Prakasam distirct is formerly known as Ongole district. The Ongole district was formed on February 2, 1970. It was later renamed to Prakasam on May 2, 1972. Prakasam district was formed with Markapur division from Kurnool, Ongole division from Guntur and Kandukuru division from Nellore. The district is named in memory of 'Andhra Kesari' Tanguturi Prakasam Panthulu who was born in Ammanabrolu of this district.
Prakasam has one Lok Sabha and 12 Assembly constituencies.
Dec 18, 2012: Representatives of Central trade unions staged demonstration and tried to lay siege to Prakasam Bhavan against the 'anti-labour' policies of the UPA government. The police took 17 key trade union leaders into preventive custody.
A 36-year-old married woman was suspected of having been raped and murdered at Bali Veligandal village near Darsi in Prakasam district. Her body was found in a dried up stream on Wednesday. Jan 2, 2013
A second year polytechnic student at Bellamkonda Polytechnic College in Podili was allegedly denied his hall ticket to appear for the exams for not shaving his beard. College principal while refuting the allegations said she asked the student to concentrate on studies. Podili sub-inspector inquired the matter and directed the college principal to issue hall ticket. The matter was resolved after the principal apologized for the incident. Apr 27, 2014
On 18 December 2015, a Maoist arms dump was unearthed at the Nallamala Forest area by the Prakasam district police. The dump contained 11 rocket launchers, AK Magazine and a single barrel tapancha.
The Prakasam district is surrounded by Bay of Bengal in the east, Nellore and Kadapa districts in the south, Kurnool district in the west, Guntur and Mahabubnagar districts in the north. The district occupies an area of 17,626 sq. kms and has a population of 3,059,423. The district has an urban population of 15.28% as per the 2001 Census.
The Prakasam district is divided into 56 mandals and 1093 villages. The district is divided into three municipalities - Cheerala, Markapuram and Kandukuru. There are 1043 panchayats in the district.
The following are the mandals:
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