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Kanna stops attenders `removal'
HYDERABAD: The Minister for Cooperation, Kanna Lakshminarayana, on Monday agreed to stop removal from service of clerks and attenders working in primary agricultural cooperative societies. Stating this in a press release, M. Veeraiah, general secretary, Andhra Pradesh committee of CITU, said the Minister had given an assurance to a CITU delegation in this regard. Mr. Lakshminarayana said removal of these categories of employees, as directed by the TDP regime, would be temporarily stopped pending finalisation of a policy decision. The release said hundreds of employees of cooperative societies in East Godavari, Mahabubnagar, Kurnool, Nalgonda and Medak districts had already been removed from service while notices served to over 1,000 to be sacked by the month-end. The representation sought reinstatement of those removed from service.
Four farmers commit suicide
KURNOOL: Two farmers committed suicide in Kurnool district due to financial problems on Monday. Venkateswarlu (53) of Kandikayapalli in Panyam mandal and Krishna Murthy (35) of Machinenipalli in Rudravaram mandal killed themselves by consuming poison. A farmer, Sirigireddy Gangi Reddy (50), committed suicide by hanging himself in his house in Peddajootoor village in Vemula mandal of Cuddapah district. I. Rami Reddy (40) committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Galipalli village of Illanthakunta mandal in Karimnagar early on Monday. Reports said the farmer incurred debts of Rs. 2 lakhs.
Huge haul of explosives, 3 held
KARIMNAGAR: The police conducted surprise checks and recovered huge quantity of explosives and arrested three persons in Huzurabad circle limits. The Elkathurthy police during vehicle checking apprehended Kasturi Rajaiah (35) of Koppur village in Bheemadevarapally mandal and recovered 24 slurry explosive sticks and 500 metres of fusewire in his scooter dickey. Based on his confession, the police raided the house of Akkenapalli Satyanarayana alias Radio Sathaiah (66) and recovered 500 slurry explosives, 500 detonators and 1,625 meters of fuse wire from his house. Thummala Swamy (29), assistant of Radio Sathaiah, was also nabbed.
Court to hear arguments
HYDERABAD: Arguments in the writ petition filed challenging the procedure adopted by the State Government in appointing Law Officer, especially to the post of Government Pleader, in the Andhra Pradesh High Court will be heard on Tuesday by Justice Yethirajulu, a Judge. The writ petition was filed by Nagender, a practising advocate, who complained that rules had not been followed. The Judge will peruse the arguments of the Government and consider the issue for interim direction of staying further appointments.
Temple ornaments stolen
Kakinada: Thieves gained entry into Kanaka Durga temple in RTC Colony on the outskirts of the town late on Sunday night and decamped with gold and silver ornaments of the Goddess worth over Rs.1.5 lakhs. This is the third temple to be burgled in the district in last three days.
Narendra asked to apologise
HYDERABAD: The Minister for Minority Welfare, Fareeduddin, and three Congress MLAs from Medak district on Monday demanded an apology or resignation by the Union Minister of State for Rural Development, A. Narendra, for his `intemperate remarks' against the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy. They said Mr. Narendra's remarks were unbecoming of a public figure. The reference of 100 crores of people made by the Chief Minister was only with reference to the fact that they were represented by honourable members of both Houses of Parliament, they noted.
Book on empowerment released
HYDERABAD: The Speaker, K.R. Suresh Reddy, on Monday released a book, `Empowerment of people -- grassroots strategies and issues,' edited by R. Venkata Ravi, V. Narayana Reddy and M. Venkataramana. K.C. Reddy, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council for Higher Education, presided over the function held in the Assembly committee hall. Mr. Suresh Reddy said the book was timely as discussions on issues like globalisation and its impact on people were on at various levels.
Trust to distribute software
HYDERABAD: The Nandalala Seva Samithi Trust, a Chennai-based non-profit charitable institution, has been identified by the Union Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for distributing free educational software developed by Microsoft Corporation to deserving schools in the country, the founder of the trust, Mathioli R. Saraswathy, said at a press conference here on Monday. In the city for the first anniversary celebrations of Hyderabad-Nandalala chapter, she said the trust had identified 250 schools in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Pune for the purpose.
YSR's promise to teachers
HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has agreed to take steps for reviving teachers' service regulations. He gave an assurance on Monday while responding to a representation submitted by teachers unions -- PRTU, UTF, STU and APTF. B. Mohan Reddy, president, and P. Sudhakar Reddy, general secretary, Andhra Pradesh Progressive Recognised Teachers' Union, said in a press release that Dr. Reddy called I.V. Subba Rao, Principal Secretary, Education, for discussing issues such as conversion of mandal parishad teachers posts and securing the Supreme Court stay on a directive issued by the High Court.
Service staff backs bankers' stir
HYDERABAD: The State unit of Coordination Committee of Service Sector Employees while extending support to the nationwide strike of bank employees on August 24 has urged the Centre, particularly the Finance Minister, to intervene and pave way for a mutually acceptable settlement.
T. Narasimhan, general secretary, in a statement here on Monday criticised the `adamant' attitude of the Indian Banks Association towards the demands of employees, including wage revision from November 2002, and its transfer policy.
TIRUPATI: The convenor of LAWCET-2004, T.V. Subba Rao, has clarified in a press release that the Sri Venkateswara University had not extended conditional affiliation to two law colleges based in Tirupati. Further, ``in order to rearrange the merit list based upon options and as per the direction of APSCHE, the LAWCET counselling scheduled to be held on August 26 and 27 for the affiliated colleges of SV University area only is postponed. The date of counselling will be intimated later,'' the note said.
MPP loses post
CUDDAPAH: The Principal Secretary of Panchayat Raj, B. Samuel, issued orders on Monday removing the Kalasapadu Mandal Parishad President, P. Venkata Reddy, from the post, following his ouster in a no-confidence motion recently. Mr. Venkata Reddy lost a no-trust move on July 31.
Women take out rally
CUDDAPAH: Women took out a rally in Kamalapuram on Monday demanding steps to mitigate drinking water scarcity in Appayalalle, Pydimanu and Akkadevatha colonies. They submitted a memorandum to the Kamalapuram MRO, Vinayakam, that there was acute scarcity of drinking water and demanded repairs to defunct borewells. The MRO assured the protesting women that drinking water would be supplied through tankers and promised to apprise the District Panchayat Officer in search of a long-term solution to the problem.
Demand for basic amenities
CUDDAPAH: Residents of Bahujan Nagar in Chinna Chowk panchayat staged a dharna before the Collectorate on Monday, demanding provision of basic amenities like drinking water, roads, and street lighting. The CPI leaders, S.A. Sattar and W. Ramu, who led the dharna, demanded issue of house site pattas to the residents. Similar problems also plagued Tilaknagar, Dandora Nagar and Ambedkar Colony, they said in a memorandum submitted to the Collector, Jayesh Ranjan.
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