CPI (M) for filing review petition

MYSORE: The district unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxists) has urged the State Government to file a review petition before the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal. In a release, secretary, district unit of CPI (M), Prabhakar, has said the apathy of successive Governments in exploiting opportunities to store excess water was the reason for the present crisis. Directing the Karnataka Government to release 192 tmcft of water at Biligundlu was neither just nor scientific, he added. Staff Correspondent


MYSORE: C. Madhura has adopted a bird in Mysore zoo for two years and three months from March 31, 2007 to February 28, 2009 under the scheme "Adoption of animals" , according to a release from the executive director, Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens. Shetty Tuition Centre, Old Students' Association and Srikanta Rao of Bangalore have adopted two lovebirds and one Cobra , respectively by paying Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 1,500, the release added.

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MYSORE: The Federation of Workers of Hostels under the Department of Social Welfare has arranged a meeting of workers of Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu districts in its premises on Subbaiah Road on February 28 to discuss problems being faced by workers. Secretary general, Somashekar, will address the meeting. For details contact 94491 30700, a release from the district convener of the association said. Staff Correspondent

Man electrocuted

MYSORE: An unidentified person was electrocuted at the People's Park in Nazarbad Branch. An official of Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company (CHESCO) said the person aged around 50 years had crossed the fence erected around the 11-kV RMV transformer and died. Siddarthanagar Sub-Division Assistant Executive Engineer Venugopala Singh has filed a complaint at the Nazarbad Police Station.

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Health camp

MYSORE: The Karnataka State Government Retired Employees Association and Mysore District Retired Employees' Association will jointly organise a free health check-up camp for their members on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Government Employees Bhavan, Dhanvanthri Road, according to a release. Staff Correspondent

Railway Budget welcomed

DAVANGERE: C. Chandrashekar Bhat, Advocate and senior Congress leader, has welcomed the Railway Budget. The Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad has presented a pragmatic Budget without burdening the middle class and poor people, he said.

Mr. Chandrashekar has in a statement issued here on Tuesday also congratulated Mr. Lalu Prasad for sanctioning the construction of Kottur-Harihar track and said that it would help the people of Bellary, Davangere and adjoining districts. By introducing more unreserved compartments, the Minister had responded to the needs of poor people. Staff Correspondent

Musical procession

HASSAN: Members of the Savitha Sangeetha Mangala Vadya Samaj assembled from all over the district and took out a procession in Hassan on Tuesday protesting against the Cauvery tribunal judgment. The procession started from Hemavathi statue.

The members then came to the Deputy Commissioner's office in a procession by playing on their instruments. They later presented a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner K.H. Aswathanarayana Gowda. Staff Correspondent

Water release

BHADRAVATI: The State Government has directed the authorities concerned to release water into the Bhadra river from the Bhadra reservoir to ease the drinking water scarcity in the achcut area of the Tungabhadra reservoir in Hospet during the summer.

The authorities started releasing about 3 tmcft of water from Sunday evening. People living on the banks of the river have been warned about the water release. Staff Correspondent

Trains for disabled

BIDAR: The Karnataka Rajya Angavikalara Hitarakshana Samiti has welcomed the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's proposal to introduce special train wagons for persons with disability. "We thank the Railway Minister for announcing this plan in the Railway Budget," State president of the samithi Santhosh Dhanake and district president Rajappa Patarapalli said.They also thanked the Disability Commissioner L. Krishnamurthy, who has stayed the recruitment process of high school teachers that did not have reservation to the physically challenged.

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Case booked

BIJAPUR: Criminal cases have been booked against former municipal president Gulappa Shetgar and a few others after they allegedly assaulted the staff of a dhaba on the outskirts of the city on Monday night. Mr. Shetgar allegedly led a gang that ransacked the dhaba and assaulted staff there. He reportedly brandished a revolver and threatened the dhaba staff. The accused had reportedly lost their cool after dhaba staff refused to serve them liquor. Siddu Ksheersagar, who was injured in the incident, was admitted to the district hospital and is said to be out of danger. Staff Correspondent


DHARWAD: Karnatak University, Dharwad, has on Tuesday announced the results of M.A Previous (Distance Education) History and Archaeology, Kannada (Repeater), M.A Final Hindi and M.A first semester Social Work examinations held in December 2006, according to a release. Staff Correspondent


DHARWAD: The Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy has invited literary works on prose, poetry, treatises and research works related to folklore published between January 1 and December 31, 2006, for giving awards to the best books on folklore for 2006, according to a release. Writers, publishers and printers are requested to send four copies of the books to the Registrar of the academy, II Floor, Kannada Bhavan, JC Road, Bangalore-560002 before March 20. Staff Correspondent

Help desk

HUBLI: The Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Income Tax Department will jointly set up a help desk for the benefit of taxpayers, including small merchants and industrialists, employees and pensioners from March 1. The help desk will operate on the KCCI premises from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. till March 31, a release said. Staff Correspondent

Six arrested

Belgaum: The Shahpur Police have nabbed six persons on charge of vehicle theft and recovered six motorcycles. On Monday, police personnel on routine patrol got suspicious of three persons travelling on a motorcycle. They were stopped and on questioning, the police found that they had stolen the vehicle. They were brought to the police station where they confessed to their involvement in stealing other motorcycles. All the three accused, Basheer Ahmed Alisaab Syed (21), Santosh Nagappa Gondli (20) and Irfan Qutubuddin (22), are residents of Khasbag in Belgaum city. Six motorcycles worth Rs. 2.10 lakh were seized. A case has been registered. Staff Correspondent

`Extend assistance'

Belgaum: V. Srirama Prakash, Assistant General Manager of Syndicate Bank, the Lead District Bank of the district, said a few banks in the district had not taken targets fixed under various Government-sponsored schemes seriously. In a release here on Tuesday, Mr. Prakash advised banks to extend financial assistance to unemployed youths and rural poor.

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PANAJI: The Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) will

observe a Consumer Rights Awareness Fortnight from March 1 to 15.

The programme seeks to address the issue of lack of awareness on consumer rights, complaint procedures and redressal mechanisms available to consumers in Goa. Special Correspondent

State pulled up by human rights panel

NEW DELHI: Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Shivaraj V. Patil on Tuesday pulled up Karnataka Government for not constituting the State human rights commission. He raised the issue, when Special Representative of the State Government in New Delhi, Mahima Patel, called on him at his office. Mr. Patil is reported to have noted that while 18 States have constituted their human rights commission, Karnataka has so far only notified the setting up of the panel and has not yet constituted it. Special Correspondent

`Journalists not above the law'

Udupi: District and Sessions Judge K.N. Phaneendra said on Tuesday that journalists should focus on social issues and try to bring out the truth behind them. He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on the importance of law in journalism organised by the District Working Journalists Association, the Udupi Bar Association and the Udupi District Working Journalists Association, here. Mr. Phaneendra said that the coverage of any issue by journalists should be fair. Retired judge Shankar Khanderi said that journalists were not above the law. They had to obey the law like any other citizen. They should give importance to truth in their reports, he said. Staff Correspondent

Support for agitation

GULBARGA: The agitation by the Karnataka Power Transmission Company Ltd. (KPTCL) Industrial Training Centre Students Association demanding reservation for its candidates in recruitment by KPTCL received support from the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike on Tuesday. They said the reason for the six students trying to end their life was the withdrawal of reservation. Special Correspondent


Bidar: There is a 75 per cent vacancy of agriculture officers in Bidar, the hometown of Agriculture Minister Bandeppa Kashempur. The department also suffers from a 33 per cent vacancy of other personnel. The Government plans to fill these vacancies by direct recruitment and promotion. The Government, however, has no plans to fill the 11 vacant posts of agriculture assistants. This was revealed by a reply in the Legislative Council by Mr. Kashempur to a question by Quazi Arshad Ali, according to a press release. Staff Correspondent


Belgaum: Belgaum Bar Association has "disowned" the statement made by the Chairman of the Karnataka State Bar Council regarding the proposed programme of the Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka Cyriac Joseph in Belgaum. The association has invited the Chief Justice to inaugurate the golden jubilee of High Court and lay the foundation stone for a lawyers' chamber on the Belgaum District Court premises on March 3, according to a release by association vice-president L.K. Gurav here on Tuesday. Staff Correspondent

Funds released

NEW DELHI: Union Ministry of Rural Development has released Rs. 4.08 crore to two zilla panchayats and a district rural development agency in Karnataka for taking up work under its Hariyali programme, which seeks to empower panchayati raj institutions in the implementation of watershed development projects. The release covers the zilla panchayats of Bangalore (Rural) (Rs. 1.06 crore), and Haveri (Rs. 1.2 crore) and the district rural development agency in Kolar (Rs. 1.82 crore). Special Correspondent

Konkani workshop

MANGALORE: The Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy in association with Hassan Konkani Sanchalan is organising a "Vovya-Vers" workshop at Loyola Hall, St. Joseph's School, Hassan on March 4. According to a press release from H.S. Shivarudrappa, registrar of the academy here, Hilda D' Souza, Irene Rebello and Ravi Stephen will conduct the workshop under the direction of academy president Eric Ozario. Those interested should register their names with Praveen (9986397399), Prashanth (9448217066) or Victor D' Cruz (9900115941) on or before March 3. Staff Correspondent

Report sought

HASSAN: Home, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.P. Prakash said he had directed Registrar of Karnataka High Court to submit a report on assault on journalists on the court premises by some junior advocates. Mr. Prakash, who was on his way to Bangalore from Hagaribommanahalli in Bellary district, told The Hindu that he had directed Superintendent of Police of Hassan Panduranga Rane to send a report in this regard. Staff Correspondent

Novel released

MANGALORE: Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor K.M. Kaveriappa released "Mangalura Kranti", a historical novel written by Prabhakar Neerumarga, deputy registrar of Mangalore University, on Tuesday. Dr. Kaveriappa said the novel dealt with the first battle of coastal Karnataka in Mangalore. B. Janardhana Bhat, a critic, said that the book was a result of extensive fieldwork and collection of information. K. Chinnappa Gowda, director, Prasaranga of the university, spoke. Staff Correspondent

Plea for funds

HASSAN: Karnataka Rajya Jilla Pathrika Sampadakara Sangha has appealed to Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, who holds Finance portfolio, to increase allocation for district newspapers. State president Tho. Cha. Anantha Subbaraya (who is the editor of Marga Prabha published from Hassan) released copies of the memorandum addressed to Mr. Yediyurappa, to the press. Staff Correspondent

New institute

HUBLI: A group of software professionals have joined hands to set up a training institute for grooming young graduates according to the industry requirements. N. Ravishankar and Krishna Bhat, partners of Focus Institute, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the objective of the institute was not to just teach technical skills but also to make them learn how to use IT skills to suit the management requirement of the industry. The institute will be formally inaugurated on Wednesday. Staff Correspondent

Man, son drown

HASSAN: A man and his son drowned in a tank at Ballupete in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district on Monday. According to Superintendent of Police Panduranga Rane, Murugesh (16), who was mentally impaired, was taking bath on the tankbund when he slipped and fell into the tank. His father Paramesh Shetty (40), who was working at a nearby coffee estate, rushed to the tank. He got into the tank to rescue his son. But since Mr. Shetty did not know how to swim, both father and son drowned. Their bodies are yet to be recovered. Sakleshpur rural police are investigating the case. Staff Correspondent