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Vidhana Soudha Diamond Jubilee: Bring down celebration costs, suggests Karnataka govt
A proposal to spend Rs 26 crore to mark the 60th anniversary of the Vidhana Soudha, which houses the Karnataka state legislature, has put presiding officers of the legislature at loggerheads with the Congress government in the state. We have sent a proposal to the government but these things are not part of it. He added that he did not modify the expenditure proposal for the celebrations, which is before the finance department.
Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu worst hit by dengue this year
Dengue cases and deaths due to the disease have been rising across the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in the post-monsoon period. The number of deaths was also the highest in Tamil Nadu at 40, followed by Kerala at 35 and Uttar Pradesh at 24. Dengue cases in Tamil Nadu have risen nearly seven times and deaths due to the disease 10 times compared with last year.
Seven dead in Bengaluru building collapse
A three-year-old child survived the collapse of a two-storey building in the congested Ejipura area of south Bengaluru on Monday even as seven persons were killed and seven others injured. Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who visited the site, said the building had collapsed on its own and that there was no gas cylinder blast preceding the collapse. Heavy rain in Bengaluru over the past month could have contributed to weakening of the building, some local residents said.
BJP files complaint with ACB against Siddaramaiah over 'illegally denotifying' land
The complaint comes days after the party's OBC Morcha President B J Puttaswamy accused Siddaramaiah of illegally denotifying land. Puttaswamy had on October 10 alleged that Siddaramaiah was directly responsible for the denotification of land to the extent of over six acres in survey Nos. 20 and 21 at Bhoopasandra, Bangalore North Taluk, and this had resulted in the loss of Rs 300 crore. Calling it a clear case of corruption, he had said that he would take up the issue with ACB.
Karnataka at sniffing distance of victory
K Gowtham, who was the toast of the Karnataka batting with his brilliant first-class century on Sunday, could add just two runs to his total. Shreyas Gopal, resuming from 38, completed his half-century before skipper R Vinay Kumar decided to put Assam to bat again. Two seasons ago in Guwahati, Karnataka sat pretty going into the final day after setting Assam a target of 387. While Gowtham (3/39) once again did well in the middle overs, Abhimanyu Mithun (2/29) gave the initial breakthroughs for Karnataka.
Vaastu fails, Karnataka man drags agency to court
Mahadev Dudihal, an employee with a legal firm in Vijayapura in north Karnataka, believes that it does. When his three daughters continued to remain unmarried even after a year, he decided to approach the Vijayapura District Consumer Forum for redress. He filed a case of unfair trade practices and deficiency of service under the Consumer Protection Act. He is also contemplating filing a police case against the agency for cheating. The Vaastu agencies should also be held responsible for deficiency in service, he said.
JD(S) blames Rayaraddi for KSOU mess
]600 crore by making efforts to close the university. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar too has no moral right to continue as BJP's election in-charge for Karnataka Assembly polls since he has made no efforts to provide UGC recognition to KSOU, they alleged.
State shifts to daily drug regimen for TB patients
With the deadline to eliminate tuberculosis set for 2025, under the national strategic plan by the Central Tuberculosis Division, Karnataka has moved from the intermittent drug regimen to daily regimen of TB drugs. Under the new daily drug regimen, TB patients will be given fixed drug combinations (FDCs) - three or four drugs in specific dosages in a single pill - on a daily basis.
Dengue in numbers: a sting in the tale
The number of Dengue cases in Kerala has crossed 18,000 this year, with around 75 days still remaining. With 18,727 cases recorded till October 8, Kerala has handled 24% of all dengue cases so far this year in India. The study also pointed out that Mexico reported a similar prevalence of dengue during rainy season when the temperature ranged between 17-30degC. This year, 55% of all dengue cases were recorded in the three southern States - Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Karnataka govt makes Kannada compulsory in all schools, CBSE institutions unhappy
Starting next academic year, all school children in Karnataka irrespective of boards will have to compulsorily study Kannada. According to a circular from the department of public instruction, all schools will teach Kannada as First or Second language compulsorily. The language will be compulsory for class 1 and 2 students of all schools from the next academic year that is,, 2018-19. By the academic year 2026-27, Kannada will be compulsory for all students starting from Class 1 to class 10 across all boards.
Karnataka Bank posts ₹ 93.38 crore profit in Q2
] 123.82 crore net profit earned during Q2 of 2016-17. ] 366.24 crore in the current Q2, said a release from the Bank. ] 1,715.70 crore as on September 30 constituting 4.13% of gross advances as against 4.34 % as on September 30, 2016. ] 1,246.81 crore constituting 3.04% of net advances as against 3.20% the previous half year. Bank's Managing Director and CEO MS Mahabaleshwara said the results have brought out favourable factors for further growth.
Karnataka Government's Grand Celebration Plan, 300 Lawmakers May Get Gold Biscuits
The proposal was made Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad who wants each biscuit to be 13 grams, or worth Rs 55,000. I assure you there is no proposal for distribution of gold coins and silver plates , Koliwad said. Among gifts during two-day celebration on October 25 and 26, silver plates are being proposed as mementos for 5,000 employees. Some ministers had raised objections to the celebration plan saying they had not been consulted on the same.
M Veerappa Moily appointed chairman of manifesto panel of Karnataka Congress
The Congress party on Monday appointed former Union minister M Veerappa Moily as the chairman of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Manifesto Committee and B L Shankar as its vice chairman. The party is bracing for assembly elections in Karnataka, which goes to polls in mid-2018. While the ruling Congress party is seeking to repeat its success in Karnataka, the BJP is trying to wrest the control of the state from the Congress party.
Almatti dam full, increase in water levels at Nagarjunasagar following heavy rains
Heavy rains lashing parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have come as a blessing in disguise for dams and reservoirs. Water levels at the Nagarjunsagar dam stood at 540 feet as against the full reservoir level of 590 feet on Saturday. Good rainfall over the last few weeks in catchment areas allowed authorities to release water from the Srisailam Dam into Nagarjuna Sagar Project. In Karnataka, water levels at Almatti dam have reached full capacity of 1704.81 feet.
Gold Biscuits For Karnataka Lawmakers? Extravagant Gift Plan Sparks Row
In the middle of public alarm over a dozen deaths linked to potholes in Bengaluru and the sanitation crisis, a grand plan to celebrate 60 years of the Karnataka state assembly or Vidhana Souda by gifting gold biscuits to 300 Karnataka lawmakers has appalled many. The state secretariat's budget for the celebration on October 25 and 26 also factors in silver plates as mementos for its 5,000 employees.
If re-elected, will build 'Nava Karnataka': Siddaramaiah
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced in Mysuru on Sunday that if people blessed the Congress party and it came back to power in 2018 polls, he would take up the responsibility of building 'Nava Karnataka' and making it a model state. I have not been the CM of one caste or class but of 6.5 crore people, I have strived for the overall development of the state. We need not lie like the JD(S) or BJP, we only have to convince people about our work.
Karnataka: Animal rights activist alleges mob assault
AN ANIMAL rights activist, Nandini Neeraj, has filed a complaint with police, alleging that she was assaulted by a group of people involved in illegal cow slaughter on the outskirts of the city. When we went to the spot after the police complaint, I saw a mob had gathered. She said the incident was evidence that Karnataka was becoming a mini Pakistan controlled by the animal slaughter mafia.
A dash of gold and silver sours mood ahead of diamond jubilee celebrations
Preparations for the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Vidhana Soudha have taken a controversial turn with the legislature secretariat proposing to gift gold biscuits to all the 300 legislators and silver plates to about 5,000 employees. Such a proposal for lavish spending has come under criticism from leaders cutting across party lines. They are opposed to spending huge amounts at a time when the State is reeling under the double impact of drought and flood.
NEET fix: KEA considering tweaks to rules
With the introduction of national-level competitive exams, including the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), medical and dental seat aspirants find themselves in a quandary. To fix this, and several other issues, the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) plans to propose tweaks to its rules. The counselling sessions for engineering colleges are now conducted first, with the NEET counselling following. To address this, the KEA has decided to tweak the Karnataka Professional Educational Institutions Act, 2006.
History of Karnataka legislature caught on film
Film-makers Girish Kasaravalli and TN Seetharam, asked by the State government to document the history of Vidhana Soudha and the two Houses of legislature, are ready with curtain-raisers for both. Similar were the challenges faced by Mr Seetharam, who is screening the introductory part of his seven-part documentary on the history of both Houses. The story of the legislature goes back to the days of Dewan C Rangcharlu of the princely State of Mysore (1881-1950).

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