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Vijayawada:  The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Andhra Pradesh, on Monday, began probe into the alleged phone-tapping by the Telangana government by summoning phone service providers.

A team of SIT officials gathered information from service providers at Bhavanipuram  Police Station in Vijayawada.

Officials from two service providers reached here from Hyderabad and furnished the details sought by the SIT. According to sources, SIT has issued notices to 12 telecom companies to appear before it.

The investigating officers gathered information including the list of people whose phones were tapped and the names of those who ordered tapping.

The SIT also wanted to know if the permission was taken from the authorities concerned before the phone tapping.

Andhra Pradesh government had last week constituted SIT, headed by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Iqbal,  to probe the alleged phone tapping and other cases booked in Andhra Pradesh against Telangana Chief Ministe,r K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The allegations of phone tapping were made after a television channel in Hyderabad on June 7 aired an audio tape of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s purported telephonic conversation with Telangana’s nominated legislator Elvis Stephenson.

Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and Telangana legislato,r Revanth Reddy,  was arrested by Telangana’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on May 31 while he tried to bribe Stephenson to induce him to vote for TDP-BJP candidate in legislative council election.

The TDP government of Andhra has also taken up the issue of phone tapping with the central government, seeking a thorough probe.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government of Telangana has denied the allegations of phone tapping and alleged Naidu is making baseless allegations to escape from law in cash-for-vote case.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh’s Director General of Police J. V. Ramudu on Monday reviewed the probe into the cases booked against Chandrasekhar Rao in Andhra Pradesh.

Intelligence chief Anuradha, CID chief Dwarka Tirumala Rao and DIG Iqbal attended the meeting held in Hyderabad.

The Andhra Police chief reviewed all cases including one booked on a complaint by Jerusalem Muthaiah, an accused in cash-for-vote scandal.  Muthaiah, who is absconding, lodged a police complaint against Chandrasekhar Rao and his supporters, alleging that he was being coerced to name Naidu in cash-for-vote scandal.

CID last week took over investigations into the case booked in Vijayawada on Muthaiah’s complaint.

Many cases were booked against Telangana CM at different police stations in Andhra Pradesh after an audio tape was aired on ‘T News’, a television channel said to be partly owned by Telangana CM’s family.

Andhra Police on Friday served a notice on the channel asking it to reply within three days as to  why legal action should not be taken against it for airing the defamatory audio tape.

(IANS)

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Lambasingi: A Snowfall Experience Like Never Before

Lambasingi temperature can go as low as -2 degrees celsius in the month of December

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Lambasingi is slowly emerging as one of the favourite tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is slowly emerging as one of the favourite tourist places in Andhra Pradesh. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Lambasingi is a tourist place in Andhra Pradesh
  • The place is famous for experiencing snowfalls
  • It is a beautiful, nature-friendly place and great for a recreational break

When you think of snowfall, you think of Kashmir, Manali, and all other hill places in North India. However, what many don’t know is, that snow falls in South India too. Lambasingi in Andhra Pradesh is a small picturesque village where snowfalls are beautiful.

The previously unknown village is now being promoted by Andhra Pradesh tourism. And it is also slowly becoming one of the favourite tourist places of Andhra Pradesh.

India has some of the most beautiful hill areas in the World. Wikimedia Commons
India has some of the most beautiful hill areas in the World. Wikimedia Commons

Lambasingi is a misty hill station, which at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level is situated in the Chintapalli region of Arakku Valley. It has experienced snowfalls many times in the past.

Lambasingi temperature can go as low as -2 degrees Celsius in the month of December, and when that happens, the place gets covered in a layer of snow. Lambasingi weather is mostly cool and can get freezing in the months of December and January. It is one place which must be on your travel list.

Lambasingi is also home to many tribes. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is also home to many tribes. Wikimedia Commons

But what do you do in Lambasingi other than wait for the snow? Here are some clues:

Enjoy the Farms and Gardens

Lambasingi is famous for its coffee and pepper farming. In winter, you can take a walk in these farms r the beautiful orchid gardens. It will make you feel like you are strolling through the clouds.

Visit the Waterfall 

27 km away from the beautiful hill station, lies the Kothapally waterfall. In between enchanting forests, the crystal white water of this waterfall will leave you enchanted.

Lambasingi is also famous for its coffee and pepper plantations. Wikimedia Commons
Lambasingi is also famous for its coffee and pepper plantations. Wikimedia Commons
Enjoy the Misty Mornings 

Mornings in the mountains are the best, and in Lambasingi the experience is just as beautiful. The Lambasingi temperature throughout the year stays less than 10 degrees Celcius, so you can expect a beautiful, chilly morning every day during your stay there.

Also Read: Travel and Tourism Fair in Kolkata aims at Exploiting Huge Travel and Tourism Potential in the Country 

Stroll through the Forests 

Lambasingi weather is beautiful, it needs no reiterating. And there are even more beautiful and lush green forests for you to stroll through to make yourself feel at peace. One can also observe various birds, plants and animals, to make for a more thrilling experience.

Forests in Lambasingi are green and lush, perfect for walks. Wikimedia Commons
Forests in Lambasingi are green and lush, perfect for walks. Wikimedia Commons
Try Adventure Sports 

The Lambasingi travel guide also promises adventurous experiences. You can go trekking, rock climbing and rappelling as well.

Also Read: Goa pins ‘bird’ing hopes to attract tourists

Lambasingi is becoming one of the hottest tourist places in Andhra Pradesh really fast, and the people are capitalising on it like anything. Lambasingi has hotels now which promise an amazing experience and comfortable stay. This place is a pocket-friendly trip you can enjoy with your family.