KARNATAKA

Briefly

Probe on into fake currency racket

Bangalore: The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has said that the Government views the circulation of fake currency in the State seriously and will take stringent action against those involved.

Replying to the matter raised in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday by the Leader of the Opposition, B.S. Yediyurappa, Sunil Kumar and several others during zero hour, he said the Bangalore city Police Commissioner, Ajai Kumar Singh, is aware of the matter and investigation is on. "The Government is seized of the matter and a full-fledged investigation is in progress, he added." — Special Correspondent

STCL to set up chilli processing plants

Bangalore: Spices Trading Corporation Ltd. (STCL) will set up pepper and chilli processing plants in Haveri district to help showcase these products in the domestic and global markets and help realise better returns through value addition.

These projects will be set up through financial assistance from State and Central agencies and are expected to be commissioned during the current fiscal year, an STCL statement said here.

— Special Correspondent

43 students taken ill after midday meal

BIJAPUR: Forty-three schoolchildren were taken ill after having the midday meal at Honwad village near here on Tuesday. All of them were admitted to the civil hospital here and are recovering, according to the Additional Superintendent of Police, Shivanand. There are over 250 children in the government primary school, and only those who were served food from a particular utensil developed uneasiness and nausea. The Deputy Director of Public Instruction, N.H. Katakdonda, visited the village and ordered a departmental inquiry. — Staff Correspondent

Akkamahadevi is Registrar of NIFT

BANGALORE: Akkamahadevi, Director of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Research Institute, has been appointed Registrar of the National Institute of Fashion Technology, according to a Government notification.

— Special Correspondent

Villagers tonsure

four youths

BIJAPUR: Enraged villagers tonsured four youths and paraded them for allegedly gang-raping a woman at Nidagundi village in Basavanabagewadi taluk on Monday.

The villagers also thrashed the accused Gururaj Shivaray Gurani, Ningappa Devendrappa Korwar, Basavaraj Thippanna Arondara and Ramesh Surappa Surpur, all in their 20s. They reportedly abducted a woman from Talikot village who was waiting for a bus at the Nidagundi bus stop on Sunday night and allegedly raped her.

Later, the accused were handed over to the Kolhar police, who have registered a case of gang rape. — Staff Correspondent

Army selection process in Davangere

DAVANGERE: Thousands of aspirants for posts of clerk and jawan in the Indian Army appeared for the different examinations at the district stadium here on Tuesday. Candidates from Dharwad, Belgaum, Haveri and Davangere lined up in front of the stadium from 7 a.m. onwards. The selection process will be held for three days. — Staff Correspondent

Nagabhushan Hugge to head association

Bidar: Nagabhushan Hugge has been elected president of the Non-Teaching Staff Association of the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries University in Bidar. Adaiah H. Swamy has been elected general secretary, Veerabhadrappa Uppin joint secretary, Kanteppa organising

secretary, Ganganna H. treasurer and V.K. Badiger internal auditor, said a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Man killed

in accident

GULBARGA: A small time businessman, Dhashrath (40), was run over by a truck near Annapurna Hospital here on Tuesday. According to eyewitness accounts, the driver of the truck and another person inside the vehicle abandoned their vehicle and escaped immediately after the accident. The victim, who was involved in the sale of plastic items, was proceeding towards Basaveshwar Hospital when the accident occurred. — Special Correspondent

`Form a separate political force'

Bidar: Dalit organisations need to change the direction of their agitation and strive towards forming a separate political force, Shridhar Kaliveera, State convenor of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti said on Monday. Speaking at the function to mark the death anniversary DSS founder, Krishnappa, M. Jayanna criticised Dalit organisations which were supporting several political parties. He urged them to evolve a political lobby which can decide the fate of other parties. — Staff Correspondent

Rally

HASSAN: The Hassan Zilla Nagarika Okkuta, on Tuesday, took out a rally to urge the Government to introduce English in government schools from the first standard. Hundreds of students from various schools and colleges have participated in the rally. The president of the okkuta, D.G. Krishne Gowda, said the move will help students from rural areas and criticised the Kannada Sahitya Parishat which is opposing the decision. They also staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office and submitted a memorandum.

— Staff Correspondent

Protest

HASSAN: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers of Arsikere taluk headed by the MLA, A.S. Basavaraj, on Tuesday staged a dharna in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, urging the Government to take up development works that have been stranded in the taluk. The BJP workers raised slogans against the district in-charge Minister, H.D. Revanna. The protesters also handed over a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, urging the Chief Minister to look into the matter.

— Staff Correspondent

Woman murdered

MYSORE: A woman suspected of having an affair was murdered by her nephew in Hunaganahalli in H.D. Kote taluk on Tuesday. Police said the deceased, Sarojamma, 35, was hacked to death with a sickle by Mahesh, 27, in her house. The accused surrendered before the police. The police visited the spot and preliminary investigations proved that Mahesh was instigated by his brothers to commit the crime. The police have launched a hunt for the two brothers.

— Staff Correspondent.

42 arrested

BELGAUM: In a major operation, police raided R.R. Farm near Benkanahalli here and arrested 42 persons on the charge of gambling on Sunday. Cash and valuables worth Rs. 3.5 lakhs were seized from them. Two of the accused — Rajue Kadolkar and B. Desurkar of Belgaum — are at large. — Staff Correspondent

Trekking

MYSORE: Outback Adventures, Mysore, is organising a trekking programme in Bandipur national forests on July 9 and 10. For more details, call 9886174411.

— Staff Correspondent

Convention

HUBLI: The district-level convention of the Samajwadi Party will be held at Glass House here on Thursday. The former Chief Minister S. Bangarappa will participate in the convention, Govindraj Harivan, president of the Hubli-Dharwad Mahanagar Zilla unit of the party, said in a press release.

Mr. Bangarappa will felicitate the presidents of 67 ward units and taluk units of the party, Mr. Harivan said. — Staff Correspondent

Hypnosis camp

HUBLI: Hypnosis Centre, Hubli, has organised a three-day camp on self-hypnotism and personality development for students from Wednesday. The camp will focus on techniques to improve memory power, self confidence, concentration and other aspects.

Interested students may contact H. Venkatesh, Hypnosis Centre, Mahaveer Street, Irkal Chawl, Hubli (Ph: 92432-87556). — Staff Correspondent

Scientist coming

HUBLI: B. Guruprasad, scientist, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will visit Mahila Vidyapeeth here on July 11, says a press release.

Mr. Guruprasad will make a presentation on satellite and missile technology. He will also interact with students of BDK Rotary English Medium School, Navanagar. — Staff Correspondent

Offices shifted

HUBLI: Several offices connected to the Commercial Tax Department situated in the city have been shifted to Vanijya Terige Bhavan in Navanagar, Hubli, according to a press release issued by B.S. Patil, Joint Commissioner, Commercial Tax. The Office of the Joint Commissioner, Commercial Tax; the Office of the Deputy Commissioner; the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, the Office of the Commercial Tax Officers (Intelligence 1, 2, 3; Mobile Squad, Hubli 1 and 2; Mobile Outpost 1, 2, 3 and 4) have been shifted. — Staff Correspondent

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