Voice of dissent in BJP over elevation of Nalin Kumar Kateel

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August 23, 2019

Mangaluru, Aug 23: The elevation of Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel has not gone down well with some of the ambitious leaders of Karnataka BJP. 

Vijayapura City MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, who had served as a union minister of state under Vajpayee, has expressed his resentment saying  that there was no need for the party leadership to consult Yatnal on who should be the president.  

“Kateel has not crossed river Tungabhadra and hence he does not know the state,” Yatnal said.

However, another senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa, who recently took oath as minister, endorsed Mr Kateel, saying that it was not sensible on part of Yatnal to talk irrelevantly. 

"I have advised Yatnal many times earlier not to make insensible statements, but unfortunately he has not learnt any lessons," he said.

Replying to a query, Eshwarappa said that the BJP has no hidden agenda to end the Jarkiholi family politically. He claimed that one member of the Jarkiholis would soon get a ministerial berth.

The senior BJP leader that some MLAs are unhappy that they have not got a chance to be ministers. “But every such disappointment would taper as time passes,“ he said.

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September 13,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 13: A 105-year-old woman in Koppal district has successfully recovered from Covid-19, after undergoing treatment for the viral infection at her home. Kamalamma Linganagouda Hiregoudar hails from Katarki village in Koppal taluk.

According to official sources, as the elderly woman had a fever, she was made to undergo a test and the result came out positive last week. As the centenarian had no other health issues, also considering her refusal to go to hospital, she underwent treatment under home isolation at her son's residence. After undergoing treatment at home under the supervision of grandson, Srinivas Hyati, who is a Doctor by profession, Kamalamma has recovered and her test reports have come negative now.

Speaking to reporters, Kamalamma's grandson said he felt it was challenging considering her age, but as she had no other health issues, she was under normal treatment and his grandmother is now an inspiration for those who fear Covid-19. Though the elderly woman hesitated to take food, she was administered porridge and water, and medicine that was prescribed to her was limited. Till last evening, Koppal had reported a total of 8,802 Covid-19 cases, including 186 deaths and 6,870 discharges. As of September 12 evening, cumulatively 4.49 lakh positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, which includes 7,161 deaths and 3.44 lakh discharges.

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September 21,2020

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Bengaluru/ Mangaluru, Sept 21: A majority of rivers in Karnataka are in spate due to torrential rains for the past few days inundating many villages, submerging houses, vehicles and destroying standing crops.

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), all the dams are full to the brim due to the heavy downpour resulting in their floodgates being opened.

"Opening the floodgates has led to flooding in the regions in the downstream. We have sounded an alert in many areas but still some villages will face the problem," said a KSNDMC official.

According to the sources in the water resource department, Cauvery, Hemavathi, Kapila and Harangi rivers were flowing above the danger level.

The sources also said the floodgates of the dams on these four rivers have been opened.

"We have released 40,000 cusec water from the KRS today. We have alerted people in the downstream," an official in the Water Resource Department said.

Similarly, rivers in north Karnataka and interior Karnataka are also wreaking havoc.

The important dams there Bhadra, Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Almatti and Narayanapura are full to the brim.

The situation in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada district in coastal Karnataka remained grim, which is receiving heavy rains since Friday night.

Udupi suffered the worst damage, with the rains leaving a trail of destruction in many taluks, resulting in losses amounting to crores of rupees.

A team of NDRF personnel from Mangaluru reached Udupi on Sunday to assist in relief operations, as instructed by Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary.

Many areas in Udupi, including the 'Rajangana' at the Sri Krishna Mutt, shops and business establishments, parking areas and godowns were submerged in water.

Road connectivity to different parts of the district were lost.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their houses in flooded areas by the NDRF personnel.

The two rivers in the district, Swarna and Sitanadi, were flowing above danger levels, official sources said.

A total of 31 relief camps were opened in the district.

Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha visited the affected areas and gave instructions into the personnel involved in rescue efforts.

In Dakshina Kannada district, several houses and buildings were submerged and vehicular movement was disrupted in many parts due to the rains during the last two days.

Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks received the highest rainfall in the district.

Five relief camps were opened in the district and 1,250 people were shifted to safer places on Sunday, official sources said.

The KSNDMC has informed that the rains will continue for the next two days and warned fishermen against venturing into the sea.

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September 23,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 23: A group of Farmers Associations, who were agitating against the state government to bring amendment to the Land Reforms Act and other issues, have decided to call for a 'Karnataka Bandh' on 28th of this month.

Speaking to newsmen here today, State Farmers Association president Nagendra informed that a decision had been taken to intensify the agitation against the anti-farmers policies being adopted by both the Union as well as the State Governments.

He said that while the members of the Farmers associations would stage dharna in Bengaluru on 25th of this month, a total bandh would be observed on 28th of this month.

However, the State Sugarcane Growers Association, president Kadabur Shanthakumar said that his Group of farmers are yet to take a decision on participating or supporting the September-28 State Bandh.

Informing that the members of the Sugarcane Growers Association will stage dharna on 25th of this month at all the District and Taluk Headquarters, he said that "A final decision on supporting State-Bandh is yet to be taken".

It may be recalled that various Farmers Association are holding dharna near Freedom Park in protest against the state government's decision to bring amendment to the Land Reforms Act as well as APMC Act, which according to them 'anti-farmers'.

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