From the Districts

Forest watcher trampled to death

CHAMARAJANAGARBIDARHUBLIUDUPIMANGALOREDH, MARCH 17.MARCH 17.MA A forest watcher, Mahadeva (45), was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Honnehalla near Chikkamoodahalli in Chamarajanagar taluk on Wednesday. It is said that Mahadeva was attacked by the elephant on Game road. The Chamarajanagar East police have registered a case. Mahadeva is survived by wife and three children.

Seer to go on padayatra

CHAMARAJANAGARBIDARHUBLIUDUPIMANGALOREDH, MARCH 17.MARCH 17.MA Sri Basavalinga Pattaddevaru will lead a padayatra from the Anubhav Mantap in Basavakalyan to the Bhalki Hiremath for three days from March 20. This is being undertaken as part of the death anniversary of Channabasava Pattaddevaru scheduled to be held on April 21, 22 and 23. The padayatra has been advanced because of unavoidable reasons, said the district Bharatiya Basava Dal president Babu Wali. The seer will camp at Muchalamba on March 20. He will leave Basavakalyan on March 21 and reach the math via Gorta, Morambi and Dadgi, a release said.

Dasmunshi's assurance to MPs

CHAMARAJANAGARBIDARHUBLIUDUPIMANGALOREDH, MARCH 17.MARCH 17.MA Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, Union Minister for Water Resources, has held out a promise of taking steps to permit the execution of Kalasa Bandori Nala, a project considered important for meeting the drinking water needs of the people of north Karnataka. Prahlad Joshi, BJP MP for Dharwad North, told this correspondent from New Delhi that the promise was given by the Union Minister during a meeting the Karnataka MPs had with him on the pending projects in the State. Mr. Joshi said that he had told the Union Minister of the need to withdraw the stay given by the Union Water Resources Ministry on its earlier decision of granting "in principle" clearance to the execution of Kalasa Bandori at a cost of Rs. 100 crores, which will help diversion of more than seven tmcft of water to the Malaprabha project. Mr. Joshi said that the attention of the Union Minister had been drawn to the acute scarcity of drinking water both in rural areas and in the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation limits, which will be solved if the project are implemented. Mr. Joshi quoted the Union Minister as having said that an important decision will be taken in the next 10 to 15 days.

`Encourage young researchers'

CHAMARAJANAGARBIDARHUBLIUDUPIMANGALOREDH, MARCH 17.MARCH 17.MA The retired professor, Department of Ancient History, Karnatak University, A. Sundar Adiga, said on Thursday that young people should be encouraged to take historical and archaeological research work in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. He was speaking after presenting the Polali Sheenappa Hegde Award to the scholar, P.N. Narasimhamurthy, here. The award has been instituted by the Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre. Prof. Adiga said that young researchers should be given all information towards this end. The archaeological finds of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts should be publicised with the help of organisations such as the Govind Pai Research Centre. Many inscriptions are getting destroyed in some parts of the State because of quarrying. It is essential to preserve the inscriptions as they have rich information of the past. A historical site found in Dakshina Kannada district had the remains of a room, whose architecture matched those of the excavations at Takshashila and Nagarjunakonda. The archaeological finds in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts should be forwarded to the `Indian Archaeological Review,' a journal published by the Archaeological Survey of India so that they get wide publicity, Prof. Adiga said. In his acceptance speech, Prof. Narasimhamurthy said the award and encouragement from other scholars gave him a boost to do more research. The writer, A. Lakshminarayana Alva, welcomed the gathering. The Registrar of the Academy of General Education, K.K. Pai, presided over the function.

Education programme

CHAMARAJANAGARBIDARHUBLIUDUPIMANGALOREDH, MARCH 17.MARCH 17.MA Lions Clubs in the country have taken up a programme to educate children to keep away from drugs, smoking and alcoholism, said Ashok Mehta, Lions International President, here on Wednesday. Addressing presspersons, he said that at present 2,000 students in seven States are being covered under the programme. The States are Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Orissa and Tamil Nadu. This value-based education programme is aimed at preventing children from falling prey to bad habits. The Lions Clubs implement this programme on request from schools or governments. As the International President of Lions for 2005-06 his priority is to take up research on how to prevent blindness caused because of diabetes, create awareness on prevention of HIV/AIDS and to enhance activities related to prevention of normal blindness, he said. The Lions International will fund an identified agency to take up research on prevention of blindness caused due to diabetes. Mr. Mehta said that Lions International in association with other organisations has built 100 hospitals in India in the past 10 years and arranged for three million eye operations. This is aimed at prevention of blindness. Construction of hospitals and eye surgeries have cost Rs. 400 crores, he said.

Applications invited for award

CHAMARAJANAGARBIDARHUBLIUDUPIMANGALOREDH, MARCH 17.MARCH 17.MA Avani Rasikara Ranga has invited applications for the Pandeshwar Journalists Award instituted by G.R. Pandeshwar Trust for 2004-2005. The award, which carries a purse of Rs. 5,000 and a citation, is given to outstanding journalists, preferably youngsters, who live and work in north Karnataka and in the coastal districts of Karnataka. The award will be given at the function to be held in July. Eligible persons can send their bio-data and copies of their works to Avani Rasikara Ranga, 217, 3rd Cross, 2nd Main, Narayanpur, Dharwad. Institutions are also welcome to recommend the names along with details of the journalists for the award. A committee of eminent journalists is being constituted to choose the person for the award and the decision of the selection committee is final. Further details can be had from N.P. Bhat, Avani Rasikara Ranga, Dharwad. (ph.: 2472131).

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