This 1,400kg bull is a cash cow; owner rejects Rs 7 crore offer

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October 18, 2014

Meerut, Oct 18: A big crowd of gawkers has gathered around Yuvraj, a giant 1400kg Murrah bull that on Friday was crowned champion at Meerut's All India Cattle Show by a 10-member jury, startled as much by the animal's size as by his owner's refusal to sell it for a mind-boggling Rs 7 crore.

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As Yuvraj chews on unconcerned, owner Karamvir Singh, who has brought him up "like a son", says he doesn't really need the money. "I earn close to Rs 50 lakh a year from Yuvraj," he smiles. "Everything in life is not about money."

Yuvraj stretches to 14 feet in length and a couple of notches over 5 feet 9 inches in height. "He drinks 20 litres of milk a day, gobbles 5kg of apples and 15kg of very fine quality cattle feed," says Karamvir. "He also takes a 4km-walk daily. I spend more than Rs 25,000 on his upkeep. A farmer from Chandigarh did offer me Rs 7 crore, but I don't think I am ready to sell Yuvraj."

Ravinder Sangwan, senior scientist at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Agriculture University where the competition for India's top bull was held, has an explanation why Yuvraj is a cash cow that Kurukshetra-based Karamvir Singh may not want to part with.

"Yuvraj is a perfect specimen of the Murrah breed," Sangwan says. "It generates 3.5 to 5 ml of very high quality semen everyday which is diluted to increase the volume to 35ml. Now, 0.25ml, which is one dose of semen used for artificially inseminating Murrah buffaloes, costs close to Rs 1,500. So, ideally in a single day, a dairy farmer can earn roughly about Rs 2,10,000. And since Yuvraj's mother was a high yield buffalo, said to be producing close to 25 litres of milk a day, Yuvraj's semen is in great demand in almost all the northern states. I am not surprised at the offers being made."

"He has earned the Best Animal trophy and there's a reason for that," says Prof Rajvir Singh, head, Animal Husbandry department at Meerut. "The jury had scrutinized 30 characteristics that include morphological trait, semen quality, genetic history and even the quantity of milk that its mother used to yield. On all parameters, Yuvraj has shown excellence."

Regarding the Murrah breed, Sangwan said, "The Murrah is a world famous high-yield breed found to have its origin in Haryana's Rohtak and Jind districts. It is also found in west UP."

Besides the Murrah there were other breeds that participated in the national-level cattle show, like the Tharparker, Brown Swiss, Gir and Jersey varieties. Yuvraj, of course, came tops.

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September 27,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 27: Congress leader and Karnataka Legislative Assembly member Dinesh Gundu Rao tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. He will quarantine himself for the next 10 days.

Rao, in a tweet, said, "I have tested Corona positive today. Therefore will be quarantining myself for 10 days."

Congress leader has also urged the people, who have come in contact with him to get themselves tested for the virus.

"I request all my primary contacts to get themselves checked and take necessary precautions," he added.

Rao has attended the monsoon session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, which began on September 21.

Earlier, Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy had said that all MLAs will be tested for COVID-19 on every fifth day of the functioning of the monsoon session.

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September 20,2020

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Udupi, Sept 20: Relentless downpour has caused massive flooding in the coastal district of Udupi throwing normal life out of gear, with all low-lying areas under four to eight feet of water. National Disaster Response Force was called in for rescue efforts as four villages in Udupi taluk were inundated.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell dashboard, up to 64.5 mm rainfall was recorded since 8.30 am of Sunday morning in several pockets of coastal region.

The District Collector has directed the citizens affected by the extreme weather to contact the emergency number 1077, to receive help from the assigned control room. The parking area at Udupi Krishna Mata and the city’s national highway routes have been completely waterlogged due to the heavy rains. Several shops and godowns in the district have been flooded.

Extreme rainfall has resulted in the sinking of 3 boats, causing heavy damages ranging in lakhs of rupees. During this ordeal, the fishermen managed to rescue themselves by seeking refuge in the rocks and boulders by the sea.

The road at Gundibail has worsened due to the rains. Udupi-Manipal main roads have deteriorated, while many shops and houses at Badagupete have experienced flooding.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa directed officials from Udupi and Bengaluru Urban district to take measures to prevent any untoward incidents. According to a release from the CMO, Yediyurappa spoke to BBMP administrator Gaurav Gupta over phone, with instructions to prevent flooding along storm water drains of the city. All officials should be available round the clock as rainfall is forecast to continue in the city, the CM said.

He spoke to Udupi DC G Jagadeesh to review the rescue efforts being carried out in the district. Udupi and other coastal districts have received very heavy rainfall over the past two days.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters in Udupi that army helicopters will be used for rescue efforts if required. Due to heavy rainfall in the Western Ghats, rivers are in spate. Several bridges in Karkala taluk, Udupi district were washed away, he said. Efforts are on to rescue the staff at Baje Hydro Project in the district who are stranded in the flood waters.

India Meteorological Department has issued red alert for very heavy rainfall in coastal districts till Tuesday, and in Malnad districts till Monday. Extremely heavy rainfall events exceeding 204.5 mm rainfall per day is also likely in isolated parts of these districts, along with thundershowers.

Also Read: DK faces massive destruction due to heavy rain; road was split in two near Mangaluru

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September 26,2020

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Udupi, Sept 26: Police have arrested five persons in connection with the coldblooded murder of rowdy-sheeter Kishan Hegde.  The police produced all the arrested including Manoj Kodikere before court.

Hegde was hacked to death in broad daylight near Veerabhadra temple in Hiriyadka on September 24. The investigation into the case has revealed that the murder was committed over financial issues.

Hegde along with two others – Hariprasad Shetty and Divyaraj Shetty had been to Hiriyadka and parked the car near the temple. At this time few people, armed with weapons, approached their vehicle from the front and smashed its windshield. One of the attackers, identified as Manoj assaulted Hegde with a sword.

Hegde tried to escape his attackers but he was chased and assaulted repeatedly. He succumbed to his wound on the spot. Hariprasad and Divyaraj tried to stop the attackers, however, the former suffered injuries on his head and is being treated at a hospital. Divyaraj somehow managed to escape from there.

The assailants escaped in a white Ritz car and light yellow Innova car, both of which went towards Karkala side.

A complaint was filed by Divyaraj at Hiriadka station and a case has been registered under IPC sections 143, 147, 148, 341, 324, 307, 504, 506, 302, 427 and 149.

Also Read: Udupi | Rowdy-sheeter hacked to death in broad daylight at Hiriyadka

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