Honour for HasnainHYDERABAD: Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad Seyed E. Hasnain has been elected to the membership of the prestigious Deutsche Akademie Der Naturforscher, Leopoldina (German Academy of Sciences). "I am overwhelmed by this recognition and it is a great honour personally to me and to the university," he said in a press release.

Election expenditureHYDERABAD: The Income-Tax Department will analyse the election expenditure of candidates in the Karimnagar and Bobbili bypolls once it receives eports from observers, according to D.V. Dharmik, Chief Commissioner, I-T, Hyderabad-I. He, however, refused to elaborate further on reports over spending of huge amounts by the candidates. - Staff Reporter

Two liquor deathsKURNOOL: Two persons died after consuming liquor at Injedu in Uyyalawada mandal on Thursday. They were identified as Sanjeevarayudu (47) and Narasimhulu (70). Relatives of the victims suspect poisoning for the deaths. - Special Correspondent

Woman's body foundSangareddy: Tension prevailed in Rajpalli of Medak mandal following the death of a married woman. The partly burnt body of Kavitha, wife of Ramesh, was found in the bathroom. Kavitha's parents complained to the police that their daughter was murdered and burnt for extra dowry. - Staff Reporter

Farmer ends lifeANANTAPUR: Distress caused by burden of debt claimed the life of a farmer on Thursday. Chinna Narayana (60) of Aravakuru in Kuderu mandal consumed a pesticide and died in Government General Hospital here. - Staff Reporter

SCR Financial AdviserHYDERABAD: An Indian Railways Accounts Service officer of 1977 batch Vandana Singhal on Thursday assumed charge as Financial Adviser and Chief Accounts Officer of the South Central Railway (SCR). - Staff Reporter

Slurry trade: 2 heldNALGONDA: As a quick follow-up to the Tamil Nadu police inspection of an explosives factory in the district, the Bhongir police arrested two persons of Rajasree Enterprises under the Explosives Act on Thursday. Akkenapally Raj Kumar and Soma Ramakrishna, owner and manager respectively, had been arrested and remanded in custody, Vijay Kumar, SP, said. - Staff Reporter

`No' to armed forceHYDERABAD: The Genco on Thursday reviewed security provided to Lower Sileru hydroelectric power project in Visakhapatnam district in the light of blasting of a nearby forest checkpost by Maoists on Wednesday night but ruled out deployment of a full armed contingent. Ajay Jain, MD, said the SPF police had been deployed for the protection of the power station. - Special Correspondent

Red sanders seizedMadanapalle: Officials seized on Wednesday red sander logs worth Rs.1.2 lakhs and a car used for its transportation from Rayachoti (Kadapa district). The department officials chased the vehicle and caught it at Balamvaripalle, but the accused abandoned the car and ran away.

The car was carrying 13 pieces of red sander wood weighing 350 kg. The car was sent to Madanapalle forest range office, according to D.F.O., Chittoor Western Division, S. Nageswara Rao. . Correspondent

84th Ghantasala JayantiTIRUPATI: Tirupati Film Society will celebrate the 84th birth anniversary of playback singer Ghantasala on December 8. Noted music director K.M. Radhakrishna of `Anand' and `Godavari' fame would be presented the Ghantasala award for the year 2006 on the occasion, according to U.V.S.R. Anjaneyulu, president of the society. Special Correspondent

Interest waiverKURNOOL: Farmers in Kurnool district are likely to benefit to the tune of Rs. 100 crores from the Central Government-sponsored interest waiver programme.

According to Lead District Manager Ravi Kumar, all branches have been communicated through their respective coordinators to work out the details. Special Correspondent

Donation sought for ex-servicemenKADAPA: District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu on Thursday sought donations from people to assist the families of defence personnel and ex-servicemen.

He launched a fund-raising drive by NCC cadets when District Sainik Welfare Officer V. Nageswara Rao and NCC cadets called on him at his bungalow. Staff Reporter

School hits a centuryVISAKHAPATNAM: A primary school at Nagulapalli in Munagapaka mandal has been running for 100 years. It was established in 1906. To mark the occasion, a celebration is planned for three days from Friday. Among the alumni are political leaders, judges, doctors, scientists and winners of prestigious awards. A reception committee has been formed with former MP P. Appala Narsimham as chairman.

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Viswam in MLC raceKakinada: Pothula Venkata Viswam, chairman Rajiv Gandhi group of educational institutions, has announced his candidature for contesting to the Legislative Council from the Graduates constituency of East and West Godavari districts. He has announced decision after holding discussions with the Congress party leaders at various levels during last few days. He served as the town Congress president for a brief period. - Correspondent

3 killed in accidentVIZIAZNAGARAM: Three persons, including an infant, were killed on the spot and six others injured when the car in which they were travelling was hit by a truck at Pradeepnagar here in the wee hours of Thursday. The dead were identified as S. Malleswara Rao, Girija Kumari and Roop Teja of Rajam in Srikakulam district. The condition of Sudha Rani (28) was stated to be critical and she was admitted to KGH in Visakhapatnam.-

Yendamuri opens Vidya PeethamKakinada: Noted writer Yendamuri Veerendranath inaugurated the Saraswati Vidya Peetham founded by him near Madhavapatnam on the city outskirts on Wednesday. He said the peetham was set up at a cost of Rs.85 lakhs, totally funded by him. Free training classes would be conducted for 10 days every month at the peetham, he said. The inaugural session was started with the students of Salipet municipal girls high school. Municipal Commissioner K. Venkateswerlu presided.

City mayor Kavikondala Saroja participated.

Written test for court postsRajahmundry: District Principal and Sessions Judge Samudrala Govindarajulu has said that the written test for the posts of junior assistants, typists, field assistants, copyists posts will be held on December 10 at 10.30 am in SKVT college. General knowledge, general English, letter writing, objective type exam will be part of the test and the time duration will be one hour.

Official visits sugar unitTuni: Commissioner for Sugar and Cane A. Vidyasagar on Thursday visited Tandava Sugars along with person-in-charge Sandeepkumar Sultania (Joint Collector, Vizag). Speaking on this occasion he said that they were going to give licence to 60 private sugar factories in a phased manner. Tandava Sugars Managing Director TP Sivaramprasad and others participated in the meeting.

`Sthambhadri Sambaralu'KHAMMAM `Sthambhadri Sambaralu' will be organised in Khammam in January next. Collector Sashibushan Kumar convened a meeting with heads of departments concerned here on Thursday as part of efforts to draw up a plan for the festival. He said the festival schedule would be finalised soon. - Staff Reporter