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2.67 lakh candidates in State for 440 posts of gazetted probationary officers

Caption: KPSC exam candidates seen depositing their mobile phones at the counter of an examination centre in city this morning.

Mysuru, Apr. 19- As many as 40,770 candidates appeared in city centres for the preliminary exam for 440 posts of gazetted probationary officers’ of Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) conducted by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) all over the State today. A record number of 2.67 lakh candidates are appearing for the exams at 625 sub-centres, including 105 in city and at 12 centres in the State.

The examination, held in two sessions (10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm), was conducted in 105 sub-centres across the city, including Maharaja College, Maharani College, St. Philomena’s College, Teresian College, Vidyavardhaka Degree College, Government ITI, Vidya Vikas, Sarada Vilas and CKC Convent.

The KPSC had arranged videographing of all centres to record the conduct of exams.

Mobile handsets and electronic gadgets such as bluetooth devices were not allowed inside the exam centres. As frisking was introduced for the first time, the candidates were advised to carry only admission card and pen to the examination hall.

Flying squads comprising a total of 48 Class-I officers were appointed to ensure fair conduct of exams without any malpractice. Also, 7 top officers were appointed to monitor smooth and fair conduct of exams, according to Deputy Commissioner C. Shikha, who is also the Co-ordinating Officer.

The KPSC had cautioned the candidates against indulging in any sort of malpractice warning them of debar from appearing in future exams, if they indulged in any malpractice.

Tight Police security was provided, with good number of Police personnel deployed at every exam centre. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC was in force in 200 mts radius of all exam centres. Also, photo copy kiosks and xerox shops around the exam centres were ordered to close down.


Over 1,000 theatrists, writers, students and weavers attend

Badanavalu (Nanjangud taluk), Apr. 19- The day-long National Convention on ‘Sustainable Living’ organised by All India Federation of Handloom Organisations commenced this morning at Khadi Gramodyog Centre premises in Badanavalu village in Nanjangud taluk.

The convention, spearheaded by former Rangayana Director Prasanna, took off on a simple note sans any ostentation. Another notable point was, no VIP or elected representative was part of the event.

Three stages were erected for the event named after Ambedkar, Basavanna and Kasturba.

Sangappa Manti, an elderly weaver from Yadgir district, Puttamadamma, another weaver of Badanavalu Spinning Centre, Ujjramma, President, All India Federation of Weavers’ Associations, Anusuyamma, Raitha Sangha leader and Convention Convenor Prasanna watered a sapling at Ambedkar dais to mark the inauguration of the convention.

Earlier, participants numbering over 1,000 assembled in front of Gandhiji’s statue at the premises and offered prayers.

Also featured at the convention was an exhibition of organic foods, handloom and bamboo items and books on agriculture. A demo on making pots and weaving mats was also arranged not to exclude lectures on sustainable life.

The rallies set out from various places converged at Devanur and arrived at venue.

Addressing the gathering, Prasanna said that sustainable life was very close to nature and would help conserve the national resources. However, he was against undue publicity and asked people to advocate simplicity in life to ensure that nature was not unduly exploited.

He suggested people to introspect the present happenings in urban areas and try to introduce reformation.

Adding further, Anusuyamma recalled that during yesteryears every village was a family in itself with absolute harmony and no animosity.

A 19-point oath was administered to the participants which included avoiding plastic, encouraging simple marriages, promoting organic farming and focusing on alternative sources of energy.

The convention also emerged with a pointer to the government that development of the nation could not be measured by industrial growth or GDP alone but also by strength of sustainable living.


Congress Vice-President addresses mega farmers’ rally in Delhi

New Delhi, Apr. 19 - After his two-month long sabbatical, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today addressed a mega farmers rally against the BJP-led NDA Government’s ‘Land Acquisition Bill’ at Ramlila Maidan here.

The Congress has been opposing changes in the original legislation on land acquisition brought by the UPA Government in 2013 and is protesting the dilution of the original consent clause which makes it man- datory to secure 80 percent approval of those dependent on the land being procured.

Addressing the gathering, Rahul Gandhi said, “We don’t want an India where a few get everything and the farmers get nothing. If they really want to ‘Make in India,’ then why have they changed the 5-year clause? Modi government does not want farmers to be self-reliant but wants to replicate Gujarat model across India.”

Rahul further said “Make in India is Modiji’s dream that will not work. They will take away your land and you will have no other employment.”

Congress Supremo Sonia Gandhi, who also addressed the gathering, said “We are not scared of anyone, we will fight for the cause of everyone. The amendments are being made to benefit corporates and industrialists. Modi sarkar’s attitude is totally anti-farmer and anti-poor.”

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, senior party leaders Salman Khurshid, Digvijay Singh, Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah, former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda were among others who were present at the rally.


Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, KPCC President Dr. G. Parameshwar and Congress leaders from Karnataka, who are in Delhi, seen proceeding towards Ramlila Maidan from Karnataka Bhavan to participate in the farmers’ rally organised by Indian National Congress Party today. The Vice-Chairman of KPCC, Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Cell, Dr. Anand Kumar, Ministers D. K. Shivakumar (Energy), Umashree (Kannada and Culture), Dinesh Gundu Rao (Food and Civil Supplies), Special Representative to the Government of Karnataka in New Delhi Appaji C. S. Nada Gouda, legislators H. M. Revanna, P. M. Ashok, Somashekar, Bhyrathi Basavaraj, Congress leaders S. S. Prakasam, Hanumanthappa Kottabagi and Manjunath Bhandari were present at the Karnataka Bhavan.


‘Public Bicycle System’ in Mysuru city

MCC to be the implementing agency

Will cycle tracks become a reality or go the Raja Marga way?

Bengaluru/Mysuru, Apr. 19- The State Government has released Rs. 19 crore for establishing ‘Public Bicycle System’ in Mysuru city.

The Cabinet, at its meeting held here yesterday evening, gave its consent for the bicycle scheme and permitted the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) to function as the implementing agency of the scheme.

When contacted, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath confirmed this to SOM this morning. He added that the project was ready and would be submitted to the Government soon.

Stating that about 20 to 30 docking stations would be constructed at various locations in the city, the Commissioner added that they have identified many routes in the city for bicycle tracks.

Dr. Betsurmath said that weekly, monthly and yearly passes would be made available.

Citing an example, he said that commuters arriving at city Railway Station can pick up a bicycle from the docking station in the Railway Station premises and can leave the bicycle at the nearest docking station close to their destination.

Whither Cycle-to-Work initiative?

It may be recalled here that the then Deputy Commissioner P.S. Vastrad had proposed public bicycling sharing scheme on the lines of western countries, but the plan was shelved.

The DC then launched ‘Cycle-to-Work’ for government employees in 2012, during which many of them pedalled to work on every Mondays including the then ZP CEO Dr. M.N. Ajay Nagabhushan, Deputy Transport Commissioner C.P. Narayanaswamy, former Additional DC Naga Nayak and the present MCC Commissioner Dr. C. G. Betsurmath.

The ‘Cycle-to-Work’ initiative, which was aimed at promoting eco-friendly transport, got positive response and at the end of the day, those who pedaled to work were happy. But, after Vastrad was transferred, the initiative also stopped.

Bicycle track: It may also be recalled that understanding the need for dedicated cycle tracks owing to repeated appeals by the people promoting the idea of cycling for a “Greener Mysore,” the first-ever cycle track had come up on Lalitha Mahal Road, which has high-vehicular traffic density. The 4-km-long cycle track was developed by MCC on one side of the busy Lalitha Mahal Road.

This stretch on Lalitha Mahal Road was identified for developing the track as cyclists had a tough time to commute on the busy road.

The then MCC Commissioner K.S. Raikar had said that the bicycle track would be expanded till Bannur Road (about 4 km) from Lalitha Mahal Road and the same track would be developed till Vani Vilas Double Road covering a distance of about 4 km, from the beginning of Lalitha Mahal Road stretch. The idea was to make the total length of the track around 12 km, covering more roads, for free cycle movement.

A committee had been set up to identify roads within a radius of 20 km in the city and provide a dedicated space for cyclists. A team of officials led by the then DC P.S. Vastrad visited several locations in the city to identify roads for developing cycle tracks on the lines of the one developed on Lalitha Mahal Road.

After discussions, the officials had proposed to develop bicycle tracks at Ramaswamy Circle to Railway Station (1.5 km), Irwin Road to Ayurveda College Circle (650 m), Ayurveda College Circle to Highway Circle (2 km), Nelson Mandela Road to LIC junction (1.2 km), LIC junction to JSS Medical College (1.4 km), MUDA junction and Bogadi (4.7 km), Dasappa Circle to Contour Road touching KRS Road (3.3 km), K.G. Koppal signal to Deputy Commissioner’s office en route Krishnaraja Boulevard (1.8 km), Ramaswamy Circle to Ekalavya Circle en route Chamaraja Double Road (500 m) and around Mysore Palace (2.5 km).

Now, with the State Government releasing Rs. 19 crore, will these tracks become a reality or go the Raja Marga way?


Caption: A front view of the Postal Museum in city. Bags and spear with jingles used by postmen of yesteryears. Varieties of letter-boxes on display at the Museum.

Mysuru, Apr. 19- The Postal Museum will be inaugurated tomorrow at 11 am at the Postal Training Centre in Nazarbad here by Postal Services Board Member Dr. S.K. Sinha.

He will also release special postal cover, post-card and souvenir on the occasion. Chief Post Master General, Karnataka Postal Circle, M.S. Ramanujan will be present at the inauguration.


Rs.23 crore sought from State government for upgradation

Caption: Chamaraja MLA Vasu, who inspected K.R. Hospital yesterday, was accompanied by MCC Commissioner Dr.C.G. Betsurmath, K.R. Hospital Superintendent Dr.B.G. Sagar, MMC & RI Dean Dr. B. Krishnamurthy, Corporators Prashanth Gowda, Ramesh, Suhail Baig and others.

Mysuru, Apr.19- Following rampant complaints of delay in treatment and other shortcomings, Chamaraja MLA Vasu yesterday visited K.R. Hospital in city for an inspection.

Speaking on the occasion, Vasu said that Rs.23 crore has been sought from the State government for the upgradation of K.R. Hospital to a super speciality hospital.

Pointing out that Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar constructed the hospital considering the city’s population at the time, Vasu said since its construction, the population of Mysuru has swelled by leaps and bounds, subjecting it to more pressure.This causes inconvenience to patients frequenting the facility, he said.

Stating that the funds will be used to expand the hospital facilities, Vasu said the medical equipments in the hospital will be upgraded to modern standards.

Emphasising on the need for upgrading the hospital, with hundreds of patients from surrounding districts such as Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Mandya and Kodagu visiting it everyday, the MLA said apart from the funds sought, Rs. 3 crore will be sanctioned under the Chief Minister’s Rs. 100 crore fund. Rs. 1 crore has already been released for the purchase of 6 ventilator machines and one MRI scanning device, he added.

Subway to connect K.R. Hospital and Mortuary: Noting that people were facing problems in shifting bodies from the hospital to the mortuary, Vasu said there is a proposal to construct a subway connecting the two buildings, separated by Irwin road, which has a high traffic density.

A decision has been made to construct the subway as people are forced to use Irwin road for shifting the bodies from the hospital to the morgue, he added.


All party delegation likely to meet PM on April 22

Bengaluru, Apr.19- Chief Minister Siddharamaiah has clarified that there was no legal hassles in constructing a dam across river Cauvery in Mekedatu and the project would be definitely through.

This assurance was given by Siddharamaiah to leaders of Pro-Kannada organisations when they met the CM at his home office ‘Krishna’ here last evening.

Siddharamaiah said that the State had released the amount of water to Tamil Nadu as stipulated by the Cauvery Tribunal and hence Tamil Nadu had no moral rights to question the rationale behind construction of a dam in Mekedatu. He further said that legal experts have provided all the suggestions and the dam project would go ahead without a hitch and on commissioning, the water problem in and around city would be resolved.

Continuing, he said that the dam project would be taken up within this year and an all party delegation would be taken to Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek approval of the Centre for the project.

Meanwhile, Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil said that the CM had written to the Prime Minister seeking permission to lead an all party delegation for a meeting on April 22.

He added that the Prime Minister would be apprised of the drought situation in a few districts of State and the necessity of a dam in Mekedatu.

The leaders who met the CM included Vatal Nagaraj, S.R. Govind, Chandrashekar Patil, Kodihalli Chandrashekar, Praveen Shetty, Muniyappa and K.R. Kumar.


CM to inaugurate celebration on Apr. 21

Mysuru, Apr. 19- The 3-day Basava Jayanti celebrations organised under the joint aegis of Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha, Federation of Basava Balagas and other Veerashaiva organisations, will be held from Apr. 20 to 22 at Kalamandira in city.

Announcing this at a press meet here yesterday, the Federation President Moogur Nanjundaswamy said that the celebrations will begin with a grand procession commencing from Basaveshwara Circle to Kalamandira at 4 pm tomorrow (Apr. 20) which will be flagged off by Mayor R. Lingappa, in the presence of Deputy Mayor M. Mahadevamma, ZP President Dr. Pushpa Amarnath, ZP CEO P.A. Gopal, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem, MUDA Commissioner S. Palaiah and other officials.

Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will inaugurate the stage programme at Kalamandira at 11 am on Apr. 21 in the gracious presence of Suttur Seer Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji. District in-charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad will preside. Co-operation Minister H.S. Mahadeva Prasad will release a book on the occasion.

Prior to the programme, Vidwan T.M. Shankar and troupe will present Vachana Gayana at 9.30 am. Former Chief Minister and Shivamogga MP B.S. Yeddyurappa will inaugurate a seminar on ‘Sharana Sahitya Pitamaharu’ at 3 pm. Bidar City MLA Ashok Kheny will preside.

Siddeshwara Swamiji of Jnanayogashrama, Bijapur will deliver a special lecture at 6 pm. Danseuse Kripa Phadke and team will perform a dance-drama on Vachana Vaibhava, he said.

The celebration on Apr. 22 will commence with a mass singing programme by Shivarathreeshwara Bhajan team at 9.30 am, followed by cultural programmes from 10.30 am, which will be inaugurated by Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha Central Committee member K.N. Puttabuddhi.

The valedictory will be held at 4 pm, with IT Minister S.R. Patil delivering the valedictory address. Former Minister Rani Satish will preside. MLA Eshwar Khandre from Bidar district will be the chief guest, he said.

Senior advocate C.M. Jagadish, journalist Mahadevappa, Social Worker Helavarahundi Siddappa, theatrist L. Nanjappa, social worker Sarojamma and Nataka Academy member B.M. Ramachandra will be felicitated on the occasion.

Danseuse S.V. Shambhavi Swamy and team will present ‘Vachana Vaibhava’ dance-drama on the occasion, he said.

Akhila Bharatha Veerashaiva Mahasabha office-bearers were present at the press meet.


Madikeri (Kodagu), Apr. 19- Prahlad Modi, brother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has observed that sharing and use of river waters should not be seen with a political view point.

Speaking to press persons at Sudarshan Guest House here yesterday, Prahlad Modi, who is also the National Vice-President of Government PDS Distributors Association, stated that he was on a tour of the State to study the issues concerning PDS distributors.

Express confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will amicably resolve river water sharing disputes among States in the country, he maintained that there should be no selfish motives behind river water sharing and decisions should be taken based only on better interests of people.

Noting that selfish and mean politics played a major hurdle in interlinking of major rivers, he expressed hope that PM Modi will succeed in river linking, which would be beneficial in the larger interests of the country.

Referring to populist schemes in the State, he commended that State’s Anna Bhagya scheme saying it was a good initiative on the part of the Karnataka Government.

He, however, cautioned that the very purpose of the scheme, which is aimed at distributing rice for free or at cheaper prices to the poor, will be defeated if measures are not taken for plugging pilferage in the distribution mechanism.

Association National President T. Krishnappa was present on the occasion.


Mysuru, Apr. 19- Balancing a life with work at office and taking care of home too at the same time is one task that has always remained a challenge to every individual. A fair stability between the two has remained a trail hard to resolve always. So, to help working couples in city balance this sensibly, the CII Mysore organised a talk on ‘Balancing the Work (Profession) and Life (Personal Life)’ by V. Aswatha Ramaiah recently in city.

Aswatha Ramaiah kept the audience glued to his humorous yet knowledgeable talk on the topic, enlightening them about the fact that domestic disharmony can lead to a serious corporate calamity.

“Work and personal life balance is a major task to deal with, which if taken lightly may lead to serious problems among family and kids. The mental hangovers will be hanging between workplace and family. According to a survey, 84% of Indians have said their favourite pastime was spending time with family which is a very natural Indian trait. If people in US and Japan believe their happiness lies in money and working for the welfare of their country respectively, Indians say they live to take care of family which is why divorce rates are less than 1% in India unlike other places,” he said.

Since we Indians are more right brain-oriented due to which we tend to value emotions, spirituality, art, religion and hospitality more, it’s time we realise that relationships can’t be built without time spent, he opined.

Saying it is futile to talk of world peace if there remains no peace of mind at home, Ramaiah called upon the participants not to ignore their family and spouse for money. “Don’t overwork and ignore family. Think of your spouse’s welfare, take joint decisions and solve problems together whenever possible, to increase mental and intellectual compatibility,” he advised.

Do not conceal your feelings with your spouse. Stay compatible, let the child in you come out once in a way and do not take your spouse for granted. Corporatise your family like you do at office too. Introduce TQM concepts at home too for better clarity, he said, adding, “Express gratitude towards each other, take time away for picnics and outings and sustain your initial euphoria of marriage or you will end up taking each other for granted,” he added.

Also, one has to be equally social and spiritual for mental harmony, attend social gatherings but also learn to be detached from one another and respect each other’s space at the same time, he said. “Don’t get attached or the other person will remotely control you. Accept people as they are. Don’t look outside the marriage and appreciate other’s spouses for each one is different and each family is unique in its own way. Don’t have conditional acceptance since none are perfect,” he advised.

Further, he continued his talks saying one has to believe in equality, not force opinions, identify talents and encourage each other, respect each other, stay healthy and formulate family values, like one’s office has visions and missions. “Be open to each other, avoid criticism, do not be over sensitive, visit orphanages and old age homes and don’t be materialistic as no prosperity is of use if you have no happiness at home,” Ramaiah stated.

Talking of women, he felt it is unfortunate that women are being taken lightly of late, which should not continue to happen. “But the greatness of a woman is that she is still tough and manages all emotions well. Any house where the housewife sheds tears will not be a successful home. So learn to stay happy always, without allowing technology surpass human interactions. Television today has been a very bad influence on human minds,” he told.

Earlier, CII Chairman N. Muthukumar also said that neither work nor home can be ignored so it is extremely important to understand and balance the two equally well, which can happen only if one manages to have a positive attitude towards life.

CII Immediate Past Chairman R.C. Jagadesh and CII Mysore Zone TQM Forum Facilitator Santosh Gundapi were present on the occasion.

The session was attended by over 40 CII Members with their spouse.


Mysuru, Apr. 19- With CM Siddharamaiah announcing the establishment of the Cauvery Gallery, similar to that of the Ganga Gallery at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Brahmaputra Gallery at Guwahati in Assam, in the State Budget, the officials are now searching for a suitable place for setting up the gallery in the heritage city of Mysuru.

The team of officials led by Tourism Department Addl. Chief Secretary Arvind Jhadav held an inspection in Mysuru on Friday. Initially, the Old Professor’s Quarters belonging to Mysore University was said to be identified as the place for the gallery, but the officials seem to have had second thoughts about it.

They inspected the Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion which houses the Folklore Museum at Manasagangotri campus and also the Wellington Lodge which houses IGRMS on Irwin Road. The officials also inspected the space available at the office of the Directorate of Archaeology, Museums and Heritage at the Dasara Exhibition Grounds.

Later, Jadhav held a meeting with DC C. Shikha, Principal Secretary for Department of Higher Education Bharat Lal Meena, MCC Commissioner Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Karnataka Knowledge Commission Secretary Mukund Rao and others.

The gallery will capture the etymological, ecological, cultural, heritage and social characteristics of the River that takes birth at Talacauvery in Kodagu district. The gallery will also serve as a learning centre for students, showcase its cultural-socio-economic aspects and thus provide more understanding of the river in a holistic manner.

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