QBengaluru: Rahul Woos Farmers; Gang Attacks Land Survey Team
Rahul Gandhi claimed the Modi government was focused on the development of a small group of rich industrialists.
1. When In Power, All Farmer Loans Will be Waived: Rahul Gandhi
In the water-scarce region of Karnataka, Congress President Rahul Gandhi focused on the farmers during the second day of his north Karnataka election tour. Claiming the Modi government was focused on the development of a small group of rich industrialists, he held the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government responsible for farmers’ plight.
On Sunday, 11 February, continuing his temple run, Gandhi made an unscheduled visit to the 500-year-old Kanakachala Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in Kakanagiri. During the day, he addressed several gatherings across Koppal district and participated in an interactive session with the farmer community there.
During an interaction with farmers in Sindanoor Taluk, Gandhi said the issues faced by farmers are similar across the country, and the common factor among them is the ineffectiveness of the Narendra Modi government.
Read the full story on The Quint.
2. Gang Attacks Land Survey Team in Bengaluru, 3 Held
A government land survey team led by IAS officer Munish Moudgil was attacked by a gang during a survey of a parcel of land in New Thippasandra near Indiranagar, around Friday at noon.
Two survey department officials – supervisor Cheluva Raju and his assistant Narayan –sustained injuries when the gang threw stones and bottles at them. Moudgil, survey settlement and land records commissioner, was unhurt in the incident.
Sensing trouble when the youths confronted them, Moudgil called the Indiranagar police, who rushed to the spot. Police arrested Pavan, Ranjith and Manoj, cousins and residents of New Thippasandra.
3. Man Dies as Car Topples on NICE Road
A youth died and his friend was injured when their car crashed into the road divider before toppling on NICE Road near Bannerghatta Road, South Bengaluru, on Sunday.
Bharath Babu (18), of Chandapura, and Lokesh (30), of Gowdanapalya, were travelling towards Electronics City via NICE Road in a Toyota Etios when the accident occurred around 2:45 am. Lokesh, who was at the wheel, lost control of the car and crashed it into the road divider. Babu died on the spot. An eyewitness said the driver was speeding. Babu was an office boy at a private firm. Police have booked Lokesh for causing death due to negligence.
4. More Players to Be Roped in to Boost LED Bulb Sales
Over two years after it started the ‘Hosa Belaku’ scheme to distribute LED lights, the Karnataka government is now planning to rope in more partners to distribute the energy efficient lights. At present, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an entity under the Union government, is distributing the lights.
The bulbs are said to be helping save 90% more power compared to incandescent bulbs, and 50% more than CFL bulbs. In Karnataka, over 1.89 crore LED bulbs have been sold, adding up to savings of 24,59,613 MWh power and ₹984 crore per year, according to the National Ujala Dashboard. Bengaluru Urban is clearly the success story on the dashboard, with over 66 lakh bulbs having been sold, while over 20 lakh bulbs have been sold in Mysuru.
Source: The Hindu
5. Route Change of 2nd Airport Road Leaves Villagers' Lives in Disarray
As the government fast-tracks the alternative road to the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), the change in its alignment has resulted in several families being displaced twice in three years.
Four siblings in Mylanahalli – Appaiahyappa, Sriramappa, Kempanna and Krishnappa –first parted with their land for the airport and another piece of land and a house for the road to the airport. Later, the four built a new house with the compensation they received. But just as they were rebuilding their lives, the state government again issued them a notice for acquiring whatever they were left with.
Kempanna, a retired schoolteacher, told DH: "We built a new house after we were displaced. Now, the government says it wants this too for the changed alignment of the road. There is government land on the other side of the road, but the government insists it wants our land and has fixed a compensation of Rs 9.10 lakh per gunta. It is the only piece of land left with us. Where will we go?"
6. Garbage an Albatross Around Bengaluru's Neck
The countdown has begun for Bengaluru's bid for a better ranking under Swacch Survekshan 2018. The city had been ranked a dismal 210 in last year's survey.
A central team is expected to visit the city shortly for inspection. However, when it comes to segregation of waste at source, there is a long road to go if the city wants to improve its ranking, According to the latest figures on solid waste management in 198 wards, available with the BBMP, only about 45% of households are segregating waste at source.
A BBMP official said they have collected data on waste segregation and categorised them based on the extent of segregation at source. "While there are wards which have achieved more than 80% segregation, their numbers are few. Sadly, there are wards where the segregation is zero. Overall, the average waste segregation for the city is about 45%," he added.
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