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The Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda, introducing the Secretary, Political, Rajeshwar Tiwari, and the Hyderabad Police Commissioner, R.P. Singh, to the Chief Minister-designate, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Wednesday.

Assembly list notified

Hyderabad: The Election Commission today notified the list of 294 newly elected members of the 12th Legislative Assembly.

The EC Secretary, Tapas Kumar, who came down here to facilitate verification of the list of elected members, sent the list to the Governor, S.S. Barnala, in fulfilment of a Constitutional obligation to form the new Assembly tomorrow.

The official flew down here under a special arrangement to facilitate quick verification of the relevant papers.

The Chief Electoral Officer, M. Narayana Rao, said later that the list was published through a State gazette. With this, the Constitutional decks for convening of the Assembly by the Governor were cleared.

Chada is CPI Floor leader

HYDERABAD: The Indurthi MLA-elect, Chada Venkat Reddy, has been elected Floor leader of the CPI in the Assembly.

He is a member of the national council and State executive of the party. He is also secretary of the Karimnagar district unit of the party.

Explosives seized at Dachepalli

GUNTUR: The district police seized explosive material allegedly being stored and sold unauthorisedly by a trader, Koteswara Rao, in Bank Street of Dachepalli. The seized material included 16 quintals of Ammonium Nitrate in bags, two quintals of Sulfur and 1,776 detonators.

The material was being purchased from Nalagonda district, the Superintendent of Police, Ravi Shankar Ayyannar, told reporters on Wednesday.

The sale and use of gelatin sticks had been banned and those having stocks must deposit it with the police or any authorised agency, he added.

Mohan Kanda calls on YSR

Hyderabad: The Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda, the DGP, S.R. Sukumara, the city Police Commissioner, R.P. Singh, and the Secretary, Political, Rajeshwar Tiwari, called on the Chief Minister-designate, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Wednesday afternoon. They were closeted with him for about half an hour discussing administrative formalities.

Jail for flouting ESI Act

HYDERABAD: M. Satyanarayana, proprietor of a sweet shop in Mahabubnagar, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment and fined Rs.1,000 for non-payment of ESI contribution, according to a press release issued by the ESI Regional Office. The Regional Director, N. Gopalakrishnaiah, said an employer was liable to be sentenced to three to five years imprisonment and asked to pay a fine of Rs.10,000 to Rs.25,000 for non-compliance of the ESI Act. He appealed to employers to comply with the Act within the stipulated time to avoid legal action.

Plea for mid-day meal during summer

HYDERABAD: The M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation and the Child Rights Protection Committee, in identical "open letters" to the Chief Minister-designate, have appealed for continuance of the mid-day meal scheme during summer vacation as a "gift from the new Government to children of the State."

R. Venkat Reddy, coordinator of the foundation, and Y. Rajendra Prasad, member-secretary of the committee, while releasing the letters to the press, said on Wednesday that the scheme, covering 77- lakh children, was suspended for summer. They said that children were the worst affected by severe drought and continuing the scheme for them would provide enormous support to poor parents.

Group clash in Vidyadhara Rao's village

ELURU: Tension prevailed in East Yadavalli in Kamavarapukota mandal, the native of the former Minister, Kotagiri Vidyadhara Rao, following a post-election results clash between the Minister's supporters and Congress workers.

According to the police, TDP workers allegedly attacked an autorickshaw carrying Congress functionaries and reportedly assaulted them when the latter were celebrating the victory of their party candidate, Ghanta Muraliramakrishna. The autorickshaw was partly damaged. A case was registered.

Pen-down strike by teachers

CUDDAPAH: Teachers staged a pen-down strike during spot valuation in Government Arts College here on Wednesday, demanding implementation of an agreement reached by Sri Venkateswara University with the teachers' unions to enhance remuneration for spot valuation by 20 per cent.

The former State president of the Government College Gazetted Teachers' Association, M.C. Venkatasubbaiah, the Aided College Teachers' Association State Legal secretary, G.V. Subba Reddy, and the Government College Teachers' Association leader, Balasubrahmanyan Reddy, maintained that though SVU authorities had agreed to enhance the remuneration once in two years no action had been taken so far. They threatened to boycott the spot valuation if the university failed to respond favourably.

Moderate rain likely

Hyderabad: A trough lay across Coastal Andhra on Wednesday, causing rain at a few places. There was isolated rain in Telangana and Rayalaseema while the weather was dry in Coastal Andhra.

Nizamabad recorded a rainfall of 1cm. Day temperatures rose at a few places in Coastal Andhra and changed little in Telangana and Rayalaseema. The maximum for the 24-hour period ending on Wednesday was recorded by Nizamabad and Ramagundam at 43 degree C.According to a forecast issued by the State Met Office for Thursday, there would be light to moderate rain/thundershowers at a few places in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari districts. Rain will be isolated in Telangana, Rayalaseema and the rest of Coastal Andhra.

Congress rebel's assertion

KURNOOL: The Congress leader, D. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, has said he will honour people's verdict and promised to continue to be in active politics.

Mr. Vishnuvardhan Reddy, who contested as Independent from Kurnool, polled 26,095 votes. Mr. Reddy thanked voters who supported him and said he was proud to poll a considerable number of votes withstanding the wave in favour of the Congress.

ITDA schools bag top honours

ELURU: The Integrated Tribal Development Authority (ITDA)-run schools scored over Zilla Parishad, Mandal Parishad and Municipal schools in VIIth class common examination results in West Godavari district. The results declared on Wednesday showed that 14 out 17 ITDA schools achieved 100 per cent pass percentage in the district. In aggregate, the district secured 96.27 per cent results with 28,827 boys and 28,730 girls passing the examination. Nearly, 60,000 students from both private and government schools appeared for the examination. Sunkara Binduja, of the Zilla Parishad school at Sringavruksham, ranked first in the district by scoring 583 out of 600 marks. The second and third ranks went to the students of private schools situated in Eluru, Tanuku and Tadepalligudem.

BSNL to hold open house

SRIKAKULAM: An open house will be conducted for BSNL subscribres at Vamsadhara Guest House in Tekkali on May 14 at 10.30 a.mGeneral Manager of the BSNL Srikakulam district. Subscribers and professionals may participate in the programme to solve problems relating to telephone services, says a press release.

VSP sets up grievance cell

Visakhapatnam: A public grievance redressal machinery has been set up by Visakhapatnam Steel Plant to remedy complaints pertaining to its servicesin a systematic and time-bound manner. According to a VSP spokesman, the cell will function under the Deputy General Manager (corporate personnel and coordination), T.K. Chand.

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