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October 6th, 2012, 01:54 AM
Public Accounts Committee to inspect Pulichintala project (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-10-04/hyderabad/34258934_1_pulichintala-project-project-site-delta-farmers)
VIJAYAWADA: The Public Accounts Committee's (PAC) visit to the Pulichintala project site on Thursday is likely to be a stormy one as both the government and the contractor have not kept their promise of completing the works by 2011. Launched in 2005, the project was planned to be completed within two years. But the latest indications state that it would require at least another 24 months to complete the project.
The committee headed by TDP legislator Revuri Prakash Reddy will visit the project site and take stock of the situation . "We will go deep into the spending on the project as the contractor has reportedly demanded more funds even after eating away nearly Rs 400 crore," said a PAC member. Sources said major irrigation minister P Sudarshan Reddy was upset with the contractor for repeatedly troubling the government and suggested the senior engineers to explore ways to terminate the contract. However, the engineers advised the minister against such drastic step and instead decided to mount pressure on the contractor to complete the project by next June.
The need for Pulichintala waters was felt particularly during the current season when the state failed to release waters to the delta from Sagar. While nearly 400 tmc of water was let into sea from Prakasam barrage due to lack of storage facility , the delta farmers struggled to irrigate their crops.
October 6th, 2012, 01:58 AM
World juniors at SAAP indoor stadium (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/world-juniors-at-saap-indoor-stadium/article3969257.ece)
The Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) complex indoor stadium, Gachibowli, has been finalised as the venue of the Volkswagen World junior table tennis championships to be held from December 9 to 16. It was preferred to the Kotla Vijayabhaskara Reddy indoor stadium, Yousufguda.
The decision was taken over the weekend after the third and final inspection by a four-member panel. It comprised Raul Calin, Director, Global Junior Programme, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Dhan Raj Choudhary, Secretary General, Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), the national body’s vice-president S.M. Sultan and the Tournament Director Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer.
“The infrastructural blueprint of the event has been worked out, with players to stay in a hotel that’s a 10-minute drive from the venue,” Choudhary told The Hindu.
“Only housing the dozen practice tables presented a problem, but that’s been solved. They will be accommodated in the adjoining swimming pool arena,” he said.
“So are sites earmarked for the ITTF office besides lounges for athletes and media,” said the TTFI Secretary General. “Only on the opening day would the action begin at 10 a.m., otherwise commencing an hour earlier on the subsequent days.
“From the 11 tables initially, it will be scaled down to 8, 4, 2 and 1 for the finals, as the team individual events progress. Action from two tables would be telecast live by Doordarshan Sports.
The tournament logo is awaiting ITTF approval and the event will be inaugurated on December 8, a day before the action gets underway,” Choudhary added.
“Only the imported Joola tables would require customs clearance at Mumbai,” said S.M. Sultan. “The umpires’ panel will be announced on October 15. The ITTF has scheduled a meeting of the five continental heads on December 12, its executive committee meetings on the 13th and 15th, the day in between set aside for the junior commission to sit,” he added.
The week-long meet will decide seven world junior titles (boys and girls team events, boys and girls’ singles and doubles and mixed doubles).
Twenty boys and girls teams, including host India, qualify from continental quotas.
In addition, 14 players will be invited to compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, based on the under-18 world ranking list announced on September 5.
Should any of them not accept, the next-ranked player would be invited.
October 6th, 2012, 01:59 AM
Sthree Nidhi Credit Cooperative to raise Rs 1000 cr from banks (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/sthree-nidhi-credit-cooperative-to-raise-rs-1000-crbanks/488660/)
Sthree Nidhi Credit Cooperative Federation, which was set up for women self-help groups (SHGs) a year ago as an alternative low-cost delivery solution to the private microfinance lending in Andhra Pradesh, is planning to expand its credit portfolio to Rs 1,500 crore in the current financial year.
To achieve this target, the fledgling organisation would raise Rs 1,000 crore from commercial banks and hopes to mobilise the remaining funds internally by way of recirculation.
“We are confident of raising the funds as banks are willing to lend to Sthree Nidhi. About five proposals are already under active consideration of the banks and we expect to clinch them in a couple of months,” G Vidya Sagar Reddy, managing director of Sthree Nidhi, told Business Standard.
The organisation is in discussions with Bank of India, Axis Bank, Indian Overseas Bank and State Bank of India among others, according to him.
After launching the operations on October 6 last year, the bank till date has disbursed Rs 365 crore to women borrowers covering around 62,000 SHGs out of 1 million SHGs.
In the first year, Sthree Nidhi had mobilised Rs 175 crore from Andhra Bank and State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH) while the state government and mandal samakhyas (federations of SHGs at mandal administrative level) had contributed Rs 110 crore and Rs 75 crore respectively towards the share capital.
The rapid scaling up of credit operations across the SHG network is a matter of time as the organisation completely works on an automated technology platform involving little human intervention with an upper limit of 48 hours for loan disbursement from the time of receipt of a request, according to Reddy.
Built on an automated banking transaction system, Sthree Nidhi receives loan requests from mobile phones owned by SHGs under a common user group and processes the same using Internet, intranet and RTGS modes for providing the loan.
“We operate at 0.1 per cent cost as against 10 per cent of operational cost being incurred by the private microfinance institutions leading to high interest rates,” the bank’s MD said.
The bank charges 14 per cent interest on loans from SHGs of which a per cent each is being retained by the village organisation (VO) of SHGs and MSs respectively.
Above all, the government gives 100 per cent interest subvention to women borrowers on prompt repayment of loans.
Sthree Nidhi headquarters currently work with a staff of 19 members while about 8,000 personnel from the district rural development agency (DRDA) extend their services at the field level with no cost to the bank.
The cooperative bank has graded all the SHGs based on their repayment performance and the maximum amount of loan they can access is linked to their grades. This is of great help in bringing credit discipline among all the women groups, according to Reddy.
October 6th, 2012, 02:00 AM
Andhra Bank gets new ED (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/banking/article3969304.ece?ref=wl_industry-and-economy)
HYDERABAD, OCT. 5:
Satish Kumar Kalra has taken over as the new Executive Director of Andhra Bank in Mumbai today.
Kalra joined the banking industry in 1981 as Probationary Officer in Allahabad Bank and worked in various capacities.
Prior to joining Andhra Bank as Executive Director, he was General Manager, handling the Treasury Operations of Allahabad Bank at Mumbai.
October 6th, 2012, 02:00 AM
Coca-Cola’s initiative to re-vitalise schools in AP (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/education/article3969152.ece)
HYDERABAD, OCT. 5:
Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, in association with Assist, an NGO, has dedicated the re-vitalised Manneguda School in Manneguda village in Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh, under the ‘Support My School’ campaign.
The school has been re-vitalised with donations from the company and contributions from its employees.
So far the company has 100 re-vitalised schools since June this year, with campaign ambassador Sachin Tendulkar providing the inspiration. The objective is to create a happy and healthy learning environment for students across rural and semi-urban India.
The season two of the campaign will be re-vitalising another 20 schools across Andhra Pradesh.
These schools have been re-vitalised with basic amenities such as access to water and proper toilets for girls and boys.
On this occasion, T. Krishnakumar, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, interacted with the students on the role of education in life and the importance of attending school.
‘Support My School’ is proving to be a catalyst for a much-needed change to build a better atmosphere to foster learning. This initiative involving Coca-Cola, NDTV, social organisations and community, is gaining momentum, he added.
K. Harishwar Reddy, MLA, said the initiative by the corporates and social organisations is an example on how to serve the communities in which they operate in a better way by giving back to them.
October 6th, 2012, 02:02 AM
Odisha participates as Partner State along with Andhra Pradesh & Gujarat in India Chem – 2012 (http://www.orissadiary.com/ShowBussinessNews.asp?id=36845)
Report by OD bureau, Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Chemical & Fertilizers Shri M.K. Alagiri inaugurated the Odisha Pavilion in India Chem-2012 exhibition organised in Mumbai on 4th October 2012. Odisha has participated in this 7th India Chem-2012 along with two other states: Andhra Pradesh & Gujarat for the second time as a partner state in the event. This three day long largest event of Chemicals and Petrochemical Industry in India, India Chem-2012 jointly organised by the Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, Government of India and FICCI began on 4th October 2012 and would continue till 6th October 2012.
It may be noted here that, while IPICOL is the nodal agency of Odisha Pavilion in India Chem- 2012, three industrial bodies including: Paradeep Phosphate Limited (PPL), Tata Sasol and Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) have exhibited their stalls at Odisha Pavilion in India Chem -2012. Amongst others Industry Secretary of Odisha and Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Governor, Odisha Shri Parag Gupta, IAS, IPICOL CMD and Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Commerce & Transport Dept, Govt. of Odisha Shri G. Mathivathanan were present on the occasion.
Union Minister Shri Alagiri visiting the Odisha Pavilion interacted with the exhibitors participated in the event. Odisha Industry Secretary Shri Gupta addressed the gathering and spoke about role of Odisha in successfully implementing PCPIR initiatives at Paradip.
The event was inaugurated by Honourable President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Among others Union Minister of State (Independent), Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers, Govt. of India Shri Srikant Jena, Honourable Governor of Maharastra Shri K. Sankaranarayanan and other senior officials of Govt. of Odisha and Govt. of Maharastra were present at the event.
October 6th, 2012, 02:02 AM
U-14, 16 Tennis: Sama bags triple crown (http://www.indiablooms.com/SportsDetailsPage/2012/sportsDetails051012c.php)
Pune, Oct 5 (IBNS) Andhra girl Sama Sathwika clinched a triple crown, while local-lad Aditya Gokhale won a double crown on the final day of the All India (Under-14 and 16) Ranking Retail Concepts Championship Series Tennis Tournament 2012, organised by City Blog and Om Dalvi Memorial Trust, at Deccan Gymkhana on Friday.
Sama won both her singles finals in the girls Under-14 and Under-16 category and then joined Maharashtra girl Shivani Ingale to win the girls U-16 doubles title.
Top seed Gokhale first won his boys Under-16 final, and then joined hands with Taha Kapadia to clinch the boys Under-16 doubles title. The doubles finals were played in a best of three short-sets format.
Aditya, a tenth standard student from Symbiosis school, had it a bit easy in singles final, as his opponent, second seed Jayesh Pungaliya, conceded the match after the third game of the opening set due to injury.
The title was Aditya’s third Championship Series title of the year, having won at Hyderabad and Bangalore, and his fourth overall in 2012. Aditya had won a Talent Series title in Balewadi last week, and doubled the joy with a back to back title on Friday.
“The tournament was really tough, I am glad that I could go undefeated all the way,” Aditya said after the final.
In the girls Under-14 final, Sama Sathwika was really tested by Tamil Nadu’s second seed Madhumati Meenakshi in the first two sets. Having won the opener, Sama lost the second in a tie-break, but then completely dominated her opponent in the decider, winning it without losing a single game.
All singles winners earned 25 ranking points, while runners-up had to be content with 20 points.
Later, in Under-16 singles title Sama didn’t even need to be on court as her opponent Srishti Dass didn’t show up for the final. Sama, who studies in Nasr School, Hyderabad, had won the Under-12 Nationals in Mumbai, as well as a Super Series title in the same age group in the past.
In the boy’s Under-14 final, Madhya Pradesh’s second seed Yash Yadav got the better of state mate and top seed Raghav Jaisinghani 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3.
Yash, a 9th standard student from Emerald Heights International School, Indore, said, “It wasn’t very difficult, but I am happy to have beaten top seed in the final.”
The prizes were given by Shailesh Khandelwal and Vikrant Agarwal of Retail Concepts, Santosh Gokhale of Deccan Gymkhana, and Yash Dalvi of Om Dalvi Memorial Trust.
RESULTS: (all Finals)
Boys; Under-14: 2-Yash Yadav (MP) bt 1-Raghav Jaisinghani (MP) 7-5, 6-7 (8-6), 6-3
Girls, Under-14: 1-Sama Sathwika (AP) bt 2-P. Madhumati Meenakshi (TN) 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-0
Boys; Under-16: 1-Aditya Gokhale (Mah) bt 2-Jayesh Pungaliya (Mah) 2-1 conceded
Doubles: Aditya Gokhale/ Taha Kapadia bt Arman Bhatiya/ Adil Kalyanpur 4-1, 4-2
Girls, Under-16: 3-Sama Sathwika (AP) W/o 6-Srishti Dass (Mah)
Doubles: Sama Sathwika/ Shivani Ingle bt Aditi Dilip/ Madhumita Meenakshi 4-1, 4-1.
October 6th, 2012, 02:04 AM
Interactive page of CID AP website opened for public (http://www.indlawnews.com/Newsdisplay.aspx?b33949fb-7013-4b58-b36b-8ecc952d469e)
5.10.2012 (UNI) In tune to the requests received from various cross-section of people, the Crime Investigation Department (CID), Andhra Pradesh, has initiated a helpdesk in its website http://www.cidap.gov.in.
CID Additional Director General of Police S V Ramana Murthy said any citizen who requires a CID officer to look into any issue like cyber frauds narcotics supply/distribution/usage circulation/ printing of counterfeit currency notes/ harassment of women by husband/relatives of husband cheating and frauds violation of civil rights/atrocities against SCs/STs, human trafficking matters, procuring girls for prostitution/rackets involved may use the help desk link to post his/her complaint/request/information.
A CID statement here said information about dacoits / robbers complaints regarding deficiencies in police investigation, if any, information about wanted offenders / involved in criminal cases, and who would like to interact with CID pertaining to the above matters relating to Andhra Pradesh, CID may also use this help desk.
Mr Murthy said the CID concerned officer will reply to the complaint electronically in three working days by addressing the issue. The reply will go to the complainant, to the mail id given, directly, the statement said.
October 6th, 2012, 02:06 AM
Piranha's 'close kin' threaten AP fish resources (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/283123/piranhas-close-kin-threaten-ap.html)
The invasive, voracious and red-bellied Pacu, a “close relative” of Piranha, has arrived in Andhra Pradesh. The fish, feared by humans, has surprised the Bio-Diversity Board as with its large appetite, it threatens to wipe out the aquatic biodiversity in the state.
Rajiv Mathew, an expert member of the Bio-Diversity Board, found Pacu, a native of the Amazon basin in South America, with its unmistakable red markings at a super market here.
The seller told him that a few fish ponds in the East Godavari district of the state supply it. As a marine life researcher, Rajiv Mathew got curious and bought the fish, as it looked quite unnatural with its red and silver colour. He photographed and brought the matter to the notice of other members of the board.
The experts are now trying to understand how Pacu reached Andhra Pradesh. “It is similar to the Asian carp moving to Mississippi river system in the US and wiping out the local fish varieties, which forced the government to declare it as an invasive species in 2007,” said A B S Murty, an expert in marine biology, particularly of the Godavari basin. “However, compared to its cousin the Piranha, the Red Belly Pacu is less harmful and aggressive,” Mathew added.
He said fish lovers might want to keep it in aquaria because of its attractive colours but it is very harmful to the rest of the fish and other species. Mathew pointed out that the fish might have entered coastal waters during cyclones and floods. Bio-diversity Board Chairman R Hampaiah said the board has informed the presence of Pacu to the Fisheries Department in East Godavari for further investigations and recommend necessary steps to prevent future damage.
Found in the Amazon Basin, the Pacu is an omnivore. The fish can weigh up to 25 kg. It primarily eats nuts, aquatic vegetation and snails but also feeds on meat if starved. There are also reports of Pacu ripping off the testicles of some fishermen in New Guinea, US.
October 6th, 2012, 02:07 AM
Andhra CM urges steps to protect rare animal species (http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/andhra-cm-urges-steps-to-protect-rare-animal-species_803763.html)
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, asked officials to take steps to protect the state’s unique cattle species like Ongole bull, Punganur cow, Nellore sheep, besides other rare birds and animals found in the forests of Chittoor and Anantapur districts.
He stressed the need to take the concept of biodiversity to schools, colleges, farmers, tribals and villages. He also wanted the plantation of medicinal and aromatic plants to be taken up, according to a release issued by the chief minister's office here today.
Andhra Pradesh is endowed with a rich biodiversity of plants and animals. There are 103 species of mammals, 365 species of birds, 78 species of reptiles, 21 species of amphibians 901 species of fishes and 3150 species of plants.
The government created a network-integrated protected system covering four biotic provinces with 6 national parks, 21 wildlife sanctuaries, a biosphere reserve all spread over 13,000 sq km of forest area, the release said.
The chief ninister was informed that about 1220 delegates from 164 countries participated in the biodiversity convention held here in the last four days.
Special chief secretary, in-charge of Environment and Forests M Samuel and other top officials attended the meeting.
October 6th, 2012, 02:10 AM
AP to organise seminar on technology and agribusiness (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/ap-to-organise-seminartechnologyagribusiness/189448/on)
In order to give a boost to agribusiness and food processing industry in India, the Andhra Pradesh government along with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is jointly organising a two-day seminar on agribusiness and food processing in Hyderabad.
The two-day international seminar-cum-exhibition, the second edition of 'Food 360' which will begin from November 5, will focus on innovation and technology in agriculture, agribusiness and food processing sector.
"In view of the rising input costs and shortage of farm labour, innovative technologies will play a key role in agribusiness to raise productivity and reduce production cost by ensuring higher income for farmers and lower prices for consumers at the same time," S Sivakumar, group head (agribusiness division), ITC Limited, said.
The 'Food 360' seminar will identify some of the challenges in the food and agriculture value chain and explore innovative solutions for the farmers leveraging technology solutions to address the issue, he said. Also, it will focus on how a small farmer can benefit by do bio-farming, remote sensing and weather forecasting.
It will address issues such as climate control technologies, role of packaging in supply chain efficiencies, low cost storage systems and training manpower.
"The seminar will have sessions on various technology to raise farm productivity, technology in supply chain management, food processing, packaging and marketing by showcasing the potential for developing agribusiness and food processing industry in India by bringing global linkages," J A Chowdary, committee member of FICCI Food 360, said.
More than 500 representatives from agriculture and food processing industries are expected to participate in the event.
October 6th, 2012, 11:24 PM
Daripally Ramaiah plants 10 million trees in 30 years (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/06/daripally-ramaiah-plants-10-million-trees-in-30-years/78166)
If each adult had planted 10 trees in 30 years AP would have been the greenest state in India.
Reddypally village in Khammam is easy to spot. As you drive from Khammam railway station along the highway, a forest-like canopy will greet you from afar. The rich crown is no forest; it’s one man’s contribution.
Daripally Ramaiah has been planting trees for over 30 years and he has planted approximately 10 million trees and plants in his land, on the roadside, in and around the village.
It can easily be considered a world record. In fact, he keeps planting and looks after them too. He is a marginal farmer with a few guntas of land and a dozen cattle.
Ramaiah along with a young environmentalist Jayaprakash Nambaru, were awarded “environmentalist worth emulating’ award by the AP Environment Connect. In fact, he loves trees like he loves his two daughters and his grandchildren.
Each tree is named by him. A ring he made of wood scraps he has engraved vruksho rakshathi rakshithah (Save trees to be saved by them).
His name may not strike a chord with Hyderabadis but he is a legend in his village. He was felicitated for his green initiative by former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao,
Former CM, N Chandrababu Naidu had given him an allowance to plant trees. Now at 64, he continues to sow seeds and plant trees.
Ramaiah was inspired by the eminent writer from Vizianagaram, Gurajada Apparao, who said, “Keep aside the greed for a while and work for the benefit of the society.”
Ramaiah in his childhood used to ‘plant’ match-sticks believing that he would beget match-stick.
For months he would ‘plant’ sticks and get nothing. Only later he realised that it had to be a seed or a sapling in order for it to grow.
I am very happy to be awarded along with him. Every minute we spend with him is so precious because he emulates the fact in body, mind and spirit that saving trees alone can help us live.
His greatness can be gauged from the fact that every visitor or guest to his house receives a precious sapling as a gift when he or she leaves.
He is still awaiting government permission to sell some of his adult red sandal trees whose harvest is overdue.
The same forest authorities that felicitated him and eulogise him are not granting permission to sell the trees so that he can have a little money on his hands and plough back part of it to plant more trees. This is what one could call as a case of official chicanery!
His wife Janakamma helps him in his mission. And, of course, he has willed that when he dies villagers must plant a 100 trees in his memory.
In these days when everyone is out to denude the earth, here’s a man who shows the right way. A tree, Ramaiah believes , is a lifetime provider of shade, of oxygen, of fruits, of timber, of leaves.
In fact, a tree is a boon that the fallen man has got but does he deserve is a question that pops in mind.
October 6th, 2012, 11:28 PM
Andhra Pradesh CM's Indiramma Baata tour of Ongole District from 9th October (http://indiaeducationdiary.in/Shownews.asp?newsid=15849)
Report by India Education bureau, Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy on the eighth leg of Indiramma Baata will tour Prakasam district from 9th to 11th October. The Chief Minister will reach Gannavaram Airport from Hyderabad at 8 am on Tuesday, 9th October, 2012. After meeting officials and non-officials and breakfast he will leave for Vodarevu Village, Chirala Mandal by helicopter at 10.30 am.
He will reach Vodarevu Beach at 11.10 am and interact with Fishermen, and participate in the sagara meenotsavam-- ranching of fish and prawn seed into the sea in consonance with the concept of bio-diversity from 11.10 to 11.35 am. The Chief Minister will arrive at Konijeti Chenethapuri, Nayunipalli and interact with weavers housing beneficiaries and distribute credit cards to weavers from 11.50 am to 12.15 pm. He will reach the Agrricultural Market Yard, Parchur and interact with farmers, distribute eligibility cards, agricultural tools and participate in the display of Ongole Breed Cattle from 1.15 to 2.15 pm. He will have lunch from 2.15 to 2.45 pm.
Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy will reach Martur and interact with IKP groups from 3.20 to 4 pm. He will arrive at Singarayakonda, Addanki Mandal and interact with ST (Yanadis) at Bhavanasi Tank and distribute Thermocol boats and rafts and lay foundation stone to fish market from 4.45 to 5.10 pm. He will reach Addanki and lay foundation stone for sub-station, Addanki from 5.20 to 5.30 pm. The Chief Minister will reach Govt. High School, Addanki and participate in a public meeting from 5.30 to 6.30 pm. At Darsi, he will interact and have dinner with girl students at KGBV, Darsi from 7.15 to 8.15 pm. He will reach the Social Welfare Boys Residential School, Darsi at 8.25 pm and will have night halt there. On Wednesday, 10th October, 2012 the Chief Minister will interact with students and have breakfast from 8 to 8.45 am. He will arrive at Bodanampadu Village, Kurichedu Mandal and interact with Indira Jala Prabha beneficiaries from 9 to 9.20 am.
At Medapi Village, Tripuranthakam Mandal, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy will lay foundation stone for a road and inaugurate the sub-station from 9.25 to 10.15 am. He will reach Hanuman Junction (Kunta), Pedarveedu Mandal and interact with Chenchus from 10.40 to 11.40 am. At Markapur, he will lay foundation stone for 3 elevated service reservoirs and internal distribution pipelines for drinking water scheme of Markapur, lay foundation stone for Shadikhana and interact with minorities from 12.15 to 1.15 am. At Samuel George Pharmacy College, Markapur, he will interact with students of Post Matric Scholarships from 1.30 to 2 pm. After lunch, he will reach Cumbum and inaugurate CC road from 3.30 to 3.45 pm. The Chief Minister will reach Turimella Village, Cumbum Mandal and interact with Housing beneficiaries from 4 to 4.30 pm. At Giddalur, Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy will lay foundation stone for Velagalapaya Valley Lift Irrigation system and Papineni Palli Valley Lift Irrigation system and interact with beneficiaries of LI scheme and Neo literates from 5 to 7 pm. He will reach R&B Guest House at 7.10 pm and have dinner and night halt there.
On Thursday, 11th October, 2012, the Chief Minister will reach Ongole Police Training College by helicopter and lay foundation stone for Nursing College at RIMS, Ongole; for new block; for deaf and dumb school and distribute appliances for disabled children and interact with Arogyasri beneficiaries at RIMS from 8.45 to 9.45 am. He will reach Balaji Tirupathi Rao Kalyana mandapam, Ongole, and interact with Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu beneficiaries from 10 to 10.30 am. At Santhanuthalapadu, he will interact with SC beneficiaries from 11 am to 12 noon. He will reach the Collector's Conference Hall and review the flagship schemes at DDRC meeting from 12.30 to 3 pm. After lunch, he will participate in the party leaders meeting from 3.30 to 4.30 pm. The Chief Minister will reach the helicpad Police Training College, Ongole at 4.45 pm and will leave for Gannavarm Airport, Vijayawada. After brief stay, he will leave for Shamshabad Airport by regular flight at 5.20 pm and return to Camp residence at 7.10 pm. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy has already toured East Godavari, Srikakulam, Khammam, West Godavari, Kurnool, Mahbubngar and Krishna for three days each. He went into the interior villages and interacted with the people particularly the farmers, tribals, women and students. He stayed overnight in Tribal welfare hostels to get a first hand knowledge about the problems of the people. He gave on the spot instructions to the Collectors and other officials to solve people's problems.
The Chief Minister distributed assets and held district review meetings. It may be stated here that Indiramma Baata is a unique path-breaking programme of the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy and aims to cover 100 Assembly constituencies in 100 days. The CM and Ministers have night halt in districts. They participate in community lunch and dinner with villagers particularly farmers and tribal students etc.
The Chief Minister interacts with people on pressing and urgent problems. The Chief Minister's Indiramma Baata tours enabled him to get a first hand knowledge of the people's problems and ensure that the fruits of the welfare measures reach the real beneficiaries.
October 6th, 2012, 11:31 PM
World Telugu Conference at Tirupati from Dec 27 (http://www.ptinews.com/news/3029229_World-Telugu-Conference-at-Tirupati-from-Dec-27)
Tirupati, Oct 6 (PTI) The famous temple city of Tirupati will host a three-day long World Telugu conference from December 27.
Minister for Tourism and Culture V Vasanthakumar and Secondary Education Minister K Parthasarathy today said the state government had decided to hold the Telugu plenary session in the town.
About 1,500 people from abroad, 2,000 from various Indian states and 8,000 from Andhra Pradesh, including politicians of different parties, artists, poets and scholars, would participate in the state government sponsored event.
October 6th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Neglect of senior citizens draws flak at workshop (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/neglect-of-senior-citizens-draws-flak-at-workshop/article3971660.ece)
‘Present generation is forgetting sacrifices made by the older generation and driving them to old age homes’
The apathy of the Government of Andhra Pradesh towards the welfare of senior citizens has come in for severe criticism at a workshop on ‘review of national policy on older persons’ organised by the Nippon Care-Fit Service Association – India, at Andhra University here on Friday.
Director and Head of AP State for HelpAge India S. Dass said that even 12 years after formulation of the National Policy on Older Persons, the AP government was yet to come out with its policy towards elderly persons in the State.
Though senior citizens form a sizable vote bank, the State government has shown no interest towards their security and protection.
Coming down heavily on State government, Mr. Dass said that the Kiran Kumar Reddy government was ignoring the demand to increase old age pensions from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 but was spending huge amounts for propagating the Congress. He said in Andhra Pradesh about 10 per cent of the population was ‘senior citizens’ and more than 60 per cent of elderly were living under abject poverty but no politicians or officials have shown interest to implement the policy and make inclusive programmes for the welfare of elders.
Talking on the scenario in Visakhapatnam and surrounding areas, Mr. Dass said not only in metros but also in smaller cities like Vizag, the present generation was forgetting the sacrifices made by the older generation and mercilessly driving them to old age homes.
Quoting from the findings of a survey, Mrinal Lankapalli of Help Age India said that about one-third of the parents were not taken care by their children and in most of cases sons, daughters and daughters-in-law were abusing the elder persons of the family. Mrinal said the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizen Act, 2007, was not been effectively implemented in the State. He expressed that in Andhra Pradesh less than 5 per cent police were aware of the existence of Act and less than ten cases were registered under it. A Professor of Social Work in Andhra University K. Visweswara Rao said that a couple committed suicide by jumping into a reservoir in Visakhapatnam district as their children failed to take care of them in their old age and in another incident a 90-year-old woman appealed to the District Collector seeking mercy killing as her sons were neglecting her.
October 8th, 2012, 12:16 AM
South zone U-19 women One-day tournament from Oct 9 (http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report_south-zone-u-19-women-one-day-tournament-from-oct-9_1750078)
The South Zone Under-19 Women's One-day tournament will start here from October 9, Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) has informed.
A total six teams -- Andhra, Hyderabad, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Goa -- will participate in the tournament and 15 matches will be played at different venues, the ACA said in its press release.
The matches of this tournament will be conducted simultaneously at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada, ACA stadium in Mangalagiri and JKC College in Guntur, it said.
The matches will be played at different venues, the release said adding that this is the second consecutive year that the ACA is conducting this tournament.
Deputy General Manager (B&O) of State Bank of India (Vijayawada) Hannah Rachel Mani will Inaugurate this event nt 8.30 am at IGMC Stadium, Labbipet, Vijayawada.
ACA had organised Womens Senior India probables' camp this year at its Womans Cricket Academy at JKC College Guntur in August, the release said.
October 8th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Misuse of funds alleged (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91739)
Akividu (West Godavari): Farmers under Undi sub-division have been requesting the government to ensure that the released funds reach the beneficiaries. For the second crop last year, the government released Rs 75 lakh.
Members of water bodies alleged that the funds were misused in almost all mandals. In Siddapuram village alone, no farmer benefited from Rs 2.31 lakh sanctioned. They brought the issue to the notice of District Collector Dr Vani Mohan and are waiting for justice.
October 8th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Women’s panels solve 4,000 family disputes in WG dist (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91747)
Penugonda (West Godavari): Minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana heaped praises on Social Action Committees of women for resolving 4,000 cases pertaining to rural families as part of out-of-the-court settlement in West Godavari district.
Women members of the committees briefed the minister about their achievements at Penugonda on Saturday. He said it was an appreciable achievement on the part of the women committees for their efforts in dealing with the out-of-the-court issues. At a time when small problems were turning out to be big cases, the Social Action Committees had been successful in counselling the clients and helping them against approaching courts where the cases might take years to get resolved.
Interestingly, the committees had been clearing the cases and providing speedy justice in a short span of time, he said. The minister asked the women to strengthen the committees further so that peaceful atmosphere prevails in hamlets. The panels could guide the rural families live in peace. It was a great thing that the committees had resolved family disputes within a month whereas the cases were pending in courts for years together.
West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan said the committees would never charge for resolving the cases. In fact, the women members would contribute one rupee every month for Gender Fund. The committees would function with that contribution only. Every month, the women contribute Rs six lakh for the Gender Fund, she said.
October 8th, 2012, 12:24 AM
A Gem in India’s crown (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/07/a-gem-in-indias-crown/78408)
Andhra Pradesh’s Teja Pavan is one of 12 selected players from over 800 participants to train for a week in November at the Manchester United Football Club.
“Opportunity knocks but once on the door, so make the best of the opportunities you get,” is a very popular saying and those who have paid heed to these words of wisdom, have certainly seen positive results.
One person who has done the same is Andhra Pradesh’s Teja Pavan who is one among the 12 players selected from over 800 participants for a week long training at the Manchester United football Club, in November.
The 16-year-old lad from Guntur is all excited about this chance and does not mince his words in expressing it.
“During the selection trials, I was initially very nervous. But I soon regained my confidence and believed I could do well. I got through the first selections at Hyderabad and for the finals, in Bangalore. From then on, there was no looking back. I am ecstatic about this opportunity to get trained at Man United,” he said.
The silent boy that Teja is, he chose not to inform his family members about the selections. He informed them only after he was among the final 12.
“My family is happy for me. I do not know if they would have expected me to get selected or not as I did not inform them about the selections. I told them about the whole deal only after my place was confirmed,” the mid-fielder added. “Now I want to be among the top three footballers from the selected 12 as that would give me the opportunity to train with an Indian Club for a year.”
Unlike in many households in our country, Teja was lucky to have parents who supported his passion for sports.
His father, who was a power lifter, allowed him to leave his home town and come to Hyderabad, in his endeavor to pursue sports alongside his education.
He is a student at the Andhra Pradesh Sports School in Shamirpet, from 2008, which encourages students to excel in sports as well as studies.
Teja’s tryst with the game began six years back when he decided to shift from athletics to football. Since then he has been passionate about the sport and has also played a few tournaments. He dreams of representing the country at the international arena. “It is my dream to representing India. As of now, the sport may not be as popular as cricket in our country but if sponsors come forward, then football can surpass many other games in terms of popularity,” the 12 grader said.
Though he nurtures the dream of becoming a footballer, he also has another ambition. “Football is certainly my passion but I would also like to write the Civils exam and do something for the country,” says the footballer before signing off.
October 8th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Governor asks banks to increase CSR ratio (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91742)
Vijayawada: Governor ESL Narasimhan on Saturday asked the banks to increase their corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratio from the present two per cent to five per cent of their business. Addressing the 96th Founders’ Day celebrations of the Karur Vysya Bank here, the Governor wanted the banks to serve the poor too and win their confidence.
He wanted them to cater to the financial needs of the majority people and not just limit to the rich. He wanted the banks to have a vision of their own and march towards that failing which the survival would be at stake.
He asked the Karur Vysya Bank to adopt a minimum of 10 villages in Andhra Pradesh and provide education, health and other facilities under the CSR. He felt that the banks would be able to pay back to society only if they increased their CSR and addressed the problems like health, education and basic infrastructure.
The Governor congratulated the Karur Vysya Bank for completing 96 years of service and wished them good luck in future. Earlier, bank managing director K Venkataraman, announced that the bank would extend infrastructure to 472 schools in its operational area this year, indicating its present branch network.
He said that every branch would adopt a school and provide infrastructure for the benefit of the students. He said that the selection of the schools to receive the support would be completed soon. Bank chairman KP Kumar and managing director K Venkataraman besides the members of the board were present at the celebrations.
October 8th, 2012, 12:27 AM
AIYF demands justice to Group-1 aspirants (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91749)
Vijayawada: The All India Youth Federation (AIYF) State president Navaneetam Sambasiva Rao asked the government to do justice to those appeared for Group-1 exam on September 28. Speaking to the media here on Saturday, Sambasiva Rao said that the APPSC which conducted the exam had given 30 questions from out of syllabus.
He regretted that the students were left confused with questions from outside the syllabus. He said that the 16,000 students who appeared for the exam were unhappy with the attitude of the APPSC officials.He asked the government to identify the faults immediately and take necessary steps to do justice to the students.
October 8th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Civil Supplies Dept to be computerised (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91769)
Kakinada: Joint Collector A Babu directed the officials of Civil Supplies Corporation and ration dealers to ensure supply of essential commodities as per schedule. He convened a meeting of FCI, Civil Supplies Corporation, Legal Metrology, and representatives of ration dealers here on Saturday at the camp office, and told them to be ready for computerisation of the Civil Supplies Department.
He advised them to complete the release orders by October 18 and should make a list of 60 essential commodities for next month by 25th of every month and remaining listing should be completed by fifth of the following month. “If we find that stock did not reach the ration shops, we would take it seriously,” he warned.
October 8th, 2012, 12:33 AM
Aadhar system inspected (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91770)
Kakinada: Chhattisgarh National Informatics Centre e-PDS Technical Director Somasekhar toured East Godavari district on Saturday to study the Aadhar-Civil Supplies Interlinking System. He inspected supply of ration through e-pass system at Shop No. 6 at Karakuduru village in Kakinada rural mandal and Shop No. 32 at Revuru village. DSO Sriram explained about inspection of biometrics through e-pass equipment, GPRS linking, stock of ration, distribution and supervision to Somasekhar.
October 8th, 2012, 12:33 AM
SC, ST Grievance Cell held (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91771)
Kakinada: East Godavari District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad conducted SC and ST Grievance Cell programme at DWAMA meeting hall on the Collectorate premises on Saturday. A few people attended the meeting and told about their grievances to the Collector.
There was a poor turnout of people as they are not aware of the programme. Hence, the Collector directed the officials to inform the people through the media in advance.
October 8th, 2012, 12:34 AM
Officials told to complete RKVY works (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91774)
Vizianagaram: Collector M Veerabrahmaiah directed the officials of horticulture department to take measures to complete the works which were allocated under Rashtriya Krishi Vikasa Yojana (RKVY) for 2012-13.
A meeting was conducted at the Collector’s camp office here on Saturday to draft a plan for 2012-13 for the horticulture department.
He said oil palm plantations would be cultivated in 2100 hectares this year. Rs 284.78 lakh for mango and banana plantations under RKVY would be allocated. He discussed cultivation of vegetables, horticulture, digging of borewells and installing of electric pump sets.
Deputy Director of Horticulture Department PL Prasad, SC Corporation ED Manorama, officials of Horticulture Department were present.
October 8th, 2012, 12:35 AM
Dr Venku Naidu appointed member of ANGRAU council (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91773)
To strive for development of Nyra Agricultural College
Srikakulam: “We will strive for the development of Nyra Agricultural College,” said Associate Dean of the college Dr Mamidi Venku Naidu here on Saturday. He spoke to the media at his office on the occasion of his appointment as one of the members of Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University governing council.
He said that after setting up of the university this was the first time that representation was given to north Andhra. He thanked the government for appointing him and promised to develop the Nyra Agricultural College.
Dr Naidu, who hails from Galavilli village of Balijapeta mandal in Vizianagaram district, had done research on agriculture in Seethampeta and Gummalakshmipuram tribal areas. He collected more than 1,200 varieties of plant species from north Andhra districts and handed them over to the Agricultural University.
Apart from Dr Naidu, the other members of the council include Prof. Aldhas Janaiah from the Rajendranagar Agricultural College in Hyderabad and Prof. Dr R Sharada and Jayalakshmi Devi of Tirupati SV College. The council comprises 20 members, including renowned scientists from ICAR, MLAs, ideal farmers, Panchayat Raj State chamber, and other members from agriculture and industrial background.
He further stated that the Central government had allocated Rs 100 crore for the Acharya NG Ranga University and from that Nyra Agricultural College would be allotted Rs 3 crore. Proposals were sent to the university in this regard. More girls were seeking admission to the college and therefore a building would be constructed as the present accommodation was not sufficient for the students, especially for the girls.
Students who studied from the college have been selected for the Indian Forest Service, Group I and banking exams as quality education was being imparted at the college. A digital library and general library were set up on the college premises in which over 11,000 books were kept for the convenience of the students, he claimed.
Research on agriculture was taken up in Nyra College and paddy was grown in 80 acres of land and seeds would be distributed to the farmers. Pushami, a paddy variety, which is saleable for Srikakulam, was grown. More than 120 tonnes of seeds were distributed to the farmers last year. Special training is being imparted to the farmers who are practising traditional cultivation apart from Srivari cultivation. Students from other areas are visiting the Nyra College to know about the farming, he said.
October 8th, 2012, 12:36 AM
Meet on human resources held (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91779)
Kakinada: A meeting on Human Resources and Industrial Relations (HR&IR) problems of Employees Federation of Southern India (EFSI) was held on the premises of Nagarjuna Industries on Saturday, said Employees Federation of Southern India (EFSI) secretary SLN Murthy.
Scores of employees of human resources departments from many industries across East Godavari district took part in the meeting and posed queries to the officials on Provident Fund (PF) and ESI. Speaking on the occasion, Senior GM HR NFCL of Hyderabad R Durgaprasad called upon the employees to keep abreast with the changes in Labour Acts.
EFSI secretary SLN Murthy said that the meeting was a success and thanked the NFCL management for cooperating with them for the conduct of the meeting.
Regional PF Commissioner of Vijayawada Kartikeya Singh, Deputy Director of ESI Vijayawada KV Ramana, Deputy Chief Inspector of Factories of Kakinada J Shivashanker Reddy, Senior GM HR NFCL of Hyderabad R Durgaprasad, Vice President NFCL Kakinada R Raghavan, Head, HR, NFCL Sunkara Krishnamurthy were present at the meeting. R Raghavan presided over the meeting, according to a press release.
October 8th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Get ready to face cyclone, says Collector (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91759)
Nellore: District Collector B Sreedhar told the officials concerned to take precautionary measures to prevent loss of life and property as there is a chance of cyclones and floods in the district from October to December. He gave several suggestions and orders to officials of various departments at district level cyclone mitigation committee meeting held at Golden Jubilee Hall here on Saturday.
Addressing the officials, the Collector said 14 mandals in the district have been identified as prone to cyclonic attacks. He told the officials to give the department-wise details of officials and phone numbers to the Cyclone Protection Centre. He directed the officials to check whether the 161 cyclone protection centres in the district are in condition or not and to take necessary steps to transport people of coastal areas to these centres.
The Collector directed officials of irrigation department to identify roads and ponds prone to be attacked by cyclone and to take action for strengthening them. He told them to assign health staff and medicines prior at the cyclone warning centres. He told to keep torch lights, wireless sets, hand radios, ropes, and security kits and also keep the list of swimmers and their phone numbers.
Sreedhar told the fishery department officials to take up repair works to the boats if needed. The phone numbers of fisher folk and private boats’ owners should be prepared, he added. Along with 104, 108 emergency services, private ambulance details also should be kept ready, he suggested.
District revenue office B Ramireddy, Gudur Sub-Collector G Nivas, zilla parishat chief administrative officer Veerabhadraiah, Nellore and Kavali RDOs Madhavilatha, and Subramanyeswar Reddy, DRDA PD Venkata Subbaiah, DSC Bala Venkateswar Rao, district medical and health officer Silamani, SEos Transco, RWS and R&B Nandakumar, Husaain Reddy and Vijayakumar and tahsildars and officials of various departments participated in the meeting.
October 8th, 2012, 12:44 AM
Verify land records properly, officials told (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91721)
Nizamabad: Joint Collector Harshavardhan told the revenue officials concerned to collect information on the status of government lands and assigned lands in the villages and submit a report on him by October 15. Speaking at a training session-cum workshop on various aspects of revenue at the local Pragathi Bhavan in the town on Saturday, he said that the officials should verify whether the lands, which were assigned to the farmers, were allotted to them properly or not.
If the land grabbers illegally encroached on such lands, the government should take steps in restoring them to the intended beneficiaries, he said. Similarly, if the lands were not fit for irrigation or for cultivation, such lands should be taken over by the government.
The Joint Collector told them to scrutinize the Bhoobharati registers to find out whether the details were recorded correctly or not. He said nobody should encroach the assigned lands under any circumstances. He said that the revenue officials should be careful in gathering details about land holdings in the district and they should also use digital cameras for the purpose. Basing on such details, the farmers would be sanctioned loans, insurance and subsidies for their fertilizers and crops, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, the Sub-Collector Karthikeya Mishra told the revenue officials to make the maximum use of the training session and learn how to collect information on land holdings in different villages of the district with a clear-cut understanding. District Revenue Officer Jagadeeshwarachari said that if the farmers failed to irrigate the assigned agricultural lands within three years, the government could take over such lands.
Officials should also scrutinize the pass books and sale deeds during the process of verification, he said. Revenue Divisional Officer Hanumanth Reddy and a large number of officials from the district revenue department took part in the meeting.
October 8th, 2012, 12:46 AM
SP makes surprise visit to Hazipur police station (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91723)
Adilabad: District Superintendent of Police Sarwashresta Tripathi said that he would ensure that young and efficient constables were appointed in every police station. On Saturday, he paid a surprise visit to the police station within the Hazipur limits of Mancheriyal town and told the Circle Inspector Karunakar and Sub-Inspector Srilatha to furnish details of the cases that were registered in the police station.
Tripathi said people come to the police station from the remote corners of the villages seeking justice and the police personnel should be available and attend on them, by registering the cases promptly and solving their problems. The government would also provide residential quarters for the police so that they could be available to the public, he said.
The Superintendent of Police said that measures would be taken to modernize the police stations in the district and strengthen the security system. He said recruitments would be made in the police department to strengthen the personnel in various police stations in the district. He said 45 AR constables would be given promotions after giving them training. Circle Inspector Karunakar and Sub-inspector Srilatha and some police officials were present on the occasion.
October 8th, 2012, 12:46 AM
Maruthi is president of Rice Millers Association (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91724)
Karimnagar: The elections to the Karimnagar District Rice Millers Welfare Association were held on Friday and the process of counting of votes for various posts was completed by 4am on Saturday. Koleti Maruthi was re-elected President for the second consecutive term by defeating his nearest rival A Madhava Rao by a margin of 40 votes.
The ruling Congress was happy over the outcome of the election as Maruthi was supported by the Civil Supplies Minister D Sridhar Babu and MP Ponnam Prabhakar.
In his thanksgiving speech, Koleti Maruthi said he would always be available to serve the rice millers in the district and thanked Sridhar Babu and Ponnam Prabhakar and other Congress leaders and activists who played a key role in his victory. Apart from Maruthi, 21 members were elected for the executive committee.
The Congress, which took the elections as a matter of prestige, was visibly happy.
October 8th, 2012, 12:47 AM
Regional workshop ‘Maarpu’ organized in Karimnagar (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91726)
Karimnagar: Principal Secretary, Department of Finance, Dr P V Ramesh said that the State government has started the programme Maarpu to reduce the woman and infant mortality rates by providing them with healthy and nutritious food.
Addressing the gathering at the Regional Workshop on Maarpu organized by the Department of Health, Medical and Family Welfare in the town on Saturday, Dr Ramesh, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that as health was a delicate and sensitive issue, the workshop was organized to enhance the awareness of the people on health. The programme was called ‘Maarpu’ to bring change in the attitudes of the people gradually, he said.
The Principal Secretary said this was the second such workshop and five more workshops would be held in the state in coordination with the departments of Health, Women and Child Welfare, Indira Kranti Padham, Rural Water Supply, and Panchayat Raj to reduce women and child mortality rates. In order to protect the health of the people, sanitation measures should be taken up by the district officials in the villages, he said and added that the spread of contagious diseases should be controlled.
He said MCH records should be maintained in every hospital. Dr Ramesh said that every year, there were 2144 maternal deaths occurring in the state. While 134 mothers were dying among one lakh population, 500 infants were dying every year. He said such deaths were more in Andhra Pradesh compared to other states due to malnutrition and anemia.
Speaking on the occasion, Karimnagar District Collector Smita Sabharwal, who hosted the workshop, described the programmes that were being implemented in the district for the welfare of women and children.
A slide show was also organized for the Principal Secretary and other officials to showcase the programmes that were being implemented in the four districts. Among those who took part in the workshop included the Nizamabad District Collector Christina Z Chongthu, Warangal District Collector Rahul Bojja, Adilabad District Collector A Ashok and a host of other officials from various districts.
October 8th, 2012, 12:47 AM
Poor sanitation causing spread of viral fevers (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91725)
Khammam: Viral fevers are rampant in Khammam district. With the district administration failing to take up proper precautionary measures, fevers are spreading like a wild fire.There is no adequate staff and medicines in majority of the primary health centres in all over the district. The serpentine queue lines were seen at many private hospitals, which are allegedly fleecing patients with exorbitant charges in the name of different tests.
All private hospitals located in Khammam, Kothagudem, Bhadrachalam, Ashwaraopet, Satttupalli and Ellandu towns were abuzz with patients. Despite the officials claiming that the sanitation drive was being conducted regularly, the situation is otherwise in the rural and agency areas and the poor sanitation is causing spread of viral fevers in the district.
On the other hand, with many key posts lying vacant in the Health and Panchayat Raj departments, sanitation works are not being maintained properly in the district. There is no supervision on these works.
When the rainy season began, the District Collector held couple of meetings with officials concerned on the sanitation and reviewed its progress of works. During the meetings, officials were asked to undertake the field visit and supervise sanitation works from time to time till the completion of rainy season. Unfortunately, these orders remain on the paper.
With viral fever cases increasing by the day, the private hospitals are taking advantage of the situation and are fleecing patients with exorbitant charges. People appeal to the district administration to take up sanitation drive in all the villages and allocate sufficient budget to enhance facilities in primary health centres and Area hospitals across the district.
October 8th, 2012, 12:49 AM
‘Communication skills vital in today’s job market’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91732)
Narsampet (Warangal): Sixth National level technical students’ symposium titled ‘SHRESTAH-12’ has taken place at Balaji Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) here on Saturday.Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited senior human resources officer K Madhukar addressing the students advised them to acquire interpersonal skills besides acquiring subject knowledge so as to excel as a team player.
Communication skills and leadership skills have become vital in present day job market, he said while explaining the importance of getting better percentile in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) exam to get into Public Sector Undertakings (PSU). He appreciated the students and organizers for conducting the symposium in which students from different colleges involved actively in different events and put to use their best of the talents.
Balaji Group of Institutions chairman Dr. A. Rajendra Prasad Reddy in his presidential remarks stated that the college is committed to explore the inherent skills of the students by conducting not only technical symposiums but also various other events to groom the students.BITS principal Dr. V S Hariharan congratulated the organizers on making the event a grand success.
The event coordinator M Srinivas informed about 250 paper presentations and about 100 projects submitted. The winners of the events were awarded Rs. 50,000.
October 8th, 2012, 12:51 AM
Many plants vanishing in Telangana: Prof Naik (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91642)
In the back drop of Conference of Parties -11 to the Convention on Biological Diversity taking place in Hyderabad, environmentalists in Warangal were seeking real time initiatives to address the ecological decline. In the recent past an estimated 52 varieties of plant species have reached the stage of extinction, according Prof of Botany, Kakatiya University, A Seetaram Naik.
In Warangal district a majority of plant species which were once widely grown in the ‘Abhayaranya’ in the agency areas have been disappearing, albeit, slowly. A plant type called Calamus Rotang (chapateega parige) which has been widely used for making furniture was spread in hundreds of acres around the historic Ramappa Lake once.
In 1973 it was reduced to 52 acres and the same was restricted to just 28 acres in 2003 and now a scarce 4.5 acres of bushes of this plant could be found. “No one is sure whether the plant variety would be available for future generations or not,” he lamented.According to the professor, this species could only be found in Warangal district in entire Telangana region. “It also grows in Chittoor and Srikakulam districts. If urgent measures are not taken, it will be lost for the future generations,” he added.
The same is the case with the plants like Cassia Oxidentalis which the locals call as Penta Chennangi, Paederia Foetida (Surya Bhakta), Rauvolfia Serpentina which is known as Sarpagandha, which have great medicinal values. These plants were once available abundantly in Polempalli village in Venkatapur village, at Medaram, Mallur hillocks in Mangapet mandal and other deep forest areas. Penta Chennangi is used in treating broken limbs while (Surya Bhakta) for treating diarrhoea.
Madhuca Indica which is known in Telugu as Ippa Puvvu is also on decline. It was widely used by the tribals for its edible values. The most useful plant Diospyros Melanoxylon (Tuniki chettu) whose leaves used in making beedis and helped income tribals earn some income has also been disappearing from the forests in the districts, Seetaram Naik said.
He opined that illegal and uncontrolled exploitation of forests for useful plants has been the reason for trouble. “The punishment must be severe. Any violation of forest laws should be dealt with seriously to check the decline” he said. Conducting conferences and inspirational talks would not yield any result. The district administration should take special care in protecting the unique bio-spots in the district, he suggested.
October 8th, 2012, 12:52 AM
ICET counselling from Oct 12 (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91643)
It is now the turn of ICET (Integrated Common Entrance Test) counselling. The notification would be released on Saturday. The process would start on October 12 and the verification of certificates would be done from Oct 12 to 17. Candidates can choose their option of colleges from October 15 to 18 and any change of option would be considered on 19. The allotment of seats would be done on October 21, according to Om Prakash, Convener of ICET.
Candidates should go to the nearest ICET Help Centers for certificate verification. The required certificates are SSC, Inter and degree marks memo and pass certificate, study certificates from IX to degree, income certificate issued by the government after January 1, this year, caste certificate, he said.
More than 1.27 lakh appeared for ICET exam held on May 18, conducted by Kakatiya University for admission into MCA and MBA courses in several universities and colleges across the state. The state has about 1 lakh seats in 940 MBA colleges and about 58,000 seats in 636 MCA colleges, which add up to more than 1.5 lakh seats. The number of students opting to take these degrees in distance mode has increased in the last couple of years and almost all universities in the state.
October 8th, 2012, 12:53 AM
DSC results today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91689)
Hyderabad: The much-awaited results of District Selection Committee exams (DSC) for recruitment of 21, 343 teachers across the state would be released on Sunday. The Minister for Secondary Education K Partasarathy would declare the results, along with the results of PGT, TGT posts conducted to fill up nearly 7100 posts in Model Schools, at 12 pm in secretariat.
Successful candidates would be informed of their results in the next couple of days and the appointments would be completed within 30 days. The DSC exams were held on August 26-28 and the final key was released on September 14. The government plans to conduct one more DSC this December once it gets permission from the Union Government.
The teachers recruited for Model Schools will have to wait for six more months to actually start their work as the buildings of Model Schools are still in various stages of construction. But the Minister said they would be finished before the start of next academic year.
October 8th, 2012, 12:53 AM
Science Express draws huge crowd (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91693)
With so many students and public rushing to reach the platform number two at the railway station they jostled with each other. That led to a minor stampede during which a few students fell down
Warangal: Minor stampede has taken place at Kazipet railway station where the ‘Science Express Biodiversity Special’ is stationed.
The stampede was caused by huge rush of students who arrived at the railway station to visit the train. An estimated 45,000 students and common public visited the station on Saturday to have a glimpse of the exhibits on the train.
With so many students and public rushing to reach the platform number two at the railway station they jostled with each other. That led to a minor stampede during which a few students fell down. However, none was injured in the incident. This was said to be caused by poor management by the railway and school education department though they were fully aware of the huge rush of the visitors.
A school teacher from Narsampet P Narender complained that the authorities failed to provide minimum facilities like drinking water to the visiting students. According to Kazipet station master Odelu the incident was a minor one and sufficient number of Railway Protection Force personnel were deployed to control the crowds.
The ‘Science Express’, is a 13-car air conditioned train displaying exhibits on the country's biodiversity with life size models of wild life animals and various environmental issues. It would be available for visitors till Sunday.
October 8th, 2012, 12:56 AM
Ex UP Governor Satyanarayana Reddy passes away (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91710)
Hyderabad: Former UP Governor B Satyanarayana Reddy passed away on Saturday morning following age-related illness. Reddy, 86, breathed his last in a private hospital in Hyderabad. The veteran politician, who was suffering from a lung disease for quite some time, was admitted to a private hospital a few days ago.
Union minister for petroleum S Jaipal Reddy, BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu and TRS leader Nayani Narasimha Reddy paid their homage to Reddy. He was cremated at the Punjagutta crematorium with police honours. The chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu sent their condolences to the bereaved family.
Native of Annaram village in Mahaboobnagar district, Reddy served as the governor of Uttar Pradesh between 1990 and 1993, besides a brief stint for Odisha and West Bengal in the same position. He was member of Rajya Sabha twice in 1976 and 1981.
Born on 21st August, 1927, Satyanarayan Reddy hails from an agricultural family. He had his primary education in village Edulabad of Rangareddy district and thereafter in Kayastha Pathshala and Keshav Memorial School, Hyderabad. After completing his high school education in Vivek Vardhini High School, Hyderabad, he had college education at Nizam College.
He received Law graduate degree from Osmania University. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi in his primitive age, he plunged into struggle for Independence and took part in “Quit India" movement in 1942, when he was hardly 14 years old.
He was arrested for leading a procession of protest against the arrest of Gandhiji. He was also influenced by Acharya Narendra Dev, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan and took part in the "Socialist Movement" under the inspiring leadership of Lohia.
He organised "Satyagraha Movement" against the Nizam's Rule. Before on the verge of merger of the Hyderabad State in the Indian union, he was arrested in 1947 by the then Nizam's Government and imprisoned in Central Jail, Chanchalguda, Hyderabad for six months.
While in prison he started and edited the Weekly "Payam-e-Nav" which he used to circulate it among his colleagues in jail. Much before this, when he was in Class VI, he published a Hindi fortnightly "Mukul".
He was arrested on August, 1 1975 and was detained under "MISA" for 18 months during the Emergency. His participation in the "Bhoodan Movement" of Acharya Vinobha Bhave and Jayaprakash Narayan, was remarkable. With his vast experience, Reddy put his aplomb on Indian politics. He was the Chairman of the Action Committee of the Hyderabad Students' Union in the year 1947-48.
He was the General Secretary of Bar Association, City Civil Court, Hyderabad. He was the Chairman of the Telangana Praja Samiti during 1969-71. He was the General Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Socialist Party. He was the General Secretary of the Janata Party of Andhra Pradesh Unit.
Thereafter, he was General Secretary of Lok Dal ( Central Party). He was convener of Jayaprakash Narayan Committee, Andhra Pradesh in 1975. He was founder member of the Socialist Party. Socialist Youth Wing, National High School, Samajwadi Yuvajan Sabha and Janata Party.
Reddy visited several countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Rome, Libya, Nairobi (Kenya). London, China, Hong Kong, West Germany, France, Holland, Switzerland, Netherland, Norway etc. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1978, representing Janata Party. He joined Telugu Desam Party in 1983 and was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha as Telugu Desam nominee in 1984.
October 8th, 2012, 12:57 AM
AP for amicable Babli solution (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91712)
Moves on to allow 1.1 TMC for drinking water needs in Nanded
Hyderabad: The Government of Andhra Pradesh is looking into new options that are worth considering for an amiable solution to the Babli project tangle. The case is due for hearing in Supreme Court on October 10.
The Government of Maharashtra, according to official sources, is out to build its argument on the plea that the project was mainly intended to meet the drinking water needs of the villages in the project command.
The Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy reviewed the Babli issue and the progress of the case with some of his cabinet colleagues and the Major Irrigation Minister, P Sudharshan Reddy on Saturday.
He favoured allowing Maharashtra government to avail 1.10TMC feet of water to meet the drinking water needs in the neighboring Nanded district provided it would not utilize the water for irrigation purposes.
The Irrigation officials are likely to initiate the dialogue process with their counterparts in Maharashtra on this issue. The project was constructed at cost of Rs 300 crores on Godavari River near Dharmabad in Nanded district. Maharashtra plans to draw 2.74 TMC ft of water from the Sriram Sagar project by constructing the new project with as many as 14 crest gates.
The state authorities raised objections on the ground that project would badly affect the storage capacity of SRSP, which is the lifeline to north Telangana districts. It is feared that Maharashtra would be able to draw up to 60 TMC feet of water through Babli.
October 8th, 2012, 12:58 AM
HMTV bags Laadli Media award (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=91716)
Hyderabad : HMTV bagged the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Laadli Media Award (Sothern Region) 2012 for best talk show Nisabda Himsa (Silent Violence) a programme on sexual harassment of young girls. The Speaker of the Kerala Assembly Karthikeyan gave away the award to HMTV senior reporter Athaluri Aruna on Saturday. The award consisted of a citation and a memento.
The Laadli media awards were launched in March 2007 by Population First as a Mumbai centric event. It was upscaled as a national event with the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in December 2007 which comprised four Regional Awards culminating in the National Awards held in Delhi on May 2008. In 2010 the awards were branded as Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity (LMAGS).
The LMAGS highlight, acknowledge and celebrate the commendable efforts by various media at providing gender-just perspectives, portrayals and analysis programmes, policies, social trends and behaviours. The awards are supported by leaders from the media fraternity who join the campaign as jury members, performers, spokespersons and collaborators The awards are given for reporting on gender sensitivity in print, electronic and web media.
Among others who were given the awards were Rajesh Potluri and Nandagiri Krishnaiah from Vanitha TV and Uma Sudhir from NDTV. For the first time AP Academy of Rural Development was also given an award for best government programme. The award was handed over to the commissioner APARD, Chandramouli IAS.
October 8th, 2012, 01:00 AM
Addl task force teams allotted for engg colleges (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91713)
Hyderabad: Although the government has been going slow on inspections in engineering colleges across the State, it allotted additional Task Force teams in some districts on Saturday.Acting on the recommendation of the Commissioner of Technical Education (CTE) and State Level Task Force (SLTF), Ministry of Higher Education granted four additional district level teams in Ranga Reddy and one each in Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Guntur and Krishna.
The district collectors or joint collectors will supervise district level inspections. Meanwhile, inspections in as many as 28 colleges in various districts are almost completed and according to sources, almost all of them had flouted the norms laid out by AICTE. One of the important conditions mentioned by AICTE was payment of salaries as per the 2006 pay scale to teaching staff and 2009 PRC to non-teaching staff.
Colleges argued with the Task Force that since there was dearth of qualified faculty, they were forced to hire B Tech graduates and hence the salaries were naturally less. Commissioner of Technical Education Ajay Jain said that the inspections would continue without any hitch.
October 9th, 2012, 12:04 AM
New book on Telugu cinema (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/new-book-on-telugu-cinema/298933-60-114.html)
Books on cinema bring back fond memories of old classics, said Katamanu Krishnarjuna Rao, of Alankar and Jayaram theaters, here on Sunday.
He was speaking at the inauguration of Telugu Cinema, written by Chalasani Venkateswara Rao aka Jagapati. The book covers various aspects of the film industry and those from Krishna district who hit it big in movies, Krishnarjuna Rao said.
An appeal has been made to the government to allow conventional cinema theatres to screen five shows per day as multiplexes do. Theatres must encourage small budget movies by screening two shows per day, RV Bhupal Prasad, general secretary of AP Film Chamber, Vijayawada unit. Katragadda Narsiah, convener of the Senior Citizens Association, Grandhi Viswanath, Urvasi cinema complex owner and others were present.
October 9th, 2012, 12:04 AM
Deo orders cancellation of bauxite mining lease in AP (http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Deo-orders-cancellation-of-bauxite-mining-lease-in-AP/Article1-941694.aspx)
Using his Constitutional powers, Union tribal affairs minister Kishore Chandra Deo has directed the Andhra Pradesh government to cancel bauxite mining leases to Andhra Pradesh Mining Development Corporation (APMDC) in the state’s Aaraku valley. The step has been taken to prevent reemergence of
Naxalism in the valley.
The corporation has signed Memorandum of Understanding with several private companies to mine bauxite, which, according to Deo, is violation of the Alienation of Land Transfer Regulation Act.
The law prohibits a non-tribal either from purchasing any land or even from getting a lease in the scheduled tribe areas.
“Between 2005 and 2010 the government of Andhra Pradesh has signed MoUs with several companies which are neither owned nor controlled by people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes,” Deo said, in his letter to Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan, a few months ago.
With the governor not acting on Deo’s request, his ministry has issued the direction to the state government to cancel all mining leases.
“The mining activities in these areas would adversely affect the tribals of these scheduled areas by way of land alienation and dislocation and harassment arising out of loss of habitat and livelihood,” said an order issued by joint secretary in the ministry AK Dubey.
In a separate letter, the minister told Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy that bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam will destroy the sources of three main rivers —Gosthani, Champavati and Sarada, which are also main source of irrigation in the region.
He has support of rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, who has also opposed mining in the tribal areas of Visakhapatnam, which is on the border of naxal affected Orissa.
“I with Deo, would not allow the activity at any cost,” Ramesh had said recently.
Visakhapatnam is also Deo’s parliamentary constituency.
October 9th, 2012, 12:05 AM
Obtain report on drought in Andhra Pradesh: TDP to Centre (http://zeenews.india.com/news/andhra-pradesh/obtain-report-on-drought-in-andhra-pradesh-tdp-to-centre_804546.html)
Hyderabad: Opposition Telugu Desam Party on Monday requested the Centre to obtain a report from the Andhra Pradesh Government on the prevailing drought situation in the state so that required relief could be extended to aggrieved farmers.
In a letter to Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu said 380 out of 1,128 mandals (tehsils) in the state were facing drought conditions due to shortfall of rain up to 50 per cent. Another 15 mandals had a rain deficit of over 60 per cent this monsoon.
He said irrigation projects and reservoirs did not receive sufficient water inflows due to deficient rainfall. Consequently, the crop-bearing area fell drastically.
"Paddy has been cultivated in 53 lakh acres as against the normal area of 66 lakh acres this kharif season, while cropped area under pulses was only 15 lakh acres (21 lakh acres normal). Groundnut crop was sown in 25 lakh acres (32 lakh acres normal) and oil seeds in 33 lakh acres (44 lakh acres) this season due to adverse seasonal conditions."
"The farming community has been badly affected and the state and the Central Governments should come to their the farmers' rescue immediately," the Leader of Opposition said.
The interest subvention announced for farmers in other drought-hit regions of the country should be extended to AP farmers as well along with additional interest subsidy of three per cent, the former Chief Minister demanded.
The Centre has so far not extended any relief to AP farmers as the State Government did not send a report on drought conditions, Naidu maintained.
"I request you to advise the State Government to send the proposals and declare drought in these mandals so that immediate relief can be extended to affected farmers. I also request you to support the farmers by allotting sufficient quantities of fertilisers to AP," he said.
October 9th, 2012, 12:18 AM
AP ranks second in projects under construction, says an Assocham study (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/tn-leads-in-urban-development-projects-under-operations/488925/)
Tamil Nadu has the highest share of over 29 per cent with six projects worth over Rs 1,681 crore in the urban development sector that have been put to service delivery under the PPP model, according to apex industry body The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
There are about 49 urban development projects worth over Rs 5,700 crore under operation in the PPP mode.
Andhra Pradesh (four projects worth about Rs 843 crore), Karnataka (four projects worth about Rs 804 crore), West Bengal (10 projects worth about Rs 591 crore) and Gujarat (one project worth about Rs 485 crore) are the other leading states in this regard.
With seven urban development projects under construction in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode worth about Rs 2,700 crore, Andhra Pradesh ranks second in the total number of PPP projects under construction in the urban development sector as of August.
Assocham's sector specific analysis stated, of the total 81 urban development projects worth over Rs 78,000 crore under construction in the PPP mode across India, Haryana accounts for a maximum share of over 85 per cent with 12 projects worth over Rs 66,800 crore.
“Out of the total 881 PPP projects worth over Rs 5.4 lakh crore taken up under the PPP model across India, 181 projects worth over Rs 99,300 crore are under different stages of implementation,” chairman of Assocham Southern Regional Council, Ravindra Sannareddy, said while releasing the findings of the chamber’s analysis here on Monday.
“The Urban Development sector has the share of about 20.5 per cent in the PPP projects under construction in various sectors,” he added.
Madhya Pradesh ranks third with nine urban development projects worth over Rs 2,650 crore under construction in PPP mode followed by Rajasthan and West Bengal where seven projects worth over Rs 1,400 crore and 12 projects worth over Rs 1,200 crore are under construction respectively.
October 9th, 2012, 12:29 AM
DSC-2012 results released; another DSC soon: Minister (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/08/dsc-2012-results-released-another-dsc-soon-minister/78605)
Secondary education minister K Parthasarathi on Sunday released the results of District Selection Committee (DSC) written test in the Secretariat on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Parthasarathi said that only the marks scored in DSC written test were released today, but the merit list would be released soon by calculating marks scored in the DSC and TET. An opportunity would be given to the candidates to correct their mistakes in the online application forms from October 8 to 18. He said that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed the education department to complete the process of filling of teacher posts within a month. Merit list would be sent to the collectors of the districts concerned.
The minister said that another DSC written test would be conducted in February or March next year. In the next DSC, 25,000 teacher posts would be filled. Some 4,000 posts of physical education teachers (PET) would also be filled, he added.
Along with the DSC, results of TGT and PGT, which were conducted to fill teacher posts in model schools, were also released.
DSC-2012 was notified for filling of 21,343 teacher posts and 3.5 lakh candidates had appeared for the test. There were 6,007 posts of school assistants, 12,772 posts of secondary grade teachers, 409 PETs and 2,144 language pundits posts in DSC-2012.
Regarding model schools, a recruitment notification was released to fill 7,100 posts, including 355 posts of principal, 4,615 PG teachers and 2,130 trainee graduate teachers. Over 95,000 candidates have appeared for the written test conducted for model schools.
October 9th, 2012, 12:44 AM
‘Surajya message should be spread to villages’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91913)
Hyderabad: A round table meet, held on the role of civil society organisations in Surajya Movement, emphasised the need for creating more awareness among people besides spreading the message into rural parts of the state. Lok Satta leaders DVVS Varma, TL Narsimha Rao, National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) state convenor Ramakrishna Raju and others took part in the meeting held at Sunderayya Vignana Kendram on Sunday.
DVVS Varma pointed out that the Surajya Movement was taken up to ensure people of the state get a better life which they thoroughly deserved. He lamented about the lack of basic amenities like drinking water, sanitation, roads, street lights etc in rural areas although the tax payment by public is prompt.
Meanwhile V Lakshmana Reddy of Jana Chaitanya Vedika stressed the need for taking the concept to rural areas. Committees on Surajya are formed in urban areas and need of the hour is the formation of such committees even in villages, he added.
B Ramakrishna Raju of NAPM pointed out that they were aiming to reach out to at least one crore population before the Surajya movement gets completed on December 9. It may be mentioned here that the Lok Satta party had launched the Surajya Movement on September 9 aiming to promote awareness among public on ethical politics and good governance.
Enactment of a law on citizens' right to Government services, creation of strong anti-corruption mechanisms from the State to village level, empowerment of local government bodies and ushering in basic political and electoral reforms, promoting awareness among public on ethical politics and good governance etc., are some of the objectives of this movement.
October 9th, 2012, 12:45 AM
Balagopal’s services to civil society lauded (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=91911)
Hyderabad: Rich Tributes were paid to K Balagopal, the champion of human rights on his third death anniversary. At a programme organised on Sunday by Human Rights Forum (HRF) at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan here, several intellectuals, civil liberties activists and followers lauded his contribution to the civil society in his quest to uphold the rights of every individual, especially those from the lower rung of the society and tribals.
On this occasion, two books written by Balagopal viz ‘Marxism and Manishi’(reflections on human agency, social movements and Marxism) and ‘Of Capital and Other Punishments’ which was a compilation of his articles in English on the death penalty, were inaugurated.
Prof Haragopal, noted civil liberties activist, released the book on Marxism and explained its content in a lucid way. “Marxism analyzed the society and not very much the human nature. The nature of a human being will not undergo a sea change with the change of society. No complete human being would emerge after changes in the society. What is needed was a total metamorphosis of human psychology in tune with the changes that emerge from a range of issues. That was clearly analyzed by Balagopal,” he said.
“Sigmund Freud was not seriously taken by Marxists. Freud talked not only of social consciousness but other aspects of human psychology. So we need to see in a holistic way. The socialists or revolutionaries should realize that social transformation will not be achieved without change in psychological outlook of humans.
That’s what Balagopal discussed in the book,” Haragopal explained. Well known social scientist Ashish Kothari in his talk on globalization, biodiversity and alternatives said the economic globalization introduced in 1991, has caused a drastic decline in the quality of environmental governance in India.
“Already weak, environmental standards and policies have been further weakened to enable domestic and foreign companies to invest in various destructive projects. Globalization has only pushed an unsustainable model of ‘development’ to higher levels, sacrificing the environment and the livelihoods of tens of millions of people. Destruction of development led to violation of rights, he added. “Bio diversity is not just for environment, animals, creatures or birds.
Its for humans as well as it is the humans who protect biodiversity. So there is a need to redefine development” Ashis opined. He gave numerous movements that have been going on against the destruction of development. He suggested alternative models such as cooperative mechanism, organic farming and village self-help group system etc which can stop the dangerous destruction of societal development.
Jeevan Kumar, President of HRF, who presided over the function, said “Balagopal was the first person who defined the exact meaning of human rights. He has understood the foundations of rights, examined them and looked from human’s woes. He has done a lot of thinking before embarking on any issue and his action plans are relevant to be emulated” he venerated.
Chandrasekhar, General Secretary of HRF spoke of immense contribution of Balagopal to human rights movement. Nityanandan, an activist from Tamil Nadu explained in detail the movement that is presently underway against the Kudankalam nuclear power plant and the police crackdown.
Balagopal memorial lecture today
Warangal: The Third Endowment Lecture in memory of late Dr K Balagopal, Human Rights Crusader for Just Society would be held at Kakatiya University on October 8, 2012 at 11 am in the Senate Hall on Kakatiya University campus here. Dr Anand Telthumbde, Professor of Management, IIT Kharagpur would speak on ‘Marxism and Human Rights’ while University Vice-Chancellor Prof B Venkat Rathnam would preside over the programme.
October 9th, 2012, 12:54 AM
‘Redress grievances within time frame’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91963)
Eluru: West Godavari District Joint Collector T Baburao Naidu on Saturday asked the district officials to redress the grievances of people within the stipulated time frame.He was reviewing the action being taken on the petitions submitted to the Chief Minister, people’s representatives and at Prajavani programme with the district officials.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that solution to grievances on time would increase the people’s confidence in the administration. Detailing the petitions submitted to CM, people’s representatives and at Prajavani programme, the Joint Collector said most petitions were cleared on time. He asked the officials to clear the petitions received through SC, ST commissions within 24 hours.
He told the officials to take steps to give information under Right to Information Act to the petitioners. He also directed the police authorities to take special interest in clearing the cases with regard to women. Regarding complaints on establishing liquor shops in residential areas, he told the Excise officials to see that the shops were established in commercial areas.
DRO Mohan Raj, Sub Treasury Officer B Nagachandraiah, ASO K Srinivas and other officials participated.
October 9th, 2012, 12:55 AM
‘Grid computing is world’s most efficient system’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91965)
Vijayawada: The Advanced Data Research Institute (Hyderabad) Scientist Dr K Pramodh Kumar said that the grid computing was the world’s most efficient system. He was speaking at a seminar conducted by the Information Department of Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology on the college premises.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Pramodh Kumar said that a computational grid was hardware and software infrastructure which provides dependable, consistent, pervasive and inexpensive access facilities. He further said that the high performance computing was scalable to speed up advancements with converged infrastructure.
He said that the grid computing applications will be used for increasing productivity in wireless sensor networks, aircraft control systems, massive multi player online games and virtual reality.He hoped that the students have more opportunities in grid advancements. Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology (ALIET) director Rev Fr J Thainese SJ said that the grid computing will replace conventional computing and integrate the routine activities into the web.
ALIET director Rev Fr J Thainese inaugurated the seminar and Principal Dr O Mahesh, Dean Dr E V Krishna Rao and head of the department S Kishore Babu were present.
October 9th, 2012, 12:56 AM
‘Special Distribution Mela for beneficiaries of schemes’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91967)
Eluru: West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan on Sunday said Special Distribution Mela for the beneficiaries of various government schemes would be held at Assembly constituency-level in the district from October 10 to 20.
She reviewed implementation of government schemes with officials at Collector Bungalow here. She directed the officials to distribute gas connections to women and subsidised modern agricultural equipment to farmers besides other sops under various schemes.
She informed the officials that 50,000 gas connections were sanctioned to the district. The distribution of gas connections to poor families should be completed before October 20. Women were suffering from eye and lung ailments because of firewood used for cooking. New families in need of gas connections in rural belts should also be identified for distribution in phases.
She asked Tahsildars to take initiative for distribution of financial benefits among poor families which lost breadwinner under Central government scheme. The district administration had spent Rs 5 crore from the funds released by the Centre to help the poor families. Efforts to distribute more funds from other schemes would continue.
Dr Vani Mohan directed Joint Director of Agriculture Department Krupadas to educate farmers on modern agriculture and distribute modern farm machinery on 50 per cent subsidy. The farmers should be provided with subsidy of Rs 18.63 crore allocated during this year including state government’s contribution of Rs 11.63 crore for this purpose. With the effective use of modern equipment, the farmers could save Rs 3,000 per acre.
The district administration had enlightened the farmers on the equipment by organising exhibition at Eluru and Achanta. The farmers were given the chance to select the equipment from the companies they prefer.
October 9th, 2012, 01:00 AM
It’s time for Left forces to reunite, say intellectuals (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=91972)
Vijayawada: More than one hundred persons belonging to various Left splinter groups, intellectuals and sympathisers of Marxist philosophy attended the meeting organised by a group of socially-conscious professionals here on Sunday and expressed concern over the disunity among the Left groups.
Dr Ram Prasad, in his inaugural speech, deplored the privatisation of health and education fields, which had become out of reach of common people. He made it clear that it is not an alternative platform nor nurture of any political ambitions. “Out of concern for the society, we appeal to the Left parties to unite at least on the agreed agenda to fight the corrupt forces in the country,” he said.
Dr Ch K V Prasad said that it is high time the Left forces are united to fight elections in all the 294 constituencies in the State.
Dr Kolla Rajamohan said that the hard-won freedom of the country is now in danger. Expressing concern over the handling of the entire wealth in the country by a handful of people, the physician said that all the Left forces should unite and launch struggle on the basis of an acceptable agenda for all.
He said the precious wealth of land is being alienated. Retired Prof. Gaddam Koteswara Rao said that everyone must think of common factors like struggle against Imperialism, monopoly of capital and the growth of unorganised sector. We must understand and admit that this is the age of coalitions, he said and added when we have no objection to join hands with bourgeoisie parties we can join hands with similar thinking people for the welfare of the society. He expressed concern over the mushrooming of parties on the basis of race, caste, region and others.
All Left forces should join hands to solve the burning problems like agriculture, industries, infrastructural facilities and others. “It is high time the secular and democratic forces join hands,” he said. Dr Brahma Reddy from Kurnool said, “We concentrated on bringing in new generation into the movement by giving them necessary relevant knowledge.” He called upon the people who left the Left parties for various reasons to regroup themselves in the larger interest of the country.
Kottapalli Ravibabu said that we have been neglecting the cultural aspect of the movement. “It is high time we concentrated on the implementation of Telugu as official language and study of Telugu compulsory for the students,” he said.
Dr Stalin, A Gandhi, Dr Valluri Rama Rao, Jampa Krishna Kishore, Dr Cherukuri Satyanarayana, Dr Pattabhi Rama Rao, Venkataswami, Janardhana Rao, Dr N Sudhakar, Prof. Nannapaneni Anjaiah, Dr A P Vithal, Divi Kumar and others spoke.
October 9th, 2012, 01:01 AM
Excess rainfall in East Godavari this season (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91992)
Rajahmundry: Rainfall of 61,085 mm of rainfall has been recorded in East Godavari district during this season, from June to October, with an average of 1,018 mm. The normal rainfall of the district during this period of the year is 46,708 mm with an average of 778 mm. Thus, 30.8 per cent of excess rainfall was recorded during this period.
In the month of June, rainfall of 5,171 mm has been recorded in the district against normal rainfall of 7,213 mm with deficit of 28.3 per cent. In July 16,675 mm of rainfall has been recorded against the normal rainfall of 13,845 mm with an excess of 20 per cent.
In August, rainfall of 17,158 mm against the normal rainfall of 12,754 mm, with excess of 34.4 per cent was recorded. Rainfall of 15,611 mm has been recorded against 12,875 mm with increase of 21.3 mm in the month of September.
In the month of October, 5,468 mm of rainfall has been recorded against the rainfall of 1,287 with increase of 402 per cent.
October 9th, 2012, 01:03 AM
New Democracy appeals for casteless, classless society (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91994)
Vizianagaram: New Democracy (CPI-ML) leader P Eshwara Rao said that class struggle would vanish only when a casteless society is established. Speaking at the 140th annual day celebrations of the Satya Shodhak Samaj founded by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule in the Vizianagram town on Sunday, he said that it was unfortunate that the four-fold division of caste was found only in India and it was encouraging crony capitalism to get entrenched in the country.
He said that the caste system in the country was driving a wedge between the people and the trade unions. Every labourer should do his bit in eradicating the caste system from the society, he said.
Eshwara Rao said that the caste system was the main hurdle for the progress and development of the society, as it was looking down upon the labour class and making them slaves.
He said that people should put into practice the teachings of Mahtama Phule in eradicating the caste system and added that land reforms should be implemented and the tiller should be made the owner of the soil.
Those who attended the meeting included New Democracy district general secretary K Sanyasi Rao, AIKMS district secretary P Mallick, IFTU district leader D Lakshman Rao and others.
October 9th, 2012, 01:05 AM
Tour villages regularly, Collector tells officials (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=91998)
Vizianagaram: District Collector Veerabrahmiah told the officials that it would become very difficult for them to move around in the villages in future if they remain indifferent to the problems of the people. Speaking at a review meeting of the district officials at the Zilla Parishad conference hall in the town on Sunday, the Collector expressed his displeasure over the failure of the officials to tour the villages to acquaint themselves with the problems of the people.
He said that three days ago, he toured some of the villages and noticed that the anganwadi centres were shut down and that they were in no position to function. He said the government was spending crores of rupees on developing the villages and it was their duty to ensure that the social welfare programmes were implemented properly at the grassroots level. Public money should be utilized properly, he said.
The Collector said that the ‘Grama Sandarshana Programme’ (village tours) has become very popular and the district got good recognition at the national level for implementing this programme. He said officials would earn respect only if they succeed in solving the problems facing the people in the villages. He said that a team of mandal level officials should spend the entire day in the village on every Friday and try to resolve their problems.
Moreover, the officials should ensure that the third phase of Sakshara Bharat programme was successfully implemented in the district which would result in making 7 lakh people in the district literate.
The Collector said that under the Bharat Nirman Programme, it was decided to construct toilets for 4.78 lakh families living under the Below Poverty Line in 178 villages and the district officials should ensure that this programme would be completed by July 2013. He said that October 26 should be observed as ‘rededication day’ on the occasion of visiting the 100th village in the district.
Among those who took part in the meeting included the Joint Collector Shobha, Additional Joint Collector AJC Rama Rao, DWAMA (District Water Management Agency) project director Sriramulu Naidu, and Zilla Parishad CEO Mohan Rao RDOs Rajkumari and Venkat Rao.
October 9th, 2012, 01:07 AM
‘Govt violating land laws to favour Hindujas’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92000)
Visakhapatnam: The NGOs and environmentalists alleged that the government has being trying to violate the norms for change of land-use to facilitate Hindujas National Power Project, to resume works on the super thermal power project at Paravada.
Mr EAS Sharma, former bureaucrat and convener of Forum for Better Visakha, in a letter to the chief secretary and the district collector said the State government has been trying to bend backwards in permitting the company to violate the original assurance that it would sell 100 per cent of its power to the State, by acceding to its demand that it would be treated as a ‘merchant’ power plant, which could sell power outside AP. Mr Sharma reminded the officials that the entire land given to Hindujas at a highly concessional price was Wakf land, forcibly acquired from the cultivators.
It was a project for which Environment Clearance (EC) was granted without any public hearing. The EC lapsed in 2001 but MoEF ‘revalidated’ the EC in 2009 on false reports. Documentary evidence was sent to the ministry but no action was initiated, Mr Sharma said.
He said the AP High Court laid down a procedure to be followed, in addition to considering other aspects, in all cases of conversion of land-use from agriculture to non-agricultural purposes, under AP Agricultural Land (Conversion for Non-Agricultural Purposes) Act, 2006.
If the District Collector has granted land-use change in violation of the court direction, he would be committing contempt of the same. Mr Sharma told the collector and chief secretary to treat his letter as legal notice and if no action was taken, he would seek judicial intervention.
October 9th, 2012, 01:09 AM
AP Cine Writers’ Sangham to hold screenplay coaching classes (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92003)
Visakhapatnam: Andhra Pradesh Cine Writers’ Sangham will conduct coaching classes in screenplay, for three days, at Prema Samajam from October 28 with an aim to promote more and more upcoming and young budding writers interested in cinema literature, under the supervision of Sangham president and noted cine dialogue writer Paruchuri Gopalakrishna.
Giving details here on Sunday, Sangham general secretary Akella said the coaching classes would be held daily between 9.30 am and 6 pm for three days in which topics including cinema story, elaboration of story, portraying of different roles, scenes, scenic order and screenplay dialogues would be touched by experienced faculty.
He said they have already held the coaching classes in Hyderabad six times which evoked good response from young writers. He urged all the budding young writers to utilise the opportunity by contacting Ph No. 9989990229 (Hyd) or 9441438073 (Vizag). Those interested could submit their applications with a stamp size photograph to Kurra Vijaykumar, Feature Films, first floor, GVMC complex, Diamond Park, Vizag, by paying Rs 2,000, he added.
Sangham president Dr Paruchuri Gopalakrishna said that he had done his research on Telugu cinema literature adding that there is a lot of difference between general literature and cine literature. “In ordinary literature the audience would read it while they witness literature in cinema. Taking inspiration from great personalities like Vedantam Raghavaiah, KV Reddy, Samudrala and Pingali, it took me five years to do the research by going through 3,000 films to get doctorate degree, which was my mother’s longstanding wish,” he said.
Dr Gopalakrishna said when he took his thesis in the form of a book to Dr Akkineni, urging him to write his ‘Toli Paluku’, the latter remarked that the thesis was written for the sake of ‘Cinema Talli’. He said the aim of the three-day workshop is to train the upcoming writers who are interested to enter the field.
Further sharing personal experiences, he said that he always likes two professionals-a mason who builds multi-storied structures and a teacher who moulds children as great personalities. “I was a teacher and I am a teacher now. I like Vizag very much where films like Bobbili Simham and Lorry Driver were made because of good locations,” he added. Andhra University Media Advisor Prof P Bobby Vardhan was also present.
October 9th, 2012, 01:11 AM
‘Progress of Telugus hampered due to separatist movement’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91975)
Kurnool: Visalandhra Mahasabha held a meeting and organised an exhibition in support of the demand to keep Andhra Pradesh as united at TG Lalita Kshetram in the city on Sunday. Minister for Minor Irrigation TG Venkatesh inaugurated the exhibition, in which the organisers displayed several charts comprising details of development in the three regions and statistics of losses the State was bearing due to agitations seeking statehood to Telangana.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the idea of a separate Telangana State had been born due to three reasons - backwardness, employment opportunities and sentiment many years ago.
However, the three issues were resolved and the separatists were demanding bifurcation of the State only for political power, he added.
He asserted that the political solution would be the only way to resolve the issue. Speaking on the occasion, president of Visalandhra Mahasabha Parakala Prabhakar stated that ‘Mahasabha’ leaders were ready for a debate with the separatists on the bifurcation issue and they could give hundred reasons in support of their argument against single reason given by the separatists. “People of the three regions are being adversely affected by the separatist movement.
Bifurcation will hamper economic, social, political and cultural development of Telugus. There is strong desire among the people of Coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema regions to remain united,’’ he said. He said that only 30, 000 people took part in the recent ‘Sagara Haram march’ in Hyderabad and only 2000 supporters remained till the end.
He alleged that some selfish politicians were exploiting the issue for political gains and they were least bothered about the welfare of the region. He reiterated that the claims of economic, historical and cultural backwardness of Telangana were baseless and the separatists were misleading youth by provoking them.
He asserted that backwardness was there in all the three regions and bifurcation was not the solution to the issue. “Our aim is to educate the students, youth and other sections of society on the need to keep Andhra Pradesh united. Visalandhra Mahasabha is organising programmes to dispel the false claims and to check false propaganda on the unified state,’’ he concluded.
Tense situation prevailed at the venue of the ‘Mahasabha’ as members of Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi staged a protest and tried to gatecrash into the venue opposing the meeting.They raised slogans demanding separate Rayalaseema State and obstructed Parakala Prabhakar’s car. The police rushed to the spot and struggled to control the crowd. There was a scuffle between the cops and protesters.However, the police pacified the agitators and brought the situation under control.
October 9th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Elaborate arrangements in place for World Telugu Conference (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91976)
Tirupati: To make the fourth World Telugu Conference a grand success, the district administration was instructed to take care of visiting delegates and artistes. Though TTD has announced its preparedness to accommodate the delegates and provide other facilities, the district administration is also making all arrangements for the smooth conducting of world level conference.
Already Minister for Tourism and Culture Vatti Vasantha Kumar held a review meeting with officials and constituted a core committee under the chairmanship of TTD Executive Officer LV Subramanyam, in which district Collector will act as convenor. Sub-committee for WTC estimated that about 8,000 delegates and thousands of artistes would take part in the conference and district machinery swung into action to make foolproof arrangements.
Almost 50 per cent of the rooms in private lodges and cottages run by TTD will be blocked from December 25 to 30 for the delegates and the rooms will be given with 50 per cent concession. Municipal Commissioner Sachidananda Varma, TUDA VC and other officials were assigned duties to clear the entire area from bushes and mounds of earth at the proposed venue in Avilala Cheruvu by October 15. For this, core committee may invite a few tenders on short time basis and a few works would be allotted through nominations.
The committee will provide accommodation and transportation arrangements to the delegates, estimated to be about 2,000, and artistes. The Deputy Transport Commissioner Basi Reddy will take care of the transportation like keeping of vehicles – 100 buses and 100 cars – ready to ferry the delegates and artistes from various places to the venue. Minister assured that he will talk to the Centre to ply special trains to Tirupati during the mega fete.
Electricity department will provide uninterrupted power supply during the mega fete and it also provides special power service connection at utmost priority as well as special connections to colourful illumination throughout the city.
Fire department will establish a fire station and police will set up a control room at the venue. Civic officials will construct toilets over an area of 60,000 square feet. Civic department and TTD will take care of painting the pedestrian ways and writing of Telugu proverbs as part of beautification of the city.
October 9th, 2012, 01:15 AM
Farmers bank hopes on northeast monsoon (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91978)
Nellore: With deficient rainfall and dry water bodies, farmers of Nellore district are waiting for the northeast monsoon in order to revive their farming activities.While heavy rains are lashing several parts of the State, the district is suffering due to no rains and poor water levels in rivers and streams and dried up tanks.
The southeast monsoon, which provides the essential rainfall to the entire country, seems to have skipped the district as the district received deficient rainfall against the average rainfall in the past three months. A total of 15.9 mm rainfall was recorded against 56 mm in June and the average rainfall of 86 mm was recorded in July.
However, the district received only 62 mm of rainfall against the average 86 mm in August while 63 mm rainfall was reported against the average 102.1 mm in September.In addition to the poor rains, power cuts worsened the situation for farmers and their hopes of reaping good yields during Kharif season were shattered.
The Penna River lost its majestic flow and has been reduced to a small canal, while the Swarnamukhi has gone dry. Small rivers like Kalangi, Beeraperu and Kandaleru have become lifeless due to no rains.
However, drinking water needs are met with the help of water stored at Kandaleru, Somasila and Kaligiri reservoirs in the district.
Farmers are not able to rely on the tanks and ground water and drought like situation is causing concern among the farming community.
The peasants are pinning their hopes on northeast monsoon, which is expected to bring good rains between October and December.
October 9th, 2012, 01:15 AM
Left parties to meet on power crisis today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91980)
Tirupati: Ten left parties including CPI, CPM, CPI (ML), CPI (ML) (New Democracy), Revolutionary Socialist Party, Forward Bloc and UCCRI (ML) will meet here on Monday to discuss about the present power policy and chalk out the future course of the agitation on power problems. This is the first conference, which will be followed up with meetings in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad.
CPI state secretary Dr K Narayana already announced last month of holding such regional level meetings with collective cooperation of all left parties to fight against the power policy. The meeting may discuss about Fuel Surcharge Adjustments, power shortage, impact on small scale industries, workers losing jobs and other issues.
Farmers’ wing leader of CPI Ramakrsina, senior leader of CPM former MLA Gafoor and leaders from other left parties will attend the meeting. After discussing about the practical problems with power supply and hike of power tariff in this region, the meeting will adopt few resolutions and chalk out a concrete action plan.
After completion of all such meetings in other regions, few resolutions would be passed regarding the agitations. Already few of the CPI and CPM leaders are opposing the hike of power tariff and getting ready to propose to suspend the payment of electricity bill till the state government supplies uninterrupted quality power.
As many farmers are suffering from shortage of power at rural level, the meeting may concentrate on agricultural sector.
October 9th, 2012, 01:17 AM
SVU VC stresses on ethics in journalism (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91982)
Tirupati: Prof W Rajendra, vice-chancellor of Sri Venkateswara University, stressed that ethics in journalism is always needed and certainly it is the need of the day. Pen is mightier than gun is just not a proverb, instead it is a fact, he said. He felt happy that students were showing interest in journalism. Gathering information, observation and analysis is most essential for journalism, he added.
Media is a strong foundation for Indian democracy, he stressed.
He attended as the chief guest for the valedictory session of the three-day Telugu Journalism seminar held in SVU on Sunday. He appreciated the Department of Telugu to organise such an important seminar at appropriate time. Special guest Prof Jayadheer Tirumala Rao said that media plays a major role to awaken the people.
Few years ago several news dailies worked with social responsibility and stood as ideal, but that is lacking in today’s journalism, he said. As journalism attained technological expertise it has lost credibility, values and ethics, he added.
Senior journalist RM Umamaheswara Rao said that news dailies worked with specific aim at the time of independence movement and attracted majority section of the people, but nowadays media lost credibility and confidence of the people. Unless readers and viewers strive to bring change, people can’t witness it, he added. Another senior journalist GR Maharshi said that Telugu as a language and Telugu journalism are nearing the danger of end. Unless there is Telugu language in existence, there won’t be Telugu journalism, he stressed. “We can’t expect the nature of questioning in society if there is no media,” he added.
Seminar director Prof P Srinivasulu Reddy in his vote of thanks speech said that many photographers and cameramen are struggling with lives while discharging duties.
October 9th, 2012, 01:20 AM
Govt asked to set up old age homes as per Act (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=91989)
Chittoor: Government has to establish old age homes in all the districts to ensure senior citizens’ protection as per the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, said V Nageswara Rao, Secretary of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA).
No aged person after attaining 60 years should be deprived of care from their children or the spouses, he added. The DLSA has organized an awareness camp for the aged persons at Tenabanda, near Chittoor on Sunday. The residents of near and surrounding areas of Tenabanda attended the camp in large numbers.
Explaining the features of the Act, Nageswara Rao said that all citizens of 60 years and above are eligible for enjoying the privileges of the Act. He said that the parents who are neglected by their children could approach the concerned Revenue Divisional Officer for due justice.
“As per the Act, the children of the neglected parents should remit a compensation of Rs 10, 000 per month. The aged persons, who lacked any protection from their spouses, the Tribunal would issue orders for compensation from their children,” he added.
He made it clear that the government should come forward liberally to open old age homes for the neglected parents and the senior citizens as per the Act. He reiterated that no children would ever escape from their responsibility in protecting their parents.
He mentioned that many of the children used to abuse their aged parents forgetting the value of the parents. Applications seeking the assistance for the senior citizens and the neglected parents could be sent through the NGOs also to the Tribunal.
Those who have attained 60 years age can send their applications directly to the Tribunal for due assistance. If any son or spouse is proved to be at fault of leaving their parents/spouses to their ill fate, the Tribunal imposes penalty to the tune of Rs 5,000.
The DLSA would ensure free legal aid for the deprived of SC, ST, children, women, physically challenged, and labourers subject to the condition of their income should not exceed Rs 1 lakh per year.
Principal Civil Judge Parasuram, Additional Sub Judge Satya Prakasa Rao, Additional Civil Judge Srinivasa Rao, advocate Trimurthy and others were present.
October 9th, 2012, 01:23 AM
Minister lays foundation for canal regulator (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91943)
Nizamabad: Major and Medium Irrigation Minister P Sudarshan Reddy has laid foundation to the cross regulator to the Sri Ram Sagar Project (SRSP) Flood Flow canal at Nagapur village under Kammarpalli mandal on Sunday.
Addressing the media at the site, the Minister has said that the cross regulator would be constructed at 26.30 km mark on the flood flow canal (FFC) at the village at a cost of Rs 10.37 cr. A bridge would also be constructed at about 300 mts on Kammarpalli-Nagapur across the canal, he said.
He said that those farmers who lost their farm lands for the construction of canal can utilize canal water to irrigate their fields. The FFC would increase ground water level in the area.
The Minister said that cross regulators would also be constructed at 47 km and 76 km marks on the canal to regulate water in the canal.
The canal would be extended to villages in Warangal district and also up to Suryapet (Nalgonda district).The government has been striving for the welfare of people, especially farmers and downtrodden, he said.
Engineer in-chief Narayana Reddy, FFC Chief Engineer Satyanand, Godavari Basin Commissioner Vijay Prakash, Chief Engineer Ellareddy, SE Bhagavanth Rao and others were present at the programme.
October 9th, 2012, 01:23 AM
Demand for inclusion of basket makers in ST category (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=91944)
The basket makers are inluded in ST category in other states whereas they are inluded in BC category in Andhra Pradesh
Adilabad: Mahedra Sangham (Medari Association) state president Pyarasani Balaraju has demanded that they (bamboo basket makers) be included in Scheduted Tribe (ST) category for employment and other purposes.The bamboo basket makers took out a rally at Khanapur mandal headquarters in Adilabad district on Sunday in support of their various demands. Later, there was a meeting that was addressed by Balaraju.
He said that people belonging to their community (Medari) are included in ST category in other states. But only in Andhra Pradesh, they are treated as BCs, he regretted. In the guise of Tiger Zone, the forest officials have been harassing the people belonging to Mahendra (Medari) community in Adilabad district. They have been facing hardships to continue their occupational work.
``We strive along with all our family members to prepare bamboo baskets, mats and other small container items for major part of the day to earn meager income. Many a time, along with our family members we starve due to lack of food. We stay in temporary tents on the outskirts of villages. Our children do not have proper education or other facilities. We do not have proper clothes to wear.
In spite of all these hardships, we were placed under BC category,” he regretted. The association working president M R Narasing Rao, campaign secretary Ekala Satyam, district treasurer Pilli Aasalu and others addressed the meeting. Medaris from various parts of the district participated in the rally.
October 9th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Andhra Pradesh No.2 on national public private partnership graph: Report (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Andhra-Pradesh-No-2-on-national-public-private-partnership-graph-Report/articleshow/16732160.cms)
HYDERABAD: The seven urban development projects worth Rs 2,700 crore currently in the works under the public private partnership (PPP) model in Andhra Pradesh means it ranks second among the states in the country in terms of the total number of such projects as of August, 2012, according to trade and industry body Assocham.
The state ranks second only to Haryana, which leads the pack with a lion's share of 85% in 12 projects aggregating at Rs 66,800 crore out of a total Rs 78,000 crore invested in 81 urban PPP projects under way in the country, according to the findings of a sector specific analysis carried out by Assocham.
Andhra Pradesh is followed closely by Madhya Pradesh with over nine projects totalling Rs 2,650 crore followed by Rajasthan and West Bengal with seven projects worth Rs 1,400 crore and 12 projects worth Rs 1,200 crore, respectively.
"Out of the total 881 PPP projects worth Rs 5.4 lakh crore taken up under the PPP model across India, 181 projects worth over Rs 99,300 crore are in different stages of implementation," said Assocham's southern regional council chairman Ravindra Sannareddy while releasing the findings.
According to the study, there are about 49 urban development projects worth over Rs 5,700 crore under operation in the PPP mode while about 29 projects worth over Rs 9,800 crore are under bidding in the urban development sector.
According to Assocham's sector specific analysis, none of the projects in the urban development sector under the PPP mode have seen cancellation. "Promotion and facilitation of urban centres through inclusive and sustainable ways is very crucial considering that urbanisation is the engine of India's economic growth," said Assocham national secretary general DS Rawat.
"There is a need for the administration to step up its performance on delivering basic urban services, improving governance systems, planning and funding policies, institutions, and bolstering capacity and capability," Rawat added.
October 10th, 2012, 01:07 AM
Sand mining, shipwrecks polluting India’s coastline (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/cities/hyderabad/sand-mining-shipwrecks-polluting-india%E2%80%99s-coastline-744)
The 7,000-km long Indian coastline that is home to 30 per cent of the country’s population faces a huge threat from unbridled sand mining and commercial coastal activity.
“In AP, the Nellore and Godavari coast is threatened by these mafias who take away large quantities of vital sea sand by using mechanised devices,” said Prof B.C. Choudhary of the Wildlife Institute of India.
“The sandy stretches of Srikakulam, Vizag, East and West Godavari and the southern region of Nellore are the places where the Indian Rare Earths Ltd is sieving sand for thorium that would fuel nuclear reactors. This has been disastrous for the sensitive marine ecosystem,” he said.
“Also, our nation does not have the ability to handle the ships that pass through the Indian coast. They pollute Indian coastal ecosystems, sometimes end up shipwrecked and the situation is never redressed by the country of these ships’ origin,” said Sumaira Abdul Ali, Awaaz Foundation.
October 10th, 2012, 01:12 AM
Electricity employees on the warpath (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/electricity-employees-on-the-warpath/article3980885.ece)
The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Employees’ Union, popularly known as 1104 Union, has announced launching of an agitation in a phased manner asking the State Government to fill vacancies and address issues like power cuts.
Addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Monday, Union President J. Sitarama Reddy said that the union had served strike notice on the managements of AP Transco, AP Genco and all Discoms in September. The union would launch the agitation with dharnas to carry the message to the public, he said.
Relay fast, mass dharnas in front of Vidyut Soudha and Discom offices and indefinite fast will follow. The union would launch indefinite strike on December 5 if the Government failed to respond to their demands, he said.
Listing out the demands, the union leader wanted the government to fill up the vacancies in Transco, Genco and Discoms. He also urged the government to sanction additional posts keeping in view the increase in workload.
The other demands include: abolition of contract system, and regularisation of all contract workers; allocation of staff to newly established section offices, revenue offices, MRT sections; extending the pension scheme to all employees who were recruited after the trifurcation of Electricity Board, he said.
Union general secretary R. Janardhan Reddy, advisor S. Sobhanadri, Krishna district unit leader N. Subba Rao Secretary K. Ramchandra Rao and others were present.
October 10th, 2012, 01:13 AM
Evidence of Buddhist site found (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/evidence-of-buddhist-site-found/article3980627.ece)
Site is at Gudiwada village of Bhogapuram mandal in Vizianagaram district
The Department of Archaeology and Museums has stumbled upon evidence of a Buddhist heritage site at Gudiwada village of Bhogapuram mandal in Vizianagaram district.
The hill, located right on the banks of the Gosthani River, has been quarried on two sides, reducing it to a hillock.
There are evidences of a circular stupa, and a small cistern like structure carved out of the rock, and large bricks of 52 cm x 27 cm and 7 cm thickness, pieces of red ware and decorated pottery were also found at different levels on the hill.
About one-half of the hilltop was flattened and two temple-like structures were constructed, may be around half-a-century ago by the villagers.
The two shrines had raised platforms but there were no idols.
There are bundles of wooden pieces kept in the temples and even to this day villagers worship the wooden pieces. This practice must have been an offshoot of the Buddhist tradition.
“The low height and small size of the stupa, and lack of sculptures indicate that it could have been constructed during the early phase of Buddhism, i.e., Teravada phase,” Assistant Director of Archaeology and Museums for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam (FAC) K. Chittibabu told The Hindu at the heritage site on Monday.
The stupa could have been used for religious purposes. Lime concrete plastering, found on some of the bricks, indicate traces of Hinayana Buddhism like those at the sites discovered at Thotlakonda and Bhavikonda. There are evidences of husk being used to burn the bricks.
The Buddhist monks must have preferred this site as the Gostani river flows by and joins the sea a few kilometres away at Bheemunipatnam. The river was a source of fresh drinking water besides providing a navigational route for sea trade with various parts of the world.
At the foot of a hill, an ancient stone idol of Lord Ganesh with the trunk turned to the left, which indicates that it came from Odisha, an old Nandi idol, a ‘Naga Bandham’ statue and a Siva Lingam were found.
“Protection of the site is important. But, this can be done only after the government declares it as a protected monument. Digging of trial trenches would require around Rs.1 lakh and full-fledged excavations could require Rs. 3 lakh to Rs.4 lakh and about a year’s time,” Mr. Chittibabu added.
October 10th, 2012, 01:15 AM
AP Minister opposes RINL disinvestment (http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/ap-minister-opposes-rinl-disinvestment/66451/)
Andhra Pradesh Minister for Infrastructure and Investment Ganta Srinivasa Rao today asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma to "reconsider and review" the decision to divest stake in Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL).
"I would like to bring to your notice, as a public representative from Visakhapatnam, that all trade unions and public are opposing the initiative of disinvestment of some stake in the steel plant.
"They are possessive about the plant and any sort of disinvestment proposal will dishearten the whole lot of public of this region," the Congress Minister said in a letter.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day the central government decided not to proceed with the RINL initial public offer.
According to an official statement, "...It is hereby informed that the Government has decided not to proceed with the (RINL) offfer programme currently.
The statement came following the cancellation of the scheduled meeting of the Empowered Group of Ministers, headed by Finance Minister P Chidambaram.
VSP (Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant), the first shore-based integrated plant in the country, was the end result of numerous agitations, shedding of blood and loss of lives of some activists who participated in the agitation for the steel plant, Rao said.
As the employees contributed their best, Vizag Steel was able to make huge profit and become a pride of India, he said. "In view of this, I request you to kindly reconsider and review the (disinvestment) proposal duly honouring sentiments of employees, general public and public representatives."
Meanwhile, main Opposition Telugu Desam Party has demanded that Central Government immediately drop the proposal to divest its stake in RINL, the corporate entity of VSP.
"We are totally opposed to the sale of stake in Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. The TDP will launch an agitation if the Centre does not withdraw the move immediately," TDP Politburo member and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council Dadi Veerabhadra Rao told reporters here today.
October 10th, 2012, 01:15 AM
High-level meet on weavers' issues to be held soon: AP CM (http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/high-level-meetweavers-issues-to-be-held-soon-ap-cm/66332/)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy today said a one-day high level meeting will be conducted soon in Hyderabad to discuss ways to improve the lot of weavers.
Addressing a gathering on the first day of his 'Indiramma Bata' (on the path shown by Indiramma) mass-contact programme in Prakasam district in coastal Andhra, Reddy said the government has waived weavers' loans to the tune of Rs 163 crore.
Union Minister of State Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi would also take part in the proposed one-day meeting.
The 'Indiramma Bata' is aimed at the Chief Minister and ministers directly interacting with different sections of people over the welfare and development programmes of the government.
In an interaction with fishermen in the coastal district, Reddy assured that the government would ensure that the various coastal projects launched by the government would not hurt the interests of fishermen.
Reddy, who participated in 'Sagara Meenotsavam' (fish festival), symbolically released some fishes and prawans into the sea to highlight the cause of marine biodiversity.
The fishing activity in the state is resulting in produce worth Rs 11,000 crore, but the state government's expenditure for aqua culture had been only Rs 50 crore, he said adding that his government has increased the allocation to Rs 250 crore.
He said Rs 25,000 crore worth fish production will be achieved within two years from the present Rs 11,000 crore.
October 10th, 2012, 01:20 AM
Hero in Khakhi made to run around (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/09/hero-in-khakhi-made-to-run-around/78910)
An former ASI who lost his eye during an encounter with naxals 16 years ago is still making rounds for his ex-gratia.
They say that there is no greater service for a cop or soldier than to sacrifice his life while discharging his duties. But one such warrior, who lost his eye during an encounter Naxalites, has been made to suffer by the State government since the last 16 years.
It is the agony of 65-year-old SK Khaleel, a retired assistant sub-inspector, who has been doing the rounds of Secretariat to get due recognition for his valiant efforts in saving Rs.70 lakh public money from going into the hands of the rebels. His efforts to get the recognition proved futile as the higher-ups of the police department wasted his time with empty promises.
On March 23, 1996, Khaleel, then a head constable, was posted as a security officer at the Sub-Treasury office at Nampally in Nalgonda district to guard Rs.70 lakh in government money. A group of 50 Naxalites attacked the office and asked Khaleel and his three colleagues to put down their guns and hand over cash to them. But Khaleel refused and he opened fire at them. “The Naxalites initially told us that they would not kill us and asked me and my colleagues to hand over our weapons and cash to them. If we did, no harm would come to us. But I declined. This resulted in an exchange of fire,” Khaleel recalled.
The Naxalites also blew up the office with landmines.
Due to the injuries sustained during the encounter, Khaleel lost vision in his left eye completely while his other eye had lost partial vision. The encounter also resulted in the death of one cop called Soma Narsaiah.
After the incident, the State government had announced that it would not only give generous ex-gratia to Khaleel and his colleagues but also provide job to his son in police force. But the government has not fulfilled its promise even after 16 years.
Khaleel said that after the encounter he had spent Rs.2 lakh from his own pocket for treatment of his injuries as the promised to reimburse the amount. “The home department officials always say that my file is being processed. I met the present DGP V Dinesh Reddy many times but all in vain,” he said.
It has become a routine for Khaleel to do the rounds of Secretariat and meet police officials every month. “I come to Hyderabad every month from Nalgonda by spending almost Rs.500-Rs.1000. But, my objectives are yet to be realised,” he adds. He said that whenever he visits the peshi of the home department, he will get the same response.
October 10th, 2012, 01:35 AM
Govt embarked on tricycle distribution programme: Collector (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92179)
Eluru: West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan on Monday said the government had increased the cash incentive to Rs 50,000 to bride or groom who would come forward to marry a physically challenged person. Earlier, the incentive for them was just Rs 10,000.
The Collector said the government had released a sum of Rs 18.8 lakh towards marriage incentive to 188 couples last year. The government has yet to sanction Rs 2.9 lakh for 29 couples who married before the hike in incentive and Rs 43.5 lakh for 87 recently married couples, she said.
Dr Vani Mohan distributed tricycles to 8 physically challenged persons at the Collectorate. She said that 300 more tricycles would be distributed to them with Rs 18.9 lakh through Zilla Parishat funds. The district administration had embarked on tricycle distribution programme to assist the disabled persons with a view to avoid difficulty to them in travelling to several places.
Accordingly, the district administration has reached a pact with Bengaluru-based private tricycle company. About 100 tricycles reached Eluru and the administration would distribute tricycles to the needy once the remaining tricycles were delivered by the company. Already, 245 tricycles were distributed to the physically challenged persons in the district during previous year and 15 wheelchairs would be given to them soon, she said.
The Collector also informed that with the cooperation of voluntary, the district administration had organised 15 beneficiary identification camps for supply of artificial limbs to the needy under the aegis of Abhilasha programme.
A total of 1,500 physically challenged persons were provided with artificial limbs. As many as 286 physically challenged persons were supplied with aids and appliances under the aegis of AP Physically Challenged Cooperative Corporation. Pre-metric scholarships worth Rs 1.53 lakh were given to 163 physically challenged students during 2012-13 financial year in the district, she said.
Dr Vani Mohan said 54 physically challenged candidates were recruited under Group-IV jobs by the District Selection Committee. Aids including hand sticks were given to 40 physically challenged persons, hearing aids to 20 persons, wheelchairs to 5 and MP3 players to 8, she said.
Caption: West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan distributing tricycles to the physically challenged persons in Eluru on Monday.
October 10th, 2012, 01:35 AM
Medical representatives celebrate foundation day (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92180)
Bhimavaram: Members of Andhra Pradesh Medical and Sales Representatives Union celebrated their union foundation day on Monday here at their office.
Town unit President K V S R Krishnam Raju while presiding over the meeting said that 8 hours duty per day, holidays on weekends and minimum salaries were some of the achievements that Union has strived for the members. It is for the members of the union to keep life saving drugs and other medicines to the reach of commoner, he said.
October 10th, 2012, 01:36 AM
Hike MSP for paddy to Rs 2,040: CPI (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92181)
Bhimavaram: “Hike in minimum support price for paddy to Rs 1, 280 per quintal is not sufficient, said former MLA and CPI state committee member K Ramakrishna. Speaking to newsmen here on Monday he said M S Swaminadhn committee has recommended fixing MSP Rs 2, 040 for paddy per quintal. Farmers unable to cope up with the financial problems committing suicides and in the last four years as many as 562 farmers ended their lives in the Vidarbha area alone, he mentioned. The frontal organization of CPI, BKMU will organize a dharna at New Delhi on November 1 to highlight the plight of the farmers in the country, he said.
CPI is for early completion of Polvaram project as it serves the needs of Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema areas. The State government lacks political commitment to complete the project within the time frame, he deplored. District unit Rythu Sangham secretary Yitla Vidhyadhar pointed out that the district administration has failed to conduct a field survey with regard to losses to agriculture due to heavy rains so far. CPI district secretary Dega Prabhakar, Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham secretary Bandi Venkateswara Rao, town party secretary M Sitarama Prasad also spoke.
October 10th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Turlapati for UN recognition of Gurajada’s patriotic song (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92220)
Srikakulam: Prominent writer and AP Library Association president Padmasri Dr Turlapati Kutumbarao said that the patriotic song “Desabhakti” written by Gurajada Appa Rao is a model for the world nations and it should be recognised as such by the United Nations Organisation.
Dr Turlapati was the chief guest at the valedictory of the Patriotic Week celebrations, organised by Gurajada Youth for Society, in Gurajada educational institutions in the district.
Speaking to students on the occasion, he urged the students to take up great works and accomplish them, instead of simply singing the song. He commended the efforts of the Gurajada Educational Society for making students and youth aware of patriotism and inspiring them to be patriotic through the celebrations.
Dr Turlapati was felicitated on the occasion.
October 10th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Farmers take up signature campaign against NACL (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92222)
Srikakulam: The demand for the permanent closure of Nagarjuna Agri Chem Ltd., (NACL) is growing in the district. As the indirect agitation by people of three mandals and pressure on the officials has not worked and fresh permissions have been issued to take up work in the factory, the farmers are organising signature campaign and to bring the matter to the notice of the Supreme Court and High Court.
With this, they are gathering signatures from 35 villages for the past three days.
Farmers from Etcherla, Ponduru and Laveru mandals have taken up the agitational path demanding closure of the harmful Agri Chem factory. They are propagating the harmful effects of the industry. They deplored that the ground water is totally contaminated. Almost every year they are losing their crops but neither the officers nor the factory managers paid compensation, they lamented.
Skin and kidney diseases are increasing by the day in the villages but they have not even set up a medical camp so far, they farmers said. As the water in the wells and bore wells was stinking, they have to go to other places to fetch drinking water, they said.
The factory was closed down due to a blast and emission of poisonous gases. But again permission has been granted for it, the people deplored. The Anti-NACL Struggle Committee members are touring the villages gathering signatures for the past three days, demanding the closure of the factory.
As the district higher officials have not taken any action, the people here are planning to appeal to the Supreme Court and High Court. The affected villagers have threatened to intensify the agitation if the management attempts to open the factory. If it is necessary they plan to attack the factory, they said.
October 10th, 2012, 01:43 AM
Swine flu due to lack of hygiene, says Collector (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92224)
Kakinada: Special officers and the staff of the Medical and Health Department should conduct medical camps and awareness should be created on sanitation in the villages, East Godavari District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said. She was speaking at the Praja Darbar at the Collectorate here on Monday.
Ms Neetu Kumari Prasad said that swine flu would spread due to lack of cleanliness and sanitation and directed the officials to shift the swine flu patients immediately to the hospital and ensure that they get treatment in the Intensive Care Unit. She also called for awareness on the construction of individual toilets. She said swine flu would spread due to pollution of the surroundings because of open defecation.
The Collector said that the medicines for swine flu were available in adequate quantity in the district and directed the officials to take steps to admit the swine flu patients in either Rajahmundry Government Hospital or the Kakinada Government Hospital.
Meanwhile, the State Public Health and Family Welfare Department has issued guidelines mentioning that swine flu could be prevented through frequent washing of hands. It department said people should not touch nose, mouth and eyes without cleaning their hands after operating ATMs and lifts. It also suggested that either soap or detergent should be used to wash hands.
In its guidelines, the department has cautioned the people who are affected with swine flu not to shake hands and embrace others. Patients should not wander in thickly populated areas and should not spit in open areas. They should not use medicines without consulting doctors, it stated. The department suggested that the patient should undergo tests at either the government hospital or a recognised private hospital.
October 10th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Incomplete Gundlakamma project inundates villages (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92183)
Ongole: Several villages located just 40 km away from Prakasam district headquarters have been inundated as Gundlakamma project works remain incomplete because of litigations. The low-lying villages in the vicinity of Obul Reddy Gundlakamma reservoir witness the wrath of nature in the form of floods due to downpour. Rain water entered houses in many villages. In some villages, people ferry in boat to come out of the flooded villages.
The problem of the villages is rooted in the incomplete works of Gundlakamma project. Barring right and left canal works, construction of the project was completed at a cost of Rs 6,500 crore under prestigious Jalayagnam programme. Though the project was readied, not a single acre of land is irrigated under the project. The rulers failed to meet the target of the project. Lakhs of cusecs of water is going waste into the sea.
It was already four years since the then Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy launched the project. Gundlakamma project has an ayacut of 62,368 acres in kharif season and 80,000 acres in Rabi season. The project will reach its target if only 22-km works of left canal and 27-km works of right canal are over. The problem of compensation to inundated villages has become a stumbling block in irrigating the lands. Though the authorities disbursed compensation to some villages, the matter district review committee meetingwas pending in other villages because of legal reasons.
Everybody thought that the project had become a reality when authorities distributed cheques to farmers in Kotikalapudi village early this year. Victims of Mallikesava village approached court seeking alternative house sites besides compensation. Following this, the court stayed the officials’ bid to vacate the village.On the other hand, compensation was not paid till date to victims in Yerrabalem, Tammavaram and Denuvakonda villages. The district officials issued notices to residents of Devarakonda and Mallikesava villages to leave the place.
A majority of victims have been fighting with the authorities demanding house sites and compensation for four years. They staged protest demonstrations in front of Collectorate several times as the authorities adopted wait-and-watch attitude. People of Denuvakonda village were firm against vacating their premises. The issue of compensation and alternative house sites also came up for debate at district review committee meeting attended by Minister Mahidhar Reddy. He blamed court cases for the delay involved in completing rehabilitation exercise.
When the project fills to its brim, near-by villages have been facing inundation. As per project plan, farmers will get water through canals. With the water going waste into the sea, some farmers took initiative to draw water with motors to irrigate their lands.
October 10th, 2012, 01:51 AM
Villagers obstruct RTPP’s civil works (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92193)
Yerraguntla (Kadapa): Villagers from surrounding areas of the 600 MW Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant (RTPP) obstructed the ongoing civil works in the plant on Monday. They were protesting against the hiring of labourers from outside to take up the works at Kalamala in Yerraguntla mandal in the district.
They alleged that the plant authorities assigned civil works to contract workers from outside ignoring the villagers, who lost lands due to the setting up of the plant. They demanded the authorities to employ the locals for taking up the civil works. The plant authorities said that they would resume the works in the plant after holding discussions with the villagers.
October 10th, 2012, 01:52 AM
Muslims demand reservations (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92194)
Kadapa: Demanding reservations for Muslims in local body elections, Insaf leaders staged a maha dharna at the Collectorate here on Monday. Speaking on the occasion, the leaders requested the government to provide reservations for Muslims as per consensus in all the fields and to implement their justifiable rights.
They also made a request to the government to work towards Muslims’ development by implementing Rangarajan Misra suggestions. TDP minority leaders, Insaf leaders and others took part in the dharna.
October 10th, 2012, 01:55 AM
‘Implement BC welfare schemes with dedication’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92209)
Nellore: BC Welfare Committee Chairman Tippe Swamy directed the officials to work with dedication in implementing the welfare schemes of BCs prescribed in the constitution. He participated in a review meet held at Zilla Parishat meeting hall in Nellore on Monday.
Addressing the officials, Tippe Swamy said though the government has been introducing several schemes for the welfare of backward classes in the State, they are not getting implemented properly at the grassroots level.
The complaints submitted by several BC organisations prove this fact, he added. Stating that BC communities are facing several social problems, especially in villages, he directed the district administration to respond on humanitarian grounds and to take severe action on them.
Tippe Swamy told the officials to follow the rule of compassionate grounds in giving job to Mallikarjuna Yadav, whose father died while working in Roads and Buildings Department. He further suggested to Raghava Rao, Social Welfare Officer, to take action for the smooth sanctioning of loans through BC welfare scheme to professional communities.
He said that BCs in some villages are being deported and directed District Collector B Sreedhar to enquire into the matter.
BC Welfare Committee members B Mastan Rao, Peerukatla Viswaprasada Rao, Balasani Lakshminarayana, V Mitrasena, Joint Director of BC Welfare Commitee Madhavilatha, deputy secretary GV Krishna, Nellore RDO, additional Joint Collector B Lakshmikantham and officials of various departments took part in the meeting.
October 10th, 2012, 01:57 AM
Door-to-door survey on dengue fever begins (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92212)
Tirupati: District Collector Solomon Arokia Raj held a telephone conference with mandal level officers from his chamber in Chittoor on Monday and directed them to conduct door to door survey to know about the severity of dengue fever in the district. Every official at mandal level should participate in the week-long survey throughout the district, he directed.
Already some medical and revenue staffs are conducting the survey in many villages from Monday onwards and the survey will continue till the weekend, he said. Anybody suffering from fevers or other symptoms should immediately be sent to area hospital, he said. Doctors concerned are to be informed about the dengue cases and if necessary such patients are to be shifted to referral hospitals, Collector said.
All mandal development officers and special officers should monitor at their respective mandal villages for effective survey, he directed. Apart from this, the doctors should meet medical officers of every area and referral hospitals to know about the dengue cases and a detailed report to be sent to the district Collector, he said. What steps have been taken by doctors and what type of medical treatment is being administered to the patients should be mentioned in the report, he explained.
If dengue cases are more in any specific village, medical officers shall establish medical camps, he stressed. Collector also said that if private medical practitioners find any suspected dengue cases, immediately they should inform the government doctors.
He also instructed the mandal level officers and staffs to maintain a register to note down all the details where they have conducted door to door survey along with time, date and other necessary details. The work should be done every day till this weekend, he added. All houses are to be marked with specialized ink to identify the completion of the survey, he said.
He also directed the civic staffs to give utmost importance to sanitation, removal of stagnated water, spraying of oil on stagnated water to smash mosquito larvae, fogging in residential areas and preventive steps to clear drainage canals as this is rainy season.
The objective of the survey is to find out dengue cases and prevention of fevers at rural level, he stressed.
Municipal Commissioners, mandal revenue officers, medical superintendents of area hospitals and other staffs participated in the telephone conference.
October 10th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Separate ministry for senior citizens demanded (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92213)
Tirupati: Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi leader Manda Krishna Madiga demanded the State government to institute a special commission and ministry for the welfare of senior citizens and widows. He faulted the State government for cheating this section of people though Congress has announced special sops in its election manifesto in 2004.
Speaking to media persons here on Monday, he said that at present senior citizens and widows are getting only Rs 200 monthly pension each, which is being provided by the Union government, but the State government had done nothing to this section so far. “Many other states are sanctioning special amount apart from central government’s share, which can’t be seen in our state,” he pointed.
Eighty lakh senior citizens and 30 lakh widows are in the State, but it is unfortunate to have any mechanism for them, he said. Chief Minister should form a commission and an exclusive ministry for this purpose, he suggested. At lease these people should get Rs 1,000 per month each, he demanded. Central government has appointed a special commission for senior citizens and widows in 2010, but not in functioning now, he said.
He also suggested that the State government should provide 50 per cent concession to senior citizens for travelling needs, at least an old age home in each district, to hike pension to Rs 1000 and to give priority to widows in the welfare of women, should take responsibility of education of children of widows, 25 kg rice to each widow’s family, a special commission chaired by retired judge to study the problems of widows and to hike pension to Rs 1000.
Many states have ‘old age homes’ run by respective governments, but it is sad to say no such facility in is available in Andhra Pradesh. Due to the change in human and family relations, the necessity of old age homes has become imminent and many such homes are being run by private or Non-governmental organisations, he pointed.
Many senior citizens and widows voted and brought Congress into power, but State government did not bother about the welfare of these people, he pointed out. During 2004 elections, Congress promised to provide 20 kg rice to each senior citizen and widow but never came into practice, he said. He said that he will meet TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu in Anantapur district on Thursday as his ‘padayatra’ is for the common people.
October 10th, 2012, 02:00 AM
ST Legislature panel to tour Khammam dt (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92152)
Khammam: District Collector Siddharth Jain, in a press release on Monday, said that the State Legislative Assembly’s Scheduled Tribes Welfare Committee members would undertake a tour in the district on October 10 and 11 to review the development works pertaining to tribal welfare and development.
He said that on 10 October, they would hold discussions with KTPS (Genco) officials and those of the Singareni collieries from 10 a.m.,to 12 Noon, and in the afternoon, from 12 Noon to 1.30 p.m., they would meet the representatives of the scheduled tribes and receive memoranda from them at the Singareni collieries guest house. In the evening, the committee members would hold discussions with the district officials to know about the status regarding the implementations of various social welfare programs in the district.
On October 11, the committee members would visit the Sita Ramachandraswamy Temple at Bhadrachalam and hold discussions with the temple officials. In the afternoon, they would inspect the mango gardens at Burguvaayi village of Borgumpadu mandal under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Later, they would inspect the Residential Tribal Welfare School at Uppusaka in Boorgupadu mandal and interact with the students.
They would also inspect the construction of the school building taken up with the funds released under the Left Wing Extremism (LWF) for those districts affected by Naxalism.
The Collector said that the Committee members would also distribute land ownership certificates to the tribal community members who were cultivating lands at Nagaram village of Palvancha under the Recognition of Forest Rights Act.
October 10th, 2012, 02:01 AM
Residents demand closure of Haritha Biotech factory (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92153)
Karimnagar: The villagers of Timmapur mandal staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Monday demanding the permanent closure of a Haritha Biotech factory which was allegedly releasing the industrial wastes into the residential areas.
When the locals organised a series of protests and agitations against discharging the industrial wastes, the State Government ordered closure of the Haritha Biotech factory located in Parlapalli village of Timmapur mandal three months ago. However, of late, with the help of Minister D Sridhar Babu, Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar and other political parties, the management is reportedly trying to open the factory.
After learning about the developments, the people of Parlapalli and other surrounding villages arrived at the district headquarters on Monday and took out a huge rally in the town. Later, they assembled at the Collectorate and demanded the district administration to take immediate steps for the permanent closure of the factory.
Villagers alleged that no alternative arrangements were made by the factory for disposal of industrial waste and the permission was given to the factory by the Government without looking at the problems of the local people.
Suguna, resident of Parlapalli, said due to discharge of industrial wastes, the ground water got contaminated and the agricultural fields were spoiled in her village.
October 10th, 2012, 02:03 AM
Amma Lalana programme lauded (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92156)
Karimnagar: District Collector Smitha Sabharwal lauded the success of `Amma Lalana’ programme in Karimnagar district. The programme was started with the aim of providing better medical facilities to the pregnant women before and after the child birth. It is also aimed to avoid unnecessary cesarean surgeries to women at the time of child birth.
A woman gave birth at the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Kodimyala on Monday by utilizing the programme. The Collector named the new-born girl child as Mahima. She congratulated the woman as she made use of the programme and gave her an assistance of Rs 1,000 under `Girl Child Protection Scheme’. The mother of the child, Sujatha, expressed her gratitude to the Collector for implementing the scheme.
October 10th, 2012, 02:04 AM
Where the presence of bats is auspicious! (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92157)
Medak: Generally, people consider the nocturnal creature ‘bat’ as inauspicious to look at, especially in the mornings, in the villages. Moreover, it is not beautiful to look at and its appearance gives an unpleasant feeling. However, the people of Rayinicheruvu village under the purview of Togita village panchayat in Medak district do not subscribe to this view and they consider bats as auspicious creatures. The bats are worthy of veneration and worship. Every morning they get up on hearing the squeaks of bats.
People of the village told The Hans India that on seeing the bats every day, they feel that nothing bad would occur to them and they would remain safe. They said, during the past, when the bats disappeared and failed to turn up in the village for three years, the villagers faced untold hardships like outbreak of clashes between various sections of people, water scarcity, and withering away of crops. As a result, the villagers performed special pujas and other important rituals for the safe return of bats to the village. The bats came back and made the trees their home.
At once, peace was restored in the village and all their problems were solved, they said.Once, some people killed the bats as they have medicinal value and they were prevented from entering the village again by the villagers. The villagers said that they have firm faith in the bats as they feel that the bats are the representatives of the Grama devatha (village goddess) who was protecting the village through them.
October 10th, 2012, 02:04 AM
Army recruitment rally from Oct 12 (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92159)
Karimnagar: District Collector Smitha Sabharwal has said that Army recruitment rally for filling up the various types of soldiers’ posts in the Indian Army would be held at Dr Ambedkar Stadium in Karimnagar from October 12 to 19 for the candidates from Telangana region.The Zonal Recruitment Officer, Secunderabad and the Recruitment Office at Chennai would organise the recruitment programme. Candidates from Karimnagar, Mahbubnagar, Warangal, Medak, Khammam, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad, Nalgonda, Adilabad and Nizamabad can participate in the rally for the appointment.
It is a good opportunity to the youth who had qualified in SSC or Intermediate to get jobs, she said and urged the youth to make use of the opportunity. The recruitment rally would be held for filling up posts in soldier (technical), soldier (nursing assistants), soldier (general duty), soldier (general clerk) and other categories.
As part of the weekly ‘Praja Vani’ programme, the Collector received petitions from general public at her office in Karimnagar on Monday. She directed the officials to take steps to address the problems of the people.
The Collector distributed financial assistance to five couples under inter-caste marriages aid - Rs 10,000 cheque to each couple. The Government has sanctioned Rs 10,60,000 to 106 couple for the current financial year under inter-caste marriage programme, she said.
Rajiv Arogya Sri medical camps would be held across the district from October 10. Specialist doctors from various fields would participate in the medical camps. The Collector asked the people to make use of the medical camps.
The camp would be inaugurated at the Primary Health Centre at Bejjanki on October 10 and the concluding camp would be held at Illanthukunta on October 30. The medical camps would be sponsored by Susrutha Cancer Hospital, Chalmada Ananda Rao Medical College, Prathima Medical College, Dr Bhum Reddy Hospital and other hospitals, she added.
October 10th, 2012, 02:07 AM
Doctor in Guinness Book (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92162)
Warangal: A local doctor named Vyakaranam Nageswar finds mention in the Guinness Book of World records for his role in the record breaking event organized by the Siliconandra.
The programme was organised at Parade Grounds in Secunderabad in 2009.Nageswar led the 40 member doctors’ troupe that helped facilitate the event. He also received an appreciation certificate from Pope Benedict for his services rendered to the HIV positive patients.
October 10th, 2012, 02:07 AM
Govt staff told to enroll their names for health cards (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92166)
Sangareddy: District Collector A Dinakar Babu has asked the Government employees and pensioners to register their names along with their family members before October 20 for the issue of health cards.Through phone-in-programme, the Collector was addressing a meeting of divisional and mandal level officers from Sangareddy of Medak district on Monday.
The employees and pensioners have to register their bio-metric marks at Adhaar Card Centres for the issue of health cards. They have to fill their particulars on line in the website: www.EHF.GOV.IN before October 20, he said. He said that he received many complaints that there were no street lights, no drinking water supply and drains were not cleared in many villages. The mandal level officials have to take steps to redress the problems of people in their panchayats.
Medical camps for eradication of malaria have to be conducted regularly. The doctors and other medical staff have to participate in the camps without fail. The doctors attending meetings at district level have to bring along with them the details of problems at Primary Health Centres where they work, Dinakar Babu has said.
He asked the officials to speed up the process for registering unemployed villagers as construction labourers under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). Necessary guidelines were already sent to the Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs) in this regard, he added.
In-charge Joint Collector BNVVN Murthy, DRO I Prakash Kumar and officials of various departments participated in the phone-in programme.
October 10th, 2012, 02:15 AM
Medical emergency declared in East Godavari (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92128)
. One swine flu death confirmed
. Seven more cases admitted in Kakinada hospital
. Five of them from the family of dead person
. Special facilities created at Kakinada hospital
Kakinada/Rajahmundry: The East Godavari Collector Neetu Prasad has declared medical emergency in the district on Monday and directed the Kakinada Government Hospital authorities to create special facilities to treat cases of swine flu. As the laboratory tests confirmed that P Durga Rao of Chinaboddu Venkatayapalem village of Tallarevu mandal died of swine flu on Wednesday last week, wide ranging tests were conducted in the village by a special team of doctors led by District Medical and Health Officer, Dr. Padmvathi in the village. They opened a medical camp and treated about 40 persons who were suspected to be suffering from swine flu.
Seven persons, five of them from the family of the dead person were shifted to Kakinada for advanced medical treatment as they were suspected to have contracted the disease from him. Dr Raghavendra Rao, who was appointed as nodal officer to deal with the swine flu cases, told the media that there was nothing to panic about as there were enough medical supplies available in Kakinada hospital to treat the patients. He said those who running high fever and have breathing problem should immediately consult the doctor for treatment.
Durga Rao was admitted in the Kakinada government hospital with suspected swine flu. He died on last Wednesday. With confirmation of swine flu death, the district officials sent a medical team to Chinaboddu Venkatayapalem to conduct a medical camp there. The District Medical and Health Officer (DM&HO) and Kakinada Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) were camping in the village supervising the medical camp.
People of several villages in the Tallarevu mandal complained that even though hundreds of people were suffering from fever, sore throat and motions, no medical aid was available in the local Primary Health Centres (PHCs). The unhygienic conditions in the villages with open drains were the major reason for the spread of viral fever in these villages, they alleged.
Meanwhile, the Mommidivaram MLA Ponnada Satish Kumar alleged that Durga Rao died with swine flu because of negligence of the health department. Had he got timely medical aid, he would have survived, the MLA lamented. He said he lodged a complaint with the district collector against the mandal officers for their negligence.
October 10th, 2012, 10:24 PM
After revenue deficit, AP hopes for U-turn (http://www.financialexpress.com/news/after-revenue-deficit-ap-hopes-for-uturn/1014878/)
Hyderabad : As against a surplus of Rs 4,444 crore projected in the budget estimates for 2012-13, Andhra Pradesh registered a 'revenue deficit' of Rs 1,072 crore in the first half of the fiscal.
The ongoing power crisis has affected the industrial sector in the state while agriculture has been impacted due to the vagaries of nature.
Statutory grants to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore from the Centre stopped flowing as the state government failed to conduct elections to panchayat raj institutions and urban local bodies.
On the other hand, there is rise in "unbudgeted" expenditure due to sops being announced by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during the course of his Indiramma Baata, a new mass contact programme, as well as other "contingencies".
State Finance Minister Aanam Ramanarayana Reddy, however, says things are being brought under control.
"Not that the revenue deficit will continue through the financial year. The trend may reverse in the second half," he said.
"Our revenue receipts touched Rs 43,000 crore in the first half of the fiscal, which is 40 per cent of the budget estimate of Rs 1.08 lakh crore," the Finance Minister told reporters here today.
He said a sum of Rs 33,537 crore has been spent under non-plan and Rs 10,598 crore under plan.
"Apart from this, we have released Rs 4,025 crore over and above the budgetary allocation for various schemes," he added.
While admitting growth in revenue was not commensurate with expenditure, the Finance Minister ruled out levying any fresh taxes as of now.
"We are confident of meeting the revenue realisation target by plugging various loopholes and collecting existing taxes properly," Aanam said.
Referring to the unprecedented power crisis gripping the state, Reddy said it was having a "cascading affect" on the finances.
"The operational duration of industries is falling, resulting in reduced output. This will in turn reduce our tax income," he admitted.
On top of it, the government was forced to spend Rs 300 crore per month to produce power using Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG).
"We have earmarked Rs 600 crore for this so far and we may have to spend much more on this," he added.
On capital expenditure, the Finance Minister said certain departments were unable to spend the amount released by his department.
While a sum of Rs 24,699 crore has been earmarked in the budget towards capital expenditure, only Rs 7,096 crore has been spent in the first six months.
"We will conduct a review with different departments on this and identify the problems," he said.
Finance Principal Secretaries Venkataramani Bhaskar, Pushpa Subrahmanyam and P V Ramesh and Secretary L Premachandra Reddy were present on the occasion.
October 10th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Govt Issues New Guidelines for Erection of Cell Towers (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/10/govt-issues-guidelines-erection-cell-towers/214728.html)
Hyderabad: With the recent judgment given by High Court related to setting up of cell phone towers, government has issued new guidelines. To set up cell phone towers in villages, taking permission from the gram Panchayat is made mandatory. Andhra Pradesh Gram Panchayat – Erection or Telecommunication Towers Rules – 2012 has been issued by the state government of Andhra Pradesh. GO no. 334 is issued on 9th October, 2012 by Panchayat raj chief secretary CR Biswal.
Till now cell phone companies were setting up towers without taking any permission from village Panchayats. These permissions were obtained from the state level. Panchayats were only given information. With the order of High Court, government has now introduced new guidelines. Obtaining permission from Gram Panchayat officer will be in two stages. Temporary permission is given in the first stage. If the erection of cell tower is according to the guidelines, permission will be given for the cell tower.
Cell phone companies have to pay specified fee to the Gram Panchayats for setting up of cell towers. Installation fee will be Rs. 15,000 for towers that are built on land and Rs. 12,000 for towers that are built on buildings.
Renewal fee for cell towers will be Rs. 1,000 per annum.
They have to obtain no objection permission from people who are living by.
Existing cell towers have to be regularized by paying a fee of Rs. 10,000
Cell tower owners are responsible for the damages and accidents that are caused by the towers.
High density should not be used in cell towers that are setup near schools, play grounds and hospital. The radiation from these cell towers should be within the limits specified by EMF.
October 10th, 2012, 10:54 PM
Vodafone to issue new connections using Aadhar (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/vodafone-to-issue-new-connections-using-aadhar/489176/)
The telecom company is now the official Authentication Service Agency and Authentication User Agency of the UIDAI
Telecommunications service providers Vodafone India Limited is all set to issue new connections in Andhra Pradesh using Aadhaar letters as per the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) directive.
The service is initially being launched at Vodafone Stores at SP Road in Hyderabad and Bandar Road in Vijayawada.
The telecom company stated here on Wednesday it was now the official Authentication Service Agency (ASA) and Authentication User Agency (AUA) of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
Under the new initiative, a customer can just walk in with the Aadhaar letter into its stores and post validation and identification can walk out with an active connection.
The bar code on the Aadhaar letter will be scanned and after authentication the customer will be required to establish identity in real time with a biometric authentication. Once this is done, a message authenticating the customer will be sent from UIDAI which will be used as proof of verification.
October 10th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Web journalism here to stay (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92446)
Bhimavaram: Web portals are sure to make rapid strides in the days to come and the web journalism is an inescapable development with the increasing inroads the net is making, observed the Mandalaparthi Kishore, Editor, Internet Edition of Saakshmi.
Addressing a meeting held at SVKP and Dr KS Raju Arts and Science College, Penugonda on Tuesday, he observed that in the last ten years web journals made a mark and it have its own variety, tone and tenure, he said. Brevity, instantaneous is the essence of web journalism. Even in Telugu, web portals increasingly gaining ‘hits’, he said.
While ‘Ee Maata” “Proddu” “Pranahitha” “Koumadi” “sujana ranjani” focusing on literature and culture, “Bhoomika” stands an outstanding webportal on feminist issues. While ‘Praja Kala” striving to vent alternative culture opposing the mainstream populism; ‘Nava Tarangam” devoted for movie bufffs; ‘Kudali” and ‘Jalleda’, a junction of Telugu blogs, he said.
Telugu bloggers’ too successful in their attempts, he said. The Telugu flag is heralding on internet too and in future it will scale further heights, he said.
Dr PVN Sarma in his address urged the students to access, acquaint and familirise with the internet to keep pace with the ongoing developments.
Computer illiteracy will render them below the ‘digital divide and they will be deprived of a great resource that enrich them. He asked them to be ‘netizens’, but use it to their advantage. Principal J Rajeswara Rao presided over the meeting. Ramamohan Rao proposed a vote of thanks and Dr Rajya Lakshmi welcomed the gathering.
October 10th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Blood donation helps to save Thalassemia victims (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92447)
Vijayawada: Human blood is the most precious wealth on the earth to save the lives of the Thalassemia children. Thalassemia is a dreadful genetic blood disorder that is torturing many innocent children. Blood transfusion once in three weeks is a remedy for the Thalassemia victims.
Speaking to The Hans India, Red Cross Society Chief Medical Officer Dr Madan Mohan said that there are 37 Thalassemia victims enrolled in their blood bank.
He said that the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is observed on October 1 and this year the entire month has been declared as the National Voluntary Blood Donation month by the government.
He explained that when two Thalassemia minors marry each other their offspring would be either Alpha Thalassemia Majors or Beta Thalassemia Majors. He said that Alpha Thalassemia major victims die during or after deliveries and Beta Thalassemia Majors live only up to 20 to 30 years.
He said that there are 500 Thalassemia majors in the entire Andhra Pradesh and 10,000 across the country in which ninety per cent of the Thalassemia majors are dying annually.
Awareness among people about such ailment is vital and youth should take initiative to eliminate this problem from the society.
The number of the victims is increasing annually and there is a threat for the future generation. So, the couple getting married should go for the test of the Red Blood Cells to know about their status.
The RBC size will be small in the Thalassemia minors and they should avoid marriages between two Thalassemia minors to avoid the consequences they have to face in future.
People have a false impression for donating blood as they feel that blood donation makes them weak. Blood donation makes the body produce fresh blood fast within 22 days, fewer risks of cancer and diabetes. Fact is that a normal human has 5 grams to 16 grams of blood whereas the infected person has only 4 grams of blood.
May 8 is marked as the World Thalassemia Day and people voluntarily donate blood for them on that day. In the entire country, fifty per cent of the population is eligible to donate blood but only four members out of 1000 population donate blood.
Youth should come forward to donate blood voluntarily for the victims as each drop is precious to save their lives.
October 10th, 2012, 11:36 PM
‘Mathematics is key to success in engineering’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92450)
Bhimavaram (West Godavari): Andhra University retired Prof. Radhakrishna Reddy on Tuesday said mathematics stands as core and essence of engineering and technology without which it is impossible to solve any problems and deliver goods.
Participating as a resource person at a seminar on `Mathematical techniques and applications in engineering problems’ at GVIT College, Tundurru, he stressed the need to learn mathematical techniques rather than reading and studying mathematics.
Mathematics could be learned by practice with critical bent of mind, but not by means of rotting the content. ``It is more of logic and requires creative application in finding solutions to the given tasks. Mathematics will help to chase the clue in all engineering streams,’’ hence, the students need to give more stress on mathematics, he said.
The retired Prof. of mathematics said ``there are no tips and short-cuts in mathematics and they will lead you to nowhere,’’ he cautioned.
S Srinivas, another speaker from Visakhapatnam, urged the students to emulate persons like Arya Bhatta and Ramanujam in developing mathematical faculties.
College secretary and correspondent Grandhi Suresh felicitated the guests in the presence of Principal NGK Murty and other staff. Head of mathematics department Syam was present.
October 10th, 2012, 11:37 PM
Debate on condition of Dalits (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92456)
Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, Minority Welfare Association President, Penumaka Subba Rao, said that they will organise a debate on economic, socio, political conditions of the Dalits at Jagajeevanram Bhavan at Arundalpet on Wednesday.
Speaking to media persons here on Tuesday, Subba Rao asked the Dalits to tell about their problems in the debate. The SC, ST Commission Officer on Special Duty (OSD) R Subba Rao will attend the meeting, he added. He further said that the VUDA Vice Chairman, GSRK Vijay Kumar, the ST Commission Former Member, M Gurnatham, the Association General Secretary, Chinta Venkateswarlu, will participate in the debate as guests.
October 10th, 2012, 11:45 PM
GCC services to be expanded in Agency areas (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92469)
Parvathipuram: ITDA project officer BR Ambedkar said that the Girijan Welfare Department and the Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC) together will expand their services through the DR depots in the Agency areas in the State.
The Girijan Welfare Commissioner has ordered for a comprehensive survey of the Agency areas in the State in order to prepare business development plans by the GCC in accordance with the needs of the Girijans.
Accordingly, a survey on the functioning of the DR depots and the needs of the Girijans in Parvathipuram area will be conducted from October 11 to 25, he said. Five teams will be formed for this purpose. Each team will comprise of two GCC representatives, one from Revenue Department and one IKP staff.
Business development plans in accordance with the needs of the DR depots will have to be made based on the survey, he said. The survey will be conducted within the range of 74 main depots and 28 sub depots, he added. Local committees will also be formed with the salesmen under each DR depot and Village Union president and secretary under IKP. The project officer directed the teams to go to the card holders of the DR depots and gather information directly from them.
October 10th, 2012, 11:48 PM
All steps taken to curb swine flu: Collector (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92473)
Kakinada: Medical services have been increased at all Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the district due to the outbreak of swine flu, East Godavari District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said. She visited fishermen villages, including Chinaboddu Venkataya Palem and Peda Boddu Venkataya Palem of Tallarevu mandal along with the officials of the Medical and Health and Revenue departments on Tuesday.
The Collector told the people not to panic as the district machinery has taken all steps to control the spread of swine flu virus. She observed that the virus might have arrived in the district from the people who come from outside.
She said the officials have been directed to set up special medical camps in coastal mandals such as Kakinada rural, Tallarevu, I Polavaram and Katrenikona mandals. She also directed the medical officers to be available to provide services in these areas. She said 20 beds in the Kakinada Government Hospital and 10 beds in Rajahmundry Government Hospital have been allocated to provide emergency medical services for any suspected fever cases.
She further said holidays have been announced for schools in these villages on Tuesday and Wednesday as a precautionary measure and suggested to the officials to keep water and soap ready in the schools for washing hands after the schools were reopened. She said the situation was under control and urged the people not to panic.
Mummidivaram MLA Ponnada Satish, Kakinada Revenue Divisional Officer Jawaharlal Nehru and DM&HO Padmavathi were present on the occasion.
October 10th, 2012, 11:55 PM
Free training classes for CA-CPT course (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92439)
Kuppam: For the first time in Kuppam, Indira Rajiv Memorial Degree College is conducting free training classes to CA-CPT students on every Friday. Experts from Bangalore institutions are arriving at Kuppam to train the students, BM Dayanidhi, chairman, IRM Degree College said.
Many private educational institutions, especially training institutes are collecting thousands of rupees from students to impart training for CA-CPT courses, but IMR Degree College is offering for free of cost every week, Pavan said.
It is a golden opportunity to avail such free facility to enter the CA course, he added. Not only students of this educational institution, but also of other colleges can avail this facility, Dayanidi and Pavan said.
October 10th, 2012, 11:57 PM
APSFC holds awareness meet (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92344)
Sangareddy: Andhra Pradesh State Finance Corporation (APSFC) Assistant Manager M Chandra Prakash informed that the Corporation was organising the awareness meetings between October 10 and 29 in the district to provide loans to eligible people and encourage them to set up industries. The first meeting will be held at Siddipet town on October 10.
Similarly, the meeting will be organised at Sadashivapet on October 18, at Zahirabad on October 25 and at Medak on October 29.
Chandra Prakash appealed to those who are planning to set up industries individually, with groups and in collaboration with cooperative societies, to attend the meetings and avail the facility being provided by the APSFC. Entrepreneurs and other interested persons can clarify the doubts over their proposed ventures by contacting on 08455-276719 and 99893-34303.
October 10th, 2012, 11:58 PM
Employees launch HHF to help patients needing blood (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92407)
Nizamabad: A team of Government employees launched a voluntary organization called Helping Heart Foundation (HHF) to organise blood donation programme and to help the needy patients in Nizamabad district.
An assistant working with Joint Collector, a revenue employee and six other employees formed a group to start the organization. They conducted a blood donation camp on October 2 in the town. District Collector Christina Z Chontu launched the website www.helpinghearts.in belonging to the organization.
The details of 500 persons who are ready to donate blood along with their blood groups were included in the website. The patients who need blood have to provide details like blood group, place of patient, phone numbers and other details in the website.
The information would be passed to the blood donors through message.
The HHF chairman Ramana Reddy has said that the foundation was launched to help the needy patients especially belonging to poorer sections. They are planning to open a school with all facilities, he said.
October 10th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Land acquisition for mini reservoir opposed (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92408)
The farmers demanded the officials to pay compensation as per market value of the lands and allocation of lands at other places
B Ashok Goud
Nalgonda: The people of Thimmapur and Baswapur in Bhuvanagiri mandal of Nalgonda district oppose the move by the district officials to acquire land for construction of a mini reservoir between the two villages.
The State Government has planned to construct a mini reservoir between the two villages to utilize water that would be diverted from Dr B R Ambedkar Pranahita-Chevella Lift Irrigation Project. After the completion of the reservoir and the scheme, about two lakh acres in the villages of Bhuvanagiri, Bibinagar, Valigonda, Alair, Yadagirigutta and Athmakuru (M) mandals would get water for irrigation, officials claim.
But the people in the surroundings of the two villages – Thimmapur and Baswapur – claimed that they were able to cultivate their lands with the available water in tanks and with rain water. There is no need for the construction of a reservoir, they said.
The contractors have taken up works relating to canals and the bund of the reservoir. But they have not taken up work relating to land acquisition.
About 850 acres in Thimmapur, Baswapur, Mulkalapalli in Thurkapalli mandal and Jangam palli in Yadagirigutta mandal are needed for construction of mini-reservoir. The farmers said that they were not given any notice to vacate the lands.
They demanded the officials to pay compensation as per market value of the lands, allocation of lands at other places and other facilities. They are demanding Rs 8 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs per acre (market value) to give their lands. Otherwise, they would obstruction reservoir works, said Udutha Yadagiri, Satyanarayana and others of Baswapur village. They do not know whom they should approach to express their grievances in this connection.
Deputy Special Collector Venkat Reddy has said to The Hans India that they would acquire lands as per the plans to be submitted by the officials of Irrigation Department.
October 11th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Collector not happy with tardy progress of NREGS works (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92409)
Nizamabad: District Collector Christina Z Chongtu expressed her dissatisfaction over the tardy progress of National Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) works in the district.
The Collector, at a meeting held at Pragathi Bhavan in the town on Tuesday, reviewed the progress of works at mandal level. Though 57,000 works were started for the current year, not even 10 per cent of them were completed.
Though, 15 to 20 works were launched in each village, there was no progress in the works for the past six months, she regretted. Kammarpalli mandal is dragging in the works. The progress is 29 per cent in Navipet mandal and 32 percent in Nandipet mandal.
The remaining mandals lag behind. Under the scheme, 57,060 works worth Rs 439 cr were identified and only 8,550 were completed. The tardy progress is due to non-coordination between Mandal Parishad Development Officers (MPDOs) who are programme officers and the assistant programme officers. The officers have to work in coordination, she said.
She asked the officials to give priority for the construction of individual toilets in villages under the scheme. The officials have to create awareness among rural people about the need for construction of toilets.
District Water Management Areas (DWAMA) Project Director Veerachary, MPDOs, APOs and other officials were present at the meeting.
October 11th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Training programme for women proposed (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92411)
Sangareddy: The district administration in collaboration with the State Bank Rural Employment Training Institute will conduct the self employment training classes in tailoring, beauty parlour, papad and pickle making for poor who possess white ration cards.
According to a press release issued by District Collector A Dinakar Babu, women who passed or failed SSC, are eligible for the training classes.
Free accommodation will be provided for the selected women and the course material will be given to them at free of cost during the training period. Interested women can apply for the courses. For further details contact 94901-29839.
October 12th, 2012, 12:35 AM
State entrusts protection of govt land to new body (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/State-entrusts-protection-of-govt-land-to-new-body/articleshow/16774755.cms)
HYDERABAD: The state government on Thursday entrusted the responsibility of protecting government land, especially the tank bed land in the state, to the newly constituted Andhra Pradesh Land Management Authority (APLMA). The state also laid stress on the protection of lakes in GHMC areas. More than fifty lakes in these areas have either been encroached or regularised to realtors after encroachment.
To ensure land allotments are transparent, the government has also decided to make the details of land assignments, including the extent of land and rate of compensation available to the public.
After the recent court cases and CBI probe into land allotments to private parties during the YSR regime, the state government recently constituted an authority replacing the toothless committee. The authority is headed by the chief commissioner of land administration (CCLA) and has principal secretaries of various departments that deal with land as its members. In the land allotment policy announced last month, the government already fixed the land need for various purposes like educational institutions, power plants, hospitals and SEZs, among others. Now for every allotment, a clearance from the Environmental Protection Target Responsibility System (EPTRS) is mandatory.
On Thursday, a GO fixing the responsibilities and powers of the APLMA was issued. As per the GO, there is a ban on change of classification of tank bed land and also on its allotment. The APLMA will protect government land either by fencing or by erecting a compound wall to ensure legal protection of all areas under litigation. It will also take the necessary steps to strengthen the existing land protection cells in the state. The APLMA will establish an online 'Land Bank' where comprehensive information on government land and land allotted to public and private organisations will be posted along with accurate survey maps.
October 12th, 2012, 12:38 AM
7 coastal sites in AP endangered (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/7-coastal-sites-in-AP-endangered/articleshow/16762397.cms)
HYDERABAD: Of the 22 endangered coastal sites in India, seven are from Andhra Pradesh. This startling fact was unearthed by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in its yet-to-be released study titled 'Identification & Prioritization of Important Coastal & Marine Biodiversity Areas Along The Coastline in India,' conducted between 2005 and 2012. The areas listed in the report are: Naupada (Srikakulam), Kalingapatnam (Srikakulam), Bangarampalem (Visakhapatnam), Nilarevu (East Godavari), Vasishta (East Godavari), Machilipatnam (Krishna), Nizampatnam (Guntur) and Krishnapatnam (Nellore). Threatened with a high level of sand mining, apart from excessive poaching, harvesting and developmental risks, these areas need immediate attention for conservation, the study suggests. Besides AP, the report also lists various areas from Gujarat (such as Madhavpur, Alia Bet and Purna), Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry (Kaliveli, Pichavaram and Palk Bay), among others as endangered.
"But AP is definitely somewhere at the top of the chart. And that's also because it has a long coastline," said B C Choudhury, former professor at WII who spearheaded the study. Elaborating on the findings, he said his team inspected 360 sites, measuring up to 6,000 km of coastline to arrive at this conclusion. In the state, about 42 sites located along 1,014 km of coast were inspected by the WII team. "And while sand mining might not be the only issue that needs regulation, it is definitely one of the primary reasons for doom, especially in northern AP," Choudhury added.
In other parts of India too, the unchecked rise of the 'sand mafia' has come to haunt not just the environment but also local communities who depend on marine biodiversity for their livelihoods. Quoting from her body of work in Maharashtra, Sumaira Abdulali, convener of Awaaz Foundation pointed out how areas like the Malad creek and Kihim beach had fallen prey to large scale and mechanized sand mining operations. This exercise, she added, also periodically moves up to the Konkan coast. Needless to say that these traditional biodiversity hubs are now stripped of all their wealth and are found crying out for protection.
"A new threat to India's beach sand comes from the fact that some of these pristine areas in Kerala and Tamil Nadu contain thorium, the new remedy for all our energy problems. Predictably, these pockets are under huge threat from the mafia," Abdulali said.
While experts say that conservation of these areas is the only solution, they confess that it cannot be done without the involvement of local communities.
"Right from West Bengal to Odisha to Tamil Nadu, it's the mechanized boats (largely trawlers) that have killed biodiversity. They have even posed a serious threat to the livelihoods of indigenous people. Any conservation plan should include these communities and not further dis-empower them," said Pradip Chatterjee, secretary, National Fishworkers' Forum.
Lashing out at the government for planning projects without the prior consent of locals, he said that India's coastline will remain threatened unless there is a change in this indifferent attitude of the authorities.
October 12th, 2012, 12:41 AM
Left parties gear up for majorshowdown on power tariff hike (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/left-parties-gear-up-for-majorshowdown-on-power-tariff-hike/article3987500.ece)
Representaives of 10 outfits take part in second regional convention
Ten Left parties on Wednesday resolved to launch a Statewide agitation, on the lines of the one witnessed in the year 2000 in Hyderabad, to press for rollback of enhanced power tariff and fuel surcharge levy.
Representatives from the CPI, the CPI (M), and other parties, who took part in a regional convention here, the second in a series of four, decided to bring pressure on the government for rollback through agitation at various levels.
Recalling how the Congress leaders, including Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, had participated in a fast-unto-death in the Old MLA Quarters in Hyderabad in 2000 in protest against power tariff hike imposed by the then Telugu Desam government, the leaders paid tributes to three protesters who were killed when police resorted to firing at Basheebagh on August 28, 2000.
CPI State secretariat member G. Obulesh said, over the past one decade power tariff had been hiked on some pretext or the other, levying a burden of Rs.14,500 crore. Alleging lack of foresight for efficient power situation management, he said the situation had come to such a pass that people did not know when power would come.
He said, as per the government estimates, the four distribution companies were suffering an accumulated loss of Rs. 30,000 crore. This would burden the consumers further with several rounds of power tariff hike, he feared.
CPI (M) district secretary Ch. Narsinga Rao said that as part of open access policy, the government was planning to enhance power tariff in various forms once in three months. CPI district secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy said they would first educate the cadres and the people before launching an agitation. He said several workers had been rendered jobless due to power holiday imposed on small-scale industries. CPI New Democracy city secretary S. Kondaiah said low-income families using two bulbs, fans, and a grinder were getting bill that showed consumption of more than 200 units and said they would finalise their strategy after holding their last convention in Hyderabad on October 14. Among others, S. Gangadhar Reddi (MCPI), J. Rami Reddy (RSP), P. Eswar Rao (CPI-ML New Democracy), B. Vasudeva Rao (CPI-ML-Liberation), and S. Govindarajulu (SUCI-U) spoke.
October 12th, 2012, 12:46 AM
ICET Counseling from 12th October, 2012: EDCET 2012 Second Round Counseling (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/10/icet-counseling-12th-october-2012-edcet-2012-counseling/214810.html)
Hyderabad: Higher education council Chairman Professor P. Jayaprakash Rao has informed in a notification that ICET counseling will be held from 12th October, 2012. The procedure of admitting students into MBA and MCA courses based on ICET, 2012 which was conducted on 18th May would begin tomorrow. Certificate verification will be taken up from 12th to 17th October, 2012 and registering web options will be from 15th to 19th October, 2012
ICET 2012 was conducted on 18th May, 2012. This exam is meant to admitting students into MBA, MCA courses all over Andhra Pradesh. Among those who appeared for the exam, 1,21,532 candidates qualified for the exam. There are 863 MBA colleges in Andhra Pradesh and 97,350 seats are available for the students. Number of MCA colleges in Andhra Pradesh are 5345 and 39,658 seats are available.
Allotment of seats for ICET 2012 qualified candidates will be done on 21st October, 2012 and the last date for joining the college is 27th October, 2012. Classes for MCA and MBA courses will begin from 29th of this month. Second round of ICET 2012 counseling will be in 29th, 30th and 31st dates of October, 2012.
EDCET 2012 second round of counseling will be held on 18th, 19th and 20th, October, 2012, informed Mr. Jayaprakash Rao. He also informed that no decision has been taken on third round of engineering counseling. Jayaprakash Rao informed that engineering colleges should send the details of approval of seats filled under management quota to Higher education counsel and these should also be uploaded to the portal established by CGG. Orders will be issued to this effect, he said.
ICET 2012 web counseling procedure will be held through the websites http://apicet.nic.in . Tha rank cards can be downloaded from http://www.icetku2012.net. After completion of certificate verification, web option registration procedure, allotment orders should be downloaded and the candidate has to report to the allotted college before the last date of admission. If the candidate is not interested to join the college which was allotted to him in the first round of counseling, they can wait till the second round of counseling without reporting I the allotted college. Those who missed attending the first round of counseling can also attend the second round of counseling.
October 12th, 2012, 01:15 AM
Patancheru – Pollution capital of Asia (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92561)
As Kiran Reddy Government takes pride in hosting a global meet on biodiversity, its Pollution Control Board is turning a blind eye to the industries polluting land, air and water in Asia’s leading industrial area. The result: Pregnancies are getting aborted, deformities have become order of the day and lives are being lost in a slow and painful way.
Patancheru (Medak): While the delegates from all over the world gather at Hitex in Hyderabad to discuss the issues of biodiversity, the people in and around Patancheru Industrial area have been crying hoarse for the past three decades, defending their right to life.
What a paradox? The people of Medak district did not visualize when Patancheru area was chosen for the industrial development – and the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi chose to represent them in Parliament – that their land would be converted into a dumping ground for hazardous industrial wastes. In 80s, a slew of public sector companies and institutions like BHEL, ICRISAT, Allwyn, BDL and Ordnance Factory and several pharma, bulk drug and chemical factories set foot in this industrial area.
The tales of havoc that was wreaked in the villages in the area in the past three decades are innumerable. The industries in Patancheru, Pasha Mailaram, Pocharam, Katta Pocharam, Jinnaram, Ramachandrapuram, Khajipally, Gadda Potharam and many villages in Sangareddy and Narsapur mandals have turned this area into a non-livable area.
Around 50,000 acres of land which was fertile and was the only source of livelihood turned into a polluted zone. Wells, tanks and all other water sources now store toxic chemicals rather than fresh water. As the soil got polluted with the deposits of chemical wastes, the farmers sold them away for a pittance and became landless daily wage labourers.
Nakka Vagu, a stream which joins River Manjeera now carries polluted water in the area, spilling disastrous consequences. The lives of the people in Bachhugudem, Gandigudem, Pocharam, Kanjarla, Kishtareddipeta, Sultanpur villages adjoining Nakka Vagu have become miserable. In the past two decades, fish or other aquatic life is totally lost. Even the birds fear to fly over the areas in the vicinity.
In one village, 80% of pregnancies get aborted as the air, water and soil are under the grip of chemical wastage. Babies are born with deformities; young ones lose their sight before they attain the age of three. Neurotic disorders, autism, rampant skin diseases, cancer and liver disorders have become common. Can’t we term this a case of health emergency in terms of medical parlance? But the government and its pollution control officials look the other way
Relentless struggle against pollution
In the last decade, there was a movement against the polluting industries in this area. Environmental activists, doctors and other social organisations rallied people to highlight the issue. Social activists like Dr Kishan Rao and Chidambaram from Patancheru moved the Supreme Court to order closure of the polluting industries in this area. The Supreme Court ordered the government to check release of pollutants into water bodies and also establish a water treatment plant.
As a result, Patancheru Environment Treatment Limited was formed, but in vain. No polluting industry has taken measures to follow the guidelines set by it. The main culprit for this sad state of affairs is none other than the Pollution Control Board (PCB). The activists allege that the PCB officials act hand in glove with the erring factory managements as they get hefty sums as bribes. Their inspections and raids on industries are done as a mere formality.
The Supreme Court in its verdict has expressed concern that 14 tanks in Patancheru have turned into toxic zones. Though the High Power committee of PCB has ordered closure of Aurobindo, Hetero, Sriram Matrix and six other bulk drug industries in Khajipally, the PCB is reluctant to see them through. The release of pollutants and toxic waste into water bodies goes unabated, in spite of the Supreme Court’s order. The PCB officials have also turned a blind eye to the cleaning of Annasagar and Khajipally tanks. There is no response from the PCB to the agitations waged in Khajipally area by the people under the leadership of social activist Dr G Vijay.
Special stories by HMTV, on the pollution in Patancheru and other industrial areas got a good response from the people and the activists. The activists are again up against the destruction of human life in the name of industrialisation. When HMTV and The Hans India reporter tried to discuss these issues with the PCB officials, they literally ran away, without answering the queries.
The State Government which takes pride in conducting the international meet on biodiversity is turning deaf to the cries of lakhs of people, who are not only losing livelihood, but also their health and even lives.
October 12th, 2012, 01:16 AM
Indira Jala Prabha is a boon for SCs/STs: CM (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92572)
Ongole: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday announced that the Indira Jala Prabha scheme was helping the farm labourers belonging to the SC/ST become farmers. The scheme had been launched to provide irrigation to about 10 lakh acres and benefit about six lakh SC and ST people who were unable to take up farming. Common interest groups were being formed across the State and the Government was digging borewells and providing interest-free loans as well to the eligible.
The CM was speaking to the SC/ST farmers during an interaction at Bodanampadu in Kurichedu mandal in Prakasam district on the second day of ‘Indiramma Baata’ programme. He said that an amount of Rs 1,800 crore was being spent on the implementation of Indira Jala Prabha scheme.
He said that a total of Rs 26,000 crore was earmarked for various welfare programmes for uplift of the downtrodden in the society. The ‘Indiramma Baata’ programme was taken up to study the progress of implementation and get first-hand information from the people.
Earlier, he had breakfast with the students of Kasturiba Gandhi Girls School at Darsi and interacted with the children. He stressed the need to educate girl children which will pave way for overall development of their families.
At Kunta village in Peddaraveedu mandal, the Chief Minister pulled over to speak with the Chenchu tribe. He explained to them that the Government was grounding a number of welfare schemes worth Rs 1,562 crore for the tribal people in the State. This was more than the entire sum spent on tribal welfare in the last 10 years, he pointed out.
When some women took to his notice that several of them were dying for lack of medical facilities, the CM readily agreed to lay roads to their habitations in the area and set up medical facilities. He also agreed to establish government schools for them and asked them to send all children to school.
At Markapuram, people belonging to minority sections got to interact with Kiran Kumar Reddy. Though, the meeting began on tense note because of the presence of TDP workers, TDP MLA Kandula Narayana Reddy took an active part and related the grievances of the minorities, to which the CM responded positively. The TDP MLA also attended the road show conducted in the area. The CM assured that special funds would be allocated for Markapuram town.
‘None will trust Naidu’
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy had a dig at TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday, saying that even if the latter covered the entire State, walking on hands, the people would not trust him a wee bit. He said that a person who had lost the trust and confidence of the people could not hope to wrest power from the Congress which was taking up many a good scheme for people’s welfare. He added that the Congress had in 2007 itself sought a CBI probe into assets of Naidu, but the agency expressed its inability due to dearth of staff.
Never thought of becoming CM
Interacting with the students of George Pharmacy College, Kiran said that he had been trying to become a minister to serve the State for over 20 years since the days of P V Narasimha Rao as the PM. However, his persistence paid off when the party high command chose him to don the mantle of the CM which he never aspired for, he said.
October 12th, 2012, 01:19 AM
CAT from today, more aspirants from AP (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92705)
The performance of AP students in CAT has also recorded steady rise over the years. Last year, out of 49,000 students appeared for the test, 15,000 have qualified. Interestingly, nearly 6500 aspirants are technical graduates
The Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission into IIMs and other B-schools would commence from today at nearly 36 centres across the country.
A total of 2.25 lakh students have registered themselves for the all India window test, which would go on till November 6 this year. More than 62,000 aspirants from Andhra Pradesh are also expected to write the exam and the figure is highest in the last six years.
There are four centres in AP- three in Hyderabad and one in Visakhapatnam.
The aspirants will go to the centres and answer the exam on line. The three centres in Hyderabad are - TKR College in Meerpet, Prometric College in Jubilee Hills and MLC College. Two top Business school, ISB and ICFAI along with IBS of GITAM are situated in Hyderabad and those who secured good score in CAT prefer these colleges.
CAT-2012 is conducted by IIM-Kozhikode and the top 12 IIMs and other participating institutes would extend their help in preparing the syllabi for the exam. According to officials, 150 more B-schools have subscribed themselves for CAT score from this year. The performance of AP students in CAT has also recorded steady rise over the years.
Last year, out of 49,000 students appeared for the test, 15,000 have qualified. Interestingly, nearly 6500 aspirants are technical graduates. Many techies are of the considered opinion that an engineering degree coupled with a management degree would be more helpful in finding a lucrative job both in India and abroad.
“This is certainly a welcome development. But the number shall increase. Why just engineering and medicine, students should choose alternative courses as well,” Prof Sudhakara Rao, Head, Business Plan of ICFAI felt. CAT scores will be declared on January 9, 2013r and B- schools are expected to start admissions from the end of March, 2013.
October 12th, 2012, 01:20 AM
Decision on engg third counselling today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92706)
A decision to conduct third counseling would be taken on Thursday after a meeting of the senior officials of Council for Higher Education and Ministry of Higher Education. The colleges were given time till 12 noon on Wednesday to inform the Council on the admissions they have made under convener quota so far. Basing on the inputs, a decision on third counselling will be taken, Raghunath, Counseling officer said on Wednesday.
As many as 1,06,000 seats have remained unfilled after two rounds of counseling in convener quota and colleges, mostly from tier II towns, have urged the Council to conduct one more round so that they can fill at least a few more seats. Managements reportedly informed the CHE that many of their allotted students have not taken admission and it would be difficult to run the colleges with few pupils. There was also another section of students who want to change from the allotted college and branch.
October 12th, 2012, 01:21 AM
CID to probe APSMFC anomalies (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92563)
Hyderabad: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) has launched investigations into the alleged misappropriation of huge amount of funds in Andhra Pradesh State Minorities Finance Corporation (APSMFC). According to sources, the ex-officio chairman of the corporation M Dana Kishore noticed large scale misappropriation and informed the same to the Chief Minister. Subsequently, a formal complaint was given to the CID.
Based on the complaint, CID officials launched simultaneous searches at the APSMFC offices in different places and also at some banks in the city where fake accounts were opened to swindle funds, sources said.
It is said funds to the tune of Rs 80 crore was misappropriated by diverting the money into fake accounts.
October 12th, 2012, 01:22 AM
Subsidy on extra LPG cylinders soon: Govt (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92566)
The Minister admitted the State could not get a huge amount of over `1500 crores from the Centre due to delay in conducting local body elections
Hyderabad: The state government would soon take a decision on giving subsidy to extra LPG cylinders to the eligible consumers. Giving details of state’s financial picture on Wednesday, Anam Ramanarayana Reddy, Minister for Finance said that the Civil Supplies Department has almost finalized the estimates and after a meeting with the Chief Minister, it would be cleared.
The UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi has directed all congress-ruled states to provide three more cylinders to the needy families bearing the subsidy factor from their own budgets. The Union Government has recently limited six cylinders to each family per year. “There are just 5.25% consumers who need extra cylinders and we can bear the additional subsidy” Anam said.
Painting a rosy picture of the state economy, the Minister said the revenue receipts are highly impressive for the first six months of the fiscal 2012-13 with Rs 43,063 crores which is 40% of the budget estimates- Rs 1,08,443 crores. This is 8.22% more than the corresponding year, he added. Income through taxes accounted for more i.e. Rs 27,740 crores, he revealed.
He admitted the State could not get a huge amount of over Rs 1500 crores from the Centre due to delay in conducting local body elections. The total central grants received in the six months was just 3502 crores which was less than 31% for the same period last year. The non-plan expenditure for the six months was Rs 33,537 crores and the plan expenditure was 10,598 crores, which was 42.44% of the budget. An amount of 4025 crores have been spent on several schemes out of the budget, the Minister pointed out.
A total of Rs 31,437 crores have been release to various departments and by the end of September, they spent Rs 17,428 crores towards planned expenditure. On the debt front, Anam stated that just Rs.7,840 crores have been borrowed as loan in the last six months. “The Union Government has allowed us to borrow up to Rs 22,220 crores but we have shown in our budget that the net debt could be Rs 20,523 crores” he explained.
Budget reforms are underway as stated in the budget speech, he said. “We have been releasing orders online and Bill Monitoring Mechanism has been put in place. Payments through ECS to all the beneficiaries of welfare schemes as well as contractors of various programmes are being done” he added.
The Minister has also stated that the exercise of 2013-14 budget is already started and that the government has initiated measures to receive proposals from various departments through online.
October 12th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Importance of pharmacy course underscored (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92620)
Bhimavaram: Pharmacy course need to be a choice and not a chance and as a professional course it stands second to none, observed Director Sri Vishnu College of Pharmacy Dr D Basava Raju. Inducting the fresh batch students into the college here on Wednesday at a meeting held on the campus, he said that pharmacy course is most sought after course globally and therefore the students should attain global standard.
Principal Dr K Prasad while presiding over the meeting stressed the need for regular attendance and attentiveness on the part of the students. Principal MCA College Nagendra Kumar explained about the scope for the course in the job market. Senior students of the college shared their views with the juniors. Parents who attended the session expressed their satisfaction, the way in which the college was being run.
October 12th, 2012, 01:31 AM
Lecturers clear APSLET (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92621)
Bhimavaram: P Pothu Raju and SV Suryanarayana, lecturers in GVIT College, Tundurru cleared APSLET in Computer Science stream. College Secretary Grandhi Suresh and Principal Dr N G K Murty complemented the duo on their achievement.
October 12th, 2012, 01:31 AM
3-day diamond jewellery expo (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92622)
Bhimavaram: A three-day designer diamond jewellery exhibition will be inaugurated here at Hotel Falcons Nest on Thursday. Hyderabad-based Sri Krishna Jewellers in this exclusive expo offering diamonds at a concessional price as part of their ‘diamonds to all’ programme.
Novelty and quality are ensured by all means and a range of innovative, fashionable, wearable, original and unimaginable innovative designs with global standards will be put up for display in the expo, says manager Yerramsetti Mallikharjuna Rao.
October 12th, 2012, 01:32 AM
Eucalyptus plantations destroyed (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92623)
Buttayagudem (West Godavari): CPI activists, who have been agitating for the past four days demanding forest officials to allot agriculture lands to landless villagers, destroyed eucalyptus plantations in the reserve forest near Marlagudem village of Buttayagudem mandal in the district on Wednesday.
According to sources, the activists led some villagers to the reserve forest area and destroyed the plantations being grown by forest staff in around 100 acres. Forest Officials said that some selfish persons were provoking the innocent villagers to occupy forest lands and they would book cases on those who try to occupy forest lands and destroy the plantation.
October 12th, 2012, 01:32 AM
Cracker makers, sellers warned (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92626)
Eluru: West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan warned makers of fire works and sellers against violating rules intended for safety. She directed officials to take stern action against cracker makers for rules violation.
She presided over the district-level meeting convened to maintain safety in manufacturing and selling of crackers here on Wednesday. Licences of fire work makers and sellers would be cancelled if they were found violating rules prescribed for safety.She asked the officials to verify whether rules were strictly followed by cracker makers and sellers before permitting them to manufacture and sell the fire works.
The Collector also directed officials of Fire Department to print and distribute pamphlets detailing precautions to be taken while bursting crackers during Diwali season. She asked them to ensure safety awareness material reach the people especially children during the festival.
October 12th, 2012, 01:35 AM
‘Free legal aid to mentally challenged’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92632)
Eluru: West Godavari District Court Second Additional Judge P Lakshmi Sarada said free legal aid will be provided to mentally challenged children through District Legal Services Authority. She was the chief guest at World Mental Health Day celebration held at Premaanvita Child Development Organisation here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, she said the Authority would strive to safeguard interests of the mentally challenged. It would protect their rights on properties. Mental pressure was a catastrophe for the world. Mental peace was essential for human beings, she said.
She said children suffering from mental ailments had equal rights that were enjoyed by normal children. It was everyone’s responsibility to extend medical facilities to mentally challenged children to transform them into normal children. The law was insisting on offering equal rights to children affected by mental illness. The mentally challenged kids could be medically treated by dividing them into categories.
They should be given an opportunity to lead a normal life by creating a congenial atmosphere to mingle with others. National Trust Board would appoint guardians when the mentally challenged children were not in a position to safeguard themselves. The guardian would be given authority to protect the assets of the victims through the Legal Services Authority. The Authority would strive to extend government help by communicating with authorities on behalf of the mentally challenged children, she said.
Premaanvita chairman Fr Moses said the organisation was championing the cause of mentally retarded children. There are a sizeable number of children born mentally ill. When such children are born in poor families, it would be very difficult for them to survive. Premaanvita was trying to put them on track by imparting special training to them. The much needed government help to the organisation was stopped for some time, he lamented.
Second Additional Judge Ch Pawan Kumar, Mobile Magistrate Satya Kumari, Additional Senior Civil Judge Ch Ashalatha and others spoke.
October 12th, 2012, 01:36 AM
Recognition for national pledge author advocated (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92631)
Vijayawada: Forgetting the author of the national pledge Pydimarri Venkata Subbarao is shameful for Indians and at least now his name should be published in the textbooks, said Krishna District Freedom Fighters Association General Secretary Vemulapalli Vamana Rao.
He released pamphlets to create awareness among the people about the author of the pledge at Annapurna Devi Municipal Corporation School here on Wednesday. He said that he was a Telugu man from Nalgonda district, who wrote the pledge in Telugu on September 17, 1962 and it was officially announced as national pledge on January 26, 1965.
He said that the pledge was translated into many languages, but the author was forgotten. He said that the government should realise its mistake and publish his name in each and every textbook. He said that the pledge has equal importance to national anthem. He said that nation-wide awareness should be created about him.
MLA Vellampalli Srinivas appreciated the school management for organising a unique programme. He assured that he will do his best to make the government publish his name in the textbooks. Principal of the High school section M Surya Prabha said that they have published 2000 pamphlets and will distribute them in various schools and colleges.
She said that VGS publishers helped them in printing the pamphlets. She said that it is vital to make the children know about the national leaders and authors who struggled for Independence.Elementary School headmaster G Srinivasa Rao, Praja Sahiti editor Kottapalli Ravi Babu, VGS Publishers S Rama Rao, Deputy Inspector of Schools D Srinivasa Rao and others were present.
October 12th, 2012, 01:40 AM
Free legal advice to mentally challenged (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92663)
Srikakulam: Legal Services Authority secretary Meka Suvarna Raju said that free legal services would be given to protect the rights of the mentally challenged persons. He participated as chief guest at the Legal Literacy camp set up by the local Behara Manovikasa Centre here on Wednesday, on the occasion of the World Mentally Challenged Health Day.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the government will offer free legal advice to mentally challenged persons who are neglected by the parents as well as by the guardians. He suggested to Mr Shekar, organiser of the Behara Manovikasa centre to bring to his notice if there are any such cases. The district legal services authority distributed fruits to the mentally challenged patients on this occasion.
Advocates Pallishetty Mallibabu, P Papinaidu, Project coordinator Shymala, social workers BV Rama Sastri, Behara Manovikasa Centre organisers Sekhar and others participated.
October 12th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Collector reviews Anganwadis’ work (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92670)
Vizianagaram: District Collector Veerabrahmaiah toured Pachipenta area in the district for two days and realised that the Anganwadi centres were opened there long back and the villagers were facing severe drinking water scarcity.
He conducted a meeting with the special officers of the Agency mandals. Later, the Collector directed the ICDS project director to submit a report on the functioning of the Anganwadi centres. Even though there are boards proving the existence of Anganwadi centres in the upper hill regions, they do not appear to be opening, he said.
He ordered the DMHO and ICDS PD to identify the areas where more Anganwadi and mini Anganwadi centres are needed and submit a report within four days. The proposals should be readied after a meeting with the ITDA project officer, he said.
The Collector directed the Parvathipuram RDO to take action against the GCC dealer of Kodikallavalasa in Pachipenta mandal who was not supplying the rations for the past many months. A special sanitation drive should be taken up in the Girijan villages, he said. He urged the special officers to monitor all these works.
October 12th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Free dental camps from Oct. 12 to 17 (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92669)
Srikakulam: A free dental awareness camp will be organised from October 12 in the district, said District Collector Saurabh Gaur. Awareness on the ill-effects of smoking and chewing tobacco which cause oral cancer will be created at the camp.
The camp is being organised jointly by the Gaadam multi-speciality dental clinic and implant centre, he said. He urged the district medical and health department officer and RIMS director to give a helping hand.
Accordingly, the Gaadam management will take steps to inaugurate the programme at the Gaadam dental medical centre at Day and Night Junction, at 10 am on October 12. A rally will be taken out at 11 am and free dental camp will be organised from 12 noon to 2 pm at the taxi stand at the Seven Roads Junction.
The free camps will be held on October 13 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Arasavalli Vigyan Concept School; on October 14 from 10 am to 12 noon at K Matsyalesam Samaja Vikas Mandir in Kalingapatnam; on October 15 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Srinivasa Steel Products near new petrol bunk in Amudalavalasa; on October 16 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Srikakulam Maddaveedhi Santhoshi Vidya Niketan and on October 17 from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Jotsna clinic in Singupuram Bontha complex, according to the Gaadam Dental Clinic KV Ramamohan Rao.
October 12th, 2012, 01:50 AM
4,000 acres to be distributed to poor this year, says DL (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92648)
Kadapa: State Health Minister D L Ravinder Reddy and Minister for Minorities Ahmadullah held at review meeting with the officials, MLAs and MLCs to discuss the problems relating water supply, power and agriculture at the Collectorate on Wednesday. They thoroughly discussed the problems relating to people in general and farmers in particular.
Participating in the debate, MLC Satish Reddy demanded an explanation from DL Ravinder Reddy as to why the District Review Committee which discussed the problems of the people was wound up. In his reply, the Minister said as all the subsidies were being cornered by the welfare programmes, there was no need for a district review committee, which became totally useless.
The minister said sarcastically that he did not enjoy much clout with the Chief Minister to corner subsidies like Satish Reddy. MLA Linga Reddy said that the farmers of the KC Canal were facing several hardships as they were not getting water for their standing crops and demanded that their problems be solved.
The Minister assured him that he would look into the problems faced by the farmers after resolving the drinking wter issue. He said that the Central government agreed to supply electricity to the cope with the power shortage. The Minster said that 4000 acres of land would be distributed to the poor this year.
October 12th, 2012, 01:51 AM
Archakas demand solution to their problems (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92651)
Nellore: State Archaka Federation leader Kamal Kumar Swamiji expressed concern over the deplorable living conditions of Archakas in the State. Archaka Federation members protested and urged the State government to redress their problems here on Wedneday. They then took out a rally in the town from Rayagi Street to Kiran Theatre.
Resenting the apathetic attitude of the State government towards their problems, Swamiji alleged that the government withdrew the inheritance system of Archakatva that led to their miserable living conditions. He urged the State government to take up the welfare works of the Archakas as per section 72 of the Supreme Court of India order and to follow the State government’s 43 Register to continue the inheritance system of Archakatva.
He further opposed the State government’s decision to increase the prices of Arjitha Seva in Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams, and construction of TTD associated temples. He then and argued that the policy would burden TTD and the State government, which will face people’s wrath.
October 12th, 2012, 01:53 AM
‘Separate ministry for Telugu language demanded’ (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92654)
Tirupati: Telugu Bhashodyama Samakhya (TBS) demanded separate ministry to protect and develop Telugu language and a development authority under its purview with necessary funds. It also accused the State government of losing its moral right to conduct World Telugu Conference as it neglected Telugu language at all levels.
Speaking to the media persons here at Tirupati on Wednesday, Dr. Samala Ramesh Babu, president of TBS and Editor of ‘Nadusthunna Charitra’, said that there is a separate ministry for local official languages in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka States. Though there is a GO No. 485 (1974) to implement Telugu as an official language at all levels from Secretariat to Courts to schools and offices, no officer including the Chief Minister took serious efforts for the effective implementation, he pointed. Adding to this, he pointed that when late NT Rama Rao was the Chief Minister, he had rejected several files from his chamber that were in English.
He alleged that the government lost its minimum democratic character in practicing Telugu as official language. He demanded to revive AP Sahithya Academy, which was in defunct now, at the earliest and to provide autonomous status to International Telugu Centre, which is now part of Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, with Rs 100 crore funds. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odessa and several other State governments have ‘Permanent House Committees’ to protect respective mother languages and in active by touring in other state to monitor providing respective language subject at primary schools, but AP government has no such serious concern on its mother language, he alleged.
He explained that his association is neither opposing nor criticising the World Telugu Conference, but it should fulfill nine demands prior to inauguration of this conference. He described the existing ‘Telugu Bhasha Sangham’ is just an inert body. About nine crore people are speaking Telugu in the State and about nine crore people beyond the State are speaking Telugu, but the existing International Telugu Centre is only limited to an assistant director and a clerk, he pointed out.
He demanded State government that it should made Telugu as a compulsory subject in all eligibility/qualifying tests and 5 per cent additional marks to be allotted to Telugu medium students while recruiting into government jobs.
SV Ramesh, TBS member pointed that there were more than 8000 Telugu medium schools 60 years ago in Andhra Pradesh, but they were reduced to less than 800 despite the population increased manifold. There were only limited number of schools in border districts for Tamil medium students, but the number was increased to more than 400 by expanding to Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and other places, he added.
AP state government was remained untouched to many issues, especially on closure of Telugu schools in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, he said. At least it should have talked to respective governments over this issue, but nothing was happened so far, he said.
October 12th, 2012, 01:54 AM
BC panel chief lauds Nellore police (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92655)
Nellore: The Committee on Backward Classes of the State Legislative Assembly, which was on a three-day tour of the district, toured extensively on Wednesday and conducted review meetings and conferences with officials in Nellore town, Gudur and Kavali.
The Committee Chairman Tippeswamy attended several programmes on police and children at Kondayapalem gate and interacted with the children at the hostel. Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the efforts of the Superintendent of Police B V Ramana Kumar for bringing the poor street children and the orphans under one roof and moulding their future. Such a project was the first of its kind in the entire country.
The committee chairman said that such activities should expand and spread out to other areas in the district. The services rendered by the district police were highly commendable and the police camp which they organized should serve as a role model for the police in the entire state. Such police camps should be organized all over the state, he said.
October 12th, 2012, 01:56 AM
SFI demands hike in mess charges (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92600)
Karimnagar: Scores of students, led by Student Federation of India (SFI) leaders, launched indefinite relay hunger strike in front of District Collectorate demanding that the mess charges be increased to Rs 1,500 per month considering the hike in the prices of various commodities.
They also demanded supply of LPG cylinders to Gurukul Schools on subsidy. They would go on a state-wide agitation on October 11 in support of adequate supply of domestic gas. Though the Government boasts itself that it has been supplying subsidized rice at Re 1-a-kg, hostels are charged Rs 4 a kg for rice, the leaders said.
October 12th, 2012, 01:57 AM
Meet on mental health held (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92607)
Mancherial (Adilabad): Noted psychiatrist Vishweswara Rao said that depression was posing a serious threat to mental health of people.
Speaking at the programme organised at IJA Engineering College in Mulkalla village of Mancherial mandal in Adilabad district on Tuesday to mark of conclusion of the World Mental Health Week (October 4-10), he said that at present depression was the main illness among the people.
Vishweswara Rao advised the students to cultivate good habits and should keep depression away. College principal Tirupathi Reddy and noted businessman Gurijala Radhakrishna were present.
October 12th, 2012, 01:58 AM
Implement RTI Act effectively, Collector tells officials (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92608)
Sangareddy: District Collector A Dinakar Babu asked the officials to take adequate steps for implementing the Information Act-2005 effectively in the district.Addressing a seminar on RTI organised by the RTI Act Protection Forum Medak district at the Collectorate here on Wednesday, the District Collector said that all departments should set up a separate wing for the implementation of RTI Act and should start measures in this regard to promote transparency and accountability in the respective offices.
“We can root out corruption through the effective implementation of RTI Act,” he observed.Nodal Officer of RTI Act and RDO I Prakash Kumar said that there were about 162 pending applications in the district and however, the district administration was taking steps to clear the applications from the time to time.
During the seminar, officials were also directed to put up the detail information of all departments on the district website and to clear all pending applications from time to time under section 4 (1) of RTI Act.RTI Act-2005 district convener Rajender said that the district unit of RTI Protection Forum had formed 25 mandal committees and took up the sensitization programme to create awareness among the people about the RTI Act.
He also asked the officials to erect the boards with regard to the RTI Act in all the village panchath offices, Angawadi centres and other offices and said that the names of the concerned RTI officials should be displayed properly on the premises of respective offices in the district. DRDA Project Director Ravinder, Siddipet RDO Nikhila and other senior officials of different departments were present.
October 12th, 2012, 01:59 AM
Artisans from WB make clay idols of Durga (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92611)
Nizamabad: Migrant artisans from West Bengal are busy making clay idols of Goddess Durga in Nizamabad. Idol sales are picking up in view of the ensuing Dasara festivities.Artisans from West Bengal, especially from Kolkata, are ardent devotees of Durga Maa. They are famous for making the idols of Durga in different sizes by using eco-friendly clay, dry grass and sticks. They use nontoxic colours in making the idols.
The artistes from West Bengal, Rajasthan and Maharashtra along with their family members came to the town three months ago. They made scores of environment friendly Ganesh idols for Ganesh Chathurthi festival. After the conclusion of Ganesh festivities, they started making Maa Durga idols with clay.
They bring clay from river beds, natural colours and other material from Kolkata to make idols. People are also impressed by the idols prepared by the migrant artisans. Sometimes, they make the idols on receiving orders from festival organising committees. They sell the idols from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 depending on the size.
October 12th, 2012, 02:00 AM
Speed up voter list preparation, CEO tells officials (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92612)
Nizamabad: State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwarlal has directed the district officials to speed up work relating to preparation of voters list.In a video-conference held from State capital on Wednesday, Bhanwarlal has told the officials that the details of applications which were received for the enrollment in voters’ list have to be recorded in the computers.
Then, the officials can decide whether applicants are eligible or not for the issue of voter identity cards. The persons who have completed 18 years of age are asked to send their applications before October 31. District Collector Christina Z Chongtu, DRO Jagadeeswarachary, RDOs Hanmanth Reddy and Venkateswarlu and other officials were present at the video-conference addressed by the CEO.
Later, the Collector held a review meeting and instructed the officials to bring awareness among college students to register their names in the voters’ list.Graduates and teachers should also send their applications for registering their names for MLC elections, she said.
October 12th, 2012, 02:01 AM
Meet on ST reservations held (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92615)
Warangal: “Socially and economically backward Adivasis need a helping hand from the Government agencies and also from common man,” said ST welfare committee chairman Peedika Rajanna Dora and added that, “with the push given by various Government schemes for the uplift of Adivasis they progress on par with other people.”
He reviewed rule of reservation for ST community at Zilla Parishad Conference Hall in Hanamkonda on Tuesday along with other members including Kasi Vishwanath, Muralikrishna, Rammohan, Sugreevulu, Regati Kanta Rao, Danasari Anasuya and special invitee MLA Satyavathi Rathod.
District Collector Rahul Bojja and Superintendent of Police Warangal (Rural) Rajesh Kumar also attended the meeting. Chairman Rajanna asked the officials to show their rosters and follow 6 percent reservation for STs in plain areas and 100 percent reservation in agency areas. He asked the officials to follow the ‘rule of reservation’ strictly. He asked the officials to show job vacancies meant for STs within 15 days so that they would get the Government sanction for the recruitment.
Collector Rahul Bojja directed the officials to come with complete information while attending the meetings. He asked the officials to give the list of backlog vacancies and new posts meant for STs in the district.SP Rajesh Kumar said that while recruiting for Home-Guard posts, more than 6 percent of STs were recruited.
Joint Collector Prad- yumna, Additional JC B Sanjivaiah, Municipal Commissioner Vivek Yadav and other officials attended the review meeting.
October 12th, 2012, 07:24 PM
Eyeing the record book, with a miniature wet grinder (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/eyeing-the-record-book-with-a-miniature-wet-grinder/article3990713.ece)
As part of reaching his objective of getting a Guinness record, Chelluri Satyanarayana, a goldsmith from the city, made a miniature wet grinder by using 1.25 grams of gold of the purity of 22 carat. Fourty-three-year old Satyanarayana has four Limca records to his credit for making miniature balances of the weight of 10 grams and 5 grams, miniature umbrella of five grams and miniature giant wheel of the weight of four grams.
After meeting the officials of Guinness Book of Records last year in Vijayawada, Mr. Satyanarayana began to work on miniature wet grinder. One with no electronics background, he made the miniature in a way that it could function with the help of three volt micro motor. The wet grinder is of a length of 15mm, width of 9mm and height of 5mm. “It took six months for me to work on the model and 15 days to make the final version,” Mr. Satyanarayana told reporters here on Thursday.
October 12th, 2012, 07:26 PM
30,000 passport applications pending (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/30000-passport-applications-pending/article3989252.ece?homepage=true)
Delay in police verification creating backlog, says RPO
Close to 30,000 passport applications are pending with the passport office for want of police clearance. Delay in police verification is a major factor leading to pendency in issue of passports, Regional Passport Officer (RPO) K. Srikar Reddy said here on Thursday.
Participating in an interactive meeting organised by Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), he said police units in Krishna, Karimnagar, and Anantapur districts and Cyberabad commissionerate were completing the verification process within the stipulated time of three weeks. “We hope the policemen in other districts would also complete the process in three weeks and enable us to issue passports at the earliest,” he said.
The RPO had a meeting with the Intelligence Department chief on the issue and the latter had asked all the Superintendents of Police to expedite the process. Following these instructions, more than 30,000 applications were cleared, but pendency still stood at 30,000 more applications, he added. Another reason for the delay in issue was furnishing of incomplete details in the applications. Proposals were also sent to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to accept Aadhaar cards as identity and residence proof. “It is in final stages of approval,” he said. In case pages in a passport get exhausted, passport holders can apply for another passport by submitting proof of urgency and get the passport on the same day. They can also apply under Tatkal scheme to get the passport within three days.
The Ministry also approved setting up of PSKs at Karimnagar and Bhimavaram shortly.
October 12th, 2012, 11:52 PM
Jobs for 3.5L youth: CM (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/12/jobs-for-3-5l-youth-cm/79562)
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Thursday said his government would provide 3.5 lakh jobs to the youth this year under Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme.
Interacting with beneficiaries of the scheme at Balaji Tirupati Rao function hall, the CM said the target was to provide 30 lakh jobs to the youth with the help of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and other industrial organisations. As a first phase, 15 lakh jobs would be provided to youngsters within five years. So far, 60,000 jobs have already been provided this year, he added.
Stating that Rs.777 crore has been spent for training the beneficiaries of Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu, Kiran said that some 18 lakh applications were pending for job facility under the scheme. About 54 per cent of the State’s population is under 25. The scheme was also being implemented for SCs, STs, BCs and OBCs, he added.
The CM said that nine ministers and equal number of IAS officers were working for effective implementation of the scheme.
October 12th, 2012, 11:56 PM
HC imposes fine on APIIC erring officials (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92805)
Hyderabad: Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy of the AP High Court imposed costs of Rs 25,000 on the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) and directed that it be recovered from erring officials of the corporation.
The judge made the order in a writ petition filed by G Uma Maheshwar Reddy challenging an order of the corporation made in March 2008, allotting 2 acres of land at the industrial estate in Ananthapur to a third party, Techno Industrial Engineering.
However, when the land in question was not allotted, the beneficiary moved the High Court and based on assurances the beneficiary withdrew the petition. The petitioner complained that there was no reason or communication to the petitioner for not favouring the petitioner and choosing the respondent.
He complained lack of transparency. Justice Nagarjuna Reddy went through the entire file and faulted the authorities for their failure to maintain transparency and act in a fair manner. He noticed that without cause the beneficiary was allotted land after a lapse off 13 years. “They ought to have issued public notice inviting applications from the interested persons for allotment of the plots. Admittedly they have not followed the procedure”, Justice Reddy said.
“It is beyond one’s comprehension that the land which was earmarked for open space in the approved layout was provisionally allotted to the respondent even without making any effort for getting the layout revised”, the judge added.
He recorded a finding that the officials of the corporation ‘succumbed to the influence’ of the beneficiary. The judge accordingly set aside the allotment and directed that “the corporation shall issue a public notice inviting applications from the general public and make allotment strictly in accordance with the prescribed allotment”.
Describing the action of the authorities as a classic example of abuse of power, the judge directed the Chief Secretary to cause inquiry by the State Vigilance Commissioner and act on the report.
October 13th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Engineering third round counselling unlikely (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92940)
If third round is decided, time has to be given for EAMCET qualifiers. So the process may extend beyond November first week. By that time, half of the academic syllabi would be over.
Senior officials are veering round to the view that one more round of counselling may be a futile exercise as it would draw no huge response. The decision to hold a third counselling for admission into engineering colleges was deferred to Friday and according to highly-placed sources, it is most unlikely to go in for that.
“What is the use? We have met all the required norms of admission procedure with two rounds. There was no change in the situation even in the second phase. More over it would set a precedent for the coming years,” a top official told The Hans India in Hyderabad on Thursday.
The official has also stated that even if a decision is taken to conduct third counselling, it could be started only in the last week of October. “We will be busy with the ICET admission process and it would go on till 24 Oct. We cannot take up any other work till then.
If third round is decided, we have to give some time for the EAMCET qualifiers. So the process may extend beyond November first week. By that time, half of the academic syllabi would be over. What will be theuse then,” he explained.
It might be recalled that nearly 1.06 lakh engineering seats have remained unfilled after two rounds of counseling. “We cannot go on with admissions for the sake of few students who want to change from one college to other and one branch to another,” the official added.
October 13th, 2012, 12:11 AM
Gongadi—traditional blankets (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=1&ContentId=92950)
To encourage the shepherd community to protect the vanishing wool craft, Anthra and other activists are showcasing Gongadi crafts and material at an exhibition at Malkha, Humayun Nagar, from October 11-13.
The exhibition has various types of gongadi made by traditional weavers. The specialty of these rugs is that they are not dyed; it is the natural colour of the wool from Deccani sheep, which becomes darker as time passes. The Gongudis in the exhibition are priced between Rs 2,000 and Rs 6,000. These traditional gongudis can be used as décor in urban homes.
Oggu Katha is one of the attractions at the exhibition. “In urban homes, the gongadis can be used as traditional carpets and wall hangings. Many people are enthusiastic about these traditional blankets,” says Shruthi Tharayil of Anthra.
Gongadi is the traditional woolen blanket of Telangana. The rug is woven from the wool of the unique Black Wool Deccani Sheep breed. This sheep is locally called as “nalla-gorre.” The sheep is known to adapt the ecological and climatic conditions of Telangana, thus providing livelihood to farmers, shepherds and craftsmen. This breed is specially selected by farmers, as it has high tolerance level to drought and fodder shortages. Members belonging to the Kuruma community are said to be the original custodians of this breed.
The gongadi is also known as kambali. The blanket is woven from handspun wool. Traditionally women handspun the wool to make yarn and men hand-wove the yarn to make gongadi.
Most gongadis are woven using the black wool. The black wool is dominant colour in this sheep. The blankets have very simple designs.
The gongadis are widely used by the village community and it continues to be the integral part of the Kuruma community’s culture and is a significant symbol or Telangana region.
Yaddamma, a weaver from Peddagokula, Narsapur taluka, says that she learned the craft of making gongadis from her parents. As a child, she used to observe the work which her parents would do and later she started making gongadis when she was 16 years old. Now, she along with her family, does this seasonal business.
A similar exhibition of Telangana wool craft was conducted at Dakshin Chitra, in Chennai, to coincide with the International Crafts Council Conference, from Oct 5-11, 2012, where the wool craft of Telangana and its craftspeople, and the shepherding community of Medak, Telangana, participated.
October 13th, 2012, 12:13 AM
Child sex ratio on the decline, says minister (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92763)
As part of its ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, Plan India
celebrates International Day of the Girl Child.
Hyderabad: Expressing concern over declining child sex ratio in Andhra Pradesh, Child Welfare and Women Development Minister Sunita Laxma Reddy said that the protection of girl child should start at home.
Once the parents realise the importance of guarding their girl child, then they would attain the confidence to achieve their goals and aspirations, she said.
“They should not be deprived from their freedom, which is birth right of every child,” said the Minister while commemorating ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ organised on Thursday by Plan India, an NGO, as part of its campaign ‘Because I am a Girl’.
The minister said that women still face atrocities. In AP, the child sex ratio had declined to 943 in 2011 from 961 in 2001. Similarly, in Hyderabad it had dropped to 938 according to the 2011 census.
There was a need to work in coordination and cooperation with the NGOs, who are the real implementers. While the Women and Child Welfare Department had started an IEC campaign at the village and mandal level to keep a check on issues like women and child trafficking, child marriages, domestic violence among others, she said.
Announcing its plans for International Day of the Girl Child, the organisation released key findings of ‘Learning for Life’ - the fourth report in its annual ‘State of the Girl Child in India’ series with focus on building human capital of girls through knowledge and skills, aiming to equip, enable and empower girls to acquire the assets, skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in life.
The key monument of Hyderabad Charminar along with Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Purana Quila in Delhi, were illuminated in pink on Thursday to create awareness and mobilise support for girls’ rights.
Sapna from Nizamabad has been one of the beneficiaries from Samskar Plan Project. Speaking on the occasion, she said, “I was the lone student who completed graduation in my village. Now I am a role model and inspiring other girl children in the village. I had been to the USA when I was in 9th Class to represent youth and their issues from Plan India. I want to become an IPS officer in future.”
S Umapathi, IG, CID, said, “Every child should be educated at least till tenth class and should follow the philosophy of three Rs- Recognise, Resist and Report, while addressing violence.” He said that gram panchayats should play a greater role in prevention of trafficking.
Kalpana Naik, SP, CID, said that there was increase in the crime against women by 24 per cent in India when compared to the last year. Mass awareness campaigns across the country on the rights of the girl child should be one of the things that could be done.
Asif Mohammed, director (Programmes), Plan India, said: “Over next five years, Plan’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign aims to support millions of girls worldwide to give education, skills and support they need to transform their lives and the world around them.
In India we aim to ensure over 3,40,000 girls remain in school and access quality education; 1,00,000 girls complete secondary school through various school improvement programmes and 50,000 girls receive vocational training by the year 2015.”
Around 200 members from the government organisation, civil societies etc., including Mithali Raj, Captain, Indian Women’s Cricket team and Dr Laxmi Lingam, Deputy Director, TISS, participated in the programme.
October 13th, 2012, 12:13 AM
Kiran plans to create 1000 jobs a day under RYK scheme (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92765)
Ongole: The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said here on Thursday that it was his endeavor to create one thousand jobs per day for the youth under the Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme totalling 3.6 lakh jobs during this year. He said last year while the aim was one lakh jobs, actually 1 lakh 17 thousand jobs were created under the scheme.
On the third day of his Indiramma Baata programme, he interacted with the beneficiaries of Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu scheme here on Thursday.
When a participant pointed out that there was no job security in the scheme, he parried the question. He said the state government was spending Rs. 777 crores on imparting soft skills to the youth alone.
He said on the basis of a survey conducted by Confederation of India Industry (CII), there 30 lakh vacant jobs in the state and the government appointed a committee with nine ministers and nine senior officers to take steps to at least fill up 15 lakh jobs in next few years. He said the government received 18 lakh applications under the scheme so far.
The Chief Minister said he has taken steps to fill 90,000 vacant posts of police constables and stage was set to fill for filling up of 28,000 teacher posts in the state.
Interacting with the beneficiaries of the Arogyasri after laying foundation stone for building of RIMS Nursing College here, Kiran Kumar Reddy said the scheme was a pioneering scheme in the world. So far 16 lakh operations were done to the poor patients at a cost of Rs. 4 thousand 400 crores. “We are buying another 70 new vehicles for the 108 scheme,” he added.
He said government was spending Rs. 25,000 crores for the education of poor students. He said each student was getting Rs. 35,000 as college fee for higher education. He claimed that about 50 percent of loans extended to the women in the country were from our state.
Chandrababu has lost credibility
He criticised the opposition parties for politicising his Indiramma Baata and said he undertook the program to see that the welfare schemes of the government should reach even the people living in remote areas. He said Chandrababu Naidu had no credibility among the people and said he cheated his own father-in-law and the congress party which gave him political opportunity.
October 13th, 2012, 12:14 AM
Swine flu: Red alert in EG (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92788)
Four fresh cases detected
The district administration in East Godavari district declared red alert in the wake of swine flu cases. A two-day holiday was declared for schools at Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem village in East Godavari district and medical camps were set up to curb spread of swine flu to nearby villages
Kakinada: The number of patients with symptoms of swine flu has gone up to 19 in East Godavari district with the detection of P Veeramma (55) as positive for swine flu, said swine flu nodal officer Dr Raghavendra.
The district administration declared red alert in the wake of swine flu cases. As many as 15 persons have been admitted to the Kakinada Government Hospital and out of them four have been confirmed with swine flu. Meanwhile, a two-day holiday was declared for schools at Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem village in East Godavari district and medical camps were set up to curb spread of swine flu to nearby villages.
So far swine flu symptoms were found at Pedda Venkatayapalem and Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem in Tallarevu mandal of East Godavari district. However, people belonging to other villages fear over the spread of swine flu and are not visiting Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem village where one Pesangi Durga Rao (22) died of swine flu a week ago and swab samples of seven with swine flu symptoms were sent to a lab in Hyderabad.
It was confirmed that P Veni (13), Vanamadi Satyavati (35) and Pesangi Tejaswini (6), the kin of P Durga Rao, and P Veeramma (55), were afflicted with swine flu. They were undergoing treatment at the Kakinada Government Hospital, while swab samples of two more from Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem were sent to Hyderabad. The district administration allayed the fears of people over swine flu as they stocked up necessary medicines to cure and contain swine flu.
East Godavari District Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad said that necessary steps were taken up to curb the spread of swine flu. As a precautionary measure, masks were distributed to the peopls in Pedda Venkatapayapalem and Chinna Boddu Venkatayapalem villages. Similary, special medical camps were set up at Tallarevu mandal to conduct tests on people.
October 13th, 2012, 12:15 AM
Six power control rooms set up in Medak (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92790)
Sangareddy: District Collector A Dinakar Babu said separate control rooms have been set up in six power divisions to redress power supply problems in the district.
Talking to newsmen at the Superintendent Engineer office of the Power department here on Thursday, Dinakar Babu said the control room would work round the clock and the concerned officials would respond immediately soon after receiving the complaints.
People can lodge their complaints with their respective divisional offices. Sangareddy central control room No.94408-13707,08455-279797, Sangareddy division control room-08455-276428, Zahirabad division control No.08451-280032, Medak division control room No. 08452-221345, Jogipet control room No.08450-272112, Too pran division control room No.08454-235688 and Siddipet division control room No. 08457-222418.
October 13th, 2012, 12:16 AM
Majority of schools in Nalgonda district do not have toilets (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92791)
Nalgonda: Right from Union Ministers, State Ministers and District Collectors to the local leaders, all stress the need for construction of toilets in rural areas and schools. They give lengthy statements at national and international level meetings. The politicians also claim that there was no dearth of funds for sanitation works in schools and villages. But in practice, all these promises and claims prove to be hollow.
The district officials conduct frequent meetings with the divisional level and mandal level officials. They direct the officials to conduct meetings to bring awareness among villagers about the use of toilets. Despite all these, they forget to provide adequate number of toilets in schools. More than half of schools in Nalgonda district do not have toilets and as a result several thousands of students – boys and girls – endure hardships.
Those schools which have toilets are not provided with water supply. Some others have toilets with water; but they are maintained poorly. Without doors and walls, the toilets are in a bad shape. Several thousands of girl students suffer hardships due to lack of proper toilets and water facilities. At some places, the available toilets are used by the teachers.
Altogether, there are 4,508 government schools in Nalgonda district --- 2,951 primary schools, 510 upper primary schools and 1,038 high schools. More than half of the schools do not have adequate number of toilets. Rajiv Vidya Mission (RVM) monitors the construction and maintenance of toilets in government schools.
It allocates inadequate funds to schools which are housed in only government buildings. As there is no specific authority to take care of the construction works, the funds are utilized only for repairs. The funds are not adequate to construct new toilets, many heads of schools opine. No official bothers about the toilets in schools housed in the buildings owned by private persons.
October 13th, 2012, 12:17 AM
People vent spleen on industrial pollution at PCB (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92793)
Political parties and civil society organisations extend support to local people’s fight against hazardous industries in Medak district, particularly in Patancheru area. A German TV crew also visited the spot and filmed rampant pollution of the area.
Patancheru: Hundreds of people protested in front of the Pollution Control Board office in Ramachandrapuram in Medak district on Thursday, demanding closure of polluting industries in the Patancheru industrial area. Their protest was in reaction to a report published by The Hans India and broadcast by HMTV.
The newspaper published a detailed report in its Thursday edition under the headline ‘Patancheru – Pollution capital of Asia’ highlighting how the industries were contaminating land, air and water and their adverse effects on the health of residents. The report also gave a graphic account of loss of lives in a slow and painful way in Asia’s leading industrial area. Political parties and civil society organisations have extended their support to the local people’s fight against the hazardous industries.
Addressing the people who staged a dharna at the local Pollution Control Board office, they said the industries which came up to provide jobs have turned killers. They demanded that the polluting pharmaceutical and bulk drug industries should be shifted from the area.
Addressing the meeting, TRS Patancheru in-charge Gali Anil Kumar alleged there was rampant corruption in the Pollution Control Board and officials had allowed the polluting industries to come up after taking bribes.
The human rights association leader Chandrasekhar said that they would organise a movement against pollution in the area.
A German Television crew filmed the area filled with toxic gases. Speaking to the Hans India, German TV journalist Charlie expressed his surprise over the scale of pollution.
He said pharmaceutical and bulk drug companies which were banned in other countries were allowed to set up shop here. In European countries such things would never be allowed to happen, he said.
A Swedish journalist, Thomas, who visited Patancheru said he could not understand how such industries were allowed in the first place and complimented The Hans India for taking up the issue.
He said he was doing a documentary highlighting the problem.
October 13th, 2012, 12:18 AM
Huge loss in T-biodiversity (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=92813)
Round Table urges government for protective measures
Hyderabad: The plundering of sources of biodiversity (forests, lands, lakes, mining, sand) in the last ten years in Telangana is unprecedented in the entire world, observed speakers at a round table on “Telangana-Biodiversity” conducted by Telangana United Front here on Thursday.
Instead of taking the UN representatives to all parts of Telangana and showing them the extent of damage done to the biological diversity, the government was misguiding the foreign guests by decking up the roads, footpaths and taking up greenery works on certain routes in the city, they alleged.
TUF secretary general and MLC, K Dileep Kumar called upon the people of the region to raise a big voice for the protection of natural resources besides the fight for separate statehood.
Telangana United Front would organise a rally cum protest at Indira Park on October 16, coinciding with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the city to participate in the UN Biodiversity Summit.
Later a delegation would try to meet the PM and UN representatives to hand over representations containing the extent of loss to biodiversity of Telangana.
On one hand, the government plundered the resources in the ten districts of the region while on the other it erected huge hoardings in the city on safeguarding biodiversity, she charged. TDP MLA G Jaipal Yadav warned that there could be serious repercussions on the humanity if steps are not taking for safeguarding the nature.
Citing the Sompeta and Posco incidents, S Jeevan Kumar, president of Human Rights Forum emphasised that only people could save the biodiversity, however hard the government tried to diminish it.
Except for a few powerful power countries that can be counted on fingers, many of the 193-member countries on the UN Biodiversity panel are small players, he informed. If UN is committed for safeguarding the biological diversity across the world, there is an urgent need for transforming these protocols into strict rules otherwise the aims and objectives would remain only on paper, cautioned Jeevan Kumar.
TUF chairman Prof. Keshav Rao Jadhav flayed the government for not acting against Al Kabir unit in the outskirts of the city, where around 6,000 animals are butchered daily for exporting meat to foreign countries.
Animals are believed to be a national treasure, but here in Hyderabad they are slaughtered at will, due to inept government and its polices which is very shameful, the professor said.
October 13th, 2012, 12:22 AM
Eye camp to mark World Sight Day (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92902)
Eluru: Members of Lions Club organised an eye camp to conduct eye tests for students of welfare hostel to mark ‘World Sight Day’ at Sanivarapupet here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, well known ophthalmologist Dr Manam Padmanabham said that as it was very difficult to lead one’s life without vision, everyone should protect their eyes from diseases to avoid needless blindness.
He explained about common eye diseases and preventive steps to avoid the diseases. He advised the parents to caution their children while playing with toys for preventing them from injuring their eyes. He monitored eye tests conducted to the students and distributed spectacles and medicines to the students, who were diagnosed with defects in eyesight.
October 13th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Compost yard issue remains unresolved (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92903)
Bhimavaram: The much awaited compost yard issue remained unresolved even though special officer designate (Joint Collector) Baburao Naidu on Tuesday conducted an extended meeting with revenue, irrigation officials, NGO representatives and delegates of various political parties.
He elicited their opinions. Everybody wanted to put an end to the problem but failed to offer clear and valid suggestion.
The Joint Collector appealed the people to extend support to find a solution to this constant problem.
The Municipal Commissioner of Bhimavaram GVVSN Murty apprised him of the troubles faced by the civic body to dispose the solid waste.
Later, speaking to newsmen, the Joint Collector said that leveling of 82 acres of acquired land would be taken up shortly.
October 13th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Janga padayatra for drinking water today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92906)
Piduguralla (Guntur): YSR Congress Party leader Janga Krishnamurthy will embark upon 25-km paadayatra from Govindapuram to Piduguralla demanding completion of works to bring Krishna water to the town on Friday.
He said the then Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy persuaded the Centre to sanction Rs 36.07 crore for the drinking water project. The project was supposed to be completed by 2011.
The project was essential for meeting the drinking water requirement of the town considering the fact that people were facing fluoride problem.
Started in 2008, the project was neglected since the death of YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Krishnamurthy’s proposed paadayatra would culminate into a public meeting at Piduguralla.
October 13th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Stone laid for community hall (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92908)
Eluru: Local MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao laid foundation-stone for OBCs’ community hall to be constructed with funding from MP’s Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) near Alluri Sitaramaraju Stadium here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, the MP said he had sanctioned Rs five lakh for the community hall.
He said both Central and State governments were giving priority to welfare of backward classes. He told the gathering to form a special committee with genuine members and monitor the construction to avoid misuse of funds. Contributions from charitable persons should also be availed for construction of community hall, he said.
October 13th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Special cell to monitor Satya Sai water scheme in WG district (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92907)
Eluru: West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan directed the officials to create a special monitoring cell to monitor implementation of Sri Satya Sai Drinking Water Scheme in 240 villages of the district. She presided over the water scheme board review meeting at Collectorate here on Thursday. Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and MLA Maddala Rajesh attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, the Collector asked the officials to take immediate action on complaints relating to the Rs 90 crore scheme. She directed them to register complaints with the special call centre. The officials should also maintain a register detailing particulars of water supply timings for each of the villages covered under the scheme, she said.
The Collector suggested to the officials to complete minor repairs, if any, within 24 hours of receiving a complaint. Special monitoring was essential for the successful implementation of the scheme. Village-wise water supply position should be reported on a daily basis, she said.
Dr Vani Mohan told the R&B officials to release Rs 20 lakh to repair water pipelines of the scheme that were damaged during road widening works executed by the department. She also suggested release of 30 per cent of scheme maintenance cost by Zilla Parishad with respect to panchayats that failed to afford their share.
The state government was bearing 70 per cent of the scheme maintenance cost while the remaining cost was shared by panchayats concerned, she said.
Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, in his address, called upon the officials of Rural Water Supply (RWS), electricity, panchayat and other departments to work in coordination to ensure safe water supply to people under the scheme.
Special care should be taken for successful implementation of the scheme in 17 mandals covered under the scheme. Officials of L & T, which was maintaining the scheme, should take the responsibility for hassle-free water supply. Water storage tanks of the scheme in villages concerned should display phone numbers of officials ranging from village secretary to engineers so that the villagers could contact them when problem arises in the supply, the MP said.
Maddala Rajesh advised the officials to impose cut in payment to the company maintaining the scheme when water was not supplied to any village.
The meeting resolved to spend one per cent of Zilla Parishad funds intended for drinking water to meet the hike in electricity charges for water supply. The meet also okayed a proposal to purchase 220-kv generator to avoid disruption in water supply to Chintalapudi mandal.
October 13th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Bankers’ meet today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=92909)
Eluru: Andhra Bank zonal manager VM Parthasaradhy on Thursday said West Godavari district bankers meeting would be held at Collectorate on Friday. In a press release, he said Collector Dr G Vani Mohan would preside over the meeting. The meeting would review bank loans to loan eligibility card holders and annual loan plan for Kharif, besides discussing the progress in finance to women Self-Help Groups, self-employment, and other government schemes, he said.
October 13th, 2012, 12:29 AM
Applications invited for steno job (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92918)
Srikakulam: President of District Consumer Forum P Jagannadharao informed here on Thursday that applications are invited from eligible candidates for the post of junior stenographer on a contract basis in the consumer forum.
In a press release, he said that graduates between the age group of 18 and 34 could apply for the post. The candidates should know type writing and shorthand.
Examination will be conducted to test typewriting and shorthand skills of the candidates on October 23.
Interested candidates can submit their applications with valid documents in the consumer forum office before October 20.
October 13th, 2012, 12:30 AM
Minister inspects training centre works (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92919)
Srikakulam: Minister for Tribal Welfare Pasupuleti Balaraju stated here on Thursday that the government was setting up training centres to provide job training to tribal youth across the State.
He inspected works of Tribal Youth Training Centre which is being set up at a cost of Rs 3 crore on the premises of Government Men’s College in the town.
Speaking to newsmen, the Minister said that a total of 28 training centres were being set up in the State. Three centres were coming up at Srikakulam, Mandasa and Sitampet in the district, he added. He informed that a total of 126 metric hostels were being run in rented buildings currently in the State and 100 buildings were being constructed at a cost of Rs 1 crore each to house the hostels.
October 13th, 2012, 12:31 AM
Develop Mettuguda Waterfalls into tourist spot, officials told (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92920)
Srikakulam: District Collector Saurabh Gaur directed the officials to develop the Mettuguda Waterfalls, near the Seethampeta mandal headquarters as a tourist spot. He toured extensively in the Seethampeta mandal Agency areas on Thursday and visited the Waterfalls.
He directed the officials to make the road leading to the Waterfalls viable for tourists to travel easily. Also he told them to arrange iron chain railings near the Waterfalls for the safety of the visitors.
Toilets need to be constructed under the Sanitation Mission, he said. He also suggested that cement benches should be arranged around the Waterfalls for the visitors to sit on.
Proposals will be sent to the AP Transco for setting up of a mini power project near the Waterfalls, he said. A ropeway system near the Waterfalls is also under study, he said.
The Collector inspected the Girijan youth training centre coming up at a cost of Rs 3 crore.
October 13th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Voter registration drive on Oct14, 21 (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92921)
Srikakulam: District Collector Saurabh Gaur said that the special voter registration programme would be taken up on October 14 and 21. Chief Election Officer Bhanwarlal organised a video conference with district collectors on Wednesday on the programme.
Explaining the drive, the Collector said that at a special camp on October 7, 4,800 applications had been received. In every educational institute a teacher has been appointed as the coordinating officer to register the names of eligible students, he said. Also steps are being taken to register the employees in industries, he said.
Steps are being taken to complete the data entry, he added. He said that the CEO’s orders that the voters’ lists should be put up in the general shops are being implemented. All party meetings are being conducted and special steps are being taken to register the voters, he said. The Collector said that the names of new voters and applications received online will be scrutinised.
Chief Election Officer Bhanwarlal said that the voters’ list and registration forms should be kept handy in small shops so that the voters could fill them up and make any revisions.
The receipt for the forms should be given without fail, he said. He directed the officials to scrutinise the applications received online and solve them quickly. He told them not to reject any application on flimsy grounds like a missing house number. The booth level agent should be consulted and the voter should be registered, he said.
District Revenue Officer Noor Basha Khasim, Revenue divisional officers G Ganesh Kumar, V Visweswar Rao, B Dayanidhi and Tahsildar Ch. Sattibabu were present at the video conference.
October 13th, 2012, 12:32 AM
Coop societies to be turned into multipurpose ones (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92923)
Srikakulam: DCCB chairman SV Ramana Rao disclosed that 49 cooperative societies which were affiliated to the District Cooperative Bank would be modified into multipurpose cooperative societies.
Addressing a press conference on the District Cooperative Bank premises here on Thursday, he said that 14 cooperative societies would be modified into multipurpose cooperative societies in the first phase cooperative societies in Ampolu, Tulugu, Pydibhimavaram, Santhakaviti, Basuru, Palakonda, Hiramandal, Itchapuram, Kanchili, Dimilada, Temburu, Polaki, Budithi and Pathapatnam have been selected for this purpose.
He further said that milk collection centres, mineral water plants, seed processing units and Mee Seva centres would be set up under the jurisdiction of these cooperative societies in order to serve the farmers.
“The District Cooperative Bank was going ahead with Rs 2.55 crore profit during 2011-12. Over Rs 182 crore crop loans have been distributed to the farmers, including 9,650 new farmers, during this year.
To give a boost to the status of farmers, dairy farming was being encouraged among them. So, Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh loans would be provided to those farmers who are having an acre to five acres of land. Similarly, 21,500 metric tons of fertilizers were distributed to the farmers during this Kharif season.
In the same way, measures will be taken up for paddy collection with the cooperation of district administration,” he said. As part of expansion progarmme, branches of the bank would be established at Challavanipeta, Gara, Edulapuram in the district. Steps were taken to computerise all the branches.
At present, seven branches were computerised out of 13 branches, while the remaining branches would be computerised by April, 2014, he said.
October 13th, 2012, 12:33 AM
Greenery should be part of city life: Balaraju (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92924)
Srikakulam: Minister for Tribal Welfare Pasupuleti Balaraju suggested that greenery should be a part of city life. As environmental factors have become one-sided, with abundant greenery in the forest areas and nothing at all in the cities, the ecological balance was hit, he observed.
The minister attended a private function here on Thursday and later met Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao’s family to offer condolences on his mother’s death. He examined the implementation of development programmes in the district, especially the construction of training centres.
Speaking to reporters here, he said that it was the Centre and State Governments’ orders that mining should be banned in forest areas.
As such bauxite mining was banned, he said. When asked about the licensing of Kannedara Hill granite mining to Dharmana Prasada Rao’s son, he said that the policy on mining in tribal areas applies to all equally. If there are any losses due to mining it will be cancelled, he said.
October 13th, 2012, 12:34 AM
Arrangements for Pydithalli festival begin (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92928)
Vizianagaram: Preparations for ‘Sirimanotsavam’ of Sri Pydimamba, the presiding deity of the famous Pydithalli temple, began with installing the first poll for the main pandal (Pandiri Raata) on the temple premises by chief priest Tallapudi Bhaskar Rao here on Thursday.
The 'Pandiri Raata' ritual was performed amid chanting of Vedic hymns by the priests. Speaking on the occasion, the chief priest, who will sit on a special seat fastened to the top of the Sirimanu (the holy log), said that elaborate arrangements are being made to avoid inconvenience to the devotees who throng the temple during the festival.
A highly popular annual jatara in North Coastal Andhra, the festival involves carrying the ‘Sirimanu’ (a decorated log fixed to a cart) in a procession.
He further stated that puja will be performed to the tree in the field belonging to one Sanyasappadu of Chinnatadivada village in the district on October 15 and the log will be taken to Vizianagaram. The process of making Sirimanu from Chintamanu will be conducted at Hukumpeta, he added.
Goddess Pydhithalli temple assistant commissioner V Shymala Devi said that elaborate arrangements are being made hoping that more devotees would attend the jatara than in last year. A meeting was convened with the officials of the departments concerned under the aegis of Collector Veerabrahmaiah, she said.
October 13th, 2012, 12:36 AM
DRDA PD faces wrath of public representatives (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=92927)
Kakinada: The public representatives vented their ire at District Rural Development Agency Project Director Madhukar Babu over his negligent attitude during the Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting which was convened at Kakinada in East Godavari district on Thursday.
Minister of State for Defence MM Pallamraju presided over the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, the public representatives alleged that there was no transparency in granting of pensions as many complaints were lodged against the mishandling of pension scheme.
DRDA Project Dirdector Madukarbabu faced the wrath of Union Minister and Vigilance and Monitoring Committee Chairman MM Pallamraju , East Godavari Collector Neetu Kumari Prasad.
Similarly, the Collector took the PD to task for not showing the social audit. Meanwhile, the public representataives alleged that no action was initiated against a private agency which was distributing pensiony through the Smart Card system despite Social Audit proving iregularities in pensions distribution.
October 13th, 2012, 12:42 AM
Treasure hunting on the rise in Nallamala forest (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92879)
Srisailam: Treasure hunt is on the rise in the Srisailam forest areas. Some of the hunters, who formed themselves into groups, were carrying out hunting operations for the past several years clandestinely to find hidden treasures in the Nallamala forest of Srisailam in the Kurnool district. This is also adversely affecting the foundations of the ancient structures and the forests.
There is a strong belief that the kings of the ancient and medieval periods had hidden their wealth and treasures underneath the Earth so that they may not be looted by the invaders. On receiving information, the officials of the forest department rushed to the spot where digging operations were going on, but, by the time they reached there, the hunters gave them the slip.
Though the officials conducted searches in the nearby areas in the forest, they could not find anybody. Speaking to the media, the Deputy Ranger of Srisailam forest Raju said that the hunters would be arrested very soon and action would be initiated against them according to law.
According to reports, the hunters were coming from different places like Kurnool, Mahbubnagar, Prakasam, Guntur, Hyderabad and Anantapur and forming special groups to carry out their activities in the forests. Last year, an underground tunnel, which was being secretly used by the hunters was discovered near the Ghantamutt choultry.
Speaking to the media, the Principal of the Sr Potti Sriramulu Telugu University Arts College Chandrsekhar Reddy said that some of the hunters were staying in the five mutts near the temple in the guise of devotees and it was necessary that the surveillance system in this area should be strengthened.
October 13th, 2012, 12:45 AM
UK devotees’ musical journey to mystique (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92882)
Puttaparthi: Offering gratitude and love for Satya Sai Baba, Sai Jyothyi group comprising of 46 devotees from United Kingdom offered a classical musical presentation entitled ‘Sai Anandam’ at Sai Kulwant hall in Prashanti Nilayam in Puttaparthi on Thursday. The group organised the programme as part of their national pilgrimage from October 7 to 27.
Beginning with an invocation in Raag Yaman Kalyan, the programme continued with the popular Prashanthi bhajans before reaching a crescendo with stimulating instrumental jugalbandhi. Roopa Panesar on Sitar, Kirpal Singh Panesar on Tar Shehnai, Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla on Santoor and Vocal and Gurdain Singh Rayatt on Tabla had enthralled the audience.
Roopa, an eminent Sitarist from UK, who has received several international accolades, had her tutelage under Ustad Dharambir Singh, disciple of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan. At the end of the one-hour presentation, the group was given a rousing applause by the assembly of devotees.
October 13th, 2012, 12:46 AM
RYS: applications invited for self employment (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92885)
Sullurpet: Eligible unemployed youth in the 18 to 35 years age group are invited to apply for loans for self employment under Rajiv Yuva Shakti Scheme on or before October 15. Municipal Commissioner Kanaka Rao, in a statement released here at Sullurpet on Thursday, said that all youth passed/failed SSC (5th class pass in the case of SC, ST and disabled candidates) irrespective of caste are eligible for the six units under service and industrial fields.
Interested candidates should submit applications along with Xerox copies of ration card, caste certificate, educational qualifications, date of birth certificate and two passport size photos. He said the government gives 50 % subsidy (not more than Rs 30,000) and the remaining will be given as bank loan for each unit.
October 13th, 2012, 12:47 AM
Traffic awareness programme concludes (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92887)
Badvel: The week-long traffic awareness programme organised by the police department in Badvel concluded on Thursday.
Badvel CI Venka tadri flagged off the 2K run on the concluding day. Speaking on the occasion, Venkatadri lauded the efforts of NCC students of Rachapudi Nagabhushanam College and SBVR College in
Badvel in creating awareness among the locals on traffic rules.
Alarmed by the increasing road accidents and deaths, they took up canvassing through mikes for one week urging the auto drivers and other people to have driving license compulsorily, to follow traffic regulations, not to drive vehicles in wrong routes, not to overload autos with passengers, don’t drink and drive, and not to talk on mobile while driving.
Observing some change in the people, he stated of continuing similar programmes in future.
October 13th, 2012, 12:49 AM
Rosaiah unveils Ghantasala statue (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=92892)
Tirupati: Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah unveiled renowned legendary playback singer of Telugu movies late Ghantasala Venkateshwara Rao at VV Mahal circle here on Thursday and paid floral tributes to him. Later, he participated in the valedictory session of a ten-day long ‘Ghantasala Aradhanotsavalu’ at Mahati Auditorium and felicitated upcoming singers.
Speaking on the occasion, Rosaiah said that he is a music lover, especially fond of Ghantasala’s devotional songs. Whatever the music may be, it gives a pleasant feeling to everyone, he added. It is his fortune to unveil Ghantasala statue, he said. People may imitate Ghantasala’s tone but it is highly impossible to overcome him, Governor said.
Ghantasala’s untimely demise is unfortunate and setting up of Ghantasala’s statue at this juncture gives a message to the next generations, he said. Certainly many music lovers admire the old and devotional songs rendered by Ghantasala and it is his regular practice to hear his songs while travelling in vehicle, he added.
Many Telugu people felicitated him on several occasions in various countries, he said. Ghantasala Rathna Kumar, son of the late singer, said that when he was a child he had heard many devotional songs on Tirumala hills, which can’t rent air now. Ghantasala was the first court singer (Ashtaana Gayakudu) for TTD and it is unfortunate to miss his songs at the hill shrine nowadays.
“It is my sincere request to TTD as well as fans of Ghantasala to replay his devotional songs on the hill shrine. It is not a demand, but sincere request. It is my dream, but beyond my limit. As fans of Ghantasala and locals of Tirupati, I am confident that these music lovers would take the initiative to resume the old practice on Tirumala hills,” Rathnakumar said.
Dr N Siva Prasad, MP, Chittoor said that Ghantasala had received many awards and rewards and certainly no need of additional introduction.
Members of Tirupati Film Society, Ghantasala National Arts Academy, Ongole and several others participated.
October 13th, 2012, 12:51 AM
TU PG exam schedule released (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92860)
Nizamabad: Telangana University Controller of Examinations Prof Naseem, in a press release on Thursday, announced regular examination schedule for the university. The schedule for PG courses of MA, MSW, M Com, M Sc and LLB was announced. The schedule for other examinations would be announced later.
The last date for payment of examination fee without late fee and submission of filled in applications for all the above said courses is 19 October, and with late fee of Rs. 100/- is 31 October. Details of examination fee particulars and payment procedure will be available on university website and with the principal of concerned colleges.
For B.Ed courses
The last date of payment of examination fee for supplementary, backlog and improvement examination of B.Ed course under jurisdiction of Telangana University without late fee is 25 October and with late fee of Rs. 200/- is 1 November, said the release issued by PRO Dr Chandrasekhar Ghanta.
October 13th, 2012, 12:52 AM
Sanitation goes for a toss in Jedcherla (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92799)
Mahbubnagar: The maintenance of sanitation was in poor state in Jedcherla Municipality of Mahbubnagar district. The regular job of lifting the garbage is not being done anywhere in the municipality. Huge heaps of garbage strewn around, overflowing of drainage canals and absences of de-silting works appear everywhere.
Even though the residents brought the issue to the notice of concerned authorities on several occasions, there are no changes with regard to the maintenance of sanitation and dumped garbage remains uncleared in the town.
Huge piles of litter with plastic papers are a common sight in the residential areas. On the other hand, with officials failing to take up sanitation works regularly, viral fevers are spreading and viral fever cases are increasing by the day in the municipality.
October 13th, 2012, 12:52 AM
Collector inspects PHC (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92864)
Nizamabad: District Collector Christina Z Chonthu said that the health officials should carry out an awareness campaign among the people in the district, especially in the villages regarding the maternity facilities available in government hospitals.
Speaking at the Sirikonda mandal headquarters on Thursday where she conducted surprise visits to the primary health centre, Kasturba Gandhi girls’ hostel and the Tahsildar’s office, the Collector told the health officials to demand an explanation from Dr Govind Naik as to why he did not turn up for duty.
During a review meeting with the Mandal Praja Development Officers, she told them to improve the services through the Mee-seva in the issuance of various different types of certificates. Later, speaking to the media, Christina said that under the National Rural Health Mission, the officials should persuade pregnant women to come to government hospitals for deliveries by explaining to them the facilities available in the maternity ward.
She said the hospital officials should make arrangements to bring them to the hospital in the 108 ambulance vehicles and also provide lunch to them for three days and pay them Rs 300 for buying medicines. For the poor and the downtrodden, Rs 700 would be paid and they would be sent back home after delivery in the ambulance.
Among those who attended the meeting included the Tahsildar Rajeshwar and other officials.
October 13th, 2012, 12:53 AM
Army selections begin today (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=92863)
Karimnagar: The Army recruitment drive will begin at Ambedkar Stadium here on Friday. The 10-day drive will continue till October 19 for the selection of candidates belonging to 10 districts in Telangana region.
District Collector Smita Sabharwal on Thursday visited the Ambedkar Stadium and reviewed the arrangements for the recruitment drive. She said the process of verifying the certificates will begin at 5 am so that the officials of Education and Revenue departments should be available at the venue at that time.
As hundreds of candidates are expected to attend the drive every day, the District Collector asked Additional SP Janardhan Reddy to make elaborate arrangements to prevent untoward incidents and deploy adequate security in and around the stadium.
Smita Sabharwal also appealed to the candidates to cooperate with officials to ensure smooth way of selections. District Revenue Officials Sudhakar Rao and Sandhya Rani, local Tahsildar Bhujanga Rao and Army recruitment officials were present.
October 13th, 2012, 10:10 PM
Kawal tiger park likely to receive expert help (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Kawal-tiger-park-likely-to-receive-expert-help/articleshow/16790389.cms)
HYDERABAD: The Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) might soon mark its entry into Andhra Pradesh with a project at the recently declared tiger reserve at Kawal. Speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by the group in collaboration with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at Hitex, the venue for the ongoing international biodiversity meet, NVK Ashraf, WTI's chief of conservation, said: "We are in talks with the authorities concerned regarding this. Nothing has been formalized just yet". In case the trust does take up the project, it would focus on increasing the tiger population in the reserve along with an enhancement of the habitat. "But before that we will have to do a thorough study of the area," Ashraf added.
Dwelling on the need to not just protect but also rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, the panelists at the discussion talked about the need for these 'operations' to be brought into the fold of the country's national biodiversity action plan.
"Welfare of animals is the bedrock of conservation," said MK Ranjitsinh, chairman of the trust which has played a pivotal role in rescuing animals from the recent floods at Assam's Kaziranga National Park. Approximately 100 animals including hog deer, rhinos, swamp deer and sambars were saved by the organisation in partnership with IFAW.
In the context of the ongoing biodiversity conference, the panelists said that the much talked about 'Aichi' targets (on protection of biodiversity) needed to focus on the wild as well. "Several of these targets need to include animal welfare to achieve conservation goals," stressed Peter Pueschel, programme director, (IFAW).
And the reason for this, experts said, was the ever expanding size of the 'Red List' (which keeps a record of all critically-endangered species) that now includes vultures, the Bengal Florican (a bird species) and the white-bellied heron among many others. "This is just the list of endangered animals in the north-eastern part of India. There would be so many more in the rest of the country," rued PC Bhattacharjee, executive trustee of WTI and a former professor at Guwahati University.
Citing an example from this part of India, executive director of the trust, Vivek Menon, said that the Manas model should be adopted in other areas as well. This wildlife sanctuary, which was completely wiped out following an insurgency in the 1980s, was gradually restored by this group over time. It now has a healthy population of wild animals. "And, only one-and-a-half years back, the area was taken off Unesco's list of 'endangered heritage sites'," Menon said.
October 13th, 2012, 10:13 PM
AP Govt introduces new Sand Mining Policy (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/indl-goods/svs/metals-mining/ap-govt-introduces-new-sand-mining-policy/articleshow/16798033.cms)
HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Government on Saturday introduced a new Sand Mining Policy under which the old system of auctioning has been dispensed with and a lottery arrangement put in place.
Based on the recommendations made by a Group of Ministers, which reviewed the sand mining policy in the light of the Supreme Court's verdict banning indiscriminate quarrying, the Industries Department issued an order today framing the revised policy guidelines.
The policy, if implemented effectively, will curb the growing activities of the sand mafia in the state and make sand available to all at an affordable price, officials said.
The Government Order issued by Principal Secretary (Industries) D Sreenivasulu said the existing norms of the Andhra Pradesh Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1966, were being rescinded to regulate sand quarrying activity.
"Allotment of feasible sand-bearing areas shall henceforth be through a selection process by way of draw of lots. "Extraction of sand shall be by manual means only and use of machinery shall not be permitted except in specific sand-bearing areas where there is no impact on groundwater table," the Principal Secretary maintained.
For the first time, the Government issued guidelines for sand mining in private lands along the river beds. Only farmers who own the sand-casted land will be permitted to quarry and sell it after paying seigniorage fee to Government.
The Director of Mines & Geology has put the requirement of sand during 2012-13 for constructions/civil works in private and Government sectors at 218 lakh cubic meters and 230 cubic meters, respectively. The district authorities have been asked to identify new sand reaches.
October 13th, 2012, 10:34 PM
AP Govt Gives No Clarity to Students on Participating in NEET 2012 (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/10/ap-govt-clarity-students-participating-neet-2012/214902.html)
AP Govt Gives No Clarity to Students on Participating in NEET 2012
Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government has not given any clarity on obtaining exemption from NEET in 2012 and this is causing worry for the students and their parents.
It is not clear whether the students from Andhra Pradesh have to appear for NEET 2012 for getting admissions into medical courses.
There is a difference between the syllabus of NEET and the Andhra Pradesh state government syllabus. Each day is important for the preparation of NEET and these are causing lot of tension for the students.
Supreme court has given a clear judgment that NEET should be made compulsory for MBBS admissions from 2012 academic year. There were lot of objections from various states on the syllabus of NEET and so exemption was given for 2012. But Andhra Pradesh state government has not responded properly. The government only informed that if NEET question paper is not given in Telugu, the students may lose but did not stressed the need to give exemption for one year to change the syllabus this is mainly due to lack of coordination between the officials.
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy has written a letter to Indian Medical Council seeking one year exemption for participating in NEET but IMC has said that as Supreme Court has given its judgement they cannot do anything in this matter.
Main Problems for Participating in NEET
Intermediate syllabus in Andhra Pradesh has not been changed according to NEET.
There is not much difference in Physics and Chemistry between state syllabus and NEET syllabus but there is 40% difference in Botany and Zoology.
If NEET is made compulsory, the students have to prepare themselves in different ways fro Intermediate and NEET.
NEET will have negative marks but EAMCET did not has any negative marks.
Students who have studied intermediate do not have a single book to prepare for NEET.
Andhra Pradesh state government should take precautions to give clarity about NEET 2012. CPI state secretary Narayana has requested Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal to give exemption from NEET 2012. He wrote a letter to this effect to Kapil Sibal. He said in his letter that nearly 20,00 students are studying intermediate in Telugu medium and no study material is available for them with NEET syllabus to prepare for the exam. Thus he requested Kapil Sibal to give exemption from NEET till 2014.
October 13th, 2012, 10:35 PM
World Telugu Conference to go beyond poetry (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/world-telugu-conference-to-go-beyond-poetry/article3994024.ece)
Focus to be on issues like developing Telugu internet
Arrangements are being made to ensure that the World Telugu conference this year will go beyond recital of poetry and focus on a variety of issues like developing Telugu internet and bringing the language on a par with English and other international languages.
The US-based Silicon Andhra Association has already put in strenuous efforts for this in coordination with Unicode, San Francisco, which is standardising net connectivity for various languages in the world, while the government enrolled itself as its permanent member and appointed a committee to oversee this delicate exercise.
“It’s still a long way before Telugu internet is available. Altogether a different pattern is to be followed to evolve the net connectivity for Telugu, a language which has intricate grammar, spellings, phonetics etc,” says Information Technology Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah.
A formal resolution will be adopted at the conference to promote and develop Telugu, spoken by an estimated 11.5 crore people in the world, as a language used for ‘administration, teaching and communication’.
This will be addition to the traditional objectives like protecting its classical identity and bringing about unity among the Telugus as a whole.
According to R. V. Prasada Raju, Director, Culture, four committees -- coordination, executive, finance and organising -- are formed each headed by a Minister, for the conference for which the government has released a sum of Rs. 5 crore out of a Rs. 25 crore budget sanctioned.
Besides, 16 sub-committees are formed to handle various other jobs, some of them as unique as maintenance of a website already created (www.worldteluguconference.com) and publication of books. Delegates are being invited from 15-20 countries and from different states in India.
Avilala grounds at Tirupati has been selected as the venue of the conference.
October 13th, 2012, 10:44 PM
Experts from US, Malaysia to brainstorm on pharmacoeconomics today at Anandapur in AP (http://pharmabiz.com/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=71652&sid=1)
Highlighting the concept of pharmacoeconomics, the experts in the drug technology assessment area from India, US and Malaysia will brainstorm on the subject on October 13 at the Raghavendra Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (RIPER) at Anandapur in Andhra Pradesh.
The specialists will give suggestions and ideas on the spread of the concept in the International Conference organized on the subject by RIPER in association with International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), IPA Community Pharmacy Division and Anatapur District Chemists & Druggists Association.
This is the first time India hosts an international seminar on pharmacoeconomics.
Briefing on the subject, the president elect of ISPOR-India AP Chapter, Dr Dixon Thomas said the international conference on pharmacoeconomics will put forth a demand that India should implement the guidelines of pharmacoeconomics issued by the international society. Regulators of several countries have issued guidelines for good research practices in pharmacoeconomics. But the guidelines issued by ISPOR are more specific, top ranking and internationally accepted, he said.
In the seminar, the experts from US, Malaysia and India will share their experiences in the corporate level, consultancy level and academic level with the professionals and students attending the conference as participants.
Dr Simu Thomas, Global Head, HE & OR Modelling, Novartis, USA will deliver on the subject “Overview of Pharmacoeconomics’ and Dr Soraya Azmi from Malaysia will talk on ‘Pharmacoeconomics in Malaysia.”
Dr Subodh Kandamuthan from Hyderabad will present a paper on ‘Pharmacoeconomics in drug procurement for Andhra Pradesh’. Dr Bhargava, registrar of Karnataka Pharmacy Council will speak on ‘Pharmacoeconomics & Inventory Management'. A separate panel discussion is also arranged on the subject in the end of the programme.
Dr Dixon Thomas, who is the Head of Department of Pharmacy Practice at the RIPER said, pharmacoeconomics is the scientific discipline that compares the value of one pharmaceutical drug or drug therapy to another. Technology assessment in health care is a multidisciplinary field of policy analysis that uses the best available scientific evidence on the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of interventions used in health care.
October 13th, 2012, 10:49 PM
A project for locals and investors (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/13/a-project-for-locals-and-investors/79753)
A unique business model and an unusual NGO collaborate for an agroforestry project that’s changed the face of Araku Valley and thousands of adivasis who depend on it for their livelihood.
Over the years, the Paderu region in Visakapatnam, home to a number of indigenous communities, watched helplessly as the vast green cover steadily disappeared and was replaced with swathes and swathes of barren brown land devoid of life. Sustaining on a bare minimum, the tribal community was on the brink of destitution.
Today, seven of the eleven mandals in the area and Araku, which lay nestled in this valley, are lush once more.
What started as a cultivation of organic coffee plantations in the last decade has now grown wings. Over 6,000 hectares of degraded land has now been cultivated with 19 different types of fruit and spice trees per acre have been planted establishing a strong agroforestry system that’s changed the face of 300 villages, over 100,000 lives and livelihoods in the area.
The exports resulting from the produce has lifted the adivasis out of poverty and onwards to prosperity.
The “renewed revolution” is thanks to the partnership of NGO Naandi Foundation and the Global Livelihoods Fund which has sponsored the project, that’s now driven by a 25,000 adivasi farming co-operative.
Making their presentation on the sidelines of CoP-11, CEO of Naandi, Manoj Kumar and co-founder of the Livelihoods, Bernard Gautier were heralded for going beyond abstract theoretical discussions and providing the much needed ground-level proof of a sustainable model of biodiversity conservation in the convention.
Over 80 delegates from across 20 countries made their visit to the Araku Valley Project in the last week.
The Livelihoods Fund
“It’s not a foundation, it’s a fund. There’s a return for investors,” clarifies Bernard Gautier, president of Livelihoods. The $30 million investment fund was founded in 2011 with substantial investments from seven large private players, starting with the French food company Danone, Schneider Electric, CDC Climat, Credit Agriculture and joined by Hermes, La poste, Voyageurs de Monde.
“We had an idea to experiment on a large scale project that could restore ecosystems with a lot of carbon, on the other hand, bring livelihoods to locals. To achieve that, we have investors, on one hand, who will bring money into the fund and will be rewarded with carbon credits of high social and ecological value to offset their emissions, while the local communities reap the benefits. It’s a long-term partnership that will reap benefits in the long run,” he explains. Livelihoods also has a project in Sunderbans, and three international projects.
October 13th, 2012, 11:12 PM
AYUSH to focus on quality medical education: Azad (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93017)
Hyderabad: The Department of AYUSH intends to put in concerted efforts to streamline the quality of education during the 12th plan with the objective of imparting high quality training and achieving clinical excellence in all the traditional systems in the country, according to the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday.
Inaugurating the national ‘Arogya’ fair- an exhibition intended for showcasing the strength efficacy and affordability of Ayush system of Medicine, he said that the broad policy support extended by the Government had encouraged the organized development of the Indian systems of Medicine and homeopathy, based on their inherent merits and strengths.
The Government recognized “Sowa-rigpa” system of medicine which was practiced in the sub Himalayana region of the country, thereby expanding the ambit of Ayush family. Quoting the reports of a national survey conducted by the national health system resource centre, he said that the use of AYUSH and the local health traditions remained the main stay of the health care in the rural areas in the country.
The patience attendance in the PHCs, community health centre and the district hospital had go up in the last three to four years after mainstreaming the Ayush strategy with the National Rural Health Mission.
Calling for steps to encourage research by sharing the experiences between the practitioners and the academia, he said that India had well established traditional systems, strong professional bodies, journals publishing contemporary knowledge and information. It is important that the research community in indigenous systems to put in more efforts towards translational research so that the research outcomes could be made available to the stakeholders.
It is a matter of pride that India had as many as 504 AYUSH educational institutions including 111 post graduate colleges, where about 27000 students are admitted annually. “We have largest number of traditional and alternative teaching institutions. More and more foreign students were also coming to India for studying Ayurveda and Yoga, reflecting the increased global interest towards Ayush.
The interest was also apparent in signing MoUs for bilateral cooperation in the areas of conventional medicine and setting up Ayurveda chairs and Ayush information Centres in various countries such as south Africa, Malaysia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
The Chief Minister, N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the Minister for Health, D L Ravindra Reddy, the Minister for Medical Education, Kondru Murali Mohan, the Minister for Transport Botcha satyanarayana and the Minister for labour and employment Danam Nagendra were also present.
October 13th, 2012, 11:13 PM
Ponnala expresses concern over US embargo (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93030)
Hyderabad: The Information Technology Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, in a letter to the US Ambassador in India and the Union Minister for External Affairs, expressed the being raised by the state IT industries associations on issues like embargo by US government on outsourcing of IT projects, consultancy, and services to IT companies in India.
The process of H1B/L1 visas for IT professionals is also taking longer time with higher number of rejections, making the IT companies struggle to adhere to the time lines. Though there is a full-fledged US Consulate in Hyderabad, the visa applications pertaining to IT companies and IT professionals were being processed at Chennai resulting in delays and expenditure, the Minister said.
In view of this, he urged that the visa applications from the State be processed in Hyderabad itself.
October 13th, 2012, 11:19 PM
ICET counselling starts on a dull note (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93162)
• Managements in a tizzy
• Top colleges increase in-take
Counseling for admission into MBA and MCA colleges has started on Friday amidst fears that huge number of seats may remain unfilled on the lines of engineering.The verification of certificates started at 33 centres across the state but students in less numbers have turned up, giving anxious moments for managements of private colleges.
The verification process will go on till October 17 and the choosing of options would commence from 15 and continue till Oct 18. The seats would be allotted on 21, according to Raghunath, counselling officer of Higher Education Council.
Top sources said nearly 140 colleges have reportedly urged the Council to exempt them from counselling process as they want to close down the institutions. Majority of these colleges are located in rural areas and B-town municipalities. While this is the case, interestingly on the other hand, some top rung colleges have got permissions to increase their intake from this academic year onwards.
Acting on the recommendations of the AICTE, The Principal Secretary for Ministry of Higher Education MG Gopal has granted permission on Friday to Aurora Group to take 240 seats additionally in both MCA and MBA at their campuses at Bhongir in Nalgonda and Ramanthapur in Hyderabad.
Similarly, Chadalvada Ramanamma Engineering College in Tirupathi and Andhra Loyala College at Vijayawada got additional seats. The government on Thursday accorded permission to 22 other colleges including CBIT, Annamacharya Institute and others to increase their intake by at least 120 seats in each discipline. As many as 1,21,590 students out of 1.27 lakh qualified in the ICET this year. Almost all the students are assured of seat though all of them may not apply due to various reasons.
Nearly 33, 130 seats in MCA and 34,711 seats in MBA had gone vacant last year. This year, although many rural colleges opted for closure, with increased intake of elite engineering colleges, the number of vacant seats may be slightly less, according to sources. Just 10-15 per cent of colleges may get full admissions, officials felt.
The issue of fee and reimbursement also contributed to the disinterest among the qualifiers. Government has increased the fee in 58 top colleges recently. The reimbursement is restricted to Rs 27,000 for a two-year MBA or MCA course. In this backdrop, not many from socially backward groups may come forward to join, sources analysed.
Meanwhile, activists belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad staged dharna outside the office of Higher Education Council in Masab Tank on Friday demanding full reimbursement for all the eligible qualifiers of MBA and MCA. They tried to gatecrash into the counselling centre but police teams deployed there prevented them.
October 13th, 2012, 11:21 PM
India's public school students at par with private students, says US study (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93164)
The study found that private school attendance is not associated with any and specific benefit in terms of increased student achievement
Private school students in India do not outperform their counterparts in public (government) schools, claims a new study by a Michigan State University education researcher.The study challenges the claim that private schools are superior - a hot issue in India and other developing countries.According to the report, during the past decade some 40 million children have entered India's education system, giving rise to growth in privately run schools.
"Our study finds no consistent benefit of attending a private school," said Amita Chudgar, assistant professor of educational administration. "The main implication is to recognise that the debate is not settled regarding public and private schools," she said in a statement. Amita analysed the reading, writing and math performance of 10,000 Indian students aged 8 to 11.
Since private-school students generally come from families with higher income and education levels, she narrowed the research sample to private and public school students with similar backgrounds. The study, which appears in Economics of Education Review, found that private school attendance is not associated with any systematic and specific benefit in terms of increased student achievement.
Amita said the results hold for rural and urban areas of India, and for both expensive private schools and low-fee private schools.Unlike in the US - where a raft of research has produced mixed results in the public versus private school debate - only a handful of studies have been conducted on the burgeoning Indian educational system, and those studies have favoured private schools, the report said. owever, it's important to keep researching and discussing the issue, Amita said.
"There's a perception among some that a child will enjoy better educational outcomes simply because she or he attends a private school, even a low-fee private school. "But we hope for a more robust conversation on the benefits and limitations of privatisation in the developing world," Amita said.
October 13th, 2012, 11:24 PM
TCS campus selections (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93076)
Bhimavaram: In a major achievement, as many as 126 students of the local SRKR Engineering College were selected in the campus selection drive by TCS that concluded on Friday. Selected candidates include ECE 33, CSc 28, EEE 21, Civil 14, Mechanical 13 and IT 11 and others are MTech students of different streams.
The selections were done for four days. College principal Dr Dantuluri Ranga Raju, secretary and correspondent Sagi Achuta Rama Raju, director Vithal Ranga Raju and college placement and guidence cell in-charge Dr Pardhasaradhi Varma complimented the students on their achievement.
October 13th, 2012, 11:26 PM
Dental Science students’ meet inaugurated in Bhimavaram (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93080)
Bhimavaram: NTR Health University Vice-Chancellor Dr I V Rao inaugurated the three- day State- level Under Graduate Dental Science students’ conference here on Friday at Vishnu College of Dental Science campus. He lightened the lamp to mark the inauguration of the three-day event. Indian Dental Association, Andhra Pradesh Chapter is conducting this event in association with Vishnu College of Dental Sciences.
Addressing the participants, Dr I V Rao said that the uniqueness of this programme was that IDA was conducting a conference to the benefit of students. This attempt is a welcome move that involves students of dental sciences, dentists and the teaching faculty. It is a rare combination, he said. This conference will expose the students to the latest developments taking place in the professional arena.
Students can come out with original, novel and fresh ideas to discuss, debate and interact with the seniors, he said. There are only 21 dental sciences colleges in the State and three government colleges. It is heartening to note that as many as 2,500 students from 21 colleges are participating in the event.
“ I never have never come across this type of conference,’ he said. Chairman of the Vishnu Educational Society K V Vishnu Raju in his address urged the students to make use of the conference to their advantage. Vishnu Dental College founded by Padmabhushan B V Raju completed its 10 years of existence and is celebrating its decennial year, he said. IDA Andhra Pradesh Chapter president Ravindra Reddy wanted the event to be an annual event.
Former national vice president of the IDA Dr Murali Mohan , president, IDA Andhra Pradesh Chapter (elect) Dr Raja Murty, president, Coastal Andhra IDA Venkata Ramana Reddy, State secretary Dr Ajaya Benerji, Deccan Andhra IDA president Dr Jayasimha Reddy were present. While Dr B V Raman Reddy is acting as honorary president of the reception committee, Dr Sajjan Suresh, principal, Vishnu Dental College and Dr N Govinda Raja Kumar are organising secretaries.
Vishnu Dental College Graduation Day will be held on 14th of this month. Dr Surendra Shetty, Bangalore and recipient of Padmabhushan Award Dr B M Hegde and Dr Kandaswamy and Dr Pradeep will address the student participants.
October 13th, 2012, 11:27 PM
5.6 cr people issued Aadhar cards in State: Census Director (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93083)
Eluru: Director of Census Operations YV Anuradha said that a total of 5.6 crore people had been issued Aadhar cards so far in the State.
When she visited the district to review enumeration of census and issuing of Aadhar cards, District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan received her at Irrigation Guest House here on Friday.
Speaking to newsmen, the Director stated that the State was leading other parts of the country in issuing Aadhar cards as out of 8.6 crore population, 5.6 crore were already issued the cards in the State. She announced that steps were being taken to issue the cards to remaining 3 crore population and to complete the entire process by March 2013.
On an experimental basis, the government was already distributing essential commodities through ration shops based on the Aadhar cards in East Godavari and Hyderabad districts and the results were very encouraging, she added.
She said that the government could save 30 per cent subsidy rice in villages and 20 per cent subsidy rice in towns by checking bogus ration cards with the help of the Aadhar cards.
She stressed that every citizen should possess the Aadhar card as the government was planning to implement various welfare schemes on the basis of the card in the coming days. The Collector explained her about the progress of implementation of various welfare schemes, status of census enumeration and distribution of Aadhar cards in the district.
Dr Vani Mohan informed that out of 39 lakh population in the district 21.79 lakh peoplevhad been given the cards and special centres would be set up to issue the multipurpose cards to the reaming people.
Joint Collector T Baburao Naidu, DRO M Mohan Raj and other officials were present on the occasion.
October 13th, 2012, 11:32 PM
RTI helps in creating society free of corruption: Jagannatha Rao (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=93123)
Srikakulam: It is possible to establish a corruption-free society with the help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, said District Consumers Court president P Jagannatha Rao. The RTI Day was organised jointly by the Nehru Yuva Kendra, forum for protection of RTI, United forum for RTI and Eenadu Mundadugu, at Bapuji Kala Mandir here on Friday.
The RTI is a good tool to curb corruption and establish a good society, the president of the Consumers Court said. Stating that each one should have good behaviour and do their duties efficiently for prosperity, he said that efforts should be made for the development of the society through officials, senior citizens and experts in various fields.
Speaking on the occasion, District Rural Development Agency project director P Rajinikantha Rao said that people’s participation in the effective implementation of the RTI Act is vital. Stating that there is no secrecy in government offices, he said that officials should be more aware of RTI.
The RTI State Resource person Prof D Vishnu said that awareness on RTI is only 18 per cent in the towns and eight per cent in the villages. Till now only 5.62 lakh applications in the country and only 1,22,131 applications in the State have been received, he said. He called upon the RTI activists to use the Act for the benefit of the society and not for selfish purposes.
He suggested to the RTI activists to approach the Superintendent of Police in case of threats. Some 62 persons who did not give the information on time were fined by the Commission, he said. Six top officials were fined up to Rs 25,000 each, he said.
According to Section 2, sub section A of the Act, in case the petitioner is not able to pay for the xerox copy of the information, he can examine the records directly and note down the information, he informed.
Giving instances, he said that a student petitioned saying that he did not get stipend. But the records showed that the stipend was paid. On further inquiry it was revealed that the student received his stipend. Also a candidate for the post of police sub inspector was selected but his name was not mentioned in the merit list. On inquiry it was found that because of typing mistake, his name was omitted.
Earlier a rally was taken out on RTI. The chief guest presented prizes to the winners of essay writing competition on the occasion. DPRO L Ramesh, Dr Jami Bhavani Shankar, Natukula Mohan, RTI activists, students and others participated.
October 13th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Special NCC Camp from October 16 (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=93124)
Kakinada: NCC Special National Integration Camp would be conducted at Samalkota and Pedapuram in East Godavari district from October 16 to 27. The camp would be held at the Government Junior College at Samalkota and at Sri Prakash Synergy School at Peddapuram.
Kakinada NCC Group Headquarters Commandant Col Sriram told reporters here on Friday that 300 NCC cadets and officials from various States would participate in the camp. The main event would be held at Sri Prakash Synergy School. Minister of State for Defence MM Pallam Raju would attend the closing ceremony to be held at Peddapuram on October 26. NCC Director-General PC Balla, APNCC Deputy Director-General S Badayal and people’s representatives from the district would take part in the celebrations.
Col Sriram said events like ceremonial parade, horse show, dog show and platoon mock attack would be displayed by the NCC cadets in the closing ceremony. The Army would perform synchronised drill, helicopter show, air-dropping by marine commandos, micro-light aircraft and rope skipping. Equipment of the Army, war tanks and artillery guns would be displayed.
A mega motorcycle display would be performed by the daredevils team from Indian Army at Rangaraya Medical College Grounds in Kakinada from 9.30 am to 11.30 am on October 17 and from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm on October 18. He said 30 commandos from Bangalore unit of the Indian Army would perform this daredevil feat. Approximately 10,000 people were expected to witness these rare feats. A pipe band display would be organised after the event, he added.
October 13th, 2012, 11:34 PM
Collector pays surprise visit to village (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=93126)
Vizianagaram: District Collector Veerabrahmaiah visited M.Kothavalasa village of Jami mandal in the district on Friday, as part of his Grama Sandarshana. During the tour he enquired with the villagers regarding the implementation of various government schemes and their response to them. He learnt of the problems faced by the villagers and offered them solutions.
The Collector reviewed the functioning of the health, school education, Anganwadi centre and election personnel in the village. This is the 98th village the Collector has visited so far as part of his Grama Sandarshana programme.
He discussed with the villagers regarding various issues like deliveries in hospitals, voters’ revision list, midday meal scheme, programmes under national village health mission, individual toilets, pensions and drinking water and learnt about the implementation of the schemes. He offered suggestions to the officials regarding the solutions to the various problems faced by the villagers.
He visited the Anganwadi centre and distributed chocolates to the children and spent time talking to them. In a surprise visit to the village, he first visited the mandal parishad primary school and enquired with the principal about the number of students and about those in the village who are studying in private schools. He spoke to the organiser of the midday meal scheme and tried to learn about their problems.
The representatives of the Agency area told the Collector that there has been a delay in payment of bills for the past six months. When the Collector asked the mandal education officer about this, she said because the bills were not submitted on time, the budget was lapsed. He called the district education officer from there and told him to resolve the issue immediately. He suggested to them that such issues should be brought to his notice during review meetings.
October 13th, 2012, 11:36 PM
Awareness drive on mouth cancer (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=93129)
Srikakulam: Need to create awareness among the people about mouth cancer was emphasised by RIMS director DVVS Rammurthy. He was the chief guest at the cancer awareness programme which was organised under the auspices of Ghadham Dental Hospital at Day and Night Junction here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, he lauded the efforts of the hospital when the doctors struck to their respective medical practice by forgetting social responsibility. Mouth cancer can be curable if it is diagnosed in the early stages and get treatment, he said.
“So, awareness should be created among the public about this, while college students are being addicted to gutka which would be dangerous as it would afflict them with mouth cancer,” he said. He released a flexi with a slogan- smoking and chewing of tobacco is injurious to health and flagged off a rally.
Dr GV Raghuram, the managing director of Ghadam Dental Hospital, said, “Surveys and reports say that there are more mouth cancer cases in Srikakulam district. To contain mouth cancer, doctors and media should play a vital role in order to create awareness among the public. Our country tops the list in the world in mouth cancer cases in the world, while Srikakulam district too having more cases.
Hence, awareness programme was being launched from this district. Free dental tests will be conducted and reports will be submitted to the government. Having white, red patches in mouth are symptoms for cancer,” he pointed out.
October 13th, 2012, 11:39 PM
Student unions obstruct ICET counselling process (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=93098)
Kurnool: AISF and SFI student unions obstructed the certificate verification process during web-based counselling of ICET at Pulla Reddy Engineering College in Kurnool on Friday demanding the government to give clarity on fee reimbursement scheme. Tension prevailed for a while when the leaders refused to go out of the counselling hall following police personnel’s suggestion.
Police took the leaders into custody when the counselling stopped for about two hours. Later, the process continued without interruption. Leaders of student unions warned of staging agitations if the government fails to increase the fee reimbursement amount.
October 13th, 2012, 11:39 PM
State denying its due share to aged pensioners: Manda Krishna (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=93106)
Kadapa: MRPS leader Manda Krishna Madiga criticised the State government for not contributing its share to the pensions of senior citizens as Centre providing its due share. His ongoing ‘Yudhabheri Yatra’ demanding hike in pension to Rs 1,000 to elders and widows per month, has reached Kadapa on Friday.
Speaking at a meeting, he said that Congress came to power in 2004 by assuring a pension of Rs 225 to elders and widows and now the Congress government is handing over Rs 200 pension of the Central government and not adding even a single rupee on its behalf.
He demanded to increase the elders’ pension to Rs 1,000, 50 per cent travel concession and constitution of separate ministry for elders’ welfare. He warned of intensifying the agitation and of organising Yudda Bheri with elders and widows at Hyderabad on November 27 if these demands were not addressed before the deadline.
October 13th, 2012, 11:45 PM
Camel traders walk for 2,500 km to get an income of `5,000 (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=93056)
Kothakota(Mahbubnagar): Camel traders (sellers) from Rajasthan undergo arduous experience to get an income of mere Rs 5,000.
Along with their family members, they walk for about 80 days to cover more than 2,500 kms from Rajasthan to Kadapa in Andhra Pradesh. It would be a horrible experience for an average camel trader. The consumption of camel meat increases significantly during Bakrid. The Muslims also distribute camel meat among their neighbours and relatives. They butcher some hundreds of camels during Bakrid.
There are a large number of Muslims in Kurnool, Kadapa and Anantapur districts. So, traders involved in camel selling activity, purchase the animals in Rajasthan and bring them to Kadapa and other towns to resell them. The trade has been in vogue for several decades. Transportation of camels in vehicles is costly and it would be a loss to traders if they transport camels in vehicles. So an average trader prefers bringing the camels by road walking all the way to Kadapa from Rajasthan.
The camel traders purchase each camel at a price ranging from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 in Rajasthan. They sell each animal at around Rs 30,000. Within this, they have to meet the expenditure for their long journey, for their food and other expenses. By deducting the expenses, they get an average of Rs 5,000 on each animal.
They walk for more than two and half months to cover the distance. On their way, they come across many accidents. Sometimes, heavy vehicles like lorries mow down the desert ship. On other occasions, they die due to diseases. The family members suffer due to illness. In such cases, the traders incur losses. Many of these traders are illiterate and do not know other works. So, they continue in their trade of selling camels despite hardships.
October 13th, 2012, 11:46 PM
Prepare comprehensive plan for ‘Maarpu’, officials told (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=93057)
Karimnagar: District Collector Smitha Sabharwal has directed the officials to prepare a comprehensive plan for introducing a new programme `Maarpu’. The new programme is aimed to provide nutritious food, to provide medical facilities to women and children and to reduce the mortality rate among them. The existing schemes would be integrated for better results.
The Collector addressed a review meeting at the Collectorate here on Friday. She asked the officials to constitute teams division wise and prepare a plan to achieve goals. The team members have to meet every month and discuss the progress of works in implementing Government schemes for the welfare of women and children.
The pending works have to be discussed in the next meeting and find out to solve the problems. They have to bring awareness among women to utilize the schemes effectively. New proposals would be sent to the higher officials in this regard, she added.
Officials of District Water Areas Management (DWAMA), District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), District Medical and Health Department officials were present at the meeting besides Joint Collector Sunar Abnar.
October 13th, 2012, 11:48 PM
Dy CM to lay stone for Engg College (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=93066)
Sangareddy: Deputy Chief Minister Damodaram Rajanarasimha will lay the foundation stone for an Engineering College affiliated to the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad at Sultanpur of Pulkal mandal in Medak district on October 17. This was stated by the College Principal M Mazhar Hussian at a press conference here on Friday.
Speaking to the media, Mazhar Hussian said that the building would be constructed on a 140 acre land at an estimated cost of Rs 28 crore at Sultanpur. He said the engineering college would run classes temporarily at Tara Degree College. He said classes would be run in all the four branches of engineering from this year.
The Principal said that two new courses in mechanical nano technology and civil environmental engineering would be introduced from this year. He said there are 240 seats available and 239 students have already joined and added that there were 16 faculty members.
The Principal said that hostel facilities would be provided to 163 boys and girls in private rented buildings. He lauded the efforts of the Deputy Chief Minister for establishing the College. Among those who were present in the meeting included Professor CH Achhaiah,deputy EE Ashok Kumar and others.
Aadhar DD inspects offices
Sangareddy: Deputy Director of state aadhar cards BNN Murthy inspected the Aadhar enrolment centres at the Collectorate and the Tahsildar’s office in the town on Friday.
October 13th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Bridge the gap between police and people: ADGP (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=93071)
Warangal: There has to be a qualitative change in the present working style of the policemen, said Additional Director General of Police- Coordination V K Singh. He averred that the distance between people and police should be further narrowed. He suggested some personal changes among the policemen and asked for quality of work. He also suggested to higher officials to conduct review of the work of their subordinates periodically.
He was participating in review meeting on the functioning of the police from two districts of Warangal and Khammam at Zilla Parishad Conference Hall in Hanamkonda on Friday. Warangal (rural) Superintendent of Police S Rajesh Kumar, Warangal (urban) SP S Shyam Kumar and Khammam SP P Hari Kumar made a Powerpoint presentation on the policing in their district.
SPs explained FIR particulars, working of reception counters, the ratio of women and men police personnel, handing over the receipts to complainants, working of Praja Diwas (Grievance Cells), transfer of the police personnel and rules in force, review meetings on crime situation, conducting of periodical physical fitness tests and written tests on policemen and finally taking stock of several welfare schemes to policemen in service or retired.
ADGP(Coordination) took the feedback from the SPs of Warangal and Khammam districts and expressed his satisfaction over the overall working of the police administration. The police review meeting was attended by North Zone Inspector General of Police Anjani Kumar, Warangal Deputy Inspector General of Police Vikram Singh Mann, SPs of Warangal and Khammam, OSD Dr Sai Shekhar, Warangal rural additional SP K Srikant, AR Commandant Prabhakar, ASPs Senthil Kumar, Koya Praveen and other police officials took part in the meeting.
October 13th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Students asked to register their names in voter list (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=93070)
Warangal: District Collector Rahul Bojja has urged students and youth who attained voting right to register their names in electoral rolls.
He said that the summary revision of the electoral rolls has been going on in the district. A special drive of the electoral enrollment would also be held on October 14 and 21 for registering the names of new voters. The publication of electoral draft was done on October 1 followed by a special enrollment drive on October7, 2012.
He said there has been a gap between latest population census figures and electoral rolls which indicate that the youth who have newly attained the voting right have not registered their names in the voter list. The Collector has said that the district administration has been gearing up for publication of final voter list in January 2013. In view of which young voters should enroll their names in the voter list, he said. The details of draft voters lists were posted on Election Commission website and the same was also made available at respective booth level officers.
Any changes in the voters details could be made now and the same would be updated in the final list to be published the next year. The district administration has planned to conduct awareness programmes for educating the students on the importance of enrolling the names in the voters list, said the Collector.
New applications, objections and revisions would be done till December 1, 2012. The updation of the rolls would be done from December 1 to 31 and final list would be published on January 5, 2013. In all, there are 23, 63, 118 voters in the district. 11, 88, 273 male and 11, 74, 845 are female.
October 15th, 2012, 01:05 AM
Pollution, rampant trawling hit fish catch along AP coast (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Pollution-rampant-trawling-hit-fish-catch-along-AP-coast/articleshow/16814219.cms)
VISAKHAPATNAM: Fish catch in coastal AP has plummeted by almost 40% besides registering a sharp decline in marine biodiversity and disruption in ecosystem with several endemic species becoming extinct over the last decade. This is direct fallout of indiscriminate and unscientific exploitation by trawler nets, unchecked pollution and lack of implementation of government regulations.
Researchers and experts express concern and point out that alternative methods of fish catching and livelihood for the fishing community are a must to save the marine biodiversity. B Baratha Lakshmi, director, Academic Staff College, Andhra University, who is involved in biodiversity conservation, points out that untreated release of effluents including heavy metals, chemicals and its sewage, pesticides, pharma factories and oil spills from ships have wreaked havoc on the marine life on AP coast.
Indiscriminate exploitation of resources by heavy trawler traffic and climate change has also caused a drop in fish catch. "There has been a sharp decline in fish catch by around 40% in the last one-and-a-half decade. The Bay has about 600 varieties of commercially-viable fish but more than 55 varieties of species are already on the endangered list," she says.
Owing to increase in ultraviolet radiation due to ozone layer depletion, 'phytoplankton' (food for the fish) has also depleted, disrupting the aquatic food chain, Lakshmi avers. "Moreover, when Ph (measure for acid or alkalinity) value for sea water is more or less than normal 5, fish production will also come down," she points out.
Explaining the havoc caused by trawl nets, K Sujatha of department of marine living resources, AU, says while catching the fish (mostly shrimps), many other non-target species get entangled in the net or propellers, including shell fish, juvenile finned fish, ecologically important predatory fish, dolphins, turtles and so on which are discarded as trash or used as cattle feed. "This happens because the nets are often 1.3 cm to 2.5 cm in size contrary to the government norm of 4 cm. Turtle excluding devices (TEDs) are not always used nor strict penalties are imposed," she reveals. Sujatha says very small patches of coral reefs remain in Vizag due to unregulated fishing activity.
Curiously, fish catch has stagnated at around two lakh tonnes from the sea in AP, which has a long coastline of 974 km, despite increase in demand for consumption. Maheswarudu, principal scientist, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), warns if indiscriminate exploitation and pollution are not checked, there will be severe shortage of fish. "Several fish have migrated to the deep sea waters from the coast due to heavy pollution from thermal power and pharma manufacturing units," he says.
Experts say besides building artificial reefs in the coastal areas to shelter the fish to preserve biodiversity and stop non-judicious fishing activity. Currently, around 350 trawlers are operating in Vizag. In all there are 1,341 trawlers in the state, besides 17,837 traditional boats. Though deep trawling has now been converted to tuna fish liners, it had disturbed aquatic life to a great extent. "The government needs to take up promotional projects, stop pollution especially oil spills and industry effluents, adopt cage culture in the sea and provide alternative livelihood to fishermen," Maheswarudu says.
October 15th, 2012, 01:08 AM
Araku Utsav put off as Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation staff continue stir (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Araku-Utsav-put-off-as-Andhra-Pradesh-Tourism-Development-Corporation-staff-continue-stir/articleshow/16814307.cms)
VISAKHAPATNAM: The week long Araku Utsav proposed to be held from October 15 to 21 has been postponed due to the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) staff strike in Araku, Borra, Tyda and Anantagiri which began on October 10. "Araku Utsav has been postponed. However, once the issue is resolved, the utsav is likely to be conducted from October 18 ," district collector V Seshadri said on Sunday.
The deadlock between the officials of APTDC and the striking workers remained unresolved with the strikers demanding that any promise made should be in writing.
Moreover, the APTDC officials have made it clear that the demand for regularisation of jobs would have to be met by the state government and noted that they had petitioned the government on this issue.
Sources in APTDC said the officials had in principle agreed to their demand regarding hike in salaries. However, the issue of profit sharing from Borra was yet to be dealt with, with the strikers and Borra Panchayat supported by Samata demanding a 20% share while the APTDC assenting to 10%.
With the strike still on, minister for tribal welfare, P Bala Raju took up the cause of the striking workers and met the executive director APTDC, Sumit Singh and PO ITDA Paderu on Sunday, urging them to meet the demands of the striking workers and to ensure that the strike is called off.
October 15th, 2012, 01:08 AM
Chenchus help in managing tiger reserve better (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/chenchus-help-in-managing-tiger-reserve-better/article3997253.ece)
Efforts by the State Forest Department has led to an increase in the tiger population in NSTR
The induction of Chenchus belonging to the primitive tribe, mostly living in the Nallamala forests deep inside the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve Sanctuary has come as a boon to reserve management, together with the use of camera traps to record animal activity.
Better management and concerted and sustained efforts by the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department over a few years have established the population of tiger in the NSTR as ranging between 53 to 66 with mid-value excluding an unspecified number of cubs.
The initiatives taken by the department like involving Chenchu youth has gone a long way in conservation, according to A.V. Joseph, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests-Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden. A vital component of tiger reserve management and monitoring of their movement to establish their population is the camera traps, about 100 of them spread over 400 square km of habitat, he added.
Found on the fringes of the NSTR in small settlement that are called ‘gudems’, the Chenchus live in harmony with nature, displaying their strong sense of ownership for the forests and the wildlife and mostly depend on non-timber forest produce like roots, tubers, and seasonal fruits for their livelihood. They work as base camp protection watchers and as tiger trackers assisting field staff in protection and monitoring duty throughout the year and habitat improvement works.
Single largest sanctuary
The NSTR is the single largest sanctuary for tigers among the 16 such facilities across the country. The large extent of reserve makes it a huge, ideal landscape for conservation of tigers and other wildlife, apart from being famous for its floral and faunal diversity.
Tigers apart, there are predators like wild dogs and panthers, herbivores including the spotted deer, ‘Neelgai’, four-horned antelope, apart from birds, rare insects and the like, all contributing to the diversity.
The sheer vastness of the tract poses challenges for the department in protecting the rich biodiversity wealth, primarily because of the limited personnel, not to forget the inhospitable terrain.
“The threat of poaching posed by organised gangs from outside Andhra Pradesh, like the ‘Bahelias’ and ‘Bawarias’, apart from the wildlife killing due to man-animal conflict, make it imperative for round-the-clock surveillance,” Mr. Joseph said.
October 15th, 2012, 01:09 AM
India art makes a splash at Beijing art show (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/india-art-makes-a-splash-at-beijing-art-show/article3996548.ece)
Mr. Poosapati Parameshwar Raju is one of the eleven artists from India, hails from Andhra Pradesh and in his works depicts timelessness of the Vedas
The India Pavilion at the ongoing Fifth Beijing Biennale art exhibition, Beijing is creating a splash.
In a country popular for its vibrant culture and art forms, leading contemporary artistes from India have been drawing huge response for their work.
With their intrinsic Indian character in a blend of contemporary interpretation to the traditional, mythological and social content, the 26 artworks including two video works done on canvases, created specially for the exhibition by 11 leading artists from across India, have drawn highest number of visitors, says Lalit Kala Akademi Secretary Sudhakar Sharma. The Art exhibition opened on September 28 and will be on till October 22.
The Indian pavilion represents the diverse art forms, painting, sculptures, calligraphy, audio and video depictions and a combination of all art forms with Indian ethos but universality as core element. The beauty of the artists’ work is that they religiously stuck to the given theme ‘Future and Reality’ and the clarity in execution has won appreciation, Mr. Sharma notes.
In a country renowned for its calligraphy art, Poosapati Parameshwar Raju’s exploitation of the calligraphic medium to bring to the fore the classic motifs in a new light have also been attracting attention.
Mr. Raju, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, in his works depicted timelessness of the Vedas. In another work titled ‘Sun’ to celebrate the winter solstice or ‘Makar Sankranti’, the vibrant strokes of his work generate a rhythm suggestive of the beginning of life, its continuance and its end.
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi has taken the Indian special exhibition in response to a privileged invitation. “India is one of the four countries, among 84 participating countries, that have been given a country pavilion to exhibit its art forms,” Dr. Sudhakar Sharma said.
“It was the outcome of the dialogue between the Akademi and China Artists Association, with the proposal for holding reciprocal art events among the two nations, a reiteration of symbiotic relationship,” Mr. Sharma told The Hindu. China too will bring a strong contingent of contemporary art to the forthcoming India Triennale in 2013, he said.
The works by leading contemporary artists Anju Dodiya, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, K.K. Muhammed, N.N. Rimzon, Poosapati Parameshwar Raju, K.S Radhakrishnan, Riyas Kommu, Seema Kohli, Suman Gupta, Vijay Bagodi and Deepak Govindrao Shinde were extensively covered by Chinese media and the Art magazines.
Some of the lauded works are Seema Kohli’s offer of multi-coloured butterfly installation where the forms are not just decorative in nature but also express deep-seated metaphysical statements as well. Riyas Kommu’s art in his video work, the Gandhian throwback in the work of Vijay Bagodi were other interesting fare.
October 15th, 2012, 01:12 AM
AP govt to hold meeting to discuss weavers' issues (http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/ap-govt-to-hold-meeting-to-discuss-weavers-issues/68398/)
Andhra Pradesh government would organise a one-day high-level meeting on October 20 to discuss the problems of weavers.
The meeting will be held as per the promise made by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy during his 'Indiramma Bata' mass-contact programme in East Godavari district.
The one-day meeting would be attended by ministers, senior officials, representatives of weavers and experts, a release from the Chief Minister's Office said.
The release quoted Reddy as saying that the government is trying to link the textiles sector with the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
The release said the government waived loans of weavers to the tune of Rs 163 crore and taken other steps like setting up purchase centres for the products of weavers among others.
October 15th, 2012, 01:27 AM
Brahmaji Rao’s writings potrayed real life stories (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93213)
Hyderabad: The well known Telugu writer Ghandikota Brahmaji Rao was born on December 23, 1922 in the famous khadi village of Ponduru in Srikakulam district. He started his literary pursuits at an early of 16 in 1938.
He did three post graduate degrees in Telugu, English and Sanskrit. He worked in Railways as Engineer mostly in West Bengal. After retiring in 1980 he was special officer for one year at Haldia port on extension.
Rao published as many as ten novels, one large collection of stories and a few translations.
He also did research on English short stories and won many prizes. He was a great believer in interacting with people in order to make his writings realistic and rich with life.
His novels include Parugulide Chakralu, Navvindi Nagavali, Prema Murthi, Shraamika Shakatam, Vijayawada Junction, Nalla Mabbu. Prema Murthi was based on his experiences at the Calcutta Port, while Vijayawada Junction is a thriller. His collection of 96 stories is titled Mayurakshi.
Among them he mentioned Guide Dog, Malupu, Idee Katha, Mayurakshi, Cheppu Thinedu Kukka and Aarohana Avarohana as his favourites. He also translated Sundarakanda of Ramayanam from Sanskrit and Arabian Nights from English into Telugu.
October 15th, 2012, 01:28 AM
Writer Ghandikota passes away (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93220)
Hyderabad: Reputed Telugu short story writer and novelist Ghandikota Bhrahmaji Rao passed away on Friday at Baranpur in West Bengal .He would have been 90 years in December. He was living with his son after retirement.
Founder member of Visakha Rachayitala Sangham in early 1940s Brahmaji Rao had a long career in Railways and spent much of his service at Kharagpur. He worked in the technical section and occupied high positions as Divisional Mechanical Engineer.
‘ Navvindi Nagaavali’ was Rao’s first story collection . ‘Shraamika Shakatam’ and ‘Vijayawada Junction’,the two novels serialized gave him wide recognition in the literary world.
Hundreds of stories and more than 20 novels apart from translations for Sahitya Academy made him a man of letters. Kalipatnam Rama Rao , Chalasani Prasad, LR Swami, GVSLN Raju, Dr Malayvasini and other writers and literary associations of North Andhra mourned the death of the eminent writer and paid rich tributes to him.
They said he depicted the middle class life in general and those with the backdrop of railways in particular. A condolence meeting in memory of Brahmaji Rao will be conducted by Monday Mosaic organization on Monday at 6pm at Visakha Public Library .
October 15th, 2012, 01:28 AM
Tender disparities cost Govt Rs 575cr (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93215)
Hyderabad: The CPI has urged the state government to cancel the tenders given to M/s Utsav Safety Systems for the manufacture of high security registration plates (HRSP) and give the contract to the state run road transport corporation.
In a letter to the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, the CPI state secretary K Narayana on Saturday pointed out the huge variation in the rates quoted by the company for manufacture of the HRSP.
The company, which had quoted Rs 88.91 for two wheelers, Rs 85.96 for three wheelers, Rs 212.24 for LMV and Rs 219.99 for HMV in New Delhi has quoted Rs 200, Rs 243, Rs 415 and Rs 445 respectively here.
Thus, if the variation in quoted rates is concerned, the state government may have to pay Rs. 574.6 crore extra to the M/s Utsav Company.
Narayana further said that while Delhi government was not providing any space for embossing and affixing station in Delhi, the government of Andhra Pradesh had agreed to provide space in the premises of the road transport authority.
In fact, the process of HRSP has been a jinxed issue in the state. So far the issue has been put on hold thrice. Recently, the transport minister Botcha Satyanarayana after a review meeting said that the government was not happy with the rates quoted by the company and hence it had not approved so far.
As per the schedule, the financial bids were to be opened on May 7 but the officials did not take up the work. The file on tenders, sent to the CM, was returned without his approval to transport Minister Botcha Satyanarayana.
October 15th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Govt should execute laws strictly: Women organisations (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93216)
Hyderabad: In the backdrop of falling child sex ratio in the State, women organisations called on the government to change its attitude of poor execution of laws constituted for protection and empowerment of girl and women.
Women activists representing various civil societies, political parties and other public representatives deliberated over the issues that led to fall of female sex population in the State. Recent census revealed that there are only 914 females for every 1000 males in the State.
In the round table discussion for ‘Save the Girl Child’ organised by Samajika Chaitanya Vedika on Saturday, speakers said that increasing cases of sex determination, female foeticide, sexual assault, and different kinds of harassment on women had caused the significant fall, due to which Andhra Pradesh stands third in lowest child sex ratio, which was a matter of shame, said the speakers.
They resolved over demanding the government to form a special committee comprising of sincere and expert panel members for regulating the laws meant for protection and empowerment of women and girl child.
Mallu Swarajyam, prominent leader of Telangana Peasants’ Armed Struggle, said that though many laws for women welfare and empowerment were constituted following strong movements and struggles, the governments had never implemented them sincerely. Even as there were laws against sex determination and female foeticide, the government was openly allowing many such centres which examine sex of a child in womb.
“Today several sex determination centres are thriving openly in the State. This would not have happened if the government was sincere in protecting the girl child,” Mallu Swarajyam said.
“Even as there is a crisis for drinking water in the State, liquor outlets are found everywhere encouraging the men to drink. In the families coming under below poverty line, addiction of alcohol has ruined many families. Women and girls are committing suicide following harassment by the men,” added Mallu Swarajyam.
Revolutionary poet Balladeer Gaddar said that women had always been under the dominance of men that deprived them from the right of freedom. “There is need for all women organisations to come together to bring pressure on the government that could execute the women protection laws,” he said.
Samajika Chaitanya Vedika convener Poduri Karuna, former MLC Dileep,Kumar, YSRCP leader Vasireddi Padma, social activist Ratna Mala, Nagam Janardhan Reddy were among those who spoke at the conference.
October 15th, 2012, 01:32 AM
NREGS helps prevent migration, says Deo (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=93239)
Rampachodavaram: No country has introduced the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme which is providing employment to the poor workers and preventing migrations, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and Panchayath Raj V Kishore Chandra Deo said here on Saturday.
He suggested that work should be provided to those who seek as a universal entitlement in the implementation of the scheme and called upon the people to make use of the scheme. He was the chief guest at a training camp for Mates of Rampachodavaram mandal in East Godavari district.
The Union minister said that the construction of bridges, which was pending for the last 40 years, was being taken up now due to the scheme. He said the Central government was making all efforts for safeguarding the health of children and providing education in tribal areas. He announced a grant of Rs 68 lakh for the development of local residential schools and Rs 8 lakh for a mobile dispensary in the area hospital. He laid foundation stones for several developmental programmes in the Agency area.
Later, he reviewed the progress of developmental works being taken up by the ITDA. On this occasion, he said he would make efforts to bring in funds for the development of tribal areas if proposals were sent to the Centre through the State government. He assured that he would take steps to build own buildings for panchayats and to set up bank branches in the Agency area.
He asked the officials to encourage horticulture and rubber cultivation with the subsidies provided by the Rubber Board along with palm oil cultivation. He suggested setting up of fisheries societies with the displaced people to cultivate fish in Musurumilli and Bhupathipalem reservoirs.
He said there was scope to get five acres as community claim with the changes made in the guidelines in the Forest Rights Act. Tendu leaves and fallen bamboo have been included in the minor forest products, he disclosed.
Speaking to reporters later, the Union minister said that steps were being taken to make a village as a unit in the Integrated Action Plan instead of the district. He made it clear that no industry or project would be allowed to be set up without required permissions in the Scheduled area. Regarding the Polavaram project, he said he was not against the project. However, the project should be constructed without inundating tribal areas and by taking steps to pay the relief and rehabilitation (R&R) packages properly, he added.
October 15th, 2012, 01:34 AM
Voter registration mandatory:Collector (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93321)
Eluru: West Godavari District Collector Dr G Vani Mohan on Saturday said it was mandatory for all persons who attain 18 years of age by January 1, 2013 to register their names for vote. She released a poster on the revision of voter list and new voters’ registration at Collectorate.
Later, addressing the media, she said that voters' list would be displayed at the ration shops to enable the voters to verify their names and apply for fresh enrolment.
The applications for registration of new voters would be available with polling booth-level officials, besides they would be kept ready at offices of panchayats, municipalities, mandals, RDO, e-Seva centres and colleges, she said.Meanwhile, Joint Collector Dr T Baburao Naidu on Saturday sought cooperation of all political parties to make voter registration a success in the district. He convened a meeting with leaders of political parties at the Collectorate.
Speaking on the occasion, he requested the representatives of the political parties to submit applications in advance for appointment of booth-level agents.
He asked them to help graduates register their names for voting right in the Legislative Council’s graduate constituency elections. District Revenue Officer M Mohana Raju, Puli Sriramulu (Congress), N Harikrishna Prasad (BJP), Pali Prasad (TDP), B Venkateswara Rao (BSP) and Ch Bheemeswara Rao (Lok Satta) were present at the meeting.
October 15th, 2012, 01:36 AM
High Court judge calls for plantation to save environment (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93326)
Eluru: Andhra Pradesh High Court Judge KC Bhanu called upon people to take up sapling plantation to save environment. He planted saplings on the premises of district court on Saturday. He was felicitated by legal luminaries like district judge Ramesh Babu, district legal services authority secretary Lakshmi Sarada, public prosecutor Krishna Reddy and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhanu said plantation was vital for a clean environment. It was the responsibility of human beings to protect he planted saplings. Everybody should take up plantation as levels of atmospheric pollution were increasing with the rise in population and vehicles. Besides human beings, animals and birds were also affected by polluted environment, he lamented. The judge inaugurated the newly built main gate in the district court.
Kudos to Syndicate Bank
The AP High Court judge applauded Syndicate Bank for its involvement in the social service activities. He inaugurated the bank-funded drinking water plant on court premises. He said people who come to court for different works would be benefited by the water plant. Banks and voluntary organisations should focus on such service activities, he said.
District judge Ramesh Babu conveyed his thanks to senior branch managers of the bank, Chandrasekhar and Subrahmanyam, for readily responding to his proposal to set up a water plant on the court premises. District Superintendent of Police Ramesh, Eluru DSP Rajani and others were present.
Judge offers prayers
Dwaraka Tirumala: AP High Court Judge Bhanu accompanied by members of his family offered prayers to Lord Venkateswara here. He performed `kunkumarchana’ to the goddess and received blessings.
Temple executive officer MVSS Vishnu Prasad welcomed the judge as per temple customs. Amid chanting of Vedic mantras, he secured blessings. He worshipped cows at the Goshala. He also performed puja at Sivalayam, temple of Bhramaramba Devi and Vighneswara Swamy.
October 15th, 2012, 01:36 AM
Artistes honoured (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93332)
Eluru: West Godavari District Public Relations Officer RVS Ramachandra Rao on Saturday honoured with mementoes 130 artistes who enacted in `Pandavodyoga Vijayalu’ play written by Tirupati Venkatakavulu under the aegis of Rangasthala Vruthi Kalakarula Sangham at YMHA hall here.
He called upon the donors to encourage arts and theatre for the enlightenment of society. He said the government was extending a helping hand to the artistes.
October 15th, 2012, 01:37 AM
SFI demands gas subsidy to hostels (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93329)
Repalle (Guntur): The Students Federation of India (SFI) has demanded the State government to offer subsidy on gas supplied to hostels. The hostel students could not eat enough food as 30 per cent of mess charges given to hostel students were spent on gas. SFI Repalle unit president Ananda Babu and secretary Ravi Kishore alleged that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s ceiling on subsidised gas supply would burden the students.
October 15th, 2012, 01:38 AM
Leprosy camp organised (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=3&ContentId=93336)
Ponnur: A special leprosy camp was organised at the Nidubrolu government hospital on Saturday. Expert doctors from Delhi Leprosy Unit gave several suggestions to the leprosy patients who visited the camp. About 60 leprosy patients visited the camp, organised under the Morampudi voluntary organisation.
The patients were given foot wear and other material based on the condition of the patients. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Abhisantam of the leprosy unit told the patients that the disease can be controlled quickly with the latest treatments available. If the patients approach doctors in time, the damage to fingers can be minimised with proper physiotherapy excercises, he said.
October 15th, 2012, 01:40 AM
Individual toilets to be built in large numbers (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=93344)
Srikakulam: District Rural Development Director P Rajanikantha Rao said that the district administration has taken up measures to construct individual toilets on a large scale.
Selection and training of Kalajatha Groups, which will be used to create awareness among the public about importance of individual toilets, was conducted at the meeting hall of Zilla Parishad Office here on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) Project Director (PD) said that the government has decided to construct over 10 lakh individual toilets in the State. He recalled that the government has achieved construction of one lakh toilets in 100 days in Medak district.
The Kalajatha Groups would perform under the supervision of MPDOs to create awareness about the toilets among the villagers. He clarified that the government will grant Rs 9,100 and beneficiaries have to bear only Rs 900. Once the beneficiary completes the construction of toilets, the government will deposit its share in his account, he informed.
Later, Kalajatha Groups performed highlighting the importance of toilets and stressing not to defecate in open places as it would lead to unhygienic conditions.
District Public Relations Officer L Ramesh, Rural Water Supply Department deputy executive engineers and Kalajatha Groups were present.
October 15th, 2012, 01:43 AM
State-level ball badminton tourney begins (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=93350)
Vizianagaram: The three-day State level under 16 Boys and Girls Ball Badminton Tournament began at Raja RSRK Ranga Rao College Grounds at Bobbili in Vizianagaram district on Saturday.
In all, 400 players from 13 districts of Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana regions are taking part in the championship. Bobbili MLA Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao inaugurated the tournament and received guard of honour from the students.
On this occasion, the MLA opined that sports associations would be developed when the players were at the helm. Being players they can tap the right talent and that would pave the way for the raise of good players. Apparently, if the sports associations were headed by others instead of sport persons, politics would play spoil sport in recognising the right talent.
"I would cooperate with the association for the development of ball badminton," he said. He urged the authorities concerned to provide facilities to coaches and players. National Ball Badminton Association President Chelikani Rajasekhar, State president Venkat Rao, District president Satyam Naidu and others were present.
October 15th, 2012, 01:47 AM
Sathya Sai Institute to launch Grama Seva 2012 on Tuesday (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=93304)
Prasanthi Nilayam: The Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning will launch Grama Seva, 2012, from October 16 to 24. 153 villages of the three mandals of Anantapur, i.e. Puttaparthi, Kothacheruvu and Bukkapatnam, will be covered under the seva programme.
More than 2,000 students from four campuses of the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning-namely Prashantinilayam, Brindavan, Anantapur and Muddenahalli along with students of the Higher Secondary School will participate in the event. Totally 50,000 households will be given food and clothing during this period.
Grama Seva is an annual event, which began under the direct guidance of Bhagawan in the year 2000.
The main purpose of the project is three-fold: 1) to give assurance to the rural population that there is someone there to ‘care’ within their community, 2) to sensitize the students to the needs of the community, and 3) to give the students exposure to project management and team-building.
Several positive changes have been observed since the inception of the Grama Seva Project in 2000.
Firstly, more students have remained in India, and have opted to work in service-oriented and non-profit organizations. Secondly, the environment of the villages has seemed to improve possibly because villagers have become more caring for their own village.
For example, there have been marked improvements in the ground-water table, agricultural activity, and in overall hygiene. Thirdly, the number of uncared-for elderly villagers has also appeared to reduce significantly, perhaps because the younger generations of villagers are becoming more aware of their responsibilities. These are only a few of the many positive changes that have been observed since the inception of Grama Seva.
It is no wonder why countless villagers have expressed their gratitude for the care they receive through the project. The Grama Seva Project is therefore a symbol of the unique aim of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, which is development of character.
The woman students of the Anantpur participate in the packing over 30,000 food packets of puliohara or chitrannam, which are distributed every day during the 10 days of Navaratri and Dusserah. Along with food packets, an equal number of laddoos are packed separately by the Higher Secondary School students through the night so that it is ready for distribution the next day.
October 15th, 2012, 01:53 AM
Free spectacles distributed to students (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=5&ContentId=93283)
Khammam: District Collector Siddhardh Jain said that the problems relating to poor eyesight could be eliminated by taking nutritious food. Speaking on the occasion of distributing free spectacles for students of government schools suffering from poor eyesight and cataract in the district organized jointly by the Rajiv Vidya Mission and the Society for the Eradication of Blindness in the town on Saturday, he said defects in the eyesight were due to the deficiency in Vitamin A among the children and that was why nutritious food should be given to them.
The Collector said that people were falling sick due to the changes in lifestyles, lack of physical exercise and eating of junk food. He advised them to consume more fruits and vegetables. He said every year the government was sanctioning Rs 1 crore for providing spectacles to the poor students of government schools in the district.
Hence, students should make proper use of the opportunity and take steps in protecting their eyesight. He said that it would take some time for the spectacles to get adjusted with the eyes in providing clear vision.
Speaking on the occasion, the district manager of the Society for the Eradication of Blindness Venkat Narasaiah said that they had conducted Eye Camps in all government schools in the district to test the eyesight of the students and distributed 1286 spectacles to them and also provided Vitamin A tablets.
October 15th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Andhra to push for dismantling of Babli dam in SC tomorrow (http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/andhra-to-push-for-dismantlingbabli-dam-in-sc-tomorrow/68625/)
Andhra Pradesh government would plead tomorrow in the Supreme Court seeking dismantling of the controversial Babli irrigation project built by neighbouring Maharashtra across Godavari river.
"AP will present its case for dismantling of the project, when the case comes up for final hearing in Supreme Court tomorrow," State Major Irrigation Minister P Sudarshan Reddy told reporters at the end of an all-party meeting here today.
The government held an all-party meeting on the eve of the final hearing in the top court to elicit views of various parties on the line of argument to be taken by the state on the Babli issue.
A resolution was adopted at the meeting totally opposing the construction of Babli project.
During the hearing on the case last week, the Supreme Court wanted AP government to clearly spell out what it wanted to do now that Maharashtra had already built the dam.
"Protecting the irrigation command area under Sriram Sagar project and safeguarding the interests of Telangana region are our main objectives. All parties echoed this view," the Irrigation Minister said.
He said the state would have no objection to Maharashtra utilizing 1.09 tmc ft of water for drinking needs.
The government's standpoint would be conveyed to senior counsel Mohan Parasaran, who has been arguing the state’s case in the Supreme Court.
"We hope to win the case," Sudarshan Reddy observed.
AP and Maharashtra have been engaged in a legal as well as a political battle for the past few years over the construction of Babli project that could store 7.5 tmc ft of water.
The Maharashtra government went ahead with construction of the dam and also installed the crest gates despite an interim order by Supreme Court banning any such activity.
The Central Water Commission too objected to the construction of Babli project. Though both AP and Maharashtra are ruled by Congress, a political solution remained elusive as both government stuck to their respective stands.
The case is posted for final hearing in the Apex Court tomorrow.
October 15th, 2012, 11:10 PM
Kangayam cattle numbers dwindle in Andhra (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/kangayam-cattle-numbers-dwindle-in-andhra/article3998526.ece)
From over 11 lakh in 1990 their population dwindled to just over two lakh now and experts say the declining trend could see their complete disappearance
Promoted by Pattakarar family the elegant medium sized Kangayam breed of cattle known for their draught qualities and medicinal properties of milk were quite popular in the rain shadow region of Tamil Nadu two decades ago.
From over 11 lakh in 1990 their population dwindled to just over two lakh now and experts say the declining trend could see their disappearance from the landscape of the State, thanks to the ‘invasion’ by foreign cattle species like Holstein, Friesian and Jersey from Switzerland, UK and Australia.
“Introduction of some of these cattle consciously promoted by the government has led to situation where the native breeds are gradually disappearing to the detriment of the local communities,” K.S.M. Karthikeya, managing trustee of the Senaapathy Kangayam Cattle Research Foundation told The Hindu after a making a presentation at a side event at the ongoing CoP11.
Shrinking grazing areas
He said it was not only this sturdy breed but even the grazing areas were shrinking. Mr. Karthikeya says the State lost more than 10 lakh hectares of agriculture lands between 1991 and 2003, quoting a report of the Committee on State Agrarian Relations and the Unfinished Task in Land Reforms. Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation was leading to conversion and shrinking of ‘Korangadu’ pasture lands or the uncultivated dry land set aside specially for grazing purposes.
An indigenous grass variety grows in these pastures and animals are let into the paddocks. Livestock keepers spend the entire day monitoring the animals and providing water in troughs fetched from a nearby water source. But all this is on the decline now. Apart from urbanisation triggered by formation of Tiruppur district, industrialisation process was not only eating into these lands but causing pollution. Textile bleaching and dyeing units in Tiruppur, Erode and Karur have contaminated the Noyyal, Amaravathy and other water bodies with Kangayam cows facing several problems including aborted pregnancies.
Promotion of foreign breeds, distress sale of cattle, shrinking of pasture land have all taken a toll on Kangayam breed, Mr. Karthikeya said and listed out various steps being taken by the Foundation to save the native cattle including ‘in-situ’ breeding centre and conservation centre. Pedigree bulls are offered for service in inseminating animals within 10 km radius of the farm. As part of the village livelihood programme, heifers of good quality animals are provided to landless poor.
October 15th, 2012, 11:11 PM
Andhra Pradesh CM directed the Handlooms and Textiles department to chalk out an action plan (http://www.orissadiary.com/Shownews.asp?id=37026)
Report by OD bureau, Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy today directed the Handlooms and Textiles department to chalk out an action plan including demand, supply capacity, Marketing and how to ensure remunerative wages to the weavers and what more government support is needed for all these.
He also asked whether any nodal agency is required to coordinate all these functioning. He wanted the APCO and Handloom sector to be ready to meet all the requirements of the Social Welfare, BC Welfare, ST Welfare and Rajiv Vidya Missions in time. He had a detailed preparatory review of the issues, functioning and demands of the Handlooms and Textiles department with Handlooms and Textiles Minister, MP and top officials at Secretariat. It may be stated here that the Chief Minister will have a face to face meeting with the representatives of the Handlooms sector at Jubilee Hall on 20-10-2012. Handlooms and Textiles Minister Prasad Kumar, Rajya Sabha Member Rapolu Anand Bhasker, Govt. whip Anil, Principal Secretary, Industries (Handlooms and Textiles), D.Srnivisulu, Principal Secretary, Finance, V.Bhasker, Principal Secretary, Social Welfare, Raymond Peter, Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare, Vidyasagar, Director, Handlooms & Textiles, Kantilal Dande, State Project Director, Rajiv Vidya Mission, Usha Rani and other officials attended the meeting. The Budgetary allocations for the Handloom sector have been enhanced from Rs.50.69 crs in 2004-05 to Rs.212.55 crs in 2012-13. The State Government have implemented Loan Waiver scheme to Individual Handloom Weavers-Weavers Cooperative Societies and released Rs.163.71 crs. It may be stated that the Chief Minister waived working capital loans & Govt. loans pertaining to 1009 Weavers Coop. Societies worth Rs.109.68 cr benefitting 1,38,128 weavers and Individual loans of 29,289 handloom weavers worth Rs.54.03 crs. Officials said that Handloom Industry is the largest cottage industry in the country next only to agriculture in providing massive rural employment. This sector provides direct and indirect employment to about 2.5 crore people in India. 14.6% of the total cloth production of the Textile Industry in India comes from Handloom Sector.
Andhra Pradesh stands 3rd in terms of commercial production next to West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. Total Handloom Production in A.P. is Rs.1200 crs. out of which, Rs.300 crs comes from cooperative fold. There are 1283 Handloom Weaver Cooperative Societies (Cotton-896, Silk-326, Wool-61); 973 Handloom Weavers Cooperative Societies working (Cotton-671, Silk-277, Wool-25); 1,58,902 Handloom Weavers outside Cooperative Fold; 1,40,654 Identify Cards issued to weavers by the Department - Cooperative fold (including ancillary workers) and 1,58,902 outside Cooperative fold (including ancillary workers) and there are 80,778 number of Powerlooms (working-53,937). Our own Traditional products are: Pondur Dhoties, Uppada Jamdhani Silk and Cotton sarees; Bandar Petu Sarees, Mangalagiri & Venkatagiri Cotton Sarees and Dress Materials; Peddapuram Silk Shirting and Dhoties; Chirala Madras Hand Kerchiefs and Stoles, Dharmavaram Silk sarees & Pavadas with zari borders; Yemmiganur Cotton Bedsheets, Towels and Mosquito nets; Pochampally Telia Rumal, Silk and Cotton Tie & Dye (Ikkat) Sarees and Dress material; Warangal Export Durries and Carpets, Karimnagar Bedsheets, Siddipet Gollabhama Cotton Sarees and Narayanpet & Gadwal Silk and Cotton Sarees with zari borders. In order to resolve the problems being faced by Handloom Weavers, various Development and Welfare schemes are being implemented by both the State & Central Governments for the overall development of the Handloom Weavers in Andhra Pradesh. Pavala Vaddi scheme is being implemented w.e.f. 1.4.2008 with a view to reduce the burden of interest on Handloom Weavers Coop. Societies, APCO, Individual weavers covered under Artisan Credit Cards and Weavers SHGs. So far Rs.7.77 cr were released benefitting (605) Primary Weavers Coop. Societies and APCO. Officials said that 10% Price subsidy on Hank Yarn, Dyes & Chemicals is being implemented w.e.f. 1.1.2008 to the Handloom Weavers Coop. Societies. Rs.428.20 lakhs has been released benefitting (277) HWCSs so far. Government of A.P. have ordered to extend an additional 10% price subsidy on Hank yarn, Dyes & Chemicals w.e.f. 01.01.2011. 10 Netha Bazars have been constructed to enable the weavers to sell their products. Rs.2.17 cr has been released and out of which Rs.1.27 cr has been spent so far. 141 Weavers Coop. Societies have been registered and 7 societies have been revived to bring weavers from outside coop. fold into coop. fold.
Financial assistance of Rs.182.00 lakhs has been released to (91) newly registered societies towards equity participation @ Rs.2.00 lakhs each. Scheme of Training and Infrastructural Support to Handloom Sector - 17 Common worksheds are constructed with a total outlay of Rs.332.88 lakhs so far. Old Age Pensions - 1,44,343 old age pensions sanctioned to handloom weavers by reducing the age limit from 65 to 50 years @ Rs.200/- per month. Modernization of looms and accessories - Rs.5.35 cr has been released to 188 Weavers Coop. Societies to enable the weavers to weave modern and latest designs to attract the customers.
Payment of Ex-gratia to the families of suicidal weavers - Ex-gratia @ Rs.1.50 lakhs is sanctioned. Cooperative Handloom Weavers Thrift Fund Scheme: State Government have issued orders for implementation of the scheme w.e.f. 01.01.2011 as State scheme. Special Package to Siricilla Town: For extending financing support to weavers 1479 SHGs have been formed covering 19,496 women weavers and provided with financial assistance of Rs.79.99 cr by banks.
Rs.2.00 cr has been sanctioned and released to Collector, Karimnagar Dist., to take up Skill Development Training Programmes / Income Generation Programme during the year 2008-09. Government have sanctioned an amount of Rs.21.00 lakhs to Netha Cheyutha Trust which has been formed for the Welfare of Powerloom Workers in Sircilla. 4,000 infirm/crippled weavers are getting free distribution of rice @ 25 Kgs per month per family. In order to avert suicidal deaths, 9755 White Ration Cards have been converted into AAY and being provided 35 kgs of Rice per month @Rs.1/- per kg per weaver family.
Weavers Credit Cards (WCC): Adequate and timely assistance from the Banking institutions for investment needs as well as for working capital; all weavers and ancillary workers are eligible and Weavers’ Credit Card will be issued for an upper limit of Rs.2.00 lakhs for individual weavers with the expected average off take in the range of Rs.30,000 to 50,000 per card.
October 15th, 2012, 11:19 PM
North-East monsoon may set in by Friday, says IMD (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/northeast-monsoon-may-set-in-by-friday-says-imd/article3999871.ece?ref=wl_industry-and-economy)
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, OCT 15:
Conditions are becoming favourable for commencement of North-East monsoon (monsoon in reverse) over peninsular India over the next four-five days.
This will happen as predecessor South-West monsoon exits the land mass, a process resumed on Monday.
On Monday, it withdrew from entire Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, parts of West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Telangana, north interior Karnataka, entire Goa and more parts of central Arabian Sea. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that conditions were favourable for its withdrawal from the land mass over the next two to three days.
This will set the stage for the North-East monsoon to commence over Tamil Nadu, Kerala, adjoining Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka by Thursday/Friday.
An early forecast from the Climate Prediction Centre of the US National Weather Services had said that the rains are not expected to strengthen before October 23.
TROUGH IN PLACE
An elongated area of lower pressure (which causes ascending motion of air, helps moisture to lift, form clouds, cooling and rain down) lay extended from Nagaland to Tamil Nadu.
Cyclonic circulations hovered in readiness over Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep to receive the easterly flows.
A weather warning from the IMD said that heavy rainfall would occur at one or two places over Tamil Nadu during the next two days. A similar warning has been held out for Kerala and Lakshadweep during the next three days.
An extended outlook valid for the next seven days said that rain or thundershowers would occur at many places over extreme south peninsular India.
Heavy falls are likely at one or two places over coastal Tamil Nadu, it added. Meanwhile, the run-up to the transition of the monsoon saw overnight rain, heavy at many places in Tamil Nadu, being reported until Monday morning.
The IMD said rainfall occurred at most places over Kerala and Tamil Nadu; at a many places over south interior Karnataka; and at a few places over Odisha, Rayalaseema and Lakshadweep.
COOL IN NORTH
To the north of the country, seasonal western disturbances have begun arriving one after the other carrying cool air.
In the hilly regions of north-west, these disturbances are setting off rain and snow, ahead of the advent of the winter chill.
The IMD said that a prevailing western disturbance has called at north Pakistan, and has started affecting the hilly regions of Jammu and Kashmir across the border. A follow-up system is expected later this week, a forecast outlook said.
October 16th, 2012, 06:03 PM
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October 16th, 2012, 08:42 PM
Sagar water released to Krishna delta (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/sagar-water-released-to-krishna-delta/article4001904.ece)
Move to save standing kharif crops
Water was finally released from Nagarjunasagar for Krishna delta from Sunday night to save the standing khariff crops and this was being done through power generation.
This followed distressing reports received by the government about the deteriorating status of crops in the 13.5-lakh acre Krishna delta due to prolonged dry spell coupled with lack of any fresh wetting through releases from Prakasam Barrage at Vijayawada into the canals criss-crossing the area.
A senior official in Irrigation Department said by putting about 300 MW out of 815 MW of installed capacity available at Nagarjunasagar main powerhouse to use, a quantity of 7,500 cusecs of water was being released to Prakasam Barrage.
The released water is expected to reach the Barrage on Tuesday.
The official said a decision had been taken by the government to continue the releases from Nagarjunasagar till November-end to help the delta if there were no further rains over the ayacut area.
According to an assessment made by the department, the delta will require about 35 to 40 tmcft of water till November-end.
Meanwhile, the water level in Nagarjunasagar reached 533 ft, which is 23 ft above the level stipulated by the High Court for being maintained in its reservoir.
The reservoir is getting inflows from Srisailam where power generation is taking place as and when required during peak-hour period.
October 19th, 2012, 12:22 AM
Pensions to six lakh more in Rachchabanda: Sunita (http://postnoon.com/2012/10/18/pensions-to-six-lakh-more-in-rachchabanda-sunita/81173)
This is in addition to the 75 lakh senior citizens who are currently availing pension from the State government.
Stating that the State gov*er*nment has been paying pensions to over 75 lakh senior citizens, minister for pensions, women development and child welfare Sunita Laxma Reddy has disclosed that arrangements were being made to extend pensions to another six lakh people during the chief minister’s ensuing Rachchabanda programme.
Addressing the media in the Secretariat on Wednesday, Sunita said that the pension being paid by the Union government was very insufficient and the pension amount being paid by the State government was the highest in the country. She said that a list of new beneficiaries to be paid pension during the next phase of the Rachchabanda programme has already been finalised.
She also reminded the media that the State government was sanctioning Pavala Vaddi and interest-free loans to women on time only.
October 20th, 2012, 01:04 AM
Iran and Sri Lanka delegations call on Andhra Pradesh CM (http://indiaeducationdiary.in/Shownews.asp?newsid=16237)
Report by India Education bureau, Hyderabad: A delegation led by Sri R K M A Rajakaruna, Deputy High Commissioner and another delegation led by Mr Ahmed Subhani, Director, (West Asia) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt. Of Islamic Republic of Iran called on the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy at Secretariat today. The Iran delegation discussed preservation and conservation of historical monuments, direct flight between Hyderabad and Mashad. The delegation among other things discussed about mutual trade delegation involving Indo-Iranian Chamber of Commerce.
The Sri Lankan delegation discussed about starting direct flight between Hyderabad and Colombo. The delegation also discussed about the conference which is to be held in Osmania University on Indo-Sri Lanka relations. Both the delegations praised the marvellous developments achieved by Andhra Pradesh as a happening State in the country in different sectors, particularly in Rural Development, Poverty alleviation and SHG movement etc. The delegation also praised the growth of Hyderabad as a world city and growing into a Health, Pharma capital of the country. They also praised the historical monuments of Charminar, Golconda Fort etc.
The delegation said the poverty alleviation programmes of Andhra Pradesh which were also praised by the World Bank is a role model for other developing nations to replicate. They praised the many institutes of higher learning and Research organisations available in Hyderabad. The Sri Lanka delegation invited the Chief Minister to visit their country.
October 20th, 2012, 01:05 AM
South Indian poet meet begins in Andhra Pradesh (http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/south-indian-poet-meet-begins-in-andhra-pradesh-281993)
Thiruvananthapuram: Noted Malayalam poets Rose Mary and Anvar Ali represented Kerala at a meet of south Indian poets in Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh, which began on Friday.
The two-day meet, aimed at promoting the language and literature of South India, has been organised by Dravidian University.
L Thomas Kutty, an upcoming poet from Kerala, also represented Malayalam in the symposium which a number of well-known Tamil, Kannada and Telugu language poets attended.
A Dravidian University release said noted Tamil poet Narayanan Sukumaran delievered the keynote address.
Feminist and Dalit poets had made Tamil literature more democratic, Mr Narayanan said in his address.
The meet was held in connection with the anniversary celebrations of the university based in Kuppam.
Forty saplings would also be planted on the university campus as part of the meet, the release said.
October 20th, 2012, 01:06 AM
SAAP’s proposal to SAI (http://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/saaps-proposal-to-sai/article4013453.ece)
Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh has come up with a proposal to the Sports Authority of India to ensure maximum utilisation of the existing world-class infrastructure at the Swarnandhra Pradesh Sports Complex (Gachibowli) over a long period, provided by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh.
For the record, SAI Director General Gopala Krishna visited the complex along with senior officials of the SAAP on Friday to take an on-the spot assessment of the feasibility of various proposals which include setting up a Centre of Excellence at Gachibowli which should take care of about 400 trainees and train them in hockey, athletics, shooting and aquatics initially before branching out into other disciplines.
The SAI officials had a look at the multi-storeyed Sports Tower (which was constructed as an accommodation facility for the World Military Games a few years ago and now locked for all practical purposes).
“The whole idea is to seek SAAP help in getting accommodation for at least 400 trainees at free of cost. Once this major hurdle is cleared, SAI will take care of the expenses for setting up the CoE and also of maintenance as part of national programme to promote sports,” a senior SAI official involved in the talks told The Hindu.
“We are only looking at a permanent facility which takes care of the boarding and lodging aspects so that the stadia can be put to optimum use,” the official said.
“Yes, we are optimistic of giving a final shape to this proposal which should mutually beneficial for both SAI and the SAAP. After all, the end-result is that the athletes from the State will be the biggest beneficiaries because of the various schemes run by us,” insists the SAI official.
Dr. T. R. K. Rao, VC & MD of SAAP, said that they have offered the facilities to SAI with the hope that the latter would provide the coaches and training. “This will effectively take care of the maintenance and also ensure year-long activity especially in hockey, badminton, shooting,” he added.
“We have also requested SAI to increase the strength of inmates in the existing Sports Training Centres of SAI across the State to 1000 and they promised to have a serious look at the option,” the SAAP official said. “We are also hinted that if everything goes as per the plan, more national camps will be held at Gachibowli in future,” he said.
By next month-end, a final shape may emerge for the joint venture of SAI and SAAP.
October 20th, 2012, 01:08 AM
Health ministry’s latest directive may annul growth of pharma sector in the country: AP industry leaders (http://pharmabiz.com/NewsDetails.aspx?aid=71752&sid=1)
The union health ministry's recent directive to state drug licensing authorities to grant or renew manufacturing licences only in generic names will annul the growth prospects of the industry in the country, feel the pharma industry leaders in Andhra Pradesh.
The leaders of pharma associations are critical about the government’s move. “On one hand the government has set targets to increase exports of drugs and medicines, while at the same time it is restricting the industry by not granting licenses. This kind of double standards is not in the interest of the Industry. The directive of the ministry will halt new investments and it is definitely going to impact on the growth of the Industry,” opined members of Bulk Drugs Manufacturers Association (BDMA).
As the industry is already facing problems in terms of environment issues and frequent power cuts in the state, the new directive of the health ministry not to grant licences for ‘branded drugs’ is a big blow to the industry’s future growth, they said.
While sharing his opinion on the issue, Satyanarayana from Sipra Labs said, “Not granting licences to branded drugs will have a very serious impact on the growth. This move of the government is definitely not a welcome for the industry.”
Meanwhile when contacted, R P Thakur, director general, APDCA, said, “So far we have not received any communication from either the State or Central government in this regard. We will look into the matter and take a proper decision once we receive formal instructions from the government.”
According to other sources from APDCA, the health ministry’s move is not going to affect the bulk drug manufacturers as they are generic manufacturers. Since the Ministry has given its accent to generics it may not have much impact for the Bulk drug manufacturers in the state, while the decision will definitely impact the formulation companies in the country.
October 20th, 2012, 01:13 AM
Anti-Red funds: State third best in spend (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ranchi/Anti-Red-funds-State-third-best-in-spend/articleshow/16884910.cms)
RANCHI: Despite being one of the worst Maoist-hit states in the country with 17 of the 24 districts coming under Integrated Action Plan (IAP), Jharkhand is at the third position in terms of percentage expenditure of the central funds to tackle the menace.
The state has spent around 80% of the special fund for development of infrastructure in Maoist-hit areas that was provided by the Centre. Each Maoist-hit district gets Rs 30 crore from the Centre.
State's principal home secretary J B Tubid said it was a pleasant surprise for everyone to know that Jharkhand was in the third position in terms of expenditure of funds. "We have been able to spend more than 80% of the funds provided to us by the Centre so far for development of basic infrastructure and setting up of schools, health centres and roads in remote areas," said Tubid.
Andhra Pradesh was at the top in terms of percentage expenditure. However, he was not able to recollect the exact figure.
These facts came to fore during meeting of Union home ministry R K Singh with the Maoist-hit states in Delhi on Thursday. Singh chaired the meeting to discuss Maoist problem in nine affected states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Odisha.
During the meeting, the state also discussed the possibility of giving relaxation to youths from Maoist-hit areas in physical standards for recruitment of constables to stop them from joining the rebel outfit.
"Constables recruitment is a state subject and final decision will be taken by the state government. The proposal was appreciated by other states. Let the state police submit the report on relaxation they propose to give to the youths from Maoist-hit areas to stop them from joining the rebels, we will take a final decision," said Tubid.
The state government is also planning recruit surrendered Maoists in police force provided they do not have any pending cases against them.
October 20th, 2012, 10:10 PM
294 stadiums in Andhra Pradesh to have malls (http://www.asianage.com/hyderabad/294-stadiums-andhra-pradesh-have-malls-564)
It pays to have a sports-loving Chief Minister. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, a cricket enthusiast, has approved a mega sports infrastructure development scheme for the state costing Rs. 200 crore.
The government will build sports stadiums in each of the 294 Assembly constituencies in a phased manner to give a fillip to all forms of sport. Shops will be built within the complex and given on lease/rent on the lines of the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad.
New stadia will boost all sports
The state government has sanctioned Rs. 200 crore for construction of the sports stadiums subject to government land being provided for the purpose to the Sports Authority of AP.
Each of the indoor and outdoor stadiums will cost Rs. 2.10 crore and Rs. 2.42 crore respectively.
Keen to develop sports ever since he took over the reins of the state, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy recently announced the formation of sports authorities at village and mandal level.
“Government, in a step towards development of sports, has taken a policy decision to go for construction of a sports stadium in each of its Assembly constituencies in a phased manner,” said secretary youth advancement, tourism and culture (sports) secretary Luv Agarwal.
The government’s approval came after the SAAP MD submitted a detailed proposal with an action plan, estimates and design of the sports infrastructure to be developed by the SAAP in the state.
All the popular major outdoor and indoor sports / games will be accommodated.
The outdoor stadiums will have facilities for athletics (200-metre track), cricket, basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, kabaddi and kho-kho.
The indoor stadiums will be for badminton, table tennis, carom, chess, and gymnastics with a multipurpose gym.
In order to provide a source of revenue to the stadiums to meet their maintenance costs, shops will be constructed within the complex and given on lease/rent on the lines of the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad.
October 20th, 2012, 10:16 PM
AP govt to bring policy paper on handloom sector (http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/news/ap-govt-to-bring-policy-paperhandloom-sector/70742/)
Andhra Pradesh Government will come out with a policy paper and action plan to improve the condition of handloom sector in the state, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said today.
Addressing an interactive workshop with the representatives of the handloom sector here, the Chief Minister said his government released Rs 164 crore this year towards loan waiver scheme for the weavers.
"We will release another Rs 29 crore while Rs 104 crore will come from the Government of India under the Revival and Restructuring package," he added.
He asked the weavers to adopt innovative ways and catch up with technological advancements to improve their lot.
Union Minister of State for Textiles Panabaka Lakshmi said her ministry released a grant of Rs 90 crore to APCO, the handloom co-operative society of the state, which was the highest given to any state in the country.
"We are ready to release funds for construction of work sheds for handloom weavers. If the state government can integrate it with the housing schemes, weavers can build house-cum-work sheds," she said.
State Textiles Minister Prasad Kumar, legislators from various political parties, leaders of weavers' co-operative societies and officials of different departments were present.
The government is expected to make a policy announcement later in the evening, based on the deliberations at the workshop, official sources said.
Meanwhile, opposition MLAs staged a protest when media personnel covering the event were asked to leave soon after the introductory remarks.
October 23rd, 2012, 11:48 PM
9 subsidised LPG cylinders for rural poor (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/9-subsidised-LPG-cylinders-for-rural-poor/articleshow/16933188.cms)
HYDERABAD: In what is being viewed as a token gesture ahead of Dasara, the Kiran Kumar Reddy government on Tuesday increased the number of subsidised LPG cylinders for the rural poor from six to nine per annum. The move is meant to benefit about 40 lakh rural BPL families falling under the Deepam scheme and will annually burden the state exchequer by Rs 634 crore.
However, it is the middle class urban consumers who have been hit the most by Centre's decision to limit the subsidised LPG cylinders to six per annum. While each subsidised cylinder costs Rs 412.50 in Andhra Pradesh, each non-subsidised cylinder costs about Rs 930. "Any relief to the middle class and the 1.6 lakh BPL families would have been a welcome move.
The LPG cylinder relief that has been announced by the government on Tuesday is likely to end up in the black market as the rural poor are not in a position to buy nine subsidised cylinders every year, said an official.
The Deepam scheme, launched in 1999, is meant to encourage rural woman to switch over from firewood to LPG connections.
Under the scheme, the state government pays security deposit of Rs 1000 for each connection. Now, all beneficiaries of Deepam scheme are entitled to nine cylinders per year.
The decision was taken by chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday in a meeting held with civil supplies minister D Sridhar Babu and senior officials.
Later, briefing the media, Sridhar Babu said 39.71 lakh families under the Deepam scheme would benefit by the government decision. According to the minister, the state has 1.6 crore LPG connections.
The minister said the average usage of LPG gas in the state was 5.5 cylinders per family per year as against the national average of 5.2 cylinders.
The minister also announced that a 15-day special drive would be taken up to weed out bogus ration cards in the state and appealed to surrender the bogus cards.
October 27th, 2012, 01:27 AM
'Centre keen to improve road link to tribal regions' (http://zeenews.india.com/news/andhra-pradesh/centre-keen-to-improve-road-link-to-tribal-regions_807787.html)
Srikakulam: The Centre was keen to improve road connectivity to tribal and remote regions to ensure their development, Union Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said on Friday.
Improving infrastructure, especially road connectivity, is the only way to ensure fast-paced development of tribal and remote places in the country, he said during a visit here in Andhra Pradesh.
The Union Government was spending Rs 7,200 crore under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), a programme which aims to provide a fillip to development schemes in tribal and backward regions, mostly affected by Naxal violence.
The Centre initially identified 60 districts in the country to be covered under IAP and later extended it to another 18. North Andhra districts of Srikakulam, East Godavari, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam besides Adilabad, Khammam, Warangal and Karimnagar have been brought under IAP.
Speaking on the issue of Minimum Support Price, Deo said the proposal for MSP for non-timber forest produce had been cleared by the Planning Commission and it was awaiting clearance of the Expenditure Finance Committee.
The Minister said he hoped the proposal, which aims to provide better prices to the tribals for their collection of non-timber forest produce, would be implemented soon.
Speaking on Panchayat Raj Institutions, he said delay in conducting elections to the local bodies in Andhra Pradesh would affect the release of Central funds up to Rs 1,500 crore.
October 27th, 2012, 01:28 AM
Andhra bag crown (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/288010/andhra-bag-crown.html)
Andhra outplayed hosts Karnataka by 44 runs to emerge champions in the South Zone under-19 one-day tournament for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy at the Aditya Global Academy ground here on Friday.
Andhra, who needed to win their last match to topple Karnataka in the league table, won with a bonus point to clinch the championship. They finished with 20 points, while Karnataka came second with 17.
Electing to bat, Andhra made 206 before being bowled out in 48.3 overs. G Jayvardhan (50, 83b, 4x6) and Karan Shinde (53, 78b, 4x6, 1x6) were the main run getters. Prateek Jain was the most successful Karnataka bowler returning figures of 4-48.
In reply, Karnataka were bundled out for 162 in 42 overs. Nirmal S (39, 27b, 6x4, 1x6) and KN Bharat 44 (65b, 3x4) waged a battle for hosts who eventually fell way off the target. Vineel Kumar claimed 3-25 for Andhra.
Brief scores: At Aditya Global Academy: Andhra: 206 all out in 48.3 overs (G Jayvardhan 50, Karan Shinde 53; Prateek Jain 4-48, Shreyas Gopal 2-42) bt Karnataka 162 all out in 42 overs (Nirmal S 39, K N Bharat 44, Shreyas Gopal 25; D Naren Reddy 2-35, Sneha Kishore 2-37, Srikrishna 2-27, Vineel Kumar 3-25). Andhra: 5 points; Karnataka: -1.
At Chinnaswamy: Tamil Nadu: 110 all out in 27.5 overs (Shahrukh Khan M 54, Vasanth B 26; C V Milind 5-39, Rajath Ramesh 2-26, Shahdab Tumbi 3-30) lt to Hyderabad: 114/2 in 26.5 overs (G H Vihari 52 n.o., G Rahul Singh 40 n.o.) Hyderabad: 5; Tamil Nadu: -1.
At BGS: Kerala: 232/6 in 50 overs (Fabid Ahmed 64 n.o., Subin S 48 n.o.; Vipul Deshprabhu 3-46, Amulya Pandrekar 2-41) bt Goa: 204 all out in 47.4 Overs (Snehal Kauthankar 52, Srinivas Fadte 41, Lakshay Garg 28, Kevin D’Costa 30 n.o.; Fabid Ahmed 4-33, Siva Raj 3-42). Kerala: 4; Goa: 0.
Final standings: Andhra: 20, 1; Karnataka: 17, 2; Hyderabad: 12, 3; Kerala: 10, 4; Tamil Nadu: 5, 5; Goa: -4, 6.
October 27th, 2012, 01:29 AM
AP ranks 4th in private sector investments (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/ap-ranks-4th-in-private-sector-investments/490821/)
Of the total outstanding investments in AP worth over Rs 12.3 lakh crore, the private sector accounts for over Rs 6.9 lakh crore, said an Assocham study
With a share of over 8 per cent, Andhra Pradesh (AP) ranks fourth in the total outstanding private sector investments (including both domestic and foreign private sectors) across India as of June 2012, apex industry body The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) stated on Friday.
Gujarat (12.5 per cent), Odisha (10.7 per cent) and Maharashtra (8.9 per cent) are ahead of AP in this regard, according to a sector specific analysis titled ‘Composition of Outstanding Investments Across States,’ carried out by Assocham.
Of the total outstanding investments in AP worth over Rs 12.3 lakh crore, the private sector accounts for over Rs 6.9 lakh crore thereby registering a share of over 56 per cent in the overall investments across the state.
According to Assocham, with a share of over Rs 82.9 lakh crore, the private sector accounts for over 59 per cent of the total outstanding investments across India worth over Rs 140 lakh crore as of June 2012.
Private sector investments account for 86.6 per cent of the total outstanding investments worth over Rs 4.5 lakh crore in Haryana, which has a share of about 4.8 per cent in the total private sector investments made across India.
“The flow of the private investments is decided by the attractiveness of investment opportunities as they are mostly driven by profitability considerations,” Assocham Southern Region Council chairperson, Ravindra Sannareddy, stated in a release.
“Bureaucratic efficiency, infrastructure facilities, and ease of land acquisition influence the flow of private investments,” he said, adding tax concessions, product market conditions and exit policies were effective tools of private investment attraction.
However, Assocham analysis points out that the share of private investments in the total live investments across Maharashtra, AP and Karnataka was less than the all-India average of over 59 per cent.
Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Assam have the least share, which is less than one per cent.
November 1st, 2012, 11:18 PM
Mounting property tax dues cripple Vizag civic body (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Mounting-property-tax-dues-cripple-Vizag-civic-body/articleshow/17040230.cms)
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) may have drawn up grandiose plans to develop the city but it has to first tackle the major hurdle of mounting debts caused mainly due to government departments defaulting on payment of property tax. Some 30 government wings owe property tax dues of Rs 4.18 crore to the civic body with the APTransco leading the defaulters' list. It owes Rs 80.03 lakh to the GVMC. Apart from this, the house owners' property tax dues alone stand at a whopping amount of Rs 75 crore.
The corporation is in the red with its debts swelling to Rs 270 crore. The pending dues to the GVMC stand at Rs 170 crore, including vacant land tax dues of Rs 77 crore. That the mess in the corporation is deep-rooted can be gauged from the fact that it has not paid wages to its sanitation workers for over six months.
Slamming the GVMC for its poor handling of the finances, CPI floor leader in the previous GVMC council AJ Stalin told TOI that this was a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul. "They do not take any action against big tax defaulters and erring government departments but harass ordinary citizens if they fail to pay the dues, which is very little when compared to the amounts the big guns owe," he said. He alleged that several commercial establishments, shopping complexes, private hospitals and star hotels were among the defaulters' list. Senior GVMC officials blame former district collector Luv Agarwal, who was officiating as special officer of the civic body after the term of the council ended in February last, for the present mess. "The special officer never held any meetings on the mounting property tax dues. He did not initiate any concrete measures to address the problem," a senior official told TOI. Another official was more acerbic. Training guns on former commissioner B Ramanjaneyulu, he said: "Ramanjaneyulu paid much attention to cycling on the beach road instead of devising ways to mop up the resources and collecting the tax dues."
Among the culprits who defaulted on the tax payments are the endowments department (Rs 49.10 lakh) and police department (Rs 9.69 lakh). Government Mental Hospital superintendent Vijay Gopal expressed his helplessness to clear the dues. "We are ready to clear the pending dues once we receive funds from the government," he told TOI. The hospital has dues of Rs 43.07 lakh to the GVMC.
November 3rd, 2012, 12:44 PM
AP govt seeks stay on med entrance test (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/AP-govt-seeks-stay-on-med-entrance-test/articleshow/17071527.cms)
HYDERABAD: Charging that the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) had been ignoring the special rights which have been conferred on Andhra Pradesh under Article 371(d) of the Constitution, the state government on Friday urged high court to stay the national-level entrance test scheduled to be held on November 23 for admissions to post graduate medical courses.
Additional advocate general KG Krishna Murthy told a two-judge bench that MCI, which has issued a notification for PG admissions, has made no mention of anything to do with the special rights of AP and was going ahead with the exam schedule without heeding the provisions of Article 371(d). That would adversely affect the interests of AP students, he said. Under Article 371(d), the Indian Constitution recognises the need for the uplift of the backward areas of AP, allowing the state to have zone-wise reservations, the additional AG said.
When the MCI counsel spoke about the rules made by council, the bench told him that, "any rule has to be in accordance with the Constitution . Even Supreme Court has said that Article 371(d) will prevail over all other Acts and Rules. Since this Article was inserted following a Presidential Order, all admissions made contrary to it will have to be invariably set aside" .
So saying, the bench directed the MCI to file its reply by Monday and posted the case to Tuesday.
November 3rd, 2012, 12:58 PM
Peter Frawley to head Accor Group in AP (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/peter-frawley-to-head-accor-group-in-ap/article4061728.ece)
HYDERABAD, NOV 3:
Accor Group has appointed Peter Frawley as the General Manager Delegate for Accor Hotels, Andhra Pradesh.
Frawley joins Accor Group in Andhra Pradesh with more than 30 years of experience in the travel and hospitality industry.
As a General Manager Delegate, he will be responsible for the overall vision and future direction of all the properties of Accor in Andhra Pradesh including Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Mercure-Abids, and Novotel Vishakapatnam Varun Beach.
Frawley started his career with Sheraton Hotels in 1982.
His other activities are playing Golf and Tennis or travelling to the coastal areas for Scuba Diving. He holds an unrestricted pilot’s licence for flying and an instructors’ licence for gliding.
November 3rd, 2012, 01:06 PM
Floods threaten Eluru, Vijayawada (http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/andhra-pradesh/floods-threaten-eluru-vijayawada/article4061593.ece)
Long after it has crossed the coast, cyclone Nilam continues to make its impact felt as torrential rainfall under its influence threatens to inundate outlying areas of two cities – Vijayawada and Eluru – in Andhra Pradesh.
Vijayawada received 17 cm of rain since Friday evening, constituting nearly 20 per cent of its annual rainfall. This has forced the authorities to suspend train and bus services.
Flood waters entered Vidhyadharapuram, HB Colony and Kabela in Vijayawada. Although the rain had stopped, water did not recede as Budameru, a stream, was discharging 8,000 cusecs of water. Drains in Vijayawada that empty into Budameru were blocked due to silting. Municipal Commissioner G. Bhaskar said that many areas in One Town were inundated as garbage had blocked the drains.
All the 70 gates of Prakasam Barrage across the Krishna were lifted and 49,000 cusecs of water was being discharged in the morning. The flow, however, came down to 29,000 cusecs by noon.
The threat of floods from Tammileru looms over Eluru and its surrounding areas forcing the district administration to requisition special rescue teams from the Eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at Mangalagiri. Collector G. Vanimohan told reporters here on Saturday that rescue teams of NDRF were expected to reach the city by evening. People from low-lying areas were being shifted as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, the causeways across the Tammileru connecting the city at three points were closed for traffic since last night. Ms. Vanimohan said the flood situation may worsen by evening when water from Nagireddygudem reservoir and the catchment areas of Krishna were expected to the reach the city. Efforts were on to breach the river at two points to let out the flood water into the Upputeru creek so that it bypasses the city.
The Collector said the inflows from Nagireddygudem reservoir were likely to go up to 25,000-30,000 cusecs, unprecedented in the history of the Tammileru, by midnight.
Meanwhile, the Vijayawada Railway Division has cancelled some trains and diverted others via Guntur-Bibinagar as tracks were inundated between Kondapalli and Madhira. Trains diverted included: Train No. 12763 Tirupati-Secunderabad Padmavati Express is diverted to run via Tenali– Guntur –Nadikudi-Bibinagar.
Train No.12759 Chennai-Hyderabad Charminar Express is diverted to run via Tenali– Guntur –Nadikudi-Bibinagar. Train No. 12709 Gudur-Secunderabad Simhapuri Express is diverted to run via Tenali– Guntur –Nadikudi-Bibinagar. Train No. 12296 Patna-Banglore Sangamitra Express is diverted to run via Kazipet, Secunderabad, Raichur, Guntakal, Dharmavaram
Train No. 12296 Patna-Banglore Sangamitra Express has been diverted to run via Secunderabad, Kurnool Town, Dhone, Gooty and Dronachellam. Trains Cancelled on November 3 include- Train No. 57237 Kazipet-Vijayawada Passenger; Train No. 57238 Vijayawada-Kazipet Passenger; Train No. 57254 Vijayawada-Bhadrachalam Road Passenger; Train No. 57253 Bhadrachalam Road-Vijayawada Passenger; Train No. 67269 Kazipet-Dornakal Passenger; Train No. 67271 Dornakal-Vijayawada Passenger; Train No. 67273 Vijayawada-Guntur Passenger; Train No. 67274 Guntur-Vijayawada Passenger.
Our Khammam reporter adds
Three dead in flash floods
The heavy rains triggered flash floods in several streams in Khammam district resulting in three deaths and severe damage to standing crop.
Two tribal women including an 18-year-old girl were swept away in the swirling waters of Rallapadu stream at Ganeshpadu village in Dammapeta mandal on Saturday morning. The women were attempting to cross the swollen stream along with five others. Five men accompanying them managed to swim to safety. The deceased have been identified as Tirupathamma (40) and Pushpavathi (18).
A farmer was washed away in a stream at Guntupalli Gopavaram in Yerrupalem mandal on Friday evening. Search is on to trace out the body.
Traffic between Sattupalli and Rajahmundry was disrupted for some time on Saturday as a portion of the road was washed away. Taliperu, Kinnerasani and Peddavagu reservoirs in the district received heavy inflows forcing engineers to discharge surplus water. Rainwater surrounded houses in the low-lying areas in Kothagudem, Dammapeta, and Aswaraopet.
November 3rd, 2012, 01:43 PM
Andhra Forest Department has its hands full with turtle conservation (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/andhra-forest-department-has-its-hands-full-with-turtle-conservation/article4061685.ece)
Deltas in the region are very popular with turtle poachers
The conservation of turtles has become a difficult task for the Wildlife Division of the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department.
The huge deltas of Krishna and Godavari rivers are very popular with freshwater turtle poachers. The turtles which are easy to catch and much easier to transport alive are taken from here in vehicles to different ports on the Eastern Coast and smuggled out of the country to South East Asian countries where turtle meat in consumed as a delicacy by the locals and also by tourists interested in trying out exotic food.
The Indian Soft Shelled Turtle (Lissemys punctata) found in the fresh water is common and does not figure in the list of endangered animals. But, it however, figures in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 along with the Clouded Leopard, Musk Deer and several rare turtles and terrapins. Hundreds of these turtles are smuggled out from the country in the season.
The Forest Department has little or no means to check the smuggling. The smuggling of turtles mostly comes to light when the vehicle they are being transported in has an accident. Nearly thousand Soft-Shelled Turtles were found when a van carrying them overturned near Rajahmundry last May. Over 400 turtles were found in bags hidden behind crates of fish in a truck that overturned near Anakapalli on Thursday.
The Rajahmundry Wildlife Circle that conserves wildlife in four districts – Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts has become very busy in conserving yet another highly endangered animal, the Olive Ridley sea turtle. The numbers of adult sea turtles coming to lay eggs on the sandy beaches of the four districts is growing. The officials think that Andhra Pradesh would soon become a bigger Olive Ridley hatchery than Odisha. Conservator of Forests A.K. Sinha in a report said that nearly 1.2 lakh hatchlings were released into the sea in the recent season that ended in May from hatcheries in Elichetladibba, Lankavanidibba, Sorlagandi and Sangameswaram in Krishna district and Sacremento Island, Hope Island, and Yellaiahpeta in East Godavari district.
The Olive Ridley’s return to the very same beach they were hatched, to lay their eggs. The Department hired 44 watchmen to protect the 1.4 lakh eggs laid at the seven locations.
November 3rd, 2012, 01:44 PM
Andhra Pradesh APPSC Group II final result 2012 declared: Check results (http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2012/11/3/82-Andhra-Pradesh-APPSC-Group-II-final-result-2012-declared.html)
Andhra Pradesh APPSC Group II result 2012 has been declared. The declaration of Andhra Pradesh PSC group 2 results or selection list has ended the wait of the students who had written the examination.
Click here to check results
Through this results the posts of Deputy Tehsildar, Municipal Commissioner Grade III, Assistant commercial Tax officer, prohibition and excise sub inspector, Extension officer(PR and RD) and other posts have to be filled.
Previously the written test for APPSC group II was held on 15-10-2011 to 16-10- 2011 and interview was held from 03-03-2012 to 03-04-2012.
With the list of APPSC group II results 2012 the selected post and selected zone have been given.
According to APPSC website a total of 591 candidates have found place selection list of Andhra Pradesh PSC (APPSC) group II result.
The declaration of APPSC group II results 2012 will strengthen the functioning of state government.
Newstrackindia.com wishes successful candidates of APPSC group II results 2012.
November 3rd, 2012, 01:45 PM
School Education Dept, Andhra Pradesh to Design New Software for DSC Recruitments (http://www.aegindia.org/2012/11/school-education-dept-andhra-pradesh-design-software-dsc-recruitments/215773.html)
School Education Dept, Andhra Pradesh to Design New Software for DSC Recruitments
Warangal: School education department is taking every step to prevent any type of mistakes in DSC recruitments. It is designing a special software for preparing DSC selection list that will be announced in district level. The department is planning to make the selection of candidates more transparent and ensure that not even a single eligible candidate should be left without giving a chance. The special software that is designed will be used to prepare merit list in various districts based on marks merit, reservations and rooster points. The software will be given to all the districts.
DSC district merit lists were used to be prepared manually since four decades. There are instances where DEOs and Deputy Eos prepared the selection lists as per their choice. Many eligible candidates have lost opportunity with this and many ineligible candidates were given jobs.
In 2008, DSC merit list was prepared manually such that 43 merit candidates were not given postings and candidates who secured less marks were given postings. Later the candidates who were already given postings were removed and eligible candidates were given the postings again. To avoid all such problems, School education department is designing software to recruit 21,343 posts as part of DSC 2012.
School education department will ask the officials in all districts to prepare the selection list using the special software based on reservations and rooster points wise. Recruitment of candidates will be taken up after this.
Recruitment of DSC candidates is done based on the TET score and DSC marks. The merit list based on TET score and DSC marks will be prepared in Hyderabad and will be sent to the districts. The selection lists based on rooster, reservations and category wise will be generated using the software in districts. Officials are hoping that with the usage of the new software in preparing the merit lists many mistakes can be avoided.
November 3rd, 2012, 01:47 PM
MAHARASHTRA 1ST, DELHI 6TH IN URBAN STATE RANKING (http://www.constructionweekonline.in/article-8043-maharashtra_1st_delhi_6th_in_urban_state_ranking/)
The FICCI-Ernst & Young report titled ‘Realty in Changing Times’, released on Thursday reveals that Maharashtra has better urban areas in the country and thus occupies the top slot in the ‘Urban India State Ranking'. The state is followed by Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Delhi, the national capital, occupies the sixth position. The top-three states are also among the highest gross state domestic product (GSDP) generators for the country where there is a high rate of economic growth.
The Indian real estate industry has witnessed various cycles during 2007-11. While it is in the recovery mode, several headwinds still challenge market stability. The fundamentals are still strong; however, price rise, tightening liquidity, increasing cost of raw material and surplus supply along with economic uncertainty have compelled users to adopt a policy of wait and watch while developers struggle to complete their projects on time.
The FICCI-E&Y report shows that districts of Mumbai, Thane and Pune are the most prominent centers.
The top five states - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat - also have the most matured environment for industrial development. And Bihar ranked the lowest at 35.
Among the larger states, the report placed Orissa at 33 and Chhattisgarh at 29, trailing at the end. The slow pace of development in the northeast is emphasised by four of the seven sisters trailing in the bottom rung of the spectrum with Arunachal Pradesh at 28; Tripura at 34; Nagaland at 32; Assam at 31; and Manipur at 30.
Ajit Krishnan, Partner & National Leader-Real Estate Practice, Ernst & Young, said, "Urbanisation will be the single-largest factor driving demand for real estate and housing in particular. In the residential sector, by 2015, more than 410 million people will be staying in cities, which is more than the population of the US. In commercial, strong growth in the services sector and revival in manufacturing are expected to help the economy maintain high-growth levels in the coming years and enable the office space gather its lost momentum. Whereas, the retail space is currently witnessing excessive supply; however, the gap between demand and supply is narrowing. Moreover, the Government of India’s decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail can be a boon for this segment.”
The State performance across indices is as follows:
Housing index ranking: Tamil Nadu leads the housing index (with good access to housing for its population, good quality of housing and a reasonably high ownership status), followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka. The states at the lower rung of the ranking, namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha have all recorded significantly high number of dilapidated residences. Uttar Pradesh also recorded the highest number of households without residences. Providing housing at more affordable prices to cater to the EWS, LIG and MIG segment has traditionally been the responsibility of the Government. The entry of the private sector to cater to this segment coupled with ease of getting housing finance to lower segments of the society along with state government reforms and policies is likely to be the solution to bridging the gap of housing shortage.
Liveability index: A state’s progress and liveability cannot be mapped only by its economic progress. The living conditions of the people and their access to basic services such as lighting, treated drinking water, bathing and toilet within the household along with sense of safety, plays an important role in judging the liveability of the state. Thus, the liveability index ranking have captured data sets, which will analyse the overall living condition profile of the state with respect to physical infrastructure at the household level such as access to electricity, sanitation facility, safety, and awareness level gauged by access to internet.
According to this ranking, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh fare the best. All three states have more than 95 per cent of the households with electricity as the main source of lighting. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have seen a significant increase in electricity connections in comparison to 2001 census estimation. The larger states such as Bihar rank 28, Chhattisgarh 26 discounting union territories and north-eastern states have fared the worst. The unemployment rate goes as high as 73 per cent in Bihar, compared to a national average of 34 per cent and a lower HDI of 0.367 (national average -0.467).
Consumption propensity index: According to this indices Goa, Chandigarh and Delhi fare the best in the ranking. These three states function more as city states exhibiting high urbanisation rate with 62 per cent in Goa, 97 per cent in Chandigarh and 97 per cent in Delhi. If the larger states are considered (excluding Delhi, Chandigarh and Goa), Punjab ranks 4, Himachal Pradesh at fifth and Haryana at sixth position fare better than the other states. Delhi with Rs 119,032 and Goa with Rs 112,372 have one of the highest per capita income with a growth rate of more than 10 per cent from the previous year, which can be linked to increase in possession of assets and hence increase in consumption.
The development of new housing stock at affordable range will be crucial to meet the housing shortage of 18.78 million. The decline in housing shortage can be good news but still there is considerable housing shortage in urban India. With around 2 million dilapidated households in urban India, planned redevelopment with rationalised floor space index could well ease the housing woes in the worst-affected districts. These include Mumbai (59,094 dilapidated houses including suburbs and Thane), Kolkata (25,777) and Patna (21,077), which presents a sizable market. The city of Shanghai is an outstanding example of how a city re-oriented its focus and prospered through redevelopment.
The cities in India need to re-think their strategies and find solutions and innovations to upgrade to match world standards. Singapore, a city state, has been successful in transforming itself into a world-class city with excellent urban amenities. This was achieved by making the jobs in the civil authorities the best in the industry, by matching their salaries with private sector salaries, felt Krishnan.
In India, there is a dire need for capacity building in our urban local bodies. Gurgaon is a clear example of the downfall of comprehensive city planning. Though the city today has a very developed real estate market attracting some of the biggest corporate entities in the world, housed in ‘A’ grade real estate, the civic infrastructure in the city is unable to cope with the demand. On the contrary, the neighbouring city of Noida, developed its infrastructure before allowing real estate development. Greater Noida learnt from Noida and has exceeded the development profile of Noida further.
Considering that in India development is currently focused around cities, the urban fringes of our cities take on the character and often the load and spill from our cities. Acknowledging this growth pattern and increasing focus on regional planning as opposed to restricted city planning will immediately ensure planned city expansion.
Talking about the real estate private equity funds, the FICI-E & Y report states that the sector is witnessing a period of significant structural and cultural change, with cautious investors, large-scale regulatory overhauls and the ongoing illiquidity of the capital markets all driving change. Considering the impact of these factors, the emerging environment for funds is not for the faint hearted. The deal flow remains slow, if not stagnant, in most markets. The fund-raising continues to be challenging, especially for new funds. Furthermore, there is potential for market consolidation where some of the more enhanced platforms are likely to look to acquire niche, small platforms or mid-tier managers will look to merge.
The upside to the pressures of intensifying investor demands and regulatory scrutiny is that new solutions are emerging within the real estate funds sector to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. The challenges posed by the current environment will ultimately make it easier for fund managers to build more efficient, transparent and scalable platforms, which will, in turn, attract a wide range of investors from around the world to the real estate funds sector.
However, the biggest challenge for global real estate funds remains beyond their control — continued illiquidity in the capital markets.
Persisting volatility in the financial markets means that the real estate funds sector will continue to face some level of uncertainty in the foreseeable future. This means it is not immune to individual symptoms that draw so much attention and indeed, it will need to become even more adept in adjusting to them. However, the solution is not in treating these one-off shocks; the solution lies in growth.
Naturally, not all businesses will emerge unscathed from this transitional period.The difficulty in fundraising, increased business costs and widespread market consolidation will continue to claim casualties in the funds sector. But this corrective phase is necessary for the sector’s overall quality and credibility, purging excessively risky and poorly run players from the market, as well as rewarding those able to bring creative solutions to the recovery process, and helping to rebuild investor confidence in the funds space over the long term.
November 8th, 2012, 12:26 AM
Govt cuts VAT on textiles; traders rue timing (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Govt-cuts-VAT-on-textiles-traders-rue-timing/articleshow/17136142.cms)
HYDERABAD: The state government on Wednesday issued an ordinance reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) on textile goods from 5% to 1% although the reprieve is being seen as having come a bit late what with it having been cleared in principle as far back as in April of this year. In the interim, traders have had to suffer harassment from the corrupt officialdom.
While the traders blamed chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, who holds the commercial tax portfolio, for the inordinate delay, his office (CMO) is sitting on similar issues such as tax waiver on pulses and reduction of VAT on plastic furniture.
"The chief minister has not been able to take out time and therefore the file is stuck at the CMO even though an in-principle nod has come from the departments of revenue and finance.
"As a result, corrupt officials are harassing the traders to make a fast buck," said Nitin Parekh, a commercial tax expert. Acknowledging the textile traders' argument that it was unfair to tax textile goods in Andhra Pradesh when they were exempted from the VAT in other states, the CM had agreed to reduce the tax burden on them on April 20 with the move designated to take retrospective effect from April 1. But his verbal orders had no effect on officials and the ordinance to the effect was not promulgated.
"The harassment was unbearable. The ordeal faced by the traders was a double whammy — the customers were not willing to pay the 5% tax and the officials insisted on collecting it. There was no other go for them but to bribe the officials.
"The delay in the ordinance was unfortunate; but I am happy that it has at last come into effect," said A Prakash, president of the AP Federation of Textile Associations.
Traders of plastic furnitures and pulses are facing a similar situation. The CM had in August agreed to reduce the VAT on plastic furniture from 14.5% to 5%, and issued verbal instructions for the same.
But the change did not come in force as the GO (government order) has still not been issued. Here, too, the file is stuck in the CMO.
The reduction of tax on plastic furniture is significant as the higher rates in the state is leading to trade diversion to neighbouring states where, with the exception of Tamil Nadu where it is 5%, no tax is levied on these goods.
Calls for tax exemption on foodgrains and pulses are being made on the similar plea that these goods were tax-free in all states but AP.While the traders agree that the CM is sympathetic to the argument, they complain that the files were gathering dust in his office.
November 8th, 2012, 12:28 AM
Speaker to set up nine standing committees (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Speaker-to-set-up-nine-standing-committees/articleshow/17136254.cms)
HYDERABAD: Speaker of the state legislative assembly Nadendla Manohar has decided to constitute standing committees on the lines of the standing committees in Parliament to facilitate a thorough debate on burning issues and people's demands before they are placed in the House. A draft policy in this regard has been finalized by the rules committee of the assembly, which toured Kerala and Assam where the standing committees are already in place.
In Kerala, the committees are headed by the minister concerned, but AP has chosen to follow the Delhi model to give leadership to a senior MLA. Sources said nine standing committees with members from both the assembly and the legislative council would be formed. Each committee will have 31 members -- 20 MLAs and the remaining being MLCs.
"The standing committees will enable the members to have a deeper insight into the policy-making of the government. The committees enable members to rise above the partisan party lines and to strive for the welfare of the people," Manohar told TOI.
At present, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, West Bengal, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Meghalaya and Mizoram state legislatures have standing committees. "We have chosen to follow the system practised in Parliament where the standing committees have members from both the Houses and the committee is headed by a senior member," legislative affairs minister D Sridhar Babu said. The standing committees will cover areas under the purview of different ministries. Ministers are not permitted to sit on these committees. "For the first-time MLAs and MLCs, the standing committee membership will give them a chance to see how the government functions, how the policy decisions are made and the accountability of bureaucracy to the legislature," explained Manohar.
After a formal announcement from the Speaker, training of the legislative staff will take place. "We are hopeful that one or two standing committees will start working by the winter session," the Speaker added.
November 8th, 2012, 01:19 AM
Five magisterial posts to be filled (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=98502)
Srikakulam: Principal District Judge BS Bhanumati in a press note on Tuesday said that five vacant second class special judicial magistrate posts in the district would be filled up soon. The posts will be filled in at Ichchapuram, Palasa, Pathapatnam, Tekkali and Kotabommali. The appointments would be made on honorary basis and an honorarium of Rs 6,000 per month would be paid as wages, she said.
Interested candidates should fill up application in the prescribed format and submit it before November 26, along with degree, birth and Law certificates.
November 8th, 2012, 01:20 AM
North Andhra limping back to normal (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=2&ContentId=98511)
Some rural areas still under water; Schools reopen after 3 days; Rail, road links being restored
Visakhapatnam: North coastal Andhra is limping back to normalcy after facing the fury of the floods though some parts in rural areas of Chodavaram and Munagapaka mandals were still under water. Train and bus services have been restored and the affected people, who were shifted to relief camps by the police and naval personnel, were returning home. Educational institutions were reopened for a gap of three days.
The officials were busy estimating the losses, particularly the crops, for discussing the relief measures. Road and rail links have been snapped by the floods and restoration work was being carried out on a war-footing. The biggest damage was caused to Kothavalasa-Kirondol line, which could affect the movement of iron ore from central India to the Steel Plant and other industries. It might take another two days for streamlining the communication.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy arrived here for personal assessment of the damage and held a review meeting with the top officials at the airport on Tuesday evening.
The officials were worried over the outbreak of communicable diseases which normally affect children and senior citizens in the aftermath of the floods.
District Collector V Seshadri and District Medical and Health Officer Dr G Savitry held a review meeting with the officials and held discussions on preventive measures to be taken up.
The Collector told the DMHO to form special medical teams and these should be available 24 hours so as to reach the affected hamlets and colonies immediately. He said 108 and 104 ambulances services should be kept ready with all medicines and basic equipment. The DMHO cancelled the leaves of all the employees and asked some of them to report to duties.
The DMHO said affected people could call 0891-509857 and 9849010295 for emergency services.
Meanwhile, the Municipal Commissioner asked his officials to prepare estimates for restoration of roads which were damaged in the floods. Sources said the GVMC would have to spend Rs 50 crore for repairs.
November 8th, 2012, 01:23 AM
SHAR steps up demolition drive (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=5&subCategory=4&ContentId=98453)
Sullurpet: Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR) is cracking the whip on encroachers by demolishing illegal structures along the bypass highway from Sullurpet to SHAR. As part of the road beautification plan, SHAR launched a demolition drive at Sullurpet four days ago. As numerous skeletons are tumbling out of encroachment cupboard, SHAR intensified its drive, which was giving sleepless nights to the encroachers.
For security and rocket experiments, SHAR took 18 kilometer-long highway from Holy Cross centre in Sullurpet to SHAR under its control in 1971. Since then, the space centre is maintaining the highway. Meanwhile, encroachers erected buildings by advancing beyond the proper limits at Kollamitta, a midpoint between SHAR and Sullurpet road. While shifting RISAT-1 satellite in a vehicle from ISRO’s centre in Bengaluru to SHAR, encroachments and electric cables stranded the vehicle in traffic.
Moreover, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to SHAR on the occasion of launching two foreign satellites in September, PM’s security suggested SHAR authorities to carry out the demolition drive to avoid traffic problem in future.
Taking serious note of the problem following local political leaders’ plea to PM seeking development in Sullurpet, SHAR swung into action and demarked illegal structures with red colour on either side of the road.
Since four days, officials demolished even skyscrapers after creating awareness among the encroachers. To avoid resistance from the locals, CISF personnel were deployed along the road. With some locals raising objections over constructions, SHAR deputed a surveyor and demarcating illegal structures as per the road map.
A larger number of locals satisfied with the demolition drive as officials assured of undertaking lavatories construction and sewerage canal works as well as setting up of streetlights after the drive.
November 8th, 2012, 01:27 AM
IMD predicted Nilam before US could do on Sandy (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=98385)
Hyderabad: While Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is ill-equipped to predict the impact of cyclones like Nilam, State government too did not show the kind of seriousness it ought to in assessing IMD reports.
While IMD claimed that it had warned the government of heavy rainfall, the government acted together to deal with Nilam but underestimated the heavy rainfall which left 25 dead besides large devastation of crops and property.
The State government blamed IMD for not warning them about the possible heavy rain, but IMD officials said Relief Commissionerate was alerted about the heavy rains right from the onset of Nilam from October 31.
“Generally the cyclone alert is taken seriously but not the heavy rainfall,” said sources from IMD. Exactly this act claimed 25 precious lives, due to torrential rains resulting in floods in Coastal Andhra region in aftermath of the cyclone.
“People act serious on the alert of cyclone but the heavy rains are always underestimated, which is inaccurate,” said Hyderabad Meteorological Department Director and scientist Y K Reddy. However, IMD Deputy Director said the prediction of cyclone would be accurate compared to the daily forecast of weather conditions and rainfall. “The cyclone prediction is based on high pressure monitoring systems whereas the rainfall occurs as a natural phenomenon caused due to low pressure,” added IMD Director IMD scientist said generally the low pressure system kept moving from one place to other.
But, unusually the low pressure situation prevailed for longer period in the north coastal Andhra Pradesh from November 3 to 5 which was also cumulative effect of north east monsoon.
The low pressure weather in the region which lasted for two days than usual triggered to the flow of moisture from the sea region causing extreme heavy rains resulting into flood.
Weather monitoring on par with intl standards
Scientist of IMD said weather measuring system in India is on par with that of other developed countries. “We were able to predict the cyclone ‘Nilam’ much in advance than the US Meteorological measured the intensity of hurricane Sandy,” said Y K Reddy.
On the status of weather measuring system of IMD, the scientist said all the 32 observatories tools including surface weather system, radar station, and forecasting super computing system was intact and functioning.
Forecast system is 100 per cent reliable
“Our forecast report is a consolidated one and is prepared on the basis of various observational tools including radar stations, satellite reports, and ground level observation,” said IMD scientist.After all the observations were put together, scientists form a report on basis of their experience. The meteorological officials said the intensity of northeast monsoon was receding and would remain for one more day. North east coastal AP would be witnessing isolated rainfall till Wednesday, they said.
November 8th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Elite crowd at Sitaram’s funeral (http://www.thehansindia.info/News/Article.asp?category=1&subCategory=2&ContentId=98351)
Hyderabad : The mortal remains of veteran journalist D Sitaram were consigned to flames in a traditional manner in the presence of family members, well-wishers and his contemporaries in Journalism. The last rites were performed by his elder son D Balaji who lit the pyre at Sitaphalmandi graveyard.
The funeral procession started from Sitaram’s house at Sitaphalmandi and reached the graveyard by noon.
Senior Congress leader K Keshava Rao, Telangana JAC Chairman M Kodandaram, co-chairman Mallepalli Laxmaiah, educationist Chukka Ramaiah, Dr Gopal Kishen, senior journalists Potturi Venkateshwara Rao, P Vaman Rao, G S Varadachari, Namaste Telangana CEO Katta Sekhar Reddy, Editor Allam Narayana, HMTV and The Hans India Editor-in-Chief K Ramachandra Murthy, Editor P N V Nair, Kalluri Satyanarayana, Executive member, IUJ; P Suryanarayana, and Burgula Narsing Rao, Dr Rama Melkote, Sudhakar Goud (UNICEF), were among prominent persons who attended the funeral.