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Seminar on contempt law

Bangalore July 22. The Karnataka section of the International Commission of Jurists is organising a seminar on "Legislative Privileges and Contempt Law" at the Bangalore Bar Association, Karnataka High Court, on Sunday. The former Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court V.S. Malimath will inaugurate the seminar, which will be addressed by the former Karnataka Law Minister M.C. Nanaiah and the Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu , N. Ram.

Rajkumar recovering well

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore July 22. The noted actor Rajkumar, who underwent angioplasty on Wednesday at Wockhardt Hospital and Heart Foundation, is fine and recovering well, doctors at the hospital said today. Mr. Rajkumar was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after he complained of chest pain. On Wednesday, angioplasty was performed on him to remove a block in the coronary artery. Vivek Jawali, cardiologist, said Mr. Rajkumar had been shifted from the ICU to a private ward and was walking about. "He is recovering fast. We will discharge him day after tomorrow. He will bounce back to normality soon," Dr. Jawali said.

Govt. urged to waive crop loans

Bangalore July 22. The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, B.S. Yediyurappa, today urged the Government to waive the crop loans taken by farmers, as a one-time decision. Initiating a discussion on the State Budget, Mr. Yediyurappa said the waiver would benefit farmers who had been hit by drought for three consecutive years. The Government could make up for the loss by raising loans or keeping in abeyance certain programmes and the Opposition would support such a decision. Mr. Yediyurappa said the announcement of 6 per cent interest rate for agricultural credit by cooperative banks was welcome, but hoped that the banks would be reimbursed the amount. The reimbursement would be to the tune of Rs. 200 crores, but the Government had set aside only Rs. 60 crores. On the allocation for gram panchayats, he said that last year it was Rs. 792 crores and the amount released was Rs. 550 crores. He wondered how the panchayats could function with such poor disbursement, particularly when the Government was talking about decentralisation of power. On primary education, he said the announcement made by the Government to provide books and uniforms to all students studying in government schools was a "hollow" one.

Ban sought on silk imports

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Bangalore July 22. The Mysore Powerloom Silk Manufacturers Cooperative Society has urged the Union Government to stop importing silk fabric from China as such imports are posing a big threat to domestic silk weavers. T. Nagaraj, president of the society, told presspersons here today that such imported fabrics were denying Indian weavers a fair price for their products and could result in a loss of more than one million jobs. The Centre should either impose a ban on the imports or levy 200 per cent anti-dumping duty on them to protect the interests of Indian wearers, he said. Another major problem faced by weavers in Karnataka was the high electricity tariff. Many marginal weavers found it difficult to pay the charges. He urged the Government to reduce the power tariff so that the weavers of the State could compete with neighbouring States such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, which were charging a fair electricity tariff from wearers. Mr. Nagaraj also urged the State Government to open a "fabric exchange" to enable the weavers to sell their products profitably.

Archbishop appointed

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BANGALORE JULY 22. The Vatican has appointed Bishop Bernard Moras as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangalore. He succeeds Archbishop Ignatius Pinto, states a press release issued today. Bishop Moras, a native of Kuppepadavu in Dakshina Kannada, was earlier the Bishop of Belgaum. He was ordained as a priest on December 6, 1967 and was made Bishop of Belgaum on February 25, 1997. He was also an administrator of St. John's Medical College and Hospital for 11 years. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has congratulated Bishop Moras on his appointment.

Assumes charge

BELGAUM JULY 22. Harshavardhan Raj assumed charge as the Inspector General of Police, Northern Range, Belgaum, here on Friday.

Mr. Raj was Inspector General of Police for the Training and Prevention of Terrorist Activities Cell before assuming charge of the new office.

Constituted

SHIMOGA JULY 22. The Director of the Pre-University Department has constituted the Development Committee for the Government Pre-University College situated on B.H. Road here under the chairmanship of the Shimoga MLA, K.S. Eshwarappa, for the academic year 2004-2005.

The other members of the committee are: S.S. Jyothi Prakash (vice-president); Shivaraj, B.S. Balachandra, Ananthalakshmi, N.G. Janakaraj, Rajappa, and T.N. Kamalakar (members); and M.G. Jayadevappa (member-secretary).

Workshop

Belgaum July 22. A four-month workshop for women prisoners was inaugurated at Hingdalaga jail here on Wednesday by the Belgaum District Judge, M. Chidanand Rao.

He said the workshop would enable women prisoners to live with respect in society.

The Superintendent of Police, Hemant Nimbalkar, spoke. — PTI

Man dies

Madikeri July 22. A man, who allegedly consumed poison with his "paramour," died while the latter is battling for life at Siddapur here.

The police said Yogaraj (22) and Jaya (30), a married woman, were having an illegitimate affair. When this came to light, her husband rebuked her, following which she eloped with Yogaraj and took the extreme step on Wednesday.

While Yogaraj died at a hospital, the condition of Jaya is said to be serious. — UNI

Suspended

MANGALORE JULY 22. The Regional Transport Authority here has suspended 98 driving licences in April, May, June, and July, according to a departmental press release issued here today.

The release said the licence of drivers involved in fatal accidents had been suspended for one year. In other cases, the licences had been suspended for six months, it added.

The authority appealed to owners of vehicles and transport operators not to hire drivers without driving licences.

Urged

Udupi July 22. The Udupi Senior Citizens' Association has urged the district administration to provide it with an office to conduct its activities.

In a press release issued here, the secretary of the association, K. Vishwajna Shetty, said that some time ago, the Deputy Commissioner had offered the Bala Bhavan to the association to conduct its activities. But the association had not been registered then.

He noted that the association had been registered now. He urged the Deputy Commissioner to allot the Vittal Kamath Memorial Building at Ajjarkad, where the Revenue Office was located, to the association.

Killed

CHITRADURGA JULY 22. Nazeer Pasha (28) was killed when a lorry hit a parked lorry of which he was a cleaner on Thursday near near Metikurke in Hiriyur Police Station limits. He was from Magadi.

According to the police, a lorry, which was proceeding towards Bangalore, hit the parked lorry. Pasha was severely injured and was taken to Hiriyur hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Suicide

DAVANGERE JULY 22. Shwetha (25), a married woman, allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence here on Thursday.

According to the police, she was married three years ago and had a son.

The K.T.J. Nagar police have registered a case.

Protest

DAVANGERE JULY 22. Activists of the Kannadanadu party burnt the effigy of the Chief Minister of Goa, Parrikar, protesting against his failure to rehabilitate Kannadigas in Goa.

The activists, led by Vivekananda, state convenor of the party, to took out a procession in the city and collected foodgrains for Kannadigas in Goa.

Dead

BAGALKOT JULY 22. Chidambaram Velu Arunachalam (26), a native of Milasapatti in Tamil Nadu, died in a road mishap on National Highway 13, near Hungund on Wednesday.

A vehicle hit his motorcycle as he was coming out of a roadside dhaba.

His brother, Tamil Arasan, who sustained multiple injuries, has been admitted to the District Civil Hospital here.

The Hungund police have registered a case.

Desecrated

BIJAPUR JULY 22. Tension prevailed in Baradola village in Indi taluk following the alleged desecration of a statue of Ambedkar on Wednesday.

It was alleged, in a complaint filed at the Chadchana Police Station, that the garland on the statue had been burnt by unidentified miscreants.

Suspended

BIDAR JULY 22. The principal of the Government Junior (boys) College in Bidar, Syed Kazim Ali, and a second division assistant, Shridhar Kulkarni, had been suspended for helping some students engage in malpractices during the Pre-University examination in September 2003.

Four students had been debarred for using fake hall tickets and impersonation.

The then Deputy Director of Pre-University Education, B.R. Lamani, had ordered an inquiry, which revealed that Mr. Ali and Mr. Kulkarni had helped the students carry out these irregularities.

Mr. Lamani suspended the duo based on the inquiry report, officials said here on Wednesday.

Protest

BIDAR JULY 22. The Dalit Sangharsha Samiti staged a rasta roko to protest against the bad condition of the road between Amlapur and Sindhol in Bidar taluk on Wednesday.

Protestors raised slogans holding the Government responsible for the bad roads.

They submitted a memorandum to the government demanding that the roads be re-laid immediately.

Ambedkar Boudhe, Namdev Ishwar Multani, Syed Galib, Pandhari Pujari, Narsing Mirzapur, and Nagesh Sone signed the memorandum.

Suicide

RAICHUR JULY 22. Ayyamma (25), wife of Yellappa, allegedly committed suicide by consuming pesticide in Eralagudda village of Manvi taluk on Wednesday.

The Manvi Police have registered a case.

Snakebite

RAICHUR JULY 22. Thomas (50), son of Gurayya, who was bitten by a snake, died here on Wednesday. Thomas was in his field in Kurdi village in Manvi taluk on Friday when he was bitten by the snake.

He had been admitted at the hospital immediately.

The Manvi Police have registered a case.

Board move opposed

MYSORE JULY 22 . The Railway Pensioners' Association, Mysore, has opposed any move by the Railway Board to recover money from pensioners under the pretext of wrong fixation.

According to a statement, the association has taken up the matter with the board. The association is also planning to approach the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Bangalore, in this regard.

Affected railway pensioners can contact the working president of the association or call 2451205.

Graduation Day

MYSORE JULY 22 . Pushpashrama Welfare Centre's Graduation Day for students who completed a computer course was held here recently. The centre has been supporting school dropouts and those seeking employment.

The Mayor, Dakshina Murthy, distributed certificates of recognition on the occasion. The event coincided with the second anniversary of the centre. The former Deputy Mayor, Arjun Kumar, was present.

Constituted

SHIMOGA JULY 22. The Director of the Pre-University Department has constituted the Development Committee for the Government Pre-University College situated on B.H. Road here under the chairmanship of the Shimoga MLA, K.S. Eshwarappa, for the academic year 2004-2005.

The other members of the committee are: S.S. Jyothi Prakash (vice-president); Shivaraj, B.S. Balachandra, Ananthalakshmi, N.G. Janakaraj, Rajappa, and T.N. Kamalakar (members); and M.G. Jayadevappa (member-secretary).

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