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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

28 die in burning train

Tamil Nadu ExpressTwenty-eight people were charred and 25 injured when a mystery fire engulfed their S11 compartment of the New Delhi-Chennai Tamil Nadu Express near Nellore early on Monday.

Many of the victims were Chennai-based software engineers who had boarded the train at its two halts in AP — Vijayawada and Warangal. 

Sources said most of the victims were sleeping and lost consciousness as thick smoke filled the compart ment, which was shuttered due to rains outside.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

CM roots for more power

 CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy
Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said on Sunday that the government would go ahead with the proposed thermal plants at Srikakulam district at any cost.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said that as industrialisation was unavoidable, the proposed coal-based thermal power plants needed to come up in the district and other places in the state as well. Stating that development was possible only through rapid industrialisation, the CM said that new industries in the power sector were always welcome in Andhra Pradesh.

The five power projects that were proposed for Srikakulam district have been facing problems since their announcement in 2007.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

London Olympics ready despite nerves

London Olympics ready despite nerves London Mayor Boris Johnson insisted on Sunday the city was ready to host the 2012 Olympics despite a national plunge into nervous self-depression before the excitement begins.

Johnson said Britain was feeling the necessary tension before a big performance, as the clock ticks down to Friday's opening ceremony on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London.

He said the venues were safe and the transport system was bearing up despite a week dominated in Britain by fears over travel chaos and gaps in security.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is in London and "he thinks that our city is as well-prepared as any city has ever been in the history of the Games," Johnson told BBC television.

"So far the traffic system and transport networks generally are holding up well."

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Return of the Legend

Kapil Dev granted amnesty

Former India captain Kapil Dev and the Indian cricket board buried the hatchet following their differences over the cricketer joining rebel ICL (Indian Cricket League) and welcomed him back with immediate effect disbursing his one-time benefit payment of `1.5 crore.

The BCCI issued a media release, moments after the 1983 World Cup winning  met president N. Srinivasan at the board’s headquarters on Wednesday.

“The BCCI has received a letter from Mr. Kapil Dev, former India captain. Mr. Kapil Dev has informed the Board that he has resigned from the Essel Sports Private Limited/ICL. He has also stated in the letter that he has always supported the BCCI, and will continue to do so in the future.

The BCCI acknowledges Mr Kapil Dev’s immense contribution to Indian cricket and looks forward to a fruitful association with him in the years to come,” Srinivasan was quoted as saying by the release.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pranab to take over as Prez at 11.30 AM

Pranab To Take Over As Prez
Outgoing President Pratibha Patil, on Tuesday hosted a dinner for her successor Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Sources stated that the farewell dinner was held at the banquet hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Cabinet colleagues, with the exception of Sharad Pawar, were in attendance.

Mr Mukherjee will be sworn in India's 13th President on Wednesday. Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia will administer the oath of office to Mr Mukherjee at a special ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament at 11.30 am.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vijayalakshmi weaves her way past T-blocks

Y.S. Vijayalakshmi’s deeksha
 YSR Congress honorary president Y.S. Vijayalakshmi’s deeksha for weavers was held amid high tension, violence and police lathicharge at Sircilla in Karimnagar district on Monday. TRS activists tried to block the leader’s convoy all along the route from Hyderabad to Sircilla. Despite deployment of a huge police force, stones, eggs and slippers were thrown by T-activists on the convoy along the route and at the deeksha venue at Ambedkar Chowk in Sircilla.

The police had a tough time clearing the way for Ms Vijayalakshmi’s convoy and had to fight pitched battles with T-activists in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak and Karimnagar districts.

Many vehicles were damaged in the process. Scores of T-activists including TRS MLAs K.T. Rama Rao, T. Harish Rao and other party leaders were arrested at different places. At Siddipet, the police had to fire tear gas shells to disperse the mob.

 Ms Vijayalakshmi, who undertook the deeksha for about two hours in the afternoon, however, did not comment on her party’s stand on the Telangana issue, which has been the main demand of the TRS.

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Praful sends out a loaded message: Friends till 2014

A still-sulking Nationalist Congress Party continued its standoff with the Congress on Monday, but made it clear that it will remain part of the UPA at least till the 2014 general election.

“We are part of the UPA and will continue to support the government and the UPA till the very end,” NCP leader Praful Patel told reporters after its working committee met on Monday to discuss options.

NCP president Sharad Pawar and Mr Patel skipped Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s dinner on Monday night in honour of outgoing President Pratibha Patil. Party leaders have resolved to stay away from government functions till differences are settled. Mr Patel said that the party will continue discussions on remaining in the government and a final decision.

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