Takes charges as Joint Collector of HyderabadN. Mukteshwar Rao took over as Joint Collector of Hyderabad on Monday. Prior to this assignment, he was Special Officer, Kolleru Lake in East Godavari district.

Hazrat Ali's birth anniversary feteThe All-India Seerat-e-Zehra Committee is organising a central Shia processions on vehicles from Kotla Ali Jah, Charminar to Kohe Moula Ali on the occasion of birth anniversary of Hazrat Ali on August 9.

Exams re-scheduledThe pre-Ph.D. examination in Osmania University's faculties for regular candidates of the 2005-2006 batch and one time special chance for backlog students have been re-scheduled. Accordingly, paper I (research methodology) will be held on August 9 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and paper II (specialisation - broad field) will be held on August 11 with the same timings, according to an OU release.

Inter-school competitionsThe Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA), in association with Pakistan-India People's Forum for Peace and Democracy, Nuclear Disarmament for Peace and Jawahar Bal Bhavan, is organising inter-school competitions at Jawahar Bal Bhavan, Public Gardens, from Tuesday.

The competitions will be in essay writing, quiz, poster and slogan writing and one-act plays. There is no entry fee and students have to carry authorisation letters from the principals along with identity cards. The theme will be `Conflicts, war and terrorism'. Those interested can contact 24572984, 93970 40757 and 98660 28417.