Home Minister orders CID probe into Chikkaballapur quarry blast

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February 23, 2021

There will be no complete lockdown: Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai

Bengaluru, Feb 23: Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has announced a CID probe into the Chikkaballapur quarry blast, where six people were killed on Tuesday.

He said that action will be taken within 24 hours of the submission of an inquiry report.

Six people were killed when the gelatin sticks they were trying to dispose of exploded accidentally at a stone quarry site in a village in Chikkaballapur early on Tuesday, police said. The incident comes close on the heels of a similar blast at a quarry site in Yediyurappa's hometown of Shivamogga on January 22, which left six dead.

Earlier, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa ordered a probe into the incident. "Directions have been issued to conduct a thorough inquiry and act against those involved," he said.

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February 25,2021

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Bengaluru, Feb 25: Karnataka Transport Minister Laxman Savadi said on Thursday that in the wake of rise in diesel prices, a proposal to increase bus fares has been placed before Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who will take final decision on the issue.

Speaking to mediapersons here, he said that the RTCs have proposed to hike the fares in view of the rise in diesel price. “The BMTC has sought a rise of 18pc in its fares. The issue will be brought to the notice of the chief minister and will be taken up in the upcoming Assembly session and the suggestion of the opposition parties will be taken,” he said.

He said that the four transport corporations (RTCs) have suffered a loss of Rs 2,780 crore with the overall revenue loss of Rs 4,000 crore. "As a result, the government has given Rs 1780 crore for providing salaries to the employees," the minister said.

To a question about claim by RTC workers, led by Kodihalli Chandrashakhar, that none of their demands have been met by the government, Savadi said they have already fulfilled six of the nine demands.

He said that farmer leader Kodihalli Chandrashekhar has no locus standi in the issue of the RTC workers. “Let the workers come and talk to me directly. Farmers and other associations have no place in this issue,” he said.

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February 25,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 25: The leaders of the fishermen community from three coastal districts of Karnataka have demanded that the State government come to the rescue of the fisheries sector by announcing a package of Rs 10,000 crore in the upcoming budget.

Various fishermen associations under the aegis of Dakshina Kannada Mogaveera Mahanjana Sangha said in a statement that they were badly affected due to high fuel costs, covid-19, pandemic, heavy drop in marine catch and other issues that has resulted in increased operational costs, because of which more than 90 per cent of the mechanised boats have stopped venturing into fishing.

Kishore D Suvarna, president of the Aala Samudra Meenugarara Sangha, said, “In the last five years, fishermen community has suffered a lot due to consistent drop in the marine catch. The operational cost involved in running mechanised boats has increased drastically as boats are spending more days in the sea and going too far off places for fishing, which has resulted in more consumption of fuel. To lessen the financial burden, more than 90 pc of boats have stopped venturing into the sea. There is no option left before us other than to seek help from the government. We demand that the government waive off loans as we are not in a position to repay them to the banks.”

The Sangha demanded that subsidised kerosene be provided for traditional fishing and the launch of a separate fishing zone. They also demanded that the government provide a loan with 4 per cent interest for fishing activities in the coming days and that the Coastal Regulation Zone rules be relaxed for the construction of houses for fishermen.

Leaders said that a memorandum has already been submitted to the Chief Minister to include their demands in the ensuring budget. The Sangha said that they will go on indefinite strike by stop fishing activities in the coastal districts if the State fails to meet their demands.

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February 23,2021

JAIN (Deemed-to-be University) to host Khelo India University Games 2021

Bengaluru, Feb 23: Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju announced that Karnataka will be the host state for the second Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2021, scheduled later this year.

The games will be hosted by Bengaluru's JAIN (Deemed-to-be University), in partnership with Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

KIUG is the largest University Games in the country and is aimed at harnessing sporting talents who can represent India in international events, including the Olympic Games. In this, the second year of the KIUG, Yogasana and Mallakhamb have been added, with an emphasis to preserve and encourage the century-old sporting disciplines of the country.

With the inclusion of these disciplines this year, it is expected that the athlete participation figure will cross 4000. This year also, the games will be conducted in the under-25 age category in accordance with the World University Games norms.

"We are honored to be hosting KIUG 2021, and we are confident that the Games will produce some of the best future sports champions of India. The Government of Karnataka will ensure that University games turn out to be a massive success," said Yediyurappa, speaking about being the host state and assuring the best possible support for the games.

"Countries that have great sporting performance have often forged their sporting heroes from the University level. In India, we need a sustained, concentrated effort and plan to identify talent from Universities. This year, with the inclusion of indigenous games to the competition, we are hopeful that the number of participants will see a marked increase," said Rijiju, foreseeing an even larger participation this time around.

"KIUG is a clear path to Olympic glory for our athletes beginning from the University level. AIU is proud to partner with KIUG and we will also be having AIU's National-level competition at KIUG this year," said Baljit Sekhon, Joint Secretary, AIU, speaking about the partnership with KIUG.

"Hosting KIUG at JAIN (Deemed-to-be-University) campus is yet another step towards strengthening the University's commitment towards sport. We are extremely honored to have an opportunity to host an event of this magnitude, and being part of this national initiative for developing sports is a matter of great pride for us at JAIN (Deemed-to-be University). The pragmatic approach of our University towards this sports programme is on the same lines as the vision of our PM Narendra Modi Ji, who forever encourages sports to be an integral part of one's daily life," said Dr Chenraj Roychand, Chancellor of JAIN (Deemed-to-be University).

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