Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The new year 2010 which began with a lunar and a solar eclipse in a span of 15 days will cause anxious moments to the public in the form of vagaries of weather and earthquakes, observes general secretary of the Chennai-based International Astrological Science Congress, Acharya Ravviji.

The Rahu-influenced eclipse would begin on January 15 at 11.40 a.m. and last till 3.22 p.m. It would be visible distinctly in Rameswaram, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

He said a new political party was likely to be formed in the State and fresh oil and natural gas sources spotted. Tremors would be experienced albeit with low intensity. Maoists would gain strength, particularly in metros where unemployment, and rising prices arise.

“People tend to be easy going, indulging in eating and drinking due to the influence of Venus since the year starts and ends on a Friday. The price of yellow metal and that of those like turmeric will touch all-time high. In general, prices of essential commodities will continue to soar with meat and eggs becoming dearer,” Mr. Ravviji said. He saw bright prospects for IT, telecom, oil and natural gas, and other sectors. There would be shortage of water, power and coal in the year.

According to him, there would be changes in leadership in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In Andhra Pradesh, either the Chief Minister or the Cabinet members were likely to change.