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One killed in clash

Nellore: One person was killed and several others injured in a free for all bomb-hurling incident near a liquor shop at Bitragunta on the national highway on Tuesday night. The incident is said to be a sequel to the recent byelection to the post of sarpanch in Bogole panchayat. The deceased has been identified as Anjaneyulu and additional reinforcements have been rushed to the area.

Two Maoists arrested, ammunition seized

KARIMNAGAR: The Chadurthi police have arrested two active militants of the CPI(Maoist) group of Sanugula village and recovered two grenades, 102 rounds of AK-47, 370 revolutionary songs and audiocassettes from their possession on Tuesday night.

Police sources said on information the special police parties were combing the area. In Manala forest area, they noticed three persons moving under suspicious circumstances. After noticing the police they took to their heels. However, the police arrested two of them - K. Rajesham, 20 and B. Shankar, 45 -- while another escaped. The trio were planning to hand over the ammunition to the dalam. - Staff Reporter

Inter supplementary

exam results today

HYDERABAD: The Board of Intermediate Education will declare the results of the advanced supplementary examinations for the first year -general and vocational - on Thursday at 5 p.m. at its office in Nampally. Results will be put on the websites: http://www.aponline.gov.in, http://results2.ap.nic.in/inter1, http://203.199.178.88/inter1supple & http://202.65.158.36/inter1, after the official declaration. Results can also be obtained by dialling 1100 from any fixed BSNL line in the State, or by dialling phones: 1255225, 22222233, 22222244 in Hyderabad and for other places, dial: 95401255225, 954022222233, 954022222244. BSNL CellOne users can call 12506 and Tata Indicom users can dial 12655, a press release said. - Staff Reporter

Plea to lift ban on

teacher recruitment

HYDERABAD: The Private Recognised Aided Schools Managements' Association (PRASMA) has asked the Government to lift the ban imposed on appointment of teachers in aided schools as it was affecting the quality of education. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, P. Rajagurulinga Prasad, State secretary, and M. Adinarayana, in charge president of PRASMA, said nearly 4,000 schools were affected by the Government's decision. The schools were now facing shortage of subject teachers. - Staff Reporter

Labour Department

recasting opposed

HYDERABAD: The All-India Federation of Trade Unions and the State unit of Indian Federation of Trade Unions have criticised the restructuring of the Labour Department as an "anti-labour" measure.

B.Pradeep and S.Venkateswara Rao, general secretaries of AIFTU and IFTU respectively, said in a press release on Wednesday that the recasting would only result in "unhindered corruption". They demanded withdrawal of GO 64 and suggested that the department focus on labour welfare and enforcement of laws.

- Staff Reporter

UTF plans protest

HYDERABAD: The United Teachers' Federation will lay siege to the office of School Education Director here on July 5 after taking out a rally demanding steps to solve problems of SC, ST teachers who have worked as special education volunteers.

Ch. Subashchandra Bose, president, in a statement on Wednesday, said the services of these untrained teachers should be taken into consideration from March 2003, when they were appointed. He demanded orders paying regular pay scale to the teachers with effect from March this year.

- Staff Reporter

15 persons affected

by gastroenteritis

Bidar: Over 15 people were admitted to the government hospital in Raipalli in Aurad on Tuesday with suspected gastroenteritis. Doctors said the first case was detected on Sunday. The patients are out of danger, according to Vijay Kumar Sheelvant, Taluk Health Officer. — Staff Correspondent

Drive to remove encroachments

BIJAPUR: The administration has launched a "clear encroachments drive" near Basaveshwar Temple in Basavanabagewadi town. In the last three days, many structures including shops and restaurants and some religious buildings were razed with the help of earthmoving equipment. The administration resorted to the measure following the direction of the Koodalasangam Development Authority. The task of developing Basaveshwar Temple and surrounding areas in Basavanabagewadi town has been entrusted to the KDA. — Staff Correspondent

Counselling sessions

Bidar: The Bidar Zilla Sanskritika Sangha, Bangalore, will hold counselling sessions to help students choose seats in professional colleges. Students will be introduced to the counselling sessions conducted by the Common Entrance Test Cell and provided with details about various colleges, a release from the sangha's joint secretary, Kashinath Mashetty, said.

Counselling will be conducted at the Bidar Basava Kendra on June 30 at 4 p.m. and at Basava Teertha Vidyapeetha School in Hudagi in Humnabad taluk on July 1 at 1 p.m. Those interested can contact Mashetty on 9448716548. — Staff Correspondent

Sandalwood seized

Bidar: The Bhalki police seized 3.5 kg of sandalwood valued at Rs. 3,000 that was allegedly being smuggled to Maharashtra and arrested one person in this connection.

A team led by probationary sub-inspectors Sharana Gowda and Sachin Shivaputra arrested Gundappa Saibanna Vaddar of Methi Melkunda. A case has been registered at the Bhalki rural police station.

— Staff Correspondent

Tree chopped

Bidar: Miscreants made away with an old sandalwood tree on the Bidar Railway Station premises after chopping it down on Monday midnight. People did not hear any noise as an electric saw was used for the purpose, the Deputy Conservator of Forests, P.C. Ray said. A case has been filed at the Bidar police station.

— Staff Correspondent

Telecom building is

now Nannaih Bhavan

Rajahmundry: The Principal General Manger of the BSNL, J. Ramachandra Rao, has asked district telecom officials to call the Sanchar Bhavan district telecom office Nannaih Bhavan form Tuesday. After inaugurating the broadband services in Rajahmundry on Monday, Mr. Rao left for Hyderabad and communicated to the GM of the district to use the name Nannaiah Bhavan, which was officially declared almost 20 years ago. - Staff Reporter

Two electrocuted

Rajahmundry: A youth, Achanti Venkanna (23), was electrocuted on Tuesday after he came into contact with an electric poll near his field. According to the police, when Venkanna was taking his cows to fields on the outskirts of Mallepalli village in Jaggampet mandal, his leg slipped and fall on the electric poll. - Staff Reporter

Kakinada: A private electrician Anasuri Bhaskararao (40) who went atop of an electric pole near a borewell to set right the connection in Kandulapalem village on Wednesday, accidentally came into contact with the live wire.

One killed in

mishap

Kakinada: Karri Satyanarayana, 40, a lorry driver was killed on the spot when the vehicle he was driving lost control while taking a reverse turn and fell into a roadside ditch near Dudekula Kalva, 15 km from here, on Wednesday. - Correspondent

Striking doctors

take out cycle rally

Kakinada: The junior doctors took out a cycle rally in the main streets of the town on Tuesday, raising slogans against the Government attitude towards their demands. They said the Government alone should be held responsible for the continuance of the strike. K.Sarat Chandra Babu, vice-president of the Junior Doctors Association, spoke. - Correspondent

Call centre opened

for farmers

VIZIANAGARAM: The district Collector, B.Venkateswara Rao, has opened call centres to receive information from ryots about spurious seed. The Collector held a meeting with seed dealers on Wednesday and warned them of stringent action if spurious seed was sold. The call centre numbers are : 958922 276359, 958944 255219 and 9440630821 (cell number of Assistant Director, Agriculture) according to a press release.

Appointed

Srikakulam: Mantri Venkataswamy has been appointed District Chairman, AIDS Awareness, Prevention and Rehabilitation for the Rotary International district 3020. A former president of the Rotary, Mr.Venkataswamy is the District Pulse Polio Coordinator for Srikakulam district. - Special Correspondent

Transco official trapped

HYDERABAD: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials on Tuesday unearthed assets worth over Rs. 20 lakhs belonging to an Andhra Pradesh Transco engineer, K. Siva Shankar Rao, during searches conducted at Kakinada. The properties were disproportionate to his known sources of income, a press release said. Rao had been arrested and would be produced before the Special Judge for SPE and ACB Cases, Visakhapatnam. He was working as Assistant Divisional Engineer in Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited at Kakinada. The assets included two buildings and house sites at Kakinada, a flat at Rajahmandry and agricultural land at Samarlakota. - Staff Reporter

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