Andhra Pradesh News on January 3, 2014
January 3, 2014 - Hyderabad
- Total shut down in Seemandhra in protest State bifurcation
In protest against the bifurcation of the State, a total shut down was witnessed in the entire Seemandhra region on Friday with the call given by the APNGOs supported by TDP and Congress. YSRCP has given a separate call to observe total bandh. Shops, business establishments and educational institutors remained closed while APSRTC were off the roads. Leaders and parties' cadre were on the roads raising slogans of 'Jai Samikhayndhra'. Normal life was paralyzed in all cities including Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Tirupati, and Kurnool among other cities.
- Bank employees to go on strike
Once again the banking sector in the country is going to be paralyzed on January 20 and 21 demanding wage revision and protesting against reforms in the sector.
- TRS MLAs decides to stage a day long dharna in protest against Seemandhra conspiracy
MLAs numbering to nearly 80 from all parties of Telangana decided to stage a day-long dharna near the Mahatma Gandhi statue on the premises of Assembly to expose the conspiracy of their counterpart MLAs in stalling the debate.These MLAs barring CPI and MIM attended the meeting held at the club house in the Minsters quarters. A floor coordination committee would be set up to formulate a combined strategy in support of separate Telangana State during the business of the Assembly. Sources said the members of the committee would come to the Assembly an hour in advance of the business from Saturday and chalk out a plan. It was decided that all the MLAs from Telangana should attended the House till the end of the session. They decided not to take out any issue except the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013.
- Three Congress MPs sits in a two-day fast (Sankalp Deeksha)
Defying the Congress high command, three MPs of the party Lagadapati Rajagopal, GV Harsha Kumar and Sabbam Hari went on a two-day fast demanding to keep the State united.These MPs sat on a fast opposite Indira Park from Friday morning which was visited by more than half-a-dozen MPs and Ministers and expressed solidarity. MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao spent there for nearly three hours while Ministers Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Erasu Prathap Reddy, TG Venkatesh, K Parthasarthy and Pithani Satyanarayana are among those spent there in considerable time. Former Minister Gade Venkata Reddy and JC Diwakar Reddy and Rajya Sabha Member KVP Ramachandra Rao too extended support. Vundavalli Arun Kumar and Sai Prathap are likely to participate in the Deeksha on Saturday.
- Governor express displeasure over SVBC programmes
Governor ESL Narasimhan accompanied by wife Vimala Narasimhan on Friday participated in Abhishekam at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and performed the 'celestial bath' in the wee hours of Friday. He was received by the TTD Chairman K Bapiraju, Joint Executive Officer (JEO) Srinivasa Raju and temple priests. The Governor expressed displeasure at the TTD Chairman for telecasting live a bhajan programme on Sri Venkateswara Bhakti Channel (SVBC0 in the wee hours of the New Year day and questioned the justification of telecasting a bhajan progress on New Year Day when everyone expects to see the Lord. He went to the extent of expressing displeasure said that there should be some control over the selection of programmes as well on the telecast, said the Governor.
- Andhra Pradesh Government declares 119 mandals as drought prone
The Andhra Pradesh Government on Friday declared 119 mandals in seven districts as affected by drought during the Kharif season of 2013. A ten member committee comprising top officials found these mandals eligible for classification as drought-affected. The Disaster Management department issued an order today declaring 59mandals in Anathapuram district, 33 in Chittoor, 16 in Kadapa, 5 in Viziangaram, 3 in Mahabubnagar, two in Medak and one in Nalgonda as drought hit mandals. The Commissioner of Disaster Management C Parthasarthy directed the District Collectors to take necessary action to enable the farmers to avail fresh credit.
- OU students attempt to lay seize Assembly
Osmania University (OU) students on Saturday attempted to lay seize Assembly demanding to take up a debate on the AP State Reorganization Bill. They were obstructed by the police at Gun Park. The police arrested 20 students and shifted to police station.
- By objecting the bill, Seemandhra MLAs are insulting, says TRS MLA Harish Rao
TRS MLA Harish Rao speaking at the media point on Saturday said that by objecting the AP State Reorganization Bill 2013 from discussion, the Seemandhra MLAs are insulting the President and the Constitution of India. He said if this same trend continues, he said that they would not hesitate to surround the Speaker podium. He said that everything that is happening in the Assembly is being sent to the President in the form of CDs.