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Power situation to be assessed

HASSAN DEC. 31. The Minister for Public Works and Energy, H.D. Revanna, has said he is assessing power shortage and will conduct meetings of officials of the four electricity supply companies soon. A decision on procuring additional power from the Central Grid will be taken after an appraisal, he has announced. Addressing presspersons here on Friday, he said the Government is firm on supplying "quality'' power to rural areas in the interest of farmers. Mr. Revanna, who reviewed the progress of roadwork around Shravanabelagola in view of the Mahamastakabhisheka scheduled for February 2006, said construction of bridges will be taken up immediately and tenders called soon. Asphalting of roads leading to Shravanabelagola will begin in October 2005 and it be completed by December. He reviewed the progress of development works in the district and directed the Deputy Commissioner, K.H. Ashwathanarayana Gowda, to initiate action against officials who had failed to use foodgrains for the food-for-work scheme. Taking exception to the absence of assistant directors of Kannada and Culture and Department of Tourism at the review meeting, he instructed the Deputy Commissioner to take action against them. He directed the official to examine the possibility of drilling additional borewells in Arsikere. He asked the Deputy Director of Public Instruction to prepare a plan to construct school buildings.

Traders not to buy goods

BANGALORE DEC. 31. Traders in the Agricultural Marketing Produce Committee yard at Yeshwantpur here have decided against buying or booking goods of mass consumption, such as rice, wheat, sugar, pulses, edible oils, tamarind and dry chillies, from Saturday to protest against the Government's stand on the service tax on freight. In a press release, the president of the Bangalore Wholesale Foodgrains and Pulses Merchants' Association, Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, has said that the Government's decision to shift levy of service tax on freight from goods' booking agents and transport contractors to traders will cause hardship to traders at various levels. It is the job of service providers to collect and pay service tax and not that of the traders. The Government has yielded to the transport lobby and shifted the burden on the traders, the release alleged.

`Review stand on service tax'

BANGALORE DEC. 31. The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) has urged the Union Government to review its stand on service tax as it will affect lakhs of small and medium firms, companies, charitable institutions, cooperative societies and others which are covered under the Factories Act. The president of the federation, Manandi S. Suresh, has said the levy of service tax on consignors or consignees who pay tax on freight will be in force from Saturday. The tax imposed by the Union Government is "unduly harsh," he has said. One category of service providers not having to pay and 76 categories of service providers and receivers being forced to pay is "unfortunate and not justifiable," Mr. Suresh has said. It will be a retrograde step in the process of reforms. The impractical measure will cause inconvenience to trade, industry and commerce. In the light of the Supreme Court's ruling that the levy of service tax on service receivers is unconstitutional, the step taken by the Union Government is "contradictory and irrational," he has said. The Government is covering over 50 lakh freight tax payers instead of bringing one lakh goods transport agencies. This measure will be "unduly harsh on the tax payer." It will only increase corruption and help in "replacing inspector raj by service raj," Mr. Suresh has said.

Bangarappa invited to join SP

TUMKUR DEC. 31. S. Bangarappa, Bharatiya Janata Party MP and former Chief Minister, should join the Samajwadi Party, the Samajwadi Party State unit General Secretary, Chowdhry Veersingh, said today. Mr. Veersingh told presspersons here that he will invite Mr. Bangarappa to join the party. He said: "It is the Samajwadi Party workers who are most unhappy about Mr. Bangarappa languishing in the BJP. We felt bad when he joined the BJP. We are happy that Mr. Bangarappa has realised his mistake so soon,'' Mr. Veersingh said referring to a recent statement attributed to Mr. Bangarappa about his inclination to leave the BJP and join the Samajwadi Party. Mr. Veersingh said Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and President of the Samajwadi Party, is among the few leaders safeguarding the interests of the backward classes, minorities, and weaker sections. Farmers and working classes are also attracted towards the party, he said and added that Mr. Bangarappa has been championing their cause in Karnataka.

Workshop for small units

BANGALORE DEC. 31. The Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation (KCTU) and the Karnataka Small-scale Industries' Association (KASSIA), Bangalore, are jointly organising a workshop on "Patents and geographical indications" for small-scale industries at Hotel Rama here on January 6. Details are available from the KCTU, 4th Floor, Basava Bhavan, Basaveshwara Circle, Bangalore - 560 001 (E-mail: tech@bgl.vsnl.net.in).

Affix Rs. 5 stamp on covers

BANGALORE DEC. 31. The Department of Posts has requested the pubic to affix Rs. 5 postage stamps on greeting card covers instead of Rs. 4 stamps. The Rs. 5 stamps, the department said, will get a free airlift within India and will get delivered quickly.

Relief fund

set up

Madikeri Dec. 31. A relief fund has been set up at the Deputy Commissioner's office here to receive contributions from the people to help the families of the tsunami victims that left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu and other coastal States.

The Deputy Commissioner, Srikant Valagad, said in a press release here on Friday that contributions from the public, associations and organisations, clubs, employees and business community would be received at his office.

The political parties collected donations from the public in the last two days in Kodagu.

Man killed in road accident

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. A motorcyclist who was hit by a truck near Hebbal died of injuries here on Thursday.

The police said Ganesh was riding his motorcycle when the truck which was reversing, hit him.

Ganesh suffered serious injuries and died at the hospital, the police said.

The police have registered a case and are investigating.

School day

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. S. Mohanti, principal of PSSR Residential School, told presspersons here on Thursday that the school would celebrate School Day by organising sports and cultural events on January 2 and January 3.

Arjun Devaiah, former athlete, will inaugurate the sports meet while Brahmendra, former member of the Indian football team, will distribute prizes to the winners.

Arup Kumar Patnivala, Inspector General of Police, Bombay, will inaugurate the cultural functions in which Sahila Chadda, film actress and former Miss India, will take part.

Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere MLA, will preside over the function.

Recruitment

MYSORE Dec. 31. With a view to meeting the immediate requirement of an estimated 2,000 business process outsourcing (BPO) jobs in Bangalore, the Directorate of Information and Technology (IT) will organise a B-SAT event in Mysore from January 8 to January 10.

The B-SAT (BPO Skills, Assessment and Training) initiative will held at Kalamandira to select manpower for the BPO jobs.

Relief fund

set up

Madikeri Dec. 31. A relief fund has been set up at the Deputy Commissioner's office here to receive contributions from the people to help the families of the tsunami victims that left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu and other coastal States.

The Deputy Commissioner, Srikant Valagad, said in a press release here on Friday that contributions from the public, associations and organisations, clubs, employees and business community would be received at his office.

The political parties collected donations from the public in the last two days in Kodagu.

Man killed in road accident

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. A motorcyclist who was hit by a truck near Hebbal died of injuries here on Thursday.

The police said Ganesh was riding his motorcycle when the truck which was reversing, hit him.

Ganesh suffered serious injuries and died at the hospital, the police said.

The police have registered a case and are investigating.

School day

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. S. Mohanti, principal of PSSR Residential School, told presspersons here on Thursday that the school would celebrate School Day by organising sports and cultural events on January 2 and January 3.

Arjun Devaiah, former athlete, will inaugurate the sports meet while Brahmendra, former member of the Indian football team, will distribute prizes to the winners.

Arup Kumar Patnivala, Inspector General of Police, Bombay, will inaugurate the cultural functions in which Sahila Chadda, film actress and former Miss India, will take part.

Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere MLA, will preside over the function.

Recruitment

MYSORE Dec. 31. With a view to meeting the immediate requirement of an estimated 2,000 business process outsourcing (BPO) jobs in Bangalore, the Directorate of Information and Technology (IT) will organise a B-SAT event in Mysore from January 8 to January 10.

The B-SAT (BPO Skills, Assessment and Training) initiative will held at Kalamandira to select manpower for the BPO jobs.

Man killed

in accident

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. A motorcyclist who was hit by a truck near Hebbal died here on Thursday. The Police said that Ganesh was riding his motorcycle when a truck which was reversing, hit him. Ganesh sustained serious injuries and died at the hospital, the police said. The Police have registered a case and are investigating.

School Day

celebrations

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. S. Mohanti, principal of PSSR Residential School, told reporters here on Thursday that the school will celebrate School Day by organising sports and cultural events on January 2 and January 3. Arjun Devaiah, former athlete, will inaugurate the sports meet while Brahmendra, former member of the Indian football team, will distribute prizes to the winners.

Arup Kumar Patnivala, Inspector General of Police, Bombay, will inaugurate the cultural functions in which Sahila Chadda, film actress and former Miss India, will take part. Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere MLA, will preside over the function.

Lecture

at TAPMI

Manipal Dec. 31. The 22nd T.A. Pai Memorial Lecture and the Founder's Day celebrations of the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) will be held here on January 17.

In a press release here, the Dean (Administration) of TAPMI, A.S. Vasudeva Rao, has said that the noted film personality and human rights activist, Shyam Benegal, will be the chief guest for the Founder's Day celebrations. Mr. Benegal will deliver the memorial lecture on "Secularism in Indian Cinema''.

213 cases

solved

Udupi Dec. 31. As many as 213 cases were solved at Lok Adalats in Udupi district in December.

A press release issued by the District Legal Services Authority here said that 49 civil cases, 90 criminal cases and 74 motor vehicle cases were solved through the Lok Adalats. The amount given as compensation in 74 motor vehicle cases was Rs. 49.18 lakhs, the release added.

Seminar on

computing

MYSORE Dec. 31. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is organising a day-long seminar at its authorised training centre in the City from 11 a.m. on January 8. The free seminar organised at Adithya Computer Consultancy seeks to create awareness about the advantages of multilingual computing. "The training will provide exposure to computing in regional languages such as Kannada, Hindu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam," a press release from the consultancy's principal, K.A. Anitha Venkatesh, said. More details can be obtained from Adithya Computer Consultancy, 905/4, 4th Main, I Cross, Vidyaranyapuram, Mysore 570008. Ph: 2484510, 9342102308.

Coaching for

teachers' test

MYSORE Dec. 31. A coaching programme has been organised for aspirants of high school teachers posts, who are appearing for a Common Entrance Test, scheduled for January 30.

Expert teachers will provide training to the aspirants during the coaching programme organised under the joint aegis of Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust and Krishik Sarvodaya Foundation at Adichunchanagiri school in Kuvempunagar. Interested candidates can contact E. Anand at the school between 5 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. on all working days or on Ph: 2561562, 9448722329.

Seminar on computing

MYSORE Dec. 31. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is organising a day-long seminar at its authorised training centre in the City from 11 a.m. on January 8. The free seminar organised at Adithya Computer Consultancy seeks to create awareness about the advantages of multilingual computing. "The training will provide exposure to computing in regional languages such as Kannada, Hindu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam," a press release from the consultancy's principal, K.A. Anitha Venkatesh, said. More details can be obtained from Adithya Computer Consultancy, 905/4, 4th Main, I Cross, Vidyaranyapuram, Mysore 570008. Ph: 2484510, 9342102308.

Coaching for teacher's test

MYSORE Dec. 31. A coaching programme has been organised for aspirants of high school teacher posts, who are appearing for a Common Entrance Test, scheduled for January 30.

Expert teachers will provide training to the aspirants during the coaching programme organised under the joint aegis of Adichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust and Krishik Sarvodaya Foundation at Adichunchanagiri school in Kuvempunagar. Interested candidates can contact E. Anand at the school between 5 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. on all working days or on Ph: 2561562, 9448722329.

Man killed

in accident

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. A motorcyclist who was hit by a truck near Hebbal died here on Thursday. The Police said that Ganesh was riding his motorcycle when a truck which was reversing, hit him. Ganesh sustained serious injuries and died at the hospital, the police said. The Police have registered a case and are investigating.

School Day

celebrations

DAVANGERE DEC. 31. S. Mohanti, principal of PSSR Residential School, told reporters here on Thursday that the school will celebrate School Day by organising sports and cultural events on January 2 and January 3. Arjun Devaiah, former athlete, will inaugurate the sports meet while Brahmendra, former member of the Indian football team, will distribute prizes to the winners.

Arup Kumar Patnivala, Inspector General of Police, Bombay, will inaugurate the cultural functions in which Sahila Chadda, film actress and former Miss India, will take part. Shyamanur Shivashankarappa, Davangere MLA, will preside over the function.

Lecture

at TAPMI

Manipal Dec. 31. The 22nd T.A. Pai Memorial Lecture and the Founder's Day celebrations of the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) will be held here on January 17.

In a press release here, the Dean (Administration) of TAPMI, A.S. Vasudeva Rao, has said that the noted film personality and human rights activist, Shyam Benegal, will be the chief guest for the Founder's Day celebrations. Mr. Benegal will deliver the memorial lecture on "Secularism in Indian Cinema''.

213 cases

solved

Udupi Dec. 31. As many as 213 cases were solved at Lok Adalats in Udupi district in December.

A press release issued by the District Legal Services Authority here said that 49 civil cases, 90 criminal cases and 74 motor vehicle cases were solved through the Lok Adalats. The amount given as compensation in 74 motor vehicle cases was Rs. 49.18 lakhs, the release added.

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