Srinivas Sirnoorkar, Gulbarga, May 2, DHNS:

Hell bent on its coal-based thermal power plant project, the State government has dumped the recommendation of the previous district magistrate and deputy commissioner against acquisition of 1,515-acre fertile land in Gulbarga taluk.

The farmers of Honna Kiranagi in Gulbarga taluk on Monday put up a stiff resistance against the process of acquisition of fertile lands for the establishment of a thermal power plant near Jewargi.

They reportedly manhandled Revenue staff who visited the village to survey the notified land and burnt a copy of the order of the Deputy Commissioner directing the staff to conduct the survey.

P M Raghunandan, Bangalore, Apr 14, DHNS:

Rise in prices of essential commodities may have scourged the middle class most, but they are not ready to consume the PDS (public distribution system) rice (also called ration akki) available at lesser price despite it being good quality.

Rich uranium deposits, a major element in nuclear power generation and its related activities, has been found in the Bhima river belt of Karnataka, ranging from Sedam in Gulbarga district to Muddebihal in Bijapur district. This is as per the intensive survey conducted by the Department of Atomic Energy.

The State government would take up Jala Nirmala scheme at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore in eleven districts of north Karnataka including Bagalkot, Bidar, Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad, Gadag, Gulbarga, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur and Uttara Kannada.

Ganesh Chandanashiva, Oct 14, Bijapur:

The River Don is not as devastating as the Huang Ho, described as sorrow of China, or Kosi in Bihar. But it leaves a trail of destruction during the monsoon, severely affecting the lives of the people living on the banks.

changing course: Silt accumulated in river Don, near Sarawada in Bijapur taluk. DH PHOTO

T.V. Sivanandan

13,446 works have been taken up under employment guarantee scheme

Out of Rs. 105.47 cr. spent, Rs. 72.69 cr. has gone for wages and Rs. 32.27 cr. on material

9,467 households have been provided 100 days of employment this year as stipulated under the Act

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.

Srinivas Sirnoorkar: GULBARGA: DH News Service

Two decades ago public health officials and volunteers committed themselves to eliminating polio from the country by the year 2000. But nine years past the deadline, cultural suspicions and superstition among some Gulbarga families have made the eradication of polio far from assured.

Srinivas Sirnoorkar,DH News Service,Gulbarga:

Gulbarga University has become the first university in the State to venture into biofuel production on a demonstrative scale, thus paving way for its commercial production in the future.

Thereby, not only reducing the dependency on petrol and diesel, but also contributing to environment-friendly fuel security.