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Minister's call to students

HUBLI: Basavaraj Horatti, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, called upon the engineering students to contribute to the development of the State by joining the administrative services.

Inaugurating the seventh Visvesvaraya Technological University Youth Festival here on Wednesday at BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Mr. Horatti urged the VTU to come out a training programme for preparing engineering students for competitive examinations.

K. Balaveera Reddy, Vice Chancellor, VTU, was present. — Staff Correspondent

Workshop

TUMKUR: M.P. Ravindra, Vice-President (Education and Research) of Infosys will inaugurate the two-day national workshop on `Emerging trends in human resource management' here on Friday. Channabasaveshwara Institute of Technology (CIT), Gubbi, will organise the event. G.B. Jyoti Ganesh, CIT Secretary and D.S. Suresh, its Director (Technical), told presspersons here on Wednesday that vice-presidents (Human Resource) of 14 leading industries will conduct the workshop.

— Staff Correspondent

JD (S) challenge

BANGALORE: The Janata Dal (Secular) has challenged BJP leader H.N. Ananth Kumar, MP, to substantiate his criticism of the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda as "an impediment to the development of the State."

In a statement, party spokesperson Y.S.V. Data said that Mr. Ananth Kumar had referred to issues such as IT, metro rail, Alamatti Dam and Bangalore International Airport in the context of his criticism of Mr. Deve Gowda. Some persons were criticising Mr. Deve Gowda for the sake of publicity and by force of habit, Mr. Datta said. — Staff Reporter

Restoration work

BANGALORE: South Western Railway (SWR) is hopeful of completing restoration of one of the two tracks affected by the October 23 derailment of the Kanyakumari Express between Kamasamudra and Varadapalya in Kolar district so that train services are resumed on Thursday.

According to SWR officials, the restoration work was in full swing. They said that all senior officials of SWR (Bangalore division) were camping at the site for the past three days overseeing the restoration work. Trains towards Chennai were cancelled for the third day on Wednesday. — Staff Reporter

Meeting

BIJAPUR: Deputy Commissioner K.S. Prabhakar has convened a meeting of farmers and sugar mill owners on Thursday to sort out the imbroglio over the sugarcane price.

The farmers, who have been demanding a rate of Rs. 1,500 a tonne (of sugarcane), have stopped supplying cane to factories in Bijapur and Bagalkot districts for the past two days.

As a result, some of the factories, which had started crushing sugarcane, have been forced to stop operations.

There are nine sugar factories in the twin districts and some of them are ready to accept farmers' demand though partially.

The farmers' contention is that sugar factories are earning a high profit following the hike in sugar prices, and it is just to pass on a part of it to them. — Staff Correspondent

Bandh in Kolar

Kolar: Malur town which witnessed violent incidents on Tuesday observed a bandh on Wednesday. Business establishments, including cinemas, hotels and other commercial establishments remained closed.

Educational institutions too remained closed. Government offices and banks functioned partially.

Thousands of caste Hindus under the leadership of the former legislator H.B. Dyarappa took out a procession condemning the violent incidents on Tuesday. — Correspondent

Vigilance squad

HUBLI: M.S. Srikar, Deputy Commissioner, Dharwad, has constituted Vigilance Squad comprising officials of five government departments to look into the issue of unfair practices at the Agricultural Produce Market Committee, according to a release. The squad consists of officials from the Agricultural Marketing, Horticulture, Agriculture, Weights and Measures departments. The Deputy Commissioner has said that if buyers and merchants found using unfair means, their license would be cancelled.

The step has been taken in the wake of a farmers protest over the fall in onion prices recently. — Staff Correspondent

Training

HUBLI: The Department of Backward Classes and Minorities, Dharwad, will organise a training programme for law graduates belonging to minority community, according to a release. Applications can be had from the officer of the department concerned. The last date is November 30.

— Staff Correspondent

Cautioned

HUBLI: The District Institute for Education Training (DIET) has warned students against getting admission to unrecognised D.Ed colleges. V.M. Patil, Principal, DIET, has asked students to get the list of recognised colleges from the institute. — Staff Correspondent

Awarded

PANAJI: Nonagenarian journalist and writer Lambert Mascarenhas was presented with the Laxmidas Borkar Memorial Award for journalism for 2004 on Tuesday. The senior journalist was the editor of The Navhind Times and first editor of Goa Today, a local monthly magazine. He has also worked with Morning Standard, Bombay Chronicle, Bombay Sentinel, Goan Tribune, and Onlooker. He has written several books, including Sorrowing Lies My Land. — Special Correspondent

Loss

MYSORE: Minister for Power and Public Works H.D. Revanna on Wednesday said that losses suffered by Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) and Public Works Department in Bangalore due to rain have been put at Rs. 100 crores.

He said that a proposal seeking Rs. 516 crores will be submitted to the Union Government on Thursday for the improvement of damaged roads in Bangalore. — Staff Correspondent

Power shutdown

HUBLI: There will no power supply between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday in the following areas in Dharwad: Tushar Hotel, Yalakki Shettar Colony, Gandhi Chowk, Navalur Agasi, Hebballi Agasi, Mutton Market Road, Super Market, Manikilla Road, Subhash Road, Ravivarpet, Kamanakatti, Jumma Mosque, Parappakoota and nearby areas, according to a Hubli Electricity Supply Company press release. - Staff Correspondent

Lucky escape for 184 schoolchildren

KARWAR: As many as 184 children at a primary school at Shiroor village near Ankola had a providential escape on Wednesday when the roof of their school building collapsed. A few minutes earlier, the students had assembled in the school ground for prayers and dispersed to take part in a drive to clean up the campus. — Correspondent

Antony meets Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: A.K. Antony, General Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee in charge of Karnataka affairs, on Wednesday called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and discussed the recent political developments in the State. The meeting assumes importance as it comes close on the heels of a controversy involving Janata Dal (Secular) President H.D. Deve Gowda and Infosys chairman and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy, which led to the latter resigning as Chairman of Bangalore International Airport Limited. — Special Correspondent

Bangarappa's birthday celebrated

SHIMOGA: The 73rd birthday of S. Bangarappa, Shimoga MP and State unit President of the Samajwadi Party, was celebrated in the district on Wednesday. The students' wing of the party, led by general secretary S. Chinnappa, organised a blood donation camp. Volunteers of the Snehamayi Yuvak Sangh distributed textbooks to poor students. — Special Correspondent

Conference on semi-conductors

Bangalore: The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) on Wednesday announced a one-day conference at BangaloreIT.in on Friday on the theme, "Accelerating technology incubation in the semiconductor space". Leaders of the semiconductor industry, experts in the field of intellectual property rights and senior academics will participate. Poornima Shenoy, ISA president, said: "ISA's participation in BangaloreIT.in reiterates our commitment to serve as the catalyst for the growth of the semiconductor industry in India." — Special Correspondent

Special purpose vehicle by mid-December

MANGALORE: The Special Purpose Vehicle for the proposed coastal special economic zone (CSEZ) for Mangalore will be ready by mid-December, and the Development Commissioner of the Kochi Special Economic Zone has held talks with Karnataka officials, Principal Secretary Lakshmi Venkatachalam said. She was speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of an interaction with members of the Kanara Small Industries' Association here on Wednesday. — Special Correspondent

Probe sought into shooting

Udupi: The Udupi district unit of the Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike has demanded a judicial investigation of an incident at Hebri, where a person transporting cattle in a mini lorry was killed when the police fired at the vehicle. In a press release issued here, general secretary of the district unit of the vedike Sriram Divana said the police should have made arrests instead of firing at the vehicle. — Staff Correspondent

BJP postpones Bangalore rally

Bangalore: The Bharatiya Janata Party has postponed the "Deenadalitara Samavesha," which was scheduled to be held here on October 28, in view of the heavy rain in many places. The convention was to be held on Palace Grounds in Bangalore and the party had expected a turnout of five lakhs. BJP State unit President Jagadish Shettar, who announced the postponement, said party workers are now required to provide relief to the people affected by the rains. — Special Correspondent

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