Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dr Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial Trust: Great step towards Tuluva Research

Dr. Padoor Gururaja Bhat was a well-known historian, archaeologist and researcher, who contributed substantially to research of Tulu history.
Bhat hailed from Padoor village of Udupi district. He has done commendable work on the history of Tulu Nadu and also Barkur, the ancient capital of the Tulu kingdom.
He was also the founder-principal of the The Milagres College, Kallianpur.
Books authored:
Tulunadina Nagamandala (1977), Kannada language
Studies in Tuluva history and culture: From the pre-historic times upto the modern (1975)
Antiquities of South Kanara, (1969). Prabhakara Press.
Another book, Temples of Dakshina Kannada, was started by P Gururaj Bhat, but was suspended for a long time after his death. The project was later completed by Prof. Muralidhara Upadhya and Dr. P N Narasimhamurthy
Photo: Janardan Kodavoor

H1N1: Facts in support of our observation!

ವಾಹಿನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೀನಿದರೂ ಸುದ್ದಿ!: (Courtesy: Media Mirchi) ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ಕಣ್ಣಿಗೆ ಹೆಮ್ಮಾರಿ, ಮಹಾಮಾರಿಯಾಗಿ ಕಂಡಿರುವ ಹಂದಿಜ್ವರ ಜನಜೀವನದ ಉಳಿದೆಲ್ಲ ವಿದ್ಯಮಾನಗಳನ್ನೂ ಹಿಂಬದಿಗೆ ಸರಿಸಿ ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಅಪಾಯಕಾರಿ ಡೆಂಗೇ, ಚಿಕನ್ಗುನ್ಯಾ ಪಿಡುಗನ್ನು ಮರೆಮಾಚಿದೆ. ನಕ್ಸಲೀಯರು, ಭಯೋತ್ಪಾದಕರು, ಕೊಲೆಗಡುಕರ ಕೈಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹತರಾಗುವ ಜನರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಗಳಿಗಿಂತ ಈ ಸೋಂಕಿನಿಂದ ಅಸುನೀಗಿದವರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಅಷ್ಟೇನೂ ದೊಡ್ಡದಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೂ, ಟಿ.ವಿ ವಾಹಿನಿಗಳು ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಖಾಸಗಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ವಾಹಿನಿಗಳು ಎಬ್ಬಿಸಿದ ಅಬ್ಬರ ಜನರಲ್ಲಿ ಅತಿಯಾದ ಆತಂಕ, ತಲ್ಲಣ ಉಂಟು ಮಾಡಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ನಿಕಟವತರ್ಿ ಮಿತ್ರರೊಬ್ಬರು ಅಲವತ್ತುಕೊಂಡರು.
ಮೊದಲು ಅಬ್ಬರ ಮಾಡಿ ರೋಗ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಜನರೂ ಕೂಡ ತಪಾಸಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗಳಿಗೆ ದೌಡಾಯಿಸುಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಈಗೀಗ ಸೋಂಕು ತಗುಲದಂತೆ ಮುನ್ನೆಚ್ಚರಿಕೆ ವಹಿಸಬೇಕಾದ ಸರಳ ಸೂಚನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ನೀಡಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ. ಇದು ಮೊದಲೆ ಅದು ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾದ ಕೆಲಸ. ಆರಂಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ವಾಹಿನಿಯಂತೂ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ದೇಶದ ಹಲವೆಡೆ ತನ್ನ ವರದಿಗಾರರು ಕುಟುಕು ಕಾಯರ್ಾಚರಣೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ರೋಗ ತಡೆಗೆ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗಳು ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಅದಕ್ಷ ಎಂದು ಬಿಂಬಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ನಡೆಸಿತು. ಅದರ ವರದಿಗಾರರು ರೋಗಿಗಳೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಈ ಕುಟುಕು ವರದಿ ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊರತಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳು ಹಂದಿಜ್ವರವನ್ನು ಹೆಮ್ಮಾರಿ, ಮಹಾಮಾರಿ ಎಂದು ಬಣ್ಣಿಸುವುದು ಇನ್ನೂ ಮುಂದುವರೆದಿದೆ. ಆದರೂ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಗಳು ಜನ ಕಂಗೆಡುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದು ಸಂಪಾದಕೀಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಿರುವುದು ತುಸು ನೆಮ್ಮದಿಯ ಸಂಗತಿ. ಅದರಲ್ಲಂತೂ ಪರಿಸರ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ ನಾಗೇಶ್ ಹೆಗಡೆ ಅಂಕಣ ರೋಗ ಕುರಿತು ರೋಚಕ ಹಿಮ್ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಜ್ವರ ದೇಶದ ಬಹು ಭಾಗ ಬರದ ದವಡೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಲುಕಿರುವುದನ್ನೂ ಮರೆಮಾಚಿದೆ. (ಹದ್ದಿನ ಕಣ್ಣು/ Khaadri S Achuthan)

Moral Policing?

Does the attack on a restaurant in Indiranagar by residents amount to "Moral Policing"?

Please express our views...comment!

ಈ ಘಟನೆ ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ಬುದ್ದಿ ಜೀವಿಗಳು, ಸ್ವಘೋಷಿತ ಮಾನವ ಹಕ್ಕು ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆದಾರರು, ಎಡ ಕ್ಕೆ ಒಲುವ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮ ಮಿತ್ರರು ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಸ್ಟೇಟಸ್ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆನೋ. ಒಂದು ದೃಶ್ಯ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದ ತಂಡಈ ಧಾಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಿಯಾದದ್ದು ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ವಿಶೇಷ!

Media Scan! Selection from the press/ net on this issue

Kannada newspapers report: Vulgar dance was in progress during the attack

English Media:Blame Kannada Organizations! "local Kannada organisation were behind the attack. They demand Rs 20,000 during Rajyotsava and Ganesha festivals. This time we flatly refused", Parking, loud music and the perennial clogging of the narrow lane by partygoers was a major issue. Police complaint had been filed in 2006 about the loud music and obscene behaviour of guests, Attack led by women!, Karnataka safe for women travellers, but beware of the media

The Final Word: The food is bad, parking not available, come the place is still crowded?

'Advanced dental treatment needed'

BANGALORE: Advanced dental treatment should be made available to common persons, said home minister V S Acharya on Saturday while inaugurating the
diamond jubilee celebrations of the Dental Council of India (DCI). "People in rural areas need dental healthcare at affordable prices," Acharya added. RGUHS V-C S Ramanand Shetty said the government is reluctant to start dental colleges. "Even after 50 years since Independence, we got a second dental college only last year," Shetty added. DCI president Anil Kohli said youths should strive to become teachers in dental colleges. "Teachers need to publish more research papers too."
(News: TOI)

Dental Council of India observes Diamond Jubilee, to focus on high quality education

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gulbarga Cabinet Meet

Gulbarga, August 27: Historical Cabinet meeting began here amid tight security in the headquarters of the Hyderabad-Karnataka, the most backward region in the Karnataka State. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa and his cabinet colleagues are taking part in the meeting held on the backdrop of severe drought prevailing in the region.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

ಅದಮಾರು ಮಠ ವಿಬುದೇಶ ತೀರ್ಥ : 80 ರ ನಮನ...

Photos by Janardan Kodavoor
State higher education minister Mr. Arvind Limbavali has stated that nothing will stop establishment of Sanskrit University in Karnataka, "It is healthy to discuss on the matter but cannot stop it, whatever tactics that the leftists will do to stop will not help, the university will be establishment with a constitutional promulgation" he added. He was speaking as a chief guest at the felicitation ceremony of founder of Poornaprajna group of institutions and swamiji of Admar Math HH Vibudesha Thirtha at Udupi on Tuesday. The swamiji turned 80 years. Mr. Limbavali said the opposition leader S. Siddaramaiah had said the issue on Sanskrit university should be discussed on the floor of the assembly, but he had not raised the issue so far. We at the BJP legislative party were ready for discussing on the issue any time convenient to Mr. Siddaramaiah or any other opposition. "Leftists need not tell us what to do" he added.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kapu Govt College

Photo Courtesy: Janardan Kodavoor
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Udupi, Aug 24: State home and district in-charge minister Dr V S Acharya laid the foundation stone for the construction of Kaup Government First Grade College, in the premises of Kaup Government Model Higher Primary School, here on Monday August 24 morning.
Dr Acharya, speaking on the occasion, said that the new building block will be constructed at a cost of two crore rupees, while the first phase of two floors will be built by the commencement of the coming academic year, with the first installment of Rs 50 lac.
Meanwhile, there are plans to begin vocational courses in the old building of Kaup Government First Grade College, here. Higher education sector is witnessing a revolution across the nation of late. Karnataka has become the hotspot of education. Earnest efforts are under way to set up a Sanskrit University and Law University in the state, he added.
Just 635 government high schools existed in the state till 1965, and this figure has since reached 11,000. The number of government first grade colleges was 162 just two academic years ago, which has since touched the figure of 189. The education institutions should be equipped and prepared to take up the challenges posed by the twenty first century, he emphasized.
Udupi – Chikmagalur MP Sadanand Gowda, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, department of collegiate education Mangalore regional office joint director H Eeranna, block education officer Manjunathaiah, Vidyaniketan Group of of Educational Institutions correspondent K P Acharya, Kaup Halemariamma temple managing trustee Sridhar Shenoy, Hosamariamma temple managing trustee Nadikere Ratnakar Shetty, Janardhan temple managing trustee Jayaram Hegde, zilla panchayat president Gerald Fernandes, zilla panchayat member Sarasu Bangera, taluk panchayat acting president Katpady Shankar Poojary, taluk panchayat members Jagdish Achar, Aruna Acharya and Ramesh Hegde, Fisheries Marketting Federation president Yashpal Suvarna, Kaup gram panchayat president Bhanumati Kanchan, Mallar gram panchayat president Jalaja and school head teacher Anusha were present at the occasion.
College principal Prof M N Hegde welcomed the gathering. Public works department executive engineer Suresh Shetty delivered the introductory address. Dr Raviraj Shetty compered the programme.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

ಗೌರಿ ಗಣೇಶ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು

ವಿಘ್ನ ನಾಶಕ್ಕೆ, ದುಷ್ಟರ ದಮನಕ್ಕೆ
"ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ಗಣಪ"
ಸಂಭ್ರಮ, ಶಾಂತಿ , ಸೌಹಾರ್ದಯುತ , ಗೌರಿ ಗಣೇಶ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಆಚರಣೆಗಾಗಿ, ಪೋಲಿಸ್, ಗೃಹ ರಕ್ಷಕ ದಳ,ಅಗ್ನಿಶಾಮಕ ದಳದವರಿಗೆ ಸಹಕಾರ ನೀಡಿ.
ಈ ಆವೇ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಕಲಾಕೃತಿ ಗೃಹ ಸಚಿವರ ಗೃಹ ಕಚೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
ಇದನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿದವರು ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಆತ್ಮ , ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ಕಾನ್ಸ್ಟೇಬಲ್ , ರಾಜಾಜಿನಗರ ಪೋಲಿಸ್ ಸ್ಟೇಶನ್

ಗಣೇಶ ನ ಹಬ್ಬ...ಕೆಲವು ಸಲಹೆ, Some guidelines

+ The pandals, stage etc., should not be erected on public roads.
+ The organizers should obtain no-objection certificate/licence from the local bodies, police, Mescom, fire and other concerned departments.
+ The decibel levels of the microphones should be kept at the minimum possible level.
+ For the use of microphones, permission from the concerned should be obtained and they can be used only from 6 am to 10 pm strictly.
+ While bursting crackers, people should take care not to disturb other people and those from other religions.
+ The organizers should appoint their own people to guard the venue of the progrmme all the 24 hours of the day.
+ At night, volunteers of the committees should be compulsorily present.
+ For the immersion ceremony, the route should be decided in advance and permission from the concerned should be obtained.
+ During the procession, sentiments of other religions should be taken into account and care should be taken to ensure that they are not disturbed
(Source: SP, Udupi)

Friday, August 21, 2009

BJP Vote Share on the Rise!

``Our vote share has increased in all constituencies and we have emerged victorious in two seats,’’
``There is strong an anti-Congress wave in the state. The people have reposed their faith and trust in BJP,’’ he said claiming that his party would have ``easily won two more seats if we had worked a little hard.’’
``It was unfortunate that our party nominees in Govindarajangara and Channapatna were defeated by a narrow margin,’’ he said alleging that ``they were the victims of money power, muscle power and caste factor.’’
``None of the five seats were won by BJP in the 2008 assembly elections,’’

Burqa unislamic?

News: IANS/ Courtesy: Daijiworld
New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS): The Karnataka college that disallows its students from wearing either burqas or headscarves has found unexpected support amongst a section of Islamic scholars who say rules should be followed because Islam is not particular about imposing any dress code.
"Burqa is not a part of Islam. It is a part of culture, the culture that the people of the subcontinent have been following since ages. Nobody can enforce a dress code in the name of Islam. It is categorically un-Islamic," renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan told IANS. "If a college has a rule to not wear a burqa or headscarf then that should be followed and respected. If you don't agree, you quit the college," Khan, who has authored 10 books, said.
His comments came a day after Mangalore's Sri Venkataramana Swamy College disallowed 19-year-old Ayesha Ashmin to attend classes for 12 days because she insisted on wearing a headscarf. The B.Com first year student alleged she was being persecuted for her religious beliefs as she was wearing a headscarf. The college has denied the allegation and said the girl had violated the rules of the institution. Khan, 82, does not disagree with the college.
"Islamic dress is your inner character, not what you wear outside."
"Man or woman, anyone can wear anything they feel is decent. What matters is your truthfulness and honesty in character," said the author of "Discovering Islam From Its Original Sources" that draws a distinction between Islam as presented by Prophet Muhammad and modern day Islam. Fareeda Khan, who is also an Islamic scholar and teaches in the capital's Jamia Millia University, echoed the views.
"The burqa has become the symbol of rigidity and has nothing to do with Islam. You should accept that the burqa, a part of subcontinental culture, has been misused for suicide bombings. Why not avoid the burqa? Burqa is not part of any Islamic dress code," she said.
"I also suggest to my students to not wear a burqa in the university. What is the big deal about it?" Fareeda, who is also the daughter of Wahiduddin Khan, said.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Update on 19.08.2009

Bangalore, Aug 19, 2009: The Home Minister of Karnataka Dr. V S Acharya today said that government was maintaining a strict vigil though the threat level has come down in the state. He said that centre and State had been sharing intelligence reports and there was no immediate terror threat to the state.
Addressing the presspersons Dr Acharya said "Despite the situation easing, we are more careful and keeping vigil." Acharya, who participated in the Internal Security Meeting convened by the Centre, said several issues regarding terror activities were discussed but these could not be shared with the media.
Karnataka has asked the Centre to enhance funds for modernisation of police force, he said, adding that last year the state got about Rs 600-crore grant.
Dr Acharya said that Coastal Security police stations across the Karnataka coast were maintaining strict vigil and the government had also sought co-operation from the fishermen in this regard, who are on the constant move across the coastal waters. He said a voluntary outfit ‘Sagar Rakshak Dal’ comprising of fishermen was formed for this purpose who function as informers.
On being asked whether the government will check the activities of right wing outfits, as was being done in the case of Left wing organisations, Acharya said, "Right Wing are nationalist forces. There is no problem with them".
Tribunals in rural areas
Karnataka Government has also decided to set up tribunals at village level, enabling the people to settle their legal disputes, the Home Minister said.
Dr Acharya said a proposal to set up tribunals at village level was made at the conference of state Law and Home Ministers, presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, held recently. These courts will be functional by Karnataka Rajyotsava day, he said adding that Government had accepted the Centre’s recommendations over appointing judges by the All-India Judicial Commission.
He said a few more tribunals would start functioning from November first this year.
No additional water to TN
Dr V S Acharya refuted reports that Karnataka Government has released additional water to Tamil Nadu, saying that only excess water was being let out from the Krishnarajasagar reservoir.
Excess water is being let out after the dam touched its Full Reservoir Level (FRL), Dr Acharya said, refuting reports that the state was releasing more water acceding to the Tamil Nadu demand.
The FRL, which was hitherto maintained at 124 ft, has been scaled down to 123 ft as per engineers' suggestion, he said, adding, water had reached 123 ft now.
During the August 17 meeting of Energy Secretaries of Southern states held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu had put forth the demand for release of 20 tmc ft water highlighting reports that the KRS was full following good rains in Cauvery catchment areas, he said.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Plea for Supreme Court Bench @ Bangalore

The Karnataka Government on Sunday urged the Centre to set up a Supreme Court bench in Bangalore for the benefit of the people of the southern states.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa requested Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily and Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan to set up an apex court bench in the state capital. He also said the Government would soon set up ‘Gram Nyalayas’ as proposed by the Centre.“Bangalore is centrally located in South India. The City is equidistant from all locations in the south. It is convenient for the people of the southern states to travel to Bangalore,” Yeddyurappa said in his written address to the joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts here. Since the chief minister did not attend the conference, his speech was read out by Home Minister V S Acharya.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Photo of the week

ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆ

ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಅಜ್ಜರಕಾಡುವಿನ ಮಹಾತ್ಮಗಾ೦ಧೀ ಮೈದಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಶನಿವಾರದ೦ದು 63ನೇ ವರುಷದ ಸ್ವಾತ೦ತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವವನ್ನು ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲ್ಲಾಉಸ್ತುವಾರಿ ಸಚಿವರು ಡಾ.ವಿ.ಎಸ್.ಆಚಾರ್ಯರವರು ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಧ್ವಜವನ್ನು ಅರಳಿಸುವುದರೊ೦ದಿಗೆ ಸ್ವಾತ೦ತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವವನ್ನು ನೆರವೇರಿಸಿದರು. ಇದಕ್ಕೂ ಮುನ್ನ ಸಚಿವರು ಮಾಜಿ ಯೋಧರು ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊ೦ಡ ಸ್ವಾತ೦ತ್ರ್ಯೋತ್ಸವಾಚರಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು

(Photo: AstroMohan)

ಜನ್ಮಾಷ್ಟಮಿ @ ಉಡುಪಿ : ಎಂದಿನಂತೆ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ!

ಚಾಂದ್ರ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಜನ್ಮಾಷ್ಟಮಿ

ಎಂ ಪಿ ಸದಾನಂದ ಗೌಡರಿಂದ ಹುಲಿ ವೇಷ ತಂಡ ಒಂದರ ಜತೆ ಹೆಜ್ಜೆ
ಚಿತ್ರ ಕೃಪೆ: ಜನಾರ್ದನ್ ಕೊಡವೂರ್

Friday, August 14, 2009

Greetings! ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು!

After the media created hysteria over H1N1, facts emerge...

Swine flu less severe than expected:
ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention )
++ Its death rate is expected to be similar to that of seasonal flu

++ Its social disruption effects will be less than feared for other pandemics
++ 6.5% of population could fall ill each week at the peak of the pandemic

Read More:

Image on the left: Latest MOH guidelines

Sarvajna statue in Chennai

ಕೃಪೆ: ವಿಜಯ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ೧೫.೦೮.2009

15.08.2009 Photo Album

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Merchants of Fear

Acharya suspects foul play (DHNS)

Could there be a role of business lobbies connected with masks and medical test kits/ unconfirmed treatment modalities in creating a scare among people on swine flu? This thought came from Home Minister V S Acharya, who felt that these lobbies could be misleading the people by creating a scare to spurt sales of the products.Dr Acharya, a registered doctor, who has been practicing medicine for the last four decades, felt that wearing a mask will not help in preventing infection. Similarly, Tamiflu tablets had severe side effects.He also wondered whether western tourism lobby is behind painting a scary situation in the country to prevent tourists from selecting India as their destination. He said the H1N1 virus had only been christened recently and could have been in the community for years. Many could have been infected by the virus and even developed anti-bodies in their system. Those who have already been infected will test positive for the virus because of the presence of the anti-bodies in their system, he said.