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`Go puja' performed as part of yagam

TIRUPATI: `Go Puja' was performed on the second day of the `Sri Venkateswara Adbhutha Santhi Yagam' performed under the auspices of Dharma Prachara Parishat, a propagation arm of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), at the Kalyana Venkateswara temple in Srinivasa Mangapuram here on Thursday. The Endowments Minister, M. Satyanarayana Rao, and the former Chairman of TTD Trust Board, D. K. Audikesavulu, took part in the initiatory ceremony of the Yagam on Wednesday. 108 vedic pundits are taking part in the five-day mega ritual, performed for world peace and prosperity. `Go puja', a ritual involving a cow was performed in the evening in which the priests applied turmeric and kumkum on its forehead and offered prayers to it. The yagam will conclude on June 13 with `Poornahuthi'.

APSRTC stops long-standing transfers of staff

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has agreed to stop transfers of workers on long-standing basis - including drivers, conductors, mechanical and ministerial staff, acceding to a demand from the APSRTC Transport Mazdoor Sangh.

In a press release, the general secretary of the union, M. Nageswara Rao, thanked the management for the timely and positive decision. He urged the management to cancel the circular that provided for long-standing transfers of workers permanently as the employees would be free of unnecessary tension and fear. As their demand had been met, he said the agitational programme of observing June 17 as `struggle day' had been withdrawn.

JNTU Vice-Chancellor to visit US varsity

HYDERABAD: The Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Y. Venkatarami Reddy, will visit Jackson State University at Mississippi, USA, at its invitation on June 14 and 15 to discuss and formalise areas of cooperation and collaboration between the two universities. He will meet several professors and deans of the schools of Science and Technology to discuss the possibilities of various exchange programmes for faculty and students of the two universities. The Mayor of Mississippi City, Harvey Johnson, will honour Prof. Reddy with the presentation of Proclamation and key to the city. Prof. Reddy will also visit Carnegie Mellon University at Pittsburgh on June 16 to discuss possibilities of collaborative programmes between JNTU and the university.

25,000 child labourers join summer schools

HYDERABAD: In a major programme against child labour, the M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation, in collaboration with the District Collector, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), and the District Primary Education Programme, have successfully motivated 25,000 children in 650 villages in Kurnool district, to join summer schools. The programme `Padandi Badiki', involved members of the School Education Committees, Gram Panchayats and youth groups, to contact and motivate parents and employers to send children employed as labour to schools. As a follow- up, meetings are being held in each of the 45 mandals on June 12, to draw a plan to see that these children join schools when they reopen next week.

Kakinada Town-Bangalore Express not to halt at Mandavalli

HYDERABAD: South Central Railway (SCR) has eliminated the halt at Mandavalli for train no. 7010 Kakinada Town-Bangalore Express, with effect from June 10, due to poor patronage, according to a press release.

In another release, the SCR said there were 28AC II-tier, 24, AC III-tier and 321 sleeper class berths available on the summer special train no. 742 leaving Secunderabad at 7 p.m. on June 14, for Tirupati. In the return direction, there are 29 AC II-tier, 27 AC III-tier and 502 sleeper class berths available on train no. 741, leaving Tirupati at 5.05 p.m. on June 15.

On the special train no. 771 leaving Kanyakumari at 12.55 on June 15 for Kachiguda, there were 29 AC II-tier, 27 AC III-tier and 502 sleeper class berths.

Three girls drowned

ANANTAPUR: Three girls, all aged below 10 years, drowned accidentally in an abandoned well at Kondavenukapalli village in Tanakallu mandal of the district yesterday. According to the police, Shravani (6), Renuka (9) and Narasamma (6), all belonging to Erikala community families, took their pigs for rearing outside the village. They did not return home in the evening but their parents thought they had gone to nearby villages after missing their way. The searched in the surrounding villages for the girls but in vain. The body of Shravani was found floating in an open well near the village today and it was immediately cremated to avoid police case. On search the bodies of the remaining two girls were also found in the well later. However, the police reached there and moved the bodies for post mortem.

Jute mill worker electrocuted

VIZIANAGARAM: A jute mill worker in Bobbili, B. Venkata Ramana (28), was electrocuted on Thursday morning. This was the second incident in Bobbili during in the last 24 hours. According to the Bobbili Sub-Inspector, M. V. V. Ramana Murty, Ramana riding his bicycle, came in contact with a live wire that had snapped due to gales in the early hours and was lying across the road. On Wednesday evening, a private school bus driver, T. China Babu (30), was electrocuted when the bus came in contact with a live wire. A post-mortem was conducted on the bodies at the Bobbili Government Hospital on Thursday morning.

Five AIDS deaths in Karimnagar district in 2003-04

KARIMNAGAR: Five persons died of Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the district during 2003-04. In 2002-03, out of 9,082 persons tested, 1,474 persons were found to be HIV positive.

Disclosing this to a delegation from the Bill Gates Foundation, which arrived here on Thursday, the Karimnagar district Collector, Sumita Dawra, said there was high incidence of AIDS cases from 24 mandals in the district. She said the district administration had launched awareness programmes and were organising meetings in all the 63 primary health centres and 12 urban health centres. The Superintendent of Police, R. S. Praveen Kumar, the District Medical and Health Officer, A. Anantha Reddy, the Bill Gates Foundation AP programme manager, Padma Chandrashekhar, the Director, Ashok Alexander, and others were also present.

Hyena found dead

NALGONDA:A hyena, suspected to have devoured a decomposed human body, was found dead in the Devarkonda forest area on Thursday.

According to the information received, the tribals of the Puli Singh `thanda' initially found a highly decomposed body of a 45-year-old man near Mallepally. Going by a pesticide tin and a liquor bottle found close to the body, it was suspected that the man had committed suicide.

Later, the tribals found the hyena at a distance of about half a km from the human body. "The flesh-eating mammal might have eaten the decomposed body,'' a police officer said.

Teachers stage

dharna

ADILABAD: The Joint Council of Teachers' Associations on Thursday staged a dharna in front of the District Educational Officer's office, seeking implementation of the order of the AP Administrative Tribunal concerning the Educational Officer of Mandamarri mandal, P. Narayan Rao.

Addressing the teachers who participated in the dharna, the president of the State Teachers Union, S. Mukund Rao, said the AP High court had declared Mr. Narayan Rao's promotion illegal. He said that the AP Administrative Tribunal had, on December 12 last year, ordered a reduction in Mr. Narayan Rao's payscale subsequent to the declaration.

MROs shifted

KURNOOL: The Collector, Ajay Jain, issued orders shuffling Mandal Revenue Officers in Kurnool district on Thursday. The MROs who have been posted to new places include Siddhanagulu (Allagadda), Ahmed Basha (Atmakur), Gurrappa Setty (Special Tahsildar, Velugu, Nandyal), Jaffer Saheb (Special Tahsildar, Velugu, Kurnool), DVR Sarma (Superintendent, District Supply Office), Sambasivan (Superintendent, C. Section, Collectorate), Munipratap (Kautalam), Srinivasulu (Special Tahsildar, Velugu, Adoni), Salimbasha (Aluru), Janardhan Rao (Kosigi), Ramachandra (Holagunda), Venkoba (Halaharvi), Narasimhaiah (Special Tahsildar, Land Reforms, collectorate, Ramachandra Reddy (Koilkuntla), D.P. Venkatesam (Owk), Janardhan (not given posting yet), Roshan Ali (Rudravaram), Srinivasa Rao (Pagidyala).

Assumes charge

CUDDAPAH: The Divisional Engineer of the Transco, Cuddapah, Khaleel Baig, assumed charge as Managing Director of the Rural Electric Supply Cooperative Society (RESCO) at Rayachoti on Thursday. He was handed over charge from the incharge MD, Ramakrishnudu.

Phone booth,

shop ransacked

ANANTAPUR: Some persons, said to belong to the Congress, allegedly ransacked a public telephone booth and a wine shop at Kodikonda checkpost in Chilamattur mandal in the district on Thursday.

According to information, they had first beaten up the husband of sarpanch of Settur village Chilamattur mandal, Narasimha Reddy (TDP), earlier in the day.

Later, TDP activists staged a rasta roko at the Kodikonda checkpost in protest but withdrew it after a police warning.

When the TDP activists were retreating, the Congress activists allegedly attacked a public telephone booth and a wine shop owned by TDP sympathisers.

Convicted

TIRUPATI: K. Rajeswari (29), convicted f power theft, was sentenced to undergo three months' imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs.500.

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