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Course in art of living

CUDDAPAH: A five-day basic course in `Art of Living' will be held at SIRD Bhavan here from November 30, the Cuddapah SP, V.C. Sajjanar, said here.

He also said that a balika mela would be held at a high school at Tsundupalle on November 30, to enlighten girls on health and social problems through interaction.

Revolving fund

for SHGs

CUDDAPAH: Revolving fund of Rs. 44.30 lakhs was sanctioned for 443 Self-Help Groups, which will be disbursed through MLAs, the Project Director of DRDA/Velugu, R. Venugopala Rao, said on Monday.

Appointed

TIRUPATI: C.Ramesh, NSS programme officer at Sri Venkateswara arts college here has been appointed Chittoor district co-ordinator for `College Talk AIDS' programme, according to a communication from Director of Collegiate Education, Hyderabad.

Elected

TIRUPATI: V.Chandramouliswara Rao, professor of Political Science at Sri Venkateswara University, has been elected vice-president of South India American Students Network (SIASN) for a period of two years.

At the 12th annual conference of the body held at Hubli in Karnataka, G. Gopakumar of University of Kerala has been elected president and V.K. Padmanabhan of University of Madras secretary.

Temple fete from Dec. 12

NELLORE: The `Adhyanostavams' of Sri Talpagiri Ranganathaswamy temple, Nellore, will be performed from December 12 to December 31. The prominent Ustavam is `Vaikuntha Ekadasi Dwara Darshanam' on December, 22.

Rural medical camp held

KURNOOL: Rotary Club New City sponsored a rural medical camp at Pagidyala in Kurnool district on Sunday.

A total of 1,500 people were examined by a panel of doctors from the Kurnool General Hospital, led by the Principal, Anjaiah, the gastroenterologists, Sankara Sarma, Venkata Ranga Reddy and others.

Tension grips village

NELLORE: Tension gripped Usuguntapalem village of Kota mandal, following dispute between two groups of farmers, over sharing of water for irrigation.

The trouble appears to be over illegal cultivation of lands, actually belonging to weaker section beneficiaries, pertaining to Co-operative Joint Farming Societies (CJFS). When this is objected to, the actual beneficiaries were allegedly subjected to harassment.

Boy swept away

NELLORE: In two different incidents in Nellore district on Sunday, a boy was swept away in Jaladanki mandal, while attempting to cross the Kammavaripalem canal. In another incident, a person was drowned in Ballvolu canal of Chillakuru mandal.

Office-bearers

elected

ANANTAPUR: A new team of office-bearers for the district unit of Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) was elected on Sunday night.

N.M. Mukaram of Deccan Chronicle, was elected president, D. Rajagopal of Vartha was elected general secretary and P. Ramakrishna of Visalandhra as treasurer. K. Srinivasulu (Andhra Jyoti), K. Jagadish (Andhra Bhoomi) and Shaik Bikhari (Andhra Jyoti) were elected joint secretaries. Another 11 executive committee members were also elected through voting.

Mandapam row: report in Jan.

Hyderabad: P.V.R.K. Prasad, retired IAS officer, who has been appointed by the Government to study the controversy over the demolition of 1,000-pillar temple at Tirumala and make recommendations, will submit his report by January 15. Mr. Prasad said here on Monday that he had elicited views from different sections of people and would incorporate their opinions in his report along with his own recommendations.

Ambedkar statue desecrated

ADILABAD: Ichoda mandal headquarters village on Monday was tense following damage to the statue of B.R. Ambedkar by unidentified miscreants on the intervening night of November 28 and 29. Shops and business establishments were closed in response to a bandh call given by Dalit and Ambedkar associations in protest against the desecration. The Adilabad DSP, K. Sarveswara Rao, who rushed to Ichoda, 33 km from here, said Dalit activists pitched a tent in protest anddemanded construction of a community hall and sanction of Rs. 5 lakhs as ex gratia to Dalit communities.

Weaver commits suicide

NALGONDA: A powerloom worker, Vallala Mallesham (35) of Raghunathapuram in Rajapet mandal, committed suicide by hanging self in his house on Monday. Mallesham borrowed Rs.50,000 from various sources but could not repay the loan. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter. The Alair MLA, K. Nagesh, consoled the bereaved family and promised help from the Government.

Crop holiday: ryot's bid to end life

KURNOOL: A farmer, Babu, attempted suicide by consuming pesticide at Uppahal in Kautalam mandal of Kurnool district on Monday. According to family members, the farmer was worried about crop holiday during rabi season. He was rushed to a hospital.

Grow irrigated dry crops: Transco

Hyderabad: The Transco estimates that there will be a shortfall of about 300 to 500 MW power during peak time in the forthcoming rabi season and has appealed to farmers to grow irrigated dry crops instead of paddy. Water used for one acre of paddy can irrigate five acres of dry crops like maize, wheat, pulses and oilseeds. With drought conditions in neighbouring States and power requirements for students during exam period, there might not be enough stored water for both hydel generation and paddy irrigation, the Transco CMD, Rachel Chatterjee, warned in a press release here on Monday.

Tungbhadra canal suffers breach

ANANTAPUR: Tungabhadra High-Level Canal (HLC) suffered a major breach near Mylapuram village in Bommanahal mandal on Monday, affecting water release. According to officials, the breach occurred at 122.570 km of the canal on its right bank. The breach was about 10 feet wide and it was beside an under tunnel. Sabotage by non-ayacut farmers along the Hagari river is being suspected for the breach. In all, 2,054 cusecs of waters was flowing in the canal at the time of the breach. It is estimated that the breach filling work will take about six days.

Violence against women

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Coalition on Violence Against Women will hold a rally and public hearing in Vijayawada on November 30 and a round table on December 6 here against increasing attacks on women. The coalition comprises Dalit Bahujan Sramika Union, Jogin Vyavasta Vyatireka Porata Sanghatana, Differently-Abled People's Collective, Safai Karmachari Andolan and Chindu. In a statement, leaders of the coalition appealed to men to stop violence against women and children and join the campaign, which will continue till December 10.

Police lathicharge women

CUDDAPAH: The police resorted to lathicharge and later arrested women protesting near Sri Prasanna Veeranjaneyaswamy temple at Viswanathapuram in Chapadu of Proddatur constituency on Monday facilitating scheduled swearing-in of the temple committee chairman, Bhoomireddy Obul Reddy, and members. The Proddatur MLA, N. Varadarajulu Reddy, who attended the swearing-in ceremony, faced protests from a group of women who objected to the proposed handing over of the temple to the Endowments Department. The protesters alleged that the temple constructed in 1994 by raising public donations was being handed over at the MLA's behest.

CPI(M) leaders meet YSR

HYDERABAD: The CPI(M) leaders -- B.V. Raghavulu, Koratala Satyanarayana and P. Madhu, MP, -- on Monday discussed people's problems at a meeting with the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, here. They submitted representations to Dr. Reddy seeking steps to provide relief to people, including handloom weavers, who died in the recent past due to starvation. They wanted compassionate appointments with medical invalidation provision incorporated, a high-level committee to go into problems of Allwyn Auto employees and immediate orders to fill vacant posts in Kakatiya University.

Two IAS officers get postings

HYDERABAD: T. Radha, IAS, awaiting posting, has been appointed Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Andhra Pradesh Oilseeds Growers' Federation Ltd., in cancellation of the earlier orders.

Another IAS officer, D. Srinivasulu, has been posted State Project Director, Andhra Pradesh District Poverty Initiative Programme, according to orders issued by the Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda.

CITU opposes new market law

HYDERABAD: The CITU State Committee has demanded scrapping of the new draft marketing law on privatisation of market committees. Jobs of 81,000 persons, including 3,000 permanent employees, would be at stake if it was implemented, S. Veeraiah, general secretary, said here on Monday.

He said by introducing the Act the Government would compound problems of farmers who were already in a dilemma on several counts.

Office-bearers elected

HYDERABAD: K.V.K.S. Prasada Rao has been elected president of the Andhra Pradesh Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers' Association. The other office-bearers are: S. Goverdhan Reddy, Ch. Krishna Rao and T.N. Murali, vice-presidents, P. Srinivasa Rao, general secretary, A. Srinivasa Rao, Ch. Vijay Kumar and M. Sreenivasulu, joint secretaries, and M. Chandra Sekhar Rao, treasurer. An eight-member executive committee has also been elected, according to a press release here.

Medak records 13C

Hyderabad: Night temperatures fell at many places in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema on Monday. The lowest temperature of 13 degree Celsius was recorded by Medak. Weather will be mainly sunny on Tuesday, according to a forecast.

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