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BCs' plea on land distribution

CUDDAPAH: The BC United Front State general secretary, A. Mallikarjuna, on Saturday demanded distribution of lands proportionate to the BC population under the Indira Prabha programme. The Government was neglecting BCs and merely viewing them as a vote bank, he alleged at a press conference here. The Front State president, Ramakrishnaiah, would address a public meeting at Kalakshetram on Sunday evening, to enlighten the BCs on their rights, he said. The district president, G. Narasimhulu, and the general secretary, K.V. Krishnaiah, also took part.

Para-workers in Food-for-Work

CUDDAPAH: One para-worker must be engaged from each panchayat having 10 habitations and two workers at places having more habitations under the National Food-for-Work programme, the Zilla Parishad CEO, P. Durga Prasad, said on Saturday.

Addressing mandal officials at a meeting here, he said para-workers must be chosen from among skilled labourers and they must be kept informed of the funds and rice sanctioned.

Workers of BC colonies must be provided work for five days to prevent their migration and starvation death, Mr. Prasad said.

The Deputy CEO, Dayakar Reddy, EE of Panchayat Raj, Dastagiri, MPDOs, mandal engineers and panchayat secretaries took part. - Staff Reporter

Development works on tanks

NELLORE: Development works to a tune of Rs. 21.50 lakhs are to be undertaken in Kondapuram mandal. According to available information, the funds are to be mainly spent on strengthening of tanks like Gandikatla tank and Kommi tank besides Saipet supply channel and Renamala supply channel.

Two killed by thunderbolt

Sangareddy: A shepherd couple died on the spot when a thunderbolt hit them on the outskirts of Rangadhampalli in Siddipet mandal on Saturday evening. Tirupathi Balayya (50) and his wife Tirupathi Venkavva (45) took shelter from a sudden rain under a tree when the bolt struck the couple burning them alive. Gusty winds along with rain also disrupted power supply in nearby Dubbaka mandal. - Staff Reporter

Hailstrom wreaks havoc in Kurnool

KURNOOL: Hailstorm accompanied by high-velocity gales caused serious destruction at Pamulapadu and Atmakur in Kurnool district on Saturday. According to reports, 150 thatched houses were partially damaged and 60 electric poles were uprooted. The damage was more severe in Pamulapadu and Lingala village.

At Karivena, a fallen tree caused obstruction on the Kurnool-Guntur road. Traffic was restored after removing the tree. In Kurnool city, showers brought down the temperatures in the evening. However, during day time, the sweltering heat paralysed the civic life. - Staff Reporter

Three hurt in clash

NELLORE: Three persons suffered injuries following a clash between two groups in Kondapuram of Nellore district on Friday evening. According to the police, the trouble was the result of a feud over an autorickshaw accident. With a section using iron rods, the situation suddenly became serious. The injured were admitted to the area hospital, Kavali.

Meanwhile the police in Pellakur have rounded up 15 persons in connection with the clashes at Chillakur Vaddipalem village on May 18. - Staff Reporter

Temple Brahmostavam

NELLORE: The `Brahmostavam' of Sri Penusila Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple at Penchalakona of Rapur mandal, commenced on a grand scale on Friday. Due to sudden power cut for more than five hours in Rapur town, there was disruption to water supply to the temple town. This has caused innumerable difficulties for the devotees.

Meanwhile, the 'Brahmostavams' of Sri Karimanikya Swamy temple also commenced at Thummur village of Naidupet mandal on Friday. The main feature this year was the presentation of a new chariot for the temple at a cost of Rs. 15 lakhs, with the co-operation of local villagers. - Staff Reporter

TDP to keep off public debate on project

HYDERABAD: For the second time the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has decided to stay away from the public debate on irrigation projects, this time the one being held on Venkatanagaram project at Rajahmundry on Sunday. S. Maruti, the TDP MLA designated by his party to participate in the debates, said here on Saturday that the party decided to abstain from the debate since Venkatanagaram was a small lift scheme based on the Godavari, which did not figure in the list of 26 projects proposed by the State Government. - Special Correspondent

Annamacharya jayanti

CUDDAPAH: Noted artistes will render Annamacharya keerathanas and perform Kuchipudi dances on the saint-lyricist, Annamacharya's 597th jayanti celebrations at Tallapaka in Rajampet mandal on May 23, the Director of Cultural Affairs, A Srikanth, said in a statement. - Staff Reporter

Lifer for murder

ELURU: The District Judge, K. Sanjivara Naidu, on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to one Gajula Suryaprakasa Rao of Tirugudumetta village in Goplapuram mandal for killing a person, Cherukuri Ganga Raju, from a neighbouring village.

According to the prosecution, land dispute was the cause of the murder reported in 2002. - Staff Reporter

Plea for maize-based unit in Karimnagar

KARIMNAGAR: The NSUI former State president, Ponnam Prabhakar, has urged the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to establish a maize-based industry and a cold storage unit in Karimnagar district.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister during his visit to the district on Saturday, Mr Prabhakar said that Karimnagar district tops in maize production and suggested setting up of maize- based industry for the benefit of farmers. - Staff Reporter

Two killed in road accident

NIZAMABAD: Two persons were killed and three others injured in a road accident near Church of South India High School at Kamareddy, on the National Highway, in the early hours of Saturday.

The mishap occurred when a jeep in which the victims were travelling was hit by a lorry.

The dead were identified as Shaik Jakir Hussain (38) and Amjad (21) driver and cleaner of the jeep respectively. - Staff Reporter

Contribution to relief fund

KARIMNAGAR: The Andhra Pradesh Vydya Vidhana Parishad governing council member, Dr. E. Vijayender Reddy, has handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, towards the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the successful implementation of Rythu Sadassu to sensitise farmers on scientific methods of farming. The cheque was handed over at the Rythu Sadassu here on Saturday. - Staff Reporter

Freedom fighter's death condoled

NIZAMABAD: The Senior Citizens Forum, Nizamabad district, condoled the death of a freedom fighter, founder of the forum and retired Tahsildar, J. Hanumantha Reddy, who was killed in a road accident in Hyderabad on Friday. - Staff Reporter

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