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From The Districts

By Our Staff Correspondent

Tumkur lawyers boycott courts

TUMKUR APRIL 6. Lawyers boycotted the courts here on Tuesday in protest against what they alleged the breach of electoral secrecy by the Deputy Commissioner, Mallikarjun B. Dyaberi. At the end of the day's boycott and a protest rally, H.S. Raju, president of the Tumkur Bar Association, and T.G. Rangaraju, its past president, told The Hindu that Mr.Dyaberi, who is also the District Election Officer and Returning Officer for the Tumkur Lok Sabha seat, had revealed the confidential details of nomination papers and had passed on the names of advocates signing them to the police much before the papers were taken up for scrutiny. This amounted to breach of electoral secrecy under the Representation of People Act. Mr. Raju and Mr. Rangaraju said they would write to T.S. Krishna Murthy, Chief Election Commissioner, and urge him to take action against Mr. Dyaberi. The Bar leaders said over 600 lawyers boycotted courts as a symbolic protest. They would intensify the agitation if the Government and the Election Commission did not take any action against the official in a week.

Kite flying contest

MANGALORE APRIL 6. Team Mangalore, a kites group here, will hold a State-level kite flying contest on May 2 at the Panambur beach. According to a press release from the co-ordinator, B. Sarvesh Rao, the contest will be held in three categories — primary school students, high school students, and open. There will be no entry fee. The contestants can make their own kites and bring them to the venue of the contest. Prizes will be distributed certificate given to the contestants. Mr. Rao said those who wished to make their own kites could contact the group members on phone 2495444. Those who wished to compete in the contest could get the entry forms either from the Sahitya Kendra on P.M. Rao Road or Guru Winders at Alake. There would be a kite festival after the contest, he added.

Handloom fair from today

MANGALORE APRIL 6. Handloom Handicraft Fun-Fair 2004, a 50-day event dedicated to showcasing handicrafts and hand-woven clothes from various parts of India, will be opened at the Karavali Exhibition grounds here on Wednesday. The Governor of Rotary International District 3180, U. Suryaprakash Bhat, will inaugurate it. The manager of the fair, P. Subhas Chandra, told presspersons here on Tuesday that there would no entry fee on the inaugural day. Noting that the fair was being conducted in association with the Bangalore-based Fun World Amusement Park, Mr. Chandra said artisans and organisations from all over India would display their wares in more than 90 stalls. He said the organisers had set up a mini-amusement park, consisting of nearly 20 different types of "rides" based on foreign technology to attract the children. The fair will be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all days.

Great day for a teacher

By Our Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA APRIL 6. That status does not come in the way of showing obeisance by a "shishya" to his "guru" was proved at a function held by Kuvempu University on Tuesday. The function was arranged to honour the Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies, N.R. Narayana Murthy, on the occasion of his being conferred the honorary doctorate degree. The audience were taken by surprise when Mr. Narayana Murthy prostrated before the Vice-Chancellor, K. Chidananda Gowda, on the dais when he was honoured. Mr. Narayana Murthy revealed that he had the privilege of being a student of Mr. Chidananda Gowda. "But for his timely advice I would not have been what I am today," he said. While Mr. Narayana Murthy commenced his speech in Kannada and later switched over to English, his wife, Sudha Murthy, who was the chief guest, regaled the audience with her speech in Kannada.

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