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Bijapur: To mark World Environment Day on June 5, the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board will distribute 40,000 saplings of jatropha and neem to farmers and people of the district, for free.
At a preparatory meeting for the event, Deputy Commissioner Shivayogi Kalasad said here on Friday that the district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the event.
46 NGOs roped in
About 46 non-governmental organisations in the district, involved in promoting biofuel, were asked to give extensive publicity to the programme so as to involve more people in it. They would be given saplings to plant at various places in the district.
A.N. Yellappa Reddy, environmental activist, would launch the programme on June 5, Mr. Kalasad said.
Panchayat development officers had been directed to ensure that each village was given about 100 saplings.
About three lakh students would be involved in the programme.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-05-14/mangalore/31700848_1_robot-bagalkot-youthsIf everything goes well, a radio frequency (RF) remote-controlled robot developed by a young engineer from Bagalkot will soon become a part of the Indian Army. Naveen Raghavendra Shirur, an alumnus of Basaveshwara Engineering College, has already met the Army's deputy chief (information systems and training) Lt Gen Ramesh Halagali and explained about various features of his smallest (RF) remote-controlled surveillance robot. The robot can survey the movements of enemies.
He claims that the robot, which is 6.1cm in length, 5.1cm in height and 5.4cm in width, cannot be easily noticed by enemies.
"The cameras fixed in the robot will send audio and video signals to the servers. We can operate it from remote places. One major feature of the robot is that it can also function as an explosive if enemies trace it. The robot will explode when enemies lift it from the ground," he said.Naveen said that during his meeting with Let Gen Ramesh, the officer told him that it was a first of its kind robot he had seen in his entire career. "He appreciated my efforts and also assured me that the matter will be discussed with the scientists of Indian Army Robotic Research Centre," he added.
Naveen has won Limca Book of Records and Indian Book of Records for his robot. He is now in the process of applying for a patent for the prototype robot. He had earlier developed a robot with rotating gun assembly as part of his project in 2009. The solar -powered robot was capable of firing bullets in angles.
http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/kids/article3464794.eceWhen Vinay K.C. needs a gizmo, he just creates one!
Vinay K.C., a 14-year-old boy from Bagalkot in North Karnataka, no longer keeps track of how many electronic toys he has created. “I have lost count of it. I dismantle the object I create and go for a new one. I do not ask my parents to buy me toys,” he says.
Vinay, a science enthusiast, was one of the participants in the “Hobby Projects” section of “Srishti”, a State-level project exhibition competition organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), here recently. He had brought “Humanoid”, a little gizmo that acts according to the commands given on a laptop by Vinay.
Vinay is passionate about creating objects using artificial intelligence, says Jayashree Ganthimath, Assistant Professor in an engineering college in Bagalkot and Vinay's mother. An instance of his interest in creating electronic toys is one gizmo that he has developed that feed their pet dog on time.
“When he was in Std V, he said he wished he had a pet dog. As we both (parents) work, we told him we would not be able to provide food for the dog on time. In just a few days, he created an object that provided food on time. We had to accept his wish and get a pet dog,” said Ms. Ganthimath.
In creating the toys, Vinay has recycled objects such as used saline bottles and syringes, which he sourced from his sister, who is studying medicine. “He has moved on to creating mechanisms such as one that showers flower petals when a person opens the door (this could be used for birthdays),” she said. His passion for creating such gizmos made her and his father, K. Chandrashekar, a Physics professor in the same engineering college, shift him from a Kannada medium school to an English Medium school in Bagalkot, Ms. Ganthimath said.
Vinay uses integrated circuits (ICs), capacitors, and microcontrollers for creating objects. “I browse through the Internet and get all information about its (objects') working. So far I have not faced difficulty in understanding information available on the Internet,” he said.
Vinay said he has not thought of participating in any science competition for schoolchildren. “I want to become a scientist and focus on science,” he said.eom
Keywords: electronic toys, integrated circuits, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, hobby projects
The State Government is planning a 4,000-acre solar park in Bijapur district.
The solar park, which will come up in Mannur, will be similar to the solar farm at Charanka in Gujarat.
The Government has set a target of 18 months to complete the solar farm and will start with small capacities of 80-100 MW, and gradually increase capacity, Mr N.S. Prasanna Kumar, Managing Director of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL), told Business Line.
“The idea of having a solar park is to see that private players will be facilitated in implementation of projects – basic infrastructure like power evacuation support, water and roads will be provided,” Mr Kumar said.
He, however, declined to reveal the investment the Government was going to make.
KREDL is the state nodal agency for promoting renewable energy in the State, and will be involved in allotting projects at the park and facilitate implementation of projects.
Most projects that will come up there would be of private developers, Mr Kumar said, adding that the park would only have solar photovoltaic projects.
KREDL recently announced the winners of the bids for the first phase of the Karnataka Solar Mission, and Mr Kumar said that some of these projects would come up in the park.
“We have also received about 500 MW worth applications to set up projects under the REC (Renewable Energy Certificates) mechanism and some of these projects will also come up in the park,” Mr Kumar added.
KREDL had called for applications under the REC scheme, where producers of renewable energy who opt out of the preferential feed-in tariff, get tradable certificates.
The certificates could be bought by specified ‘obligated entities' – who are either specified consumers or electricity distribution companies.
Under the Karnataka Renewable Energy Policy 2009-14, the State plans to add about 4,300 MW and proposes to bring in Rs 23,890 crore of investments.
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3660421.eceThe Speech Therapy Centre has been set up with the support of the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore
Bijapur District Hospital here opened a Speech Therapy Centre recently for providing free treatment to patients suffering from speech and hearing disorders.
The centre was established with the support from the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore, so that patients from economically poor background can be provided free treatment, said District Surgeon R.M. Sajjan.
Dr. Sajjan told The Hindu that the centre has been getting a good response from people.
M.K. Niharika and S. Kavya, who are internees deputed to the Speech Therapy Centre in the district hospital from AIISH, Mysore, said the centre will go a long way in rehabilitating children with hearing disorders. Ms. Niharika regretted that several patients visit the centre only to obtain certificate of disability in order to avail themselves of monitory benefits from government schemes.
“People fail to realise that the Speech Therapy Centre is primarily meant for treating patients and not just to give certificates of disability”, she said. “As many parents do not realise the need to get medical treatment for their children with speech and hearing disorders, many children are forced to remain dependent on their family members. Many such children suffer from inferiority complex when they do not get medical treatment at the right time because of which they cannot interact with other children”, said Ms. Kavya.
Ms. Niharika explained that many children who have hearing disorder by birth end up with speech impairment. “Children learn to speak by responding to the words they hear. So, many children with hearing disorder suffer from speech impairment”, she said.
Ms. Niharika said that at the centre, the patients with hearing and speech disorders are diagnosed using modern machines and are recommended either to get a hearing aid implanted or undergo necessary treatment. Ms. Kavya said that the centre, if required, sends the poor patients to Mysore for further treatment as AIISH charges nominal fee for poor patients. Ms. Kavya pointed out that the centre needs hi-tech machines for diagnosing the patients’ problems, and a separate room for providing speech therapy. A cabin in the ENT Department is used for the purpose now, she added.
Dr. Sajjan said, “We are ready to provide necessary equipment and infrastructure for the centre”.
Patients from poor families to be given treatment for free
‘The Speech Therapy Centre has been getting a good response from people’
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/270702/a-green-jewel-emerges-northern.htmlNew garden to be inaugurated at Almatti today
A new garden at Almatti is set to become the pride of Northern Karnataka and will rival Brindavan Gardens in Mandya in its sheer beauty.
Built on 77 acres and located off Almatti Dam, the garden includes distinct locations such as Rock, Mughal, Krishna and Lava Kusha, plus a large musical fountain. Other sections currently in development are French and Italian-style gardens. Mughal Gardens, one of the largest sections, is modelled on Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, and is spread over 33 acres.
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar is sheduled to inaugurate the gardens on August 11.
The work on the garden was completed in three stages. Initial civil work was completed by MCC Company. Afforestation and other planting was carried out by the forest department. The construction of stagnant and other fountains, which comprised the third stage of work, was completed by the Kolkatta-based Premier Company. The garden currently boasts of over a 1000 stagnant fountains with light and musical arrangements.
Park staff has also taken care to include several rare and exotic ornamental plants. Some plants have been shaped to represent elephants, flowers and Shivalinga.
A Rs 4-crore entrance plaza beckons visitors. According to sources at the park, the plaza was originally laid for construction eight years ago. Every gate within the plaza contains decorative designs made with plaster of paris and cement. Visitors are also treated to a 12-foot black-stone statute of Jaladevathe sculpted by Ilkal-based artist, Mounesh Yeradaga.
The gardens are an initiative of S M Jaamdaar, a retired IAS officer. He is currently the chairperson of the Almatti Gardens Committee.
http://www.deccanherald.com/content/272417/rs-55-cr-central-aid.htmlThe Centre has decided to release Rs 55 crore to Indi and Sindagi taluks in Bijapur district to augment drinking water supply under the National Rural Water Supply Scheme.
Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh issued an order in this connection on Thursday after Bijapur Member of Parliament Ramesh Jigajinagi met him with a request.
The BJP MP told reporters that the scheme would help the perennially drought-hit taluks get drinking water. Two proposals were submitted to the ministry that they would help 70 villages in the two taluks.
The proposals have been approved by the State-level sanctioning committee.
Work on 24x7 water supply scheme will cost Rs. 55 crore
Managing Director of the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation Harsh Gupta addressing presspersons in Bidar on Friday.— photo: Gopichand t.
Managing Director of the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation Harsh Gupta has said that it will take up work on underground drainage and on 24x7 drinking water supply here at a cost of Rs. 112.59 crore.
He told presspersons on Friday that the corporation would take up drinking water works at a cost of Rs. 55 crore and underground drainage works at Rs. 40 crore in the first phase. A proposal to extend the drainage system to other parts of the city at the cost of Rs. 15 crore had been submitted to the government. The matter would come up before the State Cabinet at its meeting in Gulbarga on October 4, he said.
The 24x7 water supply scheme includes pumping water from the Karanja reservoir and supplying it to the city.
In the first phase, bulk water supply works would be taken up at a cost of Rs. 29.33 crore. Later, distribution channels would be constructed at a cost of Rs. 25.9 crore. Rest of the money wouldbe spent on tourism development and other works, he said.
Mr. Gupta said works on drinking water supply and underground drainage were slower than expected. “We will resolve the issues and ensure that the work is put on fast-track,” he said. The Narasimha Jharni and Papnash Temple would be improved at the cost of Rs. 2 crore, he said.
Some residents of Gornalli had opposed the plans of building a sewage treatment plant on 54 acres of land in the village. They would be taken into confidence before going ahead with the project, Mr. Gupta added. Rahim Khan, MLA, P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner, and KUIDFC officials were present.