Housing sites for the poor: Protesters ask JR Lobo to fulfill his poll promise

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June 23, 2015

Mangaluru, Jun 23: Hundreds of women and men took part in a demonstration organized by Communist Party of India (Marxists) in front of the office of J.R. Lobo, MLA, Mangaluru City (South), in the city demanding housing sites for the poor.

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The demonstrators took out a procession from Nanthoor junction before converging in front of Mr Lobo’s office at Mallikatta on Monday. This is third such protest by the CPI(M) in the city since last year demanding sites.

Addressing a gathering Vasantha Achari, secretary, Dakshina Kannada unit of the party, said that even though providing housing sites for the poor was one of the promises included in Mr Lobo’s election manifest more than two years ago, the latter did not take any necessary steps in this regard.

“In his manifesto for the Assembly election, Mr Lobo had promised that vacant government land would be identified in the city and it would be reserved for the sites. However, he has forgotten this promise,” Mr Achari said.

Recently, the MLA said that 11-acre land had been identified near Kannur for building apartments for the poor. But no steps have been taken to turn that into reality, he said.

The Union government on the other hand is attempting snatch the land of poor farmers through an Ordinance for land acquisition for development projects, he lamented.

Sunil Kumar Bajal, secretary, Mangaluru City South Committee, went on to claim that some of the rich in the city have encroached upon government land, but no steps have been taken against them.

He also threatened that the party threatened that the party would lay siege to the house of the MLA, if the sites were not allotted.

Meanwhile, Mr Lobo approached the protesters and tried to convince them. He promised that the process of allocation would start soon, as the city corporation has received more than 1,200 applications seeking the sites.

A blueprint has been prepared for constructing ‘ground plus two’ type apartment blocks in Kannur, he said adding that about 500 applicants would be accommodated in it in the first phase.

Each flat would cost Rs. 4 lakh. The government would grant Rs. 1.20 lakh and the city corporation would grant Rs. 20,000 per each flat. The balance amount would have to be borne by beneficiaries through bank loan, he said.

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February 23,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 23: Veteran Konkani writer Gratian Pius D’Silva who was popular as Herolpius, passed away Monday night.

He was 67 and survived by his wife and two children.

He was a former Immigration Director of Mangaluru International Airport. Gratian had authored 10 novels, 170 short stories and about 200 poems. He had to his credit over 300 articles and 1200 humorous write-ups.

Gratian was the recipient of several awards including Goa Bhasha Mandal, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Konkani Kutam Bahrain and Daiji Dubai Awards.

His four decades of assiduous and constant work makes him the ‘hidden giant’ of Konkani literature. He is one among the rare breed of Konkani writers whose work has been found worthwhile for translation into Kannada and Hindi languages.

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February 19,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 19: Untimely rain, accompanied by thunder, hailstones and lightning, lashed several parts of Karnataka on Friday, disrupting farming activities in rural areas.

Rain that started in the early hours, flooded low lying areas in Chitradurga were affected. Drain water flooded the streets disrupting vehicular movement. 

Bharamasagar, Sirigere, Bheemasamudra in Chitradurga taluk, Dharmapura in Hiriyur taluk, Nayakanahatti, Parashurampura in Challakere taluk and Chikkajajur in Holalkere taluk saw heavy rains.

Parts of Dakshina Kannada district also received heavy rain for half an hour on Friday. Various parts of Belthangady received rain from 3.30 am to 4 am and drizzling continued till 8 am. Sudden rain affected the drying of areca nuts in interior villages. Ujire, Charmadi, Mundaje, Belthangady, Dharmasthala, Kalmanja, Nidle, Kalenja, Belalu, Kaniyoor and surrounding areas experienced rainfall. On the other hand, N R Pura, Kottigehara, Balehonnur, Kadur and Koppa in Chikmagalur.

Large hailstones accompanied by rains lashed different parts of Kodagu district on Friday.

The gusty winds damaged the standing crops. Heaps of hailstones were found on the roads, coffee estates, roof of the houses, arecanut and coconut plantations at Mullooru, Nidta, Ankanahalli, Gudugalale and other areas.

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February 22,2021

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Mysuru, Feb 22: BJP leader and District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar said that Opposition party leader Siddaramaiah, who demanded an account of donations made for Ram Mandir, might himself have donated funds for the cause but he is not revealing it in public.

Speaking to reporters, Somashekar said that Siddaramaiah has no issues to target the BJP government with, as the government has been functioning successfully, and thus raising the Ram Mandir issue.  

Somashekar said that every house in the state, irrespective of caste, creed, political party are donating funds. "There is full transparency in the fundraising event," he said.

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