Karnataka child rights panel to help rehabilitate Lambani kids in Goa
- The Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KCPCR) is putting all efforts to bring the Lambani community children residing in Goa into mainstream society.
- Following the Goa government’s eviction order to shift Lambani/Banjara families out of Goa citing the reason that they are involved in illegal activities and disrupting the
- Earlier, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajagaonkar had remarked that ‘Banjaras are involved in trade of narcotics and prostitution through massage parlours. They are spoiling the culture of Goa.’
- According to the commission’s preliminary report, there are over 1,500 children in Goa belonging to Lambani/Banjara communities. The report also says, “Tagging a community which is coming out of the stigma of the Criminal Tribes Act is an offence. Besides, there is also a threat to life of these people to live with dignity (as per Article 21 of the Constitution).”
- According to the report, most of the Banjaras settled in Goa are from northern districts of Karnataka, especially from Bagalkot, Vijayapura and Gadag, in search of employment.
Now, Brahmagiri sanctuary in Karnataka too is eco-sensitive zone
- The Centre has notified the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in Kodagu district as an Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) .The region, which includes the entire forest areas of Brahmagiri Ghat and Urti reserve forests, was declared a sanctuary in 1974.
- With the announcement of the ESZ, commercial mining, setting up of pollution causing industries, major hydroelectric projects, production of hazardous substances, big commercial livestock and poultry, new saw mills, brick kilns and commercial use of firewood will be prohibited.
- Further, with this order, prevailing land use—forests, horticulture and agricultural areas, parks and open spaces earmarked for recreational purposes in the ESZ shall not be converted into areas for major commercial or major residential complex or industrial activities. No new construction of hotels or resorts will be permitted within 1 km from the boundary of the sanctuary.
- Any new tourism activity or expansion of existing tourism activities within this zone will have to be in accordance with central and NTCA guidelines.
- Spread across 181.29 sqkm, Brahmagiri lies in the core of the Western Ghats and is characterised by rugged terrain with slopes and receives rainfall ranging from 2,500 to 6,000 mm.
Conduct Aadhaar enrolment in schools: MHRD
- The Union government cancelled its orders issued earlier in March making Aadhaar mandatory for school children to get mid-day meals.
- However, in a circular issued, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has directed all states to conduct Aadhaar enrolment drives and update the details every Friday on its official website.
- The ministry has prepared a format to capture the school-wise Aadhaar enrolment data on the mid-day meal web portal. As per the directions, the data entry must be done from the district/block level user into the portal on every Friday, says the circular.
- In the first week of March, the Union government issued an order mandating Aadhaar for the beneficiaries of mid-day meal.
- However, the order was withdrawn after a few days due to criticism from all levels against forcing children to get Aadhaar.
Karwar may get another maritime museum
- Karwar may soon get its second warship museum.
- The state government is planning to get the Tupolev-142M aircraft to Karnataka, after its decommissioning from service. The aircraft will be converted into a museum and installed next to the INS Chapal museum.
- The Tupolev-142M, a maritime patrol aircraft, was used in anti-submarine warfare. It was the fastest aircraft in its size when in operation.
- Last year, state government tried to get INS Viraat, which was decommissioned to make it a warship museum either in Mangaluru or Karwar.
- However, the Defence Ministry is yet to clear the project.
Bengaluru gets Namma 100, officials to now reach spot in just 15 minutes
- Chief Minister inaugurated the upgraded version of police helpline Namma 100 (previously called Dial 100).
- Since there were too many helpline numbers, Namma 100 will be a one point contact to get through the city police. This is the first time in the country that one helpline number will cater to various issues.
- In case of emergencies, police officials will be deputed to the spot within 15 minutes. This model is in place in metropolitan cities such as London (999) and New York (911) where the public can access many agencies using this one number.
- The helpline has now been upgraded to 100 lines from 20. With the public safety answering point in place, a caller can dial 100 and will be directed to the authorities concerned depending on the complaint. For instance, a woman in distress can call 100 and will be directed either to the police or the women’s commission depending on the emergency of the situation. Earlier, they had to dial the women’s helpline number.
- Also, with Namma 100 people can fix an appointment with the police officers concerned. For instance, if a person has an issue with passport verification, he or she can call 100 and fix an appointment with the police officer concerned. This saves the person the trouble of having to wait at a police station.
- Orderly system scrapped
- “The orderly system has been abolished. In order to fill those vacancies, we will now appoint followers. I will hold talks with the police officers to execute the next steps.” Around 3,000 police personnel worked as orderlies across Karnataka.
No farmer suicide, loan default in this Karnataka village in eight years
- While agrarian crisis is driving farmers to suicide in several parts of the country and farm loan waiver tops the political discourse, here is a village that has been scripting an impeccable success story in agriculture without any complaints.
- Yachenahalli, a village in T Narasipura taluk about 30 km from Mysuru, has not seen any farmer suicide nor any crop loan default over the past eight years.
- This despite the agrarian village, with a population of 5,000, witnessing successive droughts over the last three years. More than 90 per cent of the 450 landholding farmers in the village have adopted multi-cropping system to make sure that one or the other crop save them from crisis.
Age limit eased in Karnataka government schools to counter drop in admissions
- The state government has decided to relax the age limit of children seeking admission to Class 1 in state-run schools by five months.
- In a revised order, applicable only for this year, the department of education stated that children who have completed five years and five months are eligible for admission. Earlier, only children who had completed five years and 10 months could get admission in Class 1.
- The decision was taken following a drop in admissions in government schools. If successful, the move will be replicated next year also.
Karnataka Food safety commissioner pushes for fortified food
- With food fortification likely to become mandatory in the near future, Food Safety Commissioner met representatives of bulk manufacturers of wheat flour, edible oil, milk and biscuits. This was to encourage them to make fortified food.
- Around 4.5 lakh children of the 59.5 lakh beneficiaries of the mid-day meal scheme in the state consume fortified rice in seven districts. This rice is packed with multiple micro-nutrients like iron, folic acid and vitamins.
- The state government was honoured at a recent national summit of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) where early adopters of food fortification were recognised.
- According to the Food Fortification Resource Centre, an online portal run by FSSAI, the cost of food fortification is miniscule. It costs as much as Rs 30 to Rs 100 per metric tonne which works out to just about 3 to 10 paisa per kg of food, depending on the type and number of micronutrients added and the staple food that is being fortified.
Award presented to writer Indrakumar
- Writer H.B. Indrakumar was conferred the Dr. Besagarahalli Ramanna Pratishtana’s annual Best Story Collection Award 2016 for his anthology of Kannada short storiesKaanada Kadalu .
- Ramanna was one among the sensitive writers in Kannada who portrayed the true picture of the rural life in his works.
Spurt in suspected dengue cases in Karnataka
- With a spurt in suspected dengue cases across the State, larvae surveillance, fogging and other precautionary measures have been stepped up in high-risk areas.
- As many as 11,000 suspected cases of dengue — of them, 550 tested positive — have been reported from 1,139 villages in 123 taluks since this January, The incidence of the vector-borne disease has increased following pre-monsoon showers. Five suspected dengue deaths have been reported in the State.
- The highest number of suspected cases (5,359) has been reported from Bengaluru Urban district, while only one case has been reported from Bidar district.
- Measures such as forming vigilance teams, destroying stagnant water, scrub-washing water storage areas/vessels, spraying anti-vectors, and holding awareness programmes have also been emphasised.
- Larvae destroying drives have been launched across the State.
- High-risk areas have been identified with the help of ASHA and other health workers. Panchayat development officers (PDOs) and elected representatives in rural areas will be roped in to create awareness about dengue.
BOCI to host first national conclave of road passenger transport operators
- In what could be the first attempt to bring all road passenger transport operators on one platform, the Bus Operators Confederation of India (BOCI) has organised a three-day event ‘ Prawaas’in Mumbai from July 28.
- BOCI intends to encompass operators of tourist buses, stage carriage buses, school buses, employee buses, maxi-cabs and tourist taxis under its ambit.
- Unorganised sector
- The road passenger transport industry has been an unorganised sector though separate associations for respective categories of transport exist at district and State-levels.
- As such, the industry lacked the ability to bargain with the government and other agencies and also the powers to offer comfortable services to passengers.
- The BOCI came into existence last year and has already made an impact. It was invited for discussions with the NITI Aayog.
- intends to explore opportunities of growth in public-private partnerships in services and infrastructure development. It would also bring in newer technologies, innovation, products, and services to stakeholders. Experts in public transport from different countries would enlighten the participants with global best practices in public transportation.
- Prawaas also aims to facilitate dialogue with State and Union government authorities for the harmonisation of a regulatory framework and to promote ease of doing business.
- The event would have delegates from all States in the country and 10 other countries, representatives of over 3,000 bus and car operators, more than 80 expert speakers, and about 150 exhibitors.
Survey finds ‘no child labourers’ in Mysuru district
- Despite child labourers commonly found in many parts of the district, a survey carried out by the National Child Labour Project Society in Mysuru district.
- According to it, there are less than 15 child labourers in the district and none in Mysuru city. The last survey in 2001 found 360 child labourers in the district.
- Deputy Commissioner .who is also the chairman of Child Labour Project Society, dismissed the survey report as ‘unscientific’, and ordered a resurvey. The task of conducting the survey in seven taluks of the district was handed over to different NGOs and they were to be assisted by labour inspectors.
Mysuru eyes Guinness record on International Yoga Day
- Mysuru, the yoga capital of the country, is eyeing a Guinness record on International Yoga Day on June 21. by holding a yoga programme with the highest number of participants.
- Delhi holds the world record for the highest number of people (38,000) doing yoga at one place – India Gate, followed by Vidyashala in Sriperambur in Tamil Nadu.
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