Andhra Pradesh News on February 7, 2014
February 7, 2014 - Hyderabad
- EdCet to be held on June 2
The Education Entrance Common test (EdCet) 2014 for admission into B.Ed. courses in education al colleges in the State will be held on June 2. The chairman of AP State Council for Higher Education (APSCHE) L Venugopal Reddy announced on Thursday and the test will be held in 42 cities and towns all over the State. He said ranks would be announced on June 23. Notification would be issued on March 5 and candidates have to submit their applications online from March 9 and the last date for submitting applications is April 24 without fine and April 30 with a fine of Rs.500.
Hall tickets could be downloaded form the EdCET-2014 website from May 19. The Chairman said that the key would be released on June 5 and objections would be received till June 12.
Convenor of EdCET Nimma Venkata Rao said that examination fee of Rs.150 can be paid at the eSeva and AP Online centres or though debit and credit cards. Vice Chancellor of Andhra University and Chairman of EdCET 2014 GSN Raju and Principal Secretary (Higher education ) Ajay Mishra, Vice chairman of APSCHE P Vijay Prakash are among others present. Common Entrance Tests depend on poll date:The Chairman of AP State Council of Higher Education L Venugopal Reddy said that the conduct of various Common Entrance Tests will depend on the schedule of general elections 2014. If the days of CET clashed with a polling date, it would be postponed and no CET would be advances.
The State Government has announced the dates of various Common Entrance Tests earlier. PGCET on May 5, EAMCET on May 17, ECET on May 21, EdCET on June 2 and Law CET on June 8.
- Three Maoists surrender
In Ongole, three Maoists surrendered before the police on Friday. The surrendered Maoists include its divisional Committee member from Chhattisgarh Sodi Kosa alias Vino from Karregudem village in Sukma district, said the Superintendent of Police P Pramod Kumar. He said that they surrendered as they were unable to continue due to ailment besides being disillusioned by the extremist movement.
- District judges transfers
AP High Court on Friday issued transfer orders of district judges. N Raghavarao has been posted as Principal District Judge, Kadapa. V Appa Rao who is currently working as Second Additional district judge in Hindupur posted as Principal District Judge in Srikakulam. BS Bhanumati who was holding additional charge in Srikakulam has been posted as East Godavari Principal District Judge, Rajahmundry. G Sridevi was posted as 6th Additional district judge in Prakasam district. PV Rambabu who is currently as senior civil judge in Parvathipuram is posted as Cooperative Tribunal Chairman in Visakhapatnam.
- Former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao to join YSRCP
Former Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao will join in YSRCP on Sunday in presence of party president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.Dharmana followers are busy in moiling more than one lakh people to send a clear picture to the party that the former Minister will be the undisputable leader in the party. The meeting that is expected to be started at around 2pm. huge screens are being arranged at various points to ensure hassle free watching of the proceedings.
Narasannapeta, MLA Dharmana Krishnadas, Dharmana Prasada Rao's son Dharmana Rammanohar Naidu, former DCC PRESIDENT Narthu Narendrea Yadav former Municipal Chairman MV Padmavathi on Friday released 'Chikkolu Tirugubatu' poster and invited people ot participate in the meeting to know the reasons for his shifting to YSRCP.
Rammanohar Naidu speaking to media said that the Congress party had completely betrayed Seemandhra region with its stand on Telangana. TDP has also failed to take a correct stand when people were worried over their future, he said.
- Two officials in ACB trap
Municipal engineer Bhoomesh was trapped by the officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) at Sadashivapet in Medak district on Friday when he demanded Rs.80,000 from a contractor to pay bills to the tune of RS.6.5 lakh. He was arrested when he was accepting a bribe of RS.30,000.
In another incident, officials on Friday arrested Adilabad Superintendent of Prohibition and Excise, A Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.30,000 from a complainant. ACB DSP T Sudarshan Reddy said that he will be produced in ACB court on Saturday.
- Director General of Police issue orders transferring 53 DSPs across the State
Director General of Police B Prasada Rao issued orders on Friday transfering 53 police officers in the rank of DSP.
It may be recalled here that the Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal has asked the DGP B Prasada Rao to complete the transfers by February 10. He said that all police officers of Sub Inspector and above rank who completed three years in the same posting would have to be transferred by February 10. He said that even while affecting transfers, the Sub Inspectors would not be posted in their native mandal and the Circle Inspectors in their native district. The Superintendent of Police, DIG and IG rank officers in every district were in the process of identifying police officers to be transferred. The transfers of senior officers of the rank of DSP and ASP would be decided by the DIG.
- APNGOs Association leaders meet TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu seeks support
APNGOs Association president P Ashok Babu along with it's leaders met the Telugu Desam Party president Nara Chandrababu Naidu at NTR Bhavan. He sought his support for the on-going agitation to keep the State united. Speaking to press, he wanted the Congress, TDP and YSRCP to participate in the agitation.
- Supreme Court issues notices to Congress party
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Congress party and Trinamool Congress party for using the National Flag for it's personal needs.
Dealing with a Public Interest Petition filed by social activist Amar Preet Singh Khanuja, a division bench comprising of Justices BS Chauhan and Justice Chalameswar directed the Election Commission and the Union Government directing them to take steps to arrest the misuse of signs of the National Flag.
- APNGOs Association announces agitation programme for the cause of united State.
APNGOs Association president P Ashok Babu speaking to media on Friday announced the agitational programme.Ashok Babu said that they will intensify the agitational if Telangana Bill is placed in the Parliament. He said that protest programme will continue in front of the residences of Union Ministers and MPs tomorrow. All movie theatres will be closed on February 11 and National Highways will be blocked on 12. A 'Chalo Delhi' programme will be organized on February 17 and 18.
APNGOs Association president said that they have requested the Government to conduct TET before the end of February. He said that staff working for X class and Intermediate are exempted from strike. They would be requesting the Electricity staff to join the strike shortly, said Ashok Babu.
- Government gives amended orders for compassionate appointments in APSRTC
The State Government on Friday gave its green signal for compassionate appointments in Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC).
The compassionate appointments system in APSRTC was done away in 1998. APSRTC employees and workers have been agitating for restoration since then. The State Government has issued orders earlier limiting it to 2012 but faced with further resistance has relaxed the orders enabling the kin of those killed/died during the period of service get appointed.
- Rajya Sabha elections are the height of the Congress conspiracy, says TDP president Naidu
Speaking to media on Friday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Nara Chandrababu Naidu said this Rajya Sabha elections are the height of the Congress conspiracy. He said that though Congress has sufficient strength to win all the four seats had left uncontested one for Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), he said.
Expressing his doubt on the sincerity of Kiran Kumar Reddy, he questioned why he had made any attempts to defeat the Congress sponsored candidates. On one side, Kiran Reddy is rejecting the Congress actions and on the side putting every effort for its implementation and even attempted to get withdrawn from the fray those on contesting for the cause of untied State. Congress party that supposed to solve the present problem instead it making it complicated.
- Supreme Court dismisses petitions challenging AP State division
Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petitions filed challenging the Centre going ahead with the division the State. The court opined that it is not the correct time for a direction. The court advised the petitioner to come before the court at an appropriate time. The court reiterated its earlier decision.
It may be recalled here that as many as 9 petitions were filed before the Supreme Court challenging the Centre going ahead with the bifurcation process of the State. It came before before Justice HL Dattu and Sharad Bobde on Friday. It may be recalled here that the petitions have been filed by former MLA A. Jayaprakash, Payyavula Keshav, BJP member Raghurama Krishnam Raju, YSRCP leader Somayajulu and the Visalandhra Mahasabha. The petitioners in their petitions questioned mala fide manner in which the Union Government had advised the President of India for implementing the consultative process envisioned under Article 3 of the Constitution. They said that the present Bill and the circumstances under which the Bill is forced to be enacted is not in tandem with the federal principles of the Constitution.
- 'I will resign if Telangana Bill is placed in Parliament', says Kiran Reddy
After the successful mauna deeksha of the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy at Jantar Mantar in New in protest against moving of AP State Reorganization Bill 2013, it is reportedly told to the Ministers close to him on Thursday night that he will resign from the post if the Bill is moved in Parliament.
It is understood that the Ministers Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Erasu Pratap Reddy, TG Venkatesh have discussed the future with him. They advised him the need to continue in the post in view of legal battle likely to take up. Even if the bill is moved, it will not get Parliament approval, they reportedly told him.
Disciplinary action likely?
Meanwhile, it is reported that the Congress central leadership is likely to take disciplinary action against him including his replacement. They incensed over the dharna staged by him that placed the party in an embarrassing situation. They feel that if such defiance is not nipped in the bud and allowed to go unchecked, similar instances may be resorted by some more in the coming days. It is learnt that the Congress high command may ask the Chief Minister step down from the post after Rajya Sabha elections on Friday.
- DELHI DIARY
- Paraliament can alone take a decision on Telangana issue', says Union Minister Kamalanath
Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Kamalanath said that Telangana issue will be decided in the Parliament. When leaders from Seemandhra and Telangana regions are staging protests and in this context, only Parliament can decide. In the Congress Core Committee that meets in the evening may likely to take a decision on Kiran Kumar Reddy's voicing against Congress and affairs of Andhra Pradesh.
- 'Congress will sink like a Titanic Ship', says Lagadapati Rajagopal
Speaking to media on Friday, Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal said that furnishing of wrong information to the Centre is the reason for the today's turmoil. He said that they will be prepared to do anything for keeping the State united. The people of Andhra Pradesh have given twice power to the Congress and it will sink like a titanic ship, said Lagadapati.
- Lok Sabha adjourned to Monday while Rajya Sabha by 2.30pm.
On the second time when the Lok Sabha reassembled after adjournment, Seemandhra MPs continued protests in the House and prevented the Speaker to take up question hour. Speaker Meira Kumar adjourned the house to Monday while Rajya Sabha too witnessed the same situation and adjourned to 2.30pm.
Parliament adjourned by an hour
On the third day of the sessions in the Parliament, sloganeering continued by the MPs from Seemandhra demanding justice and 'Jai Samaikyandhra'. They seized the Speaker's podium and the Speaker announced having adjourned the House by an hour. The same situation too prevailed in Rajya Sabha and was also adjourned by an hour.
No-confidence notice motion served
Congress MP G Harsha Kumar and TDP MP Madugula Venugopala Reddy issued no-trust motion on the Congress led UPA government.
- Rajya Sabha polls concluded with YSRCP, CPI and BJP abstained
With 248 MLAs exercised their franchise to elect 6 members to the Upper House on Friday and the polling process came to an end. Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar exercised his first vote with Vishnu Vardhan Reddy being the last to cast vote. CPI 1, BJP 4 and YSRCP 23 did not participate in the voting. Daggubati Venkateswara Rao used 'reject' option for the first time while Mangalagiri MLA Kamala dropped empty ballot.
- Reject vote is being used for the first time in the elections
With the Congress rebel candidate Adala Prabahakara Reddy announced his withdrawal from the contest on Thursday making the rest a mere formality. His withdrawal could not become official since the time for withdrawal was already completed. Congress candidates KVP Ramachandra Rao, T Subbarami Reddy, MA Khan, TDP candidates Thota Seetharama Lakshmi, Garikapati Mohan Rao and TRS candidate K Keshava Rao were in the fray and the election has become a formality.
Officials have made elaborate arrangements for the election and it will be conducted from 9am to 4pm on Friday and counting of votes will be taken up at 5pm. Umesh Singha from Uttar Pradesh was deputed as official poll observer. 276 MLAs have to exercise their franchise. For the first time, reject vote is being implemented in the elections.
Rajya Sabha Poll underway
AP State Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar first casted his vote The voting process is under way in the Assembly committee Hall No.1CPI decides to caste it's vote TRS sponsored candidate K Keshava Rao. Lok Satta decides to castes its vote to TDP sponsored candidate. PCC president Botch Satyanarayana said that all Congress MLAs will vote in favour of it's party sponsored candidates. TDP allotted 37 votes to each of it's candidate. The votes to be casted to each have been kept in a sealed cover.
'We will cast our votes to Telangna candidates', says Deputy Chief Minister
Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarsimha said that they will show their unity by casting all the votes from Telangana Congress MLAs to the Telangana candidates. He said at any cost, they will not caste to the Seemandhra members.
TDP agent raises objection
TDP agent raised objection at TDP rebel candidate Ganugala Karunakar who casted his vote to TRS candidate Keshava Rao. But he clarified to him that he joined to TRS and will cast to the party.
Daggubati Venkateswara Rao uses 'reject option'
Congress MLA and former Minister Daggubati Venkateswara Rao used the 'reject' option. He is the first MLA to use the option. He said that he used the option only to express his protest that the Centre is going ahead with the division of the State ignoring the sentiments of the people. He said that Seemandhra people were subjected to injustice. He said that he informed of this to the Chief Minster before using 'reject' option.
- Rajya Sabha TRS contestant complains on TDP agent to Sadaram
TRS contestant K Keshava Rao complained to the Rajya Sabha Elections Returning Officer Raja Sadaram on TDP agent who supposed to note down casting of voting but not supposed to tell one and all.
Telangana Congress MLAs decides to cast first preferential vote to MA Khan
Telangana Congress leaders have decided to cast the first preferential vote to MA Khan and the second to TRS candidate K Keshava Rao at a meeting held at Golkonda Hotel in Hyderabad.
- Congress MLA Tynala Vijaya Kumar announces shifting of loyalties
Visakhapatnam North Constituency MLA Tynala Vijaya Kumar after a meeting with the party activists announced that he will be joining to YSRCP. He said the Congress parties activities are not in tune with the sentiments of the people.
- Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy reportedly told Seemandhra ministers that he will tender his resignation if the Centre places the Telangana Bill in the Parliament. Meanwhile, the Union Government is planning to table the Telangana Bill in the Rajya Sabha on 10th.