SKDRDP announces Rs 21 cr plan for free devices to students

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October 25, 2020

Mangaluru, Oct 25: Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP) on Sunday announced that it will be spending Rs 21 crore to provide 20,000 tablets and 10,000 laptops among students.

Under the Yantrasri Yojana, farm equipment worth Rs 15 crore will be purchased and farming on 8,000 acres of land will be taken up, Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari D Veerendra Heggade said.

Speaking at a programme organised to mark the 53rd Vardhanthi celebrations at Dharmasthala, he said that under the Vatsalya programme, housing for the destitute and other necessary facilities will be distributed. Already, 10,400 destitute families have been identified and a sum of Rs 2 crore will be utilised for their welfare. Rs 10 crore has been set aside for the revival of 150 lakes in Karnataka.

"The work on a naturopathy hospital at Nelamangala in Bengaluru is in the final stage. Health services at the naturopathy hospital will be started at the earliest. The work on the extension of the Annapoorna dining hall, online booking of Sevas and extension of commercial complex at Dharmasthala, will also be taken up," he added.

He said that under the Dharmothana Trust, over 250 old temples have been given a new lease of life in Karnataka. A sum of Rs 14 crore has been given for the construction of 1,135 temples in the state in the past one year.

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November 28,2020

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Udupi, Nov 28: A young woman lost her life and another woman suffered serious injuries in a collision between a scooter and a four-wheeler on NH 66 near Kota in Udupi district today.

The two women were on their two-wheeler and travelling towards Brahmavar from Kundapur when an SUV hit them.

Shreya Shanubhag (24) lost her life and Prjna (25) was seriously injured. Prithvi is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

After the accident, the driver of the SUV tried to flee along with his vehicle. But due to the sharp presence of mind of Nagaraj Puthran, owner of Jeevan Mithra ambulance, the SUV was stopped at Sasthan tollgate and handed over to Kota police station. A case has been registered.

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December 2,2020

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Bengaluru, Dec 2: An assistant scientist at Defence Research and Development Organisation, and five of his friends have taken up an initiative to remove unwanted objects like nails and staple pins from trees in Bengaluru.

Every Sunday, Vinod Kartavya and his friends set out in the streets of Bengaluru to free the trees from posters and advertisements pasted, nailed or stapled on them.

Talking about the initiative, he says, "Recently I was leaning on a tree and a nail sticking out of it hurt the back of my head. I removed the nail and noticed that nearly all the trees in Sampangiram Nagar ward were damaged like this with posters and advertisements. After this, my friends and I decided that we would spend a few hours every Sunday removing the foreign objects," he said.

"As per the Tree Protection Act and Bangalore municipal Act, sticking posters on trees is illegal. We have also posted a 'Nail Free Tree' challenge on social media, encouraging people to post their photos after removing nails from trees. We are getting a good response," he added.

Last Sunday, they found 1,000 to 2000 staple pins and over 250 nails on a single tree.

"Last Sunday we went to K G Road. Each tree had around 1,000 to 2,000 staple pins and 250 nails. It was a huge task. It took three hours, 7 am to 10 am, just to clean seven trees," he said, adding that he was hoping that more people would join the movement.

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November 26,2020

Bengaluru, Nov 26: A 62-year-old priest has been arrested for raping a 10-year-old girl inside his daughter's house located within a temple in Devanahalli on the northern outskirts of Bengaluru, a senior police officer said. 

Venkataramanappa was visiting his daughter who lives with her husband in a house located within the premises of Chowdeshwari temple. 

Venkataramanappa lives with his wife in Chikkaballapura. His two daughters are married to temple priests. One of them lives in Devanahalli and another in Yelahanka. 

His son-in-law, the priest at the Chowdeshwari temple, had gone out of town, and Venkataramanappa was officiating him for conducting daily rituals. 

C K Baba, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Northeast), said that around 4.30 pm on Tuesday, Venkataramanappa saw the girl playing near his house. The girl's family lives nearby, and her father runs a scrap shop. 

Venkataramanappa allegedly called her on the pretext of giving sweets, took her into the house and raped her, the DCP said. 

The girl's family grew anxious after she didn't return home, and started looking for her. A woman who sells flowers outside the temple told them that she had seen the girl going into the priest's house. 

As the family walked to the house, they saw the girl coming out crying. She narrated the incident, and a crowd gathered soon after. Police were called, and the girl and her parents were taken to the local government hospital for medical tests, Baba explained. 

Based on CCTV footage and the flower vendor's statement, police picked up Venkataramanappa for questioning. He was booked for rape under the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act, and arrested. Police claim he has confessed.  On Wednesday, a court remanded him in judicial custody.

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