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Andhra assembly panel recommends Roja’s suspension



rojaHyderabad: The privileges committee of the Andhra Pradesh assembly has recommended a one year suspension of opposition YSR Congress legislator R.K. Roja from the house.

Speaker K. Sivaprasad Rao tabled the committee’s report in the house on Monday.

The report was tabled even as the legislature challenged the Hyderabad High Court’s order, which stayed the assembly proceedings with regard to Roja’s suspension.

While giving the interim stay last week, a single judge of the high court had made it clear that the speaker is not precluded from taking action based on the recommendations of the privileges committee.

Despite the interim orders pronounced on March 17, Roja was not allowed to attend the ongoing budget session.

The petition filed by the legislature secretary challenging the single judge’s order is expected to come up for hearing before a division bench later on Monday.

The YSR Congress, on the other hand, plans to file a contempt of court petition against the government. The lone opposition party has alleged that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government is not respecting the judiciary.

Roja, the actress-turned-politician who represents Nagari constituency in Chittoor district, was suspended from the house for one year during the winter session for allegedly using abusive language against ruling party members including Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

A resolution for her suspension was adopted unanimously by a voice vote. The speaker had later referred the issue to the privileges committee.

The committee, in its report, said Roja did not appear before it though she was asked to make herself available and clarify her stand.

The panel left it to the house to take action against another YSRCP MLA Kodali Nani.

It recommended that four other YSRCP legislators be let off with a warning.


Uttar Pradesh night curfew to be relaxed for 2 more hours from June 21: Read here



The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to give relaxation of two more hours during the night ‘corona curfew’ across the state from June 21 with the improvement in the COVID-19 situation. From next Monday (June 21), the night curfew hours will be effective from 9 pm to 7 am. So far, the restrictions were effective from 7 pm to 7 am the following day

During the meeting to assess the COVID-19 management, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed relaxation of two more hours in the curfew period, Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said in a statement. “Amidst the improved conditions of COVID infections, further relaxation will be given in the corona curfew from coming Monday, June 21,” he said. Besides, restaurants and malls can be opened at 50 per cent capacity with strict compliance of COVID protocol, Sehgal said.

Similarly, permission will also be given to open parks and operate street food kiosks, etc. He said, while adding that setting up COVID help desks at these places will be mandatory.

The detailed guidelines regarding the new system would be issued in time, Sehgal said.

According to a government statement, CM Adityanath told the meeting that the pandemic situation in the state is getting better with every day and the spread of the virus has now weakened, but the risk of infection still remains.

He said all necessary arrangements are being made to prevent a possible third wave of the pandemic and a special programme of door-to-door distribution of medical kits for children below 18 years has been started from Tuesday.

“This is a very important programme. Medicine kits should be provided to the monitoring committees by the minister in-charges in the districts. When the monitoring committees give medicine kits, the details like names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. Of the beneficiaries should also be obtained,” the CM told the officials.

Earlier on June 9, the government had directed the continuation of the night curfew from 7 pm to 7 am while giving certain relaxations in the curfew period in all 75 districts of UP. On Monday, 74 more fatalities in UP took the death toll in the state to 21,858 while 339 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 17,02,937.


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