Ruling on power tariff hike in a week

MYSORE: The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) will give its ruling on October 16 on the power tariff revision petition filed by the five electricity supply companies (ESCOMs) in the State.

Speaking to presspersons after a public hearing here on Monday, KERC chairman K.P. Pandey said the commission was open to introducing a differential tariff system based on the performance of each ESCOM. But the State Government was not so inclined and had said that the time was not ripe for it. Special Correspondent

Kerala police step up vigil on border

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Government has stepped up vigil to prevent the communal disturbance in Mangalore from spreading to adjoining areas in Kasaragod district, Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan told the Legislative Assembly on Monday.

He said the Government had deployed additional police force in the sensitive areas of Kasaragod district. Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan had convened a meeting of the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police to discuss the situation. The Kasaragod district administration was keeping a close watch on the situation and there was no reason for concern, Mr. Balakrishnan said.

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TUCC activists stage protest

BANGALORE: Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC) activists on Monday staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Regional Employees Provident Fund (EPF) Organisation alleging that officials there were harassing subscribers who wanted to withdraw their PF.

About 250 workers, mainly hotel employees, protested in front of EPF office on Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road here under the TUCC banner. and staged a demonstration. TUCC president G.R. Shivashankar submitted a memorandum, listing 17 demands, to the Provident Fund Commissioner.

Officials were delaying the payment of pension, he said. Staff Reporter

Dalit Christians' plea on caste certificates

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Dalit Christians Federation has said that officials are refusing to issue caste certificates to many Dalit Christians despite the fact that an order was passed in January 1995 that clearly places them among the backward classes.

In a memorandum to Social Welfare Minister Balachandra Jarkiholi, federation representatives led by Ivan Nigli, nominated MLA, urged the Government to pull up the officials for not complying with the order and wanted revenue officials, village accountants and tahsildars to be directed to issue these certificates speedily. Staff Reporter

KCF president for Hyderabad Karnataka

GULBARGA: Bishop M. Francis Jackson, chairman of the Karnataka Christian Federation (KCF), has appointed P. Varadanam president of the KCF for the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

In a communication to Mr. Varadanam, the Bishop also authorised him to appoint district committees and organise activities of the KCF aimed at uplifting the poor.

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Fish to be released in lake

MYSORE: Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore, will be releasing an estimated 50,000 fish seedling into Karanji Lake for the benefit of thousands of birds that come to the lake premises. According to a press statement from executive director of Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens, Mysore, the authorities will obtain 25,000 Catla and 25,000 Rohu fish seedlings from the Fish Farmers Development Corporation and release them into Karanji Lake at 5 p.m. on October 10. Staff Correspondent

Computer hardware training

MYSORE: Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering's (SJCE) Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (STEP) in association with District Industries Centre, Mysore, will be holding a computer hardware training programme under its Entrepreneurship Development Programme shortly. According to a press statement, candidates between 18 and 35 years with a minimum qualification of a degree or diploma in engineering are eligible for the training programme. The last date for registration is October 16. Selected candidates will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 300. Interested candidates can obtain an application form from SJCE- STEP, Manasagangothri. For details call 0821-2515191 or 2515845. Staff Correspondent

Man run over by bus

MYSORE: A private bus overshot the footpath at Bandipalya on the outskirts of the city on Monday morning and ran over a 30-year-old man, waiting for a bus, killing him on the spot. Police said the deceased had been identified as Mallesh, a native of Thiruthanahalli in Gundlupet taluk. Mallesh was working in a hotel in Bandipalya. After the mishap, several people from nearby villages blocked the Mysore-Nanjangud Road in protest against the negligence of the driver. Staff Correspondent

Training programme

MYSORE: A free training programme in a variety of vocations such as paper bag making, screen printing, photo lamination, candle making and rubber stamp making will be organised for the benefit of unemployed persons, housewives and senior citizens by Nisarga Creations in Mysore from October 11. According to a press statement, the programme will be held at the Udupi Sri Krishna Mandira on Narayana Shasthri Road in Mysore. For details contact 94480-20465. Though the training will be provided free of cost, the candidates will have to bring the material required for programme. Staff Correspondent

Stator received

Bangalore: Karnataka Power Corporation Limited's (KPCL) mega thermal power station at Bellary received 265 MT stator, the heaviest single component and the crucial part of a generator, at the site on Sunday. It was moved by rail on the new track from Kudithini railway station to the project site, was then loaded on to the 192-wheel trailer and placed in position in the machine hall. KPCL Managing Director L.V. Nagarajan and other senior officials were present. Special Correspondent

Two boys drown

HAVERI: Two boys of a family who had gone for swimming in a tank at Baichavalli village in Hanagal taluk of Haveri district were drowned on Suday. They have been identified as Sharanappa Shivappa Banidwada (12) and his younger brother Sunil Shivappa Bandiwada (7). grandfather of the boys started looking for Staff Correspondent

Bird watching society

BANGALORE: The Jungle Lodges and Resorts will initiate a "bird watching society" as part of the World Wildlife Week celebrations. Those interested may participate in the birding meet at the Bannerghatta Nature Camp on October 11. For details, contact Soumya on ph. 41122658/25597021/24. Staff Reporter

Raichur college wins overall championship

DHARWAD: The College of Agricultural Technology, Raichur, won the overall championship in the University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS) Inter-Collegiate Youth Festival which concluded here on Saturday. The Dharwad Agriculture College shared the second place with the Raichur Agriculture College. Students of eight agriculture colleges affiliated to the UAS participated in the three-day event. Television artiste Sunil Puranik participated in the valedictory function on Saturday. Member of the Board of Regents G.R. Odugoudar was present.

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`SBI Loan Utsav'

Belgaum: The State Bank of India (SBI) will organise "SBI Loan Utsav 2006" for three days from October 13 at the Beynon Smit Ground on College Road here. According to a press release issued here on Monday, the event had been entrusted to the city-based Bharatesh College of Business Management. The event would have stalls for builders and car dealers, who had come forward to exhibit their products.

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Meeting

HUBLI: The general body meeting of Indian Red Cross Society, Hubli unit, will be held on October 13 at 3.30 p.m. at the Bendre Hall in the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation. Municipal Commissioner P. Manivannan, who is the chairman of the unit, will chair the meeting in which discussions on the action plan for the year will be held, V.B. Nitali, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, has said in a press release.

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Painting course

HUBLI: The Pacific Institute of Fashion Designing and Technology (PIDT) and the Pidilite company will organise a free painting course for three days from Monday for students and homemakers. Those interested may register their names before 11 a.m. on Monday. For details, contact PIDT, Mirjankar Building, Vidyanagar, Hubli, or call 2371416/17.

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Workshop

HUBLI: A technical workshop for consulting civil engineers on "Upgrading knowledge" was held here under the joint auspices of the Association of Consulting Civil Engineers, Hubli, and BVB College of Engineering and Technology on Saturday and Sunday. Satish Annigeri, Aravind Galagali, Rajesh Shirakol, Anand Hunshyal, and V.B. Patil were resource persons.

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Police told to be courteous

SHIMOGA: Additional DGP (Training) M. Lakshman said here on Monday that there was a need to bring about a change in the attitude of the police towards the offenders to bring down the crime rate. Inaugurating a workshop on "Gender sensitisation and people-friendly police" organised by the UNICEF and the Police Training School here, he emphasised the need for the police to receive complaints with courtesy to enhance the confidence among the people about the police. Project Director of the UNICEF Anasuya Sen Gupta spoke. Staff Correspondent

`Dibbana'

Madikeri: "Suvarna Karnataka Samskritika Dibbana", depicting the cultural grandeur of the district and the State, entered Mysore district at Koppa Gate near Kushalnagar on Monday. It was received by Mysore Deputy Commissioner Selva Kumar and elected representatives from the district and officials. The procession was flagged off at Bhagamandala on October 5. The officials from Mysore district received the Kannada flag. Dollu Kunita was the main attraction. The "dibbana", which entered Madikeri on Sunday, was given a grand reception. Staff Correspondent

Overall championship

DHARWAD: The College of Agricultural Technology, Raichur, won the overall championship in the University of Agriculture Sciences (UAS) Inter-Collegiate Youth Festival which concluded here on Saturday. The Dharwad Agriculture College shared the second place with the Raichur Agriculture College. Students of eight agriculture colleges affiliated to the UAS participated in the three-day event. Television artiste Sunil Puranik participated in the valedictory function.

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`SBI Loan Utsav'

Belgaum: The State Bank of India (SBI) will organise "SBI Loan Utsav 2006" for three days from October 13 at the Beynon Smit Ground on College Road here. According to a press release issued here on Monday, the event had been entrusted to the city-based Bharatesh College of Business Management. The event would have stalls for builders and car dealers, who had come forward to exhibit their products.

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