Special trains to clear festival rush

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Railways will run special trains between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad to clear festival rush on Friday and Saturday.

Train No. 0748 will leave Hyderabad on Friday at 9 p.m. and reach Vizag the next day at 11.05 a.m. The Hyderabad-bound train 0747 will leave Vizag at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday and reach Hyderabad on Sunday at 9.40 a.m. - Staff Reporter

Vijayashanti's party gets EC nod

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh will have one more party, with the Election Commission registering `Thalli Telangana Party' floated by film star Vijayashanti. Ms. Shanti, who was in the BJP earlier, came out of the saffron fold after the Assembly polls in the State and decided to float a new organisation. - PTI

Major fire in rice mill

Kakinada: In a major fire that broke out in Sri Sai Agro Industries Boiled Rice Mill in Achyuthapura Trayam village in Pedapudi mandal on Thursday, 35,000 quintals of paddy was destroyed. The loss was estimated at over Rs. 1 crore. Electric short circuit was stated to be the cause of the blaze. - Correspondent

AISF national meet in Chennai

HYDERABAD: The 26th national conference of the All-India Students' Federation (AISF) will be held in Chennai from January 3 to 6. Communist Party of India general secretary A.B. Bardhan will inaugurate the conference, according to AISF general secretary P. Muralidhar and president K. Srujan Kumar. - Special Correspondent

2 held on kidnap charge

ELURU: The police on Thursday arrested Jakkala Vinodkumar Reddy, a State-level functionary of the Youth Congress, and a woman Paruchuri Sumana for their alleged involvement in the kidnap of Mantena Soma Raju reported at Lakalakoderu in Palacole rural mandal of West Godavari district.

- Staff Reporter

`Scrap constituency development fund'

ONGOLE: CPI(M) Polit Bureau member B.V. Raghavulu has asked the Government to scrap constituency development fund allotted to MLAs as there is scope for misuse. In the absence of guidelines, MLAs had been allocating funds to whomever they liked, giving scope for misuse, he said. - Special Correspondent

CPI-ML (Liberation) for separate Telangana

HYDERABAD: Reiterating its support to formation of separate Telangana, the CPI-ML (Liberation) has announced that it will expose the Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samithi for what it called their failure to live up to the expectations of the people of the region.

At a press conference on Thursday, party general secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya said the party would come out with its stand on the issue when the second State's Reorganisation Commission was constituted. - Staff Reporter

Two girls found dead

VIZIANAGARAM: Bodies of two girls - R. Santoshi, 8, and R. Lavanya, 5, -- were found floating in an open well at Munjeru village in Bhogapuram mandal on Thursday. The police said that the girls' father Govinda Rao had taken them out on a bicycle on December 20 evening. Rao is at large. - Correspondent

VSP bags CII award

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) bagged the "excellent water efficient unit'' award of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The award was presented at a meeting in Hyderabad in which 27 short-listed companies participated. - Special Correspondent

Posted on Railway Board

HYDERABAD: South Central Railway Additional General Manager Rajkamal Rao has been elevated and posted as Railway Board's Additional Member (Mechanical).

Mr. served in various capacities in the Hyderabad zone, including Divisional Manager and Chief Personnel Officer. - Special Correspondent

Body found on railway track

Nellore: The body of a 70-year-old person was found on the railway track at Kavali on Wednesday evening. The victim was later identified as G. Nagaiah of Chowdarypalem of Kavali rural mandal, who reportedly committed suicide by falling under the moving train, due to poverty. Meanwhile, an unidentified person was found dead near the RTC bus stand, Naidupet. He was presumed to have died due to prevailing cold weather. - Staff Reporter

Police blamed for teacher killing incident

Nellore: The district unit of the Lok Satta has squarely blamed the police for the incident in Kotapalli mandal of Adilabad district, where a woman teacher was killed by a youth, who later met the same fate at the hands of villagers. In a statement issued here on Thursday, functionaries of the Lok Satta, V. Arunachalam, B. Anjaiah Naidu and Ch. Yanadaiah, have pointed as to how the deceased teacher, Ganga Bhavani, had complained twice to the police about the alleged harassment of accused M. Satish. - Staff Reporter

Plea for dismissal of employee

KURNOOL: Child Rights Protection Forum and AISF have urged the Government to dismiss Adam (40), a State Government employee, who married a minor girl. The employee also charged with bigamy. In a statement, M. Mallesh of (CRPF), N. Lenin Babu and D. Lakshmi Narayana Reddy (AISF) said they inquired into the incident of child marriage and found the incident to be true. Adam married a 12-year old girl at Iranbanda village under Gonegandla mandal on December 19.

His first wife, Emelia, who worked as Anganwadi worker, agreed for the marriage as the couple were childless.

- Staff Reporter

College gets research centre status

Kakinada: V.S. Lakshmi Women's Degree College here has been accorded recognition as Research Centre for Biochemistry courses by Andhra University, according to V. Seetharama Raju, Secretary and Correspondent of the college.

- Correspondent

Insurance company office opened

Kakinada: Bajaj Allianz General Insurance and Cyrus Solutions private Limited has opened its office at the Nookalamma temple here on Thursday. B.S.V. Kalyan, adviser, was the chief guest.

S.B. Ranga Raju, Director also spoke.

- Correspondent

Assistant programme officer suspended

Kakinada: Director of Jan Shikshan Sansthan, G. David Raju has announced here on Thursday the suspension of S.K. Reddy Assistant Programme Officer for alleged irregularities in awarding tailoring training certificates to 32 women, without actually receiving the training.

- Correspondent

Yagalla Foundation Awards announced

SRIKAKULAM: The `Yagalla Foundation' has announced its awards for the year 2004. It has selected Natarajaj Ramakrishna (dance), S.V. Rama Rao (painting) and K.N.Y. Pathanjali (literature) for the Yagalla Sitarama Murthy, Yagalla Suseela and Yagalla Ramakrishna Puraskarams of the Foundation, respectively.

- Special Correspondent

Farmer killed as tractor overturns

KAKINADA: A farm worker Sunderapalli China Apparao (25) was killed when the tractor engaged in ground levelling operations overturned crushing him in Peddada village fields in Pedapudi Mandal on Thursday. - Correspondent

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