Dr Edmond Fernandes selected as Legislative Fellow by the US govt

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September 29, 2017

Mangaluru, Sept 29: Dr Edmond Fernandes, Founder & CEO, CHD Group and Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Public Health, KSHEMA, Nitte University has been selected as a Legislative Fellow which is a very prestigious fellowship supported by the US Department of state.

He is one among the 12 selected for this prestigious fellowship from across the nation and the only one from the state of Karnataka. The goal of this fellowship is to understand and establish networks among mid-level professionals in the US and India. The Fellows will be exposed to the working of the US Government Departments, interface with regard to public policy and relevant streams related to the core nature of their work.

Dr Fernandes will seek to build and strengthen Indo-US partnerships in terms of Public health and policy domains. While in the USA, he will be travelling to the states of Washington DC, Pennsylvania and then later to New York. Dr. Edmond Fernandes will be majorly working in the city of Philadelphia – where the declaration of Independence and the Constitution was signed.   

The Legislative fellowship will also focus on the structure of the US Government, the legislative processes, role of civil society and the impact of good governance on the lives of civilians. Dr Fernandes will also engage in civic leadership engagements and grass-root level activities while in the US and during the Professional Fellows Congress meet with other mid-level professionals and US Government officials. As part of the fellowship’s diplomatic mandates, he will host an American Counterpart during their visit to India. The Legislative fellowship is managed and implemented by World Learning Inc.

Dr Fernandes is also Member- Health Task Force, DDMA, government of Karnataka and has worked extensively in community empowerment programs in and around the country and across other nations besides enhancing the public health systems wherever the demand is. He leads CHD Group – Center for Health and Development which is a field based and field informed public health organisation which engages in public health risk reduction activities, advocacy, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation.
 

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February 28,2021

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Bengaluru Feb, 28: Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa here on Sunday expressed confidence that BJP will win all four bypolls including Belgavi seat Lok Sabha seat.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said the candidate for Belgavi parliamentary constituency will be selected by the high command in New Delhi.Belgavi seat fell vacant after the demise of Suresh Angadi, former Union Minister of State for Railways, last year.

In Assembly bypolls to-- Maski, Basavakalyan and Sindhagi constituency, the party-backed candidates will succeed and carry forward the development in these constituencies.

The elections to Maski Assembly seat were neccesiated after former Congress MLA Pratap Gouda Patil- who won from the seat in 2018---was disqualified for defection and proceeded to join the BJP in 2019.

Basavakalyan and Sindagi constituencies fell vacant after the death of MLA B Narayan Rao and M C Managuli respectively.On the budget, the chief minister said it will be people and farmers friendly, and presented on March 8.

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February 27,2021

Strict measures to allow only license holders to use explosives for  quarrying: Karnataka Minister | Deccan Herald

Chikkaballapura, Feb 27: The Karnataka government ordered mine and quarry owners to handover their extra stock of explosives within four weeks or lose the license, announced Mines and Geology Minister Murugesh Nirani in Raichur on Friday. The warning was issued following two separate blasts that occurred in stone quarries in just a month’s gap.

The first blast occurred in Shivamoggga, where an explosive-laden truck exploded and killed six persons on January 22. The second blast occurred in a quarry situated in Chikkaballapura on February 23, killing six persons.

After reviewing the progress and mining activities of Hatti Gold Mines in Lingasgur in Raichur, Nirani told reporters that officials have been directed to conduct a thorough inspection and recover illegally hoarded explosive materials. "Licences of those mine owners who fail to return the hoarded explosives will be cancelled," he announced.

The minister said that those who fail to discharge their duties will have to bear the brunt. "We have received repeated complaints against some errant officials and their involvement in illegal mining activities. We will not protect anyone and the government will initiate strict disciplinary action against such officials," he said.

On Wednesday, Nirani said that the government was mulling over enacting new legislation restricting only quarry licence-holders to use explosives. He told reporters that the decision would be taken only after discussing the matter with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

On Hatti Gold Mines, Nirani added that the state government had already prepared a blueprint to modernise the mines and work will soon commence. "The gold production here has reduced due to COVID-19 pandemic but things will gradually improve."

According to the HGML website, the Chitradurga unit's operations for gold mining and processing ore has been temporarily suspended and the company has diversified into wind farm projects.

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Karnataka has issued new guidelines mandating all those coming from Kerala to the State to carry a negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours. 

Not just that, it has ruled that all those who have come to the State from Kerala in the last two weeks, exempting those with a negative test report not older than 72 hours, to be mandatorily subjected to COVID-19 test.

A similar restriction was placed earlier in the month in four districts bordering Kerala, but it was expanded to the entire State on Tuesday. This comes in the light of a COVID-19 cluster at a nursing college in Bengaluru being traced back mostly to Kerala returnees, even as the neighbouring State is reporting a high number of cases every day.

The guidelines say all the students in engineering and other professional colleges who have recently arrived from Kerala have to be tested for COVID-19. It calls for hostels, hotels, resorts, homestays, dormitories, and residential communities to ensure that persons checking in after travelling from Kerala have a COVID-19 negative certificate. 

It also asks hostels to ensure strict implementation of COVID-19 safety guidelines and appeals to students to not frequently travel to Kerala unless strongly justified. The guidelines call for ramping up testing and strengthening COVID-19 surveillance at all education institutions that accommodate students who have travelled from Kerala.

Commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike N. Manjunath Prasad said those who try to enter the State/city without a negative RT-PCR report would have to undergo mandatory quarantine until they are tested and results are out.

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