Tax waiver for `Munnabhai'

HYDERABAD: The State Government has decided to waive entertainment tax on the Hindi movie `Lage Raho Munabhai' to mark Gandhi Jayanti on Monday. The Government took a decision to this effect following a request by the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee. It felt the movie was spreading Gandhian ideals. Sports and Cinematography Minister M. Satyanarayana Rao who participated in a meeting convened by the APCC gave his consent for the tax waiver with immediate effect. - Special Correspondent

Farmer ends life

Kakinada: A tenant farmer, Gubbala Satyanarayana (42), reportedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide at his home in Bhatnavilli of Amalapuram mandal on Sunday. According to a case registered by the Amalapuram rural police, heavy debt compounded by destruction of standing crop during floods prompted the farmer to take the extreme action. - Correspondent

Bid to rob bank

KURNOOL: An unidentified gang tried to rob Pragathi Grameena Bank branch at Atmakur in Kurnool district on Sunday. According to reports, the gang entered the room of the manager by breaking open the door and tried to remove the grill of the strong room. They broke open the almirah outside. - Staff Reporter

New course by IGNOU

HYDERABAD: With the upgrading the skills of professionals employed in electrical power utilities and the electricity sector, IGNOU has launched a new six-month programme `Power distribution management.' Applications forms can be obtained from IGNOU Regional Centre, Hyderabad. They can also be downloaded from

Last date for submission of application forms is October 20. - Staff Reporter

Ban opposed

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Teachers' Federation has expressed anguish over the reported decision of the Cabinet to introduce an ordinance banning recruitment in private aided educational institutions. Y. Satyam, president, and M. Balakrishnamma, general secretary, in a statement said the move would burden both students and parents. Hence, the Government should scrap the decision. - Special Correspondent

Call to withdraw ordinance

HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Agricultural Workers' Union has criticised the ordinance for takeover of assigned lands as an attempt by the Government to hand them over to the rich. The union will organise a round table conference on assigned lands on October 4. - Special Correspondent

Takes oath

Tirumala: Principal Secretary, Revenue, I.V. Subba Rao on Monday took oath as ex-officio member of the TTD board of trustees. At a function organised in the main sanctum TTD Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma administered the oath of office and secrecy.

Mines recovered

VISAKHAPATNAM: In separate incidents, police parties have recovered mines, weapons and other material in the agency area of the district. Twenty-two claymore mines were recovered at Teegalametta in U. Cheedipalem panchayat bordering East Godavari district on Sunday. Two weapons, grenades, mines and parts of weapons were recovered at Pedapadu in G.K. Veedhi mandal on Saturday. - Staff Reporter