Serve hot or at room temperature, garnish with reserved scallion greens and sesame seeds. Serve with brown rice as a side dish (serves 4) or main course (serves 2). The leftovers are great sliced and added to a salad.
State Government fully sensitive and alert regarding the incidents of SC/ST harassment : CM
Lucknow : June 12, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati, while welcoming the National Scheduled Caste Commission Chairman Dr. Buta Singh and other members of the commission on coming in Uttar Pradesh, said that State Government had already taken the action in the cases for which Mr. Singh and his team had come to examine. By doing unnecessary visit, Mr. Singh was avoiding the incidents that were being held outside the State and needed immediate attention by the commission. She also said that National Scheduled Caste Commission was a constitutional body and the political use of all the constitutional institutions should be avoided saving its dignity. The Chief Minister said that the commission was not taking effective action in those States where the incidents of SC/ST harassment were more in comparison to Uttar Pradesh. She also suggested to Dr. Buta Singh if he gave more time in those States where the incidents of SC/ST harassment were large in numbers then these sections could be benefited more. She said that being the BSP party government in State, Mr. Singh should not concern more about here. It may be recalled that Mr. Singh was on Allahabad visit today after NOIDA. Ms. Mayawati said that the district government was fully sensitive and alert for the incidents of SC/ST harassment and wherever such type of incidents came into light the government ensured effective action immediately including the incident of Allahabad. Therefore, Dr. Buta Singh should not waste his time unnecessarily in Uttar Pradesh. It may be recalled that Mr. Buta Singh including the other members of the commission visited NOIDA yesterday where the officers of New Okhla Industrial Development Authority made available the information on 30 points asked by the commission. After the study of these information and the steps taken in the interests of SC/ST sections, the chairman of commission and its members found it satisfactory. It may be recalled that district administration took immediate action on the incident of village Kanti, Pargana Arail, tehsil Bara of Allahabad district on June 07 last. The case against the so called mediators Dr. Sabir, Shankar and Sunil responsible for land sale have been registered at Ghoorpur police station and legal action was being taken. Twenty five people have been arrested in this connection and the seriously injured ASP, Jamunapar Mr. Ashok Kumar, sub-inspector Mr. Kripa Shankar and constable Mr. Rajesh Singh were admitted in hospital. Proper medical facility was given to all officers and policemen. The SO of Ghoorpur police station has been suspended and keeping in view the seriousness of the incident, magisterial inquiry is being done. Proper arrangements of food and medical facilities were done by the officers immediately for the victims. Besides, the team of doctors was also posted with the ambulance in village. *********
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RTI Act effective against graft: U.N. report
NEW DELHI: The Right to Information Act 2005 was “one of the most progressive legislations” in the developing world for tackling corruption, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday.
India was one of the eight countries in Asia and the Pacific to enact such a legislation, the United Nations Development Report on “Tackling Corruption, Transforming Lives – Accelerating Human Development in Asia and the Pacific” said, adding it was perhaps too soon to judge whether the legislation had worked throughout the region.
The process through which the Act was drafted and came into force in India illustrated the power of sustained pressure: when the government proposed to amend the law to exclude some administrative files and Cabinet papers from it, intense pressure from civil society organisations forced it to drop the plan, the report said. India’s law was particularly effective, the report said, because it specified information that must be disclosed on a proactive basis, including some that would help expose corruption.
The Act also allowed individuals and organisations investigating corruption to ask for precise information.
For example, while generally excluding information from the intelligence agencies, it specifically allowed for the disclosure of information “pertaining to allegations of corruption or human rights violations.”
Karnataka withdraws order on puja for ‘Lokakalyana’
S. Rajendran and Nagesh Prabhu
“Puja was Muzrai Department’s move”
“Yeddyurappa was not informed”
BANGALORE: Monday’s order of the Karnataka government, deemed as highly controversial by the adversaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and directing the nearly 37,000 muzrai temples to perform at least one puja a day for the well-being of the people (Lokakalyana) on behalf of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and the new BJP Government in the State, has been withdrawn.
Sources in the Government told The Hindu here on Thursday that the order was withdrawn as it was “a unilateral decision of the Muzrai Department, particularly Minister S.N. Krishnaiah Setty. The decision has been taken without the knowledge of the Chief Minister.” It has been described as a decision bordering on sycophancy more than an attempt to promote any culture.
The circular was reportedly discussed at length at a Cabinet meeting following which a decision was taken to withdraw it with immediate effect. A few Ministers are stated to have attempted to prevail upon the Chief Minister that there was nothing wrong with the circular and that there was precedence of a Government Order directing puja at all muzrai temples. It was also argued at the meeting that directing such a puja could in reality rejuvenate all the muzrai temples since nearly “95 per cent of them are defunct”.
The order said, “All muzrai temples to conduct a puja every morning in the name of the Chief Minister and the BJP Government for peace and well-being of the State.”
Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Shobha Karandlaje and Home Minister V.S. Acharya said the circular had been issued without the knowledge of the Chief Minister. The Government, on Wednesday, transferred Commissioner for Religious and Charitable Endowment T. Sham Bhat and posted him as Executive Member and Chief Executive Officer, Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board.
Rubber bullets to quell farmers’ agitations
Cabinet decision not in line with law, says official
BANGALORE: After the death of a farmer (Siddalingappa Choori) in the police firing in Haveri district on Tuesday, the State Cabinet on Thursday decided to direct the police to use rubber bullets instead of lead bullets to quell farmers’ agitations in the future.
The police opened fire when a farmers’ protest seeking supply of chemical fertilizers had turned violent.
Briefing presspersons on the Cabinet decisions, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje and Home Minister V.S. Acharya said the use of rubber bullets would be confined only to subdue farmers’ agitations and not other agitations or movements.
The police would also use lathi, teargas shells and water cannon to quell farmers’ agitations.
The police had used rubber bullets to bring normality in the troubled areas during the Ramakrishna Hegde rule, they said.
There seems to be confusion among the senior police officers on the Government’s decision that the police should use only use rubber bullets to quell farmers’ agitations.
When The Hindu spoke to some senior IPS officers, they were divided in their views about the Government’s decision.
According to a senior officer, the order that only rubber bullets should be used is not in accordance with the law.
During violence, the officer at the spot should decide the nature and quantum of the force that should be used to quell a mob.
According to the Karnataka Police Manual, rubber bullets should be used as an intermediary between police lathicharge and their opening fire, he said.
Even now the police are using rubber bullets, he added.
The Cabinet has decided to provide a job to the wife of Siddalingappa Choori and also bear the education expenses of his son Kiran (seventh Standard) and daughter Kavya (second standard). Choori’s wife will be posted in Haveri district.
The Cabinet has condoled the death of the farmer in the police firing, the Ministers said.
String of protests against police firing in Haveri
KOLAR: Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS), Zilla Raitha Hitarakshana Samithi and the Janata Dal (Secular) staged separate protests in town on Wednesday, condemning police firing in Haveri, which claimed the life of a farmer. Leaders of the party said Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa took the oath of office in the name of farmers, but was showing utter disregard for their needs.
The activists of KPRS, led by Holur Shankar and T.M. Venkatesh, burnt effigy of Mr. Yeddyurappa while Zilla Raitha Hitarakshana Samithi members staged a demonstration near KSRTC Bus Stand Circle. Bellumburi Nagaraj and M. Gopal led the protest. In another protest led by Janata Dal (S) district secretary general R. Dayanand and K.B. Gopalkrishna, scores of party activists gathered at College Circle and raised slogans against the Government.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner F.R. Jamadar told The Hindu that teams have been formed in the district to monitor and ensure the proper supply of fertilizers and seeds. Mr. Jamadar appealed to farmers’ organisations to cooperate with the district organisation in this regard.
‘Yeddyurappa must resign’
|Davangere Congress says he has no moral right to continue|
‘Farmers were not so unruly that the police had to resort to the extreme step’
Basavaraj says Yeddyurappa should have ensured procurement of fertilizers
DAVANGERE: The Davangere District Congress Committee (DCC) has condemned the police firing on farmers in Haveri, which resulted in the death of one person.
The DCC has demanded the resignation of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Government in the State, saying it has no moral right to continue.
The DCC has decided to take out a procession here on Friday demanding the resignation of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, DCC office-bearers D. Basavaraj, K.M. Kotreshappa and K. Mallappa said that the police could have resorted to lathi-charge or teargas to disperse the agitating farmers.
The farmers were not so unruly that the police had to take the extreme step of firing at them.
“Why did the police not open fire during the protests by the BJP activists who were demanding a Cabinet berth for Jagadish Shettar,” Mr. Kotreshappa asked. He said it was inhuman to open fire on farmers and termed it an “unpardonable and a hasty decision”. Mr. Basavaraj demanded an inquiry by an independent agency into the firing incident. The Congress leaders said that Mr. Yeddyurappa should have taken steps to procure the required fertilizers after he took over as Chief Minister.
Farmers complain of harassment
|‘Many documents have to be produced to get fertilizers’|
Deputy Commissioner says only ‘katha’ certificate is required
Asks farmers to lodge complaint if officials demand any other certificate
DAVANGERE: Janata Dal (Secular) leader Sathish Koolenahalli and president of the farmers’ wing of the party Nageshwara Rao have objected to officials demanding that farmers produce a number of documents to get their share of fertilizers.
Speaking to presspersons here on Thursday, Mr. Koolenahalli, a former president of the Davangere Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC), and Mr. Rao said that the authorities were demanding that farmers produce “pahani” certificate, “katha” certificate, cultivation certificate and so on.
The authorities should not ask farmers to produce so many documents to get a quintal of fertilizers. “Procedural wrangles might further discourage farmers and enrage them,” they said.
The district administration has made it mandatory for farmers to produce “katha” certificate to establish that they are genuine farmers.
Mr. Koolenahalli said that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had made contradictory statements regarding the fertilizer situation in the State and noted that it was high time that the Government made arrangements to make fertilizers available to farmers.
Both Mr. Koolenahalli and Mr. Rao condemned the firing on farmers in Haveri, which they felt was a bad beginning to Mr. Yeddyurappa’s term as Chief Minister.
Deputy Commissioner of Davangere district M.B. Dyaberi told The Hindu that he had clearly instructed the authorities to ask the farmers to produce only “katha” certificate. He appealed to farmers to lodge a complaint with him if any official demanded any other certificate to release the quota of fertilizers to them.
Chief Minister could have averted Haveri incident: CPI leader
Police did not have permission to fire: Ramachandrappa
Seeks an inquiry by the CBI into the incident
DAVANGERE: The Communist Party of India (CPI) leader H.K. Ramachandrappa and general secretary of the State unit of the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sangha M. Gopal have said that the Haveri firing incident, which resulted in the death of a farmer, could have been averted had Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa ensured that fertilizers were procured from the Centre or neighbouring states immediately after assuming charge.
Speaking to The Hindu here on Thursday, they said that Mr. Yeddyurappa had wasted time in visiting the homes of former Chief Ministers and temples after assuming charge, forgetting the interests of the farmers.
He should have taken an all-party delegation to Delhi to urge the Union Government to release more fertilizers to the State. Had he taken such a mature stand, he could have averted the protests by farmers all over the State, they said.
The two leaders, who visited the home of the deceased farmer in Haveri on Thursday, said that whenever there was scarcity of power, the State would buy it from neighbouring States. Similarly, the State could have obtained fertilizers from Goa, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala where there was no fertilizer scarcity.
Mr. Ramachandrappa said that he had spoken to many people in Haveri and failed to understand what prompted the police to open fire on the protesting farmers. “The police did not use other methods like caning or lobbing teargas shells,” he said.
Mr. Ramachandrappa claimed that the police had not obtained prior permission from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate before firing at the farmers and demanded an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the incident.
The two leaders urged the Chief Minister to instruct the police not to arrest or harass farmers by branding them anti-social elements. Cases booked against the farmers should be withdrawn, they said.
Firing: Congress dharna on Monday
Bangalore: Taking a serious view of the death of a farmer in police firing in Haveri, the Congress has decided to launch dharnas on Monday in front of the offices of deputy commissioners in all district headquarters to protest against the Government’s alleged anti-farmer attitude.
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly M. Mallikarjun Kharge said on Thursday said that the Government had created a fear psychosis in the minds of the people that any agitation would be met with bullets. It was this attitude, he said, that the Congress was trying to expose.
Reiterating the demand for a judicial inquiry into the firing, he said it was a shame that the Government had handled the issue so badly.
Mr. Kharge, who gave a cheque for Rs. 2 lakh to the family of Siddalingappa Choori in Haveri and visited the injured in the hospitals, criticised Mr. Yeddyurappa for misleading people by saying that anti-social elements were responsible for the disturbances.
He accused the Government of trying to blame others and shirking its responsibility.
The Congress leader said he was taken aback by the manner in which the Chief Minister was trying to give a political colour to the agitation of farmers.
Judicial probe sought into Haveri incident
Raitha sangha and Hasiru Sene threaten Statewide agitation
BANGALORE: Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene have condemned the police action against farmers in Haveri and urged the State Government to order a judicial probe into the incident.
They have threatened to launch a State-wide agitation if adequate fertilizers and seeds are not distributed to farmers before June 14.
Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, sangha president K.S. Puttannaiah said that the State Government, which took oath in the name of farmers, had failed to safeguard their interests. Instead of providing fertilizers and seeds on time, it gave bullets to farmers.
The sangha condemned the incident and would hold the State Government and Governor Rameshwar Thakur responsible for it, he added.
The Government should not only pay compensation to the families of the victims, but also order a judicial probe into the police action. Action should be taken against errant officials, he said.
Working president of the sangha Kodihalli Chandrashekar urged the Government to release a compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to the family of deceased and Rs. 1 lakh to 11 persons injured in the police action.
Seeking a judicial probe, convenor of the Karnataka Rajya Dalit Sangharsha Samiti Lakshminarayana Nagawara said that the situation in Haveri did not warrant police firing.
To protest against the police firing and seek adequate fertilizers and seeds, the samiti would stage a protest on June 17 in the districts headquarters, he said.
HASSAN: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) here on Wednesday condemned the police firing in Haveri that killed a farmer. District BSP President K. Earappa said that even as Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa took oath in the name of farmers, his police fired at innocent farmers who were agitating for a cause. It demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister.
Mr. Earappa demanded Rs. 10 lakh compensation to the family of Siddalingappa Channappa Churi and a job to his family members. It also demanded dismissal of police officers responsible for the firing. They wanted the Government to order a judicial enquiry into the incident. — Staff Correspondent
Kumaraswamy seeks judicial inquiry into Haveri firing
‘Government failed to take issue of fertilizer shortage seriously’
HUBLI: The former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has demanded a judicial inquiry into the violence in Haveri, in which one person was killed and several injured.
He was speaking to presspersons here on Thursday after meeting the family members of the deceased farmer Siddalingappa Choori in Haveri, and the injured who have been admitted to the KIMS Hospital in Hubli.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had been talking of a “political conspiracy” behind the violence.
A judicial inquiry by a sitting judge of the High Court of Karnataka was essential to reveal the truth, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.
“Only a judicial inquiry will bring out the actual reason for the violence”, he said.
The Chief Minister had said that he had information on those who were involved in the “political conspiracy,” and hence he should come out with the details, Mr. Kumaraswamy said.
“Ever since Mr. Yeddyurappa became Chief Minister, there was displeasure among BJP leaders and not among Congress or Janata Dal(S) leaders. And if the Chief Minister is referring to the political conspiracy within the party, he should make it clear”, he said.
Mr. Kumaraswamy said he had raised the issue of shortage of fertilizers in the State soon after Mr. Yeddyurappa become Chief Minister, and requested him to tackle the problem immediately.
Based on a letter by the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda regarding shortage of fertilizers, the Union Government had sent a senior official to discuss the matter with the State Government.
But the BJP Government took the matter very lightly stating that there were adequate stocks in the State. Earlier, during his visit to Haveri, Mr. Kumaraswamy announced that Rs. 2.5 lakh would be deposited in the name of the son and daughter of Siddalingappa Choori.
At KIMS Hospital, he distributed Rs. 5,000 each to the injured persons, and Rs. 15,000 to Puttappa whose condition is serious.
And now, here comes horticulture tourism
|Horticulture Department properties to be developed in four hill stations|
Bheemanakolli to be developed into a picnic spot
Six flower markets to be established in the State
BANGALORE: In future, your visits to some of the hill stations in Karnataka could be more educative than you thought.
To increase the botanical knowledge and also provide an entertainment space for tourists, the Horticulture Department has proposed to develop its existing properties in four hills stations in what officials termed it as “Horticulture Tourism.”
Horticulture Department properties in Kemmangundi, Nandi Hills, Ooty and Biligiri Ranga (B.R.) Hills will be developed during this year with introduction of ornamental flowers and landscaping plants to attract tourists. Similarly, Bheemanakolli, near Kabini backwaters in Mysore district that is home for large herds of Asiatic Elephants and Tigers, will also be developed into a picnic spot.
Horticulture Department Director Ramakrishnappa told The Hindu that the proposal would not only help in educative purposes, but can also create infrastructure for tourists visiting these places. “We intend to start a flower garden on our 30-acre property in Ooty, which would also become a revenue earner for the department,” he added.
Further, he said that the department owned a 200-acre property at Bheemanakolli that housed a horticulture training institute. Existing infrastructure could be upgraded, which could be used to provide accommodation for people wishing to visit tourist places in the vicinity, he added.
According to a senior department official, the project involves development of botanical gardens, landscaping the area and others to make these properties full-fledged facilities for ‘Horti-eco-tourism’.
“The department owns around 160 acres in Nandi Hills, which is being developed apart from another 200-acre property in Kemmangundi,” the official said.
Apart from the development of horticulture tourism, the department has also proposed to government for upgradation of infrastructure. “We want to upgrade eight horticulture training centres at places, including Gadag, Alamatti, Hidkal, KRS, Karkala and Siddapura, besides setting up of a bio-technology centre at Belgaum on the lines of the one functioning in Bangalore,” Additional Director S.V. Hittalmani said.
Mr. Hittalmani said that six flower markets would be established at Mysore, Kodagu, Sirsi, Udupi, Tumkur and Belguam to help flower growers sell their produce at an organised market place.
Ansari visits Mahabodhi temple
Gaya: Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Thursday visited the historic Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, about 14 km from here. Accompanied by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and other ministers, Mr. Ansari went to the temple and prayed for peace.
Mr. Ansari also visited the “Mahabodhi Tree” here under which Lord Buddha got enlightenment. Mahabodhi Temple is the most sacred Buddhist Shrine.