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New feeder airline planned

Bangalore Jan. 25. Air One, the new feeder airline promoted by former Indian Airlines officers and headed by an entrepreneur, plans to launch its operations from May. To start with, the Bangalore-headquartered airline will have one leased aircraft and plans to have five Embraer jets from Brazil by this yearend. Its initial operations will link cities on the West Coast, and Air One will be positioned as a clear differentiator in the low-cost airline market, according to its promoters. It will fly 50-seater Embraer jets, linking small towns to bigger cities and avoiding the highly competitive trunk routes. Air One has raised Rs. 14 crores as equity from investors in Kerala and Mangalore and some NRIs, according to the Chairman and Managing Director of the company, J.W. Lobo. The airline is holding talks with financial institutions to raise additional capital of Rs. 20 crores for its operations. The airline plans to directly sell a majority of tickets to passengers, paid in advance over the Internet, following the example of India's first budget, no-frills airline, Air Deccan, which does not offer credit even to travel agents. Air One feels there is a niche market it can meet without competing with anyone.

Panel on quotas mooted

HASSAN JAN. 25. Claiming credit for bringing in what he termed radical changes in the reservation policy, the President of the Janata Dal (Secular) and former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, today said the Janata Dal Government was the first to accord reservation to the neglected sections of the society in the State. Inaugurating a convention of the Savitha Samaja here, he said that he will urge the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, to constitute a commission to examine the demands by some communities seeking categorised reservation within the existing reservation format. Responding to a plea by the Savitha Samaja in this regard, he said many other small communities, including Madigas, have made a similar demand. He said that categorised reservation was first introduced during Janata Dal rule in 1995 and it was a progressive step. On the Savitha Samaja's demand that the Government issue orders identifying the community by the name Savitha, Mr. Gowda said he would follow up the matter with the Government. He said the grant of Rs. 20 crores by the Government for promoting caste-based professions was to save the traditional professions, which were fast disappearing.

Engineering exam. results

BANGALORE JAN. 25. The Union Public Service Commission has declared the results of the Engineering Services Examination 2004 held in June 2004. The detailed list is available at the Press Information Bureau, I Floor, Ganesh Tower, No. 111, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road, Bangalore 560 001. The results are also available on the commission's website http://www.upsc.gov.in.

Action sought

Bangalore Jan. 25. Shobha Karandlaje (BJP) today demanded in the Legislative Council action against the organisers of the Benny Hinn programme that was held at the Jakkur airfield in Bangalore "for bringing in 250 lorry loads of sophisticated equipment without payment of entry tax." Raising the issue during Zero Hour, she wanted to know whether the Commercial Taxes Department had released the lorries along with the equipment without collecting entry tax and the fine from the organisers under pressure from somebody. The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, H.C. Mahadevappa, said that the Government would reply to the query. The Leader of the Opposition, D.H. Shankaramurthy, reminded the Government that it has not yet replied on the death of six persons in Shimoga district of Kyasanur Forest Disease in the past few days. V.S. Ugrappa (Congress) demanded remunerative prices for tomato as prices have come down from Rs. 25 a kg to 65 paise a kg.

Train service extended

HUBLI Jan. 25. Train nos. 201/202 Mysore-Dharwad-Mysore Express, which had been extended up to January 31, has further been extended up to March 15, according to a press note issued by South Western Railway, Hubli.

Brahmarathotsav draws devotees

TUMKUR JAN. 25. Hundreds of devotees from different parts of the State and neighbouring States witnessed the 101st Brahmarathotsav of Sri Chandramouleeshwara Swamy at Sri Harihara Kshetra at Kyatsandra here today. The deity was taken on a decorated chariot around the main streets of the city. Every household in the Chandramouleeshwara Nagar wore a festive look. Sri Raghunatha Guruji, head of the Temple of Success, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, who was the chief guest at the utsav, praised the elaborate arrangements made by the trustees of Sri Harihara Kshetra for the large number of devotees. Sri Guruji commended the two Advaitha Bhavans built and maintained by Sri Harihara Kshetra, one at Kyatsandra and the other at Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple on the top of Devarayana Durga Hills, 18 km northeast of Tumkur. Sri Satyanarayana Puja and other religious ceremonies followed the car festival in the evening.

Essay

contest

DHARWAD Jan. 25. An essay competition on "honeybees and social life" and "role of beekeeping in the economic prosperity of rural area" has been arranged for students of the primary and secondary schools respectively on January 31. The competition has been arranged under the auspices of the All India Beekeeping Society and the "Jenu Vignana Patrike" of Dharwad.

Man killed in

elephant attack

SIRSI Jan. 25. Prabhushankar Bangarappa Banakar (20) was killed when a herd of elephants attacked him at Hirekansi in the borders of Hangal and Mundgod. The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday when Mr. Prabhushankar was fast asleep in the field by the side of a haystack. K.S. Naik, Assistant Conservator of Forests, Mundgod, and Ujanappa, Range Forest Officer, visited the spot.

18 undergo

eye surgery

DHARWAD Jan. 25. Nearly 260 persons underwent the check-up and 18 were operated upon for cataract and Intraocular Lens implant in the three-day eye camp conducted under the joint auspices of the Malaprabha Grameena Bank, the District Blindness Eradication Society and the District Mobile Eye Unit at Nigadi in Dharwad taluk on Tuesday. B.S. Surendra, Chairman of the Malaprabha Grameena Bank, said the most people in the rural areas tend to lose their sight during middle age. Vijay Vithal Managuli, head of the District Eye Mobile unit, spoke.

Bags first

rank in law

SIRSI JAN. 25. Padmini Manjunath Hegde of Sirsi Law College has secured first rank in three year law course of Karnataka University with four gold medals — V.R. Bhat Gold Medal, Shivadasa Gold Medal, Dr. S.Chennabasappa Gold Medal and Prof. I.S. Pawate Gold Medal.

`Utilise funds

fully'

BHADRAVATI Jan. 25. The officials should ensure that the funds allocated by the State and Union governments are utilised fully, H.C. Mahadevappa, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, has said. He told presspersons here on Sunday that the beneficiaries for various government schemes should be identified early. The officials at the taluk-level should tour the villages to create awareness among people about various government schemes.

Pedestrian killed

HASSAN JAN. 25. A pedestrian was killed while he was crossing the road in Holenarsipur town on Tuesday. The police said that, Swamy (19) of Sigaranahalli, was killed when a lorry hit him in the Town Police Station limits. A case has been registered.

Murder

HASSAN JAN. 25. Sundara (34) was murdered allegedly by five persons in Deve Gowda Nagar on the outskirts of the city on Monday night. The police said that Sundara had a scuffle with his neighbours, Anwar, Adil, and Subbanna, over a frivolous issue. They allegedly strangled him to death after hitting him with clubs, according a complaint filed by Sundara's wife, Aruli. A case has been registered against five persons in connection with the incident.

Check-up camp

BIDAR JAN. 25. A free medical check-up camp for cancer patients has been organised at the government hospital in Bidar on Wednesday. The camp is jointly organised by the district hospital, Indian Medical Association, and the Hyderabad-based Kamineni Hospital, according to a press release. The Minister for Forests, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli; the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel; the MP, Narsingrao Suryavanshi, and MLAs and MLCs of the district will participate.

Pedestrian killed

HASSAN JAN. 25. A pedestrian was killed while he was crossing the road in Holenarsipur town on Tuesday.

The police said that, Swamy (19) of Sigaranahalli, was killed when a lorry hit him in the Town Police Station limits. A case has been registered.

Murder

HASSAN JAN. 25. Sundara (34) was murdered allegedly by five persons in Deve Gowda Nagar on the outskirts of the city on Monday night.

The police said that Sundara had a scuffle with his neighbours, Anwar, Adil, and Subbanna, over a frivolous issue. They allegedly strangled him to death after hitting him with clubs, according a complaint filed by Sundara's wife, Aruli.

A case has been registered against five persons in connection with the incident.

Check-up camp

BIDAR JAN. 25. A free medical check-up camp for cancer patients has been organised at the government hospital in Bidar on Wednesday.

The camp is jointly organised by the district hospital, Indian Medical Association, and the Hyderabad-based Kamineni Hospital, according to a press release. The Minister for Forests, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli; the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel; the MP, Narsingrao Suryavanshi, and MLAs and MLCs of the district will participate.

Invited

BIDAR JAN. 25. The Department of Kannada and Culture has invited applications for grants in aid from organisations involved in the uplift of the language and culture of the land.

Interested organisations can apply with details of programmes conducted over the last three years, copies of bylaws, and utilisation certificates for grants received in the previous year, by February 10. Applications and details can be had from the office of the Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture, Zilla Rangamandir, said a release.

State-wide tour

BIDAR JAN. 25. As many as 250 seventh standard students of government schools are being sent on a State-wide tour as part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme in Bidar district. The Deputy Director of Public Instruction, Amrit Bettad, flagged off the first batch from the taluk on Sunday, according to a release.

The 50-student batch includes students from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. All of them have been covered under accident insurance. Students of other four taluks will be sent on tours in the coming weeks.

Memorandum

BIDAR JAN. 25. All India Anti-corruption Committee has urged the district administration to take steps to ensure that the actual beneficiaries get the benefits under the Public Distribution System.

In a memorandum to the Deputy Director of Food and Civil Supplies, the committee spokesperson, Krishna Gopal Palam, alleged that the owners of fair price shops were diverting foodgrains to the open market. He demanded an immediate inquiry and disciplinary action against the offenders.

Training

BIDAR JAN. 25. Youth from the Scheduled Tribes will be trained in computer hardware and software for six months to equip them to take up employment. The Department of Social Welfare has invited applications from those aged between 18 years and 35 years. The candidates should have passed Secondary School Leaving Certificate, and not have undergone training earlier.

Applications and more details can be obtained from the District Social Welfare Officer. Completed applications with three passport size photos, copies of caste certificate, age proof, and education qualification should be submitted by January 29.

RUDSET

training

MYSORE Jan. 25. RUDSET Organisation in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will organise a four-week training programme in Electrical Servicing and Electro-plating for those in the 18-35 age group.

According to a statement from the Director of RUDSET Organisation, selected candidates will provided free boarding and lodging during the course of the training programme.

Eligible men residing in Mysore, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts, who can read and write Kannada, can send their applications with a self-addressed envelope bearing a Rs. 5 stamp to the Director, RUDSET Organisation, Main Road, Hinkal, Mysore 570017, before February 10. Details can be had on Ph: 0821-2519663.

Ban on sale

of meat

MYSORE Jan. 25. There will be no sale of meat in Mysore city on January 30 on account of Sarvodaya Day.

According to a statement from the Mysore City Corporation, sale of meat in the city has been prohibited on Sunday.

Slaughter of goat, sheep and other animals at abattoirs has also been banned.

All the meat shops in the city have been asked to remain closed on the day, the statement from the Health Officer, Mysore City Corporation, said.

Applications invited

BIDAR JAN. 25. The Department of Kannada and Culture has invited applications from organisations involved in the uplift of the language and culture of the land, for grants in aid.

Interested organisations can apply with details of programmes conducted over the last three years, copies of bylaws, and utilisation certificates for grants received in the previous year, by February 10.

Applications and details can be had from the office of the Assistant Director of Kannada and Culture, Zilla Rangamandir.

Health camp

MYSORE Jan. 25. A general health check-up camp will be organised at the Bharath Diagnostic Centre, Irwin Road, Mysore, on Friday.

According to a statement from Bharath Diagnostic Centre, patients with problems such as headache, fever, pain in the abdomen, sore throat, ulcer, swelling and lump in any part of the body, can attend the camp.

More details can be obtained on Ph: 2563007 and 5265260.

State-wide tour

BIDAR JAN. 25. As many as 250 seventh standard students of government schools are being sent on a State-wide tour as part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme in Bidar district.

The Deputy Director of Public Instruction, Amrit Bettad, flagged off the first batch from the taluk on Sunday, according to a release.

Murder

HASSAN JAN. 25. Sundara (34) was murdered allegedly by five persons in Deve Gowda Nagar on the outskirts of Hassan city on Monday night.

The police said that Sundara had a scuffle with his neighbours, Anwar, Adil, and Subbanna, over a frivolous issue.

They allegedly strangled him to death after hitting him with clubs, according a complaint filed by Sundara's wife, Aruli.

A case has been registered.

KHDC appeal to Govt.

SHIMOGA Jan. 25. The Chairman of the Karnataka Handloom Development Corporation (KHDC), L.R. Ananthu, has requested the Government to enter into an agreement with the corporation for the purchase of cloth for uniform for schoolchildren for the next five years in order to help weavers. Talking to presspersons here today, he said a formal proposal has been made to the Ministry of Textiles by the corporation. He said the corporation, which supplied cloth for uniform to government schools in 2004-05, is prepared to continue supply in 2005-06. But there has been no positive response so far from the Education Department, he said. Mr. Ananthu said the corporation has 12 lakh metres of uniform cloth in stock. Te corporation has been saving Rs. 45 lakhs every month following the voluntary retirement opted for by 143 employees. A hundred more employees were likely to opt for VRS, which might further improve the financial position of the corporation. Mr. Ananthu observed that the merger of the Kaveri Handloom Corporation with the Karnataka State Handloom Development Corporation has helped promote the interests of the handloom industry in the State. He suggested that the Government should make it mandatory for all its departments to purchase cloth for their requirements from the handloom development corporation.

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