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Power shutdown

HUBLI March 8. There will be no power supply in parts of Hubli between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday owing to repairs to the 220 kV transformer, according to a press release from the Hubli Electricity Supply Company.

There will be no power supply in Ayodhyanagar, Indi Pump, Old Hubli, Channapet, Narayansofa, Asarhonda, Gardenpet, Hirepet, Mangal Oni, Gavi Oni, Basel Mission Compound, B Adda, Toravi Hakkal, Koulpet, Kamaripet, Mavavirgalli, Mullana Oni, Byali Oni, Olimath, Bommapur, Abhinavnagar, Sahadev Nagar, Bank Colony, Rajendra nagar, Divate Galli, Bogar Oni, Pendar Galli, Chavaragudda, Chennapur, and Anchatgeri.

Special bus service

HUBLI March 8. The North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation has introduced special city service buses for the convenience of people visiting Siddarudha Mutt in Old Hubli on Wednesday to witness the car festival, according to a press release.

Award

MANGALORE MARCH 8. All India Association for Christian Higher Education, New Delhi, has conferred the T.A. Mathias Award for Innovative College Teachers for 2004-05 to Rolphie Mascarenhas, dean, faculty of arts and head of the department of political science, St. Aloysius College, here, a release said.

The award has been given in recognition to Mr. Mascarenhas' commitment to high standards of professional ethics and devotion to academic excellence.

He has been in the profession for the past 30 years, it said.

Security

MANGALORE MARCH 8. The police here have tightened security in view of the all-India conclave of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh scheduled to be held here this weekend.

With VIPs expected to take part in the conclave, security measures have been reviewed and implemented.

Sources said that the department will request for additional forces from Udupi and Uttara Kannada on Saturday.

The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Arjun Singh, are also scheduled to visit the city during the weekend and the police are not taking any chances with security measures.

Reservation

MANGALORE MARCH 8. The Dakshina Kannada district administration has announced a schedule to determine the reservation for the posts of presidents and vice-presidents of gram panchayats in the district according to the guidelines spelled out by the State Election Commission.

A press release from the District Electoral Officer and District Magistrate, Arvind Srivastava, here on Tuesday stated that the programme will be conducted taluk wise.

KSOU exam fee deadline

Mysore March 8. The BA/B.Com. and MA/M.Com. examinations of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) will commence in the third week of May 2005, and the last date for payment of the examination fee without fine is March 24 for BA/B.Com. and March 31 for MA/M.Com. students, according to a press release. The last date with a fine of Rs. 100 is March 31 for BA/B.Com. students and April 8 for MA/M.Com. students, the release added. Further details can be obtained from the KSOU office on phone 2500983, 2500871 or 2519943 (extension 220, 221). Details are also available on the KSOU website www.ksoumysore.com.

`Start selection for PG seats'

BANGALORE MARCH 8. The Shivajinagar MLA, Katta Subramanya Naidu, has urged the State Government to immediately start the selection process for admission to postgraduate medical courses through the Common Entrance Test (CET) in view of the deadline fixed by the Supreme Court. The court has ordered the completion of the selection process by April 30, 2005. In a press release, Mr. Naidu said the Government should take action to select the students on the basis of CET ranking to various postgraduate courses. He said the Government should reimburse the students selected through the CET for the higher fee being collected by private college managements.

Separate department sought

DHARWAD March 8. M.M. Kalburgi, former Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi, has suggested that the State Government evolve a plan of action for meeting the needs of Kannada-speaking people living abroad. Replying to felicitations by Ujjwal Career Academy here on Monday, Dr. Kalburgi said that about one crore Kannada-speaking people are living abroad and it is time the State Government paid attention to their welfare. Though they have been living abroad, they are paying taxes on the property owned by them in Karnataka, Dr. Kalburgi said. He said that he has written to the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, for creating a separate department to look after the interests of the Kannadigas abroad. Chenavira Kanavi, poet, Panchappa, Retired Joint Secretary of the Union Government, S.P. Hiremath, former Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University, K.C. Hiremath, agricultural economist, were felicitated on the occasion.

Meet on Muslim women

BANGALORE MARCH 8. A two-day southern regional consultation on Muslim women and their rights, organised by the Karnataka State Commission for Women, will begin here on Thursday. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, will inaugurate the meet, which will be presided over by the Minister for Women and Child Development, Bhagirathi Marulasiddana Gowda. The Vice-Chancellor of the Karnataka State Women's University, Syeda Aktha will deliver key-note address. There will be a special session on Muslim women and their standing in the Koran, and family laws and Muslim women's rights, besides an open house and a panel discussion on the inaugural day. The next day, special sessions on "Right of Muslim women: an overview of socio-economic situation and its implications," "A bird's-eye view of women's situation in the Islamic world," "Health status and reproductive rights of Muslim women," "Human rights and communalism" and "Communal violence and its impact on Muslim" women will be held.

Shram Shri awards

BHADRAVATI March 8. K. Rajasekhar and T. Padmanabhachary of the Electrical Steel-Making Shop of Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Ltd. (VISL) have been selected for the Prime Minister's Shram Shri award for 2004. The award comprises a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 40,000. The awards will be presented to them by the Prime Minister in New Delhi. Mr. Rajasekhar and Mr. Padmanabhachary have been selected for the award in appreciation of their contribution in the area of maintenance through innovative works. A press release from VISL said they have helped in the reduction of equipment down-time, reduction of spares consumption and improvement of production and productivity of the Steel-Making Shop.

Achievement Award

TUMKUR MARCH 8. Asha P.K., a Class I engineering contractor and social worker of Tumkur, has been selected for the World Scouts and Guides Achievement Award, according to a press release from the office of the Tumkur District Scouts and Guides. Ms. Asha is associated with the Scouts and Guides movement as its Chief Commissioner in this region. She took the responsibility of hosting the Scouts and Guides Jamboree here in 1997. She is also credited with having taken the movement to every village school in the district and organising the highest number of training programmes for adult Scouts and Guides in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Asha has got the award in the category of "Achievement by adult Scouts and Guides," the release added.

Advocates begin indefinite fast

DHARWAD March 8. B.D. Hiremath, President of the Dharwad Bar Association, and Prafulla Naik, a senior advocate, today began an indefinite fast protesting against the delay in the establishment of the Circuit Bench of the Karnataka High Court at Hubli-Dharwad and Gulbarga. The indefinite fast was launched even as advocates continued their agitation by boycotting the court. This is the second time that Mr. Hiremath has launched a hunger strike on the issue.

Recruitment of Section Officers

BANGALORE MARCH 8. The Staff Selection Commission will hold a competitive examination on June 5 for recruitment to the post of Section Officer (Audit), Group "B" non-gazetted in the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General. The eligible age for recruitment between 18 to 27 years as on January 1, 2005. Completed application forms must reach the regional officers of the Commission latest by March 18, 2005. For further details, candidates may refer Employment News dated February 19-25, according to a press release.

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