Close call for Majlis MP

Sangareddy: The Majlis leader and Member of Parliament, Asaduddin Owaisi, had a miraculous escape on Saturday, with the airbags in his car inflating just in time when the car he was driving skidded off the road and hit a tree. The accident occurred at around 1.30 p.m. on the Rajiv Rahadari, near Pothireddypalli of Kondapaka mandal. Mr. Owaisi was immediately rushed to a private nursing home in Siddipet where he was given first aid. According to doctors, Asaduddin had a slight concussion on the chest and minor injuries on his legs. Mr. Owaisi was on his way to Karimnagar to address a public meeting organised by the MIM. His personal assistant, Mustaq, who was sitting next to him escaped unhurt. - Staff Reporter

Burglary at Union Bank of India

CHITTOOR: Burglars barged into the Union Bank of India at Yadamari, 12 km from here, in the early hours of Saturday by breaking open the windows and took away jewels and cash, according to Jayaram Reddy, DIG. Addressing a press meet, he said, the criminals entered the strong room and broke open the chests with an iron rod and took away Rs.1.6 crores and gold (22.5 kg) worth Rs. 85 lakhs. The bank Manager, Sudhakar, filed a complaint with the police. - Correspondent

Bid to rob ING Vysya Bank

KURNOOL: An unidentified gang made a vain bid to rob the ING Vysya Bank branch at Nandyal in Kurnool district on Friday night. According to reports, the gang gained entry to the bank by breaking open the side door. The gang entered the safe room but could not open the almirahs or lockers.

The bank manager, Anand, said valuables and currency were intact in the branch. - Staff Reporter

CPI team to inspect irrigation projects

HYDERABAD: A six-member CPI team will inspect from July 19 to 22 the projects being taken up, pending or proposed on the Krishna river. The projects include Telugu Ganga, SRBC, Galeru-Nagari, Hundri-Neeva and Velugonda. The party will submit a report to the Government. A press release issued by K. Narayana, CPI assistant secretary, on Saturday stated that besides Mr. Narayana the team includes P. Nageswara Rao, Ch. Venkata Reddy, K. Ramakrishna, K. Nageswara Rao and G. Mallesh. - Staff Reporter

US team visits ANGRAU

HYDERABAD: A three-member delegation of the University of California on Saturday visited the Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, here, and interacted with the Vice-Chancellor and officials. They explored the possibility of an agreement in agro-processing, biotechnology and efficient water use between the two universities. The team, comprising -- William B. Lacy, Robert Kerr and Gurudev Kush -- held discussions with officials on teaching, research and extension activities of the university. - Staff Reporter.

Vizag boy to represent India

VISAKHAPATNAM: Rohit Anant Ganapati, an alumnus of Timpany School and Vikas IIT Academy, has been selected to represent India at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) business internship programme to be held in Washington from August 15 to November 15. He will interact with the CEOs of multinational companies like Walmart, Pepsico and Microsoft. - Staff Reporter

High-power tug to rescue cargo vessel

VISAKHAPATNAM: A high-power tug is reaching here from Singapore on July 15 to pull the Indonesian cargo vessel, MV Jin Ann, which ran aground near the harbour here on June 30. The team from Wijsmuller, a salvage company from Holland, which examined the ship carrying 49,537 tonnes of steam coal, suggested offloading of 5,000 tonnes of cargo. A tug, Sangita, was also stationed near the ship. - Special Correspondent

Power workers' relay fast enters second day

CUDDAPAH: Contractual power workers burnt an effigy of the APTransco Director, Kesava Rao, before the Chief Engineer (TL&SS) office here on Saturday on the second day of their relay fast. They wanted that the two sub-engineers, K. Srinivasulu and V. Naveen Kumar, watchman, Manohar and helper, M.C. Veeranna, who were abruptly removed, be taken back to work. The CITU district general secretary, N. Ravisankar Reddy, accused the officials of colluding with erring contractors and meting out injustice to contractual workers. The leaders including G. Chandra, B. Nagaraju, K. Sudhakar and K. Bhupal Reddy, took part. - Staff Reporter

Gold, silver worth Rs. 5 lakhs stolen

CUDDAPAH: Burglars broke into the house of a polished stone dealer, Sanapalle Raviprasada Reddy, in Mahatmanagar in Yerraguntla town in the early hours of Saturday and decamped with 85 tolas of gold ornaments and silver articles, valued at about Rs. 5 lakhs. According to the Yerraguntla Sub-Inspector, Vijayabhaskar Goud, the incident occurred when the inmates were fast asleep. - Staff Reporter

Newborn dies

Nellore: While the stillborn baby was alive, the parents who thought otherwise left it in the bushes, resulting in its death later. This incident came to light in Chillakur mandal of Nellore district on Friday. A. Ramanamma, belonging to Kottapalem village of the mandal, gave birth to a baby in her 8th month of pregnancy, while on her way to Chintavaram. However, when the baby did not show any signs of movement even 30 minutes after birth, the parents presumed the baby to be stillborn left it in nearby bushes. However, people on way to fields, who heard the cries of the baby, took it to the local hospital. But their joy was short lived as the baby died after some time. - Staff Reporter

Six injured in mishap

Nellore: Six persons were injured in a collision of two autorickshaws at Audimoorthipuram village of Kondapuram mandal on Friday night. The injured were shifted to Kavali town. - Staff Reporter

Police sports meet declared open

Nellore: The Additional SP, D.V.S.S. Murthy, has declared open the range level police sports meet at the police parade grounds, Nellore, on Saturday, amidst applause from the participants of Nellore, Prakasam and Guntur districts. The participants were told to show their calibre at the meet and bring good name to the range. - Staff Reporter

50 wards created

KURNOOL: The Municipal Commissioner, K. Venkateswarlu, said 50 wards were created in the city as per the guidelines for reorganisation.

Addressing a meeting of senior citizens, sponsored by the Lok Satta, he said the division was based on the 2001 census.

- Staff Reporter

BJP workers protest against corruption

Kakinada: BJP workers staged a protest demonstration in front of the Municipal Corporation office here on Saturday against the growing corruption in the corporation in the light of the ACB's trap on Commissioner and Town Planning Officer and seizure of unaccounted money.

They also burnt the effigy of the `corruption'. J.S.K. Achyutharamaiah and Kuchimanchi Venugopal, president and secretary respectively of the city unit of the party led the stir. Correspondent

Free medicine to be distributed

Kakinada: The `Sarva Roga Nivarani' a powder of 60 important herbs used for curing several common diseases, will be distributed free of cost by its inventor, E. Murthy, at the first regular meeting-cum-service project of the Lions Club Kakinada City to be held at Daffodils on the main road here on Sunday, according to Dilip Kumar Sadhnani club secretary. __Correspondent

Rajiv Yuvasakti interviews

Rajahmundry: Interviews for Rajiv Yuvasakti scheme will be held on July 13 and 14. According to P. Nagaveni, officiating Municipal Commissioner, on the first day, candidates from 1st to 22nd wards and on second day 23rd to 44 wards will be interviewed from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in corporation's council hall.__Staff Reporter

3 cm rainfall in Rajahmundry

Rajahmundry: The onset of monsoon has given 3 cm of rainfall to the district from Friday morning to Saturday evening.

Rampachodavaram and Addateegala recorded highest rainfall of 5 cms and in Seethanagaram it was ony 5.2 mms.__Staff Reporter

Phone bill payment through e-Seva

VIZIANAGARAM: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Vizianagaram Telecom Circle, has made arrangements for payment of telephone bills through e-Seva kendra near RTC complex here from July 11, according to a release. Correspondent

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