Karnataka facing the brunt of the all-India ‘bandh’

As the nation prepares itself for Fridays’ big strike announced by the trade union, concerns are rising among the common people due to the unavailability of public transport. The strike largely affects the office goers who will be unable to report at their workplaces. With the Auto and Cab drivers complying with the strike, people are losing out on alternate transportation options.

Karnataka is joining the states which are supporting the strike called by the union traders. Friday’s strike will mark to fifth such incident in the past couple of months which saw a halt in the public transportation. Earlier, such strikes were a rare phenomenon, but lately, with the growing number if such incidents, Karnataka seems to be following the likes of West Bengal (Bengal) and Kerala in the frequency of trade union strikes. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka is one of the fastest growing cities in the country in the recent past. With the IT boom, Bangalore has managed to get the country’s GDP growing at a very fast pace but with the recent instances of strikes, Bangalore also seems to be facing a severe beating.

Various firms which need employees to be working during the nationwide strike are now making arrangements for the commute of the essential staff to the workspace. HRs of firms are now drawing lists in order to figure out the indispensable employees which have to report to the office. Many offices have extended the option of working from for the employees, keeping in mind the inconvenience and safety issues.

Bangalore was a booming industrial city in Karnataka because it did not get affected by the various political conflicts and the tiff with the union. With the growing cases of strikes in the state, Karnataka is losing out on capital and industrialists and IT firms might soon retreat from the state just like in the case of the communist dominant states of Kerala and Bengal. Contrarily, The West Bengal Chief Minister has refrained from complying with the Friday strike.

The union members do have a fair right to call a strike to meet their demands and negotiating with the government but the incidents of violence during this period is the biggest cause of concern. In many cities across the nation, cabs and other vehicles on the road have been destructed.  These incidents also expose the lack of adequate policing and that a handful of people are trying to exploit the situation in their favour.

With the shutting down of the country, huge losses will be incurred by the economy. According to industry experts, the city is set to lose hundreds of crores if it comes to a standstill and a day-long strike will zero out on a day’s revenue which otherwise ranges from Rs120-140 crore. Bangalore primarily is a service based industrial city and the bandh will not be of any gain as it is mainly associated with those who are in the manufacturing sector.

Strikes are one of the major reason due to which the country has failed to establish a strong industrial hold and now due to the trade union’s efforts to show power and disrupt hierarchy, the city is suffering a great deal. Brand Bangalore is now at stake due to the blackmailing tactics used by the trade union members and the support of counterproductive measures by the state government for political gains. In this situation, the city is facing adversities and bleeds of its revenues.

Source: TOI  Navbharat Times

Jaitley inaugurates Invest Karnataka, praises state

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while inaugurating the three-day Invest Karnataka event in Bangalore said that while unpredictability and vulnerability has become the norm of global economy, India has remained “relatively unimpacted” by the crises.

“The world faces a very difficult and challenging situation… In the global situation, India is being distinctively noticed,” said the Finance Minister.

He praised Karnataka for focusing on inclusive development, and added that the state is in a position to achieve 2 to 3 per cent higher growth rate as compared to the national average. He also assured the cooperation of the Central government to help Karnataka achieve the same. According to NASSCOM, Bengaluru alone attributes 38 per cent of the total revenue from IT exports of India. Karnataka’s IT exports alone amounts to $27 billion, and according to the state, has one of the fastest growing economies in the country, with 7 per cent Gross Domestic Product. He urged the government to ease laws for manufacturing sector, to further boost growth.

In its fourth edition of global investment meet, Karnataka expects to gain an investment worth one lakh crore, said a statement released by the government.

Business heads like Azim Premji, Narayana Murthy, Kumaramangalam Birla, Anil Ambani, Gautam Adani, were all present at the inauguration.


SOURCES: Financial ExpressNew Indian Express

Roaring No.1 in India – Karnataka with 406 tigers

With Karnataka’s success in tiger conservation steps, they have now surpassed themselves with 406 tigers, according to the census report released by the Wildlife Institute of India. Uttarakhand, however stands on the second position with 340 tigers, and has had a whooping success in tiger conservation from possessing 227 tigers to 349.

To this, Director Samir Sinha of Corbett Tiger Reserve said, “There has been an encouraging rise in tiger population in Uttarakhand. It has risen from 227 to 340 since the last census. This is all the more creditable given the fact that the hill State has just one tiger reserve.”

Although Karnataka has always been leading with tiger population in India, this has been a boost to the overall conservation of tigers. The last census reported that the total population of Tigers in India stands at 2,226 marking a significant rise of 30 per cent since 2010.

Protected areas like the Male Mahadeshwara (MM Hills) Wildlife Sanctuary and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary had been omitted from the census report as according to a statement by a leading daily.

These sanctuaries traditionally did not possess any tiger population. Nevertheless, once a scientific analysis of 1,933 sq km was done through camera-trapping, it revealed that there exists a healthy number of tigers in Male Mahadeshwara (MM Hills) Wildlife Sanctuary and Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary. While in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary there are two tigers, the Male Mahadeshwara (MM Hills) Wildlife Sanctuary consists of 12 tigers.

Sanjay Gubbi, a wildlife biologist and main author of the study by the Nature Conservation Foundation, explained a leading daily that the probability of increase in their numbers is high and that their population in those areas, is likely to double in the coming five years.

This study was released by HS Mahadeva Prasad, Karnataka minister for cooperation and sugar, who further on declared consideration of the proposal to announce these areas as a new tiger reserve.

Source: DNA

IEBI to introduce mainstream education along with religious studies

In a major development on Wednesday, the newly formed Islamic Educational Board of India (IEBI) – Karnataka declared to introduce mainstream education along with religious studies from the next academic year.

As a vital step towards changing the syllabi in nearly 10,000 madrasas across the State, the board has decided that the IEBI will now monitor the activities in the madrasas and will implement guidelines of both Islamic and academic syllabi and instil values of Islam as a peace loving and a tolerant religion.

The newly formed board will have leaders of prominent Muslim bodies representing Sunnis, Sufis and 10 other organisations as the board monitors.

President of IEBI Sultan Sheik Abdul Khader said, “Madrasas are in a state of dissent as there are no prescribed syllabi, especially in Karnataka. Following the successful model of the syllabus in Kerala, we are working on bringing in changes in our state syllabus which will inculcate values of Islam to its students educating them that Islam never promotes violence. Terrorism is un-Islamic and anti-Islamic, and has no religion.”

Adding to this, he also mentioned that the newly formed board will devise the syllabus from zero level to class 12 in English, Urdu, Kannada, Malayalam and other Indian languages uniformly throughout all the Madrasas.

The board will also bring in trained teachers from across the country. Khader said that, the teachers will be first trained for one to three months in order to learn how to impart such a combined form of education. Almost 25,000 teachers are expected to join by next year.

Source: http://newsinformer.info/in-national-news/board-to-revive-madrasa-education-system-the-hindu/


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IEBI will introduce mainstream education along with religious studies from next academic year
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Y Bhaskar Rao resigns as Karnataka’s Lokayukta

Bengaluru: Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao, Karnataka’s anti- corruption ombudsman or Lokayukta, rendered his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala on Monday. Raj Bhavan sources told NDTV that the resignation was accepted “with immediate effect”. The resignation was a result of allegations made by many quarters, including former Lokayukta, Justice Santosh Hegde.

The allegations were triggered when Mr. Rao’s son, Ashwin Rao was arrested by the Special Investigations Team (SIT) in July this year, for alleged extortion and usage of information from the Lokayukta office. He allegedly demanded bribes and threatened to undertake Lokayukta raids.

The State government,in order to make the removal of the ombudsman easier, made amendments to the Lokayukta Act, adhering to growing calls for his dismissal.As per the amended law, one third of the legislators from either house and present a signed motion to the head of the house, in order to initiate the removal of the Lokayukta.

Mr. Rao was on leave from July 27, after his son’s arrest. His leave officially ends on December 17.

News source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/y-bhaskar-rao-resigns-as-lokayukta/article7961608.ece


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Y. Bhaskar Rao steps down as Karnataka’s Lokayukta
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Rape involving two men cannot be gang-rape: Karnataka Minister

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Karnataka home minister KJ George has joined the growing list of politicians putting forth controversial statements about sexual violence against women, saying a rape including two men can’t be called a gang-rape.

“How is it a gang-rape if two people rape? Shouldn’t there be at least three or four people for it to be called gang-rape?” George told a television news channel on Wednesday.

George was talking about the recent rape of a BPO employee in Bengaluru. Police have arrested two men for allegedly raping the 22-year-old woman in a moving mini bus.

This is not the first time George has been in the spotlight for his remarks over issues like rape.

Facing wrath over an increase in sexual assaults on minor girls in schools, George had a year ago rebuked the media for highlighting “only such news” and hihglighting Bengaluru as “a rape city” to build their ratings.

After passing that statement, on Thursday, George denounced the Bengaluru episode and said rape was a heinous crime irrespective of whether it is committed by a gang or a single person..

When asked by the reporters if he would go with the city police for patrol to boost the confidence of the residents, George said: “The city police are doing their job. If necessary, I can go on patrol around the city but I don’t want to do it for publicity. My eyes are always open to the happenings.”

SC issues notice to Jayalalitha on plea challenging her acquittal in DA case

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New Delhi: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday was issued a notice by the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice PC Ghose on a batch of petitions challenging her acquittal in the disproportionate case in Karnataka High Court.

The petitioners challenged the HC judgment and said that they had undermined the properties owned by her. The petition also litigated that the HC had made errors while calculating her income from her other investments including the loans from nationalized banks and her agricultural income.

If the HC rectified its mistake then the current percentage of the disproportionate assets would be 34.50% rather than the current 8.12% which was fixed by the court. The HC had made the judgment that the disproportionate assets was approximately Rs.2.82 crore which was against the prosecution case of Rs.66.5 crore and hence the HC acquitted her stating it was less 10 percent of her income.

The petition said “The HC has reversed the judgment and order of the trial court on untenable grounds, ignoring the material and clinching evidence which proved the case of the prosecution. The HC has chosen to reverse the judgment for no valid reasons at all.”

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