RTI helpline comes to Bangalore

BANGALORE: Guidance about the way to use the Right to Information Act is just a call away with the National RTI helpline (080 - 66600999) starting its operations here from Monday.

The helpline has been set up by Manjunath Shanmugam Trust in association with Parivartan. The helpline will be available on all days of the week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Assistance will be provided in Kannada, English, Hindi and Tamil.

Anjali Mullatti, a trustee, said the helpline would give information about the Act, guide people about ways to use it and provide information about public information officers and RTI activists in the country. Staff Reporter

Drinking water schemes get priority

BANGALORE: Chief Secretary P.B. Mahishi has said that all Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to make use of available funds to implement drinking water schemes.

Mr. Mahishi told The Hindu on Monday that three official teams had been constituted at the State level to monitor the drought. The Deputy Commissioners had been told to give priority to drinking water schemes in villages and towns, he said. Special Correspondent.

Order on first grade colleges issued

BANGALORE: The State Government has issued an order to set up 104 first grade colleges. According to the order, among the colleges planned, 16 will come up in Bangalore Rural district followed by Belgaum district (11); Bangalore Urban (7); Uttara Kannada (6); Bidar and Davangere (5 each); Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Bijapur, Bellary, Bagalkot and Haveri (4 each); Kolar, Gulbarga, Mysore, Mandya and Dharwad (3); Tumkur, Shimoga, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and Chitradurga (2 each); and Udupi, Raichur, Koppal and Gadag (1 each). Staff Reporter

Scholarship for course on fire safety

Bangalore: Underwriter's Laboratories (UL), with its India offices here, has introduced scholarships for Indian students who want to do courses related to fire safety. According to UL India, National Fire Service College (NFSC), Nagpur, the only professional fire safety college in South-east Asia, has been selected to disburse the scholarships, a press release said.

Gus Shaefer, senior vice-president of UL INC., presented the scholarship amount of $5000, along with a commemorative plaque, at New Delhi last week to NFSC director S. Shammim during a meeting of the Indian Fire Advisory Council. The scholarship will be awarded annually to two students each year.

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11 colleges to start functioning this year

HASSAN: According to Minister for Public Works and Energy H.D. Revanna, 11 Government First Grade Colleges sanctioned to Hassan district, as per the Government notification, will start functioning from this academic year itself. In a press release, Mr. Revanna said these colleges include, Home Science College in Hassan and Holenarsipur, Law College in Holenarsipur, First Grade College in Hirisave and Udayapur in Chennaraypatna taluk, Hallimysore, in Holenarsipur taluk, Mosale Hosalli in Hassan taluk and Halebeedu in Belur taluk and Law College in Paduvalahippe in Hassan taluk. Staff Correspondent

Resolution passed

CHITRADURGA: All taluk panchayat members unanimously passed a resolution for the mass transfer of gram panchayat secretaries and engineers working under the Chitradurga Taluk Panchayat. The resolution was passed at the taluk panchayat general meeting held here on Monday. The members alleged that the gram panchayat secretaries and engineers did not give information to any members and were hostile towards them. They said that most of the time, the officials remained out of office. Staff Correspondent

Two killed

Raichur: Two shepherds were killed when a lorry ran over them on Lingsugur-Maski Road, near Santekallur village of Lingsugur taluk, on Sunday. The police have identified them as Nirupadappa Naik (35) and Amarappa Naik (45).

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Raichur: Thimmappa, a constable at Manvi police station, has been suspended on charge of misbehaviour while on duty in Manvi town on Saturday. The police said that the constable, who was in a drunken state, had assaulted a man while dealing with a quarrel between two persons. Deputy Superintendent of Police Ravinarayana has issued an order in this regard. Staff Correspondent


RAICHUR: Nagamma (17) allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide at her house in Huligudda village of Lingsugur taluk on Sunday. The Lingsugur police have registered a case. Staff Correspondent

Valuables gutted

RAICHUR: Valuables, including gold and silver ornaments, household articles and foodgrains, worth Rs. 10.28 lakh were destroyed in a fire that broke out in four huts in Papa Rao camp in Sindhanur taluk on Sunday. Staff Correspondent

Vacation sought

GULBARGA: Students of IITs took out a procession here on Monday demanding that the Government announce summer vacation for them taking into account the extreme heat condition in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. The procession was taken out under the banner of the All India Democratic Students Organisation from Vallabhai Patel Chowk to the Deputy Commissioner's office.

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