Kurnool:: Former MLA Sanjeeva Reddy who won as an independent from Nandyal constituency in 1983, his son Venkat Reddy and advocate Sivasankar Reddy resigned from the TDP and joined the YSRCP in presence of Jagan Mohan Reddy. The former MLA said he was vexed with the TDP as it was resorting to murky politics in a bid to win the Nandyal by-election.
Rajamahendravaram:: The irrigation authorities on Friday discharged 4.39 lakh cusecs of water into the Bay of Bengal from the Dowleswaram Barrage. The water level at the barrage was 9.7 feet and the flow was steady during the day. Water was being released into the sea from all the 175 gates. The water level at Bhadrachalam was 34.6 feet.
Kakinada:: Following the death of 26 cows that were in the custody of Pithapuram Rajah’s Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals here in the last four days, Collector Kartikeya Misra on Friday ordered cancellation of the government committee, besides appointing a five member committee to look after the animals. Kakinada RDO L.Raghu Babu was the convener of the new committee which was already into the job of renovating the premises and providing first aid to the sick cows.
Vijayawada:: A 29 member team of trainee Civil Services officers from Haryana visited the headquarters of AP Capital Region Development Authority here as part of their Glimpse of Training programme on Friday. They were led by Haryana Institute of Public Administration Director-General G.Prasanna. CRDA officials gave a presentation on the Land Pooling Scheme and construction of Amaravati. The young officers later visited the Interim Government Complex at Velagapudi.
Tirumala:: Despite a lapse of ten days since the introduction of token system in the allotment of cottages and guest hosues at Tirumala, the TTD it seems is yet to overcome the initial hiccups involved in the new procedure. Pilgrims were left high and dry for more than five hours on Friday afternoon with the sudden malfunctioning of the server. The entire Central Reception Office complex where the allotment of cottages are made wore a deserted look. The prolonged delay in rectifying the system led to the staff abandoning their respective counters. With the efforts of the engineers and EDP personnel, the situation restored late in the evening.
Vijayawada:: A delegation of the BC associations submitted a memorandum to the AP BC Commission Chairman Justice K.L.Manjunath on Friday opposing the move to bracket Kapus under the list of BCs. BC Mahajana Samiti State president Y.Koteswara Rao and BC Samagra Kulala Samakhya president U.Sambasiva Rao told Justice Manjunath that Kapus had been in the social hierarchy and had never faced social discrimination. In fact, Kapus made the BCs do menial jobs and treated them with disdain for several generations, they charged. Koteswara Rao said that Kapus were far more socially and politically advanced compared to BCs and there was not much distinction between them and other castes such as Kamma and Reddy.
Rajamahendravaram:: Former Congress MP from Rajahmundry Vundavalli Arun Kumar speaking to media wondered how the State government could complete the Polavaram irrigation project by 2018 as only 6% of the tunnel works had been completed so far. He said that the hue and cry by the neighbouring States was only due to the massive campaign by the State government on the Pattiseema Lift irrigation project. He said that the works have come to a standstill at the Polavaram project and the Centre expressed dissatisfaction over the pace at which the works are going on. The CAG’s report raised objections over the spending of Rs.390 crore, he said. Arun Kumar expressed doubts over the non-appointment of the PAC and alleged that it was only because of the rampant corruption in the irrigation projects.