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The village of Gollala Mamidada (seen in pic) in East Godavari district emerged as a hotspot after a wedding and a birthday party in June | File photo | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Covid cases spread in rural Andhra & Telangana — blame big fat weddings and unlock

As Andhra Pradesh and Telangana look to check the spread of Covid, the authorities say they have now shifted their focus to rural areas.
TRS leader Kavitha Kalvakuntla | ThePrint

Money for new secretariat building not even 0.1% of Covid budget, Telangana ex-MP Kavitha says

Telangana move to build new secretariat amid Covid pandemic has drawn flak. Kavitha Kalvakuntla, ex-MP & CM KCR’s daughter, says govt hasn't started spending on project yet.
Telangana CM K. Chandrashekhar Rao with Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan ahead of the Assembly session, at Rajbhavan in Hyderabad on 29 August 2020 | ANI

KCR’s Covid response better now, but Telangana healthcare still needs improving, says governor

Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan said had the KCR govt stepped up efforts early on, Telangana would not have faced the Covid crisis it has.
Representational Image | Adeel Halim | Bloomberg

Maoists rubbish talk of Ganapathi surrender, call it ‘brutal lie’ of Modi govt

There has been speculation that top Maoist Ganapathi, who is aged over 70 and suffering from several health ailments, is in talks to surrender.
BJP MLA Raja Singh

Facebook has banned BJP MLA T Raja Singh, but his supporters can still post his praise

T. Raja Singh was among the central figures named in an August WSJ report that claimed Facebook ignored hate speech by BJP leaders to protect its business interests in India. 
Students in Rangareddy distrcit were brought together to learn from a single device | By special arrangement

1.38 lakh Telangana students struggle to tune in as govt school classes begin online

The 1.38 lakh students are those without access to any electronic devices, even a TV, but the state government says opening day saw over 14 lakh students attend online classes.
Representational image of Covid-19 testing | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Two confirmed Covid-19 reinfections in Telangana increase concerns about immunity

Telangana govt has confirmed that 2 medical professionals contracted the infection a second time after about 2 months. Their case files have been sent to ICMR.
Smoke billows from a fire at Srisailam Left Bank Power Station (SLBP), Kurnool district. | PTI

6 days after Srisailam fire, ‘heat making it difficult’ for CID to access most affected part

CMD of state PSU that owns the Srisailam plant says it is yet to be established if the fire began due to short-circuit, 'extreme heat' is preventing access to interiors of the plant.
Police and locals outside the Srisailam Left Bank Power Station at Srisailam in Kurnool district on Friday.

9 dead in fire at Telangana hydroelectric plant

According to officials, the fire broke out late on Thursday night when at least 17 people were inside the plant and eight of them managed to come out.
Smoke billows from a fire at Srisailam Left Bank Power Station (SLBP), Kurnool district. | PTI

9 people feared trapped after fire breaks out at Telangana hydroelectric plant

Copious amounts of smoke prevented rescue personnel from entering the building despite three fire engines being engaged in extinguishing it, said officials.

On Camera

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.