Wednesday, January 27, 2016
NEW DELHI: The Centre will release the first list of 20 Smart Cities in the country.
ANANTAPUR: Two groundnut farmers electrocuted::Two brothers were electrocuted early today when they came in contact with an electric fencing they had arranged around their fields to keep wild boars at bay. The Mudigubba police said that Boya Narasimhulu and Tirupal of Sankepalli of Mudigubba mandal of the district went to water their ground nut fields on the outskirts of the village. They accidently come in contact with the live wife killing them on the spot.
HYDERABAD: AP Budget session from March 1, 2016:: The budget session of Andhra Pradesh Assembly will commence from March 1 and it will be held in Hyderabad instead at Haailand resort in Guntur district. Speaker Dr. Kodela Sivaprasada Rao said that Finance and Legislative Affairs Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu indicated that the budget for 2016-17 would be presented on March and the agriculture budget on March 8.
Two IAS officers promoted:: The State Government has issued orders promoting two IAS officers Anil Chandra Punetha and A.Vidya Sagar to the above Super Time Scale. Punetha is Chief Commissioner of Land Administration and Vidya Sagar Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare. They have been re-designated Special Chief Secretaries to government.
I.Y.R.Krishna Rao may head Poll Panel:: Chief Secretary I.Y.R.Krishna Rao is likely to be appointed as head of the AP State Election Commission after his retirement on January 31, 2016. Sources said that the Chief Minister has cleared the name of N.Ramesh Kumar, Special Secretary to Governor for this post but doubts persist. Ramesh Kumar’s appoint as SEC, a prerequisite is that he takes voluntary retirement and as of now, he would continue till March 31 and he has not applied for voluntary retirement.
Nannapaneni Rajakumari appointed as AP Mahila Commission Chairperson:: The State Government has appointed former Minister Nannapaneni Rajakumari as the Chairperson of Andhra Pradesh Mahila Commission. Women and Child Welfare Principal Secretary Poonam Malakondaiah has today issued orders to this effect. She will be in the post for a period of five years. The government has allotted 19 employees to work for the commission and the members of the Commission has yet to be appointed. The Government suggested to appoint the staff on outsourcing basis.
KURNOOL: Cotton grower dies of heart attack:: A debt ridden cotton farmer Uppari Pedda Pullaiah of Yagarala village in Veldurthi mandal in the district died of heart attack in Narasaraopet railway station. He was survived by wife, two daughters and a son. He incurred a debt of Rs.4 lakh because of crop loss in his three acres of land and migrated to Guntur a few months ago.
TIRUPATI: Bail granted to Mithun Reddy:: Tirupati Fifth Additional District Sessions Judge Syam Prasad today granted bail to the Rajampet MP P.Mithun Reddy. The court directed him should not leave Nellore district for a month. He should not conduct any rallies and dharnas in Chittoor district during the period. It may be recalled that he was arrested on January 17 at Chennai airport with a criminal case registered against him for alleged assault on Air India Manager Rajasekhar on November 27, 2015.
TTD plans to hike Arjit Seva ticket rates:: TTD executive Committee meeting scheduled to be held on January 30 will take a decision hiking the arjit seva ticket prices. The VIB break darshan ticket will cost Rs.500, Archana Rs.220, Thomala Rs.220, Abhishekam Rs.750, Vastram Rs.12,500 along with other sevas. A sub-committee was formed to consider hiking of arjit seva ticket prices and it will again on January 29 and submit a report. Basing on the report, the Executive Committee in its meeting on January 30 will take a decision.
VISAKHAPATNAM: East Coast Maritime Business Summit:: The forth edition of East Coast Maritime Business Summit will begin here on Thursday at Hotel Novotel with a CEOs’ roundtable meet on ease of doing business at ports. The meet is sponsored by Visakha Container Terminal. Speakers representing the shipping industry discuss on opportunities available to develop the east coast as a hub for maritime business.
Deccan Chemicals-MLA to oppose expansion of plant:: Payakaraopeta MLA V.Anitha said that the plant was set up during the time of previous government and promised that she would oppose the expansion proposal of the plant and also a public hearing scheduled to be held on February 23 for the purpose if the managed failed to give a firm assurance on the safety of the plant. The public hearing itself would be opposed if the assurance failed to come from the management, she said. The Chief Minister has ordered an inquiry, a committee led by Joint Collector would investigate and the pollution control board would send its report. It may be recalled that a major fire accident in the factory on Sunday evening and tire and the thick smoke emanated scared the people.
Zilla Parishad passes Rs.474 crore budget:: The Visakhapatnam Zilla Parishad has proposed a budget of Rs.474 crore for 2016-17 financial year. ZP Chairperson Lalam Bhavani presented the budget today which was passed unanimously and estimated the expenditure to be around Rs.473 crore. It has allocated Rs.303 crore for rural employment, Rs.26 crore for rural area development, Rs.68 crore for rural water supply, Rs.85 crore for women’s welfare and Rs.1.23 crore for SC/ST welfare.
VIJAYAWADA: CPI State Executive Meet seeks Rs.20 lakh compensation:: The CPI State Executive Meeting held here today passed resolutions on the Polavaram project, Arogya Mitras and farm loan waiver. Disclosing the details, CPI State secretary K.Ramakrishna said that the government should pay a compensation of Rs.20 lakh per acre to the tribal people who would be displaced during the Polavaram project. The government retrenched 2,000 Arogya Mitras in the State at one stroke and the scheme received 27 national and international awards due to the services of the employees of Arogya Sri Trust. The government was requested to take them back into service. In another resolution, it demanded that the government waive off the loans availed by farmers in one go rather than in spells.
Excise Assist Commissioner Adiseshu assets attached:: The ACB officials have conducted raids on the residences of Excise Assistant Commissioner Adiseshu in Vijayawada, Eluru and on his relatives houses simultaneously and found disproportionate assets worth over Rs.130 crore. The State Government has suspended him from the duties and the ACB attacked the entire assets