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Huge haul of gelatin sticks

TIRUPATI: The railway police have taken into custody a person at the Renigunta railway station here and seized from his possession gelatine sticks and detonators. In a related incident, silver articles worth Rs. 4 lakhs have also been recovered.

Addressing a media conference at Renigunta on Sunday, the Railway SP of Guntakal, Venugopal Rao, and his deputy, Suryanarayana Reddy, said that Pallepu Nagaraju of Periket in Armoor mandal of Nizamabad district was taken into custody when he was moving under suspicious circumstances on the first platform at the station. Over 200 gelatine sticks and 900 detonators were found in his possession.

TDP Formation Day

HYDERABAD: Formation day of the Telugu Desam Party will be celebrated on March 29 throughout the State under the aegis of constituency-wise coordination committees in districts. Senior party leaders will participate in the celebrations.

According to a press release, the Chief Minister and party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, will unfurl the party flag at NTR Bhavan at 8.30 a.m. to mark the occasion.

Protests continue at Gandhi Bhavan

Hyderabad: Congress workers continued their demonstrations in front of Gandhi Bhavan on Sunday and it was the turn of the activists from Adilabad's Chinnur Assembly segment. Angered over allotment of party ticket for the son of senior Congress leader, G. Venkata Swamy, they gathered at the party headquarters where they put a photograph of Mr. Venkata Swamy and performed symbolic `last rites' holding a traditional mourning ceremony.

They raised slogans against the leader accusing him of bartering the party's interests for personal gain. The PCC president, D. Srinivas, also figured in their protests.

Seminar on South Indian history

HYDERABAD: The Dravidian University, Kuppam, will organise a three-day national seminar on `The Perspectives of South Indian History and Culture' from March 30.

The seminar, which will be inaugurated by University Grants Commission Vice-Chairman V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai with University of Calicut former Vice-Chancellor, K.K.N. Kurup, slated to deliver the keynote address, is aimed at bringing out the latest trends in the study of history through an interaction and academically help prepare a ground for the take-off of the Department of History, Archaeology and Culture of the Dravidian University, which was launched in 2003-04.

The valedictory of the seminar on April 1 will have the former Chief Justice of Karnataka and Kerala, Justice V.S. Malimath, as chief guest, according to a press release.

Fellowship for writer

HYDERABAD: Prominent writer, N. Taraka Ramarao, has been sanctioned a fellowship of the Central Sangeet Nataka Academy for 2004-06 in the field of drama.

A well-known actor of All lndia Radio and Doordarshan and a novelist, he will undertake research on `Telugu nataka sahityam - rangasthala pradarshanalalo hasyarachana poshana', according to a press release issued by Sri Kalaniketan of which Mr. Ramarao is a member.

Student found dead

VIJAYAWADA: An MCA student of ANR Engineering College, Ramesh Kumar, was found dead at the Gudivada railway station. However, it was not known whether it was an accident or he committed suicide by jumping before the train.

The body was found on Sunday by people who later informed the police about it.

Ramesh was the son of a police head constable, Nageswara Rao, who is working at Kakinada. The boy was staying at the college hostel. The Gudivada railway police handed over the body to the family after post-mortem.

Tamil actor drowned in Godavari

ELURU A Tamil film actor, Gajendra Martine (25), of Villivakam in Tamil Nadu, was drowned in the Godavari at Kovvuru, 100 km away from here, on Sunday.

According to reports reaching here, three artistes lost their balance and slipped into the river while acting for the Tamil film, `Gajendra.' While two of them reached the shore safely, Martine was swept away by the swirling undercurrents. He took to acting two years ago.

A team of swimmers traced his body five hours after the mishap. A fight scene was being shot from a couple of boats hired from the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department in the middle of the river, when a boat suddenly inched ahead and the artistes aboard lost balance and fell into the river even as the fight master was giving them directions.

The film director, Suresh Krishna, reportedly planned shooting on two locations simultaneously--one relating to fight scenes in the middle of the river and the other, involving the hero, Vijayakant, at the nearby Goshpada Kshetram on the river banks. Laya is the heroine of the film.

The film shooting, which began at the location only on Sunday, was suspended following the accident.

The Kovvuru DSP, M. Balaji Rao, said the body was sent to the artiste's native village.

Jaggery wash destroyed

Cuddapah: The Rayachoti Excise and Prohibition Inspector, V.S. Das, and staff destroyed 600 litres of fermented jaggery wash and an abandoned spill on the outskirts of Bonumala Nagari village in Chinnamandem mandal.

The excise officials raided Bonumala, Devalampet and Poothalavandlapalle villages in Chinnamandem mandal and bound over nine habitual offenders under Section 110 Cr.P.C. on the instructions of the Cuddapah Excise Superintendent, L.C. Muralidhar, Mr. Das stated. They were produced before the Rayachoti Mandal Executive Magistrate, who directed them to deposit Rs. 20,000 each, he added.

Blood donation camp held

Anantapur: In all, 40 persons including the Anantapur Club secretary, B.M. Gandhi Reddy, the Ladies Club secretary, Savitri, donated blood at a voluntary blood donation camp organised jointly by the two clubs here on Sunday. The convenor of Manavatha, an organisation of voluntary blood donors, Tarimela Amarnatha Reddy, called upon various institutions and organisations to take up blood donation as a social responsibility and conduct blood donation camps regularly to enable timely availability of blood to the needy.

4,600 appear for Group-I exam

NELLORE: An estimated 4,600 candidates appeared for the preliminary examinations of the Group-I services of the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission at Nellore on Sunday. The examinations went off peacefully, under strict vigilance.

Stone crushing plant opened

TIRUPATI: A model dust-control stone crushing plant, claimed to be the first of its kind in the Rayalaseema region, was inaugurated at Chuttugunta Ramapuram, 6 km from here, on Sunday. The Rs.5 lakh plant of Veeramachaneni stone crushers, supported by National Productivity Council and AP Pollution Control Board, was jointly inaugurated by the PCB's environmental engineer, Pramodkumar Reddy, Deputy Director, Mines and Geology wing, A.V.Subba Reddy and Sudhakar Reddy, the district assistant director.

NTR-TDP to contest 3 seats KURNOOL: The NTR-TDP will contest Kurnool, Adoni and Nandikotkur seats in Kurnool district. In the first list approved by the party president, N. Laxmi Parvathi, the names of Mr. K. Rangaiah for Adoni, Mr. T.M.V. Subba Reddy for Kurnool and Mr. G. Somanna for Nandikotkur were cleared. The party general secretary, Mr. Y. Tirupathirao Yadav, announced the candidates here on Sunday

Red Cross annual Awards

KURNOOL: The Indian Red Cross Society district secretary, K.G. Govinda Reddy and three others received the annual awards from the Governor, S.S. Barnala, at the 46th annual general body meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday. Dr. Sankara Sarma, Gastroenterologist, Mr. D. Narasimhachar, social activist, and the Deputy Executive Engineer, Chandrasekhar Reddy, received the awards for their support in establishing the Red Cross Blood Bank here.

Collector's fiat to BSP

ADILABAD. The District Election Officer and Collector, Vikas Raj, has ordered removal of all election related graffiti by the Bahujan Samaj Party from the walls of government properties in Adilabad town. The orders also specify recovery of expenditure for their removal from the BSP.

The order was issued to Adilabad Revenue Divisional Officer Hanmanth Rao on Saturday in accordance with the Election Commission's model code of conduct.

Model DSC test conducted

NIZAMABAD. The district branch of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on Sunday conducted a model District Selection Committee test for the candidates at Nizamabad, Bodhan and Kamareddy. The ABVP in-charge, M.Jaipal Reddy said the response from the candidates was good.

Two-day workshop ends

NIZAMABAD. A two-day workshop which was conducted to apprise fresh engineering graduates of industry requirements at the Kshatriya College of Engineering, Chepur, concluded here today. The workshop was conducted by Globerena. Tamiz Sheik, trainer from Globerena conducted training programme on personality development through group discussions and interpersonal skills. Another trainer, Phani Kumar, explained the latest trends in the IT field. Intel had put up a stall to demonstrate the latest technology. The college Principal, M.Venkateswarulu, attended.

Homoeo doctors' plea

KARIMNAGAR. The Indian Institute of Homeopathic Physicians, Karimnagar district unit has demanded that the Government open homoeo dispensaries in all mandals and allot at least 20 beds in various government hospitals for homoeo treatment in each district. The district homoeo medicine association at its district level meeting here on Sunday regretted that in the last 15 years no new homoeo dispensary was opened in the district.

Chain-snatcher arrested

WARANGAL. The CCS police personnel today arrested one Md. Sikander allegedly being involved in about 20 cases of chain snatches and house breaking in the city. DSP, B. Sumathi, and CI, K. Dakshina Murthy, presenting the accused before the media said that property worth Rs 4.15 lakh, including 70 tola gold, 1.5 kg silver and silk sarees, were seized from him.

Submit firearms, tells Collector

KARIMNAGAR. The Collector, Sumita Dawra, has instructed the licence holders of firearms in the district to immediately deposit their weapons with the nearest police station or with the district police office, on or before March 30 till the completion of election process -- up to April 20 -- in the district. The Collector also said that carrying of five arms was prohibited till that date. Any deviation of the instruction will entail severe action against the defaulting licence holder, according to an official release here today.

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