Vijayawada:: Two workers were killed and six others suffered burns when molten iron fell on them in an alloy factory on the outskirts of the city today. The injured were rushed to private hospitals and the condition of them is said to be critical. The accident happened at G.S.Alloys and Castings Limited located at Surampalem Industrial Area in Gannavaram mandal when a blast occurred in the induction furnace late in the evening. A worker, E.Shiva Shankar Kumar (36) was charred to death while Md.Mubarak Ali (31) succumbed to burns in hospital.
Chittoor:: A herd of elephants from Karnataka on Friday night entered the fields at Kodiganipalle and Burugulapalle villages of Gudupalle mandal of Kuppam circle and damaged vegetable crops. The villagers said they spotted two elephants moving in the direction of Burugulapalle. There was no clarity on the number of elephants moving in the vicinity of Gudupalle. A cow was fatally injured when a crude bomb went off in the fields at Kodiganipalle village of Gudupalle mandal today morning.
Srikakulam:: District Judge V.B.Nirmala Gitamba today asked advocates not to drag on cases for prolonged periods since it would ruin the litigants financially. She was speaking as a chief guest and formally inaugurated the two-day panel lawyers’ training programme in court hall. District Senior Civil Judge and Secretary of Srikakulam District Legal Services Authority K.Syamala Devi thanked the lawyers for coming forward to join the panel which would take up cases of poor litigants free of cost.
Kurnool:: In a bizarre incident, Rajesh (25) Manager of Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank was burnt alive when his car went up in flames near Daddanala project in Banaganapalle of Kurnool district today. He is said to be a native of Visakhapatnam. A fire tender put off the flames.
Kurnool:: CPI(M) activists staged a protest and prevented officials entering Pandavagalli village in Adoni mandal of Kurnool district today to conduct a Janmabhoomi Maa Vooru gram sabha. They alleged that injustice was meted out to the people of the village in grant of crop loss compensation, sanction of ration cards, pensions and houses, the party activists questioned the officials on the need for conducting the programme when the people’s problems were not resolved.
Vizianagaram:: JAC of employees, teachers and pensioners at a press conference today demanded that the government scrap the new Contributory Pension Scheme that was introduced on September 1, 2004 and continue with the old system. The JAC Chairman and District president BHSR Prabhooji said that the State and the Central governments had been shifting responsibilities stating that the issue was ot in their purview. He said that they would stage demonstrations at the Collector Office and Tehsildar offices across the State from 10am to 2pm on January 9.
Vijayawada:: CPI State Secretary K.Ramakrishna said today that the party’s national council meeting will be held here from January 8 to 10 in which several leaders would take part to prepare agenda for the party’s 23rd national mahasabha. The mahasabha would be held at Kollam from April 25 to 29. Ramakrishna speaking to media said that party national secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, Rajya Sabha member D.Raja and senior leaders from 29 States will take part in the discussions and attend a public meeting at 4pm on January 10.
Vijayawada:: The JAC of Employees, Teachers, Workers and Pensioners of AP under the banner of the Pension Sadhana Samithi will stage protests seeking abolition of the CPS at all MRO offices on January 9 according to JAC chairman P.Ashok Babu. Speaking to media, he said that 3.86 lakh State and Central government employees would participate in the dharna.
Guntur:: Normalcy has been restored at Gottipadu in Prathipadu mandal, a week after clashes broke out between two communities. A peace committee, with ten members each both the communities was constituted today in the presence of MLA R.Kishore Babu and SP, Guntur Urban Ch.Vijaya Rao.
Vijayawada:: The much-awaited talks on bifurcation related issues between Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are likely to take place in New Delhi on January 12. The meeting assumes significance in the context of Modi’s positive response to the request made by the TDP delegation to implement the APRA in letter and spirit and resolve all pending issues.