Karnataka ban on mobile phones in schools, colleges evokes positive response

Bangalore, Sept. 17 (ANI): The Karnataka Government's decision to ban the use of mobile phones in schools and colleges for children under the age of 16, has evoked a positive response.

Christy Vijir, a student from St. Joseph Boys School, said that the using of mobile phones distracts and corrupts students mind, and the ban was a good decision.

K. Nagaraj, the Principal of the Poorna Prajna School, said: “Mobile phones should be banned in schools as it would help students to concentrate better.”

Karnataka Govt To Honor Kalam With ‘Basava’ Award

Former President A P J Abdul KalamBangalore: In recognition of his services to the country, former president A P J Abdul Kalam has been selected by Karnataka for this year’s (2006-07) ‘Basava’ award in recognition of services to the country.

H S Mahadeva Prasad, Minister for Kannada and Culture narrated that the award consisting Rs 10 lakh, a memento and a citation will be presented to Dr. Kalam at a function to be held at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium on September 28.

Mr. Mahadeva said that he called on Dr. Kalam recently with a letter of communication on his being selected for the prominent award, and he had accepted it.

ISRO To Construct Nano-Satellite Platform

G Madhavan NairBangalore: ISRO chief said that next year India’s space group will instigate a special platform to put into space small satellites fulfilling the requirements of rising countries and the domestic technical community.

ISRO chairman, G Madhavan Nair said that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is building up a 100-kg “satellite bus” as demand has picked up for establishing nano-satellites.