Seminar on social justiceBANGALORE: The Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsha Samithi is organising a State-level seminar on "Social Justice and the Judiciary" on December 10, to mark Human Rights Day. Former Chief Minister M. Veerappa Moily, Karnataka Pradesh Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, former Minister H.C.Mahadevappa and advocate Ravi Verma Kumar will participate in a panel discussion on how the courts are addressing the petitions that come before them on the issue of reservation, a release from the organisers said. Staff Reporter

Workshop on plant resourcesBANGALORE: The Western Ghats, one of the 17 ecological hotspots of global biodiversity harbours a rich treasure of biological resources. A two-day national seminar beginning here on Thursday will focus on the plant resources, vegetation and landscape and the threats, mitigation and conservation strategies. The Karnataka Biodiversity Board Member-Secretary N.D. Tiwari told presspersons that the seminar would be attended by experts and students from eight States, eight universities in Karnataka and 20 universities of other States, to discuss the plant resources of the Western Ghats. Staff Reporter

Action soughtBangalore: The Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike (KKSV) has urged the Government to take action against those who committed atrocities against Dalits in Khairlanji in Maharashtra as well as in Kambalapalli in Karnataka. In a press statement issued here on Wednesday, KKSV has said atrocities against Dalits taking in the 50th year of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar embracing Buddhism, was the handiwork of retrograde forces. KKSV will participate in all agitations against Dalit atrocities, the statement added. Special Correspondent

Applications invitedBangalore: The Karnataka State Consumer Redressal Forum has invited applications for membership to district forums in Mysore, Tumkur, Bangalore Rural and Raichur. In a press release issued here on Wednesday, the forum said that the last date for submitting applications is January 31. The applications should be submitted to the forums in the respective districts.

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ArrestedBangalore: N. Tiruselvam, Junior Engineer (Mechanical), Diesel Loco Shed, South Western Railways, K.R. Puram, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000 on Wednesday. According to a press release, a criminal case was registered against Tiruselvam on the basis of a complaint received from a railway contractor. The complainant had obtained the contracts related to cleaning at the Diesel Loco Shed. Tiruselvam reportedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 30,000 for certifying the bills. A trap was laid and the accused was reportedly caught red-handed whole accepting bribe. Staff Reporter

AppointedBANGALORE: IAS officer Javid Akhtar has been appointed Administrator of Amanath Co-operative Bank. A press release from the Department of Information quoting Mr. Akhtar said the appointment of the administrator was a temporary arrangement, and he would like to identify the weakness in the administrative machinery. Staff Reporter

Bulletin for coffee growers on SundaysHASSAN: All India Radio will air special bulletin for coffee growers every Sunday from December 10 from 7.15 a.m. to 7.35 a.m. It will be relayed by AIR Bangalore, Mysore, Madikeri, Hassan and Bhadravathi simultaneously. Deputy Director (Extension) Coffee Board, Hassan, B.V. Mohan Das said here on Wednesday that the programme included expert lectures on coffee - scientific extension services, maintaining quality, speciality coffee, market news and subsidy provided by Coffee Board and other development activities. Staff Correspondent

CollectionHASSAN: Small Savings Department has collected Rs. 92.06 crore till October, as small savings, according to Assistant Director, Small Savings, Shivananda. During 2005-06, under various categories Rs. 186.48 crore was collected through 50,116 accounts. There are 1,833 small savings agents in the district and through postal savings accounts, Rs. 6.94 lakh has been collected.

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APMC bandhBELLARY: Transactions in the Bellary Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) came to a standstill here on Wednesday following a bandh observed by traders and commission agents demanding infrastructure at the APMC yard. Traders and commission agents, after symbolically locking the gates of the APMC office for some time, staged a dharna near the office. They are demanding construction of Raitha Bhavan, establishment of a police station, streetlights, supply of drinking water, fencing of yards to prevent stray cattle, weigh bridge and first-aid facilities. They submitted a memorandum in this regard to the president and secretary of the APMC. They have also threatened to intensify the agitation if their demands were not met in 20 days.

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Power shutdownHUBLI: Owing to work on charging underground power cable network the following areas in Hubli will have no power supply on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Hubli Electricity Supply Company has said in a release. The areas affected are Sarafkatta, Jolada Oni, Toravi Galli, Walwekar Galli, Itagi Maruti Galli, Baradana Sal, Shilavantar Oni, Mangalvarpet, Durgadabail and surrounding areas. Staff Correspondent

Delimitation processPANAJI: The delimitation process is in progress with respect to the States of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Haryana and Tamil Nadu, while there is a stay order with respect to Manipur. Union Minister for Law and Justice H.R. Bhardwaj informed Shantaram Naik in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that the final order on delimitation in the States of Goa, Puducherry Tripura, Mizoram, Kerala, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Sikkim and Delhi had been published. Special Correspondent

Proposal rejectedKARWAR: The Ministry of Defence has rejected the proposal submitted by the district administration for setting up a lok adalat to settle the issue of payment of enhanced compensation to the evacuees of the Sea Bird Naval project. The Joint Director, Ministry of Defence, said that it was not possible to set up a lok adalat. Deputy Commissioner Ritesh Kumar Singh has said that the Principal Secretary, Department of Revenue had appealed to the Ministry of Defence to reconsider its decision.


ProcessionKARWAR: Dalits took out a procession in the town here on Wednesday as part of 50th death anniversary of Baba Sahib Ambedkar. They held a dharna in front of deputy commisisoner's office to protest against desecration of Ambedkar's statue in Kanpur few days ago. In a memorandum submitted to the deputy commissioner, they demanded that benefits of all development schemes launched under the name of Ambedkar should reach the Dalits properly.


Grievances meetingDHARWAD: Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation has organised a Grievances Redressal Meeting on Friday at Dr. Mallikarjun Mansur Kalabhavan here at 3 p.m.

The complaints of residents of ward numbers 1, 2, 3 and 12, submitted during November, will be taken up in the meeting, a release said. Staff Correspondent