Andhra Pradesh News on February 22, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

CHITTOOR: Red sanders logs worth over Rs.60 lakh seized:: Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force personnel combing the Seshachalam hills on Monday night seized 22 red sanders logs worth over Rs.60 lakh. Two smugglers belonging to Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu were nabbed by the Tirupati Task Force. In another incident, RSASTF nabbed three Tamil Nadu woodcutters near the Anjaneyapuram area close to Railway Koduru in Kadapa district.

HYDERABAD: High Court seeks status report on Akshaya Gold:: The Division Bench of the High Court comprising of acting Chief Justice Dilip Baba Saheb Bhosale and Justice P.Naveen Rao directed the police of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana States to file status reports regarding the cases registered against the Akshaya Gold Group of Companies that is facing allegation of duping investors. A PIL was filed by the AP Akshaya Gold Customers and Agents Welfare Association represented by its president V.S.S.Purnachandra Rao of Guntur. The petitioner requested the court to appoint a committee headed by a retired judge of High Court on the lines of AgriGold Company. The case will be listed on February 26.

Telangana Legislature to go hi-tech:: The Telangana Legislature comprising the State Assembly and Legislative Council will become cent per cent paperless within the next three months. Legislature Secretary Dr S.Raja Sadaram said that the Legislature would become 50 per cent paperless from the Budget session in March and the process would completed by the next session. From Mach, all transactions form the Legislature to legislator, ministers and heads of the Government will be computerized. All communications and services form the Legislature will only be delivered over emails.

‘Receives no summons’, says Sujana:: Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Sujana Chowdary denied having received any summons form the 12th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court. He said that he had no connections with the Sujana Group. He said he had severed links with the Sujana Group long ago and did not have anything to do with the financial transactions of the group with West End Crompton. ‘ I have not received any summons form any court, receiving summons is not a big thing, even Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be serve d summons by any court. I have been explaining all these days that I have no connection with the group’, he said.

State Budget on March 10:: AP Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said on Monday that the State government would simultaneously introduce the State Budget as well as the Agriculture Budge in the Assembly on March 10. He said that the Assembly Session would start on March 5.

SRIKAKULAM: Devotees throng Jagannath Ratha Yatra:: Hundreds of devotees participated in Jagannath Swamy Ratha Yatra organized by International Society for Krishna Consciousness and Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum in Srikakulam on Monday. The yatra began form Day and Night Junction and passed through various places.

CITU demands new pay scale for Aurobindo:: CITU organized a massive rally from Pydibhimavaram to Ranasthalam on Monday alleging that the Aurobindo Pharma management was dilly-dallying over the implementation of its charter of demands and new pay-scale for the staff although it agreed to do so six months ago. The workers raised slogans against the management and demanded that the wages should be more than Rs.15,000 to each person since cost of living went up steeply. They also sought additional allowances, stipulated working hours and supply of meal at subsidized rates.

VIJAYAWADA: CRDA final master plan released:: Minister for Municipal Administration P.Narayana today released the final master plan for the capital city Amaravati. He said that the CRDA received objections mostly relating to roads and the CRDA has resolved 90 percent of the objections. The CRDA received suggestions and objections on the final master plan for a month, he said.

17 held for betting on PKL matches:: The police have today arrested 17 persons involved in betting in the ongoing Pro-Kabaddi League-2016 (PKL-2016) matches during a raid conducted in Utukuru village of the district. Nuzuvid DSP T.S.Venkata Ramana along with his staff arrested 17 persons and seized Rs.10,000 cash and mobile phones.

VISAKHAPATNAM:Campaign for judicial reforms:: Two teams of Forum for Fast Justice, a Mumbai based trust campaigning for judicial reforms have launched a 35 day ‘March for Justice’ across the country covering 180 cities in 25 States. Forums’ founder chairman Bhagvanji Raiyani speaking to media here today said that it had begun on January 30 at Raj Ghat would end in a demonstration at Jantar Mantar on March 4. Over 250 delegates would deliberate and pass resolutions on judicial reforms on the next two days, he said.

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