Seemandhra electricity employees defer strike

The electricity employees of Seemandhra regions of Andhra Pradesh Wednesday agreed to postpone their indefinite strike till Sep 16, following an appeal by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Over 30,000 electricity employees in Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions are collectively known, had threatened to go on strike from Wednesday midnight to protest the proposed bifurcation of the state.

Leaders of Seemandhra electricity employees’ Joint Action Committee (JAC) agreed to defer their plans following a meeting with the chief minister in the evening. The chief minister appealed to them to reconsider their decision in view of the inconvenience their strike would cause to the people.

The JAC had earlier served strike notices on Andhra Pradesh Generation Corporation (Apgenco), Andhra Pradesh Transmission Corp (Aptransco) and various distribution companies. They were to join over six lakh government employees and teachers who are on indefinite strike from Aug 13, demanding Congress Working Committee (CWC) to withdraw its decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

ApgGenco and Aptransco chairmen and managing directors had earlier appealed to the employees to reconsider their decision. The proposed strike by electricity employees threatened to affect power generation and transmission in all three regions of the state but also hit the southern grid as all four southern states – Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu – are interlinked. Seemandhra accounts for the bulk of power generation in the state.

It has two major thermal power plants and two hydel power plants. The protests against CWC’s July 30 decision continued in 13 districts of Seemandhra for 43rd day Wednesday. The strike has paralysed the state administration while the buses of state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corp remained off the roads. All government-run educational institutions are also shut.

(Source: IANS)

Panel to examine controversial movie after Telangana protests

The Andhra Pradesh government formed a panel to recommend deletion of objectionable scenes, after violent protests in Telangana over a Telugu movie, which allegedly showed the Telangana movement in poor light.

D.K. Aruna who is a Minister for Information and Public Relations, constituted a committee headed by Information and Public Relations Commissioner R.V. Chandravadan to assess “Cameraman Ganga tho Rambabu” starring Pawan Kalyan.

The panel along with film producer Dil Raju and director Puri Jagannath will watch the movie and make recommendations to the Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation.

Alleging that the movie lampoons its leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao and his son K. Tarakarama Rao, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has demanded a total ban on its screening.

TRS activists Friday attacked cinema theatres in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana and stopped its screening. They also ransacked the offices of the producer and director in Hyderabad.

Protests against the movie continued for the second day in Telangana districts. Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) convenor M. Kodandaram condemned it as an attempt to belittle the movement for Telangana state.

TRS politburo member D. Sharavan said that deleting some scenes from the film would not pacify the people of Telangana and demanded a total ban on its screening.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) also sought a ban on the movie, saying it not only showed Telangana leaders in poor light but also ridiculed its chief N. Chandrababu Naidu. TDP activists staged a protest demanding ban on the movie in Kurnool district of the Rayalaseema region.

TDP leader from Telangana E. Dayakar Rao warned that screening of the movie would have serious consequences.

The film fraternity, state ministers and other leaders were divided along the regional lines.

While Information and Public Relations Minister Aruna, who hails from Telangana, said a film should not target people of a particular region, religion and caste, her cabinet colleague G. Srinivasa Rao from the Andhra region, defended the film.

Rao, who watched the movie at a theatre in Visakhapatnam, said there was nothing objectionable in it.

He also said, “One should see cinema only as cinema. There is nothing objectionable in it”

President of Telangana Film Chamber of Commerce M. Vijayender Reddy said there were many objectionable scenes in the film. He demanded the film should not be screened till those scenes were deleted.