One person has died of rat fever in Shimoga district.

The deceased, Bhavani Rao (52), of Kanoor Kadekeri, suffering from high fever since July 19, was admitted to the Government Hospital, here.

A blood sample was taken from him, as the fever did not subside even after three days.

Over 70 lakes in Mandya, Shimoga and Hassan districts have been encroached upon by the land sharks. Several of these lakes have reportedly been encroached upon by local cartels and powerful individuals.

At least 74 people died in rain-related incidents in Karnataka since June as the state received 391 mm of rainfall in the last one-and-half months against the normal average of 328 mm, Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy informed the assembly today.

Karnataka Bureau

Bangalore: Incessant rain in coastal Malnad, south interior Karnataka and Belgaum over the past six days has claimed 12 lives, and the weather bureau has indicated that there will be no respite from the monsoon fury in these regions for the next two days.

Agriculture The green revolution brought in hybrid rice varieties, but they were susceptible to pest and diseases. The Organic Farming Research Centre has been able to regenerate 83 varieties of rice, which are more resistant to pests and survive flooding, writes M A Siraj

Forest Department has arrested 30 farmers including 8 women for cultivation in bagair hukum land, in Haragihal forest limits (Shikaripur taluk) on Monday.

The arrested, who belong to Esur village, have been remanded to judicial custody till June 29.

Chikungunya has re-surfaced in the district as blood samples of 8 patients were tested positive this month. The number is likely to go up as more than 50 suspected cases were reported from Sominakoppa, Hadonahalli, Bannikere and Kommanahal villages in the taluk.

Rice has different gastronomical connotations to different people. It could mean the aromatic biryani or Sambhar-rice or simply dal-chawal. Rice is also top priority of GM pushers and farmers and activists are doing whatever it takes to keep them at bay. After rounds of protests, petitions and public awareness it is the turn of festivals. More than 150 traditional varieties of rice,

A 11-year-old tigress was killed in a fight with a tiger at Tyavarekoppa Lion and Tiger Safari Park near here on Saturday.

Satish Shile, Bangalore:
The State Government lags behind in implementing the Total Sanitation Drive. Karnataka stands at 19th position in the country with respect to its implementation.

The progress achieved by the State is almost 12 per cent lesser than the average progress at the national-level. While the national average stands at 45.09 pc, the State