HYDERABAD: PadmaVibhushan awardee and National Medal of Science Laureate, C.R.Rao, condoled the untimely death of Chief Minister Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy. In his condolence message from the United States he said that his death was a grievous loss for the State and country.

The Andhra Pradesh Council of Churches conducted special prayers at Samanvay, on Saturday . Leaders and representatives of Christian institutions and member churches prayed for the peace of Dr. Reddy and others who died in the crash, a press note informed.

The Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education placed on record the immense contribution made by the late Chief Minister to the education sector, particularly higher education, a press note informed. The Dawoodi Bohra Community of Hyderabad also organised special prayers. The Board of Governors of Sultan-ul-Uloom Education Society recalled his contribution for the uplift of the under-privileged and minorities in particular.