Shankar Bidari in PavagadaTUMKUR: Additional Director-General of Police Shankar M. Bidari visited Pavagada in Tumkur district on Monday and reviewed the police preparedness to repress the naxalite menace in the taluk. Mr. Bidari, who was accompanied by Superintendent of Police P. Harisekharan inspected the Congress leader G.S. Dharam Pal's house, which was looted recently. He visited the Pavagada Police Station.

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Dams filling upSHIMOGA: The water-level in the Linganamakki Reservoir on Monday stood at 1,814.90 feet, just four feet short of the maximum reservoir level of 1819 feet. The reservoir received an inflow of 35,804 cusecs in the last 24 hours while the outflow was 4,120 cusecs. The water-level at Bhdra Reservoir on Monday stood at 181.06 feet against the maximum level of 186 feet. Special Correspondent

Army clarifiesBANGALORE: The Army said on Monday that the 0.45-acre defence land on Cubbon Road was back in its possession in 1990 after a court ruling went against the then lessee who had filed a civil suit in the City Civil Court. According to a press release, the property, with an entrance from Cubbon Road in front of Lobo Hotel (now Universal Trading Company) was given on lease to M. Hayees in 1925 for five years. "The property was given on lease to different parties till 1979, when the Army terminated the lease. B.S. Gill, the then lessee, instead of handing over the said land back to the Army for its use, filed a civil suit in the City Civil Court. The court ruling went against him," the release said. Staff Reporter

ProtestBANGALORE: A small gathering of people from Lawyers Collective staged a protest in front of the GlaxoSmithKline office in Bangalore on Monday in protest against the company's application for a patent on Combivir, a medicine for HIV/AIDS. Anand Grover, Director of the Lawyers Collective, HIV/AIDS unit, said: "Patents create monopolies on drug manufacture and prevent the production of affordable generic versions of the same drug." N.Y. Sanglikar, Head of Corporate Communications of the company, said he was not aware of the development. "I will have to check with the head office in the United Kingdom," he said. Staff Reporter

Poultry trainingBANGALORE: The Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has invited applications from eligible candidates for a 10-day training in poultry from August 17 to 26 at State Poultry Farm, Hessarghatta. More information can be had from the Deputy Director, State Poultry Farm. Staff Reporter

BU courseBANGALORE: From this academic year (2006-07), the Department of Computer Science and Applications, Bangalore University, Central College campus, is starting a two-year (four semesters) M.Sc Computer Science course. Graduates with B.Sc., or BCA degree with at least 50 per cent aggregate marks can apply. The minimum requirement for SC/ST candidates has been relaxed as per university regulations. For details, contact ph: 22961433 or 22961453.

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ElectedSHIMOGA: Damodar Gardikar and K.M. Krishnamurthy have been elected president and general secretary of the Karnataka State Zilla Panchayats' Presidents and Vice-Presidents' Federation at a meeting held in Bangalore recently. According to a press release, the other office-bearers of the federation are: Bangalore Rural Zilla Panchayat vice-president A.M. Venkatesh (working president) Pavitra Ramesh and Venkannaiah Rashi (vice-presidents) and A.C. Srinivas (treasurer). Special Correspondent

BSNL scheme for post-paid customersMYSORE: BSNL, Mysore, has announced a special plan for its post-paid mobile customers. According to a statement, subscribers of Cell One post-paid mobile service can choose two BSNL numbers for making calls at subsidised rates. "One telephone number must be a BSNL land line located anywhere in Karnataka and the other a mobile or a land line located within Karnataka," it said. Call charges for the phone numbers selected will be 10 paise for a minute. There will no activation charges or other fixed charges. Cell One post-paid mobile customers can contact the Teleshoppe at Office of General Manager of Mysore Telecom District, Jayalakshmipuram, (Ph: 2417000 or 2416004) Staff Correspondent

Odanadi founder released on bailMYSORE: Parashuram, the founder of "Odanadi," a voluntary organisation engaged in the rehabilitation of destitute women and children, was released on bail on Monday. Parashuram, who was arrested on charges of assaulting a minor girl on Friday, was arrested and produced in court on Saturday. The court had remanded him in judicial custody. - Staff Correspondent.

Office inauguratedMYSORE: The office of Labour Enforcement Officer (Central), Mysore, was inaugurated on the premises of Central Hospital for Beedi Workers, Kalyanagiri, Mahadevapura Road, on Monday. A statement from the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment said that Deputy Chief Labour Commissioner (Central), Bangalore, G. Gopal inaugurated the office in the presence of Regional Labour Commissioner (Central), Bangalore, D. Ramana Kumar. Staff Correspondent

Museum shopMYSORE: The museum shop set up by Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalay on its premises will be inaugurated on Tuesday. It will showcase bankura metal works, Madhya Pradesh metal works, wooden boxes and toys from Delhi, West Bengal mats, Rajasthani, "madhubani" and "thanka" paintings and other craft materials from all over India. Staff Correspondent

Power shutdown tomorrowHUBLI: Owing to work on charging the underground power cable network, the following areas in Hubli will not have power supply from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Hubli Electricity Supply Company has said in a release. The areas to be affected are Madhav Nagar, Golden Park, Silver Park, Devangpet Main Road, Mayur Estate, Indira Colony, SBI Colony, Vivekanand Colony, Kadasiddeshwar Colony, Barakotri, Shandilyashram, Udaynagar and surrounding areas. Staff Correspondent

Financial assistance for SC candidatesDHARWAD: The Department of Social Welfare has invited applications for giving financial assistance to the first five students belonging to Scheduled Castes who have passed the Second Year Pre University examination of 2005-06 with good marks. Scheduled Caste students from the district with more than 83 per cent of marks in the examination are requested to get the applications from the Department of Social Welfare, Dharwad, before August 16 and submit them before August 19, according to a release. Staff Correspondent

Award for those serving physically challengedDHARWAD: The Union Government has invited applications for a national award from persons who are involved in the service of physically challenged persons. Those interested are requested to get the applications from the Office of the Deputy Director, Department of Women and Child Development, Zilla Balabhavan, Dharwad. The last date for submitting applications is August 13.

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Laboratory equipment donatedHUBLI: As part of its community services banking activity, State Bank of India has donated laboratory equipment to Mahaddis-E-Azam Higher Secondary Urdu School in Old Hubli. A function has held here recently to hand over the equipment, which was presided over by N.V. Narayan, Assistant General Manager, SBI Region-1, zonal office. A.R.J. Pathan, M. Shripathi, branch manager of SBI Hubli city branch, and Hazi Adoni, headmaster of the school, were present.

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Results announcedDHARWAD: Karnatak University, Dharwad, on Monday announced the results of MA (Previous and Final) German (non-semester) examination held during May/June, 2006, according to a press release. Staff Correspondent

Insurance firm directed to pay sum to farmersDAVANGERE: The district consumer forum has ordered an insurance company to pay the crop insurance amount of Rs. 3.68 lakh to as many as 25 farmers.

The farmers of Madenahalli and Kattige villages had insured their hybrid maize crop with the General Insurance Corporation of India. When the crop failed, the farmers made a claim for insurance. But when the response of the insurance company was not encouraging, Chennakeshappa and other 24 farmers moved the consumer forum. Staff Correspondent

Pattanayak takes charge of post at SBMBangalore: P.P. Pattanayak has assumed charge as managing director of State Bank of Mysore, a subsidiary of the State Bank of India. Prior to becoming managing director of State Bank of Mysore, Mr. Pattanayak was deputy managing director and chief credit officer at State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mumbai, a statement from SBM said here. Special Correspondent

M.Sc. programmeBangalore: The Institute of Clinical Research India (ICRI) is starting a two-year M.Sc. programme in alliance with its global partner Cranfield University, United Kingdom. This course is directed at aiding Indian students pursue a world-class career in clinical research. Students who have completed their graduate studies across various science streams such as B.Sc., M.Sc., B. Pharm., MBBS, MD, BDS, BAMS and BHMS are eligible.

For details contact ICRI between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ICRI on 080-25207224/25.

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Congress campaign enters eighth dayTUMKUR: The Congress campaign in Tumkur district demanding a CBI probe into the charges levelled against Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy entered the eighth day on Monday.

Congress leaders demanded that Mr. Kumaraswamy quit and that a CBI probe be ordered into the charges made by BJP MLC G. Janardhan Reddy and Congress MLA D.K. Shivakumar.

At Gubbi, over 1,000 farmers and about 300 Congress activists gathered at Channabasaveshwara Swami Temple premises and marched to the taluk office shouting slogans against Mr. Kumaraswamy. Staff Correspondent