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Suri followers stage rasta roko

ANANTAPUR: Followers of G. Suryanarayana Reddy alias Suri, the main suspect in the Paritala Ravindra murder case and presently in the custody of the CBI for interrogation, took out a procession and staged rasta roko here on Thursday demanding handing back Suri to judicial custody.

A large number of Suri's supporters arrived in the town in lorries and other vehicles, took out a procession from Sapthagiri Circle to Tower Clock raising slogans in support of Suri and staged rasta roko.

LIC staff strike work

HYDERABAD: Policy-holders experienced severe hardship in paying their premia on Thursday as some associations of LIC employees struck work. The stopping of computer set-up in branch offices allegedly at the instance of the management and closure of cash counters added to their woes.

P. Mahesh, general secretary, All-India LIC Employees' Federation, in a statement here criticised the management for its directives which were against the interests of policy-holders.

Amalapuram MP defers fast

NEW DELHI: The Congress MP from Amlapuram, G.V. Harsha Kumar, on Thursday said he had postponed his "fast-unto-death" planned in protest against the "attitude" of the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) towards repair of rural roads in his constituency, following the intervention of party leadership.

Mr. Kumar, who had threatened to launch the agitation from Saturday, told correspondents here that he has decided to defer it for a fortnight after the Union Petroleum Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, promised to sort out the tangle.

The MP said despite repeated requests by him to the ONGC for repair of rural roads damaged by their use for heavy vehicles, the corporation had not responded.

Telangana employees' threat

HYDERABAD: The Telangana Employees' Association and Teachers Joint Action Committee (JAC) has regretted that there was no commitment from the Government on their problems though the Assembly discussed them for three days.

At a press conference here on Thursday, the president and general secretary, C. Vittal and Gopal Reddy, respectively expressed happiness at the fact that Floor leaders of political parties underscored the need to implement the G.O. No. 610 and the Girglani Committee's report in toto.

However, they wondered why the Government had not given a firm commitment when it would go about the implementation.

They warned that if things continued the same way and the Government continued to turn a deaf ear to their demands, it would face a repeat of the Telangana agitation of 1969 in which employees had participated wholeheartedly.

Two hostel inmates die

KURNOOL: Two inmates of student hostels died in Kurnool district on Thursday.

According to reports, a nine-year-old girl, Sivakumari Bai, a second class student at Residential Bridge School at Pamulapadu, died of snakebite.

In another incident, Mahesh, a seventh standard student of BC hostel at Pedapadu, died under mysterious conditions last night. The boy developed nausea in the early hours and vomited. He died after some time. The student suffered from jaundice a month ago but returned to the hostel to take the examination.

Sunstroke claims life

CUDDAPAH: A 45-year-old man, Gampala Pilla Kondaiah of Buggalapalle Dalitawada in Chintakommadinne mandal died of sunstroke. He collapsed near a hotel in Cuddapah town when he came to procure bags for packing turmeric, according to information.

The village sarpanch, Subba Reddy, and the MRPS leader, Babu, sought aid for the bereaved family.

Man hacked to death

ANANTAPUR: A member of the Leftist organisation, Rythu Coolie Sangrama Samithi, Vannuruswamy (42), was hacked to death by unidentified persons at Sirigedoddi village of Gummaghatta mandal on Wednesday night.

According to the police, Vannursuswamy was a native of Uddehal village in Bommanahal mandal and he was active in the organisation for a couple of years. He was eluding the police in a criminal case. His wife was already in the judicial custody in the same case.

Police, naxals exchange fire

WARANGAL: There was an exchange of fire at midnight last night near Kamalapur forest area in Bhupalpalli mandal here.

According to the Additional SP (OSD), V.R. Kalidas, the police party confronted the Prathighatana naxalites while combing the forest area. On seeing the police, the naxalites, belonging to Govardhan dalam, opened fire at the police who retaliated. However, there were no casualties.

The police later recovered four kit bags, one 8 mm rifle, magazines of AK-47 and a pistol and some rounds of ammunition from the spot.

Three tribals killed in road mishap

ADILABAD: Three tribals were killed and three others injured when an RTC bus rammed into the bullock cart they were travelling on Thursday. The accident occurred at a bridge at Seetagondi village in Gudihatnoor mandal.

According to the police, Pendur Bheemu (70), Madavi Laxmibai (60), Gedam Sham Rao (40), his wife Kalabai (38) and children Uttam (3) and Jangubai (6), all belonging to Umri-B village of Gudihatnoor mandal were proceeding to Girigam in Tamsi mandal. When the cart reached the bridge, the RTC bus hit it from behind. The injured were shifted to Hyderabad. The RTC Regional Manager, Purushottam Naik, announced an immediate relief of Rs. 2,000 for the kin of the dead, while the injured were given Rs. 1,000.

Suicide attempt

CUDDAPAH: A community organiser in Saipet urban health centre, M. Mary Shantha, attempted suicide on Thursday. She was not paid salary for March and removed from service on the charges that she claimed certain bills without conducting the stipulated meetings, according to the police. Peeved at losing the job, she consumed sleeping pills and was admitted to hospital.

BC panel public hearing

HYDERBAD: The Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes Commission will organise three public hearings on inclusion of Muslims in the BC list. The hearings will be held on April 11 (Anantapur), 13 (Kurnool) and 15 (Mahabubnagar).

The decision was taken on Thursday by the chairman, D. Subramanyam, and members at a meeting. The hearings are being held to secure more information and to assess the ground level situation.

The commission has already conducted a public hearing here in January for 22 days. It has appealed to Muslims and employees' organisations to submit objections, suggestions and petitions.

Elected IGU president

HYDERABAD: V.P. Dimri, Director of the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), has been elected president of the Indian Geophysical Union for the period 2005-07. He will succeed E. Desa, former director of the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.

He has been serving the union as a fellow and vice-president for the last two years.

Dr. Dimri is a well-known scientist in geophysics.

EAMCET hall tickets

TIRUPATI: The Regional Coordinator of EAMCET-2005 has informed that the hall tickets will be issued at the Tirupati regional centre (S.V.U college of engineering) from April 1 to 4 on all days from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The candidates are advised to submit their acknowledgement cards for collecting the hall ticket at the office of the regional coordinator. Hall tickets, which are not collected would be sent by post on April 8.

7 SSC students

debarred

CHITTOOR: Seven students were debarred in the SSC examinations held from March 16 for committing malpractices, according to Ramalingam, the District Educational Officer. He said that 13 invigilators who were negligent towards examination duties were striped of from it. Similarly, 2 invigilators were suspended from duties. The spot valuation of examination papers will be held at Sherman Girls High School from April 4.

Maoist arrested

ANANTAPUR: A militant of the CPI (Maoist), K. Ramanjaneyulu, was arrested by the Uravakonda police on Thursday. The Guntakal DSP, K.V. Mohan Rao, said at Guntakal that a tapancha and four bullets were also seized from his possession.

Shuttle tourney

TIRUPATI: The Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) will be conducting a shuttle badminton tournament from April 2 for the students and staff of medical colleges and those in the allied areas (both Government and private-run) in the Tirupati region.

The men's and women's doubles events will be conducted at the indoor shuttle stadium in Town Club premises. Interested candidates/teams can register their names with the SVIMS physical director, B.A.Madhu Babu over the phone number 98481 52579.

Appointed

CHITTOOR: The Government has appointed P. Pattabhi Ramaswamy Reddy as Legal Adviser in the district police office, Chittoor. Mr. Reddy has 45 years of standing in the bar and was also the Additional Public Prosecutor for six years in the past, according to official sources.

CUDDAPAH: Dalits of Balajinagar staged dharna before the Collectorate on Thursday demanding allotment of house sites. The MRPS leader, O. Balasubbaiah, and the Dalit leader, Radhakrishna, alleged that lands were not allotted despite promises. A former Collector, P. Subrahmanyam, assured land allotment to Dalits, but the present Collector, Jayesh Ranjan, was planning to allot the land for constructing a school, they stated.

Four hurt as

vehicle overturns

NELLORE: Four persons were injured when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling overturned on the highway near Gundemadakala of Vinjamooru mandal, on Wednesday evening. The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

Electrocuted

ANANTAPUR: V. Shankar (22), of Atmakur in Kurnool district, died when he accidentally came into contact with live wire near Mudigubba in the district on Thursday. The wire was laid along on a fence of a mango orchard to prevent wild animals from damaging the crop.

Rally decries female foeticide

CUDDAPAH: Jana Vignana Vedika activists took out a rally decrying female foeticide.

Flagging off the rally, the Collector, Jayesh Ranjan, called upon people not to go for amniocentesis, but realise women's achievements in various sectors. Besides the Government, JVV was striving to create awareness among people against female foeticide, he said.

Three killed in accident

NALGONDA: Three persons were killed and five others suffered serious injuries when the autorickshaw in which they were travelling was hit by a jeep at Kolmuntalapahad near Devarakonda on Thursday.

According to the police sources, the autorickshaw was on its way to Mallepally from Devarakonda and the jeep was going towards Devarakonda. While a woman, Ch.Kotamma (38) of Shantigudem in Dindi mandal, died on the spot, two boys -- Ramesh (14) and Jaheer (13) --breathed their last at a hospital.

The five injured persons were shifted to Hyderbad where their condition was said to be very serious.

Killed in mishap in Karnataka

BANGALORE: The driver of an Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) bus, a girl child and three-month-old baby boy were killed and 15 were injured when the bus and a lorry collided in Hoskote taluk of Bangalore Rural district on Thursday.

The police said that around 4.30 a.m. the lorry bound for Kolar from Bangalore rammed the bus that was on its way to the city from Tirupati. The police gave the name of the bus driver as Bhupathi (35). The girl's name was given as Bhargavi (3). All the three were from Andhra Pradesh, the police said.

Among the injured, the condition of Krishna Murthy Adilakshami, Kondamma and Madhavi is said to be serious.

Ends life after `killing' wife

NALGONDA: A person in Parvedula in Peddavura mandal committed suicide allegedly after stabbing his wife to death following a tiff on Thursday.

According to the police sources, Surabhi Venkataiah (35) hung himself in his house after stabbing his wife, Jayamma (30). The reason for the crime was not yet known. The Halia Police are investigating the case.

Ugadi competitions

ADILABAD: The festival of Ugadi, the Telugu new year on April 9, will be celebrated officially in a grand way in Adilabad. An official press release by the district Collector J. Sudha Rani, said the celebrations would include Panchanga shravanam, kavi samelanam, literary competitions, fancy dress competitions (traditional attires for girls only) etc. Persons desirous of taking part in the competitions preceding the celebrations should register their names at the district public relations office by April 5.

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