Nandyal (Kurnool), Nov. 11: The regional joint director, municipal administration, Mr L. Vandana Kumar, said that drinking water works were taken up at a cost of Rs 936 crore in 23 municipalities and four municipal corporations in the four districts of the Rayalaseema region.

Hyderabad, Nov. 5: The local community in Nallamala Hills will soon have exclusive rights on Mahanandi water which has curative qualities. It will also become a specialised product like Darjeeling Tea, Kondapally toys and Kancheepuram Silk. The Mahanandi Biodiversity Committee, headed by the village sarpanch, Mr G.

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Hyderabad Oct. 16: The Union government granted reconnaissance permit to two companies for the mining of gold, diamond, iron, copper, lead, zinc and silver and other precious minerals. The Union ministry of mines informed the state government that it had permitted the Bengaluru-based Geo Mysore Service (India) Private Limited and the New Delhi-based M/s Premier Nickel Mines Pvt.

Rajahmundry, Sept. 19: The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education has taken up a study to find out the rate of absorption of carbon by forest soils of the country.

Srikakulam/Nizamabad/ Kurnool, Sept. 16: Officials are on high alert following the surge of flood waters in Vamsadhara and Nagavali rivers because of heavy rains in neighbouring Orissa. There are fears that that it would cause another flood in the town. Around 60,000 cusecs of water had reached the Gotta Barrage by evening and 22 gates have been lifted.

Kadapa/Kurnool, Sept. 8: The displaced persons of the Gandikota project face a threat of floods due to the overflowing of the Kundu and Penna rivers. The two rivers are overflowing following heavy rains in the catchment areas for the last few days in the district. Due to heavy rains in the adjacent Anantapur district and moderate rains in Kadapa district, a heavy quantity of floodwater is flowing into the Kundu and Pennar rivers, giving a tough time to displaced persons of the Gandikota project.

Kurnool, Aug. 25: Farmers once again came on to the streets demanding supply of fertilisers. They alleged that the government had totally failed in the supply of fertilisers in adequate quantities. They staged a rasta roko in Kurnool and Kallur mandals protesting the lackadaisical attitude of the officials in the supply of fertilisers. They alleged that their crops are withering in the absence of fertilisers in time. The farmers who stormed the market yard in the morning, came out in large numbers by raising slogans.

Hyderabad, July 20: Forest fire causes major disaster to the vegetation in the state. Forest fires amount to 13.53 per cent of total blazes in the country. After Mizoram and Orissa, Andhra Pradesh has the largest number of fire spots according to the ministry of environment and forest department. Khammam, Kadapa and Prakasam figure in the list of top 30 districts with the highest number of fire incidents.

Kurnool, July 16: The District Water Management Agency (Dwma) project director, Mr Wilson Babu, issued orders on Wednesday suspending 43 employees for irregularities in the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). He also removed 70 masons. Mr Wilson Babu inspected the NREGS office in Atmakur and found that there was variance in records amounting to about Rs 7 lakh. He suspended an assistant project officer (APO), seven technical and 14 field assistants as they failed to give proper explanation relating to the variance.