Post Budget Analysis held at Alva’s

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February 26, 2021

Moodbidri, Feb 26: Mere sloganeering, political benefits, and hero-worshipping were the highlights of the Union Budget 2020-21, opined renowned economist, retired professor Dr. G.V. Joshi.

He was speaking as a moderator at a panel discussion on Union Budget organised by PG Department of Business Administration of Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Thursday.

He criticised that the present budget aimed at privatisation of every sector. “The present budget still rallies around the recommendation of Swaminathan Commission which is outdated at present. There should be inclusive development of weaker sections of the society. However, the budget neither mentioned the inflation problems nor it talks about a slow economy,” he said.

Jayaprakash Rau, retired IRS officer argued that the present budget completely ignored the population effects on the economy, self-esteem.  “It was unfortunate that the pandemic like Covid-19 had to happen to wake up the government to realize the idea of self-reliant India,” he said.

‘Seaweed Cultivation encouraged’

Nitin J Shetty, Chartered Accountant, was in praise of the budget when he said that the government was right in encouraging seaweed cultivation as India has approximately 8000 kilometer of coastline. Setting up of National Translation Policy is also much appreciated, he said.

Dr. Prakash Paneerselvan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru who talked about defence sector said that the dearth of self-realised indigenous technology is one of the biggest problems in the sector.

Krishna Bhat, entrepreneur said that India’s low rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index is worrisome. “Labour laws are not reformed from ages. Bureaucracy is the reason for hindrance for growth,” he said.

Shridhar G. Bhide, President, Karnataka State Rubber Belegarara Hitarakshana Vedike, said that every government was indulged in the silly gimmick of giving loans to the farmers and waiving off later.

Vishweshwara Bhat Bangaradka, agriculturist, said when the government talks about the welfare of the farmers it is about marginalised farmers. “The only sector which saw progress despite the economic slowdown and the pandemic was agriculture,” he said.

Vivek Alva, Management Trustee, Alva’s Education Foundation presided over the function.

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June 14,2022

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Mangaluru, June 14: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) set up in limits of Mangaluru city police commissionerate has formally commenced operations.

The 35-member police team arrived in Mangaluru after completing a 2-month long Counter Terrorism training at State Police’s Internal Security Division’s Center for Counter-Terrorism (CCT), Kudlu in Bengaluru.

Police Commissioner N. Shashi Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hariram Shankar on Monday, June 13, received the guard of honour from the SWAT personnel led by Reserve Police Inspector Subrahmanya M.

The ATS personnel have been picked from the City Armed Reserve Police. They will operate in two teams of 15-members each and will have a separate uniform, said Police Inspector Subrahmanya M.

Intelligence gathering and operations will be the two important aspects of the ATS. It will exchange information with the State Intelligence and Internal Security Division (ISD) on a regular basis, sources said.

Earlier, at the state level, the Centre for Counter Terrorism attached to the ISD was dealing with issues related to terrorism. At city and district levels, there was no exclusive staff for the job and other officers were given additional charge. 

“But now, a full-fledged team will work in the ATS in city police commissionerates and it will be much more effective as the focus is clear and there will be proper flow of information,” a senior official said.

It is said inputs from intelligence agencies about probable terrorism related activities and presence of sleeper cells have prompted the state police to act swiftly in setting up the ATS.

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June 22,2022

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Mangaluru, June 22: In a swift operation, the Indian Coast Guard saved 15 mariners from a merchant vessel which got grounded in the Arabian sea off the Mangaluru coast on Tuesday evening.

According to Coast Guard DIG S B Venkatesh, the Coast Guard received a distress call from M V Princess Miral at 2.30 pm on Tuesday. Two Coast Guard vessels, ICGS Vikram and ICGS Amartya were diverted to the location immediately.

"The ships reached the spot by 5.30 pm and all the 15 mariners were rescued by 6 pm," he said.

The ship ran aground and water had entered the hull of the ship. There was water ingress in the holds, which prompted the crew to abandon the ship. The vessel was on its way from Malaysia to Lebanon. 

The rescued mariners were taken to New Mangaluru and will be handed over to the police and emigration department for further proceedings.

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June 24,2022

Bengaluru, June 24: BJP leader and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti has said that Karnataka will be divided into two and India will have 50 new states after the next Lok Sabha elections. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will take the initiative on this issue, Katti added.

Katti, a vocal proponent of separate statehood for north Karnataka, , made the statement at a Belagavi Bar Association event on Wednesday. A video of his speech has now gone viral.

“A debate is trending on social media that over 50 states will be formed in the country after next Lok Sabha polls. It is for sure that North Karnataka will also become a separate state on the basis of population spread across Karnataka. After the 2024 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will form new states. Maharashtra will become three, Karnataka two, and Uttar Pradesh will become four states,” Katti said.

Saying that Bengaluru city is overcrowded, lacks water supply for citizens who have to spend hours in traffic jams, Katti said that it was high time that IT companies thought beyond Bengaluru. North Karnataka has huge potential, he said, urging people to join hands to demand a north Karnataka state.

Katti, who represents Hukkeri Assembly constituency, has demanded separate statehood for north Karnataka in the past too, causing embarrassment to the ruling BJP. In 2019, Katti demanded then chief minister B S Yediyurappa award separate statehood to north Karnataka.

In 2021, Katti courted controversy by saying that people “low on confidence” in fighting coronavirus could not be saved.

Siddaramaiah slams

Meanwhile, former chief minister and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday criticised Katti saying “to even think of dividing the state was equivalent to betraying mother, motherland and mother tongue.”

“Many Kannadigas had sacrificed everything to realise a unified Karnataka. To even think of dividing our state is equivalent to betraying mother, motherland and mother tongue. Minister Umesh Katti has revealed that the discussions are being held at Prime Minister @narendramodi’s level to divide Karnataka. This is a very dangerous development,” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Siddaramaiah also sought a clarification from Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on the issue. “@PMOIndia @CMofKarnataka  @BSBommai should issue clarification about this. This is not the first time Minister Umesh Katti has made such statements,” the former CM said.

CM disowns statement

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday disowned the statement of his cabinet. “There is no thinking or proposal at the government level at all on a separate state of North Karnataka,” Bommai told reporters in New Delhi.   

“This is not the first time Umesh Katti has spoken about it. He has been saying it for many years. He should himself reply to this question”, he shot back to a query posed by reporters.

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