Pakistan took a huge step towards victory in the first Test by taking four key Australian wickets after hundreds from Younis Khan and Ahmed Shehzad put them in the driving seat in Dubai on Satuday.After setting an imposing 438-run target, Pakistan rattled the Australians through a brace of wickets apiece from spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah to leave Australia tottering on 59-4 at stumps on the fourth day, needing six wickets for a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.Chris Rogers (23) and Steven Smith (three) were at the crease as Australia need another 379 for an unlikely win.Australias best chase to win a Test was way back in 1948 when they made 404-3 against England at Headingley while their best chase against Pakistan was 369-6 at Hobart in 1999.Australia had raced to 44-0 before Babar struck twice in the 14th over, inducing David Warner to come out of the crease for a smart stumping when he was on 29 with his first ball and then trapped Alex Doolan (nought) leg before with his last.Michael Clarke survived a review leg-before decision on nought off Shah before trapped in front of the wicket in the leg-spinners next over for three.Shah made it 4-49 catching nightwatchman Nathan Lyon in front of the wicket on a day dominated by Pakistan.Younis hit a record making 103 not out and Shehzad 131 to bolster Pakistan to 286-2 declared.Younis added 168 for the second wicket with Shehzad as Pakistan plundered 248 runs after resuming at 38-0. Younis swept Steve OKeefe to square-leg boundary for his sixth boundary to get to his second hundred in the match following his 106 in Pakistans 454 in the first innings.Younis became the seventh Pakistani batsmen, but first against Australia, to score twin hundreds in a Test.With his 26th hundred, Younis also edged ahead of Inzamam (25 hundreds) as the highest Test century maker for his country.
A woman riding a scooter snatched a gold chain from a senior citizen near Brigade Apartments at RBI Colony in Subramanyapura on Saturday morning and made herself scarce, the police said.Venkataramanaiah, 75, a resident of Brigade Apartments, told the police that a woman unknown to him and riding a scooter stopped him while he was out on his morning walk at around 7.45 am and asked him if he knew Tamil. When he told her he did not, she rode away. However, she returned within a minute, snatched his chain and fled, he said.The suspect was neither masked nor wearing a helmet. The victim immediately called up the police and described the suspect's physical features. He also told them he could recognise her if he happened to see her again, the police said. The jurisdictional police termed the incident a rare occurrence. We come across men robbing men and women, but a woman robbing a senior citizen in full public view is a rare occurrence, said a senior police officer. The police have formed a team to trace the woman.Speeding bike kills manA 65-year-old man died on the spot when a two-wheeler rammed him near Hebbal Main Road on Friday night.The police have identified the victim as Nanjundaiah, a native of Kolar Gold Fields. Hari Rajiv, the motorcyclist, who was riding without helmet, suffered serious head injuries in the accident.Quoting doctors, the police said that Rajiv was critical. The accident occurred as the speeding bike rammed Nanjundaiah, who was crossing the road. Hebbal traffic police have registered a case.Priest arrestedA temple priest was arrested by the Nelamangala Town police on Friday for assaulting a dalit boy.According to the police, the priest, Vijay Kumar, a native of Chikmagalur was working at the Rudreshwara temple in Nelamangala for over a year. On October 21, the dalit boy, Santosh, went to the temple. The angered priest hit the boy on the head with a hard object. The boy collapsed holding his head and started bleeding profusely. The devotees present at the temple shifted the boy to a nearby hospital and informed his parents. Santoshs father approached the Nelamangala Town police and registered an atrocity case against the priest.
Shakib Al Hasan claimed six for 59 to spin Bangladesh into a strong position against Zimbabwe on the first day of the first Test here on Saturday.The left-arm spinner ripped through the Zimbabwe batting line-up on his way to his 12th five-wicket haul as the tourists were dismissed for 240.At stumps, Bangladesh were 27/1 to trail by 213. Mominul Haque was on 14 and Shamsur Rahman was batting on eight.Tamim Iqbal was the only batsman out for seven after he was undone by a rising delivery off Tinashe Panyangara, fending the ball to Masakadza who stretched high to hold the catch.Shakib was returning to the national team after serving a three-month ban for his severe attitude problem. His haul meant that he has now taken five wickets against every Test playing nation.For Bangladesh, the day started almost perfectly as Shahadat Hossain, back after a year, removed Vusi Sibanda in the first over, setting the tempo for the innings.
Taking a serious view of the formation of illegal layout on the Venkatarayana Kere tank bed in Gubbalala village near Uttarahalli by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), Upa Lokayukta Justice Subhash B Adi has directed the BDA to furnish the names of the surveyor and the land acquisition officer who worked in 2002. He has also directed the deputy commissioner of Bangalore Urban district to furnish the name of tahsildar of Bangalore South during 2002, whose negligence resulted in the formation of a layout on the tank bed. Notices have also been served on the secretary to Urban Development Department, BDA commissioner, senior land acquisition officer, deputy secretary of BDA and the Bangalore south tahsildar asking them to attend the hearing on November 6.The BDA has incurred expenditure in developing the layout in the tank bed area without verifying the revenue records. It is necessary to initiate proceedings against the then officials concerned, the Upa Lokayukta said in the order.Critical of BDA replyJustice Adi was also very critical about the BDA Commissioner Sham Bhatts stand that the tank bed had lost the characteristic of lake. In his written reply to the Upa Lokayukta, Bhatt had stated that the land is shown as tank bed but it has lost the characteristic of a tank.To support his contention, Bhatt had even referred to the dictionary meaning of lake, which is a large land locked, naturally-occurring stretch of water.Hence, the survey number 8 (Venkatarayana Kere in Gubbalala village) was not a lake. Earlier, it might have been a tank bed, but it has lost the characteristic of the same and as a result, it did not remain as tank bed or water tank. Tank bed means an open pool for storing water. The action taken by the BDA was in good faith and sites have been formed and thereafter, the allottees have been permitted to construct houses accordingly, Bhatt had stated.The BDA commissioner had also expressed his inability to demolish the existing buildings on the land in question, or to cancel the allotment already made.Contrary to HC directionIn view of the reply, Justice Adi noted, The stand taken by the BDA that the tank bed has lost the characteristic of the lake is surprising and it goes contrary to the direction of the High Court. The BDA being a statutory authority, instead of abiding by the directions of the High Court as well as the Government Order is now acting contrarily.
Central Zone proceeded to the Duleep Trophy final with a first innings lead over North Zone as the four-day semi-final ended in a draw at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here Saturday.Central will now face South Zone, who defeated East Zone Friday, in the five-day final beginning Oct 29 in New Delhi.Central had scored 538 in the first innings with wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha top scoring with 217, for which he was named player of the match. North replied strongly with skipper Gautam Gambhir making a solid 167 but his team was bowled out for 457 at the end of the third day, giving Central the all-important first innings lead.Central were given a scare Saturday when they started their second innings with three wickets down for only six runs. Another three went down with the total only at 95 which was when North were beginning to sense a chance of victory.However, a strong century from Mahesh Rawat (116) and half-centuries from Karn Sharma (69) and Kuldeep Yadav (56), who is making his first class debut, dashed all hopes for North. Central were eventually bowled out for 312, giving their opponents a stiff target of 394 to chase with only a few overs remaining in the final day's play.North played only five overs and ended the match at 24/1.Himachal Pradesh's Rishi Dhawan (2/52) and Delhi's medium pacer Parvinder Awana wreaked havoc for Central at the start but it was a little too late for the North Zone bowlers.Brief scores: Central Zone 538 & 312 (Mahesh Rawat 116, Karn Sharma 69, Kuldeep Yadav 56; Parvinder Awana 3/30, Rishi Dhawan 2/52, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/91) drew with North Zone 457 & 24/1.
The City police on Saturday arrested Gundappa, the office assistant in connection with the rape of a minor girl at Orchids The International School in Jalahalli on October 21. He had been detained a few days ago.City Police Commissioner M N Reddi said that 45-year-old Gundappa is a resident of AK Colony in Jalahalli. He was working in the school for the past two years. He does not have any past criminal record.It was a sensitive case and a challenging task for the police as the victim was minor and just three years old. With the help of professional counsellors, the victim identified the accused. Also, her statement was recorded before the judicial magistrate.A senior police officer said that the arrest was made based on circumstantial evidence. Several other people working in the school were questioned and after gathering details, the police arrested Gundappa. It is confirmed that the incident had taken place on the premises of the school. More details of the incident or the investigation cannot be revealed at this stage, he said.Reddi said, Senior police officers met the parents of the students in the school. They asked us if it was safe to send their children to school from Monday. We told the parents that from the security point of view, it is safe and safety measures have been taken. The police will make sure that every student is safe on the premises. He said, The other complaint filed by the Education department against the school pertains to running standard sixth and seventh and pre-nursery without availing permission from the department. This amounts to cheating and the case will be investigated by the CCB.
The committee set up to look into the implementation of the nine-point safety guidelines in schools issued by the police recently has reportedly relaxed some of the guidelines. The last date for schools to comply with the guidelines is October 31. While private school managements had agreed to implement most of the guidelines, they had raised concerns over certain parts of point one in the guidelines relating to the installation of CCTV cameras and GPS in school buses and point nine dealing with appointing security personnel. They had contended that these guidelines should not be uniform for everyone as it would lead to huge costs. We have suggested that the GPS system in buses need not be mandatory.Another suggestion is that floor vigilance officers need not necessarily be from outside agencies, said Mohammed Mohsin,Department of Public Instruction. CommitteeThe committee, comprising education department and police officials as well as of representatives of private school managements, met recently. The private school representatives aired their grievances at the meeting. Philomena Lobo, director, Secondary Education and chairperson of the committee, said: The committee has submitted recommendations to the police department. We realise that certain points are difficult to comply with and we have suggested some amount of relaxation, she said. Eshwar Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (VIP security) and nodal officer, said that the process of collecting and compiling information on security measures from different schools is on.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Saturday came down hard on FC Goa marquee player Robert Pires, Atletico de Kolkata striker Fikru Lemessa and head coach Antonio Lopez Habas by slapping them with severe fines and match suspension for offensive behaviour during the ill-tempered Indian Super League (ISL) encounter in Margao on Thursday.Pires and Fikru were fined Rs 5,00,000 and suspended for the next two ISL matches. Kolkata coach Habas was also slapped with a fine of Rs 5,00,000 but suspended for four matches while goalkeeping coach Predipkumar Bhaktawer was fined Rs 30,000 and slapped with a one-match ban for breach of League Rule 22.2. They have four days to appeal against the AIFF disciplinary committee decision.Fikru was punished for head-butting Goa FC defender Gregory Arnolin. Arnolin was spared of any action due to inconclusive video evidence. The head-butting incident surprisingly went unnoticed by American referee Christopher Prenso and there are chances that the MLS referee and his two assistants could be withdrawn from their next assignment in the ISL.Pires and Habas were also involved in a tussle in the tunnel during half-time. FC Goa coach Zico had alleged that Pires was punched on his face by Habas during half-time.The AIFF disciplinary committee found that Pires, Fikru and Habas had breached the Disciplinary Code (Article 58) of Offensive Behaviour and Fair Play. It was also the second time that Habas was found in breach of the disciplinary code. The AIFF disciplinary committee had earlier warned Habas on October 18.
Energy Minister D KShivakumar justified the solar energy tendering process by stating that there was no scam in it.Iam no fool to get caught in a scam. All the tenders have been awarded to land owners who are farmers by profession. Let there be an inquiry into this by any agency, there is no foul play, he said. The minister said the entire solar power project was envisaged with the hope that farmers who are unable to grow crops can utilise their land for generating power. I wanted the farmers to know that their land is worth something, and that it need not be sold, he said.The minister said that it was primarily those who applied from the Nemmadi Kendras who were able to submit the applications. The Nemmadi Kendra personnel, adept with typing government documents, were the fastest. All those who applied through the Nemmadi Kendras secured the tenders. Ieven asked several of my Cabinet colleagues to apply for tenders, but none did. One BJPMPand one MLA from Congress have received the tenders, he said.Shivakumar attacked the failure of the previous governments in conducting proper tendering process for wind energy, wherein tenders were called for 12,000 MWbut only 2,000 MWof power was sought for by the farmers.Speaking on Surya Raitha scheme, Shivakumar said that his department had envisaged the scheme for generating power from farmers during their lean days of farming. A farmer can grow crops for 200 days, and in the remaining 165 days, he can utilise his land for generating power. We are ready to buy the power from farmers at Rs 9.56 per unit, so that they can make a living during the lean days of farming, he said.
Perched on top of the table, Atletico de Kolkata will look to consolidate the lead when they face a struggling Kerala Blasters FC in their Indian Super League encounter here onSunday.Kolkata are three points clear of NorthEast United FC in the points table.With Fikru set to miss the fixture because of a double booking and uncertainty persisting over former Liverpool star and captain Luis Garcia (hamstring injury), the Kolkata franchise would be under pressure to to continue their momentum.For the Blasters, this would be an opportunity to notch their maiden win in a contest which is also seen as a battle between two former India teammates and opening partners in Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, the respective co-owners.
Cuttack will host the opening match of the hastily-arranged ODI series between India and Sri Lanka on November 2 after the West Indies' stunning pullout over a pay dispute.According to 'ESPNCricinfo', the schedule of the series has been released by Sri Lanka Cricket and Ranchi will host the fifth and final ODI on November 16.Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata will host the second, third and fourth ODIs on November 6, 9 and 13. The Sri Lanka team will begin the tour in Mumbai on October 30 with a practice game against India A at Brabourne Stadium. They will be back in Colombo on November 18, the website reported. Sri Lanka are filling in for the West Indies after the Caribbeans pulled out owing to a pay dispute with their Board.
After motorsports and football, Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has now lent his support to Indian hockey by becoming the owner of the Ranchi franchise of the Hero Hockey India League (HHIL).Dhoni bought the team along with Sahara India Pariwar, who already is the owner of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards side in the HHIL.The new Ranchi franchise will be known as 'Ranchi Rays' from third edition of HHIL to be held in January-February next year.It is a special day for me, the reason being today I became associated with hockey and own the Ranchi team, Dhoni told reporters at the unveiling of the Ranchi Rays team.It is a real pleasure to be associated with hockey. My first and foremost responsibility is to play cricket, but being a sportsperson my natural inclination is to promote sports, he added.
Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.The world number one will face Simona Halep in Sundays final after the pint-sized Romanian crushed Polands Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2 in the second semifinal.Halep also demolished Williams during the round-robin stages earlier in the tournament, setting the stage for a mouth-watering rematch with the world number one. The best of friends off the court, Williams and Wozniacki slugged it out like two prizefighters for almost two and a quarter hours until Williams delivered the killer blow to end a contest filled with drama and escalating tension.The American looked to be on the ropes after losing the first set and smashing her racquet in frustration, then falling 5-4 behind in the third set.But Wozniacki, who lost to Williams in last months US Open final, blinked first, missing her chance to serve out the match and the American made her pay by going on to win the deciding tie-breaker.Williams, during the match, slammed her racquet into the purple hardcourts three times, destroying her equipment and incurring an official warning from the chair umpire Kader Nouni.Sania-Cara in finalSania Mirza and Cara Black showed nerves of steel as they saved three match points in the Super Tie-break against Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik to cruise into the summit clash.The third-seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair was trailing 6-9 but showed amazing resilience to reel off five straight points in a tense Super tie-breaker to clinch the issue 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 against the Czech-Slovenian combo. They will now clash with Chinese Taipei's Su-Wei Hsieh and China's Shuai Peng, who scored an easy 6-1, 6-4 win over Alla Kudayavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova in the other semifinal.
The Karnataka Amateur Athletics Association (KAAA) will organise an awards ceremony to honour the achievements and contributions of State athletes and coaches here on October 28. Representing the country in international events and winning medals is a cause of great pride. And we take immense pleasure in honouring the athletes who deserve consistent encouragement, said G Parameshwara, President, KAAA at a press conference at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium here on Saturday. The association will give away cash awards to State athletes who took part in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, World Juniors and Asian Junior Championship. Asian Games silver medallist and Commonwealth Games gold medallist discus thrower Vikas Gowda will be presented Rs five lakh while M R Poovamma, who bagged the 4x400M gold and 400M bronze at the Asian Games, will receive Rs three lakh. Other athletes who will be honoured include Sahana Kumari (Rs 50000), Ashwini Akkunji (Rs 50000), HM Jyothi (Rs 50,000), Meghana Shetty (Rs 75,000), G K Vijaya Kumari (Rs 75,000) and S Harshith (Rs 25,000). The KAAA will also present Rs 10,000 to former athletes and coaches such as Kenneth Powell, DY Biradar, Marjorie Suares, Angel Mary, N Lingappa, C Arivanatham, Purushotham Rai, V R Beedu and former sports administrator CM Muthaiah for their contribution to Karnataka athletics.Parameshwara also voiced his concerns on the infrastructure at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. The track and the toilets are in poor condition and we request the government to declare a set amount annually to improve the infrastructure, he said. Junior State meet The 30th Junior State Inter-district Athletics Championship for boys and girls will be held from November 9 to 12 at the B R Ambedkar District Stadium in Bijapur. The meet will be held in four categories - under-20, 18, 16 and 14 — and will serve as trials to pick the State team for the 30th National Junior Athletics Championship at Vijaywada (AP) from November 26-30.Last date for registration is November 1.
Rain caused havoc on the opening day of the Vijay Merchant Trophy under-16 tournament as only 64 overs of play was possible between two matches here on Saturday while the third one in Mandya was a complete washout.At the SNW Ground here, Hyderabad managed to put themselves in a comfortable position against Karnataka after electing to bat first. Contrasting knocksThe visiting side finished the day at 103 for one with MSR Charan (43) and Mohul Bhowmick (38) producing contarasting knocks.The play never resumed after it was first interrupted at 1.10 pm before it was called off at 3.45 pmAt the Jayachamarajendra College ground, Andhra reduced Kerala to 53 for three in the 19 overs possible on the day after opting to bowl first. The rain stopped play at 11.02 am and was called off at 1.00 pm.The first day's play between Tamil Nadu and Goa in Mandya was called off without a ball being bowled. Brief scores (At Mysore): Hyderabad: 103/1 in 45 overs (MSR Charan 43 n.o., Mohul Bhowmick 38 n.o.) vs Karnataka. Kerala: 53/3 in 19 overs (Shaik Md Rafi 2-13).
Leading e-commerce players have run into delivery issues following the unprecedented volume of shipments flowing in and out of the cargo sections of many airports in India during the festive season .E-commerce giants eBay India and Amazon.in said on Saturday that they have been expecting delays in clearing some shipments lying at key airports across the country, especially Mumbai's nodal Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.Lack of manpower, especially loaders, has meant that there is a huge backlog of shipments at various airports across the country, due to which consumers as well as companies are feeling the pinch, e-commerce firms said.Many loaders have taken leaves due to Diwali and Bhai Dooj due to which the cargo is piling up at the airport. Also, a lot of cargo staff have been absent as well affecting the clearing, a source at one of the airports told Deccan Herald.eBay India wrote in a mail to customers this week that commercial and cargo airlines and logistics service providers are working overtime to clear the shipments; we have been informed to expect delays in clearing the shipments.eBay said that given the delay in clearing the cargo pile-ups, delivery of items purchased by customers from sellers on eBay India may take more number of days than the specified date of shipping.While we understand that this may affect some of our users who made transactions on our platform, you'd appreciate that we have no control in this scenario, eBay told customers, without specifying the goods volumes or value of the delayed consignments.Confirming the delay without citing any airport in particular, an Amazon India spokesperson attributed the delivery delays to higher festive season sales. However, customers have been quick to vent their ire on social networking sites. Sameer Bhodia, who had ordered a product on October 14 from a popular e-commerce website to be despatched by Diwali day (October 23) to his wife was a frustrated man. Selling a product, the e-commerce company makes money and by delivering the product, the courier firm makes money. But they can't make money at the cost of the customer's happiness. Check the number of emails I've sent them and their staff's reply/ confirmation for delivery on (October) 23 on them. Check the number of minutes I've wasted on phone with them in order to highlight this, but zero action from them. Ive been under mental torture dealing with them, Bhodia wrote on a social networking site.The GVK-operated Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), however, denied any logistical issues created from the Diwali cargo boom.There has been no cargo pile-up issue at the Mumbai airport and everything is working absolutely smoothly, a MIAL spokesperson claimed on Saturday.
Urging the government to sanction a government medical college to Dakshina Kannada district and also fill vacant posts lying in the department of health and family welfare, the district unit of DYFI will stage a protest in front of the DC's office on October 29. Addressing a press meet here on Saturday, DYFI State President Muneer Katipalla said that the government hospitals, PHCs and community health centres should be strengthened in the state, to offer better health care facilities to the poor. The government should sanction a medical college to Dakshina Kannada district. When the government earmarks 2,000 acre land for SEZ, it is a shame that it can not allot 20 acre land for a government medical college in the district. The district has all the eligibility to have a government medical college. Using the services of Wenlock and Lady Goschen Hospitals, the medical college should be started, he added. He said As per the rules, there should be a taluk government hospital in all the taluk headquarter in the State. In Dakshina Kannada, only four taluks have the hospitals. Though the government has sanctioned 161 doctors to Dakshina Kannada district, in reality there are only 103 doctors serving in the PHCs, CHCs, taluk hospitals and district hospitals. The total sanctioned posts in health department is 1,874. However, only 1068 posts have been filled. About 45 per cent of posts are lying vacant in the home district of Health Minister U T Khader, he said. According to the available statistics from the department of health and family welfare, the total 'A' grade posts sanctioned to the district is 161, of which 58 posts are lying vacant. This includes two posts of taluk medical officers, one post of TB officer, three post of dentists and 29 posts of specialist doctors. The sanctioned posts of specialist doctors to the district is 59. The statistics said out of 13 'B' Grade staff sanctioned, five are lying vacant. Out of sanctioned 1,395 posts of 'C' grade staff, 558 posts are lying vacant. This includes 21 posts of health educators, 54 senior health assistants, 163 junior health assistants, 44 junior pharmacists, 21 lab technicians and 14 drivers. The sanctioned strength of 'D' grade staff is 305 and 185 posts are lying vacant. Katipalla said that as per the population of the district, there should have been 100 PHCs in the district. However, there are only 70 PHCs. There is shortage of medicines in the district Wenlock hospital. The district Wenlock hospital has only eight beds in ICU. Poor patients from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Kodagu and Kasargod districts depend on the hospital for health care facilities. In such a scenario, beds in ICU should be increased, he added Code of Medical Ethics Regulations directs all physicians to clearly display his/her fees and other charges on the board of his clinic. However, the rules are violated by the medical practitioners in the district. Uniform fee should be introduced in the district, he said.
Farmers in Gurpura hobli of Dakshina Kannada will be able to hire farm equipment on rent as the Department of Agriculture in association with SKDRDP has opened custom hiring centre, at Kondodi in Edapadavu. District-in-Charge Minister Ramanath Rai inaugurated the centre. Speaking on the occasion, he said that at a time when farmers face acute shortage of labourers, the use of machinery will help in increasing yield. MLA Mohiuddin Bava said that the centre would be of great help to the farmers in getting yield. ZP President Asha Thimmappa Gowda, and others were present.Farmers growing paddy should register their names with the centre before commencement of farming activities. The staff from the centre will visit the field and complete the process of planting or harvesting on a particular day. The farmers will have to pay rent for the machineries used. The farmers of Edapadavu, Gurpura, Ganjimutt, Kuppepadavu will be benefited. There are 12 machineries at the centre, said an official. The machines available are combined harvester, transplanter, paddy crusher, tiller, grass cutter, stirring type cultivator, power tiller, power cono weeder sprayer, pepper decorticator and arecanut dehusker. With the help of combined harvester, six to eight kg of paddy can be harvested per hour. The transplanter machine can transplant paddy seedlings on 2.5 acre land per hour. Paddy crusher will help in crushing the paddy, said Assistant Agriculture Director Anees Selvam.He said that the state government has already selected 186 hoblis to start the centre in association with the NGOs. Under the scheme, 75 per cent of the fund will be borne by the State government and 25 per cent by the NGO. The centre has already been opened at Puttur, Uppinangady and Panemangalur.
South Canara District Central Co-operative (SCDCC) Bank Chairman M N Rajendra Kumar launched the coupons ('Pundi panavu') and requisition letter to raise funds for Vishwa Tuluvere Parba on Saturday. The Vishwa Tuluvere Parba-2014, will be held at Sahyadri College of Engineering premises in Adyar from December 12 to 14. Terming the concept of Vishwa Tuluvere Parba as a step towards the unity and identity of Tuluvas, he said that youth should be involved in the programme. The work on the four-laning of the highway should be accelerated in the district.Elected representatives should ensure that the road work is complete at the earliest. Finance Committee President Prof M B Puranik said that at least Rs two crore would be required to organise Vishwa Tuluvere Parba.Organising Committee Working President Dharmapala Devadiga hoped that with the direction of Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade, Moodabidri Alva's Education Foundation Chairman Dr M Mohan Alva, the festival would be a success. Meanwhile, M N Rajendra Kumar purchased first 1,000 coupons worth Rs 1 lakh. Vijaya Bank Manager Taranath Shetty, Corporator Radhakrishna, Spoorthi Mahila Mandali, Vijayalaxmi Shetty of Mahila Okkuta and others also bought the coupons. Coupons worth around Rs seven lakh were purchased at the venue. Publicity Committee President Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, Finance Committee Secretary Taranath Shetty Bolar, Tulu Koota Kudla Founder Convenor A C Bhandary, artiste Navaneeth Kadri and others were present.
Minister for Forest and Environment, B Ramanath Rai pulled up the officials of the revenue and forest departments and directed them to complete the joint survey to identify deemed forest land in Dakshina Kannada district within one and a half months. After the completion of the survey, the report will be placed before the Cabinet and the government has to submit an affidavit before the Supreme Court within six months, he said.He was chairing a meeting to review the progress of survey of deemed forest land, at deputy commissioner's office on Saturday. Briefing about the survey, Deputy Conservator of Forest K T Hanumanthappa said that according to the previous survey conducted by field level teams, 10,000 acre land in the district is identified as deemed forest. The revenue and forest department staff are conducting a joint survey to verify the previous report and remove non-forest land from the classification of deemed forest. Of the 2,000 deemed forest cases, 20 per cent of the cases has been verified so far. He cited lack of village blueprint / map of some of the villages and non-availability of village accountants representing revenue department as the reason for the delay in the progress of the survey. He requested the deputy commissioner to allow village accountants to work with the forest department staff for next 15 days or on alternative days so that the survey process could be completed in time.The District-in-Charge Minister said it was one time survey, hence both the departments should coordinate. Human habitation in deemed forest land will be evicted after the completion of the survey.Forest Rights ActIn another meeting to discuss the effective implementation of Forest Rights Act, ITDP Project Coordinator Sabeer Ahmed Mulla said that the department which is the nodal agency to implement the Act in the district, has received 2,354 applications under Forest Rights Act. Of the total applications, title deeds were issued to 76 applicants, 72 individual claims, 550 records are in others names and need to be changed, and 1,721 applications were rejected. The forest and ITDP departments will take up a joint inspection to verify the land. Village Forest Rights Committees have been formed in 370 villages, he said.Swachh Bharat campaignDuring a presentation on implementing Swachh Bharat campaign, District-in-Charge Secretary Bharat Lal Meena directed the district administration to emphasise on segregation of waste at source for the campaign's success. Every panchayat and municipal body has to plan for the effective segregation of waste. Dakshina Kannada district can set a model in implementing the campaign, he said.Puttur TMC President Jagadish Shetty explained about the TMC's plans to handle waste in the town, through pipe composting, wet waste management and vermi compost unit. Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Tulasi Maddineni and others were present.
To give relief to the endosulfan victims of Kasargod district, the State government has sanctioned Rs 25 crore to waive off their loans, said Kerala Minister for Agriculture K P Mohanan. Speaking at the district-level meeting of endosulfan rehabilitation cell in Kasargod on Friday, he said that an amount of Rs 10 crore has been set aside to waive off loans up to Rs 50,000, Rs12 crore for waiving loans in the range of Rs 50,000 to Rs two lakh, and Rs three crore for clearing loans borrowed between Rs two lakh to Rs three lakh.The decision to waive off the loans will be taken by the district administration after holding talks with the banks. Loans above Rs two lakh will be waived off as per the recommendations of the State government. Only loans borrowed to meet medical expenses will be waived off, the minister said. As many as 189 of the 447 endosulfan victims living outside the notified 11 affected gram panchayats in the district were given Rs1.50 lakh each as recommended by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).The official said that Nabard has released Rs 8.4 crore to rehabilitate endosulfan victims. Tender process for nine Buds schools have been completed. Permissions have not been issued for starting Buds school at Bellur panchayat. Cheemeni Ayurveda hospital will get therapists shortly. MLAs N A Nellikkunnu, P B Abdul Razak, K Kunhiraman, District Collector P S Muhammed Sagir, sub-collector K Jeevan Babu and others were present on the occasion.
Kannada Book Authority President Banjagere Jayaprakash has said that good literature will only reflect the voice of voiceless. Speaking at a book release programme organised by Kemmalaje Janapada Prakshana Udupi on Saturday, Jayaprakash said that the literary works should be the outcome of fact-finding effort and should incorporate the innocence of a child in the process of narration.Writer should bring out the truth in his work. He said days are not far, for the suppression of those who uphold and propagate truth. The voice of the people who go against the superstitious beliefs and the authoritarian administration would be restrained from publishing. He said the quintessence of the democracy lies on the basis of truth and fact finding. The renowned writer added the literature should evolve the process of incessant thirst for the facts. The most important criterion of any writer is to bring out the truth or else the write up will be a mere use of words. The writings of a writer should be away from pre-conceived notion. The write-ups written to impress others fails to emerge as a real work piece. The real literature is born in streets and not in the notification of the government or the folders of the administrative set up, he said.He lamented that quality literary works are on decline. The Book Authority publishes 7,000 books in the state every year. Only a few writers make an indepth study on the subject. The works should not uphold the voice of the people who are in power. Volumes of 'Samagra Koti-Chennaiah' authored by veteran folk scholar Bannanje Babu Ameen, 'Sanskriti Lahiri' by writer Dr Gananath Yekkar and 'Mahila Abhivyakthi-Samakalina Samvada' and 'Tulu Sahitya Parampare: Ondu Avalokana' by witter Dr Nikethana were released on the occasion.