Archive for October, 2012

Study RTI properly, HDMC told

October 22, 2012

By Sangamesh Menasinakai, ENS – HUBLI

22nd October 2012 11:57 AM

Considering seriously that the Right to Information (RTI) Act has been misinterpreted by the Hubli-Dharwad Municipality Corporation (HDMC), the Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) has instructed it to study the Rule 14 of the Act properly and provide information to applicants free of cost.

According to a copy of letter dated October 11, 2012, available with Express, Under Secretary of DPAR L Venkatagiriyappa stated that the HDMC has mistaken Rule 14 of the RTI Act 2005.

According to the rule, applicants can ask many questions related to any particular issue, but  the number of words should not exceed 150. However, the HDMC had rejected the RTI applications filed by activists Santosh Nargund for asking more than one question.

Santosh told Express that the Assistant Commissioner (Administration) of the HDMC, in a letter dated August 22, 2012, had denied information for asking more than one question.

“When I filed an appeal with the Appellate Authority, he also upheld the reply of his subordinate in his letter dated September 14, 2012 and called me for hearing on September 22. However, I could not attend the hearing as the letter reached me on the same date – September 22,” he explained.

After getting replies from the HDMC, the DPAR directed it to read Rule 14 and provide information to the applicants free of cost.

Santosh termed DPAR’s direction a “warning to all officials of the state who are illegally insisting that applicants ask only one question in each application under the RTI Act.” HDMC Commissioner Y S Patil was not available for comment.

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Hoisery export hub languishes

October 21, 2012

Hoisery export hub languishes

By ENS

10th January 2011 01:01 PM

For Belgaum, the months between June and December meant big business till some years ago.

The city was a major hub for hosiery products, especially sweaters, in South India.

But the changing dynamics of business have left the city with little work for the winter months.

"June to December every year was peak season for our business," said Bharamagouda Ninganagoudra of Patil Knitting Works.

"We have forgotten that kind of winter in the recent years," he said, adding that this year, they received orders for sweaters only towards the fag end of December.

The rise and the fall

Hosiery products of the city were once exported to countries like Afghanistan and South Africa, apart from being sold all over the India.

Sweater knitting was a smallscale industry that was the bread and butter of hundreds of households. Today, there are only around 10 such units functional in the city.

According to industry sources, the hosiery industry started here in the preIndependance days of 1920s. It was boomtime till the 1960s when cotton took over as an important export crop.

The industry in Belgaum further took a beating when Tirupur in Tamil Nadu and Ludhiana in Punjab entered the knitwear industry.

Ludhiana, that earlier sold yarns to Belgaum, grew as the new hub of hosiery products in the last couple of decades of the 20th century.

Tirupur also made its name as a textile city during the same period.

Competition killing trade

"Increase in the prices of raw materials, uncertain climate, lack of skilled workers, competition of seconds sale, heavy taxes and negligence of the government are the main reasons for this slowdown," said Basavaraj Jalihal of Jalihal Knitting works.

His wife Rajashri said another important reason was the lack of organised strategy from the industry to face competition.

Sanmati Kasturi of Gomtesh Hosiery pointed out that the price of yarn increased to Rs 330 per kg from Rs 210 per kg the previous year. "If we raise the price of our products in this ratio, we will lose the existing market also," said Kasturi.

Many industrial units have shut down and their owners have entered into businesses selling Ludhiana products.

Sale of seconds on the roads has also dented the local business.

"Tibetans and other people bring products that are fancier than ours from

black markets without paying taxes to the government and sell them here at

cheap rates," alleged K L Patil, president of The Karnataka Hosiery Sahakari Utpadaka Sangha Ltd, Shahapur, Belgaum.

"We have to pay 5 per cent VAT on our products," he added.

Unlike their counterparts in Punjab who have good support from their administration, the locals here lack any kind of government support.

Lack of training

Vijay Kunda of Vijay Knit Wear feared that the industry will lose its existing work force in a few years as they were unable to hike their salaries.

He blamed it on government apathy and said no training was being provided to the new generation workers.

Officials of the Department of Handloom and Textile have a different story to tell.

"We have to give job guarantee to unemployed youth but this industry is not in a situation to provide many opportunities," said an official who did not want to be named. "We have sent a proposal for fund sanction in the budget for training of the work force in the knitting industry," he claimed.

The official said the department sanctions some funds for training workers in spinning, weaving and other handicrafts work. "This time we are expecting a green signal for training in knitting," the official said.

Also, there is no insurance facility for workers in the hosiery industry and no scholarships for their children.

Since such facilities are available to labourers in the weaving industry, many have turned to acrylic yarn and manufacturing of Tshirts, track suits, women’s wear and school uniform.

Government apathy

The government categorised this industry as part of the textile industry but power supply for knitting machines were subsidised for a long time whereas powerloom weavers get subsided power from the Hubli Electricity Supply Company.

The Department of Handloom and Textile is now providing subsidy to set up powerlooms at knitting units.

"Subsidy of 15 per cent will be given to all and 5 per cent additional subsidy is limited to minorities, women and SC, ST people under Suvarna Vastra Policy," said Zareppa Molkeri, joint director of the department.

Dwindling customers’ list

The state’s officials have shown little interest in the sector that had the army, police and the Department of Fire Fighters and Emergency Services as customers.

All their sportswear came from Belgaum’s hosiery industry but now these departments have also diverted their orders to Tirupur causing a major setback to the local industry.

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, who is from the state, had shown interest in selling products of the local hosiery units at Janata Bazars but it worked for only a couple of years.

Later, the government stopped selling them at Janata Bazars saying they were not handmade products.

The last bastion

Perhaps what is still keeping this industry alive in Belgaum is the fact that many private schools of Karnataka and Maharashtra still prefer sweaters from Belgaum because of their quality when compared with the stuff from Tirupur and Ludhiana.

No trace of BSY in BJP campaign

October 21, 2012

By Sangamesh Menasinakai | ENS – HUBLI

21st October 2012 09:20 AM

With almost a vertical split in the state BJP’s ranks, the “Oust Congress, Save Country,’’ campaign organised by the party’s youth wing failed to attract people. The absence of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was quite palpable.

It appeared that the BJP has already prepared to live without Yeddyurappa.

There was no trace of the Lingayat strongman at the venue.

The former chief minister’s photos were removed from posters, banners and flexes at the venue.

Barring Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, not a single leader, including the Yeddyurappa’s camp follower Murgesh Nirani took Yeddyurappa’s name.

Nirani, instead chose to speak about the good works done by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajapayee.

Other camp followers of Yeddyurappa – ministers Basavaraj Bommai and C M Udasi skipped the event.

A few strong followers of Yeddyurappa, however, made their presence felt by shouting slogans “stop BSY, save BJP,”’ stressing the importance of Yeddyurappa for the party if it wanted to return to power in the next Assembly polls.

By Express News Service – HUBLI

21st October 2012 10:17 AM

‘Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao,’ a campaign organised by Yuva Morcha of the state BJP at Nehru Stadium here on Saturday, warned the Congress-led UPA government in the Centre of dire consequences if it continues to neglect the interests of farmers.

Congress national general secretary Dharmendra Pradhan alleged that the Congress was suppressing the farmers and poor by allowing the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail sector.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is favouring Wall Street and all other Congress leaders are behaving like agents of multi-national companies,” he alleged.

Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar remembered how the later prime minister Rajiv Gandhi had lost power after the Bofors scandal of Rs 64 crore. “However, today’s Congress has been involved in scams of lakh crores,” he alleged.

He challenged the state Congress leaders who were making charges of misuse of Rs 600 crore under the MGNREGS to give details.

“Acting on genuine complaints, we have taken serious actions against officials who have erred in this regard,” he claimed.

By Express News Service – HUBLI

21st October 2012 10:18 AM

BJP state in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan conducted a meeting in a private hotel here on Saturday to plan a strategy against former CM B S Yeddyurappa. Before participating in ‘Congress Hatao, Desh Bachao’ campaign, Pradhan discussed possible impact on the party after Yeddyurappa’s move of launching a new party. CM Jagadish Shettar, Deputy CM K S Eshwarappa, MP Prahlad Joshi and RSS leader Santosh were present in the meeting. It is also said that Pradhan took stock of leaders who may go with Yeddyurappa.

‘Gender discourse has come a long way’

October 15, 2012
Today’s Paper » NATIONAL » KARNATAKA

Published: December 11, 2010 00:00 IST | Updated: December 11, 2010 04:02 IST

Staff Reporter

Laadli Media Awards given away to 22 persons

THE AWARDEES: Recipients of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity with actor Tara in Bangalore on Friday.

THE AWARDEES: Recipients of the Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity with actor Tara in Bangalore on Friday.

Gender discourse has come a long way and moved on to cover the other gender as well, said A.L. Sharada, programme director, Population First, at a function to give awaythe Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11 (Southern Region) here on Friday.

This is the third edition of the awards that is supported by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and instituted by Population First, which is a non-governmental organisation working on population and health issues within the framework of women’s rights and social development.

Twenty-two people, mostly journalists, were given the awards.

Changing the mindset

Speaking about the awards, Bobby Sista from Population First said the organisation has been working to make the world recognise the fact that women are equal and entitled to the same rights as men. “We launched Laadli Media Awards in 2007. We wanted to change a centuries-old mindset. We wanted people to realise that women, who have been under-valued, require an equal status in society,” he said.

Inclusive understanding

 

Ms. Sharada, addressing the gathering, said: “It is heartening that issues related to transgenders are being [covered] in both print and electronic media. This indicates a more inclusive and broader understanding of gender issues. There is now more coverage being given to gender issues, with far more understanding and better and more just perspectives.”

This year’s award winners include Sangeetha Neeraja (The New Indian Express, Chennai), Sheela Ramanathan (Bangalore Mirror, Bangalore), Sangamesh Menasinakai (The New Indian Express, Belgaum), Yeshodha Raju (Kannada Prabha), Aloysius D. Fernandez (Organ for Radical Change), R. Sambhan (Deshabhimani, Thiruvananthapuram), Reji R. Nair (Mathrubhumi, Kozhikode), Pon. Dhanasekaran (Pudhiya Thalaimurai, Tamil Nadu), K.S. Velayuthan (Kumudham), S. Vijayakumar (Dinamani), Eppa Shobha Rani (Vartha), Nirmala Kondepudi (Bhumika Streevada Patrika), Farida Raj (Siasat), Andal Priyadarshini (Doordarshan, Chennai), Potluri Rajesh (Vanitha TV), N. Vishwanath (HMTV), Ramu Suravajjula (apmediakaburlu. blogspot.com), Aarti Mohan (The Alternative, Bangalore), Swathi Shivanand (Offbeat e-zine, who was formerly with The Hindu, Bangalore).

ABN Andhra Jyoti, a Telugu news channel, won the award for its Save Girl Child campaign.

The Special Award for Contribution to Gender Sensitivity was given away to P.C. Ramakrishna, Chennai, while the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sarah Joseph, Kerala.

‘Long way to go’

 

Actor Tara Venugopal, who was the chief guest, said: “While I am happy that women have achieved so much in varied fields, I also realise we still have a long way to go.”

Parvathi Menon, Chief of Bureau, The Hindu; Dolly Thakore, National Coordinator, Laadli Media Awards; and Susheela Nair, State Coordinator of the awards, were present.

Chalukya Express to reach Tamil Nadu, Pondy

October 15, 2012

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

13th October 2012 11:44 AM

The Railways has planned to extend the Dadar-Yesvantpur-Dadar Chalukya Express to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry from November.

It is the only regular train that connects Hubli, also called ‘Chota Mumbai’, to Mumbai. It is also one among three regular trains that connects Bangalore with Mumbai.

It was running from Mysore as train number 11036 every Thursday and to Mysore every Tuesday as train number 11035. As there is a demand to run a train on Coimbatore-Mumbai route, the administration is considering the demand, the sources added.

Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee (ZRUCC) member Mahendra Singi told Express that the department was extending the train three days each to Tirunelveli and Puducherry. “However, we are urging the department to differ the decision until they extend any of the three trains, that are running between Mumbai and Kolhapur currently, to Hubli,” he added.

However, passengers have already been put into confusion as the department has stopped reservations for the train. Another Consultative Committee member and Gadag MLA Shrishailappa Bidarur said that the department should take a proper decision and start reservations with immediate effect.

Another ZRUCC member Goutam Bafna said that the train has been running fully packed. “If it is extended to any other city, it will be difficult for people of the state to get reservation,” he noted.

Police use same people as Panchas

October 15, 2012

By Sangamesh Menasinakai, ENS – HUBLI

02nd October 2012 10:41 AM

Serial criminals are a common phenomenon, but have you heard of serial witnesses? In a shocking revelation it has been found that the Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissionerate is using the same people as witnesses (panchas) in different cases thereby compromising the investigations.

As a result, the rate of conviction has been decreasing for the last 8-10 years.

According to documents available with Express, Gangadhar Gurushiddappa Hugar, Basappa Shivasangappa Sangamashettar and three to four other persons are ‘working’ as witnesses in hundreds of cases.

The matter came to light during a trial.

Gangadhar, a witness in the case, has said in an affidavit submitted to Judicial Magistrate of First Class Court-1 that he is being used as a pancha by all police stations in Hubli-Dharwad for 8 to 10 years and that he has signed as a witness in about 600 cases.

“I am on the court campus daily and involved as a witness in at least one to two cases per day,” he has stated. He has concluded his statement by saying, “I am not involved in a nexus of professional criminals.”

Another ‘witness’ in the case Basappa Sangamashettar, a watchman in a cinema theatre, has said in an affidavit that he is an illiterate but has been a witness for all police stations of Hubli city for the last three to four years as he has “Faith in the police”.

Both have clarified that they are not getting money for the ‘service’.

There are rumours that police themselves put signatures of such witnesses openly as there is no procedure of asking the identity proof of witnesses in courts.

Denying the allegation of negligence in investigations, Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner B A Padmanayan said he would look into the matter

Churning out teachers for over a century

October 15, 2012

NATION

By Sangamesh Menasinakai / ENS – GADAG(KARNATAKA)

10th September 2012 08:30 AM

As many as 562 teachers in Karnataka hail from one tiny village of just 4,500 souls in Gadag district. Hullur, which has been a hub for the noble profession for over a century, is also home to 243 retired teachers.

Though it is unclear why people of this village, which also boasts of 15 lecturers, 25 engineers and six doctors, have a flair for teaching, locals speak of an old tradition here. Former gram panchayat president S B Herakal, who himself is an MA and BPEd, feels the teacher training course at Bagalkot has been popular among the village’s students since the 1970s.

“With students heading to Bagalkot for the course, butthiappas, akin to Mumbai’s dabbawallahs, used to take a train from the nearest station Mallapur to Bagalkot to supply home food to the students, who were able to pursue the course with little expense and invariably landed jobs after the course. Even today, 10-15 students from the village join the teacher training course every year,” he says. Herakal adds that male teachers of the village prefer teachers as brides and this has led to a rise in the number of teachers in the village in recent years. “Now, each family has three to four teachers,” he says.

The head master of the local Government Higher Primary School, Ramakanth Kamatgi, also speaks of the school’s role in serving the village’s educational needs since 1869. “Many poor people, who migrated from neighbouring taluks and districts, settled here as farm hands. But, they were landless and lacked financial security. This might have motivated them to become teachers,” he reckons.

A village that believes in teaching

October 15, 2012
Home The Sunday Standard

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – GADAG

Published: 09th Sep 2012 09:59:49 AM

  • Students from a school in Hullur
    Students from a school in Hullur

A tiny hamlet in Karnataka, last week was the happiest on Teacher’s Day. As many as 562 teachers in the state hail from Hullur, which population is only 4,500. It is also home to 243 retired teachers.

Though it is unclear why people of this village, which also boasts of 15 lecturers, 25 engineers and six doctors, have a flair for teaching, locals speak of an old tradition here.

Former gram panchayat president S B Herakal, who himself is an MA and B Ed, feels the teacher training course at Bagalkot has been popular among the village’s students since the 1970s.

“With students heading to Bagalkot for the course, butthi appas, akin to Mumbai’s dabbawallahs, used to take a train from the nearest station Mallapur to Bagalkot to supply home food to the students, who were able to pursue the course with little expense and invariably landed jobs after the course. Even today, 10-15 students from the village join the teacher training course every year,” he says. Herakal adds that male teachers of the village prefer teachers as brides and this has led to a rise in the number of teachers in the village in recent years. “Now, each family has three to four teachers,” he says.

The head master of the local Government Higher Primary School, Ramakanth Kamatgi, also speaks of the school’s role in serving the village’s educational needs since 1869. “Many poor people, who migrated from neighbouring taluks and districts, settled here as farm hands. But, they were landless and lacked financial security. This might have motivated them to become teachers,” he reckons.

 

-Sunday Standard

This village in Gadag is a teachers’ hub

October 15, 2012

By Sangamesh Menasinakai|ENS – GADAG

05th September 2012 08:09 AM

As many as 562 teachers in the state hail from one tiny village of just 4,500 souls in Gadag district. Hullur, which has been a hub for the noble profession for over a century, is also home to 243 retired teachers.

Though it is unclear why people of this village, which also boasts of 15 lecturers, 25 engineers and six doctors, have a flair for teaching, locals speak of an old tradition here.

Former gram panchayat president S B Herakal, who himself is an MA and BPEd, feels the teacher training course at Bagalkot has been popular among the village’s students since the 1970s.

“With students heading to Bagalkot for the course, butthiappas, akin to Mumbai’s dabbawallahs, used to take a train from the nearest station Mallapur to Bagalkot to supply home food to the students, who were able to pursue the course with little expense and invariably landed jobs after the course. Even today, 10-15 students from the village join the teacher training course every year,” he says. Herakal adds that male teachers of the village prefer teachers as brides and this has led to a rise in the number of teachers in the village in recent years. “Now, each family has three to four teachers,” he says.

The head master of the local Government Higher Primary School, Ramakanth Kamatgi, also speaks of the school’s role in serving the village’s educational needs since 1869.

“Many poor people, who migrated from neighbouring taluks and districts, settled here as farm hands. But, they were landless and lacked financial security. This might have motivated them to become teachers,” he reckons.

‘Will boycott arrested if they are guilty’

October 15, 2012

By Sangamesh Menasinakai – HUBLI

04th September 2012 09:50 AM

“Islam doesn’t allow anti-national and anti-social activities,” said Idara-EQuidmath- E-Khalq Moulana Sayyed Ahmed Raza, president, union of local moulavis on Monday.

He told Express, “We are shameful that youths having Muslim names were suspected and we appeal to our people to lead a life that doesn’t raise suspicion. In fact, Islam never promotes violence but promotes peace, protection, brotherhood and love,” he explained.

He, however, denied that Muslims were being suspected by other communities. Raza said the local Muslim community will boycott the arrested youths if charges against them are proved.

“We have faith in the police, judiciary and government. We only request that the judicial procedures should speed up. If charges are proved, then culprits should be punished, if not they should be released at the earliest to avoid possible damage to their lives,” he added.

Meanwhile, he requested the Hindus not to have misconception about Muslims and members of the community.

Community Regrets Turn of Events

When Express visited Azad Nagar in Keshwapur in Hubli, where many Muslims reside, many from the community regretted over the involvement of five Muslim youths in terror activities.

According to many, Hubli has always nurtured unity among communities.

Civil Engineer Sayyed Rafiq Kittur admitted that Muslims have greater respect in India compared with any other countries in the world.

“We have been reciprocating our respect to the nation since the struggle for freedom. We have never let down the pride of India. Nation’s security is our priority. No element can break Hindu- Muslim binding,” he added.

BJP President of district unit of Minority Morcha Imtiyaz Ahmed Mulla said, “The Muslim community prefers security, happiness and love for the nation.”