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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Andhra Pradesh is the fifth largest state in India, both in area and population.  It is bounded by Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and the Bay of Bengal.  The northern area of AP is mountainous. The highest peak Mahendragiri rises 1500 m (4920 ft.) above the sea level.  The climate is generally hot and humid. Annual rainfall: 125cm.  The Krishna and the Godavari are the major river systems in the state.

AP is surplus in food grains and produces 10 m tons of rice.  Agricultural sector accounts for 50% of the State’s income and provides livelihood for 62% of the population.  AP leads all other states in the production of tobacco.  Andhra Pradesh led the Indian States in the export of mangoes in 2003-04.

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 AP High Court Castigates Govt on Film Ban

• AP Messes up Naxal Fight


• Homepage


• Cyberabad 

• Software Technology Parks 

• Central Government links 


• Tourism 

• Maps 

• Hyderabad Flights Schedule 

• Hyderabad Train Schedule 

• Vishakapatnam Train Schedule 

• Vijay Wada Train Schedule 

 Warangal Train Schedule 


• Telugu literature 

• Telugu University 


Work is in full swing on India’s first underground hydel station, being setup in a space created underneath the hills on the left bank of the Srisailam Project.  With a coastline of 970 km, AP is a major maritime State of India.  The port of Vishakhapatnam caters to Madhya Pradesh and Orissa too.  The State has made advances in harnessing information technology for better administration.  The first ‘Cyber Grameen’ was launched in January 2003.

Andhra Pradesh is rich in historical monuments and many holy temples.  Tirupati, in Chittoor district, houses one of the most famous temples in India.  The presiding deity is known as Lord Venkateswara.  The main temple is situated on a hill-top, Tirumalai, and is a masterpiece of South Indian architecture.

The temple of Sriramachandra at Bhadrachalam, the Mallikarjunaswami temple at SriSailam, the Ahobalam temple, Srikumman temple and the Simhachalam temple are among the other famous temples of Andhra Pradesh.  The main tourist attraction is the capital of the state, Hyderabad.  The capital is in reality the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, with the Hussain Sagar lake in between.  Places of interest are the Char Minar (built in 1591), Osamania University, State Museum and Art Gallery, Salarjung Museum, Health Museum, Nehru Zoological Park, Public Gardens, Birla Mandir and Macca Masjid.

Another important center of tourism is Golconda, about 8 km from Hyderabad. The capital of the Qutub Shahi Sultansin the 16th century, Golconda is rich in historical monuments which include the famous Golconda Fort.  Golconda was known the world over, as a rich mine of diamonds in the mediaeval times.  The famous diamonds, Kohinoor and Pitt, came from the mines of Golconda.

Nagarjuna Sagar dam and the vicinity attracts large number of tourists.  Yadagiri Gutta at Nalgonda, Vemulawada at Karimnagar and Ramappa and Thousand Pillars temple at Warrangal are also centers of tourist attraction.  Nagarjuna Srisailam Sanctuary is the largest tiger reserve in India.

One of the world’s best-equipped film studios is situated in Andhra Pradesh.  Ramoji Film City, at an hour’s distance from Hyderabad, is spread over 1000 acres.  Andhra Pradesh became the first State to have its own TV channel, with the inauguration of Mana TV in March 2001.

ISRO & NASA in Moon Tie-up 


It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. (Climate Change And Tourism , Deccan Herald, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

At 12:30am on Wednesday when Dr Sharan Shivraj Patil disengaged the parasitic twin from Lakshmi and held it separately, chief anaesthetist Dr Yohannan John looked at him, smiled, and said, "Lakshmi is stable." (B'lore Docs Light Up Lakshmi's Life, Deccan Herald, Bala Chauhan, Nov 08, 2007)

The former Pakistan Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, Wednesday urged the people to hold mass protests against the Emergency declared by President Pervez Musharraf, setting up a showdown with the military ruler. (Benazir Calls For Mass Protests, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

For the safety of its employees, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry has decided to set up 24x7 hotline wireless networks and create security patrol units to keep a check on movement of cabs. (Hotline Service To Be Launched For Bpo Staff, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said the United Progressive Alliance committed a “significant strategic blunder,” presenting the nuclear deal as an “icon of India’s relations with the U.S.” (A Strategic Blunder: Bjp, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Congress Working Committee on Wednesday approved proposals to amend the party constitution to weed out bogus membership and allow for larger participation by delegates in AICC sessions. (Congress To Weed Out Bogus Membership, Hindu, GARGI PARSAI, Nov 08, 2007)

Though banned by law, corporal punishment continues to be meted out to students in schools across the country, often with tragic consequences, by teachers who clearly do not care a toss about rules and regulations, not least because they know. . . (Violent Teachers, Pioneer, Editorial, The Pioneer, Nov 08, 2007)

There are big infrastructure expansion plans to transform Mumbai into a world-class city. (Mumbai Makeover, Frontline, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

THE imposition of emergency rule throughout Pakistan on Nov 3 is a clear indication of the failure of the policies pursued by General Musharraf both as president and the patron saint of the ruling PML-Q which forms the rubberstamp government . . . . (Back To The Drawing Board, Dawn, Syed Shahabuddin, Nov 08, 2007)

A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

The Congress Working Committee on Wednesday night decided to amend the Congress constitution to about a single category of membership. (No Karnataka, N-Deal At Cwc, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

BJP president Rajnath Singh believes that direct intervention by the US in the form of negotiations with Indian political parties over the civilian nuclear agreement proves the UPA did not bother to do its homework and take Opposition. . . (Upa Has Ignored Opp On N-Deal , Pioneer, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Despite pressure being mounted by the US administration and feelers sent by the UPA government, the BJP on Wednesday has not budged from its stand on opposing the nuclear deal in Parliament. (Bjp Refuses To Budge On Nuke Deal, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Indian surgeons said on Wednesday they had successfully removed the extra limbs from a two-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs, in a gruelling operation that lasted more than a day. (Indian Girl’S Extra Limbs Removed , Dawn, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Diwali blockbuster gets bigger every year. Despite the other sales seasons at different periods of the year, the buying frenzy around Diwali is getting more feverish. It is not restricted to the five days around Dhanteras . . . . (Happy Diwali, Buy Buy, Indian Express, Editorial, Indian Express, Nov 08, 2007)

Andhra Pradesh (AP) has more millionaires now, according to statistics with the Income Tax Department. (A Millionaire Boom In Ap , Deccan Herald, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The Vilasrao Deshmukh government’s new industrial policy has made a host of multinational companies rush to invest in the State. (Revving Up Growth, Frontline, Amit Mitra, Nov 08, 2007)

The life and times of two exceptional members of the U.K. police force. (Policemen Nonpareil, Frontline, R.K. Raghavan, Nov 08, 2007)

The Janadesh Yatra has given the movement for land rights fresh momentum and also captured the popular imagination. (March For Land, Frontline, Jayati Ghosh, Nov 08, 2007)


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