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Rajkumar discharged after tests

BANGALORE: Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar, who was admitted to Bombay Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday, was discharged on Thursday afternoon after he underwent a series of routine tests.

His son Raghavendra Rajkumar told The Hindu over the telephone from Mumbai that the Dean of Bombay Hospital and leading cardiologist, B.K. Goyal, had said that the actor is in good health and there is no room for anxiety.

Mr. Rajkumar underwent an angioplasty 10 months ago and his visit to Mumbai was only for a check-up, he added.

Maharashtra Governor S.M. Krishna called on Mr. Rajkumar at the hospital in the morning and later hosted lunch for the actor and his family at the Raj Bhavan.

— Staff Reporter

Advani to visit Belgaum villages today

Belgaum: BJP president L.K. Advani will visit flood-affected areas in the district along with State party leaders on Friday. According to BJP leaders, Mr. Advani will arrive at Athani around 4 p.m. by helicopter from Bellary. He will visit the flood-affected villages of Janwad, Ugar and Kanbal in Athani taluk and arrive at Sambra airport at 6.30 p.m. and leave for Mumbai by the 7 p.m. flight.

Party leaders H.N. Ananth Kumar, Jagadish Shettar and B.S. Yediyurappa will accompany Mr. Advani on his visit to the villages. — Staff Correspondent

KSRTC to operate special services

Bangalore: The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation is operating special services on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore and Davangere to other important destinations on the occasion of the Varalakshmi festival. For details dial 22873377 or 22870099. — Staff Reporter

Yediyurappa wants relief work expedited

BANGALORE: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly B.S. Yediyurappa has urged the Government to take up relief works on a war footing in villages affected by floods in north Karnataka.

In a memorandum to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh, copies of which were released to the press here on Thursday, Mr. Yediyurappa sought payment of compensation of Rs. 25,000 to those whose houses have been damaged in floods. Farmers should be paid compensation of Rs. 10,000 for each acre of sugarcane and Rs. 5,000 an acres for other crops.

He said officials of the Health Department should take precautionary steps to prevent the spread of diseases. — Special Correspondent

Session on writing a will

Bangalore: The Centre for Human Resource Development is conducting a session on "How to Write a Will," on Saturday between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at its office in Jayanagar. For details dial 265553582 or 26542130.

— Staff Reporter

BJP to organise farmers' meet

BANGALORE: The Kisan Morcha of the Bharatiya Janata Party is organising a two-day South India farmers' convention here from Saturday. BJP vice-president M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the meet. Party general secretaries Rajnath Singh, Pramod Mahajanand H.N. Ananth Kumar, Kisan Morcha national President Anna Saheb Patil and State BJP President Jagadish Shettar and other leaders will participate in the convention.

Over 2,000 farmers will participate in the meet, according to BJP Bangalore unit spokesperson S. Prakash. — Special Correspondent

Minorities Forum's plea on admissions

Udupi: The Udupi District Minorities Forum has urged the Government to take remedial steps in the light of Supreme Court judgment abolishing State quota and reservation in unaided, minority and non-minority colleges. A release from the forum it was essential for the Government to protect the interests of the weaker sections. — Staff Correspondent

`Haggada kolata'

BIDAR: Artistes of Ayaspur village in Bidar taluk will stage the Ramayana in "Haggada Kolata" form on Wednesday. Haggada Kolata is a native style of Dandiya dance unique to the village. Minister for Animal Husbandry and Waqf Mirajuddin Patel will inaugurate the event and MLA Bandeppa Kashempur will be present, said a release. — Staff Correspondent

ABVP yatra

BIDAR: The Vande Mataram Sandesh Yatra of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishat (ABVP) will be received in Bidar on Friday. ABVP national general secretary K.N. Raghunandan and Bharatiya Janata Party leader and farmer B.S. Kudre will speak at the function to be held on Mannalli road in the evening. A students' rally will be held in Bidar on Saturday. Manohar Maski, president of the Federation of Souharda Cooperatives in Karnataka, RSS leader Gopalji and City Municipal Council president Chandrashekar Patil Gadagi will be present, said a release from the district president D.B. Kambar. — Staff Correspondent

Raids

BIDAR: Vigilance Officials of the Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company raided houses and shops and detected eight cases of power theft in Bhalki town and Karadyal village. A team led by Assistant Executive Engineer Eshwarappaand police officials fined the offenders a total of Rs. 1.2 lakhs, said a release. — Staff Correspondent

Relief fund

Belgaum: Members of the Karnataka State Government Employees' Association have decided to contribute a day's salary towards providing relief to the victims of floods in the district. This was decided at a meeting held Tuesday. The money to be deposited with the Deputy Commissioner's Relief Fund will be Rs. 1 crore. — Staff Correspondent

Terminated

Belgaum: Deputy Commissioner Shalini Rajneesh has terminated M.M. Bekinalkar from service on the charge of dereliction of duty. Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer M.S. Shivalingmurthy said here on Thursday that Dr. Bekinalkar was appointed Medical Officer of the primary health centre at Kagwad in Athani taluk. The doctor "failed" in providing immediate medical relief to the victims of floods, he added. — Staff Correspondent

Elephant found dead

Madikeri: An elephant aged 12 was found dead at the Doddamalte area of the Malambi section reserve forests in the Shanivarasante range forests in Madikeri division of Kodagu on Thursday, according to information received from the office of the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Madikeri division, here on Thursday. The death could have occurred due to natural reasons. The tusks of the animal were intact when forest personnel noticed the carcass. The Deputy Conservator of Forests, Range Gowa, confirmed the death of the elephant, saying death could have occured two days ago. Post mortem was being conducted by the veterinarians to ascertain the cause of death. — Staff Correspondent

Contribution to relief fund

Belgaum: Members of the Karnataka State Government Employees' Association have decided to contribute a day's salary towards providing relief to the victims of floods in the district. This was decided at a meeting held Tuesday. The money to be deposited with the Deputy Commissioner's Relief Fund will be Rs. 1 crore. Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, President of the association's district unit S.G. Sidnal said the association will adopt an affected village in the district for development. — Staff Correspondent

Terminated

Belgaum: Deputy Commissioner Shalini Rajneesh has terminated M.M. Bekinalkar from service on the charge of dereliction of duty. Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer M.S. Shivalingmurthy said here on Thursday that Dr. Bekinalkar was appointed Medical Officer of the primary health centre at Kagwad in Athani taluk. The doctor "failed" in providing immediate medical relief to the victims of floods, he added. — Staff Correspondent

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