KARNATAKA

Briefly

Students protest

HASSAN AUG. 21. Students from various colleges in Hassan city, led by the Students' Federation of India (SFI), took out a procession and blocked the roads in protest against the suspension of counselling for admission to professional courses by the Government following Supreme Court orders here on Saturday.

The protestors began their rally from the Hemavathi statue and formed a human chain at Narasimharaja Circle. They also burnt the effigy of R.L. Jalappa, president of the Consortium of Medical and Dental Colleges, Karnataka (COMED-K).

The president of district unit of SFI, K.B. Manjunath, blamed the Government for the suicide of Prathibha and Mamatha.

Free eye camp

CHITRADURGA AUG. 21. A free eye camp has been arranged on Sunday and Monday at the community health centre at Parashurampur in Challakere taluk.

Kala Kusum of Challakere, the Parashurampur Gram Panchayat, the District Blindness Eradication Committee, the District Health and Family Welfare Department, and the Mobile Eye Clinic unit have jointly sponsored the programme, a press release said.

Scholarships

Bidar Aug. 21. The Sports Authority of India is offering scholarships to students winning in State- and national-level sports meets.

According to a press release, eligible candidates can avail themselves of the scholarship only oncsse. The last date for applying for the scholarship is September 10. Applications and details are available at the office of the district Youth Services and Sports officer at Nehru Stadium in Bidar. For further details call 226681.

Talent search

Bidar Aug. 21. Applications are invited from eligible students for the National Talent Search Examination for 2004-05.

According to a press release, students of class 10 who have obtained at least 55 per cent marks in the ninth standard are eligible. Students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, who have scored at least 45 per cent marks, can also apply.

The examination will be conducted at the Government Pre-university College for Girls on November 11. Details and application forms are available with the Block Education Officers in each taluk.

Forms can be obtained by paying Rs. 25. Completed applications should be submitted at the BEO's office along with two photographs by August 31. Hall tickets will be issued at the examination centre 15 days before the examination.

Toddy seized

Raichur Aug. 21. The Raichur police arrested four persons and seized more than 30 litres of illicit toddy from them while they were allegedly selling it at the railway station and APMC Market Yard in the city on Friday.

The police identified the accused as Pampanna of Mamadapur village, and Khallel, Venkatesh, and Govindappa from the city. They have been remanded in judicial custody. Two cases have been registered.

Bangalore Aug. 21. The Janata Dal (United) will celebrate the 77th birth anniversary of the late Ramakrishna Hegde at its party office in Gandhinagar here on August 29. According to the Janata Dal (U) State unit General Secretary and MLC, M.P. Nadagouda, the programme will highlight the values that Hegde stood for. The former Ambassador to South Africa and member of the Planning Commission, L.C. Jain, will speak on "Power to the people" and "Imperatives for rationalisation of Centre-State relations," and the president of Dastakari Haat, Delhi, Jaya Jaitly, will speak on "Empowerment of women." Dr. Nadagouda said the Janata Dal (U) was concerned at the Government's handling of the admissions imbroglio and demanded that it announce a fee structure that would not burden poor students. The Janata Dal (U) criticised the Government's "failure" to take up projects and alleged that not one house had been built under the Ashraya scheme in the past eight months. The Janata Dal (U), he said, would reiterate its demand for setting up a High Court Bench and for holding a session of the legislature in North Karnataka.

Team to demand admissions law

Bangalore Aug. 21. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, will lead on Monday an all-party delegation to the Union Ministers for Human Resource Development and Home to appeal to the Centre to enact a law on admissions to professional courses and to confer special status under Article 371 of the Constitution to the Hyderabad Karnataka districts of the State. The delegation will meet the Ministers concerned — Arjun Singh and Shivraj Patil, respectively. It will consist of, among others, the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah; the Water Resources Minister, M. Mallikarjun Kharge; the Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly and Council, B.S. Yediyurappa and D.H. Shankaramurthy, respectively; the former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily; and Vaijanath Patil of the Janata Dal (S).

Governor visits Kollur temple

By Our Staff Correspondent

Udupi Aug. 21. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, visited Sri Mookambika Temple at Kollur on Saturday. Mr. Chaturvedi arrived at Kollur at noon. After inspecting a guard of honour by the police, he went to the temple and had a "darshan'' of goddess Mookambika and the "parivar" deities. He participated in the special "mangalarti puja'' and offered prayers. Mr. Chaturvedi appreciated the cleanliness on the temple premises. He also lauded the educational programmes taken up by the temple. He said he was impressed by the scenic beauty around the temple. He would visit Kollur again next month, he added.

SC panel member's visit

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore Aug. 21. Devendra, a member of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, will be in Bangalore from August 23 to 27. An official note said Mr. Devendra would visit the offices of the New India Assurance Company Ltd. on August 23, HAL on August 24, Vijaya Bank on August 25, Syndicate Bank on August 26 and Life Insurance Corporation on August 27. Members of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe associations can meet him to discuss their problems. He will stay at the Kumara Krupa Guesthouse.

Inquiry into hooch tragedy

BANGALORE AUG. 21. The State Government has ordered an inquiry into the hooch tragedy that claimed the lives of the five persons at Kollur Mallasandra village in Hoskote taluk of Bangalore Rural district on Thursday. The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, announced that the inquiry had been ordered, while addressing presspersons here on Saturday. Samples of illicit arrack had been collected and sent for chemical examination. Action would be taken against those who sold spurious liquor and caused the tragedy, he added.

Students' fund misused: AKVP

BANGALORE AUG. 21. The Akhil Karnataka Vidyarthi Parishad (AKVP) has urged the State Government to order a Corps of Detectives (CoD) probe into alleged misuse of the Students' Welfare Fund by officials. In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, here on Saturday, Muttanahalli Shivarame Gowda, AKVP president, alleged that officials had used the fund for the construction of the Shikshakara Sadana on K.G. Road here. The fund was set to pay compensation to students who suffered injuries in road accidents. The Government should order a probe by the CoD or the Lokayukta, he said. On admissions to professional colleges, the AKVP demanded that the Government reduce the fees for all courses and open medical and engineering colleges to provide opportunities to students from poor families. Other demands included filling of vacant posts in the Students' Welfare Fund office and an unemployment dole of Rs. 500 a month to unemployed youths. Earlier, AKVP members took out a procession from Town Hall here. But the police stopped the procession as it disrupted traffic. The protestors urged Mr. Siddaramaiah to take action against the police. The Deputy Chief Minister received a memorandum from the AKVP.

BJP stir tomorrow

By Our Staff Correspondent

Bidar Aug. 21. The Bharatiya Janata Party will organise a Statewide agitation on Monday against "the failure of the coalition Government on all fronts.'' Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, the BJP State unit President, H.N. Ananth Kumar, said: "The only aim of the parties (Congress and the Janata Dal-S) coming together was their thirst for power.'' According to him, the party would take up six major issues against the Government. Among them were the fake stamp paper scam, the rice diversion racket, the admissions imbroglio, and the controversial Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project. "The Government has not made much headway in any field, and its most visible failures are in these cases," Mr. Kumar said. Earlier, Mr. Kumar said that the BJP would publish and distribute among the public, a booklet containing documents leading to the "letter war'' between former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and former Chief Minister S.M. Krishna. "We want to expose both of them, Mr. Kumar said. He was speaking after felicitating the Hulsoor MLA, Rajendra Verma.