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MP C S Puttaraju condemns Rajinikanth's remarks

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 9:44am

MP C S Puttaraju on Saturday condemned Superstar Rajinikanths remarks on the Supreme Courtd verdict on Cauvery river dispute.

The actor had stated on Friday that the Supreme Courts verdict reducing the quantum of water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery river was very disappointing. He had even urged the state government to file a review petition.

The MP came down heavily on the actor and asked him stop speaking for Tamil Nadu and learn to respect Karnataka which was his motherland.

"He is indebted to the people of Tamil Nadua and hence he is speaking like this. Rajinikanth shouldnt forget that he was born and grown up in Karnataka," Puttaraju said.

The MP added: "The actor should also speak about interests of his motherland. Acting in Tamil films and venturing into politics in Tamil Nadu are matters of his personal choice, but he should have respect for his motherland Karnataka."

The MP said that he would discuss the Supreme Court verdict with legal experts and decide the future course of action.

"We are opposed to the constitution Cauvery management board. We will urge the state government to file an affidavit in this regard. A decision will be taken to take an all party delegation to the central goverment opposing the decision. We will seek the government withdraw cases registered against farmers who participated in protests over the Cauvery water," he added.

Cauvery Hitarakshana Samiti president G Madegowda expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery river water sharing dispute.

He thanked the team of advocates who presented arguments convincingly in favour of the state.

MP C S Puttaraju on Saturday condemned Superstar Rajinikanth's remarks on the Supreme Court'd verdict on Cauvery river dispute.

The actor had stated on Friday that the Supreme Court's verdict reducing the quantum of water to Tamil Nadu from Cauvery river was very disappointing. He had even urged the state government to file a review petition.

The MP came down heavily on the actor and asked him stop speaking for Tamil Nadu and learn to respect Karnataka which was his motherland.

"He is indebted to the people of Tamil Nadua and hence he is speaking like this. Rajinikanth shouldn't forget that he was born and grown up in Karnataka," Puttaraju said.

The MP added: "The actor should also speak about interests of his motherland. Acting in Tamil films and venturing into politics in Tamil Nadu are matters of his personal choice, but he should have respect for his motherland Karnataka."

The MP said that he would discuss the Supreme Court verdict with legal experts and decide the future course of action.

"We are opposed to the constitution Cauvery management board. We will urge the state government to file an affidavit in this regard. A decision will be taken to take an all party delegation to the central goverment opposing the decision. We will seek the government withdraw cases registered against farmers who participated in protests over the Cauvery water," he added.

Cauvery Hitarakshana Samiti president G Madegowda expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court verdict on Cauvery river water sharing dispute.

He thanked the team of advocates who presented arguments convincingly in favour of the state.

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Four students injured as classroom roof collapses

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 9:24am

Four students were injured as a portion of the roof of a classroom came crashing down on them at government first grade degree college at Malur here on Saturday.

The injured are Asha, Aruna, Mamtha and Monisha, all first year BSc students.

The incident took place when a lecturer had engaged the class. There were 40 students in the class and all of them ran outside the classroom after the portion of the roof collapsed.

The students were taken to a nearby hospital and were treated at outpatients.

Aruna has sustained more injuries on her head.

The college principal Keshav Reddy said that the new building was constructed about three years ago and the incident took place due to low quality construction work.

He said that desks were also damaged in the incident.

Four students were injured as a portion of the roof of a classroom came crashing down on them at government first grade degree college at Malur here on Saturday.

The injured are Asha, Aruna, Mamtha and Monisha, all first year BSc students.

The incident took place when a lecturer had engaged the class. There were 40 students in the class and all of them ran outside the classroom after the portion of the roof collapsed.

The students were taken to a nearby hospital and were treated at outpatients.

Aruna has sustained more injuries on her head.

The college principal Keshav Reddy said that the new building was constructed about three years ago and the incident took place due to low quality construction work.

He said that desks were also damaged in the incident.

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Dryland farmers hit jackpot as CM spreads Rs 3,500-cr bounty

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 6:52am

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a number of new schemes, including "Raitha Belaku," and dolled out sops to the farming community in order to woo them ahead of the polls.

The chief minister has allocated Rs 5,849 crore to the sector in the coming financial year - Rs 769 crore more than the current year budget. In a major relief to dryland farmers, the chief minister has proposed to provide one-time financial assistance up to Rs 10,000 under Raitha Belaku. Each farmer will get Rs 5,000 per hectare and a maximum of Rs 10,000.

Siddaramaiah has earmarked a whopping Rs 3,500 crore under this scheme, which will benefit an estimated 70 lakh farmers in the state. The amount will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the farmers.

"This novel scheme bears testimony to the pro-farmer concern of our government. This bold step is a small effort of the government to show its indebtedness to farmers," said Siddaramaiah stated in his budget speech.

He has also announced to waive interest on co-operative crop loans availed till September 2015. Besides, he has waived farmers cooperative loan up to Rs 1 lakh, in case of his/her death. A total allocation of Rs 5,837 crore has been made under the cooperation department.

A significant chunk of the allocated amount will also go for crop loan waiver of Rs Rs 8,165 crore announced, last year.

Siddaramaiah has given Rs 600 crore for the Krishi Bhagya; has proposed to
increase the area under organic farming (Rs 50 cr) and minor millets (Rs 24 cr);
and a special package of Rs 50 cr for farmers growing groundnuts.

Siddaramaiah has also proposed to set up an agriculture college in Chamarajanagar; a new Agricultural Research Centre at Muddebihal of Vijayapura district; and Nanjundaswamy Research Center at Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK), Bengaluru at Rs 1 crore.


Sops for shepherds

Siddaramaiah, who belongs to the Kuruba community, has doled out series of sops for sheep and goat rearers. Establishing 25,000 sheep rearing units at Rs 187.5 crore; Rs 4 crore for procuring protection gear to 4,000 migratory shepherds; modernisation of 75 sheep/goat markets at Rs 7.5 crore; and waiver of Rs 50,000 loan obtained by shepherds from cooperative banks (Rs 52 cr) are some of the highlights.

Siddaramaiah, who holds the Finance portfolio, has also announced, an allocation of Rs 2,377 crore to Animal Husbandry, has proposed to set up disease diagnostic labs in 16 districts; and also an incentive of Rs 55 crore for 14,000 milk producers cooperative societies.

Siddaramaiah has
claim-ed that his government has spent Rs 19,561 crore in the agriculture sector till March 2018, which, he said, shows an increase of 256% in expenditure when compared to the period 2008 to 2013.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced a number of new schemes, including "Raitha Belaku," and dolled out sops to the farming community in order to woo them ahead of the polls.

The chief minister has allocated Rs 5,849 crore to the sector in the coming financial year - Rs 769 crore more than the current year budget. In a major relief to dryland farmers, the chief minister has proposed to provide one-time financial assistance up to Rs 10,000 under Raitha Belaku. Each farmer will get Rs 5,000 per hectare and a maximum of Rs 10,000.

Siddaramaiah has earmarked a whopping Rs 3,500 crore under this scheme, which will benefit an estimated 70 lakh farmers in the state. The amount will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the farmers.

"This novel scheme bears testimony to the pro-farmer concern of our government. This bold step is a small effort of the government to show its indebtedness to farmers," said Siddaramaiah stated in his budget speech.

He has also announced to waive interest on co-operative crop loans availed till September 2015. Besides, he has waived farmer's cooperative loan up to Rs 1 lakh, in case of his/her death. A total allocation of Rs 5,837 crore has been made under the cooperation department.

A significant chunk of the allocated amount will also go for crop loan waiver of Rs Rs 8,165 crore announced, last year.

Siddaramaiah has given Rs 600 crore for the Krishi Bhagya; has proposed to
increase the area under organic farming (Rs 50 cr) and minor millets (Rs 24 cr);
and a special package of Rs 50 cr for farmers growing groundnuts.

Siddaramaiah has also proposed to set up an agriculture college in Chamarajanagar; a new Agricultural Research Centre at Muddebihal of Vijayapura district; and Nanjundaswamy Research Center at Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK), Bengaluru at Rs 1 crore.


Sops for shepherds

Siddaramaiah, who belongs to the Kuruba community, has doled out series of sops for sheep and goat rearers. Establishing 25,000 sheep rearing units at Rs 187.5 crore; Rs 4 crore for procuring protection gear to 4,000 migratory shepherds; modernisation of 75 sheep/goat markets at Rs 7.5 crore; and waiver of Rs 50,000 loan obtained by shepherds from cooperative banks (Rs 52 cr) are some of the highlights.

Siddaramaiah, who holds the Finance portfolio, has also announced, an allocation of Rs 2,377 crore to Animal Husbandry, has proposed to set up disease diagnostic labs in 16 districts; and also an incentive of Rs 55 crore for 14,000 milk producers' cooperative societies.

Siddaramaiah has
claim-ed that his government has spent Rs 19,561 crore in the agriculture sector till March 2018, which, he said, shows an increase of 256% in expenditure when compared to the period 2008 to 2013.

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BDA's tasks: township, 10K more flats, lake revival

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 6:40am

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) will expedite the work on its first-ever innovative township in Konadasapura on Old Madras Road, East Bengaluru.

It will enter into a public-private partnership and shortly invite tenders. "We have got 166 acres of land and work has already begun on 25 acres. We will execute the housing project while private players will focus on the commercial part," a BDA official said. Meetings will be held soon to work out the modalities of the project, he added.

The BDA will not build any villas but limit itself to constructing flats. The commercial complex will have a space technology hub and trade units. "It will be a self-sufficient complex whose residents will not have to go anywhere else for any errand," the official said.

The agency has modelled the township after similar private projects in Okalipuram and Brookefield. If successful, it will be replicated in Kempegowda Layout.

10,000 more flats

This time, too, the government has given more thrust to building flats than developing plots in Bengaluru. While the budget does mention completing the works in Kempegowda Layout, the government intends to construct another 10,000 flats.

The BDA official, however, said building so many more flats would be improbable. "This year, we could construct only 3,200 flats and villas. We have also been tasked with constructing one-bedroom flats for the poor," the official said.

Rs 62 crore for lakes

The cash-starved BDA has been allocated Rs 62 crore for rejuvenating and fencing 12 lakes out of the 177 in its possession. But it is yet to identify the lakes and the timeline for their rejuvenation.

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) will expedite the work on its first-ever innovative township in Konadasapura on Old Madras Road, East Bengaluru.

It will enter into a public-private partnership and shortly invite tenders. "We have got 166 acres of land and work has already begun on 25 acres. We will execute the housing project while private players will focus on the commercial part," a BDA official said. Meetings will be held soon to work out the modalities of the project, he added.

The BDA will not build any villas but limit itself to constructing flats. The commercial complex will have a space technology hub and trade units. "It will be a self-sufficient complex whose residents will not have to go anywhere else for any errand," the official said.

The agency has modelled the township after similar private projects in Okalipuram and Brookefield. If successful, it will be replicated in Kempegowda Layout.

10,000 more flats

This time, too, the government has given more thrust to building flats than developing plots in Bengaluru. While the budget does mention completing the works in Kempegowda Layout, the government intends to construct another 10,000 flats.

The BDA official, however, said building so many more flats would be improbable. "This year, we could construct only 3,200 flats and villas. We have also been tasked with constructing one-bedroom flats for the poor," the official said.

Rs 62 crore for lakes

The cash-starved BDA has been allocated Rs 62 crore for rejuvenating and fencing 12 lakes out of the 177 in its possession. But it is yet to identify the lakes and the timeline for their rejuvenation.

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Green signal to DPR for Metro Phase 3, suburban rail

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 6:36am

The State Budget has given the green signal to the preparation of detailed project report for 106-km Phase 3 of Namma Metro while promising to work with the Centre to expedite the suburban rail project.

The chief minister said necessary action would be taken to prepare the DPR for the Namma Metro project.

"With this, the total length of Bengaluru Metro rail including all phases will be 266 km," he added.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah welcomed the Centres approval of the Rs 17,000-crore suburban rail project and promised to work with the railways to implement the project.

The budget listed the states contribution of Rs 280 crore as 80% of the expenditure for conversion of conventional trains to electric trains in Phase 1A of the project and the recent sanction of Rs 349 crore as equity in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the suburban railway. However, there was no new allocation.

The chief ministers promise to work with the railways hints at the state agreeing to share 50% of the Rs 12,000 crore approved by the railways.

Urban transport expert Sanjeev Dyamannavar noted that the project will not take off unless the state and the Centre form an SPV.

"The railways did not accept funds allocated by the state government (Rs 349 crore) as SPV equity. But it has now sanctioned Rs 6,000 crore and also released funds for crucial projects like MEMU (electric trains) shed. The state government should take proactive steps," he said.

He said key works like the doubling of Hosur line, automatic signalling of the entire corridor and eliminating of railway crossings can be completed faster if the project gets a nodal agency. "The state government should expedite the process to hand over land for railway projects at Binny Mill and other places," he said.

The State Budget has given the green signal to the preparation of detailed project report for 106-km Phase 3 of Namma Metro while promising to work with the Centre to expedite the suburban rail project.

The chief minister said necessary action would be taken to prepare the DPR for the Namma Metro project.

"With this, the total length of Bengaluru Metro rail including all phases will be 266 km," he added.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah welcomed the Centre's approval of the Rs 17,000-crore suburban rail project and promised to work with the railways to implement the project.

The budget listed the state's contribution of Rs 280 crore as 80% of the expenditure for conversion of conventional trains to electric trains in Phase 1A of the project and the recent sanction of Rs 349 crore as equity in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the suburban railway. However, there was no new allocation.

The chief minister's promise to work with the railways hints at the state agreeing to share 50% of the Rs 12,000 crore approved by the railways.

Urban transport expert Sanjeev Dyamannavar noted that the project will not take off unless the state and the Centre form an SPV.

"The railways did not accept funds allocated by the state government (Rs 349 crore) as SPV equity. But it has now sanctioned Rs 6,000 crore and also released funds for crucial projects like MEMU (electric trains) shed. The state government should take proactive steps," he said.

He said key works like the doubling of Hosur line, automatic signalling of the entire corridor and eliminating of railway crossings can be completed faster if the project gets a nodal agency. "The state government should expedite the process to hand over land for railway projects at Binny Mill and other places," he said.

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SC says no to contempt plea against CM

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 6:14am

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to initiate contempt proceedings against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tamil Nadus plea for failure to ensure the release of Cauvery river water to the state.

"We do not intend to proceed with the contempt petition against the respondents (chief minister and others). It stands closed accordingly," a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar said in a separate one-page judgement.

Tamil Nadu has in a petition filed in 2013 sought intiation of contempt proceedings against the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to initiate contempt proceedings against Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tamil Nadu's plea for failure to ensure the release of Cauvery river water to the state.

"We do not intend to proceed with the contempt petition against the respondents (chief minister and others). It stands closed accordingly," a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar said in a separate one-page judgement.

Tamil Nadu has in a petition filed in 2013 sought intiation of contempt proceedings against the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

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State's economy to grow by 8.5% this fiscal

DH News - Sat, 17/02/2018 - 6:02am

Even as the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) growth is projected to decline to 6.5% in 2017-18 as compared to 7.1% in 2016-17 at constant prices (2011-12), the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Karnataka is set to record higher growth rate of 8.5%, mainly driven by a robust growth in services sector.

According to the state Economic Survey for 2017-18 tabled in the legislature ahead of the Budget for 2018-19 by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the services sector is expected to grow by 10.4% in 2017-18 as against a growth of 8.9% during 2016-17.

During the last few years, the services sector has been contributing a larger portion of GSDP. The share of the sector saw a marginal increase from 65.53% in 2016-17 to 66.63% in 2017-18. The contribution of real estate, professional services and ownership of dwellings is highest with 35% in 2017-18, followed by manufacturing (13.88%), trade and repair services (9.27%) and crops (7.68%), the survey said.

GSDP is the most important indicator in measuring economic growth of the state. While in 2016-17, the countrys GDP was 7.1% at Rs 1,21,96,006 crore at constant (2011-12) prices, the states GSDP was growing at 7.5% at Rs 8,74,395 crore. This is now (2017-18) expected to grow at 8.5% and reach Rs 9,49,111 crore.

The gross state value added (GSVA) growth rate of agriculture and allied sector in 2017-18 has been lowered to 4.9% compared to 5.7% in 2016-17 on account of the decline in the area under tur and paddy to 3 lakh hectares and 2 lakh hectares respectively, in kharif 2017-18 compared to 2016-17.

The industry sector, which comprises of mining and quarrying, manufacturing, construction and electricity, gas and water supply, is expected to grow by 4.9% in 2017-18 against a growth of 3.7% during 2016-17. Also, the states real estate, professional services and ownership of dwellings, is expected to grow at 11.5% in 2017-18, whereas, the first revised estimates (FRE) of 2016-17 was 10%.

"Our government is managing finances without causing deficit of resources for the developmental schemes of the state, even in the midst of financial burden caused on account of waiver of farm loan and pay revision of government employees," Siddaramaiah said in his Budget speech.

The Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) at constant prices is estimated at Rs 8,48,692 crore, showing a growth of 8.5%. The NSVA growth of agriculture and allied activities, industry and services sectors are expected to be 4.8%, 4.8% and 10.3% respectively, the survey added.

Per capita state income of Karnataka (at current prices) is estimated to increase by 10.9% to touch Rs 1,74,551 during 2017-18, against Rs 1,57,436 in 2016-17. In 2015-16, it was Rs 1,42,267. Karnatakas per capita income is higher by 56.2% over all-India per capita income for 2017-18, which is Rs 1,11,782. The level of per capita state income at constant prices is also expected to grow from Rs 1,20,496 during 2016-17 to Rs 1,29,362 for 2017-18 to reach an increase of 7.4%.

Even as the country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is projected to decline to 6.5% in 2017-18 as compared to 7.1% in 2016-17 at constant prices (2011-12), the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Karnataka is set to record higher growth rate of 8.5%, mainly driven by a robust growth in services sector.

According to the state Economic Survey for 2017-18 tabled in the legislature ahead of the Budget for 2018-19 by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, the services sector is expected to grow by 10.4% in 2017-18 as against a growth of 8.9% during 2016-17.

During the last few years, the services sector has been contributing a larger portion of GSDP. The share of the sector saw a marginal increase from 65.53% in 2016-17 to 66.63% in 2017-18. The contribution of real estate, professional services and ownership of dwellings is highest with 35% in 2017-18, followed by manufacturing (13.88%), trade and repair services (9.27%) and crops (7.68%), the survey said.

GSDP is the most important indicator in measuring economic growth of the state. While in 2016-17, the country's GDP was 7.1% at Rs 1,21,96,006 crore at constant (2011-12) prices, the state's GSDP was growing at 7.5% at Rs 8,74,395 crore. This is now (2017-18) expected to grow at 8.5% and reach Rs 9,49,111 crore.

The gross state value added (GSVA) growth rate of agriculture and allied sector in 2017-18 has been lowered to 4.9% compared to 5.7% in 2016-17 on account of the decline in the area under tur and paddy to 3 lakh hectares and 2 lakh hectares respectively, in kharif 2017-18 compared to 2016-17.

The industry sector, which comprises of mining and quarrying, manufacturing, construction and electricity, gas and water supply, is expected to grow by 4.9% in 2017-18 against a growth of 3.7% during 2016-17. Also, the state's real estate, professional services and ownership of dwellings, is expected to grow at 11.5% in 2017-18, whereas, the first revised estimates (FRE) of 2016-17 was 10%.

"Our government is managing finances without causing deficit of resources for the developmental schemes of the state, even in the midst of financial burden caused on account of waiver of farm loan and pay revision of government employees," Siddaramaiah said in his Budget speech.

The Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) at constant prices is estimated at Rs 8,48,692 crore, showing a growth of 8.5%. The NSVA growth of agriculture and allied activities, industry and services sectors are expected to be 4.8%, 4.8% and 10.3% respectively, the survey added.

Per capita state income of Karnataka (at current prices) is estimated to increase by 10.9% to touch Rs 1,74,551 during 2017-18, against Rs 1,57,436 in 2016-17. In 2015-16, it was Rs 1,42,267. Karnataka's per capita income is higher by 56.2% over all-India per capita income for 2017-18, which is Rs 1,11,782. The level of per capita state income at constant prices is also expected to grow from Rs 1,20,496 during 2016-17 to Rs 1,29,362 for 2017-18 to reach an increase of 7.4%.

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Grand procession sets tone for Mastakabhisheka from today

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:56pm

A festive atmosphere prevailed at Shravanabelagola, with a grand procession being taken out to Vindhyagiri on Friday afternoon.

Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami inaugurated the procession of folk troupes at Tyagi Nagar. MLA C N Balakrishna and Mahotsava special officer B N Varaprasad Reddy joined the troupes and danced to the beats. The five-km procession was divided into three groups A, B and C. While group A began the procession from engineering college, B started from Deve Gowda circle and C from Panchakalyana Nagar. The procession created a garland of sorts around Vindhyagiri. Around 200 art troupes from across the country and 50 tableaux took part in the procession depicting the rich culture and tradition of Lord Bahubali. Folk troupes showcasing the lion dance, peacock dance, 24 thirthankaras, Bahubali statue, yakshagana and hulivesha entertained the crowds.

Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade, munis, matajis, devotees from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and other places witnessed the procession. Scouts and Guides, and volunteers distributed butter milk, water, juice and lemonade all along the procession route to the participants. The procession, which began at 3 pm, culminated at 7 pm.

Nathidevi Kumar Toliya and family from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, donated a gold-plated rath to the Jain Mutt as part of Mahamastakabhisheka on Friday, at the foot of Vindhyagiri. The chariot has beautiful carvings along with a gopura. Bahubalis idol was placed on the chariot and was pulled for a distance.

Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami, Pushpadantha Sagar Maharaj, Dhavalakeerthi Bhattaraka Swami of Arihanthagiri and Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava committee national president Saritha Jain were present. Chennai-based artist Ravindran Stapati built the chariot in seven months. He has the credit of building several chariots for temples in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other states.

A festive atmosphere prevailed at Shravanabelagola, with a grand procession being taken out to Vindhyagiri on Friday afternoon.

Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami inaugurated the procession of folk troupes at Tyagi Nagar. MLA C N Balakrishna and Mahotsava special officer B N Varaprasad Reddy joined the troupes and danced to the beats. The five-km procession was divided into three groups A, B and C. While group A began the procession from engineering college, B started from Deve Gowda circle and C from Panchakalyana Nagar. The procession created a garland of sorts around Vindhyagiri. Around 200 art troupes from across the country and 50 tableaux took part in the procession depicting the rich culture and tradition of Lord Bahubali. Folk troupes showcasing the lion dance, peacock dance, 24 thirthankaras, Bahubali statue, yakshagana and hulivesha entertained the crowds.

Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade, munis, matajis, devotees from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and other places witnessed the procession. Scouts and Guides, and volunteers distributed butter milk, water, juice and lemonade all along the procession route to the participants. The procession, which began at 3 pm, culminated at 7 pm.

Nathidevi Kumar Toliya and family from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, donated a gold-plated rath to the Jain Mutt as part of Mahamastakabhisheka on Friday, at the foot of Vindhyagiri. The chariot has beautiful carvings along with a gopura. Bahubali's idol was placed on the chariot and was pulled for a distance.

Charukeerthi Bhattaraka Swami, Pushpadantha Sagar Maharaj, Dhavalakeerthi Bhattaraka Swami of Arihanthagiri and Mahamastakabhisheka Mahotsava committee national president Saritha Jain were present. Chennai-based artist Ravindran Stapati built the chariot in seven months. He has the credit of building several chariots for temples in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other states.

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SC rejects Reddy's plea to visit Ballari

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:56pm

The Apex Court on Friday told ex-minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy, who sought permission to visit Ballari to help his son who is appearing for class XII board exams, saying his presence would rather distract him. "Your sons attention would be digressed. It is in the interest of your son only, you should avoid visiting him. He (the son) might think spending some time with you after your presence," the bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan told Bina Madhavan, appearing for Reddy.

She said the court has earlier granted permission to Reddy to visit Ballari for daughters wedding and celebrate Dasara and Deepavali. It is for helping the son who is appearing for exams from March 12, she pleaded, pressing for permission to Reddy to visit Ballari. The court, however, dismissed the plea.

Reddy had time and again approached the SC so as to seek modification of the January 21, 2015 order in the illegal mining case involving Obulapuram Mining Company by which he was granted bail but with conditions that he would not visit Ballari, Ananthpuram and Kadapa.

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Colleges agree for 15% hike in fee for PG medical, dental seats

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:56pm

The Professional Colleges Foundation have decided to accept the proposal of the medical education minister for 15% hike in the fee for postgraduate medical and dental seats.

The college managements had demanded a hike of 50%. However, in an earlier meeting with the minister Sharanprakash Patil, he had said that they could hike the fee by a maximum 15%. In a meeting on Friday, representatives of various colleges agreed to accept the proposal.

M R Jayaram, chairman of the Professional Colleges Foundation, said that there was not much they could do at this stage but to accept. The association will now hold talks with the government on increasing the fee for undergraduate medical and dental seats.

Last year, the government had agreed to increase fee by 10% every year for three years. However, now the association will demand 15% to 20% hike in fees.

"With the sixth pay commission coming in, the salary of faculty will go up. We will demand for a hike in a meeting which is expected to be called in 15 days," Jayaram said.

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After marathon budget speech, Siddaramaiah retraces his long career

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:54pm

Late by an hour for a press conference on the budget, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah humbly apologised to newsmen. "I went home for some time. You know, I was standing continuously for 4 hours."

His record 13th budget spanned a full 4.10 hours, during which 69-year-old chief minister remained standing as he made a presentation without any breaks except to take sips of water. He started the budget at around 11.35 am and finished reading around 4 pm. The press conference was scheduled at 4pm, but he arrived at 5pm. Thus, the
apology.

The speech was poetic, quite literally, what with Siddaramaiah reciting Basavannas vachanas, couplets from Gopalkrishna Adiga, G S Shivarudrappa and S R Ekkundi. Even Mahatma Gandhi found a place.

Nostalgic tweet

It was in 1994 that Siddaramaiah presented his first budget as the finance minister. In a nostalgic tweet before the budget presentation, Siddaramaiah said his 13th budget took 24 years. "I look back on the journey of Karnataka with extreme pride."

He read out a lengthy preamble mentioning Basavanna, Akkamamahadevi, Rani Chennamma continuing his penchant for invoking Kannada pride. He also used the preamble to lash out at the Centre.

Siddaramaiah referred to the Legislature as "our own Anubhava Mantapa." The timing comes curiously in the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Parliament recently, mentioning Basavannas Anubhava Mantapa as an early example of Indias democracy.

"I picture the last person who needs a help, the farmer who needs hope & the girl who has a dream. In responding to their aspirations I am guided by Basavanna, Ambedkar & Gandhi," Siddaramaiah tweeted.

In one word, Siddaramaiah said his four-decade journey as a farmers leader, a Kannada activist, a minister, a leader of opposition and then chief minister, was "great." His policies have evolved over the years to favour the poor, he said.

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NEET must for AYUSH: KEA clarifies

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:54pm

The Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has issued a note to assure students that admission to AYUSH courses will be through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

"Ministry of AYUSH, in its letter dated February 12, has notified admission to Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani and Homoeopathy courses. Candidates must compulsorily qualify in the NEET - 2018 exam conducted by the CBSE Board, New Delhi, on May 6," the note reads.

Allotment of seats to AYUSH courses will be done on the basis of the candidates eligibility in NEET, CET Admission Rules and Government Orders.

Candidates should register and appear for NEET - 2018 to get eligibility for admission to AYUSH courses.

For NEET registration and other information, candidates should visit the website of www.cbseneet. nic.in.

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House boats, floating canteens at exotic locations

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:52pm

The budget mentions the ambitious proposal of the tourism department to introduce house boats and floating canteens on rivers and seas abutting the states coast. The department has proposed to introduce house boats similar to the ones in Kerala and Kashmir on rivers Kali, Sharavathi and in Mangaluru. "This is the first time we have proposed this. This is different from caravan tourism and cruise tourism," an official said.

Mysuru Haat

On the lines of the famous Delhi Haat, the department has got clearance to create a Mysuru Haat.

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Salary hike to be effective from Apr 1, announces CM

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:52pm

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday clarified that the salary of government employees would be hiked by 30% from April 1, 2018, as recommended by the sixth pay commission.

"The government has accepted the recommendations of the commission to hike salary of government employees," Siddaramaiah told reporters. The hike will apply to 5.93 lakh employees and 5.73 lakh pensioners.

When pointed out that his budget speech did not specify if and when the hike would be implemented, Siddaramaiah said it was a continuous process. "I have mentioned in the budget speech that the pay hike will cost the government Rs 10,508 crore. There is in-principle approval for the budget and we will get it approved in the Cabinet as well," he said.

An order for the hike, giving it effect from April 1, will be issued before the the election code of conduct kicks in, he said.

The pay hike, coupled with last years farm loan waiver amounting to Rs 8,165 crore, have not resulted in any budgetary allocation cuts for priority departments, Siddaramaiah pointed out. "There are no cuts in social sectors, education, rural development, energy, irrigation, public works and agriculture," he said.

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Focus on recruitment of more policemen

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:50pm

The government has allocated Rs 6,647 crore to the Home Department in the budget.

A permanent Police Services Recruitment Board will be set up to increase the recruitment of police personnel. The government wants to bring in a new policy for the states athletes who have extraordinary achievements in field of national/international level sports to be recruited directly to the department.

With an expenditure of Rs 50 crore, the training capacity will be enhanced in the next two years from 3,200 to 5,000. Facilities and capacity to impart training will also be enhanced in the existing police training schools in the next two years.

Nirbhaya centres

Besides recruitment, the representation of women in police department will be enhanced by 25% in the next five years with Nirbhaya Kendras which will be established in all police commissioners offices across the state.

All-women police stations in the district headquarters will be upgraded as one-stop service centres.

Skill training in prisons

In order to provide skilled training in various professions to prisoners for their rehabilitation, Karnataka Prison Development Board will be established. Besides, a video linking system will be provided to all district prisons and courts for speedy disposal of pending trials.

Extension of fire safety services

Fire safety services will be extended to 174 taluks out of the total 176 taluks in the state under the KSAFE-1 scheme. The fire safety services will be improved and disaster and emergency management system will be upgraded in the existing taluks. New fire stations will be established under KSAFE-2 in the newly formed 50 taluks in the next five years.

The government has allocated Rs 6,647 crore to the Home Department in the budget.

A permanent Police Services Recruitment Board will be set up to increase the recruitment of police personnel. The government wants to bring in a new policy for the state's athletes who have extraordinary achievements in field of national/international level sports to be recruited directly to the department.

With an expenditure of Rs 50 crore, the training capacity will be enhanced in the next two years from 3,200 to 5,000. Facilities and capacity to impart training will also be enhanced in the existing police training schools in the next two years.

Nirbhaya centres

Besides recruitment, the representation of women in police department will be enhanced by 25% in the next five years with 'Nirbhaya Kendras' which will be established in all police commissioners' offices across the state.

All-women police stations in the district headquarters will be upgraded as one-stop service centres.

Skill training in prisons

In order to provide skilled training in various professions to prisoners for their rehabilitation, Karnataka Prison Development Board will be established. Besides, a video linking system will be provided to all district prisons and courts for speedy disposal of pending trials.

Extension of fire safety services

Fire safety services will be extended to 174 taluks out of the total 176 taluks in the state under the KSAFE-1 scheme. The fire safety services will be improved and disaster and emergency management system will be upgraded in the existing taluks. New fire stations will be established under KSAFE-2 in the newly formed 50 taluks in the next five years.

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Jubiliation in Cauvery heartland over 'historic' verdict

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:50pm

For the first time in several decades, Mandya city was peaceful when the Supreme Court announced its final verdict related on Cauvery river water sharing dispute, on Friday.

The protest venue turned into a place of jubilation as soon as the verdict was out and was in favour of Karnataka.

A large number of people belonging to various organisations had gathered at the Sanjay Circle, all set to stage a protest if the apex court verdict goes against the state. But, when the verdict was in favour of Karnataka, the protestors jumped into joy and celebrated the moments observing Vijayotsava.

Since last few days, the police were on high alert in the Cauvery heartland of Mandya as verdict affecting Karnatakas intetrest would have led to law and order problems in the district. Security was beefed up at Krishnagarajasagar (KRS) reservoir and other places in the district from Thursday, as a precautionary measure. However, the police heaved a sigh of relief as soon as the verdict was out at around 11 am on Friday.

Leaders of various parties and organisations celebrated the order by distributing sweets. Cauvery Hitharakshana Samiti President and former Mandya MP G Made Gowda welcomed the Supreme Courts verdict. "The SCs opinion over constituting Cauvery Water Management Board is a good development. Besides, the verdict helps in extending the irrigation area of the district. The people of Bengaluru will also get additional water for drinking purpose. For the first time, the court has considered the facts before announcing the verdict. I have convened a meeting of the representatives of various organisations and legal experts to discuss the future course of action on February 17," Gowda said.

Mandya MP C S Puttaraju said the apex court has understood the problems of the farmers. The additional water will enable the farmers to grow one more crop, he said.

As soon as the verdict was out, a large number of people including representatives of various organisations and officials visited Gowda at his home, shared sweets, and greeted him. KPCC general secretary M S Atmananda, Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Superintending Engineer K G Vijayakumar, Executive Engineer Basavarajegowda and others visited him.

Speaking to DH, Vijayakumar said that for the first time there was peace around the KRS dam on the day the Cauvery verdict was announced.

For the first time in several decades, Mandya city was peaceful when the Supreme Court announced its final verdict related on Cauvery river water sharing dispute, on Friday.

The protest venue turned into a place of jubilation as soon as the verdict was out and was in favour of Karnataka.

A large number of people belonging to various organisations had gathered at the Sanjay Circle, all set to stage a protest if the apex court verdict goes against the state. But, when the verdict was in favour of Karnataka, the protestors jumped into joy and celebrated the moments observing 'Vijayotsava'.

Since last few days, the police were on high alert in the Cauvery heartland of Mandya as verdict affecting Karnataka's intetrest would have led to law and order problems in the district. Security was beefed up at Krishnagarajasagar (KRS) reservoir and other places in the district from Thursday, as a precautionary measure. However, the police heaved a sigh of relief as soon as the verdict was out at around 11 am on Friday.

Leaders of various parties and organisations celebrated the order by distributing sweets. Cauvery Hitharakshana Samiti President and former Mandya MP G Made Gowda welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict. "The SC's opinion over constituting Cauvery Water Management Board is a good development. Besides, the verdict helps in extending the irrigation area of the district. The people of Bengaluru will also get additional water for drinking purpose. For the first time, the court has considered the facts before announcing the verdict. I have convened a meeting of the representatives of various organisations and legal experts to discuss the future course of action on February 17," Gowda said.

Mandya MP C S Puttaraju said the apex court has understood the problems of the farmers. The additional water will enable the farmers to grow one more crop, he said.

As soon as the verdict was out, a large number of people including representatives of various organisations and officials visited Gowda at his home, shared sweets, and greeted him. KPCC€ˆgeneral secretary M S Atmananda, Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Superintending Engineer K G Vijayakumar, Executive Engineer Basavarajegowda and others visited him.

Speaking to DH, Vijayakumar said that for the first time there was peace around the KRS dam on the day the Cauvery verdict was announced.

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Industry bodies express mixed reactions

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:48pm

The captains of trade and industry have expressed mixed reactions over the budget proposals announced by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Friday.

Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI) President K Ravi said due to GST implementation it was a foregone conclusion that the budgetary exercise has to concentrate mostly on the expenditure front and not much on the revenue front.

"It was invariably a "Socio-Economic" budget and Siddaramaiah is well versed in it. It was indeed a speech focused on how his expenditure towards the social sector has benefited in the growth of GSDP touching 8.5%. Agriculture and Industry growing more than 4.5% and Service sector with a growth of 10.5%. He seems to have been inspired by Nobel Laureate Dr Amartya Sens Social Economics," he said.

FKCCI is thankful to Chief Minister for considering the chambers wish for increasing the budgetary allocation to Rs 1,681 crore for industries.

"We are also happy that he has accepted some of our Pre-budget recommendations regarding Centre of Excellence for Industry 4.0, (Robotics, IOT and Artificial Intelligence), Infrastructure facility for Peenya Industrial Estate and Cluster Development. So also developing 11 new industrial townships by KSSIDC in Tier II & III cities for MSME Sector," Ravi said.

Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (Kassia) President K Hanumanthe Gowda said in an election oriented budget Chief Minister Siddharamaiah has attempted to address the multiple needs of constituencies of the State.

"Kassia welcomes measures aimed at supporting the SMEs in the State by making provisions to improve the basic infrastructure at the Peenya Industrial Estate, creation of logistics parks at Bengaluru and Hubballi, creation of 11 new industrial estates, provision of loans for micro
enterprises, interest subsidy of 10% for new SMEs for the first five years, among others," he said.

Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) termed the Karnataka State Budget as a "Farmer and Industry-Friendly Budget" with specific focus on rural-urban development.

"The Chief Minister states that the implementation of Karnataka Model of e-way Bill in the entire country is a matter of pride to the State. It would bring in qualitative change in tax compliance and thus streamline the implementation of GST," BCIC stated.

S Venkataramani, Chairman of State Taxes Expert Committee of BCICI commended the State Governments directional thrust for infrastructure development especially in and around Bengaluru which is very essential to safeguard the Brand Bengaluru in the global community.

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For a more robust Sakaala with e-governance

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:48pm

In an attempt to make transactions of Sakaala 2.0 paperless and easy, the government has updated the programme using modern e-governance tools such as e-sign and digi-locker.

Using these tools, people can submit applications for availing the services online. A special centre for smart governance will come up to assist the departments in developing, re-designing and maintaining these e-governance softwares.

The state is also planning to fix the minimum support price, payment of subsidy, estimation of crop area and selection of beneficiaries based on the data that has been collected through a survey of crops.

The government payments of various departments will be brought under Unicode. An integrated Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) platform has been created to validate the name of beneficiaries with Aadhaar and Aadhaar-enabled accounts.

E-attestation will be formulated to overcome the problems faced by citizens in attestation of records.

An outlay of Rs 147 crore has been provided for e-governance.

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Govt doles out sops to backward classes

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:48pm

Ahead of Assembly elections, the state government has attempted to use funds in the Social Welfare department and Backward Classes department to reach out to all backward communities in the state.

Several buildings and memorials have been proposed in the name of various community leaders. Dr B R Ambedkar Spoorthi Bhavana will be set up at a cost of Rs 25 crore near Vikasa Soudha for the social Welfare department.

A memorial in the name of a revered figure from Ramayana, Mathanga Maharshi ,will be set up in Hampi at a cost of Rs 1 crore. Memorials will also be constructed at Rs 1 crore each in the names of former ministers and Dalit leaders Mallikarjuna Swamy, K Prabhakar and K H Ranganath.

Rayanna authority

In memory of Sangolli Rayanna, a Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna Pradhikara (authority) will be set up. The authority will take up development works in his native Sangolli and his place of martyrdom Nandagada ( both in Belagavi district) at a cost of Rs 267 crore.

Apart from memorials, several schemes for the backward communities have been announced in the budget.

In order to strengthen SC/ST cooperative societies stronger, the government will provide 100 eligible societies 50% of the share capital or maximum of Rs 10 lakh.

Landless Devadasis and 680 manual scavengers will be given priority in sanctioning loan and subsidy under Land Purchase and Ganga Kalyana schemes.

For eradication of untouchability, the incentive for intercaste marriages have been increased.

A Scheduled Caste boy marrying a girl from another caste will get an incentive of Rs 3 lakh while the incentive for SC girl marrying a boy from another caste has been increased from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. Similarly, incentive to marry children of Devadasis is Rs 5 lakh for female and Rs 3 lakh for male.

To encourage SC/ST students to get admission to national-level institutes, coaching will be provided to 100 boys and 100 girls who secure first class and above in the SSLC examinations.

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CM proposes Agri-Innovation Centre

DH News - Fri, 16/02/2018 - 7:48pm

The Karnataka government has proposed to set up an Agri Innovation Centre in the state in an effort to increase the contribution of agriculture in the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).

Presenting budget for 2018-19 on Friday, chief minister Siddaramaiah said the Agri Innovation Centre will be established in association with the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a premier biotechnology and agriculture incubation centre under the the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

The central governments nodal funding agency for the biotech industry, the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), last year, decided to house its regional entrepreneurship centre at C-CAMP.

Commenting on the development, C-CAMP Director Taslimarif Saiyed said the Agri Innovation Centre mooted by the state government will identify gap areas across the value chain in agriculture.

"We want scientific and academia to address those gaps by coming up with innovative solution so that the entire cycle of agriculture value chain will be taken care of with more value addition," he said.

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