Friday, May 29, 2009

70,000 houses to be built for police personnel

BANGALORE: The Home Department will build 70,000 residential quarters for policemen in the next three years at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,500 crore.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Minister for Home V.S. Acharya said there were one lakh police personnel in the State and only 30,000 policemen had been given residential quarters. Nearly 7,500 houses were in a dilapidated state and were unsafe for living.

The department proposed to construct 70,000 residential quarters in various parts of the State by raising a Rs. 500-crore loan, he said.

The Karnataka Police Housing Corporation would build the quarters, Dr. Acharya said.

Around 500 vehicles would be purchased for the department at a cost of Rs. 18 crore. On Tuesday, the Minister handed over 23 vehicles, including 18 Hoysala, to the department.

The second unit of the India Reserve Battalion would be raised in Dharwad district. The Union Home Department had requested the Government to provide details related to land and location to establish the unit and a minimum of 500 acres would be required, Dr. Acharya said. The first unit of India Reserve Battalion had been raised in Koppal district. On filling vacancies, he said 142 assistant public prosecutors would be recruited soon.

Dr. Acharya clarified that no Minister was under intelligence surveillance and no orders had been issued directing the police or intelligence officials to watch Ministers’ movements. 

(The Hindu/Spl Correspondent) 


Paramilitary unit ready by next year
Bangalore: The India Reserve Battalion (IRB), a paramilitary force on the lines of the CRPF, based in Karnataka will be operational within a year. Home minister V S Acharya said here on Wednesday the state govt is acquiring 500 acres of land in Dharwad to set up the IRB headquarters, besides a training centre in Koppal. Though the new unit will be at the disposal of the Union home ministry, it would be under state control under an Inspector-General of Police. 

1500 new vehicles for police: The state will soon replace 1,500 old and obsolete police vehicles with new ones, at a cost of Rs 18 crore. "The new vehicles, which are faster and more powerful than the old ones, will be introduced to the existing fleet,'' Acharya said. 

He said every police vehicle will be condemned after 10 years of induction and auctioned after getting the state govt`s permission through the director general of police. 

142 APPs to be appointed: Considering a long-pending demand, the state government will soon appoint 142 assistant public prosecutors to fill the existing vacancies in the state, Acharya said. 

Monday, May 25, 2009

Development & Power Projects: Need of the Hour

Development programmes undertaken by the state government have contributed to the success of MP Sadanand Gowda...(click on the image for report)

Foundation stone for Gundia Hydro Power Project
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Yeddyurappa stated that the project will be built at a cost of Rs. 1119 crores and in the first phase Rs. 959 crores will be spent. It will produce a total of 400 MW using hydro power. He said the water augmented by a series of check dams across the tributaries of Gundia river at Yettina Holay, Kere Holay and Hongadi Halla and through a channel it will be sent to the underground generating station. It will be one of the large hydro power project in the state after Kali, Varahi and Sharavathi. (more when you click on the image)

Goonda Act to be invoked for film piracy

Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) president Jayamala and her team met home minister V S Acharya recently and renewed their request to bring piracy under the Goonda Act. After meeting them, Acharya said: "We'll bring an amendment and bring piracy under the Goonda Act very soon.'' The amendment is likely to be introduced in the next session of the legislature.
Read more
Excerpts from Film Piracy, Organized Crime, and Terrorism..."Moreover, three of the documented cases provide clear evidence that terrorist groups have used the proceeds of film piracy to finance their activities. While caution must be exercised in drawing broad conclusions from limited evidence, further investigation is a timely imperative. These cases, combined with established evidence for the broader category of counterfeiting-terrorism connections, are highly suggestive that intellectual-property theft — a low-risk, high-profit enterprise — is attractive not only to organized crime, but also to terrorists, particularly opportunistic members of local terrorist cells."

Friday, May 22, 2009


"When talking about politician bloggers , one cannot forget Dr VS Acharya, who sent the state into a tizzy over his blog. On his blog, there have been updates, and reports on these updates. And what is more Dr Acharya’s blog also tracks media reports responding to his blog and puts those links on his blog spot"
Blogicians of the state
Also read an analysis...Moral panic in the media

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cartoon of the Week!

Interpretation, left to the readers!
Courtesy: Harini/Daijiworld

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Towards a Genuine Centre Right Party...

FE Editorial : BJP’s future
The Financial Express/Editorial/19.05.2009
India needs a genuine centre-right party
The BJP must be feeling terribly demoralised, having lost two general elections in a row. The prospect of ten long years out of power at the Centre would daunt even the most optimistic politicians. Yet, there is no need for the BJP to be despondent—that runs the risk of them lurching further to the political right as a reaction. This election has seen the decimation of many smaller parties which had, in many ways, disproportionately influenced Indian politics for the last 13 years. In fact, the Congress gained more at the expense of these Third Front parties than the BJP. The voters are, after a long time, yearning for bipolarity and the BJP, as the second-largest national party, is still the main alternative for voters. That said, the BJP would do well to rethink some parts of its agenda. The party was at its most attractive under the moderate leadership of Atal Behari Vajpayee, who ran what was arguably the first genuinely centre-right government in independent India. There is still space for that agenda—a combination of right-wing economics and conservative, but not extremist, politics.
The BJP would do well to amputate its Hindu right agenda and become a mainstream centre-right party. Any agenda of hate and exclusion (which Varun Gandhi led the BJP into) is unlikely to garner enough votes in what is essentially a secular country. Such an agenda is also unnecessary to be a viable political party and must, therefore, be revised. For this, it may need to jettison some of its older leadership and induct younger, more forward-looking people at the top-rung of the party hierarchy. The BJP has always claimed to have more internal democracy than the Congress—that itself may make it an alternative option for those who dislike the family-run Congress party—and this democracy should be strengthened as the churning begins. Remember also that the Congress is unlikely to follow aggressive pro-industry policies as part of its mandate—the BJP would be in a good position to provide an alternative; it had a much better record on infrastructure when it was in office, compared with the UPA’s last term. And while the BJP rediscovers itself, it must keep in mind that politics is about the long term (and not two general elections). The tide does and will eventually change, but the BJP must be in a position to ride it—it need look no further than the toiling Mamata Banerjee for consolation and inspiration....

Saturday, May 16, 2009


ಕರಾವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿ ಜೆ ಪಿ ಜಯಭೇರಿ!

ಚರ್ಚ್ ಗಲಭೆ, ಪಬ್ ಧಾಳಿ, ಚಾರ್ಲಿ ಚಾಪ್ಲಿನ್ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ ಗೊಂದಲ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿ ಅಶಾಂತಿ ಹರಡಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಮುಖ ಭಂಗ!
BJP wins all MP seats in Coastal Karnataka!

Blown out of proportion- church attack, "orchestrated -televised pub attack", non issue of illegal Chaplin statue erection at Baindoor...all seem to have no effect on the victory march of BJP!

Lok Sabha Election: 2009: results

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Karnataka to recruit about 9500 police personnel

Bangalore, May 12: As part of filling up vacancies and augment the strength of its force, Karnataka Government has decided to recruit 9431 police personnel to various armed wings, including the State Reserve Police. While 6000 constables will be recruited into City Armed Reserve (CAR), District Armed Reserve (DAR), besides civil constables, 400 sub-inspectors of police and 2854 men for KSRP would be recruited, Home Minister Dr V S Acharya told reporters here. Of the four hundred Sub-Inspectors to be appointed, 25 would be picked up exclusively for intelligence wing of the newly set up Internal Security Cell, he said. One hundred seventyseven sub-inspectors would also be appointed to KSRP, he said. The process of recruitment will commence in about a month's time for constables and for other posts later. The entire recruitment exercise was expected to be completed in about a year's time, Acharya said. The eligible age limit for candidates has been enhanced by two years consequent to the government raising the retirement age from 58 to 60 years last year, he said. The age limit for candidates applying for constable post in General Merit category goes up to 25 years from 23 years, those in reserved posts from 25 years to 27 years. For Police sub-Inspector post, the eligible age in General Merit section will be 26 from 24 and in reserved category 28 years from 26 years. Source: ZeeNews

Sunday, May 3, 2009

After the dust settles...the real story emerges...

Residents of Dalit colony say rioters instigated APSP firing
(The Hindu 03.05.2009/Sudipto Mondal/ Click on the image for full story)
Residents of the colony were quick to point out that the APSP team had no option but to open fire. “The APSP fired thrice in the air to disperse the crowd. But when the stone-pelting did not stop, they began firing at the rioters”

At 3.30 p.m. on Friday, a crowd of over 2,000 persons surrounded two buses in which the APSP was travelling. This was near a small playground just outside the Ashok Nagar Dalit colony. The policemen tried to get off the bus but the mob began pelting stones at them. The policemen took positions inside the buses and pointed their guns at the mob. Yet, the stone-pelting did not stop. A policeman fired three shots in the air to ward off the crowd that began advancing. A few more shots were fired at the mob; this time aimed at their legs. Udaya (28), was hit by two bullets on his leg. The rioters ran across the playground towards the Dalit colony and took shelter behind compound walls and houses. From there they once again began to pelt stones at the police. This diverted the firing towards the colony. Aithappa who was out in the open dashed for safety. A bullet hit him on his ribcage.

Encouragement: Mr. Ravi and Mr. Chonkra said that if the rioters had just left the place none of this would have happened. “They were also being encouraged by leaders of a certain organisation,” Mr. Chonkra said. Mr. Ravi said that these “leaders” also tried to involve the Dalits in the rioting. “But we refused,” he said.
Police version: Confirming the sequence of events, Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao added that the trouble first began at another playground (100 metres away from the spot of firing) where some youth were playing cricket. The APSP team, which was in plainclothes, was resting at the playground.

One of the fielders dashed into a few of the resting policemen. This led to an argument and the youth and their leaders began assaulting the policemen. Hearing the commotion, the other APSP personnel came to the rescue of their colleagues and assaulted the cricketers, the SP said.

According to one of the cricketers, the beating lasted for nearly half an hour. By the time the APSP team decided to leave, a huge crowd had gathered. The crowd managed to stop the bus in front of the Ashok Nagar Dalit colony.

Learn to respect our guardians...

Misinterpretation of this post in Indian Express

Attack on Police, by Leftist protestors...

Attack on Police, Mangalore style

Mis representation facts/ Miquotes :Mangalore (yellow) journalism style

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Respect your guardians...have regard for others self respect...

It is sad that a life has been lost in the events which led to firing by Andhra based CRPF jawans...
The objective of this analysis is not to support the police action, raising guns or lathis without the provocation of that magnitude against civilians. Nobody is empowered to shoot civilians, but as civilians we should see the right and the wrong side of our behavior also. ..

The questions raised are...
1. Why do we behave rudely with our security forces? (if anything happens as a result of this, we always label it as "brutality)
2. Why don`t we learn to respect our forces, who sacrifice lot of pleasures in life, just to make our lives peaceful?
3. Why does every protest by us has to involve destruction of public property/ government vehicles? (who is bothered anyway, as long as taxpayers are paying through the nose!)

...The question that arises now is that as civil society aren’t we supposed to take care of our policemen? Shouldn’t we be little more tolerant towards the people who protect us? In the case of Dharmasthala those cricketers did abuse the policemen in Tulu in foulest choice of words during the initial altercation. Though the policeman could not understand Tulu he could definitely understand the body language and facial contours of his abuser...
Read more in Police brutality - Are they overworked?....writeup by Team Mangalorean
Earlier posts:
Rising trend of attacks on the police forces/ move to demoralize...
Protestors beat police officer
ದನ ಕದ್ದವನ ಲುಂಗಿ ಜಾರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಬೊಬ್ಬೆ ಹೊಡೆದ ಮಾನವ ಹಕ್ಕು ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದಕರು ಪೊಲೀಸರ ಪ್ಯಾಂಟ್ ಜಾರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಎಲ್ಲಿ ನಿದ್ರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು?

Selective reporting/ mis quotes by a section of the media(?)

Friday, May 1, 2009


ಹೆಚ್ಹಿನ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಂದು ಮತದಾನ ಮಾಡಿದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಂಧುಗಳಿಗೆ, ಶಾಂತಿಯುತಮತದಾನ ಆಗಲು ರಾತ್ರಿ ಹಗಲು ಶ್ರಮಿಸಿದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಭದ್ರತಾ ಸಿಬಂದಿಗೆ, ಚುನಾವಣಾ ಸಿಬಂದಿಗೆ, ಪ್ರಜಾ ಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಮೇಲೆ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಇರುವ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೆ ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು...
ಪ್ರಜಾ ಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಮೇಲೆ ನಂಬಿಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಸಿದ್ದಾಂತ ನಂಬಿರುವ ಎಡ ಪಂಥದ ಜನಕ್ಕೆ, ನಾಡಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಅವರ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರಿಗೆ, ಪ್ರಚಾರಕರಿಗೆ ಜನರು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ ಸಂದೇಶ ನೀಡಿ ತಿರಸ್ಕರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ!
Acharya visits 19 sensitive booths without escort

Biased Media?

I must say I'm frustrated to see the rampant bias in favor of the ruling party. It's more frustrating that over the years – since my own political days in India – it hasn't changed at all: Partha Banerjee, New York City-based human rights and media activist
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