GULBARGA: Physician Muralidhar S. Rao was on Sunday elected president of the Nutan Vidyalaya Education Society, running a chain of educational institutions in the city. Dr. Rao defeated former secretary of the society Kalyanrao Bhakshi by 48 votes. Of the 96 votes polled, Dr. Rao secured 72 votes and Mr. Bhakshi 24 votes. The election to was necessitated following the resignation of V.P. Deolugoankar owing to his indifferent health condition. Special Correspondent

Man kills 3 children

Belgaum: A man allegedly killed his three children, including a daughter, by drowning them in a river near Mavanur village under Yamkanmardi police station limits on Saturday. According to the Yamkanmardi police, enraged over delay in serving food by his wife in the morning, Doddapa Harappa of Harankolla village took Laxmi (10), Basawaraj (9) and Ajay (6) away from home and drowned them into Ghataprabha river near Mavanur village. Staff Correspondent

Farmer ends life

Bidar: Unable to repay loans, a farmer committed suicide in Hankuni village in Humnabad taluk on Saturday. Sheikh Farid Usmansab (30) doused himself with kerosene and set himself ablaze in front of his house. He had taken loans to the tune of Rs 80,000 from a primary agriculture cooperative society and from private moneylenders. He had grown black gram and red gram and failed to get remunerative price for his produce. He died on way to hospital. A case has been registered. Staff Correspondent

Panel's meeting

BANGALORE: The Justice A.J. Sadashiva Commission, constituted to study disparities in distribution of constitutionally-guaranteed facilities among Karnataka's Scheduled Castes, will hold a meeting with representatives of different Scheduled Castes and sub castes on May 14. The meeting will be held at the office of Bangalore Rural Zilla Panchayat at 10.30 a.m. The office-bearers or leaders of such organisations, who wish to participate in the meeting, will have to give details at 10 a.m. about the issues they would like to raise.

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Music programme

Belgaum: The Indradhanush, a charitable trust, will organise a special music programme of Marathi songs at Maratha Mandir Auditorium on Khanapur Road here at 6 p.m. on May 15. The session will feature young and budding talents Shekhar Kumbhojkar, Durga Kamat, Chaitanya Godbole, Madhuli Bhave and instrumentalists Parag Matigaonkar (Keyboard), Sachin Ingle (harmnoium) and Santosh Puri (tabla). Entry to the programme is free, according to a release here on Sunday. Staff Correspondent

Naturopathy camp

SIRSI: Nisarga Trust, Sirsi, will hold a two-day naturopathy camp on May 14 and 15 at Gram Panchayat Hall at Nilkund in Siddapur taluk.

Zilla Panchayat member S.R. Hegde will inaugurate the event, gram panchayat president Mahabaleshwar Putta Gouda, will preside over the function. Taluk panchayat member Shridhar Hegde, gram panchayat vice-president Malathi T.Nayak, Kadamba Charitable chief executive Mahabaleshwar Naik, Subray Hegde will be the chief guests.


Protest by students

Bidar: Students of Karnataka Veterinary University have locked the university record room in protest against "misuse" of funds. They said that it would be kept closed until the university formed a high-power committee to look into the matter. The room was locked in the

presence of Dean in-charge S.M. Usturge. The students said that the inquiry committee should not include any teacher or official from the

university and that it should include students' representatives. Staff Correspondent

Man commits suicide

Bidar: A man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his father-in-law's farm on Sunday. Shrimanth Pundalik Rao (30) of Kali Wadi was married to Archana (15) of Shakkarganj Wadi on May 10. His parents had reportedly forced him to get married and he had ended his life owing to depression. A case has been registered at the Humnabad

police station. Staff Correspondent

Fire in forest

Bidar: As many as three acres of protected forest at Changlera in Humnabad taluk was destroyed in a fire on Saturday night. The fire spread from a sugarcane field on the fringes of the forest. Officials said that they were yet to calculate the extent of loss. It took nearly two hours for Forest department officials and Fire and Emergency Services personnel from Humnabad to put out the fire. Staff Correspondent

Merchant robbed

Bidar: A gold merchant was attacked and robbed of gold worth Rs. 8.6 lakh and Rs. 35,000 in Bidar on Saturday. Mohammad Sajid who owns a shop in Maniyar Taleem was returning home after closing his shop. When he was trying to cross the road, two people on a motorbike stopped as if to ask him the way to the public library. One of them threw chilli powder at the victim's face and looted him of the valuables, the police said. A case has been registered in the town police station. Staff Correspondent

Demolition criticised

HASSAN: Ganjigere Raju, district president of Madiga Dandora Meesalathi Horata Samithi, has criticised the demolition of houses in Raghavendra Nagar by the CMC.

In a release here on Sunday, he demanded stringent action against Rudre Gowda who had allegedly sold government and. Staff Correspondent



MYSORE: RUDSET Institute, Mysore, will be conducting 15-day "Multi-product manufacturing training programme" (food products, bakery products, chemical products and decorative items) from June 4 to June 18, according to a release.

The programme will be residential and candidates will be provided with free boarding and lodging. Unemployed youth aged between 18 and 25 from Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts can apply to Director, RUDEST Institute, Main Road, Hinkal, Mysore - 570017 or contact Ph: 2519663, according to a release. Staff Correspondent



MYSORE: Applications are invited from male Thrimatastha Brahmin destitutes and poor college students for admission to Thathaiah Anathalaya for the academic year 2007-08. Those interested can obtain the application from the anathalaya office on Narayana Shastry Road, on or before May 30, according to a release from honorary secretary S. Lakshminarasimha. Staff Correspondent