Suspension of JD(S) leaders `stayed'

Bangalore: Janata Dal (Secular) national General Secretary C. Narasimhappa has stayed the suspension from the party of the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and national Vice-President C.M. Ibrahim.

Prof. Narasimhappa has questioned the action of the national Executive Committee of the party in ratifying the suspension of the two leaders by the State Council. The national Executive Committee should have dealt with the case only after it was gone into by the disciplinary committee or any other appropriate body. "Nothing of this kind has happened, and I as the national General Secretary stay the operation of the order of suspension of Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. Siddaramaiah from the party," he has said. — Special Correspondent

Bail granted in currency case

Kochi: The Ernakulam CBI Special Court-II on Thursday granted bail to N.J. Ramappa and Boregowda who were arrested from the CISF quarters in Mysore in connection with the

case relating to the theft of Rs. 50 lakhs from the RBI currency chest. The two are arraigned as the third and fourth accused in the case. The accused were arrested following the arrest of the prime accused, Sabulal, from Mysore.

The Special Court granted them bail on their executing a bond for Rs. 25,000 each with two solvent sureties each to the satisfaction of the court. The other condition is they should appear before the investigation officer every Monday and Friday. — Staff Reporter

Information science scholar felicitated

BANGALORE: In recent years, information technology has overtaken the study of information sciences. This is apparent in the fewer number of information science scholars, said Indian Institute of Science Director P. Balaram at an event to felicitate information science scholar A. Neelameghan.

Prof. Balaram released "Knowledge Organisation Information System and Other Essays," a compendium of 35 essays written by 45 scholars. The event was organised here on Wednesday to honour Prof. Neelameghan, retired head of the Documentation Research and Training Centre on his 80th birthday. — Staff Reporter

Birth anniversary function

BANGALORE: A function to commemorate the 75th birth anniversary of the former Chief Minister J.H. Patel has been organised here on October 1.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister H.S. Mahadeva Prasad said Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash will release a book, "Vinoda Vichara," containing the speeches of the late leader on the occasion. — Staff Reporter

CanFin Homes launches DSA scheme

Bangalore: Canara Bank-sponsored CanFin Homes Ltd. has launched the Direct Selling Agent (DSA) scheme in Bangalore to raise market penetration and enhance its market share. A bank statement said here that the DSA scheme will soon be extended to Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi. CanFin Homes has fixed a sanctions target of Rs. 750 crores during the current fiscal year, representing a growth of 41 per cent, it said. — Special Correspondent

Ministry berth sought for Davangere MLA

BANGALORE: Some Congress leaders from Davangere district have urged Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to induct Shamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, into the Ministry.

Dinesh K. Shetty, Davangere District Congress Committee President, told presspersons here on Thursday that Mr. Shivashankarappa should be made a Minister as his leadership helped the party win seats in the elections to the Assembly, agricultural produce marketing committees and municipal councils. The party bagged 32 seats out 35 in the Davangere City Municipal Council under his leadership, Mr. Shetty said. — Special Correspondent

Power cut in Hubli today

HUBLI: Owing to urgent maintenance work, power supply will be disrupted in the following areas in Hubli on Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., a press release from Hubli Electricity Supply Company Ltd. said.

The areas to be affected are New Cotton Market, Bailappnavar Nagar, Kumbhakonam Plots, KMC premises, Deshpande Nagar, Circuit House Road and Club Road (partial). — Staff Correspondent

`Uncle' Pai to inaugurate seminar

PANAJI: Anant Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai, writer and editor of children's books and magazines such as Tinkle, will inaugurate a two-day seminar on children's literature organised jointly by Sahitya Academy, New Delhi, and Goa Konkani Academy, on October 7 here.

Prominent Konkani writers will guide budding writers and children on the facets of children's literature at the seminar. — Special Correspondent

Four killed in three accidents

BIJAPUR: Four persons were killed in three separate accidents in the district over the past 24 hours. Basavaraj Bheemanagouda Patil, 28, and Premanand Darekar, 22, of Tumnal village were killed when a lorry hit their motorcycle at Kannal Cross on National Highway 13 near here on Wednesday night.

Basaiah Hiremath, 50, of Gundawan village in Indi taluk was killed when his two-wheeler was hit by a lorry at Arjanal Cross in Zalki police limits on Thursday.

Prabhu Bhutnal, 33, a driver of an oil tanker, was killed when a truck collided with the tanker on Moratagi Road near Sindagi last night, police said. — Staff Correspondent

Two arrested

DAVANGERE: The Davangere police arrested two persons, who allegedly took away a gold chain from a woman on Wednesday morning. The police claimed that within an hour after the victim, Sharadamma, filed the complaint, they arrested Chandrappa, 17, and Halesh, 19. Upon interrogation, the two confessed that they had committed a similar offence 20 days ago on PB Road.

— Staff Correspondent


Davangere: A few persons robbed a schoolmaster of Rs. 13,500 at Harihar on Tuesday. According to the police, Mudakappa, head master of Kenchanahalli Primary School, had withdrawn the amount from the bank and was waiting for a bus at the bus stop, when a few miscreants robbed him. A case has been registered.

— Staff Correspondent

Cabinet berth sought

DAVANGERE: The Davangere district unit of the Congress and the State Youth Congress have urged the party High Command to appoint Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, MLA, and senior leader of the party as Cabinet Minister. D. Basavaraj, General Secretary of the district unit and former President of the Davangere City Municipality, in a statement issued here on Thursday said that Mr. Shivashankarappa has toiled to build the party in this regions and because of his efforts, the Congress has been in power in many local bodies such as municipalities and taluk panchayats. — Staff Correspondent

Book released

SIRSI: Gamokkala Kathegalu, a collection of folk stories by the late L.R. Hegde, was released on Wednesday here under the auspices of Dr. L.R. Hegde Kriti Prakashana Samiti, "Chintana," and Prasaranga of Karnatak University.

— Correspondent

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