No power supply for ten daysHarpanahalli (DAVANGERE Dist): There will be no power supply between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. for 10 days from Wednesday in Harpanahalli town as BESCOM has begun work to shift electric poles. According to a press release from the BESCOM, the Karnataka State Road Development Corporation had started works to widen road from Hirekere to IB circle and hence the high tension supply lines and other transmission and distribution support along the route had to be shifted. Staff Correspondent

Killed in accidentCHITRADURA: Two persons died on the spot when a tractor in which they were travelling fell on its side near Gollarahalli Gate on B. Durga Road in Chitradurga taluk on Monday evening. The deceased were identified as Mani and Veeresh. The Chitradurga rural police have registered a case and are investigating. Staff Correspondent

Man dies after fallCHALLAKERE (CHITRADURGA DIST.): A person travelling on top of a bus fell and died on the spot in Sanikere village of Challakere taluk on Monday. The deceased, Palayya (55) of Yeraballi village of Hiriyur taluk, was carrying zinc sheets in a haphazard manner and this might have led to the accident, police said. Staff Correspondent

PostponedDAVANGERE: Election to the post of the president of Belludi Gram Panchayat, which was to be held on June 23, has been postponed to July 3 as the Returning Officer reportedly arrived late to the election hall.

The election was to be held between 10 a.m. and noon. The gram panchayat secretary and 21 members assembled at the meeting hall on time while the assistant executive engineer Hanumanthacharya, designated as the returning officer, reportedly turned up late. Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district M.B. Dyaberi said that he had received complaints from members in this regard. He said that he would write a letter to the secretary of the Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (RDPR) in this regard for appropriate action. Staff Correspondent

Syndicate Bank RRBs record growthBangalore: Seven regional rural banks (RRBs) sponsored by Syndicate Bank recorded 20 per cent growth in business in the financial year 2005-06. The RRBs, in 29 districts in five States with 1,177 branches, transacted business worth Rs. 13,094 crore, including Rs. 7,168 crore in deposits and Rs. 5,926 crore in advances, a statement from Syndicate Bank said here on Tuesday. The non-performing assets (NPAs) of the RRBs were at Rs. 222.35 crore, or 3.75 per cent of advances. The RRBs granted Rs. 4,834 crore under the priority sector, including Rs. 3,593 crore for agriculture. The combined net profit of the RRBs was Rs. 201 crore. Special Correspondent

Petition against Deve Gowda, KumaraswamyBANGALORE: A contempt petition was filed in the Karnataka High Court on Monday seeking action against Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for allegedly lowering the image of the judiciary by references to the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project. The petition is pending in the office of the Advocate General, awaiting his opinion. A.V. Amarnath, advocate, said Mr. Deve Gowda and Mr. Kumaraswamy issued advertisements in the newspapers on June 18 on the BMIC project. Mr. Amarnathan said certain remarks were "derogatory" to the judiciary as they referred to the verdict of the court on the project. Staff Reporter

Film chamber polls postponedBANGALORE: The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has postponed elections scheduled for July 1. Chamber president H.D. Gangaraj told presspersons on Tuesday that former presidents of the chamber K.C.N. Chandrashekhar and K.V. Chandrasehkhar and others had drawn the chamber's attention to technical flaws in the procedure adopted. The election procedure, they noted, was in terms of the 2001 bylaws, and ignored vital amendments carried out in 2004. The chamber needed time to announce fresh dates for the elections, he added. Staff Reporter

Science programme for studentsBangalore: The Bangalore Association for Science Education will start weekend interactive sessions on science for high school students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium on July 2. Scientific principles will be discussed by non-formal methods, with emphasis on experiments and problem solving. Students interested in a career in science and with an aptitude for mathematics can dial 22266084 or 22203234 for details. Staff Reporter

`Naxalites posing new challenges'Sirsi: Naxalite activities in the western districts of the State are a new challenge, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) H.N. Satayanarayan Rao said here on Monday. The naxalites were creating terror in villages and the police were trying their best to counter this. He said the killers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders U. Chittaranjan and Timmappa Naik would be caught soon. Superintendent of Police Tawargi and Deputy Superintendent of Police Basha Saab were present. Correspondent

Programmes on 'gamaka' plannedSirsi: Karnataka Gamaka Kala Parishat will hold 300 "Sindhu-Kaveri Gamakadhare" programmes in collaboration with Kendra Sangeeta Nataka Academy on the occasion of Suvarna Karnataka Mahotsava this year, said parishat president Krishna Kolhar Kulkarni in a release. This year the parishat was celebrating silver jubilee year. Workshops for schoolteachers on "Gamaka Kavya Vachana" will be held in all districts. In December 2006, a three-day "gamaka conference" would be held at Koodalasangam in Bagalkot district. Correspondent

Killed in accidentCHITRADURA: Two persons died on the spot when a tractor in which they were travelling fell on its side near Gollarahalli Gate on B. Durga Road in Chitradurga taluk on Monday evening. The deceased were identified as Mani and Veeresh. The Chitradurga rural police have registered a case and are investigating. Staff Correspondent

PostponedDAVANGERE: Election to the post of the president of Belludi Gram Panchayat, which was to be held on June 23, has been postponed to July 3 as the Returning Officer reportedly arrived late to the election hall. The election was to be held between 10 a.m. and noon. The gram panchayat secretary and 21 members assembled at the meeting hall on time while the assistant executive engineer Hanumanthacharya, designated as the returning officer, reportedly turned up late. Staff Correspondent

Railway pensioners' meetMYSORE: The annual general body meeting of Railway Pensioners' Association will be held on July 2. A release said that it would be start at 11 a.m. at Jaganmohana Palace Auditorium. Staff Correspondent

Applications invitedMYSORE: The Mysore University College of Peforming Arts for Women has invited applications from eligible candidates for the three-year Bachelor of Performing Arts and two-year Diploma in Performing Arts courses. Details can be had at the college office, Manasagangotri, or on phone 2419586.

The last date for seeking admission with a fine of Rs. 100 is July 3, and with a fine of Rs. 300 is July 10. Staff Correspondent

Job-oriented coursesMYSORE: J.S.S. Jan Shikshan Sansthan has invited applications for job-oriented courses in basic electronics and T.V. mechanism, screen printing, embroidery and beautician course. A release said details could be had from Jan Shikshan Sansthan, 1067/1, Vani Vilas Road. Staff Correspondent

Absence of Ministers irks OppositionBANGALORE: Congress members in the Legislative Council on Tuesday objected to the absence of senior Ministers and the empty Treasury benches and requested the Chair to take measures to ensure their presence. Upset over the presence of only three junior Ministers and a handful of ruling coalition members in the House during Zero Hour, many members of the Opposition, including V.R. Sudarshan and V.S. Ugrappa, asked what had prevented the presence of senior Ministers in the House even when some important issues were being discussed. Staff Reporter

Cabinet minister status for SiddalingaiahBangalore: The newly appointed Chairman of the Kannada Development Authority, Siddalingaiah, has been given the status of a Cabinet minister with effect from the date of his appointment, according to an official press release here on Tuesday.

Dr. Siddalingaiah will be in Dharwad on Wednesday to hold discussions with representatives of various Kannada organisations. Special Correspondent

Camp for people with disabilitiesBangalore: The office of the State Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, in coordination with the Karnataka Cancer Society, the Orthopaedic Surgeons Association and the Family Planning Association of India will conduct a free medical camp-cum-distribution of aids and appliances to needy persons with disabilities on July 2 between 9 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

According to a press release, tests for eye, ENT, orthopaedic and diabetes-related problems will be conducted free of cost at the Karnataka Cancer Society, No. 1038, 11th B Cross Road, Vyalikaval, Bangalore. Aids and appliances such as wheelchairs and tricycles will be distributed on production of valid medical certificates. Details can be had by dialling 23448534, the release added. Staff Reporter

KPSC announces provisional listBangalore: The Karnataka Public Service Commission has announced the provisional selection list for recruitment to the posts of Assistant/First Division Assistant (2005) along with category/ reservation-wise cut-off marks with date of birth. The list has been put up at the KPSC head office and regional offices. For more details visit http://kpsc.kar.nic.in. Staff Reporter

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