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CoD probe ordered

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Feb. 17. The Minister of State for Adult Education, Baburao Chavan, has said that the Corps of Detectives (CoD) has been asked to inquire into how the State Resource Centre in was continuing to function despite the Cabinet decision to wind it up. In a chat with presspersons here today, Mr. Chavan said the State Resource Centre was one of the 17 institutions under the Karnataka State Adult Education Council. Following a Cabinet decision, these institutions were wound up. Though a Government Order had been issued in this regard, the State Resource Centre continued to function. Mr. Chavan said the Government had taken a number of decisions to streamline the administration of libraries in the State. Thanks to the initiative taken by the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, the running of the libraries had been decentralised and the district-level libraries were allowed more freedom in the purchase of books and other aspects.

Farmer commits suicide

By Our Staff Correspondent

CHITRADURGA FEB. 17. A farmer committed suicide by consuming poison at Medehalli in Chitradurga taluk today. He has been identified as Ajjanna (52). According to the police, Ajjanna had taken a loan of Rs. 5 lakh from a bank, which he could not repay. He leaves a wife, son, and three daughters.

Governor extends greetings

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE FEB. 17. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, has extended his greetings to the people of the State on the occasion of Shivarathri. In a message, Mr. Chaturvedi said, "On the auspicious day of Mahashivarathri, Lord Shiva, bless us with good sense. Let us sincerely pledge to work with amity, understanding, and create an atmosphere to live in peace and happiness." The Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, has also extended his greetings. "Let the celebration of Shivarathri festival usher in peace, prosperity, and contentment," he said in a message.

Govt. employees plan protest

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE FEB. 17. State Government employees will wear black badges on February 24 in protest against the indecision of the Centre in appealing against the Supreme Court's verdict that government employees had no right to strike, Sippe Gowda, president of the Karnataka Government Employees' Association, told presspersons here today. Mr. Sippe Gowda welcomed the State Government's decision to appoint M.C. Chinnappa, retired judge, as the Chairman of the Fifth Pay Commission for government employees.

ABVP seeks fee reduction

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE FEB. 17. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has urged the Centre to reduce the fees for professional courses in line with the fee reduction in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Welcoming the decision to reduce the fees in IIMs, M. Raghunandan, national general secretary, ABVP, told reporters here today that more such steps would help economically weaker and deserving students to go in for medical and engineering courses. He dismissed suggestions that the reduction of fees in IIMs would affect the quality of education and the autonomy of the premier management institutions. The institutions continued to be governed by governing councils and retained full academic autonomy, Mr. Raghunandan said. The ABVP also welcomed the recommendations of U.R. Rao Committee on revitalising professional education.

Shivakumar's offer to Krishna

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore Feb. 17. The Urban Development Minister, D.K. Shivakumar today requested the Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, to contest from Sathanur Assembly constituency from where he (Mr. Shivakumar) was elected in 1999, instead of his hometown, Maddur. Speaking to presspersons, the Minister, however, said it did not mean that Maddur was unsafe for Mr. Krishna. Since Mr. Krishna had been asked by the party High Command to campaign in the southern States for the Lok Sabha elections, he was requesting him to contest from Sathanur because he could be assured of victory. Hinting that all the sitting MPs and MLAs would not automatically get ticket to contest the elections, Mr. Shivakumar said that the party would decide each case on merit. He said he was ready contest the Lok Sabha elections if he was asked to do so.

Poojary dismisses BJP charge

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE FEB 17. The President of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC), B. Janardhana Poojary, has dismissed the BJP allegation that the KPCC had distributed fake five-rupee notes. Mr. Poojary told presspersons here today that one side of the coupon issued by Congress workers as a "receipt" to those who donated Rs. 5 to the party fund was blank and, moreover, the coupons bore no resemblance an actual currency note. It had the picture of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) President, Sonia Gandhi. Displaying the coupons at the press conference, Mr. Poojary challenged the BJP to show any similarity between the coupons and real currency notes. He also displayed toy currency notes that are generally available with various board games and stated that there was no difference between the coupons issued by the Congress workers and those available at all toyshops. However, he said the party would look into who came up with such a "cheap and distasteful" idea. However, disciplinary action would not be taken against those responsible, but they would be admonished.

BJP Yuva Morcha office-bearers

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore Feb. 17. Ganesh, Vishwanath, Vinod, Manjunath, Umesh, Gajendra, and Karunakar Yadav have been appointed vice-presidents of the Bangalore unit of the BJP Yuva Morcha. Narayana, Jayadev, Marappa, Balakrishna, Prasanna, Gopi Naidu, Ramu, Suresh, Muniraju, and Kiran have been appointed secretaries, according to S. Harish, general secretary of the morcha.

Tinaikar joins Kannada Nadu

By Our Staff Correspondent

Belgaum Feb. 17. Jayanth M. Tinaikar, who claims to have exposed the multi-crore-rupee stamp paper racket, has joined the Kannada Nadu party. This was announced at a press conference addressed by the party's senior leader, S.B. Sidnal, here today. Mr. Tinaikar, who was hitherto close to the BJP, charged that the party believed in "use and throw" policy. He had handed over evidence against Telgi and others involved in the racket with the objective of bringing the criminals to book. But the BJP had only exploited the issue to make its presence felt as the principal Opposition party in the State, he said. Mr. Tinaikar said his request for BJP ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Karwar constituency had been turned down. He had been used and discarded by the party, he said. Asked what inspired him to join the Kannada Nadu party when there were other major parties, he said he could not join the Congress because the stamp paper racket was rampant mostly in the Congress-ruled States. He did not find other parties appealing. The Kannada Nadu party was the only one that was free of corruption, he said. Mr. Sidnal said his party had welcomed Mr. Tinaikar wholeheartedly. As for fielding him for the Karwar Lok Sabha seat, the decision would be taken by the party.

4 recovering

BAGALKOT FEB. 17. Four persons, who were admitted to the Bagalkot District Hospital after a road accident at Sangam Cross near here on Monday in which seven people died, are recovering.

Yusuf Naseer Vagh, who suffered multiple fractures, is out of danger, according to sources in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the police have made arrangements to send the bodies of victims to Himmathnagar in Gujarat.

Takes charge

BIJAPUR FEB. 17. Harshad Gupta, who has been posted as Chief Executive Officer of the Bijapur Zilla Panchayat, assumed charge on Tuesday.

He took charge from his predecessor, Mohammad Mohsin, who has been made Deputy Commissioner.

Bandh peaceful

HAVERI FEB. 17. People of Belagalpet and N. Aladakatti villages in Hangal taluk of Haveri district observed a peaceful bandh today seeking action against a police officer for his "highhanded" action during the recent clashes in the villages.

They alleged that the police registered cases against 43 innocent people in connection with the clashes. The villagers staged a dharna as part of the bandh.

The villagers took out a procession seeking action against the police officer. They threatened that they would call for a Hangal taluk bandh if action was not taken by February 24.

C.M. Udashi, former Minister, A.S. Bellary and S.R. Hegde of Bajrang Dal, and M.R. Naregal of Vishwa Hindu Parishad spoke.

IT raid

Belgaum Feb. 17. The Department of Income Tax has recovered an unaccounted sum of Rs. 6 crore from some persons associated with an educational institution in the district.

Two years ago, a team of officials from the department had conducted simultaneous raids on the offices and residences of some persons here and unearthed unaccounted wealth running into crores of rupees.

Lensmen's plea

BHADRAVATI Feb. 17. The Photo and Videographers' Association here has appealed to the Government not to employ photographers from outside Bhadravati taluk for taking pictures for ration cards.

In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, it has alleged that without inviting tenders, work had been assigned to the photographers from outside the taluk.

Condolence

MANGALORE FEB. 17. The Minister for Cooperation, H. Vishwanath, has condoled the death of Bhaskar Rai, Director of the Dakshina Kannada Milk Federation in a road accident near Bangalore on Monday. With his death the State had lost a person who had involved himself in cooperative activities, he said in a statement.

Regional meet

GULBARGA FEB. 17. The Lions Club of Shahabad will host the regional conference of Region 2 of District 324 C2 of Lions Cubs International on February 22 at the industrial township of Shahabad.

Representatives of Lions Clubs from Shahabad, Gulbarga, Sedam, Bidar, Basavakalyan, Raichur, Shahapur, and Shaktinagar, and Tandur, Narayanpet and Makthal from Andhra Pradesh will participate in the conference. The former Governor, V.S. Rama Devi, and G. Manohar Rao, past governor of District 324 C2, will be guests. The chairman of the region, M.D. Mehta, will preside over the conference. The Lions International has nominated B.R. Guragol as chairman of the conference, according to a press release.

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