Yuva Spandana' leader hospitalisedKakinada: The indefinite fast launched by Bandaru Veera Venkata Satyanarayana, secretary of Yuva Spandana' Disabled Welfare Association, in support of his demands in front of the Collectorate ended abruptly on the fourth day on Saturday following his hospitalisation due to deterioration of health.

However, another physically challenged person K.V. Ramamurthy joined the fast seeking action against the Assistant Director of Physically Handicapped Welfare Department for alleged irregularities in distribution of pensions. - Correspondent

Dharna postponedHYDERABAD: The Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union, State unit, has deferred its State-wide dharna programme at mandal offices on February 20 to March 16 on account of February 22 being observed as anti-price hike day and padayatras in rural areas from March 1 to 15.

G. Mallesh, president, and Jalli Wilson, general secretary, said in a statement on Saturday that the dharnas were being organised to press for allotment land to the poor for irrigation. -Special Correspondent

Veda vignana yatraVISAKHAPATNAM: Rishignana, an institution for practising and spreading Vedic education, will organise Vaidika Vignana Yatras' in April and May during spring.

Chief instructor of the organisation Surya Bhagavan said the first yatra would begin on April 11. The second yatra would be from May 10. On May 13, Visakha Pournami, a special Ganga puja at Haridwar, and later Lakshmi Puja at Badrinath would be performed.

Further details can be had from him on telephone nos: 9393112962 or 2598478. - Special Correspondent

Lok Adalat heldANANTAPUR: Eighty-five-year old M. Yerrappa from Vaddupalli in Atmakur mandal helped himself to get rid of the debt trap by attending a bank Lok Adalat here on Saturday. He owed Rs. 10,000 to the bank including the interest that had piled up over the years. His case was settled for Rs. 500 repayment.

Some 35 cases of defaulters of two branches of State Bank of India were settled at the bank Lok Adalat held here. The cases involved a financial commitment of Rs. 4.16 lakhs and the defaulters cleared Rs. 63,700 dues immediately. - Staff Reporter

Rally by folk artistesKADAPA: A rally by folk artistes and a motorcycle rally led by an elephant amidst drumbeats and folk dances formally marked the commencement of Kadapotsavam festivities on Saturday.

Kadapa ZP Chairman K. Suresh Babu, Mayor P. Ravindranath Reddy, Collector G. Asok Kumar and others participated in the rally from Rajiv Marg to municipal stadium, venue of the festivities. - Staff Reporter

Robber gang bustedKURNOOL: The police busted a three-member inter-state gang and recovered from them valuables and currency worth Rs. 3.90 lakhs. Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, B. Malla Reddy, SP, said two other members of the gang were absconding. The arrested included a woman. He said the gang had struck at petrol stations and houses.

It had committed one robbery in Kurnool, four in Kadapa, two in Prakasam and one each in Anantapur and Ranga Reddy district. - Staff Reporter

MLA ends fastADILABAD: Asifabad MLA and two other Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders ended their fast unto death on Saturday evening after the G.O. on repairs to Vattivagu right canal breach works was issued.

K. Venkateswarlu, Asifabad RDO, went to the hunger strike camp with the G.O. and offered fruit juice to the striking TDP leaders including former TDP district president and Asifabad MPP Arigela Nageswara Rao and former Agriculture Market Committee chairman Pendyala Gopi Krishna. - Staff Reporter

Nalco launches websiteBHUBANESWAR: National Alumium Company Ltd. (Nalco) has launched a web-enabled system to provide information to public under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Nalco's in-charge Chairman-cum-Managing Director C.R. Pradhan formally launched the system here on Saturday. It enables public to seek information through the website - www.nalcoindia.com. - Staff Reporter

Student's distinctionKakinada: Junior Intermediate student of Pragati Junior College PBVS Kishore stood second and secured silver medal in weight lifting at the national rural sports meet held at Agartala in Tripura from January 28 to 31 under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. - Correspondent

Survey of physically challenged personsVIZIANAGARAM: Municipal Chairperson M. Geetha has said that a survey of physically challenged persons will be conducted in the town shortly to extend them all help. She was speaking as chief guest at the "awareness and need assessment camp on Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995" at Masonic temple on Saturday. Municipal Commissioner D.J. Samson spoke. - Correspondent

Drawing contest winnersVIZIANAGARAM: At the all-India drawing and handwriting competitions organised by Kalabharati Child Art Institute, Aurangabad, drawing teacher of Gurajada Public School M. Madhukumar won Dronacharya award. V. Sai Sushma (6th class), AVSS Sriharsha (10th class), S. Sravya (3rd class) and D. Rahul Roy (8th class) of the school bagged Bala Kala Ratna awards, according to a press release. - Correspondent

Nalco launches websiteBHUBANESWAR: National Alumium Company Ltd. (Nalco) has launched a web-enabled system to provide information to public under the Right to Information Act, 2005. Nalco's in-charge Chairman-cum-Managing Director C.R. Pradhan formally launched the system here on Saturday. It enables public to seek information through the website - www.nalcoindia.com. - Staff Reporter

Student's distinctionKakinada: Junior Intermediate student of Pragati Junior College PBVS Kishore stood second and secured silver medal in weight lifting at the national rural sports meet held at Agartala in Tripura from January 28 to 31 under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. - Correspondent

Survey of physically challenged personsVIZIANAGARAM: Municipal Chairperson M. Geetha has said that a survey of physically challenged persons will be conducted in the town shortly to extend them all help. She was speaking as chief guest at the "awareness and need assessment camp on Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995" at Masonic temple on Saturday. Municipal Commissioner D.J. Samson spoke. - Correspondent

Drawing contest winnersVIZIANAGARAM: At the all-India drawing and handwriting competitions organised by Kalabharati Child Art Institute, Aurangabad, drawing teacher of Gurajada Public School M. Madhukumar won Dronacharya award. V. Sai Sushma (6th class), AVSS Sriharsha (10th class), S. Sravya (3rd class) and D. Rahul Roy (8th class) of the school bagged Bala Kala Ratna awards, according to a press release. - Correspondent

Three persons get lifer for murderNellore: The First Additional District and Sessions Judge, Nellore, E. Srinivasa Raju, has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment and awarded one year rigorous imprisonment to six others on Friday. Two others were acquitted. In the village of Eguvachavali, Pellakuru mandal, there was a row over Rs. 10,000 resulting in the alleged murder of G. Subbaramaiah, on June 12, 1998. Chargesheet was filed against 13 persons and those who have been sentenced to life imprisonment include N. Hari, G. Chandraiah and G. Subramanyam. - Staff Reporter

Woman run overKADAPA: A tea bunk owner Venkatasubbamma, (45), was fatally run over by a jeep at Mysooravaripalle village in Railway Kodur mandal on Saturday. She was crossing the road when the jeep ran over her. Police registered a case.

SI remandedNellore: The Sub-Inspector, women police station, Nellore, M. Simon, who was trapped by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials, on Friday, for allegedly taking Rs. 1,000 from an RTC conductor, was remanded to judicial custody till March 3. He was produced in the court on Saturday. - Staff Reporter

1 killed 5 hurt as lorries collideNellore: One person was killed and 5 others were injured following a collision between 2 lorries on the national highway near Naidupet of Nellore district on Saturday. . The injured have been rushed to Nellore for treatment.

Agriculture motor wires stolenNellore: The increasing thefts of agriculture motor wires in Atmakur mandal has been causing concern among farmers. On Friday alone more than 25 connecting wires were stolen. The copper content of the wires, is said to the main reason for increasing number of thefts in the area.

Paediatric camp heldNellore: A free paediatric camp will be held on Sunday at the D.N.R. community hall, Gudur, to treat children suffering with complications.

Survey of manuscripts from tomorrowONGOLE: District Collector B. Udaya Lakshmi has asked writers, poets, intellectuals to bring to light manuscripts which are more than 74 years old and available with individuals and institutions in the district.

Addressing Manuscripts Day held here on Saturday, she said that a survey of manuscripts would be held from February 20 to 24. She appealed to people to cooperate with surveyors to find out manuscripts available in temples, endowments, voluntary organisations and institutions. - Special Correspondent

Three persons get lifer for murderNellore: The First Additional District and Sessions Judge, Nellore, E. Srinivasa Raju, has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment and awarded one year rigorous imprisonment to six others on Friday. Two others were acquitted. In the village of Eguvachavali, Pellakuru mandal, there was a row over Rs. 10,000 resulting in the alleged murder of G. Subbaramaiah, on June 12, 1998. Chargesheet was filed against 13 persons and those who have been sentenced to life imprisonment include N. Hari, G. Chandraiah and G. Subramanyam. - Staff Reporter

Woman run overKADAPA: A tea bunk owner Venkatasubbamma, (45), was fatally run over by a jeep at Mysooravaripalle village in Railway Kodur mandal on Saturday. She was crossing the road when the jeep ran over her. Police registered a case.- Staff Reporter

SI remandedNellore: The Sub-Inspector, women police station, Nellore, M. Simon, who was trapped by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials, on Friday, for allegedly taking Rs. 1,000 from an RTC conductor, was remanded to judicial custody till March 3.

He was produced in the court on Saturday. - Staff Reporter

1 killed 5 hurt as lorries collideNellore: One person was killed and 5 others were injured following a collision between 2 lorries on the national highway near Naidupet of Nellore district on Saturday. One of the drivers who was struck in the cabin was retrieved after 4 hours.

The incident occurred when one of the lorries reportedly attempted to overtake the other, resulting in traffic jam for more than 2 hours. The injured have been rushed to Nellore for treatment.-Staff Reporter

Agriculture motor wires stolenNellore: The increasing thefts of agriculture motor wires in Atmakur mandal has been causing concern among farmers. On Friday alone more than 25 connecting wires were stolen. More than the thefts, the alleged reluctance of the police is adding to the woes of farmers, who have been repeatedly bringing the incidents to the notice of the authorities. .-Staff Reporter

Paediatric camp Nellore: A free paediatric camp will be held on Sunday at the D.N.R. community hall, Gudur, to treat children suffering with complications. .-Staff Reporter

4 hurt as bus overturnsADILABAD: Four persons were seriously injured when the private bus in which they were travelling along with 35 others overturned near Kanakapur village in Nirmal mandal on Saturday afternoon. The injured -- Uma, Rajanna, Rajeshwar and Vijaya were shifted to Nizamabad. The remaining passengers were treated at Nirmal hospital. Nirmal MLA A. Indrakaran Reddy and municipal chairperson Appala Anuradha called on the injured. -Staff Reporter

Poultry guttedSangareddy: Fire damaged a poultry farm causing panic in the Kothapalli village of Doultabad mandal. The villagers believe that someone in the village has been practicing black magic causing frequent fire related mishaps in the village. - Staff Reporter

Directive to officialsSangareddy: Deputy director Medak district treasury K. Jaganmohan Goud directed the heads of State Government departments to submit details under 20 different heads to receive the salary bills. In the absence of these particulars salaries to employees would not be released. He further advised them to give necessary instructions to the respective drawing and disbursing officers. - Staff Reporter

Boy dies of feverSangareddy: A Class VII student Pathi Harivardhan, (12) ,of Nagupalli of Narsapur mandal died in the Government Hospital on Saturday following high fever for two days. The school is run by a private NGO in Narsapur town. His mother has admitted the student to the hospital on Friday after he was discharged from the same hospital a day before. - Staff Reporter

Three persons get lifer for murderNellore: The First Additional District and Sessions Judge, Nellore, E. Srinivasa Raju, has sentenced three persons to life imprisonment and awarded one year rigorous imprisonment to six others on Friday. Two others were acquitted. In the village of Eguvachavali, Pellakuru mandal, there was a row over Rs. 10,000 resulting in the alleged murder of G. Subbaramaiah, on June 12, 1998. -Staff Reporter