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AISF call

NELLORE: The district unit of All-India Students Federation (AISF), has given a call for `Chalo Hyderabad' on September, 24, to demand immediate release of pending scholarships.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, the AISF, has claimed that the decision to stage a demonstration at Hyderabad, was due to the indifference on the part of Government, despite various types of protests by the affected students.

Health camp conducted

MADANAPALLE: The Mid-Town Rotary Club, Canara Bank and `Sun' a voluntary organisation conducted a free health camp at the G.R.T.H. School.

In all 750 students were examined at the camp.

BSNL decision

NELLORE: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, (BSNL), Nellore, has decided to reconnect the disconnected land phones without rent, from October 1 to October 31, provided the consumers cleared the pending dues. For those not requiring the STD facility, the dues can be paid in two easy instalments.

Union Minister

for Tirupati

TIRUPATI: The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Anbumani Ramadoss, will inaugurate the Sri Padmavathi new OPD and emergency block' at the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) premises here on September 20, according to a SVIMS release.

Fodder seeds

distributed

MADANAPALLE: Fodder seeds, S.S.G. 59-3 jowar were distributed recently in 15 mandals to 2,650 farmers, according to the assistant director, G. Lakshmi Reddy.

Shopping complex opened

CHITTOOR: The Congress MLA, Galla Arunakumari, inaugurated a shopping complex, administration building costing Rs. 49.50 lakhs and Annadanam building in the premises of Sri Varasidi Vinayakaswamy temple Kanipakam, 15 km from here, on Thursday.

The temple Executive Officer, Kesavulu, Adikesavulu Naidu, MP, were also present on the occasion.

Blood donation camp

NELLORE: The district unit of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has decided to arrange a blood donation camp at Jaya Bharat Hospital, Nellore, on Saturday, in connection with Viswakarma Jayanthi. More than 100 functionaries of the BMS are expected to participate in the programme.

YSR to inaugurate coop.

bank staff conference

HYDERABAD: The 4th national conference of the All-India Cooperative Bank Employees' Federation will be held in Vijayawada from September 25 to 27.

The Andhra Pradesh Cooperative Central Banks Employees' Association chief, Ch. Madhava Rao, in a press note issued here on Wednesday said that the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, would inaugurate the conference.

The meeting, to be attended by the Minister for Cooperation, Kanna Laxminarayana, and others would discuss the problems and prospects of cooperative banks, role of banks in nation building and measures to strengthen cooperative credit institutions.

Students lathicharged

VISAKHAPATNAM: The police arrested 11 persons, including the dismissed Hindi professor, S. Surapuddu, after lathicharging students and others who tried to barge into the administrative building of Andhra University on Thursday.

Trouble began when activists of the Progressive Democratic Students Union (PDSU) from five north Andhra districts, who gathered at the tent put up by the Joint Action Committee for Protection of AU, decided to storm the administrative building housing the chambers of the Vice-Chancellor, Y.C. Simhadri.

Demanding the recall of the Vice-Chancellor, the activists and JAC members earlier held a meeting raising slogans against Prof. Simhadri's `undemocratic' decisions.

Environmentalist criticises

economic policies

Hyderabad: The environmental activist, Medha Patkar, has said the State is reducing space for political activity and mass movements by its `attacks' on the livelihood of people.

Speaking after releasing a book on textile mill workers of Girangaon in Mumbai here on Thursday, Ms. Patkar said the decline of Mumbai's textile industry and the consequent displacement of its workers was not unique. Workers everywhere in the country were losing jobs and being displaced due to the neo-liberal economic policies.

The book, `One Hundred Years, One Hundred Voices: The Millworkers of Girangaon: An Oral History' is a collection of the experience of workers and trade unionists in Mumbai's textile industry collected by Meena Menon and Neera Adarkar and published by Seagull Books.

Siddipet: TDP nominee

files papers

HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Party candidate for the Siddipet Assembly by-election, C. Muthyam Reddy, filed his nomination papers before the returning officer on Thursday, according to an official release.

Entries invited for award

HYDERABAD: Nominations are invited for the national award `Stree Shakti Puraskar' from women aged above 30 for their achievement in the field of social development. The award will carry a prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation.

Eligible women can contact the Project Director, District Women and Child Development Agency, Nampally station road. The last date for receipt of nominations is September 22.

Further details can be obtained on the telephone numbers -- 23202355 or 94408-14531, according to a press release.

Weaver, 3 farmers end lives

NELLORE: A farmer of Paderu village in Chejerla mandal, S. Ramakrishnaiah (54), committed suicide by allegedly consuming pesticide and his body was found in the house on Thursday. He is stated to be indebted to a tune of Rs. 8 lakhs. In Karimnagar district, a dalit farmer, E Kondaiah (26), committed suicide by consuming pesticide at Chegurthi village of Karimnagar mandal.

Meanwhile, a powerloom worker, K Raju (23), committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Sircilla town last night due to mounting debts.

In Kurnool district, a farmer, Ravi (23) of Gorakallu committed suicide by consuming pesticide.

Pensioners seek more benefits

HYDERABAD: The Federation of Pensioners' Unions and Associations on Thursday submitted a report with several proposals, including enhancing the minimum pension from Rs.1,275 to Rs. 5,000, to J. Ram Babu, Pay Revision Commissioner, for consideration.

The proposals include enhancing of the family pension from 30 per cent to 50 per cent and financial assistance from Rs. 750 a month to Rs.2,500, payment of 50 per cent of the last pay drawn as pension to the employees who retired prior to May 25, 1998, rise in the medical aid from Rs.75,000 to Rs.1 lakh to pensioners and sanction of medical allowance of Rs.500 a month.

The federation suggested creation of a pensioners' welfare fund, according to a press release issued by P.V. Ramanaiah, chairman of the federation.

Naxal couple surrenders

GUNTUR: A couple, which was with the People's War for more than a decade, surrendered to the Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of Police, Anjani Kumar, on Thursday following illness. They were identified as T. Gopala Reddy and Bodupalli Upendra.

T. Gopala Reddy, a native of Guntur city, who worked as Deputy Commander of the Technical Team in the Dandakaranya Special Zone Committee joined the party in 1988.

He was actively engaged in the organisational matters in Tenali till 1989. He was in-charge of the publicity and recruitment matters in Cheerala, coastal areas of Guntur and Prakasam districts till 1995. An ITI trainee in civil engineering, he was helping the party in repair of weapons and was made Ongole town organiser in 1997 along with member of the Ralayaseema Committee in-charge of Cuddupah. He was stationed in Guntur since 1998 and sent to Khammam after one year.

"Weapons manufacture is going on in the Chhattisgarh areas but was limited to only .12-bore guns," he said. In 2001 he was sent to Dandakaranya Special Zone to keep the weaponry intact.

The DIG appealed to other naxalites to join the mainstream. "Now, there is no ban on the organisation. Those who had participated in the violence when it was a banned organisation have a chance now to surrender," he observed.

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