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Mysuru Dasara’s traditional celebrations

By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Ninety-eight taluks in twenty-six districts in Karnataka are on the verge of severe drought. The monsoon has completely failed in at least 16 districts out of total 30 districts. The rainfall in other districts had been less as well, except in 3 or 4 districts where it was up to normal levels, according to a report published in Vijayavaani newspaper, a Kannada daily.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday night, in which it was decided to declare all the affected 98 taluks as “drought-hit”. The present drought is being considered as the most severe drought since 1972 with the monsoon rainfall being estimated as 28 per cent deficient than its normal levels.

The worst hit are the farmers and the rural population. A huge scarcity of water has been created in various districts. The list of 16 districts which have been worst affected along with their percentage deficiency in rainfall are as follows:

Vijayapura (63), Raichuru (61), Yadagiri (55), Bagalakote (52), Kalaburagi (51), Bidar (50), Gadaga (44), Koppala (41), Belagavi (41), Dharwada (39), Haveri (29), Bellary (27), Chikkaballapura (24), Chamarajanagara (23), Ramanagara (22), Kolara (22).

The water levels of at least 13 dams have sharply reduced as compared to previous year’s levels at this time. For example, the water level at Linganamakki dam has reduced from 126.91 thousand million cubic (TMC) in August 2014 to 66.05 TMC in August 2015. Similarly, the water levels at KRS, Tungabhadra, and Alamatti dams have reduced from 48.41, 97.70, and 117.88 TMC respectively in 2014 to 28.64, 69.57, and 72.45 TMC respectively in 2014 according to the report in Kannada daily.

The Karnataka government has already released around Rs 200 crore towards drought relief, of which around Rs 25 crore is exclusively being used to provide water to drought areas through tankers.

Mysuru Dasara likely to be a low-key affair

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government is also thinking about conducting this year’s Dasara celebration in a simple manner restricted to conducting only the traditional ceremonies. But, the final decision is yet to be taken. The government has asked the Dasara Celebration Committee member to consult various stakeholders, writers and social leaders regarding the issue.

Mysuru Dasara’s traditional celebrations


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics

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Photo of Indian cricket team on the ground

Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.

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