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Commodity pricesThe following were the rates (Rs. per kg) of essential commodities in local wholesale market on Thursday, according to the Vijayawada Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Groundnut oil-53.50, Palmolein oil - 42, Sunflower oil-48.50, Tamarind (flower variety) 30 to 39, Chillies -35 to 45, Rice (2716)-14, Rice (superfine)-15, Rice (sona masoori)-18 to 19, Rice (samba masoori)-16, Black gram-42, Red gram-25 to 30.50.

APCO mela openedVice-Chancellor of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences R. Sambasiva Rao on Thursday advised handloom weavers to adopt new techniques along with designs and provide new designer clothes to people. Prof. Rao inaugurated `summer cotton silk mela' organised by the APCO on the University premises. C. Bala Brahmam of the APCO said that they were offering special discounts on varieties of clothes. Cotton sarees, dress materials and readymade shirts were on display.

Short-term credit to ryotsIndian Bank has launched a special scheme to provide short-term credit to farmers and the orders have been issued to branch managers in Vijayawada circle comprising Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts to this effect. Under the scheme, the bank will provide loans up to Rs. 3 lakh and charge 7 per cent interest per annum. Government of India will provide interest subvention of two per cent to the bank.

Kapus seek their dueAd-hoc committee of Andhra Pradesh State Kapu Nadu on Thursday urged all political parties to allocate seats to the kapu community along with other local bodies in the elections on a par with their population. In a statement here, committee member Alamuri Durga Rao said that though kapu, telaga, balija, turpu kapu and munnuru kapus were in large numbers across the State, yet no political party was giving any priority to these communities while selecting candidates to contest the elections.