Woman mortgages 'mangalsutra' to buy TV for kids' education in Karnataka village

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August 1, 2020

Gadag, Aug 1: A woman in Gadag district of Karnataka mortgaged her 'mangalsutra' to buy a television set for her children following the Karnataka government's decision to continue the classes through TV amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A resident of Radder Naganur village, Kasturi, who is also a mother of two, purchased a television set against her 'mangalsutra' for Rs 14,000. She bought the TV after her children's school teachers asked them to attend classes via the television set.

Kasturi said, "I can not send the children to the neighbours' house every day and it was necessary for them to study. We had no other option but to buy a TV set."

She said, "Both, my husband and I are daily wage workers and during coronavirus, we do not have work or money."

"I sold my 'mangalsutra' for Rs 20,000 and bought a TV for Rs 14,000," said Kasturi while happily adding, "Now, my kids can study at home itself."

Kasturi's daughter, Surekha said, "We did not have the TV for several months but now when we have it, we will study and get a bigger 'mangalsutra' for my mother."

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September 20,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 20: The Karnataka government on Saturday prohibited Class 9 to 12 students from visiting schools and pre-university colleges to meet teachers in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement issued by the government, the students were earlier allowed by the education department after COVID-19 cases in the state had come down.

However, as the pandemic continues to rage the state, the state government felt it was not safe to call students to colleges or schools to meet teachers, it said.

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September 11,2020

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Mangaluru, Sep 11: The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Friday successfully rescued 24 fishermen stranded at sea off the Bhatkal coast due to strong winds and swell from fishing boat IFB Qamalrul Bhar.

After getting distress signal from the boat Thursday evening, ICG Ship Kasturba Gandhi, which was on operational deployment in Karnataka coast, was diverted immediately for undertaking search and rescue operation, a Coast Guard release here said.

The ship arrived at the spot from where the information was passed at 8 pm and established communication with the fishermen and reassured the presence of ICG. The fishing boat had lost propulsion owing to engine failure and wastranded at sea 15 nautical miles s stranded at sea 15 nautical miles off the Bhatkal coast.

In view of rough weather conditions in the area, the boat owner requested deputy director (DD), Fisheries, Karwar for the rescue of fishermen. With the information from the DD, the Coast Guard tookup the entire rescue operation at sea and all the fishermen on board the boat were shifted to the ICG ship by 10.30 am Friday.

The ship then proceeded to Karwar port for handing them over to the fisheries department. Electronic surveillance is being maintained in the area through a coastal surveillance network to shepherd fishing boats in the area to safer locations and regular weather warning advisory is also being transmitted, the release said.

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September 18,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 18: The government doctors in Karnataka on Friday called off their strike over salary hike after the government conceded their demand. The announcement was made by state Health Minister B Sriramulu. "The meeting with the protesting doctors was fruitful.

Approval has been given to meet their demand," Sriramulu tweeted after the meeting with the Karnataka Government Medical Officers' Association office-bearers. Praising Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa for his initiative to break the logjam, Sriramulu said, "Congratulations to the doctors on behalf of the government for calling off their strike."

The doctors under the aegis of KGMOA, went on strike from September 15 demanding a salary hike on par with the teaching faculties at the government medical colleges and hospitals. "We have called off the strike as the government has agreed to all our demands. They said they will earmark Rs 125 crore for this," the KGMOA president Dr G Srinivas told media persons. According to a district health officer, about 4,000 government doctors were on token strike.

Earlier, Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar too had exuded confidence that the government doctors would withdraw the agitation. On Thursday, Karnataka reported 9,366 new cases of Covid-19 and 93 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 4,94,356 and toll to 7,629.

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