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The coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts which are known for receiving plenty of rainfall every monsoon are likely to face severe drought this summer. Already Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks in Dakshina Kannada district and all three taluks in Udupi district have been declared drought hit.
In the last week of January this year, four members of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatened Sharath D Kanthavara, a reporter with Mangalore-based evening daily Sanjevani. He was told there would be dire consequences to a report of what they construed as a slight.
A BJP worker was allegedly hacked to death in Kerala’s Thrissur district late on Sunday. Sources said that a BJP worker called Nirmal was stabbed to death after a tussle during celebrations at a temple in Mukkattukara.
At the MCC meeting held recently, BJP corporators raised the issue of contamination of the Netravati river water at as many as 18 places in Bantwal due to the release of effluents in the upstream areas of Tumbay dam. The issue even sparked a heated debate between BJP and Congress corporators.
When State Minister for Social Welfare Anjaneya inaugurated the post-matric hostel for girls near Urwa Marigudi in Mangaluru recently not many were aware that it took almost 35 years for this hostel to be a reality.
The gap between the poor and the rich has been widening as a result of caste-based discrimination, said V. Lakshminarayana, a thinker associated with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), on Sunday. He was speaking after inaugurating a unit of the Dalit Hakkugala Samiti at Sigarnahalli village in Holenarasipur taluk. The Dalits residing in villages have started to fight against inequalities and atrocities in their localities. This has upset the upper caste people and made them counter such fights aggressively, he said. Fighting discrimination
FOR THE first time in its history, the Indian Catholic Church has officially accepted that Dalit Christians face untouchability and discrimination, and that “their participation in the level of leadership… at the higher levels is almost nil”.