25 students dead after Nanded-Secunderabad passenger train hits school bus

The tragic accident took place in Masayipet village of Telangana’s Medak district at 9.10 am on Thursday.

The students were of a private school and came from nearby villages Islampur, Gundredpalli, Kishtapur and Venkatapur. Several other children in that bus, which had 38 in all, are seriously injured and undergoing treatment at the Yashoda Hospital at Secunderabad.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao visited the hospital and has ordered a probe into the accident. He reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and DGP Anurag Sharma. He has ordered officials to take necessary steps to extend all medical assistance to the injured. Police say the toll may rise as some of the children are critically injured.

Villagers blame railway authorities for the mishap, but grieving parents found fault with the bus driver for overspeeding and negligence while crossing the railway track.

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Medak School bus accident

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Water Board seeks hike in water tariff

Hyderabad: In a bid to earn more revenues, the Water Board has proposed a hike in the water tariff.

Officials of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board are working out the different slabs and are likely to target the high-end consumers like hotels and other commercial establishments while bringing the hike to effect.

The tariff for the 16-30 kilolitre slab consumers may increase from Rs 8 to Rs 12 or maybe even Rs 14 per kilolitre.

Similarly, for the 31-50 kilolitre slab, there may be an increase from Rs 15 to Rs 20 per kilolitre.

The Water Board expects an increase of Rs 10 crore in its monthly revenue due to the hike. Currently, the Board collects Rs 32 crore as revenue from water bill payments each month against a monthly expenditure of Rs 45 crore.

The water tariff was last increased in 2002. The officials are planning to place the proposals before the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, who is also the chairman of the Water Board. He is scheduled to review the performance of the Board on March 27.

Sources say that domestic consumers, currently, paying Rs 6 per kilolitre are likely to be exempted from the hike. The Rosaiah government is averse to the idea of imposing additional burden on the middle and lower middle classes of the society. When contacted, the Water Board executive director, Mr Ashok Reddy, told this correspondent that nothing had been finalised and there had only been a discussion among officials regarding a hike.

It may be mentioned that Andhra Pradesh was was the first state to increase bus fares.

Even Transco is reportedly proposing a revision in power tariff.

Book LPG cylinders at e-Seva

Hyderabad: Applications for new cooking gas connections will soon be accepted through all e-Seva centres across the state. This comes after a good response to the initiative in Hyderabad.

Many applicants allege that dealers insist they purchase a gas stove and other gadgets from them to get the new connection. A dealer makes a profit of around Rs 1,000 on the sale of the stove etc. but for consumers who already have a stove it’s a waste of money

AP joins Maha battle against Almatti

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh has presented crucial data of water storage before the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal to prove that Karnataka had secretly increased the height of the Almatti dam of the Supreme Court guidelines.

It also joined hands with Maharashtra to oppose Karnataka’s proposal to increase the height of the dam further by arguing that it would submerge large habitats and would also delay water release during Kharif season in AP.

Officials of AP presented a detailed investigation report stating that Karnataka had impounded 210.38 tmc ft water during the 2006-07 season, which would not have been possible if its height had been 519.6 metres as decided by the Supreme Court.

The state contended that Karnataka raised the height of the dam by 0.60 metres to accommodate additional 37.38 tmc ft water in violation of the Bachawat Award and the SC judgment. This allegation by AP created furore in the tribunal hearings with Karnataka denying increasing the height.

“But we have evidence that Karnataka indeed impounded more than what it could have done with the declared height,” said a senior official in the irrigation department. Karnataka argued for raising the height of the dam to 524.256 metres for utilising another 130 tmc ft out of its share of surplus water of 517 tmc ft.

It alternatively proposed storage of between 519.60 metres and 524.256 metres as carryover for the benefit of all the three states and offered to store about 100 tmc ft water belonging to AP and release it whenever the state wants. However, AP rejected these proposals and argued that Karnataka can use only 155 tmc ft and not 173 tmc ft as claimed during the hearings before the tribunal.

5 killed as Union Minister’s escort jeep hits auto in Andhra

At least five people were killed when a jeep in the convoy of Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju hit an autorickshaw in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh today, according to media reports.

Four women who were travelling in the autorickshaw died on the spot and a man was also killed. There are reports of few people suffering injuries. These people were travelling in the jeep.

Details are awaited.

–hindustantimes

APPSC announces exam schedule

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission on Monday announced the written examination schedule for the recruitment of junior lecturers in government junior colleges, Group I preliminary, Group IV service for hostel welfare officers and Group IV service junior assistants and supervisors/matrons.

The dates of the examinations are July 4, 25, August 8 and October 3 respectively, a press release issued by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission secretary stated here.

SSC students told not to come in uniforms

The SSC public exams begin on Monday across 5,854 centres in the state. Over 13.63 lakh students will take the exams that will go on till April 8. The exams are scheduled from 9.30 am to 12 noon.
As many as 905 “problematic centres” were identified across the state and officials have taken special measures to check malpractice at these centres.
However, in nearly 460 centres students will have to sit on the floor and write the exams due to lack of furniture. Students will not be allowed entry to the centres if they wear school uniform, said Ms Pronoti Suhasini Kavoori, director of the SSC Board.
For the first time, students will be awarded grades this year instead of marks, as part of the reforms introduced by the state government to reduce stress among students.
Also, bar-coding method has been introduced for all the papers to maintain confidentiality and to check irregularities during valuation of papers.
Students will be awarded A, A+, B, B+, C, C+, D, D+ grades in the descending order from this year. Although there will be no “fail category”, but students who fail to get any of the eight grades above will get E-grade and they will have to reappear for the exams.
A control room has been created in the office of the director of government exams to help examinees.
Students throughout the state taking the SSC exam can avail free transport to the exam centre on RTC buses by showing their hall ticket.