ANDHRA PRADESH

Briefly

Civic staff plans dharna on October 25

HYDERABAD: Members of the Andhra Pradesh Municipal Workers and Employees' Federation will stage a dharna on October 25 at all municipal offices to press for their demands and redressal of grievances.

Their grievances include irregular payment of salaries, non-payment of minimum wages and lack of benefits such as PF, ESI and insurance cover.

P. Bhaskar, general secretary of the federation, said in a statement here on Monday that over one lakh persons were working in municipalities in various categories.

These employees were to get, according to GO 524, Rs. 2,220 as monthly salary with four days of paid leave. He alleged that those supposed to implement laws on payment of minimum wages were themselves violating the provisions.

Four hostel students hurt in roof collapse

Srikakulam: Four inmates of an SC hostel located at Balaga in the town -- S. Pridhvi Raj, S. Ganesh, A. Suresh and S. Praveen -- were injured when blocks of concrete from roof slab fell on them on Sunday. They were taken to hospital for treatment.

The district Collector, N. Nageswara Rao, visited the hostel and promised remedial measurers.

Later, he went to the hospital where the students are undergoing treatment.

Panel sitting on `creamy layer' tomorrow

Hydeabad: The Cabinet sub-committee on `creamy layer' concept applicable to Backward Classes will have its next sitting here on Wednesday.

The panel will elicit views from BC organisations and leaders.

The committee already undertook this exercise with political parties on October 4.

According to sources, the general view expressed by the parties is not to implement the concept in the State. Only seven states adopted the concept specifying the income limit at Rs. 2.5 lakh per annum for State jobs and admissions as in the case of Central jobs and admissions.

Nine engineers suspended

Srikakulam: Nine engineers -- seven from the Panchayat Raj Department and two from the Rural Water Supply (RWS) -- have reportedly been suspended.

They included three DEEs (two from the RWS and one from the PR Department) one AE and five MEOs (Mandal Engineering Officer). The action was taken following an inquiry into various irregularities in the execution and maintenance of the Uddanam drinking water scheme and implementation of the `food-for-work' programme.

Farmer commits suicide

Kakinada: Nagumalli Sattibabu (43), a farmer, committed suicide allegedly by consuming poison after mixing it with whiskey at Durgadas street in Tuni on Monday.

Mounting debts coupled with domestic problems reportedly forced him to take the extreme step.

Woman's death triggers protest

NIZAMABAD: Mild tension prevailed for a while at a nursing home in Bodhan on Monday following a dharna staged by relatives of a woman who died of bleeding after delivery.

According to the Deputy SP, U. Madhukar Rao, the victim, Saraswathi, belonging to the ARP camp at Yedapally, was admitted to the hospital last night.

However, she was referred to the Government Hospital in Nizamabad where she died while undergoing treatment.

Relatives of the victim staged a dharna along with her body at the nursing home alleging that she died due to negligence of the doctor there.

They also demanded payment of Rs.10 lakhs as compensation. A case was registered.

Woman naxal surrenders

CUDDAPAH: The Special Guerilla Squad member of People's War Bahuda dalam, D. Lakshmi Devi alias Swaroopa (25), surrendered before the Additional SP, M. Lakshmi Reddy, on Monday.

The Additional SP told a press conference that Lakshmi Devi belongs to Nayinivaripalle of Tsundupalle mandal. She joined the PW in 1997 and was involved in 12 cases, including two murders, and participated in two famine raids.

The naxalite said she was surrendering to the police due to ill-health.

Six held in raid on lodge

ANANTAPUR: Six persons, including a Congress leader and a student of a women's college, were arrested in a raid on a lodge here last night.

According to the police, a team of the Two Town police raided the lodge following information that prostitution was going on there. Cases were registered against all the six.

Later, they were released on bail.

Police sources said that a few more girl students of professional and higher education institutions were also caught during the raid but they were let off on the plea that their life would be wrecked if cases were booked.

Honour for professor

ANANTAPUR: M.C.S. Subha, professor in the Department of Chemistry, Sri Krishnadevaraya University here, has been selected a member of the Professional Women Advisory Board of the American Biographical Institute, USA, for 2004-05.

Selection for the prestigious board is made on the academic record of scientists.

South-West monsoon on way out

Hyderabad: The South-West monsoon withdrew from parts of the North Telangana in the State on Monday.

There was rain at a few places in coastal Andhra and it was isolated in Telangana and Rayalaseema.

During the 24-hour period ending this morning, Nuzvid recorded a rainfall of 3 cm and Cumbum, Podili, Gudur and Kaikalur 2 cm each.

The day and night temperatures changed little in the State.

The lowest night temperature for the period was recorded by Hyderabad Airport and Medak at 20 degree Celsius.

The forecast for Tuesday is light to moderate rain in Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam, Nellore and Chittoor districts because of a trough.

Nalgonda cop dies in Tirupati

TIRUPATI: A policeman from Nalgonda suffered a stroke at the Tirupati railway station and later died at Ruia Government hospital. P. Somisetty (40), a native of Giddalur in Prakasam district and working as Assistant Sub-Inspector in Chandur police station, reached Tirupati on Monday morning by train. He was to take up a training session at the Police Training College, Kalyani dam. However, he suffered a stroke soon after disembarking the train. The Deputy SP, K.Thimmappa, got the body dispatched to Chandur by ambulance.

Plastic surgeon to visit SVIMS

TIRUPATI: Ambika Arasu, noted plastic surgeon from Chennai, will pay a visit to Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) to conduct surgeries on October 16. Patients intending to get surgery done at the special camp can attend the general surgery OP (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 7.30 a.m. and 11 a.m.) to register their names with the general surgeon, M. Seetharama Sharma, a release said.

NIFT courses

Office-bearers elected

TIRUPATI: The Following have been elected office bearers of the Tirupati unit of the A.P. Scheduled Caste Welfare Association: P. Paramasivan, President, L. Venkatadri and R.V. Vijayakumar, Vice-Presidents, P. Chengalrayalu, General Secretary, M. Prasada Rao, Treasurer, Nagapatla Ellaiah and B. Chandraiah, Jt. Secretaries, and K. Subramanyam, T. Das, J. Kameswari and G. Chengaiah, Organising Secretaries.

Deadline extended

TIRUPATI: The SVU Directorate of Distance Education has extended the last date for accepting applications for admission into the PG and UG courses of MA, MSc, MCom, MBA, BA, BCom and BLISc up to November 6.

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