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Patna Pirates Registered Second Consecutive Win; Won 36-34 In A Thriller June 30, 2016 12:48

The defending champions Patna Pirates, with the help of their raider Pradeep Narwal’s outstanding performance of scoring 18 raid points, registers their second win of the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League on Wednesday.In the second half, Patna managed to continue their form and took a lead of 27-17 despite Rishank Devadiga’s super raid for U Mumba in the second half as they were trailing 27-31. U Mumba did perform well at the ending stage of the game as they managed to get a lead 34-33 thanks to Devadiga’s superb performance, although they couldn’t manage to get the victory as Pradeep Narwal came for the rescue and scored two points in the final raid which took the final score to 36-34, a close victory for Patna Pirates. U Mumba skipper Anup Kumar was shown a Green Card by a referee for talking during a raid at the sixth minute of the first half.  Earlier in the first half, the raider Pradeep Narwal’s outstanding play gave an inch more to Patna than U Mumba despite some great efforts by their defenders in the first half, especially by Rakesh Kumar who helped the team to get their first super tackle. U Mumba scored four super tackles in the first half which was led by their defender Jeeva Kumar. However, Patna Pirates managed to get an all out in the 17th minute and took the lead 14-12. They finished the first half at 16-14 with the help of Pradeep Narwal’s seven raid points in the first phase of the game. With the win Patna Pirates has increased their ranking and has climbed to the second spot with 100% win percentage, while U Mumba has dropped down to sixth.By Prajakt K.

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Telugu Titans Faced A Defeat Against Jaipur Pink Panther By 4 Points June 30, 2016 11:50

In their first match of the fourth season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League, Jaipur Pink Panthers despite a slow performance in the first of the game, managed to drop down Telugu Titans and registered their first win in the first of the season by 28-24 on Wednesday at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Panthers overwhelmingly cut down the attacks by Titans led by Athul M S and Sandeep Narwal to get the score from 18-16 to 21-17. At 32nd minute Panthers successfully managed to get an all out which almost ended the task for the Titans. The owner Abhishek Bacchan was looking overjoyed after the win in the first match of the season. Much like their captain Jasvir Singh, Pink Panthers, played brilliantly, after increasing the quality of the game which was missing in the first half. Both the teams were equal on 12-12 at the end of the first part of the game. Both the Panthers and their captain Javsir picked up the pace in the second phase of the game and turned the game towards them against the Titans. Apart from Jasvir and Sadeep’s outstanding performances, Amit Hooda and Ran Singh were looking mindblowing in the tackles they won. By Prajakt K.

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Nagarjuna Happy For Chaitanya and Akhil June 30, 2016 11:05

Tollywood Mass hero, Nagarjuna has finally broken his silence on the much-talked about issue of Naga Chaitanya and Samantha's love life. Nag shared that Amala and he were delighted to see Chaitu finding his life partner.Nag told "Amala and I are very happy for Chaitanya who has found someone who makes him happy. We'll be making the announcement soon," Nag was quoted as saying. Nag also commented on Akhil's relationship with Hyderabad-based designer Shriya Bhupal, daughter of industrialist Shalini Bhupal. "Akhil too is seeing a girl. But contrary to rumors, they're not engaged as yet.”Presently both Chaitanya and Akhil are busy with their careers. A formal announcement on Naga Chaitanya-Samantha's engagement is likely to be made soon by the respective families.Meanwhile, success has been eluding Naga Chaitanya, Akhil who're waiting with bated breath for success. As Chaitu is waiting for the release of his films ‘Premam’ and ‘Saahasame Swaasaga Saagipo’, Akhil would team up with director Hanu Raghavapudi. With Nag's nod coming for Chaitu-Sam's love, looks like, there's no stopping for their grand gala wedding. Also Read: Akhil is No More Single!BY M. DIVYA SHRI

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Balakrishna escaped unhurt after car accident June 30, 2016 10:36

Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna has escaped unhurt after the car he travelling hit divider on Wednesday.  The incident took place on his return from Anantapur to Bangalore. After participating in a few programmes in Chilamattur Mandal in Hindupur, Balayya was heading to Bangalore International Airport via highway. According to reports, Balakrishna himself was behind the wheels and he had tried to avoid the vehicle coming in the opposite direction during when he lost control of his car and it has hit the divider. As per cops, there were five persons in the car and all have escaped without any injuries.  However, the car was reportedly damaged.Immediately, Balakrishna was sent to Bangalore in another car. DSP Subbarao and other police officials have displaced the car and renewed the traffic. Cops are probing the issue. Also Read: Nithiin Becomes a Signing SpreeBY M.DIVYA SHRI

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ABVP and TGVP Protest in Nalgonda June 30, 2016 10:19

Students’ unions ABVP and TGVP staged a protest in front of the house of district Minister Jagadish Reddy in Suryapet on Wednesday. They raised slogans against the government and the Minister for failing to control the fee collections by private schools in the State. The leaders of the organizations demanded the government implementation of the Right to Education in private schools, which allots 25 percent of total seats of private schools to poor students free of cost. Addressing the gathering, student leaders alleged that the government is favoring corporate institutions by ignoring the interests of poor rural students, who are pursuing education without basic amenities and staff.  They demanded the government improvement of facilities and provision of required staff in government schools and colleges to realise the dream of Golden Telangana. On information, police rushed to the spot and tried to disperse the students but received stiff resistance from the students. Later they forcibly shifted the protesters to police station in autos. Also Read: 18 killed, 15 injured in bus-lorry accident in NalgondaBY M. DIVYA SHRI

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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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