KARNATAKA

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No comment now: Deve Gowda

Bangalore Aug. 14. H.D. Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister and President of the Janata Dal (S), said today that he would react to the allegations made by former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna in Mr. Krishna's letters to the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, with regard to the land acquisition for the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project and the allotment of work contracts by the Bangalore Development Authority at the right time. Addressing presspersons after attending the 10th all-India conference of the Vijaya Bank Workers' Organisation here, Mr. Deve Gowda said Mr. Krishna had written to Mr. Dharam Singh on the issue raised by him, and hence he should not react now.

100 new power sub-stations

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE Aug. 14. The Minister for Energy, H.D. Revanna, today said that the Government would set up a total of 100 new electricity sub-stations in the State at a cost of Rs. 1,400 crores for augmenting the power supply. He was addressing presspersons after participating in a function to lay the foundation for an electricity sub-station at Yelwal near here today. As part of the programme, Mr. Revanna also laid the foundation stone for an electricity sub-station at Megalapura village.

Taluk panchayat chief elected

By Our Special Correspondent

HUBLI Aug. 14. Subash Demakkanavar and Dyamanna Basavantappa Jantli, were elected President and Vice-President of the Hubli Taluk Panchayat here on Friday. They secured seven votes each in the 12-member panchayat against their rivals from the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Panchayat President unseated

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA AUG. 14. B. Jayappa, President of the Chitradurga Taluk Panchayat, was unseated in a no-confidence motion on Friday. Fifteen members voted in favour of the motion in the 23-member panchayat. The others did not attend the meeting.

Governor's greetings

Bangalore Aug. 14. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, has greeted the people on the occasion of the 57th Independence Day. In his message, he has said that it is our duty to remember every freedom fighter and pay respectful homage to them. Without their sacrifices, the country would not have achieved Independence. This was an occasion to express gratitude to the soldiers, he has said.

Krishna visits temples

RAMANATHAPURAM AUG. 14. Former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna today offered prayers in three temples of Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, including Karpaga Vinayagar Temple at Pillaiyarpatty. After darshan at Pillaiyarpatty, he visited the Vairavanathar Temple at Vairavanpatty and Thiruthalainathar Temple at Tirupattur.

Cable TV operators on warpath

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Aug. 14. Cable TV operators have decided to intensify their boycott of the three Kannada channels from the Sun TV network. On Monday, they will stage `Bangalore Chalo' agitation against the network for turning its Kannada outputs into pay channels, Patrick Raju, president, Karnataka State Cable TV Operators' Association, said here on Saturday. "Sun TV is treating its Kannada audience shabbily; its Tamil channels in Tamil Nadu and Malayalam channels in Kerala are still free-to-air while the Kannada channels alone have been made pay channels,'' he said. Many cable operators were providing connections in rural areas at a lower cost, and they would be forced to stop this now, he added. While Sun was now charging Rs. 18 for its package, there were fears it may go up to Rs. 20 soon. Since earlier this week, many cable TV operators have not been beaming the Sun channels in most neighbourhoods, and the boycott may now spread to other areas. Both Tamil and Kannada viewers are likely to suffer. Sun's rival, Eenadu TV, still has free-to-air Kannada channels.

Contest

Mysore Aug. 14. The Confederation of UNESCO Clubs, Mysore, and Rotary Mysore have invited entries from schoolchildren aged six to 12 for an international painting contest. A school can send up to 10 entries. The theme for the contest is "Our lives on this wonderful earth.''

Each student has to send five paintings to Rotary Mysore, J.L.B. Road, Mysore, before August 25 Every participating student will get a certificate and there is no entry or registration fee. For details, contact K.N. Prashanth, Director, Youth Services, Rotary Mysore (ph. 2420992 or 98451 22823).

Film show

Mysore Aug. 14. The People's Legal Forum here will organise a film show on commercialisation and misappropriation of water to mark Independence Day on Sunday. The film titled "Source of life for sale'' will be screened at Namana Kalamantapa, behind Rama Mandira, near Ballal Circle, Krishnamurthypuram, at 5 p.m.

The 70-minute film, directed by the Bangalore-based filmmaker K.P. Sasi and produced by a Mumbai-based non-governmental organisation Vikas Adhyayan Kendra, narrates various struggles for right to water including the struggle against Coca-Cola in Kerala and rights of the local people on River Shivanath in Chattisgarh. Entry is free.

Health camp

Mysore Aug. 14. Bharath Diagnostic Centre here will conduct a general health check-up camp at its centre on the Irwin Road, on Tuesday. Patients with fever, pain in the abdomen, sore throat, headache, ulcer, swelling or lump in any part of the body may participate. For details, call 2563007/5265260.

Protest

Chamarajanagar Aug. 14. Councillors laid siege to the municipal office here on Friday in protest against the improper supply of drinking water in the city and the "apathy" of the employees in discharging their duties.

The councillors, in association with Kannada Chaluvali members, staged a demonstration in front of the office in protest against the supply of drinking water only once in a three days. The Deputy Commissioner, Harsh Gupta, came to the office to listen to their grievances. The official promised to solve the drinking water shortage.

Dharna

Chamarajanagar Aug. 14. SC/ST students of the first grade college here staged a dharna in front of the deputy commissioner's office here today, urging the Government to allow admission of more students to the hostel run by Mysore University. As many as 100 students staged an indefinite dharna urging the Social welfare Department and the University of Mysore to meet the demand.

The Deputy Commissioner, Harsh Gupta, had contacted the university officials and the Social Welfare Commissioner in this regard to solve the problem.

Wall collapse kills woman

CHIKMAGALUR AUG. 14. Janakamma (70) died when the wall of her house at Bavikere near here collapsed following heavy rain on Friday. Rashmi (13) and Rajesh (12), who were injured, have been admitted to hospital.

Sentenced

CHIKMAGALUR AUG. 14. K.V. Krishnamurthy, Additional District and Sessions Judge, has sentenced Rohi of Bale village in N.R. Pura taluk to life imprisonment for dousing his wife, Priya, and one-year-old daughter, Asha, in kerosene and setting them on fire in March 2002.

While Asha was saved, Priya died of her injuries.

Woman dies

SIRSI AUG. 14. Mangala Madiwal (21) of Kalakar village near Kasage died when a tree fell on her on Friday.

It is said that she came out of her house to look at a flooded stream. Though her mother and neighbours tried to save her by hewing the branches of the tree, she died.

The Tahsildar, Kallurmath, visited the spot.

Workshop

MANGALORE AUG. 14. A five-day workshop on neuro-developmental therapy, sensory integration, and cranio-sacral therapy organised by the Shree Devi College of Physiotherapy started here on Friday.

A press release from the college said N. Shankar, neurologist, inaugurated the workshop conducted by Rajkumar Rajan. A. Sadananda Shetty, chairman of Shree Devi Education Trust, presided over the inaugural function.

Relaxed

MANGALORE AUG. 14. The Academic Council of Mangalore University has relaxed admission norms for its distance education programme in M.A (Economics) and M.Com.

A press release from K. Sundar Naik, Registrar, said graduates from any university were eligible to join the courses. The cut-off percentage of 45 had been removed. Interested students could contact the Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri or the principals of University College, Mangalore; F.M. Cariappa College, Madikeri; or Upendra Pai Memorial College, Udupi; for applications. The last date for registration was September 30, the release said.

Salary dues

MANGALORE AUG. 14. The Akhila Karnataka Shikshakara Kalyana Parishat has urged the State Government to clear the salary dues of primary, high school, and pre-university teachers.

A press release from Gopal K. Shetty, secretary of the parishat, said the parishat had submitted a memorandum to N. Yogish Bhat, MLA, in this regard.

Noting that Mangalore University was celebrating its silver jubilee, he urged the authorities concerned to ensure that the teachers were paid a minimum salary of Rs. 8,000 a month.

Rain in Hassan

HASSAN AUG. 14. Many parts of Hassan district have been receiving heavy rain for the past two days. No loss of life or property has been reported so far. The rain has filled up many tanks in the district.

Attihalli of Sakleshpur taluk recorded the highest rainfall of 12.7 mm in the last 24 hours. Paddy fields in the taluk have been flooded. The rain has also affected the cardamom crop. The inflow into the Hemavathi Reservoir on Friday was nearly 14,000 cusecs and the outflow was around 4,400 cusecs. The water level in the reservoir was 2,915.22 ft as against the maximum of 2,922 ft, according to sources in the Hemavathi Dam Division.

Water supply

HASSAN AUG. 14. Water to Hassan city will be supplied from Yagachi River from Saturday, H.S. Prakash, Hassan MLA, has said.

In a release here, he said that the silt that had accumulated in the Haluvagilu area of the river was removed and the flow in the river had increased.

Snakebite

Bidar Aug. 14. An eight-year-old boy died of snakebite in Ambesangavi village in Bhalki taluk on Thursday.

Jayasheel Nagedra, who had gone to the fields to help his parents, was bitten by a snake when he was walking home through the tall grass on the field bund. Police said that he died before he could be taken to a hospital.

Jayasheel's older brother had died of complications arising from a dog bite last year.

Girls drowned

Raichur Aug. 14. A person allegedly drowned his two daughters in a well in Baidoddi village near here on Friday.

The police said that Krishnappa was frustrated because his wife had left him and was staying with her parents. He took Ashvini (8) and Sangeeta (5) to Baidoddi village and pushed them into a well, the police said.

The Yergera Police have registered a case.

Accident

Raichur Aug. 14. Laxmi (4), daughter of Vithob, who was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital here after she met with an accident in Manvi town on August 8, died on Friday.

The police said that Arun Setty's car ran over Laxmi when she was crossing the Raichur-Sindhanoor Road near Manvi town.

The Manvi Police have registered a case.

Workshop

MANGALORE AUG. 14. A five-day workshop on neuro-developmental therapy, sensory integration, and cranio-sacral therapy organised by the Shree Devi College of Physiotherapy started here on Friday.

A press release from the college said N. Shankar, neurologist, inaugurated the workshop conducted by Rajkumar Rajan. A. Sadananda Shetty, chairman of Shree Devi Education Trust, presided over the inaugural function.

Woman dies

SIRSI AUG. 14. Mangala Madiwal (21) of Kalakar village near Kasage died when a tree fell on her on Friday.

It is said that she came out of her house to look at a flooded stream. Though her mother and neighbours tried to save her by hewing the branches of the tree, she died.

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