Thursday, July 26, 2012

Not so NICE: Kheny dumps BJP, to contest from Bidar

Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) founder Ashok Kheny has decided to contest the coming assembly elections from the Bidar South constituency, the seat which was unsuccessfully contested by his cousin Sanjay Kheny in 2008 on a BJP ticket. JD(S) candidate Bandeppa Kashempur won the seat by a slender margin then.

Mr Kheny, who hails from Kheny Ranjol village in Bidar district, made the announcement in Bidar after he was felicitated by the Hyderabad-Karnataka Rakshana Samiti. Mr Kheny, who heads the Karnataka Makkala Paksha, said his party will contest 100 Assembly seats in the state and will have no truck with any party. “Our candidates will contest from backward areas all over the state,” he said.

He denied rumours that he would join the BJP. “I have no special relationship with the BJP. I’m as critical of the BJP as any other party,” he said, adding that he declined the Rajya Sabha ticket offered by that party. He said that his intention to enter the fray is not to make money, but to serve the people. “Ours is a dena bank, not lena bank,” he quipped.

Mr Kheny, who had earlier proposed to take up a four-lane highway between Bidar and Hyderabad under Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) system, announced a plan to uplift farmers in the district. “We are working out a plan with the Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industry to take up contract farming on 5,000 acres of dry land in the district using Israeli technology. Farmers, who give land, will be paid a salary of Rs. 5,000 and 50 per cent share in the profit,” he announced, adding the proposal is pending before the government.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Vacancies in BIMS.

Eligible candidates are invited to attend a Walk-in-Interview on  02.08.2012
between 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM in the Chamber of Director, Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bidar,  for the recruitment of vacant posts of Teaching Staff in various Departments of Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bidar, as per MCI New Guidelines (for Recognition of MBBS Course), for starting / continuation of PG Courses & for the appointment of Specialist and Sr. Specialists for Regional Diagnostic Laboratory, Burns Unit, Dialysis Unit & Casualty Medical Officers / General Duty Medical Officer of BRIMS Teaching Hospital as noted below;
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kurikota bridge can be strengthened: task force

The Task Force on Quality Assurance in Public Construction has opined that although Kurikota bridge across the Bennethora on the national highway connecting Jewargi in Gulbarga district and Humnabad in Bidar district is in a bad shape, it can be repaired and strengthened.

B.R. Srinivasa Murthy, member of the task force and former faculty member of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, member-secretary I. Ravindranath, Chief Engineer of the National Highways Jayaprakash, Executive Engineer Biradar, and Superintendent Engineer of the Public Works Department Shivashankar Gurgunte, who inspected the damaged portion of one of the arches of the century-old stone masonry bridge constructed during the Nizam’s rule , told The Hindu that the situation was “not that good”.

‘A difficult task’

Prof. Murthy, who has repaired and rehabilitated old bridges in different parts of the State, said the bridge appeared to be weak and could be strengthened; however, repair and rehabilitation of the bridge would be difficult.

Although it would take several months to permanently repair the bridge, Prof. Murthy said temporary repairs could be taken up by filling the yawning gap in the underside of the bridge in one of the arches and filling up the cracks that had developed in another arch.

The movement of light motor vehicles on the bridge could be allowed in a few weeks. The movement of heavy vehicles would be allowed only after the repair and rehabilitation of the bridge, which may take a few months, he said.

Load-bearing tests

The expert said the method of repair and rehabilitation of the bridge, and whether there was a need to construct another bridge, would be decided only after conducting load-bearing tests on the bridge at the three arches that have not been damaged. The tests would be conducted shortly, using the latest equipment.

Scope for widening’

To a question, Prof. Murthy said the overall condition of the bridge was good, and there was scope for widening the narrow bridge to enable two-way movement of traffic with changes in the structural design. “We did this successfully a few years ago on a similar stone masonry bridge constructed in 1860 on the Magadi Road across the Pushpavathi, which has now been turned into a sewage line.” The abandoned bridge was later repaired and rehabilitated to allow the two-way movement of vehicles, to cope with the heavy traffic on the road.

“We have designs and technology to widen the narrow bridges, and this can be successfully implemented at Kurikota bridge also,” Prof. Murthy said.

Assistant Executive Engineer of the Public Works Department Vijaykumar Mulige, Assistant Executive Engineer of the National Highways Department Devidass Chavan and other officials accompanied the members of the task force.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Shares for cooperative hospital

The process of collecting shares to set up a cooperative hospital in Bidar has begun, former Minister Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli said in Bidar on Wednesday.

The Gurupadappa Nagamarapalli Super-speciality Cooperative Hospital will come up near Atiwal village on the Bidar-Bhalki Road. Construction will start in November and is expected to be completed in two years. Shares worth Rs. 10,000 will be sold in groups of 10 each. Shareholders and their families will get subsidised healthcare, he said.

According to him, the hospital will offer secondary care in over 20 segments.


Three H-K districts ignored

Three H-K districts given the go-by..

Gulbarga got two and Yadgir one ministerial berth in Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar’s Cabinet. However, Bidar, Raichur and Koppal, the other districts of Hyderabad-Karnataka, went unrepresented.

Shettar who was sworn in as the third CM of the BJP government, gave berths to two MLAs of Gulbarga. Revu Naik Belamagi was the only Minister from Gulbarga in the Yeddyurappa and Sadananda Gowda Cabinets. Now, Shettar has chosen one more legislator Sunil Valyapure along with Belamagi.

Yeddyurappa gave representation to Raichur by giving a berth to Shivana Gowda Naik and to Koppal with Shivaraj Tangadgi.

However, Sadananda Gowda dropped them while forming his Cabinet and gave representation to Yadgir by choosing Shorapur MLA Raja Narasimha Naik (Raju Gowda). Al the former CMs overlooked Bidar.

Sunil Valyapure who for the first to become an MLA from the erstwhile Shahabad [R] constituency of Gulbarga in 2004, was offered the post of Chairman of High Power Committee on implementation of Dr Nanjundappa Committee Report by Yeddyurappa in 2010. Valyapure rejected the offer stating that he wanted a Cabinet berth.

Speaking to Express over phone, Valyapure said that as a minister he would do his best for the people, especially Gulbarga.

Valyapure clarified that he has not made any particular demand and that the CM may allot portfolios in a day or two.

Revu Naik Belamagi who represents Gulbarga Rural Constituency thanked Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda and Jagadish Shettar for being accommodated in all their Cabinets. He added that he would always remain loyal to the party and his mentor Yeddyurappa.

Lingayats feel left out

No Lingayats from the Hyderabad-Karntaka region were made ministers, despite the Veerashaiva Mahasabha’s demands. Shivangouda Nayak from Devadurga and Prathapgouda Patil from Maski were expecting berths. Three MLCs of other districts were made ministers. Haveri got two berths for C M Udasi and Basavaraj Bommai. But no MLA from the district made it.

Discontent is brewing among some Lingayat legislators elected from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. The region has as many as five MLAs who got elected from the Lingayat community, including Doddappa Gowda Naribol. Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadagir, Raichur, Koppal and Bellary districts has sent as many as five Lingayat MLAs. The decision of the BJP high command not to induct any leaders from the community may hurt the electoral prospects of the party in the upcoming elections, senior leaders from the Lingayat community told Express.

‘Make a Bidar legislator Minister’

Basava Kendra has urged Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to include a legislator from Bidar into theMinistry. For four years, this backward district has had no representation in the Cabinet. Hence, the BJP should make one of its MLAs or MLCs a Minister and contribute to the development of the district, kendra leaders said in a release.


Monday, July 9, 2012

ಸೇತುವೆ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಚಾಲನೆ

ಬಸವಕಲ್ಯಾಣ: ತಾಲ್ಲೂಕಿನ ಚುಳಕಿನಾಲಾ ಜಲಾಶಯದ ಹಿನ್ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಧನ್ನೂರ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ರಸ್ತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಎತ್ತರದ ಸೇತುವೆ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮುಂದಾಗಿದ್ದು ಭಾನುವಾರ ಯಂತ್ರದಿಂದ ರಂದ್ರ ಕೊರೆದು ಜಮೀನಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಎಷ್ಟು ಆಳದವರೆಗೆ ತಳಪಾಯ ಹಾಕಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಪರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.

ಈ ಸೇತುವೆಯು ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ಚಿಕ್ಕದಾಗಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೇಲಿನಿಂದ ನೀರು ಹರಿದು ವಾಹನ ಸಂಚಾರ ನಿಂತು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಭಾಲ್ಕಿ ಮತ್ತು ಬೀದರಗೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರು ಮತ್ತು ಶಾಲಾ ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಪರದಾಡಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಸೇತುವೆ ಹಳೆಯದಾಗಿದ್ದರಿಂದ ಯಾವಾಗ ಏನಾಗುತ್ತದೋ ಎಂದು ಜನರು ಭಯಪಡುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ. ತಡೆಗೋಡೆಯೂ ಇಲ್ಲದ್ದರಿಂದ ಅಪಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಆಹ್ವಾನ ಕೊಡುವಂತಿದೆ.

ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಸೇತುವೆಯನ್ನು ಎತ್ತರಿಸಬೇಕು. ಎರಡೂ ಕಡೆ ತಡೆಗೋಡೆಯಾದರೂ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಈ ಭಾಗದ ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳ ಜನರು ಅನೇಕ ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ `ಪ್ರಜಾವಾಣಿ` ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದ ಮೂರು ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂರು ಸಲ ವಿಶೇಷ ವರದಿ ಸಹ ಪ್ರಕಟಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಎಚ್ಚೆತ್ತ ಸಂಬಂಧಿತ ಇಲಾಖೆಯವರು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ ಸೇತುವೆ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂದಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಪ್ರಥಮವಾಗಿ ನಾಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಆಳದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ ನಂತರ ಹೊಸದಾಗಿ ಕಟ್ಟಲಾಗುವ ಸೇತುವೆಯ ಆಕಾರ, ಎತ್ತರ ಮತ್ತು ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಗಲುವ ವೆಚ್ಚದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವರದಿ ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಮೂಲಸೌಕರ್ಯ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ನಿಗಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ನಂತರ ಅವರು ಟೆಂಡರ್ ಕರೆದು ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಆರಂಭಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಯೋಜನಾ ವರದಿ ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಲು ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆ ಪಡೆದಿರುವ ಮುಂಬೈನ ಆಕಾರ ಅಭಿನವ ಕನ್ಸಲ್ಟಂಟ್ ಕಂಪೆನಿಯ ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್ ಕಿರಣ ಮೇನೆಗಾರ್ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಒಟ್ಟು 54 ಮೀಟರ್ ಉದ್ದದ ಸೇತುವೆ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲು ಯೋಜನೆ ತಯಾರಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸರ್ವೇ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಂಡ ನಂತರ ಒಂದು ವಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕುರಿತು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವರದಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಒಂದೆರಡು ತಿಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸೇತುವೆಯ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಆರಂಭಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ. ಜತೆಗೆ ಕೆಆರ್‌ಡಿಸಿಎಲ್‌ನಿಂದ ಬಸವಕಲ್ಯಾಣದಿಂದ ಭಾಲ್ಕಿವರೆಗೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಈ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಅಗಲೀಕರಣ ಕೆಲಸ ಸಹ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Pranab Mukherjee’s family members visit BIDAR temples

Family members of the United Progressive Alliance Presidential candidate, Pranab Mukherjee, visited temples in Bidar district on Thursday to pray for his victory. Mr. Mukherjee’s daughter-in-law Chitralekha Mukherjee and his grandson Arjun Mukherjee prayed at the Panchalingeshwar temple in Lingol village and Shambhulingeshwar temple in Rekulagi village. Their visit coincided with Mr. Mukherjee filing his nomination papers for the Presidential polls in New Delhi.

Bidar-based astrologer and Vastu consultant Narasareddy Bheemreddy accompanied them during the tour.

Members of Parliament H. Vishwanath and Haroon Rashid from Tamil Nadu, the former chairman of the Karnataka Literacy Mission B. Narayanrao, Congress leaders Keshavrao Talghatkar, Muralidhar Eklarkar and Rajkumar Singh Hazari were present. Mr. Mukherjee had visited the temple at Rekulagi in 2005.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Intercity train to be introduced between Bidar and Hyderabad

South Central Railway will run an intercity express train between Bidar and Hyderabad. The train will start from Bidar at 7 a.m. and reach Hyderabad at 10.15 a.m. It will leave Hyderabad at 6 p.m. and reach Bidar by 9.45 p.m. The date of commencement will be announced later, said a release.

Leaders and organisations here have welcomed the move. Bidar Zilla Samagra Abhivruddhi Vedike president Srikant Swamy has thanked the Railways and the leaders who fought for the introduction of the train.

“This will boost business and tourism in the district. It will also help the hundreds of labourers and petty traders who depend on the Hyderabad market. This train will be very useful to people who visit hospitals in Hyderabad for treatment,” Khaji Arshed Ali, former MLC, said.

. “The train schedule could not have been better. It will allow traders to reach Hyderabad when the markets open and come back to Bidar by night ,” Mr. Ali said. “We are both happy and sad,” said Bidar Chamber of Commerce and Industries president B.G. Shetkar. A delegation led by N. Dharam Singh, MP, had met the then Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi in October with two demands. “We had sought the introduction of an intercity train between Bidar and Hyderabad and changing the schedule of the Nanded-Bangalore express to make it an overnight train from Bidar. The Minister had promised to consider our demands. The Railways has accepted the first demand but not the second. Currently, the Nanded express takes over 18 hours to reach Bangalore from Bidar, covering 730 km at just 35 km an hour. We need a train that will reach in less than 12 hours,” Mr. Shetkar, who was a member of the delegation, said. “We hope the Railways will consider our request for changing the schedule of the Nanded express,” Mr. Singh said.


Information at easy reach for passengers at Bidar bus-stand

Hi-tech tools that will help commuters have been installed at the bus-stand here.

P.B. Ramamurthy, Principal Secretary, Transport, and chairman of the North Eastern Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (NEKRTC) board, and other officials inaugurated a computerised announcement system, liquid crystal display (LCD) message boards and an SMS-based information system on Thursday.

Data on the operation of buses will be updated in real time and provided to passengers through the public address system and SMS service, Mr. Ramamurthy said.

NEKRTC managing director G.N. Shivamurthy said a library and reading room would be set up at the bus-stand.

Sleeper bus

Mr. Ramamurthy also flagged off a new sleeper bus to Bangalore, which will leave here at 6 p.m. and reach Bangalore at 6 a.m. It will return at 7 p.m. to reach Bidar at 7 a.m. the next day. NEKRTC plans to start another multi-axle bus between Bidar and Bangalore via Bellary.