Five killed in road accidentBIJAPUR: Five persons were killed in a collision between a multi-utility vehicle (MUV) and a lorry on National Highway 13, near Horthi in Indi taluk, in the early hours on Wednesday. The police gave the names of the dead as MUV driver Krishna Somsingh Chavan (30), and passengers in the vehicle Naseer Ibrahim Bori (45), Idrus Hakim Bori, (32), Khurbana Hussain Dawoodbai Bori (70) and Rasheeda Qureshi Bori (40). Chavan was from Hadagali tanda, near Bijapur, and the others from Bangimahal in Bijapur city. Five persons from the Bori family suffered injuries and were admitted to the civil hospital here. They were returning to Bijapur from Pune in Maharashtra after attending a funeral.

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Krishna visits TirumalaTirumala: Maharshtra Governor S.M. Krishna worshipped at the Lord Venkateswara Temple on Wednesday. He was received by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams Executive Officer A.P.V.N. Sarma and Special Officer (Temple) A.V. Dharma Reddy on his arrival. Mr. Krishna later left for Bangalore. UNI

Pontiff of Sode Vadaraja MathSonda: Sixteen-year-old Raghava Tantri was given "sanyasa diksha" and anointed the 34th pontiff of Sri Sode Vadaraja Math, one of the Ashta Maths of Udupi, with the title, "Sri Vishwa Vallabha Theertha Swamiji", here on Wednesday. The ceremonies in connection with the sanyasa diksha were conducted by the senior pontiff of the Math, Sri Vishwothama Theertha Swamiji. Raghava Tantri is from Padigaru near Udupi.

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Anglo-Indians' memorandumBANGALORE: Representatives of Anglo-Indians in the State, led by nominated MLA Ivan Nigli, on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy seeking the reconstitution of the Anglo-Indian advisory committee, which assisted initiatives in education by the community. The Chief Minister is said to have agreed to consider the request. Special Correspondent

`No special invitation to Siddaramaiah'TUMKUR: President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee M. Mallikarjun Kharge said here on Wednesday that the Congress did not find it necessary to extend a special invitation to former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to join the party. On Monday, during a visit to Tumkur, Mr. Siddaramaiah said he had not received a request from the Congress to join it. Mr. Kharge said: "Any citizen who believes in the programmes and policies of the Congress is most welcome to join us. So also Mr. Siddaramaiah."

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Reduction in levies on fuels ruled outBidar: B.S. Yediyurappa, Deputy Chief Minister, who holds the Finance portfolio, on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of reducing levies on petrol and diesel to bring down the prices of the fuels. He requested the Union Government to roll back the price increase. "Although the State Government's finances are sound, it cannot afford to bring down revenue. If we reduce taxes, we will have to discontinue a few welfare programmes and development schemes," he told presspersons. Staff Correspondent

Karunanidhi arrives in BangaloreBANGALORE: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi arrived in Bangalore on Wednesday morning on a private visit. He was welcomed by workers of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam at the airport. The police maintained tight security at the airport in view of an attempt on the life of Mr. Karunanidhi's son and Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday. Mr. Karunanidhi, who will be in Bangalore for a few days, is likely to visit the campuses of Infosys Technologies and Wipro Limited on Thursday. He will stay in his daughter's house at J.P. Nagar. Special Correspondent

Entrepreneurship programmeMYSORE: The Small Industries Service Institute will organise a month-long entrepreneurship development programme on food processing for educated unemployed youths interested in setting up their own business. A press release said issues such as managing a small-scale industry, costing, pricing, marketing and others would be taught. Candidates with a minimum qualification of SSLC and aged between 18 and 40 could apply. For more details, call 9886478805 or 9341737421. Staff Correspondent

Applications invitedMYSORE: The Department of Studies in Computer Science at the University of Mysore has invited applications for admission to M.Tech Computer Science and Technology and Computer Cognition Technology courses during 2006-07. A press release said admission would be made through the common entrance test conducted by Visvesvaraya Technological University. Details may be had on the website, www.vtu.uc.in or httpi//project.vtu.uc.in.

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CAVA resultsMYSORE: The Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA) has registered cent per cent results in the examination conducted by the University of Mysore. A press release said students who had appeared for the second foundation and final B.F.A. examination had passed. Staff Correspondent

Gramodyog centresMYSORE: The Karnataka Rajya Khadi Mathu Gramodyog Mandali has invited applications from rural artisans and unemployed youths for opening 47 gramodyog centres in rural areas of Mysore district. A press release said the project would help generate employment to 900 youths in rural areas. Details could be had from the district office at 603, Aniketana Road, Kuvempunagar, or on Ph: 2541038. Staff Correspondent

Loan for businessMYSORE: The Karnataka Minorities Development Corporation has invited applications minorities to avail themselves of loans for business ventures under the self-employment scheme. Those hailing from Muslim, Christian, Jain, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Anglo-Indian communities and are aged between 18 and 40 can apply. Details can be had from the District Minorities Officer, Taluk Panchayat office. The last date to submit applications is July 25.

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Officials seal packaged drinking water unitsHUBLI: Officials of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) have sealed five illegal packaged drinking water units in the city on Tuesday. Officials raided these units on Tuesday and it was found that none of them had the certificate issued from Bureau of Indian Standards. It was also found that some did not even have licence to start the unit. The raids were conducted with the help of the police. The chief health officer of HDMC said that the corporation would initiate legal action against owners of these units, a release said. Staff Correspondent

Assumes chargeHUBLI: D. Prakash assumed charge as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) of Hubli-Dharwad here on Wednesday. B.R. Ravikantegowda, who has been transferred as DCP (Crime), Bangalore, handed over charge to Mr. Prakash. Mr. Prakash was earlier the Superintendent of Police (Intelligence), Mysore.

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ReleasedHUBLI: The third edition of GETIT Yellow Pages and Corporate Pages for Hubli-Dharwad was released here on Wednesday.

Madan B. Desai, Regional Director, State Bank of India, released the Yellow Pages and also inaugurated the 24-hour tele-information service "Getit Now". Later addressing presspersons, Binu Mathew, regional manager of the company, said that about 60,000 copies of the third edition and Compact Discs would be distributed across Hubli-Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri and Ranebennur. He said the GETIT would soon come out with Yellow Pages for Shimoga city. There was a plan for publishing yellow pages for Gulbarga-Bidar region, he said. Praveen, district sales officer, GETIT, was present. Staff Correspondent

Elephant menaceSirsi: An elephant is wandering near Kannigeri Gram Panchayat area in Yellapur taluk causing nuisance. Recently, it destroyed more than 50 banana plants and arecanut trees belonging to Bheema Narayan Marathe of Kannigeri. Mr. Marathe brought the matter to the notice of forest officials. Frightened residents have requested forest officials to drive out the elephant to the nearby forest area.

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Chinnara AngalaSirsi: There were 139 dropouts from primary schools of Sirsi taluk, of them 71 children were readmitted to schools through "Chinnara Angala" programme, the remaining would be admitted through special registration programme, said Devidas Moger at the valedictory of taluk-level "Chinnara Angala" at Sirsi on Wednesday. BRC M.H. Naik, education co-ordinator Suresh Algeri and Taluk Primary School Teachers' Association president Kumar Naik were the chief guests.

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