KARNATAKA

Briefly

`Mysore bandh'

Mysore: The Federation of Trade Organisations here has called for "Mysore bandh" on Monday against the implementation of value added tax (VAT). In a press release issued here on Saturday, the federation said the Government has "failed" to fulfil its eight demands, including abolition of VAT on schoolbags, shoes, electrical gadgets, vessels and utensils, cooking gas, coffee powder all of which attract 12.5 per cent of VAT. The federation called for the abolition of the penal clause that stipulates a fine of Rs. 10,000 for defaulters and imprisonment for three months. It appealed to all its members to support the bandh call. — Staff Correspondent

UNESCO invitation

Mysore: N.S. Raghunath, head of the Department of Education in Social Science and Humanities, Regional Institute of Education, Mysore, has been invited by UNESCO, Bangkok, to attend a three-day Expert Planning Meeting for training of trainers workshop in the Asia-Pacific region.

The meeting is being co-organised by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education and the Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding. It is aimed at developing training material and methodologies for training of trainers.

The training material will be related to themes and issues of education for international understanding, which include globalisation and social justice, cultural diversity and intercultural understanding, peace and equity, sustainable development, and human rights and dignity in Asia Pacific. — Staff Correspondent

Meat sale banned

Mysore: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has banned animal slaughter and sale of meat on Monday on account of Ramanavami.

In a press release issued here, the corporation said meat stalls coming under its jurisdiction should remain closed.

The corporation had earlier announced a ban on animal slaughter on Sunday but revised its notification. — Staff Correspondent

Condoled

Mysore: The former MP Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wadiyar has condoled the death of C.D. Narasimhaiah. In a message issued here, he said: "The Indian English literary field has lost a versatile scholar in him" and conveyed his condolences to the members of Narasimhaiah's family. — Staff Correspondent

Lokayukta inquiry

BANGALORE: The Minister for Social Welfare, Y. Nagappa, will request the Lokayukta to expedite the inquiry against the Commissioner of his department, K. Shivaramu. Speaking to presspersons on Friday, Mr. Nagappa said that the inquiry is being conducted into the alleged irregularities committed by the official. He said he will write to the Lokayukta to hasten the inquiry. He said that the Government is keen on appointing qualified persons from among the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes as archaks in temples that come under the purview of the Muzrai Department. He added that the Government is also in favour of appointing qualified women as archaks. However, the Cabinet needs to ratify the issue. — Staff Reporter

Selected for conference

GULBARGA: The International Sociological Association based in Madrid, Spain, and the South African Sociological Association has invited B.S. Gulshetty, Professor of Sociology at the MSI Degree College here, to chair a session of the 15th World Congress of Sociology Conference at Durban in July.

Mr. Gulshetty received communication in this regard from Francis Labo, professor at Edthcown University, Australia. Mr. Gulshetty will chair the sixth session on Leisure, Culture and Social Diffusion at the conference. — Special Correspondent

Ministers' visit

Udupi: The Minister for Tourism and in charge of the district, D.T. Jayakumar, and the Minister for Science and Technology, Basavaraj Horatti, will visit Udupi district on Monday.

According to a press release issued by the Department of Information here on Saturday, the Ministers will participate in a seminar on Management of Tsunami and other natural calamities in coastal districts at Hotel Valley View in Manipal at 9.30 a.m. Mr. Jayakumar will address Janata Dal (Secular) party workers at 4 p.m., while Mr. Horatti will participate in the valedictory function of the workshop at 5 p.m. — Staff Correspondent

Official released on bail

Karwar: The Karwar tahsildar, M. Raghunath, who was arrested by Lokayukta officials while receiving a bribe in his office on Friday, was released by the District and Sessions Court here on Saturday on conditional bail. The District and Sessions Judge directed the accused to produce a surety for Rs. 25,000 and execute a personal bond for the same amount.

He is said to have demanded a bribe of Rs. 2000 from Panduranga Naik, a resident of Aversa village, to issue a no-objection certificate for cutting six trees.

Mr. Naik informed the Lokayukta about it and went to tahsildar's office on Friday to pay the bribe. Lokayukta inspector, Arun Kumar, caught Raghunath red-handed. — Our Correspondent

Flower show from Monday

Madikeri: The three-day annual Flower and Horticulture show at the Raja Seat here will be inaugurated by the Horticulture and Kodagu district in-charge Minister, R. Srinivas, on Monday.

A variety of display of plants, flowers such as bonsai, ikebana, ornamental flowers, carving of figures from vegetable, vase arrangement competitions will be part of the show. A training programme on vegetable carving of various figures and flower arrangement will be organised for the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 19. The Kannada and Culture Department will organise orchestra programmes in the evenings on all the three days. — Staff Correspondent

Roadworks launched

BELLARY: The Mayor, G. Somashekar Reddy, along with the MP, G. Karunakar Reddy, and the MLA, B. Sriramulu, performed puja and launched roadworks in the Fort area in the city on Saturday.

The 900-metre road estimated to cost Rs. 8 lakhs is being laid by the Municipal Corporation. — Staff Correspondent

Four students debarred

GULBARGA: Despite tough action by the Education Department in the district, examination malpractices have become rampant. When contacted, the officials of the department pointed out that surprise checks conducted by the vigilance squad had helped check malpractices to a certain extent.

In today's re-examination of the mathematics paper in the Pre-University examinations, four students — two each from the National Pre-University College and the Multi Purpose High School examination centre — were debarred. — Special Correspondent

Tension at market

Raichur: Tension prevailed at the cotton market here following a tussle between farmers and traders over procurement of cotton. The transactions at the cotton market came to a standstill as traders stopped buying cotton. Farmers staged a dharna at the market and later resorted to a rasta roko to protest against the traders' attitude. Traffic on State Highway 23 was blocked near the cotton market since afternoon. — Staff Correspondent

Condemned

HASSAN: Various Dalit organisations on Saturday condemned the disrespect shown to the statue of B.R. Ambedkar by a few miscreants in Nippani town in Belgaum district.

Members of various Dalit organisations took out a procession and held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office. They urged the Government to take immediate action against those responsible for the act. — Staff Correspondent

Protest against KPTCL

HASSAN: Villagers of Muddanahalli held a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on Saturday urging him to initiate action against the officials of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) who are responsible for the death of a villager. They also demanded compensation for the family of Kantharaju, who died on Friday due to the alleged negligence of KPTCL authorities. Kantharaju died when an electrical wire got caught in the wheels of the two-wheeler he was riding. — Staff Correspondent

Hostel inauguration

HASSAN: The Hassan MP, H.D. Deve Gowda, will on Sunday inaugurate the women's hostel constructed by the district unit of the Vokkaligara Sangha. Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt and Ministers including, H.D. Revanna and B. Shivaram; former Minister H.C. Srikantaiah; president of the Rajya Vokkaligara Sangha, C. Vittal; the Hassan MLA, H.S. Prakash; the MLC S.M. Anand; former Rajya Sabha member H.K. Javare Gowda; and the former MP G. Puttaswamy Gowda, will be the chief guests. — Staff Correspondent

Training in horticulture

DHARWAD: Applications are invited for a 10-week training programme in horticulture in the Hosur Horticultural Training in Siddapur taluk of Uttara Kannada district. The training is limited to eligible candidates from the districts of Dharwad, Haveri and Gadag. The educational qualification is SSLC in case of general candidates and 7th standard pass in case of the SC/ST candidates. Further information can be had from the District Horticultural Officers in the respective districts, according to a press note. — Staff Correspondent

Arrested

Sirsi: Officials of the Forest Department on Friday arrested Manju Rathod of Tandanukoppa for illegally transporting teakwood to Tibetan colony and seized wood valued at Rs. 40,000. Two carts and four bullocks used for the transportation of wood have also been seized.— Correspondent

Rain in Sirsi

Sirsi: Sirsi taluk received rain accompanied by thunder and lightning on Friday and early hours of Saturday. The rain brought cheer among people, who were suffering from severe heat for the past two days. — Correspondent

Wine merchants seek policy review

BANGALORE: The Federation of Wine Merchants' Associations of Karnataka has demanded that the Government review its excise policy to check supply of fake Indian-made foreign liquor, which is causing a revenue loss of Rs. 300 crores to Rs. 400 crores to the Excise Department every year, according to them. Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, office-bearers of the association alleged that the Excise Department officials have failed to control trade in fake Indian-made foreign liquor and illicit liquor.

— Special Correspondent

Applications invited

for award

HUBLI: Applications have been invited for the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Prashasti from individuals who have rendered more than 10 years of service for the welfare of children, including the disabled. Institutions which have rendered five years of service can send applications. Forms and details of the award are available from the Deputy Director, Women and Child Development Department, Bala Bhavan, Dharwad. The last date for submitting applications is May 10. — Special Correspondent

Lawyers set deadline

to Govt.

BELLARY: The Bellary Bar Association, which has suspended its 18-day "relay hunger strike", has given a month's "deadline" to the Government to announce that Bellary district will be brought under the proposed Circuit Bench of the Karnataka High Court in Hubli-Dharwad. ``If the Government does not concede our demand, we will resume the agitation, N. Ayyappa, association president, said. The advocates submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, S.N. Jayaram.

— Staff Correspondent

Award for

farm practices

DHARWAD: The State Department of Agriculture of the State Government has invited nominations for the Krishi Pandit Award for those who have brought about changes in agricultural practices designed to increase the yield. Details are available from the Office of the Joint Director Agriculture (Extension and Training), Seshadripuram Road, Bangalore (phone: 080-22291938). The last date for receiving applications is June 1. — Special Correspondent

Rs. 13,500 crores

for power sector

HASSAN: The State Government will spend Rs. 13,500 crores in seven years on strengthening the power distribution network, and it has set aside Rs. 4,500 crores for power generation, the Minister for Energy, H.D. Revanna, has said. Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, he said the power distribution network will be improved by 2012. Of the Rs. 13,500 crores, Rs. 8,000 crores will be used to set up power generating stations and the rest for drawing transmission lines, he added.

— Staff Correspondent

CAT vacation

from May 2

BANGALORE: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Bangalore, will have a 19-day vacation from May 2 to 20. P. Shanmugam, Vice-Chairman, will be the vacation judge. The vacation Bench will have sessions in Court Hall No.1 on May 4, May 11 and May 18 from 10.30 a.m. to dispose of urgent matters. The filing counter in the Tribunal Registry will remain open from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the vacation. It will receive only urgent applications. — Staff Reporter

Gun taken away by

naxals recovered

TUMKUR: Police have recovered a gun which was reportedly among the weapons taken away by naxalites after the February 10 attack on a police camp at Venkatammanahalli in Pavagada taluk of Tumkur district. O.B. Kalleshappa, Pavagada Circle Inspector, told presspersons on Saturday after his return from the recovery mission in Andhra Pradesh, that two persons were arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police on Wednesday at Janakampalli in Anantapur district. Mr. Kalleshappa said a self-loading rifle, which was reportedly among the weapons taken away after the attack, was recovered.

— Staff Correspondent

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