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Stage set for varsity opening

Bidar Jan. 15. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the inauguration of Karnataka Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences University in Bidar on Monday. Preparations are on to receive the Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, who will arrive here on Sunday. He will leave for Bangalore via Hyderabad on Monday evening. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, will arrive here on Monday morning. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, R.N. Srinivas Gowda, told presspersons on Saturday that the Governor will inaugurate the university and release its logo. Mr. Dharam Singh will lay the foundation stone for the administrative complex. Mr. Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister, will lay the foundation stone for the main complex. The Union Minister of State for Planning, M.V. Rajashekaran, will release a souvenir. The Water Resources Minister, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, will lay the foundation stone for teaching staff quarters. The Minister for Industries, P.G.R. Sindhia; the Minister for Public Works, H.D. Revanna; the Agriculture Minister, K. Srinivasa Gowda; the Animal Husbandry Minister, Mirajuddin Patel; the Forest Minister, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli; and Narsingrao Suryavanshi, MP, will participate in the function.

`Bangarappa's exit no loss'

DAVANGERE JAN. 15. "No one is indispensable to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and this applies to the party leader S. Bangarappa also," said D.H. Shankaramurthy, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council. He told presspersons here on Friday that leaders may come and go but the BJP will grow and emerge stronger. It is an unfortunate development that Mr. Bangarappa is thinking of leaving the BJP, he said, and wondered why the former Chief Minister took such a hasty decision when the party made him a member of its Executive Committee. He would have been made a Minister had the BJP won in the last elections, Mr. Shankaramurthy said. On why Mr. Bangarappa was not expelled from the BJP though he had announced his intention of joining the Samajwadi Party, Mr. Shankaramurthy said the BJP cannot take any action based on media reports. The party will hold discussions with him and make efforts to retain him with it. It will not be a loss to the BJP if Mr. Bangarappa leaves it but there could be some confusion, he said.

Minister clarifies

BANGALORE JAN. 15. The Minister for Social Welfare, Y. Nagappa, has said that appointing archakas to temples under the purview of the Department of Muzrai, under the roster system is only a proposal made by the Commissioner, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, and not a Government Order. He told presspersons here today that he would welcome such a move in the interests of social justice. He did not know on what basis the Minister for Information, B. Shivaram, had reportedly stated that the Government has decided to reserve some posts in accordance with the roster system.

FKCCI opposes notification

BANGALORE Jan. 15. The Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) has said a meeting with its affiliated district units was held on January 12 on the action to be taken against the Government's decision to shift the payment of service tax on freight from the provider to the receiver. In a statement, the FKCCI President, M.N. Suresh, said representatives of 120 chambers have decided to seek abolition of the notification levying service tax on freight and resolved not to register themselves under service tax on freight. It said the chambers will take a decision on the issue after a meeting with the Union Commerce Minister, P. Chidambaram.

Concern over new law

BANGALORE Jan. 15. The Five-Year Law Course Advocates' Association has said that the State Government's proposal to enact law to deal with domestic violence may be well intended but precautions should be taken to ensure that its provisions are not misused. In a statement, the association president, S. Umesh, said the proposed law recognises only domestic violence against women. He said there are several instances of men being assaulted by their wives. He said such law should be passed after a thorough debate. The Government should not rush through the legislation and do injustice to the institution of marriage.

Award instituted

Bangalore Jan. 15. The Government has instituted an award in the name of the well-known Kannada film director of yesteryear H.L.N. Simha to be given to the director of the film adjudged the best. The birth centenary of the Kannada film pioneer was observed last year.

Antony to visit Bangalore

Bangalore Jan. 15. The Congress General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, A.K. Antony, will be in Bangalore to interact with the party leaders here from January 27. This is his first visit to Bangalore after taking charge as the General Secretary in-charge of the State though he met several State Congress leaders, including the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, in New Delhi prior to the Ministry expansion. Mr. Anthony will arrive here at 4.30 p.m. on January 27 and meet the party leaders and others at the headquarters of the KPCC on the following two days.He will leave for Thiruvananthapuram on January 30 at 12.40 p.m.Meanwhile, a meeting of former Congress Ministers and legislators, which was to be held here on Tuesday, has been postponed in view of the visit by Mr. Antony.

Mango cultivation

DHARWAD JAN. 15. A training programme in mango cultivation will be held here on Monday.

It has been organised by the Department of Agricultural Marketing, the Export Division of the State Agricultural Marketing Board (North), the Department of Horticulture, Basava Krishi, and the District Horticultural Producers' Cooperative Society.

As part of the programme, farmers will be taken on a field visit to Mummigatti, Garag, Hangaraki and Neralagatti. Experts will speak on growing quality mangoes, preparing fruits for export and the pests and diseases affecting mango.

Cultural programme

MADIKERI JAN. 15. Bharatiya Sangeeta Nritya Kalashale will hold a cultural programme at the Town Hall here on Tuesday in aid of tsunami victims.

K.S. Rajeshwari, principal of the kalashale, said here on Saturday that the proceeds from the show will be handed over to the Deputy Commissioner to be given to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. A similar show organised in Hassan recently evoked a good response, she added.

Satyaprasad, director of the kalashale, said many people have come forward to sponsor the programme.

State-level seminar

Bidar Jan. 15. The Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel, will inaugurate a State-level seminar on the prospects of the veterinary profession, in Bidar on Sunday.

Over 2,000 veterinarians from the government and private sector and experts will participate in the seminar organised on the eve of the inauguration of the Karnataka Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences University, the Vice-Chancellor, R.N. Srinivas Gowda, told presspersons here on Saturday.

G.K. Krishnappa, director of Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Biologicals, will present a paper on diagnosis and vaccination; Rama Krishna, professor in Bidar College, will speak on the vision for the veterinary profession in 2020; Yatti Raj on animal healthcare; S. Mallikarjunappa on animal reproduction; and T.S. Ramanath on issues relating to feeding animals in drought conditions.

Canal work

from Tuesday

BIJAPUR JAN. 15. The Basavanabagewadi MLA, Shivanand Patil, said here on Saturday that work on the main west canal of the Mulwad Lift Irrigation Scheme will begin on Tuesday.

Though the work had progressed satisfactorily on the 11 km to 78 km stretch, construction work had been held up from 0 km to 10 km, as the contractor had gone to court seeking more money.

In a press release, Mr. Patil said that all the hurdles were cleared and the work had been entrusted to another contractor. The former Minister B.S. Patil Managuli and Guru Sanganabasava Swamiji of Ukkali Mutt would be present on the occasion, he added.

Results on mobile phones

MANGALORE JAN. 15. The CA (chartered accountancy) examination results will also be announced on Reliance India mobile phones from this year, which is likely to benefit over 50,000 students, says a press release from Reliance India.

Reliance Infocomm has tied up with over 70 boards for providing examination results.

This year, Reliance Infocomm plans to cover almost all competitive examinations, and will also provide a schedule of the dates on which results will be announced. Those who subscribe to the mobile phone service can specify a particular examination, and an SMS will be sent once the results are announced, the release adds.

Man arrested on theft charge

DAVANGERE JAN. 15. The police have arrested one person at Malappanahatti village in Chitradurga and recovered gold ornaments worth Rs. 13.30 lakhs.

The police said that Siddaraju, alias Siddachari, was involved in several theft cases reported in Bangalore, Mysore, Gowribidanur, Chickballapur, Tumkur, and Davangere.

The police claim to have solved 13 cases of burglary reported in Davangere.

Siddaraju used to change his base of operations, which posed a challenge to the Police Department.

`Encourage arts'

UDUPI JAN. 15. Sri Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Mutt has said that art and literature have the power to make people forget their pain. He was speaking at the inauguration of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Rangabhumi, an organisation devoted to promoting theatre.

The swamiji felicitated Ambatanaya Mudradym, writer, and presented him the Sahitya Kala Vachaspati award.

Training

DHARWAD JAN. 15. A training programme in mango cultivation will be held here on Monday.

It has been organised by the Department of Agricultural Marketing, the Export Division of the State Agricultural Marketing Board (North), the Department of Horticulture, Basava Krishi, and the District Horticultural Producers' Cooperative Society.

As part of the programme, farmers will be taken on a field visit to Mummigatti, Garag, Hangaraki and Neralagatti.

Experts will speak on growing quality mangoes, preparing fruits for export and the pests and diseases affecting mango.

Results

MANGALORE JAN. 15. The CA (chartered accountancy) examination results will also be announced on Reliance India mobile phones from this year, which is likely to benefit over 50,000 students, says a press release from Reliance India.

Reliance Infocomm has tied up with over 70 boards for providing examination results.

This year, Reliance Infocomm plans to cover almost all competitive examinations, and will also provide a schedule of the dates on which results will be announced.

Those who subscribe to the mobile phone service can specify a particular examination, and an SMS will be sent once the results are announced, the release adds.

Seminar

Bidar Jan. 15. The Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel, will inaugurate a State-level seminar on the prospects of the veterinary profession, in Bidar on Sunday.

Over 2,000 veterinarians from the government and private sector and experts will participate in the seminar organised on the eve of the inauguration of the Karnataka Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences University, the Vice-Chancellor, R.N. Srinivas Gowda, told presspersons here on Saturday.

Notification on exams

Mysore Jan. 15. The University of Mysore has said in a release that Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, and Visvesvaraya Technical University, Belgaum, will conduct the examinations to such students who pursued BE, MBBS, BDS, B.Pharma, B. Arch courses under Mysore University but are yet to complete the course. The examinations will be held from March-April 2005 and the University of Mysore will not conduct any more examinations to the failed candidates for the above courses in future, the release added.

Suggestions invited

Mysore Jan.15. The Sadvidya Educational Institutions here, which recently held a series of programmes to mark the completion of 150 years, has appealed to the public to come out with their opinions and suggestions pertaining to the quality of cultural events presented during the celebrations. The school management said this will enable the institution to present better programmes in future.

Matrimonial meet

Mysore Jan. 15. ASEEMA, a voluntary organisation will conduct a matrimonial meet for tri-mathastha boys and girls (Iyengars, Iyers, Smarthas and Madhwas) on third Sunday of every month. The next meeting will be held at Sri Parakala Mutt at 10.30 a.m. on February 16 and interested persons may register at the ASEEMA office at No.803, T.K. Layout, 4th stage, 13th main, Mysore-9.

State-level seminar

Bidar Jan. 15. The Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel, will inaugurate a State-level seminar on the prospects of the veterinary profession, in Bidar on Sunday.

Over 2,000 veterinarians from the government and private sector and experts will participate in the seminar organised on the eve of the inauguration of the Karnataka Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences University, the Vice-Chancellor, R.N. Srinivas Gowda, told presspersons here on Saturday.

Arrested

DAVANGERE JAN. 15. The police have arrested one person at Malappanahatti village in Chitradurga and recovered gold ornaments worth Rs. 13.30 lakhs.

The police said that Siddaraju, alias Siddachari, was involved in several theft cases reported in Bangalore, Mysore, Gowribidanur, Chickballapur, Tumkur, and Davangere.

Training

DHARWAD JAN. 15. A training programme in mango cultivation will be held here on Monday.

It has been organised by the Department of Agricultural Marketing, the Export Division of the State Agricultural Marketing Board (North), the Department of Horticulture, Basava Krishi, and the District Horticultural Producers' Cooperative Society.

As part of the programme, farmers will be taken on a field visit to Mummigatti, Garag, Hangaraki and Neralagatti. Experts will speak on growing quality mangoes, preparing fruits for export and the pests and diseases affecting mango.

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