday. The regional airline later apologied to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader saying the staff could have assumed that he was still under the flying ban.

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HYDERABAD : TiE Hyderabad on Friday announced the launch of Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) programme for school students of classes 9-12. The Entrepreneurial Education programme comprising sessions on 12 Sundays for 4 hours, is put together to stimulate entrepreneurial thought process through entrepreneurship coaching to young undergraduate and helping them discover the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur, TiE Hyderabad said in a statement.

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HYDERABAD : Actor Bharat, brother of popular Telugu star Ravi Teja, died here in a road accident on Saturday night, police said. Bharat, 46, is a character artist and has starred in Telugu films such as "Dhee" and "Ready" among others.

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VIJAYAWADA : YSR Congress Party on Monday announced its support to NDA's candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the post of President. Andhra Pradesh's main opposition party made the announcement after BJP president Amit Shah spoke to its leader Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy over phone. Soon after BJP announced the candidature of Kovind, Shah contacted Jagan and sought his party's support.

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