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Bidar farmer commits suicide

Bidar: A farmer committed suicide at Gadavanti village in Humnabad taluk on Sunday.

Kalyanrao Malipatil, 52, went to his field on Saturday night and did not return. The next day family members found him hanging from a tree there.

Family sources said he had taken a loan of Rs. 50,000 from Krishna Grameena Bank and Rs. 15,000 from the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society. He had also taken a loan of Rs. 1.5 lakh from moneylenders. Loss of the kharif crop due to delayed rains had bothered him, his sons said. He owned 14 acres of land. Malipatil leaves behind four sons and a daughter.

A case has been registered at the Humnabad police station. — Staff Correspondent

Telemedicine link inaugurated

CHENNAI: A telemedicine link between Sharada Dhanvantari Charitable Hospital, Sringeri, and Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (deemed university) was inaugurated on Friday by Bharathi Tirtha Swamiji of Sringeri Mutt.

The free telemedicine link up at Sringeri has been set up by the institute as part of its continuing commitment to providing quality healthcare to the mutt employees, residents and pilgrims. This facility provides patients, doctors and postgraduate trainees instant access to specialist consultation round-the-clock by videoconferencing, according to K.V. Somasundaram, Dean of Faculties. — Special Correspondent

District unit chief of BJP Minority Morcha

Bidar: Mohammad Adil Ahmed has been appointed Bidar district president of the BJP

Minority Morcha. Syed Aijaz Ali Tanveer has been appointed general secretary, according to a release by the State unit secretary, Raufuddin Kacheriwale. — Staff Correspondent

Lokayukta receives complaints

BIJAPUR: The Lokayukta, N. Venkatachala, on Monday visited offices at Badami in Bagalkot district, and received complaints from the public.

Sources said he began the day's programme by inspecting the taluk hospital, where some people complained against the doctors.

His next stop was the tahsildar's office. Later, he visited offices of the sub-registrar and town panchayat and government hostel where he held a meeting. The Lokayukta asked the district administration to set right the problems within four weeks and file action taken reports. — Staff Correspondent

Collection of SpeedPost articles

BANGALORE: Collection of SpeedPost articles from the premises of the customer will be introduced from August 1. Any article up to 200 gm deliverable in Bangalore city and up to 500 gm deliverable outside Bangalore will be collected by the postman. It has been introduced by Bangalore GPO as a pilot project from August 1 and will be extended to other post offices from August 16. Collection of unregistered mail from the premises of the customers will commence gradually. — Special Correspondent

Award presented

BANGALORE: The air-conditioned Exhibition Complex of the India Trade Promotion Organisation built by the Central Public Works Department in Bangalore has won the Indian Building Congress Award for Excellence in built environment 2004. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development, presented the award to S. Chinnaswamy, Chief Engineer, CPWD, Bangalore at the 11th annual convention held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, recently. It is the biggest air-conditioned exhibition complex in the country and the second biggest in Asia. — Special Correspondent

Rs. 1.4 lakh stolen

from car

DAVANGERE: A sum of Rs. 1.40 lakh was allegedly stolen from a car involved in a collision with a truck on NH 4 near Kunduwada village on Sunday. According to the police, Shashidar Naik and Vijay Kumar were injured when the car in which they were travelling collided with the truck. People who assembled at the spot shifted them to a private hospital. Naik and Vijay Kumar in their complaint to the police said that they had kept the cash in the dashboard of the car, which was stolen after the accident. Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

World Press Day celebrated

CHANNARAYAPATNA: The taluk unit of Karnataka Union of Working Journalists' (KUWJ) celebrated World Press Day here on Sunday by organising a workshop for journalists working in rural areas.

Journalists including, the editor of Janata Madhyama, R.P. Venkatesh Murthy, N. Nanjunde Gowda, K.R. Manjunath were felicitated on the occasion. The former Vice-president of Hassan Zilla Panchayat H.S. Vijaya Kumar inaugurated he workshop. News editor of Vijaya Karnataka, Vasanth Nadiger, delivered the key-note address. — Staff Correspondent

Refresher course for fertilizer dealers

GULBARGA: The Fertilizer Association of India (Southern Region) will organise a refresher course for fertilizer dealers and co-opted sales personnel in Gulbarga on July 29 to promote the need for balanced nutrient application to optimise agriculture production. Experts, agriculture university professors and officials of the Agriculture Department will attend the course.The course is aimed at providing the required background material on the balanced used of fertilizer and improved methods of cultivation.

— Special Correspondent

ABVP members

lock college

Bidar: Members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat locked the Government Polytechnic College on Monday protesting against the Government's efforts to vacate it to start the medical college in that building. Students took out a rally to the Deputy Commissioner, Munish Moudgil's office. They submitted a memorandum to the Government seeking alternative arrangements.

— Staff Correspondent

17 held on charges

of gambling

RAICHUR: T he Sindhanur Police on Monday arrested 17 persons on charges of gambling and recovered from them Rs.4,500. All the seventeen persons have been remanded in judicial custody. The Sindhanur Rural Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Spurious arrack seized, one arrested

RAICHUR: The Lingsugur Police on Monday arrested Shekarappa and recovered 10 litres of spurious arrack from him while he was selling it at Ashala Tanda in Lingsugur taluk.

He has been remanded in judicial custody. The Mudgal Police registered a case.

— Staff Correspondent

Coaching for CAT and Bank officers exam

MYSORE: Academy of Management and Corporate Attitude Development (AMCAD), a personality development institute, is organising a coaching camp for those aspiring to write the CAT-MAT MBA and bank officers' examinations on its premises in Mysore. According to a press statement, interested candidates should register their names at AMCAD, # 134, II Main, Jayanagar, Mysore. More information can be obtained by calling 94480-63607 or 0821-3091155.

— Staff Correspondent

Cancer detection camp

MYSORE: A free cancer detection camp will be held at Preethi Cancer Center at Lakshmipuram in the city from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 28. According to a press statement, those having abnormal bleeding, swelling, lump or hardness in any part of the body, change of voice, difficulty in swallowing or sore throat can attend the camp. Investigation and treatment will be provided at lower rate to patients who have cancer. Chief Surgical Oncologist, Anil Thomas, will examine patients at Preethi Cancer Centre, # 873, M.G. Road, Lakshmipuram. For details, call 0821-5259259.

— Staff Correspondent

Talk on human rights

MYSORE: The People's Legal Forum, Mysore, and JSS College of Law, Mysore, have jointly organised a lecture by the Executive Director of People's Watch, Tamil Nadu, Henry Tiphagne, on "Human Rights Institutions" in the city on July 26. According to a press statement from the convenor of the forum, Baburaj, the lecture assumes significance in the context of the Government's decision to set up a Human Rights Commission in the State. The programme will be held at 3 p.m. at the auditorium of the JSS Law College in Kuvempunagar. Mr. Tiphagne is a human rights lawyer based in Madurai.

— Staff Correspondent

Eye screening camp

MYSORE: Rotary Mysore Midtown is organising a free eye screening camp at MESCO Higher Primary School at N.R. Mohalla from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27. According to a press statement from the Rotary Mysore Midtown President, M. Azeezulla, people will be screened for cataract during the camp. Those who have cataract will be taken to the Mysore Race Course Eye Hospital.

— Staff Correspondent Neurologist felicitated

HUBLI: K.M.P Suresh, consultant, Epilepsy, Child Neurology and Child Health, Hubli, has been felicitated by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Hubli, and given the Appreciation Award 2005.

The annual award is given to doctors who have excelled in the field of medical sciences. IMA Karnataka Chapter president P.V. Kanchi, and IMA Hubli president R.S. Tophakhane felicitated Dr. Suresh and presented him with the award. — Staff Correspondent

Ayurveda clinic opened

HUBLI: Physician and writer S.G. Nagalotimath inaugurated the Gurusiddeshwar Ayurveda Panchakarma Chikitsalaya in the presence of Kottur Basaveshwar Shivachary Swamiji in Dharwad recently.

Dr. Nagalotimath said that Ayurveda is based on sound scientific theories and has remedies for some rare diseases.

Businessman G.G. Doddawada and former Minister P.C. Siddanagowdar spoke. — Staff Correspondent

Seven eligible for scholarships

HUBLI: Seven students of ICFAI National College, Hubli, secured ranks at the all-India level in the recently held second semester examinations and are eligible for merit scholarships.

Rajeshwari Yeligar 22nd rank, Venakatesh Phadnis (62), Rashmi Gangannavar (144), Vikas Tikare (160), Sudhir Renake (173), Shilpa Mundagnur (174) and Anand Yalamali (183) secured ranks at the national level, V.M. Koravi, principal (in-charge) of the college, said in a release. — Staff Correspondent

School parliament members

HUBLI: The installation ceremony of the members of the School Parliament of Shanti-Niketan English Medium School, Hubli, was held here recently.

Anand Sankeshwar, Managing Director of the VRL Group of Companies, and Anita Mainrai, President, South Western Railway Women's Organisation, were the chief guests. S.T. Bhandari, chairman of the school, presided over the function. — Staff Correspondent

Donation for relief fund

HUBLI: The Textile and Cloth Merchants Association of Hubli has donated Rs. 50,000 to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund towards the rehabilitation of the people in Gujarat who were displaced by floods recently, according to a press release from the Deputy Commissioner's office here. — Staff Correspondent

Applications invited

HUBLI: Apparel Training and Design Centre, Bangalore, has invited applications from eligible candidates for a three-month sewing machine operator course, according to a press release issued here.

Candidates in the age group of 18 to 35, who have studied till the eighth standard, can apply before July 30.

Applications can be obtained from the Office of the Deputy Director, Department of Handloom and Textiles, Saraswatpur, Dharwad (ph: 2448834). — Staff Correspondent

Court extends remand

BHADRAVATI: The accused, who were arrested in relation to the murder of Rowdi Sowde Putta earlier this month, were produced before a court which has extended their remand till August 5.

Already, 12 of the accused in the murder case have been arrested while two others were reported absconding.

— Correspondent

Society wins prize

SHIMOGA: Shantiniketan Charitable Society of Shimoga has won the first place for arranging the highest loan facilities to the Self Help Groups in the district for 2003-04. Society president P.V. Joseph, received the prize and the certificate from Minister for Cooperation Societies R.V. Deshpande at a function in Bangalore.

— Special Correspondent

Postgraduate courses

SHIMOGA: Kuvempu University will hold the entrance test for postgraduate courses at Jnana Sahyadri, its campus and at the postgraduate centre at Tolahunise at Davanagere through the centralised selection system from July 26. The selection for science and technology faculties will be held on July 27 while for arts and commerce it will be on July 26.

— Special Correspondent

Rain in Chikmagalur

CHIKMAGALUR: Heavy rain lashed parts of Chikmgalur district on Sunday. Sringeri received 15 mm of rain. Koppa received 95 mm of rain while it was 82.8 mm in Murdigere. The taluk-wise break-up of rainfall in the past three days is: Chikmagalur (67.4 mm), Kadur (28.8), Koppa (212.2), Mudigere (155.6), N.R. Pura (149.8), Sringeri (332.1) and Tarikere (93.2). — Staff Correspondent

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