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Things were not so well in the state this Week though the New Year passed smoothly. The trauma of Lorry strike in state touched every walks of life. At last by the end of the Week there was truce between the Transport Minister and the Lorry Owner Association by which the Transport Minister had to bow for certain concession. The reason for the strike was Lorry’s as old as twenty years should be banned, by chance if they run they would be fined RS 1,00,000. Lorry Owner’s were scared of the fine and they started the strike. However a member of Lorry Owner Association was quoted as saying that they may continue the strike after six months.
Nonsense has been created by the Judges of Karnataka Court in the Mysore. They threatened the police who went to interrogate them, after the controversial transfer of the Commissioner one has to see what is happening to the whole incident. With this there was a committee comprising Justice C. K. Thakker, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Justice J. L. Gupta, Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court and Justice A. K. Patnaik, judge of the Orissa High Court to look around this incident the question is How far they will be truthful as the culprits are the same people with which profession they come from? Will they not be impartial or they just try to brush is the things one has to see. Meanwhile there was a huge hue and cry in the state when Mr. Cheluva Shetty Police Sub Inspector who had recently written in the station house diary that Mr. Marikalegowda Police Inspector attached to the Vijayanagar Police Station and other senior police officers prevented him from writing about the incident.
It is a great sad news that the 70th ‘Akhil Bharat Kannada Sahitya Sammelan’ to be held in Belgaum city is having financial problems. The Sammelan that was supposed to start on February but due to lack of funds the Sammelan was postponed. The total expenses to be incurred according to the budget estimates prepared by the Reception Committee, is Rs 1.25 crore. The State Government’s financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh, to be released to the Central Committee, it is pointed out, will only help meet expenses like printing of invitation cards and payment of traveling allowance to guests. So they are requesting the State Government to see that the Reception Committee quickly gets about Rs 40 lakh by way of State Government employees’ one day’s salary contribution for the sammelan.
On the other hand the Reception Committee is making every effort to mobilize funds through collection of advertisements from industrial units, cooperative institutions and local bodies in the district. Though Belgaum District is known as the “Sugar District” because of the existence of a large number of sugar factories, the organizers are finding it difficult to collect donations from these factories as the entire sugar industry itself is passing through difficult times. Bad time for Karnataka, Kannada and the border districts.
The President and the Prime Minister were in the State to inaugurate Indian Science Congress — 2002. There were nearly 6,000 delegates, including more than 100 scientists from overseas, to attend this year’s summit whose focal theme is “Frontier science and cutting edge technology”. The highlight of this year’s Congress was the “Space Summit” in which President A P J Abdul Kalam, who was closely associated with the country’s space programme.
by Tiptur Chandrashekhar
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