KARNATAKA

Briefly

Two more farmers end life

By Our Special Correspondent

DHARWAD June 1. One more farmer has committed suicide in Dharwad district, taking the total to two, after the new Government, which has promised farmer-friendly measures, assumed office in the State. The police gave his name as Gangappa Fakirappa Nandihalli, aged 32, of Madanbhavi village in Dharwad taluk. Apart from unpaid loans, he did not have money to buy seeds to begin sowing, police said. He committed suicide by consuming poison on Saturday night. With the early onset of the monsoon, many farmers have no cash at hand to buy seeds. There was another sign of things to come at the cattle market in Dharwad today. Not only had the number of cattle brought to the market reduced, but the price had almost doubled. A pair of bullocks, hitherto available for Rs. 5,000, was being quoted at Rs. 10,000. With most of the farmers having sold their cattle on account of the acute shortage of fodder in the previous years, they have no bullocks for agricultural operations. The problem is expected to become more and more acute in the coming days, it is said.

Our Hassan Staff Correspondent reports:

Basavaraj (30) of Kolagunda village in Arsikere taluk of Hassan district ended his life, reportedly because he was unable to repay loans taken from a commercial bank and moneylender. According to the Banavara police, who registered a case, Basavaraj had borrowed Rs. 25,000 from a commercial bank and Rs. 75,000 from a moneylender to cultivate his land. However, his crops failed because of poor rainfall last year, He committed suicide by consuming poison on Monday, police said.

Directive on seed supply

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore June 1. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has asked the Chief Secretary, K.K. Misra, to issue directions to all Deputy Commissioners to ensure speedy distribution of seeds and fertilizers to the farmers. In most districts, farmers have begun agricultural operations following widespread rains. According to an official press release here today, the Chief Minister also directed the Commissioner of the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to provide immediate relief to those affected by the heavy rains in Bangalore. Appropriate steps should be taken to safeguard people living in low-lying areas and those residing in dilapidated structures, the Chief Minister told the Commissioner.

KPTCL selection list

By Our Staff Reporter

KPSC notifies marks

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE June 1. The Karnataka Public Service Commission has notified the marks secured by candidates in the examination conducted in March 2004 for recruitment to seven posts of Chief Librarian in the Department of Public Libraries. The notification has been displayed on the notice-board of the commission and is also available on the website kpsc.kar.nic.in, says a press release from the Chairman of the commission, H.N. Krishna.

`Kannada textbook has errors'

By Our Special Correspondent

HUBLI June 1. Factual errors have marred the otherwise well-produced Kannada textbook for tenth standard students brought out by the Karnataka State Textbook Directorate, according to Y.S. Patil, former MLC. It is nothing less than sacrilege for anybody to take liberties with famous works penned by eminent poets of yesteryear such as Kumaravyasa, Ranna and Pampa, he says and adds that none has the right to change the metre in the epics written by them. Mr. Patil has pointed out that on Page 135 of the textbook, while introducing Kumaravyasa, the poet is said to have hailed from "Koliwad of the Gadag area." However, Koliwad is part of Hubli taluk, says Mr. Patil. He has also pointed out distortions in the text of the Mahabharata on pages 134, 135 and 137. These are not mere printing mistakes, he says. Mr. Patil has criticised what he terms the callousness and laziness displayed by the Textbook Directorate and hopes that the directorate would refrain from making such mistakes in future.

`Strengthen secular forces'

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE June 1. The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition Government should focus on strengthening secular forces and not fall a prey to the temptation of sharing the spoils of office, the Forum for Democracy and Community Amity, Karnataka, has said. If the Congress and JD(S) had fought the elections together, the electoral result in the State would have been similar to that which emerged in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where the BJP was trounced. The Government headed by N. Dharam Singh could last its full tem if the anti-BJP stance bound the coalition partners, the president of the forum, H.G. Balakrishna (former judge of the Karnataka High Court), and the vice-president Ko. Chennabasappa (former District and Sessions judge), said in a statement to the press.

Varsity to recover re-exam. cost

By Our Special Correspondent

DHARWAD, JUNE 1. For the first time in the history of Karnatak University, exemplary punishment is being meted out to those responsible for messing up the setting of question papers. The decision was taken at the meeting of the Syndicate of the university on Monday. In two recent instances, question papers prepared for the preparatory examination in two colleges in Hubli and Ramdurg were replicated as question papers for the BSc II (Physics) and BA I (Kannada) examinations conducted by the university. The university, according to sources, had two courses of action that could be taken against the teachers concerned who were identified by a special committee constituted for the purpose. One was to hand over the case to police and the other was to impose a huge fine. The university chose the second option. The Syndicate is said to have decided in favour of recovering the cost of conducting the re-examination from the four teachers concerned. The cost would come to around Rs. 1.25 lakh for the Physics paper and Rs. 30,000 for the Kannada paper. The decision would have to be ratified at the next meeting of the Syndicate, sources said. The Physics re-examination will be held on Saturday.

New timing for schools

Bidar June 1. The Bidar Zilla Panchayat Presidnet, Dawood Mallik Deshmukh, has asked schools to function between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.

According to a press release, Mr. Deshmukh said earlier working hours, 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., has been changed as it has been not found to be suitable for students and teachers.

On his direction, the Deputy Director of Public Instruction, Amrit Betta, has released a timetable for primary and secondary schools.

According to this, schools will start at 9.50 a.m. with prayer and end at 4 p.m. Primary schools will have eight periods while secondary schools will have seven.

Legal action will be initiated against headmasters who fail to implement the new timetable, Mr. Deskhmukh has said.

Suicide

Raichur June 1. Jayamma (25), wife of Sangappa, resident of Maski town in Lingsugur taluk, committed suicide by setting herself on fire on Monday.

The police said she quarrelled with her husband over family matters before setting herself on fire.

The Maski Police have registered a case.

Gutted

Raichur June 1. A television repair shop was gutted following a short-circuit in Maski town of Lingsugur taluk on Monday. Property worth Rs. 32,000 was destroyed in the incident. The Maski Police have registered a case.

Martyrs' Day

BELGAUM June 1. The Maharashtra Ekikarana Samiti (MES) observed Martyrs' Day here on Tuesday and paid tributes to the eight youth who were killed in police firing in the anti Kannada Shakti struggle by Marathi-speaking people at Hindalgar near here in June 1986.

Since then, the MES has been observing June 1, the first day of the academic year, as Martyrs' Day.

Leaders of the samiti, including Manohar Kinekar and Digambar Patil, MLAs, and others paid floral tributes to the martyr's memorial at Hindalga on Tuesday.

The leaders recalled the sacrifice of all those who struggled for the cause of Marathi-speaking people in the border areas.

`Time planning'

MANGALORE June 1. "Planning time is planning life. Those who complain of lack of time should evaluate their activities," Ronald Cutinha, director of Samanvaya, has said.

He was conducting a training programme on "time management" at Samanvaya Hall, Urwa Stores, here recently.

"If our daily activities are divided into four groups — urgent, important, non-important, and unnecessary — we can surely master the art of time management," he said.

Social activists participated in the training programme.

Pius Fidelis Pinto, managing trustee of Samanvaya, compered the programme. Wilma Shilpa Mascarenhas welcomed the gathering and Patsy Wilma D'Souza proposed a vote of thanks. Henry Valder and Philip Lopez were present.

Talk

MANGALORE June 1. Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd. has organised a talk on "Rainwater harvesting: why and how?" to mark World Environment Day on June 5.

Shree Padre of Jala Koota, Kasargod, would deliver the talk at Lions Seva Mandir, Mallikatta at 5 p.m., a press release from the company said.

B.G. Mohankrishnan, Environment Officer, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, would be the guest of honour, it added.

Office shifted

MANGALORE June 1. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. has said that the Suratkal Telephone Customer Service Centre will be shifted to Amritha Soudha near the Suratkal bus stand.

People can book new telephone connections at the centre.

Screen printing course MYSORE JUNE 1. The Rudset Institute will conduct a 13-day free training course in screen printing and book binding for unemployed youths from Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts.

A press release said that persons in the age group of 18 to 35 years were eligible to apply. Details could be had from the Director, RUDSETI, Hinkal Main Road, or on phone 2519663. The last date for registration is June 5.

Training

MYSORE JUNE 1. The Akhila Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishath (ABVP) will conduct a personality development course for students from June 5.

Interested persons can contact the ABVP office at Bahusar Swimming Pool complex, Narayan Shastry Road, or on phone 2422475.

SUDA chief

SHIMOGA JUNE 1. The General Secretary of the District Congress Committee, N. Ramesh, assumed charge as the Chairman of the Shimoga Urban Development Authority (SUDA) here on Monday.

Mr. Ramesh was appointed to the post by the previous Government in March in place of Venkatesh Gowda identified as a close supporter of the former Chief Minister and MP, S. Bangarappa.