Wealth case hearing adjourned

BANGALORE: The disproportionate assets case involving Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and four others — Sasikala, V.N. Sudhagaran, Illavarasi and T.T.V. Dinakaran — has been adjourned till January 21.

The Supreme Court had transferred the case to Bangalore from Chennai, and a Special Court under Justice A.S. Pachhapure was constituted to try the cases. Since the Supreme Court has stayed the proceedings in the Special Court, the judge adjourned further hearing on the matter. — Staff Reporter

Allocation for health sector to go up

BANGALORE: Health Minister N. Cheluvaraya Swamy has said that the State Government plans to increase the budgetary allocation for health. "The Central Government has been requesting us to increase the budget for some time now. We are looking into it," he said at a round-table on healthcare for the unorganised sector arranged by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry here on Saturday. The budgetary allocation for the health sector for 2005-06 is Rs. 323 crores, which is an increase of 18 per cent over the previous year's budget, he said. — Staff Reporter

Pro-Kannada activists stage demonstration

BANGALORE: Kannada Rakshana Vedike activists on Saturday staged a black-flag demonstration near the Udyoga Soudha even as Governor T.N. Chaturvedi and Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh were participating in the inaugural ceremony. The police prevented the activists from entering the building and arrested them.

The activists raised slogans against Belgaum Mayor Vijay Pandurang More in protest against the resolution passed by the Belgaum City Corporation seeking the merger of Belguam and a few other areas with Maharashtra. — Staff Reporter

Ayurvedic treatment camp

BANGALORE: Sri Jayachamarajendra Government Ayurvedic Hospital, Dhanwantari Road, Bangalore, has arranged a month-long special treatment camp from November 23 for asthma, allergic rhinitis, common cold, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and other ailments. Yoga training and nature cure treatment will also be available at the camp. Classes will be conducted between 9.30 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Patients can register their names in the Yoga Department of the hospital between 9 a.m. and noon. — Special Correspondent

Horticultural society's training programme

BANGALORE: The Mysore Horticultural Society will conduct a four-day training programme on THAI - Art Arrangement (with banana leaves) from November 26 at 11 a.m. at Dr. M.H. Marigowda Memorial Hall, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, Bangalore. Details can be had from the Secretary, Mysore Horticultural Society, Lalbagh, Bangalore 560004, or by dialling 26576781 or 26769436, according to an official press release.

— Special Correspondent

National symposium on Mahabharata

Bangalore: A two-day national symposium on the Mahabharata organised as part of the Mahabharatha Utsav here was inaugurated by Ranga Priya Swamiji. A number of national and international scholars presented papers on various subjects related to the epic.

The symposium started with John Smith presenting his views on the epic. Other international scholars included Wendy Philips, who discussed "Mahabharata - the living legend," and Sally Goldman, who presented a case on "The gustatory nature of Bhimsena in Vyasa's Mahabharata."

The final presentation by R.P. Goldman was centred on "The Mahabharata and the ideology of Yuganta." — Staff Reporter

Trust to help destitute persons

HUBLI: Chirashanthi Ustuvari Trust, which has started recently, plans to conduct funeral services of destitute people free of cost.

Sri Gurusiddha Rajayogindra Swamiji of Moorusavir Mutt, who is the honorary president of the trust, told presspersons here on Thursday that to begin with a hearse van will be introduced to help the people of all communities in conducting the funeral services.

The trust has appealed to the philanthropists to give donations to the trust either by giving the amount directly to the Moorusavir Mutt or credit the amount to Account No. 15319 at the Karnataka Bank, Durgadbail branch, Hubli. — Staff Correspondent

Cultural competition

SHIMOGA: The district-level Inter-Pre-University Collegiate Cultural Competitions will be held here at the SriVidya Bharathi Pre University College on November 22. Principal of the College M.R. Seethalakshmi told presspersons that about 600 students representing 88 junior colleges in the district are likely participate in the cultural competitions, which will be held separately for the first and the second year students. Cultural events in the competitions include mono acting, light music, quiz, essay writing in English and Kannada and debate.

— Special Correspondent

`Christraj Mahotsava'

SHIMOGA: "Christraj Mahotsava" and "Holy Communion Procession" will be held under the auspices of the Sacred Heart Church here on Sunday". Over 10,000 people are expected to participate in the event, according to Fr. Stanny D'Souza. Talking to newspersons here on Saturday, he said that the events will start at the Church from 9 a.m. A special mass will be conducted by Bishop Gerald Issac Lobo. The holy procession will be taken out in the main parts of the city, he added. — Special Correspondent

Spirit seized

HUBLI: The Hubli police seized spirit worth Rs. 50,000 stored illegally for allegedly manufacturing illicit liquor and arrested one person on Saturday. The name of the arrested has been given as Gurusiddha Bani of Ramalingeshwar Nagar. The Police had on Thursday seized a car that was being used for illegally transporting the spirit. The investigation following the incident led to the arrest of the person, police said. — Staff Correspondent

Two arrested

HUBLI: The Hubli police arrested two persons in connection with illegally transporting spirit and seized spirit and other goods worth Rs. 45,500 on Friday. The names of the arrested have been given as Hanumanthsa Ramachandrasa Metrani and Robin P. Gudasalmani. A case has been registered at Kamaripet Police Station.

— Staff Correspondent

House gutted

SIRSI: A house belonging to Shekappa Gangemat of Kabbe village, near Sirsi, was gutted in the early hours of Saturday. The reason for the fire is not know.

The fire was put out by local people. The loss is estimated at Rs. 50,000. Revenue Inspector P.S. Jaiwant visited the spot. — Correspondent

Training for jobs in BPO sector

MYSORE: The Vokkaligara Seva Vedike has invited applications for a training programme in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector from job aspirants belonging to the Vokkaliga community. Applications containing personal details, photocopy of marks cards, caste certificate, and two photographs should be sent to the vedike, 311/1, III Cross, K.R. Hospital Road, Mysore, on or before November 21. For details, call (0821) 5252413 or 9844309672.

— Staff Correspondent

`Design a stamp' contest

MYSORE: The Postal Department will be holding a "Design a stamp" Contest 2005 for students on November 27 at Postal Training Centre, Nazarbad, Mysore, from 10 a.m. According to press statement from the Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Mysore Division, the topics are "My favourite mythological hero" or "My favourite Fairy Tale". Application forms are available at the office of Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Mysore Division, at Akashvani Circle. — Staff Correspondent

No-meat day

MYSORE: Mysore City Corporation has ordered the closure of all meat stalls in the city on November 25 on account of Vasavahini Jayanti. According to a press statement from the Health Officer, all the slaughterhouses and meat stalls will remain closed on Friday. — Staff Correspondent

Free antenatal camp

MYSORE: Inner Wheel Club of K.R. Nagar will conduct a free antenatal check-up camp at Mamatha Ganga Maternity Home and Infertility Research Centre, Bazaar Road, K.R. Nagar, from 10 a.m. on Friday. A free check-up will be conducted for pregnant women. More details can be obtained on (08223) 262809. — Staff Correspondent

Businessman robbed

MYSORE: Miscreants threw chilli powder on a businessman and robbed him of over Rs. 1 lakh cash in Ittigegud area on Friday night. According to the police, Chandrashekar Shetty, 72, was returning home on his two-wheeler after closing his shop in Mandi Mohalla at around 10.30 p.m. when the incident occurred. The Nazarbad police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Woman dead

MYSORE: A resident of Metagalli, who was injured in an accident, succumbed to injuries at a private hospital on Friday night. The police said that Sumitra, 28, sustained serious head injuries while riding pillion with her husband Ranganath on H.D. Kote Road. The police said that Ranganath lost control after being blinded by the headlights of an oncoming heavy vehicle. The K.R. Traffic police registered a case. — Staff Correspondent