Rs.21 lakhs donated to TTD scheme

TIRUMALA: In a generous donation Virendra Maheshkar of Mumbai on Saturday donated Rs.21 lakhs to the TTDs `Nitya Annadanam' scheme. A demand draft for the amount was handed over to

the TTD special officer A.V.Dharma Reddy. - Staff Reporter

Falls to deathKakinada: A farm worker, K. Ramakrishna, 32, suffered serious injuries when he fell down from a tree while plucking cashew fruits at Nellipudi in the agency area. He succumbed to injuries at the Government General Hospital here in the wee hours of Saturday. The Agency Gangavaram police have registered the case. - Correspondent

Tribals join CongressADILABAD: Some 50 tribals of Mamidiguda and surrounding villages in Adilabad mandal joined the Congress in the presence of Adilabad MLA C. Ramchander Reddy. These tribals led by their leader Madavi Raju belonged to different parties including the Telugu Desam. Addressing the newly joined Congressmen, the MLA assured of a road connecting their village to Indervelli mandal and a bridge on that road. He also assured them of sanctioning an irrigation tank.- Staff Reporter

CITU backs stir by State staffHYDERABAD: The CITU State Committee has decided to support the proposed agitation by the Government employees in support of their demands. R. Sudhabhaskar, president and S. Veeraiah, general secretary in a statement here on Saturday urged committee members to cooperate with employees in ensuring success of their agitation that includes staging dharnas before Collectorates in the districts on April 21.- Special Correspondent

College lecturers skip NU valuation workHYDERABAD: Members of the Andhra Pradesh Affiliated College Teachers' Association have boycotted the valuation work at all centres of Nagarjuna University and plan to take it to other Universities to press their demands. K. Satyanarayana Rao, president, and other leaders in a press release on Saturday threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands were not conceded by the Government. The demands include scrapping of G.O. 35 which bans recruitment in the aided colleges, regularisation of the part-time lecturers appointed under G.O. 12. Special Correspondent

IMA's assistance sought to aid patientsKakinada: In view of the junior doctors strike, the district administration has sought the assistance of Indian Medical Association in providing the much needed medical care to the patients' thronging the Government General Hospital. East Godavari Collector Praveen Prakash has convened a meeting of the IMA representatives at his chambers on Saturday and requested their cooperation in mitigating the suffering of the patients. He wanted them to provide free medical care to the emergency cases in private nursing homes. - Correspondent

Computer hidden by Maoists seizedVISAKHAPATNAM: A computer and its accessories hidden by Maoists at Alamguda village of Seekar panchayat in Padabayalu police station limits in the district was recovered by the police Saturday. Following a tip-off, a police party raided the house of one Chinna Rao and seized a computer, processor and printer, a police spokesman said.- Staff Reporter

White paper on use of temple funds soughtHYDERABAD: The CPI State Council has demanded that the State Government come out with a white paper on the utilisation of temple funds.

K. Subba Raju, former legislator and executive member of the council, in a statement issued here on Saturday urged the Government to contribute its share to the common good fund and to persuade temples to pay their dues. - Special Correspondent

Dowry victims told to go in for counsellingKURNOOL: DIG of Police V.K. Singh has asked women to take the assistance of family counselling centres to protect themselves from dowry harassment. In a statement, he said those who did not want a police case could also take the assistance of Family Counselling centres headed by Deputy SPs and get their grievance redressed. The centres would promote domestic harmony and prevent marital crimes in society.- Staff Reporter

Cash, gold stolen in daylight theftKADAPA: Thieves decamped with Rs. 6,500, gold jewellery worth Rs. 24,000 and a Rayalaseema Grameena Bank bond for Rs. 1.40 lakhs from the house of a shepherd Mallaiah in Porumamilla town in broad daylight on Saturday. The thieves entered the house by opening the main door lock after spotting Mallaiah's son keeping the key in the vicinity while going to fetch milk, according to information. Porumamilla police registered a case. Staff Reporter

Man commits suicideKADAPA: Gangi Reddy (25) who attempted suicide by consuming pesticide in Gotur village in Vallur mandal on Thursday, died in Ruia hospital at Tirupati on Saturday. The motive behind Gangi Reddy ending his life was uncertain, according to police. Staff Reporter

Minister's remark draws flakCHITTOOR: Political parties voiced their protest against Congress Minister J. C. Diwakar Reddy's remark that farmers were drunkards here on Saturday. Several speakers, including MLA A.S. Manohar, criticised the Congress Government for its "failure in fulfilling the promises made to people before the elections".

Kothuru Babu of BJP Yuva Morcha and Surendra Kumar, president of publicity committee, were among others who participated.