Private vehicle owners to oppose police, RTO move to take action

The president of the Kodagu District Vehicle Owners and Drivers Association, M.A. Usman, on Tuesday said the members of the association would oppose the move of the police and the RTO to take action against the members of the association by coming “under pressure” from a non- governmental organisation (NGO).

The NGO had insisted that action be initiated against private vehicle owners who were running their vehicles (with white number plates) as taxis (yellow board vehicles). According to the NGO, by operating with white number plates, the private vehicle owners had deprived the RTO of quarterly tax (Yellow board vehicles would have to pay quarterly tax).

Mr. Usman told presspersons that action against them would affect their families.

-The Hindu

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Kannada Sahitya sammelan on January 4

The fourth Madikeri taluk Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, scheduled to be held in Napoklu town in the taluk on January 4, will feature a variety of programmes aimed at furthering the cause of Kannada, president of the Madikeri taluk unit of the parishat, K.T. Baby Mathew, said here on Wednesday.

Mr. Mathew told presspersons that a grand procession comprising various art troupes would be taken out from Haletaluk in the town to the junior college, the venue of the sammelan.

Troupes included Kodava volaga, dollu kunita, veeragase, pattada kunita and nagari. Tableaux were also being taken out depicting different themes. The name of the president of the sammelan would be announced in a few days.

Entrances to Napoklu town from all sides would be named after prominent persons from Napoklu and surrounding areas. The entire town would be spruced up, Mr. Mathew said.

Two seminars, including a multi-language poets’ meet, would be held. Persons who had distinguished themselves in various fields such as social, cultural, education, sports, art, agriculture, folklore, cooperation, would be felicitated, Mr. Mathew said. The names of the persons chosen for felicitations would be announced shortly. A souvenir would be brought out to commemorate the event.

The principal convener of the sammelan and the president of the Zilla Panchayat Standing Committee on Health and Education, Manu Muthappa, said over 5,000 people were expected to attend the sammelan. This was the first time that a Kannada sammelan was being organised in Napoklu town. As many as 10 sub-committees had been formed to organise the sammelan.

 -The Hindu