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Photograhers protest

DAVANGERE DEC. 16. The Davangere District Photographers' Association has appealed to colour labs not to provide photography services as it was affecting the business of photo studious and forcing photographers to closing down their studios.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Taranath, president of the association, and Vivek, treasurer of the association, said that there were around 1000 studios in Davangere and the photographers running the studios were in bad financial condition after the colour labs started photography at their units.

The photographers would take out a procession in Davangere on December 17 to protest against colour labs providing photography services.

Charge-sheet filed

HASSAN DEC. 16. The district police have filed charge-sheet against 80 accused, including Congress member, H.R. Nagaraj, in connection with the torching incident of Dyapalapura village on October 12, following the murder of member of the City Municipal Council, Girija Shankar, and his friend, Jayaprakash.

It has been filed at the JMFC Court in the city on Wednesday, which was the last date for the police to file the charge-sheet against the accused, according to sources.

Protest

HASSAN DEC. 16. Members of the Karnataka Rajya Kolache Nivasigala Samyukta Sanghatane took out a procession in the city on Thursday urging the district administration to issue the title deeds and provide infrastructure for them.

The protesters, led by the president of the district unit of the sanghatane, Rame Gowda, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner in this regard.

Accident

RAICHUR DEC. 16. Rudrappa Swamy and Bandenawaz were killed and Mareppa was seriously injured when the tractor in which they were travelling overturned and fell into a road-side ditch on the Sirguppa-Dhadesugur Raod near Sindhanoor town on Wednesday. The driver of the tractor escaped unhurt.

Mareppa was admitted to the Sindhanoor Civil Hospital. The Rural Sindhanoor Police have registered a case.

Workshop

MYSORE Dec. 16. The Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), is conducting a workshop on "Evaluation and Management of Tinnitus" on its premises on December 17.

According to a release, experts in the field would be sharing their knowledge and provide the information on the latest developments in Tinnitus Evaluation and Management. Audiologists and ENT specialists from different parts of the country will participate in the workshop. "A ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound in the ears when no external sound is present is called Tinnitus," the release added.

Hearing on plea adjourned

Hubli Dec. 16. A local court today adjourned till January 18, the hearing of a revision petition challenging the discharge of the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Uma Bharti in the decade-old Idgah Maidan case. When the petition came up for hearing, the First Additional District and Sessions Judge, Durgappa, ordered that a fresh notice be served on one of the accused, Suresh Vasudev Raj, an RSS activist. Mr. Raj is one of the 21 accused along with Ms. Bharti in the case. Despite court orders, the authorities could not serve him with the notice seeking his appearance in connection with the case. The notice will be served now. Six social activists had challenged the discharge of Ms. Bharti and others by the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in the case regarding the BJP-led stir for the hoisting of the national flag at Idgah Maidan here on August 15, 1994, which turned violent and led to police firing, claiming six lives. Ms. Bharti had surrendered before the JMFC because of a non-bailable warrant issued against her in August 2004. — PTI

No action against MLA for now

DAVANGERE DEC. 16. The Superintendent of Police, Alok Kumar, has said that he does not plan to take any action against the Honnali MLA, Renukacharya, for now. He clarified that he has not written a letter to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly seeking permission to arrest the MLA. Mr. Renukacharya is alleged to have gone to the Nyamathi police station and forcibly taken away a person whom the police had arrested for committing a petty offence. A complaint has been received in this regard and it is up to the police to either book a case against the MLA or ignore the matter for time being, Mr. Kumar said. The MLA has been given a warning in this case, but if he continues to create such problems the police will initiate action, he said. The MLA had announced that he would stage a dharna in front of the Nyamathi police station demanding the transfer of the Inspector-General of Police (Eastern Range), G.M. Hayat, for reportedly instructing his subordinates to book cases against him.

Information on horticulture

BANGALORE DEC. 16. Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) at the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Hessaraghatta, has set up a single-window system for dissemination of information on horticultural technology to farmers. The centre is also engaged in distribution of seeds, planting material, extension literature, priced publications and analysis of soil and water samples for recommending appropriate nutrient management for horticultural crops. The centre has set up a video library with over 60 clippings relating to horticulture collected from various sources. Copies of the clippings are provided to interested individuals and organisations on payment. For details, contact IIHR, Hessaraghatta Lake Post Office, Bangalore 560 089. (Phone no. 9180-28466420; email arka@iihr.res.in.)

KAT vacation judge

BANGALORE Dec. 16. The acting Chairman of the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, A.V. Srinivasa Reddy, here will be the vacation judge from December 22 to 31. According to press release from the tribunal here today, Mr. Reddy will sit on December 27 and 30 to hear urgent matters during the winter vacation. The tribunal's office will function till 2 p.m. during the vacation and till 5 p.m. on the days of the sitting of the vacation Bench.

Libraries for gram panchayats

BANGALORE DEC. 16. The Legislative Council Committee on Public Libraries has recommended to the Government to open public libraries in all gram panchayat headquarters. The committee has found that over 2,000 of them lacked a library. The committee, headed by the acting Chairman of the House, V.R. Sudarshan, today held a meeting with writers, publishers and distributors of Kannada books and decided to make the recommendation to the Government. All the gram panchayats should have public libraries in the next four years, it said. The meeting discussed irregularities in the purchase of books by the Library Department, shortage of trained librarians in the taluks, poor infrastructure provided to libraries and poor quality of binding and printing by some publishers. To oversee the purchase of books and determine the price, the committee decided to recommend to the Government to set up a panel of experts. The meeting noted that the Government has not constituted a book selection committee and the post of director of public libraries has not been filled. The committee's report, which is being prepared, will suggest to the Government to formulate a library policy, Mr. Sudarshan said.

Association office-bearers

BANGALORE DEC. 16. The following have been elected officer-bearers of the State Council of National Integrated Medical Association: K.C. Ballal (president), P.N. Kulkarni, A.A. Kazi and J. Subramanya Rao (vice-presidents), J. Aprameya Raman (State secretary), B.N. Arun and R.M. Santhosh Kumar (joint secretaries), Sripad Shastri, K.S. Wagle, N. Udaya Shanker, V.R. Patil, Sunil F. Hundekar, Mandara Shetty and Hemanth Kumar Rathod (divisional secretaries) and V. Rajendra (treasurer).

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