The district administration, zilla panchayat, Department of Backward Classes and Minorities and the D. Devaraj Urs Backward Class Development Corporation will jointly celebrate the 97th birth anniversary of the former Chief Minister D. Devaraj Urs at the Devaraj Urs Bhavan here on August 20. According to an official release, Minister for Agriculture and district in-charge Umesh V. Katti will inaugurate the celebrations, and Feroz Sait, MLA, will preside. Prizes will be distributed to meritorious students from the backward classes who secured the highest marks in the annual SSLC, PUC and degree examinations for 2011-12. — Staff Correspondent