Cinema ticket rates to be hiked
Movie tickets in lowest bracket to be left untouched
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said that the cinema tickets in the top brackets which were sold at Rs. 35 to 40 would be hiked to Rs. 50 each following a request by the film industry.
Giving away the Nandi film awards here on Sunday, Dr. Reddy assured that the tickets in the lowest bracket which were priced at Rs 10 each would be left untouched as they were purchased by the poor whom the government did not want to burden.
He also said the State government would institute national film awards in memory of B.N. Reddy and B. Nagi Reddy from next year. The centenary celebrations of the former are already taking place this year.
Dr. Reddy recalled the contribution of successive Congress governments to promotion of the Telugu film industry since it shifted its base from Chennai to Hyderabad. The government also scrapped the slab system on entertainment tax payable by theatre owners, he added. Information and Cinematography Minister Anam Ramnarayan Reddy said the Nandi film awards for 2007 and 2008 would be presented before the elections. The Chief Minister presented the NTR national awards to super star Krishna (2003), music director L. Ilayaraja (2004), Kannada actor Ambarish (2005) and Hindi film heroine of yesteryears, Waheeda Rehman (2006). The Raghupati Venkaiah awards were given to filmmakers M.S. Reddy (2005) and D. Rama Naidu (2006). They carried cash awards of Rs. 5 lakh each.
The Nandi awards for 2005 and 2006 went to Nagarjuna and Mahesh Babu (best actors), Trisha and Nandita Das (best actresses), ‘Pothe Poni’ and ‘Bommarillu’ (best films) and Krishna Vamsi and Sekhar Kammula (best directors), respectively.
Nag, Mahesh Babu Drive crowds ecstatic
Mimicry and comedy keep the spirits of the crowd high
The Nandi awards function at the Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Sunday evening drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd, especially at the sight of super star Krishna and his son Mahesh Babu.
The crowds were equally ecstatic whenever actor Nagarjuna’s name was mentioned.
Even when Krishna, Mahesh Babu and Nagarjuna were shown on the two LCD screens on either side of the huge dais, there was tremendous response.
Mahesh Babu and Nagarjuna sat next to each other and were seen in conversation on a few occasions. Fans of Krishna and Mahesh Babu turned up at the venue in large numbers from different parts of the State. They were mobilised by the Krishna-Mahesh Babu Sena, a fans association. Mimicry and comedy kept the spirits of the crowd high before the commencement of the awards presentation ceremony.
A slight drizzle during the period sent the crowd scurrying for cover but they came back to watch the proceedings till the end. The crowd also stood up holding chairs over their heads for a few minutes when it drizzled.
The colourful dais with the glimmer of lights of different shades sparkled to music, dances, songs and comedy for nearly two hours until the arrival of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
A decorative background to the platform completed the filmi ambience.
A special glee from the crowd was reserved for mimicry artists Nagabhushanam and Komali sisters during their performances.
Relief for weavers’ societies
YSR waives loans; Pochampally Handloom Park inaugurated
Centre being asked to waive loans of the distressed weavers also
The park spread over 24 acres has come up in Kanumukkala village in Nalgonda
In a major relief to the weaver’s cooperatives societies in the State, the government has announced waiver of loans to the tune of Rs. 330 crores.
Making the announcement after inaugurating Pochampally Handloom Park at Kanumukkala village in Nalgonda district on Sunday, Dr. Reddy said the government order pertaining to the waivers would be issued within a week. “We are also trying to ensure that the weaver’s loans are also waived. I am persuading the Centre to actively consider the waiver of loans for the distressed weavers, which will benefit them a lot,” he added.
The first of its kind park developed under the Union Government’s Integrated Textile Park scheme at a cost of Rs. 47 crores has come up on 24 acres. It will provide direct employment to more than 10,000 weavers ensuring them minimum monthly income of Rs. 4,000 each. The Park consists of training, weaving and processing blocks, design and CAD CAM centres and effluent treatment plant. The Park has 2,000 improvised handlooms with a capacity to weave 40-lakh metres of cloth per annum.
Dr. Reddy wanted the weaver’s to adhere to the guidelines stipulated by the APCO while weaving the cloth. “Government will take up the responsibility of marketing the cloth by procuring it from APCO,” he remarked. Referring to a plea by the Bhongir MLA Uma Madhava Reddy, the Chief Minister said the government had already spent Rs. 500 crore to provide fluoride free water to 85 per cent of villages in Nalgonda. The remaining areas would be covered shortly.
Union Minister for Textiles Shankersinh Vaghela said the Pochampally Handloom Park was set according to international standards. He hoped that the Park would enable production of high quality products for meeting large scale requirements. Minister for Textiles and Handlooms, P. Sabitha Indra Reddy explained the initiatives taken by the Government to help the weavers in the State.
Minister for Information and Technology R. Damodar Reddy, party legislators, K.Venkat Reddy and Vedas Venkaiah, MLCs – Nethi Vidyasagar and Ch Seetaramulu, Nalgonda Collector M.Purushotham Reddy and others were present.
YSR offers land for ISRO centre
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has urged the Indian Space Research Organisation to establish its astronaut training centre under the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) at Anantapur and offered land, even as the space body announced plans to set up a facility for advanced atmospheric studies near Tirupati.
Replying to Dr. Reddy’s congratulatory message following the launch of Chandrayaan-I, ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair said the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) was functioning at Gadanki, near Tirupati, since 1992.
‘To expand activities’
It was proposed to expand its activities.
He sought 20 acres for setting up a world class facility for atmospheric studies which would attract many Indian and foreign researchers.
Thanking the Chief Minister for the offer of land for the astronaut training centre at concessional rate, he said “we shall approach you in this regard when the implementation plan gets finalised”.
As part of the HSP initiative, a centre was planned around Bangalore in coordination with the Indian Institute of Aviation, Medicine. The Indian Space Research Organisation was pursuing the approval process, Mr. Nair said.
YSR assurance to gurukul teachers
The services of 662 Gurukul contract teachers would be regularised soon, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy assured the AP Gurukul School Teachers’ Association after its leaders called on him here on Sunday.
Dr. Reddy, who responded to a representation, said the government had no objection to regularisation of the contract teachers since it did not involve any financial commitment. He directed officials to immediately send the relevant file to him, a statement issued by the association said.
Dr. Reddy also assured leaders of the AP State Vocational Education Instructors’ Association that the government would strive to meet their demands which don’t involve any financial commitment.