Staff Correspondent

President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam has been invited to inaugurate the event

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  • Visvesvaraya Technological University to host an investors' meet

    BELGAUM: As plans for the second Vishwa Kannada Sammelana are nearing finalisation, there are indications of meaningful discussions on crucial issues concerning agriculture sector in the light of growing threats from foreign capital under the post WTO regime.

    Disclosing this soon after holding an official level meeting, Secretary of Department of Tourism and Kannada & Culture I.M. Vitthal Murthy told presspersons here on Thursday that the Government has planned to devote one of the nine seminars slated for the three-day meet to be held next, to discuss major issues concerning development of the agriculture sector and find ways to protect growers from increasing threats under the WTO regime.

    The suggestions emerging out the discussions would help the Government take appropriate decisions.

    Another major event, which could turn a new leaf in the industrial history of Belgaum, comes from the Investors' Meet to be held at the high-tech E-campus of Visvesvaraya Technological University.

    However, the Government has so far not thought of considering any incentive to encourage on-the-spot commitment from the entrepreneurs, majority of them would be from the growing IT-BT sector.

    Mr. Murthy, who reiterated various plans for the event, said the Chief Minister H.D. Kumarswamy had announced Rs. 10 crore in addition to Rs. 3.20 crore released to the district administration towards improvement of road conditions and beautification of the city. Along with various cultural events, there would be two special shows.

    About 1,000 school children from Belgaum would be selected for ten group songs to be composed by noted musician B.V. Srinivas. Another show would be from noted singer C. Ashwat, who would be presenting a Kannadave Sathya programme.

    Interestingly, the district unit of Kannada Rakshana Vedike has organised Mr. Ashwat's programme ahead of the sammelana. The programme would be held in the city on January 20 at Sardar High School ground.

    Mr. Murthy said the State Government had requested the President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to inaugurate the sammelana. The confirmation in this regard was expected in next two days.