KARNATAKA

Briefly

Centre to help tackle naxals

By Our Special Correspondent

GULBARGA Oct. 11. The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, said here on Monday that Karnataka was "not seriously" affected by the naxalite problem. However, if the Karnataka Government wanted any Central assistance, "we are ready to provide all necessary help." In a brief chat with presspersons at the District Police Parade Ground helipad during an unscheduled stop after his helicopter ran out of fuel, hd said the Union Government had extended all help, both material and logistical, to all naxalite-hit States in the country. Asked whether the Centre would send forces to arrest Veerappan, he said if the State Government wanted help, "we are ready to provide.'' On the demand for amending Article 371 of the Constitution for providing reservation in job and educational opportunities in the backward areas of Karnataka, Mr. Patil said the State had submitted a proposal and it was under being considered. He said that the outcome of the Maharashtra Assembly elections and the byelections in Lok Sabha constituencies in different parts of the country would not have an impact or destabilise the United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre. However, he expressed the confidence that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine would secure an absolute majority to retain power in Maharashtra.

Flight to touch Bangalore

Chennai Oct. 11. Indian Airlines today said Flight IC 573, on the Chennai-Colombo sector, would operate via Bangalore on October 15 and via the Garden City in the return direction on October 17. An airlines press release here said the Chennai-Colombo flight on October 15 would leave Chennai at 12.30 p.m. and reach Bangalore at 1.15 p.m. It would leave Bangalore at 2.15 p.m. and reach Colombo at 4.05 pm (local time). In the return direction (IC 574) on October 17,the flight would leave Colombo at 3.45 p.m. (local time) and reach Bangalore at 4.35 p.m. It would leave the city at 5.25 p.m. and arrive in Chennai at 6.10 p.m., the release said. — PTI

STF member dies of malaria

Mysore Oct. 11. Some members of the Karnataka Special Task Force (STF), which is hunting forest brigand Veerappan, are affected by malaria, and one constable died during the week because of malaria and jaundice, according to STF sources. The personnel, who operate in hostile terrain in the forests of M.M. Hills, are often forced to drink water from small pools and they become vulnerable to diseases. — PTI

Police officials suspended

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHIKMAGALUR OCT. 11. Four police personnel — Govindappa, Sub-inspector; Jagadeesh, Circle Inspector; Muddappa, head constable; and Narayana Shetty, constable — have been suspended in connection with the abduction of a head constable in Magebylu village of Sringeri taluk in Chikmagalur district on October 7 and the seizure of a rifle. Confirming the suspension of the four attached to the Sringeri police station, sources in the Police Department said they were suspended on Sunday for alleged dereliction of duty.

Train service for Dasara

By Our Staff Correspondent

Mysore Oct. 11. The Yeshwantpur-Nizamuddin Sampark Kranti Express, which will run up to Mysore till October 31 in view of the Dasara festivities, will provide non-stop service between Bangalore and Mysore. Train No. 2649 will leave Mysore at 7.30 p.m. and reach Bangalore at 10.30 p.m. It will leave Bangalore at 10.32 p.m., reach Yeshwantpur at 10.40 p.m., and depart for Nizamuddin at 11 p.m. Train No. 2650 will arrive at Yeshwantpur at 8 p.m. and leave at 8.02 p.m. It will reach Bangalore at 8.10 p.m. and leave for Mysore at 8.25 p.m. to reach the city at 11.15 p.m. The first service between Mysore and Nizamuddin commenced on Sunday. The last service to and from Mysore will be on October 31. However, the services of Sampark Kranti Express between Yeswantpur and Nizamuddin will continue.

Palace illumination timings

By Our Staff Correspondent

Mysore Oct. 11. There will be special illumination of the Mysore Palace from October 14 to October 23 to mark the Dasara festivities. The palace will be illuminated from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on all days from October 14 to 22, and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 23 on account of Vijaydashmi. The admission to the palace will be regulated in view of the royal family functions to mark the Dasara festivities. The palace admission timings are as follows: October 14 - from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.; October 15 - 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m., October 22 - from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. The palace will be closed to the public on October 23 in view of the Vijaydashmi procession.

Panchayat president elected

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore Oct. 11. K.M. Nagaraj of the Congress was today elected President of the Bangalore Urban District Zilla Panchayat. The election was necessitated by the resignation of Ravi Kumar of the Congress. The Deputy Commissioner of Bangalore Urban district, M.A. Sadiq, who conducted the election, declared Mr. Nagaraj elected unopposed. In the 17-member panchayat, the Congress has 15 members. The Janata Dal (S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party have one member each. Mr. Nagaraj will have a tenure of nine months till June 2005. After his election, Mr. Nagaraj said he would concentrate on strengthening the infrastructure and development works.

D.K.N. Rao dead

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Oct. 11. Captain D.K.N. Rao (97), ace pilot and a distinguished name in Indian civil aviation, passed away at his farm near Nelamangala in Bangalore Rural District here on Monday. Captain Nanjunda Rao, who was popularly known as "Nanja", had retired as Operations Manager, Air India. Perhaps, the first civil pilot to be produced by the erstwhile State of Mysore, Mr. Rao was an associate of the father of Indian civil aviation, J.R.D. Tata, and had served in his Tata Airlines. He was responsible for the starting of several of the domestic operations by private airlines in the country. Mr. Rao shot into prominence during 1942-43 when he flew a Tata Airlines aircraft carrying Jawaharlal Nehru to Beijing for a crucial meeting with the nationalist Chinese leader Generalissimo Chiang-Kai-Shek at the height of the Second World War and the Japanese invasion of China. A large photograph of his with Pandit Nehru was one of the pilot's prized possessions. The British Government had honoured Captain Rao with MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

Criminal case registered

Raichur Oct. 11. The police have registered a criminal case against eight persons, including the president and members of the Mother's Education Trust, accusing them of creating false documents and dismissing a teacher of a primary school run by the trust.

M. Premalata, teacher, had filed a case with the local court alleging that the school management dismissed her from service in July 2002 by creating false documents.

After hearing the case, the court ordered the police to register a criminal case against the school management and submit a report to it after investigation.

Accordingly, the police have registered a criminal case against, Ratanbai Sukhani, president of the trust, and the board of directors comprising Chandanbai Sukhani, Vimalabai Sukhani, Lalithbai Rangoji Rao, V. Madhura Subramanyam, Surekha S. Bohra, Parasmal Sukhani and Ashadevi Mallikarjuna.

Shivalinga removed

KURGODU (BELLARY DT.) OCT. 11. Miscreants removed a Shivalinga from its pedestal in the Ujjileshwara Temple here on Monday.

It is believed that the miscreants might have removed the Shivalinga in search of treasure. The temple dates back to the 12th Century.

The priest, who came to the temple at 8.30 a.m., found the Shivalinga removed from the pedestal and the foundation dug up. The police have registered a case.

The villagers said that it was not the first incident. A year ago, the Shivalinga at the Panchamukhi Temple near the village was removed from the pedestal.

Dies in accident

HASSAN OCT. 11. One person was killed and two were injured when a goods carrier in which they were travelling collided with a sand-laden lorry near Goudigere in Channarayapatna taluk on Monday.

The police gave the name of the dead as Manju (35) of Holenarsipur.

The injured were admitted to hospital. A case has been registered.

IT quiz

UDUPI OCT. 11. The zonal finals of the rural IT Quiz 2004 will be held at the Town Hall here under the auspices of the Department of Information Technology and Tata Consultancy Service Ltd. on Thursday.

A press release issued here on Monday by Shobha Murthy, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, TCS Ltd., said schoolchildren from Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Chikmaglur districts would participate in the quiz. The quiz was being held for the fifth consecutive year as part of IT.Com 2004, the release added.

Brahmins' meet

MANGALORE OCT. 11. A meet of Brahmins in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts will be held here on November 7.

A press release said the meet was being organised to strengthen unity among Brahmins. It would also discuss problems faced by the community.

The meet would throw light on the cultural life of Brahmins and their food habits. An exhibition would be arranged on the occasion, it added.

`Art Beat 2004'

MANGALORE OCT. 11. The Deputy Project Director of the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project, J.R. Lobo, has asked students to think positively.

He was speaking after inaugurating "Art Beat 2004," an inter-collegiate arts event, at St. Aloysius College today. Francis Serrao, rector of the college, inaugurated an exhibition featuring vegetable art and Indian heritage. Eugene Lobo, principal, and Rolphie Mascarenhas, dean, Faculty of Arts, were present. Vandana Mohan proposed a vote of thanks.

Award

MYSORE OCT. 11. Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement has been conferred the Bhagwan Mahaveer National Award for 2003 for its excellence in human endeavour in the field of community and social service by the Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation, Chennai.

A release said the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement was a non-government organisation working in the area of health, education and community development in the four southern districts of the State.

Concert

MYSORE OCT. 11. Raaga Vaibhava will arrange a concert by Hindustani classical vocalist, Bhimsen Joshi, on October 17. The concert will be organised at the Maharaja's College Centenary Hall. A release here said Pt. Bhimsen Joshi was a leading exponent of the Kirana Gharana and had been a star of Indian classical music for over 50 years. Those interested in attending the concert may contact Ph: 2513414, 2513552, 2516602, 2410833.

Exhibition

MYSORE OCT. 11. Lions Ikon will organise a competition in exhibition of Dasara dolls. A release said judges would visit homes where Dasara dolls were exhibited. The best three exhibits would be given prizes. Those interested in participating in the competition may contact Lions Ikon, M-833, CITB, II Stage, Kuvempunagar or Ph: 9845448765, 9880079820.

Training

MYSORE OCT. 11. A zonal coaches training clinic for special educators of mentally challenged children and young adults of various schools was organised here by Special Olympics Bharat-Karnataka.

The training was organised to add a new dimension to the agenda of bringing more opportunities for the mentally disabled children and youths. Teachers and volunteers from Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Tumkur and Kolar districts participated in the training clinic.

The release said rules, skills and training methods with regard to athletics, basketball, football, volleyball, badminton, roller skating, cycling and cricket were imparted.

Linga removed

KURGODU (BELLARY DT.) OCT. 11. Miscreants removed a Shivalinga from its pedestal in the Ujjileshwara Temple here on Monday.

It is believed that the miscreants might have removed the Shivalinga in search of treasure. The temple dates back to the 12th Century.

The priest, who came to the temple at 8.30 a.m., found the Shivalinga removed from the pedestal and the foundation dug up. The police have registered a case.

The villagers said that it was not the first incident. A year ago, the Shivalinga at the Panchamukhi Temple near the village was removed from the pedestal.

Shivalinga removed

KURGODU (BELLARY DT.) OCT. 11. Miscreants removed a Shivalinga from its pedestal in the Ujjileshwara Temple here on Monday.

It is believed that the miscreants might have removed the Shivalinga in search of treasure. The temple dates back to the 12th Century.

The priest, who came to the temple at 8.30 a.m., found the Shivalinga removed from the pedestal and the foundation dug up. The police have registered a case.

The villagers said that it was not the first incident. A year ago, the Shivalinga at the Panchamukhi Temple near the village was removed from the pedestal.

Case registered

Raichur Oct. 11. The police have registered a criminal case against eight persons, including the president and members of the Mother's Education Trust, accusing them of creating false documents and dismissing a teacher of a primary school run by the trust.

M. Premalata, teacher, had filed a case with the local court alleging that the school management dismissed her from service in July 2002 by creating false documents.

After hearing the case, the court ordered the police to register a criminal case against the school management and submit a report to it after investigation.

Accordingly, the police have registered a criminal case against, Ratanbai Sukhani, president of the trust, and the board of directors comprising Chandanbai Sukhani, Vimalabai Sukhani, Lalithbai Rangoji Rao, V. Madhura Subramanyam, Surekha S. Bohra, Parasmal Sukhani and Ashadevi Mallikarjuna.

Killed

HASSAN OCT. 11. One person was killed and two were injured when a goods carrier in which they were travelling collided with a sand-laden lorry near Goudigere in Channarayapatna taluk on Monday.

The police gave the name of the dead as Manju (35) of Holenarsipur.

The injured were admitted to hospital. A case has been registered.

Condemned

RAICHUR OCT. 11. Members of the district unit of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike took out a procession here on Monday condemning the attack on some presspersons in Bangalore on Saturday.

The members led by K. Narayana, president of the district unit of the vedike, went in a procession from the Karnataka Sangha office to the Deputy Commissioner's office where they burnt an effigy to register their protest. They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, to initiate action against those who had attacked the presspersons. The vedike urged the district administration to initiate action to stop the screening of non-Kannada films in the city in violation of the "Government Order." Venugopal, general secretary, and D.A. Mehaboob, treasurer, were present.

Schedule

Mysore Oct. 11. There will be special illumination of the Mysore Palace from October 14 to October 23 as part of the Dasara festivities.

The palace will be illuminated from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on all days from October 14 to October 22 and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on October 23 (Vijayadashmi).

Admission to palace will be regulated in view of the ceremonies in which the royal family will take part.

The timings are: On October 14, from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.; October 15, 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. and on October 22, from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

People will not be allowed into the palace on October 23 in view of the Vijayadashmi procession.

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