Commodity rates

The following were the rates (Rs. per kg) of essential commodities in local wholesale market on Tuesday, according to the Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce & Industry: Groundnut oil-48.50, Palmolein oil-38.75, Sunflower oil-49, Tamarind (flower variety)-21 to 28, Tamarind (karipuli variety)-42 to 48, Chillies (refrigerated)-25 to 30, Chillies (non-refrigerated)-10 to 15, Rice 2716-13, Rice super fine-15, Rice Sona Masuri 16 to 17, Samba-15 to 17, Black gram (Pottu Minappappu)-35.50 and Red gram (Kandipappu) -22 to 29.50.

Special buses

The APSRTC, Vijayawada region, is operating 50 additional special (hi-tech) buses to Amaravathi daily from December 25 to cater to the needs of the pilgrims for Kalachakra. In a statement, corporation's regional manager M. Seetapati said the additional services would continue till January 16. Highest points

Students of BRS IIT Foundation Academy scored the highest number of points in AIM Ed Talent Test, in the State. Academy student P.S. Aditya (CBSE) scored 53 points and N. Saideep (State syllabus) scored 53 points.