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After Gaffe, K’taka to Waive all Farm Loans in One Go
After reports surfaced of a loan-waiver gaffe, the Karnataka government has decided to waive all eligible farm loans taken from nationalised banks in one go.
A government order was issued on Wednesday following reports that money credited into bank accounts of 13,988 farmers was withdrawn by banks after farmers were found ineligible for loans during an audit. The issue had caused huge embarrassment to the JD(S)- Congress coalition government, with shocked farmers alleging that the government had deposited money only to win votes and withdrew it after being trounced in the Lok Sabha polls.
When the loan waiver was announced in August 2018, the government had planned to pay money to farmers in four equal installments. The new announcement means the government has to release about Rs 4,617 crore at one time to complete the process in commercial banks.
2. ISRO to Launch Chandrayaan-2 on 15 July in Second Moon Mission
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday, 12 June, announced India’s second ambitious moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, which will be launched on 15 July.
“Chandrayaan-2 mission will be launched on 15 July at 2:51 am,” said Dr K Sivan, chairman of ISRO. On Wednesday, 12 June, ISRO unveiled the spacecraft at Bengaluru’s ISRO Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment. According to officials, its components will be moved from Bengaluru to Sriharikota by 20 June. The total cost of India’s second moon mission, including support from foreign agencies, is Rs 603 crore.
The mission, to be carried on the GSLV Mk III rocket, will have 13 payloads and one passive experiment from the United States’ space agency NASA. The 3.8-tonne spacecraft has three components – an orbiter, lander (Vikram) and rover (Pragyan).
(Source: The Quint)
3. Baig Refutes Charge of Borrowing Money, Demands CBI Probe
Congress leader R Roshan Baig has said the IMA scam should be referred to the CBI, while maintaining that he would cooperate with the SIT formed by the state government to investigate the case. He said some people were trying to link him to the scam after the recent “political fallout”.
On Wednesday, after posting a series of messages on Twitter, Baig held a press conference and refuted the allegation levelled against him by managing director and chief executive officer of IMA Group of Companies Mohammed Mansoor Khan. Mansoor Khan, now absconding, had accused him of not returning Rs 400 crore taken from the company.
4. Water Shortage: Many Schools Serve Meals on Plantain Leaves
Severe water crisis has taken a toll on distribution of mid-day meals in government schools in the state. While some institutions in Udupi district are functioning only for half a day to avoid providing lunch for children, schools in Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts had to postpone reopening after summer break due to extreme heat conditions.
Some schools in Honnavar taluk of Uttara Kannada district are serving meals on plantain leaves to save water that goes towards cleaning plates. The government primary school in Kadnir, Honnavar, is one among them. Students here have been told to get leaves while coming to school. Most wells in the village have dried up and tanker water is sufficient only for drinking and cooking purposes.
Vinay Mohan Naik, a resident of Kadnir and member of Chandavara gram panchayat under which his village falls, said use of plantain leaves is a smart move, considering some institutions have been forced to stop mid-day meals owing to water problem.
5. Private School Accused of Locking up 2 Siblings After Parents Fail to pay fee
A goods vehicle driver has filed a complaint with the police alleging that his two daughters – studying in class four and class six – were allegedly locked up in a room in their school for two days during school hours for not paying fees. The incident took place in a private school at Girinagar on 6 and 7 June.
In his complaint filed on 7 June, the father, Chandru, said the school principal and staff where harassing his children ever since he brought up the issue of fees. “The school management demands around Rs 70,000 towards the fees for both the children,” he told the police.
He claimed that when he demanded a receipt, the staff refused to give him one and instead insisted that he pay the fees if he wanted his children to continue studying in the school.
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