BSNL's broadband service to be affectedBANGALORE: The broadband service offered by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) will be affected in many cities in the State from Saturday midnight till 6 a.m. on Sunday. Services will be affected in Bangalore, Bidar, Tumkur, Mysore, Kolar, Raichur, Davangere, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Bellary and Mandya as equipment is being shut down for maintenance work, a BSNL press release said. Staff Reporter

Deve Gowda calls on GovernorBangalore: The former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda on Friday called on Governor T.N. Chaturvedi at the Raj Bhavan. Mr. Deve Gowda told The Hindu that it was a courtesy call since the Governor had been inquiring about him whenever Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy called on Mr. Chatruvedi.

There was speculation in political circles that the 45-minute meeting was more than it was being made out to be. Special Correspondent

Training for students with disabilitiesBANGALORE: Nettur Technical Training Foundation (NTTF), Electronics Training Centre, offers free ITI training in electronics for students with orthopaedic disabilities.

The entrance test for the training course will be held on July 3. Students who have passed the 10th standard can apply. Preference will be given to students from a rural background. For details, contact the Principal of NTTF, 40/40A, Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560 100 or call 30200275, 30280023. Staff Reporter

Tanker with kerosene seizedBIJAPUR: The Maharashtra police seized 12,000 litres of kerosene meant for public distribution in Karnataka, which was being diverted to the black market, near Sholapur Thursday.

During a regular check at a tollbooth on National Highway 13 just beyond the State's border, a transport official found kerosene in a tanker, which the driver said was carrying edible oil. He alerted the Sholapur police, who seized the tanker and the kerosene. The driver Rajesh managed to escape. The kerosene is worth Rs. 1.89 lakhs. According to the preliminary investigation, the kerosene was supplied by a Bijapur-based distributor and was being taken to Darur in Maharashtra. Staff Correspondent

Cycling championship from June 16BIJAPUR: Chief Minister H.D. Kumarswamy is scheduled to inaugurate a national track cycling championship here on June 16. Appasaheb Pattanashetti, MLA, said preparations were being made for the six-day event. About 500 cyclists were expected to participate, he added. Staff Correspondent

Cancer Trust launchedMYSORE: A Cancer Trust in memory of late Lalitha V. Gowda was launched in the city on Friday with the objective of mitigating the sufferings of cancer patients and creating awareness among the general public about the disease. Seer of Suttur Math Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji, aeer of Adichunchanagiri Math Sri Balagangadharnatha Swamiji and seer of Avadhoota Datta Peetha Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji participated in a function organised at Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering Technology in Mysore. Hundreds of people also attended a free cancer screening camp organised to mark the occasion. Late Lalitha V. Gowda was the wife of former Mayor M. Vasu.

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Applications invitedMYSORE: The Handicapped and Senior Citizens Welfare Department has invited applications from candidates who passed PU for the post of teachers at the Helen Keller Blind Children's School in the city. Details and applications forms can be obtained from the Deputy Director, Special Teachers' Training Centre, Mysore, or the Government School for the Blind Children, Bamboo Bazaar. The last date for submitting applications is June 20. A preliminary entrance test will be held on June 25. More information can be obtained on Ph: 2497670 or 2490111. Staff Correspondent

Pensioners' meetMYSORE: The monthly meeting of Railway Pensioners' Association, Mysore, will be held at Dalvoy Anglo Sanskrit School in the city on June 11. According to a press statement, divisional railway manager Chandrashekaran, senior divisional finance manager S. Mohan and divisional personnel officer Timothy T. Gonmei will be present. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m.. Staff Correspondent

Books distributedMYSORE: The Literacy Committee of Ashodaya Mahila Samanwaya Committee distributed books and uniforms to 21 children of commercial sex workers in the city recently. Krishnaraja MLA M.K. Somashekar gave away the books and hailed the contribution of the Ashodaya Mahila Samanwaya Committee to the welfare of commercial sex workers.

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TrainingCHAMARAJANAGAR: RUDSET Institute, Mysore, will hold a 27-day free training programme in digital photography, videography and photo lamination for unemployed youth in July. A press release said selected trainees would be provided free boarding and lodging during the training. Unemployed youth, aged between 18 and 35, from Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagar are eligible to apply. Aspirants, who have an SLR camera, can write to the Director, RUDSETI, Main Road, Hinkal, Mysore - 570017, along with a self-addressed envelope with Rs. 5 stamp, before June 15.

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Official inspects work in Harihar DAVANGERE: Principal Secretary, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Balegar, visited some places in Harihar on Thursday and inspected work being undertaken under the Employment Guarantee scheme. Mr. Balegar was accompanied by Chief Executive Officer of Davangere Zilla Panchayat Jitendra Naika and executive engineer Niranjan. He asked Mr. Naika and Mr. Niranjan to regularly supervise work being taken up in the district. Staff Correspondent

Applications invitedMadikeri: Applications are invited for the post of Home Guard Commandant, Kodagu district, according to official information received here on Friday. Candidates should be a graduate from any recognised university, below 45 years, and hail from Kodagu and should not belong to any political party. They should be physically fit and a resident of Madikeri as headquarters and not have any criminal case registered against them. Applications with full bio-data should be submitted to the Deputy Commissioner's office here during working hours within 15 days. Staff Correspondent

Support for Congress candidateGULBARGA: The Hyderabad Karnataka Employed and Unemployed Graduates' Association on Friday extended support to Congress candidate Koralli Suryakant in the election to the Legislative Council from the North-east Graduates' constituency to be held on June 17. Addressing presspersons here, coordinator of the association, Vinaydutt Kohir, said the association had decided to support Mr. Suryakant as he had protected the interests of graduates and students as a member of the Senate and Syndicate of Gulbarga University. Mr Kohir said the Government should fulfil the long-pending demands of the region. Special Correspondent

Farmers stage demonstrationGULBARGA: Farmers led by the Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha (KPRS) on Friday staged a demonstration in front of the divisional headquarters of the State Bank of Hyderabad here demanding disbursal of crop loans. The protesters led by president of the Gulbarga Taluk unit of the sangha Virupakshappa Tadkal and secretary Suryakant Aurad accused the banks of not providing timely crop loans to farmers to take up sowing. In a memorandum, they urged the State Bank of Hyderabad to provide crop loans to 2,000 new account holders this year and post additional staff at its branches to clear the pending applications for crop loans.

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Dharna against fuel price hikeRaichur: Members of the district unit of the Janata Dal (Secular) on Friday staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here against the increase in prices of petrol and diesel. About 50 members led by Sheik Rizwan, president of the unit, participated in the dharna. They burnt an effigy of Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora. Staff Correspondent

Power shutdown in some areasHUBLI: Power supply will be affected between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday in Chitaguppi Chawl, Club Road, HDMC premises, Desai Cross, Pinto Road, Woodland Road, Keshwapur Circle, Kusugal Road, Ramesh Bhavan, Shantinagar, Banashankari Layout, Ranakapur Layout, Shettar Colony, Bengeri, Venkatesh Colony, Sidramanagar, Sai Layout, Devangpet, Gopankoppa and surrounding areas, due to urgent maintenance, according to the Hubli Electricity Supply Company. Staff Correspondent

HESCOM bill collection centres open todayHUBLI: The bill collection centres of Hubli Electricity Supply Company at Tabibland, New English School, Old Hubli, Vishweshwar Nagar, Keshwapur, Akshay Park, Unakal Cross and Navanagar will remain open on Saturday and Sunday, even though they have been declared as holidays, according to a press release. Staff Correspondent

Public grievancesDHARWAD: The Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel and Administration Reforms (Jana Spandana), will conduct a hearing on complaints regarding various pending issues in the government departments on June 20 at 4 p.m. at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dharwad. Staff Correspondent

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