KARNATAKA

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Two killed in accident

HASSAN NOV. 29. Two persons were killed and 11 injured when a mini truck collided with a goods carrier in which they were travelling on Shravanabelagola-Kikkeri Road near Saslu village on Monday.

The police said Puttamma (24) of Nagamangala and Ucchaiah (38) of Chikkahonnenahalli died on the spot. The injured were admitted to the Channarayapatna Hospital. The accident occurred when the mini truck tried to over take the carrier, the police added.

Appointed

HASSAN NOV. 29. The district unit President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), D. Dayanand, on Saturday appointed Navile Annappa, Bhuvanaksha, and Basavaraja Halebeedu as General Secretary, Vice-President and Secretary, respectively, of the unit at the executive committee meeting held at Channarayapatna near here.

In a press release issued here, Mr. Dayanand said Sigevu Nanjappa had been appointed President of the Raitha Morcha. The unit had recommended its General Secretary, Dase Gowda, for being appointed as member of the State committee, he added.

Killed

DAVANGERE NOV. 29. A second division clerk in the Forest Department was killed in a road accident at Chennagiri near here on Sunday.

The police said Shivanna (36) of Mavinakatte village in Chennagiri taluk was speaking with Ullas (56), jeep driver of the Chennagiri tahsildar, near the main circle in the town when a truck overturned and fell on them. Shivanna died on the spot. Ullas was admitted to hospital in critical condition.

The police arrested the driver of the truck.

Uniforms

MANGALORE NOV. 29. U.T. Fareed, Ullal MLA, distributed uniforms worth Rs. 30,000 to students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes at a function in Ullal town panchayat recently, a release said.

Missing

MANGALORE NOV. 29. Priya, a student studying in the Laxmi Memorial Education Institution here, is reported missing. According to police, Priya, who had reportedly left a note in the hostel stating that she would be going to Bangalore for a day and return, reportedly did not turn up. Mangalore East (Kadri) police have registered a case.

Assaulted

MANGALORE NOV. 29. A person reportedly assaulted a bank official, Srinivas Rao, with sharp edged weapons causing grievous injuries to him. According to police, Krishnan reportedly assaulted Mr. Rao and also relieved him of Rs. 10,000 in cash. Subramanya police have registered a case and are investigating.

In a case reported from Kadaba police station limits, a man reportedly assaulted his wife after she refused to give him money. Police said that Maimoona had turned down a request from Lateef, for Rs. 500. Angered by this, Lateef beat her with a grinding stone causing bleeding injuries.

Spiritual tour

MYSORE Nov. 29. The Suttur Mutt here has organised a six-week spiritual tour of New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and China in April-May 2005.

According to a press release from the mutt, the spiritual tour will be in connection with the Basava Jayanthi programmes organised by the Basava Samitis abroad.

Shivarathri Desikendra Swamiji of the Mutt and Siddeshwara Swamiji of Jnana Yogashrama, Bijapur, will lead the spiritual tour. Those interested in being part of the spiritual tour can contact the Suttur Mutt office (ph: 0821-2481155). The last date for registration is December 25.

Rail roko in Bagalkot

By Our Staff Correspondent

BAGALKOT NOV. 29. Members of the Chamber of Commerce and Bagalkot Santhrasthara Horata Vedike, who have been part of an agitation for the implementation of Rs. 638-crore Bagalkot rehabilitation package for the past eight days, staged a rail rook today. The agitators, led by local MLA, Veeranna Charanthimath, and M.P. Nadagouda, MLC, went to the railway station in a procession around 2 p.m. and squatted on the tracks, preventing the departure of the Bagalkot-Gadag passenger train. Initially it was announced that the train would be held up for only half an hour but the protest went on for an hour and a half. The police arrested 55 persons, including the two legislators, the president of the vedike, Ashok Limbavali, and the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party district unit, Narayansa Bandage. The agitators, who were later released, joined the dharna in front of the Assistant Commissioner's office. Residents of Venkatpet and flower and vegetable vendors took part in today's protest. The agitation would be intensified in the coming days. They would not relent until the Government released adequate funds for the rehabilitation package, Mr. Charanthimath and Mr. Limbavali said.

Teachers to get salary arrears

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE NOV. 29. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, today directed the Education Department to take immediate steps for the release of Rs. 200 crores towards the salary arrears of government primary school teachers. The Chief Minister issued the direction following an appeal from Puttanna, MLC, who has been re-elected from the Bangalore teachers' constituency. Secretariat sources said the Government had not released the salary of teachers in the last few months.

19 acquitted in assault case

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE NOV. 29. The Judicial Magistrate First Class, Second Court, Vela D.K., today acquitted 19 persons accused of assaulting Kamaladevi Prasad Asranna, a priest at Sri Durgaparameshwari Temple, Kateel, during the annual festival on April 19, 2000. Mr. Prasad had filed a complaint before the Bajpe police station in this regard following the incident. Counsel appearing on behalf of the accused, Karthik Udupa, said that his clients were booked under sections 143, 147, 341, 323 read with section 149 of the Indian Penal Code in the case. The court examined eight witnesses during the course of the hearing. Technical defects in filing the first information report, chargesheets and investigation led to the acquittal, he said. The accused, Ishwar Kateel, A.K. Prasad, Nanda Kumar, Sanjeeva Madivala, Durga Prakash, Bhuvanabhiram Udupa, Venkatraj Udupa, Lakshminarayana Asranna, K. Vittal Shetty, Nalin Kumar, Dayananda Shetty, managing trustee of the temple, Lokesh, K. Sadananda Shetty, Sai Manohar Sheka, Ramdas Udupa, Krishnamoorthy Udupa, Surendra Rao, D.N. Prakash and Vadiraj Bhat, had pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Release of Kanchi seer sought

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE NOV. 29. The president of the Society Welfare Movement, Anwar Manippady, has, in a statement issued here today, termed the arrest of the Kanchi Sankaracharya, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi, a deep political conspiracy and said he had been framed. Mr. Manippady alleged that there had been "arm twisting" and bribery involved in getting statements from the witnesses against the swamiji which was evident from the fact that one particular witness had changed his statements twice. Mr. Manippady said the arrest reeked of vengeance and political motives. If the Union Government had any respect for the sentiments of Hindus, it should immediately take steps to release the swamiji, he added.

`Create awareness on history'

By Our Staff Correspondent

Udupi Nov. 29. The general secretary of the Karnataka Itihasa Academy, H.S. Gopalrao, today said it was necessary to create awareness about history among the people. He was speaking after inaugurating the Udupi unit of the Karnataka Itihasa Academy here. Mr. Gopalrao said the academy was conducting examinations in history for second year pre-university students. It was giving impetus to research in history. It wanted to protect historical monuments. He lauded the efforts of the people of Dakshina Kannada in protecting the monuments connected to the legendary ruler, Rani Abakka of Ullal. Protecting monuments was not the job of historians alone but also the people. Tulu must have been a more ancient language than Kannada. The Udupi district unit of the academy was the sixth in the State, he said. Heranje Krishna Bhat, director of Rashtrakavi Govinda Pai Research Centre, welcomed the gathering. P.N. Narasimhamurthy delivered the introductory remarks. A. Sundara, scholar; M.L. Samaga, Principal of MGM College; and M. Krishnamurthy, head, Department of History, MGM College, were present.

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