QBengaluru: Midday Meal Workers’ Strike; Uni Denies Gold Medal

1. Goa Seeks Mahadayi Tribunal Extension, Karnataka Against It

Karnataka and Goa, enmeshed in a battle over sharing of the Mahadayi waters for nearly a decade, are heading for another showdown. The states are set for a legal war over giving extension to the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal, whose term expires on 20 August. Goa has filed a petition seeking the tribunal's extension by a year; Karnataka has opposed the move.

On Thursday, an all-party meeting comprising floor leaders of legislature, convened by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, decided to support the stand taken by the Karnataka government. "The BJP and JD(S) have backed us not to seek an extension for the tribunal, and have demanded early resolution of the water dispute,'' Siddaramaiah said on the sidelines of the ongoing legislature session.

(Source: Times of India)

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2. Juvenile Detained for Killing Two-Year-Old Neighbour in a Fit of Rage

A 14-year-old boy allegedly smothered his two-year-old neighbour to death.

A 14-year-old boy, who allegedly smothered a two-year-old boy to death for making a noise while he was trying to catch his pet pigeon in Kempapura on Wednesday, was detained by the Soladevanahalli police on Thursday.

Two-year-old Venkatesh had been missing since Wednesday afternoon and was last seen playing in front of his house. He was the son of Basavaraju, who owns a roadside eatery. In his complaint to the police, Basavaraju expressed suspicion about a neighbourhood tea seller’s involvement in his son’s disappearance.

Based on the complaint, the police detained the tea vendor, Eeranna. But later, Eeranna’s son allegedly confessed to his crime before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and was sent to the State-run boys’ remand home.

(Source: The Hindu)

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3. Noon Meal Workers' Strike Hits Students

Government school students across Karnataka had to forego their lunch as midday meal workers went on a strike. 

Government school students in several parts of the State had to forego their lunch as midday meal workers went on a strike at Freedom Park on Thursday demanding an increase in honorarium.

Malini Mesta of Karnataka Rajya Akshara Dasoha Naukarara Sangha said, “We will not withdraw our agitation until the demand is accepted.” She said that more workers will join the campaign on Friday.

Around 1.18 lakh midday meal workers prepare food for nearly 56 lakh students in over 48,000 government and aided schools across the State.

(Source: The Hindu)

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4. Man Bludgeons Mother to Death Over Her Knee Trouble

Unable to take care of his 55-year-old mother as she was immobile due to a knee problem, a 23-year-old man has killed her by smashing her head with a blunt weapon. The accused has also hit her face with the same weapon.

Such was the impact that the victim’s tooth had fallen off. According to police, the accused had been allegedly forcing the elderly woman to beg or earn and take care of her livelihood as she had become a burden for him. After killing her, the accused had fled the scene. However, he was arrested after the victim’s daughter filed a complaint with the police.

The accused has been identified as R Santosh Kumar alias Santosh, a resident of Mallasandra. The murder came to light on Tuesday morning at around 7.30 am.

(Source: Bangalore Mirror)

5. BU Denies Gold Medal, Students Outraged

Students of Bangalore University received cash awards instead of gold medals. 

What should have been a proud moment for students at the 53rd convocation of Bangalore University turned out to be a disappointment.

Some of them, who found their names in the varsity's official list as gold medal winners, instead received cash awards, while a few others found the subject incorrect on their certificates.

As the convocation ceremony ended, students surrounded Vice Chancellor in-charge V Sudesh, Registrar (Evaluation) Shivaraju and Registrar BK Ravi at the lunch stall, demanding an explanation. "Our names were mentioned against the endowment award we were supposed to receive in the list of rank holders and award winners," a student said. "The list said we'd be getting gold medals, but we instead got cash prizes."

(Source: Deccan Herald)

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6. Suicides in Prison: HC Seeks Government's Stand on Relief

Thirty-one persons committed suicide at prison in recent times.

The high court on Thursday directed the Karnataka government to indicate its stand on payment of compensation to the family members of 31 persons who committed suicide while in prison.

A division bench headed by acting Chief Justice HG Ramesh gave this direction while adjourning to 16 February the hearing on a suo motu PIL taken up on the Supreme Court's directions.

Earlier, the government advocate told the court that of the 48 unnatural deaths reported in various state prisons between 1 January 2012 and 31 October 2017, 31 were suicide and compensation was awarded in only one case on direction of the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC). In the absence of any policy or guidelines and financial allocation, compensation was not paid in other cases, he said.

(Source: Times of India)

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