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BJP panel to agitate against land scams

HYDERABAD: State BJP president B. Dattatreya on Sunday constituted a nine-member committee headed by S. Malla Reddy, Ranga Reddy district unit president, to finalise an agitational programme against the `rising land scams'. — Special Correspondent

CITU burns effigy of Revenue Minister

KADAPA: CITU functionaries burnt an effigy of Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao at Rajiv circle in Proddatur town on Sunday decrying neglect of village servants' problems. The Congress promised to resolve problems of village servants before last elections but did not initiate any steps to that effect, CITU district secretary Rammohan alleged. — Staff Reporter

Orders to recover swindled money

KADAPA: Proceedings have been initiated to recover Rs. 2.80 lakhs allegedly misappropriated by postmaster of Vemula post-office Peddanna, in disbursal of wage cheques to workers under Andhra Pradesh Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Assistant Postal Superintendent Siddhaiah said. — Staff Reporter

Former Speaker's death condoled

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Former Legislators' Forum, which condoled the death of former Speaker G. Narayan Rao on Sunday, decided to name its office, proposed to be allotted in the Assembly premises, after him. — Special Correspondent

`Cricket defeat due to batting failure'

ADILABAD: Labour Minister G. Vinod, who is also the president of Hyderabad Cricket Association, on Sunday said that presence of Hyderabad batsman V.V.S. Laxman in the World Cup matches would have made a difference. He said the two losses which the Indian team suffered were due to batting failure from opening of the innings itself, which would not have happened had the Hyderabad batsman been playing those matches. — Staff Reporter

Train cancelled

ADILABAD: The trip of Nanded-Adilabad-Nanded passenger train between Kinwat and Adilabad section was cancelled on Saturday night and Sunday morning on its return journey, following information of suspicious movement by some people between Kosai and Ambari stations on Saturday night. Officials who visited the area on Sunday morning however, found nothing suspicious. — Staff Reporter

Engineers oppose 24 gates for Pulichintala

HYDERABAD: The Visakhapatnam Consulting Engineers Consortium has opposed the recommendation of the Disputes Adjudication Board and the proposal of the contractors to have 24 crest gates for Pulichintala project and not 33 as originally designed. If the Government went ahead with 24 gates, calamities would occur, the consortium warned in a statement. — Special Correspondent

`Cycle yatra' for Dalit rights from April 5

HYDERABAD: Kulavivaksha Vyatireka Porata Sangham (KVPS) has decided to organise Statewide `cycle yatras' from April 5, coinciding with Babu Jagjivan Ram's birth anniversary, to make Dalits demand their rights. KVPS has called upon like-minded organisations working against caste discrimination to join forces for combating practices like two-glass system and untouchability that still prevail in many areas. — Special Correspondent

Left-backed candidate leads

TIRUPATI: Dachuri Rami Reddy who was supported by the left-led UTF and STU is likely to be elected to the Rayalaseema (East) Teachers' Constituency. Counting of votes is nearing completion at Chittoor.

Huts set on fire

KURNOOL: A group of persons set on fire three huts belonging to a rival group following a clash at H. Muravani in Pedakadubur mandal of Kurnool district on Saturday night. The loss was estimated at Rs 1.5 lakhs.

Ayurveda division

TIRUPATI: Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), a TTD-run super-specialty hospital, will have an exclusive division for Ayurveda soon. TTD chairman B. Karunakar Reddy made the announcement at the annual day function of Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College here on Saturday. Water crisis

Madanapalle: Municipal chairperson Ravikumar has urged municipal officials to concentrate on drinking water problems. The available water will be supplied through pipes.

Bicycle safari

ANANTAPUR: NCC cadets of different colleges in the town will set out for a bicycle safari-cum-caving from Anantapur to Belum caves in Kurnool district via Tadipatri on March 26 morning. In all, 35 boys and girls will participate in the expedition for over 100 kilometres.

RTC interviews

TIRUPATI: The APSRTC management has selected 890 of the 1743 candidates appeared for the interviews conducted for the post of drivers to be recruited in Tirupati region.

The absentees in the first phase can attend the interview to be conducted again on Monday.

Protests at ZP meet

ADILABAD: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) members on Sunday protested against the selection of villages under Indiramma project by storming the podium during the general body meeting. They alleged bias in favour of `Congress villages'. Earlier, the meeting was adjourned for 15 minutes as a mark of respect to L. Jeevan Rao, vice chairman who had died in a road accident last year. Hanmanth Rao his father who was elected in a by-election was sworn in as a member. — Staff Reporter

Good response to Rajiv Swagruha

Sangareddy: The Andhra Pradesh Housing Board's Rajiv Swagruha scheme found enthusiastic response in Medak district. The demand for applications for the housing project was such that the local e-Seva centre ran out of applications. In fact the centre that has to cater for Ramachandrapuram and Patancheru municipalities along with Sangareddy has only 70 applications left. More applications would be available on Monday. — Staff Reporter

New bishop

KARIMNAGAR: Rev. Dr. Perumalla Surya Prakash has been appointed as the fifth bishop of the Karimnagar Diocese of Church of South India and his consecration and installation service would be held on Monday at CSI Wesley Cathedral Church in Karimnagar town. Bishop of Medak and Moderator of the Church of South India Rev. Dr. B P Sugandhar would be the chief guest for the consecration function on Monday, according to a press note. — Staff Reporter

Renuka lays stone for transport office

KHAMMAM: Union Minister of State for Woman and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury laid the foundation stone for the regional transport office here on Sunday. The complex, costing Rs. 72 lakhs, would facilitate total computerisation of the operations of the department.

She called for steps to prevent accidents. The administration had provided 6 acres of land for construction of the transport department complex at the district headquarters.-Staff Reporter

Review meet

ONGOLE: Can there be a target for deaths also, wondered Finance Minister K. Rosaiah while reviewing implementation of National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) in the district at Ongole on Sunday. He was surprised when officials told him that the target given for NFBS was 1,260 and achievement was 880 during 2006-07.

Pat for police personnel

Kakinada: The State Government has announced seva medals to five police personnel in recognition of their meritorious services. They are: K. Krishna Prasad, DSP, ; M. Subba Rao, head constable, ; P. Raja Rao, constable, ; K. Subba Rao, AR SI, Mobile Reserve, and V. Satyanarayana, ASI, . At a function held here on Sunday, SP P. Srinivasulu complimented them. -Correspondent

Credit plan

Srikakulam: A Rs. 878.21-crore annual credit plan for 2007-08, prepared by bankers, was released by Collector V.N. Vishnu at the District Coordination Committee meeting here on Saturday. This was 12 per cent higher than last year's annual credit plan. - Special Correspondent

BC Vedika leader coming

Kakinada: Kasani Gnaneswer Mudiraj leader of 93 BC Ayikya Vedika will visit Kakinada shortly at the invitation of the Ayikya Vedika district unit, according to Makireddi Bhaskar, district convener. - Correspondent

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