KARNATAKA

Briefly

CAT vacation from May 10

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE April 24. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Bangalore, will remain closed for vacation from May 10 to May 28 (both days inclusive). S.K. Hajra, member (A), will be the vacation judge from May 10 to May 21 and Mukesh Kumar Gupta, member (J), will be the vacation judge from May 24 to May 28. The vacation Bench will sit in Court Hall No. 2 on May 12, 19 and 26. The filing counter in the Registry of the tribunal will remain open from 10.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the vacation and will receive only urgent applications.

Farmer commits suicide

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA APRIL 24. A farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at T. Gollarahalli in Holalkere Police Station limits today. He has been identified as Sabjan Sab (33). According to the police, he had borrowed money to drill a borewell to irrigate his land. But the borewell did not yield water.

`Congress manifesto misleading'

By Our Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA April 24. The former Prime Minister and President of the Janata Dal (S), H.D. Deve Gowda, today charged that the Congress had lifted some of the plans and programmes from his party's manifesto and asked the people to reject the Congress which had showed a lack of seriousness in implementing its own manifesto. Addressing an election meeting at Tirthahalli, about 65 km from here, he said the Congress had made a false promise that it would provide dole to unemployed youth if it came back to power. He asked the people not to take the Congress manifesto seriously. Mr. Deve Gowda promised that his party would waive interest on agricultural loans, ensure reasonable prices for agricultural commodities and supply rice at Rs. 3.50 a kg if it was voted to power. He also said five lakh jobs would be created for unemployed youth. His party would ban online lottery single-digit lottery if it came to power.

`Deve Gowda played spoilsport'

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE APRIL 24. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, today blamed the former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, for the failure to make a success of non-Congress Governments in the State. Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Naidu said the State's disillusionment with the Congress began in the early 1980s. The credit for crystallising this trend and forming the first non-Congress State Government should go to the late Ramakrishna Hegde. "Unfortunately, this non-Congress experiment could not be sustained because of Mr. Gowda's politics." Mr. Gowda played the role of a spoilsport, he said. Even though he had been destabilised by the Congress in 1997 when he was the Prime Minister, Mr. Gowda was indirectly helping the Congress in the State. He had betrayed the basic purpose and ideals for which the Janata Dal, as a non-Congress stream in State politics, was founded, Mr. Naidu charged.

Bank fixes business target

Bangalore April 24. Allahabad Bank said today that it aimed to achieve business of Rs. 1,100 crore in the Karnataka region during 2004-05. "We are aiming at a business of Rs. 1,100 crore this fiscal, which includes Rs. 500 crore in deposits and Rs. 600 crore in advances," the bank's Assistant General Manager and Regional Head, N.C. Deb, told presspersons here. The bank is currently celebrating 140 years of its existence. The Karnataka region included 19 branches in the State and four branches in Kerala, he said, adding that the bank would open one branch each in the two States this year. Mr. Deb said the bank had sought permission from the Reserve Bank of India to open an additional 10 branches in each district headquarters in Karnataka and two branches in Bangalore. During 2003-04 the bank conducted business of Rs. 641 crore in the region: Rs. 385 crore in advances and Rs. 256 crore in deposits. — PTI

`Provide copies of manifestos'

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE APRIL 24. The Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Bangalore, has suggested that political parties provide copies of their election manifesto to the people at a nominal price. In a press note here today, M.C. Shantha Murthy, secretary to the institute, said the political parties should hold discussions with their office-bearers and workers before finalising the manifesto. The parties should release their manifesto at least one month before the election date. The promises made in the manifesto should be supported with facts and figures, he said. The significance of the manifesto had declined in recent years as party leaders were drafting them without discussion. The voters were reluctant to go through the manifestos, as the promises made in the earlier manifestos had not been implemented, he said.

Telgi funded Congress: BJP

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE APRIL 24. In retaliation to the Congress party's raking up the issue of the Defence Minister, George Fernandes's alleged links with the prime accused in the stamp paper racket, Abdul Karim Telgi, the BJP today charged that there was ample evidence to prove that Telgi had provided Rs. 1 crore to the Congress towards party and election funds. The money was routed through the former Minister, R. Roshan Baig, and his brother, Rehan Baig, and received by another Minister, D.K. Shivakumar, the BJP leader, Pramila Nesargi, alleged here today. Ms. Nesargi, who addressed presspersons along with Janata Dal (U) State Secretary, T.J. Abraham, and Senior Vice-President, Basavaraj Ingin, said Nitin Gadkari, Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, had in January this year said Telgi had provided Rs. 1 crore to the Congress in June 2002 when there was a crisis in the Maharashtra Congress, and legislators had been brought down to Bangalore to prevent horse-trading. About 100 Congress and NCP legislators from Maharashtra had been kept incommunicado in a luxury resort near Nelamangala, near here, at the time of the crisis that faced the Vilasrao Deshmukh Government. The BJP said, that being the case, the State Congress President, B. Janardhana Poojary, had no moral right to demand that the State BJP President, H.N. Ananth Kumar, be arrested in a case related to irregularities in the Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).

Animal Husbandry Day

Bidar April 24. Students and staff of the veterinary college participated in a rally as part of the Animal Husbandry Day observed here on Saturday. The Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat, Naveen Raj Singh, inaugurated the rally. Students and staff of the college, members of the Gulbarga-Bidar Milk Federation, and those of the Karnataka Veterinarians' Association had organised the rally.

Ganja seized

MANGALORE APRIL 24. <150>The Dakshina Kannada police on Friday reportedly seized 10.1 kg of ganja valued at Rs. 1 lakh from a house in the Vittla police station limits. According to the police, the seizure was made at the house of Azeez of Poonacha. Two people were arrested in this connection. A press release from the Police Department here gave the names of the accused as Fathima Theyar, wife of Azeez, and her father, Kunhi Moin Kutti. The ganja was reportedly stored in 32 packets.

Student dies

MANGALORE APRIL 24. <150>Srikrishna (19) of Bayaru, a first year student at J.C. Engineering College, was struck by lightning. The police said he was playing football.

Health camp

MANGALORE APRIL 24. <150>The Department of Health and Family Welfare office here will conduct a special health check-up camp in all health centres in Dakshina Kannada district from April 27 to May 15 under the family health awareness campaign programme, a press release from the department says.

Fine imposed

MANGALORE APRIL 24. A fine of Rs. 1 lakh has been imposed on the Congress for putting up banners and buntings during the visit of the party President, Sonia Gandhi, without the permission of the Election Commission. The poll managers of the Congress had put up banners from Mangala Stadium, where a helicopter carrying Ms. Gandhi landed, to the Nehru Maidan, where she addressed a rally. Sources said the fine was imposed through the Mangalore City Corporation. The Dakshina Kannada Zilla Chunavana Kavalu Samiti had made a complaint to the District Electoral Officer (DEO) against the banners put up by the Congress.

Withdraws

Udupi April 24. The general secretary of the Udupi Zilla Nagarika Samiti, Nityananda Volakad, who filed papers as an independent candidate for the Udupi Assembly Constituency, said on Saturday that he was retiring from the contest in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, K. Raghupati Bhat.

He told presspersons here that he had joined the BJP as he was impressed with the personality of the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, and the former Chief Minister, S. Bangarappa.

He said he had asked his supporters to vote for Mr. Bhat. Some of them had joined the BJP. He had not retired from the contest owing to any pressure or for monetary benefit, he said.

Preparations

MANGALORE APRIL 24. The Dakshina Kannada district administration has completed preparations for conducting the elections in the Mangalore Lok Sabha Constituency and nine Assembly constituencies in the second phase of polling on Monday.

Addressing a press conference here today, the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, Aravind Shrivastava, said that the district had 1,270 polling stations where 13,12,578 voters (6,47,183 men and 6,65,395 women) would exercise their franchise.

As many as 8,890 polling personnel have been deployed in the district, he added.

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