Yediyur corporator N R Ramesh and a former corporator of Sudhama Nagar Prabhu came to blows over suspected land deal at the office of Joint Commissioner, BBMP South Zone in the second block of Jayanagar under Siddapura police limits on Tuesday.According to police, Ramesh went to the BBMP office to meet an official while Prabhu, former corporator of Sudhama Nagar, was also there to meet the same official.When they were about to go inside, an altercation broke out and they came to blows. Before things would get worse, a few staff members intervened and stopped the fight. They also alerted the police who visited the spot and asked them not to create ruckus inside the office.Both have filed complaints against each other.
India on Wednesday ruled out any role for the separatists in resolving its row with Pakistan over Kashmir. Earlier in the day, Islamabad's envoy to New Delhi sought to legitimise participation of the Hurriyat Conference leaders by calling them stakeholders in the dispute and justifying his consultations with them.The war of words between the two neighbouring countries escalated on Wednesday. Invoking the Simla Agreement of 1972, New Delhi stated that the governments of India and Pakistan were the only stakeholders in the issue of Kashmir.After 1972 and the signing of the Simla Agreement by the prime minister of India and prime minister of Pakistan, there are only two stakeholders in the issue of Jammu and Kashmir - the Union of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Syed Akbaruddin, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said, adding: This is a principle which is the bedrock of our bilateral relations. He articulated New Delhi's stand soon after Pakistan's High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, sought to justify his meetings with the separatist leaders of Kashmir on Monday and Tuesday, saying that engaging with all stakeholders was the bottom-line of Islamabad's approach to resolving its dispute with Kashmir.We need to engage with all stakeholders. It is not a question of either, or as far as we are concerned. We are engaging with India to find peaceful ways (to resolve the dispute), Basit told journalists at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in New Delhi. He also countered India's allegation against Pakistan for ceasefire violation along the Line of Control, alleging that Indian Army flouted the truce 57 times since July.Dialogue is not a favour by Pakistan to India or vice versa, Basit said, questioning New Delhi's decision to call off the talks.The MEA spokesperson said that the principle of the Simla Agreement had again been reaffirmed by the 1999 Lahore Declaration, which Pakistan Prime Minister M Nawaz Sharif issued during his earlier tenure jointly with his then Indian counterpart A B Vajpayee.
Over 220 students from schools across City participated in the inter-school quiz contest for junior category (Std III to VI) and senior category (Std VII to X), organised by Deccan Herald in Education (DHiE) at Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park, on Wednesday.From junior group, Subramanya Samy and Dyuthi Ramesh of SJR Public School bagged the first prize.The second prize was won by Shourin Chakraborty and Divyansh Sharma from HAL Public School and the third prize by Sanath G and Vedant Pandey from Euro School.Amrit Sodhi and Hari Kartik of St Joseph's Boys High School won the first prize in senior category.S Roshan Sameer and Nrupathunga of Kendriya Vidyalaya, ICSE, the second prize and Shreya Shankar and Saishyam Srikanth from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidyamandir the third prize.Karnataka Quiz Association Quizmaster Arul Mani, took the teams through preliminary round that covered a vast range of topics in science, geography, history, literature, etc.As many as 110 teams from senior and junior categories attempted the preliminary round.The students brainstormed questions like 'What is the dispute between several countries over a crown (a visual of Queen Elizabeth's crown)?, 'A country in Asia named after a King of Spain', 'Name the world's highest waterfall.'The main aim of quizzing is problem-solving. Students performed well and every year, the contest turns out in a very interesting way. Questions were prepared from different kinds of subjects, Arul Mani said.It was fun. We are happy that after Spellbee contest, our school has won the quiz. We enjoy participating in quizzing events. The difficulty level adds more fun to the quiz, said Hari Kartik and Amrit Sodhi, first prize winners in the senior category.
The Centre on Wednesday approved an increase in royalty rates on minerals, including iron ore and bauxite, which will significantly swell the annual revenue of states.Cabinet in-principle approved the revision of mineral royalty. There are 55 such items, but this excludes coal, lignite and sand for stowing, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the Union Cabinet meeting.As per some estimates, annual revenue collection of mineral-bearing states could swell over 40 per cent to around Rs 15,000 crore. The Cabinet proposal had sought to raise the royalty rate on iron ore and chromite to 15 per cent from 10 per cent. For bauxite, it wanted the royalty to be hiked to 0.6 per cent from 0.5 per cent. There were also plans to hike the rate for manganese to 5 per cent from 4.2 per cent.The rates of royalty, revised every three years, for major minerals excluding coal, lignite and sand for stowing, were last revised in August, 2009. It is charged on ad valorem basis, depending on the increase/decrease in mineral prices.Royalty is a tax levied by government on miners in lieu of transfer of ownership rights of mines. While the government views it as a source of revenue, industrialists look at it as a part of production costs.There are 51 minerals prescribed in the second schedule of the MMDR Act, 1957, and the rates vary from mineral to mineral. Almost all minerals, including bauxite, limestone, zinc and copper would be impacted by the new royalty rates, said a statement released here.
The aura of safety that Bangalore uneasily wore for years is today in tatters. Brazen attacks on women and children have dramatically shaken that faith.Reflecting this reality requires a brutal frankness, an artistic creation that is equally experiential and in-your-face. The Neighbourhood Project, currently on at the Rangoli Metro Centre, is one such attempt.Deceptively simple, the white-clothed installation beckons the visitor to the far left corner of an exhibition hall. But until the visitor ventures into the narrow corridor behind the screen, he/she wouldn't spot the wirey hands, designed to scare, to grope, to instill that sense of fear and dread, threat and suffocation.The visitor could catch that emotional multitude on a mirror placed at the far end of the corridor.As project artists Neha Mehta and Rahul K P explains, the idea is to Mark the Spot. It is an urge to women who have been violated by any means to mark / paint that spot where it happened. It is a way to make the spot visible and eliminate chances of it recurring there, to map the places and make these zones safer. It is an indicator of sorts to where we are headed as a civilisation.Part of the city's teeming crowds, most women who passed this corridor of hands over the past week identified and empathised with the experience. Neha Mehta and Rahul observed the play of emotions, as the hands symbolically played out the dynamics of good touch and bad touch.Many women went out in silence, revisiting fears untold and unshared.Male and female visitors had different perspectives. Rahul recalled how a woman visitor described the experience immediately after going through the corridor.She said it was exactly how women in Bangalore feel everyday. But many men had to be told what the hands signified. Once explained, they understood the powerful symbolism of those installations.On till August 25 at the Rangoli Centre, the Neighbourhood Project will move on to the City's other parts soon.We want to have these on BMTC buses. We will be approaching the transport corporation soon. Other organisations such as Alliance Francaise have also shown interest, explained Rahul.To connect with the Project and spread the message, email firstname.lastname@example.org
India and Japan will seek to end impasse over the supply of Japanese US-2 amphibian aircraft to the Indian Navy during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Tokyo from August 31 to September 3.Though the two countries have been negotiating the deal for a couple of years now, Japan's reluctance to transfer technology to India has resulted in an impasse. New Delhi was insisting on provisions in the agreement that would facilitate co-production of the aircraft in the future.New Delhi, however, expects that Modi's Tokyo visit will lend momentum to the negotiation, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Government in Japan is keen to boost defence cooperation with India. Modi will hold the annual bilateral summit with Abe during his stay in Tokyo. He will also have an audience with Japanese Emperor Akihito. According to diplomatic sources in New Delhi, Tokyo of late had indicated its willingness to allow manufacture of some of the components of the US-2 amphibian aircraft in India. The negotiators of the two countries are now discussing technical details, extent of the technology transfer and co-production that the proposed deal would mandate for, an official familiar with the talks told Deccan Herald.The US-2 amphibian aircraft is manufactured by ShinMaywa Industries of Japan. The STOL (short take-off and landing) aircraft is used by the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force for sea and air rescue operations. Tokyo in 2012 offered New Delhi a civilian version of the aircraft, ostensibly to get around Japan's strict self-imposed restrictions on sale of military hardware to other countries. The two countries constituted a Joint Working Group to work out a deal and formal negotiations began in December 2013. New Delhi is keen to buy 15 US-2 aircraft, beginning with two to be flown in from Japan while the rest will be assembled in India. Each plane could cost approximately $115 million, said sources. The hurdle to the supply of military version of the aircraft was done away with, when Abe Government earlier this year announced its decision to end Japan's half-a-century-old self-imposed ban on export of weapons system and sale of defence equipment to friendly nations that commit not to pass them on to a third country. The new policy opened the doors for Japan's defence companies to start co-production with firms abroad. The second meeting of the Joint Working Group on US-2 in March saw Tokyo's representatives amenable to New Delhi's proposal to allow assembling of the aircraft and manufacture of some of its components in India under licence from ShinMaywa Industries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday moved closer towards fulfilling the promises he had made to the people of Varanasi, when his close aide and BJP national president Amit Shah inauguarated what was touted as a mini PMO. Shah said that Varanasi will be made an ideal city. In the next five years, Varanasi will undergo a complete change, he said. Situated in Ravindrapuri locality in Varanasi, the office would be equipped with all modern facilities. The centre will act as a bridge between the people of Kashi (old name of Varanasi) and the prime minister, he said. People of the constituency can approach the centre with their problems and they would be attended to by officials without any delay, Shah added.
Two of the three men, all in their early 20s, riding a motorcycle died after the two-wheeler rammed a median near Bhadrappa Layout on Outer Ring Road under Hebbal traffic police station limits on Tuesday night.The deceased, Govindaraj, 22, a resident of Kamakshipalya and employed in a private company, and Srinivas, 22, a labourer from Bagalagunte, were in the pillion while Harish, 20, another labourer from Bagalagunte, was riding it. Harish was reportedly speeding.The group was heading home from a party when Harish lost control over the bike and crashed it into the median, killing Govindaraj on the spot. Passersby took Srinivas and Harish to a hospital where Srinivas succumbed to injuries. Harish is being treated and out of danger, the police said.Police further said that all the three men were drunk. The accident occurred due to negligent and rash riding. Harish survived as he was wearing a helmet. Police have registered a case and are investigating it. Labourer commits suicideA 21-year-old labourer, Prabhakaran, hanged himself at his home in Veeranapalya under the KG Halli police station limits on Tuesday night.The deceased, a native of Tamil Nadu, was living alone. On Tuesday evening, his friends went to meet him, knocked on the door but did not get a response. They then peeped through the window only to find Prabhakaran hanging. It is suspected that Prabhakaran have committed suicide over some personal issue. A case has been registered and the police are investigating the matter.
A woman made a complaint on Tuesday to the Mandanayakanahalli police in Nelamangala taluk of Bangalore Rural district that her minor daughter was gang-raped some six months ago.Medical examination of the 14-year-old girl, a school dropout, has revealed that she is now four-and-a-half-months' pregnant.According to the police, the victim was living with her mother, a daily wage worker, at a village near Mandanayakanahalli on Bangalore-Tumkur Road. On Tuesday, the victims mother noticed her daughter was gaining weight.The girl was also constantly complaining of stomach ache. The mother took the girl to a nearby hospital where the doctor confirmed she was pregnant.The shocked mother questioned her daughter, who claimed that she was raped by two men, Ganesh, 36, a tailor, and Ramesh, 30, a labourer, both residents of the same village. She told her mother she was raped by the duo around six months ago at Ganesh's house, the police added.A senior officer said that the mother then approached the police. However, during questioning, the girl came up with a different version. The girl had had sex with the two men on mutual consent. She frequented Ganesh's house on the pretext of giving clothes for stitching and they both used to have sex. She also had a physical relationship with Ramesh.After arresting the duo, the police will be able to get details of the incident, the officer said. As of now, the girl is making vague statements, so we cannot come to any conclusion. But as she is a minor, a case has been registered under the Pocso Act and we are on the lookout for the duo, the officer added.
Aiming to provide all government services on internet, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the ambitious Digital India project with an estimated cost of Rs 1 lakh crore. As per the project, the government plans to put healthcare, property and other records like birth and death certificates online. The project will be implemented in phases from current year to till 2018. The programme which was envisaged by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), aims to transform the country into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy, said Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after the cabinet meeting. The programme includes projects that aim to ensure that government services are available to citizens electronically and people get the benefits of the latest information and communication technology.The programme aims to bring in public accountability through mandated delivery of the government's services electronically, a Unique ID and e-Pramaan based on authentic and standard based interoperable and integrated government applications and data basis.Various programmes of the different ministeries will be brought under the Digital India programme to bring synergy among them including broadband highways, mobile connectivity, public internet access programme, e-governance: reforming government through technology, electronic delivery of services, electronics manufacturing, creating IT sector and early harvest programmes. High speed internet facility to all gram panchayats, wi-fi facilities to schools, bank account would enable participation in digital and financial space at individual level, easy access to a Common Service Centre within their locality, securing the cyber-space in the country.
The High Court on Wednesday directed the Kammavari Sangha Institute of Technology' (KSIT), Bangalore, to declare a student's examination results which were withheld on the court directions.The petitioner, Shreya K S, from Jayanagar and sixth-semester student of electronics and communications, was denied permission to write the exam because she skipped college for over three months after meeting with an accident.Justice A S Bopanna had earlier directed the college to allow her to write the examination but withhold her results until the petition was adjudicated.The student submitted that the accident had made her immobile. She even submitted the relevant medical certificate. The college initially assured to allow her to take the exam if she cleared an oral test but made a U-turn later on, her counsel, K V Mohan Kumar, told the court. The court directed the college to allow the student to continue her studies. It also directed the student to submit original medical certificates to the college.As per the Visvesvaraya Technological University rules, a student must have 75 per cent of attendance to appear for exams, but in special circumstances like these, the lack of attendance can be considered, the bench observed.During the hearing, the bench orally suggested to the university not to be stringent with the rules in rare cases. A person affected by Chikungunya and other diseases requires three months of bed rest. Under such circumstances, you need to amend the guidelines and in rarest cases should not insist on 75 per cent attendance, Justice Bopanna remarked orally. JB Layout denotificationThe High Court on Wednesday ordered that notices be issued to the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and the State government on an appeal against the withdrawal of denotification of three acres of land in Valgerahalli acquired for Jnanabharathi Layout.Hearing an appeal by Munikrishna and others, a division bench of Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice Ashok Hinchigeri gave the order. The government had acquired the land in survey Nos 59/4, 59/11, 59/17 and 59/18 and denotified the same on October 6, 2010.But it withdrew the denotification order on November 23, 2012.Increase in ad tariffThe High Court on Wednesday quashed the BBMP's demand notice which sought to increase the tariff for displaying advertisement hoardings in the City.Hearing a petition by advertising firm, Hambala Advertising Agency, against the new tariff, Justice Dilip Bhosale directed the BBMP to continue with the existing tariff of Rs 120 per square meter until the State government approved the increased tariff of Rs 260 per square meter.The BBMP had sent a proposal on tariff revision to the government. Even as the matter was pending before the government, it sent a demand notice to the firm in January 2014, seeking increase in fees as per the revised rates.The firm moved the High Court, contending that the increase in tariff when the matter was still being considered by the government was in violation of KMC Act and should be quashed.
The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Wednesday stayed the premature transfer of Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Prakash Netalkar, by the State government.Netalkar had moved the tribunal challenging his transfer from Mandya to Madikeri.Contending that the transfer is in violation of IFS (Cadre) Amendment Rules, 2014, which fix a tenure of two years at a place, the officer submitted that he was posted to the present position only in 2013 and hence sought the transfer to be set aside. A CAT bench, headed by Judicial Member K G Shantappa, stayed the transfer, saying it was not effected by the competent authority.
The State government has withdrawn the promotion given to senior IPS officer and head of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Bipin Gopalakrishna as Director General of Police (DIG).He now has to be officiated in the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADGP).The government had promoted the officer in July 2013. But the Accountant General had refused to accept it as the post did not have the Centre's sanction. The Centre has sanctioned only four DIG posts for the State. Bipin was the fifth to be promoted as DIG.Later, the State government sought the Centre's permission to sanction the fifth DIG post.But the request was turned down recently. Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee said that the promotion was only on paper as the AG had refused to accept it. The State government does not have the powers to give promotions without sanctions. Hence, the promotion has been withdrawn, he added.
An unidentified person allegedly made away with a bag containing Rs three lakh in cash, which was hung on a bike's handle near Corporation Bank on Coles Road on Tuesday.According to the Pulikeshinagar police, Jagganath Rao had withdrawn Rs three lakh from the bank and had hanged the bag on the handle of his bike parked outside.A man approached him seeking his help to take out his parked bike. Rao obliged. However, when he returned, he found the bag containing the cash missing.Police have registered an attention diversion case based on the victim's complaint and are examining the CCTV footage.
The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police have arrested the associates of notorious rowdy-sheeter Tanveer Ahmed when they were allegedly planning to attack a rival gang.According to the police, based on a tip-off, the CCB officers arrested Sajjad Hussain, 40; Fairoz Pasha, 32; Mohammed Tausif, 28; Rafi-ur-Rahman, 30, and recovered assault weapons and a car. They were planning to attack Tanveer's rival Ishtiaq Pahalwan and his associates who were expected to arrive near HKBK College. The police, who were tipped off, reached the spot and arrested the four.All of them have several assault cases registered against them at various police stations in the City.
BKSIyengar, the renowned yoga guru who passed away in Pune, Maharashtra, in the early hours of Wednesday, was introduced to yoga in Mysore.A contemporary of the equally renowned yoga exponent, the late KPattabhi Jois from the city, Iyengar had started practising yoga as a teenager during the princely rule between 1933 and 1935, before carving a niche of his own at Pune.Recalling what he had gleaned from his grandfather, RSharat Jois, grandson ofPattabhi, said, Pattabhi was already practising Ashtanga (traditional) yoga under Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the doyen of yoga and the brother-in-law of Iyengar (Krishnamacharya was married to Iyengar's elder sister), in 1933, when Iyengar came down to Mysore. He was around 15, and four years younger toPattabhi, but the age difference didn't come in the way of their friendship that lasted till the end.According to available history, Mysore was then under the princely rule with Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar as the king. On the maharaja's invitation, Krishnamacharya taught yogasana at Jaganmohan Palace, along with Iyengar and Pattabhi. They, along with Mahadev Bhat and Keshavmurthy who were the other students, had demonstrated yogasana before the maharaja.Yoga to treat TBAnative of Kolar,Iyengar was ailing from tuberculosis when he first arrived in Mysore.Iyengar lived with his sister's family in Vidyaranyapuram here at that time. He then took up yoga to get rid of the ailment. Having known a smattering of English, opportunity came in the form of DeccanGymkhana in Pune, where they wantedIyengar to teach yogasana.Krishnamarcharya, who was very keen on spreading the knowledge of yoga, advised Iyengar to take up the job, and from then on, there was no looking back. Later, Iyengar founded his own yoga institute inPune and also popularised the Iyengar style of yoga, a shift from Ashtanga Yoga.Whenever Iyengar visited Mysore, he used to make it a point to visit his friendPattabhi. Six years ago, whenPattabhi couldn't make it to the 90th birthday celebrations of Iyengar, Sharat had represented his grandfather. WhenPattabhi passed away in 2009, Iyengar couldn't make it to the funeral and had expressed his condolences over the phone.Love for animalsIyengar had adopted tiger Brahma and tigress Amulya of Sri Chamarajendra ZoologicalGardens for life-time, by paying Rs 23.20 lakh towards the animal adoption scheme, said Sharat who had met him at the occasion.Shivanna, the manager of theZoo, told Deccan Herald a week ago thatIyengar had recently adopted Vayuputra andMruthyunjaya, cubs of tigress Manya, by sending a cheque for Rs two lakh (Rs one lakh for each cub), through his daughter.He had adopted tiger cubs Pragna and Jyothi for a period of one year from August 17, 2013, to August 16, 2014. He had also adopted three cubs of a hunting cheetah, that died later. It was due to his unending love for animals and the passion to adopt them that the MysoreZoo authorities proudly called him the 'Adoption Guru'.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has condoled the death of BKSIyengar. The chief minister, in his statement, said that BKSIyengar reminded the world that yoga was not only good for physical health, but also for mental peace.
The residents of Yarmal and surrounding villages in Belgaum taluk woke up in surprise to find two pachyderms that had strayed on the outskirts on Wednesday.A huge crowd thronged to catch a glimpse of the jumbos having a field day. Even as they moved closer towards residences, scores of people from Avacharhatti, Masgonhatti, Doganhatti, Yellur and Sulaga villages turned up. Some of them even tried to capture their images on their cell phones.Bhima Gujanalkar, a resident of Yarmal village, said that he was least worried about the damages caused by them. Elephants were spotted in the nearby K K Koppa village for the first time six years ago, said Yellapa Kshatri.The Forest officials had a tough time managing the crowd the entire day, which kept interfering in the drive to chase them away to the forests.The jumbos were pelted with stones and crackers were burst by the onlookers who tried to distract them in vain. But the elephants did not budge from their spot and at times, even charged at the crowd.Due to inadequate staff, the Forest officials have delayed the driving operation. The pachyderms were last spotted between Vadgaon and Yellur villages.The villagers have been instructed not to venture out in the night or move closer to them. The operations will resume on Thursday, the officials added.Deputy Range Forester Nagaraj Nirvani said that a quite atmosphere will facilitate the animals return to their habitat.
A CBI case against business tycoon Kumaramangalam Birla and former IAS officer P C Parakh in the coal block allocation scam appears headed for a quiet burial. The agency has failed to find any evidence against the two during the probe in the last ten months.The investigators will formally close the case next week, as there is no evidence of wrongdoing against Birla, Parakh or any other person in the allocation of two coal blocks at Talabira in Odisha on November 10, 2005, to Aditya Birla group company Hindalco, sources said. The CBI registered the case on October 15 last year, alleging that Birla and others entered into a criminal conspiracy with one another and public servants by abusing their positions and showed undue favour to an Odisha-based industry in the allocation of Talabira II and Talabira III coal blocks along with a public sector undertaking of Tamil Nadu.
The police on Wednesday seized Rs 9.5 crore in cash, which was being transported without permission, through the poll-bound Chikodi-Sadalga Assembly constituency, a day before the election.Police said the money was being transported in a van from Belgaum to Miraj and belonged to Union Bank of India. The nationalised bank was moving the cash from its main branch in Belgaum to its branch located at Fort Road in Miraj.Though the bank officials produced relevant documents, the police seized the cash as it was being transported without the permission of the Returning Officer. Detained for questioningThe police have detained five persons, including a bank official, the van driver and two security guards, for questioning.Speaking to Deccan Herald, Deputy Superintendent of Police S R Patil said the bank officials claimed it to be an inter-branch cash transaction and were transporting Rs 9.5 crore. The police are yet to count the cash.The bank officials produced documents to support their claim, but did not have the required permission of the Returning Officer concerned to transport the cash, the DySP said.The van also had an 'On Government Duty' tag. This too is being investigated. The police will register a case of poll code violation, he said.
Amid public concern that winding up the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) would compromise on controlling the spread of HIV, Health Ministry officials have given their assurance that the programme will not be curtailed and will continue with the same efficacy.There will be no change in the programme and its budget. The Aids control programme will run under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) like the tuberculosis or malaria control programme. It is only an administrative step, Union Health Secretary Lov Verma told Deccan Herald. The departments budget has been increased to Rs 1,785 crore from last fiscal's revised estimate of Rs 1,500 crore.In the first step towards the merger with the NRHM, department of Aids control secretary V K Subburaj was shifted to the National Commission on Schedule Caste a week ago. Subsequently, an additional secretary was given charge of the department. It used to be like that traditionally, Verma said. Activists, however, are crying foul apprehending the merger, saying it would mean a shift in focus from the HIV/Aids programme. At present, the country has an estimated 21-lakh HIV-infected patients.India has been able to make progress on HIV because of this exclusive programme. If the department of Aids control is dismantled at this juncture, the decision will boomerang and HIV can come back severely, said Manoj Pardeshi from the National Coalition of People Living with HIV. Since the national Aids control programme began in the 1992, it was managed by NACO, which got a separate department a decade ago and remained an autonomous body under the Health Ministry.In 2012, however, the Planning Commission, in a steering committee report for the 12th plan, proposed NACO's integration with the NRHM.The move to merge the NACO with the NRHM is considered to be in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda of minimum government and maximum governance. It gels with the Narendra Modi governments idea of convergence in the government, just like the department of overseas affairs was brought under the Ministry of External Affairs, an official said.
Shooting for the much-awaited multilingual film 'Lingaa' starring superstar Rajinikanth has been going on at the Linganamakki dam near Kargal in Sagar taluk.The film's crew, including Rajinikanth, arrived here last week and began the shooting on Monday. Produced by Rockline Venkatesh, the film is named after the superstar's grandson and will be released in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu languages.K S Ravikumar is the director. This is the third time that the actor-director duo has teamed up after the stupendous success of films like 'Muthu' and 'Padayappa.'It is learnt that the film will be shot in various parts of the district for 21 days. Tamil actors Vijay Kumar and Radha Ravi are also part of the shooting. Actresses Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty play the lead female roles.A huge Shiva temple set has been erected on a hill near the radial gate of the dam under the guidance of artistes from Mumbai.Hundreds of fans, who are thronging the dam to meet Rajinikanth, have to return disappointed as they have not been allowed to meet the suerstar for security reasons.The producer is managing the crowd to make sure that the film's shooting is not disrupted. The film is likely to hit the screens on December 12, Rajinikanth's birthday.
An international team of researchers, including two Indians, has discovered an 8,000-year-old gene mutation that gives Tibetans the unique ability to thrive in a low-oxygen climate, without exhibiting standard biological responses.Because of a specific gene mutation, Tibetans thrive at an average elevation of 14,800 feet on the Tibetan plateau, while others struggle to cope in the same conditions. The mutation exists in about 88 per cent of Tibetans, but is virtually absent in other closely related low-land Asians.Our paper explains why Indians, Caucasians and Chinese do poorly at high altitudes because their organs overreact to the low oxygen levels, team leader Josef T Prchal at the University of Utah told Deccan Herald. This report is the first to identify and functionally characterise the genetic basis of adaptation at high altitudes. In 2010, the team had found that there were marked differences in the Tibetan genome, but had not pinpointed the specific gene. In the latest issue of Nature Genetics, the scientists have reported the discovery of the specific HIF mutation in the EGLN1 gene, which is a single DNA base-pair change that short-circuits a potentially fatal response to low oxygen levels. The 8,000-year-old mutation prevents Tibetans from developing hypoxia, a deadly condition exhibited by people without an adaptation mechanism. A low-oxygen environment leads to the thickening of blood due to the accumulation of red blood cells - the normal biological response to feed oxygen-starved tissues - which can lead to long-term complications such as heart failure.The two Indian team members in the team, Prasenjit Guchhait from the Regional Centre on Biotechnology in Faridbad and Parvaiz A Koul from Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar, were involved in collecting blood samples and carrying out DNA analysis for the study.The Tibetans had initially refused to donate their blood for research. But after a letter of support from the Dalai Lama and the inclusion of a Tibetan scholar in the team, they agreed to cooperate with the scientists. The results of this study could be just the beginning of further discoveries in the Tibetan genome, according to geneticist Samir K Brahmachari, former director-general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.While the results are interesting, the sample sizes are small. The possibility of other mechanisms cannot be ruled out at this stage, said Brahmachari.
A cooking assistant at a residential school in Alamel town of Sindhagi taluk has been accused of molesting and raping girls for the past four years. The students have lodged a complaint through the district Child Helpline.Sunanda Tolabandi, the convener of district Child Helpline said that the students have written to the Helpline narrating the sexual harassment by Vijaykumar Entamana.The students were lodging complaints over phone since August 15. We visited the school for counselling the students when the girls gave details of their ordeal.The information was communicated to the district administration and the police on August 18, she said. Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer KBShivakumar said that the principal of the school had been asked to lodge a complaint.He said that action would be taken against the suspect after conducting an inquiry by an officer of the Social Welfare department. The block education officer has been made in charge of the school and all the staff of the residential institution had been asked to stay away from the school. The CEOsaid that the Department of Public Instructions has deputed teachers and cooking staff to the residential school. A team has been sent to the school for assessing the situation and a team of state-level officers will visit the school on Thursday.Sindhagi tahsildar, deputy director of Women and Child Development and Mahesh Potadar, the taluk Social Welfare officer visited the school. Potadar said that girls cried before him narrating their ordeal. The principal of the college has lodged a complaint with the police against Vijayakumar and another.District incharge minister M B Patil has said that a high-level inquiry committee headed by the deputy commissioner would probe the incident. In a press release, he said that he had directed the deputy commissioner and the Zilla Panchayat CEO to consider the incident as serious and initiate action against all those found involved.
Students at government degree colleges across Karnataka will soon be able to learn various computer language courses and other office productivity tools using open source softwares, under a project developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, (IITB) and supported by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).Starting this Saturday, a number of sensitisation and awareness programmes will be held in various parts of the state, according to Dr Nagalakshmi A Rao, special officer in the Department of Collegiate Education (DCE) and co-ordinator for the project.To start with, the programme to familiarise colleges with this project will be held in Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Shimoga and Mangalore. It will be open to all colleges and depending on the interest and enthusiasm of each institution, we will register the students for the programme, said Rao.One co-ordinator from each college will be present at the sensitisation session where the nitty-gritty of the project will be explained, said Rashmi Pillai, project co-ordinator for Spoken Tutorial at IITB.Thereafter, they will write to the authorities of the project about their interest and accordingly students will be selected for registration. We will recommend one co-ordinator to be nominated from each department of a college through whom all the learning materials and tutorials can be routed and he/she will give the relevant information.These can be uploaded on the college computers where students can learn the courses on their own with a bit of guidance. Student volunteers can be recruited too, she said. At the end of the tutorials, students will have the option of taking an online assessment test on what they have learnt. We will not impose the test on students, but we highly recommend it and accordingly hand relevant certificates, Pillai added.In the past, the Spoken Tutorial project was introduced by the Department of Technical Education in 10 government engineering colleges and 157 government polytechnics in the State. Between 7,000 and 10,000 students have undertaken as many as 28 courses on offer under the project.The curriculum for technical courses in the State will be revised next year and there are plans to incorporate some of these courses in the curriculum revision, said Siddalingaswamy, DTE co-ordinator for the project.The Spoken Tutorial was started under the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), MHRD, in 2010 and aims to spread IT literacy and software development besides increasing job opportunities for students with the help of such skills.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Hitler and his team members to Joseph Goebbels, the master propagandist of the Nazi regime, and predicted that bad things were in store for the country under the Modi regime.Addressing Congress workers on the birth anniversary celebrations of Rajiv Gandhi and Devaraj Urs, organised at the KPCC office, he called Modi a dictator and alleged that he (Modi) did not believe in democracy.That is why he has clipped the powers of his ministers and is running the government with the help of bureaucrats. He has been following the RSS fascist ideology, the chief minister said.Modi came to power by misleading the people of the country on the so-called Gujarat model. He and his team members made people believe that Gujarat was a model state. Like Goebbels, he and his team members try to make falsehood look like truth by uttering the same thing 100 times, the chief minister said.Telecom revolutionFormer prime minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, had a vision for the country and took a number of initiatives. Telecom revolution was his brainchild.The BJP, however, claims that the Congress has done nothing for the country. The BJP leaders are liers and they do not have shame, he said.Backward classesKarnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parameshwara said the Congress government in the State had taken number of measures for the development and welfare of backward classes. All these measures should be publicised properly. The KPCC will chalk out a plan to take up a statewide campaign for this purpose, Parameshwara added.