KARNATAKA

Briefly

Arrested on assault charge

TUMKUR: The police arrested the former president of Garani Gram Panchayat on Monday on the charge of assaulting a schoolteacher.

The police said Sakamma, who is also an activist in the Stree Shakti Yojana, thrashed Rangaraju, teacher at the Government Higher Primary School, Hosakote village, in a row over the cooking of midday meals in the school by a Stree Shakti self-help-group. There was tension in five villages coming under the panchayat following Ms. Sakamma's arrest. — Staff Correspondent

Compensation sought from BESCOM

TUMKUR: Venkataramaiah, Dalit leader, on Monday demanded suitable compensation from BESCOM for Ramanna, 50, who lost a hand and a leg after trampling on a live wire, which was lying on the ground at Vittaladevarahalli in Tumkur district.

He said Ramanna was carrying cow-dung on his head one evening last week when he came in contact with the wire. He was saved by some people in the vicinity. However, he received extensive burns on his right hand and right leg. Ramanna is recovering in Victoria Hospital, Bangalore, he said. — Staff Correspondent

CPI(M) appeal to Govt.

BANGALORE: The State unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has urged the State Government to restore the pre-1975 religious practices and customs at the Datta Peeta-Dargah at Bababudangiri in Chikmagalur district. A party delegation led by G.V. Sriram Reddy, MLA, visited Bababudangiri on June 9 to study the situation there.

The delegation also visited Mangalore where clashes took place recently. The CPI(M) is of the view that activists of the Bajrang Dal and the Sangh Parivar were responsible for the clashes, the note said. — Special Correspondent

Institute opens regional office

Bangalore: The Indian Institute of Human Rights, New Delhi, has opened its South India regional office here in association with Karnataka Human Rights Federation, Bangalore.

The Indian Institute of Human Rights offers a two-year postgraduate programme in human rights through distance learning. The admission centre is at No. G13, Brigade Plaza, Anand Rao Circle, Bangalore 560 009. The prospectus and course material are available at the office. Those interested can contact Satish Kudtarkar, Director, Indian Institute Of Human Rights, Bangalore (ph: 080-51511007 or 9448379499). — Staff Reporter

Power station sanctioned

BIJAPUR: The State Government has sanctioned a 220 kV power receiving station at Hukumnal near here to improve power supply to in Bijapur and surrounding areas.

In a press release here on Monday, M.B. Patil, Tikotal MLA, said the Government has also sanctioned a 110 kV receiving station at Torvi village.

Besides, he said, the existing 33 kV substations at Bhutnal and Babaleshwar are being upgraded to 110 kV.

Referring to the long pending demand for an approach road to National Highway 13 from Tidagundi village, the Congress MLA said Rs. 1.5 lakh has been sanctioned under the Grameen Sadak Yojana. — Staff Correspondent

National seminar on Ayurveda

Bangalore: The Department of Postgraduate Studies in Dravyaguna (Pharmacology), Government Ayurvedic Medical College, is organising a national seminar to popularise "Ekamulika." The seminar will be held at the Dhanawantri Auditorium of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences here on June 16 and 17.

More than 500 delegates will participate in the seminar, "Bheshaja 2005." The seminar will be inaugurated by P.S. Prabhakara, Vice-Chancellor, RGUHS. — Staff Reporter

Four arrested in murder case

Raichur: The Raichur police arrested Ramanna, Thikkayya, Lakku Mareppa, and Eranna from Hosa Malliabad on Sunday in connection with a murder case reported at the Mittimalkapur Cross near here on May 31.

They have been remanded in judicial custody. Dodda Anjaneya was killed on the spot and Vijaya Chakravarthi, president of the Mittimalkapur Gram Panchayat and Tayappa were injured when a 30-member gang attacked them at Mittimalkapur Cross while they were returning from a marriage at Mittimalkapur. — Staff Correspondent

P.H. Pujar to join JD(S)

BIJAPUR: P.H. Pujar, former MLA from Bagalkot who was expelled from the Bharatiya Janata Party before the last Assembly elections, has decided to join the Janata Dal (Secular).

Mr. Pujar told The Hindu that he will be joining the Janata Dal (S) in the presence of the party president and former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, in Bangalore in a day or two.

He said hundreds of his followers in Bagalkot and elsewhere in the district will join the party later at a rally in Bagalkot. — Staff Correspondent

Seminar on horticulture

Belgaum: The State unit of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with NABARD and Department of Horticulture will organise a seminar on "Karnataka: The horticulture hub of India — Opportunities and Challenges" here on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the seminar is organised to discuss the changing pattern of horticulture in the country and State and the policy initiatives. — Staff Correspondent

Appointed

Belgaum: The All India Dalit Youth Organisation has appointed Pandu Kallappa Giddannavar of Majagaon as vice-president of the Belgaum district unit, according to a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Boy knocked down

DHARWAD: A five-year-old boy was killed when a lorry knocked him down at Alnavar in Dharwad taluk on Monday. The name of the victim has been given as Rohit Ravichandra Basme.

Police said Rohit was standing by the roadside with his mother, Gouravva, when the lorry knocked him down killing him on the spot. Gouravva has lodged a complaint against the driver of the lorry.

Notices issued

MYSORE: The Department of Public Instruction has issued notices to schools following English medium after obtaining permission to start Kannada medium classes, the Deputy Director for Public Instruction, Gangappa Gowda, said at a review meeting of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat on Monday.

He said that action will be initiated against schools that flout the norms after receiving a response for the notices from the schools.

Mr. Gowda also said that inspection squads have been set up to ensure compliance to the roster system and medium of instruction in schools. — Staff Correspondent

Schoolteacher electrocuted

MYSORE: A schoolteacher was electrocuted when he came in contact with a live electric wire in an agricultural field in Mandya district on Monday.

The victim has been identified as T.H. Raju (31), a teacher in a private school. The incident took place at Hongahalli near Keelara in Mandya Rural when Raju left for his farm to switch on the borewell to irrigate the crops. However, he stepped on an electric cable that had snapped, and died on the spot. — Staff Correspondent

Scholarships given to meritorious students

TUMKUR: `Rays of Hope Foundation Inc.' of the United States has granted scholarships to 97 meritorious students of Kunigal taluk in Tumkur district. Mahalingaiah, a doctor from Kunigal, who is settled in the U.S., has sponsored the scholarships in the memory of his parents — Sharada and Boralingaiah.

His brothers, Channaiah and Shivalingaiah, and Lakkanna, former Mayor of Bangalore, gave away the scholarships to the students at a function in Kunigal on Monday. — Staff Correspondent

Port workers to strike work today

MANGALORE: Five labour unions in the New Mangalore Port will hold a demonstration in protest against the Government's decision to privatise 11 major ports.

The NMP Staff Association, the Karnataka Dock and General Workers' Union, the NMP Dock Workers Union, the NMP General Employees' Union, and the NMPT Cargo Handling and Allied Workers' Union have decided to join the all-India strike on Tuesday. — Special Correspondent

Industrialists to visit China

BANGALORE: A delegation of industrialists in IT and BT sector will be visiting China. The Minister for Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia, told presspersons here on Monday that an invitation has come in that regard from a visiting Chinese delegation. Earlier, Mr. Sindhia received the five-member delegation headed by the Chairman of the Standing Committee of Jiangsu Provincial People's Congress, Hong Jinxin. — Staff Reporter

Take over private school, says MLA

TUMKUR: J.C. Madhuswamy, Janata Dal (United) MLA for CN Halli, has suggested that the Government take over the private high school at Thimmanahalli in the district and end the controversy over the location of a new government school.

Mr. Madhuswamy told presspersons here on Monday that a new government high school was sanctioned for Badake Gudlu village as 70 per cent of those living there were Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. He regretted that members of several political parties had raised a hue and cry against locating the school at Badake Gudle and demanded that it be located at Thimmanahalli where a private school was already there. — Staff Correspondent

Training programme for teachers

MYSORE: A seven day in-service training programme for higher secondary schoolteachers from Indian School, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman is underway at the Regional Institute of Education.

Sixteen higher secondary schoolteachers teaching physics, chemistry and social science at the Indian School are attending the programme.

— Staff Correspondent

Notices issued to schools

MYSORE: The Department of Public Instruction has issued notices to schools following English medium after obtaining permission to start Kannada medium classes, the Deputy Director for Public Instruction, Gangappa Gowda, said at a review meeting of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat on Monday.

He said that action will be initiated against schools that flout the norms.

Mr. Gowda also said that inspection squads have been set up to ensure compliance to the roster system and medium of instruction in schools.

— Staff Correspondent

Chess coaching camp

MYSORE: Creative Chess School will conduct an advanced chess coaching camp in the city from June 15. International Chess player, O.T. Anil Kumar, who is presently the Kerala State champion, will conduct the camp.

Those interested in taking part in the camp may contact the school secretary, Anand, by calling 93421-14708.

— Staff Correspondent

Cancer detection clinic

MYSORE: Preethi Centre for Oncology will conduct a free cancer detection camp on the centre's premises on June 16. Chief Surgical Oncologist, Anil Thomas, will be available for consultation.

Those having symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, swelling, lump, hardness, change of voice, difficulty in swallowing, or sore throat can attend the camp.

Details could be obtained from the centre at 873, M.G. Road, Lakshmipuram or by calling 5259259.

— Staff Correspondent

Ganja seized

MYSORE: The city police on Monday seized narcotics and drugs worth Rs. 5 lakhs from a house in Bharathnagar. Working on a tip off the police zeroed in and raided the house where they found 5.5 kg of ganja.

Three persons have been arrested in this connection.

— Staff Correspondent

Power shutdown in Shimoga

SHIMOGA: Power supply in some areas of Shimoga will be affected between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on June 18, according to a press release. The areas are: Alkola, Vinobanagar, Ravindranagar, Hosmane, Sharavathynagar, Basaweshwarnagar, Engineering College, J.H. Patel Extension, Kanaka Extension, Navule,P and T Colony, Devaraj Urs Layout, Priyadarshini Layout, Kashipur, Gopala, Swamy Vivekandanada Layout, Tippunagar, Annanagar, B.H.Road, Private Bus Stand Area, Gandhinagar, Ghadikoppa and Malligenahalli. — Special Correspondent

Padayatra opposing hydel project

Madikeri: Villagers of K. Nidugane, near here, took out a padayatra from Abbi Falls to the Town Hall here, shouting slogans against the construction of the proposed mini hydel power project at Abbi Falls, a famous picnic spot. Leading the procession was Ravi Chengappa, convenor of the Cauvery Sene, which is supporting the villagers. The Sene has been opposing the proposed hydel projects across rivers in the district. Speakers opposed the project stating that it would not only destroy the beauty of the falls, but would submerge their paddy fields. — Staff Correspondent

Seminar on horticulture

Belgaum: The State unit of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with NABARD and Department of Horticulture will organise a seminar on "Karnataka: The horticulture hub of India — Opportunities and Challenges" here on Tuesday.

According to a press release, the seminar is organised to discuss the changing pattern of horticulture in the country and State and the policy initiatives. It will also assess the competitiveness of the horticulture sector with a global perspective. — Staff Correspondent

Projects opposed

SIRSI: The Aghanashini Bedthi Kolla Samrakshana Samiti has decided to write to the Union and State Governments not to implement the proposed hydel projects — Aghanashini, Gangavali Stage II and Kali Sage III in Uttara Kannada district. A meeting, headed by Gangadharandra Saraswathi, pontiff of Swarnalli Mutt, here on Sunday warned of an agitation if the Government fails to stop the projects. The samiti demanded that the Government come out with a report on the sustaining capacity of the district. — Correspondent

Appointed

Belgaum: The All India Dalit Youth Organisation has appointed Pandu Kallappa Giddannavar of Majagaon as vice-president of the Belgaum district unit, according to a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Boy knocked down

DHARWAD: A five-year-old boy was killed when a lorry knocked him down at Alnavar in Dharwad taluk on Monday. The name of the victim has been given as Rohit Ravichandra Basme. Police said Rohit was standing by the roadside with his mother, Gouravva, when the lorry knocked him down killing him on the spot. — Staff Correspondent

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