The State government on Monday constituted a three-member expert committee headed by former chief secretary B S Patil to prepare a report on splitting the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The panel has been asked to submit its report within three months. According to a notification issued by the Urban Development Department, the government has deemed it apt to split the BBMP to ensure better administration of the civic body and also to provide better infrastructure facilities in the City.Thus, the government has set up an expert committee which will submit its report within the stipulated time. After receiving public opinion on the report to be submitted by the panel, the government would take an appropriate decision.Former BBMP commissioner Siddaiah and member of the erstwhile Bangalore Agenda Task Force (BATF) V Ravichander are the members of the expert committee. The additional commissioner (administration), BBMP,has been directed to provide an office, staff, vehicles and other logistics required for the committee to carryout the assigned task.The genesisOn August 12, 2013, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, who is in charge of Bangalore, had convened a meeting to discuss the proposal to bifurcate the BBMP. Subsequent to the meeting, the minister had requested the State government to setup an expert committee to study the proposal to split the Palike. Ramalinga Reddy, in the letter to the government, had cited the examples of major metros such as Mumbai, Kolkata and London that have more than one municipal bodies to cater to the growing needs of the respective cities. Though London's population density is same as that of Bangalore, it has 32 urban local areas, he had said.The administration in BBMP is plagued by various problems. The solid waste management system has worsened and several public interest litigations have been filed in the High Court. There is a dim possibility of solving the garbage crisis. There is a need to provide drinking water facility, road connectivity and create civic infrastructure in 110 villages added to the BBMP jurisdiction, the government has stated in the preamble to the order.
As the authorities' crackdown on the illegal sand smuggling from Karnataka to Kerala has slackened, the sand smugglers are back to business with novel strategies. Now, sand from Nethravathi has been crossing Thalapady border using fake passes issued from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. Two months back, two loads each of smuggled sand was seized by Kumbala police at Kumbala and Manjeshwar. The cops recovered passes issued by the commercial tax department and mining and geology department of AP, Maharashtra and Odisha. The suspicion of Kasargod police made them to visit Nanded in Maharashtra, and they found that though the pass was original, the seal had been forged. The same happened in the case of AP and Odisha passes. Transporting three or four loads of ordinary sand from such long distance frowned us. A team, under the leadership of Kumbala ASI Surendran reached Nanded and the Tahasildar there had confirmed that they had ceased issuing of sand passes from last June 12 due to the complaint of rampant forging of fake passes, Kumbala SI K V Gandhadharan told Deccan Herald. Upon interrogation, the arrested driver and cleaner of sand-laden truck confessed that sand was from River Nethravathi. It may be noted that the inter-state transporting of Karnataka sand had been banned by a government rule with a temporary exception given to Lakshwadeep.Inter-state racketThe Kumbala SI said that though the pass was original, the seal was fake. They might have obtained the pass before the banning, he added. The police say that forging of seals throw light on the entrenched inter-state racket of sand smuggling which needs to be probed much deeper. One of the fake sand passes, of which DH has a copy, indicate that the consigner, V Murali Mohan at Gunjigoan quarry in Nanded was transporting 2 brass of ordinary sand to one M P Khaleed of Kumbala, Brambana in Kasargod. The date mentioned in the pass is July 7, 2014. The pass bears the seals of the commercial taxes integrated checkpost at Saloora in AP, the checkpost of commerical tax depatment of Karnataka and Kerala (both at Thalapady). Upon investigation, it has been proved that the seal of Saloora checkpost had been forged. Likewise, police suspect that trucks of sand load from Nethravathi had been crossing Karnataka border in the wee hours showing Maharasthra and Odisha issued passes at the checkposts of Karnataka and Kerala. A commercial tax official in Kasargod on condition of anonymity told that daily atleast more than 40 trucks enter Kerala in this manner. In the invoice, the price for 2 brass of normal sand has been put at Rs 6,000, plus Rs 300 as tax. Last year, a truck load of Karnataka sand had been seized at Deli in Kasargod and the recovered sand pass was found to be fake. Directive to checkpostIn the light of transporting sand using fake passes, Kasargod DySP T P Ranjith has written to the Assistant Commissioner of Commercial tax department in Kasargod to facilitate the checking of sand laden vehicles from other states by special squad at checkpost. If any commodity is being taken from a registered dealer, we can trace the origin of the travel and the entire route through online. But this is not possible for commodities bought from non-registered dealers. Also, to check the authenticity of each and every seal on a single pass by visiting those states too is not feasible, the DySP told Deccan Herald. Earlier, sand-smugglers had resorted to transport river sand disguising as silica sand, which has been permitted to transport as it is a major raw material for manufacturing tile, glass etc.
Minister of State for Medical Education Dr Sharan Prakash Patil on Monday said the government would float fresh tenders for taking up the delayed construction of new building at Minto Ophthalmic Hospital. Stating that Rs six crore has been deposited with Public Works Department to pay the dues of contractors, the minister said that PWD engineers had assured him the work would be completed by December -end. Former vice chancellor of Rajeev Gandhi University of Health Sciences Dr S Chandrashekar Shetty said that the hospital has to focus on paediatric opthalmology, rehabilitation, small-incision cataract surgeries and research in order to be a 'Centre of Excellence.'New equipment by donated by Canara bank, provided by BMC Development Trust, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardio-Vascular Sciences and Joint director, Opthalmology, department of Health and Family welfare were inaugurated at the hospital. Two opthalmic operating microscope with video facility for teaching micro-surgery, 1,300 intraocular lenses, autoclave, a clinical specular microscope (to examine transparency of cornea for patients), eye bank specular microscope (to examine transparency of cornea of donor eyes) and split air conditioners for operation theatre were additional facilities given to the hospital. Moola Anuradha, Joint Director, IDSP, Department of Health and Family Welfare, said that eye donation would be linked to 104 helpline to make it easy for donors. A new van was dedicated for eye donation on the occasion. The family of the deceased willing to donate eyes, can call 9481740137.
The district administration has decided to organise Karavali Utsav for 12 days from December 20 to 31. Unlike previous years, this time the programme will feature exhibitions from various government departments, apart from the exhibitions arranged by the event manager.In a preparatory meeting at the deputy commissioner's office on Monday, Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that it has been decided to reserve 50 per cent of the stalls for government departments including education, health, social welfare, backward class, ITDP, agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, watershed and forest departments. While the department stalls will be exhibited for 12 days, exhibitions by event manager will be open for 30 days. Along with the exhibition, each department will get an opportunity to observe one day as the particular department's day. The total expenditure for 12 days is estimated at Rs 40 lakh.In order to promote the art and culture of coastal region, platform will be provided to perform traditional folk arts, rural games, exhibition of traditional food etc. District and state-level artistes will showcase their expertise, unlike in previous years, when local artistes used to perform on the main stage. Food fest will be organised, where people from different regions and states will exhibit the typical food of that particular region. Kite festival, sand art, water sports, beach volleyball, tug of war, Mangalore marathon, beach Kabaddi, beach throwball will be organised as a part of Beach Utsav. Chairing the meeting, District-in-Charge Minister directed to involve nationalised banks and public sector companies in Karavali Utsav by allowing them to open their stalls in the exhibition. A grand procession should be arranged at Nehru Maidan as a part of the festival, he said. However, he negated the idea of organising taluk-level Karavali Utsav as it will be an additional expenditure and does not serve the purpose.DH News Service
A number of schools in the City have been collecting relief materials to send them to flood-ravaged Jammu andKashmir and play a small part in improving the situation there.At Delhi Public School (DPS), Yelahanka (North), the teachers have even donated a day's salary for the cause.Students have been donating clothes and other supplies. Even the parents of students have been asked to help in the effort, said Manju Balasubramani, principal, DPS (North).Student donationsStudents of Trio World School (TWS), Sahakara Nagar have donated ready-to-eat food, utensils, clothes such as woollens, blankets, tarpaulins, torch and batteries etc, worth Rs 1.5 lakh, to be sent to J&K.A lot of people have lost their lives and a great many remain stranded though Army and NDRF are fully involved in rescue operations. In times like these we wanted to extend our help and ease the victims' plight, said TWS Managing Director Naveen.Class 11 students of the Canadian International School, Yelahanka, have organised a 'bake sale' to raise money for the flood victims. The school has also collected food items such as wheat, flour, lentil, rice and other necessities such as soaps, mosquito coils, cookies worth Rs 1.5 lakh from its students.These schools are sending their supplies through Goonj, an NGO that is coordinating with various schools in the City. According to Chandan Sharma, a representative of Goonj, as many as 8 to 10 City schools are expected to send in their donations and supplies in a few days. In addition to them as many as 10 to 12 companies and 10 to 12 apartment complexes around Sarjapur,Whitefield and Bannerghatta will also donate supplies. Many citizens have also come forward to donate generously. A number of other organisations and groups who had been independently collecting supplies have also approached us, he said.
District and Sessions Judge Shivashankar Amarannanavar said the nation can progress only with an addiction-free society.Speaking after inaugurating a workshop titled 'Students' contribution to addiction-free society' here at Thenkanidiyur First Grade Government College on Monday, the judge said the people who got addict to bad habits will not be able to lead a normal life. Their earnings will be wasted on the addiction. The judge noted that alcohol is not the solution for any disease. He called upon the students not to get spoiled with the addiction. The students should come out of the western influence to lead a standard life and contribute to the progress of the nation. The addiction-free society is the responsibility of all, he added. He stressed that students should develop good hobbies and have good friends in life. Initially the students will get addicted for bad habits for fun, however, gradually the addiction itself will destroy the life.Speaking on the occasion, Physician P V Bhandari said the increasing addiction among the students have created threat to the healthy living of the society. More than 41 per cent of disease occur due to various addictions. Increasing number of the sexual assault cases, suicide cases, depression, accidents are all connected with addiction for various bad habits. He urged students not to believe the advertisements that misguide them regarding alcohol consumption and other habits. Getting addicted is easy. The trouble will be realized only after getting addicted and it is not easy to come out, he said.District Information Officer Rohini Kwas present.DH News Service
With just a month left for declaring Mangalore City Corporation and Ullal Town Municipal informal rationing areas as Kerosene-free, District-in-Charge Minister B Ramanath Rai said that arrangements have been made with the banks to lend loans at low interest rates to the beneficiaries who will get new LPG connections. The district administration has decided to declare Mangalore and Ullal as kerosene-free on November 1, by giving LPG connections to all households. In a preparatory meeting to sort out issues pertaining to the plan of providing LPG connections to every household, at the deputy commissioner's office on Monday, the Minister said that all those who are obtaining kerosene through their ration card will be provided LPG connections under the government schemes like 22.75 and 7.25. Those who are not eligible to avail benefits of the government schemes will be provided with a loan from South Canara District Credit Co-operative Bank or other nationalised banks. A person who will get new LPG connection will have to shell out Rs 4,000 for purchasing cylinder, regulator, stove, rubber tube and gas lighter. It has been directed to the gas agencies not to trouble the beneficiaries while giving the LPG connections, he said.Hailing the initiative, he said it was a step towards controlling environmental pollution and affect of kerosene on human health. The programme if becomes successful, will be implemented across the district.LPG to allClarifying doubts over the implementation of the programme, Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim said that ration card was not mandatory to get LPG connection. Even as MCC Opposition leader Premanand Shetty kept alleging that LPG was disconnected in his house due to not renewing ration card, the Food and Civil Supplies DD stated that ration card had nothing to do with LPG. The person should submit an identity and address proof like voter ID, driving license, passport and the like to get LPG connection. House door number too is not required to get the gas connection. The district administration has not yet stopped the supply of kerosene. The decision on it will be taken after all households in MCC and Ullal TMC get LPG connection, the DC said.Special campsOf the 23,875 BPL card holders in MCC and Ullal informal rationing area, 7,500 households are yet to get LPG connection, who are the target beneficiaries of the kerosene-free Mangalore programme. In order to make the process hassle-free, two-day drive will be conducted on October 8 and 9 at Lalbagh, Surathkal, Kavoor and Ullal city/municipal corporation offices to help the people who wish to get LPG connections. Following the progress of the camps, another two day camp will be organised at the same venue on October 18 and 19.Mayor Mahabala Marla, MLAs J R Lobo, Mohiudeen Bava, MLC Ivan D'Souza and others were present at the meeting.
An array of artwork and crafts are on display at the 'Helping Hands Mela 2014', organised by the HSBC in the City, that began on Monday. The Mela will go on till Saturday. The event is organised in an effort to provide non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local communities an opportunity to sell their products. Over 100 NGOs are participating, with their community work profiles ranging from child welfare, tribal development, welfare of the physically and mentally challenged, rural development and arts and crafts development. The proceeds of the sale would go to charity and would help in the upliftment of the communities.As many as 47 branches of the bank across 28 cities are participating in the Mela, said senior vice president and branch head, HSBC, India, Srinivas Mendu, in a press release.
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Monday submitted to the High Court that it will conduct a meeting of top officials in the last week of this month to take a decision on framing guidelines to protect the interest of hawkers as per the Supreme Court directions issued in 2013.During the hearing of public interest litigation filed by Jennifer Pinto and others seeking directions to ensure safe and scientific footpaths for pedestrians in the City, the BBMP submitted that the State government has called for a meeting of officials from Urban Development Department, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and others. Formation of town vendors' committee to come out with the guidelines and issue of licence for hawkers will be discussed in the meeting.The Palike made the submission after Ajesh Kumar, the counsel for petitioners, stated that Palike was evicting hawkers instead of clearing encroachments.Plea disposedThe High Court has disposed of a petition seeking security measures at the Civil Court Complex, with a direction to the petitioners to approach the City police.Five Year Law Course Students' Association had approached the court seeking directions to the Home department for providing security at the court complex. The petitioner had cited the explosion at DelhiHigh Court as an example.RepresentationA division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri directed the petitioner to make a representation to the police commissioner. It also gave the liberty to the petitioner to approach the court in case no action is taken by the Police.
Hundreds of siteless people led by Ahinda Okkuta staged a protest demanding the authorities to allot land to the shelterless across the hobli, at Kushalnagar town on Monday.The protest rally that commenced at Ayyappa temple road, passed via Field Marshal K M Cariappa road and culminated at town panchayat office premises. The protesters shouted slogans against the government and elected representatives throughout their protest.They submitted a memorandum to the town panchayat Chief Officer Ramesh and Revenue Officer Nanda Kumar at Nadakacheri. Accepting the plea, Nanda Kumar said that sites are required for various purposes of different departments, Yet, there is government land availability near Kanive which could be utilised to distribute to the shelterless. The memorandum will be sent to the senior officials for consideration, he said.Addressing the protesters, Ahinda Hobli President M K Hamid alleged the government and elected representatives of cheating the public since 40 years with mere assurances of allotting them sites. There are over 500 siteless people in Kushalnagar town alone and none of the protests in the past have borne fruit. As government paisari land has been evicted now, the land has to be distributed among the poor. A memorandum has been submitted to the deputy commissioner and he has responded positively and has written to the town panchayat and revenue officers to pursue the matter. The officials should take note of this and allot sites to the deserving people, he demanded.
Indian academic institutions have a long way to go to generate higher rankings in global assessments of performance by universities if international rankings are anything to go by.The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is the only institution in the entire country to make it to the top 500 in the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) undertaken by the Centre for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.Academics is considered a separate domain for rankings, which have been undertaken since 2003. IISc is ranked between 301 and 400 in the world for work in academics. Harvard University, the USA, has been number one for 12 years running and this year, too, it has maintained that position.The top 10 institutions, apart from Harvard, are Stanford, MIT, Berkeley, Cambridge, Princeton, Caltech, Columbia, Chicago and Oxford. As far as the English language is concerned, IISc has better ranking between 101 and 150, in science performance, IISc is between 151 and 200 ranks. It is particularly in chemistry that IISc has done best, ranked 51-75.Chemistry has received very high attention at the institute, with very senior scientists like C N R Rao, P Balaram, D D Sarma and Goverdhan Mehta working in the field for several decades. The average experience of senior scientists in chemistry is around 40-50 years. In computer science, which is also very strong at IISc, it has been placed in the 101-150 rank category. So, subject-wise, IISc is on a fairly good wicket, but clearly a lot more work needs to be put in to be part of the Top 10.ARWU considers universities that have Nobel laureates, field medalists, highly cited researchers, or papers published in magazines 'Nature' or 'Science'. Part of the criterion is also a significant amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index. Overall, more than 1,200 universities are ranked and the best 500 are selected.IISc has not been short of funds, especially in the last few years. IISc's former director P Balaram had been pointing out that funds are not a problem and what is needed is work. Even if IISc doesn't make products, it is doing a great deal for academics by nurturing students to be good faculty.Training human resource in academics is a major goal that IISc has set for itself. IISc directors and professors repeatedly point to the number of institutions that came out of IISc in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s - space and Isro, NAL, HAL, DRDO, TIFR and DAE.IISc, professors say, generates the best possible academicians in the country who help increase the number of academics. Another great contribution is training in theory and practicals of engineering, making it a unique institution with both basic sciences and engineering.
In a remark that could stir a huge controversy and cost the Bahujan Samaj Party upper castes' votes, a senior party leader termed worship of 'Lakshmi-Ganesha' as 'useless'. The leader asked Dalits and backward communities not to worship the gods during marriage ceremonies.The remarks could nip in party's efforts to project itself as a 'party for all'There is no use worshipping 'Gauri' (goddess Lakshmi) and 'Ganesha' at marriage ceremonies. It is nothing but a ploy by the upper caste people to enslave Dalits and backward communities, Swami Prasad Maurya, said at a programme here on Sunday evening.Maurya said the 'Manuvadis' (upper caste, especially the Brahmins) had no regard for 'human beings'. Hinduism has no place for humans. For it, the Dalits and backwards are Shudras (low caste people), he said.Hindus can worship owls (carrier of Lakshmi) and rats (carrier of Ganesha). But they cannot give respect to the Dalits, Maurya, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the UP Assembly said.He said the Dalits and backward communities used to be the 'rulers' in the country but 'Manuvadis' adopted the 'divide and rule policy' and became the rulers.However, BSP chief Mayawati was quick to distance herself from Maurya's remarks saying that they were not her party's views. The party believed in 'sarvajan hitay, sarvajan sukhay' (welfare of all the communities), she said.They may be Maurya's personal views. BSP has nothing to do with them, she said.Maurya's remarks could dent party's support base among the Brahmins and other upper castes. Mayawati had been trying to shun the image of 'anti-upper caste' and off late she had appointed Brahmin leaders for important posts. The party had also given tickets to the highest number of Brahmins in the Lok Sabha polls and also in the 2012 Assembly elections.In fact, she called it 'social engineering' which envisaged bringing together Brahmins and Dalits on one platform.The party sources said Mayawati was 'very angry' with Maurya. Several Brahmin leaders of the party have also taken exception to his remarks.
Civil works on the long-delayed Okalipuram eight-lane corridor project will begin soon. Bangalore district in-charge minister Ramalinga Reddy, who inspected Okalipuram and surrounding areas on Monday, said: The project undertaken by the BBMP got delayed due to land acquisition and soil testing issues. Now, all the problems have been sorted out. Pile testing work has already begun. Around two and half acres of land from Railways has been acquired and an alternative land at Binny Mill has been given to them. He instructed the Palike to release a sum of Rs 20 crore to the Railways for the underbridge work, a part of the project. Mayor N Shanthakumari was also present on the occasion.Garbage problemThe minister came across heaps of garbage lying uncleared on the service road adjacent to Kempegowda bus station. He instructed the joint commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to issue notices to Assistant Engineer Uday Kumar and Assistant Executive Engineer Mohan for not discharging their duties effectively. Meanwhile, the Mayor and Palike higher officials also inspected the stretch from Old Airport Road to Peenya, the route which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take to visit Isro's facility at Peenya on Wednesday.Bescom road worksThe Old Airport Road and Dasarahalli area near Isro's facility at Peenya were not in motorable condition due to road works taken up by Bescom and other agencies. For the past one week, pothole filling and resurfacing work is being carried out. Potholes are being filled with the help of Python 5000 machine, said BBMP Chief Engineer (Major Infrastructure) S Somashekhar.
A rape victim was 'forced' to marry accused by a panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur district, about 500 kilometres from here, apparently to prevent the victim's family from approaching police.Reports said a youth, resident of Behat area in the district, had kidnapped the minor late on Friday night and allegedly raped her after taking her to a secluded place. However, he was nabbed by the locals after the victim narrated the incident on reaching home.The culprit's family convened a panchayat in a bid to exert pressure on the victim's parents to settle the matter and not to lodge a police complaint. But the panchayat failed to arrive at any conclusion, the reports said.As the victim's parents were preparing to go to the police station later in the day, another panchayat was convened to discuss the matter. This time, the panchayat after deliberations ordered that the victim be married to the accused.Though the victim's parents were not ready to marry the girl with the accused, the panchayat members reportedly threatened them with social boycott. The marriage ceremony was performed on Sunday. Reports said police have not taken cognisance of the matter.We have no information about the marriage, police official said.Earlier also the panchayats in the state have let off rape accused without punishing them. They have allowed the rape accused to go free after paying some money to victim's family. In many cases, the rape victims were married to the accused.Though police officials admitted that such marriages were essentially aimed at thwarting the victims' families from approaching police, and avoid going to jails.It is very difficult to proceed against the accused persons in the absence of a written complaint, said a senior police official here.DH News Service
A 24-year-old student from a West African country was assaulted by four men working for a BPO in Banaswadi late on Sunday night after a fight over a trivial issue, police said. Ammar Qusian, from Ivory Coast, told the police that the four men—Sunil, Kiran alias Kini, Vinay Bhat and Ganesh—beat him up while he was riding home with a friend after eating dinner at a hotel. Bhat had celebrated his birthday on Sunday and hosted a party for his friends at a hotel. Thereafter, the four men left for home on their bikes. On the way, they saw Qusian and his friend coming from the opposite direction on Kammanahalli main road, and accosted them. The bunch demanded cigarettes from Qusian and his friend. Qusian said he didn't have cigarettes while his friend refused to give them. A verbal spat then broke out.Qusian objected to their behaviour and asked them to mind their business. The bunch got angry and attacked him. They beat him till he fell to the ground, and ran away, a police officer said. Qusian's friend then took him to a hospital which discharged him after treating him as an outpatient. Thereafter, Qusian made a complaint to the police who acted swiftly and arrested two of the suspects, Sunil and Kiran, both from Kammanahalli. Bhat and Ganesh are absconding and being pursued, the officer said. Qusian had come to India recently to pursue a degree in management studies. He is living in Horamavu and scouting around for a good college. Police said Qusian went incommunicado after lodging the complaint and they were looking for him. We need more information from them. We have been trying to contact him, but he is not reachable. We will arrest the two others soon, the officer added.
Ten people were injured in a scuffle at a pub at west Delhi's Rajouri Garden late on Sunday night.The fight was reported around 11.30 pm between some employees of the pub and a group of youths who had gathered at the West Gate Mall to celebrate a birthday.The two groups have filed complaints against each other and police said investigations have been taken up. No arrest from either group was made though.The CCTV footage of the pub has been seized for investigations.Alleged molestationThe youngsters alleged that some of their female friends were molested by the hotel staff. A molestation case was subsequently lodged.Similar allegationsThe nightclub management, meanwhile, made similar allegations of misbehaviour with a female staffer.The club claimed that another staff member was assaulted when they refused to serve alcohol as the group had brought in more people than the number booked. Police have been told that bookings, made by one Deepak, had been made only for 25 guests but 35 people, including four women, had turned up for the party.The guests were also allegedly miffed with the final bill which they felt was exorbitant.The pub authorities have alleged that the guests were heavily drunk. They asked for new round of drinks around 11.30 pm but were refused upon which the guests allegedly started misbehaving with the female waiter, said a police officer.The pub manager intervened and the matter was resolved for the time being. But when the guests were handed over a bill of Rs 29,000, they alleged they were being overcharged and refused to pay it.When the pub authorities insisted that the bill be paid, they allegedly began thrashing one of the waiters and smashed his head with a table and this victim required eight stitches, said police.Bouncers were immediately called in. A violent scuffle ensued in which 10 people were injured.Police were informed around midnight and a team arrived to shift the injured to a hospital from where all were discharged after treatment.
A woman, claiming to be the wife of retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) P K Sheshadri, lodged a complaint with the Vyalikaval police on Monday, accusing him of verbally abusing her.Venkatalakshmamma, a resident of Rajagopalanagar, stated that she had married Sheshadri 12 years ago and lived with him until he sold a site that belonged to her for Rs 15 lakh. But he never gave her any money and when she demanded it, he parted ways with her, she claimed. She told the police that she had filed a cheating complaint against him at the Mahalakshmi Layout police station on September 9. She went to Sheshadri's home at Vyalikaval on Monday, accompanied by her brother and daughter. She claimed that Sheshadri then assaulted them and used abusive language. The retired officer, however, has denied that he ever married Venkatalakshmamma. He admitted that while in service she had met him and had sought his help in a case. He accused the woman of cheating several high-profile men with similar claims. I had stood surety when she took a loan from Surabhi Chits Ltd. Now, I get notices as she has failed to repay the money. She has been claiming to be my wife for the last one year, he said.
Tarun (name changed),16, was rescued on September 11 from a shoe factory in Nangloi. On Monday, he got over Rs 72,000 as his minimum back wages.I am lucky to get this money. This will help me secure my future and give relief to my family in Bihar who pray for me every day, said Tarun. Though he worked as a child labourer stitching upper parts of shoes for three years, his employer did not pay him a single penny.Tarun is not the only one who was paid his legitimate wage. Raghav, Rahul, Azhar, Sandeep and Rakesh also got their wages within a week of the rescue operation from shoe factories. The city government's Labour Department gave over Rs 2 lakh to five children as their back wages.There are thousands of children like Tarun who are working in closed factories and are deprived of childhood, said Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), an NGO. The NGO's members had helped rescue the children.As per the directions of the court, there should be a complete ban on child labour. But it is violated and no stringent action is taken against the employers, said R S Chaurasia, chairperson of BBA.The traffickers and employers continue to employ these children without even paying a single penny, so rampant exploitation continues to prevail, Chaurasia added.According to the NGO, over 90 per cent of the adults do not receive their wages set by the government. There are several women who get only Rs 50 per day as wages, said Chaurasia. On September 11, a rescue operation was conducted by Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Punjabi Bagh), Delhi Police, official of Labour Department and members of the NGO in Nangloi.
The Delhi BJP and the AAP continued to exchange barbs over issues related to alleged poaching of MLAs, government formation through unethical means and Arvind Kejriwal's ambition.The BJP claimed Kejriwal was showing signs of political frustration and repenting his decision to quit as chief minister and the AAP leaders hit back by alleging that the saffron party might again try to form a government in the city on September 25 through illegal means.The two parties crossed swords a day after rumours that three AAP MLAs visited Goa for an alleged meeting with BJP leaders and striking a deal for helping BJP form a government in Delhi.Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia denied any move by its three MLAs - Ashok Kumar Chauhan, Dharmender Singh Koli and Prakash Jarwal - to jump ship. And in an attempt to quell rumours, Sisodia said all of them were asked to return from Goa within hours of landing there. Our MLAs are not up for sale...even if there are buyers based in Goa, he said.It will be good if the BJP puts its house in order before questioning our MLAs' loyalty, he said, slamming the Bharatiya Janata Party of spreading rumours about differences in the new party.Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay denied any manipulations by his party to form the city government, but questioned why AAP MLAs figured in any rumour related to possible government formation in the city.It seems there are cracks within the AAP, he said.Earlier, Kejriwal had apprehensions about defection in his party and now his frustration has been reported in some newspapers as he put pressure on his three MLAs to come back from Goa airport to Delhi who had gone there as tourists, he said. Kejriwal is so worried about government formation in Delhi that he issues statements about the steps BJP will take in future, he said.In place of doubting his MLAs and the opponents, he should admit that the people of Delhi want development and a strong government. They do not want Kejriwal's apology for resigning from the government, he said.Kejriwal trained his guns on the BJP at a public meeting on Sunday and said, The auspicious days of Navratras are beginning on September 25 and I am told the BJP is again going to try and form the government from that day.They want to do it one day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to leave for the US, he said.He said if people of Delhi give him another chance to become the chief minister, he will not resign in haste like the previous occasion.
Even as the countrys first electric bus failed to impress due to high costs, the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is all set to add 30 hybrid buses to its fleet.Once inducted, BMTC will be the first state-run transport corporation in the country to own hybrid buses, which will run 70 per cent on diesel and 30 per cent on battery.Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ekroop Caur, Managing Director, BMTC, said, The tenders were opened last week. We are in the process of finalising the bus manufacturer based on the quotations and before the end of the current financial year, these buses will be a part of the BMTC fleet.With the manufactures being finalised, officials are sure these buses will hit the roads before March end.BMTCwill receive funding for this under the Centre's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) scheme and the global tenders for the same were floated in March this year. Less smokeThese diesel hybrid buses are said to emit lesser smoke and are known for their fuel efficiency.The battery gets charged while the engine is running on diesel and once the battery gets fully charged it automatically switches to battery mode from diesel mode and vice-versa. The buses will cost between Rs 1.2 crore and Rs 1.3 crore each, which is almost half the cost an electric bus.CNG busesDecks have also been cleared for the 400 CNG buses to be run by the BMTC, as soon as the Union ministry agrees in-principle to grant funds for the same.At a meeting held last week in Delhi, where BMTC MD was also present, the centre has agreed to release funds for the same. Officials said that the tendering process for CNG will start soon and added that before the CNG pipelines and fuel stations are ready by March, the CNG buses will also be here.
Infighting in the city Congress turned murkier when a group of party members shouted slogans against former west Delhi MP Mahabal Misra at a function on Sunday evening.He was not allowed to deliver his speech from the dais. All this happened at the function organised by his son Vinay Misra in Dwarka area and inthe presence of Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and other senior party leaders.The group led by party leader Mahavir Singh, who had unsuccessfully contested in municipal election on party's ticket, claimed to have 'exposed' Misra in front of Lovely.Misra has made the party a family business. Misra's son lost with a huge margin in the Delhi Assembly elections from Dwarka area. Then Misra himself lost his parliamentary seat of west Delhi to the BJP. In spite of the defeat, he is not letting other leaders to come forward for strengthening the party's base, Singh alleged.He knows that the residents of the area are against him, but he is desperately trying to continue his politics at the cost of party's votebank. We have registered our protest to the party's Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely. If our complaint remains unheard, we will knock the doors of party high command, he added.'Relations with mafias'Another Congress worker Harish Sharma accused Misra for having relations with land mafias.There are many complaints against him for facilitating land grabbing in the villages of west Delhi. The party must probe his suspicious links with the land mafias, he said.Mahavir Singh was defeated in the municipal elections in 2012 by a mere 212 votes. He claims that Misra is facilitating the rivals of Congress party in the area to defeat all other party leaders except his son.He has virtually made the district Congress party as 'Mahabal Misra and company private limited'. He wants his son to win any election and he will not hesitate to do anything for this, he alleged.Apart from his son, he is also trying to get his other family members and relatives made party office bearers, Sharma said.When contacted, party's city unit's chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma refused to comment on the issue and said that he was not in the city and was unaware of the incident. Repeated attempts to contact DPCC chief Arvinder Singh Lovely were futile.
A seven-year-old boy was killed moments after a car ran him over under Yelahanka traffic police station limits on Monday morning. Naveen Kumar, son of one Prakash from Medi Agrahara, was walking on the roadside around 8.30 am when the driver of a speeding car lost control, and the vehicle swerved towards Naveen, ramming him.The boy was flung into the air, and collapsed, sustaining grievous injuries. He was rushed to a hospital but doctors declared him brought dead, police said. Woman run over by trainIn another accident, a 48-year-old woman was killed on the spot after she came under a running train at Nayandahalli on Monday. Jayamma, the deceased, was walking to her workplace. She could not notice the approaching train and tried to cross the railway track near the Shiva temple. The train flung her too far and her limbs were severed, police added.
The Centre for Gandhian Studies, Bangalore University, will conduct re- counselling for the academic year 2014- 15 related to certificate courses and Postgraduate Diploma in Gandhian Studies on October 9, at 11.30 am. The counselling will be conducted at Jnanabharathi Campus. For details call 080- 22961146 or 7889252774.
Azim Premji University plans to offer undergraduate course in science, arts and humanities subjects from next year wherein students will have freedom of choosing subject combinations from any of these fields.Currently, the university offers Master's degrees ineducation and development studies.The three-year course will be a residential programme where students will have to study foundational courses from a common curriculum besides having the option of specialising in a course or courses of their choice. The specialisations on offer are social sciences (economics and political science), sciences (physics and biology) and humanities (literature, history and philosophy).The common curriculum will consist of courses in creative expression through art, music and drama/ theatre, understanding India through its history and polity and future trends, and in critical reasoning, according to Azim Premji University School of Liberal Studies Director Venu Narayan.Rather than having only specialised understanding of subjects, we want students to have an understanding of broad complexities.A student will get the liberty to engage in a number of other endeavours such as getting a dual specialisation by adding a semester or a year if he or she wishes, he added. The first batch will consist of 120 students selected through a written test.Meanwhile, at the second convocation, held on Monday, 85 students from postgraduate batch of 2013 and 125 students from batch of 2014 received their degrees.
An alert passenger saved the life of a BMTC bus driver and scores of passengers when he noticed the driver in discomfort and stopped the bus on Monday.The BMTC officers said 28-year-old Renukaprasad, who was driving a Volvo bus on Monday afternoon, had a chest pain. Devaraju, the passenger, who was sitting in the front seat, noticed a visibly uncomfortable Prasad and asked him about it.When Prasad told him he had pain in his chest, Devaraju told him to stop the bus and asked all the passengers to alight, near Wilson Garden around 1:15 pm. The driver was then taken to St Marthas hospital where doctors conducted an ECG test.The reports were normal and it turned out the driver had gastric trouble which caused the pain.