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Lecture on history

BELLARY Dec. 23. Vidyanand Shenoy from the Rashtrothana Parishad, Bangalore, will deliver his 1,112th lecture on "Bharat Darshan," a talk on the history and heritage of the country, here on Saturday and Sunday.

The programme has been organised by the Bellary unit of Bharat Vikas Parishad and the Police Gymkhana.

The function will be held at the ASM College for Women auditorium from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. N. Moogananagouda, Director, Vijayanagar Institute of Management, Bellary, will inaugurate the programme.

A special lecture session in Hindi will also be held at Hotel Rameshwari on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Road maintenance

Bidar Dec. 23. Maintenance work on roads in Bidar district will be taken up and completed in a time bound manner, the Minister for Public Works, H.D. Revanna said here on Wednesday.

Speaking to presspersons after attending the 115th birth anniversary celebrations of Sri Channabasava Pattaddevaru, former seer of the Bhalki Mutt, Mr. Revanna said work on bad roads such as the Bidar-Bhalki Road and Bidar-Kamalnagar Road would be taken up first.

He said he would convene a meeting of officials of all electricity supply companies soon to discuss the power scarcity problem.

Students' protest

GULBARGA Dec. 23. Volunteers of the Students' Federation of India (SFI) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) today organised a human chain at the Vallabhbhai Patel Chowk to promote communal amity in the State.

The human chain was organised in the city in response to a call given by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) to organise a State-level campaign to highlight the attempts made by the Sangh Parivar and the Bharatiya Janata Party to disturb peace by organising a Shobha Yatra and Chaitanya Yatra at Bababudangiri as part of Datta Jayanthi.

Sindhia's visit

Udupi Dec. 23. The Minister for Industries and Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia, will visit Udupi district on Saturday and Sunday.

A press release by the Department of Information here on Wednesday said Mr. Sindhia will arrive at Kollur on Saturday evening. He will conduct a review meeting on industrial development at the Deputy Commissioner's Office here at noon on Sunday. He will leave for Mangalore at 2 p.m., the release added.

Burglary

MANGALORE DEC. 23. A Swedish national staying in a hotel here lost cash and video equipment to burglars. According to a complaint lodged by Kasoer Bjork Borg with the Mangalore North (Bunder) Police, burglars entered his room and decamped with Rs. 3,000 in cash and a video camera valued at Rs. 32,000. Investigations are on.

Ex-jail official's plea adjourned

Bangalore Dec. 23. Justice Sridhar Rao of the Karnataka High Court on Thursday adjourned a bail petition by P.N. Jayasimha, a former Principal of the Prison Training Institute, Mysore, and former Superintendent of the Central Jail, Parappana Agrahara. The petitioner said he was arrested by the Stamp Paper Investigation Team (STAMPIT) on charges of allegedly helping Abdul Kareem Telgi in operating his business from the Central Jail. The STAMPIT had filed a case in the Madivala police station accusing Mr. Jayasimha and some other prison officials of helping Telgi when he was lodged in the jail. The First Information Report lodged with the Madivala police stated that Mr. Jayasimha and others helped Telgi between July 27, 2002 and October 5, 2002. In his statement, Mr. Jayasimha said he was the superintendent of the jail from July 27, 2000 to August 12, 2002. He was on duty for eight days when Telgi was lodged in the jail and thus had no occasion to help him. Mr. Jayasimha said the Special Judge, Manoli, had erred in not granting him bail. He appealed to the High Court against the Special Judge order and sought his enlargement on bail.

Inaugural session of meet off

Bangalore Dec. 23. The inaugural session of the sixth biennial conference of the World Telugu Federation to be held here for three days from Friday has been cancelled in view of the passing away of the former Prime Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao. The three-day conference is being held at a holiday resort, `Shantiniketan,' on the Whitefield Road on the outskirts of Bangalore. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, was scheduled to inaugurate the conference on Friday. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, was to be the chief guest. The Union Minister for Tourism, Renuka Chowdhury, and some of the Andhra Pradesh Ministers were scheduled to attend the conference. According to the organisers, the sessions scheduled for the afternoon and the evening will be held. Prominent Telugus will be felicitated at the afternoon session. A resolution condoling the passing away of Mr. Narasimha Rao will also be adopted.

Secretary to S.M. Krishna

Bangalore Dec. 23. Sridhar, Assistant General Manager (Public Relations), Bharat Earth Movers Ltd., Bangalore, has been appointed private secretary to the Governor of Maharashtra, S.M. Krishna, on deputation for two years. The terms and conditions of deputation will be finalised by the Maharashtra Government. The vacancy arose following the transfer of S.S. Dharmadhikari, who was private secretary to Governor.

Three textile parks planned

Davangere Dec. 23. The State Government is planning to set up textile parks in Davangere, Hubli, and Bellary, the Minister of State for Textiles, Satish Jharkiholi, has said. Establishment of these parks will enable in generating about 1.5 lakh jobs, he told presspersons here on Thursday. He also said that once the Rs. 28-crore package earlier announced by the Government was implemented, most of the problems faced by the weavers will be solved. Nine spinning mills, which were closed for various reasons, will be handed over to private management "in case the mill owners come and approach the Government," the Minister said. — PTI

Bharati Urs moves court for bail

BANGALORE Dec. 23. Bharati Urs, daughter of the late Chief Minister, D. Devaraj Urs, and Rehan Baig, brother of the Congress leader, Roshan Baig, on Thursday moved the Karnataka High Court for bail in different cases. Ms. Bharati Urs, daughter of Devaraj Urs, sought bail in a murder case, and Mr. Rehan Baig in the fake stamp paper racket case registered against him by the Stamp Paper Investigation Team (STAMPIT). The High Grounds police had arrested Ms. Bharati Urs for allegedly being involved in the murder of Chitralekha Urs, an advocate. According to the police, Ms. Bharati Urs had taken a loan of Rs. 65 lakhs from Chitralekha Urs and had not repaid it though she had issued post-dated cheques and promissory notes. Chitralekha Urs had been demanding that the loan be repaid. On January 19, 2004, Ms. Bharati Urs had called Chitralekha Urs to an office in High Grounds police station limits. Ms. Bharati Urs, the police alleged, hired T. Madhukumar and L.N. Chandrakanth to murder Chitralekha Urs. Chitralekha Urs was strangled and the body thrown near the Shiradi Ghat in Hassan district. Ms. Bharati Urs has filed for bail in the Additional Sessions Court which is still pending. When the matter came up today, the State Government sought time to file objections. Justice Sridhar Rao adjourned the matter to January. He also adjourned the bail hearing of Mr. Rehan Baig. The STAMPIT had arrested Mr. Rehan Baig on charges of being involved with Abdul Kareem Telgi in running the stamp paper racket.

Row over

film release resolved

DHARWAD Dec. 23. The tussle between the Karnataka Chalanachitra Pradarshakara Mahamandali and the representatives of other film bodies over the exhibition of the Kannada film, Kanchanganga, in north Karnataka was resolved today at a meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Gourav Gupta. The mahamandali had said that it would not permit the release of the film, directed by S.V. Rajendra Singh (Babu), till the derogatory remarks made by Mr. Singh was withdrawn and he tendered a public apology.

A team of the directors and producers, led by Mr. Singh and Basant Kumar Patil, had come down to Hubli after the exhibitors refused to release the film and instead decided to schedule for release a Hindi film on Friday. It was in this context that Mr. Gupta convened a meeting. Mr. Singh is believed to have apologised to the president of the exhibitors' federation, R. Odugoudar, and the latter relented on the earlier demand for a public apology to be published in newspapers. Mr. Odugoudar told The Hindu that he will convene the meeting of the executive committee of the federation to report on the developments and take a decision on the release of the film a day later (Saturday).

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