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KIADB FAILS TO PAY COMPENSATION TO LAND OWNER

City court orders attachment of KIADB office, properties

KIADB has to pay Rs. 37,30,91,775 including interest of Rs. 5,17,64,384

Mysuru, Jan. 13 - The Additional Senior Civil Judge and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mysuru has ordered the attachment of properties, office and furniture owned by Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) to compensate a property owner whose land the KIADB had acquired and not paid him the compensation yet.

The order was passed on 7.1.2017 when the case came up for hearing.

The KIADB had acquired 15.33 acres under Survey Numbers 111, 112 and 113 from K. Ramaswamy in Mandakalli for the expansion of Mysore Airport in the year 2007.

Ramaswamy, a resident of Kuvempunagar in city, owned the property and he was planning a private layout and had even constructed some buildings for the purpose.

The KIADB had acquired the land as per the...more

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BARACK OBAMA BIDS ADIEU: GOODBYE OBAMA 2016 - WELCOME TRUMP 2017

Caption: American President Barack Obama at farewell speech

It is normal for a person to seek power and wealth. If wealth comes first, then his next quest is for power. If power comes first, pelf follows naturally. I ruminate on this subject of power and pelf after listening to the American President Barack Obama’s farewell speech as the President of America, for the last eight years, here this morning on TV because of the sharp contrast I see between Barack Obama and his successor President-Elect Donald Trump who will take charge on 20th of this month.

Barack Obama came from a lower middle class family with the disadvantage of being a mulatto, biracial — father Black and mother White and made it to the highest office of the President of America, world’s most powerful country with the audacity of hope. (‘Audacity of Hope’ is the title of the book he wrote while entering the primaries in 2004). In contrast, we have a red neck of a White President Donald Trump who is stinkingly rich born with a silver spoon and arrogance of power and pelf, a deadly combination. For Trump, humility is anathema and in contrast Obama is a great humanist, never a jingoist like his predecessors and above all an orator par excellence that America had rarely seen.

Fareed Zakaria, Indian-American journalist whom we see regularly on CNN International TV had once described Nelson Mandela in these words: “Mandela’s greatest acts are that there is no retribution, there is genuine forgiveness and leaving the highest office voluntarily like George Washington of America.”

Well, the same could be said of Barack Obama in a slightly different way adding that Barack Obama is America’s Nelson Mandela. Like Mandela, Obama too had a good head and a good heart, a formidable combination for a good trusted leader. To recall, Nelson Mandela once said in jest, apparently referring to himself, th...more

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OVER A CUP OF EVENING TEA: THE SICK UNDERBELLY OF OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

By Dr. K. Javeed Nayeem, MD

Since the past few days, private healthcare providers across the length and breadth of our State have announced the stoppage of their services under many government-sponsored health care schemes aimed at helping the less privileged people since funds from the government are not prompt in coming. Thankfully and in their expected gesture of nobility and magnanimity, they have decided to go ahead and treat all cases under the recently launched accident relief scheme and the children’s health scheme irrespective of whether they are paid for these services or not.

Although these welfare schemes were launched and augmented from time to time with much fanfare and publicity that brings in rich and assured dividends at elections, they have a hidden and very murky underside that does not come into public view. While most people naturally think that they are a great boon to our society what they do not realise is that most of these schemes are almost bleeding the private health care industry to death. While care is provided promptly to the beneficiaries under all these schemes, the monetary reimbursements that have to come from the government do not reach the care providers with any degree of promptness. The result is that almost all hospitals that have agreed to participate in these schemes have now become the victims of inordinately delayed payments.

As things stand today, the government owes more than a hundred and twenty crore rupees to private health care providers across the State. In our city alone the outstandings run to almost ten crores. This has led to heavy financial losses as delayed payments almost become denied payments when you consider the high interest rates that private hospitals have to pay for all their loans. And, very strangely unlike other industrial and business ventures that get many subsidies and concessions, hospitals do not get any special treatment when it comes to paying for the land and other ...more



 
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