Andhra Pradesh News on December 23, 2013
December 23, 2013 - Hyderabad
- Senior engineer kidnapped in Assam
A civil engineer from Ongole was abducted by unidentified extremist in Assam late on Sunday night. According to information, they reportedly picked up Battula Ankanna Rao, a senior engineer with a private contract firm Bollineni Seenaiah Company Private Limited) from his company car in Chirang district and took him deep in the forest. Although the role of Bodo extremists is being suspected behind this, no communication was received so far.
- 'Next elections will be held in two States', says former PCC chief D Srinivas
Former PCC president D Srinivas speaking to media at New Delhi after meeting the AICC president Sonia Gandhi said that the she assured him that the next elections would be held in two States. He said that the leaders and people of Telangana should however, be cautious about forces trying to fuel differences between the people of two regions for vested interests. He said that there was no connection between the formation of Telangana and the merger of TRS with Congress. Srinivas expressed his confidence that the BJP would not backtrack on its commitment on Telangana issue in the Parliament.
- Forum for United AP plans cultural programmes from January 3
The Forum for United AP plans a cultural campaign in support of untied State from January 3. Thirteen artistes' troupes will conduct two hour long cultural programmes to drive home the message on united Andhra Pradesh in over 600 mandal headquarters and municipal towns in 13 districts of Seemandhra. President of the forum Justice P Lakshmana Reddy said on Monday that nearly 120 artistes divided in 13 troupes would contact nearly 10 lakh people to spread the message for united AP. He said that the cultural campaign includes 'kolatam', folk songs, street plays, song and dance and other forms of folk arts.
- BJP seeks ex gratia for Aruna's family
BJP State vice president Ch.Sambamurty along with party leaders consoled the family members of Aruna, engineering graduate from Nalgonda district who was allegedly set ablaze by her friend Saidulu. It may be recalled that she succumbed to burns of a private hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. They have asked the Government to give ex-gratia of Rs.10 lakh to the victim's family.
- TDP asks State to move to Supreme Court on bifurcation
TDP has asked the State Government to approach the Supreme Court against the move to create separate Telangana as this was the right time. TDP MLA Payyavula Keshav speaking to press on Monday in Hyderabad asked the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to explore the possibility of filing a case against the Centre how it took over State subjects. He said that the government could also raise issues of development in the integrated State, valuation of assets, economic viability of bifurcation and payment of compensation in the event of division. Payyavula Keshav said that Kiran Kumar Reddy would justify his opposition to bifurcation by moving the Supreme Court.
- Revanth Reddy asks TRS to merge with Congress
TDP MLA Revanth Reddy asked TRS to merge the latter's party in Congress as there was no possibility of separate Telangana without that and will also erase the general impression that K Chandrasekhara Rao was not interested in bifurcation of the State. He said that the possibility of merger was confirmed by KCR and AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh after the CWC that passed resolution on separate Telangana.
- President Pranab Mukherjee pays obeisance to Satya Sai Baba
President of India Pranab Mukherjee on Monday paid obeisance to Satya Sai Baba at his Samadhi in Puttaparthi. He was welcome by Satya Sai Trust members Ratnakar and Chakravarthi and was explained the trust's welfare activities after the demise of Satya Sai Baba in 2011.
- Enquiry ordered into 'moral policing' by cops
An enquiry has been ordered into an incident in which police were seen asking unmarried couples to do sit-ups at the famed Quli Qutub Shah tombs under Golconda police station limits. West Zone DCP V Satyanarayana said that Asifnagar ACP GP Vinod Kumar has been asked to probe the matter and submit a report and action would be taken. The action came when a related video clip showing these young couples doing sit-ups infront of the police has since gone viral on social media.