Andhra Pradesh

Union Home Ministry approves 17 new police battalions for J&K, Naxal-hit states

Union Home Ministry has approved to raise seventeen new police battalions in Jammu and Kashmir and the Naxal-hit states.

Of these 17 police battalions, 5 battalions will be for Jammu and Kashmir and 12 for the Maoist-affected states. In this regard central government will provide financial assistance which is around 61 crore rupees. 75 per cent of the required will be provided by the central government.

In case of Naxal-hit states, 75 per cent vacancies in these battalions will be filled up by youths from the 27 worst-affected districts. While in case of Jammu and Kashmir, the recruitment process will concentrate on insurgency prone areas.

Presently, there are 144 India Reserve Battalions in various states. In addition, Union Government recently has approved raising 8 additional India Reserve (IR) Battalions, four each for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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Veteran Telugu playback singer V Ramakrishna passes away

Veteran Telugu playback singer Vissamraju Ramakrishna passed away due to cancer. He was 68.

He had sung many memorable songs for legendary south Indian actor turned politician N T Rama Rao and other top stars.

About Vissamraju Ramakrishna

  • Born: on August 20, 1947.
  • Singing career: He had sung about 5,000 songs in his nearly 4 decades long career. His debut movie song as playback singer was “Vayase Oka Poolathota” in Vichitra Bandham (1972). He was also has sang number of popular devotional songs.
  • His famous songs are in Andala Ramudu, Mutyala Muggu and Alluri Sitarama Raju films.
  • His songs in N T Rama Rao’s film, Pothuluri Veerabrahmendra Swamy Charitra were a runaway success.

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India inks $250-million loan pact with World Bank for Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery project

India has inked a financing agreement with World Bank (WB) to raise US 250 million dollars financial assistance for Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP).

The agreement was signed by the Union Government, Andhra Pradesh government and the World Bank in New Delhi.

About Andhra Pradesh Disaster Recovery Project (APDRP)

  • Objective: To restore, enhance resilience and improve public services, livelihoods and environmental facilities in targeted communities of Andhra Pradesh.
  • It also seeks to increase the capacity of the state to promptly and effectively respond to crisis or emergency.
  • Beneficiaries: It includes approximately 3 million populations in 4 heavily impacted districts of state viz. Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari.
  • Components of Project: It has seven components which will provide both direct and indirect benefits to state. They are restoration of connectivity and shelter infrastructure, resilient electrical network, restoration and protection of beach front, restoration of environmental services and facilities and livelihood support.
  • It also includes implementation support and contingency emergency response and capacity building and technical support for disaster risk management.
  • Implication: With the help of this WB fund, state can enhance its capacity to respond promptly and effectively in times disasters and natural crisis.

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