Andhra Pradesh News on December 17, 2013
December 17, 2013 - Hyderabad
- Media journalists stages sit in dharna at media point
Protesting against the curbs imposed on the media journalists at the media point at the Assembly staged a sit-in and raised slogans and even stopped coverage for a few hours. They demanded the removal of the barricade at the media point and allow access to interact with legislators. The restrictions came into force with MLAs of YSRCP complained to the Speaker on the alleged assault to one them by a journalist on Monday when they tried to burn a copy of Telangana Bill. TRS MLAs T Harish Rao and Rajender and CPI MLA K Sambasivara too joined with the journalists for a while to express solidarity and described the curbs as a 'black spot on the democracy' and demanded for immediate lift of the restrictions.
- Governor takes lead on 'red bacon' use
In the back drop of the Supreme Court's recent directions on the use of red beacon lights, the Governor ESL Narasimhan has directed the Raj Bhavan staff to remove them on all vehicles used by them including his official vehicles. It may be recalled that the Supreme Court ruled that the red beacon lights could only be used by dignitaries holding constitutional posts while on duty and to put an end to its misuse by politicians and bureaucrats who flaunted them as status symbols an banning private individuals from using sirens, directed authorities to take action. The court however said that men in uniform engaged in emergency and fire services, emergency maintenance and police vehicles used as escorts or pilots or for law and other duties would be entitled to use blue or multi coloured lights.
- TDP observes bandh in against attack on MLC Satish
TDP cadre enforced a bandh in Pulivendula on Tuesday deploring the attack on party MLC SV Satish Kumar Reddy by TRS MLAs for opposing the introduction of Telangana Bill in the Assembly. They staged a rally and rasta roko and disrupted movement of vehicles on the roads. All the Government offices, banks, schools, colleges and establishments were closed and APSRTC buses were off the roads.
- Eggs and stones hurled at Kavuri Sambasiva Rao's convoy
Union Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao faced the ire of the internationalists during his visit to Eluru when eggs and stones were reportedly hurled at the convoy by a group of people belonging to YSRCP when he came over here to inaugurate a mini-RTC bus stand and a community hall and the mandal headquarters. Labelling him as betrayer of the Samaikyandhra movement resulted in a clash between YSRCP group and those of the ruling Congress. Police throw security cordon to the Minister's convey and chased the YSRCP activists. Police took 20 protesters including YSRCP former MLA Maddala Rajesh and former chairman of the Chintalapudi Agricultural Market Venkateswara Rao into custody in connection with the incident.
- IICT Director Lakshmi Kantam conferred with award
M Lakshmi Kantam, Director, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology has been conferred with 'Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Industrial Research Award for Women for 2011 for her significant contribution in the development of homogenous and heterogeneous catalysts an their application towards developing innovative green process of fine and bulk chemicals. The award carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh and a citation.
- 'Rajdhwaj' of Indian Coast Guard commissioned
High speed patrolling ship 'Rajdhwaj' of Indian Coast Guard was commissioned in Kakinada on Tuesday at a special ceremony at KSPL jetty by the Director of Ports, PM Chandramohan. Speaking on the occasion, he said that it was the right time commissioning the high-speed ship as coastal security was gaining importance. Commanding Officer of the Indian Coast Guard Station, Kakinada RK Sharma said that the ship was the eight in the series of high speed inshore patrolling ships. He said that it was equipped with ultra-modern navigation and communication system and was capable of holding operations and a crew of 34 men and five officers would function, he said.
- Maha Saurayagam' begins Wednesday
'Maha Saurayagam' will be conducted at Sri Suraynarayana Swamy temple of Arasavill from December 18 to 30 to bring peace and prosperity to all. After grama pradakshana with Purna Kalsham, Maha Saurayagam sankalpam will begin at 8.30am in the morning and the Saura Yagam committee headed by former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao overseas the arrangements. The temple authorities are making special arrangements for the auspicious event while planning to depict the mythological stories about the Sun God with specially designed dance programmes.