ANDHRA PRADESH

Briefly

Starvation forces powerloom weaver to suicide?

NALGONDA: A powerloom weaver, Ravva Sattaiah (60), who was rendered jobless due to the crisis in the industry, died allegedly due to hunger in Padmanagar Colony in Nalgonda town on Saturday. A native of Parada in Kattamgur mandal, Sattaiah and his wife, Sarojanamma (56), did not have a morsel for the last one week following the suspension of work by powerloom owners, their relatives said. Their two sons are residing in Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the Revenue Divisional Officer, K. Suresh Babu, has refuted the claim that it is a starvation death saying the "family had been drawing rice from the public distribution system." The family would be given a ration card under the Anthyodaya Anna Yojana and Sarojanamma would be sanctioned widow pension, the MRO, R. Anjaiah, who inquired into the case, said.

Weaver kills himself

KARIMNAGAR: A weaver, G. Raja Lingu (50) of Yellareddypet mandal headquarters, on Friday hung himself from a tree near his house due to unemployment and increasing debts. The police said the weaver had been working in Sircilla powerlooms. He had been unemployed for the last two months due to a slump in the industry.

Naxals destroy promissory notes

GUNTUR: Naxalites belonging to the People's War snatched promissory notes of farmers with a face value of Rs.72 lakhs from three persons - Grandhi Anjaneyulu (Rs.50 lakhs), Grandhi Krishna (Rs.15 lakhs) and Muppavarapu Nageswara Rao (Rs.7 lakhs) - at Mannesultanpalem in Bellamkonda mandal of Guntur district on Friday and destroyed them. The naxalites told the lenders that the farmers were not in a position to repay their debts and hence they were destroying the notes. They lit fire to a heap of the promissory notes in front of villagers.

Rape victim commits suicide

ELURU: A rape victim reportedly committed suicide by consuming poison at Kamayyapalem under Jeelugumilli police station limits in West Godavari district. According to the police, the 15-year-old girl was allegedly dragged into bushes, gagged and raped by a youth, T. Srinivas, of the same village when she was working in a field on Friday noon. Unable to bear the insult, the victim rushed home and consumed poison. The police said the victim's brother was also assaulted by the accused person and his associate, K. Sai, when he tried to rescue his sister.

Former MLA's son ends life

Kakinada: Ramkumar (20), son of the former MLA of Ramachandrapuram, Medisetti Veera Venkata Ramarao, allegedly consumed pesticide at his residence in Toorangi on Saturday. Reports said Ramkumar had been in acute abdominal pain. He was admitted to the Government General Hospital in the morning but died within an hour.

Work for prosperity: Barnala

HYDERABAD: The Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, on Saturday greeted people on the Independence Day and called for united efforts to create a prosperous nation. In a message he said it was time to bow to the memory of martyrs who sacrificed for the welfare of the country. He urged people to take a pledge that "we all shall, individually and collectively, relive the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi." Mr. Barnala praised the Rajiv Pallebata programme saying it was "an effective platform to understand the problems of farmers, women, weaker sections and the youth." The State had already set in motion developmental projects for increasing tremendous irrigation potential, providing shelter to the underprivileged and employment to the youth. The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, called upon people belonging to different strata of society to rededicate themselves for the development of the State. He said the focus was on extending financial benefits to small farmers.N. Chandrababu Naidu, former Chief Minister and TDP chief, while extending his greetings to Telugus in the State and staying abroad, called upon them to strive for the country's unity.

Man, woman hacked to death

CUDDAPAH: A man and woman, suspected of an `illicit relationship,' were hacked to death near the hillocks adjoining Chakraya tank in Chakrayapet mandal on Friday evening. Mudugula Ramakrishna (40) and Pottipati Nagarathnamma (24) from Narapureddigaripalle village lived in neighbouring houses and used to graze goats near the tank. Suspecting an affair between them, Nagarathnamma's nephew, Prasada Reddy (21), allegedly hacked Ramakrishna to death and later fatally attacked his aunt with a sickle, the police said.

Two electrocuted in field

KARIMNAGAR: Two persons were electrocuted on Friday on the outskirts of Chippalapalli village of Mustabad mandal while laying an electric wire around a maize field to protect it from wild animals. The police said the owner of the land, B. Rajaiah (58), and his servant were laying the wires during a power shutdown. When the power came on suddenly, the victims, who had forgotten to remove the live wire from the main connection, were electrocuted.

Light rain likely

Hyderabad: There was rain at a few places in Telangana on Saturday while it was isolated in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. Eturunagaram, Koida and Coonavaram recorded 4 cm each; Bhadrachalam and Veeraghattam 3 cm each and Medak 2 cm. According to a forecast, there will be light to moderate rain at a few places in Telangana and isolated in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Elephant calf drowned

TIRUPATI: A male elephant calf drowned in a tank in Siddalagandi area of Talakona forest in the district recently. Forest officials suspect the calf was a member of the herd that has been on a rampage in adjoining fields for the last few months. Investigation revealed that the calf, along with its mother, tried to get into the tank, when its feet got stuck in the slush and it slowly drowned.

Sex worker killed

NELLORE: A sex worker was done to death, on Friday night, in Santapet area of Nellore town. According to police, there was a row over payment between Shakeela and Krishna Kishore, resulting in the later allegedly strangling her to death with his belt. The Three Town police rushed to the spot and detained the accused.

Playlet to be staged

MADANAPALLE: A playlet `Evarudonga' written by the late Acharya Atreya will be staged at the municipal town hall at 6 p.m. on Sunday as part of the Independence Day celebrations under the auspicious of the Madanapalle Writers Association with the cooperation of the Madanapalle Municipality, Rotary Club, Madanapalle Chaitanya Bharathi and Mecsa Association.

Call for applications

CUDDAPAH: The Helen Keller's Training College for Teachers of the Deaf here has invited applications for Diploma in Special Education from those who passed Intermediate with at least 45 per cent marks by August 23. Its Principal-cum-Coordinator, P. Dowlat Khan, has said the course is recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India.

Minister moots cath lab

KURNOOL: The Minister for Lift Irrigation, M. Mareppa, inaugurated the special screening programme for children suffering from heart ailments on Saturday and examined the facilities available in the Cardiology Department. He promised to try and a secure cath lab for the hospital to enable it to undertake heart surgery.

SC, ST panel chief coming

NALGONDA: The Chairman of the State Commission of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, K. Punnayya, will tour the district from August 16 to 20, according to a press release issued by the District SC Welfare Association, here on Saturday. The Commission members --T. V. Narayana, K. Nagaiah, Ajmeera Raju Naik and S. Vijayamma -- will accompany him. He will arrive at the district headquarters on August 16 and stay in town on August 17. He will then visit Suryapet on August 18 and Miryalaguda on 19. The association called upon politicians, people's representatives, students and SC, ST associations to submit grievance petitions, if any, to the commission during its visit.

Identity cards for priests

NALGONDA: The district administration is making arrangements to issue identity cards to the priests, who would like to perform rituals for devotees at the 19 ghats during the Krishna Pushkarams. Qualified scholars and priests should submit their applications to the Assistant Commissioner, Endowments, by August 21, according to a press release issued by the Joint Collector, B. Sridhar, here, on Saturday. They should enrol their names and address and submit a stamp size picture. Those without ID cards would not be allowed to perform rituals. He also asked the service-oriented volunteers, desirous of distributing food and water packs to the devotees, to submit their details to the Endowment AC by August 21.

SP-XI beat Press-XI

NALGONDA: The Superintendent of Police-XI beat the Press-XI in a friendly limited over cricket match played at the NG College Grounds here on Saturday. The SP, N. Balasubramanyam, won the toss and elected to bat. While the SP-XI scored 139 runs losing eight wickets in the stipulated 15 overs, the Press-XI managed to make 107 losing six wickets. Srinivas (SP-XI) and Sateesh (Press-XI) were declared best batsman and best bowler respectively. While Srinivas made 52 runs for the winners, Sateesh took three wickets for the scribes. The police PRO, C. S. Rao, was the best fielder. The Press-XI captain, S. Ramu, was adjudged `man of the match'. The Home Minister, Jana Reddy, will give away the prizes during Independence Day celebrations here on Sunday.

Police control room opened

ADILABAD: The Adilabad Superintendent of Police, Kripa Nanda Tripathi Ujela, on Saturday inaugurated the new police control room within the Two Town premises here. The control room to be manned by one ASI and one constable would act as a coordination facility. People could access the control room by dialling the toll free number 100.

Elephant calf drowned

TIRUPATI: A male elephant calf drowned in a tank in Siddalagandi area of Talakona forest in the district recently. Forest officials suspect the calf was a member of the herd that has been on a rampage in adjoining fields for the last few months. The DFO of Tirupati Wildlife Management circle, S. Krishnaiah and V. Prasada Rao of Chamala forest range, rushed to the spot. Investigation revealed that the calf, along with its mother, tried to get into the tank, when its feet got stuck in the slush and it slowly drowned.

Playlet to be staged

MADANAPALLE: A playlet `Evarudonga' written by the late Acharya Atreya will be staged at the municipal town hall at 6 p.m. on Sunday as part of the Independence Day celebrations under the auspicious of the Madanapalle Writers Association with the cooperation of the Madanapalle Municipality, Rotary Club, Madanapalle Chaitanya Bharathi and Mecsa Association.

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