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Special Status will come, if not today, tomorrow: CM Jagan

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In the face of mounting criticism, Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy has asserted that his government has taken active steps to hasten industrial development. Over 1,400 companies have come forward to invest Rs 11,549 Cr.

Jagan Reddy addressed a state-level meet on the AP industry scenario. He said that the state would have achieved greater development if the Special Status was conferred. However, the YCP would not behave like Chandrababu Naidu but it would continue to make its efforts. The Special Status would come, if not today, tomorrow.

CM Jagan asserted that the YCP could form a stable government in the state. With 22 MPs, the YCP occupied a fourth place in political parties positions at the national level. The CM said AP has got a 972 km coastline. The state has got excellent infrastructure and necessary support is being given to the industrialists including lands.

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CID cases for derogatory social media posts against judges

The Andhra Pradesh High Court Registrar General Rajasekhar has made a formal complaint to the AP CID against persons responsible for defamatory social media posts against judges. Based on his complaint, the CID registered cases against one Darisi Kishore Reddy. The CID Cybercrime wing is dealing with these cases.

The cases were filed under sections 67 of the Information Technology Act and under sections 153(A), 505(2) and 506 under the IPC. It may be well known that the High Court has taken serious note of the derogatory posts being made against judges of HC and also Supreme Court for delivering some judgements and orders in important cases.

In the present case, the HC Registrar General provided proof of the derogatory social media posts. The Opposition parties have demanded already that stringent action be taken against the ruling party sympathisers who have initially targeted TDP and general public but later they started attacking the judiciary also.

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Explosive confession: Rampant Christian conversions in AP, admits YSRCP MP Raju Ramakrishna

It is official now. There is rampant Christian religious conversions in Andhra Pradesh. No, this is not an accusation by the BJP leaders. In an explosive admission on Times Now News Hour debate on auctioning of temple assets by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), YSRCP MP Raju Ramakrishna confessed that Christian missionaries in Andhra Pradesh are pumping in large sums of money to carry out widespread religious conversions in the state.

Christian missionaries are getting forieng funding to carry out mass conversions in India, he said. This is a very big confession made by the YSRCP MP.
While admitting that large-scale conversion are happening in Andhra Pradesh, the YSRCP MP defended that the phenemenon was not unique to Andhra Pradesh and that widespread conversions are happening across the country.

Participating in a debate on May 25 on the proposed auction of temple properties by the TTD, Raju Ramakrishna said, “It is been there even earlier. It is being projected now. While I agree to the fact that conversions are happening in a big way, but our government is not at all invovled in conversions. Conversions are not only happening in Andhra Pradesh, it is happening across India. It is the money power of the Christian missionaries. Through the money power and money pumped from abroad the Christian missionaries are carrying out large scale conversions. It is happening througout the country, what are we supposed to do. India is a secular country as per our constitution. I am not getting into the nitty-gritty if the conversions are through inducements by way of money or through preachings, but conversions are happening. The government is not supporting.”

The use of money or any kind of inducement or allurement for conversions is illegal and criminal. Uttrakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh had made special laws to ban conversions by force, fraud, marriage or allurement. To a question ‘where in Andhra Pradesh the conversions are happening’ and ‘what is the action taken by the YSRCP government against it’, the YSRCP MP said, “Silently some people are going into colonies in the dead of night and undertaking preachings and converting people. Some people are going to villages. Preaching is happening. They say if you convert into Chrsitianty good will happen. This is how they are doing it. I do not know if conversions are happening through inducements by way of money or through preaching, but they are happening.

When the anchor said this is shocking and surprising, the YSRCP MP said, “There is nothing to get surprised. Don’t be surprised. These are naked truths and you should not be surprised. Our CM is not involved in it.

Padmasree awardee, former Infosys director and current chairman of Manipal Global Education Mohandas Pai, who was the other panelist on Times Hour News Hour debate, said while Chrisitan conversions are happening across the country, it was rampant in Andhra Pradesh. Without referring to anyone in particular, Mohandas Pai pointed out that a close member of Jagan’s family is a big evagelist. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his family hailing from Kadapa district of Rayalaseema are followers of Christianity for generations.Jagan’s brother-in-law Brother Anil Kumar is a known evagelist and frequents coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh to carry out Christian activities.

In the past, several videos went viral on social media showing evangelical activities being carried out in village/ward secretariat buildings inaugurated by the YSRCP government.

There is no reliable data on Christian population in Andhra Pradesh. As per 2011 Census, Andhra Pradesh has seven lakh Christians, constituting about 1.4 per cent of the total population. However, the numbers could be higher in the state. Experts believe that those who have recently converted were asked not to reveal their new faith in order ensure that conversions can proceed in a clandestine manner. Further, there is also a fear that the converts could lose reservation privileges
The YSRCP MP’s explosive confession comes a day after BJP president Kanna Laxminarayana pointed out that ever since YSRCP under Jagan Mohan Reddy rode to power in Andhra Pradesh, evangelists are converting Hindus into Christianity with renewed vigour. He alleged that ever since Jagan Mohan Reddy has become the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, he has opened the treasury of the state to the Christian community, with an eye on encouraging conversion activities.

Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar took to his Twitter handle to take on both the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments. He said the Jagan government was trying to turn Andhra Pradesh into the fiefdom of Christianity while the KCR government was turning Telangana into Muslim kingdom.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy recently took to his Twitter handle to vent his anger against auctioning of temple assets. Subramanian Swamy in his tweet alleged that the AP CM wants to make Andhra Pradesh into a Christian state. “If a Christian CM can be responsive to Hindus’ vociferous demand on Tirupati land auction but a Hindu CM takes over all the temples in the State and appoints himself as Chairman, has Hindutva gone off the rails,” Subramanian Swamy.

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TDP Digital Mahanadu 2020 – India’s first online Political Conclave: Naidu

TDP National President Chandrababu Naidu has said that technology and innovation will give solutions to any problem faced by the human society nowadays. This trust is being reinforced every time there is a crisis. If the TDP could overcome limitations of social distance during COVID-induced lockdown, it was thanks to the party’s early steps towards digital socialization. Digital Mahanadu 2020 is also a part of this initiative.

Mr Naidu recalled how earlier Mahanadu conclaves used to be held in the presence of countless activists and admirers. This time, lockdown restrictions came as a hurdle. However, this was overcome with ‘ZOOM Webinar’, a timely solution provided by technology. As a result, the TDP has emerged to hold India’s first Digital Political Conclave, Mahanadu 2020.

The TDP Chief appealed to all party activists and sympathisers to download ZOOM app and take part in this year’s conclave and make Mahanadu 2020 (May 27-28) a grand success.

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44 latest foreign returnees report Corona +ve in AP

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Andhra Pradesh has recorded 99 new Covid positive cases in the past 24 hours. Of these, 45 patients were foreign returnees who have arrived in the state after lockdown relaxations. The total cases in the state have reached 2,896. The Government has announced that it has conducted virus tests to over 10,200 persons in the past one day.

Expectedly, over nine new cases have links with the Chennai Koyambedu market. Of the new patients among foreign returnees, they came from Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The authorities have stepped up surveillance on the foreign returnees because of the continuing rise in virus cases among them. Most of the latest positive cases among foreign returnees are from Kuwait.

The total number of deaths due to Coronavirus in AP so far are 56. Nearly 947 patients are still taking treatment at Coronavirus hospitals in different parts of the state. Over 1,848 persons have fully recovered from the virus infection.

The Koyambedu market impact is very heavy on the Chittoor and Nellore districts. Local administrations are taking preventive measures but cases are continuing to report.

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Jagan Cash Transfer: Rs 5,000 for Archakas, Pastors, Imams, Moezzins

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With one click from his Camp Office today, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy is going to distribute online Rs. 5,000 each directly into the banks of Archakas, Pastors, Imams and Moezzins. This is being given to rescue these people associated with places of worship from the Coronavirus lockdown impact. Accordingly, the Government has already sanctioned Rs. 38 Cr from the funds of the Disaster Management department.

With this, the Rs. 5,000 benefit would reach nearly 70,000 people. There are about 31,000 Archakas, 29,850 Pastors and over 7,000 Imams and Moezzins in the State. The officials have made all arrangements for online deposit of cash into their bank accounts directly with one click on the screen by the Chief Minister.

Actually, the Cash Transfer to these sections was one of the Padayatra promises made by Jaganmohan Reddy prior to the last elections. But the Government has now taken the epidemic situation as an opportunity to pass on the benefit immediately. During the lockdown, the temples, mosques and churches have remained closed for all practical purposes. Especially, those at smaller places of worship are struggling for lack of incomes. Against this backdrop, the Government says its latest Cash Benefit drive would greatly solve the problems of Archakas and Pastors and Imams.

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COVID-19: Andhra cases total 2,627, foreign returnees among new cases

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With 66 new cases in 24 hours till Sunday morning, there seems no respite for Andhra Pradesh in its battle against coronavirus as its total tally climbed to 2,627.

Briefly, for a few days last week, the state seemed to be turning the tide as single digit tallies were reported from almost all the hotspot districts. However, the past few days have yet again seen COVID-19 cases tending to be higher.

The state nodal officer reported that 47 new cases were detected in the preceding 24-hour cycle compared with Sunday tally.

A significant number of new cases were found to have travel history to the Koyambedu market in Chennai — including 3 in Chittoor district and 8 in Nellore district. The since-closed Koyambedu market was identified as one of the biggest spreaders of COVID-19 in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, where positive cases tally has long crossed the 10,000-mark.

With evacuation flights landing in Andhra Pradesh over the past few days, a few of the hundreds of foreign returnees have tested positive. On Sunday, authorities reported that 17 new cases are of foreign returnees. Of these, 12 are from Kuwait, 3 from Dubai and 2 from Qatar.

One of the reasons attributed to the higher daily counts is the large number of tests in Andhra Pradesh. The state ranks behind Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu in terms of overall numbers of tests conducted, while in terms of testing ratios, it ranks below Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir.

On a positive note, the number of active cases has been slowly coming down in Andhra, with a third of the positive cases or 764 persons receiving treatment in various hospitals. A total of 29 persons were cured and discharged by Sunday morning, taking the state’s tally of cured persons to 1,807.

The state nodal officer reported that 11,357 samples were tested in the past 24 hours as against 9,136 during the preceding cycle.

As no corona death was reported since Saturday morning, the state’s death toll remained 56.

Meanwhile, the tally of cases among returnees from other states remained static at 153. However, the active cases tally fell to 119 from 128, as 9 more persons were cured and discharged. Of these, 8 persons had returned from Maharashtra and 1 from West Bengal. Previously, 25 persons from Gujarat had been cured and discharged.

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Jagan summer heat stroke leaves power consumers speecless

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This is the twelfth month that CM Jaganmohan Reddy has come to power in Andhra Pradesh. There was no big hue and cry over rise in power bills till last month. Why have the bills seen such steep, illogical hike after eleven months of Jagan rule? The common man is now confused. Even the same poorer sections are unable to cope with reality how they also got Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 4,000 bills this month. What little Coronavirus relief they are getting is going back to the Government in the forms of power bills now.

Then, questions are being asked why the YSRCP chose to introduce a new system of billing exactly during the onset of summer. Even uneducated and illiterate persons know consumption goes up in hot summer months. Even poorest of poor use fans. They also watch TV more because they stay at home longer due to hot temperatures. Jagan Govt gave a timely blow to these sections. They are asking how can they pay at a time when they are already suffering due to lack of incomes in Coronavirus lockdowns.

On the other hand, the Government is going ahead with its own mission to overcome serious financial crunch. Moreover, YSRCP is not getting expected support from the Centre either. Analysts say AP voters have to contend with reality which is more taxes, higher RTC fares and higher current in some form or other.

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CM Jagan votebank agenda continues despite setbacks?

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The Jaganmohan Reddy Government has drawn negative comments from the courts in over 56 cases so far. The National Green Tribunal has also begun finding fault on LG Polymers, Pothireddypadu, etc. Even the victims of gas tragedy are complaining that they were given invalid cheques towards Rs. 1 Cr compensation for death of their family members. Lots of criticism is emerging in such aspects but CM Jagan is going ahead with his own conviction in a votebank-centric political agenda. The stay order by National Green Tribunal was indeed a setback to Pothireddypadu expansion project. But the YSRCP is thinking its political purpose has been served already. Simply, it is like the mission accomplished. The masses in Rayalaseema region are of the view that like YSR, Jagan Reddy is looking after their water needs.

The ruling party mouthpiece Sakshi is also pumping this agenda constantly and with a repeated emphasis. The experts especially those with legal knowledge are viewing all this with a little scepticism. The major concern is how long this kind of open confrontation and legal litigation can continue. Where this kind of approach would lead the state to eventually? For good or for bad, CM Jagan has not got ample opportunities so far to prove whether he can deliver better than his experienced predecessors. He began with demolitions and cancellations, but soon got stuck in the Coronavirus lockdowns and now facing unforeseen financial crisis. Time is running out for the CM to convert setbacks into opportunities not just for his party but also for the people of the state as a whole.

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KRMB shock to AP Govt on Krishna river waters

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The Krishna River Management Board has intimated the AP Government that it has drawn river water far in excess of the quantities allocated to the state. The Board has asked AP not to draw any more water from Srisailam or Nagarjunasagar or any other source from the Krishna river. As per the river waters allocation, Andhra Pradesh has consumed its quota as of now. Hence, whatever water remaining in Krishna basin as on today, all this belongs to Telangana state. The KPMB told AP that it has no permission to draw water from the existing 60 TMC available in the basin.

The Board clarified that as per records, allocations were made for both states in April as per available storages in reservoirs. Records of utilisation till May 19 reveal that AP has drawn in excess of its allocation under Nagarjuna Sagar Right Canal, Handri Neeva and Muchumarri projects. Accordingly, the KPMB has written a letter to the AP irrigation officials not to resort to any more drawal of water from Krishna river sources.

The Board officials explained that Krishna waters were allocated at the ratio 66:34 for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Accordingly, AP has utilised 647.559 TMC till now while Telangana drew 272.846 TMC. With this, there is only 60.33 TMC left in Nagarjuna Sagar and Srisailam reservoirs. As per utilisation figures, Telangana can draw these waters now.

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Jagan Rythu Bharosa cash transfers to benefit 50 lakh families

Coronavirus lockdowns have caused serious financial burden on Andhra Pradesh. The Government has started cutting 50 per cent salaries in Government employees. Initially, even doctors and nurses salaries were proposed to be cut but later considering their sacrifices, they were exempted from salary cuts. There were demands for Rs. 5,000 cash assistance for poor workers, agricultural coolies and other sections. CM Jagan Reddy has ignored all of them. Now, his pet programme ‘YSR Rythu Bharosa-PM Kisan’ programme is all set to be started today. CM would inaugurated this programme to begin distribution of Rs. 7,500 each to the beneficiary farmers’ families.

This time, nearly 50 lakh farmers’ families are expected to get this benefit. This is the second year in succession that Jagan Reddy is implementing the programme uninterruptedly. The officials have made all preparations for the bank transfer of these amounts at the click of a button by the Chief Minister from his Camp Office in Tadepalli.

Amid this, the CM has strongly indicated to the officials and his party senior leaders that their party pet programmes shall continue whatever may be the financial difficulties. Accordingly, the YSRCP leaders were totally ignoring the rising criticism from Opposition parties against sale of Government properties under Build AP programme. Critics are asking whether it is good for the Government to sell properties to give cash assistance.

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Stop sale of Govt properties under ‘Build AP’: TDP

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TDP former Minister Nakka Ananda Babu has strongly objected to the YSR Congress Party Government’s move to sell state lands in the name of ‘Build AP’ programme without having any concrete plans for bringing in development. How this Government could sell lands at a time when the Coronavirus epidemic lockdowns have caused financial distress everywhere and real estate values have touched rock bottom with no transactions taking place anywhere?

The Telugu Desam Party leader said that a prime piece of land belonging to the labour department in Guntur city was allotted for construction a new division of the Government General Hospital there during the previous TDP regime. But now, the same land was put up for sale by YSRCP without any consideration for rising health needs of the people. The Jaganmohan Reddy Government is hatching a conspiracy to loot prime Government lands under Build AP and already some lands were being soled in Visakhapatnam and Guntur. The ruling party leaders’ game plan was obviously to take over ownership of these prime lands in the names of their benamis. From Volunteers to MLAs and Ministers, all YSRCP leaders were now busy looting Andhra Pradesh in every way possible.

The TDP leader said that the ruling party leaders have been making huge money by plundering sand, liquor, soil and mines, and they were now bent on snatching away prime properties of the Government all over. In villages, local residents were being terrified by YSRCP miscreants who were looting sand by shifting hundreds of lorry loads everyday and threatening locals if they try to confront them. The ruling party was committing all this corruption in the name of welfare but so far even the Navaratnalu promises were not fulfilled to the people.

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Active cases below 1,000 but Chennai link haunts AP

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A day after registering its lowest ever single day tally of 33 cases, Andhra Pradesh reported a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The state nodal officer reported that 48 positive cases were detected from the tests conducted in the 24 hours ending 10 a.m., Wednesday. Seven of these cases were observed to have a travel history to Chennai’s Koyambedu market.

Guntur district reported the highest incidence of covid-19 cases, with 12 cases detected here in the preceding 24 hours. This is followed by the Chittoor district, with 11 cases reported from here. However, three of the cases detected here have a travel history to Chennai, which has emerged as one of the major southern hotspots for COVID-19. In East Godavari district, all the four cases that tested positive were found to have a travel history to Chennai.

Krishna and Anantapur districts reported three cases each, while seven districts did not report a single case over the past 24 hours. The past 24 hours saw Andhra Pradesh conduct 9,284 tests in comparison to the 10,730 samples tested during the preceding one-day cycle.

Kurnool district continues to lead with a cumulative tally of 591 cases, although with 297 persons cured and discharged, there are only 277 active cases here. This is followed by Guntur and Krishna districts with cumulative tallies of 399 and 349 cases respectively.

One death was reported from Kurnool district, taking the death toll further up to 47. Wednesday, with 86 persons declared cured, saw high numbers of people discharged from hospitals.

At the state level, the cumulative tally in the state touched 2,137 cases on Wednesday. However, the active cases tally is constantly on the decline and stands at 948. Of the active cases, nearly 73 cases pertain to people returning from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, and Karnataka.

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KCR team writes to Krishna River Water Board, Jagan stands his ground

While the Telangana government on Tuesday knocked the doors of the Krishna River Water Management Board, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy stated that his government was well within its right to draw water from Srisailam to the extent of what was due to Andhra Pradesh .

Jagan, who held a high-level meeting with state Water Resources Minister P Anil Kumar and top irrigation officials to discuss the water sharing dispute between the two Telugu speaking states, stated that the issue of water sharing should be looked at a humanitarian perspective. “People in Rayalaseema, Nellore and Prakasam are suffering as they are deprived of drinking water. Therefore, this should be looked from humanitarian perspective,” he said. “What is wrong in drawing water what is due to Andhra Pradesh,” he questioned

Further, he pointed out that 44,000 cusecs of water can be drawn if the water level at Srisailam has reached 888 feet. “Such levels are witnessed only 10 days in a year. Those 10 days, it is essential to draw water to fulfill the needs of people in Rayalaseema, Nellore and Prakasam districts. If the water level at Srisailam falls to 854 feet, barely 7,000 cusecs of water could be drawn from Pothireddipadu Head Regulator. If the water level further dips to 841 feet, only 1,000 cusecs of water could be drawn from Pothireddipadu Head Regulator,” Jagan explained.

Assuring that the AP government will not draw additional water, Jagan said even the Krishna River Water Management Board will not approve if the state government attempts to lift more water than what is agreed upon.

Earlier, Principal Secretary (Irrigation) Rajat Kumar on Tuesday shot off a letter to the Krishna River Water Management Board complaining against the AP government’s move to construct a new irrigation project to lift 3 TMC of water from Srisailam project. In the letter, Rajat Kumar complained that the AP government took a “unilateral decision” in issuing the GO. Further, the Irrigation Principal Secretary pointed out that the GO was issued without the consulting the Telangana government. Seeking immediate intervention to halt the AP government’s move to lift water from Srisailam, Rajat Kumar pointed out that as per the AP Reorganization Act, it is legally binding on both the governments to get an approval from the Apex Committee for taking up any project on inter-State rivers either in Telangana or AP. In the letter to the KRMB, Rajat Kumar demanded the board to stop the construction immediately as the project has been taken up in violation of AP Reorganisation Act 2014. “The Andhra Pradesh government should withdraw its GO 203 as it would have serious consequences for the farmers of Telangana. It is not proper or within the jurisdiction of AP alone to proceed with the construction of any new project without complying with the guidelines stipulated in the Reorganisation Act, Rajat Kumar wrote in his letter.

On late Monday evening, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao who held a high-level review meeting at his camp office at Pragathi Bhavan expressed his displeasure over the AP government “unilateral decision” in issuing the GO. He asked the legal department to mull the options before the Telangana government including moving the Supreme Court and file a complaint before the Krishna River Water Management Board.. “It is an inter-State project. The said GO issued by the AP government is against the AP Reorganization Act. We should challenge this in Krishna River Water Management Board and also look at legal options,” KCR told the officials.

On Tuesday, Telangana Minister T Harish Rao demanded that the Jagan government withdraw its GO as it would have serious consequences for the farmers of Telangana for generations to come. The GO amounted to illegally take away Telangana waters. If 10 TMC water is diverted on a daily basis, then the Telangana irrigation projects will be badly hit.

Telangana Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy slammed the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to draw water from Srisailam saying it was an immature and incorrect move especially when KCR was always in the forefront to maintain friendly relations with neighbors. “He always said we should not have a confrontational approach when dealing with neighbors and he stood by it in letter and spirit. However, this GO issued by Andhra Pradesh is not acceptable and the CM is very serious in taking legal recourse,” Jagadish Reddy said.

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AP may resume bus services from May 18, likely to hike fares by 40-50%

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Public transport which had been suspended since the announcement of the nationwide lockdown in March may resume operations soon in Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh government is reporteldy making efforts to start RTC buses from May 18 despite double digit growth in Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks. The tally of Covid-19 cases in the state touched 1,980 with 45 deaths. According to sources, the State Public Transport Department (PTD) to ensure below 50 per cent passenger occupancy in buses after the Covid-19 induced lockdown ends and services resume. The RTC buses are likely to be rolled out in green and orange zones even if the lockdwon is extended by the central govenment beyond May 17.

The Andhra Pradesh Public Transport Department has decided to increase the bus fare by 40-50 per cent, a move which will further burden people as many lost thier livelihood due to the pandemic. The Public Transport Department had reportedly sent a proposal to the Andhra Pradesh government to hike the bus fares.

The PTD is reportedly taking all possible measures to ensure that the corona virus doesn’t spread. The buses will be sanitised before and after travel. One person will be allowed on one seat to maintain physical distancing. Two people will be allowed in case of three seating.

Currently, the PTD is operating ‘Palle Velugu’ buses in rural hinterlands, super luxury and ultra delux buses for distant travel. The Palle Velugu buses have a seating capactiy of 60, the PTD is likely to allow ony 34 seat occupancy. Since the buses will run half their capacity, the PTD has proposed to the government to hike the bus fares by 40-50 per cent.

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AP corona tally at 1980, 2 more districts cross 100 mark

Andhra Pradesh’s see-saw battle with COVID-19 saw the weekend close with 50 new cases on Sunday. The death toll further increased with one more death reported from the Kurnool district. Andhra Pradesh’s nodal officer reported that the cumulative tally of COVID-19 cases in the state touched 1,980 by Sunday morning.

Of the 8,666 samples tested, 50 positive cases were detected in the 24 hours ending 10 a.m., Sunday. Chittoor district reported 16 cases — the highest numbers in AP, followed by Kurnool with 13 new cases. Six cases were detected in the Guntur district and five cases each were reported from Anantapur and Nellore districts respectively. The Prakasam district had only two cases in the past 24 hours while Kadapa, Krishna, and Visakhapatnam districts registered one case each. No new cases were reported from four of the state’s 13 districts.

Meanwhile, the death toll increased to 45, following the death of one person in the Kurnool district. The preceding 24 hours also saw 38 persons discharged from hospitals after they were declared totally cured of COVID-19. With this, the number of cured in the state stands at 925 people. Consequently, there are 1,010 active cases in Andhra Pradesh as of Sunday.

On Saturday, the state’s active cases tally had dipped below the 1,000-mark and with only 43 cases detected, Andhra Pradesh had reported it’s lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in weeks.

Kurnool district’s cumulative tally tops the state list at 553, followed by Guntur and Krishna districts with 376 and 338 cases respectively. Seven of the state’s 13 districts did not report any new cases in the last 24 hours.

The state’s top COVID-19 hotspots of the Kurnool district continued to top the cumulative tally charts, with 566 cases detected here till date.

Guntur’s tally stands at 382, Krishna district has 339 cases and Anantapur has 107 case. Chittoor with 112 cases and Nellore with 101 cases are the latest to cross the 100-mark in terms of cumulative numbers. With the latest updates, six of the 13 districts have crossed the 100-mark.

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43 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, active count below 1000 in Andhra

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With just 43 cases reported on Saturday, Andhra Pradesh reported it’s lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in weeks. A steady decline in the number of positive cases over the past one week, combined with increasing numbers of people getting cured, has resulted in the state’s active cases dipping below the 1000 mark.

The State Nodal Officer has reported that of the 8,388 samples tested, 43 cases were detected in the 24 hours ending 10 a.m. on Saturday. However, the death toll increased further, with two persons reported dead in Krishna district and one in Kurnool district.

The state’s top COVID-19 hotspot of Kurnool district continued to register very low positive cases. Only six cases were reported from here, while Krishna district reported the highest daily tally of 16 cases. Visakhapatnam reported five cases, while Anantapur and Chittoor districts reported three and two cases respectively.

In a reversal of sorts, a decrease in the number of positive cases over the past week has been observed in Andhra Pradesh. 54 cases were detected on Friday, while the 24-hour tally on Thursday was 56. The daily tally was 60 cases on Wednesday. Similarly the tally on Tuesday and Monday was 67.

Prior to this, the daily tally of positive cases used to range between 70 and the highest single-day tally of 81.

On an average, the state tests around 7,500 samples per day and has the country’s highest test ratio of 3,091 tests conducted per million population. So far, the state has conducted 1,65,069 tests. The state’s positivity rate stands at 1.17 per cent, while the Covid mortality rate is 2.28 per cent. The death toll on Saturday increased to 43, with three deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

Two people had died in Krishna district while one death was reported from Kurnool district. By Saturday, Andhra Pradesh’s cumulative tally of COVID-19 cases touched 1,930 but thanks largely to the high number of people being cured and discharged, the tally of active cases dipped to 999, just below the 1000-mark. The past 24 hours saw 45 persons discharged, taking the overall tally of discharged persons in the state to 887.

Despite the reduction in daily numbers, Kurnool district’s cumulative tally tops the state list at 553, followed by Guntur and Krishna districts with 376 and 338 cases respectively. Seven of the state’s 13 districts did not report any new cases in the last 24 hours.

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54 new cases, 3 more deaths due to Covid in AP

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The daily COVID-19 tally continued to drop for the fifth consecutive day in Andhra Pradesh, as the state reported 54 cases on Friday morning. The state nodal officer reported that of the 7,320 samples tested in the past 24 hours ending 10 a.m. Friday, 54 samples tested positive.

The bad news, however, is that the death toll continues to rise, with 3 more deaths reported during this period.

With 16 cases, Anantapuram district reported the highest number of Covid cases over the past 24 hours, followed by Visakhapatnam with 11, and West Godavari district with 9 cases. Top Covid hotspots Kurnool and Krishna reported 7 and 6 cases respectively, while Guntur reported only one case. Chittoor reported 3 cases.

Meanwhile, Vizianagaram district which had reported cases for the first time on Thursday, reported one more case on Friday too. With this, the district’s tally stands at 4.

The past week has witnessed decreasing number of positive cases in Andhra Pradesh, even as it has raised the test sample numbers. On Thursday, 56 positive cases were detected while on Wednesday, the tally was 60 cases. Similarly, the tally on Tuesday and Monday was 67.

On average, the state tests around 7000 samples per day and has the country’s highest test ratio of 2,934 tests conducted per million population. So far, the state has conducted 1,56,681 tests.

The death toll has, however, increased to 41, with 3 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Two people died in Kurnool district while one death was reported from Visakhapatnam district.

Even as the cumulative tally of COVID-19 cases touched 1,887 on Friday morning, the number of people declared cured and discharged from hospital has been on the rise in Andhra Pradesh.

The past 24 hours saw 62 persons discharged, taking the overall tally of discharged persons in the state to 842. With this, the active number of cases stands at 1,004, down from 1,015 on Thursday.

With the latest update, Kurnool district’s cumulative tally stands at 547, followed by Guntur and Krishna districts with 374 and 322 cases respectively. Five of the state’s 13 districts did not report any new cases in the last 24 hours.

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Inter-Ministerial Central Team in AP to review corona situation, meets Jawahar Reddy

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A six-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) arrived in Andhra Pradesh to take stock of the corona virus situation as the number of positive cases climbed to 1,800 in the state.

The six-member team, including a senior public health specialist and a senior officer of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), held a meeting with special principal secretary (health) Jawahar Reddy on Friday and enquired about the situation in the state, especially about Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna districts where high number of positive cases were reported. On his part, Jawahar Reddy reportedly told the Inter-Ministerial Central Team that the high number of cases in the three districts was because of the increased testing.

The team will monitor hotspots in the state, mainly Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna districts which reported 7, 10 and 16 fresh cases in the last 24 hours taking their respective count to 540, 373 and 316. The team will first visit Guntur on Friday and review the situation there.

Other districts that reported high instances of infections include Nellore (96), Kadapa (96), Chittoor (82), Anantapur (83), Prakasam (61), West Godavari (59), East Godavari (46), Visakhapatnam (36) and Srikakulam (5). Vizianagaram lost its corona-free status on Thursday after the district reported three positive cases of Covid-19. The district reported the three cases after almost two months (56 days) since the first positive case was reported in the State.

The team will assess health infrastructure, disaster management, review the hospitalisation facilities in the state, preparation of the state in terms of available beds, ramping up the number of hospitals and care centres dedicated to Covid-19 management.

The central team will review the medical facilities at various hospitals and facilities in the state, assess the level of testing, availability of PPE and masks for health professionals, availability of oxygen beds, ICUs, number of surveillance teams. The team will submit a detailed report on the situation in the state following which a central plan of action will be suggested to further contain the virus and issue necessary directions to the Andhra Pradesh government for redressal. The central government has already sent inter-ministerial teams to monitor certain hotspot districts in several states including, Telangana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal among others.

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AP govt sets up high-power panel to probe gas leak

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The state government on Friday constituted a high-power committee to investigate the factors that led to the gas leak from LG Polymers in Vizag that left 12 dead and hundreds of others hospitalized.

The government issued a GO in this regard. The high-power committee comprises senior IAS officers, including chief principal secretary Neerab Kumar Prasaad, Pollution Control Board member Vivek Yadav, district Collector of Visakhapatnam Vinay Chand, City Police Commissioner Rajiv Kumar Meena. The committee has been tasked to conduct a thorough probe into the gas leak and submit a report within a month.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy who flew to Vizag to take stock of the situation had set up a high-level ministerial committee comprising Health Minister Alla Nani, tourism minister Avanti Srinivas, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperation Kurasala Kannababu and Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Botsa Satyanarayana. The ministerial panel will hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the situation arising out the gas leak

The death toll from the toxic gas leak in the Vizag suburb of R R Venkatapuram rose to 12 on Friday when one more gas leak victim succumbed after inhaling toxic fumes from LG Polymers Company. Hundreds of gas leak victims were still undergoing treatment at various hospitals, some of them are critical. Nearly 24 hours after a major gas leak in South Korean LG Polymers Company, news of thick fumes billowing out of the gas tanks in the factory for the second time on Friday midnight had people scurry for their lives.

Terrified people came out of their houses with their faces covered. As rumors spread over the burst of gas tank and second wave of gas leak from the LG Polymers, thousands of residents from Pendurthi, Adivivaram, Pinigadu, Simhachalam, Bhaji Bazaar, Gopalapatnam, Sujath Nagar, NID, Prahaladapuram and Vepagunta ran out of their homes in panic. Some drove out their houses, many of the residents walked miles to escape the second wave of gas leak.

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