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TDP seeks early Assembly elections
NEW DELHI, DEC. 17.A Telugu Desam Party (TDP) delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner, J.M. Lyngdoh, here today to press for early Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh. Led by the TDP Parliamentary Party leader, K. Yerrannaidu, the ...
CM announces aid to kin of cyclone victims
GUNTUR, DEC. 17.The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, has assured farmers in the cyclone-hit areas of Guntur district that the Government will take the necessary measures to wriggle them out of their grief. He has announced an ex gratia of ...
Cyclone deaths: are the figures understated?
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17.The Government's figure regarding cyclone toll is deceptively sluggish at 45. When there were already about 50 deaths by yesterday as reported by press from the four affected districts based on official sources, the official ...
Heavy rain continues in coastal area
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17.Heavy rain continued to batter parts of the coastal districts for the third day on Wednesday even as the cyclonic storm weakened by stages and disappeared. There was isolated rain in Telangana while weather was dry in ...
Teachers' perseverance begins to pay
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17. Alif se anaar. Be se bandar. Te se topi. The children recite the Urdu alphabet after the teacher, the tiny room reverberating with their intonation. They are of different age groups, but there is a haunting sameness ...
Irate citizen threatens to approach CM
HYDERABAD, DEC.17. Frustrated over the alleged inaction by the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad over a complaint made sometime ago, a caller threatened to take his grievance to the notice of the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu. During ...
Tales of woe from commuters
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17. Some await a proper access to the stations while some have almost given up their wait for the Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses to take them to the fastest mode of transport in town, Multi-Modal Transport System. Then, ...
Teachers want Osmania University curbs on contesting elections to go
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17. Contesting the elections might be the right of every citizen, but Osmania University teachers say they are being denied the right to contest due to the provision that university teachers cannot contest as long as they continue ...
N.T. Rama Rao film award for Raj Kumar
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17. The Kannada thespian Raj Kumar, has been selected for the N.T. Rama Rao national film award for the year 2002, it was announced here today. The award, which carries Rs. 5 lakhs, a citation and memento, will be presented to the ...
Young men, women and the magnificent flying machines
HYDERABAD, DEC. 17.A hundred years after the first powered flight, Icarus' dream of flying and Hanuman's audacious attempt to catch the sun still drives young men and women to take to the skies in those magnificent flying machines. On December ...
Film industry may not go on strike
BANGALORE, DEC. 17.The proposed strike by the film industry here on December 22 is likely to be called off following a meeting between the representatives of the industry and the Minister for Information and Higher Education, G. Parameshwar, here ...
Industrial Bill to be notified on Monday
BANGALORE, DEC. 17. The Industries Promotion and Deregulation Bill, 2001, which aims at making the State investor-friendly will be notified on December 22, the Minister for Large and Medium-scale Industries, R.V. Deshpande, has ...
Helmet rule to come into force on April 1
BANGALORE, DEC. 17. Riders of all types of two-wheelers have to wear safety helmets from April 1 in the Bangalore Metropolitan area, areas under city corporations in the State, and on national and State highways. Women riders too will have to ...
Supper turns sour for prisonres
BANGALORE, DEC. 17. Several inmates of the Central Prison in Parappana Agrahara in the city took ill on Wednesday because of suspected food poisoning. The condition of 14 prisoners is said to be critical and they are being treated at the ...
Hand over water supply to panchayats: plan panel
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 17. The State Planning Board today recommended to the Government that all rural water supply schemes be handed over to panchayats. Addressing a press conference, the Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board, V. ...
Unique protest against Coke
KOCHI, DEC. 17. A group of environmentalists under the banner of the Plachimada Samara Sahaya Samithy took out a backwards march blindfolded in the city today seeking immediate closure of the Coca-Cola factory at Plachimada. The marchers caught ...
Cabinet decision reaffirms success of Jalanidhi scheme
KOZHIKODE, DEC. 17.The Cabinet decision today to extend the World Bank-aided `Jalanidhi' rural drinking water supply project to 10 more districts is a recognition to the drastic changes the project had brought about in the rural drinking water ...
Study points to degradation of Vamanapuram river basin
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 17.Unsustainable land use in the Vamanapuram river basin has hastened the destruction of paddy fields, threatening the ecosystem and making a mockery of a Government project to dam the river for irrigation, according to a ...
Complaints against police before House panel
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 17.Complaints against the police, including allegations of inaction in investigating cases wherein police personnel figured as the accused, dominated the issues which came up for hearing at a sitting of the Legislative ...
Decision on shifting IFFI venue soon
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 17.The Central Government would soon take a decision on making Goa the permanent venue of the international film festival, the director of the International Film Festival of India, Neelam Kapur, has said. Ms.Kapur told ...
BSNL to launch SMS facility in land phones
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 17. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. will soon launch Short Messaging Service (SMS) in land phones in the State and the facility can be used to send SMS from a landline to another landline, mobile or any e-mail ID and ...
Talks on to end Asianet-ESPN-Star Sports impasse
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, DEC. 17. Asianet Satellite Communications, the cable giant, and ESPN-Star Sports were holding discussions to resolve differences, even as the disappearance of the prime sports channels when the cricket test series between ...
Nod for archaeological projects
KOCHI, DEC.17. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has cleared three archaeological exploration projects in the State for tracking the missing trade links with the ancient Roman Empire. The sanction has been accorded to extensive ...
New faces likely on Corporation panels
KOCHI, DEC. 17. The much-delayed reshuffling of the various standing committees of the Kochi Corporation is expected to take place next week. The CPI(M) State secretariat is to meet this week to take a decision in this regard. The party is ...
Victory for freedom of speech: Vaiko
CHENNAI, DEC. 17.The Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary, Vaiko, today described the Supreme Court verdict in his POTA (Prevention of Terrorism Act) case as a "personal success" and "victory for the right to freedom of ...
CMDA to shortlist contractors for Secretariat project
CHENNAI, DEC. 17.The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) will shortlist by mid-January the principal contractors for construction of the Rs.400-crore Secretariat complex at Kotturpuram here, say officials. Last week, the Madras ...
Jayalalithaa promises support for nuclear projects
CHENNAI, DEC. 17. The Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, today promised full support of her Government to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India both at Kalpakkam and at Kudangulam. Addressing the 14th annual conference of the Indian Nuclear ...
'Type II diabetes epidemic of future'
CHENNAI, DEC. 17.Insulin Resistance Diabetes or type II diabetes is setting in at a young age because of increasing obesity and rapid westernisation, Pierre J. Lefebvre, president, International Diabetes Federation, has said. This type of ...
'Purchasing farm water rights, a way out'
CHENNAI, DEC.17.Chennai will have to seriously consider options such as purchasing water rights from farmers to effectively tackle conditions of "water famine". Water managers and experts concede that there is no point pinning hopes on nature ...
'Regulatory formalities must not arrest drugs approval'
CHENNAI, DEC. 17.The Indian pharmaceutical and health sector should develop models for converting molecules into drugs, the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, said today. It was time the country started converting molecules, with focus on ...
Become entrepreneurs, turn innovators: President
CHENNAI, DEC. 17.The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, wants more engineering students to turn entrepreneurs or job generators. Entrepreneurs below 50 years are driving and controlling the economy in many Western countries. After meeting more than 3 ...
Cut in parking charge likely for tourist cabs
CHENNAI, DEC. 17. The Chennai Corporation is considering a reduction of parking charges for tourist cabs, based on representations from tourist cab owners that the present rate of Rs. 50 an hour is pinching heavily the pockets of customers. On ...
Missile man's stories, a hit with the audience
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'Tamil music should be given pride of place in sabhas'
CHENNAI, DEC. 17. The DMK president, M. Karunanidhi, today stressed the need for fostering Tamil music for preserving the age-old culture of the language. "No doubt that music has no language but the Tamil language requires music, which should ...
Contract doctors' pay needs to be increased: Valsaraj
PONDICHERRY, DEC. 17. The Pondicherry Health Minister, E. Valsaraj, has said contract doctors were appointed in government hospitals to ensure uninterrupted service to patients as their number had been on the rise. Handing over medals to best ...
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