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Awards for Chindodi Leela, Paramashivan

BANGALORE: Kannada stage artiste Chindodi Leela and director R. Paramashivan have been selected for the Central Sangeeta Nataka Academy awards for their contribution to the theatre. Ms. Chindodi Leela, who headed the Karnataka Natak Academy in the 1990s, is a recipient of the Padma Sri and the Dr. Gubbi Veeranna Award, 2002. She has acted in "Polisana Magalu", a popular Kannada play. Mr. Paramashivan has acted and directed many plays.

— Special Correspondent

Kingfisher offers special fares

Bangalore: Kingfisher Airlines has announced special fares for armed forces personnel, Unions and State government employees and those working in public sectors units. The special fares will also be applicable to their immediate families, including, parents, spouses and children. The special fares are based on flight duration and start at Rs. 1,999 for all sectors of one hour or less flight time, Rs. 2,999 for more one hour flight time but less than two hours, and Rs. 3,999 for flight duration above two hours. Airport taxes of Rs. 221 per ticket will be extra. The fares are valid for booking and travel till March 31, 2006. — Special Correspondent

Veterinary varsity to hold youth festival

BANGALORE: Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, will hold its first inter-campus youth festival from December 28 to 30 at the Veterinary College Campus, Hebbal, Bangalore. Students from veterinary colleges in Bidar and Bangalore; Fisheries College, Mangalore; and Dairy Science College, Bangalore can participate in the events such as competitions in music, folk dance, debate, mono-acting, theatre, painting, cartooning and clay modelling. For more information, dial 23410509. — Staff Reporter

Nursing exam results tomorrow

BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Diploma in Nursing Examination Board, Victoria Hospital, will announce on Friday the results of the General Nursing and Midwifery Examinations held in August. The results can be accessed on the website, — Staff Reporter

Plea to investigate death of undertrial

BANGALORE: Upalokayukta G. Patri Basavana Goud has requested R. Ganesh Rao, retired district judge, to investigate the death of an undertrial prisoner at the Bellary Central Prison. According to an official release, Mr. Goud has requested Mr. Rao to conduct an investigation as there are reports in the media that the prisoner, Channabasappa, died because of negligence of the prison authorities. — Staff Reporter

Teachers' award winners announced

BANGALORE: The winners of the Book Paradise teachers' awards for 2006 have been announced. They are: Primary Education - Gadi Lingappa, Government Middle and Higher Primary School, Kurugod, Bellary district; Secondary Education - Kamal Deep Peter, teacher, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Malleswaram, Bangalore; Undergraduate Education - Somashekharappa Hokarni, lecturer, Government Pre-university College, Yelburga, Koppal district; Graduate Education - M.N. Sesha Prakash, professor, civil engineering, J.N.N. College of Engineering, Shimoga; Postgraduate Education - M.M. Bagali, assistant professor of management and human resources, K.L.E. Institute of Management Studies and Research, Hubli-Dharwad. — Staff Reporter

College girl commits suicide

MYSORE: A nineteen-year-old engineering student from SJCE College here reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself at JSS Law College hostel on New Kanatharaj Urs Road on Wednesday evening.

Police said the deceased, Sheetal, who hailed from Tiptur in Tumkur district, was a third semester student of information technology at SJCE. The poor marks she scored during the external examinations held on Tuesday prompted her to take the extreme step, they added. A case has been registered at Kuvempunagar police station and investigation is on. - Staff Correspondent

Meghalaya Governor in Mysore

MYSORE: Meghalaya Governor M.M. Jacob arrived here on Tuesday to attend a private function.

According to an official press release, Mr. Jacob attended the function in Mysore on Wednesday and left for Bangalore. — Staff Correspondent

Pension Adalat

MYSORE: A Pension Adalat will be held at the office of the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Mysore, on December 27. A press release said grievances of postal pensioners can be intimated to the office of the Senior Superintendent of Posts on or by December 24. — Staff Correspondent

Woman held on murder charge

HUBLI: The police have arrested a woman on the charge of murdering a man. The name of the victim has been given as Virabasavaraj Narayankar of Old Hubli. The police said the accused Nirmala Ningaiah Pujar had an affair with Virabasavaraj. They said she and her children killed Virabasavaraj on December 19. A case has been registered. — Staff Correspondent

Woman kills children, herself

Madikeri: A 24-year-old woman hanged her two children to death and later hanged herself in their house at Katakeri-Panya, near here, on Wednesday. The police identified the woman as Shanti and the children as Chintana, a two-year-old boy, and Bhumika, a four-month-old baby girl. Shanti's husband Girish had died after consuming poison five months ago. Since then, she has been reportedly upset.

She has left a suicide note saying that no one should be held responsible for the deaths. — Staff Correspondent

Man arrested

HUBLI: The police have arrested a man and recovered from him three mobile phones from him.

The name of the arrested has been given as Venkatesh, alias Hyata Tulajaram Pawar of the Settlement Area in Hubli. He has been remanded in judicial custody. — Staff Correspondent


DAVANGERE: The Judicial Magistrate First Class of Harpanahalli has sentenced a garage owner to three months' imprisonment for employing child labour. According to a press release from the Labour Office here, Shafi, owner of the garage, had employed Farooq (13) in his garage. The Labour Department officials, who investigated the case, have submitted a charge sheet in the court. — Staff Correspondent


MANGALORE: Members of Joint Forum of Associations and Unions of Executives and Non-executives in BSNL held a dharna in front of the office of the Principal General Manager, BSNL, here on Wednesday to urge the government to fulfill their various demands. In a memorandum, the forum said that the government should accord Navaratna status to the BSNL. — Staff Correspondent

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