Naidu to vacation in US

HYDERABAD: The former Chief Minster and Telugu Desam president, N.Chandrababu Naidu, is leaving here for a week-long holiday for the United States on Monday morning. According to TDP sources, he would be accompanied by his wife, N.Bhuvaneshwari, and son Lokesh. He would return to the city on August 9. Mr. Naidu had planned his foreign visit before the just concluded Budget session of the Assembly but it was called off following the shootout incident involving his brother-in-law and film star, Balakrishna.

Party sources said Mr. Naidu's tour was overdue as he wanted to take a break from the hectic political activity, especially after the abortive attempt on his life at Alipiri on October 1.

Minor shuffle of IAS officers

Hyderabad: Hiralal Samariya, an IAS officer of 1985 batch, was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL) on Sunday. Prior to this appointment, he was the State Project Director, Poverty Initiative Project, under the Panchayat and Rural Development Department. He replaces Dinesh Kumar, who has been transferred, but not yet been given any posting.

In a minor shuffle of IAS officers, the Kurnool district Collector, Ajay Jain, has been transferred and posted as Managing Director of A. P. Generation Corporation (APGenco). This post has been vacant ever since the CMD of the Corporation, J. Parthasarathy, stepped down.

Deepak Kumar Panwar, Principal Secretary, Energy, will continue to hold additional charge of the post of APGenco. Meanwhile, Mukesh Kumar Meena, Joint Collector, Kurnool, will hold full additional charge of the post of Collector until further orders.

Backward Classes plan `Chalo Hyderabad'

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Backward Classes' Welfare Association on Sunday called for a `Chalo Hyderabad' rally of Backward Classes students demanding payment of dues of last year's scholarships. The rally will be taken out from Sundarayya Park to Indira Park with participants from different parts of the State.

In a press release, R. Krishnaiah, president of the association, accused the Congress Government of not honouring its promise made before the Assembly elections of paying the scholarship dues. But, after coming to power the party was doing `injustice' to Backward Classes by not allocating the required budget.

He alleged that 1.55 lakh students studying in 3,500 private and aided colleges were not sanctioned scholarships in 2003-04. This year the Government cut the budget for scholarships from Rs.79 crores to Rs. 61 crores. This, Mr. Krishnaiah feared, would result in non-payment of scholarships.

Natya mandali pays tributes to Allu Ramalingaiah

HYDERABAD: Leaders of the Andhra Pradesh Praja Natya Mandali paid tributes to the veteran comedian, Allu Ramalingaiah, who was a patron-member of the organisation, by laying a wreath on his body on Sunday. Puli Sambasiva Rao, general secretary of the mandali, in a statement, described the actor's death as an irreparable loss to the field of art. He praised Ramalingaiah's role in striving for social uplift. Among those who paid tributes were: Tammareddy Krishnamurthy, K. Pratap Reddy, Rao, V. Rajeswara Rao, Jaganmohan Rao, M.G. Prasad, Krishna and Suresh.

CITU to support bank stir

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh committee of Centre of Indian Trade Unions on Sunday decided to extend support to the nation-wide strike by SBI employees on August 9. It appealed to other trade unions to back the agitation called to protest against the bank's `indifferent' attitude to the employees' demand for compassionate appointments which have been pending for about a decade.

S. Veeraiah, secretary of the CITU, in a statement issued here, criticised the bank management for deciding to stop payment of DA to pensioners and the matching PF contribution with effect from July this year and to make recruitment of officers on contract basis.

The CITU leader called upon other trade unions in the banking sector to oppose these measures which, he said, were part of the reform process.

No use of talks with naxals: ABVP

NALGONDA: The zonal organising secretary of the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), P. Chandrasekhar, has dubbed the peace talks with the People's War naxalites as a waste exercise. Mr. Chandrasekhar, who was here to participate in the ABVP meeting here on Sunday, told reporters that the ceasefire period would provide naxalites an opportunity to strengthen their movement.

Earlier addressing the meeting, he maintained that the Government should have taken action against those who made `provocative speeches' at the recent People's War meeting. He said the ABVP would intensify its agitation against reservations for Muslims.

Assumes office

HYDERABAD: M.C. Bhandari has taken over as the new Director-General (DG) of the National Cadet Corps, relieving B.K. Bopanna, who achieved superannuation on July 31.

According to a press release, Lt. Gen. Bhandari has taken over the new assignment after a successful stint as Major General-General Services, Central Army. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, he was commissioned into the Garhwal Rifles on June 11, 1967.

Currently a research scholar with Meerut University, he has authored a number of papers and articles.

Transport employees threaten direct action

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Confederation of Transport Department Employees' Associations has resolved to go in for direct action on any day after August 8 to press its demands which include filling of 167 posts and measures to stop agents from entering offices.

T.L. Manik Prabhu, secretary, in a statement issued here on Sunday recalled that the confederation submitted a memorandum to the Transport Minister, S. Santosh Reddy, seeking action on the demands on July 1. The organisation was `disappointed' that the Government was not `kind' to the hardship of the employees and failed to take any action.

He said the executive of the confederation, which met on July 30, felt that the employees were unable to work under "great stress, strain and unsafe situation." Hence there was a need for the Government to act on the demands.

Refresher course

TIRUPATI: The Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam's (SPMVV) Applied Microbiology Department will conduct a three-week refresher course for teachers on Applied Microbiology from August 2 to 23.

Practical training will be given in areas of specialisation like biotechnology and bioinformatics. Forty teachers from various universities are taking part in the meet.

Goodwill Centre

NELLORE: A `Goodwill Centre' (Seva Kendram), was opened at Nellore RTC main bus station on Saturday, by Y. Vijayakumar, Executive Director, (Nellore and Cuddapah Zones). The centre will issue CAT cards, season tickets, jubilee tickets, besides booking of buses for marriages and pilgrimages, through single window system. It will function from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, including holidays.

Make it to BITS

KURNOOL: Two students from the city, Y. Mouleeswara Reddy and B. Venugopal, secured admission to the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. The duo was students of Ravindra Junior College. Mouleeswara Reddy secured 953 marks and Venugopal, 947 marks in the Intermediate exam.

Social security sought

NELLORE: The district level meeting of Bharateeya Mazdoor Sangh, which was held here on Sunday, demanded the immediate introduction of social security system for the unorganised sector. The other demands included a check on the spree of privatisation, abolition of contract labour, scrapping of disinvestment and 12 per cent interest on Provident Fund.

Dharna by rail staff

CUDDAPAH: The railway employees staged dharna at Nandalur railway station on Sunday demanding withdrawal of the new practice of disbursing salaries through cheques. The South Central Railway Employees Sangh chairman, Krishnam Raju, secretary, Babu, vice-president, Subrahmanyam and members, Srinivasulu and Mani, alleged that salary payment through cheques posed some problems to the employees and wanted the previous mode of pay disbursal.

`Garuda' bus service to Hyderabad

Karimnagar: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) will introduce `Garuda' service from Godavarikhani to Hyderabad on August 3.

The bus starts at Godavarikhani at 5.30 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. In the return direction, it starts at 11 a.m. and at 10.30 p.m. While the journey time is three and half-hour, the fare will be Rs. 215 per head.

Ministers - Santosh Reddy, M. Satyanarayana Rao and V. Lakshmikantha Rao - would inaugurate the service, the RTC Executive Director, Balakrishna Rao, told newsmen on Sunday. The Karimnagar Regional Manager, Rajender, was also present.

Post-paid Net access

WARANGAL: The BSNL, Warangal circle, has launched a CLI-based account-less Internet access.

According to the General Manager, Ramakrishna, besides the presently available Sancharnet at pre- paid access, this service was available post-paid. Customers were not required to purchase any account for Internet through this service. The access is available at 172222. Charges would be collected in the telephone bill. Details can be had from toll-free number, 1957.

12 in fray for ZPTC polls

KARIMNAGAR: Twelve candidates remained in the fray for the Julapalli and Maidipalli Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) elections, which are scheduled to be held on August 7, according to Election officer and ZP CEO, G. Satya Prasad.

Plantation programme

KARIMNAGAR: Responding to the district administration's call, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) of SRR Degree College participated in a massive tree plantation programme on the college premises on Sunday. About 100 cadets planted a total of 1,000 saplings.

Dr. B.R. Amebdkar Open University study centre coordinator, S.R. Vishwanatha Reddy, the Captain, B. Madhusudhan Reddy, the district NSS programme officer, K. Murali, and others participated.

MSR felicitated

KARIMNAGAR: The Minister for Endowments, M. Satyanarayana Rao, has lauded the community services of Vysyas in the State. The district Arya Vysya Sangham felicitated the Minister here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Satyanarayana Rao promised to nominate Vysyas on temple trust boards.

The Karimnagar Municipal Chairman, V. Hanumanth Reddy, the Vice-Chairman, Venkat Swamy, the ZPTC member, N. Sharada, the Arya Vysya Mahasabha State secretary, Gourishetti Muninder, and others were present.

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