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`Introduce semester system'

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GULBARGA MARCH 28. The North Eastern Teachers' Forum has urged the State Government to introduce semester system for pre-university courses from the next academic year to cope up with the new syllabus proposed for pre-university students. Welcoming the decision of the Government to introduce the semester system for SSLC students, the president of the forum, M.B. Ambalagi, told The Hindu that extending it to pre-university would bring in desired changes in the standard of education. Prof. Ambalagi said that the semester system would help students complete the syllabus on time and also participate in the compulsory practicals. It would go a long way in improving the pass percentage in rural areas. Prof. Ambalagi said the forum, which had been organising free coaching classes for PU students for the past three years, had conducted two phases of free coaching classes this year. In the first phase, teachers drawn from various institutions went to colleges to coach the students. The response to coaching classes was good. He hoped that the pass percentage in the PU examinations in Gulbarga district would improve this year. The forum proposed to hold free coaching classes for students appearing for the common entrance test (CET) to be held on May 18 and 19.

BJP block adopts resolution

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BELGAUM MARCH 28. The Uchagaon block of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday adopted a resolution urging the party to field a Marathi-speaking candidate for the Uchagaon Assembly segment. The resolution was adopted at a meeting held on Ambedkar Garden here. Many party workers and office-bearers attended the meeting held under the chairmanship of the block president, Manohar Sambrekar. The general secretary, Sunil Goral, the vice-president, Srikant Patil, and the former corporator, Raju Haibatti, were among those present. The Uchagaon BJP leaders have opposed the candidature of Shankargouda Patil. Copies of the resolution urging the party leaders to replace Mr. Patil by March 30 were sent to the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, the party General Secretary, Pramod Mahajan, and the State unit President, H.N. Ananth Kumar.

Ravishankar Guruji feted

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SHIMOGA MARCH 28. Ravishankar Guruji, founder of Art of Living Foundation, who was honoured with Honorary Doctorate by Kuvempu University at its annual convocation, was felicitated by Srigandha, a cultural organisation, here on Saturday. Vishweshateertha Swamiji of Pejawat Math, who felicitated Sri Ravishankar Guruji, said the need for spiritual guidance to the youth was being felt more now. He hailed the contributions of Sri Ravishankar Guruji to cultural and spiritual spheres. Replying to the felicitation, Sri Ravishankar Guruji urged the youth to become service-minded by identifying themselves with the problems of the poor. Wodeyar Chandrasekhar Swamiji of Hirekal Math of Honnali and Prasannanath Swamiji of the local branch of Adichunchanagiri Math were present. The chairman of Srigandha, K.S. Eshwarappa, presided over the function.

Create awareness on law: DC

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GULBARGA MARCH 28. The Deputy Commissioner, Anjum Parvez, and the Inspector General of Police, Kempaiah, today stressed the need for creating awareness on law among the people. Releasing a handbook on legal awareness for the common man published by the Karnataka State Legal Services Authority here today, Mr. Parvez said that it was the responsibility of judicial officers and advocates to create awareness among the people about their rights. Publishing such books in Kannada would go a long way in educating people about their rights. After the elections, another function would be organised involving the elected representatives to popularise the legal awareness campaign. The Principal District and Sessions Judge, Shekargowda Patil, lauded the authority for its efforts to create awareness among the people about their rights. The Gulbarga Bar Association president, Motakpalli, spoke.

Forum criticises BJP

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TUMKUR MARCH 28. Speakers at the inaugural function of the Tumkur chapter of People for India Forum (PFIF) held here today criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for raising issues such as Ayodhya, foreign origin of the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, and carrying on its "India is shining" campaign in the wake of the coming elections. R.N. Godbole, vice-president of PFIF, launched the chapter. S.K. Geeta, general secretary of the Insurance Employees' Union of Karnataka, said the country was not shining as claimed by the BJP. It faced problems such as hunger, unemployment, and scarcity of drinking water. The main objective of PFIF was to bring to the centre stage the problems faced by the people, Ms. Geeta said. G.M. Srinivasaiah, retired principal, presided over the function. Annapoorna Venkatananjappa, president of the Lekhakiyara Sangha, H.S. Niranjana Aradhya, secretary, Karnataka Rajya Vigyan Parishat, Kote Nagabhushan, journalist, Ananda Murthy, writer, and Gangadhar, trade union leader, spoke.

Music concert today

By Our Staff Correspondent

TUMKUR MARCH 28. Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) will organise a sitar concert by Shubhendra Rao at the Birla Auditorium here on Monday. The convener of SPICMACAY, K.L. Shivabasappa, told presspersons here today that entry was free to enable schoolchildren and college students to take part. Mr. Shivabasappa said the artiste had performed in the U.S., Canada, Germany, France and some Asian countries.

Unlucky with elections

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HAVERI MARCH 28. B.G. Banakar, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and senior BJP leader, appears to be unlucky with elections. Mr. Banakar, who had contested unsuccessfully in the Lok Sabha elections three times from Dharwad South, had contended for the party nomination for the past two elections. In 1998 and 1999, he could not the party nomination as the constituency was allotted to Lok Shakti-Janata Dal (United) combine by the BJP. The BJP has chosen Manjunath Kunnur, who joined it from the Congress recently, for the Dharwad South Lok Sabha constituency. I.G. Sanadi of the Congress is contesting from there. It will be the fourth election for Mr. Sanadi. Mr. Manjunath Kunnur, who is a follower of Rajashekara Murthy, Rajya Sabha Member, was the Congress MLA for Shiggaon in Haveri district two times. He had lost to the Janata Dal(S) candidate, Syed Ajjaam Peer Quadri. Mr. Quadri subsequently joined the Congress and is likely to nominated by the party for the Shiggaon Assembly constituency.

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