HYDERABAD- Holidays for AP Assembly:: The Business Advisory Committee that met in the Assembly has decided to declare March 23 (Holi), March 25 (Good Friday) and also March24 as holidays for the AP Assembly. The BAC has decided to conduct sessions on the next Monday completely and to continue the sessions till March 30, 2016.
AP Assembly today:
Assembly question hour: ‘Common universities Act soon’, says HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao:: Andhra Pradesh State Minister for HRD Ganta Srinivasa Rao informed in the Assembly during question hour raised by G. Suryanrayana of TDP said that the proposed Act would be a model one for the rest of the country. A six member committee constitued in connection with the proposed legsilation has already submitted its report. He said that a proposal to fill 1,085 posts in various univesities was cleared in a recently held Cabient committee meeting. Ganta Srinivasa Rao said that a meeting of Vice-Chancellors and registrars of all universities has been convened on Tuesday to discuss whetehr the existing system of recruitments should be continued or a if the process recruitments should be entrusted to a body like Public Service Commission. He said that a committee has been constituted to conduct a detailed enquiry and its report is awaited.
Ration cards: Civil Supplies Minister P. Sunitha said that all eligible families would be given ration cards. However, those having four wheelers would not be eligible and only those possessing two wheelers would be given ration cards.
No private guest house at Tirumala: Minister for Endowments P.Manikyala Rao informed that the TTD has taken a desiion not to take up cosntruction of private guest house at Tirumala in future.
High Court to deliver judgement on Roja suspension appeal: A Division Bench took up an appeal filed by the Andhra Pradesh Government challenging the judgement of single Bench Judge permitting the MLA to attend the Assembly. The arguments in the case were completed. The counsel for the AP Government P.P.Rao has put forth his arguments while supreme court advocate Indira Jaising on behalf of suspended MLA Roja. The court posted the matter to Tuesday for judgement. The counsel for Roja told to Court that suspension under Rule 340 is violative and questions how the government would make an appeal to the court. The advocate for the government admitted that there a mistake was committed on the part of the government. Indira Jaising said that since the House has placed her client under suspension and the same House has to revoke the suspension.
RAJAHMAHENDRAVARAM- Stampede at Godavari Pushkarams: Justice Somayajulu one man Commission has conducted its probe for the third time on the stampede that took place during Godavari Pushkarams. Justice Somayajulu earlier on January 18 and February 23 conducted enquiries. In the first enquiry, only one affidavit was filed while in the second time, 31 affidavits were filed. The last date for filing affidavits ends by March 31 before the committee. The committee has set three months’ deadline for submitting of affidavits. The Commission is yet to get evidences and other information on the incident from government departments.
Telangana State Cabinet Sub-Committee on Film development:: Telangana State Sub-committee appointed on the development of film industry has decided to give permissions within 48 hours under single window system. The committee has also said that in the event of not getting permissions, it can be construed having given permission. The committee permitted for five shows a days for small budgeted movies. It recommended to establish 200 seated mini cultural centres in every mandal. The committee recommended to establish a Film, TV Institute in Hyderabad. 9 acres of land will be allotted to the artistes welfare at Chitrapuri. The meeting was chaired by minister Talasani Srinivas and was attended by KT Rama Rao, Tummala Nageswara Rao, noted director Dasari Narayana Rao and actor turned politician Murali Mohan.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Court issues notices to Deputy Jailor for beating an under trial::Metropolitan Sessions Judge N.Narsinga Rao on Monday issued a notice to Deputy Jailor of Central Prison Suresh to appear in the court on March 24 following a complaint that he had severely beaten up a man who is in judicial custody. The judge heard the version of Siri Bhagavan, a 20 year old youth from Harayana who sells clothes by moving around villages and was lodged in Central Prison after being arrested by Narsipatnam police on January 8 on the charge of smuggling ganga. He informed the judge that he was beaten up by the Deputy Jailor and the judge instructed the Deputy Jailor not to manhandle the accuse. But despite court’s order, he repeated the same and also did not allow his family members for talk with them on phone resulting the Judge to issue summons.
Priests seek increase in salaries:: Priests from Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts participated in the protest programme seeking increase in salaries took begging as part of their agitation. The protest was organized by Navyandhra Pradesh Archaka Sankshema Sangham with empty plates seeking alms from those travelling in autos and buses. Sangham conveners Kottalanka Muralikrishna and Ailuri Srinivasa Deekshitulu said the 1996 judgement of the Supreme Court should be implemented and archakas should be paid salaries according to scales.
Free sand supply from 14 reaches:: As part of the State Government’s policy, lifting of sand free of cost is allowed form 14 reaches in the district. Free sand is allowed for individual needs like house construction, individual toilets construction etc., People could contact the officer in-charge of a reach and have to pay Rs.250 per tractor load and Rs.100 per a cubic metre while loading into a lorry towards transportation charges. The person needing the sand need to submit a copy of Aadhaar card and details of the vehicle for registe4ring his or her request for free sand. District Collector Dr.N.Yuvraj said that those who violates the rules would face criminal case leading to Rs.1 lakh fine and imprisonment of two years while the vehicles and machinery would be seized. PD Act would be slapped if the offence is repeated.
Interest free loans for construction of toilets:: Dhan foundation has stepped up its cleanliness drive to build toilets in 130 slum areas across the city under the Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) by providing interest free loans through a network of self-help groups. The group has identified 350 household not having toilet facilities. Though the government will provide Rs.15,000 in the IHHL project under Swachh Bharat Mission, the representatives of the foundation say that extra funds are required to complete the toilet construct ion. Apart from Rs.15,000, it will cost about Rs.5,000 extra per household to build a toilet and it may even go up to Rs.10,000 on the hilltops due to additional labour cost. Regional Coordinator of the foundation K.Rama Prabha said that it will provide interest free loans through SHGs.
Railway unions defer indefinite strike:: East Coast Railway Shramik Congress said that the proposed indefinite strike by railway men against the retrograde recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission has been postponed in view of elections to five States during April-May. The decision to defer the strike was taken by the National Joint Council of Action (NJCA). The strike notice would be served on June 9 and the indefinite strike was now planned from July 11.
VIJAYAWADA- Tenant farmers seek loan eligibility cards:: Andhra Pradesh Koulu Rythu Sangham took out a rally in the city today demanding the State Government issue loan eligibility cards to all tenant farmers in the State. Sangham State secretary P.Jamalaiah said that the government should provide loan to the tenant farmers as per scale of finance. The government should also waive off the loans availed by the tenant farmers who were members of Rythu Mitra, JLG and have loan eligibility cards. The government should extend ex gratia to the farmers who committed suicide without insisting on 13 types of certificates, he said.