Andhra mining plan new Naxal flashpoint

Hyderabad, June 20: Maoists in Visakhapatnam and the Andhra Pradesh Government are headed for a violent confrontation over mining of bauxite in the forests of Jeralla and Galikonda tribal areas on the Eastern Ghats, barely a week after the state Government agreed to supply raw bauxite to Jindal and RAK Aluminum Limited from the area.

Government junior college principals suspended

Hyderabad, June 19: Principals of four government junior colleges in the district were placed under suspension following their colleges obtaining poor pass percentage, of below 15 per cent.

It is said that this is for the first time in the history of the district that the principals of colleges were suspended, making them responsible for poor results. Principals placed under suspension include Jayanna of Government Junior College, Achempet and S.Vijaya Devi, principal of Government Junior College Kodangal where only 10 per cent of the students passed.

Doctors oppose State move on appointments

Hyderabad, June 19: The Andhra Pradesh Government Doctors’ Association has opposed the government’s move to appoint doctors who have done courses like hospital administration and public health, to the post of Director and Superintendents.

At an emergency meeting of the APGDA’s city units and central executive here on Thursday, members resolved that the government should take vertical seniority in accordance with a earlier Supreme Court judgment, as the sole criteria for promotions. Eligible could then be sent for short-term training programmes, they felt.

–Agencies

‘Hoarding rampant in Kurnool’

Karnool, June 19: Balasubramanyam, DIG of Vigilance and Enforcement, has sought for the cooperation of revenue and other departments to check large scale hoarding of foodgrains in Kurnool district. Addressing a meeting of revenue and civil supplies officials, attended by Collector M. K. Meena and Joint Collector P.V.Reddy here on Wednesday, he said, the revenue personnel had to carefully record the correct data of cropped area and yield to put an end to the menace.

A piquant situation for TDP MLA

Hyderabad, June 19: People gheraoed former Minister and Telugu Desam Party MLA from Banswada Pocharam Srinivas Reddy demanding the immediate implementation of the promises made by his party before the elections at Satyanarayanapuram in Varni mandal headquarter on Thursday.

The residents of Satyanarayanapuram demanded him to take initiative to fulfil the promises of distribution of one set of colour television and sanction of a house worth Rs.1 lakh free of cost and Rs.2,000 per month to each white ration card holding family.

‘Edupayala will be revived’

Hydrabad, June 19: Minister for Information and Tourism J. Geeta Reddy, who was given additional responsibility of Cultural Affairs Ministry, on Thursday promised many things for Medak district, more particularly for Sangareddy town. A dance and music college would be established at Sangareddy town in one of the government buildings for starters.

Use land for your advancement, tribals told

Hyderabad, June 19: Minister for Information J. Geeta Reddy and Minister for Minor Irrigation V. Sunita Lakshma Reddy on Thursday called up on the tribals to use the land for improving financial conditions.

Addressing a gathering after handing over pattadar passbooks to tribals who are cultivating the government land at meeting held at Zilla Parishad meeting hall, Ms. Geeta Reddy said that after conferring the right on the land they have been tilling, the tribals can now get bank loans for better farming practices.

Crocodiles encroach village ponds

Hyderabad, June 19: Deer’s venturing in agricultural fields is quite common in Pamapuram village in Kothakota mandal. But since last few days, residents here are encountering with new strangers in the village water bodies.

It is neither leopards nor any wild cats, but it is crocodiles that are leaving the villagers in a state of panic. Staying cool in the muddy waters of Pedda Cheruvu and Chinna Cheruvu ponds, couple of crocodiles, have made their way into these water bodies.

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Summer raises Transco revenue

Hyderabad, June 19: Adilabadis managed to beat the severe summer heat by spending an extra fortune over greater consumption of power apparently due to the increased use of air conditioners, air coolers and other electrical devices and appliances. For example, the 20 per cent rise in revenue for APTransco’s Adilabad division in the month of May is being attributed to the growing use of electrical appliances by people who can afford to bring down the heat within tolerable limits.

Heat wave: holidays for schools mooted

Kakinada, June 19: The district administration may declare holidays for all government schools till the prevailing heat wave conditions subside if the Chief Minister gives consent to the proposal made by Amalapuram MP G.V. Harsha Kumar and Anaparthi MLA N. Sesha Reddy at the Zilla Parishad general body meeting held here on Thursday.

Andhra legislator booked for rape, murder of nursing student

Hyderabad, June 19: A Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator has been booked for allegedly raping and murdering a student of an Andhra Pradesh nursing college run by him. But T.V. Rama Rao has termed it a conspiracy by his rivals.

Police said Friday that tension prevailed in Nidadavolu town in West Godavari district as the legislator from Kovvur assembly constituency was Thursday night booked for the alleged rape and murder of a student of TVR College.

Several trains cancelled/diverted

Hyderabad, June 18: Several trains were cancelled or diverted today due to the derailment of a goods train between Narasaraopet and Satalur in Guntur division of South Central Railway. The authorities have cancelled the Guntur-Secunderabad Passenger (train no 406) scheduled to leave Guntur at 5:30 p.m. this evening.

Passengers jump from train, three hurt

Rajhmundary, June 18: Three persons, including two women, were injured, when passengers of No. 429-Visakhapatnam- Vijayawada passenger jumped from the running train following a country-made bomb going off in the train today.

However, a major mishap was averted as the explosion occurred before the train got on the bridge on Godavari River and the train driver noticing smoke from a compartment and the passengers jumping out in panic and stopped the train.

The passenger train reached Godavari station at 3:13 p.m.

CM wasn’t behind DGP’s transfer: APCC

Hyderabad, June 18: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today denied allegations of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) that state Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was behind the row between the Director General of Police (DGP) SSP Yadav and Chief Electoral Officer I V Subba Rao.

Addressing a press conference here, party spokesperson N Tulasi Reddy alleged the TDP was trying to politicise the delicate issue between an independent organisation and the state police administration.

‘Nothing wrong in employing non-Hindus in temples’

Kakinada, June 18: Minister for Endowments, Stamps and Registration Gade Venkata Reddy said there should be no objection to employment of non-Hindus in Hindu temples as India was a secular State while propagation of other religions on the premises of Hindu temples was prohibited.

–Agencies

‘Focus on girl child education’

Hyderabad, June 18: Minister for Small Scale Industries D.K. Aruna urged the parents and teachers to concentrate on girl child education. Participating in rice distribution to the “Kishore Balika” at a local school here on Tuesday.

The Minister also informed that there are about 1.42 lakh dropouts in the district and requested the officials and parents to take steps to admit all the children in schools. She said that the government was implementing many schemes for education, including construction of school buildings and recruitment of teacher

–Agencies

Report on developmental works sought

Hyderabad, June 18:Minister for Marketing C. Damodar Rajanarasimha on Wednesday directed the officials to give the suggestions for improving hostels, roads and drinking water facilities in Andol Assembly constituency in three days.

Presiding over the review meeting held at Sangareddy, the Minister said the officials of department of Roads and Buildings and Panchayat Raj should involve in preparing these reports.

Referring to land acquisition for Singur project, he told Special Deputy Collector Surender Rao to pay compensation to all those who lost land.

–Agencies

3 hurt as crude bomb explodes in train

Hyderabad, June 18: A crude bomb exploded in a compartment of the Visakhapatnam-Vijayawada passenger train shortly after it left the Godavari railway station here on Wednesday injuring two women and a man.

A youth carrying a bag containing the bomb and some other articles climbed the upper berth and soon after the train moved from the station, the bag fell on passengers seated below and the country-made bomb

exploded triggering panic. Fearing a major disaster, three passengers jumped from the train just when it picked up speed.

Airtel launches Kisan Green Card

Krishna dist.,June 18: Bharti Airtel Limited, the provider of Airtel mobile phone services, has come out with Kisan Green Card, the prepaid service aimed at providing value-added services to farmers using its mobile phone service.

YSR to thwart bid to shift BHEL-NTPC project

YSR to thwart bid to shift BHEL-NTPC project

Hyderabad, June 18: During his two-day visit to New Delhi on Thursday and Friday, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will make an all-out bid to thwart the attempts by his Rajasthan counterpart Ashok Gehlot to prevail upon the Centre to establish the BHEL-NTPC joint venture to manufacture power equipment in his State.

The Andhra Pradesh government had announced allotment of 750 acres of land for the Rs. 6,000- crore project at Mannavaram near Srikalahasti in Chittoor district.

Rivals come to understanding

Hyderabad, June 17: Staunch rivals – Telugu Desam MLA from Nagarkurnool, Nagam Janardhan Reddy and former Congress Minister G. Chinna Reddy have decided to bury the hatchet for the present and decided to withdraw the defamation cases they filed against each other.

On Tuesday, the duo filed petitions before the District First Sessions Court.

Admitting both the petitions, the Judge, Ashok Kumar advised

RTC to issue free passes in colleges

Hyderabad, June 17: The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is making arrangements to issue free bus passes to students on the doorstep of colleges. Passes will be issued in colleges located in the town on June 18, 19, 20 and 22, and in Cheepurupalli and Gajapathingaram regions on June 23, 24 and 25. Special teams were drafted for the purpose, said T.V.S. Sudhakar, Vizianagaram Depot Manager, at a press conference on Tuesday.

Demolition of illegal G+2 structures ordered

Hyderabad, June 17: The Ranga Reddy district collector M Dana Kishore has ordered the immediate demolition of all illegal G+2 structures coming up under Bandlaguda, Poppalguda, Manikonda, Bachupally and Peerzadiguda gram panchayat limits.

At a meeting with the gram panchayat secretaries under the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) on Tuesday, the collector said all the buildings that were being constructed despite being given notices should be razed immediately.

2 teachers held for harassing girl students

Hyderabad, June 17: Two teachers were arrested and produced before a court on Tuesday on the charges of sexually harassing two girl
students of the zilla parishad high school at Veeravasaram village in West Godavari district.

S Ahmed, station house officer of Veeravasaram, said the accused teachers were arrested following a complaint lodged by one of the victim’s father. It is learnt that the court directed the police to initiate the necessary action after a lawyer filed a petition seeking punishment to the teachers for their misconduct.

Cases registered against TRS leaders

Hyderabad, June 16: Cases under SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act and other Sections of the IPC have been registered against TRS leaders Karne Prabhakar and Rammohan basing on a complaint lodged by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader and former MP Ravindra Naik. The TRS leaders also filed a complaints against Ravindra Naik and his followers under similar Sections.