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A heap of election material cleared by the Mysore City Corporation in Mysore on Tuesday.

Political parties penalised

MYSORESHIMOGARAICHURMANIPALTUMKUR, APRIL 27.APRIL 27.AP A day after the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) on Tuesday started removing publicity material put up by political parties. It also imposed penalties on parties for violating the law. The Commissioner of the MCC, A.B. Ibrahim, said the civic body had spent Rs. 2,00,333 on removing publicity material, and the money would be recovered from political parties. The Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Janata Dal (Secular) would have to bear 30 per cent each of the cost of removing posters and banners, and the Janata Party and the Kannada Nadu Party 5 per cent each. Notices had been issued to the parties to pay the penalty. The corporation had issued a warning to them against defacing public places and using plastic below 20 microns in thickness for publicity material. Although permission of the civic body was mandatory for displaying publicity material, "all parties have violated the law," he added.

Bangarappa unwinds after poll

By Our Special Correspondent

MYSORESHIMOGARAICHURMANIPALTUMKUR, APRIL 27.APRIL 27.AP Do you know what the former Chief Minister, S. Bangarappa, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from the Shimoga constituency did immediately after casting his vote along with his family members at Kubatoor, his native village in Sorab taluk on Monday? Accompanied by his wife, Shakuntala, he watched the Kannada film, Gokarna, at Trishul cinema at Anavatti in Sorab taluk. His second son, Madhu Bangarappa, who is contesting the Assembly election from the Sorab constituency, accompanied his parents. He plays a supporting role in the film.

Man convicted in dowry case

MYSORESHIMOGARAICHURMANIPALTUMKUR, APRIL 27.APRIL 27.AP The Fast-track Court (I) here has convicted Bassayya of Irkal in Manvi taluk in a dowry death case and sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 15,000. The accused had married Shanthamma, daughter of Sangayya of Nandwadagi of Bagalkot district, and had two children. He forced her to bring some money from her parents to repay the loan he had borrowed. When she refused, he harassed her. Last year, she committed suicide along with her two children, Basalingamma (5) and Gurubassamma (2), by jumping into a canal in the village. The Manvi police had registered a case on a complaint lodged by Sangayya.

Hut gutted: A hut belonging to Mahadev of Bettadur in Manvi taluk was gutted on Sunday. Foodgrains and household articles were destroyed in the fire. The police said short circuit could have caused the fire. The Manvi police have registered a case.

KMC jubilee valedictory

MYSORESHIMOGARAICHURMANIPALTUMKUR, APRIL 27.APRIL 27.AP The valedictory of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Kasturba Medical College (KMC) at Manipal and in Mangalore will be held here on April 29. The Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, B. Hanumaiah, will be the chief guest for the valedictory function. The birth anniversary celebrations of the late T.M.A Pai, the founder of institution, celebrated as Founder's Day by the MAHE and Academy of General Education, will be held on April 30. The Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education, R. Natarajan, will be the chief guest for the function. Vishwesha Tirtha of Pejawar Math, D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala, and S. Ramananda Shetty, Director of Medical Education, Bangalore, will attend the Founder's Day celebrations.

Cooperative bank posts profit

MYSORESHIMOGARAICHURMANIPALTUMKUR, APRIL 27.APRIL 27.AP The Tumkur-based Vysya Cooperative Bank Ltd. has registered a profit of Rs. 2.81 crore for 2003-2004. The chairman of the bank, N.S. Jayakumar, and its chief executive, K. Nagaraj, told presspersons here on Monday that the bank, which was established in 1978, had seven branches — three in Tumkur, two in Bangalore city, and one each in Pavagada and Madhugiri. Mr. Jayakumar and Mr. Nagaraj said work on the bank's administrative head office building on Bangalore-Honnavar Road was in the final stages. The office would be shifted to the new building in three months. They said the bank had deposits of Rs.111.78 crore and had advanced loans of Rs. 77.74 crore, and the recovery percentage was 95.50. Mr. Jayakumar said the bank could perform well due to the cooperation of a number of organisations of the Vysya community and its members, customers, and directors. Claiming that the bank was the first among its kind (urban cooperative banks) to initiate customer-friendly measures, Mr. Jayakumar said: "We were the first to introduce any branch banking facility, tele banking, and access to the status of accounts through SMS on mobile phones by customers. These facilities boosted the image of the bank and helped it improve business."

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