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State Budget 2023: Many programs for minority education, self-reliance!

In the budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today, priority has been given to education and self-reliance of minorities and several schemes have been announced. 

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Bengaluru: In the budget presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today, priority has been given to education and self-reliance of minorities and several schemes have been announced. As the central government has stopped the pre-matric scholarship (from 1st to 8th standard) given to minority students, the state government will continue this scheme and will spend Rs 60 crore. The Chief Minister said that grants will be provided.

62 minority Morarji Desai residential schools in the state will be upgraded to integrated schools from class 6 to class 12. This will benefit 13,000 students and Rs 23 crore will be provided to accommodate an additional 12,500 students by doubling the student enrollment of these 0 Morarji Desai Residential Schools. He said that 10 new minority Morarji Desai residential schools will be started in the current year. 

There are 200 Maulana Azad schools in the state and it has been decided to further improve the quality of education and to provide necessary basic facilities to the schools which do not have their own building. He said that under Arivu Educational Loan Scheme for the study of minority students, loans of up to Rs.1 lakh per annum will be sanctioned at an interest rate of 2% for studying in 28 professional courses like engineering, medicine etc., admitted through CET. 

With the aim of improving the knowledge of Kannada and English language among minority community students, it has been decided to set up language laboratories in all the minority Morarji Desai residential schools in the state at a cost of Rs.5 crores, skill training for minority youths in Ramnagar, Belagavi, Davangere, Kalaburagi and Dakshina Kannada districts at a cost of Rs.4 crores. He informed that the cost will be started.

The Chief Minister announced a grant of Rs.8 crore to provide two-year training from prestigious institutes to the students studying in pre-degree residential colleges of the minorities from the first year for the preparation of NEET, JET, CET and other entrance exams. 20 lakhs per student at zero interest rate to facilitate graduation and post graduation in reputed foreign universities to facilitate examination coaching through reputed institutes. He said that he will provide loan facility. 

In order to provide self-employment opportunities to 10,000 unemployed people belonging to minority communities, they will receive a percentage of the loan amount from banks. 20 per cent or a maximum subsidy of Rs.1 lakh. Under the “Swavalambi Sarathi” scheme, the unemployed youth from the minority minority will be encouraged to take up self-employment by providing a subsidy of 50 per cent, up to a maximum of Rs.3 lakh, on the loan taken for the purchase of a four-wheeler, 126 Shadi Mahals and Community Bhavans. 54 crores for the construction works. He said it will be completed at cost. 

Tastik amount given to non-Hindu religious organizations under the Karnataka Inam Waiver Act will be increased from Rs 48,000 to Rs 60,000. This will benefit 868 organizations receiving Tastik. The Chief Minister said that Rs. 360 crore will be allocated in the current year to carry out various programs under the Chief Minister’s Special Development Scheme and Minority Colony Development Scheme. 

25 crore for the development of major Jain shrines. Grant will be provided. Karnataka Christian Development Corporation will be established for the development of the Christian community in the country. 100 crores in the current year. Grants will be given. There are more than 40,000 private properties in the state, for their conservation and development, Rs. 50 crore will be allocated in the year 2023-24. It will be provided.

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Bengaluru Doctor Arrested for Hydro Ganja Consumption.

Bengaluru’s Dr. Nikhil Gopalakrishnan arrested by CCB for ordering hydro ganja via foreign post from Netherlands.

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a prominent doctor in Bengaluru‘s western region, Dr. Nikhil Gopalakrishnan, was apprehended by officials from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) on charges related to the procurement and consumption of hydro ganja. This arrest sheds light on the pervasive issue of substance abuse and its intricate networks in the city.

The CCB’s Anti Narcotics Wing (ANW) conducted a thorough investigation leading to the arrest of Dr. Gopalakrishnan. The authorities received concrete information suggesting his involvement in the acquisition of hydro ganja, which was reportedly dispatched to him via international mail from the Netherlands. Initial inquiries indicate that Dr. Gopalakrishnan purportedly utilized the contraband solely for personal consumption. However, the investigation is ongoing to ascertain the means through which he procured the substance and identify potential collaborators in his activities.

Dr. Gopalakrishnan’s origins trace back to Tamil Nadu, and he has been residing in the Yeshwantpur area of northern Bengaluru. This incident underscores the prevalence of substance abuse across various demographics within the city, irrespective of professional backgrounds or residential locations.

This arrest also draws attention to the broader issue of international connections in drug-related activities. Notably, the case of an international hacker known as Srikrishna, alias Sriki, who was previously apprehended for similar offenses involving hydro ganja procurement using cryptocurrencies earned through hacking government websites, exemplifies the transnational nature of such illicit operations.

In parallel investigations, the ANW has successfully apprehended three foreign nationals involved in drug peddling activities, seizing a substantial quantity of contraband valued at Rs 2.3 crore. The arrested individuals, identified as Chainasa Cyprilan Okoye and Kalu Chukwa from Nigeria, along with Emmanuel Kwasy from Ghana, highlight the diverse origins of individuals implicated in drug-related offenses within Bengaluru.

These arrests underscore the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies in combating the proliferation of narcotics within the city. The peddlers, exploiting vulnerable segments of society such as college students, operate within a complex network that spans international borders. Efforts to dismantle these networks require diligent investigation and collaboration among various agencies.

The CCB’s seizure of MDMA crystals, ecstasy pills, and hydro ganja, along with the confiscation of mobile devices used by the suspects, reflects a concerted effort to disrupt the supply chain of illicit substances and bring perpetrators to justice.

As the investigations progress, it becomes imperative for authorities to not only apprehend individuals involved in drug-related activities but also implement preventive measures and rehabilitation programs to address the root causes of substance abuse in Bengaluru. The collective efforts of law enforcement agencies, coupled with community engagement initiatives, are essential in creating a safer and healthier environment for all residents of the city.

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Karnataka Top News: CM Vows Action Over Alleged Pro-Pakistan Slogan

Stay updated with the latest Karnataka top news. CM Siddaramaiah pledges strict action if the alleged pro-Pakistan slogan is confirmed post Rajya Sabha election results.

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Amidst the aftermath of the Rajya Sabha election results in Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has made it clear that any confirmed instance of a pro-Pakistan slogan being raised will not be taken lightly. Following allegations and media reports regarding the chanting of “Pakistan zindabad” after the victory of Congress candidate Syed Naseer Hussain, Siddaramaiah emphasized the seriousness of the matter.

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Addressing the issue, Siddaramaiah mentioned that the allegation was not solely made by the BJP but also highlighted by the media. He confirmed that the voice recording has been forwarded to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for analysis. If the FSL report verifies the authenticity of the slogan, strict actions will be taken against the individual responsible.

The Chief Minister asserted that there would be no leniency if indeed such a slogan was raised. He emphasized the need for stringent and decisive measures in such cases to uphold the integrity and unity of the state. This statement underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order and addressing any attempt to disrupt communal harmony.

As the investigation unfolds, the incident has sparked discussions on political rhetoric and the importance of responsible speech. It also reflects the broader socio-political context in which such incidents occur and the imperative for swift and decisive action by the authorities.

In conclusion, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s stance on the alleged pro-Pakistan slogan underscores the government’s commitment to maintaining peace and harmony in Karnataka. As the state navigates through various challenges, it remains crucial for leaders to address such issues promptly and ensure accountability. Stay tuned for further updates on this developing story and other Karnataka top news.

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Karnataka News: Congress Wins 3 Seats, BJP 1 in RS Elections

Read the latest Karnataka news on Rajya Sabha elections. Congress secures 3 seats, BJP gets 1. Analysis of cross-voting and reactions.

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In the recent Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka, the ruling Congress secured three seats while the BJP clinched one. This outcome reflects the political dynamics and the role of key players in the state’s governance. Ajay Maken, G C Chandrasekhar, and Syed Naseer Hussain emerged victorious for Congress, whereas Narayansa K Bhandage claimed the seat for BJP. Notably, JD(S) candidate D Kupendra Reddy also participated in the elections.

However, the electoral process wasn’t without controversy, as instances of cross-voting surfaced. Notably, BJP MLA S T Somashekar voted for Congress candidate Ajay Maken, while A Shivaram Hebbar abstained from voting altogether. These actions raised eyebrows and fueled discussions on political allegiances and strategies.

In response to the results, Congress General Secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala hailed the victory as a triumph of principles, democracy, and morality. He criticized the BJP-JD(S) alliance, labeling it opportunistic and undemocratic. Surjewala also took a swipe at former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy for fielding D Kupendra Reddy as the JD(S) candidate, questioning the rationale behind such a move.

The outcome of the Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka underscores the ongoing political dynamics in the state and sets the stage for further developments. It highlights the importance of alliances, electoral strategies, and the shifting landscape of power. As Karnataka continues to be a crucial battleground in Indian politics, these results hold significance beyond party lines, shaping the narrative of governance and representation in the region.

In conclusion, the recent Rajya Sabha elections in Karnataka have stirred discussions and debates, reflecting the intricacies of state politics. With Congress securing three seats and BJP one, the results signify a continuation of the political flux in the state. As stakeholders analyze the outcomes and implications, Karnataka remains at the forefront of national attention, shaping the course of Indian democracy.

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