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Congress expels former MLA

Bangalore Jan. 16. In a swift punitive action, the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee today expelled from the party for six years, the former MLA from Yelburga in Koppal district Shivasharanappa Gouda Patil for the violent incidents in Yelburga town during the visit of the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Saturday. The KPCC President, B. Janardhana Poojary, held Mr. Patil responsible for the stone-throwing and other incidents during the Chief Minister's visit, which forced the police to resort to a lathi-charge. Reports reaching here said that supporters of Mr. Patil turned restive as the Chief Minister failed to keep his appointment to visit the residence of the former legislator. They attacked the convoy of vehicles which was following the official car of Mr. Singh. Announcing the disciplinary action in a statement to the press, the KPCC General Secretary Prakash K. Rathod, MLC, said that Mr. Patil had been suspended from the party at the time of the Assembly elections for working against the official candidate of the Congress (Basavaraj Rayareddy). It may be mentioned that the Congress denied the nomination to Mr. Patil and chose Mr. Rayareddy though he was a newcomer to the party from the Janata Dal (United). Mr. Rayareddy won the election against Eshanna Gulagannavar of the BJP by a margin of about 5,500 votes.

Children's literary meet

Belgaum Jan.16. The fourth State-level Children's Literary Meet will be held in the city on February 5 and 6. Various events have been organised to make the proceeding interesting and meaningful during the meet. Some of the special themes chosen for the meet are portraying a given story into a drawing; producing a story or a poem based on a drawing; participation in various games played in rural areas, paper folding, hand-tricks, mimicry, etc. That apart, cultural programmes including dance, singing, mono-acting, fancy dress and mime by child artistes have been organised. One of the interesting events will be a painting on a 100 feet canvas portraying different faces of the devastating tsunami. That apart, there will be exhibitions and games including Science Models, Science games, Magic, Book Stalls, Desi food. The organisers have announced Rs. 25 as delegation fee which will cover break fast, lunch, dinner and lodging, according to a release here on Sunday.

Cargo services resumed

MANGALORE JAN. 16. Cargo cruise services between Mangalore and Lakshadweep Islands, which were affected after the tsunami struck, were resumed 10 days ago, according to authorities at the Old Mangalore Port. The cargo mini ships to Lakshadweep Islands from Mangalore start from the Old Port. Mini ships and large mechanised boats stopped ferrying for about a week after the tsunami hit the east coast on December 26. Now the services have returned to normality, a senior official at the Old Port said. Lakshadweep Islands are about 120 nautical miles away from Mangalore coast. Cargo vessels carry out 20 trips a week between Lakshadweep Islands and the Old Port here.

Insurance staff to hold `jatha'

DAVANGERE JAN. 16. Employees of insurance companies will organise a "jatha" in Bangalore on February 10 to protest against the foreign investment in the insurance sector, and the introduction of service tax on insurance premium. Talking to reporters here today, Derik Rebellow, general secretary of the Udupi division of the insurance employees union, said the Centre has proposed to enhance the foreign investment in the insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. This will be detrimental to insurance companies of our country, he said. Private and foreign insurance companies will not reach to common people and their only aim is to earn profits without giving any service to the people, he said. The Government should withdraw 10 per cent service tax on life insurance premium as it would discourage the insurance sector, the he

added.

Constables' selection list

BANGALORE JAN. 16. The city police have displayed a provisional and "additional provisional" lists of candidates selected for the post of 1567 civil, armed reserve and women constables, at the office of the Police Commissioner on Bhagwan Mahaveer (Infantry) Road. A statement issued by the police said the candidates may visit www.karnatakastatepolice.org for details. Several candidates thronged the police commissioner's office on Sunday to see the list.

Applications invited

MYSORE JAN. 16. The Centre for Information Science and Technology has invited applications for various information technology related courses for 2005 academic year. Those interested may contact CIST, Senate Bhavan, Manasagangotri, or call 2415836. The last date for submission of completed application forms is January 27.

Vidyut Adalat

MYSORE JAN. 16. Vidyut Adalat would be held on Monday at the Institution of Engineers Auditorium from 11 a.m. According to a release from Mysore Electricity Supply Company, the Deputy Commissioner, Kumar G. Naik, will preside over the adalat. It said that those having problems in power connection, metering, bills, voltage, and others may attend the adalat and get their grievances redressed.

Nominated

MYSORE JAN. 16. The Director of Central Food Technological Research Institute, V. Prakash, has been nominated to the syndicate of the University of Mysore for a one-year term or till further orders. A release said that the Chancellor made the nomination under the provisions of the Karnataka State Universities Act 2000.

Free camp

MYSORE JAN. 16. J.S.S. Ayurveda College has organised a free consultation and Ayurvedic management camp on the hospital premises from January 19 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. A release said that the camp would benefit those having gynaec disorders.

Exhibition

MYSORE JAN. 16. J.S.S. Jan Shikshan Sansthan has organised a three-day exhibition from Monday at Sri Rajendra Bhavan on J.S.S. Hospital premises. Exhibits include various art works produced during training programmes conducted by the organisation. The exhibition is open for public between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Dharna

MYSORE JAN. 16. Farmers from H.D. Kote taluk staged a dharna near Kabini reservoir at Beechanahalli to protest against the release of water into the river's course.

They raised slogans against the Government and demanded that the release of water be stopped immediately.

They were supported by members of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat, Shivanna and Chikanna, who threatened to jump into the reservoir if the authorities failed to stop the release of water.

Farmers stage dharna

MYSORE JAN. 16. Farmers from H.D. Kote taluk staged a dharna near Kabini reservoir at Beechanahalli to protest against the release of water into the river's course.

They raised slogans against the Government and demanded that the release of water be stopped immediately.

They were supported by members of the Mysore Zilla Panchayat, Shivanna and Chikanna, who threatened to jump into the reservoir if the authorities failed to stop the release of water.

Arrested

MYSORE JAN. 16. The Mysore (Rural) police have arrested an alleged vehicle thief and recovered vehicles worth over Rs. 6.25 lakhs.

The police said that the accused, Chandrashekara Sharma, a native of Hassan, along with his associates were involved in vehicle lifting. Upon investigation, they said that the accused confessed his involvement in the theft of many vehicles.

The police said that Chandrashekara Sharma and his associates, Harish and Dasa, had allegedly lifted vehicles and had sold the parts in the Mysore junkyard. They had also duped several others by hypothecating the vehicles with private moneylenders. The accused has been remanded to police custody.

Annual fair

Bidar Jan. 16. The 53rd annual fair of late Sri Channabasaveshwar Shivayogi of Harkud Mutt was inaugurated in Harkud in Basavakalyan taluk on Saturday.

Thousands of devotees participated in the car festival held in the evening. The seer of the Mutt, Sri Channaveera Shivacharya, performed the puja in the morning and launched the celebrations.

On Sunday, the MP, Narsingrao Suryavanshi, inaugurated the wrestling championship.

The MLA and mutt's court wrestler, Revu Nayak Belamagi; the former Minister, Basavaraj Patil Attur; the MLA Mallikarjun Khuba; the police officer, Daya Nayak; and Siddeshwar Swamiji of Bijapur, were present.

The festival will conclude on Monday.

Accident

Bidar Jan. 16. A 22-year-old man was killed and another received minor injuries in an accident on Bhlaki-Neelanga Road in Inchur village in Bhalki taluk on Friday night.

Hansraj Shivaji Biradar died on the spot and his friend, Santhosh Vamanrao, was injured when a jeep hit them.

The police said the youth were standing in the middle of the road after having paan at a roadside shop.

Hansraj, who owned a teashop in Hyderabad, had come home for Sankranti festival. Inspector, Ramanagowda Hatti, and Sub-inspector, Subhas Gajre, visited the spot.

A case has been registered at Hulsoor Police Station.

Labourer killed

Bidar Jan. 16. A construction labourer was killed when a wall fell on her in Humnabad on Friday.

Shankaramma Narasappa Elagutti, 45, suffered a serious head injury and died on the way to the hospital, the police said.

A case has been registered in the Humnabad Police Station.

Welcomed

HUBLI Jan. 16. The Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the release of Rs. 10.40 crores by the Government due to the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation for the purchase of a commercial complex built by the municipal corporation for housing the Software Technology Park in Hubli.

In a statement here on Saturday, the office-bearers of the Chamber, led by Shankaranna Munavalli, thanked Basavaraj Horatti, Minister for Science and Technology, for taking the initiative in getting the matter sorted out. The Chamber has urged Mr. Horatti and S.R. Morey, Minister for Municipal Administration, to convene a meeting of investors in information technology to help Hubli-Dharwad make a positive contribution to the filed.

`Save theatre'

Udupi Jan. 16. A. Lakshminaryana Alva, litterateur, has given a call to save theatre from the onslaught of cinema. He was speaking at a seminar on theatre to mark the 40th anniversary celebrations of Rangabhumi, an organisation devoted to promotion of theatre, here on Sunday.

Mr. Alva said theatre could keep society more cultured. But because of lack of encouragement, theatre was facing tough times. Theatre was a more effective medium, he said.

The Registrar of Academy of General Education, K.K. Pai, the Administrative Officer of the Academy of General Education, H. Shantaram, the theatre director, Mandya Ramesh, and the scholar, Hema Pattanashetty, were present.

Kollur visit

MANGALORE JAN. 16. Prabhavathi Dharam Singh, wife of the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, on Sunday visited the Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple with family members. Ms. Prabhavathi Singh, who arrived by air, reached the temple by road and offered puja to the presiding deity with family members. The entourage, which returned to Mangalore, is expected to return to Bangalore by air after an overnight's stay here, according to the police.

Vidyut Adalat

MYSORE JAN. 16. A Vidyut Adalat will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Institution of Engineers Auditorium. According to a release from Mangalore Electricity Supply Company, the Deputy Commissioner, Kumar G. Naik, will preside over the adalat.

The release said those having problems related to power connection, metering, bills, voltage and others may attend the adalat and get their grievances redressed.

Nominated

MYSORE JAN. 16. The Director of Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), V. Prakash, has been nominated to the Syndicate of the University of Mysore. A release said the nomination had been made by the Chancellor under the provisions of Karnataka State Universities Act 2000 for one year or till further orders.

Camp

MYSORE, JAN, 16. The JSS Ayurveda College will organise a free consultation and Ayurvedic management camp on the hospital premises on MG Road from January 19. A release said the camp would benefit those having gynaec disorders. It would be held between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Invited

MYSORE JAN. 16. The Centre for Information Science and Technology has invited applications for various information technology-related courses to be conducted during 2005. Those interested may contact CIST, Senate Bhavan, Manasagangotri or Ph: 2415836. The last date for submitting applications is January 27.

Exhibition

MYSORE JAN. 16. The JSS Jan Shikshan Sansthan will organise a three-day exhibition from Monday at Sri Rajendra Bhavan on the JSS Hospital premises on Ramanuja Road.

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