This relief camp is home away from home for 250 flood-hit in Belagavi
Safety is the buzzword this flood season. As heavy rains wreak havoc across the country, the need for relief camps has risen as more and more people are being shifted from their homes. In Karnataka’s Belagavi alone, there are 445 relief camps housing 1,61,686 people. Amid the rush and cramped spaces, a camp set up in a government school in Examba village in the district, comes as a relief for those looking for comfort and solace. A home away from home is what residents think this is.
Landline services restored in Kashmir; 50,000 lines reopened
More than 50,000 landline phones were made operational on Saturday (August 17) after services in 17 exchanges of the Kashmir Valley were restored after a period of about 12 days, officials said. Seventeen out of a little over 100 telephone exchanges were made operational. These exchanges are mainly in Civil Lines area, Cantonment area, airport of Srinagar district, they said. The officials said 20 more exchanges will be operationalised soon.
Yediyurappa mulls job reservation for locals in Karnataka
A month after the Andhra Assembly passed a bill to reserve 75 per cent of upcoming industrial jobs for locals, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa promised to do the same. Yediyurappa on August 15 assured a lion’s share of jobs in the private sector to Kannadigas in Karnataka. He had proposed a similar move when he was the chief minister in 2011, but it could not be implemented as he got arrested in an illegal mining scam.
Deepa Malik, Bajrang Punia get Khel Ratna, Jadeja bags Arjuna
Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was on Saturday (August 17) nominated for the country’s highest sporting honour – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award – along with Asian and Commonwealth Games champion wrestler Bajrang Punia. The name of 48-year-old Deepa, who won a silver medal in the shot put F53 category in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, was added for the Khel Ratna by a 12-member selection committee on the second day of the two-day meeting.
Fire at AIIMS forces evacuation of patients; Arun Jaitley safe
A fire broke out at the teaching block of the AIIMS here on Saturday (August 17), destroying samples and medical reports and forcing evacuation of some patients, though no one was injured, officials said. Patients from a few floors of the AB ward, close to the Microbiology department where the blaze started at around 5 p.m., were evacuated along with those in operation theatres above it as the smoke spread, they said, adding that the fire was doused within two hours.
Gang ‘involved in Gauri Lankesh murder’ charged in MM Kalburgi killing
Ganesh Miskin, the hitman allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, had also shot littérateur and researcher Dr MM Kalburgi dead in August 2015, according to the special investigation team (SIT). SIT, probing the case, stated this in a charge sheet it had filed in the district court of Hubballi-Dharwad on Saturday (August 17). The other accused in the case were Amol Kale, Praveen Prakash Chatur, Vasudev Bhagavan Suryavamshi, Sharad Kalaskar, and Amith Ramchandra Baddi, the SIT said in a press release.
Drone over Naidu house triggers row; Jagan govt says it was flood survey
A flying drone is an unlikely object to be associated with a political fight. However, for bitter political rivals in Andhra Pradesh, nothing is an exception, not even a drone. In fact, a drone flying over the residence of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu on the banks of Krishna river near Vijayawada has triggered conspiracy theories. Party leaders lost no time in alleging that the Jagan Mohan Reddy government had committed a security breach.
Expelled Kerala nun moves Vatican against congregation’s decision
A Kerala nun on Saturday (August 17) said she has filed an appeal before the Vatican against Franciscan Clarist Congregation’s decision to expel her from it even as the congregation tightened its stance by issuing a letter to the her elderly mother to take her back home. Sister Lucy Kalappura, who took part in a protest against former bishop of Jalandhar diocese in connection with a rape case, was expelled by the Franciscan Clarist Congregation early this month for failing to give a satisfactory explanation for her lifestyle “in violation of the proper law of the FCC.”
11 lose vision after cataract surgery at Indore hospital
Eleven persons have lost vision due to a bacterial infection following cataract surgeries conducted at a private hospital here last week. Thirteen patients underwent surgeries under the National Programme for Control of Blindness at Indore Netra Chikitsalay on August 8, and some of them later complained of blurred vision, Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Praveen Jadia had told PTI earlier in the day.