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Academy's distinction

NELLORE: Eighteen students of the Ratnam IIT--JEE Academy, managed by Ratnam coaching group, Nellore, have been selected for this year's IIT screening test.

Thirty six students from the institute appeared for the test, according to K. Venugopal, Managing Director of the academy.-Staff Reporter

Plea for dalit bishop

NELLORE: The Dalit Catholic Welfare Association of Nellore, has pleaded for appointment of a dalit Bishop for Nellore diocese.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, the association's president,

E. Jayaraj, pointed that the decision would fulfil the long felt desire of the dalits.-Staff Reporter

Huts damaged in fire

CUDDAPAH: Three huts were gutted in Talari Street in Muddanur town in the wee hours of Thursday.

The huts of Jamavaram Munemma, Jamavaram Venkatappa and Chapala Venkatesu were gutted. A fire tender of Jammalamadugu put off the fire.

-Staff Reporter

Three hurt in road mishap

CUDDAPAH: Three fruit-vendors were hurt when an autorickshaw hit a lorry at Alamkhanpalle near here on Thursday.

Additional facility for

summer specials

HYDERABAD: The South Central Railway (SCR) has augmented the 108 summer specials for Bikaner, Chennai and Howrah with two III tier air-conditioned coaches. In addition, the specials are being run between Secunderabad and Mysore, Tirupati and Vijayawada.

A press release said the air-conditioned coach facility is available on train No. 702/701 Secunderabad-Chennai-Secunderabad weekly special, No. 746/745 Hyderabad-Howrah-Hyderabad special from May 6 and No. 719/720 Hyderabad-Bikaner-Hyderabad special from May 22. - Staff Reporter

Attack on SP

condemned

HYDERABAD: The Committee of Concerned Citizens has deplored the attack by Maoists on the Superintendent of Police of Prakasam district, Mahesh Chandra Laddha, in Ongole on Wednesday.

Its convenor, S. R. Sankaran, in a statement, also expressed anguish over the death of two persons in an encounter on the city outskirts and urged the Government to stop such killings. - Staff Reporter

Man hacked

to death

Sangareddy: Kurma Bhumayya (55), resident of Devunipalli village of Kalher mandal, was hacked to death allegedly by his own family members on Thursday.

According to the Narayankhed Circle-Inspector, A. Ananthreddy, the murder was the result of a family feud. No arrests were made in connection with the case. - Staff Reporter

Group clash

NELLORE: Several persons were injured in a clash at Kalivelapalem village in Nellore rural mandal on Thursday.

According to information, simmering differences between two groups resulted in clash. The injured were admitted to hospital.

- Staff Reporter

Focus on latest tech

in lighting industry

Hyderabad: Highlighting latest technologies in the lighting industry, B. Mazumdar, Director General (works), Central Public Works Department, has said they could help cut cost and also enhance light quality and reduce environmental impact.

Addressing participants in the Green Lighting 2005, organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Godrej GBC, here on Thursday, he suggested that industry focus more on R&D and improve quality of electrical chokes and also make it cost-effective. - Staff Reporter

Decision on bail

plea on May 2

ANANTAPUR: The District and Sessions Court on Thursday posted its decision to May 2 on the bail petition moved by 11 accused in the Paritala Ravindra murder case.

Arguments on the petition filed on behalf of the accused were heard by the Judge, M. Bhaskar, and adjourned his decision.

Except Suri and Julakanti Srinivasa Reddy, the remaining 11 accused in the case filed the bail petition. - Staff Reporter

Tablets seized

ELURU: The Drug Inspector, S. Vijayakumar, has seized 83,500 Salbutamol tablets, used as anti-asthmatic drug, from the Central Drug Stores of Andhra Pradesh Health, Medical and Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (APHMHIDC) here as they were sub-standard. - Staff Reporter

Three of family

end lives

ONGOLE: Members of a family, haunted by the fear of AIDS, jumped into a well at Edugullapadu

village near here on Thursday. While the couple and their four-year-old son died, six-year-old

daughter was rescued.

Damaraju Radhakrishna Murthi (38), teacher in a zilla parishad school, was reportedly tested HIV positive. Radhakrishna Murthi and his wife Padmaja (30) threw their children into the well before jumping themselves. - Staff Reporter

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