Friday, May 28, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Periodic checks, audits to render high-rises in Bangalore fire-proof
Srikanth Hunasavadi / DNA
The Karnataka Municipality Act will be amended. “We are preparing a draft bill on fire safety auditing in the high-rise buildings, which will be introduced in the coming legislative session,” home minister VS Acharya said, adding, “We have learnt lessons from Carlton Towers and other recent incidents. At present, once buildings get the occupancy certificate, there are no further checks. The new rules will make it mandatory for fire department officials to re-audit fire safety measures. There will be provisions for periodic and also surprise visits. Special officers will be appointed for this.”
Fire fighting capabilities too would be augmented. “This year, we are planning to set up 25 more fire stations across the state; 31 new modern fire fighting vehicles will be purchased. We will add manpower. We plan to purchase sky lifts and other equipment,” the home minister said.
Children too will not find themselves out of the ambit of the state’s fire fighting mechanism. DGP fire and emergency services, Jija Madhavan Harisingh said, “Last year, the Supreme Court directed that measures for fire safety be strictly enforced in all schools. Hence we are trying to create awareness among the children too.”
Sunday, May 23, 2010
An Air India Express flight from Dubai to Mangalore, overshot the runway at Mangalore International Airport ( IATA :IXE ) and caught fire. The flight, IX812, was being operated by a Boeing 737-800. The aircraft involved was VT-AXV, cn 36333/2481, a 2007 December built.It was bearing the ‘Victoria Memorial’ tailart.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Mangalore, May 19: The life of Dr. K. Nagappa Alva, now easily accessible, will greatly influence society, said Home Minister Dr. V. S. Acharya after inaugurating the event and releasing the biography of Dr. K Nagappa Alva, written by Raghu Shettigar, at the Town Hall on May 19, Wednesday. He appreciated the great study and research done by Shettigar to create the biography of this great personality.
Speaking about the greatness of Dr. Nagappa Alva, the home minister said that he had established a strict code of conduct for his employees and stressed the importance of health and education development. District-in-charge Minister Krishna J. Palemar inaugurated the Nagappa Alva’s photo exhibition and said that he was proud to belong to the same constituency that Dr. Nagappa Alva contested from. He also called upon modern politicians to accept guidance from the lives of the politicians of the past, who had to work efficiently before the ever watchful eyes of the media.
District-in-charge Minister Krishna J. Palemar felicitated Mohandev Alva, the son of late Dr. Nagappa Alva.
K Amarnath Shetty, former minister, spoke briefly about the life and career of Dr. Alva. MLA M. Narayana Swamy, the president of the library subcommittee of Karnataka Vidhanamandal welcomed the guests and gathering. Veeranna Matthikatti, the chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council, presided over the function.
Mayor Rajani Dugganna, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA U. T. Khader, MLA Ramanath Rai, MLA Capt Ganesh Karnik, Member of the Library Sub Committee Suresh Gowda, and MLA Prof. P. V. Krishna Bhat were the dignitaries on the dais.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
The investigating agency is planning to book him on charges that include conspiring against the state and data theft.
Home Minister Dr VS Acharya, on the other hand, admitted that the department is planning to book some journalists, including Raghavendra. "As a few of them have grown so impish, we have to put brakes on them," he said. The state Home Minister fired salvos against Raghavendra for his attacks on the system as a journalist. (MidDay/NDTV)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Three cars were involved in the accident and two drivers received minor injuries. The convoy was on its way to Kasargod town hall, where Acharya was due to felicitate a priest of the Bela Church of Kasargod.
The accident occurred at an intersection where the pilot car slowed down along with the others, however, the two tail cars did not decelerate fast enough and rammed into the minister’s car.
The injured were given outpatient treatment at a local hospital in Kasargod. Acharya, who was sitting in the front seat of his, car was unhurt and soon carried on his journey using a spare car.
Before he left, Acharya made sure that the injured drivers were taken care of and he personally examined the drivers. He left after he was satisfied that the injuries were minor. He later went to the local BJP office and waited for the drivers to return from hospital.
“It was a minor accident. An escort jeep provided by the Kerala police rammed into the tail car, which in turn hit my car. Both the drivers were just dazed by the impact,” said Acharya. (M Raghuram/ DNA)