Once banned for students, films now part of curriculum: Vijay Kumar Kodialbail

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September 6,2018

Mangaluru, Sept 6: “When we were going to school and college, we were not allowed to watch films. We would bunk classes and watch films. Now it is the other way round. Institutions have realised the educational value of films,” said noted Tulu playwright and film director Vijay Kumar Kodialbail.

He was speaking at the inauguration of Chrysalis 2018, a two day multi-language film festival organised by the PG department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) of St Aloysius College, Mangaluru here on Wednesday.

Mr Kodialbail added that films are an important medium for the youth to discover themselves and the world. Multiple language films and film festivals provide an excellent platform to discover films depicting various cultures and industries and in this way they could life around.

In his opening remarks, Dr Melwyn Pinto, HOD of JMC elucidated that the film festival theme ‘We are one’ was chosen to emphasise harmony and unity in diversity. Since it was organised on the first death anniversary of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, a documentary film Namma Gauri was screened during the inauguration.

The students also put up a coordinated dance drama to mark the inaugural programme of the two-day film festival. Actor Arjun Kapikad wished the team success for the film festival hoping that more colleges organise such useful platforms. The Labanese film Caramel drew the maximum crowds on the first day, so much so that it had to be screened multiple times due to popular demand.

The second day -- Sep 6, 2018 -- will feature a panel discussion consisting of national award winning Kannada film director B Suresha and documentary filmmaker Natesh Ullal. Pettai Pili (Tulu), Samskara (Kannada) and Njan Marykutty (Malayalam) are some of the films that will be screened on the second day. Upcoming south Indian actor Siddhi Mahajankatti will be the chief guest for the closing ceremony.

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‘People volunteering as civil police wardens not to receive any remuneration’

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July 16,2020

Bengaluru, Jul 16: People volunteering as civil police wardens with the city police department will not receive any remuneration, an official said on Wednesday.

“We wish to clarify the rumours floating on social media and confirm that the volunteers helping local police as civil police wardens in enforcement of anti-Covid measures will not be paid any remuneration,” said an official.

On Tuesday, Bengaluru city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao had urged interested people to volunteer for the department, indicating how strained the department has been amid Covid.

“Inviting physically fit and service minded residents of Bengaluru, both men and women, between the age of 18-45 to volunteer as civil police wardens,” said Rao.

The department is offering a choice of the police division, jurisdiction and the shifts one wants to choose to be a civil police warden.

Additional Commissioner of Police Hemant Nimbalkar said volunteers are a welcome support to the police in their field duty but should not be left alone.

“Volunteers are a support to the police in the field and shall not work standalone. They shall be attached with duty police as assistance. A jacket and a cap should be provided to them,” said Nimbalkar.

He reminded that the safety of the volunteers is the responsibility of the policemen.

Many city policemen have been infected with the virus and quarantined while more than six have succumbed.

“It is a tough time for all policemen irrespective of the rank. Four hundred and fifty active cases across the state and the loss of six lives speak volumes about their involvement in the war against Covid,” said Director General of Police Praveen Sood recently.

He expressed hope that the difficult times will pass, saying all the members of the police department are a family.

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Karnataka CM recovers from coronavirus, discharged from hospital

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August 10,2020

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Bengaluru, Aug 10: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, has recovered from Covid-19 on Monday and has been discharged from hospital in Bengaluru here where he was admitted after testing positive for COVID-19.

"The Chief Minister of Karnataka BS Yediyurappa was discharged from Manipal Hospitals today evening following his clinical recovery and as per guidelines. 

He has responded well to treatment and at discharge, he was comfortable and asymptomatic. His vital parameters were stable. He is advised home quarantine and follow up as per guidelines," Director of the Manipal Hospitals, Dr Manish Rai said in a statement.
Yediyurappa tweeted his gratitude to doctors, nurses and staff who treated him. at the hospital.

"Thank you, everyone, for your wishes and prayers. I have been discharged from the hospital and will be in self-quarantine. Grateful for your affection and support. I look forward to getting back to the routine very soon," the 77 year old said in a tweet.

Other leaders in Karnataka, including former chief minister CM Siddaramaiah, have also tested positive for the virus Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu tested positive for coronavirus and said he was being treated at a government hospital.

Karnataka has reported over 1. 78 lakh Covid-19 cases so far and over 3000 fatalities. 

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Yediyurappa consolidates to stay the course in Karnataka amid covid crisis

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August 2,2020

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Bengaluru, Aug 2: Within a year of returning to power for the fourth time as Chief Minister in Karnataka, septuagenarian B.S. Yediyurappa has consolidated his position in the ruling BJP to stay the course till the next Assembly elections in mid-2023.

"A combination of factors helped Yediyurappa to consolidate and stay the course for the remaining term of his office to ensure the saffron party retains power in the state though he is unlikely to stake claim for the chief minister's post again as he would be 80 years old by 2023," a party source told news agency here.

Since the 77-year-old seasoned politician assumed office on July 26, 2019, the first year has been tumultuous for him, as he had go through a "trial by fire" what with the party's mighty high command and detractors testing his patience in the face of natural calamities like drought, floods and the Covid pandemic.

The first 7-8 months of the term were spent in tackling drought and floods, winning 12 of the 15 by-elections in December to secure a majority for the ruling party in the lower house and expanding the cabinet in February.

Even as Yediyurappa was settling down to seriously govern after presenting the state budget for fiscal 2020-21 in early March, the coronavirus outbreak overwhelmed him, as the pandemic spread and wreaked havoc, disrupting life, livelihood, economic growth and development.

"While the emphatic victory in the by-elections ensured the government's stability till the assembly term up to mid-2023, the second cabinet expansion on February 6 posed a challenge to Yediyurappa, as he could induct only 10 of the 12 MLAs who defected from the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and won the by-elections, triggering a revolt in the party by the loyalists left out of the ministry," the source recalled.

Though Yeddiyurappa has been leading the battle against the virus from day 1 and initially succeeded in controlling it from spreading during the extended lockdown till May 31, reopening the state under Unlock since June has undone the gains, as positive cases shot up to 1,29,287 so far, including 73,219 in Bengaluru after 53,648 recovered from across the state till date, while 2,412 succumbed to the deadly disease since March 9.

"For a state of 7 crore population, the data reveals that the pandemic has been fought on war-footing to contain it from spreading in all the 30 districts, although there are no signs of it going away till a vaccine is found. The chief minister has been trying to balance unlocking the state and containing the infection," a member of the health task force told IANS.

With six cabinet posts in the 34-member ministry being vacant, filling them will be a daunting task for Yediyurappa, as at least 20 legislators, including 5-6 newly elected turncoats and party's veterans are lobbying to become ministers at any cost.

By appointing 20 party legislators as heads of state-run board and corporations, nominating 5 as members of the state legislative council, including JD-S defector A.H. Vishwanath in July and getting 2 Congress defectors R. Shankar and M.T.B. Nagaraj elected as MLCs in June with 2 others, Yediyurappa ensured that these lawmakers would not be in the reckoning for the 6 cabinet posts, as dozen MLAs are already pitching for them.

Nagaraj and Vishwanath lost in the December 5 by-elections, while Shankar was not given a ticket to contest in the by-poll but was assured of making him an MLC with another disgruntled member C.P. Yogeshwar, who lost in the 2018 May assembly polls to JD-S leader and former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy of the 14-month-old JD-S and Congress coalition government from May 23, 2018 to July 23, 2019.

Resignations of 17 rebels, including 14 from the Congress and 3 from the JD-S led to the fall of the coalition government, as Kumaraswamy lost the majority in the 225-member assembly on July 23, 2019 in their absence.

Though Yediyurappa led the party to win 105 seats in the 2018 assembly elections and formed a government on May 17, 2018, he resigned 3 days later on May 19, 2018, as he fell 8-9 seats short of the halfway mark (113) for a simple majority in the lower house.

In a post-poll alliance, the JD-S and the Congress formed the coalition government to keep the BJP out of power in May 2018, after the assembly elections gave split verdict and the Congress lost power then.

"The record victory of the ruling party in the May 2019 general elections, when 25 of its 27 contestants won out of 28 Lok Sabha seats from the state, reinforced the popular belief that Yediyurappa is the party's mascot in winning elections and an unquestionable leader of the politically dominant Lingayats in the state," the source pointed out.

When Yediyurappa left the BJP and floated a regional outfit (Karnataka Janata Party) in January 2013, he delivered a body blow to the BJP in the May 2013 state assembly polls, as the votes got split and was defeated by then Congress.

"Besides the party's high command, everyone in the party's state unit, including leaders and cadres are aware of Yediyurappa's popularity across the state, as has the wherewithal to connect with masses and win elections," the source added.

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