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Farmers urged to pay loan principal

MYSORE: The Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, on Monday urged farmers to pay the principal amount of their loans by June 30 to avail themselves of the waiver of interest.

Mr. Siddaramaiah was speaking at Hunsur, near here, after laying the foundation stone for various developmental works worth over Rs. 50 crores.

He said that the Government has decided to waive interest on agricultural loans provided farmers pay the principal amount.

The Minister for Energy, H.D. Revanna; the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, H.C. Mahadevappa; and the Hunsur MLA, G.T. Deve Gowda, were present. — Staff Correspondent

Summer camp for tribal students

MYSORE: Around 60 children from Viveka Tribal Centre for Learning, H.D. Kote, Mysore district, participated in a three-day summer camp organised by Vidyavardhaka College, Bangalore, from April 22 to 24.

According to a press statement from the centre, the children participated in a host of programmes including gymnastics, yoga, dance, drama, and drawing during the camp. — Staff Correspondent.

Auction of vehicles

MYSORE: An auction of vehicles seized by the Metagalli police will be held at 11 a.m. on May 1 on the Metagalli police station premises.

According to a press statement, a Maruti Esteem, a Maruti 800, a Maruti van, an Ambassador, three jeeps and two motorcycles will be auctioned.

The public may participate in the auction by paying a deposit of Rs. 10,000 for the four-wheelers and Rs. 200 for the two-wheelers.

Successful bidders will also have to bear other expenses such as RTO charges and taxes. — Staff Correspondent

Decision criticised

MANGALORE: The Nagarika Seva Trust has opposed the clearance given to the super thermal power plant promoted by Nagarjuna Power Company. Addressing presspersons at Guruvainakere near here on Monday, the president of the trust, K. Somanatha Nayak, said despite the previous governments agreeing not to issue licences to polluting industries in the ecologically-sensitive district, this Government has given clearance to the plant at Nandikoor near Udupi without considering its ecological implications. Mr. Nayak said the Government is not taking the people's representatives of the district into confidence when taking such important decisions. — Staff Correspondent

`Kalyana Parva'

HUBLI: The fourth "Kalyana Parva" will commence at Basava Kalyana in Bidar district on May 1 under the auspices of Basava Dharma Peetha. Addressing presspersons here on Monday, Mathe Mahadevi, chairperson of the "Kalyana Parva" Utsav Samiti, said hundreds of devotees are expected to participate in the three-day convention. The event will be inaugurated by Yogeshwari, general secretary, Universal Centre of Basava Philosophy, U.S. It will have sessions and debates on several issues related to the Lingayat religion. During the convention, the third anniversary of the coronation of the second "shoonya peetha" will be celebrated. A 108-ft tall statue of Basavanna will be carved out at Basava Kalyana. — Staff Correspondent

`Technotsav 2005'

BANGALORE: The Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology (VTU) will host its annual State-level inter-collegiate technical fest, "Technotsav 2005," on May 11 to commemorate National Technology Day. As part of it, a two-day symposium on "Career opportunities in biotechnology," will be organised by the Department of Biotechnology. The fest will have project presentation, paper presentation, creative writing and gaming. An intradepartmental technical exhibition is also being organised. For more details, call ph: 28467082 or 28467248. — Staff Reporter

Opposed

BIJAPUR: The president of the Bheema Nadi Neeru Horata Raithavarga Samiti, Panchappa Kalburgi, has opposed the State Government's decision to take a delegation to Delhi to apprise the Prime Minister of the irrigation projects that are allegedly being executed by Andhra Pradesh. In a statement, Mr. Kalburgi said if the State takes steps to utilise its share of water, it need not bother about Andhra Pradesh as it is a lower riparian State. Maharashtra has been executing several illegal projects. Since Maharashtra is an upper riparian State, its project can prove detrimental to Karnataka's interests. — Staff Correspondent

Power cut in Bidar

Bidar: Bidar has seen eight-hour power cuts during the day for the past three days. Power goes off at 10 a.m. and is restored only at 6 p.m. This is putting people to a lot of inconvenience, especially in view of the soaring temperature. Officials of KPCL said that the power cut is due to the ongoing work under the Accelerated Power Infrastructure Development Programme. The situation is likely to continue for the next five days. — Staff Correspondent

NABARD aid

Bidar: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has contributed 18 per cent of the total development fund flow to the State. The bank's assistance formed Rs. 2,196 crores of the Rs. 12,323-crore total sectoral plan allocation in the State budget this year. The overall assistance from the bank to the State was Rs. 2,196 crores, up 19 per cent from Rs. 1,842 crore last year.

The bank has extended refinance assistance of Rs. 1,763 crores to financial institutions in the State, a 15 per cent rise from last year, according to a release. — Staff Correspondent

Girl electrocuted

CHITRADURGA: A seven-year-old girl was electrocuted in Hirehalli village in Challakere taluk on Sunday evening.

The deceased has been identified as Shilpa, daughter of Ekanthappa, resident of Hirehalli village.

According to police, Shilpa was on her way to fetch water from a tank when a live wire snapped and fell on her. She died on the spot. The Talaku police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Pedestrian killed

CHITRADURGA: A pedestrian was killed on the spot in a hit-and-run case in Chikkajajur police station limits on Saturday night.

According to police, the deceased has been identified as Venkatesh (28) of Dandigenahalli village.

— Staff Correspondent

Meet on management

Bidar: The Institute of Chartered and Financial Analysts will organise a seminar on "Modern trends in management and employment opportunities" in Bidar on April 29. Experts and serving managers will deliver lectures on the occasion. The institute will also conduct counselling and career guidance sessions for students in Bhalki, Basavakalyan, Humnabad and Mannekhalli in May.

— Staff Correspondent

Summer camp

Bidar: The Karuna Buddha Vihara in Bhalki will conduct Shramaner Shibira, a free summer camp from April 28 to May 7. M.S. Hazare and Anurodh Mahatero will conduct classes.

Interested persons can contact convenor Manohar More on ph. 9448349993, according to a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Minister's visit

GULBARGA: The Minister for Water Resources, Mallikarjun Kharge, who is also the district in-charge Minister, will arrive here on a six-day visit on Tuesday. — Special Correspondent

SSLC results on website

Bangalore: The results of the SSLC examinations held in March will be announced on the following websites from Tuesday noon: www.kseebd.com; schooleducation.kar.nic.in/sslc; kar.nic.in/sslc; sslc.kar.nic.in; vidyalaya.org; educhoice.com; thatskannada.com; karnataka.com; netind.com; and PRIMUSnetworks. infowww.eduvarsity.com. — Staff Reporter

Two injured

HUBLI: Four persons received minor injuries in an altercation between two groups of youths on Sunday night at Keshwapur. The incident happened during the car festival of Lord Hanumantha. The police brought the situation under control. — Staff Correspondent

MLA's assurance

Bidar: Bandeppa Kashempur, MLA, has assured to obtain from the State Government, sanction for 12 acres of land for sports promotion in Bidar. Speaking after inaugurating the Bidar Champions trophy organised by the Venus Cricket Club and Karnataka Cricket Club, Mr. Kashempur promised all help from the government for sports. — Staff Correspondent

Masti Award for Venkatasubbaiah

Bangalore: The well-known Kannada lexicographer, G. Venkatasubbaiah, has been selected for the prestigious Masti Award for his significant contribution to Kannada literature.

The award has been instituted by the Dr. Masti Venkatesha Iyengar Award Samiti headed by Mavinakere Ranganathan.

Prof. Venkatasubbaiah, 92, is probably the senior-most Kannada litterateur to receive the award, which will be presented on June 19.

The award includes a purse of Rs. 25,000. — Special Correspondent

Transport for women employees

Bangalore: The Minister of State for Labour, Tanveer Sait, has said that the Government will formulate special rules to direct private factory managements to provide transport and security for women working on the night shift.

He said this in the wake of the recent Supreme Court judgment on the issue and the Union Government's proposed amendment of Section 22 of the Factories Act allowing women to work on the night shift.

The Minister was speaking at a workshop for Labour Department officials and representatives of non-governmental organisations on the elimination of domestic child labour, here on Monday. — Staff Reporter

UKP: Legislators'

meet called

BIJAPUR: The Deputy Leader of the BJP's Legislature Party, Govind Karjol, has called a meeting of legislators and MPs from Bijapur and Bagalkot districts in Bangalore on May 3 to discuss the reduced water allocation to the Upper Krishna Project.

The meeting will be held at the Legislators' Home at 11 a.m.

Mr. Karjol, who represents Mudhol Assembly segment in Bagalkot district, has sent invitations to all public representatives from the two districts. — Staff Correspondent

Two MLAs oppose

helmet rule

BANGALORE: Katta Subramanya Naidu and Vatal Nagaraj, MLAs, have opposed the State Cabinet's decision to make helmets mandatory for two-wheeler riders and pillion riders.

Mr. Naidu, of the BJP, said all roads in Bangalore city are congested and there is no need for riders to wear helmets.

The decision will only help manufacturers of helmets, he said in a press note.

Activists of the Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha, led by Mr. Nagaraj, staged a protest at the Kempe Gowda bus stand here on Monday opposing the Cabinet's decision. — Special Correspondent

S.M. Jain

mourned

BANGALORE: The Chairman of the State Minorities Commission, K.S. Mohammed Masood, has condoled the death of S.M. Jain, former member of the commission.

Mr. Jain died in the U.S. on Wednesday. — Special Correspondent

B.Sc. results

on the Web

Bangalore: The results of Bangalore University's first semester B.Sc. examinations held during November-December 2004 will be announced on www: vidyalaya.org on Tuesday, an official release said.

The release requested principals of colleges to collect result sheets from the Office of the Registrar (Evaluation) Bangalore University, examination branch, on Wednesday.

— Staff Reporter

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