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APCO registers record sales
Weavers’ corporative generates a revenue of Rs.1.5 crore

Building collapse at Daba Gardens claims 2
18 injured; Rescue operations initiated; Minister promises support

Two software employees drowned in Vizag beach
Two local youth who went for rescue missing

Recruitment rally for the posts of group (x) technical trades
Indian Air Force recruitments

APCO Fabrics Designer Collection showroom inaugurated
APSCO registers turnover of Rs. 138 crore

Distribution of ration cards from December 1
Applications for fresh cards to be accepted up to end of this month

Employee strike hits official machinery
Most Government offices including Collectorate looked deserted

Nationwide strike on Tuesday
NGOs and Teachers squat at Collectorate and Mandal offices to highlight their demands

The Hindu - Eenadu Lifestyle Show at AU College Grounds
Show to feature wide range of products on display

Photo and Stamp Exhibitions and pledges mark Mahatma Birth Anniversary
City reminds itself of teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

Visakhapatnam News for June 2004

Computer Society of India Business and Information Technology-2004 begins

June 29, 2004
HPCL contactors elections on June 11th
In a statement issued by the Chief Election Officer P.Rambabu, the elections for Contactors Association will be held on June 11th at the Seshagiri Kalyana Mandapam from morning 8am to 1pm at Port Quarters. Contestants may submit their nominations on or before June 1st evening upto 5pm and withdrawals will be allowed on 4th and 5th June.Scruitiny of the applications will be held on June 6th and counting will be held in the evening of 11th June.

District Common Examination Board Secretary KV Apparao
The District Educational Officer R.Surendra Reddy has issued orders to appoint KV.Apparao as District Common Examination Board Secretary in place of the existing secretary who will be retiring from services on 30th.

Friendly drive from 30th by RTC
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation is launching a drive to promote city bus services by highlighting various schemes for commuters, value added services and passenger-friendly measures. The Regional Manager, D.Satyanarayana, told reporters on Tuesday that the fortnight long campaign from Thursday. He said that various schemes have been introduced.

SBI Customer meet
State Bank of India, Overseas branch, Steel Project Branch and BHPV branch conducted a customer relations programme on Tuesday. The General Manager (Commercial) Santhanakrishnan interacted with the customers and said that the bank was endeavoring to meet the requirements through core banking solutions.

Dismissed employee reinstates
The Andhra University has reinstated the dismissed leader of one of its employees’ trade union, P.Apparao and also decided to consider as leave the period between the date of dismissal and reinstatement. The reinstatement followed the University Administration’s recent decision to recall all the daily wage and leave vacancy hostel workers after the agitation for the recall of the Vice-Chancellor, YC Simhadri according to an order issued by the Registrar.

June 28, 2004
5 barrages to be built at Anakapalle at a cost of Rs. 20 crores
Commerical Taxes Minister and Anakapalle MLA Mr Konathala Ramakrishna said that the Government is keen to take up a project for building 5 barrages at a cost of Rs. 20 crores. He spoke with the press at a meet held at Anakapalle Municipal Corporation Office.

June 27, 2004
Petitions on unrecognized sector
The Visakha Industrial Trade Union Council has represented problems of workers in unorganized sector to the Labour Minister, G.Govind. The Minister promised to make efforts to resolve them. The president and sectary of VITUC, led a delegation to the Secretariat and brought to the notice of the pathetic conditions of the unorganized sector

22 cases were settled by Lok Adalat
Twenty two cases were settled in the Lok Adalat on Saturday. According to the 1st Additional Senior Civil Judge and Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority B.Ramarao, in 12 of the cases settled, ten persons were released. Theses cases were under the limits of Gajuwaka police station

June 26, 2004
Catering service in the Railways
East Coast Railway Sharmik Union has appealed to the Railway Minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav, to check Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation from extending its activities to the platforms and trains and save the Railway catering service. The Union expressed resentment over the decision of the railway officials here to permit IRCTC to supply food items to the passenger which render catering department surplus with staff and force its closure.

June 25, 2004
Recall of Andhra University Vice Chancellor sought Various Trade unions, students unions and employees unions organized a dharna infornt of the Collectorate on Friday demanding immediate recall of the Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University YC Simhadri.They submitted a memorandum to the Collector requesting official intervention to solve the problems of students, employees and teachers of Andhra University.

Andhra University to organize seminar on Applied Mathematics
The National seminar on Applied Mathematics of Andhra University is organising a national seminar on recent advances in applied mathematics on June 30th and June 1st. The National seminar, in which 100 delegates, including 50 from outside the State, would discuss the recent advances and developments in the areas like relatively and cosmology, applied functional analysis, boundary value problems and other related areas, should give a fillip to the academic community.

June 24, 2004
New ACP takes over charge
Mr.BD Patro took charge as Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) on Thursday. Formally, he was APSP Assistant Commandant at Kakinada.

BSNL customer meet
The BSNL, Visakhapatnam Telecom district will be conducting a customer meet on June 28th at its office located at Dwarakanagar. According to the Telecom District General Manager, J.Ganta in a statement said the consumers can place their grievances on that day.

Second phase of Andhra University Counselling
The first phase of counselling for PG and Diploma courses in arts and commerce subjects of AU will conclude on Friday and the second phase will be held from 8am on June 26th. According to a press release, the second phase will cover all courses except M.Ed., M.L.I.Sc. and M.A (social work).

June 23, 2004
RTC special package for Krishna Puskarams
A special package has been introduced by the APSRTC for the coming Krishna Puskarams for the convenience of the devotees. APSRTC Rural Divisional Manager, G.Ramakanth said, the buses will ply from Visakhapatnam to Vijayawada and the devotees after having bath will visit in return journey Lord Venkateswara in Dwarka Tirumala. The fare of the entire package is Rs.350/-. For full details, devotees are requested to contact the Visakha Rural Divisional Manager, Dwarka Bus Station, and Visakhapatnam or can contact on phone 9848171955 or 2746411 or 2746400.

Harbor and Port Pensioners meet on 25th
Harbor and Port Pensioners Welfare Association will be conducting Association General Body meeting on 25th at its office located in Madhavadara to discuss various issues relating to the pensioners.

Demand for cancellation recognisition to Sarada College
In a statement issued by V.G.V.P.District Secretary, K.Chakravarthy Reddy has demanded for immediate cancellation of the recognition of Sarada College, where a Girl Student Sri Laxmi was brutally murdered in a broad day light in presence of the students and staff. He stated that the Management is responsible for the unfortunate incident and criticized that the management is responsible for not taking appropriate steps on Manohar.Rasta Rakho was conducted by SFI, DYFI, AIDWA leaders and students from various colleges staged Rasta rakho to take immediate action on Manohar.

June 22, 2004
Visakhapatnam Steel Plant bags prize
A technical paper presented by Vizag Steel Plant on "Business excellence through employment" got first prize at the Indian National Suggestion Scheme Association meet held at Noida, New Delhi. D.Ramakrishna, DCM and SBVSP Sastry, Manager, Management services presented the paper.

June 21, 2004
Rajiv Gandhi remembered
The 13th death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was observed as Anti-Terrorism Day by Government institutions, offices, the Congress and volutanary Organizations here on Friday.

AUCET Counselling from 22nd June
Andhra University is organising second round of counselling from Wednesday to Saturday for filling up some seats that are likely to fall vacant for various reasons. Candidates who had obtained AUCET-2004 Ranks and could not get admission/or produce original certificates and necessary fee/could not attend earlier rounds of counselling could attend this round at the TLN Sabha Hall. Information on AUCET can be had from www.aucet.com

Boy kidnapped and found dead in water tank
K Sai Ganesh, who had allegedly been kidnapped by some unidentified persons on Friday, was found in a water tank of a hillock behind the ESI Hospital in Malakapuram on Monday.

Sai Ganesh was the son of Arjunarao and Nagamani working as UDC and librarian in the National Ship Design and Research Centre. He was allegedly kidnapped on Friday evening when his father was out of station. Kidnappers called the boy's parents and demanded Rs.2laks.While the search is on by the police, the boy was found dead in an unused water tank.

June 20, 2004
'Demands day' observed by Insurance Staff
The All India Insurance Employees Association will observe August 5th as the "Demands Day". Addressing the media persons on Saturday, the AIIEA general Secretary K.Venugopal said that nation-wide campaign would be launched among the insurance employees from June 8th to 31st to mobilize support for demands including strengthening of the Life Insurance Corporation of India and the General Insurance Corporation.

AU Vice-Chancellor to recall - CPI (M)
The district Committee of the CPI(M) led by a delegation of leaders met the Minister of Commercial taxes, Konatala Ramakrishna at Anakapalle on Sunday and submitted a charter of demands which includes the recall of the Andhra University Vice-Chancellor and reinstating teachers and employees dismissed by him besides restoration of democracy in the campus.

District Collector meets public every Monday
The District Collector, Praveen Prakash would hold meetings at his office here from 10.30am to 2pm on every Monday to redress the grievances of the public. In a statement, all officials will be available on that day and resolve the grievances on the spot itself. Similarly, RDOs and MROs would hold meetings at their respective headquarters on that day and public can contact them for redresses of their demands.

June 19, 2004
AUCET second phase counselling from June 23rd
Andhra University has decided to conduct second phase of counselling to fill some of the seats that may fall vacant during the first phase of counselling for admission into PG and diploma courses in the science stream from June 23rd. In a statement, those who could not attend the first phase of counselling may attend the second phase of counselling to be held at TLN Sabha Hall on the AU campus. Information on AUCET can be had from AUCET.com

June 18, 2004
N.Srikanth took charge as Commissioner of VMC
Mr.N.Srikanth took charge as the new Commissioner of the Visakhapatnam Municipal Coporation on Friday.

Rs. 20 crores of temple land recovered
The Endowments Department on Friday recovered 18.7 acres of land belonging to Emberumanar Temple worth Rs. 20 crores in Madhurawada.The Endowments department won the case in the court and the Assistant Commissioner of Endowments S.Kondalarao went to the spot along with his officials and evicted illegal occupants.

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June 17, 2004
Driver killed in road accident
A driver of a grass laden lorry died on the spot when another lorry coming in the opposite direction hit him while he was getting down form the vehicle at China Mushidivada Junction on Wednesday night.

June 16, 2004
Multi Level Parking lots proposed
The Municipal Commissioner Navin Mittal has said that the proposal for construction of multi-level parking lots on Build-Operate-Transfer basis is under consideration. He inaugurated a spacious lorry parking bay designed by the traffic police beside the National Highway near the Visakha Valley School on Saturday night.

Trade Unions Call One Day Strike
The District committee of Democratic Federation of Trade Unions has announced a one day strike by workers employed in LPG gas agencies in the city on Friday according to district convener P.Satyanarayana told to reports on Sunday that the bandh was to protest the 'harassment' of workers by the gas agency managements.

AIYF hails State Government decision
The District Council of the All India Youth Federation on Sunday hailed the decision of the State Government to withdraw 'user charges' in Government Hospitals according to a statement issued by its District Secretary and he also appealed the Government to withdraw the GO which had categorised medical colleges and hospitals as development societies.

Literary Award
Saraswatika Vedika a tri monthly magazine publised from Machilipatnma has choosen Adoori Venkata Seetharama Murty award of Sri Annavarapu Srinivasa Lalkshmi Narayana Annapurnamma Memorial Award for his book "Atmadruthi". The award will be given away to the winner at a function to be organised on May 23rd according to the Chairman of the literary awards Committee.

June 14, 2004
Good days are ahead for BHPV
The Visakhapatnam MP P.Janardhana Reddy on Tuesday said the Centre would soon announce a bail out package for the ailing BHPV. The relay-hunger striking employees immediately called of the relay-hunger strike.Mr.Reddy visited BHPV and told the employees that the package was moved by the Heavy Industry Ministry and that he was pursuing with the Centre. De-linking BHPV from its holding company, Bharat Yantra Nigam Ltd., the MP visited Steel plant also.

June 14, 2004
School bus runs over a seven year old
A seven year old girl on Monday was reportedly run over by the school bus from which she had alighted minutes earlier according to the Pendurty Police.The girl got down from the bus at Port Colony junction and was walking towards her home when the accident occurred.

Mutyala Naidu elected VMC Floor leader
The former standing committee chairman P.Mutyala Naidu was elected as the floor leader of the Telugu Desam Party in the Municipal Corporation on Monday. M.Mutyala Naidu was elected as deputy floor leader.

Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation serves notice to building owner
The Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation has served a notice to the owner of the Century old Round Building for demolishing for demolishing it without permission according to VMC sources. However, no action is being initiated against the builder, as the building was not an officially notified heritage structure.

Jain acharyas birthday
Shree Jain Swetambar Terapanthi Sabha will celebrate the 85 th birthday of Acharya Maha Pragyaji on a grand scale at the VUDA Childrens Theatre on Tuesday.Speaking to the pressmen, Kamal Baid, said that the programme aimed at promotion of national integration and communal harmony.

June 13, 2004
Trade Unions to press for VCs recall
Trade unions and students organization have decided to organize a seminar on June 20 th and press for the recall of its vice-chancellor, YC Simhadri, for his anti student and anti worker policies.

YSR seeks status report on Central Jail Land
The Chief Minister, YS Rajasekhara Reddy has sought a status report on plans for the utilization of the land that was vacated by the Central Jail two years ago. The land lies in the heart of the city.

Centre for Studies on Bay of Bengal
According to the university spokesmen, the Andhra University has started a Centre for Studies on Bay of Bengal.With the University's expert faculty and its infrastructure, would be in a position to promote inter-disciplinary research on Bay of Bengal, which is an important wing of the Indian Continent.

The centre would be in a position to develop baseline data on natural resources, climate and agriculture and human resources. The vice-chancellor YC Simhadri inaugurated the center building on the campus on Sunday.

June 12, 2004
Patients wife alleges rape bid by doctor
A doctor allegedly tried to rape a patients wife at a private nursing home at Anakapalle town near here last night. The woman of Tanam village of Parawada mandal, admitted here husband who was suffering from vomiting and diarrhea at the nursing home on Friday morning. The couple stayed back at the nursing home last night for treatment. Around 11 p.m.

The compounder took the woman to the doctors chamber saying that the latter wanted to have a word about her husbands illness. When she went into the chamber, the compounder bolted the door from outside. The doctor allegedly tried to disrobe her and outrages her modesty.

The women cried for help and her husband, who was worried that she did not return to him for long, went to the doctors chamber. He forced the compunder to open the door and the doctor fled from the scene. The woman sustained a head injury when the doctor flung her to the floor in the commotion. The Anakapalle police are investigating the case.

June 11, 2004
Sreenivasulu is new VUDA Special Officer
The Department of Municipal Administration and Urban Development has designated the senior IAS officer, D.Srinivasulu, as the Special Officer-cum-vice-Chairman of VUDA according to reliable sources.

Volvo bus for Hyderabad
The APSRTC is introducing state of the art hi-tech Volvo buses between Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad. These buses christened Garuda are equipped with ergonomically designed reclining seats, ample legroom and large luggage compartment at floor level for easy loading. The Visakhapatnam II MLA S.Ranga Raju and Visakhapatnam I MLA Dronamraju Satyanarayana will formally inaugurate the bus services on Saturday.

June 10, 2004
AU admissions from June 12
Admissions into special categories like sports, Physically handicapped, NCC and children of armed personnel for the arts and commerce courses covered under the AUCET 04 would be taken up at the Convocation Hall on June 12 th and 13 th. No individual call letters will be sent to those candidates seeking admission under these categories, according to AU Arts and Commerce College Principal D.Pandurangarao. Information on Andhra University Admissions can be had from www.aucet.com

Man stabs wife
The Fifth Town Police on Thursday registered an attempt to murder case against K.Ramakrishna of Maduravada, a daily wageworker. Police said that Ramakrishna stabbed with a kitchen knife on the neck of his wife following marital discord..

Distance mode entrance test
The BA/B.Com entrance examination of Andhra University School of Education will be held on June 13 th. According to the in charge director of the School, D.Harinaryana, Hall tickets have been despatched to the respective examination centres.

June 9, 2004
VMC to serve notice on builder-Demolition of Heritage building
The Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation will issue notice to the builder who had razed a precious monument in the city without permission. It is a lesson to us. From now on we must ensure the preservation of all heritage buildings in the city, the Municipal Commissioner Naveeen Mittal, said. He was reacting to the beautiful century old heritage building being reduced to rubble overnight. The former President of India, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, had lived in the building for a couple of years while serving as vice-chancellor of Andhra University and the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, is said to have visited him and written some poetry there in the early 1930s.

Medical camp in agency area
The Integrated Tribal Development Agency, Paderu, will conduct a mega medical camp at Darakonda village in G.K.Veehi mandal on June 13th. Specialists in medicine,surgery, gynecology, pediatric, orthopedics and ophthalmology will examine patients at the camp along with 15th according to the coordinator of the camp P.Venugopal

Dak Adalat on June 28th
The 51st dak Adalat and pension Adalat on Vizag postal region would be held at 2pm on June 28th at the Office of the Superintendent of Post Offices in Rajahmundry. Specific individual grievances relating to the services of Postal Department of Vizag region would be heard at the Adalat. Grievances should be sent to the Assistant Director of Postal Services, Office of the Postmaster General in the city by June 21.

VSP chief felicitated
The Chairman and Managing Director of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, BK Panda, was felicitated by the Senior Regional Manager of Indian Overseas Bank AJ Prasad, for receiving the prestigious Prime Ministers trophy.

Peoples War trains guns on two SPs
The east division committee of the CPI-ML has criticized the Superintendents of Police of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari for theirbogus method of surrender of PW activists. The naxalite group also alleged that the Project Officer of the ITDA at Paderu, SAM Rizvi, was resorting to despotic methods while dealing with the lower level staff. For the last two years the SPs of the two districts had been threatening the tribals and creating terror by resorting to combing operations, effecting arrests and other acts, the secretary of the east division committee of PW, Jagadish, said in a statement sent to the reporters in agency area.

June 8, 2004
IGNOU to introduce course in Nautical Science
The Director General of Shipping GS Sahni on Tuesday said that as part of the reforms in the shipping industry, new courses were being introduced by tying up with private educational institutions.

Speaking at a meeting organized to commemorate the centenary of Dufferin, a training ship, by the Dufferin and Rajendra Old Cadets Association here, he said that for plus two students, IGNOU would introduce a one-year diploma course in nautical science.

Lawyers exhorted to help poor
Senior High Court advocate B.Anjaneyulu, appealed to lawyers to render free legal service, at least for four hours a week, to the poor. Inaugurating the free legal Counselling cell in Sri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar complex in MVP colony here on Tuesday, he stressed the need to render justice speedily and effectively to the poor who were in the clutches of litigation.

Pensioners gesture
Members of the Visakhapatnam District Government Pensioners Association has decided to contribute one days pension to the Chief Ministers relief fund towards provision of free power to farmers according to its president.

June 7, 2004
Municipal Engineers gesture
The Andhra Pradesh Municipal Engineering Services Association has decided to donate two days wages of Municipal engineers to the State Government for providing free electricity to farmers.The Association member met the Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy, The Municipal Administration Minister Koneru Ranga Rao, The Commercial Tax Minister and Visakhapatnam II MLA S.Rangaraju towards this effect.

Crackdown on traffic violators in Visakhapatnam
The City Traffic Police on Monday collected Rs.13,000/- from 180 vehicle drivers violating the one way traffic rule. The Asst.Commissiner of Police (Traffic) TSR Prasad said that 200 vehicle drivers were also booked for jumping signals at key junctions, and a fine of Rs.14,000/- was collected from them. He also reveled that a fine of Rs.8,000/- was collected from 42 persons from drunken driving along Beach Road on Saturday night.

June 6, 2004
Banks must serve rural poor - says SBI DGM
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural development, in association with the zonal office of the State Bank of India, conducted an awareness programme on Vikas Volunteer Vahini clubs on Sunday.

In the inaugural address, the SBI Deputy General Manager S.K.Choudary said bank employees' must commit themselves to community development and serve the society. As bank manager, their role did not stop with the business of the bank but extended to spreading awareness among villages about all facets of the economy, he said.

June 4, 2004
WILL phones to be launched by the end of June
BSNL will launch the long awaited mobile version of landline connections with limited mobility in the city by the end of this month. It will also provide free Hyundai handsets to subscribers on the payment of Rs.20 a month towards insurance charges. The charge can be avoided by submitting a refundable security deposit of Rs.10,000/-

Three killed in road accident
Three persons died and two others sustained severe injuries in a road accident on the National Highway at Paradesipalem on the outskirts of the city in the early hours of Friday.The victims were all daily wage earners, an unidentified vehicle hit them. The police are investigating the case.

In another incident, A girl committed suicide and her two-month-old kind also died in the incident in Gajuwaka area. The suicide is due to the torture for dowry by the victims husband.

City hotels to observe Environment Day
Hotels in the city will observe the World Environment Day on Saturday through awareness campaigns and tree plantations. Welcome Hotel Grand Bay is commissioning an effluent treatment plant on the occasion besides distributing saplings to its guests and organising painting and slogan coining competitions on the environment for its staff.

June 3, 2004
Dak Adalat
The 22nd Dak/Pension Adalat of the Railway Mail Service V Division will be held at the office of the RMS Superintendent at Sri Gurudham Marg in Seethammadhara on June 22nd. The Adalat will redress grievances pertaining to mail, Speed Post articles, parcels and money orders, apart from pension matters of RMS staff.

June 2, 2004
Closed Circuit television inaugurated at Dwaraka Bus Station
The Director of APSRTC TP Das on Wednesday inaugurated closed circuit television unit installed in the Dwarakanagar bus station complex at a cost of Rs.1.5 lakhs to check theifs.

Incentive for RTC Staff
APSRTC has introduced an incentive scheme for its drivers and conductors with effect from Tuesday. Incentives would be given to those drivers and conductors who surpass their target of earnings.

June 1, 2004
PF Adalat
The Regional Provident Fund Commissioner is conducting a Bhavishya Nidhi Adalat on June 10th to solve the problems of the EPF subscribers of the Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts, EPFsubscribers having grievances can refer the same to him on or before 8th June by addressing a letter the Assistant Provident Fund Commissioner by marking "Bhavisha Nidhi Adalat".

June named 'Malaria month' To create awareness among the people about malaria, June has been declared as Malaria month, the District Malaria Officer, Prabhara Reddy informed on Monday. Health camps, meetings, rallies, anti-larve operations and fogging, collection of blood samples from patients and extending medical aid to them. An essay competition would be conducted for high school students on June 10th

















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