Dakshina Kannada: Discussions and deliberations mark virtual Youth Parliament

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October 29, 2020

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Mangalore Oct 28: Heated discussions on prevalent issues, strong rebuttals, house procedures, and deliberations marked the Dakshina Kannada District Youth Parliament held on a virtual platform on Wednesday. The event was organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra under the aeges of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UN Volunteers India, with a city-based NGO Centre for Integrated Learning as the technical partner.

Inaugurating the virtual program, Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, Dr. Rajendra K V exhorted the students to utilise such opportunities to groom themselves as a better citizenry. These activities will go a long way in inculcating and realizing the roles and responsibilities of individuals in safeguarding the secular and democratic fabric of our constitution, he stated.

The Youth Parliament is a structured Simulation for educating the students on the functioning of our Parliamentary system. It makes the youth to realize their roles and responsibilities as citizens of this largest democracy, opined Atul J Nikam State Director, NYKS, Karnataka. 

Speaking on the occasion, Debjani Samantaray, National Project Manager for Strengthening NYKS & NSS which is a Joint Project of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, UNV and UNDP, called on the participants to internalize the tenets of our constitution and the democratic process involved in the governance of our country. She said that these platforms provided an opportunity to Channelise the energy and enthusiasm of the youth for positive purposes. 

Dr. Selvamani R, CEO, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayath, Jain George, Deputy State Director, NYKS Karnataka among others were present on the occasion. Convener of Centre for Integrated Learning, Srinivasan Nandagopal highlighted the process of the conduct of the Youth Parliament while Raghuveer Souterpete, UNV, District Youth Coordinator, Nehru Yuva Kendra Mangalore, conducted the virtual inauguration of the event.

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November 20,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 20: UK Deputy High Commissioner Jan Thompson lauded the Karnataka government's effort to become a leading state in tackling climate change and rapid adoption of green energy.

Speaking at the ongoing Bengaluru Tech Summit 2020, he said that it is interesting to note that Karnataka is leading the green initiative in India with more EVs on the road, more charging stations and moving towards green energy.

“We have initiated more partnerships with the Karnataka government, especially for electric vehicle ecosystem building and also reducing pollution. We're also doing a green fund for more investment in the tech startup in climate change and green energy", she added.

Jan Thompson also lauded the city-level partnership with Bengaluru for its Clean Air Testbed Drive initiative on Church Street to reduce pollution.

“We don't have to scale up to green-tech, but at an industrial level, but at an individual level too and a cleaner development path. Green-tech also helps us have a sustainable and prosperous future", she said.

Commenting on the UK's initiative, she said during fiscal 2020 the country has halved emission and made sense economically. Besides planning to hold the UN Climate Change Conference in 2026, she also highlighted the UK's continuing action and cooperation with India.

Speaking at a panel discussion, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwathnarayan said Karnataka is recognized as the 'Startup Capital' and 'Innovation Capital' of the nation and the home of the Silicon Valley of India, Bengaluru.

“Karnataka is the undisputed leader in the country in sectors such as Information Technology, Machine Tools, Aerospace, Biotechnology, Electric Vehicles, and Electronics. I am delighted to say that Karnataka has also launched a number of initiatives aimed at promoting and increasing the use of green technology, ” he added.

The Minister highlighted the fact that Karnataka was the first state in India to introduce an electric vehicle policy to a battery-run green vehicle.

“The state is aiming for 100 per cent electric mobility in certain vehicle segments. Our capital city, Bengaluru, is home to e-mobility startups like AtherEnergy, SUN Mobility, NDS Eco Motors, Yulu and Mahindra Electric.”

He said that Pavagada Solar Park, developed in the Tumkur district is the largest solar park in the world and aims to shift its focus from conventional power resources to eco-friendly energy resources.

“The UK is one of our most important GIA partners, and we are indeed delighted to see our relationship strengthening over the years. The UK has been known for its startup and innovation strengths and achievements in Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Regulatory Sandbox and Creative Tech among others. Karnataka and the UK will continue to work together to strengthen and grow our partnership", he added.

“Creative Tech, Data Science and AI and Regulatory Sandboxes will be the UK counterparts for Karnataka to work together for a few areas. I would like a successful session for the UK and looking forward to further strengthening our partnerships,” he added.

UK Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Lord Tariq Ahmad said, the impact of the global recovery on economies of scale is Covid-19, and this is the time to look to the future.

“We must take the opportunity and build back to create a world that is green, clean and sustainable. COP26 at the Global Action Plan to Mobilize India is the lead by example for both of us,” said Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon.

Speaking at the debate, Deputy High Commissioner Karnataka & Kerala Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford said the application of green technology is at the heart of the UK's ambition to build back from the current Covid crisis.

"The UK and India will be key to addressing climate change issues and safeguarding the future of the planet," said Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford.

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November 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 19: The waiting game is not over yet for senior BJP MLAs and Congress-JD (S) rebel legislators, hoping to bag ministerial berths. Reason: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa once again couldn’t secure a nod for cabinet expansion from the party brass.

Yediyurappa, who flew down to New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon, was hoping to get the green signal and take up cabinet expansion this weekend.

The chief minister, accompanied by deputy CM Govind Karjol, met BJP chief JP Nadda briefly and explained to him the need to accommodate new faces in the cabinet. “I have informed Nadda about the need to undertake cabinet expansion at the earliest and accommodate new faces. He said he would discuss the issue and get back in the next 2-3 days,” Yediyurappa told reporters after the meeting in Delhi.

A senior functionary, who accompanied the CM to the national capital, said Yediyurappa was hoping to meet Union minister Amit Shah, but he managed to speak to Nadda, who informed him that he would visit Karnataka next month as part of a country-wide tour. Asked if it would be cabinet expansion or reshuffle, Yediyurappa said, “It will depend on the direction given by Nadda.”

According to party insiders, Yediyurappa handed over the list of legislators he intends to induct into the cabinet and requested Nadda to take a call at the earliest as the winter session of the state legislature starts from December 7.

Yediyurappa is planning to restructure his cabinet by dropping a few ministers to make place for new faces. But everything now depends on the decision taken by the party brass.

Eight-month wait

It's been eight months since the CM has been waiting for the high command’s nod to expand his team, but in vain. Though, there is no clarity on why the BJP national leadership is not giving Yediyurrappa, the senior-most BJP CM in the country, the go-ahead, party insiders believe the delay has something to do with reports of leadership change in the state.

Yediyurappa is under tremendous pressure to expand his cabinet, especially from senior party MLAs and turncoat MLCs, including MTB Nagaraj, R Shankar, H Vishwanath and newly elected MLA Munirathna, who together helped him become CM. It’s been more than two and a half months since both Shankar and Nagaraj were made members of the upper house and since then they have been waiting to become ministers in the Yediyurappa government.

If Yediyurappa fails to get a nod in the next 2-3 days, party insiders said Karnataka could witness a lot of political drama as strong discontent is brewing in the state party unit.

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November 17,2020

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Bengaluru, Nov 17: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday ordered the formation of a corporation for all-round development of the politically-influential Veerashaiva Lingayat community in the state.

Yediyurappa, who himself belongs to the community, issued an order for constituting the Karnataka Veerashaiva-Lingayat Development Corporation (KVLDC) with immediate effect. It came a day after a group of ministers and BJP MLAs led by Deputy Chief Minister Laxman Savadi from the community called on Yediyurappa demanding setting up of the corporation.

"The state has a huge population of Veerashaiva-Lingayats, of which there are people who are economically, socially and educationally backward.

"Since there is a need to set Karnataka Veerashaiva- Lingayat Development Corporation for the all-round development of this community, it is ordered to immediately set up this corporation," the Chief Minister said in his order.

The demand by the ministers for a corporation for the Lingayat community came against the backdrop of Yediyurappa's recent announcement establishing the Karnataka Maratha Development Authority earmarking Rs 50 crore.

The decisions to set up the KVLDC and Maratha Development Authority are seen by sections in political circles as an attempt to woo the Marathas and the Veerashaiva-Lingayats, who are in sizeable numbers in Basava Kalyan assembly segment in Bidar district and Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency, bordering Maharashtra, where byelections are due.

Bsava Kalyan and Belagavi seats have fallen vacant following the demise of sitting Congress MLA B Narayan Rao and BJP MP Suresh Angadi due to Covid-19 recently.

The Congress, however, has earlier dismissed the demand for KVLDC, saying it will not serve any purpose. Instead, there should be reservation for the Veerashaiva Lingayats in education and government jobs, it said.

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