Andhra Pradesh News on February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

CHITTOOR:: Red sander logs worth over Rs.11 crore seized:: The Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force and forest officials on Wednesday night seized 290 red sanders logs worth over Rs.11 lakh in the international market in two separate incidents at Kukkaladoddi of Manmandur beat in Kadapa and Venkatapuram panchayat of Renigunta mandal of Chittoor district. In another incident, the forest officials seized a lorry containing 130 red sanders logs at a bridge at Venkatapuram panchayat.

GUNTUR: Chances of kidnapped Pavan Kumar’s release brighten:: Family members of A.Venkata Pavan Kumar who was kidnapped by unidentified men in Nigeria have a sigh of relief after they spoke to him over telephone. Pavan’s wife Annapurna was able to talk with him for a few seconds on Thursday evening. His uncle A.Srinivas said that they contacted the Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria and also the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi and were promised that Pavan would be released in a day or two.

KURNOOL: Would stay away from politics if graft charges are proved’, Lokesh:: TDP national general secretary Nara Lokesh said in Kadapa on Thursday that he would stay away from politics if his detractors proved even a single charge of corruption levelled by them against him. He said that TDP is not luring anyone but the opposition MLAs and leaders were joining it attracted by the developmental activities of the party.

ONGOLE: AgriGold scam-depositors seek CBI probe:: AgriGold agents and customers burnt the effigy of AgriGold Group of Companies chairman Avva Venkata Rama Rao at Church Centre for perpetrating a multi-crore State scam. The protesters raised slogans against the Chief Minister for what they termed as inordinate delay in the settlement of their dues and the tardy progress of inquiry being conducted by the State police. The relay fast entered the fourth day and the protestors said that they did not have any faith in the ongoing probe by the State police and demanded the Government to order for a CBI probe.

RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM: Housing beneficiaries list will be displayed:: Municipal Commissioner V.Vijayarama Raju has stated that they are going to display the list of beneficiaries who are going to get houses under the ‘Housing for All’ scheme. Speaking to media on Thursday, he said that they have short-listed nearly 2,900 houses in urban and 1,300 for beneficiaries living in Rajamahendravaram rural constituency. He said that out of 42,000 applications, they have short-listed 18,000 and then finally selected 4,200 beneficiaries and the final list will be displayed at the municipal divisions. He warned that any duplication or misinformation on allocation of houses will be seriously dealt with.

VIZIANAGARAM: Training programme on ‘Civic and Good Citizenship’ begins:: K.Visweswara Rao, Dean of PG Examinations, Andhra University on Thursday participated on the inaugural day of the three-day programme on ‘Civic and Good Citizenship’ organized by Social Work Department of M.R.Postgraduate College and Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development. He said that the subject ‘Social Work’ has principles like individuality and ethical values that were designed to bring about civic and good citizenship and asked students to practice them. A.Raghava Rao, correspondent of MANSAS said that individuals should not only know about their rights but also their duties and obligations.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Mahila bank branch inaugurated:: Bharatiya Mahila Bank, the first bank of its kind in the country formed in August 2013 was inaugurated by Executive Director S.M.Swathi on Thursday at KRM Colony. Speaking on the occasion, she said that financial empowerment of women would lead to exponential growth of the country. She said that they were launching several products to benefit women. After giving loans to 100 women to run e-rickshaws in New Delhi, they had decided to replicate it in other metros. The bank also decided to introduce the scheme in Hyderabad shortly by tying up with an NGO, she said.

NOTA sought in GVMC elections:: National Election Forum on Thursday requested the Election Commission of India to include the ‘NOTA’ option in the forth coming GVMC elections. The Indian Constitution has provided each and every citizen of the Republic of India the right to cast his/her vote and it is the duty of the Election Commission to safeguard the right and ensure that it is not misused said former Energy Secretary E.A.S.Sarma said at a meeting on Thursday.

City scientist to attend training in Thailand:: Principal scientist at Visakhapatnam regional centre of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology Sreedhar will attend the prestigious training programme at Phuket in Thailand from February 28 to March 8. Dr.Sreedhar has been nominated for the programme on ‘regional ocean governance framework, implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and its related instruments in the Southeast Asian seas and the Indian Oceans.

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