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Random vote count to put foul play claims to rest

DH News - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 6:36pm

Bengaluru: With the ruling Congress airing concerns over possible tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission of India has decided to take up random verification of votes in the upcoming Assembly elections in a bid to quell claims of foul play.

The ruling Congress, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, want ballot papers instead of EVMs for the polls. IT Minister Priyank Kharge, too, has shot off a letter to the ECI demanding error-testing of 250 EVMs.

The 2018 polls will see the introduction of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, on which voters can see the votes they cast on a printout.

"To raise voter confidence, the Election Commission has taken a decision to tally votes cast on the EVM with the VVPAT. This will be done in one polling booth selected randomly in every constituency," Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said. "Votes will be tallied in the presence of election agents of different parties. The printouts will be put in a container and they will be tallied with the EVM readings," he added.

This was done in 182 polling booths across 182 constituencies in Gujarat last month. Officials said, "there was a 100% match in the results of the EVM and the slips produced by VVPAT machines."

According to Kumar, the decision to tally EVM readings with paper trail slips was voluntary. "One of the national parties approached the Supreme Court seeking counting of the paper trail slips. It was prayed that at least one-third of the votes should be counted, but the plea was rejected. But the EC has taken a decision on its own just to show theres no possibility of anything going wrong."

Kumar said an EVM has three parts - a processing unit, a ballot unit and the VVPAT. "The VVPAT has a glass window on top. After the vote is cast, the machine prints a physical slip. For six seconds, the slip comes to the surface where the voter can see the vote. They are printed in permanent ink that can be preserved for five years. They can be verified any time during any dispute before a court or the district election officer," Kumar said.

In his January 2 letter to Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, Kharge proposed an EVM challenge jointly hosted by the state government and the ECI, where stakeholders from the scientific community can test the EVMs.

Bengaluru: With the ruling Congress airing concerns over possible tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission of India has decided to take up random verification of votes in the upcoming Assembly elections in a bid to quell claims of foul play.  

The ruling Congress, including Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, want ballot papers instead of EVMs for the polls.  IT Minister Priyank Kharge, too, has shot off a letter to the ECI demanding error-testing of 250 EVMs.

The 2018 polls will see the introduction of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, on which voters can see the votes they cast on a printout.

"To raise voter confidence, the Election Commission has taken a decision to tally votes cast on the EVM with the VVPAT. This will be done in one polling booth selected randomly in every constituency," Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said. "Votes will be tallied in the presence of election agents of different parties. The printouts will be put in a container and they will be tallied with the EVM readings," he added.

This was done in 182 polling booths across 182 constituencies in Gujarat last month. Officials said, "there was a 100% match in the results of the EVM and the slips produced by VVPAT machines."

According to Kumar, the decision to tally EVM readings with paper trail slips was voluntary. "One of the national parties approached the Supreme Court seeking counting of the paper trail slips. It was prayed that at least one-third of the votes should be counted, but the plea was rejected. But the EC has taken a decision on its own just to show there's no possibility of anything going wrong."

Kumar said an EVM has three parts - a processing unit, a ballot unit and the VVPAT. "The VVPAT has a glass window on top. After the vote is cast, the machine prints a physical slip. For six seconds, the slip comes to the surface where the voter can see the vote. They are printed in permanent ink that can be preserved for five years. They can be verified any time during any dispute before a court or the district election officer," Kumar said.

In his January 2 letter to Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti, Kharge proposed an EVM challenge jointly hosted by the state government and the ECI, where stakeholders from the scientific community can test the EVMs.

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Former MLA decides to quit BJP

DH News - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 6:34pm

Former MLA and son of former governor B Rachaiah, A R Krishnamurthy, announced his decision to quit the BJP, here, on Saturday.

Addressing a media conference, he said the party leaders in the district, have been neglecting him.

"Even when there were rumours that I would join the Congress, neither the district in-charge secretaries nor the district BJP president contacted me. At a time when the Parivarthana Yatra is arriving in the district, I have not been consulted on any matter. There is no mention of my name or display of my photo anywhere. District president K R Mallikarjunappa, in a meeting in Bengaluru, recently said that the BJP can win in three Assembly constituencies, except in Kollegal. His report that I am incapable of winning from Kollegal, hurt me,"
he said.

However, he declined to confirm that he would join the Congress. He said, he would tour across the district and seek the advise of his supporters, before taking a decision on his next political move.

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Bengaluru in state of lawlessness under Cong govt: Deve Gowda

DH News - Sat, 20/01/2018 - 6:32pm

JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda on Saturday said that lawlessness had prevailed during the Congress regime in the state and that he would expose the same if his party comes to power.

Addressing the party workers after inaugurating a convention at Gandhinagar in the city, Gowda said that while the Congress government was busy "looting" Bengaluru, the law and order situation had taken a hit. Though the crime rate had spiked in the city with daylight robberies and murders, the police had turned a blind eye to the same.

"As chief minister I had come down heavily on those who were looting Bengaluru. But this government is blatantly looting the city. Crimes have increased and people have lost their peace of mind. If the JD(S) comes to power, it will expose those who have indulged in rampant corruption. I will not spare these people. God has given me the strength to bring the party back to power," he added.

Attacking the ruling Congress for "misusing" around Rs 650 crore of state funds for its campaigns as part of Siddaramaiahs state tour, Gowda said that the governments only achievement was corruption.

JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda on Saturday said that lawlessness had prevailed during the Congress regime in the state and that he would expose the same if his party comes to power.

Addressing the party workers after inaugurating a convention at Gandhinagar in the city, Gowda said that while the Congress government was busy "looting" Bengaluru, the law and order situation had taken a hit. Though the crime rate had spiked in the city with daylight robberies and murders, the police had turned a blind eye to the same.

"As chief minister I had come down heavily on those who were looting Bengaluru. But this government is blatantly looting the city. Crimes have increased and people have lost their peace of mind. If the JD(S) comes to power, it will expose those who have indulged in rampant corruption. I will not spare these people. God has given me the strength to bring the party back to power," he added.

Attacking the ruling Congress for "misusing" around Rs 650 crore of state funds for its campaigns as part of Siddaramaiah's state tour, Gowda said that the government's only achievement was corruption.

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Cabinet okays integrated court management system

DH News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 4:34pm

The Cabinet, on Wednesday, gave its approval for putting in place the necessary infrastructure in the High Court of Karnataka and its two circuit benches for allowing advocates to argue cases through video conferencing, besides making the courts paperless.

Briefing reporters, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said the Integrated Court Management System will also help litigants access data and retrieve information online - a step toward paperless courts. The Cabinet sanctioned Rs 43.5 crore for the project, which will be completed in three years.

Two pvt varsities approved

The Cabinet approved two private universities - Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara University to be set up in Dharwad and Khaja Bandenawaz University in Kalaburagi. Bills to give statutory powers to the two universities will be tabled in the budget session of the legislature.

It also approved cost escalation (from initial Rs 230 crore to Rs 438.04 crore) that occurred during construction of the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi. The Cabinet took the decision following a report by Additional Chief Secretary T M Vijaybhaskar, which stated that no irregularities were involved.

The Cabinet gave its nod to introduce end-to-end automation in Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bengaluru, at a cost of Rs 51.34 crore.

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Cong leaders target Hegde over remark on writers

DH News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 4:12pm

The Congress on Wednesday mounted an attack on Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde over his remarks on writers.

Hegde faced flak especially for his take on Jnanapith awardee, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu, whose ideas he seemingly mocked without naming him at a Skill India event in Belagavi. He mocked the philosophy of "be a human first..." that is often attributed to Kuvempu. Hegde also went on to say that some people wore the title of writer to get sites allotted by the government, while their writings made no sense.

"These are not Hegdes words, but a reflection of the BJPs agenda. He has already apologised once in the Lok Sabha for a bad statement. He should understand that his position carries some dignity," AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal said.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader said mocking Kuvempus Vishwa Manava philosophy was "an insult to all Kannadigas." Khader said Hegde was alright before he became a union minister.

"Hes talking this way after he became a union minister. The prime minister should talk some sense into him," he said.

The Congress on Wednesday mounted an attack on Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde over his remarks on writers.

Hegde faced flak especially for his take on Jnanapith awardee, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu, whose ideas he seemingly mocked without naming him at a Skill India event in Belagavi. He mocked the philosophy of "be a human first..." that is often attributed to Kuvempu. Hegde also went on to say that some people wore the title of 'writer' to get sites allotted by the government, while their writings made no sense.

"These are not Hegde's words, but a reflection of the BJP's agenda. He has already apologised once in the Lok Sabha for a bad statement. He should understand that his position carries some dignity," AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal said.

Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader said mocking Kuvempu's Vishwa Manava philosophy was "an insult to all Kannadigas." Khader said Hegde was alright before he became a union minister.

"He's talking this way after he became a union minister. The prime minister should talk some sense into him," he said.

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Udupi takes on festive hue for biennial Paryaya

DH News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 3:58pm

The temple town wears a festive look for the biennial Paryaya. Palimaru Mutt seer Vidyadheesha Theertha Swami will ascend the Paryaya Peetha for the second time, in the wee hours of Thursday, in keeping with 800 years of the Krishna Mutts legacy.

The entire town is decked up in festive colours, with the chanting of hymns and religious discourses taking place on Car Street.

The seer takes charge of the Krishna temple and pooja rights from the outgoing seer Vishwesha Theertha Swami of Pejawar Mutt.

Pontiffs of eight Mutts take over the affairs of the Krishna Mutt as per a rotation system started by Madhwacharya, who propounded the Dwaita philosophy (dualism).

Earlier, the pontiffs performed pooja for two-month periods. Another saint Vadiraja Swami of Sode Mutt modified this system by introducing the biennial Paryaya system in 1522.

The Palimaru Mutt seer will leave Udupi on the previous night to a place called Dandatheertha near Kaup, to take a dip in the holy pond, following which he will enter Udupi city at Jodukatte. He will be received by the seers from the eight mutts, except the outgoing Pejawar Mutt seer.

The incoming seer will then be taken in a grand Paryaya procession to the Krishna Mutt. About 80 folk and cultural tableaux will take part in the procession. The seer will be received by outgoing seer Vishwesha Theertha at the entrance of the Mutt. He is taken inside the sanctum sanctorum where the reins of the temple are formally handed over to him.

The outgoing seer will also hand over articles like Akshaya Patra and keys to the Palimaru seer in the presence of the other pontiffs.

An informal durbar will take place at the newly built venue for the purpose outside the temple premises. Later, a formal public durbar is held. The new incumbent then honours all the seers and other dignitaries.

The temple town wears a festive look for the biennial Paryaya. Palimaru Mutt seer Vidyadheesha Theertha Swami will ascend the Paryaya Peetha for the second time, in the wee hours of Thursday, in keeping with 800 years of the Krishna Mutt's legacy.

The entire town is decked up in festive colours, with the chanting of hymns and religious discourses taking place on Car Street.

The seer takes charge of the Krishna temple and pooja rights from the outgoing seer Vishwesha Theertha Swami of Pejawar Mutt.

Pontiffs of eight Mutts take over the affairs of the Krishna Mutt as per a rotation system started by Madhwacharya, who propounded the 'Dwaita' philosophy (dualism).

Earlier, the pontiffs performed pooja for two-month periods. Another saint Vadiraja Swami of Sode Mutt modified this system by introducing the biennial Paryaya system in 1522.

The Palimaru Mutt seer will leave Udupi on the previous night to a place called Dandatheertha near Kaup, to take a dip in the holy pond, following which he will enter Udupi city at Jodukatte. He will be received by the seers from the eight mutts, except the outgoing Pejawar Mutt seer.

The incoming seer will then be taken in a grand Paryaya procession to the Krishna Mutt. About 80 folk and cultural tableaux will take part in the procession. The seer will be received by outgoing seer Vishwesha Theertha at the entrance of the Mutt. He is taken inside the sanctum sanctorum where the reins of the temple are formally handed over to him.

The outgoing seer will also hand over articles like 'Akshaya Patra' and keys to the Palimaru seer in the presence of the other pontiffs.

An informal durbar will take place at the newly built venue for the purpose outside the temple premises. Later, a formal public durbar is held. The new incumbent then honours all the seers and other dignitaries.

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KSRTC staff strike called off: Minister

DH News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 2:18pm

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Employees Union has agreed to cancel its plan to strike work as the government is taking steps to meet their demands, Transport Minister H M Revanna said on Wednesday.

"The government has already hiked wages by 12.5% for employees across all four transport corporations. This is will cause a burden of Rs 1,767.57 crore," Revanna told reporters. The minister said the government would consider the employees demand to cancel "forced" transfers.

The KSRTC Union, affiliated to CITU, had planned to strike work from January 18. Talks are on with another union that plans to launch a strike from January 30, the minister said.

"We are also considering a demand to pay bonus to BMTC employees. I will speak to the Finance department," he said.

He said a special recruitment drive will be launched to hire bus drivers and conductors in Mangaluru and Puttur, where there is a shortage of drivers and conductors.

"The student pass subsidy is another area where we can ask for governments help," he said.

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Employees' Union has agreed to cancel its plan to strike work as the government is taking steps to meet their demands, Transport Minister H M Revanna said on Wednesday.

"The government has already hiked wages by 12.5% for employees across all four transport corporations. This is will cause a burden of Rs 1,767.57 crore," Revanna told reporters. The minister said the government would consider the employees' demand to cancel "forced" transfers.

The KSRTC Union, affiliated to CITU, had planned to strike work from January 18. Talks are on with another union that plans to launch a strike from January 30, the minister said.

"We are also considering a demand to pay bonus to BMTC employees. I will speak to the Finance department," he said.

He said a special recruitment drive will be launched to hire bus drivers and conductors in Mangaluru and Puttur, where there is a shortage of drivers and conductors.

"The student pass subsidy is another area where we can ask for government's help," he said.

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Won't contest poll in future: DHS

DH News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 1:42pm

Legislative Council chairperson D H Shankaramurthy said on Wednesday that he would not contest any election in future.

He said he had conveyed his decision on not contesting the election to the BJP central leaders.

Shankaramurthys term as member of the Legislative Council and consequently as chairperson ends in June. He has been elected to the House for five terms from the south west teachers constituency. He would, however, continue to be in public life and would take up any role assigned to him by the party after his term ends, Shankaramurthy said.

Shankaramurthy said he had discharged responsibilities given to him by the party honestly.

Legislative Council chairperson D H Shankaramurthy said on Wednesday that he would not contest any election in future.

He said he had conveyed his decision on not contesting the election to the BJP central leaders.

Shankaramurthy's term as member of the Legislative Council and consequently as chairperson ends in June. He has been elected to the House for five terms from the south west teachers' constituency. He would, however, continue to be in public life and would take up any role assigned to him by the party after his term ends, Shankaramurthy said.

Shankaramurthy said he had discharged responsibilities given to him by the party honestly.

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Kannada organisations support bandh on Jan 25

DH News - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 1:00pm

Kannada organisations on Wednesday extended their support to the Karnataka bandh called on January 25, demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene to find a solution to the Mahadayi issue.

Speaking to reporters, Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Okkuta said all Kannada organisations, the Kannada filmdom, hotel owners and educational institutions should support the bundh. Goa Irrigation Minister Vinod Palyekar should apologise for his derogatory comments against Kannadigas, he added.

Kannada organisations on Wednesday extended their support to the Karnataka bandh called on January 25, demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervene to find a solution to the Mahadayi issue.

Speaking to reporters, Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Okkuta said all Kannada organisations, the Kannada filmdom, hotel owners and educational institutions should support the bundh. Goa Irrigation Minister Vinod Palyekar should apologise for his derogatory comments against Kannadigas, he added.

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Papu threatens cut in supply of commodities to Goa

DH News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:48pm

Noted journalist Patil Puttappa (Papu) said on Tuesday that the supply of essential commodities to Goa would be stopped if leaders from the neighbouring state made derogatory statements about Kannadigas.

Papu told a press conference that leaders from Goa should learn decorum and not make childish remarks. He said many Goa depends on Karnataka for many essential commodities, including milk. Yet, Goan leaders are making irresponsible comments against Karnataka. This was unacceptable in a federal set-up, the writer said.

The writer demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene to resolve the Mahadayi water dispute.

Noted journalist Patil Puttappa (Papu) said on Tuesday that the supply of essential commodities to Goa would be stopped if leaders from the neighbouring state made derogatory statements about Kannadigas.

Papu told a press conference that leaders from Goa should learn decorum and not make childish remarks. He said many Goa depends on Karnataka for many essential commodities, including milk. Yet, Goan leaders are making irresponsible comments against Karnataka. This was unacceptable in a federal set-up, the writer said.

The writer demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene to resolve the Mahadayi water dispute.

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Give Reddy a chance to lead party in Ballari: Sriramulu to BJP

DH News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:18pm

Lok Sabha member B Sriramulu said on Tuesday that he had appealed to the BJP leaders to give former minister G Janardhana Reddy an opportunity to lead the partys campaign in the district.

Stressing the popularity of Reddy in the region, Sriramulu told a press conference that the BJP can win all nine Assembly constituencies in the district if he just joins the party, but does not even campaign. The BJP would be strengthened in 42 constituencies of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, B Sriramulu said.

The former minister said no one other than him from his family would enter politics.

Lok Sabha member B Sriramulu said on Tuesday that he had appealed to the BJP leaders to give former minister G Janardhana Reddy an opportunity to lead the party's campaign in the district.

Stressing the popularity of Reddy in the region, Sriramulu told a press conference that the BJP can win all nine Assembly constituencies in the district if he just joins the party, but does not even campaign. The BJP would be strengthened in 42 constituencies of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, B Sriramulu said.

The former minister said no one other than him from his family would enter politics.

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PM's intervention to settle down Mahadayi water dispute impossible: Jagadish Shettar

DH News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 10:00am

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modis intervention to settle down Mahadayi water dispute.

"The water dispute will never be settled until the Congress party leaders in the State negotiate the matter with their party leaders in Goa. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is unnecessarily politicising the issue," he told reporters here.

It was true that former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee settled certain water disputes by their interventions. Situations were different then. At present, situation about Mahadayi water dispute is totally different. The then prime minister Manmohan Sing recommended t he Supreme Court to constitute the tribunal as he thought that the Central government could no longer find a solution to the problem, Shettar said.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to settle down Mahadayi water dispute.

"The water dispute will never be settled until the Congress party leaders in the State negotiate the matter with their party leaders in Goa. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is unnecessarily politicising the issue," he told reporters here.

It was true that former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Atal Bihari Vajpayee settled certain water disputes by their interventions. Situations were different then. At present, situation about Mahadayi water dispute is totally different. The then prime minister Manmohan Sing recommended t he Supreme Court to constitute the tribunal as he thought that the Central government could no longer find a solution to the problem, Shettar said.

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BJP is a party of of jokers and heroines: Ramalinga Reddy

DH News - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 8:24am

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Tuesday termed the BJP as a party of jokers and heroines.

Commenting on the Mahadayi water dispute and Goan Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkars use of unparliamentary words for the people of Karnataka, Reddy said: "Amit Shash is the manager for the drama staged by the BJP regarding Mahadayi water dispute. He has distributed certain roles to a few local leaders. Some of them have been given the role of heroes, while a few others heroines."

Reddy charged that the State BJP leaders might have provoked Palienkar to issue such a statement.

"What made Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar write a letter to B S Yeddyurappa when the latter doesnt hold any position?" Reddy asked.

Regarding the recent atrocity against a woman in Bengaluru, the Home Minister said that Bengaluru had over 2.20 crore population. Atrocities against women were reported often. Just because of one incident, the city should not be termed as unsafe for women. The government would stern act against those who exploit women.

Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Tuesday termed the BJP as a party of jokers and heroines.

Commenting on the Mahadayi water dispute and Goan Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar's use of unparliamentary words for the people of Karnataka, Reddy said: "Amit Shash is the manager for the drama staged by the BJP regarding Mahadayi water dispute. He has distributed certain roles to a few local leaders. Some of them have been given the role of heroes, while a few others heroines."

Reddy charged that the State BJP leaders might have provoked Palienkar to issue such a statement.

"What made Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar write a letter to B S Yeddyurappa when the latter doesn't hold any position?" Reddy asked.

Regarding the recent atrocity against a woman in Bengaluru, the Home Minister said that Bengaluru had over 2.20 crore population. Atrocities against women were reported often. Just because of one incident, the city should not be termed as unsafe for women. The government would stern act against those who exploit women.

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CM Siddaramaiah, senior congress leaders to seek people's inputs for manifesto

DH News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 6:40pm

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and senior Congress leaders may soon embark on a mass contact programme to seek inputs from the electorate on their expectations from the party if voted to power again in the upcoming Assembly elections.

The manifesto-drafting exercise, helmed by senior leader M Veerappa Moily, has by and large been an internal affair involving consultations with party leaders from various regions to understand the aspirations of the people.

On Saturday last, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked the party leaders to fan out across the state and seek inputs from the people and include them in the party manifesto for the Assembly elections.

The idea was first mooted by the Aam Aadmi Party which had reached out to voters in Delhi ahead of the 2013 Assembly elections seeking their inputs for the manifesto. The fledgling party had also come out with constituency-centric manifesto.

The Congress tried out this concept during the recently concluded Gujarat Assembly elections. Technocrat and Overseas Congress Chairman Sam Pitroda was tasked with drafting the "Peoples Manifesto" for Gujarat.

Pitroda had held meetings with the residents of five cities â€" Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Surat to prepare the manifesto covering areas such as healthcare, small and medium enterprises, job creation and environment protection.

For Karnataka, Gandhi has asked the chief minister to involve senior leaders in a similar exercise.

The Congress manifesto is expected to focus on five transformational ideas that would bring about fundamental changes in the economic and social conditions of the people of the state.

Moily had claimed that the Siddaramaiah govenment had fulfilled 98% of the promises made in the Congress manifesto for the 2013 elections.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and senior Congress leaders may soon embark on a mass contact programme to seek inputs from the electorate on their expectations from the party if voted to power again in the upcoming Assembly elections.

The manifesto-drafting exercise, helmed by senior leader M Veerappa Moily, has by and large been an internal affair involving consultations with party leaders from various regions to understand the aspirations of the people.

On Saturday last, Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked the party leaders to fan out across the state and seek inputs from the people and include them in the party manifesto for the Assembly elections.

The idea was first mooted by the Aam Aadmi Party which had reached out to voters in Delhi ahead of the 2013 Assembly elections seeking their inputs for the manifesto. The fledgling party had also come out with constituency-centric manifesto.

The Congress tried out this concept during the recently concluded Gujarat Assembly elections. Technocrat and Overseas Congress Chairman Sam Pitroda was tasked with drafting the "People's Manifesto" for Gujarat.

Pitroda had held meetings with the residents of five cities €" Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Surat to prepare the manifesto covering areas such as healthcare, small and medium enterprises, job creation and environment protection.

For Karnataka, Gandhi has asked the chief minister to involve senior leaders in a similar exercise.

The Congress manifesto is expected to focus on five transformational ideas that would bring about fundamental changes in the economic and social conditions of the people of the state.

Moily had claimed that the Siddaramaiah govenment had fulfilled 98% of the promises made in the Congress manifesto for the 2013 elections.

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Modi, Rahul tweet Sankranthi greetings in Kannada

DH News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 6:38pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted their Sankranthi greetings to the people of poll-bound Karnataka in Kannada, on their respective official twitter handles.

"My Sankranti greetings to all Kannadigas. May this auspicious festival bring happiness, harmony anad well being to all," Modi tweeted in Kannada with its English translation.

"On the auspicious day when the Surya begins his journey to Uttarayana, let us resolve to rebuild golden Karnataka - filled with peace and prosperity, tweeted Shah. Rahul too wished the people of the state in Kannada saying that all their dreams will come true.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah and Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted their Sankranthi greetings to the people of poll-bound Karnataka in Kannada, on their respective official twitter handles.

"My Sankranti greetings to all Kannadigas. May this auspicious festival bring happiness, harmony anad well being to all," Modi tweeted in Kannada with its English translation.

"On the auspicious day when the Surya begins his journey to Uttarayana, let us resolve to rebuild golden Karnataka - filled with peace and prosperity, tweeted Shah. Rahul too wished the people of the state in Kannada saying that all their dreams will come true.

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Internal quota: SC groups 'arrive' at consensus

DH News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 6:34pm

At a meeting convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday on implementing the A J Sadashiva Commission report on internal reservation for the Scheduled Castes, the Left and the Right wings of the community seem to have come to an consensus.

Siddaramaiah has invited leaders of Dalit associations on Monday, a day after he held a meeting with legislators and MPs from the community, to discuss the implementation of the report.

The meeting was held in the wake of demand by the SC Left wing groups and their leaders that the government should provide internal reservation in order to ensure justice to those who failed to get the benefits of reservation in education and employment. The internal reservation has become a controversial issue with some SC Right wing groups and their leaders vehemently opposing it.

Of this reservation of 15% to SCs, the commission recommended 6% to Left Community, 5% to Right Community, 3% to Touchables and 1% to Other Scheduled Castes communities.

According to sources, the consensus arrived at Mondays meeting is that reservation will be shared equally - 5.5 % each - between both Left and Right communities.

Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said a final decision on implementing the report will be taken after obtaining legal opinion.

At a meeting convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday on implementing the A J Sadashiva Commission report on internal reservation for the Scheduled Castes, the Left and the Right wings of the community seem to have come to an consensus.

Siddaramaiah has invited leaders of Dalit associations on Monday, a day after he held a meeting with legislators and MPs from the community, to discuss the implementation of the report.

The meeting was held in the wake of demand by the SC Left wing groups and their leaders that the government should provide internal reservation in order to ensure justice to those who failed to get the benefits of reservation in education and employment. The internal reservation has become a controversial issue with some SC Right wing groups and their leaders vehemently opposing it.

Of this reservation of 15% to SCs, the commission recommended 6% to Left Community, 5% to Right Community, 3% to 'Touchables' and 1% to Other Scheduled Castes communities.

According to sources, the consensus arrived at Monday's meeting is that reservation will be shared equally - 5.5 % each - between both Left and Right communities.

Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said a final decision on implementing the report will be taken after obtaining legal opinion.

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NWKRTC website found 'hacked'

DH News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 6:34pm

Hubballi, dhns: The website of the North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) was found hacked on Monday.

The protal - www.nwkrtc.in - had information about the services being offered by the corporation, time-table of buses, contact details of its officials and other information for the public. Immediately after hacking come to notice, the portal was blocked and a link was given to www.ksrtc.in, for booking of tickets.

NWKRTC Chairman Sadanand Danganavar stated that the website was hacked, but there is no possibility of stealing any strategic or internal information, as this website was meant only for giving information to public.

NWKRTC chief mechanical engineer P R Mahajan, who is in charge of systems operations, said that the website developed by a private firm several years ago, probably lacked modern security settings.

"The firm, which developed the website checked it and informed that it was a malware attack. It has been been asked to check thoroughly to see whether the website was really hacked or not, to upgrade it with better security settings, and to relaunch it by Tuesday evening," he said.

Hubballi, dhns: The website of the North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NWKRTC) was found hacked on Monday.

The protal - www.nwkrtc.in - had information about the services being offered by the corporation, time-table of buses, contact details of its officials and other information for the public. Immediately after hacking come to notice, the portal was blocked and a link was given to www.ksrtc.in, for booking of tickets.

NWKRTC Chairman Sadanand Danganavar stated that the website was hacked, but there is no possibility of stealing any strategic or internal information, as this website was meant only for giving information to public.

NWKRTC chief mechanical engineer P R Mahajan, who is in charge of systems operations, said that the website developed by a private firm several years ago, probably lacked modern security settings.

"The firm, which developed the website checked it and informed that it was a malware attack. It has been been asked to check thoroughly to see whether the website was really hacked or not, to upgrade it with better security settings, and to relaunch it by Tuesday evening," he said.

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Another car set ablaze in Kalaburagi city

DH News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 8:34am

Another parked car was set on fire by miscreants in Kalaburagi city in Anand Nagar early Monday morning.

The car belongs to a person named Anand Doddamani.

It may be recalled that eight cars were set ablaze in different places across Kalaburagi city, on Sunday morning, by a gang of miscreants.

A special police squad has been set up to nab the culprits. The police are also using security camera footage to hunt down the gang members.

Meanwhile car owners in Kalaburagi are on tenterhooks.

Another parked car was set on fire by miscreants in Kalaburagi city in Anand Nagar early Monday morning.

The car belongs to a person named Anand Doddamani.

It may be recalled that eight cars were set ablaze in different places across Kalaburagi city, on Sunday morning, by a gang of miscreants.

A special police squad has been set up to nab the culprits. The police are also using security camera footage to hunt down the gang members.

Meanwhile car owners in Kalaburagi are on tenterhooks.

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Mahadayi row: Karnataka will expose Goa's 'big farce' says Patil

DH News - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 7:00am

Water Resource Minister M B Patil said that the government will expose the big drama that the Goa government was enacting in the Mahadayi dispute, before the Mahadayi River Water Disputes Tribunal.

He was speaking during an inspection tour of the Mahadayi river basin on Monday.

Blaming BJP National President Amit Shah, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and State BJP President B S Yedyurappa for the farce, he called them the stage managers of the show.

"If Yeddyurappa had not made a fuss, the Goa Water Resource Minister Vinod Palyekar would not have come here. We will present our case irrefutably before the Tribunal and get our share of the water," he reassured.

Patil clarified that no works were going on in the basin as alleged by the Goa government. "We had no word of Palyekars visit to the project site," he added.

Goa creating controversy

"Palyekar has visited the spot in order to create a controversy. The projects that one sees there are old ones. Palyekar has inspected old projects. No new projects have been taken up since August. We are prepared for a third party inspection anytime. Goas statements are made to misguide people" Patil added.

Meanwhile, Ashok M Pattan, chief whip in the Legislative Assembly, said that Goa Water Resource Minister Vinod Palyekars visit to the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project site at Kanakumbi in Belagavi district, was wrong as the dispute was still unresolved in court. Related | Goa files arguments at Mahadayi tribunal on dispute with Karnataka

Water Resource Minister M B Patil said that the government will expose the 'big drama' that the Goa government was enacting in the Mahadayi dispute, before the Mahadayi River Water Disputes Tribunal.

He was speaking during an inspection tour of the Mahadayi river basin on Monday.

Blaming BJP National President Amit Shah, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and State BJP President B S Yedyurappa for the farce, he called them the 'stage managers' of the show.

"If Yeddyurappa had not made a fuss, the Goa Water Resource Minister Vinod Palyekar would not have come here. We will present our case irrefutably before the Tribunal and get our share of the water," he reassured.

Patil clarified that no works were going on in the basin as alleged by the Goa government. "We had no word of Palyekar's visit to the project site," he added.

Goa creating controversy

"Palyekar has visited the spot in order to create a controversy. The projects that one sees there are old ones. Palyekar has inspected old projects. No new projects have been taken up since August. We are prepared for a third party inspection anytime. Goa's statements are made to misguide people" Patil added.

Meanwhile, Ashok M Pattan, chief whip in the Legislative Assembly, said that Goa Water Resource Minister Vinod Palyekar's visit to the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project site at Kanakumbi in Belagavi district, was wrong as the dispute was still unresolved in court. Related | Goa files arguments at Mahadayi tribunal on dispute with Karnataka
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Will seek legal opinions on Sadashiva panel report: Anjaneya

DH News - Sun, 14/01/2018 - 10:48am

The state government will take an appropriate decision on implementing the A J Sadashiva Commission report on internal reservation for SCs after obtaining legal opinions, Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said on Sunday.

The government will take the opinion of both the Law department and the Advocate General on the recommendations made by the Commission in its report.

"The government will take everybody into confidence before taking any decision. Injustice will not be done to anybody. All efforts will be made to ensure social justice," he told reporters.

The Minister was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of Dalit leaders of the ruling party chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at his home office Krishna.

The state government will take an appropriate decision on implementing the A J Sadashiva Commission report on internal reservation for SCs after obtaining legal opinions, Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said on Sunday.

The government will take the opinion of both the Law department and the Advocate General on the recommendations made by the Commission in its report.

"The government will take everybody into confidence before taking any decision. Injustice will not be done to anybody. All efforts will be made to ensure social justice," he told reporters.

The Minister was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of Dalit leaders of the ruling party chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at his home office 'Krishna.'

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