Gulbarga to get software parkNew Delhi: The Centre has agreed to set up a Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) centre at Gulbarga for which the State Government has to make available land and grant-in-aid.

"Government of India has agreed for setting up an STPI centre at Gulbarga," Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Shakeel Ahmad informed the Rajya Sabha in a written reply. The State Government had approached the Centre for setting up of two STPI centres at Gulbarga and Belgaum, the Minister said.


Revanna ready to face inquiryBANGALORE: Minister for Public Works H.D. Revanna on Thursday said he was ready to face any inquiry into allegations levelled by the Congress that members of the Deve Gowda family had acquired property worth crores of rupees in Whitefield, near here.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Revanna said if the family had acquired any property illegally, an inquiry could be conducted. At the same time, Congress leaders should be prepared for an inquiry into their assets.

Two days ago, Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar alleged that Mr. Deve Gowda's family had purchased property with a market value of Rs. 85 crore but had it registered for only Rs. 36 crore. Special Correspondent

Jaiveer Srivastava assumes chargeBangalore: Jaiveer Srivastava, south zone head of National Buildings Construction Ltd., has been appointed chairman and managing director of Hindustan Prefab Ltd., a Government of India undertaking under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. He assumed charge on August 1. Staff Reporter

Certificate course in astronomyBangalore: The M.P. Birla Institute of Fundamental Research has introduced a 100-hour certificate course in astronomy and astrophysics for B.Sc., M.Sc., BE, ME, B.Tech and M.Tech students. Classes will be held on Sundays from August 20. Application forms are available at the institute. The last date for submission of forms is August 16. For details call 22385956 or 22385957.

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KSIC offers special discountBangalore: Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Ltd. has devised a new method of direct selling without intermediaries by organising exhibitions in the State. The corporation has announced a special discount of up to 20 per cent for the Varamahalakshmi puja season. Customers can alternatively avail themselves of up to 10 per cent discount and get a 2-gm gold chain. The offer is valid in company-owned outlets and exhibition sales. Staff Reporter.

ScholarshipsDHARWAD: The Sports Authority of India, Patiala, has invited applications for giving sports scholarships to students. Eligible students can get the applications forms from the office of Assistant Director, Department of Sports and Youth Services, Dharwad, before August 15 and submit the completed application forms before August 20. Staff Correspondent

Grievances meetingDHARWAD: The Department of Food and Civil Supplies has organised a public grievances meeting at the Deputy Commissioner's office in Dharwad on Saturday at 10 a.m. Deputy Director of the department Kallanagoudar has appealed to the general public to submit their complaints and grievances to the department. Staff Correspondent

Application formsDHARWAD: Application forms for admission to various courses offered by the Karnataka State Open University this year are available at the Regional Centres and Study Centres of the university, a release said. Staff Correspondent

Guest lecturersDHARWAD: Applications have been invited for the posts of guest lecturers at the government first grade colleges in Dharwad, Bijapur, Haveri, Karwar, Gadag, Belgaum and Bagalkot districts, which were affiliated to Karnatak University. Details regarding educational qualification and application forms can be had from Director, College Development Council, Karnatak University, Dharwad. The last date for submitting application forms is August 11. For details, visit Staff Correspondent

WorkshopHUBLI: The Department of Physics, BVB College of Engineering and Technology, is conducting a workshop on "Nano material and experiments in physics" for Physics teachers in Hubli on Saturday, according to a press release. Staff Correspondent

Refund of fee soughtBHADRAVATI: The science degree students of Sir M.V. Science College here have demanded refund of Rs. 3,000 collected as "usage fees" by the State Government and the same had to be withdrawn henceforth. The students, who felicitated the local MLA B.K. Sangamesh, urged him to use his good offices in obtaining sanction from the Government for starting courses in computer science, industrial chemistry, and microbiology as the college happened to be the best government science college in the district. Correspondent

Award for scribeBelgaum: The R.H. Kulkarni Memorial Trust has announced the R.H. Kulkarni Award 2006 in the field of journalism to veteran journalist Mattihalli Nagarajrao of Bellary. According to trust member, the award carries a cash prize of Rs. 5,000 and it would be presented to Mr. Nagarajrao at a function to be held at IMA Hall in the city on Saturday. Staff Correspondent

Two electrocutedBIDAR: An engineering student and his mother died after being electrocuted in their home in Ram Nagar colony here on Thursday. Rahul Ramesh, 20, a final semester student of the Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, was fixing a troubling water pump when he received a shock. His mother Vimala Ramesh, 38, tried to pull him away from the shock, but died, police said. Staff Correspondent

Two-day conferenceHASSAN: The Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) will hold its two-day district conference in Hassan on August 12 and 13 at Kannada Sahitya Bhavana. It has decided to hold a rally of workers on the occasion. Employees of Bharath Sanchar Nigam Ltd., Life Insurance Corporation of India, Posts, Akshara Dasoha, coffee curing, Anganawadi and plantations will participate in the rally, vice-president of CITU district unit V. Sukumar has said. He said 5000 delegates were expected to participate in the conference and leaders including V.G.K. Nair, K. Shankar and Leevathi would participate. The issues relating to working class would be discussed on both days, he added. Staff Correspondent

Awareness on cleanlinessMYSORE: The Prashantnagar Residents' Welfare Association in Mysore will organise an awareness rally on solid waste management, cleanliness and plastic elimination at 11 a.m. on August 5 at Bogadi here. According to a statement from the association, the rally was being organised in association with the Mysore district administration, Mysore City Corporation and the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat. Students from Pragathi Education Society, Amruthanandamayi Education Society and Dari Deepa Education Society would participate in it.

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Workshop on Bio-informaticsMYSORE: The Central Sericultural Research and Training Institute (CSRTI), Mysore, will conduct a two-day workshop on bio-informatics for BE (biotechnology) students on August 28 and 29 at its premises here. According to a statement, the workshop will provide the latest information in biotechnology and bio-informatics to students. Interested BE students (biotechnology) may register their names with CSRTI at the earliest. More details can be obtained from senior research officer of CSRTI on ph: 08212362547 or 9448437365. Staff Correspondent

Phone-in programmeMYSORE: Chairman of Bharath Cancer Hospital and Bharath Diagnostic Centre B.S. Ajai Kumar will participate in a phone-in programme on channel "C Mysore" from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 5. According to a statement, Dr. Ajai Kumar will interact with viewers on "Recent advancements in cancer treatment" and "General health and hygiene". Viewers may call 08214289900 between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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Adoption of cobraMYSORE: C.G. Narasimhan of Gokulam in Mysore has renewed the adoption of a King Cobra of Mysore zoo for one year from July 29, 2006 by paying Rs 2,500 as adoption fee. According to a statement from the Executive Director of the zoo, Dr. Narasimhan has been renewing the adoption continuously for the past five years. Staff Correspondent