ANDHRA PRADESH

Briefly

Assembly proceedings on net

Announcing this today, the Speaker, K. R. Suresh Reddy, said the site would screen the proceedings live daily from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and replay the recorded version for the rest of the day. He said he had asked TV channels to spare maximum time for beaming the proceedings of the House. The former Speaker, Y. Ramakrishnudu (TDP), welcomed the opening of the Assembly site.

House mourns former member

Hyderabad: The Assembly on Thursday condoled the death of M. Nagi Reddy, a former member, who died recently at the age of 87, by observing a two-minute silence after adopting a condolence motion. Nagi Reddy, who participated in the Quit India Movement, served the Assembly for two terms, the first representing Macherla and later Gurjala, both in Guntur district.

Congress coordination panel

Hyderabad: The AICC has approved a coordination committee for Andhra Pradesh to ensure proper interaction between the party and the Government to the benefit of people.

The PCC chief, K. Keshava Rao, will head the nine-member committee and the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, will be the co-chairman. The other members are -- G. Venkata Swamy, MP, P. Narsa Reddy, former president, PCC, P. Venkata Rao, former Minister, Kamla Kumari, former Union Minister, and K. Ramakrishna, K. Rosaiah and Mohd. Ali Shabbir, all Ministers.

New SCR GM takes charge

Hyderabad: D.N. Mathur of the Indian Railways Service of Mechanical Engineers assumed charge as General Manager of the South Central Railway (SCR) on Thursday.

Joining the railways as a Special Class Apprentice in 1965, he was Assistant Mechanical Engineer in 1969 and served the Railways in several positions including Additional Divisional Railway Manager, South Eastern Railway, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME), Integral Coach Factory (his last posting). A Chartered Engineer (London), Mr. Mathur was also deputed to Iraq for operations and maintenance of a new line.

Stay orders: Naidu flayed

Hyderabad: The TDP (NTR) president, N. Lakshmi Parvathi, has criticised the TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, for seeking a stay on the proceedings of the Special Court of the ACB into the case filed by her on the assets of Mr. Naidu.

In a statement here on Thursday, she asked Mr. Naidu to explain the reasons for securing the order instead of fighting the case to prove his innocence.

Last date extended

Hyderabad: The last date for submission of a`pplications for the vocational courses offered by the Andhra Pradesh State Minorities' Finance Corporation has been extended up to March 28.

The courses are: home patient care service, assistant emergency technicians, hospital data entry operator, lab technical attender, physiotherapy, water treatment, cell phone repairing, security guards and heavy motor driving. The minimum qualification tenth class. Candidates should furnish their applications directly to the office of the Vice-Chairman and managing director, APSMFC, Haj House.

VII class exam fee date

HYDERABAD: The last date for submission of examination fees for VIIth class common examinations has been extended up to March 22 with a late fee of Rs. 300. The fee for regular candidates is Rs.60 and for private candidates Rs. 360, according to a statement issued by the Director, Government Examinations.

Farm worker ends life

Kakinada: A farm worker Samana Nageswerarao (45) allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison at his home in Kothavelugubanda village of Rajanagaram mandal in the early hours of Thursday. Rajanagaram police have registered the case.

Four booked for impersonation

HYDERABAD: Two cases of impersonation were booked each in West Godavari and Krishna districts in the ongoing Intermediate examinations apart from malpractice cases against 194 students, on Thursday.

The Mathematics-IIB, Zoology-II and History-II papers were held on Thursday, a statement from the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) said.

Probe panel chief takes charge

HYDERABAD: V. Neeladri Rao, a retired High Court judge, has assumed charge as Commission of Inquiry. The Commission is located at shop - 11, first floor, Buddha Bhavan, Municipal complex, Secunderabad and functions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days.

New 10-rupee notes soon

HYDERABAD: The Reserve Bank of India will shortly issue Rs.10 notes with inset letter `S' in both numbering panels in Mahatma Gandhi series. These notes will bear the signature of the RBI Governor, Y. V. Reddy.

Except for change in the inset letter, the design of the new notes will be similar in all respects to those issued earlier in the Mahatma Gandhi series.

All notes in the denomination of Rs. 10 issued by the RBI would continue to be legal tender, according to an RBI press note.

Spurious toddy claims life

CUDDAPAH: A former railway gangman, Jayaramaiah (45) of Nandalur Dalitawada, died due to consumption of spurious toddy. He is survived by wife, Vijayamma, and four children. Vijayamma lodged a complaint with the police.

Five naxals surrender

KHAMMAM: Five naxalites surrendered in the presence of the Superintendent of Police, Bhavana Saxena, on Thursday. The police said B. Prameela alias Seethakka, and P. Gangaiah alias Ganesh, both dalam commanders of the CPI (ML Praja Pratighatana) were among them.

Two activists of the CPI (ML New Democracy), A. Nagesh alias Sagar and B. Sattemma alias Nirmala and Hatiram, a dalam member of Prtighatana group also surrendered.

Dharna for

water

ANANTAPUR: Residents of Rajamma Nagar and Ammavari Kottala in the district headquarters town staged a dharna in front of the Municipal Office here on Thursday demanding mitigation of drinking water problem.

Women, led by the town unit of CPI, sought arranging more public taps and sink borewells as the present supply was not sufficient.

Meanwhile, leaders of Dharmavaram Canal Jala Sadhana Samithi launched an indefinite hunger strike demanding release of water to the canal.

Case against

school

NELLORE: The Kavali police are on the search for a local residential school organiser, who allegedly disappeared after collecting the fees from SSC students.

It came to light on Wednesday after 16 students did not receive hall tickets. Following a complaint by parents and students, the police registered a case and are searching for him.

Woman

beaten up

KURNOOL: A person, Khaja, allegedly beat and cut the nose of a woman, Annapurna, suspecting her fidelity at Laxminagar here on Wednesday night.

According to the police, the woman had deserted her husband and developed intimacy with Khaja three years ago. Last night, the accused allegedly beat her up and cut her nose. She was admitted to hospital. The accused is absconding.

Awareness meet

CUDDAPAH: Watersheds in the district have been allocated Rs. 4 lakhs each to provide work to labourers and check their migration, according to the project director of District Water Management Agency, P. Easwara Reddy.

Addressing an awareness meet here on Thursday, he urged officials to elicit the opinion and suggestions of self-help groups by convening their meetings from April. Training centres were set up at Cuddapah to train project implementation agencies and at Badvel, Rayachoti, Pulivendula and Rayachoti to train beneficiaries, he said.

`Kavi sammelan'

MADANAPALLE: A `kavi sammelan' will be organised under the aegis of Madanapalle Writers' Association on Ugadi day (April 9) at 5.30 p.m. at B.V. Kalyana mandapam.

The association secretary, K. Balasubramanyam Pillai, has invited articles from poets and lyric writers for the sammelan before March 31.

Drama staged

MADANAPALLE: An epic drama -- `Divilo kavi sammelanam' -- was staged here recently under the aegis of the Madanapalle Writers' Association.

Earlier, the association president, Mallela Guraviah, lamented that patronage for dramas was on the wane due to TV channels.

Assumes office

NELLORE: Thimmappa took over as the Nellore DSP on Thursday. He replaces D. Narasimha Reddy, who has been asked to report at the DGP's office.

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