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DNF Woman Journalist award presented

Hyderabad: V. Udaya Laxmi, reporter with the Telugu daily, Prajashakti, was presented this year's DNF Woman Journalist Award for her reporting on social and women's issues, including the effects of globalisation on women, domestic violence and effects of alcoholism. Presenting the award, the Magasaysay award winner, Shantha Sinha, lauded Ms. Laxmi's work and underlined the importance of committed journalism in bringing out the real issues affecting people. V. Hanumantha Rao, Managing Trustee of the Rural Journalist Award Foundation, was also present.

Delivering the award lecture on `Journalism in a globalised and communalised India: Challenges before the print media', C. Ram Manohar Reddy, Associate Editor, The Hindu, called upon journalists to take up the challenge of rightly informing and educating public on these two issues. He said reporting in the print media had not been up to the mark on these issues and there was very little information and educative analysis. Rather, newspapers were full of opinions and biases. On globalisation, most journalists uncritically accepted the establishment view while personal biases often coloured their accounts of communal issues, he observed.

I. Venkat Rao, Chairman, Press Academy, presided over the function.

BSNL warns against illegal international calls

Hyderabad: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has warned that certain agencies are routing international calls through clandestine and illegal exchanges. Such routing of calls has serious implications on national security, as well as cause loss of revenue to the Government and telecom operators. Incoming calls routed through illegal exchanges will give the local call signal of interrupted ring instead of one long ring as well as displaying a local phone number on the caller line identification rather than the international number. Often the caller identity is suppressed and withheld. The quality of speech is also muffled and broken with frequent disconnections.

There is also every possibility of a different caller identification appearing for different calls from the same international number. BSNL has requested its customers to report any suspicions of international calls being received from illegal exchanges to Ravi Kumar Bunga, DGM (NC), on phone number 94400-00421, Koteswara Rao, DGM (Vig), 94400-00433 and Sambasiva Rao, DGM (Vig), on 94403-36644.

SFI threatens stir against corporate colleges

HYDERABAD: The State Committee of Student Federation of India (SFI) has threatened to launch a Statewide agitation if the State Government did not take stern action against private educational institutions conducting classes during summer vacation.

The SFI State president, B. Prasad, and the secretary, N. Satish Kumar, in a release said that holidays, which should be ideally used for mental relaxation and progress of students were being turned into working days by the corporate colleges. In their greed to achieve more ranks, they were subjecting students to severe mental stress in the name of coaching, they alleged. Even after the Neerada Reddy Commission and several intellectuals having observed that mental stress had been driving students to suicide, the authorities continued to remain indifferent to the functioning of corporate colleges, they said.

Labourer dies in cylinder blast

ADILABAD: Mohsin Khan (26), a contract labourer at the ACC Cement factory at Mancherial town, was killed in a nitrogen cylinder blast on Thursday morning. Hafeez, another labourer, suffered a fracture on his left hand in the explosion. According to the Mancherial SI, Ramgopal Rao, the explosion occurred at 10.30 a.m. when the labourers were refilling small nitrogen cylinders from those with bigger capacity. The cylinder, which was being emptied burst due to over heating causing a loud explosion. Mohsin Khan died on the way to the Karimnagar hospital.

Naxals kill one person, blast MPP office

Mahabubnagar: Naxalites of the outlawed People's War shot dead one, Chenchu Masanna, branding him a police informer and blasted the Mandal Praja Parishad office in two separate incidents in the district late on Wednesday night. According to the police, the extremists picked up Masanna (30) from his village, Vatvarlapalli, two days ago and shot him dead at Inole, under the Amarabad police station limits. A letter found at the spot said that he was beaten up three months ago for his anti-naxalite activities. In the other incident, eight armed extremists, including two women, went to the MPP office at Lingala, called out the watchman, Balaswamy, posing as policemen and blasted the office by planting explosives. The loss was estimated to be around Rs. 2 lakhs. The fleeing naxalites raised slogans that their action was in protest against fake encounters.

Nizamabad records 45 degree Celsius

Hyderabad: Mercury shot up at many places in the State on Thursday with Nizamabad experiencing the State's highest at 45 degree C. There was isolated rain in Coastal Andhra and Telangana and the weather was dry in Rayalaseema. Bapatla recorded a rainfall of 2 cm and Khammam, Kaikalur and Macherla 1 cm each. The day temperature rose in Coastal Andhra and they changed a little in Telangana and Rayalaseema.

According to a forecast issued by the State Met Office, there will be isolated rain in the three regions of the State on Friday.

Spot valuation centre

KURNOOL: Osmania College was designated the spot valuation centre of Sri Krishnadevaraya University, according to a press note by the Camp Officer, M. Fazalul Haq. The evaluation of papers in mathematics, physics, English, Telugu, commerce, Sanskrit, botany, zoology and history will begin on May 8. Prof.

`Dial your DM'

CUDDAPAH: The APSRTC Cuddapah Depot Manager will conduct a `Dial your DM' programme from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 30, to receive and resolve the grievances of commuters on phone No. 244450, according to a press release.

Bootlegger arrested

CUDDAPAH: The Pulivendula Excise Circle Inspector, S. Munisankaraiah, and staff arrested a bootlegger, Chilluboyina Tirupathaiah, seized his moped and 100 litres of illicit arrack, and destroyed 900 litres of fermented jaggery wash in Narepalle village on Thursday. Another accused, Vijayasekhar Reddy, was absconding.

Businessman found dead

ANANTAPUR: A business man of Anantapur, Laxmi Reddy (28), whose marriage was scheduled for May 1, was found dead under suspicious circumstances near CC Kothakota village in Dharmavaram rural mandal in the district today. According to the police, Laxmi Reddy, a native of Janakampalli village in Bukkapatnam mandal, had kept his two wheeler in Basampalli village and his body was found burnt in a stream on way to CC Kothakota village.

Two hurt in fire accident

CUDDAPAH: Two persons sustained burns when 25 thatched houses were destroyed in a fire accident due to electrical short circuit in Gollapalle Harijanawada in Duvvur mandal on Wednesday. The damage was estimated at Rs. 4 lakhs. Sparks emanating from the overhead electrical wires spread when strong wind swept the area resulting in the mishap. The injured -- Balavenkataiah and Katamaiah - received burn injuries while trying to salvage their belongings from the burning houses. A fire tender from Mydukur was rushed to the spot to put out the flames. As many as 25 victims were rendered homeless.

Geetha Yagna celebrations

KURNOOL: Geetha Yagna celebrations commenced here on Thursday in connection with the 18th anniversary of Swami Vidyaprakasananda Geetha Prachara Sangham. The celebrations will be on till May 16 at the municipal high school campus. The chairman of the sangham, T.G. Venkatesh, formally inaugurated the celebrations.

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