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Srisailam water level up by 7 tmcft

KURNOOL: Around seven tmcft was collected at Srisailam reservoir after the flood reached it in the early hours of Tuesday. According to reports, the highest flood flow recorded was only 61,000 cusecs while around one lakh cusecs was released at Jurala because of huge dry ponds in the river bed. The level in the reservoir rose to 774.40 accounting for 34.572 tmcft. The discharge at Alamatti was 26,500 and at Narayapur 6,050 cusecs. Flow from 10,000 to 20,000 cusecs was likely to sustain for a week. The level in the TB dam was recorded at 1608.33 ft account for a storage of 35.887 tmcft. - Staff Reporter

Hearing on plea against Muslim quota begins

Hyderabad: Arguments in a batch of writ petitions challenging the action of the Government providing five per cent reservation to Muslims in education and employment commenced before the larger bench of five judges of Andhra Pradesh High court on Tuesday. The bench comprising of the acting Chief Justice Bilal Nazki, Justice G. Raghuram, Justice V.V.S. Rao, Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice R. Subhash Reddy started to peruse the pleadings on Tuesday and will continue on Wednesday, too. - Legal Correspondent

Flights rescheduled

TIRUPATI: Air Deccan, operating daily flights in the Hyderabad-Tirupati-Hyderabad sector has revised the schedule of its service. The flight will take off from Hyderabad at 1.30 p.m. and land in Tirupati airport at 2.40 p.m. and on its return flight, would take off at 3.10 p.m. and reach Hyderabad at 4.30 p.m., according to a press release. - Special Correspondent

TTD official suspended

TIRUPATI: The TTD management has suspended its Assistant Executive Officer (Revenue), Narasimha Reddy who was allegedly involved in the `shops scam' at Tirumala. - Special Correspondent

Rewards again for information about naxals

WARANGAL: The Inspector General of Police, J.V. Ramudu has said the State Government is contemplating re-introduction of rewards to those passing on valuable information about naxalites. Speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, Mr. Ramudu said extremism was an aberration of democracy and to tackle it effectively, the police needed to adopt different strategies. Referring to dumps that came to light in Hyderabad, Mr. Ramudu said the naxals tried to take advantage of anonymity in urban areas. The IG distributed cheques for Rs. 5,000 each to 45 surrendered naxals towards immediate relief and Rs. 5 lakhs each to three victims of naxal violence.

Thirumanjanam at Tirumala temple

Tirumala: `Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam' was on observed on Tuesday at the Lord Venkateswara temple. The Thirumanjanam was conducted as a prelude to the annual `Anivara Asthanam' scheduled on 16th of this month. In connection with the purificatory festival, a rich herbal paste containing a mixture of high quality sandal wood powder, refined camphor, turmeric and other ingredients was applied to all the walls and pillars inside the sanctum and other sub temples in the main temple complex.

Police prevent armed robbery

Nellore: Alert police in Naidupet foiled an attempt by an armed gang to rob people on the national highway. According to information, two persons riding heeler on Monday night were reportedly stopped on the Gottiprolu to Puduru road, by a stranger, but the two managed to give the slip. However, at another place on the highway, one of them was beaten by a group. The vehicle riders immediately rushed to the police station. Police rushed to the spot and stepped up vigil on the national highway, thereby reducing chances of other attacks.

One held with fake currency notes

ANANTAPUR: One person was arrested at Yadiki in the district on Tuesday after he allegedly tried to deposit fake currency notes in the State Bank of India branch there. According to the police, A. Rahamatullah went to the bank to deposit the amount in the account his father, A. Basheer. Bank staff detected that 51 currency notes of Rs. 100 denomination given by Rahamatullah were fake. On questioning, he said that he was not aware that the notes were fake and they were given to him as wages in Hyderabad recently. - Staff Reporter

Zuari Cement unit workers stage protest

CUDDAPAH: Contract workers of Zuari Cements Limited staged a dharna before the Yerraguntla MRO's office demanding enhancement of daily wage of Rs. 35. The AITUC State secretary, G. Obulesu, asserted that a minimum daily wage of Rs. 92 was fixed for contract workers, but they were being paid a paltry wage. The Yerraguntla MRO, Srinivasulu, apprised the Cuddapah RDO, Prabhakar Pillai, and assured a meeting soon in Collector's presence. - Staff Reporter

School bandh in Anantapur district

ANANTAPUR: Student and youth organisations enforced educational institutions' bandh in the district on Tuesday in support of the agitation of students of the Government Medical College to fill vacancies of teacher posts. Student organisations like the ABVP, the BJYM and others went round the institutions and enforced the bandh. - Staff Reporter

Sarpanch dies in road accident

ANANTAPUR: C. Kesava Reddy (75), sarpanch of Siddarampuram in Bukkapatnam mandal, was killed in a road accident at Chandrayunipalli on Tuesday. He had been sarapanch of the gram panchayat for the last 20 years. He succumbed to his injuries on way to a hospital at Puttaparthi. - Staff Reporter

10 persons injured in accidents

Nellore: More than 10 persons were injured in two separate accidents in Udaygiri mandal on Monday night. At Kurrapalli crossroads, eight persons were injured when the autorickshaws in which they were travelling overturned. In another accident, two persons were injured. - Staff Reporter

Coops. restructuring reviewed

ADILABAD: The Commissioner of Cooperative Societies, Uma Malleshwara Rao, on Tuesday reviewed the functioning of the cooperative societies in Adilabad.

The review was done with an eye on carrying further the restructuring of cooperative societies.

The meeting was attended among others by the District Cooperative Officer Subba Rayudu and General manager of the Adilabad District Central Cooperative Bank Padmanabha Rao. - Staff Reporter

Health cards for the poor

Sangareddy: The district Collector of Medak, B.Venkatesam, addressing a meeting at the Velugu office in Sangareddy on Tuesday announced that health cards would be distributed for two lakh eligible poor families in the district.

According to a press release, the beneficiaries would have to pay a premium of ten rupees per month and the policy would pay for the medical expenses of the family. Treatment could be availed in selected private and all government hospitals in the district.

An amount of Rs. 10,000 would be paid on the death of the head of the family and Rs. 50,000 in case of accidental death. Velugu project director J. Murali participated in the meeting.

Teachers to stage dharna on July 15

NIZAMABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Teachers' Federation will stage a dharna in front of the Office of the District Educational Officer, here on July 15, demanding early solution to their charter of demands.

The APTF district president, B. Devi Singh and general secretary, K. Ramana alleged that the teaching community was subjected to too much agony by officials concerned by not solving its demands for years together.

They expressed concern over the alleged degeneration of examination system due to the alleged corrupt practices and nepotism of the officials in the 7th and 10th class examinations.

The federations' suggestions on the examination system fell on deaf ears, they said.

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