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Red sander logs seized

CUDDAPAH: Forest officials have seized 140 logs of red sanders and a lorry carrying the contraband under a load of cabbage near Polimerapalle village in Tsundupalle mandal. The logs, weighing 10 tonnes, is worth about Rs. 10 lakhs.

IA fights rescheduled

CHENNAI: Effective October 31, Indian Airlines has rescheduled certain flights in its winter schedule. According to an IA press release, the daily morning flight (IC-945) from Chennai to Hyderabad will depart early at 8 a.m. (instead of 9.35 a.m.) and reach Hyderabad at 9 a.m. The return flight (IC-946) will leave Hyderabad at 9-40 a.m. and arrive Chennai at 10.40 a.m.

Held in ACB raid

HYDERABAD: Officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Putla Arjun Kumar, district Inspector of Legal Metrology, working in the Meter Fitting unit, after finding that his assets were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

During simultaneous raids conducted in Mahabubnagar and Hyderabad, authorities found three houses in Sainathnagar and Vanasthlaipuram, four house plots in Hayatnagar and other areas, bank deposits, gold ornaments and other valuables all worth Rs. 35 lakhs. He was being produced before a magistrate.

`Incorrect' report: HC directs Seer's counsel to file plea

HYDERABAD: A Division Bench of the High Court comprising the Chief Justice, Devinder Gupta, and Justice C.V. Ramulu, on Thursday gave liberty to the counsel for China Jiyar Swamy to move an appropriate application against two Telugu daily newspapers and the persons concerned for incorrectly reporting the proceedings and orders of the court.

On Wednesday the Bench heard at length the arguments in the writ petitions filed pertaining to Thousand Pillars Mandapam at Thirumala, which was demolished by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam. The cases were adjourned to November 23 and it was made clear that all the parties should observe restraint. During the course of the arguments, the counsel for China Jiyar Swamy informed the court that he would be reporting to the court again on November 1.

However, a section of the press on Thursday reported that the High Court had passed orders restraining the China Jiyar Swamy's disciples taking out a car rally. The counsel for China Jiyar Swamy, M.S. Ramachandra Rao, made a mention to the Division Bench on Thursday complaining that incorrect version of the proceedings and orders were being published and his client was put to hardship. The Bench said that it would look into matter only when appropriate application was filed regarding the alleged incorrect reporting.

Further hearing on

Pulichintala today

HYDERABAD: A Division Bench of the High Court, comprising Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice C.V. Ramulu, on Thursday declared that further arguments on the Pulichintala Irrigation Project would be heard on Friday.

Venkata Reddy and others filed writ petitions challenging the action of the Government in going ahead with the project without obtaining appropriate clearance including environmental clearance from the statutory authorities. After hearing the writ petitioners and the Advocate General, the Bench on Thursday heard the arguments on behalf of various persons hailing from the Krishna Delta area.

Nayee Brahmins seek fair deal

TIRUPATI: Alleging that Nayee Brahmins were being subjected to `political untouchability', the Andhra Pradesh Nayee Brahmana Seva Sangham has demanded that they be given due prominence in the Legislative Council to be formed in the State.

This was the major resolution passed at the sangham's state convention held recently at Vijayawada.

Enukonda Subramanyam of Tirupati, who was elected the State president of the sangham, demanded that 25 per cent of the seats in the 25 `ashram' schools run for the fishermen community by the Government be reserved for the wards of barbers as a measure to liberate them from the drudgery of pursuing the family profession. He also demanded that power bills of saloons be charged at domestic rate. R. Vitaleswar of Karimnagar was elected the general secretary.

GO issued for nomination

of liaison officers

HYDERABAD: The State Government has issued orders for nomination of liaison officers to represent service matters of backward classes employees in various departments of the Secretariat, head offices and establishments.

AIR official takes over

CHENNAI: G. Jayalal took over as Deputy Director-General (southern region1), All India Radio, at Chennai on Thursday. Earlier, he has served as Station Director, All India Radio, Tirunelveli, Port Blair, Pondicherry, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangalore.

Open courts for child labour casess

KURNOOL: The Commissioner of Labour, Rani Kumudini, has said open courts will be conducted from January 15 to 31 to try child labour cases. She reviewed the child labour detection and rehabilitation in the district at a meeting here on Thursday. A panel was constituted to monitor the programme with Project Director (Velugu), Project Director (NCLP), District Educational Officer (DEO), Assistant Project Coordinator (DPEP), Deputy Director (Adult Education) and Joint Director (Agriculture) as its members.

Special teams to curb

white collar offence

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Home Department will set up special teams in the Police Commissionerates of Visakhapatnam, Cyberabad and Vijayawada to curb the growing incidence of white-collar crime.

Announcing this after commissioning a 24-hour call centre at the Police Control Room, the Director-General of Police, S.R. Sukumara, told reporters on Thursday that a special team had already been set up in Hyderabad.

Low pressure over Bay

VISAKHAPATNAM: A low pressure area lies over south west Bay of Bengal and its neighbourhood on Thursday morning, according to the Cyclone Warning Centre here.

Under its influence rain or thundershowers are likely at many places over south coastal Andhra Pradesh and at one or two places over north coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 36 hours.

Chief amounts of rainfall recorded in centimetres during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday are: Gudur - 3 and Nellore and Sullurpet - 1 each.

House panel to visit sugar units

HYDERABAD: The House committee on Nizam Sugars Limited will visit Medak and Nizamabad districts on October 29 and 30 to enquire into the "irregularities by private management of NSL."

According to a press note, the panel would visit the Mombojipalli sugar mill in Medak district on Friday and proceed to Shakarnagar unit near Bodhan in Nizamabad district the next day.

Public meeting on Pulichintala

HYDERABAD: A struggle committee spearheading the movement against Pulichintala project will organise a public meeting in Nalgonda town on Saturday.

Leaders of the Pulichintala Project Pratighatana Committee, T. Hanumandlu, Keshav Rao Jadhav and P. Yadagiri, told reporters on Thursday that they would intensify the agitation and even represent their demand to the Prime Minister if the Government decided to go ahead with the project.

Building inaugurated

NIZAMABAD: The Inspector-General of Police, Hyderabad range, C. Ratna Reddy, inaugurated the motor transport building constructed at a cost of Rs.10 lakhs at the police headquarters premises here on Thursday.

Ex gratia for gas leak victims

ADILABAD: The Labour Minister, G. Vinod, and the Youth Welfare Minister, T. Harish Rao, on Thursday visited the family of Nampally Rajamouli, who died in the Sirpur Paper Mills gas leak incident on Wednesday. They also called on those who were injured in the mishap.

The Nirmal MLA, A. Indrakaran Reddy, the Sirpur MLA, Koneru Konappa, and the Boath MLA, Soyam Bapu Rao, also called on the victims.

Meanwhile, a press release by Collector J. Sudha Rani, stated that the management of the company had agreed to pay ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased, besides providing a job to the legal heir. An ex gratia of Rs. 5,000 was also announced to the 29 injured workers.

Held for kidnap bid

NELLORE: The police in TP Gudur took into custody five persons, in connection with alleged kidnap of two girls. A eunuch reportedly befriended the girls and detained them in a house on the outskirts of the town. Following a complaint by the girls' parents, the police detained the accused on Wednesday and sent them for remand.

Science expo

for students

CHITTOOR: An Education and Science Exhibition will be held at the Little Flower English medium school here from November 8 to November 10, the Ramalingam district Educational officer said.

In all, 1500 students from schools in the district are expected to participate. Participants should register on or before November 7 at the district educational office. Details can be obtained from the office and the Ramalingam district Educational officer.

Baby show

NELLORE: A cultural meet and healthy baby show--2004, for mentally challenged children will be held at the Town Hall, on Sunday evening. A health magazine `The Tablet' will also be launched on the occasion. The baby show is organised by the `Samrakshana Research and Rehabilitation Centre'. Cultural shows, painting and drawing competitions, quiz for parents and an exhibition will also be organised.

Free eye camp

MADANAPALLE: A free eye camp will be conducted on October 29 at Z.P. High School, Gurramkonda by Rotary Madanapalle mid town club, Oasis, voluntary organisation and blind eradication centre, Chittoor, said T. Sreenivasa Gupta, president Oasis. Surgeries will be performed on October 30 at Arogyavaram Medical Centre, Aroygavaram. Free food will be supplied to patients operated upon. The camp is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Horticulture show

KURNOOL: A district level horticulture show will be organised at the Collectorate here from November 1 to 3. The Minister for Lift Irrigation, M. Mareppa and the MP, Kotla Jayasurya Prakasa Reddy will inaugurate the show.

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