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Saturday, January 21, 2017
''FORCIBLE'' CROP CUTTING: BALARAJU SEEKS ACTION AGAINST OFFICIALS The Mandal Revenue Officer, the RDO and the police officials who were involved in the forcible paddy cutting, days before the harvest, being cultivated by the adivasis in Chinna Jaggampeta in Nathavaram mandal in Visakhapatnam district, should be booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, said former Minister P. Balaraju. Speaking to The Hindu , he said, “The action attracts the atrocities Act and the District Collector should take stringent action.” The 50 adivasi families of Chinna Jaggampeta having camping outside the MRO office in Nathavaram from Thursday and are on a hunger strike, demanding action against the officials. On January 6, MRO Kanaka Rao, along with a team of over 50 armed policemen and about 70 hired labourers, moved into the village and cut the paddy crop that was nearing harvesting, after forcibly transporting 70 of the villagers to KD Peta Police Station, located about 30 km from Chinna Jaggampeta. And according to the adivasi farmers, it was done at the behest of a local non-tribal political leader Ankam Reddy Nookaraju.
ALLOCATE TIME FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH, DOCTORS TOLD Vice-Chancellor of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences T. Ravi Raju advised doctors to allocate sufficient time for clinical research and publish their work in national and international journals. Participating as a chief guest at a Continuing Medical Education (CME), organised by the 1981 batch Alumni of Andhra Medical College (AMC), here on Friday, Dr. Ravi Raju underlined the importance of doctors keeping themselves abreast of the latest developments in their field by participating in similar CMEs. He also appealed to the alumni of AMC to support academic and other development activities in AMC and thereby contribute to the enhance quality of medical education. About 150 senior and junior doctors from AMC, King George Hospital (KGH) and other hospitals in the city participated in the CME.
ROAD SAFETY VAN FLAGGED OFF Transport Commissioner N. Balasubrahmanyam flagged off a publicity van on ‘road safety’ as part of the 28th Road Safety Week celebrations at the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) Office here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, the Commissioner directed the officials to launch more vehicles both in urban and rural areas to create safety awareness among the public. He also asked them to prepare banners giving statistics of road accidents and the fatalities on the roads to sensitise the public on the issue.