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BCCI shifts India A games from Belgaum to Bengaluru

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday shifted India A's four-day games with South Africa A from Belgaum to Bengaluru, citing high probability of rains.
 
"The BCCI in accordance with KSCA (Karnataka State Cricket Association) has reached a consensus that the games which were initially meant to be held in Belgaum will now be played in Bengaluru citing high probability of rains in Belgaum," a statement said.
 
According to the revised schedule, Board President's XI will take on the Proteas A side at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on July 29-31 while the first four-day match will also be held at the same venue between August 4-7.
 
The second rubber will be played at Alur between August 10-13.
 
Promising top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer will lead the India A side in both the four-day games as well as quadrangular series involving the two teams and Australia A.
 
India A against South Africa A:
 
Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, A.R. Easwaran, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, K.S. Bharat (WK), Axar Patel (1st four-day game)/S. Nadeem (2nd four-day game), Y. Chahal, Jayant Yadav, R Gurbani, Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Md. Siraj
 
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Two Maratha Light Infantry battalions honoured with colours by Army Chief

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General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, presented the President’s Colours to two battalions of the Maratha Light Infantry -- 23 Maratha LI and 24 Maratha LI -- at a ceremony here yesterday.
 
The ceremonial parade at the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre here yesterday was commanded by Commandant Brigadier Govind Kalwad. The President’s Colours were received by Maj Shourabh Modak and Maj Karan Joseph of the two units, respectively.
 
Award of President’s Colours to a battalion is an honour, bestowed upon in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation both during war and peace.
 
Maratha Light Infantry has a glorious history and has been conferred with eight Battle Honours, five Theatre Honours, five Maha Vir Chakras, five Ashok Chakras, 44 Vir Chakras and 15 Kirti Chakras along with various other decorations.
 
The ceremonial parade was attended by a spectrum of high ranking military and civil dignitaries including Mr Prabhakar Kore, MP (Rajya Sabha), Mr Suresh Angadi, MP (Belgavi Constituency).
 
Gen Rawat complimented the regiment for its outstanding performance in all spheres of operational and peacetime commitments. He exhorted all ranks to continue to strive for excellence and keep the nation’s flag flying high in times to come.
 
After presentation of colours, the Chief interacted with soldiers and their families. He also awarded Commendation Cards in recognition of distinguished services rendered by select officers and other ranks of the Regimental Centre. The General was also taken around the Regimental Archives and Historical Section of Maratha Centre.
 
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World Bank to provide $100 miion loan for Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project

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India signed the loan and project agreements for World Bank (IBRD) assistance of $ 100 milion for the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization project here today.
 
The Loan Agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Michael Haney, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
The Project Agreement was signed by Mr. V. Ponnuraj, Managing Director, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development & Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) on behalf of the Government of Karnataka. Mr. Haney signed the Project Agreement on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
An official press release said the objective of the project is to provide city-wide access to a continuous piped water supply in the eligible cities in Karnataka and to strengthen the service delivery arrangements at the city level.
 
KUIDFC is the implementing agency for the project. The project will have four broad components: (i) Capital Investment Program; (ii) Institution Building; (iii) Technical Assistance for Sector Development; and (iv) Project Management. 
 
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The project will be implemented over a period of six years, initially in the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad, with provision for other eligible cities to join the project at a later date. Under the project, the Hubballi Dharwad Municipal Corporation has hired a professional water supply operating company for improving the water supply system, as also to manage the refurbished system through a 12-year contract in accordance with strict performance criteria. 
 
The municipality will retain ownership of the water supply assets and control of the service delivery set up. The project will help the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation set up a city-level water utility that will take over water supply operations from the professional operating company at the end of its contract period. 
 
The project will benefit about one million residents of the Hubballi- Dharwad, including estimated 160,000 slum dwellers, the release added.
 
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NHAI rewards RTI applicant for exposing overcharging at toll plaza

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The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has announced a reward of Rs. 10,000 to Mr. Prashant Ashok Burge of Belgaum for exposing overchaging at a toll plaza in Karnataka two years ago.
 
Mr. Burge had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in March, 2013 regarding the collection of excess user fees for cars, jeeps and vans (light motor vehicles) for one-way and return trips at the Hattargi User Fee Plaza on the Belgaum-Maharashtra Border stretch of national highway (NH)-4.
 
NHAI had, following that, investigted the matter and found that user fees were being charged at the rates of Rs. 20 and Rs. 40 against the actual rates of Rs. 15 and Rs. 35, respectively.
 
NHAI immediately stopped the collection of excess user fees from such category of vehicles. Also, the excess collection of user fee of Rs. 1.8 crore was recovered from the toll agency, Konark Infrastructure Ltd. 
 
Besides, as a corrective measures, notice boards came up on all toll booths, displaying that the excess user fee of Rs. 5 can be collected by the passengers, after producing proof of identification and excess fee charged. 
 
"NHAI appreciates the fact that the complainant has raised a very pertinent and an important issue involving public interest through his RTI application, which has been promptly redressed by the public authority. Considering the importance of the issue, NHAI has accorded approval for a reward amount of Rs. 10,000 to Mr. Prashant Ashok Burge under Cash Reward Scheme in pursuant to NHAI Guidelines," an official press release added.
 
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AAI undertakes construction of small airports at five locations in 2014-15

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has undertaken the construction of small airports at five locations in the country during 2014-2015, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma told the Rajya Sabha yesterday.
 
In a written reply to a question, he said these locations are Hubli and Belgaum in Karnataka, Kishangarh in Rajasthan, Jharsuguda in Odisha and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. 
 
Dr Sharma said a task force under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation had been constituted for identification of other locations based on certain broad criteria such as minimum population of 10 lakhs, tourism potential, commercial viability, details of the flight movements in the past, social obligations, and so on.
 
He said the Government was open to private participation in the process of providing regional and remote area connectivity to Tier-II and Tier-III cities through construction of small airports across the country. However, such consideration depends upon various factors such as willingness of the private players, commercial viability, socio-economic responsibility of the Government, support from the concerned State Governments, and so on, he added.
 
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22 killed, 19 injured in truck mishap in Karnataka

22 die in Karnataka road accident
At least 22 people were killed and 19 others suffered injuries when a truck carrying them overturned at Halki in Belgaum district of Karnataka early this morning, official sources said.
 
Belgaum Deputy Commissioner N Jayaram told NetIndian over the telephone that the mishap occurred around 5 am this morning at Halki, about 40 km from Belgaum.
 
He said nine of the injured, who were in a serious condition, had been taken to Belgaum for treatment, while the rest were admitted to a government hospital at Baiahongal near the scene of the mishap.
 
Mr Jayaram said the Chief Minister had announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the accident. He also said that the state government would meet the full expenses of the medical treatment of those injured.
 
The victims, including women, were labourers who were going to work on sugarcane farms in neighbouring Maharashtra, sources said.
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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QuEST Global Manufacturing, Saab to set up aerostructure assembly JV in Belgaum

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Engineering firm QuEST Global Manufacturing today said it had signed a joint venture agreement with defence and security major Saab to set up an aerostructure assembly facility at Belgaum in Karnataka.

The new entity will manufacture and supply assemblies for the technology intense commercial aerostructures market, a press release from the company said.
 
As part of the agreement, Saab will hold 26% stake in line with their objective to strengthen its strategic presence in India. 
 
The new entity aptly called “Aero Assemblies India”. QuEST Global manages a fully operational Special Economic Zone and houses the QuEST Global Manufacturing division in Belgaum.
 
Facilities for the joint venture will be developed through 2013 and the unit will initially become operational with about 50 employees and is expected to ramp up to over 400 in the near future, the release said.
 
Mr Aravind Melligeri, co-founder and chairman of QuEST Global said, “This joint venture with Saab is a clear indication of our impetus in the aerospace sector and promises to go a long way in enhancing our aerospace ecosystem within the SEZ at Belgaum. This milestone also promises to unveil new vistas in Aerospace Manufacturing while providing India with the added global exposure and expertise in this sector.”
 
“With this partnership, QuEST is now well poised to offer its aerospace customers a full range of manufacturing supply chain solutions while achieving our Global Manufacturing growth objectives through 2016 and beyond," he said.
 
The release said the new entity has been established with a vision to develop a robust aerospace business that is focused on build-to-print assemblies for the emerging market opportunities in India. In addition to this, its long term goal will be to emerge as an independent unit that would become a cost effective solution provider of choice in the aero structure assemblies’ space. 
 
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"This partnership between the two companies will see knowledge transfer to develop capability building for Assembly, Tooling, Material and Supply Chain as well as technical training for assemblies and sub assemblies. With this, QuEST Global Manufacturing further broadens its offerings in aerospace manufacturing to its customers," the release said.
 
“We’re experiencing increased production rates during the coming years. This partnership will provide a cost-efficient and reliable source of assemblies acting as a complement to Saab’s in-house manufacturing. This is a long-term commitment in a strategically important market for Saab and it further establishes Saab as a global player in the commercial aerostructures market”, Mr Kjell Johnsson, Head, Aerostructures , Saab said.
 
"The growing demand for aerospace products and services has propelled the markets to explore partnerships that can offer joint capabilities that are advanced and competitive to its customers. QuEST with its global delivery best practices along with Saab’s strong technology lineage is well poised to be among the few partnerships that will create an indelible impression in the aerospace industry in the years to come," the release added.
 
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India-Maldives joint military training exercise from today in Belgaum

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The fourth joint military training exercises between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) - Ekuverin 2012 - are being held in Belgaum from today until November 25.

An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said a total of 45 personnel from the MNDF are taking part in the exercises along with personnel from the Indian Army. 
 
The bilateral annual exercises, which commenced in 2009 in Belgaum, are alternately held in India and Maldives. They are aimed at enhancing the close military cooperation between the two countries. 
 
Brigadier General Ahmed Nilam, Commandant – Marine Corps, MNDF would be arriving later to observe the exercises, along with senior officers from the Indian side.
 
Defence ties between India and Maldives have continued to expand and strengthen over the years. In April 2012, both countries, along with Sri Lanka, held joint Coast Guard/Naval exercises -- Dosti XI -- off the coast of Male (Maldives) to strengthen the bonds of friendship and enhance mutual operational capability and cooperation in the region. 
 
Defence Minister A K Antony had visited Maldives in September this year.
 
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Maharashtra Assembly urges Centre to declare Belgaum as Union Territory

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The Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution demanding that Belgaum be declared a Union Territory.
 
Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai tabled an adjournment motion on the Belgaum issue. He said Karnataka government had dissolved Belgaum Municipal Corporation and the Marathi-speaking people there were suffering from the "atrocities unleashed by Karnataka".
 
"Karnataka government is deliberately neglecting voice of Marathi-speaking people," he said.
 
Speaker Dilip Walase Patil declined the adjournment motion and said an all-party meeting with government would take care of views of all.
 
Earlier, uproarious scenes were witnessed and the House was adjourned for four times over the issue. All members strongly demanded a debate on the issue.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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Karnataka CM Yeddyurappa to disclose assets in two days


Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said he would disclose all his assets as per the advice of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani in the next two days.


Facing allegations of nepotism and involvement in land scam, the Chief Minister said he would come out with his assets to prove his detractors wrong.


Speaking to reporters at the airport here, he accused the opposition Janata Dal(S) and the Congress of levelling "unfounded" allegations against him and asked leaders of the two parties to produce documents supporting their allegations.


'Let them give it to Lokayukta and I am open for a probe. If their charges are proved I will quit as Chief Minister," he said.


Mr Yeddyurappa accused Governor H R Bhardwaj of undermining and destabilising the BJP government in the State.


"The Governor has come with an agenda from Delhi. He has been asked to work towards replacing the BJP government with one ruled by the Congress. But this will not happen and Congress will stay in the opposition benches for a long time to come," he said.


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BJP MPs, MLAs court arrest before Raj Bhavan in Bangalore


Raising the pitch for the recall of Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj, more than 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and MPs today courted arrest after staging a protest in front of Raj Bhavan here today.


Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, state party chief K S Eshwarappa and others held placards and protested against the allegedly partisan attitude of the Governor towards the BJP Government in Karnataka.


Police had a tough time in preventing the slogan-shouting MPs and the legislators from marching towards the Raj Bhavan after holding a meeting of the legislature party nearby.


They demanded the Centre should recall the Governor and vowed that their fight would continue until their demand is met.


Mr Eswarappa said the state BJP would hold protest rallies at Hubli on February 5, Belgaum on February 6 and Bangalore on February 7 to press its demand.


Criticising the Governor for according sanction to two lawyers to prosecute Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Mr Eshwarappa said the Governor's action had only served the interests of the Congress and the JD(S).


He said a special session of the party MPs and legislators had been convened for three days at Nagpur from February 8 and it would be addressed by senior party leaders, including Mr L K Advani and BJP President Nitin Gadkari.


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6 members of family killed in road mishap in Karnataka


Six members of a family were killed and 20 others injured when the van in which they were travelling dashed against a tanker on the Belgaum-Bagalkot road near here early today.


Police said the passengers were returning to Hubli after attending a family function at Jamakhandi in Bijapur district when the accident occurred.


While four people were killed on the spot, the other two succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. The injured were shifted to the government hospital here, police added.


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