KARNATAKA

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Kannada Chaluvali protest

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Aug. 1. The Kannada Chaluvali MLA from Chamarajanagar, Vatal Nagaraj, has urged the Government to fix the price of sugarcane at Rs. 1,250 a tonne in respect of Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts.

Mr. Nagaraj and his supporters held a demonstration in front of the Vidhana Soudha here on Saturday alleging that the sugar mills in the two districts were denying cane growers a fair price for their produce. The Government should intervene and help the growers, he said.

B.S. Patil bereaved

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Aug. 1. Basamma Patil (91), noted social worker from Gadag District and mother of the former Chief Secretary, B.S. Patil, passed away in Ron on Saturday. She was founder of the Akkamahadevi Mahila Samaja of Ron and worked for the uplift of women.

Her other children include the former Congress MP from Bagalkot, R.S. Patil, and the former Congress MLA from Ron, G.S. Patil.

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has condoled the death of Basamma Patil.

The State lost one who had espoused the cause of women, he said.

The former Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, the Water Resources Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, and the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President, B. Janardhana Poojary, have mourned her death.

Panel to update book

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Aug. 1. The Karnataka Media Academy has constituted a four-member committee to update and reprint the book The History of Indian Journalism authored by the late Nadig Krishnamurthy, a pioneer in the field of journalism education in the country.

Dr. Krishnamurthy who was professor and chairman of the Department of Journalism, University of Mysore, wrote the book in 1966.

The members of the panel are I.M. Vittal Murthy, Commissioner of Information, N. Arjunadev, Chairman of the Academy , B.A. Sridhara of the Department of Communication, Bangalore University, and A.S. Balasubramanya of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Karnatak University.

Mr. Arjunadev said that the University of Mysore, which had published the book, had permitted the Academy to update and reprint it.

Inauguration of hospital

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore Aug. 1. The Pristine Hospital, a multi-speciality hospital located on West of Chord road will be inaugurated on August 2. According to H.M. Prasanna, Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon and Managing Director at the hospital, the 75-bed hospital has services in the various disciplines including neuro and spine, joint replacement, obstetrics, micro vascular and plastic surgery, oncology and chemotherapy, advanced physiotherapy and so on.

It also has 24-hour casualty and emergency services, out-patient clinic, day care facility and pharmacy.

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, are likely to participate in the inauguration.

Bhavan to open branches

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE Aug. 1. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan will soon open branches in different parts of the city and some districts, the Bhavan's chairman, N. Ramanuja, said here on Sunday.

At a function to mark the opening of an art gallery in memory of wildlife photographer, late E. Hanumantha Rao, Mr. Ramanuja said the Bhavan would be expanding its activities, both in academic and cultural fields.

S.K. Ramachandra Rao, scholar who inaugurated the gallery and an exhibition of paintings, "Nakshatra Mandala" by H.N. Suresh, said there was a divine link between the stellar constellation and human beings. But he lamented that several astrologers abused astrology.

Appreciating the works of Mr. Suresh, Prof. Rao said an inner light was essential to understand the works of art in proper perspective.

Mathoor Krishnamoorthy thanked Ratna Bai, wife of the late Hanumantha Rao, for the contribution made to set up the gallery. He said the Bhavan would endeavour to provide a lot more cultural activities, thanks to the munificent donations by philanthropists.

Driver killed in accident

CHITRADURGA AUG. 1. The driver of one of the trucks involved in a collision in Imangala Police Station limits in Chitradurga district, died on the spot. Three persons were injured.

The deceased has been identified as Shahinder (53) of Haryana. The driver of the other truck and cleaners of both the trucks were injured. The police have been identified them as Shankar Lal, Birendar Singh, and Jogindar from Haryana.

According to police, all the injured have been admitted to the hospital. The accident occurred in front of the police station. A case has been registered.

Escaped

BIJAPUR AUG. 1. A person accused of theft escaped from police custody in Muddebihal on Saturday.

The Muddebihal police had arrested Subas Mareppa Chalvadi (24) in connection with a theft case. They produced him before the Judicial Magistrate, who remanded him in judicial custody.

He was to be housed in the Central Jail in Bijapur. However, he escaped when he was being taken to Muddebihal. Police are on the look out for the Chalvadi. Police said that he was handcuffed when he escaped.

Drowned

MANGALORE AUG. 1. Two persons, including a teenager, drowned in wells in separate incidents in the Mangalore Rural Police Station limits.

Police said Yashoda (24), a resident of Badiadka, drowned in a well on Sunday while Neesha (16), a resident of Shaktinagar, died on Saturday when she fell into a well. Investigations are on.

Burglary

MANGALORE AUG. 1. Unidentified persons broke into a press owned by Srinivas Rao at Gandhinagar in the Sullia Police Station limits on Saturday and decamped with computer peripherals and other items valued at Rs. 24,500. Mr. Rao has registered a complaint.

Theft

MANGALORE AUG. 1. The pocket of Giridhar Rao, a resident of Bangalore, was reportedly picked when he was receiving prasadam at Sri Venkataramana Temple on Ratha Beedhi here. His purse contained his driving license, ATM and credit cards and other documents, it is said. The Mangalore North (Bunder) Police have registered a case.

Stolen

MANGALORE AUG. 1. Thieves broke into the Hosabettu post office along National Highway 17 on Saturday and decamped with some office equipment and a telephone worth Rs. 3,120. The Suratkal Police have registered a case and are investigating.

Arrested

MANGALORE AUG. 1. The Mangalore East (Kadri) Police arrested two people who were reportedly moving around in a suspicious manner near the Gorakshakanatha Hall at Kadri on Saturday.

They have been identified as Kumara alias Pandu of Kudugarahalli in Sakleshpur and Mahesh of Shivalingeshwara Nagara in Bhadaravathi.

The police recovered a crow bar, mobile phones, and other equipment used to break into houses from their possession.

Missing

MANGALORE AUG. 1. Sonia (24), wife of Christopher Bangera, a resident of Mission Compound, is reportedly missing since Friday.

According to a complaint lodged with the Mangalore East (Kadri) Police, Sonia had gone to a general stores at Car Street and did not return home. Investigations are on.

Mishap

MANGALORE AUG. 1. A Tempo Trax carrying 17 cows and a lorry collided near a school at Gurupura-Kaikamba in the Bajpe Police Station limits on Saturday. Two cows died in the accident. The driver of the Tempo Trax and two others sustained injuries.

Notification

Udupi Aug. 1. The Deputy Commissioner, S.R. Umashankar, has issued a notification permitting the Mangalore-Udupi mini buses run by the KSRTC to ply up to the Udupi Service Bus Stand.

In a press release, the Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration had received a number of complaints from the passengers that they were put to inconvenience as the buses did not ply till the Service Bus Stand in Udupi.

Keeping in view the public sentiment, he had relaxed the provision of an earlier notification and permitted the mini-buses to ply up to the Service Bus Stand, the release added.

Camp

MANGALORE AUG 1. Pratap Simha Nayak, President of the Dakshina Kannada unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has said that the district committee of the party will organise a two-day "Chinthana Shibir" at Suratkal from August 7.

In a press release, he said all elected representatives of the party from the district, members of the district unit, and presidents and secretaries of the Assembly constituency committees would participate in the meet. State leaders of the party would conduct the camp, which would focus on organisational matters and the annual action plan as well as the problems faced by the BJP in the district, he added.

Entertainment

MANGALORE AUG. 1. As many as 350 children from six orphanages enjoyed an entertainment programme here today organised by Help Desk, an organisation with branches in Mangalore and Udupi.

The children were served free breakfast and lunch.

The organisers picked up the children from their respective orphanages and dropped them back in special buses.

U.K. Praveen and party of Nrithya Vidya Nilaya, Kadri, presented a classical dance programme followed by a magic show by Rajesh Mali and team of Mangala Magic World. Suraj B. and team of "Showlites" presented an entertainment programme.

Films were also screened on the occasion.

Bhattaraka Charukeerthi Swamiji of Jain Math, Moodbidri, inaugurated the programme. The programme was held at the Corporation Bank Officers' Organisation auditorium at Kodialbail.

Bridge closed

UDUPI AUG. 1. The district administration has banned the movement of all vehicles on the bridge at Barkur, which is part of the Brahmavar-Jannady road, following cracks in it.

In a press release issued here, the Deputy Commissioner, S.R. Umashankar, said the bridge was damaged on July 27. In public interest, he had banned the movement of all vehicles till the bridge would be repaired, he said. Traffic on the Brahmavar-Jannady road had been diverted to alternative routes from Sunday.

All the coming from Kokkarne to Brahmavar should take the Kokkarne-Karje-Pethri route while vehicles coming from Barkur to Brahmavar should take the Barkur-Saibrakatte-Kota and reach National Highway 17, he added.

Elected

MANGALORE AUG. 1. S.A. Hussain was unanimously elected president of the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district units of Jam'iyyatul Falah at the annual general body meeting of the central committee of the organisation here recently.

The other office bearers are: Mohammed Hanief Haji of Bantwal and Shabbir Ahmed of Kundapur (vice-presidents); K.P. Ahmad Haji of Puttur (general secretary); Shahul Hameed of Belthangady (joint-secretary); Ibrahim Kota of Udupi (treasurer); Beeran Moideen of Sullia, (organisation secretary); and Nazeer Ahmed of Mangalore (press secretary).

'Opposition boycott unfortunate'

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE AUG. 1. The Institute of Parliamentary Affairs (IPA), Bangalore, has termed the decision of the Opposition parties to boycott the parliamentary standing committees as "unfortunate."

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, the secretary of the IPA, M.C. Shankaramurthy, said that the Prime Minister should clarify that the Government had no intention of a confrontation with the Opposition.

The Opposition had decided to boycott the parliamentary standing committees over the "tainted" Ministers issue.

It was unfortunate that important decisions, and even the budget, had been passed without discussions owing to lack of cooperation between the Opposition and the ruling parties, which had reduced the importance of the democratic system, he said.

Prof. Shankaramurthy urged Mr. Singh to ensure smooth and cordial understanding with the Opposition parties and confine party politics to electoral issues.

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