ANDHRA PRADESH

Briefly

Judicial officers' plea to YSR

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Retired Judicial Officers Association has appealed to the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to implement the Supreme Court judgement granting a sum of Rs. 1,250 per month for employment of domestic hands and Rs. 100 per month towards medical allowance for retired judges. In a press release, the association appended a GO issued by the State Government a few days ago revising the pension of judicial officers who retired before July 1996. It said the revised pension of officers who have retired or died while in service prior to July 1996, shall be 50 per cent of the minimum of the revised pay of the post held by the officers at the time of retirement. They should have put in full qualifying service at the time of retirement.

Sufficient prepaid cards available: BSNL

HYDERABAD: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has said that sufficient number of Excel prepaid cards are available to meet the existing demand, at departmental outlets and authorised distributors. A press release asked customers not to pay anything extra than the face value of an Excel starter pack of Rs. 200. Details may be had from the Call Centre at 94400 24365. Customers applying for more than one landline could use a single application form. This was done with a view to simplifying the procedure and offer customer-friendly services.

FAPI anniversary in September

HYDERABAD: The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Industries (FAPI) will celebrate its eighth anniversary here in the first week of September. The celebrations include felicitation of best entrepreneurs in various sectors and a seminar on the prospects of industrial growth in the State. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and Central and State Ministers will participate, the FAPI president, B.V. Rama Rao, told reporters on Saturday. He said FAPI, will also celebrate the 84th birthday of industrialist, M. Harishchandra Prasad, here on July 28.

Andhra Bank crop loans

for 60,000 ryots

SRIKAKULAM: Andhra Bank plans to bring 60,000 new farmers under the organised agriculture credit network by extending crop loans to them during the current year, according to S. Suryanarayana, General Manager. He told reporters at Etcherla, near here on Saturday, that the process of rescheduling agriculture loans and renewals would be completed by August end. The rescheduling included long-term loans, he added. He said agricultural advances would get priority in view of the hardships being faced by farmers and to reduce their dependence on moneylenders. Earlier, Mr. Suryanaryana inaugurated the new premises of the bank's Etcherla branch. He gave away cheques to new farmers. The bank's Deputy General Manager, J. Sarat Babu, and the branch manager, B.V. Ramanayya, was present.

Japanese team inspects

KC Canal works

CUDDAPAH: A delegation of a Japanese financing agency, Japan International Cooperation Organisation, inspected the KC Canal modernisation works in Cuddapah district on Saturday. The team members -- Comeo, Nippon Kori and Kuri Motto -- and the technical consultant, Subba Reddy, inspected the work on ayacut roads and drains at Adinimmayapalle. Several farmers urged the Japanese team to ensure steps to prevent draining of murky water into their fields and to construct culverts at some places along the canal. The former KC Canal Distributary Canal Chairman, D. Chandramouleeswara Reddy, apprised them on the need to close the last vent at Sunkesula reservoir and completion of works at Alaganur balancing reservoir in order to impound water. Mr. Comeo assured to discuss the issue with the Government.

Appointed advisor to Government

HYDERABAD: A retired IAS officer and power expert, P. Abraham, has been appointed Advisor to the State Government on energy. Mr. Abraham was the Union Power Secretary and Chairman of Maharashtra State Electricity Board. He belonged to the Maharashtra cadre of IAS and also held important positions in Andhra Pradesh and the Centre. He also wrote a book `Power sector reforms-focus on distribution'.

Farmer electrocuted

CUDDAPAH: A farmer, Tallapaneni Narayana Naidu (52), of Mittameedipalle village in Rajampet mandal, was electrocuted on Saturday morning, when he accidentally came into contact with low-lying wires near Boggulasatram, while proceeding to his fields. His wife found him dead and lodged a complaint with the Mannur police.

RTC bus passengers robbed

KARIMNAGAR: A four-member unidentified gang robbed passengers of an RTC bus bound for Hyderabad from Mancherial via Karimnagar at Arnakonda village outskirts of Choppadandi mandal in the wee hours of Saturday. Cash and gold ornaments worth Rs. 3 lakhs were taken away from passengers. According to the police, four persons boarded the bus at Mancherial and purchased tickets till Karimnagar. When the bus reached the Arnakonda village outskirts, one of them brandishing a knife and an iron rod forced the driver, Rajesham, to stop the bus. Soon the other three too whipped out knives, threatened the passengers and robbed them. They also took away Rs. 3,000 from the RTC crew. The police have launched a manhunt to nab the gang.

Woman engineer commits suicide

Rajahmundry: Geera Padma Sree, an Assistant Engineer, working in the Superintending Engineer Office (400 KV Circle) here, allegedly committed suicide on Saturday by hanging herself from a ceiling fan at her house in Rajendranagar area. According to the police, a letter found on her body stated that no one was responsible for her death and she was committing suicide because she was vexed with the life. Padama Sree, a native of Ponnuru village in Guntur district, had been working here for the past three years.

Weaver ends life

NALGONDA: A powerloom weaver, who was rendered jobless because of the on going strike by the loom owners, committed suicide at Renikunta village in Rajapet mandal, on Saturday. According to information reaching here, Bingi Laxmi Narayana (48), father of five daughters was searching for a job ever since the powerloom owners decided to stop production in the wake of mounting stocks. He went to Renikunta, his native place, from Gowrayapally in Yadagirigutta mandal, to look for a job. He hanged himself in his house when his family members were away, the police said.

Widespread rain

Hyderabad: The low pressure area persisted for the second day on Saturday off south Orissa and north Andhra coast without any change. Under its influence, many places in the State received rains. The Director for State Met Office, C. V. V. Bhadram, said there were no indications from the system regarding intensification. The monsoon was active in Coastal Andhra and Telangana. Khanapur in Adilabad district recorded a rainfall of 8 cm. The other chief amounts of rainfall during the 24-hour period ending Saturday morning were: Hanamkonda, Metpalli, Yellandu 5 cm each. Forecast for Sunday was that there would be light to moderate rain at most places in Telangana, many places in Coastal Andhra and at few places in Rayalaseema.

Farmer fatally run over

CUDDAPAH: A farmer, Pathan Mahabub Khan (45), was fatally run over by a speeding car near the MRO office in Duvvur town on Saturday.

Mahabub Khan, who was watching repairs on a drain, along with his brother-in-law, Rasool Khan, sustained severe head injuries and died on way to hospital. The Duvvur sub-inspector, Ananda Rao, registered a case and shifted the body for post-mortem to Proddatur Government hospital.

Governor to open blood bank

KURNOOL: Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, will inaugurate the blood bank set up by the Red Cross Society here on August 5.

The blood bank was set up at a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs. The Governor is also expected to interact with farmers at Amakatadu village in Krishnagiri mandal to know first hand the problems of agriculture sector.

NCC inspection

TIRUPATI: The annual inspection of the 11 Andhra Air Squadron (Technical) was carried out by S. Kumar, Group Commander, NCC's Tirupati group headquarters, here on Saturday.

The commander inspected the training programme evolved for the cadets, administration and budgeting aspects and suggested inclusion of aeromodelling and parasailing in the training module, while expressing satisfaction over the general functioning of the unit.

AISF member elected

CUDDAPAH: An AISF member, B. Obulesu, was elected students' union chairman of the Government College for Boys here and another AISF activist, K. Munaiah was elected joint secretary, in elections held in the college. In a statement, they assured to strive to focus on the students' problems and agitate for redressal.

Elocution contest

TIRUPATI: An elocution competition on "Sri Krishna Leela'' will be conducted by Tirupati-based Sri Vanamali charitable trust at the Regional Science Centre here on August 2 to coincide with Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations.

The last date for submitting entries is July 27.

For further details interested students can contact 98483-72766 or 0877-224 2353.

Tight security for CM's visit

ADILABAD: Notwithstanding the ongoing peace process with People's War, the district police are making tight security arrangements for Sunday's visit of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, in connection with the `Rajiv palle bata' programme in Adilabad.

According to a press release by the Superintendent of Police, Kripananda Tripathi Ujela, security along the 80 km route would be manned by two Additional SPs, seven DSPs, 17 CIs, 81 SIs and Assistant SIs, 87 Head Constables, 323 Constables, 220 home guards, seven armed sections comprising 70 men each.

ABVP stages rasta roko

NIZAMABAD: Activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged a rasta roko in front of the RTC bus stand here on Saturday demanding immediate withdrawal of the GO 33, which earmarked five per cent quota for Muslims in educational institutions.

ABVP workers burnt an effigy of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, as a mark of protest against the decision to give reservations for minorities. Later, they went in a procession to the Collectorate and presented a memorandum to the District Revenue officer.

Housing beneficiaries' protest

ADILABAD: The Telugu Desam Party on Saturday staged a sit-in in the office of the District Manager, Housing, protesting against the cancellation of sanctioned houses. About 200 beneficiaries from villages in Adilabad Assembly constituency, including a large number of women, whose sanctioned houses were cancelled participated.

ORS week begins today

NIZAMABAD: The Nizamabad chapter of the Indian Academy of Paediatrics is all set to launch the ORS week from Sunday by involving the district branch of the Indian Medical Association and other Government departments.

The IAP secretary, N. Ramchander, said to coincide with the ORS week handbills, wall posters, slides would be released to propagate the message of ORS.

College admission list

ADILABAD: The fourth list of names for admission into first year degree courses in Government Degree College for Boys, Adilabad, would be displayed on Sunday. The list would include the 160 seats, which were enhanced following the request by the college. The last date for payment of fee would be July 27.

Farmer fatally

run over

CUDDAPAH: A farmer, Pathan Mahabub Khan (45), was fatally run over by a speeding car near the MRO office in Duvvur town on Saturday.

Mahabub Khan, who was watching repairs on a drain, along with his brother-in-law, Rasool Khan, sustained severe head injuries and died on way to hospital. The Duvvur sub-inspector, Ananda Rao, registered a case and shifted the body for post-mortem to Proddatur Government hospital.

Governor to open blood bank

KURNOOL: Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, will inaugurate the blood bank set up by the Red Cross Society here on August 5.

The blood bank was set up at a cost of Rs. 40 lakhs. The Governor is also expected to interact with farmers at Amakatadu village in Krishnagiri mandal to know first hand the problems of agriculture sector.

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