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Soil mapping for all districts

HYDERABAD: The Government has decided to take up soil mapping for all the districts in the State with the assistance of the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, according to the Minister for Agriculture, N. Raghuveera Reddy.

Speaking after inaugurating the 69th annual convention of Indian Society of Soil Sciences at Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University here on Wednesday, Mr. Reddy said the Government was seeking financial assistance of Rs. 30 crores to meet the cost of the proposed project from the FAO. He said a team was sent to Netherlands to undergo training in different kinds of soil research activities so as to obtain soil reference information. The mapping would be in a scale of 1:25,000 meters, he added.

Anganwadi workers

seek fair deal

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Anganwadi Workers and Helpers' Union on Wednesday demanded a wage increase of Rs.1,000 for a worker and Rs. 500 for a helper, as paid to the Central staff.

While welcoming the State Government's decision to pay salary to anganwadi workers every month and to increase their wages, B. Lalitamma, president, and P. Roja, secretary, said in a statement that the proposed hike of Rs.100 was inadequate.

The wanted the Government to create promotional avenues and job security to anganwadi workers. They said selection for anganwadi jobs should be done only by the committees headed by district collectors.

Women's conference to be

held in Vijayawada

HYDERABAD: The 10th State conference of Andhra Pradesh Mahila Samakhya will be held in Vijayawada from December 4 to 6. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, the samakhya general secretaries -- P. Padma and Prema Pavani -- said the meet would stress the need to bring in a legislation earmarking quota for women in the winter session of Parliament.

Issues such as legislation to prevent domestic violence, strict implementation of the Supreme Court directive on curbing sexual harassment of women at work place, earmarking 50 per cent of work under the employment guarantee scheme would come up for discussion.

They said the problems concerning women should be treated as societal issues and every effort made to redress them. They decried the increasing atrocities on women.

DYFI plans `Chalo Delhi'

HYDERABAD: The State committee of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) will take part in the `Chalo Delhi rally' on November 3 demanding education and employment opportunities for all and filling of vacant posts in the Government departments.

The committee leaders -- M. Balaji, P.V. Srinivas and M. Chandramohan -- said in a statement here on Wednesday that the DYFI would collect one crore signatures and submit a representation to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in Delhi on the demands. They wanted the Congress to honour its pre-election promises on creation of employment avenues for youth. They asked the State Government to fill the 2.5 lakh vacant posts in various departments and to sanction loans to all eligible persons under the Rajiv Yuva Shakti Scheme.

Teachers stage dharna

VISAKHAPATNAM: Hundreds of teachers from all over the district staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Wednesday in support of their demands.

Among the main demands of the teachers are formation of combined service rules, implementation of the agreements the Government had reached in the past with the teachers associations, removal of budget control on the teachers working in the municipal corporations and municipalities and implementation of GO No. 62.

The teachers also wanted the Collector to review his order that all Government servants should stay at their place of work.

Ministers gheraoed

KURNOOL: The Ministers -- D. Srinivas and M. Mareppa -- were gheraoed by the members of teachers' unions and Srisailam project oustees at the Collectorate here on Wednesday. The project oustees were demanding jobs to them as promised by the Government in the past. On the other hand, the teachers demanded common service rules, notional increments for teacher apprentice, automatic advancement scale and payment of wages to panchayat raj teachers from the treasury.

The Ministers were detained for 15 minutes by the protesters and relented only after the Ministers promised to take their issues to the notice of the Government.

Trains' halt

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad-Ernakulam Sabari Express and Hyderabad-Trivendrum Sabari Express will halt at Piduguralla station for a minute with effect from November 5. A press release issued by the South Central Railway said here on Wednesday that the Visakhapatnam-Bangalore Prashanti Express would stop for a minute at Cumbum station from the same date.

Drought relief urged

HYDERABAD: On the second day of its Executive meeting here on Wednesday, the CPI (M) demanded implementation of drought relief measures announced by the Government at the village level so as to prevent starvation deaths. It wanted all-party meetings convened immediately.

In a resolution, the party said no relief had reached villages so far. The severity of drought was increasing and already 30 persons died in Medak district, it said. There were also starvation deaths in Mahabubnagar, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam, Anantapur and Kurnool districts, it alleged.

Four women beaten up

WARANGAL: Four women were severely beaten up by the residents of Rangasaipet area accusing them of witchcraft.

According to the police, one Veeraswamy's daughter B. Laxmi Prasanna (12) died recently due to illness. The parents accused B. Narasamma of practising witchcraft and held her responsible for the death of Prasanna. Last night, a group of people forcibly taken Narasamma and her associates -- Neelamma, Chinna Neelamma and Sammaka. They were tied to a police and were beaten up severely before letting off in the midnight.

On Wednesday, again they were summoned to Veeraswamy's house. Apprehending danger, Narasamma jumped into well in a bid to commit suicide. However, she was rescued by the local people.

Rain lashes Kavali

Hyderabad: Heavy rain lashed Kavali area in Nellore district on Wednesday under the influence of the North-East monsoon which also caused a fresh wet spell in south Tamil Nadu. Kavali recorded a heavy rainfall of 8 cm. Nellore town experienced 1 cm. Hyderabad also received rain.

The rain was isolated in coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema during the 24-hour period ending Wednesday morning. Night temperatures remained static at a number of places in the State. Arogyavaram and Hyderabad recorded the State's lowest night temperature for the period at 19 degree Celsius.

According to a forecast, isolated rain will continue in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema on Thursday also. Weather will be mainly dry in Telangana.

Prisoner escapes

NIZAMABAD: A prisoner, Ramavat Bansi, reportedly escaped from the district prison here on Wednesday.

According to sources, the prisoner, a native of Somaregadi thanda in Kammarpally mandal, who had been serving a five-year sentence since June 6, 2003, escaped when he was brought out of the barrack for gardening work at around 3.30 p.m. The police launched an intensive search operation to nab him.

Horticulture

show

KARIMNAGAR: The Horticulture Department is organising a horticulture show-2004 at Sri Rajarajeshwara kalyana mandapam in the town from November 1 to 3.

Vegetables, fruits, flowers, medicinal and aromatic crops cultivated in Karimnagar district will be on display at the show. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to a press note.

High Court

CJ's visit

KARIMNAGAR: The Chief Justice of the High Court, Devinder Gupta, and the judge, C.Y. Somayajulu, will visit Karimnagar district on Friday.

They will arrive in Vemulawada temple town and perform puja in the morning. On Saturday morning, they will again perform puja at the temple shrine and later proceed to Sircilla town to participate in the inauguration of the senior civil judges court buildings, according to a note issued by the district judge, M.V.S Krishnaji Rao.

14,000 cases settled

MAHABUBNAGAR: The Deputy Lok Ayukta, Shiva Ratna, said that his institution had settled 14,000 petitions last year and that some 500 petitions were yet to be cleared.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday after receiving petitions, he said that the institution was trying its best to contain corruption.

Permits for

sand lifting

CUDDAPAH: Orders were given to the Revenue Divisional Officers to issue permits for lifting sand from four sand quarries in the district for Government works and weaker sections' housing purposes, the District Panchayat Officer, M. Satya Prakash, said on Wednesday.

The permits to lift sand could be given for sand quarries at Peddaputha in Vallur mandal, Chinnadandlur in Yerraguntla mandal, Narayana Nellore in Penagalur mandal and Pedda Dandlur in Jammalamadugu mandal as per the directives issued by the District-Level Sand Committee Chairman, he said in a statement.

Tubectomy camps

CUDDAPAH: Buttonhole tubectomy camps will be conducted all over the district from November 3 to 6, the District Medical and Health Officer, T. Venugopal, said on Wednesday. The camps would be conducted at the Government hospitals at Rayachoti, Rajampet, Jammalamadugu, Pulivendula, Badvel, Porumamilla, Proddatur and Cuddapah on specified dates, he said.

Legal literacy camp

CUDDAPAH: A legal literacy camp will be held at Saipet in Cuddapah mandal on November 30, the District Legal Services Authority Secretary and Senior Civil Judge, P. Lakshminarayana, said on Wednesday. Judicial officers, revenue and police officials would participate, he said.

Nominated

NELLORE: A. Murugesan, of Kapadapalem, Nellore town, has been nominated member of Telephone Advisory Committee for Nellore. A communication to this effect was received here from the Department of Telecommunications, New Delhi, on Tuesday.

Date extended

NELLORE: The last date for submission of applications to mandal education officers with regard to entrance test for admission in VIth class in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Krishnapuram, Nellore district, has been extended from October 30 to November 10.

Effigy burnt

NELLORE: Functionaries of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) on Wednesday burnt the effigy of the Pradesh Congress Chief, D. Srinivas, at VRC Centre, protesting against his alleged indifferent attitude towards distressed farmers. The BJYM demanded an immediate apology from Mr. Srivivas and alleged that the indifference on part of the Government and officials was forcing farmers commit suicide.

Awards for students

NELLORE: The Andhra Pradesh State Trading Corporation (APSTC) has decided to institute awards for meritorious students passing out of VII Class from Government schools. The awards will be given every year to two students--a boy and a girl--in every revenue division, on November 1, the State Formation Day.

Selected for

`Balaratna'

TIRUPATI: Jawahar Bala Bhavan, Hyderabad, functioning under the Primary Education Department, has selected G. Lakshmipathi, a 10th standard student of Viswan Talent School here for the `Balaratna' award, according to N. Viswanatha Reddy, the school's director.

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