Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Best memento for a visitor to Udupi!
Udupi, Jan 14: Renowned Photo-journalist and multi-faceted Astro Mohan’s book ‘Pictorial Journey to Udupi’ was released at Hotel Kidiyoor, here.
Speaking on the occasion, managing editor of Taranga Sandhya Pai said that deeply grasping the ancient regions of Udupi, the people, their lifestyle Astro Mohan has presented them beautifully in his book. This would be very useful to the tourists, she opined. Kiran Manjanabailu said that the book throws a light on the famous tourist spots of Udupi, the educational institutions and the religious prominence of the place.
Higher education minister V S Acharya, the chief guest said that Mohan has brought out the book on collection of photographs in an optimal manner and it’s a best gift one can give to loved ones, he added.
Wishing all the success to Astro Mohan MLA Raghupathi Bhat said that the book provides the real meaning of the word ‘Art’. It contains the developmental details of Udupi district too which is very informative, he said.
In his presidential speech Eshwarayya said that photography is a peace of heart. A best photo touches the hearts and minds of the viewers. The creativity too plays a major role. Photographs have a cultural entity, he said.
Laxminarayana Upadhya led the prayers and Janardhana Kodavooru welcomed the gathering and compered the prpgramme. Praveen Mohan proposed the vote of thanks.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
BANGALORE, JAN 13: The Karnataka Government has got the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) clearance to draw 400 kV line through the Western Ghats to evacuate power generated by Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) second unit.
According to the Karnataka Higher Education Minister, Dr V.S. Acharya, “The Government, four days ago, got the necessary clearances from the Union Ministry to take up 400 kV line in Western Ghats. Since it is delayed for a year, we are to commence the work on war footing.”
The 400-crore project is to be executed by KPTCL and we hope to complete it by March this year, he added.
The Government has committed to buy power produced by UPCL at Rs 3.71 for a unit.
SULPHUR CONTENT: “Since UPCL is using coal from Indonesia, it has high sulphur content at 0.86/kg. We have asked the promoters of power plant to install desulphurisation plant to minimise pollution,” said Dr Acharya.
Briefing reporters after the State Cabinet meeting, Dr Acharya said “The Cabinet today has ratified spot power purchase made by KPCL during 2011-12.”
“KPCL bought around 1,000 MW by spending Rs 3,877 crore to off-set the State's shortfall during 2011-12. Power was purchased at an average of Rs 4.87/unit and during peak period, about 300 MW was purchased at Rs 5.81/unit,” he added.
As for power needs during 2012-13, Karnataka is banking on completing of 400 kV line to evacuate power generated by Udupi Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL) and Bellary power's third unit.
“For summer needs, we are to follow KERC's guidelines in power purchase. At present we feel comfortable for the two projects are to yield sufficient power to tide over the period,” said Dr Acharya.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
The veteran BJP leader from Udupi, is someone who has a clear perception of party affairs in Karnataka and does not mind speaking the truth though at times, he gives the impression of being stubborn. In an interview with Deccan Chronicle, Dr Acharya spoke about the crisis in the party, possible solutions and the controversial bill pertaining to the endowment department.
Q: Some leaders including state BJP president K.S. Eshwarappa and Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda have admitted to problems in the party. According to you, what are the problems? If I am right, the problem is very simple. Party central leaders have told B.S. Yeddyurappa (former chief minister) to come clean in all the cases pending against him. They have told him that he cannot hold any post while facing charges. If he heeds this, everything will be sorted out.
But the situation does not look simple. Mr Yeddyurappa says that he has not demanded any post, nor does he want any. Yet, his supporters keep meeting at his residence to demand his political rehabilitation. Is groupism not affecting the BJP? I do not think so. There is nothing wrong in legislators and a few ministers meeting and demanding a fitting post for Mr Yeddyurappa in the party. All they are doing is expressing their opinion because BSY is a popular leader of the BJP. I feel it will only strengthen the party. Nor do I think their utterances in public will harm the party. Now that they have expressed their views, they should leave the matter to the party leadership and remain silent as disciplined soldiers of the party. Mr Yeddyurappa also seems to have reconciled to the idea that the party leadership will take care of his interests which is why he said he will function as an ordinary worker and not harm the party.
The situation seems so serious that ministers including home minister R. Ashok had to go to New Delhi and meet central leaders. Comment.
Do you know that whenever I go to New Delhi, I will not return without meeting Advaniji? Mr Ashok is the home minister. During his visit to New Delhi, he might have met party leaders. When we meet our national leaders, they are sure to ask us and obtain inputs on the situation in Karnataka. This helps them take decisions if need be, in future.
But, the differences in the party seem to be hitting the state hard. Ministers owing allegiance to Mr Yeddyurappa do not seem interested in attending office and redressing people’s problems. Take the case of public works minister, C.M. Udasi. He has come under severe criticism.
Mr Udasi is a senior minister and works very hard. The status of bad roads need not reflect on his style of functioning. There may be many other factors responsible like the allocation of funds and rules governing clearance of projects. He has to adhere to rules while implementing works. He might have expressed his allegiance to Mr Yeddyurappa because, he was made a Cabinet minister by BSY. That does not mean he has neglected his work. All our ministers are working hard. Some people have created a wrong impression about me too. They said my ill health is affecting my performance. It is unfortunate that the media is not interested in giving the right news.
Moving on to departmental issues, one of the bills of your department was defeated in the Legislative Assembly. Do you plan to bring the bill back in the same form or will you introduce an amended version in the next session?
I will introduce the bill in the Legislative Council and get it passed before presenting it in the Assembly again. I do not know why people think it was I who proposed the bill. The contentious clause which some legislators referred to, was not introduced by me. It was part of the original legislation in which law makers had used a group of words: "temple pertinent to maths". During the court case, the judges scrutinised these words and wanted the government to clarify on it. So the government brought an amendment in the last session. I have not changed the motive of the original legislation which had excluded temples governed by maths from government scrutiny. The contentious clause was part of the legislation for the past 14 years. I am bringing an amendment with a clarification as suggested by the court.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Photo courtesy: Janardan Kodavoor
On the occasion of Christmas on Sunday December 25, the aesthetically built district complex at Manipal near here, was dedicated to the public.
Karnataka Chief Minister, D V Sadananda Gowda, who inaugurated the building, promised that he will strive to rule the state in such a way so as not to lose the confidence reposed on him by the people, whose affection for him, he said, had catapulted him to this position of power.
“This is the day on which Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a statesman and politician with high integrity and ethics, was born. I am happy to inaugurate the complex in the presence of my political mentors,” he explained.
He also announced decisions like sanctioning of 50 additional posts to the district, conversion of the old taluk office block into mini Vidhana Soudha, building of quarters for employees, giving clearance for spending the excess amount of Rs 1.8 crore from the land revenue department for administrative purpose and acquisition of vehicles.
He also announced release of one third of the project cost for the construction of Rajatadri-Kolalagiri Bridge, which, once executed, will cut the distance to the district complex by two kms for people coming from the direction of Brahmavar and Kundapur.
Dr V S Acharya, speaking on the occasion, hailed local MLA, Raghupati Bhat, for putting in efforts for realizing the district’s dreams of ‘Rajatadri’, the district complex, foundation stone for which had been laid during the period of erstwhile Chief Minister, J H Patel. Raghupati Bhat, who gratefully recollected the cooperation he received from the ministers and others towards making the district complex a reality, said that the landmark building could come up because of the second phase amount of Rs 7.65 crore released by the government. He announced that the district deputy commissioner would start functioning from the new complex from Monday December 26 onwards.
Rural development and panchayat raj minister, Jagadish Shettar, who noted that a unique platform, a venue for those who want to stage protest at the complex, has been built here, wished that this platform will never be used. Expressing his appreciation for the building design and execution, he said that honest officials, who understand the genuine wishes of the government and implement the programmes, and serve the people well, can pave way for overall progress of the district.
MLAs, H Gopal Bhandary, Lalaji R Mendon, and Lakshminarayana, MLCs, Ganesh Karnik and Srinivas Poojary, chairman of Committee for Implementation of Third Finance Commission Recommendations, A G Kodgi, zilla panchayat president, Katapadi Shankar Poojary, district deputy commissioner, M T Reju, inspector general of police (western range), Pratap Reddy, superintendent of police, Ravikumar, Ramesh Jhalaki, and others were present at the dais.
Kudi Vasant Shetty presented the programme. A cultural programme, ‘Tulunada Vaibhava’ was presented on the occasion.
Thereafter, the Chief Minister chaired the progress review meeting held at the district auditorium.