KDA extends deadline to replace signboards in Kannada

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Bangalore, Nov 25(UNI) The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has extended the deadline issued to all commercial and business establishment to instal signboards in Kannada till January next, KDA Chairman Mukyamantri Chandru said here today.

Talking to newspersons here, KDA Chairman said the Karnataka Government has amended the Shops and Establishment Act, invoking stringent provisions for shops and business establishments, which violates to display signboards in Kannada.

He said shops, which fail to adhere to the Act would be fined upto Rs 10,000 beside cancellation of license for running the business.

''With a view to give more time to businessmen, the state government has extended the deadline to comply with the order,'' he said.

To encourage students to pursue studies in Kannada medium, the KDA has decided to give awards for securing highest marks in both SSLC and PUC at Taluk, District, Region and State-level. ''The state level award carries Rs 15,000 (first Prize), Rs 10,000 (second prize) and Rs 8,000 (third prize) respectively, besides certificate and citation, he added.

The first regional level award ceremony would be held in Tumkur on November 29, followed by Mysore on Dec 4, he said adding that 'KDA had sought special permission to hold the function at Tumkur as byelection to the assembly is being held in one of the constituency in the district.'' He said KDA has decided to interact with IAS officers in the state to discuss about the problems they were facing in implementing Kannada at administrative level in the state.

Accoring to Mr Chandru, the Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao has agreed to hold such interactions in a phased manner.

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