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Rs 2 lakh cr-scam hits Karnataka Wakf Board - Hindustan Times


The Karnataka State Minorities Commission has said in a report that 50% of the Wakf Board's property, assessed at Rs 4 lakh crore, has been misappropriated by politicians and board members in collusion with the real estate mafia. The report has been submitted to CM Sadananda Gowda.Rs 4 lakh crore translates into about 30% of the country's third-quarter GDP for 2011-12 and about 60% more than the annual sales of Reliance Industries Ltd, India's largest private sector company, in 2010-11.
 

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Competition for India's largest scam is going on. Nice!.
 

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Government is planning to bring forward a bill to prevent superstitious practices in Karnataka!

Karnataka Chief Minister Reiterates Commitment Over Anti-Superstition Bill

Soon after the murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi, a group of writers and family members of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, who were killed under similar circumstances, had urged the Chief Minister to proceed with the Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill that was shelved following stiff opposition.

The draft Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Bill, 2013 was prepared by Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) of National Law School of India University, on the invitation of state government.

BJP condemning certain provisions in the Bill had said the government has no right to infringe upon the beliefs of Hindus.
 

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100% reservation for Kannadigas in Groups C, D in private sector - Times of India

The state labour department has finally released the draft amendments which provide reservation for Kannadigas in private sector industries across the state.
The labour department will give 100 per cent horizontal reservation for Kannadigas in all private industries, except the IT-BT sector, which secure concessions under the state industrial policy. If the industries don't follow these guidelines, the government will cancel all concessions given. The amendments will be to the Karnataka Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Rules of 1961, once the law department gives its second round of approval.
As per the proposed amendment to Clause 2 of the standing orders, the department said: "Every industrial establishment which has obtained concession of land, water, electricity or tax rebate or deferement of tax as per State Industrial policy shall provide horizontal reservation of hundred per cent in employment to local people (Kannadigas) in case of workmen classified in sub-clause (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g)..."
The workmen classification as per the Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Central Rules of 1946 is (1) permanent, (2) probationers, (3) badlis, (4) temporary, (5) casual, and (6) apprentices. The classification is largely restricted to blue collar jobs as per the Act.
 

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India should draw inspiration from North Korea, says Karnataka Governor - Oneindia

"We should take inspiration from Indian Space Research Organisation, from Israel, from Japan and any other nation, including North Korea which is progressing in Atomic Energy," he said.

His basic point was that we should focus on developing technologies indigenously I guess. North Korea has no option but to develop everything themselves. They are essentially reinventing the wheel on a regular basis because no one would give them the technology to manufacture wheels.
 


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Karnataka appoints panel to design ‘state flag’, look into legal sanctity - Times of India

Even as the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre chants the one-nation mantra, the Congress-led government in Karnataka has constituted a nine member committee to design a 'state' flag — an identity symbol unique to the state — and submit a report on giving it legal sanctity. If such a flag does come into being, Karnataka will only be the second state in the country to officially have a flag of its own after Jammu & Kashmir, which enjoys special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
The move, coming months ahead of assembly elections in 2018, marks a departure from the stand Karnataka had taken in 2012+ when BJP was in office. The state government had then told the Karnataka high court that it had not accepted suggestions to declare the red-and-yellow Kannada flag the official state flag, as a separate flag would go against the "unity and integrity of the country".
When the issue was raised in the assembly, then Kannada and culture minister Govind M Karjol had said: "The Flag Code does not allow flags for states. Our national flag is the symbol of integrity and sovereignty of our nation. If states have their separate flags, it could diminish the importance of the national flag. Besides, there are possibilities of it leading to narrowminded regional feelings."