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CM’S CLOSED-DOOR MEETING WITH OFFICIALS

• Says S.M. Krishna’s frequent visits to Delhi is a casual affair

• CM to leave for B’luru later today

Caption: Chief Minister Siddharamaiah seen addressing the media on the road in front of his house in city after holding a closed-door meeting of officials this morning.

Mysuru, Apr.29- Chief Minister Siddharamaiah this morning held a closed-door meeting with officials of the district administration at his Ramakrishnanagar residence.

Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha, Assistant Commissioner C.L. Ananda, SP Abhinav Khare, Tahsildar Naveen Joseph and District Social Welfare Officer Prakash were among those present at the meeting.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, the Chief Minister said that there was no cause for concern on the drought issue as the Government was fully geared up to meet any eventuality at any cost.

Answering a query whether the Government would accept donations from organisations to fight the drought, Siddharamaiah declared th...more

     Special Coverage   
   CM vows to develop Mysuru in next two years
   ‘Chamundeshwari Temple will be developed on the lines of Tirumala’
   Except Kalpavruksha Nagar, all 64 wards in city are ‘open defecation-free’
   Veteran journalist S.V. Jayasheela Rao passes away
   Industrialists interact with Large & Medium Industries Minister: Pharma Park to be established in city: R.V. Deshpande
   Village Accountant gets six-year jail term for taking bribe
   Talk on career opportunities in media
   cogNIEscience Technical paper presentation contest tomorrow
   City students makeit to JEE Mains
 


DROUGHT AND FAMINE

Welcome Maharshi Rishyashringa!

Caption: Royal Queens of Dasaratha in front of Sage Rishyashringa — sculptures on outer wall of Ramachandra temple in Hampi.

Summer rains have failed. In Kodagu, known as a district of rains and forests, there has been no rain since November 2015, except for a few centimeters of rain in some areas a few days back; but not enough to replenish the dried up water bodies. The God of rain and crop Lord Igguthappa of Kodagu is being worshipped with special offerings by the people praying for rains. As if in answer, there were rains in some parts of Kodagu, but not enough.

In Mysuru, with the rise of mercury, humans and animals alike look exasperated. Even the gyrating fans produce only hot air. Water too has become scarce, hence precious. Sale of mineral water and beer has shot-up beyond past years, according to shop-keepers.

It is said, agriculture in India is a gamble only because of scarcity of rains and even when the seasonal rain comes more often it is erratic. Which is why, it used to be said that when there was a good King there would be timely rains and all-round prosperity. Now there are no Kings but in India we have Chief Ministers. If the Chief Minister is a good person, just and fair in his administration as also one who upholds moral values in his personal life, then there would be timely rains in the land and corresponding prosperity.

When Gundu Rao became Chief Minister (1980-83) there was copious rains in the State in contrast to drought conditions in the past years. A God-fearing religious Brahmin that Gundu Rao was (no matter he was a ‘Kolisaru Brahmana’ as he once described himself with the press), he for the first time offered bagina to River Cauvery at KRS dam along with his wife — a sort of thanksgiving to nature God. Since then every Chief Minister was offering bagina to River Cauvery and also to Kabini no matter they had to wait for the KRS dam to fill to the brim —124.80 ft. Many...more

     Feature Article  
OVER A CUP OF EVENING TEA: KEEPING ADMISSIONS ‘NEET’ & CLEAN

By Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem, MD

The Supreme Court has delivered, albeit in a great hurry, a landmark judgement to bring in some much-needed semblance of transparency and sanity into the hitherto murky business of admissions to medical colleges across the length and breadth of the country. Perhaps to dissuade and prevent any possible attempts by interested parties to wriggle out of the ambit of this ruling through the all-pervasive legal loopholes, it has also said that the latest ruling will over-ride and over-rule all previous orders and even pending appeals.

Except for the grumbles of frustration by managements of colleges whose autocracy is now likely to be wiped out, the rest of the nation is likely to welcome this change which will bring in a uniform standard of allotting rankings that can become the basis of admission to medical colleges all over the country respecting all constitutional privileges and guarantees that they are entitled to. It is common knowledge that many colleges and deemed Universities that used to have their own entrance tests used to also have their own ingenious but certainly devious ways of ensuring that their pre-selected candidates topped their tests. This used to be done to maintain the false façade of fairness in their admission process.

While some leaked their answer keys to the chosen few, others altered the answers or even got them to re-mark their answer sheets behind closed doors, which was an easy thing to do as there was no means of monitoring the honesty and integrity of their internal system of admission by any outside agency. What can such tests be except a sham? The result was that candidates would be chosen through ‘open to all’ entrance tests but only at the whims and fancies of the managements based on many considerations like caste, creed, religion, clout and above all their ability to pay and purchase the seats.

This was in addition to retaining their right to sell seats under the hallowed man...more



 
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