Siddaramaiah welcome to Congress: KhargeGULBARGA: KPCC president M. Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday said the State unit had given its green signal to the high command on admitting former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other AIPJD leaders into the Congress.

Mr. Kharge told The Hindu here that AICC general secretary A.K. Antony, who is in charge of party affairs of Karnataka, had contacted him soon after the biennial elections to the Legislative Council from the Assembly and "we had given a favourable reply." Special Correspondent

States seek authority to fix seed priceBidar: The State governments have decided to urge the Centre to set up a regulatory authority for fixing seed price.

"This was decided at the meeting of Agriculture Ministers of States held in Hyderabad on Friday," according to Agriculture Minister Bandeppa Kashempur. He was talking to presspersons on Saturday.

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Achievements of Dubai Kannadigas laudedBANGALORE: Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has said that the Government will support Dubai industrialists who have shown interest in developing infrastructure in the State.

An official release here on Saturday said Mr. Kumaraswamy made the statement in Dubai on Saturday.

Interacting with industrialists who were keen to invest in the State, Mr. Kumaraswamy said there was a need to introduce and familiarise important tourist centres in the State to foreigners. Responding to the felicitation by the Dubai Kannada Sangha, he praised the achievements of Kannadigas, particularly those from the coastal regions, in the foreign land.

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Leaders attend wedding of Karjol's sonsBIJAPUR: A number of Ministers, MLAs, MPs, and leaders cutting across party lines attended the marriages of two sons of Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Govind Karjol here on Saturday. Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council H.K. Patil, Ministers such as Jagdish Shettar, Basavaraj Horatti, Sharanabasappa Darshanapur and Alkod Hanmanthappa, and a host of other leaders were among those who were present at the sprawling playground of the BLDE Association's B.M. Patil Medical College and Hospital. Staff Correspondent

`Goraksha Parishat' to be launched on June 16BIJAPUR: Raghveshwara Bharati Swamiji of Ramachandrapura Math, Hosnagar, Shimoga district, is scheduled to launch the district unit of Bharatiya Goraksha Parishat here on June 16. Talking to presspersons here on Sunday, Sadashiva Appayya Swamiji of Sindagi Math, the honorary president of the reception committee, said the inaugural function would be held at Shivanubhava Mantapa. "Go-Samsath", an interactive programme on the need to save the cow, would also be held at the taluk level. Committee office-bearers Vyasaray Diwanji and Krishna Joshi said the Ramachandrapura Math was planning to set up a goshala on the city outskirts soon. Committee vice-president Chandrakant Sholapurkar was present. Staff Correspondent

Fuel price hike opposedBIJAPUR: Various organisations and Left parties have opposed the hike in price of petrol and diesel. In a meeting here on Sunday, office-bearers of different organisations decided to hold a protest programme including formation of human chain in the city on Tuesday. They also condemned the increase in bus fares.

CPI (M) district unit secretary, Annaray Eelagera; Prantha Raitha Sangha district unit president, Bhimshi Kaladagi; Samajwadi Party district unit chief, Sharanagouda Biradar; Janawadi Mahila Sangha leader Surekha Rajput; CPI district unit secretary Ashok Chanchalkar and office-bearers of some trade unions participated. Staff Correspondent

Applications invitedMYSORE: Applications have been invited for the post of "anganawadi" workers in Mysore Rural. A release said that women in the age group of 18- 44 were eligible to apply. Details can be had from the office of the Coordinator, Integrated Child Development Project, Mysore Rural. The last date for submitting applications is June 15. Staff Correspondent

Participatory workshopMYSORE: The Mysore branch of Indian Association of Pre-school Education will organise "Rangavijnana," a participatory workshop for parents of children going to pre-school as well as for those teaching in such schools. It will be held at St. Joseph's Convent on June 17. The workshop would highlight the role of parents as teachers and that of teachers as parents, it said. Those interested can contact the association secretary, Padmashree R. Raj on phone 98861-49231 or Treasurer, Anne D' Monte on phone 98458-15780. Staff Correspondent

DharnaSHIMOGA: Jana Shakthi Horata Vedike, a voluntary service organisation, on Sunday decided to stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on June 15 against collection of donations in aided and unaided educational institutions. Special Correspondent

Urological campHUBLI: Fifty people underwent various tests at a free urological camp at the Anjuman Hospital and Research Centre here on Saturday. Former Minister Jabbar Khan Honnalli inaugurated the camp. A.A. Koppal, secretary of the hospital board, presided over the function. Bharat Kshatri, urologist, spoke about urological problems and precautions to be taken against them. K.I. Bijapur, urologist, spoke about surgical solutions for urological problems.

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Tourism codePANAJI: The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa has adopted a "Child-friendly tourism code" for the hospitality industry. According to president of TTAG Ralph de Souza, the Goa suppliers of tourism services would establish an ethical policy regarding commercial sexual exploitation of children, to train personnel in the visiting country, to provide information to travellers by means of a positive message in in-house magazines, notice board and letterheads of the hotels and above all, to provide any information to local key persons (including law and order maintaining agencies) to curb the menace of exploitation and trafficking of women and children.

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Award for artistSirsi: G.M. Hegde Targod, artist, has been honoured with the "Nadaratna P. Lankesh" award by Janamana, a Kannada organisation of Bangalore, according to a press release. Mr. Hegde is one of the 20 persons who received the award. Correspondent