Campco to procure areca nuts at doorsteps of farmers

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October 15, 2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 15: Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Co-operative Limited (Campco) has initiated a pilot project to procure areca nuts at doorsteps of farmers.

The initiative has shown positive response in Puttur and Vittal, where it was launched earlier.

Campco President SR Satish Chandra said that the farmers keen on selling areca nuts to Campco need to contact the local branch and it will dispatch its staff and truck to the house of farmers to procure them.

The areca nuts will be graded in the yard of the farmer, weighed and taken to the Campco branch. The amount will be credited to the account of farmers. Campco will collect minimum transportation costs from farmers, he explained.

The farmers were facing a lot of problems while transporting areca nuts for sale due to shortage of labourers. Elderly farmers were finding it all the more difficult to reach the nearest town to sell them, he added.

The initiative also aims at preventing farmers from being exploited by middlemen. Usually, middlemen reach out to farmers and purchase areca nuts by paying in advance. Due to the middleman lobby, the farmers were not getting the right price for their produce.

Campco pays market price for the farmers.

He said, “By procuring areca nuts from the farmers' doorsteps, Campco can expand its area coverage.”

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October 12,2020

Udupi, Oct 12: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Karnataka government on a plea for bail moved by a priest, who was accused of killing an NRI businessman from Udupi in conspiracy with the deceased's wife after developing an illicit relationship with her, and burning of his body in a 'homa kund' in 2016.

A bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian sought a reply from the state government within two weeks on the petition by 30-year-old Niranjan Bhat.

The petitioner challenged the validity of the High Court's order of July 27.

The HC has noted that the top court had on May 10, 2019, disposed of Bhat's plea for bail saying that some material witnesses were yet to be examined, which would take six months. The court had asked Bhat to move his bail plea after that.

The HC further pointed out that some witnesses have been recalled at the instance of the accused and they were yet to be cross-examined through video conferencing.

In the matter, Shetty's wife Rajeshwari, a co-accused, has been granted bail. 

According to the prosecution, Rajeshwari, along with her 20-year-old son, Navneet Shetty threw chilly powder into the eyes of her husband and assaulted him with a rod. Thereafter, the accused tied the victim's hands and feet and administered poison to him. Later, they carried the body of the victim to Bhat's house and burnt it by organising 'Yagna'. Further, to destroy the evidence, the bones and body parts were thrown in the river.

The victim suspected the fidelity of his wife and had lodged a police complaint with Manipal police station on July 9 before his murder on July 28, 2016. The police acted on a complaint filed by the victim's mother Gulabi as he went missing. The prosecution relied upon a DNA report to conclude the recovered body parts were the son of the complainant.

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October 10,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 10: A day after reports of 34 children in Belgavi district testing positive for Covid-19 emerged, the government of Karnataka has decided to stop the ambitious ‘Vidyagama’ scheme, albeit temporarily.

The scheme, a continuous learning plan for children in government and aided schools in the State, was launched by the Education Department around two months ago in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

However, since its launch, there has been widespread opposition from various quarters. Recently, communities in M. Thimmapur village near Ramdurg complained that 34 students had tested positive for COVID-19 over the past few days. They had alleged that students had contracted the virus while attending classes conducted by teachers in open public spaces as part of the ‘Vidyagama’ scheme.

Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S. Suresh Kumar announced that the officials of the department had been directed to stop implementing the scheme until a proper analysis of pros and cons is complete. He stated that the scheme was launched for the benefit of children belonging to lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has also been vocal in opposing the scheme. In a series of tweets, he alleged that the State government was risking the lives of both teachers and students.

Concurring, Basavaraj Gurikar, president of Karnataka State Primary School Teachers’ Association, said the scheme should be scrapped. “Nothing is more important than the health of children. The government should focus on health, rather than implement such schemes that only risk the lives of teachers and students,” he said.

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October 14,2020

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Bengaluru, Oct 14: Taking strong exception to the Bengaluru police naming Congress party leaders in its B'luru riots case charge-sheet, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president D. K. Shivakumar on Wednesday said they won't succumb to such unethical pressure tactics.

Speaking to reporters after taking part in the nomination filing of Congress party Rarajarajeswari Nagar candidate, Kusuma H here, Shivakumar asserted that the ruling BJP in Karnataka has become issueless and as a result, keeps haunting Congress leaders.

Shivakumar charged that the city police were under "tremendous pressure" to include the names of those corporators that the media has today highlighted.

"The very fact that police took so long to name them is case in point that they were under tremendous pressure from the ruling BJP," he alleged

The KPCC president further noted that just a week ago, central agencies had raided him and the central agencies had been conducting an inquiry on the party's former state president, Dr G. Parameshwara. "Now the state police have also joined the same league by naming our party corporators. People are seeing their game of vindictiveness," he said.

According to him, the BJP always looks for an excuse to divert people's attention to hide its failures.

"BJP's mis-management of Covid is a well-documented fact. Besides this, they have decisively failed in tackling farmers issues. The BJP had been thriving on such issues alone. The day people realise their machinations, the BJP will stand exposed," he said.

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