Support for polls

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Council of All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) will support five candidates for the Legislative Council elections. P.J.Chandrasekhar Rao, general secretary, said on Saturday that the council would back V.V.Rama Rao (Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam constituency), Veena Ajaykumar (Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool), Radhakrishna Murthy (Guntur, Krishna), Gorki (Khammam, Nalgonda, Warangal), Chiranjeevini Kumari (East and West Godavari) and Nageswar (Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahabubnagar). Special Correspondent

Award for ex V-C

WARANGAL: Former Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University, Vidyavati was conferred the lifetime achievement award by the Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology, Chennai, for her research in the field of phycology. Staff Reporter

New DD director

HYDERABAD: P.J. Sudhakar, a senior officer of the Indian Information Service, has assumed charge as Director (news), Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad. He was earlier Director (media and communications), Press Information Bureau (PIB) here, an official release said on Saturday. Special Correspondent

New SCR train

HYDERABAD: South Central Railway will introduce a Bhubaneswar-Pondicherry weekly express train (Train No.2898) from February 20. In the return direction, Train No.2897 Pondicherry-Bhubaneswar weekly express train will run from February 21.

The train will depart from Bhubaneswar at 11.45 a.m. on Tuesdays, and reach Pondicherry at 1.35 p.m. on Wednesdays. The return train will start from Pondicherry at 6.15 p.m. on Wednesdays and reach Bhubaneswar at 7.25 p.m. on Thursdays. Staff Reporter

Hacked to death

KADAPA: An APSRTC driver Anjaiah allegedly hacked to death his wife R. Vasantha, 25, in Brahmanapalle village in Rajampet mandal on Saturday.

Police suspect that Vasantha's refusal to give him money could have led to the murder. She had recently returned from the Gulf. The couple has three children including a 15-day-old infant, police said. Anjaiah is at large. Staff Reporter

Plea to hike wages

HYDERABAD: The State council of All-India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) has appealed to Labour Commissioner R. Karikal Valaven to revise the wages of contract labour since the cost of living was shooting up. T. Narasimhan, secretary and a member of the State Minimum Wages Advisory Board, in a representation to Mr. Valaven sought a notification revising the wage rates, which are already due, notified on January 27, 2005He stressed the urgency factor and added that large number of workers would suffer if the revision was delayed.He urged the department to introduce a system of variable DA-linked consumer price index. Special Correspondent

Donations to TTD

TIRUMALA: A devotee Rishi Oswal donated Rs.21 lakhs to TTDs `Pranadana' scheme. Another devotee, Krithik, a native of Chennai, too gave Rs.18 lakhs to the TTDs `laddu' scheme. Staff Reporter

IAVDL meet

WARANGAL: The 26th State Congress of Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IAVDL) would be held in Warangal in November, according to State unit president V. Ramesh. Staff Reporter

Training programme

TIRUPATI: Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering (SVUCE) will be conducting a special training programme as part of `Community Development Scheme' under the World Bank-funded TEQIP programme aimed at self-employment of rural youth and women. Candidates can apply on or before March 3. For details contact the coordinator-CERDAT, Department of Civil Engineering, SVUCE, at 224 9666 (Extn: 338/339). -Staff Reporter

Ph.D. awarded

NELLORE: Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, has declared the thesis entitled `Studies in solid-state physics electrical properties of ion conducting glasses' submitted by V. Madhusudhan Rao, a lecturer at Sarvodaya College in Nellore, eligible for the award of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in physics. -Staff Reporter

Protest held

KURNOOL: Opposition parties staged a demonstration at the Collectorate here on Saturday to protest against rising prices of essential commodities. The protesters also launched a post card campaign . CPI city secretary Jagannath, CPI(M) city secretary K. Prabhakar Reddy, Madhu of TDP, P. Gokari of CPI(ML) New Democracy, C. Yellaiah of Lok Satta, Naganna of SUCI were present. -Special Correspondent

Works inspected

KADAPA: D.C. Mitra, managing director of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd., inspected Gooty-Pullampet patch doubling works and directed officials concerned to complete the works on schedule. He also inspected works on Kamalapuram bridge, station building and formation works at Mantapampalle. -Staff Reporter

Sale of `career mela' applications

ANANTAPUR: Applications for participation in the Career Awareness and Recruitment Drive (CARD) programme or `career mela', to be held on the Sri Krishnadevaraya University campus here on February 24 and 25, will be sold from February 21 till the commencement of the programme on February 24. Staff Reporter

Congress suspends four leaders

Rajahmundry: Congress observer K. Kodanda Reddy, in a statement on Saturday, announced that the party suspended four members, including three former corporators, who were allegedly working against the interests of the party in the Rajahmundry Municipal Corporation elections.

Arava Suresh Kumar, Isukapalli Srinivas, Mokamati Satyanarayana and Angada Saraladevi were suspended for six years. - Staff Reporter

LLB semester-end examinations

Kakinada: The semester-end examinations of the three-year and five-year LLB courses will commence on April 4, according to P.V. Trinath, principal of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Law.

He has asked candidates to pay the examination fee without penalty before March 6 and with compounding fee Rs. 100 before March 13.

The BL and year-end LLB examinations will commence on March 1 at Dr. Ambedkar College of Law in Andhra University. Hall-tickets also will be issued at the university college itself.

- Correspondent

Woman ends life

Kakinada: Dommeti Durga Devi, a nurse in the Byrraju Foundation at Vadapalem, reportedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide at her residence in Ambajipet in the wee hours of Saturday.

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B.Com practicals postponed

VISAKHAPATNAM: The B.Com Computer practicals for students of Andhra University School of Distance Education scheduled to commence on February 19 have been postponed to February 20 in view of civic elections, an official release said.

- Special Correspondent