Archive for March 2009

Hyderabad, March 30 (IANS) Film producer and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) general secretary Allu Aravind Monday filed his nomination for Ankapalli Lok Sabha constituency in coastal Andhra Pradesh.
Keeping everybody guessing till the last minute, Allu Aravind reached Visakhapatnam from Hyderabad to file his papers on the last day of filing of nominations.

His name was included in the fourth list of candidates released Monday. There was suspense as to which constituency he will contest from. Some party leaders had hinted that he might contest from Visakhapatnam.

Allu Aravind is brother-in-law of actor-turned-politician and Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi. He is considered to be the brain behind Chiranjeevi’s plunge into politics.

Allu Aravind is the only close relative of Chiranjeevi who will be contesting the next month’s elections. The actor’s brothers, actors Pavan Kalyan and Naga Babu are not contesting, while Chiranjeevi will be contesting from Tirupati assembly constituency.

Meanwhile, the party has denied a ticket to veteran actor and former union minister Krishnam Raju, who was expected to be fielded from Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency.

Raju had quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to join Chiranjeevi’s party last month and party sources had hinted that he might get the ticket from Visakhapatnam or Narsapuram.

PRP has fielded Srinivas Yadav from Visakhapatnam. The other Lok Sabha candidates in the fourth list are Kasani Gyaneswar (Chevella) and Balraj Goud (Mahabubnagar). Both Gyaneswar and Goud are leaders of Mana Party, which has entered into seat sharing agreement with PRP


Terror struck Lahore for the second time in a month on Monday when heavily armed gunmen stormed a police academy near Lahore, killing at least 27 policemen in an eight-hour siege that ended with four terrorists being shot dead and six captured alive by security forces.

Clad in police uniforms, ten terrorists attacked the academy at 7 am and lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate fire, killing guards at the gate. The audacious attack comes barely a month after the bus of the Sri Lankan cricket team was ambushed by terrorists on March 3, leaving eight people dead. Six cricketers sustained injuries in the attack.

The gunmen moved into a three-storied building in the police academy premises in Manawan, 12 kms from the Indian border, and held unspecified number of policemen as hostages. Elite commandos and security personnel surrounded the premises and used teargas shells to flush the terrorists out.

“The operation has ended with overpowering of a number of terrorists. While four were shot dead, several more were arrested,” Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik said. A joint investigation team has been formed to probe the attack, Malik said.

Security forces fired in the air and shouted ‘Allah Ho Akbar’ as the operation was successfully completed. Officials said the security personnel are clearing the area to assess the exact number of casualties. The dead included eleven police officers.

Television footage showed splattered blood and spent ammunition strewn on the roof of the building that was under siege. Soldiers and other security forces surrounded the compound on the outskirts of Lahore, exchanging fire in televised scenes reminiscent of last November’s terrorist siege of Mumbai [Images].

Malik said the government suspected that terrorist outfits Lashker-e-Tayiba and Jaish-e Mohammad were behind the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Prior to the attack, a series of at least five blasts were heard at the training centre at Manawan.

Latif, a recruit who escaped from the centre with a dozen colleagues, said the policemen were busy training when the terrorists, many of them bearded, stormed the centre and threw grenades and opened fire.

Another recruit named Jehangir, who was injured, said he had seen about eight terrorists enter the centre and spray bullets at policemen.

“A number of my colleagues fell as they were hit by bullets. Then blasts occurred. Everyone was running for their lives and I was hit by a bullet in my left arm,” he said.

It used to be said of India, a touch uncharitably no doubt, that its batsmen did better in the second innings, so they may as well play the second innings first.

India has moved on of course from those days of self-depreciating humour, but on the fourth day of the second Test here at McLean Park, the touring batsmen were forced into batting more resolutely than they had in the first innings.

Following on, after being dismissed for 305 in response to New Zealand’s 619 for nine declared, India batted the day losing just a wicket to finish on 252 for two from 107 overs.

Gautam Gambhir, who had taken India to stumps on Saturday 47 for one, ground out a determined, hard-fought, unbeaten century (102 batting), his fifth in Test cricket. The 27-year-old has had a remarkable year and a bit in international cricket, but Sunday’s effort was his most significant.gambir1

Rahul Dravid (62) stayed with him for four hours, keeping New Zealand at bay, before Sachin Tendulkar (58 batting) leavened matters with a brilliant, breezy innings that wasn’t devoid of gravity.

The weather on Sunday morning was set fair, not a cloud in the sky, as the holiday crowd brought with them foldable chairs and cushions for accommodation on the grassy knolls and thermos flasks for sustenance through the day.

Varun Gandhi, BJP’s latest Hindutva posterboy and its candidate from Pilibhit, plunged into deeper trouble on Sunday night with the Uttar Pradesh Government deciding to book him under the National Security Act(NSA) for inciting communal tensions which may result in him being under detention for upto one year.m_id_68897_varungandhi
In a possible unprecedented action of NSA being slapped for a hate speech, Gandhi, who is in the eye of a storm for his alleged anti-Muslim utterances, the Mayawati government said there were three grounds which were taken into consideration by the state government for the decision.

“An order issued hy Pilibhit district magistrate Ajay Chauhan invoking NSA on the BJP nominee this evening has been served to Gandhi, who is currently lodged in the district jail,” Additional Cabinet Secretary Vijay Shanker Pandey told reporters in Lucknow.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer K T S Tulsi said ” it seems he will have to stay in jail may be even for a year or more because the government is clearly worried about the implications that it could have in the rest of the country.

PRP chief Chiranjeevi has released PRP’s first list with 9 Loksabha candidates and 95 assembly seats today in Jaggampeta.


Hyderabad, Mar 27 (PTI) Actor Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party today released its first list of 95 candidates for the Assembly polls and nine for the Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh.
PRP chief Chiranjeevi, who is currently on a campaign tour in East Godavari district, released the list at Jaggampet.  

His name is prominent in the list with several other top leaders too finding a place.

Chiranjeevi will be contesting the April 23 Assembly election from holy town Tirupati, where he launched his party on August 26, 2008.

Another list is expected to be released later in the evening.



jr_ntrPopular Telugu film actor and Telugu Desam Party’s star campaigner in Andhra Pradesh, Junior NTR suffered multiple injuries when the vehicle he was driving turned upside down in Nalgonda district in the early hours of Friday in Nalgonda district. 

The vehicle reportedly went out of control, jumped the road and turned upside down after hitting a tree. The accident occurred in Mote mandal near Suryapet on National Highway 9 when the actor was returning from Khammam district after suspending his road show.

Another actor Rajiv Kanakala, sitting besides Junior NTR on the front seat, was also injured. Another junior artist, Srinivas Reddy, suffered serious injuries.

Other people in the convoy immediately rushed the injured to Lifeline hospital in Suryapet town for first aid and then shifted them to Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad.

Doctors at KIMS said though there was no danger to the life of Junior NTR, he will have to take rest for three months. He has suffered injuries on his head, forehead, and hands. “We had to conduct minor operations,” a doctor told media persons.junior-ntr-accident-photo


NTR Junior, who also suffered injuries on his chest, right eye and shoulder, has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit.


Junior NTR’s father and actor N Harikrishna, and his uncles Balakrishna, Rama Krishna, TDP president Chandrababu Naidu[Images] and several family members have rushed to the hospital.

“The prayers of his parents have saved his life from a very dangerous accident,” said K Yerran Naidu, a senior TDP leader.

TDP candidate in Khammam, Thummala Nagaeshwara Rao, had advised Junior NTR against self driving because he was tired after a long campaign. But the actor told him that after some time, he will hand over the vehicle to the driver. 

Meanwhile, thousands of fans of the star have gathered outside the hospital.

NTR Junior, who conducted successful road shows in five districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, was returning to Hyderabad leaving the campaign mid way for the Telugu New Year Ugadi festival on Friday. He was also reportedly unhappy over the denial of TDP ticket to his close friend and film director Vamsi Mohan.junior-ntr-accident-photos-300x249


New Zealand continued to dominate the second Test against India in Napier after impressive knocks from Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum.

Ryder added 64 to his overnight total of 137 to amass 201 before being bowled by Zaheer Khan.ff

An aggressive 115 from McCullum and 55 from Daniel Vettori steered the Kiwis to a total of 619-9 declared.

Jeetan Patel and skipper Vettori took one and two wickets respectively as the tourists slumped to 79-3 at the close.

Ryder’s performance is further evidence of his burgeoning talent in the Test arena.

In a 14-inning career to date he has already scored two centuries and four half centuries.

In scoring 200, Ryder becomes only the 11th New Zealand player in history to do so and he was visibly emotional in achieving the feat.

“I’m pretty much speechless,” said the 24-year-old. “I wasn’t expecting to go out and score a double century. I just knuckled down and played my game and it came off.

“No disrespect to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but to get a century against a top quality side like India means a lot, so that was probably the reason for the emotion.”

Already 1-0 down in this series and facing the threat of India winning their first ever series in New Zealand, it was vital the Black Caps pressed home their advantage from the first day on a track suited for batting.

Thanks to Ryder and overnight partner James Franklin they began well against what was, a below-par Indian bowling display.

The pair guided the hosts past the 400 mark – only the third time they have reached such a milestone during Vettori’s captaincy – before Franklin was needlessly run out when he failed to back up a makeable single, allowing Yuvraj Singh to throw to Dinesh Karthik to break the stumps.

This brought McCullum to the wicket, who immediately took the attack to India, timing the ball with typical fluency to score at speed.

In the 124th over of the innings Ryder reached his double century but was barely able to soak up the moment before he dragged a Zaheer Khan delivery on to his own stumps.

Vettori joined McCullum and the pair guided New Zealand firstly to a record score at McLean Park and then past 600.

With this milestone reached the two were out in quick succession shortly after tea to the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

Daniel Vettori

Firstly, Sharma bowled Vettori just five runs past his half century and then had McCullum caught when he pulled a short delivery straight to Sachin Tendulkar at deep point.

An over later Patel whipped a Harbhajan Singh delivery straight to Sharma at midwicket to be the ninth man out, prompting a New Zealand declaration with the total at 619.

India’s reply got off to a solid enough start with Virender Sehwag beginning purposefully against the new-ball pairing of Chris Martin and Franklin.

However, when the breakthrough came it was at Sehwag’s expense as the batsmen attempted a needless sweep slog from outside off-stump and succeeded only in edging to keeper McCullum.

At the other end Gautum Gambhir was visibly frustrated as he found runs harder to come by and it was an attempt to amend this himself that was his undoing.

In Jeetan Patel’s first over he came down the track and mistimed his lofted drive straight to Vettori at mid-off.

Night-watchman Sharma lasted 13 scoreless deliveries before failing to pick Vettori’s arm ball and being trapped lbw.

March 2009
    Apr »

Flickr Photos