Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has announced a higher compensation to farmers in seven districts of the state on whose land through which it would be laying underground pipeline to take liquefied natural gas from Kochi to Bangalore.

“The revised scale has been fixed as per the directions of the State Government by which each farmer will now be getting a compensation equivalent to 13 per cent of the ‘new guideline value’ of the land utilised for laying pipeline plus an amount to offset the cost of crops displaced, if any, to facilitate digging of earth,” S. Angamuthu, senior manager of GAIL, told The Hindu .

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.

It emphasises growing less water-intensive crops, fodder during low rainfall and soil testing

The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) has come up with a contingency crop plan for southern Karnataka to tackle drought. UAS Vice-Chancellor Dr K Narayana Gowda said the contingency crop plan submitted to the State government lays stress on growing alternative crops and cultivating choices that are in tune with rainfall and soil fertility in the region. “The focus of the plan is on south interior Karnataka as the region accounts for a major share of State’s agriculture production. Moreover,

Acquisition is without application of mind, says Court

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday set aside the notification of 746 acres in Bangalore South for industrial purpose. Chikkanna and Hombaiah, the land owners and residents of Magadi taluk in Ramanagar district had moved the court, challenging the acquisition of their land. “The acquisition is without application of mind,” Justice Ashok B Hinchigeri observed, while quashing the notification dated August 19, 2008.

With lesser number of sites available, many allottees fear losing sites

The controversy surrounding the Arkavathy Layout refuses to die with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) announcing that only 14,000 sites were available for the allottees and the farmers from the 16 villages where land had been acquired for the layout in 2003. Tuesday’s High Court ruling has forced BDA to provide developed land to farmers who parted with their land, provided they return the compensation money.

The State government on Tuesday informed the Karnataka High Court that 564 mineral and packaged drinking water units in the State were functioning without the ISI certification and only 224 such units had ISI certification from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

This information was given to a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Aravind Kumar during the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition complaining that a large number of such units are operating in the State without the mandatory ISI certification.

Bangalore: Motorists who wish to donate their organs after they die can now carry a sticker in their driving licence, affirming their pledge, thus making it easy to harvest organs in case of fatal

In Bangalore, it has taken control of the city’s water supply to run an extortionist private supply network. Most of India is fretting over a flop monsoon.

BixLight to meet long-standing need aiding research in drug discovery, weather forecasting

Bangalore: There’s piping hot bisi bele bath on their plates, garnished with khara boondi, and the children are relishing their meal — a scene to warm hearts.