Sunday, April 3, 2016
ONGOLE: BCs to press for increase in quota:: Members of the Backward Classes under the banner of the BC Organization Federation on Sunday decided to step up agitation to press for increase in the reservation for BCs in jobs and educational to at least 50 per cent. BCs under the leadership of BC Mahajana Samiti State president Y.Koteswara Rao at a meeting opined that the BCs deserved quota in promotion to their population. It also pressed for quota for BCs in Parliament as also State legislatures.
Impose cess on cigarettes:: Former MP Y.Sivaji on Sunday suggested the Centre to impose a cess of 2 to 3 per cent on sale of cigarettes in the country to provide compensation to growers volunteering to dismantle tobacco barns. The need of the hour is comprehensive policy to discourage tobacco cultivation as well as tobacco consumption in tune with India’s commitment to WHO, he said. He said that the growers coming under Central Black Soil in Krishna and Guntur districts switching over from tobacco to other crops. He added that the farmers, particularly in drought prone Prakasam would be happy to quit tobacco cultivation altogether if the government showed an economically viable alternative and provided irrigation water.
VISAKHAPATNAM: STs to stage protest over Fake certificates:: STs of Andhra Pradesh would stage demonstrations at all ITDAs and District Collectorates on Monday seeking strict action against persons using fake ST certificates. Protests are being as part of a campaign to highlight the plight of members of STs, Girijan Aikya Vedika working president said. The Girijan Aikya Vedika I demanding the government to take a serious view of the issue of bogus ST certificates. They wanted the government to constitute special courts to deal with and also recovery of benefits accrued by persons using the bogus ST certificate.
RINL registers six per cent increase in turnover:: Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd., has recorded a turnover of Rs.12,300 crore during 2015-16 accounting for a growth of six per cent over the previous year’s Rs.11,673 crore. The saleable steel production grew by 16 per cent, special steel sales up by 36 per cent and the new Steel Melt Sho-2 achieved a capacity of 70 per cent during 2015-16.
Ganta Srinivasa Rao reviews VIMS progress:: HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao discussed the issue of scheduled inauguration of Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences and the OSD at another meeting here on Sunday. He said that the government was keen on effective functioning of VIMS and should help make medical services available to all sections of people.
Prema Samajam president and members met him and appraised him of the facts of the recent stand off with a private resort. The president explained him of the status of the land in Rushikonda and the court orders on the land occupied by Sai Priya Resorts. He promised to look into the issue with the District Collector and action taken as per the provisions of the Endowments Act.
13,000 candidates take JEE Main examination test :: Over 13,000 candidates have on Sunday took JEE Main 2016 that was held in 32 centres. The CBSE conducted the examination in two sittings. While the examination for the engineering stream started at 9.30am, for architecture stream, the examination began at 12.30pm. the pen and paper less entrance examination was held at 71 centres in nine cities and towns in Odisha. CBSE for the first time had nstalle4d mobile phone jammers in the examination centres to prevent use of mobile phones as a mode of malpractice. Besides, the examination conducting body did not allow candidates to carry pen or pencil to the centres.
VIJAYAWADA: Next Assembly session in Amaravati:: Minister for Municipal Administration P.Narayana said here on Saturday that two more floors would be constructed for the temporary Secretariat and tenders would be invited soon He said that the government would conduct the next Assembly session in Amaravati. On shifting of employees from Hyderabad to Vijayawada, he said that 4,500 employees would be shifted by June 15. Similarly, another 3,000 employees will be shifted in July and 3,000 more by August end, he said.
Vangaveeti Mohan Ranga statue demolished:: Tension prevailed in Machilipatnam town after some undefined persons damaged the statue of former MLA late Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga on Sunday morning. The incident created tension in the town when Kapu youth took out a rally by protesting violently and demanding action against those responsible for the incident. According to reports, some miscreants damaged the Vangaveeti Ranga statue in Machilipatnam in the morning hours of Sunday. Half of the statue was broken. A group of people from Kapu community took out a rally in the city streets and performed milk abhishekam to another statue at Revathi centre.