Andhra Pradesh News and India news on January 9, 2017

  • Amaravati:: ‘Sankranti’ is now AP State festival:: Minister for Information and Technology Palle Raghunath Reddy said that the government has decided to celebrate ‘Sankranti’ as the State festival. He said that the government has allocated Rs.1 crore each to 13 districts for the celebration of the festival. He said that Muggulu and Vantala competitions will be conducted in all the district. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has sanctioned Rs.3 crore for the celebrations of Secretariat staff at Amaravati, he said.
  • Ongole:: Jagan Mohan Reddy picks holes in loan waiver implementation:: YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged on Monday that the farmers remained in the debt-trap due to lopsided implementation of loan waiver promised by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and are resorting to suicide in distress. He interacted with the farmers at Lingapuram in Bandi Atmakur mandal on the fifth day of his ‘rythu Bharosa yatra’ in Kurnool district. This coupled with loss of crops due to drought and lack of remunerative price has led to farmers ending their lives, he said. He consoled the family members of Chand Bash who committed suicide owing to debts. He also visited the house of a debt-ridden farmer Doodekula Chinnaswamy who committed suicide in M.Thimmapuram and assured him of standing by the family in need.
  • Vijayawada:: Dr.Vara Prasad appointed as ICRI:: Noted radiologist Dr.V.N.Vara Prasad has been appointed as the national secretary of the Indian College of Radiology Imaging. In the 70th annual meeting held in Jaipur on January 6,7 and 8, the new executive body has been elected. Dr. Vara Prasad is currently State Secretary of ICRI.
  • Vijayawada:: ACB raids – Rs.2.55 lakh seized from check posts:: The ACB sleuths on Monday conducted surprise raids on checkpoints on the State’s borders and seized Rs.2.55 lakh cash not accounted for. Seven teams carried the operations and noticed that the staff were collecting money unauthorisedly according to ACB Director General R.P.Thakur.
  • Vizianagaram:: 34 villages identified for cashless transactions:: The district administration has identified 34 more villages for cashless transactions with the successful implementation at Dwarapudi village. Buoyed by the good response in Dwarapudi, Vizianagaram District Collector Vivek Yadav held a high-level meeting with the district officials to replicate the Dwarapudi formula at least in one village in each mandal. A similar plan will be implemented in each ward of the municipalities such as Vizianagaram, Parvathipuram, Bobbili, Saluru and Nellimarla Nagar Panchayat. As part of implementing the plan, EPoS machines will be supplied to the local shops. Aadhaar based payments will be made with the support of business correspondents of the SBI and other banks.
  • Visakhapatnam:: Kite festival on January 15:: Bala Vikas Organizing a kite festival-cum-competition on January 15 at 2.30pm at R.K.Beach opposite Viswa Priya function Hall. There is no entry fee. People from all age groups can take part in the festival. Participants can also purchase kites at the special counters that will be set up at th venue on the day. A free training class in kite-making will be conducted on Tuesday at N.T.School at Akkayyapalem. Details can be had by dialing 9032477463.
  • Visakhapatnam:: Silk Air announces special airfares:: SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Airlines has announced its special New Year fares. The bookings can be done before January 31 for travel before June 30, 2017. The airline has included South East Asia and North Asia destinations in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, China and Japan. The all-inclusive return fare to Singapore starts from Rs19,499 according to a statement issued on Monday. The newly launched SilkAir mobile app provides travelers additional savings of a minimum of Rs.1,500 on airfares when purchase is done via Master Card.
  • Hyderabad:: Andhra Pradesh to file SLP :: The Andhra Pradesh government is understood to have decided to go ahead with its decision to file a special leave petition before the Supreme Court challenging the award of Justice Brijesh Kumar headed Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal – II. Sources said that it is preparing grounds to raise issues related to deficit sharing as well as the operational protocol for project specific allocations as specified by the Tribunal.

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