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Governor to address Houses

BANGALORE JAN. 18. The second session of the 12th Karnataka Legislative Assembly will begin on Thursday, with the Governor, T. N. Chaturvedi's address to the joint session of the legislature. Mr. Chaturvedi will address members of both the Houses in the Assembly chamber at 11 a.m. The House will not meet on January 21, 22 and 23, as they are public holidays. The official business of the Assembly starts on January 24. Five Ordinances and two pending Bills will be tabled for discussion in the Assembly during the session. The session will continue till February 4, according to the Speaker of the Assembly, Krishna. The 102nd session of the Legislative Council will also begin on Thursday. It is scheduled to last till February 4. The scheduled business of the session includes the replacement of four Ordinance through Bills and the withdrawal of an Act pertaining to the unorganised sector, according to the Council's in-charge Secretary, K. Jayashankaramurthy. Asked about the pending election of the Chairman of the House, he said the Government was aware of it.

Dharam Singh for Delhi

BANGALORE JAN. 18. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, will be in Delhi on Wednesday for a meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, to finalise the annual Plan (2005-06) of the State. He will also meet Union Ministers and discuss issues related to the State.

GP president removed

BANGALORE JAN. 18. The Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department has issued an order removing Mamata D. Hegde, president of the Kuthugod Gram Panchayat in Sringeri taluk from the post and the membership of the panchayat for misusing government funds. K.S. Shyamasundar, Additional Secretary to the department, said Ms. Hegde has been removed under Section 48 read with Section 5 of the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, 1993 after a detailed inquiry.

IIM-B team wins contest

Kolkata Jan. 18. Aalap Sharma, Mathreyi J. and Paras Singhal from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, were declared the winners for their business plan on rural business process outsourcing (BPO) units at the "Mera Gaon Mera Desh" Business Plan Contest organised by ITC Ltd. The first runners-up were Jhuma Kundu, Amit Singh and Mukesh Kumar from Manage, Hyderabad, for their plan on medicinal and aromatic plants and the second runners-up were Amrita Ganguly, Ashwin Raguraman and Dipin Abraham from SIBM, Pune, for a rural electrification system using biomass. The winning team received prize money of Rs. 6 lakhs while the first runner-up and the second runner-up won Rs. 4.5 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs, respectively. The ITC Chairman, Y.C. Deveshwar, who praised the high standard of presentations made by the participating teams, also announced a special award of Rs. 75,000 each for the other three teams — XLRI, Jamshedpur; IMI, Delhi; and IIM, Ahmedabad — who also reached the finals. — PTI

260 rice bags seized

Tiruchirapalli Jan. 18. The police today seized 260 bags of rice meant for the food-for-work scheme when they were being smuggled to Karnataka in a lorry, at Ariyamangalam, on the outskirts of Tiruchirapalli. The police said a special civil supplies CID police wing intercepted the lorry during a routine vehicle check and seized the rice valued at Rs. 1 lakh. During interrogation, the lorry crew confessed that they were smuggling the rice bags to Bangarpet in Karnataka from Thiruthuraipoondi in Thanjavur district. The driver of the lorry and the cleaner were arrested and further investigation is on, the police added. — UNI

Promoted to Selection Grade

Bangalore Jan. 18. Four IAS officers of the 1992 batch, Uma Mahadevan, Anshu Bharadwaj, H.V. Parshwanath and T. Sham Bhat have been promoted to officiate in the Selection Grade with retrospective effect from January 1, 2005. Ms. Mahadevan is currently Director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Mr. Bharadwaj is with the National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore. Mr. Parshwanath is the Deputy Commissioner of Raichur district and Mr. Bhat is the Deputy Commissioner of Udupi district.

Reliance network in 100 towns

Bangalore Jan. 18. Reliance Infocomm network coverage has touched 100 towns in Karnataka, after the announcement of its phase two expansion in December. The highway between Mangalore and Karwar, according to a press release, is seamless with coverage in Pudu, Thumbe, Baindoor, Ankola, Honnavar, Saligram, Murudeshwar, Mani, Bala, Thokur and Baikampady. Pilgrimage/tourism places that have been covered include Gokarna, Saundatti, Basavanabagewadi, and Krishnarajasagar. Commercial towns include Lakshmeshwar, Navalgund, Birur, Kadur, Harapanahalli, Malavalli, Shahpur, Bailhongal, Chintamani and Mulbagal. All major towns in Raichur and Gulbarga region, including Jewargi, Shahpur and Devdurga, have been covered.

The release mentioned that Reliance Infocomm has over 6.62 lakh subscribers in Karnataka.

Rural habitat workshop

MYORE JAN. 18. The Centre for Appropriate Rural Technologies (CART), National Institute of Engineering, will hold the fifth "Rural habitat network interactive workshop" at the Organisation for Development of People in Bannimantap on January 21.

In a press release, U.N. Ravikumar, director of CART, said an exhibition on sustainable building technologies, products and practices will also be held as part of the workshop. Various issues such as alternative roofing, modern houses using bamboo material and rural houses through self-help groups will be discussed during the workshop, he added.

While Mr. Ravikumar is the coordinator of the workshop, the chairman of the Builders' Association of India, Karnataka Chapter, M.S. Vijay Shankar, and Zeenat Niazi, coordinator, Development Alternatives, New Delhi, will be the guests.

Book exhibition

MYSORE JAN. 18. An exhibition-cum-sale of books on Ramakrishna, Vivekananda and Vedanta will be on at Sri Ramakrishna Ashram in Yadavgiri till February 1.

Discounts ranging from 10 per cent to 50 per cent will be given on the price of the books, according to a press release from the ashram. The exhibition, which also features books on yoga, psychology, meditation and character building, besides cassettes, will remain open from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. on all days except Mondays.

`Restrict sale of jewellery'

SHIMOGA Jan. 18. The Vishwa Karma Maha Sammelana State unit president, K.P. Nanjundi, urged the Government here on Tuesday to impose curbs on sale of the tax-free ornaments in the open market as they affected the Vishwa Karmis who made traditional ornaments.

Mr. Nanjundi told presspersons that 3 per cent reservation should be given to Vishwa Karmis, who continued to be poor and backward socially.

He appealed to the police to harass the Vishwa Karmis unnecessarily in theft of ornaments and jewellery.

Farewell to judge

DHARWAD Jan. 18. Veeranna Tigadi, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Dharwad, who has been transferred as the Registrar (Vigilance), was given a warm send off at the University College of Law here on Tuesday.

Chidanand Patil, Principal of the University College of Law, acknowledged with gratitude the contribution made by Mr. Tigadi to promote the concept of legal literacy and popularise the legal aid moment. Aithal, Dean of the Law Faculty, spoke.

Mr. Tigadi urged the students to serve the society through legal aid and literacy programmes.

KLE Society president

Belgaum Jan. 18. Koujalgi Shivanand Hemappa has been elected President of Karnataka Lingayat Education (KLE) Society that runs over 120 educational institutions.

According to a press release, in addition to two Vice-Presidents, all the 12 members of the Board of Management were elected uncontested.

With this, polling scheduled to be held in Hubli and Belgaum on January 29 and 30 stands cancelled.

Woman killed, ornaments stolen

BIDAR JAN. 18. A 35-year-old woman was killed in Uchcha Shivara village in Bhalki taluk on Monday. Hanumanth Maitre filed a complaint with the Khatak Chincholi police that his wife, Ambavva, had gone to the field to guard the crops on Monday morning.

He went to search for her after she did not return till late at night. He found her body among the crops. He said that her ornaments were missing.

Police said that her saree had used to strangle her.

Attacked

BIDAR JAN. 18. A member of the Kolar (K) gram panchayat in Bidar taluk was stabbed by some persons over an old dispute on Tuesday.

The injured has been admitted to the hospital. Six people have been arrested in this regard.

According to the police, Rajkumar Shambu (32) had lodged a police complaint against civil contractors Ashok Shambhu and Santhosh Kulkarni alleging that they had created bogus bills for Rs 3.5 lakhs in relation with a drinking water project.

This led to rivalry between the victim and the accused. On Tuesday morning, a group attacked Rajkumar and stabbed him with lethal weapons. Santhosh Kulkarni, Satish Kulkarni, Ashok Shambhu, Umesh Shambhu, Santhosh Shambhu and Kashinath Shambhu have been arrested.

Census

BIDAR JAN. 18. The Department of Education will conduct a census of children with disabilities across the State from Thursday.

As part of the census, a medical check-up camp will be organised at the Guru Bhavan in Bidar on Saturday and January 29, a release from the Block Education Officer, Taiyab Khan, said.

Rasta roko

BIDAR JAN. 18. Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and residents of Talamadagi village staged a rasta roko on the Mumbai-Hyderabad National Highway to protest against what they called anti-farmer and anti-labour policies of the Government.

The protesters blocked the highway for more than an hour in the morning and shouted slogans against the Government. They also burnt an effigy representing the coalition Government. They submitted a memorandum to the tahsildar and dispersed.

Farewell

DHARWAD Jan. 18. Veeranna Tigadi, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Dharwad, who has been transferred as the Registrar (Vigilance), was given a warm send off at the University College of Law here on Tuesday.

Chidanand Patil, Principal of the University College of Law, acknowledged with gratitude the contribution made by Mr. Tigadi to promote the concept of legal literacy and popularise the legal aid moment. Aithal, Dean of the Law Faculty, spoke.

Mr. Tigadi urged the students to serve the society through legal aid and literacy programmes.

36 JD(S) leaders arrested

TUMKUR JAN. 18. The police today arrested 36 leaders of the Janata Dal (Secular) in Madhugiri taluk for attempting to prevent the inauguration of a gram panchayat building by G. Parameshwar, Congress MLA, and former Minister. Tungoti Ramanna, N. Ganganna and B.S. Srinivas are among the JD(S) leaders who have been arrested. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, B.P. Hoogar, took the JD(S) leaders into custody when they were squatting in front of the Bijawara Gram Panchayat building opposing its inauguration by Dr. Parameshwar in the absence of either of the two JD(S) Ministers from Tumkur district, C. Channigappa and B. Satyanarayana. The police said that the leaders were arrested on the charge of disturbing the peace. A large number of Congress workers staged a counter protest. The JD(S) leaders argued that Dr. Parameshwar; R.L. Jalappa, MP; V.S. Ugrappa, MLC; Sunanda P.K., President of the Tumkur Zilla Panchayat; and Mariayanna, President of the Madhugiri Taluk Panchayat, all from the Congress, had been invited to the function. There was tension in Bijawara after the arrests. However, the police allowed the function to be held and Dr. Parameshwar inaugurated the panchayat building.

`Restrict sale of tax-free jewellery'

SHIMOGA Jan. 18. The Vishwa Karma Maha Sammelana State unit president, K.P. Nanjundi, urged the Government here on Tuesday to impose curbs on sale of the tax-free ornaments in the open market as they affected the Vishwa Karmis who made traditional ornaments.

Mr. Nanjundi told presspersons that 3 per cent reservation should be given to Vishwa Karmis, who continued to be poor and backward socially.

He appealed to the police to harass the Vishwa Karmis unnecessarily in theft of ornaments and jewellery.

Farewell to judge

DHARWAD Jan. 18. Veeranna Tigadi, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Dharwad, who has been transferred as the Registrar (Vigilance), was given a warm send off at the University College of Law here on Tuesday.

Chidanand Patil, Principal of the University College of Law, acknowledged with gratitude the contribution made by Mr. Tigadi to promote the concept of legal literacy and popularise the legal aid moment. Aithal, Dean of the Law Faculty, spoke.

Mr. Tigadi urged the students to serve the society through legal aid and literacy programmes.

Chikkalloor

jatre

CHAMARAJANAGAR. JAN. 18. Thousands of devotees of Siddappaji from all over the State will witness the five-day jatra utsav of the saint, which will begin on January 25 at Chikkalloor in Kollegal taluk. During the jatre, the devotees, along with the priest of Boppegowdanapura, pray to "Chandramandala," a tall structure made of bamboo and flowers. Most people offer a part of the harvest to it.

The event is a testimony to communal harmony as Muslims also take part in it.

Doddavara Seve, Hulivahanotsava, Mudi Seve, Pankti Seve and Muthurayara Seve are performed as part of the festivities.

Rasta roko

BIDAR JAN. 18. Members of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and residents of Talamadagi village staged a rasta roko on the Mumbai-Hyderabad National Highway to protest against what they called anti-farmer and anti-labour policies of the Government.

The protesters blocked the highway for more than an hour in the morning and shouted slogans against the Government.

They also burnt an effigy representing the coalition Government.

They submitted a memorandum to the tahsildar and dispersed.

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