Governor, YSR extend Ugadi greetings

HYDERABAD: Governor Rameshwar Thakur and Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy have extended their greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of Ugadi.

In a message, Mr. Thakur conveyed his greetings to Telugus in Andhra Pradesh and hoped that the New Year `Sarvajit' would usher in peace, prosperity, harmony and happiness to everyone.

Dr. Reddy while greeting Telugus in the country and abroad wished that there would be prosperity and peace in each family during the New Year. - Special Correspondent

Bharat Nirmaan campaign

HYDERABAD: The Press Information Bureau will conduct the fifth Bharat Nirmaan Public Information Campaign (PIC) at Hindupur, in Anantapur district, from March 22 to 26.

M.V.V.S. Murthy, Deputy Director-General (Media and Communication), told a press conference here on Sunday that the campaign, was the fifth to be taken up in the State after Nalgonda, Vuyyuru, Kamareddy and Wyra (Khammam district).

It would be flagged off by Hindupur Municipal Chairman J. Anil Kumar. - Special Correspondent

Withdrawal of G.O. 35 sought

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State Teachers' Union has sought the intervention of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy in withdrawal of G.O. 35, which bans appointment of lecturers in aided colleges.

In a statement issued here, K. Narasimha Reddy, and A. Lakshman, president and general secretary respectively, said aided colleges in the State were facing a crisis because of the ban and non-filling of vacant posts. - Special Correspondent

World Water Day celebrations

HYDERABAD: The Centre for Water Resources is observing World Water Day at the UGC Academic Staff College, JNTU, Kukatpally on March 22.

The United Nations declared `Coping with water scarcity' as the theme for the World Water Day.

The celebrations will begin at 10 a.m. and will comprise of expert lectures, release of campaign materials etc.

Minister's plea to cane growers

HYDERABAD: Major Industries and Sugar Minister J. Geeta Reddy has asked cane growers to observe patience in disposal of sugarcane as the Government issued orders to all sugar factories for crushing left over cane.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Minister said following a meeting convened by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, sugar factories across the State had been asked to crush the cane for which agreements had been made. - Special Correspondent

Inter exam: five officials suspended

HYDERABAD: Five officials involved in the conduct of Intermediate examinations were suspended from service holding them responsible for malpractice in Government Junior College, Hayathnagar on March 15.

Regional Inspection Officer (RIO) of Ranga Reddy district P. Mohan Reddy was removed from his examination duties. According to a statement issued by R.P. Sisodia, Secretary, Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) an enquiry revealed that five officials including the Chief Superintendent were found responsible and were suspended. - Staff Reporter

Sudarsana Yagam performed

TIRUPATI: Maha Sudarsana Yagam was performed under the auspices of Vepanjeri Lakshminarayana Swamy temple on Sunday. The ritual is meant to ward off `grahana dosham' (the evil effect cast by solar eclipse) at the dawn of `Sarvajit' new year. Staff Reporter

Cockfights: 50 held, paraded

KADAPA: The Yerraguntla police took 50 persons of Peddannapadu, Palagiri and Indukur villages into custody for staging cockfights and paraded them at four road junctions in Yerraguntla town on Sunday evening. Staff Reporter

Canara Bank staff organise road show

KURNOOL: On the occasion of completion of 100 years of Canara Bank's existence, its staff organised a road show here on Sunday. They decided to explain the products to customers through door-to-door campaign. Special Correspondent

Lok Adalat solves 17 cases

Madanapalle: At the Lok Adalat held on Saturday, 17 cases were disposed of, said P. Ramesh Babu, Legal Literacy Association Chairman-cum-District Additional Judge. Correspondent

Sugarcane crop destroyed

Madanapalle: In a fire accident, sugarcane crop in 3.5 acres and a lorry were reduced to ashes in Maddiahgaripalle panchayat of P.T.M. Mandal near Kummaravandlapalle on Friday night. Correspondent

Minimum wages

TIRUPATI: The Chairperson of National Commission on Safayi Karmacharis, Santhosh Chaudhary has said that orders would be issued soon to ensure that Sulabh and other private sanitary contractors paid the minimum wage of Rs. 3,100 each to all the public health workers working under them in TTD buildings and installations at Tirumala and Tirupati. Special Correspondent

Yendluri gets Ugadi Puraskaram

Rajahmundry: Eminent poet, associated professor working in Potti Sriramulu University Prof. Yendluri Sudhakar has been selected for `Telugu Sahiti' Puraskaram being awarded by the State Government on the eve of Ugadi. -Staff Reporter.

Medical camp inaugurated

Rajahmundry: Former minister and senior TDP leader Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary on Sunday inaugurated general medical camp at Balajipeta near Ramakrishna Nagar. Former Mayor M.S. Chakravarti distributed spectacles free of cost for those children who were already tested in previous camp. -Staff Reporter.

`Vasantotsavam'

Rajahmundry: The University of Vedic Sciences (UVS) is going to arrange Ugadi Vasantotsavams on March 20 in TTD Kalyanamantapam. In a statement on Sunday, the UVS Yoga Mitra Mandamali said that Dr. Yekkirala Vedavyasa will give speech on `Universe - Future' on Tuesday in Danvaipeta TTD. -Staff Reporter.

Nominated

Kakinada: Professor Ajjarapu Srirama Rao Director and Principal of the Kakinada College of Engineering and technology has been nominated as the Principal member of the National Building Code Sectional Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Pulse polio mop-up programme launched

Kakinada: East Godavari Collector M. Subrahmanyam has launched the Pulse polio Mop Up programme by administering polio vaccine to children at the Vakalapudi village panchayat office in Kakinada rural mandal on city out skirts on Sunday. He called upon the people to extend their cooperation for the successful implementation of the programme to ensure that the district is free from the dreaded polio. He said that it was the social responsibility of every one to ensure success of the programme.