Why floods wrecked Tirupati? Planners, ecologists dig deep to find causes

Tirupati, home to the Sri Venkateswara Temple, in Andhra Pradesh, is gradually but painfully limping back to normalcy after being severely a...

Massive evacuation in AP as heavy rain causes crack in state’s biggest reservoi...

People living in Ramachandrapuram and villages surrounding Tirupati in Chittor district of Andhra Pradesh have been told to move to higher places as the bunds around Rayala Cheruvu, one of the biggest reservoirs in the state, have reportedly developed cracks following heavy rains over the last few days. The Swarnamukhi river in Tirumala Hills is in...

Andhra best in policing, Bihar and UP fare worst, finds survey

Southern and Northeastern states occupy the top positions in terms of overall policing, according to the Indian Police Foundation Smart Policing Index 2021. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Kerala and Sikkim are the five top states in policing. The northern states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are the laggards. Bihar, in fact, ranks right at the b...

Heavy rains hit Andhra hard; 17 killed and over 100 people are missing

Unabated rains in Andhra Pradesh have claimed 17 lives so far with over 100 missing. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are working round-the-clock along with the state relief teams to rescue people trapped at different places. A depression formed over the Bay of Bengal triggered flash floods at several places in the Rayalseema re...

Chandrababu vows to enter assembly again only after returning to power

Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday vowed to step into the Andhra Pradesh assembly again only after returning to power. In an emotion-filled tone, the Leader of the Opposition said in the House that he was pained by the continuous slur on him by the ruling YSR Congress members.  “For the last two-and-a-half years, I have be...

Flash floods: Roads to Tirumala shrine shut, flight service hit, pilgrims stranded

The ghat roads leading to the ancient shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, has been indefinitely closed to vehicular traffic from Thursday evening due to incessant rain. The stairway leading to the hill-temple was also closed, a temple official said. Besides, air traffic has been affected. Tirupati airport director ...

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Not feasible for court to rule on Tirupati temple sevas: Supreme Court

“Can we interfere in the rituals of a temple? How to break a coconut or how to do aarti?” asks SC in case against ‘wrongful’ rituals

AP’s revenue deficit soars by whopping 662.80% in first half of FY21

Andhra Pradesh (AP)’s revenue deficit soared by an unprecedented 662.80 per cent, while the fiscal deficit was up 107.79 per cent, in the first half of the 2021-22 financial year. “A steady increase in revenue receipts, aided by hike in taxes and Central grants, brought no cheer to the administration as all other revenue streams seem to have dri...

In Andhra, CM’s all-powerful adviser is running the show and not many like it

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is following in the footsteps of his father, the late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, on at least one count: allowing a close aide to run the government. Soon after his landslide victory in 2019, Jagan appointed Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy as his political advisor. Sajjala Reddy is a native of Pulivendula, ...

TTD opens special entry darshan for November, December

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has opened the online quota registration of ₹300 special entry darshan for November and December from 9 am on Friday (October 22). The slotted sarva darshan (SSD) tickets quota for the month of November will be open for online booking from 9 am on Saturday (October 23), a press release by TTD said. &nb...

Is lack of critical mass failing the BJP in Andhra, Telangana?

The party cannot be propelled with the charisma of national leadership alone, and there is an immediate need to project a few local faces. Such faces are absent in the party. Hence the large-scale appointment of outsiders to the national body

Brothers in arms to arch-rivals: What went wrong with Pawan Kalyan, Chiranjeevi

The difference of opinion between Pawan Kalyan and Chiranjeevi over the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to sell movie tickets online has yet again depicted them as star siblings with dissimilar political views. At a recent pre-release function of Telugu film Republic, Pawan Kalyan, the founder of Jana Sena Party (JSP) launched a tirade agai...

Is Chandrababu Naidu losing ground in home turf Kuppam?

The Telugu Desam Party chief and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu finds the going tough in his home turf Kuppam in Chittoor district. His victory graph has shown a slide since the assembly elections in 2014 while the latest elections to rural local bodies (RLBs) have left the chinks in his armour wide open. Naidu’s par...

Cyclone Gulab may be preparing for second coming: Know more here

Cyclone Gulab, which made landfall in Andhra Pradesh in the evening of September 26, is expected to re-emerge in the Arabian Sea and the adjoining Gujarat Coast by around September 30 and may further intensify over the northeast Arabian Sea during the subsequent 24 hours, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has confirmed. During its travel...

Cyclone Gulab inches closer; Odisha sets zero casualty target, evacuation drive under...

Hours before cyclone 'Gulab' makes landfall in Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday set a 'zero casualty' target in the vulnerable districts of the state, where rainfall activity started in the southern and coastal regions under the influence of the weather system. The cyclone, the second to hit the state in four months after 'Yaas' w...

Jaganmohan Reddy is eyeing early election, but it’s no easy task

Jagan’s support for simultaneous elections is no surprise given his proximity to the NDA and his backing of the Narendra Modi government’s key initiatives, such as the new Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020, agricultural reforms, and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

BJP, TDP use Ganesh festival to play Hindutva card against ‘Christian’ Jagan

Vinayaka Chaturthi comes in handy for the TDP and the BJP for political mobilisation

Welfare? Development? Andhra faces a perilous economic future

The YSR Congress’ 27-month rule brings into focus the conflicting welfare-development models of Jaganmohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu

Rayalaseema strongman Prabhakar Reddy back in action – for a cause

JC Prabhakar Reddy, the strongman from Andhra, is back in news, though for a cause. His name is associated with bloody factional politics, bombs, guns, clashes with officials, dharnas against authorities, illegal transports operations, etc. This time, in his second stint as the municipal chairman, the 'Don of Rayalaseema politics' has come out with...

Industry in Andhra smarts under ‘vendetta politics’ as many units shift

On August 4, Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy, adviser to the Andhra Pradesh government and the official voice of Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, expressed the government’s underlying intent to script the exit of Amara Raja Batteries, owned by TDP’s vocal MP Jayadev Galla. Talking to the media in Amaravati, the state capital, Reddy went on record sa...

Murder of Andhra CM’s uncle: CBI picks up key suspect from Goa

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has caught the key accused in the murder of YS Vivekananda Reddy, the uncle of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy. Y S Vivekananda Reddy (68), a former minister, was found dead at his residence in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh on March 15, 2019. He was alone at home at the time. His fa...

Of murder, arrest & crawling: A look at Jagan’s stint as Andhra CM

On March 15, 2019, in the run up to general elections in Andhra Pradesh, 68-year-old Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s uncle, was found dead at his Pulivendula residence. Vivekananda, an ex-MP and minister, was the younger brother of former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh late Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy (YSR). ...

COVID infection fears drive 3 women in AP to 15-month self-isolation

Fearing a COVID infection, 3 women in a family stayed put in a tent house for 15 months; they were found malnourished and admitted to a hospital

Husband a key suspect in Hyderabad techie’s murder

The Andhra Pradesh police have identified the charred body found in a suitcase in Tirupati five days ago as that of Bhuvaneswari (27), an employee of an IT major in Hyderabad. Bhuvaneswari was reported missing, and her husband, Maramreddy Sreekanth Reddy, is now a suspect in her murder and is absconding. The charred body was found near the SVRR ...

Class 12 exam: Prepare to pay ₹1Cr ex gratia per death, SC tells Andhra

The Supreme Court pulled up the Andhra government on Thursday (June 24) for holding the class 12 board exam in the offline mode when 21 states along with the CBSE and CISCE had cancelled it in the wake of the pandemic.

AP insists on conducting Class 12 exams. SC asks about its repercussions

If there is any fatality, we will hold the state responsible, the Supreme Court told the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday after being informed of its decision to hold Class 12 board examination. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari was informed that Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the only two states which have till now dec...