ANDHRA PRADESH

Briefly

YSR to campaign in Mumbai again

Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, will once again campaign for Congress candidates in Maharashtra on October 9.

He returned here on Thursday after a tour of Mumbai where he toured the Telugu-speaking areas and addressed three public meetings. Enthused by the success of these meetings, the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, directed the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee to seek his services in Nagpur and Chandrapur too, sources said.

Congress flays TDP move

Hyderabad: The `interactive voice recording service' installed by the TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, came in for criticism from the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Thursday.

Terming the move a publicity stunt, CLP secretaries -- S. Gangaram and E. Pratap Reddy -- and the Rajahmundry MP, U. Arunkumar, said in a statement that Mr. Naidu should also disclose to people the money involved in the scams of his period.

The TDP president never respected public opinion nor was he in favour of a genuine probe during his regime, they said, and questioned his moral right to seek a feedback on the corruption.

The CLP leaders urged Mr. Naidu to disclose the identity of the `Big Boss' who was alleged to have received kickbacks from the management of the Konaseema Oakwell Limited. They said in all 238 scams involving more than Rs.10,000 crore came to light during the TD regime and yet Mr. Naidu ignored the pleas of the Opposition for a probe.

Invited to global seminar

ANANTAPUR: R. Vasantha, Professor in History at Sri Krishnadevaraya University here, has been invited by Oxford University for delivering lectures and attending seminars on `games of dice and gambling in Hindu culture'. During her two-month stay in the Oxford she will explain through lectures that playing of games are not mere channels of amusement but phenomena of high significance for cultural, political and religious history.

Two girls found dead

ELURU: Two close friends -- Patti Baby Sravanti (16) and Kothapati Sandhya (16) -- Intermediate students of Nidadavole in West Godavari district, died allegedly in a suicide pact.

According to the Nidadavole SI, Balakrishna, the girls studying in Theresa Junior College at Nidadavole had been found missing since October 5. Their bodies, tied with `chunnie', were found on Thursday at Oduruvaripalem.

Weaver commits suicide

KARIMNAGAR: Increasing debts and unemployment forced a powerloom weaver, G. Manaiah (40), to commit suicide by hanging to the ceiling of his house at Indranagar of Sircilla town on Thursday.

Girijana Sangham threatens stir

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Girijana Sangham has appealed to the State Government to fulfil its election promise of recognising Lambada tribal `tandas' (habitations) as gram panchayats.

A resolution on this and other subjects were adopted at a two-day meeting of the sangham held here on October 5 and 6.

In a statement, M. Dharma Naik and R. Sriram Naik, president and general secretary, said a decision had been taken to launch an agitation from November 1, if the Government failed to concede the demand.

Babu Khan joins Congress

Hyderabad: The former Minister, Basheeruddin Babu Khan, joined the Congress on Thursday in the presence of the PCC president, D. Srinivas.

Addressing a press conference later, Mr. Babu Khan said that minorities could live safely in the country only under the Congress rule. The welfare measures adopted by the YSR Government for the poor and the minorities had convinced him that the Congress was the right party to be with, he said.

Mr. Srinivas, who issued him the membership, said Mr. Khan's move had strengthened the party.

The Information Minister, Mohd Ali Shabbir, welcomed Mr. Babu Khan who arrived at Gandhi Bhavan in a convoy.

Farmers obstruct SRSP

water to Warangal KARIMNAGAR: Led by the district unit of the Telugu Desam Party, farmers of the command area of the Lower Manair Dam reservoir obstructed the release of water to Warangal town from the SRSP Kakatiya canal by diverting it to their fields and tanks by opening all the distributary canals on Thursday.

At Huzurabad, from where the water would be released to Warangal town, the farmers closed the gates and removed generator connections for not opening the gates to release water. Farmers of Karimnagar and Kamalapur Assembly segments were demanding water for drinking purposes. When the news reached the SRSP authorities they closed the gates to stop the release of water from the Kakatiya canal at the Lower Manair Dam.

Isolated rain forecast

Hyderabad: The low pressure area moved to West Bengal and is likely to weaken further.

During the 24-hour period ending Thursday morning, Vikarabad recorded a rainfall of 3 cm and Tekkali 2 cm.

There will be isolated falls in coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema on Friday.

Joint Collector transferred

KURNOOL: The Joint Collector, Mukesh Kumar Meena, was transferred to Prakasam district as Joint Collector, according to information. No officer was posted to Kurnool in the vacancy.

CM's visit put off

KURNOOL: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy's visit to Kurnool on October 9 and 10 was put off, according to information received by the Collector's office. The dates of the next visit were not notified yet. The CM was scheduled to take part in Rajiv Palle Bata in Aluru, Adoni and Dhone areas.

Workshop on statistics

NELLORE: A two-day workshop on Statistics will be held at the D.K. Govt. Degree College, Nellore, from Saturday. About 50 lecturers will attend the workshop.

GATE applications

NELLORE: The `GATE-2005' examination applications will be available at the Railway Feeders Road branch of SBI, Nellore. The cost of the application is Rs. 500 for SC/ST candidates and Rs. 1,000 for general candidates. The last date for receipt for applications by post is October 23. At the bank counters, it is October 28.

Scholarship for Girijans

NELLORE: The Department of Girijan Welfare has earmarked Rs. 30 lakhs towards scholarships for students in 125 educational institutions. The principals in Nellore division have been handed over the demand drafts on Thursday. Principals of Gudur division will receive the drafts on Friday and for those in Kavali division, it will be on Saturday.

LIC staff strike

CUDDAPAH: LIC employees here went on a one-hour token strike on Thursday, decrying the "inordinate delay" in effecting wage revision due from August 1, 2002. The wage revision was being delayed beyond two years owing to the inept attitude of the Centre and the LIC management, alleged the LIC Employees Union divisional president, A. Raghunatha Reddy and divisional secretary, B.V.S. Raju. Disagreeing with the 8.50 per cent upward revision in wages proposed by the management, they demanded a realistic wage revision keeping in view the inflation, pay scales and allowances. They called upon the policy-holders to participate in the ongoing signature campaign against levy of service tax on insurance premia.

Dies in mishap

TIRUPATI: One person was killed when the two-wheeler in which he was travelling was hit by a speeding tractor near Autonagar on the Renigunta road here. According to the Alipiri police, the victim was identified as P.V.Ramana (40), working as driver in APSRTC's Tirupati one depot. He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the Ruia hospital.

Police sports meet opens

ADILABAD: The Superintendent of Police (SP), Kripa Nanda Tripathi Ujela, on Thursday inaugurated the district-level police sports and games meet at the Armed Reserve headquarters.

"Participation in sports will ensure a healthy mind and body," he said. Competitions in kabaddi, volleyball, basketball, football, karate and hockey would be held during the three-day event. Competitions in several indoor games would also be held. Teams from the sub divisions of Kagaznagar, Bellampalli, Mancherial and AR Bellampalli and Adilabad were participating. The Additional SP (administration), Satyanarayana Rao, the Additional SP (operations), A. Sattar Khan, the Adilabad DSP, K. Sarveswara Rao, and others were present.

Recruitment rally

HYDERABAD: An Army recruitment rally will be organised at the District Sports Stadium, Mahabubnagar, from October 17 to 20 to enrol candidates for categories of soldier (both technical and clerical), according to a press release.

Candidates have been warned against paying money to any agent or tout. Candidates from the districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Medak, Nizamabad, Warangal, Kurnool, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy can participate.

German film festival

KARIMNAGAR: The Karimnagar Film Society is organising a four-day German film festival from October 8 to 11 at Jana Chaitanya Vedika at 6 p.m. daily.

In a press release on Thursday, the society secretary, Varala Anand, said award-winning films like `In with the New', `It's a jungle out there', `Lisbons Story' and `Nigh shapes' would be screened.

Blood donation camp

KARIMNAGAR: The Collector, C. Parthasarathi, inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by NSS volunteers of Bishop Solomon Junior College at the Government headquarters hospital on Thursday. Some 24 NSS volunteers donated blood on the occasion.

The District Medical and Health Officer, Anantha Reddy, the hospital Superintendent, Y. Narendra, the blood bank in-charge, Naveen Kumar, the NSS programme officer, Srinivas Reddy, and others were present.

Hostel matron suspended

ADILABAD: The district in-charge and Social Welfare Minister, D.S. Redya Naik, on Thursday ordered suspension of Susheela, matron of Social Welfare Girls Hostel, Adilabad. The orders came during the surprise inspection of the hostel in the morning. The matron was actually slated for transfer on the orders of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Varsity staff meet

WARANGAL: The national executive meeting of All-India University Employees' Confederation will be held here on Friday at Kakatiya University.

According to the joint action committee convener, A. Raghava Raju, some 100 delegates representing various universities across the country are expected to participate. It will be inaugurated by the in-charge Vice-Chancellor of Kakatiya University, D. Ramachandram.

Joint Collector

transferred

KURNOOL: The Joint Collector, Mukesh Kumar Meena, was transferred to Prakasam district as Joint Collector, according to information. No officer was posted to Kurnool in the vacancy.