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Move to ban arrack opposed

Bangalore: The Bangalore District Arrack Vendors Association has condemned the decision of the Government to ban the manufacture and sale of arrack this year. A. Mariyappa, spokesperson of the organisation, said the decision would adversely affect 2.20 lakh arrack vendors in the State. About 1.05 lakh petty arrack shop owners would be on the streets if the Government decides to ban arrack, he said. The Government would lose about Rs. 4000 crore revenue, he said. The Government should formulate a rehabilitation and employment package for vendors who would have to close shop, he added. — Staff Reporter

Support for fishing bandh

Udupi: Malpe Fishermen's Association and other associations connected with fishing activities have supported the "National Highway 17 Bandh" called by the Nagarjuna Virodhi Horata Samiti on January 13 to protest against the setting up of 1,015 MW coal-based thermal project at Yellur in Udupi district.

Association president Keshav M. Kotian told presspersons here on Saturday that a holiday had been announced for fishing and fish selling activities at Malpe on January 13. A zonal committee comprising 45 persons has been formed at Malpe to make the bandh a success. — Staff Correspondent

Inter-college fest on January 9

Bangalore: St. Joseph's College of Commerce is organising on January 9 "Revelations-2007", its inter-college fest with the theme "Empowering the socially deprived'. Youth motivator Father Adolf Washigton is scheduled to address a gathering of student delegates from 15 colleges, including Loyola College, Chennai and Aloysious College, Mangalore, at 6 p.m. Fr. Washington is associated with the Indian Catholic Press Association and South Asian Religious News. — Staff Reporter

Planetarium show

Bangalore: Bangalore Association for Science Education has announced a special demonstration lecture "Know your stars" at Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium on January 7 at 6.30 p.m. Details can be had by calling 22266084 or visit www.taralaya.org.

— Staff Reporter

`Mandukya Upanishad'

Madikeri: The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kodagu Kendra, is organising a discourse on "Mandukya Upanishad: Different States of Consciousness," by Mumtaz Ali, from 6 p.m. on January 8 and 9, on the Kendra premises. Mr. Ali, who is popularly known as Sri "M", was born into a Muslim family in Kerala.Before the discourse, he would release an audio CD of his talks on "Dashamahavidya" which he has rendered over the Moksha channel of World Space Satellite Radio, Joint Secretary of the Kendra, Balaji Kashyap said in a press release. — Staff Correspondent

Death anniversary of seer

SHIMOGA: The former Shimoga MP Ayanur Manjunath emphasised the need for reviving the teachings of the 12th Sharanas for establishing a lasting peace and integrity. He was speaking as the chief guest at the function organised by the Bekkinakalmath to observe the 95th death anniversary of its previous pontiff Guru Basava Swamiji. He inaugurated a seminar on "Sharan Sahitya and Integrity" arranged organised on the occasion. Mallikarjun Murugharajendra Swamiji of the Bekkinakalmath presided over the function. Maheshwar Shivacharya Swamiji of the Keladi Raja Guru Peeth was the chief guest. — Special Correspondent

Yuvajana Mela-2006

SIRSI: Sirsi taluk-level `Yuvajana Mela-2006' will be held at Dasanakoppa near here on January 6 and 7 at the premises of Higher Primary School Dasanakoppa in Badangod Gram Panchayat under the auspices of taluk Youth and Sports department, zilla panchayat, gram panchayat and Badanngod Gram Panchayat. On January 7 the closing ceremony will be held. Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister C.M. Udasi will distribute prizes to the winners. — Correspondent

Literacy programme

SIRSI: Legal literacy programme for revenue officials and panchayat secretaries will be held at the taluka panchayat hall here on January 8 at 4.30 p.m. under the auspices of Taluk Legal Service Committee, Advocates Association, Sirsi, Revenue Department and Sirsi Taluk Panchayat.

Assistant Commissioner H.S Ramakrishna will inaugurate the programme. A.P. Hegde Janmane, Sirsi Bar Association president will preside over the function. R.D. Huddar, Civil Judge (senior division) Kaveri Kalmath, Civil judge (junior division) and taluk panchayat executive officer R.D. Naik will be the chief guests.

— Correspondent

Seminar

HUBLI: A seminar on "Opportunities in IT/ BT/ BPO/ Call Centres" will be organised here on Monday. Gururaj Deshpande, Chairman, Sycamore Company, U.S., will speak on the present trends and developments in the IT scenario. Interested persons can register their names at Career Zone, next to Amrut Talkies, Vidyanagar Hubli (Ph. 4251658, 9342016582).

— Staff Correspondent

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