Railways to transport water

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE FEB. 26. The Union Home Ministry has asked the Indian Railways to provide bogies to supply drinking water and fodder to drought-hit areas in the State without charging a fee, B.S. Patil, Special Representative of the State Government in New Delhi, has said in a press note. The Home Ministry gave its direction to the Indian Railways after a meeting on February 20. At the meeting, issues related to drought were discussed and the State sought the Centre's help to mitigate drinking water and fodder shortage. Mr. Patil held discussions with the Railway Board Chairman, R.K. Singh. The Railways has been directed to provide adequate number of bogies to supply water and fodder to drought-hit places. Drinking water and fodder will be supplied to drought-hit districts such as Belgaum, Kolar, and Bijapur from next month, according to the note.

Award for `Prof. G.T.N.'

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE FEB. 26. The Kannada Vijnana Parishat has selected the popular Kannada writer in science, G.T. Narayana Rao (in picture), for its prestigious annual Kannada Vijnana Parishat Rajyotsava Prashasthi for 2003. The award, which was instituted in 2002, carries a cash prize of Rs. 25,000, a citation, and a memento. The award will be presented to Prof. G.T.N., as he is popularly known in academic and literary circles, shortly, at his residence in Mysore, a release from the Parishat says.

New KSPCB Chairman

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Bangalore FEB. 26. The Government today appointed Bhoomananda Manay, former president of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). The Bharatinagar MLA, J. Alexander, who held the additional post of KSPCB Chairman, has been inducted into the Cabinet.

Police officers interchanged

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Bangalore FEB. 26. Acting on the instructions of the Election Commission, the Government today interchanged the places of posting of two senior IPS officers of the rank of inspector general of police, shifting them from their home districts. The officers are M. Lakshman, Additional Commissioner of Police, Bangalore, and Chandrasekhara, IGP, Southern Range, Mysore. Mr. Lakshman hails from Bangalore district and Mr. Chandrasekhara from Mysore district.

Board chairmen appointed

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Bangalore FEB. 26. The Government has appointed Congress members chairmen of boards and corporations. The post of chairman has been given to Usman Ghani of Hungund (Food and Civil Supplies Corporation), Basavaraj Tukarm Naik of Uttara Kannada (Land Army Corporation), G. Halappa (Karnataka Housing Board), Venkataramana Shetty of Bagepalli (MSIL), and Ramadasa Gowda of Chikmagalur (Malanadu Area Development Board). It has appointed S. Ravishankar of Hiriyur in Chitradurga district Chairman of the Bayaluseeme Pradeshabhivruddhi Mandali (Dryland Development Board) in the place of R. Manjunath, former State Youth Congress President. Mr. Ravishankar is the General Secretary of the Chitradurga District Congress Committee.

Anjaneya's appeal to Poojary

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore FEB. 26. H. Anjaneya, who has been removed from the post of General Secretary of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, has urged the KPCC President, B. Janardhana Poojary, to reconsider the decision. In a letter to Mr. Poojary, Mr. Anjaneya, who continues to be the Chairman of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Development Corporation, has denied that untoward incidents took place in the presence of the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, in Davangere on Saturday last.

Moily criticises Parekh panel report

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE FEB. 26. The Chairman of the Revenue Reforms Commission and former Chief Minister, M. Veerappa Moily, on Thursday criticised a report on power sector submitted to the Government by the noted economist, Deepak Parekh. The report was responsible for the current power crisis in the State, he said. Addressing presspersons here, he said Mr. Parekh had submitted the report to the Government in 2000, suggesting reforms in the power sector. Instead of suggesting measures to augment power supply, the report opposed the setting up of power projects in the State, according to him. "The report is responsible for the destruction of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL)," he added. The report, which opposed extension of escrow cover for independent power producers in the State, contributed to the negative growth in the power sector, Mr. Moily said.

Procession in Hassan

<150> HASSAN FEB. 26. The Janata Dal (Secular) workers and Stree Shakti Self-help Groups on Thursday took out a procession in Sakleshpur town urging the Government to ban all kinds of lotteries in the State.

The protestors led by the Janata Dal(S) leader, H.M. Viswanath, shouted slogans against the Government and submitted a memorandum to the tahsildar in this connection.


MYSORE Feb. 26 . An exhibition-cum-sale of products prepared by women entrepreneurs will be held at Rotary West Hall, Kuvempunagar, on March 27 and 28.

The exhibition will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Women entrepreneurs from Mysore and surrounding places have been invited to exhibit their products. A letter containing details of the entrepreneur, address, telephone number, and the products to be exhibited may be sent to R. Indira, Chairperson, Women's Empowerment Committee, Rotary Club of Mysore West, P/8C, Kuvempunagar, Mysore, before March 15. For more details, call 2544345 or 2517563.


MANGALORE FEB. 26. The Kedambadi Foundation has chosen the Gamakh<149>a artiste and poet, Bendaravadi Subrahmanya Sharma, for the A. Balakrishna Polali Memorial Literary Award for 2003.

A press release said the award would be presented to Mr. Sharma at a function at Vitla on February 29. The award comprised<149> a purse of Rs. 10,000 and a citation.


MYSORE Feb. 26 . Rotary Mysore Adventure Corps, in association with International Academy of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (IAMAS), will conduct a Himalayan trekking expedition in Himachal Pradesh from April 30 to May 21.

A statement from the adviser to Rotary Mysore Adventure Corps, D.S.D. Solanki, said the programme included trekking in the glaciers, a visit to the Golden Temple, Jalianwalah Bagh, Wagah border, Amritsar, and other tourist places.

February 29 is the last date to register names. Interested students from pre-university or degree colleges can contact Solanki on ph: 9845116835 or Santhosh on ph: 9845111378.


MANGALORE FEB. 26. The Minister for Transport, B. Ramanath Rai, inaugurated the Mavinakatte-Poonja-Siddakatte bypass road at <149>Bantwal taluk recently.

A press release issued here said the road had been built with assistance from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.


MANGALORE FEB. 26. The President of the Central Relief Committee, Padma Nayak, will arrive in Mangalore on February 27.

An official press release said Ms. Nayak would hold a discussion with the Deputy Commissioner and the District Social Welfare Officer and visit a relief camp at Pachachanadi.

Areca export

MANGALORE FEB. 26. Central Areca Nut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO) on Thursday sent its first trial consignment of "chali" areca nut to Afghanistan from its warehouse at the APMC yard, Bykampady.

In all, 23 tonnes of areca nut (460 bags, each weighing 50 kg) was sent to Nava Sheva for shipment to Kabul. The consignment valued at Rs. 20 lakhs is expected to reach the consignor, Siraj Miraj Ltd., Kabul, in 15 days.

The Goa Minister for Cooperation, Forest, and Protocol, Vinay D. Tendulkar, handed over the transport documents to the Chief Marketing Officer of CAMPCO to mark the despatch of the consignment. (CAMPCO has already received payment for the consignment.)