ANDHRA PRADESH

Around The City

Drop in humidity

The Gannavaram airport on Thursday recorded a maximum temperature of 34.6 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 19.1 degrees Celsius. Humidity dropped from 76 per cent in the morning to 53 per cent in the evening.

Commodity prices

The following are the prices (in rupees per kg) of essential commodities in the wholesale market on Thursday, according to the Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce and Industry: groundnut oil (Rs. 54.50), palmolein oil (Rs. 47), sunflower oil (Rs. 53.50), tamarind (flower variety) Rs. 27, tamarind (karipulli variety) Rs. 37.50, chillies Rs. 25 to Rs. 25 to Rs. 29, rice (2716) Rs. 11 to Rs. 11.50, rice (superfine) Rs. 13 to Rs. 13.50, rice (samba masoori) Rs. 13.50 to Rs. 14, black gram (Rs. 22) and red gram (Rs. 25).

Award for DAV students

V. P. S. Sudhakar (10th class) and R. Likhita (fourth class) of the D.A.V. Public School were selected for the `young genius' award at the 11th State-level talent search examination conducted by the Vishwa Bharati Foundation on February 8. The awards will be presented to them at a function to be held at Lalita Kala Thoranam in Hyderabad on March 7.

`Meet the author' programme

Ashok Book Centre will organise a `Meet the author' programme on March 1 in which the Governor, Surjeet Singh Barnala, will participate. As part of the programme, excerpts of the book `Swecha Kosam-Oka Vihanga Yatra', the Telugu translation of `Quest for freedom - Story of an escape' authored by Mr. Barnala, will be read out by eminent people like the Siddhartha Kala Peetam secretary, N. Guru Prasada Rao. A. Manjulatha, Telugu Academy director, the former Visaalandhra editor, C. Raghavachari, and others will participate.

Tributes paid to Kaleswara Rao

Rich tributes were paid to the first Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly, Ayyadevara Kaleswara Rao, on his 42nd death anniversary here Thursday. Senior journalist, Turlapati Kutumba Rao, the former Mayor, Jandhyala Sankar, and others recalled the services rendered by the late Kaleswara Rao. The State Mahila Congress vice-president, K. Venkata Lakshmi, distributed clothes to the poor. Several city Congress leaders also paid tributes to the late leader. They said the first Speaker was true Gandhian and set an example for clean politics.

Kapunadu plea to parties

The Andhra Pradesh Kapunadu has urged that the TDP, Congress and the BJP incorporate the issue of including Kapu, Telaga, Balija and Vantari communities in the backward classes in their respective election manifestoes. The kapunadu also demanded that the parties field candidates hailing from the kapu community in eight LoK Sabha and 66 Assembly constituencies in the forthcoming elections.