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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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India a 'spoiled' and 'smug' nation, China justifies its stand on NSG June 28, 2016 17:11

Global Times, a national English-language daily in China, published a strongly-worded editorial defending China’s position against the entry of India and other non-NPT countries into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). In a harsh attack on Indian public and the country’s media, the editorial termed India as a ‘spoiled’ and ‘smug’ nation, especially in international affairs. “Since its foundation in 1975, all NSG members shall be NPT signatories. This has become the primary principle of the organization. Now India wants to be the first exception to join the NSG without signing the NPT. It is morally legitimate for China and other members to upset India’s proposal in defense of principles,” said the Global Times, which is part of the ruling Communist Party of China's publications. “US backing adds the biggest impetus to India’s ambition, the US is not the whole world. Its endorsement does not mean India has won the backing of the world. This basic fact, however, has been ignored by India,” it said. “Although the South Asian country’s GDP accounts for only 20 percent of that of China, it is still a golden boy in the eyes of the West, having a competitive edge and more potential compared to China. The international “adulation” of India makes the country a bit smug in international affairs,” it wrote about India. The editorial railed, "Recent years have seen the Western world giving too many thumbs up to India, but thumbs down to China. India is spoiled. It is still a golden boy in the eyes of the West." “Some Indians are too self-centered and self-righteous. On the contrary, the Indian government behaves decently and is willing to communicate. Throwing a tantrum won’t be an option for New Delhi,” it said. By Premji

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Arnab Goswami interview Prime Minister Modi June 28, 2016 11:36

First time after becoming Prime Minister, Modi has given an interview for a private channel. During the most watched interview, Modi spoke on range of issues including government’s Pakistan’s policy to India’s NSG bid and its relation with China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on range of issues during his interview with Time Now anchor Arnab Goswami. “The world in one voice is praising India’s role. Pakistan is finding it difficult to answer. The world is watching. If we remain an obstacle then we will have to convince the world that we are not like this,” Modi said in the interview.“Earlier the world would not buy India’s theory on terrorism and sometime it would even treat it out as law and order problem. Now the whole world is accepting what India says on terrorism. It is accepting the loss caused to India by terrorism, the loss caused to humanity by terrorism. I believe India will have to continue putting forth its view on this matter,” he said.“I fought elections on the issue of development. Even the answer to the talks of communalism is development. Don’t make them hero. I urge media to stop making them hero. If you will stop covering them they will stop speaking,” he said.“First thing is that India has taken up such efforts consistently whichever government was in power, be it membership of UN Security Council, SCO or MTCR or NSG. All of us made efforts. It is not only this government which has done this. This is in continuity. It is true that in our tenure, SCO has been achieved, MTCR membership has been achieved. I am fully confident that we have begun efforts in the direction of the NSG (membership), formally. The process has begun on a positive note. Everything is governed by its own rules. Things will move forward as per rules,” he said in reply to a question on NSG membership.“I have a humrous side but these days humour can be a risky thing. Anybody can lift a small word and make a bis issue out of it. But I will tell you the truth, the reason for absence of humour in public life is this fear. I am myself scared. Today in 24/7 media time we all are scared of cracking jokes.”By Premji

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Lionel Messi retires from international football June 27, 2016 17:56

Ace Argentenian footballer Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football following Argentina’s loss to Chile in Copa America final. Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, broke down after the loss. Soon after, Messi made the announcement that has shocked millions, leaving them heartbroken."He's like a PlayStation," Arsene Wenger once said of Messi after the Barcelona superstar scored four goals against Arsenal in a 2010 Champions League tie. Football pundit Jonathan Liew, writing for the Telegraph, during a debate over the greatest of all time, said of Messi, "even at half-throttle, he was still the most amazing sight to watch. His legs move like pistons. His shoulders occasionally appear to be moving in different directions at once. He spots passes that don't exist until he's played them. There may have been better players in the past, although personally, I doubt it, but none who has been quite as exhilaratingly pleasurable to watch."The 29-year-old Messi said, "I tried my hardest. It's been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen."When asked once again retirement, Messi said, "I don't think so, I've thought about it. Like I said earlier, I tried everything possible to win. And that's it. It's four finals lost.""I think that Leo spoke in the heat of the moment because a good opportunity passed us by," goalkeeper Sergio Romero said."Lamentably, the most f***ed up is Leo because of the penalty," striker Sergio Aguero said. "It's the worst I've seen him in the dressing room."By Premji

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Singapore Airlines Plane Catch Fire, no casualties June 27, 2016 16:39

A Singapore Airlines plane caught fire while making an emergency landing at Changi Airport after turning back from a flight to Milan following an engine oil warning message. No one was injured aboard the Boeing 777-300ER. SIA said in a statement that Flight SQ368 was en route from Singapore to Milan when an engine oil warning message forced it to turn back to the city-state."The aircraft's right engine caught fire after the aircraft touched down at Changi Airport at around 6:50am," it said. "The fire was put out by airport emergency services and there were no injuries to the 222 passengers and 19 crew members on board. Passengers disembarked through stairs and were transported to the terminal building by bus."One passenger posted a harrowing account and a video of the engine fire on Facebook. The video clip, apparently shot from a window seat, showed tongues of flame and smoke engulfing the right engine before they were put out. "I just escaped death!!!!" Facebook user Lee Bee Yee said in a post that accompanied the video clip. "Our Singapore Airline plane was leaking oil 3 hours flying off and the plane had to turned back. After reaching Changi Airport, as the plane was landing, the engine burst into flames!!!! Huge fire was burning!" Lee wrote. "It was a heart wrenching 5 mins! Waiting for the fire engine and fire fighters to put out the fire! They shot foam and water into the fire and eventually it was put out! We were so close to death!!" Lee added. "I thank God I am alive! I going home to hug my kids."By Premji

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