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Village secretary held NELLORE: Officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Nellore, led by the DSP, V.S.R. Chowdary, nabbed the village secretary of Gottigundala village in Kondapuram mandal, M. Krishnakumar, at Vinjamoor bus stand on Tuesday, when he was allegedly accepting Rs. 2,000 from a farmer, Devamma, to issue a passbook. The woman had been knocking the doors of the village officials for the last two years in vain. However after the new secretary took over, he reportedly promised to settle the issue on payment of Rs. 3,000 but finally agreed on Rs. 2,000.

Power failure

NELLORE: Nellore town went without power for more than three hours on Tuesday morning, following snapping of power by the corporation officials, who resumed demolition of encroachments in the town.

Padayatras by CPI(M)

ANANTAPUR: The Anantapur town committee of the CPI(M) is taking up padayatras in the town from February 16 to 23 for identifying problems being faced by people and taking them to the notice of the civic body and the Government and to work for their redressal. The town secretary of the party, V. Rambhupal, on Tuesday urged the people to bring their problems on house sites, ration cards, roads, drainage, drinking water, old age and widow pensions and others to their notice during the padayatras.

Medical camp

KURNOOL: The Velugu Project conducted a special medical camp for the physically challenged at Gonegandla in Kurnool district on Tuesday. S.V. Subba Reddy, MLA, Collector, Vikas Raj, the Telugu Yuvatha leader, S.V. Mohan Reddy, and others attended the programme.

An amount of Rs. 9.9 lakhs was disbursed to physically-challenged persons to start some income-generating activity. Mr. Subba Reddy called upon the beneficiaries to properly utilise the amount and ensure the best result.

Grandeur marks `Ratha sapthami'

TIRUMALA: Grandeur marked the `Ratha sapthami' festival on Tuesday at the temple of Lord Venkateswara here. The processional deity of Malayappa Swamy mounted atop seven different `vahanams' (celestial carriers) was taken around the thoroughfares of the temple town in different intervals from dawn to dusk. The festival off to a colourful start with the `Suryaprabha' vahanam being taken in procession at 5 a.m. Tens of thousands of devotees thronged the north west junction of the temple to witness the first rays of the sun fall on the `Suryaprabha vahanam'.

Model EAMCET on April 10

HYDERABAD: The Students' Federation of India will conduct a model EAMCET-2005 on April 10 at 150 centres all over the State. The test being held for the last four years will be conducted under the guidance of the academician, Ch. Ramaiah. A fee of Rs. 30 is being charged from candidates. The SFI has also asked the Government to reduce the EAMCET fee from Rs. 300 to Rs. 150. Interested students for the model test can call on phone Nos: 27561908 and 27567680 for registrations, according to a press release.

Constable on duty ends life

VIZIANAGARAM: A sentry constable of 5th APSP battalion at Chintalavalasa in Denkada mandal ended his life with his service revolver while on duty in the early hours on Tuesday. According to the Denkada SI, L. Revathamma, the constable, Ambati Anand Kumar (30), took the extreme step due to uncontrollable back pain for the past some time. He died while being treated in the district headquarters hospital. He is survived by wife and two children.

3 of family die in road mishap

CUDDAPAH: A woman and her two daughters died and two others sustained injuries when an autorickshaw hit a chilli-laden lorry at Arogyavaram near Badvel on Monday night. M. Nageswari (30) of Buddayapalle in Khajipet mandal died on the spot and her daughters -- Usha (9) and Soujanya (12) -- succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. Nageswari's husband, M. Chandrasekhar (35), and the autorickshaw driver, Venkatesu, were critically injured.

FAPCCI team visits Iran

Hyderabad: The recent trade delegation, led by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), to Iran had been a great success, said the FAPCCI president, O.P. Goenka, at a press conference here on Tuesday. Mr. Goenka led a team of nine members which visited three provinces of Iran, apart from the capital Tehran from February 4 to 11. Iranian businessmen were also keen to partner with Indian businesses to access those parts of the world market. He listed IT, paper, agricultural and food processing, leather, petroleum residues, rubber, carbon black and tourism as among the potential areas of trade partnership between the two countries.

Award for IICT Director

HYDERABAD: The Director of Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), J.S. Yadav, has been selected for the Goyal Award for 2003 by Kurukshetra University for his contribution to the field of chemistry. The award, to be presented in the second week of next month at Kurukshetra, carries a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, a medal and a citation. Dr. Yadav has specialised in the frontier area of organic synthesis and its application. He is an outstanding chemist in green chemistry and combinatorial chemistry. He has taken 20 international and 27 national patents, according to a press release.

Fraud in post office

CUDDAPAH: Embezzlement of Rs. 3.27 lakhs has been detected in the Yerramukkapalle post office in Cuddapah town and criminal action initiated against two employees, according to the Cuddapah Superintendent of Post Offices, K. Muniramaiah. Two postal clerks -- P.S. Sukumar and A.V. Ramana -- have been suspended on the charge of misappropriation by not accounting for amounts received from deposit holders in relevant records, Mr. Muniramaiah said. The misappropriation, committed since April 2003, was recently detected during an inspection of records, he said. The department has so far recovered Rs. 70,000 from the two suspended, he said. The Cuddapah One Town police, who booked a case, are on the lookout for the two accused.

RTC union plans stir

HYDERABAD: The APSRTC Employees' Union is planning to go on a Statewide strike on or after February 26 to press its demands. The union served a strike notice on the Government and the management. The decision to go on strike was taken on January 23 by the State executive of the union, according to B. Rama Rao, president, and V. Raja Rama Mohan Rao, secretary-general.

Selected for national award

HYDERABAD: Mendu Mammohan Rao, Dean, Indian School of Business, and N. Jayaprakash Narayan, coordinator of Lok Satta, are among the four eminent persons who have been selected for the Bharat Asmita National Award. The others persons are Dayanidhi Maran, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, and Shrikant R. Jichkar, former MP (posthumous). The awards are to be given by the MIT School of Management in recognition of their work inspiring the next generation to play proactive role in the country's growth. The award consists of a cash prize of Rs.1.25 lakhs and a tamara patra.

Four die in suicide pact?

ELURU: A family of four died reportedly in a suicide pact at Samisragudem in West Godavari district. According to the Samisragudem Sub-Inspector, M. Balakrishna, Manda Satyaprabhakar Rao (40), a bakery owner, his wife, Suryavati (35), daughters -- Durga (17) and Sandya (16) -- were found dead at their residence in Geetamandir area. The family members were believed to have taken the extreme step last night. Financial problems were said to be the cause for the suicide.

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