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It is jubilation time for Nellore villages
NELLORE, DEC. 24. When nearly three weeks ago, two employees Varadaiah and Murali of a construction company of Nellore district, based in Kabul, were kidnapped nobody would have thought that the ordeal would end so soon. When ...
ITDA official held by naxals, set free
WARANGAL, DEC. 24.The Project Officer of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Eturunagaram Kanthilal Dande, was reportedly taken hostage by naxalites belonging to CPUSI Kambal squad in Berelli village of Tadvai mandal while he was on ...
Pre-paid parking: a concept wrapped in confusion
HYDERABAD, DEC. 24. Almost a year after the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad's annual pre-paid parking plan was launched amid fanfare to address parking problems in the twin cities, the scheme has fallen flat on its face. With the MCH ...
Congress promises probe into land deals
HYDERABAD, DEC. 24. The former Congress Legislature Party leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has promised an enquiry into all land deals of the Telugu Desam Government with private parties in the name of development in and around Hyderabad. ...
Telugu Desam opposes poll postponement
HYDERABAD, DEC. 24. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has said that deficiencies in the draft voters list should not constitute a reason for postponement of the upcoming Assembly elections. C. Ramachandraiah, party spokesman, told reporters here ...
`Advani should not have met Telgi's counsel'
BANGALORE, DEC. 24. The Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, D.B. Chandre Gowda, has objected to the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, giving an audience to the advocate of Abdul Karim Telgi, prime accused in the multi-crore stamp paper ...
Minister defends decision to open more nursing colleges
MANGALORE, DEC. 24. The Minister for Medical Education, Ecology, and Environment, A.B. Maalakaraddy, has justified the Government's decision to grant permission to institutions to start nursing colleges in the State. Terming Karnataka the ...
A big relief for farmers
HUBLI, DEC. 24. The announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, H.K. Patil, that crop insurance amount would be released to farmers by the end of the first week of January, has come as a relief for farmers who have been suffering from the ...
BSNL launches broadband service
BANGALORE, DEC. 24. The BSNL Bangalore Telecom District on Wednesday launched its broadband services in the city under the "DataOne Broadband" name. Bangalore is the first city to get this service in the country. The service would be ...
Govt.'s approach raises demand for houses
BANGALORE, DEC. 24. Never before has any Government embarked upon a housing programme on such a massive scale as the Karnataka Government has. By the time, the S.M. Krishna Government's tenure is over next year, Karnataka would have added over ...
New system of property tax from April next
BANGALORE, DEC. 24. The Urban Development Minister, D.K. Shivakumar, has said that the new assessment system for property tax would come into effect from April 1. Speaking to presspersons here today, he said valuation committees in ...
State official hits back at AAG
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 24. Referring to the forest cases routinely being lost in the courts by the State Government, the former Forest Secretary, Bharath Bhooshan, today said a "thorough cleaning of the Augean stables has become highly ...
Alappuzha beach festival from today
ALAPPUZHA, DEC. 24.The Alappuzha beach festival, being organised jointly by the Alappuzha municipality and the District Tourism Promotion Council, will begin on December 25, Christmas day, the District Collector, K.M. Ramanandan, said here ...
First Haj flight takes off from Karipur
KOZHIKODE, DEC. 24.The inaugural Haj flight from the country this year took off from Karipur airport today, with 409 pilgrims on board. The Air India flight left on its maiden pilgrimage service around 5.05 p.m. even though it was scheduled to ...
YC demands cancellation of PSC examination
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 24. The Youth Congress has demanded the cancellation of the tests conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) for the selection of Lower Division Clerks to the various departments of the State ...
Travancore Devaswom Board facing an administrative crisis
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 24. The Travancore Devaswom Board is facing an administrative crisis as the posts of two board members have fallen vacant. The peculiar situation assumes significance as it comes during the peak of the Sabarimala ...
Higher allocation sought for `second generation problems'
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 24. Kerala's presentation before the Twelfth Finance Commission has several unique features. This is for the first time that the State has made out a case for higher allocation to tackle `second generation problems' ...
Plan to set up sewage treatment plant
KOCHI, DEC. 24.The State Government is seriously considering a proposal for setting up a sewage and toilet waste treatment plant in Kochi. The proposal is to set up and manage the plant by collecting user fee from the city dwellers. It was at a ...
Aesthetic touch for Goshree bridges
KOCHI, DEC. 24.As the trio of Goshree bridges are racing to completion, work on finalising the designs for providing a local flavour to the bridges is on. C. N. Karunakaran, artist, who has been roped in by the Goshree Islands Development ...
No LTTE transgression: Coast Guard
CHENNAI, DEC. 24. Coast Guard today said there was no instance of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) transgressing the international maritime boundary into Indian waters and taking hostages. Nevertheless, it maintained round-the-clock ...
Accord with Malaysia for Indian workers
CHENNAI, DEC. 24. The Union Government is finalising an agreement with Malaysia to protect the rights of Indian workers employed there, the External Affairs Minister, Yashwant Sinha, told the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa. Indian missions were ...
Over 200 jobs offered at student-corporate meet
CHENNAI, DEC. 24.A two-day event, `Managemantra 2003', organised here today to help management students present their capabilities and skills before corporate and industry senior executives ended on a positive note: industry representatives gave ...
Improvement in groundwater quality, says survey
CHENNAI, DEC. 24. Rainwater Harvesting (RWH) facilitated a 40 per cent improvement in groundwater quality in Chennai despite short spells of rain, according to a survey conducted by the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board. With ...
`Propagate Mahabharata teachings for world peace'
CHENNAI, DEC. 24. An international conference on the Mahabharata began here yesterday with an appeal for propagation of the teachings of this and another great epic, Ramayana, throughout the world for universal peace. The six-day conference, ...
Chennai awarded child labour project
CHENNAI, DEC. 24. Chennai has been awarded the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) that seeks to eliminate child from being a part of the workforce. This followed another recommendation made by the State Government to grant the NCLP to the city. ...
Ragesh Chandra to conduct probe into registration
PONDICHERRY, DEC. 24. The Education Minister, K. Lakshminarayanan, who is also in charge of the Revenue portfolio, today said that the Joint Secretary to Revenue and Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Pondicherry, G. Ragesh Chandra, would ...
`No delay in implementation of welfare schemes'
PONDICHERRY, DEC. 24. The Chief Minister, N. Rangasamy, today refuted the charge that the Administration was delaying implementation of welfare schemes for Scheduled Castes and the poor. Distributing handloom dhotis and sarees to Adi Dravidars ...
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