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Teachers call off strike in Andhra Pradesh
School teachers all over Andhra Pradesh will join duty on Tuesday following an understanding reached between the Joint Action Committee of Teachers’ Organisations (JACTO) with Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on their demands.
However, three of the 22 constituent organisations of the JACTO resented what they called the “unjust settlement” and resolved to continue the strike that entered the 13th day on Monday.
One of them is Telugu Nadu Upadhyaya Sangham affiliated to theTelugu Desam Party.
The impact of the continuance of the strike by the three outfits is expected to be negligible.
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Floating machine to clean up Hussainsagar
Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Monday flagged-off an amphibious Aquarius Truxor to remove floating debris from the shores of Hussainsagar. HMDA imported it from Switzerland at a cost of Rs 1.30 crore. This is the second machine HMDA has procured and deployed in the lake.
Buddha Purnima Project Authority officer-on-special duty N Chandramohan Reddy said it can remove debris floating in the water, cut aquatic vegetation and clear silt. A dredge pump, which could be attached to the machine, can remove sediments from a depth of 1.7 metres and hoses up to 300 mts length.
“The dredged material will be sent to the dumpyard at Jawaharnagar by trucks everyday,” he said.
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Teachers’ strike called off
Teachers’ unions agreed to call off the 13-day strike on Monday after talks with the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy. However, they could not get the government to agree on any of their major demands. All they got was an assurance from Dr Reddy that their demands would be examined in the next financial year.
The only saving grace for the Joint Action Committee of Teachers’ Organisations (Jacto) was that the agitating teachers would get salary for the strike period of 13 days. Though the government agreed to look into the issue of promotions and transfers of teachers, this may prove to be difficult because of legal issues.
Several teacher MLCs were trying to fix up a meeting between the unions and the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, since Sunday evening to enable the Jacto to call off its strike “gracefully.” The Jacto was under pressure after the AP High Court asked the teachers to withdraw the strike.
“It also became difficult for leaders to extend the strike since there was very little chance of the government to agree on their demands,” said an MLC. “Several teachers from districts informed the leaders that they will join duty on Monday.” Dr Reddy categorically stated that demands which have financial implication cannot be considered at this juncture. During the talks, he also snapped at the union leaders, asking them not to behave like politicians. Of the 22 unions in the Jacto, 19 agreed to call off the strike, while three unions, the UTF, DFI and the TNTF, affiliated to the Left parties and the Telugu Desam, opposed the decision to call off the strike.
After a long wait, AW 139, the state government’s new helicopter will finally arrive in city on November 6. The state aviation corporation officials completed all the formalities including the mandatory test flight to obtain clearance from the Director-General of Civil Aviation on Monday. Corporation director and pilot, Mr. Jagan, conducted test flight for three days.
Official sources told this correspondent that the chopper would take off from New Delhi on November 5 and reach the state the next day. “It will require refuelling either in Bhopal or Nagpur on its way from New Delhi,” a senior official said adding that the chopper would have to stay overnight at either of these locations.
Though the helicopter reached New Delhi in a special cargo flight, the re-assembling could not take place immediately due to a minor damage to its tail boom. “Instead of carrying out repairs, Augusta Westland, the helicopter maker, replaced the entire part free of cost,” the official said.
The officials also obtained the security clearance and communications licence from the Union ministry of telecommunications. The chopper completed 90 hours of flying in Italy before being shifted to India. The government bought the medium twin turbine engine helicopter for Rs. 58 crore as the existing one has been frequently developing technical snags. Chief Minister, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, would be using the ultra modern chopper and the same would be used during emergency or police operations.
Sri Durga Mall-eswara Swamy Devasth-anam authorities are gearing up for setting the foundation stone for the construction of a mega multi-storeyed Mallikarjuna maha mandapam near Indrakeeladri. The proposed nine-storeyed mandapam will have a shopping complex, guest houses and temple offices.
The temple authorities are planning to invite the Chief Minister, Dr. Y.S. Rajase-khar Reddy for setting the foundation within two weeks. The sources in the endowments department said that tenders for the construction of the mega complex have already been finalised thr-ough e-procurement.
The file for the construction of the mega complex has been sent to the endowments commissioner for approval. The temple authorities are hopeful that they would get the green signal for the works within a week.
The proposed complex will be built in 4,000 square yards for which land has already been acquired. The endowments authorities have paid Rs. 13 crore compensation for the land. The minister for endowments, Mr Ratnakara Rao and endowments commissioner, Mr P. Sunder Kumar have given the nod for the proposed Mallikarjuna Maha Mandapam design prepapred by the temple authorities. The officials have estimated Rs. 17 crore expenditure for the mandapam.
Besides, mega rajagopuram will also be constructed near the maha mandapam. Two ramps will be built connecting the rajagopuram and the proposed maha mandapam at a cost of Rs 14 crore.
The Durga temple has been witnessing tremondous development in recent years. Widening of ghat road has boosted the morale of the temple authorities. With free passage of vehicles the rush of devotees will increase in the coming years, said Mr Koteswara Rao, executive engineer.
The temple committee also decided to construct a guest house with 450 rooms at the CVR Chowltry in One Town. The existing chowltry will be demolished for the purpose. The temple committee decided to bear the expenditure for it, the sources said.
CM to go for wedding
The Chief Minis ter, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, is expected to take part in the marriage function of the legislator, Mr Anam Vivekananda Reddy’s second son on November 5 at Nellore. Though his programme is not officially confirmed, as per the tentative schedule, the Chief Minister will arrive at Nellore on Tuesday evening and attend the marriage on Wednesday, the party sources said.