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CUDDAPAH: The District Minority Welfare Officer, P. Mahabub Khan, on Thursday called for applications from Urdu medium candidates for admission to Intermediate first year in the Andhra Pradesh residential junior colleges at Hyderabad, Guntur, Nizamabad and Kurnool.

Those selected would be provided free hostel and mess facilities, he said in a statement.

Free medical

camp conducted

CUDDAPAH: Velugu officials conducted a free medical camp for stone-cutters in K. Narayanapuram village in Ramapuram mandal on Thursday and distributed medicines free of cost to 42 families.

The families of Vaddera community who eked out a living by cutting stones in quarries were examined by Dr. Subba Reddy and given medicines, said the Velugu District Project Manager (Communications), Noor Ahmed, in a statement.

Four injured in road mishap

CUDDAPAH: Four students sustained injuries, one of them critically, when the autorickshaw in which they were going to school was hit by an APSRTC bus of Nellore depot near Sivaramnagar in Badvel town on Thursday.

Ramadevi (16), who was severely injured, was admitted to Cuddapah Government hospital. Three other students, Adilakshmi (14), Swarnalatha (11) and Chandrakiran Reddy (8), who were also injured, were admitted to Badvel Government hospital.

DEO's directive

KURNOOL: The District Education Officer asked the Mandal Education Officers and custodians of seventh class re-examination centres to collect question papers at the Government Girls High School (Urdu) near Control Room on June 19 at 8 a.m.

45 arrested

KURNOOL: The police led by the Deputy SP, K.V. Chalapathi Rao, arrested 45 persons who were allegedly organising mutka in the city yesterday evening. They were counselled and cases were framed against them.

Training in


CUDDAPAH: Girls passing SSC would be imparted training in computers, hotel management and food processing and those passing seventh class in hosiery, through six-month courses from June 23, said the district manager of Telugu Bala Mahila Pragathi Pranganam, A. Prasanthi, in a statement.

Awaaz panel's appeal

CUDDAPAH: The Awaaz district committee meeting has urged the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to grant five per cent reservation to minorities in employment and education, filling of all vacant Urdu teacher posts, setting up of Urdu schools and colleges in minority habitations, according to the Awaaz district convenor, S. Magbul Basha, on Thursday.

Water awareness meet

TIRUPATI: An awareness meet on `Water - Elixir of life', was conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests with financial aid from Deccan Development Society at Chiguruwada in Tirupati rural mandal on Wednesday.

Training for TDP MLAs

HYDERABAD: A three-day training programme on Assembly procedures, finances and legislative business, the role of the Opposition and other issues, began for Telugu Desam legislators at the TDP office here on Thursday.

The TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, interacted with the 36 of the 47 party MLAs, who attended the programme and told them to get acquainted with all the procedures and raise important people's issues.

Among the absentees were the Asifnagar MLA, D. Nagender, and S.V. Subba Reddy (Pattikonda). Party sources, however, said that all the legislators, who did not attend the programme, had taken permission from the president.

Revision of electoral rolls

Hyderabad: A special summary revision of electoral rolls is being taken up in the State with reference to January 1, 2005 as the qualifying date, as per the orders issued by the Election Commission.

The enrolment work will be from July 1, 2004 to September 10, 2004. Publication of draft rolls will be on September 15. Claims and objections on the draft rolls will be can be made between September 15 and October 15. The final publication of the rolls will be made on January 3, 2005, according to an official press note.

Corporators to go on study tour

Rajahmundry: A 72-member team of corporators of the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation, headed by the Mayor, M.S. Chakravarthy, and officials is leaving the city on Friday on a 12-day study tour.

The team will study the functioning of municipal corporations in Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Chandigarh. Last year also the Mayor and corporators went on a similar tour. Some corporators, who were opposing the tour on `financial' grounds stayed back.

Mr. Chakravarthy, however, has asserted that such tours will help corporators understand the civic administration better. The team will be back on June 30.

Named economic advisor

Hyderabad: D. A. Somayajulu, a chartered accountant, has been appointed as Advisor to Government (Economic Affairs & Policy Implementation) under the General Administration Department.

Fifty-one-year old Mr. Somayajulu was a member of the Congress Manifesto Committee and was instrumental in providing key technical and financial inputs for deciding the feasibility of free power supply to farmers.

A Fellow Member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of India and Company Secretaries of India, he has experience in the fields of entrepreneurial development, industrial promotion, merchant banking, venture capital, energy, financial management and economic planning. He has been with the Congress since 1996 and is considered part of the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy's think tank.

Hike in fuel prices draws flak

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Mahila Samakhya on Thursday criticised the increase in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. It termed it a burden on the poor and middle classes and demanded their withdrawal.

Ch. Rajakumari, president, P. Padma and Prem Pavani, general secretaries, in a statement urged the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to bring pressure on the Centre to do away with the increased prices.

They called upon the parties forming the United Progressive Alliance to keep in view the promises they made in their election manifestoes and after the elections. The parties should look at economic needs of a large number of women and take steps to meet them.

The State committee of CITU also demanded withdrawal of the increased prices which it said dashed the hopes of those who were happy after the formation of the UPA Government.

Janasakthi accepts

Government's invitation

HYDERABAD: The State Committee of the CPI (ML) Janasakthi has accepted the Government invitation for talks and supported the issues brought forth by the Government and the People's War for creation of a conducive atmosphere for holding such discussion.

In a statement, Amar, Secretary of the State Committee, said it would come out with its detailed viewpoint shortly on some more steps to be taken by the Government to ensure that the talks take a concrete shape and ways of implementing them seriously and with sincerity.

He has also emphasised on the need for all shades of Communist revolutionary groups prepared to participate in talks, to show unity and work as a team. He made an appeal to people, democratic organisations and intellectuals not to remain silent spectators but help in restoring peace in the State.

Woman naxal leader surrenders GUNTUR: A State Committee member of the People's War and deputy commander of the Galikonda Dalam, Mekala Mariamma alias Srujana alias Lakshmi, hailing from Pinnilli in Machavaram mandal of Guntur district, surrendered before the Superintendent of Police, Ravi

Shankar Ayyannar, here on Thursday.

Mariamma, who actively participated in two major incidents of attack on police stations in Orissa and Andhra Pradesh in 2001, told reporters that she got fed up with party members as they did not care for her even while she was not well. "Ill-health and lack of care by my husband, Chalapathi the PW regional committee member, forced me to return to parents' house,'' she said.

Mariamma, who was married to one Venkateswarlu in 1990 against

her wishes, gave birth to a boy in 1991 and tried to commit suicide as the couple never got on well. She came in contact with the Dachepalli Dalam then and moved with the dalam members, who first said they wished to help the poor by distributing land used by her as a contact in the village.

In 1998 she joined the Dachepalli Dalam as full-time member under pressure from Sankaranna and served it for two years. Later she was shifted to the Bellamkonda dalam for one year under the influence of dalam leader Prabhakar, Mariamma said.

Three ex-naxals abducted?

KARIMNAGAR: Suspected naxalites belonging to the CPI-ML Prathigatana group have reportedly abducted three former Prathigatana group naxalites, who surrendered before the Chief Minister, Y.S Rajashekhar Reddy along with weapons, and a sympathiser from the interior Mahamutharam and Kataram mandals respectively on Thursday night.

Reports reaching here said that the Prathigatana group new commander, Kondanna and its state secretary Prasadanna were reportedly involved in the abduction of the former naxalites and the sympathiser from Yamanpalli and Nagaram villages of Mahamutharam mandal and Kataram mandal respectively.

Rain likely

Hyderabad: There was isolated rain in coastal Andhra and Telangana on Thursday while weather was dry in Rayalaseema.

Chintapalli in Visakhapatnam district recorded a rainfall of 1 cm during the 24-hour period ended Thursday morning.

Light to moderate rain is likely on Friday at a few places in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam districts. Isolated rain is forecast in Telangana, Rayalaseema and the rest of coastal Andhra.

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