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Farmer commits suicide

By Our Staff Correspondent

HASSAN JUNE 22. Ninge Gowda (55) of Sampannagodu village in Sakleshpur taluk, who reportedly consumed poison on Sunday night died in hospital on Monday night. It is said that he was unable to repay a loan of Rs. 1 lakh that he had taken from a bank to cultivate cardamom and ginger. Ninge Gowda consumed poison after the crops failed. He was shifted to Crawford Hospital in Sakleshpur, where he died. The Sakleshpur police have registered a case. The Sakleshpur MLA, H.M. Vishwanath, visited the bereaved family and consoled them.

Defence completes arguments

By Our Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE JUNE 22. Counsel for Mahadevan, Managing Director of S.S. Maritime who was arrested by the Corps of Detectives (CoD) for his alleged complicity in the rice diversion racket, completed their arguments on a regular bail application filed by him on Tuesday. The case is being heard by the third Additional District and Sessions Judge, Narasimha S. Kulkarni here. The lower courts had rejected Mr. Mahadevan's application for bail, forcing him to approach the court concerned. The special public prosecutor, J.I. Kittur, is scheduled to present his final arguments against the bail plea before the court on Thursday when the matter comes up for hearing next. The court is then expected to fix a date for final orders. On Thursday, the third Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Tulasidas, is expected to pass orders on a plea by the State for handing over possession of the rice seized. A Delhi-based company, Sharp Menthol, too has claimed this rice. The court is also expected to pass orders on bail applications by nine officials of the Hassan unit of the Department of Food and Civil Supplies on Thursday.

Training for IAS examination

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE JUNE 22. The Pre-Examination Training Centre of the Government has invited applications from eligible Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward Class candidates appearing for the 2005 IAS/IPS and allied services examinations. Interested candidates may apply to the Principal, Pre-Examination Training Centre, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan, Miller's Road, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore 560 052, in the prescribed form no. `A', along with attested copies of qualification and other details. The last date for receipt of applications is September 30. Candidates should be graduates from a recognised university and his/her annual income from all sources should not exceed Rs. 1 lakh. Selected candidates will be given free coaching in general knowledge and select optionals. They will be given free hostel facilities, subject to availability.

S.V. Ranganath to assume charge

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE JUNE 22. S.V. Ranganath, a 1975 batch IAS officer, will assume charge as Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh. He was Joint Secretary, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and succeeds K. Jairaj. B.K. Das, Principal Secretary, Finance, has been transferred and appointed Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Home and Transport Department. K.P. Pandey, Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Home Department, has been transferred and appointed Principal Secretary for Finance. Kapil Mohan, Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, has been transferred and appointed Private Secretary to K.H. Muniyappa, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways.

Meet on Rajya Sabha polls

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore June 22. The Congress is trying hard to ensure the election of its second candidate, B.K. Hariprasad, in the biennial election to the Rajya Sabha to be held on June 28. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President, B. Janardhana Poojary, today held a strategy meeting on getting Mr. Hariprasad, an AICC Secretary, elected. The Congress is short of six votes and is making efforts to win over the remaining independent MLAs, numbering eight. The contest for the fourth seat is between Shakuntala Hegde of the BJP and Mr. Hariprasad.

Lecture by Martin Fowler

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore June 22. For Bangalore's large number of software professionals, Wednesday will be a date with the well-known author Martin Fowler, who is considered an authority on software design. The three-hour seminar on "Software design in the 21st Century" has been organised by ThoughtWorks, a U.S.-headquartered application development and systems integration firm. Mr Fowler is chief scientist at this company, which has offices in Bangalore. Apart from the talk, a discussion on "Distribute Agile" has been scheduled as also an exclusive question-and-answer session with Mr. Fowler. Over the past decade, Mr. Fowler has pioneered many software development techniques in business information systems. He is well known for his work on OO analysis and design, software patterns, Unified Modelling Language, agile software processes (particularly XP) and refractoring. He is a frequent speaker at international software conferences and edits the design column for IEEE Software Magazine. He is also the author of a number of books. For registration, software professionals can call 9845043227 or email esriniva@thoughtworks.com.

Course in Vedic Astrology

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore June 22. The City Chapter II of the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences will be conducting a course in Vedic Astrology. The course, which will train students for the Jyotish Praveena examination, will be held at the MES Kishore Kendra at Malleswaram from June 27. Details can be had from the chairman of the chapter, A. Narasimha Alse, on telephone nos. 23371782 and 23372401.

Conference on electoral reforms

By Our Special Correspondent

Bangalore June 22. The Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and Association for Democratic Reforms, Bangalore, will jointly host a national conference on electoral reforms on Saturday and Sunday. The former Chief of Justice of India M.N. Venkatachalaiah will inaugurate the conference at the IIM-B auditorium and the Chief Election Commissioner, T.S. Krishnamurthy, will respond to suggestions from non-governmental organisation (NGOs) at the concluding session. The conference will be attended by NGOs and organisations from 20 States working on electoral and governance reforms. There will also be senior Election Commission officials, representatives of political parties, eminent citizens and thinkers such as Aruna Roy, Sandeep Pradeep and Anna Hazare. The agenda will include experiences of Election Watch, which monitored candidates' affidavits during the run-up to the recent elections, voters rolls and suggestions on rectifying the problem of missing names, electoral expenses and related transparency, monitoring of elected representatives, and political party reforms. The conference will also release two reports: one on the profile of candidates elected to the Lok Sabha and the other a compendium of the candidates who contested.

Lorry driver dies in road accident

HASSAN JUNE 22. A lorry driver was killed on Monday when two lorries collided near Hulivala on Holenarsipur-Channarayapatna Road. The police gave the name of the dead as Shekar (30) of Hunsoor.

According to police, one of the lorries carrying sand was on its way from Holenarsipur and the other was on its way to Bangalore. Shekar was the driver of the lorry returning to Bangalore. The police have registered a case and are investigating.

Protest

HASSAN JUNE 22. The Dalit Sangharsh Samithi has decided to hold a demonstration in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office in protest against the anti-dalit policies of the Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition Government in the State.

In a release here on Monday, the Convenor of the Samithi, Eeresh Hirehalli, said the demonstration was being held in response to a call by the State unit of the Samithi.

He said the Samithi would urge the Government to solve the problems faced by dalit students in hostels.

Compensation

Bidar June 22. The Bidar district administration has released Rs. 50,000 as compensation to the families of those killed by lightning recently.

The Deputy Commissioner, T.K. Anil Kumar, has handed over compensation in cash to the kin of Kalavati Bakkappa of Nirnavadi village, Renuka Bheemsha of Hulagutti and Javed Pasha Mian of Lakhangaon, according to a release.

Man dies

Raichur June 22. Hobalareddy, a helper, was injured fatally when a tipper in which he was travelling overturned and fell into a ditch on Hiredinni-Sunkanur Road near Kavital town in Manvi taluk on Monday.

The police said the injured was rushed to Raichur for treatment. However, he died on the way.

The Kavital Police have registered a case.

Murdered

BIJAPUR JUNE 22. A 50-year-old man was murdered in Babaleshwar hobli 26 km from here in the early hours of Tuesday, the police said.

The police gave the name of victim as Arjun Ramanna Badachi from the village.

The assailants had smashed Badachi's head with a boulder and threw the body on an open pavement the Kotyal Lane, they added.

The Babaleshwar Police are investigating.

Body found

BIJAPUR JUNE 22. The body of a middle-aged woman was found in Kudagi village in Basavanabagewadi taluk.

The identity of the woman is yet to be ascertained as the face had been mutilated, the police said.

Expelled

Udupi June 22. The President of the Udupi unit of the Congress, M.A. Gafoor, said on Monday that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee expelled the Zilla Panchayat member, Gladys Almeida, from the party for six years.

He told presspersons here that Ms. Almeida's claim that she had not received any show-cause notice from the party was misleading.

A show-cause notice was given only when a person was suspended from the party.

Such a notice was not given when a person was expelled from the party, he said.

Condemned

MANGALORE JUNE 22. The Dakshina Kannada unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has condemned the alleged attack on Sunil Kumar, MLA, Karkala, at a grama sabha in Mudradi in Udupi District on Monday.

In a press release today, the president of the unit, Pratap Simha Nayak, alleged that the attack was the handiwork of Congress leaders.

It showed that the Congress leaders were desperate as they lost in the recent election.

Mr. Nayak appealed to the police officers concerned to take action against those responsible for the attack.

Stolen almirah recovered

MADIKERI June 22. The Madikeri town police have recovered a broken almirah, which was stolen from the museum here, near the Kote Mahila Samaja building adjoining the Fort. The museum is located inside the Fort.

Burglars had struck at the museum a few days ago where old artefacts are on display. The Madikeri town Sub-Inspector of police, Basavaraj, said that artefacts estimated at Rs. 6,000 were stolen. Investigation is on.

Admission

MANGALORE JUNE 22. The Nitte Education Trust here has been permitted to admit students in the medical college it runs for the academic year 2004-05 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The permission was granted by the Medical Council of India after its fifth and final inspection of the college's infrastructure, according to a press release.

Expelled

Udupi June 22. The President of the Udupi unit of the Congress, M.A. Gafoor, said on Monday that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee expelled the Zilla Panchayat member, Gladys Almeida, from the party for six years.

He told presspersons here that Ms. Almeida's claim that she had not received any show-cause notice from the party was misleading. A show-cause notice was given only when a person was suspended from the party. Such a notice was not given when a person was expelled from the party, he said.

It may be recalled that Ms. Almedia had contested against the official Congress candidate and former Minister, Vasanth V. Salain, in the Assembly elections from the Kaup constituency. The Congress lost the seat to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Condemned

MANGALORE JUNE 22. The Dakshina Kannada unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has condemned the alleged attack on Sunil Kumar, MLA, Karkala, at a grama sabha in Mudradi in Udupi District on Monday.

In a press release today, the president of the unit, Pratap Simha Nayak, alleged that the attack was the handiwork of Congress leaders. It showed that the Congress leaders were desperate as they lost in the recent election. Mr. Nayak appealed to the police officers concerned to take action against those responsible for the attack.

Takes charge

Bidar June 22. Wing Commander Jagat Nandan took charge as the commanding officer of Karnataka 3 Air squadron (T) NCC Bidar, on Monday.

Wing Commander R M Shanware, who held the post till now, has been transferred, according to a press release.

Man dies

Raichur June 22. Hobalareddy, a helper, was injured fatally when a tipper in which he was travelling overturned and fell into a ditch on Hiredinni-Sunkanur Road near Kavital town in Manvi taluk on Monday.

The police said the injured was rushed to Raichur for treatment. However, he died on the way. The Kavital Police have registered a case.

Murdered

BIJAPUR JUNE 22. A 50-year-old man was murdered in Babaleshwar hobli 26 km from here in the early hours of Tuesday, the police said.

The police gave the name of victim as Arjun Ramanna Badachi from the village. The assailants had smashed Badachi's head with a boulder and threw the body on an open pavement the Kotyal Lane, they added. The Babaleshwar Police are investigating.

Body found

BIJAPUR JUNE 22. The body of a middle-aged woman was found in Kudagi village in Basavanabagewadi taluk. The identity of the woman is yet to be ascertained as the face had been mutilated, the police said.

Varsity results

<150> MYSORE JUNE 22. The University of Mysore will announce the results of the B.A. examination held in April/May 2004, on Wednesday, states a press release.

The marks cards will be sent to the respective colleges shortly. The results of the B.Sc., B.Com., and BFA examinations have been posted on the university's website, http://www.uni-mysore.ac.in, the release adds.

Suggestions

MYSORE JUNE 22. The Vishwakarma Community Improvement Committee has appealed to the community leaders to give suggestions about the improvements and benefits that should be sought for the community members to improve their social status.

A petition is to be submitted to the Karnataka Backward Classes Commission in this regard on June 24. Those interested may contact Mallige, No. 554, 2nd floor, behind SMS School, Srirampura, 2nd Stage, Mysore: 23 (ph: 2363811/318557/2545709).

Elected

MYSORE JUNE 22. The following were elected office-bearers of the Sharada Vilas College Lecturers Association for 2004-05: T.S. Hemalatha (president), Y. Dhanalakshmi (vice-president), A. Sashikala (secretary), and M. Devika (treasurer).

Compensation

Bidar June 22. The Bidar district administration has released Rs. 50,000 as compensation to the families of those killed by lightning recently.

The Deputy Commissioner, T.K. Anil Kumar, has handed over compensation in cash to the kin of Kalavati Bakkappa of Nirnavadi village, Renuka Bheemsha of Hulagutti and Javed Pasha Mian of Lakhangaon, according to a release.

Man dies

Raichur June 22. Hobalareddy, a helper, was injured fatally when a tipper in which he was travelling overturned and fell into a ditch on Hiredinni-Sunkanur Road near Kavital town in Manvi taluk on Monday.

The police said the injured was rushed to Raichur for treatment. However, he died on the way.

The Kavital Police have registered a case.

Body found

BIJAPUR JUNE 22. The body of a middle-aged woman was found in Kudagi village in Basavanabagewadi taluk.

The identity of the woman is yet to be ascertained as the face had been mutilated, the police said.

Expelled

Udupi June 22. The President of the Udupi unit of the Congress, M.A. Gafoor, said on Monday that the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee expelled the Zilla Panchayat member, Gladys Almeida, from the party for six years.

He told presspersons here that Ms. Almeida's claim that she had not received any show-cause notice from the party was misleading.

A show-cause notice was given only when a person was suspended from the party.

Such a notice was not given when a person was expelled from the party, he said.

Condemned

MANGALORE JUNE 22. The Dakshina Kannada unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party has condemned the alleged attack on Sunil Kumar, MLA, Karkala, at a grama sabha in Mudradi in Udupi District on Monday.

In a press release today, the president of the unit, Pratap Simha Nayak, alleged that the attack was the handiwork of Congress leaders.

It showed that the Congress leaders were desperate as they lost in the recent election.

Mr. Nayak appealed to the police officers concerned to take action against those responsible for the attack.

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