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Strengthen Civil Defence

HUBLI: South Western Railway (SWR) celebrated Civil Defence Annual Day in Vasco recently. Trilok Nath Perti, General Manager, SWR, unfurled the Civil Defence flag at the Vasco Railway Station. Mr. Perti underscored the need to strengthen Civil Defence to meet various challenges. K.D. Mainrai, Divisional Railway Manager, Hubli Division, SWR, presided over the function. Dharampal, Senior Deputy General Manager, SWR, spoke. Volunteers of Civil Defence demonstrated a rescue operation. B.S. Dasaradhi, Civil Defence Controller, welcomed the gathering. — Staff Correspondent

Election Commission seeks clarification

BANGALORE: With the model code of conduct in force for the panchayat elections, the State Election Commission has sought a clarification from the Government on some of the Cabinet decisions taken on Thursday. State Election Commissioner M.R. Hegde told The Hindu on Saturday that the commission wrote to Chief Secretary B.K. Das on Friday seeking a clarification on the decision to regularise the appointment of 644 doctors serving rural areas on contract basis since 1996.

The Cabinet also took a number of other decisions, including introduction of counselling for teachers and setting up of a regional science centre in Dakshina Kannada. — Special Correspondent

Vyjayanthimala Bali to be given award

BANGALORE: Maharashtra Governor S.M. Krishna will present the Bangalore Gayana Samaj Centenary Award to renowned Bharatanatya exponent and actress Vyjayanthimala Bali and eminent musicologist R.C. Mehta in Mumbai on Sunday. The felicitation function has been organised by Bangalore Gayana Samaj and Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha as part of the centenary celebrations of Bangalore Gayana Samaj. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, will be the guest of honour. — Special Correspondent

Folk art festival on Dalit culture

MYSORE: A State-level folk art festival on Dalit culture has been organised by Jeeta Vimukta Karnataka (JVK) for two days from December 13 to revive different folk cultures that are on the verge of extinction.

JVK cultural convener Umesh B. Nooralakuppe told presspersons here on Friday that the festival, Minchu, has been organised at the Sri Mahadeshwara Swamy Temple grounds at Antharsanthe in H.D. Kote taluk, near here. More than 500 folk artistes from different districts of the State will participate in the festival, which is expected to attract over 10,000 people. Folk artistes from Tamil Nadu will also be taking part in the festival, he added. — Staff Correspondent

CITU welcomes Manmohan's statement

TUMKUR: The Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that the Centre will consider restoring the rate of interest on Employees' Provident Fund to 9.5 per cent. "We welcome a statement by Dr. Singh on Friday that he will consider a proposal to restore the rate of interest to 9.5 per cent," CITU Secretary Syed Mujib said. He thanked Dr. Singh for being quite accommodative and responsive to "even the friendly warning by the Left Parties."

Mr. Mujib, however, said the CITU will urge the Prime Minister to come out with an official order restoring the rate of interest on EPF to 9.5 per cent. — Staff Correspondent

Book on excise laws released

Bangalore: A book on Karnataka Excise Laws published by Karnataka Law Publishers, Bangalore, has been released by Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash. He said the book will be very useful for excise officials and those in the legal profession.

Publisher Surendra Kumar Bhati and author R.B. Singh were among those present when the book was released. — Special Correspondent

Governor mourns Mysore Math

BANGALORE: Governor T.N. Chaturvedi has expressed deep shock over the demise of S.G. Mysore Math. In a condolence message, the Governor said the death of Mr. Mysore Math is an irreplaceable loss to journalism. He left a mark in all the important positions he had held, the Governor said. — Special Correspondent

Manager files complaint

HASSAN: Chief Manager of State Bank of India G.G. Prasad, in a complaint lodged at the City Police Station, Hassan, has alleged that, Rs. 3 lakhs, has been misappropriated in the branch and he blamed five senior officers, who are custodians of cash chest for it. In his complaint, he alleged that the amount has been misappropriated between October 28, 2005 and December 3, 2005. Police, who registered a case, are investigating. — Staff Correspondent

Man killed

RAICHUR: Shivappa was killed on the spot when he was allegedly attacked with a stick by Narasimhulu following a dispute over the marketing of cottonseeds in Nagandoddi village near here on Friday. The Yapaldinni Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Dies of injuries

RAICHUR: Sharanappa who was seriously injured when the motorcycle he was riding on skidded off the road near Jagirvenkatapur village near here on Tuesday, died at the Rajiv Gandhi Super-speciality Hospital on Thursday. The Raichur Rural Police have registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Hut gutted

RAICHUR: A hut along with a haystack belonging to Bassanna was gutted in Sanbal village in Lingsugur taluk on Friday. Household articles and foodgrains, all worth Rs. 80,000, were destroyed. The Maski Police registered a case. — Staff Correspondent

Applications invited

HUBLI: The Government Polytechnic College for Women, Hubli, has invited applications for one-year apprenticeship under the Apprenticeship Training Programme of the Union Government, a press release said. Applicants from the State should have passed diploma in computer science, commercial practice, and CDDM. Applications can be sent to the Principal of the Government Polytechnic College for Women, Vidyanagar, Hubli 580021, by December 20. For more details, call 08362372573. — Staff Correspondent

Workshop ends

DHARWAD: A three-day workshop on "Astronomy and Astrophysics" was organised at the Department of Physics of Karnatak University here recently. Speaking at the valedictory function, B. Hanumaiah, former Vice-Chancellor of Mangalore University, said astronomy and astrophysics should be taught at the degree level. Ranjan Gupta, scientist, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA); B.G. Mulimani, workshop chairman; A.M. Karaguppikar and Uday Raikar spoke. — Staff Correspondent

Assistance for SHGs

HUBLI: Dineshchandra Hegde, Assistant General Manager of the Vijaya Bank, has said that the bank will extend financial assistance to 500 Sthree Shakti self-help groups during the current financial year to mark the 75th year of its establishment. He was speaking at a seminar on "Importance of self-help groups in rural development" organised by the Kotur branch of the bank recently. Parthasarathi, manager, district lead bank spoke.— Staff Correspondent

Chief Minister's visit

Chamarajanagar: Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh will visit Sathyagala in Kollegal taluk on December 13 to participate in a private function at 3.30 p.m. According to an official press release, the Chief Minister will return to Bangalore on same day by helicopter at 5 p.m. — Correspondent

Sial in Mysore

MYSORE: Director General and Inspector General of Police B.S. Sial was in the city on Saturday and performed the "guddali puja" for police residential quarters, according to a release. He also participated in a function to mark the launch of the new tailoring centre that was inaugurated by Preeth Sial. The new centre will provide training in tailoring to family members of the police personnel. Viineeth Sood, wife of Police Commissioner Praveen Sood, was present.

— Special Correspondent

Seminar

MYSORE: The Builders' Association of India, Mysore, conducted a seminar on "Water retaining structures" here on Saturday, as part of "Mybuild", national exhibition showcasing state-of-the-art construction technology. BAI National President B.N. Dikshit inaugurated the seminar. B. Srinivas Reddy of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board released a souvenir. — Special Correspondent

Teachers' workshop

MYSORE: A six-day training programme for teachers was held at the Regional Institute of Education here recently. G. Ravindra, Principal, RIE, urged teachers to simplify subjects and help children comprehend it. The six-day training programme on "Transaction of new higher secondary curriculum in physics and mathematics" was attended by higher secondary teachers of Adidravidar Schools in Tamil Nadu. In all, 35 teachers attended the programme. — Special Correspondent

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