Non-bailable warrant against Togadia

Belgaum: The Fourth Judicial Magistrate First Class Court on Saturday issued a non-bailable warrant against Vishwa Hindu Parishad General Secretary Praveen Togadia for his failure to appear before the court for framing charges in connection with a case related to an alleged inflammatory speech, registered in 2003. The court has asked the police to produce Mr. Togadia on or before February 14. - Staff Correspondent

Governor's decision criticised

BANGALORE: Congress leader D.B. Chandre Gowda, who is a former Law Minister and former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, has criticised Governor T.N. Chaturvedi's direction to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to seek a vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly on or before January 27. "The Governor has acted beyond his powers, beyond the limits of the Constitution," he said. The Governor has no powers to fix a timeframe to establish the confidence enjoyed by a government in the Assembly when the House is in session, he told press persons.

- Special Correspondent

Ministers return official cars

Bangalore: A few Janata Dal (S) Ministers who are supporting party State unit Working President H.D. Kumaraswamy have returned their cars to the Government. They are also not using the services of their personal staff. According to Excise and Sericulture Minister C. Chennigappa, though "all Ministers" from his party tendered their resignations to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, these were not accepted. JD(S) President H.D. Deve Gowda has not approved the decision of his party Ministers to resign, he added. - Staff Reporter

JD(S) bags zilla panchayat posts

BANGALORE: Shantamma and N.M. Venkatesh of the Janata Dal (S) were elected President and Vice-President, respectively, of the Bangalore Rural Zilla Panchayat on Saturday. Ms. Shantamma defeated Congress candidate Nagarathnamma, and Mr. Venkatesh defeated Mahadevaiah of the Congress, said an official press note. The post of President was reserved for the Scheduled Castes and that of Vice-President for the Backward Classes 'A' category. - Special Correspondent

Chavundaraya award presented

SHRAVANABELAGOLA: The 11th Chavundaraya Literary Award of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, instituted by the Digambar Jain Math of Shravanabelagola, was conferred on P. Nagarajaiah at Shravanabelagola on Friday. Presenting the award, Charukeerthi Bhattraka swamiji said this is the first time the function for presenting the award, which was instituted in 1993, is being held at Shravanabelagola. He congratulated Mr. Nagarajaiah. President of the district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat H.B. Ramesh was the chief guest. - Staff Correspondent

Seva Pratishthana silver jubilee

BANGALORE: The Hindu Seva Pratishthana, a social organisation working for the welfare of the downtrodden, has organised a cultural programme at National High School grounds on Sunday to mark its silver jubilee. Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri will preside. Indira Manviker, social worker from Gulbarga, will inaugurate the event. G. Mallikarjuna Rao, Chairman, GMR Group and ING Vysya Bank, will participate, according to a press note.

- Special Correspondent

Ban orders around Alamatti Dam

BIJAPUR: Prohibitory orders have been issued to restrict entry into facilities around the Alamatti Dam, hydel powerhouse, Alamatti left and right bank canal pump-houses and the Narayanpur Dam. This follows terrorists' threat to these installations. The District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin issued a notification in this regard here on Saturday. - Staff Correspondent

Railway employees' strike

MYSORE: Railway employees affiliated to the South Western Railway Mazdoor Union will go on an indefinite strike from March 1 to protest against the Centre's failure in responding to their 20-point demand.

The union had demanded the constitution of the Sixth Pay Commission, grant of interim relief, withdrawal of the new pension scheme, increase in the interest on Employees Provident Fund to 9.5 per cent and steps to fill vacancies. - Special Correspondent

Call to save lake

MYSORE: The Kukkarahalli Lake Protection Committee has urged the Mysore City Corporation Commissioner to take steps to install a two-way valve system to prevent the entry of untreated sewage into the lake.

Committee convener K.M. Jayaramaiah said pollution has increased in the water body owing to blue-green algae growth. The committee stressed the need to install the system and pointed out that it will help minimise pollution by stopping the flow of sewage into the lake. At the same time, it will ensure a steady flow of rainwater from the catchment area during the monsoon. - Special Correspondent

Seminar in Hindi

MYSORE: A two-day national scientific seminar on technologies developed by the Defence Food Research Laboratory and transferred to private industries was conducted in Hindi here recently.

M. Gyanam, Regional Director, Central Institute of Hindi, Mysore, inaugurated the seminar and stressed the importance of Hindi as the national language. Citing examples, he spoke about the advantages of communicating latest developments in science and technology in Hindi for the benefit of the masses. A.S. Bawa, Director, DFRL, released a souvenir. - Special Correspondent

Lions Club mela

MYSORE: Lions Club of Mysore West will conduct an exhibition-cum-funfair in the city from February 10 to 12 at the Mysore West Lions Sevaniketana School.

The event will provide a platform for organisations to exhibit their products and services at a reasonable cost and there will be nearly 100 stalls, apart from food counters. - Special Correspondent


Bidar: Sumeera Farheen Fatima of Bidar stood first in MSc (Botany) examination conducted recently by Gulbarga University. She was awarded four gold medals for academic excellence in life sciences, plant pathology and botany and for being the topper among women in the university, said a release.

- Staff Correspondent

Award for reporters

Belgaum: The Sarvajanik Vachanayalaya of Belgaum has given the G.G. Rajadhyaksha Journalist Award for the year 2005 to Chandrakant Masani, staff reporter of Kannada Prabha and Shekhar Kanhoba Samanth, reporter, Tarun Bharat.

The award carries a cash prize, a plaque and a certificate. The awards were presented at a function here recently, a release said on Saturday. - Staff Correspondent