An association of minority educational institutions is in the process of filing a contempt-of-court case against the Commissioner of Public Instruction and Principal Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education for their alleged violation of a recent Karnataka High Court order which directed the State government not to resort to forceful measures to enforce the provisions of the RTE Act on minority schools until the court decides on the 'linguistic minority' status issue.The Karnataka State Minority Educational Institution Management Federation (KSMEIMF), consisting of as many as 3,500 institutions, claimed that schools under their ambit were being constantly harassed by Block Education Officers and that the Education department was not paying heed to their pleas to stop it. C R Mohammed Imtiaz, chairman, KSMEIFM, said the harassment was worse in Bangalore Rural and Urban districts. We have shown the order to BEOs and other educational officers. However, they say it does not hold good and they are still asking us to admit students, he said.
Lightning struck two persons dead, as rainfall, accompanied by hailstorm, continued to lash a few districts of North Karnataka region on Saturday.Shivalingaiah Siddaiah Hiremath, 28, of Chikkatadasi village in Ramdurg taluk, Belgaum district, was returning home from his fields when lightning struck him dead. Shivanagouda Basappa Goudar, 17, an ITI student, was in the fields when he was struck dead by lightning at Siddanagavi village in Badami taluk of Bagalkot district.Bagalkot district received heavy rainfall, accompanied by hailstorm, on Saturday evening. Amrut Shah, 35, suffered serious injuries after a huge hailstone hit him on his head at Kadapatti village in Jamkhandi taluk. Ramesh Kishori, belonging to the same village, also received injuries, after a hailstone hit his eye. Reports on agriculture and horticulture crops being damaged have been received from the district.Bijapur district received continuous rainfall for four hours on Friday night. Doni river in Talikote town is in spate and is flowing above the bridge. Traffic flow was hindered for sometime due to the inundation of the bridge.A few taluks of Dharwad and Haveri districts have also received good rainfall.
The record off-season rainfall with hailstorm, which the State received in almost all districts in the first week of March leaving a trail of destruction, has rendered the farmers a distressed lot.The farming fraternity, which was expecting a bounteous harvest of grapes, pomegranates, mangoes and tomatoes following copious rainfall in 2013, is shattered that the off-season rain has put paid to their prospects. The Department of Horticulture, which began an assessment of crop damage, has estimated that 9,800 hectares of horticulture crops have been destroyed in Belgaum, Bijapur and Bagalkot districts.Department of Horticulture Director D L Maheshwar said they had not expected such a record rainfall, especially in drier areas like Bagalkot, Bijapur and Challakere, where the damage has been enormous. Stating that vegetables such as drumsticks ready for harvest, too, were destroyed, he said teams have been formed to assess the situation and a report on the extent of the loss and destruction is expected in a couple of days. Mango, a seasonal crop saw a huge productivity in 2013. But with the March rainfall in both Karnataka and Maharashtra, the yield is expected to shrink further, according to horticulture experts, in turn, leading to rise in its price. Likewise, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Belgaum and Koppal boast of thousands of acres of grape vineyards, while pomegranate is a staple crop in the southern Karnataka regions of Chitradurga, Sira, Davangere, Tumkur as also in Koppal, Bagalkot, Bijapur, parts of Belgaum, Gadag and other places.Terming the pre-monsoon showers as not an uncommon phenomenon, Meteorological Department Director B Puttanna said hailstorm was caused due to the dissolution of cloud at a higher elevation, where the temperature will be cooler than minus zero. Rainfall is 3,000 times more than normal during this time in the North Karnataka region. Nearly 18.2 mm rainfall has been recorded in 11 districts altogether. In southern Karnataka, where the rainfall is normally expected to be 2.1 mm, it has been 16.1 mm, which is 650 times more, he said. The temperature will return to normal in the next 48 hours across the State.
Violence broke out at a programme organised by the Congress at Kalladka here on Saturday to promote harmony ahead of the ensuing parliamentary elections. Section 144 has been clamped on the entire Bantwal taluk for the next three days.Rival groups hurled stones and bottles at one another. A four-wheeler was set ablaze while two-wheelers were also damaged. Bantwal Station Inspector Sanjay Kumar, who tried to prevent the clash, was injured after a stone hit him. He has been admitted to a private hospital in Mangalore. As many as 10 people, including a youth, are said to be injured. Violence erupted in the harmony convention when Zilla Panchayat member Chandraprakash Shetty, in his introductory remarks, criticised RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat. Local youth took exception to his comment and complained to police. Meanwhile, the agitated youth began throwing stones and bottles on the venue, as well as the highway. Party workers also retaliated. The incident occurred in the presence of district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai. The police, deployed in small numbers on the spot, failed to control the situation immediately. They tried to disperse the crowd by resorting to mild lathicharge and lobbed tear gas shells. Amid this violence, a vehicle was set on fire. The highway was blocked for sometime because of the violence. Police Commissioner R Hitendra told Deccan Herald that no arrests were made. The situation is under control now. We have started the process of listing down the names of those involved in the attack and they will arrested soon, he said.
The State BJP'soutreach programme wherein citizens were asked to provide inputs to the party manifesto has received 1.5 lakh responses including 20,000 online. The party is now in the process of compiling the inputs and come out with constituency-wise manifestos. In February, party volunteers held outreach programmes under the banner your voice our manifesto at hundreds of locations in the State. They distributed pamphlets to the public to elicit their views on what they considered major issues. They were asked to make suggestions for a better India and betterment of their constituency. The inputs have been sent to the party headquarters in New Delhi.
Bangaloreans who attended the BJP's 'Chai pe Charcha' event on Saturday returned home disappointed as their live interaction through teleconferencing with Narendra Modi was cut short owing to time constraints. The event organised in JP Nagar was part of an All India Live Interaction with Modi organised to mark International Women's Day celebrations.Many had come prepared with questions hoping to get their queries answered. A considerable part of the crowd comprised residents from the vicinity, who stopped by during their evening walk. From Bangalore, one Jaya got the opportunity to pose a question. Her question was about emergency helpline numbers. However, this question too was cut short as there were technical glitches. In Karnataka, the interaction was organised in Belgaum too.
At Rs 20,000, Arvind Kejriwal will take your question and respond to it, over lunch, in Bangalore. The much-talked-about AAPfundraiser event has now got a price tag to attract the High Networth Individuals (HNI), so that they can help fill the coffers of the party. This decisionof AAP has reiterated the interest of political parties in approaching corporates to fund their election campaign. With the Rs-20,000 ticket for the interaction with Kejriwal, the AAPis trying to ensure that no stone is left unturned for the success of the event. But AAPleaders say they are finding it tough to get a venue to host the event.AAP member Prithvi Reddy said the party had approached several high-profile educational institutions in the city, asking them to rent out their halls which have good acoustics and seating arrangements for the interaction. However, none seems to be keen on renting the hall out to AAP. The institutions, while stating that the cause is good, do not want to take the risk of renting it out to a political party, said Reddy. The AAPis looking to attract at least 400 HNIs for the fundraiser. Such events are being planned across the country.While AAP and its members believe that there is nothing wrong in approaching corporates for funding, leaders of other parties say that the funding from major companies is part of the latter's strategy to associate themselves with the next possible government. Former corporate honcho and AAP member VBalakrishnan, who is said to be spearheading the fund-raising event, states that the involvement of corporates in directly funding parties is, in fact, a good thing.The present problem is the lack of transparency in political funding. No less than 70 per cent of the funding to parties is by unidentified cash. If more corporates come forth for honest funding, it can weed out corruption in parties, he states.Rules for fundingAAP members state that the party has already laid out certain rules for corporates to fund them. Donations are accepted only by way of cheque and names will be published on the party's website. JD(S)leaders state that corporate funding should be banned in Indian politics. Corporates which fund parties look for the profit they can gain when any party comes to power. There are strong ties of both the national parties (BJP and Congress), in this election and also previously, with such corporates on a quid pro quo basis, said JD(S)leader HDKumaraswamy.
Former prime minister HDDeve Gowda has said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha will make a better prime minister than her Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi. This comes close on the heels of Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee cosying up to Jayalalitha.His reasoning is that the AIADMKsupremo had strong-armed the Centre over the Cauvery water-sharing row with Karnataka, while there was infighting in the Karnataka government when water-sharing became a contentious issue not so long ago. In a free-wheeling interaction with Deccan Herald, the former prime minister said the Third Front could not be written off. The chances of a leader from Karnataka becoming prime minister in the near future were bleak, he said. Jayalalitha's USP was her experience in administration, he said. Gowda said she and DMK chief Karunanidhi have been able to ensure that not a single worker leaves his or her respective party, which he (Gowda) could not do. Gowda still believes that the post-poll scenario could throw up different possibilities and pre-poll differences could be ironed out, in the light of the AIADMK's alliance talks with the Left parties going awry. The 11-party bloc could think about the prime ministerial candidate after they cross the magic number of 272, Gowda said.He did not rule out the Congress supporting the Third Front, while making it clear that they would function as opposition as a bloc, if Modi were to indeed get the required numbers, post-elections. Gowda said the JD(S)was hoping to release the names of candidates for all the 28 seats in the State in one go. He said the names for most of the constituencies were ready, but permutations and combinations were being worked out for some constituencies. The JD(S) would focus on 12 to 15 constituencies where it has a strong base. On whether the party is likely to field his daughter-in-law Anitha Kumaraswamy again, after having lost twice before, Gowda said there was no alternative. Given the pressure of the party workers for fielding Anitha, Iwill leave the decision to the party on whether they want her to contest, he said. No final decision had been taken on fielding Nandini Alva from Bangalore Central, the former prime minister said. On the possibility of Yeddyurappa's associate VDhananjay Kumar being made the JD(S) candidate from Dakshina Kannada seat, Gowda said Kumar had to come back to him after taking a decision to join the party. DHNews Service
Vikas Bahl has crafted a beautifully nuanced film, steering away from the customary to offer a refreshing cinematic experience. Coy and overprotected since childhood, Rani (Kangana), a simple middle class girl from Rajouri Garden, Delhi, leads a sheltered life, which pretty much revolves around her fiancÚ, home science college and family. She is overjoyed at her wedding, but destiny has other plans and at the nick of time, her fiancÚ dumps her. The wedding is called off but instead of sinking in sorrow, still devastated though, she decides to go alone on her pre-booked honeymoon to Paris.Bahl has brilliantly used travel as a metaphor for self-discovery. Rani takes off on her journey and is soon lost in a new world; she gets mugged, gets kissed for the first time and meets the wild single mother Vijayalakshmi (Lisa Haydon) in Paris, who teaches her how to have a good time. In Amsterdam, she is hesitant to share a room with three men, but a rewarding friendship blossoms between her and her roommates.What's great about the film is the simple moments, especially the flashback scene, when she recollects her chauvinistic fiancÚ (Rajkummar Rao) telling her she can't drive for life, and then Rani feels liberated while driving a car alone in Amsterdam. Or the scene when she tells her roommate in Amsterdam that she too wants to do something in life and he asks, 'Whose stopping you from doing so?'The screenplay is skillfully etched to show Rani's transition from a girl with low self-esteem, caught in the net of patriarchy to a young empowered woman ready to take on the world.Kangana has done a fabulous job proving her finesse as an actor, be it her body language, expressions or impressive dialogue delivery. Rani's role fits Kangana like a glove and her comic timing is first-class, if not to die for.Amit Trivedi's music doesn't disappoint, tracks like London Thumakada and O Gujaria add to the mood of the film. Queen is a must-see.Queen Hindi (U/A) **** Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon Director: Vikas Bahl
In yet another incident of fight over parking space, a 22-year-old law student was allegedly killed by five students of the same college in east Delhi's Karkardooma. Two persons have been arrested for the murder.The victim Ayush Kaushal was a fourth year law student at Ideal College of Management in Karkardooma. He first had a scuffle with some other students of the same college on Wednesday after they ordered him not to park his car at a particular place outside the college. The conflict was amicably resolved the next day as the other group apologised to him.But two youths, Tanuj Tiwari and Amit Nagar, could not digest the humiliation and picked up a fight with Kaushal again at around 12:30 pm on Friday outside the college, said a senior police officer.Along with three other students, Tiwari and Nagar thrashed the victim with bare hands for two-three minutes and fled the spot. Mere spectatorsA large group of students allegedly watched but did not dare to intervene. Police said no weapons were used in the murderous assault.Kaushal was first admitted to Dr Hedgewar Arogya Sansthan by his friends. His parents soon got him transferred to Max Hospital. Police claimed that they were informed of the incident by hospital authorities. He was declared dead on Saturday morning. He was put on artificial respiration in the hospital's intensive care unit, but serious injuries on his chest led to his death, said police.Police arrested Tiwari and Nagar from Khichripur and Vaishali areas, respectively, on Friday. Both are first year students in elementary teacher's training course at the same institute. Police have registered a case of murder against the five accused and search is on for three other accused.The victim, son of a businessman, lived with his parents in Faridabad. Police said the victim was a heart patient.
An IndiGo flight from Delhi caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu airport, but all 182 people on board escaped unhurt.None of those aboard the aircraft - 175 passengers, an infant and six crew members—were injured, and the airline claimed that all the passengers were evacuated by the IndiGo crew in 81 seconds.According to a statement issued by IndiGo, the flight 6E-031 made a normal landing on Saturday afternoon at Kathmandu airport. After parking, the ground engineer observed smoke and fire from the right brake assembly, and advised evacuation of all passengers and crew. 171 passengers were evacuated by the slide chute, by which time the fire was under control. The rest of the passengers and crew left the aircraft by the forward step ladder, said the statement. The passengers have got their baggage. The statement said IndiGo was in touch with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to seek permission to send another aircraft to bring back the passengers booked on the Kathmandu-Delhi flight. The Kathmandu-Delhi passengers who had arrived at the airport were put up in a hotel nearby as the Kathmandu-Delhi flight prepared to depart. According to the preliminary inquiry, sparks occurred due to heavy braking during landing, which could have led to a hydraulic leak, said sources. The DGCA will conduct an inquiry.
The BJP's central election committee on Saturday deferred decision on fielding staunch followers of B S Yeddyurappa in the Lok Sabha elections, when it announced the first list of candidates for 20 constituencies from the State. Yeddyurappa's close aide Shobha Karandlaje is aspiring to contest from Udupi-Chikmagalur, while his followers G S Basavaraj and Bidar MLA Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli are seeking the ticket from Tumkur and Bidar parliamentary constituencies respectively. Basavaraj is also a sitting party MP from Tumkur. The party has not taken a final decision for these constituencies. The party MLA C T Ravi wants to enter national politics and hence, has sought the ticket from Udupi-Chikmagalur. Nagamarapalli has urged the party to give the ticket either for his son Suryakanth or himself. Nagamarapalli was a KJP MLA before the recent merger of the party with BJP. Raghunath Rao Malkapure also wants to contest from the constituency. MLC D S Veeraiah, another Yeddyurappa supporter, has aspired to contest from Kolar. But former minister A Narayanaswamy is also seeking the ticket. Surprisingly, the party has given ticket to K Shivanagouda Naik from Raichur despite the fact that he, along with 10 other MLAs, had rebelled against the then BJP government in 2011 and threatened to topple it. The party has given tickets to Shivakumar Udasi and Karadi Sanganna from Haveri and Koppal, respectively. Both were Yeddyurappa followers. Sitting party MP Shivaram Gouda was denied the ticket in order to accommodate Karadi in Koppal. The party is learnt to have gone by the winnability factor, while deciding on the candidates for these constituencies.The party could not take a decision on the Bellary seat as there is a stiff resistance to field B Sriramulu of BSR Congress from a section of leaders, including Sushma Swaraj. The party had recently given the green signal for the merger of the BSR Congress with the BJP. Sriramulu is a close associate of jailed former minister Janardhana Reddy. Due to differences between the BJP and RSS leaders, the committee could not finalise candidates for some of these constituencies. The RSS is learnt to have suggested that a new face be fielded in Udupi-Chikmagalur and it is opposed to fielding Basavaraj in Tumkur.
It's official. Infosys co-founder and UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani will take on seasoned BJP leader H N Ananth Kumar in the Bangalore South parliamentary constituency in the Lok Sabha elections.The Congress and the BJP on Saturday released their first lists of 14 and 20 candidates respectively for Karnataka. Surprisingly, the name of Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily did not figure in the list, though the Congress re-nominated all other eight sitting MPs in the State. Moily is an MP from Chikkaballapur. Tickets deniedThe BJP denied tickets to four sitting MPs: B Y Raghavendra, Sanna Pakirappa (Raichur), Shivarame Gowda (Koppal) and D B Chandre Gowda (Bangalore North). Raghavendra made way for his father BSYeddyurappa in Shimoga. The Congress withheld names of candidates for the remaining 12 seats (primaries are being held for Bangalore North and Mangalore). The ruling party is said to be mounting pressure on two ministers, H Anjaneya and Prakash Hukkeri, to contest from Chitradurga and Chikkodi respectively. Efforts are said to be underway to convince Assembly Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa to contest from Shimoga against Yeddyurappa.The BJP central election committee (CEC), which met in New Delhi on Saturday, has deferred finalising the candidates for the remaining eight constituencies. The names of B Sriramulu of the Badavara Shramikara Raithara Congress from Bellary and Shobha Karandlaje from Udupi-Chikmagalur were not finalised due to differences among the leaders. The saffron party's election panel is learnt to have asked state leaders to hold further discussions on these seats and suggest names. The next meeting is likely to be held on March 13.
Fissures emerged among the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top brass at a poll panel meet on Saturday that finalised names of 52 Lok Sabha candidates, with Murli Manohar Joshi seeking clarification on whether prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi would contest from Varanasi and Sushma Swaraj expressing reservation over the move to induct tainted leaders from Karnataka.Though the leaders were reluctant to confirm what transpired in the meeting, party sources said Joshi asked party president Rajnath Singh to clarify whether Modi would contest from Varanasi, a seat which Joshi represents. The BJP has requested Joshi to vacate the Varanasi seat, contending that Modi's contest there would favourably impact 32 Lok Sabha seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh. The party had barely managed four of those seats in the 2009 elections. Joshi was offered a seat in Kanpur, the saffron party's pocket borough. The central election committee meeting on Saturday was chaired by party president Rajnath Singh and attended among others by L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi, Ananth Kumar and Venkaiah Naidu.
The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will start inspecting the 202 engineering colleges affiliated to it. From this year onwards, colleges will not approach the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for affiliation, but submit applications to the State university they are affiliated to. The university will forward the applications to the University Grants Commission (UGC) for final approval. The VTU Vice-Chancellor, H Maheshappa, said the university would soon constitute 80 Local Inquiry Committees (LIC) to inspect colleges and grade them for affiliation. The committees will consist of subject experts, principals of engineering colleges, and members of the syndicate and the academic council. Once ready, the LIC reports will be submitted to the UGC for final approval. At present, colleges have been getting approval from the AICTE as well as the VTU, he said. University officials hope a single-body recommendation for affiliation would streamline the process and make it more rigorous. A VTU official said on the condition of anonymity: Colleges had scope for getting affiliations approved by the other body if one of the two bodies did not recommend it. From now on, the university will be able to strictly monitor the standards. The inspections by LICs will begin on March 12 in the Gulbarga region. After which, by March 20, committees will be sent to Belgaum, and later to colleges in Mysore and Bangalore regions. By April 10, all inspections are expected to be over. Each committee will inspect four colleges. Big colleges will be inspected by a separate committee, the V-C added.
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI, traffic) was suspended for not issuing receipts after collecting fines from traffic rule violators. Ramesh, attached to the Basavanagudi traffic police station, was in charge of handling towed vehicles parked in no parking zones. The sub-inspector, after collecting fines from violators, was allegedly not giving receipts. One of the violators had lodged a complaint with DCP (traffic west) Ramesh. Speeding car claims life A speeding car claimed the life of a 60-year-old man on Chowdiah Road on Friday night.According to police, Nataraj, a resident of Andhra Colony in Vyalikaval was riding his bicycle when a speeding car rammed into him, killing him on the spot. Passersby who witnessed the accident noted the registration number of the vehicle and informed the police. Based on the information, the police traced the vehicle and identified the driver as Sumanth. A manhunt has been launched to trace the driver.Chains snatchedThree separated incidents of chain-snatching was reported in Madiwala police station limits alone on Saturday. Two bike-borne men snatched 15-gram gold chain of Vijayakumar while he was entering his house at 5th Sector, HSR Layout. In the other incident, four men waylaid Senthil Kumar and his friend while thery were riding a bike in the same area. They made away with 49 gram of gold ornaments, police said.Prashanth, who was on his way to friend's house was robbed of his valuables by three men near Silk Board on Friday night. The suspects attached him with a iron rod and passersby rushed him to a nearby hospital.
Days after the Lok Sabha election dates were announced, the Congress and the BJP on Saturday announced their list of candidates. Cricketer Mohammad Kaif was a surprise candidate, with the Congress deciding to field him from Phulpur, a constituency once represented by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The BJP has fielded former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, senior leader Ananth Kumar, journalist-turned-politician Chandan Mitra and singer Babul Supriyo.The Congress list of 194 candidates was finalised after three meetings of the party's Central Election Committee (CEC). Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi will contest from their pocketboroughs of Rae Bareli and Amethi, respectively. Amita Singh, the wife of Amethi royal Sanjay Singh, who was recently sent to Rajya Sabha from Assam, has been fielded from Sultanpur.Leaving aside important states which would be covered in third round of the BJPs poll panel meet, likely on Thursday, the party list has the names of contenders for 20 seats from Karnataka, 17 from West Bengal, five from Assam, three from Kerala, five from Odisha and two from Tripura. The BJP CEC was chaired by party president Rajnath Singh and attended by senior leaders.The Congress has fielded Bhojpuri filmstar Ravi Kishan from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, while Odiya actors Aprajita Mohanty and Bijay Mohanty will test the electoral waters from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, respectively.Former Kerala governor Nikhil Kumar has been fielded from Aurangabad in Bihar, while former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajyapee's niece Karuna Shukla is in the fray from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh on a Congress ticket.Shirdi MP Bhausaheb Wakchaure, who had recently deserted the Shiv Sena to join the Congress, has been fielded from the same constituency.
Free health checkup camps and seminars on various issues pertaining to women were among the events held in the City on Saturday as part of the International Women's Day celebrations.On the day celebrated with the theme 'equality for women progress for all' this year, Hosmat Hospital organised a free consultation for orthopaedic problems among women. Super speciality consultation, bone mineral density testing, dietician consultation and body fat analysis along with X-ray and investigations were carried out as part of the camp. At event titled 'The Strong Women's Forum' organised by Apollo Hospital, writer Rohini Nilekani said it was essential for men and women to work hand in hand. Woman's support is very necessary for man because of the mental strength that she displays. The strength of woman is immense and we need to congratulate each and every woman survivor for the strength that she has exhibited in overcoming trying times, she added. Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic donated wigs and hair patches to women cancer patients at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology on the eve of women's day. The All India Mahila Samskruthika Sanghatane (AIMSS) at the UVCE Alumni Association hall conducted a programme on growing crimes against women and ensuring security for them.
Murli Manohar Joshi, the veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who might have to give up his Varanasi Lok Sabha seat for Narendra Modi, has offered a counter solution that sitting MPs be allowed to contest from their respective constituencies, while Modi be fielded from Lucknow.It is not only a safe seat but also has a symbolic value. The state capital had sent former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the Lok Sabha earlier. If the Gujarat chief minister wants to contest from Varanasi constituency, then Joshi should have the liberty to contest from a constituency of his choice, sources said. The Bharatiya Janata Party's central election committee meeting on Saturday was chaired by party president Rajnath Singh and attended among others by L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi, Ananth Kumar and Venkaiah Naidu.Rajnath Singh had to face uncomfortable questions from Sushma Swaraj, who again expressed her reservation over moves to either have a truck or induct tainted leaders of BSR Congress, B Sriramulu and mining baron Reddy brothers, who were once close to her.Against tainted leaders Swaraj is of the view that the BJP's anti-corruption plank will be questioned if the tainted leaders are drafted into the party. Ironically, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to field former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa from Shimoga, despite him facing corruption charges. Even his re-entry was delayed due to Advani's resistance over his induction. Leaving aside important states, which will be covered in the third round of the poll panel's meeting, likely on Thursday.
Hundreds of commuters residing in Kogilu, Yelahanka and surrounding areas en route Kempegowda International Airport have been left high and dry with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) preferring to ply buses on the newly constructed expressway.The BMTC buses (BIAS service) used to ply on the road beneath the expressway. However, after the commissioning of the expressway, a majority of the buses are taking the new route, which leads them directly to Hebbal, thereby significantly cutting down on the travelling time.What's worse is that regular commuters who have purchased monthly or quarterly passes have been hard hit with the BMTC changing the route.The expressway flyover, constructed at a cost of Rs 600 crore was thrown open to public last month.Srinivasan K, a resident of the area - and hundreds like him who use the BIASbus services to reach their workplaces in the morning - had complained to the BMTC managing director in this regard. But with the buses not stopping anymore at Kogilu and Yelahanka on both sides, the commuters are feeling left out and cheated by the transport corporation.Shyna, a resident of Yelahanka, who uses the bus service to reach her college in Vasanthanagar, said, Since the bus service is no longer available, I have started hiring autorickshaw halfway and tag along with a friend on a two-wheeler for another five kilometre .According to BMTC General Manager (Traffic) V N Veeregowda, certain buses were plying on the expressway due to requests from frequent flyers.But, BIAS 9, BIAS 10 continue to ply on the road beneath. We have segregated buses accordingly. It is just that earlier buses were available every four to five minutes and now, the waiting time has gone up slightly.BMTC Managing Director AnjumParvez said he had no knowledge of the problem.It should not happen. If there is some problem regarding bus services, we will look into it, he said.
The Congress central leadership is making all-out efforts to keep the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) allied with it for the upcoming elections in Andhra Pradesh, even as many AP unit leaders of the grand old party have not in favour of the move.After consistently wooing the regional party since its refusal to merge earlier this week, the Congress has now managed to convince the TRS leadership to discuss the possibility of a pre-poll alliance to ensure that it reaps the electoral dividend of the carving out of the Telangana state.TRS leader Keshav Rao is likely to visit the national capital to hold talks with Congress leaders early next week on the issue of forging a pre-poll alliance. Rao will head a committee of senior TRS leaders appointed by the party to take a call on the Congress' proposal.I am in touch with Keshav Rao. He is likely to come to Delhi on Monday, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh told reporters here on Saturday.While the Congress is hoping to bring the TRS on board, its leaders in Andhra Pradesh were reported to be against the move. In a letter to the high command against, a section of Congress leaders in Andhra Pradesh has suggested that the party could contest the upcoming polls on its own.
Bangalore's aerospace profile is growing sharply with the City now offering multiple solutions in aircraft development like re-engineering, manufacturing, software designing, production of varied electronic systems and development of an array of technologies for the world's largest commercial airplane maker Boeing.Bangalore has just begun, via BEL, manufacturing deck cockpit panels for America's frontline military fighter F/A-18, which was flown during the City's air shows at Yelahanka, a Boeing India spokesperson told Deccan Herald.BEL has also delivered the identification friend or foe interrogator and a battle management system that will enable the P-8I aircraft to distinguish friendly aircraft and forces. The India-designed Data Link II system, by BEL, is for the P-8I communications system that will enable exchange of tactical data and messages between the Indian Navy aircraft, ships and shore establishments. The Electronics Corporation of India supplies the speech secrecy systems for the P-8I.HAL too has had strong ties with Boeing, say Boeing officials. HAL had become the single-source producer of 757 aircraft overwing exit doors. Later, it began to manufacture the 777 uplock boxes, 777 flaperons, F/A-18 gun bay doors and wire harnesses, P8I weapons bay doors, tailcones and transponders.Veterans in the company say that Boeing embarked on a relationship with IT companies in the mid-90s and began collaboration with HCL, Infosys, WIPRO and TCS on IT projects, systems re-engineering and development, web-enabling, e-business applications and long-term applications maintenance.In 2005, Boeing again worked with Infosys and TCS on a wide variety of knowledge-based engineering services and data analysis projects. Other than software, Dynamatic Technologies and Tata Advanced Materials Limited have already delivered P-8I power and mission equipment cabinets. TAML is now on contract to provide P-8I auxiliary power unit door fairings. Dynamatic Technologies will also supply aft pylon and cargo ramp assemblies for Boeing's CH-47F Chinook. Avantel delivers the mobile satellite systems for the P-8I. Maini and TAL Manufacturing Solutions will also be providing C-17 ground support equipment.Boeing also has research partnerships with institutions in Bangalore, Boeing India officials told Deccan Herald. We have a strategic research partnership with IISc focused on research in materials sciences, structural alloys, smart materials and structures, process modelling and simulation. IISc is one of the only 10 universities worldwide which has a special relationship with Boeing. The aircraft manufacturer also has helped set up a consortium called the Aerospace Network Research Consortium, which has IISc, HCL and WIPRO as partners. This open collaboration forum conducts research and co-development in technologies related to aerospace networks, officials said. Boeing has set up the Boeing Research and Technology India Centre, the Indian counterpart of Boeing's US wing. The India facility conducts research in areas such as flight sciences, materials and processes, structures and software with Indian research partners.Yet another facility is the Boeing Strategic Development and Experimentation Centre, which provides defence experimentation and decision-support services to understand the future needs of the Indian armed forces.
BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on Saturday said that women should not be discriminated against and have the freedom to make their own choices on career, education, marriage and having a family.In the second round of Chai pe charcha (discussion over tea) on International Women's Day, Modi chose to discuss issues related to women. The programme is a BJP effort to attract voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.There is one attitude towards the son and another towards the daughter. To end this discrimination, there is a need of social awareness. We need to change the outlook in the society. Women should be free to choose, whether it is about their career, education, marriage or having a family. Discrimination against women is the root of all troubles, he said.
RJD's secretary general and Rajya Sabha member Ramkripal Yadav announced on Saturday that he was resigning from all party positions, in protest against declaration of Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa as a candidate for the Patliputra constituency in Bihar's capital city. The senior leader was yet to resign from RJD's primary membership and remained tight mouthed over which party he would join. Ramkripal received feelers from Ramvilas Paswan's LJP, while speculations were also rife that he would join the BJP. Meanwhile, a senior JD(U) leader had told Deccan Herald that Ramkripal was in touch with his party. After the release of the RJD candidate list, Ramkripal flew to Delhi from Patna and vented his ire over Lalu Prasad's decision to give his daughter Misa the Patliputra seat, from where he wanted to contest. Things took a dramatic turn on Friday, when Misa flew down to Delhi and met Ramkripal at his residence to placate him and was even prepared to withdraw her candidacy. I think, the way Misa came to me yesterday, it was an emotional atyachar (atrocity) or a political stunt which was used against a simple person like me, the senior leader told a press conference on Saturday.
A 38-year-old salesman in a textile showroom committed suicide by hanging himself at his Hosa Road residence near Electronics City on Friday night.According to the Parappana Agrahara police, Sunil Gavaskar took the extreme step while his family was watching television in the drawing room. The incident came to light when Gavaskar's mother called him for dinner. She repeatedly knocked the door of his room, but there was no response. The family members broke open the door and found Sunil's body hanging.His family members told police that Gavaskar had huge debts and was unable to repay them. Gavaskar had also lost money in business and was in depression, which may have led him to take the extreme step, police added.