AP Decides To Have All Meetings At Secretariat

The government had issued orders to this effect on Monday directing all bureaucrats and heads of department to hold all conferences in the secretariat

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had decided to have all its conferences in the temporary secretariat complex at Velagapudi in the new capital Amaravati. The government had issued orders to this effect on Monday directing all bureaucrats and heads of department to hold all conferences in the secretariat. However, it had instructed the officers to take prior permission from the Chief Secretary if the meetings are to be held in Hyderabad.

Though the Heads of Departments and the Secretariat were shifted to Velagapudi, some of the senior officers are staying in Hyderabad while a few departments are yet to be moved out of the common capital. The staff at the lower level, who are already working from the secretariat at Velagapudi and Vijayawada are forced to travel to Hyderabad for the meetings, which is causing them severe inconvenience. Keeping this in mind the government had issued orders making it compulsory to hold its conferences only in Velagapudi.

The interim secretariat complex at Velagapudi has five blocks, each having the conference halls and provisions for the senior officers. The blocks have wi-fi facility for the officers and the staff to make use, besides provisions for the power point presentations, video conference and screening of videos. The blocks have the offices for the government advisors, senior bureaucrats, besides space for the visitors. The government had asked the senior officers and heads of departments to make use of these facilities for their conferences as and when required. This would mean full-level functioning of the administration from the new capital, three years after the bifurcation

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Telugu States Register 20 Per Cent Growth In UPSC Success Rate

The UPSC results announced on Wednesday brought good news to Telugu States as 80 candidates Telugu candidates got selected ultimately beating Tamil Nadu, perhaps, for the first time.
Gopala Krishna Ronanki

Hyderabad: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have witnessed a rise of twenty per cent in civils exam success rate this year. As many as 80 students from both the states have made to the list containing 1099 selected candidates cleared by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The main exam was held in December last year.

While 67 candidates made it last year the results declared on 31 May 2017 gave 80 seats to the youth from both the Telugu speaking States. However, the number of ranks below one hundred has fallen compared to last year. Ronanki Gopala krishna, a Telugu medium candidate, has achieved third rank. In 2015 as many as 14 candidates had made to the list of first hundred but this year the number has dwindled to just five. They are 3rd, 22nd, 37th, 44th and 88th rank holders. The last person in the list ranked 1099th is from Telangana, said Vyshali, assistant director of La Excellence at Ashok Nagar. However, experts say this is one of the best results achieved by Telugu States. In a way the Telugus have scored over Tamilians. Every year, Tamil Nadu accounts for a hundred seats. This year it has fallen to 70 while the score of Telugu States put together has risen to 80.

According to Gopala krishna of Braintree, 99,555 candidates have applied from Telugu States this year. But only 38,925 candidates took the preliminary exam out of which about 900 candidates were qualified for the Mains. One hundred of those who sat for the main were qualified for interview and 80 of them got selected.

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Now It’s The Turn Of Rahul To Tour Southern States

The Congress vice president wants to tour Southern States in a bid to stop BJP from making inroads into the States, where it has some footing.

New Delhi: All the parties swung into action for the coming general elections. While BJP president Amit Shah toured southern states in a bid to feel the pulse of the people and estimate prospects of the party, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi doesn’t want to be left behind. He would be visiting Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in the first week of June, leading the opposition’s campaign against the Centre.

Congress which is relatively strong in the Southern States wants to counter BJP’s attempts to make inroads into these States.  Arrangements are being made in a big way in Telangana.

Rahul will be visiting Telangana on June 1. The local Congress leaders are making massive arrangements to make this meet a big success. It is known that though the State was carved out under the Congress-led UPA regime, the party failed in taking advantage of it.

As part of his visit, the Congress vice president will address a rally at Sangareddy town and later will release a charge sheet of the failures of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government. TRS declared its support to NDA in Presidential elections.

From Telangana, Rahul will head to Chennai to attend the birthday celebrations of DMK supremo Karunanidhi on June 3. The Opposition has planned a massive show of strength on this occasion.

It is expected that all the top leaders from across opposition parties will attend this event.

They are likely to brainstorm on the Presidential election candidate and formulate a strategy for the same.

The next day, Rahul along with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Left leaders will address a public meeting in Guntur demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

According to sources, he might also visit Bhimavaram.

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Modi Gave Rs 1.75 Lakh Crore to AP, Says Amit Shah

The BJP chief Amit Shah has claimed that the Modi government gave Rs 1.75 lakh crore to AP government in the last three years, besides giving 10 Central institutions, which was a record in the history of the state.

Amaravati: BJP National President Amit Shah, who addressed the party workers on Thursday, claimed that the Central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave Rs 1.75 lakh crore to the Andhra Pradesh government in the last three years. He said the Modi government also cleared more than a dozen Central government institutions like IIT, NIT, and AIIMS, making a record after Independence.

Shah addressed a huge gathering of the party booth level committee members and said that the meeting was the beginning of the BJP’s victory in the state. He said that Vijayawada, the land of victory that had given Pasupatha to Arjun from Lord Shiva, would give power to BJP shortly. Holding a six-page document in his hand, Amit Shah said that all the six pages contained the funds and projects given to Andhra Pradesh by the Modi government in the last three years. He further said that the list would go a long way in the years to come with the Modi government treating AP as a special state.

The BJP chief also referred to the popular demand of Special Category Status to the state and said that the BJP government at the Center was giving more benefits to the state in the form of special package than what was expected to the state through Special Category Status. He further alleged that the Congress, which divided the state, did not mention the special category status in the Bifurcation Act. The 14th Finance Commission, which was constituted by the UPA government also recommended against special category status because of which the NDA government had to go for the special package, he reiterated.

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AP Unveils Ambitious Plan Of Smokeless State

AP government had planned to declare the State smokeless by withdrawing kerosene for the purpose of cooking. Govt begins exercise to replace the kerosene stoves with LPG.

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government had unveiled the ambitious plan to make the State smokeless by June this year. The government is now planning to withdraw kerosene supply through the fair price shops and replace all the kerosene stoves with the LPG connections. The State government had already made arrangements with the petroleum companies to provide over 24 lakh LPG connections to the people under the Deepam scheme. The government would pay the deposit of Rs 1600 per connection, while the remaining amount has to be paid by the customers, which included Rs 800 for cylinder, Rs 1000 for stove, Rs 50 for Gas card and Rs 100 for the regulator and cable.

The government had instructed the LPG dealers across the State to make arrangements for the supply of cylinders to the customers in remote areas. The LPG distributors have no transportation network in the rural areas, both plain and hill areas.

Minister for Civil Supplies Prathipati Pulla Rao and Commissioner B Rajasekhar have already directed the officials in the district, including the civil supplies department to make arrangements for replacing the kerosene stoves with the LPG stoves. Besides providing the LPG connections to over 24 lakh families in the State during the next two weeks, the government would supervise the use of the LPG in place of kerosene and firewood for cooking purposes. The Civil Supplies Department would take up intensive campaign in the State to create awareness among the families, particularly the women, to shift to the smokeless cooking using the LPG.

The government had decided to withdraw blue kerosene from the fair price shops in the State from June 1. However, the white kerosene which is now used for the commercial purposes would be made available for the people in the open market. To make it more convenient for the customers in rural areas, the government had requested petroleum companies to make 5kg cylinders available.

Meanwhile, Civil Supplies director, G Ravi Babu, had issued orders to all the fair price shops in the state to accept the cash transactions by the customers and not to insist on cashless transactions. Ravi Babu had directed the officials and the dealers of the fair price shops to follow the orders.

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AP Partners With British Council To Improve Soft Skills Of Students

AP government singed MoU with British Council to train 1 lakh students in English.

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh had entered into a partnership with the British Council to launch a pilot programme to improve the soft skills and employability of 100,000 university and college students in the State.

Last year, the State government invited the British Council to conduct an investigation of the current status of English language teaching and learning in 14 higher education institutions, where in 139 teachers, 672 learners and 90 staff members participated in the programme.

The outcomes of the study suggested that there is a dire need to improve the language proficiency and soft skills of students enrolled in the Higher Education Institutions in Andhra Pradesh.

The British Council would initiate a project that will focus on providing training to students in areas related to spoken English communication, confidence building, better employability, Resume writing and preparation for interviews, which is in line with the State’s vision to transform it into a knowledge hub by developing an ecosystem that is targeted towards youth development and employability.

This pilot project is unique as it offers new and innovative approaches to language learning and assessment, involving flexible, scalable, blended and digital self-access solutions that have been developed, based on an extensive research about the needs of the learners and required parameters of teaching English.

The pilot project offers 150 hours (100 hours of F2F and 50 hours of online English) of blended learning model supplemented with mobile learning and English clubs for continued support to students. This initiative will also include the training of 150 master trainers and 2,500 teachers.

For effective implementation of the project, APSCHE and British Council will evolve a coordinated approach in selecting and training 150 highly qualified master trainers to be trained by the representatives of British Council, who will further train 2,500 teachers selected from all across the State. These 2,500 teachers will further provide Face to Face training to 100,000 students enrolled in AP Higher Education Institutions.

Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council India said, “We will respond to the Chief Minister’s ambitious goals and provide support to the State in improving the educational opportunities and employment skills of the learners.”

The Chief Minister said “Today is an important day for Andhra Pradesh as two key partnerships i.e. one by Kia motors and another by British Council are being signed by the State.”

He reiterated his government’s vision of making Andhra Pradesh the best State in the country by 2029. A major part of this vision entails developing the State into a Knowledge Hub, by strengthening the system of education to produce well- educated youth to enter into various technological fields.

The Chief Minister has asked the British Council to explore other opportunities and partnerships in the field of education and help increase the employability of students in Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister said that there is a serious need to promote other languages too in the State. Apart from Telugu and English as primary and secondary languages, students should be encouraged to learn other languages such as Hindi, Tamil and also take up courses in foreign languages the Chief Minister said.

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Is BJP Planning To Go Alone In AP In 2019 Elections?

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages
  • Clarity by May last as Shah is set to address party workers

Amaravati: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning to go alone in the 2019 elections in Andhra Pradesh. A good number of senior leaders of the party, excluding Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, are in favour of severing ties with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra Pradesh. The BJP leadership sees political vacuum in Andhra Pradesh and wants to fill the slot. The party chief Amit Shah had been telling the leaders to fill the vacuum by taking senior leaders from other parties and enrolling the members from the booth level. The national leadership of the party and a few leaders from the State feel that they were not able to make inroads into the State because of the alliance with the TDP and want to sever ties before they get ready for the 2019 polls.

The party wants to use the presence of senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Daggubati Purandheswari from the dominant Kamma community and Kanna Lakshminarayana and Somu Veerraju from the Kapu community to rope in more number of leaders into the party. According to the leaders there is a huge gap between the ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress in the State politics. Though Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is planning to contest the 2019 elections he would only be sharing the anti-government votes, while the vote of the ruling TDP would remain intact. The scope of the Congress regaining its lost ground appears bleak and it is here the BJP wants to make use of the opportunity.

There were incidents when the BJP leaders from the State complained against the TDP in expanding its base through the enrolment of members in the villages. In several places, the TDP leaders have blocked the BJP’s efforts to reach out to the people at the grassroots and enroll them as party workers. The BJP leaders are thus not happy with the alliance and are mounting pressure on the national leadership to break the alliance with the TDP.

It is perhaps on these lines the BJP senior leader Muralidhara Rao had hinted at going alone in the 2019 elections. Addressing the party workers of Rajampet Lok Sabha constituency Muralidhara Rao hinted at the party going alone in the next elections. The BJP had already decided to dump the TDP in the Telangana State where Chandrababu Naidu’s party has lost its ground. The BJP leaders in TS believe that the TDP would be an unwanted burden on the party for the next elections and had decided to drop it. If that happens in TS, the party having ties in Andhra Pradesh also appear bleak.

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Fire Works In TDP As MLAs Seethe With Discontent

Amaravati: Two senior leaders of the ruling TDP were upset with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and offered to resign from the membership of the Assembly. While Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy was utterly unhappy for being dropped from the Cabinet unceremoniously, Butchaiah Chowdary was disheartened for not being nominated as a minister. Bojjala sent his resignation letter to CM and Speaker.

Bojjala has a special relationship with Naidu. He has been there with the party right from its inception. He won Assembly election for the first time in 1989. Since then he lost only once, in 2004 during YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s wave. He won five times.

Bojjala is the son-in-law of former minister Peddireddy Timma Reddy. When there was a revolt in the TDP against NTR, it was Bojjala who persuaded his brother-in-law Prabhakar Reddy to allow his hotel Viceroy as a hideout for the MLAs belonging to Naidu’s camp. He was travelling with Naidu in the same car that was ambushed by Naxalites in 2003 at Alipiri. Both Naidu and Bojjala had providential escape from the blast. It is a fact that Bojjala has been getting forgetful and unwell. He offered to quit about a year ago but was dissuaded by the CM. Dropping now along with tainted ministers like Peethala Sujatha and Ravela Kishore Babu has pained him and angered him. Naidu promised to field Bojjala’s son Sudheer Reddy as TDP candidates from Srikalahasti in the next elections.

Butchaiah also threatened to quit the Assembly. He submitted his resignation from the post of party general secretary. He sent a letter to Naidu to this effect. He questioned defectors being made ministers while ignoring senior leaders like him. NTR did not launch the party for this kind of politics, he commented. He said he had no enemies, he was criticising opposition members only as a policy of TDP and he does not need gunmen.

Gauthu Shyam Sundar Sivaji who is six-time MLA was pained at not becoming a minister. His daughter and the grand daughter of Gauthu Latchanna, Sireesha had asked Chief Minister Naidu to explain why her father was not a minister. She is the president of Srikakulam TDP.

Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, TDP MLA from Vijayawada, was thoroughly disappointed at not being taken into the Cabinet. After meeting Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Uma said an important leader in his party has come in the way and prevented him from becoming a minister.

Bonda Umamaheswara Rao has commented that it is not for the first time that Kapus are denied ministership. He said he would abide by Chief Minister’s guidance. He said TDP workers in 13 districts have felt bad for not making him a minister. The rumour is that Devineni Umamaheswara Rao stopped Bonda Uma from becoming a minister.

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AP Politics Did Not Go Beyond Class X


Amaravati: The politics in Andhra Pradesh, which is said to be the most advanced State in the country could not move even move an inch beyond the Class X on Tuesday as the question paper allegedly leaked in Nellore district. The Assembly came to a grinding halt on the day with the Opposition YSR Congress raising the issue and demanding action against two Ministers, besides debate in the House, while the ruling Telugu Desam Party differing debate and action besides denying the question paper leakage.

The examinations are conducted under the leadership of Minister for Education Ganta Srinivasa Rao and the students appearing for exam at the chain of educational institutions is owned by another Minister P Narayana. Interestingly, both the Ministers have family bonding with Srinivasa Rao’s son marrying Narayana’s daughter. The Opposition accuses this relationship the reason for the leakage of the question paper.

Whether the relationship between the two Ministers is the reason for the question paper leakage or not, the corporate educational institutions have been dictating terms to the education department right from the school education to the higher education. The domination continues with the two groups – Sri Chaitanya and Narayana – having chain of institutions in the two Telugu States. The institutions provide maximum of 14 hour long education daily from LKG to Intermediate. They have the techno school that claims to offer intensive coaching for the kids for IIT, while the junior colleges provide similar intensive coaching for EAMCET and other competitive examinations.

In the school and college education, the Class X and the two years Intermediate examinations are crucial for them as the success consolidates their base. It is here that these institutions lobby with the government officials, the officials of the School of Secondary Education (SSC) and the Board of Intermediate Education. The lobbying starts from the allotment of center for the public examination to the release of question papers on the night before the exam where the questions are shared with the selected students in the residential colleges and schools.

While the pressure that they put on the students in the residential institutions cause the suicidal death of the students, the secrecy that is maintained when a question paper is leaked all makes these institutions a concentrated camps.

With Narayana in the Cabinet, the Opposition wanted to put the government in a fix over the question paper leakage. The government, on its part with the Chief Minister and the Minister for Education away from the Capital, tried to escape from being cornered by the Opposition and had posted the issue for discussion in the Assembly on March 30. It is to be seen how the government would come out of this trouble and save its Ministers.


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TS, AP ministers Meet Governor Over Pending Issues

Hyderabad: Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh E.S.L. Narasimhan on Sunday held a meeting with the ministers and officials from both the Telugu States to sort out pending issues arising from Reorganization of Andhra Pradesh Act 2014.

The meeting held in Raj Bhavan was attended by Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao, Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy, advisor to government G Vivek from Telangana government and Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Labour Minister Atchannaidu and TD Chief Whip Kalva Srinivasulu and senior officials attended from the AP government.

The meeting discussed the issues related to division of employees and handing over of the buildings of Andhra Pradesh secretariat in Hyderabad to Telangana. However, no decision was taken during the meeting, it is learnt.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, G. Vivek said they have decided to hold another round of discussions on April 17. AP Labour Minister K. Atchannaidu said they discussed about division of teachers, police personnel and employees of the electricity department and so on.

He said a decision on handing over the buildings of AP Secretariat and legislature to Telangana will be taken in consultation with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

He said two senior officials of electricity department had submitted reports on sharing of electricity and a decision was expected in the next meeting.

This was the third in a series of meetings the Governor was holding with the ministers and officials of the two states since last month, to sort out all post-bifurcation issues. The two sides had decided to sort out all issues with mutual agreement instead of fighting in courts. 


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Delimitation: AP & TS BJP Units Differ On Centre’s Move

Hyderabad: A Cabinet note is being prepared in Home Ministry to effect an increase in the number of seats in the legislative assemblies of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, but this decision is being opposed by Telangana unit of BJP while it is being supported by AP unit.

Telangana BJP is strongly opposing the move to amend the Act in order to increase the number Assembly seats. According to them, it will benefit TRS and Majlis and not the BJP.

AP BJP unit, however, is in favour of the decision as they can bargain for more seats from its ally, ruling party TDP, in next elections.

Each Parliamentary constituency constitutes seven assembly segments at present, but after delimitation, the number may go up to nine assembly segments and the number of Assembly constituencies may change to 153 in Telangana and 225 in AP.

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AP Mahila Congress To join Mass Hunger Strike At Ananthapur

 Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Congress would join the proposed mass hunger strike to be held at Ananthapur on March 25 against the prevailing drought conditions in Rayalaseema.

AP Mahila Congress president Sunkara Padmasri along with the party leaders released a wall-poster of the event ate Andhra Rathna Bhavan.

Speaking on the occasion, Padmasri came down heavily on the State government for its failure to handle the drought in the State. She took Minister for Agriculture Prathipati Pullarao to task holding him responsible for the drought in the State. She alleged that the Minister had totally failed to assess the drought and prevent migration of people for other States in search of work and wages.

She said that the State government had declared 301 mandals out of total 664 mandals drought hit, which shows the total failure of the government. She said that people across the State were purchasing drinking water much ahead of the summer. The government could not even provide drinking water to the people, she alleged and regretted that livestock too were suffering due to non-availability of drinking water.

Padmasri alleged that this government had declared 238 mandals drought hit in 2014-15 followed by 359 mandals in 2015-16 and 301 mandals in 2016-17, indicating that drought had been there right from the first year of this government. She alleged that drought and Chandrababu Naidu are twins and every time he comes to power, people and the State would suffer.

APCC general secretary Meesala Rajeswara Rao, spokesman V Gurunadham, AP Youth Congress leaders P Pradeep, P Nnncharaiah, city Mahila Congress president K Sri Lakshmi and others were present.


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Seats In AP, TS Assemblies Sure To Increase: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi: A Cabinet note is being prepared in Home Ministry to effect an increase in the number of seats in the legislative assemblies of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said Union Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu.

Quoting an answer given by Deputy Home Minister Hansraj to the question asked by TRS MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy in the Parlaiment on Tuesday, some TV channels started showing breaking news that the Centre has clarified it’s stand that the number of Assembly seats in the two Telugu states cannot be increased now, as there is a need to amend article 171 (3), which is not in place as of now.

While reacting to these news items, Venkaiah Naidu called up Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and enquired about the issue. Naidu then stated that a cabinet note is being prepared in the Home Ministry to suggest required amendments so as to effect the increase in the number of Assembly seats in the legislative assemblies of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Naidu said that the Deputy Home Minister might have gone ahead with his reply with the available information.

The AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, mentions that there will be reconstitution of the Assembly constituencies and the number is seats in AP and Telangana State Assemblies will be increased. Keeping this possibility in view both the chief ministers, Nara Chandrababu and K Chandrashekhar Rao, hag encouraged defections by MLAs from opposition parties.

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AP bags National Awards in Energy Efficiency, Solar power


Amaravati: In an yet another significant development in achieving series of prestigious awards and citations in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Andhra Pradesh, the Indian Smart Grid Forum (ISGF), New Delhi has conferred “Appreciation Award for Best Energy Efficiency Program of the Year 2016”  and “Best state for sustainability of solar power” to the State

The event was being organized as part of the India Smart Grid Week (ISGW 2017), an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities scheduled from 07 – 10 March 2017 at Manekshaw Centre, New Delhi, India.  Both in public and private sectors several national and international organisations / utilities /experts have participated in the above programme.

On this occasion, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development organisation executive director, Makoto Watanabe, presented the coveted award to A Chandra Sekhara Reddy, Chief Executive Officer/APSECM, on behalf of Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary, Energy. The solar award was received by Kamalakar babu, MD/NREDCAP from R N Sen, Chairman/West Bengal State Electricity Regulatory Commission during the above programme.  The ISGF is a prestigious national level body, a Public Private Partnership initiative of the Central government for accelerated development of smart grid technology including energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in the Indian power sector.

“The national and international awards and recognition received in the emerging field of Energy efficiency and Renewable Energy (RE) are the testimonials of the commitment of the government towards green and blue development with reduced carbon foot print. So far we are leading in the country, but I am not satisfied, my main goal is to be one of the best State in the entire World in promotion of energy efficient and energy conservation (EE & EC) measures and RE, whatever the best practises available around the globe, be implemented in AP.  Our ultimate goal is to benefit common electricity consumer with reduced electricity bill and make him a partner in the global mission protection of environment for human survival” said Chief Minister N Chandra Babu Naidu, while thanking Piyush Goyal who had congratulated him on this occasion over telephone for his contribution to make AP No1 in the Country even in the Power Sector.

While disclosing the above details Sri Ajay Jain has thanked ISGF for extending support to AP Power Sector, and said that, the above National Awards have increased the responsibility of AP in achieving much more milestones in power Sector.

In a special Message, Piyush Goyal has appreciated AP efforts in the areas of optimisation of generation capacity, maintaining of highest plant load factor even surpassing the NTPC record, reduction of transmission and distribution losses achieving single digit in losses, adopting latest IT initiatives in consumer services, promotion of renewable energy.


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AP Mahila Congress holds protest against LPG hike

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Congress here on Thursday held a novel protest against the increase in the LPG prices. Led by the Mahila Congress president Sunkara Padmasri, the activists carried the effigy of the BJP-led NDA government at the Center and the LPG cylinder and set the effigy on fire.

Padmasri criticised the BJP government for increasing the cooking gas price after demonetization. She said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitely have claimed that the prices would come down in the country after demonetization. However, the prices were going up alarmingly, she said and blamed the government for its failures to keep the prices under control.

She said that the increasing the prices of cooking gas cylinder by Rs 90 was anti-people’s decision and would make lives miserable to the people. She recalled that the Congress chief minister late Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy had given Rs 50 subsidy on cylinder when the government increased the prices in the past. She said that the women across the country would curse the Prime Minister if he failed to withdraw the hike.

The Mahila Congress leaders Kurshida, Prameela Gandhi, Mallika, APCC spokesman V Gurunadham, Youth Congress president Peddireddi Pradeep and others were present.


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  1. Haarika says:

    LPG cylinder rate increased only for non-subsidised cylinder.How it will effect congress mahila I cannot understand.They are getting subsidy and they have not given up subsidy.Whole congress is becoming pappy now.

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Governor Narasimhan Playing Crucial Role In AP, TS

Hyderabad:  The ‘inspired’ news appearing in ‘Namaste Telangana’ some days ago and in ‘Sakshi’ on Thursday regarding ‘note for vote’ case saying that TDP leader Revant Reddy will be arrested soon and senior police officer Charu Sinha was shifted from the position of ACB director since she met the Governor and gave him the draft of the charge sheet to be filed in the ACB special court. She was upset that AK Khan who left the job of ACB chief had visited her office without her knowledge to have a prolonged meeting with the senior officials and prepare the charge sheet. There are also reports that Governor Narasimhan has told the leaders of the TDP, including Yenamala Ramakrishnudu, that he would not give oath of office to any defected MLA or MLC unless he or she resigns and gets re-elected.

The reports that an additional charge sheet  filed in CBI court on February 18 was submitted to the Governor beforehand. Narasimhan was harshly criticised by AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu for giving oath to Chalasani Srinivasa Yadav who was elected on TDP ticket in 2014 general elections and then defected and was made a minister in Telangana State. Governor Narasimhan has reminded the TDP leaders that swearing-in by defected MLAs would attract strictures from courts.

Naidu had promised many of the prospective defectors to nominate them as ministers. When the governor has been reluctant to fall in line and give oath to defectors, Naidu asked the prime minister and home minister to shift Narasimhan from AP and appoint a new governor.

Governor Narasimhan had stayed in Delhi for two days recently and met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee and appraised them of the developments in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana which have been taking place in violation of constitutional propriety. He also had meetings with Attorney General and Chief Justice of India.

The flip side is that Telangana State TDP leader Revant Reddy cannot be arrested by any stretch of imagination. He is an accused in ‘vote for note’ case and was arrested and released on bail. He can be arrested again only if the courts convict him. The case is yet to be heard and judgment given by the ACB  special court. Even if the special court convicts him he can appeal in high court against the ACB special court judgment. He can also approach the apex court in the country. Moreover, the ACB of Telangana State has not been actively probing the case after an unholy truce has been arrived at between the chief ministers of AP and a Telangana at the behest of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu. If TS Chief Minister Kalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) is keen on fixing the outspoken TRS leader Revant Reddy, the latter would spill the beans and implicate AP CM Naidu in the case. Naidu would persuade KCR not to proceed against Revant. So, the question of Revant Reddy’s arrest right now is only a wishful thinking.

Senior journalist and chief of Deccan Chronicle news bureau, Krishna Rao made it clear that defections are unacceptable and wrong morally and constitutionally. The role of the Governor Narasimhan has become pivotal. He has developed a close rapport with the President and PM by submitting factual reports on the shenanigans of both the chief ministers. As a formal intelligence official, he is endowed with the skills and brains to know the ground reality and report faithfully to the higher ups. That may be the secret of his holding the gubernatorial office for a long time in NDA dispensation although he was a UPI-II appointee. His suggestion would carry weight with the top functionaries of the country.

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Governor greets people of Telugu States

Hyderabad: On the auspicious occasion of “Maha Sivarathri,” on Friday, Governor ESL Narsimhan today conveyed his heartiest greetings to the peoples of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In a message, the Governor stated, “Maha Sivarathri, is the most important festival for the millions of devotees of Lord Shiva and the day is observed with fervor and devotion. It is considered extremely auspicious to worship Lord Shiva on Maha Shivaratri Day as it is believed that worship of Lord Shiva with devotion and sincerity absolves a devotee of past sins. May this auspicious occasion inspire noble thoughts of love, affection, amity and brotherhood in all of us. I once again convey my warm greetings to all the people on this auspicious occasion”, he added. (NSS)


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