KARNATAKA

Briefly

K.C.N. Chandrashekar to head film chamber

BANGALORE: Prominent Kannada film producer, distributor and exhibitor K.C.N. Chandrashekar was elected President of the South India Film Chamber for the second time in the election held on Sunday in Chennai.

Mr. Chandrashekar has produced over 50 Kananda films and distributed over 500 films in different languages. He has also produced films in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Hindi. He served as President of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce for three terms. He is also a leading player in the State's silk industry.

— Staff Reporter

Stone to be laid

for ONGC project

Bangalore: The foundation stone of the multipurpose project of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation in Mangalore will be laid in a month's time, according to N.S. Boseraju, Political Secretary to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh.

Mr. Boseraju told presspersons here on Monday that the Centre has given the green signal for the project. He said that the issue of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project is expected to come up before the parliamentary consultative committee attached to the Union Urban Development Ministry. There is no room for any confusion on the construction of the project, he said. — Staff Reporter

International meet on operations research

Bangalore: The Operational Research Society of India will conduct an international conference on operations research applications in infrastructure development, in conjunction with the annual convention of the Operational Research Society of India, from December 27 to 29 at the Indian Institute of Science here. The conference will focus on discussing possible applications, implementation and future potential of operations research/management science in infrastructure development. For details contact 22932605 or 22932378. — Staff Reporter

Women demand quota in elected bodies

MANGALORE: Women activists of the Dakshina Kannada unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) held a demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Monday to urge the Centre to table the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament in the winter session.

In a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister through the Deputy Commissioner, they demanded that there should be 33 per cent reservation for women in elected bodies.

The United Progressive Alliance government has declared in its common minimum programme that women will be given reservation in elected bodies, the memorandum said.

— Staff Correspondent

Deve Gowda's support for KIOCL criticised

MANGALORE: Nagarika Seva Trust, a non-governmental organisation based at Guruvayanakere, has criticised the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda for opposing the closure of mining operations by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL).

Reacting to Mr. Gowda's recent letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealing against closure of the company, the trust said Mr. Gowda has not assessed properly the environmental problems caused due to mining. It said that it is meaningless to link the closure of mining operations and the naxalite problem, it added. — Staff Correspondent

Integration camp

inaugurated

BIJAPUR: People on Monday had a rare opportunity to have a glimpse of diverse form of country's art and culture during the colourful "kala jaatha" held as part of the National Integration Camp programme here. Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin flagged off the "jaatha". The motto of "jaatha" was to spread the message: "Unity in diversity''. Besides art and cultural groups from different districts, teams from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Goa gave a performance of various art forms. Seminars, cultural and recreation programmes aiming at promoting peace and amity among the people will be held as part of the six-day national-level camp. The district administration and Nehru Yuva Kendra under the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are jointly conducting the camp. — Staff Correspondent

BSNL releases

SIM cards

Belgaum: The Belgaum Telecom District of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has released post-paid sim cards booked under a special scheme for State and Union government employees (Rs. 100 rent per month). The subscribers, who have been given waiting list number, can collect the SIM cards in Customer Service Centre at the Telephone Exchange building in Camp area by paying Rs. 500 (which will be adjusted in the first bill).

— Staff Correspondent

Regional office

of bank opened

DHARWAD: Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank Chairman B.S. Surendra inaugurated the bank's Dharwad Regional Office here recently. With this, the bank now has five regional offices. Bank's Regional Manager for Dharwad I.T. Sethuraman said 52 branches in the district will come under the jurisdiction of the regional office. — Staff Correspondent

Raitha mela on November 29

DHARWAD: Buffalo Breeding Centre, Tegur, has organised "raitha mela' and "kshetrotsava" at Tegur on November 29. The farmers' meet will give information on animal husbandry and dairy, Deputy Director of the Centre T. Shivaram Bhat said in a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Handwriting camp

in Hubli

HUBLI: Academy of Calligraphy Studies is organising a "Handwriting improvement camp" for students of schools and colleges at the Hiremath Chawl, 3rd Main Road, Deshpandenagar, Hubli. Those interested can contact M. Desai (ph: 9845235749), a release said. — Staff Correspondent

Milk union directors begin hunger strike

SIRSI: Dharwad Milk Union directors Uday Hegde Mundigesar and B. G. Hegde Geral began their hunger strike on Monday in front of the Assistant Commissioner's office in Sirsi. They are protesting against the delay in bringing Uttara Kannada district under Dakshina Kannada Milk Union. Dharwad Milk Union has sought Rs. 10 crores from the Government to transfer Uttara Kannada district to Dakshina Kannada Milk Union. — Correspondent

Man electrocuted

in Hassan s HASSAN: A man was electrocuted in Arsikere town on Monday, the police said. Syed Siraj Pasha (21) came in contact with a live wire while cutting a plant in front of his house and died on the spot. His father, Nayeem Sharif, was injured when he tried to save his son, according to the Arsikere Town Police. A case has been a case. — Staff Correspondent

Protest

HASSAN: Activists of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), led by the Hassan taluk unit president, Rame Gowda, staged a dharna in front of the taluk office in protest against the discrimination among farmers while assessing flood damage in the taluk. However, they withdrew dharna after an assurance from the revenue authorities who said the anomalies would be set right. — Staff Correspondent

Electoral process for ZP elections

MYSORE: The election process for the zilla panchayat polls will begin on November 23 and the last date for candidates to file nominations is November 30. Deputy Commissioner Selvakumar said here on Monday that the papers will be scrutinised on December 1 and the last date to withdraw nominations is December 3. Polls will be held on December 19 and counting will be held at taluk centres on December 27. — Special Correspondent

Exhibition

MYSORE: The Confederation of Indian Industry will hold EXCON 2005, an international exhibition-cum-conference on construction equipment and technologies, from November 30 to December 4. The event will be held at Palace Grounds in Bangalore and in connection with this, the CII, Mysore chapter is organising a Road Show at Hotel Southern Star in the city on Tuesday. — Special Correspondent

Chess tournament

MYSORE: Creative Chess School will conduct a State-level chess tournament for Under-13 boys and girls at Bankers Recreation Club, New Kantharaja Urs, from December 1 to 3. Entries will be accepted on the spot from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and players born on or after January 1, 1992 are eligible. Proof of age is compulsory and the winners will qualify for the 19th Nationals to be held in Howrah, West Bengal from January 4 to 12. The top two players will represent the State. For details, call 9342114708 or 9880290918. — Special Correspondent

World AIDS Day

MYSORE: World AIDS Day will be observed in the district on December 1. The event will create public awareness about the disease. Deputy Commissioner Selvakumar directed officials to involve NGOs and institutions working in the field to create public awareness and suggested that rallies and campaigns be held throughout the month. Debates and essay contests will be held in educational institutions. Jathas will be taken out and film shows held to educate the public about the disease. — Special Correspondent

Manuscripts

survey launched

MANGALORE: A five-day survey of manuscripts in Dakshina Kannada began here on Monday with Kayyara Kinhanna Rai, Kannada writer, launching it.

The survey has been taken up under the National Mission for Manuscripts launched by the Centre in 2003. It will be held in the State for five days.

In all, 50 surveyors trained by the district administration at Dharmasthala would conduct the survey.

Speaking after launching the survey, Mr. Rai said manuscripts contained a fund of knowledge and it was important to preserve them. — Staff Correspondent

`Implement Mahajan panel report'

Chamarajanagar: President of the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha and Chamarajanagar MLA Vatal Nagaraj has called for the implementation of the Mahajan Commission report.

Activists of the party also burnt an effigy of Belgaum Mayor Vijay P. More in protest against the resolution passed by the Belgaum City Corporation seeking the merger of Belgaum and some other areas with Maharashtra.

Mr. Nagaraj urged the Government to withdraw the cases against Karnataka Rakshana

Vedike members who attacked the Belgaum Mayor. — Correspondent

President of IOS

MANGALORE: Akhtar Hussian of Mangalore has been installed President of the Indian Orthodontic Society (IOS). He assumed charge at the 40th Indian Orthodontic conference held in Chandigarh on November 13, according to a press release here on Monday.

Dr. Hussian is a well known orthodontic surgeon and heads the Department of Orthodontics of Yenepoya Medical College. — Special Correspondent

Ti. Nam. Sri birth centenary

BANGALORE: In line with the decision to observe the birth centenary of the giants of Kannada literature, the Government has in association with the Ti. Nam. Sri Birth Centenary Committee is all set to observe the centenary of the late Tirthapura Nanjundaiah Srikantaiah (1906-66), an outstanding scholar, literary critic and teacher, on November 26 here.

Noted poet G.S. Shivarudrappa, the former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily and the noted scholar M. Chidanadamurthy will participate in the centenary celebrations.

— Staff Reporter

Property tax

Bangalore: V.P. Baligar, Principal Secretary for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, on Monday called upon the Stree Shakti self-help groups to collect the property tax in their respective village panchayats for which they would get a five per cent incentive.

Presiding over the first monthly interaction meeting of the village panchayat members on `Grama Soudhadinda-Vidhana Soudhadavarege' programme, Mr. Baligar told the members from Kolar district to take up the work of collecting property tax as a challenge and become eligible for the incentive.

— Staff Reporter

BSNL releases

SIM cards

Belgaum: The Belgaum Telecom District of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has released post-paid sim cards booked under a special scheme for State and Union government employees (Rs. 100 rent per month). The subscribers, who have been given waiting list number, can collect the SIM cards in Customer Service Centre at the Telephone Exchange building in Camp area by paying Rs. 500 (which will be adjusted in the first bill).

— Staff Correspondent

Regional office

of bank opened

DHARWAD: Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank Chairman B.S. Surendra inaugurated the bank's Dharwad Regional Office here recently. With this, the bank now has five regional offices. Bank's Regional Manager for Dharwad I.T. Sethuraman said 52 branches in the district will come under the jurisdiction of the regional office. — Staff Correspondent

Raitha mela at Tegur

on November 29

DHARWAD: Buffalo Breeding Centre, Tegur, has organised "raitha mela' and "kshetrotsava" at Tegur on November 29.

The farmers' meet will give information on animal husbandry and dairy, Deputy Director of the Centre T. Shivaram Bhat said in a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Handwriting

camp

HUBLI: Academy of Calligraphy Studies is organising a "Handwriting improvement camp" for students of schools and colleges at the Hiremath Chawl, 3rd Main Road, Deshpandenagar, Hubli.

Those interested can contact M. Desai (ph: 9845235749), a release said. — Staff Correspondent

Milk union directors

begin hunger strike

SIRSI: Dharwad Milk Union directors Uday Hegde Mundigesar and B. G. Hegde Geral began their hunger strike on Monday in front of the Assistant Commissioner's office in Sirsi.

They are protesting against the delay in bringing Uttara Kannada district under Dakshina Kannada Milk Union.

Dharwad Milk Union has sought Rs. 10 crores from the Government to transfer Uttara Kannada district to Dakshina Kannada Milk Union. — Correspondent

Electrocuted

HASSAN: A man was electrocuted in Arsikere town on Monday, the police said. Syed Siraj Pasha (21) came in contact with a live wire while cutting a plant in front of his house and died on the spot. His father, Nayeem Sharif, was injured when he tried to save his son, according to the Arsikere Town Police.

A case has been a case. — Staff Correspondent

Protest

HASSAN: Activists of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), led by the Hassan taluk unit president, Rame Gowda, staged a dharna in front of the taluk office in protest against the discrimination among farmers while assessing flood damage in the taluk. they withdrew dharna after an assurance from the revenue authorities who said the anomalies would be set right. — Staff Correspondent

Electoral process for ZP elections

MYSORE: The election process for the zilla panchayat polls will begin on November 23 and the last date for candidates to file nominations is November 30. Deputy Commissioner Selvakumar said here on Monday that the papers will be scrutinised on December 1 and the last date to withdraw nominations is December 3. Polls will be held on December 19 and counting will be held at taluk centres on December 27. — Special Correspondent

Exhibition

MYSORE: The Confederation of Indian Industry will hold EXCON 2005, an international exhibition-cum-conference on construction equipment and technologies, from November 30 to December 4. The event will be held at Palace Grounds in Bangalore and in connection with this, the CII, Mysore chapter is organising a Road Show at Hotel Southern Star in the city on Tuesday. — Special Correspondent

Chess tournament

MYSORE: Creative Chess School will conduct a State-level chess tournament for Under-13 boys and girls at Bankers Recreation Club, New Kantharaja Urs, from December 1 to 3. Entries will be accepted on the spot from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and players born on or after January 1, 1992 are eligible. Proof of age is compulsory and the winners will qualify for the 19th Nationals to be held in Howrah, West Bengal from January 4 to 12. The top two players will represent the State. For details, call 9342114708 or 9880290918. — Special Correspondent

World AIDS Day

MYSORE: World AIDS Day will be observed in the district on December 1. The event will create public awareness about the disease. Deputy Commissioner Selvakumar directed officials to involve NGOs and institutions working in the field to create public awareness and suggested that rallies and campaigns be held throughout the month. Debates and essay contests will be held in educational institutions. Jathas will be taken out and film shows held to educate the public about the disease. — Special Correspondent