Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Notification for De Reserving was done by SM Krishna cabinet is 2003 !
Bangalore, Feb 22:Karnataka’s home minister Dr V S Acharya has clarified that the BJP government in the state has ``not allowed mining in the reserved forest areas of Bellary, Shimoga and Mysore district’’
Dr Acharya, who is a close confidant of the chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, on Monday made it clear that the state cabinet’s decision on Saturday pertained to allowing ``mining in the 14 blocks of the three districts, subject to certain conditions.’’ But, he asserted that mining had been permitted ``only in de-reserved forest areas of three districts.’’ "Our government will never allow mining in reserve or other forest areas. We know the importance of green cover, environment and forests,’’he said. He explained that the decision for issuing the denotification on dereserving the blocks was taken by the previous Congress-led S M Krishna government. The notification to ``de-reserve the 14 blocks in the reserve forests was issued in 2003.“ The then government had received 1,400 applications for mining operations and had taken the decision to dereserve the 14 blocks in the three districts. However, the then Congress government’s decision was challenged in the Karnataka High Court. Later, the high court upheld the government’s decision, Dr Acharya said. The cabinet has decided to permit mining on 11,620 sq km in three districts only after consultation with the Forest and Industries Department, the minister explained. Mining has been permitted only for value addition and creation of jobs. The decision is in tune with the state’s mining policy, he added. The government was committed for the exploitation of the mineral wealth and there was abundance of minerals in 14 blocks of three districts. Now, the Government would receive the royalty of Rs 110 per tonne of minerals against meagre Rs 22 earlier.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
For some, Terror attack with bomb blast at Pune claiming loss of 9 lives is trivial in contrast to vandalism of Road side Grotto!
Stage managed attacks, Invasion of Privacy, Paid news/ Advertorials, Glorification of crime news, selective blindness, merchants of fear, Judgemental writeups, Moral panic in the media, Actors in Politically sponsored dramas, Spreading panic and going scot free, False allegations ....
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and home minister Dr V S Acharya have directed the police to sternly deal with anybody attempting to break the law."We will maintain tight vigilance. Nobody will be allowed to cross the limits,’’ Dr Acharya said making it clear that, ``it applies to lovers observing V-Day or the opponents as well as those attempting to indulge in moral policing.’’
Bangalore: The State Government has directed the police to step up vigil at all sensitive places in the State to foil the threats to disrupt Valentine’s Day celebrations. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa chaired a meeting with Home Minister V.S. Acharya and senior police officers on Friday and discussed the steps to be taken to maintain law and order on Valentine’s Day. Dr. Acharya warned those opposed to Valentine’s Day celebrations against fomenting trouble and said firm action would be taken against those who took the law into their own hands.
However, Dr. Acharya cautioned people against crossing the limits. “We will maintain vigil all over the State. Those celebrating Valentine’s Day should not cross the limits. Same rule applies to moral policing too.”
Bangalore Police Commissioner Shankar Bidri said a “highly structured security” system had been adopted across Bangalore to prevent untoward incidents on Valentine’s Day.He said that the police had started taking people into preventive custody. “The public can celebrate Valentine’s Day. In case they are prevented from celebrating, they can lodge a complaint at any police station. We will initiate stringent action against trouble-makers,” Mr. Bidri told presspersons. He said two activists of the Youth Congress had been arrested in connection with the blackening of Mr. Muthalik’s face. The arrested are general secretary of the Youth Congress Srinivas, and Manjunath.
“We are also questioning three Youth Congress activists for allegedly assisting the arrested,” Mr. Bidari said. He also suspected the role of a few political leaders in the incident.Mr. Bidari said that the attack was pre-planned. The department was planning to book a case against a local television channel for not informing the police about the attack on Mr. Muthalik despite being in the know.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
“By using the same amount of coal we can produce 1,600 Mw power using the super critical technology. There will not be much rise in the cost of the project with the increase in its capacity,” Acharya said. The cost of the project is likely to be in the order of Rs 6,000 crore.
The land acquisition for the project is in its final stages and the power purchase agreement will be signed after that, Acharya said adding that the government would approach the Centre to accord a ultra mega power project (UMPP) status to the project. UMPP status is normally given to projects with capacities of over 1,500 Mw.
The plant will come up in the northern part of Chhattisgarh, where the state-owned coal producer South Eastern Coalfields Ltd has its mines. The first unit of the plant will be commissioned by October 2012. This is the first project being taken by the KPCL, outside Karnataka.Under the pact, the Chhattisgarh government has ensured early allocation of coal linkage for KPCL under the state’s industrial policy.
In a major decision, the state cabinet has approved a proposal to increase capacity of the Udupi power project from the present 1,015 Mw to 1,200 Mw. Udupi Power Company is setting up the thermal power project at Nandikur, about 35 km from Mangalore. The first unit of 600 Mw is likely to go onstream in April this year, he said.
Acharya said the cabinet has decided to handover the development of Shimoga and Gulbarga airports to Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS). The project was earlier given to Maytas Infra, a Satyam group company. The government would give a guarantee for a period of 10 years, he said.
To facilitate the expansion of the Belgaum airport, the government has decided to transfer 370 acres to the Airports Authority of India and provide free power and security for five years to manage the airport, he said.
Among other major decisions, the cabinet has approved the new semiconductor policy which was introduced a few days ago. It has decided to permit the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) to raise Rs 250 crore to take up several infrastructure development projects for the city. Presently, the BBMP is executing projects of over Rs 2,200 crore.
The budget session will be held for a month, starting February 25. On the first day, governor H R Bharadwaj will address the joint session of the assembly. From February 26 to 28 the assembly will have a holiday on account of Union Budget and it will be reconvened on March 1. The chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, who also holds the finance portfolio, will present the state budget on March 5 for the year 2010-11. (Indian Express/Business Standard)
BANGALORE: The BJP government in Karnataka today slammed the Congress and JDS for its opposition to the proposed legislation on banning cow slaughter in the state and termed it as "politically motivated"."The opposition by Congress and JDS which once had cow and calf and bullocks as their party symbol is nothing but vote bank politics", Karnataka Home Minister Dr V S Acharya told reporters here.Apparently targetting JDS chief H D Deve Gowda, who threatened to agitate if the government went ahead with the enactment of the legislation, Acharya said his "true colours" have been exposed now". Gowda should have taken a lead role in saving the cows from being butchered, he said.Defending the government's decision to bring in a law to ban cow slaughter, he said the legislation was well within the provisions of the Constitution and on the model of Jammu and Kashmir act, which has stood the test of legal scrutiny.On JDS's protests against Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise promoted Bangalore-Mysore Expressway, Acharya said there was a "conspiracy" by the party which initiated it, apparently pointing his fingers at the then Janata Dal government which signed the MoU and also finalised the Framework agreement in 1997.He said the government has not allotted any land to any one from its land bank and criticised Gowda's move to oppose creation of land bank for industrial development.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
What the media has conveniently chosen to ignore!
- In Some incidents there were indications of self-infliction or collusion or make-believe methods to create evidence of attack on churches or places of worship to support such things in other districts or places.
- There are indications of massive conversions to Christianity by circumstances and inducements but not by compulsion. Such conversions were only by faith and not of religion in legal or technical sense.
- All the materials in any form including literature, books, pamphlets, publications including the press and media in any form using abusive or insulting expressions either direct or with innuendos touching the religious interests should be banned if existing and censured if proposed to be published.Read full text released to the media
Media reports: "selective" blindness: Bangalore Feb 3: Home Minister V S Acharya on Tuesday said some statements in the interim report submitted by the commission including the collusion of Bajarang Dal, VHP and Sri Rama Sene members with police in attacking churches were not the observations of the commission but only submissions made before it. Speaking to reporters in Bangalore on Tuesday, Acharya also expressed surprise that the commission had made the contents of the report public. Acharya said the interim report submitted by the commission was in three parts - “recommendations of the commission”, “synopsis to the public” and “impression given to the commission.” Police excesses on protesting Christians and involvement of Bajarang Dal members in the attack were only “impression given to the commission” by people during disposition, he said.Commenting on the report being made public, Acharya said, “As per norm, commissions of inquiry submit their report in a sealed cover to the Government. After obtaining a nod from the Cabinet, the reports are tabled in the legislature. But we will not take exception, the report has already been made public, now nothing can be done, it’s okay”, Acharya said. The Home Minister pointed to a commission statement that “in some incidents there were indications of self-infliction or collusion or make-believe methods to create evidence of attack on churches or places of worship to support such things in other districts or places”. The government was studying all aspects of the report, but any action or implementation of the recommendations could be taken up only after the final report was received. Acharya sought to differentiate between the impressions of the commission itself and the impressions of the various parties who deposed before the commission. Much of what is reported is the impression the deposing parties had brought before the panel, Acharya said.(DHNS/IE)
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Mangalore, Feb 1: The Justice B K Somashekara Enquiry Commission set up to investigate the church attacks in the state, presented its interim report to the government on Monday February 1.
The Commission has made several suggestions and recommendations to the government to consider and implement.
The recommendations are:
• Government should ensure protection to all religions and their institutions, particularly in the affected districts due to attacks and especially to minority religions and should be spelt out in clear terms without politicization.
• As a first measure, the government should convince the affected Christian institutions and persons that it shares their miseries and sentiments suffered due to unpleasant incidents of attacks in all forms with sympathy, compassion, and concern by taking all the religions and political parties into confidence.
• The district administration at all levels should be made liable for all violations in any form and extent of such protection.
• A common modality should be framed and adopted for all the district administrations to deal with all situations of religious matters uniformly, impartially, effectively, and speedily.
• The intelligence wing of the government, at least in all districts, must be geared up with trained personnel, infrastructure, headed by expertise and commitment to social and religious causes especially to deal with all situations of religious conflicts supervised and monitored at least by an officer of IGP cadre of the state.
• The state should take all measures to ensure fundamental rights for freedom of conscience and free profession and propagation of religion within the meaning of Article 25 of the constitution of India in letter and spirit.
• Religious harmony awareness programmes may be initiated at village and taluk levels to avoid unexpected religious conflicts with elders of all religions constituting the peace committees.
• Legislations through special law within the competence of the state under lists of the constitution may be passed to ensure prevention of atrocities on any person in the name of religion in any form and protection of all persons claiming the privileges by virtue of a religion as per the law without reference to the conflicting legal consequences.
• All communal organizations in whatever name or form preaching or practicing any activity against any religion in any form should be banned as per the law existing to be legislated with the serious consequences of forfeiting assets to the government free from all encumbrances.
• All the materials in any form including literature, books, pamphlets, publications including the press and media in any form using abusive or insulting expressions either direct or with innuendos touching the religious interests should be banned if existing and censured if proposed to be published.
• All criminal cases registered investigated or charge sheeted against all persons or institutions for the incidents of attacks etc, during the relevant period with cut out date ending 31 December, 2008 may be withdrawn or compounded as per law, however on any reasonable conditions including the plea of bargaining sentence and probationary measures depending upon the facts and circumstances of each case.
• Compensation for all claims for damages to the property or injury to any person during the incidents and thereafter shall be inquired and paid within one month from the date of communication of the recommendation by the appropriate authorities like the deputy commissioner of the districts either pending or made within one month there from deducting any amount already paid as indicated in the report while dealing with petitions of each district.
• There must be least or no policing regarding religious matters and to be handled with care and compassion by taking the religious leaders or heads into confidence and entry into any religious place by the police for any action should be totally with the permission or at least consultation with the religious persons in charge of the places.
• The government should constitute a task force under the chairmanship of the commission with duly nominated members from the departments of the government to monitor and implement the recommendation of the commission.
All decisions taken by the government on the recommendations of the commission and implementation by the government may be published as far as possible. All other questions not covered by these recommendations will be provided in the next or final report.
Below are the extracts from the synopsis issued by the commission to the public.
• In some incidents there were indications of self-infliction or collusion or make-believe methods to create evidence of attack on churches or places of worship to support such things in other districts or places.
• There are indications of massive conversions to Christianity by circumstances and inducements but not by compulsion. Such conversions were only by faith and not of religion in legal or technical sense.
• The attacks on the churches or places of worship has deeply affected the harmony between the members of Hindu and Christian religions and created suspicion in the minds of each other.
• Strong impression is created that the members belonging to Bajarang Dal, Sri Rama Sene, and VHP etc. are mainly responsible for attacking churches or places of worship mainly in Mangalore and South Canara districts spreading to other districts and other parts of the state. Other so-called attacks were only make-believe.
Commission's move termed as breach of privilege
Monday, February 1, 2010
Photos: Janardan Kodavoor
Udupi: Unity among women yield tremendous benefits – Shobha Karandlaje
Speaking after inaugurating the Sangha, former minister Shobha Karandlaje opined that fisherwomen should take part in active politics involving them in the local governance. Women today play a significant role in religious, political and social arena. She surpasses men in all spheres.
Each and every woman in the society should be self-reliant, deciding her financial status, she added. Fisherwomen are deprived of many basic facilities. Attempts will be made to compensate with minimum basic facilities that are needed for the fisherwomen to have comfortable business. These women should make use of the beneficiary programmes announced by the government. Unity among women folks yield tremendous benefits, she said.
Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Dr V S Acharya said that the economy of the coastal belt is entirely dependent on the fishing trade. Measures will be taken to sort out the problems encountered by the fishermen community. Health insurance schemes with low premiums will be introduced.
Loans up to Rs 10,000 at 4 per cent interest rates will be offered to the fishermen. Supplementary shortage of diesel will be filled. Besides, measures will be taken to give diesel up to 90,000 at subsidised rates. All round development programmes aiming at more comforts to fishermen will be introduced, he promised.
Karkala MLA Gopal Bhandary, Udupi MLA Raghupathy Bhat, Kaup MLA Lalaji R Mendon, Kundapur MLA Haladi Srinivas Shetty, MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary, MLC Capt Ganesh Karnik, ZP President Gladys Almeida, Industrialist Pramodh Madhwaraj were present.(from ShobhaKarandlaje.com)