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Aid for unemployed youth

BANGALORE JUNE 3. The Department of Industries and Commerce has invited applications from educated unemployed youth in Bangalore Rural district for financial assistance under the Prime Minister's Rozgar Yojana for self-employment ventures. They should be from one of the eight taluks coming under the jurisdiction of the Bangalore Rural District Industries Centre: Doddaballapur, Hoskote, Devanahalli, Nelamangala, Ramanagaram, Kanakapura, Channapatna and Magadi. The candidates should have passed the eighth standard or an ITI course and should be in the 18 to 35 age group. The annual income of the family should not exceed Rs. 40,000 and the applicant should have resided at the address furnished for more than three years and should possess a ration card. Application forms can be obtained from the offices of the Taluk Industrial Extension Officers or the Joint Director, District Industries Centre, Bangalore Rural district, Vokkaligara Bhavan, Hudson Circle, Bangalore 560 027.

Training for leather exporters

BANGALORE JUNE 3. Visvesvaraya Industrial Trade Centre (VITC) in association with the Directorate of Industries and Commerce and the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), Karnataka chapter, is organising a three-day intensive training programme here on exports for the benefit of leather industries in the State, from June 9 to 11. The programme will cover aspects of exports such as marketing, procedures and formalities and documentation. Sessions will be addressed by experts from the Central Leather Research Institute and Council for Leather Exports, states a press note from the VITC. For details, contact the Managing Director, Visvesvaraya Industrial Trade Centre, VITC Building, 3rd Floor, Kasturba Road, Bangalore 560 001, (phone: 22864281 or 22860853).

UAS shelves Bt cotton project

Dharwad JUNE 3. The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) here was forced to give up the Bt cotton programme on the issue of `royalty,' its Vice-Chancellor, S.A. Patil, said today. Talking to presspersons, he, however, said Bt cotton was not as bad as was being made out to be. The UAS had indigenously developed genes to create seven new varieties of Bt cotton and it might take two more years to release them, he added. — UNI

Memorandum against donations

By Our Staff Correspondent

Bidar JUNE 3. Some Janata Dal (Secular) leaders and members of the district Bar Association have urged the Government to take action against the managements of private schools for allegedly extracting huge amounts of money in illegal donations from parents. In a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, T.K. Anil Kumar, the JD(S) senior Vice-President, Ramachandra Gandage, and other party leaders, including Prabhurao Tarnalli and B. Krishnappa, have alleged that some private managements in Bidar, which had registered themselves as non-profit organisations, were receiving donations in the range of Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 20,000 for admission to nursery and kindergarten classes. "This is happening despite the fact that the State and the Union Governments are bound by the Constitution to provide free and compulsory education till the age of 14. It should be stopped forthwith and the erring managements should be derecognised," said the memorandum. The leaders have, however, not named any of the managements, which they alleged were violating the norms.

KPCC invites applications

BANGALORE JUNE 3. The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has invited applications from members of the party who intend to contest the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha and elections to the Legislative Council to be held on June 21. There are four vacancies from the State in the Rajya Sabha, and seven in the Council. Interested candidates aged above 30 can obtain the application forms from the Congress Bhavan on Queen's Road here. The last date for submitting the applications is June 6, says a KPCC press release. The vacancies in the Rajya Sabha have been caused by the retirement of Oscar Fernandes (Congress), Jaware Gowda (JD-S), S.R. Bommai (JD-U) and M. Venkaiah Naidu (BJP). The vacancies in the Council have been caused by the retirement of Alkod Hanumanthappa, Kalebudde Ismailsab, Nirmala Venkatesh, M.C. Nanaiah (former Law Minister), `Mukhyamantri' Chandru, Rani Satish (former Minister) and the former Chairman of the House, B.L. Shankar. The State Chief Electoral Officer has already announced the calendar of events for the elections.

`Form full-fledged Ministry'

BANGALORE JUNE 3. The delay in the formation of a full-sized Ministry in the State has caused dislocation in day-to-day administration, the Secretary to the Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, M.C. Shanthamurthy, has said. The delay had led to a political stalemate for over 20 days and created uncertainties in the public life of the State, Prof. Shanthamurthy has said in a letter to the AICC President, Sonia Gandhi. The formation of a full-fledged Ministry was required as the Government had to take important decisions on issues such as the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to professional courses. The vote on account obtained by the previous Government on the State Budget for 2004-05 would expire in a couple of weeks, which called for the presentation of a full budget and its discussions in the legislature. This again required a full-fledged Ministry, he said. Prof. Shanthamurthy also wanted the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition to go in for the formation of the Ministry at one shot and ensure political stability in the State.

JD(U) leader for President's rule in State

Bangalore June 3. The Janata Dal (United) leader, H.N. Nanje Gowda, has urged the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, to direct the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, to impose President's rule in the State in view of the delay in the formation of the Government. In a letter to the President, Mr. Nanje Gowda said it was "amazing and distressing" that as the Constitutional head, the Governor was keeping mum on the "outrage on parliamentary democracy and the sanctity of the electoral process" that was going on in Karnataka. "It is a travesty of democracy that the Congress has come back to power edging out the BJP, which is the single largest party. It is difficult to reconcile oneself to the anomalous situation of a majority party sitting in the Opposition merely because it fell short of the required number of seats for an absolute majority." He said the Governor "is a party" to the emergence of this "unholy alliance." "The Governor seems to have been carried away by the strange theory, sedulously built up by the Congress and the JD(S), that fresh elections to secure a decisive popular verdict would be an infliction on the people and a waste of public money." Karnataka had also set a bad precedent in this connection and this should be immediately corrected, he added.

Cultural programme

CHITRADURGA JUNE 3. An innovative cultural programme `Kavya-Chitra,' a combination of `Ashtavadhavana' and painting has been organised at Chitradurga on Friday evening. Shatavadhani R. Ganesh, Avadhana exponent, will recite poetry and noted artist B.K.S. Verma will capture the mood of the poems in his painting. A jugalbandi by Sri Shankara Bharathi Seva Samithi, Brahmana Sangha and Chitradurga Hotel owner's association, Chitradurga has also been organised. The programme will be held at Gayathi Kalyana Mantapa, V.P.Extension, Chitradurga at 6 p.m.

Hostel admissions

CHITRADURGA JUNE 3. The social welfare department of Hiriyur taluk and Holalkere taluk have invited applications for admission to government-run residential schools and government, private and aided pre-matric hostels for boys and girls in their respective taluks. Application forms are available at the taluk social welfare office free of cost. Completed forms should be submitted at the social welfare office before June 15.

Students win second prize

BELGAUM JUNE 3. The students of KLE Society's Institute of Dental Sciences in the city have won the second prize in the quiz competition held at Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital in Mangalore recently. The quiz was conducted along with the CDE programme on Dentofacial Deformities. Dr. Rajat Agarwal, Dr. Subash Debnath and Dr. Sajid Sanadi, Lecturer at the IDS took part in the quiz competition.

Meetings

BANTWAL JUNE 3. The first round of gram sabha meetings under various gram panchayats in the taluk for 2004-05 will be held between June 9 and July 13. A press release from the Executive Officer of the Taluk Panchayat here urged all the villagers coming under the limits of the respective gram panchayats to attend these gram sabhas without fail and contribute to the overall development of their respective villages.

Applications

BANTWAL JUNE 3. The Department of Backward Classes and Minorities has invited applications from students for admission to post-matric hostels for girls for 2004-05. Students from backward classes 1, 2 (A), 3 (A), 3 (B), belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and studying in I PUC up to final year degree are eligible to seek admission in its hostel at Vamadapadavu. The annual income of parents of students from BCM category should be less than Rs. 15,000 and those of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes students should not exceed Rs. 50,920. pplication forms are available at the taluk office and at the hostel. Last date for submitting the application with necessary documents in July 5.

Lecture

MANGALORE JUNE 3. Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), Mangalore-Manipal Chapter, will be hold a lecture on "Human relationship" by Prof. EMERITUS C.R.Kamath, Kasturbha Medical College, tomorrow at Medha Hall, Hotel Abhiman Residency, Bunts Hostel Circle at 6.30 p.m. B.R. Bhat, Chairman of the local Chapter of PRSI will preside over the function.

Good result

BIDAR JUNE 3. Students of some government schools in the district have performed well in the SSLC examination this year. According to a press release here, 84.78 per cent of the students at the government school in Wadagaon (D) village in Aurad taluk have passed the examination. Jagadish Maruthi stood first with 85.92 per cent marks. Of the 92 students who took the examination this year, one student got a distinction, 26 passed with first class, and 28 students obtained a second class.

`Seminar on careers in IT'

MYSORE JUNE 3. The IT Professionals' Forum, Mysore Chapter, will organise a seminar on "Careers in IT enabled sector'' for graduates in and around Mysore on Friday.

Entry to the seminar is free and will commence at 5 p.m. on the CIST premises, Manasagangotri. Ramani, teacher in corporate training and management, will conduct the seminar. Information pertaining to career development in the IT enabled sector will be given.

Workshop

MYSORE JUNE 3. The Industry Institute Partnership Cell (IIPC) of the National Institute of Engineering here will conduct a workshop on "Effective supervision for performance excellence'' for industries, and commercial and educational institutions on Saturday. Organised in association with the Trainers' Forum, Mysore, the workshop will provide inputs to participants who are in the supervisory position and enable them to sharpen their communication skills, teamwork, and motivation level. It will be conducted by K. Shamanna and B. Ravichandra, manager, Human Resources and Coordination, Nestle India Ltd., Nanjangud. B. Rajaraman, vice-president, Operations, Falcon Tyres Ltd., Mysore, will inaugurate the seminar at 9.30 a.m. G. Raghavendra Rao, Principal, NIE, Mysore, will preside over the function.

Second prize

BELGAUM JUNE 3. The students of KLE Society's Institute of Dental Sciences in the city have won the second prize in the quiz competition held at Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital in Mangalore recently. The quiz was conducted along with the CDE programme on Dentofacial Deformities. Dr. Rajat Agarwal, Dr. Subash Debnath and Dr. Sajid Sanadi, Lecturer at the IDS took part in the quiz competition.

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