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State seeks Naga Battalion's deployment

BANGALORE: Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh on Friday said his Government has urged the Centre to deploy the Naga Battalion in the operations against naxalites in the State. Speaking at a function here, he said the Naga Battalion is being utilised in Chhattisgarh. "We want the Centre to deploy the battalion in naxalite-affected areas such as Chikmagalur and Sringeri," he said. The request was made to Union Home Minister Shivaraj Patil during a meeting in New Delhi on September 19, he said. — Staff Reporter

Federation thanks employees

Bangalore: The Akhila Karnataka State Government Employees' Federation has claimed that the "excellent" response from the employees to the strike has shown which organisation is the real representative of those in government service. It was having a dig at the rival organisation, the Karnataka Government Employees' Association. They said 80 to 90 per cent of the employees stayed away from work all over the State, and the federation is thankful for their support. — Special Correspondent

Plea to implement Mahishi report

Sirsi: Kannada Sahitya Parishat President Chandrashekhar Patil on Friday urged the Government to implement the Sarojini Mahishi report to give preference in recruitment to Kannadigas. Inaugurating a one-day Sirsi taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelan here, he said information technology companies in the State are unwilling to recruit Kannadigas. Implementation of the Mahishi report is the only way to protect Kannadigas' interest, he said. — PTI

Three forest officials arrested

BANGALORE: The Lokayukta police arrested three Forest Department officials at the Attibele forest check-post on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border after reportedly finding about Rs. 40,000 in unaccounted money with them. The Lokayukta police had received a complaint about illegal collection of Rs. 500 each from crews of trucks which carried excess wood, coal, and sand at the forest check post. — Staff Reporter

Exposition on medical equipment

BANGALORE: An international exposition on medical equipment, hospital supplies, and health care products will be held here from October 7. The four-day event, "India Medicare," has attracted trade delegations from 12 countries, Lokesh Babu, Managing Director of Unique Trade Fairs, said here on Friday. He said almost every segment of the healthcare industry will be represented. — Staff Reporter

Trucks carrying ore to be off the road

BANGALORE: Over 3,500 trucks which transport iron and manganese ore will be off the road indefinitely from Saturday as part of a protest being organised by associations of lorry owners and agents. According to them, the Government has failed to address their problems. Trucks which carry ore from Chitradurga, Hospet and Sandur to the Mangalore and Karwar port will not ply, said G.R. Shanmugappa, president of the Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents' Associations. — Staff Reporter

CAMPCO to remove two nominated directors

MANGALORE: The 31st annual general body meeting of Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Limited (CAMPCO) here on Friday unanimously resolved to remove K. Pramod Kumar Rai and Ivan D'Souza, Government-nominated directors in CAMPCO's Board of Directors, from the board and CAMPCO, according to L.N. Kudoor, President, CAMPCO. Addressing presspersons here, he said that the meeting took the decision as both the nominated directors have damaged the reputation of the CAMPCO. — Staff Correspondent

Bidar Milk Union Chairman elected

GULBARGA: Congress leader Chandrasekhar Sultanpur was elected Chairman of the Gulbarga Bidar Milk Producers' Union for a term of two and half years for the third consecutive time in elections held here on Friday. Another member of the Board of Directors of the union Ashok Padashetty, who had filed nominations for the post of Chairman, withdrew his papers. Gulbarga MP Iqbal Ahmed Saradgi has congratulated Mr. Sultanpur. — Special Correspondent

Sewing machines donated

Bidar: Infosys Foundation and Sri Kottala Basaveshwar Bharatiya Shikshana Samiti's Hyderabad Karnataka Development Cell donated 40 sewing machines to poor women in Bidar on Friday. Convenor of the cell Revanasiddappa Jalade thanked the foundation trustee Sudha Murthy and samiti president Basavaraj Patil Sedam for the donation.— Staff Correspondent

BSP plans rally

Bidar: The Bahujan Samaj Party will organise in a rally in Bangalore on October 5 to demand filling of backlog vacancies of SC/STs, OBCs and minorities in the State and Union Government. Party president Mayawati will participate. — Staff Correspondent

BSP demands filling of vacancies

Bidar: The Bahujan Samaj Party will organise in a rally in Bangalore on October 5 to demand filling of backlog vacancies of SC/STs, OBCs and minorities in the State and Union Government. Party president Mayawati will participate. There are around five crore vacancies in the State and Union Governments, they said. If these posts are not filled, the BSP will organise a nation wide agitation. The Governments should ensure reservation to deprived classes in the private sector, a release by general secretary Wahid Lakhan said. Party workers from Bidar will participate in the rally.

— Staff Correspondent

Donated

Bidar: Infosys Foundation and Sri Kottala Basaveshwar Bharatiya Shikshana Samiti's Hyderabad Karnataka Development Cell donated 40 sewing machines to poor women in Bidar on Friday. Convenor of the cell Revanasiddappa Jalade thanked the foundation trustee Sudha Murthy and samiti president Basavaraj Patil Sedam for the donation. Bidar Fort Rotary Club president Basavaraj Dhannur, BJP leader B.S. Kudre, journalist Sadanand Joshi and others were present.

— Staff Correspondent

Protest

Bidar: Members of Karnataka Dalit Sangharsh Samiti protested in Bidar on Friday against the delay in enacting a law to reintroduce reservation in professional education. Members stormed the office of the Deputy Director of Public Instruction and tried to lock it. But the police intervened and dispersed the crowd. They demanded that the Centre and State Governments amend Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the Constitution to ensure reservation to deprived classes. They have threatened to organise a Statewide protest if the Government does not fulfil their demands in a month. — Staff Correspondent

Two drown

Bidar: Two boys drowned while trying to swim in a deep well in Chitta in Bidar taluk on Friday. The bodies of Mahadev Shamrao (15) and Santosh Shivaraya (14) were recovered in the evening, the police said. A case has been registered in the Bidar rural police station. — Staff Correspondent

Suicide

Bidar: Nirmala (30), an Anganawadi teacher, reportedly committed suicide by jumping into the Manjra from the Koutha Bridge in Aurad taluk on Thursday evening. The police found her slippers and bag on the bridge. The body is yet to be recovered. A case has been registered at the Janawada police station. — Staff Correspondent

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