Thoda Pagla Gaya Tha: Bhojpuri Star Ravi Kishan Reveals Reasons Why He Lost A Role In Gangs Of Wasseypur'
Ravi Kishan Gangs Of Wasseypur: Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur, which catapulted the careers of actors such as Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpayee, Pankaj Tripathi, Piyush Misra, and Richa Chadha to stardom, will be recognised as a classic and turning
Shocking: Man, accused of killing a 13-year-old-kid, fell from high tension electric tower, dies
In Punpun, a man killed a 13-year-old boy by slitting his neck near Akona Mod road. After the incident, the accused climbed the high tension electric tower fearing backlash from villagers. As soon as the information was received, the police of many police stations reached the spot and started trying to bring down the accused. At the same time, a large crowd gathered at the spot and the mob got angry and started pelting stones, in which many policemen were seriously injured. The police had to fire about six rounds in the air to control the situation. Meanwhile, the person who climbed the tower fell down and died on the spot. Police has sent the dead body for postmortem and is engaged in further action. In view of the situation, GRP and RPF also stopped trains running on Patna-Gaya as a precautionary measure. Later, after the situation became normal, train operations were started.
Its the season of Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram as many hop from BJP and JD(S) to Congress
The party has given ticket to Banakar, Puttanna, Madhu Bangarapa, and H. Nagesh to contest the Assembly polls
Communal Clashes: Tension Prevails in Bihar's 4 Districts, CM Nitish Orders Action Against Miscreants
The authorities have deployed additional security forces in villages under Chakand block in Gaya and Naugachia town in Bhagalpur following the clashes between two communities.
Ravi Kishan reveals why he lost Gangs of Wasseypur, says pagla gaya tha
Ravi Kishan reveals why he lost Gangs of Wasseypur says pagla gaya tha
Karnataka: Muslim Organisation to Move Court to Challenge Change in Reservations
The Basavaraj Bommai government has scrapped the 2(b) category and announced that the 4% reservation earlier given to Muslims would now be distributed evenly between Lingayats and Vokkaligas.
From independence movement to Karnataka elections 2023: Understanding the role of Lingayats - India Today
From independence movement to Karnataka elections 2023: Understanding the role of Lingayats India Today
From freedom struggle to Karnataka polls: Understanding the role of Lingayats
From freedom struggle to Karnataka polls Understanding the role of Lingayats
BJP district president seen distributing money to voters, video goes viral
Gaya: In the Bihar Legislative Council elections (MLC Election 2023), the incident of the distribution of notes in lieu of votes has come to the fore. A video of BJP District President Prem Prakash Chintu distributing cash to voters due to MLC elections in Gaya has gone viral. In this, he is talking about voting in favour of BJP candidate Jeevan Kumar from the teachers constituency. Newstrack does not verify live. The Gaya Collector has ordered an inquiry. On the other hand, the BJP district president says that he was giving money for the donation of Ram Navami; the opponents have conspired by editing his video. Let us tell you that voting was held on Friday for the elections for five seats in the Bihar Legislative Council. It is alleged that the district president of the party, Prem Prakash alias Chintu Singh, distributed money in favour of the BJP candidate from Gaya teacher's constituency. A video of this has gone viral on social media. In this, he is seen giving money to a person. In the voiceover in the video, Prem Prakash can be heard saying that the vote should be solidified. He even told the person who took the money to bring a photo while voting, because if he is giving money, he must be sure. BJP , #Bihar #BJP #VideoViral #trendingvideo pic.twitter.com/HxERktsaBe News Track (@newstracklive) April 1, 2023 However, the person taking the money is seen demanding more money. This video is being told by Sherghati. Prem Prakash is a resident of Sherghati and has recently been made the district president of the BJP. On the other hand, Prem Prakash has categorically refused to give money for votes. He says that he gives donations for Ram Navami every year. Opponents are experts in editing videos. The video has been released after editing. It can be investigated from anywhere. He has not given money to anyone for votes. An attempt was made to get the statement of BJP candidate Jeevan Kumar on this issue, but he could not be contacted. On Friday, the election of the Gaya Teacher and Graduate Constituency was completed in a peaceful manner. Gaya Collector Thiagarajan said on Friday that the viral video of the District President is being investigated by SDO and DSP Sherghati. It will be verified that this video is from today, whether MLC is for the election or not. Action will be taken once the video is confirmed. Covid Roundup: India's active caseload crosses 16K mark 'Moosewala jaise kar dunga haal...', Sanjay Raut received death threats Bihar: Stone pelting and firing on 'Shobhayatra' in front of mosque,
Youth sentenced to life in Soorya Gayathri murder case
10 yrs rigorous imprisonment for attempting to murder Sooryas mother THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The additional sessions court has sentenced a 29-year-old man, who was found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old girl to life imprisonment. Arun, of Peyad, was found guilty of murdering Soorya Gayathri of Karipur near Nedumangad in August 2021, for declining his marriage proposal. Judge K Vishnu handed Arun rigorous life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 6 lakh. He was also given 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for attempting to murder Sooryas mother Valsala, a one-year jail term for attacking Sooryas father Sivadasan, and five years jail term for breaking into their house. All the sentences will run concurrently. The case was that Arun had proposed to marry the girl in 2019, but her parents turned it down due to his criminal antecedents. Later, she was married off to a Kollam native. Arun harboured a grudge towards Soorya because of that and stabbed her to death when she visited her mother at their rented house. He stabbed the girl 33 times and attacked her parents, who are differently abled when they tried to save her. The prosecution presented 39 witnesses, 64 documents and 49 pieces of material evidence to nail the case. The statements given by investigating officer Crime Branch DySP B S Sajimon and police surgeon Dhanya Raveendran proved crucial in leading to a conviction. ALSO READ |Court convicts Soorya Gayathri murder accused in Thiruvananthapuram TURN OF EVENTS Sooryas parents had turned down Aruns marriage proposal due to his criminal antecedents and she was married off to a Kollam native Arun harboured grudge towards Soorya and stabbed the girl 33 times while she was at her mothers rented house. Her differently abled parents were also attacked
Yediyurappa rules out son contesting from Varuna seat against Siddaramaiah
Karnataka elections 2023 BY Vijayendra has stated that after his father's decision, there is no question of him contesting from Varuna constituency. Yediyurappa and BY Vijayendra Senior BJP leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday ruled out the possibility of his son BY Vijayendra contesting against Congress leader Siddaramaiah in Varuna constituency. Talking to reporters, Yediyurappa said that the high command had proposed his son contest in the Varuna constituency. I have told them not to go forward in this regard. I will also convince the high command, he said.There is no question of Vijayendra contesting from Varuna constituency. Since I am retiring from electoral politics and not contesting from Shikaripura constituency, he will have to contest from there. We will put up a strong candidate in Varuna constituency, he added. Earlier in the week, Yediyurappa had raised eyebrows by refusing to rule out the possibility of Vijayendra contesting against Siddaramaiah in Varuna. Vijayendra previously wanted to contest from Varuna in the 2018 Assembly elections against Siddaramaiah's son Yathindra. He was denied a ticket by the BJP high command at the time. But in a clarification issued on Friday, Yediyurappa said, The party workers of Varuna are pressurizing for his contest, but he will not leave Shikaripura constituency. He will have to contest from there and it is my decision. Vijayendra has stated that after his father's decision, there is no question of him contesting from Varuna constituency. But, the constituency will have a special place in his heart. Sources close to Yediyurappa said that the Lingayat strongman is concerned about Vijayendra's political career. The decision to contest from Shikaripura is considered a safer choice than contesting against Siddaramaiah in Varuna. Siddaramaiah had stated that it is going to be his last contest and he will retire from politics following the upcoming Assembly elections.
Karnataka polls countdown: CM post to Lingayats, 5 challenges before Congress - CNBCTV18
Karnataka polls countdown: CM post to Lingayats, 5 challenges before Congress CNBCTV18
Bihar: Park made of scarp items attracts public in Gaya
Discarded tyres, broken plastic bottles, thrown-away toys, such disposed household items and other waste materials have been used in decorating a park in Bihar's Gaya. The park which came up in 2017 is under the care of the Gaya Municipal Corporation. The centre of attraction in the park is a wall clock made from a tyre. A house made of bells also attracts people visiting the park.
'Hindi film industry lacks ethics'; Kajal Aggarwal's statement that sparked the debate
Kajal has acted in Hindi films like Singam. She currently has a Hindi film titled 'Uma' in her hand. However, she made a bold statement. Actress Kajal Aggarwal always tries to stay away from controversy. They don't care much about trolls. Now Kajal Aggarwal's statement has created a lot of discussion. Kajal is recognized in the Bollywood film industry. Even so, she said in direct words that there is a lack of ethics there. Some people in Bollywood have taken exception to this. With this statement, it is not surprising that Kajal Aggarwal has lost offers from Hindi. Queen @MsKajalAggarwal s bold statement I prefer the ethics,discipline of South cinema,which i feel is lacking in Hindi Cinema pic.twitter.com/JIAMH8jy4p Aryan (@Pokeamole_) March 30, 2023 Kajal Aggarwal first entered the film industry through Hindi cinema. 'Q Ho Gaya Na' was her first film. Kajal played the role of Aishwarya Rai's sister in this movie. She had a cameo role in this film. Later she acted in Hindi films like 'Singam'. She currently has a Hindi film titled 'Uma' in her hand. However, She made a bold statement. She directly said what she felt. Kajal spoke on the stage of 'Rising India Real Heroes' conducted by News18 English. I like the ethics and discipline of the southern film industry. I feel that there is a lack of that in the Hindi film industry,' said Kajal Aggarwal. Kajal's statement added fuel to the burning fire when the Bollywood-South India debate was raging. Kajal Aggarwal is a real queen. Many have written that it takes courage to say this on stage. Some others have taken a dig against Kajal Aggarwal. She expressed the opinion that it is not right to act in Bollywood and say this. Kajal Aggarwal is currently busy with 'Indian 2'. Kamal Haasan is the hero of this film. It is said that the shooting of this film will be done abroad.
BJP Cast Its Lot By And Large With Lingayats But That Polarises Others: Senior Journalist
BJP has cast its lot by and large with Lingayats but that tends to polarise others, senior journalist Madhavan Narayanan said on Karnataka elections.
Life sentence for convict in Surya Gayathri murder case
Court recommends District Legal Services Authority to provide adequate compensation to her mother Valsala who was a dependent of the deceased
Voting underway for Graduate and Teacher elections in Gaya
The voting process is going on smoothly amidst tight security for Gaya graduate and teacher elections in Gaya city of Bihar on March 31. Separate booths have been set up for the elections in district school and Chandauti block office. A sufficient police force has been deputed to avoid any kind of disturbance. People are queuing up and exercising their votes. A total of eight districts including Gaya, Buxar, Bhojpur, Kaimur, Rohtas, Arwal, Jehanabad and Aurangabad districts are included. The number of graduate election voters in these eight districts is 1,19,938, while the number of teachers election voters is 19,534.
Lingayats hold key to electoral outcome in poll-bound Karnataka - The New Indian Express
Lingayats hold key to electoral outcome in poll-bound Karnataka The New Indian Express
Kajal Aggarwal Says, 'Hindi Industry Lacks Ethics, Values And Discipline'; Netizens Say, 'She Is Irrelevant'
Netizens Troll Kajal Aggarwal After She Says, 'Hindi Industry Lacks Ethics, Values And Discipline' Kajal Aggarwal, who has acted in Bollywood films such as Singham, Kyun! Ho Gaya Na, and Special 26, recently voiced her opinion that the Hindi film industry lacks ethics.
Lingayats hold key to electoral outcome in Karnataka
Lingayats are said to constitute about 17 per cent of Karnataka's population, and the community has dominance in as many as 100 out of total 224 constituencies, majority of these seats being in north Karnataka region.
Lingayats hold key to electoral outcome in poll-bound Karnataka - The Economic Times
Lingayats hold key to electoral outcome in poll-bound Karnataka The Economic Times
First Solar Eclipse 2023: Solar eclipse can cause problems on these 6 zodiac signs, try astrological remedies
A solar eclipse is an astronomical event, but it also has a lot of religious significance. Solar eclipse affects life in many ways and it also brings changes in many zodiac signs. There is a belief in astrology that any eclipse affects every zodiac sign. Some zodiac signs get success due to their effect, while some zodiac signs also face problems due to it. According to Hindu scriptures, a solar eclipse is such an event that has a direct or indirect impact on human life. The first solar eclipse of the year 2023 will happen on 20 April. Although this solar eclipse will not be completely visible in India, it can affect some zodiac signs, due to which they will have to face problems. Let us know from JyotishacharyaDrAartiDahiya which zodiac signs can be affected by the first solar eclipse of the year and which astrological remedies can bring you out of problems. Aries Since the first solar eclipse of the year is taking place in Aries, the people of Aries may face some health problems due to its effect. At this time, planets like Sun, Moon, Mercury and Rahu will form a conjunction in your horoscope, so you need to avoid mental stress as well. Take care of your health and avoid stress. A solar eclipse can also increase differences with your spouse. Remedy- Worship Lord Shiva regularly and offer water to Shivling on Monday. Taurus Your expenses may increase due to the effect of the first solar eclipse of the year 2023. During this time you may also have to pay money from someone but avoid extravagance. You are also likely to have some health problems. Take special care of your health. To avoid any kind of mental stress, do yoga and take a morning walk. Avoid any exchange of money. Remedy- Recite Vishnu Sahasranama and listen to the story of Lord Satyanarayan on the full moon day. Cancer zodiac sign The first solar eclipse of the year can have a special effect on your zodiac sign. A solar eclipse is taking place in the tenth house of your zodiac sign. This period can bring ups and downs in your career. There may be problems with your job. Avoid taking any wrong decisions. Maintain harmony with your seniors and try to avoid any kind of wrong talk. Remedy- Chant Gayatri Mantra and recite DurgaKavach. Leo sun sign Some ups and downs are possible in your career due to the effect of the solar eclipse. You need to work harder than necessary. Even after hard work, you may not get successful in your work. Keep calm wherever you are and have faith in yourself. Listen to the words of the elders and take any decision after thinking carefully. Remedy- Offer Arghya to the Sun and recite Aditya HridayStotra. Virgo sun sign The first solar eclipse of the year is taking place in the eighth house of your zodiac, due to which you may face many problems. Health can also get affected due to job ups and downs. Be careful while driving and maintain harmony in the family, otherwise, there may be differences. Do not take any major decisions now. If you are planning to buy a new house or vehicle. Remedy- Worship Lord Vishnu and Mother Lakshmi. Libra The first solar eclipse of the year 2023 is taking place in the seventh house in your zodiac sign. Relations with your spouse may deteriorate. Maintain patience and avoid unnecessary fighting. There can be a rift in relationships. Respect each other and make plans to hang out together. Due to the effect of the solar eclipse, problems can also arise in the job. Remedy- Worship Mother Parvati along with Lord Shiva. If your zodiac sign is also among those for whom solar eclipse is not auspicious, then you can try the astrological remedies mentioned here. Images: freepik.com DISCLAIMER Your skin and body are as different as you are. We endeavour to bring you correct, safe and expert-verified information through our articles and social media handles, but still, you must consult your doctor before trying any home remedy, hack or fitness tip.
Watch Latest Gujarati Music Video Song 'Bande Main Dum Hai' Sung By Vijay Suvada
For all Gujarati music fans, check-out latest Gujarati song 'Bande Main Dum Hai' sung by 'Vijay Suvada'. The song 'Bande Main Dum Hai' is produced by Sanjay Patel and directed by Faruk Gayakwad. Music of song Bande Main Dum Hai by singer Vijay Suvada is given by Vipul Prajapati and Shashi Kapadiya. Lyrics of Bande Main Dum Hai song are written by Dharmik Bamosana and Vijay Sisodara. To know more about the 'Vijay Suvada's' song 'Bande Main Dum Hai', enjoy the video. Stay tuned to ETimes for more songs like Bande Main Dum Hai. Check out ETimes Gujarati music videos section for more Gujarati songs and Vijay Suvada songs.
Jail Ka Taala Tuth Gaya: What Raja Singh sang at this years Ram Navami rally
Hyderabad: The annual Sri Ram Navami Shobha Yatra here has become a show of strength for Hindutva groups to flex. The procession has also become a launchpad for Hindutva mascot and suspended BJP MLA Raja Singh to release new inflammatory songs every year. In 2022, he sang a song degenerating Muslims and threatened to kick Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .
Court convicts Soorya Gayathri murder accused in Thiruvananthapuram
He also attacked her differently-abled parents when they tried to save her. THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Additional Sessions Court has found Arun, 29, a native of Peyad, guilty of killing Soorya Gayathri, 20, of Karipur near Nedumangad in August 2021, for declining his marriage proposal. Judge K Vishnu said Arun was found guilty of murder, attempt to murder and other allied charges. The quantum of punishment will be announced on Friday, said Public Prosecutor M Salahudeen. As per the prosecution case, Arun proposed to marry Soorya in 2019, but her parents turned it down due to his criminal antecedents. She was then married off to a Kollam native. Later, when Soorya came to visit her mother, Arun barged into their rented house and stabbed the girl 33 times. He also attacked her differently-abled parents when they tried to save her. The protection presented 39 witnesses, 64 documents and 49 pieces of material evidence to nail the case. The statements given by Crime Branch probe officer DySP B S Sajimon and police surgeon Dhanya Raveendran proved crucial in the case.
Congress must field a Lingayat in KR segment
Lingayat leaders on Thursday demanded that the Congress to field a community leader from KR segment, which is now represented by SA Ramadas of BJP.
I know peoples pulse, BJPwill return to power in Karnataka:BS Yediyurappa
Veteran Lingayat leader says Congress Rahul Gandhi no match for PM Narendra Modi BENGALURU: Senior BJP leader and former chief minister BS Yediyurappa said three surveys conducted by the party have given it 130 to 140 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections. I have been in politics for the last 50 years and I know the pulse of the people. With the cooperation of all MPs from Karnataka and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we will return to power, he told reporters here. The Lingayat strongman reiterated that he will not contest the elections. Yediyurappa said that he will travel to all 224 constituencies in the state in the next 2-3 days. I have already spoken to Home Minister Amit Shah in this regard. All our MPs will stay in their respective districts. We will work to ensure that the BJP candidates win by a huge margin, he added. He also reiterated that no one will quit the party. On the issue of reservation, Yediyurappa said the government has not done any injustice to Muslims. One should not mislead... reservation cannot be given based on religion, he said. On protest by Banjaras over the reservation, he said, We are trying to convince them. There could be some misunderstanding. Throughout the state, everybody is happy. Only in one or two places, such incidents have happened, he said. On ticket distribution, he said that the party's high command will take a final call. Based on our reports, tickets will be given to winnable candidates... those who are not given tickets, will work for the party, he added. Yediyurappa also took a dig at the Congress saying Rahul Gandhi is no match for PMNarendra Modi. In Karnataka, a few of them (Congress leaders) are daydreaming of becoming CM. It will not happen. Congress will not win more than 70 seats, he claimed
In Varuna, Vijayendra may contest against Siddu: BS Yediyurappa
Some BJP leaders termed it a speculation as BJP high command may not allow Yediyurappas son to contest from two constituencies at a time. BENGALURU:Former chief minister BS Yediyurappa has hinted that his son and BJP state vice-president BY Vijayendra might contest the assembly elections from the Varuna constituency in Mysuru district against former CM and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah. Yediyurappa told reporters here on Thursday that a discussion in this regard is on. Siddaramaiah does not know that the ground he is standing on is collapsing. I feel it will not be easy for Siddaramaiah to win from the Varuna constituency this time. We will field a strong candidate against him. We will give him a tough fight, he said. Asked if the BJP will field Vijayendra from Shikaripura, he said leaders of the party will take a decision on it. We will see what best we can do, he added. A senior BJP leader told The New Indian Express that a section of party leaders and workers want Vijayendra to contest from Varuna. There has been no formal discussion in this regard in the state. But leaders in Delhi might be keen on it, the leader said. Some BJP leaders termed it a speculation as BJP high command may not allow Yediyurappas son to contest from two constituencies at a time. Vijayendra is said to be keen on contesting from Yediyurappas Shikaripura constituency. He has already finished a tour of the constituency. From April 2, he will be touring again and meeting voters and the party workers. Yediyurappa is also in favour of Vijayendra contesting from Shikaripura. BJP hasnt done injustice to me Asked about his recent announcement that he will retire from electoral politics as he had been sidelined in the party, Yediyurappa said some leaders are trying to mislead people stating that injustice to Yediyurappa is an injustice to the Lingayat community. This is not true. I appeal to the community members that BJP has not done any injustice to me or the Lingayats. The party made me MLA, MP, and chief minister and also gave me important positions. I am a member of the partys parliamentary board too, he said. Meanwhile, KPCC president DK Shivakumar dared the BJP to field a formidable candidate against Siddaramaiah. Let the BJP field Yediyurappa against Siddaramaiah, he said when his attention was drawn to the speculation that BJP is planning to field BSYs son Vijayendra against Siddaramaiah in Varuna.
Priyadarshans thriller Corona Papers censored with a U/A certificate
After the failure of the epic Mohanlal starrer Kunjali Marakkar, the popular director Priyadarshan is all set to make his comeback with the upcoming thriller movie Corona Papers. Latest updates say that the film got censored with a U/A certificate and the Shane Nigam starrer is all set to hit the big screens on April 6 this year. Apart from Shane Nigam, Corona Papers will also have the talented actor Shine Tom Chacko in a significant lead role. As Priyadarshan is entering the thriller genre after Mohanlals Oppam, it can be expected that Corona Papers will also satisfy the audiences and will mark the comeback of Priyadarshan. Helmed by the veteran director Priyadarshan, the script of Corona Papers is written by Sri Ganesh who is best known for the films Kuruthi Aattam, 8 Thottakkal, and 8MM Bullet. Other casts for Priyadarshans Corona Papers include Geethi Sangeetha, Gayathrie, Siddique, and Hannah Reji Koshiy. All the best team 'Corona Papers'.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra's husband Raj Kundra test positive for COVID-19; netizens say 'Full body mein mask pehna phir bhi Corona ho gaya'
COVID-19 scare is back as reports of celebrities contracting the virus is doing rounds. Latest ones to test COVID-19 is Mahhi Vij and Shilpa Shetty Kundra's husband Raj Kundra. Sharing a video, Mahhi wrote, 'I am Covid Positive. Away from my kids is heartbreaking when I see my daughter crying for me.Please take care of urself dont take it easy This covid is severe Mask on #covid Santize Pray for my speedy recovery'. Raj Kundra is also in isolation. Although there has not been any official confirmation from Raj or his wife Shilpa yet, fans have been sending him get well soon messages on social media. There were some who even dropped some hilarious comments like 'Pure body me mask pehen ke bhi covid', 'Purey body mein mask pehna phir bhi Corona Hogaya'. For more news and updates, stay tuned to ETimes.
Kerala man who brutally stabbed woman to death in 2021 found guilty by court
News In August 2021, Arun barged into Sooryagayathris house and stabbed her multiple times in front of her parents. An Additional Sessions Court in Kerala, on Thursday, March 30, found a man guilty of murdering a 20-year-old woman, after stabbing her multiple times, in August 2021. Arun, a native of Thiruvananthapurams Peyadu, was 29 years old at the time of the incident. He had barged into Sooryagayathris house on the afternoon of August 30, 2021 and stabbed her multiple times in front of her parents. Sooryagayathri, who was rushed to the Government Medical College in the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, succumbed to her injuries the next day. The Thiruvananthapuram Additional Sessions Court will announce the quantum of punishment on Friday. According to Manorama News, the prosecution said that Sooryagayathris postmortem report showed that she had sustained 33 injury marks on her body. Her parents were also attacked by Arun, when they tried to stop him. A few years before the murder, Arun had approached Sooryagayathris family with a proposal to marry her, while she was still a school student. The family, however, rejected his proposal. Valsala, the womans mother had told the media that they rejected the proposal as there were allegedly some cases against Arun. The man, according to the family, continued to harass her. Four years before her death, Sooryagayathris family had filed a complaint with the Aryanad police in Thiruvananthapuram, alleging harassment by Arun. However, the police did not register a case based on the complaint. Instead, they counselled him and let him go. In his statement to the police, Arun said that he felt insulted and so he killed the woman to seek revenge.
According to Kavita Krishnamurthy, she disliked auto-tuning.
Nowadays, it's normal practice to employ musical software and auto-tune to correct the tempo and tune of songs. Nowadays, all an artist needs to perform at a 2016 event is a good attitude. Recently, a video in which Kavita Krishnamurthy spoke out about the rampant use of technology in recording songs for Bollywood went viral. Speaking about this she says, I was at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore to speak about my life and about how recordings used to be done earlier. And last night I realised that parts of that talk had gone viral on social media. I got texts from friends on it! Aaj kal, sur, etc. sab theek kiya ja sakta hai; bas gaane mein expression aur attitude zaroori hai, says the singer who has given us hit songs like Hawa Hawai, Tu Cheez Badi Hain, Dola Re Dola, Nimbooda, Bin Tere Sanam, and others. Once Khayyam saab and I were judges for show. Gaane mein attitude ki kya kaam agar sur aur taal hi nahi hai, Khayyam ji has said. And when I spoke that day, I was thinking about these occurrences. I didn't aim to offend anyone at all, and I wish to avoid any controversies. We change along with shifting trends. I believe that you can use technology if it may be helpful. I've had bronchitis my entire life, and there have been days when it got to the point where I had to take antibiotics and cough medicine before I could perform on stage. Technology is useful in situations like these. My one and only argument is that while you should use technology to some extent, you shouldn't rely entirely on it. You should never cease being able to sing without technology. Using technology shouldn't lead to a reduction in practice or attention to sur and taal.. It is of utmost significance to any singer. You should first improve your abilities and self-worth before using technology. Since the 1970s, Kavita has been involved in the music business. She has performed songs in a variety of languages, including Odia, Tamil, Marathi, Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, English, Telugu, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Nepali, Konkani, Assamese, and Punjabi, among others. She has contributed her vocals to a number of well-known Bollywood songs, including Tumse Milkar, Hawai'i, Tu Hi Re, and Koi Mil Gaya. She collaborated on several tracks for Lucky Ali's album Gori Teri Aakhein. Urvashi Rautela appeared on a dinner date with American rapper Atif Aslam was blessed with a baby girl on Thursday. shares a photo of his newborn Dhvani Bhanusali Birthday: Special facts about the singer every fan must know
Why Swades Fame Gayatri Joshi Quit Films
Gayatri represented India at the Miss International pageant in Japan.
Karnataka Elections: Madigas, Veerashaiva Lingayats Demand Representation from Parties
The communities are demanding election tickets for Bengaluru Urban from all parties and have warned that parties who show indifference would pay a price.
Bihar discovers deposits of critical minerals, preps for auctioning rights
The Bihar government is preparing to auction mining rights for minerals such as limestone, vanadium-bearing magnetite ilmenite, magnetite and glauconite that have been discovered in various non-forest areas of the state, a senior official said on Thursday. Explorations near Patalganga in Gaya, parts of Rohtas district and Majos in Jamui district found the presence of millions of tonnes of mineral reserves, according to an official document seen by PTI. The state government will engage SBI Capital Markets (SBICAPS) as the transaction advisor for the auctions, and also to suggest the terms and conditions based on which the auctions would be held, Additional Chief Secretary and Mines Commissioner Harjot Kaur Bamhrah told PTI. Undoubtedly, the discovery of such critical minerals in non-forest areas of the state is a matter of great satisfaction. We don't have to seek permission from authorities concerned before initiating exploration activities as these deposits are not in forest ...
Bihar discovers deposits of critical minerals, prepares for auctioning mining rights
Explorations near Patalganga in Gaya, parts of Rohtas district and Majos in Jamui district found the presence of millions of tonnes of mineral reserves: officials
Bihar discovers deposits of critical minerals, preps for auctioning mining rights
Explorations near Patalganga in Gaya, parts of Rohtas district and Majos in Jamui district found the presence of millions of tonnes of mineral reserves. PATNA: The Bihar government is preparing to auction mining rights for minerals such as limestone, vanadium-bearing magnetite ilmenite, magnetite and glauconite that have been discovered in various non-forest areas of the state, a senior official said on Thursday. Explorations near Patalganga in Gaya, parts of Rohtas district and Majos in Jamui district found the presence of millions of tonnes of mineral reserves, according to an official document seen by PTI. The state government will engage SBI Capital Markets (SBICAPS) as the transaction advisor for the auctions, and also to suggest the terms and conditions based on which the auctions would be held, Additional Chief Secretary and Mines Commissioner Harjot Kaur Bamhrah told PTI. Undoubtedly, the discovery of such critical minerals in non-forest areas of the state is a matter of great satisfaction. We don't have to seek permission from authorities concerned before initiating exploration activities as these deposits are not in forest areas, she said. The general exploration (G2 stage) in Jamui's Majos has found 48.40 million tonnes of magnetite. Preliminary exploration (G3 stage) in Pipradih-Bhurwa block in Rohtas has established 88.38 mt of Glauconite over a 12.46 sq km non-forest area, Bamhrah said. While magnetite, a rock mineral, is one of the main iron ores, glauconite is a green-colored mineral and structurally similar to mica, she said. Now, Bihar has sufficient mineral resources to boost its economy, she added. There are four stages of exploration for any mineral deposit -- reconnaissance (G4), preliminary exploration (G3), general exploration (G2) and detailed exploration (G1). Innovative exploration methods using the latest technologies have resulted in the discovery of several mineral reserves in different parts of the state, Bamhrah said. Last month, preliminary exploration in Bhora-Kathra in Rohtas found limestone deposits across 5.60 sq km, she said, noting that 39.68 mt of limestone is estimated in the area. Vanadium-bearing magnetite ilmenite was found northeast of Patalganga and east of Sapneri village in Gaya and Jehanabad over a 2 sq km area. Vanadium is used in manufacturing steel, pipes, superconducting magnets, medical implants and batteries, Bamhrah explained. The state government has also lined up two mines, worth Rs 14,048 crore, of glauconite -- a common source of potassium in fertilisers, in Pipradih and Chutia-Nauhatta blocks of Rohtas for auction, she said. Besides, the Mines and Geology Department has decided to auction iron ore deposits, worth Rs 6,000 crore, in the Jamui district, she added.
IPL 2023: Gujarat Titans beat Chennai Super Kings two times in IPL match, know more...
CSK vs GT Head to Head: In the first match of IPL 2023, there will be a fight between Guru and disciple. On one side will be the captain of Chennai Super Kings Mahendra Singh Dhoni and on the other side will be the captain of Gujarat Titans Hardik Pandya. There were 2 matches played in 2022 between CSK and GT. In the 16th season of IPL, both these teams will play the inaugural match. It should be noted that both teams will be facing each other for the third time in the IPL. Both the last matches have been won by Gujarat Titans. Ahmedabad The tournament will start on March 31 at 7:30 pm. This match is going to be important for Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni's fans will look to win this match and do better than the defending champions. On the other hand, Gujarat will be eyeing a 3-0 lead. Gujarat has defeated Chennai in the last two matches Let us tell you that for the first time, GT faced CSK in the 29th match of IPL 2022 in Pune, where captain Hardik Pandya was not available. In such a situation, Rashid Khan captained and won the toss and put Chennai to bat first. CSK scored 169 runs. Rituraj Gayakwad scored 73 and Ambati Rayudu scored 46 runs. CSK will look to change the numbers Chasing a target of 170, Gujarat Titans were 48-4 at one stage. After this, David Miller and captain Rashid Khan batted furiously to give the team victory with 1 ball remaining. Miller scored an unbeaten 94 off 51 balls and Rashid Khan scored 40 off 21 balls. In the second match too, CSK scored 133 runs while batting first. Rituraj once again scored a half-century for the team. Whereas, GT chased down the target and won by 7 wickets. Wriddhiman Saha scored an unbeaten 67 runs.
Spain Masters 2023: Sindhu, Srikanth, Praneeth move into second round; Satwik-Chirag forfeit match
Two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu, the world No. 11 in the latest badminton rankings, defeated Switzerland's Jenjira Stadelmann 21-10, 21-14 in a 31-minute long first round women's singles match on Wednesday night.ThisTwo-time Olympic medallist Sindhu, the world No. 11 in the latest badminton rankings, defeated Switzerland's Jenjira Stadelmann 21-10, 21-14 in a 31-minute long first round women's singles match on Wednesday night.This was Sindhu's second win over Jenjira Stadelmann this month, having beaten the European shuttler at the Swiss Open 2023 recently.However, in the men's doubles, India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who won the Swiss Open 2023 recently, retired just seven minutes into their match against the world No. 41 Japanese duo of Ayato Endo and Yuta Takei after an injury to Satwik.I just came back from an injury so I wasn't 100 percent fit for the match so I didn't want to push it, Satwiksairaj explained the decision to forfeit the match.We had a good last week and we played good matches at the All England Open so we didn't want to push ourselves too much as we have more important tournaments coming up, he added.In the women's doubles, the pair of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly, ranked 18th in the world, suffered a 21-18, 21-16 defeat at the hands Rena Miyaura and Ayako Sakuramoto of Japan.Earlier in the men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth, who slipped to 21st place in the world rankings, defeated Thailand's world No. 32 Sitthikom Thammasin 21-11, 25-27, 23-21 in a hard-fought opener which lasted over one hour.In another men's singles match, B Sai Praneeth overcame the challenge from the 57th ranked Jan Louda of Czech Republic. The Indian won an hour-long duel by a 21-16, 18-21, 21-12 scoreline.Aakarshi Kashyap, ranked 42nd in women's singles, stunned Canada's world No. 15 Michelle Li 12-21, 21-15, 21-18 while Ashmitha Chaliha beat France's Leonice Huet 21-12, 22-20 at the BWF Super 300 event.Malvika Bansod also progressed to the second round of women's singles while Priyanshu Rajawat and Kiran George also crossed the first round hurdle in men's singles.--IANSak/
Karnataka elections: No clear winner as yet; it could be anybodys game
On the ground, the Opposition Congress which is making all-out efforts to take advantage of the anti-incumbency factor seems to have a slight edge. BENGALURU:As Karnataka goes to polls on May 10, campaigning is set to pick up pace. As things stand today, no party looks to be the clear winner, and the contest is likely to go down to the wire. However, the equations may change as we get closer to the polls. For now, Karnataka seems to be staring at a fractured mandate and the state agencies reading of the current situation also indicates the same. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent speech in Davanagere too cautioned against a fractured verdict. There has to be some reason why the PM mentioned it. On the ground, the Opposition Congress which is making all-out efforts to take advantage of the anti-incumbency factor seems to have a slight edge. The BJPs well-oiled election machinery is trying hard to bridge that gap and return to power on its own. The Janata Dal Secular seems to be holding on to its base in the Old Mysuru region and its performance will have a direct bearing on the Congress show and overall results of the 2023 polls to be announced on May 13. Around a year ago, it looked as though Congress was clearly ahead of the others and the BJP did not look confident. There were several questions about how the party will face the polls without having its Lingayat strongman BS Yediyurappa at the helm. But, the BJP quickly re-calibrated its strategy and brought the former CM into the game by accommodating him in the partys Parliamentary Board. He is now leading the charge along with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The PM and Union Home Minister Amit Shahs frequent visits have also helped the party push its development agenda and aggressively counter Congress efforts to set the narrative around corruption. BJP is depending on Modis popularity to overcome anti-incumbency. The Congress will make corruption one of its major poll planks apart from freebies and welfare programmes itannounced as CongressGuarantees. Cong hopes to start its revival from Karnataka It is yet to be seen how the governments reservation gambit will play out. The BJP government hiked ST and ST quota, scrapped the 4% reservation in 2B in Other Backward Classes (OBC) for Muslims and reallocated it to Lingayats and Vokkaligas. Muslims, who are moved to the Economically Weaker Section quota, are not happy. A section of the Banjara community is angered by the state governments move on the internal reservation in the SC. They have taken to the streets in several places including Yediyurappas home district Shivamogga. If the government fails to take them into confidence, it could impact the partys prospects at the polls. Many senior BJP leaders also admit that they face anti-incumbency to some extent and are making efforts to overcome it. Unlike in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, the party may not go for drastic measures like dropping many sitting MLAs to overcome anti-incumbency, but that is also not ruled out in some assembly seats. The results of the by-polls to the assembly, Belagavi Lok Sabha seat as well as elections to the legislative council indicated that it is not going to be easy for the BJP as the Congress especially leaders at the ground level will fight hard to retain their political hold. For the first time, the Old Mysuru will witness a triangular contest as the BJP is attempting to gain a foothold in the region. In Kalyan Karnataka and Kittur Karnataka Congress hopes to improve on its 2018 performance, while BJP will have an advantage in the Coastal region. Central Karnataka and Bengaluru will witness a tough contest between the two national parties. Karnataka assembly polls are crucial for the BJP, which is trying to expand its base in other Southern states. It is equally important for Congress, which hopes to start its nationwide revival from Karnataka ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. As we see it now, it could be anybodys game.
Karnataka polls: Quota tweak set to be key poll issue
Scrapping 4% quota for the Muslim community in the OBC category and hiking it for the two most politically powerful communities - Lingayat and Vokkaliga - is set to be one of the key issues in Karnataka assembly polls scheduled on May 10 even as BJP's focus will be highlighting the delivery of the double engine governments and party's claim about the turnaround the state has witnessed after it took over the responsibility of governance.
Bihar's first Vande Bharat Express Train to run from April between Patna-Hatia, check maximum speed, route, timing
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Hardcore Maoist Badhan Bhuian held in Gaya
Police arrested hardcore Maoist, Badhan Bhuian, from Tarchuan forest area under Chhakharbandha police station area in Gaya on Tuesday.
Karnataka Polls: BJP banks on recast Quota Policy to combat Congress's Ahinda card
The Basavaraj Bommai government's decision to increase the reservation quota for STs from 3% to 7% and for SC's from 15% to 17%, as well as scrapping the OBC quota for Muslims and distributing that to the Lingayats and Vokkaligas, will help the BJP in countering the 'Ahinda' vote bank of the Congress, feel BJP leaders. 'Ahinda' is a Kannada acronym for minorities, Dalits and backward classes.
Top 10 issues in the Karnataka Assembly elections
The recent arrest of BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa and his son in a bribery case has put the ruling BJP on a backfoot. BENGALURU:As political parties, including key players BJP, Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) gear up for the May 10 Assembly elections in Karnataka, the following issues are expected to be among the top campaign material. 1. Corruption: The recent arrest of BJP MLA Madal Virupakshappa and his son in a bribery case has put the ruling BJP on a backfoot. The Congress has made corruption a central theme of its campaign, pointing to various scams and 40 per cent commission charge by a contractors' body. The BJP has sought to counter the narrative by highlighting alleged graft during previous Congress regimes both at the Centre and the State, especially alleged denotification scam by Siddaramaiah govt. 2. Reservation: The government's decision on scrap the 4 per cent reservation for Muslims under the Other Backward Classes (OBC) quota, and distributing it equally among the dominant Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities, while placing Muslims under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category, and introduction of internal reservation for different Dalit communities under Scheduled Caste (SC) category are bound to raise tempers on the poll scene. 3. Development: The BJP will seek to focus on various development projects and social welfare initiatives taken up by the Modi government, while the Congress and JD(S) will showcase their track record when they were in power. 4. Price rise: The Congress and the JD(S) will make it a key issue, particularly the high cooking gas and fuel prices. The BJP will bank on the government's management of the Covid pandemic, economic strides under the Modi government and how a rising India has become the world's fifth largest economy. 5. Election Promises: The pros and cons of election promises made by the ruling BJP, the Congress and JD (S) will come under close scrutiny. The BJP has already alleged that the Congress does not honour its poll promises, while the latter is likely to attack the ruling party alleging lack of sufficient job creation in the country. 6. Clear mandate: All three key political parties -- BJP, Congress and JD(S) -- will harp on the need to have a clear mandate, and put a stop to a trend of fractured verdict in the last couple of elections. 7. Caste politics: Parties will go out of their way to win over various castes, and consolidating their votebase will be among the key agendas of the contending parties. While BJP is focusing on getting Vokkaliga support in the old Mysuru region, Congress wants to better its tally in Lingayat dominated constituencies. 8. Communalism and minority appeasement politics: The Congress has accused the BJP of raking up divisive issues with an eye on the elections like Hijab, Halal, Azan and Tipu Sultan, while the BJP has charged the Congress with indulging in minority appeasement politics. The slugfest between the two parties is likely to intensify during campaigning. 9. Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi factors: The Congress will target the Prime Minister on various issues like Adani row, democracy, free speech, and authoritarianism. The BJP for its part will attack Rahul Gandhi for his alleged anti India remarks on the foreign soil, his comments against Hindutva icon VD Savarkar while targeting the ruling party, among others. 10. Dynasty politics: The BJP is expected to target the Congress and the JD(S) on dynasty politics.
In Karnataka, BJP has to go beyond just Lingayat base
The real question of these elections will be whether or not the Lingayat vote will come to the party, sans a chief ministerial aspirant in Yediyurappa, and whether any ingress could be made into other communities
Karnataka elections: BJP keen to rewrite 38-year-old history, Congress looks to wrest power
No political party has won a successive mandate in the state since 1985 and the BJP is eager to rewrite this bit of history and retain its southern citadel. BENGALURU: With the Election Commission announcing the schedule for Assembly polls in Karnataka, it remains to be seen whether the ruling BJP will buck a four-decade-old trend to script history or if the Congress upstages its saffron rival to up its stakes as a challenger ahead of the 2024 parliamentary polls. No political party has won a successive mandate in the state since 1985 and the BJP is eager to rewrite this bit of history and retain its southern citadel. The Congress is keen to wrest power to give the party much-needed elbow room to position itself as the main opposition player in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Also what needs to be watched out for is, whether former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular), will emerge as a Kingmaker by holding the key to government formation, in the event of a hung verdict, as it has done in the past. The Congress and JD(S) have announced their first list of candidates for 124 and 93 seats, respectively. Like the last two decades, Karnataka will face a three-cornered contest in the May 10 elections, with a direct fight between the Congress, BJP and JD(S) on the cards in most segments. While Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is also making efforts to make some inroads, other smaller ones like mining baron Janardhana Reddy's Kalyana Rajya Pragathi Paksha (KRPP), the Left, BSP, SDPI (the political wing of banned PFI) and Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) will be contesting in a select few constituencies. Political observers feel anti-incumbency seems to be a key factor in Karnataka polls, as voters have not given any party a successive mandate. ALSO READ | Karnataka polls will be key for Congress' revival ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha elections It last happened in 1985, when the Ramakrishna Hegde-led Janata Party came back to power. While Congress' vote base is spread evenly across the state, the BJP's is pronounced in the north and central regions due to the concentration of the Veerashaiva-Lingayat community in the belt, which forms its major vote bank. JD(S) dominates the Vokkaliga bastion of the Old Mysuru (southern Karnataka) region. Of Karnataka's population, Lingayats constitute about 17 per cent, Vokkaligas 15 per cent, OBCs 35 per cent, SC/STs 18 per cent, and Muslims about 12.92 per cent and Brahmins about three per cent. The BJP has set a target of winning at least 150 seats to ensure an absolute majority. It wants to avoid a 2018-like situation, when it had initially lost out on forming government despite emerging as the single largest party, and had to depend on defections of Congress and JD(S) MLAs to establish its administration later. It is making all out efforts to make inroads into the Old Mysuru region, where the party is traditionally weak. The region has 89 seats (including 28 in Bengaluru), and according to leaders, the party fell short of the majority (110 in 2008 and 104 in 2018) due to its inability to win as many seats from this region. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's repeated visits and those of Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President Nadda to the poll-bound state has no doubt given the party a leg-up in campaigning, but it is up against a combative Congress which has sought to make corruption a central theme of the political narrative. What also matters to the BJP is how it manages disgruntlement after ticket distribution and navigates between the party old guard or atives and migrants (those who joined from other parties and helped it form government). Amid some signs of anti-incumbency, BJP is confident about its victory by projecting PM Modi's pro-development agenda, works of the 'double engine government' and its populist schemes, along with the Hindutva card. Besides, it is highlighting its efforts in providing social welfare decisions on reservation hikes for SC/STs, Vokkaligas and Lingayats. ALSO READ | Top 10 issues in the Karnataka Assembly elections Aimed at keeping its Lingayat support base intact even after BS Yediuurappa- the 'Lingayat strong man' quitting electoral politics, the BJP is falling back on the seasoned oarsman making him a key poll mascot, by pushing him to the top of the campaign plank. This comes amid efforts by Congress to woo the community by projecting that the saffron party has sidelined the octogenarian leader. Lingayats are a politically dominant community and are said to be a dominant force in about 100 seats. In the outgoing assembly, there are 54 Lingayat MLAs across parties including 37 from the ruling BJP. Among the 23 chief ministers from the state since 1952, as many as 10 have been Lingayats. For Congress, defeating BJP will be a morale booster and a key for reviving its electoral fortunes and strengthening its credentials as the main opposition player against the saffron party ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. By ensuring a win in Karnataka, the party also wants to bounce back after the recent losses in the northeastern states and give it the momentum of sorts to take on the battle-ready election machinery of the BJP later this year in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The Congress seems to be fighting the polls in Karnataka so far on the strength of its local leadership and focusing on issues concerning the State making corruption a central theme of its campaigning. This poll is also a prestige battle for the grand old party with a Kannadiga M Mallikarjun Kharge, who hails from Kalaburagi district, at its helm as the national President. However, it also faces the challenge of keeping at bay intense factionalism, especially between the camps of its two CM aspirants Siddaramaiah and DK Shivakumar -- who are often seen to be engaging in political one-upmanship for some time now. Disgruntlement among senior leaders like G Parmeshwara, H K Patil, K H Muniyappa and others over being sidelined, and revolts by aspirants on not getting election tickets also worry Congress, which is confident about its prospects based on its poll guarantees, and its successful campaign against BJP's alleged corruption. Will the 2023 Karnataka assembly polls be a battle of political survival for former PM H D Deve Gowda-led Janata Dal (Secular), or will the regional party once again emerge as a king maker, like it did in 2018, in the event of a hung verdict? This is the debate going on in the political circles concerning JD(S). ALSO READ | Single-phase Karnataka assembly polls more of a challenge for the BJP and the JD-S? Plagued by desertions, internal rifts, and carrying the burdern of a family party tag, it remains to be seen how Gowda's son and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who is in a way single handedly managing the JD(S)' affairs with his aging father taking the back seat, would steer the party in the polls. Since its formation in 1999, JD(S) has never formed a government on its own, but had been in power twice in coalition with both national parties- for 20 months with BJP in 2006 and with Congress for 14 months after the May 2018 assembly polls with Kumaraswamy as the Chief Minister. With its ambitious mission 123 target to form a government on its own by winning at least 123 out of total 224 seats going for polls, JD(S) has been seeking votes invoking regional Kannadiga pride and fueling a narrative that the national parties -- the BJP and Congress -- fall short of serving interests of the State. There are however doubts among some political observers and within a section of the party itself about JD(S) meeting this target; the party's best ever performance so far has been in the 2004 assembly elections, when it won 58 seats, and 40 seats in 2013 came next. In the 2018 polls, JD(S) had managed to win 37 seats. As of now, what is seen on the ground is a locally driven campaign by Congress and JD(S). The BJP, on the other hand, has been projecting Narendra Modi's leadership and focusing on the narrative of a 'double engine government' and the achievements of the centre, a political observer said.
Karnataka elections: BJP eyes to rewrite a 38-year-old history, Congress looks to wrest power
Political observers feel anti-incumbency seems to be a key factor in Karnataka polls, as voters have not given any party a successive mandate. It last happened in 1985, when the Ramakrishna Hegde-led Janata Party came back to power. While Congress' vote base is spread evenly across the state, the BJP's is pronounced in the north and central regions due to the concentration of Veerashaiva-Lingayat community in the belt, which forms its major vote bank. JD(S) dominates the Vokkaliga bastion of Old Mysuru (southern Karnataka) region.
Karnataka elections: BJP minister V Somanna patches up with Yediyurappa
Karnataka Elections 2023 A row erupted after Somanna skipped the BJPs Vijay Sankalp Yatra earlier in March, alleging interference by Yediyurappa in the region. L to R: Yediyurappa and Somanna In a big relief to the ruling BJP in Karnataka, senior Lingayat leader and Housing Minister V Somanna on Wednesday, March 29, seemed to bury the hatchet with former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, when he called the latter supreme leader. Somanna and Yediyurappa were on the warpath recently, posing a serious challenge for the BJP in Karnataka. Somanna had skipped the BJPs Vijay Sankalp Yatra at the beginning of March, alleging interference by Yediyurappa in the region. A few weeks later, Yediyurappa did not attend the unveiling of a 108-feet statue at the famous Male Mahadeshwara temple, which was attended by Sommanna, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, and other ministers. Later, it was rumoured that Somanna would join Congress after a photo of him with Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar in an aircraft. However, after the intervention of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Somanna clarified that he would not quit the party. Days after Somanna met Amit Shah in Delhi, BJP state president Nalin Kumar Kateel appointed Somannas son Arun as vice-president of the partys Tumakuru unit. Somanna is an influential leader and played a key role in defeating former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda in the last Lok Sabha elections. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is a smart person and has given better administration. Yediyurappa is the supreme leader, Somanna maintained. Addressing reporters on the achievements of his portfolio, Somanna stated, Our government has been in power for 3 years and 10 months. I have used tough language many times. If anyone is hurt with the language, they should forgive. Politics is a bed of thorns, he said.
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Karnataka min Somanna buries hatchet, calls Yediyurappa supreme leader
Bengaluru: In a big relief to the ruling BJP in Karnataka, senior Lingayat leader, minister for Housing V. Somanna on Wednesday termed former Chief Minister and BJP Central Parliamentary Board Member B.S. Yediyurappa the supreme leader. Somanna and Yediyurappa were on the path of war recently posing a serious challenge for the ruling BJP in Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .
Ktaka minister Somanna buries hatchet, calls Yediyurappa supreme leader
Ktaka minister Somanna buries hatchet, calls Yediyurappa supreme leader In a big relief to the ruling BJP in Karnataka, senior Lingayat leader, minister for Housing V. Somanna on Wednesday termed former Chief Minister and BJP Central Parliamentary Board Member B.S. Yediyurappa the supreme leader. Bengaluru: In a big relief to the ruling BJP in  The post Ktaka minister Somanna buries hatchet, calls Yediyurappa supreme leader appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Lord Sun mantra: This one mantra of the Sun God is the solution to every problem, know its benefits and importance
In Hinduism, the Sun is not only considered a planet but it has been described as the energy of the entire universe. For this reason, the worship of the Sun is very important. It is believed that when Sun is strong in the form of a planet in a person's horoscope, then that person becomes different. That person gets success in life, his fortune shines and supernatural brilliance arises within him. On the other hand, if the Sun is pleased in the form of a god, then it fills man with happiness, good luck and prosperity. All the troubles of a person's life go away and troubles get resolved. Astrology expert DrRadhakant Vats says that there are many ways to please Sun God but the surest way is to chant his mantras. At the same time, there is also a special mantra by which the Sun God can not only be pleased but can also prove him. Meaning of Surya Gayatri Mantra 'Om GhriniSuryayaNamah'. The meaning of this mantra is that O Sun God I worship you, you enlighten me with the light of knowledge, the creator of the day give me wisdom and you illuminate my mind. Importance of Surya Gayatri Mantra Surya Gayatri Mantra is considered an important part of Sun worship. It is believed that by chanting the Surya Gayatri Mantra, along with the Sun God, the blessings of Mother Gayatri are also received, due to which a person gets good luck, intelligence, sharpness, mental ability, logical ability, effective speech, success in life etc. Surya Gayatri Mantra is considered infallible to please the Sun God, get his blessings and strengthen the Sun in the horoscope. Benefits of Surya Gayatri Mantra Surya Gayatri Mantra is considered effective for removing mental tension and providing mental strength and peace to the mind. Surya Gayatri Mantra is considered effective for communicating positivity in the body and removing negativity. Surya Gayatri Mantra is considered effective for getting rid of physical suffering and for peace of Nava Graha Surya Gayatri Mantra is considered effective for increasing respect and prestige. So this was the special mantra of the Sun God, its meaning, importance and benefits associated with it. Image Credit: Pinterest, Wikipedia, Pexels
Amitabh Bachchan captures five planets aligned together in sky, netizens say 'zoom kiya ya aapka haath pahuch gaya'
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Euro 2024 qualifier: McTominay scores twice as Scotland stun Spain
McTominay scored early in each half as Scotland produced a solid display which left Spain few options in the first defeat of Luis de la Fuente's time as head coach.De lMcTominay scored early in each half as Scotland produced a solid display which left Spain few options in the first defeat of Luis de la Fuente's time as head coach.De la Fuente made eight changes to the side which had beaten Norway 3-0 on Saturday, with only goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and central midfielders Rodri and Mikel Merino keeping their places, while Scotland coach Steve Clarke brought Lyndon Dykes in for the injured Che Adams and McTominay also started after having scored twice against Cyprus, a Xinhua report said.The game was just seven minutes old when the Manchester United midfielder put Scotland ahead. Andy Robertson pressured Pedro Porro, who slipped at the wrong time, allowing Robertson to pull the ball back for the onrushing McTominay to score with the help of a slight deflection past the wrong-footed Kepa.Spain looked to react with Saturday's two-goal hero Joselu heading Jose Luis Gaya's cross straight at Angus Gunn, before then seeing another header from Merino's ball bounce back off the crossbar.Spain were seeing more of the ball now, but the game was also getting niggly, with Robertson and Dykes both seeing yellow cards for Scotland, with Dykes leading with his forearm against debutant David Garcia.Despite Spain's timid pressure, Dykes should have doubled Scotland's lead on the stroke of halftime when he got behind the Spain defense after timing his run from inside his half. The striker had only Kepa to beat, but Garcia did enough to put him off and his chip went over the bar.Porro and Mikel Oyarzabal were substituted by Nico Williams and Dani Carvajal in the second half, while Swiss referee Sandro Scharer was replaced by fourth official Lukas Fahndrich after pulling a muscle.McTominay doubled Scotland's lead in the 50th minute after Kieran Tierney left Carvajal in his wake, and although his cross was poor, it deflected off Garcia to fall kindly for the midfielder to fire home from the edge of the area.It could have been 3-0 moments later when John McGinn's free-kick whipped against the bar.Scotland then dedicated themselves to frustrating Spain, with two close lines of players across the park denying the visitors space in attack. Spain's only danger came through Williams' pace and trickery down the right wing, suggesting De la Fuente needs to go back to the drawing board.--IANSak/
Will it pose threat to Vijayendras political future?
Yediyurappa established the Tanda Development Corporation and provided basic amenities to the Banjara localities. SHIVAMOGGA:There are murmurs in political circles in Shivamogga district that the anger among the Banjara community following the State Governments move to implement internal reservation for SCs and the scrapping of quota for Muslims could pose a threat to the political future of former chief minister BS Yediyurappas son BY Vijayendra. This comes at a time when Yediyurappa is trying to field his son from Shikaripura. As per the latest electoral roll, the total number of voters in the segment is 1,95,371. Even though there is no official data on caste-wise voters, the Banjara community is the second largest after Lingayats in the seat. While the Banjara voters are around 30,000, Lingayats, including all sub-castes, account for over 60,000 and the Muslim number around 25,000. While Yediyurappa has been enjoying the support of the Banjara community, Muslims also support him, thanks to his secular image. Yediyurappa established the Tanda Development Corporation and provided basic amenities to the Banjara localities. He also released grants for the development of a Banjara pilgrimage centre at Suragondanakoppa. ALSO READ | Congressneta among threeheld for protest at BSYs house in Karnataka Even though Yediyurappa is not in the government, the SC internal reservation announcement and scrapping of the 4% reservation for Muslims by the government have caused concern among his supporters. Shikaripura has been the stronghold of Yediyurappa since 1983, the first time he contested and defeated K Yankannappa (Congress). He went on to retain the constituency until Congress Mahalingappa defeated him in 1999. ALSO READ | Karnataka: Slugfest over violent quota protest by Banjaras; BJP, Congressblame each other As he contested the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, he sacrificed the seat for his elder son Raghavendra who won the bypoll held in the same year. Yediyurappa won from Shikaripura in the 2018 Assembly polls. The Congress is also alleging that Yediyurappas rivals within the BJP were behind the recent stone-throwing incident and are hatching a conspiracy against Yediyurappa to defeat Vijayendra. There is also an opinion that if the Congress, unlike in previous elections, manages to field a strong candidate against Vijayendra, the contest could be a thriller.
BJP government's decision to withdraw Muslim reservation faces protests
Karnataka Elections 2023 The ruling BJP had withdrawn the reservation for Muslims under the 2B category and shifted them to the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota. The withdrawal of 4% reservation for the Muslim community by the ruling BJP government in Karnataka is slowly snowballing into a crisis situation in the poll-bound state. As major political parties engage in a war of words over the issue, members of the Muslim community came out in the open on Tuesday, March 28 to protest against the BJP government's decision. The ruling BJP had withdrawn the reservation of Muslims under the 2B category and sent a proposal to the Union government. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has announced that the 4% quota for Muslims will be given to Lingayats and Vokkaligas. Chief Minister Bommai maintained that the reservation quota for Muslims will now be part of the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota. Muslim groups and political parties have come to the streets demanding that their quota should remain untouched. Protests have been staged in Belagavi, Chitradurga, and Mandya cities of Karnataka. The Minority Unit of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) and Muslim community members had taken out a protest march in Belagavi. The agitators raised slogans against the ruling BJP party. They had also submitted a memorandum to the District Commissioner's office. Members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) staged a protest on the road in Chitradurga raising slogans against the government. SDPI had built a platform near DC Circle for the protest. As the police denied permission, the protest was staged on the road. Various Muslim organisations and SDPI staged a protest against the withdrawal of reservation. The protest was staged near the Vishveshvaraya statue in Mandya. Former CM and JD (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy raised a concern that what if the Muslim community takes to the streets like the Banjara community? Who will be responsible for the consequences? I appreciate the conduct of Muslim community at this hour. The BJP government had taken decisions as per whims and fancies. If Muslim community members had come to streets angered by withdrawal of their 4 per cent reservation, innocent people would have lost their lives, he reiterated. Kumaraswamy further stated that the national parties should not indulge in creating conflicting situations between castes. Both parties are indulging in this, he added. The protest by Banjara community members over a new reservation decision by the BJP government turned violent in Shikaripura of Shivamogga district. The agitators had pelted stones at former chief minister BS Yediyurappa's residence and even attacked police.
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Chennai Photo Biennale: Kanavu,nurturing the dreams of female storytellers
Bringing stories from the hinterlands are Kannavu fellowship graduates whose works were screened this weekend CHENNAI :Murugeswari M was on a quest to portray the lives of the indigenous people in the Western Ghats. Through Thedum Theneekkal her camera voiced their daily life and the struggles they faced while honey-hunting. Lavanya K focused her lens on J Ali Basha who has been giving free food and education to the underprivileged and poor students in Tiruvottiyur for 30 years. Zenithian, was an ode to his teaching career that groomed a lot of children in Chennai. Kaivannam introduces the audience to wildlife art and the works of artists from Murungapakkam village in Puducherry. Pushpanjali Sivakumar presented the need for wildlife conservation and the upliftment of artists through the film. For Sowndarya Magesh, the life of Suganthi, a sea worker and certified shell-crafting trainer from Rameshwaram inspired Si(r)ppikul Muthu. Though the narratives are different in each documentary, the everyday fight for survival was a common thread that passed through the films taken by the Kanavu fellowship group that was screened at The Womens Month Film Screening organised by Chennai Photo Biennale (CPB) in collaboration with Thinnai Talkies at Svah, Besant Nagar, over the weekend. Aimed at celebrating women behind the lens and accelerating dialogues around the gender gap, the theme of the two-day event was autonomy. March is the month of Womens Day. We at CPB dedicate the whole month to women photographers and cinematographers. Combining a set of activities, workshops, and panel discussions, this years programme provides a deep insight into photography and life as a photographer. The most important celebration is the graduation of the storytellers who had received the Kanavu fellowship. Screening their documentaries, their training comes to an end. Now they are ready to enter into the professional field of photography, shared Priya Banik, programme manager. A panel discussion was held on Sunday Apart from the screenings, there was also a panel discussion that aimed at informing and inspiring first-time filmmakers in the audience, which included a lot of women. The panel, consisting of Kutti Revathi (lyricist, activist and filmmaker), Sethulakshmi (founder of Sethu Foundation) and Nandalal (senior video journalist, The New Indian Express), discussed the idea of individual autonomy in the field of filmmaking. Clicks of creativity The hall was adorned with framed stills that portrayed glimpses of life from different parts of Tamil Nadu. While everybody was busy watching their works and appreciating their efforts, the Kanavu fellows shared how the fellowship had provided the courage and confidence to pursue their passion. The importance of women telling the stories came to the fore, with Si(r)ppikul Muthu. From diving into the ocean to collecting shells and selling them as hand-crafted products, for Suganthi, the sea is her home. To secure the lives of people associated with the business, she requested the government to offer the necessary gear and equipment for safe diving. The story that resonates with willpower feels even more pronounced when we come to know that passion came calling for homemaker, Sowndarya, at the right time. After I got married, I thought I will remain just a homemaker. But this fellowship opportunity was a career breakthrough for me and changed my life, she said. Even though I had known the basics of photography, the fellowship and the opportunities they had provided taught me how it can be a career option. She became Ramanathapurams first female photographer. Camera was a new tool for Lavanya, Pushpanjali and Murugeswari. But their desire to learn more made them master the craft. Lavanya said, We only knew how to click a photo. It was indeed a great revelation to learn about the intricacies of photography. There is so much technicality involved in each frame. Thedum Theneekkal shows a glimpse of the harmonious co-existence of tribals with nature and their demands for a fair price for their forest products. Hailing from Theni, Murugeshwari said she was introduced to the world of digital storytelling only after joining the fellowship. I thought photography is just about clicking pictures. But after a year of professional learning, I realised how it could be used to tell stories. I am a social worker, and now my knowledge in this helps me in documenting and throwing light on some pressing concerns, she said. (L-R) Lavanya K, Pushpanjali Sivakumar, Murugeswari M, Sowndarya Magesh The fellowship has helped Murugeswari gain perspectives on films and life. Her determination to serve society has only become stronger as she is now armed with a camera. She hopes to zoom into the realities that urgently need attention. There is a lot of effort that goes beyond creating a documentary or clicking a photo. The fellowship was an opportunity to learn every basic skill from setting up the camera and adjusting the lighting to editing. I graduate with the hope that I can make more movies. Today my 10-minute documentary was screened, next year I hope to come back with a 30-minute-long documentary, she said. Many of the women at the event expressed the strength that the camera gave them, and how understanding the impact of filmmaking gave them the realisation of its power. Echoing this sentiment, Pushpanjali said that becoming a filmmaker made her realise her untapped potential. In the last year, I learnt about the technical side, the importance of research and scripting, and more. I never thought I would stand here as a filmmaker today, she said. She wishes to pursue photography as a career and specialise in baby photography. Presenting the potentials Tapping into their unknown potential was a recurring theme at the event, and it is something panellist Kutti Revathi also succinctly addressed. When women realise they have the right to control their affairs, no one can stop them. I also feel because of the fight put forth by our ancestors this generation has a unique spirit to rise above the constructs of age and gender and express themselves through art. This statement by Revathi is something that city-based Lavanya echoes. I love photography, but I couldnt pursue it as I had to take care of my family. This fellowship was indeed liberating and has taken me to a position where I can make a living out of my passion, she added. If untapped potential was one theme, liberation was the other, and it is something Nandalal feels is important for the collectives being formed. Above all, I feel artists and technicians should not be seen through a gender lens but be known for their creative spirit and skill set. There is a need for more socially aware collectives, founded by women, and for women in various fields to ensure representation, inclusivity, and autonomy, he noted. A still from Kaivannam The theme of autonomy was best seen in two independent documentaries Made in Madras, the story of a soccer player Sangeetha, by Shikha Kumari, and Nokkuvidya, a life of a lone string puppeteer, by Reshmi Radhakrishnan that were screened on Saturday, and the Priya Nareshs Small-Time Cinema. The film, which shows how two YouTube filmmaking groups from Pakistans Balochistan and Indias Assam, rise over the identity crisis and complex history to pursue their passion for films, was a testament to the kind of stories the women told at the event, and the kind of struggles they go through to tell them. Of the many takeaways from the event, one striking last word was by Sethulakshmi, who observed that although a space for dialogues through documentaries and art is empowering, there is one other aspect that often slips under the radar. Why wait for such screenings and panels to speak about these social concerns? Let such conversations begin and continue at home. After all, change starts at home. The fellowship is a step toward resolving the persistent gender imbalance in the industry. Announcing that the team is awaiting the next batch of applicants, Gayatri, founder of CPB foundation said, Kanavu fellowship is a one-year-long mentorship programme open to all women from Tamil Nadu. It helps you build a career in photography and filmmaking through a series of lectures, workshops, exhibitions and assignments with the citys best. Applications are open for our third batch. The deadline to apply is March 30.
Kunnur joins Congress, may make it difficult for Bommai in Shiggaon
Meanwhile, BL Devaraju, who lost the 2018 Assembly polls in KR Pete in Mandya district, also joined Congress and he may get the party ticket to contest against minister Narayanagowda. BENGALURU:Panchamasali Lingayat leader and former BJP Lok Sabha member Manjunath Kunnur on Monday joined Congress, making any reelection bid of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai from the Shiggaon constituency in Haveri district difficult. Manjunaths politically active son Raju Kunnur was with Bommai till recently. The father and son duo had identified with the Panchamasali Lingayat communitys struggle for the 2A reservation tag led by the communitys religious head Sri Jaya Mruthyunjaya Swamiji. Kunnur moving to the Grand Old Party may result in Bommai looking for a safe seat, a Congress leader observed. In the 2018 Assembly polls, Congress candidate Syed Ajjampeer Khadri had given stiff fight to Bommai. The Congress plan this time is to defeat Bommai, or any other BJP nominee for the seat, with the combination of Muslim and Panchamasali Lingayat community votes. Congress may field Kunnur, Vinay Kulkarni or any other Muslim candidate from Shiggaon, sources said. In fact, Congress had planned to field Vinay Kulkarni from Shiggaon, but he was reluctant. Now, Kunnur may fit the bill, Congress sources said. Before joining Congress, Kunnur had spoken to AICC president Mallikarjun Kharge and taking his consent, revealed KPCC president DK Shivakumar, hinting that he may get the party ticket. It is a testimony to miserable conditions in BJP as the chief minister himself could not gain the trust of his own people. Then, is it possible to gain the trust of the people of the state?, he ridiculedHe predicted that Kunnur joining Congress will have an impact on the election results in the Shiggaon constituency, represented by Bommai. Meanwhile, BL Devaraju, who lost the 2018 Assembly polls in KR Pete in Mandya district, also joined Congress and he may get the partyticket to contest againstminister Narayanagowda. Leaders from differentparties, including JDS, from Chintamani, KR Pete, Shiggaon and Shivamogga constituencies joined Congress.
Karnataka: Muslim forum to protest scrapping of quota
The Rajinder Sachar panel report had recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims, but it was not implemented. CHIKKAMAGALURU:All India Muslim Development Forum president Naseer Ahmad condemned the governments decision to scrap the 4 per cent reservation for Muslims under the 2B category, and said peaceful protests will be held with the support of various forums. Ahmad was speaking to the media here on Monday. Appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to follow his slogan Sab ka saath, sab ka vikas in its true spirit, he said, In the Muslim community, there are many economically backward people. The Rajinder Sachar panel report had recommended 10 per cent reservation for Muslims, but it was not implemented. Now, Muslims are categorised under the Economically Weaker Section. It is undemocratic and anti-constitutional. ALSO READ| Experts differ over Muslim quota as confusion reigns in Karnataka With the government scrapping reservation under 2B category and sharing it among Vokkaligas and Lingayats , the Muslim community will lose 300 medical seats, 1,700 engineering seats and 50 dental seats, besides 600 to 2,000 job opportunities will be lost annually, he claimed. He appealed to the government to withdraw its decision.
Liquor seized from coffin in Gaya mortuary van
A team of excise department officials found only spirit and no body inside a coffin that they intercepted on a tip-off in the dry state of Bihar on Monday. It is no spooky story but one of innovative smuggling methods. In a bid to dodge the authorities, liquor smugglers concealed 212 bottles (around 159 litres) of India-made foreign liquor (IMFL) in a coffin and ferried it in a mortuary van.
Reservation Protests Grow In Karnataka
After Karnataka took a major decision of scrapping 4 per cent Other Backward Classes (OBC) category for Muslims and distributed it equally to Lingayats and Vokkaligas, Home Minister Amit Shah called the reservation for Muslims was unconstitutionally allocated by the Congress. Protests have broken out across the state.
Muslim groups protest after being removed from OBC category in Karnataka
Karnataka Elections 2023 SDPI members called the Karnataka governments decision unconstitutional, and declared that they would challenge the move both legally and through protests. Twitter/SDPIKarnataka Muslim groups in Karnataka organised protests in several towns and cities on Monday, March 27, demanding the reinstatement of 4% reservation for Muslims under the 2B group of Other Backward Classes (OBC). The BJP government in Karnataka recently announced its decision to remove Muslims from the OBC category under the states reservation matrix and placed them under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category. Protests were held by various Muslim groups in different parts of Karnataka including Koppal, Bidar, Kalaburgi, and Mysuru, with the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) leading the protests in Mysuru. #Muslim community protested in #Koppal demanding to reinstate 2B reservation which was taken away by state govt. #Karnataka govt has put them in EWS category. #Karnataka #KarnatakaElection2023 pic.twitter.com/G78DRSPIhG Imran Khan (@KeypadGuerilla) March 27, 2023 Members of SDPI called the state governments move unconstitutional and said that they would challenge the decision both legally and through protests. The decision has resulted in the removal of a 4% quota previously available to Muslims in the state, which was reallocated to newly-created OBC groups, 2C and 2D, designated for Vokkaligas and Lingayats. With this, the quota for Vokkaligas in the state has been increased to 6% from 4%, and to 7% from 5% for Lingayats. Today a protest was held against the BJP government demanding restoration of reservation by SDPI of Humanabad Vidhan Sabha Constituency in Bidar District #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/wozZn1gZsA Zeeshan Shaikh (@Zeeshan20628096) March 27, 2023 Muslims who are still eligible for reservation have now been placed under the EWS category in Karnataka. This was one of the Basavaraj Bommai Cabinets last decisions before the Assembly elections this year, as the model code of conduct may come into place at any time and suspend activity. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, an organisation of Indian Muslim scholars, has also declared its intention to challenge the Karnataka government's decision in court.
Karnataka Reservation Row: A Look at Significance of Lingayats, Vokkaligas in the State Ahead of Polls
BJP said the decision to scrap 4% reservation for Muslims in 2B category, re-apportioning it to Lingayats and Vokkaligas equally, was because there was no provision in Constitution for affirmative action on basis of religion
Why K'tka scraped the 4% reservation for Muslims under the OBC quota?
The BJP government in Karnataka has increased the reservation offered to the Lingayat and Vokkaliga communities but scrapped a separate quota for Muslims just months before high-stakes assembly polls are due. On March 26, the decision was announced, and Home Minister Amit Shah claimed that the previous government, which was run by Congress, had granted the Muslim minority a reservation in exchange for political benefits. Shah said that there was no provision in the Constitution to grant a reservation based on religion and that the reserve for minorities was therefore invalid under the Constitution. The OBC quota's 4% allocation for Muslims was eliminated, and the Vokkaliga and Lingayat communities received an equal share instead. Two of the most influential communities in Karnataka are the Ingayats and the Vokkaligas, whose support is crucial among a wide range of seats. The Congress and the Janata Dal are posing a challenge to the ruling BJP, which is attempting to hold onto power (Secular). The 4% reservation for Muslims in the state was set by the HD Deve Gowda-led state government in 1994, and an order to that effect was passed in 1995. After a resolution by the Cabinet on March 26, the reserve for Vokkaligas increased to 6% and for Lingayats to 7%. Brahmins, Jains, Aryavaishyas, Nagarthas, and Modaliars, who make up about 4% of the state's population, currently make up the EWS category. This category will now include the Muslim community, which makes up roughly 13% of the state's population. To qualify for the reservation, a family must have a combined yearly income of less than Rs. 8 lakh, agricultural property that is less than five acres in size, and a home that is less than 1,000 square feet. Muslim community leaders have stated they will disagree with the government's choice. DK Shivakumar, the state congress president, referred to it as the right of minorities. The 4% reservation, he continued, should not be taken away from minorities and given to any of the important communities. The state assembly's opposition leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah also blasted the BJP government, accusing it of betraying everyone by causing confusionover the reservation issue. Amit Shah to make online address as Goddess Sharda's idol to install near LoC New NEP accepted by all, Countries working to implement it: Amit Shah Amit Shah inaugurates Mata Sharda Devi temple in Kupwara
4% Muslim quota was unconstitutional: Shah
Hitting out at them, Shah appreciated the Basavaraj Bommai governments decision to use that 4 per cent reservation to increase the quota for Lingayats and Vokkaligas by 2 per cent each. BIDAR/BENGALURU: Defending the Karnataka governments decision to withdraw a 4 per cent reservation for Muslims in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category recently and distributing it among Lingayats and Vokkaligas, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said the Constitution has no provision to provide reservation to any particular religion. Congress leaders termed it an attempt to create hatred among communities. Hitting out at them, Shah appreciated the Basavaraj Bommai governments decision to use that 4 per cent reservation to increase the quota for Lingayats and Vokkaligas by 2 per cent each. In a major decision on Friday, the Karnataka cabinet scrapped the 4 per cent OBC quota for Muslims under 2B category and moved them to the Economically Weaker Section. The freed-up quota was used to increase the reservation for Vokkaligas from 4 per cent to 6 per cent and for Lingayats from 5 per cent to 7 per cent. Shah, who was speaking after unveiling a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the Martyrs Memorial at Gorta village in Bidar district, alleged that the previous Congress government had provided the 4 per cent quota to appease the minorities. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president DK Shivakumar wondered whether Lingayats and Vokkaligas had asked the government to take away the minority reservation to give it to them. The existing 56 per cent cap on reservation should have been expanded to increase the reservation for the two communities. Lingayats had asked for a 15 per cent quota and Vokkaligas 12 per cent, he said. He alleged that the BJP government threatened Vokkaliga communitys religious head Sri Nirmalanandanatha Swamiji and Panchamasali Lingayat seer Sri Jaya Mruthyunjaya Swamiji to accept the 2 per cent hike each in reservation. They are not beggars to accept it as it has been robbed from another community. Why is the BJP government trying to sow hatred between communities by scrapping the Muslims OBC quota? Are minorities not our people, he asked.
Bommai: Will not rest till the oppressed get justice
He said the demand for a hike in the reservation for Vokkaligas and Lingayats had been pending for the last 30 years but the Congress did nothing and gave only false assurances. HUBBALLI: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party will release its list of candidates once the election dates are announced. The BJP alwaysreleases the list of candidates only after the polling datesare declared. The same would be followed this time also.The list would be releasedat the right time, he told reporters at his residence in Hubballi on Sunday. On the ongoing reservation issue, Bommai said that he would not rest till the oppressed classes are given justice. He said the demand for a hike in the reservation for Vokkaligas and Lingayats had been pending for the last 30 years but the Congress did nothing and gave only false assurances. We showed our commitment by getting a report, got the study done, constituted a Cabinetsub-committee, and took a bold decision as per law, the chief minister elaborated. Bommai said the Congress leaders are frustrated as the BJP did what they could not do. The Congress always hoodwinked SC/STs and that has been their track record. They are under the wrong impression that they would get those votes by showing sympathy but are not aware of the fact that there is an elected government to decide it, the CM said. On allegations of the government snatching away 4% quota for Muslims and distributing the same among the other two communities, the CM said they are eligible for a 4% quota on economic grounds but now they are given 10% instead of 4%. Then how would it become an injustice for the Muslims? The government has taken a wise decision by keeping the welfare of Muslims in mind, he added. Meanwhile, speaking in Haveri, the CM said reservation has been given to Vokkaligas and Lingayats legitimately. Speaking at the inauguration of the Veerashaiva-Lingayat Panchamasali community hall and laying the foundation stone for the Haradhyana Mandira in Haveri on Sunday, he said the reservation has been given to the communities without doing injustice to others. The relentless fight by Sri Jayamruthyunjaya Swamiji awakened the State Government, he said. Meanwhile, he said the State Government will soon release funds for Adi Jagadguru Panchacharya Veda, Agama, and Sanskrit Pathashale. Besides, all assistance will be given for goshalas and for the mutt development, Bommai said. Centre will protect quota: Minister Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhu Swamy in Tumakuru clarified that the state government has taken the decision to hike the reservation for different communities and classification of SC quota with an assurance from the BJP national leadership that it will give protection to the move in Parliament. He clarified that the government will not take any step to remove Lambanis and Bhovis from the SC category as mentioned by it in its reply to the Central SC Commission. The hike in quota for SC/STs, classification and other changes will be implemented only after Parliament clears them, he said.
Karnataka State BJP corepanel discussespoll strategy
The meeting was attended by CM Basavaraj Bommai, ex-CM BS Yediyurappa, state party president Nalinkumar Kateel, BJP General Secretary BL Santhosh, CT Ravi and others. BENGALURU: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who took part in a series of events in Karnataka on Sunday, attended a meeting of the state BJP core and campaign committees, where he asked BJP leaders to strengthen the party base in Karnataka. The meeting was attended by CM Basavaraj Bommai, ex-CM BS Yediyurappa, state party president Nalinkumar Kateel, BJP General Secretary BL Santhosh, CT Ravi and others. Union ministers Shobha Karandlaje and Dharmendra Pradhan too attended the meeting at a private hotel. It was the second core committee meeting after the partys election campaign started. We had hoped that the meeting would be about the candidate lists, but Shah discussed more about strengthening the party from the booth level, campaigning and roadshows. He discussed the election strategy, BJP sources said. Shah told leaders to publicise the recent cabinet decision to increase quota for Lingayats and Vokkaligas. During the last Assembly polls, PM Narendra Modi had come to Karnataka more than 20 times and this time too, he is expected to travel as many times, said a senior BJP leader.
Actor Innocent passes away at 75
Death From being slapstick silly and lighthearted to sarcastic, shameless and quirky, there was no type of humour he couldn't pull off. Actor Innocent, who passed away at the age of 75 on Sunday, March 26, at 10.30 pm, might have had top-billing in only a handful of films but his sense of comic timing and razor sharp wit delivered in rib-tickling Thrissurian slang made him a scene-stealer in every film he was part of. He also wore many hats, first as an entrepreneur and later as a politician who fought an electoral battle and was elected as Member of Parliament representing Chalakudy constituency. He also served as the President of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists for many years. Innocent, also a cancer survivor, revelled in narrating funny anecdotes and wrote light-hearted books about his illness. He was in a critical condition for the past few days and admitted at the Lakeshore Hospital in Kochi. He breathed his last at a private hospital in Kochi. His mere presence on-screen or off-screen and mannerisms were enough to evoke laughter making him an inevitable part of more than 700 films. From being slapstick silly and lighthearted to sarcastic, shameless and quirky, there was no type of humour he couldn't pull off. Like every good comedian he knew how to laugh at himself, stretching the limits with brutal honesty and an element of unpredictability, qualities that endeared him in the hearts of Malayalis. Known for the effortless humour he brought to the screen, Innocent has played a variety of characters from villain to hero to supporting roles. His Mathaichan in theRamji Raoseries, the celibate Swamyettan who gets married secretly inGodfather, Unnithan who runs scared of ghosts inManichithrathazhu, the saintly Warrier inDevasuram, the supportive Balettan inNadodikattuare but some of the memorable characters. Many of the films may now have been forgotten but the jokes and the comic dialogues have become popular memes that are still remembered, mimicked and adored. The scene inKilukkamin which he reads the number of a winning lottery ticket that he bought is perhaps the most quoted one of the lot: adichu mole (I won, dear) and the passing out after it, followed by a hollow laugh. On and off for 15 years, between 2003 and 2018, Innocent held the post of president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (A.M.M.A.). Hespokeof his health issues and his responsibilities as a Member of Parliament as reasons to quit. Innocent had won from the Chalakudy constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, as an independent candidate supported by the Left. He made news by speaking in Malayalam in the Parliament, pressing the need to make healthcare more affordable for common people. But during the Lok Sabha elections in 2019, he lost to the Congress candidate, Benny Behanan. His film career began in the early 1970s but most of them were uncredited minor roles. A single dialogue in one of his early appearances, in the filmSoorya Daham, is a textbook example of the brand of humour that he is known for. The scene - Innocent caught stealing a coconut is asked, What is this/ to which he answers in his trademark singsong accent: ithu thengayalle? (Isn't this a coconut?). Comedy in Malayalam cinema, until then, was most often a parallel track made memorable with performances of veterans like Adoor Bhasi, Sreelatha, SP Pillai and Bahadur. Innocent brought a new style to comedy, letting a myriad of expressions cross his face in a matter of moments, and rendering dialogues in a musical dialect, courtesy his place of birth. Irinjalakuda a town tucked deep into Thrissur district that he is proud to speak of every time he makes an introduction. On stage or recorded programmes, he was always the Irinjalakudakkaran (native of Irinjalakuda) Innocent. He brought in his native land and its dialect in all his narratives. The 80s was a time he turned to production to give critically acclaimed movies like MohansVida Parayum Munpe, BharathansOrmakkayiand KG GeorgesLekhayude Maranam Oru Flashback. He also wrote stories for films likePavam IA IvachanandKeerthana, playing lead in both. In later years, he also occasionally worked in other languages, Hindi, Tamil and Kannada among them. Innocent had proved long ago that he was not limited to doing comedy. InMazhavilkavadi(1989) he played the merciless father scheming to separate his daughter from her lover, breaking his earlier promise to let them marry. He won the Kerala State award for Second Best Actor for the character. In 1990, he played the title character in the satireDr Pasupathy, directed by Shaji Kailas. He was cast as a default character in movies of Sathyan Anthikad, Priyadarshan and the director duo Siddique-Lal. In their 1993 filmKabuliwala, he and Jagathy Sreekumar (another veteran comedian) put out a heart-wrenching performance playing two rag pickers who drew comedy from pain. He was active throughout his career, missing in action only in the year 2020, due to ill health. Last year he appeared in the filmsMakalandKaduva. In 2023 Innocent had landed a role in the upcoming filmPaachuvum Albuthavilakum.
Reservation on religious grounds unconstitutional: Amit Shah in Karnataka
Politics The Karnataka government recently announced that Muslims would be shifted from the OBC to EWS reservation categories, thus increasing the quota for Vokkaligas and Lingayats. The Karnataka governments decision to cancel the 4% reservation for Muslims under the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) category has received support from Union Home Minister Amit Shah. During a public speech in Gorata and Gabbur villages in Bidar and Raichur districts on Sunday, March 26, Shah praised the move and described reservation on religious lines as unconstitutional. The reservation for minorities is not constitutionally valid, Shah stated, adding that the BJP government had abolished the 4% reservation for Muslims and distributed it equally among the Vokkaligas and Veerashaiva-Lingayat communities. Shah said that the BJP does not support appeasement and that religious-based reservation is unconstitutional. The reservation for minorities is not constitutionally valid. There is no provision in the Constitution to give reservation based on religion. This Congress government did it for its appeasement politics and gave reservation to the minorities, he added. Earlier on Sunday, Congress had alleged that the BJP's only game plan is to cheat, deceive, and defraud various communities in Karnataka. The manipulative politics of the Bommai government can be gauged from the fact that the repeated categorisation and re-categorisation will not pass the test of constitutionality, or the principles laid down for reservation, said AICC General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala.
Will Restore Scrapped 4% Quota for Muslims in Karnataka When We Come to Power, Says Congress
The Cabinet meeting on Friday also decided to split this quantum (four per cent) equally between Vokkaliga and Veerashaiva-Lingayats at two per each in jobs and admissions in educational institutions, which was welcomed by the two politically influential communities
'Congress major challenges is to expose BJP'S lies': Ramalinga Reddy
He expressed confidence that Congress will improve its performance in Bengaluru and across the state to form the government on its own, during an interaction with TNSE editors and reporters. AsCongress announced its first list of candidates and the party is gearing up for the polls, the state Congress working President and former minister Ramalinga Reddy said exposing BJPs lies is the biggest challenge for Congress. He expressed confidence that Congress will improve its performance in Bengaluru and across the state to form the government on its own, during an interaction with TNSE editors and reporters. Excerpts: What are Congress prospects in Bengaluru? In 2013, we won 13 seats in Bengaluru and 15 in 2018. In a cosmopolitan city like Bengaluru, there will be 15 to 20 per cent neutral voters. They do not see caste or religion, as having no influence will work on them. In 2013, some Congress MLAs won by a large margin and in 2018, the margin was reduced. This time, we are confident that neutral voters will vote for Congress. This is because of corruption, failed administration, scams and many other issues with the BJP government. Our target is to win 15 to 16 seats in the city. What is your overall assessment of the state? In 2018, although we got 38% vote share, we won 80 seats, while BJP got 36% votes and won 104 seats. BJP does not have a base in the Old Mysuru region, where we have a better presence. In this election, we are confident of improving our vote base in coastal and central Karnataka too. We hope for better results in the Kalyan-Karnataka region. Will Mallikarjun Kharge being AICC president help in the elections? People have love towards him. His vast experience in Karnataka politics will help us. Why is Congress not projecting a CM candidate? Congress has never projected a chief ministerial candidate before elections. Once the results are declared, the Congress Legislative Party meeting will be called where they take MLAs opinions. After that, the high command will take the final decision. Are you also in the CMs race? There are already two to three people who are in the CMs race in Congress. Everyone likes to become CM, but only one person can become CM. One should understand this. Right now, we all want the party to come to power. How do you see the Aam Aadmi Party in Karnataka? AAP does not have mass leaders who can bring votes to the party. They should groom leaders. They have leaders in Delhi and Punjab, but not here in Karnataka. What is the major challenge for Congress in this election? All BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president JP Nadda and CM Basavaraj Bommai, utter only lies. Our challenge is to tell this to the people and expose their lies. If we fail then BJP leaders lies will look like the truth. Our major challenge is to expose their lies. Can you name some of those lies? BJP leaders said they will bring back the black money stashed in other countries, but they have not done so. They promised to give employment to two crore people every year, but they have failed to do so. They even said they will reduce the price of gas, petrol and diesel, but so far nothing has been done. They had promised to reduce corruption and give good administration. After BJP came to power, there is no value for anti-defection laws. So far, 270 MLAs from other parties across the country has been poached through Operation Kamala. How do you look at leaders party-hopping? Will it have an impact? It depends on who joins which party. Elections cannot be won based on the party alone and candidates are also important. Do you think it will be difficult to get candidates in Assembly constituencies where turncoats joined BJP? That is the reason why we need to strengthen the cadre. In a cadre-based party, even if a big leader quits, followers will not leave the party. For various reasons, party workers and followers work according to one leader during the polls. If he quits, all these people follow him. This is why we are facing trouble. In future at least, Congress should build the partys cadre base. After DK Shivakumar took charge as KPCC president, he has started making an attempt to build the partys cadre base. Do you think Janaradhan Reddys new party will polarise Reddy community voters? It will not make any big impact. All big leaders from this community are in Congress. He might impact some candidates. Why are there less tickets to women candidates? There is no such thing as not giving tickets to women. In Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Panchayat polls, there is a reservation and Congress gave tickets to women. For the Assembly polls, we do not have sufficient women candidates. Women are in politics, but winning is considered a criterion. In European countries, more women are in politics. A similar system should be here, too. At present, only those who come from political backgrounds are actively involved in politics. You and your daughter Sowmya Reddy are MLAs. How are your conversations at home? It is like any father-daughter conversation. I advise her whenever she asks for it. If she does anything wrong, I do correct her. What is the difference between younger politicians compared to experienced leaders like you? Our generation focused more on fieldwork, while the present generation of leaders not just Sowmya, but also others largely depend on social media. Working at the field level gives us a strong foundation. Leaders should be in touch with the people. If they try to reach us, we should respond to their issues. My only advice to young leaders is to do field visits rather than depend only on social media. How do you see politics change over the years? When I became the MLA for the first time in 1989, poll expenses were less. Peoples expectations have increased now. I have not spent my money in any of my elections, including filing nomination and deposit money. Its all peoples money. I have not given money to people for votes. The trend was the same till 2008 in most of the constituencies. The trend of giving money to people started in 2008 when BJP came to power. People should not take money. In this election, BS Yediyurappa is not the BJPs CM candidate. How do you look at it? It was BS Yediyurappa who built and strengthened the BJP in Karnataka along with late Ananth Kumar. Now he has been sidelined, and Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai is not a mass leader like Yediyurappa or Siddaramiah. It will impact the BJP. Does it mean traditional Lingayat voters will come to Congress? Traditional Lingayat voters will shift to Congress. We always had the support of Lingayats and now our share of Lingayat votes will increase. What are the chances of JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy becoming CM? This time, Congress will get a simple majority and there is no chance of Kumaraswamy becoming CM. Do you think politicians are increasingly resorting to personal attacks? Only during polls, we have to fight. Once it is done, we should not drag it. In the last few years, personal attacks have increased. In politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies. Now, hate politics has become more common, especially after BJP came to power. Action and reaction is also increasing. They have a set of people to forward such messages on social media. Why is Congress not countering it? We also have people. When they are doing it, we also respond. Even JDS has it. We have to make it stronger. Your take on reports about differences between Siddaramiah andD K Shivakumar? Such small differences are there in all parties. It is there in BJP too. Do you think Jagadish Shettar will say Bommai has to continue as CM? Has BJP ever tried to poach you? My father was a Congressman, and we are like born Congressmen. During the alliance government, there was partiality hence I got annoyed. My angst than was against the party leaders but not the party. When there is favouritism, should we not resist?What would you do apart from politics? During my college days when I was studying law, I used to watch movies, about 5-6 a week, as classes would be completed before noon. Dr Rajkumar is my favourite actor and I used to watch the movie first day, the first show. The last movie I watched was RRR. I also do business and agriculture, which I like the most. You have worked with many CMs. Who isthe best-performing CMs? Each CM has his own style of functioning. Veerappa Moily introduced the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to professional courses. It became a model for the entire country. He gave minorities reservations as well. He recognised people like me and gave me an MLA seat following the instructions of senior leader KM Nagaraj. SM Krishna had his own vision for Bengaluru. Well, N Dharam Singh used to get angry, but come to terms soon. Siddaramaiah had a concern for the downtrodden and the needy. What is your take on the Election Commission introducing the vote-from-home option for people aged 80 years and above and on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)? Let EC give the option of voting from home to 80-year-old people, which is good. It has been given to government servants on duty at the polls. Recently, I read an article on EVMs on how they are not foolproof It has been demonstrated in Israel and some twenty other nations that the machines can be operated from remote places. We were taken aback when BJP got a 3.3 lakh victory margin in Bengaluru South during the 2019 LS polls. I have my own doubts about EVMs. I request Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Election Commission of India to bring back the ballot system. Then there will not be any doubts. During the time of the ballot system, there might be rigged, but now too there is the rigging of EVMs. If not politics, what would you have become? Before coming to politics, I was a businessman and a real estate developer. My father was also a contractor. I was also into agriculture as I inherited over 100 acres of farmland. If not for politics, I would have become one of the top business honchos in Bengaluru.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind to challenge Karnatakas move to scrap OBC Muslim quota in court
News The 4% OBC Muslim quota has been divided between the Vokkaligas and Lingayats under the newly-created OBC groups 2C and 2D. A day after the Karnataka government announced that it would remove Muslims from the OBC category and accommodate reservations for them under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind an organisation of Indian Muslim scholars declared that it would challenge the decision in court. On Friday, March 24, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had announced his Cabinets decision to remove Muslims from the 2B category of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), which gave them 4% reservation. Maulana Mahmood Madani, president of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, called the move a grave injustice meted out to Muslims. Speaking to reporters in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, Madani said, The decision does not go hand-in-hand with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's [promise of] Pasmanda Muslim upliftment. On one hand, the Prime Minister says he is promoting development policy for the marginalised section of Muslims, and on the other hand, his party's government in Karnataka is snatching away reservation from them and distributing it among other classes. The 4% OBC Muslim quota which was revoked, has been divided between Vokkaligas and Lingayats under the newly-created OBC groups, 2C and 2D. Muslims eligible for reservation have now been categorised under EWS in Karnataka. Madani argued that as per various official statistics and reports, the Muslims of India are economically and educationally at the lowest rung of development. Hence, no community deserves reservation more than the Muslims, Madani said. Calling the Karnataka governments decision he worst example of electoral opportunism and appeasement, Madani said, This move only aims to create discord between communities. We will approach the court against it. Read: Karnataka scraps 4% Muslim quota, gives it to two other communities
Odisha CM writes to Gadkari, seeks NH 55 completion
Upgradation of 265-km highway to four-lane carriageway being carried out by NHAI since 2017, yet to be completed BHUBANESWAR: Concerned over the inordinate delay in the completion of the Cuttack-Angul-Sambalpur section of NH 55, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has sought the intervention of Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari for early completion of the important highway project. Writing a letter to the Union minister, he said, it is a matter of great concern that the rehabilitation and upgradation of the 265-km highway to a four-lane carriageway being carried out by NHAI since 2017 is yet to be completed even after more than five years. NH 55 serves as a lifeline to millions of people of western Odisha. Haphazard construction activities and the miserable plight of the road causes frequent accidents leading to the loss of human lives. As many as 399 accidents have taken place causing 196 fatalities during the last two years. There is public agitation and discontentment among people for inordinate delay in completion of the road work, Naveen pointed out. The chief minister said the concern of the state government on this count has been communicated to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways earlier and despite regular review of the progress of the project with the regional authorities of NHAI, no satisfactory outcome is visible.He urged Gadkari to intervene in the matter for early completion of the project, which will go a long way in redressing the pending demand of people of the state. On March 6, The New Indian Express had published a detailed report titled From Cuttack to Sambalpur, the unending NH 55 pain highlighting the factors behind inordinate delay in completion of the highway expansion work. Two senior NHAI officials, including a project director (technical), were suspended over irregularities and tardy progress of the construction work. One of the most significant highways of Odisha, the NH 55 has long been a crucial connection between coastal, central and western regions of the state. Completed, the highway would link industrial corridors with the ports by providing an uninterrupted connectivity and accelerating movement of mining and industrial traffic. Started in three phases between March 2017 and March 2018 at a cost of Rs 2,367 crore, the project is incomplete due to delay in completion of bridges, vehicle underpasses (VUPs) and animal underpasses (AUPs). The project estimate has almost doubled at Rs 4,482 crore after five years but only about 60 per cent work has been completed so far. The project taken up on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode was delayed as the construction agency Hyderabad-based Gayatri Projects Ltd went into a severe financial crisis a year after it bagged the contracts.
Panchamasali lingayats hail quota move as first victory
Community calls off strike, to struggle for Central OBC tag after Karnataka election TUMAKURU: The Panchamasali Lingayats called off their long struggle for the 2A reservation tag, with seer Sri Jaya Mruthyunjaya Swami, who had led the community from the front, terming Fridays resolution of the Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai cabinet to accord 7 per cent quota under the 2D category as a first victory. What we have asked for is a 2A reservation. But the government created a new reservation under the 2D category. Since there was a stay in the high court to get 2A reservation, the 7 per cent being given under 2D is the first historic victory for our struggle, he mentioned. But the decision to call off the strike was taken at the state executive committee meeting, with community members differing in their opinions, at Freedom Park, Bengaluru, where they had sat on dharna for 70 days. Congress leaders Vijayanand S Kashappanavar and Veena declared that they will be resigning from the Panchamasali Horata Samithi, while expressing their dissatisfaction with the cabinet decision, hoping for a 15 per cent quota. But the seer and former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal tried to convince members to view the decision as a breakthrough. For the time being, we are calling off the two-year-old struggle, but the fight for a further hike in quota and to be included in the Centres OBC list will start after the Assembly polls in Karnataka, the seer said. We are proud to say that we are a community that has allowed all Lingayat sub-castes and other communities to get a reservation through our struggle, he remarked. He congratulated PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and CM Basavaraj Bommai, for reportedly trying to clear the courts deadlock to give reservation, besides leaders from the community, especially Yatnal. I will meet the CM and the PM after getting a copy of the order from the government and leave for Kudala Sangama from Bengaluru,he stated.
In Poll-Bound Karnataka, PM's Lotus Pitch To Voters
The Prime Minister's seventh visit to Karnataka this year included a roadshow where he was flanked by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and BJP's Lingayat strongman BS Yediyurappa. It was a show of strength by the BJP's powerhouses as the party's Vijaya Sankalpa Yatra culminated today. Congress says Modi, your grave will be dug. But they do not know that the people of Karnataka say that Modi's lotus will bloom, PM Modi said at the roadshow.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik shoots off letter to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for early completion of NH 55
The Odisha CM said it is a matter of great concern that the expansion work is yet to be completed even after more than five years BHUBANESWAR: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has shot off a letter to Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari seeking his intervention for early completion of Cuttack-Angul-Sambalpur NH 55 four-laning work. Drawing his attention to the fact that rehabilitation and upgradation of the 265-km Cuttack-Sambalpur section of NH 55 to four-lane carriageway is being carried out by NHAI since 2017, he said it is a matter of great concern that the expansion work is yet to be completed even after more than five years. The NH 55 serves as lifeline to millions of people of western Odisha. Haphazard construction activities and miserable plight of the road causes frequent accidents leading to loss of human lives. As many as 399 accidents have taken place causing 196 fatalities during last two years. There is public agitation and discontentment among people for inordinate delay in completion of the road work, Naveen pointed out. The Chief Minister said the concerns of the state government on this count have been communicated to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways earlier and despite regular review of the progress of the project with the regional authorities of NHAI, no satisfactory outcome is visible. He urged Gadkari to intervene in the matter for early completion of the project, which will go a long way in redressing the pending demand of people of the state. ALSO READ | Oppns lawlessness charge is insult to Odishas peace-loving people: CM Naveen Patnaik One of the most significant highways of Odisha, the NH 55 has long been a crucial link between coastal, central and western regions of the state. Completed, the highway would connect industrial corridors with ports by providing an uninterrupted connectivity and accelerating movement of mining and industrial traffic. Started in three phases between March 2017 and March 2018 at a cost of Rs 2,367 crore, the project is incomplete due to delay in completion of bridges, vehicle underpasses (VUPs) and animal underpasses (AUPs). The project estimate has almost doubled at Rs 4,482 crore after five years but only about 60 per cent work has been completed so far. On March 6, The New Indian Express had published a detailed report titled 'From Cuttack to Sambalpur, the unending NH 55 pain' highlighting the factors behind inordinate delay in completion of the highway expansion work. Two senior NHAI officials, including a project director (technical), were suspended over irregularities and tardy progress of the construction work. The project taken up on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) mode was delayed as the construction agency Hyderabad-based Gayatri Projects Ltd went into a severe financial crisis a year after it bagged the contracts. As per the contracts, six major bridges, 59 minor bridges, three flyovers, 10 VUPs, 19 AUPs, 653 culverts and two road over bridges were proposed to be constructed. However, only one major bridge has been completed along with 30 minor bridges, 505 culverts and four VUPs in last five years. None of the flyovers and AUPs has been built yet. Twelve AUPs will be built in a two-km elephant corridor between Angul and Sambalpur and the remaining seven between Cuttack and Angul. Three major bridges between Cuttack and Angul section and two bridges between Angul and Sambalpur section are under progress.
Farhan Akhtar all praise for Raj govts film tourism policy
Farhan Akhtar all praise for Raj govts film tourism policy Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar met Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary (Tourism), Rajasthan government, here on Friday and complimented the state government for introducing a film tourism promotion policy that aims to boost tourism in the desert state. Jaipur: Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar met Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary  The post Farhan Akhtar all praise for Raj govts film tourism policy appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Vokkaligas, Lingayats get 2 per centmore quota
This will increase the reservation for Vokkaligas from the existing 4% to 6%, while that of Lingayats from 5% to 7%. BENGALURU:In a major decision at its last Cabinet meeting on Friday, the BJP government approved increasing the reservation for Vokkaligas and Lingayats by 2% each, while scrapping the 4% Other Backward Classes (OBC) reservation for Muslims under the 2B category. The State Cabinet also approved internal reservations for Scheduled Castes by allotting percentage-based quotas depending on the size of their population. Muslims, who were getting 4% reservation under 2B of OBC (religious minorities), will now be moved to the 10% Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota. This will increase the reservation for Vokkaligas from the existing 4% to 6%, while that of Lingayats from 5%to 7%. Asked about members of the Panchamasali community, who were demanding to be placed under the 2A reservation category, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government will not touch 2A, which at present has 15% reservation given to Backward Classes.Vokkaligas and Lingayats now fall under 2D and 2C, he added. While approving the internal reservation for SCs by allotting percentage-based quota depending on the size of the population, SC Left will get 6%; SC Right5.5%, Touchables 4.5% and others 1%. The recommendations will be sent to the Union Government, Bommai said. This decision was taken as per the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub-Committee headed by Law Minister JC Madhu Swamy. Bommai: 15 Muslim groups undercategory-I will not be disturbed The chief minister said under OBC, at present there is most backward (category-I) at 4%, more backward (category - 2A) at 15%, 2B (religious minorities) at 4%, 3A (Vokkaligas and others) 4% and 3B (Panchamasali and Veerashaiva Lingayat) 5%. This was to be reviewed once in 10 years, but was not done even after 20 years, he added. The Backward Classes Commission headed by Jayaprakash Hegde received many appeals and requests to review it. The commission members travelled across Karnataka and gathered information based on hearings. According to their interim report, in Karnataka, three reservation categories were not needed as the lifestyle of members from most backward and more backward categories was almost the same. Only two categories were considered sufficient. At the Belagavi Cabinet meeting, it was decided that 3A and 3B would now be made 2C and 2D. However, the Government Order has not been issued yet. Apart from this, there were demands from various communities to increase quotas based on their population. The commission recommended shifting a few communities from OBC to the new EWS category. Based on this recommendation, the Cabinet took the decision. The 2B category, which is for religious minorities, has no provision in the Constitution. In Andhra Pradesh, when the government took this step, the Supreme Court struck down the decision of giving reservations to religious minorities. Even Dr BR Ambedkar had said reservation is for the caste and not for religion, Bommai said. ALSO READ | Balija community demands job reservation in Karnataka However, 15 Muslim categories, which fall under category-I, will not be disturbed. Even certain people under 2A will also not be disturbed. There are a few cases that do not fall under any category. Such castes will be studied in the future. Speaking about the ST quota for the Kuruba community, he said the University of Mysores anthropology department has submitted a report. The government will take a decision on Koli and Kadu Golla communities soon, he said.
Panchamasali leaders to take a call today: Seer
Swamiji said the communitys executive committee meeting will be held at the Freedom Park, where the dharna is being held for the last 70 days, and a decision will be taken. BENGALURU:Panchamasali Lingayat community religioushead Sri Jayamruthyunjaya Swamiji here on Friday evening said a decision will be taken on Saturday as to whether they will continue with their agitation for the 2A reservation tag for the community or not. Since the cabinet decision to increase the quota for Lingayats has not reached us, community members should not celebrate it as a victory. We have waited for 25 years and let us wait for another ten hours. The decision and message will be passed on to community members on Saturday, he said. He was speaking to the media after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai announced that the cabinet had resolved to provide a 7 per cent quota for Lingayats, including Panchamasalis -- an increase of 2 per cent from the present 5 per cent under 2D for the Lingayat community. Swamiji said the communitys executive committee meeting will be held at Freedom Park, where the dharna is being held for the last 70 days, and a decision will be taken. The decision on continuing with the strike will be evolved only after a discussion with community leaders, including former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal of BJP, Vijayananda Kashappanavara of Congress and the legal committee, he said.
To please BSY, Shah makes his son feel good
Master strategist acknowledges ex-CMs importance in BJPs electoral prospects BENGALURU:As Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived on the driveway of BS Yediyurappas residence for breakfast on Friday morning, the former chief minister himself stood at the entrance to receive Shah with a bouquet in hand. But getting out of the car, Shah gestured towards Yediyurappas son and state BJP vice-president BY Vijayendra even as Yediyurappa looked confused. Realising that the message has not hit home, Shah stood beside Vijayendra and accepted the bouquet from him and took the bouquet from Yediyurappas hand later. The well-orchestrated sequence was to send out an all-important message that the party wants to keep the Lingayat strongman happy and that it does not want him to cause harm to the partys prospects ahead of crucial elections by being indifferent. Shah receiving the bouquet from Vijayendra is a sign that the party is willing to publicly recognise Vijayendra and honour his claim for a more important position in the party. The photo-op is the result of the partys realisation that Yediyurappas calculated indifference could cause much harm to the partys poll prospects. It is also a discomfiting acknowledgement that Lingayat leaders of substance like Mohan Limbikai, VS Patil and Kiran Kumar have deserted the saffron party and joined Congress. Shah, the master strategist that he is, has realised that multiple visits by the PM, party chief JP Nadda and himself to Karnataka would not translate into a bigger vote share for the party without Yediyurappa, the catalyst. And hence, the public acknowledgement of Vijayendras importance, is what Yediyurappa wants the most.
Its a poll gimmick:Siddaramaiah
Though CM Basavaraj Bommai said that Muslims will be given the reservation under the economically weaker section quota, it is not easy to do so, he said. BENGALURU:CLP leader Siddaramaiah said here on Friday that the changes made in the reservation categories will not benefit anyone and it is just a gimmick with an ulterior motive of getting political benefits ahead of the Assembly polls. The government has scrapped a 4% quota for Muslims and distributed it to Vokkaligas and Lingayats. It is like snatching from one community to give it to another and the BJP is trying to create animosity among communities, he alleged. Though CM Basavaraj Bommai said that Muslims will be given the reservation under the economically weaker section quota, it is not easy to do so, he said. On the internal reservation for SCs, the ex-CM said it is a lengthy process.
Rocky terrain hampering leopard search operations
The forest department has had no luck in spotting the leopard. Sources said the rocky terrain and presence of hillocks provided an ideal hiding place for the animal. TIRUPPUR:More than a week has passed since pug marks of a leopard were found at Uthiyur in Kangeyam and cameras installed. But the forest department has had no luck in spotting the animal. Sources said the rocky terrain and presence of hillocks provided an ideal hiding place for it. Forest ranger (Kangayam-Dharapuram) P Dhanapal said, For the past one week, we have been conducting operations to capture the leopard which has killed two sheep and a calf. We installed 25 cameras, three cages and drones in various locations of Uthiyur including Konganar temple in Uthiyur hill on March 16. Besides, we formed a team of 25 forest personnel to search and attempt to drive the animal from its hideout. But we are unable to locate the animal. On March 22, the leopard killed the dog of a farmer in Kasikoundanpalayam. Forest officials inspected the village and confirmed the presence of the leopard using its pug marks. On March 23, we analysed footage from all cameras, but the movement of animal was not recorded in a single camera. We suspect the leopard could be hiding in a cave in Uthiyur. Since Uthiyur is a rocky terrain spread over eight square kilometres, it is difficult to search for the animal. Besides, there are hundreds of cave formations in the area in which the animal could be hiding, he added.
Mahabodhi corridor proposed in Bihar's Bodh Gaya like Kashi Vishwanath
Around 72.90 acres of land has been identified for the project.
Eye on poll, Karnataka govt ups Lingayat, Vokkaliga quotas by 2% each
In a major decision that is expected to significantly boost the BJP's prospects in the upcoming assembly elections, the state cabinet on Friday decided to increase the reservation quota for the two politically powerful and dominant castes - Lingayats and Vokkaligas - by 2% each. To increase the quota, the cabinet removed the 4% reservation for Muslims and moved them under the 10% Economically Weaker Section (EWS) basket.
K'taka decides to abolish 4 per cent reservation for religious minorities, places them in EWS category
The cabinet decided to bring religious minorities under the EWS category. The decision comes ahead of the assembly elections. BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Friday announced its decision to abolish the four per cent quota for 'religious minorities' and add it to the existing quota of two dominant communities of the poll-bound state. The four per cent reservation will now be divided into two equal parts and added to the existing quota for the Vokkaligas and Lingayats for whom two new reservation categories of 2C and 2D were created during the Belagavi Assembly Session last year. The cabinet decided to bring religious minorities under the EWS category. The decision comes ahead of the assembly elections. Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the religious minorities quota would be done away with and brought under the 10 percent pool of the EWS group without any change of condition. The four per cent (reservation for minorities) will be divided into two between 2C and 2D. The four per cent reservation for the Vokkaligas and others will enhance to six per cent and Veerashaiva Panchamasali and others (Lingayats), who were getting five per cent reservation will now get seven per cent,he CM explained.