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`Give priority to Sanskrit'

UDUPI NOV. 21. Vishwapriya Tirtha Swamiji of Paryaya Admar Math said on Sunday said that Sanskrit was a unifying force. Speaking at the valedictory function of the centenary celebrations of the SMSP Sanskrit College here, the swamiji said there was a misconception among the people that Brahmins had monopolised Sanskrit. It was essential for the people to know that the two great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were written by Valmiki and Vyasa, who were not Brahmins. Importance should be given to study the language, he said. The Deputy Commissioner, T. Sham Bhatt, said the Sanskrit college was one of the few institutions in the country where free food, lodging and education were being provided. T.N. Prabhakar, scholar, said Sanskrit was the mother of all languages. Shreesha Ballal welcomed the gathering. Abhayachandra Jain and Lalaji Mendan, MLAs, Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, President of the Dakshina Kannada District Kannada Sahitya Parishat, D. Prahladacharya, former Vice-Chancellor of Tirupati Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Kamalachandra Yogi, Principal of Rajeev Gandhi Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Sringeri, N.B. Annaji Ballal, managing trustee of Sri Janardhan and Mahakali Temples, and Haridasa Upadhyaya, scholar, were present.

Book on Thippanna released

BELLARY NOV. 21. Many leaders, including the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister, M.P. Prakash and D. Manjunath, Ministers, H.K. Patil, former Minister, participated in the birthday celebrations of N. Thippanna, President of the State unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) here today. A book on Mr. Tippanna was released by Mr. Siddaramaiah. Swamijis of Taralabalu Mutt and Kottur Mutt were present. G. Umesh, Bellary Zilla Panchayat President and Bhagirathi Marulasiddanagouda, K.S.L. Swamy, K.C. Kondaiah, Mahima Patel, and Amaregouda Byyapur, legislators, participate in the function.

Training for artisans

BELGAUM NOV. 21. The Department of Food and Civil Supplies; the Regional Office of Save Grain Campaign, Bangalore; the Indian Grain Storage Management and Research Institute, Hyderabad; and Rural Education Society, Ghataprabha, will organise a 10-day artisan training programme at Ghataprabha from Tuesday. The programme is designed to train rural artisans in fabrication of metal storage bins and construction of granaries. Twenty sheet-metal workers and masons have been selected from the district for the programme. Simultaneously, a 10-day stipendiary training programme in scientific storage of foodgrains will be held at Karagaon village of Chikkodi taluk from Monday. Demonstrations on controlling insects, rats and bandicoots would be held. Farmers will be trained in improving their traditional storage structures. Forty modern masonry granaries will be constructed with financial assistance from the Department of Agriculture at Karagaon and surrounding villages. Fifty-five farmers will participate in the training programme and each trainee will be given a stipend of Rs. 250, according to a press release.

Coaching for KAS exam

MANGALORE NOV. 21. The pre-examination training centre of Mangalore University will organise coaching classes for those appearing for the Karnataka Administrative Service (KAS) preliminary examination in February 2005. Applications should be submitted to the director of the centre at Mangalagangotri (Konaje). Applications can be had from the director's office or through post by sending a self-addressed envelope. Applications can also be downloaded from the university's website, The last date to submit applications is November 30. More details can be had from the director on ph: 08242287372.

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