Congress blamed for stand-off

BANGALORE: Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy has said that the meeting convened by Home Minister M.P. Prakash to resolve the stalemate arising out of the delay in electing the Chairman of the Legislative Council did not make any progress due to the "stubborn attitude" of the Opposition Congress. He told presspersons here on Tuesday that Congress leaders who participated in the meeting refused to respond positively.

Asked about the Congress' claim that the Governor had intervened in the matter, he said the Governor had only forwarded the memorandum submitted by the Congress, seeking the Government's remarks. Staff Reporter

Age limit raised for recruitment

BANGALORE: The State Government will bring in a special rule within two months to allow candidates over 29 years to be recruited as teachers in government schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj S. Horatti has said.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the State-level Suvarna Literacy programme on Monday. Asked about providing milk with midday meals to schoolchildren, Mr. Horatti said it would cost the Government Rs. 5 for every student and talks were on with the Karnataka Milk Federation. The issue was before the Cabinet, he said. Staff Reporter

State police win medals in contests

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Police won three gold medals, two bronze medals and a runners-up trophy in competitions at the recent 50th All-India Police Duty Meet 2006.

Shivrathna, Woman Police Sub-inspector of Mandya district, and Subash Chandra, police constable (PC) in Bellary district, won the gold and bronze medals in the competition on scientific aids to investigation. P.B. Sagar, PC in the State Intelligence, and R. Ranganath and Prasanna Kumar, PCs in the State Crime Records Bureau won gold and bronze medals. The State won the runners-up trophy in the computer awareness competition. Staff Reporter.

Konkani works selected for awards

BANGALORE: Dr. T.M.A. Pai Foundation, Manipal, has selected N.D. Borkar's Konkani novel "Poko," written in the Devanagari script, for the Best Konkani Book Award 2006. The award comes with a purse of Rs. 25,000 and a citation. The foundation has also selected "Konkani Saahitya Manjiri," a collection of research papers in the Devanagari script by Priyadarshini Tadkodkaar of Tiswadi, and "Tapasvini," a Konkani translation in the Kannada script by Sandhya. R. Shevgoor of Mangalore of Suryanath Kamath's Kannada novel "Eesi Jayisidavaru." Staff Reporter

Nominated to town authority

BANGALORE: The Bagalkot MLA Veeranna Charantimath has been nominated president of the Bagalkot Town Development Authority. The former MLA G.V. Mantur, S.B. Gopalappa and Yellappa Bendigiri have also been nominated members of the BTDA.

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Elections on February 25

HASSAN: Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda through a press release had stated that the term of Hanchuru Gram Panchayat in Alur Taluk ended on March 3, 2007. State Election Commission had notified the calendar for elections. The notification will be issued from the Deputy Commissioner's office tomorrow. The last date for filing nomination is February 14, 2007. The applications will be scrutinised on February 15, 2007. The elections will be held on February 25 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Counting of votes would be done on February 26 from 8 a.m.

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Special train to Prayag

BELLARY: Babulal Jain, member of the National Rail User's Consultative Committee flagged off a special train to Prayag at Hospet Railway Station on Tuesday.

Around 1,400 people in and around Hospet, including Koppal district, are going in the special train to participate in the `Ardh Kumbh Mela' and also the conference of Vishwa Hindu Parishad to be held at Prayag.

Raja Achyutdevaraya, scion of Anegundi dynasty, Ashok Jeere, Chetan Raj, president of Hospet unit of BJP Yuva Morcha and Anil Joshi of the VHP, were among others to bid farewell to the pilgrims.

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DSS stages demonstration

SHIMOGA: Members of the district unit of Dalit Sangharsh Samithi (S) staged a demonstration on the premises of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Tuesday.

In a memorandum submitted to the district administration, they demanded that landless people from the Dalit community who had been cultivating on government land since 1973 in Shimoga and Bhadravati taluks be given title deeds.

They also wanted house sites be given to 150 Dalits living in the Lakkinakoppa Circle . Staff Correspondent

Youth commits suicide

MYSORE: Vishwas (24) son of Vanamala, resident of 6th cross, Raghavendra Nagar, committed suicide here on Monday. According to police, the reason for the extreme step was severe stomach pain and failure in the ITI examination. The Nazarbad Police have registered a case. Staff Correspondent

Subedar laid to rest

DHARWAD: The funeral of Subedar Mrutyunjay Vastrad, who died in Jammu recently while on duty, was held with full State honours here on Tuesday.

His mortal remains were brought to his residence at Tejaswinagar in Dharwad, and kept at the local high school grounds for the public to pay obeisance.

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`No force used by the police'

HUBLI: Police Commissioner Naryana Nadamani has said that police personnel had not forced shopkeepers to down shutters prior to the Vishal Hindu Samavesh that was held at Nehru Grounds recently.

In a release here, he said that security arrangements had been made to ensure peaceful conduct of the convention and there were no unnecessary restrictions on those participating in the convention. The clarification follows an allegation by the organising committee of the convention. Staff Correspondent

Examination for LL.B courses

DHARWAD: Karnatak University, Dharwad, is conducting the examination for the three-year LL.B (6 subjects) New and Old Courses during April/ May 2007 for the last time.

The last date for submission of applications without fine is March 15 and with a fine of Rs. 100 is March 21, Registrar (Evaluation) has said in a release. Staff Correspondent