One killed, 40 hurt in accident

TUMKUR: One person died and 40 were seriously injured when a private bus by which they were travelling fell into a ditch at Kodihalli Cross, seven km from Kunigal, Tumkur district, on Saturday. The bus, bound for Mandya, left Tumkur at around 9.30 a.m. and the accident occurred an hour later, between Tumkur and Kunigal. The name of the dead was given as Thammaiah (65) of Doddamaralavadi village, Kunigal taluk. — Staff Correspondent

Farmers to stage protests

MANGALORE: Farmers in the State will hold rallies, public meetings and dharnas on Tuesday to protest against the proposal to amend the Agricultural Produce Market Committees Act. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the General Secretary of the district unit of the Prantha Raitha Sangha, Ramachandra Uchil, said the amendment was intended to hand over market operations to multinational companies. — Staff Correspondent

Kannada, Hindi writers to meet

BANGALORE: In association with the Lucknow-based Uttara Pradesh Hindi Samsthan, the Bangalore-based literary association, Shabd, will hold a two-day workshop on Hindi and Kannada literature in July. Saroja Vyas, president of Shabd, told presspersons here on Saturday that the workshop will provide a forum for interaction for Hindi and Kannada writers. It will discuss translations and developments in Hindi and Kannada literature. Noted writers will participate in the event, she added. — Staff Reporter

Diploma in handloom technology

HUBLI: Applications have been invited for the three-year diploma course in handloom technology from candidates who have passed SSLC. Those interested can contact the Handloom and Textile Department, Saraswatpur (Ph: 2448834) or Karnataka Handloom Technology Institute, Gadag-Betageri, for further details. — Staff Correspondent

Applications invited

HUBLI: The Government Fine Arts College, Dharwad, has invited applications for Foundation One course in painting and B.F.A. course for 2005-06. Candidates who have passed SSLC can get admission for the Foundation One course. Those who have passed PUC and completed DMC Foundation can get admission to B.F.A. Part-1. For B.F.A Part-3, candidates should have passed diploma and AMC. For details, contact the college office. — Staff Correspondent

Department renamed

Karwar: The Minister of State for Rural Water Supply, Sanitation, and Rural Development Engineering, B. Satyanarayan, said the Rural Development Engineering Department has been renamed as Panchayat Raj Engineering Department. Under the new arrangement, the assistant executive engineer of each sub-division will be responsible for works under different constituents of the panchayat raj system, he said. — Correspondent

Privatisation opposed

Belgaum: The women workers appointed under midday meal scheme have opposed privatisation of the scheme. They urged the Government to reappoint the women who were removed after the scheme was handed over to a private organisation in the district. The president of the zilla panchayat, S.F. Doddagoudar, promised to take up their problem soon. — Staff Correspondent

Planting of saplings

MYSORE: The Water Supply and Sanitary Working Group of the Mysore Agenda Task Force and the Mysore Urban Development Authority will celebrate World Environment Day by planting saplings at a park adjacent to Sanjeevaiah Memorial Primary School in 10th Cross, Vijayanagar I Stage on Sunday.

A press release said members of the working group will plant 200 saplings in the park to mark World Environment Day whose theme for the year is "Green City: Plan for the Planet." — Staff Correspondent

Orientation programme

MYSORE: Mysore Grahakara Parishat will launch a yearlong environmental orientation programme for students of Government Integrated Higher Primary School, Gadi Chowka, Lakshmipuram, on Monday.

The programme will cover students of 35 schools in the city. The convener of the parishat, A.R. Venkateshan, will be the project officer for the programme, which has been sponsored by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, through the CPR Environmental Education Centre, Chennai. — Staff Correspondent

Talk on environment

MYSORE: A lecture programme on "Green Cities: Plan for the Planet" has been organised at the Institution of Engineers, Mysore Local Centre, Jhansi Lakshmi Bai Road, at 6 p.m. on Sunday to mark World Environment Day.

The lecture programme will be inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner, G. Kumar Naik. — Staff Correspondent

Health camp

MYSORE: A general health check-up camp has been organised at Bharat Diagnostic Centre on Irwin Road here from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Patients with problems such as headache, pain in the abdomen, fever, swelling and lump in any part of the body may make use of the health check-up camp sponsored by the proprietor of Basant Tiles, Industrial Suburb, Mysore, Mallinath.

More details can be obtained from Bharath Diagnostic Centre on ph: 2563007 or 5265260. — Staff Correspondent

Applications invited

MYSORE: Sri Yoganarayana Balija (Banajigaru) Association has invited applications for admission to its boys' hostel for the current academic year.

Students studying in PUC, degree, medical and technical courses and belonging to the Balija (Banajigaru) community can obtain the application forms from the office of the association at No. 999/1, Radhakrishna Avenue, opposite Government Printing Press, Saraswathipuram. — Staff Correspondent

`Vishwakarma Leela'

MYSORE: Sri Kalikamba Krupaposhita Nataka Mandali will stage "Vishwakarma Leela," a play at Jaganmohan Palace auditorium here on Monday at 5 p.m. The president of the mandali, G.B. Tyagarajan, said the play will be inaugurated by the President of Vishwakarma Samaja Vikasa Vedike of Belgaum, Chandrakant Sullad. — Staff Correspondent

Two children drown in tank

HASSAN: Pavan (12) and Puneet (10), sons of Chandrashekar, from Maganahalli village in K.R. Pet taluk drowned in a small tank near Krishna Nagar on Saturday, according to police. Paveen and Puneet came to Hassan to meet their grandmother and went for a swim in the tank. They were reportedly caught in quicksand and died, the police said. — Staff Correspondent

Man arrested on theft charge

DAVANGERE: The Davangere police arrested a man and recovered gold ornaments and mobile sets worth around Rs. 2 lakhs from him. The Superintendent of Police, Alok Kumar, told presspersons here on Saturday that Raju alias Mahendra was staying on the outskirts of the city and claimed to be an autorickshaw driver.

The police are searching for two persons said to be associates of Raju.

— Staff Correspondent

Hidkal Dam water reaches Bagalkot

BIJAPUR: Water released from the Hidkal Dam last week reached the Anadinni barrage across the Ghataprabha on Friday evening. The pumphouse for the Bagalkot city water supply scheme is located at the Anadinni barrage. After visiting the barrage, the Deputy Commissioner, Prabhakar, said the quantum of water received will be sufficient for over a month, and the city will not face any water scarcity this year. — Staff Correspondent

Training for SC, ST youth

BIDAR: The Department of Social Welfare will provide training in software, hardware and multimedia technology for youth from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Each course is of six-months duration. Those between 18 years and 35 years and have passed the SSLC examination are eligible to apply. Applications are available with the taluk and district social welfare officials. Details can be had from the District Social Welfare Officer, S.S. Uppin by calling 08482-233147/ 98440-29130, a release said.— Staff Correspondent

Crushed under tractor

Raichur: Hanumantha (32) was crushed to death when he jumped from the trolley of a moving tractor and came under its wheel near Araginamara Camp in Sindhanur taluk on Thursday. The Sindhanur Rural Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Dies in hospital

Raichur: Ramangouda (30) was severely injured when he fell from the two-wheeler he was riding on Maratha-Heggadadinni Raod near Sirwar in Manvi taluk last Saturday. He was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital where he died on Thursday. The Sirwar Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Chain snatched

Raichur: A person snatched a gold chain worth Rs.21,000 from Shobha, wife of Jayashanta, outside the railway station here on Thursday night. The City West Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Two arrested

Raichur: The Raichur police arrested Sharanappa and Erappa on charges of gambling and recovered Rs. 756 from them in Shakthinagar near here on Friday. They have been remanded in the judicial custody. The Shakthinagar Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Follow reservation policy, colleges told

Bangalore: The Government has directed all private, government aided as also government degree colleges to strictly follow the policy of reservation for backward class, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students in making admissions to the first year degree courses. An official press release said that circulars have been issued to the principals of all degree colleges.

The Government has also asked those with grievances regarding admission of the reserved category of candidates to bring them to the notice of the joint directors of Collegiate Education in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Dharwad, Shimoga and Gulbarga. — Special Correspondent

Official suspended for gastroenteritis death

BIDAR: An officer has been suspended after a child with gastroenteritis died at Solpur in Bidar taluk on Saturday. Doctors found that Shivani Umesh, 4, died of vomiting and diarrhoea caused by drinking contaminated water. The zilla panchayat chief executive officer, Antony Mendonca, suspended junior engineer Arun Kumar after realising that the people were forced to drink contaminated water as potable water was not available in the village. Mr Kumar has been suspended on charges of dereliction of duty and negligence, pending inquiry. — Staff Correspondent

Newly married

woman murdered

BIJAPUR: An 18-year-old youth allegedly killed his newly married sister at Gundagi village in Sindagi taluk on Friday. According to police, the accused, Girimallappa Gurupad Ramgonda, hit his sister, Jayashri, 20, with a hatchet, killing her on the spot. Jayashri had recently got married to Siddaram Malgonda of same village against the wishes of her family. After getting their marriage registered at the sub-registrar's office in Gulbarga, the couple returned to the village last week. The accused is at large, the police said. — Staff Correspondent

Rajiv Gandhi Award

for Shailendra Kavadi

BIDAR: Shailendra Kavadi, journalist and president of the Humnabad-based NGO Parisara Vahini has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Award for his contribution to environment conservation advocacy. The award given to environmentalists comprises Rs. 1 lakh and a citation. It will be presented to him at a function in Bangalore on Sunday. His plans include creating awareness about soil and water conservation, said a release. — Staff Correspondent

Probe sought into

fake identity cards

BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (U) has urged the Chief Electoral Officer to order an inquiry into bogus voting in the Chamarajpet Assembly byelection. The police and polling officials seized bogus identity cards on polling day in Chamarajpet constituency on Thursday. Three persons were arrested in connection with bogus voting. There was a need for a comprehensive inquiry into the origin of these bogus identity cards, G.V. Ramachandraiah, JD(U) candidate, said in a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer. An organised group was behind the distribution of fake identity cards, he added. — Special Correspondent

JD(U) objects to Horatti's statement

BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (United) has taken exception to the statement of the Minister for Science and Technology, Basavaraj Horatti, that some JD(U) leaders had joined the Janata Dal (Secular). In a statement here on Saturday, G.K.C. Reddy, general secretary of the JD(U) State unit, said no senior JD(U) leader has joined the JD(S). Mr. Horatti had stated that A.B. Desai, JD(U) leader, had joined the JD(S). However, Mr. Desai was not member of the party for the last one year. Mr. Horatti must know that the JD(U) is a national party with 10 MPs and has a presence in 22 States while the JD (S) has a mass base only in the State, Mr. Reddy said. — Special Correspondent

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