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Visakhapatnam, December 28, 2004

The Minister for Commercial Taxes, Konatala Ramakrishna said after visiting the tsunami hit areas on Sunday said that there was no human loss reported so far, but damage to property in the district. He said fishing boats and nets were damaged. The final assessment of damage could be made after the officials prepared a final report on the damage of the fishing boats and nets he told to the reporters. After watching some fishermen residing areas the damaged nets, he felt that fisherwomen be trained in making nets, to save the time of their men folk and also earn some money. He also visited medical camp being run in the villages affected.

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Visakhapatnam, December 28, 2004

The East Coast Railway, formed out of the Southern Eastern Railway after bifurcation of Railway Zones, was granted for the time being Rs.20 lakhs for its Staff Benefit Fund according to a message received on Tuesday from the general secretary of the ECR Shramik Sangh Ch.Gandhi, from New Delhi. The demand of the Shramik Union had been accepted by the Railway Board.

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Visakhapatnam, December 28, 2004

About 600 persons were treated for minor ailments in the four medical camps conducted by the Municipal Corporation of the Visakhapatnam in the fishermen community areas of the city after the area was affected by the tusunami on Sunday. The camps were conducted at the Fishing Harbour, Kotha Jalaripeta, Peda Jalaripeta and Vasavanipalem and would be continued for two more days according to the Chief Medical Officer of the VMC on Tuesday.

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Visakhapatnam, December 28, 2004

The Indian Federation of Port and Dock Workers on Tuesday demanded a probe in the damage of the third tippler of Ore Handling Complex of Visakhapatnam Port Trust. The federation secretary General K.paradesi Naidu in a representation faxed to the Union Minister for Shipping, TR Baalu said a thorough probe should be ordered to find out the reasons for the accident and recommend measures to prevent its recurrence. He said the damage worth Rs15 crores was caused to the third tipplers on Monday evening. He said the accident occurred due the collision of iron ore wagons. This is a very major damage and loss in the last 40 years, he said and blamed the managerial lapse for ramming of wagons into tippler. The VPT Chairman Ratna Kishore said an inquiry had been ordered into the accident to find out whether it was due to human error or mechanical failure. He however denied the extent of damage caused due the accident.

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Visakhapatnam, December 28, 2004

The Justice Vamana Rao Committee will commence its inquiry into the allegations against the Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, YC Simhadri at the Collectorate on Wednesday. The single man committee of the retired High Court Judge was constituted by the State Government following representations received from the Joint Action Committee for the Protection of Andhra University which was on agitation for more than 250 days with the support of SFI, SUI,AISF, and ABVP and other trade unions like CITU and AITUC.

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