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Panaji, April 14 (IANS) After Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urged his Goa counterpart to rehabilitate Kannadigas families, whose houses were demolished in the coastal state, the Revolutionary Goans Party (RGP) attacked the former saying illegal occupants should vacate the land.

Around 22 houses belonging to Kannadigas constructed on comunidade land at Sangolda in North Goa were demolished following the order of the Goa High Court. These families had threatened to boycott the Lok Sabha election if the government failed to give them solace.

Reacting to the incident Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah took to the X stating: “Deeply concerned by the demolition of homes belonging to Kannadigas in Sangolda, Goa. I appeal to the Chief Minister of Goa Pramod Sawant, to cease further demolitions immediately until alternatives are provided and ensure all displaced individuals receive adequate rehabilitation. It’s crucial we uphold the dignity and stability of every affected family.”

RGP Supremo Manoj Parab, fighting against the illegal encroachment on Comunidade land by migrants, attacked Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah stating: “Kindly send your KSRTC buses to Goa and take away all the Kannadigas who have encroached our land illegally and are involved in illegal activities. Kindly give them a rehabilitation package in Karnataka under your government.”

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“There are lakhs of Goans who can’t afford to buy a piece of land in Goa because lakhs of Kannadigas have encroached our comunidade land and created their vote bank. Will your government ask them to vacate our land which is illegally encroached on,” Parab said.

In the last couple of years, RGP forced authorities to cancel around twenty-five thousand election cards of migrants who also had election cards at their native place.

Most of them are from Karnataka.

–IANS

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Chandigarh, July 20 (IANS) Taking a step towards waste management in Haryana, waste-to-charcoal plants, also known as green coal plants, will be established with the Centre’s assistance.

This project will be the first-of-its-kind green initiative and will be set up in Faridabad and Gurugram.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVNL), a subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, and the Municipal Corporations of Gurugram and Faridabad in the presence of Union Minister Manohar Lal, Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini and Minister of State for Urban Local Bodies Subhash Sudha.

The Chief Minister said today is a very important day for Haryana as an MoU has been signed for setting up plants to produce green charcoal.

According to the pact, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd will establish waste-to-charcoal plants in Gurugram and Faridabad under the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign of the Central government.

He said green coal plants would be set up in Bandhwari in Gurugram and Motuka in Faridabad at a cost of around Rs 500 crore each. These plants will convert 1,500 tonnes of waste collected daily from Gurugram and Faridabad into charcoal.

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The Municipal Corporations will provide 20 acres of land each for these plants. NTPC will soon take possession of the land and start setting up the plants, which are expected to be completed in about 30 months. These plants will be based entirely on indigenous technology.

Earlier, Commissioner and Secretary (Urban Local Bodies Department) Vikas Gupta said with the increasing urbanization, the generation of waste is also continuously rising, making waste disposal a major challenge in cities.

“To address this problem, we have initiated this step with NVVNL under the guidance of the Chief Minister. The setting up of these plants in Gurugram and Faridabad will strengthen waste management,” he added.

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Cracking the whip, Shiv Sena (UBT) President and former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Saturday that the model code of conduct for the Maharashtra assembly elections in October is likely to be announced in 41 days and called upon the party’s grassroots cadres to reach out to the masses at the village levels.

Speaking to the liaison heads of the party at various levels, Thackeray exhorted them to organise a ‘Saffron Week’ from August 4-11 all over the state and review the status and preparations of each Assembly constituency which must be submitted to the party headquarters in Mumbai.

He also asked them to undertake reviews of various programmes and remain present in the Assembly segment for at least two days in a fortnight for the next three-four months till the elections are over.

Thackeray has directed all the liaison heads of the party to undertake extensive tours of their respective regions along with other district and taluka level office-bearers, organise meetings right up to each Panchayat Samiti level, with the participation of the local party leaders/activists in those villages.

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These liaison teams shall be expected to provide details of the party’s local influence like, how many Shiv Sena (UBT) active members are present in each village, the number of new voters registered, villages where the party has no branches or a significant presence and when this would be rectified.

Earlier this week, the other Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) constituents Congress and Nationalist Congress (SP) also organised high-level meetings addressed by state-national leaders and initiated major efforts to reach out to the masses with the aim to oust the ruling MahaYuti government in the next elections.

Over the coming weeks, top MVA leaders including Congress state President Nana Patole, NCP (SP) President Sharad Pawar and Thackeray, besides other smaller allies, shall embark on state-wide pre-election tours to drum up support of the masses ahead of the polls as their teams hammer out the contentious seat-sharing formula.

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MUDA land scam: Complaint lodged with Karnataka Lokayukta against CM Siddaramaiah

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MUDA land scam: Complaint lodged with Karnataka Lokayukta against CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) A complaint was lodged on Saturday with the Karnataka Lokayukta against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in connection with his alleged involvement in the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) land scam.

The complaint has been lodged by former Bengaluru South District BJP President N.R. Ramesh. He also lodged a complaint against the officials involved in the scam.

Ramesh submitted more than 400 pages of documents and ‘proof’ along with the complaint, urging the Lokayukta to investigate the matter.

“CM Siddaramaiah, who was the Deputy Chief Minister in 1997-98 during the tenure of the late J.H. Patel-led government has ensured that the acquired land in Devanuru Third Stage Layout is let off through de-notification using influence,” he alleged.

N.R. Ramesh further alleged that “Siddaramaiah, who was again the Deputy CM in the late N. Dharam Singh-led government in 2004-05, had got conversion of the same land in the name of one deceased person, Linga”.

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During his first tenure as the Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, violating all the rules, got consent from the MUDA to allot 14 alternative sites measuring 39,000 square feet. Later, in 2022, when he was the leader of the opposition, he got 14 alternative sites registered in the name of his wife, the BJP leader said.

“The estimated value of the allotted sites is about Rs 50 to Rs 60 crore. CM Siddaramaiah, using his influence and power, being in a higher post, had misused his position and indulged in the scam,” Ramesh mentioned in his complaint.

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Amit Shah sounds poll bugle in Jharkhand, slams 'most corrupt' Soren govt

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Ranchi, July 20 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday launched the BJP’s campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections in Jharkhand, calling for ousting the Hemant Soren government and bringing the BJP to power with a full majority.

Addressing BJP workers during the extended executive committee meeting at the Prabhat Tara ground in Ranchi, Amit Shah described the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-Congress-RJD government led by Hemant Soren as the “most corrupt in the country”.

He also alleged that the Jharkhand government is embroiled in multiple scams, including a Rs 1,000 crore MGNREGA scam, a Rs 1,000 crore mining scam, and a Rs 300 crore land scam.

The Home Minister recalled that Rs 300 crore was recovered from the house of a Congress MP while Rs 30 crore was seized from the house of a personal assistant to a minister in Jharkhand.

“But the Congress is planning to give ticket to the same minister whose PA was detained with Rs 30 crore and is currently in jail,” the Home Minister said.

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Holding Chief Minister Hemant Soren responsible for the ‘Bangladeshi influx’ into the state, Amit Shah said the JMM leader calls himself a tribal CM but instead of caring for the tribals, he is “protecting the intruders who, through land and love jihad, are looting their land”.

“The number of tribals in Jharkhand is decreasing continuously. Intruders are snatching away their rights. They are getting jobs instead, but Hemant Soren is only concerned about increasing his vote bank,” Amit Shah said.

He also promised that as soon as the BJP forms the government in Jharkhand, a white paper will be released to ensure that the tribal population does not shrink, and they get the actual benefits of reservation.

Highlighting the BJP’s commitment to tribal welfare, he cited the elevation of Babulal Marandi as the state’s first tribal Chief Minister, and Droupadi Murmu as the country’s President.

He also claimed that the Narendra Modi government had done more for the tribals, Dalits, and backward classes than any previous government, including ensuring 27 per cent reservation for the OBCs and setting up a commission for the backward classes.

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Shah also compared the BJP’s development initiatives in Jharkhand with the Congress’ alleged neglect of the state during its 10-year rule at the Centre, claiming that the BJP allocated Rs 3,84,000 crore for the state’s development, compared to the Congress’ Rs 84,000 crore.

The event was also addressed by Union Agriculture Minister and Jharkhand BJP election in-charge Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union Minister Annapurna Devi, Jharkhand BJP in-charge Lakshmikant Vajpayee, Union Minister of State for Defence Sanjay Seth, Jharkhand BJP President Babulal Marandi, former CM Arjun Munda, and leader of opposition Amar Kumar Bauri, among others.

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School children in K’taka to get eggs all six days a week (Lead)

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School children in K’taka to get eggs all six days a week (Lead)

Bengaluru, July 20 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced on Saturday that the students of government and government-aided schools will get eggs six days a week in partnership with Azim Premji Foundation.

Earlier, the state government was providing eggs for school children two days a week already. With the new arrangement, the students will now get eggs for all six days.

Siddaramaiah spoke while inaugurating a programme, in partnership with the Azim Premji Foundation, to provide free supplementary nutritious food six days a week to children in government and aided primary and secondary schools.

Quality food is essential for mental health and good education, said the Chief Minister. “Creating opportunities for good education for the children of the poor is our aspiration,” he said.

“I have seen children come to school without breakfast and stay until noon without lunch. Hence, we decided to provide meals and eggs two days a week. The Azim Premji Foundation has joined hands with the government in this noble cause to provide eggs and supplementary nutritious food to children four days a week,” he said.

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He called on school children to develop scientifically and intellectually, stating that only then can they become socially responsible.

“Creating opportunities for good education for the children of the poor is our aspiration. For this reason, we are providing uniforms, shoes, and socks, and opening more residential schools,” he said.

Azim Premji Foundation on Saturday entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Karnataka to support the nutritional enrichment of the state government’s mid-day meal program in government and government-aided schools for three years.

Eggs will be added to the mid-day meal for the 55 lakh students in these schools — from Grade 1 to Grade 10 — to provide nutritional enrichment. Eggs are laced with a wide range of essential nutritional content from proteins to minerals.

Currently the state government’s mid-day meal program provides eggs on two days of the week to the students. The Foundation’s support will enable the provision of eggs on all six days of the school week, substantially enhancing the nutrition for students.

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An alternative high nutrition supplement will be provided for those students who do not consume eggs because of cultural preferences.

This initiative is aimed to improve the nutritional status of school students and contribute to their physical and cognitive development. The Foundation works extensively across the country to help improve the quality and equity of the public (government) education system.

The Foundation will work closely with the Commissioner of School Education and Literacy (CSE) to implement mechanisms to ensure high-quality eggs are delivered to each child in the schools covered by the program.

Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji couple, the government’s Additional Chief Secretary L.K. Atheek Ahmed, Chief Minister’s Political Secretary Naseer Ahmed, and Guarantee Implementation Committee Vice President Mehrooz were present.

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