Saturday, July 31, 2004

Telugu comedian Ramalingaiah dead

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Zee to launch Alpha Telugu channel

Monday, July 26, 2004

Protecting GTB depositors' rights

Idea Cellular Increases Coverage in Andhra

The Financial Express reports that Idea Cellular Limited is planning to invest Rs 1,200 crore to increase its network capacity across the country.  Of the planned Rs 1,200 crore investment, Idea will invest Rs 120 crore in Andhra Pradesh. C.E.O Vikram Mehmi stated that the company plans to add another 120 towns in the State during the fiscal.  Mehmi, was in Hyderabad on Saturday to announce the company’s tie-up with Maa TV, a Telugu satellite channel. Read more here.

Friday, July 23, 2004

Karnataka to open Almatti dam for Andhra

The Hindu reports that "Relenting from its firm stand, Karnataka today agreed to release Krishna waters from Almatti dam to Andhra Pradesh from tomorrow, following Central intervention." Read more at their website. 

Call Her Lucky: Amrutha reports that Telugu film actress Amrutha has acquired a reputation as the lucky mascot of Kannada cinema with four of her five films in the language becoming box office hits. Read more about Amrutha here.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

To aid talks, Andhra lifts 8-year ban on PWG

In A significant step towards finding a solution to the Naxal problem, the Andhra Pradesh government today decided to lift the eight-year ban on the PWG and allow the group to carry out its activities openly without causing breach to law and order. Read more at

Andhra Pradesh Maoists talk tough

BBC News World went to Andhra and spoke with top policy makers of the PWG. Read the article online at BBC News.


Cloud-Seeding in Andhra

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Sanskrit is Alive and Well

The rage towards speaking Sanskrit is catching on quick with the opening of at least 40 spoken Sanskrit learning centres in the past two years. Some say that Sanskrit is not just big words that are used in poetry or found in epics like Ramayana, but it can be as simple as Telugu or Hindi. The Times of India (Hyderabad) has more on this story.

Telugu Calendars

Visit for their downloadable 2004 calendars.  

Andhra Pradesh seeks water from Karnataka

With farmers facing a drought for the third straight year, Andhra Pradesh will seek Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to get Krishna river waters from Karnataka. Read more at

Fire Safety Checks for Andhra Schools

Andhra Pradesh abandons bid for F1 racetrack

The government of Andhra Pradesh announced recently that it is abandoning a bid to set up the world's 19th Formula One racetrack on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The report from stated that neither government land would be allotted nor private land acquired for the project which many viewed as non-priority. Read more.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Top 5 Telugu Film Albums

The top 5 Telugu film albums of the past two weeks are:
  1. "Pallakilo Pekkuthuru"
  2. "Gharshana"
  3. "Cheppave Chirugali"
  4. "Swamy" and
  5. "Samba"

Read more at here. (source

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Protests Over Dubbed Telugu Serials

The Screen Writers Association of Andhra Pradesh has asked the government to stop promoting the production of dubbed Telugu serials, due to the hardships imposed on the livelihoods of technicians and artists. Read more at

Telugu TV Channel To Be Launched In US and Europe

The Times of India reported recently that Sneha, the first overseas Telugu satellite television channel, will soon have a full-fledged launch catering to Telugu-speaking people in the United States and Europe. Sneha will provide news, current affairs and entertainment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit Sneha's website here.

'Yagnam' is top Telugu film

Producer Pokuri Baburao's film Yagnam is the top Telugu film. The website states that its feudal theme has sustained audience interest. Read the article for further information.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Dummy's Guide for Buying Telugu Movies in the USA

Due to the sad state of Telugu cinema in the United States, guest writer, Rain of Telugu Cinema suggests a Dummy's Guide for Buying Telugu Movies in the USA.

Minorities flog Telugu fiat

The compulsory study of Telugu in Andhra schools is posing troubles for non-Telugu minorities. Read more about this debate at The Times of India.

86 children charred in Tamil Nadu school fire

At least 86 schoolchildren of a primary school in Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu were killed in a devastating fire that spread from the thatch-roofed kitchen where mid-day meals were being prepared.

“It is a horrible tragedy, you will lose your mind if you see the bodies,” said housewife Rajalakshmi Subramaniam.  “Parents are looking at their dead children. It is heartrending,” Radhakrishnan said. “Thousands have gathered here,” he said. “It is a grave tragedy.”  As thick, choking smoke billowed from the building, hundreds of volunteers joined firefighters. Police have so far identified 58 bodies and handed them over to their parents.
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Hyderabad's House Of Horrors!

Friday, July 16, 2004

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