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Andhra Pradesh News on March 9,2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • HYDERABAD: Sports budget to be enhanced::The State Government has decided to enhance budgetary allocation for developing sports infrastructure in all the districts across the State. Labour Minister K.Atchan Naidu replying to a question on the issue during the question in the Assembly on Tuesday said that the State Government was expected to make allocation of close to Rs.1,000 crore for developing stadiums in different districts of the State. He said of this, Rs.150 crore would be spent on procurement of the necessary equipment in the stadiums.
  • Farm Scientist M.V.Rao passed away:: Noted agriculture scientist and former Vice Chancellor of AP Agriculture University M.V.Rao died on Tuesday night. He was 88 and is survived by his wife, son and two daughters. Born in 1928 at Perupalem in West Godavari district, he joined the Indian Agriculture Research Institute in 1956 as an assistant wheat breeder after completing his masters’ degree from Purdue University.
  • LED bulbs’ issue sparks:The programme launched by the State power utilities to replace the traditional lights with energy efficient LED lights led to a heated debate in the Assembly on Tuesday. Minister K.Atchan Naidu who replied to a query on the issue on behalf of the Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu said that the power utilities had so far replaced 1.74 crore traditional bulbs with LED lights as against the targeted 1.86 crore bulbs. The replacement was expected to result in energy savings of 1,117 million units a year. He said that the programme has been launched in all the 110 municipalities and corporations with LED bulbs anticipating energy savings of around 60 mu. The government had implemented a pilot project replacing 214 pump sets in Rajanagaram mandal of East Godavari districts. Intervening at this juncture, Jagan Mohan Reddy questioned the rationale behind handing over the contract to select agencies on nomination basis. The State government was indulging in several irregularities in coal purchases and setting up of thermal plants. He said that the government allowed the power utilities to buy coal at older rates and this move was aimed at receiving kickbacks.
  • AP Assembly Sessions Day-3:: YSRCP stages walk out in protest against non-implementation of loan waiver::YSRCP president Jagan Mohan Reddy not satisfied with the reply given by the minister to the question raised by YSRCP MLA Y.Visweswara Reddy staged walk out from the Assembly. Jagan said that out of Rs.87,612 crore loans, only Rs.7,400 crore were waived in the last two years. He said that the loan of the brother-in-law of the Chief Minister is too not waived. He said that the government is telling complete lies and deceives the farmers and women and reminded of the Chief Minister’s promises at the time of general elections that all loans will be waived. Jagan said that by the time Chandrababu assumed as Chief Minister there were Rs.87,612 loans and made the people to believe that all those loans would be waived if comes to power. By defaulting in repayment of loans, the loanees are forced to pay 14-18 per cent as penal interest. Only Rs.24,000 crore has been paid towards. YSRCP members expressed protest over the reply given by the Agriculture Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao.
  • Andhra Pradesh Health Minister Kamineni Srinivas replying to a question raised said that the VIMS will not be privatized. He said medical services will begin from April 7, 2016.
  • Chandrababu Naidu is the real culprit in land scam::YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said in the Assembly that the real culprit in the land scam is the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and he committed more crime than an insider trading. He challenged Naidu whether he is ready to face a CBI probe. He got the lands purchased with the binamies with prior information of the coming up of State Capital. He questioned that the assets of Chandrababu Naidu is two acres when he entered into politics in 1978 and how he could earn lakhs of crores of assets.
  • Chandrababu Naidu is the real culprit in land scam::YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said in the Assembly that the real culprit in the land scam is the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and he committed more crime than an insider trading. He challenged Naidu whether he is ready to face a CBI probe. He got the lands purchased with the binamies with prior information of the coming up of State Capital. He questioned that the assets of Chandrababu Naidu is two acres when he entered into politics in 1978 and how he could earn lakhs of crores of assets.
  • Chandrababu Naidu demanded the main opposition to prove the allegations levelled in land scam. He said that he is prepared to dismiss them from the ministry if the allegations are proved. Meanwhile, Jagan intervened and said that Chandrababu Naidu has violated the vote of secrecy and indulged in insider trading. Chandrababu demanded him to prove the allegations on his ministers Narayana and Pulla Rao or else tender apology.
  • Jagan demands to serve an ultimatum to Centre::YSRCP chief and leader of the Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy demanded the Chief Minister to serve an ultimatum on the Central Government that he would withdraw his Ministers form the Union Cabinet if the Centre did not fulfil the promises made to the State. He said that the promise of Special Category Status to the State, new railway zone with Visakhapatnam as its headquarters, allocating sufficient funds, speedy completion of Polavaram and financial assistance of the new capital Amravati still is on the paper. Jagan charged the Chief Minister with lacking sincerity and commitment in getting the dues from the Centre.
  • Government expresses willingness to shift the responsibility to Centre:: Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressed that the State Government is willing to shift the responsibility of constructing Polavaram Project if it could complete and commission it by 2018 as programmed. He said that he would take up the issue with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati during his meeting with them on Thursday.
  • Ramachandraiah seeks CBI probe:: Leader of Opposition in the AP Legislative Council C.Ramachandraiah demanded that a resolution be moved in the House seeking a CBI inquiry into the alleged purchase of lands by TDP ministers and their close relatives and friends. Minister Narayana refutted the remarks, MLC Payyavula Keshav said the Act did not stipulate that the Centre would decide the location of capital. ‘We did not expect Leader of Opposition to raise allegations carried in a Telugu daily in the House’, he said. The State earned a revenue of Rs.39,000 crore in 11 months and it would translate to a growth rate of not exceeding 6 per cent. ‘Which is right? Your revenue or growth rate’, he asked.
  • ATCHAMPETA: TRS makes a clean sweep:: In the Atchampeta Nagara Panchayat elections of Mahabubnagar district, TRS bagged all the 20 wards even though all the oppositions unitedly gave a fight to the ruling TRS.
  • VIJAYAWADA: Amaravati capital – NGT posts cases to March 11:: The National Green Tribunal has posted the original application on construction of Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh filed by Pandalaneni Srimannarayana against the State Government and a separate appeal filed by retired IAS officer E.A.S.Sarma against the granting of Environmental Clearance to the Amaravati Capital by the Union of India for submission of counters on March 11. The State Government and CRDA who were to file counters with details about wet lands, water bodies and Krishna River flood levels to do.
  • Petition in NCW against Balakrishna:: P.Sai Krishna Azad, an advocate of High Court filed a petition before the National Commission for Women seeking registration of a criminal case against actor and Hindupur MLA Nandamuri Balakrishna for alleged objectionable remarks against women. In his petition, he said that Balakrishna made the remarks in the presence of two female actors. He pleaded the Commission should issue directions to the Telangana Government to register a criminal case against the actor-turned-politician.
  • VISAKHAPATNAM: Complaint against actor-turned-politician Balakrishna:: Samanya Praja Party president Karri Adibabu today lodged a complaint against Cine actor turned politician Nandamuri Balakrishna for his alleged indecent and objectionable comments on women in IV Town Police station. He demanded that a case u/s 354 and Nirbhaya Act should be slapped on the Hindupur MLA. However, sources said that no case has been registered.
  • Cases booked against erring auto drivers:: The traffic police had launched a drive on March 3 and have booked 4,506 cases under various heads till Wednesday evening. ADCP (Traffic) K.Mahendra Patrudu said the offices included without uniform, no licenses, carrying passengers beyond the permissible limits besides auto-rickshaws without headlights, dangerous driving, wrong parking and irregular number plates. The police collected a fine of Rs.5,97,850. The ADCP said they would continue to crackdown on the auto drivers and in the second phase, the department plans to curb the entry of unauthorized autos into the city limit.
  • Circle Inspector and three police personnel suspended:: Inspectors of Padmanabham Police Station S.Kanta Rao and two head constables S.Adhi Raju and G.Sathi Babu and constable P.Ravi Kumar of the same police station were suspended on Wednesday for their alleged links with the sand mining mafia. Some TDP leaders and local approached the City Police Commissioner and complained that the police officials have been pushing the illegal sand mining. Based on the preliminary inquiry, Amit Garg has suspended the police inspector and three others.




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