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YSR greets Kalam

HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Thursday greeted the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, on the occasion of his birthday on October 15.

In a message, Dr. Reddy conveyed his greetings and wished that Dr. Kalam would continue to render invaluable and noble services to the nation for a long time to come and that India would prosper under his guidance.

Vacation for High Court

HYDERABAD: The High Court will remain closed for Dasara vacation from October 15 to 20.

According to a statement, the vacation judges -- K.C. Bhanu and B. Seshasayana Reddy, will hear all the matters of urgent nature. Notice of any application of urgent nature should be given to Anand Kelkar, Deputy Registrar, S. Varalaxmi and Md. Mahmood Ali, Assistant Registrars, before 1.30 p.m. on October 18 for sitting in the court at 10.30 a.m. on October 19.

The Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal will remain closed from October 18 to 20. Only those applications which are of urgent nature will be placed for admission and interim orders before the vacation Bench sitting in the vacation court on October 19 at 10.30 a.m.

Sudhender Kulkarni will be on the vacation Bench while K. Vijaya Kumar is the vacation officer.

Cotton ryots on the rampage

WARANGAL: Cotton farmers raided two shops on station road here on Thursday suspecting that they were sold spurious Bt Cotton seed, triggering panic among merchants. Irate farmers, numbering some 200, even ransacked a shop and set fire to furniture.

Police teams, which rushed to the place, had to use force to disperse agitating farmers. Situation was stated to be under control now.

The police said farmers from Mogilicherla, Atmakur, Yenupalli and Gavicherla villages reportedly bought Bt Cotton seed from a shop owned by Kedari. Though the seed germinated, plants did not flower, and each farmer reportedly incurred a loss of Rs. 20,000 per acre.

Fearing that they would attack him, Mr. Kedari was allegedly not opening the shop for the last two days. On Thursday evening, farmers gathered at the shop, broke open the shutters, dragged furniture out and set it on fire.

Vajpayee's remarks against

Sonia draw flak

HYDERABAD: Members of the APCC linguistic minority cell staged a dharna and burnt an effigy of the former Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, for his alleged disparaging remarks against the AICC chief, Sonia Gandhi.

The cell chairman, Ashok Singh, and others demanded unconditional apology from Mr. Vajpayee and the Shiv Sena chief, Bal Thackarey, for terming Ms. Sonia a `foreign lady' and the Congress party a joker.

Collect bills for seed,

Minister tells ryots

KURNOOL: The Agriculture Minister, N. Raghuveera Reddy, has asked farmers to collect bills for the pesticides and seed they bought so that the Government could initiate action in case of sale of spurious items. The Minister along with the Minister for Lift Irrigation, M. Mareppa, took part in the Farmers' Day celebrations, jointly organised by ICRISAT and the Government at Karivemula village in Devanakonda mandal of Kurnool district on Thursday.

Mr. Reddy said out of 1,000 cases booked in the State for offences of supply of spurious seed, the rate of conviction was very low because of loopholes in the law. The issue of amendments to the Act was taken up with the Centre. He asked agriculture officials to intensify inspections so that the offences could be prevented.

Bangladesh Navy

chief visits ENC

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Chief of the Naval Staff of Bangladesh, Shah Iqbal Mujtaba, arrived on a day's visit to the Eastern Naval Command here on Thursday. He was accompanied by his wife, Begum Naima Mujtaba.

Rear Admiral Mujtaba was given a 50-men guard of honour on his arrival at the naval base.

Later, he held discussions with the Chief of Staff of ENC, Rear Admiral R.P. Suthan, on issues of common interest to both the Navies.

Boy dies of pesticide exposure

KURNOOL: A 14-year-old boy died after pesticide exposure at Nelampadu village in Chagalamarri mandal of Kurnool district on Thursday.

According to reports, the boy, who was identified as Sekhar Reddy, spread pesticide granules in paddy field and fell unconscious after some time. He died later. Another boy, Balireddy, fell sick.

Unique election

ANANTAPUR: Ganapathi, a Congress-supported candidate, created a sort of history by being the first sarpanch of Tagarakunta village in Kanaganapalli mandal of the district to be elected through ballot on Thursday. There has been no election for the post since independence as the sarpanches were getting elected unanimously.

Ganapathi defeated his rival and TDP-backed candidate, Peddappa, by 283 votes. While either Communist-backed or Congress-backed candidates were at the helm all through, the TDP-supported candidates were in the post for the last two terms. The village is the native place of B. Prabhakar (TDP), the mandal parishad president of Kanaganapalli, who was murdered here last month.

PCC disciplinary panel

HYDERABAD: The former MP, Singam Basava Punnaiah, has been appointed chairman of the disciplinary committee of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC).

The Pradesh Congress Committee chief, D. Srinivas, in a press note issued here, announced the names of committee members. They are: Pinnamaneni Koteswara Rao, Rangaiah Naidu, Yousuf Qureshi, Marri Ravinder Reddy, Satyanarayana Goud, Katari Easwar Kumar, Bharati Ragya Naik, K. Sambasiva Rao, Rayachoti Ramaiah and Masa Rajaiah. The first meeting of the committee will be held on October 17 at Gandhi Bhavan.

Farmer ends life

KHAMMAM: A debt-ridden tribal farmer committed suicide in Srirampurtanda of Enkoor mandal on Thursday. According to reports reaching here, the farmer, Bhukya Bikshyam, who cultivated cotton in two and half acres suffered losses due to pest problem and drought conditions.

Appeal to RDOs

CUDDAPAH: The in-charge Collector, G. Jayalakshmi, on Thursday exhorted the Revenue Divisional Officers (RDOs) to forward lists of lands locked in disputes by October 20, for an elaborate review at a meeting slated on October 25 and exploring ways to dispose off the cases.

Addressing the RDOs in a teleconference here, she said the land disputes would be resolved within a set timeframe to be fixed by the Collector.

Stage set

for EdCET

NELLORE: The district administration has made all the necessary arrangements for EdCET (B.Ed entrance) examination to be held on Sunday.

According to available information, nearly 7,533 candidates are expected to appear the examination. A meeting held under the chairmanship of the district Collector, B. Rajsekhar, here on Thursday, reviewed the arrangements. It was pointed that 6,308 students will write the test at 27 centres in Nellore and 1,225 students at 6 centres in Kavali.

Chiru fans' gesture

CUDDAPAH: Several beggars were elated to receive shirts and fruits on Thursday from the `Chiru Brothers Youth Society', as part of the celebrations ahead of the release of the Telugu movie, `Shankar Dada, MBBS'.

Incidentally, the fans got the shirts and fruits given away by a dentist, B. Obulapathi, in Christian Lane here. The society president, S. Abdul Shabbeer, and members, S. Haji, S. Ahmed, Chand Basha, Siddiq, P. Ramana, Y. Saibaba and Arshad, participated.

Eye screening

camp launched

NELLORE: On the occasion of `World Sight Day', the Bollineni Eye Hospital and Research Centre, Nellore, has launched a week-long free eye screening and free cataract surgeries programme on Thursday.

According to the Managing Director and Chief Ophthalmologist of the Hospital, Sai Murali, on the first day alone more than 500 persons were provided with the screening facilities and those requiring surgeries have been identified. Interested patients can contact telephone number: 5527020.

Body found

NELLORE: Police found the body of one, P. Upendra (32) in the Amancharla forest.

Upendra was reportedly missing since the last four days. Further investigation is on, according to the police.

e-registration of voters

NELLORE: The district administration has informed that the inclusion of names in voter list can be done through e-registration, provided the applicant has got an e-mail ID. The website address is http.ceoap.apts.gov.in

The acknowledgement along with the registration number will be sent to the e-mail address of the applicant.

Irrigation board meeting

NELLORE: The Irrigation Advisory Board (IAB) meeting will be held at the Golden Jubilee Hall, Nellore, on October 20, to discuss various issues relating to water supply to farmers. This will be the first meeting since the assumption of new Government in the State.

RTC staff relay hunger strike

KARIMNAGAR: Members of the APSRTC Employees' Union launched a relay hunger strike in here on Thursday to protest against the move to privatise diesel filling stations and garages in various depots.

The union zonal chairman, B. Chandrashekhar, inaugurated the camp. The regional convenor, K.L. Narayana, spoke.

YSR for Tungaturthy

NALGONDA: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, is visiting Tungaturthy constituency on Friday to participate in various developmental programmes.

He will inaugurate a social welfare residential school and a 133 KV sub-station at Tungaturthy and a 33 KV sub-station at Ravulapalem, according to a press release. He will also distribute loans to self-help groups and participate in a review meeting of the Sri Ram Sagar Project.

Rally marks World Sight Day

NALGONDA: The District Blind Control Society on Thursday organised a rally and held a meeting at the district headquarters hospital on the occasion of the World Sight Day.

Addressing the gathering, the district co-ordinator of the hospital, Venkateswarlu, called upon income tax payers to donate for schools for visually impaired and avail of tax concession. The Zilla Parishad chairperson, K. Laxmamma, and others spoke.

Upland areas' development

NALGONDA: The administration will submit a proposal to develop upland areas at an estimated cost of Rs. 50 crores, according to the Collector, K. Vijayanand.

Addressing a meeting of MLAs, APTrasnco and irrigation officials on Wednesday, he said defunct lifts under the Nagarjunasagar left canal would be revived at a cost of Rs.2.45 crores.

Scheduled Castes panel visit

MAHABUBNAGAR: The Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes headed by Justice K. Punnayya is visiting Mahabubnagar for two days from Friday. According to the information, the Commission will receive petitions on Friday from SC/ ST associations and individuals. On Saturday, it will hold discussions with top officials and also review the implementation of relevant Act.

Lok Satta

office-bearers

MAHABUBNAGAR: The district unit of Lok Satta, which met here on Thursday, unanimously elected K.S. Soma Sheker and B. Ram Reddy president and general secretary respectively.

The other office-bearers elected were: B. Sheshaphani, V. Laxmana Murthy (vice-presidents), B. Srinivas, S.K. Piran, Nagaraju, Jagan Mohan and D. Therpalaiah (joint secretaries) and K. Venkatrama Reddy (treasurer).

EDCET at 14 centres

ADILABAD: The EDCET will be held at 14 centres in Nirmal town between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on October 17. An official press release on Thursday stated that students should come to their respective centres one hour before the commencement of the test. In case of doubts, the DEO, P.B. Narsinga Rao, could be contacted on the phone numbers 98499 09142 and 98482 14564.

Death condoled

MAHABUNAGAR: Teaching and non-teaching staff and students of OU PG College condoled the sudden demise of Osmania University Vice-Chancellor, J. Anantha Swamy, on Thursday.

MRO dead

ADILABAD: The Kadam Mandal Revenue Officer (MRO), Satyanarayana, died of heart attack on Thursday at Mahavir Hospital in Hyderabad. He was admitted to the hospital a few days ago. A native of Nirmal town, he was transferred to Kadam from Laxmanchanda mandal in July.

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