Eligibility requirement set for CATBANGALORE: Candidates appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) will now have to get a minimum of 50 per cent marks in the bachelor's examination for eligibility. Directors of the Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) have decided on this cut-off level for the entrance test for admission.

According to IIM Bangalore Director Prakash G. Apte, the decision was taken collectively by all the IIMs in the recent meeting of directors held at Ahmedabad to discourage those who could not pass for the test from applying.

The decision was taken after receiving feedback on the issue from the respective faculty councils, he told presspersons here on Thursday. Staff Reporter

Three die in road accidentHASSAN: Three persons on a motorcycle died when it collided with a lorry near the Muniyappa temple on the Hassan-Tiptur road near Dudda on Thursday. The police gave the names of dead as Shashidhara, 20, of Nagaravalli; Nagesh, 22, of Gandsi; and Gangadhara, 24, of Honnenahalli. The Dudda Rural police have registered a case. Staff Correspondent

Nine first grade colleges to be startedUdupi: Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy said on Thursday that nine government first grade colleges would be started in the State during this academic year.

The Minister told presspersons here that of these nine first grade colleges, seven would be established in district headquarter cities.

A new committee would be appointed to look into the fee structure for next year.

In order to help rural students to compete in the CET examinations, the Government had started coaching classes on Doordarshan's 'Chandana' channel. The classes would be extended to All India Radio, he added. Staff Correspondent

BMP asked to recover excess paidBANGALORE: The Bangalore Mahanagara Palike reportedly made excess payment of Rs. 19 lakh to over 53 companies from 1995 till 2004. According to sources, this was detected during a special audit drive conducted recently.

The sources said among the 53 companies that received the excess payment are Lidkar, National Construction Company and Larsen & Toubro.

The sources said the auditors have asked the BMP to recover the amount. Staff Reporter

BJP names Council candidatesUdupi: Medical Education Minister V.S. Acharya said on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party had chosen its candidates for the Legislative Council from the teachers constituency and the graduates constituency.

Dr. Acharya told presspersons here that Ganesh Karnik would be the party's candidate from the teachers constituency, while Higher Education Minister D.H. Shankaramurthy would be the candidate from the graduates' constituency.

Staff Correspondent