Andhra Pradesh News and India news on January 1, 2017

  • Bhimavaram:; Former MP Mente Padmanabham passed away:: Former Rajya Sabha member Mente Padmanabham (82) passed away on Sunday here in West Godavari. He is survived by two sons and three daughters. He played an active role in the politics right from college days and worked in Socialist party. He did his M.A. from Andhra University and Law from Madras. With the invitation from late NTR, he joined TDP and extended his services to the party. He worked as Chairman of AP Textiles Corporation, Secretary National Front Organization, Convenor of Kolleru Lake Parirakshna Samithi along with many more.
  • Nellore:: Death toll rises to four in fireworks unit blast:: Another two persons who sustained serious burns in the fireworks unit blast in the Porlukatta area on Saturday died while receiving treatment at the burns ward at a corporate hospital on Sunday. With this, the death toll rose to four. 13 persons were stated to have been injured in the blast. The condition of six more victims was stated to be very serious. Municipal Administration Minister P.Narayana, SP Vishal Gunni and other people’s representatives and officials visited the blast site. The Minister gave away cheques for Rs.5 lakh to the family members of the deceased. Meanwhile, SP Vishal Gunni sent a report to the higher officials recommending the suspension of III Town CI G.Rama Rao and SI P.Ramakrishna holding them responsible for the incident.
  • Tirupati:: Common devotees had Lord darshan at 2.40am:: For the first time in the history of TTD, common devotees could have the darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy in the wee hours at 2.40am. Thanks to the efforts made by the Executive Officer D. Sambasiva Rao and JEO Srinivasa Raju. They drastically reduced the VIP tickets and allowed six tickets to the protocol devotees who were allowed to have darshan from 1.42am and ended within one hour resulting the common devotees could have darshan right from 2.40am. Those who have Rs.300 tickets were allowed to have darshan from 8am and by Sunday evening as many as 77,097 devotees had the darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy.
  • Vijayawada:: State wide bandh call given for colleges:: SFI, PDSU, AISF has given a bandh call on Tuesday to all the colleges across the State demanding immediate addressing of the issues of the college contract lecturers. The leaders of the three associations met at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Vignan Kendram and released the pamphlets.
  • Visakhapatnam:: Doctor booked in money exchange racket:: Noted orthopedic surgeon of the city Anne Sireesh and two others M.Surya Prasad Reddy and B.Srinivasa Rao were booked by City Task Force while they were allegedly trying to exchange new notes for old ones to the tune of Rs.46 lakh on Sunday morning. CTF team led by ACP I.Chittibabu raided an apartment on the Shankaramatam road and apprehended the trio. According to the ACP, the doctor was trying to exchange the amount for an agreed commission of about 30 per cent. Dr.Sireesh had earlier exchanged about Rs.40 lakh in old currency with new ones. The IT officials had been alerted, said the ACP.
  • Visakhapatnam:: 260 drink and drive cases booked:: The police has booked 260 drink and drive cases against two wheelers and four wheelers on the eve of new year celebrations. The city police have deployed 27 teams from Anandapuram to Parawada with a main focus on Beach Road. In total, nearly 900 police personnel, 300 from traffic and 500 from law and order and 40 from Armed Reserve manned the roads to check it. Traffic police also deployed 27 alcometers and 27 video cameras to film the booking of cases. ACP (traffic) K.Prabhakar said that fifty per cent of the booked were in the age group of 20 to 25 years.
  • Hyderabad:: Kamalanathan panel term extended:: The Department of Personnel and Training has extended the tenure of the C.R.Kamalanathan Committee set up by the Centre for overseeing division of employees between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana following bifurcation by another three months, till March 31, 2017.

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