Andhra pradesh & Telangana - 2014 SEPTEMBER

September 1

‘Power for All’ in Andhra Pradesh from October 2.
* The Andhra Pradesh government has said that the ‘Power for All’ scheme of the Central government will be implemented in the State from October 2. Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan were selected for the centrally-sponsored scheme.
* The A.P government had allotted Rs. 3,128 crore for free power this year, which was so far given for seven hours but will be increased to nine hours ''within no time''.

September 3

Andhra Bank opens 24,000 accounts in a day.
* The Tirupati zone of the Andhra Bank has topped among its 33 zones in the country in opening of saving bank accounts under the Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana (PMDY), according to the zone manager D. Kishan Prasad.
* The Tirupati zone, comprising Kadapa and Chittoor districts, has made rapid strides in executing the project. According to statistics, With a population of 41.74 lakh, grouped into 10.39 lakh households, Chittoor district has a predominantly-large rural base with 29.42 lakh residents, which offers a huge potential for financial inclusion.

September 5

AP capital to be located “around Vijayawada”.
* Vijayawada and the surrounding VGTM (Vijayawada, Guntur, Tenali and Mangalagiri) region will be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. The city happens to be a vital rail-road junction besides having air and port connectivity.
* The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said, ''The Cabinet has decided on September 1, 2014 to locate the capital city in a central place of the State around Vijayawada and to go for decentralised development with three mega cities and 14 smart cities''.

September 11

US Open win earns Sania another Rs. 1 crore from TS govt.
* Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao presented a cheque of Rs. 1 crore to tennis ace Sania Mirza for winning the US Open mixed doubles trophy recently.
* It was in July that the State Government had announced that Sania would be Telangana’s brand ambassador, and given her Rs. 1 crore towards preparations for the US Open.

September 16

A.P. in comfort zone on power front.
* The Andhra Pradesh Energy department which kept its fingers crossed over the power scenario post bifurcation appears to be placed in a comfort zone, ahead of the launch of the ambitious power for all programmes on October 2 coinciding with the Gandhi Jayanti.
* From an acute shortage that crossed 25 million units a day during the early monsoon months, the department has reached a position where it could avert load relief (power cuts) to all sections of consumers, including the industrial sector.
* The department which faced a shortage in excess of 500 MW after bifurcation is much relieved ever since the trial run of the 800 MW Krishnapatnam thermal projects was successfully completed as also the enhanced prospects of harnessing solar energy close to 1,000 MW.

September 17

Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has sought cooperation of Australia in helping the state government build infrastructure projects and strengthen drainage and roads  networks in the new state.
* A delegation led by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk met the chief minister. The chief minister informed the team that AP has abundant natural resources, a 1,000 km-long coastline and other advantages, which enable the state to create wealth.
* The focus of the state government was on building basic infrastructure as well as on sectors like IT, manufacturing, pharma and most importantly, power.

September 19

Andhra Pradesh State plans to add 21,000 MW in five years.
* As the State is set to implement the prestigious Power for All schemes from October 2, the Energy Department has drawn up plans to augment the installed generation in the State from the existing 8,037 MW to 29,017 MW in the next five years.
* In a bid to achieve an ideal mix of all generation sources in this direction, the department has planned to ensure capacity increase of 8,840 MW (APGenco – 3,800 MW, NTPC – 4,000 MW and IPPs – 1,040 MW) through coal based power plants, 1,010 MW hydel projects, 5,030 MW solar and 4,150 MW wind in addition to the 1,950 MW from the Central generating stations outside the State.

September 20

Andhra Pradesh Information panel to go for SMS service.
* Giving in to the rising complaints about delay in getting letters pertaining to case hearings under Right to Information (RTI) Act, the A.P. State Information Commission is planning to send Short Message Service (SMS) to complainants, Public Information Commissioners and Appellate authorities.
* This move comes in the wake of complaints from RTI applicants about lack of communication or the delay in speed posts from the Commission about cases to address grievances of the applicants.

September 21

‘One pension, one family’ in Andhra Pradesh from October 2.
* The programme to be held from October 2 to 20 will coincide with the disbursement of enhanced pensions, from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000 to the aged, widows, physically challenged and others in an impoverished condition.

September 24

Tobacco Board Chairman K. Gopal said Flue Cured Virginia (FCV) Tobacco has emerged a top grosser for India as the exports fetched more than $1 billion during the 2013-2014 fiscal years.
* Tobacco exports touched a record 2.66 lakh Metric Tonnes, earning a foreign exchange of Rs. 6,092.86 crore surpassing all previous records.
* India is the second largest producer of FCV tobacco (316 million kg), second largest exporter of tobacco (236 million kg), with 91 countries as trading partners.

September 28

Vizag is A. P.’s Silicon Valley.
* Mr. Chowdary, who is the co-chairman of FICCI for A.P. and Telangana told Visakhapatnam is endowed with immense potential to emerge a beehive of IT business, it has remained neglected for a variety of reasons for a long time.
* Apart from showcasing its brand name, Visakhapatnam needs an USP to market its potential. As IT is not a standalone sector, along with it, there is wide scope for investment in pharma, manufacturing, ipbuilding, and fishing sectors in the region.