The state BJP Bhoo Parirakshana Samiti convenor, Dr S. Malla Reddy, said that farmers were meted out injustice in land acquisition for establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and urged the state government to take steps to help them.

The East Godavari district rural water supply department, as part of summer contingency plan, took several steps for continuous drinking water supply in the rural areas. With irrigation canal closure for two months from April 20 as part of the modernisation programme taken up in the district, the department has taken extra precautions for the supply of uninterrupted drinking water to remote areas and habitations. With canal reopening slated for June 20, almost a month from now, the department has initiated several measures in addition to existing water supply facilities.

The government plans to spent Rs 20,000 crore to develop

The Hinduja group plans to go ahead with Rs 25,600-crore refinery at Kakinada even if its indecisive project partner Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) opts out. "We have given in writing to the Andhra Pradesh chief minister that we are keen to set up the project, with or without ONGC," Hinduja Group chairman G.P. Hinduja said.

After the UK-based Hinduja group, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation's (ONGC) proposed Rs 26,500-crore refinery at Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, has found new suitors in Reliance Industries (RIL) and Essar Oil. This is despite ONGC maintaining its stand that the refinery is not financially feasible unless the Andhra Pradesh government gives it more incentives.

The Industrial Coastal Corridor Vyatireka Porata Committee demanded the withdrawal of GO Ms No. 34, relating to the coastal corridor and Kakinada special economic zones. The committee will hold a public meeting at Visakhapatnam on May 3 to highlight the effects of these two on people and to take up an agitation for the cause of the affected. These details were disclosed by committee representative and state Human Rights Forum (HRF) secretary V.S. Krishna and others.

Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallam Raju said that a rural health programme is being taken up on a large-scale under the National Rural Health Mission and Rajiv Arogya Sri programme. Inaugurating the three-day health camp being organised at the local JNTU College of Engineering campus on Sunday, the minister said that the government at the Centre was keen on extending medical facilities to people in rural areas on par with urban areas.

at least 25 people were killed and

April 30: The state government has lost the first ever city gas project to a lesser known Central agency, Bhagyanagar Gas Limited.
The BGL grabbed the project even after the petroleum giant Reliance Indu-stries Limited (RIL) had bid on behalf of the state government-owned Krishna Godavari Gas Network Limited (KGGNL).

The payoff in the Krishna-Godavari basin can change the country