Prof. Pichamuthu receives awardBANGALORE: Joseph P. Pichamuthu, professor, Department of Electronic Engineering, Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore, has received the Prof. Vilho Vaisala Award instituted by the World Meteorological Organisation, a specialised agency of the U.N. He is the first Asian to get the award.

The award was given for Prof. Pichamuthu's research paper on `Directional variation of visual range due to anisotropic atmospheric brightness.' The article was published in Applied Optics in March 2005. The award comes with a purse $10,000, according to a press note.

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Today's `Janata Darshan' cancelledBANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's `Janata Darshan' programme on Saturday has been cancelled, as he will be on a tour of Belgaum district to review the flood situation, according to an official press release.

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`Hello CM' programme rescheduledBangalore: The phone-in programme with the Chief Minister, "Hello CM," to be telecast on Doordarshan's Chandana channel on Sunday, has been rescheduled. It will be telecast live on the same day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff Reporter

Food-processing training programmeBangalore: The Rural Development and Self-employment Training Institute, Arashinakunte, is conducting a free, ten-day residential training programme on food processing from Saturday at the institute. Interested unemployed youth residing in Bangalore and Tumkur aged between 18 and 35 are requested to be present at 9 a.m. at the institute. For further details, dial 944865407. Staff Reporter

Scheme to be closely monitoredBangalore: Ministers and legislators will closely monitor the distribution of bicycles to schoolgirls from families living below the poverty line to prevent malpractice.

The Government will begin the distribution of bicycles on August 18. The authorities have identified around 1.75 lakh girls who are eligible for the scheme, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa told presspersons here on Friday.

Referring to doubts over the `Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma' scheme, he said it was being implemented and Rs. 234 crore had been earmarked for it. Special Correspondent

Approved adoption agenciesBangalore: The State Women and Child Development Department has requested couples not to adopt children from government hospitals or private nursing homes with the help of mediators, as it is illegal.

Prospective adoptive parents have been urged to adopt children only through government-approved associations. The approved associations, according to an official press release, are: Ashraya Children's Home, Indiranagar; Shishu Mandira, Indiranagar; Nirmala Shishu Bhavana, Hennur Main Road; Vatsalya Charitable Trust, Banaswadi; Shishu Mandira, behind Kidwai Hospital; Canara Bank Relief and Welfare Society, Banashankari; Anatha Shishu Nivasa, N.R. Colony; St. Michael's Home, Indiranagar, Chaitanya Children's Home, Malleswaram (all in Bangalore); Preeti Nilaya, Soluru; Shishu Gruha, Hubli; Society of Sisters of Charity, Ullal; Bapuji Children's Home, Mysore; and Amulya Shishu Gruha, Gulbarga. For further details, call 22353777 or 22331847. Staff Reporter

Two sub-inspectors suspendedBIDAR: Superintendent of Police Roopa Divakar has suspended two sub-inspectors of police on charges of collecting bribes in the name of selling Police Flag Day tickets. Parashuram Dhabale and B.M. Biradar were reportedly found stopping vehicles on the Bidar-Udgir interstate highway and forcefully selling tickets at double the prices printed on them to vehicle owners.

A departmental inquiry has been ordered against them, said Ms. Divakar. Staff Correspondent

Bullock runs amok, kills oneDAVANGERE: In a bizarre event, a bullock, which was severely beaten by his master, turned hostile and ran amok killing one person and injuring several others here on Thursday.

Mylappa became impatient when the bullock refused to pull a rice-laden cart. He whipped the animal, which turned hostile on the busy K.R. Road. Marulasiddaiah, a priest in a temple, was killed and three persons sustained serious injuries.

The injured Rangamma and Veeraiah Swamy have been admitted to hospital. Many others escaped with minor injuries.

Later, the animal was caught and calmed down.

Police rushed to the spot and seized the bullock cart.

They are searching for Mylappa who is reportedly at large. Police said a case of carelessness and ill treatment of an animal had been booked against Mylappa. Staff Correspondent

Doctor suspended for neglecting dutyBidar: The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare has suspended a doctor at the district government hospital for carrying out private practice ignoring his official duty. Commissioner B. Basavaraju has suspended Rajshekar Patil, pending detailed inquiry.

A vigilance squad from the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare had found that Patil was having a private practice and ignoring his official government duty of looking after the emergency ward.

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Gram panchayat secretary suspendedBIDAR: Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Jitendra Nayak has suspended the secretary of the Rajeshwar Gram Panchayat in Basava Kalyan taluk on charges of financial irregularities. Jagatap Vijay Kumar has been suspended pending inquiry.

He is eligible to get sustenance allowance under Section 98 of the Karnataka Civil Service Rules, said a release from Mr. Nayak.

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Man electrocutedHASSAN: Thimme Gowda (50) of Kittane village near Gorur electrocuted on Friday. Police said the victim inadvertently touched a live wire near his house and died on the spot. The Gorur Police have registered a case. Staff Correspondent

`Hello CM' on SundayBANGALORE: The third edition of "Hello CM" will be telecast live on Doordarshan on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The edition will focus on issues related to youth. There will be a studio audience of 30 youth to pose questions as well as a phone-in component. Staff Reporter

Three killed in road accidentHUBLI: Three persons from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra were killed here on Thursday in an accident involving a goods vehicle and a jeep at Pale Cross near Hubli. As many as 10 persons, including the driver of the goods vehicle, were injured. The police said that while two persons were killed on the spot, one died at a hospital. The names of the victims were given as Sachin Kadapi, Pranay Vanandkar and Praful Yadav, all residents of Ratnagiri. The police said there were 12 persons in the jeep. They were on their way back to Ratnagiri after visiting Tirupati. While six were admitted to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital, the others were in two private hospitals in the city, the police said. The Hubli Rural Police have registered a case. Staff Correspondent

Soft drinks samples collectedPANAJI: Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has initiated steps to get inspected the samples of soft drinks from bottling plants in the State following a study by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) which claimed excess presence of a pesticide cocktail in leading soft drink brands. Sources in the GSPCB told The Hindu that samples were collected from soft drink plants of two leading brands at Verna and Margao in south Goa on Thursday at the initiative of board chairman L.U. Joshi. But the decision as to where to send the samples for inspection and analysis was expected. They would be sent either to CSE, Bangalore, or CSE, Delhi. The sources said that board had taken the decision on its own initiative and in the interest of the public. Special Correspondent

Fashion design institutePANAJI: Goa Government will, in association with National Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIFT), set up a fashion design institute to promote fashion designing and garment technology in the State soon. The Government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with NIFT, Union Ministry of Textiles, for setting up the institute. Director of Technical Education, Goa, J. A. Chandrashekhar, signed the memorandum on behalf of Goa while Director NIFT, Mumbai, I.B. Peerzada, signed on behalf of NIFT. Industries Minister Luizinho Faleiro was present. "The institute will immediately take up short-term courses of six-month duration in fashion designing and garment technology," said Mr. Faleiro. Special Correspondent

Memorandum of understandingPANAJI: Directorate of Film Festival, Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Goa for organising the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2006. According to sources in the Government here, the State has written to the Ministry seeking the management of IFFI. However, for the moment, the Ministry has proposed to organise the IFFI this year at Goa in collaboration with the Goa Government. Special Correspondent