Karnataka govt plans to pump over Rs 39,000 crore for Agri, allied sector

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September 16, 2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 16: To stimulate economic activities in the field of Agriculture and its allied areas, the State Government has planned to pump over Rs 39,300 crore this year, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Wednesday.

He was speaking after launching the 'Financial Response' programme organised by the state co-opertative department and said, "The intended huge grants for the sector would be disbursed through co-operative institutions".

The programme would be implemented with the assistance of the Union Government also, he said.

Recalling that Karnataka was the first state to announce COVID-19 economic relief package ahead of all other states in the country, he said, "to mitigate the problems affected by the COVID-19, the state government had announced a relief package of over Rs 2272 crores".

He said that under the crop loan interest waiver scheme announced by the Union Government, over 11.88 lakh farmers were provided over Rs 7,741 crore for the year 2020-21 in Karnataka.

The state government had already released about Rs 496 crore towards farm-loan interest subsidy scheme, the chief minister said.

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October 17,2020
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Bengaluru, Oct 17: The Karnataka government was effectively responding to the havoc caused by heavy rains and floods successively battering the state,with relief and rescue work on in affected areas and was confident of revival of the economy, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Saturday.

"Several districts of north Karnataka have been affected by floods and I assure the people there that the government is with them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to me last night and took stock of the situation. He has assured all necessary assistance from the centre," the Chief Minister said.

Speaking at the inaugural of the 10-day-long Dasara festivities in the palace city of Mysuru, Yediyurappa said he has reviewed the situation with Deputy Commissioners of flood-hit districts and Revenue Minister R Ashoka was personally touring the regions.

Orders have been issued to provide compensation within a week to the next of kin of those killed and to those who had lost livestock and property, he said.

Officials have been directed to ensure that there are no complaints over compensation,he said,adding that input subsidy of Rs 36.57 crore has been directly deposited to the bank accounts of 51,810 farmers, whose crops have been damaged.

In the wake of the flood situation emerging for the third time within a span of three months, the government on Friday said it has released Rs 85.5 crore for immediate relief and rescue equipment has been supplied to the affected districts.

Yediyurappa cited a government report which said Kalaburagi, Bidar, Yadgir, Ballari, Raichur, Bagalkote, Davangere, Koppal, Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Udupi, Vijayapura and Belgaum districts are the worst hit due to rains between October 10-15, caused by the upper air depression over the Bay of Bengal.

He pointed out that natural calamities in August and September had resulted in an estimated loss of Rs 9,952 crore, as per data surveys and crops in about 10.7 lakh hectares had been damaged.

Floods due to rains are still troubling the state, he said, adding that damage to basic infrastructure has been estimated at Rs 4,851 crore.

"All the necessary measures are being taken. Government has been successful in responding to the natural disaster on time. I seek the cooperation from everyone," he said, adding that despite all these hindrances, Karnataka was making all efforts to strengthen itself economically and was confident about its revival.

The Chief Minister, along with Dr C N Manjunath, the Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bengaluru, inaugurated the Dasara festivities in Mysuru by showering flowers on the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari, the presiding deity of Mysuru royals, atop Chamundi Hill.

With the Covid-19 pandemic casting a shadow, the government had decided to organise the 410th Dasara festivities in a "simple" way, by and large restricting it to keep up with the traditions.

Noting that the state was observing Dasara or Navaratri festivities amid Covid and the people are in distress, the Chief Minister said he would pray to goddess Chamundeshwari to rescue humanity and the state from this pandemic.

He urged the people to celebrate Dasara with all precautions and follow the SOPs issued by the government. Remembering the service of all front line Covid warriors with gratitude, Yediyurappa also prayed for their well being.

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October 19,2020

Udupi, Oct 19: The Udupi district police have filed a charge-sheet against two siblings from Moodbidri accusing them of hacking the social media account of NRI Harish Bangera and posting provocative posts from it.

Harish Bangera, 33, from Beejadi in Kundapur taluk of Udupi district was jailed in Saudi Arabia since December 2019 for insulting religious sentiments and abusing the Saudi royal family through Facebook. Harish was an AC mechanic working in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Before his arrest by Saudi police, Harish Bangera had confessed to his crime and posted a video on social media apologising for his act. He also had promised that he would never commit the same mistake again. The confession and apology video is still available on social media platforms.

However, Harish’s wife Suman had claimed that her husband is innocent, and that the posts on Facebook were uploaded by others hacking his account. She had suspected foul play in her husband’s arrest in Saudi.

Based on her complaint, the Udupi police had arrested Abdul Uais and Abdul Tuves, siblings from Moodbidri in Dakshina Kannada district.

Udupi superintendent of police N Vishnuvardhana said that they recently filed a charge-sheet in connection with the arrests made. Meanwhile, they have also submitted a report to the ministry of external affairs in this regard.

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October 28,2020

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Mangaluru, Oct 28: Customs officials at the Mangaluru International Airport have seized gold worth Rs 32,96,800 from a passenger who arrived by a Spice Jet flight from Dubai on Tuesday night.

Official sources said on Wednesday that the 24 carat gold weighed 634 grams. The accused was carrying the gold in powdered form in his body.

The accused was identified as Aboobakker Siddique of Mangaluru.

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