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Official from State wins award

NEW DELHI MARCH 17. The Deputy Resident Commissioner (Public Relations) in Karnataka Bhavan here, B.S. Krishna Prasad (in picture), has been selected for the "Special Scheme of State Awards" for outstanding civil servants for 2004. The award carries a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 20,000. It will be conferred on Rajyotsava Day on November 1. Hailing from Gugare Doddi, a remote village in Kanakapura taluk, Mr. Prasad has several accomplishments, including surpassing targets in small savings and file disposal, and in the implementation of civil rights and social security programmes.

Meet on salaries in 15 days

BANGALORE MARCH 17. The Horticulture Minister, R. Srinivas, said today he will discuss the Horticulture Department employees' salary revision and promotions at a special meeting with legislators within 15 days of the conclusion of the legislature session. Releasing the horticulture diary, which has a comprehensive list of horticulturists in the State and suggestions for growing plants, he said it is unfortunate the some officers have not got a promotion for a long time. He promised to look into the matter. Mr. Srinivas criticised senior officers of the Horticulture Department for allegedly abetting corruption. The Principal Secretary of the department, L. Shantakumari, said recruitment for 380 posts was sanctioned six months ago. But the process has not begun, she said and urged the Minister to look into it. She said many cases related to financial irregularities in the department are pending before the Government. This is because of the poor auditing practices adopted by the department. "We need to develop a policy and streamline the auditing process," she added.

Panel session at Ooty

BANGALORE MARCH 17. The Justice R.G. Vaidyanatha Commission of Inquiry, which is probing the cause of death of the former Minister H. Nagappa, after his abduction by forest brigand Veerappan, will hold a sitting at Ooty in Tamil Nadu on Friday and Saturday. The commission will record evidence from two officials of the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force, according to a press release.

Rs. 50 lakhs for sammelan

Bidar March 17. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has sanctioned Rs. 50 lakhs as a special grant for conducting the 72nd All-India Kannada Sahitya Sammelana in Bidar on May 6, 7 and 8. Mr. Dharam Singh has agreed to deliver the valedictory address of sammelan, according to a release from the president of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat central committee, Chandrashekar Patil. This was announced after a meeting attended by Prof. Patil; the Forest Minister and Minister in charge of Bidar district, and president of the sammelana reception committee, Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli; the parishat's district unit president, Jagannath Hebbale; Rathna Kushnoor and Quazi Arshad Ali, MLCs; the President of the district unit of the Congress, Basavaraj Bulla; and Shivraj Kanashetty, editor of the Kannada daily, Basava Bhoomi, according to the release. Preparations for holding the sammelana have begun with the election of Mr. Nagamarapalli as president of the reception committee. Mr. Chandrashekar Patil and Mr. Hebbale said in a release that the Minister for Animal Husbandry and Wakf, Mirajuddin Patel, and Narsingrao Suryavanshi, MP, will be vice-presidents of the committee. A full-fledged committee will be constituted soon, the release said. The printing of 72 books proposed to be released during the sammelan has started. The entry fee for individuals to the sammelan is Rs. 150.

Ramalinga Reddy for Udupi

Udupi March 17. The Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, R. Ramalinga Reddy, will visit Udupi district on Saturday. A press release issued by the Department of Information here on Thursday said Mr. Reddy will arrive in Udupi at 3 p.m. and hold a review meeting with officials of the Education Department. He will inspect the implementation of the midday meal scheme in schools in the district. At. 4.30 p.m., he will visit the Udupi District Congress Committee Office. He will then leave for Gujjady in Kundapur taluk and participate in the inaugural function of a new school building at 6 p.m., the release added.

Pulse Polio drive

Bidar March 17. A round of the Pulse Polio Programme will be held in the district on April 10. The Deputy Commissioner and president of the District Polio Eradication Task force, T.K. Anil Kumar, said after a review meeting that efforts will be made to ensure that all children below the age of five years are vaccinated during the drive. He sought the cooperation of implementing officers at the taluk, district and city levels. The coordinating officer, Manik Mahendrakar; the district surgeon, Madana Vaijanath; the Regional Transport Officer, Shivraj Patil; and the heads of nursing colleges and non-governmental organisation were present, a release said.

Bus timings changed

Bidar March 17. The timings of the Volvo "Airavat" bus service from Bidar to Bangalore have been changed effective from Thursday. The Bidar-Bangalore bus will leave Bidar at 6 p.m. Similarly, the Bidar-Bangalore Rajahamsa service will leave Bidar at 4.30 p.m. and the Bhalki-Bangalore Rajahamsa service will leave Bidar at 5 p.m., said a release from the Divisional Commissioner of the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation, R.K. Seetaram.

Telephone Adalat

Bidar March 17. A telephone adalat will be held at Rangamandir in Humnabad on Friday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Consumers and consumer associations can register their complaints and give suggestions to the Telecom District Manager who will preside over the meeting, a release said.

Selected

MANGALORE MARCH 17. Manava Sevadharma Samvardhini, Chennai, has chosen Veenadhari, an activist working for the welfare of HIV/AIDS affected patients in Mangalore, for the Sadguru Jnananda Award.

The award comprises Rs. 50,000 in purse, a citation and a silver memento. It will be conferred on her at a function to be held at Guru Nanak Bhavan in Bangalore on March 26. The award is given annually to women who have made significant contribution in social service, a release by the Karnataka Positive Women and Child Network, a non-governmental organisation, said.

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