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Cabinet decides to screen

low-level staff appointments

Hyderabad: The Cabinet meeting on Saturday took a serious note of the appointment of lower-level staff being made by some officers such as drivers, attenders and cooks and decided to screen such appointments in future. In effect, such appointments need Cabinet clearance henceforth.

Mala Mahanadu plea on talks

HYDERABAD: The Mala Mahanadu on Saturday suggested to the Government that untouchability and casteism should also be discussed at the ongoing talks with the CPI(Maoist). P.V. Rao, president, in a statement here hailed the talks as a new chapter in the State's history. He said both Government and Left-wing extremist parties should conduct the discussions in a friendly and give and take spirit without making them a prestige issue.

MP's notice to Ramasubba

HYDERABAD: The Cuddapah MP, Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, has served a legal notice on P. Ramasubba Reddy, former Minister, for making `wild' and `reckless' allegations against him which were published in a local Telugu daily on October 9. In the notice, the copy of which was released to the press here on Saturday, Dr. Reddy's advocate demanded an `open' and `unconditional' apology within a week from Mr. Reddy and withdrawal of the allegations. The notice said he would initiate legal action if the former Minister failed to apologise.

Jail for woman for killing husband

ELURU: The Fast Track Court Judge, I. Ramesh, sentenced a woman, Beyye Vijayakumari (24), of Samisragudem in West Godavari district to five years imprisonment for killing her husband, Chandrasekhar, in 1999. According to the prosecution, the victim subjected his wife to harassment suspecting her fidelity for some time. She feared that he planned to kill her and in a pre-emptive move, she murdered him while he was asleep.

Applications for trade fair

HYDERABAD: The last date for receipt of applications for allotment of space in the Andhra Pradesh pavilion at the India International Trade Fair 2004 to be held in New Delhi from November 11 to 27 has been extended to October 30. The Commissioner of Industries said in a press release here on Saturday that applications could be obtained from his office (phone nos. 23441622/33), Chirag Ali Lane, Abids, or downloaded details from www.apind.com.

Global meet on value creation

HYDERABAD: Members of Hyderabad chapter of the Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) will attend the four-day 33rd conference and exhibition of the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations in New Delhi from November 22. Its theme is `Value creation and human development--the emerging dimensions.' The ISTD is hosting the conference where ISTD-FICCI awards for excellence in human resource practices will be presented by the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during the inaugural. Sudarsanam Padam, chairman of the ISTD Hyderabad chapter and Dean of Studies, Administrative Staff College, discussed the agenda of the conference at a meeting with members here on Saturday.

Heavy pilgrim rush at Tirumala

TIRUMALA: The processional deity of Lord Malayappa Swamy was brought out in procession on `Simha Vahanam' on Saturday morning as part of the nine-day Brahmotsavam. The temple town witnessed a considerable increase in pilgrim rush. More than 2,000 policemen who were drafted for bandobust were given instructions to be pilgrim-friendly. Meanwhile, the TTD Executive Officer, Ajeya Kallam, inaugurated the free distribution of food packets camp organised by the TTD Contractors Association at G.N.C. toll gate.

Probe into fund swindle sought

HYDERABAD: The Joint Action Committee of Unions of Telangana Employees, Teachers and Workers has demanded an enquiry into irregularities in allotment of land in municipal areas and Swarna Jayanti Rozgar Yojana funds during the previous regime. L. Tajmohan Reddy, co-chairman, and T. Prabhakar, secretary-general, in a statement issued here on Saturday charged senior officials of municipal administration with indulging in irregularities while purchasing computer spare parts and phenol in the last four years. These had resulted in misappropriation of crores of rupees, they alleged, seeking a probe into the recent transfers of Commissioners of municipalities.

Consumer fora member posts

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has invited applications for the posts of members (both male and female) in the district fora at Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Tirupati. Applications can be sent to the commission at Eruvaka Building, Khairatabad, Hyderabad-500004 by October 30. Candidates should enclose certificates/attested copies showing proof of age, educational qualifications, residence and experience, a notification issued by the commission said.

Central team visit

HYDERABAD: A Central team will tour the State from October 17 to 19 to study the drought situation. The team, with officials from various ministries, will split into two groups and visit the drought-affected areas of Medak, Karimnagar, Chittoor and Cuddapah districts.

The group visiting Medak and Karimnagar will be led by Anjali Prasad, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture.

Farm workers' body formed

BHADRACHALAM: Paturi Ramaiah was elected president of the Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham here on Saturday. B. Venkat was elected general secretary. B.V. Raghavulu, CPI(M) State secretary, was elected one of seven vice-presidents. The new committee would have 16 office-bearers.

Nominated

KARIMNAGAR: The Government has nominated the principal of the University PG college of Karimnagar, Shaik Ahmed Hussain, as member of the executive council (EC) of Kakatiya University for a period of three years, according to a press release issued here on Saturday.

Central team coming

KARIMNAGAR: The Central team will visit Karimnagar district on Sunday and Monday to assess the prevailing drought conditions here. The team will arrive on Sunday evening and halt at the Roads and Buildings guest house. On Monday, they will meet Ministers and officials and later proceed to the LMD reservoir to assess the depleting water table. The team will also visit villages in Thimmapur, Bejjanki, Husnabad, Koheda, Chigurumamidi, Illanthakunta and Vemulawada mandals to inspect withered crops, village tanks and wells and interact with farmers, a release said.

Details of SGRY sought

ADILABAD: The District Collector, J. Sudha Rani, on Saturday accorded a week to different executive agencies to submit details of rice utilisation under various works under the Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana. Failure to do so would result in the recovery of the rice from the agencies, she warned. She was chairing a meeting of officials the Forest Department, the Panchayat Raj, RWS, and Roads and Buildings and others. At a recent district review committee meeting, Congress MLAs had alleged large-scale misappropriation of SGRY rice during the previous Government's rule.

Aid given

ADILABAD: A cheque for Rs. 2 lakhs was handed over to M. Venkat Rajender, the son of the late Jainoor SI, Satyanarayana, by the Adilabad Superintendent of Police, Kripa Nanda Tripathi Ujela, on Saturday. The money was given as aid from the police security account in view of the death of the SI and his wife in a road accident early this year. The Adilabad DSP, K. Sarveswara Rao, and the II Town SI, Komraiah, attended.

RTC launches package tours

ANANTAPUR: The Puttaparthi depot of APSRTC launched the Satya Sai Anantha Darshini tourist route service on Saturday. Two hi-tech buses will be run on the Puttaparthi-Lepakshi-Kumbhakarna Project and the Puttaparthi-Kadiri Narasimhaswamy Temple-Thimmamma Marrimanu routes as package tours everyday. The fare for the first service will be Rs. 105 per head and Rs. 125 for the second.

Dalits stage dharna

CUDDAPAH: Dalits of Nizamnagar in Chinna Chowk panchayat staged a dharna in front of the RDO office on Saturday, seeking the arrest of some persons who demolished their huts. The Girijana Samkshema Sangham leader, Munaiah, who led the dharna, condemned the action and lamented that no cases were booked against those responsible. Alleging that he culprits had also encroached upon the land, he wanted booking of cases and stern action against them. The protesters also submitted a memorandum to the Cuddapah RDO, Khaja Mohiuddin.

Hospital discount card

CUDDAPAH: The vice-president (corporate relations) of MIOT Hospitals, Paul Robin, on Saturday formally launched a MIOT Access Card, which entitles patients to avail of discount in treatment. Mr. Robin and the marketing in charge of Andhra Pradesh, S.V. Ramesh, said camps would be held in Cuddapah on Sunday, Rajampet on Monday and Proddatur on October 19. Iterested persons would be issued cards on payment of a registration fee of Rs. 150.

Workshop for journalists

TIRUPATI: Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) will be conducting a workshop for district-level journalists on `Science writing for media' from November 4 to 7 on its premises. The workshop, to be co-ordinated by the Rashtriya Vigyan Evam Prodyogoki Sanchar Parishad, coming under the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi, and Andhra Pradesh State Council of Science and Technology (APCOST), Hyderabad, is aimed at training regional journalists, writers and illustrators contributing to regional-level mass media in the nuances of science writing.

RTC launches package tours

ANANTAPUR: The Puttaparthi depot of APSRTC launched the Satya Sai Anantha Darshini tourist route service on Saturday. Two hi-tech buses will be run on the Puttaparthi-Lepakshi-Kumbhakarna Project and the Puttaparthi-Kadiri Narasimhaswamy Temple-Thimmamma Marrimanu routes as package tours everyday. The fare for the first service will be Rs. 105 per head and Rs. 125 for the second.

Dalits stage dharna

CUDDAPAH: Dalits of Nizamnagar in Chinna Chowk panchayat staged a dharna in front of the RDO office on Saturday, seeking the arrest of some persons who demolished their huts. The Girijana Samkshema Sangham leader, Munaiah, who led the dharna, condemned the action and lamented that no cases were booked against those responsible. The protesters also submitted a memorandum to the Cuddapah RDO, Khaja Mohiuddin.

Hospital launches discount card

CUDDAPAH: The vice-president (corporate relations) of MIOT Hospitals, Paul Robin, on Saturday formally launched a MIOT Access Card, which entitles patients to avail of discount in treatment. Speaking to reporters here, Mr. Robin and the marketing in charge of Andhra Pradesh, S.V. Ramesh, said camps would be held in Cuddapah on Sunday, Rajampet on Monday and Proddatur on October 19.

Power supply misuse alleged

NELLORE: Sleuths of the vigilance department of APTransco, Nellore, led by its Inspector, P. Madhusudhana Rao, arrested U. Srinivasulu and T. Ramanaiah, for allegedly misusing power supply for aqua purposes. The accused have been sent to judicial custody till October 28.

Fire destroys two houses

NELLORE: Two houses were destroyed in a fire mishap in NGOs Colony of Nellore town, on Friday. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire. An electric short circuit was said to be reason for the fire.

Judges transferred

MADANAPALLE: The Senior Civil Judge (Sub-Judge) Madanapalle, Nerella Malyadri, has been transferred to Punganur court and the judge of Punganur court, Ramachandra Reddy, has been transferred to Madanapalle court in the place Mr. N. Malyadri.

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