A unique gesture to visually impaired


A unique programme took place here on Wednesday on the occasion of New Year when a physically challenged youth came forward to celebrate the day with visually impaired members of Mother Theresa Seva Samstha, which was established about 12 years ago by physically challenged Kankipati Govind.

The celebrations were arranged in Zion Blind School in Rajahmundry on Wednesday. About 80 visually impaired students aged between three years and 12 years assembled at Zion Residential school. Mr. Govind arranged a huge cake and invited Revenue Divisional Officer M. Venugopal Reddy as chief guest.

Services lauded

Three-year old Keerthana, who lost both her eyes, cut the cake along with RDO Mr. Reddy and other children, and wished the guest and others happy New Year. Speaking on the occasion, the RDO lauded the services of Mr. Govind.

He said that it was highly appreciable and everyone should take Mr. Govind as an inspiration in serving the needy in society. Mr. Reddy also lauded the services of Zion School.

After the morning session, Mr. Govind and his team distributed blankets and sarees to the poor at his shop in Gorakshanapeta in which pediatrician Dr. Ravikiran participated as chief guest.

In the evening, MTSS arranged free special meal to the inmates of orphanage-Miriam Children Home and former Minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary served the meal to the children.

Kankipati Govind, whose legs were paralysed due to polio after birth, is running a grease shop in a small corner street of Gorakshanapeta in Rajahmundry. He started Mother Theresa Service Organisation about 12 years ago and took up several service programmes with funds collected from autorickshaw drivers and other low-income group people.

Coin box

He requested to fix a coin box in each auto which comes to his shop for grease and passengers contribute voluntarily in these boxes whenever they travel in the autos.

At the end of each year, all the boxes would be opened and the money would be counted and Mr. Govind and his organisation members Ch. Srinu, Ch. Sai Ramesh, Satish and K. Maruti add a matching amount to the total collected. On every first of New Year, the MTSS arranges several programmes for the poor and needy including free meals, distribution of clothes, blankets and other activities in differentinstitutions.

The MTSS also organises Vinayaka Navaratri and also Sree Rama Navami annually with the money collected.

Free special meal arranged for the inmates of Miriam Children Home. Former Minister Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary serves meals to children

 

 

Celebration time


Devotees worshipping at St. Anthony’s Church on the occasion of Christmas in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. Devotees worshipping at St. Anthony’s Church on the occasion of Christmas in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

Indian Turkeys @ Rs 500 A PAIR


Specially for the season:Indian Turkeys, which have been brought to Hyderabad by a trader all the way from Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Sankranti festival, are sold at Rs. 500 a pair at Ramanthapur on Wednesday. The birds are in great demand in and around the city.- PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Specially for the season:Indian Turkeys, which have been brought to Hyderabad by a trader all the way from Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Sankranti festival, are sold at Rs. 500 a pair at Ramanthapur on Wednesday. The birds are in great demand in and around the city.- PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

 

New traffic regime


Private security guards directing traffic outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday after barriers were removed following the Indo-U.S. diplomatic row.- Photo: S. Subramanium

Private security guards directing traffic outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi on Wednesday after barriers were removed following the Indo-U.S. diplomatic row.- Photo: S. Subramanium

 

Night temperatures up 2ºC


Night temperatures increased by two degrees on Wednesday taking the minimum temperatures to 14.9 degree Celsius. Though the increase provided slight relief to the people, it could be short lived as the Met authorities forecast a plunge in the next few days. The maximum temperature recorded on Tuesday was 30.2 degree Celsius.

The city on Friday would record a minimum temperature of 14 degree Celsius and maximum of 30 degree Celsius, according to met authorities.

 

 

 

Hard times


Kashmiri girls carry firewood on their head in Deksum, about 100 km from Srinagar, on Wednesday. The Valley has been under a spell of dry weather for more than a month.— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD

Kashmiri girls carry firewood on their head in Deksum, about 100 km from Srinagar, on Wednesday. The Valley has been under a spell of dry weather for more than a month.— Photo: NISSAR AHMAD