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Elected to Royal Society of London

Bangalore: The Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Goverdhan Mehta, has been elected fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Prof. Mehta is known for his outstanding contribution to organic chemistry, particularly synthesis of natural products. He is a recipient of many national and international awards.

— Special Correspondent

One killed in blast

on board ship

MANGALORE: One person was killed and two persons were injured when a furnace on board M.T. Basaveshwara, a vessel belonging to the Shipping Corporation of India, burst when it was at anchor at New Mangalore Port, near here, on Friday. The dead has been identified as Ravikumar, 26, of Andhra Pradesh, a mechanical engineer.

The Panambur Circle Inspector, T. Kodandaram, said the incident took place around 8.20 a.m. when Ravikumar along with Diwakar Singh of Bihar and Balram Sarkar of West Bengal were carrying out an inspection. Ravikumar, who sustained nearly 100 per cent burns, died on the spot.

His colleagues escaped with burns and are said to be out of danger. — Staff Correspondent

Search on for naxalites in Udupi district

Udupi: The Superintendent of Police, S. Murugan, has said that combing operations by the police are going on in the areas of Someshwara and Mookambika Wildlife sanctuaries coming under the Karkala, Kollur, Hebri and Shankarnarayana police station limits in Udupi district.

He said here on Friday that the explosives found during the police raid on a naxalite camp at Narsipur on Wednesday will be sent to the laboratory in Bangalore for further investigation.

Mr. Murugan also denied that the police had found a dairy during the raid at Narsipur. Some written material and pamphlets were left behind by the naxalites. The police are yet to study the material. — Staff Correspondent

Merchants oppose move to amend APMC Act

Belgaum: The Onion and Potato Merchants' Association here has opposed the State Government's move to amend the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act. In a memorandum submitted to the Government on Thursday, the association stated that the proposed amendment would adversely affect commission agents, traders and others associated with the APMC. Farmers will be badly hit since the amendment will facilitate market access to powerful multinational companies.

However, an association spokesman said the merchants will not oppose the amendment if the Government allows multinational companies to function within the existing APMC Act without special concessions for them. — Staff Correspondent

Deshpande defends invitation to Sonia

Bangalore: The Cooperation Minister, R.V. Deshpande, has criticised those who have objected to the invitation extended to the United Progressive Alliance chairperson and Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, to inaugurate the naval base at Karwar.

In a statement to the press, he said that the people had taught a lesson to the BJP, which made Ms. Gandhi's nationality an election issue.

The Sea Bird project was sanctioned by Rajiv Gandhi and it has become a reality now, he added. — Staff Reporter

Girl run over

HASSAN: A girl was killed when a truck carrying fish from Mangalore to Bangalore run her over on the Mangalore-Bangalore National Highway 48 on Friday afternoon. The police identified the girl as Chandrika (7), daughter of Devaraj. The police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Criticised

HASSAN: The district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has criticised the reported statement of the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda on the implementation of irrigation projects in Arsikere taluk. In a statement, the General Secretary of the district unit, Katikere Prasanna Kumar, said on Friday that the reported statement shows the apathy of the Hassan MP towards Arsikere taluk. He cautioned that the district unit will launch an agitation if the Government failed to implement the irrigation project. — Staff Correspondent

Admissions

Bidar: Sri Manik Prabhu Shiskhan Samsthe of Humnabad in Bidar district will admit visually disabled and partially visually disabled children between five years and 16 years to its special primary school.

Education is free and boarding, lodging, books and uniforms will be provided. Eligible candidates should apply with a certificate from a government doctor, residence proof and three passport-size photographs.

The last date for receiving completed applications is June 15. Details can be obtained from the principal, Bandennanavar, by calling 08483-270619/ 9448505347, a release said. — Staff Correspondent

Two die in accident

Raichur: Ramesh (25) and Venkatesh (38), sons of Laxmanacharya, were killed on the spot when the motorcycle they were riding collided with a lorry on State Highway 23 near the Rajiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital here on Friday.

The Raichur Rural Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Rasta roko

Bidar: Residents of Eden Colony will stage a rasta roko in Bidar on May 30, demanding basic facilities such as water and power supply, roads and drains.

We have been suffering from lack of these facilities for two decades.

We have requested the City Municipal Council and the district administration to provide us these basic facilities but in vain, a release by Shiromai Srimandal and other residents said. — Staff Correspondent

Four killed

Raichur: Four persons died, one of them at a hospital, and 20 were injured when the maxicab in which they were travelling collided with a lorry on State Highway 23 near Hanchinal Camp in Sindhanoor taluk on Thursday.

The injured have been admitted to the government hospital in Karatgi of Gangavathi taluk.

The police identified the dead as Habbeb, driver of the maxicab, Venkataramanappa (60) of Devi Camp, Achemma (55) of Rama Camp, and Annayya (48) of Hullur.

The Sindhanur Rural Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Man arrested

Raichur: The Raichur police arrested Mallayya Myatri and recovered 145 litres of illicit toddy while he was allegedly selling it at Kalmala village near here on Friday.

He has been remanded in judicial custody.

The Raichur Rural Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

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