Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Traffic police station for Puttur
The new station in all likelihood could be housed at the old Puttur town police station, sources in the police department stated.
Acharya used this occasion to announce that measures would be taken to curb illegal trafficking of cattle and other illegal activities that take place in areas bordering Dakshina Kannada and neighbouring Kasaragod districts.
At Kadaba, Acharya said plans by the government to start 56 new police stations across the state have been placed on the backburner in the aftermath of devastating floods that hit parts of North Karnataka. The government instead will go ahead and open 25 out of the proposed 56 police stations, he said adding steps will also be taken to recruit required number of personnel to the fire and emergency services, and the Home Guards.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
''Education is an important factor that helps to increase the ratio of the parameters in the human development index,'' said Home Minister Dr V S Acharya.
Speaking after inaugurating the two-day conference on ‘The Law Relating to Persons Vulnerable to Exploitation-Indian Perspective’ organised by Karnataka Institute for Law and Parliamentary Reforms (KILPAR), Bangalore in association with Vaikunta Baliga College of Law here, he said that people with physical weakness, inadequacies and mental disability, those who are less informed and those residing in the remote areas are the groups that are let down from the development and modernisation process. Education was instrumental in making Udupi district less vulnerable. Recent changes enabling reservation in education and employment opportunities has resulted in countless beneficiaries of the provisions. Changes have helped rural kids to get educated. Udupi district owns the credit of being number one in the HDI criteria besides being the district with lower infant mortality rate, he said. Founder President of KILPAR Dakshina Murthy said that the institute is keen to promote awareness programmes on law and constitutional related issues among the masses. Attempts are made to reach out to the public in a simpler manner. The institute has brought out 20 publications and is planning to release additional 32 publications shortly on the issue. People are less aware regarding the vulnerable classes of the society. The discriminated people are kept out of the opportunities of nation building, he added. MIC Honorary Director Dr M V Kamath said that women and children are the most exploited and vulnerable class. Trafficking of women and children has become a worldwide phenomenon. Human trafficking in India has substantially increased in the recent years. As many as 70 thousand million sex workers are engaged in the trade in India. About 30 percent of them are below 20 years of age, out of which majority are between 15 and 18. A rough estimation of an NGO shows 20 percent of 2 million sex workers are minors. Even though India has excellent frame work of law supported by State legislations, the uncertainty still prevails on whether we can stop all these activities legally. Media plays a corrupt role supporting pornography. Do we need this sort of journalism?, he articulated. Laws have to change. Concentration on social changes needs to be hiked, he said. Vaikunta Baliga Law College Principal Prakash Kanive was present. (DHNS/Painting courtesy Jamini Roy)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Udupi Dec 20: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) were living under an illusion of forming the government in Karnataka.Dr. Acharya told presspersons that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the State was stable. Asked how many seats the BJP would win in the Legislative Council polls, he said, “We will win a good number of seats and reach double digits this time.” On his meeting with Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Friday, Dr. Acharya said that he met the Governor every Friday to brief him.A few people met Mr. Bharadwaj on December 15 and drew his attention to a Bill seeking a ban on cow slaughter and the Government’s failure to act on the Lokayukta’s report on mining. As regards the Bill, Mr. Bhardwaj reportedly told the delegation that it came under the purview of the legislature.However, there were reports that the Governor was upset over the alleged inaction on Lokayukta’s report on mining. Dr. Acharya had briefed Mr. Bhardwaj about the action initiated by the Government on the report. “Our Government has not issued a single mining licence since coming to power,” Dr. Acharya said.
Asked about the call given by the head of the Pejawar Math to stop work on the 1,015-MW coal-based power plant at Yellur, Dr. Acharya said that since the project had been cleared under the single-window system, there was no need to seek licence from the local gram panchayat.The first unit of the UPCL would be commissioned in April. “A coal-based thermal plant with required safeguards is the safest compared to units working on other sources of energy,” Dr. Acharya said. (Mangalorean)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
An example of Clever reporting by the media...
Pastor: masterminds a church attack!
Five held for attacking church at HumnabadTNN 18 December 2009, 09:56pm IST
BIDAR: The police on Thursday arrested five persons, including a pastor, in the church attack case reported a month ago. According to the police, Vasanth Kumar, the mastermind behind the incident, had planned get himself transferred to the very church he attacked. Kumar had served as pastor at Beersheba Church in Humnabad before beingtransferred to another church at Basanthpur village in Gulbarga district on June 20, 2009. Having lost interest to serve in Basanthpur church, he hatched a plan to attack the Beersheba Church with the help of his friends Sunil Baburao and Deepak Bhola. He "allegedly" offered them to pay Rs 10,000 and paid Rs 1,000 as advance. Sunil and Deepak in turn sought the help of Mallikarjun Swamy and Manjunath, the residents of Teachers' Colony off Anakuni Road. The police caught Sunil first and during the interrogation, he spilled the beans. (Note that the above mentioned report headline cleverly fails to mention that Vasanth Kumar is the Pastor of the church which was attacked!)
See the BIASED reporting in the media when the incident was reported...
Bangalore, Nov 18 (IANS) A church in north Karnataka has been vandalized and a cross, doors and windows have been damaged, police and church authorities said Wednesday.Vasanthkumar, the priest at the church in Humnabad in Bidar district, about 700 km from here, told reporters that the attack must have taken place late Tuesday and the damage was noticed Wednesday.
"It looks like a deliberate act of desecration as nothing has been stolen," Vasanthkumar said.
He said the cross on top the church, the main door and windows have been damaged.
The police visited the church and registered a case on the complaint lodged by the priest.
In September last, more than 15 churches were vandalized in different parts of the state by pro-Hindu activists, protesting alleged conversion activity by missionaries. (See how the editors pass sermon here...blaming the Hindu organizations without any basis!)
Friday, December 18, 2009
Shri BS Yeddyurappa, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka arrived at Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka at 9.30 AM on 16 Dec 2009. The Hon’ble CM paid homage to Martyrs by laying a wreath; followed by Dr VS Acharya, the Hon’ble Home Minister and then Capt Ganesh Karnik, Hon’ble MLC. The gathering at the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka comprised 25 Officers & 150 Jawans of the Army, 25 AF Officers & 150 Airmen, 100 school children belonging to Army School & Bangalore Military School, 60 NCC cadets of the Senior Div Boys, Girls, Air and Naval wings; and 250 retired Officers & men. 88 years of age, Lt Col S Nagasundaram was the oldest veteran present at the Rashtriya Sainika Smaraka and the Hon’ble CM was pleased to shake hands with the senior veteran. The Memorial Service paying Homage to the Martyrs was led by Veteran Air Marshal DG Kinglee, PVSM, AVSM.
Address by the Hon’ble Home Minister of Karnataka at the Banquet Hall in Vidhan Soudha.
After paying homage to the Martyrs, Ex-Servicemen marched to the Vidhan Soudha, where they were warmly welcomed and given a cup of Tea in the Banquet Hall, a rare honour. After Tea, Dr VS Acharya, the Hon’ble Home Minister of Karnataka expressed his happiness at being present amidst Ex-Servicemen and recalled the services rendered by the Armed Forces and paid tributes to Martyrs who laid down their lives for the sake of the Nation in the various wars fought after Independence. He assured the Ex-Servicemen of all help & assistance with regard to their welfare & well-being. The Home Minister went on to add that henceforth, VIJAY DIWAS would be celebrated every year, in grand style, under the aegis of the Govt of Karnataka and that Director Sainik Welfare Dept would be responsible for organizing the same. The Home Minister also went on to say that suitable instructions would soon be issued to all Dist Collectors to erect War Memorials in all Dist; and that, Dist Collectors would be asked to pay homage to Martyrs on Vijay Diwas and also host lunch for Ex-Servicemen in their respective Dist. The Home Minister expressed his happiness over the coming of Ex-Servicemen from the neighbouring states, viz. Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Andhra and inaugurated the Ex-Servicemen Meet.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Uttaranchal Governor Margaret Alva was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony of the Vishwa Tulu Sammelan held at Ujire, near here, on Sunday December 13.
Speaking on the occasion, she said that native Tulu women are embodied with many traits and have proven themselves in every sphere in the society.
Sammelan chief secretary Dr Mohan Alva announced the 18 decisions that were taken during the Sammelan—to include Tulu in the eighth schedule of the Indian constitution, to award all facilities meant for minority languages, to rename Mangalore Airport as Tulunadu Airport, to improve facilities at Mangalore railway station, to provide basic amenities for developing Tulunadu as a tourist spot, to introduce Tulu news in All India Radio at Mangalore station, to rejuvenate Bramavar Sugar Factory, and others.
The Sammelan was the first of its kind to express the genuine concern of all Tulu natives to sustain the language and for the growth of the entire region. The people of Tulu origin residing across the country and abroad thronged the Tulunadu heritage village constructed for the convention. Although the traffic snarls caused delays to a few visitors here, the spirit was overwhelming and visitors braved all inconveniences to reach the venue on time. (Daijiworld)
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Udupi Dec 14: Minister for Home and Muzrai V.S. Acharya said on Sunday that the Government had allotted Rs. 35 crore for the renovation of temples, which had weak structures, in the State.
He was speaking at a function to distribute financial assistance to persons suffering from ill-health, social service, educational and other organisations by the Sri Janardhana and Mahakali Temples, here.
Dr. Acharya said that the Government had increased the annual honorarium given to the priests from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 12,000. Temples should take up social service activities, he said.
Chancellor of Manipal University Ramdas M. Pai, former municipal councillor Shantha V. Acharya and others were present. (Mangalorean)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Pics: Dayanand Kukkaje
News: Rajesh S/ Daijiworld
Beltangady, Dec 10: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa at Rathnavarma Heggade stadium in Ujire here on Thursday December 10 inaugurated the historical and mega event of tuluvas, World Tulu Convention. Speaking on the occasion, CM said that the convention should emphasize on renaissance of Tulu script. He expressed the opinion that the languages that lack script are facing the danger of gradual decline. “It is very important for a language to flourish as it depicts a culture of the region. Languages perish, the cultures perish,” he said and added that the state government is contemplating a move towards providing official status to Tulu.
Prior to the inaugural of the convention, a two-hour long traditional procession that began from Ujire Janardana Swamy temple at 3.30 pm highlighted the Tulu culture with several Tuluva women with kalashas and paddy corns being part of the procession accompanied by traditional Tuluva welcome music and led by traditional Tuluva leader seated on an elephant. The grandeur to the procession was lent by about 40 cultural acts depicting Tuluva culture and tradition such as Kanggilu kunitha and Maribhoota among others.Ujire, situated about 60 kilometres away from Mangalore is all decked up befitting the grand scale the Tulu Sammelan has been planned. About five kilometres of roads leading to the town has been uniquely decorated welcoming the visitors to the convention.
Among the attractions of the convention venue is Ajjarakallu Tulu Grama, an effort to recreate Tulu village in a 10-acre-land. The village is almost a replica of the ancient Tulunadu. The structures were created by the artists toiling for about two months. The creations are designed by eminent artist Jagadish Ammunje and his team. The speciality is that each house in the village has been brought to life by actors, trained under theatre director Jeevanram Sullia, most of who are playing the chief of the particular house of a certain lifestyle.
The book exhibition with books displayed on Tulu and exhibition showcasing ancient agricultural and household tools typically of Tuluva culture too are drawing in a lot curious visitors. Various breeds of cocks used for Korida Katta, Tuluva traditional game of cock fight are also exhibited in a separate exhibition.
In a bid to save Tulu language and culture which is facing danger of decline as per the recent studies, the team headed by Dharmastala dharmadhikari Dr D Veerendra Heggade, Alva’s Foundation, Moodbidri chairman Dr M Mohan Alva, Tulu Sahitya Academy president Palthadi Ramakrishna Achar and several other eminent personalities were instrumental in organizing the convention to unite tulu speaking people. The gathering over a lac on the day one is sure to script a success story of the four-day long Tulu convention.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
BANGALORE: An estimated Rs 6.41 crore will be spent on revamping fire and emergency services in the state, over the next three years, as part of the Centre-mooted Rs 200 crore country-wide initiative for “strengthening and modernising” these services.Home Minister V S Acharya on Wednesday said a Central grant of Rs 5.13 crore is available for the state, which will pitch in Rs 1.28 crore to the plan, which involves a cost-sharing ratio of 70:30. Fifty one new fire stations, sanctioned in 2005, are expected to be functional before 2011, Acharya said. He said that this year, the finance department has also sanctioned direct recruitment of 1,854 personnel for the existing vacancies. The break up is 45 station officers, 137 driver-technicians, 313 drivers and 1359 fire fighters.
BANGALORE: After nearly 40 years, the government has hiked the tasdik - an annual allowance given to temples in the state to conduct pujas.
"We have decided to grant Rs 6,000 each annually to 3,600 temples to enable priests meet daily puja expenses," religious endowment minister V S Acharya said on Wednesday.
According to officials, the tasdik had remained constant since 1970, when a scheme was formulated to meet the maintenance expenditure of muzrai temples, particularly in rural areas.
Earlier, a delegation had met chief minister B S Yeddyurappa claiming that the grant, ranging between Rs 5 and 10 per day, was inadequate to maintain thousands of muzrai institutions in rural areas.
Considering this, Yeddyurappa had directed officials to issue a government order. "Initially, we wanted to provide a tasdik of Rs 12,000. But the finance department turned it down. If the financial position improves, we will double the grant next year," Acharya added. (TOI)
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Bangalore, Dec 7: E-governance administration will be introduced at the offices of the Deputy Commissioners of Dakshina Kannada and Shimoga on a pilot basis as part of the Rs 180 crore Karnataka State Wide Area Network (KSWAN) launched by the state government in Bangalore on Monday.
Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who launched the project as part of the national e-governance programme to establish a State Information Highway connecting the government from the State level to the taluk level administration, said the e-governance in the administration would be extended all other districts in a phased manner.
The ultimate mission of the project is to have a ``connected government’’ to transform the way the government interacts with its citizens and provide a responsive and people-friendly administration at all levels, the chief minister said.
The Rs 180 crore KSWAN project is being implemented by the state government’s Centre for e-governance, Yeddyurappa said after holding a videoconference with state governor H R Bhardwaj.
The main objective of the project was to establish a reliable, robust and secure communication corridor at all levels of the Government - state, district and taluk. It would help the government to take quick decisions and ensure delivery of servicesto the people effectively and efficiently.
The system would facilitate connectivity to all e-governance applications of the State and facilitate electronic delivery of the Government to citizen and Government to business services.Bhardwaj, in his inaugural address from his office in the Raj Bhavan, congratulated the state government for successfully launching the project which would provide data, voice and video services across the state. KSWAN has established connectivity for 2,300 government offices spread across the state, covering 70 departments. Additionally, occasional users groups can get connected to KSWAN through Dial-Up facility.Major departments connected through the KSWAN facility are: 176 taluk offices, 203 Bhoomi offices, 216 treasuries, 213 urban local bodies, 270 offices of the sub-registrars and other officials of the Department of Stamps and Registrations, 52 RTA Offices and 15 check-posts of the Transport Department, 245 offices of the Public Works Department, including the offices of all assistant executive engineers, 159 courts, including the Karnataka High Court and district courts, 29 prisons, including the Bangalore central prison, 30 Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) offices, and offices of the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Civil Supplies, Energy, Health and Family Welfare.With this, the Karnataka has joined the select band of Gujarat, Goa and Tamil Nadu in the implementation of e-Governance at all levels of administration in keeping with Bangalore’s reputation as the knowledge hub of India.M N Vidyashankar Principal Secretary, Department of e-Governance, said the system also helps the Government to deliver services with speed and more transparency and accountability which will also serve in checking corruption and delays.Each connected office will be provided with by Internet Protocol (IP) phones, through which users can dial and speak to all offices connected with KSWAN free of cost. Facilities have also been crated to provide video conferencing services, connecting state headquarters to all districts. The system would help each department to hold review meetings with officials at the district and taluk levels, Vidyashankar explained.(Daijiworld)
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Dr V S Acharya, state home minister, handed over the cheque from the state government to Dr Heggade, in a function.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Acharya said that necessary arrangements will be made to ensure the success of the convention and the state government is supporting the convention in all ways. He said that road repairs, electricity, transport, traffic management and security measures will be done promptly and concerned departments have been informed as to arrangements in urgent policy. Dr Heggade said that each Tuluva should celebrate the convention as their own and should join together for the demands of Tuluvas.
District-in-charge minister Krishna Palemar, Belthangady MLA Vasant Bangera, Mangalore MLA Yogish Bhat, and Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel were present at the programme. Prior to the function, Dr Acharya inaugurated the high mast light erected at Ujire Circle, donated by M N Rajendra Kumar, president, South Canara District Credit Co-operative Bank, for the convention. Dr M Mohan Alva, chairman, Alva’s Education Trust and general secretary of the organizing committee of the convention and Dr B Yashovarma, secretary, were also present
More photos from Daiji / Mangalorean
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
ಚಿಟ್ಪಾಡಿ: ಸೈಂಟ್ ಮೇರಿಸ್ ಐಟಿಐಯ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿಹಬ್ಬ ಉದ್ಘಾಟನೆ: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಟೊಯೊಟ ಘಟಕ ಸ್ಥಾಪನೆ: ಡಾ.ಆಚಾರ್ಯ: ಉಡುಪಿ, ನ.೩೦: ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಖ್ಯಾತಿಯ ಟೊಯೊಟ ಕಂಪೆನಿಯು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಹೊರವಲಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು ೨ ಸಾವಿರ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಹೊಸ ಕಾರು ತಯಾರಿಕಾ ಘಟಕ ಸ್ಥಾಪನೆಗೆ ಮುಂದಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಕಂಪೆನಿಗೆ ೧೩ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ತೆರಿಗೆ ಪಾವತಿ ಯಿಂದ ರಿಯಾಯಿತಿ ನೀಡಲಾಗು ವುದು ಎಂದು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಗೃಹ ಸಚಿವ ಡಾ.ವಿ.ಎಸ್.ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.ಚಿಟ್ಪಾಡಿಯ ಸೈಂಟ್ ಮೇರಿಸ್ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ತರಬೇತಿ ಕೇಂದ್ರದ ಬೆಳ್ಳಿಹಬ್ಬವನ್ನು ಸೋಮವಾರ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿ ಅವರು ಮಾತನಾಡು ತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ೧೪೬ ಐಟಿಐ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಅನುದಾನ ನೀಡುವ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾಪ ಸರಕಾರದ ಮುಂದಿದೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರ ಒಟ್ಟು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ೯ಸಾವಿರ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ವ್ಯಯ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಹೇಳಿದರು.ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆಯನ್ನು ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಕೆಥೊಲಿಕ್ ವಿದ್ಯಾಮಂಡಳಿಯ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ವಿಲ್ಸನ್ ವೈಟಸ್ ಡಿಸೋಜ ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಮುಖ್ಯ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳಾಗಿ ಉಡುಪಿ ಶಾಸಕ ಕೆ.ರಘುಪತಿ ಭಟ್, ಉಡುಪಿ ಬಿಲ್ಡರ್ಸ್ ಅಸೋಸಿಯೇಶನ್ನ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಜೆರ್ರಿ ವಿನ್ಸೆಂಟ್ ಡಯಾಸ್, ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಸರಕಾರಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ತರಬೇತಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಪ್ರಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಜಗದೀಶ್, ನಗರಸಭಾ ಸದಸ್ಯೆ Uತಾ ಶೇಟ್, ಅರ್ವಿನ್ ಆಳ್ವ ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.ಕೇಂದ್ರದ ಸಂಚಾಲಕ ರೆ.ಫಾ. ಮ್ಯಾಥ್ಯೂ ವಾಝ್ ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸಿದರು. ಪ್ರಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಗಿಲ್ಬರ್ಟ್ ಬ್ರೆಗಂಝಾ ವರದಿ ವಾಚಿಸಿದರು. ಸುರೇಶ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿಗಾರ್ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ ನಿರೂಪಿಸಿದರು(News: Gulfkannadiga)