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Farmers' suicide: two BJP

MPs to assess situation

HYDERABAD: Two Bharatiya Janata Party Members of Parliament from Orissa -- Kharabela Swain and Rudranarayana Pani -- will tour Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Guntur and Rangareddy districts for three days from February 10 to assess the issue of farmers' suicide.

The MPs will meet the families of the farmers at Kisanagar, Rajapur, Kethepalli, Vemulapalli, Veerapuram, Tangedupalli and Allala. They will also interact with weavers' families at Pochampally. The MPs will leave for Bhubaneshwar on the evening of February 12, a BJP press release said on Wednesday.

Life term for seven TDP men

ANANTAPUR: The Sixth Fast Track Court at Gooty on Wednesday sentenced seven TDP men convicted in the murder of one K. Konda Reddy on June 4, 2001, to seven years of imprisonment besides a fine of Rs.500 each. Those sentenced are Pratap Reddy, Adinarayana, Sekhar Reddy, Sriramulu, Chowdi Reddy, Bhaskar Reddy and Gopal Reddy.

A case was registered against nine TDP men under Sections 147, 148 and 302 of the IPC. The Additional Judge of the Fast Track Court, Ramdas, while giving his verdict, acquitted P. Pratap Reddy and M. Konda Reddy for lack of evidence.

APCOB strike deferred

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Cooperative Bank Employees' Association has withdrawn the call for a two-day strike from Thursday.

According to the association general secretary, C.H. Madhava Rao, the decision to withdraw the strike was taken after a meeting with the Cooperative Societies Registrar. The official had agreed to look into the demands of the association such as promotions, compassionate appointments, promotion of managers, officiating allowance and DA.

He said the interest rebate accruing to DCCBs would be paid directly by the Registrar's office.

Agro farms ex-MD arrested

KARIMNAGAR: The Karimnagar town police have arrested the former managing director of Vijetha Agro Farms (India) Limited, D. Krishna Murthy Guptha, on the charge of cheating investors. Disclosing this to newsmen here on Wednesday, the Town CI, J. Amarender Reddy, said that the arrest was made on the basis of a complaint filed by an investor, Mir Barkathali Baig, who had invested Rs.1 lakh in the agro farm.

Toddy-tapper ends life

ELURU: A toddy-tapper has reportedly committed suicide at Indira colony at Sanivarapupeta as he was unable to bear the humiliation allegedly meted out by village elders at a panchayat.

According to the police, Matta Tammaiah (45) was charged with killing birds in a poultry by poisoning them. He was summoned to the village pachayat last night. The elders were alleged to have forced the victim to apologise to the poultry farmer whose birds were killed and pay a fine of Rs. 500. Humiliated, Mattaiah reportedly mixed poison in liquor and consumed it. He was shifted to the Eluru Government Hospital but died on Wednesday morning. A case was registered against the village elders -- Atukuri Yesuratnam and M. Subba Rao.

Maoist gives up

VISAKHAPATNAM: A woman member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), Gammeli Nagamani alias Sayi alias Vimala, 18, surrendered before the Superintendent of Police, Sanjay Kumar Jain, on Wednesday.

She had reportedly left home and joined the Maoist group when her parents tried to perform her marriage without her consent in 2001 when she was only 13 years old. She had worked in Galikonda, Palajeedi and Konalova committees of the CPI (Maoist).

Three naxalites surrender

KARIMNAGAR: Motivated by relatives', a CPI (Maoist) and two CPI-ML Janashakti group naxalites, who were recruited to the dalams during the truce period, surrendered before the Vemulawada Circle Inspector, K. Nageshwara Rao, here on Wednesday.

According to the Vemulawada CI, the naxalites who surrendered were E. Ravinder alias Sudarshan (19) of Bavusaipeta village of Konaraopeta mandal, B. Narayana alias Kumar (25) and B. Laxmirajam (25) of Nukalamarri village of Vemulawada mandal.

New EO for TTD

HYDERABAD: A.P.V.N. Sarma, now on deputation to the Centre, will be the new Executive Officer of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).

Orders to this effect appointing him as the new TTD EO were issued today. He will replace Ajeya Kallam, who has been transferred and posted as Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh State Finance Corporation (APSFC). Mr. Kallam will come in the place of R. P. Watal, who has already been transferred. Mr. Sarma will assume office tomorrow at a simple ceremony in the mandapam in front of the imposing main deity of the temple. Mr. Sarma, shortly after his arrival at Tirupati, offered prayers in the temple of Goddess Padmavathi along with his wife.

New APAT chief

HYDERABAD: Maddy Narayana Reddy of the High Court assumed charge as Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal on Tuesday. The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, had appointed him.

Dry weather prevails

Hyderabad: The weather was dry in the State on Wednesday. Minimum temperatures fell at a few places in Telangana and they changed little in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

The lowest night temperature during the 24-hour period ending this morning was recorded by Medak and Arogyavaram at 15 degrees Celsius. Forecast for Thursday is mainly dry weather.

Joint Collector takes over

ADILABAD: A. Dinakar Babu took charge as Adilabad Joint Collector on Wednesday morning. Mr. Dinakar Babu earlier worked as the Hyderabad DRO, CEO of Ongole and Rangareddy and RDO of Bhuvanagiri and Vikarabad.

Returns from RD parade

Warangal: K. Priyanka, a class IX student of St. Peter's Central Public School has been accorded a warm welcome on her return from the Republic Day parade. Ms. Priyanka of the 3/8 (A) Girls Battalion of NCC took part in the Republic Day camp from January 1 to 29 and was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1000.

Constable held

ADILABAD: A police constable attached to prisoner escort duty, Narayana, was arrested by II Town police late on Tuesday after he created nuisance at Adilabad RTC bus stand in a drunken state. According to the police Narayana misbehaved with the Hyderabad night service passengers including women. He was beaten up and detained by passengers who also informed the II Town police. The constable was arrested and produced in court on Wednesday.

Life sentence

for three

MADANAPALLE: The district Additional Judge, Ramesh Babu, has sentenced three persons -- Moreppa, Venkatramana and Venkatappa -- to life imprisonment in the J. Reddeppa murder case. Redeppa was murdered on March 6, 2003 following a quarrel with Moreppa.

Gold stolen

Kurnool: An employee of a bullion merchant in Hyderabad, Jagadish, was relieved 60 tolas of gold by four persons at Nandyal on Wednesday. Jagadish, was reportedly approached by the gang, posing as policemen, and asked to allow them to search him.

They seized the bag containing the gold and fled.

Life sentence for three

MADANAPALLE: The district Additional Judge, Ramesh Babu, has sentenced three persons -- Moreppa, Venkatramana and Venkatappa -- to life imprisonment in the J. Reddeppa murder case. Redeppa was murdered on March 6, 2003 following a quarrel with Moreppa.

Promoted

NELLORE: Three police officials who served in Nellore district, have been promoted. J. Poornachandra Rao, who earlier served as SP is now posted as Additional Secretary, Home Department and V.K.R. Mohan Rao and K. Lakshman Mohan, who earlier served as Additional SPs are now posted as Joint Police Commissioner, Hyderabad and DIG, CID, Hyderabad, respectively.

BSNL meet

Nellore: The General Manager of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Nellore, will hold an open session meeting at the conference hall of the office at 11 a.m. on Friday. Subscribers have been requested to submit their suggestions and complaints in writing.

Gold stolen

Kurnool: An employee of a bullion merchant in Hyderabad, Jagadish, was relieved 60 tolas of gold by four persons at Nandyal on Wednesday. Jagadish, was reportedly approached by the gang, posing as policemen, and asked to allow them to search him. They seized the bag containing the gold and fled.

Water supply

NELLORE: The State Government has accorded administrative sanction for the augmentation of water supply to areas located east side of the railway track and extension areas of Ramalingapuram and other areas of Nellore town, at a cost of Rs. 4.83 crores.

Relay fast

CUDDAPAH: The APSRTC National Mazdoor Union members, S. Janardhana Rao and N.M.K. Reddy, launched a relay fast before their union office at Badvel on Wednesday. Among their demands were reconstitution of the advisory committee, fixing of journey time in view of orders to fix ticket issuing machines in all bus services and retaining drivers in the same depot on revocation of their suspension.

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