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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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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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VISAKHAPATNAM : TDP MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy on Thursday created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport after he was denied a boarding pass for an IndiGo flight as he had showed up late. Following the incident, IndiGo and four other airlines barred him from travelling on their aircraft. The Telugu Desam Party lawmaker from Anantapur was also said to have damaged a printer and misbehaved with IndiGo airline staff.

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CHENNAI : Actor Junior NTR, who is all set to host the Telugu version of reality show "Bigg Boss", says he accepted the offer because the challenge it comes with intrigued him. "Television is one of the biggest mediums for entertainment. When I was approached to host 'Bigg Boss', the biggest ever show on Telugu Television, I was intrigued by the challenge. I believe that the show will be a game changer", Junior NTR said in a statement.

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CHENNAI : Megastar Chiranjeevi, who has been out of the country for over a week, bonded with colleagues from yesteryear on a trip to China. Actress Radikaa Sarath Kumar, who was also part of the trip tweeted the pictures on Thursday. "Unforgettable, memorable trip with friends to China. Memories for life," she wrote, and also shared a few pictures from the trip.

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HYDERABAD : Leading Telugu actor and Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan on Sunday said he will support any political party fighting for grant of special status to Andhra Pradesh. He tweeted this after the Congress party invited him to a public meeting scheduled to be held in Guntur on Sunday evening to demand special category status for the state.

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VIJAYAWADA : Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Friday said the state has yet to come to terms with the bifurcation of the undivided Andhra Pradesh. On a day when Telangana was celebrating its third formation day, Andhra Pradesh organised 'Nava Nirmana Deeksha', where people took the pledge to rebuild the state. At the main function held here, the Chief Minister administered the oath to the people.

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HYDERABAD : Cinema theatres in both Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will remain shut on Wednesday as a mark of respect to veteran director Dasari Narayana Rao, who died here on Tuesday night. Theatre owners in both the state decided to keep the theatres closed. Shooting of film and other activity in Telugu film industry will also come to a halt on Wednesday, announced the Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce.

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HYDERABAD : Enthusiasm marked the beginning of Muslim holy month of Ramadan across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on Sunday  as the overnight rains in Hyderabad and elsewhere provided some relief to people from sweltering summer heat. With the sighting of the new moon, Muslims began the fasting month by offering special prayers "namaz-e-taraveeh" at mosques on Saturday night.

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VIJAYAWADA : BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday vowed to strengthen the party in every village and booth in Andhra Pradesh to make the state the strongest fort of the party in south India. In remarks which could ring the alarm bells in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Telugu Desam Party (TDP), he said he would be after Andhra Pradesh till BJP strengthens in every village and booth.

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HYDERABAD : Police in Hyderabad on Tuesday booked veteran Telugu actor Chalapathi Rao for allegedly making derogatory comments about women. Police said a case was registered against him at Saroornagar police station under Rachakonda police commissionerate, on a complaint by women's organisations. The actor, who made the comments about women at a film function in Hyderabad on Sunday, was booked under sections 354A (4) and 509 of the Indian Penal Code.

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AMARAVATI : After Andhra Pradesh Police, the state secretariat has also been hit by a cyber attack, said officials here on Wednesday. Some computers at the state secretariat at Velagapudi here were hacked, officials said.  The Information Technology department identified at least 20 computers in in the government complex, which were affected by the cyber attack.

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VIJAYAWADA : A Singapore consortium consisting of Ascendas-Singbridge Pvt Ltd and Sembcorp Development Ltd along with Amaravati Development Corporation (ADC) will develop a 6.84 square km start-up area in Andhra Pradesh capital Amaravati. Andhra Pradesh on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding towards this effect with Singapore government.

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VIJAYAWADA : A section of computers of Andhra Pradesh's police departments were affected by a global cyber attack on Saturday, authorities said. Computers in 18 police units in Chittoor, Krishna, Guntur, Visakhatpatnam and Srikakulam districts were affected. However, officials said the day-to-day functioning was not hampered. Director General of Police N. Sambasiva Rao said some standalone computers were affected and they were logged off as a precautionary measure. 

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