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Case against 10 Janashakti men

ELURU: The police have registered a case against 10 activists of the Janashakti-KR group of the CPI(ML) on the charge of instigating tribals to grab a piece of forest land at Gangineedupalem in T. Narasapur mandal of West Godavari district. The case was registered under sections 3 of the Public Property Damage Act, 427 read with 34 of Indian Penal Code and clauses 7, 9, 10 and 20-C of the Andhra Pradesh Forest Act of 1967. The Jeelugumilli Sub-Divisional Forest Officer, Y. Chalapathi Rao, on Monday said the department could redeem the land from the grabbers. Incidentally, with the help of tribals, the department had raised bamboo plantations in 2001 on this piece of land.

Naxal couple surrenders

TIRUPATI: A naxal couple -- Ramachandra Reddy alias Santhosh (24) and Doopam Santhi alias Kavita (21) -- surrendered before the Chittoor SP, Venugopala Krishna, here on Monday. Santhosh, an Intermediate drop-out from Srikalahasti, was a member of Pincha dalam and carried a reward of Rs.1 lakh on his head. He joined the People's War Talakona dalam in 1999. Kavita of Nasanakota in Anantapur district joined the movement in 2002 and was a member of Papagni dalam. She operated in the Galiveedu area before the duo entered into a wedlock this year. She carried a reward of Rs.50,000 on her head. The SP said the surrendered couple would be rehabilitated.

Boulders fall on bus, 2 killed

Sangareddy: Two persons were killed and four severely injured in a freak accident on Monday when heavy boulders from a truck fell on an RTC bus near Maktamasanpalli in Gajwel mandal of Medak district. Narsimhachari (30), a temporary employee of Genco and resident of Vanasthalipuram, and Balnarsaiah (50), resident of Alwal of Mirdoddi mandal, who were sitting behind the driver seat of Gajwel-bound bus, died on the spot when boulders from Sangareddy-bound truck fell on the bus. Of the four injured, condition of two children is said to be critical. The injured persons have been shifted to Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad.

Tension over shops' demolition

CUDDAPAH: Mild tension prevailed in Vempalle town on Monday morning when officials tried to demolish 20 shops on the charge that the shops encroached upon Zilla Parishad land. A large contingent of police force was present. The demolition on the main road, however, was temporarily put off following the mediation of the former Pulivendula constituency incharge of the TDP, S.V. Satish Kumar Reddy. A large number of TDP activists converged there. Mr. Reddy said shopkeepers had court stay orders while another case was on trial in court. He held discussions with the Zilla Parishad CEO, Durga Prasad, the Jammalamadugu RDO, Y. Ramachandra Reddy, and K. Purushotham, DSP.

DTH network soon, says Jaipal

MAHABUBNAGAR: The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, S. Jaipal Reddy, on Monday said preparations had been completed and Direct-to-Home (DTH) network would be launched by Doordarshan shortly. Speaking to reporters here on Monday, Mr. Jaipal Reddy said over 40 channels would be covered under DTH. He said the Ministry was striving to strengthen AIR and expanding private FM media network.

Use ISI motors, says Transco

HYDERABAD: The Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh has urged the 23.5 lakh authorised consumers to adopt energy-saving measures by fixing ISI motors with suitable capacitors. Rachel Chatterjee, Chairman and Managing Director, while interacting with CMDs of discoms and Superintending Engineers of districts, said the measures would result in saving of power, besides improving quality and reliability. Utilisation of ISI motors, along with capacitors, would result in cutting energy loss by 10 to 20 per cent. The Transco and discoms were contemplating taking up an awareness programme, `Wake up farmers,' to save a minimum of 10 per cent energy as agriculture load constituted 35 to 40 per cent of the total demand.

CITU backs employees' stir

Hyderabad: The CITU has announced its support to the agitation of Government employees seeking interim relief pending submission of the Pay Revision Committee report. In a statement here on Monday, the CPI(M)-affiliated trade union demanded regularisation of services of temporary employees who had completed five years and scrapping of contributory pension scheme.

Backward classes' plea to YSR

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes Welfare Association has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, listing 10 demands. The demands are for increased allotments for different purposes in tune with the proportional percentage of BCs in State's population.

Move on pension criticised

HYDERABAD: The All-India All-Banks and Other Backward Classes (OBC) Employees' Welfare Associations has expressed resentment against the Centre's proposal to introduce contributory pension. This amounts to the Government shirking its social responsibility, according to K. Jayaprasad, convener. Mr. Jayaprasad on Monday sought legislation on compulsory implementation of non-contributory pension in all Government and private sector organisations.

Vacations for High Court in 2005

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh High Court will have vacations for Sankranti (from January 3 to 12), summer (from May 2 to June 3) and Dasara (from October 10 to 14) in 2005. It will have 20 optional holidays and holidays on all second Saturdays and all Sundays, besides festivals of Muharram, Ugadi, Srirama Navami, Gandhi Jayanti and Christmas. The court has announced vacations, holidays and optional holidays for subordinate courts under its purview.

TDP leader Chokkapu dead

VIZIANAGARAM: The former president of the TDP district committee, Chokkapu Suryanarayana (60), died of prolonged illness on Monday. The end came at 2 p.m. at Suryapet while he was returning from Hyderabad in an ambulance to Ramabhadrapuram, his native village, in the district.

New role for IAS officer likely

Hyderabad: K.S. Jawahar Reddy, who served as East Godavari Collector till recently, is likely to join the Chief Minister's office. He maybe designated as Additional Secretary, according to official sources. The file regarding his appointment is likely to be cleared by the Chief Minister soon.

Dry weather forecast

Hyderabad: The trough of low pressure in the south-west Bay of Bengal confined itself to Tamil Nadu coast with no impact on Andhra Pradesh on Monday. Minimum temperatures changed little in the State. The lowest night temperature of 18 degree Celsius was recorded by Nandyal and Hyderabad. The Met Office forecast said there would be isolated rain/thundershower in Nellore, Prakasam and Chittoor districts on Tuesday while weather would dry in rest of the State.

Book expo

KARIMNAGAR: The district medical and health officer, A. Anantha Reddy inaugurated a book exhibition organised by the district Grandhalaya Samstha at the District Library in Karimnagar town on Monday. The exhibition will be open till November 20.

The District Grandhalaya Samstha chairman, B. Rajesham, secretary, B. Jaganmohan Reddy, the divisional PRO, D. Srinivas and others were present.

Four hurt in mishap

NELLORE: Four persons were injured following a head-on collision between a lorry and a Qualis on the national highway, near Manubolu of Gudur division on Sunday evening.

All the injured were rushed to a private hospital at Nellore. Meanwhile, at Gudur, the police found an unidentified male body at Indira Nagar.

Student unions' training classes

NELLORE: The four-day training classes of the district level All-India Students Federation (AISF) and All-India Youth Federation (AIYF) will commence on November 27, at Narasimhulakonda area of Nellore rural mandal.

The classes will involve wide-ranging discussions about social, economic and political issues and professors from various universities will address the delegates.

Issues relating to privatisation and the effects of the WTO will also be discussed.

Houses gutted

NELLORE: Four houses were destroyed resulting in loss of property valued at more than Rs. 50,000 in different fire mishaps in TP Gudur mandal on Sunday night.

The origin of fires is yet to be established. As soon as the fire was noticed, the inmates started to vacate the houses. But trouble started when a gas cyclinder caught fire.

The fire spread rapidly, reducing the four houses to ashes. A cattle shed was also damaged. Authorities are investigating.

Police training

NELLORE: A communication issued by the Superintendent of Police, B. Sivadhar Reddy, has asked all those who qualified for the post of APSP police constable to appear before the Commandant, 9th Battallion, Venkatagiri, Nellore district, on November 17, for training.

Girijan Colony

in darkness

NELLORE: Residents of Patanalapadu Girijan Colony of Dakkili mandal, have been without power supply for the last three weeks, after the area transformer went out of order.

A number of representations have been submitted to the concerned authorities, but to no avail.

Ph.D. awarded

CUDDAPAH: An Urdu lecturer, Syed Muneer Mohiuddin, was awarded Ph.D. by Sri Venkateswara University for his thesis on `Darul Uloom Latifia Vellor ke Ilmi-o-Adabi Qidmath' (Educational and literary contributions of Darul Uloom Latifia, Vellore).

Dr. Mohiuddin thanked his guide, Prof. K. Basheer Ahmed of the Department of Urdu in SVU College at Tirupati.

Four hurt in mishap

NELLORE: Four persons were injured following a head-on collision between a lorry and a Qualis on the national highway, near Manubolu of Gudur division on Sunday evening. All the injured were rushed to a private hospital at Nellore. Meanwhile, at Gudur, the police found an unidentified male body at Indira Nagar.

Student unions' training classes

NELLORE: The four-day training classes of the district level All-India Students Federation (AISF) and All-India Youth Federation (AIYF) will commence on November 27, at Narasimhulakonda area of Nellore rural mandal. The classes will involve wide-ranging discussions about social, economic and political issues and professors from various universities will address the delegates. Issues relating to privatisation and the effects of the WTO will also be discussed.

Houses gutted

NELLORE: Four houses were destroyed resulting in loss of property valued at more than Rs. 50,000 in different fire mishaps in TP Gudur mandal on Sunday night. The origin of fires is yet to be established.

Police training

NELLORE: A communication issued by the Superintendent of Police, B. Sivadhar Reddy, has asked all those who qualified for the post of APSP police constable to appear before the Commandant, 9th Battallion, Venkatagiri, Nellore district, on November 17, for training.

No power for 3 weeks

NELLORE: Residents of Patanalapadu Girijan Colony of Dakkili mandal, have been without power supply for the last three weeks, after the area transformer went out of order. A number of representations have been submitted to the concerned authorities, but to no avail.

Ph.D. awarded

CUDDAPAH: An Urdu lecturer, Syed Muneer Mohiuddin, was awarded Ph.D. by Sri Venkateswara University for his thesis on `Darul Uloom Latifia Vellor ke Ilmi-o-Adabi Qidmath' (Educational and literary contributions of Darul Uloom Latifia, Vellore). Dr. Mohiuddin thanked his guide, Prof. K. Basheer Ahmed of the Department of Urdu in SVU College at Tirupati.

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