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World's Largest Diamond put for Auction in London June 30, 2016 10:08

The world's largest uncut diamond, Lesedi la Rona was put for auction at London. It has failed to sell at a London auction after bids did not reach the minimum reserve price.The Lesedi la Rona, which means "our light" in the Tswana language spoken in Botswana, was discovered by Lucara Diamond Corp's Karowe mine. It is almost the size of a tennis ball and was unearthed in Botswana in November. The rough diamond is 1,109 carats and believed to be more than 2.5 billion years old.It had been expected to sell for more than £52m ($70m) but the highest bid was about £45m ($61m).The auction at Sotheby's was the first time a rough diamond of such a size has gone on public sale.The auction house had called its discovery "the find of a lifetime" and earlier said that "every aspect of this auction is unprecedented". After it failed to sell, the Canada-based company which has retained possession of the diamond saw its stock fall more than 14% on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Stones in this group are said to be "the most chemically pure and often show extraordinary optical transparency". Also Read: Singapore Airlines Plane Catch Fire, no casualtiesBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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4 Year Old Died of Suffocation in Hyderabad June 30, 2016 09:57

In a shocking incident, a four-year-old boy died on Tuesday night after being suffocated by a polythene cover that he had wrapped around his head while playing. According to the police, Shreyan was playing in his house with plastic bag.  Earlier, when he would play with plastic carry bags, his mother would warn him not to play with them. Being fearful of his mother, on Tuesday he went inside the bedroom and started playing with a plastic bag, which he put over his head. The door closed though he wanted to leave it opened. When he tried to take off the bag, it tightened around his mouth and he started suffocating. Unable to breathe, he knocked the door continuously for help, but his mother who was cooking, thought he was making some noise and ignored it.Later she noticed him lying unconscious in the bedroom and rushed him to the hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.Kodela Shreyan was the only son of Mr K. Srinivas Reddy, a native of West Godavari district in AP working in Reddy Labs in Hyderabad. They live in a flat in Nest Praveena Residency in Nizampet. Shreyan was studying in UKG in Lingamaneni School in Kukatpally.No police complaint was filed regarding the incident. Also Read: School Girl Molested by Security GuardBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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NIA Arrest 11 ISIS Suspects in Hyderabad June 30, 2016 09:46

In a citywide crackdown, National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials with the help of the city police on Wednesday busted an ISIS terror module and took 11 suspects in custody.According to the sources, ISIS were allegedly planning terror strikes in Hyderabad and other parts of the country either with bombs or by opening fire randomly at crowded places.The prime targets for the ISIS module in the city have been identified as Inorbit Mall and the IT zone in Madhapur. NIA officials seized target boards used for shooting practice, two pistols, an air gun, explosive substances and other material used for making indigenous explosive devises (IEDs). They also seized Rs 15 lakh cash which the arrested claimed was earned through trade.The suspects were booked under section Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Explosive Substance Act, and IPC for waging war against India.The suspects were apparently in touch with key ISIS recruiter Shafi Armar, a former Indian Mujahideen operative based in Syria, and took orders from him. They had allegedly practiced shooting at Bandlaguda on the city’s outskirts and Narsapur in Medak district.Searches were conducted in Moghalpura, Bhavaninagar, Mirch-owk, Chandrayangutta, Mir Alam Mandi, Charminar, Bandlaguda and Talab Katta areas.Telangana state police official said that “the NIA conducted searches at 11 locations in Hyderabad since early Wednesday with the assistance of the Hyderabad Police. It had received information that some youth hailing from Hyderabad and their accomplices had entered into a criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Government of India by collecting weapons and explosive material to commit terrorist acts by targeting public places in various parts of the country.” Also Read: Two Telangana men in close contact with terror suspects in NIA custodyBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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Puneri Paltan Managed To Drew With Dabang Delhi In A Thriller June 29, 2016 13:22

In a fourth match of the first leg of Pune Paltan, the team successfully managed to drew with Dabang Delhi at 27-27 in the fourth season of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League 2016. Delhi, who has failed to impress the experts in all the four seasons of the Pro Kabaddi league, opened with 5-0 against Pune, thanks to a classic performance by Sachin Shingade who made two tackles and a super tackle. But their over dependence on skipper Kashling Akade, who has scored 300 raid points in 39 matches till season 3 and Iranian raider Meraj Sheykah, proved harmful to Delhi as Pune’s defense started to take care of them. Pune team had ended the first half by 15-13 with two points lead. Manjeet Chhillar, managed to score big for Puneri Paltan and helped Pune to secure a draw after holding Delhi’s Iranian raider Meraj Sheykah. Delhi’s another raider Deepak Narwal gave a lead to his team after getting three tackle points when Pune was leading at 24-23. But other raiders just couldn’t take the advantage of Deepak’s performance. Puneri Paltan who has scored massive against Mumbai before being beaten by defending champions Patna Pirates on Monday, has given a great performance with the help of their star performers Manjeet Chhillar and Sonu Narwal.   In the evening, women’s first Kabaddi season also kicked off and among the three teams which are participating in the first season, Fire Birds defeated Ice Divas 25-12. Even though the women fell, jumped and proved a bit slow and less in aggressiveness, they managed to win the appreciation of the audience. Indian Women’s team skipper Mithali Raj, who sang the national anthem at the start of the evening’s proceedings, said, “It is certainly great for Kabaddi women as their game went pro. They showed that women are capable of excelling even this full body contact macho sport.” By Prajakt K.

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47 Dead Due to Thunderstorm since May 2015 June 29, 2016 10:05

A total of 47 people have died in lightning strikes in the two Telugu states from May 16 last year. Of them, 23 died in a single day in Andhra Pradesh last year. Sources say that the numbers would double if unreported deaths were taken into account.While Hyderabad experienced severe thunderstorms this year, only one death was reported due to lightning in Shamshabad.According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 122 people died of lightning in Telangana and AP in 2014.Though the Telugu speaking states see fewer deaths compared to west and central India, lightning remains the second largest natural killer after heat waves.Experts say to avoid being hit by lightning during thunderstorms, it is best to stay indoors, tay away from objects that may conduct electricity, and avoid open areas and tall objects. Also Read: Heavy Rainfall lash parts of Andhra PradeshBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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Snapchat to be Back on Windows 10 June 29, 2016 09:54

There is good news for Windows phone! Prominent image-messaging app Snapchat will be back again on Windows 10 Mobile, after Microsoft banned third-party clients for accessing the app.According to a new report, the Spanish Twitter account of Lumia support pointed out that Microsoft and Snapchat are in talks over building a new app that could be released ‘soon’. However, no further detail regarding the launch was announced. The translated tweet said that the company are already working with ‘friends’ from Snapchat at the earliest. However, Snapchat has had its issue with Microsoft in the past, so it’s a bit difficult to believe the developments that come from a untrustworthy source.As of now, if you are a Windows phone user, its better to cross your fingers and hope that the news is not false. Also Read: 5 Whatsapp Tricks Everyone Should KnowBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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Akhil is No More Single! June 29, 2016 09:41

Shocking news for Akhil Akkineni female fans! Tollywood young hero Akhil revealed recently that he is seeing a girl. However, Akhil didn't disclose any further details apart saying that the girl in his life is not from the film industry and that he is not willing to expose her name identity in order to respect her privacy.As per the latest reports, the girl Akhil is rumoured to be seeing is the Hyderabad-based designer Shriya Bhupal, daughter of city based industrialist Shalini Bhupal. In fact, parents of Akhil and Shriya were reportedly informed about their relationship and the couple got the nod from both the families.However, Akhil is too young to settle down and he will be focusing on his film career for now. The young hero, who tasted a bitter result with his launch pad film ‘Akhil’, has reportedly finalized the script for his second movie. Buzz is that he will work with director Hanu Raghavapudi of Andala Rakshasi and KVPG fame for his second project.On other hand, Akkineni family's next big occasion will be Naga Chaitanya's marriage. The actor is rumored to be marrying actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu. Speculations are rife in the media circles that Chaitu will get engaged to Samantha later this year and that their marriage may take place sometime next year. Also Read: Actor Nani visits Baahubali setsBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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KTR Rushes to New Delhi June 29, 2016 09:30

Telangana IT and Industry minister KT Rama Rao will meet several central ministers in New Delhi seeking clearance of pending projects allotted to state after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He rushed to nation capital this morning to meet union health minister Nadda, Transport minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce minister Nirama sitaraman and environment minister Prakash Javdekar.Pending environmental clearances for infra projects, setting up of new hospitals, approvals for national highways will be discussed during KTR meeting with the ministers.KTR is also planning to meet the the ambassadors of South Korea and other countries which are keen to set up industries in Telangana. Also Read: Signal-free roads in Hyderabad soon - KTRBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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36 killed in Suicide Bomb Attack at Istanbul Airport June 29, 2016 09:21

In a tragic incident, at least 36 people were killed when three suspected Islamic State group suicide bombers targeted the international terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk airport.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 were dead and Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded. Another senior government official told the death toll could climb much higher.The senior official said close to 50 people had already died, but later said that the figure was expected to rise to close to 60. Yildirim said three IS suicide bombers were responsible for the attack.He said the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. He added that the victims included some foreigners. Some had minor injuries but others are more badly hurt.Another Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew him up in the parking lot.Another official added that none of the attackers managed to get past security checks at the terminal's entrance.Turkish airports have security checks at both the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.Roads around the airport were sealed off for regular traffic after the attack and several ambulances could be seen driving back and forth. Hundreds of passengers were flooding out of the airport and others were sitting on the grass.South African Judy Favish, who spent two days in Istanbul as a layover on her way home from Dublin, had just checked in when she heard an explosion followed by gunfire and a loud bang.She says she hid under the counter for some time. Favish says passengers were ushered to a cafeteria at the basement level where they were kept for more than an hour before being allowed outside.Police officers who got wounded were transferred to Bakirkoy State Hospital. Also Read: ISIS: Indian jihadists plan revenge for Indian bombings!BY M. DIVYA SHRI

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Clashes in Visakhapatnam, 40 injured June 29, 2016 09:15

Around 40 people including five women were injured when a mob of 200 went on the rampage at Palmanpet village in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday morning. According to the officials, the mob not only roughed up the villagers, but also ransacked the village. The mob was believed to be comprised people from Chinnarajaiahpet, Korlaiahpet, Vemavaram, Musalaiahpet and Eedaram hamlets in the mandal.It was said that longstanding enmity was the reason for the attack. A dispute erupted between fishermen in Palmanpet and Yadava groups on Monday night.On Tuesday morning around 200 men wielding sticks and iron rods ransacked the village and attacked everyone indiscriminately.Of the 40 injured, 20 were admitted to the Government Area Hospital, Tuni. Two people, whose condition is stated to be critical, were sent to the Kakinada government hospital. The victims alleged that the people from Yadav community were trying to suppress them politically for the last 20 years and demanded the government to render justice.Superintendent of Police Rahul Dev Sharma, Narsipatnam ASP Ishwarya Rastogi and RDO K Surya Rao rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. The Superintendent of Police informed that six police pickets were deployed under the supervision of ASPs in Palmanpet to infuse confidence among the victims and to restore normalcy. “We have already identified some of the accused and no one would be spared,” he asserted.MLA Vangalapudi Anitha visited the village. He attributed the clashes to previous enmity. The police officials were believed to have summoned additional forces to help round up all the accused involved in the clashes. No cases were registered so far. Also Read: Massive fire broke out in the biodiesel plant in VisakhapatnamBy M. Divya Shri

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