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Thundershowers continue to lash AP

Visakhapatnam: Thundershowers continued to lash coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema. More rain was expected in the coming days, IMD Amaravati stated on Sunday. The rainfall was above normal in several areas. Kakinada received 31.4mm against the normal fall of 4mm. ASR district received 25.6mm rainfall against the normal fall of 4.7mm. East Godavari received 37.9mm against the normal fall of 3.6mm. Vizianagaram received 18.2mm against normal fall of 3.6mm. Meanwhile, the cyclonic circulation over northeast and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal persisted over the same region and is now seen lying between 4.5km and 5.8km above mean sea level. Scattered low and medium clouds with embedded, intense to very intense convection, lay over north Bay of Bengal, central and southeast Bay of Bengal and Andaman sea. The southwest monsoon has advanced into some more parts of the Arabian Sea, Gujarat, remaining parts of Maharashtra, some more parts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, remaining parts of Odisha and some parts of Jharkhand. Conditions are favourable for further advancement of southwest monsoon into some more parts of north Arabian Sea and Gujarat; some more parts of Madhya Pradesh; remaining parts of Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar; and some parts of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand during next three to four days, IMD said. ReplyForward Add reaction

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 11:16 pm

Steel Executives Federation of India urges Centre to merge VSP with SAIL again

SEFI office-bearers have met Union Minister of Steel H.D Kumaraswamy and Ministry of Steel Joint Secretary Vinod Kumar Tripathi and discussed the issue recently

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 9:15 pm

Vizag police prepare 100-day action plan to check ganja menace

Awareness meetings for students, conduct of rallies and marathons with the active participation of youngsters, and mounting vigil on inter-State smugglers and past offenders are among the series of steps planned as part of zero tolerance towards checking the menace

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 8:54 pm

AP: Union leaders urge state govt to run VSP

Visakhapatnam: The steel plant union leaders have called upon the state government to take over the management of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), citing the plants potential for profitability and its strategic importance to the states economy. Addressing a gathering of the SCST Association and the Visakha Ukku Porata Committee, senior union leaders of the steel plant D. Adinarayana, Varasala Srinivasa Rao, B. Mallaiah, and Thavudanna, emphasised the need for the state government to step in and ensure the plants continued operations. They highlighted the plants ready expansion plan from 7.3 MT capacity to 10.5 MT, its history of running in profits despite not having its own mines, and its vast assets, including 25,000 acres of land and assets worth Rs 3.5 lakh crore. The leaders pointed out that Visakhapatnam Steel Plant has a significant presence across the country with 27 branches and is a major exporter, with one-third of its products going abroad. They also noted the efficient water storage facilities and the potential for electricity generation through the plants own power plants. Furthermore, they argued that the steel plant could provide financial benefits to the state government through the use of quality steel products in large projects and could create additional employment opportunities for the states unemployed youth. They argued that Visakhapatnam, with its rapid development and suitable land resources for expansion, could be a key area for the states growth and that the state government should seize the chance to run Visakhapatnam Steel for financial gain and to honour the sacrifices and struggles of their ancestors for social justice. The leaders also reminded the state government of its pre-election promise to protect the plant and urged Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan, and state BJP leaders to respond to the issue.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 7:47 pm

Two years on, Andhra Pradesh remains wary of Centres BH series vehicle registration

Centre introduced the BH series vehicle registration system in 2021 to ease transfer of non-transport motor vehicles between states, but A.P. has not adopted it yet as it will deprive the State of revenue in life-time taxes

The Hindu 23 Jun 2024 7:33 pm

Nara Lokesh Accuses YSRCP of Allocating 42 Acres for Party Offices at Nominal Lease Cost

Nara Lokesh Accuses YSRCP of Allocating 42 Acres for Party Offices at Nominal Lease Cost Andhra Pradesh Information Technology and Electronics Minister Nara Lokesh on Sunday alleged that the former YSRCP government led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had allocated 42 acres of land in 26 districts for building party offices at a nominal cost of Rs 1,000 lease for 33 years. The minister posted the information on social media platform X along with several pictures of alleged YSRCP offices under construction. Lokesh stated, 'You (Jagan) allocated 42 acres of land in 26 districts for YSRCP (offices) at a meagre cost of Rs 1,000 lease for 33 years,' attaching more than a dozen pictures of the alleged YSRCP offices under construction in various parts of the state. This development comes soon after it became public knowledge that a palatial mansion was allegedly built at a cost of Rs 500-crore in Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam for Jagan Reddy, and that an under-construction YSRCP central party office in Tadepalli was recently demolished. The sea-view mansion, built with Italian marble, 200 chandeliers, 12 bedrooms, multi-hued illumination and other luxuries was allegedly meant to be the residence of the former CM. However, the recent transition of the state government from the YSRCP to the TDP brought the mansion into the national spotlight. According to Lokesh, the 42 acres of land, said to be worth about Rs 600 crore could have easily funded land at the rate of one cent each for 4,200 poor people. Drawing a similar parallel, the TDP general secretary noted that the money spent on the Rushikonda mansion could have funded house construction for 25,000 people. The TDP on Sunday circulated 19 images of buildings under various stages of construction across the state, alleging that they were YSRCP offices. 'With the demolition of the illegal structures constructed by the YSRCP in Tadepalli, several sensational facts have come to light. The senior officers are now studying the details of how the YSRCP has grabbed lands in prime localities at all 26 district headquarters, worth hundreds of crores (of rupees), in the name of building party offices,' a TDP statement said. According to the ruling party, the market value of land in these locations and the estimated expenditure on buildings could total up to Rs 2,000 crore. Meanwhile, the YSRCP in a post on X also alleged that the erstwhile TDP government between 2014 and 2019 had allocated government lands worth 'thousands of crores of rupees' to the ruling party at a paltry lease cost.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 5:12 pm

Jagan's govt allotted 42 acres land for YSRCP offices in 26 districts: Nara Lokesh

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Information Technology and Electronics Minister Nara Lokesh on Sunday alleged that the former YSRCP government led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy had allocated 42 acres of land in 26 districts for building party offices.The IT minister alleged that these land parcels were allocated at a nominal cost of Rs 1,000 lease for 33 years. You (Jagan) allocated 42 acres of land in 26 districts for YSRCP (offices) at a meagre cost of Rs 1,000 lease for 33 years, Lokesh said in a post on social media platform X. He also posted more than a dozen pictures of the alleged YSRCP offices under construction in various parts of the state. This development comes soon after it became public knowledge that a palatial mansion was allegedly built at a cost of Rs 500-crore in Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam for Jagan Reddy, and that an under-construction YSRCP central party office in Tadepalli was recently demolished. The sea-view mansion, built with Italian marble, 200 chandeliers, 12 bedrooms, multi-hued illumination and other luxuries was allegedly meant to be the residence of the former CM. However, the recent transition of the state government from the YSRCP to the TDP brought the mansion into the national spotlight. According to Lokesh, the 42 acres of land, said to be worth about Rs 600 crore could have easily funded land at the rate of one cent each for 4,200 poor people. Drawing a similar parallel, the TDP general secretary noted that the money spent on the Rushikonda mansion could have funded house construction for 25,000 people. The TDP on Sunday circulated 19 images of buildings under various stages of construction across the state, alleging that they were YSRCP offices. With the demolition of the illegal structures constructed by the YSRCP in Tadepalli, several sensational facts have come to light. The senior officers are now studying the details of how the YSRCP has grabbed lands in prime localities at all 26 district headquarters, worth hundreds of crores (of rupees), in the name of building party offices, a TDP statement said. According to the ruling party, the market value of land in these locations and the estimated expenditure on buildings could total up to Rs 2,000 crore. Meanwhile, the YSRCP in a post on X also alleged that the erstwhile TDP government between 2014 and 2019 had allocated government lands worth housands of crores of rupees to the ruling party at a paltry lease cost.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 4:35 pm

Nara Lokesh Alleges YSRCP's Controversial Land Allocations

Nara Lokesh Alleges YSRCP's Controversial Land Allocations Andhra Pradesh Information Technology and Electronics Minister Nara Lokesh on Sunday accused the former YSRCP government, led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, of allocating 42 acres of land in 26 districts for party offices. Lokesh alleged that these land parcels were leased at a nominal cost of Rs 1,000 for 33 years. He detailed his accusations in a post on social media platform X, along with over a dozen pictures of the purported YSRCP offices under construction across the state. This development comes shortly after a lavish mansion in Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam, allegedly built for Jagan Reddy, thrust the issue into the national spotlight. The TDP claims the 42 acres of land could have funded land for 4,200 poor people and that the mansion cost Rs 500 crore. The TDP subsequently shared 19 images showing buildings in various construction stages, asserting they were YSRCP offices. A party statement revealed that demolishing illegal structures in Tadepalli unearthed several sensational facts about land grabs by YSRCP in prime localities worth hundreds of crores of rupees. On the other hand, the YSRCP accused the previous TDP government of allocating lands worth thousands of crores at nominal leases from 2014 to 2019.

devdiscourse 23 Jun 2024 4:11 pm

War of words hots up between TDP, YSRCP over illegal party offices

Amaravati, June 23 (IANS) The war of words between the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) intensified on Sunday after demolition of the latters central office in Guntur District and notices to two more offices in Visakhapatnam. While YSRCP has termed the action of the NDA government-led by TDP as political vendetta, []

bhaskarlive 23 Jun 2024 12:59 pm

Purandeswari wants CBI to probe liquor manufacture, sand mining

Vijayawada: BJP state president Daggubati Purandeswari on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the anomalies in manufacture and supply of liquor and also sand mining during the YSRC regime. In a letter to Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, she alleged that manufacture and supply of non-qualitative liquor in AP had resulted in the death of many innocent citizens, making several women widows and children orphans. These deaths had been due to substandard raw materials, use of synthetic alcohol, outdated distillation and purification equipment, synthetic chemicals and packing of fresh liquor in plastic bottles even before ageing. Quoting data from union ministry of home affairs on births and deaths, Purandeswari pointed out that one lakh additional people had died every year when compared with the previous year during the last five years. She attributed these deaths to consumption of liquor. The BJP state president and Rajahmundry MP underlined that she had visited King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam. Officials, who had briefed her, said the number of deaths due to consumption of liquor had increased in the last three years. She asked for a thorough investigation into the corruption in AP State Beverages Corporation Limited while procuring and distributing liquor from companies to the shops. In another letter to the CM, Purandeswari asked for an inquiry into the corruption in sand mining in the state. She alleged that illegal sand mining had increased the cost of sand, impacting the construction sector. She said this has affected nearly 35 lakh construction workers in the state. The AP BJP chief wanted Naidu to develop a new sand policy, which is compliant with the National Green Tribunal. She suggested that sale and delivery of sand must be only through online billing. Further, purified sand could be sold in 25-kg bags, like cement, through a reputed firm. She wanted auction of sand reaches to be done in a transparent manner, which ensures that quality sand is available at an affordable price to the citizens.

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 11:30 am

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

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

NETA NATTER | BEVERLY HILLS TO THE BABUS BRINGS BAD LUCK

Vessella Meadows Park, a premium gated community opposite Taramati Baradari in Hyderabad, is the abode for several babus belonging to the two Telugu states, in particular IPS officials. It is not only known for the palatial villas inside worth crores of rupees but good Vaastu as well. The project promoter however, M. Sivananda Reddy, a former IPS official, was once facing allegations of land grabbing and was found to be absconding when city cops went to Kurnool to arrest him recently. Another resident, Prabhakar Rao is cooling his heels abroad while the city police have been breaking their heads over phone tapping during the BRS regime for which Rao emerged as the kingpin. The babu to gain out of the positive impact of Vaastu of the place is Ch. Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, who has been given Full Additional Charge of Head of Police Force, DGP, in Andhra Pradesh. Folks in the gated community are now hoping that fortunes of those living there may have changed and wish that lady luck continues to keep smiling at Tirumala Rao till he attains superannuation. TIME TO GET SERIOUS FOR PAWAN KALYAN Once again, Pawan Kalyan, who is the star of AP politics, appears to have provided top-tier content for members. These keyboard warriors, ever-vigilant for any slip-up, have pounced on Pawan Kalyans latest move, catapulting it into social media stardom. Upon taking charge as Deputy Chief Minister, he signed the official document with an added flourish a heart symbol. Naturally, this artistic touch on a government document has ignited a wave of trolling. Because who wouldnt expect a professional signature to include a heartfelt doodle? Clearly, his love for giving autographs to his fans might just need a bit of tweaking as he gets going wearing his new ministerial shoes. TD STARTS ITS RENAMING GAME Whats in a name? A lot, if the goings on in Andhra Pradesh after the new government took charge are anything to go by. The weekly Monday public grievances redressal system Spandana is now Meekosam, and the popular Nadu-Nedu programme aimed to renovate the old school buildings, is now School Infrastructure Improvement programme. So is the case with several other welfare schemes where prefixes to the titles of the schemes have been either changed or replaced with the names of the leaders of choice of the government of the day. BOTSAS SILENCE GROWS TOO LOUD FOR EVERYONE Former minister Botsa Satyanarayana, highly visible during the AP election campaign period, has suddenly disappeared from sight after the YSRCs loss in the AP elections. With his confident predictions that the YSRC will win 175 MLA seats falling flat, Satyanarayana is now lying low despite gaining prominence as a leader from North Andhra. In contrast, another former minister, Gudivada Amarnath, who suffered a significant defeat, addressed the media in Vizag, acknowledging the partys miscalculated expectations and expressing the YSRCs intent to learn from the defeat. Meanwhile, rumours are running rife that Satyanarayana may be making his way to the BJP and hence the current period of silence. NIZAMABAD AND KAMAREDDY UNSURE OF WHOS THE BIG BOSS Officials of Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts are facing a peculiar situation by having to do double duty with ruling Congress leaders and opposition BJP leaders. Of nine MLA seats, four were won by the Congress, three BJP and two the BRS in both districts. In the constituencies represented by opposition parties, Congress leaders who are constituency in-charges are holding review meetings with the district officials, as is the case with Md Ali Shabbir in Kamareddy and Nizamabad, represented by BJP MLAs K. Venkataramana Reddy and Dhanpal Suryanarayana Gupta. With stakes getting higher each day, TPCC working president and MLC B. Mahesh Kumar Goud is also coordinating with officials resulting in multiple review meetings, first with Congress leaders, and then with the elected opposition MLAs. The reports and venues are the same, but elected representatives are different. REVANTH PUSHES FOR MORE TRAINING FOR JOB SKILLS In a recent meeting with students of ITIs in Mallepally in Hyderabad, Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy shared his experience to stress the point on the importance of acquiring job skills and why just getting a degree certificate might not be enough. Revanth Reddy said he gave an advertisement inviting applications from engineering graduates and mestris (supervisors without engineering degrees monitoring construction workers at sites) for construction of a house. Revanth said while civil engineering graduates came forward to work for a salary of `15,000 to `20,000 per month, mestri s demanded `60,000 per month. His inquiries, he said showed that the engineers lacked required skills and practical knowledge while mestri s gained enormous work experience in the field. And that is the gap that the ITIs transformed into Advanced Technology Centres imparting practical skills will help graduates plant their feet firmly in the job market, he said. SWAMI CHANGES COLOUR WITH CHANGING WINDS Swami Swaroopanandendra Mahaswamy is in a dilemma and is spending sleepless nights after the YSRC government was toppled in the recent elections. Swamys upward swing began after he performed Raja Syamala Yagam for K. Chandrasekhara Rao who believed that the yagam saw him through the elections in 2018 and made him chief minister for a second time. He performed the same yagam for Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy in 2019 and after Jagan Mohan Reddy became chief minister, the Swamy gained importance in Telangana and AP which led all the ministers, MPs and MLAs to make a beeline to his Ashram Sarada Peetham in Chinamushidivada in Pendurthi in Visakhapatnam. The AP government provided him prime land in Bheemili and police security and a motorcade which costs the government `25 lakh per month. But after YSRCs crushing defeat, the Swamy called for a press conference and announced his full blessings (support) to the N. Chandrababu Naidu government, fearing action detrimental to his interests by the new government. AMBATI RAMBABU PUTS FOOT IN MOUTH In what can only be described as a self-goal, former AP irrigation minister Ambati Rambabu admitted he lacked an understanding of the states massive Polavaram irrigation project despite overseeing it for almost two years. Rambabu, who held the crucial irrigation portfolio in the YSRC government, casually let this bombshell drop at a press meet the other day. Rambabus statement Polavaram project nakey artham kaledu has left many stunned. But Rambabu wasnt done finding the back of his own net. He doubled down, claiming he was the pioneering soul brave enough to admit the projects complexity first, and that even Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had to follow his lead. His remarks reignited debate around mismanagement of the troubled multi-billion-dollar project, with YSRC rivals baying for accountability from the previous government. GHMC OFFICIALS FEEL THE IRE OF GOVT Bureaucracy is no kids business. The recent transfers of some officials have had some in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation begin talking about how childcare duties of some officials do not trump political compulsions. The buzz started after Abhilasha Abhinav who was earlier retained in GHMC as Kukatpally zonal commissioner due to childcare commitments, was transferred and posted as Collector Nirmal district. But then, questions began doing the rounds that Abhilasha may have faced the ire of some in the government following her crackdown on illegal buildings, enforcement activity and reshuffling of town planning wing officers. CONTRIBUTIONS FROM Nabinder Bommala, Vamsi Srinivas, L Venkatram Reddy, Avinash P Subramanyam, KMP Patnaik, Narender Pulloor, Laxmi Pranathi, Aruna, Sampat G Samritan

Deccan Chronicle 23 Jun 2024 1:58 am

YSR Congress Gets Notice Over Illegal Construction Of Another Party Office

Hours after its central office was demolished in Tadepalli, the YSR Congress party received another notice from the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) over the illegal construction of another party office in Vizag.

NDTV 23 Jun 2024 1:09 am

YSRCP faces legal scrutiny over illegal office construction in Tadepalli

YSRCP faces legal scrutiny over illegal office construction in Tadepalli Former chief minister Jagan Mohan Reddy allegedly allotted two acres of irrigation land in survey number 202/A1 in Tadepalli in the capital area of Amaravathi to his party office. The ruling party TDP claimed that Jagan had prepared a plan to occupy the neighbouring 15 acres by building the party office in these two acres. It has now been clarified that the Irrigation Department has not given the clearance to hand over these two acres to the YSR Congress party, the TDP said. The Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), or the Mangalagiri, Tadepalli Municipal Corporation (MTMC) or even the Revenue officials did not hand over the land belonging to the Irrigation department to the then ruling party, the TDP said. The TDP further said that what is more surprising is that the YSRCP did not even apply for the clearance of the plan to build the party office and began the construction. Learning about all these matters, the general secretary of the Guntur district unit of the TDP lodged a complaint with the Commissioners of the CRDA, MTMC officials on the illegal occupation of this two-acre land. Following this, the demolition of these illegal constructions by the YSRCP leaders has been launched under the supervision of the MTMC officials, it said, adding that the letter was sent to the YSRCP leaders by the Irrigation department. Meanwhile, the YSR Congress party received a notice from the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) over the illegal construction of another party office in Vizag. In its letter to the YSR Congress, GVMC Corporation officials objected to the construction of two acres of land at Yendada in Visakhapatnam district in survey number 175/4 without permission. You have applied for permission to the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) instead of GVMC, as the area falls under its limits, the letter stated. The Zone-2 Town Planning Officer has put notices on the YSRCP office that if a proper explanation is not given on this matter within a week, further action will be taken. Therefore, you are hereby directed to show cause in writing by you/your authorised agent. Further, you are hereby directed to stop the work and submit a reply within seven days from the date of receipt of this notice, failing which further action will be taken as per due procedure, the notice further stated. This has raised speculation that the Visakhapatnam YCP office might also be demolished for being built without any permission. This comes after an under-construction central office building of the YSR Congress Party was demolished by the Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority in the early hours of Saturday. The construction of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) office building in Tadepalli village has come under intense scrutiny following allegations of illegal activity. According to recent developments, the office was constructed on government land without the necessary consents, violating multiple legal provisions. Government Order Ms. No. 52, issued on February 16, 2023, mandated the allotment of 2 acres in Sy.No.202/A-1 to the District President of the YSR Congress Party for the construction of an office building. This order was contingent upon obtaining consent from the Irrigation Department, a requirement outlined in G.O.Ms.No. 340 dated July 21, 2016. However, it has been revealed that the District Collector delegated this responsibility to the Tahsildar of Tadepalli, who then handed over the land on March 31, 2023, without securing the necessary consent from the Irrigation Department. The Irrigation Department later confirmed that no consent had been given for the alienation or leasing of the land in question. Deputy Secretary to the Government, D Nagabhushana Rao, emphasised the lack of consent from the Irrigation Department, which invalidates any lease deed. Consequently, the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) cannot authorise the construction of the building. Despite these legal requirements, the construction proceeded, allegedly encroaching on irrigation land. Complaints were lodged with the CRDA and the Municipal Corporation, leading to the issuance of show-cause notices on May 20, 2024. These notices highlight the illegal nature of the construction under Sections 108 and 115 of the CRDA Act, 2014, which mandate development permissions and empower authorities to remove illegal constructions. Violators may face penal action, including imprisonment of up to three years under Section 114 of the Act. The situation continues to evolve, with authorities expected to take further action to address the violations and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks. (ANI)

devdiscourse 22 Jun 2024 10:53 pm

Visakhapatnam Central Cooperative Bank expects scheduled bank status after August, says Chairman

Bank is eyeing a turnover of 8,000 crore in 2024-25

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 10:29 pm

Vizag on diarrhoea alert; free ORS for every home

Visakhapatnam: The district administration is on high alert for combating diarrhoea which has affected several adults and children in Kakinada. The Zilla Parishad and GVMC officials held two rounds of inter sector meetings recently to step up preventive measures. There are no outbreaks in Visakhapatnam both in rural and urban areas. Only two cases of diarrhoea were reported and both were treated, said district medical and health officer Dr P. Jagadiswara Rao. He said it was decided to distribute two packets of ORS and Zinc tablets and syrups to every home having children in Visakhapatnam. The programme will be launched from Monday onwards. Meanwhile, GVMC commissioner CM Saikanth Verma held a meeting with his officials on Saturday to implement the national awareness programme under the central theme ``Stop Diarrhea in the corporation limits. He said there were specific orders from the State government to take all precautionary measures to prevent water born and seasonal diseases. Additional commissioner KS Viswanathan and other senior officials were present in the meeting. The commissioner said in addition to waterborne diseases, measures should also be taken to prevent vector borne diseases. He asked the engineering staff to take up de-siltation of all the major drains measuring over a kilometer in length in the city as the rain season had commenced in full scale. Similarly he asked them to clear the silt from small drains which measure to 2.8 kilometres in length. Similarly, he asked the staff to clear water logging in BRTS Roads, highways and beach roads. He also directed the water works department officials to plug the leaks to the water pipes which are passing through drains and culverts. He had suggested the health officials take up fogging, spraying of bleaching powder and take up anti-larvae operations in all parts of the city. Visakhapatnam City has reported 283 malaria cases and 69 dengue as on date, chief medical officer of GVMC Dr Naresh Kumar said.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 10:24 pm

GVMC issues show-cause notices to YSRCP leaders for unauthorised construction of party offices at Yendada and Anakapalli

Former IT Minister Gudivada Amarnath terms the issue of notices as political vendetta

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 9:12 pm

Ganta promises to retore glory of Film Nagar Cultural Centre in Visakhapatnam

He urges non-film background members to resign voluntarily from the FNCC

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 8:58 pm

Burst of flavours at The Hindus Our State Our Taste culinary competition in Visakhapatnam

Contestants come up with a variety of innovative lip-smacking dishes representing authentic flavours of Andhra and Telangana; P. Sharada from Visalakshi Nagar emerges as the winner of the preliminary round

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 8:29 pm

Numismatic and philatelic expo Visnupex-2024 to conclude in Visakhapatnam on June 23 - The Hindu

Numismatic and philatelic expo Visnupex-2024 to conclude in Visakhapatnam on June 23 The Hindu

Google News 22 Jun 2024 5:40 pm

Visakhapatnam Cooperative Urban Bank posts Rs 87 cr profit for 2023?2024

Visakhapatnam June 22 : The Visakhapatnam Cooperative Urban is one of the most profitable banks in the state, has earned a profit of Rs 87 crores for the year 2023?24. Addressing a media conference here on Saturday, the Bank Chairman, Ch. Raghavendra Rao, said the bank currently operates as a multi-state cooperative urban bank with 51 branches, including 47 in Andhra Pradesh and four branches in Hyderabad (Telangana), and is planning to open four more branches in Andhra Pradesh at [] The post Visakhapatnam Cooperative Urban Bank posts Rs 87 cr profit for 2023?2024 appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 22 Jun 2024 4:43 pm

Show cause notice issued to YSRCP to stop party office construction work in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) issued a show cause notice to YSRCP asking it to immediately stop construction work related to the party office at Yendada village in Visakhapatnam. The party is constructing the party office in two cents at Yendada village. In the notice, GVMC, Zone-II, Town Planning Officer S Varaprasada Rao said that it has come to the notice that an application for building permission was applied with the Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) instead of applying and obtaining permission from the GVMC as the site comes in its limits. Further, it was observed that the file related to the application was under scrutiny at VMRDA but unauthorized construction of RCC ground building and first floor nearly to the extent of two cents was continued, prompting the corporation to issue a show cause. A reply was also sought in writing by an authorized agent from the party within seven days from the date of receipt of the notice failing which further action will be taken as per due proedure.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 12:29 pm

GVMC stops ex-MP MVV Satyanarayanas venture in Vizag

Visakhapatnam: GVMC stops construction of high-end apartments at Siripuram junction being developed by HRR Constructions Ltd owned by former Vizag MP MVV Satyanarayana. The GVMC commissioner, who issued stop work orders, said local residents complained that blasting of rocks was causing dust and noise pollution and also damaging buildings nearby. The commissioner said this action was taken following the representation from the Siripuram Area Residents Welfare Association, represented by its president JM Naidu and marginal instructions of higher authorities The order said there was a continuous massive drilling using explosives to blast rocks at a site belonging to HRR Constructions Pvt. Ltd and 17 Others, in town survey no 75-3 part of Waltair ward, Visakhapatnam. During the course of inspection by town planning staff, it was brought to the notice of the GVMC that continuous massive drilling using explosives to blast rocks at the site was creating noise and dust pollution to neighbours, exposing their building to damage and the residents to physical injuries, which might cause casualties. The order sought explanation from the builders and also asked them to provide hoard or fencing to the full height to prevent pollution and falling of rocks. Earlier, deputy chief minister Pawan Kalyan visited the site and asked people not to buy flats from this disputed venture. Pawan was also serious after the Tycoon Junction was closed for this venture. the junction was opened the day the election results were announced. The former MP said he had replied to the GVMC stating that the work that was causing dust and noise pollution, has been completed. ``We have also erected barricades as per the system. We will wait and see what decision the GVMC takes, Satyanarayana told this correspondent.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 11:33 am

ENC leads grand celebrations for International Day of Yoga in Visakhapatnam - Yo Vizag

ENC leads grand celebrations for International Day of Yoga in Visakhapatnam Yo Vizag

Google News 22 Jun 2024 11:16 am

Anakapalli Cops Step Up Drive Against Illicit Brew

Visakhapatnam: Anakapalli police have stepped up their drive against illicit liquor, following reports of the illegal brew killing 37 persons in Tamil Naidu during the last two days. During the last year, Anakapalli cops have registered 842 cases, arrested 896 accused persons, and seized 7,696 litres of illegally distilled (ID) liquor. They also seized 17 vehicles and destroyed 6,57,970 litres of fermented jiggery wash used for manufacturing the illicit brew. Preparation of illicit liquor is not an organized business in Anakapalli, unlike Kurnool, Nandyal, and Godavari districts. It is a livelihood for some and part of the culture for those in tribal areas, said additional superintendent of police (ASP) Anakapalli B. Vijay Bhaskar. Speaking about the measures local police are taking along with the excise personnel, Vijay Bhaskar explained that the jiggery market in Tuni plays a major role in the manufacture of illicit liquor that caters to markets in Nathavaram, Chodavaram, Madugula, Payakaraopeta, and Kakinada. The ASP said Anakapalli district has adopted a two-pronged strategy under Parivarthana-2 from April 15, 2022, the year new districts were formed in the reorganization of Andhra Pradesh. He pointed out that awareness is being created among the Adivasi people to stop brewing the liquor for their consumption. Tribal people for whom making this brew is part of their livelihood, are providing financial assistance to start an alternate business. Vijay Bhaskar said police have recommended that 207 such persons be provided a total 88 lakh loan. With this loan, tribal people have bought cattle or opened grocery shops and petty businesses after stopping the illegal distillation of liquor. The ASP said such brew used to be widely consumed in rural and agency areas. But it had never been found in urban areas. Yet, they are taking precautions to prevent pilferage of chemicals from industrial areas, which can be used in preparing illegal liquor. There are 161 units in Pharma City, which use methanol and rectified spirit. We have held a series of meetings with them to ensure that they take extreme measures to prevent leakage of their chemicals, he added.

Deccan Chronicle 22 Jun 2024 10:55 am

Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad Vande Bharat express rescheduled today - The Hindu

Visakhapatnam-Secunderabad Vande Bharat express rescheduled today The Hindu

Google News 22 Jun 2024 8:58 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

Neet not neat, mired in mess

NEW DELHI: Amid nation-wide uproar over NEET-UG exam irregularities involving lives of lakhs of students and agonising parents, the spotlight is sharply on the systematic failure of our institutions to conduct public examinations. The fallout of the massive irregularities is that aspirants, who were otherwise eligible to get admission into over 50,000 government medical colleges across the country, would find it difficult, if not impossible, now. Thanks to the inflated marks, many bright students would not be able to make the cut. Despite the National Testing Agencys (NTA) repeated denials that NEET-UG exam paper was not leaked, police in Bihar and Gujarat have registered cases, and arrested a number of people, including an aspirant from Samastipur, who confessed that he got the leaked NEET paper a day before the exam and memorised it. The scale of the scam has understandably triggered a wave of condemnation not only from students, parents, educationists, medical associations, but from opposition parties too. While over 30 petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court and various high courts, the demand for re-examination, a CBI probe or an independent investigation has grown. For angry students and parents, the only way to protest the unfairness of the system was to come out on the streets. Protests broke out in almost all the states. Some even came out to demonstrate outside Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhans residence in Delhi. With Rahul Gandhi taking on the Modi government, Prdahan had to call a hurried press meet on Wednesday to announce that the government is forming a high-powered panel to improve the NTA functioning. His remarks came after his initial clean chit to the NTA. In the midst of the raging controversy, its the students who have suffered. While for some its the end of a dream to become a doctor, for others, the road to success is still far off. For Akhil Seelam from Bengaluru, who scored 640 on 720 and was ranked 38,000, the chance to get admission in the city is slim now. He is now planning to move to a smaller city and eyeing a not-so-popular college. He said if there were no inflation of ranks, he would have secured a rank in 10,000, enabling him to get a seat easily in the city, where he lives. Due to the NTAs arbitrary manner of giving grace marks, my rank has inflated by 340%. This is a rare case scenario for competitive exams, he said. Such a low rank will push me out of the city to find a government medical college. I will now have to look at Tier-2 or 3 cities in Karnataka such as Hubbali or Mangaluru, said Seelam, adding that all this will mean an increase in his and his familys expenses. He said his classmate scored 582 marks, a good score to get into a private or government college in Bengaluru. But this year, he has no chance. He is now looking at taking a drop year and retaking the exam next year, he added. Another student, Devika N, said she is also planning a drop year and to prepare for the next attempt, and this despite scoring 550 out of 720. With this years ranks, I would not get a government college seat even if I go to rural areas. We are from a middle-class family and my parents cannot afford a private college. I spent my two years preparing for this, the results were disappointing, said Devika, pointing out that private college fees are unaffordable for them as it costs over Rs. 1 crore. NEET-UG paper leak | RJD says Government trying to save big faces as Bihar DyCM points at Tejashwi close aide B Jahnavi from Visakhapatnam, who got 326 marks, demanded the release of the list of 1,563 students who benefitted from the grace marks allocated by the NTA, as well as the release of their OMR sheets. She also insisted that the exam for these 1,563 students, scheduled for June 23, should be conducted by another agency instead of the NTA. Suprit Mishra and Pritam Patra, both students of Sai International School, Bhubaneswar, have scored 690 and 715 marks out of 720, respectively. The cause for their unhappiness is their ranks. While Mishras marks placed him in the 5,039-rank, Patra got 265. Compared to last year, there is so much rank inflation this time that the 5,039-rank will not get me admission to any AIIMS. There is rank inflation every year considering the increasing number of students appearing for the exam. Going by last years ranks, 690 marks would have placed me within the 1,500-rank bracket but this year, the same marks have placed me in the 5,000-rank bracket. This will not get me admission to an AIIMS, Mishra said. 'We take responsibility': Education Minister announces panel to probe irregularities in NEET, UGC-NET exams Patra too had expected to be in the 100-rank bracket. Last year, 715 marks would have fetched 19-20 rank. This year it is 265. V Lalitha from Salem in Tamil Nadu, who completed Class XII in 2022, appeared for NEET in 2023 and secured 446 marks. In her steadfastness to pursue medicine from a reputed government college, she went for coaching for a year and managed to improve her score to 624 this year. However, she said, she could have scored much higher if the first question paper given to her was properly printed. She said she was not able to see the questions as it was poorly printed. She was given a fresh question paper 30 minutes later, but was not provided additional time. Highlighting how she went for coaching despite her fathers meagre earnings as a weaver, she said she could have easily scored 680 if there was no delay with the paper. A Vignesh Subramanian, who attended the exam in Alagar Public School in Thoothukudi, said he and many others got a different and tougher set of questions compared to others. Government open to fresh NEET-UG for all if Supreme Court issues orders Shivaprakash Sosale, Department of Pediatrics, Bangalore Medical College, said parents are panicking, especially for general merit students who expected to secure seats are now being threatened. Students with ranks in the 10,000-12,000 category would have got a seat here but now that bracket has moved to 3,000-4,000 ranks. Even as Pardhan said that the government is committed to protecting the rights of the students and planning to rectify the system, experts said, it is the need of the hour. Sajith Thomas, a career coach in Thiruvananthapuram, said, The NEET exam needs to be restructured in such a fashion that the coaching centers dont have an upper hand. The concept and the setting of questions need to be continuously altered so that the students are forced to anticipate something different every time. Only by doing this can a level playing field can be arrived at for the coached and non-coached students, he added. NEET-UG row: BJP-ruled states become epicenter of paper leaks, Rahul slams Modi for remaining silent Chennai-based career consultant and educationist, Jayprakash Gandhi, said since the time NEET was introduced, the examination has always been marred by controversies. Not even once, the NTA has managed to conduct the exam in a flawless manner. From question paper leak to grace marks allocation to multiple toppers from a single exam centre, several irregularities have come to the fore. The NTA has no right to play with the career of the students. He added that the Supreme Court should order a thorough probe into the irregularities and suggest alternatives to NEET. I am shocked to see that students who have failed class XII exams, have scored over 700 marks in NEET. Not only the future of lakhs of students is in danger but this poses a serious threat to our healthcare system, Gandhi said. (With inputs from Binita Jaiswal , S Godson Wisely Dass , Anu Kuruvilla , Diana Sahu , Aarti Kashyap and K Kalyan Krishna Kumar )

The New Indian Express 22 Jun 2024 7:49 am

After years of neglect, Indira Priyadarshini Stadium in Visakhapatnam gets a complete makeover

Almost 90% of the works have been completed as part of the stadiums redevelopment project, says GVMC official adding that the remaining works may take around a month

The Hindu 22 Jun 2024 12:36 am

Willing to purchase Rushikonda palace: Conman to Andhra CM Naidu

Amaravati: Conman Sukesh Chandrashekar who has been lodged in the Tihar Jail has once again managed to make headlines. This time it is about the Rushikonda palace in Visakhapatnam, which has been in the news as an extravagant building constructed by former Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Sukesh wrote a letter to Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 21 Jun 2024 11:48 pm

JS Leader Peethala Murthy Wants YSRC Party Offices Demolished

Visakhapatnam: Jana Sena corporator Peethala Murthy on Friday demanded demolition of the YSRC party office buildings in Visakhapatnam and Anakapalle, stating that both these structures have been constructed illegally. In a petition to GVMC chief city planner Suresh, he maintained that the YSRC party office at Yendada village in Chinagadili mandal of Visakhapatnam district, and the one at Rajupalem village in Anakapalli district have been constructed without proper permission. They should be demolished as they are illegal structures, he stated.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 11:37 pm

Actress Honey Rose Inaugurates Makeup Studio In Visakhapatnam

The actress had shared some of the pictures from the inauguration ceremony on Instagram.

News18 21 Jun 2024 4:10 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

Jana Sena leader seeks CBI, ED probe into Sarada Peetham

VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 20 Jana Sena leader Peethala Murthy Yadav on Thursday sought full-scale investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the financial dealings of Visakha Sarada Peetham. He charged that the Sarada Peetham has accumulated assets worth over 1,000 crore. Yadav accused Swamy Swarupananda, head of the Peetham, of illegally earning thousands of crores doing political brokerage under the guise of spiritual activities. He alleged that Swarupananda had received from the then Andhra and Telangana chief ministers Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and K. Chandrasekhar Rao government lands worth 500 crore for spiritual purposes, but had put it to commercial use. The JS leader demanded that the government seize these lands and investigate the source of funds, including fixed deposits and gold reserves, amassed by Swarupananda. He alleged that the Sarada Peethadhipati had a fixed deposit of 44 crore in 2018.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Jun 2024 11:46 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

Nimmala, Anam and six others take charge as Ministers ahead of Assembly session

White Paper soon on Polavaram project, says Water Resources Minister Nimmala; while Endowments Minister Anam signs files pertaining to doubling the salaries of priests from 5,000 to 10,000, Industries Minister signs files pertaining to development of Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor and increasing the term of lease of lands allotted by the APIIC

The Hindu 21 Jun 2024 4:17 am

Southwest monsoon covers entire Andhra Pradesh

The Northeast Monsoon rains have ceased over Rayalaseema and the adjoining areas of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala's Mahe, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu-Puducherry-Karaikal and Yanam since Sunday. (Representation image: DC) The Northeast Monsoon rains have ceased over Rayalaseema and the adjoining areas of Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Kerala's Mahe, south interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu-Puducherry-Karaikal and Yanam since Sunday. (Representation image: DC) Visakhapatnam: The southwest monsoon has covered the entire Andhra Pradesh by Thursday. The monsoons set in over the state on June 2 but remained sluggish due to lack of monsoon troughs in the Bay of Bengal. Director of IMD Amaravati, Stella S., said the rainfall so far this month was above the normal level. The highest departure was witnessed in Annamaya district with 172.7 mm against the normal fall of 46.7 mm. Nandyal district received 210.3 mm against a normal fall of 57.5 mm and Sri Sathya Sai district received 149.4 mm against a normal fall of 43.8 mm. Some districts recorded deficit rainfall this month. East Godavari received 30.9 mm against normal fall of 75.7 mm and Alluri Sitarama Raju district received 64.2 mm rainfall against the normal fall of 111.1 mm. The monsoon has advanced into some more parts of Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, northwest Bay of Bengal, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and some parts of Bihar. The northern limit of the monsoon now passes through Amaravati, Gondia, Durg, Rampur (Kalahandi), Malda, Bhagalpur and Raxaul. Conditions are favourable for further advancement of southwest monsoon into some more parts of North Arabian Sea, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, northwest Bay of Bengal, some parts of the Gangetic West Bengal, remaining parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal, some parts of Jharkhand, some more parts of Bihar and some parts of East Uttar Pradesh during the next three to four days. The cyclonic circulation over coastal Andhra Pradesh and adjoining Telangana at 5.8 km above mean sea level has become less marked. Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning were likely at isolated places over north and south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam and Rayalaseema till June 24. Gusty winds with speed reaching 40 kmph to 50 kmph likely over the same place North Coastal AP, Yanam, South Coastal AP and Rayalaseema, IMD said in its daily report.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Jun 2024 10:21 pm

Visakhapatnam Steel Plant moots monetisation of its properties across India to improve liquidity

The total market value of these assets, spread across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune, is 476.18 crore; it is a conspiracy to undermine RINL-VSP, says activist J. Ayodhya Ram

The Hindu 20 Jun 2024 10:20 pm

Crowded foot overbridges cast a shadow on passenger safety at Visakhapatnam Railway Station

A six-metre wide foot overbridge-cum-ramp which was a preferred entry point for most passengers was closed in April after it tilted slightly due to corrosion; resultant load on the remaining two FOBs is leading to congestion

The Hindu 20 Jun 2024 7:01 pm

Visakhapatnam Port ranked among top 20 globally for container performance

With a strong focus on collaboration and future growth, the port aims to achieve million plus TEUs by the financial year 2025-26.

The Hindu Businessline 20 Jun 2024 6:23 pm

Travel tips: These 10 beautiful places of South India will fulfill your desire to travel, make a plan for here

There are many places to visit in a huge country like India which fulfill your desire to travel. Whenever it comes to searching for places to visit, the names of places in South India come the top places where the lush green mountains, waterfalls, lakes, forests, and enchanting valleys can win the heart of any nature lover. Talking about South India, there are some places in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh, that are no less than a hill station in terms of beauty. Today in this episode we are going to tell you about some beautiful places in South India which make everyone crazy. So let's know about these places... Coorg, Karnataka Surrounded by dense mountains and mist, Coorg is a paradise for nature lovers. This small town in Karnataka is known for its diverse flora and fauna aromatic spices and coffee plantations. From waterfalls and trekking routes to forts and temples, there is a lot to visit in Coorg. Many Tibetan settlements can also be seen here. Apart from visiting the sights of Coorg, one can enjoy culture, delicious food, etc. The best time to visit Coorg is between October to March. Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Tadiyandamol Peak, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, etc. are the major attractions here. Kovalam, Kerala There is a place named Kovalam on the banks of the Arabian Sea in the city of Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala. The beauty of this small city will captivate your mind. This place is a center of historical attraction. At the same time, you can spend a relaxing holiday on the open beach here. Mysore, Karnataka Known for its royal lifestyle, Mysore is a charming city. It is full of magnificent monuments and ancient buildings. Mysore Palace is considered to be the second most popular tourist destination in India. The rich traditions and spice markets of Mysore attract tourists from India and around the world. Mysore Palace, Mysore Zoo, Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden, Venugopal Swamy Temple, Jaganmohan Palace, etc. are the major attractions here. July to February is the best time to visit here. Wayanad, Kerala Wayanad of Kerala is called the king of beauty in South India. Wayanad is very dear to loving couples. Here the lush green hills and beautiful views captivate the mind. One can get a chance to visit trekking and mysterious caves in Wayanad. Ooty, Kerala A beautiful hill station situated in the Nilgiri hills which is no less than a paradise for any tourist. This place is one of the most prominent places to visit in Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of about 2300 meters above sea level, Ooty is the best place for mountain and nature lovers. Ooty is also called the Queen of Hills. It is one of the favorite destinations for couples and honeymooners. Botanical Garden, Needle Rock View-Point, and Rose Garden are also the best places to visit here. Munnar Hill Station, Kerala There is a beautiful hill station in the state of Kerala. If you want to spend time in a green valley after the peace of the sea, then You can go to Munnar hill station located in South India. In Munnar, you will get to see beautiful tea gardens. You can go to Munnar with your partner. There are tea museums, St. Anthony statues, and local markets to visit in Munnar. Kochi, Kerala A long chain of islands can be seen in the state of Kerala, India, a tourist destination included in the famous places of South India. This city is listed as a popular family destination in South India along with visiting alone in South India. Apart from this, you must also taste the delicious dishes of Kerala here. Fort Kochi, Cherai Beach, Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis CSI Church, Pardesi Synagogue, etc. are the major attractions here. You can visit here between October and February. Alleppey, Kerala If any place is included in the most visited places in the state of Kerala in South India, then its name is Alleppey city. It is also known as Alappuzha city. There is a different fun in roaming with a partner on the sea beach in the winter season. This city is so much liked by tourists that many people also call it Venice of the East. It is different fun to roam with your friends and partner in the city of Alleppey amidst beautiful lakes, paddy cultivation, and coconut trees. Varkala, Kerala Varkala is a coastal city of Kerala state, which is very popular among tourists. There are many tourist places in Varkala, tourists can enjoy hills, beaches, historical forts, lakes etc. Janardan Swamy Temple and Papanasam Beach are also worth visiting here. Araku Valley, Andhra Pradesh Araku Valley is a hill station located in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh state. The beauty of this place is no less than any hilly place. There are many such tourist places here, where tourists come to visit not only from the country but also from abroad. If you are going to visit somewhere in South India in winter with your family, then this place is better than any other place. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 20 Jun 2024 6:16 pm

Pacer Shabnam Shakil joins India squad formulti-format series against South Africa

Bengaluru: Teenage fast-bowler Shabnam Shakil has been added to Indias squad for all three formats in the ongoing multi-format series against South Africa by the Womens Selection Committee, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Thursday. India has an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Hailing from Visakhapatnam in Andhra []

orissapost 20 Jun 2024 5:32 pm

Pacer Shabnam Shakil Added To Indias Squad For Multi-format Series Against South Africa

Pacer Shabnam Shakil: Teenage fast-bowler Shabnam Shakil has been added to Indias squad for all three formats in the ongoing multi-format series against South Africa by the Womens Selection Committee, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday. India have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Hailing from Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, right-arm fast-bowler Shabnam was a member of India's ICC Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup-winning team in 2023 in South Africa, where she appeared in two matches and got just one wicket. She is known for her stump-to-stump lines and can even pull off a bouncer, as well as clock speeds upwards of 110 kmph. Shabnam was inspired to be a fast bowler by her father Mohammed Shakil, a Navy official who played club cricket in the state. She was roped in by Gujarat Giants for the Womens Premier League (WPL) for a price of INR 10 lakh ahead of the inaugural season. In this years Women's Premier League (WPL), Shabnam, who idolises the legendary Jhulan Goswami, was handed a debut by GG at just 16, making her the youngest debutant in the competitions history. In the same season, she made heads turn through her searing spell of 3-11, including bowling 19 dot balls and helped her team win by eight runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. Her scalps in that game included Alyssa Healy, Chamari Athapaththu, and her India U-19 teammate Shweta Sehrawat. Following the conclusion of the ODI series in Bengaluru on June 23, India and South Africa will play a one-off Test from June 28 to July 1, and the three T20Is to be held in Chennai. India will be playing their third Test in seven months, having defeated both England and Australia in back-to-back games in December last year at Mumbai. The T20I series, happening on July 5, 7 and 9, will serve as a platform for India and South Africa to finetune their combinations ahead of the Womens T20 World Cup happening in Bangladesh from October 3-20. Indias ODI squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh (WK), Uma Chetry (WK), Dayalan Hemalatha, Radha Yadav, Asha Sobhana, Shreyanka Patil, Saika Ishaque, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh Thakur, Arundhati Reddy, Priya Punia, Shabnam Shakil Indias Test squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Shubha Satheesh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Richa Ghosh (WK), Uma Chetry (WK), Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Renuka Singh Thakur, Meghna Singh, Priya Punia, Shabnam Shakil Indias T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (C), Smriti Mandhana (VC), Shafali Verma, Dayalan Hemalatha, Uma Chetry (WK), Richa Ghosh (WK), Jemimah Rodrigues, Sajana Sajeevan, Deepti Sharma, Shreyanka Patil, Radha Yadav, Amanjot Kaur, Asha Sobhana, Pooja Vastrakar, Renuka Singh Thakur, Arundhati Reddy, Shabnam Shakil. Standby: Saika Ishaque

CNMSports 20 Jun 2024 5:18 pm

Zoomcar collabs A-I Express to allow booking cars from airport in 19 cities

Self-drive car sharing platform Zoomcar Holdings on Thursday said it has partnered with Air India Express to allow customers to book self-drive cars directly from the airport on the airline's mobile app as well as the website in 19 cities. The collaboration also caters to the customer with varying requirements, leveraging the extensive fleet options and ensuring ample space for baggage carried through Air India Express's add-on packs such as carry-on-Xtra, international connecting baggage, and special equipment, Zoomcar said in a statement. This collaboration will offer the customer access to self-driven car rentals in Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kochi, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Madurai, Mumbai, Pune, Tiruchirappalli, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, it said. We're focused on providing improved and personalised travel experiences for our guests at Zoomcar, and our partnership with Air India Express is another stepping stone ...

Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 4:45 pm

Pride Month: Visakhapatnam-based Nestam begins celebrations with a host of events

Nestam celebrates Pride Month in Visakhapatnam with film screenings, open mic and drag show

The Hindu 20 Jun 2024 3:19 pm

Explore the nocturnal wilderness at herp walks in Visakhapatnam

Embark on a nocturnal adventure in the Eastern Ghats in Visakhapatnam with herp walks, discovering hidden reptiles and amphibians

The Hindu 20 Jun 2024 3:14 pm

Admissions Underway for B.Tech Programmes at the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE)

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India], June 20: The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE), recognised as an 'Institute of National Importance' by the Government of India (GoI), has commenced admissions for its four-year B.Tech programmes in Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The admissions cycle, which started on 11th June 2024, will run until 5th July 2024. Classes are scheduled to start from 5th August 2024.

Business Standard 20 Jun 2024 1:01 pm

Nine major Indian ports, 4 of which have been developed by Adani Ports, ranked in the Global top 100 by World Bank

In the latest ranking, Mundra Port, developed by Adani Ports and SEZ Ltd, has also risen the index, moving up from 48 last year to 27. Visakhapatnam Port also climbed up the index at 19 from 115th position in 2022.

OpIndia 20 Jun 2024 10:31 am

CM Chandrababu Naidu to begin Amaravati tour from Praja Vedika

VIJAYAWADA : Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is set to visit the Amaravati capital region on Thursday to examine the status of the construction of various buildings in different parts of the area. This will be Naidus maiden visit to Amaravati after assuming charge as the Chief Minister. Construction activity in Amaravati came to a standstill in the past five years as the previous YSRC government proposed three capitals with Visakhapatnam as the executive capital, Amaravati as the legislative capital and Kurnool as the judicial capital. Following the landslide victory in the recently-concluded elections, Naidu announced that Amaravati will be the sole capital of Andhra Pradesh. Subsequently, all jungle clearance works were initiated. As per the itinerary, Naidu will leave from his residence in Undavalli at 11 am and commence his tour from the Praja Vedika, which was demolished by the previous government. He will then head to the spot where Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 had laid the foundation for the capital city in Uddandarayunipalem. He will visit the Seed Access Road, the housing complexes being built for All India Service (AIS) officers, Ministers and High Court Judges. Later, he will head to the sites where construction of the iconic buildings had begun during the previous TDP regime between 2014 and 2019. After wrapping up his tour, the Chief Minister will speak to mediapersons. Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister Ponguru Narayana told reporters at the State Secretariat that committees will be constituted to estimate the damage caused to the buildings that were taken up by the previous government in the Amaravati region. Opining that fresh tenders should be invited for the works in Amaravati so as to get new estimates, the Minister pointed out that deadline for the tenders called in the past has ended. Further, he said three to four months will be required to invite new tenders. A decision on commencement of works in the capital region will be taken after holding discussions in the Cabinet, he added.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 9:35 am

Video of father carrying oxygen cylinder for newborn at KGH hospital in Visakhapatnam sparks row

VISAKHAPATNAM : A video of a father carrying an oxygen cylinder at KGH Hospital in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday garnered attention on social media. The footage shows the father assisting in transporting his premature newborn to the NICU while a nurse carried the baby. According to the reports reaching here, Allu Sirisha, a native of Kota Nanduru village in Kakinada district, gave birth to a baby girl at around 8.30 am on Tuesday. Due to the babys premature birth, doctors recommended NICU care, including oxygen support. However, as the attendants were not available to help the nurse transfer the baby to the NICU, which is located in a separate block away from the maternity ward at the hospital, Vishnu Murthy, the father, stepped in to carry the oxygen cylinder by himself to ensure his baby received the necessary oxygen supply. A bystander recorded the incident and posted the video on social media, where it quickly went viral. The video received widespread attention on social media and among onlookers, sparking discussion about healthcare facilities and the need for improvement. Many praised the fathers dedication while also calling for better hospital support systems to prevent such situations. Responding to the incident, the in-charge superintendent of KGH, Dr Sivanand, said, Measures will be taken to keep a battery vehicle available at all times to prevent the recurrence of such incidents. It may be recalled that in May, as part of their CSR initiatives, RINL donated battery-powered vehicles to KGH for transporting elderly, pregnant, and needy individuals within the hospital premises. However, these vehicles were not available during the incident. Andhra Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (APSCPCR) member Gondu Seetharam responded to the incident and stated in a press release issued on Wednesday that the higher authorities of the hospital have been instructed to submit an immediate report on the incident.

The New Indian Express 20 Jun 2024 7:16 am

9 Indian ports among top 100 in Container Port Performance Index 2023

As many as nine ports of India have made it to the global top 100 rankings in the latest edition of Container Port Performance Index, an official statement said on Wednesday. The Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), developed by World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, measures the resilience, efficiency and overall performance of the Ports. While Visakhapatnam Port made it to the top 20 ports of the World at 19 in 2023, Mundra Port also climbed up the index at 27 in the current ranking. According to the statement, Visakhapatnam Port has showcased strong performance with 27.5 moves per crane hour, a turnaround time (TRT) of 21.4 hours, and minimal berth idle time. These metrics highlight the port's efficiency in handling container ships and significantly influence customer preference. Seven other Indian ports, which secured ranks in the top 100, are Pipavav (ranked 41 in the list), Kamarajar (47), Cochin (63), Hazira (68), Krishnapatnam (71), Chennai (80) and Jawaharlal .

Business Standard 19 Jun 2024 11:52 pm

Navy begins marathon for promoting health

Visakhapatnam: The Indian Navy and the city of Visakhapatnam are set to come together once again for the Vizag Navy Marathon (VNM) on December 15, 2024. This year, the Navy has introduced a unique Strengthening and Conditioning program to prepare participants for the event, showcasing its commitment to the city's well-being. The programme, which kicked off on June 2, 2024, aims to improve the fitness and endurance of participants through a series of training sessions on RK Beach. The first edition saw over 250 participants, including children and women, who displayed remarkable strength and determination despite the warm weather. The event was a grand success, with enthusiastic participants looking to improve their timings and build their fitness. The next edition of the programme is scheduled for July 7, 2024, and registrations are now open on the official website, www.vtra.run. The program includes bibs, coaching, hydration, and refreshments, with selected runners receiving T-shirts during the sessions. The marathon route is strategically designed to provide a breathtaking view of the city's iconic landmarks, with the azure waters of the Bay of Bengal serving as a stunning backdrop. The Indian Navy's involvement in the event highlights its dedication to the city's well-being and its commitment to ensuring that VNM-24 embodies the true essence of Visakhapatnam.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 10:26 pm

Nine Indian ports ranked among top 100 in Container Port Performance Index 2023

In the latest Container Port Performance Index (CPPI), released by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence, India's ports have achieved notable global rankings. Nine ports from India have been listed among the top 100 globally. Visakhapatnam Port secured the highest position among them, ranking 19th worldwide in 2023. Mundra Port also made significant progress, climbing to 27th place in the current rankings.

The Economic Times 19 Jun 2024 9:11 pm

Rise in demand for organ transplants, 3,697 patients in queue

Visakhapatnam: The number of patients waiting for organ transplants in Andhra Pradesh is gradually increasing. Currently, 3,697 patients are waiting for organ transplants. Every year, dozens of patients apply to Jeevandan for organ transplantation. Jeevandan is a comprehensive scheme launched by the AP government to encourage organ transplantation. However, due to limited availability of organs compared to the number of registrations, patients have to endure long waits. In absence of suitable organ donors, patients have to rely on long-term treatments, and unfortunately, many lives are lost due to lack of timely organ transplants. Jeevandan coordinator, Dr K. Rambabu, told Deccan Chronicle, Currently, 2,508 patients have applied for kidneys, 1,111 for liver, 65 for heart transplants, and 13 for lung transplants. Once we find donors after matching their blood group and other medical factors, the organs collected from the brain dead are given according to the list of those registered in Jeevandan. According to Jeevandan, the number of people suffering from kidney, liver, and heart diseases across the state is increasing day by day, and most require organ transplant surgery. They are registering with Jeevandan, which monitors this procedure. According to Dr Rambabu, at Jeevandan, registrations are increasing significantly. Patients suffering from kidney and liver diseases have notably increased. These issues are affecting individuals at a younger age than ever before. The increase in victims can be attributed to poor food habits, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Many young individuals are experiencing organ damage, and after ineffective long-term treatments, they are left with no choice but to undergo organ transplant surgery. It is concerning that almost 50 per cent of those requiring organ transplants are under the age of 40, the doctor said. Many victims have to wait for organ donors as the number of donors is fewer. He explained that organ transplant surgeries can be done using organs from a deceased donor or a living donor. In the cadaveric method, organs are retrieved from a person who has recently passed away and evaluated for compatibility. In the living donor method, a living person donates an organ or tissue to another person, the doctor added.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 8:03 pm

AP: Jagan backs Amarnath for MLC polls in Vizag

Visakhapatnam: According to sources within the YSRC, party chief and former chief minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is encouraging former minister Gudivada Amarnath to run for the MLC elections in Vizag. Despite the party's promise to make Visakhapatnam the executive capital if it came to power, the people of Visakhapatnam did not support the YSRC. The YSRC faced a defeat not only in Visakha but also in the entire North Andhra region. The MLC elections are scheduled for July 12. Jagan Mohan Reddy believes that winning two seats in this election could boost the party's morale a bit. As a result, the party is expected to nominate individuals who are strongly loyal to the party for these seats. The YSRC chief also values strong voices and believes they should be represented in the Council. After losing the Gajuwaka in elections by a significant margin, Gudivada Amarnath held a press conference and stated, The party will learn lessons from the defeat and rise again. No other leader from North Andhra was willing to speak out like Amarnath. Given this context, Jagan Mohan Reddy believes that Amarnath, if elected to the Council, would be the right person to advocate for the party. Vamsikrishna Yadav, who resigned from the YSRC and joined Jana Sena, was successful in winning as an MLA from Visakhapatnam South. In light of this, the party is determined to secure the MLC post by fielding Amarnath in the elections; a victory for him would provide a much-needed boost to the party's morale in Visakhapatnam.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 8:00 pm

Andhra University registrar under pressure to resign, claims YSRC

Visakhapatnam: YSRC on its X platform has alleged that Andhra University Registrar M. James Stephen had received threat calls from one Madhav Reddy and the he was told to immediately resign from his post and move to a foreign country. Though a police complaint was lodged, no action has been taken, the YSRC said. Under the leadership of N. Chandrababu Naidu, the TD goons were unleashing terror, it said. When enquired, the Three Town police station inspector K. Parthasarathi said he had received a complaint from the university authorities and immediately contacted Madhav Reddy, who made the calls from Hyderabad. When asked why he made calls, Madhav Reddy replied that the registrar embezzled funds and due to his corruption many students had ended their lives. I told Madhav Reddy to come to the police station and bring documentary proof of the Registrar's corrupt activities, the inspector told this correspondent on Tuesday.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 12:00 pm

Srikakulam: Two dead in Sirimanu festival mishap

Visakhapatnam: Two persons died when a ceiling collapsed during the Sirimanu festival at Kuppili village in Etcherla mandal of Srikakulam district. The deceased have been identified as Surada Appanna (40) and Kari Palleti Sri Kant (55) of Budagadlapalem village. Another individual Nayani Chinnareddy (50) from Kuppili village sustained a serious injury Police are investigating the cause for collapse of the ceiling.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 10:39 am

NEET-UG 2024: Calls for transparency, state control amid allegations of malpractice

VIJAYAWADA: The alleged malpractices in the conduct of the NEET-UG 2024 exam have raised significant concerns among students and parents, affecting both top performers and those who qualified. The controversy began with the awarding of grace marks to 1,563 students and escalated due to allegations of a paper leak. As counselling dates approach, tension among students is increasing daily, especially since the Supreme Court postponed the case hearing to July 8. The controversy continues to evoke diverse opinions and calls for action to ensure transparency and fairness in medical admissions across India. Previously, the purview of the conduct of entrance examinations was under State government jurisdiction, but the Central governments decision to conduct nationwide NEET has faced opposition from States like Tamil Nadu. B Jahnavi from Visakhapatnam, who secured 326 marks, demanded the release of the list of 1,563 students who benefitted from the grace marks allocated by the National Testing Agency (NTA). She emphasised that the re-exam, scheduled for June 23, must be conducted by another agency instead of NTA for all 1,563 students without any clauses and appealed that no grace marks should be added in the future for any reason. Jahnavi accused the NTA of concealing information to protect themselves and alleged that fraud had been committed the previous day of the exam, which the NTA was aware of. She expressed her doubts about how the 1,563 students would be able to appear for the re-exam within the time given by the NTA, given that the exam is scheduled for June 23 and the results are to be announced on June 30. Speaking to TNIE , Member of Legislative Council (Krishna-Guntur Teachers Constituency ) KS Lakshmana Rao emphasised Indias federal structure and criticised the Centres control over the education system. He supported conducting examinations like NEET at the state level and echoed Tamil Nadus demands. Rao called the situation a failure of the Centre and National Testing Agency (NTA), urging a thorough investigation into the allegations and advocating for a possible re-conduct of NEET to ensure fairness for talented students, following the Supreme Courts directives. Dr AN Radhakrishna Yadav, a Professor in Pediatric Dentistry, expressed deep concern for the 24 lakh students affected by the irregularities in the exam. He told TNIE that he supported students calls to abolish NTA, citing evidence of malpractice, such as unusual patterns where several students from the same exam centre scored full marks. Yadav urged State governments to take a firm stance against such irregularities and recommended considering a re-examination to uphold integrity. Speaking to TNIE, AP Medicos Parents Association State President Dr Ala Venkateswarlu dismissed the possibility of a NEET re-exam due to students unwillingness to go through the labour of preparing for one of the toughest exams in India. Stating that the alleged malpractices in conducting Neet in other States have affected the students across the nation, particularly the students of Telugu States, Venkateswarlu proposed cancelling the national pool of 15% this year to prioritise local talent. This move would reserve the national quota of 400 medical seats in Andhra Pradesh to State rankers. Pointing out anomalies in the exam results where 67 candidates scored 720 out of 720, unprecedented in previous years, he highlighted the possibility of paper leakage impacting the fairness of NEET. Venkateswarlu highlighted that every year students from both AP and Telangana secure 15 to 20 ranks within all India's top 100 ranks, but this year they secured only four ranks.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 9:14 am

MP Srinivasa Varma takes charge as Union Minister of AP for Heavy Industries and Steel

VIJAYAWADA: Narasapuram MP Bhupathiraju Srinivasa Varma took charge as the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Steel at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday. Speaking after taking charge, the Union Minister said he would focus on creating employment opportunities for the youth by encouraging the establishment of industries in a big way. He vowed to strive to get the industries that Andhra Pradesh lost during the YSRC regime, back to the State. We will take steps for allotment of land to industries to generate more employment, he said. Stating that the Centre had taken a policy decision on Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Srinivasa Varma said he would hold a meeting with NDA leaders, including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Deputy Chief Minister Pawan Kalyan, and announce the future course of action with regard to strengthening the steel plant. He also promised to play a key role in the development of AP by seeking suggestions from NDA leaders for it.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:57 am

Fire erupts in King George Hospitals IRCU, Visakhapatnam

VISAKHAPATNAM: A fire broke out in the Intensive Respiratory Care Unit (IRCU) on the 4th floor of the CSR Block in the King George Hospital (KGH) Monday midnight allegedly due to a malfunctioning ventilator. As a result, dense smoke engulfed the ward. Fortunately, there were no casualties. The prompt response of the hospital staff ensured quick containment of the fire. The ventilator and its monitor were partially gutted. There were eight patients in the ward at the time of the incident. One of the patients attendants expressed immense relief at the swift response while emphasising the need for enhanced safety measures to prevent such accidents in the future. Elaborating on the incident, KGH superintendent Shivanandh said as soon as smoke was detected, staff ensured all the patients were moved to other wards to receive uninterrupted medical attention. Thankfully, we have properly equipped surgical and oncology ICUs adjacent to the IRCU. This enabled a timely transfer, he explained. It has been learnt that the ventilators in use were supplied during the COVID-19 pandemic through PM Cares and had been properly functioning without any issues. Normalcy at KGH restored While any machine can encounter issues, our staffs prompt response averted a potential disaster. As a precaution, we test the ventilators before using them for patients, Shivanandh added. Meanwhile, the fire temporarily disrupted services at the hospital. Normal operations were resumed shortly after the area was declared safe.

The New Indian Express 19 Jun 2024 8:00 am

TDP alleges Jagan splurged Rs 500 cr on hilltop mansion in Vizag

Visakhapatnam: The ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday accused YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of splurging Rs 500 crore of public money on building a palatial mansion for his use. However, the YSRCP asserted that the building belongs to the government and projecting it as Reddys personal property was atrocious. Also ReadNaidu propagating Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 19 Jun 2024 7:45 am

Fishing boat catches fire off Vizag; crew rescued

Visakhapatnam: A fishing boat with seven crew members caught fire early Tuesday morning, approximately 28 nautical miles south of Visakhapatnam. All crew members have been rescued safely and brought back to the Vizag fishing harbour. The crew have been identified as Vasupalli Raju (36), Vasupalli Appanna (58), Vasupalli Dasilu (41), Vasupalli Apparao (41), Ganagalla Yerikodu (40), Mylapalli Yerrayya (50) and Ganagalla Poliraju (20). According to Vasupalli Janakiram, president of Andhra Pradesh Mechanised Fishing Boat Operators Association, as night time fishing is more productive for catching fish and prawns during this season, the crew set sail on Monday night. They encountered trouble when on Tuesday morning, the boat captain noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment. Reacting swiftly, everyone abandoned their mechanised boat and began swimming. Another boat fishing in the vicinity spotted and rescued them. Janakiram estimated the damage caused at 33 lakh. The rescued crewmen have file an insurance claim with the fisheries commissioner. A case has been registered. The district collector will investigate the incident before insurance funds are released.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Jun 2024 7:40 am

Ex-CM Jagan splurged Rs 500 cr on hilltop mansion in Vizag, alleges TDP

The ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday accused YSRCP chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy of splurging Rs 500 crore of public money on building a palatial mansion for his use. However, the YSRCP asserted that the building belongs to the government and projecting it as Reddy's personal property was atrocious. The TDP was referring to the mansion built atop sea-facing Rushikonda hill in the port city of Visakhapatnam, reportedly featuring ultra-expensive amenities. This is the lavish palace built by Jagan Reddy at Rs 500 croreHe extravagantly spent government money. How many more atrocities will get discovered, the TDP said in a post on X on Sunday, sharing purported pictures from inside the building. TDP's Bheemili MLA G Srinivasa Rao recently visited the mansion, accompanied by a group of people and journalists. Jagan Reddy built this beach-view palace using royal materials fit for a state head, the TDP alleged. The party claimed the hilltop house is fitted with up to 200 chandeli

Business Standard 19 Jun 2024 7:37 am

Central, State Ministers Hold Review Meeting in Srikakulam

Visakhapatnam: Union civil aviation minister K. Ram Mohan Naidu, agriculture minister Kinjarapu Atchannaidu and several MLAs met in Srikakulam on Tuesday and discussed the pending issues of north Andhra. Atchannaidu, in his opening remarks, called upon public representatives and officials to work together and move forward towards developing Srikakulam district. In particular, action should be taken to ensure that the government provides effective services to the public, he said. The agriculture minister assured that everyone who comes to his office will be comfortably seated and sent only after completing their work. In this context, he maintained that every Monday, a redressal programme will be taken up at the Mandal level, so that peoples problems can be solved. To improve sanitation in the district, panchayat and municipal offices should conduct a special drive for the next week, he said. Atchannaidu wanted seeds and fertilisers to be fully available to farmers. Promising to complete the Vamsadhara project early, he asked officials to clear the bushes, so that water reaches the last acre of land. Taking cognisance of silver stolen from transformers of lift irrigation projects in the district, he ordered officials to take immediate action against such thieves. On his part, civil aviation minister Ram Mohan Naidu congratulated legislators who got elected recently. Narasannapeta MLA-elect Baggu Ramanamurthy said in the name of Jala Jeevan Mission, the previous government had taken up works. Yet, the Narasannapeta constituency is not getting fresh water and sought an inquiry. Palasa MLA-elect Gauthu Sirisha said land grabbers have occupied the hills in Palasa constituency and action should be taken against them. Pathapatnam MLA-elect Mamidi Govinda Rao wanted action against people trying to encroach on the land belonging to the Pathapatnam RTC bus stand. Etcherla MLA-elect N. Easwara Rao said that managements of units in the Paidi Bhimavaram industrial area should provide more job opportunities to locals. Srikakulam MLA-elect Gondu Shankar asked authorities to work hard and meeting the immediate requirements of farmers during the current agricultural season. Vizianagaram MP-elect Kalisetty Appalanaidu and Legislative Council member Vepada Cheeranjeevi were present at the meeting.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Jun 2024 10:47 pm

Anakapalli MP-elect C.M. Ramesh promises to work for the development of Visakhapatnam

I will strive for setting up of the BJP regional office in the city, he says

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 10:01 pm

RTA officials book six more school buses for violation of rules in Visakhapatnam - The Hindu

RTA officials book six more school buses for violation of rules in Visakhapatnam The Hindu

Google News 18 Jun 2024 8:44 pm

Ventilator damaged in fire at CSR Block in KGH in Visakhapatnam, no casualties

The fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit, says three-member committee

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 8:39 pm

Lack of roads, power continues to take a toll on the lives of tribal people in ASR district

A person, bitten by snake, could not be taken to hospital in time due to bad road and he died within an hour after admission, says Girijana Sangham leader

The Hindu 18 Jun 2024 6:52 pm

Legrand Expands Modern Trade Presence with 25+ Zip Stores Across India

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 18: Legrand, a worldwide pioneer in electrical and digital building infrastructures, proudly announces the milestone of crossing 25 new Zip stores, marking a significant revolution in its expansion strategy. These stores, situated in key locations across India such as Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Raipur, Bilaspur, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Chennai, Tiruppur, Cochin, Erode, Patna and Madurai, serve as vital points of contact where customers can directly engage with Legrand's wide array of products and services.

Business Standard 18 Jun 2024 2:41 pm

Fire breaks out in fishing boat in sea near Vizianagaram, 7 fishermen rescued

Visakhapatnam: The district administration in coordination with the police rescued seven fishermen after the boat in which they were travelling in the sea caught fire at Mukkam in Vizianagaram district on Monday night. The seven fishermen, who were rescued include, Vasupalli Raju, 36, Vasupalli Appanna, 58, Vasupalli Dasilu, 41, Vasupalli Apparao, 41, Ganagalla Yerikodu, 40, Mylapalli Yerrayya, 50, and Ganagalla Poliraju, 20, The fishing boat fire accident happened 28 nautical miles south of Visakhapatnam. On coming to know about the incident, the district administration and the police department came to the rescue of the fishermen and brought them safely to the fishing harbor, bringing much needed relief for the family members of the fishermen. The family members witnessed tense moments till the fishermen reached the harbor. The boat that was engulfed in flames completely sank in the sea. The administration is in the process of ascertaining the reasons behind the incident.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Jun 2024 1:46 pm

Cops supporting Jagan should quit jobs, says Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha

VISAKHAPATNAM: During the previous government, some police officers acted as henchmen for the YSRC, alleged Home Minister Vangalapudi Anitha on Monday. Even now they seem to be operating as if YSRC blood flows through their veins, she observed and advised those who still hold affection for Jagan to resign from their jobs and work for YSRC. Anita paid a visit to Simhachalam temple on Monday and was welcomed grandly by the temple priests with a ceremonial Poorna Kumbham. The rituals included embracing the Kappa Stambham and special prayers inside the sanctum sanctorum. The Home Minister reiterated that no one would be spared if they break the law and order. I would ensure no injustice happens to women and would fight on their behalf if necessary, she asserted. Anita also mentioned her commitment to ensuring that not even an inch of Simhachalam temple lands would be encroached upon. Additionally, she promised to find a solution to Pancha Gramalu land issue.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 11:35 am

Visakhapatnam Port Authority moves up 102 places, secures 19th rank in CPPI

VISAKHAPATNAM: In a remarkable achievement, Visakhapatnam Port Authority secured 19th rank in the Container Port Performance Index-2023, which is developed by the World Bank and S&P Global Market Intelligence. VPA moved up 102 places as it had ranked 122 in CPPI-2022, reflecting the concerted efforts of VPAs management and staff to enhance operational efficiency, invest in advanced technologies, and implement best practices in port management. These strategic initiatives have not only improved the ports performance metrics, but have also strengthened its competitive position in the global maritime industry. The improved rankings also highlight VPAs pivotal role in facilitating trade and economic growth.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 8:57 am

ASR: Man Accused in Six-year-olds Rape Case

Visakhapatnam : The Paderu police have arrested the accused involved in the rape of a six-year-old girl at the Modakondamma Mothers fair in Paderu mandal of Alluri district. The incident occurred on June 10 around 2 am, and the accused was apprehended after a thorough investigation based on CCTV footage. The accused was produced before the media by ASP Dheeraj, who assured that a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act has been registered against him. The ASP emphasised that the accused will face severe punishment for his heinous crime.

Deccan Chronicle 18 Jun 2024 12:38 am

Dual Achievement for Visakhapatnam Port

Visakhapatnam : Visakhapatnam Port Authority, the premier port in the public sector, made a double achievement for the year 2023. The port achieved the 20th position in World Bank's Container Port Performance Index (Index Point 62.29) in Global Rankings for the year 2023 for overall port performance and the 19th Position in the Container Port Performance Index for container terminal. This remarkable achievement underscored the port's commitment to operational excellence and strategic importance in global trade, said a port release on Monday. Moreover, VPA has made an extraordinary advancement in the Container Port Performance Index, climbing to the 19th position from 122nd place in 2022. This remarkable shift of 102 positions is a testament to the port's substantial progress and development over the past year, it was stated. The release added: The substantial rise in rankings reflected the concerted efforts of VPA's management and staff to enhance operational efficiency, invest in advanced technologies, and implement best practices in port management. These strategic initiatives have not only improved the port's performance metrics but have also strengthened its competitive position in the global maritime industry. The improved rankings also highlight VPAs pivotal role in facilitating trade and economic growth, both regionally and internationally. The port's enhanced capabilities are expected to attract increased cargo traffic, boost trade volumes, and contribute significantly to the country's economic development. Chairperson of VPA, M Angamuthu, said, In this financial year, the port has set an ambitious target of 90 MTPA cargo and one million tree plantation drive, balancing the cargo growth and environment sustainability. At the same time, the port is giving importance to human resource development by providing training and skill development to port employees and local youth.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 11:46 pm

AP: Heatwave in Tuni, Narsapuram

Visakhapatnam: Tuni and Narsapuram experienced heatwave conditions on Monday. Such conditions returned to some more parts of the state after a gap of two weeks. Some parts of the Coastal Andhra Pradesh (CAP) sizzled in hot and humid conditions, with Tuni town in Kakinada district recording a maximum temperature of 40.2C while the departure was 4.6C. Narsapuram of West Godavari registered 39.6C with a departure of 4.7C and Machilipatnam of Krishna district recorded 39.6C and Kakinada registered 38.6C on Monday. Weatherman said the hike in temperature was due to sluggish monsoon. Though the monsoon set in on Andhra Pradesh on June 2, two days earlier than usual, this has not intensified, resulting in hot and humid weather conditions in parts of the state, IMD Amaravati said. There is no significant rainfall activity across the state for the past one week. People in coastal Andhra Pradesh have been experiencing humid and uncomfortable weather for the past few days. IMD also forecast thunderstorms in north and south coastal AP, Yanam and Rayalaseema till June 21.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 11:08 pm

Vishnu Kumar Raju Frontrunner for BJP Floor Leader

Former BJP floor leader and now vice president of AP BJP, P. Vishnu Kumar Raju. (Photo: Twitter) Former BJP floor leader and now vice president of AP BJP, P. Vishnu Kumar Raju. (Photo: Twitter) Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam North MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju is likely to be reappointed as the BJP's floor leader with Y. Satya Kumar Yadav getting a ministerial berth in the N. Chandrababu Naidu Cabinet. However, Vishnu Kumar said he was not officially informed by the party's high command about this. I am going to Delhi to meet party leaders, he said. In the 2014-2019 Assembly, when BJP had only four MLAs in the AP assembly, Vishnu Kumar had spoken for 33 hours in the House, which was by a long way the most any BJP leader had spoken in the House. Vishnu Kumar was initially considered for a Cabinet post after the 2024 Assembly election. However, the BJP high command ultimately chose Y. Satya Kumar Yadav as the party's lone face in the cabinet (health minister). On this, Vishnu Kumar said, Satya has the capability, that's why the party placed him in the AP cabinet. Moreover, this decision might have been influenced by various factors, including political strategy and community representation considerations. The BJP made significant gains in AP in the 2024 elections. The saffron party bagged two Lok Sabha and four MLA seats in 2014. The partys vote share was less than Nota in the 2019 elections. In 2024, the BJP contested in 10 Assembly and six Lok Sabha constituencies, winning eight Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats, compared to zero in 2019. The BJP lost two more Lok Sabha constituencies with slender margins. The landslide victory of the National Democratic Alliance in AP could be one of the reasons behind the increase in the BJP's vote share. In Assembly constituencies, the BJP's vote share was 4.13 per cent in 2014, which fell to 0.84 per cent in 2019. Now, the BJPs vote share has increased to 2.83 per cent.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 11:01 pm

AP Rythu Coolie Sangham demands R&R package for all Polavaram project displaced families

The three-day conference resolved to take up the issues of Polavaram victims, frame an MSP Act, stop privatisation of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and complete all pending irrigation projects in the State

The Hindu 17 Jun 2024 8:39 pm

Visakhapatnam Port Authority climbs to 19th in global rankings, showcasing operational efficiency in 2023: officials

This remarkable shift of 102 positions is a testament to the ports substantial progress and development over the past year, says VPA Chairman

The Hindu 17 Jun 2024 7:22 pm

Travel tips: Andhra Pradesh is also not behind in terms of hill stations, you can go here with family

Hill stations are the most preferred by people to visit in summer when the weather is pleasant and one gets a chance to enjoy the natural beauty. When it comes to hill stations of South India, the places of Kerala are mentioned first, while in terms of hill stations, Andhra Pradesh is also not behind. The state of Andhra Pradesh is a beautiful state located near the Krishna and Godavari rivers in South India. This state of South India is still known for its coffee-tea gardens and greenery. Today we are going to tell you about some of the best hill stations in Andhra Pradesh, where you can go for a trip with family, friends, or partners and enjoy traveling freely. Let's know about these hill stations of Andhra Pradesh... Araku Hills Araku Valley located in the Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh state of India is a hill station. This valley is a comparatively unemployed hill station. Where most of the local people come to celebrate weekend holidays. This valley is located about 120 km from Visakhapatnam. If you are looking for a tourist place to seek uniqueness and peace, then this place is right for you. There is a way to reach here, you can catch the Vistadome train which leaves from Visakhapatnam. It reaches Araku in about 5 hours through breathtaking landscapes, making its way through 58 tunnels and crossing 84 bridges. Here you can also visit many other great places like Bora Caves, Damuku Viewpoint, and Sangada Waterfalls. Horsley Hills Horsley Hill is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Andhra Pradesh. The sunset and sunrise here are the most famous, which people come from far and wide to see. This place was discovered by British officials around the 1800 century, since then this place has been very famous among the people as a tourist destination. Not only locals but also people from nearby states come here to celebrate picnics. Here you can also visit Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary. Ananthagiri Hills Ananthagiri Hills is counted among the most special hill destinations of Andhra Pradesh. The waterfalls and lush green trees here make this place special. The special thing about this place is that you can come here to visit at any time. Ananthagiri Hills tour with family and friends is an ideal option. Along with the hilly beauty here, you can also see coffee plantations, which are counted among the main attractions here. You can travel to Bhavanasi Lake, Araku Valley, and Muchkundi River from here. You can also enjoy a visit to Bhavanasi Lake, Araku Valley, and Muchkundi River here. Tirumala Hills Tirumala, a part of Tirupati, is located at an altitude of about 980 meters above sea level. This place is known for its amazing natural beauty. The history of this place forces tourists to come here. Tirumala attracts tourists from India and abroad due to its natural and religious history. Due to its natural beauty, this place attracts tourists from India and abroad. Apart from this, this hill station is known for trekking. Here trekkers usually do a trekking of three hours. Venkateshwara Temple and Akasa Ganga are the nearby places of interest here. Nallamala Hills An unknown hill station but, in terms of beauty, it is one of the best places in Andhra Pradesh. Yes, Nallamala Hills located on the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh is surrounded by dense forests on all sides. Most of the tourists come here to trek in the hill valleys. Tourists come in large numbers due to the pleasant weather from July to December. Do not forget to visit the excellent Kumbam Lake, and Srisailam Temple places present here. Due to a little snowfall every year, Lambasingi is also known as the 'Kashmir of Andhra Pradesh'. Apart from this, this village is the only place in the whole of South India where snowfall occurs with a drop in temperature. Lambasingi Hills Lambasingi is a beautiful village in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. This place is located at a distance of 1000 meters above sea level and this area is extremely beautiful compared to other plains of Visakhapatnam. Lambasingi is famous for its tea and coffee plantations which attract a large number of tourists. Apart from this, this place is abundant with a variety of wildlife, flora, and fauna. Papikondalu Hills Papikondalu, located in Andhra Pradesh, is a beautiful place as well as a beautiful mountain range in India. This place is famous for its eye pleasure in Andhra Pradesh as well as in the whole of South India. Being located on the banks of the Godavari River, this place is a very special hill for the tourists of India. You can go to the best and amazing places like Papikonda National Park, Pattiseema River Island and Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary in the beautiful valleys of Papikondalu to have fun and enjoyment with friends. You can also go boating here. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 17 Jun 2024 4:12 pm

Fruits and vegetable in Visakhapatnam get expensive

Visakhapatnam city's markets have witnessed a significant surge in prices of both vegetables and fruits, causing concern among residents and traders alike. The huge increase is being attributed to hot summer conditions and low production levels. Summer staples like mangoes, jackfruits, ice apples and black plums have turned luxuries for many. Mangoes are being sold at 150200 per kg, jackfruits 5060 per dozen, ice apples 50 per dozen, and black plums at 250300 per kg. Other fruits like pomegranates are priced 150 per kg in Rythu Bazaars and 220250 in local markets. Apples are costing 200 per kg and red grapes an astonishing 800 per kg. Vegetable markets are showing a similar trend. In Rythu Bazaars, vegetables are priced between 30 to 80 per kg. In private markets, they are costing almost double. For instance, tomatoes are being sold at 50 per kg in Rythu Bazaars. But they cost up to 90 per kg in private markets. Other vegetables, such as onions and potatoes, are priced at 37 and 28 per kg, respectively, in Rythu Bazaars, with private market prices being significantly higher. A fruit shop owner of Madillapalem Rythu Bazaar said there is low availability of mangoes due to rains and decreased production. Still, there is only minimal profit. We are buying mangoes and selling them by hiking the price by just 5-10 a kg. He said mangoes will not be available in the market from next week. Marketing department officials say insufficient arrival of tomatoes from key production areas like Madanapalle, Anantapur and Chittoor has exacerbated the situation. The shortfall is expected to persist for another two weeks until more supplies arrive from Palamaneru, other regions of Rayalaseema, and the Andhra-Karnataka border areas. Officials said high prices of onions are following the biennial pattern of low production cycles in Maharashtra, the primary region growing the onions. An official of Poorna Market said the prices might stabilise in the coming weeks.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 1:07 pm

Srikakulam residents unite to clean Nagavali river

Visakhapatnam: A large-scale cleaning programme was undertaken on the banks of Hayati city on Sunday. The initiative, led by the Srikakulam Municipal Corporation, saw a large turnout of municipal sanitation workers and representatives from various voluntary organisations to protect and preserve the Nagavali river. Health officer of Srikakulam Municipal Corporation, Venkata Rao, emphasised upon the importance of protecting rivers, citing the ancient Indian tradition of revering rivers as deities. He praised the youths who took the initiative to safeguard the river, which is a primary source of water for the people of Srikakulam city. The cleaning programme was part of the Swachh Nagavali initiative, aimed at establishing a clean and beautiful Srikakulam. Dr Venkata Rao highlighted the crucial role rivers play in providing drinking water to the people, farmers and animals. He stressed that it is everyone's responsibility to ensure the river remains pollution-free, urging residents to refrain from throwing garbage and other waste materials into the river. Instead, he suggested that people should either give waste materials to sanitation workers who visit their homes or dispose them of in garbage bins set up on the streets. The municipal health officer appealed to the people of Srikakulam to cooperate in making their city a beautiful and clean place.

Deccan Chronicle 17 Jun 2024 12:34 pm