Showing posts with label Andhra Pradesh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Andhra Pradesh. Show all posts

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Abolish Rs.500, Rs.1000 notes to curb black money: Chandrababu Naidu

Abolish Rs.500, Rs.1000 notes to curb black money: Chandrababu Naidu

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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Oct 12: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday sought immediately abolishing big currency notes and called for making baking transactions compulsory in course of time to curb black money.

Stressing the need for ban on cash transactions, he reiterated his demand for immediately abolishing currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations.

Addressing a news conference in his new office at Velagapudi here, he also voiced concern that politics has become a "shelter" for corrupt.

Naidu, who had been demanding a ban on big currency notes, said he would be writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday itself in this regard.

He said abolishing the big currency notes was necessary to check those who are buying votes and misusing the people's mandate.

"Politics has become shelter for corrupt people and black money earners," said Naidu, also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief.

Terming black money as the root cause for all the evils, Naidu said this could be curbed by abolishing cash and currency transactions and making all transactions through banks compulsory.

When all payments can be made through a smart phone, there was no need for cash transactions, he said.

"In course of time we have to go for total bank transactions. We have to regulate and create culture. Then only we can control all evils and then only everybody will earn money through genuine way," he said.

Stating that some people were becoming rich overnight, he said when questioned, they were launching a "counter attack".

Naidu said such people get votes by distributing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes among voters. "This is leading to competition among MLAs, who also want to make money to win elections. This is a vicious circle and the only way to break it is to go for total bank transactions," he added.

He also did not favour Income Declaration Scheme for black money earners, saying this only help them to turn black money into white. "They have to give only 40-45 percent money. Their remaining money becomes white. It's good for them. They will happily pay this. There is not even social stigma," he said.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely had said early this month that after the first quarter of the Income Declaration Scheme ended on Sep 30, as many as 64,275 declarants have collectively disclosed Rs 65,250 crore.

"Out of the Rs 65,000 crore disclosed across the country, Rs 13,000 crore was declared in Hyderabad and, out of it, Rs 10,000 crore by a single individual. Who is that, we can't know as per law. Is it possible for a businessman to declare such huge money?" Naidu said.

Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for stating that there are still people and problems like Ravana, Naidu said black money was a major cause for these problems.

He pointed out that after earning the money by hook or crook, some people resort to drinking liquor, going to clubs and indulging in other immoral activities.

Claiming that India is positioned to become super power, Naidu said it is the only country in the world with great values and described the family system as country's greatest asset.

In an obvious reference to US Pesidential candidate Donald Trump's lewd comments about women, the TDP leader said it speaks of hollowness. "It's evident from this that there is no leadership in a developed country like US," he remarked.

He also referred to polygamy in the US. "If you see, Trump has fourth wife. These are not values. This is temporary enjoyment but we have values. India is the only country with family bond and it is the main reason for our happiness," he said.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Police station attacked over youth's suicide

Police station attacked over youth's suicide

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Hyderabad, Oct 12: Irate relatives of a youth who committed suicide due to alleged police harassment attacked a police station in Telangana's Karimnagar district on Wednesday.

Tension prevailed in Manakondur village as a group attacked the police station and ransacked furniture, CCTV cameras and damaged police vehicle.

This followed the suicide of Shravan, 23. He was one of the five youths who were asked to come to the police station on Wednesday after they allegedly abused and clashed with a policeman during Dasara procession on Tuesday night.

The youths were arrested but let off with a warning. The police also asked them to come to the police station the next morning. Shravan went home and committed suicide by hanging.

Angry villagers then took out a procession with the youth's body and reached the police station demanding action against the policemen. Some of the protestors attacked the police station.

Protestors also staged a sit-in on the Karimnagar-Warangal highway, disrupting traffic for over two hours.

Taking serious note of Tuesday's incident, Karimnagar Superintendent of Police V.B. Kamalasan Reddy suspended sub-inspector Vamshikrishna and two constables Rajkumar and Naresh.

Monday, September 26, 2016

ISRO puts weather satellite SCATSAT-1 into orbit

ISRO puts weather satellite SCATSAT-1 into orbit

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Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Sep 26: India on Monday morning successfully put into orbit its own weather satellite SCATSAT-1 in a copy book style. In the second phase of its mission, the rocket will launch seven other satellites - five foreign and two Indian - between 11.25 to 11.28 a.m., in a different orbit.

Exactly at 9.12 a.m., the PSLV rocket standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 320 tonne tore into the morning skies with fierce orange flames at its tail.

Gathering speed every second, the rocket raced towards the heavens amidst the cheers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) officials and the media team assembled at the rocket port here.

At the rocket mission control room, Indian space scientists at ISRO were glued to their computer screens watching the rocket escaping the earth's gravitational pull.

Seventeen minutes into the flight, the rocket's main cargo, the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 - for ocean and weather related studies - was injected into a 730 km polar sun synchronous orbit.

Although SCATSAT-1 is a follow-on mission for Oceansat-2 improvements have been made in the satellite's hardware configuration based on lessons learnt from Oceansat-2 instruments.

Also SCATSAT-1's payload has been characterised with the objective of achieving data quality for Climate Data Records, apart from facilitating routine meteorological applications, the ISRO said.

It said the SCATSAT-1's scatterometer will provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.

The satellite carries Ku-band scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.

The mission life of the satellite is five years.

The remaining seven satellites will be placed in a 689 km polar orbit later.

These seven satellites include five foreign satellites: three from Algeria (Alsat-1B 103kg, Alsat-2B 117kg, Alsat-1N 7kg), and one each from Canada (NLS-19, 8kg) and US (Pathfinder-44kg).

The two other Indian satellites are: Pratham (10kg) built by Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) and Pisat (5.25 kg) from PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium.

According to the ISRO, the two Algerian satellites Alsat-1B and Alsat-2B are remote sensing satellites while Alsat-1N is a technology demonstration nano satellite for Algerian students.

On the other hand, the US satellite Pathfinder-1 is a commercial high resolution imaging micro satellite while the Canadian NLS-19 satellite is la technology demonstration nano satellite for experimentation in helping to reduce space debris and for tracking commercial aircraft.

The IIT-B's satellite Pratham's mission objective is to estimate the total electron count with a resolution of 1km x 1km location grid while Pisat from PES University and its consortium is a nano satellite for remote sensing applications.

After slinging SCATSAT-1 into its orbit the rocket's fourth stage will be restarted one hour 22 minutes into the flight and cut off around 20 seconds later.

Two hours and 11 minutes into the flight the fourth stage will again be restarted to be cut offAone minute later.

Following that in three minutes all the seven satellites will be ejected putting an end to PSLV's longest mission till date.

The PSLV rocket is a four stage/engine rocket powered by solid and liquid fuel alternatively.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K. Sivan told IANS on Sunday that the long time gap between the cutting off of the engine and its restart was not an issue.

Sivan said the first time the multiple burn technology was first tested by ISRO while flying its PSLV rocket on December 16, 2015 and in June 2016, the technology was again demonstrated.

About the challenge, Sivan said: "After cutting off the engine, its condition should be brought to such a stage that it could be restarted again. The next challenge is to controlling the engine and bringing it so as to eject the remaining satellites into a different orbit."

He said the rocket has GPS aided navigation system so that data generated by the rocket's inertial navigation system and the one provided by the former will be blended so as to erase and errors and to generate a precise data.