D K Shivakumar meets Nirmala Sitharaman, seeks co-operation in key projects

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June 18, 2019

New Delhi, Jun 18: DK Shivakumar, Karnataka's Water Resources Minister, met Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman here on Tuesday to seek cooperation in Krishna Water Disputes issue and other projects, including Mekedatu balancing reservoir.

The Mekedatu balancing reservoir-cum drinking water project, to be constructed across the Cauvery river basin, has been at the centre of controversy between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Last year, Karnataka government got approval from Central Water Commission (CWC) for preparing a detailed project report for the proposed multipurpose project at Mekedatu on which Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed a resolution, urging the CWC to withdraw the permission given to Karnataka.

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January 14,2021

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Udupi, Jan 14: Paryaya Admar Mutt Eshapriya Tirtha swamiji presented a 'Suvarna Chatra' (golden umbrella) to Lord Sri Krishna at Sri Krishna Temple here on Thursday.

The umbrella weighs 2.5 kg in gold. It has been prepared at a cost of Rs 50 lakh of which Rs 15 lakh has been reimbursed from the old gold ornaments of the temple.

Sculptor Raghavendracharya Kunjarugri, from Pajaka near Udupi, made the golden umbrella under the supervision of Santosh Shet of Udupi, according to a statement from the mutt.

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January 5,2021

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Kasaragod, Jan 5: The bus accident at Panathur in Kasaragod that claimed seven lives and left several others injured might have been caused by the driver’s negligence and his lack of experience.

Regional Transport Officer (Kasaragod) A.K. Radhakrishnan said preliminary investigation had revealed that the vehicle had no mechanical problems. Its tyres were in good condition and brakes were intact.

However, the driver seems to have driven down the slope in top gear, when it was supposed to be brought to a lower gear, he added.

Meanwhile, the bus, which turned turtle, could not be removed from the spot using the cranes on Monday. Following the rains overnight, the vehicle, which got stuck further in the earth, may need the support of an earthmover to be shifted from the spot.

Further investigation is on, and a report will be submitted, Mr. Radhakrishnan added.

Seven persons, including two children, were killed in the accident. The bodies were handed over to relatives after post-mortem at the District Hospital, Kanhangad. 

The marriage of Aruna, daughter of Koggu Naika, was fixed with Prashanth of Karike in Kodagu. The relatives of the bride and friends were travelling in the bus to the house of the groom where the marriage was scheduled to be held when the accident occurred.

The house of the groom was just a few kilometers away from the site where the accident took place. “The bus was speeding and I was sitting in the last row. A majority of the passengers suffered injuries,” recalled Dayanand, one of the passengers.

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January 17,2021

Photo of Union Minister Amit Shah during his Shivamogga visit on Saturday. (Photo Credit: HD Kumaraswamy Twitter)

Bengaluru, Jan 17: Accusing Union Home Minister Amit Shah of an anti-Kannada attitude, JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday asked him to clarify to the people of Karnataka regarding the local language not finding place on the foundation stone plaque of the RAF unit in Bhadravathi, which he inaugurated.

Hitting out at Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and his Deputy Govind Karjol for ignoring the same, he said in a series of tweets that those who tolerate insult to the dignity and honour of the land as well as its language were not fit to hold the reins of the state's administration, as he accused them of "betraying" Kannadigas.

Shah on Saturday had laid the foundation stone of a new battalion campus of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) near Bhadravathi in Shivamogga district in the presence of Yediyurappa, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi and Karjol among others.

"...the inscription plaque unveiled on the occasion to mark the foundation stone laying is in only Hindi and English. It clearly shows that Kannada has been ignored though the foundation stone that has been laid in Karnataka," Kumaraswamy tweeted.

Stating that it is the responsibility of the centre to show due respect towards the languages of the states as our country has adopted the three-language formula, he said, but violation of such a sensitive norm by the union Home Minister himself is an insult to the Kannada language as well as Kannadigas.

"The behaviour of Mr Shah who has ignored Kannada in the process of providing prominence to English and Hindi indicates an anti-Kannada attitude. It is an insult to the pride of Kannadigas. It is Karnataka that has given land for the Centre's RAF unit," the former Chief Minister pointed out.

"It is an unpardonable act that despite getting land from Karnataka for the RAF unit, Kannada has been completely ignored in the foundation stone plaque," he said, adding Amit Shah should clarify to Kannadiagas on the episode of violation of three-language formula in the foundation stone plaque.

The Karnataka government has provided a 50.29-acre land for the headquarters of the 97th battalion of the RAF, the blue dungaree wearing special anti-riots wing of the Central Reserve Police Force.

Kumaraswamy said, it is "highly condemnable" that even the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister who were present on the occasion chose to ignore dignity and honour of our land and its language.

"Those who tolerate insult to the dignity and honour of land as well as its language are not fit to hold the reins of state's administration. The act and behaviour of the Union Home Minister, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister are nothing but betraying Kannadigas," he added.

Kumaraswamy had earlier too had been very critical of the alleged Hindi imposition and discrimination against the people of other languages, especially from the south.

Terming "Hindi Diwas" celebration as an "underhand method" to impose the language on people speaking other languages, he had in September demanded its cancellation.

The JD(S) leader had also asked as to how much more people of other languages including Kannadigas have to "sacrifice" in this country for not knowing Hindi.

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