Yogi Adityanath to inaugurate BJP's 'Vijaya Yatra' in Kerala

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February 21, 2021

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Kasaragod, Feb 21: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate 'Vijaya Yatra,' led by Kerala BJP President K Surendran here on Sunday.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will attend the concluding day of the Vijaya Yatra in Thiruvananthapuram on March 7.

Talking to newspersons here, K Surendran said the Yatra will highlight various issues including, a corruption-free Kerala, anti-appeasement politics and comprehensive development of Kerala.

On Metroman E Sreedharan’s decision to join BJP, he said several popular faces would declare their allegiance to BJP during the Yatra.

E Sreedharan is also an able person to become the Chief Minister of Kerala, he added.

About the Yatra, he said as many as 14 Maha rallies and 80 public meetings would be organised as part of the Yatra, which is part of party's Assembly election campaign in Kerala.

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SULTAN
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Sunday, 21 Feb 2021

What a joke, corrupt man from corrupt state, where hundreds of rape case take place and here
preaching corruption free Kerala. Kerala is the least corrupt state as the people of the state are wise not to allow any corruption in this state.
This is Kerala, a country inside a country, It is not lawless UP.

If he visits Kerala, the state will be corrupted. Please don't allow him to enter

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Media Release
February 24,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 24: Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, Year 2020 proved to be unique for Mangaluru based Anti Pollution Drive Foundation (APDF). While APDF reached out to hundreds of needy people with food and relief during Covid lockdown, the ongoing activity of building toilets for needy homes continued unabated. APDF, along with Hasiru Dala, attained success in its initiatives for providing welfare to waste pickers and bringing them into the mainstream of society. APDF-Hasiru Dala partnership also resulted in sustainable, result-oriented projects to provide long lasting solutions for healthy waste disposal. 

During the year, APDF launched a major initiative in advocacy and awareness by launching interactive online programmes to reach larger audiences. “Despite the dark mood of the times, 2020 will go down in history as the year that changed the world. As an environmental and social NGO, APD Foundation felt an instinctive need to respond to the crisis situation brought about by the pandemic in pragmatic ways and renew our commitment to society and the environment,” says Abdullah A. Rehman, Founder and CEO of APD Foundation.    

Covid Response

The Covid-19 global pandemic proved to be most challenging for all sectors of society. Infusing hope and responding proactively to the emerging situation was the need of the hour. APDF rose to the challenge and initiated a series of activities with increased humanitarian focus. In the month of April and May, Hasiru Dala and APDF set up a community kitchen and undertook a massive drive to distribute safety kits, medicines and food to about 200 migrant workers, homeless people and waste pickers every day in and around Mangalore.

After the lockdown was relaxed, PPE kits were distributed to 35 waste pickers to enable them to resume work and ensure their safety. APDF volunteers were constantly in touch with the affected communities throughout the six month period of lockdown and post lockdown to ensure their welfare. “This experience that we gained during the pandemic response gave us new perspectives to the human dimensions of our activities,” says Abdullah Rehman.

Toilet Construction Continues

Prathi Manege Souchalaya (PRMS) project continued during the pre-lockdown and post lockdown periods. Under this project we provided free toilets to the needy families who do not have their own toilet. This year two toilets (10th and 11th) were constructed for the benefit of families residing at Urwa Store and Ashok Nagar respectively. The youth of the locality helped in the construction of the toilets and Lions Club of Mangalore-Balmatta donated a part of the cost. Donation boxes were also placed at several public venues around Mangalore for fund generation for the project.

Solid Waste Management

The first Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC) was set up at Ullal as a model project in association with Ullal Nagara Sabha. Waste pickers were engaged in the collection of dry waste from bulk generators. It is proposed to establish similar DWCCs at other places in and around Mangalore. Initiative was also undertaken to commence working with Someshwara Panchayat about waste management.

Throughout the year Hasiru Dala and APDF undertook a survey to identify the hot spots for waste entering the water bodies. As a result of this survey, a campaign to prevent dumping of waste at Netravathi Bridge was formulated for launch in January 2021. A beach cleanup programme at Thota Bengre was undertaken on 26th of January with 120 volunteers from St. Aloysius College.

Policy Advocacy

Highlighting important issues and urgent needs as well as giving right feedback for policy formulation by the government plays an important role in democratic society. During the year APDF wrote an appeal to the Prime Minister to officially recognize healthcare workers who died on duty during Covid pandemic as ‘Covid Saviours’ and to give compensation and social security benefits to their families, similar to the practice of soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the country. 

APDF also responded to the Union Environment Ministry’s invitation to the public for giving feedback on the draft National Environmental Policy / Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). A detailed review of the draft policy was presented and numerous modifications and improvements were suggested. Articles based on a review of the policy were also released to the mass media to mould public opinion.  

Waste Pickers Welfare

Welfare of waste pickers continued to remain in focus throughout the year. Hasiru Dala and APDF undertook a survey to enumerate the number of waste pickers, sorters and scrap shops in and around Mangalore. Based on our initiative, Mangaluru City Corporation provided occupational Identity Cards to 156 waste pickers on Gandhi Jayanthi Day. This will pave the way for the waste pickers to gain mainstream recognition and a better future. Distribution of books and stationery was undertaken to support the education of waste pickers. Medical camp was held at Pachchanady. Monthly meetings were held for increasing their social security.

Adaptation to Online

With the world moving towards digital technology, APDF launched ‘APD Applied’, a unique talk show which is being hosted regularly on social media to promote sustainable living concepts and create awareness. A webinar was held with MCC to create awareness and discuss issues relating to waste management.

“We at APD Foundation are thankful to the numerous people who have supported us, especially the donors who contributed money and materials for Covid relief work. We are grateful to Hasiru Dala, a reputed Bangalore based NGO, for their continuous partnership with us, to Samvada, a youth-based NGO, who joined hands with us during COVID work and Lions Club of Mangalore-Balmatta who gave their support for Prathi Manege Souchalaya (PRMS) project,” said Abdullah A. Rehman.

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February 17,2021

Vijayapura, Feb 17: The BJP’s Karnataka unit chief Nalin Kumar Kateel said on Wednesday the Yediyurappa government might introduce a law against so called "love jihad" in the next assembly session.

"There is love jihad going on in the state. I am confident that in the next session our government will bring a law to control love jihad in the state," Kateel said after inaugurating the BJP state unit meet at the Kittur Rani Chennamma community building. 

In the recent past, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.

 "Love Jihad" is a term used by right wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love. Kateel said the state government has already fulfilled the long pending demand of ban on cow slaughter by bringing in a law in the previous legislature session.

Speaking about the administration of the BJP government in Karnataka, Kateel said Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has been striving hard to mop up more revenue.

The BJP government has made the state drug-free, he said and alleged that the previous Congress government ran on ''drug money''. 

"When the Congress government was ruling the state, they ran the administration using ''drug money'', whereas the Yediyurappa government made Karnataka drug-free," Kateel told the gathering.
 

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February 19,2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 19: Karnataka Bank has reported to the Reserve Bank of India a fraud in its credit facilities extended to IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd with an outstanding balance of Rs 34.16 crore.

"The above entity had availed credit facilities from us during 2016 under multiple banking arrangements wherein our bank was one of the member banks and during 2018, the borrowing account was classified as a non-performing asset and has been fully provided for."

"As such, there is no impact on financials of the bank going forward," said the private sector lender in a statement issued on Friday.

IL&FS, a major infrastructure financing and construction company, collapsed in late 2018 after a series of defaults that triggered fear of contagion in India's financial sector and forced the government to take control and overhaul its board.

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