Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A village around the post office

Veerappa Kallappa Bugganor, 75, of Byalahalli-K in Bhalki taluk in Karnataka’s Bidar district, visits the village post office every day. That is not because he has business there every day, but because he likes it.

The stone bench in front of the post office is his favourite spot. Senior citizens like him gather there every morning and sit and chat for hours. “We come here because of the Dakiya; he is a friend of the village,” says Mr. Bugganor, pointing to Mallappa Biradar, the rural postal employee (RPE) at the one-person post office in this village of 2,500 people.

Mr. Bugganor is a beneficiary of Sandhya Suraksha, the State government’s old-age pension scheme. The RPE comes to his house in the first week of every month to hand over the monthly pension of Rs. 500.

He also collects money from the Bugganor couple for their recurring deposit. The village has 450 beneficiaries under various social security pension schemes, a majority of them women. The post office also distributes wages to the 600 labourers in the village covered under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), whenever works are taken up in the village.

For them and several others in Byalahalli, Mr. Biradar is the one to turn to in case of need. Most of them are unlettered, and they request him to read and write letters or fill in application forms.

The post office accepts telephone bill payments and taxes and other dues to government bodies such as panchayats. While distributing letters and parcels, Mr. Biradar has managed to enrol a hundred rural postal life insurance policies and a similar number of savings bank or recurring deposits, over the last few years.

The post office serves the villages of Byalahalli-K and Neelammanahalli, and a hamlet, Neelammana halli tanda. For Mr. Biradar, a typical day starts at 8.30. Till noon, he sits in his office tending to paper work, sells stamps and covers, and makes or accepts payments. Then he goes around on his moped distributing letters or collecting payments.

“On most days of the week, I’m required to visit all three places,” he said. The 40-year-old RPE has been doing this for 20 years. Till two years ago, he used a bicycle to go around.

“People in rural areas still have a lot of faith in the postal system. The business of courier service companies is restricted to the cities. People in the villages still write letters and send and receive postal parcels,” Mr. Biradar pointed out.

According him, not much has changed over the years in the way rural post offices function. “Our work largely remains the same. The only improvement has been the rise in the habit of saving money among people. There was not a single savings bank account in the post office when I joined. But now, every few months someone comes here, seeking to open a savings account,” he said.

“The Department of Posts should improve its infrastructure in the villages,” says village headman Baburao Patil. “First, the post office should have its own building. More important, it should diversify its services. Value-added services like filling passport applications and electronic money transfers are available only in the cities. They could be started here,” he suggests.

source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3821882.ece?homepage=true

Defence ministry bloomer: Bidar is in AP

The defence ministry informed the Parliament on Monday that Bidar is located in Andhra Pradesh and not in Karnataka as the government records and maps suggest.

While submitting a list of dwelling units constructed under the Married Accommodation Project (MAP), Defence Minister A K Antony furnished a state-wise list of such dwelling units.
The list says Bidar is in Karnataka where 226 dwelling units are being constructed for Air Force personnel.

For decades, Indian Air Force has a training base for fighter pilots in Bidar in north Karnataka housing Kiran mark-II and Hawk advanced jet trainer. It is the home base for IAF's much-acclaimed Suryakiran aerobatics team.

But when the minister responded to a written question on the status of the married accommodation project raised by BJP MP Lalji Tandon, the response is tagged with an annexure which details state-wise list of dwelling units under construction. This list carries the bloomer. Reached out for reaction, a defence ministry spokesperson refused to comment.

According to the official list shared with Lok Sabha members, houses for service personnel under MAP are being constructed in three places in Andhra Pradesh and Bidar is one of them. Historically, Bidar was part of Hyderabad state till 1956. In Karnataka, such houses are under construction in Bangalore, Karwar, Mysore and Belgaum.

Monday, August 27, 2012

ಬೀದರ ಲಾನ್‌ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಈಗ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ

ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಅಂದುಕೊಂಡಂತೆ ನಡೆದರೆ ಹಿಂದುಳಿದ ಹಣೆಪಟ್ಟಿ ಹೊತ್ತ ಬೀದರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ 'ಲಾನ್‌ ಟೆನಿಸ್‌' ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ನಕಾಶೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಜ್ವಲಿಸಲಿದೆ.

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಲಾನ್‌ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಅಸೋಸಿಯೇಷನ್‌ (ಕೆಎಸ್‌ಎಲ್‌ಟಿಎ) ಬೀದರನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್‌ ಮೊದಲ ವಾರದಲ್ಲಿ 'ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಮಹಿಳಾ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ' (ಐಟಿಎಫ್‌) ಟೂರ್ನಿ ಆಯೋಜಿಸಲು ಸಜ್ಜಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಖ್ಯಾತಿ ಪಡೆದಿರುವ ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಏಷಿಯಾ ದೇಶಗಳ ಮಹಿಳಾ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಪಟುಗಳು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಇಂಥದೊಂದು ಟೂರ್ನಾಮೆಂಟ್‌ ಆಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ ಮೂರು ಸಿಂಥೆಟಿಕ್‌ ಟೆನಿಸ್‌ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಂಗಣಗಳ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇದೆ. ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಬೀದರ ಪೊಲೀಸ್‌ ಟೆನಿಸ್‌ ಕ್ಲಬ್‌ ಎರಡು ಅತ್ಯಾಧುನಿಕ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಅಂಗಣಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ಮೂರನೇ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣದ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಭರದಿಂದ ಸಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಮುಂದಿನ ಮೂರ್‍ನಾಲ್ಕು ವಾರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳ್ಳಲಿದೆ.

ಅಂದ ಹಾಗೆ ಬೀದರನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟಿ†àಯ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಒಂದು ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಟೂರ್ನಾಮೆಂಟ್‌ ಆಯೋಜನೆ ಕನಸು ಬಿತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಕೆಎಸ್‌ಎಲ್‌ಟಿಎ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ. ಕಳೆದ 2011ರ ಆಗಸ್ಟ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ರಾಜ್ಯಮಟ್ಟದ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಪಂದ್ಯಾವಳಿಯೇ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಚಿತ್ತ ಬೀದರನತ್ತ ಹರಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಐಟಿಎಫ್‌ ಟೂರ್ನಿ ಆಯೋಜನೆ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ ಗೃಹ ಇಲಾಖೆಗೆ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಪಡೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ.

ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ಕೋಟೆಯ ಪೂರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ, ಮಾಂಜ್ರಾ ನದಿ ಕಣಿವೆಯ ಅಂಚಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾದ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಅಂಗಣಗಳು ಕಣ್ಮನ ಸೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ಗಳ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರೇರಣೆಯಾದದ್ದು ಎಸ್‌.ಪಿ ಸತೀಶಕುಮಾರ ಅವರು. ಸದ್ಯ ಸಿಂಧನೂರಿನ ಖಾಸಗಿ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ಬಿಟ್ಟರೆ ಉತ್ತರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಿರುವ ಮೊದಲ ಸಿಂಥೆಟಿಕ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ.

ಸಿರಿವಂತ ಜನರು ಮಾತ್ರ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಆಡುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಂಬ ಭಾವನೆ ಇದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪೊಲೀಸ್‌ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಅಕಾಡೆಮಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಸುಳ್ಳಾಗಿಸಿದೆ. ಕ್ರೀಡಾ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಹೊಂದಿದ ಪ್ರತಿಭಾವಂತ ಪಟುಗಳಿಗೆ ಈ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಂಗಣ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಿರುವುದು ಒಂದು ವಿನೂತನ ಮೈಲುಗಲ್ಲು ಎನ್ನಬಹುದು.

ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಬೀದರನಲ್ಲಿ ಎರಡು ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಇಲಾಖೆಗೆ ಸೇರಿದ ನಿವೇಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂರನೇ ಅಂಗಣಕ್ಕೆ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಡಳಿತದಿಂದ 10 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ನೆರವು ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆ. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಸದ ಧರಂಸಿಂಗ್‌ ಮತ್ತು ಶಾಸಕ ರಹೀಮ್‌ ಖಾನ್‌ ಅವರ ನಿಧಿಯಿಂದ ತಲಾ 5 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ಸೇರಿದೆ. ಇದರೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಖಾಸಗಿ ದಾನಿಗಳ ಸಹಾಯ ಪಡೆಯಲು ಉದ್ಧೇಶಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಸ್‌.ಪಿ ಸತೀಶಕುಮಾರ.

ಬೀದರನ ಕೆಲವು ಖಾಸಗಿ ಶಾಲೆ ಮತ್ತು ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರಿಂಗ್‌ ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಆವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯಾಧುನಿಕ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಅಂಗಣಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲು ಒಲವು ತೋರಿವೆ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಬಸವಕಲ್ಯಾಣದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ ಕೋರ್ಟ್‌ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಿದರೆ ಕೆಲವೇ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬೀದರ ಹೆಸರು ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ ಭೂಪಟದಲ್ಲಿ ದಾಖಲಾಗಬಹುದು ಎಂಬ ಆಶಯ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಆಂಧ್ರಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಭೀಮಾವರ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾಗಿದ್ದ ಅಂಗಣಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೀಗೆ ಸಣ್ಣ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಪಂದ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಈಗ ಪ್ರತಿ ವರ್ಷ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಐಟಿಎಫ್‌ ಟೂರ್ನಿಗಳು ಆಯೋಜನೆಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಇಂಥದ್ದೊಂದು ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಯಿಂದ ಭವಿಷ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೀದರನಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಹೊಸ ಕನಸುಗಳು ಮೂಡಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ.

ಒಟ್ಟಾರೆ ಫುಟ್‌ಬಾಲ್‌, ಹಾಕಿ ಕ್ರೀಡೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಮಟ್ಟದ ಕ್ರೀಡಾಕೂಟಗಳನ್ನು ಆಯೋಜಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದಿದ್ದ ಬೀದರನಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗ ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್‌ನ ಹೊಸ ಅಧ್ಯಾಯವೊಂದು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ.

source: http://kannada.yahoo.com/%E0%B2%AC-%E0%B2%A6%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%B2-%E0%B2%A8-%E0%B2%9F-172119011.html;_ylt=As1ge3O62V2edemAwCYvNjTupe5_;_ylu=X3oDMTRja2RvYnBlBG1pdANCaWRhciBNb2R1bGUgU3RvcnlsaXN0BHBrZwNkNWE4NGY1ZC05NzE1LTM3NzQtODFjMi1kNTQ1NzU2NDQ1ZWUEcG9zAzE1BHNlYwNNZWRpYVN0b3J5TGlzdExQVGVtcAR2ZXIDY2ExYTVjZGMtZWNmYS0xMWUxLTlkZWItMTY5ZWVjODdhNWM2;_ylg=X3oDMTJldmZlNjBlBGludGwDaW4EbGFuZwNrbi1pbgRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lfOCynOCyv.CysuCzjeCysuCzhuCyl.Cys.CzgQRwdANzZWN0aW9ucw--;_ylv=3

ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ತಾಣ ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲು ಕ್ರಿಯಾ ಯೋಜನೆ: ಡಿಸಿ

ನಗರದ ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ತಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಮೂಲ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ರಿಯಾ ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಲು ಎಲ್ಲ ನೆರವು ಒದಗಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಧಿಕಾರಿ ನೂರ್‌ ಮನ್ಸೂರ್‌ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.

ಅವರು ಬುಧವಾರ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್‌ ಹೆರಿಟೇಜ್‌ ಸಿಟೀಸ್‌ ನೆಟ್‌ವರ್ಕ್‌ (ಐಎಚ್‌ಸಿಎನ್‌) ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಧಿಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಧಿಕಾರಿ ಕಚೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಸಮಾಲೋಚನೆ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ, ನಗರದ ಪರಂಪರೆ ತಾಣಗಳ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕುರಿತು ಚರ್ಚೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ನಗರದ ಪರಂಪರೆ ಕುರಿತು ಲಭ್ಯ ಇರುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಮಾಹಿತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕಲೆ ಹಾಕಲು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ರೀತಿಯ ನೆರವು ಒದಗಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದರು.

ಐಎಚ್‌ಸಿಎನ್‌ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಗೋವಿಂದನ್‌ ಕುಟ್ಟಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ, ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಬೇರೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ನಗರಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿದರೆ ಬೀದರ ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪರಂಪರೆ ತಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ. ನಗರದ ಒಳಗೆ ಹಲವಾರು ಪರಂಪರೆ ತಾಣಗಳು ಇದ್ದು, ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳು, ಸ್ಮಾರಕಗಳು, ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ, ಮನೆಗಳು, ಕಮಾನುಗಳು, ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಅಪಾರ ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ಮೌಲ್ಯ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ ಎಂದರು.

ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಬೀದರ ನಗರದ ಪರಂಪರೆ ತಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸಲು ಮತ್ತು ಆ ಮೂಲಕ ಜನರ ಜೀವನ ಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಉತ್ತಮಪಡಿಸಲು ಸಹಕಾರ ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದರು.

ಪರಂಪರೆ ತಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಮೂಲ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಳಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ನಗರದ ಪ್ರವಾಸೋದ್ಯಮ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಪರಂಪರೆ ತಾಣಗಳ ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ಗಮನದಲ್ಲಿರಿಸಿ ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ, ಒಳಚರಂಡಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಗರದ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್‌ ಪ್ಲಾನ್‌ ರಚಿಸುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ನಗರದ ಪಾರಂಪರಿಕ ಮೌಲ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಗಮನದಲ್ಲಿರಿಸಬೇಕು. ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ ಈ ಕುರಿತು ಅಧ್ಯಯನ ನಡೆಸಿ ವರದಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.

ಐಎಚ್‌ಸಿಎನ್‌ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಡಿ. ಪರುಮಿತಾ, ಎಎಸ್‌ಐ ಅಧಿಧಿಕಾರಿ ಆನಂದತೀರ್ಥ, ನಗರಸಭೆಯ ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರ್‌ ಮೊಯಿಸ್‌ ಹುಸೇನ್‌, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ನಗರಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಶಾಖೆಯ ರಿಯಾಜ್‌, ಗಣಿ ಮತ್ತು ಭೂವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ಅಧಿಧಿಕಾರಿ ಬಸಂತ್‌ ಮತ್ತಿತರ ಅಧಿಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಜರಿದ್ದರು.

source: http://kannada.yahoo.com/%E0%B2%AA-%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%AA%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%95-%E0%B2%A4-103709198.html;_ylt=AgLFGjyyPs2SzQLEWZmF_Wjupe5_;_ylu=X3oDMTRiZzlubXVwBG1pdANCaWRhciBNb2R1bGUgU3RvcnlsaXN0BHBrZwNmOTZkZGU1NS01NTg5LTNlMWMtOThkNS03YWNjMmRkZjBlZTgEcG9zAzgEc2VjA01lZGlhU3RvcnlMaXN0TFBUZW1wBHZlcgNhOGFiYWJjMC1lZGQ3LTExZTEtYmJiYi04NTdkYTc3MzIwZGE-;_ylg=X3oDMTJldmZlNjBlBGludGwDaW4EbGFuZwNrbi1pbgRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lfOCynOCyv.CysuCzjeCysuCzhuCyl.Cys.CzgQRwdANzZWN0aW9ucw--;_ylv=3

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Bidar bandh peaceful

The ‘Bidar bandh’ called by various organisations on Friday to protest against the delay in starting the Bidar-Secunderabad intercity express train and changing the timings of the Nanded-Bangalore express train was peaceful and almost total . Most shops remained closed and North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation buses did not operate its services till afternoon. Government offices and schools remained open, while some private schools had declared a holiday.

In the morning, youth took out a motorcycle rally in the city and urged shopkeepers to down shutters.

Later, they gathered at Ambedkar Circle and raised slogans against the Union government. They also raised slogans against N. Dharam Singh, MP, and other local leaders for not lobbying hard enough with Railway Minister Mukul Roy for fulfilling the long pending demands of the district. Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industry president B.G. Shetkar said that the Centre had failed to realise that changing the timings of Nanded express train, to make it an overnight train from Bidar to Bangalore, would improve governance in the district and boost trade and tourism. Mr. Shetkar said the Union government and Railway Board were “insensitive” to the demands of the district. Ramesh Pande, former MLA, said that the board was unnecessarily delaying running the Bidar-Secunderabad intercity express train that was announced in this year’s Railway Budget. Later, they marched to the Railway station and blocked the Nanded-Bangalore express train and the Hyderabad-Purna passenger train. Some protesters climbed on top of the train engines and raised slogans against the Centre. The BCCI and several other organisations had called for the bandh.

  • The cold response to the demand for changing timings of Nanded-Bangalore train draws flak
  • Centre, Railway Board accused of being ‘insensitive’ to the demands of Bidar district

source; http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3819311.ece

Thursday, August 23, 2012

KVAFSU Bidar Invites Applications for MBA in Food Business Program

Applications are invited by Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU), Bidarfor admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Food Business program offered at the Dairy Science College, Hebbal, Bangalore campus of the university for the session 2012-13.

Eligibility Criteria for KVAFSU, Bidar:
The candidates should possess B.Tech (D.Tech)/B.V.Sc/B.V.Sc and A.H./ B.F.Sc/B.Sc.(Agri)/B.Sc(Ag.Maco)/B.Sc(Hort.)/ B.Sc(Rural Home Science)/B.Tech(Food Engineering)/B.Sc(FoodTechnology)/B.Tech(Agri.Engg.)/B.Sc (Sericulture)/B.Sc (Banking)/BBM/BBA.
The candidates who have studied a 4 years undergraduate degree program or possessing a postgraduate degree in any discipline are also eligible.

For more details on the eligibility criteria, please visit their official website.

How to Apply for KVAFSU, Bidar:
The application form can be downloaded from their official website -www.kvafsu.kar.nic.in.
The filled in applications duly complete in all respects along with requisite application fee in the form of demand draft should reach the “Registrar, KVAFSU, Nandinagar, PB No.6, Bidar-585401, Karnataka” on or before September 08, 2012.
Application fee of Rs.1000/- for General candidates and Rs.500/- for SC/ST/Cat-1 in the form of a demand draft drawn in favor of ‘The Assistant Comptroller, Dairy Science College, KVAFSU, Hebbal, Bangalore’ has to be enclosed along with the application.

Selection Procedure for KVAFSU, Bidar:

The selection of the candidates will be based on their performance in the entrance test, group discussion and interview conducted by the university.

For more details on the selection procedure, please visit their official website.

Important Dates:
Last date for submitting completed application form: Saturday, September 08, 2012.
Date of entrance test: Saturday, September 15, 2012.

For further details on eligibility, application procedure and selection procedure, please visit the official website.

For more information on college and courses, please click KVAFSU, Bidar.

source: http://www.minglebox.com/article/notices/kvafsu-bidar-invites-applications-for-mba-in-food-business-program

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BCCI calls for ‘Bidar bandh’

The Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for a ‘Bidar bandh’ on August 24 in protest against the delay in starting the Bidar-Secunderabad intercity train and to seek change in timings of the Nanded-Bangalore Express train.

“We are tired of petitioning the government and the Railways. This is the last resort for us,” BCCI president B.G. Shetkar said in a release.

“The intercity train was announced in the Railway Budget this year. Hundreds of people commute between Bidar and Secunderabad every day for trade and business and for seeking treatment in hospitals in the twin cities. The cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad have a strong connection to Bidar and an express train between Bidar and Secunderabad will benefit the district,” he said.

“Second, the Nanded Express train takes 18 hours to reach Bangalore from Bidar. If the timings are changed to make it an overnight train to Bangalore, governance and business in this backward district will improve. This demand has been pending for the last 20 years,” Mr. Shetkar added.

He said various trade bodies and non-governmental organisations had volunteered to participate in the bandh.


35,000 trees to be cut for road widening

Nearly 35,000 trees will have to be felled to make way for widening of the 223-km long National Highway 218 that passes through Bijapur, Humnabad and Gulbarga, affecting the already thin forest cover in the region.

Bijapur, Gulbarga and Bidar have a negligible forest area of three per cent. In such a scenario felling of trees will have an adverse effect on the annual rainfall, temperature and flora and fauna in the three districts, say environmentalists.

The mass chopping of trees will have a negative impact on the annual rainfall in the three districts, which now ranges from 50 to 60 cm of rainfall, the lowest in the entire state. The loss of greenery will also increase temperature in the arid districts, which now stands at 45 deg celsius, they added.

In addition to large-scale felling of trees, the road-widening project will eat its way into 2.16 ha of protected forest area.

Of the reserved forest area, 1.8 ha of land is in Gulbarga district which has a forest cover of three per cent, as against 23 per cent of the State average. Whereas the remaining 0.36 ha of protected forest is in Bidar district. However, the National Forest Policy puts the ideal forest cover at 33 per cent, rued green activists.

The Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report (Draft EIA) of the project has been prepared by Vitya Consultants Pvt Ltd, Secunderabad for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

A environment public hearing to seek clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for the project will be held in Gulbarga on August 25.

Expressing dismay over the implementation of the project in the garb of development, Deepak Gala, Hyderabad Karnataka Environment Awareness and Protection Organisation president, has filed an objection demanding that the alignment of the road-widening project be reconsidered to reduce damage to the environment.

However, the project authorities have submitted their applications to the Department of Forests for acquiring the reserved forest area.

Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/272785/35000-trees-cut-road-widening.html

GP bypolls in Bidar on September 9

The government has issued a notification for conducting elections to the vacant seats in gram panchayats in the district on September 9.

Elections to Ashtur and Yadalapur gram panchayats that were deferred after court orders will be held on the same day. Elections will be held for seven posts of member in Kurubakhelagi Gram Panchayat in Bhalki taluk. Elections will held for one seat each in panchayats in Chatnalli and Mandakanahalli in Bidar taluk, Dabka-C, Sundhal and Balat-B in Aurad, Sultanbad, Muttangi and Nandagaon in Humnabad, Balur and Telgaon in Bhalki and Bhosga, Rajola, Ghotal and Kalkhora in Basavakalyan taluk. August 28 is the last date for filing nominations. The scrutiny will take place on August 29 and the last date for withdrawal is August 31. “Voting will be held on September 9, and re-polling, if necessary, on September 11. Votes will be counted on September 12,” Additional Deputy Commissioner Noor Mansoor said in a release.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3801268.ece

Saturday, August 18, 2012

ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 24ರಂದು ಬೀದರ್ ಬಂದ್.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು -ಬೀದರ್ ನಡುವಣ ರೈಲು ಮಾರ್ಗದ ಸಂಚಾರದ ವೇಳೆ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ವಿವಿಧ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸ್ಪಂದಿಸಲು ಜನಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು ವಿಫಲವಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಆಕ್ರೋಶ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿರುವ ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳು, ಈ ಕುರಿತು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಗಮನಸೆಳೆಯಲು ಇದೇ 24ರಂದು ಬೀದರ್ ಬಂದ್‌ಗೆ ಕರೆ ನೀಡಿವೆ.

`ಸಂಸದರು, ಶಾಸಕರು, ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಎಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಪತ್ರ ಬರೆದು ಸಾಕಾಯಿತು. ಆ ಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ಭರವಸೆ ನೀಡಿದರೂ ನಂತರ ಮರೆಯತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ರೈಲು ಸಂಚಾರದ ವೇಳೆ ಬದಲಿಸುವುದರಿಂದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ತೆರಳುವ ಅಸಂಖ್ಯ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರಿಗೆ ನೆರವಾಗಲಿದೆ` ಎಂದು ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಬಿ.ಜಿ.ಶೆಟಗಾರ್ ಗುರುವಾರ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.

ಬೀದರ್ ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತುಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಸಭಾಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಬಂದ್ ನಡೆಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ತೀರ್ಮಾನ ಕೈಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಬಂದ್ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಳ್ಳುವಂತೆ ಸಂಸದರು, ಶಾಸಕರಿಗೂ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.

ಬೀದರ್- ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಡುವಣ ರೈಲು ಈಗಿನ ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ 12 ಗಂಟೆಯ ಬದಲಿಗೆ ಸಂಜೆ 5 ಗಂಟೆ ವೇಳೆಗೆ ಬೀದರ್‌ನಿಂದ ನಿರ್ಗಮಿಸುವಂತೆ ಸಮಯ ಬದಲಿಸಬೇಕು; ಬಜೆಟ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಿರುವಂತೆ ಬೀದರ್ ಮತ್ತು ಹೈದರಾಬಾದ್ ನಡುವಣ ಇಂಟರ್‌ಸಿಟಿ ಎಕ್ಸ್‌ಪ್ರೆಸ್ ರೈಲು ಸಂಚಾರ ಆರಂಭಿಸಬೇಕು; ಬೀದರ್-ಗುಲ್ಬರ್ಗ ರೈಲು ಮಾರ್ಗ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಕಾರ್ಯವನ್ನು ತ್ವರಿತಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂಬುದು ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಾಗಿವೆ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯಿಂದ ನಿತ್ಯ ಸರಾಸರಿ 500 ಜನರು ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ಬೆಳೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ರೈಲು ಮಾರ್ಗದ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಆದರೆ ನೆರವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ, ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಲು ಇದು ನೆರವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ರೈಲು ಸಂಚಾರದ ಅವಧಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಬಸ್‌ನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಸುವುದು ಕಷ್ಟ ಎಂಬ ಕಾರಣದಿಂದಲೇ ಅನೇಕ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳೂ ಬರುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನಿಸಿದರು.

ಭಿನ್ನ ದನಿ: ಆದರೆ, ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಗೆ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳನ್ನು ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಸಲಹೆಗೆ ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳಲ್ಲೇ ಭಿನ್ನದನಿ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಯಿತು. ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ಬಂದರೆ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಯಶಸ್ಸಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವನ್ನುಕೆಲವರು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದರು. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಶೆಟಗಾರ್ ಅವರೂ ದನಿಗೂಡಿಸಿದರು.

ಇನ್ನೊಂದೆಡೆ, ಈ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳು ಬಗೆಹರಿಯದೇ ಉಳಿಯಲು ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳೇ ಕಾರಣ. ಅವರಿಗೆ ಇದರತ್ತ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಇಲ್ಲವಾಗಿದೆ. ಒಂದು ರೀತಿ ಈಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯೂ ಅವರ ವಿರುದ್ಧವೇ ಆಗಿರುವ ಕಾರಣ ಅವರನ್ನು ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸುವ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ಇನ್ನೂ ಕೆಲವರಿಂದ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಯಿತು.

ಅನಿಲ್ ಬೆಲ್ದಾಳ್, ಪಂಡಿತ್ ಚಿದ್ರಿ, ಶ್ರೀಕಾಂತ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ವಿಜಯ್‌ಕುಮಾರ್ ಸೋನಾರೆ, ಶಶಿಧರ್ ಕೊಸಂಬೆ, ಕಾಶಿನಾಥ ಧನ್ನೂರ, ಓಮರೆಡ್ಡಿ, ಸುಮಿತ ಸಿಂಧೋಳ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು ಸುದ್ದಿಗೋಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಜರಿದ್ದರು.

source: http://prajavani.net/include/story.php?news=93167&section=111&menuid=10

Intercity Express to Secunderabad soon

N. Dharam Singh, MP, has said that Minister of State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa has promised that the Bidar-Secunderabad intercity express train will be started soon after the monsoon session of Parliament He said Mr. Muniyappa had also said he is studying the technical issues involved in changing the timing of the Nanded-Bangalore train to make it an overnight train from Bidar to Bangalore. Mr. Singh said this in a letter to district president of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Shashidhar Kosambe and urged vedike members to end their two-day strike.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3773909.ece

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Krishna hails move to grant spl status to Hyderabad-K’taka

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Friday hailed the Centre's move to accord special status to backward Hyderabad-Karnataka region, saying it would meet the long-pending demands of the people of north-Karnakata.

It was a historic decision taken by the UPA Government to meet the long-pending demands of the people of North Karnataka, he said in a statement here.

The Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) today decided to amend Article 371 of the Constitution by moving a Bill in the monsoon session of Parliament to bring the Hyderabad-Karnataka region under special status to help faster development. 

People of six North Karnataka districts-Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal and Bellary had welcomed the Centre's decision by bursting crackers.

"Political questions", meant to be out-of-the-bounds for the courts, have often been thrown into the laps of judges. Instead of throwing them back, the courts have, with great enthusiasm, forayed into adjudication of such questions, often with unsatisfactory results, Justice Srikrishna said.

'The Ayodhya Reference case', where President requested Supreme Court to answer politically sensitive questions such as whether a temple existed before the construction of Babri mosque, and the Ram Sethu dispute (as to Sethu's historical authenticity) fall in the category where the matter cannot be resolved by reference to "judicially manageable standards", he said.

"It would have in fact required the judges to opine on a point of archaeology, rather than law, and thereby step on to a political minefield," Srikrishna said.

The Supreme Court was perfectly right in refusing to answer the Ayodhya Reference. Such questions have arisen merely on account of failure of the executive or the legislature to resolve their own political problems and are attempts to pass the buck to the judiciary, Srikrishna opined.

The apex Court should stoutly resist the temptation to crown itself with political thorns. The decision of the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum case mandating public auction as the only mode of disposal of all natural resources is a very recent example, he said, adding that he would not comment further as the matter was subjudice.

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/news/karnataka/krishna-hails-move-to-grant-spl-status-to-hyderaba_791595.html

Industries, HDI to be the focus under Article 371 for Hyderabad-Karnataka region

The special status for six backward districts of Hyderabad-Karnatak region by the Centre under Article 371(J) will focus on industries and human development index besides education and employment.

The regional tag coming to the six districts Gulbarga, Yadgir, Bidar, Bijapur, Koppal and Bellary after a long wait of 40 years is expected to incorporate the Telangana, Maratwada, Saurashtra and Vidarbha models who are already under Article 371, Union Labour minister Mallikarjun M Kharge, hailing from Gulbarga told Stoi on Saturday.

Yadgir is being marketed by the state government for setting up industries. In the Global Investors' Meet held in June this year, the government had come up with several concessions for those wanting to set up industries in Yadgir, which incidentally is the youngest district in Karnataka carved out in 2009.

The pathetic state of these districts was mentioned in the D M Nanjundappa committee which went into the regional imbalances in north Karnataka region a decade ago. In his report , Nanjundappa had suggested removal of discriminations and amendment to the Article 371. The report, was prepared after an exhaustive and scientific study over a two-year period and submitted to chief minister S M Krishna.

The report had identified 114 taluks and classified them as most backward, more backward, and backward for determining the priorities. Of them, 59 taluks were in north and 55 in south Karnataka.

In the Human Development Index report released in 2008 for Bijapur and Gulbarga, the highlight was all taluks of Bijapur were backward in terms of income and human development. Regarding Gulbarga it was at the bottom of the human development index ranking 26 thamong the then 29 districts.

There was celebration in the six districts on Saturday. Former CM N Dharam Singh's son Ajay Singh, who has been running an NGO for the uplift of the people in Gulbarga said: When AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi visited Gulbarga during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, he had promised the people and it has been done now.''

source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Industries-HDI-to-be-the-focus-under-Article-371-for-Hyderabad-Karnataka-region/articleshow/15354847.cms

MNREGA helps green Bidar district

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) has come as a boon to efforts at greening the district.

Over the course of seven years, the Forest Department has raised 30 lakh seedlings using funds available from the State’s drought-mitigation scheme under the MNREGA. The saplings have been distributed to gram panchayats.

They will be planted in public places like schools, government offices, footpaths, road medians, and in grazing lands and bunds.

The seedlings raised include evergreens, biofuel plants and green manure plants, among others. Bidar was among the four districts in the State in which the Union government started the Food for Work programme, which included long-term measures to prevent drought, such as afforestation and development of watersheds.

“We broke down the process into growing saplings of hardy species and evergreen fodder crops, digging pits for the saplings, and building check-dams and earthen bunds with community participation,” said zilla panchayat president Baburao Karbari, adding that the panchayat has planted nearly six lakh saplings in several villages in Aurad, the driest taluk in the district. The Forest Department has planted saplings in vast tracks of degraded land in Alur in Kamal Nagar, Jambagi and Balur and Hippalgaon villages in Aurad taluk.


“This year alone, we have raised over 3.5 lakh saplings under the MNREGA in several nurseries across the district. Nearly one lakh saplings have already been distributed to gram panchayats,” said M. Daulat Hussein, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry). “The department will take care of the saplings for the first three years, after which they will be maintained by village or tanda residents, he said.


Neem is the most sought-after plant, and also well-suited to the district’s climate, along with Pongamia and Jatropha, which can be used to manufacture biofuel; Gliricidia, as green manure; vegetable- and fruit-bearing plants like drumstick and mango, and popular plants like kadu badami.

The department has also grown high-value saplings like teak and sandalwood. According to Mr. Hussein, over 10,000 sandalwood saplings are being raised and will be distributed to the public next year, while teak saplings are available in all nurseries in the district. He added that all the saplings will be distributed free of cost.

  • Zilla panchayat has already planted six lakh saplings in Aurad taluk
  • 10,000 sandalwood saplings are being raised and will be distributed next year

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3715325.ece

Ashok Kheny has a 'Nice' Plan - New Party to be Launched in October

Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) Ltd managing director Ashok Kheny, speaking to mediapersons here on Tuesday, said that his political outfit, Karnataka Makkala Paksha, would be officially launched in coming October. Development would the sole agenda of the party, he said.

Kheny is a product of the National Institute of Technology - Karnataka (then Karnataka Regional Engineering College) in Suratkal near Mangalore and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts. NICE was formed by the Kalyani group of companies and SAB International Ltd to develop the Bangalore-Mysore infrastructure corridor in 1999.

The party will field its candidates in a hundred assembly constituencies including all the six in Bidar district. He expressed confidence that in least 60 of them, the party would triumph. There were already offers of alliance from some quarters, he disclosed.

While admitting that there was a popular perception that regional parties did not have a future in the state, he said that the attempts made in the past by VIjay Mallya and Vijay Sankeshwar were not backed up with proper footwork in the lower level.

In contrast, Kheny added, he had been widely touring the state and had found good response. The thrust on development would appeal to the people, he further said.

As for himself, said Kheny, he has decided to contest from Bidar south and been building a house in his native place of Ranjol Kheny for his permanent stay. He wondered as to how the people's representatives who amassed money and lived in Bangalore could understand the problems of the common man.

He also said that the people had lost confidence in three national parties and they were looking for an alternative. These votes would be captured by his party, he added. He banks specially on the votes of the youth. There has been a membership of eight lakh in Ashok Kheny Yuvak Sanghs all over the state, he further revealed.

Source: http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=333806