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Denotification case: Yeddyurappa seeks time to appear before ACB 19.8.2017 deccanherald.com
BJP state president and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Saturday sought 10 days to appear before the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in fake land de-notification case. In a letter to ACB Investigation officer, he said he needs to gather all the facts mentioned in the case. "I am making efforts to get all the necessary details regarding the above mentioned case from various Government Departments under RTI Act", Yeddyurappa said in the letter. He also added that he got the notice two days ago. "Only two days period is intervening from the date of the Notice to the date of appearance", stated in the letter. ACB registered two FIRs on Thursday against BJP leader in a case of 'fake de-notification' of 250 acres. Preliminary enquiry held by the ACB revealed that as chief minister, Yeddyurappa dropped the vast extent of land from preliminary notification allowing various bulk land owners to get change of land use. In 2008, the BDA had issued preliminary notification to acquire 3,546 acres in 17 villages ...
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CID grills Santosh in Meti's sex scandal 17.8.2017 deccanherald.com
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sleuths on Thursday interrogated BJP state president B S Yeddyurappas relative nd personal assistant N R Santosh in connection with a sex scandal involving former minister H Y Meti. While analysing the call details records of Santoshs mobile phone, it came to light that he was in constant touch with RTI activist from Ballari, Rajashekhar Mulali, who had released to the media a CD purportedly showing Meti in a compromising position with a woman. The CID had slapped notice on Santosh to appear before it. Santosh turned up at the CID office around 11 am and was interrogated for about three hours. "Santosh claimed that he was in no way connected with the sex scandal and attempts are being made to fix him in the case," a senior police officer said quoting Santosh. Santosh admitted that he knew Mulali for the last five years. He claimed that Mulali was close to former ministers B Sriramulu and G Janardhana Reddy and he came in contact with him through the duo. He ...
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Chitrakala Parishath is a public authority, rules Information Commission 16.8.2017 deccanherald.com
Karnataka Information Commission has declared Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath (KCP) as public authority under the provisions of Right to Information Act. The Commission passed the order on August 9, on an appeal filed by a person who was denied information by the KCP. The appeal was filed by T Narasimha Murthy. He had filed eight applications under the RTI Act seeking various information, including details about employees working on contract basis in KCP. His application was rejected in May 2016 stating that KCP was not a public authority as per the provisions under the RTI Act. After hearing both the sides, the State Information Commissioner N P Ramesh held that KCP, a non-government organisation, is indeed a public authority since it is substantially funded by the state government. "The assistance is received for both capital expenditure like construction of buildings and also for revenue expenditures like salary grant. Further, the Commission observed that the government may not have any statutory ...
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'Centre approved forest diversion for Kalasa-Banduri work in 2003' 15.8.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The Union government has in 2003 approved diversion of 243 hectare of forest land in Western Ghats for Banduri nala diversion scheme in Belagavi district. This revelation was made in response to an RTI application filed by a Bengaluru resident. Notably, the Centre has on August 12 filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, saying it received no proposal from Karnataka for environmental clearance of the Kalasa-Banduri project. Neither it has so far accorded any permission to Karnataka for the works, it had said. However, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change disclosed to Laxmikant Joshi on August 10, this year that the Forest Advisory Committee in its meeting held on March 28, 2003 has approved the diversion of forest land after considering the irrigation requirement of Dharwad district. In response to the RTI application filed by Joshi on August 27, 2015, the Ministry said the diversion of the forest land would subject to conditions such as immediate transfer and mutation of equivalent ...
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KSRTC’s city division suffers ₹21.21-crore loss in 2016-17 12.8.2017 Hindu: Home
Corporation attributes it to unabated illegal operation by private bus operators
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Govt yet to act against officials, pvt agency named in PDS scam 11.8.2017 Deccan Herald - State
The state government is sitting on the 2011 Lokayukta report, recommending action against a private agency and five former commissioners of Food and Civil Supplies Department for committing irregularities in the public distribution system (PDS). The report had stated that due to issuance of BPL and APL (below poverty line and above poverty line) cards to ineligible families, the state had incurred a loss of Rs 6,912 crore between 2006 and 2010. The report, forwarded by the then Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde, had prompted the state government to cancel ineligible cards. The Lokayukta had taken up a suo motu enquiry based on news reports about ineligible BPL and APL cards. The Lokayukta appointed Dr R Balasubramaniam of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement to investigate into the irregularities. The Food and Civil Supplies Department had entered into a contract with Comat Technologies Pvt Ltd to identify beneficiaries and issue BPL cards. The Lokayukta had sent the report recommending action against ...
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National Institute of Design: House of art 11.8.2017 India Today| Cover Story
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, established in 1961, now has centres in Vijayawada, Jorhat and Kurukshetra too.
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HC upholds govt order on BPharm seat matrix, fees 7.8.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The High Court of Karnataka on Monday upheld the governments order of fixing the seat matrix and the fee structure for private pharmacy colleges in the state. Hearing a batch of petitions filed by pharmacy colleges, Justice L Narayanaswamy, rejecting the contentions of the pharmacy colleges, said that there is no fault in the state government's decision. Petitioner colleges had contended that the seat matrix is fixed at 50:50 ratio wherein 50% of the seats are meant for government quota and the rest for management quota. The colleges had contended that when the fee was already fixed by the All India Council for Technical Education as Rs 1.5 lakh per annum, the government has fixed the fee structure at Rs 20,000 per annum for B Pharm course. They contended that the seat matrix fixed for private institutions will jeopardise the colleges as the fee structure fixed by the government is low and it would be impossible for private institutions to develop infrastructure in keeping with government guidelines. The ...
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Residents 'steel' themselves to oppose flyover 29.7.2017 deccanherald.com
The state government's 'steely' approach to go ahead with steel flyovers in the city has again come to the fore in the form of a go-ahead being granted to the project at Sivananda Circle. Even as the government had to buckle under pressure to withdraw its ambitious project for the flyover between Chalukya Circle and Hebbal flyover, this time round the powers-that-be have accelerated the pace for the project at Sivananda Circle. DH spoke to some citizen activists and residents who opposed the project tooth and nail as public consultation has again been overlooked before granting sanctions. RTI activist Mahesh Sivananda, of Sivananda Stores in Kumara Park East, berated the project as being a misconception. "It is an ill-conceived project meant to mislead the public. The project claims to be a steel flyover but in reality, only 106-110 metres will comprise steel while the remaining will be concretised," Sivananda said. Sivananda believes that the road is not wide enough and proportionate to construct the ...
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Hindi imposition: KDA warns of breach of privilege motion against BMRC 25.7.2017 TOI: Cities
The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) on Tuesday said it would recommend the state government to move a breach of privilege motion against the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC) if the agency fails to remove Hindi from signages at Metro stations.
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RTI activist files complaint against DC 24.7.2017 Hindu: Karnataka
A complaint has been filed with the State Lokayukta in Bengaluru accusing the Deputy Commissioner of Mandya and some other officials of not initiating measures to curb illegal stone quarrying activiti...
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RTI reply no toll if your wait is over 3 minutes: NHAI 20.7.2017 ET: Policy
The NHAI told an RTI applicant that there was a provision for free passage if the waiting time at a toll booth was more than three minutes.
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BBMP weighed down by interest on loans 16.7.2017 Hindu: Home
For a loan of ₹1,645.85 crore availed in 2011-12 and 2012-13, the civic body has already paid interest of over ₹1,100 crore
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HC stays proceedings against RSS leader 14.7.2017 TOI: All Headlines
HC stays proceedings against RSS leader
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Overuse of pretrial detention goes on unchecked: Amnesty study 12.7.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Amnesty International India (AII)on Wednesday released 'Justice under trial', a study on pretrial detention in India that highlights that overuse of pretrial detention continues to violate detainees' rights. Legal safeguards to prevent excessive pretrial detention are routinely flouted across states in India, leading to violation of detainees' fair trial rights, the global human rights NGO said in its study. The study analyses the responses to about 3,000 RTI applications filed by AII to the nearly 500 district and central prisons in the country on the implementation of safeguards to protect the rights of pretrial detainees or undertrials. The study was released by Vetrimaaran, the director of Tamil film 'Visaranai', which is based on undertrials. "In the world, many things have changed but pretrial detention and its cruelty have not changed. The law should be reformed to avoid the cruelty faced by undertrials," he said. Asmita Basu, Programme Director, AII, said: "Two out of three people in India's ...
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Lokayukta notice to Assembly secretary 7.7.2017 Deccan Herald - State
The Lokayukta office has issued a notice to Legislative Assembly secretary S Murthy in a complaint against him for 'floating' a company in his wife's name and submitting fake bills to claim funds.

The complaint was filed by an RTI activist Jayakumar Hiremath, stating that Magnacarta, a firm floated by Murthy, did not supply food grain, but claimed money by submitting fake bills.
Murthy was suspended from service in 2005 and later dismissed from service in 2008. He was reinstated based on a court order in 2012.

He had submitted an affidavit to the government that he had not worked in any institution between 2008 and 2012 and had not claimed any allowance. However, he managed Magnacarta's affairs on his wife's behalf, the complaint stated.

The government had ordered a CID probe into the charges, but the then Speaker Kagodu Thimmappa wrote to the CID to withdraw the case.


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Citizens seek transparency in formation of ward committees 7.7.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Bengaluru: Upset over how the BBMP ward committees appear to have been hijacked by the cronies of councillors, residents gathered outside the Town Hall on Friday to sign a petition asking the BBMP to ...
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Illegal mining: Rs 40.69 lakh fine slapped on MP 28.6.2017 deccanherald.com
Lok Sabha member C S Puttaraju has been slapped a fine of Rs 40.69 lakh by the department of mines and geology as the charges of illegal mining activities at Bebi Betta forest range near Pandavapura stand proven. Right to Information (RTI) activist K R Raveendra had recently lodged a complaint with the Lokayukta in Bengaluru, against STG Mining Company and other firms for illegal quarrying activities at Bebi Betta. The STG company, in which MP Puttaraju is a shareholder, is owned by his nephew and zilla panchayat member C Ashok. The Lokayukta had directed the department of mines and geology to conduct a probe. After investigation, the department found the allegations of illegal quarrying to be true and senior scientist Nagabhushan levied a penalty of Rs 90.81 lakh on 18 people involved in illegal mining. According to reports, STG company has been involved in illegal mining since May 6, 2013, and is found to have transported around 3,900 tonnes of stone. This is a clear violation as per the Karnataka ...
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BBMP notifies 127 ward committees 28.6.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
The city’s civic body on Tuesday notified 127 ward committees just a day before the High Court hearing on the matter. The list of ward committee members has been published on the Bruhat Bengaluru Maha...
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Palike in a fix over zoning violations 21.6.2017 deccanherald.com
The order of the High Court of Karnataka banning commercial buildings in "residential main area" is flagrantly violated along the 10th Main Water Tank Road and surrounding areas in Indiranagar. Several commercial buildings dot this road, classified as "residential main zone" in the comprehensive development plan of the Bangalore Development Authority. The ward engineers of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), in reply to RTI queries by residents, admit that these buildings not only violate zoning regulations, but also lack trade licences. Yet, these buildings are intact and do brisk business. "Imagine a situation where 60-70 people are in an office adjacent to a residential building. Opening the windows of our house would mean that we are constantly under the gaze of these strangers. Our privacy has gone for a toss," says Praveen S, a member of Indiranagar Second Stage Residents' Welfare Association. Pubs and spas, he says, have added more to the nuisance. "God knows what all happens inside ...
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