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JD(S) leader joins Congress

TUMKUR: The Congress here on Monday received a shot in the arm with P.B. Satyanarayana, senior leader of Janata Dal (S), joining it.

Mr. Satyanarayana joined the Congress with hundreds of his supporters at a function organised by the TDCC. G. Parameshwar, MLA and KPCC Vice-President; V.S. Ugrappa, MLC and KPCC General Secretary; S.P. Muddahanume Gowda, TDCC President; and other leaders welcomed the new entrants.

Mr. Satyanarayana is a leading advocate. It is interpreted in political circles that his defection to the Congress will affect the growth of the Janata Dal (S) in the backward taluks of Sira, Pavagada, and Madhugiri.

— Staff Correspondent

Water to be released into canals

BANGALORE: The State Government has decided to release water from the Hemavathi reservoir into canals from July 22.

Water will be released into the Hemavathi Left Bank Canal (HLBC) from July 22 to 29 and the right bank canal from July 30, the Minister for Energy and Public Works, H.D. Revanna, told presspersons here on Monday.

The current storage in the reservoir is 17.9 tmcft against the maximum of 28.94 tmcft.

After hearing the grievances from elected representatives, Mr. Revanna directed the chief engineer concerned to release water into HLBC from July 22. He also told the farmers to use water judiciously. — Special Correspondent

Unitus opens Bangalore centre

Bangalore: Unitus, a global microfinance accelerator acting as a social venture capital investor for the microfinance industry, has opened a centre in Bangalore to serve as a hub for its Indian microfinance operations.

Besides supporting the three existing microfinance institution partners in India, the Bangalore centre will support future partners and would serve as a resource for broader microfinance industry collaboration.

— Special Correspondent.

`Involve youth in

public service'

TUMKUR: Senior leaders of the Congress told the youth wing of the Congress at Sira on Monday to involve youngsters in public service.

Tanveer Sait, Minister of State for Labour; V.S. Ugrappa, MLC and KPCC General Secretary; N.Y. Hanumanthappa, MP; and T.B. Jayachandra, former Minister, who spoke after inaugurating the Youth Congress Centre at Sira, said their party aimed at canalising youth power towards national construction. — Staff Correspondent

Special counters

for IT returns

BANGALORE: The Income Tax Department has opened special counters for receiving returns of salaried assessees (not having income from business and profession) at the C.R. Buildings, Queen's Road, Bangalore.

These counters are open on all working days between 10 a.m. and 1.15 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. and 5 p.m. from July 18 to July 31, according to a press release.

The department will continue to receive salary returns at the offices of the salary ranges at HMT Bhavan on Bellary Road. The last date for filing of returns in July 31, the release added. — Staff Reporter

Coach augmentation

BANGALORE: The 583/584 Bangalore city-Hubli-Hospet-Bangalore city fast passenger has been augmented with one second-class sleeper coach. The revised composition of Bangalore-Hubli component of the train is six three-tier second-class sleeper coaches, eight general second-class coaches and two second-class-cum-luggage vans. The revised composition of Bangalore-Hospet component of the train is three three-tier second-class sleeper coaches, two general second-class coaches and one second-class-cum-luggage van, according to a press release issued by the South Western Railway. — Staff Reporter

`Plant a tree to

inaugurate events'

TUMKUR: Lighting a lamp, or beating a drum to mark inauguration of an event will soon become a thing of the past if the Tiptur taluk unit of Kannada Sahitya Parishat can have its way. The parishat unit at its "Trimasika Sabha'' on Monday resolved to introduce "planting a tree'" as a common mode of inaugurating a function. T.S. Sadashivaiah, unit president, said the parishat aimed at not only protecting Kannada but also the rich natural resources of the State. The unit passed a resolution appealing to public organisations and the Government to ensure that every event started with the chief guest planting a tree in a place earmarked for civic amenity. — Staff Correspondent

Next light music meet

in Bangalore

SHIMOGA: The President of the Karnataka Rajya Sugama Sangeet Academy, Y.K. Muddukrishna, said here on Sunday that the next State-level Sugama Sangeet Sammelan would be held in Bangalore. Replying to felicitations offered to him at a function here, he said so far State-level conferences of light music had been held at Mandya, Shimoga and Chikmagalur. He said the response to these conferences was encouraging. The academy secretary, Kikkeri Krishnamurthy, spoke. Vijayashri presided over the function. M. Mahadevaswamy welcomed the gathering. D. Ganesh proposed a vote of thanks. — Special Correspondent

Notary Association

unit in Tumkur

TUMKUR: Notarial job is both responsible and respectable, said Kukkaje Ramakrishna Bhat, Principal and District Session Judge, Tumkur, on Monday. Inaugurating the Tumkur district unit of the Notary Association, Mr. Bhat said the notarial system enjoyed high status in society. He said he would recommend to the High Court of Karnataka that the association be given a room at the courts complex here to run its office. Mr. Bhat told the notaries to insist upon the use of prescribed "stamps" by the people while getting their documents notarised. Mr. Bhat wanted the notaries to function in a way the people could appreciate it. — Staff Correspondent

Rs. 4 crores to

revive lake

Bidar: The Union Environment Ministry has released Rs. 4 crores for removing silt and rejuvenating Tripuranta Lake in Basava Kalyan. The Congress leader Maruti Mule told presspersons in Basava Kalyan that the Karnataka State Lake Development Authority would develop the lake into a heritage tourist spot. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, has promised that he would inaugurate the Basava Kalyan Development Board in August. He will also launch the construction of various buildings, roads and other infrastructure at that time, Mr. Mule said. Mr. Mule has demanded that construction of a bridge across the Bennethora stream be included in the Aurad-Sadashivgarh State Highway project. — Staff Correspondent

Seers mourn Subbanna's death

CHITRADURGA: Sri Shivamurthy Sharanaru, pontiff of Sri Murugha Mutt, and Sri Panditaradhya Swamiji, pontiff of Sri Sanehalli Mutt, have mourned the death of the veteran theatre personality K.V. Subbanna.

In his message, Sri Panditaradhya Swamiji said the contribution of Subbanna to theatre is great as he was responsible for the growth of theatre activities in rural areas. The swamiji recollected his association with Subbanna through Shiva Sanchara, a repertory.

Shivamurthy Sharanaru, who is in the U.S. to participate in the 28th Veerashaiva convention, in his message, said the demise of Subbanna has created a vacuum in the field of theatre and literature. — Staff Correspondent

Farmers stage protest

HASSAN: Over 1,000 farmers led by Poomadihalli Nagaraj staged a dharna at H.C. Srikantaiah Circle in Hirisave urging the Government to sanction a lift irrigation scheme from the Hemavathi channel as the borewells in the area have gone dry.

The agitators, who blocked National Highway 48 for some time, decided to meet the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the Minister for Water Resources, M. Mallikarjun Kharge, to seek permission for the lift irrigation scheme. — Staff Correspondent

Workshop

HASSAN: The Assistant Director of Employment and Training, Narayana Murthy, inaugurated a workshop to train workers in the unorganised sector, at the Malnad College of Engineering on Monday.

About 25 students are participating in the 10-day workshop organised under the Technical Education and Quality Improvement Programme (TEQUIP) and the college. Experts will train the participants in welding, plumbing and other technical trades. — Staff Correspondent

Nargund bandh peaceful

Hubli: A bandh was observed at Nargund by lorry, autorickshaw and maxi-cab owners' associations in support of farmers who have been agitating for the early implementation of the Kalasa Bandori Irrigation Project.

It was peaceful. All shops and other business establishments At Nargund in Gadag district remained closed. Traffic was disrupted for some time when agitators took out a march. — UNI

Arrested

BHADRAVATI: One person has been arrested on charges of entering a house at Jannapura Extension in the city and allegedly threatening a woman. The New Town Police have registered a case. The accused, Mahesh, broke into the house along with his accomplices and assaulted the woman, Asha, besides threatening her. He has been remanded to judicial custody. — Correspondent

Conference for children

SHIMOGA: The Shimoga district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishad has decided to hold a district-level children's literary conference in association with several local cultural and literary organisations. In a press release, the president of the unit, D. Manjunath, said each school has been asked to send two students to the conference. — Special Correspondent

Man killed, three

injured in accident

MYSORE: One person was killed and three injured when a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus collided with a truck near Indavalu in Mandya district on Monday. The deceased was identified as Ninge Gowda. Kavya, Suresh and Ravi, who sustained injuries, have been shifted to a hospital. Police said the accident occurred when the truck driver tried to overtake another vehicle and collided with the bus coming in the opposite direction.

— Special Correspondent

Workshop for

hearing-aid users

MYSORE: The Department of Audiology, All-India Institute of Speech and Hearing, has organised a workshop for hearing-aid users on Thursday. The workshop will educate hearing-aid users on different types of hearing aids and their benefits and disadvantages, use of hearing aids in different situations, trouble shooting and minor repair of hearing aids. The workshop will also provide information regarding telecommunication aids for hearing impaired and dwell on the recent advances in hearing aid technology. Hearing-aid users can register for the workshop between 9.15 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. by calling 2514449.

— Special Correspondent

Programme on astrology

MYSORE: Bharateeya Samskruthy Vidya Kendra here will conduct a weeklong introductory programme on six aspects of astrology and futurology. The camp will be held from July 25 to July 31 to mark the aradhana of Malladihalli Yoga Sadguru Sri Raghavendra Swamy.

Those interested may register with the Principal of the kendra at 298, Geetha Yoga, Ist Cross, Ramakrishna Nagar H. Block, or by calling 2562572.

— Special Correspondent

Anniversary celebrated

MYSORE: The fourth anniversary of the Mysore Library and Information Scientists Association (MyLISA) was celebrated here recently. Library information professionals were urged to raise their standards and create a brand image of the profession. Shalini R. Urs, President of MyLISA emphasised the need to form such associations to leverage the strength of working in groups.

The celebrations were inaugurated by I.R.N. Goudar, Head, ICAST, National Aerospace Laboratory (NAL), — Special Correspondent

Cancer detection camp

MYSORE: A free cancer detection camp will be conducted at Preethi Cancer Centre, Lakshmipuram on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., a release said. Anil Thomas, Chief Surgical Oncologist, will examine patients.

Those having abnormal bleeding, swelling, lump in any part of the body, change of voice, difficulty in swallowing or sore throat can attend the camp. For details, contact 5259259.

— Special Correspondent

Nargund bandh peaceful

Hubli: A bandh was observed at Nargund by lorry, autorickshaw and maxi-cab owners' associations in support of farmers who have been agitating for the early implementation of the Kalasa Bandori Irrigation Project. It was peaceful. All shops and other business establishments At Nargund in Gadag district remained closed. Traffic was disrupted for some time when agitators took out a protest march in the town. — UNI

Farmers stage protest

HASSAN: Over 1,000 farmers led by Poomadihalli Nagaraj staged a dharna at H.C. Srikantaiah Circle in Hirisave urging the Government to sanction a lift irrigation scheme from the Hemavathi channel as the borewells in the area have gone dry. The agitators, who blocked National Highway 48 for some time, decided to meet the Chief Minister to seek permission for the lift irrigation scheme. — Staff Correspondent

Workshop

HASSAN: The Assistant Director of Employment and Training, Narayana Murthy, inaugurated a workshop to train workers in the unorganised sector, at the Malnad College of Engineering on Monday. About 25 students are participating in the 10-day workshop organised under the Technical Education and Quality Improvement Programme and the college. Experts will train the participants in welding, plumbing and other technical trades. — Staff Correspondent

Arrested

BHADRAVATI: One person has been arrested on charges of entering a house at Jannapura Extension in the city and allegedly threatening a woman.

The New Town Police have registered a case. The accused, Mahesh, broke into the house along with his accomplices and assaulted the woman, Asha, besides threatening her. He has been remanded to judicial custody. — Staff Correspondent

Assault

BHADRAVATI : A group of persons reportedly threw soda bottles outside Vinayaka Theatre on Hosamane Main Road on Saturday night. One person is reported to have been assaulted by the group. However the group disappeared by the time the police arrived.

A tense situation prevailed in the area for a while. — Staff Correspondent

Training in horticulture

Madikeri: The Ujire-based Rural Development and Self-employment Training Institute (RUDSETI) will organise a training programme on horticulture for the candidates from Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Chikmagalur and Kodagu districts at the Siddavana campus in Ujire from August 1 to 13.

Experts will conduct the training. For details, call 958256236404. — Staff Correspondent

Conference for children

SHIMOGA: The district unit of the Kannada Sahitya Parishad has decided to hold a district-level children's literary conference in association with several local cultural and literary organisations.

The president of the unit, D. Manjunath, said the parishad has contacted schools to explain the objectives of the proposed conference. — Special Correspondent

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