Abandoned well claims four lives

VISAKHAPATNAM: Four persons met with a watery grave on the banks of the Meghadrigedda reservoir here, when they stepped into an abandoned well. The deceased were S. Varaprasad (25), a private security guard, who was to get married in May, T. Radhamma (30), Venkatalakshmi (32) and Sirisha (10).

A minor girl, Rukmini, who went with them to see the reservoir, was the lone eyewitness to the incident. She ran to the village to get help. The villagers rushed to the spot only to find the four dead.

Telugu actress weds

Hyderabad: Telugu actress Jyothi Lakshmi married a software engineer in Bahrain, a media report said. Jyothi, who has acted in 30 Telugu films, met Darshan Venkatesh during a Telugu Kala Samithi show in Dubai last year. Venkatesh also hails from Andhra Pradesh. "I came for a show and ended up getting married. He is exactly the type of person for me," the 23-year-old actress said. The couple plans to settle down in Bahrain. - PTI

Teachers seek

Presidential orders

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh State Teachers' Union appealed to the Government to secure Presidential orders on organising local cadre under the uniform service rules for teachers. The union leaders said the lack of these orders resulted in non-implementation of orders on promotions following court directives.Due to this, appointment of teachers under 2003 DSC for single subjects had not been effected in Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam. - Special Correspondent

Couple ends life

KURNOOL: A couple committed suicide at Peddakottala village near Nandyal in Kurnool district on Saturday. According to reports, the couple, Shalibi (35) and Dastagiri (40) set themselves ablaze. Financial troubles were cited to be the reason. - Staff Reporter

Tributes to Madapati

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy paid tributes to veteran freedom fighter Padma Bhushan Madapati Hanumanth Rao on the occasion of 121st birth anniversary to be celebrated on Sunday. Dr. Reddy said the invaluable contributions by Madapati would be long remembered.

- Special Correspondent

Air Deccan bookings

HYDERABAD: Air Deccan has announced the opening of bookings on all airbus sectors for travel from May 1 to May 31. The bookings on Internet will open from 8 a.m. on Sunday. Fares on the airbus sectors begin at Rs 1 plus Rs 221 towards taxes. The Airbus sectors include Ahmedabad, Baghdogra, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Srinagar and Trivandrum. The tickets can be purchased through Air Deccan website www.airdeccan.net. - Special Correspondent

Quota sought

HYDERABAD: Mallu Ravi, Special Representative of the State Government in New Delhi, has appealed to AICC president Sonia Gandhi for a Bill providing reservations for SCs and STs in the private sector.

Mr. Ravi, in a letter to Ms. Gandhi sought Government instructions on proper implementation of the special component plan for Dalits in the State on the lines of Maharashtra. - Special Correspondent

Student commits suicide

Nellore: T. Kamakshi (20), a 3rd year student of Narayana Dental College, Nellore, allegedly committed suicide by hanging in her house at Ramji Nagar, Balaji Nagar police station limits, on Saturday. Failure in the exams might have prompted her to take the step, according to police. - Staff Reporter

Rs. 10 lakhs donated

TIRUMALA: A devotee of Lord Venkateswara, Prem Adip Rishi - a native of New Delhi -- on Saturday donated Rs.10 lakhs to the TTD, towards its free meals scheme. - Staff Reporter

Panchayat Secretary in ACB net

HYDERABAD: The Anti-Corruption Bureau officials on Saturday arrested Ch. Mareppa, Panchayat Secretary incharge of Thimmapuram village in Anantapur district on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs. 600 for issuing a possession certificate in respect of a house plot.

19 bulk milk units to be set up in Chittoor

CHITTOOR: District Collector S.S. Rawath said that 19 bulk milk units at a cost of Rs. 10 to 15 lakhs each would be started soon in the district for the benefit of milk producers. Talking to the media on Saturday, he said that the units started by the members of DWCRA groups at V. Kota and Gangavarma on experimental basis were making profits. - Correspondent

Modernisation work of bus stand begins

CHITTOOR: The old bust stand at Chittoor would be modernised for the convenience of the travelling public at a cost of Rs.30 lakhs, according to former MLA and Municipal Chairperson Sarala Merry and Honorary president of Municipal employees Association C.K.Babu. - Correspondent

Aged man dies in wall collapse

KADAPA: Collapse of a wall during house repairs led to the death of Singam Pulla Reddy (60), father of Takkolu sarpanch, S. Krishna Reddy, in Deganavaripalle village in Siddhavatam mandal on Friday night. - Staff Reporter

Worker electrocuted

KADAPA: A contract labourer Mahabub Basha was electrocuted while working in the 33/11 kv electrical sub-station on Ambakapalle road in Pulivendula town on Saturday. He died on the way to Pulivendula Government Hospital. - Staff Reporter

Boy dead

KADAPA: Basireddy Bharat Reddy (4), son of an autorickshaw driver B. Obul Reddy, died when paddy bags fell on him from the attic in his house in Kommulur village in Khajipet mandal on Friday night.- Staff Reporter

Miraculous escape for bus passengers

Nellore: Passengers of an RTC bus had a miraculous escape after it was suddenly grounded following the detachment of rear axle on Saturday while the it was on its way to Anantasagaram. - Staff Reporter