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A.V.S. Reddy tipped to be SEC

Hyderabad: A.V. S. Reddy, senior IAS officer presently with Government of India in New Delhi, is tipped to succeed K. Madhava Rao, as the State Election Commissioner.

Informed sources in the Government say his name has been cleared by the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy. The five-year term of Mr. Madhava Rao will expire on December 24. Mr. Reddy served as Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, before going to NIRD and later to Delhi.

TTD to perform `shanti homams'

TIRUMALA: The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) management has decided to organise `Adbhutha Shanti Homam' in different parts of the State. According to the TTD Board of Trustees, which met here today, `homams' would be organised in three districts -- Cuddapah, Karimnagar and Visakhapatnam. The TTD would also shall provide a financial aid of Rs. one lakh for each homam -- which would be conducted for three days.

The board also resolved to bear half of the cost of the `Linear accelerator machine'' supposed to be installed at the TTD-run SVIMS super speciality hospital, Tirupathi.

Two youths drowned

KURNOOL: Two youths were drowned in the KC Canal at Sunkesula on Wednesday. According to reports, the youths hailing from Kurnool city went to barrage for picnic and were accidentally drowned when they got into the canal. The body of one person was recovered while the search was on for the second. The police are investigating.

National youth fete

Hyderabad: The next national youth festival is being organised at Hyderabad from January 12 to 16. The Minister for Youth Services, T. Harish Rao, told reporters here today that the event would be participated by 70 to 100 representatives from each State. There would be 18 cultural events in which the representatives would contest.

Classes for construction labour

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Building Workers' Federation is organising training classes for members of all workers' organisations at Sundarayya Vignana Kendram, Bagh Lingampally, on November 27 and 28.

A. Lokesh, member of the State committee, in a statement issued here on Wednesday, criticised the Government for not responding to the federation's plea for organising training classes. Such classes would benefit about 30 lakh persons involved in the construction field.

`Group I exam: no changes'

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission asserted here on Wednesday that no requests for change of optionals or centres for the Group-I Service Main Examination would be entertained.

In a press release issued here, the APPSC secretary said the optional subjects and centres chosen by the provisionally qualified candidates in their applications would be taken as final. It advised them to prepare for the examination keeping in view the particulars already filled by them in the applications.

It stated that the release could be treated as individual reply to candidates who might have sent any request for change by post or otherwise to the Commission. It would not entertain any further correspondence.

TDP rally leads to squabble

KURNOOL: The differences between the former Minister, K.E. Prabhakar, and the former MP from Nandyal, Bhuma Nagireddy, came to the fore at the Telugu Desam protest rally here on Wednesday. Mr. Nagi Reddy protested against allowing the rally to proceed while they waited with vehicles in the town.

The TDP organised a rally to protest against the hike in the prices of petroleum products here today. The party general secretary Laljan Pasha also took part. The rally reached the collectorate much before the Mr. Nagi Reddy and his supporters joined it. Mr. Nagi Reddy did not address the rally and refused to get into the vehicle, which was used as platform to address the gathering. He did not relent despite an apology by the former minister, K.E. Prabhakar, and request by Laljan Pasha. Mr. Nagi Reddy sniped at the Zilla Parishad Chairman, B. Venkatramudu, who was in the vehicle since he belonged to their group. Mr. Venkatramudu got off the vehicle. Mr. Nagi Reddy and his supporters left the place before the speeches concluded.

317 candidates qualify for NDA

HYDERABAD: The results of test for admission into the National Defence Academy (NDA) have been released by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and are on display at the office of the Press Information Bureau in Lakdikapul (Phones: 23307365 and 23307893).

According to an official press release, 317 candidates have been qualified for admission to the Army, Navy and Air force wings of the NDA.

Ex-servicemen's bodies in districts

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Ex-servicemen's Welfare Association has proposed to constitute district-level organisations for taking up struggle to bring to the Government's notice the need for meeting their employment and housing needs. A. Rangaiah Goud, founder-president, in a statement issued here on Wednesday called for united efforts by members, to take up t welfare measures. Interested persons could contact Mr. Goud (tel 9346227672) or other office-bearers of the association.

Drop in minimum temperatures

Hyderabad: Minimum temperatures fell once again in the State on Wednesday. The lowest night temperature for the 24-hour period lasting this morning was recorded by Kalingapatnam at 18 degree Celsius.

Mainly dry weather prevailed over Coastal Andhra and dry weather in Telangana and Rayalaseema regions.

A forecast by the State Met Office says that the dry weather will continue in the State on Thursday also.

Two held under PD Act

ANANTAPUR: Two Congress activists of Dharmavaram constituency, Kamireddypalli Sudhakar Reddy and Adinarayana Reddy, were arrested under the Preventive Detention Act on Wednesday and sent to Cherlopalli jail in Hyderabad. The two were accused in seven and six criminal cases, respectively.

Woman killed

ANANTAPUR: A 50-year old woman of Kattakindipalli village in Anantapur rural mandal was found murdered in her agriculture fields on Wednesday. Her throat was found slit. A land dispute with her kin is said to be the reason. Her husband was also killed in the land dispute about 25 years ago.

Elocution competition

NELLORE: An elocution competition for degree final year students was held on `population education' at D.K. Government College for Women on Wednesday. The co-ordinator of the Career Guidance Cell, M. Subbi Reddy, explained the guidelines and topics to the participants. Prizes were awarded to the winners by the Principal, G.M. Hemaprabha. The College, has decided to hold a workshop on National Assessment and Accreditation Council' (NACC), on Thursday.

Leader mourned

MADANAPALLE: The State Assistant Secretary of CPI, K. Narayana, has condoled the death of the CPI leader of Madanapalle, M. Rajanna, who died a week ago. At a public meeting to mourn the loss of the leader, Mr. Narayana said Mr. Rajanna was an able and efficient leader and everyone must follow in his footprints.

BJYM meet

NELLORE: The district executive committee meeting of Bharateeya Janatha Yuva Morcha (BJYM), will be held, on November 21, at the BJP district office at 9 a.m. Among other issues, the meeting is to decide the prevailing conditions in social welfare hostels, besides the proposed State-wide bandh, on November 30, in protest against the arrest of the Kanchi seer, Jayendra Saraswathi.

Nellore boy's distinction

NELLORE: Adarsh (9), a Class IV student has been invited to perform Kuchipudi dance at the 6th biennial conference of the World Telugu Federation, at Bangalore, on December 26. He has given more than 200 programmes and won a number of awards.

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