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BJP bags Bommanahalli CMC posts

BANGALORE: Bharatiya Janata Party candidates Krishnappa and Purushottam were elected President and Vice-President respectively of the Bommanahalli City Municipal Council (CMC) in the elections held on Thursday. Mr. Krishnappa was elected to the CMC from Ward No. 8 and Mr. Purushottam from Ward No. 19. They defeated Nagaraju and Ramesh of the Congress.

The CMC has 31 members.

— Special Correspondent

Centre urged to supply good quality rice

BANGALORE: The Government has sought the intervention of Union Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar for the supply of adequate quantity of rice through the Food Corporation of India (FCI).

A delegation comprising Finance Minister P.G.R. Sindhia, Food and Civil Supplies Minister H.S. Mahadeva Prasad and Sugar Minister Amaregouda Bayyapur met Mr. Pawar in New Delhi on Friday and urged him to ensure the supply of good quality rice from FCI godowns in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

According to a statement issued by Mr. Sindhia's office here, Mr. Pawar told the delegation that he would call a meeting on December 1 to discuss problems related to the sugar industry and the quality of rice supplied by the FCI. — Special Correspondent

Rules relaxed for replanting subsidy

Bangalore: The Coffee Board has relaxed and modified the conditions for implementing the replanting subsidy scheme for small coffee growers during the current fiscal year in the wake of rampant white stem borer menace in coffee plantations.

"Small Arabica coffee growers who have taken up replanting of Arabica coffee through gap/vacancy filling of more than 30 per cent in an unit area of their estate during 2004 and 2005 planting season should submit their application for replanting subsidy on or before December 31, 2005," a statement from the Coffee Board said here on Friday.

— Special Correspondent

Congress, BJP leaders join Janata Dal (S)

Bangalore: Some Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders joined the Janata Dal (Secular) on Friday in the presence of the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda and JD(S) Working President H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Notable among them are the former Congress MLC Siddaraju, who joined the JD(S) at a function in Maddur. At a function at Krishnarajanagar in Mysore district, the BJP leader S.R. Mahesh joined the party. At a function held at the JD(S) headquarters here, Vasundhara, wife of the former MLA D.T. Ramu joined the party. — Special Correspondent

Kodava cultural programmes

BANGALORE: Bowing to the wishes of Kodava organisations, the Madikeri-based Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy has launched a three-day cultural event in Bangalore.

Academy president Uliyada Daati Poovaiah told presspersons here on Friday after the inauguration of a three-day State-level workshop on story writing in Kodava that holding programmes here has been a long-cherished dream of the academy. — Staff Reporter

Seminar on electricity distribution reforms

MYSORE: The Karnataka Electricity Board Engineers' Association (KEBEA), Mysore, is organising a national seminar on electricity distribution reforms here on Sunday. According to a press release, KPTCL Managing Director Bharat Lal Meena will inaugurate the seminar. The managing directors of all the electricity supply companies will be taking part in the seminar.

The focus of discussion will be on HVDS system, prevention of accidents, optimum size and location of transformer and system planning and quality of power supply. — Staff Correspondent

No nomination papers received

Chamarajanagar: No nomination papers were received even three days after the notification for elections to the Chamarajanagar Zilla Panchayat and taluk panchayats was issued. The zilla and taluk panchayat elections will be held on December 19. According to a press release, there are 21 constituencies under the zilla panchayat and 85 under the taluk panchayats.

— Correspondent

Stir called off

MYSORE: Pourakarmikas of Mysore City Corporation called off their proposed indefinite stir, scheduled to begin on Friday, following an assurance by the authorities to consider their demands. The pourakarmikas had threatened to choke the underground drainage and boycott their routine garbage clearance work if the authorities failed to revise their pay scales and regularise their services. — Staff Correspondent

Anti-obesity day

MYSORE: A signature campaign against obesity, which has been termed as a silent killer by the World Health Organisation, will be carried out here on Saturday by VLCC HealthCare Limited to mark Anti-obesity day.

— Staff Correspondent

Photo exhibition

MYSORE: The National Institute of Engineering is holding a daylong photo exhibition on "roofing patterns" in civil engineering on Saturday. According to a press release, the exhibition will feature a range of photographs displaying a variety of roofing modules.

— Staff Correspondent

Scholarship exam

MYSORE: With a view to encouraging young minds to develop a desire for knowledge, IndusInd Bank Ltd. has organised a "Young Saver Scholarship Examination" at the Maharaja's College here from 10 a.m. on Sunday.

For details, call (0821) 5252061 or 5252062. — Staff Correspondent

Fake currency

racket busted

DAVANGERE: The Davangere city police have busted a fake currency racket and arrested three persons and seized several fake currency notes, a machine used to prepare them and a car.

Police said that following a tip-off, they inspected a car parked near the district stadium and arrested Mohan of Sitarampura in Bhadravati taluk, Jagadish of Sriramnagara and Mallesha of Thippalapura, who were in possession of the fake currency notes. The police recovered fake currency notes amounting to Rs.89,600 from the arrested. Staff Correspondent

10 file papers

HASSAN: Ten candidates filed nomination papers for the taluk panchayats in Hassan, Alur, Sakleshpur and Belur taluks in the last two days. However, no candidate has filed nomination papers for zilla panchayats, according to sources. — Staff Correspondent

Man killed

HASSAN: One person was killed and another was injured when they were knocked down by a truck near Jajur in Arsikere taluk. Basavaraju (30) of Jajur succumbed to injuries in hospital, while Ramesh, who was injured, is recovering, according to Arsikere Rural Police. — Staff Correspondent

Man dies in bus

SIRSI: Ratnakar Govinda Raikar (48) of Davangere died of heart attack in a KSRTC bus between Ranebennur and Haveri on Thursday. Mr. Raikar was on his way to Gokarna to attend the death anniversary of a relative.

— Correspondent

Seven arrested

RAICHUR: The Raichur police on Thursday arrested Suresh alias Suri and six others on charges of gambling and recovered Rs. 8,350 from them in Sindhanur town. The Sindhanur Town Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

`Chaityabhumi Chalo'

HUBLI: Samata Sainik Dal and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jnana Prasar Samiti will organise a "Chaityabhumi Chalo" (Mumbai-Dadar) on December 12 as part of the "49th Maha Parinirvana" of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. Those interested in taking part in it may contact Pitambrappa Bilar on ph: 2248621, 9945393239. — Staff Correspondent

Two arrested,

ganja seized

HUBLI: The police arrested two persons and seized 15 kg of ganja valued at Rs. 15,000 from them on Friday. The names of the arrested have been given as Yallappa Bhimappa Idagalla of Sureban in Belgaum district and Kamalavva Kathare of Hubli. The police said Yallappa was caught when he was handing over a bag containing ganja to Kamalavva. — Staff Correspondent

Applications invited

for scholarships

DHARWAD: The Department of Sports and Youth Services has invited applications from students for sports scholarships.

The last date for submitting applications is January 10. Further details can be had from the District Youth Services and Sports Officer, Dharwad. — Staff Correspondent

Fairs banned in Dharwad

DHARWAD: M.S. Srikar, Deputy Commissioner, has banned fairs on December 19 as polling for zilla and taluk panchayats will take place that day, according to a press release.

In view of the elections, the Deputy Commissioner has asked people owning licensed weapons such as pistol, rifle and revolver to deposit them at the nearest police stations. — Staff Correspondent

Registration

DHARWAD: According to the value added tax (VAT) regime, it is mandatory for every merchant to register his name and get a registration certificate, S.L. Subrahmanya, Joint Commissioner (Administration), Commercial Tax, has said in a press release.

Those who have not registered their names should approach the officer concerned immediately along with two passport size photographs, he has said.

— Staff Correspondent

`Chaityabhumi Chalo'

HUBLI: Samata Sainik Dal and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jnana Prasar Samiti will organise a "Chaityabhumi Chalo" (Mumbai-Dadar) on December 12 as part of the "49th Maha Parinirvana" of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, according to a press release.

Those interested in taking part in it may contact Pitambrappa Bilar on ph: 2248621, 9945393239 or Gurunath Ullikashi on ph: 9448564586. — Staff Correspondent

Felicitated

HUBLI: Writer Arur Laxman Shet and social worker Amaresh Hipparagi were felicitated by Nrupatunga Sahitya Vedike during the "Hasya Goshti" organised by the vedike recently.

M.D. Gogeri, writer, inaugurated the programme. Speakers underscored the need for concerted efforts for the construction of a sahitya bhavan here.

C.P. Hemagirimath presided over the function. C.M. Chanabasappa welcomed the gathering. — Staff Correspondent

Essay contest winners

SHIMOGA: Ashwini Karanth, Shruti S. Sharma and S.C. Shruti of the DVS Arts and Science College here have won the first, second and the third prizes, respectively, in the State-level science essay competition for college students organised by the Institute of Technology College of Mysore recently, according to a press release.

Special Correspondent

Man dies in bus

SIRSI: Ratnakar Govinda Raikar (48) of Davangere died of heart attack in a KSRTC bus between Ranebennur and Haveri on Thursday.

Mr. Raikar was on his way to Gokarna to attend the death anniversary of a relative.

The police have registered a case. — Correspondent

Holidays declared on December 19, 23

Bangalore: The Government has declared December 19 and 23 as holidays to facilitate people to cast their votes in the zilla and taluk panchayat elections.

A notification, however, has clarified that the holiday will not apply to those areas coming under the jurisdiction of mahanagara palikes, city municipal councils, notified areas and sewerage boards as no elections are held there.

The holidays do not apply to employees in essential services. — Staff Reporter

Service extended

HUBLI: South Western Railway has decided to extend the service of Yeshwantpur-Ajmer - Yeshwantpur weekly special train (nos. 0674/ 0673) for three more months, a release said.

Accordingly, the train (0674) will depart from Yeshwantpur on Sundays (November 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18 and 25 and January 1, 8, 15 and 22).

In the return direction, the train will depart from Ajmer on Wednesdays (November 23, 30, December 7, 14, 21 and 28 and January 4, 11, 18 and 25). — Staff Correspondent

Honorary doctorate

Belgaum: Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) has recognised two distinguished personalities for award of Doctor of Science.

They are the former Chairman of ISRO U.R. Rao and Chairman of the Knowledge Commission Sam Pitroda. The honorary degrees will be conferred on them on the occasion VTU's fifth annual convocation to be held at the Jnana Sangam campus here on February 13, 2006.

— Staff Correspondent

Rs. 2 cr. for relief work

BIJAPUR: The district administration has given administrative approval for Rs. 2.02 crores for taking up flood relief works such as repairs to roads, bridges, buildings and barrages.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin issued an order to this effect here on Friday.

While the zilla panchayat engineering division has got the maximum allocation with Rs. 53 lakhs the Public Works Department has been provided Rs. 35 lakhs. — Staff Correspondent

End fast

Sirsi: Uday Hegde Mundigesar and B.G. Hegde Geral, directors of the Dharwad Milk Union ended their five-day-old hunger strike on Friday in the presence of the district incharge Minister R.V. Deshpande.

They had begun the fast demanding that Uttara Kannada district be included in the Dakshina Kannada Milk Union.

— Correspondent

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