Panel to monitor extremist outfits

Bangalore: The State Government has constituted a committee to monitor the activities of extremist organisations, such as naxalite outfits, and review the Government's implementation of developmental schemes to solve socio-economic problems in naxal-affected areas.

According to a press release from the Department of Information, the Development Commissioner will chair the committee. The Principal Secretary, Home Department, will be the convener. The Principal Secretaries of the Social Welfare, Forest, Housing, and Health and Family Welfare departments will be members of the committee. Special Correspondent

Free sites for families of slain policemen

Bangalore: The families of seven police personnel, who died in an encounter with naxalites at Venkatammanahalli in Tumkur district last year, will be given free sites by the Bangalore Development Authority on Police Martyrs' Day on Saturday, according to a press release.

Seven Karnataka State Reserve Police personnel were killed in an armed attack by 200 to 300 naxalites.

Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will give away the allotment letters to the widows of T.S. Siddharamanna, V.B. Kalawada, H. Jayaram, B.K. Chikkanarasimhaiah, G.S. Rajeev, N. Shivahanumaiah and T. Venkatesh. Staff Reporter

Centre urged to file impartial affidavit

Belgaum: The State Government has urged the Centre to file an impartial affidavit in the Supreme Court vis-à-vis Goa's suit seeking to prevent Karnataka from starting work on the Kalasa-Banduri Nala diversion scheme, according to Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar.

In a brief chat with presspersons here on Friday, he said the Centre had not done justice to Karnataka on several issues, particularly in the sharing of river waters. The Government was trying its best to solve the drinking water scarcity in Hubli-Dharwad, Gadag, Belgaum and Bagalkot by taking up the diversion scheme, he said. Staff Correspondent

Kalasa-Banduri project gets support

Bangalore: The Malaprabha Command Area Farmers' Federation has congratulated Water Resources Minister K.S. Eshwarappa for starting work on the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project and urged the Government to convince the Centre of the need for the project.

In a press release here on Friday, federation president Basavaraj Bommai listed out several points that needed to be brought to the Centre's attention. He said about 200 tmcft of water in the Mahadayi/Mandovi is not being used, and the project is being implemented well within Karnataka's share in the water allocation.

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Demand for `Constitution Day'

Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party Scheduled Caste Morcha has urged the Union Government to observe November 26 as Constitution Day, treating it on a par with Republic Day and Independence Day.

Morcha president Ramanath Kovind, MP, said the Government should declare a public holiday and propagate the importance of the Constitution on that day. The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on November 26, 1949.

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Man killed in road accident

HASSAN: One person was killed and another was injured when the motorcycle by which they were travelling collided with a car, which was coming from opposite direction, near Marenahalli gate in Channarayapatna taluk on Thursday night. While Srinivas (40), an employee of Hemavathi Cooperative Sugar Factory, died on the spot, Yoganna, his colleague, was and admitted to hospital.

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Road to be asphalted

HASSAN: The road connecting Nuggehalli and Didaga in Channarayapatna taluk will be asphalted at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh, the Shravanabelagola legislator,

C.S. Putte Gowda has said. Inaugurating the Milk Producers' Association of Samudravalli here on Thursday, he said the authorities concerned had been directed to take up the work, in view of the permission granted by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. He advised the farmers to

take up sericulture and animal husbandry in view of change in the agrarian pattern, which was posing new problems. Staff Correspondent

Science exhibition

HUBLI: A district-level science exhibition was held at Smt. Nirmala K. Thakkar High School here on Wednesday. As many as 478 students from 92 schools exhibited 280 models during the exhibition. Dharwad Zilla Panchayat vice-president B.B. Gangadharmath inaugurated the exhibition while V.M. Patil, Deputy Director of Public Instruction, participated in the valedictory function.

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`Support meeting'

HUBLI: A "Support Meeting" of the HIV-affected people was held here on Thursday under the aegis of Sphoorti, Dharwad District Positive Network. Dr. Handigol told the HIV affected people on techniques of overcoming depression. Advocate Rajeshwari Puranikmath advised them to come out with their problems. K. Basavaraj presided over the function. Staff Correspondent

Rasta roko

MYSORE: Traffic on Mysore-Nanjangud highway was affected when scores of villagers staged a "rasta roko" at Bandipalya to protest against former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah's remarks against the proposed abhisheka to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's cut-out. When Mr. Siddaramaiah expressed his disgust and passed certain remarks against the organisers of the abhisheka, some villagers staged a road blockade for about an hour, disrupting movement of traffic on the busy highway. - Staff Correspondent