Friday, July 24, 2015

Inspired by PM's vision, Army warms up for digital recruitment drive .

Source: OneIndia News   :-  

 The Indian Army's Head Quarter (HQ) Recruiting Zone, Bengaluru, is warming up to launch a massive online recruitment drive targeting the youth of Karnataka and Kerala. The new recruitment drive is in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recently-launched ‘Digital India' initiative. 

Brig V Rajamani D, Deputy Director, General Recruiting (States) said on Wednesday that the recruitment for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and Other Ranks (OR) entry to Indian Army has been made online now. 

"The candidates can apply via for JCOs and OR vacancies. We are doing away with ‘Open Recruitment Rally (ORR) system. The candidates will have to apply online and those shortlisted will be called for the regular rally. 

The eligibility dng ORRs since April 1998. Through the digital drive, the Army aims to filter a considerable amount of candidates who don't meet their requirements. 

Better control over rallies 

"The recruitment process is transparent and there's no room for any malpractice. The public must be aware that touts and agents have no role to play here. We hope to have a better control over the situation at rallies now, with the candidates knowing when to appear and from which district," he said. 

To a specific query from OneIndia on the pattern of recruitments in Karnataka and Kerala, the officer said: "The response from North Karnataka is overwhelming. Kerala too is catching up with NCC playing a huge role." From April 2016, the Indian Army is also planning to outsource part of the recruitment drives to an agency. 

The Army Headquarters is currently in the process of finalizing the agency, which will primarily look into online screening of applicants.

Minimum qualification is 12th pass 

To another question from OneIndia, he said that the current drive is mainly targeted on youth between 17-and-a-half-years to 23 years. "We are recruiting soldiers under general category, technicians and store keepers. The minimum qualification is 12th pass. We hope to recruit around 2000 soldiers from both states. The recruitments are based on RMP (Recruitable Male Population) of each state. For Karnataka, the RMP is 4.97 per cent of the national average," Brig Rajamani said. While filing online applications, candidates must carry their education qualification certificates including matriculation certificate, personal details, including permanent address with PIN number, domicile certificate, valid email, personal mobile number and recently taken passport size photograph. Massive preparations are being undertaken in liaison with the state governments of both states ahead of the online drive. Candidates can use central and state government kiosks like the Central Government Common Service Centre (CSC), India Post (Post Offices) and IT Education Centres for uploading their application forms. 

Recruitment Rally schedule for Karnataka, Kerala 

Rally 1: October 6 to 13; 
Venue: Haveri (Karnataka); 
Districts covered: Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Udupi, Chikmagaluru, Dakshin Kannada, Davangere, Bijapur, Dharwad, Haveri, Gadag and Bagalkot; Application open on website: August 6; Application closes on: September 22. 

Rally 2: October 31 to Nov 5; 
Venue: Malapuram (Kerala); 
Districts covered: Calicut, Kasargod; Palakkad, Malapuram, Wayanad, Thrissur, Kannur and Union Territory of Lakshadweep and Mahe; Application open on website: August 28; Application closes on: October 14. 

Rally 3: December 10 to 15; Venue: Kottayam (Kerala); Districts covered: Trivandrum, Kollam, Idukki, Alleppey, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Eranakulam; Application open on website: October 10; Application closes on: November 15. 

Rally 4: January 6 to 16; 
Venue: Bidar (Karnataka); 
Districts covered: Belgaum, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Gulbarga and Yadgir; Application open on website: November 6; Application closes on: December 23. 

Rally 5: February 1 to 4; 
Venue: Bellary (Karnataka); 
Districts covered: Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Kolar, Mandya, Tumkur, Mysore, Chamrajanagar, Ramanagara, Chikkaballapura, Kodagu, Chitradurga, Hassan and Bellary; 

Application open on website: December 1; Application closes on: January 18. 

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Sultans of Deccan India exhibition coming to a close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art   :-

NEW YORK: The landmark exhibition Sultans of Deccan India, 1500–1700: Opulence and Fantasy, which opened April 20 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings together some 200 of the finest works from major international, private, and royal collections. It is scheduled to end on July 26.


The Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the 16th and 17th centuries, foreign influences—notably from Iran, Turkey, eastern Africa, and Europe—combined with ancient and prevailing Indian traditions to create a distinctive Indo-Islamic art and culture, according to a press release.

Featuring many remarkable loans from India, the exhibition—which is the most comprehensive museum presentation on this subject to date—explores the unmistakable character of classical Deccani art in various media: poetic lyricism in painting; lively creations in metalwork; and a distinguished tradition of textile production. A highlight is the presentation of all of the known masterpieces and several new discoveries in painting, the greatest art of the Deccan. Another highlight is the display of diamonds—some of the largest ever found—that originated in the great mines of the Deccan.

The population of the Deccan plateau by the 16th century included immigrants from Central Asia and Iran, African military slaves, native-born Muslim nobles, and European missionaries, merchants, and mercenaries. As a result, it boasted one of the most cosmopolitan societies of the early modern world. To provide a glimpse into this dynamic, yet little-known society, the exhibition will focus chiefly on the courtly art of the kingdoms of Bijapur, Ahmadnagar, Bidar, and Golconda. These dynamic centers of royal patronage drew some of the greatest artists, writers, poets, and musicians of the period.

The golden age of Bijapur under the rule of Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II (1580–1627) defines the spirit of Deccani art. Masterpieces in painting by the leading court artist Farrukh Husain demonstrates the refined and lyrical style that influenced much of Deccani art. Ahmadnagar’s African nobility included the legendary Abyssinian Malik Ambar (1548–1628), whose portraits are included among other rare surviving works. Numerous examples of the celebrated bidri metalwork tradition from the kingdom of Bidar are also shown. These feature a base composed of a blackened alloy of zinc and copper with thin sheets of silver inlay in striking designs.

From antiquity until the 18th and 19th centuries, when diamonds were discovered in Brazil and Africa, India was virtually the sole source for these precious gems. The extremely rich mines of Golconda produced some of the largest known diamonds. Whether given as diplomatic gifts or traded by merchants, India’s diamonds reached an appreciative audience among European royalty. The Deccan, already astonishingly wealthy, was further enriched by foreign demand for these gems. Among the treasures from Golconda—whose diamond mines were the source of such diamonds as the legendary Kohinoor—is a group of magnificent gems from international royal collections, including the “Idol’s Eye” and “Agra” diamonds.

Also shown are spectacular large painted and printed textiles (kalamkaris), several over nine feet in height and all richly painted with motifs drawn from Indian, Islamic, and European art. These are shown along with sumptuous royal objects made of inlaid and gilded metal, precious jewels, carved wood, and stone architectural elements, many of which draw inspiration from the art of Safavid Persia and Ottoman Turkey.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue suitable for scholarly and general audiences. The catalogue features photography by Antonio Martinelli, veteran photographer of Indian art and architecture. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, the book is available for purchase in the Museum’s book shops ($65, hardcover).

A related publication, Sultans of the South: Art of India’s Deccan Courts, 1323–1687 (edited by Navina Najat Haidar and Marika Sardar, $50), includes essays from the 2008 symposium The Art of India’s Deccan Sultans, which was made possible by The Hagop Kevorkian Fund.


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Hyderabad to Bidar: Picture perfect

Source: Livemint  :-

The Bidar fort in south India photographs beautifully, but the memories you make are better than any image

Sharza Gate, as seen from Rangeen Mahal. Photographs: Courtesy Lakshmi Prabhala
A stunning photograph of the majestic Bidar Fort surrounded by rain-washed green undergrowth has been pinned on top of my desk for years. It was gifted by a photographer friend who had captured the magnificence of its crumbling walls. The fort lies on the north-eastern tip of Karnataka, but its proximity to Hyderabad draws a fair number of visitors from the Telangana side of the border.
Those interested in the remarkable architecture or Bollywood trivia top this list: The 15th century fort was the backdrop for the song Ishq Sufiyana inThe Dirty Picture.
While the original fort is said to have been built by the Western Chalukyas during the 10th century, the fortress was rebuilt around the old fort in 1428 by Ahmed Shah Bahmani, when Bidar became the capital of the Bahmani sultanate.
With a friend in tow, I decided to take a long overdue trip to change the image in my head from a photograph to a personal experience.

We decided to drive so that we could visit scattered sights near Bidar. The first stop is not too far, on the outskirts of Zaheerabad, at Café Ethnic, where we had breakfast. An initiative of grass-roots organization Deccan Development Society, Café Ethnic aims to revive local food culture by promoting millets. The staple idli and dosa, made from millet variants, were delicious.
After heading out of Zaheerabad, we took a right turn on to state highway 14, which led us straight to Bidar.
Here, we first stopped at the monuments which fall within the walled Old City. We drove past the Choubara, a watchtower built in medieval times, to park beside the nearby Mahmud Gawan madrasa. A centre for advanced learning in the past, the madrasa was built in 1472 by Persian scholar Mahmud Gawan.
The watchtower and the adjoining wing of the school were damaged by lightning in the 17th century and then, later, during a gunpowder explosion. But the original splendour of the weathered monument still shines through.
It was time to see the fort.
Crossing the main entrance of the bastion, we took a path that meandered through the ornate Sharza Gate and formidable Gumbad Gate. In front of the latter, we saw the impression of a foot in stone (Panduranga Pada), decorated with flowers. Legend has it that Lord Panduranga (a manifestation of the Hindu god Vishnu) himself came to bail out Damaji Pant, a saintly officer who worked for the Bahmani sultan Humayun Shah.
The main complex, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), includes a museum which houses a collection of pottery, sculptures and weapons found in the region like cannonballs, swords and iron shrapnel. There are four palaces within the fort, usually kept locked to keep out graffiti artists, vandals, birds and bats. A guided tour of the four palaces can be arranged on request at the ASI office for a group of 8-10; there is no fee.
The Rangeen Mahal, the palace of the queens, is the best preserved. There is colourful tile work on the outer walls, intricately crafted teak pillars in the verandah, mosaic and calligraphy on the arches, and mother-of-pearl inlay in the inner chambers.

From the fort, we drove down to our hotel, spending the afternoon at thebidri workshops in the old city. The bidri craft (silver inlay, in intricate floral and geometric designs, on casts made of zinc alloy) was introduced by skilled Persian craftsmen brought in by the Bahmani kings. Most of the bidriworkshops are located on Kusum Galli, Choubara Road. We bought souvenirs like earrings, boxes and vases, which ranged in price from Rs.100-1,000.
The next morning, we drove to the Jharani Narasimha Swami cave temple (open from dawn to dusk), around 1km east of Bidar. The temple is filled with waist-deep water and visitors have to wade through for about 100m to reach the sanctum sanctorum.
The Bahmani tombs in Ashtur village are just 6km ahead of the temple (again, open dawn to dusk; entry free). The tombs, including the grand mausoleum of Ahmad Shah Bahmani. This is the resting place of the sultans who ruled the region from 1422-1518. Before heading there, we halted at Choukhandi, the octagonal mausoleum of the Persian Sufi saint Syed Kirmani Baba.
There was yet another stop on our list—the gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib shrine. Locals believe that in 1512, Guru Nanak released Bidar from the grip of a terrible famine. When he moved a stone, they say, water sprang miraculously, and has been perennial. The shrine came up at this spot.
By now, I was yearning for another glimpse of the fort. We headed there, standing atop the north-west ramparts for one last sight of the panoramic view.
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Bidar administration launches project for removing silt

Source: The Hindu:-

The district administration has launched an ambitious project of cleaning and removing silt from the major tanks in Bidar district.

Officials have started the first phase of cleaning 36 of the 120 major tanks under the Department of Minor Irrigation and Zilla Panchayat. Of these, a survey of 13 tanks is complete.

The survey included the name of the tank and village, extent of the tank, and possibilities of encroachment by farming or buildings. We selected tanks that are clear of encroachments to start the work. The other 23 will be taken up from Monday. Work of cleaning and silt removal has begun in 11 tanks. Among the first tanks to be cleaned are in Solpur and Mannalli villages, officials said.

Silt from around the bund is being removed using earth movers. Farmers from nearby villages are allowed to take the silt to their fields. “We are not rationing it. We will let anyone take any amount. The only condition is that the farmer should bear the transport costs,” officials said.

Work has also begun in Ashtur, Malkapur, Kannalli, Markhal, Anadur and Vilaspur. Each tank has six personnel manning two earth movers and overseeing labourers.

“The project is being implemented in association with agencies like Reliance Foundation, water user societies and NGOs like Team Yuva,” Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, said.

Government agencies like urban local bodies, Nirmiti Kendra, Bidar Urban Development Authority and Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation will take up the civil work. Team Yuva will monitor the work and provide feed back to the government. Reliance Foundation will train members of water user societies to maintain the tanks and distribute water among themselves later.

The foundation has also come forward to desilt the Vilaspur tank, officials said.


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Way to keep Folk art alive.

When I used to stay in Rajasthan, I had noticed, Rajasthan is the place which utilize their Folk/traditional culture  full extent and because of its proper use in tourism and cultural events, most of the folk artisans are doing well economically and its also helping to increase tourism.

While going through recent folk artists strike news in The Hindu newspaper, it struck in my mind that, why can't Karnataka tourism/Kannada and culture ministry utilize our folk artisans in a rich heritage city like Bidar. We can showcase our folk art to the tourist who visit Bidar and in return our folk art will be alive and folk artisans will also become economically stronger. This will also help to promote tourism and bring more tourists to the town.

Few of the Folks arts/songs observed in Bidar districts are monsoon songs, Bhoolayi songs, Sobhane songs,Minchanni, Aiyanni songs, Gee-Gee pada, Lambani dance, Chitaki ,Gondali dances, Etc.

Though Karnataka is rich in Folk art and its heritage, but as of now these folk arts are restricted to respective UTSAVAs ( which are celebrated once in year in respective historical rich districts), but we urge government to consider these arts in promoting and utilizing in

tourism events everyday/week to showcase for tourism in same way like Rajasthan does. So that folk arts which shows Karnataka culture will be alive and also artisans will also be financially

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

SC notice to Kheny on plea challenging his election

Source: Deccan Herald :-

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to Bidar South MLA Ashok Kheny on a plea by social activist T J Abraham challenging his election to the Assembly.

A three-judge bench presided over by Chief Justice H L Dattu agreed to hear the petition and sought response from Kheny after the petitioner contended that the MLA was not an Indian citizen.

The high court had dismissed the petition filed by Abraham on September 5.

In the special leave petition, Abraham sought the MLA’s disqualification, claiming that he had obtained US citizenship and that he was not a registered voter in the electoral roll of Bidar South. Abraham also contended that Kheny obtained a voter ID by fraudulent means


July 07, 2015

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From here & there-Imposing tombs of Bahmani kings

Source: Deccan Herald. :- 

Bahmani Sultans are known for the construction of forts, mosques and palaces. Large tombs of some of the Sultans dot the outskirts of Bidar. Two large and one small tomb are located in Ashtur about 4 km from Bidar next to Sahib Sri Nanak Jhira Gurudwara. The tombs exemplify the royal artistic patronage of the sultans. The complex includes tombs of the ninth and the tenth Bahmani Sultans, Ahmed Shah-al-Wali and Allauddin Shah II.

Verses written in golden colour against a dark background are the main attractions in one of the tombs. The two tombs with a height of 30 metres are square structures, with a typical dome. The interiors are coloured and the ceiling has fine paintings, befitting the solemn place like the burial tomb of a Sultan.

Architectural style of the sultans comprised of structures with niches, arches and lofty domes. Visitors are allowed twice a week to pray inside and offer flowers to the tombs as a mark of respect. The annual urs attracts crowds of Muslims as well as Hindus underlining the significance of communal harmony.

Recently, the Archaeological department has taken charge of these monuments. Apart from the renovation work, the department is also developing a garden outside. A brief description of the tombs placed outside on a board would help visitors to know more about these structures.


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Long-term plan to develop heritage cities in HK, Bombay Karnataka

Source: The HIndu :-  

The best practices in tourism promotion, heritage conservation and community-oriented development will be implemented. The picture shows the madrasa of Mahamud Gawan in Bidar. 

They will be promoted as international tourist destinations

A long-term plan is being readied to develop heritage cities in Hyderabad Karnataka and Bombay Karnataka as international tourist destinations. Bidar and Basava Kalyan will be included in it.

The best practices in tourism promotion, heritage conservation and community-oriented development will be implemented.

These will be based on the principles of people’s participation and encouragment of entrepreneurship, according to a broad outline prepared by government departments, a senior official told The Hindu .

A series of projects are being planned by the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), the departments of Tourism, Archaeology and Heritage, and Kannada and Culture, Rajiv Gandhi Housing Corporation, and other agencies.

Coordinated efforts will be made to promote tourism in Hyderabad Karnataka and Bombay Karnataka, in partnership with institutions such as Indian Heritage Cities Network (IHCN) and Deccan Heritage Foundation (DHF).

While the KUIDFC will be the anchor agency for infrastructure projects, the Department of Tourism will oversee other projects.

The IHCN and the DHF are partnering with the district administration in these efforts.

While the IHCN will take up projects such as heritage walk, revival of old markets, cleaning of ‘karez’, landscaping and preparation of a master plan for the promotion of Basava Kalyan; DHF will take up activities such as creating awareness about the heritage value of cities in the Deccan, landscaping of gardens, conservation of ground and surface water bodies, promotion of Bidri art, restoration of frescos and tiles, historic maps, and book publishing. However, DHF’s priority will be solid waste management.

“We are seeking funds from the Union and State governments and charitable institutions. We will bring in skilled consultants from professional agencies and build systems and processes to ensure that the work goes on uninterrupted. All projects will be implemented using local man power and locally available skill sets and resources will be utilised to the maximum extent,” Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, told The Hindu . Bidar, along with Kalaburgi and Vijaypura, is already on the tentative list of UNICEF world heritage sites. The process of getting the UNICEF tag would be speeded up, he said.

A team of consultants led by Kishor Raikar, director, IHCN, held a meeting with Mr. Tewari and other district administration officials in Bidar on Tuesday. Priority projects would be drinking water supply and waste management, he added.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Village residents set van on fire in Bidar after two die in accident

Source: the Hindu

Residents of Tadola village in Basava Kalyan taluk on Sunday set fire to a van, after a road accident claimed two lives.

Vijay Kumar Metre (40) principal of Vivekananda PU College in Basava Kalyan, and his wife, Pushpalata (30), died when the van rammed their bike. Ms. Pushpalata was pregnant, the police said.

Their two children, Prerana (12) and Vinay Kumar (6), were injured. They have been admitted to a hospital in Umerga in Maharashtra.

Onlookers were angry as the driver did not stop the van but tried to escape, the police said.
The driver did not stop the vehicle and tried to escape


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Folk artists protest in Bidar

Source: The Hindu

Folk artists protested against the transfer of Sidram Sindhe, Assistant Director, Kannada and culture, by singing and dancing outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Bidar on Monday.

He spent 13 months in Bidar and contributed to the promotion of Kannada in this border district. The decision should be reversed, Vijay Kumar Sonare, who led the protest, said in a memorandum to the government.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Officials seize sugar from factories in Bidar

source: The Hindu

Acting on the instructions of the State government, district administration officials raided godowns of four cooperative factories in Bidar district on Saturday. Sugar stocks of Bhavani Sugars, the lone private factory in the district, were seized a week ago.

Only Naranja Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane and Mahatma Gandhi Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane seemed to have stocks of enough value to pay farmers.

A team led by Tahsildar C. Lakshmanrao locked up three godowns after stock checking.

They found that they had 3.66 lakh quintals of sugar, worth around Rs. 70 crore. The factory owes farmers a total of Rs. 13 crore. It released around Rs. 7 crore to farmers after the government issued it notices on June 27. A team led by Assistant Commissioner Shankar Vanikyal seized factories in Humanbad and Bhalki taluks. Mahatma Gandhi Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane in Bhalki taluk has just enough stocks to pay off its dues.

Officials registered stocks of 76,356 quintals of sugar valued at Rs.14.51 crore, as against its dues of Rs. 14. 13 crore.

Bidar Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane in Humnabad taluk, the oldest factory in the district, had stocks of 1.9 lakh quintals, valued at Rs. 36.74 crore. However, its dues are Rs. 46.04 crore.

Bhalkeshwar Sahakari Sakkare Karakhane, the newest factory that started crushing last year, had stocks of 1.03 lakh quintals valued at Rs. 22.85 crore. But, it owes farmers Rs. 34.87 crore.

The stocks in Bhavani Sugars were also not enough to pay the farmers, officials said.


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Illegal sand seized in Bidar

Source: The Hindu

District officials have seized over 8,000 tonnes of sand illegally stored along the Manjra river bed in Bidar taluk.

In an operation spanning three days that involved over 20 officers, the government raided sand beds and seized river sand. The harvest, storage, transport or use of river sand in unlicensed areas is banned by the Supreme Court.

“On the direction of the Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari, we have seized the sand and informed the jurisdictional court,” Tehesildar C. Lakshmanrao told The Hindu on Sunday.


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Raichur-Bagalkote-Belagavi State Industrial Corridor to foster industrial development in North Karnataka

Source: See and Say News

The government has proposed to set up Special Industrial Regions (SIR) in Belagavi and other districts, and also a Raichur-Bagalkote-Belagavi State Industrial Corridor to foster industrial development in north Karnataka.

Announcing this in a written reply to a question raised by BJP’s Tara Anuradha, chief minister Siddaramaiah said in the Legislative Council that the government had also proposed to develop a new industrial area in the Yadagir district.

In an attempt to dispel criticism that the state government was neglecting north Karnataka, the CM said that during the last two years, the State Level Single Window Agency and the high-level committee had approved 77 industrial projects worth Rs 58,264.73 crore in north Karnataka. These units were expected to generate 41,095 jobs. The government would offer anchor unit subsidy for mega industries investing a minimum of Rs 250 crore in the backward taluks, he said.

CM Siddaramaiah replying to a question from Raghunathrao Malkapure said the government had approved four different heavy and medium indu- stries in Bidar district. The government had set aside Rs 7.29 crore to develop additional layout at Humnabad industrial area and Rs 12,767.16 lakh for the second phase of Kolhar industrial area to come up at the cost of Rs 675 crore.

The state government had received in-principle approval from the Union government to establish National Investment Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in 12 villages of Bidar and Bhalki taluks, the CM informed.

Veterinary colleges

The state government has proposed to establish two more veterinary science colleges in the state, one each at Gadag and Athani. Announcing this in the Legislative Council, Minister for Animal Husbandry T B Jayachandra said the government had given administrative approval for setting up these two veterinary science colleges. The government had also taken steps to provide the infrastructure as per the guidelines of the Veterinary Council of India (VCI).

The minister was replying to MLC Basavaraj Horatti (JD-S). He said there was no proposal to set up a veterinary college in Dharwad as Gadag was just 60 km away from Dharwad.


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