Minority panel chief coming todayBANGALORE: Chairman of the National Minority Commission Justice M.S.C. Siddique will arrive here on August 31 on a two-day visit to the State. He will participate in a meeting convened by the representatives of minority educational institutions at the Vidhana Soudha in the morning, according to a press release. Staff Reporter

Train services extendedHUBLI: The South Western Railway has decided to extend the services of Bangalore-Hubli- Bangalore Bi-weekly special trains (No. 0689/ 0690) till the end of November, according to a press release. Accordingly, the Hubli-Bangalore bi-weekly Special train will run on Fridays and Sundays. In the return direction, the Bangalore-Hubli bi-weekly special train will run on Thursdays and Saturdays. The composition, path, stoppages and timings of the special trains remain unchanged. The services of Gadag-Bagalkot- Gadag (metre gauge) special trains have been extended till February 28, the release added. Staff Correspondent

Lok Ayukta to tour three districtsBANGALORE: Lok Ayukta N. Santosh Hegde and Upa Lok Ayukta G. Patri Basavana Goud will go on a three-day tour from September 11 and visit four districts. They will visit Mandya, Mysore and Hassan districts. They will hold general public meeting between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. where they will receive and hear complaints of people. On September 11, they will visit Mandya and hold the meeting in the Inspection Bungalow. They will hold the meeting in Government House, Mysore and Inspection Bungalow, Hassan on September 12 and September 13 respectively.

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Teachers' conventionBANGALORE: The Federation of University and College Teachers' Associations in Karnataka will organise a teachers' convention on "Save degree education," for college teachers at Central College Campus on September 5. The convention will be addressed by eminent educationists and teacher representatives. The convention is an attempt to create awareness about the issues and problems of collegiate education, it said.

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Tourist molestedAgra: A foreign tourist was allegedly molested while she was sight-seeing in Agra and an attempt made to snatch her friend's camera, the police said on Wednesday. Three women tourists Bigona Lara from Spain, her cousin Tisha from Bangalore and Juviana from Brazil had been travelling in an autorickshaw on Tuesday when a youth tried to snatch the camera slung over Lara's shoulder, they said. Later, a cart-puller tried to molest one of them, following which they lodged a complaint, the police said.


ThankedBangalore: Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikarjun Kharge has thanked the AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the affidavit filed by the Union Government in the Supreme Court endorsing the stand of Karnataka on the border dispute with Maharashtra. In a statement, Mr. Kharge said that the Centre had told the court that the report of the Mahajan Commission was final on the border issue. The people of Karnataka were thankful to Ms. Gandhi and Dr. Singh, he said. Special Correspondent

Traffic to be divertedMYSORE: Vehicles proceeding from Bangalore to Mysore will be diverted and re-routed to Mysore from the Bangalore-Mysore highway and the ring road Junction, KRS Road, Royal Inn on Thursday. This is in view of the Chief Minister's programme to inaugurate the four-lane highway. The regulation will be in force from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

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Management festivalMYSORE: A national level inter-collegiate management festival will be organised by the SBRR Mahajana First Grade College here on September 1 and 2, according to a press release. The festival, "COGNIZANCE - 06", to be held at AIISH Panchavati, will feature teams from across the country. Asha Yathiraj, Director of the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, will inaugurate the festival. - Special Correspondent

Orthopaedic campMYSORE: The Mysore Orthopaedic Centre will organise an orthopaedic camp from September 2 to 4 for those suffering from ortho-related problems. Those in need of joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery and other procedures can avail themselves of the treatment at a subsidised cost at the camp sponsored by Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics and Rotary Club of Barnstaple, U.K. Those interested may register their names over Ph.: 4288217. - Special Correspondent

Anniversary celebrationsMYSORE: The first anniversary of the Ashodaya Mahila Samanwaya Samithi, an organisation working for the welfare of sex workers, will be celebrated here from September 1 to 3, according to a press release. There will be a conference and Minister for Health and Family Welfare R. Ashok will participate in it.

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Man detainedMYSORE: The police detained one person in connection with depositing fake notes in a local branch of a nationalised bank here on Tuesday. Shivakumar, a farmer from Yedanahalli, deposited Rs. 4 lakh in his account at the Chamundipuram branch of the bank and the authorities found that a bundle of notes in the denomination of Rs. 1,000 to be fake. However, Shivakumar denied having deposited fake notes. Investigation is on. - Special Correspondent

Advice to LPG distributorsBHADRAVATI: Tahsildar Shanmukhappa has said that liquefied petroleum gas agency owners should be duty bound in distribution of gas cylinders to the consumers according to their requirements. At an interaction programme between gas distributors and consumers held recently here, Mr. Shanmukhappa stressed the need for regular and speedy distribution of cylinders to consumers. Several consumers complained of non-supply of cylinders even after 30 days of booking. Officials of the Food and Civil Supplies Department and five gas distributors were present.


Folk songs contestBHADRAVATI: A contest of folk songs and on-the-spot drawing will be organised here jointly by the Rotary Club Steel Town and Ann's Club on Sunday at the New Town Rotary auditorium for the benefit of teachers of higher primary and high schools. Those interested may register their names on or before Friday. For details call Ph: 269394, 270735 and 267188. Correspondent

DiscourseMadikeri: Noted exponent of Gandhian ideals and Executive Director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, Mathoor Krishnamurthy, will present a discourse on "Isavasya Upanishad" at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Hall here on September 1. It would be followed by a Bharatanatyam recital by Sita Nandakumar from the United Kingdom, according to the Joint Secretary of the Kodagu Kendra, Balaji Kashyap, here on Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner, Subodh Yadav, would inaugurate the event. Staff Correspondent

Silt to be removedSHIMOGA: Minister for Water Resources K.S. Eshwarappa said here on Wednesday that tanks at Nidige and Purle near here would be handed over to the Karnataka Niravari Nigam (KNN) for removing silt. He also said that the riveting wall would be constructed along the left side of the Tunga starting from the new bridge to the old bridge to check soil erosion. Mr. Eshwarappa gave this information after visiting the tanks and the bridges along with Managing Director of KNN Satyamurthy and other officials concerned.

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Cultural unionSHIMOGA: Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy asked students here on Wednesday to make full use of the opportunities offered to develop their personality and strive to make the dream of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam a reality. Inaugurating the Students' Cultural Union at the Government Women's Polytechnic, he said that such unions were helpful for students to sharpen their innate capabilities. Principal of the polytechnic A.V. Katarki presided over the function. The Minister felicitated rank holders and winners in other competitions. Special Correspondent

SuspendedSHIMOGA: President of the Shimoga district unit of the Samajwadi Party M. Nagendra Rao has said that the general secretary of the party S. Chinnappa, who is a member of the District Railway Users' Consultative Committee, and president of the city unit of the party Suresh Shetty have been suspended from the party on the direction of the State president of the party and Shimoga MP S. Bangarappa for their alleged involvement in a criminal case. Special Correspondent

ResultsDHARWAD: Karnatak University, Dharwad, on Wednesday announced the results of MA second semester and MA (Previous, non-semester) French, MA Previous Kannada (New), L.LM (Previous, non-semester) and MBA second semester examinations held during May/June, 2006, according to a release. Staff Correspondent

ShiftedHUBLI: In the wake of a large number of people visiting Hubli during the Ganeshotsava, the Police Commissioner has ordered for temporary shifting of the City Bus Stand to the bus bay near the railway station during evening hours. The order would be in force between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. from September 1 to September 6. The Police Commissioner has also banned parking of heavy vehicles during this time, a release has said. Staff Correspondent

Minister's tourHUBLI: Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar will tour Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag districts from August 31 to September 2, according to a release said. The Minister will arrive in Hubli on Thursday to take part in local programmes. He will review the progress of the Revenue Department of Haveri district at 1.30 p.m. on Friday. Mr. Shettar will leave Hubli at 6 a.m. on Saturday to take part in the camp of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha. The same evening he will participate in the programme of Hubli Bar Association, the release has said. Staff Correspondent

Three arrestedDHARWAD: The Dharwad Police have arrested three youths in connection with a case of sending offensive SMS using their cellphones, which led to an assault. The names of the arrested were given as Shivakumar M. Kumbar, Mahesh and Sajid Ahmed. They have been remanded to judicial custody. Shivakumar and Sajid Ahmed have filed complaints against each other at Vidyagiri Police Station. Four accused in the assault case are absconding, the police said. Staff Correspondent

Bishop felicitatedHUBLI: Rt. Reverend J. Prabhakar Rao, who recently assumed charge as the bishop of Karnataka Northern Diocese, was given a warm welcome here on Sunday. At a programme organised by the Basel Mission Education Society, Rt. Reverend B.P. Sugandhar, moderator of Church, South India, handed over the sceptre of bishop to Reverend Prabhakar Rao and then felicitated him. Responding to the felicitation, Reverend Prabhakar Rao promised to take steps for the development of quarters of teaching staff and priests. Reverend T.S. Asangi, Rev. P.F. Shindhe, Rev. D.T. Konesagar and Rev. S.S. Sakkaria were present.

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