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New Chairman for NMPT

MANGALORE DEC. 10. P.T. Vanan (in picture), former Deputy Chairman of Visakhapatnam Port Trust, assumed charge as Chairman of New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) at a simple ceremony here today. According to a press release from the Deputy Chairman of the NMPT, G.J. Rao, Mr. Vanan is a postgraduate in Economics and Business Administration and has served in various capacities in the ports in Chennai, Kochi, Tuticorin and Visakhapatnam. He joined the port sector as Assistant Traffic Manager in Chennai Port Trust. He was later appointed Traffic Manager in Kochi Port.

Rs. 33.84 cr. for procurement

BANGALORE DEC. 10. In the wake of the steep fall in the prices of jowar and onion, the Karnataka State Agricultural Marketing Board has released Rs. 33.84 crores from the Revolving Fund to purchase part of the produce from farmers. In a statement to the press here, the board has said that Rs. 1.98 crores has been released for Dharwad district and Rs. 1.85 crores for Gadag district to procure onion. The onion price has been fixed at Rs. 340 a quintal. A sum of Rs. 6.58 crores has been released from the Revolving Fund to procure onion and Rs. 30 crores to procure jowar. Of the Rs. 30 crores, Rs. 20 crores has been released to the Karnataka State Warehousing Corporation, Rs. 5. crores to the Karnataka State Cooperation and Marketing Federation and Rs. 5 crores to the Food and Civil Supplies Corporation.

`Don't neglect taluks'

TUMKUR DEC. 10. V.S. Ugrappa, MLC and General Secretary, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, said today that the backward taluks in Tumkur district should not be neglected any longer. Mr. Ugrappa, who was elected to the Legislative Council from the local bodies constituency of Tumkur district, sought the immediate intervention of the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in the matter. He urged Dr. Singh to initially release a special grant of Rs. 100 crores for development of the backward taluks in the district. Releasing copies of his letter to Dr. Singh to the press here, Mr. Ugrappa said the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee on Regional Imbalances had categorised Pavagada, Madhugiri, Sira, Gubbi and Kunigal taluks in the district as most backward, and Koratagere, C.N. Halli and Turuvekere taluks as backward. The MLC said a majority of the people in Pavagada, Madhugiri and Sira taluks belonged to weaker sections. The taluks were drought prone and were close to the border with Andhra Pradesh. Naxalite groups, which were active across the border, made their way into these taluks in 1965, he added.

Chief Minister's tour

Bangalore Dec. 10. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, will leave for Kolar tomorrow to participate in a programme organised by the Department of Disabled Welfare and other organisations in the interest of disabled persons. He will leave Bangalore at 9.45 a.m. by road and return at 2.15 p.m. The programme in Kolar is scheduled at 11 a.m. and the venue is Sir M. Visvesvaraya Stadium.

Award for scientist

MYSORE Dec. 10. In recognition of his contribution to food industries based on bioprocess technology, the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, India, has conferred the prestigious V. Subrahmanyan Industrial Achievement Award on G.A. Ravishankar, Head, Plant Cell, Biotechnology Department, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore. The award was conferred on Dr. Ravishankar at the 16th Indian Convention of Food Scientists and Technologists here on Thursday. Dr. Ravishankar obtained B.Sc. from Bangalore University in 1972, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from M.S. University in Baroda in 1975 and 1981, respectively. He has contributed to the enrichment of food science and technology, besides development of agro-based food and allied industries in India. His research in plant biotechnology and bioprocess technologies was an original work that provided a competitive edge to Indian industries.

Dictionary volume released

MYSORE DEC. 10. The revised edition of the fourth and final volume of the English-Kannada dictionary published by Prasaranga of the University of Mysore was released today by the honorary president of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, C.N.R. Rao. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Rao said that the dictionary would benefit teachers and students in Kannada-medium institutions and facilitate teaching of science. Lauding the efforts of those who worked on the dictionary, he said no other university had brought out a similar dictionary. "Normally, the quality of work undertaken by the Government or the university is poor. Now, the University of Mysore has brought out a publication of high standard.'' Simple Kannada was used in the dictionary, Prof. Rao said. Even small variants of words were taken into consideration, and some rare words from the field of science and French words included, he added. Prof. Rao said the dictionary was priced very low (Rs. 800 for four volumes) and the university could think of increasing the cover price. Marketing strategies should be explored, he added.

Congress leader stabbed

Belgaum Dec. 10. The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee SC/ST Cell General Secretary and former corporator, Senapathi Dhotre, was stabbed by four unidentified persons late on Thursday night. Mr. Dhotre has been admitted to the KLE Hospital with grievous injuries.

According to police, four persons attacked Mr. Dhotre at 10 p.m. in Khasbag under Shahpur Police Station limits and escaped after stabbing him. The motive behind the attack is not known.

Two officials

suspended

CHITRADURGA DEC. 10. The Deputy Commissioner, S.R. Umashankar, has suspended two village accountants from Hosadurga taluk on charges of dereliction of duty and financial irregularities pending enquiry.

According to sources, P. Thippeswamy, village accountant of Aalaghatta circle, faces a charge of misuse of funds and tampering with the records. L.V. Sandip, village accountant of Sadarahalli circle, manipulated computerised records and this came to light during a surprise inspection. Disciplinary proceedings have been initiated, sources said.

Youth accused

of rape

Bidar Dec. 10. A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 17-year-old youth in Hirnagaon in Basavakalyan taluk on Thursday.

In a police complaint, Shivraj Koli, the victim's father, said that his neighbour, Amrit Kalyan, entered his house when the girl was alone, as the other members of the family were out working in the fields. The police are on the lookout for Amrit Kalyan.

The Mudbi police have registered a case.

Power theft

CHITRADURGA DEC. 10. The vigilance squad, Bangalore Electricity Supply Company, detected power theft at Kere Hosahalli in Hosadurga taluk on Wednesday and registered cases against 34 members for having unauthorised power connections.

The squad conducted a surprise raid and found that many people in Kerehoasahalli had resorted to stealing power through unauthorised power connection. Marulappa, Soubhagyamma, Thippeswamy, Ashok, Jayanna, Marulappa, Mahesh, Halappa Manjappa, Lokeshappa, Puttappa, Chandrappa, Omkarappa, Nagarajappa are among the 34 accused.

K.G. Prabhu Rudrappa, Sub-Inspector of the squad, has registered a case.

Labourer dies

Bidar Dec. 10. An agricultural labourer died when he slipped into a well that he was digging in Ghatboral village in Humnabad taluk on Thursday.

The police said that Yallappa Sayappa Chandanahalli died on the spot.

A case has been registered at the Humnabad Police Station.

Prize winners

Bidar Dec. 10. Anup Kulkarni and Harshit K., students of Guru Nanak Pre-University College in Bidar, won the second prize in the division-level elocution and essay competitions conducted by the Pre-University Board at Gulbarga recently.

The duo will represent the division at the State-level competitions to be held in Bangalore this month, a release said.

Fire accident

Raichur Dec. 10. A huge stock of cotton belonging to the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) stored in a godown at the industrial area near the city was destroyed in a fire accident on Thursday.

According to the authorities, a stock of about 500 bales of cotton estimated at Rs. 20 lakhs was destroyed. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Elected panchayat president

Chamarajanagar Dec. 10. The Congress candidates, B.P. Boraiah and

Jagadamba, were unanimously elected President and Vice-President of the Chamarajanagar Taluk Panchayat on Thursday. The Congress has 15 members in the 27-member panchayat. The Janata Dal (S) has seven members, the Vatal Paksha two, and the BJP one. There is one independent member.

The posts of the panchayat president and vice-present fell vacant following the expiry of the 10-month tenure of the incumbents under an agreement within the ruling party.

The Assistant Commissioner, T. Venkatesh, was the Election Officer.

Award presentation

MYSORE Dec. 10. SDM Institute of Management Development, Mysore, will arrange a public presentation of award-winning summer project reports prepared by its management students on its premises on the Chamundi Hill Road, Siddarthanagar Post, Mysore, on December 16 and December 17. According to a statement from the Institute, the sessions, which will begin at 5.45 p.m., are open to the public. "The presentations will be informative and useful to students and faculty of business schools,'' the statement said.

Singing contest

MYSORE Dec. 10. Carmel Catholic Association will organise a carol singing competition at Maharaja's College Centenary Hall in the city on December 12. Competitions will be held for different groups comprising students of kindergarten, primary schools and high schools, colleges, religious institutions and professionals.

An estimated 80 teams will participate in 12 categories during the programme scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Competition

MYSORE Dec. 10. Lioness Club of Mysore South will arrange a Rangoli competition on December 12 at the Gopalaswamy Shishu Vihara near Nanjumalige Circle in Lakshmipuram in the city.

According to a statement from clubs' President, Roopa Kumar, interested persons can contact Ph: 9844048778, 9844049869, 2361345 or 2541867 for more details.

Workshop

MYSORE Dec. 10. A two-day workshop on "Principles of Primate Husbandry and Population Management'' began at the Mysore Zoo on Friday. Inaugurating the workshop, the Registrar, University of Mysore, N.D. Tiwari, emphasised the importance of preserving primates and their habitat.

The Chief Conservator of Forests and Member-Secretary of the Zoo Authority of Karnataka, R.S. Suresh, presided over the inaugural function.

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