Man sentenced

MANGALORE: The Principal District and Sessions judge H.M. Bharathesh on Wednesday sentenced a person accused of murdering his wife to three years rigorous imprisonment and directed him to pay a fine of Rs. 5,000 here. The accused, Veeresh of Kushtagi taluk, allegedly murdered his wife Renuka on June 30, 2004. The prosecution said that Veeresh was reportedly harassing Renuka, a resident of Badami. Fed up with this, Renuka went to her sister's residence at Kunjathbail in Kavoor police station limits and was staying there. The accused went to Kunjathbail and asked her to go to Gangavathi in Koppal district with him. When Renuka refused, Veeresh reportedly used an axe lying around and fatally assaulted his wife with it. Staff Correspondent

Farmer ends life

GULBARGA: A 50-year-old debt-ridden farmer in Nelogi village in Jewargi taluk in Gulbarga district has committed suicide by consuming pesticide. According to delayed reports reaching police headquarters, the victim, Hussainsab Bandagisab Inamdar, who had reportedly taken loans amounting to more than Rs. 1.5 lakh from private money lenders, consumed pesticide in his fields on Monday. His family members found him in an unconscious state. Later, he was shifted to the Primary Health Centre in Nelogi village where he died on Tuesday. The Jewargi Police have registered a case. Investigation is on.

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BJP demonstration

BANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Mahatma Gandhi Road here to protest against the Union Government's reported decision to increase the reservation quota for Dalit Christians. Addressing the protesters, State BJP president and MP D.V. Sadananda Gowda said the appeasement of minorities had increased after the UPA Government came to power. Shanthinagar MLA S. Raghu and Bharathinagar MLA Nirmal Kumar Surana were present. Staff Reporter

Stir continues

MYSORE: Even as the protest over the Cauvery tribunal award entered the 52nd day in Mysore on Wednesday, the agitation got a shot in the arm when writers, led by Kannada Sahitya Parishat president Chandrashekar Patil, staged a dharna at the K.R. Circle demanding justice to farmers in the sharing of the river waters between the riparian States. The protest, under the banner of Cauvery Kriya Samiti, was organised by the district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat. Several litterateurs, writers and Kannada activities participated in it. Staff Correspondent

Suspension sought

Bangalore: The Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has urged the Government to suspend P.S. Prabhakaran, vice-chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS). Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Prabhudev Kappagal, general secretary, State unit of ABVP, said the vice-chancellor has been named as one of those involved in the post-graduate entrance examination scam by the Central Bureau of Investigation, which conducted an inquiry. "Several weak and poor students got high ranks in the entrance examination," he said. Mr. Kappagal urged the Government to take action against the vice-chancellor and suspend him immediately. Staff Reporter

Two students debarred

HASSAN: Two students were debarred in K.K.V. High School in Karle in Hassan taluk on Wednesday. Six students have been debarred from writing SSLC examination in Hassan district till now, said a press release by Deputy Director of Public Instruction, Hassan.

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Chief Minister's visit preponed

HASSAN: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who was to participate in the valedictory of the 5th State Suguma Sangeetha Sammelan in Hassan on Saturday, has preponed his programme by a day. He will inaugurate the evening session of the programme on Friday. Poet Chennaveera Kanavi will inaugurate the morning session at Kala Bhavan. Hassan district in-charge Minister H.D. Revanna said the Chief Minister would arrive in Hassan by noon. Staff Correspondent

Bank staff strike work

CHIKMAGALUR: Employees of the Chikmagalur-Kodagu Grameena Bank struck work on Wednesday affecting the functioning of most of its branches. Responding to a call from the Chiko Bank Workers' Organisation and the Chiko Bank Officers' Union, they gathered in front of the bank's head office here in the morning and shouted slogans against the management. They sought an inquiry into the computerisation work under way at the bank's branches. They alleged that the equipment purchased was sub-standard and frequent changes in software were proving to be cumbersome and costly. Their other demands included setting right irregularities in utilising human resources, implementation of transfer policy and emoluments on a par with commercial bank employees.



CHIKMAGALUR: The Chikmagalur district unit of the Students Islamic Organisation of India has urged the Union Government to substitute the proposed sex education in schools with moral education. In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of Chikmagalur district on Wednesday, the organisation alleged that the proposal to introduce sex education from sixth to ninth standards in schools was part of a conspiracy by the UNICEF and manufacturers of contraceptives. Describing the move as unscientific, the organisation pointed out drawbacks in the sex education programme.



HUBLI: A bone density check-up camp will be organised at Jayapriya Hospital, Bailappanavar Nagar, Hubli, on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People above the age of 40 can attend the camp. For details, contact 2351766.

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HUBLI: The Government Polytechnic for Women, Hubli, has become the first polytechnic in the State to get accredited by the National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi, according to a release. The accreditation is for three years from March 13, 2007, the polytechnic principal said in the release. Staff Correspondent

Training for women

HUBLI: Women Entrepreneurs, Karnataka Association (WEKAS) is conducting a three-month training programme on "Fashion Designing and Tailoring" for women belonging to Scheduled Castes and Tribes. Admission is only for 50 candidates. Last date for registration is March 30. For details, contact Neelu Akki (Ph: 2232094, 9880708942), WEKAS, No. 128, Shakti Nagar, Manjunath Nagar Double Road, Gokul Road, Hubli.

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PANAJI: The Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa in north Goa, will be closed to tourists at noon during the Lent Holy Week on Maundy Thursday, April l5 and on Good Friday, April l6. Special Correspondent


Sirsi: Library staff should take up preservation of books to help the next generation, writer Vishnu Naik has said. He was speaking at the inauguration of a four-day training programme for newly-appointed district librarians organised here on Wednesday. Books and libraries could bring in positive changes. These aided in effective time utilisation and getting accurate and elaborate information, he said. Concentration power and vocabulary would also improve, he said. District librarian Manjunath welcomed the gathering. Shri Marikamba temple's chief trustee D.H. Sanu presided. Correspondent