Saturday, December 19, 2015

Father saves 5-yr-old son, takes snake o hospital too

Source: The Times of India

 Five-year-old Krishna was bitten by a snake when he was playing in front of his house in his village in Bavalagaum-Bavagi tanda of Aurad taluk, Bidar district on Tuesday. His father Anand Madhavarao rushed the boy to hospital but had the presence of mind to take along the snake he had killed to the hospital.

When he showed the snake to doctors at the Bidar district hospital, they were able to determine the anti-venom dosage.

This probably saved his son's life and doctors commended his quick thinking. Around 5pm Tuesday, soon after the snake bit his son, Anand took him to a neighbourhood doctor who suggested they go to a hospital. He took him to Aurad taluk hospital where first aid was administered and then rushed him to the Bidar district hospital.


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22,000 register for Army rally

Source: The Hindu 

Additional Deputy Commissioner D. Shanmukh (right) and Col. Dushyant Singh,Director, Recruitment (Belagavi region) at a meeting to discuss preparations for an Armyrally, in Bidar on Friday.— Photo: Gopichand T.

As many as 22,000 persons have registered online for the Army rally to be held the district stadium in Bidar from January 5 to 15.

Col. Dushyant Singh, director, recruitment (Belagavi region), announced this in a meeting with district administration officials in the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Friday. Around 3,000 to 4,000 candidates will attend the rally every day. The rally was organised to help youth from Hyderabad Karnataka and the surrounding areas to join the Army. However, any eligible candidate from any district can compete, the officer said.

D. Shanmukh, Additional Deputy Commissioner, said that candidates will get facilities like food and water apart from temporary boarding.

Public Works Department engineers will ensure that the stadium is properly maintained and barricades are erected as per the Army’s instructions. The tahsildar’s office and the Education Department will depute officers to help translate certificates that are in Kannada.

The Health Department will depute doctors and paramedical staff along with an ambulance. The district administration will train candidates in the Aurad, Basava Kalyan, Bhalki, Humnabad and the district stadium. They will be trained in long jump, running and push-ups, Mr. Shanmukh said.


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President visiting Bidar on Dec. 22

Source: The Hindu

President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Bidar on December 22. He will fly from New Delhi in a special Indian Air Force plane and land at the Bidar Air Force Base in the morning. By afternoon, he will leave for Kalaburagi to participate in the convocation of the Central university of Karnataka.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will receive the President at the Air Force Base. District incharge Minister Umashree, Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari, SP Sudheer Kumar Reddy and others will be present, said a release.

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299 HKRDB works are yet to start in Bidar district

Source: The Hindu

Various departments are yet to start 299 works sanctioned under the Hyderabad Karnataka Regional Development Board’s action plans in the district.

Some of them have been delayed by over three years, it was revealed in a progress review meeting in the zilla panchayat in Bidar on Friday.

Of the 14,499 works planned under MNREGA, only 1,162 are complete. As many as 3,378 works are under progress and 9,958 are yet to be started. Of the 9,052 community based works, only 554 are complete. 1,333 are under progress. The rest are yet to start.

Of the 3,172 water shed and bore well recharge works planned, 196 are complete. Another 1414 are under progress and 1562 are yet to start. Of the 395 school development works, 73 are complete and 140 are in progress. Officers are yet to start 182 works. Of the 39,000 toilets sanctioned, work orders were issued for 20,000 units and 10,000 were completed.

Of the 172 godowns planned, eight are complete and 111 are in progress. Of the 52 works yet to be started, 28 did not have designated government land, officials said. Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari said that he would instruct tahsildars to provide land for public godowns and instructed officials to start work soon. E.V. Ramana Reddy, district nodal secretary, instructed officials to ensure that all the sanctioned works had to be started and ended on time, while ensuring quality of work.

Drought relief

He asked officials to take up drought relief works under MNREGA to reduce migration and address water supply scarcity.

Gudur Bhimsen, deputy secretary, Gautam Arali, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan coordinator, and other officials were present.


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Resurrecting the Karez

Source: Deccan Herald.

Nondescript air vents spotted in several places of Bidar have proved to be important pieces of history along with the city’s artistic monuments and traditional houses. These vertical access shafts, which look like wells, are parts of the unique Karez water system of this heritage city. Karez is a traditional water harnessing technology, appropriate for dryland regions with a hilly terrain. The system was introduced in Bidar by the Bahamani Sultans who ruled the region between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Bahamani Sultans, whose origin is traced to Persia, showed keen interest in Persian culture and language. It is said that the two Karez structures in Bidar have been constructed by them under the supervision of Persian engineers. In fact, the origin of this technology of water supply, also known as Qanat, is attributed to Persia or Iran. With time, it spread to other countries and at present, such subterranean s are present in about 38 countries across the world. This system is used to tap water from sources (aquifers) at a higher elevation (normally rocky terrain) and supply it to human settlements for household use and irrigation purpose. Such underground channels are normally found in regions with laterite hills or basaltic rocks.

Indigenous structures
In Karnataka, subterranean horizontal water channels are found in Bidar, Kalaburagi and Vijayapura regions. Surangas, one of the major water sources in Dakshina Kannada district, are also similar structures. Though there is a lack of documentation to clearly identify the socio-economic factors linked to the Karez system in Bidar, it is believed that the primary objective was to supply water to human settlements. The waterway — that links a motherwell to a supply system near the exit point — taps groundwater and rainwater, thus becoming a reliable source of water. Such a structure stands as a testimony to the engineering marvel of the medieval era.

It has been found that there are six Karezes in Bidar and efforts are on to rejuvenate two of them — the Naubad Karez and the Jamuna Mori Karez. Records say that while Naubad Karez supplied water to people, Jamuna Mori Karez took water to the royal family and others living inside the fort. The length of Naubad Karez, which starts from Naubad and ends in Aliabad, is 2.8 km. Now, the district administration is tapping into the prospects of this heritage structure as a water source and also a tourist attraction. Work is on to rejuvenate both the Karezes.

The work of Naubad Karez was begun in 2012, when Harsha Gupta was the deputy commissioner (DC) of Bidar. After initial research, planning and awareness programmes, which were very crucial for the success of the work, desilting (excavating) the channel was commenced in June 2015, when P C Jaffer was the DC. Around 150 labourers, eight cranes and eight trolleys were engaged in the task.

At present, 27 vertical shafts have been found linked to this Karez and they are situated at a distance of about 50 metre from each other. Researchers believe that these vertical shafts provided necessary ventilation for the workers and allowed them to clear the mud accumulated during the excavation work. In other words, they are used to excavate channels and perform maintenance work. So far, 17 vents have been desilted. A group of local enthusiasts called Team Yuva are assigned the task of supervision of the work. The work has been proved successful and right now, the dried channel brims with water. The first sight of water was made in September 2015, when water started flowing up to 2.5 metres in the Karez. While this development stalled the work for the time being, it has accelerated hopes that the structure could be a potential water source to the water-deficit city. Anurag Tewari, the present DC, said, “We are delighted about the progress. Even the State Government has offered support by releasing the necessary funds. Once the work gets completed, we would get a clear picture of the ancient water supply system.” The district administration hopes that Karez rejuvenation work will also help revive other water sources in the area.

Kerala-based geologist and professor Govindan Kutty has been leading the activities to create awareness about the historical and geographical significance of this heritage structure. He opines that more studies should be done to understand the technology and objectives of the ancient system. Earthen pipes discovered at the site indicated the period of construction. He felt that consistent efforts are necessary to restore and reuse it.

Ghulam Yazdani, who was the director of the Archaeology Department under the Nizam rule, in his book Bidar: Its History and Monuments published in 1915, has described how three major water sources of the city — Kamathana Tank, Anadooru Tank, and Noubad Tank — shared water springs with the Karez. The ancient Kamathana Lake is said to have been built during the Kakatheeya regime, between 11th and 13th centuries. One of the inscriptions found in the city mentions that this lake was a major source of water to the city. Majid Labbaf Khaneiki, a groundwater expert from International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures (ICQHS), who visited Bidar in February 2015 to study the groundwater status, and the indigenous water supply system, felt that Naubad Karez is significant for its design, purpose, and social and cultural implications and felt that it matches global standards. Revival and proper maintenance of this ancient water supply system could help in enhancing the groundwater level of the city. Experts strongly feel that Bidar’s Karez has all the features necessary to qualify as a UNESCO world heritage structure.


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Ghee to be part of balanced diet in anganwadis in Bidar district

Source: The HINDU :-

Toddlers in anganwadis in Bidar district will soon get ghee as part of their balanced diet. The district administration will tie up with the Karnataka Milk Federation to provide ghee to 1,900 anganwadis in five taluks. This is expected to address the issue of malnutrition prevalent among poor children in the district.

According to a latest survey by the Women and Child Development Department, there are around 62,223 moderately malnourished and 357 severely malnourished children in the district. Officials estimate that most of them go to angawadis. The provision of ghee would help them, officials said.

“Anganwadis are authorised to procure materials locally. That will reduce logistics costs and solve the problem of storage to a great extent,” Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, said. Mr. Tewari and other district-level officials have held two rounds of discussions regarding the programme with KMF officials.

“Estimates of ghee required are being worked out. We are asking anganwadis to pool their resources and buy ghee from the local milk cooperative society. Supply should start in one month,” Mr. Tewari, who is holding charge of the zilla panchayat chief executive officer, said.

“It is a welcome proposition for us. We will be happy to be involved in reducing malnutrition among children of our district,” Revanasiddappa Patil, president, Bidar-Gulbarga-Yadgir milk union, said.

The district administration has taken several steps towards combating malnutrition.

As per the recommendations of the Justice N.K. Patil committee, the government has set up a special care centre for malnourished children in the district hospital. ASHA workers and anganwadi works have been told to identify malnourished children and ensure that they get the benefits.

Agencies like the District Legal Services Authority and district administration have organised awareness programmes on malnutrition. The State government has agreed to distribute milk and eggs to anganwadis in Hyderabad Karnataka region to help even the moderately malnourished children.


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