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Girl commits suicide

MADIKERI MAY 8. Rashmi (16), alias Muthamma, daughter of B. Devaiah, allegedly hanged herself to death at her house in Napoklu today after she learnt that she had failed in the SSLC examination.

A student of Sri Rama Trust, she was the only girl who failed among the nine students from the school who appeared for the examination, sources said. She came to know of the results through the Internet on Friday, they added.

Postponed

MADIKERI MAY 8. A sports and games meet proposed to be held at the Mandalapatti Hills in Kodagu has been postponed, according to information received here on Saturday.

The convenor of the Kodagu Western Ghats Inhabitants' Liberation Organisation, Ravi Thammaiah, said in a statement here that the meet had been postponed due to unfavourable weather conditions at the hills. The entire area was enveloped in mist, which had forced the organisation to postpone the event, Mr. Thammaiah said. The date when the event would be held would be announced later, he said.

Offer extended

MANGALORE MAY 8. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) has extended the offer of reconnection of disconnected telephones without payment of rental for the disconnected period. A BSNL press release said customers could get the telephone service resumed after paying the telephone bill arrears. The scheme was open till July 31, 2004. Interested customers could contact the respective accounts officer in Mangalore or Udupi for details, the release added.

Complaint

MANGALORE MAY 8. Bharath Beedi Works Private Ltd. has filed a complaint accusing one of its salesmen, Kishore Kamath, of misappropriating Rs. 6.5 lakh.

According to the complaint lodged by B. Ramesh Pai, manager of the company, the misappropriation came to light on April 23.

When questioned, Kamath stopped attending office work from the following day, he said in the complaint.

Applications

MANGALORE MAY 8. The Government Junior Technical School here has invited applications from students who have passed the seventh standard examination and seeking admission to eighth standard for the academic year 2004-05. The applications will be distributed till May 4.

The last date for submission of application is May 20.

Capsizes

MANGALORE MAY 8. Amit Kiran, a boat belonging to Lokanath Puthran, which set sail from Mangalore fishing harbour on May 4, reportedly capsized some 32 nautical miles off the Mulki coast owing to rough weather on Friday.

Three trawl boats that were in the vicinity came to the rescue of those on board Amit Kiran, according to a release from the Mangalore Trawl Boat Association. PU classes may be postponed

BANGALORE May 8. The commencement of 1st pre-university classes, scheduled for June 1, is likely to be postponed by a fortnight. College lecturers had approached the Department of Pre-University Education to postpone the commencement date to June 15 so that they could enjoy a short vacation after hectic election duty and evaluation work. A final decision on the date will be taken on May 13 or 14 after the ongoing evaluation was completed, the PU Director, D.N. Nayak, told The Hindu . The department had earlier asked all the colleges to start their 1st PU classes on June 1. Alexander heads YMCA council

BANGALORE MAY 8. The Tourism Minister, J. Alexander, who is also the president of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), Bangalore, has been unanimously elected president of the national council of YMCAs, New Delhi. Speaking to The Hindu over telephone, Mr. Alexander said he had been elected president of the national council at its triennial convention held in Pune. He was installed president by Dr. Caesar, president of the world council of YMCAs. The national council was a federation of nearly 500 YMCAs in the country with a membership of over a million people and it implemented a large number of community development projects, he said. After assuming charge, he chaired the meeting of the national council, Mr. Alexander added.

ISO certification for hospital

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore May 8. Wockhardt Hospital and Heart Institute here has become the first single-speciality heart hospital in the region to get ISO 9001:2000 certification for "Quality of Service for Management of Cardiac Disorders." This certification awarded by the international certifying body TUV Rhineland of Germany is recognised globally as a mark of quality. "It is a significant milestone for us and, from a patient's perspective, it is the criterion for evaluating the quality of treatment that can be expected," said Vishal Bali, Vice-President, Wockhardt Hospitals, in a press release here.

Counselling on May 14

BANGALORE May 8. The counselling for allotment of government seats for M.Pharma, M.Sc. (Nursing) and MPT courses for the academic year 2004-05 will be held on May 14 in the auditorium of the Nursing College on the premises of Victoria Hospital here. The counselling for M.Sc. (Nursing) in-service candidates will be conducted at 9.30 a.m. For other candidates, the process will start at 11.30 a.m. For MPT seats for all candidates, counselling will commence at 1.30 p.m. Counselling for M.Pharma seats will be conducted from 4 p.m. The annual fee for the three courses in government colleges is Rs. 13,900 while the fee for government seats in private colleges is Rs. 80,000, the Director of Medical Education, Ramananda Shetty, said in an official release.

Fatal fall from lift

BANGALORE MAY 8. A newspaper hawker was killed when he fell down a lift shaft from the 9th floor of Visvesvaraya Towers, housing government offices on Ambedkar Road here, on Friday. The police said the victim, Ramachandra (56) of Srirampura, and 14 others got into the first of the four lifts around 6 p.m. The lift stopped due to power failure just before reaching the 9th floor. Those inside panicked and pried open the door. While most of them got off the lift, Ramachandra was the last to try and get out. As he was trying to come out, the lift began to move up as power supply was restored. Ramachandra was caught in the space between the lift and wall and fell down the shaft, the police said. The lift operator Harish (17) injured his leg because of the sudden movement of the lift. Mr. Ramachandra was working with an agent of The Hindu newspaper.

Engineer's death: case filed

Bangalore May 8. The accidental death of a Reliance engineer on Friday led the police to file a case against the company. According to the police, Balamurugan Dorairaj (27) had gone up a tower in Basaveshwarnagar 3rd Stage, 3rd Block, 10th Main, around 4 p.m. But he missed his footing and fell some 25 feet on to the terrace of a neighbouring building, the police said. Though he was admitted to hospital, Mr. Dorairaj succumbed to injuries. "He was an engineer, he had no work going up the tower. That work was meant for labourers. This means the company has been negligent in its duty. A case has now been filed against Reliance under Section 304 A of the IPC," the police added.

Role of Scouts highlighted

BANGALORE MAY 8. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, has called for spreading the movement of the Bharat Scouts and Guides to every school in the State. Mr. Chaturvedi was speaking at the presentation of certificates and awards to Scouts and Guides here on Friday. The Scouts and Guides gave value education which helped in promoting community feelings and solidarity, he said. He wanted the local units such as panchayats to play an active role in promoting the movement. He assured the gathering to get financial assistance from the State Government for spreading the movement. Earlier, the Governor honoured the veteran Scouts G. S. Chandraprakash, Sharaff Madappa, B.D. Fernandes, and Babu Rao Nimbore. He also honoured the veteran Guides M. Savitramma, B.T. Seetadevi, Bhagirathi Bai D. Pawar, and G.S. Padaki. The Governor also released a documentary film, "Promising Light", on CD, which shows the history of Scout and Guide movement in the State.

Appeal to

poll panel

Bangalore May 8. The Senior Vice-President of the Janata Dal (S) and candidate in the Shivajinagar Assembly constituency, C. Narayanaswamy, has urged the Election Commission to withhold the counting of votes and announcement of results for Shivajinagar constituency pending an inquiry into complaints of large-scale omission of names from the voters list and voter identity cards found strewn in many places. He told presspersons here today that although there were similar complaints from other parts of the State, the Election Commission should conduct a detailed investigation in the Shivajinagar Assembly segment as a test case. If there was any truth in the complaints lodged by the voters and some of the candidates, the Election Commission could opt for a repoll in the entire Assembly segment and also look into similar complaints received from other constituencies. Mr. Narayanaswamy said an unidentified person had passed on a bundle containing nearly 200 voter identity cards at his residence sometime ago and, on verification, it was found that while the photographs on the cards matched that of the voter concerned, the name was different. It was apparent that the cards were used for impersonation. Votes had been cast before the legitimate voter went to the polling booth. The number of votes cast in the Shivajinagar Assembly segment had dropped to 81,000 from around 89,000 in the last elections, and this was largely due to the names missing from the voters list, he added.

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