Monday, November 30, 2015

Youth to get training ahead of Army recruitment rally

Source: the Hindu

The district administration will help the youth aspiring to join the Indian Army by training them and conducting mock physical tests.

“Efforts will be made to create awareness about the army recruitment rally to be held in Bidar district stadium from January 7 to 17. The interested youth will be trained,” said Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari.

He said wide publicity would be given to the rally. A committee of government officials and NGOs would implement the training programme. Around 1,500 candidates from North-east Karnataka got selected as soldiers in the army’s general and technical wings in a rally held in Bidar two years ago. “Our target is to double that now,” Mr. Tewari said.

He estimated that at least a third of those selected to the army in these rallies were from Bidar district. “Gram panchayats will help the youth in the villages to register their names online for the rally. Panchayat officials will also distribute publicity materials that give details of the eligibility criteria for entry into the army,” he said.

Mock tests would be conducted in all five taluks of the district with help from the police. Once the promising candidates are selected, they would be trained intensively for two weeks, Mr. Tewari said.

The district stadium, police parade grounds, Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University stadium, the Basava Kalyan Development Board stadium, and taluk grounds in Bhalki, Aurad and Humnabad would be utilised for the training, he said.

Details of the programme were decided in a meeting of district officials, NGOs, and officers from the Sainik Welfare Department. Babu Wali, president, District Athletics Association, said that Team Yuva, Shaheen Education Society, and other NGOs would work with the government towards this end.


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Cold storages to be restarted in Bidar

Source: the Hindu :

The government will restart the cold storages on the sericulture district office premises at Naubad in Bidar. The six units – that have remained defunct for some years – will now be repaired and used for storing foodgrains, vegetables, and other perishable produce.

The centre was established under a World Bank-supported sericulture development programme backed by the Ramakrishna Hegde government in 1987.


It was intended to help silk rearing farmers get good-quality silk worm eggs and mulberry saplings, and help them nurture the worms and reel the cocoons. The storages were used to store eggs and chemicals used in silk rearing and processing.

However, it has been scantily used. It was closed in 1998-99 after developing technical snags. This led to the department shutting the cold storages down, but it allowed the farmers to use other facilities. With a decrease in mulberry cultivation and silk rearing activities in the district, use of the facility has been minimal.

The district administration wants to take up extensive maintenance of the facility and open it up for farmers. Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari visited the farm and interacted with officials on Tuesday. He said he would seek a detailed technical report from the officials about what needs to be done to make the cold storage operational.

“We have been planning a chain of actions to help farmers. We are building ware houses in villages, hobli and taluk headquarters. We are erecting silos in select places to process and store grain, and cold storages to store vegetables and fruits. We will start by using existing facilities and build new ones later,” he said.

They were established in 1987 by the then Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde, but closed in 1998-99


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Tombs for ‘saintly’ parrots and ‘royal’ dogs in Bidar

Source: The Hindu  -


One of the two tombs fordogs in Bidar faces the threat of being gobbled up byland sharks.

If you thought tombs built for animals only existed in Egypt, you should consider making a trip to Bidar in the northern tip of Karnataka.

There are 96 monuments in the historic city, but four among them stand out. While two are Tota Kabr (parrots’ tombs), two are Kutte Ka Kabr(dog’s tombs). Unusual as they are, all four are in dilapidated condition and are facing threat of being gobbled up by land sharks.

People around Tota Kabr , in Gawan Chowk, have colourful stories to tell about the parrot that was “saintly”, said to be reared by a Sufi saint. The parrot was buried in front of the Madrassa of Mahamud Gawan in the old city. Kuchcha houses have come up all around the tomb and there is no proper access to the monument.

The other is called Hazrat Tota Shareef Mazar in Multani Colony. The colony is named after Kaji Ul Kajayat Hazrat Multani Pasha, the judge of the Behmani Empire in the 15th Century. The Parrot’s tomb is near the Multani Pasha dargah and sees several visitors. Even the Urs or death anniversary of “saintly bird” is observed every year.

However, little remains of the Kabr. Only a stone with a flower emblem remains at the place where the tomb was supposed to be. Local residents allege that the city municipal council member Javed Ahmed encroached upon land, while Mr. Javed says the land belongs to him.

The two Kutte Ka Kabr monuments are on the western side of the new city. The smaller one in Shiva Nagar remains unprotected and the cubical structure with a dome is crumbling. The bigger Kutte Ka Kabr is in Guru Nagar. It is believed to have been a “royal” dog a king of the Bahmani period was very fond of. It is an elaborate structure housing an unmarked tomb in a room with a compound wall around it. There is a small mosque beside it for the faithful to pray.

However, historian Abdul Samad Bharati wonders if the tombs of dogs are indeed those of animals. “They could even be of people who were victims of the king’s anger or envy,” he says. They could be rebels who died in civil wars or traitors who were killed by one king, only to be honoured by another, Mr. Bharati said.

Vinay Malge, coordinator of the NGO Team Yuva that is spearheading a movement for heritage conservation, said though there are no historical records, they are part of our heritage and need to be protected.


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Krishi Mela in Bidar from December 11

source: The Hindu   : -

A joint Krishi Mela showcasing new technologies in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry will be organised at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra on Janawada road in Bidar from December 11 to 13. University of Agriculture Sciences, Raichur; University of Horticulture Sciences, Bagalkot; Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar, is jointly organising the mela. Farmers would be able to interact with experts and students could participate in workshops, said a release.


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Kalaburagi-Bidar railway line work in progress: Baig

Source: The Hindu   :

Infrastructure Minister R. Roshan Baig said the State government has released a sum of Rs. 186.01 crore as its share in the long-pending Kalaburagi-Bidar new railway line project and the Union government has released a sum of Rs. 275.25 crore as its share in the past three years from 2012-13.

In a written reply to an unstarred question of BJP MLC Amarnath Patil in the Legislative Council, Mr. Baig, who also holds the Information and Public Relation portfolio, said the work of laying the new railway line between Kalaburagi city and Bidar city was in progress.

During 2012-13, while the State government released Rs. 17 cr., the Centre released Rs. 11.08 crore; in 2013-14 the State released Rs. 37 cr. and the Centre Rs. 113 cr.; and in 2014-15 the State released Rs. 132.01 cr. and the Centre Rs. 151.17 cr.Similarly, for the ongoing Munirabad-Mehboobnagar new railway line project, the State has released Rs. 120 crore and the Centre Rs. 126 crore, in the past three years. While the State government released Rs. 95 crore and Rs. 25 crore during 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively, the Union government released Rs. 13 crore, Rs. 98 crore and Rs. 25 crore during 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15 respectively. Mr. Baig said that for the proposed Coach Building Factory in 

Yadgir, the State government released Rs. 15.01 crore in 2014-15 and the Centre had not released any fund in the period.
The Centre has not released any money this year for the Coach Building Factory in Yadgir


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Karnataka launches tourist-friendly police force

Source: T
he hindu busines sline   :- 


Karnataka’s Department of Tourism and Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) along with the Home Department has launched ‘Tourist Mitra’, a tourist-friendly police force.

The ‘Tourist Mitra’ force would be deputed at various tourist destinations in the state to provide safety and security to domestic and international tourists.

Tourist destinations in 13 districts have been identified where 175 tourist-friendly home guards will be appointed to provide proper safety and security to the visiting tourist.

In the first phase of the project, trained home guards known as ‘Tourist Mitra’, will be designated at the following tourist destinations.

1. Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Nanjangud - Mysore district.

2. Abby Falls, Bhagamandal, Iruppu Falls, Raja Seat, Talacauvery - Kodagu district.

3. Srirangapatna, K.R.S and Brindavan Garden, Ranganathittu, Shivan Samudra, Sangama - Mandya district.

4. Hampi Vittal Complex, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal - Bellari district.

5. Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, Kudal Sangama – Bagalkot district.

6. Bidar Fort, Gurudwara Nanak, Basavakalyana, Papanashini Shiva Temple, Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple – Bidar District.

7. Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Roza, Basavanbagevadi - Vijayapura district.

8. Chitradurga Fort, Chandrvalli, Jogi Math, Vani Vilas Sagara- Chitradurga district.

9. Jog Falls, Keladi, Mandagadde Bird Sanctuary, Agumbe, Sigandhur – Shimoga district.

10. Belur, Halebeedu, Shravanabelagola, Yagachi Jalasaya – Hassan district.

11. Karwar Beach, Om Beach, Gokarna Beach, Sathodi Falls, Dandeli - Uttara Kannada district.

12. Suratkal Beach, Thanneerbhavi Beach, Ullala Beach, Someshwara Beach - Dakshina Kannada district.

13. Malpe Beach, Kapu, Marvanthe - Udupi district


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Rhythm of Art


— By FPJ Bureau | Nov 25, 2015 12:02 am

What: Versatile National Artists Group, India presents a group art exhibition of paintings & sculptures “Rhythm of Art”. This show has been curated by Ullhas Raikar & Wajid Sajid Manvi.

The curators have intended to uphold here the principle of unity in diversity among our people in various regions of India and promote the intrinsic talent in vivid artists by inviting them to participate in this show irrespective of caste, creed and religious.

The various artists participating in this unique show include Ulhas Raikar (Pune, Maharashtra), Wajid Sajid Manvi (Karnataka), Arunkumar Sonone (Akola, Maharashtra), Shibli Khan (Raibareli, UP), Rajesh Mehta (Pune, Maharashtra), Banu Munaf (Tumkur, Karnataka), Sushil Kumar Maharana (Bhubaneshwar, Odissa), Sarvamangala Patil (Chennai), Machcha Gangadas G. (Pune, Maharashtra), Chaitali Dey (Delhi), 
B. K. Badiger (Bidar, Karnataka), 
K. Mallikarjun Kalmalkar (Raichur, Karnataka) & Shailaja Jaldar (Raichur Karnataka).

When: On till November 30, 2015, 11 am to 7 pm

Where: Art Gate Gallery, Above Satyam Collection, Next to Eros Cinema, Opp. Churchgate, Mumbai
Contact: 09370461554 / 09845625770


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Bhangra, Halla bol on Guru Nanak Jayanti

Source: the Hindu :-

Youth dancing on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti in Bidar on Wednesday.— Photo: Gopichand T.

Guru Nanak Jayanti was celebrated with religious fervour in Bidar on Wednesday.

Believers took out a procession on the main streets in the morning.

They performed folk dances, sang songs in praise of the founder of the Sikh faith, and shouted slogans for Sikh unity. Youth participated in Halla bol, a mock war, to highlight the need for vigilance and unity.

Mass prayers, bhajans and readings of Guru Granth Sahib were organised at the Gurudwara Guru Nanak Jhira. Mass meals was organised at Langar Hall on the Gurudwara premises.


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Dairy farmers to get daily payment

source: THE HINDU :-

Milk procurement in 30 villages to be digitised at a cost of around Rs. 35 lakh

The State government will help the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) to launch a pilot project to ensure spot payment to farmers who supply milk to village-level cooperative societies. This will be in tune with the targets set by the milk-shed programme which aims to gradually increase procurement of milk.

Among the objectives of the project is to eliminate middlemen who buy milk from farmers and sell it to the union in some villages.

The district administration has decided to fund a project by the Bidar-Gulbarga-Yadgir Milk Union to digitise milk procurement in 30 selected villages at the cost of around Rs. 35 lakh.

“Each society will be given an automated milk buying machine that the farmers will interact with. They can measure the milk, test its fat content and pour into a can. They will get a bill and their money will be transferred to their bank account. Farmers will also get a confirmation SMS. Each farmer will get the money equal to the value of fat and the volume of milk they supply. This will increase the confidence of farmers in the union and lead to a healthy competition among farmers to supply large volumes of good-quality milk,” Revanasiddappa Patil, Union president, told The Hindu .

Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, said, “We will start the project in the best-performing villages so that it will act as an incentive. A transparent system that ensures prompt payment will only increase milk production and procurement. We are confident that automation will help us put in place such a system.”

Procurement by the 200 societies in the district is around 50,000 litres per day as of now. “We plan to double it in a year by increasing procurement of each cooperative society and by increasing the number of societies. We are starting 60 new village societies and rejuvenating another 100 defunct societies,” he added.

A 10-member task force comprising officials of the Veterinary Department and the KMF will monitor the project, Mr. Tewari said.

The district is funding a pilot project by the Bidar-Gulbarga-Yadgir Milk Union

Current procurement by 200 societies in the district is around 50,000 litres per day

Plan to double the procurement and establish more cooperative societies


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Three-day wine festival in Bidar from Dec. 3

source: THE HINDU :-

The Karnataka State Wine Board will organise a three-day wine festival in the district stadium in Bidar from December 3, chairman Bakkappa Kote said on Tuesday. After a meeting with district officials, he said the festival would serve as a platform for interaction between grape growers, processors and sellers.

It will also help increase awareness about wine as a recreational drink rather than an alcoholic beverage, he said.

Major wine makers like Sula, Elite, Heritage, Richo, Nesara, Madhuloka, and Enotica will participate. Grape experts will speak to farmers, Horticulture Department officials, and agriculture students. The board has organised eight wine festivals across the State.


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Monday, November 23, 2015

Honour for Urdu scribe

Source: The Hindu

Quazi Alioddin, senior Urdu journalist from Bidar, has won the Karnataka State Media Academy award for 2015.

Fondly called, Ali Baba, by young reporters, the chief reporter of Bidar Ki Awaaz and Surkh Zameen , is known for his friendly ways. Known for his networking skills, he offers advice and support to those learning their trade.

Hailing from Neelanga in Maharashtra, he came to Bidar to study pharmacology, but joined the Hindi daily Bidar Ki Awaaz started by a relative.

He has spent 30 years reporting on various issues related to Bidar and its villages. Another journalist from Bidar selected for the award this year is Babu Wali (Ningappa), editor of Vachana Kranti Kannada daily. Karnataka Union of working journalists has congratulated both the journalists.


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Runners from across the country participate in Heritage Marathon

Source: The Hindu :-

Over 250 people participated in the event organised by the NGO, GoUnesco, in Bidar on Sunday. —Photo: Gopichand T.

The highest number of participants were from Hyderabad and Bengaluru

The second edition of the Heritage Marathon organised by the non-governmental organisation GoUnesco here on Sunday attracted runners from around the country.

Over 250 people participated in the event in five km, 10 km and 21 km categories. They came in from Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, New Delhi and Punjab, apart from districts in Karnataka. The highest number of participants were from Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

Sun’s rays were yet to flood the 600-acre Bidar Fort premises when the runners gathered at 5 a.m. The Gumbaz Darwaja inside the fort was abuzz with the sound of birds as they came in pairs and groups and began warming up. The organisers mapped the run to connect the 100–odd monuments in Bidar and surrounding villages. While the 5-km route covered the old city, the fort, madrassa of Mahamud Gawan, Choubarah and the heritage markets, those who covered the 10-km route went across the new city to cover pilgrimage places like Paapnash Temple gate, Baridshahi Gardens, Gurudwara Guru Nanak Jhira, and the Shukla Teertha spring.

The 21-km route covered the fort ramparts, giving the runners a beautiful view from the backside of the fort wall that is usually missed by the regular tourists. It also passed through the tombs of the Behmani Royal family, St. Paul Methodist Church, the seven gates on the outer fort wall, and the Manjra river valley. They got down the valley near Mangalpet and climbed up around 100 ft near the district science centre to re-enter the fort on the eastern side.

Members of the NGO Team Yuva manned the aid stations on the way to show directions to runners. They also distributed them water, biscuits and other eatables along the way. Quick response team members of the district police completed the 21-km run. Some young flying officers from the Indian Air Force base in Bidar also participated. Students of Shaheen School and city municipal council employees also ran.

Finishing first

Though it was a non-competitive event, runners dashed against the wind to finish first. Sunil Menon, a.k.a. Iron Man, for breaking national records in completing marathons, was the first to come back to the start/ finish line. Ravi Kumar Koguru, an advertisement executive with The Hindu , stood second. Sudhir Kumar Reddy, the 31-year-old Superintendent of Police of Bidar, took the fourth place.

Ajay Reddy, founder of GoUnesco, was happy at the response. “When we started last year, we had only around 120 entries. This year, our registrations have doubled. This shows that awareness about health and heritage is increasing among the youth,” he said.

Unnikrishan Koti, a runner from Hyderabad said he was touched by the people’s response. “Vehicles made way for us, women asked us if we wanted water and children queued up to shake hands with us. These are joys of a small town,” he said.

P. Anuradha Reddy, co-convenor, INTACH, Hyderabad, who flagged off the runs, said Bidar’s rich heritage had to be preserved.

“This should start from creating awareness about the cultural significance of the heritage and about ways to protect it. Among the easiest ways to do that is to spread word about it,” she said.

Helping tourism

Annies. K. Joy, Assistant Commissioner, who also participated, hoped that such events would help promote tourism in the district. “We are working towards spreading information about the heritage potential of the city that will increase tourist footfalls,” she said.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Deepawali.

Light a lamp of love
Blast a chain of sorrow
Shoot a rocket of prosperity
Fire a flowerpot of happiness
Happy deepawali to all  Bandhus n wish you all a great time..