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Andhra Appoints Tinu Yohanan as Senior Men's Cricket Coach

Vijayawada : The Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) named former Kerala cricketer Tinu Yohanan as head coach of their senior men's team for the 2024-25 season. Despite not playing international cricket for India, Yohanan's experience as a right-arm fast-medium bowler is seen as valuable for Andhra players. J. Krishna Rao (U-23 Men's), M.N. (Senior Women's), Vikram Varma & S. Ramadevi (U-23 Women's), S. Srinivas Reddy (U-19 Women's) and M. Savitha (U-15 Women's) were also appointed coaches across various divisions. ACA chairman N. Madhukar thanked President P. Sarath Chandra Reddy and Secretary S.R. Reddy for securing Yohanan, believing his guidance will benefit Andhra cricketers.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 12:37 am

No building norm violated, says YSRC leader

Vijayawada: Countering Telugu Desam charges over construction of YSRC party offices in various districts of the state, YSRC leader T.J.R. Sudhakar Babu clarified that their party had applied for permissions from the government as per the Government Order (GO) issued by previous Chandrababu regime. We obtained all necessary permissions from the government before taking up construction of district party offices in AP, he stated. Sudhakar Babu released to media on Sunday photos of TD offices constructed across AP, along with copies of the GO allotting government lands to TDP during the TD regime from 20142019. Stating that the YSRC did not violate any rules in the construction of party offices, Sudhakar Babu asked, If the party offices being constructed by the YSRC resemble palaces, did TD build thatched houses as their party offices across AP, he asked. The YSRC leader said lands allotted for TD party offices are worth over 2,000 crore. The land value of TDP central office in Mangalagiri is worth 75 crore, he stated.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 12:15 am

First cabinet meeting of Naidu to discuss major issues today

Vijayawada: The first meeting of the state cabinet will be held on Monday. It would discuss major issues including fulfilment of the poll promises, restart of the Amaravati capital works, the Polavaram project and disbursement of the hiked social security pensions from July 1. Chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has decided to release white papers on various departments to inform the public about the real situations of various sectors. The cabinet meeting would be held at 10am in the First Block of the Secretariat at Velagapudi, Amaravati. After assuming charge as CM, Naidu signed five files to fulfill the TDs poll promises. These would require ratification from the cabinet before the necessary orders are issued. The five files related to the mega DSC, enhancing social security pension from Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000, withdrawal of the AP Land Title Act, revival of Anna Canteens and holding of a skill census. According to sources, the cabinet would give its consent for these five decisions. Naidu concentrated attention on Polavaram and Amaravati. He personally visited Polavaram announcing Somavaram (Monday) as Polavaram to conduct a weekly review every week. He held the YSRC government responsible for the Polavaram projects drag and decided to revive the construction works. Chandrababu inspected all the pending structures in Amaravati and is attempting to restart the capital construction works. CM Naidu and minister for urban development Ponguru Narayana said around one lakh crore is required for Amaravati constructions. Tenders need to be recalled after a review of the statuses of the structures. Mobilisation of funds for the capital construction is a Herculean task. The cabinet meeting would discuss the Polavaram project and Amaravati situations in detail and decide on the future plans. The cabinet would also discuss implementation of the free bus travel facility for women. Transport minister Ramprasad Reddy announced that this facility would begin within a month and that a committee will be formed within 15 daysto study the system being implemented in the neighbouring states. Proposals have been collected from various departments on the topics to be discussed in the first cabinet meeting. The cabinet is also likely to discuss the issue of investigating the corruption that happened during the YSRC governments term. The Jagan government had registered cases alleging corruption and illegalities in the Amaravati lands insider trading, the skill development scam related to the previous TD government, etc. Similarly, the present TD government is like to take similar decisions against the YSRC term. The cabinet is also likely to discuss the volunteer system. Naidu had promised to hike the volunteer honorarium to Rs 10,000 per month from Rs 5,000. Some volunteers lodged complaints against the YSRC leaders, saying they forced them to resign. The TD government is planning to change the names of some welfare schemes. This too might come up for discussion at the cabinet meet.These apart, the chief minister would discuss the economic situation of AP with his ministers.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 12:13 am

Install caution sign boards at Ramapuram Beach: Minister

Vijayawada: In the wake of back-to-back drowning incidents at Ramapuram Beach in Vetapalem mandal of Bapatla district, energy minister Gottipati Ravi Kumar directed the officials concerned to put up cautionary sign boards with the help of marine police and deploy lifeguards at the beach immediately. Holding a review meeting with the officials on the safety measures at Ramapuram beach, Ravi Kumar pulled up Bapatla SP and other officials for failing to take action and control the damage despite eight people drowning in June alone at the beach. On the occasion, the officials explained that the presence of resorts near the beach, where people who come for vacation stay, is leading to the mishaps. In this regard, the minister instructed the officials to ensure that the resorts adhered to norms to curb mishaps. He directed the police, revenue, tourism, and other department officials to coordinate and hold a meeting with the resort management to curb the drownings at Ramapuram Beach.

Deccan Chronicle 24 Jun 2024 12:11 am

Homemakers showcase culinary diversity of Godavari region at The Hindus Our State Out Taste contest

400 women take part in the preliminary round; Leela Purnima from Rajamahendravaram qualifies for the grand finale to be held in Vijayawada on July 27

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 11:24 pm

168 diarrhoea cases listed in 23 villages of AP

Vijayawada: Health Minister Satya Kumar Yadav has said the state government is taking various steps to check the spread of diarrhoea. Some 168 diarrhoea cases were registered in 23 villages so far. Of these, 58 cases were listed in Jaggayyapet but the situation is under control, he said after a visit of the Social Health Centre in Jaggayyapet, where several victims were under treatment. Jaggayyapet MLA Sriram Rajagopal, former minister Nettem Raghuram, health special principal secretary Krishna Babu, commissioner Dr Venkateshwar, joint collector Sampath Kumar and other officials were present. The minister inspected the drinking water supply systems and enquired about the water supply position with the locals. He said, It is the responsibility of the government to protect the people. We are providing better treatment to the victims. Deputy chief minister Pawan Kalyan reviewed the situation. We are taking action at field level both on urgent basis and on long-term perspective. Since the onset of monsoon, 168 cases of diarrhoea were reported from 23 villages. Along with Kakinada and Guntur, such cases have been registered in Jaggayyapet in NTR district. So far, 58 cases were reported from Jaggayyapet. Of these, 14 people were discharged and the rest were undergoing treatment in hospitals, he said. Promising the people that full treatment is being provided to the victims of diarrhoea, Satya Kumar said contamination of piped water appeared to be the main reason for the spread. Non-cleaning of distributary canals, mix of drainage water with drinking water via pipeline leaks, diversion of the 15th finance commission funds, etc were also the likely reasons, he said. He said, We are spreading awareness about diarrhoea with ANM and Asha workers, explaining the precautions that people should take in terms of personal and environmental cleanliness. Hence, people should drink only boiled and filtered water. The minister said the government was conducting biological tests at water sources every Wednesday after testing samples at more than 30,000 water sources, in which 217 water sources were found slightly contaminated.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 10:30 pm

Amaravati farmers offer prayers at Goddess Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada

The farmers and farm workers from 29 villages embark on a padayatra from Thullur in the early hours, carrying pongal on their heads and a portrait of the Goddess in their hands, and worship at Indrakeeladri; they have taken a vow to do so if the TDP-BJP-JSP alliance comes to power as it has pledged its support to Amaravati as sole capital of State

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 8:37 pm

Andhra Pradesh: Man Stabbed to Death in Brawl Over Water Dispute

Vijayawada: A 34-year-old man was stabbed to death during a brawl in Chirala town of Bapatla district on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Kancharla Santosh, belonging to Paparaju Thota of Chirala, police said. Chirala I Town circle-inspector P. Seshagiri Rao stated that the deceased, Santosh, who operates a curry point named Khana Khazana near Sangam Theatre, was stabbed with a sharp object by a man who works at a fruit shop adjacent to the victims curry point. The issue began when the victim objected to the water discharged by the fruit shop owner in front of the victims curry point. A brawl ensued between the victim and the fruit shop owner. In a fit of rage, a worker at the fruit shop stabbed Santosh in the stomach, inflicting a severe injury on his abdomen, the CI said. Seshagiri Rao informed that the victim breathed his last while being shifted to the Chirala Government Hospital, where the doctors declared him brought dead. The CI said the suspects, Jogi Yesubabu, alias Chinna, 35, and Umamaheswara Rao, the worker and owner of the fruit shop respectively, are under police custody. The police are further analysing the CCTV footage to establish the identity of the accused. A case under Section 302 read with Section 34 of the IPC has been registered, and a probe is underway.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 8:21 pm

Parents sell baby boy for 2.65 lakh in Vijayawada

The child is yet to be traced; CWC shifts two other sons of the couple to a childcare home and calls for a Social Investigation Report

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 8:19 pm

Isha Foundation classes to be held in Vijayawada from June 26 - The Hindu

Isha Foundation classes to be held in Vijayawada from June 26 The Hindu

Google News 23 Jun 2024 7:47 pm

Bapatla man killed by armed assailant in gunfire in US

Vijayawada: A 32-year-old from was shot dead after an armed assailant opened fire at him at a supermarket in Arkansas State in USA. The deceased was identified as Dasari Gopi Krishna (32), a native of Yazali in Karlapalem Mandal of Bapatla district. The deceased Gopi Krishna went to the US eight months ago in search of employment and was employed at a supermarket in Arkansas State. On Saturday afternoon, an armed robber with a revolver opened fire at Gopi Krishna who was at the supermarket counter after which the robber escaped from the spot by taking a product from the store. Gopi Krishna who was grievously injured in the gunfire was rushed to a local hospital and breathed his last on Sunday while undergoing treatment at the hospital. A pall of gloom descended in Yazali village with the death of Gopi Krishna. Gopi Krishna is survived by his wife and son.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 2:08 pm

YSRC govt mortgaged state assets: BJP

Vijayawada: AP BJP spokesperson Sadineni Yamini Sarma criticized the former YSRC government for mortgaging government offices and lands in Visakhapatnam for Rs 25,000 crore. She vowed to expose the YSRC's corrupt practices and ensure that those responsible are punished. In a statement on Saturday, the BJP leader alleged that the YSRC had mortgaged government offices and assets across the state, questioning how the government could act as if the properties were its own. Referring to the demolition of Praja Vedika by the YSRC government, Yamini responded to the YSRC leaders' criticism of the newly elected government's demolition of a building under construction intended for the YSRC party office. She claimed that the building was being constructed illegally.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 11:04 am

Andhra: Civic body demolishes YSRC party office building

VIJAYAWADA : The Mangalagiri Tadepalli Municipal Corporation (MTMC) officials demolished the under construction YSRC party office building at Sitanagaram in Tadepalli mandal of Guntur district in the early hours of Saturday, stating that it was an illegal construction. YSRC leaders denounced the demolition of the building and described it as a destructive vendetta of the TDP-led NDA government against the party. Condemning the demolition of his party office, YSRC president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that the demolition was carried out disregarding the High Court orders. He decried the erosion of law and justice in the State, and interpreted the demolition as a signal of the TDP-led NDA governments aggressive stance for the next five years. Jagan vowed to fight for justice on behalf of the people, and appealed to democrats nationwide to condemn Naidus actions. Former YSRC minister Ambati Rambabu also questioned Naidus priorities on X, contrasting the party office building demolition with the unimplemented NDA poll promises like Super 6. However, the AP Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) clarified that the YSRC party office was being built on the land owned by the irrigation department. The previous government leased the land, which was a boat yard and water body, to the YSRC at a low price for its office building. Naidu took vendetta politics to next level: Jagan Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu took vendetta politics to the next level. Like a dictator, he got the YSRCPs central office building demolished with excavators and bulldozers, which was almost complete, said YSRC president and former chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, in a post on social media platform X. TDP makes it clear that YSRC building was an illegal structure The CRDA issued notices against the illegal construction on the land, and the municipal authorities demolished the illegal structures, it stated. APCRDA development promotion wing director Venkata Subbaiah said the State government issued GO No 52 on February 16, 2023, allocating two acres of land in survey number 202/A1 at Tadepalli to the YSRC district president on lease at Rs 1,000 per annum for 33 years for their party office. The party leaders commenced construction of the building without getting consent from the irrigation department, and proceeded without permission from the MTMC. Following this, the authorities issued a Provisional Order on May 20, 2024 to halt the illegal construction. When there was no response, a Confirmation Order was issued on June 1. As there was response from the party to the Confirmation Order, the municipal authorities issued a Speaking Order, and subsequently demolished the illegal construction. Around 5 am, the municipal authorities reached the spot with excavators and bulldozers, and demolished the building. The ground floor of the building was almost ready, with only slab pending. Heavy police force was deployed at the place during the demolition. YSRC activists were prevented from reaching the spot, which led to a tense atmosphere in Tadepalli. Earlier, challenging the preliminary proceedings of the CRDA to demolish the under construction building, the YSRC approached the High Court. The court directed the CRDA not to overstep the law, and YSRCs counsel brought this to the attention of the CRDA Commissioner. The YSRC alleged that the CRDA, with the help of municipal officials, carried out the demolition, ignoring the High Courts directives. It also claimed that no notices were issued, and that the demolition amounts to contempt of court. The CRDA issued notices against the illegal construction on the land, and the municipal authorities demolished the illegal structures. TDP Guntur district general secretary Pothineni Srinivasa Rao lodged a complaint alleging that the previous government allotted two acres of irrigation land in Tadepalli to the YSRC party office. Despite the irrigation departments objections, the YSRC leaders planned to build the office on the two acres, and expand it to an additional 15 acres without proper approvals from the CRDA, MTMC, irrigation and revenue departments. Following his complaint, the building under construction was demolished, he said. Refuting the YSRC allegations, the ruling party said, They are terming the demolition of an illegal structure a political retaliation. Laughable. In a press release, the party said the YSRC ignored objections from Engineer-in-Chief (Irrigation) C Narayana Reddy over the allotment of the land to the party office. On January 31, 2023, the Vijayawada Superintending Engineer sought consent from the Engineer-in-Chief to lease the land for the YSRC party office. On February 2, 2023, the Engineer-in-Chief refused consent, citing the need to protect water bodies, ongoing National Green Tribunal issues, and future department plans. Despite objections, the YSRC government allotted the land on February 16, 2023, via GO No 52, bypassing procedures. Previously, the TDP government had allotted land in Guntur City for the YSRC district office via GO No 340 on July 21, 2016. However, in February 2023, Special Chief Secretary and Chief Commissioner of Land Administration Sai Prasad issued another GO allocating the land for the YSRC, overriding the earlier GO, it added.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 8:07 am

Deputy CM Pawan Kalyan holds 'Jana Darbar' to address public grievances

VIJAYAWADA : Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan on Saturday held Jana Darbar at his party office and took petitions from the people, who came seeking his aid for addressing their problems. When he arrived at his party office from the Assembly, he saw a group of people waiting for him with representations in their hands. He got out of the vehicle and interacted with them to know their problems. This is in tune with his promise to meet people who come seeking help, whether he is in the government or the opposition. He gave a patient hearing to the people who came with their representations at the place allocated for the Jana Vani programme of the party. About some petitions made, he directly talked to the officials concerned to have the problems resolved and for the rest, he assured to pursue and solve the problems. One of the problems brought to his notice was about the missing minor daughter of Shiva Kumar of Bhimavaram. Shiva Kumar said his college-going daughter was love-trapped and brought to Vijayawada. However, he alleged that the police have ignored his complaints. Pawan Kalyan directed the Machavaram CI to address the issue immediately and sent Shiva to the police station in the partys office vehicle.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 8:03 am

Andhra: Abolition of unconstitutional IAS officers panel demanded

VIJAYAWADA : M Ravi Shankar, National General Secretary of All India Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Gazetted Officers Welfare Association demanded the abolition of the unconstitutional IAS Officers Committee appointed by the previous government regarding reservation in promotions. On Saturday, Association leaders met Social Welfare Minister Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy at the State secretariat in Amaravati and submitted a memorandum requesting prompt action on the issue. Ravi Shankar informed the minister the YSRC government had taken steps to undermine 81st constitutional amendment without regard for the Supreme Courts verdict in the Journal Singh case and the joint judgments of the AP High Court. They urged the minister that the current government has to take note of these concerns and called for the dissolution of the IAS officer committee deployed by the YSRC government. Their petition urged the minister to ensure the utilisation of the remaining Rs 23,000 crore out of the allocated Rs 83,000 crore under the SC and ST Sub Plan Act by carry over.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 7:57 am

Telugu Desam uninterested in Lok Sabha Speaker post

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu made important remarks during the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party meeting, saying that he got a call from Union home minister Amit Shah regarding the Lok Sabha Speaker election. The CM shared the summary of the phone call with the party leaders during the meeting. Naidu said, Amit Shah called me on the election of Speaker. I said that TD does not need it. I said that the state only wants funds. The state is financially damaged. I asked for help. The people of AP believed in the alliance and gave it power. Naidu further said, If we ask for posts, the interests of the state will be harmed. State interests are important to us. I will allocate three departments to each MP. You should bring the funds and schemes to the state in the respective departments. The MPs assigned to the departments should talk and coordinate with the ministers of the state concerned. Since the TD has the strength of 16 MPs in the Lok Sabha, efforts should be made to get more funds to the state. The interests of the state should be the first duty of MPs. AP means Amaravati and Polavaram. That is why these two are important for the state and they are giving first priority to them.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 7:42 am

Andhra: Gottipati takes charge as Minister for Energy

VIJAYAWADA : Gottipati Ravi Kumar, who formally assumed office as the Minister for Energy at his chambers in the Secretariat on Saturday, made his first official act by signing a file sanction-ing 40,336 agriculture connections. His second action was to sign a file to constitute a committee tasked with complying with Central government instructions. This committee will list all government buildings and complexes under State government departments and organisations to assess the potential for rooftop solar capacity based on available rooftop space and requirements. This initiative will be implemented in a phased manner, aiming to enhance the States renewable energy infrastructure. The third file signed by Ravi Kumar established the State Level Coordination Committee (SLCC) for the implementation of the PM Surya Ghar Muft Bijili Yojana Scheme, a government of India initiative. The SLCC will be chaired by the Chief Secretary to the Government, with the Special Chief Secretary (Energy) as Member Convenor and Principal Secretaries of key departments as members. Additionally, a District Level Committee (DLC) headed by District Collectors will oversee local implementation. Expressing his gratitude on assuming charge, the minister thanked Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for the opportunity to serve as the Minister for Energy. He emphasised his commitment to studying the power sector thoroughly and resolving issues with top priority. Ensuring consumer satisfaction is his utmost priority, and he aims to work closely with AP power utilities to provide exemplary services. He called for the cooperation of all power utilities and associations in his future endeavours and advised the energy department to involve every employee in efforts to deliver quality services to consumers. The minister highlighted the CMs keen interest in providing a highly reliable power supply to all categories of consumers. He assured that all necessary steps would be taken to strengthen the AP power sector and meet the targets set by the CM. Ravi Kumar also praised Naidus pioneering role in power sector reforms and expressed his determination to make Andhra Pradesh a leader in the power sector. He criticised the previous YSRC government for rendering the sector inefficient and increasing power charges nine times and promised a forthcoming decision on the power tariff. Cabinet colleagues Anagani Satya Prasad, Dola Sri Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy, MLAs, and others extended their wishes to the new minister. Special Chief Secretary (Energy) K Vijayanand, MD APGENCO KVN Chakradhar Babu, and CMDs of DISCOMs I Prudhvi Tej and K Santosha Rao were present.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 7:29 am

Pawan assures to fix issues of AP Assembly housekeeping staff

VIJAYAWADA: Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan on Saturday interacted with the house keeping women staff of the AP Legislative Assembly. He inquired about the problems being faced by them. The staff informed Pawan Kalyan that 154 of them had been working as farm labourers in the Amaravati capital. They are now functioning as the housekeeping staff in the assembly with a third-party contracting agency. The women staff complained that though they joined the service eight years ago, they are getting a meagre pay of 10,000 per month. They urged the Deputy CM to recognise them as municipal workers and provide job guarantee. Pawan Kalyan assured the housekeeping staff that he would bring the issue to the notice of the Chief Minister and do justice accordingly.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 7:24 am

Ayyanna elected as Speaker of AP Assembly

VIJAYAWADA : TDP senior leader Chintakayala Ayyanna Patrudu was elected unanimously as the Speaker of the 16th Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Pro-tem Speaker Gorantla Buchaiah Chowdary announced the unanimous election of Ayyanna Patrudu as the Speaker on Saturday as no others filed nomination for the post. Chief Minister and leader of the House N Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister and JSP president Pawan Kalyan, Health Minister and BJP leader Y Satya Kumar Yadav and Minister K Atchannaidu escorted Ayyanna Patrudu to the Speakers Chair and congratulated him on assuming the charge. Meanwhile, the YSRC MLAs did not attend the proceedings on the second and final day of the session, drawing criticism from the treasury benches. Expressing happiness over the election of the senior most leader as the Speaker, Chief Minister Naidu accused the previous government of causing great damage to the reputation of the House by making it a platform to abuse and character assassination. In his maiden address to the House, Naidu regretted that the previous ruling dispensation turned the Assembly as a Kaurava Sabha only to level baseless allegations passing highly objectionable comments against the leaders and even their family members. Recalling the highly derisive comments made against the then Opposition (TDP) with arrogance and egoism that the party could win only 23 Assembly seats, Naidu said that now the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 164 seats which comes to 1+6+4=11 that the YSRC has won. This is the number that the YSRC has inside the Assembly, he added. Pointing out the comments made against the Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan that the YSRC would not allow him even to touch the gates of the Assembly, Naidu said that now the JSP has emerged victorious in all the 21 seats that the party has contested. Pawan Kalyan knows where to win and where to bow down, the Chief Minister remarked. In an oblique reference to the YSRC, the Chief Minister stated that the people have given a mere 11 seats to the party which claimed why not 175 and said that this is Gods script. Alerting the members in the House not to function with arrogance, Naidu told them to utilise the floor of the House only to discuss the peoples problems. Informing the MLAs that the whole State is observing what the members discuss on the floor of the House, he regretted that when some objectionable comments were made against him and his family members on the floor during the previous regime he was not given the mike even to protest. Recalling about the bomb attack on him in Tirupati, Naidu said even at that time too he did not have any regrets. But, I was pained a lot when the then ruling party leaders on the floor of the House passed highly objectionable comments against my wife who does not have any connections with politics, Naidu recalled. Underscoring the need for taking debates on the floor of the House without giving scope for abuses and individual remarks, Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan opined that differing and arguing on a policy or an Act take the debate to the next level. Taking a dig at the absence of the YSRC in the House, Pawan Kalyan said that they have received the victory in 2019 but couldnt take the defeat in the similar manner. Several Ministers including Nara Lokesh, Y Satya Kumar Yadav, Vangalapudi Anitha and MLAs from both the TDP and BJP recalled their association with Ayyanna Patrudu and hailed his long political career and exuded hope that he will run the proceedings of the House in a dignified manner. Thanking all those who extend their congratulations, Ayyanna Patrudu said that though he was elevated to the Speakers Chair, he will not forget the fact that the TDP is everything for him. Finding fault with the YSRC for not attending the House, he made mockery of criticism of YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and the Opposition leaders saying that after having several cases pending against him, Jagan could not preach vedas.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 7:08 am

Raise Andhra's interests in upcoming Parliament session: Naidu to MPs

VIJAYAWADA : Suggesting the party MPs to focus and prioritise the development and the interests of the State in the upcoming Session of the Parliament, Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu said that the MPs should stand as an inspiration for others. Ahead of the commencement of the Parliament Session from June 24, Naidu chaired the Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party (TDPP) meeting at the party headquarters on Saturday and discussed the strategy to be adopted by the party in the Parliament Session. The meeting discussed in detail the issues to be raised on the floor of Parliament. Naidu asked all the MPs to work hard to get the maximum amount of funds for the development of the State, for the projects to be launched and the schemes. Since the TDP has 16 members in the Lok Sabha, he wanted the MPs to keep the progress of the State in mind and strive hard to get the maximum amount of funds and developmental projects. He asked them to focus on getting 10 top universities to the State, global-standard hospitals and a maximum number of industries to the State. The TDP chief is particular that each MP should have direct connection with a particular Ministry and coordinate with the same wing in the State too, which will help the State progress well and wanted the MPs to see to it that the Central funds are utilised properly. Since the peoples capital city of Amaravati and the Polavaram project which is the lifeline of the State are on top of the agenda, all the MPs should focus mainly on these two along with the fulfilment of the promises made to the State during bifurcation. Informing the party MPs that roads were constructed on a large-scale under Employment Guarantee Scheme during the earlier TDP regime and houses too were built with the Central funds, he asked them to mainly focus on these two issues and get the maximum funds possible to the State. The MPs should keep in mind the national highways in the State linking with the other States, particularly initiate measures for completion of the Amaravati-Anantapur highway.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 6:49 am

AP seeks Rs 15,000-cr grant for Capital Amaravati

VIJAYAWADA : A request for a grant of Rs 15,000 crore for the construction and development of Amaravati as the sole capital city of Andhra Pradesh, and more allocation for expeditious completion of Polavaram Irrigation Project, were the major proposals submitted by State Finance Minister Payyavula Keshav in the pre-budget meeting chaired by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Saturday. During the meeting, Keshav said on behalf of the Government of AP, he was making five major requests, which are Central government support for the State in the form of States Economic Development Assistance, given the precarious situation of AP post bifurcation, and the legacy of dead liabilities they received from the previous government. Our government will focus on progressive capital expenditure and infrastructure, and I seek comprehensive support from the Centre, he said. More projects & liberal funding among wish list Finance Minister Payyavula Keshav said they also sought Central aid for the construction of Ramayapatnam Port, Integrated Steel Plant in Kadapa, Crude Oil Refinery and Petroleum Corridor, operation of new railway zone, agriculture university and liberal funding for the ongoing projects Finance Minister seeks more Central aid for major infra projects in State Mentioning that Andhra Pradesh was bereft of the capital even a decade after the State bifurcation, Keshav said their government is focusing on construction and development of Amaravati as the sole capital city of the State, and sought Rs 15,000 crore as a grant in the Union Budget for 2024-25 for office buildings and other key infrastructure. Asserting that once the national project Polavaram is completed, Andhra Pradesh will be self-sufficient in irrigation, drinking water supply and power generation, the Finance Minister sought liberal allocations in the Union Budget for the project. The Finance Minister also sought industrial incentives and Central aid for industrial development as a robust industrial sector is essential for job creation and higher GSDP. He specifically drew the attention of the Union Finance Minister towards development of industrial parks across the State, besides two nodes in the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor and one node in the Hyderabad-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor. Central assistance for the development of a mega textile park, an integrated aqua park and a green energy corridor was also sought. A request for allocation of funds for the backward regions of North Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, and Prakasam district was also made. Addressing a media conference to brief about what happened during the GST Council meeting, Keshav said they also sought Central aid for the construction of Ramayapatnam Port, Integrated Steel Plant in Kadapa, Crude Oil Refinery and Petroleum Corridor, operation of new railway zone, agriculture university, road connectivity, share-based railway projects and liberal funding for the ongoing projects. It is not that all that we have proposed will happen overnight. We have started the initial dialogue and in the coming days, the Centre will lend its hand to the State on a priority basis. The Union Finance Minister has adopted a positive approach, and we are hopeful that AP too will be benefited, he said. About the GST council meeting, he said they requested for exemption of handlooms from 5% tax, and a decrease in present 18% tax on footwear costing less than Rs 1,000 manufactured in AP. Requests were made for a decrease in tax on vegetable packing cartons, milk cans and fertilisers, he added.

The New Indian Express 23 Jun 2024 6:36 am

Naidu receives public grievances

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 2:50 am

Naidu receives public grievances - The Hindu

Naidu receives public grievances The Hindu

Google News 23 Jun 2024 2:50 am

YSRC Central Office at Tadepalli Demolished, Vizag Offices Notified

Vijayawada/Visakhapatnam : Mangalagiri-Tadepalli Municipal Corporation (MTMC) authorities demolished opposition YSRCs central office that is under construction in Tadepalli of Guntur district during the early hours of Saturday, calling it illegal. Excavators and bulldozers started the demolition around 5:30 am and razed it to the ground. Former chief minister and YSRC president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy condemned the action taken by the Telugu Desam-led government. In his post on X, he said, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is resorting to political vendetta. The dictator has demolished YSRCs central office with bulldozers, ignoring the orders of the High Court. Jagan Mohan Reddy said through these acts, Naidu is giving a message about how his regime is going to be for the next five years. The YSRC chief, however, said his party will not bow before such threats and political vendetta. He vowed to fight on behalf of the people. He appealed to all democratic forces in the country to condemn these acts of Naidu. Earlier, the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) had issued notice to the opposition party over the alleged illegal construction. Following this, the YSRC approached the High Court on Friday, challenging the CRDA notice. The YSRC leaders claimed that the court had ordered a halt to any demolition activity. The same had been conveyed to the CRDA commissioner by YSRC's lawyer. According to CRDA and MTMC officials, YSRC office is being built on the land of the irrigation department. There are allegations that the YSRC regime headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy had taken the land used for a boatyard on lease for a small amount. It is said the construction has been taken up without taking any approvals from either the CRDA or MTMC. Former AAG and advocate Ponnavolu Sudhakar Reddy said the state government is working without observing the law and without honouring the orders of the High Court. He recalled that the earlier Chandrababu Naidu dispensation enacted G.O. 340 to build offices for recognised parties. Rulers may change. But the law does not change. The orders of the judiciary have also been violated, he remarked. Sudhakar Reddy pointed out that Telugu Desam has taken land for party offices in every district at 1,000 per acre. YSRC also legally took two acres according to the same yardstick. He stated that when they challenged the notice in the High Court, officials told the court that due process will be followed. Yet, the demolition had been carried out violating the law. In a separate development, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) issued a show-cause notice to YSRC regarding the unauthorised construction of its party offices in Yendada village and Anakapalli. The notice, issued on Friday, June 21, 2024, directed the party to immediately stop all construction work and submit a reply within seven days. GVMC Town Planning officer S. Varaprasada Rao stated that the party had applied for building permission with the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA), instead of obtaining permission from the GVMC, which has jurisdiction over the site.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 1:19 am

Medico Donates Rs26L for Amaravati, Polavaram

Vijayawada : Ambula Vaishnavi, a medical student, from Mudinepalli of Eluru district has donated Rs25 lakh for the construction of Amaravati and Rs1 lakh for the Polavaram project through a cheque. She handed over the donation to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu here on Saturday. CM honoured Vaishnavi on the occasion and announced her as the brand ambassador of Amaravati. Vaishnavi is currently studying MBBS second year in a medical college in Vijayawada. The CM congratulated Vaishnavi and her father Ambula Manoj on this occasion. Vaishnavi said she sold one-acre land for Rs 25 lakh and donated it for capital construction and sold gold bangles for one lakh and gave it for Polavaram. She said she has given this donation to the government which is working with the idea of building the capital and developing the state. Chandrababu heaped praise on Vaishnavi for selling land and donating for the construction of the capital. Vaishnavi, who is currently a medical student, with the help of her father, donated to the capital and Polavaram. Chandrababu said that Vaishnavi is an inspiration for today's youth. Chandrababu said that his government will make the dreams of such youth come true.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 12:46 am

AP Assembly Adjourned Sine Die

Vijayawada : The Speaker adjourned the house declared sine die for the AP Legislative Assembly after its two-day session got over on Saturday. On the second day on Saturday, three elected legislators of Telugu Desam who did not take oath on the first day completed the oath-taking process. At the start of the Assembly session on Saturday morning, TD MLAs G.V. Anjaneyulu, Pithani Satyanarayana and Vanamadi Venkateswara Rao alias Kondababu came to the Assembly and took oath in the presence of pro-tem Speaker Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary. After announcing Chintakayala Ayyanna Partudu's election as Speaker unanimously, Patrudu conducted the Assembly proceedings and later adjourned the house sine die.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 12:32 am

Lokesh Wants Officials to Save Lands Snatched by YSRC Leaders

Vijayawada : Education minister Nara Lokesh has directed officials to clear the lands occupied by YSRC leaders. His directive came in response to complaints received in this regard from several persons, who submitted their grievances to Lokesh as part of his Praja Darbar on Saturday. Though Lokesh had announced that the Praja Darbar is for people from Mangalagiri Assembly constituency that he represents, people from across the state are arriving in large numbers to attend his programme and bring their issues to his notice. People started gathering at the ministers residence from early in the morning itself. As there are no curbs imposed near his residence, there is a huge response to his Praja Darbar. Seeing this, ruling TD MLAs are planning to also hold similar programmes in their respective Assembly constituencies. On Saturday, several people from various parts of the state sought Lokeshs intervention in saving their lands, which had been forcibly occupied by local YSRC leaders when the party had been in power. Ala Sambasiva Rao of Errabalem in Mangalagiri mandal informed the minister that his 16.5 cents of land had been grabbed by a YSRC leader Chavali Ullaiah. He appealed to Lokesh that he take steps to get the land back to him. Kurava Mardiah, an old man from Loddipalli of Orvakal mandal in Kurnool district, told the minister that his land, which is the main source of income for his entire family, has been forcibly occupied by Pittam Naga Sudhakar Reddy and Parigi Madhavi with the support of local YSRC leaders. Mardiah underlined that he is in dire straits and requested Lokesh to take steps that enable him to get back his land. He maintained that he has no money to fight a legal battle. Mardiah complained that his repeated appeals to local police have gone in vain. He thus wanted the minister to intervene. Lokesh then directed officials to take immediate measures and ensure that lands grabbed illegally by local leaders are handed over back to the original owners. Residents of Vaddeswaram, Undavalli, Tadepalli and Kunchanapalli submitted a memorandum to the minister seeking removal of encroachments near the residence of YSRC chief and opposition leader Jagan Mohan Reddy. Goli Venkata Bhavana Rushi of Tadepalli appealed to Lokesh to extend financial assistance to his daughter under the Kalyanamasthu scheme.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 12:25 am

DyCM Pawan Kalyan Receives Grievance Petitions from People at Party Office

Vijayawada : On the lines of the Jana Vani programme conducted by the party across the state to receive grievance petitions from the public from 2019 to 2024, Jana Sena chief and Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan on Saturday received grievance petitions directly from the public at the partys central office in Mangalagiri. The party has set up a dedicated help desk on the partys central office premises to receive grievance petitions directly from the public. Pawan Kalyan has stopped his convoy to interact with the people while returning from the state Assembly to the partys central office when he spotted several people patiently waiting there with their grievance petitions. He received grievance petitions from them. Pawan Kalyan patiently interacted with all the people, listened to their issues and addressed some of them on the spot by talking to officials concerned over the phone and assured people of resolving all their problems. The Deputy Chief Minister directly swung into action when a woman from Vijayawada rued over inaction by the police in the missing case of her minor daughter who went missing nine months ago under Machavaram police station limits in Vijayawada. He immediately called the Machavaram circle inspector and enquired about the progress in the investigation of the case. He directed the police officer to take action and render justice to the victim. The Deputy Chief Minister further sent the woman to the Machavaram PS in the party vehicle. Pawan Kalyan further assured to resolve issues of around 30 physically challenged people who came to the party office to report their grievances.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 12:12 am

Rare sea fans, porcupine quills, deer skin worth 91 lakh seized from trader in Vijayawada

The seized marine species and other material are protected under Wildlife Protection Act, says official

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 10:42 pm

Rare sea fans, porcupine quills, deer skin worth 91 lakh seized from trader in Vijayawada - The Hindu

Rare sea fans, porcupine quills, deer skin worth 91 lakh seized from trader in Vijayawada The Hindu

Google News 22 Jun 2024 10:42 pm

YSRCP Party Office in Vijayawada Demolished Amid Allegations of Political Vendetta

Guntur: In a contentious move, an office belonging to the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), led by former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, was demolished in Vijayawada's Tadepalle district on Saturday morning. The demolition sparked immediate accusations of vendetta politics from YSRCP against Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's Telugu Desam Party (TDP). YSRCP alleged that despite approaching the High Court and obtaining an order halting all demolition activities by the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA), the demolition proceeded unlawfully. Following the incident, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy condemned the action, stating, In Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu has taken vendetta politics to new heights. Like a dictator, he bulldozed the nearly completed YSRC Party central office at Tadepalli. The orders of the High Court were blatantly disregarded. Law and justice have completely vanished in the state, Reddy lamented in a social media post. He further criticized Chandrababu Naidu for the recent violent incidents post-elections, asserting that the demolition sends a clear message about the governance style expected for the next five years. Reddy emphasized YSRCP's unwavering commitment to fight alongside the people against such acts of oppression. We stand firm with the people and for the people. I appeal to all democratic forces in the country to condemn Chandrababu's misdeeds, Reddy urged in a tweet. In a separate incident on June 15, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) demolished certain structures adjacent to Jagan Mohan Reddy's residence in Hyderabad's Lotus Pond area. The demolition, conducted ten days after Reddy resigned as Chief Minister of Telangana, was reportedly carried out to facilitate pavement tiling work near his residence. According to GHMC officials, the structures were utilized by security personnel. The back-to-back demolitions have intensified political tensions between YSRCP and TDP, highlighting ongoing disputes over governance and administrative decisions in the region. Central Government Gains Control Over Telecom Services in Emergencies with New Telecommunications Act 2023 Afghanistan Cricket Team Faces Challenges in West Indies: Cooking Their Own Meals Due to Halal Meat Unavailability Devotees Flock to Puri for Deva Snana Purnima and Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath

News Track 22 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Case Registered Against BRS Leaders for Protest at Former Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy's Residence

Hyderabad: Twelve leaders of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) have been charged for staging a protest outside the residence of former Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, who recently switched allegiance to the Congress party, according to police reports. The incident led to a case being filed at Banjara Hills police station under Sections 353 and 440 of the Indian Penal Code. Assistant Commissioner of Police from Banjara Hills confirmed that the leaders have been taken into custody and remanded. We have registered a case against 12 individuals under sections 353 and 440. They have been remanded, the ACP informed reporters on Friday. Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, accompanied by his son Bhaskar Reddy, formally joined the Congress party on June 21. The Telangana Congress shared the news on social media, highlighting that both leaders were welcomed into the party by Chief Minister and TPCC President Revanth Reddy, who presented them with scarves. Previously in power until the end of 2023, the BRS was led by K Chandrashekhar Rao in Telangana. Following the assembly elections last year, the Congress emerged victorious, leading to the formation of a new government under the leadership of Chief Minister Revanth Reddy. YSRCP Party Office in Vijayawada Demolished Amid Allegations of Political Vendetta Allegations and Demands: BJP's Vijay Sinha Calls for Clarity from Tejashwi Yadav Central Government Gains Control Over Telecom Services in Emergencies with New Telecommunications Act 2023

News Track 22 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Bihar Police Detain Six in Deoghar Over NEET Irregularities

Patna: Six individuals from Jharkhand's Deoghar district were detained by the Bihar Police in connection with alleged irregularities in the NEET medical entrance exam, an official confirmed on Saturday. According to SDPO Ritvik Srivastava of Deoghar Sadar, the suspects were apprehended from a residence near AIIMS-Deoghar in the Devipur police station area on Friday night based on information provided by Bihar Police. The Bihar Police alerted us, and upon verification, they were taken into custody. All suspects have been transferred to Bihar, Srivastava informed the media. The individuals were reportedly residing at the house of Jhunu Singh. They have been identified as Paramjit Singh alias Bittu, Chintu alias Baldev Kumar, Kaju alias Prashant Kumar, Ajit Kumar, Rajiv Kumar alias Karu, all hailing from Nalanda district in Bihar, along with Panku Kumar, as per a statement issued by the Deoghar Police. The NEET-UG exam, conducted by the NTA on May 5, saw approximately 24 lakh candidates participating nationwide. Following the June 4 announcement of results, allegations surfaced regarding question paper leaks in states like Bihar, among other reported irregularities. Historical Military Actions Against Baloch People: Hyrbyair Marri's Critique of PP Case Registered Against BRS Leaders for Protest at Former Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy's Residence YSRCP Party Office in Vijayawada Demolished Amid Allegations of Political Vendetta

News Track 22 Jun 2024 6:11 pm

Historical Military Actions Against Baloch People: Hyrbyair Marri's Critique of PP

Islamabad: Baloch leader Hyrbyair Marri, head of the Free Balochistan Movement (FBM), criticized the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on social media for its historical military actions against the Baloch people. Marri pointed to military operations dating back to the 1970s and the implementation of what he termed the Kill and Dump policy in 2009 during PPP governance. Throughout history, #PPP has conducted military operations against the #Baloch people in the 1970s and initiated the Kill and Dump policy in 2009. Despite periodic apologies, every time they return to power, they resume military operations against the Baloch, Marri posted on X (formerly Twitter). Expressing concern over former President Asif Ali Zardari's recent visit to Balochistan, Marri warned of potential future military actions. Now #AsifZardari is in #Balochistan discussing security. I foresee another intense military operation against Balochistan. But the Baloch people are prepared to confront the #Pakistani #Punjabi army, he added in another social media update. In an official statement, the FBM emphasized, Besides Punjab's military terrorism, Pakistan's political, economic, and social presence in Balochistan has ceased. The statement affirmed the resilience of the Baloch independence movement, asserting, Despite severe state repression, the Punjabi army cannot suppress the Baloch movement, which enjoys widespread public support. This ongoing conflict highlights the persistent struggle for independence in Balochistan, underscoring its profound implications for regional stability and the future of the Baloch people. Case Registered Against BRS Leaders for Protest at Former Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy's Residence YSRCP Party Office in Vijayawada Demolished Amid Allegations of Political Vendetta Allegations and Demands: BJP's Vijay Sinha Calls for Clarity from Tejashwi Yadav

News Track 22 Jun 2024 5:34 pm

AP: 21-year-old girl raped and killed in Chirala

VIJAYAWADA: A 21-year-old girl was gang-raped and killed when she ventured outside her home to relieve herself at Sitaramapet in Ipurupalem village under Chirala Rural police station limits Friday morning. The victim belongs to Sitaramapet. As per the FIR, the victims father went in search of his daughter as she did not return home. He found her dead in the bushes near the railway track. Bapatla SP Vakul Jindal visited the spot and constituted five special police teams to investigate the case and arrest the accused. The SP said the victim, ventured out of her house around 5.30am. He said the police pressed in sniffer dogs and a clues team to collect evidence. They collected from the spot her chappals, clothes, and a water bottle which she brought with her. We are suspecting that the girl was raped and killed. Chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressed his anguish over the death of the girl and directed home minister Vangalapudi Anitha to visit the victims family and extend all kinds of government support to it. The CM asked the police to conduct a comprehensive inquiry and nab the accused at the earliest.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 12:59 pm

Jagan Reddy Accuses Chandrababu Naidu Of Office Demolition Vendetta

YS Jagan Mohan Reddys YSRCP office was demolished in Vijayawadas Tadepalle district on Saturday. YSRCP accused Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidus TDP of vendetta politics, alleging the demolition proceeded despite a High Court order halting it. Jagan Reddy condemned the action, calling it a disregard for law and justice. The post Jagan Reddy Accuses Chandrababu Naidu Of Office Demolition Vendetta appeared first on HW News English .

News View 22 Jun 2024 12:28 pm

TDP's Ayyannapatrudu unanimously elected Speaker of Andhra Assembly

Three MLAs who did not take oath of office on Friday finished the formalities today.

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 12:08 pm

TDP's Ayyannapatrudu unanimously elected Speaker of Andhra Assembly - The Hindu

TDP's Ayyannapatrudu unanimously elected Speaker of Andhra Assembly The Hindu

Google News 22 Jun 2024 12:08 pm

Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP Has Accused Chandrababu Naidu's TDP Of 'Vendetta Politics' | News18

Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP has accused Chandrababu Naidu's party of vendetta politics after the former's party office in Vijayawada was demolished against the High Court's order.

News18 22 Jun 2024 10:50 am

Amitabh has huge following among Telugus

With the legendary Amitabh Bachchan returning to Tollywood with much-hyped Kalki 2898 AD, producer Lagadapati Sridhar says, I am glad that he is doing a Telugu film after a big gap and he looks stunning in trailers. Besides, his charisma is unmatched and he is an icon of Indian cinema. He further adds, I am his diehard fan from my college days and there are crores of Telugus like me who adored his style, baritone voice and swag in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, he adds. He claims that Amitabh Bachchan rocked Telugu box office in the 70s to 90 with blockbusters like Sholay, Amar Akbar Antony and Don and 'Naseeb'. Actually, his gangster movie Don ran for over one year in Tarakarama theatre in Hyderabad which proved his crowd pulling prowess, while Sholay had silver jubilee run in 5 to 6 centres in united Andhra Pradesh and his Coolie was also a money spinner, he points out. He claims that Hyderabadis loved his movie along with audiences in Vijayawada and Vizag and his popularity has expanded in two Telugu states over the years. Even his other films like Shehenshah triggered a lot of buzz and drew openings in united Andhra Pradesh but later his market in Telugu land fizzled out, he adds. After doing mostly Bollywood movies, he did a Telugu film Sye Raa Narasimhareddy with megastar Chiranjeevi but it failed to set the box office on fire. It was a poorly-etched role for the stature and immense talent of Amitabh and it disappointed his Telugu fans too, he informs. However, he feels that Amitabh would prove his mettle once again as Aswadhama in much-talked about Kalki. Trailers showcase traces of his acting brilliance and hope he has an author-backed role to showcase his acting genius. At 80-odd years, he may not be drawing openings in Telugu states, but once audiences are in theatres, he is bound to grip the audience with his riveting performance, he concludes.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 10:48 am

AP to Launch 2-Month Campaign to Control Diarrhoea And Ensure Personal Hygiene

Vijayawada: A campaign will be conducted across AP for two months - from July 1 to August 31 - to spread awareness among the people about diarrhea control and personal hygiene. To this end, Chief Secretary Neerabh Prasad held a video conference with officials of the concerned departments and district collectors at the state secretariat on Friday. The CS said officials of Panchayat Raj, RWS, medical health, and municipal departments should implement the action plan on a war footing to control the spread of diarrheal disease. In the last four months, many people were admitted to the hospitals due to diarrhea in Guntur, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Jangareddygudem, etc, and one death was reported in February. Neerabh Prasad asked them to immediately control water pollution in the respective sources. Water quality tests were conducted in 217 drinking water sources across the state. Pipeline leakages should be checked, he said. The CS directed the staff of village ward secretariats, ANM Anganwadi, and medical health department staff to undertake a large-scale house-to-house campaign on personal hygiene. Special principal secretary to the health department, MT Krishna Babu, said water quality tests should be conducted across the state. Collectors were told that all the freshwater sources should be checked. Steps should be taken to distribute ORS packets and zinc tablets through a campaign. Similarly, he said that preventive measures should be taken like rotavirus and measles injections. Rapid action measures should be taken in high-risk areas with the participation of the officials and various voluntary organizations. Krishna Babu said a district-level inter-sectoral task force should be formed under the auspices of the health department before June 23 and adequate stock of ORS, zinc, and IV fluids made available. To do this, a micro plan should be prepared and ARS, zinc corner, and communication strategy monitoring mechanism prepared between June 24 and 30. State Municipal and Urban Development Department special principal secretary Anil Singhal said municipal commissioners should be made responsible for the control of diarrhoea in various urban areas. They should review the measures being taken on the management of various drinking water sources and pipelines. State Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Department principal secretary Shashi Bhushan said water quality testing kits are available at village, mandal, and district levels and also with the RWS department. Testing should be conducted on a large scale. Jaya Lakshmi, chief secretary to women and child welfare, said steps should be taken to ensure that all children drink safe and hot water in all Anganwadi centers.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 10:41 am

Consider V&E report in inquiry against former APSBCL MD, says Varla Ramaiah

VIJAYAWADA : TDP general secretary Varla Ramaiah urged the Additional Director General of Police of Crime Investigation Department, which is inquiring the criminal cases against D Vasudeva Reddy, former Managing Director of AP State Beverages Corporation Limited (APSBCL), to consider the report of the then Regional Vigilance and Enforcement Officer of Anantapur, and the showcause notice issued by him to the accused during the case probe. In a letter addressed to the CID ADGP on Friday, Varla mentioned that the Director General, General Administration (V&E) directed the then Anantapur Regional Vigilance and Enforcement Officer to conduct an inquiry pertaining to a petition submitted by the then Dharmavaram MLA Kethireddy Venkatarami Reddy on the irregularities committed by some officials of the Prohibition and Excise Department. The then Regional Vigilance and Enforcement Officer M Muniramaiah had taken up the investigation, and found certain irregularities in the allotment of liquor shops/malls in Dharmavaram, Tadipatri and Anantapur. He had issued a showcause notice to Vasudeva Reddy to get his version with regard to sanction of huge rents for nine walk-in-store outlets in Anantapur. But Muniramaiah was forced to report at the DGP office ending probe. This is a glaring example of misuse of power and supporting the corrupt officers, Ramaiah said, requesting the CID chief to see that corrupt officers are brought to book.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 8:47 am

MP Daggubati Purandeswari seeks CBI inquiry into substandard liquor sale by YSRC regime

VIJAYAWADA : BJP State Unit chief and Rajahmundry MP Daggubati Purandeswari shot off a letter to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and sought a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) inquiry into alleged supply of substandard liquor, potential use of synthetic alcohol, and other illegal practices by the previous YSRC regime. She urged Naidu to take steps to provide safe and quality liquor to the people and ensure 100% supply through digital payments. Raising concerns over the sale of liquor during the previous regime, she wrote, It is with deep pain and anguish that I bring the following issues to your kind notice. The manufacture and supply of non-qualitative liquor in the State has resulted in the deaths of many innocent citizens, widowing their wives, and orphaning many children. She said her study revealed that manufacturers used substandard raw materials and synthetic alcohol, not meant for consumption, due to its lower cost compared to bio-ethanol. She also alleged that outdated distillation and purification equipment, and synthetic chemicals were used in the process of making alcohol. Stating that fresh liquor is being packed in plastic bottles without allowing it to age properly, she pointed out that as per the practice followed in AP, liquor should be stored in wooden barrels for six to 12 months as it reduces the volatility of the compounds. She requested Naidu to set up a committee and investigate the current manufacturing process to find solutions and save innocent lives. Mentioning that she paid a visit to the King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam, she said deaths from toxic liquor consumption have increased manifold in the past three years. The MPsaid she had visited a wine shop and was surprised to find no digital payment options, despite PMs push for digital payments to curb corruption. Further, she said it is estimated that 30% of the liquor may have been sold in cash mode and diverted to YSRC leaders. She noted that the official sale of liquor in the State is pegged at `33,000 crore with a 400-500% difference between purchase and sale prices. Alcohol should be tested weekly by reputed national labs, 100% digital payments must be encouraged, rehabilitation centres for de-addiction must be opened across the State, breweries given on lease must be investigated and corruption in the AP Breweries Corporation should be investigated, she advised the CM. She also informed the CM that she has also written to the Centre, seeking a CBI enquiry into the corruption in the Excise Department and APSBCL.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 8:32 am

YSRC MPs ready to join BJP, claims Jammalamadugu BJP MLA Adinarayana

VIJAYAWADA : Jammalamadugu BJP MLA C Adinarayana Reddy on Friday claimed that all the YSRC MPs, except Kadapa MP YS Avinash Reddy, are ready to join the BJP if the saffron party leadership agrees to floor-crossing. In a chit-chat with mediapersons in the Assembly lobbies, he claimed that YSRC MP PV Midhun Reddy is in touch with the BJP top leadership. If our party leadership agrees, except Avinash Reddy, the other three are ready to jump the ship. But our party is not willing to encourage defection, the Jammalamadugu MLA revealed. Mentioning the YSRC drubbing in the elections, he said, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is now looking for a reason to start his Odarpu Yatra once again, and if fails to find any reason, he will create one. Jagan has now realised that his party suffered defeat due to his sister and APCC chief YS Sharmila, and he is now trying to parley with her through their mother YS Vijayamma. However, he has been bluntly advised to join the Congress, the BJP MLA said.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 8:14 am

Additional charge given to one IPS, four IAS officers in Andhra Pradesh

VIJAYAWADA : The State government on Friday issued orders appointing senior IAS officer M Hari Jawaharlal of 2005 batch as Secretary to Governor. Further, the government also issued orders giving additional charge to four IAS officers, and one IPS officer, while relieving those, who were given additional charge earlier. DGP Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao will hold the full additional charge of the post of Commissioner, Public Transport Department, and Ex Officio V-C and MD of RTC, until further orders. Nidhi Meena, Director of Adult Education, has been given additional charge as Commissioner of Intermediate Education. N Yuvaraj, Secretary (Industry and Commerce) was placed in full additional charge of Principal Secretary (Mines), duly relieving Gopal Krishna Dwivedi of additional charge. B Srinivasa Rao, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan PD, was given additional charge as Commissioner of School Infrastructure. MM Nayak, Secretary (Animal Husband and Dairy Development) was been given additional charge as MD of APDDCF and Special Officer of Amul Project, relieving A Babu from full additional charge.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 8:00 am

NCC cadets celebrate International Yoga Day in Andhra Pradesh

VIJAYAWADA : To mark International Yoga Day, NCC cadets from the three educational institutions of the city participated in performing yoga asanas at Ambedkar Smriti Vanam on Mahatma Gandhi Road. The event was supported and encouraged by Col Baljinder Singh, Commanding Officer of 4(A) Girls BN NCC, and the principals of Maris Stella College, PBS College and Nalanda Vidya Niketan School. The event was graced by Captain Nandavarapu Sailaja from Maris Stella College, Lt Rohini Kusuma from PBS College, and T/O Anuradha from Nalanda Vidya Niketan School. Col Baljinder Singh stated We are thankful to the concerned authorities and extend special thanks to VMC commissioner Swapnil Dinakar Pundkar for granting permission to organise the event.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:52 am

1k students perform yoga together, break world record in Andhra Pradesh

VIJAYAWADA : As many as 1,000 students, including 600 differently-abled, performed yoga asanas together achieving a spot in the International Genius Book of Records and Miracles World Record, said Samagra Shiksha State Project Director B Srinivasa Rao. He made these remarks at the state-level 10th International Mega Inclusive Yoga Day programme organised by the Inclusive Education Department under the auspices of Samagra Shiksha at Sri Chennupati Ramakotaiah Municipal Indoor Stadium in the city on Friday. He lauded the children with special needs for showcasing their talents and becoming an inspiration by participating in challenging activities. On this occasion, Genius Book of Records South Indian Coordinator Madupu Ramprakash and Miracles Book of Records South Indian Coordinator M Aruna presented awards and medals to Samagra Shiksha SPD B Srinivasa Rao. ASPD KV Srinivasulu Reddy, additional director A Subbar Reddy and others were present.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:49 am

Andhra Pradesh: Guntur gives a rousing welcome to Pemmasani

GUNTUR : TDP, Jana Sena and BJP activists of the erstwhile Guntur district gave a rousing welcome to Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Communications Dr Pemmasani Chandra Sekhar in a Vijayotsava Rally on Friday. He arrived in the district after taking charge of his portfolio. On the occasion, several MLAs of the erstwhile Guntur district welcomed him with flower bouquets. Later, the TDP-JSP-BJP leaders and followers of Pemmasani took out a massive rally with over 500 cars and bikes, welcoming the minister. The National Highway-16 between Vijayawada and Guntur was filled with TDP flags and flexes welcoming Pemmasani. Earlier, he along with his wife offered special prayers at Kanakadurga Temple in Vijayawada. The rally started from Kaza toll plaza and entered Guntur and later, Pemmasani thanked the cadres of all three parties for their support in an Athmeeya Sammelanam programme. It may be recalled that MP Pemmasani made his electoral debut from Guntur Lok Sabha constituency and not only won with a majority of 3.4 lakh votes but also inducted into Prime Minister Narendra Modi Cabinet 3.0. Pemmasani Chandra Sekhar is the second MP from Guntur to achieve this rare feat after Kotha Raghuramaiah of Congress.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:45 am

Be liberal in extending aid to drought-hit areas of Andhra Pradesh: Special CS to Central team

VIJAYAWADA : Special Chief Secretary (Disaster Management) Ajay Jain urged the Central team, which visited drought-affected areas in the State for the past couple of days, to be liberal in assisting the State financially. During a meeting with the Central team at the disaster management department office in Vijayawada on Friday, he explained about the drought situation during Rabi 2024 The Central team visited drought-affected areas in Nellore, Kurnool, Nandyal, Anantapur, Sri Sathya Sai and Praksam districts in the State for the past four days to study the drought intensity and its impact during the Rabi season. Ajay Jain said that the government had declared 63 mandals in six districts as fully affected by the drought and 24 mandals partially affected by it. The parameters adopted for declaring drought mandals were deficit rainfall than normal, more dry spells, assessment of the drought mandals through remote sensing based on soil moisture, hydrology, and crop loss of more than 33%, he informed. The Special Chief Secretary said that factual data of the situation at the ground-level was reported to the Centre and urged the Central team to sanction Rs 319.77 crore as immediate aid to the farmers. Further, he requested an additional 50 working days under MGNREGA in these mandals. PMFBY CEO and Farmer Welfare department joint secretary Ritesh Chowhan said they will submit details about the crop loss due to drought to the Centre. He further assured to come to the aid of the farmers who suffered losses due to draught in the State.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:29 am

Yoga, only way to strengthen body and mind: Health Minister Y Satya Kumar Yadav

VIJAYAWADA : Minister for Health Y Satya Kumar Yadav took part in the International Yoga Day celebrations held at A Plus Convention Centre in Vijayawada on Friday. Highlighting that yoga is the only way to strengthen both the body and mind, he underscored this years theme, Yoga for Self and Society. He acknowledged the efforts of PM Narendra Modi in popularising yoga worldwide, resulting in over 175 countries practising yoga today, which is a source of pride for 140 crore Indians. He added that yoga and meditation are excellent tools to connect with nature and support mental development. Special Chief Secretary (Health) MT Krishna Babu, NTR District Collector S Dilli Rao, MLAs Kolikapudi Srinivasa Rao and N Eswara Rao and several others were present.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:24 am

Andhra Pradesh: New DGP Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao to focus on law and order

VIJAYAWADA : The 1989 batch IPS officer Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao officially took charge as Director General of Police (DGP) at Andhra Pradesh Police headquarters in Mangalagiri on Friday morning. Early in the morning before assuming office, he along with his wife had visited the Sri Durga Malleswara Swamy Varla Devasthanam (SDMSD) and offered special prayers to the presiding deity Kanaka Durga. The temple priests and officials welcomed the couple with traditional honours and offered them teertha prasadams and a portrait of Goddess Kanaka Durga. Tirumala Rao received guard of honour and other senior police officers of various wings met him in his chambers and wished him all success. Later, he reviewed the law and order situation and the security in place for the ongoing Assembly sessions. Speaking to TNIE, the DGP said that the police department will witness a slew of reforms with focus on transparency, accountability and corruption-free policing in the coming days. He further said maintaining law and order in AP is his top priority and warned trouble mongers will be dealt sternly. He further said a meeting in length will be convened soon with all the SPs and CPs. Bagchi is new DG for State Disaster Management Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Shanka Bratha Bagchi took charge as Director General (DG) for State Disaster Management and Fire services in the office headquarters located near Pandit Nehru Bus Station on Friday. The State government on Thursday transferred PV Sunil Kumar asking him to report at GAD. Andhra Pradesh government appoints Tirumala Rao as new Director General of Police

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:21 am

Evolve plan to prevent seasonal diseases, says Pawan Kalyan

VIJAYAWADA : Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan instructed the officials to prepare a comprehensive plan to prevent the spread of seasonal diseases during the rainy season. He expressed his concern that the diseases occurring every year during the rainy season are affecting the living standards of villagers and impacting their health. He, along with Ministers P Narayana, Y Satya Kumar Yadav and Chief Secretary Neerab Kumar Gupta, held a review meeting with the officials of Panchayathi Raj, RWS, Municipal Administration, and Health, Medical and Family Welfare departments in the conference hall of the State Assembly premises on Friday. The meeting was held in light of the prevalence of diarrhoea cases in Kommanapalli and Bendapudi villages of Kakinada district and few places in Guntur, Bapatla, and NTR districts. It was found that the 15th Finance Commission funds coming from the Centre and revenue from various taxes to local organisations were being diverted through CFMS, resulting in the inability to provide villages with safe drinking water. Pawan Kalyan questioned the officials about the diversion of funds and income of local bodies in the last five years and instructed them to provide a comprehensive report. The officials reported that there is a system of sampling and testing every Wednesday in the villages from where drinking water is supplied by Community Health Officers. Out of 10,047 samples taken in the first two weeks in June, as many as 217 samples were found to be contaminated. The ministers sought an explanation from the officials on recent incidents in the cities of Vijayawada and Guntur, where people suffered from diarrhoea due to the alleged contamination of drinking water. Officials said that cases of diarrhoea are being recorded in cities and towns due to drainage water mixing with drinking water pipelines. In this direction, the ministers directed the officials to ensure that inspections of pipelines are conducted regularly and that any necessary repairs are made immediately.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:15 am

Resigned volunteers press for reinstatement in Andhra Pradesh

VIJAYAWADA : The State government continuing the village volunteer system , which became the eye of the storm ahead of general elections in the State, is causing the resigned volunteers to run pillar to post seeking reinstatement. Since its inception, the volunteer system has attracted criticism from TDP and Jana Sena, accusing it of being used for political purposes by the then ruling YSRC. This hot topic has shown its impact on the voting in the State. Intended to deliver government services to the doorsteps of people, the village volunteers ensure efficient delivery of social benefits, instil trust in the government, and provide governance services at home. The previous YSRC government paid Rs. 5,000 honorarium to over one lakh volunteers responsible for ensuring the implementation of government schemes at the ground level. While it was stated that volunteering was not a job but an opportunity for the unemployed to serve the people. However, many volunteers actively participated in YSRC poll campaign, attracting criticism. Following the High Courts instructions on the distribution of pensions and opposition allegations, hundreds of volunteers resigned, particularly in Machilipatnam, where about eight hundred stepped down from their duties. After the elections, the NDA government, formed in the State, promised to pay Rs. 10,000 as an honorarium and assured the continuation of the volunteer system. As a result, volunteers are now approaching the authorities seeking to continue their roles, alleging that previous government leaders forced them to resign. Volunteers in Gudivada complained to the police against the former minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao (Nani), claiming he and his followers forced their resignations. In Machilipatnam, over 100 volunteers urged the Municipal Corporation Commissioner for reconsideration. Authorities said they approved the resignations submitted before the elections and cannot reverse them now, but they will submit applications to the government for reconsideration from resigned volunteers. Speaking to TNIE, Alekhya Padmavathi, a former volunteer of the 25th Secretariat of Machilipatnam Municipal Corporation, stated that the previous government misled them by promising reinstatement only if they resigned, without informing them that the NDA government would also continue the system. She appealed to the government to revoke their resignations, allowing them to serve their community. Another resigned volunteer, Boyina Seshu Babu of the 14th Division, Machilipatnam, alleged that an unknown person submitted his resignation without his knowledge. He said that he noticed this only after it was approved and appealed for reconsideration to serve the people. Responding to the issue, Minister for Social Welfare, Sachivalayam, and Gram Volunteers Dola Bala Veeranjaneya Swamy told TNIE that the issue of volunteer resignations is a policy matter and noted that the resignations did not occur under the current government. He emphasised that decisions on new appointments will be made after the upcoming cabinet meeting. The minister also highlighted that there are many urgent issues to resolve first and the government will look into the matter by forming a committee to study the errors in the volunteer system.

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:10 am

Camaraderie pervades Andhra Pradesh Assembly premises on Day 1

VIJAYAWADA : Smiles, warm greetings and hugs -- these scenes were witnessed in the lobbies of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly as the first session commenced on Friday after the formation of the new government. The absence of YSRC MLAs in the lobbies, however, did not go unnoticed. As Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu entered the House, the legislators greeted him with placards and slogans saying Nijam Gelchindi, Praja Swamyam Gelchindi. Leaders greeted Jana Sena President and Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan and Mangalagiri MLA Nara Lokesh, who were elected for the first time as MLAs, by thumping their desks. The session began at 9.46 am and the legislators gathered in the Assembly to take oath. Pro-tem Speaker Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary administered the oath to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Jana Sena president and Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan and Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha, followed by the other MLAs in that order. The camaraderie between Naidu and Pawan was on full display as they embraced each other in the House. After taking oath, majority of the TDP members went to the seat of the Chief Minister and greeted him. Many of them also touched Naidus feet to express their gratitude. After a 10-minute tea break, the House resumed and the swearing-in of other members continued. Most of the MLAs took oath in Telugu, while some opted for English. Undi TDP MLA K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju was seen actively moving around the House since it commenced. He greeting everyone and had brief interactions with them. The House was adjourned for the day at 1:36 pm. A memorable moment in my life: Lokesh Minister for Human Resource Development, IT, Electronics and Communication Nara Lokesh has said taking oath as an MLA is a memorable moment in his life. I will be indebted to the people of Mangalagiri lifelong for electing me with a huge majority, and sending me to the State Assembly from the place where I suffered defeat five years ago, Lokesh said. In a statement issued on Friday, Lokesh asserted that he will utilise the opportunity given to him by striving for the welfare and development of the people. The NDA government will function as per the hopes and aspirations of the five crore people of the State, he said JSP MLA in fisherman attire a big draw Surprising all, Narasapuram Jana Sena Party MLA Bommiddi Nayakar came to the State Assembly on the first day of the two-day session in the attire of a traditional fisherman. Nayakar, who belongs to the fisherman community, is a first-time MLA. Nayakars appearance on the Assembly premises in the attire of a fisherman was a big draw

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:00 am

Andhra Pradesh: Tirumala Rao takes charge as state DGP

Vijayawada: Senior IPS officer Dwaraka Tirumala Rao has assumed charge as the Director General of Police at the state police headquarters in Mangalagiri on Friday. Later, he met Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu at the Secretariat in Velagapudi in Amaravati. Among other things, he shared with the CM details about the murder of a young woman at Eepurupalem in Bapatla district. Naidu directed the DGP to ensure that such incidents do not recur. The Chief Minister informed the DGP that he would soon effect a purge in the state police department. The first priority of the government, the CM said, was to protect people's property and lives. Give top priority to the protection of women. Culprits in the Eepurupalem incident must get severe punishment, he stressed. Before taking charge, Tirumala Rao along with his family visited the Goddess Kanaka Durga temple atop Indrakeeladri and had darshan. At the police headquarters, Tirumala Rao was given a guard of honour. He took charge as DGP in the presence of his family members and senior police officials. ADGs Shankha Brata Bagchi, K.L. Meena and Atul Singh, IGs Vineet Brijlal and Srikanth, DIGs Raja Kumari, Naveen Jetty and Mohan Rao and others greeted the new DGP. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao is a 1989 batch IPS officer and currently tops the seniority list of state IPS cadre officers. His first posting was as Kurnool ASP. Later, he was ASP in Kamareddy and Dharmavaram. He was additional SP of Nizamabad district operations department. After his promotion as SP, he worked in Anantapur, Kadapa and Medak districts as well as with the Vijayawada railway, CID and CBI departments. He served as DIG of special investigation branch in Anantapur and Hyderabad ranges. He also worked as IG in the Octopus and Counter Intelligence Cell. Tirumala Rao had served as the police commissioner of Cyberabad before the bifurcation of the state. As the police commissioner of Vijayawada city after state division, he discharged duties as the RTC MD from June 2021 till now.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 12:17 am

Seven injured in clash over ration shop at Dhulipalla

Vijayawada: Seven persons suffered injuries when two groups clashed over allotment of a ration shop at Dhulipalla in Sattenapalli Rural of Palnadu district on Thursday night. According to police, two men, both associated with Telugu Desam Party, had been competing for bagging the dealership of the ration shop being allotted to the village. On Thursday, in presence of their supporters, the two started arguing about who would run the ration shop better. The arguments led to fisticuffs that resulted in seven persons belonging to both the groups suffering injuries. They were immediately shifted to the Guntur Government Hospital for medical treatment. Both the groups have lodged complaints against each other with the police, who have taken up an inquiry.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 12:05 am

Chandrababu returns to Assembly as CM after 2.5 years

Vijayawada: Some two-and-a-half years after staging a walkout from the state Assembly over alleged insults to his family members, Nara Chandrababu Naidu on Friday returned to the Assembly as Chief Minister for a fresh term. On the first day of the first session of the Assembly, Naidu arrived at the House after touching the ground in reverence at the entrance. He was greeted by thunderous applause from the Telugu Desam, Jana Sena and BJP MLAs. Telugu Desam MLAs welcomed Naidu by holding placards of Nijam Gelichindi, Prajaswamyam Nilichindi' slogans. On Friday, Naidu entered the Assembly through the Exit, through which he walked out of the Assembly in a huff when he was humiliated there on November 19, 2021. Some YSRC MLAs had abused Naidu and his wife and indulged in character assassination in the Assembly in the presence of then chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy. This led to his boycott of all the sessions thereafter. After his Telugu Desam winning 135 seats in the Assembly elections this time, Naidu walked into the House, his mind filled with a sense of accomplishment. His measured entry via the Exit door was a surprise to the MLAs, though. Notably, the TD had 23 MLAs when it was in the Opposition, of which four MLAs had eventually quit and joined the YSRC. After facing insults from the YSRC legislators, Naidu as the Leader of Opposition then, described the Assembly as Kourava Sabha and pledged to re-enter it only when it became a Gourava Sabha. Later, during a press meet, Naidu wept inconsolably. Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naoidu's wife Bhuvaneswari stated in a post on X (Twitter) on Friday that truth has won, and democracy stood its ground. She saluted the people for giving TD a fresh opportunity. A video was attached to the post, stating that Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu came to the Gourava Sabha (Assembly) today. It included the visuals of Chandrababu Nidu taking the oath on Friday and of his vow in the Assembly two and a half years ago.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 11:50 pm

AP Seeks Release of Rs 319.77 Crore Financial Aid for Drought-Hit Mandals

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government has urged the Centre to release Rs 319.77 crore as financial assistance for the Rabi drought-hit mandals in the state. Ajay Jain, the special chief secretary for the state disaster management authority made the request to the Union agriculture ministry, the PM Fasal Bima Yojana CEO and the central team led by farmers welfare joint secretary Ritesh Chauhan, that visited the state, to help support the affected AP farmers generously. Additionally, the special CS requested the central team to sanction 50 days additional person days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (Upadhi). The central team including Chauhan and its members Dr Ponnu Swamy, Sunil Duby, Chinmay Pundlikarao Gotkar, Ashish Pandey, Aravind Kumar Sony, Mannuji Upadhyan, SC Kashyap, Madan Mohan Mourya and Anuradha Batna visited the Rabi drought-hit mandals in the Nellore, Kurnool, Nandyal, Anantapur, Sri Satya Sai and Prakasham districts for four days. The central government announced around 63 mandals as severely drought-hit and 24 mandals as modest drought-hit in the state. Later, the committee held a meeting with APSDMA special chief secretary Ajay Jain and director Ronanki Kurmanath at the headquarters at Mangalagiri near here on Friday. During the meeting, the Special CS explained the current Rabi drought-hit conditions in these districts to the central team. Also, he requested the team to recommend sanction of Rs 319.77 crore in financial assistance to these districts. Ritesh Chauhan said that his team would report about the actual drought conditions in the state to the central government. Also, they would submit a detailed crop loss report to the government. They received a detailed crop loss report from the officials of the state, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 11:44 pm

Andhra Pradesh: UN Team Inspects Sewage Plants in Vijayawada City Limits

Vijayawada: A team of the United Nations Development Organisation (UNDO) visited the Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) under the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation limits to assess the progress of the Rs 11 crore projects funded under the Global Environmental Friendly (GEF) cities programme here. Vijayawada is among the 28 cities across 11 developing nations along with Mysuru, Jaipur, Bhopal and Guntur -- where the GEF-UNIDO sustainable cities integrated approach (SCIAP) pilot project was implemented in collaboration with the Union housing and urban affairs ministry. It aims at contributing to sustainable development by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The UN team comprised UNIDO Viennas international consultant, project coordinator Tomasz Pawelec; senior technical adviser, SCIAP, Nanda Pal Singh; and senior technical advisor, SCIAP India, UNIDO, Venkata Ramana Rao Perkari. VMC commissioner Swapnil Pundkar was present with the UN team. The VMC chief explained to the assessment team about the GEF-funded project titled Rejuvenation of STPs and DP Stations and Installation of Biogas Energy Plants in VMC. The commissioner highlighted the project's impact in reducing carbon emissions and lowering biological oxygen demand (BOD) levels, aligning with National Green Tribunal (NGT) norms. The Bio Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels in all STPs are lower, which indicates the improvement in the treatment of water. The four key components under UNIDO SCIAP India in Vijayawada include strategic sustainable city planning, investment and technology demonstration projects, capacity building for municipal officials and elected representatives in water and sanitation sectors, and assistance in improving the financial creditworthiness of urban local bodies.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 10:29 pm

10th International Yoga Day Unites Andhra Pradesh

10th International Yoga Day Unites Andhra Pradesh The 10th International Yoga Day was marked with enthusiasm across Andhra Pradesh on Friday. Governor S Abdul Nazeer led the celebrations by participating in Yoga events at the Raj Bhavan, performing yoga asanas alongside officials. In a press release from the Raj Bhavan, Governor Nazeer highlighted the benefits of regular Yoga practice, including stress management, improved flexibility, and better overall physical and mental health. State BJP chief D Purandeswari also joined the celebrations at the party office in Vijayawada. She remarked that Yoga is more than just a physical activity; it fosters unity among people. The event witnessed widespread participation across various locations and educational institutions in the southern state.

devdiscourse 21 Jun 2024 1:11 pm

IN PICS | Glimpses of 10th International Yoga Day celebration across the country

Hundreds of people perform yoga to mark International Yoga Day at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Odisha State Disaster Management Authority personnel perform Aqua Yoga at Bindu Sagar lake to mark International Yoga Day in Bhubaneswar. People perform yoga at Mahabalipuram in Chennai. People perform yoga at Lodhi Garden in New Delhi. People perform Yoga in front of Mysuru Palace. School students performing yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day. People perform Yoga on the occasion of 10th International yoga day at Puducherry beach road. School Students perform Yoga on the occasion of 10th International yoga day at Puducherry beach road. School Students perform Yoga on the occasion of 10th International yoga day at Puducherry beach road. People participate in International Yoga Day celebration at Central stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. People participate in International Yoga Day celebration at Central stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. NCC cadets perform Yoga on the banks of river Krishna in Vijayawada. NCC cadets perform Yoga on the banks of river Krishna in Vijayawada. People participate in International Yoga Day at Visakhapatnam Port Authority. People participate in International Yoga Day at Visakhapatnam Port Authority.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 12:33 pm

YSRC Wants EVMs of 15 Polling Stations Checked

Vijayawada: YSRC has demanded that the Election Commission check the microcontroller of EVMs deployed at 15 polling stations located in Vizianagaram parliamentary constituency and two assembly constituencies of the Bobbili and Nellimarla assembly segments. The party sought that the same be done with regard to the Gajapathinagaram assembly segment and in 12 polling stations of the Ongole assembly constituency. Incidentally, the Election Commission, in its order issued on June 1, 2024, issued a detailed administrative standard operating procedure. Accordingly, the chief electoral officer concerned is required to communicate to manufacturers, within 30 days of the date of declaration of results on June 4. The CEOs concerned conveyed the same to manufacturers 15 days ahead of the schedule. Accordingly, the checking and verification process can be initiated within four weeks of verification of an election petition filed in the respective constituencies with the registrars of the respective high courts. The manufacturers will issue a schedule for EVM checking and verification within two weeks of receipt of the election petition status from the concerned CEOs. The checking and verification of units will start within four weeks of confirmation of the election petition status.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 12:25 pm

HC Reserves Verdict in Ex-MLA Pinnellis Anticipatory Bail Case

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict after completing its hearing on the petitions filed by former MLA Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy seeking a grant of anticipatory bail. A single-judge bench headed by Justice T. Mallikarjuna Rao, while reserving judgment, announced that the anticipatory bail granted to the former MLA earlier will be extended until the day of the verdict. Police had booked the former MLA in three cases, including one dealing with the destruction of EVMs on the day of polling. It also booked him for two cases of attempt to murder.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 12:17 pm

Oath and after: Chandrababu to re-enter Assembly as CM today

Vijayawada: On the first day of the AP Assembly session on Friday, the ruling Telugu Desam MLAs will first pay homage at NTR's statue at Venkatapalem before entering the house. Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has instructed his party MLAs to come to Venkatapalem in yellow shirts by 9 am. Chandrababu had vowed he would enter the House as Chief Minister again, in a speech in the Assembly on November 19, 2021. The new Assembly will begin its first session at 9.46 am on Friday. The Session will last only two days. The newly elected will be sworn in as MLAs and this will he followed by the election of the Speaker. Senior MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary, as protem speaker, will administer the oath to the members. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu will take the oath first, followed by the deputy CM. YSRC chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will take oath as an ordinary member as he does not have the opposition leader status.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 10:54 am

Pawan Kalyan emphasizes social audits, science education in rural development agenda

VIJAYAWADA : Deputy Chief Minister (Panchayat Raj and Rural Development, Rural Water Supply, Environment, Forest, Science and Technology) Pawan Kalyan directed officials to conduct social audit in villages effectively. Holding a review meeting with the officials at his camp office here on Thursday, Pawan Kalyan discussed in detail the process of social audit. He also asked for the details of the social audit meetings conducted in villages so far, and also the works being taken up under the NREGS. There should be a mechanism to curb the misuse of NREGS funds, he said. Pawan Kalyan also held a meeting with the officials of the Science and Technology Department. He directed the officials to work in the direction of inculcating interest in Science among children from rural areas. The officials should be ready to conduct mega science and technology exhibitions to unearth the talent of rural children, the Deputy Chief Minister said.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 9:06 am

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy jolts YSRC leaders amid post-election challenges

VIJAYAWADA : YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has asked the party leaders, who contested as MLAs and MPs in the recent elections, to visit and console the party activists who came under attack after the defeat. Jagan said he would also meet the party activists in the coming days. In a meeting with party MPs, MLAs, MLCs and party candidates who unsuccessfully contested the elections, held at the YSRC office on Thursday, he asked them to remove the word defeat from their hearts and focus on being among the people, as the good done by the previous YSRC government is still alive. Attributing the defeat in the elections to the people getting attracted to the allurements of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, he said once people realise that they were once again deceived, they would support the YSRC again. He exuded confidence of achieving landslide victory in the next elections. What we have to do now is to stand by the people through thick and thin, he advised. Jagan urged the party leaders to give moral support to the YSRC MPTC and ZPTC members, corporaters and councillors, as they are getting threatened and lured to quit. Speak to the leaders of your respective constituencies and explain that as per the law, there is no scope for moving no confidence motion against civic chiefs for the next four years in the local bodies, hence there is no need for any fear, he said. There are lakhs and crores of people who believe the YSRC and it is time for the party to repose faith in them and stand by them. Treat this period as interval and remember that even though Pandavas suffered defeat due to Shakuni Pachikalu, the ultimate victory is theirs, he added. Now, Naidu with his 16 MPs feels himself to be the kingmaker, but he is not able to get the Special Category Status to the State, the YSRC president observed.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 9:01 am

TDP MLA Butchaiah sworn in as pro-tem speaker for 16th AP Legislative Assembly

VIJAYAWADA : Governor S Abdul Nazeer on Thursday administered oath to TDP senior MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary as Pro-tem Speaker at a programme held in Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan. Earlier, AP State Legislature Secretariat Secretary General PPK Ramacharyulu read out the warrant of appointment issued by the Governor appointing Butchaiah as Pro-tem Speaker, followed by the administration of oath to Butchaiah initially as a Member and later as Pro-tem Speaker. The Pro-tem Speaker will administer oath to the newly elected MLAs on Friday. Former minister and TDP senior leader Ch Ayyanna Patrudu, who was elected from Narsipatnam Assembly constituency in the erstwhile undivided Visakhapatnam district is likely to be elected as the Speaker. The stage is all set for the commencement of the first session of the 16th AP Legislative Assembly at 9.46 am on Friday. It is learnt that the session will be held for two days. The elected members will take oath on the first day, and the election of Speaker will be held on the second day. Out of the total 175 Assembly seats, the NDA won 164, including 135 by the TDP, 21 by the Jana Sena Party, and eight by the BJP. The YSRC was confined to mere 11 seats. Meanwhile, YSRC president and former chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, while addressing his party leaders felt that he has no confidence that they can do something in the Assembly as a person, who uttered that Jagan was just defeated, and not dead, being taken to the Speakers chair of the House. We are seeing on social media what a person, who is set to take the Speaker post speaking. While one person said Jagan was defeated and not dead, the other person said Jagan should be beaten till death. Such a person is now going to be the Speaker. We have no confidence in doing something in the Assembly in the presence of such persons. However, our fight and programmes for the peoples cause will get momentum in the days to come. Sins of Chandrababu Naidu are nearing to an end like in case of Shishupala, Jagan said.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:54 am

Minister Nara Lokesh initiates overhaul of education system in Andhra

VIJAYAWADA : Minister for Human Resource Development Nara Lokesh has created a roadmap to strengthen the education system in State much before he took charge as the Minister. He focussed on the problems being faced by the poor students before assuming charge at the State Secretariat and conducted a meeting with the senior officials of the Education Department on June 15 at his residence. When the officials informed Lokesh that textbooks were not being supplied to the Intermediate students of the government colleges, Lokesh asked how the students can pursue their studies without the textbooks ad immediately ordered the officers to take measures to supply not only the textbooks and notebooks but also other necessary material to the students. When the officials informed Lokesh that the total expenditure for supplying the textbooks, notebooks and other material would be about `33 crore, the Minister asked them not to bother about the expenditure but to initiate immediate measures to supply all the material to the students. Lokesh even took measures to issue the necessary GO within three days and now measures are being initiated to supply the books on a war footing basis. Lokesh, who came to know how the lives of the youth is getting destroyed with drug abuse, particularly on the campuses of schools, colleges and universities, is making preparations to form a joint action committee which will take steps to end the drug abuse on the campuses of educational institutions. On learning that the previous government has not released funds for basic amenities in the government schools and colleges, Lokesh directed the officials to take steps to provide all basic facilities to the students and that the process should be completed in one year. This apart, the Minister is keen that the teachers should not be assigned any other duty except teaching to ensure that the children get quality education. Also, Lokesh has decided to bring in radical changes in the mid-day meal scheme so that quality food is supplied to the students. Lokesh is formulating an action plan for operation cleansing of all the universities in the State to improve the entire system to global standards as all the universities in the State got totally damaged during the previous government. Since many professor posts have been lying vacant for the past five years, the Minister has decided to take measures to fill the posts at the earliest possible and also to reopen the schools that have been closed during the YSRC rule. Arrangements are also being made to clear all the pending dues under Vidya Deevena and Vasathi Deevena so that the certificates, retained by the institutions as the dues are pending, are issued to the students. Sources said that Lokesh strongly believes that where there is will there is a way and thus initiated steps to cleanse the whole academic system before he assumed charge as the Minister. The officials, who are aware of the perspective of Lokesh, too are making arrangements to complete the tasks as scheduled.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:50 am

Andhra Tourism Minister Durgesh pledges state's transformation into premier tourist hub

VIJAYAWADA : Minister for Tourism, Culture and Cinematography Kandula Durgesh assumed charge in his chambers at the State Secretariat on Thursday. He vowed to make the State, which is richly endowed with natures beauty, one of the most sought-after tourism destinations. He signed the first file related to the purchase of 10 tourism boats at a cost of Rs 2.31 crore. Stating that the State has several picturesque locations, which are suitable for film shooting, and it also has ample resources for the development of film industry, he said, There are several places that are suitable for the construction of studios. After improving basic infrastructure, we will invite film producers to come to Andhra Pradesh, he explained. Earlier in the day, Durgesh met Megastar Chiranjeevi on the sets Vishwambhara in Hyderabad. Taking to the social media platform X, Chiranjeevi congratulated Durgesh.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:42 am

Andhra aims to mirror Gujarat's industrial success, says Minister TG Bharat

VIJAYAWADA : Minister for Industries, Commerce and Food Processing TG Bharat asserted that the Industry sector in Andhra Pradesh will be developed on the lines of Gujarat, which stood best in the Industrial growth. Speaking after taking charge as the Minister in his chambers at the State Secretariat on Thursday, Bharat said that efforts will be kept on setting up a city in the State like the GIFT city in Gujarat. Stating that all the steps will be taken to create a better atmosphere for the industry and to turn the State as the destination for investments, the Minister said that all the pending industrial incentives will be released soon. He further said that all the required measures will be taken to realise that all the MoUs signed between 2014-2019 and between 2019-24. As assured during the elections, a High Court Bench will be set up at Kurnool, he added.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:34 am

Governor Abdul Nazeer celebrates West Bengal formation day in Vijayawada

VIJAYAWADA : Strengthening the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat, Governor S Abdul Nazeer took part in the West Bengal Formation Day celebrations held at Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, he said that West Bengal is widely considered as the Melting Pot of Cultures and the State offers a unique flavour to the richness of India with its synthesis of various languages, religions, customs, traditions, cuisines and lifestyle. The Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat programme aims to forge a strong relationship and bonding among all the people of the country, and promote mutual understanding between different States and Union Territories, through the concept of One Nation - One People, he added. The programme commenced with a video message from West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose, followed by group songs by students of the National Institute of Design, and cultural performances by students from Siddhartha College of Medical Sciences. First Lady Sameera Nazeer, students from West Bengal studying in various educational institutions in and around Vijayawada, and others were present.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:28 am

Andhra HC reserves verdict on Pinnelli Reddy's anticipatory bail plea

VIJAYAWADA : The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on the anticipatory bail plea of YSRC candidate of Macherla Assembly segment Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddy after the conclusion of arguments. After the HC granted conditional anticipatory bail to Pinnelli on May 23, police had registered three cases, including two attempt to murder cases, against the former MLA. Stating that those cases were false, Pinnelli filed another anticipatory bail plea in the Court. In view of the counting process, the court granted anticipatory bail to him till June 6. Petitioners counsel T Niranjan Reddy maintained that the police misled the court. While senior advocate Ashwin Kumar, appearing for the police department, urged the court to consider the criminal history of the petitioner. Andhra Pradesh ex-MLA Pinnelli Ramakrishna Reddys bail extended till June 20

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:16 am

Minister Savita signs key welfare files after taking office

VIJAYAWADA : After assuming office in her chambers at the State Secretariat on Thursday, S Savita, Minister for BC and EWS Welfare, Handlooms and Textiles, signed the first file related to offering free coaching for DSC to students belonging to BCs and the unemployed youth at BC Study Circles. She also signed the file of NTR Videshi Vidya Scheme. She said, We will be continuing the NTR Videshi Vidya Scheme, which helped 2,173 students pursue higher education abroad between 2014 and 2019. Announcing that the BC Commission will be constituted soon, she said the construction of BC Bhavans sanctioned for the 13 districts during 2014-19 will be completed on a priority basis. Savita signed the file related to skill development programme for the benefit of weaving communities of Mangalagiri, Venkatagiri, Chirala, Dharmavaram and Pulugurtha. She launched a new collection of garments designed by the in-house cluster designers of the Department of Handlooms and Textiles, in collaboration with the APCO.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 8:02 am

Andhra to release white paper on Polavaram project status, irregularities

VIJAYAWADA : The State government will soon release a white paper on the status of Polavaram Irrigation Project, and the irregularities that took place in its execution, said Minister for Water Resources Nimmala Rama Naidu. Speaking to mediapersons after formally assuming office in his chambers at the State Secretariat in Velagapudi on Thursday, he alleged that the YSRC government had pushed the development of Polavaram project back by 10 years. The project to be completed in a year, was neglected, and the previous YSRC regime had made a mess of things. It is not just Polavaram, other irrigation projects have also suffered the same fate. In 2019, the funds reimbursed by the Centre for the works executed by the State, were diverted to other purposes. The white paper to be released by the government will cover all the issues, he said. The Chief Minister visited the Polavaram project soon after assuming office, which reflects the governments commitment to development of agriculture sectors, he said. Rama Naidu reiterated that it was due to the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy governments ignorant decisions the diaphragm wall of the Polavaram project was badly damaged. Repairs of the diaphragm wall are estimated to cost `448 crore, and `990 crore is needed to construct a new one. A final call on whether the damaged diaphragm wall should be repaired or a new one should be constructed parallel to the existing one will be taken very soon, he said. He said the first files he signed soon after assuming office, were related to strengthening of canal bunds, and repair of shutters, gates and locks to ensure supply of adequate water for irrigation in Kharif. He directed the irrigation officials to take measures for the removal of water hyacinth in canals and drains.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 7:55 am

Andhra doubles monthly maintenance for temples

VIJAYAWADA: Minister for Endowments Anam Ramanarayana Reddy said the State government has increased the monthly maintenance under Dhoopa Deepa Naivedyam from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. He took charge as Endowments Minister at Endowments Commissioner office in Gollapudi on Thursday and said a special committee will be constituted to oversee the renovation and other development works in temples across Andhra Pradesh. Marking the occasion, Ramanarayana Reddy signed on two filesincreasing monthly maintenance to temples and constituting a committee of senior officials to monitor the renovation of old and dilapidated temples in the State. Addressing the media, Reddy asserted that Chandrababu Naidus government is aiming to renovate all the old and historic temples across the State to restore their past glory. He further said the government is committed to protecting every cent of land belonging to the temples. Many temples in the State were abandoned during the YSRC regime, while some are facing existential problems. We have an action plan to renovate and develop those temples on par with other famous temples in the country, Ramanarayana Reddy said. He stated that activities in all the 26,000 temples under the ambit of the endowments department and development works will be carried out only after taking suggestions from religious heads such as pontiffs and heads of mutts. There will be no unilateral decisions in temple related activities from here onwards. Suggestions and opinions of religious heads will be considered, he underlined.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 7:45 am

YSRC seeks verification of EVMs in Vizianagaram, Andhra

VIJAYAWADA : The YSRC has sought verification of the burnt memory microcontroller of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at two polling booths in the Vizianagaram parliamentary constituency, and at 13 polling booths in two Assembly segments. This comes amid the YSRC casting doubts on EVMs. The candidate or the party, which stood second or third in the election can seek verification of EVMs as per the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on June 1. Following an application filed by the candidate or the political party, the State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has to communicate the same to the manufacturers within 30 days of the date of declaration of results. The results of the Lok Sabha and the State Assembly elections were announced on July 4. The manufacturers will issue the schedule for EVM checking and verification. The YSRC has sought verification of EVMs of one polling station each in the Bobbili and Nellimarla Assembly segments in the Vizianagaram Lok Sabha constituency. Similarly, it has also sought verification of EVMs of 12 polling booths in Ongole Assembly constituency and one in Gajapathinagaram. The YSRC is the only party from Andhra Pradesh that has sought verification of EVMs. It may be recalled that YSRC president and former chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy advocated for the paper ballot system. Two days ago, Jagan posted on X, Just as justice should not only be served but should also appear to have been served, so should democracy not only prevail but must appear to be prevalent undoubtedly. In electoral practices across the world in almost every advanced democracy, paper ballots are used, not EVMs. We too must move towards the same in upholding the true spirit of our democracy. The YSRC suffered a drubbing in the elections by winning just 11 of the 175 Assembly seats, and four of the 25 Lok Sabha seats. What SC said on verification The burnt memory/microcontroller in 5% of the EVMs, that is, the control unit, ballot unit and the VVPAT, per Assembly constituency/Assembly segment of a Parliamentary constituency shall be checked and verified by the team of engineers from the manufacturers of EVMs, post the announcement of results for any tampering or modification, on a written request made by the candidates who are No 2 and No 3 behind the highest polled candidate. The process Candidates can identify the EVMs by the polling station or serial number. Candidates and their representatives can be present at the time of verification. The district election officer shall certify the authenticity/intactness of the burnt memory/microcontroller after the verification process. The ECI will notify the expenses for the verification, and the candidate will have to pay the expenses.

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 7:38 am

Kerala's hidden crisis: Organ trafficking racket exposes rural financial distress

KOCHI: The underbelly of the recently busted global organ trafficking racket has exposed the severe financial distress buffeting rural areas of the state, which is forcing people to sell even their kidneys, besides the extensive mafia network behind organ harvesting. Organ-harvest victim taken into custody by Kerala police The story of Shameer, a youth from Thirunellayi, in Palakkad district, highlights the extent to which individuals will go to resolve financial woes. The only Keralite among the 20 people taken to Iran for organ harvesting, Shameer likely sold his kidney to settle his large debts. He had even conferred with his neighbours about his intention to sell his kidney for money. Shameer has been missing from his home village for a year. The racket, led by Sabith Nasar, a 30-year-old from Valapad, Thrissur, identified him and took him to Iran, according to police sources. During his interrogation, Sabith revealed that he facilitated the travel of the 20 Indians to Iran. Shameer donated the kidney around seven months ago. When police tracked down Shameer, whose whereabouts were previously unknown, to Mangaluru, he was found to be in poor health, likely due to the lack of post-operative care. Shockingly, none of the donors received the necessary post-operative treatment, and some did not even receive the promised payment. According to Sabith, donors were paid up to Rs 6 lakh for an organ. However, police discovered that the mafia charged up to Rs 50 lakh from recipients in some cases. The recruited donors were admitted to a private hospital in Iran, where they donated organs to suitable recipients. They were treated for three days at the hospital, followed by a 20-day stay in a flat before being flown back to India. Most donors were youths from Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Mullassery muddle Now, with several residents of Mullassery grama panchayat, in Thrissur, alleging that they were cheated after donating organs, police believe that this has opened up a new front of the operations. Financial hardships led families to fall prey to the racket. In Mullassery panchayat alone, particularly in wards 13, 14, and 15, seven individuals underwent transplant surgeries in 2023, with five of them being women from financially backward families, said C A Babu, former president of the panchayat. These surgeries took place while I was president, and the donors were from our neighbourhood. Most of them donated their kidneys, he added. Babu claimed that the necessary documents for organ transplant were arranged by the rackets agents. These donors needed permission and documents from local authorities to donate their organs, but they never approached me for any letters. I believe the agents took care of it, Babu said. Police action Cops expose international racket with Kerala links, say youths flown to Iran for kidney harvesting In addition to Sabith, police arrested two other individuals: Sajith Shyam from Edathala and Ballamkonda Ramaprasad aka Prathapan, from Vijayawada. Prathapan was the agent responsible for identifying donors. The investigation revealed the rackets international connections and significant financial transactions. Irans legal backing motivates traffickers Officers say Prathapan had links with around 10 similar operations, including one based in Istanbul, Turkey. He was also acted as key agent of the rackets based in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi and Bhopal. Transactions worth crores of rupees were traced to his bank account. Among the transactions was a transfer of approximately Rs 10 crore to Madhu Jayakumar, a Kochi resident who is now a fugitive and suspected to be in Iran. Investigators also found evidence of substantial money transfers to a firm owned by Madhu in Kochi, which is believed to be linked to the operations. Police have approached the CBI seeking an Interpol blue-corner notice against Madhu. According to the probe team, Madhu is a key figure operating from Iran, organising facilities, including hospitals, for individuals from India selected for organ donation. His arrest is expected to reveal critical information about the rackets operations in Iran and its international connections. K-SOTTO audits Organ transplantation surgeries, both deceased organ transplantation and live organ donation, are monitored by the Kerala State Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation (K-SOTTO). Previously known as Mrithasanjeevani, K-SOTTO has started conducting audits of transplantation centres in the state to monitor and prevent non-relative organ transplantation. As reports of illicit operations emerge, we have decided to audit transplantation surgeries held in the state. K-SOTTO will inspect transplantation centres to collect details of transplant surgeries held in Kerala, said Dr Noble Gracious, executive director, K-SOTTO. We have also decided to conduct a workshop to create comprehensive and standard operating procedures for the effective functioning of the district authorisation committee to ensure that unrelated transplants are administered in a manner that is both consistent and compliant with regulatory standards, in the wake of recent development about the action initiated against human trafficking for unethical organ retrieval, Dr Noble said. THE BODY OF BLAME 6 - Total number of suspected human trafficking cases linked to organ harvesting registered in the state 5 - With Ernakulam rural police 1 - Filed by Thiruvananthapuram city police The latest was registered by Nedumbassery police invoking sections 370 and 34 of IPC along with 19 (a) (b) (c) of Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act

The New Indian Express 21 Jun 2024 7:25 am

YSRC Refutes Allegations About Rushikonda Resorts

Vijayawada : Former minister Kodali Sri Venkateswara Rao has flayed the Telugu Desam-led NDA government, saying that it was spreading lies on the Rushikonda resorts. There was no need for then-CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to stay in the Rushikonda guest house. He has his own house, he said, adding that the Rushikonda hill resorts were government assets. They were not related to Jagan Reddy. The present government can use those as per its needs, he told the media at Tadepalli on Thursday. Kodali Nani alleged that Chandrababu came to power by giving false promises to the people. Nani asked the Telugu Desam to tell the people when the Super-6 promised by it would be implemented. The TD had promised a Rs.3000 dole per month for the unemployed youths in the state, he said and asked when this would be implemented. He said the propaganda about the furniture arranged for visitors in the CM's camp office was without any basis.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 12:46 am

Andhra Pradesh: IPS Officers Transferred, Atul Singh is ACB DG

Vijayawada : Andhra Pradesh government has issued orders transferring three senior IPS officers on Thursday night. P.V. Sunil Kumar, director general, AP State Disasters Response and Fire Services is transferred and directed to report to the government (GAD). Shankha Brata Bagchi has been given full additional charge of the post of director general, AP State Disasters Response and Fire Services till further orders. Kasi Reddy V.R.N. Reddy, director general, ACB, has been transferred and posted as commissioner, Printing, Stationery and Stores Purchase. Atul Singh, additional DG. APSP battalions, has been given full additional charge of the post of director general, ACB, till further orders. Y. Rishanth Reddy, superintendent of police, Counter Intelligence Cell has been transferred and directed to report to the DGP office. He has also been relieved of the full additional charge as SP (Red Sanders) Task Force.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 12:43 am

Naidu Government Sacks Retired Staff Re-appointed

Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday issued a note terminating the services of retired officers / staff who had been re-appointed. In a note, chief secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad asked all special chief secretaries, principal secretaries and secretaries to government to send a list of all retired government officers / employees, who had been re-employed in their departments. The CS said all such re-employed officers should be directed to tender their resignations with immediate effect. Such resignations shall be accepted as per rules, he stated. Neerabh Prasad asked officials to submit their compliance report to General Administration Department by June 24. The CS said if services of such retired officers / employees are essential for their departments, they must obtain a fresh order from the competent authority duly following the relevant business rules.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 12:23 am

Eight ministers take charge amidst chanting of Vedas by priests at AP Secretariat

Telugu Desam MLA from Palacole Nimmala Ramanaidu and five other TD leaders were taken into preventive custody by police at Palacole in West Godavari on Wednesday.(Image:DC) Telugu Desam MLA from Palacole Nimmala Ramanaidu and five other TD leaders were taken into preventive custody by police at Palacole in West Godavari on Wednesday.(Image:DC) Vijayawada: Eight ministers took charge and occupied their chairs at the AP Secretariat amid the chanting of Vedas by priests on Thursday. Talking to the media later, Water resources minister Nimmala Ramanaidu slammed the YSRC government for ignoring the Polavaram irrigation project and vowed to release a white paper on the negligence and corruption involved in the execution of the project. The minister also vowed to take up desiltation of irrigation canals and drains and undertake repair to the locks for the rainy season to avoid any trouble for crop cultivation by farmers. Minister for medium, small and micro enterprises, Kondapalli Srinivas, said he would come up with a road map for providing employment to the youths with support from the NRIs and helpin Dwcra women to become entrepreneurs with support from the industries sector. BC welfare minister S. Savitha assumed charge by appending her first signature on a file to provide free coaching for DSC to students from BC Study Circles and to unemployed youths. She said the government would continue the NTR Videshi Vidya Scheme which helped 2,173 students to pursue higher education abroad during 2014-19. Industries minister T.G. Bharath promised efforts to develop APs industrial sector on lines similar to Gujarat and vowed to set up a Gift City in AP, as in Gujarat. He wanted to create a conducive atmosphere in the state to attract investors in a big way and keep AP in the first place in the Ease of Doing Business. Labour minister Vasamsetti Subhash appended his first signature on a file meant to change the name of the YSR Bheema Pathakam to Chandranna Bheema Pathakam. He flayed the previous YSRC government for ignoring the welfare of the workers and alleged diversion of Rs 3,000 crore collected in the form of cess to the labour department. Revenue minister Anagani Satyaprasad promised efforts to make the revenue department an ideal one and resolve the problems of farmers in the land survey. A special academy would be set up to train the revenue staff members. Endowments minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy promised efforts to safeguard the sanctity of the temples and protect every cent of the temple lands. He appended his first signature on a file to enhance the amount to Rs 10,000 from Rs 5,000 being given to priests under Dhoopa Deepa Nivedyam scheme. Tourism and culture minister Kandula Durgesh appended his first signature on a file for purchase of 10 tourism boats at a cost of Rs 2.31 crore. He said AP was having 976km of coastline and we would develop tourism in a big way in addition to developing important places as tourism centres. We would promote temple tourism and adventure tourism. There will be efforts to develop film studios and other infrastructure to promote the film industry and to make films with support from the Telugu film industry, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 11:11 pm

Free travel for women in RTC buses in a months time, says AP minister

Vijayawada: The Telugu Desam-led Andhra Pradesh government would introduce the free travel for women system in APSRTC buses within a months time, as per the partys election promise. Transport minister Mandipalli Ramprasad Reddy stated this during his visit to the Pandit Nehru Bus Station here on Thursday. He said Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu is overseeing the plans plans to implement this promise. He said a team of officials would study the systems implementation in Karnataka and Telangana and frame the plan for AP. APSRTC sources say free ride for women in state-run buses has been in vogue in Tamil Nadu and Delhi too, apart from Karnataka and Telangana. The basic norm was to allow free travel within the territorial limits of the state, with no restriction on distance. However, in some states, free travel is allowed only in ordinary and express buses. Zero-fare tickets will be issued to the passengers subject to periodical reimbursement to the RTC from the state government. Women passengers have to present a valid photo-ID card to avail free travel just as a concessional fare is fixed for students in all states. Free travel will be allowed only to the residents of the state. The sources say that there are complaints of non-availability of space in the buses for men due to more women travelling in urban centres. In such situations, working women who earn salary unjustifiably take advantage of the free ride, it is pointed out. The AP scheme would be finalised after studying the details from other states. A senior official from the APSRTC said, We are awaiting order from the state government to take up a study in other states. The transport minister, during his first review after taking charge of the department, interacted with the passengers and checked the maintenance of the bus station. He also inspected the cargo booking centre. Ramprasad Reddy told the media that new buses including electric buses would be purchased by the government. He warned of stern action against those who abuse RTC assets and also those who intend to encroach upon them.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 10:26 pm

AP CM Chandrababu Naidu to Release White Paper on Amaravati Capital Status, Plans Action

Vijayawada: Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has said the state government would soon release a white paper on the status of the state capital. It would involve citations on the damage done to the structures that were under different stages of construction, he said. The government will prepare an action plan for Amaravati, with stress on the need for buildings there. On Thursday, the Chief Minister visited different structures left unattended for five years by the previous government and later addressed the media near the CRDA camp office in Rayapudi. Naidu said he was yet to study how and where the lands in the capital area were mortgaged. Officers must mend their ways, he said. Terming Amaravathi and Polavaram projects as centres for creating assets, Naidu regretted that both areas got ruined because of the wrong actions of the YSRC government. During his field visit, Naidu examined the constructions that were in ruins. The Chief Minister began his tour with a visit to the Praja Vedika in Undavalli that was razed by the YSRC government in 2019. He proceeded to Uddandarayanipalem where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the capital. He offered prayers there and later visited the houses constructed for the MLAs and MLCs, then the houses built for the All India Service officers and High Court judges. Naidu also inspected the residential houses built for ministers, gazetted and non-gazetted officers, and the apartment complexes being built for the grade-four employees. From officials, he sought details like the floor area of every house, the facilities available and the designs. Talking to the media at the CRDA Bhavan, Naidu felt that the farmers who gave their lands for the capital waged a war for 1,631 days even as they faced several cases and challenges. The farmers have called off their agitation now. They are confident that their area will be developed following the change of government, he said. In Andhra Pradesh, A stands for Amaravati and P stands for Polavaram. Amaravati will remain as the people's capital and the youth can confidently work in their state without migrating to other states in search of employment. Maintaining that the victory of the TD-led alliance in the recent polls in AP created history, Naidu said that the people totally rejected (Jagan Mohan Reddy) as they felt that he was not fit to be Chief Minister. They gave his party only 11 seats. The Chief Minister said that by implementing the welfare programmes, we will develop the state. The government has the responsibility to bring in radical change in the lifestyle of the people, he said.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 10:15 pm