Bagalkot peaceful

By Our Staff Correspondent

BIJAPUR DEC. 6. The partially submerged Bagalkot town, which witnessed violence for almost a week during an agitation spearheaded by people seeking rehabilitation, was peaceful today. However, most of the schools and colleges remained closed in response to a bandh call given by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad to protest against the arrest of, and assault on, some students during the agitation. Members of the Bagalkot Bar Association stayed away from the court protesting against the "police assault" on some advocates on Friday. Most of the 50-odd people who were arrested, including the Bagalkot MLA, Veeranna Charanthimath, were released on bail. A number of cases have been booked against the president of Bagalkot Santhrasthara Horata Samiti, Ashok Limbavali (brother of Arvind Limbavali, MLC); the president of Bagalkot Urban Cooperative Bank, Prakash Thapashetti, former president of Bagalkot City Municipal Council and former chairman of Bagalkot Town Development Authority; CMC member Prabhu Hadagali; and some others in connection with the violent incidents. The Superintendent of Police, B.A. Padmanayan, told The Hindu over phone from Bagalkot that the situation was peaceful. Efforts were on to arrest the other accused, Mr. Padmanayan added.

Birla Foundation fellowships

New Delhi Dec. 6. Noted writers C.N. Ramachandran (Kannada) and M. Leelavati (Malayalam) have been selected for the K.K. Birla Foundation Fellowships for 2004-05 in Comparative Indian Literature. The duration of the fellowships is one year and it comes with a tax-free stipend of Rs. 14,000 a month and a contingency grant of Rs. 40,000 a year. Dr. Leelavati is the retired principal of a government college in Thalassery, while Dr. Ramachandran is a writer. Dr. Leelavati will take up the study of "Women in ancient Indian literature (Sanskrit) and their depiction in Malayalam," while Dr. Ramachandran will deal with "Oral epics: Oriental and Western — a comparative study," the foundation announced today. — UNI

`No differences on expansion'

By Our Staff Correspondent

MYSORE Dec. 6. Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda today said that neither he nor his party was opposed to the expansion of the Ministry. He said his party, the Janata Dal (S), did not have any differences with its coalition partner, the Congress, on the matter. Mr. Deve Gowda was speaking at Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Day, organised by Padavidarara Vichara Vedike here. He said the coalition had been functioning smoothly for the past five months. "Ten times the Janata Dal (Secular) leaders have suggested to the Congress to expand the Ministry. But there has been no response from the Congress. Pressure to expand the Ministry is coming from various quarters, including religious mutts. I am discussing the matter with the Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel, and Vilasrao Deshmukh, and the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and Siddaramaiah."

Compensation for landowners

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE Dec. 6. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), which had issued the final notification for the acquisition of 2,750 acres of land for the formation of the proposed Arkavathy Layout, has begun the process for the payment of compensation. A BDA press release said that it was processing claims for compensation from owners whose lands had been acquired. However, it had been found that some landowners were constructing buildings on their plots unauthorisedly after the land was acquired. The BDA warned that such unauthorised construction after February 3, 2003 would be demolished and owners would forfeit the claim to compensation for the structures. The BDA had conducted a survey of buildings that existed prior to the cut-off date and assured the owners that pucca houses built before that date would not be demolished and would be integrated into the layout. The landowners have been asked to furnish the documents pertaining to the land acquired by the BDA and claim their compensation, which would be paid in a single instalment. They have been advised to contact the BDA officers concerned and not any "mediators."

Keep Shivakumar out: BSP

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE DEC. 6. The State unit of the Bahujan Samaj Party has said it will oppose any move to induct the former Minister D.K. Shivakumar into the State Ministry in the proposed expansion. In a release, the BSP State general secretary, M. Muniyappa, said Mr. Shivakumar was opposed to Dalits and backward religious minorities. When he was a member of the S.M. Krishna Cabinet, as the Minister in change of Bangalore Rural district, Mr. Shivakumar had not done anything to protect Dalits and others from being exploited and persecuted. Instead the Minister went about alleging that he (Mr. Muniyappa) was provoking incidents. He also accused Mr. Shivakumar's supporters of indulging in violence against Dalits in Kanakapura taluk, ostracising Dalit leader Nagaraj Naik, sexual abuse of minor Dalit girls and cruelty to poor farmers of other communities.

Dietary supplements for women

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE DEC. 6. Pregnant women need to supplement their diet with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega 3 fatty acid, Kamini Rao, gynaecologist at the Bangalore Assisted Conception Centre, has said. She told presspersons here today that studies had proved that if a mother took DHA supplements, the visual acuity of the child and its intelligence would improve. The supplements also reduced the chance of babies being born with low weight, she said at a conference organised by Indigene, an organisation that promotes medical literature. "More than 40 per cent of the brain tissue is made up of DHA," she said. Mothers had to continue feeding DHA supplements to the child up to five years of age to ensure that it got good nutrition. She noted that while individuals had sufficient quantity of DHA in their body, pregnant women needed to take supplements because of the increased demand for DHA created by the foetus. While DHA was available in egg yolk and marine fish such as tuna, salmon and mackerel, it was absent in a vegetarian diet, she said. "The only way vegetarian pregnant women can get adequate amounts of it is through supplements," she added.

`Maha Satsang'

on Dec. 16, 17

Mysore Dec. 6. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living International, will visit Mysore on December 16 and 17. He preside over "Maha Satsang" at Bannimantap torch light parade grounds. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will lay the foundation stone for an Ayurvedic research centre in the city to be located near Alanahalli. For details, call Vyakti Vikas Kendra at 110, 2nd Main Road, 4th Stage, T.K. Layout (ph: 2341573).



Mysore Dec. 6. The Mysore District Bhavasara Kshatriya Graduates' Association will conduct a matrimonial meet for the prospective brides and bridegrooms of the community on December 19 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meet will be held at Gita Mandir, behind Laskhar Police Station and the photographs and bio data of eligible grooms and brides will be exhibited. Prospective brides and grooms would be introduced on stage to the invitees. Interested parents or guardians may contact Muralidhar Rao Kangokar (2447637) or M.B. Raghuram Bhanbore (2423775).


Mysore Dec. 6. The Central Government Pensioners Association here will felicitate senior members who have completed 75 years or more during the Pensioners' Day celebrations to be held on December 19. The programme will be held at the Sadvidya Educational Institutions at 10.30 a.m. and the members are requested to submit their biodata before December 10 to J.Satyanarayana, association president, 59/D5, 2nd Main, 2nd Cross, Yadavagiri, Mysore 570020.



Raichur Dec. 6. The police arrested Bashusab and six others on the charge of gambling and recovered Rs. 14,400 from them at Mudgal near here on Monday.

The police said the accused were remanded in judicial custody.

Applications invited

CHITRADURGA DEC. 6. Applications have been invited from law graduates from among the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes for training in administrative appellate works.

Applications can be obtained from the District Social Welfare Office and submitted to the office before December 18, according to a press release.


RAICHUR DEC. 6. Gouramma (40), wife of Mallappa, who was injured when a bus hit her on Maski-Sindhanoor Road near Mallayya Camp in Sindhanoor taluk on Sunday, died at the Sindhanoor Civil Hospital.

The police have registered a case.

House burnt

RAICHUR DEC. 6. The house of Obalesh was destroyed in a fire at Yermarus Camp near here on Saturday. Articles valued at Rs. 40,000 were burnt. The reason for the incident is said to be an electric short circuit.

The police have registered a case.


RAICHUR DEC. 6. Some persons entered the house of Shivaraj at Maddipet in the city and took away gold ornaments and cash, in all valued at Rs. 20,400, on Saturday.

The police have registered a case.

Action sought

Bidar Dec. 6. Members of the Bharatiya Dalit Panthers have alleged that computer training given to unemployed graduates from the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes by the Social Welfare Department under a special scheme has been stopped.

In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the taluk unit president, Prabhu Sirgekar, and the secretary, Ravi Bhandari, said the training programme started in 2002-03 was not completed. Textbooks and scholarships were not given to the participants. Funds meant for the scheme had been misused, they alleged, and sought disciplinary action against the officials concerned.


CHITRADURGA DEC. 6. A district-level youth festival will be conducted on December 15 at the Indoor Stadium of Youth Services and Sports Department here.

Competitions will be held in following disciplines: folk dance, folk songs, mono-acting, Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, Bharathanatyam, Kathakali, Manipuri Odissi, Kuchupudi, and flute, veena, tabla, mrudangam, guitar and harmonium recital, and extempore.

Those interested in participating in the competitions may contact the department here.

Three held

Bidar Dec. 6. The police seized 30 kg of ganja valued at Rs. 50,000 from three persons here on Monday.

The police said Shantiram (20), Rama Ranganath (19), and Aruna (30) of Parabhani in Maharashtra were trying to sell ganja near Kariappa Circle when they were arrested.

They were remanded in judicial custody.

Book released

SHIMOGA Dec. 6. The Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, K. Chidananda Gowda, released here on Sunday the book Light of Knowledge, an English translation by K. Padmanabha Udupa of the book Jnana Deepa by the Sanskrit scholar V.N. Bhat.

The judge of the Karnataka High Court Manjula Chellur; the District and Sessions Judge, Vijay Siriyannavar; the Additional District and Sessions Judge, K.N. Phaneendra; a Sanskrit scholar of Sringeri, T.S. Venktannaiah; the president of the Vidwat Parishat G.V. Manjunathiah; Mr. Bhat and Mr. Udupa were present.

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