Prime Minister of Netherlands coming

Bangalore: Prime Minister of the Netherlands Jan Peter Balkenende will arrive here on Tuesday night for a two-day visit.

His itinerary on Wednesday includes visits to the Infosys campus and the Indian Institute of Science, meeting businessmen and attending a reception to be hosted by the Dutch Ambassador in New Delhi. He will also call on Governor T.N. Chaturvedi at Raj Bhavan in the evening.

On January 19, Mr. Balkenende will visit the campus of Phillips company and also a rural development project, near here. He will later leave for Agra. - Special Correspondent

Procurement price for toor dal fixed

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Toor Development Board on Monday decided to procure toor dal at Rs. 1,750 per quintal (grade-I) and Rs. 1,700 per quintal (grade II).

A release from the Agriculture Commissioner, who is the Chairman of the board, said it was much higher than the price fixed by the Union Government for 2004-05, which was Rs. 1,390 per quintal. The board has also decided to open 25 procurement centres immediately in the toor growing districts of Gulbarga and Bidar. - Staff Reporter

Lokayukta's Tumkur tour from today

TUMKUR: Lokayukta N. Venkatachala will begin his nine-day tour of Tumkur district from Tuesday.

His visit to all the 10 taluks of the district is scheduled from January 17 to 27. - Staff Correspondent

Desecration: two get bail

GULBARGA: R.K. Hudgi and his son Sunil Hudgi who were arrested on January 13 in connection with the damage to the idol of Hanuman at the Okali Camp on the outskirts of the city were on Monday released on conditional bail by the Third Additional JMFC Dayanand V. Hiremath.

Meanwhile, the police took into custody 31 persons, including six corporators of the BJP and two lawyers and activists of the Sangh Parivar and other organisations in connection with the violent incidents at the administrative office of the Gulbarga City Corporation on January 13 as a squeal to the incident of damage to the idol of Hanuman. - Special Correspondent

Jayakumar for Udupi

Udupi: Tourism Minister and district in-charge D.T. Jayakumar will visit Udupi on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A press release issued here by the Department of Information on Monday said that Mr. Jayakumar would arrive at Udupi at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. He would participate in the Paryaya festival celebrations at 4 a.m. on January 18. He would leave Udupi to Bangalore at 8.30 a.m. the same day, the release added. - Staff Correspondent

Road safety rally

DAVANGERE: Superintendent of Police Shivakumar inaugurated a rally of schoolchildren, which was held to mark the weeklong traffic week here on Monday. A large number of children from different schools took part in the rally. The police said the children were involved in the weeklong traffic week programme to bring about awareness among them. During the campaign, the children were taught about traffic signs and signals. - Staff Correspondent

Dies of burns

RAICHUR: Jyoti (45), wife of Satishkumar, died of bruns which she sustained in Maski town last week. The Maski Police have registered a case. - Staff Correspondent

Two bodies found

RAICHUR: The Lingsugur police have recovered two bodies from a field at Karadkal village of Lingsugur taluk on Monday. The Lingsugur Police have registered a case. - Staff Correspondent

Siddarama Jayanti

DAVANGERE: Several prominent leaders attended the Siddarama Jayanthi celebrations on Sunday evening. Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash said the lure of money influenced the voters and not the work done by a candidate. - Staff Correspondent

Blood donation

BELLARY: Thirty-three volunteers of the National Service Scheme (NSS) and Youth Red Cross of the Veerashaiva College donated blood at a camp here on Monday. Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences (VIMS) Director Khaja Naseeruddin inaugurated the camp. The former VIMS Director Tekur Ramanath and Veerashaiva Vidyavardhak Sangha Chairman G. Pampanagowda spoke. Veerashaiva College principal N.P. Linganagowd welcomed the gathering. - Staff Correspondent

Poetry reading

HASSAN: The Karnataka Sahitya Academy in association with postgraduate centre of Mysore University, Hemagangothri, will be holding a poetry reading session and a seminar on January 18. Poet Siddalingiah will inaugurate the programme and Kalegowda Nagavara will be chief guests. Karnataka Sahitya Academy Chairman Geetha Nagabhusana will preside over the programme. - Staff Correspondent