Rahul Gandhi accuses BJP of creating friction between communities

Rahul Gandhi campaigns in Karnataka
Congress President today kept up a relentless attack on Prime Minister Narendra Gandhi on the third day of a four-day tour of election-bound Karnataka and accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating friction between communities wherever it was in power.
"Wherever the BJP is in power, like in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, you will see violence. You can see violence against Dalits, minorities, Adivasis. They make one community fight against the other, they ignite a fire," he said, addressing a public meeting at Jevargi in Gulbarga district.
He said that, on the other hand, in places such as Karnataka, where the Congress was ruling, there was peace.
"Peace prevails here, Modi-ji. Go and see what is happening in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Don't talk about violence and corruption when you visit Karnataka. The people of Karnataka are intelligent and they know everything," he said.
Mr. Gandhi dwelt at length on the achievements of the Siddharamaiah government in Karnataka and said it had delivered on its promises to the people. On the other hand, he said the Modi government at the Centre had failed to deliver on its promises.
He said Mr. Modi kept harping on corruption but has forgotten that the former BJP Chief Minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa, had spent time in jail, as had some of his Ministers. He said the previous BJP government in the state had "broken world records" in corruption.
Mr. Gandhi said that while schemes such as demonetisation and the Goods and Service Tax (GST) had put large numbers of small businessmen out of business, one businessman -- Jay Shah in Ahmedabad, the son of BJP President Amit Shah -- had seen his revenues grow from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 80 crore in just three months during the BJP's rule. "Modi-ji cannot see corruption in such cases," he said.
He said that, in sharp contrast, there had no corruption taint against the Siddaramaiah government.
Mr. Gandhi said that Congress governments, whether at the Centre or in the states, had always worked for the welfare of the poor and the vulnerable sections of society. He cited the example of the waiver of farm loans worth Rs. 70,000 crore during the Congress-led UPA government's tenure at the Centre and the Rs. 8000 crore write-off of farmers' loans by the Siddaramaiah government.
He said the UPA had introduced the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme at the Centre, while the Karnataka government had launched schemes such as Indira canteens to provide food at affordable rates to the urban poor in Bengaluru.
Mr. Gandhi said the Congress would also never lie to the people and make promises it cannot keep. He said Mr. Modi had not been able to deliver on promises such as deposit of Rs. 15 lakh in people's bank accounts and two crore new jobs every year.
He said the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre had failed to ensure fair prices for their produce to farmers and alleged that its policies had benefitted only a few chosen rich industrialists.
He cited numbers to show that the Congress government had done much more in various areas in the last five years as compared to the BJP government earlier.
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Two dead, seven injured as Secunderabad-Mumbai Duronto Express derails near Gulbarga

Two passengers died and seven others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 12220 Secunderabad-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Gulbarga in Karnataka in the early hours of Saturday, official sources said.
Two dead , seven injured as Secunderabad-Mumbai Duronto Express derails near Gulbarga
Two passengers died and seven others suffered injuries when nine coaches of the 12220 Secunderabad-Mumbai Duronto Express derailed near Gulbarga in Karnataka in the early hours of today, official sources said.
A press release from the Central Railway said the mishap occurred at around 0215 hours at Martur station in the Solapur Division of the Central Railway.
The injured were rushed to a hospital in Gulbarga, the release said.
The two deceased passengers were identified by the authorities as Ms Jyoti, 46, and Ms Lata, 28, both of whom were travelling from Hyderabad to Pune.
The derailed coaches were B-7, B-8, B-9, Pantry Car, H-1, A-1, A-2, A-3 and Generator Car, the release said.
As a result of the mishap, both the up and down lines on the Wadi-Gulbarga section were blocked for some hours, disrupting the movement of trains.
Relief trains from Solapur, Daund and Wadi have been rushed to the scene of the accident. Senior railway officers have also reached the site and are overseeing the restoration work. District administration officials, police and other emergency personnel also rushed to the spot.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were also despatched to the scene of the accident, sources said.
The down line was restored for rail traffic at 0540 hours and seven coaches of the train with passengers left the site at 0630 hours.
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers: 
Gulbarga 0847-2255066 / 2255067
Secunderabad 040-27700968
Solapur 0217-2313331
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai 022-22694040
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Mumbai 022-25280005
Kalyan 0251-2311499

Sonia asks people to be wary of those who "sow poison" in hunger for power

In a thinly veiled attack on the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday warned the people against those who practised divisive politics by "sowing poison" (zehar ki kheti) and provoking violence.
Video: Sonia Gandhi address rally at Gulbarga in Karnataka
In a thinly veiled attack on the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the coming Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today warned the people against those who practised divisive politics by "sowing poison" (zehar ki kheti) and provoking violence.
Addressing a public rally at Gulbarga in North Karnataka, Ms Gandhi said it was an area where Sufi saints had lived and worked and which had come to represent the composite culture of the country.
"I am confident that you will not allow those who sow poision, who seek to divide the people and instigate violence, to succeed," she said.
She said there were parties which made empty promises to the people and which levelled false allegations against the Congress.
In an apparent reference to the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, she said that those who "beat their own drums" could not be expected to work for the good of the country and its people.
Ms Gandhi said that it was only the Congress which could deliver on its promises and work for the good of all sections and take the country forward on all fronts.
She said the Opposition parties had only one goal, to capture power and urged the people to be cautious of them and see their real intentions.
Ms Gandhi said the Congress, on the other hand, did not crave for power and wanted to empower the people of the country and help meet their aspirations, especially of the youth.
She said her party wanted to eliminate poverty in the country, foster peace and harmony in society and work for the all-round development of all sections.
She spoke at length about how the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had implemented several programmes for the welfare of various sections, especially women, youth, minorities, and other vulnerable groups.
She mentioned, in particular, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), and the Indira Avas Yojana (IAY).
Ms Gandhi said the Congress was also committed to fighting corruption and had, therefore, brought laws such as the Right to Information (RTI) Act and the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act.
She said that the previous BJP Government in Karnataka had, during its tenure, prevented the benefits of such programmes from reaching the people of the state.
Earlier, Ms Gandhi inaugurated the Rs 893 crore ESIC Medical College and Hospital, Dental College and Nursing college at Gulbarga.
Karnataka Chief Minister H Siddaramaiah and Union Ministers Mallikarjun Kharge, who hails from Gulbarga district, M Veerappa Moily, Oscar Fernandes and K Rehman Khan, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and Karnataka Congress President G Parameshwara were amongst those present on the occasion.
The BJP reacted sharply to Ms Gandhi's "zehar ki kheti" remarks, with its spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy saying that the Congress would suffer the same fate in the 2014 elections that it had suffered in the 2007 Assembly elections in Gujarat when she had made her controversial "maut ka saudagar" (merchant of death) against Mr Modi, who is the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

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Permanent benches of Karnataka established at Dharwad, Gulbarga

The President today issued the formal order for the establishment of Permanent Benches of the High Court of Karnataka at Dharwad and Gulbarga.
As per the order called “High Court of Karnataka (Establishment of Pernanent Benches at Dharwad and Gulbarga) Order, 2013”, the Permanent Bench at Dharwad will come into operation on 24th August 2013 and that at Gulbarga on 31st August 2013. 
Under this order, the Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka has been empowered to nominate Judges from his High Court to sit at Dharwad in respect of cases arising in the districts of Bagalkot, Bellary, Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada-Karwar and Koppal; and at Gulbarga in respect of cases arising in the districts of Bidar, Bijapur, Gulbarga and Raichur. 
The order also gives the Chief Justice of the High Court of Karnataka, the discretionary power to order any case or class of cases arising in any of the above mentioned districts to be heard at Bangalore, an official press release added.

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Karnataka High Court to have permanent benches in Dharwad, Gulbarga

The Union Cabinet today approved the establishment of permanent benches of the Karnataka High Court in Dharwad and Gulbarga districts of the state to help facilitate better access for justice to litigants in these areas.
An official press release said the decision would help in the speedy disposal of cases with consequent reduction in pendency in the High Court.
The release said the requisite infrastructure facilities have been created by the state government for establishment of the permanent benches.
At present, judges are sitting at Circuit Benches at these places on a rotational basis for one month. The decision will also reduce inconvenience for the judges, advocates and litigants, it said.

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.

Jayalalithaa urges PM to stop Karnataka from building check dams on Pennaiyar river

File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to advise the Karnataka government to stop forthwith the execution of any check dams or diversion structures across the Pennaiyar river.

The river originates in Karnataka and flows through the districts of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram and Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu.
In her letter dated May 19, Ms Jayalalithaa said the river irrigates an ayacut of nearly four lakh acres.
"I understand that the Government of Karnataka has proposed to construct check dams and diversion structures across the Pennaiyar River which is causing great alarm and pprehension in Tamil Nadu.  Any attempt to withhold the flows by constructing check dams and diversion structures across the Pennaiyar River will be a serious breach of the existing Inter-State Agreement on this issue," she said.
She said this would also be a body blow to the farmers of Tamil Nadu besides affecting the basic drinking water supply position. 
"As you are aware, the Pennaiyar is an Inter-State River and is also one of the Rivers mentioned in Schedule ‘A’ annexed to  the Madras-Mysore Agreement of 1892.  As per clause-II of this Agreement, the upstream State should not, without the previous consent of the downstream Tamil Nadu State, build any new anicut or any structure to obstruct, divert or store the waters of the river across any part of the river," she said.
Ms Jayalalithaa said the government of Karnataka had neither sought the consent of the government of Tamil Nadu. She said the Tamil Nadu government had taken up the matter with the Karnataka government and sought details of the schemes but had not received any response. The Tamil Nadu government had also urged the Karnataka government not to commence any work on the projects without its consent.
"I, therefore, request you to kindly intervene in this matter urgently and advise the Government of Karnataka to stop forthwith the execution of any check dams or diversion structures etc., across the Pennaiyar River," Ms Jayalalithaa added in her letter to the Prime Minister.

8 killed as truck hits stationary stone crusher in Karnataka


Eight people, including seven women, were killed and three others injured when a speeding truck hit a stationary stone crusher at Kellur cross in Jevargi taluk late last night.

Jevargi police told UNI here that the truck hit the crusher vehicle, which was parked on the roadside for changing a tyre on Srirangapatna-Bidar Highway N H 218.

The victims were travelling in the truck and returning to their village from Yadgir after attending a funeral. All eight people died on the spot. The driver of the truck fled the scene.

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.


3 killed as car falls into ditch near Gulbarga

Three people were killed and one person was injured when the car in which they travelling fell into a ditch after hitting a roadside safety pillar near Kamalalapur in this district of Karnataka last night.

Police said occupants of the car were returning after visiting their relatives in Hyderabad when the mishap occurred.

The deceased were identified as Sivarudrappa (70), Jagannath Patil (48), doctor at Gulbarga Government Hospital, and Annarao S Saradagi (55), a jewellery shop owner.

The injured person, Nagendra, was admitted to the Government Hospital here, police added.


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