Deccan Herald

  • State seeks $200 m World Bank aid

    Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao has said the State has sought $200 million more assistance from the World Bank for the Karnataka-State Highway Improvement Project (K-SHIP II). Rao told reporters here on Monday that the Department of Economic Affairs has already given its nod for getting a loan of $200 million from the WB for K-SHIP II. "In addition to this we have sought $200 million more assistance', he added. The Centre has also given its approval for getting a loan of $300 million from the Asian Development Project (ADB) for the same project ie K-SHIP II.

  • Tiger poacher falls in trap

    The name Abdul Khader Chaudhury does not strike a chord. But he and two others are allegedly responsible for the fast-dwindling tiger population in India. Chaudhury (69), along with two other notorious wildlife traders from Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, has reportedly smuggled around 600 tiger skins outside the country, in their association spanning more than two decades. He was arrested by the Karnataka State CID Forest Cell on Sunday, from his house in Hyderabad. He was wanted in Hubli and Haliyal cases.

  • HC puts off hearing on Metro Rail

    The hearing of the writ petition by CMH Shops and Establishments, and Residents Association and others challenging the alignment of Metro through the CMH Road and 100 feet Road in Indiranagar stood adjourned to February 25. Earlier, at the hearing on Monday, State Government filed its counter statement defending the notification of land acquisition on CMH Road for the purpose of Metro works. Alternative

  • Stink in BBMP garbage lifting

    In 2005-06, the Palike hired excavators and trucks to clear garbage dumped on the premises of the composting unit of the Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) at Kudlu village on Hosur Road at a cost of Rs 12.69 lakh, though it had its own equipment. Do you wish to hire a taxi by paying a higher price when you have your own car? Certainly not. The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) thinks otherwise.

  • Stub it out

    The health and economic implications of tobacco merit review

  • Wake up call

    Sudheendra Aithal of Udupi district was known as an animal lover. He was so fond of wild life that he had almost turned his house into a mini zoo. His dual face was exposed when the CID/Forest Cell of Karnataka police raided his house in October last year. "We were just shocked to see the rare animals he had caged in his house. It was a mini zoo where he had altogether 51 animals and birds, which according to the law cannot be caged or made pets,' says the IGP of CID, Forest, KSN Chikkerur.

  • The enemy within

    Karnataka might soon have a wildlife crime bureau on the lines of the National Wildlife Crime Bureau, which was set up on the recommendations of the Tiger Task Force. The threat to wildlife in the State is more from indigenous tribes than from outsiders. "We are convinced that the Hakki Pikki tribe is involved in the inter-state poaching racket in Karnataka forests. They have nexus with tribes in other states like the Bahelias in Madhya Pradesh and Pardis in Gujarat,' said Inspector General of Police (CID, Forest Cell) KSN Chikkerur.

  • Noise inspires strokes...

    Sources of noise pollution are what inspires Glasgow (Scotland) based artist Marianne Greated. She has worked on a number of paintings which spreads awareness on noise pollution. Marianne, graduated from Galsgow School of Art, and now works as Visual Arts Officer with Scottish Arts Council. Her acquaintance with scientists working on acoustics, shock waves, measurement of source inspired her to sketch soundscapes.

  • Generic and branded drugs: Need for a cheaper pill

    The government must encourage the manufacture of cheaper drugs which will benefit the consumer. Till the early 1980's, dominant foreign companies dominated pharmaceutical manufacturing in India. Today the dominant ones are Indian owned. The then Indian patent laws helped this transformation. Until recently India recognised only process patents. Reverse engineering by Indian pharmaceutical chemists enabled Indian companies to replicate popular foreign drugs through different processes and market them in India.

  • 24/7 water project gets thumbs up

    The 24/7 water supply in the demonstration zones of Belgaum, Hubli-Dharwad has received a positive response from the consumers, according to officials. Here is a bitter pill to swallow for the NGOs which have been vehemently protesting a private agency handling the operation and maintenance of water supply in four cities of North Karnataka.

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