Bangalore, September 03, 2019 : Greenwood High International School hosted the 6th edition of the inter school quiz competition – WISSEN 2019 at its Bannerghatta Road campus. The response from students of prominent schools in Bangalore and across India was overwhelming with participation from 70 schools. The quiz, which was open to students from grade 7 to 10, revolved around current affairs, history, sports, entertainment, India etc with emphasis on environment and air pollution. The quiz was conducted with lot of verve and vibrancy by renowned quiz master Vinay Mudaliar. WISSEN aimed to create awareness in the young minds across the nation about the dangers of growing air pollution.
The WISSEN 2019 was won by Presidency School R T Nagar, which secured the first prize of Rs 100,000. The second prize of Rs 50,000 was won by National Public School, Indiranagar and the third prize of Rs 25,000 went to Sri Kumaran Public School. Prizes were also presented to the ‘Best Outstanding Team’, ‘Audience Round’ and ‘Social Media Contest’.
“Greenwood High’s vision is to impart a wide variety of knowledge and information among students. We want students to be well informed about current issues, history, sports, entertainment, environment and air pollution and generally matters about India. Greenwood High is also dedicated to the cause of inculcating values of sustainability among younger generations. The crux of the theme of WISSEN is to engage students in proactive practices of environmental conservation,” said Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High International School.
Canadian International School celebrates Teacher’s Day with joy and gusto
Teacher’s Day was celebrated with joy and gusto at the Canadian International School (CIS) today. Apart from students wishing their teachers in a special way by holding up appreciative banners and placards, they also had the opportunity to purchase flowers and cards for their teachers. The School Community Association (SCA) put up stalls selling beautiful roses and thoughtful gift cards for students to purchase. Teachers were treated to delicious chocolates too! Students at CIS hold a yearly tradition of giving flowers to teachers. The flowers are a symbol of gratitude and respect towards the faculty for their dedication and commitment to inculcate the best knowledge and perspectives among the students. Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was President of India, is remembered on this day for his vast intellectual prowess and his contribution to the betterment of teachers.
Commenting on this celebration, Shweta Sastri, Managing Director, Canadian International School said: “Our teachers are an inspiration to us all. Year after year, they have moulded and shaped our students into responsible, caring, and successful individuals. At CIS, every day is Teacher’s Day – every day is a celebration of our teachers for their commitment towards creating the empowered, global citizens.”
“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. I believe the teachers at CIS do great justice to these words from the great thinker and scientist Albert Einstein,” said a parent, Mr. Sridhar, appreciating the teachers for their contribution to education and the students’ intellectual outlook and knowledge.
A student, Anushka Ganesh, who expressed gratitude to the teachers said: “Our teachers always encourage us to learn and experience new things.”
“It is a day with many smiles and a day to feel special. Teachers and students bond and become closer to each other. Enjoy Teacher’s Day,” said a teacher, Samanthea Laitfang.
Yeddyurappa wins floor test
The fourth time newly sworn-in chief minister of Karnataka BJP leader and former CM BS Yeddyurappa has won the floor test by seeking the votes of 106 MLAs in the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha against the 99 lawmakers’ strength of the Congress JD ( S ) combine.
However, the risk still exists as there would be by-polls in the 17 assembly seats of Karnataka which have fallen vacant after the revocation of the assembly seats of the dissidents MLAs of Congress and JD ( S).
Now in order to ensure the continuation of their government further the Bhartiya Janata Party will have to ensure that at least it wins on 6 to 8 seats out 17 as the majority of these seats are of Congress and JD ( S ) bastions. It may be recalled that the membership relinquished was of three JD( S) MLAs, one independent and rest all from Congress party.
Meanwhile, the speaker of Karnataka Vidhan Soudha KR Ramesh has also tendered his resignation from the post and handed it to the deputy speaker who’d conduct the house till the new BJP nominee will be appointed as the new speaker. Now, since the ball is in the BJP’s court, it will have to electorally wrest minimum six to eight seats out of the total seventeen vacant MLAs seats during the elections to be held within six months failing which it may have the grave risk of losing the confidence motion in the house after six months.
Now, all the political parties viz Congress, JD( S) and BJP will leave no stone unturned to ensure the victories of maximum MLAs in the bypolls likely to be held within 6 months. while the Congress JD ( S) require about 13 MLAs to win to seek majority the BJP require lesser numbers, at least 6 MLAs.
BS Yeddyurappa takes oath as Karnataka CM for the 4th time
The Karnataka political imbroglio finally came to an end, though still in a state of confusion.
But the BJP’s former chief minister and octogenarian B. S. Yeddyurappa has been sworn in today for the fourth time as the Saffron party’s lawmakers have assured the governor of the Southern state and the BJP chief and union home minister Amit that the party would definitely muster the requisite majority by 31st July, the time schedule accorded to the fourth time CM by the governor.
Sounds interesting and ironical as well that after so much of hullaballoo for so many days and two days of hectic speeches in the Karnataka Assembly the speaker had to finally bow down and give Yeddyurappa a chance to become the CM though not wanting to do so.
The Karnataka imbroglio is the best example of the Aaya Ram Gaya Raam politics literally throwing to winds the democratic norms and rules of anti-defection law implemented at the behest of the ex-prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
In an open defiance to the anti-defection law the 13 Congress and 3 Janata Dal lawmakers of the previous ruling coalition under the influence and clandestine collaboration of BJP had resigned from their legislative seats giving the saffron party a safe chance to destabilise the Congress JD( S) combine government which has never ever happened in any state of the country. Two more Congress MLAs and an independent too resigned later on.
All the dissidents who’d send their resignations to the speaker and extended support to the BJP had been holed up in a Mumbai hotel since the day political drama started in Karnataka.
All attempts and drama by the ruling Congress JD ( S) alliance failed to convince them.
Sounds irrational and undemocratic that lawmakers of two political parties forget their responsibilities to serve the masses of their respective constituencies who’ ve duly elected them some months ago with the hope and aspirations that they will contribute their best in their welfare and well being.
But to the utter dismay and shock to the electorates of their respective constituencies, these lawmakers under the guise of certain greed, political or otherwise had while shirking their democratic and constitutional moral responsibilities preferred to resign to open a safe channel for BJP to form its government by destabilising a democratic elected government of Congress JD( S) majority thus making the mockery of the constitutional and democratic institutions of the state and the country.
The question is, had the electorates of their respective constituencies given them the right to resign without seeking their permission. Till today, if we see history of electoral politics no elected representative of any party has sought the electorates permission to resign or to change party.
Sounds really shocking.
Meanwhile, after the acceptance of three resignations of lawmakers n the rest of the dissidents, the strength of the Karnataka assembly has come down to 222 in total and the majority required by the newly sworn-in chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa of BJP is total 112 lawmakers whereas he has the total favorable strength of 106 as of now.
The BJP has the strength of 105 lawmakers of its own whereas one independent is supporting them as well.
However, the strength of the Congress JDU has come down from the earlier total 118 to 100 lawmakers giving quite an edge to BJP.
This means the BJP’s chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa will have to muster the additional support of six more MLA by 31st July to attain the majority of 112.
It remains to be seen whether he will be able to gain the requisite numbers or not. However, sources reveal that the saffron party is quite confident of gaining the requisite support of 6 MLAs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed till then.
The Karnataka Congress chief Gundu Rao has termed the swearing-in of BS Yeddyurappa as the new chief minister of Karnataka as unethical and unconstitutional as a result of horse-trading and corrupt practices.
Prior to going to meet the governor of Karnataka to stake claim to form government B. S. Yeddyurappa tweeted :
As instructed by our National President Shri@ Amit Shah Ji and working president of BJP Shri @ JP Naddaji, I have met his excellency governor of Karnataka to stake claim to form a government. I will take the oath of CM today at 6.00 PM.
Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa has also stated “We are not indulging in any poaching. It is CM HD Kumaraswamy who is indulging in horse-trading, not BJP. CM himself is offering money and ministerial posts,” Yeddyurappa said.
BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa has claimed on Friday that several JDS MLAs are willing to join his party as they are miffed with portfolio allocation. As we all know, there were multiple issues within the ruling JD (S) and Congress alliance with a lot of warring MLAs. They were unhappy with seat-sharing and the allocation of cabinet berth/portfolios. There was also a face-off between the two parties for Finance portfolio.
Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy had insulted the voters by saying that they are indebted to Congress and not to voters.
Apex court directs Speaker not to compel rebel MLAs to participate in floor test
The protracted political crisis in Karnataka has taken an interesting and curious turn after the supreme court of India has in its judgement today made it amply clear by giving a free hand to rebel Congress, JD( S) and independent lawmakers of the southern state to act according to their wishes. The apex court has stated that they are not legally bound to participate in the floor test.
The apex court also directed the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha Speaker who has a major and justifiable role to play in this entire crisis, to not compel the dissident lawmakers to participate in the floor test scheduled for Thursday in the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha.
However, the apex court also said that the speaker is free to take a decision on the resignation letters of dissident MLAs submitted to him earlier, thus extending their support to the BJP.
The lawyer appearing for the dissident lawmakers has unambiguously said and pleaded before the apex court judges hearing the vexed matter, that the rebels would not be present in the Vidhan Soudha on Thursday during the floor test giving a clear indication about the current ruling government of Congress JD ( S) combine is in definite danger and likely to fall a day after.
It may be recalled that the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha has a total of 224 lawmakers including the speaker.
112 seats are required to have a simple majority and form the government. Earlier the total strength of the ruling government was 116 and that included 78 Congress MLAs, 37 JD (S) MLAs and one of BSP MLA.
Now since 14 MLAs of Kumaraswamy government have rebelled and resigned, they will not be present on Thursday in the assembly during the floor test.
This will reduce the total MLA strength to 207 and therefore the majority needed to form the government will come down to 104 MLAs.
This unambiguously means that the government of Congress and JD(S) will get the support of 100 odd lawmakers. On the other hand, the opposition BJP has 105 MLAs’ of its own plus the outright support of two independents, which clearly and transparently indicates that the saffron party has a credible chance to form a government.
This predicts the fall of the Kumaraswamy government. What’s your take friends?
Speaker fixes Thursday for floor test in Karnataka Vidhana Soudha
29 passengers killed and 17 injured grievously after a speeding bus falls down in a Nallah
New Dhari Devi Temple near Srinagar Garhwal almost complete. Cost incurred 20 to 25 crores.
An ancient temple known as ,”Dhari Devi,” just opposite the Dhari Gaon at KALYASAUD, half an hour distance away on vehicle from Srinagar city in Garhwal Uttarakhand which was almost submerged in the high velocity tides during the ecological desaster of June 15/ 16 in the year 2013 that claimed thousands of human lives and witnessed collosal loss of properties is today a new fascinating temple having build more than 625 metres above the main sea level likely to be the fifth most adorable Dham in Uttarakhand in the months to come in addition to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
The new magnificient project of Dhari Devi Temple with the entire exterior colored in golden, had been constructed by the GVK company that built a 330 megawatt Dam near Srinagar Garhwal resulting in shifting of the original temple and the diety Godess Dhari Devi’s orginal statue as the area has now been completely sumerged in the dam ‘s accumulated water.
Due to various ups and downs n confrontation with the villagers n management of Dhari Devi temple regarding payment of financial compensation etc, the temple built on magnificient KATHYURI VANSH Shailly ( Kathyuri ancient architecture) has collourful ( Golden) canopies on the top with beautifully designs n golden exterior giving it a fascinating look.
One would be shocked to learn that the total expenditure on the entire temple construction including its beautification and beam plus pillar arrangements from the main sea level comes to Rs 20 to 25 crores.
According to Satyajeet Khanduri a resident of Srinagar Garhwal who being in the GVK company was associated with the Temple construction project since day one about nine years ago , feels himself highly privileged by Godess Dhari’s blessings to have been able to finally complete it.
The new Dhari Devi Temple is almost complete with its finally touches under execution. Khanduri wishes that Godess Dhari will soon acquire her pious place in the new temple.
He is highly optimistic that this outstanding architecture will place this already popular “Sidhpeeth”, amongst the well known temples of the country especially granting it the status of THE 5TH DHAM IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING CHAAR DHAM historic temples of Uttarakhand.
It may be recalled that extremely popular temple Dhari Devi is situated at Kalyasaur just twenty kilometres away from Srinagar Garhwal on the way to Kedarnath, Badrinath Dhams.
It’s understood that it was established during the Dwapar Yug. However, different people have different versions. There is also a saying that several centuries ago a statue of the Diety came in the running waters from the Tibet side n somebody near DHARI GAON eastablished it in a place near the river which lateron took the shape of a temple.
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims n devotees visit the place every year to pay their obiesance to this Godess DHARI DEVI n seek her pious n miraculous blessings.
Growing voices of NOTA in sugarcane belt of Western UP
Tractors loaded with cane waiting to be crushed line the roads across swathes of western Uttar Pradesh, telling the bitter story of sugarcane farmers caught in a pincer trap of unpaid dues and low prices.
With posters, buntings and rallies, the clamour of poll-time campaigning is all around in the area famed as the country’s sugar bowl but the very word election strikes a sour note for many farmers.The sounds of NOTA (none of the above) appear to drown out any promises being made by parties with farmers saying they are tired of promises and don’t know whom to trust.”We will go for NOTA, said a frustrated Om Singh, a sugarcane farmer in Kairana for 30 years but unable to feed his family.
Thousands of cane farmers in the area, which produces over 50 per cent of the country’s total sugarcane produce and will go to the polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls on April 11, are awaiting payments of over Rs 9,000 crore from sugar mills pending for over a year. Each grower has dues of at least Rs 1.5 lakh. The constituencies of Kairana, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar collectively have 11 sugar mills. Tractors stacked with cane waiting to be crushed in the mills are a recurrent sight.
Satyaveer, 55, sitting outside the Ramala sugar mill in Baghpat for over 18 hours to get part of his produce weighed, said the non-payment of dues signals the end of his livelihood.”My family has been producing sugarcane for over five decades. It has always been my livelihood and a way of living for me and my family. But it is being killed by fake promises of the BJP and others in authority, Satyaveer said.The mill manager tells us we will get our dues when government gives them theirs, said Satyaveer who has dues of over Rs 2 lakh.
Farmers in nearby Khatauli are also belligerent about the low minimum support price (MSP) and blame the BJP government in the state as well as the Centre for making false promises.Rajpal Singh said he grows nearly 400 quintals (one quintal is 100 kg) of sugarcane in a year but is unable to provide for his family.”We sell sugarcane at Rs 325 per quintal. The government should increase the MSP to at least Rs 450 per quintal, Rajpal Singh said.”There are huge costs involved in growing sugarcane. A 150 ml medicine bottle which is used three times in one crop alone costs Rs 1,800. My pending dues are around Rs 1.5 lakh. We cannot sell our harvest to anyone else but the mills, he said.
The farmers are crying injustice on the part of sugar mills, saying there is a fixed period of 14 days within which the farmers are supposed to be paid their dues.”Such deadlines need to be kept. There should be a strict implementation of law on those mills that violate this provision, said Rajpal Singh.Sugar mills have a different story to tell.
Vinod Kumar, manager of the Ramala sugar mill in Baghpat, said there is surplus production and less demand. They can neither refuse the farmers their produce of sugarcane nor pay them because of their own financial crunch.”I cannot reveal much but we are unable to sell sugar from the mill. The price of sugar is not decided by this mill but the government. We get orders from Lucknow. The current rate of sugar per quintal is Rs 3,105, that is Rs 31.05 per kg, he said.
Hoping to get their voices heard, farmers blocked the Muzaffarnagar highway in January this year, halting work on a flyover in Khatauli. But it was to little avail, they said.Farmers in the sugar belt said they are also facing a crisis on the loan front as banks don’t fix price of their land correctly.”The market rate of per bigha land is Rs 3 lakh but banks lend money at the rate of Rs 15,000 per bigha, said Rajpal Singh. A bigha is a local measurement of land that varies from place to place.
The cane growers are unhappy with the Narendra Modi government scheme to give Rs 6,000 each annually to 120 million farmers with less than five acres land each.”Rs 6,000 in a year is nothing. With our dues not being cleared such schemes are useless, said Rajpal Singh.The distressed farmers said the government should set up ethanol factories to help them earn more.
“We produce surplus sugarcane which results in surplus sugar. The government should ensure the price of sugar does not come down in the market because of excess production.”If the government allows us to use the extra sugarcane to produce ethanol, the issues of MSP and the market price can be resolved, said Dharmendra, leader of the Bharat Kisan Union, based in Muzaffarnagar.The issue of attacks by stray cattle is also leading to huge losses, farmers said.
“Stray cows and bulls enter the fields and damage crops but farmers cannot do anything about it because they can get arrested if they touch the cattle, said Adil, a resident of Khatauli village, taking a dig at the government’s gau raksha policy.”Cows are a menace in sugarcane farms. We work hard to sow and water the crops but these stray cows, which cannot be touched under BJP rule, damage it all, added Sharda, a farmer’s wife, labelling all leaders liars.
Sugarcane farmers will play a key role in the upcoming elections in the three constituencies of Kairana, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar. The eight constituencies in the region also include Meerut, Bijnor, Saharanpur, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar. In 2014, all eight seats went to the BJP. There was a bypoll held in Kairana subsequently that went to the RLD.
Plot on to eliminate me, says J&K’s highly decorated police officer
A highly decorated senior police officer has created a flutter after he went public claiming that an atmosphere is being built on the social media to get him eliminated, in Jammu and Kashmir.
Imtiyaz Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), who was recently transferred from the Baramulla, district to the security wing of Jammu and Kashmir police, did not name anyone but blamed the “well-known people who are hyperactive on the social media” for the ‘slanderous’ campaign.
In a series of tweets, Imtiyaz red-flagged the issue saying that he was one among very few police officers active on the social media and being forthright besides calling a spade a spade.
“There are some well-known people hyperactive on Facebook and Twitter who are building an environment to get me killed. These people claiming to be journalists aren’t apparently working with any media house,” Imtiyaz said.
Seemingly undeterred by the threats, the police officer noted it would be honour to sacrifice his life in the line of duty. “Having been never afraid of death and it would be honour to get sacrificed in the line of duty but the perception being created against me is slanderous. I am one among very few police officers active on social media and being forthright and calling a spade a spade,” he said.
Without naming anyone, he said it was becoming intolerable for them, and their bosses across have employed them to target him. “They want to silence me on social media. They are the same people who have built a case for Shujaat Bukhari’s killing,” he said.
Terrorists had assassinated senior journalist and Editor-in-chief of The Rising Kashmir Syed Shujaat Bukhari along with his guards outside his office at Press Enclave in Partap Park here on July 14 last year.
“Shujaat had confided with me how some media guys had been spreading canards against him and creating a conducive atmosphere for his murder. We being a liberal democracy, such elements take full advantage of our liberal laws, knowing it very well that law can’t touch them,” he said.
Minutes later former director general of police Shesh Paul Vaid, under whom Imtiyaz worked in different capacities took to Twitter assuring the officer of support from the J&K police family.
“Imtiyaz, you are a fine and bold officer who has been putting across the views of the department fearlessly on social media and an officer with high integrity. Have faith in Allah, no harm will come to you. The entire police force has always been behind you,” Vaid said.
Imtiyaz promptly expressed gratitude saying he was not afraid but worried about the smear, maligning & slander campaign against Jammu and Kashmir police and its officers who are bravely fighting proxy war/terrorism for last 30 years with an impeccable record and huge sacrifices. “We aren’t here for any other project except to establish peace,” he said.
Seventeen year Shariq killed in Jammu grenade explosion
A seventeen year old Mohammed Sharik has succumbed to his grievous injuries at the government Medical College hospital and about 29 have been injured, with several of them in extremely serious condition having been grievously wounded. The police has not been able to make any break through.
About ten persons with suspicious backgrounds have been nabbed by the local police to ascertain the facts. This is the third grenade attack in a years time at Jammu.
Jammu bus terminous where the explosion has occured is the extremely busy area with buses coming n going in various parts of J& K n outside the states.
Jammu being close to Katra and the famous Vaishno Devi Shrine this bus terminous is the main venue where people n Mata Vaish Devi pilgrims come in large number either by train n buses to board further buses for Katra.
May be the the terrorists wanted to target a large number of Hindu pilgrims at Jammu bus terminous reveal police sources. The grenade attack took place at around 12.00 PM.
Sources reveal that perhaps it can be the retaliatory affect of the air strikes against Pak terror camps in Balakoti or in protest against crackdown on Hurriyat leaders n several other home grown terrorists captured by the J& K police and the Indian Army.
It may be recalled that this is the second attack after the massive n deadliest attack in Pulwama martyring our 45 CRPF valiant troopers.
Police has confirmed that the extremists have hurled a grenade towards or under the stationed bus that had just parked at the Jammu bus stand killing one n grievously injuring 29 others.
Those killed in this grenade attack were the passengers, local shopkeepers n fruits n vegetable sellers. It is believed that 17 year old Sharik has bern identified but more details are to be revealed after the proper investigations that are being carried out very minutely n with immense dexterity.
The senior police officials including the DG police, the top Bomb squads and the representatives of the governor have reached the spot and the area has been cardoned off with high alert declared in entire Jammu region.
The furious people of Jammu Kashmir raised anti Pakistan n anti Mehbooba Mufti slogans blaming her for encouraging terrorists in the state by her objectionable statements. They demanded immediate adequate financial compensation for the deceased n the grievously injured.
People n the locals accuse the J&K police and administration for complete intelligence n law and order failure resulting in the Jammu blast killing on n severely injuring 29 people.
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