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TUDA chief

for overall development

TIRUPATI: B.Karunakar Reddy, the chairperson of the Tirupati Urban Development Authority (TUDA), has promised to accord top priority to the planned development of Tirupati and the 80 plus villages surrounding it. Mr.Reddy, a close camp follower of the Chief Minister, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, took charge in front of the Tirumala temple on Saturday evening, when the TTD trust board was sworn in. He occupied his official chair on Monday.

Plea to retain supplementaries

NELLORE: The district unit of the Student Federation of India (SFI) has urged the Primary Education Minister, N. Rajyalakshmi, to ensure withdrawal of the decision of Sri Venkateswara University, pertaining to scrapping of degree supplementary examinations. The functionaries submitted a memorandum to the Minister here on Monday, in this regard.

Dharna by CPI

NELLORE: Functionaries of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), observed a dharna before the municipal office, here on Monday, demanding immediate steps to control the mosquito menace in the town. They said that despite collecting heavy taxes, officials had failed to provide basic infrastructure like the drainage, which has resulted in the mosquito menace.

Fresh loans sought for ryots

KURNOOL: The Collector, Ajay Jain, reviewed the support of bankers to farmers at a meeting of the task force here on Monday. He called upon bankers to reschedule the previous loans and sanction fresh loans immediately. The Lead District Manager, Subba Rao, also spoke.

Cancer centre to be upgraded

NELLORE: The Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, P. Lakshmi, has promised that the cancer detection centre and hospital maintained by the district branch of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) would be developed into a full-fledged one with all facilities. Addressing a gathering at the IRCS branch here on Monday, in connection with `World Blood Donors Day,' she asked the authorities to provide information about their requirements.

Coast Guard base at Kakinada

Kakinada: The Coast Guard will soon have its station at Kakinada to keep a vigil on the sea up to Chennai, according to Commandant, A. Viswanath. At a press conference here on Monday, he said they had requested the port authorities to allot a five-acre site for setting up the base, besides the facility to station two of their ships for guarding the coast against pollution. Coast Guard ships would have helicopters on board to take up rescue and relief operations, he added.

ICET-2004 results today

TIRUPATI: Results of Integrated Common Entrance Test (ICET-2004), conducted by Sri Venkateswara University, for admission into MBA and MCA courses, will be released on Tuesday. The Vice-Chancellor, P. Murali, would release the results, a release by the test Convener, D. Changal Raju, said. Candidates could check the results on websites -- www.svu.ac.in and www.apsche.org.

Former ZP chief joins TRS

HYDERABAD: The former Warangal Zilla Parishad Chairman, M. Satyanarayana Goud, and a large number of his followers, including sarpanches and MPTC members, have resigned from the Telugu Desam Party and joined the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the presence of Chennur MLA of the TRS, D. Srinivas Rao, at Warangal on Monday.

Cabinet meeting on June 17

Hyderabad: Next Cabinet meeting will be held on Thursday. According to sources in the Government, the sitting will be with a specific agenda to take decisions on important matters in line with the promises made by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Bench sought for land disputes

HYDERABAD: Setting up of a special machinery with the constitution of a related Ministry, preparation of records after securing details, setting up of a special Bench to settle land disputes and allotment of land and taking up of development works only by the Government were among the suggestions made by participants at a round table on `Land problems and suggestions' organised by the Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Workers' Union here on Monday. P. Ramayya, MLA and president of the union, chaired the inaugural in which S.R. Sankaran, convener, Committee of Concerned Citizens, Bojja Tharakam, president, Republican Party of India, State unit, participated. The 1/70 Act was depriving tribals of their holdings and Girijans were losing control of their lands because of the steps taken by the Forest Department, the meeting said.

Telangana civic staff plea

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Municipal Employees' Association has demanded immediate transfer of Commissioners of surrounding municipalities who hail from the Andhra region and a thorough enquiry into the alleged `corrupt' deals struck during their tenure. L. Tajmohan Reddy, president, P. Shanti Kumar, vice-president, and P. Janardhan Rao, secretarty, in a statement issued here on Monday, said the association had brought the alleged corrupt practices to the notice of the previous TDP Government but it did not take any action.

TRS allots subjects to MLAs

HYDERABAD: MLAs of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi have been allotted different subjects for presenting the party line during debates in the budget session of the Assembly. The subjects were finalised by the TRS Legislature Party leader, G. Vijayarama Rao, in consultation with the party president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and other leaders in New Delhi on Sunday, said a party press release on Monday. The following are the subjects allotted to the MLAs: E. Ravinder Reddy - Sugar and Commercial Taxes, S. Ramalinga Reddy - Information and Public Relations, N. Narasimha Reddy - Labour and Municipal Administration, K. Nagesh - Medical and Health, T. Padma Rao - BC Welfare and Municipal Administration, K. Jayaprakash Reddy - Labour and Employment, G. Ganga Reddy - Tourism and Endowments, M. Padma and Sarah Rani - Women Welfare, K. Laxma Reddy - Forests, K. Eashwar - Food and Civil Supplies, S. Bapu - Sports and Youth Welfare, K. Pratap Reddy - Housing and Cooperation, Narayan Rao Patel - Law and Courts, G. Mukund Reddy - Irrigation, V. Laxmikantha Rao - Technical and Higher Education, K. Lingaiah - Social Welfare, S. Santosh Reddy - Finance, Panchayatraj and Rural Development, E. Rajender - Animal Husbandry, D. Srinivas Rao - Home, A. Govind Naik - Tribal Welfare, M. Satyanarayana Reddy - Agriculture, C. Laxma Reddy - Transport and A. Chandrasekhar - Roads and Buildings.

Ramesh Kumar

new NMDC chief

VISAKHAPATNAM: B. Ramesh Kumar has been appointed Chairman-cum-Managing Director of National Mineral Development Corporation Limited (NMDC). Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ramesh Kumar was NMDC's Director (Technical) at its Hyderabad headquarters, holding charge of CMD post.

Three held on kidnap charge

KURNOOL: The police here on Sunday night arrested three persons who allegedly kidnapped a railway employee. An employee of loco shed at Secunderabad, Kirti Kumar allegedly collected huge amounts from unemployed persons promising jobs in the railways. Three of his colleagues acted as mediators. As the plan failed the mediators demanded him to return the money. When Kirti Kumar began avoiding them, the trio -- Satish, Kishore and Srinu -- allegedly kidnapped him from Hyderabad and shifted him to Kurnool.

Correction

Hyderabad: A meeting of the Vaishnava Parishad held here on Sunday and attended by 16 Jeers of the sect and 60 mahants from different parts of the country demanded reconstruction of the 1,000-pillar mantapam on the Tirumala hills at its original location. Bemoaning the demolition of the centuries-old hall near Sri Venkateswara temple by the authorities, the meeting condemned the efforts to alter the traditions and restrict pooja timings to facilitate more darshan time for devotees. The meeting was presided by Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana China Jeeyar Swamy. It has been wrongly reported in these columns that Jeeyar Swamy advocated `Pancharatra' tradition of Agama Sastra instead of Vaikhanasa. The error is regretted.

7 cm rain in Parvathipuram

HYDERABAD: The deep depression lay centred near Jharsuguda in Orissa and is likely to move westwards and weaken further. Rain lashed coastal Andhra. Parvathipuram recorded a heavy rainfall of 7 cm. Salur recorded 6 cm, Chintapalli 5 cm, Veeraghattam 4 cm, Chodavaram, Paderu, Dummagudem, Eturu Nagaram and Jagtial 3 cm each. Rains is likely at many places in Telangana on Tuesday and at a few places in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari districts.

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