Tributes to Indira

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy paid glowing tributes to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the occasion of her 89th birth anniversary on November 19. In a message, he praised Mrs. Gandhi as the architect of modern India. Special Correspondent

Award for doctor

HYDERABAD: Gullapalli N. Rao, founder, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute, was selected by a jury of his peers to receive the International Blindness Prevention Award for 2006 at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award honours individuals who have contributed to the prevention of blindness or the restoration of sight around the world.Dr. G. Venkataswamy, Founder of Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, is the only other Indian to receive the award. Dr. Rao is currently Chairman of LVPEI's governing Board of Trustees. Special Correspondent

Dies in Sabarimala

PATHANAMTHITTA: Soorya Appa Rao, a 64-year old pilgrim, from Konnathala in Vizianagaram, died of cardiac arrest while climbing Sabarimala on Friday afternoon. The body was being taken to Andhra Pradesh, health department sources here said. Staff Reporter

Farmer ends life

Sangareddy: A farmer, Venkatrao, 36, of Allapur in Narayankhed mandal committed suicide by consuming pesticide on Saturday allegedly after being pressured to repay loans he had taken for his daughter's marriage and farming. Venkatrao owns eight acres of land, but suffered crop loss due to drought. He had borrowed Rs. 1 lakh each from the cooperative bank and a private financier. Staff Reporter

Award for NGO

HYDERABAD: Byrraju Foundation, a city-based NGO, was awarded the `Best water NGO-Water Quality' award recently at Delhi. This and 14 other awards were presented by `Water Digest' magazine in association with UNESCO, for organisations associated with water purification and wastewater treatment works. Byrraju foundation was the only organisation from the State to get the award. Set up by Byrraju Satyanarayana Raju, founder of Satyam Group of Companies, the foundation had set up 36 safe drinking water plants named Sujala across the State. Staff Reporter

Rajanna's plea

HYDERABAD: A representation sent by K. Rajanna, leader of Janashakthi faction of CPI(M-L) and two others was treated as a writ petition by a Bench of the High Court and the police were asked to respond to the allegations. They had claimed in the representation that though there was no case against them the police had detained them. . Legal Correspondent

Medical reps' strike

HYDERABAD: Members of the Andhra Pradesh Medical and Sales Representatives' Union will go on strike on December 14 to protest against implementation of reforms, unmindful of their impact on the working class. A.G.Rajamohan, general secretary, charged the Government with trying to liquidate public sector undertakings instead of reviving them and to bring in laws intended to deprive workers of their rights. Special Correspondent

Students taken ill

ADILABAD: Some 50 tribal students of the Mankapur Ashrama School in Narnoor mandal here were taken ill after breakfast on Saturday. According to reports the students were being treated at the Narnoor PHC wherein the condition of five is reported to be critical.