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Andhra CM announces ex-gratia of 25 lakhs for kin of pharma unit fire victims

Amaravati/Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday condoled the death of six people and announced Rs 25 lakh compensation for the family members of the victims of the gas leak-triggered explosion at a chemicals manufacturing unit at Akkireddygudem.

Thirteen people were also injured in the fire accident.
The chief minister also declared Rs 5 lakh compensation for each of those critically injured and Rs 2 lakh for those who sustained minor injuries.

Officials have been instructed to monitor the condition of those injured and the SP along with the district collector have been directed to conduct a thorough investigation into the reason for the incident.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan also expressed anguish over the accident.

The district officials informed the Governor that the fire broke out in the chemical factory on Wednesday night and the injured have been shifted to a hospital in Vijayawada for better treatment.

The Governor also expressed his condolences to the bereaved family members and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. (ANI)


Andhra Pradesh Cabinet rejig on cards, CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to drop 19 ministers

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]:  Bracing up for the 2024 Assembly elections in the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is all set for the Cabinet rejig with as many as 19 ministers are likely to be dropped.

The Chief Minister is likely to induct new ministers into the state Cabinet in a matter of few days, with anticipations running that the swearing-in could even take place on April 9.
Sources said that only four of the incumbent ministers may retain their positions.

The Chief Minister, sources said, will submit the final list of new ministers to Governor Biswabhushan Harichandran before April 9.

Reddy on Wednesday, sources said, handed over the final list of the 19 ministers being dropped from the Cabinet to the Governor.

In the current cabinet, there are five deputy CMs. Reddy is likely to have five new Deputy Chief Ministers as part of his strategy to strike a caste balance in the state.

Currently, the five Deputy CMs represent Scheduled caste, Scheduled Tribe, Backward Caste, minority and Kapu communities.

Also, there are 11 ministers from upper castes, including four from the Reddy community, seven from OBC, five from SC, and one each from ST and Muslim communities.

With the State Assembly elections scheduled in 2024 in Andhra Pradesh, this rejig holds importance.

Reddy, midway during his term after assuming the CM office, had indicated that he would reorganize the Cabinet. The rejig was scheduled to take place last December, but it was postponed due to Covid-19.

Last month, Reddy had stated that the Cabinet reorganisation will take place after Ugadi, the Telugu New Year, which was on April 2. (ANI)


Jagan Mohan seeks 60 months’ time for construction of Amaravati Capital City in AP, TDP objects

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]:  Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Member of Legislative Council (MLC) BT Naidu, with an official statement by the Andhra Pradesh TDP office on Sunday, objected to the government’s affidavit seeking a time of 60 months for the construction of Amaravati Capital City.

“The latest affidavit once again exposed the Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP/YCP) regime’s ulterior plans to sabotage Amaravati and cause suffering to thousands of farmers who gave up their ancestral lands,” said B.T. Naidu.
According to the statement, B.T. Naidu said that “over 70 per cent task was accomplished on the Polavaram Lifeline Irrigation Project during the TDP regime itself. However, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had totally undermined both Polavaram and Amaravati projects though they were like two eyes for the State.”

Naidu termed it unpardonable that the ruling YSRCP was still continuing to throw mud on the Capital project regardless of the court judgments.

“With 29,000 acres given by the farmers, a wealth of over Rs 2 Lakh Crore was created for Andhra Pradesh in Amaravati. With this massive property, a glorious and landmark Capital City could be constructed for the 5 crore people of the State,” said Naidu.

The TDP MLC said for the past three years, the YCP Ministers have been carrying misinformation propaganda against Amaravati in the name of ‘Kammaravati’, graphics, and flood-proneness.

“Why didn’t the Government provide details of its anti-Amaravati campaigns in its court affidavit? The YCP regime admitted in the court that its campaigns in the past three years were false and politically motivated,” he added.

Naidu further recalled how the YCP MLAs criticized Chandrababu Naidu that he could not complete Capital construction in his five-year term.

“Jagan Reddy said during the elections that he would complete Capital city within six months. It was shameless that having wasted precious time for three years, the Jagan regime was now seeking more time to complete the Capital works,” it added.

The TDP MLC also asserted that the courts had a constitutional duty and right to declare decisions of the Government as ‘invalid’ if they were in violation of the constitutional provisions.

The statement further read, “If the legislature passed a bill cancelling all the cases of Jagan Reddy, it would not stand in the courts of law. The Government’s vindictive attitude had already caused huge losses to the people due to lack of a full-fledged Capital and absence of investments.” (ANI)


Infant sold 7 times, Andhra police apprehend 11 for child trafficking

Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Eleven people have been arrested in a child trafficking case here for allegedly selling a three-month-old baby, said Andhra Pradesh police on Wednesday.

A three-month-old girl was sold by her father for Rs 70,000, and 11 people were found to have been involved in the case, said the police, adding that all the accused have been apprehended.
The matter came to light after the mother and grandmother of the infant reported the case to the police, accusing the father of the child for selling for Rs 70,000 as he was habituated to bad vices.

Deputy Superintendent of police of North division, Mangalgiri Police Station in Andhra Pradesh, J Rambabu said, “We rescued the infant and handed her over safely to the parents. The main accused in the case is her father who had sold the baby. The baby was sold to many people subsequently and the accused do not have any criminal backgrounds. Lastly, she was sold for Rs 2,50,000 before police caught the culprits.”

The police also stated that the accused who had bought the baby belonged to Mangalgiri, Dachepally while the infant was finally rescued from Vijayawada.

The accused Manoj, father of the infant, has two other daughters. Three months ago, when his wife gave birth to another girl child, the accused with the help of a woman, Mikkili Nagalakshmi, from the same area, sold the baby to a married woman Meghawat Gayatri alias Saraswati of Kondaprolu village in Damracharla Mandal of Nalgonda district for Rs 70,000.

Later, Meghawat Gayatri, who had bought the baby, sold her for Rs 1,20,000 to Bhookya Balavartiraju of Dilshuk Nagar, Hyderabad, who in turn sold the infant to Nurjahan for Rs 1,87,000.

Nur Jahan with the help of another accused Anubhoju Uday Kiran of Khammam district sold the baby to Bommada Ummadevi of Chikkadpally Narayana Guda in Hyderabad for Rs 1,90,000 who further sold her to Padala Shravani of Vijayawada Benz Circle for Rs 2,00,000.

Padala Sravani sold the baby to Garikamukku Vijayalakshmi of Gollapudi, Vijayawada for Rs 2,20,000 who lastly sold the baby to Varre Ramesh of Eluru, East Godavari district for Rs 2,50,000.

“On the direction of Guntur District Urban Superintendent of Police Arif Hafeez, the police team caught the culprits and rescued the baby and handed her over to the parents. Urban SP Arif Hafeez announced the rewards for the police officers and staff that excelled in the case,” said the DSP Rambabu. (ANI)

Chandrababu Naidu calls for ‘Reconstruction’ of AP

Amravati ( Andhra Pradesh) [India]: As the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) turned 41 on Tuesday, party National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu called for a renewed struggle for the “reconstruction” of Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP chief lauded the Telugu diaspora for taking an active part in Janmabhoomi’s rural development works for the construction of the motherland.
Naidu said that in its long journey, the TDP had weathered and overcame many obstacles.

“NTR sowed a strong foundation for the party’s pro-poor welfare agenda. He ushered in bold reforms by cancelling the Patel-Patwari system to remove suppression and introduced mandalika system for reaching out to people. The Rs 2 kg rice scheme stood as an ideal model for food security for the whole country,” said Naidu.

Naidu also asserted that in the united Andhra Pradesh, the TDP laid the foundation for a vibrant knowledge economy by developing infrastructure projects in IT and other sectors.

Earlier, in a tweet, Naidu asserted that the TDP would always stand for development, welfare and equal distribution of power among all sections. The TDP would go down in history as the only political party that had passed on the benefits of reforms to the village level. (ANI)


Mega Release: Andhra theatre anticipates huge crowd for RRR film, protects screen with fences

Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: A film theatre in Srikakulam has put up barbed wires and fences to prevent viewers from getting too close to the screen, ahead of the Rajamouli’s directorial ‘RRR’ screening in the state.

RRR, a fictional story inspired by Telugu freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, explores a blind spot in history for a cinematic spectacle and will hit the theatres on March 25.

The theatre officials took this decision after the screen got damaged due to the huge crowd when ‘Pushpa’ was screened there.

“Two top stars, NTR and Ram Charan are going to be cast in the same film, the whole theatre will be very chaotic,” Surya, the theatre in charge told ANI.

He further said, “The previous administration faced a lot of difficulties due to fans. ‘RRR’ has two top actors who have a massive fan following. Earlier when ‘Pushpa’ was being screened here, due to heavy crowd the screen got damaged. That’s why we’re putting up this fencing.”

Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt, Jr NTR, and Ajay Devgn are a part of the upcoming film. (ANI)


Andhra Cabinet Minister Goutham Reddy passes away, CM Jagan Mohan Reddy expresses deep shock


Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India](ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has expressed deep shock and profound grief over the untimely demise of his cabinet colleague Mekapati Goutham Reddy, said a press release.

Terming Goutham Reddy as a young promising leader who was known to him since early days, the Chief Minister expressed anguish over the tragic incident and said that words fail to describe the loss of his young cabinet colleague.
“He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members with a heavy heart,” added the release.

Andhra Pradesh IT and Industries Minister Mekapati Goutham Reddy passed away on Monday morning after suffering a heart attack following which he was immediately admitted to the Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad.

The statement issued by the hospital said, “Today morning Mr. Gautam Reddy 50/M was brought to Apollo Hospitals, Jubilee Hills in an emergency. He had collapsed suddenly at home. He arrived into our ER at 07:45 am and was unresponsive, not breathing, and in cardiac arrest on arrival.”

It further said, “He received immediate CPR and advanced cardiac life support in our emergency department. The emergency medicine team and specialists including cardiologists and critical care doctors have attended to him. CPR was done for more than 90mins. Despite our best efforts, he could not be revived.”

“He was declared to have died at 9:16 am today morning. We are supporting his family to the best extent possible in this difficult time,” it added.

He was a member of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly representing the Atmakur assembly constituency of Nellore district.

Reddy was born on 31 December 1976 at Brahmanapalli village, Marripadu mandal in Nellore district to Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and Manimanjari. He did his MSc in textiles at the University of Manchester in the UK.

He was survived by his wife Sri Keerthi, daughter Ananya Reddy and son Arjun Reddy. He was also the Managing Director of KMC industries.

He was first elected as MLA from Atmakur in 2014 and then in 2019. He became a minister in the Andhra Pradesh cabinet led by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy after YSRCP came to power in 2019. (ANI)Iinstagram Image)

Andhra Pradesh eyes investment opportunities from India Pavilion


Dubai [UAE](ANI/NewsVoir): The state of Andhra Pradesh is ready to showcase its development and immense business opportunities to global investors while participating in the India Pavilion in EXPO2020 Dubai.

The state’s floor at the India pavilion was inaugurated yesterday by Mekapati Goutham Reddy, Minister of Commerce and Information Technology, Government of Andhra Pradesh along with H.E. Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, H.E. Dr Ahmed Albanna, UAE Ambassador to India and Sunjay Sudhir, India Ambassador to the UAE.
Zulfi Ravdjee, Advisor to Government of Andhra Pradesh & Special Representative to Government for Middle East & Far East Countries and JVN Subramanyam, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) & CEO Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) along with other senior government officials from the state were also present at the inaugural ceremony.

Inaugurating the Andhra Pradesh floor, Mekapati Goutham Reddy said, “Under the able leadership of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, India has achieved remarkable progress across economic and social development metrics and continues to develop as a powerhouse in the world economy. The state of Andhra Pradesh has strong governance, strategic locational advantages, robust infrastructure, thriving industrial & business ecosystem, skilled manpower and immense potential for growth across key sectors. I am confident that the state floor at India Pavilion will project Andhra Pradesh in a new perspective, open new opportunities for business and establish new relationships with industry & governments.”

“Andhra Pradesh is blessed with abundant natural resources, mineral wealth, and presents a low-risk and easy environment for businesses to grow. We are poised to exchange strengths and are looking forward to long term business relationships with global investors,” he added.

JVN Subramanyam, said, “It is a great privilege for Andhra Pradesh to participate in EXPO2020 Dubai. Andhra Pradesh is one of the nine industrialized states in India, which is also helping the country to realize its $5 trillion economy mission. The state’s floor at India Pavilion depicts our key pillars of governance and development in the state, which will support us to partner with global investors.”

The state will be making a strong pitch to the global investors during the week by showcasing its business capabilities along with its tradition and culture through a series of events exhibiting opportunities across key focus sectors including Automobile, Food Processing, Textiles, Healthcare, Information Technology and Capital Goods among other to forge new partnerships.

Along with showcasing the business attractiveness, the state will also exhibit its rich cultural heritage to the global audience through India Pavilion.

The Andhra Pradesh week will conclude on February 17, 2022.

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Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act at various stages of implementation: Centre


New Delhi [India], (ANI): Centre on Wednesday said that a large number of provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 have been implemented and remaining provisions are at various stages of implementation.

Minister of State for Home affairs Nityanand Rai on Wednesday informed Rajya Sabha, “A large number of provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act have been implemented and remaining provisions are at various stages of implementation.”
“There are certain issues which require mutual agreement of the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Continuous efforts are made to build consensus between the two States to resolve bilateral issues amicably,” he said.

Rajya Sabha would meet from 10 am to 3 pm, the Lok Sabha would sit from 4 pm to 9 pm from today onwards.

The 2022 Budget Session of the Parliament commenced on January 31 with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address. The first part of the budget session is being held from January 31 to February 11 and the second part will take place from March 14 to April 8. Image (instagram)

Andhra Pradesh: Chariot allegedly set ablaze by unidentified people outside Chittoor temple


Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) [India](ANI): A chariot was allegedly set ablaze by some unidentified people outside Varasiddi Vinayaka temple in Kanipakam, Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, said police.

Speaking to ANI over the phone, Ramesh, Station House Officer of Police, Kanipakam said, “Unknown people burnt the chariot in early hours of Thursday. Based on the information received from temple authorities, the police launched an inquiry into the incident.”
According to the police, the chariot was not in use for the last couple of years as it was not fit for use. It was placed outside the temple, the SHO said.

After detailed investigation only, the police could comment on it further, he maintained.

Further investigation into the incident is underway. (Image-Instagram)

COVID-19: Andhra govt imposes night curfew, Cinema halls to function with 50 per cent occupancy

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India] (ANI): The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday imposed a night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am to check the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.
The decision was taken following the review meeting held by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy with the officials of the health department on the COVID-19 situation. Theatres, multiplexes and cinema halls will be operational with 50 per cent occupancy or alternate seating arrangements.
The government has also imposed restrictions on public gatherings, allowing 200 people outdoor and 100 inside the auditorium.
Wearing of masks is mandatory at public places and penalty of Rs 100 will be levied for the violation.
Religious places in the state should follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and wearing of a mask is compulsory inside the premises.
Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) must be conducted for urgent testing. One COVID-19 care center will be set up in each segment. (Image source: Unsplash)

334 new COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh


Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh reported fresh 334 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest daily spike after November 10, 2021, said a state health bulletin.

The state reported one death and 95 recoveries on Tuesday. The total number of active cases in the state on Tuesday stood at 1,516.
The cumulative COVID-19 positive cases recorded so far stood at 20,77,942 while the total number of recoveries climbed up to 20,61,927. The cumulative death toll so far stood at 14,499.

While, seven new Omicron cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 24 in the state.

“One patient is mildly symptomatic and under hospital isolation. While, all others are healthy and are under isolation,” informed the Andhra Pradesh government. (ANI)

Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa offers prayer at Venkateswara Swamy temple in Andhra Pradesh

Tirumala (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa along with his spouse Shiranthi Rajapaksa, who is on a pilgrimage to India, on Friday offered prayers in the famous hill shrine of Venkateswara Swamy at Tirumala.
Earlier on his arrival at Mahadwaram of the temple, he was accorded a warm welcome by the Joint Executive Officer (JEO) of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Veerabrahmam and Chief Vigilance and Security Officer (CVSO) Gopinath Jatti. After Darshan, he was rendered Vedaseervachanam by Vedic Pundits at Ranganayakula Mandapam. The JEO offered Theertha Prasadams and a laminated photo of Srivaru to the foreign dignitary.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Narayana Swamy was also present during the Lankan PM’s Tirumala temple visit.
Tirupati Urban SP Venkatappala Naidu, Tirumala Temple DyEO Sri Ramesh Babu and others were also present.

COVID-19: Second Omicron case confirmed in Andhra

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday confirmed the second case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus in the state.
The Omicron positive patient is a 39-year-old international traveller from Kenya. While speaking with ANI, Dr Hymavati, the Director of Andhra Pradesh’s Public Health Department, said, “A 39 years old foreign traveller came from Kenya to Chennai Airport on December 10. She reached Tirupati by car. She was tested on reaching Tirupati and declared RT-PCR positive for COVID19 on December 12.”
“The sample was sent to Centre For Cellular And Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad for Genome Sequencing and the result was declared as Omicron Positive on December 22,” she added.
The doctor further informed that six of the woman’s family members were tested and were found COVID negative.
“She is healthy and in institutional quarantine under the close observation of the health department,” Dr Hymavati informed.
In a notice, the state government said, “This is the second case of Omicron identified in Andhra Pradesh. So far, a total of 45 foreign travellers and 9 contacts were found COVID-19 RTPCR positive.”
“And all the samples were sent to CCMB for Genome sequencing. The public is advised not to worry and believe any rumours but continue to take precautions and follow social distancing, wearing of mask, washing hands regularly,” it further read.

BJP’s Lanka Dinakar slams Andhra CM for ‘destruction of state’s economy’

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lanka Dinakar on Saturday lashed out at YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, stating that policies of the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s have destroyed the overall economy of the state.
While speaking to ANI, Dinakar said “While on the one hand Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about building the nation, on the other hand Reddy’s policies has resulted in the destruction of the state economy.” The state government under the leadership of Reddy has lost its momentum to understand the Centres’s approaches and instead adopted the other distinctive methods, he said.
The BJP leader said, “PM Modi had clear thoughts for the Atmanirbhar Bharath and Gati Shakti Infrastructure initiative for recovery and sustainable growth of our economy post-Covid-19 lockdown and future unforeseen uncertainties but Andhra Pradesh has been lagging behind.”
The state government is even failing to satisfy the needs of regional requirements due to policy paralysis with unconstitutional and illegitimate acts against the interest of the nation and the future of Andhra Pradesh, Dinakar alleged.
The BJP leader further criticised the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) led government for lack of capacity to attract investments, debts, unemployment and farmers suicide.
Dinakar said that the state government’s decision will have a huge impact on the perspective of the national economy in the future as states are an internal part of the nation’s welfare.

IEDs, detonators seized during anti-Naxal ops on Odisha-Andhra border

Malkangiri (Odisha) [India]: A huge cache of ammunition including IEDs, detonators and other incriminating materials were seized in a joint operation conducted by District Voluntary Force (DVF), Special Operations Group (SOG) and Border Security Force (BSF) during an anti-Naxal operation on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border.
As many as 5 IEDs, 3 metres of Codex wire, 3 detonators, 2 batteries, iron scrap, Maoist literature, polythene sheets, lithium button cells, and several other Maoist material were seized in the operation, said a press release by Odisha police. The joint operation comprised personnel of the District Voluntary Force (DVF), Special Operations Group (SOG) and Border Security Force (BSF) and was carried out in the erstwhile cut-off area (Swabhiman Anchal) under Jodambo police limits, as per the statement.
The operation was carried out following the establishment of a new BSF company operating base (COB) at Ghanabeda, which received a tip-off on a Maoist dump near Nadmenjeri village.
After receiving the input, a joint team was formed which carried out extensive searches and recovered the dump in a forested area of Nademenjeri under Jantri gram panchayat under Jodambo police limits, Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Prahlad Meena said.
“It is suspected that the explosives and other articles were intended to be target civilians and security forces,” Meena said.
“This is a major jolt to the subversive and anti-National designs of the Maoists in this area. We are suspecting that the explosives belong to the Maoist cadres of AOBSZC. Further searches are on,” he added.
A new Company Operating Base (COB) was established by troops of BSF at Ghanabera, a highly Maoist-affected area of Swabhimaan Anchal on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border.

Andhra CM directs officials to prioritise safety, maintenance of reservoirs, irrigation projects

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: In view of the recent damage caused by heavy floods at Annamayya Project in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday directed the officials to prioritise the safety and maintenance of reservoirs and irrigation projects across the state.
During a meeting held with the officials on Thursday, the Chief Minister instructed the authorities to conduct a comprehensive review of all the projects in the State and rectify the maintenance conditions as they were left abandoned since State bifurcation, said a statement issued by CMO. Reddy also asked the officials to take appropriate measures to ensure that there are enough staff to manage irrigation projects and reservoirs and told them to recruit the staff if needed.
Meanwhile, the officials also explained that the government had taken certain steps in this regard as per the instructions of the Chief Minister.
They said that a committee has been set up under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary with the officials of various departments, besides an expert committee from institutions like IIT, JNTU which is being headed by the Water Resources Engineer-in-Chief, CMO further said.
In the meeting, the officials informed that the high-level committee is also looking into reports submitted by previous governments performance on various projects and maintenance.
“The team led by the Chief Secretary has been focusing on an automation system that would link real-time data to the command control room, which could alert flash floods and heavy rains,” officials said.
They added, “the committee is identifying areas where there could be property damage and loss of life if a large amount of water was released.”
In regard to recruitments, they said that the proposals were afoot to recruit additional staff for the maintenance of all major and medium reservoirs and barrages, as well as for water regulation.
Andhra Pradesh was hit by a flood caused by the incessant rainfall in late November, due to which more than 40 people have lost their lives and destroyed many houses in the state.

Former CM of unified Andhra Pradesh K Rosaiah passes away

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Former Governor of Tamil Nadu and former Chief Minister of the unified State of Andhra Pradesh, Konijeti Rosaiah, 88, passed away in Hyderabad on Saturday after a brief illness.
Rosaiah was shifted to a private hospital early morning today after he was unwell, where doctors declared him as brought dead. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his grief over the demise of the former CM.
He conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.

Depression to result in heavy rainfall in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi [India]: A depression would result in heavy rainfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from November 30 to December 2, informed RK Jenamani, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist.
While speaking to ANI, RK Jenamani, said, “A depression would result in heavy rainfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh from November 30 to December 2. Western disturbance might cause heavy to very heavy rainfall in Gujarat, Konkan, and Central Maharashtra from the night of December 1 to December 2.” Jenamani added, “Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand might experience rainfall and the overall weather would undergo many changes.”

Andhra flood: Death toll mounted to 44, 16 still missing

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh government on Friday informed that 44 people have lost their lives due to flood caused by the unprecedented rain in the state.
According to the statement issued by the state government, a total of 1990 villages in 119 mandals of four districts – Kadapa, Chittoor, Anantapur, and Nellore – were affected by the floods, of which 211 villages were completely inundated causing a death toll of 44 people and while 16 are still missing. “The rains, which started after the first week of this month, continue to fall today. The Rains began on the 16-17th. As never seen before in history, heavy rains inundated Rayalaseema. The streets of Tirumala and in the town of Tirupati, we have experienced heavy rains and vehicles being washed away,” the statement said.
“Four buses were stuck in the flood, where an RTC bus had fallen from Nadaluru bridge, causing 10 people to succumb to death and the rest were rescued by SDRF teams. 10 others had died at Sivalayam which is on the banks of the river,” it said.
The government also stated that the power supply in four districts has been restored and is providing necessities to 95,949 flood-affected families.
It has also announced the expediting the payment of compensation in respect of fully damaged and partially damaged houses by the floods.
“For those whose house was completely damaged, the government is sanctioning Rs 1.8 lakh for a new house, along with compensation at the rate of Rs 95,000,” it said.
“Compensation for dead cattle to be paid to the owners immediately. Also, orders to ensure Cattle are vaccinated. Cattle feed was also ordered to be distributed without shortage anywhere. An enumeration has been directed to be completed expeditiously in respect of crop compensation,” it said.
Moreover, the state government has also directed the collectors to give immediate reports regarding the rehabilitation of roads and assess immediately upon receipt of these reports and prioritize and fund these tasks.
Earlier, the government had decided to provide 25kg rice, 1kg red gram dal, palm oil 1litre per family, onion (1kg), potatoes (1kg) for the families in these affected districts.
The government has asked the commissioner of Civil Supplies and ex-officio Principal Secretary to the government to take necessary action for the distribution of the essential commodities.

Congress’ Hanumantha Rao welcomes Andhra govt’s decision to repeal three capitals bill

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Congress leader Hanumantha Rao has welcomed the decision to repeal the bill which intended to make three capitals for Andhra Pradesh and the move is a victory of women who protested against these bills.
Speaking to ANI, Rao said, “I welcome the decision of repealing the three capital bills. There is a new scenario in Andhra Pradesh. A change can be seen in Jagan Mohan Reddy. The women were fighting against the three capital laws. BJP leaders have also protested. He might have thought that it is going against the government’s decision of making three capital. This is a victory of the women who fought for the abolition of the three capital bills.” Andhra Pradesh government on Monday withdrew the “Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020” in the State Assembly. The Bill was intended to make three capitals for the state.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said that the government is going to take back the Bill which was introduced earlier. He said the state government will introduce a new Bill with no errors.
“We believed that decentralisation of capital is much needed in Andhra Pradesh. The government is going to take back the Bill which was introduced earlier. We will introduce a new Bill with no errors,” the chief minister said in the state legislative assembly.
Earlier today, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddy introduced the Bill to repeal the Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill, 2020 in the Assembly.
Andhra Pradesh Assembly in June 2020 passed “Andhra Pradesh Decentralisation and Inclusive Development of All Regions Bill 2020”. Prior to that, the Bill was stopped in the Legislative Council. Council chairman MA Shariff had sent the bills for the select committee consideration.
However, YSRCP had an absolute majority in the Legislative Assembly but the party did not have a majority in the Legislative Council.

Rahul Gandhi expresses condolence over lives lost in Andhra Pradesh floods

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Andhra Pradesh floods and appealed to the party workers to provide help in the crisis.
“Floods have been causing serious damage in Andhra Pradesh. My condolence to those who’ve lose loved ones. Dear Congress workers, please help in all ways possible,” tweeted the Wayanad MP. As many as 20 people have lost their life due to floods in Andhra Pradesh, while over 30 people are still missing.
“The death toll rises to 20 due to floods in Andhra Pradesh. Over 30 still missing,” Andhra Pradesh Government officials had said on Saturday.
The Indian Coast Guard Station Krishnapatnam was deployed to the two flood-relief teams in Nellore district for augmenting flood relief operations and rendering assistance to the stranded personnel in Kollagatala village amid heavy rains across the state.

Entire state knows how frustrated Chandrababu Naidu is, says Andhra CM Reddy

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: After Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu accused the ruling YSRCP of personally targetting the leaders of his party, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minster Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday hit back at Naidu saying the entire state knows “how frustrated Naidu is”.
The chief minister said that the citizens have rejected Naidu and he has lost the Kuppam municipal corporation which is his home constituency. The TDP has lost power in the legislative council as well. He took a jibe at Naidu and said that he is not understanding what he is doing, saying or behaving.
Reddy claimed that Naidu himself had instigated people in the house by talking about unnecessary, unrelated and unwarranted subjects, and now when people have reacted, he is behaving this way.
He said that the TDP and Naidu had started it all.
Earlier in the day, Naidu broke down while speaking to the media and said that the ruling YSRCP government is personally targetting the family members of the leaders of his party including him in the legislative assembly.
Speaking to the media after boycotting the assembly session on Friday, Naidu said that the act of the speaker is also objectionable.
Naidu likened the Assembly to ‘Kaurava Sabha’ and decided to boycott it till 2024 in protest against ‘ugly character assassinations’ by YSRCP ministers and MLAs, says TDP in a statement
He alleged that YSR commented against his wife and after his objection, he rendered an apology.
Naidu further said that the YSRCP always targets the opposition parties emotionally.

Andhra Pradesh in debt-trap; failing to attract investment, says BJP leader

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Income Tax Department conducts searches in Delhi, Haryana on Wednesday claimed that Andhra Pradesh is in a debt-trap and is failing to attract investment.
Speaking to ANI, Dinakar stated the debts of Andhra Pradesh are increasing abnormally as the YRSCP-led government is not maintaining a “proper system of financial planning” in the state. “The Union Finance Ministry has taken a decision to release monthly devolution in advance to the states for their Capital expenditure needs. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are getting Rs 1,923 crores and Rs 999 Crores respectively for the month of October. November month devolution funds are getting to utilize the capital expenditure needs as the priority. Andhra Pradesh is lagging behind to achieve the capital expenditure targets badly in the second quarter of the current financial year,” Dinakar said.
“Andhra Pradesh estimated the capital expenditure for Rs 31,119.38 crores for the current financial year but, the actual capital expenditure incurred by the second quarter is Rs 6,711.60 crores only. Hence, states like Andhra Pradesh should maintain the standards in incurring capital expenditure as per the intention of the Centre to create future revenue-generating productive assets for the benefit of the people,” the BJP leader added.
Dinakar further claimed the debts of Andhra Pradesh are “rising abnormally without productive assets are worrying everyone.”
“YSRCP-led government must maintain proper systems of financial planning for the future of the state. The state is in a debt trap and has failed to attract the investments,” he added.

‘BJP doing cheap politics’

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India] : Amid opposition-ruled states constantly drawing criticism from BJP leaders for not reducing excise on fuel prices, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Kunal Ghosh on Saturday accused the BJP of indulging in “cheap politics” and said that the Centre should reduce base prices and restructure taxation.
“Centre takes more tax-share than the state can afford to compensate the deficit of BJP-ruled states,” Ghosh alleged while speaking to ANI here today. “BJP is doing cheap politics. They should reduce base prices and restructure taxation,” he said while adding that the non-BJP states don’t even get their original dues.
Ghosh’s remarks came after the Government of India, on the eve of Diwali, had announced reduction of central excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively.
As per the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, following the reduction, 23 states/UTs also undertook a commensurate reduction of VAT on Petrol and Diesel to give relief to consumers.
However, there are 13 States/UTs which have not undertaken any reduction in VAT in Petrol and Diesel.
These are Maharashtra, NCT of Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Andaman and Nicobar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, Punjab and Rajasthan.
As per the ministry, the most reduction in the Petrol prices has been in UT of Ladakh, followed by Karnataka and Puducherry. The prices of petrol in these UTs/states have come down by Rs 13.43, Rs 13.35 and Rs12.85, respectively, it stated.
According to the ministry, for Diesel, the most reduction has been undertaken by UT of Ladakh, leading to price coming down by Rs 19.61 per litre there, followed by Karnataka and Puducherry.

South India : Heavy rain !

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a heavy to very rainfall warning for Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka from October 28 to November 1.

New Delhi [India] : “Heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated/few places very likely over Tamil Nadu and isolated heavy rainfall over Kerala & Mahe during October 28-November 1, 2021. Heavy rainfall at isolated places is very likely over Coastal Andhra Pradesh during October 28-October 31 with isolated very heavy falls on October 29. Heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over Coastal & South Interior Karnataka on October 31 and over Rayalaseema during October 29-October 30,” said IMD in a series of tweets. This, according to IMD, is because a low-pressure area lying over the South-West Bay of Bengal off the Sri Lanka Coast and the associated cyclonic circulation (extending up to 3.1 km above mean sea level) is likely to move westwards during the next 48 hours.
“Thunderstorm & lightning very likely over Kerala & Mahe, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal and Coastal Andhra Pradesh during October 28-November 1 and over Rayalaseema during October 29-November 1, 2021,” IMD added.
However, mainly dry weather is likely to prevail over most parts of Northwest, West, Central and many parts of East and North-East India for the next five days. 

Andhra police books Nara Lokesh, other TDP leaders for attacking police reserve inspector at Mangalgiri

Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh Police on Wednesday filed a case against TDP General Secretary Nara Lokesh and other party leaders for abusing, confining and attacking a police reserve inspector at Mangalgiri TDP party office while he was performing his duties.
“The Mangalgiri police of Guntur District has registered a case against Nara Lokesh, MLC Ashok Babu, former MLA Alapati Raja and few other TDP leaders for abusing, confining and attacking a police reserve inspector at Mangalgiri TDP party office while he was performing his duties,” the police said. The case has been registered in various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
This comes after TDP’s Mangalagiri office and the residence of Pattabhi Ram’s residence in Vijayawada were vandalised on Tuesday.
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) President and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu have blamed workers of the YSRCP for the attack and the TDP has called for a bandh today in Andhra Pradesh over the attack on its offices and workers.
Earlier today, TDP leader Pattabhi Ram conducted a press conference and allegedly abused the state Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for police raids conducted at the former minister and TDP leader Anand Babu’s residence.

AP : Protests against vandalism of party office

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Lok Sabha MP (Srikakulam) Ram Mohan Naidu participated in the protest against the vandalism of the party’s headquarters along with other party workers in Srikakulam.

Srikakulam (Andhra Pradesh) [India] : Protesters were detained by police. Also in the Kadapa district, another TDP leader Lingareddy was put on house arrest by police. On Tuesday TDP’s Mangalagiri office and the residence of Pattabhi Ram in Vijayawada were vandalised.
The attacks took place after TDP national spokesman Kommareddy Pattabhi Ram held a press conference in which he criticised the state government and the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu has blamed workers of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) for the attack and the TDP has called for a bandh today in Andhra Pradesh over the attack on its offices and workers.

At a press conference yesterday Chandrababu Naidu described the ruling YSRCP attacks on their party offices as “state-sponsored terrorism” on democracy and a ghastly attempt to stifle the voice of the main opposition TDP in Andhra Pradesh.

However, YSR Congress Party has denied any involvement in the attacks.
“The YSRC party has nothing to do with the attacks. Making such abusive statements against a loved CM and leader could have provoked fans of our beloved leader but the party has absolutely nothing to do with what unfolded,” YSR Congress Party said in a statement.

Vandalism of TDP office condemnable, says BJP Andhra Co-incharge

New Delhi [India] : BJP Andhra Pradesh unit in-charge Sunil Deodhar on Wednesday condemned the attack on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) party headquarters.
“The vandalism of TDP’s office by the YSRCP party workers is highly condemnable. The unparliamentary language used by TDP against Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy is unacceptable and should not be tolerated. But YSRCP should have dealt with the matter in a legal and lawful manner. Vandalism is unacceptable,” Doedhar said. He urged Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy to take action against the culprits from both sides.
On Tuesday TDP’s Mangalagiri office and the residence of Pattabhi Ram’s residence in Vijayawada were vandalised.
The attacks took place after TDP national spokesman Kommareddy Pattabhi Ram held a press conference in which he criticised the state government and the chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu has blamed workers of the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) for the attack and the TDP has called for a bandh today in Andhra Pradesh over the attack on its offices and workers.
At a press conference yesterday Chandrababu Naidu described the ruling YSRCP attacks on their party offices as “state-sponsored terrorism” on democracy and a ghastly attempt to stifle the voice of the main opposition TDP in Andhra Pradesh.
However, YSR Congress Party has denied any involvement in the attacks.
“The YSRC party has nothing to do with the attacks. Making such abusive statements against a loved CM and leader could have provoked fans of our beloved leader but the party has absolutely nothing to do with what unfolded,” YSR Congress Party said in a statement.

Congress will come to power in Andhra, Telangana in 2023 assembly elections, says Veerappa Moily

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Indian National Congress leader Veerappa Moily on Tuesday asserted that the Congress party will come to power in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the upcoming 2023 assembly elections.
Addressing an event on the occasion of Eid Milap, Moily said, “Rajiv Gandhi was a young leader not only in the country but also in the world. The Congress leader who gave the right to vote to the youth at the age of 18, sacrificed his life for the country. So, Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi should not be forgotten.” Moily praised the government of the former Prime Minister of India and said that he solved the problems of the Assam, Tripura and Tamil Nadu people when they were struggling with their problems.
“When Assam, Tripura and Tamil Nadu were struggling with problems, Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi solved their problems. So, Congress will come to power in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the upcoming 2023 assembly elections,” he said.
He said that many national leaders have sacrificed their lives to preserve the unity of the country. “We are again happy today because of the sacrifices of those noble national leaders,” Moily added.
Further, Moily stated that development, unity, peace, religious harmony were preserved when the Congress leader ruled the country. “To eradicate corruption, anti-corruption was also brought in India,” he said.

Naidu writes to Modi on Census

New Delhi [India]: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to include caste data in census enumeration to ensure the development of backward classes (BC).

In his letter, Naidu stated that the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly (APLA), under the then Telugu Desam Party-led Government, had passed a resolution for the BC census unanimously. “The same was sent to the Government of India for consideration,” he added.
Highlighting that the backward classes constitute the majority of the population in India, Naidu reiterated the need for a caste-based census and said, “Despite various Government policies aimed at their welfare and development, BCs continue to live in poverty and deprivation. This is due to the lack of adequate data on their population that also impedes the effectiveness of the implementation of schemes meant to uplift them. Hence, it is requested to include caste data in census enumeration to ensure targeted welfare and development of BCs.”

He also said that the first BC Commission in 1953, the Kalelkar Commission, and the later Commissions, including those of the various State Governments had all recommended the enumeration of the Backward Classes in the census.

“The previous data on the population of castes are as old as 90 years and best described as outdated,” Naidu said.

Various parties including the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, among others have raised the demand for the caste-based census.

Recently, the Central government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that the census of backward classes is “administratively difficult” and will suffer both on account of completeness and accuracy.

The Centre, in an affidavit in the Supreme Court said the exclusion of any caste other than Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe from the purview of the upcoming 2021 Census is a “conscious policy decision” taken by the Central government.

The affidavit of the Central government was filed on a plea of the Maharashtra government asking to share census data of OBCs collected by the Centre in 2011-2013. (ANI)

Preservation of Odia-based education

Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday wrote letters to chief ministers of Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh seeking personal intervention for promoting and preserving Odia-based education in the states. In his letter to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Pradhan said, “I am writing this letter to seek your personal intervention for implementation of the values enshrined in the New Education Policy 2020, and preserving the best interests of Odia speaking school children in Jharkhand.”

New Delhi [India], October 1 : “I would like to underscore the shared history of Odisha and Jharkhand which goes back to ages and binds the two states together till this day. Saraikela and Kharsawan districts in Jharkhand were once Odia speaking princely states and among two of 26 Garhjats which made up the state of Odisha,” he added.
The union minister further stated, “During state reorganisation exercise in 1948, these two princely states were clubbed with the erstwhile Bihar State which has become present-day Jharkhand. It is estimated that around 20 lakh Odia speaking people live in Jharkhand today concentrated around Kolhan Division of Jharkhand consisting of Saraikela-Kharsawan, East
Singhbhum and West Singhbhum Districts apart from smaller populations in Ranchi, Gumla, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Simdega, Lahardega and Latehar districts.”
In another letter written to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Pradhan sought personal intervention for harmonious resolution of issues pertaining to the Odia language-based education in border villages of the state.
“Odisha and Andhra Pradesh share common cultures and multiple interests relating to the promotion of native languages of the respective states in the border villages,” he stated.
The Education Minister further said that following the demarcation of the border between Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, some of the schools in the border areas of Odisha as well as Andhra Pradesh have merged with the school systems in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, respectively.
“As a result, many Odia and Telugu speaking children in schools in the two states have become minority groups whose native languages need to be supported,” he stated.
“To resolve this situation, both the state governments had entered into an agreement to cater to the needs of the students who wish to learn their respective languages (Telugu in Odisha and Odia in Andhra Pradesh) in schools,” he added.

Andhra Pradesh: BJP slams state government over auctioning water bodies

Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Wednesday stated that the party is going to hold ‘Matsyakara Garjana’ (Roar of Fishermen) on October 7 at Nellore against the State Government Order (GO) number 217.
The government is planning to implement the order in the Nellore district as a pilot project. It entails auctioning water bodies to private persons. BJP, in association with alliance Jana Sena Party (JSP), fishermen cooperative societies and other unions will be holding the protest in which more than 10,000 fishermen will participate, Veerraju informed.
Veerraju also said the fishermen community will lose its natural rights of fishing in water bodies as result and called it a detrimental step as it will take away the fishermen’s rights to fish in canals, lakes, tanks and reservoirs.
While addressing the media, he said, “Fishermen are a major community and fishing is one of the vital professions after agriculture and handloom, but the state government is acting against their interests.”
“As the party president of BJP, I wrote a letter to state government raising nine questions on that controversial GO on September 12 but there is no response to date,” he added.
He further said that fishermen’s cooperative societies have been agitating against the order but the state government has not paid any heed.

Cyclone Gulab: NDRF conducts mock drill of rescue, relief operations in Andhra’s Kalingapatnam

Kalingapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Sunday conducted a mock drill of rescue and relief operations in the Bandaruvanipeta village of Andhra Pradesh’s Kalingapatnam in view of ‘Cyclone Gulab’.

Speaking to ANI, NDRF team commander, Sushant Kumar Behera said, “Our team has briefed the people about the preparedness. People with physical disabilities, old and children have already been sent to the cyclone shelter homes.”
“Gulab is likely to move nearly westwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh-South Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Gopalpur as a cyclonic storm by midnight today. The landfall process will commence from the evening of today,” tweeted the IMD.

Earlier, Referring to the IMD’s cyclone alert in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, Satya Narayan Pradhan, Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had informed that 13 teams (24 sub-teams) have been deployed in Odisha and five in Andhra Pradesh. (ANI)

Clash between YSRCP & TDP

Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: A clash broke out between workers of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) at Kopparru village in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur on Monday during Ganpati idol immersion procession.
This came shortly after it was declared that the YSRCP had won a majority in the Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) polls. TDP local leader Sarada said that YSRCP workers allegedly vandalised her house and furniture and even set things and nearby vehicles on fire.
The police informed that as many as seven people are injured in the clash, the police said.
“Clash took place between both the groups of YSRCP and TDP when Ganesh processions of both groups crossed each other. Seven persons are injured in the clash,” Bapatla DSP A Srinivasa Rao told ANI.
Rao said that a case has been registered in the matter and an investigation into the matter is underway.
TDP leader P Ashok Babu alleged that the incident happened in the presence of people.
“YSRCP workers vandalised the house of former ZPTC member Sarada in presence of police. They created terror in the neighbourhood. This is the situation in the rural areas,” the TDP leader said.
However, YSRCP has rejected the allegations.
“The police have taken statements from both the parties involved and they are inquiring,” YSRCP spokesperson A Narayana Murty said.
YSRCP registered a landslide victory in the local body polls after winning 502 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and 5998 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) in Andhra Pradesh, according to the final result at 2 am on September 20.

AP: Counting for Mandal, Zilla Parishad polls

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], September 19 : Counting of votes in the Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) elections are being held in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.
Around 209 counting centres have been set up in all the 13 districts of the state and COVID restrictions are being followed at the counting centres. At least, 11,803 counting supervisors and 32,264 counting persons are deployed for the counting process.
The election was conducted on April 8 2021 with 515 ZPTCs and 7220 MPTCs but the counting was stopped on petitions filed by various political parties including Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Jana Sena Party (JSP).
Andhra Pradesh High Court Division Bench, on September 16, gave a nod for counting of votes in MPTC and ZPTC elections. The bench consisted of Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice AK Goswami and Justice Uma Devi.

Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy: The Young Leader who wants to make his state No.1 in everything!

Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy is an accomplished Indian politician, presently serving as the 17th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Son of veteran Indian politician and 14th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly referred as YSR, Jaganmohan began his journey in politics campaigning for Indian National Congress in Kadapa District during the 2004 elections.

He was a member of Congress when he won election in 2009 and became Member of Parliament from Kadapa constituency. After his father’s accidental death, Jaganmohan started the Odarpu yatra tour across Andhra Pradesh and following a fallout with the Congress he formed his own political party called Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) and serves as its president. He served as Leader of the Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly before assuming office as the 17th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

Although Jaganmohan is a distinguished politician, he got entangled into high-profile corruption scandals and was arrested on embezzlement charges that led him to serve 16 months in jail.

Childhood & Early Life

Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy was born on December 21, 1972, in Jammalamadugu, in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh, India, in the Catholic Christian family of Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR) and his wife Yeduguri Sandinti Vijayalakshmi, also referred as Y.S. Vijayamma.YSR was an Indian National Congress strongman and won every election he contested. YSR was a two-time Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayamma is a house wife-turned Indian politician. She served as Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Pulivendla and presently serves as chairperson of the YSRCP.Jaganmohan’s grandfather Yeduguri Sandinti Raja Reddy was also an Indian politician, and his younger sister Y. S. Sharmila presently serves as party convener of the YSRCP.

Jaganmohan attended ‘The Hyderabad Public School’ till 12th grade and then completed his graduation obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Career in Politics

Scion of a political-business family, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy followed footsteps of his grandfather and father into politics and commenced his political career campaigning for Indian National Congress in Kadapa District at the time of the 2004 elections. He was elected as Member of the Lok Sabha in 2009 from Kadapa constituency in Andhra Pradesh and held office from June 1 that year to May 18, 2014. Meanwhile sudden accidental death of YSR, the then-incumbent Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, in a helicopter crash on September 2, 2009, led most of the legislators to support appointment of Jaganmohan as the new Chief Minister. However President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi and her son and General Secretary of the party Rahul Gandhi were not in favour of such move.

Reportedly several people including young supporters and those who benefited from YSR’s social welfare schemes died of shock or committed suicide after hearing the news of YSR’s death. Count of such deaths according to the Telugu television station NTV was 122. Jaganmohan promised to meet families of those who died and six months after his father’s death, he commenced an Odarpu Yatra (condolence tour) across Andhra Pradesh to console those families. The Congress leadership did not support the tour and Jaganmohan was ordered to call it off, which he refused. He continued with the tour calling it a personal matter leading to his fallout with the Congress high command. The tour nevertheless became an immense success and Jaganmohan emerged as a prominent political figure in state politics. He said the Congress mistreated him and created rifts in his family by luring his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy with a state ministerial seat following death of YSR.

In November 2010, Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy and his mother, Vijayamma, resigned from the Kadapa Lok Sabha and Pulivendula Assembly constituencies respectively. They also resigned as members of the Congress. On December 7, 2010, Jaganmohan announced of starting a new political party in 45 days and eventually YSRCP was formed on March 12, 2011, with Jaganmohan as its president. Several Congress leaders loyal to him joined YSRCP. This weakened strength of the Congress in the assembly as well as in the Lok Sabha leading to by-elections where Jaganmohan’s party won majority of the vacated seats with record-breaking margins. He won from the Kadapa constituency by a large margin of 545,043 votes. A corruption case was filed against Jaganmohan Reddy was CBI investigation was launched against him on the charges that he took Rs 1,172 crores as bribe from different investors and aided them in getting favours from the state government, particularly in obtaining mining leases, land and licenses for new industries, when his father was the chief minister. A disproportionate assets case was lodged against him and he was arrested by CBI on May 27, 2012. The next day, a special court of CBI in Hyderabad remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days. He was kept in the Chanchalguda Central Prison till June 11, 2012.As investigation on his case proceeded, judicial custody of Jaganmohan was extended repeatedly. His petition was also dismissed by the Supreme Court on July 4 and August 9 in 2012, and on May 13 in 2013.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court passed an order in March 2012 directing the CBI to investigate 6 ministers and 8 senior bureaucrats who allegedly issued 26 Government orders that aided the companies that invested in firms of Jaganmohan. The latter’s family and party alleged that a political conspiracy was going on against him. Jaganmohan strongly opposed bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh in forming the separate state of Telangana. He went on a hunger strike in jail after the United Progressive Alliance government resolved to endorse formation of a separate Telangana state. Vijayamma also protested against it and started a hunger strike. The indefinite fast took a toll on Jaganmohan’s health when his sugar levels and blood pressure fell after 125 hours and he was shifted to Osmania General Hospital. He continued his protest post release and called a 72-hour bandh. He and his mother also resigned from their legislatures. Jaganmohan contested the 2014 Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, however his party lost it, garnering just 67 of 175 seats. He assumed office as Leader of the Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on June 19, 2014, and served the position till May 25, 2019.

On November 6, 2017, he paid homage at the grave of his father in the Kadapa district and then launched the PrajaSankalpaYatra, his 3,000-km-long walkathon. The slogan “Raavali Jagan, Kaavali Jagan”, meaning Jagan should come. We want Jagan, was coined by YSRCP for this foot march of Jaganmohan that continued for 430 days till January 9, 2019, and saw him visiting 125 Assembly segments in 13 districts of the state. His party did not contest in Telangana Assembly election in 2018. On October 25, 2018, he was attacked in the VIP Lounge of Visakhapatnam Airport with a cock fighting knife while he was boarding a flight to Hyderabad. He suffered from a shoulder injury and underwent a surgery. During the 2019 general elections YSRCP gained a sweeping victory in both the 2019 Andhra Pradesh assembly elections and 2019 General elections winning 151 out of 175 seats and 22 out of the 25 seats respectively.

On May 30, 2019, Jaganmohan succeeded N. Chandrababu Naidu and took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (2nd Chief Minister after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh).

Other Endeavours

Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy launched the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh based Telugu language daily newspaper Sakshi on March 24, 2008. His wife owns the newspaper and it is run by K. Ramachandra Murthy. Jaganmohan also founded the television channel Sakshi TV and is the main corporate promoter of Bharathi Cements.

Family & Personal Life

On August 28, 1996, he married Bharathi Reddy. The couple has two daughters. He is a communicant member of the Church of South India (Diocese of Rayalaseema). He attends the Church of South India-Town Church in Pulivendula.

Vijayawada artisans suffer due to ban on Ganesh pandals

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: With Ganesh Chaturthi just around the corner, artisans making idols of Lord Ganesh in Andhra Pradesh are facing hardships as the state government has decided not to allow Ganesh pandals and immersion processions this year due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Purnima, an artisan said that her business has bear the brunt of the pandemic and claimed she is in debt of lakhs.
“We have been living in Andhra Pradesh for the past 15 years. After the Corona outbreak, our business is totally down. This year also the government decided not to allow pandals and immersion processions. Adhering to this, not even a single buyer came. We are already in debt of Rs 15 to 16 lakhs. We are not even in a position to pay rent for this place. This year we have made almost two hundred small idols for household use. But there are no takers yet,” she told ANI.

Another artisan Kishan requested the state government to allow Ganesh pandals.

“There are hundreds of Rajasthani idol makers in Andhra Pradesh. All of us are suffering for the past two years with restrictions on Ganesh pandals. The government has allowed bars, meat shops and other shops to open, but is not allowed to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. We will not make new idols now. Our priority is to clear the existing stock. If the government will not allow any relaxation, then we will be in distress. We request the state government to reconsider its decision and allow Ganesh pandals,” he told ANI.

Opposition BJP also slammed the YSRCP government for not allowing Ganesh pandals and immersion processions and demanded that Hindus be allowed to celebrate their festivals.

While condemning the state government’s move, BJP Andhra Pradesh president Somu Veerraju alleged that it is showing discrimination towards Hindus. (ANI)

Andhra govt continued welfare schemes inspite of revenue loss due to Covid: Buggana Rajendernath

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Condemning the allegations of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on the financial condition of the state, Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendernath said that the state government has implemented the welfare schemes in spite of fall in revenue due to Covid-19.
“During the previous government, the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) between 2014-19 was 10.03 per cent, whereas, with the covid effect, between 2019-21, only 1.30 per cent has been registered, which resulted in a loss of Rs 7947.07 crores. During the first lockdown between April-May 2020, nearly Rs 4709.24 crore revenue loss occurred and also expected revenue fell for 2021-22. For fighting against the Covid, the state government had spent Rs 7130.19 crores for providing treatment, developing medical infrastructure, testing, vaccination and many more irrespective of the Centre’s support,” Rajendernath said in his statement. Taking a dig at TDP, he said that the previous government had crippled the state finances with abnormal borrowings and left a huge pile of debts. At the time of bifurcation, the total debt was only Rs 1,18,544.34 crore, but between 2014-19 it increased to Rs 2,57,509.85 crore. Besides these, through various corporations, the TDP government had left a debt of Rs 1,00,000 crore.
“However, the current government is being accountable for every single borrowing, as on date Rs 1,27,195.81 crore have been borrowed and credited Rs 1,051,22.22 crore into the accounts of farmers and women during Covid crisis as financial support without resorting to any corruption. Borrowings have been done as per the FRBM limits and the Union Government permitted additional borrowings of Rs 20,000 crore under Atma Nirbhar Bharat mission,” added Rajendernath.
The Minister stated that the government has been prioritising public welfare schemes, and spending accordingly while even paying interest to the borrowings of the previous government and clearing the pending arrears left by them.
Drawing a comparison between the two governments, Rajendranath said that Chandrababu Naidu had promised to waive off all the farm loans which were Rs 87,612 crore, but only waived Rs 15,279.42 crore in five phases.
“However, in the last two years, the State government had spent Rs 83,102.18 crore towards farmer’s welfare. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had spent Rs 17,029 crore for Rythu Bharosa, Rs 1105.89 crore for Zero-Interest crop loans, Rs 3788.25 crore on crop insurance, Rs 1055.19 crore on input subsidy and Rs 331.58 crore on Matsakara Bharosa,” added Rajendernath.
Rajendra went ahead saying that while prioritising the education sector, the government had spent Rs 25,914.13 crore by implementing various schemes like Amma Vodi, Vasati Deevena, Vidya Deevena, Goru Muddha and Vidya Kanuka. Towards fee reimbursement, the previous government had spent only Rs 13420.65 crore leaving a debt of Rs 2012.03 crore. As part of women empowerment, the current government had spent Rs 17,608.43 crore through schemes like Aasara, Cheyutha, while the TDP government had betrayed them by promising to waive loans of about Rs 21,479 crores.
“The State government had also prioritised the health sector by revamping YSR Aarogya Sri and increased the number of treatments to 2346 by spending Rs 4342.05 crore for treating 12.48 lakh patients. The government is also providing financial assistance to those discharged patients during their recovery period through Aarogya Aasara and further rolled out 1066 new ambulances breathing life into 108,104 services,” Rajendernath’s statement added.
While the TDP government provided pensions to only 39 lakh people until six months before the polls, the current government has been door delivering pensions to about 59.82 lakh people. The previous government had only spent Rs 26403.57 crore in a span of five years, the current government had met an expenditure of Rs 37,461.89 crore in just 27 months. In addition to these, the government has also stood by the weaver community by supporting them with Rs 575.87 crore in the last two years, while it was only Rs 259.04 crore between 2014-19 during TDP rule; said the state Finance Minister in his statement.

AP BJP slams YSRCP govt over PDS

Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) vice president Ravela Kishore Babu on Friday slammed the YSRCP government for misleading people regarding the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state and publicizing themselves for the work done by the Central government.
Speaking to ANI, Babu said that the Central government provides the funds to the PDS through the state governments and the essential commodities like wheat, rice and sugar are provided to poor people at a subsidised rate through those funds. “But Andhra Pradesh government headed by Jagan Mohan Reddy is full of deceit and lies and is involved in false propaganda to mislead people. They are portraying as if they are giving the entire funds to this PDS system in the state which is not true. It is the Modi government that is giving funds to ensure that the poor people get ration at a highly subsidised rate,” he stated.
The state BJP vice president further said that the vehicles carrying ration for distribution only bear photos of Rajasekhara Reddy and the Chief Minister and there is no mention of the Central government.
“The Central government issued a circular to YSRCP government to put pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in every ration shop but the state government clearly failed to do so. Instead, they put small posters that had CM Reddy’s photo on the top and the PM’s photo below it, which is against the protocol and is an insult to the institution of Prime Minister of India,” he added.
Babu said that the BJP government condemns this attitude of state government and as per the party directive, the BJP workers are going to aware the people of the truth of the PDS system through pamphlets, posters, banners and social media.
“We are going to tell them that it is the Modi government that is providing them ration and even gave additional 5 kg rice for free along with the regular ration during the Covid times under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana. The Central government is spending thousands of crores of rupees for the welfare of people and they should not be misled by the state government,” he stated.
The BJP leader informed that the Central government is bearing a subsidy of Rs 33 per kg of rice being given to people through PDS and the YSRCP government is concealing the facts in a conspiring way to gain political mileage.

Andhra: 400 litres of country liquor worth Rs 2 lakh seized; smuggler arrested

Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 26 : 400 litres of country liquor worth Rs 2 lakh which was being illegally transported from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh via Krishna river was seized by the Guntur police on Wednesday.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Gurajala, Meher Jayaram Prasad, during a press conference said the liquor was being transported in a dingy boat on the Krishna River. He also informed that the main smuggler has been arrested. Prasad said, “Enforcement is being strictly implemented in Macharla Mandal on public vices like Gutka, country liquor and liquor illegally being brought into the state from Telangana and gambling. As part of that, 400 litres of country liquor was seized in Ekonampeta village in the limits of Vijayapuri South Police Station. The worth of illegal liquor caught is almost Rs 2 lakhs.”
“The liquor was made in Telangana. It was carried in a dingy boat on the Krishna river and was being brought into Macharla. The police team based on reliable information reached the spot and caught the country liquor,” he added.
The main arrested accused has been identified as Nerawat Ranga alias Ranga Naik (36) from Nalgonda district.
However, two accused from Macharla to whom the liquor was being supplied to escaped the scene, but the police were successful in identifying them. “They have been identified. We will soon catch and remand them,” he said.
Further, Prasad informed, “In past also, that is on August 1, we caught another 380 litres of ID arrack. Through CDR analysis, we found that the accused in that case was also the same, Nerawat Ranga. Action will be taken against him.”

Three cities in Andhra certified with ‘Water Plus’ tag

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: Three cities from Andhra Pradesh have been awarded ‘Water Plus’ certification out of a total of nine cities across the country by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country to have more than one ‘Water Plus’ city, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) said. The certification was awarded under the Swachh Bharat Mission and Swachh Survekshan assessment.
“The certified municipal corporations are Tirupathi Municipal Corporation, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation, and Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC),” it said.
“As per the existing protocols prescribed by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the Water plus certification is the next step after receiving Open Defecation Free (ODF/ODF+ /ODF++) status. A Municipal Corporation can be certified as water plus provided the treatment and management of liquid waste from households, commercial establishment drains, sewers, etc. is carried out at a satisfactory level (as per CPCB norms), before releasing the treated wastewater to the environment, and adequate capacity of wastewater/sewage treatment facilities should be maintained along with cost recovery through reuse and recycling of treated wastewater,” the CMO said in the statement.

AP : GV Sriraj suspended

Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 20 : The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee on Friday suspended GV Sriraj, a youth leader, from primary party membership for frying a “Twitter bird” after he staged a protest against the suspension of Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account.
APCC disciplinary committee chairman L Eswara Rao has issued the suspension order. He mentioned that as per the special directives of AICC communication department, the APCC suspended him from party primary membership with immediate effect. The order says that the act of Sriraj has tarnished the image of Congress party, and he has used Rahul Gandhi’s name in a way that degrades the values of the party.
GV Sriraj is a Congress leader and son of former MP GV Harsha Kumar. In order to show his protest against Twitter for suspending the account of Rahul Gandhi, he had fried a quail bird and sent it to the Twitter office in Mumbai.
Twitter on Saturday unlocked the accounts of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his party, a few days after it was temporarily suspended for sharing pictures of the family of a minor victim of alleged rape and murder in Delhi.
The Twitter accounts of various other Congress leaders like Pawan Khera and Manickam Tagore have also been unlocked.

6 CPI (Maoist) Naxals surrender in AP

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 12 : Six top CPI (Maoist) cadres of Andhra Odisha Special Zone Committee (AOSZC) have surrendered before the police, said Andhra Pradesh police on Thursday.
The six Naxals have been identified as Chikkudu Chinna Rao, Vanthala Vannu, Madakam Somidi, Madakam Manglu, Poyam Rukini and Sodi Bheeme. Gautam Sawang, Andhra Pradesh’s Director General of Police (DGP) said, “Lack of public support, lack of recruitment from tribals, discrimination of top Naxal leadership who hailed from plain areas towards adivasi cadre and disillusionment with the obsolete ideology were among the other reasons for the surrender.”
“There has been a significant decline in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in Andhra Pradesh both in numbers and geographical spread of its influence in last two years. LWE activity has been largely confined to Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts in the state,” said DGP.
Earlier on June 16, six Naxals were killed by the Andhra Pradesh police in an encounter at Visakhapatnam.

AP: Idol of ‘Nandi’ stolen

East Godavari (Andhra Pradesh) [India]: An idol of ‘Nandi’ got stolen from the premises of the Golingeswara Swami Temple in Bikkavolu town of East Godavari district in the wee hours of August 7, informed the police.
Temple authorities informed the matter of the police on August 7. However, the case was not registered on the same day, informed Anaparti Circle Inspector Bhaskar Rao. Temple authorities and officials of the Archaeological Survey of India resorted to searching for the idol but in vain. They checked the CCTV footage and found that one unidentified miscreant jumped off the wall into the temple premises and had stolen the idol, further informed Rao.
However, the CCTV footage is not clear and the thief cannot be identified, according to the Police.
The ASI staff have lodged a complaint on August 9 at Bikkavolu police station as the temple is under ASI’s supervision, the police said.
Based on that, a case under sections 457, 380 of IPC (theft) was registered.
Special teams are formed and the investigation is underway.
Golingeswara Swami Temple comes under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India. There are some idols erected on the premises of the temple, one of them was the idol of Nandi.

CBI arrests 5 for posting defamatory content

New Delhi [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested five people for allegedly posting defamatory content against the judges of Andhra Pradesh High Court on social media, informed CBI officials on Sunday.

The CBI said that two persons named – Pattapu Aadarsh and Lavanuru Samba Siva Reddy were arrested on Saturday for allegedly posting content against judges, while three others — Dhami Reddy Konda Reddy, Pamula Sudheer, and Lingareddy Rajasekhar Reddy were held on July 28. The case has been registered under Sections 153 (A), 504, 505 (2) and 506 of The IPC and Section 67 of IT Act, 2000. Pattapu Aadarsh and Lavanuru Samba Siva Reddy were produced before the competent Court, Guntur and then remanded to police custody.

Dhami Reddy Konda Reddy and Lingareddy Rajasekhar Reddy have been sent to Judicial custody, while Sri Pamula Sudheer’s police custody has been extended up to August 10.

The CBI had registered a case against 16 people for allegedly posting defamatory content against the Judges of AP High Court.

“To investigate larger conspiracy, CBI has also examined certain persons including an MP, ex-MLA and also continued investigation into the role of other persons who were not mentioned in the FIR,” said the CBI.

AP : PV Sindhu Felicitated

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 6 : Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Friday felicitated ace shuttler PV Sindhu and asked her to start a sports academy at Vishakhapatnam to generate more sports personalities from the state.
Sindhu won a bronze medal in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics and became the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals. She met with CM Jagan at the state secretariat in Amaravati. Later, sports officials handed her over a cash reward of Rs 30 lakhs as per the state policy for winning the medal. While speaking on the occasion, Sindhu said, “I had met with CM Jagan before going to Tokyo and the CM had encouraged me very well. Now I met him after winning bronze at the Olympics and he congratulated me for achieving the medal. He appreciated me and encouraged me to win many more titles in the future and bring laurels to the state and the country.”
Sindhu further said that the government of Andhra Pradesh has given 2 percent reservation in government jobs to sportspersons which is very encouraging for them and that she will soon start a sports academy at Visakhapatnam in the land assured by the state government.
State Sports Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao and Special Chief Secretary Dr. Rajat Bhargava accompanied Sindhu on the occasion.

AP: Rs 60 lakh cannabis seized

Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh): Police on Thursday arrested two persons and seized cannabis estimated to be worth Rs 50 to Rs 60 lakh that was being smuggled to Telangana from Visakhapatnam in a truck.

About 400 kilograms of marijuana was seized while police stopped a truck coming from Dharakonda and conducted an inspection at the Sealeru Janco check post. The cannabis was being smuggled from Gudemkotha Vedi village in Visakhapatnam agency. Sealeru SI Ranjit said two accused were arrested in the lorry and Rs 5,600 cash and two mobiles seized from them. The accused revealed that they were buying cannabis in Dharakonda and taking it to Telangana state, police said.

A case has been registered and an investigation into investigated under the supervision of Gudemkotha veedi Chief Inspector Ashok Kumar, SI Ranjith said.

“The accused are suspected to be from Rajasthan and an investigation is underway” the official added.

AP: Vana Mahotasava

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], August 5: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Thursday launched “Jagananna Paccha Thoranam — Vana Mahotsavam 2021” by planting a sapling on the premises of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Mangalagiri, Amravati.
While speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the trees are saving us by taking carbon dioxide and giving oxygen to us during day times. “We have read that trees cause rain, keeping ecological balance. We all must remember these two points. We must take care of trees,” he added.
Reddy said the forest cover in the state is 23 per cent and the government aims to increase it to 33 per cent.
“This year our forest department should plant at least 5 crores plants. Let us all take oath for the development of forest cover, planting saplings, and not cut trees, and make Andhra Pradesh a green canopy,” he stated.
Minister for Forests and Environment, Balineni Srinivasa Reddy and others also took part in the event.

No mediation for Krishna water

New Delhi [India], August 4 : Andhra Pradesh Government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the Krishna river water sharing dispute involving the legal fight between the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana required adjudication and refused mediation, as suggested by the SC earlier.
After the Supreme Court was apprised by the Andhra Pradesh state government lawyer, G Umapathy, that the Krishna river water dispute sharing matter involving AP and Telangana, will require legal adjudication, as mediation didn’t work, a two-judge bench of the Apex Court, led by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana, said, we will list the case before another bench. “State doesn’t agree to mediation as suggested by the Supreme Court,” Umapathy told the Supreme Court bench also comprising of Justice Surya Kant, besides, CJI Ramana.
“We cannot force you (AP Government) if you don’t want mediation. Let the matter be listed before another Bench,” the CJI said.
The Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Union of India (UOI) said that we have no objection in you (Andhra Pradesh government) hearing the matter.
The CJI Ramana had on August 2, 2021, recused from hearing the case and said that he belongs to both the states — Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. He had said, he thereby did not want to adjudicate the legal issues involved in the case.
At the same time, the CJI had on August 2, said and asked the parties involved in the case to settle the matter through mediation otherwise, it would have to be sent to another bench.
Andhra Pradesh government had on July 14 approached the Supreme Court against Telangana and its officials “unjust act” of alleging the denial of “legitimate share” of drinking, irrigation water to its people.
The petition, a copy accessed by ANI, stated that the State of Andhra Pradesh (AP) is constrained to move the Apex Court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India to protect the fundamental right of its people, including the right to life of its citizens, drinking /Irrigation/ water, as rights of people are being seriously impaired and infringed on account of unconstitutional, illegal and unjust acts on part of State of Telangana and its officials.
The petition copy further had said that the illegal acts of certain officials of the Telangana government resulted in the deprival of the people of Andhra Pradesh’s legitimate share of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.
The petition had been filed by the AP government because Telangana is refusing to follow decisions taken in the Apex Council constituted under the AP Reorganization Act, directions of Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) constituted under the 2014 Act and directions of the Government of India.
More significantly, Telangana was clearly in violation of a binding Award, popularly known as “Bachwat Award” made on May 31, 1976, and expressed provisions of the 2014 Act, whereby Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated into Telangana and AP, the petition filed by the AP government said.
“This has caused immense hardship for people of State of Andhra Pradesh as availability of water has been seriously prejudiced by depletion in Srisailam Dam project as well as other projects such as the Nagarjuna Sagar Project and the Pulichintala Project,” the petition, filed before the Supreme Court, claimed.
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in this regard has also written to the Prime Minister on July 1 and 7, 2021 and sought his urgent intervention in view of serious threat to the right to life of tens of millions of citizens of Andhra Pradesh, the petition copy had said.
Additionally, the AP Chief Minister had already also addressed letters to the Ministry of Jal Shakti on July 1 and 5, 2021. Despite, the Reorganization having taken place in 2014, and the Apex Council having been created in time, the jurisdiction of the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) Board was to be declared under Section 87 of 2014 Act, has not been notified as yet. This is resulting in illegal acts on part of the State of Telangana and its Authorities, creating serious Constitutional issues, the petition filed before the Supreme Court said.

AP: 2,287 new cases, 18 deaths

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh): Andhra Pradesh recorded 2,287 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours and a total of 18 people from the state succumbed to the virus in the said period, according to a state health bulletin.

Out of those who died in the last 24 hours, four were from Chittoor district, three each in Krishna and Nellore districts, and two each in East Godavari and Prakasam districts. Guntur, Kurnool, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari districts reported one death.

With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 19,68,462 with 21,019 active cases and 13,395 deaths. The total number of people who have recovered from the debilitating virus have been recorded at 19,34,048.

Amaravati Land Scam probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on July 22 the plea of the Andhra Pradesh government against the high court order which stayed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe in a case related to the irregularities in the land deals to develop the state’s capital Amaravati during the previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) regime back in 2015.

The apex court bench comprising Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari disagreed with the state government’s request seeking the matter to be remanded back to the HC citing the probe has been affected badly.

Rajeev Dhavan, appearing on behalf of the AP government, stated that the government has accepted most of the conditions in the writ petition filed before the high court by the state’s former advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas such as, it is ready for a court-monitored probe and no coercive action will be taken till the pendency of the plea.

Srinivas’s counsel Harish Salve said his submission was that the appeal filed by the state government be dismissed and the matter be remanded back to the high court.

He said that if the court goes through the papers and the FIR filed in the matter, it will quash the investigation.

“The Supreme Court has never stopped an investigation before. This petition is a vengeance petition of a lost election,” Dhavan said.

The top court will hear the matter further on July 22.

The FIR pertains to the alleged role played by former Advocate General Dammlapati Srinivas and 12 others in purchasing land in Amravati – the proposed state capital – at a throwaway price.

Action, in this case, began on March 23, 2020, when the state government wrote to the Centre seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into alleged irregularities in the allotment of land at Amravati.

This was based on findings of a Cabinet sub-committee in December 2019.

A special investigation team was constituted in February 2020 which got stayed by the High Court.

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