KARNATAKA

Briefly

Bababudanagiri shrine: status quo ordered

BANGALORE: The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday ordered issue of notices to the State Government, Deputy Commissioner of Chikmagalur district and other respondents on a public interest litigation petition. The petitioners, Mohammad Siddique, and another person prayed for a direction to denotify the temple from the provisions of the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Act of 1997. The Bench ordered maintenance of status quo in the day-to-day affairs of the temple and adjourned further hearing of the petition.

— Staff Reporter

More time to obtain applications

BANGALORE: The last date for obtaining applications for the competitive examinations to be conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission for the posts of assistants/first division assistants in various departments has been extended from July 16 to July 21. Details can be obtained from the Secretary of the commission, Park House, Bangalore. — Special Correspondent

Bar council opposes Bill

BANGALORE: The members of the Karnataka State Bar Council have said they will meet the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, on Thursday and submit to him a memorandum against the decision of the Houses of Parliament to pass the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.) Amendment Bill of 2005. The council Chairman, A.R. Patil, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the Bill has been submitted to the President. The Bar Council of India has asked the State bars to observe Thursday as a "protest day." — Staff Reporter

Move to sell stake in BHEL criticised

Bangalore: Public sector employees in Bangalore under the banner of the "Centre of Indian Trade Unions public sector coordination committee" have criticised the United Progressive Alliance Government's move to disinvest 10 per cent equity in Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL). "The move amounts to betrayal of the national common minimum programme (NCMP). It is stated in the NCMP that profit-making units will not be privatised, and Navarathna companies will be encouraged to become global players," the committee said in a statement here. — Special Correspondent

Tributes paid to Vasudevan Nair

TUMKUR: Senior leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) paid tributes to P.K. Vasudevan Nair, MP and former Kerala Chief Minister, who died in New Delhi on Tuesday, at a condolence meeting here on Wednesday. T.R. Revanna, CPI leader, said Vasudevan Nair was held in high regard by every worker of the party. A group of CPI leaders from Tumkur District has left here to attend the funeral of Vasudevan Nair at his native village in Kerala on Thursday. — Staff Correspondent

Poojary may be made Union Minister

Bangalore: M. Rajashekaramurthy, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and member of the Rajya Sabha, is expected to be appointed a Union Minister. The outgoing President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, B. Janardhana Poojary, is also expected to find a berth in the Ministry.

— Special Correspondent

Rahul Gandhi to visit Hubli today

HUBLI: Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP and Youth Congress leader, will visit Hubli on Thursday to participate in a function related to the "Akshay Patra Yojana." Police sources said Mr. Gandhi will participate in the function, which will be held in a government school at Anandnagar in Old Hubli. He will arrive by a special flight on Thursday morning, they said. — Staff Correspondent

Heavy rain in Davangere

DAVANGERE: Heavy rain lashed Davangere city on Wednesday. The downpour, which started around 2 p.m., continued till 8.15 p.m.

Low-lying areas were inundated and many roads were flooded. People who were caught in the rain took shelter under trees in large numbers. — Staff Correspondent

Power supply hit in Bijapur

BIJAPUR: Power supply and telephone service were disrupted here for several hours on Wednesday following technical snags.

Telephones service was restored in the afternoon by rectifying a fault in the main exchange. But power supply soon stopped.

Hubli Electric Supply Company Ltd. authorities attributed it to heavy rainfall. Though power supply resumed in some areas by evening, many localities remained without power.

— Staff Correspondent

Information Officer takes charge

DHARWAD: Prahlad S. Parvati took charge as the Senior Assistant Director of State Information Centre, Hubli, on Tuesday.

He took the charge from

T. Kanumappa, Senior Assistant Director, who has been transferred to Davanagere. — Staff Correspondent

Man held on cheating charge

SHIMOGA: The Shimoga Police have arrested a man, who was allegedly involved in cases of cheating people in Udupi, Shimoga and Tumkur while buying gold ornaments in the last four years.

A special squad arrested Prabhakar Devadiga at Arsikere in Hassan district on July 9 and recovered from him gold ornaments worth Rs.1 lakh relating to the nine cases of cheating various jewellery shops.

According to police, the accused used to collect gold ornaments from women in rural areas by convincing them that he needed them for getting the ornaments designed on the same model for his sister.

He used to cheat the women by returning fake ornaments, the police said. — Special Correspondent

Assumes office

Karwar: Subir Hari Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Housing and also Secretary in charge of Uttara Kannada district, took charge as administrator of zilla panchayat here today. Addressing officials on the occasion, he said steps will be taken to fill up the vacancies existing in different departments.

Efforts will be made to get approval for the development proposals submitted by the zilla panchayat. — Correspondent

Suspended

PANAJI: A police Sub-Inspector in South Goa was suspended from service after he was allegedly found to be possessing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A team of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, led by the Superintendent of Police, Bosco George, raided the residence of Jivba Gunaji Dalvi, attached to Colva Police Station and seized several documents pertaining to bank accounts, shares and property on Monday. — Staff Correspondent

Demonstration

Chamarajanagar: Members of the Chamarajanagar City Muncipality Council staged a demonstration in front of council's office on Tuesday, urging the Government to appoint a permanent commissioner to the corporation, as development works have been stagnating. — Correspondent

Massage centre raided

BANGALORE: The Banaswadi police on Tuesday raided a house in HRBR Layout here and arrested three persons, including two women, all said to be from Mandya district. The women were allegedly running a brothel in a massage centre. — Staff Reporter

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