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`Tighten security for IT firms'

BANGALORE MARCH 7. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has asked the police to provide adequate security to IT companies in Bangalore and elsewhere in the State following the revelation of terrorist plans to attack them. He has also commended the State Railway Police who seized three country-made pistols and ammunition from the Cantonment Railway Station here on Sunday. The arms and ammunition kept in two bags had been abandoned at the railway station. The police showed the seized weapons to the Chief Minister at his official residence. Mr. Singh directed the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police, S N. Borkar, and the Bangalore Police Commissioner, S. Mariswamy, to provide security to the IT companies. The alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba militants arrested by the Delhi police had plans to target some of the IT companies in Bangalore.

Mahashivarathri greetings

BANGALORE MARCH 7. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, and the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, have extended Mahashivarathri greetings to the people of the State. In a message, Mr. Singh said: "Let the auspicious day of Mahashivarathri usher in peace, prosperity and happiness among the people." The Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, B.S. Yediyurappa, has extended his good wishes to the people and called upon them to commit themselves to the all-round development of the State. The BJP General Secretary, H.N. Ananth Kumar, MP; the Minister for Forests and Ecology, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli; the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel; and the MLC, M. Krishnappa; have also greeted the people.

Raju, State JD(S) Vice-President

Bangalore March 7. L.K. Raju, president of the Karnataka Raju Kshatriya Sangha, has been appointed Vice-President of the State unit of the Janata Dal (Secular). Mr. Raju has been associated with the Janata Dal for several years and was earlier a close follower of Ramakrishna Hegde and Jeevaraj Alva. He has also been espousing the cause of the poor and the meritorious students seeking admission to professional colleges.

Officials promoted

Bangalore March 7. M.S. Srinivasa Babu, Deputy Secretary (Cabinet Affairs), has been promoted as Joint Secretary and continued in the same post. Joyce Surendra, Deputy Secretary, Cooperation Department has been promoted as Joint Secretary and continued in the same post.

Horatti gets bail

HUBLI March 7. Basavaraj Horatti, Minister for Science and Technology, Small Savings and Lotteries, was today granted bail in a case booked against him in connection with a rail roko in 2004 on the issue of improving facilities in the South Western Railway. Mr. Horatti, who came to know about the summons being issued, chose to appear on his own before the court though he had not received the summons. The Judicial Magistrate First Class granted bail and adjourned the case to April 5. Others who were also granted bail along with Mr. Horatti were Prafullachandra Rayanagowdar, the Janata Dal (S) district unit President, R.R. Hombal, Secretary, Karnataka Development Forum, and Babajan Mudhol, social worker.

Governor presents awards

BANGALORE MARCH 7. The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, presented awards to Scouts and Guides today and honoured veterans for their commitment to instilling leadership qualities in children. Mr. Chaturvedi said Scouts and Guides prepared children for leadership as well as instilling in them a feeling of confidence. Mr. Chaturvedi presented the `Chathurtha Charan' and `Heerakh Pankh' awards for Cubs and Bulbuls, the Rajyapuraskar Award to Scouts and Guides and the Nipun Awards to Rovers and Rangers. The award for best local association in Bangalore division went to Tiptur Local Association from Tumkur district and 135 Jhansi Open Unit from Bangalore South was judged the best. M. Shivakumar from Shimoga district was honoured as "Veteran Scouter" and B. Revamma was honoured as "Veteran Guider." The Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, R. Ramalinga Reddy, said the Scout and Guide movement should be made compulsory in all schools at the primary level. There are over 90 lakh students in primary schools throughout the State, and of these over 2,20,000 students are members of Scouts and Guides. P.G. R. Sindhia, Minister for Industries, spoke.

Folklore festival from March 12

Belgaum March 7. A two-day State-level folklore festival `Akhil Karnataka Janapada Kalamela-2005' will be held at village Hannikeri of Bailhongal taluk on March 12 and 13. The festival will be organised jointly by Sri Padadeshwar Bhajan Mandal, Hiremath, Hannikeri, Tatagat Medical Trust, Bangalore, Department of Kannada and Culture, and the Karnataka Janapada and Yakshagana Academy. The festival will commence at 11 a.m. with the inauguration of `Janapada Kalavahini' by the Belgaum Zilla Panchayat President, S.F. Doddagoudar. Various folklore troupes from different parts of the State will participate in it. The Secretary of the Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore, D.K. Chouta, will be the chief guest.

Lecture on gender justice

DHARWAD March 7. P. Ishwar Bhat, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Mysore, has said that gender justice is possible through development. He was delivering a special lecture on "Gender justice and constitutional concern" at the University College of Law here on Monday. Prof. Bhat said a comprehensive scheme of gender justice has been enshrined in the Constitution.

Chidanand Patil, college principal, presided over the programme.

Campus

recruitment

HUBLI March 7. The B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, is coordinating a campus interview for Sutherland Global Services for final year students of Arts, Science, Commerce, Management and Engineering of all the colleges in north Karnataka for the post of executive trainees on March 15 and 16, according to a press release. The interview will start at 8.30 a.m. on both days at the C-lite Hall of the college here. Details may be had from the website www.suth.com. A.S. Kittur may be contacted over ph: 0836-2378127 or 9844134492 for more information.

High-mast lamp

in Dharwad

DHWARWAD March 7. S.R. Morey, Minister for Municipal Administration and district in-charge, said here on Sunday that consequent to the Government's decision to install high-mast lamps at select cities across the State, work on the Rs. 1.35-crore scheme are under way in Hubli-Dharwad. Mr. Morey was inaugurating a high-mast lamp at Vivekananda Circle on Subhash Road.

BJP takes

out rally

Belgaum March 7. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday took out a rally of farmers and party workers in Bailhongal, Belgaum, and Hukkeri in Belgaum district. The BJP State unit president, Jagadish Shettar, led the rally, which was part of the party's Statewide programme here. Suresh C. Angadi, MP; Abhay Kumar Patil, MLA; Erappa Kadadi, party's district unit president; and Sanjay Belgaumkar, party's city unit president, participated in the rally. The BJP is demanding waiver of interest on farm loans, waiver of power dues for irrigation pumpsets till March 2005 and uninterrupted power supply for 12 hours.

Farmers' meet

tomorrow

Belgaum March 7. A farmers' meet to pressure the Government to expedite efforts to seek Central clearance for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala diversion project in the Mahadayi Basin will be held at Yakkundi village of Saundatti taluk on Wednesday. Farmers affected by the Mahadayi Project will also attend the meet. According to a press release here on Monday, residents of 35 villages continue to suffer without proper rehabilitation and resettlements programmes. All those affected have been forced to live without basic amenities for 35 years.

Dharna

HASSAN MARCH 7. At least 300 members of the Samagra Neeravari Horata Samithi took out a procession and staged a rasta roko and dharna at Arsikere near here on Monday urging the Government to provide drinking water to Arsikere taluk from the Hemavathi.

The members led by the General Secretary of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, marched from the Inspection Bungalow to Patre Puttappa Circle in support of their demand.

Health

check-up camp

MYSORE March 7. A general health check-up camp has been organised at Bharath Diagnostic Centre, Irwin Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

People with headache, fever, pain in the abdomen, sore throat, ulcer, swelling or lump in any part of the body may attend the camp. More details can be had on ph: 2563007 or 5265260.

Cancer

clinic

MYSORE March 7. A free cancer detection clinic has been organised at Preethi Cancer Centre here from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

Sponsored by B.M.S. Prabhu, a resident of Saraswathipuram in the city, people with abnormal bleeding, swelling, change in voice, difficulty in swallowing or sore throat may attend the clinic.

Preethi Cancer Centre is located at No. 873, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Lakshmipuram (ph: 5259259).

Minister for Bidar

BIDAR MARCH 7. The Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel, will participate in the Shivaratri celebrations in Channamalleshwara Mutt at Itaga in Humnabad taluk on March 10.

He will listen to people's grievances in Bidar on Tuesday and in Basavakalyan on Wednesday. He will visit the mutt at 8 p.m. He will leave for Hyderabad later, according to a press release issued here.

Boy dies in quarry

RAICHUR MARCH 7. A 10-year-old boy died on the spot when a boulder fell on him at a quarry on the outskirts of Mudgal in Lingsugur taluk on Sunday.

The police gave the name of the victim as Hussainsab, son of Bandenawaz.

The police have registered a case.

Farmers stage dharna

HASSAN MARCH 7. At least 300 members of the Samagra Neeravari Horata Samithi took out a procession and staged a rasta roko and dharna at Arsikere near here on Monday urging the Government to provide drinking water to Arsikere taluk from the Hemavathi.

The members led by the General Secretary of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, marched from the Inspection Bungalow to Patre Puttappa Circle in support of their demand.

Lecture on gender justice

DHARWAD March 7. P. Ishwar Bhat, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Mysore, has said that gender justice is possible through development. He was delivering a special lecture on "Gender justice and constitutional concern" at the University College of Law here on Monday. Prof. Bhat said a comprehensive scheme of gender justice has been enshrined in the Constitution.

Chidanand Patil, college principal, presided over the programme.

Campus

recruitment

HUBLI March 7. The B.V. Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli, is coordinating a campus interview for Sutherland Global Services for final year students of Arts, Science, Commerce, Management and Engineering of all the colleges in north Karnataka for the post of executive trainees on March 15 and 16, according to a press release. The interview will start at 8.30 a.m. on both days at the C-lite Hall of the college here. Details may be had from the website www.suth.com. A.S. Kittur may be contacted over ph: 0836-2378127 or 9844134492 for more information.

High-mast lamp

in Dharwad

DHARWAD March 7. S.R. Morey, Minister for Municipal Administration and district in-charge, said here on Sunday that consequent to the Government's decision to install high-mast lamps at select cities across the State, work on the Rs. 1.35-crore scheme are under way in Hubli-Dharwad. Mr. Morey was inaugurating a high-mast lamp at Vivekananda Circle on Subhash Road.

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