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Luring to school through kites

HYDERABAD: The State Government is taking innovative measures like asking students of 61,680 primary and 16,667 upper primary schools to take part in kite festivals before Sankranti under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to contain the school dropout rate.

According to K. Chandramouli, DPEP Project Director, kite festivals would encourage students to go to schools after the Sankranti vacation. He said, usually 53 per cent of students would not attend classes immediately after Sankranti, but celebration of kite festivals would make them change the habit, thus checking the dropout rate, according to an official release.

Consumer panel sitting

HYDERABAD: The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, which is holding its `Circuit Bench' in Hyderabad from January 3 to 31, is expected to clear as many as 150 cases. The Commission is holding its court on the premises of the Civil Supplies Bhavan in Somajiguda.

Addressing the press on Friday, M.B. Shah, president of the Commission, said that a total of 7,500 cases were pending with them at the national level. Of these, close to 600 pertained to Andhra Pradesh.

Mr. Justice Shah pointed out that the Consumer Protection Act was a unique legislation empowering the consumer but said that it would be still some years before the full impact of this law was felt by people.

YSR's assurance to teachers

HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Friday assured the Teachers' Organisations Struggle Committee that the Government would relax the condition that teachers should stay at their place of work.

He responded favourably to a representation by the committee leaders -- B. Mohan Reddy, K. Jogaiah, A. Ananta Ramulu, N.V. Ragavaiah, P. Sudhakar Reddy and N. Narayana. The leaders complained that the Visakhapatnam Collector and other officials were forcibly reducing house rents of teachers taking advantage of the condition. The official stipulation that HRA would be paid only after certification by the sarpanch, Vidya Committee chairman, headmaster and house owner amounted to insulting teachers, they said.

Statue desecration: three held

Dubbak: The Siddipet police on Friday arrested three youths allegedly involved in desecrating Dr. B.R. Ambedkar statue at Bhumpally of Dubbak mandal on October 24, 2004. Addressing a press conference, the Circle Inspector of Siddipet, Kishan Singh, said that the accused -- Utam Mallesham (27) of Nagaram, Bhimudu (26) and Rajam (26) of Bhumpally -- had been arrested basing on the polygraph reports.

Roads privatisation opposed

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Lorry and Motor Workers' Federation has called upon the Government to give up its plan to privatise roads and collect taxes from the public.

In a statement on Friday, A. Muthyam Rao, president, and Bhoopal, general secretary, of the federation respectively, said that the plan, if implemented, would cause financial burden to the people.

Those operating autorickshaws and other light vehicles were already facing hardship because of collection of taxes, fines, etc. The plan should be dropped keeping in view the interests of the working class, the statement added.

Stamp papers burnt

VISAKHAPATNAM: Stamp papers worth Rs. 11,03,73,500 were burnt at the Sub-Registrar's office in Akkayyapalem on Friday.

According to the Sub-Registrar, Narayana Rao, the stamp papers, in the denomination of Rs. 500 to Rs. 25,000, were burnt in the presence of the Mandal Revenue Officer, K. Haranath Rao, the Sub-Treasury Officer, B. Appa Rao, and the IV Town Inspector of Police, V. Bheema Rao.

BSNL employee thrashed

ELURU: In a case of mistaken identity, an employee of the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) was badly injured in an attack by four persons reportedly led by a school teacher at Polavaram in West Godavari district.

According to the police, P. Bhujanga Rao, a BSNL lineman in Gopalapuram mandal area, suffered fractures on his hands and legs in the attack allegedly made by K. Abbai Dora, a teacher in the ITDA School at Vadapalli and his four associates on Thursday night.

Mr. Rao was allegedly attacked by the accused in an inebriated state, asking whether he was the one from Bangarampet whom they were looking for. The police registered a case of assault against the accused who were at large.

Development loan

HYDERABAD: The Government has announced the 7.02 per cent Andhra Pradesh State Development Loan 2015 to the public by tap issue. The issue will be conducted by the Reserve Bank of India at its Hyderabad and Mumbai offices on or after January 11, according to P. Ramakanth Reddy, Principal Secretary, Finance.

Jail for gynaecologist

VIJAYAWADA: The Mahila Sessions Judge, Ch. Chalapathi Rao, on Friday upheld the conviction of the city-based gynaecologist, Kolli Rama Devi, and her assistant, P. Venkata Sriramachandramurthy, by the trial court for cheating a woman, but reduced the sentence to six months imprisonment.

The duo had collected Rs. 55,000 from B. Seethalakshmi of Kankipadu, promising her that she would be able to conceive through the test-tube process. At one stage they had led her to believe that the treatment had worked. But when the woman went for second opinion she found the claim was false. She then lodged a complaint with the Suryaraopet police on December 4, 2000. The Fourth Metropolitan Magistrate, in March 2003, convicted the doctors to two years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh each.

Two held; ammunition seized

Anantapur: The town police on Friday arrested two persons and seized two tapanchas and ammunition from their possession in separate incidents.

Giving details to newspersons, the Anantapur DSP, P. Vijaykumar, stated that the One Town police arrested G. Srinivasulu alias Kaddeela Seena in Tadipatri bus stand here and seized one tapancha and three bullets from his possession.

The police also arrested T. Adinarayana Reddy of Venkatampalli in Chennekothpalli mandal, when he was moving around suspiciously in the engineering college area. One tapancha, six country-made bombs, 39 detonators and 15 gelatin sticks were seized from his possession.

Case against naxal sympathisers

Kakinada: The Duscharty police have registered a case against Pillarisetti Nageswara Rao and Mangari Ganapathi, believed to be supporters of Maoists, for allegedly coercing Manga Nageswara Rao, a tribal of Nookavaram village, and threatening him of dire consequences if he passed on information to the police regarding supplying of gelatin sticks to Maoist leaders -- Vikram and Anil -- on Thursday.

`Dial your SP' today

ADILABAD: The `Dial your SP' programme meant to bring people closer to the law and order administration will begin on January 8. The programme will be organised every Monday.

The programme is aimed at giving people a chance to air grievances directly to the Superintendent of Police, Kripa Nand Tripathi Ujela. People can call the SP directly on phone no. 226888 between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., according to a press release.

Food for Work rice allocated

MAHABUBNAGAR: The district Collector, M. Jagadeeshwar, has said that 19,394 metric tones of rice worth Rs.19.24 crores has been allocated to the district under the National Food for Work programme.

Speaking at a meeting of district officers, special officers, mandal monitoring officers and engineers here on Friday, he said Rs. 100 would be paid to each labourer under the programme.

He said Mahabubnagar was one of the eight districts in the State where the programme was being implemented.

Digvijay for Karimnagar

KARIMNAGAR: The AICC general secretary and party State incharge, Digvijay Singh, will visit the district on January 18 to address the District Congress Committee (DCC) general body meeting here.

According to the DCC president, D. Sridhar, Mr. Singh will participate in the meeting at Padmanayaka kalyana mandapam.

Speaker for Sagar today

NALGONDA: The Assembly Speaker, K. Suresh Reddy, is visiting Nagarjunasagar on Saturday. He will participate in the 29th session of the Andhra Pradesh History Congress to be held at Vijay Vihar Complex, according to a press release.

Scribes told to exercise caution

ADILABAD: The Social Welfare Minister and district incharge Minister, D.S. Redya Naik, and the Labour Minister, G. Vinod, on Friday advised journalists to exercise caution while publishing sensitive issues.

The Ministers were participating in a seminar on `Role of media in changing scenario' organised by the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) Adilabad unit.

The Collector, J. Sudha Rani, urged journalists to crosscheck any information before publishing it.

Road safety week rally

NALGONDA: The APSRTC Nalgonda region on Friday organised a rally as part of the 16th road safety week celebrations in the town. The Regional Manager of the corporation, Sadasiva Rao, and the Regional Transport Officer, Narsinga Rao, called upon drivers to scrupulously follow traffic rules. Harish K. Gupta, SP, was present.

Cricket tourney for Sikh youth

KARIMNAGAR: The Khalsa Club will organise the first Sri Guru Gobind Singh Memorial Cricket Tournament 2005 exclusively for the Sikh youth here from January 8 to 11. In all 12 teams, including those from Hyderabad, Bidar, Nanded and Pune, will participate. Winning team will be given Rs.5,000 in cash and a rolling shield and runners-up Rs. 3,000 in cash and shield.

Man killed

ADILABAD: A man, Gangaram (60) of Khanapur mandal headquarters village, was allegedly killed by his wife, Laxmi (50) late on Thursday night. She battered his head with a stone. According to the Khanapur CI, Radhakrishna, Gangaram, a retired attender in SBI, allegedly used to abuse her after getting drunk.

Jana for

Proddatur

CUDDAPAH: The Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, will inaugurate the DSP office and One Town police station buildings at Proddatur at 10.35 a.m. on Saturday. He will also participate in a `Bhavishyat Bata' programme at Proddatur. Mr. Jana Reddy will review law and order situation at a meeting in Cuddapah at 3 p.m. and leave for Tirumala Hills at 5 p.m., according to an official release.

Help for

tsunami-hit

KURNOOL: Students of K.V.R. Junior College have collected an Rs. 41,400 for tsunami victims. The amount has been given to the Collector, Vikas Raj, at a function. The principal, Krishna Reddy coordinated the programme.

Scribes gesture

TIRUMALA: As a token of gesture, members of the Tirumala Press Club, on Friday donated Rs.13,000 for tsunami-affected people.

The press club convener, D.V. Prakash, handed over the cheque to the TTD Special Officer, A.V. Dharma Reddy. Later talking to reporters, he said that, the amount was collected in the form of donations from the public.

Traffic Safety Week

CUDDAPAH: APSRTC employees and CSI high school students took out a rally in Cuddapah on Friday as part of the Traffic Safety Week. The RTC Regional Manager, M. Ravinder, the Divisional Manager, Sudesh Kumar, the Depot Manager, Srinivasulu, and union leaders took part.

School students

win honours

CUDDAPAH: Students of Pushpagiri School won in shuttle badminton, high jump and shot put at the in zonal sports meet here. Two students, Kalai Surabhi and Prabhakar won the shuttle badminton and Udaya Narasimha bagged first in long jump, second in halt jump and third in long jump, its Director, M. Vivekananda Reddy, said. Varaprasad won the shot put title and a relay team of G.N. Pradeep, Suman Reddy, Veera Prasad and G. Uday came second in 100 metre and third in 400 metre relay.

Nominated

CHITTOOR: The Governor, in consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court, has nominated N. Dwarakanatha Reddy, president, Chittor Bar Association, Mohana Kumari, advocate, N.C. Ramachandra Reddy, social worker, and C.K. Rajendra as members of the district Legal Services Authority. The District Judge and Principal Senior Civil Judge will be the Chairman and secretary of the committee, according to the official information.

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