YSR invites JAC leaders for talks

HYDERABAD: At last, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has invited leaders of the Joint Action Committee of Employees, Teachers and Workers for direct talks with him at the Secretariat on Saturday.

He will hold talks with JAC representatives at 2.30 p.m. and with those of the AP Secretariat Employees' Coordination Committee at 3.30 p.m. - Special Correspondent

Killed in mistaken identity

KARIMNAGAR: In a mistaken identity, Maoists shot dead the brother of their target at the Vennampalli village of Srirampur mandal on Thursday night.

According to reports, the deceased, Ramesh Goud (37), residing in Godavarikhani town, visited the village to attend his relative's death anniversary. He along with his brother, Suresh Goud (40), were sleeping on the terrace of the house. Ramesh came out of the house to attend nature's call. Naxalites, suspecting him to be Suresh Goud, killed him. - Staff Reporter

Farmer electrocuted

KADAPA: A farmer, Nali Chinna Papaiah (40), was electrocuted in his fields at Tellapadu village in Kalasapadu mandal on Friday.

He accidentally stepped on a live electrical wire that lied on the ground when he went to water his fields early this morning, according to the police. - Staff Reporter

Inflows into Tungabhadra

KURNOOL: The Tungabhadra river received flood here on Friday with the discharge at Sunkesula barrage touching 82,000 cusecs. The supply to the KC canal was reduced to 1,930 cusecs.

According to reports, the inflow into the TB reservoir was around one lakh cusecs while the dam authorities reduced the river discharge to 44,490 cusecs and the flow started declining. The inflow into the reservoir is expected to reach 60,000 cusecs tomorrow. - Staff Reporter

Secretariat staff body's office inaugurated

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, inaugurated the office of the Secretariat Employees' Association on its new premises in the `H' block on Friday.

However, hopes of different service organisations of an announcement on the Pay Revision Commission's benefits by the Chief Minister were dashed. He also inaugurated an ambulance given to the Secretariat dispensary in the same block by the Secunderabad MP, Anjankumar Yadav, using the Parliament constituency development funds. - Special Correspondent

Nominated to UN panel

HYDERABAD: The Director-General of Administrative Staff College of India, Siripurapu Kesava Rao, has been nominated member of the prestigious United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA).

The 24-member CEPA, whose four-year term begins on January 1, 2006, will be responsible for supporting the work of the UN's Economic and Social Council concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among member-States of the UN. - Staff Reporter

New private junior colleges

Nagarjunasagar crest gates opened

NALGONDA: Twenty radial crest gates of the Nagarjunasagar project were opened on Friday.

The NSP Chief Engineer, Abdul Basheer, said the inflows from the Srisailam project prompted opening of the gates, which were closed at 3.15 p.m. on August 14.

- Staff Reporter

SFI students seek special legislation

Kakinada: A number of students owing allegiance to the SFI staged a dharna in front of the Collectorate here on Friday demanding enactment of special legislation in Parliament regulating the fee structure in private educational Institutions. SFI district unit secretary G. Mangaraju said that social justice would be adversely affected by the recent Supreme Court ruling. Later a delegation met the Collector and presented a memorandum listing out their demands. - Correspondent

Zilla Parishad meeting postponed

Kakinada: The Zilla Parishad general body meeting scheduled to be held on August 20 has been postponed following pleas from members, according to D. Nagesh Babu, Chief Executive Officer. He said that a majority of them wanted postponement of the meeting as they are busy with the arrangements for the Chief Minister's visit scheduled for two days commencing on August 22. - Correspondent

Free spectacles to the poor distributed

Kakinada: Free spectacles were distributed to 50 poor persons at a function held under the auspices of Lions Club at Mutha Ramanna Choultry here on Friday. Club regional chairman C.C.S. Raju who was the chief guest gave away the spectacles to the beneficiaries. - Correspondent

Two-wheeler service centres in rural areas

Kakinada: Setting up of two-wheeler service and spare parts sale centres in the rural areas is being planned under Rajiv Yuva Shakti scheme, according to A. Ramalingeswera Raju, District Youth Welfare Officer. He said here on Friday that these centres would be opened in cooperation with Bajaj Automobiles at the rate of one service centre for every 10,000 population. Mr. Raju said that candidates should possess the ITI trade certificate or 10th class certificate with experience in two-wheeler mechanism. He urged the candidates to appear for an interview at the Setraj office on August 25. - Correspondent

Tractor loan mahotsav conducted

KADAPA: The district Collector G. Asok Kumar asserted on Friday that there was no dearth of funds for agricultural development and augmentation of drinking water and irrigation water supply.

Speaking at a `tractor loan mahotsav' organised by the State Bank of India here, he urged farmers to adopt scientific farming practices and simultaneously take up dairying to earn substantial profits.

Crop loans to the tune of Rs. 300 crores were disbursed among farmers so far this year, he said. He gave away tractor loan sanction letters to 20 farmers.

The SBI Regional Manager, C.B.R.S. Suryaprasad, said interest of farmers' loans was brought down to 9.75 per cent from 10.25 per cent in the past. The bank disbursed loans to ryots for purchase of 180 tractors, besides giving crop loans of Rs. 5.80 crores this year.

Besides crop loans, SBI was giving loans for poultry farming, sheep-breeding and sericulture, he said. - Staff Reporter

Advocates protest

Nellore: Advocates of Nellore Bar Association, boycotted all courts in Nellore on Thursday, in protest against the alleged assault and humiliation of two of their colleagues--Lenin Reddy and Rupeshkumar--by the S.I. III Town police station Dhananjaya on the night of August 14, at Nellore railway station. T

he association demanded the immediate suspension of the S.I. and an enquiry into the matter.

According to available information, the police who sensed the reaction of the advocates, have already decided to file counter cases against three advocates for allegedly obstructing public servants from discharging their duties. - Staff Reporter

New truck launched

KURNOOL: Ashok Leyland and its exclusive dealer, Automotive Manufacturers launched the Ecomet 1112 BS-II truck here on Friday.

The Inspector of Factories, M. Praveen Kumar, formally unveiled the vehicle which has incorporated the new features with a carrying load capacity of 7.5 tons to meet the customer needs.

The Senior Sales Executive of Ashok Leyland, A.C. Balaji, the branch manager, automotive, V. Vishnu Mohan and others attended.

- Staff Reporter

Raksha Bandhan celebrated

KADAPA: The Prajapitha Brahmakumaris celebrated Raksha Bandhan festival by tying rakhis to several officials, politicians and academicians in Cuddapah town on Friday.

Women tie rakhis to their brethren to protect them from evil forces and it acts as a protection line that joins them with divine thoughts, B.K. Easwari of Sankarapuram centre, said in a statement here.

Rakhi festival would promote confidence and affection between people in society, the Collector, G. Asok Kumar, said on Friday.

- Staff Reporter

Lok Ayukta's courts

HYDERABAD: The Lok Ayukta, R. Ramanujam, will hold camp courts and receive complaints from the public during his stay in Eluru on August 24 and 25. The camp courts will be held at the ZP Guest House, according his tour schedule announced here on Friday.

A press release issued by the registrar of Lok Ayukta said the camp court would be from 10.45 am. to 1.30 pm. on August 24 and from 10.30 am. to 1.30 pm. the next day. The complaints would be received from 2.30 pm. to 5 pm. on both days. — Staff Reporter

Applications for awards

ELURU: The District Youth Welfare Officer has invited applications from social activists for selection of national awards. The candidates in 15-35 years age group should have engaged themselves in any service activity during 2004-05. The applications along with the relevant certificates should be submitted to the District Youth Welfare Officer, SETWELL, West Godavari district. — Staff Reporter

SP transferred

HYDERABAD: Mahesh Chandra Laddha, Superintendent of Police, Prakasam district, has been posted as SP, Nizamabad, in the existing vacancy, according to orders issued by the Chief Secretary, Mohan Kanda.— Staff Reporter

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