Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said 20 squads are on the job to check illegal mining of iron ore and exports and rejected Opposition criticism that there is no let-up in the unlawful activity.

"13 joint squads have been activated. They are keeping a 24-hour vigil and discharging their duties," he told reporters here after a review meeting on the issue.

Five districts have reported an outbreak of malaria recently, in Karnataka. Although the State is doing quite well in terms of implementing the Central Government's National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), malaria cases have been reported every year from endemic pockets.

Government has denied permission to a firm to conduct mining operations in Karnataka after it found the agency produced forged documents to get the clearance.

THE environment ministry has cancelled the mining lease of a Karnataka-based company, Janthakal Enterprises, nearly four years after it sought the ministry

The BJP will secure at least 75 per cent of Gram Panchayat seats in the forthcoming elections, said Chikmagalur-Udupi MP D V Sadananda Gowda.

Speaking to Deccan Herald after launching several development projects in the taluk on Monday, he said the party has witnessed victory in all the elections held in the past two years, hence victory is sure for it in the GP elections too.

The Mines Ministry in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has embarked on a project to create a tenement registry of mining leases that would help settle boundary disputes and curb illegal mining.

After four years of suffering financial losses, India's first gas-based power project, Ratnagiri Gas & Power Private Ltd (RGPPL), is now set to make its mark on India's power scene. The company had suffered a Rs600-crore loss in 2008-09, due to fall in capacity generation because of machinery breakdowns.

With many parts of the State facing drought, the agriculture production, including food crops, will be badly hit in the current year in the State.

The Chitradurga district has a dubious distinction of facing drought 59 times in the last 100 years. Even this year the drought scenario looms large over the district due to the insufficient rains in the monsoon.

Sachitadananda Kuragunda,DH News Service,Chitradurga:
Chitradurga district is known for its heat and dust. In the last 100 years the district has suffered famine more than 50 times. Naturally, water is a political issue here. Every politician makes it a point to take an oath by Bhagiratha to get water to the district. In the current election too, water plays an important role.