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Free cleft lip surgery camp

ANANTAPUR: The Anantapur Club, in association with S.D.M. College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad (Karnataka), is organising a free cleft lip surgery camp on the club premises on January 9. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Persons with cleft lip can avail of the facility. Meanwhile, the management and the members of the club have raised Rs. 50,000 for the tsunami victims.

Plea for PV's statue

ANANTAPUR: The district executive secretary of the Telugu Desam Party, C. Venkatesulu, on Tuesday requested the All India Congress Committee president, Sonia Gandhi, to install a life-size statue of the former AICC president and former Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Raoon the premises of Parliament and the State Assembly. In a letter written to the Congress chief, he said it would be a tribute to the great leader who had served people for about half a century.

Kite festival

NELLORE: A kite festival is being organised on January 5 and 6 in several schools of the district under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan programme. Schools in Chillakur, Sangam, Vakadu and Manubolu mandals will participate.

Road safety week

CHITTOOR: The Superintendent of Police, V.V. Gopala Krishna, on Tuesday released a broacher detailing traffic rules and regulations to mark the inauguration of the road safety week being organised by the Regional Transport Department. Speaking on the occasion, the SP said road accidents occurred mainly due to carelessness of people and violation of traffic rules. The Deputy Transport Commissioner, Santhakumar, said that the celebrations would be held at different places in the district to bring about awareness among people about traffic rules and regulations.

Woman dies in hospital

Sangareddy: A woman, Lingampalli Sunitha (26), died in a private nursing home at Siddipet on Tuesday due to alleged negligence of the doctor. Sunitha, who was in advanced pregnancy, is said to have been admitted in the nursing home on Monday.

Compassionate appointments

ADILABAD: As many as 32 persons have been appointed ministerial and class IV employees in the district, according to orders issued by the district Collector, J. Sudha Rani. The jobs have been given under the compassionate appointment provision to the kin of employees who died on duty. An official release here on Tuesday urged the appointees to report soon.

Blood donation camp held

ADILABAD: A voluntary blood donation camp was held at Government Degree College, Nirmal, on Tuesday under the aegis of the National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of that college.

Withdraw Act, say rig owners

KARIMNAGAR: The Rig Owners Association district unit has asked the Government to withdraw the Water, Land and Tree Act (Walta) and provide employment to rig owners and protect farmers. In a press note here on Tuesday, its president, N. Rajeshwar Reddy, alleged that the revenue authorities were harassing rig owners.

Paediatricians for Kolkata

NIZAMABAD: Eighteen paediatricians from the district and Nirmal in Adilabad district left for Kolkata on Tuesday to attend the 42nd national paediatricians conference (Pedicon-2005) to be held from January 5 to 12. According to the Indian Academy of Paediatrics district unit general secretary, N. Ramchander, children's specialists will discuss dengue, malaria and possible outbreak of epidemics in the aftermath of tsunami.

Free yoga camp for students

KARIMNAGAR: Vivekananda Yoga Centre will conduct free yoga and stress management classes for schoolchildren at Sri Geeta Mandir, near weekly market, from January 6. In a press note here on Tuesday, the president of the centre, M. Sarala, said free yoga classes were being conducted for women at the yoga centre in Prashanthnagar. Details can be had over phone numbers -- 0878-2222535, 221597 and 2234477.

Seminar on cooperatives

NALGONDA: The Cooperative Department is organising a seminar on `The role of cooperatives in rural development' here on January 7 as part of the centenary celebrations of the Indian cooperative movement.

Man ends life

Sangareddy: Depressed by the alleged indifferent attitude of his wife, Pocharam Mallaya (20) of Dadaipalli in Tekmal mandal committed suicide by hanging himself on Tuesday.

Disruption in rail traffic

CUDDAPAH: Several express and goods trains were detained between Nandalur and Mantapampalle railway stations for about two hours on Tuesday.

Disruption in electricity supply to signalling and point systems and non-functioning of a recently- installed battery system near Mantapampalle station led to disruption in train traffic from 7 a.m. The Venkatadri Express was stopped in a forest area between Vontimitta and Mantapampalle stations for about two hours, the Rayalaseema Express at Bhakrapet station for one hour and in Vontimitta station for an hour.

The Kanyakumari-Mumbai bound Jayanthi Janata Express was stopped at Nandalur station. Some goods trains were also stopped en route. On being alerted by the Mantapampalle railway officials, their counterparts in Nandalur switched over the systems to manual operation and the trains resumed journey to their destinations around 9 a.m., according to railway officials.

Congress call to partymen

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to extend all possible help to tsunami victims in the State by directing all partymen holding posts to donate Rs. 500 each to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

The partymen include APCC executive members, AICC/APCC members, DCC presidents/office-bearers/executive members, ZP chairpersons/floor leaders, Mayors, Municipal Chairpersons/floor leaders, corporators and councillors.

CPI three-day meet begins

Hyderabad: The CPI began its three-day National Council meeting here on Tuesday by condoling the loss of lives and property in India and neighbouring countries due to tsunami.

In a resolution, the party welcomed the timely response to the crisis by the UPA Government as well as the assistance provided to the affected States, but added that the loss was so great that merely Government aid would not suffice. "Every citizen has to contribute and share the burden," it said.

The National Council is expected to discuss the draft political resolution, which was presented by general secretary, A.B. Bardhan. This political resolution will be placed at the party's 19th congress scheduled to be held in Chandigarh from March 29 to April 3.

The State secretary, Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, chaired the meeting.

BJP demand on farm crisis

HYDERABAD: The BJP has demanded a white paper on the steps taken by the Government to tide over the crisis in the agricultural sector.

At a news conference here on Tuesday, the BJP State general secretary and MLA, G. Kishan Reddy, said the Government had ceased to hold review meetings on farmers' suicide for the last three months and withdrawn the helpline. Further, there was no follow-up to the visit of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, to the State to study the problems of the agricultural sector.

As a cosmetic measure, just 13 families of farmers, who committed suicide, were presented cheques for Rs. 50,000 from the Prime Minister's Relief Fund during his visit. No other family got the money after that, he added.

Farmer ends life

Kakinada: Unable to clear mounting debts, Gopilli Chinnarao (45), a farmer of Gollalagunta village in Jaggampet mandal, allegedly committed suicide by consuming a pesticide in his fields on Monday night. His body was found by his wife who reported it to the police.

He is survived by wife, four daughters and a son.

Stamp papers destroyed

KHAMMAM: Non-judicial stamp papers of different denominations valued Rs. 11.13 crores were set afire at the district treasury in the presence of senior officials on Tuesday evening as desired by the Government.

The Deputy Director, district treasuries, Sudhakar said that all the banned stamps of higher denominations were destroyed in the presence of the officials of police, revenue and other departments concerned.

In all 15,130 stamps valued Rs. 9.13 crores from the registrar office (AB) were destroyed. Similarly 603 stamps from the sub-registrar office, Kallur, 350 stamps from Sathupalli, 160 stamps from Wyra, 1,058 stamps from Kusumanchi, 736 stamps from Kothagudem were also burnt.

Charges framed in murder case

KURNOOL: Charges have been framed in the Cherukulapadu twin murder case against 11 persons, including the District Congress Committee secretary, Narayana Reddy, his brother Pradeep Reddy, and nine others. The Deputy SP, Raghupathi Reddy, said the number of the accused might increase.

Laxmanna and his brother, Beesanna, were hacked to death at Cherukulapadu village in Veldurthy mandal on Monday. The deceased were the followers of Panyam MLA, Katasani Rambhupal Reddy. Relations of the deceased alleged that followers of the DCC secretary were creating terror in the village even after the murders.

Naxal couple surrenders

Srikakulam: Madia Harikrishna alias Srikanth and his wife Biswal alias Swathi Biswal alias Seethakka of CPI (Maoist) group, operating in the OAB (Orissa and Andhra Border) zone, have reportedly surrendered to the police.

Harikrishna, who joined the then CPI (ML) PW in 1995, was the main accused in the killing of two constables and blasting of a cinema hall and a railway station cabin. He is carrying a reward of Rs. 2 lakhs on his head. The couple had been away from all activities for the last six months.

Four hurt in group clash

ELURU: Tension prevailed in Kotturu of Eluru rural mandal on Tuesday following a clash between two groups at Krishna Asian Jute Mill.

According to information, four workers sustained injuries in the clash between the groups of the Indian Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) and the Telugu Nadu Trade Union Council (TNTUC).

A police picket was posted in the village.

The police said that cases were booked against both groups.

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