Ministers to be reallocated districtsAthani (Belgaum District): Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that districts will be reallocated among Ministers within two or three days.

The coalition government appointed Ministers in charge of districts other than their home districts. Talking to presspersons here on Friday, the Chief Minister said the Government was aware of the problems and had, therefore, decided to reallocate the responsibilities. Staff Correspondent

Sonia to attend Congress conventionBANGALORE: Leaders and a large number of workers of the All India Progressive Janata Dal (AIPJD) will join the Congress in the presence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi on September 3 at Palace Grounds here.

Addressing presspersons after a meeting with Congress leaders and MLAs, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge said Ms. Gandhi would visit Bangalore on September 3 and participate in a party convention. MLAs associated with the AIPJD would not join the party on September 3 because of some technical reasons, he said.

Senior party leaders would tour the State in the next few weeks to inform people about the significance of the rally.

The KPCC chief said block committees of the party had been reconstituted and district committees would be reconstituted soon. Special Correspondent

Creating awareness on heart diseaseHUBLI: In an attempt to spread awareness in North Karnataka about heart diseases, physicians and cardiologists in the region have formed the North-west Cardiological Society of India Chapter, Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, founder member of the chapter V.G. Nadagouda, founder president G.B. Sattur, honorary general secretary R.G. Babruwad and vice-president N.S. Hiregoudar said the association would be inaugurated on Sunday.

Dr. Sattur said that educative programmes on heart-related problems would be held in schools and colleges. The thrust would be on preventive measures. Many children were not aware of the effects of the junk food they ate and this aspect would also be highlighted, he said. Staff Correspondent

Power shutdownDHARWAD: Power supply will be affected between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday owing to maintenance work in Belur Industrial Area, Neeralakatti, Mummigatti, Garaga, Hangaraki, Tadakoda, Lokur, Kotabagi, Jeeragiwada, Madanbavi, Tegur, Belur, Kotur, Singanalli, Venakatapur, Guledakoppa, Durgadakeri, Mandihal Stones, Pepsi Route, UAS Route, Killa and surrounding areas, according to the Hubli Electricity Supply Company. Staff Correspondent

Four killed in accidentSirsi: Four persons died in a road accident on Saturday when a car collided with a North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation bus near Adkalli Cross on Sirsi-Siddapur State Highway No. 69. While Surendra and Ravindra Demapuri died on the spot, Swati Mahaveer Demapuri and Mahaveer Demapuri died on way to hospital. Sharavari Demapuri, Riya and Raju, who were injured, have been shifted to Hubli for treatment. The victims were returning from Huncha in Sagar taluk to their native place Kolhapur district.

The Sirsi Police have registered a case.


Death anniversaryHUBLI: The fifth death anniversary of social worker V.B. Homabal was observed here on Saturday at Sri Siddharoodh School for the Visually Impaired Children. Sri Chandrashekhar Swamiji of Hosa Math and Kiran Hombal distributed free books to the students. Rajashekhar Mensinkai, Andanappa Sajjanar, Prasad Abbaiah, Babajan Mudhol and others were present. Staff Correspondent

Assumes chargeDHARWAD: Kashinath Talakeri has assumed charge as Superintendent of Police of Dharwad and Karwar Lokayukta division recently. He can be contacted on Ph. 0836-2447651, 94481-32470, a press release said. Staff Correspondent

Army recruitmentDHARWAD: Recruitment drive for various posts in the Army will be held at Nehru Stadium in Bidar from August 23 to 29. Candidates from Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri and Bellary districts are eligible to participate for the posts of soldier, clerk, nursing assistant, tradesman and others. Staff Correspondent

ScholarshipsHUBLI: Applications have been invited from students of first to tenth standard belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for giving pre-Matric scholarships. Headmasters of the schools concerned have been requested to get the application forms before August 18 and submit the completed application forms before August 31 to the office of the Social Welfare Officer, Hubli Taluk, a press release said. Staff Correspondent

SeizedHUBLI: The Hubli Police have arrested one person and seized two cans of spirit and the auto rickshaw used for illegally transporting it. The name of the arrested has been given as Gururaj Ramachandrarao Kittur of Nekarnagar in Hubli. The value of the confiscated goods is estimated to be Rs. 17,800A case has been registered at Hubli Suburban Police Station. Staff Correspondent

Biodiesel extraction

PANAJI: Four final year mechanical engineering students from Hirasugar Institute of Technology, Belgaum, led by Abhijit Mitra demonstrated the extraction of bio-diesel from Jatropha Carcus seeds by using an indigenous machine fabricated by them as part of their final year project, at a seminar on Jatropa plantation organised by Pilar Nature Farm run by Pilar Society in North Goa.

Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane stressed the need for cultivating of Jatropa on barren land, including areas of mining rejects of the State. Special Correspondent

MurderedHASSAN: Gangamma (70) was found murdered by miscreants in her house at Singapura village of Alur taluk. Police said Gangamma was selling arrack in her village and somebody murdered her by crushing her head with a boulder and decamped with money and arrack packets. The Alur rural police registered a case in this regard. Staff Correspondent

Recruitment criticisedHUBLI: President of Karnataka Development Forum Patil Puttappa has called upon Kannada activists in Bangalore to take up the issue of "injustice" meted out to Kannadigas in recruitment of railway personnel in the State. Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Puttappa alleged that majority of the candidates recruited by the Railway Recruitment Board in Bangalore during the last six years were from other States. He criticised MPs from the State for not raising the issue in Parliament. A delegation of the forum would meet the Prime Minister, the Railway Minister and other ministers this month-end to highlight the issues, he said. Staff Correspondent

Tanker falls into gorgeMadikeri: A tanker carrying furnace oil rolled down a gorge, about 125 feet down a hill, near Sampigekatte, here on Saturday. However, no one was injured in the accident. The tanker, which was stuck in slush on Friday evening, was abandoned by the driver. Following rain on Saturday morning and loosening of soil, the vehicle rolled down into the gorge ending up at a private plantation. The tanker was proceeding to Mysore from Mangalore. Staff Correspondent

King Cobra capturedMadikeri: A 13-foot-long king cobra, one of the few venomous snakes in the world, was caught by "Snake" Satish at Karada in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu on Friday evening. Mr. Satish had received a call from Karada village two months ago about the presence of the snake. On Friday, people who had seen the snake near a tank alerted him. He later captured it. The snake would be released into the forests on Sunday. Staff Correspondent

`Translation, an art'SHIMOGA: Joint Secretary of the National Education Society S.V. Thimmaiah said here on Saturday that translation from one language to another was not merely an art but an applied science. Inaugurating a workshop on language translation organised by the Karnataka Translation Academy and the Pratibha Rang, he said translation was not simply the process of copying, but the extensive expression of the feelings and sentiments. Special Correspondent

InauguratedMYSORE: The postgraduate Biotechnology laboratory of JSS College for Arts, Science and Commerce, built at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh, was inaugurated on the college premises on Ooty Road in Mysore recently. The laboratory is equipped with sophisticated equipment, besides plant and animal tissue culture facilities, said a release. Staff Correspondent