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Former A.P. Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao Commits suicide

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Hyderabad: Senior Telugu Desam Party leader and former speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was declared dead at a hospital in Hyderabad on Monday amid speculation that he committed suicide. He was 72.

Mystery appeared to shroud the death of Rao as the exact cause of death was not immediately known and a senior police official told PTI that the matter is being investigated.

TDP politburo member Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy said Rao was reportedly brought to the Basavatarakam Cancer hospital by his staff. Rao, a medical doctor, has been a director of the Basavatarakam Cancer hospital.

 

Reddy said he and other TDP leaders visited the hospital after coming to know about the former Andhra speaker’s death. Rao’s daughter, who was present at the hospital, was in a state of shock, and they could not ask her what had happened, Reddy said.

Police investigation was on into the matter, he added.

Rao, who lost the Assembly elections in May this year from Sattenapalli in Guntur district, was the speaker of the Assembly during 2014–19. He was elected to the Assembly from Guntur district on six occasions.

He had been a member of the TDP since its inception and held key portfolios including home, major irrigation, panchayat raj, rural development and health, in the governments of TDP founder late N. T. Rama Rao and incumbent TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu.

Telangana chief minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, state BJP chief K. Laxman and several other leaders condoled the senior TDP leader’s death.

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has demanded a CBI probe in the apparent suicide of former Andhra Speaker and senior leader of TDP Kodela Siva Prasad Rao.

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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