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In relief for Andhra, cyclone Jawad weakens into deep depression

Cyclone The IMD had forecast light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over coastal Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh. Agencies Image for representation People in north coastal Andhra Pradesh heaved a sigh of relief on Saturday as the cyclonic storm 'Jawad' over west-central Bay of Bengal weakened into deep depression and headed towards Odisha coast after changing its course. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the de

5 Dec 2021 9:40 am
Cyclone Jawad: Andhra teenager killed after uprooted coconut tree falls on her

Cyclone Jawad Although Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts did not experience much rain, Srikakulam district received a downpour of over 11 cm under the influence of cyclonic storm Jawad. PTI File Photo of Cyclone Nivar/PTI A teenager was killed as heavy rains under the influence of cyclonic storm Jawad lashed Srikakulam district on Saturday, December 4. In Vajrapukotturu mandal, heavy winds uprooted a coconut tree that fell on 16-year-old Gorakala Indu, killing her instantly. More than 60

4 Dec 2021 7:32 pm
Skylab review: A fun, good-hearted film with decent performances

Review This is a fictional tale inspired by the real-life incident in 1979 when the residents of Telangana's Karimnagar feared that the NASA space station Skylab would crash on their land. Balakrishna Ganeshan I was really excited to watch Skylab, the film by debut writer-director Vishvak Khanderao. The real-life story about how a NASA space station was about to crash to earth in 1979 and was seen as an apocalyptic event in the Karimnagar district of Telangana had always piqued my interest.

4 Dec 2021 6:38 pm
Former CM Rosaiahs death: Andhra, Telangana to observe 3 days of state mourning

Death Former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Konijeti Rosaiah, who was 88 years old, passed away in the early hours of December 4. Agencies Image Credit: Twitter/SeethakkaMLA Tributes are pouring in from all corners of the Telugu states for former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Konijeti Rosaiah, who passed away on Saturday, December 4. The governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have announced a three-day mourning from December 4 to 6 for Rosaiah, who was at the helm o

4 Dec 2021 2:46 pm
Andhra floods: CM Jagan announces Rs 220 crore for Penna river bund and dam works

Andhra Floods 2021 Jagan announced construction works along the Penna river and Somasila dam to prevent floods in Nellore district in the future. IANS Twitter/CMO Andhra Pradesh Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday, December 3, visited some of the flood-affected villages in Chittoor and Nellore districts. Addressing people at Bhagat Singh Colony in Nellore, Jagan announced that Rs 220 crore would be sanctioned for constructions and restoration works to prevent floods in t

4 Dec 2021 12:40 pm
Cyclone Jawad: North coastal Andhra on alert, 11 NDRF teams deployed

Cyclone The IMD has issued a red warning for Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts. PTI Image for representation/PTI Eleven teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and three of the SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) have been positioned in the three north coastal Andhra districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam on Friday, December 3, as the deep depression in Bay of Bengal turned into cyclone Jawad. Additionally, six Coast Guard teams and 10 Marine pol

4 Dec 2021 11:16 am
11 songs that won Nandi Awards for Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry

Tollywood Seetharama Sastry, who passed away on November 30 at the age of 66 due to lung-related ailments, penned over 3,000 songs in a career spanning more than 35 years. TNM Staff Twitter/KeerthySuresh The Telugu film industry lost a literary gem when noted lyricistSirivennela Seetharama Sastry passed awayon Tuesday, November 30. The 66-year-old had been admitted in a private hospital in Hyderabad for lung-related ailments. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Seetharama Sastry penned over

1 Dec 2021 8:38 pm
Landslides on Tirumala ghat road, vehicles temporarily stranded

Andhra rains Many vehicles were stranded due to the landslide that occurred in the early hours of December 1, before they were diverted through alternative routes. TNM Staff A landslide on the Tirumala ghat road on the night of Tuesday, November 30 caused temporary obstruction to vehicles. The road remained closed for repairs on Wednesday, December 1. With many vehicles of devotees en route to the Venkateswara temple stranded on the road, the TTD has been making alternative arrangements to remov

1 Dec 2021 12:42 pm
Andhra to see more rains with cyclonic storm likely to hit on Dec 4

Andhra Rains 2021 Nellore district continued to receive rains for a fourth consecutive day on November 30, with many people facing hardships due to overflowing rivers, reservoirs and tanks. IANS Image for representation/PTI There is no respite from heavy rains in south coastal Andhra Pradesh, as parts of the region continued to receive heavy downpour on Tuesday, November 30, while a likely low pressure area in Andaman Sea may intensify and bring more rains to the state by December 3-4. Nellore d

1 Dec 2021 9:14 am
Meet the three trusted weather bloggers for Telugu states

Human Interest Three independent weather bloggers open up about how they learned about weather analysis, and built a growing network of followers on social media for their accurate forecasts. Rajeswari Parasa Balaji/Sai Praneeth/Rajani_from left to right Once, when Sai Praneeth was a class 6 student, he was sent out of the class by his teacher. What had irked his teacher was that Praneeth was busy staring outside the classroom through the window, the heavy rain and petrichor making it hard for h

30 Nov 2021 5:37 pm
Telugu lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry passes away at 66

Death The renowned lyricist was admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, and died of lung cancer related complications. TNM Staff IANS Telugu lyricist Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry, who was hospitalised for lung-related ailments, passed away on Tuesday, November 30. The 66-year-old poet and lyricist was being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) Hospital in Secunderabad. Seetharama Sastry had been admitted to the hospital with pneumonia earlier o

30 Nov 2021 5:31 pm
Cops arrest Vizag father-son duo alleging they supplied ganja sold on Amazon

Controversy The father-son duo allegedly acted as suppliers to online vendors smuggling ganja in the guise of stevia leaves from Vizag to Madhya Pradesh. PTI Image for representation: The Special Enforcement Bureau of Andhra Pradesh police arrested five people, including a father-son duo, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday, November 27, in connection with alleged smuggling of cannabis through e-commerce site Amazon. The SEB seized 48 kg of ganja from the main accused, accordi

29 Nov 2021 2:45 pm
Dollar Seshadri, who was with Tirumala Devasthanam for decades, passes away

TTD A well-known figure in Tirumala, he had been with the TTD since 1978. TNM Staff Image: Facebook/SVBC Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Officer on Special Duty (OSD) P Seshadri, who was popularly known as Dollar Seshadri, passed away in Visakhapatnam in the early hours of Monday, November 29. He was reportedly in the port city for the Karthika Deepotsavam, organised by the TTD. A well-known figure in Tirumala, he had been with the TTD for several decades. In a statement, Andhra Pradesh Chie

29 Nov 2021 10:50 am
Andhra govt pulled up by CAG for condition of state finances

Governance CAG said that liabilities of the state have been increasing year-on-year, and that the AP govt needed to estimate its resources more realistically and manage its expenditure judiciously. PTI File Photo Unbridled revenue expenditure and constricted capital expenditure have pushed Andhra Pradesh's finances into disarray, causing a revenue deficit of a staggering Rs 26,441 crore (1,486.28% over the estimate) in the year 2019-20, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has observed.

27 Nov 2021 12:58 pm
Raised with values: Naidu's wife Bhuvaneswari reacts, days after he breaks down

Politics After Naidu broke down at a press meet, many had expressed support for Bhuvaneswari, who has now issued a statement thanking people for backing her. TNM Staff Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Chandrababu Naidus wife Bhuvaneswari has responded to the humiliation by YSRCP leaders in Andhra Pradesh, days after Naidu vowed to step into the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly again only after returning to power. The TDP chief had broken down at a press meeting after the Assembly session la

26 Nov 2021 3:01 pm
In viral video, Andhra boy tells cops to book friend for 'stealing his pencil'

Social A video of an indignant Hanumanthu animatedly telling the police how his friend 'stole his pencil' has gone viral on social media. TNM Staff A screenshot from the viral video You should file a case against him every day, an eight-year-old boy, upset that his friend borrowed his pencil, is heard telling a police officer in Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district. A video of eight-year-old Hanumanthu indignantly telling the policeman to take action against his friend, who is incidentall

26 Nov 2021 2:19 pm
In pics: Two olive trees make 5-day journey from Andhra to Ambani house in Gujarat

Horticulture The 180-year-old trees were brought from Spain to Andhra three years ago and nurtured in Gautami nursery in Kadiam. Paul Oommen Mukesh Ambani's Jamnagar bungalow will soon house two rare olive trees that were nurtured in an Andhra nursery. The 180-year-old olive trees ( botanical name: Olea Europaea), were brought to Gautami nursery from Spain around three years ago. On Wednesday, November 24, the two large trees were loaded onto a truck and started on a 5-day journey to reach their

26 Nov 2021 12:56 pm
Andhra to vaccinate 100% of eligible population by March 2022: CM Jagan

Coronavirus The Chief Minister told the state Assembly that 100% of the targeted population would be administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December this year. PTI The entire targeted population (18-plus age group) of 3.95 crore in Andhra Pradesh would be fully covered under the COVID-19 vaccination programme by the end of March 2022, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said in Amaravati on Thursday, November 25. So far, 3,41,53,000 people (87% were administered the fi

25 Nov 2021 8:35 pm
Midnight tragedy: 33 killed in AP dam breach, they thought flood wont reach them

Rains Mandapalle village in Kadapa district had previously never been flooded even during heavy rainfall, so many residents did not heed the official warning of a possible dam breach and failed to evacuate their homes. Balakrishna Ganeshan At around 3.30 am on Friday, November 19, water from the ring bund of the Pincha dam in Andhra Pradeshs Kadapa district started overflowing, with the excess water accumulating dangerously in the interlinked Annamayya dam. Annamayya, a medium irrigation project

25 Nov 2021 3:21 pm
Andhra to considerably hike green tax on older vehicles, Bill passed in Assembly

Law As per the amendment Bill, Rs 2,000 will be charged as green tax on motorcycles aged above 15 years, for a five-year period. PTI Image for representation/PTI The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, November 24 passed the AP Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, for enhancing the tax on motor vehicles and net an additional revenue of Rs 409.58 crore per annum. Significant in the amended law will be the multi-fold increase in the 'green tax' on aged vehicles, making it

25 Nov 2021 8:51 am
Andhra moves one step closer to selling movie tickets on govt portal, Bill passed

Cinema The state government said that they want to tackle the scenario of irregular ticket pricing, unauthorised shows, and large gaps between the taxes and film collections through the Bill. IANS Image for representation: PTI The Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Wednesday, November 24, passed the AP Cinemas (Regulation) (Amendment) Bill 2021, paving the way for an online movie ticketing system to be administered by the state government. The government said the amendment would help the government regu

24 Nov 2021 7:51 pm
Andhras Kondapalli municipality chairman election held on HC order after much delay

Election With YSRCP and TDP winning nearly equal wards, YSRCP members have been stalling the chairman election, after the court allowed TDP MP Kesineni Nani to vote as an ex-officio member. IANS Image for representation/Wikimedia Commons The election for the chairman and vice-chairman of Kondapalli Municipality in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh was held on Wednesday, November 24 as per the direction of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The State Election Commission completed the poll process am

24 Nov 2021 5:25 pm
Amaravati protesters continue maha padayatra as Jagan govt drafts new capital Bills

Protest Leaders of the Amaravati Parirakshana Samithi said they may further scale up their protests if the government tables the three-capital Bills again in a new form. IANS Twitter/BJP4Andhra Despite the Andhra Pradesh government's plans to bring in a new and comprehensive legislation for developing three state capitals, farmers and landowners of Amaravati are determined to continue their protest, demanding Amaravati as the only state capital. Though the developments of November 22 morning --

24 Nov 2021 12:35 pm
Andhra floods: Jagan seeks Rs 1000 cr interim relief from Union govt

Andhra Rains 2021 In a letter to PM Narendra Modi, Jagan said that 40 people had died in the floods so far, and 25 people were still missing. TNM Staff The heavy rains that wreaked havoc in four districts of Andhra Pradesh killed at least 40 people, with 25 people still missing, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy revealed in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah. Pegging the total losses due to the floods at Rs 6,054.29 crore, he sought immediate interim relief o

24 Nov 2021 12:22 pm
Andhra floods: Crops worth Rs 3,000 cr damaged

Andhra rains According to official figures, agriculture and horticulture crops spread over eight lakh hectares were affected due to the rains. IANS Image: Indian Navy Heavy rain and floods in four districts of Andhra Pradesh have damaged agriculture and horticulture crops spread over eight lakh hectares, officials said. According to the preliminary reports from the affected districts, the crop loss is estimated to be around Rs 3,000 crore. Agriculture Minister K. Kannababu said a detailed crop e

23 Nov 2021 6:08 pm
AP Assembly passes resolution to continue Council, that Jagan once sought to abolish

Politics Earlier, the ruling YSRCP was in minority in the 58-member Council, but has now secured a majority. PTI File photo Blaming the Union government for failing to take any action on its resolution seeking abolition of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, the state Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, November 23, adopted a fresh one, withdrawing the previous statutory resolution and seeking to continue the Council that is in existence. Finance and Legislative Affair Minister Buggana Rajendra

23 Nov 2021 4:45 pm
Andhra villages lose electricity, see loss of crop and property in heavy floods

Andhra Rains 2021 Villages in and around Rajampeta are urging authorities to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Charan Teja Several villages in the Rajampeta revenue division of Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh are reeling following recent devastating floods in the region. Many roads that connect interior villages were inaccessible due to severe inundation, according to regional media reports. Villages around Rajampeta town were also badly affected as electricity to these areas was dist

22 Nov 2021 8:46 pm
Andhra Assembly withdraws three-capital Bills, govt to bring in 'improved' law later

Governance Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy told the Assembly that the government will return to the House with a comprehensive, improved Bill. Jahnavi Reddy The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday, November 22, passed the AP Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions (Repeal) Bill, 2021 in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, thus repealing its earlier laws on the trifurcation of the states capital. The Bill was introduced by Andhra Pradesh Minister for Finance, Planning and

22 Nov 2021 3:36 pm
Andhra withdraws three-capital Bills, Jagan govt informs HC

Law The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government had proposed to set up a legislative capital at Amaravati, an executive capital at Visakhapatnam and a judicial capital at Kurnool. TNM Staff The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to withdraw its contentious Bills on the trifurcation of the state capital into three Visakhapatnam, Amaravati and Kurnool. During an ongoing hearing in the Andhra Pradesh High Court over multiple petitions challenging the two contentious Bills AP Decentralisation and Inclu

22 Nov 2021 1:00 pm
Andhra rains: Death toll climbs to 33, several highways closed due to flooding

Andhra floods The Chennai-Kolkata National Highway-16 remained cut off for traffic between Nellore and Vijayawada as was the Chennai grand trunk rail route. PTI Image: PTI In Andhra Pradesh, hundreds of vehicles and people were stranded, traffic was either closed or suspended in arterial highways and over 100 trains cancelled snapping rail-road link between southern and other parts of the country on Sunday, November 21, as the Penna river in spate caused heavy destruction. The death toll in rain

22 Nov 2021 8:37 am
Andhra floods: Penna river in spate, major road and rail routes cut off

Andhra Rains 2021 While the Chennai-Kolkata highway had to be closed down in Nellore district following a heavy breach of road, a bridge on the river Papagni collapsed at Kamalapuram in Kadapa district. PTI NH 16 connecting Chennai to Vijayawada breached near at Padugupadu in Nellore Several main rail and road routes in Andhra Pradesh, connecting the south and east, remained cut off as the Penna river in spate caused heavy destruction on Sunday, November 22. The Chennai-Kolkata National Highway

21 Nov 2021 3:12 pm
Andhra rains: TTD estimates losses of Rs 4 crore from worst rains in 30 years

Andhra Rains 2021 While the ghat roads have been reopened for vehicular traffic, the two stairways meant for pilgrims to trek the hills remain closed. TNM Staff TTD Executive Officer inspecting damages from rain/ The TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam), which manages the affairs of the Tirumala Venkateswara temple, said that it has suffered losses of over Rs 4 crore due to the heavy rains that lashed parts of Andhra Pradesh over the past few days. The hill shrine had witnessed t

21 Nov 2021 12:20 pm
Andhra rains: 3 women, 3 children die in building collapse in Anantapur district

Andhra Rains 2021 The walls of the under-construction building collapsed due to the continuous rains over the past few days and fell on the adjacent buildings. TNM Staff Twitter/SVishnuReddy Three women and three children were killed when an under-construction building collapsed in Kadiri town of Anantapur district in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, November 20. The under-construction building fell on two adjoining houses, leaving 15 people trapped under the rubble. The heavy rains lashing the regio

21 Nov 2021 11:31 am