Compilation of weekly round up of news - January 2010 (1- 8, 8 - 12, 12-18)

A compilation of weekly news update - January 2010

 Weekly roundup of news - January 1-8, 2010

 Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande on Thursday said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had given instructions to release Rs. 500 crore of the Rs. 1,000 crore that he had announced for flood relief in 15 flood-hit districts of north Karnataka.

Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa rejected demands from the opposition that farm loans of the flood-affected be waived

Kurnool: Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena asked the housing officials to speed up the construction of houses for flood victims in 34 mandals. Reviewing the special housing programme here on Thursday, he said the temporary shelters should be completed while construction of permanent houses be commenced by January 18.

 Work on the new villages where the flood-hit people will be relocated, in Gulbarga district, will begin on Wednesday. The foundation stones for houses in Jewargi taluk will be laid by Revenue Minister G. Karunakara Reddy and the head of the Pejawar Math, Visvesha Tirtha Swami.

The process of relocating flood-hit villages in the district has come to a halt owing to shortage of funds, Deputy Commissioner Anbu Kumar said here on Monday.

KURNOOL: MLA T.G. Venkatesh, Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy and additional Joint Collector B. Laxmikantam distributed kits to flood victims donated by the UNICEF here on Thursday.

Members of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS), who had begun a padayatra from Deodurga on Tuesday, reached Raichur on Wednesday and staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner’s office demanding that the Government set right anomalies in the disbursement of compensation to the flood victims.

Kurnool: Nearly 300 families of weavers are trying to salvage their livelihood buried under the debris that still surrounds them. With their houses destroyed and looms beyond repair, many have been forced to turn into daily wage labourers.

 Three months after the floods damaged their houses and crops putting normal life out of gear, several villages in Raichur taluk are yet to be relocated, thanks to the apathy of the authorities concerned.

District Congress Committee urged the other political parties to spare the residents of Kurnool city from bandh in view of the shock caused by floods in October last.

Save the Children, an international aid agency, proposes to start six more child friendly centres in the flood affected areas of Kurnool district. So far, seven centres were opened and six more would start functioning soon.

The foundation stone for relocating two flood-prone villages in Ron taluk of Gadag district was laid on Saturday.

  Weekly roundup of news - January 8-12, 2010 

The Suttur Math will construct flats in Bagalkot district for flood victims at a cost of Rs. 500 crore. The plans in this regard were approved by the Government on Friday.

 Mysore Citizens Forum (MCF) on Friday announced that it would to construct 1,700 houses in three flood-affected districts of north Karnataka.

The tur harvest this year may be 50 per cent of the expected production due to the vagaries of weather last year, which saw a prolonged drought followed by unseasonal and heavy rains that flooded most of the growing areas in north Karnataka.

The annual jathra festival of Sri Veerasimhasana Mahasamsthan Math, Suttur, a renowned spiritual centre, will adopt a low-key affair this year due to severe floods in the North Karnataka Districts in the State

Govind Prasad Humanitarian Foundation, a voluntary organisation floated by Govindji, an Indian-born US citizen, has come forward to build over 2000 houses in Chittoor, Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts.

Minister for Excise M.P. Renukacharya, who is also the chairman of Hutti Gold Mines Company Ltd. (HGML), on Friday, donated a cheque to Chief Minister B.S. Yedyurappa for Rs. 10 crore towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

 Weekly roundup of news - January 12-18, 2010

 The State Government has finalised details with regard to the construction of houses for flood victims.

 The managements of several industrial units that have agreed to construct houses for families displaced by the floods in Koppal district propose to complete the task before the monsoon.

 The Srisailam Left Bank Power Station, which was inundated during the floods in October, has become fully operational with all its six units in working condition.

 Gulbarga: The Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha (KPRS) has urged the Centre to widen the scope of the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGREGA) and increase the number of days of guaranteed employment to the needy in the rural areas from 100 days to 200 days immediately.

 Two non-government agencies have come forward to construct houses for flood victims in Kurnool district. Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena said Govinda Prasad Humanity Foundation offered to construct 1,781 houses and Rural Development Trust 1,000 houses.

 HYDERABAD: A group from the Netherlands, Cyan Holding BV, has offered to construct houses for the flood-affected families in Kurnool, Mahabubnagar, Guntur, Krishna and other districts, bearing a part of the cost as a social responsibility.

 Hubli: Karnataka Power Corporation Limited Managing Director S.M. Jaamdar, Nodal Officer on Flood Relief, has said that work on construction of houses for the displaced persons in 50 villages has begun.

 KURNOOL: K. Chandrasekhara Kalkura, former president of Library Association, ended his 100-day pledge by shaving his beard on Wednesday following reopening of District Central Library.

 Raichur: People from the Hyderabad-Karnataka and the north Karnataka regions, including parts of Andhra Pradesh, are still finding it difficult to reach the Raghavendra Swamy Math at Mantralayam in Andhra Pradesh following poor road and railway connectivity.

 The Government has been unresponsive to the needs of those in flood-prone Konkal village of Yadgir district

 Two donors have refused to build houses for those who lost their dwellings in the recent rain in Harapanahalli, Harihar and Chennagiri taluks of Davangere district. The district administration in consultation with the Government is making efforts to find donors to build houses and shift the flood-prone villages in the district.





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