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Uttar Pradesh Government Bans Open Sale of Meat during Kanwar Yatra

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has announced a prohibition on the open sale of meat along the routes designated for the upcoming Kanwar Yatra

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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has announced a prohibition on the open sale of meat along the routes designated for the upcoming Kanwar Yatra, scheduled to commence on July 4. This decision was made during a review meeting chaired by the Chief Minister, which included senior officials such as police commissioners, divisional commissioners, district magistrates, and superintendents of police.

Chief Minister Adityanath highlighted the significance of this year’s Kanwar Yatra, as the holy month of Shravan has been extended due to an additional month known as “Adhimas.” The festivities of Shravani Shivratri, Nagpanchami, and Rakshabandhan will be observed during this extended period. With the sensitive law and order situation during this time, the Chief Minister emphasized the need for constant vigilance and caution.

Respecting the sentiments of devotees, Chief Minister Adityanath urged officials to ensure that meat is not sold openly along the Kanwar Yatra route. He stressed the importance of maintaining cleanliness and sanitation along the route, providing streetlights for better visibility, and making arrangements for drinking water due to the hot weather.

To enhance security measures, Adityanath directed the installation of CCTV cameras along the yatra route and the deployment of divers. He also instructed officials to pre-determine locations for setting up Kanwar camps to prevent traffic disruptions.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister emphasized that the use of DJ music and other audio equipment during the Kanwar procession should comply with prescribed noise standards. He encouraged granting permissions to event organizers while ensuring strict adherence to rules and regulations.

Adityanath cautioned against the display of weapons during religious processions and urged officials to monitor any attempts to provoke tensions between communities. He stressed the deployment of additional police forces in sensitive areas and mandated foot patrolling every evening. He emphasized the need for an active PRV 112 helpline and a firm response to any disruptive elements.

Referring to the successful management of traffic during Ramzan, the Chief Minister urged the adoption of similar systems during Bakri Eid and Muharram. He suggested initiating dialogue with local religious leaders and intellectuals to establish coordination with the respective communities.

Adityanath emphasized the need to mark designated places for animal sacrifice during Bakri Eid and strictly enforce the prohibition of sacrificing prohibited animals. Additionally, he called for comprehensive action plans for systematic waste disposal after the sacrifices in every district.

The Chief Minister highlighted the potential increase in the number of devotees due to the extended holy month and instructed officials in Varanasi, Ayodhya, and Sitapur to develop coordinated action plans with temple administrations.

Addressing the issue of illegal religious conversions, particularly involving minors through gaming and chatting apps, Adityanath expressed concern about these activities being carried out by an international syndicate. He called for immediate action to curb such anti-social and anti-national incidents, targeting disabled children and job-seeking youths with financial temptations. Adityanath stressed the eradication of this syndicate and urged prompt action against any illegal conversion activity.

The Chief Minister directed senior police officers at various levels to engage with religious leaders and prominent members of society, disseminate positive messages, convene peace committee meetings, and seek the cooperation of the media to promote an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

Adityanath concluded the meeting by acknowledging the success of the ‘Safe City Project’ in ensuring women’s safety, respect, and self-reliance. He expressed the government’s commitment to develop all 17 municipal corporations and the Gautam Budh Nagar district headquarters as safe cities within the next three months.

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Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

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The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

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Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

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Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

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Karnataka mandates state anthem for all schools

The Kannada & Culture Department reversed its decision, now mandating all schools to sing the state anthem. Confusion stemmed from a “printing mistake.

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The Kannada and Culture Department, which previously issued an order excluding private schools from singing the state anthem during assemblies, has now reversed its decision. In a new government order issued on Wednesday, it has been clarified that all schools, including private ones, should sing the state anthem. Kannada and Culture Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi attributed the confusion to a “printing mistake.”

The issue was brought up in the Assembly by Leader of Opposition R Ashoka, who questioned the initial order’s intention of excluding private schools from including the state anthem, “Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe,” penned by Kuvempu, in their assemblies. He expressed bewilderment at why private schools were being excluded from the purview of the education department.

Ashoka criticized the officials for such decisions and expressed frustration with Minister Tangadagi’s apparent lack of control over them. The BJP state president BY Vijayendra demanded an apology from the state government, citing a recent attempt by an official from the Social Welfare Department to alter Kuvempu’s slogan in residential schools as another instance of disrespect towards the poet.

Senior BJP MLA Suresh Kumar emphasized the Kannada and Culture Department’s responsibility to safeguard the Kannada language and questioned the rationale behind such orders. Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao downplayed the issue, stating that it was a minor matter that has already been rectified, but his statement was met with condemnation from BJP members.

Tangadagi clarified that the confusion arose during the preparation of the government order, where the term “all schools” was inadvertently changed, leading to the exclusion of private schools. He termed it a “printing mistake” and assured that it has been rectified. Law Minister HK Patil acknowledged the lapse and promised action against those responsible for the error. The latest government order issued by the department now includes all schools, irrespective of their ownership status.

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