Andhra Pradesh government suggests banning new year celebrations in temples

The Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust of Andhra Pradesh has come out against the practice of celebrating New Year in the state’s temples. The trust has issued a notice to temple authorities, directing them to impose a ban on New Year darshans and decorations. 

The circular mentioned that new year festivities in temples was against Hindu and Telgu traditions. According to the circular, however, temples ought to celebrate New year only on Ugadi, the first day of the year for Telugus. 

Temple management and priests were directed not to spend money on floral decorations and making special arrangements. Hindu Dharma Parirakshana Trust Secretary CV Raghavachariyalu held that temples were following the English calendar instead of the Hindu one. He also stated that temples were using lakhs of rupees donated by devoted and that this was ‘inappropriate’  

Ugadi, the spring festival, marks the beginning of the new year in the Telugu calender. It will be celebrated on March 18 is year. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra are the states which will witness the celebrations.  

Sources: Indian Express, Business Standard

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Chandrababu Naidu promises action against traffickers in the state

Moved by the nerve-racking recall described by a child trafficking casualty, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu guaranteed her arrangement as an Anganwadi instructor and a settled store of ₹5 lakh in her name.
The girl was abandoned by a lover who sold her for ₹35,000 in Hyderabad and landed her in a brothel house in Mumbai. She asked for the police to check women – trafficking in Kurnool and Nandyal and act sternly against traffickers. Mr. Naidu has guaranteed ventures to check trafficking in the State.
The Chief Minister likewise declared a settled store of ₹5 lakh for the sake of another young girl who was assaulted by her dad. The girl of Gudumbai Thanda in Orvakal Mandal, who was freed from child labor, said she passed the fourth standard from the Andhra Pradesh private school, specifically passed SSC and was acting as an ANM. She said her three siblings had settled as a police constable and an instructor. M. Syamala Devi, a vagrant who was a drop-out after the first standard, said she was considering the seventh standard in the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayam.

Sources : Business Standard, TOI

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Vizag to host 4th Indian Open World snooker tournament

In a first, Vizag will be hosting the fourth Indian Open World ranking snooker tournament at Novotel hotel in the city from September 12 to 16.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will inaugurate the event on September 11. Four-time world champion and Scottish great John Higgins will be the star attraction along with Stuart Bingham, Anthony Hamilton, Graeme Dott, Shaun Murphy, Ricky Walden, Mark Allen, Stephen Maguire, Luca Brecel and David Gilbert, the other big names in the field who will be participating in the tournament.

Indian snooker player Pankaj Advani has pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons, the president of the Billiards and Snooker Federation of India Capt. P.V.K. Mohan told the Hindu.

On the Indian side Lucky Vatnani (Hyderabad), Pandurangaiah (Nellore), Asutosh Pady (Odisha), Malkeet Singh (Delhi), Laxman Rawat (Delhi) and Srikrishna (Chennai) are six Indian wild card entries.

The tournament offers a total prize money of £3,00,000, and the winner will take home £50,000.

District Collector Pravin Kumar told the Hindu that Vizag has emerged the sports capital of Andhra Pradesh as the city has been hosting international sporting events. To encourage sports enthusiasts to attend the five-day snooker event in larger numbers, entry to this tournament is free, he added.

Sources: The Hindu

Andhra Pradesh signs MoU for Hyperloop

The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Amaravati, the state capital. with Elon Musk backed company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT).

HTT is US based research firm that is developing the ultra high-speed transportation through a ‘tube modular transport system’ which runs without friction.

The Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (AP-EDB) joined hands with HTT for this project, which will be a PPP (Public- Private Partnership) with most of the funds coming from private investors. But an official release on the MoU did not disclose the probable cost of the project.

HTT will initiate its feasibility study in October this year to analyze the city areas for best routes and to identify the stakeholders between the two cities. After the feasibility test, the second phase will be to initiate the construction of the first Hyperloop project in India.

The proposed project will help in ease of transportation between Vijaywada and Amaravati and cover the distance of 35 km in just five minutes.Even though the Hyperloop project is still in a trial stage in many different countries, this will be first such project in India.

News Source: Livemint, Economic Times

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Bus accident killed 11 and injured 30 in Andhra Pradesh

On Tuesday morning, in Krishna district of Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh a bus fell off a flyover. The accident killed at least 11, and injured more than 30 people. The bus fell into a canal at Mulapadu village of Penuganchiprolu Mandal, when it was travelling from Bhubaneswar to Hyderabad. The campus was carrying 42 passengers and two drivers and one cleaner.

NDTV reported that the driver was suspected to be sleepy and due to this reason the unfortunate incident took place in the morning. The affected people were rushed to the Nandigama Government Hospital for treatment. The bystanders present there at the time of accident informed the police that a bus fell into the gap between two parallel bridges from a height of 22 feet.

Last week a similar incident was reported from Nalgonda district of Telangana. A Vijayawada-bound Autonagar depot RTC Bus had hit a chemical tanker and killed four and 17 people suffered injuries.

The preliminary inquiry by the police revealed that the bus (AP 02 TC 7146) had belonged to Diwakar Travels. The bus had to cover over a 1,000 km from Odisha to Telangana. The driver was changed in Vijaywada, and after the new driver took place, the mishap took place.






Chandrababu Naidu: Supports note ban, concerned for people

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP ally Chandrababu Naidu, a day after his comments on currency ban went viral, cleared that he was not against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision of ban on 500 and 1000 rupee currency note, instead he was only voicing his concern about the “suffering people”.

Initially, Mr Naidu was a supporter of currency ban to eradicate black money, he was quoted telling the men of his Telugu Desam Party and his legislators that he was worried that there is no end to cash crunch in the near future.

He states, “Have seen big crises like Cyclone Hudhud and we resolved them, but demonetisation we are not able to since it is not fully in our control.”

On November 8, when cash ban was announced by PM Modi, CM Naidu took the credit for the idea. He declared to be the one who requested PM to take such a step to end corruption in India. He tweeted, that the notes ban was a moral victory for TDP.
The panel that is set up by the Centre to look into problems arising because of currency ban is headed by Mr Naidu. Today, he stated that he was spending more than four hours a day monitoring cash distribution system. His officials have been told to come up with innovative ideas to deal with this crisis.

Sourced from NDTV and New Dog

Third call money racket busted in Andhra Pradesh

The Vijayawada Police have busted a loan racket, in another case of “call money” as known in Andhra Pradesh, which involved several women allegedly forced into prostitution, as a consequence of not being able to repay loan taken at very high interest rates.

Y Ramachandra Murthy, a deputy engineer of AP Transmission Corporation, G Satyanand, private financiers like, B Shankar, Venigalla Srikanth, Pendyala Srikanth and Dudala Rajesh, alleged to be the brains behind the operation, has been arrested by the police.

Police are also probing the role of some local political leaders, particularly of the governing Telugu Desam Party for backing the group that was running the racket.

The racket was busted after a woman filed a case stating that her daughter and son-in-law were abducted by a private financier, who runs the Seven Sisters agency.  The abduction was a result of them failing to repay a loan of Rs 3 lakh, which they had availed at an interest rate of 30 per cent.

Speaking on the agenda behind of racket, Gautam Sawang, Vijayawada Police Commissioner said, “This gang’s modus operandi is to give loans to innocent women at very high interest rates, and when they are unable to repay on time, they threaten them and coerce them into handing over their houses or lands in lieu of the loan.”

The list of charges under which cases have been registered are, IPC sections 420 (cheating), 376 (rape), 354 a(1) (2) (sexual harassment), 384 (extortion), 501 (defamation), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy).