Some dists of south K'taka have a similar problem, but their number is less

Units to be set up in B'lore, M'lore, Belgaum, Gulbarga

The State government has decided to set up Disaster Response Forces (DRFs) in Bangalore, Mangalore, Belgaum and Gulbarga.
The four DRFs, each with a fixed area of operation, will cover the entire state taking up rescue and rehabilitation works in case of any natural calamity or man-made disaster, according to official sources.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the State Forest Department are at loggerheads over plans to cut down trees so that the Bijapur-Gulbarga-Humnabad National Highway 218 can be widened.

Contradicting the NHAI’s claims that the loss of several trees will not adversely affect the environment, the State Forest Department said that cutting down the trees will have a disastrous impact on the flora and fauna of the region.

District has outstripped state average in number of bio-fuel plants

Bijapur can be counted as one of the few districts in the country to have taken up the cultivation of bio-fuel plants in a big way. Some 64.7 lakh saplings of bio-fuel plants have been planted on large tracts of barren and gomala land and along farmland ridges in the district. The district hopes that the initiative will reduce its dependence on petroleum.

The State government has conceived a plan to help children of parents with HIV/AIDS. The new programme aims to give the children access to financial assistance for education and other expenses till the age of 18, regardless of their economic background.

One condition to obtain the benefits, however, is that parents should disclose their HIV/AIDS status. Drawn up by the Department of Women and Child Development, with technical support from the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), the programme has been in effect from the 2011-12 financial year and already covers 15 districts.

Private company accused of plundering natural wealth

A private company has been allegedly extracting high-quality Shahbad stone slabs illegally at Wadi and villages near Chittapur in Gulbarga district for the past several years. According to Ashok Dahinde and Nariman Irani, the shareholders of Wadi Stone Marketing Company, the firm was quarrying stone even after its lease had expired in 1992.

Every third malnourished child in the State is from the Hyderabad-Karnataka region, reveals a study.

Bidar, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Raichur, and Koppal districts that comprise the Hyderabad-Karnataka region presents a shocking picture. Whereas the situation in Raichur is far worse than sub-Saharan countries and our own BIMARU states, the study notes. The HUNGaMA (Hunger and Malnutrition) report of the Naandi Foundation provides reliable estimates of the prevalence of severe malnutrition in 112 districts in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan.

Another 84 acres acquired in addition to 1,516 acres for Jewargi thermal plant
There seems to be no end to the government

The proposed uranium mining and processing plant at Gogi in Shahapur Taluk of Yadgir District, 75 km from here, is expected to extract 150 tonnes of uranium a year in the form of sodium diuranate (SDU) salt for about 15 years, giving impetus for atomic energy generation in the country.

The Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) is all set to exploit the techno-commercially viable deposits