Workshop on energy efficiencyMysore: Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., in association with Society of Energy Engineers and Managers, has arranged a national workshop on energy efficiency in lighting here on Wednesday. A release said that Chescom Managing Director Vijayanarasimha, would inaugurate the workshop. Staff Correspondent

Cancer detection clinicMYSORE: Preethi Centre for Oncology will conduct a free cancer detection clinic on its premises on Thursday. A release said that those suffering from abnormal bleeding, swelling, lump or hardness in any part of the body, chance of voice, difficulty in swallowing or sore throat could attend the camp. Those interested may contact the centre at 873, M.G. Road, Lakshmipuram on phone 4259259. Staff Correspondent

Ex-servicemen's meetMYSORE: The National Ex-servicemen Co-ordination Committee, Mysore, unit will be meeting on August 13 at Kuppanna Park, near Harding Circle. A release said that ex-servicemen residing in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts could attend the meeting. Details could be had on Ph: 2523921. Staff Correspondent

WorkshopMYSORE: Academicians and those in the construction industry should interact with each other for improving infrastructure, Nagesh R. Iyer, director grade Scientist, Structural Engineering Research Centre of Chennai, has said. He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on exposition of CAD software at the National Institute of Engineering here on Tuesday. Dr. Nagesh stressed the need for engineers to know about the different tools for analysis. Special Correspondent

Shettar for BelgaumDHARWAD: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar will tour Belgaum district on Wednesday. The Minister will reach Belgaum on Wednesday at 9.40 a.m. Mr Shettar will hold a review meeting and visit flood affected areas in the district. Staff Correspondent

Educational aidsHUBLI: As part of its community banking, Hirepet branch of State Bank of India distributed educational aids at the Government Kannada Model School No. 7 here on Monday. A similar function was held at the school for the visually impaired. Staff Correspondent

Phone-inHUBLI: Akashvani will broadcast the phone-in programme on the State Government's "Bhoomi" project on Wednesday from 9.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Principal Secretary of Revenue Department S.M. Jamadar will answer questions related to the project. Listeners can call 080-22370477 and ask questions. Staff Correspondent

ConfiscatedDHARWAD: The Dharwad police have arrested three persons and confiscated a few antique statues and coins belonging to the age of Tipu Sultan and Vijayanagar kings. The names of the arrested have been given as Sunil, Vijay and Mohan. Staff Correspondent

Student ends lifeSirsi: Gopi Ramachandra Siddi (18) of Mattighatta Kelaginakeri allegedly committed suicide by consuming insecticide on the night of Sunday. It is said that she was depressed after flunked the SSLC examination. Correspondent

Six schools startedSirsi: Of eight schools sanctioned to Sirsi taluk, one secondary school and five primary schools have been started. There is a shortage of 88 teachers in primary schools and six teachers in Urdu schools, said Block Education Officer Devidas Moger at a meeting held here recently. Correspondent

Statue unveiledKARWAR: Shubhalata Asnotikar, MLC, unveiled the bust of Vinod Naik, who worked as Lance Naik in Corps of Military Police at his native village of Kadwad near here on Tuesday. Vinod Naik died on August 18, 2005 in Poonch sector during an encounter with a terrorist. Commodore Ramchandran, the officer in charge of Karwar Naval Base, who felicitated the parents of Vinod Naik. Ravi S., Superintendent of Police, spoke. Correspondent

Support for EnglishKARWAR: The district unit of Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) has urged the Government to introduce English as one of the subjects in all government primary schools from first standard. DSS convenor Shivaji Banavasi Dalits and other deprived classes were deprived of jobs for lack of knowledge of English. Correspondent

Police deny LeT's presence in BangaloreBangalore: The Bangalore police on Tuesday dismissed reports about the presence of activists of militant outfit Laskar-e-Taiba in the city and said it had not received any input to this effect from intelligence sources either in the State or at the Centre.

City Police Commissioner Neelam Achuta Rao said people should not panic about such rumours and the police forces were alert. "There is no indication about the activities of LeT in the city," Mr. Rao said. He held a meeting with officials including those from the Intelligence wing on Tuesday and reviewed the law and order situation, besides discussing security arrangements for the Independence Day celebrations. PTI

Jet Airways to revise fuel surchargeBangalore: Jet Airways announced that effective August 8, the fuel surcharge will be revised by Rs. 150 on all types of fares in both Club Premiere and Economy Class, on all domestic routes. This is owing to continuing escalation in aviation turbine fuel prices, the airline said. The revised fuel surcharge of Rs. 650 will apply to all tickets purchased within and outside India against rupee tariffs. For details, visit the website www.jetairways.com or contact toll-free number 1800-225522. Special Correspondent

One-minute halt at Belapur stationHUBLI: For the convenience of pilgrims of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, South Western Railway has decided to provide one-minute stoppage at Belapur station situated between Ahmednagar and Manmad stations on Solapur Division of Central Railway for Vasco-da-gama- Hazrat Nizamuddin- Vasco-da-gama Goa Express Trains (Nos. 2779/ 2780) with effect from August 15, a release said. Accordingly Vasco-da-gama- Hazrat Nizamuddin Goa Express (2779) will reach Belapur station at 8.14 a.m. and depart at 8.15 a.m. En route, the train will arrive at/leave Ahmednagar at 7.10 a.m./ 7.13 a.m. and Manmad at 9.55 a.m./ 10 a.m. In the return direction, train number 2780 will reach Belapur at 11.59 a.m. and depart at 12 noon. The train will arrive at/ leave Manmad at 10.30 a.m./ 10.35 a.m. and Ahmednagar at 1.07 p.m./ 1.10 p.m., the release said. Staff Correspondent

Six new courses from Bangalore UniversityBangalore: Bangalore University is starting six new courses from the academic year 2006-07. They are: one year PG Diploma in Electronic Media, Master of Architecture (Construction and Project Management), Master of Architecture (Landscape Architecture), M.Sc. Molecular Biology (semester system), M.Sc. in Life Sciences (semester system) and Diploma in Epilepsy Care. Last date for receiving applications to various postgraduate courses at Jnana Bharathi Campus, Central College Campus and at PG Centre, Kolar, and affiliated colleges for 2006-07 has been extended up to August 19 without fine. With a fine of Rs. 50, the last date is August 21, according to a university release. Special Correspondent

JD(S) meeting todayBangalore: The Janata Dal (Secular) has convened a meeting of select party leaders here on Wednesday to go into the working of the coalition Government in the State. Party leader H.D. Deve Gowda will attend the meeting. It is expected to review the functioning of ministers, discuss allegations against Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and two Cabinet Ministers and the entry of former deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah into the Congress. Special Correspondent

Dal for midday meal withdrawnHASSAN: In view of complaints from various students' organisations on the use of worm-infested dal for preparing midday meals in various primary schools across the district, the Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat F.R. Jamaadar here on Tuesday withdrew 350 quintals of tur dal,

which was being supplied to schools and directed the contractor to replace that with good quality tur dal.

He told presspersons that the contractor had taken the responsibility of supplying tur dal to schools across the state, including those of Hassan district. Staff Correspondent

Woman killed in accidentDAVANGERE: A woman was killed in a road accident near Anegod on Monday evening. The police said that Malathi (59) of Bangalore died on the spot when the car by which she was travelling, overturned while the driver was trying to avoid a cow.

Six others who were injured in the accident have been admitted to the general hospital here. Staff Correspondent

Workshop on energy efficiencyMysore: Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd., in association with Society of Energy Engineers and Managers, has arranged a national workshop on energy efficiency in lighting here on Wednesday.

A release said that Chescom Managing Director Vijayanarasimha, would inaugurate the workshop. The former Chairman of High Voltage Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Nagabhushan, will deliver the keynote address. Staff Correspondent

Programme on CAD softwareMYSORE: Academicians and those in the construction industry should interact with each other for improving infrastructure, Nagesh R. Iyer, director grade Scientist, Structural Engineering Research Centre of Chennai, has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on exposition of CAD software at the National Institute of Engineering here on Tuesday. Dr. Nagesh stressed the need for engineers to know about the different tools for analysis and design of structures. Special Correspondent

Houses damaged owing to rainBIDAR: According to preliminary estimates, excess rainfall has partially damaged at least 1,400 houses in Bidar district in the first week of August. Of them, 100 have been completely damaged.

The highest number, 600 houses, were damaged in Aurad taluk.

round 300 were damaged in Bidar, 200 in Bhalki, 120 in Basava Kalyan, and 100 in Humnabad. Crops on 8,251 acres have been damaged owing to the excess rain. Sowing was completed in 80,405 acres. Staff Correspondent

Phone-in on `Bhoomi' projectHUBLI: Akashvani will broadcast the phone-in programme on the State Government's "Bhoomi" project on Wednesday from 9.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Principal Secretary of Revenue Department S.M. Jamadar will answer questions related to the project. Listeners can call 080-22370477 and ask questions. Staff Correspondent

Teenager stabbed to deathGadag: A 17-year-old girl was killed during a quarrel between her sister and brother-in law at Adaralli village in Gadag district on Tuesday.

Police said Gangawwa was trying to stop her sister and her sister's husband, Gurappa Kichhadi, from quarrelling when the latter allegedly stabbed her in a fit of rage. Kichhadi has been arrested. UNI

Goa to seek legal remedy if necessaryPANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane on Tuesday said the State Government would go to the Supreme Court, if necessary, if Karnataka went ahead with the proposed diversion of Mahadayi river waters.

He was responding to questions from presspersons during the briefing after the meeting of the State Cabinet here on the statement by Karnataka Water Resources Minister K.S. Eshwarappa that the Government would go ahead with the Rs. 100-crore Kalasa-Banduri Nala project despite opposition from Goa. "We are convinced it will affect our ecology. The Mandovi (Mahadayi in Karnataka) is our lifeline. We have conveyed our apprehensions to the Prime Minister also," he said.

Mr. Rane went on to remark, "You cannot divert water from one river basin to another river basin." Special Correspondent

Guild seeks funds for educationBANGALORE: The Anglo-Indian Guild has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make available funds under the MPs Local Area Development (MPLAD) Scheme allotted to the two Anglo-Indian MPs for the education of children from the community.

In a letter to Dr. Singh, the president of the guild, Joss A. Fernandez, said the scheme had not benefited Anglo-Indians, though they had two nominated members in the Lok Sabha. The scheme had been formulated keeping in mind parliamentary constituencies and would not benefit Anglo-Indians who were spread in various parts of the country.

The annual general body meeting of the guild held on Saturday it resolved to urge the Prime Minister to take steps to utilise the MPLAD funds for the education of the Anglo-Indians. Special Correspondent

Contractors want dues paidBANGALORE: The Karnataka State Contractors Association has urged the Government to pay the Rs. 700 crore due to contractors.

According to the association, the Public Works Department owes contractors around Rs. 400 crore, corporations, boards and zilla panchayats owe Rs. 200 crore and the Irrigation Department owes Rs. 93 crore.

A.S. Chinnaswamy Raju, president of the association, said contractors had taken loans from banks to complete the works. "It becomes very difficult when the Government does not pay us," he said.

Recently, a contractor from Davangere committed suicide because of non-payment of dues by a government department. Staff Reporter

Oral and maxillofacial pathologists' meetBelgaum: The sixth National Postgraduate Convention of the Indian Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologists (IAOMP) will be held here on August 11 and 12.

According to a press release here on Tuesday, the Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology of the KLES Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum, is hosting the two-day event, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

The focus of the convention will be on topics of immediate concern to the people, such as early diagnosis and treatment in view of the increase in viral diseases such as chikungunya and bird flu. There will be workshops on different topics.

About 350 delegates, including 248 postgraduate students, will be attending the event. Staff Correspondent

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