Student killed in wall collapseNALGONDA: A student of a private school died and five others were injured when the parapet wall of the school building collapsed at Siripuram village of Ramannapet mandal on Wednesday. According to the police, the wall collapsed when students of Netaji School were watching the procession of Ganesh idols in the village. A case has been booked against the school management and the owner of the building. - Staff Reporter

Girl falls into pit, diesNALGONDA: An eight-year-old girl, Shabana, was drowned in a pit dug up a year-and-a-half ago to construct foundation for the District Congress Committee office building at Prakasam Bazaar late on Tuesday. DCC president Sunkari Mallesh Goud called on the girl's mother at the mortuary and promised financial aid. - Staff Reporter

Goods train derailsNELLORE: Rail traffic was disrupted for around three hours on Wednesday after a goods train derailed near Bitragunta railway station. "Trains running from Vijayawada to Chennai were late because of the derailment of the train coming from Singarayakonda to Tondiarpet of Tamil Nadu," said a senior railway official. Traffic was restored by 12.30 p.m. - Staff Reporter

Rythu Sangham meetHYDERABAD: The roundtable on drought organised by Rythu Sangham on Wednesday demanded permanent relief measures, besides short-term steps, and decided to exert apolitical pressure on the Government for initiating necessary action. Speakers pointed out that the administration had failed to avert the drought as also in providing relief to the people, particularly farmers. - Special Correspondent

Call to scrap G.O.HYDERABAD: The AITUC State Council has demanded scrapping of G.O. 47 because of which seven lakh beedi workers in the State are getting Rs. 11 less than the Rs. 66 for every 1,000 beedis rolled recommended by the Beedi Welfare Development Board. - Special Correspondent

YSR to halt at NandyalKURNOOL: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will make a transit halt at Nandyal on Thursday for refuelling on his way to Kadapa and Nellore by helicopter. Collector M. Dana Kishore and SP B. Malla Reddy visited Nandyal and inspected arrangements. Dr. Reddy will halt for 15 minutes. - Staff Reporter

Biography releasedHYDERABAD: Assembly Speaker K.R. Suresh Reddy on Tuesday released a biography of first Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao titled `Navyandhra - Na Jeeevithakatha.' Speaking at the function Mr. Suresh Reddy said the Legislative Assembly was the perfect forum to redress the sufferings of the people. - Special Correspondent

Brothers hacked to deathKADAPA: Two brothers, Tirumala Chakrapani (30) and T. Hari (26), were murdered in Railway Kodur Harijanawada late on Tuesday night. The deceased were sons of a retired police constable T. Panchalaiah. Some persons led by relatives of the brothers -- Chiranjeevi and Murali -- had earlier abused the kin of the Chakrapani and Hari. On being informed of it the two picked up a row with the accused, who allegedly hacked Chankrapani and Hari to death. - Staff Reporter

Ex-MLAs' death condoledHYDERABAD: The Assembly on Wednesday condoled the death of former MLAs Koratala Satyanarayana, G.M.N.V. Prasada Rao, Parvatha Subba Rao, Sajja Chandramouli and Bhupathiraju Satyanarayana Raju. The House placed on record its deep sense of sorrow and paid rich tributes. - Special Correspondent

Lineman electrocutedSangareddy: Lineman Anand Kumar (32) resident of Gajwel town was electrocuted on Wednesday in Srirampur village of Mulugu mandal while installing a transformer. According to the police Anand Kumar was fitting the transformer that came back from repair, when the accident occurred. - Staff Reporter

Engineer's eyes donatedKARIMNAGAR: Family members of executive engineer of SCCL, Godavarikhani, A. Raghuram Reddy (39), who died in a road accident near Sadasivapalli village of Manakondur mandal on Wednesday morning, donated his eyes to the Lions eye hospital, Rekurthi. The Lions eye hospital doctors shifted them to L.V. Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad for donating it to the needy persons. - Staff Reporter

IG visits Medak police headquartersSangareddy: ISO division IG Surendra Babu expressed satisfaction over the qualitative changes implemented at the Medak district police headquarters following the certification of ISO 9001:2000. Staff Reporter

Mega polio surgeriesKARIMNAGAR: The district administration in collaboration with the Prema Hospitals, Visakhapatnam and the Chalimeda Ananda Rao Institute of Mdical Sciences, Karimnagar is organising a mega polio corrective surgeries camp at the Chalimeda Ananda Rao Hospital in Bommakal village in the outskirts of Karimnagar town on September 6 and 7. -Staff Reporter

Telangana rallyNALGONDA: A good number of students and teachers of private colleges under the aegis of Vidyavantula Vedika took out a rally from Rajiv Chowk to the Revenue Divisional Office in Miryalaguda demanding a separate State for Telangana on Wednesday..-Staff Reporter

Gold stolenSangareddy: A jewellery shop owner in Toopran was relieved of 15 tolas of gold ornaments on Wednesday. According to the police, two men who posed as a police constable and branch manager of a public sector bank came to buy rings at Bhavani Jewellery shop. When the shop owner went inside, the duo fled with the jewellery costing around Rs 1.5 lakhs. - Staff Reporter Government employee held on graft chargeHYDERABAD: The Anti-Corruption Bureau officials arrested Thimmapuram Noor Basha, the Secretary of Peddoddi village panchayat in Gooti mandal of Anantapur district on Wednesday on charge of receiving Rs. 800 bribe from a person for issuing pattadar passbook, according to a press release. He would be produced before a special court at Hyderabad.

Protest against move to close RTC depotMadanapalle: Students staged a demonstration at Jyothi Chowk on Tuesday protesting against the move to close down the APSRTC depot at B. Kothakota on the Karnataka-Andhra border. A bandh was also observed which passed off peacefully. Buses from here operate to eight mandals and even to some places in Karnataka. TDP leaders -- Kanchi Reddeppa, K. Siviah, Kanakanti Ramachandra, MPP, Kudumu Sreeramulu, sarpanch, and others enforced the bandh. Correspondent

Remote area development reviewedKURNOOL: Collector M. Dana Kishore reviewed the remote area development in the district here on Wednesday. Officials of important departments attended the meeting. Under Indiramma programme, 95 remote villages were sanctioned basic infrastructure like classrooms, drinking water and roads. Out of 37 villages, 30 were electrified except a few tribal hamlets. In 25 villages, 476 houses were constructed and another 474 are under construction. Roads were also being laid under various schemes. The Collector asked the officials to complete the works earlier without delay. - Staff Reporter

Power shutdownELURU: There will be no power supply in some parts of West Godavari district on Thursday and Friday to facilitate feeder repair works, according to Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (EPDCL) Divisional Electrical Engineer K.S.N. Murthy.

G. Kothapalli, Ch. Pothepalli, Eluru and Tallapudi will have no power supply from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to repairs in the 11KV sub-stations at G. Kothjapalli, Ch. Pothepalli and Eluru rural. - Staff Reporter

Panel on pensionGUNTUR: The Government has constituted a committee to look into the issue of freedom fighters who had filed a case in the High Court seeking revival of freedom fighters' pension under the State scheme.

According to District Collector G. Jayalakshmi, the committee, constituted on August 2, will discuss the issue with them in the chambers of Deputy Secretary, revenue, in the 6th Floor of `L' Block of Secretariat in Hyderabad from September 11 to 14 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - Staff Reporter

Jailed for rash drivingELURU: Second Additional First Class Magistrate K. Hanumantha Rao on Wednesday sentenced Akula Muralikrishna of Tanuku to undergo one-year imprisonment for his rash and negligent driving leading to the death of a person.

According to the prosecution, an unidentified person was killed due to the negligent driving by the convict near Bhimadole in 1986. - Staff Reporter

MoU signedVISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University became the first Indian university to sign a MoU with Blekinge Institute of Technology of Sweden. AU Registrar P. Vijaya Prakash and Chief Dean of the Swedish institute Jan Olof-Gustavsson signed the MoU in the presence of Vice-Chancellor L. Venugopal Reddy at AU College of Engineering here on Wednesday.

The MoU will cover the masters students exchange between the two institutions and other programmes.

TTD digital library soonRajahmundry: The Tirumala Tirupati Devastanam (TTD) has taken a preliminary decision to establish a digital library in Rajahmundry to preserve archives of East and West Godavari districts. Mr. B.S. Reddy (Bhooman), director of TTD Digital Library, has conveyed this to Sannidhanam Narasimha Sarma on Wednesday. - Staff Reporter

`Shashtyabdi' fete Kakinada: Union Minister of State for Defence Mallipudi Mangapati Pallamraju, Chairman, AP State Council for Higher Education, KC Reddy, AU Vice- Chancellor L. Venugopala Reddy, ANU Vice-Chancellor V. Balamohan Das are some of the dignitaries who will attend the `Shashtyabdi' celebrations of D.J.P.N. Reddy, professor of English, AU Post-Graduate centre to be held at medical college auditorium here on August 31. Correspondent

Women's college students bag prizesKakinada: Students of V.S. Lakshmi Women's degree and PG College bagged the top two prizes besides the rolling shield in the essay writing and elocution contests organised by the Chitturi Indraiah memorial Government Degree College, Tanuku, in connection with Mathru Bhasha Dinotsav on August 29, according to V.Sandhya Principal. R. Sushmitha, second year student of biotechnology bagged first prize and rolling shield in the essay writing competition, K Sirisha BSC second year, won second prize in the elocution contest. Correspondent

Assistance for accident victimsKakinada: Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallamraju on Wednesday visited G. Mamidada village and called on families of those killed in the auto-lorry collision and assured them assistance under Government schemes. Five persons were killed in the mishap. While families of one of them will get the financial assistance under Apadbandhu, the other four families will be extended assistance under other schemes by Collector. E. Baburao. . Correspondent

Two killed in road accidentsKakinada: Two persons were killed and three others injured in two separate road accidents on Wednesday. In the first case, Koyya Venkayamma (50) was killed on the spot and three others farm workers injured when the auto in which they were travelling from Pathakothuru village to Pithapuram lost control and collided with another auto near Chandurti junction under Gollaprolu police station limits. In the second instance Mulleti Kasi (24) a cyclist was knocked down fatally on the outskirts of Vadlamuru along Peddapuram-Vadlamuru road under Peddapuram police station limits. Correspondent

Training for youthVIZIANAGARAM: In order to create employment opportunities, SETVIZ will impart training to youth in skill development, fashion designing, embroidery, beautician, insurance management etc.

According to an official release, interviews for candidates residing in Vizianagaram will be held at Nehru Yuva Kendra from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 and for candidates in Parvathipuram division at mandal development office in Parvathipuram on Sept. 13.