Section 144 imposed in parts of Karnataka ahead of Ram temple bhoomi pujan

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August 4, 2020

Bengaluru, Aug 4: Police barricades, yellow banners, walls with a fresh coat of paint and the sounds of bhajan mark parts of Ayodhya as the city awaits its big day Wednesday, when the first brick will be laid for the Ram temple.

Ayodhya is decked up for the bhoomi pujan that will be attended at the Ram Janmabhoomi by 175 people, who figure in a select guest list of seers and politicians topped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Concerned over the spread of coronavirus, the authorities are encouraging others not to come to the temple town, asking them to mark the occasion by celebrating at their homes. The groundbreaking ceremony will be telecast live.

Roads leading to Ayodhya display hoardings with the picture of the proposed Ram temple and of Ram Lalla, the infant Ram, the deity now housed in a makeshift temple.

Around the town’s Hanumangarhi area – named after a well-known temple which Modi will visit on Wednesday – both police sirens and ‘bhajans’ in praise of Ram are heard.

Most of the shops in the locality wear a new look, with their fronts painted in bright yellow. A large number of policemen were deployed there on Tuesday. Some sat in the sweet shops, waiting for their next instructions.

Roads leading into the area are barricaded. Yards of yellow cloth and marigold garlands were being hung on poles.

Even on the day before the event, security checks on vehicles heading to Ayodhya begin from adjoining Barabanki district itself on the Lucknow-Ayodhya road. Policemen take down details, including mobile numbers of the travellers.

Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar said the focus of the force is on maintaining the Covid-19 protocol.

“So we are not going to allow any outsider to enter Ayodhya city,” he said. Prohibitory orders are also in force and not more than four people will be allowed to gather.

“The markets and shops will remain open but with strict adherence to the Covid protocol,” he said. Outsiders will be stopped from entering the city, but Ayodhya residents will be allowed in if they produce any identification document.

“We are also carrying out random checks on people living in Ayodhya to ensure that no outsiders are staying here,” he said.

The city’s temples and mosques will remain open, but no other religious event – except for the bhoomi pujan – will take place on Wednesday.

Pickets have been set up at sensitive points in the city.

Sub-inspector Ram Chandra Yadav and constables Avnish Kumar and Ankit Chaudhary man the Terhi Bazar Chauraha picket near the Ram Janmabhoomi site.

"We are here for the past some days, and were on duty on the Rakshabandhan day. Duty comes first and only after that come other things in life, like festivals," Yadav said.

Mayank Gupta, who runs a restaurant, was handing out food packets to policemen, his customers.

"For the last two months, I have been providing tiffin to them twice a day. There are around 100 policemen to whom I supply tiffin," Gupta said.

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September 20,2020

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Mangaluru, Sept 20: Normal life has been thrown out of gear and vehicular traffic has been disrupted due to the heavy rains whereas landslides and water logging has also been reported from several areas in Dakshina Kannada.

IMD has sounded a red alert in Dakshina Kannada for three more days. As high tides are likely to lash the coast, the fishermen were advised against venturing into the sea for deep-sea fishing.

With the rise in Nandini and Shambavi river water, the paddy fields at Athooru Panja, Kilenjooru, Pavanje, Kadike and Sasihithlu have been inundated.

Meanwhile, landslides and waterlogging has been reported from several areas in the twin districts.

At Neermarga near Mangaluru city, a concrete road leading to Katinje caved in. The road has split into two and a nearby electric pole too has fallen down.

Heavy rain continued to lash across Dakshina Kannada since Friday night. Two persons sustained injuries and have been hospitalised after a portion of a house collapsed at Alape today.

In another incident, a woman suffered injuries after a compound wall collapsed near Bikarnakatte. The injured woman was identified as Chandrakala Shetty. The wall of a house belonging to Jayalakshmi was in dilapidated condition following heavy rain at Yeyyadi.

Yesterday, a labourer was killed when a compound wall collapsed, at Kuloor. The deceased labourer was identified as Umesh of Neermarga. The work on the extension of the house of Jagadeesh was under progress when the incident occurred.

Due to the drop in air pressure at the Bengal Sea, as recorded on September 20, a torrential rainfall accompanied by thunder is expected to continue till September 22. The coastal and highland regions of the state are expected to bear the brunt of heavy rains due to which a red alert has been issued.

Udupi, Uttara Kannada, and Dakshina Kannada districts are expected to receive heavy downpour accompanied by thunderstorms from September 20 to September 22 as per the forecast released by the Department of Meteorological department.

In the meantime due to heavy rainfall and huge inflow to Kabini reservoir at Beechanahalli in HD Kote taluk in Mysuru district, the outflow of the dam has increased to 35,000 cusec on Sunday morning.

The authorities of Cauvery Neeravari Nigam Limited issued flood alert to the downstream villages. The water has reached its maximum level of 2284 feet, with 12,208 inflow.

Also Read: Heavy rains unleash deluge in Udupi district; many villages inundated

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September 26,2020

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Bengaluru, Sep 25: The passage of the Karnataka Land Revenue (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for the regularisation of unauthorised use of B-Kharab land in Bengaluru was surprisingly a smooth sailing affair in the Assembly on Friday.

The ruling BJP was in anticipation that the Congress might stall the bill, but to their surprise, Congress legislators themselves asked for amendment to the existing bill which could be extended across the state.

According to the bill, B-Kharab is a term used to describe wasteland which is attached to cultivable land, but is technically a waste land. In urban areas like Bengaluru, where land prices are very high, even this piece of land fetches huge sums when it is converted from cultivable to commercial or residential land.

The Congress, which had launched a Twitter campaign soon after the cabinet decided to come out with this bill, surprisingly took a U-turn in the Assembly by asking the ruling party to extend this to the entire state.

The state Congress on its Twitter handle had accused that the ruling BJP had joined hands with crony capitalists to sell 21,000 acres of B-Kharab land at throw away prices.

Piloting the bill, BJP legislator R. Ashoka was stunned when he heard senior Congress legislators like former Speaker R. Ramesh Kumar, Shivalinge Gowda, A.T. Ramaswamy and Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah appeal to the state government to extend the Act across the state in order to regularise B-Kharab land everywhere.

“I was very much worried when we framed this bill, as I thought it would kick up a storm in the Assembly. I am surprised now, and if you all want it, I would like to extend this benefit to all the farmers in the state. Let us discuss and work out the modalities in near future,” he said.

As soon as Ashoka proposed the passage of the bill, JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda took objection with the state government, saying: “Why only private companies should be benefitted from this amendment? Why not our farmers across the state?”

Joining the debate, R. Ramesh Kumar asserted that farmers are harassed in several ways by the local bureaucrats due to their efforts to make B-Kharab land attached to their survey numbers.

“This is a big corruption racket in the villages. Let the farmers be given reprieve like the state government is giving reprieve to private companies,” he said.

Siddaramaiah, JD(S) MLA A.T. Ramaswamy and Congress legislator Priyank Kharge also strongly advocated that such benefits should be extended to all the farmers across the state.

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September 18,2020

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Kasargod, Sep 18: A 26-year-old NRI, hailing from Kasargod district has killed self in Ajman, United Arab Emirates.

The deceased has been identified as Shrilal, son of Salem Kumar from Nileshwar in Kasaragod..

Shrilal was a local cricketer who had played for Kasaragod district teams in tournaments for age groups of 14, 16 and 19. He had also played for a few teams in the UAE.

He first visited UAE in 2017 and returned after a short stay.

This month he again visited UAE and started his profession as an assistant coach for a cricket team in Sharjah.

Last week he secured a new job and was about to join the firm.

However, late on September 16 night, he reportedly killed self by hanging inside his room in Ajman.

The reason for resorting to the extreme step is not yet known.

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