Andhra Pradesh News on October 18, 2013
October 18, 2013 - Hyderabad
- Naxal threat to Kumarm Bheem fete
A perceived threat of violence by naxalites overshadowed the festivities connected 3ith the 73rd martyrdom of legendary Gond leader Kumarm Bheem being celebrated as State festival in Adilabad district on Friday. The customary darbar was held at Hatti base camp instead of Jodeghat in Kerameri mandal owing to threat.
- 1300 RTC buses wait for fitness certificates
After the APSRTC buses were off the roads due to strike by its employees nearly 1300 of the 12,065 buses that operate in all the 13 districts of the Seemandhra region are off the road as fitness certificate to be issued by Motor Vehicle Inspectors of the Transport department. According to the rules, while new buses need an FC for the first time after three years of operation, their physical condition has be to necessarily certified every year there on by the Transport department.
- Court relaxes bail conditions to Nimmagadda Prasad
A special court on Friday allowed Nimmagadda Prasad an accused in the quid pro quo invest cases to visit Bangalore on October 19 and 20 by relaxing his bail condition of not leaving Hyderabad without its prior permission. Similarly, the court also allowed MD of Hetero Drugs M Srinivasa Reddy another accused in the case to go on a foreign tour from October 19 to 25.
- Article 371(D) not a hurdle, says TRS
Telangana Rashtra Samithi has stated that Article 371(D) of the Constitution is not a hurdle in formation of Telangana State. TRS leader B Vinod Kumar said on Friday that the argument of Seemandhra leaders that unless the Article was amended it is not possible for bifurcation was aimed to creating confusion among the people. He said that the Article was intended only to provide better opportunities to local people in education and employment by following zonal system and had nothing to do with formation of a Telangana.
- IHRA decides to move Supreme Court on arrests
The International Human Rights Association (IHRA) has decided to file a petition in the Supreme Court against the violation of human rights and illegal arrests by the police at Viziangaram during 'Samaikyandhra' movement. South Zone Director of IHRA blamed APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana for the violent incidents and imposition of curfew.
- Police arrests 32 red sander smugglers
The Chittoor police on Friday arrested 32 red sander smugglers and seized logs worth of Rs.15 lakh on the town outskirts and in the operation nearly a dozen of others fled the scene. The officials said that that during the regular patrolling on the highway towards Vellore, the police on receiving information way laid the SUV laden with red sanders logs and arrested them.
- Vijayawada MLAs flay Union Minister Purandeswari
City MLAs Malladi Vishnu and Vellampalli Srinivas in a press conference on Friday expressed displeasure over the acts of Union Minister Purandeswari holding talks with cross section of people including industrialists, lorry owners and others would send a wrong signal weakening the strong movement against bifurcation of the State. The Union Minster's statement in the TV channels implied that the people would agree with the division of the State if a proper package and roadmap was prepared for the people living in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and West Godavari districts.
- Police lifts curfew in Viziangaram
Police lifted curfew completely from Saturday and it may be recalled here that the police clamped it on the town of Viziangaram after Samikhayndhra protagonists targeted properties of Minister Botcha Satyanarayana and his family members on the night of October 5. The Superintendent of Police Karthikeya said that however section 144 would continue until further orders. He said that though normally returned and no incident was reported during the curfew relaxation period.