Post Budget Analysis held at Alva’s

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February 26, 2021

Moodbidri, Feb 26: Mere sloganeering, political benefits, and hero-worshipping were the highlights of the Union Budget 2020-21, opined renowned economist, retired professor Dr. G.V. Joshi.

He was speaking as a moderator at a panel discussion on Union Budget organised by PG Department of Business Administration of Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Thursday.

He criticised that the present budget aimed at privatisation of every sector. “The present budget still rallies around the recommendation of Swaminathan Commission which is outdated at present. There should be inclusive development of weaker sections of the society. However, the budget neither mentioned the inflation problems nor it talks about a slow economy,” he said.

Jayaprakash Rau, retired IRS officer argued that the present budget completely ignored the population effects on the economy, self-esteem.  “It was unfortunate that the pandemic like Covid-19 had to happen to wake up the government to realize the idea of self-reliant India,” he said.

‘Seaweed Cultivation encouraged’

Nitin J Shetty, Chartered Accountant, was in praise of the budget when he said that the government was right in encouraging seaweed cultivation as India has approximately 8000 kilometer of coastline. Setting up of National Translation Policy is also much appreciated, he said.

Dr. Prakash Paneerselvan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru who talked about defence sector said that the dearth of self-realised indigenous technology is one of the biggest problems in the sector.

Krishna Bhat, entrepreneur said that India’s low rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index is worrisome. “Labour laws are not reformed from ages. Bureaucracy is the reason for hindrance for growth,” he said.

Shridhar G. Bhide, President, Karnataka State Rubber Belegarara Hitarakshana Vedike, said that every government was indulged in the silly gimmick of giving loans to the farmers and waiving off later.

Vishweshwara Bhat Bangaradka, agriculturist, said when the government talks about the welfare of the farmers it is about marginalised farmers. “The only sector which saw progress despite the economic slowdown and the pandemic was agriculture,” he said.

Vivek Alva, Management Trustee, Alva’s Education Foundation presided over the function.

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October 19,2021

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Bengaluru, Oct 19: Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, who retracted an "uncivil" tweet made by his party on Monday, has demanded an apology from his BJP counterpart Nalin Kumar Kateel for calling former AICC chief Rahul Gandhi a "drug addict and peddler". 

While speaking at an event in Hubballi, Kateel claimed his remarks on Rahul were based on media reports. Congress leaders, however, condemned the statement, asking the BJP to sack Kateel. 

"Yesterday I said I believe we should be civil and respectful in politics, even to our opponents. I hope the BJP agrees with me and will apologise for their state president’s abusive and unparliamentary remarks against Shri Rahul Gandhi," Shivakumar said in a tweet. 

Kateel's remarks came as an apparent strike against Congress for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi "#HebbettuGiraakiModi" which translates into the belittling Hindi expression ‘angootha chhaap’ for an illiterate person. 

Shivakumar regretted the tweet and said it was posted by a "novice social media manager". Shivakumar added that he always believed that civil and parliamentary language was non-negotiable in political discourse and that the tweet was "regretted and withdrawn."

Meanwhile, condemning Kateel's statement, AICC general secretary Dinesh Gundu Rao demanded that BJP remove Kateel from the post.

"Being a party president, he should not make such baseless statements and stoop to this level. It is shameful that a person with such a mentality is the state president of a national party," Rao said, calling Kateel "senseless" and as someone who had lost his "mental balance". 

Lashing out at the ruling party, Rao further alleged that BJP was a corrupt party both financially and morally. "They have no principles. They take God's name for ulterior political motives," he said. 

He urged Chief Minister Bommai to take control of what his party leaders were speaking. 

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October 20,2021

Bengaluru, Oct 20: Once vaccinations for those aged between the age of 12- to 18-year-olds is given the green light, Karnataka is likely to vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds first.

A member of the state's Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) said that they had recommended higher-aged children be given the vaccine first, followed by children under 16 years of age. The committee also recommended identifying co-morbid children in the 16-17 age group at the earliest.

Two vaccines — Zydus Cadila's ZyCoV-D and Bharat Bioech's Covaxin — are likely to be included in India's vaccination program for children soon. While ZyCoV-D received Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) from the Drugs Controller General of India in August, Covaxin was recommended by the Subject Expert Committee close to a week ago.

Karnataka has so far vaccinated 66.76 per cent of its adult population with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 33.23 per cent of its adult vaccination has received the second dose.

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October 14,2021

Bengaluru, Oct 14: The Congress' Karnataka unit president D K Shivakumar said he will not blame anyone for the viral video in which former Lok Sabha member V S Ugrappa and media coordinator M A Saleem attributed him to an alleged scam when he was a Minister.

"People have already spoken whatever they wanted. I will not blame the BJP or the media. We only gave others a chance to use us," Shivakumar told reporters here.

He was responding to the queries on the embarrassing video of the purported conversation between Saleem and Ugrappa on Tuesday ahead of a press meet at the party's meeting hall. In the video, Saleem is purportedly heard calling Shivakumar a 'Collection Giraaki' (extortionist), who allegedly increased the 'commission' in irrigation contracts from eight per cent to 12 per cent.

The party suspended Saleem from the party for six years and served a show-cause notice to Ugrappa, who is Congress spokesperson, seeking an explanation in three days. The Congress state chief said the issue related to the viral video was not personal but pertained to a party, which was built by the lakhs of party workers.

Hitting back at the BJP for targeting him following the viral video, Shivakumar said let the BJP take note of what their leaders have spoken against their leader such as MLC A H Vishwanath, C P Yogeshwar, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Basanagouda Patil Yatnal.

"Why the BJP has not yet answered to the charges levelled by Vishwanath, Yogeeshwar, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Yatnal (against former Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his family)? Why are they not speaking about collection during the BJP's tenure," the Congress state chief said.

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