HUBBALLI TUESDAY JANUARY 29, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 16 CITY EDITION KV PRAYER TO COME UNDER CONSTITUTION BENCH LENS The apex court referred the issue of Kendriya Vidyalaya students being made to recite Sanskrit prayers, to a Constitution Bench ‘STATE-FUNDED SCHOOL CAN’T CROSS LINE’ SANSKRIT DOESN’T MAKE IT RELIGIOUS: SG While hearing a petition that challenged the compulsory recitation of prayers in Sanskrit by students of KVs, a bench of Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said the issue would be examined by a Constitution Bench. The petitioner submitted that no religious instruction should be given in an educational institution wholly funded by the state ■ ■ ■ Solicitor General Tushar Mehta opposed the petition, saying Sanskrit hymn Asato Ma Sadgamaya cannot become religious only because it is in Sanskrit But this hymn is from the Upanishad, the court pointed out The SC’s emblem is taken from the Mahabharata, Mehta argued 1,125 KENDRIYA VIDYALAYAS SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Rahul offers min income guarantee if voted to power E JAZ KA ISER, AMIT AGNIH OT R I & A NURA D H A SH UKLA ‘CLUSTER BOMBING’ BY BJP IN UTTAR PRADESH Faced with the twin challenges posed by the SP-BSP alliance and the Congress’s Priyanka GandhiVadra, the BJP plans to “cluster bomb” the electorally-prized state of UP in the run-up to LS elections UPA government in the form of the right to information, farmer loan waiver, land acquisition Act, rural employment guarantee scheme MGNREGA, right to education and right to food. The big announcement came in Raipur, where Rahul handed over the promised loan waiver certificates to f ar mers and slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for creating two Indias — one for a KUMBH CABINET MEET Arrangements are being made on a war-footing for the first ever cabinet meeting of the Yogi government on the banks of the Sangam in Prayagraj on Tuesday Siddu shouts at woman, snatches mike from her few rich people like Ambani, Nirav and Mallya - and the other for the poor and farmers. “We have decided to come up with an initiative that no government across the world has ever done. The Congress after forming government will offer guarantee on minimum income in their bank accounts. No one will remain hungry or poor,” Rahul said. The concept of UBI or universal basic income floated by former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian was part of the 2016 Economic Survey and was discussed by the NDA government for the past two years. But it felt India is a nation of vast income disparities and funding such a welfare scheme would need huge funds. Poverty line or the estimated minimum level of income needed to sustain life was fixed at `7,620 per person/annum, based on economist Suresh Tendulkar’s pover ty line formula. EXPRESS READ Yahwant slams govt over full budget New Delhi: Ex-finance minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday said it would be “unconstitutional” if the Modi govt presents a full budget ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, as he asked it to stick to the convention of outgoing dispensations presenting interim budget. Pak Indus Water team visits Kashmir New Delhi: A three-member Pakistani delegation accompanied by their Indian counterparts left for Kashmir on Monday to inspect hydro-power projects — mainly the 1000MW Pakal Dul and 48MW Lower Kalnai— on the Chenab River under the Indus Waters Treaty. E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru FORMER Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday landed in a controversy when he engaged in a heated argument with a woman and snatched the mike from her at an event in Varuna. The woman was complaining to him about his MLA son Yathindra being Ex-CM Siddaramaiah in a heated argument with the woman | EXPRESS inaccessible to people. Siddaramaiah and his son then shouted at the helpless woman. While the incident caused embarrassment to the party as the video of Siddaramaiah snatching the mike from the woman went viral, the opposition BJP accused the former CM of misbehaving with the woman and demanded that Congress president Rahul Gandhi act against him. The incident took place in Yathindra’s assembly constituency Varuna during a meeting attended by local officials and party workers. Sometime after the meeting started, Jamalar, former taluk panchayat vice president, complained about the local MLA being inaccessible to the local administration and residents. She said that the officers and revenue inspectors were making them run from pillar to post to get a family tree or khata changed. When Siddaramaiah told Jamalar that she should have approached the local MLA, she shot back saying that he was inaccessible. This made SiddaraP5 maiah furious. THE strained relations between the ruling coalition partners hit a new low on Monday with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy offering to resign and warning the Congress against “crossing the line”. Upset with Congress MLAs going public with their complaints against his government and one Congress minister publicly claiming Siddaramaiah as their CM, Kumaraswamy said, “If my style of functioning is not acceptable to them, I am ready to quit. I don’t want to stick on to the chair.’’ The CM’s remarks come a day after Congress MLA and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Chairman S T Somashekar alleged that infrastructure developmental works in Bengaluru had slowed down under the seven-months of the coalition government, and Backward Classes Welfare Minister Puttaranga Setty declared that Siddaramaiah was still their CM. Warning the Congress, Kumaraswamy asked the party leaders to control their MLAs. He claimed that the government had allotted Rs 1 lakh crore to various projects in Bengaluru like the peripheral ring road, suburban rail and elevated corridor. The CM’s outburst seems to have caused ripples in the Congress as its leaders rushed to his support and called its MLAs’ remarks as unacceptable. The party also decided to issue notice to Somashekar seeking his P5 explanation. EWS reservation in medical colleges unlikely this year S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi MEDICAL colleges will probably be the only institutes of higher education in the country where the Centre’s new 10 per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) will not be implemented this year. This is because the number of seats — in both government and private colleges — can’t be increased by 25 per cent unless changes are made in the Indian Medical Council Act, sources in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The Central government had said that to reserve 10 per cent of seats for the upper caste poor without affecting other candidates, the number of seats at higher education institutions would have to be increased by 25 per cent. “We wrote to the medical education regulator, saying that as per the 103rd Constitutional amendment, a new category of EWS seats need to be created from this year, and hence, the intake of students must be increased by 25 per cent,” a senior Health Ministry official told this newspaper. “However, a 25 per cent increase in seats is likely only from the 2020 academic session as the rules prescribe increased infrastructure and are strict about the faculty-to-student ratio,” the official added. “Medical colleges that want to admit more students need to apply before July , and then, a detailed inspection is carried out before they get the go-ahead. This usually takes about a year.” India has about 450 medical colleges, offering nearly 55,000 MBBS seats every year. Students about to take NEET, this year were hoping the new quota would create about 16,000 more seats. Believe it or knot: Marry a farmer, get `1L A R U N K U M A R H U R A L I M AT H @Karwar HERE is a unique ‘Shadi Bhagya’ scheme being offered by a village cooperative society in Yellapur, Uttara Kannada district. Any girl who marries a farmer from Anagodu village gets `1 lakh deposited in her account. This offer is limited to villagers of Anagodu and the members of Anagodu Seva Sahakari Sangha (a cooperative society). The scheme will start from April 1, 2019. N K Bhat, president of the society, said they had come up with this idea to help farmers’ families so- Control your MLAs or I’ll resign: CM to Cong E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Mysuru @ Raipur/New Delhi IN what was seen as a masterstroke, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday promised a Minimum Income Guarantee scheme for the poor, if voted to power in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The me ga welfare scheme would be an extension of the slew of pro-poor entitlement regimes created during the previous BIG NETAS LOSE CONTROL cially and economically and also help young farmers who are finding it difficult to get life partners. Why this knotty problem? In Uttara Kannada, girls prefer to marry those working in Bengaluru in the IT sector or having a government job. So, many families are reluctant to give their daughters in marriage to farmers. T h i s n ove l s ch e m e comes with some conditions. “One of the conditions is that at least one family member should be a member of the cooperative society and have a transac- tion of `3 lakh with the society annually In Anagodu . there are about 300 households and most are members of the society ,”he said. He said besides Anagodu villagers, farmer families who are attached to the society can also get benefits of the new scheme. The offer applies to all members irrespective of caste. The villagers are mainly dependent on agriculture. They sell their harvest through the society and purchase iron, cement, grocery, food for livestock etc from the society . “The society has 2,000 plus members from 22 vil- lages in Yellapur taluk. The members and the administrative board have come up with this scheme to also boost business of the society. The scheme will start from April 1, 2019,” said a member of the society . “Many times we fail to get brides for our sons though they earn well. Most parents don’t want their daughters to marry someone with agricultural background. This is another reason many youngsters are giving up farming. Offers like this may help young farmers get brides,” said a member of the Havyak community . Hegde deserves to be sacked, says Rahul E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru CONGRESS on Monday launched a noholds-barred attack on Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde for his controversial remarks and called him an embarrassment to every Indian. After his remarks on Sunday asking people to violently react against anyone touching Hindu women, Hegde did I shall answer it again on Monday this time, making , this guy @ insensitive comments against state dineshgrao’s Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao and queries...I only his wife. know him as a “He is an embarrassment to every guy who ran behind a Muslim Indian. He’s unfit to be a Union Minister and deserves to be sacked,” said lady Anantkumar Hegde Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Former CM Siddaramiah said Hegde is not fit to be an MP. “He should apologise and resign immediately for his insensitive comments against Dinesh Gundu Rao and also for his provocative statements aimed at creating social conflicts,” he said. Though some BJP leaders defended Hegde, many felt that his remarks were unwarranted and caused embarrassment to the Hegde is taking party . politics to low Hegde, a five-time Lok Sabha memlevel. This ber from Uttara Kannada, is not new shows his to controversies. On Sunday, he had culture. Dinesh Gundu Rao, stated that hands that touched Hindu KPCC chief P6 woman ‘should not exist’.
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