Tie-up welcomed by all, says D. Srinivas

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, D. Srinivas, has claimed that the people of all regions in the State have welcomed the alliance between his party and the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.

In a brief chat with reporters, he said the alliance was appreciated by people in Andhra region too. The alliance was an indication that the Congress would emerge successful in the elections.

Asked about the prospects of rebels in the wake of the alliance, he said that those who sacrificed and worked for the success of the tie-up would be suitably accommodated in Government posts in the event of the party coming to power.

He said the tour programme of party president and the dates for sale of application forms would be announced on Thursday.

Training for temple officials

Hyderabad: The MCR HRD institute here commenced a three-day training programme for executive officers of temples in the State, archakas and trustees to make them pilgrim-centred and service-oriented.

This was the first time that such a programme is being held for temple people. The director-general of the institute, P. V. R. K. Prasad, said their aim was to promote ideal and harmonious work culture among functionaries of Hindu temples.

Inaugurating the day's session, Sri Tridandi Chinna Jeear Swamy said if proper temple culture was restored, there would be peace in society in general.

Tirumala float festival in March

TIRUMALA: The five-day annual `float festival' (Theppotsavam) of Lord Venkateswara will commence on March 2 and conclude on March 6.

In view of the festival, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams management has cancelled some arjita sevas like - Vasanthotsavam and Sahasra deepalankara seva on all the five days besides dispensing with Brahmotsavam seva during the last three days. However, Kalyanotsavam and Unjal seva will be continued.

Siddartha Reddy plea admitted

HYDERABAD: The High Court Judge, V. Eswaraiah, on Thursday admitted the appeal filed by Siddartha Reddy challenging the order of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge convicting him in the case of the death of cine actress Pratyusha. The Judge, however, posted the bail application filed by Siddhartha Reddy to next week.

A division bench of the court on Thursday upheld the detention of Mir Ali Mohammad Ali Khan alias Siddique and Abdul Qayyum under the COFEPOSA Act.

The bench comprising the Judges, J. Chalameshwar and B. Seshasayana Reddy, dismissed habeas corpus petitions filed on behalf of the detained persons challenging their detention. They were detained in connection with seizure of foreign currency at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport on September 12, 2003.

New order on MROs' transfer

Hyderabad: The State administration has received the new orders of the Election Commission regarding transfer of mandal revenue officers and station house officers (sub-inspectors).

The modified order, treating the Assembly constituency as unit, stipulates that any SI or station house officer or MRO serving in his/her home constituency should be shifted to a place in another segment within that district. Similarly, SI or MRO serving for four years out of the last five years in any Assembly segment should be transferred outside the segment.

This indeed was a relief since implementation of the EC's original order would have affected 80 per cent of SIs and MROs.

Appointed member of SCs panel HYDERABAD: The State general secretary of the Dalit Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party, V. Devender, has been appointed member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.

A copy of the letter of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment released to the press here on Thursday said the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, signed the warrant of Mr. Devender's appointment to the post on Monday.

Full mobility for Tata tele service

HYDERABAD: The Tata Tele Services Ltd. has been allotted level 92 for availing itself of full mobility under the Unified Access Service Licence as per instructions of the Department of Telecommunications.

The Deputy General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd., in a release here said that earlier the users of CCB/local PCOs were accessing intra-circle Short Distance Charging Areas (SDCAs) up to 50 km on 91x/92x level.

As per the new allotted level, the following changes in the dialling pattern have been made: From local Pcos/CCBs: 91 + STD Code(Without `0') + subscriber number; from subscribers from their regular phones: 95 + STD code(without `0') + subscriber number.

There would be no change in the tariff pattern, the release added.

New package by TCS

HYDERABAD: `Bio Suite', a software package developed as part of CSIR's New Millennium India Leadership Technology (NMILT) initiative, by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in collaboration with several laboratories, would be launched in a couple of months.

This was stated by S. Ramadorai, CEO, TCS, while speaking at the inaugural session of `Bio-Asia-2004' here on Thursday. He said the package would be versatile and portable. He said any IT company should have a presence in the area of life sciences as next 50 years belonged to biology.

Later, the Director-General, CSIR, R.A.Mashelkar, hailed it as an outstanding example of public-private participation. He said the package would be unique and affordable.

Temperatures below normal at a few places

Hyderabad: The State is experiencing dry weather. There was little change in minimum temperatures on Thursday. They were below normal at a few places in Rayalaseema and at one or two places in coastal Andhra and Telangana.

The lowest night temperature for the day was recorded by Arogyavaram at 16 degrees C. According to a bulletin issued by the State met office here, weather will be mainly sunny on Friday.

Red sanders seized

Cuddapah: Forest officials on Thursday recovered 16 red sander logs weighing 656 kg and the Tata Estate vehicle near C. Kammapalle cross roads in Railway Kodur mandal which were abandoned by unidentified persons who fled on spotting officials. A case was registered and investigation was taken up, according to forest officials.

Five-year-old raped

KURNOOL: A five-year-old minor girl was raped by a youth at Muzafar Nagar under the Fourth Town police station limits here on Thursday. According to reports, the accused, Ch. Anjaneyulu (19), allegedly took the girl into his house around noon and perpetrated the crime. The police arrested the youth.

Prizes given away

KURNOOL: The Collector, Ajay Jain, gave away prizes to winners of the small savings depositors contest at a function here on Thursday.

Young genius award

TIRUPATI: A. Raviteja, a fifth standard student of Geethanjali high school here has bagged the C.V. Raman young genius award at the State-level talent search examination conducted by Viswabharathy Foundation, Hyderabad. He secured district second rank. According to the correspondent, T. Joganna, the award would be presented to the boy at a function to be held in Telugu Lalitakala thoranam (Public gardens), Hyderabad on March 7.

Teacher training

TIRUPATI: The SV University's Institute of Advanced Study in Education (IASE) will be holding in-service training programme for secondary school teachers for three days from February 27. According to a release, classes will be held in DIET, Rayachoty, ZP Girls High School, Puttur, and Girls High School, Santipuram, by the respective IASE coordinators, T. Rajyalakshmi (biological science), R.Yasodha (mathematics) and N.C.Rayadu (social studies).

Commuters' meet

Cuddapah: The APSRTC Cuddapah Depot Manager, T. Srinivasulu, will hear the grievances and suggestions of commuters on bus services, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on February 28. The travelling public could also represent their problems to him over phone No. 244450, according to a statement.

School admissions

MADANAPALLE: Applications for admission into Class IX in Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Valasapall, near Madanapalle, Chittoor, will be received from students studying in Class VIII, Applications should reach the principal on or before April 10. The selection will be done on May 23 at the school, the Principal, D.R.K. Reddy, said.

New bike launched

KURNOOL: The TVS Motor Company launched its fuel-efficient Centre bike here on Thursday, according to a press release issued by the local dealer, MG. Brothers Automotive Enterprises. The bike is targeted at entry-level executive segment.

Workshop on asthma

NIZAMABAD: The workshop on `Management of asthma' organised by Nizamabad chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics at Nirmal on Thursday evoked good response. The IAP general secretary, N. Ramchander, said that 90 poor patients underwent computerised lung-function tests using the spirometry. The patients were offered free tests. Doctors at the special camp distributed 20 inhalers and an equal number of zero start spacers costing Rs.5,000. The chapter president, A. Chakradhary, delivered a lecture on asthma. Cipla, a leading pharmaceutical company, extended support for the programme.

Refresher course

WARANGAL: A 20-day refresher course in Education was inaugurated here on Thursday at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) by the in-charge Vice-Chancellor, J. Yellaiah. According to a press release, the course was aimed at re-orienting teachers working in B.Ed. colleges under the jurisdiction of the university. The inaugural was attended by the associate professor, D. Rajendra Prasad, the course coordinator, S. Mahender Reddy, the Board of Studies chairperson, N. Ramnath Kishan, the Centre for Women Studies director, V. Shobha, and others.

Two die as train hits bullock cart

KHAMMAM: Two persons died when the bullock cart they were travelling in was hit by a goods train at an unmanned level crossing at Narsampatnam in Manuguru-Bhadrachalam section on Wednesday night. According to reports, Errakonda Elamandaiah (25) and Errakonda Nagaraju (20), died on the spot. They were returning to the village after admitting an ailing relative at the Palvancha hospital. The movement of trains in the section was affected because of the accident.

ATM facility

NALGONDA: State Bank of India, Nalgonda branch, has extended the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) facility for its customers at the Poojita apartment here. The bank's first customer and advocate, Komarraju Muralidhar Rao, launched its operations at a function on Thursday. The Collector, R.P.Sisodia, the Additional Commandant of the 12th Battalion, D. Shyamsunder, the bank's assistant general manager, Jayaprakash, the Chief Manager, Lakshmi Pathy, and others were present.

Plea for paddy purchase

NALGONDA: The Commissioner, State Civil Supplies, Banwar Lal, on Thursday called upon millers to help the farming community by purchasing the paddy that was damaged in the recent cyclone. Speaking at a meeting with the millers here, he said that the Government had relaxed the rules pertaining to minimum support price to facilitate the purchase of such paddy. The Joint Collector, Purushottam Reddy, the District Civil Supplies Officer, Subramanyam, the Joint Director (Agriculture), Mohan Reddy and other officials were also present.